Vital Football

Latest Nottingham Forest News

The Vital Forest Fan Interview: Nanpantan Red

The Vital Forest Fan Interview: Nanpantan Red

Q - How long have you been following Forest and what was your first game?

My father first took me down to the CG when I was about 5 or 6 and that would be in the Third Division days of Wally Ardron, so I have been following them for around 60 years.

Q - What are your most memorable moments as a Forest fan? Good and Bad.

Good. Obviously all the promotions and Cup wins, either European or domestic. Due to family/work commitments I didn`t get to either of the European Cup Finals, but beating Liverpool in the `78 League Cup Final was very pleasing. I also particularly enjoyed the demolition of Manchester City in 73/74 in that infamous Sunday FA Cup game, which will always be remembered as Duncan McKenzie`s finest moment.

Bad. Obviously Hillsborough, and the defeat in the replayed match, where it seemed the whole nation, apart from Forest fans, were willing Liverpool to win. FA cup final defeats against Spurs, and the League Cup Final defeats against Wolves (Shilton/Needham fiasco) and Manchester Utd. And obviously the sadly too many relegations.


Q - Since you have been following Forest, what would your best eleven be? And who is your all time favourite player?

Top 11. Shilton
Anderson
Walker
Burns
Pearce
O`Neill
Bowyer
Webb
Robertson
Francis
Birtles

All time favourite player. Many will pick stalwarts like Pearce or Robertson, but I did like the grace of Neil Webb
.

Q - What would you say is the best goal you have seen Forest score?

Others have picked some I could have chosen; Metgod`s free kick against West Ham, and Crosby`s cheeky steal from Andy Dibble. There are too many to pick just one. Pearce`s free kick in the FA cup final, the way Steve Hodge leant into the wall. Ian Storey-Moore`s triple effort against Andy Rankin in the 6th round of the FA Cup 66/67, when it was saved, then he hit the bar, before he finally got it into the onion bag. But, perhaps controversially, I have chosen the winner scored by Brian Rice in the away 6th round tie against Arsenal which got us through to the 87/88 semi-final. Nigel took a pass just about on the halfway line, and in his usual fashion he had controlled it and passed it in one movement into the path of Brian Rice who was rushing(?) forward and beating the offside trap. As he ran towards the goal with defenders in pursuit I was thinking "they must catch him" and "if he shoots he`ll miss", but with a blinding shot it was past the keeper and in, off the underside of the bar though. Great to beat Arsenal at Highbury.

Q - Best and worst away ground visited?

Best league ground, given that I haven`t visited them all, would be Highbury, or the old Maine Road.
Worst. The Shay, Halifax, where we beat them 4-0 in the pouring rain in 87/88 on our way to the above-mentioned semi against Liverpool. Calvin Plummer scored.


Q - What are your thoughts on the proposed new stadium?

As long as it`s south of the Trent, I wouldn`t mind.

Q- Which player(s) would you like to see us sign this summer (realistically)?

Blackstock, Camp, Gunter (though I`d like to see Moloney given the chance he deserves) and a good left back. The 2 we`ve got are not up to it. No to Anderson (give McCleary his chance), no to Lynch (see above) and no to McSheffrey (injury might be more long term)

Q - All-seater stadia. Good thing or a bad thing?

I used to stand at the Bridgford end in the pouring rain, so given that all seater also means covered, what do you think? Seriously, I do not want to stand ever again at a football match, except at the local park.

Q - What are your thoughts on how Forest did last season and how did it compare to your expectations?

I genuinely thought that we would do better than we did. Under CC we would have done even worse though.

Q - What are your expectations for next season in the Championship?

Depends who Billy signs. I think that we have a nucleus of very talented youngsters, who will all be older and we hope wiser next season.

Q - What League position will Forest occupy at the end of the 2009/10 season?

I would hope for a top 6 place, but anything less than a top ten would be failure.

Q - What's your opinion of Billy Davies and what he's done at NFFC, since arriving in January?

I too wasn`t happy with the choice, though we obviously had to get rid of CC. I have been absolutely delighted that he has kept faith with the "Forest style" of football, and added some backbone to the players. A breath of fresh air.

Q - Where do you sit/stand at the City Ground?

Upper Bridgford, 4 rows back, just behind the scoreboard.

Q - Name the celebrity you would most like to bang.

You will have worked out my age from the first answer, so I should be grateful for anything these days, but it`s not at the top of my priority list at the moment. Though that new girl on "Countdown", Rachel, is rather gorgeous. (Those of you who are not retired will have to watch it "on demand")

Thanks to Nanpantan Red for taking the time to answer the questions. If you would like to take part, you'll find a copy of the questions HERE. Just email your answers to forest@vitalfootball.co.uk. Next up...it's RogueMonkey_NFFC‏.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



For the very latest Championship odds

For massive weekly jackpots - Play the Football Pools Online

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Nanpantan Red
Date:Monday May 18 2009
Time: 11:37AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Nottingham Forest Articles

Duo Get European Championship Calls

Nottingham Forest duo David Vaughan and Jamie Ward have been named in their respective countries' squads for this summer's European Championships in France.

How Much Have Forest Earned Since 1992?

With the £100million television ceiling being broken this season and handed to one club, where do Nottingham Forest fall in all time Premier League payments table?

Is Garcia coming to Nottingham Forest?

Garcia recently became the 9/4 favourite for the Nottingham Forest managerial vacancy. If Garcia was to be appointed at Forest how would he turn out?

Who Will Forest Face In 2016/17 (30/5/16)

All promotions and relegations for the season of 2015/16 have been confirmed, so the full make up of the Championship for 2016/17 is now known.

Archived Vital Forest Articles

Vital Forest articles from

Site Journalists

Kev Finnegan
no email
Profile
Our Kids Dad
Editor email
Profile
Those Feet
no email
Profile
WillT
no email
Profile
Galaxy42
no email
Profile
Mark2310
no email
Profile
bazforest
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MK Dons MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
de Vries11%
Lichaj1%
Mills1%
Fox2%
Jokic8%
Tesche1%
Gardner2%
Cohen33%
O Burke1%
O'Grady1%
Osborn5%
Sub - Mancienne2%
Sub - Assombalonga31%
Sub - Mendes da Graca1%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Nottingham Forest Results (view all)

Nottingham Forest Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Apollyon471
2.PVH457
3.orbitalforest350
4.da fuq343
5.Jimmy Gordon336
6.Pope John XXIII330
7.the jock322
8.AdebolaCornflakes287
9.Ingy256
10.Our Kids Dad223