Nottingham Forest FC
Among the many forgotten giants of English football, Nottingham Forest's star shines the brightest. Even though they have been out of the Premier League for the entire 21st century, Forest were a force to be reckoned with during their heyday in the 70s. During their long and interesting history, they have won one League title, two FA Cups and four League Cups. In addition to their domestic trophies, Forest are one of only two British clubs to claim back-to-back European Cups.
Forest Racecourse (1865-1879)
The meadows (1879-1880)
Trent Bridge Cricket Ground (1880-1882)
Town Ground (1890-1898)
City Ground (1898-)
First Division/Premier League: 1
FA Cup: 2
League Cup: 4
European Cup/Champions League: 2
First Division: 1977–78
FA Cup: 1897–98, 1958–59
League Cup: 1977–78, 1978–79, 1988–89, 1989–90
European Cup: 1978–79, 1979–80
Grenville Morris, Viv Anderson, Nigel Clough, Trevor Francis, Des Walker, Martin O'Neill, Archie Gemmill, Peter Shilton, Kenny Burns, Neil Webb, Stuart Pearce, Roy Keane
Most games played: Bob McKinley (692)
Top goalscorer: Grenville Morris (217)
With a foundation date of 1865, Nottingham Forest are one of the oldest football clubs in the world (it should not be confused with Forest Club, though, founded six earlier and later renamed as Wanderers FC). The club participated in the FA Cup for the first time in the 1879-1880 season, almost ten years before the English Football League was inaugurated.
At first, Forest were a multi-sports club, with bandy (the club was actually initially named Nottingham Forest Football and Bandy Club) and baseball sections being a large part of the club's identity. Yet, it was the football section that had the most success; in 1892, they won the Football Alliance league once before being admitted to the Football League. Their first major honor came in 1898, with a win over Derby County in the FA Cup final.
Under Brian Clough
With only a single FA Cup trophy in 1959 during the next seven decades, Forest were not seen as particularly threatening. This would all change with Brian Clough taking over the managerial role in 1975. Together with his assistant Peter Taylor, Clough would transform Forest into a competitive club with a penchant for attractive football. Even more impressively, it seemed like Forest became a contender overnight; after winning promotion to the First Division in 1977, they won a Double the following year by claiming a League title and defeating Liverpool in the League Cup final.
After retaining the League Cup in 1979, Forest one-upped it by going all the way in the European Cup, outlasting Malmö FF 1-0 in the final. History repeated itself the very next season, with Forest once again reaching the final, where they defeated Hamburger SV 1-0 on the back of a tremendous performance by goalkeeper Peter Shilton.
Relegation to the Championship
Clough led the club to two more League Cup trophies in 1989 and 1990 before deciding to retire in 1993, thus bringing an end to Forest's glory days. In 1999, the club was relegated to the Championship.
By Oscar Anderson
The logo of Nottingham Forest is characterized by the stylized tree, referring to the second name, and the wavy lines, representing the river Trent. Sometimes two adjacent stars can be seen together with the crest, marking the two European Cup titles.
Nottingham Forest FC timeline
1865 The club is established.
1866 The first match is played, on 22 March against Notts County.
1892 Winner of the Football Alliance.
1892 First game played in the Football League.
1898 The club move to the City Ground.
1898 Winning their first FA Cup title.
1957 Promoted to the Division 1 after an 18-year absence.
1967 New attendance record (49,946), against Manchester United in Division 1.
1975 Brian Clough is appointed as manager.
1978 First Division 1 title.
1978 First League Cup title.
1979 Winning its first European Cup.
2018 Joao Carvalho is signed from Benfica for £13,2M, a new club transfer record.
Football clubs also founded in the 1860s
Titles in total: 1
Premier League titles: 0
First participation: 1892-1893
First title: 1977-1978
|1977-78||1st Division||1||64||1st league title|
|1950-51||3rd Division S||1||70||Promoted|
|1949-50||3rd Division S||4||49|
2. Garth Newton