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Team: Nottingham Forest

Where from: Nottingham

Favourite player: Joe Baker

Best team moment: So many but Ian Storey_Moore s winner v Everton 6th round FA cup 1967 3 2 . I was in the Trent End just behind the Everton goal

Interests: Football,Cricket, Rugby union and league, reading mainly English literature, history archaeology plus travel

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17 Sep 2017 22:40:51
Suggested team v Chelsea working on the premises that firstly we want to prioritise game v Villa on Saturday, secondly give our fringe players a run out and lastly to keep the score down to a respectable level to maintain our morale bearing in mind we won't see much of the ball in all probability I'd go 4231 with Henderson lichaj rb Hobbes ancients central and Fox left back, then 2 defensive midfielders Vaughn Bouchalakis (even risk young Edser if Vaughn not fit) then Ward (if fit) or Carayol left, Clough central and Cummings right with Velious up top subs walker, and a couple of the academy lads like Gomiz, Ahadomedvic? Mighten? Thoughts, fellow trickies?


1.) 17 Sep 2017 23:06:54
Think we could be in for a tonking Wednesday night.
Hazard will start apparently. MW will try and go toe to toe with them and I fear a cricket score.
Hope I'm wrong.

2.) 17 Sep 2017 23:11:46
Spellchecker alert Mancienne came out as "ancients" for some reason probably because of the ancient git typing it!

3.) 18 Sep 2017 16:22:54
I put a cheeky 10 on us doing Chelsea 2-1

4.) 19 Sep 2017 19:17:08
Lichaj Hobbs Fox Traore
Edser Vaughan
Carayol Clough Ward



01 Jun 2017 21:41:45
Well, that makes a refreshing change! Just read Mr Randalls open letter and am very very impressed! At last a brutally honest assessment of the dire straits our beloved Club is in and a realistic plan to get things back on track from a thoroughly reputable man that's not based on pure fantasy and propaganda. It's not going to be easy to stop the rot but as Mao said in a journey of a thousand miles you have to take the first step. So let's have patience fellow reds as we 're all in this for the long haul. I m particularly excited by the community, youth and fans participation, reduction in prices, promise of attractive passing football and living within our means. It's a lifeline for God's sake let's grab it! COYR!


1.) 02 Jun 2017 06:06:16
It sounds as though it will be one step back to get 2 steps forward i.e losing one or maybe two players to get on the straight and narrow (hope ok wrong) but if that happens how will the fans react at first? britt or Ben might go to help with ffp and before getting ahead of ourselves thinking big money will be spent let's keep level heads and accept that it will take time to sort th me club out.

2.) 02 Jun 2017 20:13:44
Flowing positivity from UTF again haha.



14 May 2017 12:47:25
Just thinking aloud but if Warbo wants a small, tight squad of about 22 I would suggest (assuming the likes of Lica, Perquis and Lam have no part in Warbos blueprint) the following names for debate thoughts and comments. Smith, Henderson, Lichaj, Traore, Fox, Mancienne, Mills, Worrall, Carayol, Arikiwi, Osbourne, Clough, Vaughn, Cohen, Cash, Edser, Ward, Assombonga Vellious and Bereton. Total 20.

Then decisions to be made on Grant, Hobbes, Pinillos and Yeats Total 24. That squad would be supported by the next wave of Academy products like Gabriel, Iaovetti, Gomis, Ahmedocovic? So he says a couple of quality signings perhaps to cater for Cohen and Vaughn s ageing legs and a bit of pace out wide? Thoughts?


1.) 14 May 2017 12:55:04
Edser, Aryibi, Grant and Cash probably aren't included in that 22 man squad that he wants and are extras.

Personally don't rate Mills and would like to see him replaced. Mancienne will be the starting centre back with a new partner. Will it be a back 3 or 4 though? Remains to be seen.

2.) 14 May 2017 14:36:58
Imo he will favour 3 at the back, so not sure if defence will be high on his shopping list, I would definitely keep Piniolis and then bring in some academy players into the fringe of the squad. If he could tempt a bit of quality from former clubs (Brentford and Rangers) then great, but I really don't think he needs to change alot, just needs to get the players performing.

3.) 14 May 2017 15:19:53
It'd be the first time he deviates from the 4-3-3 he has played at Brentford and Rangers. Not sure he will do that.

4.) 14 May 2017 17:52:34
I think there will be a few comings and goings in the summer hopefully MW will get a few new quality signings in to already add to what on paper is a decent squad I actually think and hopefully I'm totally wrong that Osborn and brereton will be sold to Newcastle and Liverpool but we'll see apparantly takeover to be totally completed by next weekend then we'll know exactly what's the path we'll be going hopefully to the premiership where we belong but its a long road ahead COYR.

