Brian Clough Quotes

"If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he'd have put grass up there." On the importance of passing to feet. "

"Beckham? His wife can't sing and his barber can't cut hair."

"Don't send me flowers when I'm dead. If you like me, send them while I'm alive."

"I like my women to be feminine, not sliding into tackles and covered in mud."

"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."

"I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one." Looking back at his success.

"Manchester United in Brazil? I hope they all get bloody diarrhea." On Man Utd opting-out of the FA Cup to play in the World Club Championship.

"I can't even spell spaghetti never mind talk Italian. How could I tell an Italian to get the ball - he might grab mine." On the influx of foreign players.

"I bet their dressing room will smell of garlic rather than liniment over the next few months." On the number of French players at Arsenal.

"Who the hell wants fourteen pairs of shoes when you go on holiday? I haven't had fourteen pairs in my life." On the contents of Posh Spice's missing luggage.

"Rome wasn't built in a day. But I wasn't on that particular job." On getting things done.

"On occasions I have been big headed. I think most people are when they get in the limelight. I call myself Big Head just to remind myself not to be." Old Big 'Ead explains his nickname.

"At last England have appointed a manager who speaks English better than the players." On the appointment of Sven Goran Eriksson as England manager.

"If he'd been English or Swedish, he'd have walked the England job." On Martin O'Neill.

"Anybody who can do anything in Leicester but make a jumper has got to be a genius." A tribute to Martin O'Neill.

"The ugliest player I ever signed was Kenny Burns." A Clough complement for a talented player.

"Stand up straight, get your shoulders back and get your hair cut." Advice for John McGovern at Hartlepool.

"Take your hands out of your pockets." More advice, this time for a young Trevor Francis as he receives an award from the Master Manager.

"The Derby players have seen more of his balls than the one they're meant to be playing with." On the streaker who appeared during Derby's game against Manchester United.

"I only ever hit Roy the once. He got up so I couldn't have hit him very hard." On dealing with Roy Keane.

"Walk on water? I know most people out there will be saying that instead of walking on it, I should have taken more of it with my drinks. They are absolutely right." Reflecting on his drink problem.

"I'm dealing with my drinking problem and I have a reputation for getting things done." A comment which speaks for itself.

"Players lose you games, not tactics. There's so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes." Reflecting on England's exit from Euro 2000.

"We talk about it for twenty minutes and then we decide I was right." On dealing with a player who disagrees.

"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," On how he would like to be remembered.

"It was a crooked match and he was a crooked referee. That was a tournament we could and should have won." On the 1984 UEFA Cup semi-final Forest lost to Anderlecht.

"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 manager's job.

"You don't want roast beef and Yorkshire every night and twice on Sunday." On too much football on television.

"If a chairman sacks the manager he initially appointed, he should go as well." On too many managers getting the boot.

"I thought it was my next door neighbour, because I think she felt that if I got something like that, I'd have to move." Guessing who nominated him for a knighthood.

"For all his horses, knighthoods and championships, he hasn't got two of what I've got. And I don't mean balls!" Referring to Sir Alex Ferguson's failure to win two successive European Cups.

"I like my women to be feminine, not sliding into tackles and covered in mud." On women's football.

''That Seaman is a handsome young man but he spends too much time looking in his mirror, rather than at the ball. You can't keep goal with hair like that." On England goalkeeper David Seaman.

"I've missed him. He used to make me laugh. He was the best diffuser of a situation I have ever known. I hope he's alright." On the late Peter Taylor.

"He's learned more about football management than he ever imagined. Some people think you can take football boots off and put a suit on. You can't do that." On David Platt's first season as Forest manager.

"He should guide Posh in the direction of a singing coach because she's nowhere near as good at her job as her husband." Advice for David Beckham.

"Barbara's supervising the move. She's having more extensions built than Heathrow Airport." On moving house in Derbyshire."

- Brian Clough


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Damned United - Brian Clough

The Damned United

In 1974, Brian Clough accepted a decision to become manager of Leeds United. His acerbic cocky style created immediate conflict with the players and executives at Leeds United. His spell at Leeds lasted only 44 days before the players united to get rid of the boss they loathed. In damned united, David Peace weaves a compelling tale of egos and clashes of personalities. Based on the complex character of Brian Clough, it provides great room for fascinating dialogue and the interaction of one of England's most successful yet difficult coaches.

It has received widespread praise. Alastair Campbell said. "It is not every day I read a book which I then want to recommend to everyone.. The novel brings to life a huge, dark and fascinating character.

A film has been made of his short episode at Leeds - the damned United based on a book by David Peace.


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Greatest Yorkshiremen

Some of my favourite Yorkshiremen include:

Captain James Cook - Dogged determination and Yorkshire grit helped him become the most famous explorer of the eighteenth century.

Geoffrey Boycott - Typical Yorkshireman. Strong willed character who says what he thinks; his determination at the crease was legendary one of England's best test batsmen

William Wilberforce. Influential campaigner against the slave trade. Helped to see the slave trade abolished in the UK through his persistent efforts.

David Hockney
. One of the most popular and influential modern artists. Helped develop a new genre of 'popart'

Fred Trueman - Another great Yorkshire cricketer. Fiery temper and awesome fast bowler.

Amy Johnson - Interprid Flying ace. Set many landmark aerplane flights in the 1930s

For examples of other Great Yorkshiremen and women see:

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Top 10 Rich List 2009

  1. Bill Gates: No 1 (last year: 3) $40bn, down $18bn
  2. Warren Buffett, $37bn
  3. Carlos Slim Helu and family $35bn
  4. Larry Ellison $22.5bn
  5. Ingvar Kamprad and family $22bn
  6. Karl Albrecht $21.5bn
  7. Mukesh Ambani $19.5bn
  8. Lakshmi Mittal $19.3bn
  9. Theo Albrecht $18.8bn
  10. Amancio Ortega $18.3bn
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10 Classical Composers

Who would you choose as the greatest classical composer of all time? The first two who spring to mind are Mozart and Beethoven. I would give the choice to Mozart because of his sheer range of musical output, from the light hearted sonata to the mystical Choral works. Choosing between the great composers seems almost foolish - how can we separate and judge such colossal figures?

My Top 10 Classical composers

  1. Mozart.
  2.  Beethoven.
  3.  Schubert.
  4.  J.S. Bach.
  5.  F. Chopin.
  6.  Pyotor Tchaikovsky.
  7.  Rachmaninov.
  8. F. Liszt
  9.  Joseph Haydn.
  10.  Antonio Lucio Vivaldi

Other choices for the top 10 could include:

George Frideric Handel, Richard Wagner, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn.
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