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Clough statues snapped up by fans
Sculptor Vivien Mallock polishes her Brian Clough statue
Brian Clough began his football career at Middlesbrough
Ten replica versions of a 7ft-tall statue of Middlesbrough FC legend Brian Clough have been snapped up by football fans hours after going on sale.

The limited edition 18in figures were all sold for 500 each by a memorial committee on Tuesday.

The original bronze figure was unveiled in Middlesbrough's Albert Park in May.

Councillor John McPartland, chairman of the Brian Clough Memorial Fund, said the cash would be used for the maintenance of the statue.

'Hearts and minds'

He said: "I'm afraid people can no longer get their hands on these statues as they have already gone.

"They are now collectors items as we advertised them as the only 10 available, there will not be any more made.

"I can't believe how much the statue is now in the hearts and minds of the Teesside public."

After being injured, Clough carved out a career as a manager and went on to become one of the game's most colourful characters.

He was appointed Hartlepool boss at 30, then the youngest manager in the league.

Later he led Derby County and Nottingham Forest to league championships and won two European Cups with the Nottingham club in 1979 and 1980.

He was awarded an OBE in 1991.

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