BRIAN CLOUGH RECEIVES
FREEDOM OF NOTTINGHAM
Brian Clough had a day to remember when he received the Freedom of Nottingham (March 23rd, 1993). He was given a chauffer-driven tour of city landmarks during his special day - and the media followed his every move. He didn't let them down - even breaking into a song and dance routine at one point during the day.
A carriage and horses were waiting for him at Wollaton Hall (below), while other landmarks in the tour included the Robin Hood statue at Nottingham Castle and Trent Bridge cricket ground. He also visited Nottingham Fashion Centre and the Forest Recreation Ground.
His carriage awaits
Brian was made the city's 31st Freeman in recognition of putting the city on the worldwide map during his 18 years as Nottingham Forest manager. City council leader Betty Higgins commented: "There's a saying that Nottingham's two most famous people are Robin Hood and Brian Clough, and not unlike our legendary hero, Mr Clough has brought glory and pride to the city." Fans were waiting to greet Cloughie when he arrived in the Old Market Square for the final part of his special tour.
Brian meets fans
Brian receives scroll
Cloughie was presented with his freedom scroll inside Nottingham Council House (above) and was accompanied by his wife Barbara who received a bouquet of flowers. Councillor Higgins continued: "This is the city's way of paying tribute to Mr Clough for the way he and his teams have carried Nottingham's name around the world and engraved it alongside those of the footballing 'Meccas' of Madrid, Munich and Milan."
During the visit to the Council House, Cloughie stood on the famous balcony - where over the years his teams had previously paraded their many trophies - and he spoke to the crowd which had gathered below in the Old Market Square.
On Council House balcony
The famous thumbs-up
Afterwards, Cloughie said: "I had a smashing day...indeed I had a marvellous few days. As someone who has been a football manager for what seems like 300 years now, getting a point against Leeds and three more at Southampton capped a wonderful few days."
Brian was the first recipient of the Freedom of the City of Nottingham for nearly a decade. The Olympic gold medal winning ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean had previously been the last to be elected in April 1983. It was to be ten years after receiving the Freedom of Nottingham that Cloughie received the Freedom of Derby (see link below). In 2008, Mrs Clough unveiled Nottingham's lasting tribute to Brian in the shape of a stunning bronze statue, following a major fund-raising campaign by fans. Mrs Clough is pictured below with sons Simon and Nigel and daughter Elizabeth.
Brian once wrote that he kept his scroll for the Freedom of Nottingham in a casket on top of his mother's mangle which had been restored and took pride of place in his dining room. He wrote: "My whole life is there in one small part of one room."
Family with lasting tribute