Skip to content
GO TO bet365 Sports
  1. Football
  2. Champions League

English successes in Europe: When Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Ipswich conquered the continent

Manchester City will hope to be the latest English club celebrating winning a European trophy when they compete in the Champions League final against Inter in Istanbul.

City face their day of destiny against Inter Milan on Saturday when they aim to finally be crowned European kings and emulate Manchester United's treble-winning feat in the process.

Pep Guardiola's side are 2/9 To Lift The Trophy in Istanbul and the Hammers are 10/11 to become just the second-ever winners of the Europa Conference League.

Down the years, there have been many memorable triumphs in Europe from English clubs, including Manchester United's 1999 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich that sealed their famous treble and Liverpool's 'Miracle of Istanbul' in 2005 to name just two.

Somewhat surprisingly, only five English clubs have ever been crowned European champions by winning the old European Cup or Champions League. Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Chelsea join United and Liverpool on that list - but several more, including the Hammers and City - have won trophies in Europe in the past with both West Ham and the Citizens picking up the old European Cup-Winners Cup in 1965 and 1970 respectively.

Ahead of the final, we take a look back at some of the famous European triumphs from English clubs.

European Cup: Nottingham Forest, 1979 and 1980

In the modern era, Forest may have only just returned to the Premier League after an absence of over 20 years, but back in the late 1970s and early 80s they were a force to be reckoned with, both at home and in Europe.

Forest sensationally won back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980 with the first success coming against Malmo courtesy of Trevor Francis' winner in Munich.

They followed up by beating Hamburg a year later in Madrid, again winning 1-0, with John Robertson the man on the scoresheet.

UEFA Cup: Ipswich Town, 1981

After qualifying for the UEFA Cup by finishing third in Division One the previous season, Ipswich made it all the way to the final of the continent's second-tier competition in 1981, where Dutch side AZ lay in wait.

The final was played over two legs and Town, managed by Bobby Robson, raced into a 3-0 lead in the first game at home with goals from John Wark, Frans Thijssen and Paul Mariner.

The second leg also started well for the English side, as Thijssen scored again early on, but AZ mounted a comeback when Kurt Welzl and Johnny Metgod made it 2-1 on the night.

Wark scored again for Ipswich to make it 5-2 on aggregate and seemingly put the contest out of AZ's reach. However, Pier Tol and Jos Jonker struck again for the Dutch outfit to ensure it was a nervy finish, but Ipswich held on for a 5-4 overall success, securing their first and only European trophy to date.

European Cup: Aston Villa, 1982

It remains Villa's finest achievement when, in 1982, they were crowned champions of Europe after beating Bayern Munich in Rotterdam.

Peter Withe was the hero for the Villans as he converted Tony Morley's cross for the only goal of the game to seal victory for Tony Barton's side.

Villa also had young goalkeeper Nigel Spink to thank in the final as he made several fine saves after stepping off the bench 10 minutes into the game to replace the injured Jimmy Rimmer.

UEFA Cup: Tottenham, 1984

Spurs won the UEFA Cup for the second time in their history in 1984 when they eventually overcame Belgian side Anderlecht, who were the defending champions, 4-3 on penalties, after the two-legged final had finished 2-2 on aggregate.

Both legs ended 1-1, with Paul Miller's goal for Tottenham cancelled out by Morten Olsen in the first game, and then Graham Roberts equalised late on for the English side in the return game at White Hart Lane after Alexandre Czerniatynski had given Anderlecht the advantage.

Related Articles

bet365 uses cookies

We use cookies to deliver a better and more personalised service. For more information, see our Cookie Policy

New to bet365? Bet £10 & Get £30 in Free Bets Join Now

Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.