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Nottingham Forest F.C.
Nottingham Forest logo.svg
Full name Nottingham Forest Football Club
Nickname(s) Forest, The Reds,
Founded 1865; 149 years ago (1865)
Ground City Ground, Nottingham
Ground Capacity 30,576
Owner The Al Hasawi Family
Chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi
Manager Stuart Pearce
League The Championship
2013–14 The Championship, 11th
Website Club home page
Current season

Nottingham Forest Football Club is a football club in Nottinghamshire, England that currently plays in the Football League Championship. The club, often referred to simply as Forest, have played home matches at the City Ground since 1898.

Founded in 1865, Forest were founder members of the Football Alliance in 1889 and joined the Football League in 1892. Forest won the FA Cup in 1898 and 1959. Their most successful period was under the management of Brian Clough between 1975 and 1993, winning the League, back to back European Cups, four League Cups and two Full Members Cups.

History[edit]

Early years (1865–1975)[edit]

Nottingham Forest F.C. was founded in 1865 by a group of Bandy and Shinty players,[1] as Nottingham Forest Football and Bandy Club[2] shortly after their neighbours Notts County, thought to be the world's oldest surviving professional association football club, in 1862. They joined the Football Alliance in 1889 and won the competition in 1892.[3] They then entered to The Football League. In 1890, Forest moved to the Town Ground, playing in the first ever match to use goal nets.[4]

The 1898 FA Cup-winning team

Forest claimed their first major honour when they won the 1898 FA Cup, beating Derby County 3–1 at Crystal Palace.[5] The club spent most of the first half of the twentieth century in the Second Division. In 1949, they were relegated to the Third Division but were promoted two years later as champions.[6]

Forest regained First Division status in 1957 and won the FA Cup for a second time in 1959, defeating Luton Town at Wembley.[7]

After being runners-up in the League and Cup semi-finalists in 1967, Forest were relegated from the First Division in 1972.[8]

Brian Clough (1975–1993)[edit]

Brian Clough managed Nottingham Forest for 18 years.

Forest were considered an underachieving club by English league standards until the mid-1970s, when Brian Clough and his assistant Peter Taylor took the helm at the club, shortly after Clough's highly colourful, very controversial and ultimately disastrous 44-day tenure as manager of Leeds United. Clough became the most successful manager in the history of Nottingham Forest. He had won the league title with Forest's neighbours Derby County in 1972, and came to Nottingham Forest on 6 January 1975, after a 0–2 home defeat by Notts County, on Boxing Day, prompted the committee (Forest had no board of directors then) to sack the previous manager Allan Brown. Clough's first game in charge was the third round FA Cup replay against Tottenham Hotspur, a 1–0 victory thanks to a goal by Scottish centre-forward Neil Martin.

Nottingham Forest won promotion to the top division at the end of the 1976–77 season after finishing third in the Second Division, but no-one could have predicted how successful Clough's team would be over the next three seasons. Nottingham Forest became one of the few teams (and the most recent team to date) to win the English First Division Championship a year after winning promotion from the English Second Division (1977–78 season).[nb 1] In 1978–79, Forest went on to win the European Cup by beating Malmö 1–0 in Munich's Olympiastadion and retained the trophy in 1979–80, beating Hamburg 1–0 in Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, thanks to an outstanding performance by goalkeeper Peter Shilton. They also won the European Super Cup and two League Cups. Beside Shilton, key players of that era included right-back Viv Anderson (the first black player to play for the England national team), midfielder Martin O'Neill, striker Trevor Francis and a trio of Scottish internationals: winger John Robertson, midfielder Archie Gemmill and defender Kenny Burns. The club reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 1983–84 but were knocked out by Anderlecht in controversial circumstances. It later emerged that in the second leg, the Belgian club had bribed the referee but the referee in question had since died in a car accident and was hence not able to be held to account.[9]

Nottingham Forest's next significant trophy came in 1989 when they beat Luton Town 3–1 in the League Cup final. For most of the season they had been hopeful of completing a unique domestic treble, but were beaten into third place in the League by Arsenal and Liverpool and lost to Liverpool in the replay of the FA Cup semi-final, originally held at Hillsborough, where 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death on terracing, the match was abandoned after 6 minutes. When football resumed they captured the Full Members Cup with a 4–3 victory over Everton. Clough's side retained the League Cup in 1990 when they beat Oldham Athletic 1–0; the winning goal scored by Nigel Jemson. There was chance for more success in 1991 when Forest reached their only FA Cup final under Brian Clough and went ahead after scoring an early goal (Stuart Pearce free kick) against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, but ended up losing 2–1 in extra time after an own goal by Des Walker.

