Nottingham Forest

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Nottingham Forest
Logo Nottingham Forest.svg
Basic data
Surname Nottingham Forest Football Club
Seat Nottingham , England
founding 1865
Colours Red White
president Evangelos Marinakis
First soccer team
Head coach Sabri Lamouchi
Venue City Ground
Places 30,576
league EFL Championship
2019/20 7th place

Nottingham Forest (officially Nottingham Forest Football Club ) - also known as Reds , Garibaldi Reds or Tricky Trees because of the tree in the club logo - is an English football club based in Nottingham and named after the nearby forest recreation area about 1.8 kilometers north of the city.

The greatest successes in the club's history include winning the English championship in 1978 , the European Cup in 1979 and 1980, and two FA Cup victories . Forest is the only team in Europe that has won the European Cup or the Champions League more often than the national championship. The team currently plays in the second highest division in England, the EFL Championship .

The club has played its home games in the City Ground, which has 30,576 seats, since 1898 .


The foundation and first successes 1865–1957

FA Cup winner 1898

Nottingham Forest was founded in 1865, three years after city rival Notts County , which was founded in 1862. Red was chosen as the club color, and the club soon became famous as Garibaldi Reds (named after the Italian freedom fighter Giuseppe Garibaldi ). The first official game in the club's history was played on March 22, 1866 against Notts County. The club applied for admission to the newly created Football League in 1888 , but received a rejection. The following year in the Football Alliance team qualified in 1892 as the winner of the Football Alliance in a sporting way for the Football League. The team celebrated their first major success on April 16, 1898, when they won the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over Derby County . On September 3, 1898, the club moved into the newly built home ground, the City Ground. Previously, the club used several venues, but most of them were only used as venues for the games for a few years. With the opening of the newly built City Ground, the first long-term home ground was created.

Return to the First Division 1957–1972

After more than 30 years of second division and an intermittent crash into third division, Nottingham was promoted to the Football League First Division in 1957 . In 1959, the return to first class could even be crowned by winning the FA Cup for the second time after 1898. In the final, Luton Town was defeated 2-1 in front of almost 100,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium . Forest replaced Notts County as the most successful and popular team in Nottingham. In the season 1961/62 the first participation in the international competition succeeded, however, the team failed already in the first round of the fair cup 1962 with 0: 2 and 1: 5 at the later title holder FC Valencia . The team around Henry Newton , Ian Storey-Moore , Alan Hinton , Terry Hennessey and Joe Baker celebrated a success in the Football League First Division 1966/67 with the runner-up behind Manchester United around Bobby Charlton , George Best and Denis Law . This placement enabled him to participate in the European Cup again and, after a first-round success over Eintracht Frankfurt, made it into the second round of the 1968 trade fair cup . There Forest retired after a 2-1 home win by a 0-1 defeat at FC Zurich . The club's top scorer during this period was Ian Storey-Moore, who scored 21 goals in 39 games in 1966/67. The club acted successfully under coach Johnny Carey in the FA Cup 1966/67 , when it was only in the semifinals against the later title holder Tottenham Hotspur with 1: 2 the end. In the following season 1967/68 with the Scottish international Jim Baxter reinforced team could not hold this level and only finished eleventh in the table. In January 1969 Matt Gillies replaced the previous coach Johnny Carey and parted ways with many established players in the period that followed. In 1969 Bob McKinlay left the club after 18 years and returned to his Scottish homeland. To date, McKinlay holds the record for the most appearances in the service of Nottingham Forest with 614 league games. In 1970, Henry Newton and Terry Hennessey were followed by two other players from the successful team from 1966/67. Newly signed players like the Scottish internationals Peter Cormack and Tommy Gemmell could not fill this gap sufficiently.

Second class again 1972–1977

In the 1971/72 season , the club rose after 15 years in the First Division, back in the Football League Second Division . Only eight wins in 42 games led to table position 21 and thus the penultimate place. Ian Storey-Moore, who had led the internal scorer list in recent years, moved to league rivals Manchester United in March 1972. During the 1972/73 season Dave Mackay took over as the successor to Matt Gillies the coaching post at Forest, but he missed the promotion with 14th place clearly. During the 1973/74 season Mackay took over the coaching post at Derby County after the local board had dismissed the previous coach Brian Clough . Clough had brought Dave Mackay as a player to Derby five years earlier. After another average year under new coach Allan Brown , Brian Clough joined Nottingham Forest during the 1974/75 season. This had led Derby County to the English championship in 1972 and was dismissed at the beginning of the current season after only 44 days as coach of the current champions Leeds United . This was thematized in the 2009 film adaptation of The Damned United . At the end of the season it was only enough for 16th place, but already in the next year Clough led the team to eighth place. Before the start of the new season, Clough was able to win Peter Taylor as assistant coach for Forest. The two had trained together at Hartlepool United , Derby County and Brighton & Hove Albion . In the 1976/77 season, Forest managed to return to the First Division after five years in the second division thanks to a third place in the table. The top scorers were Peter Withe with 16 goals in 34 games, Ian Bowyer (12 goals in 41 games) and Tony Woodcock (11 goals in 30 games). Clough, and especially Peter Taylor, had shown lucky hands with many engagements. The new central defense with Larry Lloyd and Kenny Burns in particular should become a cornerstone of success in the years to come. Lloyd came from Coventry City in 1976 and Burns followed a year later for £ 150,000  transfer from Birmingham City . Also at the beginning of the 1977/78 season, Clough signed England goalkeeper Peter Shilton for £ 250,000 from Stoke City and Scottish international Archie Gemmill for just £ 25,000 from Derby County. Clough had already trained Gemmill and team captain John McGovern, who was signed up in 1974, while he was at Derby.

The golden age 1977–1980

In the 18 years under coach Brian Clough, Forest experienced the most successful period in the club's history.

With the season now beginning, the first of three outstanding seasons of Nottingham Forest started. As a climber, the team managed to jump to first place under coach Brian Clough and thus win the championship in the Football League First Division 1977/78 . The team around Peter Shilton, Martin O'Neill and Tony Woodcock had to accept only three defeats in 42 games and thus clearly distanced the series champions of the seventies, Liverpool FC , in second place. The club survived from November 26, 1977 to November 25, 1978 across all seasons a total of 42 league games in a row without defeat. It was not until December 9, 1978 that Forest lost 2-0 in the away game at Liverpool FC. That record was only broken on August 21, 2004 when Arsenal FC beat Middlesbrough FC . John Robertson and Peter Withe were their team's top scorers with 12 goals each. Tony Woodcock scored 11 goals in 36 games and Martin O'Neill scored 8 goals in 38 appearances. The showpiece of the championship team, however, was the defensive, which allowed only 24 goals against and was by far the best defense in the league. Goalkeeper Peter Shilton and defenders Viv Anderson , Frank Clark , Larry Lloyd and Kenny Burns stood out in particular. Center-back Burns (41 games / 4 goals) was named England's Footballer of the Year at the end of the season .

