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Nottingham Forest F.C.
Nottingham Forest logo.svg
Full name Nottingham Forest Football Club
Founded 1865; 151 years ago (1865)[1]
Ground City Ground
Ground Capacity 30,576
Owner The Al Hasawi Family
Chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi
Manager Dougie Freedman
League The Championship
2014–15 The Championship, 14th
Website Club home page
Current season

Nottingham Forest Football Club is an football club in Nottinghamshire, England, which plays in the Football League Championship, the second tier of English football. The club, often referred to as Forest, have played home matches at the City Ground, West Bridgford, 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. The club has been outside the Premier League since 1999.


Early years (1865–1975)[edit]

Nottingham Forest F.C. was founded in 1865 by a group of Bandy and Shinty players,[2] as Nottingham Forest Football and Bandy Club[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Forest regained First Division status in 1957 and won the FA Cup for a second time in 1959, defeating Luton Town at Wembley.[8]

After being runners-up in the League and FA Cup semi-finalists in 1967, Forest were relegated from the First Division in 1972 after a 15-year stay.[9]

Brian Clough (1975–1993)[edit]

Brian Clough managed Nottingham Forest for 18 years.

Despite their two FA Cup wins and a runners-up finish in the top flight as recently as 1967, Forest were generally 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, taking them to unprecedented heights. 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, signed from Stoke City early in the 1977–78 season. 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 (English football's first million-pound player on his arrival at Forest in February 1979) 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. More than a decade later, it 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.[10]

Nottingham Forest's next major trophies came in 1989 when they won the Football League Cup and the Full Members Cup. For most of the season they had been competing for all three English cup competitions available at the time, but their hopes of a unique cup treble ended when they 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 six minutes. They also finished third in the league in 1989, and had occupied the same final position a year later, although they had never looked like serious title contenders in either campaign; Liverpool had been runaway leaders for most of the 1987–88 season, and Forest had been table at Christmas the following campaign before climbing into the division's upper reaches with their strong post-Christmas form. By the end of the 1980s, Forest's European Cup winning stars were all long gone, and their new stars included high-scoring midfielder Neil Webb (sold to Manchester United for a million-plus fee in July 1989), left-back Stuart Pearce, central defender Des Walker and striker Nigel Clough (son of Brian Clough).

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 against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, but ended up losing 2–1 in extra time after an own goal by Des Walker. In Forest's team that day was young Irish midfielder Roy Keane, who had joined the club the previous summer.

In the summer of 1991, Brian Clough broke Forest's transfer record fee by signing the league's top scorer, Millwall striker Teddy Sheringham, for £2.1million.

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. This meant that Forest had played in six cup finals in four seasons, winning four of them.

Forest finished eighth in the league that season to take a place in the new FA Premier League, but their prospects of succeeding in the new league were hit by the pre-season loss of players like Des Walker and Darren Wassall, and the sale of Teddy Sheringham a few games into the new season.

Brian Clough's 18-year reign as manager ended in May 1993 after 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. Relegation from the Premier League was also followed by the departure of midfielder Roy Keane to Manchester United for a British record fee of £3.75million.

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 seen promotion from the Fourth Division with Leyton Orient in 1989 as his greatest distinction. 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.[11] Forest finished third in 1994–95[12] and qualified for the UEFA Cup – their first entry to European competition in the post-Heysel era. Despite the pre-season loss of striker Stan Collymore to Liverpool for a national record fee of £8.5million, Forest did reach the quarter-finals, the furthest an English team reached in UEFA competitions that season, although they slipped to ninth position in the league. The 1996–97 season quickly became a relegation battle and Clark left the club in December.[13]

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

34-year-old captain Stuart Pearce was installed as player-manager on a temporary basis just before Christmas in 1996 and he inspired a brief upturn in the club's fortunes. However, in March 1997 he was replaced on a permanent basis by Dave Bassett and left the club that summer after 12 years.[14] Forest were unable to avoid relegation and finished the season in bottom place.[15] They won promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt, being crowned Division One champions in 1997–98.[16] Bassett was sacked in January 1999, with Ron Atkinson replacing him.[17]

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

Ron Atkinson was unable to prevent Forest from once again slipping back into Division One, and announced his retirement from football management when Forest's relegation was confirmed on 24 April 1999, with three weeks of the Premier League seasons still to play.

