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The European Cup Team 1979

The team for the 1979 European Cup Final: Peter Shilton, Viv Anderson, Frank Clark, John McGovern, Larry Lloyd, Kenny Burns, Trevor Francis, Ian Bowyer, Garry Birtles, Tony Woodcock, John Robertson

Other players involved in cup matches before the final: Colin Barrett, Archie Gemmill, Gary Mills, John O'Hare, David Needham, Martin O'Neill
 

Peter Shilton

The veteran goalkeeper signed for Forest from Stoke in 1977 and his safe hands ensured Forest's two European Cup victories.
Peter Shilton made 202 appearances for the Reds until his departure in 1981 and was still regarded as the best keeper in England in 1990 when he donned the No.1 jersey for England in the World Cup at the age of 41.
One of the game's all-time great goalkeepers, he went on to top 1,000 League appearances in a glittering career with a number of clubs - as well as England. It was with Forest that he enjoyed the greatest club success, being the last line of defence in the 1978 Championship-winning side and, of course, the European exploits that followed. He would have won many more England caps but for having to share the role with Liverpool's Ray Clemence for so long.
He was awarded the MBE in 1986 and later the CBE. He went into management at Plymouth in 1992 until 1995 and finished his playing career at Leyton Orient in 1997.
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Viv Anderson

Nottingham born Anderson was the first black player to represent England in 1978.  He signed as an apprentice for Nottingham Forest in August 1974. He was a highly-talented full back in the side that won the European Cup in 1979 and 1980. There were few more exciting sights than Anderson in full flight as an attacking force but he allied that with a sound defensive game and excellent heading ability.
Eventually he became Alex Ferguson's first signing at Manchester United, before a series of injuries led to a free transfer to Sheffield Wednesday, where he finished his playing career. He appeared in almost 600 League games during his career. 
Viv briefly managed Barnsley, but his managerial career has mostly been as Bryan Robson's no 2 at Boro until leaving in 2001. 
Truly one of the all-time great Forest players - a mere 96% of fans voted him into Forest's All-Time Greatest XI in 1997.
He now works in the sports management and television market.
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Frank Clark

Had a long career with Newcastle United, whom he helped win the old Inter Cities Fairs Cup in 1969, before joining Forest in 1975 following a tip off from a north east journalist. It was thought Clark was past his best but he went on to  play 155 times for Forest, helping them to promotion to the old First Division in 1977 and on to further domestic and European success.  
When his playing days were over he went on to be assistant manager of Sunderland, manager of Orient and then in May, 1993 he took over at The City Ground following Brian Clough's retirement. 
Initially things went exceptionally well winning instant promotion and taking us to third place in the Premiership and into Europe. His second season in charge was arguably the best Forest team for ten years. But then things went horribly wrong, Forest were again relegated and Clark left admitting that he didn't know what to do.
He later went on to manage Manchester City from 1996 to 1998.
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John McGovern

McGovern followed Brian Clough from Derby and then Leeds in 1975. He was the largely unsung skipper of the Forest side that won the First Division title in 1978 and went on to conquer Europe the following two seasons. He was a tireless worker and tackler and was renowned as the player always ready to support a teammate - factors that endeared him to his mentor Brian Clough. Surprisingly for a player of his undoubted pedigree, he never won a Scotland cap. 
He was sold to Bolton in 1982 where he then had a rather unsuccessful spell as manager until 1985. He was also unlucky in his spell at Rotherham with former team-mate Archie Gemmill.
Is now a regular in the press box giving words of football wisdom over the airwaves of Radio Nottingham on matchdays.
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Larry Lloyd

Lloyd started his career with Bristol Rovers and made his name with Shankly's Liverpool in the early 70s and briefly forced his way into the England side, before he lost form and went to Coventry City. He came from there to Forest in 1976. 
Alongside Kenny Burns, Lloyd was a defensive cornerstone of Forest's 1978 Championship-winning side as well as the European Cup successes that followed. Commanding in the air, he was never found lacking with the ball at his feet and his 'safaris' upfield were a feature of his successful spell at The City Ground.
 
