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Classic matches: Birmingham v Forest

13 January 2017

Nottingham Forest have played out some classic matches against Birmingham City at St. Andrew's - here are some of the best moments.

Saturday 25 February 2012
Birmingham City 1 (Burke 55’) Nottingham Forest 2 (Blackstock 29’, 63’)

A Dexter Blackstock brace ensured Nottingham Forest won 2-1 at St. Andrew’s in the 2011-12 season and stopped Birmingham’s 15-match unbeaten run. Blackstock gave The Reds the lead after tapping home Gareth McCleary’s low cross, before The Blues equalised early in the second half through Chris Burke. Blackstock restored Forest’s lead eight minutes later though, finishing into the top corner from 12 yards to send the travelling Reds fans home happy.


Monday 1 January 2001
Birmingham City 0 Nottingham Forest 2 (Bart-Williams pen 71’, Prutton 86’)

Nottingham Forest pulled off a surprise victory over First Division promotion hopefuls Birmingham at St. Andrew’s to start 2001 with a bang. Goalkeeper Dave Beasant stopped a Martin Grainger penalty in the first half and Birmingham twice hit the post before Chris Bart-Williams scored a penalty and David Prutton completed a brilliant away performance by tapping home late on.

Saturday 21 March 1998
Birmingham City 1 (Ndlovu pen 61’) Nottingham Forest 2 (van Hooijdonk 84’, 88’)

A late Pierre van Hooijdonk brace secured a vital three points as Nottingham Forest maintained their spot at the top of the First Division. Peter Ndlovu struck a penalty just after the hour-mark to give Birmingham the lead at St. Andrew’s, but Michael Johnson’s red card on 82 minutes changed the game. From the resulting free-kick van Hooijdonk curled an effort past goalkeeper, and current Forest academy coach, Ian Bennett, then the Dutch forward struck the winner with two minutes left from 25-yards out.

Saturday 6 November 1993
Birmingham City 0 Nottingham Forest 3 (Collymore, Glover 2)

Nottingham Forest secured a 3-0 win at St. Andrew’s as they looked to seal promotion back to the Premier League. Stan Collymore gave The Reds the lead with a strike from the edge of the area, before two neat finished from Lee Glover sealed the win. Forest would go on to finish second in the First Division, clinching promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

Saturday 21 April 1979
Birmingham City 0 Nottingham Forest 2 (Birtles, Robertson)

Garry Birtles and John Robertson goals ensured Nottingham Forest secured a 2-0 win against Birmingham at St. Andrews in the 1978-79 season. The win meant that Forest kept pace at the top of the First Division behind leaders Liverpool, and also set them up before the second leg of the European Cup semi-final against FC Koln four days later, which The Reds won 1-0 on the way to securing back-to-back European Cup triumphs.

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