Brian Clough, who managed the Rams from 1967 to 1973 and steered them to become League Champions in the 1971/72 season, died of stomach cancer this morning at the age of 69.
He passed away at the Derby City General Hospital with his family by his side.
|"I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one."|
Clough also took Forest to successive European Cups in 1979 and 1980, and also won successive League titles.
"Cloughie", together with his assistant, Peter Taylor, took charge of the Rams in 1967.
In two years he guided them to promotion to the First Division, three years later to the Football League Championship - and they reached the semi-finals of the European Cup.
|Cloughie with the Championship trophy at the BBG|
But in 1974, in the same week as England failed to qualify for the World Cup Finals, Clough and Taylor quit.
Clough spent an infamous 44 days in charge at Leeds before taking Nottingham Forest to League and European success.
He was awarded an OBE - and was also heavily criticised during the Bung Inquiry over alleged illegal payments while he was in charge at Forest - though FA never charged him.
He had a liver transplant in 2003, after being told he only had two months to live.
Clough continued to live in Derby for the rest of his life.
(You can use the links on the right of this page to see photos of Cloughie and to hear BBC Radio Derby's tribute to the former Rams manager. You can also tell us how you think Cloughie should be remembered in the City of Derby.)
On the 20th september 2004 derby anf nottingham forest fans were brought together to remember the legend called brian clough. i was driving home when i heard on the radio that brian clough had died, i couldnt believe it. the greatest man to ever manage derby county, the greatest football manager ever had sadly passed away. a year on and still people are talking about what he did for derby county football club and i am deeply saddened to learn of his death, my thoughts are with the clough family and as fans and admieres of this great great man we must not let anyone forget about Sir Brian Clough. Im sure his memory will go on forever. R.I.P Brian Clough x x
one of the saddest days of my life was September 20th, its true you don't know what you had till you lose them and thats what Brian Clough has learnt me and everyone else, we will never be fortunate to posess some one like him again, may you rest in peace Brian! you did it your way!
Brian Clough, well what can be said about this Special man'Old Big Head' was a one off.My late father first took me to the Baseball Ground 31 years ago in 1973, I remember the days when I had a milk crate to stand on in the Popside! a rocky intro to a fantastic club, thank's Dad to this day I still recall those great days. Andrew
Some of his comments were funny,some annoying but whatever he said had to be taken taken account of.He was a "one off" ,his own man.A football genius both as a player and manager.Don Carrington,Long Eaton.
Brian Clough I did not want to believe it I listened in disbelief The radio must have got it wrong I was over come with grief My eyes began to fill and swell The tears ran down my cheek Cloughie dies at sixty-nine This day was very bleak Why is it that I feel this way? I am VILLA through and through But I loved the things you stood for And I love the things you do Your playing days were only short But still you were classed a great Then a manager at twenty nine Your critics said tempting fate But your Managers days were second to none For who were these teams before? For Cloughies Derby and Cloughies forest Are winning trophies galore So now lets walk down memory lane With clips from Brian Clough And “ Young Man” “hands out your Pockets” I will tell you when you’ve had enough The Trophy Room was full of guests All full of pride and glee In walks PETER SHILTON “Cloughie” sends him to make the tea When Forest lost a game four nil The media thought this bliss But I wonder how Gary Newbold Feels When receiving Cloughies KISS And when fans tried to invade the pitch They fell for Cloughies trap The green jumpered forest hero Gave them all a slap He was called some names in his time And of those We’ve had enough But I will remember him by just the one AND THAT’S “SIR BRIAN CLOUGH” Kenko 2004 Villa Fan...
I have watched Derby since I was 5 years old, going to matches with my father, uncles, grandad and cousins. Having been a 'Golden Goal' Girl in the early 70's I spent many an hour sitting just behind Brian in the dug out, listening to his words of encouragement!!! He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We should have some form of remembering a great mananger and a great man who put Derby on the map.
WHEN MEMORIES ARE FAITHFUL,NO DISTANCE CAN DIVIDE.R.I.P.
A FOOTBALL LEGEND NEVER TO BE REPLACED.NO 1. R.I.P.
