ARCHIVE NEWS 2009
Cloughie author Marcus Alton signed copies of his charity tribute book at Nottingham Forest's City Ground on Saturday December 19th, 2009. The signing session was held in the Pitch Diner before the match against Preston. Marcus is giving his proceeds of the book to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund. Read more about the book HERE.
The winner of our latest competition has now been announced. He's John Taggart from Middlesbrough, who has received a copy of the tribute book 'Young Man, You've Made My Day' signed by author Marcus Alton and Cloughie's captain John McGovern. John answered correctly that McGovern hosted 'Clough Aid' for the statue fund in Nottingham. John e-mailed: "Thanks very much. I'll enjoy reading it because I'm an avid Cloughie fan."
We're marking the first anniversary of the unveiling of the Brian Clough statue in Nottingham. Mrs Clough unveiled the bronze masterpiece on November 6th, 2008, in front of more than 5,000 people who had gathered in the Old Market Square. It followed an incredible fund-raising campaign by fans. There are pictures and video footage from the big day, plus exclusive video footage of the statue being installed HERE. You can buy statue souvenirs HERE.
Plans for the long-awaited statue of Cloughie in Derby are taking shape. We originally reported back in March that there were hopes for a tribute at Pride Park. At last it seems there will be action as well as words. The Derby project follows successful fund-raising schemes in Nottingham and Middlesbrough. However, this time fans have not been asked to donate or choose the design.
Derby County commissioned artist Andy Edwards to produce designs for the statue, which will also feature Cloughie's assistant Peter Taylor - the pair enjoyed their first major success together at Derby, where Taylor ended his career after leaving Nottingham Forest. The bronze memorial at Pride Park will see them holding the league championship trophy. Both families have been consulted. See Nottingham's statue unveiled HERE and Middlesbrough's ceremony HERE.
The Brian Clough Memorial Fund has given £2,500 to an appeal for a cancer caring centre in Nottingham. Barbara Clough has given her backing to the plans for a Maggie's centre at the City Hospital (Nottingham Evening Post, October 2009).
Said Mrs Clough: "During difficult times it's essential that the support provided by Maggie's is available to as many people as possible. We sincerely hope the Nottingham centre will become a reality." The memorial fund, which is run by Cloughie's family, has received £20,000 from the sale of replica's of the bronze statue in Nottingham. It has also received the author's proceeds from the tribute book 'Youngman, You've Made My Day.'
Former Newcastle and Sunderland star Bob Moncur has described how Cloughie surprised him with a birthday celebration at Nottingham Forest's City Ground. Moncur told the Newcastle Chronicle (October 2009): "I remember playing there against one of Cloughie's teams and it always felt like a special place.
"One time I went there and it was my birthday and I didn't tell anybody. But just as I was about to get back on the bus, one of the staff at Forest said that 'Mr Clough wants to see you in the players' lounge.' And when I walked in he had his whole team lined up suited and booted with a glass of champagne raised, all of them in unison chirping 'happy birthday Mr Moncur.' It was a special place as I say!"
There's now special behind-the-scenes video footage of the Brian Clough Trophy alongside the European Cup at Nottingham Forest's City Ground. The coveted cup is the prize each time Cloughie's former sides, Forest and Derby, play each other. We've got photo's and the exclusive video HERE.
Paul's Cash Hope
Former Cloughie player Paul Hart says he'd like to 'do a Cloughie' and pay the bills at Portsmouth himself. The Pompey boss, who played for the Master Manager at Nottingham Forest, was interviewed by the Daily Mail about how he's coped with the south coast club's financial problems.
"If he had been faced with this situation, Cloughie would have paid the bills himself," said Hart. "I remember a time at Forest when the club was in serious trouble. I think it was the VAT man and the club was facing closure. Cloughie wrote a personal cheque to pay the bill and then went into the directors and screamed 'Don't ever put the club in that position again.' I'd love to do that but I don't have the money!"
As we mark the fifth anniversary of Cloughie's death (September 20th), it is fitting that this tribute website has now reached more than a quarter of a million hits. You can look back on the memorial service as well as the civic tribute and the unveiling of the fantastic bronze statue in Nottingham.
We'd like to thank everyone who has visited the site and sent tributes. Please continue to send them. Your memories of meeting the Great Man are also welcome (see below). We'll never forget the Master Manager.
If you were ever lucky enough to meet Cloughie, we'd like to hear your fond memories of being in the Great Man's company. What did he say? Did he make you laugh? Were you full of nerves? We're compiling a collection of memories from fans and some well-known names.
