Hero of the day: Brian Clough

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Name Brian Clough.

Job Big Head, Football Genius and OBE.

Special Powers Cutting put downs and tactical genius.

He Said "I’m sure the England selectors thought if they took me on and gave me the job, I’d want to run the show. They were shrewd, because that’s exactly what I would have done." (on not getting the England job)

They said "He was like England’s version of Muhammad Ali." (Martin O’Neill)

Finest hour Taking provincial sides to the top of the footballing tree is what Brian Clough was famous for. He didn’t win a European cup with one of the big guns, rather, he acheived an incredible feat by winning two european cups with Nottingham Forest. If that isn’t his finest hour, then his slapping of a young lad in a pitch invasion, and the resultant big sloppy kiss he gave him to say sorry is.

Did you know? Not only was Cloughy a great manager, but a prolific striker too. With a phenominal goalscoring record, he cracked in an amazing 204 goals in 222 starts for his hometown club Middlesbrough, and then 63 goals in only 74 games for Sunderland. Aside from the footy, Brian was subject of a song by British punk band the Toy Dolls who released the album Wakey Wakey, featuring a song entitled "Cloughy is a Bootboy!" which describes an altercation between a fan and the resulting court case. Also, and probably most surprising for someone in British professional sport, Clough was a committed socialist, often appearing on miners’ picket lines and being a sponsor of the Anti Nazi League.

Why we love him If you’ve read this far, you’ll love him. Socialist. Claptrap. Genius.

Brian Clough on YouTube