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03 August 2019 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Match Previews

Match preview: Forest vs West Brom

2 August 2019

Football is back! Nottingham Forest welcome West Brom to The City Ground on Saturday evening as the Championship season gets underway.

Pre-season is done and dusted and the competitive action finally returns, with Sabri Lamouchi set to take his place in the dug out for the first time in front of a packed City Ground crowd. 

West Brom will be a tough test, however, and will have promotion ambitions of their own at the start of the season. Slaven Bilic is also set for his first competitive outing as Baggies boss. 

Tale of the tape

Nottingham Forest

  • The Reds will be looking to kick-off the 2019-20 campaign with a victory on home soil
  • Forest ended last season on a high with three straight victories and will be looking to continue that form on Saturday
  • Forest faced West Brom on the opening day of the 2000-01 season, winning 1-0 - their last home league victory against The Baggies

West Brom

  • The Baggies will be looking to bounce back after last season's play-off disappointment
  • West Brom have won just once in the last six meetings between the two sides in all competitions, losing three times and drawing twice
  • Albion came from behind in both games against Forest last season to secure a draw
Club News

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Team news

Forest were dealt a blow as Tendayi Darikwa was ruled out with a knee injury and is set for a spell on the sidelines as he is set for an operation. That means that Matty Cash is set to start at right back, with youngster Jayden Richardson also impressing in pre-season.

Joao Carvalho is likely to return to training next week having been injured in pre-season so will be missing but there is set to be a host of debutants for The Reds, with boss Sabri Lamouchi having plenty of options in midfield and attack to choose from.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws West Brom wins
League 40 25 51
FA Cup 4 7 4
League Cup 1 0 2
Total 45 32 57

Last time out

From the opposition

West Brom head coach Slaven Bilic is eager to taste Championship football as he gets set for his first match in charge.


He said: "I feel good, I feel excited, I feel ready for the first game. We’ve been training really good. We are fit, we are fresh, we are exactly where we wanted to be one day before the start of the season and that’s it, we are ready.

"Forest have everything, the fanbase, the size of the club and everything, the community. They are also definitely hoping and planning to go up. They have a very ambitious owner as well. They’ve brought in a new manager and some new players.

"We watched their game against Real Sociedad and they played some good football.

"It tells you everything about the Championship that in the first round there are big games straight away. There’s Forest against us but I bet there’s a few other games that are very attractive on paper. That says by itself the size of the league."

Club News

Parking information for West Brom match

2 August 2019


Darren England is set to take charge of Saturday's game at The City Ground. He also took charge of this fixture last season, overseeing the 1-1 draw. 

He took charge of three Forest games in total last season, also refereeing the 3-2 victory over Stoke in the Carabao Cup and the triumph against Leeds United, both at The City Ground. 

Ticket news

There is set to be a strong crowd on Trentside to welcome in the new season, with record season card sales during the summer.

Make sure you arrive early to avoid queues getting into the ground. Ticket information can be found here.



As the match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, there will be no live stream of the match for international subscribers to iFollow Forest. Audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available, however.

You can also follow all of the action via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre, with a match report and full reaction here at after the final whistle.

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Match Reports

Forest 1-2 West Bromwich Albion

3 August 2019

Nottingham Forest tasted defeat on the opening day of the season as West Bromwich Albion came from behind to win at The City Ground.

Matty Cash had given Forest a great start with an early goal but Albion struck back through Kyle Edwards and Matty Phillips to secure victory and compound The Reds to their first home defeat on the opening day of the season in 36 years.

A first competitive game for Sabri Lamouchi saw him hand debuts to Aro Muric, Alfa Semedo, Tiago Silva and Albert Adomah and The Reds made a bright start to the game.

Pressing their opponents and keeping possession nicely, Jack Robinson found himself unmarked at the back post but saw his shot blocked then Tiago Silva’s effort from the edge of the box was closed down as Forest searched for the opener.

They didn’t have to wait long, however, and it came through a fine strike by Cash on nine minutes. Playing at right back, Cash linked up well with Albert Adomah on the right, playing a one-two before unleashing a half-volley which hammered by Sam Johnstone in the Albion goal.

A perfect start for Forest but the visitors found the perfect response as they levelled on 15 minutes. Kyle Edwards worked his way into the penalty area on the Albion left-hand side before drilling a shot towards the far corner which evaded the grasp of Aro Muric.

On 26 minutes Muric was caught out by a freak effort by Matt Phillips as The Baggies turned the game right on its head. The winger picked the ball up on the right and overhit a cross, but the pace on the ball caught out Muric as the ball sailed over his head and into the net.

The Reds went in behind at the break and it could have been three for Albion on the hour mark as Edwards got a shot in at the far post but Muric was equal to it to keep the ball out.