Former England captain David Platt succeeded Atkinson and spent approximately £12 million on players in the space of two seasons, including the Italian veterans Moreno Mannini, Salvatore Matrecano and Gianluca Petrachi.[18] However, Forest could only finish 14th in Platt's first season and 10th in his second. He departed in July 2001 to manage the England U-21 side and was succeeded by youth team manager Paul Hart.

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

[19]Now faced with huge debts, which reduced Forest's ability to sign new players, they finished 16th in Hart's first season in charge.[20] By December 2001, Forest were reported as losing over £100,000 every week,[21] and their financial outlook was worsened by the collapse of ITV Digital, which left Forest and many other Football League clubs in severe financial difficulties.[22] Despite the off-field difficulties, Forest finished 2002–03 in sixth place[23] 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 loss of several key players, led to the sacking of Hart in February 2004 with Forest in danger of relegation.[24] The decision was unpopular with certain quarters of the fanbase and Hart was described as a 'scapegoat'.[25]

Joe Kinnear was subsequently appointed and led the club to a secure 14th place in the final league table.[26] The 2004–05 season saw Forest drop into the relegation zone once more, leading to Kinnear's resignation in December 2004.[27]Mick Harford took temporary charge of Forest over Christmas, before Gary Megson was appointed in the new year. Megson had already won two promotions to the Premier League with his previous club West Bromwich Albion, having arrived at the club when they were in danger of going down to Division Two, but failed to stave off relegation as the club ended the season second from bottom in 23rd place,[28] becoming the first European Cup-winners ever to fall into their domestic third division.[29]

In Forest's first season in the English third tier in 54 years, a 3–0 defeat at Oldham Athletic[30] in February 2006 led to the departure of Megson by "mutual consent" leaving the club mid-table only four points above the relegation zone.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33]

Colin Calderwood, previously of Northampton Town, was appointed as Forest's new manager in May 2006. He was their 12th new manager to be appointed since the retirement of Brian Clough 13 years earlier, and went onto to become Forest's longest-serving manager since Frank Clark. The Calderwood era was ultimately one of rebuilding, and included the club's first promotion in a decade. 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 shock 5–4 aggregate defeat in the semi-finals against Yeovil Town; they had taken a 2–0 lead in the first leg at Huish Park, but were then beaten 5–2 on their own soil by the Somerset club.[34] 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. Forest kept a league record of 24 clean sheets out of 46 games, proving to be the foundation for their return to the second tier of English football and leaving them just one more promotion away from a return to the Premier League.

However, Calderwood's side struggled to adapt to life in the Championship in the 2008–09 campaign and having been unable to steer Forest out of the relegation zone, Calderwood was sacked following a Boxing Day 4–2 defeat to the Championship's bottom club Doncaster Rovers.[35]

Under the temporary stewardship of John Pemberton, Forest finally climbed out of the relegation zone, having beaten Norwich City 3–2.[36] Billy Davies, who taken Forest's local rivals Derby County into the Premier League two seasons earlier, was confirmed as the new manager on 1 January 2009[37] and watched Pemberton's side beat Manchester City 3–0 away in the FA Cup,[38] 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,[39] securing survival with one game to go.

Forest spent most of the 2009–10 campaign in a top-three position, 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. The club finished third, missing out on automatic promotion, and in the two-legged play-off semi-final were beaten by Blackpool, 2–1 away and 4–3 in the home leg, the club's first defeat at home since losing to the same opposition in September 2009.

