As we know, Forest (with a couple of trialists, former Arsenal and most recently Coventry City midfielder Stephen Hughes – who played the first half, and former Dundee United and capped Polish goalkeeper Grzegorz Szamotulski – who didn’t play tonight) have been training in Germany for the last week or so as part of their preseason preparations. This session came to a conclusion with a friendly against Offenbach Kickers, which saw Forest triumph as winners with a scoreline of 1-2 to the mighty Reds!
Garath McCleary and Arron Davies provided the goals – as Smoulds took the opportunity to play around with his squad, fielding nineteen players over the course of the game; with new signings Cole, Moussi and Earnshaw all making their debuts. It’s a promising start to the campaign, particularly if you look at Offenbach’s recent scoring record – their last few games have seen them triumph with some impressive scorelines. It will be interesting to read what the travelling Reds fans made of the game upon their return.
I do struggle to get too excited by preseason games (incase you hadn’t noticed the dearth of posts on here!!), despite my yearning for the football season to get started properly (hey, only a few weeks to go now!); next up it’s Burton at the Pirelli, followed by AFC Telford, Everton, Curzon Ashton, Sunderland and then Notts County which leads us neatly up to the season opener against Reading on 10th August. I might find myself tempted by the Everton game, I must admit – but beyond that excitement is still very much in the ‘building’ stage for me.
In terms of signings, it’s been a bit quiet – although it would seem that Hughes is being given an extended chance to impress in midfield, and there are strong rumours coming from Polish sports media that Szamotulski is set to sign too (which will be fun for Colin Fray to learn!). Joe Garner continues to be linked strongly, and it wouldn’t be a transfer window worth anything if Leon Best wasn’t mentioned a couple of times. Robbie Savage is, I hope, a Derby-started joke that some slow-witted rumour-mongers have taken up.
Oh yes, and Agogo finally actually signed for Zamalek after all the shenanigans, so cheerio Junior and thanks for your pre ACoN efforts last season!