Monday, February 27, 2012

English Leagues the 80s: Tottenham Nottingham Forest Division One 1982 1983

25 September 1982
White Heart Lane,
London

Attendance 30,662

The discontent beetween Peter Taylor and Brian Clough had taken its toll and Peter had had enough. Nottingham Forest tried to persuade him to stay, but Peter was adamant and sadly the private dislike between  the  old   partners   now  became public   knowledge, especially when he became manager at the Baseball Ground. In the meantime, Clough seemed happy with his new partnerless role and actually righted many wrongs in the transfer market by bringing in experienced talent such as Colin Todd from Birmingham City and full back Kenny Swain from Aston Villa. Both I had major European experience should the I new look Forest need it. In the new season, that began to look like Peter Taylor, a vital factor in the club's a renewed possibility. For despite a stuttering phenomenal success, left the club after start, a  fantastically productive run from falling oat with Brian Clough. October to Christmas shot the club from a humble 13th slot to second place behind Liverpool, once again runaway leaders. But this was to be a roller coaster season, as an awful run from January to early spring saw Forest dtop once more to tenth. Then just as the post mortem was about to dismiss the team as a 'load of losers' they bounced, back again with a nine-match unbeaten run which contained seven victories. 

 The Reds had finished in fifth place and as such had gained a UEFA Cup place for the following season. The potential glory nights had returned much sooner than a lot of people expected. Sadly that mid-season dip in form proved much more costly than a few dropped points in the league campaign. First of all, in the third round of the FA Cup, traditionally in January, Clough had to take the Reds to the Baseball Ground to face Peter Taylor's Derby. It was true tabloid material, which was only heightened by the outcome. Derby won 2-0 and Clough complained publically that it was Willie Young's fault and claimed he was in cahoots with Taylor. The Forest manager was so incensed that he refused to let the case drop and eventually he offloaded Young in the summer. What had also been a promising League Cup campaign also ground to a halt in January. West Bromwich Albion had been beaten 7-4 on aggregate, when the Reds were drawn against Watford in the next round. The Hornets were regular opponents in the competition, having knocked Forest out of the Cup two years earlier. This year, however, the Garibaldis were in devastating form, with Ian Bowyer and Garry Birtles returning to the City Ground. Despite conceding an early goal, Forest went straight onto the offensive. Watford played their part in a goal deluge, but after Young equalized, both Proctor and Birtles weighed in with a brace each, supported by one each from Bowyer and Wallace. Ten goals altogether, but it could easily have been double. A more credible 2-0 victory over Brentford raised hopes of renewed success, but in the next round, again in 'black January', a trip to Old Trafford resulted in a 4-0 win for Manchester United and everyone was brought back down to earth. However, although the 1982-83 season finished trophyless, there had been signs of a recovery and Forest were hungry for renewed success.

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