One of the contributions from fans will be picked at random to win a copy of the tribute book 'Young Man, You've Made My Day' signed by Barbara Clough. The author's proceeds will go to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund, which is run by his family and gives money to the types of charitable causes he supported. So, please tell us your story and get in touchHERE.
Nottingham Forest won the Brian Clough Trophy for the first time, after a 3-2 win over Derby County at the City Ground (August 29th, 2009). The cup was presented to the Reds' captain Paul McKenna. Each time Cloughie's two former sides meet, the trophy is up for grabs. There's more about the trophy HERE.
Read Twitter Updates
Brian Clough fans can now follow official brianclough.com updates on Twitter, the internet's instant messaging service. As this website celebrates its ninth anniversary, we're pleased to add this extra format for keeping in touch with all things 'Cloughie.' Follow youngman at twitter.com/1BrianClough and there will be an exclusive competition launched soon.
ITV's documentary about Cloughie has been nominated for a national award. Simply entitled 'Clough,' the programme was originally broadcast in March. It featured exclusive interviews with his widow, Barbara, and son Nigel, along with friends and former colleagues including Geoffrey Boycott, Martin OÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Neill, Roy McFarland and John McGovern.
The programme has been nominated for a Grierson Award, named after the pioneering documentary maker, John Grierson. It is included in the category for 'Most Entertaining Documentary.' Narrated by the actor Pete Postlethwaite, the programme looked at Cloughie's life and legacy - told by those who knew him best. It aimed to paint an accurate picture of the Great Man - unlike the recent cinematic depiction which has been criticised by his family. The award ceremony will be held in London on November 3rd, 2009. Read more about the documentary HERE.
Win Signed Book
The latest competition on this website is giving you the chance to win a fantastic tribute book signed by Cloughie's captain John McGovern and author Marcus Alton. The foreword of 'Young Man, You've Made My Day' has been written by Barbara Clough. The author's proceeds are going to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund. Enter the competition HERE.
Cheque For Charity
Nottingham's bronze statue of Cloughie has helped to raise thousands of pounds for good causes. The sale of hundreds of miniature replica statues of the Master Manager has raised £20,000 for the Brian Clough Memorial Fund, which is run by his family and gives money to the types of charitable causes he supported.
A cheque was handed over to Cloughie's sons Nigel and Simon at a presentation ceremony next to the bronze statue in Nottingham city centre (July, 2009). Said Nigel: "It's an absolutely tremendous achievement to raise this money through the sale of the little statues. It'll go to good causes in the East Midlands."
Pictured below at the cheque presentation are, left to right, statue fund chairman Paul Ellis, Nigel and Simon Clough, city council leader Jon Collins and Keith Daniell of The Media Group.
The limited edition miniature figures, made from resin, were designed by Les Johnson, the world-renowned sculptor who made the impressive nine-feet high bronze statue which was unveiled by Barbara Clough in Nottingham last November. That statue, costing £70,000, was paid for by fans who set-up a fund raising campaign, smashing through their target in just 18 months.
Following the unveiling of the statue, the miniature figures were put on sale for £100 each. Nearly 1,000 have been sold. Some were bought by fans in Australia, the United States, Norway and Ireland, as well as all over the UK. After artist and production costs are taken into account, all profits are going to the family's memorial fund. The sale of the replicas was managed by the Nottingham-based firm The Media Group. There are no further replicas available.
The chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Fund (which raised the money for the original life-size bronze statue), Paul Ellis, said: "I'm absolutely delighted that the miniature statues have raised so much money for charity. It's fitting that the proceeds are going to the family's memorial fund. It goes to show that the memory of Brian Clough can still help good causes, just as he did when he was alive.
"The impressive bronze statue continues to be a fantastic success story. Hardly a day goes by without people stopping to take photographs of it. In helping to raise money for good causes locally, the statue remains a fitting tribute to a remarkable man."
The statue fund was administered by Nottingham City Council. The authority's leader, Jon Collins, said: "The statue is lasting recognition for a remarkable man who did so much for Nottingham and Nottingham Forest. It's fantastic that fans have in some way been able to give something back to Brian, by helping to support the charities that were close to his heart." See the report of the unveiling day HERE. You can buy statue souvenirs, and help the memorial fund, HERE.
