List of Nottingham Forest F.C. seasons

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This is a list of all seasons played by Nottingham Forest Football Club, from their first entry into the FA Cup in 1878 to their last completed season in 2013. It details the club's performance in every competition entered, as well as the top scorers for each season. Top scorers in bold were also the top scorers in the English league that season.

Seasons[edit]

Season League FA Cup League
Cup
Europe / Other Top goalscorer(s)[1]
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1878–79 SF
1879–80 SF
1880–81 R2
1881–82 R1
1882–83 R3
1883–84 R2
1884–85 SF
1885–86 R3
1886–87 R3
1887–88 R5
1888–89 R2
1889–90 FA 22 6 5 11 31 62 17 11th R1
1890–91 22 9 7 6 66 39 23 5th R3
1891–92 22 14 5 3 59 22 33 1st SF
1892–93 Div 1 30 10 8 12 48 52 28 10th R2 Sandy Higgins 13
1893–94 30 14 4 12 57 48 32 7th R3 Tom McInnes 14
1894–95 30 13 5 12 50 56 31 7th R3 Albert Carnelly 17
1895–96 30 11 3 16 42 57 25 13th R1 Tom McInnes 9
1896–97 30 9 8 13 44 49 26 11th R3 Arthur Capes 9
1897–98 30 11 9 10 47 49 31 8th W Len Benbow 13
1898–99 34 11 11 12 42 42 33 11th R3 Fred Spencer 9
1899–1900 34 13 8 13 56 55 34 8th SF Jack Calvey 19
1900–01 34 16 7 11 53 36 39 4th R2 Jack Calvey 16
1901–02 34 13 9 12 43 43 35 5th SF Jack Calvey 14
1902–03 34 14 7 13 49 47 35 10th R2 Grenville Morris 26
1903–04 34 11 9 14 57 57 31 9th R2 Grenville Morris
Billy Shearman
14
1904–05 34 9 7 18 40 61 25 16th R1 Billy Shearman 14
1905–06 38 13 5 20 58 79 31 19th R3 Grenville Morris 22
1906–07 Div 2 38 28 4 6 74 36 60 1st R1 Grenville Morris 22
1907–08 Div 1 38 13 11 14 59 62 37 9th R1 Enoch West 26
1908–09 38 14 8 16 66 57 36 14th R4 Enoch West 25
1909–10 38 11 11 16 54 72 33 14th R3 Grenville Morris 20
1910–11 38 9 7 22 55 75 25 20th R1 Grenville Morris 12
1911–12 Div 2 38 13 7 18 46 48 33 15th R1 Grenville Morris 10
1912–13 38 12 8 18 58 59 32 17th R2 Tommy Gibson 21
1913–14 38 7 9 22 37 76 23 20th R1 Jack Derrick 8
1914–15 38 10 9 19 43 77 29 18th R1 Jack Coleman 16
In 1915, competitive football was abandoned in Britain owing to World War I
1919–20 Div 2 42 11 9 22 43 73 31 18th R1 John Lythgoe 11
1920–21 42 12 12 18 48 55 36 18th R1 Jack Spaven 11
1921–22 42 22 12 8 51 30 56 1st R3 Jack Spaven 22
1922–23 Div 1 42 13 8 21 41 70 34 20th R1 Jack Spaven 10
1923–24 42 10 12 20 42 64 32 20th R1 Duncan Walker 17
1924–25 42 6 12 24 29 65 24 22nd R2 Duncan Walker 8
1925–26 Div 2 42 14 8 20 51 73 36 17th QF Syd Gibson 10
1926–27 42 18 14 10 80 55 50 5th R4 Syd Gibson 17
1927–28 42 15 10 17 83 84 40 10th QF Noah Burton 16
1928–29 42 15 12 15 71 70 42 11th R3 Sam Jennings 17
1929–30 42 13 15 14 55 69 41 10th QF Johnny Dent 18
1930–31 42 14 9 19 80 85 37 17th R3 Johnny Dent 23
1931-32 42 16 10 16 77 72 42 11th R3 Billy Dickinson 23
1932–33 42 17 15 10 67 59 49 5th R3 Billy Dickinson 15
1933–34 42 13 9 20 73 74 35 17th R4 Johnny Dent 27
