THE CITY v FOREST STORY
History is on our side ahead of this weekend's clash
Our match against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday will be the 39th time that we have met them in competitive League and Cup action.
There have been 36 League games and two F.A. Cup matches. Of the League games, we have won 17, drawn 10 and lost 11. Of the two F.A. Cup matches we have won one (1921/22 at home) and lost one (1927/28 away). Away from home in League football, we have won 7 drawn 4 and lost 8. At home we have won 10, drawn 6 and lost 3.
Graham Kavanagh. and Robert Earnshaw heading our goal. Our match there in August 2003 was the first time that we had played them for seventeen years, and in an outstanding performance on our return to this level, we were 2-1 winners with goals from Kenny MillerSince being promoted to this level, we have visited the City Ground on six occasions in the last nine years with three wins, two draws and just one defeat. Last season it was a 1-0 victory for us on December 31,
making a number of great saves, we held out. We eventually escaped relegation on goal-average, while Forest went up in third place.Ron Healey scored a first-half goal to give us a vital win and despite being under severe second-half pressure, with ‘keeper Peter Sayer were challenging for promotion. We went there in nineteenth place, just one position above the bottom three relegation places, while Forest held fourth spot behind the three promotion positions. Local boy Brian Clough when we were facing a relegation battle while Forest, in their second full season under manager 1-0 Second Division victory of April 23 1977But of the nineteen League and Cup matches that we have played against Forest at the City Ground since our first visit in 1920/21, undoubtedly the most sensational result was our
told Clough in typical Parsons language to move out of the way. Clough replied in typical Clough language – and stayed right where he was!Harry ParsonsThe area between touchline and boundary-wall at the City Ground was, and still is, fairly wide. Clough was in the habit of sitting on a chair a few yards from the touchline and from the dug-out, which obstructed the view of the visitors’ dug-out. During that April 1977 encounter, our kit-man and great City character