RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME
- BY GEORGE EDWARDS -
The Derby Days
Having the team bus pick you up from home is quite a feat. And when it's Cloughie's team bus, it's even more of a special memory. That actually happened to George Edwards, who was then a journalist with the Derby Evening Telegraph. He includes many interesting anecdotes in this book.
George was the only journalist to travel with Clough's Derby team during their glory days and became a friend of the Master Manager. He describes how, on one occasion, Cloughie actually ensured the team bus made a detour to pick-up the young reporter from his home when he was not feeling well.
George looks back on how Derby’s Second Division promotion-winning side was carefully assembled by Clough and Taylor, even though Clough’s arrival did not attract front-page headlines at the time. George recalls getting the first phone call from Cloughie, inviting him down to the Baseball Ground. He says it was "clearly more an instruction than a request," but after that he never looked back. The author also reflects on what might have been - if the pair had stayed rather than resigned after the famous dispute with club directors.
There are some great memories in this book, not least the one in which George describes how Cloughie gave an elderly couple a lift in his car, after spotting them waiting for a bus. George was travelling with the Master Manager as they made their way into Derby and says the bemused couple were then dropped-off at the Market Place to do their shopping, even though Cloughie didn’t know them.
"One cold and miserable winter day we were heading along Duffield Road when Brian, having spotted an elderly couple waiting at a bus stop, stopped the car, established that they were off to do some shopping, and ushered them into the back seats," says George. "Not the sort of thing your average commuter does on his way to work, but Cloughie was not your average sort of person…"
The book is also an account of the author's own career and his love of other sports besides football, including cricket, rugby and athletics - even though Cloughie couldn't understand why he was interested in spending time away from the beautiful game. George decided to leave his post as the Telegraph's regular Derby County reporter and later became the paper's assistant editor, before moving to Swansea where he eventually became editor of the South Wales Evening Post.
He fondly remembers a tribute dinner in London, at which Cloughie was the special guest. It was the last time he saw the Great Man, who greeted him warmly and insisted they sat next to each other. Clough held George's hand for the next ten minutes. "Obviously I did not realise at the time that this was to be the last time I would see him, but if there had to be a last time, then it could not have been bettered."
The book costs £12.99 and can be ordered direct from the publishers HERE.