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Nottingham Forest F.C. was founded in 1865, making them one of the oldest surviving professional football clubs in the world. They were formed shortly after their neighbours Notts County, who are the oldest professional football club still in existence. Unlike many older football clubs, the team was not formed by cricket players but by players of a Scottish game known as shinty, which bears some resemblance to the Irish game of hurling. After winning the rival Football Alliance in 1892, the team was elected to the Football League. They distinguished themselves early on reaching the 1898 FA Cup final and defeating Derby County 3-1, all the more remarkable as Derby had beaten them 5-1 in a league match the week before. They had to wait until 1959 to repeat this success in the FA cup. Brian Clough managed the team from 1978 to 1993, and this must be seen as the golden era for Nottingham Forest. They won the Football League title for the first and only time in 1978. In 1979 and 1980 they won the European Cup in consecutive years and during the Clough era they won the Football League Cup four times, also finishing runners-up twice.


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