Nottingham Forest back to Premier League for the first time since 1999

The two-time European champions Nottingham Forest finally got back into the Premier League on Sunday. This was the first time they had been back in the top flight since 1999.

At Wembley Stadium, Levi Colwill scored the only goal of the game, but he put it in the wrong goal. This gave Nottingham Forest a 1-0 win. After 23 years, another English football powerhouse that had been sleeping is back in the big leagues.

Steve Cooper’s team finished the 46-game Championship season in fourth place, eight points behind second-place (and automatic promotion) Bournemouth. This was an amazing feat in and of itself, given that they were at the bottom of the table on September 28 with only five points from their first nine games.

When Nottingham Forest won promotion to the top league for the first time in 23 years, it was like a fairy tale about a once-great giant rising again. The Reds won back-to-back European titles in 1979 and 1980. This was right after they won their first (and only) English top-flight title in 1978. They also won back-to-back League Cups in 1978 and 1979 at the start of Brian Clough’s famous run, and they did it again a decade later (1989 and 1990).

Nottingham Forest was one of the 20 teams that started the Premier League in 1992, but they were kicked out of the top division in the first season. This was the first of four relegations over the next 12 years, and it took them until now to get back to the top division. Forest played in League One for three years, from 2005 to 2008. Their 14th try in the Championship got them back to where they thought they belonged all along.

When the 2022–2023 Premier League season starts on August 6, they’ll be a part of it.

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