Nottingham Forest: Ex Premier League Players

Where are these ex Nottingham Forest Premier League players now?

Welcome to the Nottingham Forest legends page – the gateway to information on ex Reds who have played in the Premier League.

In addition to information on ex players we have also added statistics which include the top goalscorers, most appearances and also the football club’s final league position for each year that they have featured in the EPL.



Mark Crossley – Premier League Appearances: 204 | Clean Sheets: 53

A massive fan’s favourite during his time at Nottingham Forest in the 1990’s, Mark Crossley announced his retirement at the end of the 2010-11 whilst in a player/ coach role at John Sheridan’s Chesterfield. Read More..

Stuart Pearce – Premier League Appearances: 202 | Goals Scored: 20

After 746 career appearances Stuart Pearce retired from playing in 2002 and took up a role as coach at Manchester CityRead More..

Alf Inge Haaland – Premier League Appearances: 181 | Goals Scored: 18

Alf Inge Haaland, regarded by many Leeds United fans as an icon because of his outspoken views on rivals Manchester United will always be remembered for his ongoing feud with Roy Keane. Read More..

Colin Cooper Premier League Appearances: 266 | Goals Scored: 13

After a long career at the centre of defence, Colin Cooper retired at the age of 39 whilst still playing in the Premier League for Middlesbrough in 2006. Read More..

Chris Bart-Williams – Premier League Appearances: 211 | Goals Scored: 22

After finishing his playing career in Malta with Marsaxlokk in 2005 Chris Bart-Williams went to the USA to pursue a coaching career. Read More..

Ian Woan – Premier League Appearances: 132 | Goals Scored: 17

Nottingham Forest legend Ian Woan broke into football at the relatively late age of 22, retiring from playing in 2004 after a spell in the United States with Syracuse Salty Dogs. Read More..

Scot Gemmill – Premier League Appearances: 224 | Goals Scored: 8

After a long career at the top with Nottingham Forest and Everton, Scot Gemmill retired from playing in 2007 after a year long spell in Australia with the New Zealand Knights. Read More..

Dave Beasant – Premier League Appearances: 131 | Clean Sheets: 27

Famed for saving the first ever penalty kick in an FA Cup Final, Dave Beasant played his last competitive game at the age of 43 whilst turning out for Brighton and Hove Albion. Read More..

Steve Stone – Premier League Appearances: 263 | Goals Scored: 25

After winding down his career at Leeds United, Steve Stone retired from playing in 2006 after a succession of injuries which plagued him throughout his football life. Read More..

Steve Chettle – Premier League Appearances: 174 | Goals Scored: 2

Steve Chettle spent 13 years at Nottingham Forest, many of which in the Premier League and is considered a legend by the Forest faithful.

He eventually retired in 2005 after dropping into non-league football with Ilkeston Town. Read More..

Nigel Clough – Premier League Appearances: 110 | Goals Scored: 20

After his last club, Manchester City were relegated in 1998, Nigel Clough retired from his senior playing career at the age of 32. Read More..

Bryan Roy – Premier League Appearances: 85 | Goals Scored: 24

Although Bryan Roy only turned out for Nottingham Forest on 84 occasions in the Premier League he had a big impact on the club’s success in the mid 90’s largely due to his partnership with Stan Collymore. Read More..

Stan Collymore – Premier League Appearances: 163 | Goals Scored: 62

Prolific at every club he played for, legendary Premier League striker Stan Collymore retired from playing professionally in 2001 at just 30 years old. Read More..

Kevin Campbell – Premier League Appearances: 325 | Goals Scored: 83

Kevin Campbell retired from playing professional football in 2007 whilst playing for Cardiff City to pursue outside business interests. Read More..

Marlon Harewood – Premier League Appearances: 137 | Goals Scored: 28

The much-travelled striker Marlon Harewood finally retired from playing professionally in 2016 after spending a season playing in the National League North with Nuneaton Town. Read More..

Des Lyttle – Premier League Appearances: 128 | Goals Scored: 2

Nottingham Forest’s preferred right back during their spell in the Premier League in the mid nineties, Des Lyttle retired from playing in 2011 after dropping into non-league football with Tamworth. Read More..

Premier League Statistics

This table shows the players who have made the most appearances for Nottingham Forest and the top goalscorers in the EPL.

Top EPL GoalscorersGoalsMost EPL AppearancesGames
Bryan Roy24Steve Chettle174
Stan Collymore22Mark Crossley162
Stuart Pearce18Ian Woan132
Ian Woan17Scot Gemmill127
Steve Stone16Stuart Pearce123
Jason Lee12Steve Stone118
Nigel Clough11Des Lyttle113
Dougie Freedman9Colin Cooper108
Kevin Campbell9Bryan Roy85
Gary Bannister8David Phillips83

Statistics provided by 11v11