Monday, September 20, 2004

Brian Clough for England, Brian Clough for King....


It's hard to think why I'm writing this. I never saw Cloughie play, never saw a team he managed, all I have are the comments, the books, the pieces written about him. But what a reputation to write about. I can't sum up, nor would I want to, his achievements which would be incredible for a player and a manager separate - but in the same man raise him to levels of near genius, for what that word's worth.

Two European Cups. Two. Alex Ferguson has one (to call Fergie "Sir" here, ranks of a slur on "Ol' Big 'Ead"), only Paisley and Shankly come close to my memory and they did it with Liverpool. From my understanding, Cloughie dragged Forest up by the shoelaces, and did it by playing attractive football - and stood no nonsense from players and supporters spoiling for a fight. A true footballing legend, it'll be said again, it's been said before but there's only one Brian Clough - we will not see his like again.

I'll end with a piece of comedy music, written by Bill Oddie for the show "I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again" about Cloughie which is both endearing and funny:


From Birmingham to Burnley, from Manchester to Spurs, there's a bloke that all the managers detest.
Some call him a nana, some call him a twerp, but he's earning twice as much as all the rest.

Cloughie! Cloughie! We love Brian Clough.
Cloughie! Cloughie! Bring back Brian Clough...

He's a funny little fella, with tiny piggy eyes, a twisted grin and nicely short cut hair.
Some say he's a loony, but just look at Sir Alf - now who do you prefer, eh?

Cloughie! Cloughie! We love Brian Clough.
Cloughie! Cloughie! Bring back Brian Clough...

Brian Clough for England, Brian Clough for King!
President Nixon out and Cloughie in!
Yesterday - Derby! Tomorrow - the world!
With Cloughie, we can win!

All together!
Cloughie! Cloughie! We love Brian Clough.
Cloughie! Cloughie! Bring back Brian Clough...

RIP, Brian Clough 21st March 1934 - 20th September 2004

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