ARCHIVE NEWS 2006


Barbara's Praise

Brian Clough's wife, Barbara, has praised the volunteers who raised nearly £70,000 for a statue of the Master Manager in Nottingham city centre. Mrs Clough said Brian would have been "absolutely amazed" at the idea of a statue and she gave special thanks to all the fans who supported the fund-raisers.

The Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham smashed through its £60,000 target following donations of £5,000 each from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Forest. Their contributions took the fund's total to £69,000.

In a special message on behalf of her family, Mrs Clough said: "We are all so touched that so many people were behind the venture, from the people who bought the badges and key-rings to the ones who have worked hard behind the scenes." Read Mrs Clough's message in full HERE. 

The process of finding a sculptor is already underway, with eighteen submissions having been received from interested artists. It's hoped the various proposals will be assessed over the coming weeks with help from Brian Clough's family and experts at the city council, with a shortlist eventually on display at the Council House for people to give their views. The site of the statue has still to be confirmed, but it has been agreed it will be in a prominent city centre location. There's more on the statue fund HERE. 


Fund Smashes Target

Nottingham's statue fund for Cloughie has smashed its £60,000 target. The fund was set-up in June 2005 for a statue of the Master Manager in a prominent location in Nottingham city centre.

After reaching £59,000 following eighteen months of fund raising, volunteers welcomed major donations from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Forest (December 2006).

The council and Forest have each contributed £5,000, taking the total raised to £69,000. A joint cheque presentation was held at half-time during the Reds' Boxing Day match against Port Vale at the City Ground.

The chairman of the statue fund, Paul Ellis, said it was a tremendous achievement to have exceeded the target in such a short period of time. "It's absolutely fantastic and a testament to the hard work of everyone involved in the fund-raising campaign," he said. "To receive such a major contribution from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Forest is the icing on the cake.

"We must remember that all this would not have been possible without the hundreds of people in Nottinghamshire and around the world who put their hands in their pockets and supported the fund from the very beginning. People have taken the fund to their hearts, just as they did the Great Man himself."

Money was raised in many ways, including special events, on-line auctions of memorabila, donations and limited edition merchandise such as badges and key-rings in the shape of Cloughie's famous green sweatshirt. The fund also sold 'Old Big 'Ead' green tribute sweaters and auctioned rare banners donated by the city council.

City Council leader Jon Collins said: "The fund-raisers have done a tremendous job in raising so much money in just eighteen months. The success of the fund has underlined just how loved and admired Brian Clough was, and what a huge impact he had on Nottingham and Nottinghamshire."

Forest's Chief Executive Mark Arthur said: "Nottingham Forest has supported the fund-raisers throughout the campaign and we are delighted to join the city council in making a significant donation to the fund, which has been a huge success.

Fund committee member Sarah Clarke from this website said she looked forward to the day when fans would see a lasting tribute to their hero. "To exceed our target in eighteen months is a dream come true. The success of this fund, and the support of fans around the world, has shown what Brian Clough meant to so many people."

"Along with Robin Hood, he is undoubtedly one of the most famous people associated with Nottingham. He touched thousands of lives and it's important that fans and visitors to Nottingham have a focal point at which they can pay homage in years to come." There's a full report and photo HERE. 


Cloughie's Desk

A desk once used by Brian Clough has been sold in an on-line auction for more than £500. The proceeds are going to the Brian Clough Statue Fund, which now has a total of £59,000 (the target is £60,000). The desk, donated by Nottingham Forest, was from the coach's room at the City Ground.

Carole Washington, who was the manager's secretary at Forest, told the Nottingham Evening Post: "Brian would have used it to sit round before and after matches. The coaches and managers used to go to that office and sit at the desk and have cups of tea." More details on the statue fund HERE. 


Last Tribute Banner

The final tribute banner displayed at the memorial service in Nottingham has been sold for more than £500 in an on-line auction. Featuring the quote voted as the Master Manager's very best, the rare item was one of a number of pieces of memorabilia being sold to raise money for a statue of Old Big 'Ead in Nottingham city centre.

A third Grand Internet Auction launched by the Brian Clough Statue Fund (Nottingham) ended on Monday December 18th, 2006, and raised more than £900. Items included a designer football signed by the Nottingham Forest squad and fashion guru Sir Paul Smith and a rare video featuring Cloughie's 1980's adverts for East Midlands Electricity, complete with out-takes and a message to staff.

