ARCHIVE NEWS 2005


Fund Boost

The statue fund in Nottingham has reached more than £20,000, thanks to the sales of special Cloughie sweatshirts. There's been a huge demand for the green sweaters, which feature the words 'Old Big 'Ead' as part of an embroidered badge. More have been produced after the initial batch of 100 sold out.

Costing just £20.00, the jumpers were sold at the City Information Centre in Nottingham (on Smithy Row, next to the Council House). Many fans bought sweaters from the supporters club office at the City Ground before Forest's match against Walsall on Saturday (December 10th). Among those keen to buy one and support the fund was Cloughie's former secretary at the City Ground, Carole Washington. Money raised is going to the fund for a statue of the Great Man in Nottingham.

The chairman of the fund, Paul Ellis, said he hoped the sweaters would be at the top of every fans' Chistmas present list. "The initial sales have exceeded all our expectations. Of course, Cloughie loved wearing his green sweater and we hope fans will wear these with pride, knowing they are making a valuable contribution to the efforts for a lasting tribute to a remarkable man."


Play On Tour

More details have been released about the national tour for the Cloughie play, 'Old Big 'Ead in The Spirit of the Man'. Colin Tarrant will once again take the starring role of the Master Manager, which he portrays brilliantly. The tour will start in Leicester on March 14th, 2006, and visit various theatres before a grand home-coming at the Nottingham Playhouse in May.

The production originally played to packed houses last June. Now it's hoped the tour will be just as successful. Said playwright Stephen Lowe: "I am delighted it's going ahead because the first run was such an extraordinary event. I am not saying what the ending for the play that tours will be yet, but it will be just as funny." There are more details about the play (including exclusive interviews) and the tour dates HERE. 


Charity Dinner

A dinner in tribute to Cloughie has raised more than twenty-thousand pounds for charity. Members of the Clough family attended the event in Nottingham. Former Forest stars were also there, including John Robertson, Ian Bowyer and Garry Birtles.

Brian's son Nigel paid tribute to his Dad and was asked about why he was always referred to by Cloughie as 'the number nine.' "It was to send out a message to everyone that no-one was special," said Nigel. "He could make you feel ten feet tall one minute, and then two feet tall probably in the same sentence. But he usually got it right." Read more about the dinner HERE. 


Legends Night

Three of Cloughie's legendary players were reunited to help raise cash for a statue of the Master Manager. A football forum was held at Forest's City Ground (November 3rd, 2005). Guests included the European Cup-winning captain John McGovern, alongside Kenny Burns and Nigel Jemson. Joining them on the panel was John Lawson, the only journalist who worked closely with Cloughie throughout his 18-year reign at Forest.

Speaking about the Master Manager, Burns said: "He was the best. I miss him. I miss his quips. I used to live near him and he always made me laugh. It's a sadder place without him." There are photo's and quotes from the event HERE. 


Auction for Rare Banner

A special piece of Cloughie memorabilia has been sold for £770 to help raise money for Nottingham's statue fund. An on-line auction was launched for a rare banner which was part of a civic tribute.

The double-sided banner was hung outside Nottingham's Council House. It features a picture of Cloughie alongside one of his famous quotes, referring to the fact he was overlooked for the England manager's job despite being the people's choice.

The quote reads: "I'm sure England selectors thought if they took me on and gave me the job, I'd want to run the show. They were shrewd because that's exactly what I would have done."

The successful bidder was also offered the opportunity of having the banner presented to them by a former Forest star at a special football forum at the City Ground. The forum is also raising money for the Brian Clough Statue Fund. More details about the banner HERE. 


Collection Boosts Fund

A big matchday collection for a statue of Brian Clough in Nottingham has raised more than four-thousand pounds. A team of volunteers received donations from fans around the City Ground before the match on Saturday (October 15th, 2005) between Nottingham Forest and Hartlepool - the club where Cloughie began his managerial career forty years ago.

The chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Committee, Paul Ellis, said: "We're absolutely delighted with the response from supporters. We'd like to thank Nottingham Forest and Hartlepool fans for being so generous. This has given the fund a big boost." The collection takes the fund's total to £17,000, which has been raised in just four months. 