In the next season Forest was able to win the runner-up in the Football League First Division 1978/79 behind Liverpool FC and crowned the series by winning the National Champion Cup in 1979 . In the first round, the team eliminated the defending champions with Liverpool FC, followed by two clear successes over AEK Athens and Grasshopper Club Zurich . In the semifinals, the German champions awaited with 1. FC Köln . In the first leg at home in the City Ground, Cologne quickly took the lead 2-0 thanks to goals from Roger Van Gool and Dieter Müller . After Garry Birtles cut to 2-1 before the break, Forest turned the game around in the second half with two goals from Ian Bowyer and John Robertson. But the strong Cologne team achieved the equalization they deserved thanks to Yasuhiko Okudera , who had recently been substituted on . A 1-0 in the second leg with a header from a corner by Ian Bowyer ensured the final. Since favorites such as Juventus Turin , Real Madrid and Liverpool FC were eliminated early, they faced the Swedish champions Malmö FF in the final , who lost 1-0 to Forest in the Munich Olympic Stadium . Trevor Francis scored the decisive goal in his first European appearance for his new team. John Robertson had prevailed on the left wing and flanked to the second post, where Francis only had to head off. At the end of the season, the team had to cope with three important departures. Frank Clark ended his career, Archie Gemmill moved to Birmingham City and Tony Woodcock went to the Bundesliga for 1. FC Cologne for £ 2.5million. But before the end of the season in February 1979 with the commitment of Trevor Francis from Birmingham City, a direct hit and Steve Sutton , who came from his own youth , was later to establish himself as a regular goalkeeper. Francis moved to Forest for the record fee of one million pounds, which also resulted in Brian Clough being forced to transfer Tony Woodcock to Cologne after the season. Archie Gemmill had not been considered by coach Brian Clough in the European Cup final and had left the club after subsequent differences.

As the defending champion, Nottingham was also eligible to compete in the National Champions Cup in 1980 and was able to defend the cup in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium with a 1-0 win against the German champions Hamburger SV . This time John Robertson scored the winning goal. The final turned out to be a low point game, certainly also due to the fact that with Trevor Francis and Horst Hrubesch, both teams had to do without their best strikers either entirely or, as with the ailing Hrubesch, at least the first half. On the way to the final, after two comparatively easy tasks in the quarter-finals, the champions of the GDR Oberliga BFC Dynamo waited , who were defeated 3-1 after a 0-1 home defeat away from home. In the semifinals Forest knocked out the Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 and 0-1. The final opponent HSV had eliminated the Spanish champions Real Madrid in the round of the last four after a legendary 5-1 home win in the second leg . In the league it was enough at the end of the season to place 5, but thanks to the triumph in Madrid Forest could also start in the national championship cup 1981 in the next season . Again the club had to let an important player go after the season ended. Garry Birtles went to league rivals Manchester United after scoring six goals in the first nine games at the start of the 1980/81 season. As new signings came Ian Wallace from Coventry City and with Steve Hodge again a very talented youth player.

These successes almost lost the fact that Forest won the English League Cup in 1978 against Liverpool FC and in 1979 against Southampton FC and the European Supercup against FC Barcelona in 1979 . In addition, the team reached the final of the League Cup 1979/80 , but lost it 0-1 against Wolverhampton Wanderers .

The Clough era continues from 1980-1993

The 1980/81 season was less than satisfactory compared to the previous ones. In the national championship Nottingham failed in the first round against Bulgarian champions CSKA Sofia and in the championship it was only seventh in the table. Forest was therefore not eligible to compete in the international competition next year. Martin O'Neill (24 games / 3 goals) moved to Norwich City at the end of the season after ten years in Nottingham , Larry Lloyd (19 games) ended his career at Wigan Athletic and Trevor Francis went to Manchester City for a million pounds . This left seven regular players from 1979 to 1981 the club. Ian Wallace was the top scorer with eleven league goals. After a twelfth place in the 1981/82 season, goalkeeper Peter Shilton left the team for Southampton after five successful years. With team captain John McGovern to Bolton Wanderers , Kenny Burns to Leeds United , Jürgen Röber to Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Gary Mills , who moved to neighboring Derby County after a brief appearance in the USA, the team also lost four other key players. With Peter Taylor , Nottingham also lost its assistant coach, who had played a major role in the club's success over the past six years. The four newcomers Peter Davenport , ex-striker Garry Birtles from Manchester United, the replacement for Shilton signed Hans van Breukelen from FC Utrecht and the experienced Colin Todd from Birmingham City took on a difficult legacy to make up for these losses. Nevertheless, Nottingham reached fifth place in 1983, as Ian Wallace again proved to be accurate with 13 goals in 41 games, Steve Hodge played a very good season as a young player (38/8) and the new goalkeeper Hans van Breukelen showed his great potential right from the start indicated. At the end of the season, John Robertson (33/6) left Derby County as only one player, but one who had been one of the team's most influential figures since 1970. Derby was coached at the time by ex-trainer Peter Taylor, who brought this transfer to the stage without informing Brian Clough. The long-standing close friendship between the two came to an abrupt end and did not revive until Taylor's death seven years later.

In the 1991 final against Tottenham Hotspur, Forest missed the third FA Cup title after 1898 and 1959

The following year Nottingham was able to move into the semi-finals of the 1983/84 UEFA Cup . Up to this round they defeated the teams of FC Vorwärts Frankfurt , PSV Eindhoven , Celtic Glasgow and SK Sturm Graz . In the semifinals, however, Forest lost 3-0 after a 2-0 home win in the second leg at RSC Anderlecht to Morten Olsen and Enzo Scifo and thus missed the final against Tottenham Hotspur . The return match in Anderlecht was to attract public attention years later when the president of RSC Anderlecht Constant Vanden Stock confirmed in 1997 that he had “loaned” a large sum of money to the Spanish referee Emilio Carlos Guruceta. Nottingham had been denied a goal and Anderlecht had received a controversial penalty. The Spanish referee had also attracted negative attention in his home country for match-fixing. In the league, the team reached third place in the Football League First Division 1983/84 and was thus again in international business. Again the team could not be held together, defender Viv Anderson moved to Arsenal , Ian Wallace went to Sunderland after a short detour to France and goalkeeper Hans van Breukelen moved back to his home country after two years at PSV Eindhoven, where he played in Should celebrate great successes in the following years. The Dutchman John Metgod from Real Madrid came as newcomers and as a new goalkeeper, so to speak, in exchange for van Breukelen Hans Segers from Eindhoven. The club's youth department managed to present two new players who would shape the team in the following years, coaching son Nigel Clough and Des Walker .

