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His Way

The new owner of Nottingham Forest has heaped praise on the club's legendary manager. "Brian Clough was a one-off and unique," Evangelos Marinakis told the BBC after taking over the Reds from Fawaz Al Hasawi. (May 2017).

The Greek businessman said he was an admirer of Clough and his achievements at the City Ground. "Brian Clough was a person that had his own ideas and ideas that no-one else had thought before. He did it his way and he was very successful," said Marinakis.

"It is very difficult to find other managers or other people who will do the same job that Brian Clough did. He was unique. If you try to do it how he did it, you will not be successful because he was unique and he did it his own way.


The Name Game

Former Nottingham Forest striker Teddy Sheringham has paid tribute to Cloughie, describing him as 'a proper legend'. Sheringham also laughed when recalling how Brian would call him Edward, instead of Teddy. "It was only my Mum and Brian Clough who called me Edward," he told the Fantasy Football Club on Sky Sports TV (May 2017).

"I went up with my agent to sign for Nottingham Forest," he said. "I'd sorted everything out with the secretary and I could hear him walking down the corridor - and everyone was scarpering because they didn't want to get in his way. He came round the corner and said, 'Ah, this is our new signing, is it? Edward Sheringham?'

"I thought, oh no, so I said, 'Boss, could you call me Teddy? I don't really get called Edward.' He said, 'Welcome to Nottingham, Edward.' He carried on calling me that for the rest of the time I was there."

Sheringham went on to praise his former boss. "What a fantastic manager Cloughie was," he said. "I loved playing for him. A proper legend. He taught me a lot about different ways of playing. After my days at Millwall, it was a big eye-opener when I went to Forest."


Fighting The Drop

Brian's son Nigel says his Dad would have been heartbroken to see some of his former clubs in such dire straits. Nigel, who has done an amazing job in keeping Burton Albion in the Championship this season, said he hoped Nottingham Forest would stay up too.

Nigel told the Nottingham Evening Post (May 2017): "It would have been strange for him seeing Sunderland go down and then possibly Middlesbrough and Hartlepool, three clubs very close to him. That would have broken his heart.

"He wouldn't be too chuffed with how Derby and Forest are being run but he would have loved sitting here watching us come up against the big boys. He did it for many years as well, fighting against the odds, Liverpool and Manchester United. He would have loved watching us."

Sixteen years ago, Brian himself was reflecting on the agony of facing relegation and feeling powerless to avoid it. In an end-of-season interview with BBC Radio (May 2001), Clough said he could understand the frustrations many managers, including himself, had to face to avoid the drop.

"Fear of relegation can dominate your life. In my case at Forest, it consumed me completely. I knew I was playing well but couldn't win a match." He said that towards the end of his final season with the Reds it eroded his confidence to such an extent he questioned whether he could still manage. And with a smile he said: "I'd been short of confidence throughout my life."


Top Gunners Shirt

It's eleven years this month since a special-edition shirt donated by Arsenal and signed by the Gunners' star players at that time fetched more than £400 for the campaign for a statue of Cloughie in Nottingham (April 2006). The framed shirt, which commemorated Arsenal's last season playing at Highbury, featured seventeen signatures, including those of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Jose Antonio Reyes and Dennis Berkamp.

Quoted at the time, the chairman of the statue fund, Paul Ellis, told this website: "It's a superb gesture by Arsenal. In one of Brian Clough's last interviews he was full of praise for Arsene Wenger's team and the way they played football. So it's tremendous that a special shirt signed by their players will help to raise money for a lasting tribute to the greatest manager the game has seen.

"It's also fitting because Arsenal's original red shirts came from Nottingham Forest nearly 130 years ago. Forest gave a set of shirts to the then 'Woolwich Arsenal' team because they were struggling to find a kit. It's apt that Arsenal are now giving one of theirs, a collector's item, to such a good cause."

Just a few weeks before the on-line auction, the statue fund reached its half-way point, having been launched in the previous June. The campaign smashed its £70,000 target in just eighteen months. The statue was unveiled by Mrs Clough in November 2008.


New Cloughie Book

A fascinating new book looks at the incredible Clough story by focussing on some of the key matches during his outstanding career spanning nearly forty years. From his days as a top Middlesbrough marksman and Sunderland striker right through to his managerial debut at Hartlepool and the years as Master Manager of Derby County and Nottingham Forest, 'Brian Clough Fifty Defining Fixtures' is a must-have for any Clough fan.

The book, just published this month (April 2017), contains more great quotes freshly collected from the archives, plus wonderful photographs. Using archive reports and analysis, as well as fans' memories, this is the fourth Clough book by journalist and website editor Marcus Alton. This website is offering a special 10% discount and free postage and packing for orders in the UK until the end of May 2017. Read more and order HERE.


Wembley Steps

Former Southampton boss Lawrie McMenemy has recalled the day in 1979 when Cloughie insisted on leading him up the Wembley steps to the Royal Box, following the League Cup Final. It was a trophy that Clough won four times in an outstanding managerial career. Read more on our new Facebook page HERE.


Statue Memories

It's nine years since Cloughie sculptor Les Johnson visited a newspaper's offices to look at photographs of the Master Manager to help his work creating Nottingham's brilliant bronze statue. Les was given exclusive access to the photo archive at the Nottingham Post. There's more about the visit HERE.

It's also eleven years since a huge Brian Clough banner was auctioned online and fetched nearly £900 for the statue fund (in Februrary, 2006). The banner featured one of Cloughie's best known quotes. There's more about that special banner HERE.

The volunteers behind the statue fund (which no longer exists) have also released a statement in response to media coverage of a petition, by a small minority, for the statue to be moved to the City Ground. The statement makes it clear that the city council is responsible for the statue's future care and that the money for the sculpture was raised on the basis that the statue was based in the city centre. Nottingham Forest were originally approached about having a statue in 2004, but volunteers were told the club did not intend having one. The previous owner of the club financially backed the fund, which received such fantastic public support that it smashed its target in 18 months. Read the full statement on the new Facebook page HERE.


The Clough Walk

Cloughie's family have given their support to a new book in which fans can trace his footsteps in a walk spanning more than 200 miles. 'The Clough Walk' has been created by two former deputy headteachers - one of them a Sunderland fan, the other a supporter of Nottingham Forest.

Unlike the Master Manager, fans are not required to walk on water. Instead, they begin the journey in Nottingham and can visit various Clough landmarks during the trek which ends on Roker Beach at Sunderland (where he spent many hours running, trying to recover from the injury which ended his playing career). The walk is split into sections and includes Derby, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool - other former clubs - and suitably 'circumnavigates' (as the book puts it) Leeds, where he spent just forty-four days.

In a preface to the book, Cloughie's sons, Simon and Nigel, and daughter Elizabeth say the idea is very appropriate because their Dad loved walking. They said: "He loved wildlife and nature and being out in the open air and his many strolls along beaches, in fields, up hills and the odd mountain gave him the freedom to enjoy these simple pleasures." 'The Clough Walk' by Martin Perry and Geoff Smith is published by Sigma Press with a recommended retail price of £8.99. There is a review of the book HERE.


Beware Of The Dog

A former pub landlady has recalled how Cloughie escaped the attentions of a dog by climbing up a ladder. Rita Jones says a number of Forest players used to visit the Willow Tree pub in West Bridgford, Nottingham, along with boss Cloughie. Although Brian loved the pub's ham-off-the-bone cobs, he did not like Mrs Jones' Alsation, Saba.

One night, Saba could not be found in the bar after all the glasses had been collected. Mrs Jones says she wondered if the dog had followed Cloughie. "There was a ladder that workmen had left up," she recalled. "Brian Clough was at the top of the ladder and the dog was at the bottom! I had to fetch my husband to take the dog away so he could get down." Mrs Jones was speaking to the Nottingham Post during a visit to the re-vamped pub


Clough Aid Memories

Ten years ago a special music event helped to raise money for the brilliant statue of Cloughie in Nottingham. Volunteers followed in the footsteps of Sir Bob Geldof by organising 'Clough Aid' featuring a number of local bands (December 2006). The event was compered by Clough's European Cup captain John McGovern, who read a special message from Mrs Clough. Read more about the event HERE


How Pele Helped Statue Fund

A football signed by Brazilian legend Pele helped volunteers close-in on their fund-raising target for a statue of Cloughie in Nottingham, thanks to an internet auction ten years ago (November 2006). Bidders from Australia and the United States were among the buyers in the second Grand Internet Auction for the statue fund. The ten-day auction on ebay raised more than £1,400.

The highest bid was £510, for a banner which was displayed at the civic tribute in Nottingham and featured one of Cloughie's most famous quotes. A framed green 'Old Big 'Ead' sweater signed by Cloughie's son Nigel and two European Cup heroes, Martin O'Neill and John Robertson, sold for £210. Another rare item signed by the trio was a Paul Smith designer football, which was also signed by the fashion king himself.

The statue fund was launched in June 2005 and volunteers smashed through their target within eighteen months, an amazing achievement in the days long before social media came along to help publicise similar fund-raising schemes. After a selection process to find a sculptor, the statue was unveiled in November 2008 by Mrs Clough who described it as 'perfect'. You can read more about the internet auction HERE


Hall Of Fame

It's eight years ago that Cloughie was officially included in the National Football Museum's European Hall of Fame. He was one of five British managers to be inducted at a special event. His son Nigel received an award on his father's behalf and described it as a huge honour.

Speaking at the dinner in Liverpool, Nigel told this website's editor that his father would have been extremely proud. "He would have loved to have been here in such company, with so many people who he had an immense amount of respect for in his business. I think pretty much everyone who's anyone in European football in the last 30 years is here. A lot of people he competed against and a lot of them he supported over the years."

Among the other managers inducted was the late Liverpool boss Bob Paisley. Nigel said his father often spoke with affection and admiration about Paisley. Former Liverpool defender Phil Neal was among the guests and told this website that he was pleased that both Clough and Paisley were being honoured (they were the only two managers out of five being inducted who had not received knighthoods - the others were Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Matt Busby).

