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'The whole scenario of it was just crazy' - Martin O'Neill recalls Forest's second successive European Cup, 40 years ago today

Forty years ago today Nottingham Forest conquered Europe again. Gareth Hanna talks to one of the heroes of a famous triumph

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Martin O’Neill holding the European Cup after Forest’s 1-0 over Hamburg in Madrid

Martin O’Neill holding the European Cup after Forest’s 1-0 over Hamburg in Madrid

Martin O’Neill holding the European Cup after Forest’s 1-0 over Hamburg in Madrid

"Football is about dreams, about feeling a special sensation, giving a surprise and inspiring joy."

Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City side were top of the Premier League when he summed up the game at the end of November 2015. They went on to lift the trophy but not even their unexpected Premier League title can quite match the barely believable feats of Nottingham Forest 40 years ago.

"Leicester's achievement was phenomenal in this day and age but I think if you're talking over a period of three or four years, ours would be hard to better," says Martin O'Neill, then Forest's lively right-winger. "The whole scenario of it was just crazy. Breathtaking."