Leicester City F.C.–Nottingham Forest F.C. rivalry

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Leicester City–Nottingham Forest rivalry
East Midlands derby
City or region Leicester/Nottingham (England)
Teams involved Leicester City, Nottingham Forest
First contested 9 February 1901
Number of meetings 104
Most wins 40 (Leicester)
Most recent meeting 19 Feb 2014
Largest victory Nottm Forest 12-0 Leicester Fosse (City Ground, Nottingham; 21 April 1909)

The fixture between Nottingham Forest and Leicester City is a football rivalry played between the two East Midlands clubs, often referred to as an East Midlands derby.[1][2] There have been a total of 104 meetings dating back to 1901.[3]

Notable games[edit]

One match which remains Leicester City's worst defeat and Nottingham Forest's record league win is the 12-0 result at the City Ground on 21 April 1909, when Leicester were known as Leicester Fosse. The performance by Fosse players was so appalling that The Football League ordered an enquiry, although no further action was taken after it turned out several of the already relegated Leicester side were hungover from a player's wedding the night before.[4]

On 18 September 2007, Nottingham Forest were given a 'free goal' by Leicester City in a League Cup match at the City Ground.[5] It was a rescheduled match after their original meeting on 28 August, which Forest were leading 1-0, was abandoned due to Leicester player Clive Clarke collapsing in the dressing room at half-time.[6] Leicester nonetheless won the match 3-2.[7]

To date, there have been nine hat-tricks recorded in fixtures between the two clubs, of which seven are from Nottingham Forest. Of the seven, three of those hat-tricks came from the 12-0 mauling of Leicester Fosse in 1909.[4] Forest's most recent hat-trick against Leicester was from Robert Earnshaw in December 2009.[8] In November 1948, Don Revie became the first Leicester player to score a hat-trick against Forest,[9] a feat matched by Jermaine Beckford in a 4-0 FA Cup win on 17 January 2012.[10]

Switching sides[edit]

Peter Shilton established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the country at Leicester City before enjoying European success with Nottingham Forest.[11]
Martin O'Neill played for Nottingham Forest and was manager of Leicester City.

The list below shows transfer dates and fees, where known.


Leicester City then Nottingham Forest

The following played for another/other club before moving to Nottingham Forest:

Nottingham Forest then Leicester City

The following played for another/other club before moving to Leicester City:

Game list[edit]

