1976–77 Nottingham Forest F.C. season

The 1976–77 season was Nottingham Forest's 112th year in existence and fifth campaign consecutive in the Second Division since their relegation in 1972.

Nottingham Forest F.C.
1976–77 season
ChairmanBJ Appleby, QC
ManagerBrian Clough
StadiumThe City Ground
Second Division3rd (in First Division)
FA Cup4th round
League Cup3rd round
Top goalscorerLeague: Peter Withe (16)
All: Withe (19)
Highest home attendance31,004 (League)
38,284 (Cup)
Lowest home attendance12,393 (League)
12,717 (Cup)
Average home league attendance20,540 (League)

SummaryEdit

During summer chairman BJ Appleby appointed Brighton & Hove Albion manager Peter Taylor as new assistant for Clough, now in his third season with the club. The 1972 First Division Champion Duo was reunited again after two campaigns now in Second Division.[1] The club reinforced the squad with several players, for the offensive line arriving striker Garry Birtles from Long Eaton United,[2] forward Peter Withe was bought from Birmingham City.[3] and Taylor asked for the return of Tony Woodcock[4] after a loan spell from Lincoln City F.C.. The defensive line had a poor performance through September, Middleton replaced Wells as Goalkeeper starter and Taylor asked for the transfer in of central-back defender Larry Lloyd arriving from Coventry City during October allowing McGovern came back as midfielder.[5] The squad clinched the promotion to First Division with a victory on the ultimate round finishing in a decent 3rd place. Also, the team won the Anglo-Scottish Cup during December after defeated Leyton Orient in the Finals with a massive 5–1 aggregate score.

Meanwhile, in League Cup the club advanced to the third round being defeated by Coventry City. In FA Cup the squad was eliminated in Fourth round after a replay against Southampton F.C.

SquadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ENG Peter Wells
GK   ENG John Middleton
DF   ENG Viv Anderson
DF   ENG Frank Clark
DF   SCO John McGovern
DF   ENG Sammy Chapman
DF   ENG Larry Lloyd
DF   ENG Colin Barrett
DF   ENG Bryn Gunn
DF   ENG Glyn Saunders
MF   ENG Terry Curran
MF   ENG Ian Bowyer
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ENG Bert Bowery
MF   ENG Steve Burke
MF   NIR Martin O'Neill
MF   SCO John Robertson
MF   SCO George Lyall
MF   ENG Sean Haslegrave
FW   SCO John O'Hare
FW   ENG Barry Butlin
FW   ENG Tony Woodcock
FW   ENG Garry Birtles
FW   ENG Peter Withe

TransfersEdit

StatisticsEdit

Players statisticsEdit

The statistics for the following players are for their time during 1976–77 season playing for Nottingham Forest. Any stats from a different club during 1976–77 are not included. Includes all competitive matches.

No. Pos Nat Player Total Second Division League Cup FA Cup Anglo-Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK   ENG Middleton 49 -47 38 -34 1 -2 5 -7 5 -4
DF   ENG Anderson 49 2 32+3 1 3 0 5 1 6 0
DF   ENG Lloyd 34 4 26 3 0 0 5 0 3 1
DF   ENG Chapman 41 4 29+2 2 2 0 2 0 6 2
DF   ENG Clark 56 0 42 0 2 0 5 0 7 0
MF   NIR O'Neill 51 11 36+2 9 2 2 5 0 6 0
MF   ENG Bowyer 57 14 41 12 2 0 5 1 9 1
MF   SCO McGovern 51 0 39 0 2 0 3 0 7 0
MF   SCO Robertson 57 11 41 6 2 0 5 3 9 2
FW   ENG Withe 42 19 32+1 16 0 0 5 1 4 2
FW   ENG Woodcock 37 17 30 11 0 0 5 5 2 1
GK   ENG Wells 9 -17 4 -9 1 -3 0 0 4 -5
FW   SCO O'Hare 32 6 16+3 3 2 1 5 0 6 2
MF   ENG Curran 20 12 11+2 7 2 1 0 0 5 4
DF   ENG Barrett 17 5 10 2 2 1 0 0 5 2
FW   ENG Butlin 17 6 8+2 3 2 0 0 0 5 3
MF   ENG Haslegrave 11 1 3+2 1 0 0 0 0 6 0
DF   ENG Saunders 7 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
FW   ENG Birtles 1 0 1 0
FW   ENG Bowery 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF   ENG Burke 1 0 0+1 0
MF   ENG Richardson 1 0 0+1 0
DF   ENG Gunn

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 22 13 7 84 45 +39 57 Division Champions, promoted
2 Chelsea 42 21 13 8 73 53 +20 55 Promoted
3 Nottingham Forest 42 21 10 11 77 43 +34 52
4 Bolton Wanderers 42 20 11 11 75 54 +21 51
5 Blackpool 42 17 17 8 58 42 +16 51

