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 next two matches come from the golden years that followed this. The first is a home league match against Wolverhampton Wanderers from February 1978, whilst the one that follows this is a trip to Portman Road to play Ipswich Town from the following season.
Our final two matches come from the 1980s and 1990s. After those two European victories, Forest couldn’t stay in that competition without winning the Football League championship again, and seeing off the Liverpool team of that era for a second time turned out to be too tall an order. By 1984, they were in the UEFA Cup and our penultimate match is extended highlights of a trip to Scotland to play Celtic in the 1983/84 competition. Our final match comes from the 1990/91 season, and sees Forest at home against Everton. Nottingham Forest were relegated at the end of the first season of the Premier League in 1993 – they have spent just four years in the top dividion of English football in the twenty years since then.
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