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Is Peter Taylor a forgotten hero?
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BBC Inside Out asks whether Peter Taylor's contribution to the Clough-Taylor partnership has been overlooked in history

Peter Taylor should enjoy a place in history equal to that of his counterpart - so says the former Rams and Forest assistant manager's family.

Two decades after Taylor's death, his family says his name is almost always overshadowed by Brian Clough's.

Clough and Taylor made Derby County champions of England and Nottingham Forest champions of Europe in the '70s.

But despite numerous tributes to Clough there is yet to be any lasting monument to Taylor.

"I do feel that somehow my father's contribution has been written out of the history - particularly of Nottingham Forest," says Taylor's daughter, Wendy Dickinson. "He's been taken out of the picture."

Taylor started his career at Nottingham Forest where he was signed as a goalkeeper - though he never made a first team appearance.

Despite working briefly together as players at Middlesbrough, it wasn't until 1965 that the Clough-Taylor managerial partnership was formed at Hartlepool, with Taylor becoming Clough's assistant.

Wendy Dickinson
Wendy Dickinson says Forest's recognition of her father is 'disgraceful'

Their success at the northern club led them to be offered the top jobs at the Baseball Ground and, in 1969, the pair took the struggling Derby County to the top of Division Two.

While Clough was always acknowledged to be the inspiration and driving force behind the team, Taylor was famed for his scouting prowess - his ability to find the right man for the job on the field.

The cameras nearly always focussed on Clough but, at Derby, the pair were paid the same. Taylor acknowledged that the attention would always fall on Clough: Clough always admitted he couldn't operate without Taylor.

The signing of some of Derby's greatest names came in the Clough-Taylor era: Roy McFarland, John O'Hare, Alan Hinton, John McGovern, Willie Carlin, Dave Mackay, Colin Todd, Archie Gemmill - and the partnership's crowning glory at Derby was to lead the team to Division One champions in 1972 and to the European Cup semi-finals.

Martin O'Neill and John Robertson remember their time with Peter Taylor at Forest

A dispute with the Rams chairman Sam Longson forced the pair to resign early in the 1973-74 season and the partnership broke up.

The two re-united in 1976 at Nottingham Forest and their success was spectacular. Within 12 months Forest were promoted to the First Division and went on to win the Championship in their first season there.

They also won both the League Cup and the European Cup twice.

But it is the lack of any tribute from Nottingham Forest that has upset the Taylor family most. His daughter Wendy recalls: "Forest didn't have a minute's silence for him and that was deeply, deeply wounding and, I think, for the fans as well.

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

"I think Brian deserved all the praise that he had and I don't blame him for what has happened.

"The reason the name Nottingham Forest is known around the world in footballing circles is because of the very special six years that Brian and my dad worked together."

But it is hoped that a statue of Taylor and Clough will be in place at Pride Park by the start of the 2010-11 season and at least the family can console themselves that the two will be recognised in equal measure: "It is really nice that Derby County, both the fans and the club, have decided to recognise the contribution of both of them."




SEE ALSO
Rams approve tribute to legends
23 Oct 09 |  England
Rams to honour Clough and Taylor
30 Apr 09 |  Derbyshire

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