From Bohinen to Pearce: Nottingham Forest’s Premier League debut

On the final day of the most recent season, Nottingham Forest were still eligible for relegation from the Championship. Seeming further than ever away from their past glories, CLICKON looks at the team they fielded upon their debut season in the Premier League

After their European glories under Brian Clough, life after him was always going to be uncertain for Forest. Their debut season in the recently coined Premier League in 1994, however, resulted in a third place finish; a feat equalled but never bypassed by a newly promoted team.

Clough’s successor, Frank Clark, in fact proved popular among the Forest faithful. Their start to the 1994 season saw them in consistent title contending places – where they would eventually finish above teams like Liverpool and Leeds.

Culminating with this third place finish and later reaching the UEFA Cup quarter-final in 1996; Forest would then become somewhat of a yo-yo club between the top and second flights of English football.

But in 1994, with a defence that included Stuart Pearce – an English international on the world stage – and a player capable of the spectacular in Lars Bohinen, their resilience, though short lived, was relatively unsurprising.

Collymore’s absence from the team sheet is notable, as he was instrumental to their previous promotion and their debut season. Propelling them to third in the Premier League. In truth they could have finished higher had they been more consistent. Despite their run of 13 games unbeaten towards the end of the season, the successive games they lost before Christmas meant they were out of any title challenge.

With talents like Pearce, Bohinen and Colin Cooper, it was hardly surprising that Forest did so well in their first season in the Premier League. The shadow of their European glories and attempting to compete with the lofty heights of English football however, would prove too much for them towards the new millennia. Fading back into relative obscurity and more recently languishing towards the bottom half of the championship.