The 2010–11 season saw Forest finish in sixth place in the Championship table with 75 points,[40] 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 two legs by eventual play off final winners Swansea City. Having drawn the first leg 0–0 at the City Ground,[41] they were eventually beaten 3–1 in the second leg.[42]

In June 2011 Billy Davies's contract was terminated,[43][44] and he was replaced as manager by Steve McClaren, who signed a three-year contract.[45][46] 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.[47] 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.[47] 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.[48]

Nigel Doughty: Nottingham Forest owner 1999–2012

Nigel Doughty, owner and previous chairman of the club, died on 4 February 2012, having been involved with the club since the late 1990s, with many estimating his total contribution as being in the region of £100million.[49]

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 (which had taken Doncaster Rovers into the league's second tier for the first time since the 1950s) and what football fans would consider the Forest way.[50] 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.

By 15 December 2012, after the team's 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,[51] with his brother Abdulaziz Al-Hasawi holding a 20% share and his cousin Omar Al-Hasawi holding a 5% share.

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.[52] The man to replace O'Driscoll was Alex McLeish.[53] The move was criticised by some members of the Forest fan base.[54] Chief executive Mark Arthur as well as scout Keith Burt and club ambassador Frank Clark were dismissed in January 2013.[55] On 5 February 2013 Nottingham Forest and Alex McLeish had parted company by mutual agreement, just 40 days after McLeish took charge of Forest.[56] Forest supporters and pundits alike registered their concern for the state of the club,[50] with journalist Pat Murphy describing the situation as a "shambles".[57]

Two days after McLeish's departure, the club re-appointed Billy Davies as manager, having been sacked as the team's manager twenty months previously.[58] His first match in charge was a draw,[59] followed by a run of 10 undefeated games. In March 2014 the club terminated Davies' employment, following a 5–0 defeat by Derby County.[60] Neil Warnock turned down the job as Forest manager on the day Davies was sacked. After initially rejecting the job in March 2014,[61] fans favourite Stuart Pearce was named the man to replace Billy Davies, taking over from caretaker manager Gary Brazil. He signed a two-year contract commencing on 1 July 2014. Pearce led Forest to an unbeaten start to the season but failed to keep up the form. He was sacked in February 2015 and replaced by another former Forest player, Dougie Freedman. Another mid table finish means that Forest will begin the 2015–16 season still in the Championship and now in their 17th season away from the Premier League.

Club identity[edit]

Crest and colours[edit]

Nottingham Forest have 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’.[62] 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. Forest's tour of South America in 1905 inspired Independiente to adopt red as their club colour, after the Argentine club's President Arístides Langone described the tourists as looking like diabolos rojos ("red devils"), which would become Independiente's nickname.[63]

The first club crest used by Forest was the city arms of Nottingham, which was first used on kits in 1947.[64] The current club badge was introduced in 1974.[64] The logo has been reported as being the brainchild of manager Brian Clough.[65] 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.[66]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1973–76 Umbro None
1976–77 U-Win
1977–80 Adidas
1980–82 Panasonic
1982–84 Wrangler
1984–86 Skol
1986–87 Umbro Home Ales
1987–93 Shipstones
1993–97 Labatt's
1997–2003 Pinnacle
2003–09 Capital One
2009–12 Victor Chandler
2012–13 John Pye Auctions[67]
2013– Adidas Fawaz International Refrigeration &

Air Conditioning Company


The club has garnered many nicknames over time. Historically, the nickname of "Foresters" was used,[68] as was "Garibaldis".[69] "The Forest"[70] 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".[71][72] Nottingham Forest is often incorrectly referred to as Notts Forest. This moniker has been used for a long time, in local, national and international media, much to the intense annoyance of Forest fans.[61][70][73][74][75]


Main article: City Ground

Since 1898 Nottingham Forest have played their home games at the City Ground in West Bridgford, on the banks of the River Trent. Since 1996 the stadium has been all-seater, a preparation that was made in time for the ground to be a venue for Euro 96, and currently has a capacity of 30,602, making it the 24th largest football stadium in England.

The City Ground is 300 yards away from Notts County's Meadow Lane stadium, on the other side of the Trent. The two grounds are the closest professional football stadia in England and the second closest in the United Kingdom after the grounds of Dundee and Dundee United. When built, the ground was within the boundaries of Nottingham, which had been made a city the previous year and gave rise to the name of the stadium. A boundary change in the 1950s meant that the City Ground is now no longer within the city of Nottingham whilst Notts County's ground is.