On Clough's inclusion, Neal said: "It is justified in recognising Brian Clough for what he did for the national game let alone Nottingham Forest too." Cloughie's captain John McGovern said: "It's nice when the football world gets together and says this is true recognition from everyone." The event was held in Liverpool because it was the 2008 European Capital of Culture. Clough's European Cup winning squads (1979 and 1980) are now being inducted in the Hall of Fame of the museum in Manchester.


Special Welcome

Thirty-two years ago this month (September 2016), Cloughie was pictured welcoming the families of striking miners. They presented him with a miniature set of miners' lamps during a visit to Nottingham Forest's City Ground. Said Clough: "We have close associations with the mining community because a lot of our supporters are involved in the industry. It gave me a lot of pleasure to entertain the kids and I hope their visit to the ground gave them a bit of a lift."


Ultimate Motivator

Cloughie has been named as one of the all-time great managers who invented modern football. His unrivalled motivational skills are highlighted in the list of twelve pioneering bosses in the August edition of Four Four Two magazine. Alex Ferguson is not included.

Describing him as 'The Ultimate Motivator', the article says Cloughie was able to make a team better than the sum of its parts, encouraging average-looking players like John Robertson to become world-beaters. 'Clough told Forest fans that he could walk on water,' says the article. 'And they - and his teams - loved him for it. A First Division title and two European Cups simply proved it.'

The new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is said to be following in Cloughie's footsteps. Ferguson is described as following in the footsteps of legendary Liverpool boss Bill Shankly who is named as 'The Master of the Mind Games'. Sir Matt Busby is also included, as 'The Dynasty Creator'.


No Comparison

Former Cloughie striker Garry Birtles says Leicester City's success in winning the Premier League title is no comparison to the incredible achievements of Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest. Birtles says that while the Foxes' deserve praise for succeeding against the odds in their second season following promotion, it doesn't come close to the glory years under Cloughie, in which the Reds went on to lift the European Cup twice in successive seasons.

"We won what is now called the Premier League the year after we got promoted and then won the European Cup and League Cup the following season," Birtles told the Daily Telegraph (May 2016). "For a Chelsea or Manchester United to do that now would be an achievement. I still see a lot of the Forest players from that time and while we're happy for Leicester, we do get annoyed that people tend to ignore something because it was nearly 40 years ago."

Birtles goes as far as to say that Forest's success has been overlooked to such an extent that it has been demeaning to the players involved. "The people who are scraping the surface don't consider who we had to beat when we won the league - Liverpool were kings of Europe and the First Division at the time. It's also derogatory towards players like Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish. We didn't have billionaire owners and let's be brutally honest, the Premier League has been very ordinary this season."

Former defender Viv Anderson is also adament that Forest's achievement will always be the greater. He says that while City's title win is the most fantastic achievement of the Premier League era, Forest had 'snuck in the back door', reaching the top flight after finishing third in the 1976-77 Second Division. They were expected to be also-rans in the division above but instead they stormed it straight away with largely the same group of players, finishing above reigning champions Liverpool by seven points and playing in a style that attracted neutrals.

"It was all new to us," Anderson told the Daily Mail. "We were used to playing Second Division players, and then went up to the First Division, and played against sides we had only seen on television." That's in stark contrast to the Leicester story. "...at least they had a season of playing against these top opponents week in, week out. We never had that opportunity. We had to come up and hit the ground running."

Fellow former defender Frank Clark says City's title win is fantastic - but he told the Nottingham Evening Post: "If Leicester can win the Champions League a couple of times in the next few years, then we can compare their achievements." Clark said it was also fitting that Clough's achievements at Forest had been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the club.


Birthday Memories

There are special memories of the Master Manager on what would have been his 81st birthday. Cloughie was born on March 21st 1935 in Middlesbrough, where he became a goal-scoring sensation for his home town club. After entering management, he became the greatest club manager in Britain, twice winning the League Championship (once with Derby and once with Forest) before going on to win the European Cup in consecutive seasons. At Forest, his team won the league title in their first season after promotion and won the European Cup in the following two seasons. It's a feat unlikely to ever be repeated. He had further trophy success some years later with another exciting team he created at Forest. There are #cloughiememories HERE.


Trophy Update

Derby County regained the Brian Clough Trophy on March 19th, 2016, after it had spent over a year in the Nottingham Forest trophy cabinet. The Rams beat the Reds 1-0 in a Championship match. They last regained the trophy two years ago, before Forest regained it in January 2015. The two teams compete for the trophy each time they meet. You can read more about the trophy HERE.


Fish and Chips

A veteran steward at Hull City has recalled the night that Cloughie asked his advice on where to get the best fish and chips. Eighty-year-old Wally Jude has been involved with City for more than 40 years.

"He came with Nottingham Forest's reserve team on a Wednesday night," Jude told the Hull Daily Mail (February, 2016). "After speaking to his players, he came out of the changing room and asked me where the best fish and chip shop was. I recommended the Blue Dolphin near Darley's roundabout which wasn't that far away."

"I gave him the directions he needed to get there and he told me to join him on the coach." Jude directed the coach driver to the chip shop, where fish and chips were ordered for after the match. They then returned to Boothferry Park for the game. Read more on our Facebook page.


Sir Terry Tribute

Sir Terry Wogan - who has sadly passed away aged 77 - was one of Cloughie's favourite radio presenters. The Master Manager loved listening to Sir Terry's Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Two on his way to the City Ground. He said: 'I'd often be seen, driving along the A52, laughing my socks off. The sun was out, the Merc was running like a dream, Wogan was making me giggle - who could fail to look forward to a day's work at a football club on mornings such as those?'

Many years later, Sir Terry sent a signed tribute about Brian for Nottingham's statue fund after the organisers had written to the BBC presenter. The tribute was framed and presented to Brian's widow Barbara at a gala dinner at Nottingham's Council House in June 2006. See the presentation HERE. Let's hope a radio legend is making a football legend laugh up there today. RIP.


Mourinho Memories

The former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, thinks he shares many similarities with Cloughie - and has paid a warm tribute to him. The Portuguese also said how much he likes one of Cloughie's all-time great quotes - which was originally plucked from regional TV obscurity by this website, to become a lasting memory of the Master Manager.

Mourinho says of Cloughie: "A lot of people say we have similarities and there are certainly coincidences." He also admires the way Clough used to project himself in interviews and press conferences. "We all probably remember Clough's best quotes," he says before adding that he loves the quote: 'I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one.'

"He had all that self-esteem and big self-belief. He was very confident about himself, and from what I know about him he was very comfortable with the attention. Maybe because Brian Clough was such a huge personality, with so much charisma, everyone remembers his quotes and the stories and a few people forget his talents.

"He didn't win two European Cups with Nottingham Forest just because of his charisma. History cannot delete what he and Nottingham Forest did - their results, the cups, the achievements, absolutely unbelievable achievements." In the foreword for a new book 'I Believe in Miracles', Mourinho adds: "I have huge respect for what they did. I think if Brian Clough was around today, we would get on." Read a review of the book HERE


Collection Remembered

It's ten years since a matchday collection by volunteers raised more than four-thousand pounds towards Nottingham's brilliant bronze statue of Cloughie. The Brian Clough Statue Fund had been launched in June 2005 and among the many fund-raising ideas was the collection at Nottingham Forest's City Ground.

The chosen match was also very fitting - the Reds were facing Hartlepool, the club where Brian had started his managerial career forty years previously. A team of twenty volunteers took part in the collection, using specially chosen green collecting tins (marked 'Collecting for Cloughie'), as well as buckets.

In his book, 'Young Man, You've Made My Day,' website editor Marcus Alton (who put the fund-raising committee together) remembers: "The volunteers stood at various points around the City Ground in the hope that fans would donate a pound or two. The response was overwhelming. Some supporters, including Hartlepool fans, were seen dropping fivers in the buckets."

The tireless work of the small statue fund committee saw the target smashed within 18 months, as £70,000 was raised. It led to the lasting tribute to the Great Man in Nottingham city centre. The statue was unveiled by Barbara Clough in November 2008 after an open selection process, involving the Clough family, to decide the sculptor and the pose for the sculpture. You can read more about the fund-raising HERE and about the accompanying book HERE


Miracles Film

A film director has described how Brian Clough inspired his incredible football movie 'I Believe In Miracles'. In an exclusive interview for this website, Jonny Owen said Cloughie's impact on world football should never be forgotten.

"He was, quite simply, years ahead of his time," says Jonny who gave this website a special preview of the film which tells the story of Nottingham Forest's amazing five-year rise under Clough, as he took the club from being Second Division strugglers to back-to-back European Cup winners. You can read more about the film HERE.


How It All Started

October 2015 marks fifty years since Brian Clough became a Football League manager. When Hartlepools welcomed Cloughie as their boss on October 29th, 1965, no-one could have predicted the huge impact the former goalscorer would have in football management.

Cloughie used the humble surroundings on the north-east coast as a fantastic grounding for what would become the greatest managerial career in the sport. His first match was a 3-1 victory. 'Hartlepools Greet Manager With A Win' was the headline in the local newspaper. Read how it all started, in a brand new page on the website HERE.


A Hackett Job

Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett has named Cloughie as one of the best managers and praised the way his teams treated refs with respect. "Brian Clough was the complete opposite to the likes of Jose Mourinho, in that he wouldn't publicly criticise referees in any way, shape or form and neither would he allow his players to dispute decisions," Hackett told the You Are The Ref website.

"His players respected him and so he had a great professional relationship with them. So as a referee when you officiated at Nottingham Forest under Clough, they were without doubt the best team by way of on-field discipline. It was measurable at the time, there was a sense of enjoyment.

"They had one or two players who could dish it out. They had Larry Lloyd and Kenny Burns who were brought to task in terms of how they play and I think that was great credit to him. Clough would never criticise the referee, he may have offered post-match advice, but in fairness from a personal point of view, he was always extremely supportive of referees."


Career Advice

Council bosses in southern England say they've found the right man to be their Chief Executive - thanks to Cloughie. Bob Jackson was playing in the reserves at Nottingham Forest when Brian told him he was "too intelligent" to be a footballer.

