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On this day in association with Football Index - Reds hammer The Hammers

14 April 2020

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In association with Football Index, we take a look back to 1991 as Nottingham Forest reached the FA Cup final for the first time since 1959 with a 4-0 victory over West Ham United at Villa Park...

Nottingham Forest 4-0 West Ham

(Crosby 49', Keane 58', Pearce 70', Charles 80')

Forest: Crossley, Charles, Pearce, Walker, Chettle, Parker, Crosby, Keane (Laws), Clough, Glover, Woan

West Ham: Miklosko, Potts, Parris, Gale, Foster, Hughton, Bishop, Slater, Allen (Stewart), Keen, Morley (Quinn)


Nottingham Forest booked their place in the FA Cup final for the third time with a victory over West Ham at Villa Park on 14th April 1991. 

Forest had the better of the opportunities in the first half but the game was changed just before the half-hour mark as Tony Gale was shown a red card for bringing down Gary Crosby as he raced towards goal.

The red card gave The Reds a lift and after the break, they were ahead. Some neat build-up play saw the ball fall for Crosby who drilled an effort into the far corner of the net.

Just before the hour, it was two as Roy Keane netted following a one-two with Lee Glover inside the West Ham penalty area.

Forest were in control and added a third on 70 minutes through captain Stuart Pearce. A long throw into the box was poorly defended, Nigel Clough controlled in the area and Pearce arrived to fire into the bottom corner before celebrating wildly in front of the Forest faithful.

With the game all-but won, gloss was added to the final scoreline as Gary Charles got his name on the scoresheet, again Lee Glover the provider as Charles hit a low left-footed shot into the bottom corner.

The Reds had booked a cup final date against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, Brian Clough's first FA Cup final since taking charge of Forest back in 1975.


Road to the final

Round 3

Crystal Palace 0-0 Forest
Replay 1 - Forest 2-2 Crystal Palace (Pearce, Wilson)
Replay 2 - Forest 3-0 Crystal Palace (Crosby, Parker 2)

Round 4

Newcastle 2-2 Forest (Pearce, Clough)
Replay - Forest 3-0 Newcastle (Hodge, Clough, Parker)

Round 5

Southampton 1-1 Forest (Hodge)
Replay - Forest 3-1 Southampton (Jemson 3)


Norwich 0-1 Forest (Keane)


Forest 4-0 West Ham (Crosby, Keane, Pearce, Charles)

In the charts

The number one song in the UK music charts on this day was The One and Only by Chesney Hawkes. It stayed in this position for five weeks before being toppled by The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) by Cher.

At the box office

Highlander 2: The Quickening was at the top of the cinema charts on this day in 1991. The film, starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen and Michael Ironside, was the second film in the Highlander series.


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