Nottingham Forest’s history makers

ONE OF the grand old names of English football, Nottingham Forest were founded in 1865 and became members of the Football League in 1892, although they were members of the Football Alliance from 1899 to 1892. Forest’s golden age came much later when Brian Clough’s team won the league in 1978 and then lifted the European Cup twice, in 1979 and 1980.

Nottingham Forest 1977-1990
Peter Shilton, Chris Woods, Colin Barrett, Viv Anderson, Kenny Burns, Larry Lloyd, David Needham, Archie Gemmill, Martin O’Neill, John McGovern, John Robertson, Ian Bowyer, Gary Mills, Tony Woodcock, Peter Withe, Trevor Francis, John O’Hare, Garry Birtles.

Manager: Brian Clough

Achievement: Football League champions 1977-78; Football League Cup winners 1977-78, 1978-79; European Cup winners 1978-79, 1979-80.

Key men: Peter Shilton, one of the all-time great goalkeepers. Signed from Stoke in 1977 and was vital in Forest’s glorious run. Excellent shot stopper, great positional sense. Won 125 caps for England; Kenny Burns, converted to defence from forward by Brian Clough, losing his “bad boy” image in the process. FWA and PFA player of the year in 1978; John Robertson, Scottish winger who was transformed by Clough, becoming one of the best creators of goals in Europe. “The Picasso of our game,” said Clough; Trevor Francis, Britain’s first £ 1 million player, signed from Birmingham. Highly-skilled forward who scored the winner in the 1979 European Cup final. Stayed only briefly with Forest, leaving in 1981.

Perception: Wonderful team moulded by Clough and his number two, Peter Taylor. Functional at times, but capable of brilliant and strategic football. Underrated.

Nottingham Forest 1966-67
Peter Grummitt, Peter Hindley, John Winfield, Terry Hennessey, Bobby McKinley, Henry Newton, Alan Hinton, John Barnwell, Joe Baker, Frank Wignall, Ian Storey-Moore, Colin Addison.

Manager: Johnny Carey

Achievement: Football League runners-up 1966-67, FA Cup semi-finalists 1966-67.

Key men: Ian Storey-Moore, elegant forward, skilful and sharp in front of goal. Scored 25 goals in 1966-67 and went on to win one England cap. Joined Manchester United in March 1972 for £ 225,000 but his career was hampered by injuries; Alan Hinton, winger with a fierce shot, capped three times by England. Moved to Derby in 1967; Terry Hennessey, Welsh international defender who was signed from Birmingham in 1965. Versatile player who could line-up in midfield. He captained Forest before moving to Derby in 1970.

Perception: Talented team who went so close to glory in 1966-67.

Nottingham Forest 1958-59
Charlie Thomson, Bill Whare, Joe McDonald, Jeff Whitefoot, Bobby McKinlay, Jack Burkitt, Roy Dwight, Johnny Quigley, Tommy Wilson, Billy Gray, Stewart Imlach.

Manager: Billy Walker

Achievement: FA Cup winners 1958-59

Key men: Tommy Wilson, versatile forward who scored in the 1959 final. Happy to play on the wing or at centre forward, he spent almost a decade with Forest; Stewart Imlach, Scottish international winger, four caps, who was a much travelled player but never forgotten by his hometown, Lossiemouth, who named a street after him.

 Workmanlike team who were no more than a mid-table outfit.

Nottingham Forest 1897-98
Dan Allsop, Archie Ritchie, Adam Scott, Frank Forman, John McPherson, Willie Wragg, Tom McInnes, Charlie Richards, Len Benbow, Arthur Capes, Alf Spouncer.

Manager: Harry Hallam (club secretary)

Achievement: FA Cup winners 1897-98

Key men: Arthur Capes, skilful inside forward who won one England cap and scored twice in Forest’s 3-1 win over Derby in the cup final; Alf Spouncer, capped once by England, a speedy winger who later managed Barcelona.

Perception: One of the first teams to adopt the 2-3-5 formation. Well-drilled side who rode their luck at times.

Europe’s Champions: Juventus 1985

IT SEEMS amazing that it took until 1985 for Juventus to win their first European Cup. They had gone close prior to that,  losing 1-0 in both 1973 (Ajax) and 1983 (Hamburg), but they invariably under-achieved in the competition. Sadly, the achievement was overshadowed by the death of 39 Juventus fans in Brussels, caused by crowd violence involving Liverpool supporters. The match became almost incidental but in the aftermath, English clubs were banned from Europe until 1990.

At home in Italy, Juventus were the team of the 1970s through to the early 80s. After Giovanni Trapattoni was appointed manager in 1976, they won five Serie A titles and two Coppa Italias. Furthermore, they had won the UEFA Cup in 1977 and European Cup-Winners’ Cup in 1984. From 1970, Juventus had won eight league titles versus two for Inter and one for AC Milan.

