The Vital Forest Fan Interview: Johnathan Maley
Q - How long have you been following Forest and what was your first game?
I`ve been following Forest since the days of Frank Clark in the mid 90`s.
My first game was Forest at home to boro in about 95 or 96, I remember Juninho scoring a trade mark mazy run and Psycho equalising from a free kick. Great game, especially when the ref fell over in the second half, for a six year old that`s as good as any goal.
Q - What are your most memorable moments as a Forest fan? Good and Bad.
That equaliser against Boro was fantastic, it was memorable as I was in the away end with my Dad ( a Boro fan ) and the bloke in front turned on me when I cheered, only to find my Dad`s pal Semus about to knock him into the Trent (before anyone else could) so that was a mix of elation and terror.
Q - Since you have been following Forest, what would your best eleven be? And who is your all time favourite player?
My best eleven would have to be Crossley in goal, Psycho left back, Wes Morgan and Desmond Walker centre halves, Mattie Louis Jean right back, Woany left mid, Stoney right, Chris Bart Williams and Perch centre mid with Johnno no.9 from the 02/03 season and Jack Lester as the front two.
My favourite player... I`d have to say Lester. I just loved his desire and passion plus I don`t think he was played enough when we signed him again the last time, he was awesome in the first leg of the play offs against Yeovil.
Q - What would you say is the best goal you have seen Forest score?
In recent times… I`d have to say Kris commons goal against Watford in 2005 when he lobbed the keeper from literally 50 yards. But in an emotional sense Jules` goal against Yeovil which started the scoring on the last game of the 07/08 campaign to see us promoted!
Q - Best and worst away ground visited?
Best away ground…. Actually Eindovan`s stadium as I saw Boro play Seville in the UEFA cup final, purely in an atmospheric sense and the worst away ground would have to the be the Molinuex. I hate seeing us lose there time and time again.
Q - What are your thoughts on the proposed new stadium?
Like so many fans I`m not up for it, if we`re honest we struggle to fill the city ground when the going gets tough so if we have a poor season in a 50 000 seater … well you can imagine the away supporters.
Q- Which player(s) would you like to see us sign this summer (realistically)?
Jack Lester? Definitely Lee Camp and Dexter B. Camp added some much needed steel to the back and well, who is ever going to forget the last two minutes of Derby away last season? I`ve always admired Blackstock, I remember when he played with Crouch up front for Soton in their last season in the Premier league and he was impressive then, what was he 14?
Q - All seater stadia. Good thing or a bad thing?
Good. I think as a student in Liverpool I`ve come to appreciate the reality of Hillsborough.
Q - What are your thoughts on how Forest did last season and how did it compare to your expectations?
I was actually feeling positive we would cause some trouble for teams but then it just showed how naïve our back four was even very early on. The reality conveyed my early expectations were very wrong.
Q - What are your expectations for next season in the Championship?
To challenge more, to try harder, be less negative and generally improve on last season with a more attractive style of play.
Q - What League position will Forest occupy at the end of the 2009/10 season?
12-8th? It will be tough this season coming.
Q - What's your opinion of Billy Davies and what he's done at NFFC, since arriving in January?
I think he`s one of them managers who get lucky results when you really need them. He did it at Derby and it`s started to show with us, that 1-0 against Coventry and win over Bristol, massive games and his influence orchestrated them both. I`m a fan.
Q - Where do you sit/stand at the City Ground?
It`s sadly been a while because of my ties in Liverpool however when I do, either Trent upper, or Brian Clough Lower.
Q - Name the celebrity you would most like to bang.
Thanks to Jonathan for taking the time out to answer the questions. If you would like to take part in the Fan Interviews, then send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find a list of the Q's HERE. Next up...it's Jim Williams!
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