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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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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 stokey👍

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.



11 Feb 2018 13:56:37
Well fellow trickies, these are dark days indeed! I got caught in the queue on the A50 yesterday and missed the first 20 minutes and by the end of the game I wished I'd missed the next 70 as well! I think it was Einstein who said it's the height of scientific folly / madness to keep doing the same things and expect a different outcome.

The bulk of the team (and I'm not talking about Tomlin here) were the same as the crew who took part in the Preston, Sheffield Wednesday, Hull in the cup disasters! So for me it's; drop Mancienne, Fox, Dowell for starters and bring in the newbies, fit or not, like Watson and the new centre back and left back plus a bit of zip down the wings with Lolley and the Ex fulham winger.

Osbourne is wasted on the wing with his lack of pace. Only Cashy and Colback deserve to keep their place on yesterday's performance, Tomlin looked good but clearly not fit, Vellious isolated and don't even get me started on conceding a headed goal inside the six yard box from a corner with a 6 ft 8 goalie! I think we'll stay up but it's time for some drastic surgery!


1.) 11 Feb 2018 14:24:07
Think you are spot on with your analysis of yesterday's woeful effort, the only addition I would include would be two up front. Having said that to be fair to Vellios, we gave him no service and twice zero is still zero!

2.) 11 Feb 2018 15:34:37
is there a clause in Dowell's contract that he has to play?
He was woeful yesterday but played the whole game
AK says changes will be made so Saturday at 2 o'clock will be interesting when the team is announced

3.) 11 Feb 2018 16:05:51
Dowell has been the worst player in the team for the last 8 games or so. If there is a clause that states he has to play every game then send him back to Everton

4.) 11 Feb 2018 16:42:01
got to agree Pc76, they raved about him when he bagged 3 against Hull at tgeolir place but done very little since
New players in so let him go and save a few quid

5.) 11 Feb 2018 17:54:27
Stoked, agree but Osborn is dire ste the minute

6.) 12 Feb 2018 08:50:49
The best game Osborn played for Forest was off the striker why not try again.




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07 Apr 2019 10:33:04
Wrong tactics, team selection, formation.
Did MON not watch video of Derby s demolition of Rotherham last week? Played it at pace ON THE CHUFFING deck a la OBE! Team is set up for 4231 if MON wants to experiment do it in pre season not now! Robinson (height) better than Osbourne, Yacoub better than Watson, Milosovic better than either Wague or Benuloane, Cavalho better than Murphy, anybody better than Pants!




03 Apr 2019 10:56:25
Well done Vicky McClure for insisting on the Forest mugs being front of frame in Line of Duty! I spotted them straight away! Mind you I had to laugh at the opening sequence where the heavily armed Police convoy transporting drugs is ambushed by the baddies! Back in the day we used to periodically
Chuck all the seized controlled drugs in the boot and back seats of the beat up old CID Ford Escort and tootle off unarmed and unescorted to Eastcrofts and consign it all to the flames!


1.) 03 Apr 2019 15:26:35
Thought Vicky was a notts fan

2.) 03 Apr 2019 16:01:27
Yep. Life long.Maybe she would benefit from some therapy!

3.) 03 Apr 2019 18:04:09
Stevie - that has completely ruined it for me 😕

4.) 04 Apr 2019 10:15:32
2tone sorry mate 😊

5.) 04 Apr 2019 10:37:27
2tone she's seeing Jonny Owen,so you've no chance pal! Unless,of course you believe in miracles!



29 Mar 2019 18:55:36
Had a spare half hour so watched David Frosts 1974 interview with Cloughie on BBC catchup. Highly recommended and vintage OBE. It was just after he'd been sacked from Leeds which he talks about but he's very coy about where he's off to manage next! I think he offers a bit of clue with his red shirt and tie with a white jersey! Quite poignant when he gets asked how he wants to be remembered after his death!




22 Mar 2019 17:21:25
Just while there's a lull and to pass the time until Swansea what would your best Reds team be atm with all players fit and available fellow trickies?
Playing 4231 I'd go with Pants (with proviso that he be coached and instructed to dominate his box more and come off his line occasionally! ) then Byram, Worrall Figgy and Robinson, Colback and Yacoub, Cash right, Lolley left, Grab an up top with Yates just behind or Cavalho if we can get him on the weights and bulk him up a bit!

That would still leave excellent strength in depth with Steele, Darikwa, Benoliane, Dawson Guediora, Osborn, Watson, Murphy, Soudani, and youngsters like Edser Appiah, Gomis, etc The rest can go for my money, though give the likes of Bonatini, Wague and Pele a pre season and see how they fare.


1.) 22 Mar 2019 17:46:42
Robinson, Benalouane, Dawson, Wague.

Osborn, Colback, Appiah.