Juventus were a mature, star-studded team in 1984. Michel Platini, France’s captain, scored 20 goals in 28 games as Juve won the 1983-84 scudetto. Platini had joined the club in 1982 from Saint-Etienne and went on to win the Ballon d’Or in 1983 and 1984. To cap a great year, Platini also captained France to the European Championship, scoring no less than nine goals in five games, including two hat-tricks.

Juventus had won Serie A by a two-point margin in 1984, just edging out reigning champions Roma. They clinched the title on May 6, drawing 1-1 with Avellino in Turin’s Stadio Communale. Paulo Rossi, the hero of Italy’s 1982 World Cup triumph, scored the last of his 13 league goals to give Juve the lead.

Six members of the victorious 1982 Azzurri side came from Juve: Dino Zoff, Gatano Scirea, Claudio Gentile, Antonio Cabrini Marco Tardelli and Rossi. All were part of the team that won the title in 1984, with Libya-born Gentile moving to Fiorentina in the summer of 1984. Trapattoni signed Avellino’s Luciano Favero as Gentile’s replacement. A powerful and versatile player, he slotted in nicely with the other mainstays of the Juve defence, Scirea and Cabrini, but never won a cap for Italy.

The Juve side was largely Italian, the only foreigners were Platini, Zbigniew Boniek (Poland) and Massimo Bonini (San Marino). Coach Trapattoni was an old campaigner when it came to European club competition – he was part of the AC Milan teams that won the European Cup in 1963 and 1969 and he had also coached the Rossoneri to the UEFA Cup in final in 1974.

The 1984-85 Italian domestic season had added spice in that Diego Maradona arrived at Napoli after leaving Barcelona. The expectation was enormous and created great excitement right across Italy. In addition, unfancied Verona went on to win their one and only scudetto. Verona beat Juventus early in the season 2-0 and it was clear that 1984-85 would be a tougher campaign for the champions. By Christmas, Juve were seven points behind Verona and were languishing in seventh place.

Away from the domestic front, Juve were already in the last eight of the European Cup, having beaten Finland’s Ilves (6-1 on aggregate) and Grasshopper Zurich (6-2) in the first two rounds. Liverpool, the holders, had squeezed past Benfica in the second round after easily disposing of Lech Poznań. The rest of the last eight looked quite weak compared to Liverpool and Juve, who had to face Austria Wien and Sparta Prague respectively in the quarter-finals.

In Turin, Juventus easily beat Sparta 3-0 with Tardelli, Rossi and Massimo Briaschi scoring the goals. Although they lost 1-0 in Prague, going down to a late penalty, they were never in danger of going out of the competition. Their opponents in the semi-final were Bordeaux, who were also beaten 3-0 in the first leg (Boniek, Briaschi and Platini scoring). The second meeting was tense and the French side won 2-0 leaving Juventus hanging on for dear life in the closing minutes.

Liverpool got past Austria Wien and Panathinaikos in the quarters and semis, but they had lost their league championship crown to neighbours Everton, who finished 13 points in front of the Reds. For both clubs, winning the European Cup was the only way they were going to return to the competition in 1985-86. Juve’s team of 1985 may not have secured another chance to win it – the average age of the side was almost 29 years.

The events before the game, with fans dying in the Heysel Stadium, should probably have forced an abandonment. It was something of a surprise that the final went ahead, but it has passed into history as the Heysel disaster rather than a game between two of the world’s top football teams.

The game was decided by a penalty in the 56th minute. Boniek was brought down by Gary Gillespie on the edge of the area, some say it was outside the danger zone, but Swiss referee Andre Daina, gave the penalty. Platini beat Bruce Grobbelaar from the spot and then celebrated before realising his mistake.

Juventus were awarded the trophy in the dressing rooms but then went on a lap of honour, which seemed a little inappropriate in the circumstances. For Liverpool manager Joe Fagan, it was a dreadful finale to his career. Earlier in the day he had announced his retirement: “There was a game of football in the end, but I don’t think anyone’s heart was in it. Mine certainly wasn’t. Football is a game, but not any longer to some. It was UEFA’s decision that we should play, not ours. What a sad way for me to end.”

Many Juventus fans urged their players not to play the game, but they celebrated, albeit reservedly, when their experienced team took the European Cup to Turin for the first time. The final proved to be Paulo Rossi’s last game for Juventus as he joined AC Milan after a poor season in which he managed just three Serie A goals. Boniek and Tardelli also left the club, for Roma and Inter respectively. Trapattoni’s next big foreign signing was Denmark’s Michael Laudrup, who helped Juve recapture the title in 1986.

The football year 1985 was a grim one. Heysel came just a few weeks after the fire at Valley Parade and hooliganism had reared its ugly head several times in the 1984-85 season. It was the beginning of the end of football’s old order, accelerated four years later by the Hillsborough disaster. Juventus were European champions, but the dark shadow of 39 dead supporters has always denied them the chance to really celebrate the achievement.



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