We’re serious about the JPT, are you?

In the wake of our miniscule attendance for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round game against Brentford, Forest issued a statement that they are “serious about the competition” – arf, remember what happened last time you were serious about something, Forest?  Still, at least we’re not serious about promotion this season! 😆

On a more serious note, I am warming to this competition – it’s been some time since Forest fans had a chance to descend on a stadium like the Millennium in Cardiff and have a cup final day, indeed, many of our younger fans will never have had such an experience, and perhaps they should – we’re not going to win the FA or League Cup in a hurry now, are we?  It would be great to take several thousand Reds fans to Cardiff for a brilliant day out 🙂

I do have a serious reservation though – take this competition too seriously and we could take our eye off the proverbial ball, the ball in this case being the league.  Look at Swansea City last season – looking like going up automatically for much of the season, but a trip to Cardiff, a chance for Lee Trundle to make an arse out of himself, and promotion is out the window.  I’d like to do well in this competition, but not at the expense of the league.

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Nathan Tyson back in action!

It’s the sight Forest fans have been dying to see, and as it was taken during a behind-closed-doors friendly fixture against Northampton today, the photo will have to do – but Nathan Tyson is back in a Forest kit and playing football – albeit for a mere 25 minutes.

The striker sustained knee ligament damage on the opening day of the season, and has since been working hard on a frustrating road to recovery – given that there are no immediate problems, there’s a good chance the striker will make a further appearance in Monday’s reserve fixture at Birmingham.  This is tremendous news – and big credit to Nathan and the Forest physio team for clearly working so hard to get him back and fighting fit!

Introducing Colin Smoulderwood – ladies man!

This article appeared in The Guardian back in August, and it tickled me at the time, although it was before I was organised enough to have started this site – and I’d half forgotten about it, until a bored conversation during one of the several quiet patches in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against Brentford last night.  I’ll start by quoting the opening paragraph of the article, entitled “We can be heroes”, which acts as a feature relating to Colin’s arrival at the City Ground.

“Colin Calderwood is a bit like your favourite schoolteacher. His eyes sparkle from a summer-bronzed face that is beginning to line; his smile is warm and invites conversation; an unimpressed glare from beneath raised eyebrows is ample admonishment.”

The journalist is a lady called Georgina Turner – and clearly our manager Colin left her feeling a little hot and bothered, because the start of the article is just that, only the beginning!  The article is peppered with the sexual tension ‘Smoulderwood’ is obviously capable of generating with a mere glance, or a knowing smile – it makes hilarious reading.  This is what has generated the character of Smoulderwood with the group of us who go to games together.

Starting out as a typical lothario, or a house-wives pin up, we usually accompany any reference to him by licking a finger and placing it down with a hissing sound, to denote how smouldering he is.  As the conversation develops he becomes a supernatural master of fire, quite literally delivering half time ‘roastings’ when the team aren’t performing, capable of restoring cold cups of tea by merely stirring it with his finger – he has become, to us, a fearsome character of formidable power – and frankly we’re very pleased he’s on our side!

So whilst perhaps my initial appraisal of Georgina’s article would be to suggest it’s somewhat off the mark – whilst accessible by all, football fans are still predominantly male – so to thread a football article with sexual tension between the journalist and the manager seems ludicrous, but that was before we saw the funny side and built a whole new character as a result of it – so thank you, Georgina!  When we’re bored at the game and need banale conversation fodder, you’ve provided it in spades! 

I fully recommend you all click the link above and read it, it’s hilarious, as well as quite informative – it’s a good insight into the state of mind ‘Smoulders’ was in when he arrived at the club – and well, with the benefit of three months of hindsight his methods seem to be paying off!

Calling all sculptors!

Well, okay, a bit of a long shot – but since the Brian Clough statue fund guys are rapidly making their way up the home straight, they are asking sculptors to submit their bids to get the commission to have the huge honour of creating the Brian Clough statue.  So if you are, or know, a sculptor who would be interested, then read the following from the campaign website:

The search has begun for a sculptor to make the statue of Cloughie which will stand in Nottingham city centre. The process of selecting a sculptor is being launched (Nov 1st, 2006), as fund-raisers close-in on their £60,000 target.

The committee of the Brian Clough Statue Fund is now keen to receive ideas from sculptors of what type of statue they would make if they were commissioned. During this initial stage, they will be asked to provide various information, including the style and pose of the statue and costings.

The fund’s chairman Paul Ellis said the committee would be looking for designs which reflected a life-like image of Cloughie during his inspirational reign at Nottingham Forest. “This will be a very exciting project and a high-profile commission, so it’s vital we have the right sculptor,” he said.

The city council is administering the fund and the authority’s leader, Councillor Jon Collins, said he was delighted with the progress made by the fund-raisers. “To raise over £50,000 in less than 18 months shows what a tremendous effort the volunteers have made and just how well supported their fund-raising work has been,” said Councillor Collins. Sculptors will have until December 1st, 2006, to submit their initial ideas.

If you wish to pursue your interest in this the click here for further information.