Instead of pursuing a career in football, Mr Jackson entered local government and is taking charge at New Forest District Council, where he has worked for seven years. A council spokesman told the Southern Daily Echo (September 2015): "His professional life may have taken a rather different turn were it not for some early advice from Brian Clough.

"Serving time in reserve teams, the young Bob Jackson was told by Mr Clough that he was too intelligent to be a footballer." But Mr Jackson admitted: "The truth is I wasn't good enough."


Milestone Movie

To celebrate this website's 15th anniversary, we've been given a sneak preview of the forthcoming film about Nottingham Forest's glory years under Cloughie. 'I Believe In Miracles' has a feel-good factor which sends a tingle down the spine. Using archive footage, including interviews with the Master Manager and the recollections of the players who started the 1979 European Cup winning campaign, it brings back golden memories of Cloughie's unprecedented success with the Reds and his inspirational man-management.

The man behind the film, Jonny Owen, made sure that the Cloughie tribute website had the opportunity to see some of the special footage, which will be premiered at Forest's City Ground in October. Fifteen years after the launch of the website, we're still receiving emails of appreciation, like this one from Swindon fan, Gary:

"I stumbled across the Cloughie website this morning and have thoroughly enjoyed reading some of his quotes and escapades. My only connection with Forest was in the seventies when I asked my Mum and Dad for a replica Forest shirt as I thought they were really flash and I think Trevor Francis had not long signed for them!

"I live in Swindon and follow Swindon Town FC but, like millions can't fail to admire what the great man achieved. The word 'legend' is greatly overused, but the true meaning of it was invented for Cloughie. Thanks for the super memories."


Tea For Two

A BBC sports presenter has described how Cloughie made them both a pot of tea and help put the nervous young interviewer at ease. Garry Richardson, who now presents a weekly sports show on Five Live, was a reporter for BBC Radio Nottingham when he asked Cloughie for an interview at Nottingham Forest's City Ground back in 1980. At first the Great Man declined and Garry admits he was slightly relieved - but then he turned to Garry and said: "I've never done an interview with you, have I?" and invited him into his office.

Garry says the interview was a daunting prospect for a young radio reporter. "I was very, very nervous, but Brian Clough was brilliant because he could sense that - and after we sat down he asked if I'd like a cup of tea." Garry declined the offer but Cloughie had other ideas. "Well, I've been doing a lot of talking, I'm going to make us one," he said. Garry waited in the office, looking around at the replica trophies, the photographs and the track-suit hanging on the back of the door.

"He came back five minutes later, with a teapot, milk and biscuits and he poured it out," says Garry. They then chatted about Garry's background and whether he had ever played football. "Brian Clough suddenly had no fears for me, we were just chatting away."

Garry noticed there was no sugar on the table, but didn't want to mention it. Brian realised this and asked Garry if he'd like some sugar. Despite the young reporter pretending he didn't need it, Cloughie insisted on getting some sugar for his guest. Garry told BBC Radio Nottingham's John Holmes (June 2015): "To this day, I look back 35 years and - credit to Brian Clough - he could tell I was a young nervous reporter and he made me a cup of tea."


Statue Fund Memories

It's ten years since the launch of the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham. A special launch event, involving the Brian Clough tram, was held on June 17th, 2005. Huge banners featuring some of Cloughie's best-known quotes were presented to fund members by the the city council, to be auctioned off. The small group of volunteers smashed their £60,000 target in 18 months, organising various events and selling memorabilia including badges and sweatshirts. The statue was unveiled in November 2008 by Mrs Clough who described it as 'perfect.' You can reflect on that launch event - held long before the age of social media - with a collection photo's and quotes HERE.


Campbell Memories

Former Nottingham Forest player David Campbell has described Cloughie as a genius who taught him how to behave both on and off the football field. Campbell joined the Reds in 1985, playing alongside the likes of Nigel Clough and Neil Webb, and spent several years working for Brian.

"He was a genius who could lift you up and also bring you back down to earth when he needed to," recalls the former Northern Ireland star. "I wasn't necessarily the best player but come match days I would have run through a brick wall for that man. He made you feel special.

"He taught me a lot, not just about football but about how to conduct myself off the pitch which has stood me in good stead to this day," Campbell told the Belfast Telegraph. Clough also helped him get into the Northern Ireland squad by encouraging boss Billy Bingham to select him at international level. Campbell inspired the movie 'Shooting for Socrates' which premieres at the Belfast Film Festival (April, 2015).


Tributes For Mackay

Tributes have been paid to the man Cloughie described as his best ever signing. Dave Mackay has died at the age of 80 (March 2015). Brian used all his persuasive powers to secure Mackay's signature for Derby in 1968 - the Scot had intended leaving Spurs to become assistant manager of Hearts.

Clough converted the tough-tackling Mackay into a sweeper at Derby and the Scot helped the Rams win promotion to the First Division in his first season. In his 1994 autobiography, Clough recalled: "When I look back across all the many and varied signings during my time in management...Dave Mackay has to be the best. Not only did he have everything as a player, but he was the ideal skipper: a supreme example to everybody else at the football club."

Among those impressed by the example he set was a young Roy MacFarland who played alongside Mackay in defence. Says MacFarland: "Brian Clough brought in Dave Mackay and what an experience it was to play with him. He taught me everything. But it wasn't just me, he taught the senior players too."

Mackay once recalled: "When I walked into the dressing room for the first time, Brian Clough more or less told the other players they were lucky to be playing alongside me. He put me on a pedestal. For the three years I was there and all the time I've known him, he kept me there."


Trophy Match

The Brian Clough Trophy returned to the City Ground in January 2015 after Nottingham Forest's 2-1 win over Derby at the iPro Stadium. The Reds' manager Stuart Pearce was presented with the trophy while being interviewed by Sky Sports after the match. The trophy is the prize each time Cloughie's two former clubs meet. Derby had regained and retained it in 2014. You can read more about the trophy HERE.


Forest Fortieth Anniversary

January 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Cloughie's arrival at Nottingham Forest - and the start of an amazing story which saw an average Second Division club transformed into European Champions. Cloughie had been in the football wilderness after his infamous 44 days at Leeds United, but Forest took the decision to take him on - and he arrived in the pale blue Mercedes he'd received as part of the Leeds pay-off which made him financially secure.

Cloughie recalled: "When I walked into the City Ground in January 1975, it was like entering a desert - a barren place void of life, lacking in colour with not even a green leaf to give hope. And, like a desert, there didn't seem to be any end to it all. Supporters, sick and tired of seeing their best players leave to be replaced by others of lesser ability, were totally disillusioned."

The Master Manager said although the picture didn't look bright, he didn't regret 'for one minute' coming off the nation's unemployed list and joining Forest. "So, like my mother always used to do when she had a big job on her hands, I decided to clear the decks and start from scratch. It wasn't easy or pleasant but something had to be done in a dramatic way because the club was heading for bankruptcy and I didn't fancy sinking with it."

 


Club chairman Jim Willmer was pictured welcoming Clough, despite initial reservations over the new appointment. Soon after his arrival, Clough was telling the kitchen staff they would be getting a new cooker and fridge - funded through the Master Manager's exclusive deals with newspapers for interviews. The impact of Clough's arrival could not be underestimated. Within days, £4,000 worth of season tickets had been sold.

Journalist John Lawson remembers: "What amazed Forest was that no top club had had the enterprise to offer Clough employment during his time in the wilderness, for once he had accepted Forest's offer his impact was both immediate and stunning. A report written at the time stated, 'It was not so much a breath of fresh air that swept through the corridors of the City Ground...more like a hurricane."

You can read the full story of Cloughie's arrival at Forest - and the work behind the scenes to attract him to the City Ground - in a special article HERE.


Boxing Clever

World boxing champion Carl Froch insisted on having his photo alongside Nottingham's brilliant Cloughie statue after becoming a Freeman of the city. The Master Manager is Froch's hero and the photo topped a memorable day in which he followed Brian's footsteps by being honoured with Freeman status and having a tram named after him.

"It was a truly emotional day," said Froch, who was born in the city and is a Nottingham Forest fan. "But there was one thing I had to do before the night was over and that was to have my picture taken with the Brian Clough statue with the scroll in my hand. What a man and what a legend he is."

 


In an interview with the BBC, Froch was surprised to learn that Cloughie had kept the casket containing his Freeman scroll on top of the restored mangle his mother used. Brian said it meant his whole life was summed-up in a small part of his dining room. Froch said he expected to put his scroll in a special cabinet with his world title belts.

Referring to the photo with the Cloughie statue, Froch said: "That picture will mark the day as such a special occasion and will go in with the scroll and my world title belts. It was a big event to organise and to receive it in front of so many people as well - it was a very proud moment." The 37-year-old had received the honour at a special ceremony in front of more than 2,000 of his supporters at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall (October 16, 2014).

 


These photo's of Froch with the Cloughie statue are courtesy of Nottingham City Council and Tracey Whitefoot at whitefootphotography.com.


Mourinho Comparison

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he can't be compared with Cloughie - and described the Master Manager as a legend. It follows comments by Crystal Palace's Neil Warnock who said Mourinho and Clough were "cut from the same cloth" and that the Premiership boss was "the nearest thing to Cloughie."

In response, Mourinho was full of praise for Old Big 'Ead and admitted he was flattered. "I think there is no comparison," he said. "Mr Clough is a legend in English football. What he did, especially with Nottingham Forest, stays forever. He's a real legend. I think it's a big loss for English football that he went so early. If Neil makes that comment, obviously it makes me proud, but I think the legacy of Mr Clough has no comparison here."


Ten Years On

Fans of Brian Clough are continuing to remember the football genius, ten years after he passed away (September 20th, 2004). Supporters of both Nottingham Forest and Derby County joined a minute's applause during their recent league match at the City Ground, while one thousand Forest fans were given replicas of his famous green jumper to wear at the Reds' League Cup match at Spurs.

Forest's club ambassador John McGovern, who twice lifted the European Cup under Cloughie's management, said: "Brian was simply the best. There will never be anyone in football quite like Brian again. He is synonymous with Nottingham Forest and to see 1,000 Forest fans in green jumpers at such a high profile game will be a fantastic way to mark the anniversary."

