As you can see I am a Forest fan.   I saw my first match at the City Ground in 1964 and I stood in the 'Trent End' crush for the highest ever attendance against Manchester United on 28th October 1967, when 49,946 fans packed into the ground.

Forest badge The greatest period in the club's history was of course the Brian Clough era and there were many memorable matches.   The European Cup nights during 1978, 1979 and 1980 were the highlights.

In 1978 Forest and Liverpool were two of the best teams in Europe.   Liverpool were the European champions and Forest were the English league champions.

Liverpool were seeded for the 1978/79 European Cup competition and Forest making their European Cup debut were not.   Inevitably the two English teams were drawn against each other in the first round.

In two thrilling matches, Forest won the first leg at Nottingham 2-0 and survived a Liverpool onslaught at Anfield to draw the away leg 0-0.

In the semi-final the reds were drawn against crack German outfit FC Cologne.   In the first leg at home Forest found themselves 2-0 down after only twenty minutes against the impressive Germans.   However with the crowd roaring them on Forest scored three times to take the lead only to be pulled back by a late Cologne equaliser. 3-3 Phew!

City Ground, Nottingham
Without doubt Cologne were one of Europe's top sides and many pundits thought that it was the end of the line for Forest as they faced the return match in Germany.   Brian Clough however was sure that the 'reds' could still reach the final and, on another glorious European night, Forest put paid to the German champions with a 1-0 victory.


1979 winners

The final against Malmo was an anticlimax after the earlier rounds.   The Swedes were not in the same class as Liverpool or Cologne and Forest were not unduly troubled in a 1-0 victory.

In the 1979-80 competition the positions of the previous year were reversed as Forest were the European Champions and Liverpool the English league champions.   This time however they were both seeded and therefore avoided each other in the first round.

Surprisingly, Liverpool were knocked out in the first round for the second successive year when they went down 3-0 to Dynamo Tiblisi in Russia.

Forest however cruised fairly easily into the last four, but with Real Madrid, Hamburg and Ajax the other semi-finalists there were going to be no more easy games.    Drawn against Ajax the reds managed a 2-0 victory at home that was enough to survive a 1-0 defeat in Amsterdam to go through on aggregate.

European CupIn the final against Hamburg Forest adopted a defensive approach and played a classic counter attacking game to complete another 1-0 victory.   Forest therefore became only the second English club after Liverpool to retain the trophy.   This was the fourth year in succession that an English club had won the cup, Liverpool having won it in the two years before Forest.   Liverpool went on to win it again in 1981 and Aston Villa completed a remarkable six year English domination of the premier European competition by winning the cup in 1982.



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