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The #CloughChallenge

This website has teamed up with the magazine 'Left Lion' for a special celebration of Cloughie's wit and wisdom. It marks the 40th anniversary of Forest's second European Cup win. Our editor appears in a video launching the #CloughChallenge.  You're invited to film yourself reciting one of Brian's fantastic quotes. 

You can choose a quote from our brilliant collection HERE and read more about the superb campaign HERE. Search our Twitter feed for more great videos from the likes of Mark Crossley, Paul Hart and Steve Chettle. 


Phone In Memories

May 2020 marks twenty years since Cloughie appeared on his first live radio phone-in. He spoke to fans on BBC Radio Nottingham in a programme hosted by Mark Shardlow. Alongside him was former Forest striker and double European Cup winner Garry Birtles. 

Cloughie was on fine form during the hour-long programme, on 8th May 2000, and often joked with the callers. He clearly enjoyed it, adding: "I'm out of work at the moment, because I'm retired, now I'm going to work on the guy who runs BBC Radio Nottingham and I'm going to go on the salary."

You can read more about his comments on the phone-in HERE



Statue Choice

An international sports writer has described how he turned down the chance to interview a leading ‘up-and-coming’ cricketer – and instead chose to visit Nottingham's Brian Clough statue.

It was back in June 2009 when Nottingham was hosting the Twenty20 World Cup Tournament at Trent Bridge. The stunning bronze sculpture had been unveiled by Mrs Clough in front of thousands of fans in the city centre just seven months before. The full story is HERE



Birthday Treat

A story of Cloughie's amazing generosity has been shared by a man who has special memories of the Master Manager. Craig Bromfield was welcomed into the Clough household after a chance meeting in Sunderland. He's now allowed us to include an incredible tale on this website. 

Aged 18 at the time, and keen to impress a girlfriend, Craig described how Brian made sure her birthday was celebrated in style, with an all-expenses paid trip to a West End musical. 

"He told his secretary Carol to arrange us a perfect evening. Within two hours, a Chauffeur driven Rolls Royce was hired to drive us to London. Another thing I'd never have experienced if it wasn't for Brian Clough." Read the story HERE



Jemmo's Gem

Former Cloughie striker Nigel Jemson has described how finding an archive photo brought back some magical memories of working with the Master Manager at Nottingham Forest. 

Jemson tweeted the photo, with the message: "Came across this picture. Wow what a man the gaffer was. Loved working for him and NFFC. Will always be proud to have played under arguably one of the best manager in football."


In reply, this website (@1BrianClough) posted: "Arguably? You'd sit down and talk about it for 20 minutes and decide he was right. In the top one - he used to say your head was nearly as big as his. Happy Memories."  We're pleased to say Nigel 'liked' our comment (April 2020).


Helping NHS Heroes


To help our NHS heroes during the Covid Crisis, we are backing the current fund-raising efforts by offering one of our Cloughie books at a 40% discount with profits going to an NHS charity. 

A few years ago the editor of this website, Marcus Alton, presented a cheque for £7,500 on behalf of the Brian Clough Memorial Fund to the charity at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust. So it's fitting we support them again. 

That's why - only through this website - you can now buy a copy of 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' and support  the #NottinghamNHSHeroes at the NUH Charity. The book is full of great memories of Old Big 'Ead from his family, friends, fans and footie stars. 

There are more details about the book and how to purchase HERE. Thank you for your support. #OBE4NHS



Archie's Story


Former Forest and Derby midfielder Archie Gemmill has been speaking further about the conversation with Brian Clough that persuaded him to sign for the Master Manager.

The ex-Scotland international won league titles with Clough at Derby and then Forest. But he almost signed for Everton instead of joining Clough and his assistant Peter Taylor at the Baseball Ground in 1970.

Gemmill, who was playing for Preston at the time, admitted that, initially, he was not interested in meeting Clough and was focussed on a move to Goodison Park. But his wife invited Brian to their house.

He told RamsTV: “Alan Ball, who was manager at Preston at the time, called me in and said there had been a bid in from Derby County and that we should have a listen to what they had to say.

“I said I wasn’t interested at all because all I have to do is sign at Everton. He said to just go and meet him to see if he is like what he is on television. So, I went and had the meeting and the following day I was signed for Derby.

“The thing that eventually got me to sign for Derby was when he was sitting at the kitchen table having breakfast, because he stayed at the house that night. He said to me, ‘let’s get down to facts. What is the midfield at Everton?’ 

