Posted: 5/10/2019


        After the drama from Johan Cruyff Arena and the interviews I was about to switch over to the BBC TV News when up popped a movie and I was glued to the TV for an hour or more. I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES was a movie about the fall and rise of a genius of a football manager, BRIAN CLOUGH, who I also remember as a very talented player and striker(197 goals for Middlesborough, 64 for Sunderland and a couple for England. along with his future rival at Elland Road.Don Revie who starred for Manchester City and England.

       The movie was released in 2015 and directed by Jonny Owen and highlights the amazing life in the dugouut of Cloughie, or Old Big 'Ed. He had been a success at Derby County and had many encounters with Leeds United under Revie. There was a more famous classic movie THE DAMNED UNITED. about Leeds United in those days.

       He resigned from Derby after winning the top devision and spent 8 months at Brighton before becoming the surprise choice at Elland Raod after Don Revie was appointed England manager. He hated all that Leeds United stood for and was sacked after just 44 days after a player revolution. . Jimmy Armfield came in and took them to the 1975 European Cup final where they lost a controversial match 0-2 to Bayern Munich at Parc des Princes in Paris. On the evening of Clough's sacking he appeared on Yorkshire Televisions's Calendar. Host Austin Mitchell also brought in Don Revie for what turned out to be an historic interview and clash of personalities. 

       Clough moved to Nottingham Forest who were not paricularly good. He took them to the top league and then TWO European Cup final successes in 2 years, beating Malmo FF 1-0 at Munich's Olympic Stadium in 1979, with a goal from newly signed Trevor Francis from Birmingham City, the first ever £1 million transfer. John Robertson, Martin O'Neill, John O'Hare , Frank Clark, Tony Woodcock, Viv Anderson, John McGovern, Peter Withe, Gary Birtles, Larry Lloyd, Kenny Burns, Peter Shilton, Archie Gemmell...WHAT A SQUAD. In 1980 at Estadio Bernabeau in Madrid they retained the European Cup by beating HSV Hamburg 1-0 with a goal by Robertson.

      The next year Forest were conrorversially beaten by Anderlecht in the semi-finals stage.  Over a decade later it emerged that match referee Guruceta Muro received a £27,000 'loan' from Anderlecht's chairman Constant Vanden Stock.  1n 1997 Anderlecht were banned by UEFA for a year but their stadium is still named  Constant Vanden StockStadium  to this day.

      Clough appeared on television often and was very controversial and sadly retired after having an alcohol problem. His son Nigel Clogh who played for his dad and for England, keeps the Clough name alive as manager of Burton Albion.

       There will never be anothr Brian Clough. When asked who was the best manager in football he said he was not sure but that he was in the TOP ONE. ........INDEED !!