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The statue bears a striking resemblence
The legendary Middlesbrough footballer has a lasting memorial - a statue in Albert Park.
The statue is partly funded by local football fans and stands proudly in Albert Park in Middlesbrough. The area holds extra significance as Brian used to walk through Albert Park to reach Ayresome Park, then Middlesbrough's home ground at the time.
Brian's route to work, which took him from his home on Valley Road to Ayresome Park, has been set out as a trail in conjunction with the unveiling of the statue, mentioning significant stops on his way.
Number 11 Valley Road was Brian's childhood home where he lived until he got married to his wife Barbara.
Clough in action for the Boro
On the front of the house there is now a green plaque commemorating him and his association with Middlesbrough Football Club.
Brian often used to watch local league footballers play on Clairville Common, which inspired him to play football with his friends.
Albert Park was more than a cut through for Brian on his way to Ayresome Park. It was in fact one of his favourite places, where he would play football, cricket, tennis and also hire a boat on the lake.
After training, Brian and the rest of the Middlesbrough players would often meet up in Rea's Cafe on the corner of Ayresome Street. It was there that he met his wife Barbara.
The 7ft bronze statue of Brian was designed and sculpted by Vivien Mallock, and is placed on the route to Ayresome Park to reflect his larger than life image and is a fitting tribute to a great man.
Brian Clough played 213 times for Middlesbrough between 1955 and 1961, scoring a mammoth 197 goals and earning his legendary status.
The statue, sculpted by Vivien Mallock, shows a 24-year-old Clough with his boots slung over his shoulder striding towards Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough's former ground, on his way to training.
He began his playing career at Middlesbrough, later playing for neighbouring Sunderland, and went on to score 251 goals in 274 games for the two North East clubs
Later he led Derby County and Nottingham Forest to league championships and won two European Cups with the Nottingham club in 1979 and 1980.
The former player and manager, awarded an OBE in 1991, died of cancer in September 2004, aged 69.
Click on the links in the 'see also' section to listen to the Brian Clough documentary, view the route he would take to Ayresome Park and listen to an interview with Barbara Clough.
last updated: 03/09/2008 at 09:30
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