NOTTINGHAM FOREST F.C.
Founded: 1865





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NOTTINGHAM FOREST F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of NOTTINGHAM FOREST FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Nottingham Forest F.C. was founded in 1865 by a group of Bandy and Shinty players, as Nottingham Forest Football and Bandy Club 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. 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. Forest claimed their first major honour when they won the 1898 FA Cup, beating Derby County 3–1 at Crystal Palace. 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. Forest regained First Division status in 1957 and won the FA Cup for a second time in 1959, defeating Luton Town at Wembley. After being runners-up in the League and Cup semi-finalists in 1967, Forest were relegated from the First Division in 1972. Forest were 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.

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). In 1978–79, Forest went on to win the European Cup by beating Malmφ 1–0 in Munich's Olympiastadion and retained the trophy in 1979–80, beating Hamburg 1–0 in Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, thanks to an outstanding performance by goalkeeper Peter Shilton. They also won the European Super Cup and two League Cups. The club reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 1983–84 but were knocked out by Anderlecht in controversial circumstances. Nottingham Forest's next significant trophy came in 1989 when they beat Luton Town 3–1 in the League Cup final. 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 (Stuart Pearce free kick) against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, but ended up losing 2–1 in extra time after an own goal by Des Walker. Brian Clough's 18-year reign as manager ended in May 1993 when 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.

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. 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. Forest finished third in 1994–95 and qualified for the UEFA Cup – their first entry to European competition in the post-Heysel era. The club reached the quarter-finals, the furthest an English team reached in UEFA competitions that season. The 1996–97 season became a relegation battle and Clark left the club in December. In the 1996-97, Forest were unable to avoid relegation and finished the season in bottom place. They won promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt, being crowned Division One champions in 1997–98. Following the brief caretaker stewardship of Mick Harford, Gary Megson took charge of Forest in January 2005 but failed to stave off relegation as the club ended the season second from bottom in 23rd place, becoming the first European Cup-winners ever to fall into their domestic third division.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Nottingham Forest F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Forest
Year Founded
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1865 (150 years ago)
English County
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Nottinghamshire
Current Ground
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City Ground
Ground Location
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West Bridgford, England
Club's Owner
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The Al Hasawi Family
Club Chairman
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Fawaz Al-Hasawi
Current Manager
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Dougie Freedman
Current League
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The Championship
Last Season
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The Championship, 14th place


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CITY GROUND
Pavilion Road, Nottingham,
Nottinghamshire, NG2-5FJ, England


OPENED: ......... 1898
SURFACE: ........ Grass (underground heating)
COST: .............. £3,000
CAPACITY: ...... 30,576
RECORD: ......... 49,946 (1967 vs Manchester United)
OWNER: ........... Nottingham Forest F.C.
OPERATOR: ..... Nottingham Forest F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 115 x 78 yards (105 x 71 meters)



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