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Childhood[ edit ] 11 Valley Road, Grove Hill Born at 11 Valley Road, an interwar council house in Grove Hill , Middlesbrough , North Riding of Yorkshire ,  Brian Clough was the sixth of nine children of a local sweet shop worker, later sugar boiler and then manager.
The eldest, Elizabeth, died in of septicaemia at the age of four. When talking of his childhood he said he "adored it in all its aspects. If anyone should be grateful for their upbringing, for their mam and dad, I'm that person.
I was the kid who came from a little part of paradise. Clough stated in his autobiography 'Walking on Water' that cricket, rather than football, was his first love as a youngster, and that he would have far rather scored a test century at Lord's than a hat-trick at Wembley. Clough left school in without any qualifications, to work at ICI  and did his national service in the RAF Regiment between and He was a powerful lad and both his timing and positional play were excellent.
You placed him in that bracket as Roger Hunt but in more modern terms he was very similar to Mark Hughes when it came to volleying. The one thing, right or wrong, that he insisted on was that he played down the middle because, he reasoned, that was where he scored, not out wide so why should I run wide.
That was his only failing. When he played for England he wanted people to play like Boro did but when you've got people around like Bobby Charlton and Jimmy Greaves you can't tell those guys I will just stop in the middle.
Following this, he became a prolific striker for his home town club Middlesbrough scoring goals in league matches for Boro,  including 40 or more goals in four consecutive seasons. However, Clough also regularly submitted transfer requests and had a tense relationship with some of his fellow players.
He was especially irked by Boro's leaky defence, which conceded goals as regularly as he scored them. After a 6—6 draw against Charlton Athletic , Clough sarcastically asked his teammates how many goals they would have to score in order to win a match.
Clough played twice for the England national football team , against Wales on 17 October and Sweden on 28 October , without scoring. With Sunderland, Clough scored a total of 63 goals in 74 matches.
In a match against Bury at Roker Park on 26 December , in icy conditions and torrential rain, Clough was put through on goal and collided with goalkeeper, Chris Harker. Clough tore the medial and cruciate ligaments in his knee, an injury which in that era usually ended a player's career.
He returned two years later, but could manage only three games and then retired from playing at the age of Brown inspired fear, imposed a strict code of conduct and would fine players for minor transgressions.
He once upbraided Clough for talking to a friend during a training session. Such traits would later be adopted by Clough himself when he became a manager. Hartlepools United[ edit ] After a short spell coaching the Sunderland youth team , in October , Clough was offered the manager's job at Hartlepools United the club's name was changed in to Hartlepool United.
He accepted and immediately asked Peter Taylor then managing non-league Burton Albion to join him as his assistant.
At the age of 30, Clough was then the youngest manager in the league. Hartlepools were perennial strugglers and had repeatedly had to apply for re-election to the Football League, having finished in the bottom two of the Fourth Division five times in the past six seasons.
Such was the club's perilous financial state, Clough had to tour local pubs raising money to keep the club afloat and even applied for a coach driver's licence to drive the team to away matches. On 15 November , the then chairman, Ernest Ord, who was known for playing mind games with managers, sacked Clough's assistant Peter Taylor saying he couldn't afford to pay him anymore.
Clough refused to accept it so Ord sacked him as well. However, there was a boardroom coup where they refused to ratify the two sackings and which instead saw Ord ousted as chairman.
Both Clough and Taylor were reinstated.
Hartlepools' fortunes gradually improved and the club finished in a creditable eighth place in — Their Hartlepools team featured two players who would play for Clough and Taylor at other clubs in the future: Les Green , who would be goalkeeper in Derby's promotion-winning side of , and a year-old John McGovern , who would later be signed by Clough at Derby County, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, winning several major trophies in the process.
In the following season, Hartlepools were promoted for the first time in their history. In Clough's first season, the club finished one place lower than in the previous season, but he had started to lay the foundations for his future success by signing several new players, amongst them Roy McFarland , John O'Hare , John McGovern , Alan Hinton and Les Green.
