Tag: Nottingham Forest

Video of the Day: Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool, September 1978

It’s now almost forty years since Nottingham Forest surprised English football in a way that may be starting to feel eerily familiar to supporters watching Premier League football this season. Brian Clough had arrived at The City Ground in 1975, taking Forest into the First Division of the Football League and then to the top of that division at the end of the 1977/78 season. The draw once there, however, was not a kind one. For the club’s first ever European tie, they were drawn to play the team that won the completion for the previous two years and,...

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League Cup Final of the Day: Nottingham Forest vs Oldham Athletic, 1990

Manchester City play Liverpool in the League Cup final at Wembley this afternoon, and the last of our series of League Cup finals from the past takes us back to the start of the 1990s and the end of an era that marked the most successful period the history of its winners. Nottingham Forest were in thirteenth place in the Second Division when Brian Clough arrived at The City Ground in January 1975. Having brought in Peter Taylor as his assistant from Brighton the following year, Clough took Forest into the First Division in 1977 and then to the...

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Video of the Day: Leeds United vs Nottingham Forest, February 1968

Seldom in the entire history of English football can two clubs have had such differing experiences of one manager than those of Leeds United and Nottingham Forest with regards to Brian Clough. Clough lasted forty-four days at Elland Road in 1974 as the successor to Don Revie, a period encapsulated by the film The Damned United, but his time at The City Ground lasted eighteen years and saw the Football League championship, the League Cup and the European Cup – twice! – delivered to Forest. Clough was still cutting his managerial teeth at Derby County in February 1968, though,...

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Video of the Day: Derby County vs Nottingham Forest, 1983

The East Midlands had an extraordinary decade for football in the 1970s. Derby County were the champions of England twice and Nottingham Forest the champions of England once and of Europe twice – including 1980 – but by the early 1980s Derby had been relegated from the First Division of the Football League and were struggling against relegation to the Third Division, less that eight years after being the champions of the country. On top of this, there are just fifteen miles between Nottingham and Derby. And on top of this, well. Peter Taylor had, of course, been the...

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It will take more than Psycho to fix Forest

If grounds could talk, its tale would be the grandest of them all. It is no Camp Nou, no Santiago Bernabéu. You could hardly find a more inauspicious set for this Hollywood plot. Across the waters of the Trent, beyond the graffiti-spattered Lady Bay Bridge and gloomy, half-abandoned industrial units, Nottingham Forest’s giant, dirty goalpost of a Trent End is impossible to miss, standing proud alongside the boat clubs on the banks of the river. You already know the implausible story arc: the rise from provincial obscurity, the glory, and the fall from grace; the laser-guided mind and electric ego...

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