The jumpers will also remind fans of the green jerseys sold by the Brian Clough Statue Fund to help raise money for the superb bronze sculpture of the Master Manager which stands proudly in Nottingham city centre. The Nottingham-based cup sponsors Capital One used the statue for its publicity photo's to promote the jumper giveaway.

 


Meanwhile, in a special interview with BBC Sport, Brian's son Nigel says his father would have been a success in the modern game but would have been 'dismayed and flabbergasted' by the money-men and agents. He also says that success allowed his dad to be outspoken and feels the same is true of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Nigel is also confident his father would never have moved to the boardroom after management, as Sir Alex Ferguson did. "When he retired from Forest he didn't want to haunt the next manager, Frank Clark," said Nigel. "There was a lot made last year of Sir Alex Ferguson being around when David Moyse was struggling and whether that was a help or hindrance.

"I don't know, but my Dad wanted to divorce himself from that. Being in the boardroom would have been a step too far for him." As for a phrase to sum-up Brian, Nigel referred to words used by a famous comedian. "I read that one of the phrases Billy Connolly uses is: 'Times may change, but standards must remain.' I think he got it off an After Eight advert. But I can see my Dad using something like that.

"He would have been nearly 80 if he was still around and he would have still been a cantankerous so and so at times. But those standards he was brought up with and tried to instil in others would have still been along those lines."

Ten years ago, the headlines in national and local newspapers were dominated by the news that Cloughie had passed away. The front page of The Sun declared 'Bye Bye Big 'Ead', while the opening paragraph on the back page read: "Brian Clough's death brought the football world to a juddering halt." The report continued: "The profound loss of the best manager never to boss England stopped the great and the good in their tracks."

 


The Daily Star's Brian Woolnough, who has also since sadly passed away, wrote: "If there is a football team up there in heaven, they are lucky. Trophies are on the way." The chief sports writer of The Times, Simon Barnes, described Cloughie as the man who singlehandedly created the cult of the football manager.

The front page of the Daily Mirror used one of Brian's famous quotes as its headline - the quote originally unearthed several years previously by this website and salvaged for posterity from a regional TV interview. It would have been lost forever without publication on this site and is now used widely to sum-up Cloughie's genius and outspoken nature: "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one."

In an article headlined 'Clough, A Man of the People,' The Mirror's chief sports writer, Oliver Holt, praised Brian's man-management skills and said: "...it was his ability to inspire players, for getting the best out of players that others considered ordinary, that was the hallmark of Clough's genius."

 


The Daily Mail's Jeff Farmer paid tribute and wrote: "Brian was a genius not only at the game he rampaged through like a tornado - and for which he motivated men to play like demons surpassing all understanding of themselves - but at cushioning the most abrasive of his tirades with a rough but engaging charm."

The headline on the front page of the Nottingham Evening Post read poignantly: 'Goodnight Young Man'; while the Derby Telegraph's front page said: 'RIP Brian. You were the best thing ever to happen to Derby.'

 


You can reflect on Brian's memorial service HERE and Nottingham's civic tribute HERE. There are also memories of the unveiling by Mrs Clough of Nottingham's bronze statue HERE. Fans are also sending their #cloughiememories HERE.


Match of the Day

An archive interview with Cloughie appeared in a special documentary celebrating fifty years of TV's 'Match of the Day' (August 2014). Speaking back in 2004, Brian recalled the early days of the programme and how he would have to rush home from the cinema to watch it, before the film had finished.

"We used to go the pictures on a Saturday night. We had to leave to get home to watch it. So my wife complained for many years that she'd missed the last ten minutes of every film she'd ever watched." Cloughie is also featured in the opening pictures of the new series of 'Match of the Day,' wearing his famous green jumper.


Champagne Memories

A close friend of Brian Clough says he will never forget the Great Man's kindness and generosity. Colin Shields was one of the few people, besides the players, who Cloughie would allow to travel on the team bus. He also admits he found it difficult to call him Brian initially - because he was so in awe of him.

Colin told this website: "I had admired Brian's teams from the terraces for many years. Getting to know him personally made me feel like a football millionaire - he gave me opportunities and experiences I could only have dreamt about. He opened so many doors for me, it was like fantasy football - but in real life."

Colin was a trusted friend for more than twenty years and has described his memories in a book which will benefit the Royal British Legion and the NSPCC, as well as this website. "Brian was kind, thoughtful and loyal," added Colin. "We trusted each other implicitly. I consider myself very lucky to have become such a close friend of a man I regarded as a hero - and still do."

The book 'Champagne Memories - How Brian Clough Changed My Life' adds many previously untold stories to the Clough legend - illustrating his unbounded generosity and intriguing unpredictability. It is a fascinating account of life with the Master Manager in which Colin recalls many poignant memories of their friendship.

"Having originally admired Brian's teams as an ordinary fan, I could never have imagined that he would eventually let me travel on the team coach and that we would also drive together in the car to matches and social events," said Colin. "The team bus was hallowed ground as far as Brian was concerned - even the directors weren't allowed on it."

 


From behind the scenes at TV appearances to carrying bags of laundry together while on holiday in Majorca, Colin has described for the first time how even the mundane became memorable in the company of the charismatic Clough. "We had some wonderful times in Cala Millor in Majorca. Sometimes the players would be with us and at other times it would be just family and friends. It was great just to spend time with Brian away from the limelight, doing ordinary things."

Colin was so impressed with the football played by Brian's teams that he gave up a season ticket at Derby County in order to follow his hero to Nottingham Forest. During one match at the City Ground, Brian asked to use Colin's season ticket for a friend - and gave Colin the surprise opportunity of sitting on the Forest bench to watch the game.

This September marks ten years since Brian passed away and Colin says he still sorely misses his pal. Although he has since returned to Cala Millor, he says it was not the same without his good friend. "I realised then that the surroundings didn't matter - it was the company that was important and there was just this huge feeling of emptiness without Brian."

'Champagne Memories' has been written with the help of author Marcus Alton who is also the editor of this website. It is published by DB Publishing and signed copies are available to order on this website at a special discount price. You can read more about the book and order a copy HERE.


#cloughiememories

Next month marks ten years since Cloughie passed away (September 20th, 2004) and we'd like to hear about your favourite memories of the Great Man. The BBC's former chief football correspondent, Mike Ingham, has described how waiting to interview Brian was one of his top ten memories from nearly three decades covering football all over the world - because his patience would always be well rewarded by the Master Manager.

"It was waiting from dawn to dusk to interview Brian Clough in the 70's," says Mike. "The time of appointment was immaterial. You always had to wait and you did wait because you knew that when he did finally arrive with his squash racket in hand it would be pure gold-dust." To help us mark the tenth anniversary of Cloughie's death, send us your #cloughiememories via the email link on our tributes page HERE.


A Fine Time

Former Nottingham Forest defender Frank Clark has revealed how Cloughie threatened to fine him if he trained on his days off. Clark says he wanted to go running near his home to keep fit as he approached the end of his playing career - but Brian was having none of it.

"Brian was way ahead of his time in the way he dealt with players and we used to get quite a few days off," explained Clark. "I used to live in the village of Lowdham and I would go out running occasionally - nothing strenuous and too far, but enough to keep myself ticking over." But Clark says a supporter must have noticed him and wrote to the papers about it.

Referring to Cloughie, Clark continued: "I went into the ground one day and he went absolutely beserk. He said, 'When I give you a day off, you have a day off. If I find out that you've been training on your days off, I'll fine you.' I tried to argue with him, but I lost the argument."

Clark says that over the duration of two seasons, he never missed a match and played 108 consecutive games. At the end of the second season, Clark said Cloughie called him in and asked: 'So, who's right now, then?' "I didn't know what he meant - but then I realised that's what he was talking about from two years ago. He'd not forgotten that argument we had - and that was typical of his attention to detail." Clark was speaking to Notts TV in a special programme to mark 25 years since Forest won the European Cup.


Terry Bell

We're sorry to hear of the death of one of Cloughie's first signings at Hartlepool, Terry Bell, at the age of 69. Nottingham-born Bell was top goalscorer in the side's historic first promotion season back in 1967-68. After playing in midfield in his early career he had been converted to a striker under Brian's management - with great effect.

The Hartlepool Mail says Bell enjoyed legendary status at the club and received a heart-warming standing ovation as a guest at the club's centenary dinner. In the book 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' - compiled by website editor Marcus Alton - Bell says he enjoyed playing under Cloughie. "I remember he used to take us down to the beach for training sessions," he recalled.

"Brian had been an outstanding goalscorer, so as a centre-forward who scored a lot of goals I really enjoyed playing for him." Bell had also recalled with a smile how he poured a bucket of water over Brian - by accident. It was a case of mistaken identity! Adds Marcus: "It was a privilege to speak to Terry and hear his lovely memories. His family are very much in our thoughts at this sad time."


Message For Mills

Advice from the Master Manager has helped a former Cloughie player secure a place in the Conference play-off final. Gary Mills, who was a teenager when he won the European Cup with Brian at Nottingham Forest, is now manager at non-league Gateshead.

Mills' side face Cambridge United at Wembley on May 18th, to fight for a place in the Football League. It follows Gateshead's victory over Grimsby in the semi-final. Speaking to the BBC, Mills said advice from Brian all those years ago had paid dividends.

"What I learnt from him is the game is simple, so keep things basic but make sure the players enjoy it," he said. "The season is long, so you have to enjoy it from day one. Yes, you have good and bad times, but you have to try and smile all the time." Victory over Cambridge would see Gateshead return to the Football League after a 54-year absence.


Wembley Memories

Twenty five years ago, Cloughie was reflecting on a successful trip to Wembley, after beating fellow First Division side Luton Town in the Littlewoods Cup Final. It was to be the first of two consecutive League Cup final wins.

In his programme notes for the following league match (April 1989), Brian was full of praise for the Forest fans. He wrote: "You did us proud at Wembley on Sunday and, once we had got on the front foot in the second half, I think we did you proud too." Forest had gone a goal behind before two goals from Brian's son Nigel and another from Neil Webb helped them win the trophy.

