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Tonight we take enormous pleasure in welcoming the exciting and adventurous Forest side t o Boundary Park. .For my money they were, last season, the most exciting and progressive side in the country. Manager Brian Clough has assembled a side rich in style and flair. . a side that has brought back the word entertainment t o the game of football. We welcome Brian, one of the game's most colourful and controversial characters, along with his team and the Forest officials and supporters. I am sure they will not have travelled north with any illusions. Playing Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park is no easy task and we will be looking t o tonight's match to provide us with a passport into the third round of the League Cup. Over the years the League Cup tournament has not been especially kind t o us. W e had a marathon tie with Brighton in the second round last year before going out, undeservedly we all believed, t o Hull City. And unfortunately, that third round defeat was very much a part of a League .a Cup pattern for Oldham Athletic pattern not painted with the colours of Since the early 603, we have had our odd bursts of success and near glory in the F.A. Cup but fame and fortune in the League Cup has avoided us. However, all runs of this sort must come to an end sometime, and i t could certainly end for us this year despite the pedigree of our opponents in tonight's match. At the time of going t o press with tonight's programme, two big stories were hogging the sporting headlines. First was my own decision on not t o leave Boundary Park for Third Division Walsall and second was the club's determined efforts t o bring in players t o strengthen our first team squad. On the Walsall business, I have already said much of what needs to be said. My decision was taken after a lot of careful thought about the prospects and potential of the two clubs. I must be honest and confess that I would have dearly missed Oldham and Boundary Park if 1 had left here to go t o the Midlands. Over the years, I have built up many friendships with people at the club and in the town and Oldham Athletic have been very good t o me. We have a marvellous set up here and, although we have made tremendous strides over the last 10 years, there is still a job t o do. That job is to get Oldham Athletic into the First Division and I believe i t can definitely be done. Any manager must have First Division

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And it would be marvellous to fulfil my First Division ambitions while s t i l l a t Boundary Park. On the question of improving our first team squad, I hope that moves in that direction will have been taken before tonight's match with Forest. Many people seem to believe that signing new players is just a matter of picking upa telephone and agreeing on a transfer fee with the other club involved. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the nine years I have been manager

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nere, tne JOD nas Decome probably i u times more difficult and it gets worse every year. There is a definite shortage of top class players, who are available at the moment and there are few signs that the situation will improve over the next few years. Maybe that is why so many managers these days seem to be casting their eyes overseas in search of new ability. Our hope for the future remains in a highly successful youth policy and I am sure you will all agree that future hopes at Boundary Park are bright indeed thanks to our present crop of youngsters.

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1978 undoubtedly the most successful season i n the club's history when they won their first ever League Championship and manager, Brian Clough, became only the second manager in English football t o take a side t o the Championship i n its first season after gaining promotion from the Second Division. The season was made even more memorable b y the winning of the Football League Cup with a side weakened b y the ineligibility o f several players who were "Cup-tied". Young England goalkeeper Chris Woods received the Man of the Match Award for the 0-0 draw at Wembley against Liverpool and then went on t o star again in the replay a t Old Trafford when they eventually won 1 4 following a John Robertson penalty. This was the first time a club has accomplished the feat o f winning both the Championship and the League Cup' in one season. they also reached the quarter finals o f the F.A. Cup. The Championship was won b y 7 clear points, giving a total o f 64 points, and they scored 69 goals whilst conceding only 24, the latter equalling the record held b y Liverpool. They were undefeated i n their last 26 games and lost only 3 throughout the season. Several players gained International honours. Peter Shilton and Tony Woodcock for England. Tony also gained Under 21 honours. Viv Anderson and David Needham appeared in the England 'B' team and Chris Woods and Steve Burke at Youth team level. Three players were selected t o play for Scotland in the World Cup, John Robertson, Archie Gemmill and Kenny Burns. Martin O'Neill yet again played for Northern Ireland. Nearly all the game's individual awards were gained b y their players. Kenny Burns won the Sportwriters "Footballer of the Yeaf' and the Midland Sportwriters "Player of the Year" awards. Peter Shilton was selected the P.F.A. "Player of the Year" and Tony Woodcock took the "Young Player o f the Year" award from the same body. After gaining a record number of four "Manager of the Month" awards from Bells Whisky, Brian Clough was finally selected "Manager o f the Year". John Robertson won the A.T.V. Star Soccer "Goal o f the Season" award and Tony Woodcock won

