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On this day in association with Football Index - Reds hit Blues for seven

20 April 2020

In association with Football Index, we look back to a memorable match at The City Ground on this day in 1991 as Nottingham Forest hit seven goals past Chelsea...

Nottingham Forest 7-0 Chelsea

(Keane 8', 84', Parker 12', Woan 25', Clough 48', Pearce 60', 78')

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

Chelsea: Beasant, Clarke, Hall, Lee, Sinclair (Myers), Dorigo, Dickens, Stuart, Townsend, Dixon (Burley), Durie


Nottingham Forest ran riot against Chelsea at The City Ground as The Reds kept up their impressive form with a thumping 7-0 win against Chelsea on April 20th 1991.

Having just beaten West Ham 4-0 to reach the FA Cup final for the first time under Brian Clough, Forest were among the goals again and a fine finish from Roy Keane set them on their way after 11 minutes.

On 15, it was two as Stuart Pearce's low cross found an unmarked Garry Parker at the back post who tapped home into an unguarded net. Just before the half-hour mark Ian Woan scored his first goal for the club as The Reds had a 3-0 advantage at the break.

Shortly after half-time, Forest had four as Nigel Clough forced home at the near post after Pearce's cross before Psycho got in the act himself, capitalising on some slack defending to prod home before hitting a free-kick which squirmed underneath Dave Beasant in the Chelsea goal.

It was seven with just five minutes remaining as some fine play by Des Walker in defence saw him charge forward, before clipping the ball over the top for the on-rushing Roy Keane to finish for his second of the game.

A memorable afternoon on the banks of the Trent as Forest finished the 1990-91 campaign in fine form.


Other First Division results

Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United
Aston Villa 1-2 Wimbledon
Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
Liverpool 3-0 Norwich
Luton 1-2 Sunderland
Manchester City 2-1 Derby
QPR 2-0 Leeds
Sheffield United 2-2 Tottenham
Southampton 2-1 Coventry

Top of the Pops

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, having hit top-spot on 24th March, before being toppled by The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) by Cher.

At the cinema

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


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