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Five funny Brian Clough stories as told by former players

Featured storytellers include Dean Saunders, Des Walker, Carlton Palmer, Mark Crossley and Brian Laws.

Brian Clough stories are not thin on the ground
STORIED: Clough (Image: Nationaal Archief Fotocollectie Anefo)

Funny Brian Clough stories abound amongst those who worked with him, usually revealing a fearful reverence of him that adds to the hilarity.

Clough’s achievements in guiding Nottingham Forest to back-to-back European Cups and Derby County to the top flight title may never be matched.

And the same could be said of his larger-than-life persona behind the scenes as well as in front of the cameras.

Now sit back, relax and enjoy five amusing Brian Clough stories as told by former footballers:

Dean Saunders

The former Wales striker never played for Clough but recently told this hysterical anecdote about meeting him to discuss a transfer:

Des Walker

Clough signed the pacy centre-back for Forest in 1980 and he went on to make 274 appearances for the club. This anecdote also involves John Fashanu:

Brian Laws

Laws won the League Cup twice as Clough’s regular right-back during the late ’80s and early ’90s:

Mark Crossley

The goalkeeper played 303 times for Forest between 1989 and 2000, later becoming Brian Laws’s first signing as Sheffield Wednesday manager:

Carlton Palmer

Palmer never played for Clough, although he would later join Forest – but he was once watched by him at a youth team match:

BONUS STORY: Clive Tyldesley

Tyldesley may not be a former player but he is an experienced commentator and broadcaster within the game:

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