Forest beat Southampton 3–2 in the Full Members Cup final in 1992, but then lost to Manchester United in the League Cup in the same season, both finals being played by a Forest team much weakened by injuries.

Brian Clough's 18-year reign as manager ended in May 1993 when Forest were relegated from the inaugural Premier League after 16 illustrious years of top-flight football which had seen a league title, two European Cups and four League Cups.

Frank Clark (1993–1996)[edit]

Frank Clark, who had been a left-back in Nottingham Forest's 1979 European Cup winning team, returned to the club in May 1993 to succeed Brian Clough as manager. His management career had previously been uneventful, although he had won the Fourth Division promotion playoffs with Leyton Orient in 1989. Making key signings including Stan Collymore, Colin Cooper, Lars Bohinen, and convincing Stuart Pearce to remain at the club, Clark was able to achieve a return to the Premier League when the club finished Division One runners-up at the end of the 1993–94 season.[10] Forest finished third in 1994–95[11] and qualified for the UEFA Cup – their first entry to European competition in the post-Heysel era. The club reached the quarter-finals, the furthest an English team reached in UEFA competitions that season. The 1996–97 season became a relegation battle and Clark left the club in December.[12]

Stuart Pearce and Dave Bassett (1997–1999)[edit]

34-year-old captain Stuart Pearce was installed as player-manager on a temporary basis and he inspired a brief upturn in the club's fortunes. In March 1997 he was replaced on a permanent basis by Dave Bassett.[13] Forest were unable to avoid relegation and finished the season in bottom place.[14] They won promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt, being crowned Division One champions in 1997–98.[15] Bassett was sacked in January 1999, with Ron Atkinson replacing him.[16]

Into the 21st century (1999–2012)[edit]

Ron Atkinson was unable to prevent Forest from once again slipping back into the Football League with a succession of poor results.

David Platt succeeded Atkinson and spent approximately £12 million on players, including the Italian veterans Moreno Mannini, Salvatore Matrecano and Gianluca Petrachi.[17] Platt managed two mid-table finishes before departing to manage England U-21s.

Chart of yearly table positions of Forest since joining the Football League.

Paul Hart became the Reds' new boss just two hours after the departure of Platt.[18] They finished 16th in his first season in charge.[19] At this time the collapse of ITV Digital left many Football League clubs in severe financial difficulties, Forest included.[20] Despite the off-field difficulties, Forest finished 2002–03 in sixth place[21] and qualified for the play-offs, where they lost to Sheffield United in the semi-finals. A poor league run the following season, following the release of key players, led to the sacking of Hart in February 2004 in order to prevent relegation.[22] The decision was unpopular with certain quarters of the fanbase and Hart was described as a 'scapegoat'.[23]

Joe Kinnear was subsequently appointed and led the club to 14th place in the final league table.[24] The 2004–05 season saw Forest drop into the relegation zone once more, leading to Kinnear's resignation in December 2004.[25] Following the brief caretaker stewardship of Mick Harford, Gary Megson took charge of Forest in January 2005 but failed to stave off relegation as the club ended the season second from bottom in 23rd place,[26] becoming the first European Cup-winners ever to fall into their domestic third division.[citation needed]

In Forest's first season in the English third tier in 54 years, a 3–0 defeat at Oldham Athletic[27] in February 2006 led to the departure of Megson by "mutual consent" leaving the club only four points above the relegation zone.[28] Frank Barlow and Ian McParland took temporary charge for the remainder of the 2005–06 season, engineering a six-match winning run and remaining unbeaten in ten games, the most notable result a 7–1 win over Swindon Town.[29] Forest took 28 points from a possible 39 under the two, narrowly missing out on a play-off place, as they finished in 7th place.[30]

Colin Calderwood was appointed as the twelfth manager of Forest in thirteen years in May 2006 and became the longest-serving manager since Frank Clark. The Calderwood era was ultimately one of rebuilding. In his first season he led the club to the play-offs, having squandered a 7-point lead at the top of League One which had been amassed by November 2006. Forest eventually succumbed to a 5–4 aggregate defeat in the semi-finals against Yeovil Town.[31] Calderwood achieved automatic promotion in his second year at the club, following an impressive run which saw Forest win six out of their last seven games of the season, culminating in a dramatic final 3–2 win against Yeovil at the City Ground. The Reds kept a league record of 24 clean sheets out of 46 games, proving to be the foundation for their return the second tier of English football. Calderwood's side struggled to adapt to life in the Championship in the 2008–09 campaign, following the signings of Robert Earnshaw,[32] Paul Anderson,[33] Guy Moussi[34] and Joe Garner[35] to replace the likes of Grant Holt,[36] Sammy Clingan,[37] Junior Agogo,[38] Matt Lockwood[39] and Kris Commons, who signed for Derby County having left Forest.[40] Having been unable to steer Forest out of the relegation zone, Calderwood was sacked following a Boxing Day 4–2 defeat to the then-bottom of the table Doncaster Rovers.[41]

