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"Colin Shields portrays the real Brian Clough: the man away from the cameras" -- Nottingham Post.
"A fascinating account of life behind the scenes with Cloughie" -- brianclough.com.
Memories of Cloughie's Close Friend
A close friend of Brian Clough reveals in this book how the Master Manager dramatically changed his life and left him with memories he has cherished ever since. Colin Shields was one of the few people, besides the players, who Cloughie allowed to travel on the team bus.
"Getting to know Brian Clough made me feel like a football millionaire - he gave me opportunities and experiences I could only have dreamt about," says Colin, who was a trusted friend for more than twenty years.
He describes his memories, many for the first time, in a book which will benefit the Royal British Legion and the NSPCC, as well as this website. "Brian was kind, thoughtful and loyal," added Colin. "We trusted each other implicitly. I consider myself very lucky to have become such a close friend of a man I regarded as a hero - and still do."
'Champagne Memories - How Brian Clough Changed My Life' adds many previously untold stories to the Clough legend - illustrating his unbounded generosity and intriguing unpredictability. It is a fascinating account of life with the Master Manager in which Colin recalls many poignant memories of their friendship.
From behind the scenes at TV appearances to carrying bags of laundry together while on holiday in Majorca, Colin has described for the first time how even the mundane became memorable in the company of the charismatic Clough.
'Champagne Memories' has been written with the help of author and website editor Marcus Alton, who has previously written two successful books about Cloughie, 'Young Man, You've Made My Day' and 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' which have raised money for charity.
Colin describes how, away from the public spotlight, Brian enjoyed games of dominoes at the local branch of the Royal British Legion and passed on managerial advice to Colin who led a team of workers at a Nottingham food factory.
"Having originally admired Brian's teams from the terraces, as an ordinary fan, I could never have imagined that he would eventually let me travel on the team coach and that we would also drive together in the car to matches and social events," says Colin.
On one occasion, before a big match against Liverpool, Brian asked Colin to look after a special guest - the former Anfield boss Bill Shankly. And at Wembley, Colin looked after Brian's two young sons, Nigel and Simon. "Brian told me: 'You've got the most important job of the day - looking after my two bairns.'"
Colin, who lives in Nottinghamshire, also describes how Brian asked him to have a quiet word with a young player who was thinking of leaving to join another club, to try to persuade him to stay. Colin has conducted a number of media interviews about the book, including one with Verity Cowley on BBC Radio Nottingham (see below). Verity described Colin's memories as "fascinating and incredible stories."