Brian Clough: Plea to return missing road signs

Brian Clough Way signage and posts Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The signs can be seen on a stretch of road between Derby and Nottingham

Football fans thought to have stolen road signs celebrating legendary manager Brian Clough have been asked to return them.

Five of the 20 signs along Brian Clough Way - a 15-mile stretch of the A52 - have gone missing.

The road was named after Clough in 2005 as it links Nottingham and Derby, where he managed two football teams.

Clough fan Kal Singh Dhindsa pleaded for the signs to be returned, adding Cloughie would not have been happy.

'Good telling off'

Mr Singh Dhindsa , who previously campaigned for a statue of Clough and his assistant Peter Taylor at Pride Park Stadium in Derby, said the signs were part of the region's history and heritage.

"As much of a fan of Brian Clough as I am, I would never consider stealing them," he said.

"In my opinion, if you are such a big fan of Brian Clough, you should just leave them there for other people to appreciate."

"If Mr Clough was here today I think he would probably give someone a good telling off," he added.

Brian Clough

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Image caption Clough (right) managed at Derby County and Nottingham Forest with Peter Taylor (second right)
  • Brian Clough joined Derby County in 1967 and spent six years in charge at the Baseball Ground
  • Clough and his assistant Peter Taylor led the Rams to the First Division title in 1971-72
  • Clough joined struggling Nottingham Forest in 1975 and turned them in to European Cup winners in 1979 and 1980
  • He also won the League title and four League Cups at the City Ground before leaving in 1993 when they were relegated

Signs are missing from Stapleford in Nottinghamshire and Risley, Borrowash and Ockbrook (two) in Derbyshire.

Erewash Borough Council, which is responsible for four of the missing signs, said it was looking in to the matter but "at this current moment in time" had no plans to replace the signs.

Broxtowe Borough Council, which manages the other missing sign, has not yet commented.

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