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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

Timezone: (GMT) London

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04 Oct 2020 08:53:19
From my daughter Sabris gone. More to follow.


1.) 04 Oct 2020 10:29:02
My daughter is NFFC Academy and Womenโ€™s physio, about to get on the coach to play Stoke City Women Kick off 2pm. Itโ€™s common knowledge, Sabri has gone announcement later today.

2.) 04 Oct 2020 11:52:10
Women kick off all the time not just at 2pm. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ.

3.) 04 Oct 2020 12:35:15
Love it ff79๐Ÿ˜‚.

4.) 04 Oct 2020 12:40:11

5.) 04 Oct 2020 20:19:25
Havenโ€™t seen anything regarding sabri being given the boot yet?



01 Mar 2019 08:56:31
Just a couple of bits of gossip fellow Reds! My daughter is Leicester City Academy physio and was at the under 23 game yesterday. Firstly, high praise for the conduct of MON, Keeno and Chris Cohen, gentlemen all, very friendly and aporoachable, especially when s he told them we were passionate Forest fans. A Leicester lad got a bad knock and they expressed their concern as to his welfare and clearly took a great interest in the lads despite the atrocious weather, so well done. Secondly, word is Leicesters dreadful helicopter disaster did us a favour because they were definitely going to sack Puell and get MON back then but decided it wouldn't look good! Lastly, chatting to the Forest Academy lads afterwards about Karanka they said towards the end of his tenure he hardly went to training at all and when he did he gave no input and just stood on his own on the touchline. Very odd!


1.) 01 Mar 2019 14:36:19
Good info Stokey.

2.) 01 Mar 2019 18:56:03
Nice one stokey๐Ÿ‘

3.) 01 Mar 2019 21:28:56
Welcome back stokey,I know you didn't like karanka going,but it was his choice and the owners can't be blamed for it and now they are going to build us a fine new stand,it's all good.
It's quite funny really because if karanka left because of the DOF appointment then marinakis has been proved right in bringing him in with the best centre backs we've signed for many years.

4.) 02 Mar 2019 11:33:05
It certainly seems like fate has intervened to bring the whole Forest family together and make us stronger. Delighted to see and hear the fans at home are raising the roof for the run in as its now about small margins and we all need to stick together and get behind the lads!

5.) 02 Mar 2019 11:42:20
Agreed red hope we have turned the corner possible playoffs the ground being upgraded happy days spare five seconds to the sadpies looks like they are going out of business!no sympathy from me for hardy



12 Jan 2019 22:05:06
Well that's the players response to Karanka leaving! Glad you saw that Marinakis great job! So the New manager will inherit a right crock (and no available central defenders! ) Forget playoffs! Great job well done!




01 Jan 2019 23:11:34
Just a few points from Leeds game.

One. The team want to play for Karanka

Two. It would be extremely foolish and counter productive to sack him at this crucial stage of the season.

Three. Leeds are a superb side under a brilliant coach. Even with 10 men they attacked and looked sharper than us in all departments. But its extremely difficult to play at that tempo for 90 minutes and we cashed in at the end as they tired. I hate to say it but I fancy Leeds to go up automatically.

Four. Karanka managed a difficult situation superbly with a disrupted back four, no Grabban and with Likely a passenger. Bringing in Benny was a masterstroke, the last thing a tiring team want is him buzzing around.

Lastly, the foul leading to the straight Red was bad but only as bad as the one on Pants by the Millwall lad which led to a yellow only. By the way can somebody find a way to dissolve the superglue which sticks Pants to his line?

Coyr! Let's get behind Karanka and the boys.


1.) 02 Jan 2019 00:32:51
karankas got that, its called your out the team mate.

2.) 02 Jan 2019 15:01:36
After the great reception ak got i think the club chairman should say weather there is any truth that the manager is going or staying after all i think the supporters need to know what happend to keeping ing touch with fans that was promised?



11 Aug 2018 23:20:14
Don't worry fellow trickies we were playing a team that were well organized had had 8 days rest as opposed to our 3 days after high intensity games v Wba and Bristol City. I thought Geddy, Grabba, Carvalho and Dias particularly were running on empty but luckily Colback, Fox (immaculate today), Figgy Darikwa, and the subs Soundani and Cash stepped up to the plate to cover for their tired colleagues. I'm a fan of Benny Osbourne but he's not a left back (too small and lacks pace) and he will cost us goals over the season. So give the boys a rest and team for Bury should be Smith, Byrom, Watson, Dawson, Bridcutt, Brereton, Worrall, Heffer, supplemented by a few academy lads like Yates, Gomis etc. Great result today against a fresh team.


1.) 12 Aug 2018 09:51:27
Agreed Stokey,completely different 11 for Bury.Give the new boys a run out.Maybe try 3 at the back.Give Brereton and Soudani 90 mins as well.




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20 Oct 2021 17:30:56
Apparently there were 26 consecutive passes by the Reds before Johnson finished it off against Blackpool! Patient attractive football before Worrall s super long pass and Spennos pace before Johnson's finish!




