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Games that shook The Hawthorns - No.6

26 May 2019

Inspired by the roof-raising crowd against Aston Villa we’ve delved into the club archive to count down our top 10 Hawthorns atmospheres of all time.

In at number six...

Albion 2 Nottingham Forest 0

Competition: FA Cup quarter-final

Date: March 11, 1978

UK prime minister: James Callaghan (Labour)

No.1 in the UK singles chart: Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush

1978 Best Picture Academy Award: The Deer Hunter

Most popular toy in 1978: Simon

In the news: American porn publisher Larry Flynt is shot and paralysed in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

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Albion became the only side to topple Nottingham Forest during a landmark 42-game league run without defeat by Brian Clough’s team.

The fact that it was an FA Cup quarter-final added to the lustre of the occasion which had The Hawthorns packed and bouncing.

Mick Martin opened the scoring for the Baggies before Cyrille Regis paced through the Forest backline to fire past Peter Shilton with a low drive from 20 yards.

Buoyed by a raucous Hawthorns crowd of more than 36,000 the Baggies held out to earn their place in the FA Cup semi-finals and a Highbury date with Sir Bobby Robson’s Ipswich Town.

A 3-1 defeat against the Tractor Boys followed but Albion had laid the groundwork for a league title and UEFA Cup challenge the next season.

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Goals: Martin, Regis

Albion XI: Godden; Mulligan, Wile (Cunningham), Robertson, Statham; Johnston, Robson, T Brown, Martin; Regis, A Brown.

Manager: Ron Atkinson

Attendance: 36,506


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