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On this day in association with UK Meds - Reds return to the Championship

3 May 2020

In association with UK Meds, we look back to on this day in 2008 as a victory against Yeovil Town at The City Ground secured Nottingham Forest's promotion back into the Championship...

Nottingham Forest 3-2 Yeovil

(Bennett 12', Commons 18', McGugan 28'; Peters 20', Kirk 75')

Forest: Smith, Chambers (Breckin 72'), Morgan, Wilson, Bennett, Perch (Agogo 65'), McGugan, Cohen, Commons, Ormerod (Davies 86'), Tyson

Yeovil: Mildenhall, Peltier, Skiverton, Forbes, Smith, Peters, Barry (Rose 78'), Bircham, Williams (Kirk 67'), Downes (Jones 84'), Stewart


Nottingham Forest secured promotion back to the Championship on a dramatic final day of the season on 3rd May 2008.

Forest's win, combined with Doncaster's defeat at Cheltenham, saw The Reds take the second automatic promotion spot.

Julian Bennett's powerful strike and a cool Kris Commons finish put Forest in charge but Marcus Stewart teed up Jaime Peters to make it 2-1 at the break.

Lewis McGugan's fine free-kick restored the two-goal lead and Forest held on despite Andy Kirk's header.

However Forest were still pinning their hopes on Cheltenham taking at least a point from promotion rivals Doncaster and the Robins did their bit, beating Rovers 2-1 to send The Reds up.


Post-match reaction

Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood was delighted to lead The Reds to promotion and was proud of his players' achievements.

"When the boys heard Doncaster were losing we became negative and wanted the 90 minutes to ebb away," Calderwood said. "We played horribly but we've ended up having the perfect result.

"It's a wonderful story - not the best story in Nottingham Forest's history - but there are people here who have never seen success, young supporters, and that's why the players this season will become heroes to them.

"This group of players is a young group with a sparse amount of experience, there weren't too many promotion winners.

"But they had a fantastic attitude to defeats we had and they were resolute. When the pressure suddenly came off it went in our favour in the last five or six games."


Final league table

Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost GD Points
1 Swansea 46 27 11 8 +40 92
2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 46 22 16 8 +32 82
3 Doncaster 46 23 11 12 +24 80
4 Carlisle 46 23 11 12 +18 80
5 Leeds 46 27 10 9 +34 76*
6 Southend 46 22 10 14 +15 76

*15 points deducted

In the charts

The number one track in the UK on this day in 2008 was '4 minutes' by Madonna and Justin Timberlake. It hit top spot on 20th April and remained there for four weeks.

At the cinema

Forgetting Sarah Marshall was the film at the top of the UK cinema charts, a romantic comedy starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand.


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