THE UNVEILING OF
NOTTINGHAM'S CLOUGHIE STATUE
Cloughie's family were the guests of honour at the unveiling of the bronze statue of the Master Manager in Nottingham city centre. His widow, Barbara, is pictured with her sons Simon and Nigel and daughter Elizabeth after unveiling the stunning sculpture near Old Market Square on Thursday, November 6th, 2008. Many members of the Great Man's family attended the event, including his brothers Joe and Bill and sister Doreen.
"The statue is absolutely incredible," said Mrs Clough. "Brian would have been amazed by the very idea of a statue. The Nottingham supporters took him to their hearts and there was a bond between them, and that shows today." More than five-thousand people gathered to watch the unveiling. It was also featured on live television and radio broadcasts as well as in local and national newspapers.
There was loud applause and cheers and then the crowd chanted Cloughie's name as Barbara removed the drape. "It is such a wonderful tribute. The statue is perfect," Mrs Clough told this website. "To everyone involved, we cannot thank you enough. The statue is a perfect likeness and has captured Brian's character so remarkably well."
The event was compered by TV presenter Gary Newbon and shown on a big screen. Moments before the unveiling, Gary spoke to Mrs Clough, who was accompanied on stage by her grand-daughter Natalie.
Gary Newbon also spoke to Cloughie's eldest son, Simon, who said the statue was a special tribute. Simon told this website: "It's amazing really, but working in Nottingham I do realise on a day-to-day basis how much my dad meant to so many people."
The city council and Nottingham Forest backed the fund. Forest's chairman and chief executive attended the ceremony, along with manager Colin Calderwood and the first team squad. The city council leader Jon Collins, whose personal backing of the statue fund was vital, said it was a tremendous day for the city and he congratulated all those involved.
Signed copies of statue book
'An inspirational story' (Mrs Clough 2008)
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