Brian continued: "I said before the match that I would rather be sitting at home with my grandson watching the game on television, keeping my fingers crossed that we won and hoping that my son got a goal. I can tell you I missed not being with my grandson but at least in years to come I will be able to take a leaf (or is it leak?) out of Max Boyce's book and tell my grandson: 'I was there.'"

Cloughie also reflected on the significance of lifting another major trophy. "Even the hassle of getting back up the M1 on Sunday night was made tolerable because we saw for ourselves that we had put a smile on so many people's faces. And what we also did in beating Luton 3-1 was put at end to all the stick we've taken because we haven't won a major trophy for yonks.

"If I had had a pound for every time I've seen it written that 'Cloughie hasn't won a trophy for so many years' I could buy Wembley stadium and have a few bob spare to pay for the refit that's going on. It was lovely to be back there, great to see us win and I couldn't have been a happier man as I trooped off down the tunnel early to let the lads get on with their celebrations." At the end of the month, Cloughie's side were back at Wembley, beating Everton in the Simod Cup Final.


Trevor's Tribute

A special tribute has been paid to Cloughie by former England striker Trevor Francis - who said the Master Manager is still sadly missed, as we approach the tenth anniversary of him passing away. Francis also revealed how his mind was made up to sign for Forest, even before he arrived for talks at the City Ground.

Francis said Cloughie had a special presence which affected everyone around him. "Wherever he was, when he walked in a room he had this aura around him and everyone stopped. Not many people have that. Even when he was on television, I used to think he was compelling viewing. He's a sad loss, he really is."

Brian was a big factor in Francis' decision to join Forest and the striker says although the initial discussions lasted nearly four hours, he had already decided to sign for the Reds, if the financial offer was right. Francis is pictured (below) with Cloughie who arrived at the ground following a squash match and still holding his racquet.

 


Francis told the Sky Sports 'Fantasy Football' show (March 2014) that he had asked for a clause his contract to allow him to leave Forest if Clough left the club. But Brian replied that Peter Shilton had already asked for the same clause and the Football Association had turned it down.

Francis, who scored the winning goal for Forest in the 1979 European Cup final, was asked whether Forest would have been as successful without Cloughie at the helm. Francis replied that when Brian spent time in the sunshine in Cala Millor in Majorca, his assistant Peter Taylor would take charge of the team.

"As good as Peter was as a Number Two, he was not the Number One and you could guarantee we would lose the match without Brian Clough being there. So I think that answers the question." Francis also described how Brian angrily accused him of cheating after his first match - a goal-less draw against Ipswich.

"It was a lacklustre game and with seven minutes to go a cross came over and I couldn't quite get on the end of it - so I punched it in. I thought I'd got away with it. Afterwards, I got the biggest verbal volley from Cloughie. He said, 'Listen, you're not playing for Birmingham City now. This is cheating. We're Nottingham Forest and we do things in the correct way. Don't ever do that again."


You'll Never Beat Him

Former England defender Des Walker has described how Cloughie was a father figure to him, after leaving his home in London as a teenager and joining Nottingham Forest. Walker, who earned 59 caps with his country, said Brian was clearly the best boss he ever played for.

"I came to Nottingham as a 16-year-old and he was a role model, he was like a Dad," said Walker. "He had that skill of getting the best out of yourself. He was by far the best manager that I ever had - by a long way. For me, he simplified the game. He didn't ask you to do something you couldn't do.

"He asked you to do what you could do - and do it well. That was one of his biggest strengths." Walker said he always hoped to be praised by the Master Manager after a match. "You played the game to hear him say at the end of the 90 minutes, 'Well done, son,' - it gave you such a lift because it wasn't often. It was such a big pat on the back."

 


Walker, pictured above listening to Cloughie, admitted that he never knew what to expect next from Brian - and that could influence how you felt towards him. But the former defender knew Clough's opinion would inevitably be correct! "I respected him because I had never come across anyone like him," said Walker.

Speaking on BBC Radio Nottingham's Pre-Match show (March 2014), Walker said: "In football and management, he was never wrong." He then added with a laugh: "He would love to tell you he was never wrong anyhow!"

"No two days were ever the same. You could like him or hate him, but you never stopped respecting him. He brought out the best in the players he had. He helped every player who played for him for any length of time - not only as a footballer but as a person."


Print Prize

To mark what would have been Cloughie's 79th birthday, we're going you the chance to win a special picture featuring the Cloughie statue and one of his famous quotes. The print, which brilliantly captures Brian's humour, features part of a well-known Cloughie quote and one of Nottingham's famous residents - a pigeon from the market square.

It's been compiled by Nottingham artist Corrina Rothwell, who based the picture around the statue, which was originally unveiled by Mrs Clough after a huge fund-raising campaign by fans. The quote refers to Cloughie's comment which was originally spotted by this website and placed on the Quotes page for posterity. In an interview following his life-saving operation, he said: "Don't send me flowers when I'm dead. If you like me, send them while I'm alive."

 


Corrina told this website: "Brian Clough's statue is so popular that it just had to be featured in my 'From Nottingham With Love' print series. I'm really pleased with how the image works, with the silhouette of the Watson Fothergill building in the background." You can enter the competition to win a signed print HERE.


Dreams Of Theatre

A theatre producer has told this website he is planning a special production to celebrate the life of Cloughie. Mark Whiteley from the Hard Graft Theatre Company in Oldham is originally from Nottingham. He hopes the show will feature the stories of fans who met the Great Man.

"I'm a huge Clough fan," says Mark. "He was such a fantastic man - there is no-one like him in football these days and we miss him. I'd like to produce a celebration of his life - so Dads who remember those brilliant days can take their own children to find out more about Brian Clough." Mark hopes the show will start in the East Midlands before going on tour during 2014 - marking the tenth anniversary of Cloughie passing away in September.


Memories of Dad

Brian's son Nigel has described how his Dad was able to deliver a motivational message to his players in just a few words. Nigel, who played for the Master Manager at Nottingham Forest, agreed that when it was necessary, his Dad could be very economical when it came to speaking to players before a match and at half-time.

"It was the truth, short and sharp and to the point," Nigel told BBC Radio (February 2014). "And it didn't leave anybody with any misunderstanding of where they stood in the situation. At half-time, he certainly didn't talk for the full ten minutes in those days. I don't know what he'd have done with the full 15 minutes these days.

"But he could get his point across in thirty seconds - less than that sometimes - and we all knew what we'd got to do from there." Nigel also said his Dad could hand-out collective and individual rollickings to the players. "Whatever was needed on the day. You can have nine or ten in your team who do particularly well and on the day you're let down by one or two and I think it's important to point out to them in the dressing room."

Nigel was speaking before his League One side Sheffield United's fifth round FA Cup tie against Championship Forest. He was asked about the Reds' defeat to Spurs in the 1991 FA Cup Final, a match which saw Paul Gascoine stretchered off after committing two horrendous challenges. Nigel agreed that Forest should have won the game and that his Dad had struggled to get over the events of that day, leaving the FA Cup as the one trophy that eluded him.

"I think of Roger Milford (the referee) quite frequently," said Nigel. Referring to Gazza, he added: "He left the field after two of the worst tackles you will see on a football pitch and without so much as a yellow card, which is still bewildering to this day." Of Forest's fortunes that day, he commented: "It was the one chance - I think it was on for us that day, but unfortunately events turned against us."

 


Nigel, pictured above as Burton Albion manager with his Dad and the famous trophy, was also asked how Brian would have fared in the modern game, particularly with the increased influence of agents and a new breed of owners. "Agents were just on the increase as he was leaving - so that was a good thing," laughed Nigel. "He just wanted to deal with the players."

Nigel said there had been stories of players being asked to sign blank contracts, even though they pointed out to Brian that there were no figures (wages etc) on the documents. Nigel said his Dad would say something like: 'Well, you trust me don't you?' In those situations, it was all about trust. "They would sign the blank contract and everything was absolutely to the letter what was agreed, so if that trust was there, you didn't need someone else."

Speaking about how the game has changed over the years, Nigel said: "A lot of the values and everything that he was brought up with and stood for within football are being undermined these days unfortunately. So I think he would have struggled with that aspect of it. He wasn't keen on the chairmen and directors of the old days, but now there's a new breed of people in football with their own opinions - and with very little experience of actually working in football."


Still Motivating

Nottingham Forest striker Simon Cox has revealed how Cloughie's legacy is an inspiration for the current squad of players at the City Ground as they challenge for promotion to the Premier League. Cox says some of Brian's famous quotes are printed in big letters around the training ground to inspire the current generation of Forest stars.

"Every day we go in to train, we're reminded of Brian Clough," says Cox. "It is there in big slogans - dotted all around the place, and posted in big, bold letters - for us to read. The man was clearly a genius, winning back-to-back European Cups."

The quotes include some originally collected and featured on this website and which have now become legendary. One of them followed England's exit from Euro 2000. Cloughie, said: "Players lose you games, not tactics. There's so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes."

Cox added: "You come to a football club and you get a sense of what they're about. Here, though, it's more than a sense. It's the knowledge that a tradition was created and it is our responsibility to carry that forward." (Irish Times, February 2014)


Inspirational Choice

The parents of a young man who died from a brain tumour have thanked the Brian Clough Memorial Fund for a donation to their charity appeal in memory of their son. Chris and Biba McDermott received a cheque for £7,500 and what they described as a moving letter from the Clough family.

This website reported exclusively in November how the couple's appeal was among a number of good causes to receive the final donations from the memorial fund. Mr and Mrs McDermott's son Frazer was just twenty years old when he died in 2011. The couple are raising money to build a respite centre near Nottingham's QMC hospital for families of brain tumour patients.

Chris said a letter to them from Elizabeth Clough said: "Our father would have been very inspired by Frazer." Added Chris: "We were really honoured to receive such an amazing letter from such a legendary family in the area, remembering Frazer in that way. It was so moving."

The fund for Frazers House aims to raise £300,000. The current total is £250,000, with the memorial fund donation spurring the couple on to reach their goal. You can read more about the donations from the memorial fund HERE.