Under the temporary stewardship of John Pemberton, Forest finally climbed out of the relegation zone, having beaten Norwich City 3–2.[42] Billy Davies was confirmed as the new manager on 1 January 2009[43] and watched Pemberton's side beat Manchester City 3–0 away in the FA Cup,[44] prior to taking official charge. Under Davies, Forest stretched their unbeaten record in all competitions following Calderwood's sacking to six matches, including five wins. He also helped them avoid relegation as they finished 19th in the Championship,[45] securing survival with one game to go.

In preparation for the 2009–10 campaign, Forest signed nine players, five of whom were on loan at the club in the previous season and returned on permanent deals. The returnees Lee Camp,[46] Chris Gunter,[47] Joel Lynch,[48] Paul Anderson[49] and Dexter Blackstock[50] have been joined by Paul McKenna,[47] David McGoldrick,[51] Dele Adebola[52] and loanee Radosław Majewski.[53] The season was a successful one for Forest with the club holding a top-three position for the majority of the season, putting together an unbeaten run of 20 league games, winning 12 home league games in a row (a club record for successive home wins in a single season), going unbeaten away from home from the beginning of the season until 30 January 2010 (a run spanning 13 games) whilst also claiming memorable home victories over local rivals Derby County and Leicester City. On 10 April 2010, despite it being confirmed that the club would miss out on automatic promotion to the Premier League after West Bromwich Albion defeated Doncaster Rovers 3–2, Forest secured a Play-off place in the Football League Championship after a 3–0 home victory against Ipswich Town.[54] However, Forest were beaten by Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, 2–1, on 9 May 2010 and 4–3 in the home leg at the City Ground on 12 May 2010 (the club's first defeat at home since losing to the same opposition in September 2009), going out 6–4 on aggregate and missing out on promotion to the Premier League.

The 2010–11 season saw Forest finish in sixth place in the Championship table with 75 points,[55] putting them into a play-off campaign for the fourth time in the space of eight years. Promotion was yet again to elude Forest, as they were beaten over 2 legs by eventual play off final winners Swansea City. Having drawn the first leg 0–0 at the City Ground,[56] they were eventually beaten 3–1 in the second leg[57] in a hard fought contest against the Welsh outfit.

In June 2011 Billy Davies's contract was terminated,[58][59] and he was replaced as manager by Steve McClaren, who signed a three-year contract.[60][61] Forest started the 2011–12 season with several poor results and after a 5–1 defeat away to Burnley, David Pleat and Bill Beswick left the club's coaching setup.[62] Less than a week later, following a home defeat to Birmingham City McClaren resigned, and chairman Nigel Doughty announced that he intended to resign at the end of the season.[62] In October 2011, Nottingham Forest underwent several changes. These changes included the appointment of Frank Clark as new chairman of the club and also that of Steve Cotterill, replacing the recently departed Steve McClaren.[63]

Nigel Doughty: Nottingham Forest owner 1999–2012

Nigel Doughty, owner and previous chairman of the club died on 4 February 2012, marking the end of a 13-year association with the club, with many estimating his total contribution as £100,000,000.[64]

The Al-Hasawi reign (2012–present)[edit]

The Al-Hasawi family, from Kuwait, purchased the club and became the new owners of Nottingham Forest in July 2012.

The Al-Hasawi family told press that they had a long-term vision for the club based around a 3–5-year plan, and after interviewing several potential new managers, appointed Sean O'Driscoll, formerly manager at Doncaster Rovers and Crawley Town, as the manager on 19 July 2012 after a second round of talks with the then Crawley man. He was known for playing an attractive brand of passing football and what football fans would consider the Forest way.[65] O'Driscoll had spent 5 months at the City Ground as Coach under Steve Cotterill in the 2011–12 season before taking over at Crawley. After taking over at Crawley, O'Driscoll never took charge of a single competitive game whilst manager.

