The Vital Forest Fan Interview: Pachuca Red
Q - How long have you been following Forest and what was your first game?
I have been following Forest since I was 9 years ago and the first game I saw was against Sheffield Wednesday on 1st November 1986 where, if memory serves, Forest won 3-2. Johnny Metgod put the ball into the Trent which was funny. I still have the original programme if you don't believe me.
Q - What are your most memorable moments as a Forest fan? Good and Bad.
Most memorable was when Forest beat Man U away 2-1 at Old Trafford, Collymore scoring one of the greatest goals I've ever seen. Worst moment has to be how Gazza managed to not get sent off in the 91' FA Cup Final.
Q - Since you have been following Forest, what would your best eleven be? And who is your all time favourite player?
My all time best 11 would be:
Mattheu Louis Jean, John Terry, Des Walker, Stuart Pearce
Steve Stone, Nigel Clough, Roy Keane, Brian Roy
Stan Collymore, Pierre Van Hooijdonk
There have been many in my time that have come and gone and I have loved many of the players like Collymore, Van Hooijdonk (for his ability, not his attitude), Roy, Keane, Sherringham, Lee Chapman, Walker, Bohinen, Jenas, Dawson, Reid and so many more. But because he could score, he could play attractive attacking football in midfield and when he needed to in defence, when Forest got relegated while Cloughie was still at the helm, it would probably be Nigel Clough. He may be at Derby (fair enough, he's just trying to get the best job he can get as a manager) but he was a Forest legend and will always be in my opinion.
Q - In your opinion, what is the best goal you have seen Forest score?
There have been too many to remember, but for me, quality of goal is relative and if you can put it in context, with a story, it`s much better. And so it would have to be the last great goal I saw Forest score which would be Majewski's against Derby at the CG last year. What a strike and what a game!
Q - Best and worst away ground visited?
Best, Old Trafford, truly amazing place, even if it has one of the most odious teams playing there. Second best, Griffin Park, Brentford. There's a pub on ever corner of the ground. I always enjoyed the trips to the West London club. Worst, Blackpool. It's such a miserable dump of a town and the ground is definitely in sink with the rest of the town, a complete dump. Also because of our lack of fortune at whatever the stadium is called, Bloomfield Road I think.
Q - What are your thoughts on the proposed new stadium?
I would like the council to give Forest permission to knock down the member stand and build a new stand there. Forest is one of the few grounds in the country that is nice to look at from the outside as well as in. There are no council houses or thieves, minding your car. Why would you want to move it away from the river? New grounds are o.k if it`s anything like the Emirates or Old Trafford. But it would be a sad day to leave the CG.
Q- Which player(s) would you like to see us sign this summer(realistically)?
Once the hand bags that have been unequivocally thrown out of the pram are retrieved and Billy decides to stay, then we should go for Nicky Shorey again. He liked his time at Forest, he was great and would be the most valuable asset we would be able to acquire this summer. I think trying to convince some of the better players from the teams who are coming down would also add value to the Reds this summer. Andy Dawson at Hull would be an excellent alternative to Shorey. If I were Billy I'd have a shot in the dark for Freddie Prince Boatend. Not bad in the premier league really, would be unbelievable in the Championship and he plays left midfield. Or even Chris Eagles from Burnley who, a bit like Boyd in someways, for me would be a brilliant addition. By far Burnley's best player.
Q - All seater stadia. Good thing, or a bad thing?
Good for safety and comfort. Another reason for liking Griffin Park where Brentford play would be for the novelty value of standing. It's nice to stand but to be honest, I wouldn't want to do it every week.
Q - What are your thoughts on how Forest did last season and how did it compare to your expectations?
Forest were excellent last season and though they may have over performed, they were by far the 3rd best team in the league by the end of it. The Play offs were a big disappointment and I hope the boys can pick themselves up before 8th August. Not getting promoted might have been a good thing in the long run. Another year for the younger members of the squad to really show their value and Forest stand a better chance of 'staying' in the Premier League if they get promoted next season.
Q - What are your expectations for next season in the Championship
I fear that getting over the missed opportunity in the Play Offs may take longer than I hope it will. With a few new faces however, the disappointment will be a distant memory and as long as Billy stays, Forest will be in a much better place to get promoted. If he leaves, I fear greatly for any promotion prospects in the next 2-3 years, unless Mourinho takes the job of course.
Q - What League position will Forest occupy at the end of the 2010/11 season?
2nd with BD at the helm. Mid table without (the change will unsettle and affect results I think).
Q - What's your opinion of Billy Davies and what he's done at NFFC, since his arrival?
Billy has been a revelation and has shown that he can get the very best out of his players which is what all GOOD managers do best. It seems to work best with managers who have a touch of arrogance. Like Cloughie did so often in his time at Forest, it seems to keep players on their toes and also seems to keep them believing in what the manager says. If Gunter`s view of Billy is anything to go by after his comments this week, Billy`s exit would be a major disappointment for the players. It's been a long time since Forest have had a manager who can 'consistently' get the best out of his players. I hope he stays. He does have a big mouth though and has definitely put the cat amongst the pigeons with his comments on STV.
Q- Acquisitions Panel. Good thing or bad?
I thought it did it's job well when it was needed, namely when managers wasted good money on bad players. Billy has proven his metal as a manager though and so I think the reigns should be let loose, enough to give him more freedom to buy who he really thinks will add value to the squad.
Q - Where do you sit/stand at the City Ground?
In the Brian Clough stand, Block K. I would like to be amongst the most passionate in the ground, singing away but I think where I sit, I get the best view and it serves me well when I watch so many games (well used to as I am currently living in Mexico so don't get to go all that often).
Q - Name the celebrity you would most like to bang.
Stupid f*cking question. My wife, the most beautiful women in the world. She is also famous; I know her.
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