Goal-line technology could be coming to the City Ground for the first time

Video: Forest manager Gary Brazil gives his thoughts on goal-line technology.

Nottingham Forest will benefit from the use of goal-line technology for the first time as of next season.

English Football League clubs have agreed to introduce the technology into the Championship from the 2017/18 campaign.

The agreement was made at a meeting of Championship clubs yesterday and will be discussed at the Football League’s Annual General Meeting in June.

The decision will see the latest ‘Hawk-eye’ technology, which has been used in the Premier League since 2013, introduced at the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest manager Gary Brazil said: “Anything that gives you true decisions has got to be the right thing for the game, as long as it doesn’t delay the game too much.

“Obviously they’ve used it at different levels of football now and it has worked nicely if they’re going to bring it down into the Championship fantastic.”

The arrival of the technology will see another part of football history coming to the City Ground for the first time.

The club also sports a list of its own football firsts, including fielding the Premier League’s first-ever Italian player, Andrea Silenzia.

Brian Clough with his million pound man Trevor Francis (left). (Picture: Hans van Dijk )

England’s first million pound player, Trevor Francis, who joined from Birmingham City – although it it rumoured that Brian Clough paid £1 less to ensure the milestone was not met.

And the Reds were the first club to officially wear a red kit.

Forest firsts:

  • First English team to successfully defend the European Cup.
  • First black player to play for the England national team, Viv Anderson.
  • First ever Italian in Premier League, Andrea Silenzi.
  • England’s first million pound player, Trevor Francis.
  • First club to officially wear red.
  • Forest are the only club to have won the European Cup more times than their domestic league.
  • First previous winners of the European Cup to later be relegated to the third tier of their national league.
  • The first club crest used was the city arms of Nottingham.

EFL CEO Shaun Harvey supports the development, he said: “I welcome the decision of our clubs to introduce goal-line technology into the EFL.

“Officials do an incredible job and this decision is about providing our match officials with as much support as possible to ensure they are best placed to make the right calls in even the most difficult of situations.

“The technology is widely adopted elsewhere in football, including in two of our competitions and I therefore welcome it as an important addition to the Sky Bet Championship from next season.”