Nottingham Forest renew their rivalry with Derby County on Saturday and here at Seat Pitch we tasked you with choosing your favourite City Ground derby-day moment in recent memory.

We tasked our followers on Twitter with choosing between four magic moments from our recent home games with the Rams and the winner can now be revealed.

Back in 2010, Robert Earnshaw stole the show during a 5-2 win for Forest over Nigel Clough’s Derby outfit, netting a devastating brace to secure a famous win.

With 40% of the vote, the former Wales international pipped Radoslaw Majewski to the prize, with the midfield maestro claiming 35% for his stunning long-range effort in 2009.

Other moments up for nomination were Jack Hobbs’ headed winner in 2013 and a Daniel Pinillos equaliser back in 2017.

Earnshaw was a marvel for the Reds. Signed for £2.65 million (Wales Online) from the Rams in 2009, he would become a cult hero in the eyes of Forest supporters with a string of big goals for the club.

In three years at the City Ground, he netted 43 goals in 110 appearances and was part of a squad that reached the Championship play-offs in back-to-back campaigns.

Robert Earnshaw, Nottingham Forest – (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Earnshaw returned to Cardiff following Steve McClaren’s appointment as manager in 2011, choosing not to offer the fearsome striker an extension to his Forest contract.


What perhaps delighted Forest fans about Earnshaw was his public hatred for the Rams.

He was part of the Derby team that were relegated from the Premier League in 2007/08 with a record low points total, netting just once in 22 outings for Forest’s rivals.

He came to Nottingham with a serious point to prove and he did that from day one. His form under Billy Davies was a joy to behold and for fans of a certain age, he will go down as one of the best finishers to ever grace the club.

On that memorable night back in 2009 he put Derby to the sword with two well-taken finishes. His first was an opportunistic effort after a delightful ball from Nathan Tyson, with his second coming in emphatic fashion following an error from Dean Leacock.

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