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Rams to honour Clough and Taylor

Brian Clough and Peter Taylor celebrate winning the league with Derby in 1972
Clough and Taylor won the league championship with Derby in 1972

Derby County has backed fans' calls for a statue of legends Brian Clough and Peter Taylor at Pride Park stadium.

The club has commissioned artist Andy Edwards to produce several options for the statue over the next three months.

Rams manager Nigel Clough, who will be consulted on the designs, said he was delighted that Peter Taylor is being included in the tribute to his father.

Manager Clough and his assistant Taylor had a six-year spell at Derby from 1967, winning the league title in 1972.

Families of both the Rams' heroes will be asked for their views on a shortlist of options for the artwork, along with supporters.

The artist also produced a bronze sculpture of prolific Rams goal scorer Steve Bloomer, which was unveiled near the stadium's dug out in January.

Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Derby: "It's lovely that it's come to fruition now and everybody will be delighted that Andy Edwards is going to do it.

"The most important thing for our family was that Peter Taylor is going to be involved in it because there have been a lot of individual tributes. But my dad would be the first one to say he'd want to be sitting alongside Taylor."

A Derby County spokesman said it was too early to say how long the statue will take to create or how it will be funded.

There are already statues of Brian Clough in Nottingham and Middlesbrough.

Nottingham's bronze statue of the legendary Forest manager was unveiled in the Old Market Square in November after fans raised £70,000 for the tribute.

Clough won two European Cups with the Nottingham club and remained the club's manager until retiring in 1993.

He died at the age of 69 in September 2004 from stomach cancer. Taylor died aged 62 in October 1990.

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