Nottingham Forest – European Cup Winners 1980

My goodness me. If you thought that 1979’s victory over Malmo was a fluke then Forest only went and won it again. Just to prove that it wasn’t.

This time it was German side Hamburg, boasting a plethora of talent – Kevin Keegan, Horst Hrubesch, Manfred Kaltz and Felix Magath amongst others. And, let’s not be coy, this was the club that would defeat Juventus in the 1982-83 final. So they had some pedigree.

In winning for the second time, Forest became the only team to have won the European Cup more times than they have won their national championship – some feat I can assure you.

In the final, played at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, John Robertson opened the scoring on 20 minutes as he sashayed in from the left wing to steer a right footed shot past Rudolf Kargus in the Hamburg goal and in off the post.

With Peter Shilton playing a blinder in goal for Forest, Robertson’s goal proved decisive and Forest had made history.


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