Brian Clough

Brian Clough began his football career as a prolific goalscorer both for Middlesbrough where he scored 197 goals in 213 league games, and Sunderland where he scored 54 goals in 61 games. He also won two caps for England.

Clough will principally be remembered, however, as a remarkable football manager. Having started his managerial career at lowly Hartlepool, he went on to Derby County where he gained promotion to the First Division before leading them to the league championship and a European Cup semi-final. Following brief spells with Leeds and Brighton he then found his way to Nottingham Forest where he achieved promotion to Division 1 in 1977, won the league championship in 1978, won the European Cup in 1979 and retained the European Cup in 1980. No manager before or since has achieved such a spectacular rise in the fortunes of his team.

Clough was well known for his abrasive and controversial manner, but his record with two relatively small provincial clubs bears comparison with any manager in the history of the game. Clough died in September 2004 aged 69.

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