A goal apiece for the sides in the first eight minutes should have prepared fans for something special, but things were quiet for a while thereafter before Forest went ahead on the stroke of half-time.
Seven minutes into the second half it all kicked off, however: three goals in four minutes quickly made it 3-3, but within 60 seconds Forest re-took the lead, then added another just a few moments later as they completed a sequence of five goals in eight minutes. Just to rub their arch-rivals' noses in it Forest found the net three more times in the closing stages to complete a memorable night.
Double-figure goal counts are rare, but not unknown - so we've rounded up some of our favourites:
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Charlton Athletic 7-6 Huddersfield Town - 1957 Division Two
Anyone who was present at The Valley just before Christmas in 1957 was lucky enough to witness a 13-goal thriller. Having been reduced to 10 men early in the game, hosts Charlton found themselves 5-1 down with 27 minutes left on the clock and were staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat. But a simply incredible turnaround saw the Addicks find the back of the net six times before the final whistle, while Huddersfield could only reply with one of their own. It ended 7-6 and Huddersfield remain the only team in Football League history to score six goals and end up the losing side.
Real Madrid completed their unprecedented haul of five consecutive European crowns after winning at Hampden Park, where a young Alex Ferguson's obsession with the trophy began. Frankfurt forward Richard Kress gave the German champions the lead, but that goal only served to awaken the beast. Alfredo di Stefano (pictured) scored twice to kick-start a dazzling display of attacking artistry from Los Merengues, with Ferenc Puskas firing into the roof of the net just before half-time. Puskas scored a penalty before heading his fourth. Four goals in as many minutes followed, with Di Stefano sealing his own hat-trick. The match strengthened Real's legacy as entertainers par excellence, and delivered a football lesson to its British audience.
Austria 7-5 Switzerland - 1954 World Cup quarter-final
Switzerland may be responsible for one of the most boring World Cup matches of all-time - their goalless draw with Ukraine in 2006, which they lost on penalties - but they were also part of the highest-scoring one when the 1954 hosts met neighbours Austria in Lausanne. The Swiss were 3-0 up after 20 minutes due to a three-minute blitz, but Austria responded with brute force, Theodor Wagner and Robert Koerner scoring two each and Ernst Ocwirk adding another. Robert Ballaman pulled one back, but Wagner completed his hat-trick to restore Austria's two-goal lead after the break, with Sepp Huegi following suit just before the hour mark. The Lausanne crowd then had to wait a full 18 minutes before Erich Probst scored the 12th and final goal of a ludicrous match.
Monaco 8-3 Deportivo La Coruna - 2003 Champions League
"Unthinkable" was how coach Didier Deschamps described this mauling in Monte Carlo; the aggregate 11 goals setting a Champions League record. Even more amazingly, Monaco's destroyer-in-chief was Dado Prso, celebrating his 29th birthday. The Croatian netted a first-half hat-trick, and scored a fourth on 49 minutes. Jerome Rothen, Ludovic Giuly, Jaroslav Plasil and Edouard Cisse scored Monaco's other goals, while Diego Tristan (two) and Lionel Scaloni were on target for Depor, who took off goalkeeper Jose Molina at half-time when trailing 5-2. Both sides ended up qualifying from Group C; Depor then pulled off one of the greatest comebacks ever to knock out Milan in the quarter-finals.
Brazil 6-5 Poland - 1938 World Cup first round
A rain-sodden Strasbourg saw 11 goals in 120 thrilling minutes. Brazil striker Leonidas got the scoring underway on 18 minutes and his side took a 3-1 lead into half-time. A downpour during the break played into the Poles' hands and they began a stirring comeback to draw level at 3-3. Peracio restored the South Americans' lead in the 71st minute, only for Ernest Wilimowski to force extra-time with his third of the day late on. But Leonidas grabbed another two goals (93, 104) to effectively settle the tie and not even a fourth for Wilimowski as time ran out could alter the outcome of a truly sensational match.
Villa went into the second leg of this Carling Cup semi-final a goal ahead, but were quickly 2-1 down on aggregate as Nikola Kalinic struck twice to put Sam Allardyce's boys in the lead. Martin O'Neill's Villa equalised on the night before the break through Stephen Warnock and James Milner, however, and it looked like it was all over as Steven Nzonzi's own goal and strikes from Gabriel Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey put Villa 6-2 up on aggregate. The drama wasn't over, though: Blackburn pulled two back through Jonas Olsson and Brett Emerton to set up a thrilling final few minutes before Ashley Young became the ninth scorer of the night in injury time to put the toe beyond doubt. player Amazingly, both sets of fans booed their players at several points during the game. Some fans are never happy.