The 1984/85 season brought ninth place and the end of the first round of the 1984/85 UEFA Cup . Again the team failed at a Belgian club, this time with 0-0 and 0-1 at Club Brugge . However, the year 1985 was overshadowed by the Heysel disaster at the final of the National Champions Cup 1985 between Liverpool FC and Juventus Turin . As a result of this tragedy, all English football teams were banned from all international competitions for five years. Steve Hodge (42 games / 12 goals), who came from youth, left the club for Aston Villa after an attractive season, but achieved success with the signing of 23-year-old Stuart Pearce from Coventry City. Popular favorite Pearce stayed with the club until 1997. Even Neil Webb from Portsmouth proved in his first season as a reinforcement.

The 1985/86 season was not satisfactory with eighth place. New signing Neil Webb scored 14 goals in 38 games and thus after Nigel Clough (37/15) the best hit yield. Eighth place in the 1986/87 season meant a standstill in the league. Once again, Nigel Clough proved to be accurate with 14 goals in 42 games. Stuart Pearce scored six goals in 39 games. John Metgod (36 games / 3 goals) moved to Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season and with Garry Birtles (28 games / 14 goals) to local rivals Notts County and Ian Bowyer (35 games / 3 goals) left the last two players from the championship team from 1978 the team. Goalkeeper Hans Segers (14 games) had lost his place to home grown Steve Sutton (28 games) and then moved to Wimbledon FC . With Mark Crossley , who came from his own youth, an attractive replacement was signed.

Due to the international ban, Nottingham Forest was not allowed to start in the UEFA Cup despite two third places in the 1987/88 and 1988/89 seasons. During this time, the club played successfully in the national cup. In the FA Cup 1987/88 Forest only failed in the semi-finals in Sheffield with 1: 2 at Liverpool. In the league, Nigel Clough achieved his most successful season with Forest with 19 goals. Neil Webb also proved to be accurate with 13 goals. After the season, Brian Clough signed defender Brian Laws from Middlesbrough FC , who proved to be an important pillar of the team over the next six years. The following year, the two teams met again in the semi-finals of the FA Cup 1988/89 . The fans flocked to Hillsborough Stadium en masse on April 15, 1989 . Especially in the block of Liverpool fans, the security forces were overwhelmed by the rush and so the Hillsborough disaster took its course. 96 dead and 766 injured were recorded in the end and caused one of the greatest tragedies in the history of international football. The abandoned game was played again on May 7, 1989 in Manchester and this time Liverpool prevailed 3-1. Instead, a 3-1 win in the final against Luton Town , winning the league cup in 1988/89, was the first title win in nine years. Neil Webb moved to Manchester United after the end of the 1989 season, as a new addition, Steve Stone , a talented youth player, could be presented again.

The club won the league cup in 1978, 1979, 1989 and 1990

Nottingham spent the next three years in the middle of the table and could not benefit from the end of the European Cup suspension for the English clubs. In 1990 they defended their title in the League Cup with a 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic . Even more important, however, was the entry into the final of the FA Cup , which the club had last achieved in 1959. Forest had knocked out Crystal Palace , Newcastle United , Southampton FC, Norwich City and in the semi-finals at Villa Park West Ham United on the way there and now met Tottenham Hotspur. The final took place on May 18, 1991 in front of 80,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium. After an early 1-0 lead by Stuart Pearce, Tottenham equalized in the 55th minute. After it remained at this score after 90 minutes, the two teams had to play in extra time and there Tottenham scored the winning goal in the 94th minute with an own goal by Des Walker. During the 1990/91 season, youth player Scot Gemmill moved up to the professional squad, his father Archie was part of the legendary team from 1977 to 1979 in the late 1970s. Stuart Pearce had a phenomenal season, scoring 11 goals in 33 league games as a defender. With Teddy Sheringham from Millwall FC , there was a new player who should draw attention to himself in the coming season.

Sheringham scored 13 goals in the 1991/92 season, becoming the team's top scorer. Roy Keane , who came from Ireland in 1990 , showed his great talent again this season and scored eight goals in 39 games. Eighth place, however, brought a disappointing result, and the team also lost the league cup final in 1992 1-0 to Manchester United.

In 1992/93 the Premier League was introduced as the top division in England. This reform brought Nottingham no luck, rather the team rose in the first season after an unsatisfactory season and 22nd place from bottom of the table. Forest had not been able to adequately replace the departures of Teddy Sheringham and Des Walker and also suffered from the increasing alcohol addiction of coach legend Brian Clough. This ended his great coaching career after the season.

Between the Premier League and First Division 1993-2004

Nottingham Forest experienced major personnel changes during this time. After Steve Hodge moved to Leeds United in 1991 , Des Walker (Sampdoria Genoa) and Teddy Sheringham (Tottenham Hotspur) left the club in 1992. Neil Webb's return after three years at Manchester United could not compensate for these departures, especially as he was far from his old form due to injuries. After relegation in 1993, ManUtd signed the up-and-coming Irish international Roy Keane (40 games / 6 goals) and Nigel Clough (42 games / 10 goals) moved to Liverpool after nine years at Forest. But before the start of the 1993/94 season, the 22-year-old Stan Collymore from Southend United was signed, a real transfer coup that made a decisive contribution to the fact that the first season in the Football League First Division was also Forest's last. With second place behind Crystal Palace the direct rise to the upper house of English football succeeded. Collymore scored 19 goals in just 27 games and thus by far the best goal yield. Scot Gemmill with 8 goals and newcomer Colin Cooper from Millwall with 7 goals also played a very good season. Brian Laws , who was rarely used in the league, moved to Grimsby Town as player- coach .

Brian Clough's successor in 1993 was former Forest player Frank Clark , who had been a member of the championship team in 1978. Clark had previously worked as a coach and later as sports director at the lower-class club Leyton Orient .

The return to the Premier League in 1994/95 could also be celebrated with third place behind champions Blackburn Rovers and runner-up Manchester United. Stan Collymore scored 22 league goals and was one of the top scorers in the league, but left Forest after the season for £ 8.5million for Liverpool FC. The Dutch international Bryan Roy , who came from US Foggia from Italy before the season , scored 13 goals, proving himself to be an ideal strike partner for Collymore. Stuart Pearce also had a very good year with 8 goals in 36 games.

In the 1995/96 championship it was ninth and in the 1995/96 UEFA Cup Forest was able to reach the quarter-finals after victories over Malmö FF , AJ Auxerre and Olympique Lyon . There, however, FC Bayern Munich was a size too big and after a 1: 2 in Munich there was a 1: 5 defeat in the second leg at the City Ground. Bayern later won the final against Girondins Bordeaux for Zinédine Zidane . To this day, this was Forest's last participation in the international competition. At the 1996 European Football Championship taking place in England in June, three Forest players took part: Stuart Pearce and Steve Stone for England and Scot Gemmill for Scotland. They too couldn't prevent the 1996/97 Premier League season from becoming a bitter one for the fans. As bottom of the table with only six wins in 38 games, the team rose again to the second division. Welsh international striker Dean Saunders , who was signed by Galatasaray Istanbul before the season , could not prove to be the hoped-for reinforcement as Bryan Roy's strike partner. Pierre van Hooijdonk scored only one goal in eight games shortly before the end of the season from Celtic Glasgow and was not the hoped-for help in the fight against relegation. Coach Frank Clark was replaced by Stuart Pearce after a 2-4 defeat on Matchday 17 at Liverpool FC. Forest only recorded one win of the season at this point, and this was also achieved on the first match day. The team started under player-coach Pearce hopefully with four wins in six games, but could not maintain this level and a series of draws finally sealed relegation. At the end of the season, Stuart Pearce also decided to leave the club after relegating for the second time within a few years. He moved to Newcastle United at the age of 35. Bryan Roy (to Hertha BSC ) and Dean Saunders (to Sheffield United ) also left Nottingham.