A former Cloughie player says he couldn't turn down the golden opportunity to work with the Master Manager. Brian Rice joined Old Big 'Ead at Nottingham Forest and became a cult hero among fans. Many years later, he's returned to his old club Hibernian as Assistant Manager. Reflecting on his move to the City Ground, he told the Scotsman newspaper (July, 2009): "I could have stayed at Hibs and, looking back now, I should may be have stayed another year. But Brian Clough was the lure, no mistake about it.
"I had the chance of going to two or three other clubs but the lure of working with Clough was just something you couldn't turn down. If I didn't go I may be wouldn't have had the chance to work with a man like that and working with him and under his style of play was probably the best decision I ever made."
Boro Statue Video
You can now watch video footage of Middlesbrough's Cloughie statue being lifted into place following £20,000 of repairs. The sculpture had to be removed after officials discovered a stress fracture in the right leg, which mirrored the Great Man's ligament injury in 1962. It's thought the crack may have been caused by people leaning or sitting on the left leg.
Following the repairs by a specilaist firm in Surrey, fans can now see how the statue was carefully replaced, with extra support for the left leg, HERE. There is also a photo of the new-look sculpture on our page about the Boro statue and how it was originally unveiled by Mrs Clough HERE.
Viva Las Vegas
The winner of our latest competition lives in Las Vegas, USA. Chris Plant will receive a special signed copy of the tribute book 'Young Man, You've Made My Day' written by the editor of this website, Marcus Alton. Chris' copy is signed by Barbara Clough, Nigel Clough and European Cup legends Martin O'Neill, John Robertson and Garry Birtles, as well as Marcus.
Chris e-mailed to say: "I can't believe I've won the competition. I'm over the moon! Thank you so much brianclough.com. To quote the book title, 'You've made my day!' I had massive respect for Brian Clough, so this will give me something to cherish for the rest of my life." We have also announced the two winners of copies of the Cloughie book of quotes (see the results page). Don't miss the website's other competitions which are still running on the competitions page.
Middlesbrough's statue of Cloughie has returned to his home town following repairs costing £20,000. The seven-feet high bronze figure was erected in May, 2007, at Albert Park. But officials noticed a 'fatigue fracture' on its right leg, which mirrored Clough's 1962 ligament injury. It is thought the crack may have been caused by people leaning or sitting on the leg.
Repairs to the bronze statue took ten weeks and were carried out by a specialist firm in Surrey. Councillor John McPartland, chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Fundraising Committee, said he was pleased to see the sculpture back. "Brian's countless fans will be delighted that his statue has returned and that, thanks to some innovative work, is still as accessible as ever.
The local council sought expert advice on how to repair the statue from Dr Paul Shelton, a metallurgist at Teesside University. Dr Shelton said: "My ideas were to either secure the leg with a pin which would be unsightly or to slightly change the statue so it looked as though he was coming down a step.
"The statue has been restored by Laurence Flood of Bronze Restorations. Laurence agreed to my suggestion as did the statue's sculptor Vivien Mallock." See the original unveilingHERE.
There were plenty of fond memories of Cloughie at a tribute evening featuring European Cup legends and Old Big 'Ead actor Colin Tarrant. 'Brian Clough's Way' was staged in front of a packed house at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham (June 2009). Wearing the famous green sweater, Colin reprised the role as the Master Manager, alongside Garry Birtles, Kenny Burns, Larry Lloyd, Tony Woodcock and John McGovern. There was also a suprise appearance by John Robertson.
Welcoming Woodcock on to the stage, Colin referred to the former striker's long hair. "I hear that this night was all your idea, young man," he said. Woodcock confirmed it was. "In that case, there is a brain under that barnet. Now, get your hair cut!"
The players recounted stories of working with the Master Manager during an evening compered by the BBC's Pat Murphy. He asked each player where they were when they heard the Great Man had died. Larry Lloyd said he was in an apartment in Spain. "I was absolutely gutted. We were not the best of pals but I'll never forget what he did for me. He was a genius of a man - and there are not too many of those around." There's more about the show, and a similar one in Derby, HERE.
Following the failure of Alex Ferguson's Manchester United to retain the Champions League trophy (May, 2009), it's timely to remember Cloughie's brilliant quote about his own achievement of winning successive European Cups. Referring to Fergie, the Master Manager said: "For all his horses, knighthoods and championships, he hasn't got two of what I've got. And I don't mean balls!" Priceless.
Although the deadline has now closed for the competition to win a book signed by Barbara Clough and European Cup legends, we are still running other competitions on the website, with prizes of a Cloughie book and DVD. Visit the competition page HERE.