1934–35 42 17 8 17 76 70 42 9th R5 Tom Peacock 21
1935–36 42 12 11 19 69 76 35 19th R4 Tom Peacock 21
1936–37 42 12 10 20 68 90 34 18th R3 Dave Martin 31
1937–38 42 14 8 20 47 60 36 20th R4 Dave Martin 15
1938–39 42 10 11 21 49 82 31 20th R3 Harry Crawshaw
Jack Surtees
9
1939–40 3 2 0 1 5 5 4 n/a[2]
In 1939, competitive football was abandoned in Britain owing to World War II
1945–46 R3
1946–47 Div 2 42 15 10 17 69 74 40 11th R5 Sailor Brown 16
1947–48 42 12 11 19 54 60 35 19th R3 Tom Johnston 12
1948–49 42 14 7 21 50 54 35 21st R3 George Lee 10
1949–50 Div 3
(S)
42 20 9 13 67 39 49 4th R2 Wally Ardron 25
1950–51 46 30 10 6 110 40 70 1st R2 Wally Ardron 36
1951–52 Div 2 42 18 13 11 77 62 49 4th R3 Wally Ardron 29
1952–53 42 18 8 16 77 67 44 7th R4 Wally Ardron 22
1953–54 42 20 12 10 86 59 52 4th R3 Alan Moore 29
1954–55 42 16 7 19 58 62 39 15th R5 Jim Barrett 10
1955–56 42 19 9 14 68 63 47 7th R3 Jim Barrett 17
1956–57 42 22 10 10 94 55 54 2nd QF Jim Barrett 30
1957–58 Div 1 42 16 10 16 69 63 42 10th R4 Tommy Wilson 22
1958–59 42 17 6 19 71 74 40 13th W Tommy Wilson 27
1959–60 42 13 9 20 50 74 35 20th R4 Tommy Wilson 12
1960–61 42 14 9 19 62 78 37 14th R3 R4 Colin Booth 19
1961–62 42 13 10 19 63 79 36 19th R4 R3 Fairs Cup R1 Colin Booth 14
1962–63 42 17 10 15 67 69 44 9th QF n/a[3] Colin Addison 20
1963–64 42 16 9 17 64 68 41 13th R3 n/a Frank Wignall 16
1964–65 42 17 13 12 71 67 47 5th R5 n/a Colin Addison
Frank Wignall
16
1965–66 42 14 8 20 56 72 36 18th R4 n/a Colin Addison 9
1966–67 42 23 10 9 64 41 56 2nd SF R2 Ian Storey-Moore 25
1967–68 42 14 11 17 52 64 39 11th R4 R3 Fairs Cup R2 Joe Baker 21
1968–69 42 10 13 19 45 57 33 18th R3 R2 Ian Storey-Moore 18
1969–70 42 10 18 14 50 71 38 15th R3 R4 Ian Storey-Moore 12
1970–71 42 14 8 20 42 61 36 16th R3 R4 Ian Storey-Moore 22
1971–72 42 8 9 25 47 81 25 21st R3 R3 Ian Storey-Moore 14
1972–73 Div 2 42 14 12 16 47 52 40 14th R3 R2 John Galley 8
1973–74 42 15 15 12 57 43 45 7th QF R2 Duncan McKenzie 28
1974–75 42 12 14 16 43 55 38 16th R4 R2 Neil Martin 12
1975–76 42 17 12 13 55 40 46 8th R3 R3 Ian Bowyer 16
1976–77 42 21 10 11 77 43 52 3rd R4 R3 Anglo-Scottish Cup W Peter Withe 19
1977–78 Division 1 42 25 14 3 69 24 64 1st QF W Peter Withe
Tony Woodcock
19
1978–79 42 21 18 3 61 26 60 2nd R5 W Charity Shield W Garry Birtles 26
European Cup W
1979–80 42 20 8 14 63 43 48 5th R5 R/U Super Cup W John Robertson 19
European Cup W
1980–81 42 19 12 11 62 44 50 7th QF R4 Intercontinental Cup R/U Ian Wallace 13
Super Cup R/U
European Cup R1
1981–82 42 15 12 15 42 48 47 12th R3 R5 Ian Wallace 12
1982–83 42 20 9 13 62 50 69 5th R3 R5 Ian Wallace 17
1983–84 42 22 8 12 76 45 74 3rd R3 R2 UEFA Cup S/F Peter Davenport 17
1984–85 42 19 7 16 56 48 64 9th R4 R3 UEFA Cup R1 Peter Davenport 17
1985–86 42 19 11 12 69 53 68 8th R3 R4 Nigel Clough 18
1986–87 42 18 11 13 64 51 65 8th R3 R5 Nigel Clough 17
1987–88 40 20 13 7 67 39 73 3rd SF R3 Nigel Clough 22