The team's new coach in 1997 was Dave Bassett , who had previously been a coach at Crystal Palace. Bassett had a very successful season with his new team, which culminated in the renewed direct promotion. Forest won the second division championship before Middlesbrough FC , which was mainly due to the outstanding storm duo Pierre van Hooijdonk (41 games / 29 goals) and Kevin Campbell (42 games / 23 goals), who had already been signed in 1995 as a replacement for Collymore (42 games / 23 goals), who together scored 52 of 82 Goals scored. However, the duo were torn apart after the season by the sale of Campbell to Trabzonspor . With team captain Colin Cooper to Middlesbrough, another key player left the team. Van Hooijdonk insisted at the end of the season on an agreement with the board of directors to be able to leave the club in the event of a suitable offer, and after being forced to stay the following season proved to be a disappointment before leaving the club for Vitesse Arnhem .

The return to the Premier League in 1998/99 was therefore not a good star. In protest against the sale of Campbell and Cooper, van Hooijdonk did not agree to play for Forest again until matchday 12. Coach Dave Bassett, who relied on young hopefuls Marlon Harewood and newcomers Jean-Claude Darcheville from Stade Rennes and Dougie Freedman from Wolverhampton Wanderers to replace Campbell and van Hooijdonk , failed with this concept. After only two wins in 20 league games and the 0-1 defeat in the third round of the 1998/99 FA Cup against Portsmouth FC , Bassett was dismissed. With Ron Atkinson , a very experienced coach took over for the rest of the season. In the second game under Atkinson, the team finally managed to win again with a 1-0 win at Everton . The following game in the home city ground showed, however, that the problems of the team were not only due to the weakened offensive. Forest lost 8-1 at home to eventual champions Manchester United. The Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored four goals in the last ten minutes. Three wins in the last three games came when everything was too late and Forest, bottom of the table, had to accept a direct relegation for the first time. In the course of the season, Scot Gemmill also left for Everton and, after relegation, Jean-Claude Darcheville, who had been loaned out, left the club and Nottingham Forest was faced with a fresh start.

David Platt failed to return to the Premier League with Forest between 1999 and 2001

Due to the large number of players leaving, Forest was not one of the favorites when he re-entered the second-highest English division. The new coach was former England international David Platt , who had started his coaching career in Serie A at Sampdoria Genoa with little success the previous season . Platt signed several players, but only a few could convince. Striker star John came from the US for £ 1.5m from Columbus Crew , where he was MLS top scorer last year . Platt also brought three Italian players from Serie A, all of whom had to be booked as incorrect purchases. Ian Wright , on loan at the beginning of the season, scored five goals in ten games but then had to return to West Ham United . In the second half of the season, John Terry, on loan from Chelsea , played six games for the club. At the end of the 1999/2000 season there was only 14th place, the team had nothing to do with promotion places in any phase of the season. Goalkeeper Mark Crossley, who lost his place to Dave Beasant during the season , was sold to Middlesbrough FC due to the club's financial problems. Steve Chettle had already been loaned out to Barnsley FC in the first half of the season and moved to Barnsley shortly afterwards.

The 2000/01 season was only marginally better for Forest and finished in 11th place. Andy Reid , who came from his own youth , played his first games in the professional field and was already able to indicate his great talent. David Platt had to vacate his place at the end of the season, Nottingham Forest had not achieved promotion in the two years under him, and his transfer policy had further exacerbated the club's financial problems.

The new coach was Paul Hart , who had been a youth coach at the club in recent years and had won the A youth championship in England with the Nottingham Forest team last year . Several players from the squad moved up to the professional team and found Paul Hart there, a coach who was aware of their strengths. In addition to Andy Reid , Jermaine Jenas was also able to distinguish himself as a support in the professional field. The young player from Germany Eugen Bopp was at least regularly used. The 2001/02 season was mixed due to the lack of experience of the young players and ended with 16th place in the table. In spring 2002, the club was in danger of going bankrupt. The most important sponsor ITV Digital , a private broadcaster, also went bankrupt at the time.

After three average years, 2002/03 was much more positive. A sixth place in the table brought them into the play-off semi-finals against third Sheffield United . After a 1-1 draw at City Ground, Forest was already leading 2-0 in Sheffield, but had to concede two goals by the 90th minute. In the extra time, the team lost 3: 4 and missed the play-off final against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Marlon Harewood had an excellent season (46 games / 20 goals), as did David Johnson (44/27), which was not very successful in the previous two years . In defense, Michael Dawson , who came from his own youth, and Des Walker, who returned to Forest, provided the necessary stability on the defensive. Dawson was named Second Division PFA Team of the Year as an award for good performance .

In the Football League First Division 2003/04 coach Paul Hart had to do without the injured David Johnson shortly after the start of the season (17 games / 7 goals), and his strike partner Marlon Harewood left the club and after a strong first half with 12 goals in 19 games moved to league rivals West Ham United. The resulting gap was the new strike partnership Marlon King (24 games / 5 goals) and the new from Burnley FC committed Gareth Taylor (34/10) do not fill. But Andy Reid had his best season in his time at Forest (46/13), for which he was voted Team of the Year, and with defender Wes Morgan another promising youth made the breakthrough with the professionals. Coach Paul Hart was dismissed from a relegation zone in early February 2004 after four defeats in the last five games. With Joe Kinnear the board relied on a very experienced trainer this time. This concept worked and the team managed to stay in league with 14th place.

Relegation to the third highest division 2004-2008

In the newly founded Football League Championship 2004/05 , the last low point for the time being followed with relegation to the third division. After Nottingham Forest won just four games in the first half of the season, Joe Kinnear resigned and made way for Gary Megson after a transition period . But even he could no longer prevent the descent. Already on the penultimate game day, after a 1: 2 defeat at the Queens Park Rangers, the move to the third division was certain. Defender Des Walker made his last game for Nottingham Forest on matchday one, and retired at the age of 38. Before the end of the season, Michael Dawson and Andy Reid, the two most talented players, left the club and moved to Tottenham Hotspur for around eight million pounds.

