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Leicester City F.C. and Nottingham Forest F.C. Rivalry
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.
On 18 September 2007, Nottingham Forest were given a 'free goal' by Leicester City in a League Cup match at the City Ground. 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. Leicester nonetheless won the match 3-2.
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. Forest's most recent hat-trick against Leicester was from Robert Earnshaw in December 2009. In November 1948, Don Revie became the first Leicester player to score a hat-trick against Forest, a feat matched by Jermaine Beckford in a 4-0 FA Cup win on 17 January 2012.
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.
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
Leicester City win Nottingham Forest win Draw
Hooliganism and crowd trouble
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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.
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 and items being thrown at Alan Rogers during a 2-2 draw between the clubs in 2002. Most recently during an FA Cup tie in January 2012, which resulted in eleven arrests.
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.
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.
A fight broke out between both sets of supporters during a boxing event at the King Power Stadium in September 2018.