Nottingham is best known for Robin Hood, and a statue to the famous outlaw is perhaps the city’s most famous photo op.
But today Hood has a rival as an eight-foot memorial to legendary coach Brian Clough was unveiled in front of thousands in the city’s main square today. Clough died in 2004 but his legend grows:
Duncan Hamilton’s memory of him, ‘Provided you don’t kiss me’ is the UK’s Sports Book of the Year, and David Peace’s stunning novel about Qq Poker Online Cloughie’s ill-fated 44 days in charge of Leeds, ‘The Damned United’, is released as a feature film next year.
His character was a force of nature. But Clough also made fans hoot with laughter as he took no prisoners with his enemies. In the late 1970s, he was the best candidate and overwhelming people’s choice for England manager but the FA, like the big clubs were too terrified to hand their reins to a man who wanted in his own words to be ‘the perfect dictator’. He toyed with entering politics to take on Margaret Thatcher, but realised his ego would not be able to stand the bureaucracy, so chose instead to cultivate his own garden, in the shape of Nottingham Forest.
Tactically Clough was simplistic, but his results spoke for themselves; his greatest gift the ability to transform average players going nowhere into good ones challenging for trophies.
He last coached in 1993, but Clough’s former players have taken up the baton: Roy Keane at Sunderland, Martin O’Neill at Aston Villa, Brian Laws at Sheffield Wednesday and Stuart Pearce, coach of the England U21 team and assistant to Fabio Capello.
(c) Sean O’Conor & Soccerphile
Make Goals Not War
After a successful year on the international film festival circuit, we are happy to announce you can now view the soccer documentary Make Goals Not War on YouTube.
Make Goals Not War
Make Goals Not War follows the journey of Maty Campeonisimo to end all wars and resolve international conflicts with soccer matches. Armed only with an idea and a video camera, Maty travelled to the World Cup and found his idea winning the support of thousands of soccer fans, players, FIFA and the United Nations.
Shimizu S-Pulse v Jubilo Iwata
Shimizu S-Pulse lost the Shizuoka Derby against relegation-threatened Jubilo Iwata 0-1 at Ecopa Stadium. A poor game was settled in the first minute of the second half after a terrible mistake from the kick-off by the S-Pulse defence.
Shimizu, fresh from defeat in the League Cup, were booed off the field by their passionate support.