Nottingham Forest and success haven’t really been a match made in matrimonial heaven in recent memory.
Relegation has been a more realistic possibility than promotion in recent seasons; with the Premier League still looking a long way in the distance.
It hasn’t always been this way though.
When Billy Davies was in his first spell at the club the good days far outweighed the bad, none more so than a memorable night in the West Midlands back in 2010.
The Reds were challenging with Newcastle and West Brom for promotion to the top flight and an exceptional squad had been assembled.
Night to remember
With the country covered in snow, Forest travelled to The Hawthorns for a promotion six-pointer in January.
Davies’ side produced a stunning away performance to win 3-1 and oust the Baggies into the Championship promotion places.
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The manner of the win makes it one of the standout showings on the road in many years.
Not just because it was a win over promotion rivals, but that it felt like the start of something really special.
Polish midfielder Radoslaw Majewski netted one of the most iconic Forest goals of the last decade on that extraordinary night in 2010.
The maestro volleyed home a Chris Gunter cross that smashed in off the underside of the bar; sending the Reds’ faithful into raptures.
By the time Chris Cohen had netted late on Forest were celebrating in the snow that had formed at the back of Scott Carson’s goal!
Of course, as has so often been the case lately the season ultimately ended in failure, with defeat to Blackpool in the play-offs.
Forest return to The Hawthorns tomorrow night looking for a similar result to the one nine years ago.
The current crop could do with taking motivation from the class of 2010 and an equally big performance will be required from Martin O’Neill’s men.
Can Joe Lolley recreate his very own ‘Majewski moment’? Will Lewis Grabban be Forest’s Dexter Blackstock of 2019?
There won’t be any snowy shenanigans tomorrow night, but a similar result to 2010 would do just nicely!