It was kind of ironic to wake to news of Jose Mourinho parting company with Chelsea this morning, because 20th September marks the anniversary of the death of Brian Clough back in 2004. Whilst personally the comparisons between the two men were tenuous at best, there were similar mannerisms and a characteristic arrogance that did make me slightly warm to the Blues boss more than much of the country seem to have.
It certainly doesn’t seem to have been three years since that sad news broke around the country, and I’m sure much like me, most Forest fans – and hopefully football fans in general – will take a moment to reflect on the memories and achievements the great man provided throughout his career – be it as a player in the North East, or as a manager – most prominently right here in the midlands with ourselves and Derby County of course.
The blog wasn’t in existence at the time, but when he passed away it felt akin to the ravens leaving the tower of London, and the fading edifices of the City Ground, and the bleak position we find ourselves in the hierarchy of football bear testiment to the wonderful things he achieved for us – because frankly, without him we wouldn’t have looked or felt quite so out of place where we find ourselves these days.
Regular readers will know that when I think fond memories of Cloughie, there’s a man frequently-forgotten who deserves a pedestal of equal magnitude – both amongst Forest and Derby supporters, so as well as taking a few moments today to think about Brian Clough, I’ll also be thinking about Peter Taylor, for it was the magnificent partnership these two formed that was the alchemy for the true heights we scaled – so do take a moment, and think of these two great ambassadors for Nottingham Forest, and for football as a whole.
Rest in peace, both – hopefully you’re both reconciled in the next world, I imagine in three years you will have already assembled a pretty formidible team!
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