Brian Clough

Pencil Portrait by Antonio Bosano.

Brian Clough Pencil Portrait
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I met Brian Clough just once and very briefly at the beginning of May 1980. I was leaving England shortly to live in Madrid for six months and his team Nottingham Forest had recently qualified for their second consecutive European Cup Final. The match was to be played in Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium and a finely contested encounter was predicted against the masterful german technicians from Hamburg FC who included England maestro kevin Keegan amongst their ranks.

Having decided on attending the match, I promptly drove to West Bridgford, Nottingham secure in the knowledge that, in view of this being an overseas final, I was more than likely to obtain tickets. As I left the booking office having completed my purchase and headed back towards my car, the great man emerged into the sun drenched carpark. As I walked away from him a familiar voice punctured the air with a direct question – “Hey young man, are you coming to Spain to support us then?” I turned and answered in the affirmative whereupon he picked up on my nuetral accent and said “You’re not from here are you?” I replied that actually, I was, and although not a Nottingham Forest supporter, I would still be there to cheer his team on. He looked nonplussed, simply shook my hand and thanked me. I wished him well. He looked suntanned, confident and strode purposefully in his tracksuit back to his office. He was but a few weeks away from football immortality and as history would show, the only manager to scale the very peaks of the club game on a shoestring budget.

Recommended reading

Clough & Revie – The rivals who changed the face of English Football (Roger Hermiston) 2011

It’s a well told story yet Hermiston manages to shed fresh light on the bitterest of football rivalries. His unique starting point is the Middlesbrough back story where Don Revie and Brian Clough were born a 15-minute walk and eight years apart, and he traces the actual and putative intertwinings of the pair long before the rest of us came to know their managerial rivalry in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Disappointingly though, Hermiston comes no closer than anybody else in explaining why a manager who excelled at Derby County and Nottingham Forest and had publicly excoriated Leeds, should none the less, in what seemed little more than masochism, accept the poisoned chalice of the Leeds managership, where he lasted just 44 volcanic days.