East Midlands' sporting year in pictures 31 Dec 2013 From the section England Share this page Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/sport/25350012 Read more about sharing. The East Midlands' sporting year began with a bang when Alex McLeish left Nottingham Forest after only 40 days as the team's manager. Days later Billy Davies returned to the club as the new boss. In April, Leicester City reached the Championship play-offs but were beaten by Watford in the semi-finals. Anthony Knockaert (player on the ground) had his penalty saved in injury time and the Hornets scored seconds later to secure their place at Wembley. Leicester Tigers fared better than the city's football team, winning the Premiership final against Northampton Saints in May. It was their ninth successive appearance in the final. In April, the Nottingham Panthers won all three trophies on offer in the Elite League. Corey Nielsen's side are pictured celebrating clinching the play-offs to complete the treble for the first time. The Milk Race returned to the cycling calendar, after a 20-year absence, in May. Nottingham hosted the race with Olympic gold medallist Dani King winning the women's event. Felix English won the men's race. In July, Ashes cricket returned to Trent Bridge in Nottingham. A thrilling Test match saw England beat Australia by 14 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Lincoln Ladies players Sophie Bradley and Casey Stoney represented England in Euro 2013 in July. But the duo, along with club colleagues Karen Bardsley and Jess Clarke, could not help England advance from the group stage. In October, The Lady Imps lost to Arsenal Ladies in the FA WSL Continental Cup final. Nottinghamshire and England bowler Stuart Broad claimed the final wicket to seal victory against Glamorgan in the YB40 final at Lord's in September. Nottingham's paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead completed his challenge of finishing 40 marathons in 40 days, in September. In September, Derby County manager Nigel Clough was sacked following a defeat against Nottingham Forest. Former England boss and ex-Rams coach and player Steve McClaren took over days later. In November, Nottingham's Carl Froch retained his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles with a ninth-round stoppage of George Groves in Manchester. Groves floored Froch in the first round but the champion fought back.