QPR 5-5 Newcastle - 1984 First Division
Proof positive that Newcastle were capable of kamikaze football long before Kevin Keegan became manager. Sitting in the Toon dug-out was none other than Jack Charlton, who went on to make the Republic of Ireland the most dourly effective side in international football. Not today. Newcastle blazed into a 4-0 half-time lead through Malcolm McDonald and a 24-minute hat-trick from Chris Waddle. With a half-time rollicking from Alan Mullery still ringing in their ears, QPR pulled goals back through Gary Bannister and Simon Stainrod, before John Gregory made it 4-3. Kenny Wharton appeared to make it safe for Newcastle but Steve Wicks headed QPR back in contention before Gary Micklewhite scrambled a stoppage-time equaliser.
Bayer Uerdingen 7-3 Dynamo Dresden (7-5 agg) - 1986 European Cup Winners Cup
Not many people miss the Cup Winners Cup but this tie was a humdinger between teams from the old West and East Germany. Uerdingen lost the away leg 2-0, and trailed 3-1 (5-1 on aggregate) with 32 minutes remaining. Dresden reserve keeper Jens Ramme suffered the shock of his life as Wolfgang Funkel converted a dodgy penalty, Larus Gudmundsson levelled on the night, the unfortunately named Ralf Minge deflected into his own net and Dietmar Klinger netted but Bayer were still behind on away goals. Then Funkel capped the comeback by scoring a sixth from the penalty spot after 81 minutes. Wolfgang Schäfer scored a late seventh and ended up on the shoulders of the home fans who invaded the pitch.
Portugal 5-5 Cameroon - 2003 U17 World Cup
FIFA age group competitions normally slip under the radar but not this one from Tampere in Finland. Portugal only needed a point to qualify for the quarter-finals and raced into a 5-0 half-time lead, including a Manuel Curto hat-trick after Vieira de Freitas arrowed a shot from inside his own half over the keeper's head and into the net. Then the Lion Cubs launched an astonishing comeback with three goals in six minutes before Joel Nguemo made it 4-5 with two minutes left. In stoppage time Etoundi Mbia volleyed the equaliser Cameroon rattled the bar with a stoppage time effort that could have sent them through.
You will probably not need to be told that this is the highest-scoring game in Premier League history, or, as Richard Keys would have it, the highest-scoring game in history. Benjani bagged two in the opening 37 minutes before Stephen Hunt started the Royals' comeback and Dave Kitson levelled after David James came racing off his line. Quickfire strikes from Hermann Hreidarsson, Benjani, Nico Kranjcar and Shane Long and Ivar Ingimarsson (an own goal) kept the scoreboard operators busy. Sulley Muntari made it 7-3 with an injury time penalty before Nicky Shorey - who earlier missed a penalty that cost this match mythical 12-goal status - scored to complete a farcical second-half.
Borussia Moenchengladbach 12-0 Borussia Dortmund - 1978 Bundesliga
The final day of the 1977-78 season started with Moenchengladbach level on points with Cologne but 10 goals worse off on goal difference than their local rivals. They certainly gave it a go, as Jupp Heynckes scored a hat-trick inside 32 minutes and Moenchengladbach led 6-0 at half-time, while Cologne were just 1-0 up on already relegated St Pauli. Heynckes added a fourth while Carsten Nielsen and Kalle del Haye completed their braces to make it 9-0 with 25 minutes left while Cologne were only 2-0 up on the ultimate transistor radio afternoon. Both contenders scored three in the final quarter as Cologne ran out 5-0 winners to claim the title. Dortmund coach Otto Rehhagel was fired while his goalkeeper Peter Endrulat never played in the top-flight again.
AS Adema 149-0 SO l'Emyrne - Madagascan league, 2002
The final day of the 2002 season produced by far the biggest win in history. Remarkably, none of the Adema scored as Emyrne - the defending national champions, no less - netted own-goals at a rate that Jamie Carragher could only dream of. Farcical scenes ensued following a dispute with the referee that resulted in Emyrne coach Ratsimandresy Ratsarazaka ordering his players to put through their own net while the bemused Adema players looked on. The result did not please fans of Arbroath, whose 36-0 over Bon Accord was the previous record, and the Madagascan authorities were even less impressed, banning Ratsarazaka and four players.