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Nottingham Forest
Full name Nottingham Forest
Football Club
Nickname Forest, Reds
Founded 1865
Ground City Ground, Nottingham
Capacity 30,602
Chairman Nigel Doughty
Manager Gary Megson
League The Championship
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Home colours
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Away colours


Nottingham Forest F.C. are an English football club, based at the City Ground, which is just outside the official boundary of Nottingham on the south side of the River Trent. The club lies directly opposite the Trent from its city rival Notts County, the two clubs being the closest in England.

Contrary to popular belief Nottingham Forest takes it name from the Forest Recreation Ground, a public space in the city proper where the club were formed, rather than Sherwood Forest. They currently (as of 2004) play in the Football League Championship.

Nottingham Forest, who are often referred to as simply 'Forest', the title the club carries on its badge, were considered a small team in English league standards until the mid 1970s. The team then excelled through the English league system under the influence of their manager Brian Clough, winning the old First Division Championship in 1978. Forest then went on to win the European Cup twice in succession; they also won the European Super Cup, which was then held between the winners of the European Champions' Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup. During the same period the club also won four League Cups.

Except for 1949-1951, they have been in either the FA Premier league (or old First Division) or the new 1st (old 2nd) Division since they joined the League in 1892. They were last relegated from the Premier League in 1999.

Nottingham Forest's charitable approach to the sport enabled teams like Arsenal and Brighton and Hove Albion to come into existence. Forest donated their football kits to Arsenal to help them establish themselves, hence why the London side now wear red. Forest also helped secure a site to play on for Brighton.

There was a scare in early 2002 that the club would be made bankrupt and non-existent. This was not helped by the collapse of a major sponsor, ITV Digital.

Nottingham Forest lost their Premiership status at the end of the 1998-99 season and have not been in the top division since. During that season, David Bassett had been sacked as manager in October and for the following seven months Ron Atkinson had been caretaker manager. When the board decided not to renew Atkinson's contract, several high profile names were mentioned for the vacant manager's job, including Glenn Hoddle (ex-Swindon, Chelsea and England), Roy Evans (ex-Liverpool) and Brian Little (ex-Leicester and Aston Villa). But the club's choice was 33-year-old former England captain David Platt, whose brief spell as head coach of Italian Serie A side Sampdoria had just ended in relegation.

Platt remained in charge at the City Ground for two seasons, guiding the club to mid table finishes in Division One, before quitting to charge of the England U-21 side. He was replaced by youth team coach Paul Hart, whose first season (2001-02) brought a disappointing 16th place finish in Division One. 2002-03 saw Nottingham Forest reach fourth place in the league and qualify for the Division One playoffs, but they lost to Sheffield United in the semi finals. Hart was sacked the following February with Forest 22nd in the league and in real danger of relegation to the lower half of the league for the first time in 53 years. Joe Kinnear, the former Wimbledon and Luton manager, was appointed as Hart's successor. He revitalised Forest's playing fortunes, bringing out the best in key players like Michael Dawson and Andrew Reid, and they climbed up to a secure 14th place in the final table. This gave Forest hope for a promotion challenge in 2004-05. However, Kinnear resigned in December 2004 with Nottingham Forest 23rd in Division One and seven points adrift of safety. He was briefly replaced by assistant manager Mick Harford who remained in charge for one month before Gary Megson was named as the club's new manager.

Gary Megson's success as manager with West Bromwich Albion (two promotions to the Premiership) gives Nottingham Forest fans hope that he will repeat the success he achieved in the Black Country with the East Midlanders. This season the ultimate priority is survival in the Coca Cola Football League Championship relegation battle, but if that is achieved then Nottingham Forest should aim for a promotion challenge in the 2005-06 season.

The official site for Nottingham Forest can be found at http://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/


List of Forest managers

  • Jan 2005- Gary Megson
  • Dec 2004-Jan 2005 Mick Harford (Caretaker)
  • Feb-Dec 2004 Joe Kinnear
  • 2001-2004 Paul Hart
  • 1999-2001 David Platt
  • Jan-June 1999 Ron Atkinson
  • Jan 1999 Micky Adams (Caretaker)
  • 1997-99 Dave Bassett (Previously General Manager from Feb 98, took over full control May 98)
  • 1997-98 Stuart Pearce
  • 1993-97 Frank Clark
  • 1975-93 Brian Clough
  • 1973-75 Allan Brown
  • 1972 Dave Mackay
  • 1969-72 Matt Gillies
  • 1963-68 Johnny Carey
  • 1960-63 Andy Beattie
  • 1939-60 Billy Walker
  • 1936-39 Harold Wightman
  • 1931-36 Noel Watson
  • 1930-31 Stan Hardy
  • 1925-29 John Baynes
  • 1912-25 Bob Masters
  • 1909-12 Fred Earp
  • 1897-1909 Harry Haslam (Secretary-Manager)
  • 1889-97 Harry Radford (Secretary-Manager)

