Wednesday, September 22

Farewell Then, Brian Clout

Oh my. While I've been busy dying others really have died, chief among them Brian Clough - or as he was renamed by some after he took to whacking boisterous supporters, Brian Clout. (If I remember rightly, it was the title of a collage track put out in the late 80s by Adrian Sherwood that sampled the great man's inimitable voice.)

For my friends across the ponds wondering Who the Fuck? old Cloughie was our equivalent of, say, Tommy LaSorda. A permanent enfant terrible of a manager. Outspoken? Tick the box! The link above has a few of his choice moments, while here, here and here is a hat-trick of obits by three renowned football writers, Brian Glanville, David Lacey and Martin Samuel.

But let's not forget the dark side. He almost certainly took a drink (ie a bung) out of some transfer dealings; he made some awful, misguided and just plain wrong assertions concerning the Hillsborough disaster of 1989; and some of his other loudmouth opinions were either sexist or xenophobic bullshit.

And yet, and yet ... He is the guy who really fucked with the heads of the Luddite scum - that cuntingly annoying and annoyingly succesful Leeds United team of the early 70s.

Plus, as a clincher, he was awfully fond of a sherry, so he makes it into my private universe, my private pantheon, an honorary Boat Drink member.

Not, of course, that he would have given a flying fuck what I thought about him.

PS: I must slip in Danny Baker's remark about the Clout's son, Nigel: "He breaks the first rule of being a professional footballer: you're supposed to be able to run faster than us punters can."

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posted by DD @ 13:49 

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