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Listen: Dean Saunders Tells Brilliant But Heartbreaking Story About Brian Clough

By Conall Cahill
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There is a lot of love out there for Brian Clough. But a lot of sadness, too. In his book, 'Cloughie - Walking on Water', he described how his addiction to alcohol, in his opinion, affected his career in its latter stages and may have contributed greatly to the relegation of Nottingham Forest from the inaugural Premier League.

If I had not been drinking I'm convinced they wouldn't have been relegated, although I don't believe that was the only reason. I started missing things on the field. I used to be able to remember the lot, nothing escaped my attention.

Clough admitted that it wasn't just his decision-making on the sidelines that had been impacted by drink, admitting that it "worried his family".

And now Welsh football legend Dean Saunders has told a story on TalkSport that encapsulates both that love - of Clough's unique personality - and the sadness that surrounded his descent into alcholism.


Saunders tells the story of the time he arrived at ex-footballer Alan Hill's house in order to negotiate the possibility of signing for Clough's Forest.

To put up quotes from the piece would be to do injustice to both the story and Saunders' skill in telling it. All we'll say is that it features Clough alternately sitting inches from the wall and staring at it while refusing to address Saunders' agent, and proceeding to crawl towards Saunders on his hands and knees.

You can listen to Saunders' tale, which has host Colin Murray in stitches laughing, below.


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SEE ALSO: Watch: Only Muhammad Ali Can Call Out Brian Clough And Make Him Laugh

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