Soudani Bonatini.


2.) 22 Mar 2019 18:31:39
I lost my train of thought for a while.

I would take out Osborn and have Lolley.

3.) 23 Mar 2019 11:18:57
Grummitt Hindley Winfield Hennessey Mckinlay Newton Lyons Baxter Baker Wignall Storey-Moore.

4.) 23 Mar 2019 11:21:18
Milosevic is the best defender on our books and one of the best in the Championship! Should be the first name on the team sheet.

5.) 24 Mar 2019 15:52:30
Byram Benalouane Milosevic. Robinson
Colback Yates
Lolley. Carvalho. Cash


6.) 24 Mar 2019 19:59:00
Byram wouldn't last ten minutes.

7.) 25 Mar 2019 09:19:46
I'd play Murphy and Grabban up front.



03 Mar 2019 12:06:30
I regret to say that my earlier post turned out to be a correct prediction of yesterday's match. We looked drained after the intensity of the Derbyshire game a nd never looked like getting anywhere near that level of commitment against a mediocre Stoke side. I could tell we just weren't up for it in the from minute ten, the tackles weren't snapping in, no aggression, no passion. This attitude was typified with their first goal, nobody put a foot in, a poor goal to concede. Big Murphy, Yates, Lolley ect ran themselves into the ground against the sheep and you could tell they looked drained. They're fit physicaly but looked mentally gone. I was right about the ref as well, a real "homer". Couldn't wait to add Keen to his trophy cabinet! Our fans were superb, sorry I couldn't join you but at least I didn't get ejected as they was nothing much to get excited about with that performance! We need Grab one and Cashy back asap or we can forget the playoffs. However we move on so Coyr!





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02 Jan 2019 16:14:08
Brilliant LC!




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27 Dec 2018 14:23:56
Calm down fellow Reds and stay with Karanka! If Dias had put his boot through it with the last kick of the game we d be in 7th place a point adrift!Admittedly Dias was a strange choice as sub but it must have AK tearing his hair out!The Real Madrid team he was at the heart of would have kept the ball for most of the remaining minutes so the opposition wouldn't have had a sniff!




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30 Nov 2018 20:35:04
Remember Paul "Smudger" Smith! He s 6 ft 4 and I never saw him come for a cross. Reminds me of Pants. Needs replacing. Peter Schmeical was similar build but God help you if you were in his way when he claimed a cross.




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30 May 2018 23:36:06
Incidentally those of us who want to cash in on our academy products should remember that Dawson,Reid,Jenas,Lascelles etc have had their best years at other clubs and we have not reaped the long term benefits of our nurturing. Short term profits can lead to long term decline!




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12 May 2018 22:49:03
Retford can't remember Smith making many mistakes and he kept us up last season v Ipswich. Hasn't done much wrong and suddenly he's 3rd choice.I feel sorry for him,very unlucky imo.Hopefully he 'll keep working and prove AK wrong. Must be a bit demotivatedthough but he's young and will bounce back.





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10 Mar 2019 15:15:27
Think I'd take a point against Villa on Wednesday to be honest.I don't understand why Mcginn didn't start he ran the midfield with Grealish when he came on. Mings looked solid and they've s always got a goal or two in them with Abraham,Adomah etc.




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10 Mar 2019 15:07:42
Agreed Getty,Grealish is a quality player,definitely Premiership class. It's a masterstroke to make him Captain as he's inspirational and everything comes through him. By the way,he can take a punch as well!




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02 Mar 2019 12:00:33
Ps a lot depends on whether Vokes is fit! He's always given us a lot of trouble over the years




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02 Mar 2019 11:57:56
Tough game today I think! Potters crowd are very very vocal and partisan and the ref looks like a "homer" for sure,plus I just can't see us playing with the amazing intensity and commitment we showed against the sheep . I hope I'm wrong but I can see this being a draw when we need a win. Good news is I live only 15 mins from the 365 stadium, bad news is ill have to sit amongst Stoke fans and somehow contain myself.If you see an old git being escorted out you 'll know I failed! Coyr!




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09 Feb 2019 11:32:25
I think the likes of Appiah will only be played when the chase for a play off place is over and we are securely mid table unless it's a cameo role. That's the price you pay for swapping managers mid season I'm afraid but I hope I'm wrong and MON can get some momentum. He needs imo to have either a defensive/counter attacking set up like 4231 especially today against an in form Bees team who are bookies favourites. So, with the players available I'd go Pants,Darikwa/Janko,Milovovic and Wague cubs with Robinson lb. Two holding midfielders Yacoub and Geddy,Lolley Cash down the flanks,Grabban/Bonatini up top with Carvalho just behind. On the bench Osbourne,Appiah,Murphy,Watson,Pele.And for God's sake play the ball on the bloody grass not in the air!