FA Cup Loyalty

Brian's son Nigel says his Dad would have been saddened by the apparent demise of the FA Cup in some quarters. Nigel - the manager of League One's Sheffield United - was speaking before his side's 2-1 victory over Premiership Aston Villa, whose boss Paul Lambert had said most Premier League managers could 'do without' the cup.

Nigel told the Daily Mail (January 2014) that although he had sympathy for Lambert's situation, his Dad would have struggled to be so understanding. "I think he would have been saddened," he said. "He wanted to attack competitions on every front. It didn't matter what it was, the Watney Cup or whatever. He'd pursue it with equal vigour. For instance, we won the Simod Cup when he was at Forest."

The FA Cup was the only trophy that eluded Cloughie's treasure trove of success. But now it's all about survival in the Premier League, even for clubs the size of Villa. "Yes, it's sad," said Nigel. "For some clubs, to finish 17th in the Premier League is success - and it's a shame when it's at the expense of the FA Cup. At Forest, the likes of Garry Birtles and John Robertson would play about 150 games in two seasons.

"What this throws up is that the gap between the top clubs and the rest is too big. If the gap was smaller, there wouldn't be such a fear of relegation from the Premiership. But I have sympathy for Paul because for Villa to be relegated would be devastating for them financially." Nigel added: "The cup is still special to fans and players, especially English ones."


Red Letter Day

A Cloughie fan says he still treasures a letter he received from Brian Clough twenty-five years ago. Terry Doherty was just eleven years old when he received the personally-signed letter from the Master Manager in December 1988.

Terry, who lives on Merseyside, told this website: "I wrote to Mr Clough to say how much I loved Forest and what a great manager I thought he was. He wrote back to say he was very interested in what I had written. It felt amazing to get a personal reply from him and the letter is still my pride and joy all these years later. In fact, it's in a frame on the wall in my house."

 


Terry says he still looks for Forest's results each week, although he is a regular follower of Liverpool these days. He adds: "I have four children now - and let's just say they all know who Brian Clough is. He was an amazing manager. The website is fantastic and holds a lot of great memories."


Tribute Book Offer

To mark the fifth anniversary of a special Cloughie tribute book, this website is giving you the chance to buy a signed copy at half-price. 'Young Man, You've Made My Day' is described by Four Four Two magazine as 'the story of a life-long devotion to Old Big 'Ead by Brian Clough's No.1 fan.' It includes a foreword by Barbara Clough who attended the book's launch in December 2008.

The book was written by website editor Marcus Alton, whose royalties are being donated to charity and have already raised hundreds of pounds for the Brian Clough Memorial Fund. Including twenty colour images, the book describes how one man's admiration for his football hero led to lasting tributes, on-line and in bronze, for the man known as the Master Manager. Marcus also describes his meetings with Cloughie - with one occasion leading to the book's title.

A review in the Nottingham Forest matchday magazine described the book as a 'labour of love' and a 'fantastic tribute' - repeating words used by Barbara Clough in her foreword. You can read more about it and order a signed copy at the special offer price (until January 20th 2014) HERE.


Charity Thanks Memorial Fund

A charity that helps sick children has thanked the Brian Clough Memorial Fund for a donation to help young cancer patients and their families. It follows the presentation of a cheque for £7,500 to the children's cancer ward at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham (November, 2013).

The cheque was presented by website editor and author Marcus Alton, whose royalties from two books about Cloughie have helped to raise money for the memorial fund. Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Nottingham Hospitals Charity was Louise Whittle, whose ten year old daughter Rose was a patient on the ward and died in March 2013 following a brain tumour.

Said Louise: "I'd like to thank the memorial fund and Marcus for the kind donation. Anything we can do to make life easier for other families is a great legacy to Rose and that's what she would have wanted. I think Rose and Cloughie would have got on fantastically."

 


Louise (left) is pictured, above, receiving the cheque, alongside 12-year-old Harvey Jones, 13-year-old Toni Hardington and Marcus Alton. The donation is among the final ones given by the memorial fund, which has provided more than £55,000 to a range of good causes over an eight-year period. You can read more about the fund and exclusive quotes from the Clough family HERE.


Memories Of First Boss

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he's proud that Cloughie was his first boss. Dyche was an apprentice at the City Ground but didn't make a first team appearance. But he looks back with fond memories of his time with the Master Manager.

Dyche told the Lancashire Telegraph he takes pride in calling Clough his first boss. "It means a lot - such a powerful figure, physically how he was and what he demanded from the players and the feeling he gave you but also with what he'd done in the game."

Speaking before his side's 1-1 draw with his old team Forest at the City Ground (November, 2013), Dyche reflected: "I was very young - 16 through 19 before I left - so you have the maximum respect for these people anyway. I wouldn't say you were scared of him, but he could un-nerve you. You would be un-erved, no two ways about it.

"When he came down the corridor you stood to attention almost, not in the way of an army, but you'd just go 'morning boss' and keep it pretty minimal and players would duck and dive out of the way. You normally got a warning sign when his dog Del Boy appeared.

"As soon as Del Boy came down the corridor you knew the boss wasn't far behind. He always liked to be called 'Boss' not 'Gaffer,' smiled Dyche. "To take a club like Nottingham Forest to two European Cups is quite incredible when you look back, especially when you look at what's going on in European football now. They were certainly a side that were bucking the trend at that time and continued to do that for many years."


Memorial Fund

A fund set-up in memory of Cloughie has donated more than £55,000 to charity since it was established. The Brian Clough Memorial Fund has now made its final donations - totalling £30,000 - to help a range of good causes.

Among the final charities to benefit from the fund is the children's cancer ward at Nottingham Children's Hospital in the Queen's Medical Centre. A cheque for £7,500 will be presented to the Nottingham Hospitals Charity. Among other organisations receiving the same amount is Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre, providing holidays to Skegness for disadvantaged children.

In a statement issued to this website, Brian's children Simon, Nigel and Elizabeth said: "We are delighted that the memorial fund is able to make these donations to such good causes. Many people have been very generous and we hope the money will make a real difference."

Some of the money raised follows donations of royalties from two Cloughie books by website editor Marcus Alton, who commented: "Brian's generosity is one of the many qualities that shone through when I was collecting memories for my book 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' and I think it is only fitting that a fund set-up in his memory has helped many people."

Any further royalties from the books will still go to a charity close to the hearts of Brian and Barbara Clough. You can read more quotes from the Clough family and find out more about the memorial fund and the books HERE.


Statue Anniversary

Brian Clough's family have described how proud they are that Nottingham's bronze statue has become a well-known and much-loved landmark in the city. This month marks the fifth anniversary of the stunning sculpture which was unveiled by Barbara Clough in front of more than five-thousand people on November 6th, 2008.

That memorable day of the unveiling followed a major fund-raising campaign by fans which saw the £60,000 target smashed within 18 months. A small fund-raising committee had been brought together by the editor of this website and the Brian Clough Statue Fund was established. It organised many events - including a gala dinner at the Council House - and sold specially-made memorabilia. A collection at the City Ground raised around £4,000 alone.

 


Mrs Clough sadly passed away in July this year. But in a statement for this website, Brian and Barbara's children - Simon, Nigel and Elizabeth - said the day of the unveiling had left many special memories. They said: "The statue in Nottingham always meant a lot to Mum and she was delighted to be able to unveil it on that special day. She always said that Dad would have been amazed to have his own statue and we feel immensely proud that it has become such a lasting landmark and tribute."

The man who chaired the Brian Clough Statue Fund, Paul Ellis, said the support of the Clough family had been vital to the success of the whole project. He added: "It was wonderful that Mrs Clough unveiled the statue and that so many members of the Clough family were also there on that memorable day, along with former players and thousands of fans."

The leader of the city council, Jon Collins, said: "Just as Brian Clough raised Nottingham's profile around the world, it is great to see foreign visitors admire the statue when they come here. It is undoubtedly a special part of the city landscape and a superb tribute." You can read more of the Clough family quotes given to this website and see photo's of that special day HERE.


The Honours Scandal

A former political spin-doctor has revealed how Buckingham Palace blocked attempts to introduce posthumous knighthoods - the same honour which this website campaigned for over Cloughie. In his book 'Power Trip', Damian McBride describes how the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown wanted the honour introduced in order to recognise the wartime codebreaker Alan Turing.

McBride, Gordon Brown's former aide, says: "As for me, I thought the proposal would go down a storm with supporters of football clubs whose managerial legends had died unrecognised." But he adds: "I then encountered the combined strength of the senior civil service and Buckingham Palace officials. They were not having it - not under any circumstances."

He says the officials told him that receiving a knighthood was like being given membership of a special club - and that you ceased to be a member when you died. McBride was told that the Queen didn't want to do it and that Mr Brown would have to speak to her if he felt so strongly. "Game, set and match," says McBride, who knew the PM would not raise the subject if he had no chance of success.

McBride says the whole episode left a bitter taste. He was later left to reflect on the fact that if anyone was ever stripped of their knighthood following their death "it will knock a bloody great hole in the one supposedly incontrovertible argument that 'membership of the club' ceases to exist after death." He added: "I haven't given up yet."

The editor of this website handed in a 7,500 signature petition at Downing Street in October 2004. But government officials replied that posthumous knighthoods could be given only to the military for acts of gallantry. You can read more about the knighthood campaign HERE. Damian McBride's book, serialised in a national newspaper, is published by Biteback at £20.


Derby Departure

A former newspaper journalist has recalled the day he typed Brian Clough's resignation letter which paved the way for his controversial departure from Derby County. After enjoying league championship success at the Baseball Ground, Clough's relationship with Rams chairman Sam Longson turned sour over the Master Manager's appearances on television. It eventually led Clough and assistant Peter Taylor to resign in October 1973.

Former Derby Evening Telegraph journalist Gerald Mortimer recalled: "Clough had become the celebrity manager and was seduced by the prospect of succeeding Jimmy Hill as part-time presenter of ITV show 'On the Ball.' Mortimer says the arrival of Jack Kirkland as a director also signalled the end for Clough.

