Championship side Nottingham Forest are celebrating 150 years of achievements, success and memories over the 2015/16 season.

The club has a lot of history in the City of Nottingham, from where they started playing at Forest Recreation Ground, then Trent Bridge and Town Ground before moving to their home today, the City Ground.

In 1968, within three years of the ground being rebuilt, a fire broke out, subsequently burning down the entire Main Stand, meaning Forest had to play at Meadow Lane.

The Main Stand was rebuilt, with a capacity of 5,708. Now it is dwarfed by the Brian Clough Stand, which was built in 1980, predominately from the proceeds from the unforgettable era in which Forest brought the European Cup back to Nottingham in 1979 and 1980.

Today, with a total capacity of 30,0602, it is the 24th largest football stadium in England.

The Reds’ location has remained in recent years, their status, however, is somewhat different.

A primary record for Forest was in 1891, a record-breaking away win of 14-0 against Clapton, in the FA Cup and still remains the record win in the Cup to date.

League:

First division Winners: 1977/78

Second division Winners: 1906/07, 1921/22, 1997/98

Third division Winners: 1950/51

Cups:

FA Cup Winners: 1897/98, 1958/59

Football League Cup Winners: 1977/78, 1988/89, 1989/90

FA Charity Shield Winners: 1978

Full Members Cup: 1988/89, 1991/92

European

European Cup Winners: 1978/79, 1979/80

UEFA Super Cup Winner: 1979

During the most famous days of Nottingham Forest’s history, dynamic duo Brian Clough and Peter Taylor were arguably the pair that made the club as famous as it is today.

In January 1975 Brian Clough made his first steps in the City Ground. When Clough and Taylor first took over, Forest were in the large third tier of English football, looking unlikely to find a way out of that league anytime soon.

Over the years Clough and Taylor were at Forest they proved they could change the status of the club, the players and its history, on a shoestring budget.

It was not until mid 1970s Forest begun rising in the estimation of not only the public but also the English league.

“There was no doubt about whether we were true Champions”
John McGovern, club ambassador

The end of the 1976/77 season saw the Reds win promotion to the top division but no one could have predicted Cloughie would go on to win the First Division Championship a year after promotion, then winning the European cup in 1978/79 and retaining it in the season of 1979/80.

Alongside these achievements, for Forest their next major trophy came in 1989, the Football League Cup.

Nottingham Forest cabinet of Trophies
Nottingham Forest cabinet of Trophies

Over the tremendous 18-year-long rein Brian Clough had, Nottingham Forest fans saw the club win a league title, two European Cups and four league cups.

One of Nottingham Forest’s club legends, ex-captain and now Club Ambassador spoke to CBJ.

Video: John McGovern talks about his role as Club Ambassador

After Clough’s departure the Red’s yo-yoed between the league divisions and by 2006 Forest were in League One, fighting to get back to the top-flight.

By the end of the 2007/08 campaign Forest got automatic promotion and began life in the Championship, where they remain today.

In July 2012, Fawaz Al-Hasawi became owner of the club after Nigel Doughty passed away earlier that year.

Al-Hasawi has had his fair share of managers since owning the club, but with Forest having hopeful campaigns over the years, their most promising season came this year, as Dougie Freedman began a different approach to past managers.

Freedman has targeted the youth of Forest, from the Nigel Doughty Academy, bringing players through to the first team, with tremendous success.

Nottingham Forest Nigel Doughty Academy
Nottingham Forest Nigel Doughty Academy

 

 

 

 

Ben Osborn, Tyler Walker and Oliver Burke are just a few of Forest’s young faces who have made an impact since their first-team life.


Ben Osborn 2013-Present:
Appearances: 66
Goals: 3
Tyler Walker 2014-Present:
Appearances: 20
Goals: 2
Oliver Burke 2014-Present:
Appearances: 13
Goals: 2

Almost 20 years from when the Academy was founded, the youth teams who have played for the club have had achieved a respectable amount of success themselves.

Nottingham Forest Academy's achievements
Nottingham Forest Academy’s achievements

 

 

 

 

CBJ spoke to current Academy player, 18-year-old, Alex Iacovitti, who’s been at the club for 6 years now.

Video: Alex Iacovitti 

Forest currently sit mid-table of the SkyBet Championship, but are hopeful to push as hard as they can to get back to the glory days fans once witnessed with Brian Clough.

John McGovern and Alex Iacovitti conclude with their hopes for Nottingham Forest’s future.

Video: John McGovern and Alex Iacovitti’s hopes.

Over the last 150 years Forest have definitely made an impact in English football, could the next 150 years see them do it again?