A ROW has erupted over a collection for a North-East football legend.

Nearly £5,000 was raised last month, after fans were asked to contribute to the collection for former manager Brian Clough at Middlesbrough's home game against Blackburn Rovers.

However, Middlesbrough councillor Ken Hall has made a complaint to the local authority, claiming the collection was not licensed.

He said he believed the licence was necessary because Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium was on public land.

Councillor Hall, a Boro fan, also claims that uniformed council wardens helped to collect the money.

However, Councillor Barry Coppinger, in charge of community safety, said the collection took place on private land so did not require a licence.

He applauded the fundraising effort and claimed Councillor Hall's complaints were unfounded.

Mr Clough died last September, aged 69.

The Middlesbrough-born legend played for both Boro and Sunderland before injury cut short his career.

Fans are hoping to raise about £40,000 to build a statue at the Riverside Stadium in honour of Clough, who played at and managed the club.