9-12-1978. On this day in 1978 Nottingham Forest‘s then record run of 42 unbeaten League games ends. The run began a year earlier when they drew 0-0 at home to WBA on the 26th of November 1977. The run was ended at Anfield where Forest lost 2-0. Terry McDermott, who had celebrated his 26th birthday the day before, scored both goals for Liverpool before a crowd of 51,469.
Forest had won the League title in the 1977-78 season following promotion from the Second Division. Liverpool where seven points behind in second place. The following season, the unbeaten run continued through the first months, saw the tables turned with Liverpool eight points ahead of Forest in second place. Brian Clough‘s disappointment at the end of the unbeaten run and a second place in the League was probably alleviated by winning the Charity Shield (5-0 over Ipswich), the League Cup (3-2 over Southampton) and the European Cup (1-0 over Malmo FF).
The previous unbeaten record in England’s top division was set by Burnley in the 1920-21 season when they went 30 matches between September 1920 and March 1921. The Clarets won their first of two League titles.
The Forest record didn’t stand as long. Arsenal took the record when they went 49 games unbeaten between 7th May 2003 and 24th October 2004.