2007–08 Nottingham Forest F.C. season

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Nottingham Forest
2007–08 season
Chairman Nigel Doughty
Manager Colin Calderwood
Football League One 2nd (Promoted)
FA Cup Second Round
League Cup Second Round
Football League Trophy First Round
Top goalscorer League:
Junior Agogo (13)
All:
Junior Agogo (13)
Highest home attendance 28,520 vs Yeovil Town (League One, 3 May 2008)
Lowest home attendance 3,102 vs Peterborough United (Football League Trophy, 4 September 2008)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2007–08 season was Nottingham Forest's third consecutive season in League One. The season was regarded a success with the team gaining promotion back to the Championship at the third attempt.

Forest's players were also successful on an individual level in the 2007–08 season, with Julian Bennett and Kris Commons in the PFA League One Team of the Year, while Paul Smith ended the season with 24 clean sheets in 46 games, the record for the league in that season. This achievement was recognised when he received the Puma Golden Glove award.

Team Kit[edit]

Supplier: Umbro
Sponsor(s): Capital One

Home
Away
Third

Source: Wikipedia Nottingham Forest Article

Season Overview[edit]

In the 2007-08 campaign, Forest were named title favourites for the third consecutive year. Calderwood signed five players in summer 2007, most notably former Celtic captain Neil Lennon on a free transfer. Also captured were left-back Matt Lockwood from Leyton Orient, Preston North End defender Kelvin Wilson and Yeovil Town duo midfielder Chris Cohen and attacking winger Arron Davies all signing for undisclosed fees.

Forest started the 2007-08 campaign by failing to win in their first six competitive games. The Reds drew three times and lost 2-1 at home to rivals Leeds United, as well as losing 3-2 to Peterborough United in the Football League Trophy. However, Forest then hit an eight-game unbeaten run in the league (including five wins), scoring seventeen goals in the process. After losing to Luton, Forest went on another unbeaten run, this time of six games in all competitions. This briefly took Forest to the top of the league table over Christmas, the first time they had been top all season.

But they lost top spot as they failed to win away from home, in a run lasting seven games. After moving back into second place, Forest's away form once again was found lacking, which allowed Carlisle and Doncaster to overtake them into second and third place, respectively. Forest went on to collect just one win in seven games.

However, they turned their form around, and after being 11 points behind second-place at one point. A win Carlisle saw Forest then win six out of their last seven games of the season. Forest, who had only been in the automatic promotion places once all season got promoted to the Championship on a dramatic last day of the season, by beating Yeovil 3-2 at the City Ground to secure second place. The Reds kept a league record of 24 clean sheets out of 46 games, which helped them end their three-year spell in the league's third tier and gain their first promotion in ten years.

Pre-season and Friendlies[edit]

Results[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
17 July 2007 Ilkeston Town A 5 – 0 Thornhill (2) 48', 58', Sinclair 79', Brown (2) 83', 89' 1,180
18 July 2007 Rushden & Diamonds A 1 – 1 Davies 90' 1,210
21 July 2007 Chesterfield A 0 – 1 2,796
24 July 2007 Scotland Kilmarnock A 3 – 1 Holt (3) 19' (pen.), 39' (pen.), 51' (pen.) 2,524
26 July 2007 Scotland Dunfermline Athletic A 1 – 2 Sinclair 24' 1,756
28 July 2007 Scotland Motherwell A 0 – 0 2,505
30 July 2007 Notts County A 2 – 1 Chambers (2) 4', 85' 7,070
31 July 2007 Derby County A 0 – 2 25,159
4 August 2007 Sheffield United A 0 – 1 5,676

League One[edit]

