Grant: don’t make me go to Bristol City!

Grant Holt does not want to move to fellow promotion contenders Bristol City, and who can blame him?  Unpicking this story has been like pulling teeth – but finally some quotes attributed to Grant Holt himself have arrived in the Bristol Evening Post of all things – and in a nutshell, it would appear that Forest did indeed accept an offer for our top-scorer, from probably our biggest league rival, he did talk to them, and he did turn them down.  I can only assume we are planning on making a move for another striker, although this will possibly be on hold now.  Grant is quoted with saying the following in an article on the ‘This is Bristol’ website:

“£300,000 is what they paid for me and I think I have justified that. Obviously I am disappointed that the club don’t value me enough to keep me here when I have scored eight goals this year,” he said.

“As far as I am aware the club accepted an offer on Thursday and said go down there and speak to them. ‘If you want to go, go’.

“Out of courtesy to Bristol City I went down there and talked to them and at the moment I don’t think it’s the right move for me.

“I had a chat with my wife and everything is good at Forest. I feel my job here isn’t done. I was called in and told to get myself down there.

“It’s not a nice position to be in when my wife is three weeks off giving birth.”

Grant is very popular amongst Forest fans, so this news will be greeted with pleasure by most, although the hypothesis that we are apparently courting Rotherham United’s Will Hoskins, who scored against us at the weekend with a great goal, will also have whetted the appetites of a few supporters too.  All in all though, if we had to offload a forward then Grant wouldn’t be the first on my list, so I’m happy he’s sticking around – although I suppose it will be difficult to get a fee for the likes of Lester, Harris or Dobie.

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Salisbury City, you disappoint me!

Last year when we played Weymouth the fixture against such ‘giants’ as ourselves (sic) lead to their local butcher creating a commemorative sausage to celebrate the monumental event.  Of course, in this case the sausage could have been in honour of the Weymouth team who held us to a draw at the City Ground, and made us suffer the indignity of travelling to their ground to eventually overcome them – but either way, I find stories like the ‘commemorative sausage’ absolutely hilarious!

So it was with some disappointment that I came across Salisbury City’s preparations for the visit of twice European Champions, Nottingham Forest (still sic) in their local paper (well, the online incarnation of it):

SALISBURY City supporters wishing to send a good luck message to Nick and the team ahead of their FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest are invited to e-mail the Journal’s sportsdesk before Tuesday, November 28.

The newspaper is planning a special eight-page FA Cup souvenir which will include a page of supporters’ messages.

E-mail mike.turner@salisburyjournal.co.uk before noon on November 28 for your message to be considered for publication. Or post it to Journal sportsdesk, Rollestone House, 8-12 Rollestone Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 1DY.

An eight page supplement in the local rag is not anywhere near in the league of a special sausage – surely some kind of tat can be produced to signify this tremendous moment in the history of Salisbury City FC.  Arf.  I jest of course – although it might add to the interestingness of their supplement if a few Reds fans were to send good luck messages too (and I mean good luck ones, no horrible ones, please!).