1992–93 Nottingham Forest F.C. season

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Nottingham Forest
1992–93 season
Chairman Fred Reacher
Manager Brian Clough
Stadium City Ground
FA Premier League 22nd (relegated)
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Fifth round
Top goalscorer League: N Clough (10)
All: N Clough (12)
Average home league attendance 21,910

During the 1992–93 English football season, Nottingham Forest competed in the inaugural season of the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

The previous season, Forest had finished 8th and started the new season fairly well with an opening-day 1-0 win over Liverpool in Sky Sports' first-ever 'Super Sunday' match on August 16, 1992 which saw their first-ever live goal scored by Teddy Sheringham. However, after the sale of key players Sheringham and Des Walker, Forest struggled thereafter and after the promising display against Liverpool on the opening day, they went on the receiving end of six successive defeats - during which they leaked 18 goals - which would set the tone for a long season ahead of them. They were virtually never out of the relegation zone after their 2-0 home defeat to eventual champions Manchester United on August 29, 1992 and since the opening day, they won just two of their next 21 games before the new year, leaving them in bottom place, six points from safety.

However, their form after the new year exceptionally improved with a run of five wins in the next seven league games, cumulating in a 1-0 win over Queen's Park Rangers on February 24, 1993, briefly lifting them out of the relegation zone on goal difference, during a very tight relegation dogfight at the time with only seven points separating second-bottom Middlesbrough and 12th-placed Chelsea. However, a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City and a 1-1 draw with relegation rivals Crystal Palace in their next two home games saw them sucked back into the bottom-three and after that, they couldn't quite keep up the momentum for survival, winning just two of the next ten games, leaving them needing to win their final two games in order to stand any chance of avoiding relegation. They were ultimately relegated in bottom place with their fate being confirmed on May 1, 1993 in a 2-0 home defeat to Sheffield United - among other results going against them - which also saw the Blades effectively secure their survival at the expense of Middlesbrough. Brian Clough retired at the end of the season, leaving Frank Clark to try and take Forest back to the Premier League.

During the off-season, young Irish midfielder Roy Keane - who was named in the PFA Team of the Year - was sold to Manchester United. He would play a major role in United's dominance of English football over the next decade.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 42 24 12 6 67 31 +36 84 1993–94 UEFA Champions League First round
2 Aston Villa 42 21 11 10 57 40 +17 74 1993–94 UEFA Cup First round
3 Norwich City 42 21 9 12 61 65 −4 72
4 Blackburn Rovers 42 20 11 11 68 46 +22 71
5 Queens Park Rangers 42 17 12 13 63 55 +8 63
6 Liverpool 42 16 11 15 62 55 +7 59
7 Sheffield Wednesday 42 15 14 13 55 51 +4 59
8 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 11 15 60 66 −6 59
9 Manchester City 42 15 12 15 56 51 +5 57
10 Arsenal 42 15 11 16 40 38 +2 56 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup First round 1
11 Chelsea 42 14 14 14 51 54 −3 56
12 Wimbledon 42 14 12 16 56 55 +1 54
13 Everton 42 15 8 19 53 55 −2 53
14 Sheffield United 42 14 10 18 54 53 +1 52
15 Coventry City 42 13 13 16 52 57 −5 52
16 Ipswich Town 42 12 16 14 50 55 −5 52
17 Leeds United 42 12 15 15 57 62 −5 51
18 Southampton 42 13 11 18 54 61 −7 50
19 Oldham Athletic 42 13 10 19 63 74 −11 49
20 Crystal Palace (R) 42 11 16 15 48 61 −13 49 Relegation to the 1993–94 Football League First Division
21 Middlesbrough (R) 42 11 11 20 54 75 −21 44
22 Nottingham Forest (R) 42 10 10 22 41 62 −21 40

