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Crowds see Clough statue unveiled

Barbara Clough unveiled the statue in Nottingham's Old Market Square

Hundreds of people have gathered to see the unveiling of a statue of football manager Brian Clough in Nottingham.

Clough led Derby County and Nottingham Forest to the League Championship and made sporting history by winning two successive European Cups with Forest.

Fans raised the 60,000 to pay for the image of their hero in a typical pose with hands clasped above his head.

The 8ft (2.4m) statue was unveiled near Nottingham's old Market Square at 1300 GMT by his widow Barbara.

The statue, designed by sculptor Les Johnson, stands at the junction of King and Queen streets.

Clough, who also briefly managed Hartlepool, Leeds and Brighton, died in September 2004 from stomach cancer at the age of 69.

Speaking before the ceremony Barbara Clough said: "All we can think is how amazed Brian would be at the very idea of a statue.

"He really would, he would never believe it. It's just wonderful, it really is. It's a lasting memorial isn't it?"

His son Nigel Clough, who played under his father at Forest and is now Burton Albion manager, added: "It's a lovely monument and testament but it does bring back memories - some happy, some not so happy.

"It is an honour and if you look around the country there are not too many statues of people so he must have been doing something right."


Clough's family and former players paid tribute

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