With the English Premier League kicking off this weekend, FTBL caught up with West Australia's former EPL keeper Andy Petterson, who made a memorable EPL debut.
Petterson played in the EPL for Charlton Athletic under Alan Curbishley in the late 90s.
But, memorably, made his EPL debut on the last day of the first-ever EPL season (92/93) for Ipswich Town.
Memorable because the loan keeper from Luton didn’t know he was playing till he arrived at Portman Road 45 minutes before kick-off.
Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest.
Forest had been relegated along with Boro. But there was one more relegation spot still to be decided.
And Ipswich needed to win to stave off any relegation concerns.
It was a tense atmosphere at Portman Road.
“The season before I’d been on loan at Ipswich and they asked me back late in the season for another loan spell after Craig Forrest got injured," Petterson tells FTBL.
“It was the last game of the season against Forest, Brian Clough’s last game in charge. And it was Roy Keane’s last game for Forest, too.
"I’m driving to the game and I’m late.
“And back then there were no mobile phones.
“I dash into the dressing room and before I could even put my bag down, I was told number two keeper Clive Baker was out sick. And I’m starting."
For then 22-year-old former Young Socceroo, it was a day he’ll never forget.
“Essentially, if we’d lost we might have gotten relegated. If Forest had scored say six.
“So I run out and obviously I’m very nervous to start.
“It was my English Premiership debut. I’d played for Luton but that was in the division below.
“They had Keane, Nigel Clough, Stuart Pearce. It was a good Forest side that got relegated that year.
“Brian Clough’s last game - old Big ‘Ead - he was a legend, so there was plenty of interest in the game from the media and fans.
“And luckily I did okay. We won 2-1.
“Their goal was a penalty. John Wark [Ipswich Town] told me to go right. I went right and Nigel Clough went left, so that was their goal.
“I worked out well for me. I didn’t have time to be nervous. I had no time to think about it. I just got on with it after being a bit nervous to start.
“My clean sheet was gone but we won and Ipswich stayed up. It was an experience.”