It wouldn’t really be right of me to do a feature on memorable Forest goals without having at least one from Stan Collymore.

The striker became one of the most feared marksmen in the country during his spell at the club, with a devastating ability to score out of absolutely nothing.

Collymore scored 41 goals in 65 appearances for the Reds before leaving to join Liverpool in a fee that proved a club-record at the time.

Signing from Southend United in 1993, the striker was an unknown quantity and it’s fair to say former boss Frank Clark struck gold.

Stan Collymore

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A steady 25-goal haul during his first season helped Forest back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Naturally, talk turned to whether or not he would cut it against the country’s elite and pundits and supporters didn’t have to wait long to find out.

Forest’s first home game during the 94/95 campaign provided the biggest test possible against the reigning champions Manchester United.

The Monday Night Football cameras were in place and Forest more than played their part in an entertaining 1-1 draw.

Tottenham Hotspur v Nottingham Forest 1994

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Collymore’s goal sticks in the memory as one to saviour, not least because he struck fear into one of England’s best central defensive partnerships in Gary Pallister and Steve Bruce.

Having tried and failed in the opening 20 minutes, the Forest talisman wasn’t to be denied.

Just four minutes after Andrei Kanchelskis had put United into the lead, Collymore took charge and set about taking the game by the scruff of the neck.

Poetry

After taking a high ball and gaining control of a loose ball, the Reds star man rode a challenge from Paul Ince and some close control fired an unstoppable effort beyond the legendary Peter Schmeichel.

I said at the start of this season that these goals would be for a number of different reasons and Ian Darke’s commentary was iconic on Sky Sports.

“Collymore’s going alone again…Oooooh, he’s done it this time. Stan Collymore!”

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

We, of course, have to be grateful that closet Manchester United fan Martin Tyler wasn’t covering the game on that night in 1994 as the punditry might not have proved so exquisite.

The quality of the opposition, of course, made that goal special too. Alex Ferguson’s team were a special side in the nineties and Forest took four points off them that year – more from the away game later in the season perhaps.

As a 33-year-old supporter, I think back to seeing Collymore for the first time and he’s one of few players who have left me completely in awe.

His ability to create that yard of space and put defenders instantly on the back foot really was a sight for sore eyes.

I still maintain that had Ferguson signed Collymore instead of Liverpool, he’d have probably played 50 times for England and arguably become one of the country’s top goalscorers.

WIMBLEDON V FOREST

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After leaving Liverpool the striker became something of a journeyman playing for boyhood club Aston Villa, Fulham. Leicester, Bradford and finishing his career with Real Oviedo.

Collymore only claimed three England caps and for a player of his quality that does seem like a travesty.

I always maintain that Forest saw the striker at his very best and for me, this goal against Manchester United sticks in my memory the most.

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