As of 15 December 2012 after the teams 0–0 draw away at Brighton, Forest sat in 9th position with 33 points, just 3 points off the play-off positions. The Al-Hasawi's 3–5-year plan had turned into a push for the play-offs in their first season as the Nottingham Forest owners. On the same weekend, the club announced that Omar Al-Hasawi had stepped down due to personal reasons and Fawaz Al-Hasawi, the majority shareholder with 75% stepped into the position,[66] with his brother Abdulaziz Al-Hasawi holding a 20% share and his cousin Omar Al-Hasawi holding a 5% share. The following week, Fawaz posted a tweet from his Twitter account telling fans that he would be purchasing two giant screens for the City Ground as well as LED electronic advertising hoarding,[67] which was later confirmed on the club's website along with images of the newly fitted screens.[68]

On Boxing Day 2012 manager Sean O'Driscoll was sacked following a 4–2 victory over Leeds United with the club stating their intentions of a change ahead of the January transfer window and hopes of appointing a manager with Premiership experience.[69] The man to replace O'Driscoll was Alex McLeish.[70] He has vast experience as he guided Birmingham City to the Premier League in 2009 and during his reign at Birmingham City, they also won the Football League Cup. He also had a largely unsuccessful season with Aston Villa. Further to this he boasts experience in the Scottish Premier League and with the Scotland national football team. The move was criticised by some members of the Forest fan base.[71] Chief executive Mark Arthur as well as scout Keith Burt and club ambassador Frank Clark were dismissed in January 2013.[72] On 5 February 2013 Nottingham Forest and Alex McLeish had parted company by mutual agreement, just 40 days after McLeish took charge of Forest.[73] Forest supporters and pundits alike registered their concern for the state of the club,[65] with journalist Pat Murphy describing the situation as a "shambles".[74]

On 7 February 2013, the club re-appointed Billy Davies as manager, having been sacked as the team's manager twenty months previously.[75] His first match in charge was a draw,[76] followed by a run of 10 undefeated games. On 24 March 2014 the club announced they have terminated Davies' employment, following a 5–0 defeat by Derby County.[77] Neil Warnock turned down the job as Forest manager on the day Davies was sacked. After initially rejecting the job in March 2014,[78] fans favourite Stuart Pearce has been named as the man to replace Billy Davies, taking over from caretaker manager Gary Brazil. He has signed a two year contract commencing on 1 July 2014.

Club identity[edit]

Colours[edit]

Nottingham Forest has worn red since the club’s foundation in 1865. At the meeting in the Clinton Arms which established Nottingham Forest as a football club, the committee also passed a resolution that the team colours should be ‘Garibaldi red’.[79][80] This decision was made in honour of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian patriot who was the leader of the redshirts party. At this time, clubs identified themselves more by their headgear than their shirts and a dozen red caps with tassels were duly purchased, making Forest the first club to ‘officially’ wear red, a colour that has since been adopted by a significant number of others. Forest is the reason behind Arsenal's choice of red, having donated a full set of red kits following Arsenal's foundation in 1886.

Club crest[edit]

The first club crest used by Forest was the city arms of Nottingham, which was first used on kits in 1947.[81] The current club badge was introduced in 1974.[81] The logo has been reported as being the brainchild of manager Brian Clough.[82] However, he did not arrive at the club until the year after. Forest have two stars above the club badge to commemorate the European Cup victories in 1979 and 1980.[83]

Nomenclature[edit]

The club has garnered many nicknames over time. Historically, the nickname of "Foresters" was used,[84] as was "Garibaldis".[85] "The Forest"[86] or the simpler "Forest" – as used on the club crest – is commonly used, as is "the Reds". Another, lesser-used, nickname referring to the club is the "Tricky Trees",[87] which Talksport placed in their Top Ten of English football nicknames.[88] Nottingham Forest is occasionally incorrectly referred to as Notts Forest. This moniker has been used for a long time, in local, national and international media.[78][86][89][90][91]

Stadium[edit]

The City Ground is a football stadium in the West Bridgford area of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, on the banks of the River Trent. It has been home to Nottingham Forest Football Club since 1898, and has an all-seated capacity of 30,602. The stadium was a venue when England hosted Euro 96, and is only three hundred yards away from Meadow Lane, home of Forest's neighbouring club Notts County; the two grounds are the closest professional football stadiums in England and the second closest in the United Kingdom after the grounds of Dundee F.C. and Dundee United. They are located on opposite sides of the River Trent. The City Ground is the 24th largest club football ground in England.

Local rivals, derbies and supporters[edit]

Whilst Notts County is the closest professional football club geographically, Forest have remained at least one division higher since the 1994–95 season and the club's fiercest rivalry is with Derby County, located 14 miles away.[92] The two clubs contest the East Midlands derby, a fixture which has taken on even greater significance since the inception of the Brian Clough Trophy in 2007. Leicester City are Forest's other East Midlands rival due to the close proximity of the two cities.

Forest's other regional rival is Sheffield United, based in the neighbouring county of South Yorkshire, a rivalry which has roots in the UK miners' strike 1984-85 when the miners of South Yorkshire walked out on long strikes but the Notts Miners, who insisted on holding a ballot, continued to work. The exciting 2003 Football League Championship Play-off semi final between the two clubs, in which Sheffield United finished as 5–4 aggregate winners, also fuelled the rivalry.

