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December 17th: Celebrating Golden Goals from Yesteryear.

It's the In The Top One advent calendar.

A stalwart at the back and capable of marauding forward to weigh in with some valuable goals - COLIN COOPER was a rock upon which the excellent mid 90s Forest side was built.

Signed from Millwall in 1993, Cooper made 180 appearances in five years, notching 20 goals in the process. These weren't simply headers from set pieces either - on one occasion against Southampton at home, he played a ball out from the back towards the wing, carried on running and then nodded in the resulting cross. Here he is slamming in an exquisite free kick against Southampton. What he had against Southampton is anyone's guess.

In 1998, returned to his native north-east and continued to coach and manage after his retirement on the field.

Something about Cooper screamed total respect and he provided not only a fierce determination to win battles but a cultured approach in his ability to play out from the back.

In 2013, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity and has established the Finlay Cooper Fund.

Since this is Colin Cooper, here are some more goals. Not convinced about the libero tag? Here's his first goal for Forest: he makes Mathias Sammer look ordinary in the way he marauds forward and produces a composed finish. Also love the way he hurls himself at a chance after Collymore rattled the City bar.

And this...you could watch this all day, every day:

Finally, here's a little gem that you might have forgotten about. Sadly, Forest would bow out of the FA Cup in the replay at the City Ground 2-0.