Brian Clough & Peter Taylor
Peter Taylor (2 July 1928 – 4 October 1990). As a player, Peter Taylor was a goalkeeper but became far more widely known in management. His name will forever be closely associated with that of Brian Clough, with whom he served as assistant manager at various clubs in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Playing twenty years of professional football, he started in the Nottingham Forest reserves, before making his name at Coventry City from 1950 to 1955. He then spent six years as Middlesbrough's first choice 'keeper, making 140 league appearances for the side. He saw out his career with Port Vale in 1961–62.
His first management position was at non-league Burton Albion from 1962 to 1965. Following this he spent nine years as Brian Clough's number two at Hartlepool United, Derby County and Brighton & Hove Albion. From 1974 to 1976 he was Brighton manager, before choosing to team up with Clough again in 1976 at Nottingham Forest where the pair enjoyed a highly successful partnership. Taylor retired in May 1982 before, six months later he took the top job at Derby County, where he remained until his permanent retirement in 1984.
Brian Clough, OBE (21 March 1935 – 20 September 2004) was prolific goalscorer as a player before becoming a highly successful manager.
With Middlesbrough and Sunderland Clough scored 251 league goals from 274 starts. He also won two England caps, both in 1959. Clough retired from playing at the age of 29, after sustaining anterior cruciate ligament damage.
In 1965 Clough took the manager's job at Fourth Division Hartlepools United and appointed Peter Taylor as his assistant, the start of an enduring partnership that would bring them success at numerous clubs over the next two decades. In 1967 the duo moved on to Second Division Derby County. In 1968–69, Derby were promoted as Second Division champions. Three years later, Derby were crowned champions of England for the first time in the club's history. In 1973 they reached the semi-finals of the European Cup. However, by this point Clough's relationship with chairman Sam Longson had deteriorated, and he and Taylor resigned.
This was followed by an eight-month spell in charge of Third Division Brighton & Hove Albion, before Clough (but not Taylor) returned north in the summer of 1974 to become manager of Leeds United. He was sacked after 44 days in the job. Within months he had joined Second Division Nottingham Forest, where he was re-united with Taylor. In 1977 Forest were promoted and the following season won the league title (the first in the club's history), making Clough one of only five managers to have won the English league with two different clubs. Forest also won two consecutive European Cups (in 1979 and 1980) and two League Cups (1978 and 1979) before Taylor retired in 1982. Clough stayed on as Forest manager for another decade and won two more League Cups (1989 and 1990), but could not emulate his earlier successes. Forest were relegated from the Premier League in 1993, after which Clough retired from football.
Brian Clough and Peter Taylor continue to be among the East Midlands’ most loved sporting heroes and are held in the highest regard by football fans across the UK and around the world.
The Clough Taylor People’s Run presents a fantastic opportunity for fans of all clubs to pay their respects and say thank you to two great men.