Controversial, outspoken and a football genius, Brian Clough is often described as the best manager England never had. After setting a superb goalscoring record at Middlesbrough and Sunderland, a devastating injury in icy conditions effectively ended his playing career. But a new chapter in the Clough story was about to unfold. With an unmatched ability to motivate players, the master manager transformed two unfashionable clubs and made them world class, playing stylish football and with a respect for authority. Not only did he guide Derby County and Nottingham Forest to the pinnacle of the domestic game, he also went on to lead the Reds to two successive European Cups. Such success from lowly beginnings is unlikely to be seen again. But the long journey from Middlesbrough marksman to European glory was far from smooth, with a rocky forty-four days at Leeds along the way.
Using archive reports and analysis, Brian Clough Fifty Defining Fixtures takes a unique look at some of the key matches that tell the story of the most charismatic figure the game has ever known.
Marcus Alton is a BBC radio journalist and has worked for the corporation for more than a quarter of a century. He began his career as a sports and news reporter on the Newark Advertiser newspaper, where he was named Midlands Sports Reporter of the Year. Marcus met Brian Clough a number of times, both as a journalist and a fan, and conducted several interviews with him. In 2005 he was part of the BBC team that won silver in the Frank Gillard Awards for its reporting of the death of Brian Clough and his memorial service.