Moore starts with the psychology…

Handsome devil Ronnie Moore has been the first to start some kind of psychology in the build up to Forest’s visit to Tranmere Rovers at the weekend.  Tranmere are likely to be favourites in this match given their home advantage, so the former Rotherham United manager has set out by pointing out the numerous injury problems the almost-Scousers have mounting up.

Midfielder Paul McLaren will certainly be missing with an ankle injury, and there is a chance that winger Kevin Ellison could be joining him on the sidelines after hilariously picking up an eye injury after being poked in the eye by a teammate during a goal celebration.  I certainly don’t like to find mirth in the misfortune of others, but that did tickle me.

Top scorer Chris Greenacre and Shane Sherriff also are doubts for our visit, and perpetual arsehole Jason McAteer as well as Danny Harrison are also expected to remain sidelined with their existing injuries.  Tranmere do have a relatively small squad, so it’s possible Moore will be tempted to dabble with some loan signings before the weekend, either way, injuries or no injuries I expect a tough match.  Not least since Rovers may well line up with a certain Mr Taylor who I’m sure would like to shut up a few fans who treated him rather shabbily during his spell with Forest.

Paul Gerrard to Blades?

Since the rumours linking former Reds keeper Paul Gerrard to Gillingham seem to have been absolute piffle, there are new rumours suggesting that Neil Warnock is looking to draft in the free agent to cover for Paddy Kenny (presumably while he convalesces by eating pies and sweeties).

He’s no stranger to Sheffield United, having been on loan to the Blades prior to joining Nottingham Forest.  Certainly the lure of Premiership football, albeit the lower eschalons, is likely to prove more tempting to the shot stopper than the mid table of League One!

If he does head to Sheffield United, he’s certainly going to be busy!

Cloughie statue fund: “Grand internet auction”

Fans of Forest and beyond may be interested in the 12 lots that have just gone onto eBay to raise funds for the Brian Clough statue fund.  There are full details on this website, but below I’ve listed a link to each of the auctions with a summary for those of you too lazy to click onto another website.  For the items listed relating to other clubs, please pass these on to any friends you have who support these clubs.

  • Bust of Cloughie donated by his family
  • Framed Cloughie sweatshirt signed by Barbara Clough and former Forest legends
  • Cloughie Banner from the Market Square memorial service
  • 1980 League Cup runners-up tankard
  • Framed Barcelona FC shirt signed by Frank Rijkaard
  • Football designed and signed by fashion guru Paul Smith
  • A dartboard signed by Bullseye legend Jim Bowen!
  • A Cloughie sweatshirt signed by the current Forest squad
  • Signed Manchester City football donated by Stuart Pearce
  • Signed Bolton Wanderers shirt donated by Sam Allardyce
  • Signed Nottinghamshire County Cricket shirt
  • Signed Blackburn Rovers shirt from 2002-2003
  • So if you see something that takes your fancy then get bidding – it would be great to see the statue fund reach it’s target real soon.