Results[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance League

position

11 August 2007 Bournemouth H 0 – 0 18,791 16th
18 August 2007 Swansea City A 0 – 0 17,220 15th
25 August 2007 Leeds United H 1 – 2 Commons 50' 25,237 18th
1 September 2007 Bristol Rovers A 2 – 2 Anthony (og) 29', Holt 45+1' 9,080 18th
15 September 2007 Port Vale A 2 – 0 Edwards (og) 3', Chambers 86' 6,521 14th
22 September 2007 Gillingham H 4 – 0 Agogo (3) 43', 61', 73', Sinclair 84' 16,330 10th
29 September 2007 Yeovil Town A 3 – 0 Chambers 57', Agogo 79', Commons 84' 6,818 8th
2 October 2007 Huddersfield Town A 1 – 1 Commons 75' 10,994 8th
6 October 2007 Hartlepool United H 2 – 1 Commons 11', Agogo 83' 17,520 5th
13 October 2007 Cheltenham Town A 3 – 0 Commons (3) 11', 45+1', 66' 5,012 3rd
20 October 2007 Doncaster Rovers H 0 – 0 23,108 4th
27 October 2007 Luton Town A 1 – 2 Bennett 90+1' 8,524 7th
30 October 2007 Oldham Athletic H 0 – 0 16,423 6th
3 November 2007 Tranmere Rovers H 2 – 0 Agogo 50'(pen), Tyson 78' 16,825 4th
6 November 2007 Southend United H 4 – 1 Breckin 41', Tyson 65', Agogo (2) 73', 88' 26,094 2nd
24 November 2007 Crewe Alexandra H 2 – 0 Davies 45', Clingan 52' 16,650 2nd
4 December 2007 Walsall A 0 – 1 6,605 4th
7 December 2007 Brighton and Hove Albion A 2 – 0 Tyson (2) 30', 49' 6,536 2nd
15 December 2007 Northampton Town H 2 – 2 McGugan 15', Agogo 90' 17,081 3rd
22 December 2007 Port Vale H 2 – 0 Agogo 24', McGugan 67' 21,407 1st
26 December 2007 Oldham Athletic A 0 – 0 8,140 2nd
29 December 2007 Gillingham A 0 – 3 7,712 2nd
1 January 2008 Huddersfield Town H 2 – 1 Cohen 68', McGugan 90+2' 18,762 2nd
12 January 2008 Leyton Orient H 4 – 0 Holt (2) 31', 54'(pen), Commons 72', Thornhill 89' 17,805 2nd
19 January 2008 Swindon Town A 1 – 2 Chambers 63' 9,815 3rd
23 January 2008 Millwall A 2 – 2 Cohen 85', Tyson 88' 8,436 2nd
29 January 2008 Swansea city H 0 – 0 21,065 3rd
2 February 2008 Bournemouth A 0 – 2 7,251 4th
9 February 2008 Millwall H 2 – 0 Bennett 48', Chambers 58' 17,046 3rd
12 February 2008 Leeds United A 1 – 1 Bennett 69' 29,552 4th
16 February 2008 Swindon Town H 1 – 0 Tyson 50' 23,439 3rd
23 February 2008 Leyton Orient A 1 – 0 Agogo 61' 7,136 2nd
3 March 2008 Carlisle United H 0 – 1 28,487 4th
8 March 2008 Crewe Alexandra A 0 – 0 6,341 4th
11 March 2008 Southend United A 1 – 1 Thornhill 65' 8,376 4th
15 March 2008 Walsall H 1 – 1 Ormerod 49' 17,177 4th
21 March 2008 Northampton Town A 2 – 1 Ormerod 9', Tyson 63'(pen) 7,244 4th
24 March 2008 Brighton and Hove Albion H 0 – 0 18,165 4th
28 March 2008 Doncaster Rovers A 0 – 1 12,508 4th
1 April 2008 Carlisle United A 2 – 0 Chambers 76', McCleary 90+3' 9,979 4th
5 April 2008 Cheltenham Town H 3 – 1 Agogo (2) 26', 47', Chambers 45' 19,860 4th
8 April 2008 Bristol Rovers H 1 – 1 McGugan 33' 15,860 5th
12 April 2008 Tranmere Rovers A 2 – 0 Tyson 34', Morgan 51' 8,689 4th
19 April 2008 Luton Town H 1 – 0 Tyson 67' 17,331 4th
26 April 2008 Hartlepool United A 1 – 0 McGugan 84' 5,206 3rd
3 May 2008 Yeovil Town H 3 – 2 Bennett 12', Commons 18', McGugan 28' 28,520 2nd

League Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Swansea City (C) (P) 46 27 11 8 82 42 +40 92 Promotion to League Championship
2 Nottingham Forest (P) 46 22 16 8 64 32 +32 82
3 Doncaster Rovers (P) 46 23 11 12 65 41 +24 80 Qualification to Football League One playoffs
4 Carlisle United 46 23 11 12 64 46 +18 80
5 Leeds United 46 27 10 9 72 38 +34 076*
6 Southend United 46 22 10 14 70 55 +15 76
7 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 19 12 15 58 50 +8 69
8 Oldham Athletic 46 18 13 15 58 45 +13 67
9 Northampton Town 46 17 15 14 60 55 +5 66
10 Huddersfield Town 46 20 6 20 50 62 −12 66
11 Tranmere Rovers 46 18 11 17 52 47 +5 65
12 Walsall 46 16 16 14 52 46 +6 64
13 Swindon Town 46 16 13 17 63 56 +7 61
14 Leyton Orient 46 16 12 18 49 63 −14 60
15 Hartlepool United 46 15 9 22 62 65 −3 54
16 Bristol Rovers 46 12 17 17 45 53 −8 53
17 Millwall 46 14 10 22 45 61 −16 52
18 Yeovil Town 46 14 10 22 38 59 −21 52
19 Cheltenham Town 46 13 12 21 42 64 −22 51
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 12 14 20 47 65 −18 50
21 Bournemouth (R) 46 17 7 22 62 72 −10 048* Relegation to League Two
22 Gillingham (R) 46 11 13 22 44 73 −29 46
23 Port Vale (R) 46 9 11 26 47 81 −34 38
24 Luton Town (R) 46 11 10 25 43 63 −20 033*

Updated to games played on 3 May 2008.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
* Leeds deducted 15 points for failure to comply with rules on insolvency, Luton and Bournemouth deducted 10 points each for entering administration.
(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.

FA Cup[edit]

Results[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
10 November 2007 Round 1 Lincoln City A 1 – 1 McGugan 25' 7,361
27 November 2007 Round 1 Replay Lincoln City H 3 – 1 Commons 35', Tyson (2) 49', 61' 6,783
11 December 2007 Round 2 Luton Town A 0 – 1 5,758

League Cup[edit]

Results[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
14 August 2007 Round 1 Chester City A 0 – 0
(4 – 2p)
2,720
28 August 2007 Round 2 Leicester City H Match abandoned at half time [1] 15,638
18 September 2007 Round 2 Leicester City H 2 – 3 Smith 1', Tyson 64' 15,519

Football League Trophy[edit]

Results[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
4 September 2007 Round 1 Peterborough United H 2 – 3 Chambers (2) 33', 49' 3,102

Squad Statistics[edit]

Appearances and Goals[edit]

The statistics for the following players are for their time during 2007-08 season playing for Nottingham Forest. Any stats from a different club during 2007-08 are not included.

