When they take on Manchester United on Wednesday night, Nottingham Forest will try to recreate the most magical era in the club’s history — ended abruptly by the same opponents more than three decades ago.
Forest are back in the semi-finals of a competition in which they enjoyed remarkable success under Brian Clough. They reached consecutive League Cup finals between 1978 and 1980 and three out of four between 1989 and 1992, picking up the trophy four times.
Yet when they met United at Wembley in 1992, the players were starting to feel the old spark was missing. A year later, Forest were relegated and Clough retired. Their fortunes have fluctuated in the intervening years without ever emulating Clough’s teams.
Nottingham Forest take on Manchester United in the Carabao Cup…