Derby unveil Brian Clough and Peter Taylor statue

A statue commemorating one of the most famous partnerships in English football management has been unveiled.

Brian Clough and Peter Taylor won the 1972 league championship with Derby County during a six-year spell at the club from 1967.

The bronze statue of the two men was revealed at the club's Pride Park stadium in a ceremony for both families.

Fans will get their first chance to see it at Saturday's match against QPR.

There was a slight hitch during the unveiling as the canvas became caught for several minutes on the head of Brian Clough, who was known as "old big 'ead".

The crowd cheered when the statue was finally revealed.

Clough and his assistant Taylor also enjoyed success at Nottingham Forest, winning the European Cup in 1979 and 1980.

'Hated being recognised'

Their relationship was portrayed in the 2009 film The Damned United, with Taylor played by Timothy Spall and Clough by Michael Sheen.

Peter Taylor's daughter Wendy Dickinson said: "I think my dad would be truly amazed that 20 years after his death people still remember him.

"It is funny because he hated being recognised, he wasn't comfortable with it and when he eventually retired he was still being recognised and I used to joke with him saying 'don't worry dad, in two years' time everyone will have forgotten you'.

"Well, they haven't forgotten about him."

There are already statues of Clough in Nottingham and Middlesbrough.

He died at the age of 69 in September 2004 from stomach cancer. Taylor died aged 62 in October 1990.

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