Vote for Cloughie's dreamteam - and win latest tribute book 


Here's a chance to compile your own Cloughie Dreamteam - and stand a chance of winning a tribute book signed by Barbara Clough. Send us your top Cloughie XI and we'll publish the winning line-up as well as some of the other Dreamteam choices.

Each team submitted must comprise of one goalkeeper, four defenders, four midfielders and two strikers - and all must have played for Cloughie during his managerial career. You can select players from different clubs (for example, a combination of Forest and Derby players).

Each player selected will earn one point - and the players with the most points in their positions (defence, midfield etc) will make-up the Cloughie Dreamteam. Please add a short sentence explaining your choice for each player. If there's a tie between players, the player to reach the most points first will be selected. Another reason to submit your Dreamteam now!

Entries which match the final Dreamteam will be put in a prize draw to win a copy of the tribute book 'Young Man, You've Made My Day' signed by Barbara Clough. Mrs Clough wrote the foreword of the book. Entrants must include their name and address.

Some suggestions will be featured on the website and we will give you a running list in the coming weeks. E-mail your vote to 'youngman' using the link at the bottom of the page. The Cloughie Dreamteam will be published during 2011.

So who will it be? Below are some names to consider...and more will be added. But it's your choice that counts!

Could your Dreamteam include Peter Shilton, who won two European Cups with Cloughie at Nottingham Forest. The Master Manager used to say that he was worth 18 points a season.

Peter Shilton

And who else will you put in defence? Candidates include former England skipper Stuart Pearce, plus Des Walker, Larry Lloyd and Viv Anderson. And don't forget Kenny Burns, who played for both Forest and Derby. Clough transformed the career of Burns, who was voted the PFA Player of the Year in his first season with the Reds.

Kenny Burns

May be you'll include Dave Mackay, whom Cloughie persuaded to join Derby County. Mackay was already a legend at Spurs and was set to become manager of Hearts. But Old Big 'Ead weaved his magic again. Cloughie later reflected: "I never did a better piece of business in my entire career." Mackay became an outstanding sweeper and was the bedrock of the Rams success as they won promotion.

Mackay himself revealed years later that he was flattered. "When Brian introduced me to the rest of the team, he told them they were lucky to be able to play with me. I was so embarrassed. But it was nice to be appreciated."

Mackay takes on Billy Bremner

Then there was Roy McFarland, who played alongside Mackay. Cloughie signed the 19-year-old from Tranmere - snatching him from right under the noses of Liverpool. He later went on to play for England. Other great Derby signings included Colin Todd.

Roy McFarland

In midfield, what about Clough stalwart, John McGovern? He signed for Cloughie at Derby, Leeds and Forest. He won league championships with the Rams and the Reds - and went on to lift the European Cup twice for Forest. He originally signed for Hartlepool after Cloughie had persuaded McGovern's headmaster (who wanted him to go to university instead).

McGovern lifts European Cup

Said Clough: "As soon as the headmaster gave his permission, I knew I'd made one of the most significant signings of that era. He went on to lift more trophies than any A-Levels he might have gained had he stayed at school. How many team captains have lifted that mighty European Cup above their heads in successive seasons?"

The superb Archie Gemmill signed for Clough at both Derby and Forest. In fact, Cloughie was so keen to take Gemmill to the Baseball Ground back in 1970 that he stayed overnight at the Gemmills' house until the deal was done.

Archie Gemmill

Archie had refused to sign initially, at which point the Master Manager said he would sleep ouside in the car. At that point, Archie's wife invited him to stay. Needless to say Cloughie got his man - and a cooked breakfast - the next morning.

Other midfielders could include John Robertson (already voted on this website as Clough's best player), Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill. And don't forget Derby stars such as the creative Alan Hinton who signed from Forest in 1967.

Alan Hinton



Who will you place up-front? Contenders could be Garry Birtles, Nigel Clough and Trevor Francis who scored the winner in Forest's first European Cup Final.



Trevor Francis



Select your Cloughie XI now and e-mail your choice (with a sentence for each selection) plus your name and address.