Brian LAWS

Nottingham Forest

Brian Laws - Nottingham Forest - Biography of his football career at Forest.

Photo/Foto: Nigel French

Date: 03 March 1990

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      Right Back
      Saturday, 14 October 1961
      Wallsend, England.
  • Middlesbrough FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 16th March 1985 in a 1-0 win at home to Sheffield United (Aged: 23)
    • Club Career
      102 League apps (+5 as sub), 12 goals
  • Nottingham Forest
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 10th December 1988 in a 1-1 draw at Southampton (Aged: 27)
    • Club Career
      136 League apps (+11 as sub), 4 goals
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Brian LAWS - Nottingham Forest - Biography of his football career at Forest.




Brian Laws arrived at the City Ground from Middlesbrough in the summer of 1988, for a fee of £125,000, and proved to be yet another in the long line of Brian Clough bargain buys. Laws was made to wait for his place in the team as youngster Steve Chettle was initially preferred by manager Clough and it was not until December 1988 that he made his first start for the club, in a 1-1 draw at Southampton. Laws made the number two shirt his own thereafter, featuring in all but two of the remaining twenty one League games.


He scored his first goal for the Reds in a fine 4-0 home win over Aston Villa and also hit the target with a superb left-foot shot in Forest's 3-0 victory against Watford at Vicarage Road in the FA Cup 5th round. That win over Watford continued Forest's three pronged assault on Wembley as they had already progressed to the semi-finals of both the Littlewoods and Simod cups. The Reds were beaten in the FA Cup semi-final by Liverpool but they beat Luton Town 3-1 to lift the Littlewoods Cup and won a thrilling encounter 4-3 a.e.t. against Everton in the Simod Cup.


All in all it was a memorable first season at the City Ground for Laws. The following season saw the tough tackling right back as an ever present in a Forest defence that also boasted England internationals Stuart Pearce and Des Walker. He scored three goals in his thirty-eight League games, as the Reds finished ninth in the table, and was also a member of the Forest team that retained the Littlewoods Cup with a 1-0 win over second division Oldham Athletic. (David Scranage)




Brian Laws is pictured above playing for Nottingham Forest on 12th. February 1993.

Photo G. Herringshaw.  ©




The 1990/91 campaign started well enough for Brian Laws but it was, ultimately, to end in disappointment. He featured in thirty-two of Forest's thirty-eight League games but missed out on a 2-1 FA Cup Final defeat against Tottenham Hotspur when manager Clough preferred the youngster Gary Charles for the right back spot. Laws did make a substitute appearance in place of Lee Glover but it must surely have been scant consolation for the Wallsend born defender.


The following season saw Charles holding down the number two shirt for much of the time with Laws featuring in fifteen League games. Once again there was a Wembley disappointment for Forest as they were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United in the Rumbelows Cup Final, with Brian appearing as a sub for Charles. Laws returned as a regular in the starting line-up during the 1992-93 campaign and the gritty right back featured in all but nine of Forest's League games in a season that saw the club relegated and manager Clough depart the City Ground hotseat after eighteen wonderful years.


Frank Clark was the man who succeeded Clough and a new manager meant new faces. Des Lyttle arrived from Swansea City for £375,000 and Laws days at the City Ground were numbered. His final League appearance for the Reds came in a 1-0 win at home to local rivals Notts County in October 1993. He moved on to Grimsby Town in December 1994, initially as a player, but also went on to manage the Mariners. (David Scranage)


1979–1983    Burnley    125    (12)
1983–1985    Huddersfield Town    56    (1)
1985–1988    Middlesbrough    108    (12)
1988–1994    Nottingham Forest    147    (4)
1994–1996    Grimsby Town    46    (2)
1996–1997    Darlington    10    (0)
1997–1998    Scunthorpe United    18    (0)