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Photos: Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman in Leeds United colours at Wembley

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Dougie Freedman had a short but memorable spell on loan to Leeds United in 2008.

Today’s tie between Leeds and Nottingham Forest is going to be a special occasion for Forest boss Dougie Freedman.

Leeds United fans will remember that Freedman had a very popular loan spell with the club. The Scot joined Leeds, who were then in League One, from Crystal Palace in March 2008.

He scored six goals and set up three in his 14 games with the club, as they reached the League One play-off final.

He played in that final at Wembley. Leeds eventually lost the game to Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers and were subjected to yet another term at the third tier of English football.

Freedman however had a helping hand in getting them there. He scored a crucial late goal at Elland Road in the first-leg of their play-off semi-final with Carlisle United. They lost that game 2-1 but his goal proved important at Brunton Park, when a late Jonny Howson strike sent Leeds to Wembley.

The following season Freedman was surplus to requirements at Palace and he admitted to the Yorkshire Evening Post in 2010 that he was very keen on a move to Leeds that summer. The deal never came off and he joined Southend United instead.

Now he gets to come back to Elland Road with his Forest side, hoping to get one over on the team he would have joined seven years ago.

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