The tribute banner, which was one of several hung outside the Council House, has a picture of Cloughie alongside his famous words: "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one." The quote was voted his best of all-time in a poll on this website. The auction took the statue fund's total to around £58,600, including recent sales of key-rings and badges. There are more details about the auction HERE. 


Skipper on Stage

Cloughie's European Cup winning captain John McGovern took to the stage, to compere a special music event raising money for Nottingham's statue fund. Over 300 people attended 'Clough Aid' which raised more than £2,000 (December 15th, 2006). The event in the city's Rescue Rooms featured a number of local bands.

There was also a message from Brian Clough's wife, Barbara, which was read-out by McGovern. Mrs Clough said the event was "a brilliant idea to showcase the talents of local bands and musicians" and said that Cloughie himself would have approved. 'Clough Aid' was the brainchild of Dave Marmion from the band The Fakers.

Representatives of the Forest fans' website Lost That Loving Feeling made a cheque presentation of £1,447 from the on-line sales of the fund's limited edition key-rings and badges, plus donations. Added to the money made on the night, it helps the fund's current total reach £57,500. There's a full report on 'Clough Aid', including pictures, HERE. 


Auction Cash

A major internet auction for Nottingham's statue fund has raised over £1,400. The item which attracted the highest bid was a rare banner displayed at the memorial service in Nottingham, which sold for £510. A framed green sweatshirt signed by Nigel Clough and European Cup legends John Robertson and Martin O'Neill was snapped-up for £210.

A Forest shirt signed by Reds players was sold for £171 to a fan in Australia. Another item will be going to a buyer in the United States. This was the second big internet auction to be held for the statue fund. More details HERE. 


Boro Statue Success

Fund-raisers in Middlesbrough have reached their target for a statue of Cloughie, with the help of £30,000 of lottery cash. The windfall takes their total to £65,000 and means there will be a sculpture of the Great Man in Albert Park, near his childhood home. The Boro fund was launched in October 2004.

Cloughie's sister Doreen, who lives in Middlesbrough, said she was delighted. "I think it's wonderful that we've reached the amount," she said. "I'm grateful to all the people who have worked so hard and donated money." There are more details HERE. 


On-line Auction

A football signed by Brazilian legend Pele is one of the star items of a second major auction to raise money for a statue of Brian Clough in Nottingham. Also up for grabs is a framed green 'Old Big 'Ead' sweater signed by Cloughie's son Nigel, and two European Cup heroes, Martin O'Neill and John Robertson.

The same trio have also added their signatures to a Paul Smith designer football, signed by the fashion guru himself. In addition, fans have the chance to bid for one of the two remaining Brian Clough banners displayed at Nottingham's civic tribute, featuring one of his most famous quotes. Among the other items is a cricket bat signed by England legend Ian Botham.

The Grand Internet Auction on ebay features a host of memorabilia and will end at 1630 on Friday November 24th. Rich Fisher from the statue fund said he hoped the auction would attract plenty of bids. "There are some rare and collectable items here which would make very special Christmas presents." More details HERE. 


Clough Aid

It's hoped a special fund-raising night for Nottingham's Statue Fund will hit the right note, literally. 'Clough Aid' will feature a number of bands performing to raise more cash. It will be held on December 15th in the city.

The idea came from one of the bands' singers, Dave Marmion of The Fakers, who has fond memories of Cloughie. Says Dave: "Back in the early 1990s when Brian Clough was still manager at Forest, I got to be the mascot at a match. I was eight years old at the time, and as I was running off the pitch, Cloughie stood up and shouted to me, 'Come over here and give your grandad Clough a hug!'

"I wanted to get involved in helping the statue fund – and with me being in a band, putting on a gig seemed to be the obvious thing to do to raise some money." More details about the event HERE. 


Still The Best

One of Britain's top sports writers says Cloughie was the best ever football manager, and dismissed claims Manchester United's Sir Ferguson deserves the accolade. Steven Howard's comments came in The Sun as Ferguson marked twenty years at Old Trafford (November 6th, 2006). "Brian Clough is still the best of all time - because no manager won so much from so little," said Howard.

