Screwfix Central Masters Cup 2009

The Screwfix Central Masters Cup 2009 returns to the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham on Saturday 11th July 2009.

Clubs represented include Forest – Notts County – Derby – Leicester

For full details of this event, please visit


We are running a Competition to win FIVE pairs of tickets to this event!

To enter, all you have to do is send an email to
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with the words “Masters Football Competition” in the subject. Your email address will then be entered into the draw, which will take place on Saturday 4th July 2009. Winners will be notified by email immediately after the draw.

NB You should only enter the Competition ONCE - if we receive more than one entry from a single email address, we will delete all entries for that address!

Good Luck!

Goodbye Ian

It is with pride and a touch of sadness that today we saw Ian Breckin play his last game for Nottingham Forest.

This site has sponsored Ian since he arrived at the club back in 2005 and is proud to have been associated with him throughout his Forest career.

We wish him, and his family, all the best for the future.

Forest Fans Support Ugandan Kids Football

Andy "Red Dog" Daykin has just got back from Uganda with Draycott United where they did a tour and charity work.
A few folks from the forum donated money and Dave "Plymouth Red" Brown organized most of the 35kgs of kit they took with them.

Andy says "This was a life changing experience and I do believe that we did a great deal of good. I was pleased to actually see the resources going into the hands of the folks who are going to use them so well. I'd love to go again to do more footy related activities and support if I get the chance. If I do, you'll hear about it. I shall continue to support the TKL and you can support them directly or through me. You can check out their website - which I believe is being updated. You can also read about their work on Wikipedia."

View photographs here

Forest lose main sponsor

CAPITAL One will not renew its sponsorship with Nottingham Forest when their current agreement finishes at the end of the season.
It marks the end of a six-year partnership between the two.

Forest are now in talks with a number of other interested parties and chief executive Mark Arthur said: "We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with Capital One – a relationship that we believe has been mutually beneficial to both parties.

"We know Capital One have not taken the decision to bring their sponsorship to an end lightly."

Justin Basini, head of brand marketing at Capital One said: "We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with Nottingham Forest and we are proud to have been their sponsor over the last six years.

"We have achieved a great amount with Nottingham Forest, both as the club's major sponsor and in the delivery of many joint community initiatives, but now feel it is time to move on. We wish the club every success for the future.

"We will be launching a new sporting and educational partnership that will benefit the local community next week."

Blackstock surprised to be allowed to leave QPR

The 22-year-old was allowed to leave Loftus Road on Thursday despite being the club's leading scorer with 12 goals, seven more than nearest challenger Heidar Helguson.

The move was even more surprising as Helguson is out injured leaving Rangers boss Paulo Sousa with just one fit striker in Samuel Di Carmine.

"I was a bit surprised that I was allowed to go," Blackstock told Forest's official website. "Especially with Heidar out for the season.

"It was a bit of a surprise for me but then again it was an opportunity for me to come to such a big club.

"It wasn't going stale at QPR, I was far and away their top scorer on 12 goals and I thought I was having a decent season."

Blackstock comes to Forest

Nottingham Forest have completed the loan signing of Queens Park Rangers striker Dexter Blackstock until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old has scored 12 goals for Rangers this season but has struggled to hold down a regular place.
The England Under-21 international has also played for Southampton, as well as loan spells at Plymouth and Derby.
He becomes Forest's seventh loan player and could make his debut in next Saturday's match at Barnsley.

Forest Youngsters out on loan

Striker Adam Newbold, 19, who has made six appearances as a substitute this season, has joined Stalybridge Celtic in Blue Square North.

Defender Richard Tait has also moved to the same division, linking up with former Forest player Gary Mills, who is in charge at Tamworth.

Forest confirm Blackstock Interest

The 22-year-old is currently stalling on signing a new contract with QPR, sparking interest from several clubs.

Having failed with a loan bid for former Forest favourite Marlon Harewood, Davies is desperate to add to his forward line ahead of Thursday's loan deadline as he seeks to secure his side's Championship status.

"We are looking to bring in one or two before Thursday, but we are also putting one or two things in place for the summer as well," Davies told the Nottingham Evening Post.

