Nottingham Forest duo Frank Clark and John McGovern have paid homage to Brian Clough after the club recognised the manager’s contribution with a Lifetime Achievement award.
The announcement was made at Monday night’s 150th anniversary gala dinner and Clark and McGovern, who both played under the legendary manager during Forest’s most successful period, collected the award on behalf of the Clough family.
Clark told Forest Player HD: “A lifetime achievement award – he deserves that for what he did for Nottingham Forest Football Club over a period of 18 years.
“Not just for the great times in the late 70s and early 80s, but the time after that when it was very difficult for a club like Nottingham Forest to compete.
“The money was starting to come into the game and he still kept the team in the top half of the Premier League, and also won two League Cups - a fantastic achievement at the football club.”
McGovern echoed his former team-mate’s sentiments: “Clough was a special man. He brought special talents to the club and used his own special way of preaching a philosophy.
“It’s obviously sad that he’s not with us now but when he left this earth they certainly broke the mould because there’ll never be another one like him – quite unique.”