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Garry Parker - Nottingham Forest - Biography of his Forest career.

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Date: 14 April 1991

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      Tuesday, 07 September 1965
      Oxford, England
  • Aston Villa
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 30th November 1991 in a 3-2 defeat at Oldham Athletic (Aged: 26)
    • Club Career
      91 League apps (+4 as sub), 13 goals
  • Leicester City FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Wednesday, 22nd February 1995 in a 4-4 draw at Aston Villa (Aged: 29)
    • Club Career
      89 League apps (+25 as sub), 10 goals
  • Nottingham Forest
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 30th April 1988 in a 0-0 draw at home to Wimbledon (Aged: 22)
    • Club Career
      99 League apps (+4 as sub), 17 goals
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Garry PARKER - Nottingham Forest - Biography of his Forest career.


 Garry Parker was brought to the City Ground from Hull City for a fee in the region of £250,000, but initially struggled to command a regular place in the Forest starting line-up. With England internationals Neil Webb and Steve Hodge in possession of the two central midfield spots Parker found himself out of position out on the left, but he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. What he may have lacked in speed he more than made up for with neat passing and a keen eye for goal. The Oxford-born Parker weighed in with seven League goals but his most important goal was, without doubt, at Bristol City to clinch Forest a place in the final of the Littlewoods Cup.


Parker played his part in a 3-1 final win over Luton Town and to cap a memorable season the club finished third in the League and reached the FA Cup semi-finals. The big-money move of Neil Webb to Manchester United during the summer of 1989 saw Parker moved infield to his more favoured central role for the 89/90 season. It was not a move greeted with universal approval by the Forest faithful, as they were anxious to see new-boy John Sheridan given his chance in the vital playmaker role. Sheridan, however, moved on without playing a League game and Parker made the position his own over the next couple of seasons.


Forest retained the Littlewoods Cup in 1990 with a 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic and the following season they were back at Wembley only to suffer a 2-1 FA Cup Final defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. The emergence of youngsters Roy Keane and Scot Gemmill in the Forest midfield saw Parker move onto Midland rivals Aston Villa in November 1991 for a fee of £650,000. (David Scranage)