Forest's fanbase includes a host of celebrity of supporters, including England international cricketer Stuart Broad,[93] boxer Carl Froch,[94][95] golfers Lee Westwood,[96] Oliver Wilson and Greg Owen, Doctor Who actor Matt Smith,[97] politician Kenneth Clarke,[98] Manic Street Preachers singer James Dean Bradfield,[99][100] actor Jason Statham,[101] Brazilian football manager Luiz Felipe Scolari,[102] actor Joe Dempsie,[103] Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, fashion designer Paul Smith, artist and musician David Shrigley,[104] comedian Matt Forde,[105] skater Christopher Dean, TV & radio presenter Richard Bacon,[106] politician Jim Lester, Metronomy lead-singer Joseph Mount, founder of Heavenly Recordings Jeff Barrett, comedian Jonny Sweet, The Pogues guitarist Phil Chevron,[107] Bent lead-singer Nail Tolliday, civil servant Sir David Nicholson actress Su Pollard.[108]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

European[edit]

Minor[edit]

Anglo-Scottish Cup

  • Winners (1): 1977

Bass Charity Vase

  • Winners (3): 1899, 2001, 2002

Brian Clough Trophy

  • Winners (4): 2009 (29 August), 2010 (29 December), 2011 (22 January), 2013 (28 September)

Dallas Cup

  • Winners (1): 2002

Football League Centenary Tournament

  • Winners (1): 1988

Nuremberg Tournament

  • Winners (1): 1982

Trofeo Colombino Cup

  • Winners (1): 1982

Trofeo Villa de Bilbao

Managers[edit]

# Manager From To Played Won Drawn Lost Won % Drawn % Lost %
1 Harry Radford 1 Aug 1889 31 May 1897 176 69 34 73 39.2% 19.3% 41.5%
2 Harry Haslam 1 Aug 1897 31 May 1905 462 188 104 170 40.7% 22.5% 36.8%
3 Fred Earp 1 Aug 1909 31 May 1912 120 35 26 59 29.2% 21.7% 49.2%
4 Bob Masters 1 Aug 1912 31 May 1925 385 108 97 180 28.1% 25.2% 46.8%
5 John Baynes 1 Aug 1925 31 May 1929 182 69 47 66 37.9% 25.8% 36.3%
6 Stan Hardy 1 Aug 1930 31 May 1931 43 14 9 20 32.6% 20.9% 46.5%
7 Noel Watson 1 Aug 1931 31 May 1936 223 79 57 87 35.4% 25.6% 39.0%
8 Harold Wightman 1 Aug 1936 31 May 1939 119 33 27 59 27.7% 22.7% 49.6%
9 Billy Walker 1 May 1939 1 Jun 1960 650 272 147 231 41.8% 22.6% 35.5%
10 Andy Beattie 1 Sep 1960 1 Jul 1963 140 52 30 58 37.1% 21.4% 41.4%
11 Johnny Carey 1 Jul 1963 31 Dec 1968 267 99 65 93 38.5% 25.3% 36.2%
11 Matt Gillies 1 Jan 1969 20 Oct 1972 177 49 48 80 27.7% 27.1% 45.2%
13 Dave Mackay 2 Nov 1972 23 Oct 1973 44 13 14 17 29.5% 31.8% 38.6%
14 Allan Brown 19 Nov 1973 3 Jan 1975 57 20 17 20 35.1% 29.8% 35.1%
15 Brian Clough 3 Jan 1975 8 May 1993 968 447 258 263 46.2% 26.7% 27.2%
16 Frank Clark 13 May 1993 19 Dec 1996 178 73 58 47 41.0% 32.6% 26.4%
17 Stuart Pearce 20 Dec 1996 8 May 1997 23 7 9 7 30.4% 39.1% 30.4%
18 Dave Bassett 8 May 1997 5 Jan 1999 77 30 20 24 42.9% 26.0% 31.2%
19 Micky Adams 5 Jan 1999 11 Jan 1999 1 0 0 1 0.0% 0.0% 100.0%
20 Ron Atkinson 11 Jan 1999 16 May 1999 17 5 2 10 29.4% 11.8% 58.8%
21 David Platt 1 Jul 1999 12 Jul 2001 103 37 25 41 35.9% 24.3% 39.8%
22 Paul Hart 12 Jul 2001 7 Feb 2004 135 42 44 49 31.1% 32.6% 36.3%
23 Joe Kinnear 10 Feb 2004 16 Dec 2004 44 15 15 14 34.1% 34.1% 31.8%
24 Mick Harford 16 Dec 2004 10 Jan 2005 6 2 1 3 33.3% 16.7% 50.0%
25 Gary Megson 10 Jan 2005 16 Feb 2006 59 17 18 24 28.8% 30.5% 40.7%
26 Frank Barlow & Ian McParland 17 Feb 2006 30 May 2006 13 8 4 1 61.5% 30.8% 7.7%
27 Colin Calderwood 30 May 2006 26 Dec 2008 109 52 33 24 47.7% 30.3% 22.0%
28 John Pemberton 27 Dec 2008 4 Jan 2009 2 2 0 0 100.0% 0.0% 0.0%
29 Billy Davies 4 Jan 2009 12 Jun 2011 126 53 36 37 42.1% 28.6% 29.4%
30 Steve McClaren 13 Jun 2011 2 Oct 2011 13 3 3 7 23.1% 23.1% 53.8%
31 Steve Cotterill 14 Oct 2011 12 Jul 2012 38 12 7 19 31.6% 18.4% 50.0%
32 Sean O'Driscoll 20 Jul 2012 26 Dec 2012 26 10 9 7 38.5% 34.6% 26.9%
33 Alex McLeish 27 Dec 2012 5 Feb 2013 7 1 2 4 14.3% 28.6% 57.1%
34 Billy Davies 7 Feb 2013 24 Mar 2014 53 21 20 12 39.6% 37.7% 22.6%
35 Gary Brazil 24 March 2014 3 May 2014 9 2 2 5 22.2% 22.2% 55.6%
36 Stuart Pearce 1 July 2014 Present 14 7 6 1 50.0%

