Club Name: Nottingham Forest Football Club
Founding Year: 1865
Home Stadium: City Ground
Training Ground: Wilford Lane
Current League: Premier League
Current Manager: Steve Cooper
Rival Clubs: Derby County, Notts County, Sheffield United

Nottingham Forest are the third-oldest football club in England and boast a storied history as a two-time European Cup winner. The City Ground side have origins dating back to 1865 and conquered the continent in back-to-back years under their iconic manager, Brian Clough.

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Nottingham Forest club name

From their very existence, Nottingham Forest have adopted one name for the football club. The Nottinghamshire outfit also adopted their nickname, the Reds, from their formation as their founding members opted to embrace Garibaldi red as the official colours for the team.

Other nicknames have also followed throughout Nottingham Forest’s history as a club. Fans and rivals often use Forest as a simple abbreviation of their full name. While the Tricky Trees came from the club playing their initial matches near Sherwood Forest and from their badge.

Founded as: Nottingham Forest Football Club (1865-present)

Nicknames: The Reds, The Tricky Trees

Nottingham Forest founding year

A group of 15 shinty players met at the Clinton Arms on Nottingham’s Shakespeare Street in 1865 to discuss J S Scrimshaw’s idea of forming a football club. The group opted to go ahead with his suggestion to play association football and would start founding Nottingham Forest.

Nottingham Forest home stadium

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Nottingham Forest’s home stadium has been the City Ground on the banks of the River Trent in West Bridgford since September 1898. The Reds first used Forest Recreation Ground near Sherwood Forest before moving into Trent Bridge and the Town Ground in their early years.

The City Ground is 300 yards away from the home stadium of Notts County, Meadow Lane. It is the smallest geographical distance between two professional football stadiums in England. While Nottingham Forest named their stadium as such after Nottingham received city status.

First stadium: Forest Recreation Ground (1865-1878)

Previous stadium: Castle Ground (1879-1881)

Previous stadium: Trent Bridge (1873-1882)

Previous stadium: Parkside Ground (1882-1885)

Previous stadium: Gregory Ground (1885-1890)

Previous stadium: Town Ground (1890-1898)

Current stadium: City Ground (1898-present)

City Ground capacity: 30,445

Nottingham Forest training ground

Nottingham Forest have used Wilford Lane as their training ground for more than 20 years. The complex is also the base of the Reds’ youth setup at The Nigel Doughty Academy. While City Ground chiefs have often redeveloped the site to maintain its state-of-the-art facilities.

Current training ground: Wilford Lane

Location: Gresham Cl, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7RQ

Nottingham Forest current league

Steve Cooper guided Nottingham Forest back into the Premier League for the first time since 1998/99 for the 2022/23 season. The Reds secured their return to the top-flight with a 1-0 win against Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final through Levi Colwill’s own goal.

Current league: Premier League (2022-present)

Previous league: English Football League, Championship (2008-2022)

Nottingham Forest current manager

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Nottingham Forest appointed Cooper as their latest manager in September 2021 on an initial contract until June 2023. He replaced Chris Hughton in charge at the City Ground as the Reds and Swansea City found an agreement on compensation after Cooper left the Jacks that July.

Cooper was still under contract with Swansea despite having left the team when Nottingham Forest chose to replace Hughton. The Reds were bottom of the Championship table with one win from eight games when Cooper arrived. Yet he sealed their promotion in his debut term.

Nottingham Forest handed Cooper a new contract in October 2022 to tie the manager down until June 2025. His fresh deal also removed a £1.5m release clause from the tactician’s terms.

Current manager: Steve Cooper (2021-2025 expected)

Nottingham Forest contact details


General enquiries, phone: 0115 982 4444

Ticket enquiries, phone: 0115 982 4388

Ticket enquiries, email: [email protected]

Retail enquiries, phone: 0115 982 4305 (Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00)

Retail enquiries, email: [email protected]

Stadium tour enquiries, phone: 0115 982 4388

Address: The City Ground, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5FJ

Nottingham Forest tickets

Fans wishing to buy tickets for Nottingham Forest’s home fixtures at the City Ground and the club’s away games can do so through their official website. The Reds also offer season tickets and hospitality options. While single-game tickets are released to official club members first.

Nottingham Forest also provide a ticket exchange scheme for their season ticket holders to sell their seat to club members on a single-match basis if they cannot attend a home fixture.


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