News tidbits for the playoffs..

I’ve been a bit distracted of late, that’s not to say the looming playoff date hasn’t been firmly in the foreground in my mind – but alas, I’ve not been around a computer too much lately.  So to sum up, a few bits and pieces have happened whilst I’ve been otherwise engaged.

Alan Wright has extended his loan to be available for the playoffs – which is great news, and thanks to both him and Sheffield United for enabling this to happen.  Indeed, Wrighty even postponed his summer holiday plans to help us out.  Top bloke, we salute you, Mini-Me!

Spencer Weir-Daley is back from his latest loan with Bradford.  It’s not the most exciting news in the world, but it’s invaluable cover for our strikers should we need it – if there was ever a time for Spencer to make his mark, the playoffs would be it!

John Thompson and Kevin James are also presumably available since their loans have also expired, although I can’t see either player really likely to feature in the plans of Smoulders, but I suppose they are there incase there’s a ‘lasagne’ incident prior to a game.

And finally.. today’s news is that there are a few hundred tickets for friday’s clash at Huish Park still available and will go on general sale tomorrow – I suspect they’ll be snapped up soon enough too, so if you haven’t got your ticket yet, or are teetering on the brink of deciding whether to go or not, then make your mind up and get down to the ticket office tomorrow!

Forest-inspired music: part thirteen

Thirteen is unlucky for many reasons, and it certainly is in the case of this track. It’s by none other than Justin Fashanu. Justin of course is a sad story in football, he was largely considered a massively poor signing by the great man Brian Clough, a costly error indeed. A £1m costly error. He was the first black player to be signed for £1m or more when we bought him from Norwich, and indeed, he replaced the first player of any creed to be bought for that sum in Tricky Trev.

The lad who was brought up at Barnado’s along with his more illustrious younger brother John was to have an even more unfortunate end. After his homosexuality became knowledge of the hardly open-minded Clough, he was – in all honesty – shabbily treated and offloaded on loan to Southampton, before being sold to Notts County for £150k. He ended his days in 1998 having decided tragically to take his own life by hanging in a deserted garage in Shoreditch, London.

A sad tale – of course, personal life aside, Justin is remembered primarily as a pretty atrocious striker by Forest fans. This track, sadly, suggests that he would have fared equally badly if he’d decided to be a professional musician – the track is an attempt at a funky style, and is called Do It ‘Cos You Like It, and frankly, it’s a pretty poor epitaph for a troubled bloke, regardless of how poor a footballer he was considered to be – it ended up just making me feel a bit sad!

As such, if we are going to dredge up something he would probably rather not be remembered for – I’ve also decided to dredge up something that he will be rightly proud of – a tremendous goal he scored for Norwich City against the dirty scousers! Click here to enjoy that, and rest in peace, Justin.