Thousands raised at charity dinner


More than twenty thousand pounds was raised for charity at a special dinner attended by former Nottingham Forest stars and members of the Clough family. Brian's widow, Barbara, was presented with a framed picture of cricketing greats (above). 

The presentation was made by Paul Lowe, who organised the evening for the organisation Sport Acts. Mrs Clough told the 600 guests that Brian would have loved to have seen the England cricket team win the Ashes during the summer.

The event was held at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on November 24th, 2005. Among the former Forest players paying tribute was John Robertson. Asked for his views on the Great Man, Robbo replied: "I loved him - he was absolutely brilliant. I am here talking to you only because of him. There is a myth about ruling by fear. That was a load of nonsense. If you are scared of someone you would not be able to get on the pitch and play football."

Proceeds from the event will go to charities nominated by the Clough family. A special banner displayed in Nottingham as part of a Civic Tribute was auctioned-off for £500 for the Brian Clough Statue Fund in the city.