WHEN FOREST CUT ’EM DOWN TO SIZE
SUCCESS-starved Nottingham Forest fans should get ready for a trip to the cinema – a film about the club’s glory days in the late 70s will be in cinemas nationwide from Tuesday. Jonny Owen’s documentary, I Believe in Miracles, tells the tale of how Brian Clough and Peter Taylor led Forest from the Second Division to the top-flight – and then won it in 1977-78.
Not only that, but they lifted the European Cup in 1979 and 1980, and claimed the League Cup in 1978 and 1979!
The film includes previously unseen footage of games from the time and interviews with all the players. It makes for compelling viewing and is laced with humour.
For example, big defender Larry Lloyd tells the tale of Clough asking him if his family needed anything as he signed him from Coventry. Lloyd said they could do with a washing machine and it duly arrived in no time.
The next day Lloyd was at the club and saying hello to his new team-mates and club staff when one of the laundry ladies stopped him and said: “Are you Larry Lloyd?”
When he replied yes, she said: “You stole our washing machine!”
There’s also footage of Forest’s open-top bus celebrations following their European success.
“I didn’t know there were so many people in Nottingham,” smiled Lloyd.
Frank Clark mentions how Clough told him not to do any exercise on his day off – or he’d fine him. “I didn’t miss a game in two years,” he added.
Winger John Robertson, who set up Trevor Francis’ European Cup final winner against Malmo in 1979 and scored the winner against Hamburg a year later, told The FLP: “Everyone who’s seen the film says it’s brilliant and it’s great that people are talking about what we did 35 years later.
“It was a smashing time and I’m thankful to have been part of the greatest period in the club’s history.”
Forest’s captain in those heady days, John McGovern, hailed the combination of Clough and his right-hand man Taylor.
He said: “They had different abilities – Clough was brilliant at talking to players and the media, Taylor was brilliant at picking and sourcing players. Together they were unbeatable.”
MIRACLE WORKERS: Forest celebrate winning the European Cup in 1979 and, inset, the new film