All-Time Premier League Record
|Played||Won||Drew||Lost||Scored||Conceded||Goal Difference||Points||No of Seasons|
Most Premier League Appearances
Most Premier League Goals
Biggest Premier League Victories
|Sheffield Wednesday 1-7 Nottingham Forest||1st April 1995||1994-1995|
|Leeds United 1-4 Nottingham Forest||5th December 1992||1992-1993|
|Nottingham Forest 4-1 Sheffield Wednesday||10th September 1994||1994-1995|
|Tottenham Hotspur 1-4 Nottingham Forest||24th September 1994||1994-1995|
|Nottingham Forest 4-1 Ipswich Town||10th December 1994||1994-1995|
|Nottingham Forest 4-1 Wimbledon||6th November 1995||1995-1996|
|Nottingham Forest 3-0 Chelsea||16th January 1993||1992-1993|
|Nottingham Forest 3-0 Southampton||18th March 1995||1994-1995|
|Nottingham Forest 3-0 Leeds United||22nd March 1995||1994-1995|
|Nottingham Forest 3-0 Manchester City||30th September 1995||1995-1996|
Worst Premier League Defeats
|Nottingham Forest 1-8 Manchester United||6th February 1999||1998-1999|
|Blackburn Rovers 7-0 Nottingham Forest||18th November 1995||1995-1996|
|Manchester United 5-0 Nottingham Forest||28th April 1996||1995-1996|
|Newcastle United 5-0 Nottingham Forest||11th May 1997||1996-1997|
|Nottingham Forest 1-5 Blackburn Rovers||13th April 1996||1995-1996|
|Liverpool FC 5-1 Nottingham Forest||24th October 1998||1998-1999|
|Nottingham Forest 0-4 Manchester United||26th December 1996||1996-1997|
|Coventry City 4-0 Nottingham Forest||9th January 1999||1998-1999|
|Blackburn Rovers 4-1 Nottingham Forest||5th September 1992||1992-1993|
|Nottingham Forest 1-4 Sunderland||21st August 1996||1996-1997|
|Manager||No of Seasons managed||Left the Club|
|Brian Clough||1||8th May 1993|
|Frank Clark||3||19th December 1996|
|Stuart Pearce||1||30th June 1997|
|Dave Bassett||1||5th January 1999|
|Ron Atkinson||1||30th June 1999|
Highest Home Attendances
|Nottingham Forest 1-8 Manchester United||6th February 1999||30,025||1998-1999|
|Nottingham Forest 1-1 Manchester United||27th November 1995||29,263||1995-1996|
|Nottingham Forest 1-1 Liverpool FC||15th March 1997||29,181||1996-1997|
|Nottingham Forest 1-0 Liverpool FC||23rd March 1996||29.058||1995-1996|
|Nottingham Forest 0-4 Manchester United||26th December 1996||29,032||1996-1997|
|Nottingham Forest 1-0 Manchester City||6th May 1995||28,882||1994-1995|
|Nottingham Forest 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur||4th March 1995||28,711||1994-1995|
|Nottingham Forest 2-2 Liverpool FC||5th April 1999||28,374||1998-1999|
|Nottingham Forest 1-1 West Ham United||8th April 1995||28,361||1994-1995|
|Nottingham Forest 2-0 Chelsea||11th January 1997||28,358||1996-1997|
It has been nearly 20 years now since Nottingham Forest last graced the top-flight of English football. They still remain one of the biggest teams outside of the Premier League and still one of the most successful sides to have graced the European Cup following those back-to-back victories in 1979 and 1980. Forest have been relegated in three of their five Premier League seasons but also finished a fantastic third under the guidance of the shrewd Frank Clark in the 1994-1995 season.
Nottingham Forest began the new season with victory over Liverpool FC in the very-first live match on Sky Sports in the new league with Teddy Sheringham scoring the only goal of the game. Sheringham was sold shortly afterwards though to Tottenham Hotspur and the club followed up this Liverpool victory with six successive defeats. They were six points from safety going into the New Year.
