ONE OF the grand old names of English football, Nottingham Forest were founded in 1865 and became members of the Football League in 1892, although they were members of the Football Alliance from 1899 to 1892. Forest’s golden age came much later when Brian Clough’s team won the league in 1978 and then lifted the European Cup twice, in 1979 and 1980.
Nottingham Forest 1977-1990
Peter Shilton, Chris Woods, Colin Barrett, Viv Anderson, Kenny Burns, Larry Lloyd, David Needham, Archie Gemmill, Martin O’Neill, John McGovern, John Robertson, Ian Bowyer, Gary Mills, Tony Woodcock, Peter Withe, Trevor Francis, John O’Hare, Garry Birtles.
Manager: Brian Clough
Achievement: Football League champions 1977-78; Football League Cup winners 1977-78, 1978-79; European Cup winners 1978-79, 1979-80.
Key men: Peter Shilton, one of the all-time great goalkeepers. Signed from Stoke in 1977 and was vital in Forest’s glorious run. Excellent shot stopper, great positional sense. Won 125 caps for England; Kenny Burns, converted to defence from forward by Brian Clough, losing his “bad boy” image in the process. FWA and PFA player of the year in 1978; John Robertson, Scottish winger who was transformed by Clough, becoming one of the best creators of goals in Europe. “The Picasso of our game,” said Clough; Trevor Francis, Britain’s first £ 1 million player, signed from Birmingham. Highly-skilled forward who scored the winner in the 1979 European Cup final. Stayed only briefly with Forest, leaving in 1981.
Perception: Wonderful team moulded by Clough and his number two, Peter Taylor. Functional at times, but capable of brilliant and strategic football. Underrated.
Nottingham Forest 1966-67
Peter Grummitt, Peter Hindley, John Winfield, Terry Hennessey, Bobby McKinley, Henry Newton, Alan Hinton, John Barnwell, Joe Baker, Frank Wignall, Ian Storey-Moore, Colin Addison.
Manager: Johnny Carey
Achievement: Football League runners-up 1966-67, FA Cup semi-finalists 1966-67.
Key men: Ian Storey-Moore, elegant forward, skilful and sharp in front of goal. Scored 25 goals in 1966-67 and went on to win one England cap. Joined Manchester United in March 1972 for £ 225,000 but his career was hampered by injuries; Alan Hinton, winger with a fierce shot, capped three times by England. Moved to Derby in 1967; Terry Hennessey, Welsh international defender who was signed from Birmingham in 1965. Versatile player who could line-up in midfield. He captained Forest before moving to Derby in 1970.
Perception: Talented team who went so close to glory in 1966-67.
Nottingham Forest 1958-59
Charlie Thomson, Bill Whare, Joe McDonald, Jeff Whitefoot, Bobby McKinlay, Jack Burkitt, Roy Dwight, Johnny Quigley, Tommy Wilson, Billy Gray, Stewart Imlach.
Manager: Billy Walker
Achievement: FA Cup winners 1958-59
Key men: Tommy Wilson, versatile forward who scored in the 1959 final. Happy to play on the wing or at centre forward, he spent almost a decade with Forest; Stewart Imlach, Scottish international winger, four caps, who was a much travelled player but never forgotten by his hometown, Lossiemouth, who named a street after him.
Perception: Workmanlike team who were no more than a mid-table outfit.
Nottingham Forest 1897-98
Dan Allsop, Archie Ritchie, Adam Scott, Frank Forman, John McPherson, Willie Wragg, Tom McInnes, Charlie Richards, Len Benbow, Arthur Capes, Alf Spouncer.
Manager: Harry Hallam (club secretary)
Achievement: FA Cup winners 1897-98
Key men: Arthur Capes, skilful inside forward who won one England cap and scored twice in Forest’s 3-1 win over Derby in the cup final; Alf Spouncer, capped once by England, a speedy winger who later managed Barcelona.
Perception: One of the first teams to adopt the 2-3-5 formation. Well-drilled side who rode their luck at times.