After seventh place in Football League One and another coaching change, Forest came in 2006/07 under the new coach Colin Calderwood in fourth place in the third highest English league, but lost in the semi-finals of the play-offs after a 2-0 at Yeovil Town at home 2: 5 after extra time and failed. The following season, however, once again led to an increase in performance and culminated in a second place in the table behind Swansea City in promotion to the Football League Championship in 2008. In the decisive game on the last day of the game, the opponent was again Yeovil Town, but this time the team prevailed 3-2 after goals from Julian Bennett , Kris Commons and Lewis McGugan and then celebrated the success. The best defense in the league around goalkeeper Paul Smith and defenders Wes Morgan , Kelvin Wilson , James Perch , Julian Bennett and Luke Chambers , which conceded only 32 goals in 46 league games , was largely responsible for the rise . The top scorer was Junior Agogo with 13 goals in 27 games, but after the season he moved to Zamalek SC in Egypt for 565,000 pounds .

Return to the Football League Championship and follow-up since 2008

Long-time owner Nigel Doughty passed away in February 2012

After a year of relegation battle in the 2008/09 season, the team established itself under the new coach Billy Davies in the following two seasons and only missed promotion in the play-offs in 2009/10 and 2010/11 .

After the end of the 2010/11 season, discussions between the board and coach Billy Davies dragged on for a long time, as there were different views on player obligations and the club's willingness to invest. On June 12, 2011, the club separated from Davies after two and a half years and announced the commitment of former England coach Steve McClaren for three years as the new coach one day later . After a false start in the 2011/12 season, McClaren's coaching ended prematurely on October 2, 2011. He was succeeded twelve days later by the coach of league rivals Portsmouth FC, Steve Cotterill . On February 4, 2012, the club's owner, Nigel Doughty, who had previously resigned as chairman of the board, died of heart failure at the age of 54.

The search for a new owner ended on July 10, 2012, when the club announced that the Kuwaiti Al-Hasawi family had taken over the traditional club. Just two days later, the new owners split from trainer Steve Cotterill to present Sean O'Driscoll as his successor on July 19, 2012 . On December 26, 2012, the club announced the dismissal of O'Driscoll immediately after a 4-2 home win on Boxing Day against Leeds United . Forest was at this point in eighth place in the Football League Championship 2012/13 . Just one day later, the board signed Alex McLeish as the new coach. After disagreements with the board of directors over signing new players in January 2013, McLeish resigned on February 5, 2013 from his post.

On February 7, 2013, the club announced the return of Billy Davies . Thanks to an interim winning streak, Davies led the team back to a play-off spot before a 3-2 home defeat against Leicester City on the final day of the game cost them a place in the promotion round. After extensive investments in the squad, Forest spent much of the following season on a play-off place. Long-term injuries to various regular players led to a significant drop in the team's performance from mid-February 2014. Two days after a 5-0 defeat at neighboring Derby County on March 22, 2014, the board announced the split from Billy Davies.

A week and a half later, Forest signed the successor with the long-time ex-player Stuart Pearce. Since Pearce was only ready to take over his new coaching post on July 1, 2014, Gary Brazil's role as interim coach was extended until the end of the season. After a good start to the season, Forest took the lead on Matchday 4 and remained unbeaten until Matchday 12. After losing to Cardiff City , the club was only able to record three wins in the next 16 league games and was also eliminated in the 3rd round of the FA Cup 2014/15 against third division AFC Rochdale . A 0-1 home defeat against relegation candidate Millwall FC sealed the end of Pearce after just seven months in office. One day later, the club announced the separation from the manager and presented the replacement just a few hours later on the evening of February 1, 2015 with the former Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman . After a fourteenth place in the 2014/15 season , the club under Freedman was again unable to meet expectations in the 2015/16 season and parted ways with his coach in mid-March 2016.

At the beginning of the EFL Championship 2016/17 , Forest signed the French Philippe Montanier for the first time, a coach who was not from Great Britain or Ireland. After the club's record transfer from Oliver Burke to RB Leipzig at the beginning of the season, Montanier decided not to reinvest the transfer income. On January 14, 2017, the second division announced the release of the Frenchman after the club found themselves in the relegation region again instead of in the promotion race. After Gary Brazil's brief engagement as interim coach, Forest signed a new head coach on March 14, 2017 with the ex-coach of Glasgow Rangers Mark Warburton and only secured relegation on the last day of the match with a 3-0 home win over Ipswich Town the better goal difference compared to the relegated Blackburn Rovers .

In addition to the sporting failures and a continuous decline in performance between 2012 and 2017 under the owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi, negative headlines were often written off the pitch. After a transfer embargo due to violations of financial fair play , a partial closure of the City Ground due to violations of security regulations, the failure of a sale of the club to the American John Jay Moores, which had been announced over the course of weeks, caused the final change in mood towards the initially popular Kuwaiti owner.

On May 18, 2017, the club was taken over by the Greek shipowner and owner of Olympiacos Piraeus Evangelos Marinakis . The new owner of Nottingham Forest announced that he would like to stabilize the club in the long term and lead it into the Premier League .

On January 9, 2018, Aitor Karanka was appointed the new coach and given a contract for two and a half years. The Spaniard succeeded Mark Warburton .

European Cup balance sheet

season competition round opponent total To Back
1961/62 Exhibition cities cup 1 round Spain 1945Spain Valencia CF 1: 7 0: 2 (A) 1: 5 (H)
1967/68 Exhibition cities cup 1 round Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 1: 0 (A) 4: 0 (H)
2nd round SwitzerlandSwitzerland FC Zurich (a)2: 2 ( a ) 2: 1 (H) 0: 1 (A)
1978/79 European Champions Cup 1 round EnglandEngland Liverpool FC 2-0 2: 0 (H) 0: 0 (A)
2nd round GreeceGreece AEK Athens 7: 2 2: 1 (A) 5: 1 (H)
Quarter finals SwitzerlandSwitzerland Grasshopper Zurich 5: 2 4: 1 (H) 1: 1 (A)
Semifinals Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany 1. FC Cologne 4: 3 3: 3 (H) 1: 0 (A)
final SwedenSweden Malmö FF 1-0 1-0 in Munich
1979/80 European Champions Cup 1 round SwedenSweden Östers IF 3: 1 2: 0 (H) 1: 1 (A)
2nd round Romania 1965Romania FC Argeş Piteşti 4: 1 2: 0 (H) 2: 1 (A)
Quarter finals Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR BFC Dynamo 3: 2 0: 1 (H) 3: 1 (A)
Semifinals NetherlandsNetherlands Ajax Amsterdam 2: 1 2: 0 (H) 0: 1 (A)
final Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany Hamburger SV 1-0 1-0 in Madrid
1980/81 European Champions Cup 1 round Bulgaria 1971Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 0: 2 0: 1 (A) 0: 1 (H)
1983/84 Uefa cup 1 round Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR FC Forward Frankfurt 3-0 2: 0 (H) 1: 0 (A)
2nd round NetherlandsNetherlands PSV Eindhoven 3: 1 2: 1 (A) 1: 0 (H)
3rd round ScotlandScotland Celtic Glasgow 2: 1 0: 0 (H) 2: 1 (A)
Quarter finals AustriaAustria SK Sturm Graz 2: 1 1: 0 (H) 1: 1 a.d. (A)
Semifinals BelgiumBelgium RSC Anderlecht 2: 3 2: 0 (H) 0: 3 (A)
1984/85 Uefa cup 1 round BelgiumBelgium Club Bruges 0: 1 0: 0 (H) 0: 1 (A)
1995/96 Uefa cup 1 round SwedenSweden Malmö FF ( a ) 2: 2(a) 1: 2 (A) 1: 0 (H)
2nd round FranceFrance AJ Auxerre 1-0 1: 0 (A) 0: 0 (H)
3rd round FranceFrance Olympique Lyon 1-0 1: 0 (H) 0: 0 (A)
Quarter finals GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich 2: 7 1: 2 (A) 1: 5 (H)
Legend: (H) - home game, (A) - away game, (N) - neutral place, (a) - away goal rule , (i. E.) - on penalties , (n. V.) - after extra time