Play To Return

The stage is set for a return of the Brian Clough tribute play. "Old Big 'Ead in The Spirit of the Man" will go on a national tour before returning to the Nottingham Playhouse, where it attracted sell-out audiences in June, 2005. The tour will start in Spring 2006 and theatre bosses want Cloughie fans around the UK to suggest potential venues.

The Chief Executive of the Playhouse, Stephanie Sirr, told this website: "We'd like to take it to many of the cities that have a particular link with Brian. It's a fairly big show. We're looking for theatres with 800 or more seats - and big enough to house that Major Oak!" There's more about the play HERE. 


Garden Tribute

Brian Clough's widow Barbara has officialy opened a garden at a business centre named after the Master Manager. A section of wasteland has been transformed into a haven of peace for workers at the centre in Derby. At the opening ceremony (September 24th, 2005), Barbara said: "I'm delighted that a garden has been created for use by staff at the centre. Brian was someone who recognised the importance of caring for your employees and I'm sure that he would have loved this idea."


On The Record

Nigel Clough has dispelled the myth about his Dad and a famous song by Frank Sinatra. Many people have associated the sentiments of 'My Way' with Cloughie, especially as Old Blue Eyes was a favourite singer of Old Big 'Ead. But speaking to fans in Nottingham, Nigel said: "I want to blow the myth that 'My Way' was Dad's favourite song. He didn't like it at all. But he was really chuffed to meet Frank Sinatra back stage at a concert."

Nigel was speaking during a personal appearance at the Cabaret club (September 22nd, 2005). He paid tribute to his Dad, saying he would have succeeded in whatever walk of life he'd have chosen. "He started work at the ICI factory and I'm sure if he'd have stayed there he would have become Managing Director. He ran Nottingham Forest from top to bottom. He knew instinctively what to do and that's what made him so special."


Fans Remember

Cloughie fans have been paying tribute to the Great Man as we reflect on the first anniversary of his death (September 20th). A minute's silence was observed before Nottingham Forest's home match against Bristol City, which was played on the anniversary itself. A wreath was placed around the bust of the Master Manager in the club's reception.

The first of the signs re-naming the A52 'Brian Clough Way' are also being put up in a joint venture by a number of councils. As we salute the best manager England never had, fans can look back at the memorial service and the civic tribute, with photo's and quotes from both events.


More Special Badges

Special badges in tribute to Cloughie have been back on sale, after a huge demand from fans. A further limited number have nearly sold out. Proceeds are going to the statue fund in Nottingham.

The pin badges, in the shape of Cloughie’s famous green sweatshirt, originally sold out within days of going on sale. The badges feature the words “Old Big ‘Ead”, the nickname he gave himself, written in gold lettering across the chest.

The chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Fund, Paul Ellis, said: "The response from fans has been tremendous and we were overwhelmed by the demand. The initial batch of 3,000 badges sold out very quickly. A final batch of 3,000 has been made and they are selling very quickly. The badges will remain limited edition. This is the last chance to buy them because no more of these will be made once they sell out." The badges cost £2 each.


Banner Bid

A pub licensee has been presented with a unique piece of football memorabilia featuring Brian Clough. Chris Billings bid nearly £1,000 in an on-line auction for a special banner which was part of a civic tribute for the Master Manager.

Chris says the banner will take pride of place at his pub, the Duke of Sussex in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. "I've always been a big fan of Cloughie," said Chris. "It'll be tremendous to have this special tribute banner which was displayed at the memorial service in Nottingham."

Proceeds from the auction on eBay will go to the Brian Clough Statue Fund, which aims to raise around £60,000 for a statue of Cloughie somewhere in Nottingham city centre. The fund, which was launched in June, has a current total of around £7,000. 


Marathon Men

Two runners in Nottingham's Robin Hood Half-Marathon have been raising money for a statue of the Great Man. Richard Hallam (38) and Seph Pochin (30) both volunteered to be sponsored for the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham.

Seph contacted this website and said he was keen to help the fund. "I always admired Brian Clough, not only for his footballing achievements, but because he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. This is the first event I have ever run, but I’m determined to raise as much money as possible for a lasting tribute to a fantastic man."

