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Bowyer on classic Cologne win

25 April 2020

In association with Bulb, we spoke to Ian Bowyer as he looked back on a big European night for Nottingham Forest on this day in 1979...

The Reds travelled to Cologne knowing that they needed a victory to progress to the European Cup final. After the 3-3 draw in the first leg at The City Ground, Brian Clough's side had been written off by many but Bowyer popped up with the crucial goal to ensure a 1-0 win and progress through to the final in Munich.

"Like so many other trips, we went in quite relaxed," Bowyer said. "So many of the pundits, certainly in this country, had written us off after conceding three goals in the first game. But we were quite confident that we could go there and get the result that we needed.

"They were a strong team, full of German internationals and they had a chance in the first 10 minutes. Had they scored that, it could have been different. We eventually came into the game, got our game together and in the second half we managed to get the goal.

"We weren’t surprised that we won, a lot of people were but not us. It was great, the whole city of Nottingham was alive and vibrant and going crazy that we had risen from the dead in the first leg and were in the final of the European Cup.

"All of the team have been saying over the years, when we grew up as kids, the European Cup was Real Madrid and players like Puskas and Di Stefano, and to think that we are there on the same stage was a fantastic feeling for us all."

Check out the full interview with Ian below as he reflects on that night and that superb Forest team that went on to achieve the Miracle. 


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