19 Oct 2021 22:39:17
Unbelievable Jeff! What's going on? Same players but a different team! Great subs again from SC! Love it, love it, love it! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.




14 Oct 2021 21:06:06
Looking at the squad, at present it numbers 34. If these, Bong and Jenks will be in their way and promising youngsters like Konate, Richardson, Swann and Harbottle will continue their development with the Under 23s prior to loans to lower division teams. Tutu won't be off Arsenals treatment table anytime soon. I think Cafu and Carvalho will be surplus to requirements. That leaves 25 including 3 goalkeepers and 22 outfield players which is about the optimum size.
It would be a good squad with youngsters Fornah, Johnson, Fernandes, Back and Mbe Soh fed into the first team backed with a few old pros like Grabban, Colback and Taylor. That's my analysis and IMO opinion with Cooperman developing the Academy lads it's good enough for top six.
What do you think fellow Reds? I've got my little tin hat on so am prepared for incoming fire!


1.) 15 Oct 2021 10:55:50
I think your right stokey, we have a better squad than most in this league barring maybe three.
As we see most seasons there are always clubs challenging at the top end of the table with what looks on paper a weak squad.
I really believe we will be up there this season as the one thing we have now 8s pace in the side and a very positive approach to the game which has been lacking since marinakis took over.

2.) 15 Oct 2021 11:44:00
Should have read โ€œ Of these, Bong and Jenks will be on their wayโ€.
That squad would look very balanced IMO FF.
so, 3 goalkeepers Samba, Horvath and Smith.
2 right backs Back and Lowe, 2 left backs, Spence and Drager all attack minded and quick.
6 Centre Backs, McKenna Worrall Figueiredo Mbe Soh Ely and Baba Fernandez, the latter 3 comfortable on the ball, the former 3 old fashioned stoppers which gives options to SC.
Wide men Lolley, Zinc, Mighten and Johnson lots of pace and guile there.
Central midfielders Yates, Garner, Colback, Ojeda, Fornah
Central strikers Silva, Grabban and Taylor.
7 out of 22 Academy products and the average age of the squad is young also as per our CEO s strategy.
Plus a few more Academy products waiting in the wings?

3.) 15 Oct 2021 12:58:07
With cooper hes also shown he's prepared to play without a striker aswell so lots of players capable of swapping positions, which is a game changer during games aswell instead of having to make subs to change things.
It's the most positive I've been in years that we are on the right road with Cooper, also unlike previous coaches he's only bought in his right-hand man and not made wholesale changes to the coaching staff.
Looking forward to the game tomorrow.

4.) 15 Oct 2021 16:39:32
Good posts Ff and good points made. Also it would actually be 8 out of 22 Academy products forgot about Jordan Smith.



10 Oct 2021 11:38:46
Whilst it's quiet atm I was mulling over Steve Coopers ideas about encouraging his players to use their initiative on the field in stark contrast to CH a rigid drilling and repressive defensive set up.
I am struck by how the great successful military commanders throughout history have encouraged SC s approach, realising that all detailed plans get scrapped once the action starts. It then devolves to junior commanders showing flexibility in the heat of battle, within some general guidelines.
One thinks of Nelson telling his Officers " No captain can do wrong who lays his ship alongside an enemy" ( knowing that at close quarters superior British seamanship and gunnery would prove decisive)
Likewise both Wellington and Napoleon told junior commanders if in doubt then March to wardsthe sound of the guns.
Montgomery at Alamein told his troops to engage in days or even weeks of "hard pounding" knowing that the Germans had supply problems and would eventually run out of fuel and ammunition ( as he had carefully stockpiled and ignored Churchill's urging s to get into battle with Rommel quickly) .
Also I like SC s ideas of keeping it simple and not overloading his players ( who equate to junior commanders) with information. As the great American Civil War commander Bedford Forrest said tactics in war amount to just " Get there fastest with the mostest". Like Spences goal against Brum we broke and had more attackers in their box than they had defenders.
As usual the last word lies with Cloughie. " It's not tactics that you matches it's having good players ".
Hope you haven't all nodded off! Thoughts?


1.) 10 Oct 2021 13:44:27
Nice post stokey ๐Ÿ‘.

2.) 10 Oct 2021 14:12:22
Confidence is a big factor, Cooper builds his players up. Not the opposition, the change is remarkable. I hope this togetherness continues with the players and coach.

3.) 10 Oct 2021 14:32:08
Yep good post stokeyred l like the way you look at football tactics and management being similar to battlefield tactics. sounds like you could have some military experience in the past or was it just the police force for you, my uncle was also a police officer in Nottinghamshire.
I suppose to work in the police force you have to be tactically aware like yourselfโ€ฆโ€ฆgreat post ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟโœŒ๏ธ
I always thought Brian Clough could become a great general and commander, like he was for Forest.

4.) 10 Oct 2021 18:24:12
Maybe that's why we beat Cologne, and Hamburg!