Richard, who works for the event's sponsors Experian, said: "Brian Clough's contribution to putting Nottingham on the world map should be properly acknowledged in the city for future generations to appreciate and enjoy." Richard raised more than £200 from the event on September 11th. 


Road Name

The renaming of part of the A52 'Brian Clough Way' has moved a step closer. Road signs have been ordered. The signs will be at either end of the road, which links Nottingham and Derby -- two cities Cloughie put on the map.

A spokeswoman from Derby City Council said: "Lots of people loved Cloughie. Renaming the A52 was a popular move." The chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Committee in Nottingham, Paul Ellis, told the Nottingham Evening Post (August 18th, 2005): "The sooner the signs are up the better. I am sure he would have approved of it."


Banner Sold

A unique piece of football memorabilia featuring Brian Clough has been sold for nearly £1,000. The special banner was part of a civic tribute after the Master Manager died last year. The proceeds from the on-line auction will go to the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham.

Rich Fisher from the Brian Clough Statue Committee said: "We are absolutely delighted the banner has raised so much money for the fund. We knew that a special item like this would be hugely sought-after by many football fans, but we never dreamed it would be sold for such an amount. It's really incredible. The money will go towards a fitting tribute for the best manager England never had."

The double-sided banner was specially made for Nottingham City Council and was hung outside the city’s Council House. It features a picture of Cloughie alongside his famous quote: “If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he’d have put grass up there.” The banner was donated to the fund’s committee by the city council, which supports and administers the fund.

The ten-day auction on eBay closed at 0600 on Monday 15th August, 2005. The successful bidder will also be offered the opportunity of having the banner presented to them pitch-side at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground before a home match (on a mutually convenient date in the next two months). They will also be offered two match tickets for the game, courtesy of Nottingham Forest. 


Badge Update

Following the huge demand for the special Brian Clough badges, plans are being drawn-up to have a further limited number produced. The pin badges have been selling fast as part of the fund-raising campaign for a statue of the Master Manager in Nottingham city centre. A spokesperson for the Brian Clough Statue Committee told this website: “The badges are our first major fund-raising effort, and we’re absolutely delighted they’ve been such a success. We have been overwhelmed by the amazing demand for them. As well as selling them in person, we’ve received orders from all over the country.

“As a small fund-raising organisation, with very limited resources, we borrowed funds to have an initial 3,000 made. The order was kept at that figure because, knowing public money was involved, we had to act responsibly and ensure financial targets were met. We will now be able to repay the loan and put the remaining proceeds into the fund.

“It’s been fantastic to see so many fans responding to the publicity and buying the badges, in person or by post. We are now in a position to make plans for a further limited number. Information on how many and where/when they will be available will be made public in the coming weeks.

"In the meantime, many thanks to everyone who has bought a badge and is wearing it with pride. We can assure fans that the badges will remain officially ‘limited edition.’ With your help, we’ll get a statue fitting the popularity and achievements of an amazing man.”


Cloughie's Kitchen

Plans have been announced for a restaurant in tribute to the Master Manager. It will be called 'Cloughie's Carvery' and will feature pictures of the Great Man. Even the place mats will bear his green-jumpered image. Brian's widow Barbara is due to open the restaurant in October, in the Ilkeston Co-op's Royal Regency Rooms, between Derby and Nottingham.

The Co-op's sales and marketing manager, Maria Ford, told the Nottingham Evening Post (July 21st, 2005) the aim was to reflect Cloughie's glory years at Derby and Nottingham. "It seems perfect to use Brian Clough as the inspiration for the restaurant. He's the only man who unites the cities." The food will not be Cloughie-themed. The general manager Patrik Walker, whose collection of memorabilia will feature on the walls, said: "We don't want to cheapen his name by trying to be funny or gimmicky. This is all being done purely out of respect."


Charity Cheque

Brian Clough's family have presented a cheque for £1,000 to a Nottinghamshire charity, following donations to the memorial fund. His widow Barbara and daughter Elizabeth visited a community centre run by Age Concern in Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post, July 20th, 2005). Said Barbara: "We have given some money to Age Concern in Derby and here in Notts, as a bit of Brian's heart was in each place."

The money will help to pay for improvements at Age Concern's Sybil Levin Centre in Cinderhill. Elizabeth said the memorial fund had reached £6,000. "It's lovely that the fund has had something so positive come out of it. We selected charities that my dad had involvement with, or just felt an association with.

