Brian Clough told Princess Diana ‘you’re more beautiful than I ever thought’

Legendary manager Brian Clough once told Princess Diana "you're more beautiful than I ever thought" during the Royal reception at the FA Cup final.

The People's Princess and the future King Charles III addressed both Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur prior to kick-off in 1991, before the National Anthem played out at a packed Wembley Stadium.

And though the east Midlanders fell to a cruel 2-1 defeat after extra-time, with England hero Des Walker turning the ball into his own net, Forest left-back Brian Laws, who was introduced as a late substitute, still recalls fond memories of their most recent FA Cup final appearance.

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"No disrespect to Prince Charles, but that afternoon all the attention was on Diana," Laws told The Mirror. "She was the queen of hearts, probably the most famous woman on the planet.

"When our captain, Stuart Pearce, introduced her to the players, I was last one in the line, standing next to Cloughie. I started laughing, and I couldn't stop, when he told Princess Diana, 'You are more beautiful than I ever thought. I hope we do you proud today.'

"I'm not sure if that breached any Royal protocols or etiquette, but I'm pretty certain Gazza wasn't supposed to kiss her hand. That wasn't the last time Gazza crossed a line on the day!"

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Chopping down Gary Parker in the chest with a brutal studs-up challenge inside the opening 60 seconds, Gascoigne somehow avoided an instant dismissal, or even a booking, from referee Roger Milford. But the Three Lions star was eventually forced off the field following another brutal tackle that also avoided a red card.

Scything down Gary Roberts outside the area with a horror two-footed challenge, Gascoigne once again received just a telling-off from Milford – though, Forest took full advantage from the set-piece as Stuart Pearce smashed the ball into the top left corner.

Clearly hurt from the reckless tackle, Gascoigne tried to carry on but left the pitch on a stretcher shortly after the restart. It was later revealed he had torn his cruciate ligaments. It turned out to be his last game for Spurs as he was ruled out for the entirety of the 1991/92 season, also missing the European Championships.


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