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I do not talk to cheating bastards

Considered to be one of the greatest managers in English footballing history, Brian Clough was also a great player and advocate of socialist causes.

The sixth of nine children, Brian was born in Middlesbrough to a football mad-mum, and a father who had fought in the First World War.

Clough went on to play for his local side, scoring 204 goals in 222 appearances. He was unlucky with injuries and was forced to retire, bringing him into the management roles that would define his career – he would become one of only four English football managers to win the top division with two different team

A charismatic authoritarian in the dressing room, Clough sometimes employed strongarm tactics – literally – once asking a player “Have you ever been punched in the stomach, young man?”, before putting action to words.

On another occasion, when opposing fans stormed the pitch after being defeated by Clough’s team – he took matters into his own hands and fought several of them personally. For this he was fined £5000 and banned from the touchline for the rest of the 1988/89 season.

Clough’s greatest achievements would come when he was appointed manager of Nottingham Forest, a second-division team, in 1976. His team won promotion the following year, before winning the European Cup in 1979 and 1980. This with a team who had not won any silverware since 1959.

Always a heavy drinker, Clough’s lifestyle eventually caught up with him. He had a liver transplant in 2003, but lost his fight with stomach cancer in 2004. He’s remembered by many as the greatest football manager England never had.