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Clough given freedom of city
Brian Clough
Brian Clough showed off his footbal skills at Pride Park

Former football manager Brian Clough has been given the freedom of Derby at a ceremony at the city's football ground.

He arrived at Derby County football club's Pride Park following a tour of some of his former haunts in a vintage Rolls-Royce.

Clough was honoured for his success as manager of Derby where he won the championship in the 1970s.

The 68-year-old was handed the freedom scroll at a suite at Pride Park before taking to the pitch where he was given a standing ovation prior to the club's game against Ipswich Town.

The ceremony was held at the ground so as many people as possible could pay tribute to Clough.

Robin Turner, the Mayor of Derby, described Clough as a "rare individual and a unique talent who brought honour to our football club and reflected glory to the city".

It brings back beautiful memories
Brian Clough

Clough said after being given the freedom scroll: "What an honour it is for me to be standing in my adopted city.

"Having come to Derby 35 years ago... you couldn't get rid of me.

"We have been extremely happy here. The children went to school here and my grandchildren are at school here.

"It is lovely to see so many people."

The morning tour took in visits to the former home of Derby, the Baseball Ground and to Darley Park where he used to take his sons to play football.

Brian Clough
Clough spoke to reporters at Derby County's former ground

He then planted a commemorative tree on the banks of the River Derwent.

He told reporters as he visited the Baseball Ground: "I feel a lot better now I'm here and standing where I used to work looking at the stand I helped build.

"It brings back beautiful memories."

The manager is well-loved in the East Midlands for leading both Derby County and Nottingham Forest to league championships.

He also won two European Cups with the Nottingham club.

As a player, Clough won two England caps and scored 251 goals in 274 games as a striker for Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

He is the only living freeman of the city and the first individual to receive the award since 1968.

Clough was given the freedom of Nottingham in 1993.

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