UK time is: 07:42:06
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Working Lads Ready For Forest

Butcher, baker, candlestick maker - the competition that feeds off everyday people sticking it up the big boys, is waiting to induct its latest unlikely hero tomorrow.


The list of day jobs within the Salisbury dressing room range from fraud investigator to chip shop owner and pool attendant.

And with no fewer than three landscape gardeners at the Conference South club - at least Nottingham Forest shouldn't have to worry about a problem pitch.

But Salisbury would consider themselves much more than FA Cup chancers with regular home gates of 1,200 and genuine designs on League football.

Though, charmingly, the club website lists two tea huts as part of the facilities at the 3,740 capacity stadium, the Whites are going places.

The appointment of the management team of Nick Holmes and Tommy Widdrington was an indication of the Wiltshire club's ambition - and they have been rewarded as the pair won promotion to the Conference South in their first season in charge.

For Widdrington - who was still playing for Port Vale when approached to be player/head coach at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium - it was a big decision to step down to non-league.

'I wasn't prepared to just pack in my career,' said the midfielder, who will miss out tomorrow because of a knee injury.

'I want to coach at a high a level as I possibly can. I told them to show the same ambition and I would come. They've stuck to their word and been magnificent.'

So much so that Widdrington pulled out of the running for the Macclesfield Town job after being short-listed, along with Paul Ince.

Instead he signed an extended deal with Salisbury, where he has been pivotal in convincing a number of professional players to step down to non-league.

One of those players - Jon Beswetherick, who had spells with Swindon, Macclesfield and Bristol Rovers - will also miss out with a knee injury. But his absence has created something of a fairytale for one of Salisbury's favourite sons.

In 18 years of amateur football and almost 300 appearances for the club, 35-year-old Simon Browne will play in the second round of Cup for the first time in his career.

Another touching tale comes in the form of midfielder Wayne Turk who once walked out on to the pitch alongside Forest's own Colin Calderwood - but only as a mascot for a Swindon game.

One to look out for will be winger Luke Prince, who was persuaded to sign for Salisbury when a scout bumped into him while both queued for a hot dog.

Widdrington also tips striker Paul Sales to make the step up to the professional game, while forwards Matt Tubbs and Robbie Matthews have courted interest from league clubs.

Salisbury has been gripped by Cup fever with a local brewery creating a special commemorative beer, while businesses have been urged to put up window displays to paint the city black and white.

Widdrington is enjoying the attention as much as anyone else - but is adamant this is just the start.

'Four or five years ago this club was struggling,' he said. 'Now it is booming and I don't want this to be the pinnacle. I want to go on from this.

'It is a club on the up and I am sure we are not going to allow this to be a one-off.'



Nottingham Evening Post




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


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

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 2 2006

Time: 6:04PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Nottingham Forest Articles

Forest's Under 21s Tame The Owls! (Friday August 29 2014)

Reds v Royals Match Preview (Friday August 22 2014)

Hooray Henri!!! (Friday August 22 2014)

Bournemouth v Forest Match Preview (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Archived Nottingham Forest Articles

List All Vital Forest Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Calvin Plummer 24
2. arthursleftball 23
3. Kimbored 23
4. PVH 23
5. Mr Angry 18
6. da fuq 16
7. paz1967 14
8. payola1980 11
9. Nanpantan red 9
10. LyttleByLyttle 8

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Forest 2 - 0 Blackpool
Forest 4 - 0 Reading
Bournemouth 1 - 2 Forest
Sheff Wed 0 - 1 Forest
Bolton 2 - 2 Forest

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Forest 5 4 1 0 +8 13
2. Watford 5 4 0 1 +7 12
3. Wolves 5 4 0 1 +4 12
4. Norwich 5 3 1 1 +5 10
5. Millwall 5 3 1 1 +3 10
6. Charlton 5 2 3 0 +2 9
7. Derby County 5 2 2 1 +4 8

Breaking League News

Louis Thompson Signs
Norwich : 02/09/2014 07:23:00
Hooiveld Joins on loan
Norwich : 02/09/2014 07:19:00
LUFC On This Day - September 2nd
Leeds Utd : 02/09/2014 07:02:00
Surman: I'm really pleased with move
Bournemouth : 02/09/2014 07:00:00
Still To Come At BWFC
Bolton : 02/09/2014 07:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Djamel Abdoun is yet to find a new club - would you keep him to see if he can turn his Forest career
Suggested By:  OKD
Yes - given current injuries 73%
No - get rid asap 27%