A prolific vandal has admitted spraying graffiti on the bronze statue of Cloughie in Nottingham. City council workers quickly cleaned-up the mess. Dominic Luke-Clarke of Alfreton Road in Radford was caught on CCTV. He appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court (reports the Nottingham Evening Post, May 2009).
The vandal has already spent time in jail for breaching an anti-social behaviour order in connection with graffiti. In court, no applications for bail were made. He will next appear before magistrates on June 15th. Magistrates said the case could be sent to Nottingham Crown Court and warned Luke-Clarke he could face being jailed again. The area around the statue is covered by CCTV.
Cloughie's captain John McGovern has revealed how the Master Manager felt a sense of disappointment, even after winning the European Cup. McGovern says the whole Nottingham Forest team wished they had performed better in the final against Malmo in 1979.
"As soon as the final whistle went there was jubilation and an adrenalin rush because you know you've won the thing," said McGovern. "But then you get back in the dressing room and there's a reflection and that's when the disappointment kicked in. Yeah, disappointment. We wished we'd done it better. We knew we could have done it better."
In an interview marking the 30th anniversary of that first European Cup win, McGovern told the Scotland on Sunday newspaper: "It was very quiet in the dressing room after. If you look at Cloughie when the final whistle goes there's video of him just standing there with a straight face. No emotion at all. That's what he was like in the dressing room.
"We thought we were miles better than they were and we wanted to prove it. We sat there as a group and we wished we'd done it more convincingly because we knew we were a better side than the performance we'd put on. I suppose that was a reflection of the manager's standards. We didn't just want to win, we wanted to win with glory. We wanted to do it all."
Paying tribute to the Master Manager, McGovern said: "We were together a long time but I never got close to him, not at all. He was my manager, I worked for him and he was brilliant to work for, inspirational and frightening in almost equal amounts. He saw things in me that other managers didn't and that was his genius. He was such a clever, clever man."
Former Cloughie player Kenny Burns has described the Master Manager as a 'father figure' to him. In an interview ahead of the Final of the Champions League (May, 2009) Burns told the Sunday Herald newspaper: "At this time of the Champions League final, I'm thinking so much about Cloughie. He was so full of fun."
Burns added: "Brian Clough was a great man and very much a father figure to me, 'cos I was adopted. I went to his memorial service at Pride Park - and that was hell - but I just couldn't go to the funeral 'cos it would have been too upsetting for me. You would have loved him, he would make you laugh and he would have you in tears."
Asked whether he would be supporting Manchester United in the final, Burns said: "I hate them, they win everything. Fergie? Hey, there's bad losers and there's bad losers. Fergie belongs to the second category. Other people have to be gracious in defeat, but he comes out regularly and blames it on just about everything. Plus, of course, he's got a face like a fearless beekeeper!"
Photos From Fans
Cloughie fans have been sending us their photographs of the fantastic statue in Nottingham city centre. Some of the pictures are now included in a new feature on the website. Keep sending your photo tributes and memories of meeting the Great Man. See some of the pictures HERE.
Former Cloughie player Paul Hart has paid tribute to the Master Manager, knowing that his influence has helped to keep his latest club in the Premiership. Hart is boss at Portsmouth who have secured their status in the top flight and faced Clough's former club Sunderland in their final home match of the season, winning 3-1 (May, 2009).
"A lot of my way of doing the job is down to how Brian used to look at things," said Hart, who was signed by Clough at Forest 26 years ago. "He kept it simple. He said if you could kick it, head it and keep clean sheets everything else was a bonus. He said don't argue with referees, don't roll over, say yes please and no thank you. Nothing complicated. That's how I've tried to put it over to the players here.
Speaking before the match, Hart added: "I don't know if Cloughie will be looking down when we play Sunderland. Remember he was a legend as a player at Sunderland even though injury finished him at 28 and I'm not sure whether his loyalties would be with me or them - probably split. But if he judges me as a manager he will probably say all right but not enough clean sheets.
"The fact is, I would be embarrassed to have my name linked with his in the same sentence that also contains the word manager. He was fantastic. He left a legacy at Forest of how to play the game and although not everybody liked him everybody respected him."
A close friend of the Clough family has revealed more about the Great Man's special brand of man-management. Don Shaw says Brian kept a record of the birthday of each player's wife and then sent them flowers - without the player knowing. The grateful recipient would then thank her husband for the gift.