He went on: "To take both Derby County and Nottingham Forest from the depths of the old Second Division to First Division championships - and in Forest's case, successive European Cups - is a feat that will never be repeated."

And Howard reminded us of a famous Cloughie quote about Ferguson (originally included on the quotes page of this website): "For all his horses, knighthoods and championships, he hasn't got two of what I've got. And I don't mean balls."


Huge Tribute

A giant banner in tribute to Brian Clough (which was one of only two hung on the front of Nottingham's Council House) has been sold in an on-line auction to help the statue fund in the city. The banner measures approximately 24-feet by nine-feet and features a picture of Cloughie alongside the wording, 'Brian Clough 1935-2004'. The auction started on eBay at 1630 on Wednesday November 8th and lasted ten days. More details HERE. 

The news comes as a businessman has given the fund a £2,000 boost by buying the other huge banner which was also displayed on the front of the building for the Civic Tribute in September 2004. The cash donation by Simon Clifford, who was born in Cloughie's home town of Middlesbrough, takes the fund's total to £52,000.

Clifford is the owner of Garforth Town AFC, a non-league team based a few miles from Leeds. He plans to display the massive banner outside the club's ground. "Brian Clough has been my hero and inspiration for as long as I can remember," said Clifford. "I grew up with his exploits in our household, through having been a Middlesbrough supporter, and through my grandfather having been a friend of Brian's brother Des." More details HERE. 


Sculptor Search

The search has started for a sculptor to make the statue of Cloughie which will stand in Nottingham city centre. The process of selecting a sculptor is being launched (Nov 1st, 2006), as fund-raisers close-in on their £60,000 target.

The committee of the Brian Clough Statue Fund is now keen to receive ideas from sculptors of what type of statue they would make if they were commissioned. During this initial stage, they will be asked to provide various information, including the style and pose of the statue and costings.

The fund's chairman Paul Ellis said the committee would be looking for designs which reflected a life-like image of Cloughie during his inspirational reign at Nottingham Forest. "This will be a very exciting project and a high-profile commission, so it's vital we have the right sculptor," he said.

The city council leader, Councillor Jon Collins, said he was delighted with the progress made by the fund-raisers. "To raise over £50,000 in less than 18 months shows what a tremendous effort the volunteers have made and just how well supported their fund-raising work has been," said Councillor Collins. Sculptors will have until December 1st, 2006, to submit their initial ideas. There are more details about the search for a sculptor HERE. 


Fund's Key To Success

The statue fund in Nottingham has smashed the £50,000 mark, after the launch of its latest money-spinning initiative. Volunteers sold four-hundred souvenir key-rings before Nottingham Forest's match against Bristol City on Saturday (October 21st, 2006). Sales on Saturday made £1,200, taking the fund even closer to the £60,000 target for a statue of the Master Manager in a prominent location in Nottingham city centre.

The chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Fund, Paul Ellis, said he was delighted with the success of the key-rings so far and thanked everyone who had bought one. But he said there was still more work to do. "The response has been fantastic and it's a sign of the tremendous support the fund has had since day one. The key-rings will be very collectable in years to come. We are closing-in on the target and we hope to sell more key-rings to help us get there, as well as pursuing other fund-raising ideas."


Cloughie Key-Rings

Key-rings in the shape of Cloughie's famous green jumper have gone on sale to help fund-raisers close-in on their target for a statue of the Master Manager in Nottingham. The limited edition items were officially launched at Nottingham Forest's home game against Bristol City on Saturday October 21st.

The collectable metal key-rings show the back of the green sweater, with the words 'Old Big 'Ead' and a big number one. The chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Fund, Paul Ellis, said the key-rings complemented the green pin-badges, of which thousands have been sold. Costing just £3.00 each, they will continue to be available on-line and on matchday Saturdays at the Study Centre (Main Stand Car Park) from 12.45 til kick-off, as well as two other locations. More details HERE. 


Motty's Memories

Match of the Day commentator John Motson says Cloughie was his most memorable interviewee. In a special report to mark Motty's 35 years behind the microphone, he told the Daily Mail (October 7th, 2006) the Master Manager had been very kind to him.

