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1865–66 Nottingham Forest F.C. season

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Nottingham Forest

The 1865–66 season was Nottingham Forest's first season in existence. Nottingham Forest Football Club originally emerged from a group of "shinney" players who played a then popular game very similar to hockey. At a time when football began to emerge as a growing force, a special meeting took place in 1865 at the Clinton Arms, Shakespeare St. to discuss a proposition moved by J.S.Scrimshaw to switch games from "shinney" to football. This was passed, and the first official football match played was on 22 March 1866 against Notts County. Following a brief transitional period and the establishment of new committee the playing of shinney was dropped and the name "Nottingham Forest Football Club" was born.
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