Overall record : 46 games, 25 wins, 9 draws, 12 defeats, 58:39 goals (goal difference +19)

titles and achievements

  • European Champions Cup : 1979 (1-0 against Malmö FF) and 1980 (1-0 against Hamburger SV)
  • World Cup finalist: 1980 (0-1 against Nacional Montevideo)
  • FA Cup winners: 1898 (3-1 v Derby County) and 1959 (2-1 v Luton Town)
  • FA Cup finalist: 1991 (1: 2 aet against Tottenham Hotspur)
  • English soccer champions : 1978
  • Runner-up: 1967 and 1979
  • League Cup winners: 1978 (0-0 and 1-0 against Liverpool FC), 1979 (3-2 against Southampton FC), 1989 (3-1 against Luton Town) and 1990 (1-0 against Oldham Athletic)
  • League Cup finalist: 1980 (0-1 against Wolverhampton Wanderers) and 1992 (0-1 against Manchester United)
  • UEFA Super Cup winner : 1979 (1-0 and 0-0 against FC Barcelona)
  • UEFA Super Cup finalist: 1980 (2-1 and 0-1 against Valencia CF)
  • Charity Shield winner: 1978 (5-0 against Ipswich Town)
  • Charity Shield finalist: 1959 (1-3 against Wolverhampton Wanderers)
  • Full Members Cup winners : 1989 (4: 3 a.d. against Everton FC) and 1992 (3: 2 a.
  • Master of the First Division in 1998 (now the EFL Championship)
  • Second Division Champion 1907, 1922 (now the EFL Championship)
  • Third Division South Champion 1951 (today's Football League One)
  • Champion of the Football Alliance 1892
  • Anglo-Scottish Cup : 1977


The home ground of Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest's stadium is the City Ground. The Nottingham team has played at this stadium since 1898. It holds 30,576 spectators and is located directly on the south bank of the River Trent . Just 300 meters away on the opposite north bank is the Meadow Lane stadium of local rivals Notts County.

Before the opening of the City Ground in 1898, Forest played its home games in various venues, which, however, did not serve as a long-term venue for the games. Since the club was founded in 1865, the team had their encounters in The Forest until 1878 . The team later played their games at Castle Ground , The Meadows , Trent Bridge , Parkside Ground , Gregory Ground and Town Ground .

A grandstand rebuilt in 1980 was named Brian Clough Stand in honor of then coach Brian Clough, who led Forest to the greatest successes in the club's history . The £ 2 million grandstand has a capacity of around 10,000 spectators.

League affiliations

  • 1889-1892: Football Alliance
  • 1892–1906: Football League First Division
  • 1906–1907: Football League Second Division
  • 1907-1911: Football League First Division
  • 1911–1922: Football League Second Division
  • 1922–1925: Football League First Division
  • 1925-1949: Football League Second Division
  • 1949–1951: Football League Third Division
  • 1951–1957: Football League Second Division
  • 1957–1972: Football League First Division
  • 1972–1977: Football League Second Division
  • 1977–1992: Football League First Division
  • 1992-1993: FA Premier League
  • 1993–1994: Football League First Division
  • 1994–1997: FA Premier League
  • 1997–1998: Football League First Division
  • 1998–1999: FA Premier League
  • 1999-2004: Football League First Division
  • 2004–2005: Football League Championship
  • 2005-2008: Football League One
  • since 2008: Football League Championship / EFL Championship

Squad for the 2019/20 season

number player nationality in the team since Last club Date of birth


12 Jordan Smith EnglandEngland 2014 own youth December 8, 1994
30th Brice Samba Congo RepublicRepublic of the Congo 2019 SM Caen 04/25/1994
49 Arijanet Muric KosovoKosovo 2019 Manchester City 11/07/1998


2 Yuri Ribeiro PortugalPortugal 2019 Benfica Lisbon 01/24/1997
3 Tobias Figueiredo PortugalPortugal 2018 Sporting Lisbon 02/02/1994
4th Joe Worrall EnglandEngland 2016 own youth 01/10/1997
6th Gaëtan Bong CameroonCameroon 2020 Brighton & Hove Albion 04/25/1988
16 Carl Jenkinson EnglandEngland 2019 Arsenal FC 02/08/1992
20th Michael Dawson EnglandEngland 2018 Hull City 11/18/1983
27 Tendayi Darikwa EnglandEngland 2017 Burnley FC 12/13/1991
29 Yohan Benalouane TunisiaTunisia 2019 Leicester City 03/28/1987
44 Michael Hefele GermanyGermany 2018 Huddersfield Town 09/01/1990


8th Ben Watson Team captain EnglandEngland 2018 Watford FC 07/09/1985
10 João Carvalho PortugalPortugal 2018 Benfica Lisbon 03/09/1997
11 Matty Cash EnglandEngland 2015 own youth 08/07/1997
13 John Bostock EnglandEngland 2019 Toulouse FC 01/15/1992
17th Alfa Semedo Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau 2019 Benfica Lisbon 08/30/1997
19th Sammy Ameobi EnglandEngland 2019 Bolton Wanderers 05/01/1992
21st Samba Sow MaliMali 2019 Dynamo Moscow 04/29/1989
22nd Ryan Yates EnglandEngland 2016 own youth 11/21/1997
28 Tiago Silva PortugalPortugal 2019 CD Feirense 06/02/1993


7th Lewis Grabban EnglandEngland 2018 Bournemouth AFC 01/12/1988
9 Nuno da Costa Cape VerdeCape Verde 2020 Racing Strasbourg 02/10/1991
14th Adama Diakhaby FranceFrance 2020 Huddersfield Town 07/05/1996
23 Joe Lolley EnglandEngland 2018 Huddersfield Town 08/25/1992
34 Tyler Walker EnglandEngland 2015 own youth 10/17/1996
40 Zach Clough EnglandEngland 2017 Bolton Wanderers 03/08/1995
48 Alex Mighten EnglandEngland 2019 own youth 04/11/2002

As of February 2, 2020

Record player

Stuart Pearce made 522 competitive appearances for Forest
Martin O'Neill won the championship in 1978 and the national champion cup in 1979 and 1980 with Forest

The following list names the ten players with the most competitive appearances and goals in the history of Nottingham Forest.