"We are looking at several targets and making several enquiries and Dexter Blackstock is among one of those names we are asking about. He is one of several players we are looking at.

"We know we have a rebuilding job to do, we know we have to plan for the future. At this moment we are looking at possible targets and doing all we can to look at possible targets now. We do not want to get to the summer and then be scrambling for possible targets. We need to get ahead of the game now."

Agent: Harewood didn't snub Forest

Billy Davies told the club's official website: "I'm obviously very disappointed but I've said all along that we only want players who want to come to Nottingham Forest to be part of our future.

"If people decide that's not for them then we wish them all the best and we move on."

He added: "Apparently the deal was done - it was more or less signed, sealed and delivered. That was the information that I got and then I received a phone call to say the player had decided to go elsewhere."


Marlon Harewood's representative Phil Sproson says the player was not given the option of a move to Forest before Wolves entered the picture.

Sproson said in the Daily Mirror: "Villa said no to Forest, so Marlon spoke to Martin O'Neill who has now decided to loan him out.
"It was only then that Wolves expressed an interest."

Harewood snubs Forest

NOTTINGHAM Forest have been left furious after Aston Villa allowed Marlon Harewood to join Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Evening Post understands that Forest yesterday believed they had finally negotiated a deal to bring the 29-year-old back to the City Ground, after more than a week of talks.

But the former Reds front-man is now set to sign for the West Midlands club this weekend, after the two clubs agreed a fee for a permanent move in the summer.
Wolves' late interest saw the Premiership club persuaded to allow him to move to Molineux instead, as the deal will see them recoup some of the £4m fee they paid for West Ham for Harewood in 2007.

Forest would themselves have been interested in making the move permanent in the summer, but Harewood is understood to have preferred a switch to a club chasing promotion to the Premiership, rather than fighting relegation into League One – despite previous claims that he was 'desperate' to return.

Marlon Harewood will be signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers, rather than Nottingham Forest," said manager Billy Davies, who must now resume his search for a striker.

Davies had been keen to add Harewood to his squad to add a powerful, physical presence to his front-line as they go into their critical final seven games of the season – and had hoped he would be signed in time to face Wolves tomorrow.

It is unlikely that the deal will be completed in time for Harewood to make his Wolves debut at the City Ground, although Wolves are likely not to utilise him anyway, even if his move is completed.

Source: Nottingham Evening Post

Forest get new Keeper!

Nottingham Forest have swooped to sign Everton goalkeeper Iain Turner on loan until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old is set to make his debut for the struggling Championship side when they face Wolves on Saturday.

Turner joined Everton from Stirling Albion in 2003 but has made only six appearances for David Moyes' side.

He has had spells on loan with Chester City, Doncaster Rovers, Wycombe Wanderers, Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday, but has not played a competitive match since May 2007.

Forest boss Billy Davies was desperate to bolster his squad after Saturday's 5-0 humbling at Burnley, which left them in the relegation zone ahead of the visit of leaders Wolves.

"It's no secret that we've been looking for a goalkeeper to provide competition," said Davies, who publicly criticised Forest keeper Paul Smith at the weekend.

"Iain Turner fits the bill perfectly. He is a keeper with good pedigree and great potential and this situation helps us and Everton."

And Turner is ready for the challenge of helping Forest climb away from relegation trouble.

He said: "I'm looking forward to it immensely - it's a great opportunity for me and I intend to grasp it with both hands (as opposed to flap at it with one like Smudger! - ed)

"Forest's position doesn't concern me. I've played in the Championship before, I know how tight a league it is and how quickly it can turn around."

Born 1984. 6 ft 4 in. Played for hometown team Stirling Albion before being transfered to Everton in January 2003. Was capped for Scotland in the U-16, U-18 and U-21 squads. Has been part of the senior set-up but not yet capped. Has had a number of loan spells. Interestingly, he seems to have saved the Owls from relegation in 2007. They didn't lose a single of the eleven games he played for them, after having lost nine on the trot. 56 games played overall, with 19 clean sheets.

Forest loan Chris Gunter from Spurs

Nottingham Forest have signed Tottenham Hotspur's Wales international defender Chris Gunter on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old, who joined Spurs for £3m from Cardiff in January 2008, becomes Billy Davies' third signing since taking charge at the City Ground.

