Saturday, 20 September 2008

BC: A LEGEND SADLY MISSED



4 years ago today, Brian Clough passed away. With a film in the pipeline about the great man's time at Leeds United, I thought it would be nice to remember him here. Although he was fired after just 44 days in charge at Leeds, he enjoyed great success at my own club Derby County, and also at our bitter rivals Nottingham Forest.


He often said the biggest mistake he ever made was resigning as our manager, and we can only speculate as to what would have happened had he remained there with assistant Peter Taylor. While his man management style was unorthodox to say the least, he built some great sides full of players who would run through a brick wall for him. During his memorial service at Pride Park, Derby, there was a ferocious thunderstorm the like of which hadn't been experienced for several years. How fitting that this should occur throughout the service, given Brian's dislike for fuss.


On this day, I'll remember him with affection and gratitude for taking us from the second division to the top of the first and into Europe, taking on and beating some great sides. Thanks, Brian.

6 comments:

  1. I have no clue who he is. Sorry about his passing though. He sounds like quite a man. I have been trying to watch some of the English Premier League (I think that's what it's called) over here on the television.

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  2. Yes Brian was THE man back in his day. Good to hear you can get Premier league games in the US. Bit of a closed shop with regard to the top 4 teams, but some decent games to enjoy.It's all about who has the most cash to spend, though. Bit like life, really.

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  3. Yeah, it does sound like real life. Money does make the world go round. Not sure that I've got a favorite yet.

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  4. Keith, my wife wondered which US channel shows the Premier league. She's become a really big fan though Baseball is still her number one (Chicago Cubs).

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  5. I love baseball myself (Atlanta Braves).

    Soccer is generally shown here on the Fox Soccer Channel.

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  6. Thanks, Keith. Hope your team is doing well.

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