"The team could be in Rome, Moscow or Leipzig when the celebratory day occurred and Clough would despatch flowers to the wife, but in her husband's name," says Shaw. "The delighted wife would call her husband at the hotel. 'You are lovely. And it's your big game tonight. I wouldn't have minded if you'd forgotten.' The player, mind working feverishly, would say, 'Glad you got them.'
"Later Clough would casually ask: 'Oh, it was your wife's birthday today. Did you send her flowers?' And the player, covered in confusion, would stammer 'Yes, she got them, thanks boss,' and race on to the pitch that night, determined to pay him back by playing a blinder."
Shaw's memories of the Master Manager are documented in his new book, 'Clough's War' which tells the inside story of Brian's epic rise and fall at Derby County. The book, published by Ebury Press on May 7th, 2009, describes how Shaw (with Clough's encouragement) ran the campaign to keep the Great Man at Derby in the early Seventies. It's a fascinating page-turner which gives a dramatic account of what went on behind closed doors. Read a review of the book HERE. We also have a competition for you to win a copy of the book HERE.
In our latest competition, we're giving you the chance to win a copy of the excellent new DVD about the Master Manager. The disc, produced by ITV Sport, features the recent television documentary plus more than an hour of extra footage not shown in the original programme. Read more about the documentary and DVD HERE. Enter the competition to win a copy HERE. For the first time, we are running three competitions at the same time - there are more competitions HERE
Brian Clough has become the centre of fighting talk between Nottingham's boxing sensation Carl Froch and supporters of the former world champion, Joe Calzaghe. Froch, a current world champion, is a big Cloughie fan and had publicity photo's taken next to the Master Manager's statue in Nottingham.
Froch has repeated calls for the chance to fight Calzaghe, who has now retired. But Calzaghe's Dad, Enzo, says it's not up for discussion, adding: "Froch says he's a legend but the only legend from Nottingham is Brian Clough." (April, 2009).
Cloughie's son Nigel has backed plans for a third statue of his Dad. The sculpture will be erected at Derby County's Pride Park, where Nigel is manager, and will also feature Brian's assistant Peter Taylor. "A statue has been discussed and suggested for a while and it is lovely that it has come to fruition," said Nigel (April, 2009).
Derby County are now fronting the project, but the BBC has reported that a club spokesman said it was too early to say how the statue will be paid for or how long it will take to create. The scheme follows successful fund-raising efforts by fans which have seen statues unveiled already in Middlesbrough and Nottingham. Clough and Taylor enjoyed their first major success together at Derby, where Taylor ended his career after leaving Nottingham Forest.
Unlike the projects in Middlesbrough and Nottingham, the Derby scheme does not involve a selection process or tendering procedure to decide which sculptor should make the statue. Instead, Derby County has commissioned artist Andy Edwards to produce designs over the next three months. Both families will be asked for their views on a shortlist of options for the artwork. Edwards made Pride Park's bust of Steve Bloomer, who played for the Rams in the 1890's and early 1900's. See Nottingham's statue unveiled HERE and Boro's ceremonyHERE.
Cloughie has been remembered with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a special ceremony in Yorkshire, the county where he was born. The award was accepted by his son, Simon, during the event organised by the Star newspaper in Sheffield. Speaking afterwards Simon said the award would have meant a lot to his Dad.
"This is the county where his heart lies," said Simon. "He had a great deal of affection for people, particularly football supporters, in this area. He always thought they were very enthusiastic and they followed their team through thick and thin." Brian's widow, Barbara, said the award was very heart-warming, especially as Brian was born in the Yorkshire town of Middlesbrough. "We wish he could have been here," said Mrs Clough. "He would have loved it."
Also at the ceremony was the former referee, Keith Hackett, who is now the General Manager of referees in England. He paid tribute to Cloughie for the way his teams respected referees. "I think all referees of my era would say that officiating Forest and Derby was always a pleasure because you knew full well Brian Clough insisted that the referees had a job to do and the players had a job to do."
A Cloughie fan has described how he visits the Great Man's bronze statue in Nottingham and keeps him up to date with the football results. Forty-seven year old Richard Walker also sweeps around the nine-feet high sculpture with a broom to help ensure the surroundings are tidy.
"I always have a lump in my throat every time I go and see him," Richard from West Bridgford told the Nottingham Evening Post (April, 2009). "I tell him the Derby County results and the Forest results. I know he doesn't say anything back, but I keep thinking he can hear me."