Davies told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I'm delighted to bring in Chris because he can play full back on both sides.

"He is competitive, he's played at this level and is proven at this level."

Gunter is expected to go straight into the Reds team for Saturday's trip to Burnley, with Kelvin Wilson, Ian Breckin, and Joel Lynch all doubtful.

He has made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League since Harry Redknapp took charge at White Hart Lane in October.

On Redknapp, Gunter told BBC Sport in January: "If he thinks it would be best for my development to go on loan and play, then I'll do it."

Morgan signs new contract

Wes Morgan has signed a new contract with Nottingham Forest which will keep him at the club until 2012.

The commanding centre-half joins fellow Reds Nathan Tyson and James Perch in penning a new long-term deal at the City Ground.

Billy Davies is delighted to have concluded an 'excellent piece of business' and believes Morgan will play an integral role in the future of the club.

"We are delighted with the news and I am sure all Nottingham Forest supporters will be as well," Davies told the club's official website.

"Wes is a player who gives everything for this football club and wears his heart on his sleeve every time he goes onto the field.

"Although he has a lot of games under his belt he is still a young man and I'm looking forward to working with him and helping him improve as a player still further.

"When you look at the likes of Wes Morgan, it is what the future of this football club is all about."

McSheffrey to start against Swansea

Nottingham Forest are set to include new loan signing Gary McSheffrey for Swansea's visit to the City Ground.

But defender Wes Morgan is suspended, leaving James Perch and Ian Breckin fighting to replace him.

Midfielder Guy Moussi could also return.

Captain Garry Monk is still out for Swansea City with a back injury.

Centre-back Monk joins long-term injury victims Ferrie Bodde and Marcos Painter on manager Roberto Martinez's Swansea sick-list.

Forest sign Gary McSheffrey

Forest have signed Birmingham’s Gary McSheffrey on loan for a minimum of 29 days.

The 26-year-old arrives at the City Ground on a deal that could see him stay until the end of the season, although the Blues will have an option to recall him following the Barnsley match...

Boss Billy Davies said he was looking forward to working with McSheffrey, whose loan spell could be extended.

"He's a player I've admired for several years. He's a major threat both as a creator and scorer of goals," Davies told the club's official website.

"It's a fresh challenge and I'm sure he will be a great acquisition for us."

Forest have the option to keep McSheffrey at the City Ground for longer than the initial 29-day stay if the deal works out.

However Birmingham will then have the right to recall the player if they want to.

McSheffrey, 26, joined the Blues for £4m from Coventry in 2006 but has fallen out of favour at St Andrew's.

McSheffrey only returned to first-team action against Sheffield United on Sunday having been sidelined with tendonitis in his knee since mid-September.

With competition for places becoming increasingly competitive at St Andrew's as the season reaches its climax, manager Alex McLeish is keen to see the 26-year-old get some much-needed match practice under his belt.

Blues have inserted an instant recall option into the agreement which becomes active after midnight on April 4 should the Midlands outfit require his services again during the campaign.

McSheffrey joined Birmingham for £4million back in August 2006 and became an instant hero by firing 16 goals to help the club gain promotion to the Premier League.

But he struggled to find his form in the top flight and has been hit by injury this term.

Forest sign Osbourne from Villa

Nottingham Forest have this afternoon signed Aston Villa midfielder Isaiah Osbourne on loan until the end of the season.

It is Billy Davies' first signing since becoming manager at The City Ground in January.

The deal was clinched in time for the Birmingham-born 21 year old to go straight into contention for a place in the Forest side to face Preston North End at The City Ground tomorrow.

Osbourne has made six appearances for Villa's first team this season, having made his debut for them in the 2006-07 campaign.


- Shortlists announced for the 2009 Football League Awards-

The Football League has announced the shortlists for five award categories in the 2009 Football League Awards incorporating FourFourTwo’s Top 50 Football League Players.
Nottingham Forest has been shortlisted for this year’s Perform Best Fan Marketing Campaign Award.
A total of 240 entries were received from clubs across all three divisions, a 22% increase on entries from the previous year. This year 32 clubs have been shortlisted for Awards, with eight clubs earning more than one entry in the shortlists.
The winners will be announced at the fourth annual Football League Awards which will take place at Grosvenor House on Park Lane on Sunday 29th March 2009. 


