STARS TURN OUT
FOR BORO FUND-RAISING DINNER
O'Neill pays tribute at special fund-raising dinner
Martin O'Neill was the star speaker at a special dinner which raised £1,600 for Middlesbrough's memorial fund. The former Cloughie player and now Aston Villa boss is pictured with Barbara and Nigel Clough (photo courtesy of Middlesbrough Evening Gazette).
More than 100 people attended the dinner at the Tall Trees Hotel in Yarm (September 27th, 2006). Joining O'Neill and the Clough family on the top table was Forest legend and O'Neill's assistant at Villa, John Robertson.
O'Neill described Cloughie as an "absolute genius...he was out on his own." He went on: "There is absolutely no question that he was the most charasmatic manager in football. He was fantastic. And on any given day, he was the best manager there was.
"Brian and I had a difference of opinion about my abilities as a footballer - I thought I was good and he said I was rubbish. Having watched the videos again, I see that he was right."
O'Neill signs autographs