5.) 14 May 2017 22:15:15
Why would cash not be in MWs 22?

6.) 14 May 2017 23:05:04
I think he is too rash to be a core first teamer. Is he any better than Grant?

7.) 15 May 2017 06:55:23
Because he is useless!

8.) 15 May 2017 19:36:45
Sorry didn't mean useless, I meant crap! My mistake.

9.) 15 May 2017 21:45:44
Nice to see the lad getting support in his first season.

10.) 16 May 2017 07:00:42
I would support him, if he was any good. Maybe one for the future but not now.



09 May 2017 15:52:53
Reasons to be cheerful part one (now the dust has settled! ) Firstly stating the obvious we are still in the Championship. If we had gone down I firmly believe Marinakos would have pulled out (despite what Paul Taylor was writing in the NEP) and FAH would have cut his losses and put us into administration. Also the budget wouldn't have stretched to a Director of Football so Mcparland would have been on his way followed by his mate Warbo plus all our best players. It makes me shudder to even think about it.

Secondly, Warbo will hit the ground running in pre season having had 9 games with players under the most intense pressure imaginable. He would have learnt a lot about this squad. Thirdly 5 of the 14 players involved v Ipswich were academy products, so the futures bright and I'm looking forward to the emergence of Edser, Grant, Yeats Gomis sect with a manager happy to give them a chance.

So, new owners let's get the Academy up to Grade A and support Brazil and Lester! It's our lifeline. Fourthly now that FAH is going we might get a proper structure in place and, who knows, we might get a CEO who actually knows how to run a football club! Lastly I'm going on me hols to New England! That's only indirectly related to Forest insofar as I need a break after all the bloody stress they've caused me this season.! COYR




07 May 2017 19:42:55
Ok just got home and got my heart rate back to normal! As Woody Allen said my heart is after all my second favourite organ! So, as Hotspur says in Henry 4 part one "from this nettle danger we pluck this flower safety". Great credit to the manager and to all the team with special mention to young Jordan for two world class saves don't know how he got as anywhere near the one he tipped onto the bar!

Britt, immense in the best sense of the word, Cohen and Ward simply outstanding and Vaughn really does have ice in his veins. The back 3 didn't put a foot wrong. By the way is there seriously anybody out there who believes Cohen, Ward and Vaughn don't merit new contracts? Now it's time for Fawaz to leave ASAP, get a CEO sorted and let Warbo and Mcparland work their rebuilding magic. COYR.


1.) 07 May 2017 21:09:24
I thought Britt was phenomenal second half today. After the 1st half where up top they looked like strangers him and Ward second half were cracking. Britts vision, passing and cracking trickery terrified them. Can't wait to see him next season after a break and some full pre season training.

Great second half and we live to fight again.

2.) 07 May 2017 21:17:24
Picked the right game to bring your son to
Another lifelong fan well done
Red is the colour forest is the name.

3.) 08 May 2017 08:33:23
Ward has 2 years left on his current contract, signed a 4 year contract when he joined.

4.) 08 May 2017 09:38:28
My boy loved his first game. Long trip for us but well worth it. I know Worral has made mistakes but he was a rock yesterday. Won everything in the air. The first goal changed it. Before that we sat too deep and let them play. When we pushed up we looked a good side. Vaugn got tackles in, Britt and Ward got in the game and Mills and Eric did well. Also got to mention our young keeper. Another player to get stick on hefe. Two outstanding saves at nil nil. Quality day for us reds but Warbo, s work starts today.

5.) 08 May 2017 11:43:13
Worral is only a youngster but he is a fantastic prospect, he will make mistakes but he also plays outstanding as well. What a save Jordan Smith turning point of the game.

6.) 08 May 2017 19:57:24
Be nice to get John terry here for a few season, s but we can all dream I remember him playing for us on loan what a signing he'd be playing with worrall now that is a player to learn your trade off, anyway have a good few weeks rest on here I'm sure we'll be debating soon.




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14 Oct 2017 17:09:31
Please Warbo play 4231 to start tomorrow, forget 3 at the back and put Mills on the bench! I'd go Smith, Tendiki Worrell Mancienne Traore, with Bridcutt and ideally Vaughn but realistically Bouchalakis (though Vaughn might manage 20 mins at the end) then ideally Wardy left (again realistically Osbourne or Carayol), McKay right and Cummins just behind Big Murphy. Later Dowell for Cummings and Lichaj for Tendiki push the latter to right wing depending on how Mckays doing. Gives us solidity and options. Thoughts?