In an age when no-one seems to stay together anymore, how refreshing that Brian thought the world of his wife and children. Brian touched the lives of so many people and was loved for being his outspoken, honest self. There will only ever be one Brian Clough - gone, but never forgotten. He certainly made his mark in life! Condolences to his family.
Nick Sadler -Croxley Herts
All said and done he had the respect of his peers bar non. A footballers man for sure and missed by all. Looks like the people in heaven better watch out the Clough Taylor partnership lives on!!!!
BYE BRIAN GOD BLESS BERNARD ANN LEIGH AND IAN CROWTHER. ALLESTREE.
he loved derby,and derby loved him.rest in peace young man.
PAUL , CHRIS , & NATHAN WALDRON. BELPER.HEANOR &P
WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT SUCH A GREAT MAN.A MAN WHO WAS PART OF OUR LIVES AS WE TRAVELLED TO THE BASEBALL GROUND AS FATHER & SONS.WE HOPE AT THIS SAD TIME BOTH RAMS FANS AND FOREST FANS CAN BE AS ONE IN THE LOSS OF A VERY SPECIAL MAN,BRIAN CLOUGH "SIMPLY THE BEST " R.I.P.
I AM ONLY 6 YEARS OLD SO MY MAMA IS SENDING THIS MESSAGE FOR ME,MY MAMA AND GRANDAD HAVE TOLD ME ALOT ABOUT MR.CLOUGH AND WHAT A GOOD MAN HE WAS AND WHAT HE DID FOR DERBY COUNTY AND NOTTINGHAM FOREST,I LOVE FOOTBALL AND I AM SAD MR CLOUGH HAS GONE TO JESUS,BUT HE WILL LOOK AFTER HIM NOW FOR BEING A GOOD MAN.GOODBYE MR,CLOUGH I WISH I COULD OF KNOWN YOU BETTER.LOVE JOSHUAXXX
is it not too late to re-name east midlands airport brian clough airport?.
once in the heart always in the heart a true football legend
Thanks for a wonderfull teenage life Brian Memories that will stay with me forever. Hector,Ohare and co Playing the game your way. GOODBYE BOSS BE GOOD. Ian. Ram for life.
YOU WERE, ARE, AND ALWAYS WAYS WILL BE THE NUMBER 1.
WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS THE LOSS OF THE BEST FOOTBALL MANAGER OF ALL TIME,AS I THINK BACK THE MEMORIES FLOOD MY MIND OF HOW I USED TO SIT WITH MY LATE FATHER AND WATCH DERBY COUNTY AND BRIAN CLOUGH ON TV,THESE ARE PRECIOUS MEMORIES AND THE GREAT BRIAN CLOUGH WILL ALWAYS BE A PRECIOUS MEMORY FOR ME.THE WORLDS FINEST AND HONEST MANAGER OF MY GENERATION.R.I.P.BRIAN CLOUGH,NO.1 MANAGER.XX
In the Twin Towers in New York the was a long line of heads of all the presidents of the US. They were very large indeed but very true likenesses. Perhaps a really large head of Brian would not be amiss as memorial somewhere inside because he loved the nick name "Old Big Head".
Pam B - Alvaston
Always spoke his mind and he was widely respected in so many ways ... it is a SAD day for DCFC fans who loved him to bits, and he loved them back in return ... his home was in Derby for over 30 years, he loved it here and we loved having him - He will never be forgotten.. You can bet on that Young Man.
goodbye Brian you were on of the best you will be sadly missed
The greatest England Manager that never was. Gone but never forgotten. Derby and Forest united by the death of a football legend. RIP Ol' Big 'Ead!
