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Brian Clough
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Born in Middlesbrough, Cleveland and Teesside
Born on 21st of March 1935
Died in Derby, Derbyshire
Died on 20th of September 2004

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(full name and title: Brian Howard Clough, OBE)
Born: March 21, 1935. Died: September 20, 2004

Brian Clough was a former professional football player and manager. Born as one of eight children in a council house in Middlesbrough, Brian rose from his humble beginnings to become a household name in English football.

Clough began his professional playing career at his home club of Middlesbrough, where he scored an outstanding 197 goals in 213 league matches. He then moved to Sunderland and scored another 54 goals in just 61 league games. Unfortunately, his career was cut short thanks to a cruciate knee ligament injury picked up in a game on Boxing Day 1962.

Brian Clough became the league's youngest manager at the age of only 30 when he took over Hartlepool United, together with his assistant Peter Taylor. The pair soon moved on for the 1967-68 season to manage Derby County where they made a big impact. His first move at Derby was firing a number of players and backroom staff. Clough's shock tactics were vindicated when the team won promotion to the top flight after two seasons and in the 1971-72 season Derby won the League Championship for the first time in the club's history.

Clough was, however, known for his outspoken style and regularly and openly criticised some of the best known names in the business. This eventually led to him falling out with the Derby County chairman and resigning, along with Peter Taylor.

Following brief and unsuccessful spells with Brighton and Leeds United, Clough took over as manager of Nottingham Forest. He was joined there a little over a year later by Peter Taylor, who had remained for a time with Brighton.

This was the beginning of a hugely successful period, the like of which Forest fans have not seen before or since. His second full year in charge ended with promotion to the top flight. At the end of his third season Forest were crowned League Champions and won the League Cup. The next year they retained the League Cup and went on to win the European Cup. They repeated the European Cup victory the next year, an astounding feat from a relatively small provincial side like Nottingham Forest.

Clough was known to be a heavy drinker and had a liver transplant in 2003. He died of stomach cancer in 2004

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