With a new film showcasing Cloughie's all-conquering Forest side in cinemas, we asked Football Manager how they would get on today?
Since: Moved to Swindon after losing his place in the Forest side, and then became a painter and decorator, where he still works near his home in Southwell.
Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier has provided his answers after receiving questions put forward by Reds supporters earlier this week.
Since : Went on to play in Italy (Sampdoria, Atalanta) and Scotland (Rangers), then enjoyed a successful managerial spell at Sheffield Wednesday before time in charge of Birmingham and Crystal Palace. Between 1988 and 2003 he was a football manager, most notably with Sheffield Wednesday and then Birmingham City and he now works as a pundit for Sky television.
Clough's side retained the League Cup in 1990 when they beat Oldham Athletic 1–0; the winning goal scored by Nigel Jemson. There was chance for more success in 1991 when Forest reached their only FA Cup final under Brian Clough and went ahead after scoring an early goal against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, but ended up losing 2–1 in extra time after an own goal by Des Walker. In Forest's team that day was young Irish midfielder Roy Keane, who had joined the club the previous summer.
Since: Top scorer for Arsenal for four seasons until he suffered a serious injury. Manager George Graham then moved him on. He ended his career back in Germany, with FC Cologne and Fortuna Cologne. Runs a number of sports related businesses these days.
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Since: Won an England- call-up and secured a £1.25million move to Manchester United but he struggled, scoring just 11 times in 58 appearances, and returned to play at Forest, before leaving on a free to join Notts County and ending his career winning two promotions with Grimsby. Now has a successful career as a television and newspaper pundit.
Since: Joined North American Soccer League side Seattle Sounders from Forest in 1982. Played more than 700 League games in total, including 200 for Leicester, he then spent nearly 20 years as a manager in the lower divisions. Is now the boss at Wrexham.
Former England captain David Platt succeeded Atkinson and spent approximately £12 million on players in the space of two seasons, including the Italian veterans Moreno Mannini, Salvatore Matrecano and Gianluca Petrachi. However, Forest could only finish 14th in Platt's first season and 10th in his second. He departed in July 2001 to manage the England U-21 side and was succeeded by youth team manager Paul Hart.
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The former Manchester United boss knows a thing or two about success, having won 13 Premier League titles and two European Cups in his time at Old Trafford
Nottingham Forest Football Club is a professional association football club based in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England. The team play in the Championship, the second tier of English football. The club, often referred to as Forest, have played home matches at the City Ground, since 1898.
Founded in 1865, Forest were founder members of the Football Alliance in 1889 and joined the Football League in 1892. Since then they mostly competed in the top two League tiers, excepting five seasons in the third tier. Forest won the FA Cup in 1898 and 1959. Their most successful period was under the management of Brian Clough between 1975 and 1993, winning the League in 1978, back to back European Cups in the two years thereafter, four League Cups and two Full Members Cups.
Then: Worked as a carpenter before he was signed from non-League Long Eaton for just £2,000. Birtles then took over as centre forward at the start of the first European Cup-winning run.
Then: Brian Clough bought Shilton from Stoke City for £250,000 in 1977 and declared he was worth 18 points a season. The goalkeeper stayed at Forest for six seasons and remains England’s record cap holder with 125 appearances. During his time at Nottingham Forest, Shilton won many honours, including the First Division championship, two European Cups, a UEFA Super Cup, and the Football League Cup.
In the summer of 1991, Brian Clough broke Forest's transfer record fee by signing the league's top scorer, Millwall striker Teddy Sheringham, for £2.1million.
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Since: Helped pioneer the growth of football in America with a couple of seasons at North American Soccer League’s Dallas Tornado. Currently a club ambassador for Nottingham Forest and a part-time chauffeur for Toyota.
Then: Full back who was playing for Manchester City reserves before Clough gave him his chance. Barrett rewarded the manager’s faith by helping Forest to win the 1977-78 First Division championship. Barrett played in the famous sending United down game.
In 1997 and 1998, as part of the release of the book The Official History of Nottingham Forest, a vote was carried out to decide on the club's official All Time XI.
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Since: When management jobs at Wigan and Notts County ended, Lloyd ran a pub while maintaining an interest in football by doing local radio commentary. Now retired after a spell in Spain where he owned a bar.
It's one of European football's greatest achievements - taking a team of second-flight also-rans to back-to-back European Cups.
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Then: John was a Scotland striker who started his career at Sunderland before Clough paid £200,000 to take him to Derby. O’Hare followed the manager to Leeds for his infamous 44-day reign, then to Forest. He came on as a substitute in the 1980 final.
Forest beat Southampton 3–2 in the Full Members Cup final in 1992, but then lost to Manchester United in the League Cup in the same season, both finals being played by a Forest team much weakened by injuries. This meant that Forest had played in six cup finals in four seasons, winning four of them.
Richard Wilson finds former Motherwell, Preston, Derby and Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies eager for a dugout return.
After Stuart Pearce's sacking and more financial finger pointing at the City Ground owner Fawaz Al Hasawi needs to get the club back on track.
However, Calderwood's side struggled to adapt to life in the Championship in the 2008–09 campaign and having been unable to steer Forest out of the relegation zone, Calderwood was sacked following a Boxing Day 4–2 defeat to the Championship's bottom club Doncaster Rovers.
Forest's charitable approach to the sport helped teams like Liverpool, Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion to come into existence. In 1886, Forest donated a set of football kits to help Arsenal establish themselves - the North London team still wear red. Forest also donated shirts to Liverpool and helped secure a site to play on for Brighton.
Since : Managed Leyton Orient and was then nominated by Clough as the man to take over at the City Ground. He brought Forest back into the Premier League and they promptly finished third. Now retired following a spell as Forest’s chairman.
Former Nottingham Forest and Derby striker Robert Earnshaw talks about why the East Midlands derby caused him anxiety.
Nigel Doughty, owner and previous chairman of the club, died on 4 February 2012, having been involved with the club since the late 1990s, with many estimating his total contribution as being in the region of £100million.
The first club crest used by Forest was the city arms of Nottingham, which was first used on kits in 1947. The current club badge was introduced in 1974. The logo has been reported as being the brainchild of manager Brian Clough. However, he did not arrive at the club until the year after. Forest have two stars above the club badge to commemorate the European Cup victories in 1979 and 1980.
The 2010–11 season saw Forest finish in sixth place in the Championship table with 75 points, putting them into a play-off campaign for the fourth time in the space of eight years. Promotion was yet again to elude Forest, as they were beaten over two legs by eventual play off final winners Swansea City. Having drawn the first leg 0–0 at the City Ground, they were eventually beaten 3–1 in the second leg.
Remembering football 20 years ago in the mid 1990s, when Britpop was in full swing and Eric Cantona was in his pomp.
Brian Clough's 18-year reign as manager ended in May 1993 after Forest were relegated from the inaugural Premier League after 16 illustrious years of top-flight football which had seen a league title, two European Cups and four League Cups. Relegation from the Premier League was also followed by the departure of midfielder Roy Keane to Manchester United for a British record fee of £3.75million.