1.) 14 Oct 2017 19:43:33
I’d like a 4-3-3
Darikwa Hobbs Worrall Traore
Bouchalakis Osbourne
Cummings McKay

2.) 14 Oct 2017 19:45:59
I'd never play McKay right and ward to be other way around,McKay has only played well left.
Think he'll play same side as against sheff Utd personally,

3.) 14 Oct 2017 21:55:05
Why would anyone want darikwa in their side on current form?
He's been a major probllem all season with his ball watching,clueless defender,but will start tomorow,Hobbs forget won't happen.

4.) 14 Oct 2017 23:15:28
We will only get a result tomorrow if we provide support for Murphy over 90 minutes and keep the pressure on Direby's back 4 so Murph can give that journeyman Keogh the runaround!

If we do that we are nailed on for a penalty. If he benches Darikwa and Mills we should then win at a canter otherwise we will need to score at least 2 to get a result?


5.) 15 Oct 2017 02:20:07
Keogh og.
Nailed on?
No worriesπŸ˜€



13 Oct 2017 20:19:40
Greetings fellow trickies! I was in Nottingham today to get my Burton tickets and went along to the very entertaining under 23 s game v Burnley. Vaughn gave an absolute masterclass in midfield. He didn't misplace a pass and he made dozens, whether 50 yards,20 or 5 and ran the game, won his tackles, tidied things up and he has that incredible ability to receive a ball with an opponent a yard away, turn on a sixpence and lay it off at pace. A wonderful display and it shows how much we 've missed him and will miss him when he retires. Cash was industrious but looked understandably rusty and a bit tentative at times, the goal he finished off was a thing of beauty with the ball zipped about at pace on the deck and had their lads chasing shadows. Edser worked hard and I love the way he plays with his head up, looking always to pass it or receive it. Our defenders looked comfortable on the ball and kept Takhi Wells quiet and you could Hendo barking out instructions to his young Defence throughout the match. All in all a good game and the icing on the cake for me was to meet Chris Cohen in the car park and have a chat about the big game on Sunday. He said the boys are up for it and can't wait for it, very positive. What a great bloke and a thoroughly decent human being, no airs and graces, a credit to the Club and himself. Get fit soon Skipper!




11 Oct 2017 20:15:35
With apologies in advance, my prayer before we go into battle on Sunday to "The God of Football";

Our legend, who art in Heaven,
Cloughie be thy name
Our promotion come
Thy will be done
In Nottingham as it is in Heaven
Give us on Sunday
Our deserved three points
And forgive us our pitch invasions
As we forgive those who invade our pitch against us
And lead Warbo not into the temptation
Of playing three at the back
But deliver us from the evil
Of reinstating Mills
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the European Cup glory
Forest forever and forever Amen.


1.) 11 Oct 2017 22:05:23
I'll have to try a pint of that stokey.

2.) 12 Oct 2017 09:45:37
Just another game in a long season in which we will need to score at least 2 to get a result unless Warbo picks his best defenders?

Its been a long time since we have had a classic game of football in this fixture with the games following a similar pattern of nervous energy, containment and frantic defending.

Let's hope Warbo gets them on their A game, a high tempo and a couple of early goals to send us on our way?

3.) 12 Oct 2017 16:41:10
Well done Stokey!!!

4.) 13 Oct 2017 14:28:03
Here!!! Stokey??? can't believe you got 5 dislikes??? "It's unbelievable Jeff!!!"

5.) 13 Oct 2017 17:55:51
Onlywayisup were going to win a lot of tough games this season starting with the sheep Vaughan back just in time hopefully we can be sniffing round the top 10 come Xmas if we are expect a lot more investment come the January window exciting times for a change.

6.) 13 Oct 2017 17:56:03
2 days to go looks like Vaughan and cash not going to be in team as playing for under 23s but I think our team is more than good enough to beat the sheep.



01 Oct 2017 14:08:55
First of all great and much needed win yesterday great team effort. Secondly we looked much happier playing 442 so please Warbo keep it simple no more so called sexy 3 at the back and wing backs then changing it when it's not working (again )! Thirdly is Warbo softening a bit in his rigid passing philosophy? In the press conference he said players were guilty of "overplaying" it at the back which is a hopefully a sign that's he's realised that it's safer and more effective to zip it around in their half rather than ours and has the added bonus that it's much better for my heart rate and stress levels which were sky high yesterday! Overall though well done you reds!


1.) 01 Oct 2017 14:18:30
Stokey we played three at the back and wing backs first half and 451 second.

2.) 01 Oct 2017 14:47:10
Yes that's my point FF we looked much more solid with 4 at the back than 3 in a shakey first half, much better 2nd half. In front of the back 4 I thought it was a compact 442 when attacking switching to 451 when out of possesion at least until Cummings was subbed. Would love to have Eddie Jones England rugby coach visit the City Ground and explain that although it's a different sport the best teams kick for territory then play wonderful attacking rugby in the opponents half rather than our own! You never saw a Clough team dicking about with the ball around our penalty area!