Expert judging panels were assembled for each category with the process of evaluating each entry taking place at The Football League headquarters on 28th and 29th January.

The shortlists for the five award categories are:

Family Club of the Year – Championship
Norwich City
Plymouth Argyle
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Family Club of the Year – League 1
Milton Keynes Dons
Southend United
Swindon Town
Yeovil Town
Family Club of the Year – League 2
AFC Bournemouth
Shrewsbury Town
Wycombe Wanderers
Perform Best Fan Marketing Campaign
Derby County with “Fans First Initiative”
Huddersfield Town with “The £100 Season Ticket and the Centenary”
Nottingham Forest with “The Forest Super Sevens”
Preston North End with “Lilywhites Go Green”
Wycombe Wanderers with “Season Ticket Holders “Buddy” Scheme”
Sky Digital Media Best Digital Communication
Cardiff City with “Digital Media Platform – Enjoy the Match”
Milton Keynes Dons with “The Dons Show on the Road”
Preston North End with “Centre Stage”
Reading with “Digital Communication Platform”
Wycombe Wanderers with “Countdown to Kick-Off (C2K)”
Press Association Sport Best Matchday Programme
Burnley with “Claret and You”
Bristol City with “Well Red”
Preston North End with “Matchday Programme”
Leicester City with “City”
Watford with “The Official Matchday Magazine”
Community Club of the Year – Championship
Charlton Athletic
Sheffield United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Community Club of the Year – League 1
Brighton and Hove Albion
Colchester United
Leyton Orient
Oldham Athletic
Southend United
Community Club of the Year – League 2
Bradford City
Rotherham United
Wycombe Wanderers
The Football League Awards will, once again, recognise footballing excellence on and off the field, with clubs and players honoured alongside fans. There will be 20 award categories in total, including a range of football awards and industry-specific honours.
To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit

It's United!

FA Cup Fifth Round Draw
 Sun 25 Jan 2009

If Nottingham Forest beat Derby County in the FA Cup Fourth Round replay at The City Ground on
Wednesday, February 4th, they will meet Manchester United at home in the next round.

The game will take place the weekend of February 14th.

Davies to miss cup tie

Nottingham Forest can confirm that Billy Davies will not be at Pride Park for tonight's FA Cup fourth round tie with Derby.

Davies is instead staying in Glasgow to be with his teenage son William has today undergone a major operation.

David Kelly will take charge of the side for the game against The Rams, assisted by first team coach Julian Darby.

F.A. Cup Day

It is FA Cup Fourth Round weekend with Forest making the short trip into Derbyshire for a crunch match with rivals Derby County.

Billy Davies believes tonight's FA Cup clash will be a test of nerve for his Nottingham Forest players.

There's expected to be a white red atmosphere at Pride Park for the fourth round tie – with the return of former Derby boss Davies adding extra spice to the occasion.
And as he finalised his preparations for the short trip down Brian Clough Way, Davies said: "I'm finding out about the players every day, in every training session and every game we go into.

"I asked questions of them last week when we played Plymouth with regard to having the courage to play at The City Ground and having the belief to grind out results.
"I've said to them this week that we've got to step into places like Pride Park, stand up and be counted, work very, very hard and show how well we can play."
Enjoy the game where ever you have decided to watch it and hopefully come 6.20pm on Sunday we will be in the hat for the Fifth Round.
Forest v Sheffield Wednesday
Forest are back in action on Tuesday night at The City Ground (7.45 p.m.) with another electric atmosphere expected.
The South Yorkshire contingent is expected to bring a travelling support of up to 4,000 fans as Forest look to extent an unbeaten run in the league stretching back to Boxing Day.
Forest v QPR, 'Kids for a Quid' tickets are also on sale from the morning of Saturday 24th January from the ticket office and online.