Records[edit]

Most appearances for the club (in all competitions):

Rank Appearances Name Position Seasons
1 692 Scotland Bob McKinlay DF 1951–1970
2 564 England Ian Bowyer MF 1973–1981, 1982–1987
3 526 England Steve Chettle DF 1986–1999
4 522 England Stuart Pearce DF 1985–1997
5 514 Scotland John Robertson MF 1970–1983
6 503 England Jack Burkitt MF 1947–1962
7 460 Wales Grenville Morris FW 1898–1913
8 430 England Viv Anderson DF 1974–1984
9 422 England Bob Chapman DF 1964–1977
10 412 England Nigel Clough FW 1984–1993

Information taken from http://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/club/history/records.aspx and https://login.thetimes.co.uk/?gotoUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thetimes.co.uk%2Ftto%2Fsport%2Ffootball%2Ffootballleague%2F%3Ftoken%3Dnull%26offset%3D84%26page%3D8

Most goals for the club (in all competitions):

Rank Goals Name Pos Seasons
1 217 Wales Grenville Morris FW 1898–1913
2 131 England Nigel Clough FW 1984–1993
3 124 England Wally Ardron FW 1949–1955
4 122 England Johnny Dent FW 1930–1936
5 118 England Ian Storey-Moore FW 1962–1972
6 100 England Enoch West FW 1905–1910
=7 96 England Ian Bowyer MF 1973–1981, 1982–1987
=7 96 England Garry Birtles FW 1976–1980, 1982–1986
9 95 Scotland John Robertson MF 1970–1983
10 89 England Tommy Wilson FW 1951–1961

Information taken from http://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/club/history/records.aspx and https://login.thetimes.co.uk/?gotoUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thetimes.co.uk%2Ftto%2Fsport%2Ffootball%2Ffootballleague%2F%3Ftoken%3Dnull%26offset%3D84%26page%3D8

Current longest-serving player: Chris Cohen, Signed July 2007

Highest attendance: 49,946 Vs. Manchester United in Division 1, 28 October 1967

Lowest attendance: 4,030 Vs. Morecambe F.C. in the Football League Cup, 13 August 2008

Record receipts: £499,099 Vs. FC Bayern Munich in UEFA Cup quarter final 2nd leg, 19 March 1996

Longest sequence of league wins: 7, wins from 9 May 1922 to 1 September 1922

Longest sequence of league defeats: 14, losses from 21 March 1913 to 27 September 1913

Longest sequence of unbeaten league matches: 42, from 26 November 1977 to 25 November 1978

Longest sequence of league games without a win: 19, from 8 September 1998 to 16 January 1999

Longest sequence of league games without a goal: 7, 13 December 2003 to 7 February 2004 and 26 November 2011 to 31 December 2011

Quickest goal: League: 14 seconds,[110] Jack Lester vs Norwich City, 8 March 2000

League Cup: 23 seconds,[111] Paul Smith vs Leicester City, 18 September 2007 in the League Cup