"There are so many worthy charities we would have loved to support, but my mum and dad felt a partiuclar affiliation with Age Concern and we are really delighted to see the money go back into helping older people in Nottingham. Having spent 18 happy and successful years working in the city, we know he would have wanted to remember the area with which he developed such an affinity."


Life of Brian

Youngsters from Cloughie's birthplace of Middlesbrough will be given the chance to learn all about the Great Man. A summer school is being set-up in which local writers, actors and poets will help teach Teesside children about Cloughie and his youthful days in Boro. Organisers of a memorial fund there want to ensure all generations are aware of Brian's achievements.

Fundraiser Rob Nichols told the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette: "Cloughie's brother Joe said that perhaps only kids of his generation remember Cloughie. But there's going to be a statue and it's important that the younger generation know what he was about." The week-long event called 'Culture Clough' will start on August 1st, 2005, and finish with a drama performance for families at the Hexagon theatre. The events manager there, Judith James, said: "Using Brian Clough's example, we want to show children that you can make something of yourself if you try."


Fund Update

Special limited edition pin badges are to be made to raise money for the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham. More details will be announced by the fund's committee in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the first of the banners donated by the city council will be auctioned off on-line very soon. Keep visiting for more info.


Road Block

It's been reported that the campaign to rename part of the A52 between Nottingham and Derby 'Brian Clough Way' will continue, despite suffering a setback from the Department of Transport. The Nottingham Evening Post and Derby Evening Telegraph (29th June, 2005) reported that the DOT said the government was not against the renaming, but that changing certain road signs could confuse drivers and be potentially dangerous.

Four local councils along the route approved the renaming in principle last November. A spokesman for Broxtowe Council told BBC Radio Nottingham (1st July, 2005) that they would look at ways round the problem, in order to have some form of road signs in time for the first anniversary of Brian Clough passing away, in September.


The Last Knight

There was another standing ovation as the curtain came down on the Cloughie tribute play in Nottingham. The audience clapped and cheered the cast on the last night of 'The Spirit of The Man' (June 25th, 2005). The actor Colin Tarrant smiled and pointed to Forest scarves being held high by members of the audience. It follows a highly successful four-week run at the Nottingham Playhouse. Read our review & interviews HERE. 


Statue Fund Launched

A fund to raise money for a statue of Brian Clough in Nottingham has been officially launched. Following months of hard work, organisers held a special event in the city to get the fund underway (June 17th, 2005). The actor Colin Tarrant, who has the role of Cloughie in the new tribute play, took part in the launch.

Colin joined fund-raisers on the Brian Clough tram as they travelled to the Council House. There, the City Council leader Jon Collins presented organisers with the special banners which were displayed in the city centre in tribute to the Master Manager. The banners will be auctioned off to raise money. The overall target is around £60,000 for a statue in the city centre.

Colin Tarrant said: "I've always been a huge admirer of Brian Clough and I think it would be superb to see a statue of him in Nottingham. He was a brilliant man, a magical manager and a fantastic character. I really hope this fund does well and succeeds in achieving a fitting tribute for a national treasure."

The fund is now dependent on donations and fund-raising. There's more about the fund's launch event HERE. 


Time To Praise

The portrayal of Brian Clough in the new tribute play has been described as 'tremendous' by The Times newspaper. The review by Jeremy Kingston is headlined 'In life or death, Clough still steals the limelight' (June 9th, 2005). The play, 'The Spirit of the Man', receives four out of five stars.

Says Kingston: "Whenever Colin Tarrant's Clough is dishing out the advice, with football his guide at all times, the fun is tremendous. Tarrant has turned himself into an astonishingly lifelike semblance of the original." Our review & interviews HERE. 


The Right Spirit

There was a standing ovation at the first performance of the new play in tribute to Brian Clough. The world premiere of 'Old Big 'Ead in The Spirit of the Man' was held at Nottingham Playhouse (preview, June 3rd, 2005). The actor Colin Tarrant captured Cloughie's character and charisma perfectly and even burst into song, with a special rendition of a Frank Sinatra classic. Dressed in that famous green sweater and tracksuit bottoms, Colin portrayed the Great Man brilliantly, returning from heaven and dishing out his own brand of man management. The audience also stood and cheered at the official opening night (June 7th). Review & interviews HERE. 


