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.
Updated to games played on 11 May 1993.
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.