Here at FootballLeagueWorld, we are always looking back and reminiscing about some of the EFL’s greatest and most important moments.
And today is no different!
So, do you remember this stunning free-kick from Nottingham Forest’s Lewis McGugan back in October 2010 against Ipswich Town?
The midfielder, who last month left Sheffield Wednesday by mutual consent, came up through the youth ranks at Nottingham Forest before going on to become a key member of the squad at the City Ground.
And the 2010/11 campaign was without doubt his breakthrough year, and his remarkable free-kick against Ipswich back on October 23 was without doubt one of his many highlights from the 28-year-old’s stunning season.
Billy Davies’ Forest were already ahead against the Tractor Boys thanks to David McGoldrick’s 13th minute strike, and looked set to go into half time with a one-goal cushion before they won a free-kick 35 yards from goal.
There didn’t appear to be much danger – only two men were in the Ipswich wall – yet McGugan had other ideas, running up and striking an unstoppable effort which sailed into the top corner past the despairing dive of goalkeeper Marton Fulop.
This was McGugan’s seventh goal of the campaign and came after he scored another sensational goal in their 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough the week before, in a season which saw the talented playmaker go on to net 13 goals and lay on 15 assists, helping to inspire Forest to a sixth place finish.
Davies’ men weren’t able to end their wait for Premier League football though as they lost out to eventual play-off winners Swansea City in the semi-finals, but nothing could be taken away from the season McGugan put together, which to this day remains his best in his career.
Unsurprisingly, that wonderful effort against Ipswich was voted the Championship’s Goal of the Season for the 2010/11 campaign – a goal that will still take some beating almost seven years on.