He went to Wigan Athletic in 1981as player/manager coach, retiring as a player in March 1983. He managed Notts County from 1993-94 before becoming a publican in Nottingham. 
He was a familiar face around the City Ground in more recent years with Century 106 but is now living in Spain.
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Kenny Burns

The Scottish international became a highly influential figure in Forest's European Cup winning days, when he forged such an impressive central defensive partnership with Larry Lloyd. A one-time striker with Birmingham City, he was switched by Brian Clough and Peter Taylor into a defensive king-pin. 
At one time he was renowned for his 'wild man' image and while maintaining an aggressive nature, he also possessed a shrewd football brain and was always likely to score vital goals. 
He went to Leeds in 1981 and from there had a number of player, player/manager roles finishing at Telford United as assistant manager in 1994. He later joined Forest's corporate department. He became a publican following his retirement
and now does a weekday phone-in on Century 106..
Trevor Francis

Brian Clough created a piece of football history when he signed Trevor Francis from Birmingham and made him the first £1m player in the 1978-1979 season.
At the time Clough was asked if any player could be worth such an extraordinary transfer fee. "Yes, if the player helps you achieve success," Clough answered. "And anyway, if we ever decide to sell him, we'll get more back than we paid out. It's an investment."
And he etched his name indelibly into Nottingham Forest's history when he scored the winning goal against Malmo in Munich in 1979 that brought the European Cup to Nottingham for the first time.
Although only at Forest for little over two years he made a major impact despite suffering a serious Achilles injury. He moved to Manchester City in 1981 and as well as a spell in Italy, he also played for Glasgow Rangers, Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday. He moved into management with QPR before moving to Wednesday in 1991, Birmingham in 1996 and finally Crystal Palace from 2001-2003. He has also spent time working in the media.
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Ian Bowyer

Locally born at Little Sutton 'Bomber' Bowyer signed for Forest as an apprentice in 1968.  Had two spells with Forest, his second as an inspirational captain, and few players can have given the club greater service. He was signed by Dave Mackay and although a striker in his earlier days with Manchester City and Leyton Orient, he was successfully converted into a powerful midfield player. He retained his eye for a goal, however, and was always likely to come up with vital strikes. His playing career lasted 23 years and he amassed 780 appearances and scored 139 goals.
In April 1990 he played in the same side as his son Ian at Hereford United.
He went on to try his hand at management with Hereford in 1987 and various other clubs before becoming coach at Birmingham City. He was brought back by Paul Hart to become coach at Forest.
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Garry Birtles

There is surely no better example of a local lad done good than Garry Birtles. Plucked from local non-league side Long Eaton as a 20-year-old, he cost Brian Clough just £2,000 in 1978.
Just two years later the former carpet fitter from Chilwell had won two European Cup winners' medals and was capped for England. Birtles scored 14 goals in 35 league appear ances in his first season and 12 goals in the following campaign.
But 2 years and 49 goals after he first appeared he went to Old Trafford where he spent two fairly unsuccessful seasons. Clough brought him back and he found his form again, scoring 45 goals in the next 5 seasons before moving across the Trent to Meadow Lane.
Following a couple of free transfers he became assistant manager at Gresley Rovers and then went on to manage them for the 1994-95 season.
Since then he has developed a career in the media with the Evening Post, Century 106 and is now with SKY television.
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Tony Woodcock  

Tony Woodcock started his career at Forest under Allan Brown, though it wasn't until the arrival of Brian Clough that he won a regular place in the side. His darting runs, intelligent input and vital goals played a huge part in gaining promotion and he was an essential first team player by the 1977-78 season.
After seven happy years at the City Ground, he broke the German transfer record in October 1979 when he moved to FC Cologne for £500,000. In just short of three years, Woodcock scored 28 goals in 81 League games as Cologne enjoyed a period of sustained success, though they never quite repeated the highs of their championship year of 1978.
He also won a total of 42 caps for England between 1978 and 1986, scoring 16 goals.
When time came for Woodcock to return to England he chose Terry Neill's Arsenal where, in 131 League matches, he scored 56 goals.
He settled in Germany after his retirement from football, becoming a fully qualified coach and worked there until 1995.
He is now based in London and has a number of business interests which still take him back to Germany. He also works with Viv Anderson in the sports and television market.
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John Robertson

