The day I met Brian Clough... and other Tributes
by Marcus Alton
Brian Cloughs family are among the many people who describe their personal memories of the charismatic football manager in this unique collection of tributes. Brians widow, Barbara, and their daughter Elizabeth have provided a rare insight into life with the man known as the Master Manager. Barbara recalls how they met in Middlesbrough and how his tremendous generosity remains one of her over-riding memories of her husband.Elizabeths memories include travelling in her Dads car listening to Frank Sinatra songs. Brians brother Joe and sister Doreen also recount their memories in this book compiled by journalist and author Marcus Alton, who is the editor of the tribute website, brianclough.com. This collection of anecdotes and tributes includes contributions from fans, friends and former players, collected by Marcus since he set-up the non-profit-making website over 10 years ago. Those who worked closely with Old Big Ead describe memorable times in his company including the TV producer who captured unique footage of Cloughie in his back garden as he sang a surprise tribute to his old friend and commentator, Brian Moore. There is no doubt that an encounter with Cloughie was usually unforgettable as this book illustrates. Just ask the fan whose car broke down on the A52(now Brian Clough Way) only to hear a knock on his window and an offer of help from yes, you guessed it. A friend who has never spoken publicly before describes how Cloughie allowed him to be one of the few people to travel on the team bus one of his missions being to supply pork pies for the players! He also looked after Cloughies sons Simon and Nigel during a Wembley cup final. A former player describes for the first time how he threw a bucket of water over Cloughie by accident. You can guess the result! A journalist who worked closely with Brian reveals how he witnessed the football legends inspirational man-management at first hand. Another reveals how he became Cloughs ghost-writer for a national newspaper. A former football director describes how Clough helped him support charities by donating the proceeds of newspaper interviews and gave his Mum a bunch of roses. Marcus Altons royalties from this book are going to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund,which is run by the Clough family and gives money to the types of good causes that Brian supported. Fans may think they have heard all there is to know about Cloughie. But this book has many untold stories and tributes, demonstrating how he touched so many lives and won admirers around the world.
- JMD Media, October 2011
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