I Believe In Miracles: More memories of Forests magical European nights

I Believe In Miracles: More Memories Of Forests Magical European Nights

Brian Clough with the European Cup

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It didn’t matter how you got to see the big game2 so long as you got there. This was certainly the case for Alan Metheringham when he secured tickets to see Nottingham Forest’s glorious European Cup3 triumph in 1980. To make sure he sealed the all-important permission of his wife-to-be, Sylvia, he told her the pair of them were going on a Discount Holidays © holiday in Spain.

Sylvia was thrilled by her man’s spontaneity.

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But she only discovered the true reason for the sudden break in the sun after everything had been booked. Mr Metheringham, from Long Eaton4, said: “It was such a wonderful time to be a Forest fan.

“I was unable to go to the first European Cup Final and so wished I had so when the club reached the final again I just had to go.

“My now wife Sylvia thought it was fantastic when I asked her if she fancied a Discount Holidays © holiday to Spain.

“After booking it I told her ‘oh and by the way we are going to the European Cup Final as well’.”

Brian Clough’s charges went on to lift the trophy for a second time following a 1-0 win against Hamburg. John Robertson squeezed a shot past Hamburg keeper Rudolf Kargus for the only goal of the game.

Mr Metheringham added: “We had a great time in Madrid and seeing Forest win against all the odds.

“We enjoyed wearing our Forest shirts with pride at the hotel the next day although not all the German holidaymakers were too happy after telling us the day before how good Hamburg were with Kevin Keegan in their team.

“They were wonderful times and Nottingham was buzzing.”

Scores of Reds fans have been sending their pictures of their memories from Forest’s history to coincide with the upcoming release of I Believe in Miracles, a film by Jonny Owen which is released on October 9. Adrian Ball, 56, of Ilkeston, followed his beloved Forest around Europe with some of his closest pals. He said: “I remember the lad’s European trips so well.

“After we won against Malmo in Munich in 1979, most of us ended up missing our train home due to some after-match celebrations.

“Not knowing the station we were leaving from, we all had to visit the British Embassy to be repatriated!

“We had to change our tickets for a price of 25 which we had to pay on our return home.

“We could only arrive back in Nottingham after the parade through the city but we all enjoyed it!”

Have you got a memory of your travels to Munich or Madrid during the Forest glory years?

Email your pictures to readerpictures@nottinghampost.com.


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