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Forest Rewind in association with Football Index - Zenith Data Systems Cup triumph

29 March 2020

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In association with Football Index, we take a look back at a classic cup final at Wembley which took place on this day as Nottingham Forest defeated Southampton to lift the Zenith Data Systems Cup...

Nottingham Forest 3-2 Southampton (AET)

(Gemmill 15', 115', Black 45'; Le Tissier 64', Moore 70')

Forest: Marriott, Charles, Pearce (Chettle 19'), Walker, Wassall, Keane, Crosby, Gemmill, Clough, Sheringham, Black

Southampton: Flowers, Kenna, Benali, Horne, Moore, Ruddock, Le Tissier, Cockerill, Shearer, Dowie, Hurlock


Nottingham Forest needed extra time to overcome Southampton to lift the Zenith Data Systems trophy at Wembley on 29th March 1992.

Forest midfielder Scot Gemmill was not overcome by his first Wembley appearance and it was his brace that sealed the title for The Reds. The 21-year old Scot fired in a splendid volley past Tim Flowers to put Forest one up. Despite seeing skipper Stuart Pearce replaced by Steve Chettle due to an injury to the knee, Brian Clough's men doubled their advantage through Kingsley Black.
The Saints had work to do in the second half and got one back through a Matt Le Tissier header shortly after the hour mark. Six minutes later Southampton levelled the score when Kevin Moore converted a corner with a fine header past Andy Marriott.
With the scores level the match entered extra-time after neither side could find a winner within the 90 minutes. With just five minutes remaining in extra-time it was Scot Gemmill who claimed his second and the match winner when he volleyed in from six yards out.


What was the ZDS Cup?

The Full Members' Cup was a cup competition which ran from 1985 to 1992 for clubs playing in the top two divisions in England. 
The competition was also known under its sponsored names, the Simod Cup (1987-89) and the Zenith Data Systems Cup (1989-92).

Nottingham Forest and Chelsea were the most successful teams in the competition, both claiming two titles each, with Forest also lifting the title in 1989 when they beat Everton 4-3 at Wembley.

As the competition was cancelled in 1992, Forest are the reigning champions of the Full Members' Cup. 

Run to the final

Northern second round - Leeds 1-3 Nottingham Forest (Crosby, Sheringham 2) (22nd October 1991)
Northern third round - Aston Villa 0-2 Nottingham Forest (Pearce, Woan) (19th November 1991)
Northern semi-final - Tranmere 0-2 Nottingham Forest (Keane 2) (10th December 1991)
Northern final first leg - Leicester 1-1 Nottingham Forest (Gemmill) (12th January 1992)
Northern final second leg- Nottingham Forest 2-0 Leicester (Wassall, Crosby) (26th February 1992)

Top of the Pops

In the charts, British-Irish/American pop group Shakespear Sister were sitting pretty at the top of the UK charts with their hit single Stay.

UK box office 

Martin Scorsese's remake of the 60's classic, Cape Fear was number one in the UK box office on this day, starring Robert De Niro.

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