Legendary Shirts:Nottingham Forest


One of England’s oldest and forgotten clubs with one of the most legendary shirts from the late 1970s and early 1980s era was founded in 1865 when the American Civil War ended and football in England took its first steps to become its favorite national sport.The club in its early years helped fellow English clubs like Arsenal,Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion to come into existence,in 1886 Forest donated red kits to Arsenal and from that moment the Gunners wear red,also Forest donated kits to Liverpool when they played Brighton & Hove Albion.It took 33 years that Forest wins its first trophy when in 1898 they won the FA Cup by beating their biggest rival Derby County in the final.Over the course of decades Forest would play a minor role in English football,jumping from the First Division to Second and hitting rock bottom by playing in the Third Division in the late 1940s only to experience a moment of glory in the late 1950s when they were promoted in the First Division in 1957 and two years later in 1959 Forest won its second FA Cup by beating Luton Town.But it wasn’t until the arrival of legendary manager Brian Clough won managed Forest’s biggest rivals Derby County in the early 1970s that Forest would become a name in English and European football.Clough took over Forest in 1975 in time when Forest was in the Second Division and what Clough has done with Forest in the following seasons was nothing short of a miracle:promotion to the First Division in 1977,English champions in 1978,back-to-back European Champions Cup winners in 1979 and 1980,back-to-back EFL Cup winners in 1978 and 1979 and a Charity Shield in 1978,at the end of the 1970s Forest became a football sensation with Clough on the bench and generation of players which included Peter Shilton,Viv Anderson,Trevor Francis,Martin O’Neill,Tony Woodcock,Archie Gemmill,Kenny Burns and others.After that in the 1980s came a period of stability of the club and another round of trophies in the late 1980s and early 1990s when they won back-to-back EFL Cups in 1989 and 1990 and that was the last of Nottingham Forest,in 1993 the club was relegated to the Second Division after 16 years of success and after a brief revival in the mid-1990s which saw Forest playing in the Premier League and reaching the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup,that was it,in 1999 Forest was relegated to the Championship League and in the 2000s bounced between the Championship League and League One and in the last 8 seasons has been more or less trying to get back in the Premier League after being in the football wilderness which is approaching for them a second decade,but the legendary red shirt from their glory days of the late 1970s and early 1980s has become a must have for all vintage football collectors across the world.

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