Nottingham derby

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Nottingham Derby
Other names Trentside Derby
Locale England Nottingham
Teams Notts County, Nottingham Forest
First contested 8 October 1892
County 3-0 Forest
1892-93 First Division
Most recent meeting 9 August 2011
Forest 3-3 (4-3 pens) County
2011-12 Football League Cup
Stadiums City Ground
Meadow Lane
Number of meetings 94
Most wins Nottingham Forest (40)
All-time series Notts County: 30
Drawn: 24
Nottingham Forest: 40
Largest victory Forest 5-0 County (1900)
Forest 5-0 County (1953)

The Nottingham Derby is the name given to football matches contested between Nottingham Forest and Notts County. However games between the two clubs are often referred to as Trentside Derbies because of Meadow Lane and the City Ground's proximity to the River Trent.

The Nottingham Derby is not to be confused with the Nottinghamshire derby, between Notts County and Mansfield Town.[1]


Chart showing the finishing league positions of County and Forest.

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.[citation needed]

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 8 October 1892 and resulted in a 3-1 victory for Notts County.[citation needed]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] It was a thriller, with Forest winning a penalty shootout after the match had ended 3-3.[4] Lee Hughes had missed a penalty which would have sent Notts through.[4]

Aerial image of the two club's grounds


[citation needed]

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.

County wins Draws Forest wins
League 28 23 35
FA Cup 2 1 3
League Cup 0 0 2
Total 30 24 40

League Matches[edit]

[citation needed]

Results in Cup matches[edit]

Date Venue Matches Competition
Team 1 Score Team 2
16 November 1878 Trent Bridge Notts County
Nottingham Forest FA Cup
8 November 1879 Trent Bridge Nottingham Forest
Notts County FA Cup
1 December 1883 Trent Bridge Notts County
Nottingham Forest FA Cup
26 November 1887 Trent Bridge Nottingham Forest
Notts County FA Cup
24 February 1894 Trent Bridge Nottingham Forest
Notts County FA Cup
3 March 1894 Trent Bridge Notts County
Nottingham Forest FA Cup
1 January 1978 City Ground Nottingham Forest
Notts County League Cup
9 August 2011 City Ground Nottingham Forest
4-3 pens
Notts County League Cup


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