Goalkeeper Chris is hailed a Wembley hero - Sport from the Past

Nottingham Forest 's stand-in goalkeeper Chris Woods, of Kirton End, with his family, brother Jim and parents Eric and Pat who travelled to Wembley to cheer him on.

Nottingham Forest 's stand-in goalkeeper Chris Woods, of Kirton End, with his family, brother Jim and parents Eric and Pat who travelled to Wembley to cheer him on.

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A teenager from Kirton End became a household name in football when he leapt into the limelight as Nottingham Forest’s stand-in goalkeeper.

Chris Woods, 18, was hailed a Wembley hero after playing in the League Cup final victory against Liverpool.

His phone and doorbell back home hadn’t stopped ringing with people wanting to contact him after his debut on the pitch.

“It was a marvellous weekend but on the Sunday we hardly had a moment to ourselves,” said his proud mum Pat.

“Local people kept calling in to see Chris and congratulate him, the telephone kept ringing and reprters kept trying to speak to him.”

The trip to Wembley was a real family affair ith his parents Pat and Eric Woods, younger brother Jim, cousin Mark Bates and grandparents Mr and Mrs Jeff Dawson of Swineshead travelling to the captial to cheer him on.

“He’s had some marvellous publicity,” said Mrs Woods.

“And it is fabulous for him but he’s got to keep his feet on the ground because next week he is back on the reserve side.

“He knows there’s no way at the moment that he is going to get a chance of a place in the first team when they have got a keeper like Peter Shilton.”

Sibsey motorcycle rider Derek Chatterton was all set to try and regain his British championship title after several accidents the previous year which left him with a collection of broken bones.

In separate accidents, one at Cadwell Park, Derek broke his back, leg, knee and big toe, but he was adamant he was on the mend.

Although not 100 per cent, he aimed to regain the titles he had held in 1969-77.

The previous season, despite having just recovered from breaking his spine at Cadwell, Derek managed to finish in the last 10 in the TT races – but he was determined to dpo better than that.

After 17 years of racing, the last season was his worst for accidents.