Prior to moving into the City Ground, Forest played their home games at Forest Recreation Ground, then Trent Bridge, and finally the purpose-built Town Ground.

Nottingham forest were forced to sell the City Ground to Nottingham City Council and now lease the stadium[citation needed]

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.[76] 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 supporters, including fashion designer Paul Smith,[77] England international cricketer Stuart Broad,[78] boxer Carl Froch,[79][80] golfers Lee Westwood[81] and Oliver Wilson,[82] footballers Alex Baptiste[83] Tom Cairney,[83] Shaun Barker[84] and Patrick Bamford,[85] ice hockey player Miika Wiikman,[86] Doctor Who actor Matt Smith,[87] politicians Kenneth Clarke, Dan Jarvis and Michael Dugher,[88][89][90] Manic Street Preachers singer James Dean Bradfield,[91][92] actor Jason Statham,[93] Brazilian football manager Luiz Felipe Scolari,[94] actor Joe Dempsie,[95] artist and musician David Shrigley,[96] comedian Matt Forde,[97] skater Christopher Dean, TV & radio presenter Richard Bacon,[98] The Pogues guitarist Phil Chevron,[99] actress Su Pollard[100] and actor Arsher Ali.[101]




Winners (1): 1977–78
Winners (3): 1906–07, 1921–22, 1997–98
Winners (1): 1950–51
Winners (1): 1891–92


Winners (2): 1897–98, 1958–59
Winners (4): 1977–78, 1978–79, 1988–89, 1989–90
Winners (1): 1978
Winners (2): 1988–89, 1991–92


Winners (2): 1978–79, 1979–80
Winners (1): 1979



Winners (1): 1977
Winners (3): 1899, 2001, 2002
Winners (6): 2009 (29 August), 2010 (29 December), 2011 (22 January), 2013 (28 September), 2015 (17 January), 2015(6 November)
Winners (1): 2002
Winners (1): 1988
  • Nuremberg Tournament
Winners (1): 1982
Winners (1): 1982
  • Trofeo Villa de Bilbao
Winners (1): 1979[103]


