All eyes will be on Boppy come tomorrow as we meet Rotherham United at Millmoor – the German midfielder has always been a slight figure of mystery. Many fans wrote him off as a one trick pony, seemingly manager after manager did the same as he was consistently overlooked for a regular run in the side after injury at Pride Park took him out of first team reckoning under Paul Hart’s reign.
He’s certainly given us moments to remember – not least his arrival and goal from the bench to consign Gillingham to join us in the third tier of English football – rather spectacularly ForestForums have a collection of 52 fans who feel their desire to see him back at Forest is some kind of justification for his reinstatement – for reasons best known to those concerned, he’s somewhat of a cult terrace hero – something suggests to me perhaps amongst our younger fans – surely nobody who has witnessed genuine legends would use the term for Bopp.
Eugen has been playing regularly for the Millers, and by all accounts is popular with the fans there, and I’ve noticed his name on the scoresheet more than once – and indeed, on the sent off list! Perhaps he needed to get away from Forest and the weight of expectation that naturally pervades our club from the supporters upwards, perhaps he wanted to rekindle an illicit romance with Gregor Robertson?
Whatever side of the Eugen Bopp divide you fall – I think I’m somewhere close to the ‘not really bothered to see him released’ side, I bet the majority of Forest fans will be united with the niggling fear that he’ll end up scoring against us tomorrow. He’s a man Paul Hart described as being too interested in fast cars and women, he was undoubtedly a talented - if inconsistent - player for us, but Forest legend? I think not. Here’s hoping he’s kept quiet at Millmoor tomorrow, other than that, I hope he does well!
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