2007–08 Nottingham Forest F.C. season

The 2007–08 season was Nottingham Forest's third consecutive season in League One. The season was regarded a success with the team gaining promotion back to the Championship at the third attempt.

Nottingham Forest
2007–08 season
ChairmanNigel Doughty
ManagerColin Calderwood
Football League One2nd (promoted)
FA CupSecond Round
League CupSecond Round
Football League TrophyFirst Round
Top goalscorerLeague:
Junior Agogo (13)

All:
Junior Agogo (13)
Highest home attendance28,520 vs Yeovil Town (League One, 3 May 2008)
Lowest home attendance3,102 vs Peterborough United (Football League Trophy, 4 September 2008)

Forest's players were also successful on an individual level in the 2007–08 season, with Julian Bennett and Kris Commons in the PFA League One Team of the Year, while Paul Smith ended the season with 24 clean sheets in 46 games, the record for the league in that season. This achievement was recognised when he received the Puma Golden Glove award.

Team kitEdit

Supplier: Umbro
Sponsor(s): Capital One

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Source: Wikipedia Nottingham Forest Article

Season overviewEdit

In the 2007–08 campaign, Forest were named title favourites for the third consecutive year. Calderwood signed five players in summer 2007, most notably former Celtic captain Neil Lennon on a free transfer. Also captured were left-back Matt Lockwood from Leyton Orient, Preston North End defender Kelvin Wilson and Yeovil Town duo midfielder Chris Cohen and attacking winger Arron Davies all signing for undisclosed fees.

Forest started the 2007–08 campaign by failing to win in their first six competitive games. The Reds drew three times and lost 2–1 at home to rivals Leeds United, as well as losing 3–2 to Peterborough United in the Football League Trophy. However, Forest then hit an eight-game unbeaten run in the league (including five wins), scoring seventeen goals in the process. After losing to Luton, Forest went on another unbeaten run, this time of six games in all competitions. This briefly took Forest to the top of the league table over Christmas, the first time they had been top all season.

But they lost top spot as they failed to win away from home, in a run lasting seven games. After moving back into second place, Forest's away form once again was found lacking, which allowed Carlisle and Doncaster to overtake them into second and third place, respectively. Forest went on to collect just one win in seven games.

However, they turned their form around, and after being 11 points behind second-place at one point. A win Carlisle saw Forest then win six out of their last seven games of the season. Forest, who had only been in the automatic promotion places once all season got promoted to the Championship on a dramatic last day of the season, by beating Yeovil 3–2 at the City Ground to secure second place. The Reds kept a league record of 24 clean sheets out of 46 games, which helped them end their three-year spell in the league's third tier and gain their first promotion in ten years.

Pre-season and FriendliesEdit

ResultsEdit

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
17 July 2007 Ilkeston Town A 5 – 0[permanent dead link] Thornhill (2) 48', 58', Sinclair 79', Brown (2) 83', 89' 1,180
18 July 2007 Rushden & Diamonds A 1 – 1[permanent dead link] Davies 90' 1,210
21 July 2007 Chesterfield A 0 – 1[permanent dead link] 2,796
24 July 2007   Kilmarnock A 3 – 1[permanent dead link] Holt (3) 19' (pen.), 39' (pen.), 51' (pen.) 2,524
26 July 2007   Dunfermline Athletic A 1 – 2[permanent dead link] Sinclair 24' 1,756
28 July 2007   Motherwell A 0 – 0[permanent dead link] 2,505
30 July 2007 Notts County A 2 – 1[permanent dead link] Chambers (2) 4', 85' 7,070
31 July 2007 Derby County A 0 – 2[permanent dead link] 25,159
4 August 2007 Sheffield United A 0 – 1[permanent dead link] 5,676