Source: NFFC


Attendances boosted in family areas
The Football League’s ‘Enjoy the Match’ campaign has had an immediate and positive impact upon the behaviour of fans on matchdays.  This has helped to produce a significant rise in attendances in family areas between August and December 2008.
Attendances in family areas are up 12%, compared to a rise in total crowds of 3% across League football as a whole.  This has generated more than £1.5m in additional ticket sales.
The Enjoy the Match campaign was launched at the start of the 2008/09 season.  It aims to encourage even more families to attend matches at their local League club by creating a family friendly environment at grounds.  This includes the eradication of abusive language and aggressive behaviour from family areas.  Of The League’s 72 clubs, 68 have already pledged their support to the campaign.
Recent research shows support for the campaign is widespread, with 91% of fans agreeing that by eradicating abusive behaviour, Football League matches are more appealing to families, and consequently 95% agreed that the ‘Enjoy the Match’ campaign is important.  65% of fans who are aware of the campaign feel it has already made a difference to behaviour in family areas.
Commenting on the results, Football League Chairman, Lord Mawhinney, said: “These findings are encouraging.  They show that fans support our efforts, both to get more families attending club games, and also to grow the supporter base.
“Our aim is to build the next generation of Football League supporters and this initiative is a positive step in that direction.”

It's Derby!!!

Nottingham Forest manager Billie Davies' third game in charge will be against his former club Derby County after drawing them away in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

Forest went through to the next round after a convincing win over Premiership side Manchester City.

Derby only just scraped through after being 2-0 down to non-leauge Forest Green, finally beating them 4-3 after a late penalty.

The game will take place on the weekend of January 24th.

Forest in talks with Davies

Nottingham Forest have today confirmed that they have entered into negotiations with Billy Davies as their preferred candidate to take over as manager.

Nottingham Forest are holding talks with former Derby boss Billy Davies after identifying him as the man they want to replace the axed Colin Calderwood.
Forest sacked Calderwood on Boxing Day following the 4-2 defeat to Doncaster, with chief executive Mark Arthur indicating the club were looking for a speedy appointment - preferably before the FA Cup third-round tie against Barclays Premier League side Manchester City which takes place this Saturday.

A club statement said: "Nottingham Forest have confirmed they have entered into negotiations with Billy Davies as their preferred candidate to take over as manager."

Davies has been out of football for 13 months since leaving Forest's bitter rivals Derby following their poor start in last season's Barclays Premier League.

The club will not make any further comment at this stage.

It could well be Davies...

Nottingham Forest hope to appoint Billy Davies as their manager before the end of the week. Mark Arthur, the club's chief executive, said yesterday
that -Forest had narrowed their shortlist down to "four or five potential candidates" but it is understood that the former Derby County and Preston
North End manager is the clear frontrunner and, providing a financial package can be agreed, could be in the post in time to take charge of
Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie at Manchester City.

Davies has been out of work since he left Forest's East Midlands rivals, Derby, a little more than 12 months ago but he has been keen to return to
management and it is believed that he was approached by Forest over a month ago. Forest have also considered Aidy Boothroyd and Iain Dowie but Davies,
who led Derby to promotion to the Premier League in his first season at Pride Park, has emerged as the preferred choice to replace Colin Calderwood.

Nigel Clough has also been linked with the City Ground post but the former Forest player, whose late father Brian led the club to two European Cups
and the old first division title, is now the favourite to take over at Pride Park following the departure of Paul Jewell on Monday. The 42-year-old, who
has guided Burton Albion to the top of the Blue Square Premier, has insisted he has not spoken to Forest or Derby. "I have had no contact with either
club and I will just get on with doing my job at Burton, as always," said Clough.

Lynch to stay! Camp on hold!

Nottingham Forest have confirmed they have reached an agreement with
Brighton to extend Joel Lynch's loan spell at The City Ground.

Forest struck the deal with Brighton before Christmas which means the 21
year old, who has already made 13 appearances for The Reds, will spend the
rest of the season on Trentside.

Forest, meanwhile, have also confirmed that discussions with QPR over the
future of goalkeeper Lee Camp at The City Ground have been put on hold until
a new manager is appointed.

Camp believes he is not wanted by Forest

Nottingham Forest's on-loan goalkeeper Lee Camp has said he believes he has played his last game for the club.

Camp threw his shirt into the crowd as the Reds players celebrated Sunday's 3-2 victory at Norwich City.

