Cloughie’s Pools days to play out on radio show

Brian Clough enters Pools in October 1965 for the first time after leaving Sunderland
Hartlepool United FC. Picture from Goffy Media.
Brian Clough enters Pools in October 1965 for the first time after leaving Sunderland Hartlepool United FC. Picture from Goffy Media.
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The Hartlepool roots of Brian Clough’s managerial career will be told in a radio special this week.

Listeners will travel back to the summer of 1966 on Saturday as Paul ‘Goffy’ Gough takes his audience on the journey taken by Middlesbrough-born Cloughie and former teammate Peter Taylor as they began to assemble their side at the then known Hartlepools United.

Pools 67-68 promotion heroes Mick Somers, John Sheridan, the side's captain, and John McGovern.

Pools 67-68 promotion heroes Mick Somers, John Sheridan, the side's captain, and John McGovern.

The life-long club supporter and broadcaster looks back at the time the pair recruited players, some of whom would go on to follow Clough and Taylor to Derby County.

Paul travels across the UK to reunite the players from Clough’s first squad at Pools, and finds out why that summer, which also saw England lift the World Cup, was pivotal in the history of the side.

Pools surviving legends John McGovern, John Sheridan, Mick Somers, Cliff Wright, Ken Simpkins, Peter Blowman, Bob McLeod and others take listeners back to those first steps in football management.

Hartlepool-born TV host Jeff Stelling also speaks about his days of standing behind the goal as Clough and Taylor ruled.

It has been a wonderful uplifting journey travelling across the UK to meet the Pools heroes that made history for our town in the 67/68 season - but it soon became obvious that the summer of 66’ really were it was all instigated.

Paul Gough

Despite the pair leaving to take control of Derby County in 1967, most of the squad they shaped would make history by winning promotion in the following season and despite being strapped for cash - and having to beg, steal or borrow to stay afloat.

BBC Tees presenter Paul said: “It has been a wonderful uplifting journey travelling across the UK to meet the Pools heroes that made history for our town in the 67/68 season - but it soon became obvious that the summer of 66’ really were it was all instigated.

“The other notable thing when meeting the surviving squad was how they had all remained in contact and the bond between them all is still huge.

“They were a right old mix, some journeymen, last hopers, and many discarded by other clubs and given one last chance to prove what they could do.
“Clough and Taylor’s first job was to get out into the local schools and start to encourage local home-grown talent.

John McGovern, born in Scotland but raised on the Central Estate in town, became the youngest ever Pools player at just 16.

McGovern said: “When Cloughie arrived from Sunderland to the Vic and appointed Peter Taylor in October 1965 they knew the club was skint - we had regular battles to get some training kit when they threw what seemed like rags on the dressing room table, it was a mad scramble to get anything half decent.

“They got involved with the local schools, attended loads of games and very quickly linked themselves to the local town and County sides, offering the players a clear route to their youth team, and one - to one coaching, it was irresistible.
“They would spend endless days with town youngsters trying to fast - track them to the first team.”

Cloughie’s Summer of 66’ will air on BBC Tees from noon on Saturday on 95FM, online or on Freeview channel 722.