Players - Nigel Clough

Nigel Clough
Birthdate: 19 March 1966
Birthplace: Sunderland, England
Other clubs: Nottingham Forest (1984-93), Manchester City (1996-98), Nottingham Forest (loan 2 / 1996-97), Sheffield Wednesday (loan 1997), Burton Albion (1998-2008)
Bought from: Nottingham Forest
Signed for LFC: £2.28m, 08.06.1993
International debut: 23.05.1989 vs. Chile
International caps: 14/0 (3/0 at LFC) - 19.06.1993
Liverpool debut: 14.08.1993
Last appearance: 09.12.1995
Debut goal: 14.08.1993
Last goal: 05.10.1994
Contract expiry: 24.01.1996
Win ratio: 43.18% W:19 D:11 L:14
Games/goals ratio: 4.89
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 21 / 3
League games / goals / assists: 39 / 7 / 3
Total games / goals / assists: 44 / 9 / 4

Player Profile

Clough was a true stalwart at Nottingham Forest under his father's management, the legendary Brian. Nigel made 400 appearances and scored 130 goals in his first spell at the club 1984-1993. As Forest were relegated and his father resigned Nigel moved to Liverpool in 1993. He made one of the best debuts in Liverpool's history, scoring two goals on the opening day of the season against Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield. Despite his performance the Times was not so convinced by Liverpool's new number seven: "Clough has neither the pace or purposefulness of Keegan nor the presence of Dalglish, Liverpool's most revered former No 7s, but an intuitiveness which has rarely been fully exploited by club or country. After a season battling in vain to save his father's job at Nottingham Forest, Clough already seems reinvigorated. His two goals on Saturday were celebrated by a man who appeared content with his new responsibilities. It remains to be seen, however, whether Souness will get the best out of him." Clough added two more goals in August as Liverpool won four out of their opening five Premier League games and went top. Things went pear-shaped after that for Souness' Liverpool and the Scotsman was sacked mid-season with Roy Evans coming in. Clough had struggled to make an impact with subdued performances, on occasion shining like against Manchester United when he was instrumental in turning a 3-0 loss into a 3-3 draw with two great goals. Clough wasn't the type of striker whom you depended on for goals and the presence of the legendary Ian Rush and the up-and-coming Robbie Fowler should have suited him perfectly, playing behind and feeding them with passes. However, Clough only made ten starts in two years under Roy Evans and halfway through the 1995/96 season he was offloaded to Manchester City. He settled for a £1,500-a-week reduction in salary to give himself the chance of Premiership football. City boss Alan Ball was impressed: "The lad has been very sensible. He's come down and it's extremely admirable of him to do that. It shows he is prepared to sacrifice something to play first-team football, which is marvellous."

Clough played in all of City's remaining Premier League matches in the 1995/96 season but City were relegated and injury meant that he lost his place in the team at the start of the following season. He was sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest, where he added 13 games and one goal to his Forest total, but his old club didn't want his services once his loan period expired. He was loaned to Sheffield Wednesday in September 1997 where he featured in one Premier League game as well as once in the League Cup during his four-week loan. Clough returned to City who were relegated to Football League 2 at the end of the 1997/98 season. Cough hadn't featured at all for City during that campaign and he was paid the remaining nine months of his contract and given a free transfer, effectively ending his League career at the age of 32. In October 1998 Clough accepted the post of player-manager at Burton Albion, then in the Premier Division of the Southern League. Burton moved into the Northern Premier League and, as champions of that division in 2002, were promoted to the Conference. Seven years later they won the Conference title and so became a Football League club for the first time. However, by the time promotion had been achieved, Clough had replaced Paul Jewell as the manager of Derby County. His arrival brought improvement in results and the club was able to stave off the threat of relegation. After finishing in fourteenth place in 2009/10, Derby rose to fourth position in the Championship table in November 2010, but the team had an alarming slump in form and eventually finished in nineteenth place with 49 points, seven points clear of danger. There were no similar fears about relegation in 2011/12 because County won their opening four matches in the Championship and by the end of September had moved into second place in the table. But during this period there were strong rumours that Clough, linked with a move back to Burton Albion in the summer, would leave Derby and move to another of his former employers, Nottingham Forest. But these rumours were quashed when Nigel signed a new three-year deal with the Pride Park club that would take him up to 2015. Derby's form dipped soon after the manager had signed this new contract and they slipped out of the play-off places, eventually finishing the season in twelfth position.

