BRIAN CLOUGH

THE TROPHY MAP - MIND THE CUPS

Clough Trophy Map


This eye-catching art work has been produced by a football fan to celebrate Brian Clough's remarkable trophy collection. Designed in the style of a London tube map, it links the players and teams which lifted the many trophies during Cloughie's 18 years of managerial magic at Nottingham Forest.

From the First Division championship, to the European Cups and League Cups, the colour-coded map tracks the teams which won each trophy, linking the players and the successful sides they appeared in. 

The man behind the design is football fan Chris Lee: @FootballArtCLee

We asked Chris how the map came about:


"I suppose the inspiration was the FA's 150th anniversary tube map, I liked the mixture of map design and footballers' names. So, I started playing around with ideas, and realised it was a great way to celebrate the achievements of football clubs.

"Initially I started with my club Sheffield Wednesday, who now sell some of my maps and t-shirts in the Owls megastore. But then I moved onto other teams, looking at clubs and managers who have achieved great things.

"I've always thought Brian Clough was a brilliant character, an absolute football legend. I loved his TV interviews, and I've always been impressed with his achievements at Forest. So it was only natural that I made a map based on Cloughie. Its a kind of visual history lesson of the most significant games and players from the Clough era at Forest, showing all the trophies that he won. Obviously, Peter Taylor also gets a mention, as of course he played a huge part in the success."


So, how long does it take to design a map?


"Depending on distractions, a typical map usually takes about a week to create. I start off by researching the games, finding all the match information and players' names. Then I draw out the map, first on paper, before recreating on 'photoshop'. At times I question my sanity when I'm in the middle of a complicated map! But its usually worth it when I see the printed and framed version at the end."


CLOUGH'S CLASSIC QUOTES

SIGNED BOOKS: 

BRIAN CLOUGH FIFTY DEFINING FIXTURES

YOUNG MAN, YOU'VE MADE MY DAY

THE DAY I MET BRIAN CLOUGH

CHAMPAGNE MEMORIES