Poetic justice for Pierre!

It was with no small degree of amusement today that I picked up a copy of the Nottingham Evening Post to find the front page emblazoned with a picture of former Reds striker Pierre van Hooijdonk.  Of course, he needs no introduction – a talented striker and basically a guaranteed goal-from-a-freekick merchant who subsequently had a bit of a tantrum and then went on strike, only to resurface later demanding a loyalty bonus!

To return to the striking situation, I do have some sympathy with Pierre’s reasoning – Forest were basically being asset-stripped by Scholar and his fellow shysters, with Kevin Campbell and Colin Cooper having been sold off (albeit, in Cooper’s case, due to a clause n his contract should Middlesbrough come a knocking), he was rightly pissed off that the squad wasn’t being developed to compete in the coming season.  However, his actions were inexcusable and he’s rightly remembered for being a bit of a bastard by Forest fans.

Well, it transpires that a while back he decided to invest some of his not inconsiderable wages in a Chinese textile company.  Two million pounds is the figure being bandied around in the press; perhaps given the growth in exports from China lately it would seem like a sure deal, but unfortunately for Pierre it turned out that the company he invested in was a complete work of fiction.  Tough luck, Pierre!

Now it’s not nice to gloat over the misfortunes of others, even if they’re buck-toothed bastards who screwed you over in the past, but I couldn’t help but have a wry smile about it.  Given that arrests have been made in Holland and Belgium already, I suppose there’s a possibility he may be reimbursed – but well, the spiteful person in me can’t help but hope he doesn’t!

Oh yes, and a little bird whispered to me that the much vaunted ‘surprise’ Premier League preseason opponents at the City Ground might just be a side from the north-west of the country, one with a sweet tooth.

Of course, I could have been misinformed, but you never know, you could’ve heard it here first!

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Up the football league we go…

I took advantage of a friend popping down to the City Ground today to pick me up a copy of the DVD Forest released of the Yeovil game, as well as the ensuing celebrations; and pre/post match interviews.  It represents £8 very well spent indeed, for me to relive the memories of that fantastic afternoon, for those of you unlucky enough not to have attended, you can perhaps use it as an opportunity to make it seem more real!

I’ve yet to watch the match itself, which has been overlaid with commentary from Colin Fray of Radio Nottingham fame (makes a change from the morons they employ to overlay commentary on the Virgin Media videos!), but the DVD itself is structured nicely with a menu featuring a soundtrack provided largely by the Forest fans, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the match again, or to view the extras.

The montage of celebration videos – which I understand featured previously on Forest World – really does bring home how much it meant to the players and staff alike; they were as thrilled as the rest of us, and it was great to see that – even Judas Commons seemed to be enjoying it despite seemingly already sealing his fate in his head elsewhere – and it was good to see a few glimpses of the great Terry the Kitman amidst the fountains of champagne.

It’s left me very intrigued by the person who Smoulders references in his post-match interview; apparently somebody contacted him and gave him a book which proved, in the words of the manager himself, “an inspiration” – he wouldn’t be drawn on what the book was, but to whoever it was who got in touch with the gaffer and perhaps offered more positive and constructive criticism than many (including on this site!), then hats off to you.

So you should definitely get yourself a copy, a great compilation and a way of owning a solid version of those fantastic scenes – I’ll reiterate the really pleasing thing, almost to an emotional level (being a big softy at heart), it’s fantastic to see how much it means to Smoulds, the staff and the boys – and it’s a great memento of a day of celebrations that have proven rarities in our recent history.

It’s available from the Club Shop at the City Ground, or for order online.