Bring on the Derby!

Along with our movement from the League One to Championship sections of the assorted websites, the announcement of the fixtures is another one of those crucial moments that makes a promotion (or indeed, a relegation) crystalise into reality that little bit more for a football fan.  So having a chance to peruse yet another season starting at home, it does make it exciting.  And daunting.

Whilst we know very well that Forest have been capable of excelling in the games that looked a bit tricky whilst spectacularly failing at games which look ‘easy’ on paper – the step change in calibre of opposition is only too clear, and given the lack of signings it does have the potential to make the sphincter twitch a tad, but equally, for the first time in ages I’m relishing the season starting.

Reading, Swansea, Watford, Wolves, Burnley, Preston, Charlton and Plymouth aren’t teams that – had you presented the list to me fifteen years ago – inspire trepidation, but as we are developing and earning our right to move up the leagues they suddenly take on a more daunting aspect.  These are the teams we meet before September is out.  It does rather bring home the challenge Smoulds faces.

Of course, my eyes were primarily drawn to early November and late February; that’s when we can reacquaint ourselves with our old enemies!  We start with a trip to Prideless Park, with a wait ’til 2009 before we can welcome them to our domain.  I’d hoped we would get them quite early, given the mass rebuilding scheme Paul ‘sex pest’ Jewell has commenced, it would be good to play them early to take advantage of an ungelled team.

As it is, we have time to acclimatise to our new level before meeting the Sheep, which would work out well too.  It certainly gives Commons plenty of time to pick up a dubious injury, if nothing else!  The full fixture list is on the Forest site which you can access by clicking here.  It does make the mouth water rather, less than two months to go… I can’t wait, now go out and get some players, Smoulders!

11 Responses

  1. Am I the only one whose suddenly got really nervous..??!

  2. To actually see the fixture list it is quite scary. You go through it looking for where we might pick up points and you slowly start to realise why the league was so close last season, all of these teams can be great on their day. If we find we can beat 2-3 of them in the first month then we could honestly be on for promotion, equally we only need to be slightly weaker than any number of them and we could be straight back down, it really is that messy a league.

    I’m certainly hoping more now than ever that CC can get in 2-3 more signings before we kick off against Reading.

  3. No, mattyboy you arent!

    We need a right back, a creative midfielder and another striker yet. Hope CC has his finger out…!!

  4. Even more so now we need another striker to replace Agogo (jury’s out on this I believe).

    I think we got an excting & messy August to start with & what better to play relegated Reading on the 1st day & @ home. Nice!!

    Now, those fixtures are out it’s time for the players who haven’t realised where we are to know we are a Championship side. That goes for the Forest players & the opponents as well as potential signings.

    That’s all 4 now, more opinion(s) later.

  5. Add a goalkeeper, potentially a new defensive/holding midfielder to replace Sammy, and dare I suggest a centre back? I just don’t think our rock solid defense of last season will be quite so rock solid this term.

  6. Bring on the Derby? Hmmm. Down Brian Clugh Way, the sheep sh*ggers are bringing in players left right and centre. Meanwhile, at the city ground, it’s a dash to the nearest exit. First Commons, then Agogo and now Sammy to Norwich?!

    I’d like someone at Forest to give us their interpretation of why these players don’t want to stay and play for our club in the championship! Surely it can JUST be about money? Or at least give us a reassurance that we will bring in better players to replace them.

    If Norwich are a better prospect for Sammy than us then we should be worried!

  7. Norwich City are on the verge of signing midfielder Sammy Clingan, BBC Radio Norfolk understands. Aylesbury Red, damn right. My fears are getting closer to being reality….

    ‘nough said for now. Who’s next Mr CC & Mr ND….. That’s right Mr ND – I’ll pump cash in, oh yes definaty seeing that coming in. Stand up Mr ND & put your money where your mouth is.

  8. Sammy has to be offered a new contract to stay!! I too am looking with trepidation at the fixture list and wondering what Norwich have that we don’t. What happens if Earnie gets injured? At the moment we have a bunch of enthusiastic youngsters. If we have 3 or 4 bad results and the confidence goes, who is going to lift them up “? Who is going to be our Roy Keane???????

  9. Am I the only one who feels that, as with Agogo and Commons, Sammy can be replaced with better quality ??
    As for only 1 signing so far, it is only mid June, most players will be on holiday. I am sure Forest are in contact with those players they want and I expect activity to pick up for all CCC teams come July.

  10. Let’s hope so Paul! I’m sure there are better quality players out there but can we attract them to Forest when these 3 – all of whom I’m sure the club wanted to keep – have instead chosen to go and play for D*rby, Norwich and a team in Egypt instead. No disrespect but it’s not as if they are going to the premiership is it?!

    Hopefully that’s the last of the outgoings and we’ll soon be drooling over the incoming quality!!!

  11. When it’s put like that it is pretty daunting. We need some players now more than ever, especially now Clingan has gone too.

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