Results by roundEdit

Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839404142
GroundAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAHAHAAHHAHHHAHAAHHAAH
ResultDDLDWDWLWLWLWWDWWWDDWLWLLWDLWLWWWWWDLLWDWW
Position1013171513127114858655552344434567777754333443333
Source: Competitive matches
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss;   = Leader, 1977–78 First Division;   = 1977–78 First Division;   = 1977–78 Third Division

CompetitionsEdit

A list of Nottingham Forest's matches in the 1976–77 season.[6][7][8]

Second DivisionEdit

MatchesEdit

21 August 1976 1 Fulham F.C. 2-2 Nottingham Forest Fulham
  Curran
  O'Hare
Stadium: Craven Cottage
25 August 1976 2 Nottingham Forest 1–1 Charlton Athletic Nottingham
Curran   Stadium: City Ground
28 August 1976 3 Nottingham Forest 1–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers Nottingham
Daley   (o.g.) Stadium: City Ground
4 September 1976 4 Luton Town F.C 1–1 Nottingham Forest Luton
  Curran Stadium: Kenilworth Road
11 September 1976 5 Nottingham Forest 4–3 Hereford United Nottingham
Bowyer  
Bowyer  
Butlin  
Robertson  
Stadium: City Ground
18 September 1976 6 Southampton F.C. 1–1 Nottingham Forest Southampton
Bowyer   Stadium: The Dell
Attendance: 15,969
25 September 1976 7 Nottingham Forest 5–1 Carlisle United Nottingham
Anderson  
Bowyer  
Bowyer  
Curran  
Robertson  
Stadium: City Ground
2 October 1976 8 Hull City F.C. 1–0 Nottingham Forest Kingston upon Hull
Stadium: Boothferry Park
9 October 1976 9 Nottingham Forest 6–1 Sheffield United Nottingham
Anderson  
Bowyer  
Bowyer  
Curran  
Withe  
Butlin  
Stadium: City Ground
16 October 1976 10 Blackpool F.C. 1–0 Nottingham Forest Blackpool
Stadium: Bloomfield Road
23 October 1976 11 Nottingham Forest 5–2 Burnley F.C. Nottingham
Curran  
O'Neill  
O'Neill  
Butlin  
Robertson  
Stadium: City Ground
30 October 1976 12 Oldham Athletic 1–0 Nottingham Forest Oldham
Stadium: Boundary Park
6 November 1976 13 Nottingham Forest 3–0 Blackburn Rovers Nottingham
Bowyer  
Haslegrave  
Withe  
Stadium: City Ground
13 November 1976 14 Leyton Orient F.C. 0–1 Nottingham Forest Leyton
  Woodcock Stadium: Brisbane Road
Attendance: 27,089
20 November 1976 15 Nottingham Forest 1–1 Chelsea F.C. Nottingham
O'Neill   Stadium: City Ground
27 November 1976 16 Cardiff City F.C. 0–3 Nottingham Forest Cardiff
Chapman  
Withe  
Woodcock  
Stadium: Ninian Park
4 December 1976 17 Nottingham Forest 4–2 Bristol Rovers Nottingham
Withe  
Woodcock  
Robertson  
Robertson  
Stadium: City Ground
11 December 1976 18 Millwall F.C. 0–2 Nottingham Forest Bermondsey
  O'Hare
  O'Neill
Stadium: The Den
18 December 1976 19 Nottingham Forest 1–1 Plymouth Argyle Nottingham
  Barrett Stadium: City Ground
27 December 1976 20 Bolton Wanderers 1–1 Nottingham Forest Bolton
  Withe Stadium: Burnden Park
1 January 1977 21 Blackburn Rovers 1–3 Nottingham Forest Blackburn
 Bowyer
  Withe
  Woodcock
Stadium: Ewood Park
14 January 1977 22 Charlton Athletic 2–1 Nottingham Forest Charlton
  Bowyer Stadium: The Valley
22 January 1977 23 Nottingham Forest 3–0 Fulham F.C. Nottingham
Lloyd  
O'Neill  
Woodcock  
Stadium: City Ground
5 February 1977 24 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Nottingham Forest Wolverhampton
  (pen) Robertson Stadium: Molineux Stadium
12 February 1977 25 Nottingham Forest 1–2 Luton Town F.C. Nottingham
Lloyd   Stadium: City Ground
Attendance: 18,225
16 February 1977 26 Nottingham Forest abd. Southampton F.C Nottingham
Stadium: City Ground
2 March 1977 27 Hereford United 0–1 Nottingham Forest Hereford
  Curran Stadium: Edgar Street
5 March 1977 28 Carlisle United 1–1 Nottingham Forest Carlisle
  Robertson Stadium: Brunton Park
8 March 1977 29 Nottingham Forest 1–2 Notts County Nottingham
Withe   Stadium: City Ground
Attendance: 31,004
12 March 1977 30 Nottingham Forest 2–0 Hull City F.C. Nottingham
Withe  
Woodcock  
Stadium: City Ground
19 March 1977 31 Sheffield United 2–0 Nottingham Forest Sheffield
Stadium: Bramall Lane
22 March 1977 26 [9] Nottingham Forest 2–1 Southampton F.C. Nottingham
O'Neill  
Woodcock  
Stadium: City Ground
Attendance: 12,393
26 March 1977 32 Nottingham Forest 3–0 Blackpool F.C. Nottingham
Withe  
Withe 
Woodcock 
Stadium: City Ground
29 March 1977 33 Nottingham Forest 3–0 Leyton Orient Nottingham
Lloyd  
Withe  
Withe  
Stadium: City Ground
2 April 1977 34 Burnley F.C. 0–1 Nottingham Forest Burnley
  Woodcock Stadium: Turf Moor
6 April 1977 35 Nottingham Forest 3–1 Bolton Wanderers Nottingham
Bowyer  
O'Neill  
Withe  
Stadium: City Ground
9 April 1977 36 Notts County 1–1 Nottingham Forest Nottingham
  Withe Stadium: City Ground
Attendance: 32,518
16 April 1977 37 Chelsea F.C. 2–1 Nottingham Forest Fulham
  O'Neill Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 36,499
23 April 1977 38 Nottingham Forest 0–1 Cardiff City F.C. Nottingham
Stadium: City Ground
27 April 1977 39 Nottingham Forest 3–0 Oldham Athletic Nottingham
Bowyer  
O'Neill  
Woodcock  
Stadium: City Ground
30 April 1977 40 Bristol Rovers 1–1 Nottingham Forest Bristol
  Robertson Stadium: Eastville
2 May 1977 41 Plymouth Argyle 1–2 Nottingham Forest Plymouth
  Withe
  Woodcock
Stadium: Home Park
7 May 1977 42 Nottingham Forest 1–0 Millwall F.C. Nottingham
Moore   (o.g.) Stadium: City Ground