Forest found it difficult to create any clear-cut openings against a strong Albion rearguard, but as the clock ticked towards 90 a few half-chances fell their way.

Alfa Semedo blasted an effort just over following a strong run through the middle of the pitch, Michael Dawson had a stinging shot well blocked inside the area following a corner and substitute Sammy Ameobi glanced a header just wide of the target as all hope of a result faded away for The Reds.

A defeat at home on the opening day of the season for the first time since 1983 for Forest but they have a chance to bounce straight back against Leeds next weekend.

Forest: Muric, Cash, Dawson (c), Worrall, Robinson, Semedo (Johnson 88’), Watson, Silva (Mir 62’), Lolley (Ameobi 72’), Adomah, Grabban

Unused subs: Smith, Ribeiro, Figueiredo, Richardson

Goal: Cash 9’

West Brom: Johnstone, Ferguson, Bartley, Ajayi, Gibbs (Townsend 72’), Livermore (c), Sawyers, Krovinovic, Phillips, Edwards (Harper 81’), Zohore (Burke 63’)

Unused subs: Bond, O’Shea, Furlong, Leko

Goals: Edwards 15’, Phillips 26’

Booking: Sawyers 85’

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 27,592 (1,991 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: West Bromwich Albion (H)

2 August 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s first home game of the season against West Bromwich Albion at The City Ground are now on general sale.

Forest will kick off their 2019-20 campaign at home on Saturday 3rd August (kick-of 5.30pm) against the same opposition as last season, where an Adlene Guedioura goal was enough to secure a draw.

As announced as part of our revamp of the NFFC membership, members will now be given a booking priority window to secure their seat and get the best seat in the house to watch The Reds in action. 

Season card holders who have renewed in the same seat and not changed age band are reminded that their cards have been reactivated and can be used as normal. Any 2018-19 season card holder who did renew and is no longer in possession of their card are advised to contact the ticket office as soon as possible to get a replacement card sent out.

The club are also happy to announce a restructure to our match ticket pricing which ensures that season card holders are always guaranteed to save more than a supporter who pays on a match-by-match basis for a seat in their block throughout the season. 

This means that, on an individual match basis, tickets in areas such as the Trent End will cost less than our premium areas in the middle of the Brian Clough and Peter Taylor Stands.

Full sales information can be found below:

Dates of sale:

On sale to


NFFC home members 

Friday 5th July – 9am**

Season card holders

Monday 8th July – 9am*

General sale

Thursday 11th July – 9am

*1 ticket per home member

**3 additional tickets per season card holder

Adult prices start from just £25, with seniors able to watch the game from just £18. Youth tickets (18-23 year olds) can watch the action from £12 with 12-17 year olds from £10 and 4-11 year olds from £5.

Full ticket prices can be found at

How to buy

Tickets can be purchased by visiting, by visiting the ticket office in person or calling 0115 982 4388.

Supporters with accessible seating needs

Supporters who are registered as having accessible seating requirements with Nottingham Forest can claim a Disabled Companion seat providing that they are entitled to the high rate of Disabled Living Allowance for either care or mobility, the high rate of Attendance Allowance or the Enhanced Rate of Personal Independence Payment. 

Matchday hospitality

If you are looking to enjoy a special day at The City Ground, then don't forget that hospitality packages for the game are available.

Prices start from just £70 (+VAT) per person and details can be found by visiting the commercial website or by calling 0115 982 4450 for more details.

There is already limited availability for this game, so supporters interested in taking advantage of our hospitality packages for this fixture are urged to buy now.

General season card holder upgrade

Should season card holders wish to upgrade their season card to hospitality for the game, this can be done from £55 (+VAT) per person for full paying adult season card holders and from £42.50 (+VAT) per person for under 16s.

For further information or to book, supporters can email or call the team on 0115 982 4450.


Nottingham Forest now operate a print-at-home service for supporters to utilise when purchasing tickets. Below is a handy video to explain the system.

Keep hold of your season cards

Nottingham Forest season card holders who have renewed for the new campaign are advised to keep hold of their 2018-19 cards as they will be reactivated for the upcoming season.

Record numbers of supporters have renewed for the 2019-20 season, following on from record attendances last year, and the club are making it easier for supporters to continue backing The Reds.

However, new cards will be sent out automatically to supporters who have relocated to a new seat for the 2019-20 season or changed age band ahead of the new season (i.e changing from the adult to over 65s age bracket).

If you have lost or discarded your 2018-19 season card, do not worry. Simply contact the ticket office on 0115 982 4388 and a replacement will be delivered ahead of the first game of the new Sky Bet Championship season.

New 2019-20 season card holders will be automatically sent a season card towards the end of July.

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