Clough was dismissed as Derby County manager on 28 September 2013 but less than a month later was appointed to replace David Weir as the manager of Sheffield United, leading them clear of the relegation places to the brink of the play offs as well as the semi final of the FA Cup. In 2014-15 he guided his side to the semi finals of the League Cup but a failure to gain promotion cost him his job and he left by mutual consent at the end of the season.

Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 39 2 3 0 0 44
1993-1994 27 2 2 0 0 31
1994-1995 10 0 1 0 0 11
1995-1996 2 0 0 0 0 2
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
3 Norwich City
3 Blackburn Rovers
3 West Ham United
3 Tottenham
2 Southampton
2 Wimbledon
2 Oldham Athletic
2 Manchester City
2 Fulham
2 Sheffield Wednesday
2 Coventry City
2 Newcastle United
2 Bristol City
1 Sheffield United
1 Aston Villa
1 Ipswich Town
1 Manchester United
1 Leeds United
1 Chelsea
1 Everton
1 Bolton Wanderers
1 Leicester City
1 Burnley
1 Arsenal
1 Crystal Palace
1 Swindon Town
Total Started/substitutions
34 Started
35 On the bench
10 Substitute
4 Substituted
Total Competition
39 Premier League
3 League Cup
2 FA Cup
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 7 0 2 0 0 9
1993-1994 7 0 1 0 0 8
1994-1995 0 0 1 0 0 1
1995-1996 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Started/substitutions
9 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
7 Premier League
2 League Cup
Total Goal minute period
2 16-30 minutes
4 31-45 minutes
4 46-60 minutes
2 61-75 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
9 Open play
Assists per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 3 0 1 0 0 4
1993-1994 3 0 1 0 0 4
1994-1995 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995-1996 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's assists
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 14.08.1993 Sheffield Wednesday Anfield League
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 39 14.08.1993 Sheffield Wednesday Anfield League
Related Articles
Clough hits two on debut

Match report from British Soccer Week on 14.08.1993.

Clough on his way out - 1995/96
Clough on his way out - 1995/96
Dream debut for a Forest old boy - LFC match programme 1993
Dream debut for a Forest old boy - LFC match programme 1993
Duelling giants - Nigel Clough vs. Kenny Dalglish - 1989
Duelling giants - Nigel Clough vs. Kenny Dalglish - 1989
I want Liverpool to win another trophy
I want Liverpool to win another trophy
LFC Magazine interview from 1995/96
LFC Magazine interview from 1995/96
Magic match
Magic match
Nigel Clough on the cover of Shoot! 20 February 1993
Nigel Clough on the cover of Shoot! 20 February 1993
Nigel surprised no one
Nigel surprised no one
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Nottingham Forest 1984-1985 England First Division 9 1 9 1
Nottingham Forest 1985-1986 England First Division 39 15 45 18
Nottingham Forest 1986-1987 England First Division 42 14 49 16
Nottingham Forest 1987-1988 England First Division 34 19 40 22
Nottingham Forest 1988-1989 England First Division 36 14 51 22
Nottingham Forest 1989-1990 England First Division 38 9 51 12
Nottingham Forest 1990-1991 England First Division 37 14 53 20
Nottingham Forest 1991-1992 England First Division 34 5 48 8
Nottingham Forest 1992-1993 England Premier League 42 10 51 12
Manchester City 1995-1996 England Premier League 15 2 18 3
Manchester City 1996-1997 England First Division 23 2 26 2
Nottingham Forest 1996-1997 England Premier League 13 1 13 1
Sheffield Wednesday 1997-1998 England Premier League 1 0 2 0
Burton Albion 1998-2008 Non league 227 16 227 16
Total 590 122 683 153