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END OF SEASON RAFFLE 


5 May 2022



 
Our end of season raffle has now taken place, thank you to all of you who purchased tickets.

The winning tickets were as follows;  

640 - JANET HALLAM (POWNALL BRANCH)

68 - C/O GLENN HEWITT (GEDLING BRANCH)

152 - ALEX BASTION (LONDON BRANCH)

565 - ANGE (SOUTH NOTTS & CLIFTON BRANCH)

476 - JENNI (GRANTHAM BRANCH)

896 - ANDY (RETFORD BRANCH)

777 - STEVE (AMBER VALLEY BRANCH)

385 - SC (CHARNWOOD BRANCH)

754 - JONO (AMBER VALLEY BRANCH)

135 - STEVE MOON (LONDON BRANCH)

 
Congratulations to all of the winners, your prizes will be sent out this week.

 


RECOMMENDED PUBS FOR PETERBOROUGH 


17 April 2022



 
Our next away game will see us making the relatively short journey to the Weston Homes Stadium to take on Peterborough United this weekend.  

Nottinghamshire and Cambridgeshire Police have asked us to pass on details of their recommended pubs for away fans for the day of the game.

They are as follows (click on the pubs name to go to their website);

Sir Henry Royce - A short walk from the railway station on Broadway.

The Queens Head - A neighbourhood pub serving artisan pizzas on Queen Street.

The Draper's Arms - A Wetherspoons pub near the railway station.

Charters Bar - Real ale bar by the river, opens from midday.

Cross Keys - Local pub, a short walk from the ground. Pre-book coaches.

To those of you travelling to Peterborough next weekend, we hope you enjoy the day.


 

 



MONTHLY £50 DRAW WINNER


 



April 2022

Alan Hardy from the Yorkshire & Lancashire branch


 




VOTING OPENS FOR PLAYER OF THE SEASON AWARDS


11 April 2022



 

As we approach the end of the 2021/22 season, we are asking Nottingham Forest Supporters Club members to help us decide who will be crowned our player of the season and young player of the season.


It has been a fantastic season for The Reds, with stand out performances all over the pitch making it a tough decision who you think should collect our two player of the season awards. This year you will be able to vote by post or email. All you have to do is copy the text below, adding your name, branch details and your chosen player for each award. Only votes with all this information will be counted;


NAME:

BRANCH:

MEMBERSHIP NUMBER:

NOTTINGHAM FOREST SUPPORTERS CLUB PLAYER OF THE SEASON:

THE DAVID HOWARD TROPHY FOR YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON:



If you are voting by email, please send to joanbakewell@ntlworld.com with the subject box titled NFSC VOTE. If your vote is by post, please send to Mrs J Bakewell, 12 Grange Crescent, Gedling, Nottingham. NG4 4BX.

We will be accepting votes until 23th April 2022 and hope to announce the winners before the end of the season in May.

Thank you in advance to all of you who take the time to cast your vote this year..



 



MONTHLY £50 DRAW WINNER


 



March 2022

Simon Lees from the Charnwood branch


 



BRANCH FOCUS : GRANTHAM


28 February 2022

Members of the Grantham  branch on their way to QPR  raising funds for Pink October  in 2021.


 
Last year we spoke to Grantham branch committee member Trevor Hall about their fund-raising efforts for Pink October. We caught up with Trevor again to ask him for an overview of the Grantham branch of the supporters' club, their history and what they get up to as a branch.

In the mid 1970's a small group of like-minded Nottingham Forest fans met in the back room of a local pub, The Blue Bull, and decided to form the Grantham Branch of the Nottingham Forest Supporters Club. The town had been without one since it's forerunner the Forest Sportsman's Club had folded several years earlier.

The branch got off to a bad start and suffered financially in the early days. On the trip to Wembley for the first League Cup final the bus company refused to take us unless we paid up for our outstanding bills. Our Treasurer had to pay with a cheque out of his own account until the money could be refunded to him.

The branch started running coaches to all home and away games, a practice that continues to this day. In 1977 our first game back in the top tier was against Everton and remains memorable, not just for the fantastic 3-1 win, but for the fact that when we were halfway back from Liverpool we realised that we were one short on the bus. We had left Brian Watson behind and no one had noticed his absence before we left! We also ran coaches to Europe in the Cloughie years. Three coach loads left Grantham for Munich in 1979 for our first European Cup final, but only two arrived, the third breaking down in Belgium. Those on the broken-down coach rapidly squeezed themselves on to the other two coaches like sardines for the rest of the journey when it became impossible to procure a replacement coach in time.

During our early European Cup years, our then Chairman Bob Taylor opened his front door one day to rapid knocking only to find a bunch of policemen accompanied by officers from MI5 standing outside. The officers wanted to ask Bob questions relating to East German currency, which was a restricted currency from behind the Iron Curtain.

