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20 June 2016

Ahead of the release of the Sky Bet Championship fixtures on Wednesday morning, looks back at some opening-day matches to remember.

2014 - Forest 2-0 Blackpool (Antonio, C.Burke)

28,028 supporters saw two debutants fire Nottingham Forest to victory in Stuart Pearce’s first match in charge at the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign.

Michail Antonio opened the scoring with 25 minutes on the clock. Space opened up in midfield for Andy Reid and the Irishman sent the ball curling on to the post. Antonio was quickest to react, sliding it low and out of Joe Lewis’ reach from eight yards.

Chris Burke was on hand on the half-hour mark to make it 2-0. Hunt controlled the ball down the right and passed it sideways to Burke, who shifted it on to his left foot and curled it beyond Lewis and into the top corner of the net.

1996 - Coventry 0-3 Forest (Campbell (3))

Kevin Campbell fired a stunning 34-minute hat-trick at Highfield Road as Nottingham Forest began the 1996-97 season in style with a comfortable victory over Coventry City.

The striker opened the scoring on 13 minutes as he played a neat one-two with Dean Saunders and lifted the ball over the onrushing Steve Ogrizovic, taking a hefty challenge from the goalkeeper in the process.

The Saunders-Campbell combination was at work again to double the lead before half-time and two minutes after the restart Campbell completed his memorable afternoon as he showed a superb piece of skill inside the area and finished into the corner of the net.

1995 - Southampton 3-4 Forest (Cooper, Roy (2), Woan)

The Reds were involved in a seven-goal thriller on the opening day of the 1995-96 campaign as they secured a memorable 4-3 victory over Southampton at The Dell.

Colin Cooper's breathtaking free-kick was swiftly cancelled out by a penalty from Matt Le Tissier but goals from Ian Woan and Bryan Roy gave Forest a commanding 3-1 lead at half-time.

Le Tissier reduced the deficit with another spot-kick before Roy restored Forest's two-goal lead with a close-range finish past Dave Beasant in the Southampton goal. Despite a late free-kick from Le Tissier, The Reds held on to claim all three points on the south coast.

1992 - Forest 1-0 Liverpool (Sheringham)

One of the most memorable opening-day goals came from the 1992-93 season as Teddy Sheringham scored the winner against Forest's old rivals Liverpool at The City Ground.

The Forest striker scored the first televised goal in Premier League history as he received the ball on the left-hand side of the penalty area, cut inside and rifled a shot past David James into the far corner of the net.

1982 - West Ham 1-2 Forest (Walsh, Robertson)

Forest were expecting a tough examination when they made the trip to Upton Park on the opening day of the 1982-83 season and they were to come away with an impressive 2-1 win.

Colin Walsh got The Reds up and running in the capital when he rounded Hammers goalkeeper Phil Parkes and slotted home before John Robertson (pictured) finished the job by converting from the penalty spot.

1977 - Everton 1-3 Forest (O’Neill, Withe, Robertson)

Brian Clough's newly-promoted Forest side wasted no time in adapting to life in the First Division when they took on Everton at Goodison Park at the beginning of the 1977-78 season.

Everton had finished in the top half of the table for the previous four seasons but The Reds produced a fine battling display and took a two-goal lead courtesy of goals from Peter Withe and John Robertson.

The home side pulled one back just before half-time but Forest weren't to be denied an Martin O'Neill (pictured) put the seal on a memorable victory with a strike ten minutes from time.

1973 - Forest 4-0 Luton (Jackson (2), McKenzie, Martin)

Dave Mackay's Forest side needed to get their 1973-74 Second Division campaign off to a winning start and they duly brushed Luton Town aside at The City Ground with a confident display.  

A brace from Tommy Jackson, including one from the penalty spot, and further strikes from Duncan McKenzie and Neil Martin gave The Reds the perfect start to the campaign.

Nottingham Forest’s fixtures will be released at 9am on Wednesday 22 June and will be available to view at

Coverage will also appear across Forest’s social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - by using the hashtag #FixtureReleaseDay.

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