the First Division Managers award for the "Player of the Year." Peter Withe ended the season with 19 . League and Cup goals as the club's leading scorer, and Frank Clark delighted everyone b y scohng his first ever League goal at Ipswich in 485 outings1 PETER SH ILTON: Their record signing, this superb professional cost them more ' than E% million when signed from Stoke City in September 1977. Peter was obviously a major factor in their League championship triumph, and is regarded b y Messrs. Clough and Taylor as the best 'keeper in the world. A n England International on 25 occasions, he conceded just 18 goals in 37 League outings for them last season - a tremendous record. His other former club is Leicester City - his local team -and he succeeded the one and only Gordon Banks in their goal before eventually following his mentor's footsteps t o Stoke City. ARCHIE GEMMILL: Another vital member o f the old Derby County side (he woe t w o First Division titles with them) Archle joined them shortly after the start o f last term in a six-figure ftxchange deal Involving their former keeper John Middieton. One of the outstanding midfieldmen i n Greet Britain, he is a tireless source of inspiration t o any team and has represented Scotland i n more than 20 Internationals A several as skipper. Although not a prolific marksman the ' wee Scot netted one o f the really outstanding goals in the recent World Cup Finals In Argentina. His other former clubs ere St. Mirren I and Preston North End, and he's now completed some 450 League appearances in his career. CHRlS WOODS: The currant England Youth team goalkee~er. Chris boasts the 1 unique recordof having 'played at Wembley and gained a League Cup winner's medal despite not having appeared in a League fixture. This peculiarity arose because he deputlsed for the cup-tied Peter Shilton, and it culminated in his superb displays against Liverpool at Wembley and Old Trafford. I Born at Swineshead, near Boston, the teenager joined their staff i n July, 1976 efter having represented them In the Central 1 League whilst still at school.

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C o L l N B A R R E T T : Mr. Clough signed this Stockport-born player o n loan f r o m Manchester C i t y i n March, 1 9 7 6 and p r o m p t l y added h i m t o their staff, once this period was completed, for a fee i n t h e region of £30.000. Colin was basically regarded as a rightback o r centre-half b u t lost his place i n t h e side during their p r o m o t i o n campaign. Following an i n j u r y t o Frank Clark early last season t h e former Maine Road man was drafted i n t o t h e side as an emergency left-back . and proved t o b e an absolute revelation. He soon made t h e position his own, b u t unluckily missed appearing i n t h e League Cup Final games w i t h Liverpool because o f a n ankle i n j u r y sustained a t Carrow Road against N o r w i c h C i t y a few weeks earlier. Colin had completed 5 3 League games f o r t h e m b y t h e end o f t h e 1977/78 campaign. T O N Y WOODCOCK: A local youngster f r o m Eastwood w h o has been an automatic selection over t h e pest 2 0 months although he missed six of their final seven games last term through injury. T o n y regained f u l l fitness i n t i m e t o receive his England debut against Wales I n t h e H o m e Championships, and had earlier netted five goals f o r t h e England Under-21 side i n just t w o Internationals (against Finland and Italy). H e joined t h e m as an apprentice i n August, 1 9 7 2 and received his Second Division d e b u t some 2 0 months later. Unfortunately, his expected improvement d i d n o t continue and h e spent loan periods w i t h b o t h L i n c o l n C i t y and Doncaster Rovers. When he returned f r o m t h e latter club (October, 1976) he was immediately recalled t o their senior teem and his career since t h e n has been a veritable fairy tale. Tony, w h o possesses tremendous pace and skill, was elected "Young Player o f t h e Year" b y t h e Professional Footballers' Association and grabbed 1 8 League and Cup goals f o r Forest last season. J O H N McGOVERN: A t r u e professional, whose talents are n o t always recognised b y supporters. Montrose-born John appeared i n all Four divisions o f t h e Football League b y t h e t i m e h e was 2 0 years o f age. He's since played under t h e jurisdiction o f Brian Clough a t f o u r different clubs. end completed almost 4 0 0 League games. He was t h e manager's first major signing f o r t h e m (along w i t h John O'Hare) i n February, 1 9 7 5 w h e n t h e pair were bought f r o m Leeds United i n a bargain package deal. T h e skipper of their side, John missed m u c h o f t h e latter part of last season because o f a niggling groin injury. He's now won a First Division Championship medal w i t h t w o different

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A n extremely talented right-back h e has Improved rapidly and his exciting attacking play, allied t o his sound defensive work, has been rewarded w i t h selection f o r t h e England Under-21 and B sides. V i v missed o n l y five League matches last term t h r o u g h suspension and i n j u r y and netted a pair o f blistering goals against Middlesbrough which manager Brian Clough described as t h e *'two best goals I've ever Seen scored b y one player i n a match".

L A R R Y LLOYD: He started t h e last campaign i n superb f o r m b u t unfortunately b r o k e a bone i n his f o o t against Coventry C i t y before Christmas, and it resulted i n David Needham being b o u g h t f r o m Queens Park Rangers as his replacement.
Larry was subsequently recalled t o t h e side d u r i n g their successful League r u n (Needham was cup-tied i n this competition) his displays were so impressive t h a t he once again ended t h e season as first choice centre-half.
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H a never d i d himself justice at Highfield Road, however, and joined Forest staff i n November, 1 9 7 6 after enjoying a successful loan period w i t h them. His total League appearances have n o w passed t h e 3 0 0 mark. V I V A N D E R S O N : A Young Nottingham b o r n player w h o has been a member o f their playing staff since his apprentice days in 1972. "Spider", as hels f o n d l y k n o w n at t h e C i t y Ground, received his Second Division d e b u t against Sheffield Wednesday i n September, 1974, shortly after signing professional forms. He d i d n o t f u l l y establish hlmself i n t h e side u n t i l their p r o m o t i o n w i n n i n g season o f 1976/77, b u t has n o w appeared i n more t h e n 1 0 0 League fixtures.

"Solly" has netted 9 4 League goals i n 3 8 2 L e a g appearances p r l o r t o t h e 1978/ ~ 7 9 season opening.

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