GRAND INTERNET AUCTION 'THREE'
FOR NOTTINGHAM'S STATUE FUND
Last banner up for auction
The final banner from the Brian Clough memorial service in Nottingham has been sold for more than £500 in an on-line auction. Featuring the quote voted as the Master Manager's very best, the rare item was one of a number of pieces of memorabilia being sold to raise money for a statue of Old Big 'Ead in Nottingham city centre.
Volunteers behind the Brian Clough Statue Fund launched another Grand Internet Auction in a bid to get closer to their £60,000 target. Items included a designer football signed by the Nottingham Forest squad and fashion guru Sir Paul Smith (£77); a painting of Cloughie donated by a local artist (£54); a green tribute sweatshirt signed by Nigel Clough and European Cup legends Martin O'Neill and John Robertson (£51) and a section of the original carpet laid inside Nottingham Forest's City Ground to mark the double European Cup triumphs under Brian Clough (£21).
The banner, which was one of several hung outside the Council House, has a picture of Cloughie alongside his famous words: "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one." The quote was voted his best of all-time in an on-line poll on this website. This is one of the larger banners displayed and is the only one of its size featuring this quote.
Rich Fisher from the fund said he expected the banner to be highly sought-after. "Not only does it feature a brilliant quote, but it was part of the memorial service which received worldwide media attention," said Rich.
The banner was one of a small number made especially for Nottingham City Council, which donated them to the statue fund to raise money.
Another rare item was a video from the 1980's, featuring Cloughie's adverts for East Midlands Electricity - complete with out-takes and a special message to staff. It sold for £67.