It had been thought that Nottingham Forest may struggle once they’d sold their star striker Stan Collymore; but they continued to perform well, without any fear of relegation. For their first 12 League games, they were completely unbeaten.
What was notable about their success at this time, was that English clubs weren’t doing very well in European competitions, but Nottingham Forest went the furthest an English team reached in the UEFA competition that season.
On the 5th March 1996, Nottingham Forest played in the quarter-final against Bayern Munich (who were managed by Otto Rehhagel). The match took place at the Olympiastadion and there were 38,000 fans in attendance. The first goal of the match was scored 16 minutes in by Bayern Munich’s Jurgen Klinsmann. Then one minute later Nottingham Forest scored a goal. The goal that was scored by Forest, was scored by Steve Chettle, who had originally been part of the youth team, and was promoted. Chettle spent 13 years playing for Nottingham Forest over his career there. Frank Clark was Nottingham Forest’s manager at the time of this UEFA Cup Quarter-Final. The second goal for Bayern Munich was scored by Mehmet Scholl at 44 minutes. Forest sadly lost 2-1.
Later on the 19th March, in the QF 2nd leg, the Bavarian team Bayern Munich beat Forest at their home City Ground 5-1. The goal that Forest scored, this time was scored by Steve Stone, with goals by Jurgen Klinsmann (2 goals), Jean-Pierre Papin, Thomas Strunz and Christian Ziege for Bayern Munich.