1 ScotlandScotland Bob McKinlay 1951-70 685
2 EnglandEngland Ian Bowyer 1973-80, 81-86 564
3 EnglandEngland Steve Chettle 1987-2000 526
4th EnglandEngland Stuart Pearce 1985-97 522
5 ScotlandScotland John Robertson 1970-82, 85-86 514
6th EnglandEngland Jack Burkitt 1946-61 503
7th EnglandEngland Jack Armstrong 1905-22 460
7th WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg Grenville Morris 1898-1913 460
9 EnglandEngland Geoff Thomas 1946-60 431
10 EnglandEngland Viv Anderson 1974-83 430
1 WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg Grenville Morris 1898-1913 217
2 EnglandEngland Nigel Clough 1984-93, 96-97 131
3 EnglandEngland Wally Ardron 1949-55 124
4th EnglandEngland Johnny Dent 1926-36 122
5 EnglandEngland Ian Storey-Moore 1962-71 118
6th EnglandEngland Enoch West 1905-09 100
7th EnglandEngland Garry Birtles 1976-80, 82-86 96
7th EnglandEngland Ian Bowyer 1973-80, 81-86 96
9 ScotlandScotland John Robertson 1970-82, 85-86 95
10 EnglandEngland Tommy Wilson 1951-1960 89

Player of the year

List of Fan-Elected Player of the Year since 1977:

year winner
1977 EnglandEngland Tony Woodcock
1978 ScotlandScotland Kenny Burns
1979 EnglandEngland Garry Birtles
1980 EnglandEngland Larry Lloyd
1981 ScotlandScotland Kenny Burns
1982 EnglandEngland Peter Shilton
1983 EnglandEngland Steve Hodge
1984 EnglandEngland Chris Fairclough
1985 ScotlandScotland Jim McInally
1986 EnglandEngland Nigel Clough
1987 EnglandEngland The walker's
year winner
1988 EnglandEngland Nigel Clough
1989 EnglandEngland Stuart Pearce
1990 EnglandEngland The walker's
1991 EnglandEngland Stuart Pearce
1992 EnglandEngland The walker's
1993 EnglandEngland Steve Sutton
1994 WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg David Phillips
1995 EnglandEngland Steve Stone
1996 EnglandEngland Stuart Pearce
1997 EnglandEngland Colin Cooper
1998 NetherlandsNetherlands Pierre van Hooijdonk
year winner
1999 EnglandEngland Alan Rogers
2000 EnglandEngland Dave Beasant
2001 EnglandEngland Chris Bart-Williams
2002 ScotlandScotland Gareth Williams
2003 JamaicaJamaica David Johnson
2004 IrelandIreland Andy Reid
2005 EnglandEngland Paul Gerrard
2006 EnglandEngland Ian Breckin
2007 EnglandEngland Grant Holt
2008 EnglandEngland Julian Bennett
2009 EnglandEngland Chris Cohen
year winner
2010 Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Lee Camp
2011 EnglandEngland Luke Chambers
2012 EnglandEngland Garath McCleary
2013 EnglandEngland Chris Cohen
2014 IrelandIreland Andy Reid
2015 EnglandEngland Mikhail Antonio
2016 NetherlandsNetherlands Dorus de Vries
2017 United StatesUnited States Eric Lichaj
2018 EnglandEngland Ben Osborn
2019 EnglandEngland Joe Lolley


As the first coach in the club's history, Harry Radford took over the post in 1889 and led the club for the next eight years. The Englishman Billy Walker , who carried out the office from 1939 to 1960, had the longest tenure of head coach with the Reds . Since 1889, a total of 27 coaches have been on the sidelines and have stayed in this position for around four and a half years on average.

Colin Calderwood led Forest back to the second division in 2008
Billy Davies coached the Reds from 2009 to 2011 and 2013 to 2014
Stuart Pearce was sacked after only seven months in office
Period Trainer
1889-1897 EnglandEngland Harry Radford
1897-1909 EnglandEngland Harry Haslam
1909-1912 EnglandEngland Fred Earp
1912-1925 EnglandEngland Bob Masters
1925-1929 EnglandEngland John Baynes
1930-1931 EnglandEngland Stan Hardy
1931-1936 EnglandEngland Noel Watson
1936-1939 EnglandEngland Harold Wightman
1939-1960 EnglandEngland Billy Walker
1960-1963 ScotlandScotland Andy Beattie
1963-1968 IrelandIreland Johnny Carey
1969-1972 ScotlandScotland Matt Gillies
1972-1973 ScotlandScotland Dave Mackay
1973-1975 ScotlandScotland Allan Brown
1975-1993 EnglandEngland Brian Clough
1976-1982 EnglandEngland Peter Taylor (Assistant Trainer)
1993-1996 EnglandEngland Frank Clark
1996-1997 EnglandEngland Stuart Pearce
1997-1999 EnglandEngland Dave Bassett
1999 EnglandEngland Ron Atkinson
1999-2001 EnglandEngland David Platt
2001-2004 EnglandEngland Paul Hart
2004 IrelandIreland Joe Kinnear
2005-2006 EnglandEngland Gary Megson
2006-2008 ScotlandScotland Colin Calderwood
2009-2011 ScotlandScotland Billy Davies
2011 EnglandEngland Steve McClaren
2011–2012 EnglandEngland Steve Cotterill
2012 IrelandIreland Sean O'Driscoll
2012-2013 ScotlandScotland Alex McLeish
2013-2014 ScotlandScotland Billy Davies
2014-2015 EnglandEngland Stuart Pearce
2015-2016 ScotlandScotland Dougie Freedman
2016-2017 FranceFrance Philippe Montanier
2017 EnglandEngland Gary Brazil
2017 EnglandEngland Mark Warburton
2018-2019 SpainSpain Aitor Karanka
2019 Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Martin O'Neill
2019– FranceFrance Sabri Lamouchi

Nottingham Forest Academy and Reserves

The club's own youth academy, the Nottingham Forest Academy , was established in 1997 and is fully financed by the club and the management. The twenty or so academy players who play in the U-18 team belong to different age groups (U 17, U 18 and U 19). The U 18s play their games in Group D of the Premier Academy League , which corresponds to the top division of that age group. Among the players who come from the youth academy, Marlon Harewood, James Perch, Jermaine Jenas, Andy Reid and Michael Dawson made it into the Premier League.

The club has a second team with the Nottingham Forest Reserves , which play their games in the Central League , the second highest league level for reserve teams after the Premier Reserve League . The reserve team serves primarily to promote the game practice of young players and their development as well as to help injured players get back into play. The reserve's home games are played at the City Ground.