Camp told BBC Radio Nottingham: "That'll be my last game, the manager who brought me here and wanted me has now left the club.

"Nottingham Forest have had the opportunity to sort it and stalled and now I'm going back to QPR."

Since joining the club Camp has become a favourite amongst the club's supporters, who were chanting in support of the goalkeeper during the match at Carrow Road.

The highlight of his loan spell was a last minute penalty save at the home of his former club and the Reds' local-rivals Derby County, Camp's save secured a point for Forest in a 1-1 draw.

Two weeks later he saved a late penalty at Bristol City as the Reds held on for a 2-2 draw.

Camp added: "I am enjoying playing and the fans have taken to me which is good and it has given me the opportunity to be in the East Midlands around the family.

"If the opportunity came [to stay] I would strongly look at it but it's completely out of my hands at the minute.

"Maybe the new manager will come in and not even consider me."

Source: BBC

Bennett out again

Nottingham Forest look set to be without the services of Julian Bennett for the foreseeable future.

It's feared the popular left back suffered damage to the cruciate ligament in his right knee in yesterday's 4-2 home defeat by Doncaster.

If that is confirmed by hospital scans and tests, Bennett is likely to be sidelined for a prolonged period.

Bennett sustained the injury within seconds of joining the action as a half-time substitute but limped out of the action five minutes later leaving Forest, who had already made all three of their substitutions, with just 10 men.

Also causing concern ahead of tomorrow's trip to Norwich are Joel Lynch (hamstring) and Kelvin Wilson (illness).

Bennett replaced Lynch at the interval, while Wilson only lasted for 25 minutes of the Doncaster game.

Source: NFFC

Calderwood Gone!

COLIN Calderwood has been sacked following Nottingham Forest's disastrous 4-2 defeat by Doncaster Rovers.
The City Ground boss paid the price for a run of form that has seen the club firmly anchored in the bottom three of the Championship with only four wins all season.
Defeat against fellow strugglers Doncaster proved the final straw.

Forest chief executive Mark Arthur said: "We're grateful to Colin for his efforts over the last two-and-a-half years, in particular for leading us to promotion from League One.

"But we're in a result business and it's imperative the club stays in the Championship. We need to give ourselves every opportunity to do that."

First-team coach David Kerslake has also left the club.

Forest manager hints at Camp deal

Forest have the option to sign Camp on a permanent deal in January.

Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood has hinted that he may try to extend goalkeeper Lee Camp's time at The City Ground.

Camp, 24, is on loan from QPR until the end of the year, and Calderwood is planning to use the remaining time to work out a plan for the future.

"We've got all of this month to sit down and discuss where we want to go with it," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"But we're really pleased with Lee's input into the team."

"I think its important that we have stability in terms of starting to minimise the goals against us," the Scot added.

Camp has started nine Championship games for the Reds this season.

Source: BBC Sport

It's Man City Away!

Forest have drawn Manchester City away in the 3rd round of the 2008/2009 FA Cup

Sir Brian in Bronze

Fans raised the £60,000 to pay for the image of their hero in a typical pose with hands clasped above his head.
The 8ft (2.4m) statue was unveiled near Nottingham's old Market Square at 1300 GMT by his widow Barbara.
The statue, designed by sculptor Les Johnson, stands at the junction of King and Queen streets.

The Clough family pose with the new bronze statue of Sir Brian Clough after its unveiling today

Speaking before the ceremony Barbara Clough said: "All we can think is how amazed Brian would be at the very idea of a statue.
"He really would, he would never believe it. It's just wonderful, it really is. It's a lasting memorial isn't it?"
His son Nigel Clough, who played under his father at Forest and is now Burton Albion manager, added: "It's a lovely monument and testament but it does bring back memories - some happy, some not so happy.
"It is an honour and if you look around the country there are not too many statues of people so he must have been doing something right."

Hundreds of fans and well-wishers turned up to witness the unveiling this afternoon

Photographs by Ian Copping / Kev Lockhart

"Cole has not left Forest"

Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood insists reports that veteran former England striker Andrew Cole has left the club are premature.

Calderwood told BBC Radio Nottingham: "That is not the situation at all at the minute.

"The fact that we've got people returning is making it difficult for him to get in the team."

