Goals are certainly something in short supply right now for Nottingham Forest, but it’s not always been this way in their illustrious history.

There have been a number of special players to wear the Garibaldi Red and score goals, some for longer than other.

It’s perhaps fitting that some of the club’s greats – Trevor Francis and Stan Collymore for example – were like shooting stars; special, but not long-lasting.

Given that Forest’s best period came in a five-year spell, it’s perhaps right.

However, there have been some that stuck around and made sure their names won’t be forgotten, five of which are detailed here.

The top five all time Nottingham Forest goalscorers
FA Cup Quarter Final at the City Ground. Nottingham Forest 3 v Everton 2. The last-gasp winner! Having seen his first shot blocked by a defender and his second saved by keeper Andy Rankin, Ian Storey-Moore has headed against the Everton crossbar and is about to nod the rebound into the empty net to claim a place in the FA Cup semi-final as the City Ground explodes with excitement, 8th April 1967. (Photo by George Phillips/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

5. Ian Storey–Moore – 118

Widely considered to be one of the club’s best ever players – indeed, he’s in the all time XI – Storey-Moore had a love for goals in a Forest shirt.

The forward, who predominantly operated on the left, scored 105 league goals for Forest in 236 games, bagging 118 in all competitions.

With Forest, Storey-Moore helped the club reach new heights in the 1966/67 season, but following injuries across the team, the side didn’t get the trophies their ability deserved.

Forest came second to Manchester United in the old First Division that year despite leading it for most the season, while they also lost in the FA Cup semi-finals to Tottenham Hotspur.

Storey-Moore stayed at Forest until 1972 – claiming his one and only England cap while representing the club – before leaving for Manchester United.

He still has ties with the club and has worked for the Reds as an ambassador.

The top five all time Nottingham Forest goalscorers
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: A General view of the Brian Clough stand at Nottingham Forest’s stadium The City Ground during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at City Ground on March 11, 2018 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

4. Johnny Dent – 122

One way before our time, Dent played for the club between 1929 and 1936 as a centre forward and to say he loved a goal would be an understatement.

Dent found the net 122 times in 206 league games after signing from Huddersfield Town, with his first goal coming away at Tottenham.

Dent also had a tendency to score hattricks, with the prolific striker scoring five in total – once scoring back-to-back hattricks in games against Oldham Athletic and Burnley.

His last game for Forest was against Leicester City in 1936 and he is just one of six players to score 100 or more for the Reds.

The top five all time Nottingham Forest goalscorers
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 08: A general view of The City Ground home to Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on February 8, 2020 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Mick Walker – CameraSport via Getty Images)

3. Wally Aldron – 124

From one prolific centre forward to another, Aldron certainly made a huge impression when he signed from Rotherham United in 1949.

Forest were in the Third Division (South) at this stage, but Aldron soon took them into the Second Division with two unbelievable goalscoring seasons.

In his first, he scored 25 in 41 and in his second, he scored 36 in 45 – which is still a club record for most goals scored in a league season.

Aldron was still lethal in the Second Division too, scoring 20+ in two of his four seasons, but age caught up with him and he retired in 1955.

 

It’s a sad story in a way as Aldron lost six years of his career due to the Second World War, but he certainly did his best to make up for lost time.

In total, Aldron played 191 times for Forest in all competitions, rifling home a spectacular 124 goals.

The top five all time Nottingham Forest goalscorers
24 October 1987 Football League Division One Nottingham Forest v Tottenham Hotspur, Nigel Clough celebrates after scoring the third goal for Forest in a 3-0 victory. (Photo by Mark Leech/Getty Images)

2. Nigel Clough – 131

‘The Number 9’ was certainly a lot more than manager Brian’s son and in two spells for the club, made sure his name will be remembered for his own merits.

Clough Jnr made his debut in 1984 and would play as a forward, but was supremely intelligent on the ball and read the game magnificently.

It wasn’t long until he started plundering in goals and in 311 league games in his first spell, Clough Jnr scored 101 goals.

He then went to Liverpool in 1993 after father Brian retired, but returned to the club on loan from Manchester City in the 1996/97 season, scoring once on 13 games.

Clough Jnr also became an England international while playing for the club and in total, found the net 131 times in all competitions.

The top five all time Nottingham Forest goalscorers
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JULY 26: A general view of The City Ground prior to the Pre-Season Friendly between Nottingham Forest and Real Sociedad at City Ground on July 26, 2019 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

1. Grenville Morris – 217

Another one from before our time, but possibly a club legend that is very under-appreciated by the club as Morris was a goal machine.

The Welshman – who scored nine goals in 21 appearances for his country – signed from Swindon Town in 1898, just after Forest won their first FA Cup.

Nicknamed ‘The Prince of the Inside Lefts’, Morris gave defences nightmares with his ability and knack of scoring goals – failing to hit double figures just three times in 15 seasons.

Forest were in the old First Division then as well, so Morris was regularly shining in the top flight.

His best season came in 1902/03, where he scored 26 goals in 37 games in all competitions.

Amazingly, he only won one trophy with Forest – the Second Division title in 1906/07, with the Reds returning to the First Division at the first attempt.

Morris’ last season for the club was the 1912/13 season, with Forest again in the Second Division, where he registered 17 goals in 35 games.

In total, Morris scored 199 league goals for the club in 421 games, while is overall total is 217 goals in 459 games – a feat unlikely to be beaten anytime soon.

Who will be the next man to find his way onto this Nottingham Forest list?

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