Trev. Thorpe,LANGLEY MILL
ENOUGHS BEEN SAID ABOUT HOW GREAT A MANAGER & GOALSCORER HE WAS BUT I,LL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM FOR HIS CHARITY WORK, ESPEICALLY FOR THE DERBY CHILDRENS HOSPITAL & THEN THE NOTTINGHAM CHILDRENS & EVEN MORE FOR VISITING ME IN 1971 WHEN I WAS RECOVERING FROM A BRAIN TUMOUR REMOVAL IN DERBY CHILDRENS HOSPITAL. CONDOLENCES TO ALL HIS FAMILY. R.I.P. BRIAN
Martin, Long Eaton
Can you just picture the scene - Brian gets to the gates, St Peter meets him, you can jsut haer BC now - "right Young Man - that bearded fella is in my chair" - He will be sorely missed by all who grew up in the early 70's - Pest In peace Brian
John - Oakwood
The greatest manager the game has seen. No one will ever match what Brian achieved in the game. The world of football will miss him. A LEGEND , SIMPLY THE BEST. As a lasting memorial re-name Pride Park in his honour How about renaming East Midlands airport on his honour as well
Sean Herring, Belper
A footballing legend the like of which we will not see again. Look down on The Rams Brian and guide them back to the premiership! Rest In Peace
Tony Jay, Derby
Were you there? Did you experience it too? Wasn't it a wonderful time to be a Derby supporter. Sometimes I think I dreampt it. I never got to say thank you in person. God bless you Brian Clough, and thank you.
Thanks for the memories Brian,for those of us who were there nothing in football will ever match the excitement of those years.
Pam Eley, Codnor
The world will be a poorer place without that rare and special talent, a caring and decent man.
George D - East Stand
An irreplaceable inspiration to many generations of football players and supporters
LYNN in ASHBOURNE
ONE OF THE NICEST MEN ANYONE COULD WISH TO MEET. A BIG HOLE WILL BE LEFT. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH HIS FAMILY.
Many commentators have concentrated upon Brian Clough marvellous achievement in taking Forest to two consecutive European Cup victories. His Forest team included players like McGovern and Gemmill who had already experienced football in the top flight. But his Derby team which won the league championship didn't. I believe what he achieved with Derby County really was an even greater achievement than what he did at Forest; his league championship winning side of 1972 was a mixture of a few inherited players, non-leaguers and lower-division players, and some considered not even to be good enough for the first team of mid-placed (old) First Division sides. To put it in perspective, its a bit like a team now winning the Premiership with a team made up of players bought from sides like Accrington Stanley, Leigh RMI, Wigan, Rotherham, Chester, and some Portsmouth reserves. With retrospect, I don't think the majority of us really realised fully what Cloughie had achieved at Derby until that marvellous winter night in the 1972/3 season when a Rams side, more or less the same as that which had won the league a few months earlier, defeated the then mighty Benfica 3-0. To those of us old enough to remember such nights at the Baseball Ground, Brian Clough (and Peter Taylor) will always hold a special place in our hearts. So at this time all we can say is a very special thank you for bringing us so much enjoyment all those years ago. God Bless.
MY ODE TO BRIAN CLOUGH.. THERE WILL ONLY EVER BE ONE BRIAN CLOUGH, HE WAS HONEST,TRUTHFUL,KIND, BUT VERY TOUGH. HE KNEW HOW TO PLAY THE FOOTBALL GAME, HE WOULD SEND HIS TEAMS OUT TO PASS AND ENTERTAIN. SO AS THE GREAT MAN PASSES US BY, WE WILL REMEMBER HIM WITH A SMILE OR JUST SHED A TEAR AND CRY. THANKYOU Mr CLOUGH A REAL TRUE GENT, YOU DEFINITELY WERE HEAVEN SENT...
Malc Noon Heanor.
I was one of those who used to stand on the original Pop Side, watching the "unfashionable" DCFC, playing on that illustrious turf in the 60`s, and saw them rise under Cloughies direction. My girlfriend (now my wife), used to watch MOTD on a Saturday night JUST to see Brians interviews. That is typical of his appeal, even people who didnt really like football were drawn to his no nonsense style. He said it like it was, and what he believed! Pure honesty, perhaps seen by some as arrogance, but he made players superstars. He did not have the cash funds available like some of the club managers of today, but gave mortals self belief. Its interesting to see the accolades coming in from his piers like Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsen Wenger etc.They have experienced success but with a wider availability of cash and players. What really gets me is that actors and singers like Sir Cliff Richard have been given awards for having contibuted less to society, just because they are less confrontational than Brian Clough. Too abrasive for the England job? How many personalities could have done a better job then than Brian? None, as time proved. He had national respect from all manner of clubs supporters, and would have engendered a "we can do it" approach to have made us world beaters!! I bet he is already organising things "upstairs", and for the better--that was his style!!! God bless you Brian you will be sorely missed by all. BE GOOD !!
