1978–79 Nottingham Forest F.C. season

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Nottingham Forest F.C.
1978–79 season
Chairman S.M. Dryden, J.P.
Manager Brian Clough
Football League Division One 2nd
FA Cup 5th Round
League Cup Winners
FA Charity Shield Winners
European Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League: Garry Birtles (14)
All: Garry Birtles (26)
Highest home attendance 41,898 vs. Liverpool (Division One, 28 April 1979)
Lowest home attendance 20,388 vs Southampton (Division One, 2 May 1979)
Average home league attendance 30,446

The 1978–79 season was Nottingham Forest's second year back in the Football League First Division. They had won the title the previous season. This meant they qualified for the first time in their history for the European Cup.

Summary[edit]

Forest opened the defence of their title with six draws in their first seven league matches. On 28 November the 1-0 win at Bolton set an undefeated record of 42 consecutive league games. The record stood for over two decades. Garry Birtles broke into the first team and ended up being the club's top scorer as they ended up as league runners-up, retained the League Cup and won the European Cup. Along the way they knocked out holders Liverpool and came from behind to oust West German champions Cologne. Trevor Francis became the first £1,000,000 player when he signed for the Reds from Birmingham City and immediately proved his worth by scoring the only goal of the European Cup final against Malmö in Munich.

Players[edit]

Squad Stats[edit]

The statistics for the following players are for their time during 1978-79 season playing for Nottingham Forest. Any stats from a different club during 1978-79 are not included. Includes all competitive matches.

Position Nation Name Total Division One League Cup FA Cup European Cup Charity Shield
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Peter Shilton 63 0 42 0 8 0 3 0 9 0 1 0
GK England Jim Montgomery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK England Chris Woods 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Viv Anderson 59 3 40 1 7 2 3 0 8 0 1 0
DF England Colin Barrett 18 2 11 1 3 0 0 0 3 1 1 0
DF Scotland Kenny Burns 37 1 25 0 5 1 1 0 5 0 1 0
DF England Frank Clark 31 0 20 0 3 0 2 0 6 0 0 0
DF England Bryn Gunn 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Larry Lloyd 55 4 36 0 7 1 3 1 8 1 1 1
DF England Dave Needham 39 5 23+3 2 6 1 2 1 4 1 0+1 0
MF England Ian Bowyer 40 6 26+3 4 5 0 1 0 5 2 0 0
MF Scotland John McGovern 55 4 36 0 7 2 3 1 8 1 1 0
MF Scotland Archie Gemmill 41 2 24 1 6 0 3 0 7 1 1 0
MF England Gary Mills 6 1 4 1 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
MF Scotland John O'Hare 14 0 9+2 0 1+1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
MF Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill 42 15 28 10 6 1 3 1 4 1 1 2
MF Scotland John Robertson 63 16 42 9 8 4 3 0 9 2 1 1
MF England Steve Burke 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Garry Birtles 54 26 35 14 7 6 3 0 9 6 0 0
FW England Steve Elliott 6 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Trevor Francis 21 7 19+1 6 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
FW England Peter Withe 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
FW England Tony Woodcock 57 15 36 10 8 3 3 1 9 1 1 0

Top Scorers[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by league goals when total goals are equal.

Last updated on 11 May 2010
Position Nation Name Division One League Cup FA Cup European Cup Charity Shield Total
1 England Garry Birtles 14 6 0 6 0 26
2 Scotland John Robertson 9 4 0 2 1 16
3 England Tony Woodcock 10 3 1 1 0 15
= Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill 10 1 1 1 2 15
5 England Trevor Francis 6 0 0 1 0 7
6 England Ian Bowyer 4 0 0 2 0 6
7 England Dave Needham 2 1 1 1 0 5
8 Scotland John McGovern 0 2 1 1 0 4
= England Larry Lloyd 0 1 1 1 1 4
10 England Viv Anderson 1 2 0 0 0 3
11 England Colin Barrett 1 0 0 1 0 2
= England Archie Gemmill 1 0 0 1 0 2
12 England Gary Mills 1 0 0 0 0 1
= Scotland Kenny Burns 0 1 0 0 0 1
= England Peter Withe 0 0 0 0 1 1
England Own Goals 2 0 0 0 0 2
TOTALS 61 21 5 18 5 110

Transfers In[edit]

Pos Player From Fee Date
MF England Gary Mills Youth system September 1978
FW England Trevor Francis England Birmingham City £1,000,000 February 1979

Transfers Out[edit]

Pos Player To Fee Date
FW England Peter Withe England Newcastle United £200,000 August 1978

Club Kit[edit]

Supplier: Adidas

Home
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Source: Wikipedia Nottingham Forest Article

Competitions[edit]

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
First Division - 2nd 1 August 1978 2 May 1979
FA Cup - Fifth Round 1 August 1978
FA Cup - Fifth Round

Division One[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Liverpool (C) 42 30 8 4 85 16 +69 68 Qualification for the European Cup first round[a]
2 Nottingham Forest 42 21 18 3 61 26 +35 60
3 West Bromwich Albion 42 24 11 7 72 35 +37 59 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[b]
4 Everton 42 17 17 8 52 40 +12 51
5 Leeds United 42 18 14 10 70 52 +18 50
6 Ipswich Town 42 20 9 13 63 49 +14 49
7 Arsenal 42 17 14 11 61 48 +13 48 Qualification for the European Cup Winners' Cup first round[c]
8 Aston Villa 42 15 16 11 59 49 +10 46
9 Manchester United 42 15 15 12 60 63 −3 45
10 Coventry City 42 14 16 12 58 68 −10 44
11 Tottenham Hotspur 42 13 15 14 48 61 −13 41
12 Middlesbrough 42 15 10 17 57 50 +7 40
13 Bristol City 42 15 10 17 47 51 −4 40
14 Southampton 42 12 16 14 47 53 −6 40
15 Manchester City 42 13 13 16 58 56 +2 39
16 Norwich City 42 7 23 12 51 57 −6 37
17 Bolton Wanderers 42 12 11 19 54 75 −21 35
18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 13 8 21 44 68 −24 34
19 Derby County 42 10 11 21 44 71 −27 31
20 Queens Park Rangers (R) 42 6 13 23 45 73 −28 25 Relegation to Football League Second Division
21 Birmingham City (R) 42 6 10 26 37 64 −27 22
22 Chelsea (R) 42 5 10 27 44 92 −48 20
Source: Statto
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Nottingham Forest qualified for the European Cup as defending champions.
  2. ^ Since the winners of the 1978-79 League Cup, Nottingham Forest, had qualified for the 1979-80 European Cup, the sixth-placed team in the First Division, Ipswich Town, were rewarded with entry to the 1979-80 UEFA Cup.
  3. ^ Arsenal qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup winners.

Matches[edit]

Competitive[edit]

Football League First Division[edit]

Last updated: 28 August 2011
Source: Bridport Red Archive

League Cup[edit]

Last updated: 28 August 2011
Source: Bridport Red Archive

FA Cup[edit]

Last updated: 28 August 2011
Source: Bridport Red Archive

FA Charity Shield[edit]

Last updated: 28 August 2011
Source: Bridport Red Archive

European Cup[edit]

First Round[edit]
Second Round[edit]
Quarter Final[edit]
Semi Final[edit]
Final[edit]

Last updated: 28 August 2011
Source: Bridport Red Archive

Pre-season and Friendlies[edit]

Last updated: 28 August 2011
Source: The City Ground

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Argentine cup star aids Tottenham tie". Montreal Gazette. 21 August 1978. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Forest make Soccer history". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 October 1978. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 

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