Bygones – Notts Football Team Photos 1850-1899

Our photographic bygones pages have proved most popular with people digging out their memories from dusty old albums and from across the web to share with us at Nottingham Sport. When we started our teams photo’s pages we expected a few old and blurry with a larger number of more modern images full of colour. This has not been the case however with amateur archivists, enthusiasts and club committee members all chipping in to help us forge a collection of Nottinghamshire football teams that is the best on the internet. If you would like to contribute then please send in your images to and if possible let us know a detail or two about the photo you’ve sent in, however little it may seem.

Nottingham Forest (1868)

Formed three years earlier in the Clinton Arms on Shakespeare Street by a group of Shinney players headed by J.S Scrimshaw Nottingham Forest Football Club played their early years at the Forest Racecourse of which they are named after. *Image courtesy of Daniel Peacock.

Notts Olympic (1883)

Back row: R. Hammond, T. Orton, A.G. Hines, F. Tinley, H. Hayes, Mr O’Hara, W. Harrison. Middle row: J. Bailey, H. Adcock, J. Bamford, E. West, W. Heath, G. Unwin.

Pictured here outside Osborne Villa the home of Alderman J Burton this team once included a young Herbert Kilpin who would eventually go on to establish, play for and manage Milan Football Club. *Image courtesy of Jonathan Holt.

Keyworth Football Club (1884/85)

The Nottingham Guardian Newspaper stated that Keyworth FC played a friendly match on February 12th 1876 against Notts Pioneers at the Forest Recreation Grounds losing 1-0 to their hosts. This team photo is said to be from the 1884/85 campaign. *Image courtesy of Jonathan Holt.

Burton Joyce (1893)

Even back in the 19th Century the village of Burton Joyce had a football team with this picture said to be from as far back as 1893. *Image courtesy of Jonathan Holt.

Nottingham Forest (1898)

Pictured with the FA Cup after beating Derby County in the final at Crystal Palace the team would play their first home match at the City Ground during the same year with the newly built venue named after the Queen awarded ‘city’ status to the town of Nottingham. *Image courtesy of Daniel Peacock.

Notts Magdala (1898-99)

The oldest amateur club in the county still running are these days better known as Nottinghamshire FC who will celebrate their 125th year anniversary later in 2020 after forming way back in 1895. *Image courtesy of Tim Salmon.

Take a look at more team photos from 1900-1949 here