A true legend thanks Brian for all those happy days You will be missed
although i have never seen Derby County play, i have listened to some of the matches on Radio Derby, & always enjoyed listening to Cloughie. He was a man of the people for the people, he wasnt afraid to speak his mind. In the same vein as Tony Benn, Dennis Skinner & Enoch Powell. God Bless you Brian, you bought so much into this world. it will be a poorer place without you. Mick Cramp. Hatton
Cheryll and Lewis, Allestree
A remarkable man who will be sadly missed.
Thankyou Mr Clough for all those special memories, that you left us with,.You were the BEST by far,if there is a god he will have a top job waiting for you... THANKYOU ONCE AGAIN IT WAS A PLEASURE TO HAVE KNOWN YOU.
We can all talk crap from time to time,we can all talk out of sentiment,but, on occasion, we speak the truth, as a RAM to the best forest manager ever, [but ours 1st]Im gutted! 2nd only to losing my parents,Mr Clough RIP Thinking of your family blessed be x
cloughy the legend will live on. condolences to his family. the worlds greatest. RIP
Goodbye Brian,Derby will be a sadder place without you,the people of Derby loved you because we new how much much you loved us,the city and Derby County fc.You once said Derby was your adopted home,you will always be Derby's number one son,farewell young man!
Scott Marshall - Nottinghamshire
For the 1st time in history Forest and Derby fans are united. Only the great man himself could have made this happen. God bless you Mr Clough, rest in peace.
I have very fond memories of Brian, mainly when I was a very 'young man' seeing him regularly around Allestree. I was in the old CO-OP at Park Farm in came Brian, being very shy I wanted his autograph my mother asked him "come here young man" he said and proceeded to get me in a head lock "Don't be shy ask me what you want". I got his autograph. A great man who had time to talk to people of all ages and class. May God Bless You and your family at this sad time. Robert Hutchinson, Allestree
R I P Brian Clough, why they never made you ENGLAND MANAGER nobody will ever know.
ARDENT RED FAN
THERE SHOULD BE A STATUE OF BOTH CLOUGH AND TAYLOR AND IT SHOULD BE PLACED ON THE NOTTM/DERBY BORDER ON THE A52, TO REMIND US OF WHAT WE HAVE LOST,AND TO UNITE THE TWO SETS OF FANS TOGETHER
Kev Orme, Derby
It is testimony to the great man that his excellence was one of the few things on which Derby and Nottingham agree. Now we are united in mourning his passing. God bless you Cloughie.
Karen Eley, Codnor
Brian Clough was a man who had an astonishing goal-scoring record as a player and as a manager went on to win a League Championship, the League Cup and European trophies and yet he regarded his greatest achievement to be his family. What an amazing man! A great loss but an even greater legacy.
I am proud to say that I am old enough to remember the Clough/Taylor glory days at the BBG.Thank you Brian you made me proud to say I support Derby County.God Bless.
YOU LOVED DERBY & THE PEOPLE OF DERBY LOVED YOU HEAVEN HAS GAINED A TRUE GENTLEMAN GOD BLESS
We in the East Midlands feel the shock more than anyone – he was one of ours. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends – they knew the real man, we just saw his strengths in his career. He was a great man, and his legend will live on as long as the game itself. He didn’t need to buy world-beaters - he made them, and very many people owe what they are today to him. Sure he was a big’ead, but out of all big heads – he had the right to be! God Bless Brian, and thanks for the memories.
A long overdue statue for the legend be put in Derby town centre. The man did as much as any other to put Derby on the map.
farewell Sir Brian Clough Always in our thoughts
John - Allestree
I missed the glory days under Clough by a whisker, but the team I saw win the Championship in '75 was largely of his making. Quite apart from his matchless performance as Derby and Forest manager, he became a larger than life character around Derby who added much colour to the area. He will be genuinely and sadly missed.
