Leicester City is not the greatest triumph in British football history; Nottingham Forest is:

There is a massive problem in England when it comes to football. It seems as if football in this country was invented in 1992 when the Premier League was formed. Anything that happened prior to that just did not happen, whatsoever. Don’t get me wrong, the introduction of the Premier League has its positives, but the overriding negative is that every achievement and every player is irrelevant. The biggest example of this actually came this season, when Leicester City defied all the odds to win the Barclays Premier League.

The Foxes have stunned the footballing world this term…

I am not trying to discredit what they have done because it is one of the greatest moments in Premier League history (that honour remains in Manchester with a certain Sergio Aguero). What we have seen this season is unlikely to ever be repeated, but they said the same thing in 1979, when another side from the Midlands took the First Division by storm to win the title, a year after finishing second in the Second Division. Let me introduce you to Nottingham Forest, the original Underdogs.

When Nottingham Forest gained promotion to the First Division, no one on earth could imagine that they would pip Liverpool to the First Division in their very first season. Absolutely no one, and let me remind you of that Liverpool team. Footballer of the Year Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Alan Hansen, Phil Thompson, Ray Clemence. These weren’t exactly pushovers, they were some of the greatest players in the world at that time. They were one of the biggest sides in Europe, and with their recent success in the European Cup, they were feared by every side in England and on the Continent.

Forest went from the Second Division to becoming Kings of Europe in 3 years…

Forest, led by charismatic leader Brian Clough, pipped that Liverpool team to the First Division title, and gained entry into the European Cup (for those of you who think football was invented in 1992, the European Cup is the old Champions League) for the first time. Again, no one gave them a prayer in the European Cup, but yet again they defied expectations and won the European Cup. This team from Nottingham who were languishing in the nether regions of the Second Division only a few years ago had conquered Europe, and had conquered one of the greatest teams England has ever seen.

Brian Clough wrote his name into Nottingham Forest folklore…

What makes it even better is that the season after, Forest managed to retain the European Cup, something only one other team has done since, and that was the AC Milan side that contained Marco Van Basten and others.

So for Leicester City, what they have achieved is unreal and extraordinary, but they have a long way to go if they are to match what Nottingham Forest managed to achieve. To put it into context for modern day football, it would be like Manchester City dominating Europe for about five years, whilst the MK Dons fly up the leagues and pip the dominant City to the Premier League and the Champions League. Read that aloud, and think of how silly it sounds. Well, Nottingham Forest managed it…



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