  • Grant Holt's red card was for two yellow cards
  • Nottingham Forest also had two own goals scored for them during 2007-08
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Football League Trophy Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK England Paul Smith 46 0 3 0 2 1 1 0 52 1 0 0
2 DF England Kelvin Wilson (vc) 40 (2) 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 45 (2) 0 4 1
3 DF England Matt Lockwood 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 1 0
4 DF England Luke Chambers 40 (2) 5 3 0 2 0 1 2 46 (2) 7 3 0
5 DF England Wes Morgan 37 (5) 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 41 (5) 1 6 0
6 DF England Ian Breckin (c) 22 (6) 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 25 (6) 1 6 0
7 MF England James Perch 19 (11) 0 1 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 21 (13) 0 1 1
8 MF Scotland Kris Commons 29 (10) 9 2 (1) 1 2 0 1 0 34 (11) 10 2 0
9 FW England Nathan Tyson 26 (8) 9 3 2 1 1 1 0 31 (8) 12 2 0
10 FW England Grant Holt 22 (10) 3 1 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 24 (11) 3 5 1*
11 FW Scotland Scott Dobie 1 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 (1) 0 0 0
11 FW England Will Hoskins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
12 MF England Garath McCleary 3 (5) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 (5) 1 0 0
13 MF Germany Felix Bastians 0 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 (1) 0 0 0
14 MF Wales Arron Davies 9 (10) 1 1 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 10 (12) 1 2 0
15 MF England Chris Cohen 40 (1) 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 44 (1) 2 5 0
16 MF Northern Ireland Sammy Clingan 40 (2) 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 44 (2) 1 6 1
17 MF England Lewis McGugan 25 (8) 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 28 (8) 7 5 0
18 MF Northern Ireland Neil Lennon 15 (3) 0 1 0 2 0 0(1) 0 18 (4) 0 4 0
18 ST England Brett Ormerod 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2 0 0
20 GK Greece Dimitrios Konstantopoulos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 FW Ghana Junior Agogo 27 (8) 13 1 (2) 0 1 (1) 0 1 0 30 (11) 13 0 0
24 FW England Emile Sinclair 0 (12) 1 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (14) 1 0 0
25 MF Republic of Ireland Alan Power 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
26 MF England Matt Thornhill 5 (9) 2 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 5 (11) 2 1 0
27 DF Republic of Ireland Brendan Moloney 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
28 DF England Joe Heath 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 DF England Julian Bennett 33 (1) 4 2 0 2 0 1 0 38 (1) 4 8 0
30 GK England Dale Roberts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 MF Republic of Ireland Mark Byrne 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
32 GK Republic of Ireland Shane Redmond 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF England James Reid 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 GK England Barry Richardson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 DF Algeria Hamza Bencherif 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- GK England Paddy Gamble 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- DF England Tom Sharpe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- ST England David Brown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
12 June 2007 MF Northern Ireland Neil Lennon Celtic Free
5 July 2007 DF England Matt Lockwood Leyton Orient Undisclosed
6 July 2007 MF Wales Arron Davies Yeovil Town Undisclosed
6 July 2007 MF England Chris Cohen Yeovil Town Undisclosed
16 July 2007 DF England Kelvin Wilson Preston North End £300k
22 January 2008 MF England Garath McCleary Bromley Undisclosed

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
23 January 2008 FW Scotland Scott Dobie Carlisle United Nominal
30 January 2008 FW England David Brown Bradford City Free
31 January 2008 MF Northern Ireland Neil Lennon Wycombe Wanderers Free

Loan In[edit]

Date From Date Until Pos. Name From
8 February 2008 13 April 2008 FW England Will Hoskins Watford
7 March 2008 4 May 2008 FW England Brett Ormerod Preston North End
25 March 2008 4 May 2008 GK Greece Dimitrios Konstantopoulos Coventry City

Loan Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To
5 July 2007 GK England Paddy Gamble Stalybridge Celtic
1 October 2007 DF Algeria Hamza Bencherif Lincoln City
1 October 2007 MF Germany Felix Bastians Chesterfield
22 November 2007 FW England Emile Sinclair Brentford
22 November 2007 DF England Tom Sharpe Bury
22 November 2007 MF Republic of Ireland Alan Power Grays Athletic
4 January 2008 MF Germany Felix Bastians Notts County
10 January 2008 DF Republic of Ireland Brendan Moloney Chesterfield
11 January 2008 DF England Tom Sharpe Halifax Town
23 January 2008 GK England Dale Roberts Rushden and Diamonds
14 February 2008 MF Germany Felix Bastians Milton Keynes Dons
20 March 2008 FW England Grant Holt Blackpool