Preview: European Cup Winners – Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest European cup winners

If you are an old fart like me and you like your football, you’ll love this rags to royalty tale of Nottingham Forest, the unfashionable east midlands club who climbed from lower leagues obscurity to champions of England and then conquered all of Europe, too.

Led by the enigmatic/charismatic (take your pick) Brian Clough, who bought well, took cast offs and mavericks and made canny use of youth to mould a team that retains the distinction of holding the greatest trophies to games ratio in European Cup history (played 20, trophies won 2). It is a feat that is unlikely ever to be equalled.

Relive the amazing journey that saw the likes of Tony Woodcock, Kenny Burns, Larry Lloyd and Trevor Francis, British football’s most expensive player at the time, forewarn the continent of their intent by dumping out holders Liverpool in the first round and embarking on a 24 month unbeaten run that brought the European Cup to the City Ground twice. Crazy days.

European Cup Winners – Nottingham Forest – Friday at 10.45pm on ITV.