Bobby Zamora is a name that sends shivers down the spine of Derby supporters and he wants Nottingham Forest to win on Sunday.
The Reds face Huddersfield in the Championship play-off final at Wembley with the winners heading to the Premier League.
Zamora scored the winning goal when QPR beat Derby with 10-men in the 2014 final.
He struck a dagger through the hearts of the Rams who had been playing with a man advantage following a red card for Gary O’Neil.
The former talisman also fired home the winner for West Ham in the 2005 final. The Hammers won 1-0 against Preston North End on that occasion.
Zamora has been touched by the support shown to him from Forest fans since his goal against Derby and he’s keen to back them this weekend.
He told TalkSPORT (26/05; 10:37am): “Steve Cooper has gone in and done a great job.
“They look like favourites. I want them to too win due to my affiliation with the club.
“I’ve got a lot of Nottingham Forest fans that are my fans now after my goal against Derby and I want to repay them by backing them to win on Sunday.”
Sunday will be the first time that Forest have contested a play-off final and they will end 23 years outside of the Premier League if they can claim a win.
Zamora backing Forest will further annoy Derby fans
It’s often called cringe by the Rams faithful when Forest dare to sing about Zamora.
You can bet, however, that if Huddersfield beat the Reds on Sunday, Derby fans will make their hero a cult hero too.
It’s often deemed football banter and naturally, Forest were delighted when Zamora scored against them.
Rams supporters had been insufferable that year and the striker bringing them back down to earth was a joy to behold.
It’s nice that Zamora has taken the support from Forest fans on board.
He’s clearly welcomed the thousands of messages he’s received on social media and it’s interesting to hear him speak so fondly about the club.
Forest will hope to prove Zamora right on Sunday.