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Brian Clough

Controversial football manager who became the longest-serving manager in contemporary British football, celebrating over 1000 games as manager of Nottingham Forest.

Born at number 11 Valley Road, Grove Hill, Middlesbrough, Clough appeared for Billingham Synthonia before his national service in the RAF. He was a prolific goalscorer with Middlesbrough and Sunderland, and  was capped for England before injury cut short his playing career.

In 1965, thirty-year old Clough became the youngest manager in the league when he took over at Hartlepool, forming an enduring partnership with Peter Taylor as his right-hand man.  Two years later the pair moved moved to Derby County and it was during his spell in charge of the Rams that Clough established his reputation.  He led Derby to the Division Two championship in 1969, and after two years of consolidation in the top flight, his side won the league title in 1972.  The team reached the semi-finals of the European Cup the following year losing 3-1 to Juventus. 

After a disagreement with the Derby board, Clough and Taylor moved to Brighton, and then Clough went by himself to Leeds United staying only 44-days.  The pair were reunited at Nottingham Forest with whom Clough won the championship in 1977-78 becoming only the second manager after Herbert Chapman to win the title with two different clubs.  In 1979 he won the European Cup with a 1-0 win over Malmo.  Forest retained the cup the following year, securing a 1-0 win over German champions Hamburg.  Clough also won the League Cup four times during his reign at the City Ground in 1978, 1979, 1989 and 1990.

Clough was the fan's choice for England manager but was passed over in favour of Ron Greenwood

He retired after the team was surprisingly relegated in 1993.  Brian Clough died on 20 September 2004 aged sixty-nine.  He once declared: 'I know I am better than the 500 or so managers sacked since the war.  If they had known anything about the game, they wouldn't have been sacked.'  Former Forest player and successful manager, Martin O'Neill upon hearing of his mentor's death said: "Brian Clough was absolutely sensational, a truly brilliant manager. I donít think Brian would disagree with it either, he would have been the first one to say he was the greatest of all time."