League positions and Cup Results

Season League/Division League Finishing Position FA Cup League Cup European Cup / Champions League Fairs Cup / UEFA Cup
1946-1947 Football League Second Division 11th 5th Round
1947-1948 Football League Second Division 19th 3rd Round
1948-1949 Football League Second Division 21st (relegated) 3rd Round
1949-1950 Football League Third Division (South) 4th 2nd Round
1950-1951 Football League Third Division (South) 1st 2nd Round
1951-1952 Football League Second Division 4th 3rd Round
1952-1953 Football League Second Division 7th 4th Round
1953-1954 Football League Second Division 4th 3rd Round
1954-1955 Football League Second Division 15th 5th Round
1955-1956 Football League Second Division 7th 3rd Round
1956-1957 Football League Second Division 2nd (promoted) 6th Round
1957-1958 Football League First Division 10th 4th Round
1958-1959 Football League First Division 13th Winners
1959-1960 Football League First Division 20th 3rd Round
1960-1961 Football League First Division 13th 3rd Round 3rd Round
1961-1962 Football League First Division 19th 4th Round 3rd Round
1962-1963 Football League First Division 9th 6th Round
1963-1964 Football League First Division 13th 3rd Round
1964-1965 Football League First Division 5th 5th Round
1965-1966 Football League First Division 18th 4th Round
1966-1967 Football League First Division 2nd Semi Final 2nd Round
1967-1968 Football League First Division 11th 4th Round 3rd Round 2nd Round
1968-1969 Football League First Division 18th 3rd Round 2nd Round
1969-1970 Football League First Division 15th 3rd Round 4th Round
1970-1971 Football League First Division 16th 5th Round 3rd Round
1971-1972 Football League First Division 21st (relegated) 3rd Round 3rd Round
1972-1973 Football League Second Division 14th 3rd Round 2nd Round
1973-1974 Football League Second Division 6th 6th Round 2nd Round
1974-1975 Football League Second Division 16th 4th Round 2nd Round
1975-1976 Football League Second Division 4th Semi-Finals 3rd Round
1976-1977 Football League Second Division 3rd (promoted) 4th Round 3rd Round
1977-1978 Football League First Division 1st(champions) 6th Round Winners
1978-1979 Football League First Division 2nd 5th Round Winners Winners
1979-1980 Football League First Division 5th 4th Round Runners Up Winners
1980-1981 Football League First Division 7th 6th Round 4th Round 1st Round
1981-1982 Football League First Division 12th 3rd Round 5th Round
1982-1983 Football League First Division 5th 3rd Round 5th Round
1983-1984 Football League First Division 3rd 3rd Round 2nd Round Semi Final
1984-1985 Football League First Division 9th 4th Round 3rd Round 1st round
1985-1986 Football League First Division 8th 3rd Round 4th Round
1986-1987 Football League First Division 8th 3rd Round 5th Round
1987-1988 Football League First Division 3rd Semi-Final 3rd Round
1988-1989 Football League First Division 3rd Semi-Final Winners
1989-1990 Football League First Division 9th 3rd Round Winners
1990-1991 Football League First Division 8th Runners Up 4th Round
1991-1992 Football League First Division 8th 6th Round Runners Up
1992-1993 FA Premier League 22nd (relegated) 5th Round 5th Round
1993-1994 Football League First Division 2nd (promoted) 3rd Round 5th Round
1994-1995 FA Premier League 3rd 4th Round 4th Round
1995-1996 FA Premier League 9th 6th Round 2nd Round Quarter Finals
1996-1997 FA Premier League 20th (relegated) 5th Round 3rd Round
1997-1998 Football League First Division 1st (promoted) 3rd Round 2nd Round
1998-1999 FA Premier League 20th (relegated) 3th Round 4rd Round
1999-2000 Football League First Division 14th 4th Round 4th Round
2000-2001 Football League First Division 11th 3rd Round 1st Round
2001-2002 Football League First Division 16th 3rd Round 3rd Round
2002-2003 Football League First Division 6th 3rd Round 2nd Round
2003-2004 Football League First Division 14th 4th Round 3rd Round

Links to other Forest sites

  • Official site (http://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk)
  • Forest Forums (http://www.forestforums.co.uk) - Unofficial Forest forum
  • Talk Forest (http://www.talkforest.com) - Unofficial Forest forum
  • Lost that Loving Feeling (http://www.ltlf.co.uk) - Unofficial Forest site
  • Bridport Red Archive (http://www.bridportred.co.uk) - Forest stats site
  • AF Links Database (http://www.alternativeforest.co.uk/links/pages/) - Forest links database

Football League Championship 2004/05

Brighton & Hove Albion | Burnley | Cardiff City | Coventry City | Crewe Alexandra | Derby County | Gillingham | Ipswich Town | Leeds United | Leicester City | Millwall | Nottingham Forest | Plymouth Argyle | Preston North End | Queens Park Rangers | Reading | Rotherham United | Sheffield United | Stoke City | Sunderland | Watford | West Ham United | Wigan Athletic | Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Football in England

League competitions

The FA

Cup competitions

FA Premier League FA Cup
The Football League (Champ, 1, 2) England
League Cup
Football Conference (Nat, N, S) FA Community Shield
Northern Premier League (Prem, 1) List of
Football League Trophy
Southern League (Prem, 1W, 1E) FA Trophy
Isthmian League (Prem, 1, 2) Records FA Vase
English football league system FA NLS Cup

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  Results from FactBites:
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