Chelsea ticket details revealed..

I’ll cut through the crap, here’s the detail:

  • Away members – 9am 13th January ’til 5pm 16th January
  • Season ticket holders (5 or more away games) – 9am 17th January ’til 1pm 20th January.
  • Rest of season ticket holders – 10am – 4pm on 21st January
  • General sale – 9am 23rd January.

Can’t grizzle at that really – they are using their booking system to ascertain away trips – so if you bought on the gate at Oldham, for example, it won’t count.  Forest are not taking online bookings for the fixture, nor are they taking postal bookings – so it’s turning up in person or phoning only.

Now I’m left with the dilemma of how many away tickets I booked using my patron code – I might give the season ticket office a call and see if they can jog my memory!

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Ker-ching! Forest in the money?

Our FA Cup game with Chelsea is apparently already set to net us up to half a million quid – a potential £350k for our share of gate receipts along with some cash for the television rights for the game.  Not to mention TV fees and prize money from the previous rounds – it’s quite a lucrative cup run, which hasn’t been budgeted for – and well, it comes at a handy time since we’re hopefully looking to strengthen the side.

Also there is a whispering around the world of West Ham that Wigan are looking to buy Marlon Harewood – because in Emile Heskey they don’t feel they have enough ‘headless chicken’ in their team (I do Marlon a disservice, because at least he does have the occasional good day too!).  But, bitchy comments aside, I seem to recall that we agreed a fairly hefty % of sale fee with West Ham when they took Harewood from us – I forget the actual number, but I’m sure it was around 20%.

If we assume the £4.5m figure is accurate, then that means West Ham have made £4m on the player, which equates to £800k for us – if it happens, of course.  So that’s another potential source of unbudgeted revenue that we could be in for.  Unless West Ham pull a sneaky and negotiate a £500k plus player(s) type deal, although I suppose we could insist on 20% of their body mass, or something!

Commo is crocked, and Carlisle game re-arranged..

Kris Commons’ hamstring injury seems worst than first feared, and will put him out of action for 5 weeks apparently.  Whilst I can be a harsh critic of Commo, this is bad news as on his day he’s a player who can change a game in our favour – there’s a couple of positives to draw from it – it makes it very unlikely anyone will attempt to buy him in the transfer window, and we’ll hopefully play Tys on the left wing more frequently.

Also Carlisle United have kindly agreed to push our match with them in late January back from the 30th to the 31st to give us a bit more recovery time after the FA Cup fourth round game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.  Considering we denied Huddersfield a reschedule earlier in the season (admitted for some Rugger-related nonsense rather than for football reasons) it just goes to show that what goes around doesn’t always necessarily come around! 

Forest vs. Yeovil Town preview..

To take attention away from the Chelsea game for a moment (and I’m sure it will only be for a moment!), we have an arguably more important game on Saturday against the high flying Glovers.  Ours is a 3rd vs 5th game, which coincides with Bristol City vs Tranmere (4th vs 7th) and – more importantly – Scunthorpe vs Oldham (1st vs 2nd) – so it’s a big weekend for the top of League One, making a result for the Reds important!

After last weekends demolition of Charlton Athletic, it is difficult to envisage Smoulds ringing the changes for this fixture – a poor run of league form culminating in a 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Oldham saw a change to 4-4-2, and an unexpectedly easy passage into the 4th round of the FA Cup.  Forest fans will undoubtedly be hoping that the manager isn’t tempted to revert to a three-at-the-back system.

Forest welcome back Danny Cullip from suspension, and John Thompson from cuptiedness – but lose Nicky Southall to suspension for this fixture, and remain without Kris Commons to injury, and Sammy Clingan who still has two games to go in his ridiculous suspension.  If the unavailability of the first two mentioned forced Smoulderwood into a back four system, then perhaps we are at risk of seeing a return to the old ways.

However, with outstanding performances all over the pitch against Charlton, players will feel hard done by to lose their places – a question mark remains over Southall’s position, since we are without any real cover for his position – I’d hazard a guess that James Perch may be the man to step onto the flank after his blistering run down the wing in our last game.  This leaves a gap in central midfield which I suspect the cautious manager will fill with someone like Thompson.  I’d love to see us maintain the shape we lined up in against Charlton, and I’d love even more to see Tys remain on the wing as he was cracking there.

Yeovil Town have notable absences as well – influential midfielder Chris Cohen is suspended, and they are missing Paul Terry and Mark Lynch through injury – but have been on decent form lately so will certainly be no pushovers, and will be keen to balance our previous meetings.  There are only three of them, we’ve won two, and Yeovil have won one – so Saturday is an opportunity for Town to restore parity.

The not inconsiderable game against Chelsea looming large later in the month will hopefully drive the players to merit inclusion in the team that faces the champions – it could be a double-edged sword, either they’ll take their eye off the ball or they’ll each be playing out of their skins to ensure they keep their place.  I’m seriously hoping that the latter will prove to be the case!

Yeovil will undoubtedly be out for revenge for our meeting earlier in the season – whilst The Glovers enjoyed the majority of possession at Huish Park, the best chances fell to the Reds – but Grant Holt left it very late to score the only goal of the game and take the points back to Nottingham, leaving Yeovil probably a little disappointed – although I would say that whilst we didn’t have possession, we did create the best goalscoring opportunities of the game – and were thwarted by Steve Mildenhall on more than one occasion!

All in all, it’ll be a toughie – Yeovil will come at us, and they won’t give us the space that Charlton did.  They’ll be up for it, and they’ll feel confident they’ll be able to grab something – so we need a performance from the lads to get the points – if they do manage to do this, depending on how other results go we could return to the summit of League One.