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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 September, 2004, 09:44 GMT 10:44 UK
Players lead Clough tribute
A child carrying a picture of the late Brian Clough
A child carrying a picture of the late Brian Clough in Old Market Square
Nottingham Forest's greatest players have paid homage to legendary former manager Brian Clough, as part of a series of tributes following his death.

European Cup heroes, including Peter Shilton, John Robertson and Trevor Francis paraded the six trophies Clough won before Forest's game with West Ham.

There was also a minute's silence before the match at the City Ground.

Ex-Forest and Derby players joined a crowd in Nottingham's Old Market Square earlier to remember his achievements.

Highlights of his career - including two European Cup triumphs with Forest and League titles with both clubs - were shown on a big screen.

John McGovern, who captained Forest during their glory years, told the crowd: "The last time I stood on this balcony we brought back a very large gold cup from Europe.

"Brian was a teacher, he taught players how to pass the ball, and told them to keep the ball on the floor and to respect authority.

"He was one of the greatest teachers of players the game has ever seen.

"If I ever need memories of Brian I just have to look at my medal cabinet - it's full of them."

McGovern then joined the cast of Forest legends at the City Ground, which resonated to the sound of Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' - one of Clough's favourite songs.

Francis, whose goal gave Forest a 1-0 win over Malmo in Munich 25 years ago, led the parade along with Shilton, Viv Anderson, former manager Frank Clark and Kenny Burns.

Garry Birtles walked alongside Brian Laws, Steve Hodge and Mark Crossley, who Clough led to successive League Cup triumphs a decade later.

Outside the stadium, like they had at the Old Market Square, fans donned green sweatshirts in memory of Clough's favoured matchday attire.

John McGovern with a bust of Brian Clough at the City Ground
He was one of the greatest teachers of players the game has ever seen
John McGovern

Clough, who passed away on Monday at the age of 69 after suffering from stomach cancer, was also a prolific striker - until injury forced him out of the game.

But it is his managerial success - and eccentric style - which he is best remembered for.

Some regard "Old Big 'Ead" - his interpretation of his OBE honour - as the best manager England never had.

Ex-Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson, one of his contemporaries, felt the Football Association should have taken a chance with him - at his own expense.

The former England manager told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "I said to the FA chairman at the time, Sir Bert Millichip: 'I'm having a rough time and everybody wants Brian - give the job to him.

"'If he's successful, everybody's happy. If he fails, that's the end of the clamour for Brian Clough to be England manager'.

"You can't lose either way. He would have ruffled a few feathers and disturbed the corridors of power but I think he would have been a good England manager.

"He had good judgement, knew how to design a team and was a great motivator."





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