Q – How long have you been following Forest and what was your first game?
I have been a Red now for around 26 years, my dad brought me my first kit when I was about 7, however I religiously wore his yellow long sleeved 1978/79 (I believe that is the right year) shirt that was about three sizes too long for me. I was the only kid back in those days to wear that shirt, I thought I was cool as fook in it, however others may have thought different?. Incidentally a lot of kids wore Forest shirts back in those days unlike now, just a point with noting. My first game, I can remember answering this question before, but I`m sure it was Wimbledon at home, about 1987?. Could be wrong, I remember my dad losing patience with me cause I was one of those kids of a quids type, always wanting food, or the toilet. I went to a few in the late eighties but can`t remember them off the top of my head, got the programmes which are probably buried amongst suspect socks under my bed back at my mums house. Up until my Dad died in ’94 I went to quite a few games but lost my way a bit and subsequently my love for going to see Forest as opposed to supporting them if you get my meaning. Never stopped supporting Forest, but as I got older I clambered onto any memory of my dad and found that the match day experience is what kept keeps me close to him and never looked back since.
Q – What are your most memorable moments as a Forest fan? Good and Bad.
Good question that, quite a few come to mind but I`d say purely for emotion and lasting memory, two spring to mind, Des Walker scoring against Luton because that was the first day I had a pint of beer, I can remember being slightly under age sat in the Avery, “here you go son, beer shandy, but don`t tell ya mam.” Like fook it was. This was also my first experience of tasting the Trent End. Normally my dad would drop me off in the Junior Red section while he immersed himself in the stand I used to find myself watching more than the game it`s self. Cramped in the corner out of harm`s way, and peering though the metal fencing?. in coming?.. a header for Walker, fantastic moment. The Littlewoods Cup Final was also quite memorable for me, seeing so many Forest fans together all as one, every single likeminded person all wanting the same thing and feeling same kind of love as yourself? you can`t buy that feeling (bit like the other night against Pool, scarves aloft during our anthem, I`m welling up now.) Oh, West Ham at Villa Park was another, 4.0 win that took us to the final.. I remember watching the Hammer fans sing for 90 minutes.
Q – Since you have been following Forest, what would your best eleven be? And who is your all time favourite player?
Peter Shilton, Brian Laws, Stuart Pearce, Des Walker, Michael Dawson, Roy Keane, Lars Bohinen, Andy Reid, Steve Stone, Lee Chapman & Stan Colleymore.
Q – In your opinion, what is the best goal you have seen Forest score?
Pearce away at Man U, free kick, must have been about 45 yards out, then Clough went and did it at the other end in the second half I believe.
Q – Best and worst away ground visited?
The best would have to be the Old Wembley, I remember my old man saying to me, “wait till you get to the top of those stairs,” before peering over the pitch at what seemed to be 10 miles up from the pitch prior to our win over Oldham back in 1990. He was right, completely took my breath away, amazing moment. There are worse grounds than Barnsley but simply because they are stuck in a time warp, I`d have to say them. I don`t think I have encountered a beast like that lot and never look like doing again. Some of the rotters there give me the willies, if they do not have incestuous tendencies then I`m Josef Fritzl. It`s grim up North, you don`t fooking say!
Q – What are your thoughts on the proposed new stadium?
As much as I love the City Ground, in order for us to progress as a club and move forward we need to move with the times. I wouldn`t much fancy a ground looking like Helen Road, but would love to see the new ground built where we currently reside. It will be a sad day when the inevitable happens but let`s be honest here, the facilities at Forest compared to other clubs who you`d think we`d be looking down upon are atrocious? The amount of money we are losing on a match day is scary? why do I always have an urge to make a cow noise when walking to the toilets or bar at half time? Say no more!
Q- Which player(s) would you like to see us sign this summer(realistically)?
Pratley would be my first target, perfect replacement/backup for Mckenna who incidentally looked so, so out of condition when he came back, it didn`t even look like Paul Mckenna, was he an illusion by any chance, pardon the pun? Sonko would be a good shout. I also Like Hobbs at Fester, would be a shrewd signing if we could get him?.Your guess is as good as mine for left back but it won`t be Shorey, but I know one thing, I don`t want that Spurr fella because contrary to popular belief, he is gash. In an ideal world Bennett will be back and will have a solid season, however a Left Back is a must considering the charade we`ve witnessed this season. Boyd would have been a good shout for the left wing which evidently needs filling, but sadly it doesn`t look like being him. I`ll be honest and say it`s hard to think of targets when so much uncertainly is looming around us at the moment, the best season in 10 and still it ended with headlines, only at Forest eh?
Q – All seater stadia. Good thing, or a bad thing?
Not keen, I fear the aim is to make football like Rugby and opposing fans to sit side by side during all games and wave those great big annoying hands like we all Americans at a Baseball game. No, it`s not for me; I`m in favour of a segregated area with a state of the art standing area, just like in the 70`s. *currently smiling*
Q – What are your thoughts on how Forest did last season and how did it compare to your expectations?
Considering we were relegation fodder and certain to go down under Calderwood, I can`t complain with where we finished. I had a quiet feeling that this season was going to end in a Play Off position; I couldn`t help but look at Billy`s previous record and think we would be having some of the same.
Q – What League position will Forest occupy at the end of the 2010/11 season?
That`s a hard one to ask, if Billy is still here then who knows, depends on what Billy we get I guess, what type of investment is put in, and what players leave? Harmony is the key ingredient and Billy`s the one who controls that while he`s here. If new manager comes in I think a top 10 is a fair standing.
Q – What’s your opinion of Billy Davies and what he’s done at NFFC, since his arrival?
When Billy came to this football club I was quick to question his appointment, but any doubts were quickly dispelled when he managed to steer us away from relegation. That was quite an achievement considering how disjointed we looked under Calderwood. Had that of been any other manager who came in at that time I`m not convinced we would have stayed up? Some outstanding loans and solid tactics kept us up, no doubt about it. More of the same in the summer, and with Billy saying positive things, wanting a 10 year contract (tongue in cheek) I was left convinced we were onto something special, if not this season then next. However with the sour ending to the season, Billy`s constant snipes at the board, and not ruling himself out of jobs, those feelings I had have now faded somewhat. Although Billy has got things right most of the time on the pitch however his tactics for the Play Offs, have still left me thinking “what the hell was that all about?”
Q- Acquisitions Panel. Good thing or bad?
Q – Where do you sit/stand at the City Ground?
P block, Upper Clough, smack behind a metal railing which obscures my view but on the end, so to make a quick toilet or bar exit when needed. However moving to Trent End next season so am open to suggestions?
Q – Name the celebrity you would most like to bang.
Keeley Hawes, (Ashes to Ashes) and it`s a shame she isn`t one because I`d have paid up by now.
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