League OneEdit

ResultsEdit

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance League
position
11 August 2007 Bournemouth H 0–0 18,791 16th
18 August 2007 Swansea City A 0–0 17,220 15th
25 August 2007 Leeds United H 1–2 Commons 50' 25,237 18th
1 September 2007 Bristol Rovers A 2–2 Anthony (og) 29', Holt 45+1' 9,080 18th
15 September 2007 Port Vale A 2–0 Edwards (og) 3', Chambers 86' 6,521 14th
22 September 2007 Gillingham H 4–0 Agogo (3) 43', 61', 73', Sinclair 84' 16,330 10th
29 September 2007 Yeovil Town A 3–0 Chambers 57', Agogo 79', Commons 84' 6,818 8th
2 October 2007 Huddersfield Town A 1–1 Commons 75' 10,994 8th
6 October 2007 Hartlepool United H 2–1 Commons 11', Agogo 83' 17,520 5th
13 October 2007 Cheltenham Town A 3–0 Commons (3) 11', 45+1', 66' 5,012 3rd
20 October 2007 Doncaster Rovers H 0–0 23,108 4th
27 October 2007 Luton Town A 1–2 Bennett 90+1' 8,524 7th
30 October 2007 Oldham Athletic H 0–0 16,423 6th
3 November 2007 Tranmere Rovers H 2–0 Agogo 50'(pen), Tyson 78' 16,825 4th
6 November 2007 Southend United H 4–1 Breckin 41', Tyson 65', Agogo (2) 73', 88' 26,094 2nd
24 November 2007 Crewe Alexandra H 2–0 Davies 45', Clingan 52' 16,650 2nd
4 December 2007 Walsall A 0–1 6,605 4th
7 December 2007 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–0 Tyson (2) 30', 49' 6,536 2nd
15 December 2007 Northampton Town H 2–2 McGugan 15', Agogo 90' 17,081 3rd
22 December 2007 Port Vale H 2–0 Agogo 24', McGugan 67' 21,407 1st
26 December 2007 Oldham Athletic A 0–0 8,140 2nd
29 December 2007 Gillingham A 0–3 7,712 2nd
1 January 2008 Huddersfield Town H 2–1 Cohen 68', McGugan 90+2' 18,762 2nd
12 January 2008 Leyton Orient H 4–0 Holt (2) 31', 54'(pen), Commons 72', Thornhill 89' 17,805 2nd
19 January 2008 Swindon Town A 1–2 Chambers 63' 9,815 3rd
23 January 2008 Millwall A 2–2 Cohen 85', Tyson 88' 8,436 2nd
29 January 2008 Swansea city H 0–0 21,065 3rd
2 February 2008 Bournemouth A 0–2 7,251 4th
9 February 2008 Millwall H 2–0 Bennett 48', Chambers 58' 17,046 3rd
12 February 2008 Leeds United A 1–1 Bennett 69' 29,552 4th
16 February 2008 Swindon Town H 1–0 Tyson 50' 23,439 3rd
23 February 2008 Leyton Orient A 1–0 Agogo 61' 7,136 2nd
3 March 2008 Carlisle United H 0–1 28,487 4th
8 March 2008 Crewe Alexandra A 0–0 6,341 4th
11 March 2008 Southend United A 1–1 Thornhill 65' 8,376 4th
15 March 2008 Walsall H 1–1 Ormerod 49' 17,177 4th
21 March 2008 Northampton Town A 2–1 Ormerod 9', Tyson 63'(pen) 7,244 4th
24 March 2008 Brighton & Hove Albion H 0–0 18,165 4th
28 March 2008 Doncaster Rovers A 0–1 12,508 4th
1 April 2008 Carlisle United A 2–0 Chambers 76', McCleary 90+3' 9,979 4th
5 April 2008 Cheltenham Town H 3–1 Agogo (2) 26', 47', Chambers 45' 19,860 4th
8 April 2008 Bristol Rovers H 1–1 McGugan 33' 15,860 5th
12 April 2008 Tranmere Rovers A 2–0 Tyson 34', Morgan 51' 8,689 4th
19 April 2008 Luton Town H 1–0 Tyson 67' 17,331 4th
26 April 2008 Hartlepool United A 1–0 McGugan 84' 5,206 3rd
3 May 2008 Yeovil Town H 3–2 Bennett 12', Commons 18', McGugan 28' 28,520 2nd

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Swansea City (C, P) 46 27 11 8 82 42 +40 92 Promotion to League Championship
2 Nottingham Forest (P) 46 22 16 8 64 32 +32 82
3 Doncaster Rovers (P) 46 23 11 12 65 41 +24 80 Qualification for Football League One playoffs
4 Carlisle United 46 23 11 12 64 46 +18 80
5 Leeds United 46 27 10 9 72 38 +34 76[a]
Updated to match(es) played on 3 May 2008. Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. ^ Leeds deducted 15 points for failure to comply with rules on insolvency.

FA CupEdit

ResultsEdit

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
10 November 2007 Round 1 Lincoln City A 1–1 McGugan 25' 7,361
27 November 2007 Round 1 Replay Lincoln City H 3–1 Commons 35', Tyson (2) 49', 61' 6,783
11 December 2007 Round 2 Luton Town A 0–1 5,758

League CupEdit

ResultsEdit

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
14 August 2007 Round 1 Chester City A 0 – 0
(4 – 2p)
2,720
28 August 2007 Round 2 Leicester City H Match abandoned at half time [1][permanent dead link] 15,638
18 September 2007 Round 2 Leicester City H 2–3 Smith 1', Tyson 64' 15,519

Football League TrophyEdit

ResultsEdit

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
4 September 2007 Round 1 Peterborough United H 2–3 Chambers (2) 33', 49' 3,102

Squad statisticsEdit

Appearances and GoalsEdit

The statistics for the following players are for their time during 2007–08 season playing for Nottingham Forest. Any stats from a different club during 2007–08 are not included.

