The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By John Lyons

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

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