With six minutes of added time remaining, the camera focused on Evangelos Marinakis. The Greek owner of Nottingham Forest was a bundle of nerves, so he did not miss the opportunity to cross himself and, incidentally, kiss a holy card. Everything seemed little for his team to get promoted to the Premier League, and he did it.
By dint of wanting, Forest defeated the estimable Huddersfield of the Spanish coach, Carlos Corberan, 1-0, signing his promotion to the Premier. A long-awaited upgrade that returns the gold status of English football to a city, Nottingham, 23 years later. Go back to 1999 and find the last participation of the Reds in the gold category, the Premier.
The fans did not seem to believe it at Wembley, although their team was already covered with laurels (in 1979 and 1980, they won two European Cups in a row). The merit of Steve Cooper, who caught Forest on the verge of relegation to the English third division in September, has taken them to the Premier with the economic boost that this entails.
His promotion assures him over 120 million euros in annual income. A good excuse to convince some of his pearls, but especially Brendan Johnson, the extraordinary talent of Forest, who will have his first opportunity in the elite. Despite only being 21 years old, he seemed aware of the importance of this classification and Bamba's feat. The goalkeeper ended up injured in the final, where they arrived thanks to his saves on penalties.