"Clough and Taylor would not be shifted and, at their request, I typed two letters of resignation," Mortimer told the Telegraph (October 2013). Derby fans mounted a campaign to re-instate Cloughie, but Longson was stubborn and will be remembered by many as the chairman who let the Master Manager go.

In later years, Cloughie reflected: "I had become too big for him...never let anyone underestimate the power of those in charge of football clubs. When I joined Derby one of the first things Longson told me was that directors had to stand down at the age of 65. The second he reached 65 - he changed the rule!" Cloughie also admitted that resigning from Derby was "the biggest professional mistake of my career."


Trophy Match

Nottingham Forest won the Brian Clough Trophy (September 2013), after it had resided at Derby County's Pride Park for the previous two years. The trophy is the prize each time Cloughie's two former sides meet in a competitive match. It was launched in July, 2007.

More than 28,000 fans were at the City Ground to see Forest lift the trophy with a 1-0 win over Derby in the Championship. Andy Reid is pictured, below, celebrating after the game alongside captain Chris Cohen.

 


Derby had previously retained the trophy with two wins and a draw. Their defeat to Forest marked the final game in charge of Derby for Brian's son, Nigel, who is still remembered as a Reds hero for his outstanding performances for Forest when his Dad was manager. You can read more about the Brian Clough Trophy and see it in the Forest trophy cabinet, HERE.


Ronnie Fenton

It is with sadness that we report the death of Brian Clough's former assistant manager, Ronnie Fenton, who has passed away at the age of 73. Brian once described him as "a valuable friend and ally." Ronnie spent sixteen seasons on the coaching staff at Nottingham Forest - six of which were as Cloughie's assistant. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Forest have also extended their condolences to the Fenton family.


Tattoo Tribute

A Cloughie fan has revealed his unusual tribute to the Great Man. Twenty-six year old Luke Green, who is a Nottingham Forest season ticket holder, now has a tattoo of Old Big 'Ead on his thigh. He told this website: "Brian Clough was a special person, so I had this done in his honour."

Luke, who lives in Market Harborough in Leicestershire, says it took six hours to finish the tattoo at a studio in Northamptonshire. "It was all done on the same day and it was very painful," says Luke. "But it was well worth it because Brian is my hero."

 


Luke added: "I never had the chance to meet the Great Man because I am a bit too young, but I am a massive fan of his and of Nottingham Forest. I love everything about him and what he did for Nottingham and football."


Never Forgotten

September 20th, 2013, marks nine years since Brian Clough passed away. The thoughts of all Cloughie fans are with his family, who also suffered the loss of Brian's widow Barbara in July this year. They will never be forgotten - the memories will be cherished. You can reflect on the civic tribute for Brian HERE and memorial service HERE from nine years ago - and read fans' tributes HERE or send one yourself using the e-mail link on that page.


Middlesbrough Memories

A Cloughie fan in Thailand has contacted this website with his memories of watching the Great Man play for Middlesbrough more than fifty years ago. Howard Paul, who is originally from Manchester, recalls seeing the young Boro striker in action at Old Trafford. It's a memory that is still vivid, all these years later.

Howard, who lives in Chiang Mai, says: "Born and raised in Manchester, I am of course a life-long City fan. Around 1959, my father forced me to attend a league match at that place we don't like to mention! You know, just up the road from Old Trafford Cricket Ground. The Reds were hosting Middlesbrough and a home victory was inevitable.

"However, my eye was caught by the lively, classy and slightly arrogant Middlesbrough Number 9 - clearly a cut above the mediocrities with whom he was playing. Like all the other little kids, I was passed over the heads of the crowd to stand right at the front, directly behind the Stretford End goal. I still have this picture in my mind of him - ending up grabbing at the back of the net having gone up to challenge at a corner, no more than 10 feet away from me."

In his e-mail. Howard continues: "Some home fans might have wondered, 'Who does he think he is?' Brian Howard Clough, of course. Not necessarily the greatest human being in the history of British competitive sport..but in the top one!"

Cloughie made his debut for Middlesbrough against Barnsley on September 17th, 1955, and went on to score 197 league goals in 213 appearances. Looking back in later years he commented: "What would a striker with a record like that be worth today?"


'He Was A Genius' - Mills

A former Cloughie player has warned of the dangers of trying to copy Old Big 'Ead in management. Gary Mills is the new boss at Conference side Gateshead, having previously won promotion to the Football League as manager of York City. And he admitted he learned a lot from Cloughie, who gave him his Forest debut when he was just sixteen years old.

"Of course I learned from the man. He always used to say, 'it's a simple game', and it is a simple game," Mills told BBC Sport (September 2013). "But I'm my own man, if you try to copy Clough you'll fall flat on your face. He was a genius in every way you could think of, and I think there's been quite a few players who played under him that went into work with the same philosophy and it's no secret most of them have been successful."

Mills also played in the European Cup for the Reds - starting the 1980 final against Hamburg. Having been part of Forest's success under Clough in the late 1970's and early 1980's, it is no surprise he picked-up good footballing habits. Mills' emphasis on passing the ball earned him praise and promotion at York City, with all the hallmarks of Clough's blueprint. He also won the FA Trophy at Wembley.

"My philosophy is to play football with the ball on the deck, to play attacking football, to be disciplined with and without the ball, to be disciplined in and around the football club, to be disciplined in the city when you're representing the football club and be professional at all times," he said.


Five Goal Fever

Fifty five years ago, Brian Clough was celebrating scoring five goals in a match for Middlesbrough. Afterwards, he joked that the new responsibility of being captain had held him back! It was in the opening game of the season, on August 23rd, 1958, that Cloughie led his side to a 9-0 victory at home to Brighton.

In scoring five goals in one match, Cloughie set a post-war record for Boro which still stands today. George Camsell was the only previous player to score that number in a competitive game for the club, back in 1935. The win over Brighton, in the Second Division, remains Boro's biggest victory.

 


Clough's first goal of the game put Boro 2-0 up on 15 minutes. He scored his side's fifth goal on 41 minutes. Shortly after the break, Clough added to his tally. The Middlesbrough Gazette's match report (below) described the action: "The second half was only five minutes old when the crowd of over 30,000 had a sixth goal to cheer. Harris was the man behind a move which ended in Clough gaining possession, beating his man and slashing the ball past a hopelessly-beaten Hollins."

 




Having scored a hat-trick, Cloughie continued to find the back of the net, making it 7-0 on 60 minutes. After a further goal from Peacock, Clough scored his fifth goal - and Boro's ninth - eight minutes from time. The Gazette reported: "At the end of a nightmare match for young Hollins, Clough went up to the young keeper and offered his sincere sympathy."


Tram On Track

Nottingham's Brian Clough tram has undergone a make-over as part of a £300,000 refurbishment of the city's fleet. The tram bearing the Great Man's name is one of fifteen to benefit from the facelift which includes new LED lights and seats. It's pictured leaving the depot at Wilkinson Street having undergone the refurbishment. Since being launched more than nine years ago, the tram - like the city's bronze statue of the Great Man - has become a well-known sight in the city.

 


The General Manager for the tram operators NET, Paul Robinson, says he's pleased with the make-over of the trams, including the one bearing the name of the Master Manager, ahead of new tram lines opening in the near future. "For a system that is nine years old, our trams are in good condition and our customers have played their part in keeping them this way," he said. "However, the time was right to give them a comprehensive refresh as we build up to the launch of the expanded network."

 




The Brian Clough tram was used as part of the launch event for the statue fund in Nottingham back in 2005. Members of the fund's committee travelled on the tram from the Forest Recreation Ground to the Council House, where they were presented with banners which had been displayed in the city centre following Cloughie's death in 2004. The banners, featuring his picture and famous quotes, were donated by the city council and then auctioned off to help raise thousands of pounds towards smashing through the statue fund's £60,000 target within 18 months.

 



Members of the statue fund committee are pictured, above, with the actor Colin Tarrant (left) at the fund's launch event on June 17th, 2005. Colin, who was portraying Cloughie in a tribute play at the time, has since sadly passed away. His support of the fund will never be forgotten. You can read more about the statue fund campaign HERE.


Barbara Clough

It is with great sadness that we report the death of a very special lady - Brian's widow, Barbara. The couple were married in Middlesbrough on April 4th, 1959 - Brian described it as the most important day of his life. In interviews, Brian always said he 'struck it lucky' when he first met Barbara, in his hometown of Middlesbrough where they both lived at the time.

Mrs Clough was a great supporter of this website and we are indebted to her for her encouragement and support. In 2010 she sent a personal message to congratulate this website on its tenth anniversary. She also personally unveiled the statue of Brian in Nottingham in November 2008. Her help and support for the project was invaluable. Mrs Clough wrote the foreword of a tribute book by website editor Marcus Alton, and also contributed her memories for his book 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' - both of which helped to raise money for the Brian Clough Memorial Fund.

A statement released by her three children, Simon, Nigel and Elizabeth, and published by the Derby Telegraph said: "Our Mum sadly passed away on Saturday evening (July 20th, 2013) after a short illness. She will be greatly missed by everyone. Our thanks go to the staff at the Royal Derby Hospital, especially those in the Nightingale MacMillan Unit. It is a sad time for the family and we would appreciate if our privacy could be respected at this time."

The chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham, Paul Ellis, said: "All those involved with the statue fund are deeply saddened to hear that Mrs Clough has passed away and our thoughts are very much with her family. Mrs Clough was a very special lady and we are still so grateful for her support of the statue project in Nottingham, attending our gala fund-raising dinner and helping to choose the final design and sculptor.

"We felt very honoured when she agreed to personally unveil the statue in Nottingham and it was an unforgettable moment when she officially unveiled the sculpture in front of five-thousand people in the city centre. At the time, Mrs Clough said Brian would have been amazed at the very thought of a statue. Mrs Clough - like Brian - will always stay in our thoughts and our hearts."

 


Mrs Clough is pictured, above, with grand-daughter Natalie at the unveiling of the Nottingham statue, following a huge fund-raising effort by ordinary supporters. The picture below shows Mrs Clough during the selection process for the design of the statue in Nottingham. Statements from Nottingham Forest and Derby County have expressed their sadness at the news Mrs Clough has passed away.

