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Archie Gemmill
Archie Gemmill

Archie, Archie Gemmill!

Listen to our interview with former Nottingham Forest legend Archie Gemmill. During the interview he talks about Cloughie, Scotland and Trainspotting.

"I was far from happy. I hated every minute of the 90 and I hated afterwards as well."
Archie Gemmill

Archie Gemmill has recently released his autobiography titled 'Both Sides of the Border'. He took time out from his book signings to speak to us here at BBC Nottingham.

Archie was instrumental in Nottingham Forest's league title win in 1978. However, his time at the City Ground ended discordantly when he was left out of the 1979 European Cup final by Brian Clough.

Archie says about his exclusion from the team, "I was devastated at the time. I was led to believe I'd be playing in the match... I was far from happy. I hated every minute of the 90 and I hated afterwards as well."

John McGovern and Archie Gemmill
John McGovern and Archie Gemmill.

After being sold to Birmingham, Archie later returned to Forest as a coach under Clough. They remained friends until Brian's death in 2004.

On a lighter note Archie actually had a starring role in the 1996 film 'Trainspotting', though he didn't know about it until he saw the film along with the whole of the Rotherham football team.

For those not familiar with the film, after getting rather 'intimate' with a woman he'd met in a nightclub Renton (Ewan McGregor) exclaims "I haven't felt this good since Archie Gemmill scored against Holland in the 1978 World Cup."

"I got absolutely slaughtered by the lads... to be fair I was a bit embarrassed by it."

During the rest of the interview Archie talks about:-

  • State of English football
  • Old friends - McGovern, Birtles, Burns
  • His favourite opponents
  • His time in USA
  • Playing in Scotland
  • His son Scot
  • How Cloughie would fair in the Premiership

Listen to Archie Gemmill chat to BBC Nottingham's Philip Chapman.

last updated: 19/01/07
 
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