FAMILY PRIDE ON FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
OF NOTTINGHAM'S CLOUGHIE STATUE
Brian Clough's family have described how proud they are that Nottingham's bronze statue of the legendary manager has become a well-known and much-loved landmark in the city. On November 6th, 2013, it's exactly five years since the statue was unveiled by Barbara Clough in front of more than five-thousand people in Nottingham's Old Market Square.
It followed a major fund-raising campaign by fans which saw the £60,000 target smashed within 18 months. The Brian Clough Statue Fund committee had organised events - including a gala dinner at the Council House - and sold specially-made memorabilia as well as holding a collection at the City Ground.
On that memorable day, Cloughie's family were the guests of honour. His widow, Barbara, is pictured with her sons Simon and Nigel and daughter Elizabeth after unveiling the stunning sculpture near Old Market Square. Many members of the Great Man's family attended the event, including his brothers Joe and Bill and sister Doreen.
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 five years ago 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.
"Mum enjoyed attending the gala dinner and going to see the statue for the first time at the sculptor's studio in Hampshire, where she described it as being perfect. Once again, we would like to thank all those who helped raise the money, including the small team who organised the fund-raising behind the scenes."
As well as the thousands who gathered to watch the unveiling, the event was featured live on television and radio broadcasts as well as being reported in local and national newspapers.
Thousands gathered to watch
The statue was created by the world renowned sculptor, Les Johnson. 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.
Said Paul: "It seemed like a monumental task ahead of us when we launched the fund, but through lots of hard work and the generosity of many people, including thousands of fans, we exceeded our goal."
Mrs Clough unveils sculpture
Added Paul Ellis: "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. It's fantastic that the statue remains a special part of the Nottingham landscape, celebrating the achievements of a remarkable man who put the city on the worldwide map."
Photographers capture unveiling
Nottingham Forest and Nottingham City Council both backed the fund. Each donated £5,000, which took the total to £70,000. It meant that the statue could have special lighting at night along with some of Brian Clough's famous quotes engraved around the base.
The leader of the city council, Jon Collins said: "It's great that the statue has become such a significant landmark and has become part of the fabric of Nottingham life. Whenever I walk past it, there are people stopping to have a look or take a photo.
"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."
Photo's copyright brianclough.com, Neil C Hoyle Photography & PA.