Headline News

The special edition of Cloughie's book Walking on Water has now been published in paperback (official date: June 6th, 2005). This commemorative edition includes two chapters written shortly before he died, as well as a personal tribute from John Sadler, who worked with Cloughie to produce the book. 


Pearce Praise

The former Forest and England captain Stuart Pearce says working for Brian Clough has helped him forge his own managerial career. Psycho, now boss at Manchester City, was speaking at a special event in Nottingham (May, 2004). Said Pearce: "I gained experience under Brian Clough. I was fortunate to work for him, that's for sure."

Fans packed the Cabaret nightspot to meet Psycho and hear stories from his days at Forest. Referring to the Great Man, Pearce told the audience: "He made me the player I turned out to be and I'd like to think he shaped my personality too." More details on Psycho's comments HERE. 


Actor's Honour

The actor who will play Brian Clough in a special stage production has been speaking about his admiration of the Great Man. Colin Tarrant gave an exclusive interview to this website in which he described his excitement at portraying Old Big 'Ead in the play at Nottingham Playhouse in June. "I feel very honoured," said Colin. "Brian Clough was a great man in every way, a fantastic character." And Colin promised audiences "something out of the ordinary" to celebrate the life of Brian Clough.

The playwright and director have also spoken exclusively to the website. Stephen Lowe and Alan Dossor revealed they had turned down a television project about Cloughie some years ago. They also explained why they'd taken-on this production. More details HERE. 


Fits The Bill

Theatre bosses have named the actor who will take the role of Brian Clough in a play about the Great Man. Colin Tarrant, who starred in the television series The Bill, will have the lead role in "Old Big 'Ead in The Spirit of the Man" at Nottingham Playhouse.

Said Colin: "As a local lad, born and raised in Shirebrook, near Mansfield, I've been a life-long Nottingham Forest fan and a huge admirer of Brian Clough. Not only was Cloughie a remarkable manager with his own unique style, but he was a good, solid, down-to-earth bloke who achieved great things for football across the region."

In the comedy by Stephen Lowe, Cloughie provides the inspiration for a playwright who is struggling to put his new Robin Hood drama together. The play runs from June 3rd-25th, 2005.


Trophy Triumph

A special Cloughie trophy has been created for an organisation which helps youngsters get into football. It's based on the bronze bust in Nottingham Forest's reception. 

The trophy was commissioned by BBC Radio Nottingham for the local group, Soccer Kicks. It'll be presented to their most improved player each year.

 

 

Cloughie Trophy

 

 

The trophy was created by sculptor Gordon Brown, who made the bronze bust of Cloughie which is in Nottingham Forest's reception. The Great Man is pictured with his grandson Stephen several years ago when the original bust was unveiled.

  

 

Cloughie in bronze





Mystery Cheque

An anonymous donor in the United States has given £500 to the fund-raising campaign for a Cloughie statue in Middlesbrough. The mystery man, who used to live on Teesside, wrote a letter saying, "Brian Clough was a hero of mine, even before the first time I saw him playing at Ayresome Park in 1956. He was a footballer of exceptional talent and a quite a remarkable man. With best wishes from snowy Massachusetts."

The fund in Middlesbrough has so far reached over £16,000. Special Cloughie badges are being sold too. Meanwhile, efforts to set-up a fund for a Cloughie statue in Nottingham city centre are continuing.


Proud Family

The widow of Brian Clough has opened a business centre named after the Master Manager. Barbara Clough cut a ribbon during a ceremony at the site, near the old Baseball Ground in Derby (March, 2005). Mrs Clough was accompanied by her son Simon and grandson Stephen.

Said Mrs Clough: "Brian spent many happy years working in this part of the city and we're very proud that he's been honoured in this way." Project manager Ian Ferguson commented: "Brian was renowned for his skills in developing and motivating the individual and this mirrors what we're trying to achieve at the new business centre." The centre was officially opened just four days before what would have been Cloughie's 70th birthday (March 21st). Our thoughts are with his family. We miss you, Brian!


