Retro Football: Great Vintage Photo Of Nottingham Forest’s City Ground, Circa Early 1900s

Chris Wright

17th, September 2015

As part of the club’s ongoing 150th-year celebrations, the Nottingham Post have dug out this corking vintage image of Nottingham Forest’s City Ground stadium, as photographed from Trent Bridge at the turn of the 20th century…


As well as the rough footprint of the stadium and its environs being identical (not to mention the river traffic), the boathouses on the embankment are still standing to this day…

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Allow us, if you will, to furnish you with a few facts and figures.

The first official Football League match at the City Ground was staged on September 3rd, 1898 (some 33 years after Forest’s formation) when 15,000 fans crammed in to watch the Reds lose 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers.

It took Forest a further four games to register their first home victory, with a 2-1 win over Stoke duly bringing a three-match drawing streak to an end – an inauspicious W/D/L record the club have strived  studiously to maintain to this very day in honour of their humble beginnings.

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