A very sad day. A true great who was never given the job he so richly deserved. Sincere condolences to the family.
clough and taylor back together, the teams in heaven must be shaking in their boots... simply the best.... sleep in peace
A very sad day for football one of the true greats has left us. Our thoughts are with his family.
I true manager of people and great leader - a sad day for Derby and English Football.
A lot has been said about how “Cloughie” turned under achievers into the elite, but no one has mentioned how he did this. Mostly he did it by turning headstrong youngsters with big egos into men, not adults, men. Men who took responsibility for what they did, and who they were. He gave them a pride and a belief in themselves. Only then could they go on to become the great players they were. The best memorial to Cloughie is for us all to try to live up to his standards.
The saddest day since he left Derby God rest his soul RIP MR CLOUGH
IF THERE IS A GOD...HE'D BETTER WATCH OUT!!!!!!!
Brian Clough will always be remembers for his unique style and I hope the least Derby County can do is to build a statue in his name to commemorate the great man.
One of a kind, the likes of which football will never see again....goodbye, thank you & R.I.P. from one whos Dad first took me to the BBG at the start of Mr. Clough's reign....i was priveleged to see & be a part of those glory, glory days. His heart belonged at Derby.
The Muhammad Ali of English soccer without a doubt. He did so much for the game - other than being such a great manager. His team was the reason I started going to Derby in 1968 and when most of that team "moved" to join Brian at Forest I started going there as well. I remember hanging around during one of his after match 'discussions' with the opposition supporters (who were always held back from leaving) taking photographs - his inevitable comment when he spotted me - "Young maaan - gooo home". End of an era but not of all those memories. R.i.P.
Dan King, Sydney, Australia
They broke the mould when Cloughie came to football, such a sad day for anyone associated to football.
Bryan Jones, Derby
Cloughie was a model of outstanding leadership. He motivated ordinary players to be great - even if they played for unfashionable clubs! Rest in peace, Brian.
In a world that describes 'Legends' to people who can stand up and pass the ball once in a while - here is a TRUE Legend. Rest In Peace. God Bless.
what a sad day god bless Brian rest in peace. you will always be remembered sleep tight .
Derby and Forest united in grief - we've lost a true legend. Condolences to the family.
Andy Eley DCFC
Brian Clough will live in the memories of every Derby fan as the man who achieved the impossible.We may never reach those heights again, but we can relive those we had.Thanks for the memories and so much more
Neil Sidwells , Swadlincote
Brian Thanks for giving us the best times , perhaps never to be seen again . God bless .
A sad sad day that English Football has lost the 1 and only true legend. Its an absolute disgrace that Brian never got a knighthood. Sincere sorrow to the Clough Family. R.I.P Brian
Rest in peace Brian, a true legend. As someone suggested on Radio Derby earlier, there should be two statues outside Pride Park, Steve Bloomer and Mr Clough.
Bob South Normanton
No one can ever take away from me those magnificient memories of the packed Baseball Ground of the late sixties and early seventies. Thanks Mr Clough for giving me those memories.
mark Padmore Stapenhill
Brian personally signed my copy of "Cloughie-walking on water" with the simple words "Be good Mark" this says everything about a great man who had time for everyone he ever met. I am not ashamed that I have shed quite a few tears today. Long live the clough !!!!!
Brian Clough was, without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest football manager of all time. His achievements were unprecedented and will almost certainly never be repeated. He left an indelible mark on the game; his passing marks an incredibly sad day for football.
To a great man who made your team great, let all Derby & Forest fans join togeather & remember there is something good in the East Midlands. Goodbye MR Clough & may God bless you.
Who ever you support Derby or Forest, The East Midlands & Football has lost a true great.R.I.P BRIAN
R.I.P. BRIAN, SIMPLY THE BEST, GONE TO MANAGE A TEAM IN HEAVEN WITH GOD AS HIS ASSISTANT, CONDOLENCES TO ALL HIS FAMILY, GOD BLESS
Ross Lowe Ram For Life
God Bless you Brian. Thank you for all the magic and happiness you brought to our club and its fans. We owe you so much. Say hello to my Dad and Grandad for me - they were your biggest fans.
