Today was the official unveiling of a statue of Brian Clough in Middlesbrough’s Albert Park. The statue was presented with a flourish by Barbara Clough to an assembled crowd in the park this morning, many of whom had also taken the chance to admire the new exhibition dedicated to the former-Middlesbrough legend in the close by Dorman Museum.
As the picture shows, the statue is a masterpiece – truly capturing the likeness and spirit of a confident 24 year old Clough, striding manfully to training at Ayresome Park from his parental home on Valley Road, just the other side of Albert Park from the entrance near the site of Middlesbrough FC’s old football ground. The quality and spirit of the work of art can certainly be considered a complete success on whatever measure you care to mention.
A larger contingent of the Clough family were in attendance too – both from the midlands and those who remain in their home town of Middlesbrough, along with a crowd of local people, council members and committee members who have striven to raise funds and project manage getting the statue in place. There were even a few from Nottingham who made the trip – thanks to one, here is a link photographs of the statue and some of the unveiling (albeit from behind lots of people!).
It’s a wonderful tribute to Brian from his home town, and a real inspiration for the folks working on Nottingham’s statue (which is currently being tendered to sculptors to establish a shortlist) – it’s great to see and positively excites me that we’ll also have our own statue as well. Along with Derby County’s plans to dedicated a plaza near their ground to him, he will have befitting tributes in the places he made the most famous, and I applaud that.