Clough also sacked the club secretary, the groundsman and the chief scout, along with two tea ladies he caught laughing after a Derby defeat. Clough was universally seen as a hard but fair manager, who insisted on clean play from his players and brooked no stupid questions from the press.
He was famous for insisting on being called 'Mr Clough' and earned great respect from his peers for his ability to turn a game to his and his team's advantage. In the —72 season, after tussling with Liverpool , Leeds United and Manchester City for the title, Derby finally topped the league table by one point after playing their final match, a 1—0 win over Liverpool.
Manchester City did temporarily top the league after playing their last match, but had no chance of actually winning the title due to outstanding fixtures between the clubs directly below them.
Both Liverpool and Leeds United had a chance to overtake Derby by winning their final matches played a week later due to fixture congestion but Leeds lost to Wolves and Liverpool drew at Arsenal , meaning Derby were league champions for the first time in their year history.
Peter Taylor took the players on holiday to Majorca. Clough was not with the squad at the time, instead holidaying in the Isles of Scilly with his family and elderly parents when he received the news. Feud with the Derby County board of directors[ edit ] In August , Clough refused to go on an arranged pre-season tour of the Netherlands and West Germany unless he could take his family with him.
Derby chairman Sam Longson told him that it was a working trip and not a holiday, so Clough put Taylor in charge of the tour instead and refused to go.
The club did not contest the FA Charity Shield that year. Then, on 3 September , after the team had defeated Liverpool 2—1 at the Baseball Ground , Clough criticised the Derby County fans, stating that "They started chanting only near the end when we were a goal in front.
I want to hear them when we are losing.
They are a disgraceful lot". In the same interview, Clough also verbally attacked the club's board of directors for their policies. The following day, board chairman Sam Longson apologised to the fans and dissociated himself from Clough's remarks.
That season, Derby failed to retain their title, finishing seventh, but reached the semi-finals of the European Cup in April , when they were knocked out by Juventus 3—1 on aggregate.
I will not talk to any cheating bastards"  and then questioned the Italian nation's courage in the Second World War. On 5 August , Clough put his name to an article in the Sunday Express which savaged Leeds United 's disciplinary record, stating that Don Revie should be fined for encouraging his players in their unsporting behaviour and Leeds relegated to the Second Division.
Clough also said that "The men who run football have missed the most marvellous chance of cleaning up the game in one swoop" and went on to say "The trouble with football's disciplinary system is that those who sat in judgement being officials of other clubs might well have a vested interest.
West Ham manager Ron Greenwood told Clough that neither was available but that he would pass his offer onto the board of directors. Clough never told either his chairman, secretary or other board members at Derby about the bid.
Longson found out four months later during a chance conversation with Eddie Chapman, West Ham's secretary at the time, but by then Clough was no longer the Derby County manager. Resignation from Derby County[ edit ] In April , four weeks before taking Derby to the league title, Clough and Taylor had briefly resigned for a few hours to manage Coventry City before changing their minds after getting more money from Longson.
This time, it would be final. On 11 October , Longson called for the sackings of both Clough and Taylor at a board meeting, but did not gain the support that was needed.
Earlier that week, Longson had demanded that Clough stop writing newspaper articles and making TV appearances, and had the grille pulled down on the bar to stop both Clough and Taylor drinking.
Two days later, following a 1—0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford , a club director, Jack Kirkland, demanded to exactly know what Taylor's role within the club was and instructed Taylor to meet him at the ground two days later to explain. Clough refused to do so. Clough admitted on the coach journey back to journey that he did make a V-sign but it was aimed at Longson, not Busby or Edwards, over lack of tickets and lack of seating for players' wives, including his own and Taylor's.
Clough and Taylor hoped to oust Longson as chairman as they did with Ord seven years before, but failed. Both Clough and Taylor resigned on the evening of 15 October , and the resignation was accepted by Sam Longson the following morning, to widespread uproar from Rams fans, who demanded the board's resignation along with Clough and Taylor's reinstatement at the following home game against Leicester City four days later.