Statue Campaign

Plans are being drawn-up to launch a fund-raising campaign for a statue of Brian Clough in Nottingham city centre. Fans of the Master Manager are hoping a fund can be set-up with help from the city council.

Supporters groups have held a meeting with the local authority and are also hoping to win the backing of individuals, companies and other organisations in Nottinghamshire.

The chairman of the Nottingham Forest Supporters Club, Paul Ellis, said: "Brian Clough achieved unprecedented success at Forest and a statue would be a fitting tribute to a remarkable man."

The leader of Nottingham City Council, Jon Collins, has given his personal support and Nottingham Forest Football Club are also backing the move. The idea of a statue in the city centre has the approval of Brian Clough's family.

Sarah Clarke from this website commented: "It's important that fans and visitors to Nottingham have a focal point at which they can pay homage to the man who touched so many lives. The statue should be easily accessible to everyone at any time of day. The idea is still at a very early stage, but we hope the people of Nottinghamshire will really take this to their hearts, just as they did the Great Man himself."

Rich Fisher from the fanzine Blooming Forest said he hoped that fund-raising efforts would be similar to those already underway in Cloughie's birthplace of Middlesbrough. "We're hoping to use that as a blueprint for a campaign in Nottinghamshire. But we need the public's help."


Family Visit

Organisers of the campaign to get a knighthood for Brian Clough have met his brother and sister in Middlesbrough. Marcus Alton and Sarah Clarke presented Joe Clough and Doreen Elder with copies of the three petition folders which were handed-in to Downing Street last October. They chatted about their memories of the Great Man during a get-together arranged by Middlesbrough Evening Gazette reporter Will Sutton.

Said Marcus: "It was great to meet Joe and Doreen, they were so friendly and made us feel at home straightaway. We're so pleased we were able to show them copies of all the e-mails, letters and signatures from people around the world. The folders are exact copies of those we handed over at Ten Downing Street." Joe and Doreen are pictured below alongside Marcus and Sarah.


A special presentation



Doreen commented: "It's lovely to have the folders and we will treasure them. There are so many names of people who supported the campaign and it's interesting to look through all the e-mails and letters. I'd like to thank everyone who took the trouble to support the campaign."


Boro Boost

Efforts to provide a statue of Brian Clough in Middlesbrough have received a big cash boost. Leading councillors there have agreed to donate £1,000 to the fund for a memorial in Albert Park. More than £13,000 has already been raised. The overall cost could be up to £40,000.


Archie Remembers

Former Forest and Derby player Archie Gemmill has paid tribute to Brian Clough, in his first interview since the death of the Master Manager. Gemmill was a close friend of Cloughie, visiting him almost every week when the Great Man retired. He says he saw a "softer" and "more generous" side to Brian Clough.

"Everybody thinks of him as this brash and opinionated football manager who could sometimes say too much," says Gemmill. "Well, he could be like that. But they didn't know the man like I did. I knew the other side of him too - how he would cook dinner for the old people near where he lived, how he helped out in hospices, how he visited kids in hospitals. He was idolised as a manager, but if people knew the other side of him he would have been loved even more."

Gemmill's comments are in a new book called Deep Into The Forest, by the Guardian journalist Daniel Taylor. In it, Gemmill also reveals the hurt he felt at being left out of the 1979 European Cup winning side.

The book features some fascinating interviews with a number of former Forest players. It gives a fresh insight into the Reds glory years and what it was like to play for the Master Manager. Among those featured are Kenny Burns, Trevor Francis, Stuart Pearce and Des Walker. Nigel Clough also talks about what it was like to work with his father. Find out more about the book HERE. 


Question Time

Campaigners calling for a posthumous knighthood for Brian Clough are still waiting for a reply from the Prime Minister, after sending him a special video message. It was hoped the film would be played at the Labour Party's Spring Conference in Gateshead (11-13th February, 2005), as part of a question-and-answer session with Tony Blair.

The video featured campaigner Sarah Clarke asking Mr Blair to honour the Master Manager or his family, following a 7,500-signature petition. The message was filmed by conference organisers during visits to a number of cities. Sarah is pictured below, filming the message and also holding a photo of the presentation made at Downing Street last year.


