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OMG, it’s oyez from OLE (Old Loud ‘Ead)

April 7, 2013
ICE ONE PAUL: Town crier Paul Gough, who's been the official Nuneaton mouthpiece for a quarter of a century, and below, Old Big Ead himself, Brian Clough

ICE ONE PAUL: Town crier Paul Gough, who’s been the official Nuneaton mouthpiece for a quarter of a century, and below, Old Big Ead himself, Brian Clough

HE was possibly the most quoted football manager in British history and earned the accolade of OBE, often referred to as Old Big ‘Ead.

The quips tripped off the tongue of Nottingham Forest’s European Cup-winning boss Brian Clough, who also won the league title with two different clubs.

Whether it was “I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one,” or “Rome wasn’t built in a day but I wasn’t on that particular job” – he had an answer for everything.

In this day and age you can’t slip on a banana without blurting out a well-used acronym – OMG (Oh My God) or lol (Laugh Out Loud) are constant text, twitter and facebook companions.

And talking of loud – brings me to Nuneaton’s Paul Gough who has been crowned champion of the annual Heart of England Town Crier contest.

The event, staged in Alcester’s Malt Mill Lane gardens, saw him beat off the challenge of 17 other festooned loudmouths.

It was two hours of bell ringing and booming voices before the judges put Paul – seen her enjoying a ’99’ – ahead of Peder Nielsen, from Bromyard, Herefordshire and Ken Knowles, from Lichfield.

For Paul, the town crier in Nuneaton and Bedworth for 25 years, it was oyez from OLE (Old Loud ‘Ead).

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