      Leicester City/Fosse win       Nottingham Forest win       Draw

Date Competition Stadium Score Leicester City Scorers Nottingham Forest Scorers Att. Ref
Leicester promoted to Premier League 2013-14
19 Feb 2014 Championship City Ground 2-2 Vardy, Mahrez; (Konchesky sent off) Paterson, Reid 24,808 [12]
9 Nov 2013 Championship King Power Stadium 0-2 Cox, Mackie 30,416 [13]
4 May 2013 Championship City Ground 2-3 James, King, Knockaert Cox, Ward 28,646 [14]
10 Nov 2012 Championship King Power Stadium 2-2 Ward (Og), Nugent Guedioura, Cox (pen) 24,793 [15]
27 Mar 2012 Championship King Power Stadium 0-0 23,412 [16]
17 Jan 2012 FA Cup Third Rnd Replay King Power Stadium 4-0 Boateng (Og), Beckford (3) 16,210 [10]
7 Jan 2012 FA Cup City Ground 0-0 18,477 [17]
20 Aug 2011 Championship City Ground 2-2 Nugent, Fernandes; (Schmeichel sent off) McGugan (pen), Boateng 24,426 [18]
22 Apr 2011 Championship City Ground 3-2 Oakley, Vassell Tudgay, Earnshaw, McKenna 24,217 [13]
29 Nov 2010 Championship Walkers Stadium 1-0 King 24,659 [19]
27 Feb 2010 Championship Walkers Stadium 3-0 Berner, Gallagher, King 31,759 [20]
5 Dec 2009 Championship City Ground 5-1 Waghorn (pen) Earnshaw (3), Anderson, Adebola 28,626 [8]
Leicester promoted to Championship 2008-09
Leicester relegated to League One 2007-08
Nottingham Forest promoted to Championship 2007-08
18 Sept 2007 League Cup First Rnd City Ground 2-3 Sheehan, Stearman, Clemence Smith, Tyson 28,626 [7]
Nottingham Forest relegated to League One 2004-05
5 Mar 2005 Championship Walkers Stadium 0-1 Taylor 27,277 [21]
17 Dec 2004 Championship City Ground 1-1 Connolly Dawson 21,415 [1]
Leicester relegated to Championship 2003-04
Leicester promoted to Premier League 2002-03
8 Apr 2003 First Division Walkers Stadium 1-0 Wright 32,065 [22]
26 Oct 2002 First Division City Ground 2-2 Deane, Dickov Johnson (pen), Lester 29,497 [23]
Leicester relegated to First Division 2001-02
Nottingham Forest relegated to First Division 1998-99
16 May 1999 Premier League City Ground 1-0 Bart-Williams 25,353 [24]
12 Dec 1998 Premier League Filbert Street 3-1 Heskey, Elliott, Guppy van Hooijdonk; (van Hooijdonk sent off) 20,891 [25]
Nottingham Forest promoted to Premier League 1997-98
Nottingham Forest relegated to First Division 1996-97
28 Dec 1996 Premier League Filbert Street 2-2 Heskey, Izzet Clough, Cooper 20,833 [26]
7 Sept 1996 Premier League City Ground 0-0 24,105 [27]
Leicester promoted to Premier League 1995-96
Leicester relegated to First Division 1994-95
11 Mar 1995 Premier League Filbert Street 2-4 Draper, Lowe Collymore, Lee, Pearce, Woan 20,423 [28]
27 Aug 1994 Premier League City Ground 1-0 Collymore 21,601 [29]
Leicester City promoted to Premier League 1993-94[nb 1]
Nottingham Forest promoted to Premier League 1993-94
6 Feb 1994 First Division City Ground 4-0 (Hill sent off) Gemmill (2), Glover, Woan 26,616 [30]
24 Oct 1993 First Division Filbert Street 1-0 Speedie 17,624 [31]
Nottingham Forest relegated to First Division 1992-93
14 Dec 1988 League Cup Rnd 4 Replay City Ground 2-1 Groves Clough, Chapman [32]
30 Nov 1988 League Cup Filbert Street 0-0 [33]
Leicester City relegated to Second Division 1986-87
22 Mar 1987 First Division City Ground 2-1 Carr, Clough [3]
11 Oct 1986 First Division Filbert Street 3-1 McAllister (2), Smith Birtles [3]
22 Mar 1986 First Division City Ground 4-3 Smith (2), Sealy Bowyer, Carr, Clough (2) [3]
8 Sept 1985 First Division Filbert Street 0-3 Webb, Davenport, Rice [3]
27 April 1985 First Division Filbert Street 1-0 Lineker [3]
25 Nov 1984 First Division City Ground 2-1 Banks Davenport (2), (1 pen) [34]
5 May 1984 First Division Filbert Street 2-1 Lynex, Lineker Davenport [3]
4 Dec 1983 First Division City Ground 3-2 Jones, Smith Bowyer, Thijssen, Walsh [3]
Leicester City promoted to First Division 1982-83
Leicester City relegated to Second Division 1980-81
28 Feb 1981 First Division Filbert Street 1-1 Lynex Walsh [3]
20 Sept 1980 First Division City Ground 5-0 Gray, Birtles (2), Robertson [3]
Leicester City promoted to First Division 1979-80
Leicester City relegated to Second Division 1977-78
14 Mar 1978 First Division City Ground 1-0 Robertson [35]
24 Sept 1977 First Division Filbert Street 0-3 O'Neill, Woodcock, Robertson [35]
Nottingham Forest promoted to First Division 1976-77
Nottingham Forest relegated to Second Division 1971-72
22 Jan 1972 First Division City Ground 1-2 Weller, Birchenall [36]
18 Aug 1971 First Division Filbert Street 2-1 Brown, O'Kane (og) [37]
Leicester City promoted to First Division 1970-71
Leicester City relegated to Second Division 1968-69
1 Mar 1958 First Division City Ground 3-1 [3]
19 Oct 1957 First Division Filbert Street 3-1 [3]
Leicester City promoted to First Division 1956-57
Nottingham Forest promoted to First Division 1956-57
30 Mar 1957 Second Division City Ground 1-2 McNeill [citation needed]
17 Nov 1956 Second Division Filbert Street 0-0 [3]
Leicester City relegated to Second Division 1954-55
Leicester City promoted to First Division 1953-54
Nottingham Forest promoted to Second Division 1950-51
Nottingham Forest relegated to Third Division South 1948-49
9 Apr 1949 Second Division City Ground 2-1 [38]
13 Nov 1948 Second Division Filbert Street 4-2 Revie (3) [39]
No competitive football was played between 1939 and 1946 due to World War II
Leicester promoted to First Division 1936-37
Leicester relegated to Second Division 1934-35
Leicester promoted to First Division 1924-25
Nottingham Forest relegated to Second Division 1924-25
Nottingham Forest promoted to First Division 1921-22
In 1915, competitive football was abandoned in Britain owing to World War I
20 Feb 1915 Second Division City Ground 1-3 [40]
17 Oct 1914 Second Division Filbert Street 3-1 [41]
11 Sept 1913 Second Division Filbert Street 5-1 [9]
3 Sept 1913 Second Division City Ground 1-3 [42]
28 Dec 1912 Second Division City Ground 4-2 [43]
7 Sept 1912 Second Division Filbert Street 3-1 [44]
29 Feb 1912 Second Division Filbert Street 1-1 [45]
16 Sept 1911 Second Division City Ground 4-1 [46]
Nottingham Forest relegated to Second Division 1910-11
Leicester relegated to Second Division 1908-09
21 Apr 1909 First Division City Ground 12-0 Spouncer (3), Hooper (3), West (3) [47]
7 Nov 1908 First Division Filbert Street 0-3 [48]
Leicester promoted to First Division 1907-08
Nottingham Forest promoted to First Division 1906-07
20 Apr 1907 Second Division Filbert Street 1-2 [49]
15 Dec 1906 Second Division City Ground 2-1 [50]
9 Feb 1901 FA Cup City Ground 5-1 [9]

Hooliganism and crowd trouble[edit]

Games between the two teams, like the majority of local derbies in English football, have resulted in a number of football hooliganism incidents.

In 1977, an incident described as "trouble" broke out after a match between Leicester and Forest. Eighteen people were arrested in connection with the incident.[51]

Incidents of throwing of objects and racist chanting from Nottingham Forest fans towards Leicester fans have also been observed in recent years. Reports of racist chanting[52] and items being thrown at Alan Rogers during a 2-2 draw between the clubs in 2002.[23] Most recently during an FA Cup tie in January 2012, which resulted in eleven arrests.[53][54]

Following a derby clash on 4 May 2013, six Forest fans were arrested after Leicester won the game and a play-off place in the 91st minute of play.[55]

Prior to Leicester and Forest's 2-2 draw on 19 February 2014, a Nottingham Forest fan was arrested for tweeting racist abuse at Leicester fans.[56]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The 22 clubs of the Football League First Division broke away to form the Premier League in 1992; with the remaining divisions of the Football League renumbered accordingly.

References[edit]

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