Programme notes for Nottingham Forest.
The Last Great Football Romance.
I know Blackburn Rovers won the Premiership in 1995 with the backing of Jack Walker's millions but for me the last great romance in the English game was when Brian Clough won the top league twice in the 1970's, first with Derby County and then repeating the feat in 1978 with today's opponents Nottingham Forest.
He then went on to win two European Cups for Forest, 4 league Cups, 2 Full Members Cups (remember those?), 1 FA Charity Shield and 1 UEFA Super Cup.
The teams that Brian Clough built during his 18 years in charge have gone into legend; when he arrived at the club, except for 2 FA Cups (1898 and 1959), they had had a relatively undistinguished history and they were languishing in the lower reaches of the 2nd tier of English football. It is feats like this, "the last great romance", which continues to motivate and encourage supporter's groups like Wednesdayite. It encourages supporters to dream the impossible and to continue to want to reach for the stars, even when near the bottom and faced with adversity.
Mr Clough with his success at Forest, left a legacy of hope and a belief in the true romance of football. It is a legacy which many fans still cling onto today where big business and financial clout dominate. And what a character Brian Clough was but that's another story!
A special player for both: a player who has achieved legendary status at both Clubs is of course the wonderful defender and ex-international Des Walker. "You'll never beat Des Walker" was a common chant on the terraces in the late 1980's and 90's. This was not an exaggeration either; he possessed electric pace, exceptional reading of the game and at one time, if his performances in the 1990 World Cup are anything to go by, he was arguably the best defender in the world.
A special rivalry: Who can forget the titanic battles on the pitch between David Hirst and Stuart Pearce, or "Psycho" as he was affectionately called by his own fans. They were both fantastic players; strong, quick and powerful with an indomitable spirit and desire to win. It was always exciting to watch the two go head to head. Although they would often leave the pitch bloodied and bruised after their tussles, the respect that they had for one another was always transparent and the challenges and tackles were always fair.
Upcoming away Coach trip to Watford.
Date: 14th December 2013
Members: Adult £22. Juniors £20 Non - Members: Adult £24. Juniors £22
Visit wednesday.com/coach to make a booking online and for further information.
The Wednesdayite Board would welcome help in running some of their activities. If you would like to become a volunteer or apply to be a Director on the Wednesdayite Board, please speak to a Director at the Wednesday car park or in the Wednesdayite Lounge.
Enjoy the game,
Up the Owls.