Nottingham Forest have a huge opportunity to finally regain their Premier League status when they meet Huddersfield Town at Wembley on Sunday for the Championship playoff final.
After eventually securing victory via a penalty shoot-out in their playoff semi-final against Sheffield United following a 3-3 aggregate stalemate, Forest fans will be hoping that their long-awaited top-flight return can be secured with more success this weekend.
With manager Steve Cooper winning a phenomenal 23 of his 40 Championship matches – more than any other side – in charge of Forest since taking over the reins in late September, Forest fans will find themselves heading down to Wembley full of confidence.
But can his ‘Tricky Trees’ get the better of Huddersfield in their fourth meeting with the Yorkshire club this season when it really matters?
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When were Nottingham Forest last in the Premier League?
It’s now been 23 years since Nottingham Forest fans were last watching their side play in the Premier League during the 1998/99 season.
In the top-flight of English football from the 1977/78 season onwards, Forest were one of the founding members of the Premier League in its first rebranded campaign of 1992/93.
Despite finishing 9th or above across the previous ten Division One seasons, the Midlands outfit ended up suffering relegation in the inaugural Premier League campaign of 1992/93, finishing 22nd and bottom of the standings under famous manager Brian Clough.
Since that first season, Forest have played out a total of four seasons in the Premier League, though, have suffered relegation on three occasions.
The club’s 1994/95 campaign proved to be their most successful, as after gaining promotion from the second-flight of English football the year prior, Forest went on to record a third-placed finish which in turn saw them qualify for the UEFA Cup.
Their fans will be hoping that success can return on Sunday against Huddersfield after now watching their side languish in the Championship for 14 straight campaigns. Those 14 seasons also mean that Forest have now played more campaigns in the English second-flight (57) than in its top division (56).
What is Nottingham Forest’s previous Premier League record?
The below table shows the full results of Nottingham Forest’s five prior campaigns in the Premier League.
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Have Nottingham Forest been in the playoffs before?
Although this Championship playoff final versus Huddersfield is the very first time that Nottingham Forest have reached any form of Football League playoff final, the Midlands side do have plenty of history across the playoffs previously.
On four separate prior occasions, Forest have been knocked out of the playoffs at the semi-final stage.
Those failures came in 2002/03, 2006/07, 2009/10 and 2010/11 respectively with three of those semi-final losses coming in the Championship playoffs and one in the League One playoffs.
Forest’s outing on Sunday against Huddersfield will also prove to be the club’s first visit to the new Wembley Stadium having not reached a domestic final in any form since losing 1-0 to Manchester United in the 1991/92 League Cup final.