A brief revival early in 1993 saw them climb out of the relegation zone at the end of February but just two wins from their last 10 matches saw their fate slide out of their control. On the eve of the final home match of the season against Sheffield United, legendary manager Brian Clough announced he was retiring from football management. Sadly, there was no happy ending. Forest lost 2-0 to the Blades and were relegated to the First Division. Clough would be replaced by Frank Clark.
After impressing at the World Cup finals with the Netherlands, Bryan Roy was signed by Frank Clark to help lead Nottingham Forest’s attack on their top-flight return. They enjoyed a brilliant season, staying unbeaten in their first 11 matches and sitting in second spot for much of the first three months of the campaign. After a 2-0 loss at home to Blackburn Rovers, there was a six-game winless sequence but Clark’s side continued to figure inside the top six throughout the season.
Stan Collymore scored 22 goals and he was also the first player in the season to score at Old Trafford when Forest pulled off a stunning 2-1 victory away at the reigning champions. In April, they recorded the biggest away victory of the season, thumping Sheffield Wednesday 7-1 at Hillsborough. A draw on the final weekend away at Wimbledon ensured a third place finish and UEFA Cup football for the following season. No promoted club has finished higher than this in Premier League history.
Progress at Nottingham Forest stuttered in 1995-1996 after Collymore was sold in the summer to Liverpool FC for a British transfer record fee. Andrea Silenzi was signed as his replacement and proved to be a complete flop although the additions of Kevin Campbell from Arsenal and Chris Bart-Williams from Sheffield Wednesday were useful acquisitions.
Again, they enjoyed a lengthy unbeaten start to the season. A 12-match unbeaten sequence which culminated with a 4-1 victory at home to Wimbledon in early November took Clark’s side into third place in the table. Two weeks later, that unbeaten run ended dramatically with a 7-0 beating away at Blackburn Rovers. Their domestic season never quite recovered from that demoralising performance and Forest faded to ninth place and mid-table mediocrity.
Ian Woan sparkled and scored a crucial long-range effort to deny Newcastle United a vital victory in their title run-in challenge whilst a quarter-final run in the UEFA Cup was the best effort from a British team in European competition that season.
Nottingham Forest topped the table after the opening round of fixtures when Kevin Campbell scored a hat-trick on a scorching afternoon at Highfield Road against Coventry City. That 3-0 victory was the high point in a dreadful campaign for the club. Frank Clark failed to win another league match during his reign and in mid-December; he resigned after a 4-2 loss at Anfield. Club captain Stuart Pearce was given the opportunity to manage the team and he did spearhead a shock victory over Arsenal in his first match in-charge.
A three-game winning sequence at the start of January took the Midlands side out of the bottom three but Dean Saunders’ winner at White Hart Lane in early March would turn out to be the last victory of the season for Nottingham Forest. They collected just six points from their remaining 11 fixtures and were relegated on the final Saturday of the season after failing to beat Wimbledon at home. Pearce left at the end of the season to continue his playing career at Newcastle United and was replaced by Dave Bassett.
After romping away with the First Division title in 1998, Nottingham Forest made an instant return to the Premier League but their plans were thrown in disarray when unhappy that Kevin Campbell had been sold to Trabzonspor, star striker Pierre van Hooijdonk went on-strike in the summer!
Forest did win two of their opening three games but soon fell into trouble and didn’t record another victory until the end of January. By then, Van Hooijdonk had returned to the club and Dave Bassett was sacked following an FA Cup loss to First Division Portsmouth. Ron Atkinson answered the call to save the sinking ship but even he couldn’t prevent the inevitable.
Van Hooijdonk did score a winner at Goodison Park in Atkinson’s second game in-charge but a week later, they lost 8-1 at home to Manchester United in a scoreline that still remains as the biggest home defeat in Premier League history. Relegation was confirmed at the end of April at Villa Park, although they did win their last three matches of the season against Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City.