Filming PM's Question




Said Sarah: "We handed in the petition at Downing Street last year, but the response we've received so far has been disappointing to say the least. Officials say posthumous knighthoods are not given, yet there was a clear precedent set when the golfer Henry Cotton was given a knighthood in a New Year's Honours List after he'd died. So that was obviously posthumous.

"I have asked the Prime Minister to explain why the feelings of so many fans have been ignored. I hope Mr Blair is given the opportunity to reply personally at the conference and consider some formal recognition for Brian Clough or his family. If Mr Clough had managed more fashionable clubs I am sure this campaign would not have been necessary." We are still waiting for a personal response.


Boro Buckets

More than £10,000 has so far been raised towards a memorial for the Great Man in Middlesbrough. Nearly £5,000 was donated during a bucket collection at the Riverside Stadium before Middlesbrough's match against Blackburn. Councillor Jan Brunton, the fund treasurer, said: "We'd like to thank all the generous Boro fans who took Brian to their hearts."

A Boro Question Time evening featuring Gareth Southgate, John Hendrie and Curtis Fleming raised about £2,000. It was held at a pub in the town. Last year, the fund-raising effort began with a sponsored walk across the Transporter Bridge. The cash will help to pay for a statue in Albert Park.



Picture Tribute

A British artist has created a special picture tribute to Brian Clough. Richard Childs spent more than 46 hours producing the work of art which features several images of the Master Manager. It consists of 300,000 dots using an everyday biro pen. 





Charity Night

More than two hundred people attended a special event to remember Brian Clough. 'Cloughie Remembered' featured his former players Roy McFarland, John O'Hare and Roger Davies and was staged in Derby by the supporters group the RamsTrust (January 31st, 2005).

Fans were able to ask questions during the event. It was hosted by former journalist Gerald Mortimer, who worked closely with Brian Clough during his days at Derby. Roy McFarland remembered how Cloughie ensured his players were relaxed before big games. He said: "We used to stop in the Midland Hotel the night before home matches. And he'd walk in with a tray of beers and insisted everyone had a drink. That made us sleep better!"

Roger Davies also paid tribute: "Brian Clough was probably the best man-manager I have worked with. People said he was a bully, he wasn't. He knew how to treat people. He'd want to know your personal life, your home life, everything. If you had a problem, Brian Clough would sort it out."

A letter of support from Nigel Clough was read out at the start of the event. The evening raised money for a Trust in memory of a Derby councillor. Lonny Wilsoncroft died last year before she was able to receive a lung transplant. One of the aims of the Trust is to encourage organ donation. Sales of a memorial DVD on the night went to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund. Read more quotes and view exclusive photo's of the event HERE. 


Nigel's Tribute

Nigel Clough says he believes his Dad would have made a great England manager. In his first interview since his father's death last September, Nigel said: "He was a good manager and he knew football. He would have handled everything that came with it. The idea that you only see the players a few times a year - the players would have looked forward to meeting up."

Cloughie's management style and outspoken comments are thought to have prevented him from being given the top job years ago. But Nigel says his father saw the irony of the current boss Sven Goran Eriksson often featuring in the papers for the wrong reasons.

"In the last couple of years, or whatever, he used to have a chuckle because they used to talk about him and why he didn't get the England job and that it would have been a PR nightmare and all that. He'd pick up the paper and Mr Eriksson was more on the front pages than on the back. That was one thing that did give him a laugh.

"Ultimately, discipline was one of his strongest points and referees never had any problem with him. That's why I'm not sure why the authorities didn't take to him a bit more."

Nigel told BBC Radio Five Live that the Clough family was still coming to terms with Brian's death. "You find it very difficult reading all the tributes even now. I don't think there's a time limit on when those sort of feelings will end. I think in time you look back with increasingly fond memories but at the moment they are more sad than anything else.

"It's lovely when people listen to the sort of things he said over the years and have a smile on their face and I think he would appreciate that."


Poll Winner

The Master Manager has been voted the most influential person in the East Midlands. Cloughie beat the likes of Sir Isaac Newton and Margaret Thatcher to top the poll conducted by the East Midlands Development Agency. Both Sir Isaac and Lady Thatcher were born in Grantham. But as we all know, Middlesbrough-born Cloughie was a football genius in both Nottingham and Derby. We'll never forget you, Brian.