THE widow of legendary Derby County manager Brian Clough died after falling over in a hospital car park, an inquest has heard.
Barbara Clough (pictured) had been at the Royal Derby Hospital in July last year, receiving radiotherapy treatment for cancer, when she fell out of the passenger seat of the car.
The inquest heard how the 75-year-old, whose son Nigel was the manager of Burton Albion for a decade, was taken back into the hospital for checks but it was not until four days later her condition started to deteriorate.
She fell unconscious and was rushed back to hospital, where it emerged she had developed bleeding on the brain.
Mrs Clough died five days later in the hospital’s Nightingale Macmillan unit from bronchopneumonia.
After the inquest, Elizabeth Clough said: “Our beautiful mum was a dignified, strong and gentle person.
“Nobody had a negative word to say about her and she is so missed.”
Brian Clough spent six seasons transforming Derby County and took the Rams from Division Two status to League champions in 1971-72.
Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner’s Court heard how Mrs Clough had been ‘alert and interactive’ after her fall on July 11.
It was told how x-rays were taken, her wounds treated and Mrs Clough and her daughter were sent home with advice about head injuries. A CT scan was carried out when Mrs Clough returned to hospital on July 15, which showed she had a subdural haematoma – where blood collects between the skull and the surface of the brain.
This left her susceptible to developing the severe chest infection. She died on July 20.
Assistant coroner Paul McCandless reached a conclusion of accidental death.