Richard met Cloughie several times over the years. He says he used to fetch John Robertson's cigarettes when Forest were training - but when Brian saw them he wouldn't let Richard hand them over. "Brian used to say, 'I will have those young man.'"
Cloughie fans now have the chance to buy a superb souvenir of Nottingham's stunning statue of the Great Man - and support charities at the same time. Special fridge magnets have been made featuring a picture of the bronze sculpture.
The attractive magnets are a brilliant way to remember both the Great Man and the fantastic £70,000 statue which was paid for by his fans. They cost just £3.00 each (plus postage and packing), with 50p from each sale going to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund, which is run by the Clough family and gives money to the types of charitable causes that Brian supported. What's more, they are made in Great Britain too. Buy them HERE
Barbara Clough has revealed that Brian was a great cook - and often spent time conjuring-up culinary delights because it helped him to relax. "He loved to do a big pan of soup or stew and he would sometimes put quite odd things in it, but usually they were absolutely delicious," said Mrs Clough. "He took great time and patience in cutting up the vegetables. He really did enjoy it. He said it was complete relaxation for him." Barbara added with a smile, "I was only too happy to let him do it."
Mrs Clough's memories are contained in a new DVD produced by ITV Sport, which we are giving away in our latest competition. The disc features the excellent documentary recently broadcast, plus over an hour of extra footage not shown in the original programme, including interviews with Mrs Clough and Nigel and archive interviews about Brian's time at Leeds United.
The DVD includes two Yorkshire TV specials shown in full - one when Cloughie joined Leeds in 1974 and the other when he came face-to-face with former United manager Don Revie following his sacking after just 44 days. Read more about the documentary HERE. Enter the competition to win a copy HERE. For the first time, we are running three competitions at the same time - there are more competitions HERE
Further steps are being taken to get a third statue of Brian Clough - this time in Derby. Several Rams fans are to meet club representatives to discuss the idea of a sculpture at Pride Park, with a view to setting-up a committee. It follows the success of fund-raising campaigns which have already seen statues erected in Middlesbrough and Nottingham. The Derby memorial would also feature Cloughie's assistant Peter Taylor - the pair enjoyed their first major success together at Derby, where Taylor ended his career after leaving Nottingham Forest. See Nottingham's statue unveiled HERE and Boro's ceremony HERE.
The excellent ITV documentary on Cloughie is now available on DVD, with extra footage not included in the original programme. The disc includes more of the interviews with Barbara and Nigel Clough, plus archive interviews about Brian's time at Leeds United.
The disc features two Yorkshire TV specials shown in full - one when Cloughie joined Leeds in 1974 and the other when he came face-to-face with former United manager Don Revie following his sacking after just 44 days. We're giving you the chance to win a copy of the DVD in a special competition HERE. Read more about the documentary HERE.
Twenty years ago Brian Clough led a party of Nottingham Forest players and club officials up the steps of St Mary's Church in the city for a memorial service for the victims of the Hillsborough Disaster. Ninety-six fans died at the FA Cup semi-final between Forest and Liverpool. Former Reds player Brian Laws recalled that after the players were led from the pitch and had returned to the dressing room, Cloughie wanted the game called-off when he heard people had died.
"A chief inspector came in and said that there was a fatality and we were going to have to delay the kick-off," Laws told Liverpoolbanter.co.uk (April 2009). "As soon as he said that word fatality I remember Cloughie turning round and saying 'fatality, lad, if there's a fatality the game's not going ahead. It's a game of football, not life or death. We're going home'."
Looking back on the re-played match, Laws said: "For the first time they didn't want Forest to win, because Forest were loved by everybody for the way we played football and everybody loved Cloughie and wanted him to win the FA Cup. But on this occasion it was secondary."
Two former Clough players have been reflecting on their experiences of working for the Master Manager. Viv Anderson and Paul Hart both played in defence for Cloughie. Anderson won two European Cups with Old Big 'Ead at Nottingham Forest. "We did that with no real superstars really," Anderson told Sky Sports (April 2009). "It just snowballed over a period of four years. It did not last long which was a shame. People went their own separate ways but he was a fantastic manager.
"How did he do it? He just bought good players. He bought Peter Shilton, he bought Kenny Burns and he bought Harty later which was a big downer," joked Anderson. Hart, who later managed the Reds, recalled the mind games that Clough used to get the best out of his players. "If you got beaten he said he did not want to see you until Wednesday. By the time Wednesday came, we were climbing up the walls and by the time we finally got to the training field we were a very hungry team."
