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Notts County vs. Nottingham Forest: The last 5 competitive meetings

Tonight sees Notts County face city rivals - and cross-river neighbours - Nottingham Forest for a pre-season friendly.

Non-competitive encounters between the two are a relatively regular occurrence, but league or cup clashes have been few and far between in recent years.

So what happened the last five times the two sides met in competitive action? Pride of Nottingham takes a look.

11 January 1992: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Notts County (Division One)

The last top-flight league encounter between the two sides, Notts were eager to make amends for the reverse fixture in August, in which the Reds put four past the Magpies at Meadow Lane.

Kingsley Black opened the scoring for Forest at the City Ground with a 20-yard rocket after just three minutes and Notts were under the cosh for the entirety of the first half, but the Reds' wastefulness was punished when Richard Dryden equalised in the 52nd minute.

Forest had 15 corners, 11 shots on target and 12 off target, but the game would end all square, with Steve Cherry due credit for an imperious goalkeeping display for the Magpies.

15 September 1993: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Notts County (Anglo-Italian Cup)

The Magpies enjoyed a sterling run to the final of the Anglo-Italian Cup, where they took on a Georghe Hagi-inspired Brescia at Wembley, but to qualify for the international stage, they had to get at least a draw in their game against their neighbours.

Gary Lund, who came on as a substitute in the 30th minute for Andy Legg at the City Ground, opened the scoring after just seven minutes on the pitch, and although Stan Collymore equalised for the Reds, the Magpies held out for the necessary draw.

After the game, then-manager Mick Walker said: "I'm told you don't make money from this competition and could end up with broken legs and being spat at - but we'll enjoy finding out!"

30 October 1993: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Notts County (First Division [second tier])

With both sides struggling towards the bottom of the second tier (Forest were 20th before the game; Notts were 18th), it was the Reds who got a much-needed three points when Stan Collymore, who had taken a knock to the head and did not want to come back on, netted the winner in the 74th minute after having been bandaged up.

12 February 1994: Notts County 2-1 Nottingham Forest (First Division [second tier])

The last league encounter between these two, all of 23 years ago now, finished as a Notts win, and it was done so in exhilarating fashion.

Gary McSwegan opened the scoring in the 55th minute after tricking his way past Steve Chettle, cutting inside Colin Cooper and slotting into the bottom corner.

With just six minutes to go, Forest pulled a goal back through David Phillips, but just over a minute later, a twice-taken free kick from Mark Draper fell kindly to Charlie Palmer, who nodded home to claim the win (and a Notts knighthood).

9 August 2011: Nottingham Forest 3-3 Notts County (4-3 on penalties) (League Cup)

After 17 years of no competitive football between the Nottingham neighbours, the League Cup kindly brought the two together in the first round, during a time when there was a chance the game could have not gone ahead due to the widespread looting and rioting taking place across the nation.

Those who went to the City Ground were treated to a thrilling game in which Mike Edwards put the Magpies ahead in the 16th minute but Lewis McGugan equalised on the half-hour mark and Robbie Findley slotted home just before the hour to give Forest the lead.

Craig Westcarr's equaliser in the 76th minute forced extra time, and Lee Hughes seemed to have sealed it for Notts with a 98th-minute strike, only for centre-back Wes Morgan to smash home with virtually the last kick of the game to force penalties.

Jonathan Greening hit the post with Forest's first penalty but Hamza Bencherif missed County's third spot-kick. George Boateng then missed his, leaving Hughes one kick away from derby immortality - unfortunately, he too fluffed his spot kick. Ultimately, Luke Chambers kept his head to put Forest ahead before Bishop's miss put an end to a thrilling contest.

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First time I will have seen a competitive friendly between the two clubs, I am looking forward to it! Forest should be more ready than we are but it will be a good game regardless. Fingers crossed we can defend our pride at Meadow Lane. 

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9 hours ago, liampie said:

it should be a good friendly, i got my ticket earlier and hope to hear the kop singning.

I was in the home end and forest fans were very loud:):thumbsup:

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