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There's A Documentary On Brian Clough's Most Glorious Years On TV This Week

There's A Documentary On Brian Clough's Most Glorious Years On TV This Week
By Paul Moore

Before the entire football world shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, a particular segment on Monday Night Football piqued the interest of fans.

During a recent discussion, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher were trying to answer a vague and completely hypothetical question, who is the greatest English club side of all time?

We won't bore you with all the details and selection criterion that was used, but the Sky Sports pundits decided that Bob Paisley's Liverpool team (1975-78) were the best English team to ever play the game.

The Manchester United team that Sir Alex Ferguson assembled to win the 2008 Champions League finished in second - that team also reached the 2009 final in the period from 2006-2009 - while the Liverpool teams of 1981-1984 (Paisley and Fagan) finished third in this ranking.

Granted, they're all remarkable teams but none of those managers walked on the River Trent for 18 years.

Yes, as Brian Clough said: "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one" and Cloughie is the main focus of When English Football Ruled Europe, a documentary that ITV are showing week.

The two-part documentary series examines the years between 1977 and 1984 when three English football clubs – Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa – lifted the European Cup seven times.


The first of two programmes looks at Liverpool's back-to-back European Cup triumphs in 1977 and 1978, and Nottingham Forest emulating the feat the following two years.

Part two covers the break-up of Brian Clough’s hugely successful Nottingham Forest, the re-emergence of Liverpool – who lifted their third and fourth European Cups in 1981 and 1984 – and the incredible story of Aston Villa, who upset all the odds to claim their one and only win in 1982.

The documentary originally aired two years ago but if you missed it then, it's bound to interest anyone that's looking for some football to watch on their TV.


Take a look at what's in store.

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