Nottingham Forest said Mrs Clough "was widely regarded as a tremendously supportive figure to her husband and the club is immensely saddened by the news." The statement from Derby County - where son Nigel is manager - said Mrs Clough was a "hugely respected figure within the club and the wider community, and her contribution to the success of Derby County should not be under-estimated. The club will offer its full support to her children Nigel, Simon and Elizabeth, and their families, at this difficult time." You can read Mrs Clough's original message for the website's anniversary HERE. Recall that fantastic day when Mrs Clough unveiled the statue in Nottingham HERE.

 




Former Nottingham Forest striker Garry Birtles agreed that the support Mrs Clough gave her husband behind the scenes could not be under-estimated. "They say behind every great man was a great woman and that was truly the case with Barbara. She was always a source of stability - a rock for Brian."

Website editor Marcus Alton paid tribute to Mrs Clough on BBC Radio Nottingham, who contacted him for their Drivetime programme. "Mrs Clough was a very special lady and I will always be indebted to her for her help and support. She was extremely kind to me and it was an honour to know her. In her memories of Brian, Mrs Clough told me that - alongside the unforgettable trips to Munich, Madrid and Wembley - her abiding memories of Brian were of his kindness and generosity. I can truly say that those qualities were so true of Mrs Clough too."


Emotional Farewell

As another season draws to a close, it's poignant to reflect on events twenty years ago, when Brian Clough retired from football management and made an emotional farewell. Following an outstanding managerial career in which he lifted countless trophies, including two league titles and two successive European Cups, his fans showed their appreciation for the years of enjoyment he had brought them. Forget Fergie's retirement, this is what we call a real send-off.....

 


Although Cloughie's Nottingham Forest lost their last home league match of the 1992-93 season, marking their relegation from the Premiership, the Great Man's achievements could not be overlooked - and his fans were determined to show their love and gratitude. A policeman on duty at the City Ground that day remembers being on the pitch with Brian as supporters surrounded him.

Says Brendan Hunt: "I recall pushing through the crowd, who were making towards Brian, and with two or three other officers formed a Police cordon around him, to offer him some protection from the crowd who were simply mobbing him. He looked tired and almost beaten, and perhaps a little overwhelmed. I said to him, 'Are you alright Brian?' and he replied, 'Oh yes, young man!' and he continued to conduct his pitch farewell.

"I don't really remember how Brian escaped the pitch invasion around him, or really what happened next, but this pitch walk seemed a long and exhausting one. I try to get to the City Ground as often as I can, and the events of that day come back to me each time I go. I mainly sit in the Brian Clough Stand and try to recall which set of stairs I was standing on when the pitch was invaded, but I can't. I can just remember whereabouts I was on the pitch when I came face to face with Brian Clough, and an event I shall never forget."

Cloughie fan Lee Allsop also recalls meeting Brian after the final reserve match in the same season. Lee was waiting behind the Main Stand when he suddenly had the chance to meet his hero. He instinctively shook Brian's hand, kissed him on both cheeks and thanked him for all the wonderful years.

Says Lee: "Looking back, I don't think I ever really believed I would meet Brian Clough anywhere close-up to thank him personally for all the great times. It never entered my head that I would get the chance. However since that meeting, and especially since Brian died, I have always been glad that when the opportunity arose I acted the way I did."

Brendan and Lee's memories are among the many included (from Brian's friends, family and fans) in 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' which is helping to raise money for the Brian Clough Memorial Fund. There are more details about the book - including a special discount and how to buy signed copies - HERE.


Book Praised

A Cloughie tribute book has received glowing praise in the Nottingham Forest matchday magazine. Reviewed by Richard Harrison as part of a series of features looking at books with Forest links, 'Young Man, You've Made My Day' is described as a 'fantastic tribute' - repeating the words of Barbara Clough in the book's foreword. The book, written by the editor of this website, describes the inspiration for the site and tells the story of the knighthood campaign and the Nottingham statue, as well as the author's meetings with the Great Man.

Says Harrison: "The narrative flows fluidly from chapter to chapter, the end of each one hinting at what is to come in the next. The story would be of interest to anyone with an appreciation of Clough's achievements but will particularly appeal to those who purchased memorabilia or made donations to the (statue) fund." You can read more about the book - and order signed copies - HERE.


Memories of Special Day

Twenty years ago, Brian Clough was made an Honorary Freeman of the City of Nottingham. He became the city's 31st Freeman in a special ceremony at Nottingham Council House. Cloughie was also given a chauffer-driven tour of city landmarks, including the Robin Hood statue.

The then leader of Nottingham City Council, Betty Higgins, commented: "There's a saying that Nottingham's two most famous people are Robin Hood and Brian Clough, and not unlike our legendary hero, Mr Clough has brought glory and pride to the city." It's safe to say that Brian has also achieved legendary status following his 18 years as manager of Nottingham Forest.

 


Some years later, Brian wrote that he kept his freedom scroll in a casket on top of his mother's mangle, which had been restored, and took pride of place in his dining room. "My whole life is there in one small part of one room," he said. Ten years after being granted the Freedom of Nottingham, Cloughie became an Honorary Freeman of Derby. You can reflect on the quotes and pictures from that special day in Nottingham HERE.


Brian's Birthday

On the 21st March, 2013, Brian Clough would have celebrated his 78th birthday. So, first of all, Happy Birthday to the Master Manager! Twenty years ago, he marked his special day with relatives from the north-east, when they visited the City Ground for Nottingham Forest's match against Leeds United in the Premier League.

Brian's special visitors baked a cake which they presented to him before the game. Brian is pictured, below, with his sister Doreen (left) and cousins Olive, Pauline and Rhona. The match, played on a Sunday afternoon, ended in a 1-1 draw, with Cloughie's son Nigel scoring for Forest.

 


Brian commented at the time: "It was a nice surprise. My 'country cousins' are big supporters and love to come down to games. I just wish we had been celebrating three points against Leeds instead of one." There are many other great Cloughie memories on this website - and in the tribute book The Day I Met Brian Clough which includes stories from his friends, fans and family. It's currently available on this website at a discount.


Reid My Lips

Nottingham Forest's Irish international Andy Reid has recalled the time he met Brian Clough and they shared a joke after a match. "He came to a game - Coventry, I think," explains Reid, who was named Man of the Match. The Master Manager decided he would present Reid with his award. "I'd missed a couple of chances in the game even though I'd played quite well, and he said, 'Son, you're a good player, I was really impressed with you and I'm glad you got Man of the Match, but you need to stop watching Jonny Wilkinson. He kicks it over the bar, you're supposed to kick it under.' Everyone fell about laughing. Me too." Reid's story is part of an excellent interview in the February-March edition of the Left Lion newspaper.


Tribute Book Offer

There's now a special offer exclusive to this website - you can buy a copy of a tribute Brian Clough book, signed by the author, at a fantastic 50% discount. 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' contains memories and tributes from Cloughie's family, friends and fans. His daughter Elizabeth has described it as a tremendous collection of memories and anecdotes - "a lovely tribute to Dad." Royalties go to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund. You can buy copies and take advantage of the fantastic discount HERE.


Master Manager's Milestone

The famous green sweatshirt was accompanied by a red and white scarf and a chef's hat when Cloughie celebrated a milestone as manager of Nottingham Forest, back in January, 1990. Brian was pictured cutting a specially-made cake to mark his 15th anniversary at the City Ground.

The Master Manager also gave a special interview as part of the anniversary celebrations - describing his most enjoyable times with Forest. And he revealed that the two European Cup successes did not top the list for personal satisfaction when it came to the club's roll of honours during his remarkable reign at Forest. Read his comments and see the anniversary photo HERE.


Car Park Surprise

A former Cloughie player has described how he received a surprise gift from the Master Manager - a brand new car. Terry Curran left Doncaster Rovers and signed for Old Big 'Ead at Nottingham Forest in August 1975, after Clough had arrived at the City Ground in January that year. And he remembers reporting for training one day and being told that Cloughie wanted to have a chat with him first.

"Naturally I wondered what I had done wrong," says Curran. "I was completely mystified when he asked me to give him my car keys. Nevertheless I handed over the keys to my Triumph Spitfire without asking. All I could think of was that he was looking for something hidden in the car." After training, Curran went to Cloughie's office to ask for his keys back.

"He handed me a pair but when I went out into the car park I couldn't immediately spot my vehicle." Curran asked where his car was and explained that he couldn't see it. "Oh yes, you can," said Cloughie. "It's over there!" Curran added: "Unbelievably, in the time I'd been training, he had sold my car and bought me a new Capri. I was flabbergasted." Cloughie explained to Curran that, as he was driving regularly up and down the M1 to Doncaster and back, he should have a new car. "'You drive more miles than James Hunt,' he told me once. The way he handled the situation made me feel ten feet tall."

Curran spent two seasons at Forest but left to join Derby County before the Reds' double European Cup success. He is full of praise for Cloughie but less glowing towards assistant Peter Taylor. "I never got on with him at all and that played a major part in my premature exit from the City Ground," he says. "I never really trusted Taylor and found him rude to be honest." Curran's memories are in his new book 'Regrets of a Football Maverick' (£16.99 Vertical Editions).


Walk on Water

Not surprisingly, Brian Clough has been described as "a truly great man" who could walk on water....in a book looking at the history of Nottingham Forest. Author John Shipley describes the Master Manager as: "Unpredictable, confident to the extreme, concentrated and passionate, he was undoubtedly one of the finest strikers and managers the game of football has ever known." The book, 'The Nottingham Forest Miscellany,' (£9.99 The History Press) also contains the many quotes originally collected and listed for posterity by this website. You can read them HERE.


Charity Event

Plans have been announced for a charity event in memory of Brian Clough. The 10km fun run at Donington Park is aiming to raise money for a number of charities, including those for cancer, cerebral palsy and Nottingham hospitals. The event, which is not connected with this website, has a standard entry fee of £20. The 'Clough-Taylor Run' will be held on March 10th, 2013.


 

 

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