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."