After outlandish allegations were made in the Daily Record as part of an investigation into one of Billy’s old friends Tommy Sheridan, the true nature of any arrangement between the two men has come to light…
After Forest had a disappointing defeat at the hands of Manchester United in the 95/96 season (I think), Big Norm does a killer impression of Frank Clark’s post-match talk – one of the few occasions when he saw our mild-mannered former manager angry. It had us in stitches on the night!
Thanks to @petercollison for making the video available and letting me post it – it was recorded at a rakish portrait angle so he could sneak his camera between a few shoulders, it works quite well, though! Should Norm do ‘Evening With’ gigs in the future I can’t recommend highly enough making the effort to attend. He’s a funny guy!
I included a possibly foolish throwaway insight into my past in the Steve Hodge autobiography review, that as a child I’d draw pictures of the Forest squad and send them to him to get signed. I’ve just had a rummage in the loft to see if I could find them, but alas was only able to unearth some more recent sketches, unsigned, from 1995.
The next stage of the search will be to see if the parents might have kept hold of this veritable treasure-trove of future embarrassments. I have no idea how likely that is, although they do seem to have a worryingly large cache of my old school books stored away somewhere so there’s always the possibility. So, for those of you that asked, here are some (slightly better I think) drawings from my youth.
That should help set your expectation levels for the even less technically gifted versions! I’ll keep trying to get hold of the really shit ones! Apologies for the dubious quality of the scan (which is really, rather blatantly, fairly hastily taken pictures with my phone’s camera!).
Sorry about the self-indulgence, but some of you did ask.
Utterly childish, but it tickled me yesterday. One of the awesome things about the evenings at The Approach (as well as being mildly depressing) is their habit of popping old Forest season reviews on the screens while we wait for the guest to arrive. Last night they had the 1992/93 season which saw Frank Clark get Forest promoted at the first time of asking, as well as lots of Stan Collymore related excitement.
It brought back many happy memories – when the highlights rolled around to our away game with Millwall (I think this was televised – it finished 2-2, and featured a Millwall fan running on to the pitch to confront Stan Collymore for no particular reason!) – but a comment from a fellow fan in the crowd really made me chuckle. Just prior to it happening, he turned to a companion and announced “Hey, look, this is where Jeremy Beadle scored against us!”.
Watch the video below – if you’re in a rush skip to around two minutes in, and see if you can spot the now sadly deceased TV prankster in an unexpected moment of prominence. Sadly I couldn’t find a better quality clip on YouTube – but perhaps that adds to the likeness! Indeed, if you click through to view the video on YouTube itself, a Millwall fan has commented on the said-same likeness!