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Derby County

Remembering the 1971-72 Season: Another Tight Race In English Football

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After today's Boxing Day results, a five team log jam sits atop the Premier League table. This is the most competitive the top flight has been in the Premier League era. But in the 1970s, an era when each win was worth just two points, there's a remarkable story to tell.

Derby County, under manager Brian Clough, had stormed the First Division (the old top flight in England), winning promotion to the First Division in May 1969 and finishing fourthin 1969-1970.

The Undervalued Importance of Assistant Managers

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It's safe to say that if an average soccer fan were shown a picture of José Mourinho and asked which club he managed, he would know the answer straight away. Same would be said for Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, or Massimiliano Allegri. Football managers quickly become the "face" of the clubs they lead.

The Afterlife of Brian

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'Nobody Ever Says Fuck You'

::: FistedAway welcomes a guest post from Luke,tutting loudly at the
stray piss on football's toilet seat over at Ruud Gullit Sitting On A Shed:::

Barry Plapp is someone you've probably never heard of, but if you're a football fan you will likely be familiar with his work.

Brian Clough Television Interview From 1969-70: Cocky And Confident As Always [VIDEO]

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I came across a new TV documentary this evening that I hadn't seen before about Brian Clough.

It's from 1969-70. Uniquely, the TV documentary starts off by asking then Derby County manager Brian Clough what his expectations are for the season. He goes through his entire squad and offers his critique of each player, what they can contribute and how he thinks his just-promoted side will do.

Match Of The Past: Derby County

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We continue our series of archive videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship this morning with a club that became the champions of England twice in four years during the 1970s, Derby County. Under the managership of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor, the club was promoted to the First Division in 1969, and they gave a glimpse of what was to come with the first of our six matches, a mauling of Tottenham Hotspur at The Baseball Ground in September 1969.

Was Brian Clough the best manager England never had?

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Was Brian Clough the best manager England never had? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the England manager's position currently available, and a recent track record of over-paid and under performing foreign managers, the nation is crying out for a talisman to lead the side to Euro 2012.

The Ballad of Seven-Three

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It was a dull and dreary night But not one week before When 'gainst opponents dressed in white The Forest failed to score Nor even make a half a chance To satisfy their fans And stood as if put in a trance To lose against the Rams [...]

Tunnel Vision – an Arsenal View of the Week in Football for March 20, 2012

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There were a couple of derbies on last week.

Liverpool played Everton in a battle for upper-mid-table supremacy. I'm sure it was on the box, and Liverpool won, but no one outside of Liverpool really cared. It cemented their grip on – what is it, seventh? They must have been delighted to have already qualified for Europe through the Carling Cup.

Me Owd Duck on ‘Nobody Ever Says Thank You’

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Clough biographies have tended to be personal recollections by journalists who knew or were used by the great man at the time like Duncan Hamilton or Tony Francis. Wilson is a reporter from Sunderland who now writes for the Guardian and this claims to be the first full biography of Clough from birth to death.

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English Premier League

Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Is A Shadow Of Himself

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For the past ten years, Jose Mourinho has been the titan on the world stage of soccer management. Records have been casually swatted aside with contemptuous ease. The force of his personality was simply too powerful to be contained but now that force appears to be slowly ebbing away.

Before we look at this slow steady decline though, we must remember the decade of excellence.

We All Hate Leeds. That’s Why the Premier League Needs Them

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"Absence makes the heart grow fonder." Thomas Haynes Bayly

In their absence, it appears that opposing fans have developed a level of respect for what Leeds United accomplished during their time in the Premier League. The club did disrupt the natural order of the Football League First Division (later the Premier League) while boasting some of the more unique supporters in English football.

Watch England 1-1 Poland; Highlights Of That Disastrous Night for The Three Lions in 1973 [VIDEO]

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For a walk down memory lane, England played Poland in 1973 with The Three Lions just needing a win to qualify for the 1974 World Cup. The match, which was played at the old Wembley Stadium, will live in history because of the brilliant performance by Poland goalkeeperJan Tomaszewski who kept England from winning the crucial match.

Back to school – how to pick a team

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It's the off season in the Premier League, which means that every team is being linked with players on every continent. Some of the rumours have merit, others are tactics employed by teams, managers and agents alike.

One thing's for certain, Arsenal have some money to spend, and chances are they are finally going to.

Euro 2012: Roy Hodgson admits Joe Hart is vital to England’s chances

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Roy Hodgson admits Joe Hart is vital to England's chances" was written by Louise Taylor, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 6th June 2012 09.55 UTC

Roy Hodgson has not only acknowledged that Joe Hart will need to shoulder considerable responsibility during Euro 2012 but deemed the Manchester City goalkeeper vital to his England side's hopes of success in Poland and Ukraine.

