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Ian Bowyer K.O.s Köln

Ian Bowyer - hero of England!!! Well, he was certainly the hero of every Forest fan, on this day, forty years ago as our team represented England in the European Cup semi-final. His stooping headed goal in the 65th stunned the majority of the home supporters in the Müngersdorfer Stadion, Köln and sent five thousand or so of us Forest fans, who had made the trip to watch, into an ecstatic craze. It just seemed too good to be true. The German champions had terrorised us with their lightning pace on the counter-attack in Nottingham two weeks earlier, going into an early 2-0 lead and then, finally equalising, overturning our own valiant comeback to lead 3-2, through their Japanese substitute, Yasuhiko Okudera. Even among the ranks of the Forest faithful, few truly believed Brain Clough's seemingly reckless sneer in the post-match interview "I hope nobody's stupid enough to write us off", would end well.

So... To Munich, To Munich... tra-laaa laa la-la-la-la-la, tra-laaa …