Bob had a worrying time trying to explain that he had been supporting Forest in their away European Cup game against Dynamo Berlin and had managed to obtain the currency by selling Nottingham Forest merchandise, which was in great demand to East German fans.

He had returned home to Grantham, visited his local bank to deposit his foreign money and have it converted back to Sterling. The bank discovered it was East German Marks and reported it to the security services.

Since then we have had many other incidents including coach breakdowns, one which started trending on Twitter as #M6breakdown on our way back from a League Cup tie at Fleetwood. We have also had windows smashed by opposition fans several times, the most notable being in Knotty Ash on our return from the first, so called, replay against Newcastle United in 1974 after the infamous pitch invasion in the original match. We were also turned away from Everton a few years later when someone dropped their trousers and exposed his rear to a following vehicle. Unfortunately the vehicle happened to contain a police officer!

We have also had mistaken destinations by the coach drivers, which include heading to Weston-super-Mare after an evening game at Bristol City instead of heading home, and another almost arriving in Swindon when we should have been heading for Reading.

We also broke down 20 miles from our destination on the M4 heading to Swansea when a prop shaft broke. South Wales constabulary ended up stopping the local park and ride service and sent the buses to rescue us all from the side of the motorway. We only missed 20 minutes of the game.

More recently we had a ferry trip over the River Thames on our way to Charlton for a night game when the driver inadvertently took a wrong turning and thought we were in a traffic jam, when in fact we were in the queue for the Woolwich Ferry. I bet not many coach loads of hairy arsed football fans have arrived at their destination via the Woolwich Ferry!

Thankfully, none of these incidents have caused us to miss a game, although we didn't arrive at Brentford until half time after getting stuck behind an accident, again on the M4. That road really doesn't like us.

Sadly, we have also had a death on the coach after one of our members had a heart attack as we boarded the coach to depart a game at Crewe Alexandria. Despite our best efforts we were unable to save him. RIP 'Talc' Gibson, a near 30 stone wonderful man with a wickedly dry sense of humour and missed by all those who knew him to this day.

The Grantham branch coaches have become known as Bob's Bus, a term affectionately given to Bob Taylor, the man who arranged the transport for many years and who continues as Chairman of the branch to this day.

Bob's Bus became so famous it even features in a book by Danny Rhodes. Danny is a former member of the branch and wrote FAN, a novel as seen through the eyes of a young man who follows Forest before, during and after the Hillsborough disaster. It is a great read for anyone who experienced those times, and we can all associate with it. Some of the characters are instantly recognisable as members of the branch at that time, Bob obviously being one of them.

Bob no longer runs the branch buses himself, but still continues to travel to every home and away game with us despite now being in his 80's.

At one time the Grantham branch also became the graveyard of managers due to many of them being sacked either just before, or just after appearing at one of our annual branch fund raising events. These include Paul Hart, Steve Cotterill, Sean O'Driscoll, Alex McLeish and sadly 'Pyscho' Stuart Pearce, who is Grantham branches Honorary Life President. On his first appearance Colin Calderwood had to be respectfully reminded that we are Nottingham Forest after calling us 'Notts'. It was a mistake he never made again!

Despite some barren years on the pitch, the branch has been well supported by local fans. this years away coaches are virtually all sell outs, and we are currently well past the 100 member mark. We have some great members who are always up for a laugh and in the past we have had final away game fancy dress buses.

This year we decided to contribute to Lyle Taylors Pink October campaign, which raises awareness of this horrible disease, and many of us either wore wigs or had our hair dyed pink for the QPR game. We managed to raise over £215 for the Cancer Research UK charity from our coach plus a couple of outside donations, we would like to thank each and every person who contributed.

The committee meet on a monthly basis throughout the season, and we have our AGM every July to plan the forthcoming season and to elect a new committee. The branch is exceptionally well run by a fully dedicated committee, financially stable and has a long history of looking after its members. Long may this continue.

Thank you to Trevor for taking the time to tell us about his branch. If you are involved in one of our many active branches and would like to tell us what you get up to, please contact us at enquiries@nottinghamforestsupportersclub.co.uk
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MONTHLY £50 DRAW WINNER


 



February 2022

Karen Chandler from the Grantham branch



 


THE BOAT CLUB OPENS EARLY FOR EAST MIDLANDS DERBY


13 January 2022


 
The Boat Club on match day.

Our next home game taking place on the 22nd of January is our much anticipated East Midlands derby against Derby County, and with it being a lunch time kick off, The Boat Club will be opening from 9am for supporters club members and guests to meet up before the match.