# 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 1909 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 England Harold Wightman 1 Aug 1936 31 May 1939 119 33 27 59 27.7% 22.7% 49.6%
9 England Billy Walker 1 May 1939 1 Jun 1960 650 272 147 231 41.8% 22.6% 35.5%
10 Scotland Andy Beattie 1 Sep 1960 1 Jul 1963 140 52 30 58 37.1% 21.4% 41.4%
11 Republic of Ireland Johnny Carey 1 Jul 1963 31 Dec 1968 267 99 65 93 38.5% 25.3% 36.2%
11 Scotland Matt Gillies 1 Jan 1969 20 Oct 1972 177 49 48 80 27.7% 27.1% 45.2%
13 Scotland Dave Mackay 2 Nov 1972 23 Oct 1973 44 13 14 17 29.5% 31.8% 38.6%
14 Scotland Allan Brown 19 Nov 1973 3 Jan 1975 57 20 17 20 35.1% 29.8% 35.1%
15 England Brian Clough 3 Jan 1975 8 May 1993 968 447 258 263 46.2% 26.7% 27.2%
16 England Frank Clark 13 May 1993 19 Dec 1996 178 73 58 47 41.0% 32.6% 26.4%
17 England Stuart Pearce 20 Dec 1996 8 May 1997 23 7 9 7 30.4% 39.1% 30.4%
18 England Dave Bassett 8 May 1997 5 Jan 1999 77 30 20 24 42.9% 26.0% 31.2%
19 England Micky Adams 5 Jan 1999 11 Jan 1999 1 0 0 1 0.0% 0.0% 100.0%
20 England Ron Atkinson 11 Jan 1999 16 May 1999 17 5 2 10 29.4% 11.8% 58.8%
21 England David Platt 1 Jul 1999 12 Jul 2001 103 37 25 41 35.9% 24.3% 39.8%
22 England Paul Hart 12 Jul 2001 7 Feb 2004 135 42 44 49 31.1% 32.6% 36.3%
23 Republic of Ireland Joe Kinnear 10 Feb 2004 16 Dec 2004 44 15 15 14 34.1% 34.1% 31.8%
24 England Mick Harford 16 Dec 2004 10 Jan 2005 6 2 1 3 33.3% 16.7% 50.0%
25 England Gary Megson 10 Jan 2005 16 Feb 2006 59 17 18 24 28.8% 30.5% 40.7%
26 England Frank Barlow
Scotland Ian McParland
17 Feb 2006 30 May 2006 13 8 4 1 61.5% 30.8% 7.7%
27 Scotland Colin Calderwood 30 May 2006 26 Dec 2008 109 52 33 24 47.7% 30.3% 22.0%
28 England John Pemberton 27 Dec 2008 4 Jan 2009 2 2 0 0 100.0% 0.0% 0.0%
29 Scotland Billy Davies 4 Jan 2009 12 Jun 2011 126 53 36 37 42.1% 28.6% 29.4%
30 England Steve McClaren 13 Jun 2011 2 Oct 2011 13 3 3 7 23.1% 23.1% 53.8%
31 England Steve Cotterill 14 Oct 2011 12 Jul 2012 38 12 7 19 31.6% 18.4% 50.0%
32 Republic of Ireland Sean O'Driscoll 20 Jul 2012 26 Dec 2012 26 10 9 7 38.5% 34.6% 26.9%
33 Scotland Alex McLeish 27 Dec 2012 5 Feb 2013 7 1 2 4 14.3% 28.6% 57.1%
34 Scotland Billy Davies 7 Feb 2013 24 Mar 2014 59 25 22 13 42.3% 35.6% 22.0%
35 England Gary Brazil 24 Mar 2014 3 May 2014 9 2 2 5 22.2% 22.2% 55.6%
36 England Stuart Pearce 1 Jul 2014 1 Feb 2015 32 10 10 12 31.25% 31.25% 37.5%
37 Scotland Dougie Freedman 1 Feb 2015 Present 51 18 16 17 35.3% 31.4% 33.3%


  • Most appearances for the club (in all competitions): 692 – Bob McKinlay (1951–1970)[104]
  • Most goals for the club (in all competitions): 217 – Grenville Morris (1898–1913)
  • 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:
  • 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
    • 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
  • Largest Transfer fees paid: £5,000,000 to Peterborough United for Britt Assombalonga[107]
  • Largest transfer fee received: £8,500,000 from Liverpool for Stan Collymore[108]

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.[109]

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


Current squad[edit]

As of 22 January 2016[110]

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

No. Position Player
1 Netherlands GK Dorus de Vries
2 United States DF Eric Lichaj
3 Slovenia DF Bojan Jokić (on loan from Villareal)
4 England DF Michael Mancienne
5 England DF Matt Mills
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 (vice-captain)
11 Republic of Ireland MF Andy Reid
13 Scotland DF Danny Fox
15 Cape Verde MF Ryan Mendes (on loan from Lille)
17 Portugal FW Nélson Oliveira (on loan from Benfica)
No. Position Player
19 Northern Ireland FW Jamie Ward
22 England MF Gary Gardner (on loan from Aston Villa)
23 Antigua and Barbuda FW Dexter Blackstock
24 Wales MF David Vaughan
25 England DF Jack Hobbs
26 Bulgaria GK Dimitar Evtimov
29 England FW Chris O'Grady (on loan from Brighton)
31 Spain DF Daniel Pinillos
32 Germany MF Robert Tesche
34 England FW Tyler Walker
35 Scotland MF Oliver Burke
37 England MF Jorge Grant
38 England MF Ben Osborn

Under 21's named to first team squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
40 Scotland DF Alex Iacovitti
41 Republic of Ireland FW Gerry McDonagh
No. Position Player
43 England GK Ross Durrant

