A CHAT WITH OLD BIG 'EAD

In his first live radio phone-in, back in the year 2000, Cloughie was as controversial and unpredictable as ever. Callers spoke directly to the Master Manager.

The first caller was Alan from Bulwell - "It's an honour to speak to you," said Alan.

"Thanks, son," responded Brian, "Now, get on with it..."

Alan asked Cloughie to name the best signing he ever made. "That's a difficult one," came the reply before a quick side-step and a classic Clough joke:

"The ugliest player I ever signed was Kenny Burns. He had no teeth. Now, I used to play centre-forward when I was a boy, so to have beaten somebody with the ball and then seen Kenny Burns looking at me, I'd have given him the ball - he wouldn't have had to take it away from me!"  

"Hiya beauty," was Cloughie's greeting to a young woman who called the hour-long phone-in on BBC Radio Nottingham. She asked for his opinion on the controversial UEFA Cup semi-final against Anderlecht in 1984.

"The referee cheated us from start to finish," he replied. Clough also spoke about the secret of his success in Europe:

"We regarded European matches as a holiday. Hey, to get rid of me for a couple of days was the biggest boost I could give them. I kept them away from a football. They didn't know what a football was until they kicked off."

There were plenty of jokes. Referring to his dodgy, injured knee, he said centre-halves used to kick it. He added that his wife Barbara used to poke it with her high-heels. "I think she's done the damage. Any chance of me suing her?"

 

Clough is pictured in the radio studio with former Forest striker Garry Birtles and website editor Marcus Alton.
The phone-in was hosted by Mark Shardlow on 8th May, 2000.

Cloughie later took part in another regular phone-in on commercial radio in the East Midlands.