"The most compelling to interview was Cloughie," says Motson. "I remember the first time I saw him; one of my editors asked if I was okay about the questions. 'Get him to read the telephone directory and people will still listen,' I was told. When Cloughie spoke, you listened." Motson recently donated a signed DVD to Nottingham's statue fund - it helped to raise money as a prize at a fund-raising dinner.


Auction Success

A huge internet auction for Nottingham's statue fund has raised nearly £3,000. The star item was a bust of Cloughie donated by his family. It was one of the first to be made and was sold for £770. The ten-day auction on ebay (ending at 0600 on Thursday September 28th) featured a host of memorabilia donated by famous people.

Items included a signed football donated by Forest legend Stuart Pearce, a framed tribute to European champions Barcelona, signed by manager Frank Rijkaard; a signed football designed by Nottingham fashion king Sir Paul Smith; a rare banner from the memorial service in Nottingham and a framed Old Big 'Ead green sweatshirt signed by Forest legends and Brian Clough's widow Barbara. There's more information about the auction HERE. 


O'Neill At Boro Dinner

One of the biggest names in British football attended a special dinner for the memorial fund in Middlesbrough. Aston Villa boss and former Cloughie player Martin O'Neill was the star guest at the event on Wednesday September 27th. He was accompanied by his Villa assistant and Reds legend John Robertson. Nigel Clough was alongside them both, with other members of the Clough family including Brian's widow Barbara.

O'Neill was full of praise for his former boss, describing him as "an absolute genius." During a question and answer session, he admitted it was wise not to try to copy Cloughie's managerial methods. "That's because he was unique - you couldn't repeat what he did." The evening raised £1,600 and there's a full report, with quotes, HERE. 


Land of the Legend

In a special tribute to the Master Manager, and to mark the second anniversary of his death (September 20th), this website has created a new page showing some of the landmarks associated with the Great Man in Middlesbrough, where he was born and grew-up. The photo's in 'The Land of the Legend' are also accompanied by some of his memories as originally recorded in his books. Visit the page HERE. Fans can still leave tributes via the messageboard or send them by e-mail.


Praise From Keane

Former Cloughie player Roy Keane has paid tribute to the Master Manager, as he embarks on his own managerial career. The new Sunderland boss told Sky Sports (September 2006) he was thankful for Clough's kindness after he joined Nottingham Forest from Cobh Ramblers. "He looked after me in terms of making sure I was OK when I came over from Ireland, " said Keane. "A lot of that was off the field and I appreciated that. He took time to look after me and my family."


Signed Sweater

A special competition was launched on this website. We offered fans the chance to win an Old Big 'Ead sweatshirt signed by Cloughie's sister Doreen. The green sweater was specially signed for this website at Doreen's home. The competition is now closed. 

Bungee Boost

A sponsored bungee jump has helped Middlesbrough's memorial fund smash through £30,000 mark. Sixty-five people faced the 180-feet plunge from the town's Transporter Bridge (August 20th, 2006). Local barber Chris Simpson dressed as Elvis Presley for his leap and raised nearly £2,000. The cash is for a statue of Cloughie in Albert Park. There's more about the Boro fund HERE. 


Glory Days

The Nottingham Forest boss Colin Calderwood has praised the Master Manager for what he achieved at the City Ground. Calderwood told The Sun newspaper (August 17th, 2006) that the club's glorious past should not be a handicap for the present-day set-up. "Those glory days should be used as a positive," he said. "Following in the footsteps of Brian Clough is an honour. He created a fantastic fan base and a superb stadium because of the trophies he won and the football he played."


Prize Winner

Young Forest fan Myles Smith has been presented with a rare piece of Brian Clough memorabilia. Nine year old Myles, from Nottingham, won a banner after taking part in a prize draw organised by the Brian Clough Statue Fund at the Reds Open Day (July 30th, 2006). He received it at the City Ground before Forest's first match of the new season, against Bradford (August 5th, 2006).

The banner had been displayed at the Memorial Service in the Old Market Square. Another prize was a framed green Old Big 'Ead sweatshirt signed by Forest legends John McGovern, John Robertson and John O'Hare, and Mr Clough's widow Barbara. In a raffle, the star prize of a signed James Perch shirt was won by 13-year-old Jamie Roebuck.

