Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler has revealed that his favorite memory from the City Ground is Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 victory against Liverpool in August 1992 – the first Premier League game ever to be televised live.
With all football currently suspended until further notice, Tyler has been providing fans with ‘virtual tours’ of some of England’s top stadiums – revealing a commentator’s experience and perspective of each ground, as well as his personal thoughts.
He turned his attention to the City Ground today and, on the Sky Sports website, turned the clocks back to 1992 to highlight the memory that stands out for him at Forest’s stadium.
The 1992/93 campaign was, of course, the Premier League’s first, and a clash between the Reds and Liverpool at the City Ground was the first game to be broadcast.
The hosts came away 1-0 winners with Teddy Sheringham providing the decisive goal just before the half-hour mark.
Tyler was there to cover the game that day and discussed it in length on the Sky Sports website.
He said: “This, of course, was the venue for the first Premier League game to be televised live, a momentous day for Sky Sports and all of us who were privileged to be part of the team.
“We went on air two hours before kick-off so in fact the build-up was longer than the match! Nottingham Forest were managed by the still-charismatic Brian Clough with a side which included his son Nigel against Liverpool under the control of Graeme Souness, fully recovered from the health issues which had blighted his previous season.
“The game produced just one goal for our small audience at the time but it was in my words “a peach”, struck by Teddy Sheringham, or Edward as he was constantly called by his boss.
“It was a sharp shot which zipped past Liverpool’s new goalkeeper David James who was making the first of his 572 Premier League appearances. The scorer might have known at the final whistle that it was to be his final goal for Forest, though it was not reflected in the broadcast.”
He added: “The Premier League Live was underway and Sky Sports had made it happen. When we drove home from the City Ground that Sunday evening did we anticipate what the next 28 years would bring? Definitely not!”
The season would be a difficult one for Forest, who finished bottom of the table and were relegated but you feel that opening day victory against Liverpool will still bring back good memories for many fans.
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Tyler is a hugely experienced broadcaster and has witnessed many of the biggest moments in English football over the past few decades, so it is interesting to hear his thoughts.
He’s highlighted that game as what appears to be a favourite memory from the City Ground and certainly one that stands out.
The Reds victory against Liverpool will always have its place as the first game televised live in the Premier League, despite how the season ended for them.
Forest will no doubt be hoping that Tyler is commentating on them in the Premier League next term.