Bill Shankly

David Peace Interview, Author of ‘Red Or Dead’ (Voices Of Soccer)

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David Peace is our guest on this week's episode of Voices Of Soccer. The author discusses his latest book, "Red Or Dead," which details Bill Shankly's period as manager of Liverpool football club from his appointment in 1959 to his unexpected resignation in 1974.

Host Kartik Krishnaiyer discusses several fascinating topics with Peace including the symmetry between Bill Shankly and the subject of Peace's previous book (Damned United)— Brian Clough.

MeOwd on Larry Lloyd’s book

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Larry Lloyd's Hard Man: Hard Game is one of the best accounts of Forest's golden years that I have read. I think Lloyd benefits hugely from having a female ghost writer. At the risk of being sexist, it just allows one of the hardest men I have ever met to admit to all sorts of things that I am not sure he would if he'd have played it safe and used a male sports journalist to help him write the book [.

Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest fan Stuart Astill misses his first game in 40 years

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The Nottingham Forest trophy cabinet may not have had an update in the past few decades, but under legendary manager Brian Clough they won two European Cups, a league title, four League Cups and plenty more. One man who watch watched Forest through all their glorious highs and Gary Megson-led lows is Stuart Astill, who has witnessed every single one of his team's games in the past 40 years.

Match Of The Past: Nottingham Forest

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We continue our series of archive videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship with Nottingham Forest. Twice the champions of Europe, it has now been more than a decade since Forest were last in the top division of English but, whilst our selected six matches all hark back to happier times to some extent, we've left the European Cup matches that everyone has already seen a thousand times off this list.

15 Brilliant Photos Of Footballers With Animals

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By Chris Wright

For absolutely no reason whatsoever, here's a 14-strong bundle of photos of footballers posing some more awkwardly than others with their animal friends (click for full-sized images)...

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Brian Clough patrols the Nottingham Forest training ground with his dog

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Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #35 Gary Charles

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Name: Gary Charles In his 90′s prime for: Nottingham Forest, Derby, Aston Villa, West Ham Lowdown: Joining Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough in 1987, Charles made more than 50 appearances for the club, but often struggled to hold down a first team place. His most well-known appearance for the club was in the FA Cup [.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #35 Gary Charles

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Name: Gary Charles In his 90′s prime for: Nottingham Forest, Derby, Aston Villa, West Ham Lowdown: Joining Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough in 1987, Charles made more than 50 appearances for the club, but often struggled to hold down a first team place. His most well-known appearance for the club was in the FA Cup [.

Trevor Francis Suffers Suspected Heart-Attack

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Two time European Cup winner Trevor Francis has suffered a suspected heart-attack.

Francis (57) became the first player to break the £1m transfer barrier between two British clubs when he moved from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest for £1m and then went on to lift two European Cups with Forest under the great Brian Clough is said to be recovering well at Hospital.

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12 Brilliant Photos Of Brian Clough In His Pomp

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By Chris Wright

On what would've been his 78th birthday, here's a grid of 12 classic shots of Brian Clough from both his playing and managerial heyday. As the man himself once said, Clough wasn't the best manager in the business, but he was in the top one.

Click for the full-sized images.

Horror Hats: 30 Photos Of Footballers In Daft Headgear

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By Chris Wright

It's Friday afternoon and you know what that means. It's 'footballers in daft hats' time...

Gary Lineker

Edwin van der Sar

Paul Ince

Brian Clough

Nigel Reo-Coker

Nicklas Bendtner

Dennis Wise and Geoff Thomas

George Best

Peter Beardsley

Zinedine Zidane

Lothar Matthaus

Bobby Moore

Colin Hendry

Ken Bates

Ken Bates (again)

Sir Alex Ferguson

Kevin Keegan

Garth Crooks and Ossie Ardilles

Ryan Giggs

Sir Bobby Charlton

Kenny Dalglish

Steven Gerrard

Sir Bobby Charlton (again)

Mario Balotelli

Gary Lineker (again)

John Motson

Arjen Robben

Ronaldinho

Roy Keane

Roy Keane (again) Since when has 'dressing Roy Keane up against his will and then arming him with an offensive weapon' been a good idea?

Leeds United

Classic Brian Clough Interview By TV Presenter David Frost, 1974 [VIDEO]

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Shortly after getting the sack from Leeds United, football manager Brian Clough sat down with TV presenter David Frost for an exclusive interview. I've never seen this one before today, but it's a must-see for anyone who has any respect...