The Boat Club, which is located a short walk from the Trent End stand on the banks of the river, is fully licensed, offering a good selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. We also run regular raffles for signed Forest memorabilia. Children are welcome and, for a £1 entrance fee, non members can join us throughout the season.

We look forward to seeing you there on the day.


 
 



MONTHLY £50 DRAW WINNER


 



December 2021

Melvyn York from the Amber Valley branch



January 2022

Julie Marshall from the Grantham 
branch

 

 


GRANTHAM BRANCH RAISE FUNDS FOR PINK OCTOBER


29 November 2021

Members of the Grantham  branch on their way to QPR  raising funds for Pink October  in 2021.

 
Last month Lyle Taylor went pink to help raise funds for Cancer Research UK, and to show their support for this great cause the Grantham branch of the supporters club organised their own fund raising day when they travelled down to London for our away match at QPR. We caught up with Grantham branch committee member Trevor Hall to see what they got up to.

First of all, whose idea was it to organise a fund-raising day for Pink October on your coach to QPR?


I don't really think it was anyone's idea specifically, we spoke about it on the way home from the Bristol City game and it transpired from that. Probably Lyle's two late goals had something to do with it. Some of us have done charity work in the past for various causes and so it seemed the right thing to do, because we really do have some great characters who are regular travellers on our coach, as I'm sure other branches do too.

Cancer affects all of us in one way or another during our lives, have any of your members got any specific stories that spurned you into your fund raising efforts?

We have a couple of committee members who have lost wives or partners to cancer, and no doubt others who travel with us have too who we are not aware of.

What did you all get up to on your journey down to London to raise funds?

One of our committee got his Mum to bake a load of beautiful cakes and muffins and we sold them off on the coach. We call her 'Lady Chandler Towers', but that's another story! We also had a game of bingo with prizes. Yes really, it's something we do on just about every coach believe it or not, and we have such a laugh doing it.

When we had a refreshment stop (if you get my drift!), we had a mass re-spray before we re-boarded the coach. We even managed to convince Bob Taylor, our legendary chairman and now in his 80's, to take part and have his hair sprayed pink too. Some suggested he just wore one of our pink wigs but he decided to go the whole hog!

How much money did you rise throughout the day?

We raised just over £215, which included some donations too and we were really pleased with that. We would have been very happy with £50, so raising so much was an absolute bonus.

Lyle Taylor has been going pink to raise funds for Cancer Research UK for many years now, what do you think of his work on this each year?

Footballers often get a reputation for being greedy, overpaid young men with no perspective on real life, so to see someone like Lyle promoting such a good cause and doing it in a way that really gets noticed is a great thing. Lets hope it continues and that others take a leaf out of his book. Well done Lyle.

Well done to all of the Grantham branch for their fund raising efforts last month, and we look forward to see what they get up to next year!


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MONTHLY £50 DRAW WINNER


 



October 2021

Kevin Wright from the South Notts & Clifton branch



November 2021

Anthony Ratcliffe from the Heanor 
branch


 

 


VOLUNTEERS FOR BOAT CLUB SOUGHT


9 Novemober 2021


 
The Boat Club on match day.


As many fo you will be aware, the Boat Club is always busy on home match days serving as a meeting point for supporter's club members to meet and drink before home games, and we are looking for volunteers to help us run the club throughout the season.


Volunteers would be asked to help with selling raffle tickets around the club and generally assist Joan and Keith in keeping things running on a busy match day.

We completely understand that you may not be able to help us at every match, so we are looking for a small number of people who together can assist us throughout the season.

If you would like to volunteer your services in the Boat Club on home match days, or you would like more information, please contact Joan Bakewell on 0115 956 1227 or email joanbakewell@ntlworld.com
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2021 NOTTINGHAM FOREST SUPPORTERS CLUB AGM


3 October 2021



The AGM of Nottingham Forest Supporters Club will be held on Saturday 6th November 2021 before our home game with Preston North End, which takes place later that afternoon.


It will take place at the City Ground's Legends' Lounge, formerly known as the Pitch Diner, in the Trent End stand. Doors will open at 10.30am for a 10.45am start. We apologise for the early start, which we know does inconvenience branch members from further afield, but unfortunately the football club need the room vacated for match day corporate clients.

There is a lift available to the Legends' Lounge from the main entrance and tea and coffee will be available before the meeting, which will take approximately one hour.  All supporters club members are welcome to attend, but please remember to bring your 2021/22 membership card on the day to gain entry.

We have invited members of the football clubs Executive Board to the AGM, including our new CEO Dane Murphy and Chairman Nicholas Randall QC, to speak to us and answer any questions you may have, so we are hoping for a good attendance on the day.

   




MONTHLY £50 DRAW WINNER


 



August 2021

John Feenstra from the Gedling branch



September 2021

Sara Crosby from the Thames Valley 
branch


 


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