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'The whole scenario of it was just crazy': Martin O'Neill relives Nottingham Forest's glory days 40 years on from European Cup success

 

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Finally: Having been sidelined through injury for Nottingham Forest's victorious 1979 final, Martin O'Neill got the full experience a year later as he helped Brian Clough's side retain the European Cup.

Finally: Having been sidelined through injury for Nottingham Forest's victorious 1979 final, Martin O'Neill got the full experience a year later as he helped Brian Clough's side retain the European Cup.

Champions: Forest celebrate their second European Cup win over Hamburg in Madrid in 1980

Champions: Forest celebrate their second European Cup win over Hamburg in Madrid in 1980

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Class act: Martin O’Neill at his former school, St. Columb’s College in Derry

Class act: Martin O’Neill at his former school, St. Columb’s College in Derry

Wing wonders: Martin O’Neill goes past Hamburg’s Caspar Memering in the 1980 final as John Robertson looks on

Wing wonders: Martin O’Neill goes past Hamburg’s Caspar Memering in the 1980 final as John Robertson looks on

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Martin O'Neill starred for Distillery in the Irish League, getting a less than favourable reaction from the Antrim GAA County Board.

Martin O'Neill starred for Distillery in the Irish League, getting a less than favourable reaction from the Antrim GAA County Board.

Unstoppable force: It was after assistant Peter Taylor joined Forest in 1976, a year after Clough had taken the job, that their successful run began.

Unstoppable force: It was after assistant Peter Taylor joined Forest in 1976, a year after Clough had taken the job, that their successful run began.

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Finally: Having been sidelined through injury for Nottingham Forest's victorious 1979 final, Martin O'Neill got the full experience a year later as he helped Brian Clough's side retain the European Cup.

"Football is about dreams, about feeling a special sensation, giving a surprise and inspiring joy."

Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City side were top of the Premier League when he summed up the game at the end of November 2015.

They went on to lift the trophy but not even their unexpected Premier League title can quite match the barely believable feats of Nottingham Forest 40 years ago.