The statue fund had a stall at the open day, selling badges, sweatshirts and tickets for a £1 raffle as well as the Super Draw. Altogether, more than £660 was raised, taking the fund's total to £45,500. There are photo's of the presentations and the open day HERE. 


The Masters

Fans attending a football tournament featuring former Forest and Derby County stars helped to raise nearly £200 towards a statue of Cloughie in Nottingham. A bucket collection was held as supporters arrived for the Central Masters competition at the Nottingham Arena on Sunday (July 23rd, 2006). Read more about the statue fund HERE. 



The Bottom Line

Cloughie's brother Joe gave a classic comment about Old Big 'Ead, worthy of the Great Man himself. It came as he helped to select the winning design for a statue in Middlesbrough. Joe and his sister Doreen were among members of the memorial fund committee who chose the design by sculptor Vivien Mallock.

The statue of a young Cloughie wearing a 1950's Boro strip will stand in Albert Park. Joe told the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette: "The thighs could do with being a bit thicker and as he developed at 22 and 23, he had a big backside!"


England Banner

A huge banner featuring Cloughie's comments about being overlooked for the England job has been auctioned for £770. The proceeds will go to the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham.

The double-sided banner was specially made for Nottingham City Council and was hung outside the city’s Council House for the Memorial Service in 2004. It features a picture of the Great Man, alongside his quote: "I'm sure the 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." There's more detail about the banner and a photo HERE. 


Bungee for Brian

Cloughie fans are being offered the chance to make a giant leap in aid of Middlesbrough's statue fund. Volunteers are being sponsored to bungee jump off the town's Transporter Bridge, which is 180 feet high. The once-in-a-lifetime event will be held on August 13th.

The chairman of the memorial fund in Middlesbrough, John McPartland, said it was the first time a bungee jump had been held from a bridge over a British river. "I am sure this will be one of the greatest spectacles ever seen in the town," he said. A test jump has already been held by the UK Bungee Club.


Gala Dinner

Barbara Clough has paid tribute to the volunteers behind efforts for a statue of the Master Manager, after a gala dinner raised around nine thousand pounds. The star-studded event was attended by members of the Clough family and several of Nottingham Forest's European Cup legends. There was also a special appearance by members of the cast of the tribute play at Nottingham Playhouse.

Mrs Clough was presented with a framed tribute from Sir Terry Wogan, who was one of her husband's favourite radio presenters. Sir Terry described Cloughie as "a remarkable man" in a signed written tribute. It was presented to Mrs Clough by Marcus Alton from this website (pictured below). Good luck messages for the evening were also received from Forest hero Stuart Pearce, Bolton boss Sam Allardyce and Match of the Day's Gary Lineker.

Mrs Clough receives Wogan tribute



Mrs Clough told guests at the dinner: "It has been a wonderful evening. You have worked so hard and I'd like to thank everyone who has been involved in helping to raise money."The sell-out event, organised by the Brian Clough Statue Fund (Nottingham), was held in the Ballroom of Nottingham's Council House, the scene of many trophy celebrations by Brian Clough's teams. The amount raised, including an auction of memorabilia and a prize draw, takes the fund's total to around £45,000. The target is £60,000 for a statue in a prominent location in Nottingham city centre. There's a full report on the dinner, including exclusive photos HERE.


Signed Photo

A giant photo of Brian Clough signed by his widow Barbara and many of his European Cup legends has been auctioned on-line for £450 to raise money for a statue of the Master Manager in Nottingham.

The unique piece of memorabilia was part of the Gala Performance of the tribute play 'Old Big 'Ead in the Spirit of the Man' at the Nottingham Playhouse. Read more about the photo and auction HERE. 


Banner Auction

A rare banner featuring Cloughie's most popular quote has been sold for more than £800 to raise money for Nottingham's statue fund. This special item was hung outside Notingham Council House during the civic tribute in 2004. It has a picture of the Great Man alongside the quote: "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one."

The quote was voted Cloughie's best ever in an on-line poll on this website in 2002. The banner was auctioned on eBay. Read more about the banner and auction HERE. 


Signed Shirt

A signed shirt donated by Leeds United has been auctioned off for more than £100 to support the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham. The shirt, signed by 18 players, was auctioned on eBay for three days in the run-up to United's Championship play-off final against Watford (May 21st, 2006).