Read Archie's story HERE.


Sounding Off

Cloughie was in fine form ahead of a key European Cup match, when he sounded-off over a newspaper report about Nottingham Forest.  As the Reds faced Dynamo Berlin in the quarter-final first leg, Brian didn't hold back after reading the article linking Forest with the sportswear firm Admiral. 

"I caught up on some reading when I got back from my week's holiday in Torremolinos - but I wish I hadn't taken the trouble," said Clough (March 1980). He strongly criticised the Daily Mirror's back page lead story declaring that Forest were poised to agree a deal with Admiral. 

Clough dedicated his entire two-page programme notes to the issue, stating that the report did not contain a semblance of truth. "I was absolutely staggered when I read the article," he said. 

"I find it absolutely amazing that I, as a manager of a football club, can pick up a paper and read matters about my club's affairs and then put it down, knowing that there is not a fragment of truth in it." 


Clough went on to say that it wasn't the first time that the journalist involved had written something incorrect about Forest.  So he had tried to contact him - only to be told the reporter had gone home and Brian wouldn't be given his home number to discuss the matter. 


"What amused me more than anything else is that I would have thought it was every journalist's job to listen to anyone who wanted to talk to him in order to get his news," said Clough.

"It's the equivalent of me refusing to watch a young player and too daft for words - but then so was his story!"


My Cup Of Tea

The manager of the Chelsea Women's team has described how Cloughie inspired her. Emma Hayes was speaking after her team won the Continental League Cup for the first time, by beating Arsenal in the final at the City Ground (February 2020).

Hayes explained that she grew-up in a household that loved Clough and that to play in the stadium that he called home for 18 years was something special. 

"Wembley will always be a highlight, but I love this man (Clough)," said Hayes. "He is my cup of tea. I'd loved to have had a cup of tea with him, to walk the dog with him, to have had a chat with him.  

"I could sense it when I came into the building. The players haven't got a clue who he is, and I'm busy taking photographs of myself with his photographs on the wall. 

"My sister sent me lists of quotes this morning, with my favourite being this one, 'I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one'. Well, I'm there today. I'll take that today."


The Punchline

Roy Keane has explained why he never held a grudge against Cloughie for punching him. The former Forest midfielder talked about why he loved playing for the Master Manager, who was generally very supportive and sympathetic to Keane occasionally being homesick as a young player. 

Keane told the Late Late Show in Ireland how, whenever he requested to be allowed to go home for a few days, Clough never had a problem with it. He also recalled the simple piece of advice he received which stood him in good stead for the rest of his career. 

"He had that other side to him but I'd defend him to the hilt," said Keane. "He wasn't very much a manager for being on the training pitch in terms of coaching. But just snippets of information he would give me. 

"And I said this to people, before my debut against Liverpool. And again I'd literally just got off the boat from Ireland. He said before my debut, obviously I'm still quite raw, he said 'I've seen you play for he reserves. You can control it, you can pass it and you can run.'

"I said 'yeah' and he went 'just do those three things.' And that was my career. That was my career in a nutshell. People say players should be able to do that, a lot of people can't actually do those things. 

"They can do two out of three. And obviously as I went up the levels I had to do it faster but that was it. So, just the way he backed me was great."


Keane and Clough


Keane also said there were tougher moments while working for Cloughie. He added: "But having said that, there was an incident where he punched me after the match. Just in the chest after a game against Crystal Palace in the cup. 

"But I never held that against him, I just thought he was a manager. He's under pressure, he made a mistake. But if it happened now I think there'd be uproar. 

"But at the time I just thought it was all part of me learning my trade. He made a mistake but I never held it against him." 

Keane was speaking on the TV programme (February 2020) to publicise the work of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, of which he is an ambassador. Thanks to the Irish Sun newspaper for highlighting it. Keane also met a young football fan on the show, as reported by the Irish Independent


He's My Idol

The manager of the Chelsea women's football team says she would happily be regarded as the female equivalent of Cloughie. Emma Hayes' Blues will face Arsenal in the League Cup Final which will be played at Nottingham Forest's City Ground on 29th February, 2020. 

"I'm a huge fan of Brian Clough," says Emma, who has established herself as one of the leading managers in the women's game since taking over at Chelsea in 2012. "I might be his female equivalent but I'm quite happy with that. 

