Chart showing the finishing league positions of County and Forest since 1898-99 season until 2010. County represented in black, Forest in red.
The two clubs are amongst the oldest football clubs in the World. County were formed in 1862 and are the oldest professional association football club in the world. Forest were formed three years later by a group of men playing the now largely unknown sport of Bandy.
The first competitive meeting in the FA Cup came on 16 November 1878 and resulted in a 3-1 victory for Nottingham Forest. The first league game occurred on 18 October 1892 and resulted in a 3-1 victory for Notts County.
Nottingham derbies were a fairly regular occurrence until the mid-1950s. Since then, games between the two clubs have become rare.
Today, Forest and Notts County matches usually occur as pre-season matches at Meadow Lane. Forest won 2-1 on 30 July 2007 and 3-2 on 2 August 2008, but Notts County won 2-1 in a pre-season friendly on 25 July 2009. The final pre-season friendly to date was on 7 August 2012 ending in a 2-2 draw.
The last league Nottingham derby occurred on 12 February 1994 and resulted in a 2-1 victory for Notts County. Charlie Palmer (or 'Sir' Charlie Palmer as he has been dubbed by Notts County fans) scored with just four minutes remaining and only ninety seconds after Forest had equalised. The date, 12th February, is now known as Charlie Palmer Day.
The rivalry was resurrected on 9 August 2011, when the clubs met in the first round of the Football League Cup at the City Ground. It was a thriller, with Forest winning a penalty shootout after the match had ended 3-3. Lee Hughes had missed a penalty which would have sent Notts through.
The two clubs have met a total of 94 times in the League, FA Cup and League Cup. The two sides have contested games in a number of other competitions including the Nottinghamshire County Cup (contested between the two Nottingham sides and Mansfield Town) and the Anglo-Italian Cup. The results and statistics from those games are not included below.