Spot the difference…

010308319459600.jpgNo, your eyes are not deceiving you – Ian Breckin hasn’t been called up to the England squad – but you’d think it at a glance (well, red shorts aside!) if you only half checked out the long-awaited new Forest away kit.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice shirt – but it’s the same as the England kit!  Much like our home shirt strongly resembles the England away kit.

Now I realise that there’s lots of kits for manufacturers like Umbro to process through their sweat shops*, but really does there have to be such a limited selection of choices – why would a Forest fan who has already invested in a national shirt opt to purchase an all-but identical version for their club as well?  Well, they probably will, but why should they be expected to?

Of course – the opposite of this is when there was a phase of striking originality at least for well known teams – who can forget our yellow away kit with a Ribena-vomited Forest badge down the right shoulder?  Or the never-worn lime green third kit?  Who could ever cast from their mind the wonderfully original (sic) tartan away kit Notts County once sported (no, really!).  I wouldn’t want to return to those dark days, but really – are we to be subjected to nothing but template kits with our club’s colour-scheme and badge differentiating it from anyone else’s?

That said, I’ll probably still get one!

* I should probably put allegedly on here somewhere, just to be safe.

Congratulations to Lewis!

It’s been a big year for Lewis McGugan – he’s started to stake a serious claim for a first team place with some impressive performances for the Reds, and now he’s achieved a further honour this season by winning the Forest goal of the season competition (seems a bit premature to be announcing it – what if John Curtis takes the ball around 10 opponents before rifling it into the top corner with a left-footed back-heel against Crewe?).

But Lewis’s matchwinning freekick against Gillingham was pretty special, so hearty congratulations to him and hopefully this can fill him with confidence to take in to our (hopefully) final game against Crewe, and if it’s not to be our final game, then into the lottery of the playoffs.  And because I think it bears posting again, let’s watch it again!