I said a few weeks back that Stan Collymore would feature more than once during this particular feature of memorable Nottingham Forest goals.

As one of the best players to ever play for the football club it would be impossible to pick out just one of his goals when producing a 23-piece feature.

Also, my dad, the man who got me hooked on Forest maintains that he’s never seen a striker as devastatingly brilliant as Stan the Man in his 54 years as a supporter.

When I told him that I was going to be doing this feature during 2020/21 I could almost feel the cogs turning in his head.

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He started reeling off some of his favourite goals that he thought I might want to consider. Practically all of them were from Collymore.

The one which I’ve picked was put at number two during a 2014 compilation by the club’s media team on YouTube.

I confess as a mere six-year-old I wasn’t at this particular game but my dad recalls it very fondly indeed.

It was a goal which produced jubilant scenes, completed a remarkable comeback and one which fired Forest into the Promised Land of the Premier League.

The Reds travelled to Peterborough United knowing that three points would see the club make an instant return to the top-flight.

Comeback

Things couldn’t have started any worse for the Reds.

With just ten minutes on the clock Forest found themselves 2-0 down, with Brian McGorry and Ken Charlery the scorers.

The nervous tension among the army of supporters down at London Road was evident but plenty of time remained on the clock.

 

One beautiful aspect of being a Nottingham Forest supporter back then, as my old man tells me, is that we had genuine matchwinners within our ranks.

Collymore was the obvious one and with Steve Stone, David Phillips, Colin Cooper and Stuart Pearce all capable of weighing in, a goal was always likely.

What ensued over the next 80 minutes was pretty mad with Forest producing a superb comeback to claim their rightful place in the Premier League.

Collymore pulled the first back and Pearce claimed the equaliser with a brave diving header which saw him get a ruck of boots to the face for his efforts.

The beauty of the winning goal by Collymore was the fashion in which he scored it.

Known for his brute strength and his ability to create something out of nothing, the Forest hero grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and produced another magic moment.

Tottenham Hotspur v Nottingham Forest 1994
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A through ball by Stone saw Collymore had into open ground and with nobody in support he lashed a fierce effort beyond the goalkeeper to send London Road into raptures.

Jubilant

Promotion was secured with a couple of games left to spare.

I do envy my dad for seeing such a joyous moment as securing promotion to the Premier League.

In my lifetime watching the team home and away we’ve had the promotion from League One but I can’t imagine that’s quite the same.

Hopefully one day the Reds can return to the Premier League and give a different generation of supporters their ‘I was there’ moment.

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