As World War One approached they were in serious financial trouble.The outbreak of The Great War along with the benevolence of the committee members mitigated the club going under.JS Scrimshaw's proposal to play football instead was agreed and Nottingham Forest Football Club was formed.It was agreed at the same meeting that the club would purchase twelve tasselled caps coloured 'Garibaldi Red' (named after the leader of the Italian 'Redshirts' freedom fighters). Forest's first ever official game was played against Notts County taking place on 22 March 1866.In 1919, the Football League First Division was to be expanded from twenty clubs to twenty-two in time for the 1919–20 Football League: Forest were one of eight clubs to campaign for entry but received only three votes.
They also won two Football League Cups at Forest together.
Forest were founder members of the Football Alliance in 1889 before joining the Football League in 1892.
They have since mostly competed in the top two League tiers except five seasons in the third tier. Their most successful period was in the management reign of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor between 19.
Like in 1898 Forest had lost heavily to their opponents only weeks earlier in the league.
Stewart Imlach crossed for a 10th minute opener by Roy Dwight (the cousin of Reg Dwight better known as Elton John). The game had an unusually large number of stoppages due to injury, particularly to Forest players.