Vital Football

Latest Nottingham Forest News

Osgood To Inspire Salisbury?

Osgood To Inspire Salisbury?

Should Salisbury City beat League One leaders Nottingham Forest in the second round of the FA Cup at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium tomorrow, Nick Holmes, manager of the Nationwide Conference South side, will be dedicating the victory to his former Southampton colleague, the late Peter Osgood.

Holmes played with Osgood in the Saints team that beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley in 1976, and speaks fondly of his former team-mate. 'Ossie would have been here on Sunday,' Holmes said when discussing the biggest game in Salisbury's 59-year history earlier this week.

'He took me under his wing during that time and did my talking for me,' Holmes recalled, 'and generally made sure he looked after me. He helped me more than anybody as a 20-year-old getting into the side, and made sure I was never left out of anything. But it's when the big occasions like this come around and you have to deal with you lot and the television - that's what he loved the most. If ever I wanted Ossie to help me out again, it's now'.

For a man who has achieved every schoolboy's dream - Holmes supported Southampton from the age of seven, played 543 times for his beloved Saints, won an FA Cup winners' medal at Wembley and played with some Britain's greatest footballers - the Salisbury manager remains an engagingly honest and unassuming individual, just as he was as a player.

'It's nice to be remembered in Southampton,' he said, shaking his head in wonder as he recalled the epic 1-0 victory over Tommy Docherty's young stars 30 years ago. 'I had a big scythe at Stevie Coppell early on, I remember - and missed him by a mile. Peter Rodgrigues did a great job on Gordon Hill, who was predicted to be their matchwinner. First 20 minutes they really hammered us, but when you've got players like Mick Channon and Osgood in your side, you've always got a chance.'

Holmes retired in 1989 and moved to Florida 10 years later. In July 2002 he returned to manage Salisbury City, whom he guided to the Southern League Championship last season. Success has continued to follow the former defender and the Whites are presently in second place in the Conference South, five points behind Histon, with two games in hand.

Tomorrow they face a Forest side who are five points clear at the top of League One and undefeated away from home this season, a record only Manchester United can equal from English football's top five divisions. However, Holmes, who earned £500 a week at his peak, is positive about the chances of his part-time players.

'If you don't concede goals then you can't lose,' he reminded me, 'and we don't talk about drawing matches here.'

Salisbury's nine-year-old stadium, close to Old Sarum on the outskirts of town, will be full to its 3,000 capacity tomorrow, but with the game due to be screened live on BBC, the club's planned ground improvements are now paid for, whatever the result.

The Salisbury players cannot wait to get at Forest. Since player-coach Tommy Widdrington arrived last season, confidence has surged. The 35-year-old former Southampton, Grimsby and Port Vale midfielder is injured and will not play tomorrow, but his place will be taken by Holmes' 28-year-old son, Matthew.

'We believe we can do anything,' Matthew said confidently. 'The lads are flying at the moment.' Credit to your father, I suggested. 'Don't give him all the glory,' he laughed, 'The chairman, Nev Bean, has done a fantastic job. My 18-month-old little boy Jacob adores dad, but because he works up here all the time, every time he sees his grandad he's driving a tractor, so he thinks he's a tractor driver, not a footballer.'

Holmes does not altogether disagree. 'Ossie always said I had a good engine,' he recalled.





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

Writer:
Date:Saturday December 2 2006
Time: 2:39PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Nottingham Forest Articles

Walker Heads To Port Vale

Young Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker yesterday completed a loan move out to League One side Port Vale for the rest of the season.

Riley Explains Postponements

It doesn't happen often in the Premier League or Championship thesedays, but League's 1 & 2 still suffer the odd postponement owing to the weather and Mike Riley...

Al Hasawi Facing Bill From Moores

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi is facing the prospect of a 'multi-millions pound bill' coming his way following the collapse of the proposed John Jay Moores takeover last week.

Vital View - Championship, 12th-14th January 2017

Newcastle moved above Brighton to the top of the table when Albion slipped up. Rotherham and Wigan both won but remain in the bottom three with Blackburn.

Archived Vital Forest Articles

Vital Forest articles from

Site Journalists

Kev Finnegan
no email
Profile
Our Kids Dad
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Birmingham MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Henderson6%
Mancienne2%
Mills2%
Hobbs38%
Lichaj2%
Lam1%
Cash2%
Pereira2%
Osborn2%
Lica35%
Assombalonga3%
Sub - Pinillos3%
Sub - Vaughan2%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 26 18 1 7 55 29
2 Brighton 25 16 6 3 54 23
3 Leeds Utd 26 15 3 8 48 11
4 Reading 25 14 4 7 46 3
5 Huddersfield 26 14 4 8 46 0
6 Sheff Wed 26 13 6 7 45 6
7 Derby County 26 11 7 8 40 5
8 Fulham 25 10 9 6 39 13
9 Preston 26 11 6 9 39 3
10 Barnsley 26 11 5 10 38 4
11 Norwich 26 11 4 11 37 3
12 Birmingham 26 9 9 8 36 -5
13 Aston Villa 26 8 11 7 35 1
14 Ipswich 26 9 7 10 34 -3
15 Brentford 26 9 6 11 33 0
16 Wolves 26 8 8 10 32 -1
17 Q.P.R. 26 9 5 12 32 -11
18 Cardiff 25 8 6 11 30 -10
19 Bristol City 26 8 3 15 27 -3
20 Forest 26 7 6 13 27 -8
21 Burton 26 6 7 13 25 -10
22 Blackburn 26 6 6 14 24 -12
23 Wigan 26 5 7 14 22 -9
24 Rotherham 26 4 4 18 16 -29
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Nottingham Forest Results (view all)

Nottingham Forest Fixtures (view all)

Jan 21 2017 3:00PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 25 2017 7:45PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 31 2017 7:45PM : Rotherham United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 5:30PM : Aston Villa (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Fulham (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Jimmy Gordon424
2.Galaxy42262
3.orbitalforest242
4.the jock227
5.Apollyon225
6.LyttleByLyttle214
7.Our Kids Dad212
8.paplane210
9.da fuq136
10.Pope John XXIII130
Vital Football Comment