1988–89 38 17 13 8 64 43 64 3rd SF W Full Members Cup W Nigel Clough 21
1989–90 38 15 9 14 55 47 54 9th R3 W Steve Hodge 14
1990–91 38 14 12 12 65 50 54 8th R/U R4 Nigel Clough 20
1991–92 42 16 11 15 60 58 59 8th QF R/U Full Members Cup W Teddy Sheringham 22
1992–93[4] Premier League 42 10 10 22 41 62 40 22nd R5 R5 Nigel Clough 12
1993–94 Division 1 46 23 14 9 74 49 83 2nd R3 R5 Stan Collymore 25
1994–95 Premier League 42 22 11 9 72 43 77 3rd R4 R4 Stan Collymore 25
1995–96 38 15 13 10 50 54 58 9th QF R2 UEFA Cup QF Ian Woan 12
1996–97 38 6 16 16 31 59 34 20th R5 R3 Kevin Campbell
Alf-Inge Håland
6
1997–98 Division 1 46 28 10 8 82 42 94 1st R3 R2 Pierre van Hooijdonk 34
1998–99 Premier League 38 7 9 22 35 69 30 20th R3 R4 Dougie Freedman 12
1999–2000 Division 1 46 14 14 18 53 55 56 14th R4 R4 Dougie Freedman
Alan Rogers
11
2000–01 46 20 8 18 55 53 68 11th R3 R1 Chris Bart-Williams 15
2001–02 46 12 18 16 50 51 54 16th R3 R3 Stern John 14
2002–03 46 20 14 12 82 50 74 6th R3 R2 David Johnson 29
2003–04 46 15 15 16 61 58 60 14th R4 R3 Andy Reid 13
2004–05[5] Championship 46 9 17 20 42 66 44 23rd R5 R4 Gareth Taylor 11
2005–06 League
One
46 19 12 15 67 52 69 7th R1 R2 Football League Trophy R1S Ian Breckin
Nathan Tyson
10
2006–07 46 23 13 10 65 41 82 4th R4 R1 Football League Trophy SQF Grant Holt 18
2007–08 46 22 16 8 64 32 82 2nd R2 R2 Football League Trophy R1S Junior Agogo 13
2008–09 Championship 46 13 14 19 50 65 53 19th R4 R2 Robert Earnshaw 17
2009–10 46 22 13 11 65 40 79 3rd R3 R3 Robert Earnshaw 17
2010–11 46 20 15 11 69 50 75 6th R4 R1 Lewis McGugan 13
2011–12 46 14 8 24 48 63 50 19th R3 R3 Garath McCleary 9
2012–13 46 17 16 13 63 59 67 8th R3 R2 Billy Sharp 11
2013–14 46 16 17 13 67 64 65 11th R5 R3 Jamie Paterson 12
2014–15 46 15 14 17 71 69 59 14th R3 R3 Britt Assombalonga 15
2015–16 46 13 16 17 43 47 55 16th R4 R1 Nélson Oliveira 9

Overall[edit]

  • Seasons spent at Level 1 of the football league system: 56
  • Seasons spent at Level 2 of the football league system: 52
  • Seasons spent at Level 3 of the football league system: 5
  • Seasons spent at Level 4 of the football league system: 0

Key[edit]

Champions Runners-up Third-place Play-offs Promoted Relegated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes all goals scored in Premier League, The Football League, FA Cup, Football League Cup, Full Members Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Charity/Community Shield matches
  2. ^ Competitive football was abandoned three games into the new season and all results were annulled.
  3. ^ In the League Cup's early seasons, some major clubs opted not to enter the competition. Forest did not enter between 1962-66.
  4. ^ The Premier League was created before the 1992-93 season, replacing the First Division as the highest tier of English football. The First Division became the second tier.
  5. ^ The First Division was rebranded as The Championship prior to the 2004-05 season.