  • Grant Holt's red card was for two yellow cards
  • Nottingham Forest also had two own goals scored for them during 2007–08
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Football League Trophy Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals    
1 GK   Paul Smith 46 0 3 0 2 1 1 0 52 1 0 0
2 DF   Kelvin Wilson (vc) 40 (2) 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 45 (2) 0 4 1
3 DF   Matt Lockwood 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 1 0
4 DF   Luke Chambers 40 (2) 5 3 0 2 0 1 2 46 (2) 7 3 0
5 DF   Wes Morgan 37 (5) 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 41 (5) 1 6 0
6 DF   Ian Breckin (c) 22 (6) 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 25 (6) 1 6 0
7 MF   James Perch 19 (11) 0 1 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 21 (13) 0 1 1
8 MF   Kris Commons 29 (10) 9 2 (1) 1 2 0 1 0 34 (11) 10 2 0
9 FW   Nathan Tyson 26 (8) 9 3 2 1 1 1 0 31 (8) 12 2 0
10 FW   Grant Holt 22 (10) 3 1 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 24 (11) 3 5 1*
11 FW   Scott Dobie 1 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 (1) 0 0 0
11 FW   Will Hoskins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
12 MF   Garath McCleary 3 (5) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 (5) 1 0 0
13 MF   Felix Bastians 0 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 (1) 0 0 0
14 MF   Arron Davies 9 (10) 1 1 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 10 (12) 1 2 0
15 MF   Chris Cohen 40 (1) 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 44 (1) 2 5 0
16 MF   Sammy Clingan 40 (2) 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 44 (2) 1 6 1
17 MF   Lewis McGugan 25 (8) 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 28 (8) 7 5 0
18 MF   Neil Lennon 15 (3) 0 1 0 2 0 0(1) 0 18 (4) 0 4 0
18 ST   Brett Ormerod 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2 0 0
20 GK   Dimitrios Konstantopoulos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 FW   Junior Agogo 27 (8) 13 1 (2) 0 1 (1) 0 1 0 30 (11) 13 0 0
24 FW   Emile Sinclair 0 (12) 1 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (14) 1 0 0
25 MF   Alan Power 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
26 MF   Matt Thornhill 5 (9) 2 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 5 (11) 2 1 0
27 DF   Brendan Moloney 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
28 DF   Joe Heath 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 DF   Julian Bennett 33 (1) 4 2 0 2 0 1 0 38 (1) 4 8 0
30 GK   Dale Roberts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 MF   Mark Byrne 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
32 GK   Shane Redmond 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF   James Reid 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 GK   Barry Richardson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 DF   Hamza Bencherif 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TransfersEdit

InEdit

Date Pos. Name From Fee
12 June 2007 MF   Neil Lennon Celtic Free
5 July 2007 DF   Matt Lockwood Leyton Orient Undisclosed
6 July 2007 MF   Arron Davies Yeovil Town Undisclosed
6 July 2007 MF   Chris Cohen Yeovil Town Undisclosed
16 July 2007 DF   Kelvin Wilson Preston North End £300k
22 January 2008 MF   Garath McCleary Bromley Undisclosed

OutEdit

Date Pos. Name To Fee
23 January 2008 FW   Scott Dobie Carlisle United Nominal
30 January 2008 FW   David Brown Bradford City Free
31 January 2008 MF   Neil Lennon Wycombe Wanderers Free

Loan InEdit

Date From Date Until Pos. Name From
8 February 2008 13 April 2008 FW   Will Hoskins Watford
7 March 2008 4 May 2008 FW   Brett Ormerod Preston North End
25 March 2008 4 May 2008 GK   Dimitrios Konstantopoulos Coventry City

Loan OutEdit

Date Pos. Name To
5 July 2007 GK   Paddy Gamble Stalybridge Celtic
1 October 2007 DF   Hamza Bencherif Lincoln City
1 October 2007 MF   Felix Bastians Chesterfield
22 November 2007 FW   Emile Sinclair Brentford
22 November 2007 DF   Tom Sharpe Bury
22 November 2007 MF   Alan Power Grays Athletic
4 January 2008 MF   Felix Bastians Notts County
10 January 2008 DF   Brendan Moloney Chesterfield
11 January 2008 DF   Tom Sharpe Halifax Town
23 January 2008 GK   Dale Roberts Rushden and Diamonds
14 February 2008 MF   Felix Bastians Milton Keynes Dons
20 March 2008 FW   Grant Holt Blackpool