"I love Brian Clough. I grew up in a household that loved him. To go to his home as a manager will be a really special moment for me." Emma has won the Women's Super League title and the Women's FA Cup twice, but the League Cup has so far eluded her.


Opening Event

An archive photo of Cloughie swapping the dugout for the check-out forty years ago has been making headlines. Brian was the star attraction at the opening of a cash-n-carry in Burton-on-Trent. Cloughie was accompanied by his assistant at Nottingham Forest, Peter Taylor. 

A report in the Bygones section of the Derbyshire Live website (January 2020) described how young fans flocked to meet their football hero at the event in 1980. 


Treasured Letter 

A 1963 letter from Brian Clough to a fan gives a fresh insight into his hopes of recovering from the devastating knee injury which effectively ended his playing career. 

The letter has been published in an online article about the man who received it. He was Middlesbrough fan Trevor Moore, who died last year aged 72. The letter was one of his most treasured possessions. A musical based on Trevor's life is being planned by his daughter, Samantha.

In the letter, Clough refers to the cruciate ligament injury he suffered on Boxing Day 1962 while playing for Sunderland against Bury. He collided with goalkeeper Chris Harker on an icy pitch and was carried off. Clough thanks Trevor for the letter he received and says it was kind of him to write. 

"My injury is coming along fine but I still have my leg in plaster," writes Clough. "I hope it won't be too long before I am playing football again." Clough also refers to Trevor's Dad, Fred, who was a Middlesbrough councillor. 

Treasured Letter

The personally signed letter conveys Clough's desire of returning to action to continue his amazing goal-scoring record for Sunderland. His rehabilitation included running up the steep steps of the Roker Park terraces.

Unfortunately Brian managed to play in just three more first team matches. He made his comeback on 2nd September 1964 in a 2-2 draw against West Brom. Sunderland were, by now, in the First Division. Although he did not score in that game, he did fulfill his aim of scoring in the top flight.

Clough scored his only First Division goal in a 3-3 draw with Leeds United. He then played against Aston Villa on 9th September. It turned out to be his final game as a player and he realised his days as a centre forward were over.

Such was Clough's popularity, his testimonial match at Roker Park against a Bobby Charlton XI attracted more than 30,000 people. He had become Sunderland's youth team coach and demonstrated a flair for man-management. The rest, as they say, is history. 

The fateful match against Bury is one of the Fifty Defining Fixtures in the best selling Clough book of the same name. There's more about Trevor Moore and the plans for the musical, in the report (January 2020) by Teesside Live, HERE.   


Titanic Battle

It's 40 years since Cloughie was looking forward to what he described as a "battle of titanic proportions" against Liverpool. Brian's Nottingham Forest were about to face Bob Paisley's side yet again - this time in the League Cup semi-final. 

Clough's Reds had already beaten Paisley's Reds in the European Cup and League Cup Final, both in 1978,  as well as in the First Division (September 1979). Now they faced the Merseysiders yet again (January 1980) in the League Cup, having just been drawn against them again in the FA Cup.

Looking ahead to the series of games, Clough wrote in his programme notes: "If there is anything that Liverpool and ourselves don't know about each other, then we might just find it out in the next few weeks.

"Unless you've been living on a different planet, you will realise that we meet Liverpool in the FA Cup in ten days' time in addition to our League Cup semi-final games and a small matter of the League game at Anfield."

Programme Notes

Cloughie said that many people would have been disappointed when the FA Cup draw was made, with Forest and Liverpool facing each other at such an early stage. "But it didn't bother us," he added. "I described it at the time as a brilliant draw and I see no reason to change my mind."

Focussing on the first-leg of the League Cup semi-final, at the City Ground, Clough concluded: "And despite the fact that we have as much success against Liverpool in two and a half years as some teams achieve in a decade, we are not kidding ourselves that tonight's game - or any of the others - will be anything but a battle of titanic proportions."

Forest won the first-leg 1-0 thanks to a John Robertson penalty, with the second-leg ending in a 1-1 draw. Clough's Reds lost to Wolves in the final. Although Forest also lost the FA Cup tie and the league match at Anfield, they ended the season by retaining the European Cup, while Liverpool were knocked-out again.


Look A Like 

Cloughie was trending on social media after a new appointment to the British government was mistaken for the Master Manager. Ten Downing Street tweeted the photo of the new Welsh Secretary, Simon Hart.