We're adding another competition to this website - and offering two copies of a hardback book containing some of Cloughie's memorable quotes. 'The Wit and Wisdom of Brian Clough' has been compiled by award-winning author Duncan Hamilton. You can read more about the competition HERE. This is in addition to the competition already launched which offers a copy of a new tribute book signed by Mrs Clough, three European Cup legends and the author Marcus Alton. Visit that competition HERE.
Roy Of The Rovers
A famous footballing name has joined those who say Cloughie should have been England manager. The cartoon character Roy Race, otherwise known as 'Roy of the Rovers,' gave an interview to the Independent on Sunday (April, 2009) to mark the publication of a collector's edition of the comic.
"When I was caretaker manager of England for one game in 1977, I said the full-time job should go to Cloughie, because he was not part of the footballing establishment," said Roy. A recent ITV documentary showed that Cloughie's interview for the England job was a sham (see report below).
A Football League manager says he hopes the spirit of Cloughie will help his side secure promotion glory. Stuart McCall is planning to take Bradford City into the League Two play-offs, despite a recent slump in results.
McCall told the Bradford Telegraph and Argus (April, 2009) that he was still feeling positive as the next game approached. "I know what I need to be like because this is no time for doom and gloom. I watched a documentary on Brian Clough and took stuff from that. I’m bright and positive about things and that's not being false. We've still got a great chance of making this season a success."
DVD Out Soon
A DVD is being released of the excellent television documentary about the Master Manager. It will contain extra scenes not included in the original broadcast on ITV. The DVD will be launched during April, 2009 - we'll have more details soon. Repeats of the documentary will be shown on ITV4 on April 3rd (8pm) and April 4th (6.25pm). Read more about the documentary HERE.
The classic television interview in which Brian Clough goes head-to-head with former Leeds boss Don Revie is now available to watch on-line. The Yorkshire TV Special was broadcast live just hours after Cloughie was sacked from Leeds United in 1974, following his infamous forty-four days in charge at Elland Road.
Part of the interview was included in the excellent television documentary about Cloughie broadcast a few days ago. In the original programme, Cloughie faced the cameras along-side his Leeds predecessor Revie and is asked about what went wrong at Elland Road. At one point Revie asks Clough why he took the job after being openly critical of the Leeds players.
"Because it was the best job in the country," said Clough. "I was taking over the league champions. I wanted to have a crack at the European Cup and win it. I wanted to do something you hadn't done." You can read more about Clough's time at Leeds - in his own words - and see the original interview HERE. Read more about the documentary HERE.
Meanwhile, the host of that special TV interview, Austin Mitchell, has been reflecting on that once-in-a-lifetime moment. Mitchell, now an MP in Grimsby, said: "I remember it vividly as I was the only one who would do it. Everybody else at the studio had gone home, and I was a bit worried as I didn't really know much about football," he told the Grimsby Telegraph. "I kept getting questions from my ear piece, but it was a brilliant event, the like of which you would not get today. To even get them together in one studio was amazing."
The Slammed United
There's been more stinging criticism of the controversial film about Cloughie. The BBC's sports correspondent, Pat Murphy, has watched 'The Damned United' and says: "I promise you, Brian Clough was funnier in real life than he was in the movie." Murphy, who interviewed Cloughie many times and wrote a biography, says he counted 17 factual inaccuracies in the film. He told Radio Five Live: "I heard Michael Sheen (who plays Clough) say he was sure about the accuracy of the film. He's wrong about that."
Murphy says he couldn't believe the film depicts Clough hiding in his office during a match against Leeds. "There is a scene where Brian Clough doesn't go out of his office - he couldn't face seeing his Derby County side play Leeds at the Baseball Ground and he's sat there smoking and drinking throughout the whole match. That's a serious condemnation of Brian Clough as a manager. The guy had so much passion, so much ego and pride in a performance. Clough would be eye-balling Don Revie from the rival dugout. The very idea of him sitting in his office is just risible."
In another interview, Murphy says the chronology of the film is wrong - for example, showing Dave Mackay playing for Derby, when he had left two years before. Murphy says the film attempts to tell a story that is 35 years old. "The only reason it is a film now is because of this tawdry book by David Peace, which is a work of fiction...but a lot of people don't see that. They think it is an accurate portrayal of Brian Clough and it wasn't, it was an absolute disgrace.
"There is nothing new in the film, so why wasn't it done in the last 30 years? Because you can get away with it now as the central people are dead. You can't libel the dead. David Peace was interviewed and said it is a portrait, not a photograph. Well, I'm afraid that's 'pseud's corner' tosh."
