The 1979 European Super Cup

The 1979 UEFA Super Cup was not actually held until 1980 because neither team could find a suitable date to play. On the 5th February 1980, Nottingham Forest played Barcelona, at Camp Nou, Barcelona in Spain. They had previously taken on Barcelona at their home ground, of City Ground back in January and had won the match 1-0 (23,807 fans were in attendance for this match and the referee was Adolf Prokop from East Germany). Charlie George scored the goal for Forest in the first leg.

On the 5th February second leg match, there were 80,000 fans. The referee was Walter Eschweiler from West Germany. Roberto Dinamite scored a goal for Barcelona, 25 minutes in. Then Kenny Burns scored the goal for Nottingham Forest at the 42-minute marker.

Upon beating Barcelona, when Brian Clough (the manager) and his players left Camp Nou stadium that evening, they were greeted by row upon row of Barcelona fans. John McGovern was the Captain of the Forest team, and he remembered thinking everyone was very quiet, and he did wonder whether they would be in big trouble from the Barcelona fans. However, thankfully the Barcelona fans started clapping the Forest players. McGovern recalled: “As we walked to our coach they clapped us all the way. Not a Forest fan in sight, all Barcelona fans. Clapping us out of their own stadium.”

Nottingham Forest had won the 1979 European Super Cup, 2-1 on aggregate and achieved another trophy to add to their collection.