There was a huge response from Twitter users who wrote about the Tory politician's likeness to the Labour-supporting Clough (December 2019).

One tweet (@Hoppurrsneeze) said: "He looks more like Brian Clough than Brian Clough's children." Another wrote: "Cloughie is alive and well."

This website's Twitter account saw a surge in numbers as a result. Welcome to all the new followers! Some of them are in the United States, with one fan posting a photo of Nottingham's Clough statue. 

Also on Twitter, as a weakened Liverpool side faced Aston Villa in the League Cup, while the first team prepared for the World Club Championship in Qatar, we posted a reminder of Cloughie's comment when Manchester United opted out of the F.A. Cup in order to play in the World Club Championship.   

He said: "Manchester United in Brazil? I hope they all get bloody diarrhea." Our social media post led to one follower recalling an amusing story in Nottinghamshire. 

Lucky Lee (@leemartin1963) wrote: "Back in 1979-ish, our Newark Centrals football manager tried to claim £20 petrol expenses for travelling 20 miles off Mr Clough, for bringing Newark trialists to Forest. 

"Cloughie said: 'What did yer come in, a bloody tank?' A true legend, he paid up but always had the last word."


He's For Keeps 

Long before signing him for Nottingham Forest, Cloughie was full of praise for goalkeeper Peter Shilton. In December 1973, the Miracle Manager wrote in his column for TV Times magazine that Shilts was England's natural successor to World Cup winner Gordon Banks.

Banks, who was Shilton's mentor, had retired and Clough said the man he had tried to sign from Leicester in 1971 was now the man to carry the flag for the great British goalkeeper. Clough wrote: "Peter Shilton, in my opinion, is even better than Banks."

Clough wrote that Shilton had a calm and commanding temperament, which he said was the most important asset a goalkeeper could possess. "He is still only 22 and he's by far the greatest in the world," said Clough. 

In 1977 Cloughie eventually got his man, with Forest going on to secure the First Division title before winning back-to-back European Cups. The magazine column is featured in the book 'Me and My Big Mouth - When Cloughie Sounded Off In TV Times' by Graham Denton (Pitch Publishing, RRP £12.99). More HERE.


Trophy History 

History was made in November 2019 when Nottingham Forest won three consecutive Brian Clough Trophy matches for the first time. All three wins came within the same year, culminating in a 1-0 victory over Derby at the City Ground. More information on our Brian Clough Trophy page. 

Ten Pound Note

Former Cloughie midfielder Brian Rice has been reflecting on his time playing for the Miracle Manager. "He was a one-off and a genius," says Rice, who was signed by Clough from Hibernian in 1985.

"I think he invented reverse psychology. If I knew I'd played well he'd stop me on the way out: 'Hey, you're not as good as you think.' If I'd had a bad game he'd go: 'Well done.'"

Rice, now Head Coach at Hamilton, adds: "...even though I missed out on some big games I was on the bench for the final of the Simod Cup in 1989. We won so I shared in the team's bonus. We all got a box of chocolates with a ten pound note sellotaped to it!" 

The full interview with Rice is by the Scotsman (October 2019). 



Goodnight Young Man

Cloughie fans around the world said 'thanks for the memories' as we marked the 15th anniversary of Brian's passing. The world of football was stunned when the news broke that the Master Manager had died on 20th September 2004. 

Nottingham Forest ensured the Miracle Man and his achievements were remembered 15 years on, with a minute's applause during the Championship match at home to Barnsley (21st September 2019). 

Fans from both teams stood and applauded in the 15th minute of the game, while an image of the Great Man was displayed on the large screens.

Brian's influence and achievements live on - as do his wonderful quotes, carefully collated over the years by this website. You can look back on how the media reported the tributes in 2004 HERE - and enjoy those classic quotes HERE. Add your #cloughiememories HERE


Meeting Diana 

A former youth player at Nottingham Forest has described how Cloughie let him join the FA Cup Final line-up at Wembley and meet Princess Diana. Centre-back Phil Gilchrist, who was originally from Stockton-on-Tees, began his football career with Cloughie's Forest. 

Gilchrist was offered schoolboy terms with the Reds - but admits he didn't have a lot of dealings with the Master Manager. "Depending on what mood he was in, I would keep out of his way!" he recalls. 

"He was good to the young lads. He called everyone by where they were from, so he used to call me 'Middlesbrough'. He was born there."