Leeds, where Cloughie spent just 44 days as manager, donated the shirt after volunteers behind the statue fund wrote to the former Nottingham Forest star Steve Stone, who now plays at Elland Road. 


Legends At Gala Night

Former Nottingham Forest stars took to the stage at the end of a gala performance of the Cloughie tribute play. John McGovern, John Robertson and Garry Birtles were among the big names in the audience for the special night at Nottingham Playhouse (May 16th, 2006). There was huge applause as they were introduced onto the stage by actor Colin Tarrant, who plays Cloughie.

Brian's widow Barbara, son Nigel and daughter Elizabeth were also in the audience for the gala night, which marked the play's return to Nottingham after a national tour. In a statement, Elizabeth praised the production, describing it as "a lovely tribute to Dad." The evening had been organised to help raise money for the statue fund in Nottingham. There's a full report and exclusive pictures HERE. 


Boro Souvenir

A special piece of memorabilia signed by Middlesbrough's UEFA Cup heroes is being auctioned off to raise money for statues of the Master Manager. The winning bidder of the signed pennant will be given the opportunity of having it presented to them by Cloughie's sister, Doreen, in Middlesbrough.

The red and white pennant has been signed by twelve players including Mark Schwarzer, Yakubu, Gareth Southgate and George Boateng. It was given by the club to fund-raisers in Nottingham, who have decided to auction it on eBay, with the proceeds split equally between the two statue funds in Boro and Nottingham.

The auction runs for five days from 0600 on Friday May 5th, ending just hours before Middlesbrough take-on Sevilla in the UEFA Cup Final in Eindhoven on May 10th. The chairman of the Nottingham fund, Paul Ellis, said: "It's a tremendous gesture for Middlesbrough to donate this specially signed souvenir and I am sure it will become a collectors' item."


Hair Raiser

A Cloughie fan has raised hundreds of pounds for the statue fund in Nottingham by heeding the Great Man's famous advice, 'Get your haircut, young man.' Liam Smyth had long hair for 15 years but decided to have his long locks shaved off to help raise money for a lasting memorial to the Master Manager in Nottingham. Full story and pictures HERE. 


Special Backing

One of Brian Clough's first ever signings is backing a campaign for a statue of the Master Manager. Nottingham-born Mick Somers was snapped up by Clough in 1965, shortly after he began his first managerial post at Hartlepool United.

Mick spent just under two years playing for Hartlepool under Clough's watchful eye - and the 61-year-old says he's fully behind the Brian Clough Statue Fund, which aims to raise £60,000 for a lasting memorial in Nottingham city centre.

Said Mick: "It's tremendous to see so many people supporting the idea of a statue for Cloughie. The man is a genuine hero, and what he achieved during his time as Forest manager makes me proud to come from Nottingham." Read more about Mick and his Cloughie stories HERE. 


Badge Boost

Limited edition badges in tribute to Brian Clough have been selling so well that stocks have nearly run-out. Thousands have been sold and only a few hundred remain.

The badges, in the shape of Cloughie's famous green sweatshirt, feature 'Cloughie' written in gold across the top, along with the figure of a big number one below. They are being sold for the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham. The chairman of the fund, Paul Ellis, said: "It's great to see so many fans wearing them with pride. Those who haven't bought one yet should make sure they don't miss out. As well as supporting an excellent cause, I'm sure the badges will become collectors' items in years to come." Read more about the statue fundHERE. 


Forest Backing

A man who's volunteered to 'Get a haircut, young man' to raise money for the Brian Clough Statue Fund has received the backing of Nottingham Forest's current players and management.

Liam Smyth has had long hair for over 15 years and decided to follow the advice Cloughie used to give to any players with long locks. Following a chance encounter with the Reds' current joint caretaker manager Frank Barlow, the 35-year-old joiner says he's gained sponsorship pledges from most members of the Forest squad. Read more about it HERE. 


Lineker Support

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has given his backing to the fund-raising bid for a statue of Cloughie. The former England striker has donated a signed script from last year's FA Cup Final, which will be auctioned off at a gala dinner being held in June.

