Third round draw sends us to Eastlands..

Well, it will be a new ground for anyone in a watching-Forest capacity, the last time we played Manchester City they were still based at Maine Road.  Naturally it tends to bring about one of two reactions from the fans.

From those of a more optimistic nature (or younger fans who’ve only ever seen us as also-runners rather than ensconced in the top flight) it’s a cause for some excitement, a draw against a ‘big’ club – and indeed, like the Chelsea game, a club with incredibly rich owners.  For those gloomier souls, they get upset that some kind of bandwagon might get jumped upon, that some of the thousands of tickets that will be available might get taken up by ‘part timers’ – well, duh!  Of course they will.

Even a fan like me, too young to have seen the proper glory days, can remember a time when a trip to Manchester City held no fear at all (except being dropped off in the middle of Moss Side by the coach), but well, you have to roll with the times.  We are where we are, and therefore even if it’s a bitter taste to accept we are likely to lose – or be celebrated as giant killers if we pulled off a shock result, that’s the reality in which we find ourselves!

Fellow Nottinghamshireites Eastwood Town perhaps didn’t get the reward they were hoping for, rather than a lucrative tie with Manchester United or Chelsea, they ended up with either a trip up the road to Notts County, or perhaps more likely, a trip to Kettering – which is where the Magpies need to head on 9th December to face Kettering in a replay, having only managed a 1-1 draw with them today at Meadow Lane.

Either way, certainly having despatched Wycombe already, The Badgers have nothing to fear from either opponent, so will already be having sneaky thoughts about a potential fourth round appearance, and perhaps that lucrative tie!

For those of you still feel grumpy about the prospect of playing underdog to Manchester City, and being part of a bigger-than-usual scrum for tickets for our game up at Eastland, don’t forget, we could’ve been entered into the earlier rounds, and we could’ve lost to Histon!

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8 Responses

  1. I bet Robinho is quaking in his boots at the thought of facing Big Wes and Kelvin!

  2. Funny you should say that if you could see what I was working on in Photoshop at the moment! 😀

  3. I can’t see any negatives in it, my boy is 8 and we have the chance to go to a very big ground to see forest, they are potentially the richest club in the world. We are what we are. The past is the past, this is great game and should be a good day out. Last year as a forest fan for 30 odd years having been to all the top grounds with my dad, I took Lewis to Crewe away !!! Lets just enjoy……….and you never know

  4. I hope it will be moved to the Sunday.
    During one of my lower periods this season I booked tickets to the Indoor Trials in Sheffield on the 3rd. My lad said at the time “what about Forest though dad?”
    I replied that I wasn’t bothered and Arthur could whistle for my cash!

    So, my boys want it moving to the Sunday now please!

  5. Interesting to find they’ve had more managers than us during the last 10+ years. I’d forgotten the Forest links with Hart & Pearce:-
    Alan Ball, Asa Hartford, Steve Coppell, Phil Neal, Frank Clark, Joe Royle, Kevin Keegan, Stuart Pearce, Sven-Göran Eriksson, Mark Hughes.
    So if that lot and mega-money can’t do it for them – we’re in with a chance – eh ?!?!?

  6. sorry….should have been Frank Clark not Hart in above.

  7. What a perfect fixture! No pressure, no real expectations, probably on TV and therefore worth a few quid and before City spend their millions in January.

    I live near Mcr and took my kids to see Man City vs Arsenal last Saturday (Yes, instead of coming to Nottm to see us lose to Norwich – sorry!) It’s a great ground to watch a game – a bit like a condensed version of Wembley.

    Anyone driving; follow signs to the Manchester Velodrome on the east of manchester and park there – it’s a 10 minute walk from the ground, is a smaller ‘official’ car park and therefore easier to get away from at the end of the game.

    Happy New Year!!

  8. perfect fixture for me! am at manchester uni so its great.. went to the game versus man united today and when the stadium announcer said ‘ we’re playing forest at home in the fa cup’ i did the loudest UUU REDS much to the amusement of the City-ites. Guess they thought i was the United scum. Bring it on! uuuuu reds

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