Nottingham Forest legends attended a gala performance of the Cloughie tribute play 'Old Big 'Ead in the Spirit of the Man' at Nottingham Playhouse. The event (May 2006) marked the start of the second Nottingham run of the play, which made its debut in 2005.
At the end of the production, the players were invited onto the stage. They are pictured, below, with the late (and great) actor Colin Tarrant who played Cloughie.
Pictured, left to right, are Paul Hart, Ronnie Fenton, John Robertson, Larry Lloyd, John McGovern, Colin Tarrant, Gary Mills, Garry Birtles, John O'Hare and Liam O'Kane.
Also in the audience were Brian's widow Barbara, son Nigel and daughter Elizabeth. In a statement read by one of the cast, Elizabeth praised the production: "We are so pleased the play is back here in Nottingham. It will hopefully give all those who missed it last year another chance to see this lovely tribute to Dad.
"I have to be honest and say that when the family heard that a play about 'Old Big 'Ead' was on the cards we were rather apprehensive. However, due to the intelligent and sensitive writing, excellent direction and the warm and dedicated performances, our fears have proved unfounded." Elizabeth went on to praise the cast, who had shown great loyalty to each other - a quality Brian would have admired.
As he arrived at the playhouse, Paul Hart said: "It's a special night. It's marvellous to see such a tribute." Later, Hart was welcomed on stage, alongside the other star names who signed a giant picture of the Master Manager.
"This is just incredible. I can't believe it," said Colin as he shook hands with all his Forest heroes. He then joined the players in signing the huge Cloughie picture.
Colin also posed as Cloughie for the photographers, making a point to John McGovern and Garry Birtles. No doubt, it brought back some memories for the Forest legends.
The tribute play 'Old Big 'Ead in the Spirit of the Man' was written by Stephen Lowe and directed by Alan Dossor (who passed away in 2016). The production enjoyed a successful nationwide tour.