Strange chants: part seven

I’ve not heard this chant for a while, but generally it tends to come from the Upper Bridgford stand – I rarely hear it elsewhere in the ground on my travels. Last season in particular, there was a phase of hearing it at every game, no matter who the opponents were, no matter how many fans they bring, or how noisy they were.

The chant is designed to be disparaging, as such it should probably be reserved when that is appropriate. It is:

“Worst support we’ve ever seen!
Worst support we’ve ever seen…
Worst support we’ve..
Worst support we’ve..
Worst support we’ve ever seen!
Worst support we’ve ever seen!”

As you can see, quite straight forward and to the point – and in the right circumstance, it would be fine – but we used to joke last season that it was amusing how The Football League had arranged our home fixtures in order of the quality of their fanbase. Either that, or sections of the Forest fans have the memories of goldfishes, and genuinely believe the latest set of away fans infront of them to be the worst ever!

Either that, or it’s something that is dusted off when times are not so good, since it was a common feature of the City Ground under Megson’s reign, but something we hear less of now results have started to go some way to matching our hopes and expectations!

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Ross Gardner off to Vale

Ross Gardner’s injury recuperation has gone on tour up the A50 to Port Vale, giving the youngster a chance to regain fitness and get some first team football into the bargain – a good move for him, I think – it’s only for a month initially, and whilst it’s to a league rival as with Thompson’s recent move, I can’t see it giving them a sufficient boost to make any real different to their league standing.

Gardner hasn’t featured for Forest this season largely due to injury, although given the run of form the side are on, he’d face an uphill struggle to force his way into first team reckoning.  The loan opportunity is probably a real make-or-break kind of chance for him, he’s out of contract at the end of the season – so he needs to start to get games under his belt in some shape or form if he wishes to be retained by Forest beyond this season.

And he could get off to a dream start – he may get the chance to play against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Carling Cup!  Hopefully he grasps this chance and does well (but not too well, afterall, we wouldn’t want another promotion rival, no matter how remote the chance!), as he’s shown glimpses of promise with his past involvement with Forest.  Good luck, Ross.

An interview with a Derby fan: part three

It’s been over a month since the last contact was made with the old enemy, and in that time things have continued to blossom at the City Ground, and it has to be said – unfortunately – at the theatre of sheep things do seem to have turned around, with the molesters sitting just a point or two from the playoffs, having looked rather like potential relegation fodder earlier in the season.  So no real opportunities to take the piss, but still plenty of reasons for us to be cheerful.

Our season is still going according to plan, and you seem to be on an ill-deserved run of form lately, what’s happened?

I thought you’d forgotten about me now we weren’t in the bottom half of the table!!  We’ve done much better, won five from the last eight – and Pesch is back from injury soon, apparently – he’s getting on a bit, but he can still change matches, well, I know you know all about him anyway!

Not one of my favourite players – how did his hip replacement go?  Are you allowed to play on one of those mobility scooters?

He’s not that old, cheeky sod.  It’s good to have him around though.

So are you feeling confident about continuing this good form of late?  You’re not going to sneak promotion are you?

I seriously doubt it, the very best we can do is sneak into the playoffs, but this league has so many contenders in it this year – you have your Birminghams, West Broms, Wolves, Preston – Cardiff doing oddly well, although they’ll fall back I think, and that’s not considering the likes of Leeds, Sunderland, Norwich, Ipswich and even Palace who would probably feel they’re punching below their weight.

It does seem oddly close this year – you’re a couple of points off the playoffs, but only about seven from the bottom six.

We’re ONE point off the playoffs, but yes, it is close, although a gap is developing for the bottom four – whilst it would be amusing if they didn’t, I expect Leeds to get themselves away from the relegation places.  It will be interesting to see what happens to Wednesday now ex-scum Laws has taken over…

Ex-Scum?! Laws taking the job has definitely made Forest fans more sympathetic to Wednesday, many wanted him to take over at Forest.

He was certainly a committed player, I remember that much – hate to say it, but it looks like the guy you got in charge is doing a good job – what are you now, five points clear a the top?

Seven points, but it’s all about maintaining it, on those lines, what does November and December have in store for you?

It’s a tough run actually, a couple of away games at Coventry and Luton, then Leicester at home – which is the closest we get to a local derby this year, I suppose it will have to do – then we have Ipswich, West Brom, Leeds, Palace, Burnley, Wolves and Plymouth – all tough games, it must be odd for you seeing a fixture list of teams you’ve heard of, I read you were playing someone called Yeading next!

Ha! That’s our FA Cup game, we’ve not quite sunk to those depths just yet, having said that, the most ‘notable’ team on our November/December fixture list is probably Millwall!

Well hopefully the damage done by the Bristol Fans (I don’t know, same old Forest, always fighting!) will at least be repaired before they arrive!  Aren’t you playing Bristol again in that joke trophy?

Yes, but I can’t see the interest levels being sufficient to see any trouble repeated – and don’t you start with the goading about fighting, sheesh! 

Sorry, you have to have a dig though, don’t you?

I suppose you do, yes, thanks for that – I think that’ll do.

No worries, can you stop winning so many games now, please?