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Crossley nostalgic ahead of Spurs match

23 September 2014

Former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Mark Crossley says he gets ‘tingles’ whenever he revisits The City Ground.

The 45-year-old, who now works as a goalkeeping coach at Barnsley, made over 300 league appearances for The Reds between the years 1989-2000.

And he admitted to Forest Player that whenever he returns to Trentside memories of playing in front of the home support bring on huge pangs of nostalgia.

Crossley said: “When I first got into the team as a young goalkeeper the fans made it tough for me.

“They let me know they weren’t happy when I was having a difficult time but they stuck by me. They didn’t give up on me. The support I received is something I’ll never forget.

“I still get invited to games as a special guest and when I walk around that pitch I get tingles down the back of the neck. I think that explains what it means to be regarded as a Nottingham Forest legend.

“I can only hope the club has loads of success, for the fans if not for anybody.”

Crossley was speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Capital One Cup third-round clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, a ground where the keeper helped Forest to a famous penalty shoot-out victory in the 1996 FA Cup fifth round.

He has vivid memories of that match, and of his iconic celebrations afterwards.

He said: “About ten minutes before the end of the game I knew it was going to penalties.

“Why I always performed well at White Hart Lane I can’t explain, but I knew we were going to do it. Sometimes as a goalkeeper you do get that feeling and it turned out to be right.

“Afterwards I just ridiculously sprinted up the pitch. I wasn’t known as a very quick runner, but when I watch the footage and I see Des Lyttle trying to catch me…and then there was the ridiculous bellyflop at the end!”

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