Cloughie & Diana

And Gilchrist has special memories of how Cloughie ensured he was part of the proceedings in the FA Cup Final against Spurs. 

"When we played in the 1991 FA Cup Final, Cloughie took me and another lad who'd done well in the youth team that season with the squad. We stayed in the hotel, walked out on the pitch and met Princess Diana in the line-up. We lost but it was an amazing day." 

Looking back, Gilchrist says he knew that he was not going to break into the Forest first team, past players like Des Walker and Stuart Pearce. So he joined Middlesbrough in January 1992 and then Hartlepool, another of Cloughie's former clubs. 

The defender later joined Leicester City in the Premier League, at the height of Martin O'Neill's success as Foxes boss, in 1999. Gilchrist describes O'Neill as one of the best managers he worked for. "There were definitely similarities with Cloughie," he adds. 

After O'Neill left, Gilchrist joined West Brom. Following spells with Rotherham and Oxford United, he retired due to injury. Like Cloughie, it was a knee injury which ended his playing career. You can read more about Gilchrist's memories as he talks to Leicester City historian John Hutchinson HERE


Trophy Celebrations 

Nottingham Forest players celebrated in the City Ground dressing room after retaining the Brian Clough Trophy. It followed a 3-0 win over Derby County in the Carabao Cup (27th August, 2019). "It's my first Brian Clough Trophy game," said a grinning Sabri Lamouchi after the match. 

The victory came ten years after the Reds won the trophy for the first time. Below, Matty Cash (left) is clearly delighted to hold the cup, while the Forest players celebrate together and captain Joe Worrall proudly shows off the trophy pitchside.  There's more about the trophy HERE

Photographs courtesy Nottingham Forest F.C.


Get Me To The Ground

Cloughie was renowned for his unpredictability, but it's amazing to hear that Brian was still playing squash just minutes before a crucial European Cup tie against Liverpool. The Master Manager had decided to take his mind off the match - but had to resort to asking a policeman to stop the traffic so he could get to the game in time. 

"The Boss played a lot of squash, he loved it," recalls one of his former squash partners, Mike Tinkley, who was assistant secretary at Nottingham Forest. "I played a lot of squash with the manager, it probably took a lot of the pressures off him."

And Brian was even keen to have a game at Trent Bridge Squash Club just before Forest's first European Cup match, at home to holders Liverpool, in 1978. "We were still on court at a quarter past seven and we were kicking-off against Liverpool at half past seven," recalls Mike. 

"We came off court, drenched in sweat, and there was a policeman that the manager called over and said 'Get me to the ground, I need to be there.' The Policeman stopped all the traffic and took us round. We were back in the ground in five minutes - and the players were in the tunnel ready to face Liverpool.

"Brian walks in, gets into the shower, then on with the green sweater and jacket, no team-talk - nothing. And we won 2-0."

Mike's wife, Janice, was Brian's secretary for a while and also has fond memories. "It was brilliant, he was an incredible man to work for," says Janice. "He was thoughtful and very kind to lots of people."

And that includes Janice herself. Brian arranged tickets for her to see singer Barry Manilow when he was interviewed by Cloughie's friend Michael Parkinson. "The Boss knew I liked Barry Manilow because he used to pull my leg about it."

Brian phoned Michael Parkinson to ask for two tickets for Janice. "A friend and I sat right at the front - it was absolutely wonderful." Mike and Janice were speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham's John Holmes (August 2019). You can listen to the show HERE (available until September). 


Boycott The Match 

Former Cloughie player Martin O'Neill has described how Brian invited his friend, cricketing legend Geoffrey Boycott, into the dressing room to give the team-talk.  O'Neill revealed: "Geoffrey used to give the team-talks - that was about twenty minutes, I will never get that!"

"Geoffrey was very good because Brian would bring him in and say, 'if you want to be a proper hero, here's one.' And of course Geoffrey took all the accolades going at that stage."

O'Neill was reflecting on Cloughie's love for cricket during the BBC's Test Match Special coverage of England's match against Ireland (July 2019). "Brian's love of cricket was very strong indeed," added O'Neill. "He would take himself off to Trent Bridge at times and watch games."

Boycott gave a special tribute to Brian at the Memorial Service back in October 2004. He described Cloughie as "a warm, generous person with a heart of gold." Read more about the tribute HERE.   

