CLOUGHIE IS THE FOCUS
OF ITV DOCUMENTARY
Brian's family talk exclusively in TV documentary
Cloughie's life and legacy were the focus of a major ITV documentary which heard from the people who knew him best. The programme featured exclusive interviews with his widow, Barbara, and sons Nigel and Simon, as well as friends and colleagues.
Speaking about her husband, Barbara told reporter Gabriel Clarke: "He wanted to fashion a team that people would enjoy coming to see. Good football played in the right way." Later in the programme Mrs Clough spoke of his unpredictability when dealing with players. "They didn't know from day to day what he was going to do and what he was going to say. He believed in keeping them on their toes. And I think they absolutely loved it."
The former cricketer, Geoff Boycott, is a friend of the Clough family and told the programme: "Some people who didn't know him thought he was loud and brash. He wasn't. You could not have had the amount of success he had as a player and then as a manager without being as bright as a button." Nigel added: "He would say things about his bosses or the FA that the man in the street wanted to say."
The documentary has been released on a special DVD which includes over an hour of extra footage not included in the original programme. It has extended interviews with Mrs Clough and Nigel, as well as two Yorkshire TV specials shown in full - one when Cloughie joined Leeds in 1974 and the other when he came face-to-face with former Leeds manager Don Revie following his sacking after just 44 days.
The programme has been nominated for a prestigious Grierson Award, named after the pioneering documentary maker, John Grierson. It is included in the category for 'Most Entertaining Documentary.' The awards ceremony is in London on November 3rd, 2009.
ITV used its wealth of fantastic archive footage to show Cloughie at various stages of his outstanding career - and often in the TV studio, giving his opinions. There was the classic clip in the Big Match studio with Brian Moore, when boxer Muhammad Ali tells Cloughie to stop talking so much.
Former Cloughie player and European Cup winner Martin O'Neill said: "He is probably the most charismatic manager the game has known. I accept I don't know every manager who has been in Portugal or Brazil. But Brian Clough would say, who cares?"
The programme includes a clip of that live Yorkshire TV Calender special when Cloughie was interviewed alongside his Leeds predecessor Don Revie, just hours after Brian had been sacked from Elland Road. The interview was re-lived by the programme's host, Austin Mitchell. "It was just like magic from the moment they came in," he said.
Other archive footage includes the signing of England's first £1M player, Trevor Francis, when Cloughie walked into the press conference with his squash racquet and pretended to hit Francis on the head with it.
Clough & Francis