What a spine tingling moment it must have been for Stuart Pearce today as the Nottingham Forest faithful gave him a rapturous applause ahead of his first competitive game in charge of Nottingham Forest on a full-time basis having held the post as caretaker boss way back in 1996/97.
It's no real surprise having captained Forest for years under the legend that was Brian Clough that he got this sort of reception however it must have been emotional!
Stuart Pearce's return to Nottingham Forest as manager has the Forest fans dreaming of a return to the top flight ASAP and to coincide with the capture of the former Forest hero, captain and dead-ball specialist the club have released this video of the top 10 goals scored by one of England's best ever left backs!
If grounds could talk, its tale would be the grandest of them all. It is no Camp Nou, no Bernabeu. You could hardly find a more inauspicious set for this Hollywood plot. Across the waters of the Trent, beyond the graffiti-spattered Lady Bay Bridge and gloomy, half-abandoned industrial units, Nottingham Forest's giant, dirty goalpost Trent End is impossible to miss, standing proud alongside the boat clubs on the banks of the river.
[F]ollowing on from John McGee's freeform assessment of League 1 yesterday, here is a somewhat more plodding assessment of the level above. That, however, is no reflection on the ins and outs of this season's Championship - a competition where extortionate transfer fees, underqualified managers and frankly terrifying owners hold sway, where parachute payments warp the competition and everyone is indulging in the filthy scramble for Premier League riches - apart from Blackpool.
[I]t was a close-call, but Danny Ings pipped fellow Claret Kieran Trippier to this year's YP gong. The Wintonian was simply irrepressible and – to Burnley supporters' joy – managed to return from the sidelines just as his strike partner Sam Vokes had hobbled off with a season-ending injury. Trippier, who once again claimed the right-back spot in the divisional PFA team of the year, can however be considered unlucky not to have made the award his own; a great career surely lies ahead for the former Manchester City youth-teamer.
[N]o one will be surprised I am sure to hear that I am happy to see the back of Billy Davies. I was happy when he left the first time and was not impressed to see him back at the City Ground after the mess of Alex McLeish's six weeks in charge, which had followed the debacle of Sean O'Driscoll's sacking.
In the late 1970s a company called Marshall Cavendish released a series of football magazines which the avid reader would slip into binders to create their very own football encyclopaedia. One of the articles contained within is a lament about the struggles of the British game and part of the argument for improvements made by the author suggests the introduction of a British Super-League.
[I]n the run up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, we ran a series of profiles of Football League players who had been named in their countries' squads. Hence, the likes of Middlesbrough's Rhys Williams (Australia), Ipswich's Tommy Smith (New Zealand) and West Brom'sGonzalo Jara (Chile) featured in our coverage.
Watford striker Gabriella Angella with the most outrageously amazing finish you'll see this season! He meets the ball while pirouetting in mid-air, and guides it in with a back-flick off the outside of his boot.That will be a goal of the year contender.
[O]ne of the more emotive of political causes in recent times has been the plan to build a new high speed rail line between London, the North of England and the Midlands; the now notorious High Speed 2 project â€“ often abbreviated to plain HS2. With construction due to begin in 2017, the plan is for the line to extend north westwards from Euston station in the capital to Birmingham before branching in the shape of a Y towards Manchester and Leeds.
Football has no doubt drastically changed in the last fifteen years. The influx of foreign players, greater financial investment, sports science and the styles of play have all added to the global appeal of the English Premier League; making it the most watched and most admired football league in the world.
In the FA Cup at the weekend, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce played his U21 side against Nottingham Forest so that his players would be well rested for Wednesday's League Cup semi-final tie with Manchester City.
That moved backfired when Forest put five past West Ham, so there was pressure on the West Ham players to respond and play well against City.
A young West Ham United supporter burst out in tears Sunday during the match between his club and Nottingham Forest, as the Championship side thrashed the Hammers 5-0 at the City Ground.
The young boy, who was in the away section with fellow West Ham United supporters, broke down in tears and had to be consoled by his father after Forest went three-nil up against the Premier League club.
[I]n this month's issue of When Saturday Comes magazine, I cast an eye over Leicester City's financial prospects as the club homed in on promotion to the Premier League. In all, my article was perhaps a little kind on the Foxes as I gave the benefit of the doubt to the view that the untold riches on offer post-promotion would wipe out the serious ‘ifs' that surround the club's economy.
[S]tewart Robson was something of an under rated footballer of the 1980s. Unfortunate to have figured most prominently for Arsenal during the dog days of the Terry Neill/Don Howe era, George Graham preferred Steve Williams in the midfield anchor role and the tough tackling and energetic Robson is now half-forgotten.
Liverpool dispatched scout Neil Richardson to take advantage of a triple-whammy scouting opportunity at Sheffield United's 3-1 win at home to Nottingham Forest on Sunday. Richardson was able to report on the performances of two potential transfer targets Nottingham Forest's Jamaal Lascelles and Sheffield United's Harry Maguire while also keeping tabs on Reds [.
According to the Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough, it was news of the reward that pushed his team over the line in their FA Cup Fifth Round match against Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon. For reasons as ever best kept to themselves, the Football Association held the draw for the quarter-finals of this year's competition towards the end of the first half of their match, and as serendipity would have it the Blades found out at half-time that winning this match would lead to a Sixth Round match against Sheffield Wednesday, if they could pull a result out of the hat in the forty-five minutes that followed and Wednesday come to beat Charlton Athletic in their now-delayed match.
After yesterday's surprise win by Sheffield United against Aston Villa, there are a few more chances today for upsets in the FA Cup Third Round. If you're a betting man, you may want to put your money on Nottingham Forest defeating a depleted West Ham United side who have their minds on trying to stay in the Premier League.
West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan have given their public backing to manager Sam Allardyce after yesterday's 5-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest. Allardyce sent out an inexperienced team in the FA Cup third round tie with the Championship side and the youngsters suffered a drubbing at the City Ground.
When Bobby Robson was at the club, we were (very) interested in signing Michael Dawson, when he was still at Nottingham Forest and before he signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 2005. Michael Dawson Newcastle interested? At the time Bobby wanted to strengthen the defense, and especially the central defense, and we suppose the same [.
[C]redit to last year's winners Wolverhampton Wanderers who have bounced back under the shrewd stewardship of Kenny Jackett and might fancy their chances of making it a complete recovery were not their fans keenly aware of the dangers of hubris. Given this, the category turned out to be fairly split with Tranmere Rovers (top of League 1 in January 2013, relegated by May the following year), Northampton Town (from play-off finalists to very nearly relegated in the space of 12 months), Steve Lomas' reign at Millwall, QPR (they should have walked the league with that squad and their loan players),.
Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies was in understandably high spirits after yesterday's 5-0 FA Cup third round win over. So much so that his first thought after the game was arranging to race a journalist to a pork pie. Singling out a reporter in his press conference and referring to comments made on a social [.