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.

Basic facts

Founded: 1865
Country: England
City: Nottingham

Home grounds

Forest Racecourse (1865-1879)
The meadows (1879-1880)
Trent Bridge Cricket Ground (1880-1882)
Parkside (1882-1885)
Gregory (1885-1890)
Town Ground (1890-1898)
City Ground (1898-)

Main trophies

First Division/Premier League: 1
FA Cup: 2
League Cup: 4
European Cup/Champions League: 2

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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

Prominent players

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

Club records

Most games played: Bob McKinley (692)
Top goalscorer: Grenville Morris (217)

Nottingham Fores team 1898
Nottingham Forest FA Cup Final team from 1898.

History

With a foundation date of 1865, Nottingham Forest are one of the oldest football clubs in the world. The 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.

City Ground stadium City Ground in 2004.

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

Logo

Nottingham Forest logoThe 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.

Trivia

Football clubs also founded in the 1860s

Notts County logoNotts County
Stoke City FC logoStoke City FC

Football clubs ordered after establishment

Club nicknames:

The Reds

League statistics

League record

Titles in total: 1
Premier League titles: 0
First participation: 1892-1893
First title: 1977-1978

All seasons

Season League Position Points Notes
2018-19 Championship 9 66  
2017-18 Championship 17 53  
2016-17 Championship 21 51  
2015-16 Championship 16 55  
2014-15 Championship 14 59  
2013-14 Championship 11 65  
2012-13 Championship 8 67  
2011-12 Championship 19 50  
2010-11 Championship 6 75  
2009-10 Championship 3 79  
2008-09 Championship 19 53  
2007-08 League One 2 82 Promoted
2006-07 League One 4 82  
2005-06 League One 7 69  
2004-05 Championship 23 44 Relegated
2003-04 1st Division 14 60  
2002-03 1st Division 6 74  
2001-02 1st Division 16 54  
2000-01 1st Division 11 68  
1999-00 1st Division 14 56  
1998-99 Premier League 20 30 Relegated
1997-98 1st Division 1 94 Promoted
1996-97 Premier League 20 24 Relegated
1995-96 Premier League 9 58  
1994-95 Premier League 3 77  
1993-94 1st Division 2 83 Promoted
1992-93 Premier League 22 40 Relegated
1991-92 1st Division 8 59 Promoted
1990-91 1st Division 8 54  
1989-90 1st Division 9 54  
1988-89 1st Division 3 64  
1987-88 1st Division 3 73  
1986-87 1st Division 8 65  
1985-86 1st Division 8 68  
1984-85 1st Division 9 64  
1983-84 1st Division 3 74  
1982-83 1st Division 5 69  
1981-82 1st Division 12 57  
1980-81 1st Division 7 50  
1979-80 1st Division 5 48  
1978-79 1st Division 2 60  
1977-78 1st Division 1 64 1st league title
1976-77 2nd Division 3 52 Promoted
1975-76 2nd Division 8 46  
1974-75 2nd Division 16 38  
1973-74 2nd Division 7 45  
1972-73 2nd Division 14 40  
1971-72 1st Division 21 25 Relegated
1970-71 1st Division 16 36  
1969-70 1st Division 15 38  
1968-69 1st Division 18 33  
1967-68 1st Division 11 39  
1966-67 1st Division 2 56  
1965-66 1st Division 18 36  
1964-65 1st Division 5 47  
1963-64 1st Division 13 41  
1962-63 1st Division 9 44  
1961-62 1st Division 19 36  
1960-61 1st Division 14 37  
1959-60 1st Division 20 35  
1958-59 1st Division 13 40  
1957-58 1st Division 10 42  
1956-57 2nd Division 2 54 Promoted
1955-56 2nd Division 7 47  
1954-55 2nd Division 15 39  
1953-54 2nd Division 4 52  
1952-53 2nd Division 7 44  
1951-52 2nd Division 4 49  
1950-51 3rd Division S 1 70 Promoted
1949-50 3rd Division S 4 49  
1948-49 2nd Division 21 35 Relegated
1947-48 2nd Division 19 35  
1946-47 2nd Division 11 40  
1939-46 - - - WWII
1938-39 2nd Division 20 31  
1937-38 2nd Division 20 36  
1936-37 2nd Division 18 34  
1935-36 2nd Division 19 35  
1934-35 2nd Division 9 42  
1933-34 2nd Division 17 35  
1932-33 2nd Division 5 49  
1931-32 2nd Division 11 42  
1930-31 2nd Division 17 37  
1929-30 2nd Division 10 41  
1928-29 2nd Division 11 42  
1927-28 2nd Division 10 40  
1926-27 2nd Division 5 50  
1925-26 2nd Division 17 36  
1924-25 1st Division 22 24 Relegated
1923-24 1st Division 20 32  
1922-23 1st Division 20 34  
1921-22 2nd Division 1 56 Promoted
1920-21 2nd Division 18 36  
1919-20 2nd Division 18 31  
1915-19 - - - WWI
1914-15 2nd Division 18 29  
1913-14 2nd Division 20 23  
1912-13 2nd Division 17 32  
1911-12 2nd Division 15 33  
1910-11 1st Division 20 25 Relegated
1909-10 1st Division 14 33  
1908-09 1st Division 14 36  
1907-08 1st Division 9 37  
1906-07 2nd Division 1 60 Promoted
1905-06 1st Division 19 31 Relegated
1904-05 1st Division 16 25  
1903-04 1st Division 9 31  
1902-03 1st Division 10 35  
1901-02 1st Division 5 35  
1900-01 1st Division 4 39  
1899-00 1st Division 8 34  
1898-99 1st Division 11 33  
1897-98 1st Division 8 31  
1896-97 1st Division 11 26  
1895-96 1st Division 13 25  
1894-95 1st Division 7 31  
1893-94 1st Division 7 32  
1892-93 1st Division 10 28  

Note 1. The 1939-40 season was abandoned after three rounds and is therefore excluded.
Note 2. Nottingham Forest played in the Football Alliance league 1889-1892.

Premier League – facts, stats and history

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nottingham_Forest_FC
http://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/club/history/history.aspx
https://thebeautifulhistory.wordpress.com/clubs/nottingham-forest/

Image sources:
1. Unknown
2. Garth Newton