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Hans: I'll always be<br> thankful to Clough

Posted on 21 September 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Hans Segers says he will always be indebted to the late, great, Brian Clough - the legendary manager who sadly passed away on Monday.

Our goalkeeping coach kicked-off his career in England at Nottingham Forest during Clough's 18-year reign at the City Ground.

Having initially arrived for a trial, Hans went on to play over 60 games for Forest between 1984-1988 before joining the Crazy Gang at Wimbledon.

"He gave me my chance in English football and I'll always remember and be thankful for him for that chance," reflected Hans last night.

"I was released by PSV in Holland and was brought over here on trial with another goalkeeper from Belgium.

"Basically it was me or him and Brian Clough decided to go for me.

"They were amazing days. Some of the training sessions, the way he was with the players - he really was a one-off.

"I will remember him as an extraordinary man and manager. I'd never quite seen anything like him in my life before I went to Forest and I doubt we'll ever see anyone quite like him again."

Clough died in Derby City hospital from stomach cancer at the age of 69.

Before management, he was one of the best strikers in the game with an incredible 251 goals in 274 games and two caps for England.

A knee injury forced him to retire early but his career in management would soon begin at the age of 30 at Hartlepool.

He moved to Derby and won the Division One title in 1972 and after short spells at Leeds and Brighton, to Nottingham Forest in 1975.

He won the title ahain in 1978 and then sucessive European Cups in 1979 and 1980.

He added another four League Cups before stepping down in 1993.