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Nottingham Forest and Notts County inducted into football hall of fame

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Image caption John Robertson has been inducted into the hall of fame due to his achievements in the game

Nottingham Forest's European Cup winning teams and Notts County are set to be officially inducted into English football's hall of fame.

Brian Clough's "miracle men" won an unlikely European Cup double in 1979 and 1980 after he guided them from the bottom half of the second division.

Notts County, known as the Magpies, are being honoured for being the world's oldest league club.

Ex-Forest player John Robertson will also be celebrated at the event later.

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Image caption Phil Turner (centre with Anglo Italian Cup) will be at the ceremony

Former ITV broadcaster Gary Newbon, who is compering the ceremony at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, said it would be a "terrific night" for the city.

He said: "Normally it is done in Manchester the home of the National Football Museum, but because it's so special with these two clubs, they're coming to Nottingham."

Tommy Johnson, a former Notts County player and now coach, said the accolade for the Magpies was "long overdue" and he was looking forward to sharing the night with rivals Forest.

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Image caption Forest's European Cup winners posed ahead of the screening of I Believe in Miracles in 2015

John Robertson proved to be a key figure in both of Forest's finals setting up the winning goal for Trevor Francis in 1979 and scoring the only goal in Forest's 1-0 win over Hamburg a year later.

He said it was a "great honour" to be inducted into the hall of fame.

"These things that have happened to me have been wonderful," he said.

"Brian Clough made me have a look at myself when I wasn't living right. I was a bit of wild boy in those days."

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Image caption Notts County's Jimmy Sirrel and Jack Wheeler led the club to successive promotions

He added that the film I Believe in Miracles, about his team's exploits, helped put them back "in the spotlight".

Robertson's former teammate Martin O'Neill will also be at the ceremony.

Don Masson, who captained Notts County to three promotions, and Phil Turner who helped them win the Anglo Italian Cup in 1995, will also attend.


National Football Museum Hall of Fame

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  • The Hall of Fame aims to celebrate and highlight the achievements of the all-time top talents to have graced the game in England
  • Induction players must be either retired and have played for at least five years in England
  • Since 2009, the museum has commemorated whole teams alongside individual players and coaches
  • Those who have also been inducted include Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Brian Clough

Source: National Football Museum


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