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The Brian Clough memorial statue

The statue bears a striking resemblence

Brian Clough

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 (c) Harold Shepherdson

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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The greatest striker ever to play for the Boro and the greatest manager this country has ever seen. To achieve what he did with provincial clubs is nothing short of astonishing. A fitting tribute indeed.

robert harman
he was a great player for boro and i hope he comes back to life he has left lots of fellings in my family

robert harman
he was a great spotsman he was a massive popular person he was the greasted.

Steve Davison
A fitting tribute to a wonderful goal scorer. I had hundreds of autographed pictures of Cloughie in my scrapbook which he would sign after training at Hutton Road or Ayresome Park. One Saturday at 2:45 pm he was selling me an England program drssed in his suit and by the time I walked to the Holgate end and took my position he was running out onto the pitch in his Boro kit ready to bang more goals in. I thought that showed total faith in his own ability and total lack of pre-match nerves. I was devastated when he was sold to Sunderland - there will never be another like him.

June Clough
What a wonderful statue and what a fitting tribute! From everyone in the Clough family, a big thank-you to everyone who contributed to the fund. Thanks also to Middlesbrough Council, the 'Evening Gazette,' Centre North East and the Northern Arts Council for their support in bringing everything to fruition. The statue is in a perfect place - Brian would love his statue being there amongst such beautiful trees. Thank you to everyone once again.

Jack Costello
I was born in York Road, Middlesbrough in 1949 and lived there until 1957. I well remember what a hero Brian was to the town's football supporters. I too used to make a cut through the Albert Park on my way to school, which was on Ayresome Street - then called St Philomena's (later Sacred Heart). We could see into Ayresome Park through gaps in the fence from the school playground.When Brian retired I wrote to him, and had an autographed photo in return. They do not make them like him any more!What has most amazed me is that, until reading this today, I never knew that Bran lived in Valley Road, the next street to York Road, where I lived. I intend to go over and have a look at this super memorial.

alan swalwell
i keep remembering more from my dads stories on Brian. when he signed for the Boro, Gt.Broughton received £10 and poss. some kit,a bargain?. ALSO Brian and his one time team mate, sadly, went into extra-time on the same date,20 Sep,tho in diff yrs. thanks again Brian for lighting up my dads life and a few million others!

Robert Nichols
It took a couple of years to get there with the statue but I think it has been well worth the wait. I am absolutely bowled over by the statue and the reaction to it from everyone. Please do go down and have a look for yourself. It is so great that the people of Middlesbrough have put Brian back on the map in his hometown. For good.

alan swalwell
to add to his playing days at Great Broughton, he would usually catch the Mbro to Helmsley United bus,tho often got a lift from a Sandersons lorry, a local haulage and potato merchants.

Essex Red
Brian Clough for me was the second coming and I appalude the efforts of everyone involved in this wonderful statue and I think I can safely say that I speak on behalf of all Forest fans who miss the great man every day.

Colin Baldam
A striker who by todays standards would have been worth £100m, anyone with a strike rate of one goal every 1.08 games, i leave you to draw your own conclussions, also the best manager never to manage England, like Sir Alf Ramsy, Cloughie was his own man and had the F.A. the courage of their convictions i'm sure we would have won the world cup more than once!!!, he was a credit to Teesside, his family and more important, to himself I doubt if we see the likes again (but hope we do) Thanks for the great memories Cloughie - hope you get Knighted (should have happened when you were alive.

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