The family of former Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough have expressed their pride at the popularity of Nottingham's bronze statue.
This Wednesday, November 6, will mark exactly five years since the statue was unveiled by Barbara Clough in front of more than five-thousand people in the city's Old Market Square.
Mrs Clough sadly passed away in July this year, but in a statement for the tribute website, Brian and Barbara’s children, Simon, Nigel and Elizabeth said the day of the unveiling five years ago has left them many special memories.
The statue in Nottingham always meant a lot to Mum and she was delighted to be able to unveil it on that special day. She always said that Dad would have been amazed to have his own statue and we feel immensely proud that it has become such a lasting landmark and tribute.
“Mum enjoyed attending the gala dinner and going to see the statue for the first time at the sculptor’s studio in Hampshire, where she described it as being perfect. Once again, we would like to thank all those who helped raise the money, including the small team who organised the fund-raising behind the scenes.
– Brian Clough's children - Simon, Nigel and Elizabeth.
Brian Clough’s family have described how proud they are of Nottingham’s bronze statue of the legendary Forest manager, saying it has become a renowned and well-loved landmark in the city.
This Wednesday 6 November will mark exactly five years since the statue was unveiled by Brian's wife Barbara Clough. An audience of more than five-thousand people turned out in Nottingham’s Old Market Square for the occasion.
It followed a major fund-raising campaign by fans which saw the £60,000 target raised within 18 months.
Nottingham Forest have paid tribute to Barbara Clough, the widow of the club's most successful manager, who died at the weekend.
Writing on its website, a club spokesperson said:
"Nottingham Forest have extended their deepest sympathy to the family of Barbara Clough, who passed away on Saturday.Mrs Clough, the widow of legendary Forest manager Brian, was widely regarded as a tremendously supportive figure to her husband and the club is immensely saddened by the news. "
Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Merlita Bryan, has extended her sympathies on behalf of Nottingham City Council to the family of Barbara Clough, wife of the legendary Nottingham Forest manager Brian, who has passed away.
Councillor Bryan said:
“Barbara was a great friend and supporter of Nottingham. Councillors and officers at the Council worked closely with her when the statue of her husband was unveiled in the city back in 2008 and of course when Brian was made a Freeman of the City. Our sympathies are with her family at this sad time.“