Nottingham Derby

The Nottingham Derby is the name of the game between Nottingham Forest and local rivals Notts County. These games are also known as Trentside Derbies , as the club grounds for the two clubs are on the banks of the River Trent . These encounters are regularly overshadowed by acts of violence, street fighting and devastation. The first official game was played on November 16, 1878, when Forest won the first round of the FA Cup in the away game at Notts County 3-1. After more than 17 years without a competitive game in the league or in the cup competitions, both teams met in the first round of the league cup of the 2011/2012 season on August 9, 2011. Forest prevailed 4: 3 (1: 1, 2: 2, 3: 3) after a penalty shoot-out in front of 21,605 spectators at the City Ground. In 94 games so far in the league, the FA Cup and League Cup, Forest has a total of 39 wins, while Notts County won 30 games and 25 events ended in a draw.

Statistics and records

Club records

Home games

  • highest home win in a professional league : 12-0 on April 12, 1909 against Leicester Fosse , today Leicester City
  • highest home defeat in a professional league : 1: 8 on February 6, 1999 against Manchester United
  • highest attendance in a home game : 49,946 on October 28, 1967 against Manchester United

Season records

  • most scored goals this season in a professional league : 110 in the 1950/51 season in the Third Division South
  • best points yield according to the two-point rule : 70 in the 1950/51 season in the Third Division South
  • best points yield according to the three-point rule : 94 in the 1997/98 season in the First Division

Series records

  • Most victories in a professional league in a row : 7 from May 9, 1979 to September 1, 1979
  • most defeats in a professional league in a row : 14 from March 21, 1913 to September 27, 1913
  • Most draws in a professional league in a row : 7 from April 29, 1978 to September 2, 1978
  • Most games in a professional league without defeat in a row : 42 from November 26, 1977 to November 25, 1978
  • Most games in a professional league without a win in a row : 19 from September 8, 1998 to January 16, 1999

Player records

Mission and goal records

  • most league appearances : Bob McKinlay , 614 between 1951 and 1970
  • Most league goals : Grenville Morris , 199 between 1898 and 1913
  • Most goals this season : Wally Ardron , 36 in 1950/51
  • Youngest player in a league game : Craig Westcarr at 16 years and 257 days on October 13, 2001 against Burnley FC
  • most international appearances : Stuart Pearce , 76 for England



  • Forest was the first club to use shin guards in 1874.
  • To date, Nottingham Forest is the first and only team that has won more European championships than national championships: immediately after winning the English championship in 1978, Forest brought the European championship cup to Nottingham in 1979 and defended it successfully the following year. Since then, the team has not been able to win either of the two titles.
  • Eberhard Kleinrensing from Duisburg enjoys absolute cult status in the club and with fans . Ebby , born in 1959, has been traveling from Germany to every Tricky Trees game for more than 30 years with his own fence flag to support the team. Because of this indeed extraordinary commitment, he was voted Fan of the Century by an overwhelming majority of Nottingham supporters . His handprint was then cast in bronze and immortalized in the “Hall of Fame”, the hall of fame of English football in London.
  • No less remarkable is Stuart Astill, who for 35 years did not miss any of the 1500 league games in Nottingham Forest and was honored for this by the club.

Web links

Commons : Nottingham Forest  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b The City Ground. ( Memento of the original from January 29, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: (engl.) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
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  8. Nottm Forest 2-5 Yeovil. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  9. Nottm Forest 3-2 Yeovil. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  10. ^ Davies appointed Forest manager. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  11. ^ Nottingham Forest talk to McClaren after sacking Davies. In: , June 13, 2011
  12. ^ New Manager Confirmed. ( Memento of the original from January 13, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: , June 13, 2011 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  13. Steve McClaren resigns as Nottingham Forest manager. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  14. Steve Cotterill joins Forest after leaving Portsmouth. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  15. ^ I had to quit as Forest chairman - Nigel Doughty. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  16. Nottingham Forest owner Nigel Doughty found dead. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  17. ^ Nottingham Forest sold to Al-Hasawi family. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  18. Nottingham Forest sold - Kuwaiti Al-Hasawi family the new owners. In:
  19. Steve Cotterill: Nottingham Forest owners Al-Hasawi family sack boss. In. BBC Sport (Engl.)
  20. ^ Sean O'Driscoll appointed new Nottingham Forest manager. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  21. ^ Nottingham Forest sack manager Sean O'Driscoll. In. BBC Sport (Engl.)
  22. ^ Nottingham Forest name Alex McLeish as new manager. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  23. Alex McLeish: Nottingham Forest manager exits City Ground. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  24. ^ Billy Davies: Nottingham Forest re-appoint ex-manager. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  25. Billy Davies: Nottingham Forest sack manager. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  26. Stuart Pearce: Nottingham Forest confirm Reds legend as boss. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  27. 12th matchday of the 2014/15 season. In: Kicker
  28. ^ Dougie Freedman replaces Stuart Pearce at Nottingham Forest. In: BBC Sport (Engl.)
  29. Dougie Freedman: Nottingham Forest manager sacked (BBC Sport)
  30. Philippe Montanier takes over as Nottingham Forest head coach (BBC Sport)
  31. Oliver Burke: Nottingham Forest winger joins RB Leipzig for £ 13m (BBC Sport)
  32. Nottingham Forest sack manager Philippe Montanier (BBC Sport)
  33. Mark Warburton: Nottingham Forest appoint former Rangers boss as manager (BBC Sport)
  34. Nottingham Forest - Ipswich Town 3-0 (BBC Sport)
  35. Bolton, Fulham & Nottingham Forest given transfer embargoes (BBC Sport)
  36. Nottingham Forest: City Ground returned to full 30,445 capacity (BBC Sport)
  37. Nottingham Forest: Club's proposed American takeover falls through (BBC Sport)
  38. ^ Lausitzer Rundschau: Olympiakos owner buys English second division team. (No longer available online.) Formerly in the original ; accessed on May 18, 2017 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  39. ^ Nottingham Forest takeover: Evangelos Marinakis buys club with EFL approval. In: BBC Sport. May 18, 2017. Retrieved May 18, 2017 .
  40. ^ Aitor Karanka appointed Nottingham Forest manager. Retrieved November 6, 2018 (UK English).
  41. ^ Nottingham Forest FC Team Page. (No longer available online.) In: Nottingham Forrest. Archived from the original on August 11, 2012 ; accessed on September 9, 2015 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  42. ^ Forest Fact File. ( Memento of the original from January 11, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: (engl.) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
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  45. ^ League Managers Association - Nottingham Forest. In: (engl.)
  46. About The Academy. ( Memento of the original from September 26, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: (engl.) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
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  48. Under 18s League Table. ( Memento of the original from May 27, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: (engl.) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
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  50. Reserves Fixtures and Results. ( Memento of the original from March 16, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: (engl.) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  51. Fans face bans over pitch fights. In: BBC (engl.)
  52. ^ All time results between Notts County and Nottingham Forest. ( Memento of the original from October 1, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: (engl.) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
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  54. Eberhard is ready for the island. ( Memento of the original from November 18, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  55. 11 friends : I love my football! . Retrieved February 11, 2020.