ARCHIVE NEWS 2013



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 dayHERE.


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 photoHERE.


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.