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Nottingham Forest v Leicester City: Three who represented both sides

Peter Shilton pulls off a spectacular save for Leicester City Photo: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images


Peter Shilton played nearly 500 times combined for Nott'm Forest and Leicester City Credit: Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport
  • Appearances: Leicester City (286; 1 goal), Nottingham Forest (202)
  • Years played: Leicester City (1965-75), Nottingham Forest (1977-82)
  • Honours: Leicester City (Second Division 1970-1, Charity Shield 1971), Nottingham Forest (First Division 1977-8; Charity Shield 1978; League Cup 1979; European Cup 1979, 1980; European Super Cup 1979)
  • Individual honours: PFA Players' Player of the Year 1978

A Leicester boy born and bred, Shilton started training at schoolboy level with Leicester at the age of 13. He rose through the ranks quickly and made his debut for the club against Everton at the age of 16.

Such was his ability, Leicester decided to sell World Cup-winning keeper Gordon Banks to Stoke as they invested in the vast potential of Shilton.

Shilton managed to score his only goal of his career against Southampton as he cleared the ball and the opposing keeper misjudged it.

The keeper appeared in his first and only FA Cup final for the club at the age of just 19 years-old.

Signed by Forest for £250,000 by Brian Clough, Shilton proved to be a bargain as he conceded just 18 goals in 37 league games as Nottingham Forest won the league title.

One of the most memorable moments in the season was Shilton's spectacular save from Mick Ferguson's close range header in a 0-0 draw with Coventry which sealed the title.

In 1979, Forest conquered European club football, winning the European Cup by beating Malmö 1-0 in Munich’s Olympic Stadium. They went on to retain the trophy the following year, an outstanding performance by Shilton helping to beat SV Hamburg (and Kevin Keegan) 1-0 in Madrid.

Shilton's time at Forest was the most successful of his club career. He also established himself nationally ahead of Ray Clemence on his way to a record 125 caps.


Martin O'Neill played 285 times for Nott'm Forest and also managed Leicester City where he won the League Cup Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport
  • Appearances: Nottingham Forest (285, 48 goals); Leicester City as manager (222 games)
  • Years at club: Nottingham Forest (1971-1981); Leicester City (1995-2000)
  • Honours: Nottingham Forest (First Division 1977-8; League Cup 1977-8, 1978-9; Charity Shield 1978; European Cup 1978-9,1979-80; European Super Cup 1980; Anglo-Scottish Cup 1977) Leicester City (First Division Play-offs 1995-96; League Cup 1996-97;1999-2000)
  • Individual honours: Leicester City (Premier League Manager of the Month x 3)

For ten years O'Neill was a stalwart of the Nottingham Forest midfield in the 70s.

But it was not until Brian Clough came in 1975 that O'Neill really flourished, winning promotion to the First Division and two European Cups,

O'Neill did miss out on the starting lineup for the first European Cup win (a move to accommodate record-signing Trevor Francis) but played in the second one.

O'Neill is said to have been heavily influenced by Brian Clough and shares the same intensity and thoughtfulness as his manager.

O'Neill displayed a similar knack for trophies as his mentor as manager of Leicester City - winning two League Cups. This was a huge achievement for a club of Leicester's size in the mid 90s with the boom of the Premier League becoming increasingly evident.

The cup wins meant Leicester qualified for Europe in both seasons and this achievement, along with four top 10 finishes in a row in the Premier League, led to many fans calling him one of their greatest managers ever.

Other highlights for Leicester under O'Neill's watch include wins at Anfield and Old Trafford.


Garry Parker played more than 100 times for both Nott'm Forest and Leicester City Credit: Ross Kinnaird/EMPICS Sport
  • Appearances: Nottingham Forest (103 games, 17 goals); Leicester City (114 games, 10 goals incl. 1 game as manager)
  • Years playing: Nottingham Forest (1988-91); Leicester City (1995-1999)
  • Honours: Nottingham Forest (1987-88, 1988-89; Full Members Cup 1988-89); Leicester City (First Division Play-offs 1995-96; League Cup 1996-97)

Parker was a regular under Brian Clough's Forest sides towards the end of his reign. Despite lacking the talent of some his competitors (Neil Webb, Roy Keane etc.), Clough valued Parker's passing and crossing ability which became a crucial part of their play.

Parker turned up for the big games, scoring in the League Cup semi-final win over Bristol City and one of the greatest goals Wembley has seen as he ran the full length of the pitch to score in a Full Members Cup win against Everton.

Parker was also a member of Martin O'Neill's successful Leicester City side of the late 90s as he helped take the club back into the Premier League and won them a League Cup.

He then moved into the backroom as coach, even taking over as caretaker manager for one game in 2000. Unfortunately for him the match ended in a 6-0 thrashing to Leeds Utd.