Festival Tribute

There was a great turn-out for a special Cloughie event at one of the UK's leading book festivals. 'In The Top - a tribute to Brian Clough' featured great stories and gems from the archives, as well as discounts on Clough books.

It was hosted by journalist and author Marcus Alton, who is the editor of this website and has written four books about the Master Manager. The organisers of the Newark Book Festival described it as a great afternoon of memories of the most charismatic figure football has ever known.

More than fifty people attended the event in the Tudor Hall at the National Civil War Centre in Newark (July 2019). Comments from the audience afterwards included: "marvellous memories", "that was quite emotional" and "it's nice to hear stories I've not heard before". 

Marcus is available for bookings to present his tribute 'In The Top One' for your club or event. Contact us via the email page for information. Below are a selection of photos from the event.  


Kenny's Tribute 

No-nonsense defender Kenny Burns says Cloughie was a 'father figure' to him. We've turned the clock back exactly ten years to remember a newspaper interview Burns gave about the Master Manager. 

"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." Burns was speaking to the Sunday Herald newspaper, who also asked him about Manchester United, who were playing in the Champions League Final. 

"I hate them, they win everything," replied Burns. "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!"



Cloughie's Cooking 

Former Nottingham Forest defender Jim McInally has recalled how Brian cooked him Christmas lunch. Reflecting on his time at the City Ground, McInally remembers Clough's kindness. 

"During my first Christmas in Nottingham I was staying at a hotel, so he invited me round for Christmas dinner with his family, with him doing the cooking! Not many people would take a stranger into their house in those circumstances." 

Like many other former Clough players, McInally also remembers how Brian kept football nice and simple. "Modern football would make him turn in his grave, especially the obsession with the idea of defenders playing it out from the back.

"It's so easy for that to go wrong. Just look at John Stones for England against Holland a couple of weeks ago. 

"Brian wanted everyone doing their own jobs and keeping things simple. The job of a full-back like myself was to stop crosses, and you'd occasionally be allowed to bomb forward when we were at home." 

McInally was speaking to Football Scotland (June 2019). 



Musically Frank 

You can't beat a bit of a sing-song - and music was certainly on the menu as Cloughie gave his 'thumbs-up' to his Forest successor Frank Clark 26 years ago (1993). 

Clough told the media: "He's got grace and he's reliable, warm and charming...I hope he also brings his guitar because I love music and he plays it well."

This website recently tweeted this quote and Clark himself responded by commenting: "Still have the guitar!" 



Festival Tribute

A special Cloughie event will be held at one of the UK's leading book festivals. 'In The Top - a tribute to Brian Clough' will feature great stories and gems from the archives, as well as discounts on Clough books. 

It will be hosted by journalist and author Marcus Alton, who is the editor of this website and has written four books about the Master Manager.  The event promises to be a great afternoon of memories of the most charismatic figure football has ever known. 

Tickets for the tribute at the Newark Civil War Centre on Sunday 14th July are just £4. Details HERE.


Statue Spruce-Up

Nottingham's Cloughie statue got a special clean and wax to mark the 40th anniversary of Brian's European Cup victory in Munich with Nottingham Forest in May 1979. 

Paul Ellis, who chaired the statue fund which raised the money for the statue, said: "Forty years on from that fantastic achievement, it's only fitting that Cloughie's statue gets this special attention. 

"The sculpture has become a much-loved fixture in the city centre, it's a key part of Nottingham's city landscape, and it's great that he'll be looking his best for the anniversary. 

"At the unveiling ceremony in 2008, Mrs Clough said Brian had a special place in the hearts of Nottingham people – and he treasured them too. All the people who contributed to the fund-raising appeal can feel proud of a statue that celebrates all he achieved and the fact he put Nottingham on the map.

"On behalf of the fund-raising committee, I'd like to thank the city council for ensuring the statue is kept in tip-top condition not only for this special occasion but for years to come."


One Million Man

Cloughie's fantastic man-management skills and unpredictability have been remembered by his £1M signing Trevor Francis, marking the 40th anniversary of Brian's first European Cup Final win in May 1979. 

On the eve of the final, Clough gathered the Forest players together in the hotel - they thought it was to discuss the line-up. But Brian called the wine waiter and insisted the players had one or two glasses. 

"It was all part of the plan to relax us before the game," Francis recalls in his autobiography 'One In A Million'. 