Lineker, who previously supported the campaign for Cloughie to be given a Knighthood five years ago, sent the script along with a good luck message. "Brian Clough was a great manager," he said. "I'm more than happy to provide something to be auctioned to raise money for such a good cause. I'm sure Brian would be delighted with the prospect of a statue and I look forward to hearing when it will be unveiled."

The script features Lineker's introduction and the full 'Match of the Day' running order and behind-the-scenes instructions for live coverage of last season's FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester United. The special item will be auctioned along with other memorabilia at the statue fund's Gala Fund Raising Dinner at the Nottingham Council House on June 7th. There will also be the chance to win one of the rare banners which were hung outside the Council House for the memorial service.

There's more about the statue fund, including how to buy tickets for the dinner, HERE. 


Signed Shirt

Arsenal FC have donated a special edition shirt signed by their star players, to help raise money for the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham. The framed shirt, which commemorates Arsenal's last season playing at Highbury, comes with a certificate of authenticity from the club. It'll be auctioned on eBay from 0600 on Monday, March 27th, 2006 for ten days.

The shirt has 17 signatures, including those of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Jose Antonio Reyes. The chairman of the statue fund, Paul Ellis, said: "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."


Family Thanks

Brian Clough's family have thanked local councillors for renaming part of the A52 'Brian Clough Way'. In a statement released on what would have been Cloughie's 71st birthday (21st March, 2006), they said he would have loved the sentiment of linking Nottingham and Derby.

"We as a family feel very moved each time we travel on the A52 and know Brian would have been amazed but genuinely appreciative. That road was so familiar to him, as it is to many people." The statement added: "On a lighter note, he often cursed sitting in traffic but said how the brilliant Terry Wogan got him to work in a good mood and ready for anything."


Half-Time Total

Nottingham's statue fund has now smashed the half-way point (March, 2006), with £33,000 having been raised since last June. The news comes as more donations were received at a 'Forest Legends' event at a Nottingham nightspot.

Among those backing the fund on the night were three special names - former Reds heroes John Robertson, John McGovern and Neil Webb. Paying tribute to Clough, Robbo made a contribution to the fund and said "The man was an absolute legend." There's more about the event at Cabaret HERE and more about the statue fund HERE. 


Actor's Support

Cloughie actor Colin Tarrant has donned one of the special 'Old Big 'Ead' sweatshirts to give further backing to Nottingham's statue fund. Colin stars in the tribute play which is on a national tour before returning to the Nottingham Playhouse.

The sweatshirts are being sold to raise money for the statue fund and will be available to buy at the various venues during the play's run until June 10th. Green sweatshirt badges will also be on sale to help boost the fund.

Colin Tarrant



Colin was part of the statue fund launch event in June 2005 and was more than happy to wear one of the specially-designed sweaters which have recently been produced. The play, 'Old Big 'Ead in the Spirit of the Man' returns to the Nottingham Playhouse on May 16th, when the first night will be a gala performance to raise money for the statue fund.

Said Colin, "Anything we can do in a practical way to help raise funds for such a terrific idea has got to be a good thing. I hope we can help make it a reality and I'm very pleased to be part of it." There's more about the play, including a new exclusive interview with Colin, HERE.


On-line Auctions

A rare piece of Cloughie memorabilia has been sold in an on-line auction to raise money for the statue fund in Nottingham. The large banner, which was part of the Memorial Service broadcast worldwide from the Old Market Square, fetched £870. It features a picture of the Great Man alongside one of his most famous quotes.

The wording on the banner is typical Cloughie. In response to a reporter's question about how he handled players who disagreed with him, he replied: "We talk about it for 20 minutes and then we decide I was right." There are more details about the banner auction, including a photo, HERE. 

Also up for auction to raise money for the fund was a football signed by the Leicester City squad. The ball was in a presentation case and was donated by the city's Toyota dealership Farmer and Carlisle, who were match ball sponsors at the Walkers Stadium. It fetched over £100. More info HERE. 


Fan's Hair Cut

A Cloughie fan is heeding Old Big 'Ead's famous message 'Get your hair cut, young man' to raise money for a statue of the Master Manager. Liam Smyth, who's had long hair for over 15 years, is being sponsored to have his locks chopped for the statue fund in Nottingham.