Updated to games played on 11 May 1993.
Source: Soccerbase
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Arsenal qualified by winning the FA Cup.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Nottingham Forest's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16 August 1992 Liverpool H 1–0 20,038 Sheringham
19 August 1992 Sheffield Wednesday A 0–2 29,623
22 August 1992 Oldham Athletic A 3–5 11,632 Pearce (pen), Bannister (2)
29 August 1992 Manchester United H 0–2 19,694
31 August 1992 Norwich City A 1–3 14,104 N Clough
5 September 1992 Blackburn Rovers A 1–4 16,180 Bannister
12 September 1992 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–2 19,420 Bannister
21 September 1992 Coventry City H 1–1 17,553 N Clough
26 September 1992 Chelsea A 0–0 19,760
3 October 1992 Manchester City A 2–2 22,571 McKinnon, Pearce
17 October 1992 Arsenal H 0–1 24,862
21 October 1992 Middlesbrough H 1–0 17,846 Black
24 October 1992 Sheffield United A 0–0 19,152
31 October 1992 Ipswich Town H 0–1 21,411
7 November 1992 Everton H 0–1 20,941
21 November 1992 Crystal Palace A 1–1 15,330 Bannister
28 November 1992 Southampton H 1–2 19,942 N Clough
5 December 1992 Leeds United A 4–1 29,364 N Clough, Keane (2), Black
12 December 1992 Aston Villa A 1–2 29,015 Keane
20 December 1992 Wimbledon H 1–1 19,326 N Clough
28 December 1992 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–2 32,118 Gemmill
9 January 1993 Coventry City A 1–0 15,264 Woan
16 January 1993 Chelsea H 3–0 23,249 Bannister (2), Örlygsson
27 January 1993 Manchester United A 0–2 36,085
30 January 1993 Oldham Athletic H 2–0 21,240 Woan (2)
6 February 1993 Liverpool A 0–0 40,463
20 February 1993 Middlesbrough A 2–1 15,639 N Clough, Stone
24 February 1993 Queens Park Rangers H 1–0 22,436 Crosby
27 February 1993 Manchester City H 0–2 25,956
3 March 1993 Crystal Palace H 1–1 20,603 Keane
13 March 1993 Everton A 0–3 21,271
17 March 1993 Norwich City H 0–3 20,799
21 March 1993 Leeds United H 1–1 25,148 N Clough
24 March 1993 Southampton A 2–1 18,005 N Clough, Keane
4 April 1993 Aston Villa H 0–1 26,742
7 April 1993 Blackburn Rovers H 1–3 20,467 N Clough (pen)
10 April 1993 Queens Park Rangers A 3–4 16,782 Black, Bannister (2)
12 April 1993 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–1 25,682 Black, Rosario
17 April 1993 Wimbledon A 0–1 9,358
21 April 1993 Arsenal A 1–1 19,024 Keane
1 May 1993 Sheffield United H 0–2 26,752
8 May 1993 Ipswich Town A 1–2 22,093 N Clough (pen)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1992-93 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1993 Southampton H 2–1 13,592 Keane, Webb
R4 23 January 1993 Middlesbrough H 1–1 22,296 Webb
R4R 3 February 1993 Middlesbrough A 3–0 20,514 Bannister, N Clough, Woan
R5 13 February 1993 Arsenal A 0–2 27,591

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 23 September 1992 Stockport County A 3–2 7,964 Örlygsson, N Clough, Bannister
R2 Second Leg 7 October 1992 Stockport County H 2–1 (won 5-3 on agg) 15,573 Black, Gannon (own goal)
R3 28 October 1992 Crewe Alexandra A 1–0 7,042 Örlygsson
R4 2 December 1992 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–0 22,312 Keane, Woan
QF 12 January 1993 Arsenal A 0–2 25,600

Squad[edit]

[2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Wales GK Mark Crossley
Wales GK Andy Marriott
England DF Craig Armstrong
England DF Steve Blatherwick
England DF Gary Charles
England DF Steve Chettle
England DF Chris Hope
England DF Brian Laws
England DF Stuart Pearce (captain)
England DF Carl Tiler
England DF Brett Williams
Northern Ireland MF Kingsley Black
England MF Gary Crosby
Scotland MF Scot Gemmill
England MF Bobby Howe
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Ray McKinnon
Republic of Ireland MF Roy Keane
England MF Ian Kilford
England MF Tony Loughlan
Iceland MF Þorvaldur Örlygsson
England MF Steve Stone
England MF Justin Walker
England MF Neil Webb
England MF Ian Woan
England FW Gary Bannister
England FW Nigel Clough
Scotland FW Lee Glover
England FW Steve Guinan
England FW Paul McGregor
England FW Robert Rosario

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Scotland DF Terry Wilson (to Dunfermline Athletic)
No. Position Player
England FW Teddy Sheringham (to Tottenham Hotspur)

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering appearances in all competitions[3]