The 37-year-old has failed to score in 11 games for Forest this season and Calderwood will talk to him this week.

The 37-year-old, who only joined Forest in July after leaving Sunderland, was left out of the Forest squad in their win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

Source: BBC Sport

QPR v Forest

This Saturday Forest are away to Queens Park Rangers.

This game is sold out to Forest supporters so please do not travel to the game without a ticket as there will be none available on the day.

....... And on Tuesday 21st we are at home to Ipswich so come down to The City Ground and give The Reds your support!

Palace's Fletcher set for Forest!

Nottingham Forest have confirmed that they are set to sign midfielder Carl Fletcher from Championship rivals Crystal Palace on a six-week loan.
The Welsh international has made five substitute appearances for the Selhurst Park side this season.
The Eagles put 28-year-old Fletcher, who has had spells at Watford, West Ham and Bournemouth, on the transfer list in August.
Forest face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Source: BBC.CO.UK

New loan Signing

Forest are set to sign Brighton defender Joel Lynch on a month's loan.

Lynch, who will be 21 next week, can operate at full back or in the centre of the back four and graduated through Brighton's youth set-up.

He was in the side that reached the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup. The former England Youth international, who made his Brighton debut in 2006, has
figured twice as a substitute this season and in total has made 88 appearances for the Seagulls.

Forest boss Colin Calderwood said: "He's a player I have looked at in the past and this gives us a good opportunity to have a look at him for a month."

Garner on his way back

Forest striker Joe Garner is back in first-team training after a scan revealed he is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury.

But while the £1.14m capture from Carlisle could be back in action within a month, the club are still in the dark over when loan signing Paul Anderson will return.

The Liverpool man is struggling with a long-term thigh problem and Colin Calderwood revealed the club's medical staff are still searching for a solution.

The Reds boss said: "We have had really good news about Joe, the results of the scan were terrific.

"He is way, way ahead of schedule and he will now go into what is effectively a pre-season for him. But we will be able to integrate him into the group properly, to get him involved in training.

"Over the next two weeks he will not be able to have any contact, but he will be able to complete crossing and finishing sessions and play a floating role in other exercises.

"We are really pleased with his progress, although we are still looking at four to six weeks before he is available for selection. But it is good news, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we had thought he would be longer coming back than it looks like he will be."

But Calderwood admits there remains a great deal of frustration over Anderson's progress.

"Paul stalled a little when we started trying to put him through some serious work in training," he said. "The doctors are currently looking at trying to do something with him, to progress him beyond the stage he is at.

"There is not a return on the horizon for him just yet, certainly not in the next fortnight. As soon as we get into doing sprint work and power work with him, he feels it in his leg. We have to get through that, we have to find a way to build him up.

"It's not a case of him needing surgery but there may be an injection or some kind of treatment we can look at to help him through. Arron Davies has made good progress though and he could be involved at some stage next week."

Source: Nottingham Evening Post

Kids for a Quid

Nottingham Forest's Championship date with Crystal Palace at The City Ground on Saturday, October 4 is to be the club's first Kids for a Quid game of the season.

Forest looking for loans

Nottingham Forest are plotting at least one loan signing as they prepare for a run of three games in eight days, Colin Calderwood revealed today.

The Reds hope to land a left back and possibly a midfielder, as injuries to Julian Bennett and Lewis McGugan have left the squad looking thin.
Manager Calderwood does have the option of playing versatile Chris Cohen or youngster Joe Heath at left back in Bennett's absence, but is likely to look for a more experienced player to provide cover and, with McGugan also on the injury list, he may try to boost his options in the middle of the pitch as well.

He said: "We have to look at bringing players in. We have had a little scout around and we will try to do something before the end of next week.

"That is an important week for us, and if we can do it before, we might. The longer they are with us, the better-prepared they will be to play next weekend.

"We are just thinking about the fatigue that is likely to hit us by the time next weekend comes around, with the number of matches we are playing.

"It is situations like this where we have to have numbers and strength in depth just to keep us fresh.

"Twice already this season we have slipped up when it has come to playing a third game in a week, when we lost at Swansea and Wolverhampton. That is an indication that we need bodies to be fresh.