Ask anyone to name his favourite all-time City Ground team and one name will feature in most of them - John Robertson.
The tricky Reds winger will always have a special place in the hearts of supporters for his efforts in winning both Forest's European Cups. He laid on Trevor Francis' goal for the first victory over Malmo in 1979 and scored the winner against Hamburg the following year in Madrid.
And he was the player singled out by Clough - who transformed him from an overweight midfielder into a world-class winger - as the man who made Forest tick.
He joined Forest from Scottish schoolboy football as an orthodox midfield player but was switched with remarkable success to the role of a left winger.
The Scotland international made 374 full appearances for Forest between 1970 and 1982 and returned to the City Ground in 1985 where he made eleven more outings.
He had a spell with Derby County before returning to Forest and when his playing days were over linked up in a managerial partnership with his Forest teammate Martin O'Neill which ended up at Celtic.
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Colin Barrett

Barrett signed from Manchester City in 1976. He could play almost anywhere in midfield or defence, though his best position was at left back. Though he was a very accomplished defender, Barrett will always be remembered for one of his rare goals against Liverpool in the European Cup.  With 2 minutes to go in the first (home) leg, we were 1-0 up and the Liverpool fans were making very confident noises about how they'd easily overcome a one goal deficit at Anfield. Then Barrett won the ball in centre field, released Garry Birtles up the left and hared up field. Birtles crossed, Tony Woodcock nodded it down... and Barrett hammered an unstoppable volley into the top corner. It was a brilliant goal by any standards, and the old Bridgford End erupted against the night sky, accompanied by one of the loudest roars ever heard at any football ground. 
He was sold to Swindon Town in 1980 and has for some time now had a successful painting and decorating business around Southwell.
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Archie Gemmill

The highly-talented and competitive midfielder was capped 43 times by Scotland in a marvellous career. He started his career with St. Mirren but following a move south to Preston he first came to the attention of Brian Clough, who actually slept in Gemmill's house to secure his signature for Derby. 
He won a First Division Championship medal at The Baseball Ground and when he joined Forest in 1977 he went on to win another First Division title medal 12 months later. 
He played 78 games for Forest but missed out on a place in the European Cup final and within 3 months he had gone to Birmingham. He also played for Wigan and went back to Derby. He returned to Forest in 1984 as coach and then as reserve team manager. He became joint manager with John McGovern at Rotherham from 1994 to 1996.
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Gary Mills

Mills signed as an apprentice in 1978 and was, at the time, at 16 years and 203 days, Forest's youngest league player when he made his debut against Arsenal that September. He was also the youngest player to appear in a European Cup final when Trevor Francis' injury gave him a place in midfield against Hamburg at the age of just turned 18. That was his only appearance in the 1979 European Cup Final although he did start in the final of the same cup the following year.
He went on loan to a number of clubs before eventually moving  to Notts County in 1987. He became player/manager for  a number of clubs before becoming coach at Coventry City in the 2002-03 season. Has now returned to Notts County as manager.
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John O'Hare

Along with John McGovern and Archie Gemmill, O'Hare was one of the players Brian Clough immediately turned to when he went to a new club - he was with him at Derby, Leeds and Forest. Although past his prime he did an excellent job of stabilising Forest's attack on his arrival from Leeds shortly after Clough in 1975.
O'Hare was very much a back-up player who often filled in in midfield, but he took part in both European Cup campaigns and never let the team down. 
He was released by Forest in 1981 when he retired as a player. He managed non-league sides before entering the licensing trade in Derby. He is now a Derby car dealer and part-time scout.
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Martin O'Neill

O'Neill signed from Distillery in 1971. He survived the transitional Brian Clough years at Nottingham Forest to emerge as an integral part of the team that provided the club with the greatest years in their history. 
Although he preferred a central role, the Northern Ireland international continually starred as a right-sided midfield player who scored so many vital goals. 
He played in the Quarter-finals and semi-finals of the 1979 European Cup but lost his place to Trevor Francis in the final. He did, however, feature in the final of the same cup the following year. 
He went on to play for Manchester City, Norwich and Notts County and when his playing days were over embarked on a highly-successful managerial career that took him from Grantham, Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich, Leicester to Glasgow Celtic.

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David Needham

David Needham was a Notts County apprentice in 1964 and made 429 League appearances for them before moving briefly to Queens Park Rangers in 1977. He came to Forest in December of that year where he played until he retired from the game in May 1982. He was a strong defender and helped the Reds win the First Division title in 1978 and the League Cup a year later.
He later ran his own business in Leicester.

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