Coronavirus: Q&A with fellow Championship clubs (PART 1)

If the season had continued as normal, I wonder what would have happened last Saturday? Interestingly, there was a Football Manager simulation of how the final day may have played out. With Forest seemingly doing a typical Forest and missing a golden opportunity. We ended up finishing 3rd, 1 point of 2nd with Nuno Da […]

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Derby Day Tales: Benny scored a goal in injury time, an alternative view. (Part V)

It’s what should have been match day, the biggest match day of the season. We would be putting our well versed pre match plans into place. Meeting for breakfast and a pint at some ungodly hour, sorting some train cans for the short journey, and quadruple checking you have got the match tickets, don’t forget the […]

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Derby Day Tales: CAUGHT ON CAMERA (Part IV)

Welcome to the latest in our series of Derby Day Tales. This is the second part of our short stories submitted by our fellow Reds. Take a moment and enjoy… Anthony Wood – Derby 0 Forest 2, Saturday 20th January 1990  Aged 15 and I was a season ticket holder in the old Trent end […]

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Derby Day Tales: Flying bricks, flying sheep heads and flying the flag (Part II)

These games have a habit of getting under the skin. They can produce ecstasy or anguish, joy or woe. They can define a season or even a career and they conjure up the most irrational hatred. Many lay claim to having a rivalry with us. The thing is, we just aren’t that interested in anyone […]

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Derby Day Tales: MAGGOTS! (Part I)

When I see Ben Osborn, I just think maggots! To a psychoneurotic boffin of football fandom, this was the sort of moment I had fantasised about for years. I had envisaged, and re-envisaged it, over and over again in my mind. I would keep re-imagining it, and then subtly changing the iconography of it. And […]

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Derby Day Tales: BRAGGING RIGHTS

Whether it’s Year 10 v Year 11 on the school playing field, England v Germany in the world cup finals, or Forest v Derby in the championship. Games against your rivals mean significantly more than just the points on offer. They’re an opportunity to be granted permission by all to have an extra spring in […]

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Derby Day Tales: THE FIRST TIME (Part III)

My first East Midlands derby took place in our last season in the top flight. If you need some context to make you shudder, Tony Dorigo scored against us for Derby. If you are unsure who Tony Dorigo is then it only reinforces the point that it was a long, long time ago. I’d started […]

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FOREST AWAY: Sheffield Wednesday, Saturday 14th March

“It is a strange paradox that while the grief of football fans (and it is real grief) is private – we each have an individual relationship with our clubs. We are secretly convinced that none of the other fans understands quite why we have been hit harder than anyone else.” (Nick Hornby, Fever Pitch) Just […]

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FOREST AWAY: Middlesbrough, Monday 2nd March

These games only get bigger and more important. For a team that has developed a nasty habit of careering off the rails when optimism it at its peak, the task in Middlesbrough is simple. Win. (Albeit a draw would hardly be a disaster). The top two is a stretch but still in our grasp if […]

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FOREST AWAY: Cardiff, Tuesday 25th February

I’m going to be honest, I’ve not been looking forward to this one. I just know at about 2am on Wednesday morning a car full of us is going to be stuck on the M6 navigating our way around the 14th set of roadworks. Still, 3 points always sooths the pain. Here’s hoping. It’s also […]

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