League Cup Final of the Day: Nottingham Forest vs Oldham Athletic, 1990
Manchester City play Liverpool in the League Cup final at Wembley this afternoon, and the last of our series of League Cup finals from the past takes us back to the start of the 1990s and the end of an era that marked the most successful period the history of its winners. Nottingham Forest were in thirteenth place in the Second Division when Brian Clough arrived at The City Ground in January 1975. Having brought in Peter Taylor as his assistant from Brighton the following year, Clough took Forest into the First Division in 1977 and then to the First Division title in 1978 and on to be the champions of Europe in 1979 and 1980.
Over the course of the following decade, Clough’s team broke up and Taylor retired before returning at Derby County and causing a rift that would remain between the two until Taylor’s death in 1990. Towards the end of the 1980s, however, the club’s fortunes started to rise again and they won the League Cup in 1989. The following year they returned to Wembley to play the surprise team of the season, Oldham Athletic, who had also reached the semi-finals of that season’s FA Cup. A crowd of over 74,000 people turned out on the last Sunday of April for the final. This would turn out to be Brian Clough’s last major trophy.
The following year Forest would reach the FA Cup final again, but the one trophy that always managed to elude Clough’s grasp would go to London instead when Tottenham Hotspur beat them after extra time thanks to an own goal from Des Walker. Clough retired in 1993, after Nottingham Forest were relegated at the end of the first season of the Premier League. Commentary for this match comes from Brian Moore.
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