Liam, who's 35, said: "I have a huge amount of respect for Mr Clough and I'd been thinking for a while about how I could raise some money towards the statue. And given how the Great Man used to insist on his players having a sensible short back-and-sides, getting sponsored to have all my hair chopped off seemed like a fitting way of doing my bit." There's more about Liam's fund-raising effort HERE.


Badge Success

New badges to raise money for a statue of Cloughie have become an international hit. Orders have been received from around the world for the limited edition pin badges in the shape of Cloughie's famous green sweatshirt. Fans are being urged to buy them while they still can -- they'll be available at the City Ground before Nottingham Forest's final few home matches in the 2005/2006 season.

The badges have been specially designed to complement the original 'Old Big 'Ead' badges which were launched last year. Instead of featuring the front of the green jersey, they show the back -- with 'Cloughie' written in gold across the top, along with the figure of a big number one below. Only 5,000 have been made.

On-line orders have been received from the United States, Australia and Spain, as well as from all over the UK. They're being sold for the Brian Clough Statue Fund which aims to raise around £60,000 for a statue of the Master Manager in a prominent location in Nottingham city centre.

The fund's chairman Paul Ellis said he was delighted with the sales of the new badges. "The orders we've received just go to show how much Brian Clough was loved and respected by fans around the world." said Paul. 

"The response also demonstrates how important it is to have a lasting tribute at which fans from home and abroad can pay homage in years to come. We are hoping to have a special scuplture which will be accessible twenty four hours a day and not locked behind gates." There's more about the badge launch HERE. 


Dinner Date

A special fund-raising dinner is to be held to boost Nottingham's statue fund. The star-studded event will be held in the Ballroom of Nottingham's Council House, the scene of many trophy celebrations for Cloughie's teams.

Invited guests include members of the Clough family and former Nottingham Forest stars. Topping the list of guest speakers will be the former Clough player and Reds legend Duncan McKenzie - now a highly-respected after dinner entertainer.

There will also be an appearance by cast members from Nottingham's tribute play, including the star Colin Tarrant. An auction of special memorabilia will also be held.

The chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Committee, Paul Ellis, said he hoped the dinner would help to give the fund a big boost. "It promises to be a fantastic and memorable evening. Some of the players who worked closely with Brian Clough will be there and I am sure it will be a fitting tribute to a remarkable man."


Badge Boost

A new limited edition badge has gone on sale to boost the Cloughie statue fund in Nottingham. The new-style pin badges have been specially designed to complement the highly popular 'Old Big 'Ead' badges launched last year. Instead of featuring the front of Cloughie's famous green sweater, they show the back - with 'Cloughie' written in gold across the top, along with the figure of a big number one below.

The new badges, costing £2 each, were launched on Saturday January 14th, 2006, before Nottingham Forest's match against Oldham. Hundreds were sold in just two hours. They are also available at other venues, on-line and by post. 

The fund's chairman Paul Ellis said the badges were a perfect match for the original design which featured 'Old Big 'Ead' across the chest. "I'm sure they'll again become quite a collectors item. In his famous quote, Cloughie himself said he wasn't the best manager in the business but he was in the top one. For many fans he will always be the number one and this new badge is a fitting reminder of what an outstanding man and manager he was."


Burton Boys

The chairman of Burton Albion says Brian Clough would have been proud to see his son's non-league Brewers side hold Premiership Manchester United to a goal-less draw in the FA Cup. Ben Robinson told The Sun newspaper (January 9th, 2006): "He would be so proud of Nigel over this result. He'd be proud of Burton Albion too. That's the sort of person Brian was."

The Sun's John Sadler said it was clear Nigel had gleaned so much from his father. "Although Clough Jnr has purposely steered clear of many of Brian's characteristics, there are similarities in the way he carries out the demands of football management. All those watching the events at Burton would have been struck by the flawless behaviour of Clough's players - even in the face of seemingly unjustified decisions by the referee. They would have been impressed by the team's determination to play neat, attractive football despite the overwhelming nature of the opposition."

Sadler, who worked closely with the Master Manager, concluded that Cloughie would have had one or two things to say after the match. "If the old man had been looking down on Sunday, he would now be telling us: 'Burton did our Nige proud. They played the right way, they kept a clean sheet and they didn't argue. Hey - and they should have had a penalty."