3.) 01 Oct 2017 19:08:45
Stokey, I think you sum up the situation perfectly!

Sheff Utd had more possession proving its what you do when you have possession that counts and how you defend as a team without it rather than an obsession with "looking after the ball" just for the sake of controlling possession?

Onwards and upwards

4.) 01 Oct 2017 21:04:19
Redinexile. So true, if the players are trying to keep the ball in order to just stop the opposition having it the players are going to have their minds go numb, but if they are urged to get the ball in the oppositions half with lots of movement, pace, and accuracy of passing their minds remain sharp.

5.) 01 Oct 2017 22:18:21
I can see a "simple minds" song coming on.
"Don't you forget about me"
"Alive and kicking"πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

6.) 02 Oct 2017 10:48:09
That is what Murphy has been singing to the lads in some games.



19 Aug 2017 20:07:04
Well, I've got to eat my somewhat apprehensive pre match words fellow trickiest, we actually looked reasonably comfortable against a much vaunted, expensively assembled Middlesborough team. I did say we would need a bit of luck and Britts 3 missed chances certainly helped the cause. Hats off to Warbo he worked out that Britt and Bamford don't track back much and therefore we outnumbered and stifled them in midfield and hit them with slick quick passing. Great performance all round, Wozza had Britt mostly in his pocket and the much maligned Mills gave as much as he got against Gestade. Smith is turning into a top class keeper and McKay, Big Murph and young Dowell were a thorn in the side all afternoon. Fingers crossed for Vaughny and Traore their injuries didn't look good. As for silencing the crowd Bamford, dream on dreamer! Was disappointed with Britts attitude generally especially when he got frustrated later on. Generally superb team display, great tactics Warbo and onwards and upwards! COYR!


1.) 19 Aug 2017 20:41:34
Nice one stokey think we have a lot of positivity through the team and now the fans it's going to be a good season of football which as been a long time coming.

2.) 19 Aug 2017 22:14:02
Could not make the game today but Stokey's report confirms that the team is more important than the individual parts.

Bamford does not seem hungry enough to be a top player and Britt while having an eye for goal is not a team player and needs to play off a proper centre forward.

Murphy is now our main man and is the best Number 9 we have had in years with young players that will learn to play off him and Vellios?




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23 Sep 2017 12:47:33
I'm amazed Warbo s game plan v Chelsea was to try to out pass a n d out football them. It must have been like the Charge of the Light Brigade heroic but suicidal! As one French general watching at the brave 600 said "C est magnifique mais ne c est pas last guerre" ie it's magnificent but it's not the right way to fight a battle" against impossible odds! So come on Warbo give the lads a bloody chance and be more dogged and pragmatic!




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17 Sep 2017 23:11:46
Spellchecker alert Mancienne came out as "ancients" for some reason probably because of the ancient git typing it!




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31 Aug 2017 18:58:50
Slowly clearing out Fawazs rubbish! Taxi for Lica!!!




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28 Aug 2017 10:34:43
Good because in my opinion we don't need a goalkeeper,Smith is excellent and will get better with Henderson and Evtimov entirely adequate at this level as back up. Thanks for update Denmark I guess some negotiations just don't come off!




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31 Jul 2017 20:46:58
Disappointed that Edsers not on the squad list I really rate him. I would think Evtimov will go out on loan when Henderson's fit and perhaps Kyle Walker leaving a 24 man squad.





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15 Oct 2017 22:22:52
Just as an afterthought,Dyches Burnley are 7th in the premiership with one defeat in 8 games and have conceded 6 goals.Their back 4 have been unchanged all season.Could there be a link there Warbo perhaps?




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15 Oct 2017 22:19:04
Just a few thoughts having watched today's game on Sly. Firstly,Murphy looked knackered so why not have Vellious on the bench as standby at least? Secondly,not much pace in the side except for McKay so again Carayol on the bench? Thirdly,great to see Ward and Lichaj back.Fourthly we 'll be better now Vaughnys back hopefully next week.Lastly,why no Hobbes,best centre back we 've got and whilst he's fit we should play him alongside Mancienne or Worrall.Puzzled,concerned but still supporting Warbo (just!). Burton becomes a must win game I think.




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02 Oct 2017 17:29:00
Ha ha very funny Sutton,brilliant!




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01 Oct 2017 23:01:52
Had to laugh at that one FF! Worst chuffing corner I've ever seen in 50 years at any level!




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01 Oct 2017 22:56:57
Brilliant "blood pressure" post Rogie very funny! Mine goes through the roof whenever we are "taking care of the ball" near our penalty area!