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NOTTINGHAM FOREST 
 created a new Football League record in 1978 by remaining unbeaten in 42 consecutive Football League games. 
That record was bettered by Arsenal in 2004.

You could never be neutral about Brian Clough - you either loved him or loathed him. But whatever your opinion of the man you couldn't take away his record as a manager. After bringing success to one unfashionable Midlands club, Derby County, he eventually arrived at another unfashionable Midlands club, Nottingham Forest, and brought them unbelievable success. He took over at the City Ground in January 1975 and led Forest to promotion from the old Second Division in 1976/77. Incredibly the 1977/78 season saw them finish as League champions but better followed when they finished as European Cup winners in the two seasons after that. In the first fifteen seasons Forest spent in the top flight under Clough only once did they finish outside the top 10 and they won the League Cup four times and were beaten FA Cup finalists once. Sadly he spent one season too long at Forest. Clough's sixteenth and final season in the top flight saw Forest relegated in the first season of the Premier League. After Clough left the club Forest returned to the relative obscurity they had occupied before he had arrived.

One record Nottingham Forest achieved under Brian Clough was the longest unbeaten run achieved in League matches. Don Revie's Leeds United had completed an unbeaten run of 34 League matches in 1969/70 but Cloughie's Nottingham Forest extended that record to 42 in their first two seasons back in the top flight. The record set by the likes of Frank Clark, John McGovern, Ian Bowyer, John Robertson, Martin O'Neill, Viv Anderson, Peter Withe, Tony Woodcock, Larry Lloyd and Kenny Burns lasted a quarter of a century until Arsenal set a new mark in 2004 with 49 unbeaten matches (Arsenal's record).

After the defeat against Liverpool which ended the run, Clough said 'I congratulated our lads on a magnificent run. This defeat means a light relief.' But he then added 'But we would have felt better if we hadn't lost'.
                 
   

The 42 matches

   
                 
1977/78
Sat Nov 19 Division 1 Leeds United Away Lost 0-1
1 Sat Nov 26 Division 1 West Bromwich A. Home Drew 0-0
2 Sat Dec 3 Division 1 Birmingham City Away Won 2-0
3 Sat Dec 10 Division 1 Coventry City Home Won 2-1
4 Sat Dec 17 Division 1 Manchester United Away Won 4-0
5 Mon Dec 26 Division 1 Liverpool Home Drew 1-1
6 Wed Dec 28 Division 1 Newcastle United Away Won 2-0
7 Sat Dec 31 Division 1 Bristol City Away Won 3-1
8 Mon Jan 2 Division 1 Everton Home Drew 1-1
9 Sat Jan 14 Division 1 Derby County Away Drew 0-0
10 Sat Jan 21 Division 1 Arsenal Home Won 2-0
11 Sat Feb 4 Division 1 Wolverhampton W. Home Won 2-0
12 Sat Feb 25 Division 1 Norwich City Away Drew 3-3
13 Sat Mar 4 Division 1 West Ham United Home Won 2-0
14 Tue Mar 14 Division 1 Leicester City Home Won 1-0
15 Sat Mar 25 Division 1 Newcastle United Home Won 2-0
16 Wed Mar 29 Division 1 Middlesbrough Away Drew 2-2
17 Sat Apr 1 Division 1 Chelsea Home Won 3-1
18 Wed Apr 5 Division 1 Aston Villa Away Won 1-0
19 Tue Apr 11 Division 1 Manchester City Away Drew 0-0
20 Sat Apr 15 Division 1 Leeds United Home Drew 1-1
21 Tue Apr 18 Division 1 Queens Park R. Home Won 1-0
22 Sat Apr 22 Division 1 Coventry City Away Drew 0-0
23 Tue Apr 25 Division 1 Ipswich Town Away Won 2-0
24 Sat Apr 29 Division 1 Birmingham City Home Drew 0-0
25 Tue May 2 Division 1 West Bromwich A. Away Drew 2-2
26 Thu May 4 Division 1 Liverpool Away Drew 0-0
1978/79
27 Sat Aug 19 Division 1 Tottenham Hotspur Home Drew 1-1
28 Tue Aug 22 Division 1 Coventry City Away Drew 0-0
29 Sat Aug 26 Division 1 Queens Park R. Away Drew 0-0
30 Sat Sep 2 Division 1 West Bromwich A. Home Drew 0-0
31 Sat Sep 9 Division 1 Arsenal Home Won 2-1
32 Sat Sep 16 Division 1 Manchester United Away Drew 1-1
33 Sat Sep 23 Division 1 Middlesbrough Home Drew 2-2
34 Sat Sep 30 Division 1 Aston Villa Away Won 2-1
35 Sat Oct 7 Division 1 Wolverhampton W. Home Won 3-1
36 Sat Oct 14 Division 1 Bristol City Away Won 3-1
37 Sat Oct 21 Division 1 Ipswich Town Home Won 1-0
38 Sat Oct 28 Division 1 Southampton Away Drew 0-0
39 Sat Nov 4 Division 1 Everton Home Drew 0-0
40 Sat Nov 11 Division 1 Tottenham Hotspur Away Won 3-1
41 Sat Nov 18 Division 1 Queens Park R. Home Drew 0-0
42 Sat Nov 25 Division 1 Bolton Wanderers Away Won 1-0
Sat Dec 9 Division 1 Liverpool Away Lost 0-2
                   

 

 

 

 

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