League CupEdit

Second roundEdit

31 August 1976 Walsall F.C. 2–4 Nottingham Forest Walsall
  Barrett
  Curran
  O'Neill
  O'Neill

Third roundEdit

21 September 1976 Nottingham Forest 0–3 Coventry City Nottingham
Stadium: City Ground

FA CupEdit

Third roundEdit

8 January 1977 Nottingham Forest 1–1 Bristol Rovers Nottingham
Stadium: City Ground
ReplayEdit
8 January 1977 Bristol Rovers 1–1 Nottingham Forest Bristol
Second ReplayEdit
18 January 1977 Nottingham Forest 6–0 Bristol Rovers
Anderson  
Bowyer  
O'Hare  
Withe  
Woodcock  
Woodcock  

Fourth roundEdit

29 January 1977 Nottingham Forest 3–3 Southampton F.C. Nottingham
Woodcock  
Robertson  
Robertson  
Stadium: City Ground
Attendance: 38,284
ReplayEdit
1 February 1977 Southampton F.C. 2–1 Nottingham Forest Southampton
Woodcock  

Anglo-Scottish CupEdit

First roundEdit

7 August 1976 1 Notts County 0–0 Nottingham Forest Nottingham
Stadium: City Ground
11 August 1976 2 Nottingham Forest 3–2 West Bromwich Albion Nottingham
Curran  
Curran  
Butlin  
Stadium: City Ground
14 August 1976 3 Nottingham Forest 4–2 Bristol City Nottingham
Butlin  
Butlin  
Stadium: City Ground

QuarterfinalsEdit

14 September 1976 3 Nottingham Forest   2–1   Kilmarnock F.C. Nottingham
Sammy Chapman  
Robertson  
Stadium: City Ground
28 September 1976 3 Kilmarnock F.C.   2–2   Nottingham Forest Kilmarnock
  Curran
  Curran

SemifinalsEdit

20 October 1976 Nottingham Forest   2–2   Ayr United Nottingham
Lloyd  
Withe  
Stadium: City Ground
3 November 1976 Ayr United   0–2   Nottingham Forest
  Withe
  Woodcock

FinalsEdit

13 December 1976 Leyton Orient   1–1   Nottingham Forest Leyton
  Robertson Attendance: 5,058
15 December 1976 Nottingham Forest   4–0
(5–1 agg.)
  Leyton Orient Nottingham
Chapman  
Barrett  
Barrett  
Bowyer  
Stadium: City Ground
Attendance: 12,717

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Mullan, Sean (27 June 2015). "Manchester United's transfer 'firsts'". Manchester United. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Peter Withe" The Observer, 6 February 2005
  4. ^ "The story of Tony Woodcock: An Englishman in Cologne". 1. FC Köln. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  9. ^ Delayed from 16 February 1977