Five funny Brian Clough stories as told by former players

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: