For this season’s feature, I have a list of Nottingham Forest goals written down and the order in which I choose them is basically done randomly.

I recently sat and watched Leeds United get thrashed 6-2 by Manchester United and with each goal that Illan Meslier picks out of his net, I found myself chuckling.

I don’t really have any massive hatred for Leeds. In fact, over the last 18 months under Marcelo Bielsa they’ve played some really stunning football.

Their fan base is, shall we say, an acquired taste, however, and with that in mind, it’s always nice to beat Leeds.

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As I’m sat watching Scott McTominay make Kalvin Phillips look like a Dog and Duck journeyman my mind cast back to a game in 2013.

It was December, the week between Christmas and New Year. The fixture list had a knack of throwing up Forest against Leeds during the festive period and that made life great for a good social if nothing else!


On this occasion, Forest took on the Whites with just a point separating the two sides and both harbouring play-off ambitions.

The Reds got off to a good start and after dominating the early stages, Greg Halford fired the Reds in front.

It proved a cagey affair though and Leeds led by Brian McDermott had some extremely talented players.

Forest stood firm until the 83rd minute when a Ross McCormack goal saw them equalise out of nowhere.

What happened next was incredible and if you could pick a way in which to score against Leeds, this would be it.


Forest kicked off, Henri Lansbury zipped the ball to loanee Nat Chalobah, who simply cushioned the ball to Matt Derbyshire.

With Leeds fans singing ‘you’re not signing anymore’ and Paddy Kenny practically still goading the Forest fans, the striker fired a thunderbolt over him and into the back of the net.

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You can always tell how much a goal means when you listen to the roar of the crowd.

Re-watching this goal for the sake of this piece, the noise inside the City Ground is just epic, people literally jumping on fellow supporters in jubilation.


Derbyshire scored 12 goals in the Garibaldi and he actually scored twice in the return game against Leeds later in that season when Forest won 2-0.

His first touch was actually away from goal from Chalobah’s pass but his second was truly exquisite from the striker.

His effort just sailed into Kenny’s net and on the replay, you can just see the look of despair on the faces of those poor Leeds supporters.

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Derbyshire set off in celebration and it seemed to go on forever. It was almost like the referee was happy for him to salute every corner of the City Ground such was beautiful nature of the goal. Perhaps the referee didn’t particularly like Leeds either!

The former Reds striker was a player who always stuck a determined shift in for Forest and perhaps he was somewhat underused during his time at the club.

His career has been built on foundations of hard work over sheer goalscoring ability and the City Ground faithful certainly recognised that.

Derbyshire’s wonder strike lives long in the memory.

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