By leading Nottingham Forest to consecutive European Cup victories in 1979 and 1980, the late Brian Clough, one of Britain’s best loved football managers, ensured that the proud name of Nottingham Forest is recognised throughout the sporting world. In fact, Nottingham is the smallest city ever to boast a European Cup winning team. Alongside its European glories, Nottingham Forest won an FA Cup (1959), League Championship (1978) and numerous cup competitions.
Since 1898, The City Ground has been the home of Nottingham Forest. With its current capacity of 30,602, it is widely regarded as one of the best stadiums in the country and hosted international fixtures during the 1996 European Championship Finals. It was also host to the 2007, 2008 and 2010 FA Women’s Cup Final.
European Cup winners: 1979, 1980; European Super Cup winners: 1980; League Champions: 1978; FA Cup winners: 1898 & 1959; League Cup winners: 1978, 1979, 1989, 1990; FA Charity Shield winners: 1978: Division One (now Championship) 19977-8.
Universally recognised as the Oldest League Club in the world, Notts County F.C was formed in 1862 and was a founder member of the English Football League in 1888, making the club an important part of football history.
Probably the most famous player to ever grace Meadow Lane was the legendary England international Tommy Lawton. The club has also proved the inspiration behind the mighty Juventus’ black and white stripes. A Juventus board member asked one of his friends for a suggestion on the new club colours. Coincidently the friend was a Notts County fan and sent a number of shirts to the Turin club.
Notts County (nicknamed The Magpies) now play at the modernised Meadow Lane stadium, which has a capacity of 19,588.
FA Cup winners: 1894; Second Division play off winners (now Championship): 1990/91; Anglo Italian Cup winners: 1995 (last ever holders); Division Three Play-off winners (now League One) 1989/90; Division Three Champions (now League Two) 1997/98; League Two Champions 2009/10; Division Four Champions (now League Two) 1970/71; Division Three (south) Champions 1930/31 & 1949/50.
Notts County also hold the unenviable record of being relegated and promoted more than any other Football League club.
Founded in 1897, Mansfield Town joined the football league in the 1930s and enjoyed a brief spell in Division Two during the 1970s. Field Mill, the home of ‘The Stags’, has experienced the thrills and spills of lower league action, culminating in the triumph and heartache of the play-offs at the end of the 2003/2004 season.
Centrally located near to shops and retail parks, Mansfield Town is a prominent feature of the town. With a new all-seater stadium, Mansfield Town has become more accessible to the wider community, with excellent disabled facilities, catering outlets and bars.
Freight Rover Trophy winners 1987; Division 3 winners 1977; Division 4 winners 1975 and Division 3 North Runners-up 1951.
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