Vital Football

Latest Nottingham Forest News

Will The Forest Fire Be Reignited?

Will The Forest Fire Be Reignited?

Last season ended on a remarkably low note for Forest, with 'that' game sure to live long in the memory. But things have looked up ever since.

News that Celtic captain Neil Lennon was interested in joining the club had leaked into the press a long time before the contracts were signed - Colin Calderwood travelling to Portugal to seal the deal. Having captained his former team Celtic in the Champions League Quarter Finals earlier this year, his experience will no doubt help Forest in their quest for League One glory, as well as give the youngsters someone to look up to, with Lennon being regarded by many as the model professional.

Probably the most exciting news to come out of Trentside in a long time, was that of plans for a Super Stadium. It would be the biggest stadium in the East Midlands, and capable of catering for up to 50,000 people. Despite the fact that 2014 is the earliest the stadium would be ready, the vibes coming from The City Ground were all positive. ''With a capacity of 45,000 to 50,000, if the World Cup were to come to England in 2018 or 2022, then this would be a stadium worthy of staging World Cup matches.' International matches in Nottingham brings back memories of Euro 96, but a World Cup, who'd have thought a League One club would host World Cup matches? Chief Executive Mark Arthur quickly stated that any financial backing for this new stadium wouldn't affect transfer budgets and the playing side, as the stadium will be used by a Premiership club, that club being Nottingham Forest.

After the Neil Lennon signing, Colin Calderwood had stated that there were more signings to come, and that he hoped that the signing of Lennon would persuade Kris Commons to stay at the club and sign a new contract. Thankfully for the Reds, it did, and the signature of Kris Commons has been largely treated with the happiness of a new signing. Forest were still lacking the depth in the squad though, and Calderwood was still looking. He didn't have to look to far back in his mind however, after seeing how Arron Davies tore the Forest defence apart on numerous occasions back in May, and after Yeovil lost the play-off final, who better to sign than Davies himself? Also to be joined by his team mate and - if the press is to be believed - long-term target Chris Cohen.

The defence still looked a bit weak, and as Arron Davies showed everyone, it needed to be improved. Monsieur Calderwood decided that Kelvin Wilson - the former Notts County player - would be a great addition to the squad. He agreed, and so did the fans, as Forest fans welcomed one of their own to The City Ground from Preston. Wilson can play at right back or centre back, and his versatility will help the team throughout the season in which injuries will no doubt be sustained. Also to join, to replace Alan Wright who returned to Sheffield Utd over the summer, was Leyton Orient fan favourite Matt Lockwood. The left back was out of contract, and due to sign a new deal with Orient, but when he heard of Forest's interest, he was only heading in one direction.

The pre-season has been largely affected by injuries. Strikers Nathan Tyson and Junior Agogo both missed the majority - if not all - of pre season with knee and pelvis injuries respectively. The same applied for Chris Cohen, who was still recovering from a groin operation when he signed. Good news for Forest was that Agogo and Cohen both had some part in the last pre-season game of the season away at Sheffield Utd, and both may be involved this weekend against Bournemouth. Arron Davies, Ian Breckin (missing his first league game for Forest since joining), Lewis McGugan and James Perch are all doubtful for the season opener, along with Cohen and Agogo, Tyson is definitly ruled out.

46 matches to go then, and the race for the Championship is on. The first line up of the season is going to look depleted, but a win in these very difficult circumstances will only help the players' and the fans' confidence in promotion.



Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:WillT
Date:Saturday August 11 2007
Time: 8:09PM

Comments

0
Good luck - Not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kentlions1983
11/08/2007 20:12:00
0
As a very good friend of Alan Hill, I wish Forest the very best.
weetim67
12/08/2007 07:11:00
0
Not a bad read that article. Need to get some results together for a good start.
will it ever happen
09/12/2007 17:37:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Nottingham Forest Articles

FA Cup Ball Numbers Known (3/12/16)

With FA Cup second round ties taking place this weekend, the ball numbers for the third round draw of the competition have now been allocated.

Stats: Nottingham Forest v Newcastle United

All the stats from Nottingham Forest (2) vs (1) Newcastle United, City Ground, 2/12/16 Att: 21,317

Nottingham Forest v Newcastle - Team Sheets

Nottingham Forest are at the City Ground with Newcastle the visitors for the latest Championship game.

Forest v Newcastle - Follow Live On Twitter

Nottingham Forest are at the City Ground with Newcastle the visitors today, this will be a 7:45pm kick-off.

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)

Newcastle MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Stojkovic7%
Mills0%
Perquis0%
Mancienne0%
Cash3%
Lansbury15%
Kasami6%
Lam6%
Lichaj33%
Osborn3%
Bendtner6%
Sub - Assombalonga6%
Sub - Carayol3%
Sub - Vellios12%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 19 11 6 2 39 17
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 19 10 2 7 32 3
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Nottingham Forest Results (view all)

Nottingham Forest Fixtures (view all)

Dec 11 2016 12:00PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 14 2016 7:45PM : Preston North End (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 30 2016 7:45PM : Newcastle United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.da fuq51
2.Apollyon19
3.forestfaninvegas17
4.Our Kids Dad16
5.mr ron14
6.orbitalforest14
7.Southern red14
8.Calvin Plummer13
9.LyttleByLyttle12
10.ZedRed12
Write for Vital Football