Derby v Forest highlights..

They are now available to view on the Virgin Media website.  And d’you know what is amusing?  Have a look at the penalty incident, see if you can spot which slightly rotund looking type protests for a penalty, and then applauds the referee just as the ball is headed into the goal.  It’s none other than that number 7 fella who probably should have then stepped up to take the penalty, but didn’t.

Further fall out from the game is that calamity-referee Attwell has been axed as a result of his handling of the game, on top of the ‘phantom goal’ he gave earlier in the season in the game between Watford and Reading.  Most media reports focus on the last few minutes of the game, but disregard the fact that Forest had some appalling decisions against them too – not least the offside that never was in the first half, and the incredibly harsh sending off of Lewis McGugan – yet ignoring the shirt-pulling and microphone kicking antics of Emanuel Villa.

So all in all, a deserved fate for Mr Attwell who as an FA ‘rising star’ was perhaps risen too quickly to handle a game of such volatility.  Whilst many Forest fans are feeling grateful for his blunders in the final acts of the game, I can’t help but think that with Lewis still on the pitch we would have remained comfortable in the lead – had Garner been allowed to carry on playing he may well have scored (I don’t think we can call it a disallowed goal as the Derby players had clearly stopped, in fact, Garner was lucky not to be booked for carrying on and putting the ball in the net).

It will certainly spice things up for an already spicy encounter in February.  I just hope that Forest similar restrict the number of Derby fans in the ground as they did for us.  I also pray that we don’t have any tree-related equivalent to those embarrassing sheep masks!

Day of Brian Clough celebrations

Nottingham is set for a day of celebration on Thursday as the city pays tribute to Brian Clough.

A statue of the legendary former Nottingham Forest manager is now in position near the Old Market Square ready for the unveiling by his wife Barbara.

Hundreds of well-wishers are expected to join current and former Forest stars and other VIPs for the 1pm ceremony.

However, the entertainment will start early with a big screen showing action and interviews from Forest’s glory days under Cloughie, from mid-morning onwards.
The day’s timetable is:

10:00 am – Archive footage of Forest’s European Cup triumphs
11:30 am – Tributes and recorded memories of Brian Clough
12.15 pm – Twiggy and Emma from Trent FM set the scene
12.30 pm – Gary Newbon hosts interviews with VIPs and former players
13:00 pm – Barbara Clough performs the unveiling

Mrs Clough set the scene for what will be a memorable day when she said: “I’m really looking forward to the occasion and I am sure the same can be said of many people in and around the city.

“I know Brian would have been immensely proud that people have gone to so much trouble to pay tribute to him.”

Two of Forest’s former European Cup winners have been paying tribute to the master manager. Martin O’Neill feels that it was his personality and character which motivated the players. “You were drawn towards him and felt that playing in his team was the most important aspect of your life. He was simply sensational and the unveiling of this statue is so well merited.”

John Robertson, who scored the European Cup-winning goal in 1980, says that Cloughie was the most charismatic man he has ever met. “His mind was so sharp and he knew the game inside out. To do what he did at such clubs as Nottingham Forest and Derby County was phenomenal. With respect, I can never see it being done again.”

Paul Ellis, Chairman of the Statue Fund, commented: “I went to see the finished article at the foundry prior to its transportation to Nottingham and we all agreed it is quite breathtaking.

“I’m convinced that everyone who sees it will feel the same and all the people involved can feel extremely proud at the outcome of the project.

Nottingham City Council Leader, Councillor Jon Collins, added: “This is a fitting tribute which recognises Brian Clough’s achievements and all he did for Nottingham. It promises to be a really special occasion when the statue is unveiled on Thursday. I hope as many people as possible will come along and join in the celebrations.”