Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Remember Clough, So Let Taylor's Legacy Live on as Well

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Remember Clough, So Let Taylor's Legacy Live on as Well

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BRIAN CLOUGH and Peter Taylor are arguably Britain's greatest ever managerial partnership.

Clough's fame rightly shows no sign of diminishing, but his former Boro team-mate Taylor's achievements have been widely overlooked since his untimely death in 1990.

However, his daughter Wendy and son Phil have been working hard to ensure their father's legacy receives its rightful recognition.

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Gazette sports editor PHILIP TALLENTIRE spoke to the pair to find out how their efforts are progressing and examines Taylor's Middlesbrough legacy.

THIRTY years ago the names Brian Clough and Peter Taylor were synonymous with success.

In February 1980 Nottingham Forest, the unfashionable club the duo guided out of Division Two, beat Barcelona over two legs to lift the European Super Cup and were just weeks away from retaining the European Cup.

In those days there was no doubt who deserved or received the credit for such an amazing feat.

That was Clough and Taylor, a household name of the era to rival Morecambe and Wise or the Two Ronnies.

It was a phenomenal partnership that, in addition to the aforementioned European titles, could boast league titles with both Derby (1971/72) and Forest (1977/78) and two League Cups (1978 and 1979) when it ended in 1982.

While Clough hogged the headlines due to his undoubted gift of the gab, Taylor was also a nationally recognised figure and a regular on TV.

For a number of reasons, that's not the case today.

Clough's fame has, if anything, increased since his death in September 2004. Taylor and his achievements have, however, have slipped out of the national consciousness.

Taylor's son, Phil, and daughter, Wendy Dickinson, have been working hard to make sure their father's legacy is not forgotten.

They've already enjoyed one success. A new statue of Clough and Taylor is to be built outside Pride Park, home of Derby County.

And a new book will tell the Peter Taylor story from his perspective when it's published later this year.

Explaining the motivation for raising their father's profile, Wendy said: "Dad died 20 years ago and we've wanted to write about him for a long, long time.

"That's because we feel, particularly in the 20 years since he died, his contribution to what is the best partnership in British football seems to have been written out of the history books.

"I'm not blaming anyone for that, it certainly isn't Brian's fault, Brian's a huge figure, but these things happen, people die and people start forgetting your name. We're not in any way looking to knock Brian, he's an iconic figure "I'm just getting tired of hearing all the things they did together just being credited to one person. I think Brian would be the first to agree with that. They achieved a lot but there were two men there and Dad was one of them so we think it's time that we tried to tell his story. …

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