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December 18th: Celebrating Golden Saves

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9 MAR 1996: Mark Crossley of Forest saves Teddy Sheringham of Spurs penalty to put Forest through during Tottenham Hotspurs v Nottingham Forest in the FA cup Fifth round replay at White Heart Lane.
9 MAR 1996: Mark Crossley of Forest saves Teddy Sheringham of Spurs penalty to put Forest through during Tottenham Hotspurs v Nottingham Forest in the FA cup Fifth round replay at White Heart Lane.
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It is easy to imagine that each time MARK CROSSLEY popped his big old gloves onto the dressing room bench, everyone in there greeted him with 'Hey Norm', in a Norm from 'Cheers' style.

There is something very likeable about Crossley, the Barnsley boy done good who gave the impression that he didn't consider his job to be done unless he came off the pitch sporting thoroughly mucky knees. Sure he wore some ropey old goalkeeper tops but it was the 90s after all.

He performed some minor miracles: saving a Matt Le Tissier penaltysaving a Gary Lineker penalty in the FA cup final too - but this save at White Hart Lane and the subsequent celebration was pretty special.