Leicester City F.C. and Nottingham Forest F.C. Rivalry
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Leicester City F.C. and Nottingham Forest F.C. Rivalry
Leicester City-Nottingham Forest rivalry
Other namesEast Midlands derby
LocaleLeicester/Nottingham (England)
TeamsLeicester City, Nottingham Forest
First meetingNottingham Forest 5-1 Leicester Fosse
1900-01 FA Cup
(9 February 1901)
Latest meetingLeicester City 2-2 Nottingham Forest
2013-14 Football League Championship
(19 February 2014)
Statistics
Meetings total104
Most winsLeicester City (40)
All-time seriesLeicester City: 40
Draw: 27
Nottingham Forest: 39
Largest victoryNottingham Forest 12-0 Leicester Fosse
1908-09 First Division
(21 April 1909)

The fixture between Nottingham Forest and Leicester City is a football rivalry played between the two East Midlands clubs, often referred to as an East Midlands derby.[1][2] There have been a total of 104 meetings dating back to 1901.[3]

Notable games

Comparative chart of yearly league table positions of City and Forest.

One match which remains Leicester City's worst defeat and Nottingham Forest's record league win is the 12-0 result at the City Ground on 21 April 1909, when Leicester were known as Leicester Fosse. The performance by Fosse players was so appalling that The Football League ordered an enquiry, although no further action was taken after it turned out several of the already relegated Leicester side were hungover from a player's wedding the night before.[4]

On 18 September 2007, Nottingham Forest were given a 'free goal' by Leicester City in a League Cup match at the City Ground.[5] It was a rescheduled match after their original meeting on 28 August, which Forest were leading 1-0, was abandoned due to Leicester player Clive Clarke collapsing in the dressing room at half-time.[6] Leicester nonetheless won the match 3-2.[7]

To date, there have been nine hat-tricks recorded in fixtures between the two clubs, of which seven are from Nottingham Forest. Of the seven, three of those hat-tricks came from the 12-0 mauling of Leicester Fosse in 1909.[4] Forest's most recent hat-trick against Leicester was from Robert Earnshaw in December 2009.[8] In November 1948, Don Revie became the first Leicester player to score a hat-trick against Forest,[9] a feat matched by Jermaine Beckford in a 4-0 FA Cup win on 17 January 2012.[10]

The most notable game between the sides in recent history happened on 4 May 2013, the final day of the 2012-13 Football League Championship season, with both sides having a chance of making the promotion play-offs with a win. Forest took an early lead through Simon Cox, but the score was 2-2 at half time, a scoreline that remained until late into injury time when Anthony Knockaert gave Leicester a famous first league win at the City Ground since 1972, sending Leicester into the play-offs.[11]

Honours, head to head, and statistics

Honours

Team League FA Cup League Cup European Cup/

UEFA Champions League

Top-flight seasons Premier League seasons Total trophies
Leicester City 1 0 3 0 50 13 4
Nottingham Forest 1 2 4 2 56 6 9
Total 2 2 7 2 104 17 13

Head-to-head

The below table demonstrates the competitive results between the two sides (not indicative of titles won).[12]

Competition Leicester City wins Draws Nottingham Forest wins
League 38 24 36
FA Cup 1 1 1
League Cup 1 1 1
Total 40 26 38

Crossing the divide

Players

Peter Shilton established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the country at Leicester City before enjoying European success with Nottingham Forest.[13]
Martin O'Neill played for Forest, managed Leicester, and later managed Forest.

The list below shows transfer dates and fees, where known.

Leicester City then Nottingham Forest

The following played for one or more teams before moving to Nottingham Forest:

Nottingham Forest then Leicester City

The following played for one or more teams before moving to Leicester City:

Managers

  • Rob Kelly - Played for and managed Leicester, later caretaker manager of Forest on three separate occasions
  • Billy Davies - Played briefly for Leicester, before going on to manage Nottingham Forest on two separate spells (also managed Derby County)
  • Gary Megson - Played for and managed Forest, later managed Leicester
  • Steve Beaglehole - Reserve team coach for Forest, briefly joint caretaker manager at Leicester
  • Micky Adams - Assistant and briefly caretaker manager at Forest, later managed Leicester
  • Dave Bassett - Managed Forest, and was later manager, Director of football, and caretaker manager at Leicester
  • Martin O'Neill - Played for Forest, managed Leicester, later managed Forest.
  • David Pleat - Played for Forest, later managed Leicester
  • Matt Gillies - Leicester City's longest serving manager, later went on to manage Forest

Game list

  Leicester City win   Nottingham Forest win   Draw

Hooliganism and crowd trouble

In 1977, an incident described as "trouble" broke out after a match between Leicester and Forest. Eighteen people were arrested in connection with the incident.[54]

Incidents of throwing of objects and racist chanting from Nottingham Forest fans towards Leicester fans have also been observed in recent years. Reports of racist chanting[55] and items being thrown at Alan Rogers during a 2-2 draw between the clubs in 2002.[26] Most recently during an FA Cup tie in January 2012, which resulted in eleven arrests.[56][57]

Following a derby clash on 4 May 2013, six Forest fans were arrested after Leicester won the game and a play-off place in the 91st minute of play.[58]

Prior to Leicester and Forest's 2-2 draw on 19 February 2014, a Nottingham Forest fan was arrested for tweeting racist abuse at Leicester fans.[59]

A fight broke out between both sets of supporters during a boxing event at the King Power Stadium in September 2018. [60]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The 22 clubs of the Football League First Division broke away to form the Premier League in 1992; with the remaining divisions of the Football League renumbered accordingly.

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