Football Statues

No 19, 20, 21 (in a series of several): Brian Clough (1935-2004) and Peter Taylor (1928-1990)

The “greatest manager that England never had” has three statues erected in his honour. The first was erected in his home town of Middlesbrough and unveiled in May, 2007, the second, a year-and-a-half later, in Nottingham’s Old Market Square (November 2008) and the third, outside Derby County’s Pride Park, which shows Clough with long-time assistant Peter Taylor, was unveiled in August, 2010.

Clough’s eighteen years in charge at Forest came to and end at Portman Road on the final match of the 1992-93 Premiership season. Needless to say he received a standing ovation from both home and away fans before the match began and, despite seeing his side lose 2-1 and slide into the Nationwide League, post match too. His reign at Forest had seen the ‘unfashionable’ Midlands side win not only the League Championship but back-to-back European Cup’s too. His reign also ranked, at the time, as the sixth longest in English football (he has since been bumped into seventh place by Sir Alex Ferguson). Current Town manager Roy Keane was in the Forest side that day.

Continuing with the Ipswich sub-theme, in May 2003, Clough was awarded the freedom of Derby in a ceremony held before County’s – managed by former Blue’s player and manager George Burley – 4-1 home loss to the Town. Clough of course had burst into the nations consciousness as manager of the Ram’s when he steered them to a second division title in 1968-69 and a League Championship crown in 1971-72 before a major falling out with the Derby board forced him to resign. After his infamous 40-day reign at Leeds and nine months on the south coast with Brighton & Hove Albion Derby’s loss very much became Forest’s gain.

All three pictures from Wikipedia.

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