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
21 England FW Jamie Paterson (on loan to Huddersfield Town until the end of the 2015–16 season)
27 Scotland MF Chris Burke (on loan to Rotherham United until the end of the 2015–16 season)
England GK Richard Dearle (on loan to Grantham Town until the end of the 2015–16 season)
Lithuania MF Deimantas Petravičius (on loan to Stevenage until 23 February 2016)
England MF Josh Rees (on loan to Torquay United until the end of the 2015–16 season)
No. Position Player
England GK Jordan Smith (on loan to Nuneaton Town until the end of the 2015–16 season)
England MF Luke Thomas (on loan to Hemel Hempstead Town until 15 February 2016)
Bulgaria FW Nikolay Todorov (on loan to Hemel Hempstead Town until 15 February 2016)
Netherlands FW Lars Veldwijk (on loan to PEC Zwolle until the end of the 2015–16 season)
England DF Joe Worrall (on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge until 6 March 2016)

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 manager Stuart Pearce won the Player of the Year award three times, a record he holds jointly with Des Walker.
Kenny Burns, Nigel Clough, Andy Reid and Chris Cohen are the only players to win the award twice.
Andy Reid holds the record for longest gap between Player of the Year awards with a gap of ten years.
Year Winner
1977 England Tony Woodcock[111]
1978 Scotland Kenny Burns[111]
1979 England Garry Birtles[111]
1980 England Larry Lloyd[111]
1981 Scotland Kenny Burns[112]
1982 England Peter Shilton[112]
1983 England Steve Hodge[112]
1984 England Chris Fairclough[112]
1985 Scotland Jim McInally[112]
1986 England Nigel Clough[112]
1987 England Des Walker[112]
1988 England Nigel Clough[112]
1989 England Stuart Pearce[112]
1990 England Des Walker[113]
1991 England Stuart Pearce[113]
1992 England Des Walker[113]
1993 England Steve Sutton[113]
1994 Wales David Phillips[113]
1995 England Steve Stone[113]
1996 England Stuart Pearce[113]
Year Winner
1997 England Colin Cooper[113]
1998 Netherlands Pierre van Hooijdonk[113]
1999 England Alan Rogers[113]
2000 England Dave Beasant[114]
2001 England Chris Bart-Williams[114]
2002 Scotland Gareth Williams[115]
2003 Jamaica David Johnson[116]
2004 Republic of Ireland Andy Reid[117]
2005 England Paul Gerrard[118]
2006 England Ian Breckin[119]
2007 England Grant Holt[120]
2008 England Julian Bennett[121]
2009 England Chris Cohen[122]
2010 Northern Ireland Lee Camp[123]
2011 England Luke Chambers[124]
2012 Jamaica Garath McCleary[125]
2013 England Chris Cohen[126]
2014 Republic of Ireland Andy Reid[127]
2015 England Michail Antonio[128]

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.[129]

Position Player Years at club
GK England Peter Shilton 1977–82
RB England Viv Anderson 1974–84
RCB England Des Walker 1984–92; 2002–04
LCB Scotland Kenny Burns 1977–81
LB England Stuart Pearce 1985–97
RCM Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill 1971–81
ACM Republic of Ireland Roy Keane 1990–93
LCM Scotland Archie Gemmill 1977–79
RW England Ian Storey-Moore 1962–72
CF England Trevor Francis 1979–81
LW Scotland 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

Technical staff

Role Nat Name
Manager Scotland Dougie Freedman
Assistant Manager England Lennie Lawrence
First Team Coach England Paul Williams
Goalkeeping Coach England Steve Sutton
Physiopherapist Northern Ireland Steve Devine
Sports Science & Medicine Manager England Andrew Balderston
Under 21 Manager England Jimmy Gilligan
Under 21 Goalkeeping Coach England Ian Bennett
Academy Manager England Gary Brazil
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
Football Analyst England John Warhurst
Football Analyst & Scout United Arab Emirates Omar Yabroudi
Kit Manager England Terry Farndale
Medical Consultant Republic of Ireland Dr Frank Coffey


  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. ^ From 1888 to 1992 the Football League First Division was the top tier of English football. It was superseded by the Premier League in 1992.
  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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