Day: October 18, 2012

Match Of The Past: Nottingham Forest

We continue our series of archive videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship with Nottingham Forest. Twice the champions of Europe, it has now been more than a decade since Forest were last in the top division of English but, whilst our selected six matches all hark back to happier times to some extent, we’ve left the European Cup matches that everyone has already seen a thousand times off this list. We do, however, kick off with one of the great days in the history of the club. Founded as long ago as 1865, it took sixty-one years from winning the FA Cup in 1898 for the club to lift its next major trophy, and this came in 1959 with an FA Cup final win against Luton Town. Our second match, meanwhile, is a home First Division match against Manchester United from 1965. Our next two matches come from the clubs real glory days of the late 1970s. Having been relegated from the First Division after 16 years in 1972, the club decided to appoint Brian Clough as its manager three years later, and the dividends of this became apparent when the club won promotion back to the First Division in 1977. This, however, was only the beginning of the clubs ascent. At their first attempt, they became the champions of England the following season, and our...

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Hereford United & The Costs Of Relegation

The end of Hereford Uniteds last stay in the Football League didn’t come without a fight. A four game unbeaten at the end of the season run saw the club finish just two points from the safety zone in League Two at the end of last season, with a win on the final day against Torquay United in front of a crowd of over 5,000 people not being enough to help them over the finishing line thanks to results elsewhere. Less than six months on from that day, the costs of that underwhelming season are starting to become more than apparent, with chairman David Keyte, who has already issued several stark warnings this season, stating this week that his club is close to entering into administration unless it finds fresh investment in the very near future. At the start of the season Keyte stated that the club had budgeted for average attendances of 2,400. This, on the surface of things, seemed like an optimistic figure. Herefords average attendance last season was 2,510, but this number was swollen by that large crowd on the final day of the season, amongst others. It is true to say that some supporters will be more likely to return after their club is relegated should it start winning matches at a lower level. It is also true, however, to say that there are some...

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