First Football League game: 3 September 1892 vs. Everton (away), 2–2

Record win (in all competitions): 14–0, Vs. Clapton (away), 1st round FA Cup, 17 January 1891

Record defeat (in all competitions): 1–9, Vs. Blackburn Rovers, Division 2, 10 April 1937

Most league points in one season (2 points for a win): 70, Division 3 South, 1950–51

Most league points in one season: (3 points for a win): 94, Division 1, 1997–98

Most league goals in one season: 110, Division 3, 1950–51

Highest league scorer in one season: Wally Ardron, 36, Division 3 (South), 1950–51

Most internationally capped player: Stuart Pearce, 76 for England (78 total)

Youngest league player: Craig Westcarr, 16 years, Vs. Burnley 13 October 2001

Top Six Transfer Fees Paid:

Rank Date Pos Player From Fee Ref
1st August 2014 FW England Britt Assombalonga England Peterborough United £5,000,000 [112]
2nd March 1997 FW Netherlands Pierre van Hooijdonk Scotland Celtic £4,500,000 [113]
=3rd January 2001 FW Jamaica David Johnson England Ipswich Town £3,000,000 [113]
=3rd July 1999 DF England Riccardo Scimeca England Aston Villa £3,000,000 [113]
5th July 1995 FW England Kevin Campbell England Arsenal £2,800,000 [113]
6th May 2008 FW Wales Robert Earnshaw England Derby County £2,650,000 [114]

Top Six Transfer Fees Received:

Rank Date Pos Player From Fee Ref
1st June 1995 FW England Stan Collymore England Liverpool £8,500,000 [115]
2nd March 1999 MF England Steve Stone England Aston Villa £5,500,000 [116]
3rd February 2002 MF England Jermaine Jenas England Newcastle United £5,000,000 [116]
=4th January 2005 DF England Michael Dawson England Tottenham Hotspur £4,000,000 [116]
=4th January 2005 MF Republic of Ireland Andy Reid England Tottenham Hotspur £4,000,000 [116]
6th July 1993 MF Republic of Ireland Roy Keane England Manchester United £3,750,000 [116]

¹ By agreement with Leicester City. The game was a replay as the original match three weeks previous was abandoned at half time, due to the collapse of Leicester player Clive Clarke, with Forest leading 1–0.[117]

European record[edit]

Competition P W D L GF GA
European Cup 20 12 4 4 32 12
UEFA Cup 20 10 5 5 18 16
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 6 3 0 3 8 9
UEFA Super Cup 4 2 1 1 4 3
Intercontinental Cup 1 0 0 1 0 1
Total 51 27 10 14 62 41

Shirt sponsors[edit]

1981 – 1983: Panasonic

1983 – 1984: Wrangler

1984 – 1986: Skol

1986 – 1987: Home Ales

1987 – 1991: Shipstones

1992 – 1997: Labatt's

1997 – 2003: Pinnacle

2003 – 2009: Capital One

2009 – 2012: Victor Chandler

2012 – 2013: John Pye Auctions

2013 – : Fawaz International Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Company

[118]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 13 October 2014.[119]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Karl Darlow (on loan from Newcastle United)
2 United States DF Eric Lichaj
3 England DF Dan Harding
4 England DF Michael Mancienne
5 Wales DF Danny Collins
6 England DF Kelvin Wilson
7 England FW Matty Fryatt
8 England MF Chris Cohen (captain)
9 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Britt Assombalonga
10 England MF Henri Lansbury
11 Republic of Ireland MF Andy Reid (vice-captain)
13 Scotland DF Danny Fox
14 Netherlands FW Lars Veldwijk
15 England DF Greg Halford
16 England DF Jamaal Lascelles (on loan from Newcastle United)
No. Position Player
17 England DF Jack Hunt (on loan from Crystal Palace)
18 England MF Michail Antonio
21 England FW Jamie Paterson
23 Antigua and Barbuda FW Dexter Blackstock
24 Wales MF David Vaughan
25 England DF Jack Hobbs
27 Scotland MF Chris Burke
29 Netherlands GK Dorus de Vries
32 Germany MF Robert Tesche
34 England FW Tyler Walker
35 Scotland MF Oliver Burke
36 England GK Ross Durrant
37 England MF Jorge Grant
38 England MF Ben Osborn
39 Algeria MF Djamel Abdoun

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
12 Scotland FW Jamie Mackie (at Reading for the 2014–15 season)
20 England DF Louis Laing (at Notts County until 13 December 2014)
26 Bulgaria GK Dimitar Evtimov (at Mansfield Town until 3 January 2015)
No. Position Player
28 Poland MF Radosław Majewski (at Huddersfield Town for the 2014–15 season)
30 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen McLaughlin (at Notts County until 27 October 2014)

Under 21's & Academy squad[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Nottingham Forest F.C. players.

