1978–79 Nottingham Forest F.C. season


1978–79 Nottingham Forest F.C. season
Nottingham Forest F.C.
1978-79 season
Chairman England S.M. Dryden, J.P.
Manager England Brian Clough
Football League Division One 2nd
FA Cup 5th Round
League Cup Winners
FA Charity Shield Winners
European Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League: England Garry Birtles (14)
All: England Garry Birtles (26)
Highest home attendance 41,898 vs. Liverpool (Division One, 28 April 1979)
Lowest home attendance 20,388 vs Southampton (Division One, 2 May 1979)
Average home attendance 30,446

The 1978-79 season was Nottingham Forest's first year in the Football League First Division since winning the title the previous season. This meant they qualified for the first time in their history for the European Cup.

Contents

Summary

Forest opened the defence of their title with six draws in their first seven league matches. On November 28 the 1-0 win at Bolton set an undefeated record of 42 consecutive league games. The record stood for over two decades. Garry Birtles broke into the first team and ended up being the club's top scorer as they finished runners-up in the league, retained the League Cup and won the European Cup. Along the way they knocked out holders Liverpool and came from behind to oust West German champions Cologne. Trevor Francis became the first £1,000,000 player when he signed for the Reds from Birmingham City and immediately proved his worth by scoring the only goal of the European Cup final against Malmo in Munich.

Players

Squad Stats

The statistics for the following players are for their time during 1978-79 season playing for Nottingham Forest. Any stats from a different club during 1978-79 are not included. Includes all competitive matches.

Position Nation Name Total Division One League Cup FA Cup European Cup Charity Shield
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Peter Shilton 63 0 42 0 8 0 3 0 9 0 1 0
GK England Jim Montgomery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK England Chris Woods 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Viv Anderson 59 3 40 1 7 2 3 0 8 0 1 0
DF England Colin Barrett 18 2 11 1 3 0 0 0 3 1 1 0
DF Scotland Kenny Burns 37 1 25 0 5 1 1 0 5 0 1 0
DF England Frank Clark 31 0 20 0 3 0 2 0 6 0 0 0
DF England Bryn Gunn 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Larry Lloyd 55 4 36 0 7 1 3 1 8 1 1 1
MF England Ian Bowyer 42 6 26+3 4 5 0 1 0 5 2 1 0
MF Scotland John McGovern 55 4 36 0 7 2 3 1 8 1 1 0
MF England Gary Mills 6 1 4 1 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
MF England Dave Needham 39 5 23+3 2 6 1 2 1 4 1 0+1 0
MF Scotland John O'Hare 14 0 9+2 0 1+1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
MF Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill 42 15 28 10 6 1 3 1 4 1 1 2
MF Scotland John Robertson 63 16 42 9 8 4 3 0 9 2 1 1
MF England Steve Burke 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Garry Birtles 54 26 35 14 7 6 3 0 9 6 0 0
FW England Steve Elliott 6 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Trevor Francis 21 7 19+1 6 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
FW England Peter Withe 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
FW England Tony Woodcock 57 15 36 10 8 3 3 1 9 1 1 0

Top Scorers

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by league goals when total goals are equal.

Last updated on 11 May 2010
Position Nation Name Division One League Cup FA Cup European Cup Charity Shield Total
1 England Garry Birtles 14 6 0 6 0 26
2 Scotland John Robertson 9 4 0 2 1 16
3 England Tony Woodcock 10 3 1 1 0 15
= Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill 10 1 1 1 2 15
5 England Trevor Francis 6 0 0 1 0 7
6 England Ian Bowyer 4 0 0 2 0 6
7 England Dave Needham 2 1 1 1 0 5
8 Scotland John McGovern 0 2 1 1 0 4
= England Larry Lloyd 0 1 1 1 1 4
10 England Viv Anderson 1 2 0 0 0 3
11 England Colin Barrett 1 0 0 1 0 2
12 England Gary Mills 1 0 0 0 0 1
= Scotland Kenny Burns 0 1 0 0 0 1
= England Peter Withe 0 0 0 0 1 1
TOTALS 58 21 5 17 5 106

Transfers In

Pos Player From Fee Date
MF England Gary Mills Youth system September 1978
FW England Trevor Francis England Birmingham City £1 Million February 1979

Transfers Out

Pos Player To Fee Date
FW England Peter Withe England Newcastle United £200,000 August 1978

Club Kit

Supplier: Adidas

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Source: Wikipedia Nottingham Forest Article

Competitions

Division One

Table

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 42 19 2 0 51 4 11 6 4 34 12 85 16 + 69 68 European Cup 1979–80
First round
2 Nottingham Forest 42 11 10 0 34 10 10 8 3 27 16 61 26 + 35 60 European Cup 1979–80
First round
[notes 1]
3 West Bromwich Albion 42 13 5 3 38 15 11 6 4 34 20 72 35 + 37 59 UEFA Cup 1979–80
First round
4 Everton 42 12 7 2 32 17 5 10 6 20 23 52 40 + 12 51 UEFA Cup 1979–80
First round
5 Leeds United 42 11 4 6 41 25 7 10 4 29 27 70 52 + 18 50 UEFA Cup 1979–80
First round
6 Ipswich Town 42 11 4 6 34 21 9 5 7 29 28 63 49 + 14 49 UEFA Cup 1979–80
First round
7 Arsenal 42 11 8 2 37 18 6 6 9 24 30 61 48 + 13 48 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1979–80
First round
8 Aston Villa 42 8 9 4 37 26 7 7 7 22 23 59 49 + 10 46
9 Manchester United 42 9 7 5 29 25 6 8 7 31 38 60 63 – 3 45
10 Coventry City 42 11 7 3 41 29 3 9 9 17 39 58 68 – 10 44
11 Tottenham Hotspur 42 7 8 6 19 25 6 7 8 29 36 48 61 – 13 41
12 Middlesbrough 42 10 5 6 33 21 5 5 11 24 29 57 50 + 7 40
13 Bristol City 42 11 6 4 34 19 4 4 13 13 32 47 51 – 4 40
14 Southampton 42 9 10 2 35 20 3 6 12 12 33 47 53 – 6 40
15 Manchester City 42 9 5 7 34 28 4 8 9 24 28 58 56 + 2 39
16 Norwich City 42 7 10 4 29 19 0 13 8 22 38 51 57 – 6 37
17 Bolton Wanderers 42 10 5 6 36 28 2 6 13 18 47 54 75 – 21 35
18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 10 4 7 26 26 3 4 14 18 42 44 68 – 24 34
19 Derby County 42 8 5 8 25 25 2 6 13 19 46 44 71 – 27 31
20 Queens Park Rangers 42 4 9 8 24 33 2 4 15 21 40 45 73 – 28 25
21 Birmingham City 42 5 9 7 24 25 1 1 19 13 39 37 64 – 27 22
22 Chelsea 42 3 5 13 23 42 2 5 14 21 50 44 92 – 48 20

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

  1. ^ Nottingham Forest won this year's European Cup and thus qualified as defending champions. They also won the League cup for the second year
    running this year.
Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
Qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League cup winners, see Nottingham Forest
Relegated

Matches

Competitive

Division One

Last updated: 28 August 2011
Source: Bridport Red Archive

League Cup

Last updated: 28 August 2011
Source: Bridport Red Archive

FA Cup

Last updated: 28 August 2011
Source: Bridport Red Archive

FA Charity Shield

Last updated: 28 August 2011
Source: Bridport Red Archive

European Cup

Last updated: 28 August 2011
Source: Bridport Red Archive

Pre-season and Friendlies

Last updated: 28 August 2011
Source: Bridport Red Archive

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