Monday, September 20, 2004

Brian Clough dies, aged sixty nine

"We talk about it for twenty minutes and then we decide I was right."

I feel peculiarly sorry to hear this; it's hard to have not come across Cloughie at some time or other and not felt pleased that he existed. His achievements in football were unbelievable, but he succeeded in transcending all that and became one of the most interesting and quotable characters in the country. He was a proper socialist, too, saying "Everybody should have a book, everybody should have a nice classroom and everybody should have the same opportunity".

He also said, "I want no epitaphs of profound history and all that type of thing. I contributed - I would hope they would say that, and I would hope somebody liked me.''


BB said...

"He'll play when I pick him!"

Yeah, this was sad. A footballing figure with character, who could be relied upon not to toe the line. I suspect we will not see his like again.

jonathan said...

It was interesting watching the clips of him on the news last night, too. Some people have the most incredible kind of authority, kind of an extension of their charisma which makes them quite entrancing to watch. Footage of him as a young manager (in his early thirties) where he displays the rhetorical clout of a man twice is age is quite amazing to see. Some rather nice quotes about him in the paper this morning, too. I liked, from a Forest supporter, "Forget Robin Hood. Remember Brian Clough. He gave us a name".