The striker also recalls how Clough took fans, and the players, by surprise before the European Cup semi-final against Ajax in Amsterdam in 1980. A group of Dutch fans were taunting the players as they took a walk near their hotel. 

"Clough got a lighter, probably from John Robertson, ran over to them, grabbed their flag and set fire to it. Amazing." There's a review of the book HERE



Forest Farewell 


Cloughie's amazing managerial career came to an end 26 years ago (May 1993). There were emotonal scenes at the City Ground as fans showed their appreciation to the Master Manager, despite suffering relegation in his final season. It had been a wonderful, trophy-laden career. Memories: May 1993.



Tragedy & Cologne 

It's 40 years since Cloughie's Forest beat Cologne in the European Cup semi-final second-leg (April 1979). But there was a tragic story behind the scenes. John Robertson later described Cloughie's kindness following the death of Robbo's brother and sister-in-law in a car accident just days before the Cologne tie. Full story: Cologne. 


Grandson's Thanks 

Brian's grandson Stephen has sent a special message of thanks to all Cloughie fans, on what would have been his 84th birthday (21st March 2019). Fans have been sending their memories to this website ever since Brian passed away in 2004. 

Stephen, who is the son of Cloughie's son Simon, expressed his appreciation for all the good wishes. He said: "Reading all the kind words after 15 years is brilliant for the family. So thanks to the club and the Forest supporters for keeping my grandad's memory alive, he'd have loved it." You can read messages and #cloughiememories HERE


Cleaning Cloughie

Nottingham's Cloughie statue was looking back to his best after undergoing a special clean by Nottingham City Council. The waxing was carried out using funds previously raised by the volunteers behind the huge fund-raising effort for the sculpture. 

One passer-by was heard to tell the workmen: "Make sure you clean behind his tabs!" His ears were duly waxed too. 


Trophy Win 

The Brian Clough Trophy returned to the City Ground after Nottingham Forest beat Derby County 1-0 at home in a Championship match (February 2019). It's the first time the Reds have held the prestigious piece of silverware since November 2015. The Monday night game was shown live on Sky Sports. 

Ben Watson & Trophy Ben Watson & Trophy

Forest captain Ben Watson is pictured after being presented with the Brian Clough Trophy live on Sky Sports.  Before the match, there was an impressive display of banners over the Trent End - including a tribute to Cloughie....

You can find out more about the Brian Clough Trophy, including previous matches, HERE


Miracle Man 


It was forty-four years ago that Cloughie declared he could still work a miracle, just days after becoming Nottingham Forest manager. The Daily Mirror reported (January 1975) that while he still bore the scars of the 'heartless sacking' by Leeds four months previously, his burning ambition to succeed was as strong as ever. 

During a visit to Bisham Abbey with his new players, he told the Mirror: "Right now, this team are no more than average - good enough for a place half way up the Second Division. I want to be back in the First Division, and with Forest, in eighteen months. If we do it, it will be a miracle, but remember I haven't performed one for a bit."

Luckily for Forest, a Clough miracle was just round the corner.  


Why Silva is Pure Gold

Brian's son Nigel says his Dad would have loved to have included Manchester City's David Silva in his European Cup winning teams. Nigel, whose Burton Albion side face City in the Carabao Cup semi-final (January 2019) also says his Dad would have admired City boss Pep Guardiola. 

"I think my Dad would have loved the way Pep goes about his job and the way City play," said Nigel. "And when you see a player like David Silva, I can guarantee that Dad would have had him in his team every day of the week. He would have absolutely loved to have had a player like David Silva in his team.

"Nottingham Forest had John Robertson, who wasn't the same sort of player because he was a winger, but he would just tell the Forest players, 'Give him the ball - I don't care where he is, just give him the ball and let him get on with it' - that's what he said about John and that's what he would have said about David Silva. He'd have loved him."

The Brewers boss also said his Dad would have been impressed with the way his side had beaten Middlesbrough (where Brian started his playing career) in the previous round. "I think he would have been proud of our clean sheet and the performance we put in," reflected Nigel. 

Brian won the League Cup four times as Nottingham Forest manager, with Nigel playing up front in their back-to-back wins in 1989 and 1990. 

"It's funny because when we play in all yellow, as we did (against Middlesbrough), Forest did it many, many times away from home in an all-yellow strip," added Nigel. "I'd like to think there were a few characteristics there - nowhere near as good and at the same level, but the same sort of commitment."


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