Player of the Year[edit]

Former club captain and current manager Stuart Pearce won the Player of the Year award three times, a record he holds jointly with Des Walker.
Year Winner
1977 England Tony Woodcock[120]
1978 Scotland Kenny Burns[120]
1979 England Garry Birtles[120]
1980 England Larry Lloyd[120]
1981 Scotland Kenny Burns[121]
1982 England Peter Shilton[121]
1983 England Steve Hodge[121]
1984 England Chris Fairclough[121]
1985 Scotland Jim McInally[121]
1986 England Nigel Clough[121]
1987 England Des Walker[121]
1988 England Nigel Clough[121]
1989 England Stuart Pearce[121]
1990 England Des Walker[122]
1991 England Stuart Pearce[122]
1992 England Des Walker[122]
1993 England Steve Sutton[122]
1994 Wales David Phillips[122]
1995 England Steve Stone[122]
 
Year Winner
1996 England Stuart Pearce[122]
1997 England Colin Cooper[122]
1998 Netherlands Pierre van Hooijdonk[122]
1999 England Alan Rogers[122]
2000 England Dave Beasant[123]
2001 England Chris Bart-Williams[123]
2002 Scotland Gareth Williams[124]
2003 Jamaica David Johnson[125]
2004 Republic of Ireland Andy Reid[126]
2005 England Paul Gerrard[127]
2006 England Ian Breckin[128]
2007 England Grant Holt[129]
2008 England Julian Bennett[130]
2009 England Chris Cohen[131]
2010 Northern Ireland Lee Camp[132]
2011 England Luke Chambers[133]
2012 Jamaica Garath McCleary[134]
2013 England Chris Cohen[135]
2014 Republic of Ireland Andy Reid[136]

All-time XI[edit]

Nottingham Forest F.C. All-time First XI

In 1997 and 1998, as part of the release of the book The Official History of Nottingham Forest, a vote was carried out to decide on the club's official All Time XI.[137]

Player Years at club
Peter Shilton 1977–82
Viv Anderson 1974–84
Des Walker 1984–92; 2002–04
Kenny Burns 1977–81
Stuart Pearce 1985–97
Martin O'Neill 1971–81
Roy Keane 1990–93
Archie Gemmill 1977–79
Ian Storey-Moore 1962–72
Trevor Francis 1979–81
John Robertson 1970–83; 1985–86

International players[edit]

Club officials[edit]

Board of directors

Role Nat Name
Chairman & Owner Kuwait Fawaz Mubarak Al-Hasawi
Co-owner Kuwait Abdulaziz Mubarak Al-Hasawi
Chief Executive England Paul Faulkner
Club Ambassador Scotland John McGovern

Technical staff

Role Nat Name
Manager England Stuart Pearce
Assistant Manager England Steve Wigley
First Team Coach England Brian Eastick
Goalkeeping Coach England Tim Flowers
Head of Recruitment England John Marshall
Head Physiotherapist England Dave Galley
Physiotherapist Northern Ireland Steve Devine
Physiotherapist England Andy Hunt
Under 21 Manager England Jimmy Gilligan
Academy Manager England Gary Brazil
Lead Youth Development Coach Scotland Kevin MacDonald
Academy Goalkeeping Coach England Steve Sutton
Youth Development Coach England Jack Lester
Youth Development Coach England Tom Mallinson
Lead Foundation Coach England Richard Meek
Pre Academy Age Group Coordinator England Russ Lovett
Head Academy Scout Greece Tasos Makis
Academy Scout England Dave Webster
Academy Scout England Jim Higgins
Medical Consultant Republic of Ireland Dr Frank Coffey
Kit Manager England Terry Farndale
Football Analyst England John Harrower

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The others were Liverpool in 1906, Everton in 1932, Tottenham Hotspur in 1951 and Ipswich Town in 1962. Forest remain the only club to achieve this feat having not been promoted as champions.
  2. ^ The second tier of English football is the Football League first division. When the leagues were restructured and the Premiership was formed; The organisation, "The Football League" ceased administering the top flight of English football – The Premiership. Administration of the top flight of English football was taken over by the Football Association (The FA). The second tier of English football is the top tier of the Football League and clubs play for the same trophy that used to be the prize of the top flight of English Football. Nottingham Forest are therefore inscribed on that trophy as twice winners.
  3. ^ Upon its formation in 1992, the Premier League became the top tier of English football; the First and Second Divisions then became the second and third tiers, respectively. The First Division is now known as the Football League Championship and the Second Division is now known as Football League One.

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