Match Of The Week – Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Thirty years ago this year, Nottingham Forest were in the middle of the greatest period in their history. Brian Clough had arrived at The City Ground in January 1975 with Peter Taylor joining him at the club eighteen months later. By 1978 they were the champions of England, and within a year they were the champions of Europe. Clough remains the only English manager to have won and successfully defended the European Cup or Champions League. As Clough arrived in Nottingham, Queens Park Rangers were set to embark on their greatest season, missing out on the championship themselves by just one point to Liverpool in 1976. As Nottingham celebrated its first European triumph three years later, though Rangers were slipping quietly out of the First Division. Since those heady days, both clubs have had their moments in the sun again. Forest won the League Cup in 1989 and 1990, while Rangers were regulars in the middle of the Premier League until their relegation in 1996. Since, then, though, both clubs have also suffered their own financial traumas. Forest were of the clubs the most seriously affected by the collapse of ITV Digital in 2002, while many of the stories emanating from Loftus Road during the first part of this decade might have come straight from the script of a Guy Ritchie movie. Both clubs are now comparatively stable, though...

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