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Smash & Grab! Bristol Rovers – The Warboys & Bannister Years

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It is now almost forty years since Bristol Rovers ran up one of the most remarkable unbeaten runs in the entire history of the Football League, and their attack at the time was one of the most feared around. Here's Paul Caulfield on a team that is fondly remembered by its supporters, and the strikers that took them to promotion from the Third Division.

AVB and Fulham

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Goooood piece by Jonathan Wilson here.

Evolution lies at the heart of longevity and Chelsea have spent the past five years simply not evolving. Perhaps Sir Alex Ferguson's greatest act of management was the culling of Paul Ince, Mark Hughes and Andriy Kanchelskis in 1995 after Manchester United had finished second in the league and lost in the FA Cup final.

Roy Hodgson

Hodgson names pivotal piece

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England boss Roy Hodgson has revealed his belief that starting goalkeeper Joe Hart is one of the most pivotal pieces of the England puzzle for this summer's European Championships. The Three Lions have been somewhat weak at the number one spot for the last few major tournaments, but Hart has offered a calm and confident presence in the back.

What next for Harry?

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What next for Harry? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sunday night saw the news that Harry Redknapp must have been dreading since that fateful February day when he was acquitted of not paying his taxes and Fabio Capello resigned in a huff over John Terry and god knows what else. Harry, the darling of the press was passed over for the job he dearly longed for.

Forest Blogs

10 of the best: Nottingham Forest books

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It's hard to talk about Nottingham Forest without talking about Brian Clough, no more so when it comes to books. Inevitably, Clough dominates the past four decades of the club so, with a heavy slant towards 'the greatest manager who ever lived', Seat Pitch brings you another 10 of the best [...] Read the original post on Seat Pitch

Forest vs. Leeds: Match Report

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When I find myself in times of trouble Brian Clough is there for me Speaking words of wisdom Seven Three [...] Read the original post on Pissing Red

Derby County vs. Forest preview..

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Let's face it, the most realistic way we have of seeing out this weekend without another defeat is if the weather forecast comes in at the more severe end of the prediction and we get the game snowed off. Rarely have I been able to muster up less optimism for a trip down Brian Clough Way despite a largely awful time of it contesting matches at Pride Park [.

The Rest

‘Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You’ is This Month’s Book Club Selection, Join the Discussion!

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We're going to do things a little differently for April's book discussion. This month we're going with a book that I strongly recommend. It's one of the best soccer books I've read in years. And even months after reading it, it still sticks with me.

The book discussion selection for April is Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You.

Nemanja Vidic Buys Apartment For Father of Friend Who Passed Away: The Nightly EPL

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For a change, we have a feel-good story to tell tonight. Instead of articles about diving, clubs going bankrupt or professional footballers making racist remarks, we learned tonight that Nemanja Vidic has helped out the father of a friend who passed away recently, by advising him to open a bank account and then depositing a large sum of money for the father to buy an apartment.

Mancini Will Have To Conquer His European Hoodoo

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Mancini Will Have To Conquer His European Hoodoo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Tuesday night there will be a matchup that ten years ago you would only have seen had you had Tonton Zola Moukoko playing especially well for you on Championship Manager. Manchester City, fourteen years ago a languishing club in the third tier of English football, attracting a home crowd of 3,000 against Mansfield in the Auto Windscreens Shield (they lost that game), are now champions of England and set to take on Real Madrid in the first match of the Champions League group stage at the mighty Santiago Bernabeu.

THE MATCHUP: "Watch out for those Trees!"

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Hipster Brian Clough is all over thisTORONTO VS. PORTLAND
 
BMO FIELD - WEDNESDAY 7:30PM ET
TV: TSN
 
THE KICKABOUT:
Usually when a club gets an unexpected few days off they are fresh, rested and have a full squad.

Spain seek a third fiesta in Kiev

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UEFA EURO 2012 FINAL: ITALY v SPAIN
Olympic Stadium Kiev, 19:45 BST

Stopping Pirlo the great dictator must be at the back of Spanish minds on the eve of the Euro 2012 final.

While the world champions appear to follow the Brian Clough maxim 'let them worry about us', their sub-par first half against Portugal when their Iberian neighbours upset their rhythm must have given them pause for thought.

Bournemouth owner’s wife delivered the halftime team talk

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Trailing MK Dons 1-0 at halftime, Bournemouth needed a kick in the pants to spur them on to victory in the second half. Usually, it's the manager who delivers a stirring team talk to achieve this, but in the Bournemouth dressing room on Saturday, it was the owner's wife who took it upon herself to address the team.

Why Forest REALLY lost at Leicester last Week

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Reports are reaching us that Nottingham Forest Head Coach (Driver) has landed himself in deep water. It seems that Steve Cotterill sought to emulate the late, great Brian Clough by driving the team coach to the FA Cup 3rd Round Replay at Leicester last week [...]