Andrew Warwick, Derby
A very very sad day for Derby County fans & the people of Derby. RIP Brian.
HE WAS A GREAT MAN AND WILL BE MISSED HE SHOULD HAVE HAD THE ENGLAND JOB
Dale Archer (N.F.F.C)
Maradona had the Hand of God, Cantona played like one, Cloughie was God! Rest in Peace Ol'Big Head. Thoughts are with the family. One of footballs finest, on and off the pitch will be sadly missed!
Quite simply the finest football manager this country has ever seen, his achievements with teams considered unfashionable will never be repeated. As a leader of men he was unrivalled and he was and will continue to be the embodiment of all that is great about football. The game I love will never be the same, his honesty and integrity will live in the memory forever. My sincere and deepest condolences to the Clough Family. Thank you for bringing joy to millions.
A legend irrepressible and irreplaceable. A true ram.A fond farewell to big ead.
WHAT A LEGEND!! DERBYS WORST DAY WHEN YOU WALKED OUT!! IF GOD WANTED US TO PLAY IN THE CLOUDS HE WOULD HAVE PUT GRASS UP THERE YOUNG MAN!!
Respect to a true English Manager - A Great Motivator of Men
What a sad, sad day. Cloughie's achievements will remain unparalled and unsurpassed, taking unfashionable Derby and Forest to incredible success. It is a traversity that he was never knighted considering his back-to-back European cup wins (and I'm a Derby fan!), especially when you consider who they 'give them away' to these days. I was lucky enough to meet him several times; the day he invited me and the rest of the Boulton Lane team into the Forest dressing room 30 minutes before kick off will always live with me as an incredible childhood memories. Thanks for all the memories Brian....we'll never see the likes of you again, and the world will be the poorer without you. God bless you and all your family.
Not a football fan myself but Brian was a legend in the Derby area and probably the entire country. It's a sad day.
WHAT A SAD DAY,THE GREATESET MAN IN ENGLISH FOOTBALL GONE FOREVER,MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO BARBARA,STEVEN,NIGEL AND ELIZEBETH,HE WAS A GREAT MAN WHO WILL BE MISSED SO VERY MUCH,I HOPE DERBY AND NOTTINGHAM PEOPLE GET TOGETHER IN A TRIBUTE TO THIS GREAT MAN,NOW IS THE TIME FOR A STATUE OUTSIDE BOTH PRIDE PARK AND THE CITY GROUND. GOODBYE BRIAN
Mark & Cheryl Ilkeston
A Legend RIP What you did for Forest was remarkable. Condolences to all you devoted family.
Brian Clough was the greatest ever manager to manage Derby County it he had of stayed we would have gone on to win the European cup and many more League titles.
A sad day for football as a legand dies
Today will stay in my memory for ever. I will remember where I was, what i was doing and what I was thinking just as I saw the news. Never has a death of somebody who i've only met twice upset me as much as this. Brian Clough should have been knighted because he was just that great. Let all Derby and Forest fans be united. Cloughie thank you. You will live on in my heart. R.I.P
THANK YOU BRIAN FOR EVERYTHING. WE HAVE LOST THE ONLY TRUELY GREAT MANAGER THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD.
Sad news Simon Nigel and Liz my thoughts are with you at this sad time
A very sad day . RIP Brian. Thanks for the memories.
Is there going to be statue of Brian in Derby?
a sad day for all,there will never be another like him
THE GREATEST MANAGER IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME WHO SHOULD HAVE HAD A KNIGHTHOOD AND THE ENGLAND JOB YEARS AGO WHAT MORE CAN I SAY EXCEPT SINCERE SORROW TO THE CLOUGH FAMILY
Steve Forster, Oakwood
Farewell to the greatest manager Derby ever had, and the greatest manager England never had. A sad day for football
I'M SURE EVERYONE IN THE MIDLANDS WILL BE VERY SHOCKED TO HERE THE NEWS WHAT A MAN