5.) 10 Oct 2021 18:53:00
Great post Stokey๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป.

6.) 10 Oct 2021 19:40:48
StokeyRed, what inspiration did Charles use against the Dutch in 1667 in the Thames estuary at Medway, it would have to have some speech to lift the lads from that.

7.) 10 Oct 2021 20:10:17
Good one stokey as you wouldn't want to be in the trenches with hughton commanding.
Sit still lads, they won't break our defences.

8.) 10 Oct 2021 21:19:24
Hahahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ luv it 79, blackadder.

9.) 10 Oct 2021 22:21:10
Whoops our defence has been breached, fall back lads we will attack at the last minute ๐Ÿ˜.

10.) 11 Oct 2021 16:20:07
Many thanks for all your kind comments fellow Reds. I have no military background but am a voracious book reader and will read anything but am particularly interested in history and the battles that change history. I have dragged both my wives and family around many battlefields such as Waterloo, Flodden, Normandy and Verdun and we did have a holiday booked to Savannah and Charleston, part of which was to have a tour of the Great American Civil Wat sites but the c.v. put paid to that .!
1951 Charles pep talk would have been difficult as he was to blame in spaffiing the countryโ€™s taxes on his mistresses and royal life style rather than bolstering the Chatham defences. The Dutch even towed away the our flagship! Talk about taking the p@@! . It was a bit unsporting of the Dutch as we were in a truce and having peace talks at the time.
Forester, I donโ€™t know if your Uncles and my paths crossed mate. I served from 1979 to 2009 and worked Bulwell, Hucknall, Hyson Green, Broxtowe and the City Centre and finished up as a Custody Sgt at the Bridewell next to the Magistrates Courts.

11.) 11 Oct 2021 20:25:14
You've got two wives?
Blimey your glutton for punishment ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ.

12.) 11 Oct 2021 21:00:31

13.) 11 Oct 2021 21:25:18
Don't need to take my missus to a battlefield she can make her own๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ.

14.) 15 Oct 2021 13:17:20
Not sure which district or town he served for stokeyred but I will try to find out.



02 Oct 2021 22:23:23
Bit of breathing space now fellow Reds, 3 points and 7 goal difference clear. Let's just keep our feet on the floor, build a bit of a run, get to mid table and see where we are at Christmas. So far so good super cooper. Keep the faith band of brothers! Coyr! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป.





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17 Sep 2021 11:06:29
Tomo, mate, sadly without Marinakos there wouldnโ€™t be Forest to support . Weโ€™d be defunct except for some glorious pages in the history books. Sometimes you have to sup with the devil to survive. ๐Ÿ˜•.




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18 Aug 2021 11:21:46
Letโ€™s not forget the brilliant job Bobby Zamora did for us. Didnโ€™t cost us a penny either! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.




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15 May 2021 10:30:40
I predict Kyle Taylor will come good given a run of games. Heโ€™s got a difficult job atm with being the lone striker and woeful midfield support.




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29 Apr 2021 10:02:03
Definately no to me on Patterson and Britt. Get rid of Ameobi, Colback, Bachirou, Arter, Freeman, Grabban, Bong, Jenkinson, Murray, Dawson (coaching role), Sow possibly after medical review, Samba (too inconsistent) . Core of the team Worrall, Christie, McKenna, Mighten, Ribeiro, Blackett, Figgy, Taylor ) who will come good, Lolley if fitness proved, Yates, Garner back if possible, Johnson recalled, Cavalho get rid, Kronovic sign up, Knockeart get rid. That leaves a tight squad supplemented by hungry young prospects from the lower leagues. A lot of dead wood to go but emphasis on quality not quantity. Most of all reform the scouting recruitment side of things and actually see what the manager wants! ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก.




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20 Oct 2021 21:24:07
Sorry Redbrad spell checker changed it to Redhead.! I agree things can change and Fulham this Sunday will see where we are in the scheme of things.




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20 Oct 2021 21:21:25
Retford, my daughter has met Lyle Taylor a few times when heโ€™s been to see Forest women play and raise cancer awareness in connection with his charity work. She says he a top man and really nice bloke. Iโ€™m pleased for him, itโ€™s early days but I always said heโ€™s come good under a decent coach.




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20 Oct 2021 17:20:13
Redhead, mate, what if heโ€™s not the Messiah just a very naughty boy?




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20 Oct 2021 11:29:11
Ff, I think the fitness levels data will be skewed after Djed Spence threw his shirt into the crowd at the end complete with GPS tracker. This will show the analysts this morning that after the game Spenno ran back to Nottingham up the M5! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.




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17 Oct 2021 18:29:42
I have to respectfully disagree Ff. I watched McGovern often and he did a lot of the dirty, unseen and unglamorous work which allowed the more gifted players like Robbo to thrive. Every great architect somewhere along the line needs a Hod carrier and Cloughie never asked a player to do what he was incapable of doing. That was why he was one of the greats and why he trusted McGovern to do what he did week in week out.