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Frank Clark on memorable 1993-94 season

30 April 2020

In association with Bulb, we caught up with Frank Clark as he revisited the 1993-94 season in which he led Nottingham Forest to promotion to the Premier League...

On 30th April 1994, Nottingham Forest travelled to Peterborough knowing that a victory would secure an immediate return to the Premier League.

After relegation the following season and the retirement of legendary manager Brian Clough, former player Frank Clark was tasked with taking The Reds straight back to the top flight.

"It was a difficult situation as the club had just been relegated and the messiah, Brian, had gone," Frank said. "There was a bit of gloom around the club when I arrived so we had to dispel that.

"The chairman and the board of directors very quickly made it aware that they didn’t want to hear about consolidation, they expected me to get the club straight back to the Premier League but there was no money to spend with four international players looking to leave.

"I achieved what I had been asked to achieve. The team played with a lot of style and could score goals, I had a great set of lads and the way I dealt with that and inheriting a difficult situation.

"I knew there were some decent players left, I knew the club and most of the people at the club. There was a massive job to be done so to get straight back up in one season was a great achievement."

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That afternoon at London Road saw Forest go 2-0 down initially, but The Reds showed great character to hit back through Stan Collymore and Stuart Pearce, before Collymore struck the winning goal to secure promotion.

Frank said: "The result that day was great as we had gained promotion with a couple of games to go, which meant we didn’t have to worry about the play-offs.

"The day itself was a bit traumatic, we went there full of confidence and within 15 minutes we were 2-0 down and didn’t look confident at all. But Stan Collymore and Stuart Pearce dragged us back into the game and we ended up winning 3-2 and getting promoted."

You can listen to the full interview with Frank below as he looks back on that season and his time with The Reds as manager.

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