Lewis McGugan has told Talk Sport about the moment he fired home his best goal in a Nottingham Forest shirt with a stunning strike against Ipswich Town.

During the 2010/11 campaign, Forest were chasing a play-off place with McGugan pulling the strings in the engine room for the Reds.

With Forest leading the Tractor Boys by a goal to nil at the City Ground, the midfielder took aim from distance with just second of the first half left to play.

He told Talk Sport: “It was two minutes before half-time and the half was fizzling out. I can remember we really dominated the half, we were 1-0 up at the time but we should have scored more. We were comfortable.

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“We got the free-kick and I just said to one of the lads ‘you know what, I’m just going to have a go’. He said to me, ‘If you score from here, I’m going home!’.

“My main thing was to get it on target, make the goalkeeper work and just see if we get a rebound or something.

“As soon as it left my foot I knew it had a chance and when it went in it was a fantastic moment.”

McGugan was inspired during that particular campaign and helped Forest secure a place in the Championship play-offs.


The midfielder netted 13 goals and registered 16 assists with the Reds playing some brilliant football that season.


McGugan produced his own highlight reel of stunning strikes that season and proved a decent player for the Reds.

After signing for Watford in 2013, McGugan would start to lose his way, however, and now at 31-years-old, he is without a club.

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It’s a shame for a player who possessed so much talent, that he has lost his way so badly.

McGugan departed Forest as he wasn’t offered a new deal and he may look back on that as a particular lowlight in his career.

Fans of a certain age will certainly remember McGugan in all his glory, however, and the memory of his goal against Ipswich will live long in the memory.

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