Is this the new Forest kit?

Having had a busy day I’ve been catching up on Internet rumours, and came up with this little gem courtesy of the LTLF Forum.  Certainly it looks consistent with the sneak previews we’ve seen on the official Forest website – the circled logo, the white bits near the neck/shoulders – of course, it’s not long to wait ’til we can confirm whether or not it proves to be accurate!

A computer representation has some margin for error, but if it’s not radically different to that then I quite like it!  that said, I’m still trying to work out who the player is supposed to be – which may or may not bode well!  The Victor Chandler logo looks quite classy on there, too.

On a related note, keep an eye over on LTLF tomorrow as they’re going to have a well-placed snapper on hand to upload pictures of the new kit upon launch tomorrow.

Mills set to sign?

I’ve heard it from a couple of places now that Forest’s not inconsiderable courtship of Matthew Mills from Doncaster Rovers looks likely to be consummated over the next couple of days.  Certainly still very much a rumour rather than a confirmed fact, but has been mentioned by folks who’ve proven reliable on such matters in the past, including Vital Forest, who seem to be experiencing a few technical glitches as I type.

If it proves to be true then this will hopefully prove a cracking signing – certainly Rovers have not been keen to sell, but Saturday’s defensive frailties served as a reminder that the one position that Billy hasn’t made a signing for so far this summer is also in need of strengthening, so the acquisition of Mills would be good news indeed.

He signed for Rovers this time last year, having previously been on loan with them from Manchester City.  If the figures of £2m+ are to be believed, then Donny would make a more than healthy profit on the £300k they paid for his services just a year ago.  He’s a popular figure with the Rovers fans, and stood out particularly during their playoff final defeat of Leeds United to gain promotion after we’d snuck ahead of them into second place.

I never got to read the details on the Vital Forest site, but whispers of tomorrow or wednesday for the news to be confirmed means it won’t be long before we learn whether or not this rumour has any basis in fact.  Hopefully it does!

Sponsorless shirts to be available..

Forest have confirmed what most of us probably realised already – namely we will be able to attain the new home kit without the sponsors logo on it.  A couple of factors have undoubtedly conspired to make this happen – the main one being the nature of business our sponsors operate in.

Gambling companies aren’t allowed to have their logo on kids shirts, and obviously because gambling is forbidden by religions active in the UK it means that adult kits have to be available without the logo on.  The late nature of Forest’s negotiations with Victor Chandler will also have meant they probably had the kits produced without a logo in place too.

So now, should you want a kit with a logo you must buy it from the club shop to have it affixed at the time of purchase.  If this operates like the number/name technology then that would be a worry as it would be peeling off within a matter of months.  It also begs the question why Forest didn’t make their kit available sooner – given that presumably they’ve had the shirts awaiting the sponsorship news.

Personally I’m pleased as I like the idea of having a shirt without a sponsor on it – and that’s not down to any particular objection with our new sponsors, I just like having the option – back when I was a lad I remember the kids at school actually paying to have Home Ales or Shipstones printed on their shirts because they came sponsorless by default!

The shirt is due to be unveiled on Wednesday 29th July, and will be available to preorder from then – finally going on sale on 7th August.

Charity update from Clough Statue miniatures..

Nottingham’s bronze statue of the legendary football manager Brian Clough has helped to raise thousands of pounds for good causes. The sale of hundreds of miniature replica statues of the Master Manager has raised £20,000 for the Brian Clough Memorial Fund, which is run by his family and gives money to the types of charitable causes he supported.

A cheque will be officially presented to the Clough family on Tuesday July 28th at 5pm, next to the original bronze statue in Nottingham city centre.

The limited edition miniature figures, made from resin, were designed by Les Johnson, the world-renowned sculptor who made the impressive nine-feet high bronze statue which was unveiled by Mrs Barbara Clough in Nottingham last November. That statue, costing £70,000, was paid for by fans who set-up a fund raising campaign, smashing through their target in just 18 months.

Following the unveiling of the statue, the miniature figures were put on sale for £100 each. Almost 1,000 have been sold. After artist and production costs are taken into account, all profits are going to the family’s memorial fund. The sale of the replicas was managed by the Nottingham-based firm The Media Group. There are just 30 replicas left. They can be ordered at http://www.themediagroup.tv/brianclough.

The chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Fund (which raised the money for the original life-size bronze statue), Paul Ellis, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the miniature statues have raised so much money for charity. It’s fitting that the proceeds are going to the family’s memorial fund. It goes to show that the memory of Brian Clough can still help good causes, just as he did when he was alive.

“The impressive bronze statue continues to be a fantastic success story. Hardly a day goes by without people stopping to take photographs of it. In helping to raise money for good causes locally, the statue remains a fitting tribute to a remarkable man.”

The Statue Fund was administered by Nottingham City Council. The Council Leader, Jon Collins, said: “The statue is lasting recognition for a remarkable man who did so much for Nottingham and Nottingham Forest. It’s fantastic that fans have in some way been able to give something back to Brian, by helping to support the charities that were close to his heart.”