In case some of you hadn’t realised, there’s a football match tomorrow..

Local pride and bragging rights are at stake on friday...

Local pride and bragging rights are at stake on friday...

It’s getting quite exciting now, isn’t it?  It certainly is for me, just one more day until our FA Cup game at Pride Park, a reunion with the lesser Clough, and a return to his old stomping ground for Billy.  It certainly is the stuff ordinarily soap operas would probably be made of, with demand and interest outstripping the tickets, as well as they away end (and I dare say smatterings of the home ends) there will be pubs all around the country with a cracking atmosphere.

Oddly, and this feels very alien to me, a lot of Forest fans seem to be anticipating this game with a high degree of confidence.  It’s true we’re on a great run of form, and that our opponents are not, however this is no ordinary game for either side.  Both managers will be desperate to cash in the favour that a win will bring from either set of fans for doing one over the other, and this will undoubtedly translate on to the pitch.

Attempting to be objective, which is difficult, would suggest to me that the midfield battle is the one where we’ll have to play on top of our game – because Derby’s midfield looks stronger than ours.  Defensively I think both sides have significant weaknesses, but in attack I favour our trio of Earnie, Tys and Garner over theirs.  On paper, it will be close – but of course, formbooks, windows, local derbies… we all know the score.

The sheep botherers of my acquaintance are similarly bullish as the Forest fans I know about their prospects – I’m not sure whether, from either side, this is pure bravado in the face of a rival or whether they have become so entrenched that’s what they all believe.  I’m not all that confident, but then I’m a cautious character anyway in that regard – I’m certainly looking forward to it more than any game for some time.

For those of us going, it’s imperative we give the lads and Billy a rousing backing – every derisive chant directed at Davies needs to be met with something supportive of the new man.  Personally I think chants directed at the lesser Clough are a little distasteful, I still retain affection for him the person despite despising his career choice.  Although Commons deserves whatever he gets, if he has the nerve to play, that is!

Depending on the result a night of celebrations might be in order (that’s acknowledging a possibility, not a prediction!), so updates might not be as forthcoming as usual tomorrow, we shall see.  I’m sure that this will be amongst the most-watched games by you readers anyway – so make use of the comments system to write your thoughts too.  With a few years away from it, you sometimes forget the intensity of a good local rivalry – I realise now how much I’ve missed it!

With us on the back of a great run in the league and cup, and Derby of course struggling in the league – but putting in one cracking game, and one credible one against Manchester United, it’s hard to come to an objective way of choosing a ‘favourite’.  Betfair favour the home side very slightly, but clearly they too are struggling to differentiate, as we gradually work our way up they work their way down – have we met somewhere in the middle or crossed over yet?  Who knows…

After today all logic goes out the window, it’s time to have a few beers and make a right racket in honour of the mighty Reds…

All together now…

When Derby go down again, again,
We’ll sing, we’ll sing…

19 Responses

  1. Come on Forest! might as well have taken today off work as well because i can’t get anything done.

    From reading all related articles on the website, it seems d*rby havent yet managed to sell all their tickets, is this right? would look on their website for clarification but dont want to dirty myself or my computer with that filth.

    Going to be a cracker, just hope i can enjoy it, U Reds!!!!!!

  2. I see you have my mate Andy kissing the turf as your pic?.. Shamelessly stolen from facebook I imagine? lol

  3. No, I shamelessly pilfered it from a Google Image search! The picture seemed to capture my mood, so good on Andy if that’s who it is!

  4. Now then nffc hope your well yes the big one is arriving and theres alot of twitching going on in my subconscious.We have to right up for this one the side is much sharper and fiesty under davies thats for sure.Clean sheets indicate we are in good shape and the lads are scoring goals again if lewis had not been sent off the ast time i recon we would have done them.

    However derbys very rarely go to form whoever is up for it the most will win it,From a mentality standpoint if we beat them and lift the BC trophy think of the boost to the club and players.


    U REDS

  5. As usual NFFC, your comments sum it nicely. Certainly EVEN more sparkle this time to what are normally good occasions.

    I see PieBoy has some stitches so Im hoping Wes kicks him nice and hard on that early doors. Actually I’d like him to break his fat bloated neck but I suppose Wes would get sent off for that !!!

    U Reds!

  6. You reds! Come on Earnshaw, bag yourself a brace against the sheep !

  7. Nice work NFFC – I like your style

    Listen – this NFFC moniker is too impersonal what should I call you? – Winnits maybe??

  8. You could, not sure why you’d want to!

  9. Online names for nffc

    The Forest Oracle

    Trent End Trumpet

    Red dog the wise

    All posters submit your nffc online names fo future vote

  10. Red dog you say? Interesting, very interesting.


    I vote Trumpet

  11. I can’t wait – I’m so looking forward to it I can hardly write! We’re going to win, and it’s going to be awesome.


  12. If you can’t get Setanta Sports 1 to watch the match, according to MyP2P the match is being shown on the web:-

    If you’ve not used MyP2P before, it can be a bit ‘iffy’. It’s also no good putting the Radio Nottm commentary on whilst watching because there’s about a one minute delay !

    Still, if you can’t get a ticket or live in the deepest south like me……..

  13. I went to Old Trafford in 1986. We came back from 2-1 down to 2-2, a brace from Colin Walsh equalising a brace from Jesper Olsen. Then one of the best moments of my life in the 89th minute as Nigel leapt like a Salmon at the far post to nod in the winner. We went ballistic and to me, at that moment, Nigel became a true hero and he is also the son of legend. He should be treated as one by all Forest fans. Nothing more than light hearted banter at his unfortunate recent career move should be voiced!

    Commons on the other hand should be booed for the rest of his career!

  14. looking forward to seeing the game live here on ESPN in Brazil!!

  15. Great news about Tys winning “FA Player of the Round”! It would be great to think that he might come on this site and thank everyone for their support.

    nffc – great blog and comments as ever – I can’t wait! Can anyone recommend the best place to park at Prideless? Suggestions welcome – many thanks.

  16. “He runs down the left, he runs down the r-i-ight, our boy Chris Cohen makes Commons look FAT”. It would be most amusing if D*rby go down this season, taking Fat Commons with them. I would feel sorry for Nigel, though.

  17. Woke up this morning feeling nervous!!
    Got a lovely lady lying next to me and all I could think about was tonights match. Same with the drive in to work, and now I’m here I still can’t concentrate!!

  18. What about the Brian Clough cup?

  19. you’re quite right sam – the clough trophy would look great between the TWO european cups back at the city ground. has anyone seen or read the article in foufourtwo by our former fat number 8 – typical, praising of the forest fans just in time to try and lessen the wrath he’ll definately be on the receiving end of tonight – twat !!! mssg to yiannaki – looks like our hard work was’nt in vain m8 !!!

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