72 Classic: Clough, Allison, Keegan and co. – why it was special

MALCOLM Allison, one of the pivotal figures of the 1970s, once said that the period between 1967 and 1972 was one of British football’s golden ages. Anyone who lived through that half decade of action will doubtless recall some outstanding players and personalities, memorable teams and the outlandish fashion and hairstyles of the age. This was, after all, a period that desperately clung to the … Continue reading 72 Classic: Clough, Allison, Keegan and co. – why it was special

Great Reputations: Nottingham Forest under Clough

BRIAN CLOUGH. Enough said, really. He was the driving force and the mastermind – along with his accomplice, Peter Taylor – behind Nottingham Forest’s golden period between 1977 and 1980. Clough’s genius, and it was exactly that, for he also dramatically transformed Derby County five years earlier, stands today as one of the defining eras in modern day football. When Clough stepped down in 1993, … Continue reading Great Reputations: Nottingham Forest under Clough

We are the Champions: 1977-78 – Nottingham Forest

NOTTINGHAM FOREST were surprise champions in 1978, becoming the first team since Ipswich Town in 1961-62 to win the title directly after promotion from the second division. Forest were as unfashionable as Derby County six years earlier when they finished top under Brian Clough, who himself became the first manager since Herbert Chapman to win the Football League with two different clubs. Forest had only … Continue reading We are the Champions: 1977-78 – Nottingham Forest

We are the Champions: 1974-75 – Derby County

Given the depth of talent at the club, it was no surprise that Derby County secured their second Football League Championship in four seasons in 1975. But it was not their charismatic and controversial manager of 1972, Brian Clough, that led them to the title. Clough and his number two, Peter Taylor, left the club in the autumn of 1973 and in October of that … Continue reading We are the Champions: 1974-75 – Derby County