Cloughie's family have already critcised the book and film (see below) and former Leeds player Johnny Giles has added his strong criticism too. In an ITV documentary, Giles (who took successful legal action over the book) said: "The portrayal of Brian Clough in that book is absolutely outrageous. It's mean, it's mean-spirited and it's wrong."
Giles said it was no co-incidence that all the main figures in the book had passed away. "Had they been alive, that book would never have got out." Murphy adds: "David Peace says he didn't want to upset the Clough family. Well on that basis, I await news of a large donation from him to a charity of the Clough family choice, because he will have made a fair amount of money from selling the book rights to the movie."
It's been confirmed - at last - that Cloughie was the victim of a sham when he was interviewed for the post of England manager. A former Football Association executive has broken more than 30 years of silence to admit Brian never stood a chance, despite being the public's choice to succeed Don Revie in 1977. Ron Greenwood got the job instead.
The FA's press officer at the time, Glen Kirton, revealed in an ITV documentary that Cloughie's interview was a sop to public opinion. "The decision had already been made that Ron Greenwood was the preferred candidate," said Kirton. "There wasn't a vote. Sir Harold Thompson would have said, 'I want to appoint Ron Greenwood,' and they would have agreed. The decision was made beforehand. Ron Greenwood was not on the candidate list."
It's the first time anybody from the FA has broken ranks and admitted that one man, Thompson, was responsible for shaping the destiny of English football. Of course, Brian went on to secure European glory with Nottingham Forest and is always known as the best manager England never had. "It would have been his absolute dream job," Clough's widow, Barbara, told Gabriel Clarke, the ITV reporter for the documentary, shown on Wednesday March 25th, 2009.
Mrs Clough also addressed the controversy about David Peace's novel, The Damned Utd, and the film version of the awful book. "I dismissed it at first as just another book, but I got it and read it and was quite horrified," she said. "They had him chain-smoking and he'd given-up smoking and they had him constantly with a drink in his hand, but he barely drank in those days. He's taken it on himself to write this awful book. But you can’t libel the dead.
"The director assures us that it is a warm and affectionate take and nothing like the book and yet I am sure when the film comes out it’s going to say, 'based on the book by David Peace.'"
Elsewhere in the programme, Nigel Clough spoke about the success of his father at an early age: "How old was he when they won the League Championship? He wasn't even 40 was he? There's very few younger managers doing that now."
Speaking about the pressure on Brian in the late 1970s, Nigel commented: "In his late 30's I think he felt he could take on the world. As time goes by that diminishes. Nobody got a hint of that vulnerability at all...certainly not the players at work.
"I think he felt the responsibility of everybody else really. Looking after everybody else more than himself." The documentary, narrated by the actor Pete Postlethwaite, looked at Cloughie's life and legacy - told by those who knew him best. It aimed to paint an accurate picture of the Great Man - unlike the inaccurate cinematic depiction (see below) of his time at Leeds United.
ITV used its wealth of priceless archive footage. The programme included the Yorkshire TV Calendar special where Clough faced his Leeds predecessor, Don Revie, on the night the axe fell at Elland Road. The programme's host, Austin Mitchell (now a Labour MP), relived that incredible television moment. There were interviews with friends and former colleagues including Geoffrey Boycott, Martin O’Neill, John Robertson, Roy McFarland, John McGovern, Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles and Gordon McQueen. Read more about the programme HERE.
It's a very special time to be remembering Cloughie. That's because March 21st, 2009, would have been his 74th birthday. All his fans around the world will not only fondly remember the Master Manager at this time, but will also be thinking of his family. Fans can send their memories HERE, read other tributes HERE and look at knighthood messages HERE. Hey, Brian, we still miss you.
Cloughie will be the focus of two special events to be staged in bookshops. The outstanding record of the Master Manager will be compared with the achievements of former Leeds United manager Don Revie. In the 'Clough Corner' will be Duncan Hamilton, who has written an award-winning book about Brian and has just released a compilation of Clough quotes. Speaking about Revie will be another author, Rob Bagchi, who's written a book about Leeds United.
The first of the two discussions will be held at Waterstones in Nottingham on Thursday April 2nd at 7pm. Tickets are £3 (redeemable against the purchase of either book). The second event will be held at Waterstones in Leeds on Thursday April 16th. At a book signing event in Nottingham last year, Hamilton told the audience that he did not