Brian Clough

  • English athlete
  • Born March 21, 1935
  • Died September 20, 2004

Brian Howard Clough, OBE ( KLUF; 21 March 1935 – 20 September 2004) was an English football player and manager. He played as a striker and remains one of the Football League's highest goalscorers, but his career was shortened by a serious injury. As a manager, Clough's name is closely associated with that of Peter Taylor, who served as his assistant manager at various clubs in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. They achieved great successes with Derby County and Nottingham Forest. Clough is also remembered for doing frequent radio and television interviews in which he made controversial remarks about players, other managers, and the overall state of the game.

We used to go to the pictures every Saturday night but we had to leave a little bit early and get home and watch Match of the Day - and my wife still complains she missed the last five minutes of every film we saw.

I want no epitaphs of profound history and all that type of thing. I contributed. I would hope they would say that, and I would hope somebody liked me.

They say Rome wasn't built in a day, but I wasn't on that particular job.

Beckham? His wife can't sing and his barber can't cut hair.

That Seaman is a handsome young man but he spends too much time looking in his mirror rather than at the ball. You can't keep goal with hair like that.

Players lose you games, not tactics. There's so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes.

I like my women to be feminine, not sliding into tackles and covered in mud.

Who the hell wants fourteen pairs of shoes when they go on holiday? I haven't had fourteen pairs in my life.

I've decided to pick my moment to retire very carefully - in about 200 years time.

When you get to a certain age, there is no coming back.

Don't send me flowers when I'm dead. If you like me, send them while I'm alive.

When I go, God's going to have to give up his favourite chair.

On occasions I have been big-headed. I think most people are when they get in the limelight. I call myself Big Head just to remind myself not to be.

The river Trent is lovely, I know because I have walked on it for 18 years.

If a chairman sacks the manager he initially appointed, he should go as well.

Telling the entire world and his dog how good a manager I was. I knew I was the best but I should have said nowt and kept the pressure off 'cos they'd have worked it out for themselves.

I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one.

Walk on water? I know most people out there will be saying that instead of walking on it, I should have taken more of it with my drinks. They are absolutely right.