"It is just a little trend that we have noticed and have talked about."

Calderwood hopes Forest will go into the next international break, in October, in better spirits.

"Hopefully when the next break comes up we can go into it on a more positive note with a better result," he said.

"It has been a useful exercise and break and we are ready not just for this game, but the whole week. The players have all set themselves little targets and goals. But we need to get through these three games and make an improvement.

"The one thing you can say is that they do not fear anything, which is very positive."

Source: Nottingham Evening Post

Injury blows for Forest

NOTTINGHAM Forest have suffered a double injury blow after Julian
Bennett  and Lewis McGugan were ruled out for the foreseeable future.

Left-back Bennett suffered a calf tear in the 5-1 defeat to Wolves and
will miss at least the next three games against Burnley, Preston and
then Charlton a week on Saturday.

Midfielder McGugan, who has already been out a month, was expected to be
back in training this week.

But he has been ruled out for up to a further six weeks with his thigh

Bennett, who has started every league game this season and was player of
the year as Forest won promotion to the Championship, will be replaced
at left back by rookie Joe Heath or Chris Cohen for Saturday's match
with Burnley.

Manager Colin Calderwood said: "Julian has a torn calf muscle, he will
be out for the next three games at least.

"Lewis will be another four to six weeks. The results of his scan show
that he has ruptured a muscle in his thigh.

"The extent of Lewis's injury is such that we can't risk putting him
back into training just yet.

"It is far from the perfect scenario, to have these two players missing,
particularly with the patch of games we have coming up, with three in
eight days."

Forest's £100m World Cup super stadium dream

Exclusive: Forest's £100m World Cup super stadium dream
Friday, September 05, 2008, 08:49
EXCLUSIVE: PLANS have been drawn up for a £100m super stadium to the east of West Bridgford.
The stadium would be the new home of Nottingham Forest and enable the city to host matches during the 2018 World Cup.
The Football Association is preparing a bid to bring the tournament to England in ten years' time.
The FA visited Nottingham on Monday and told a meeting of club officials and council leaders the city will be one of the 12 World Cup venues, provided it can deliver a world-class stadium.
But time is short. Forest and the politicians have to deliver their plans to the FA by January 2010, leaving little more than a year for negotiations to be concluded.

The stadium is part of plans for a massive sports quarter at Holme Pierrepont, which have been put forward by Forest. The new stadium would be built on land between Lady Bay and Holme Pierrepont, off Regatta Way.
As well as the football stadium, it includes:
A 10,000 seat 'community' stadium to host rugby, athletics and national and international sports events.
multi-use sports pitches
water sports – diving, sailing, angling, as well as the existing white water canoe course, rowing lake and water skiing
a golf course
nature reserve with walking and cycling routes
cafes, spa, health club and five-star hotel.
The scheme will depend upon the support of Nottingham City Council, Notts County Council, and Rushcliffe Borough Council.
City council leader Jon Collins said: "I am enthusiastic and we are going to do what we can to help."
If Nottingham applies to the FA to be a host city, the application would have to be signed by the councils.

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Forest v Sunderland Team News

Forest are still without Arron Davies (calf), Paul Anderson (thigh), Joe Garner (knee), Lewis McGugan (thigh) and Kelvin Wilson (back).
Nathan Tyson and Andrew Cole are fit only for a place on the bench.
And Colin Calderwood must decide whether to rest Julian Bennett, recovering from a hamstring problem, although the full-back is likely to feature.
Roy Keane is likely to make five changes from the team that won at Spurs, with Darren Ward, Pascal Chimbonda, Carlos Edwards, David Healy and Djibril Cisse coming in.
El Hadji Diouf and Kieran Richardson are likely to be rested altogether.
FOREST (probable): Smith, Chambers, Morgan, Breckin, Bennett, Perch, Moussi, Cohen, McCleary, Earnshaw, Martin. Subs (from): Roberts, Cole, Tyson, Sinclair, Byrne, Thornhill, Heath, Reid, Moloney, Newbold.
SUNDERLAND (probable): Ward, Chimbonda, Nosworthy, Collins, Higginbotham, Edwards, Whitehead, Reid, Stokes, Cisse, Healy. Subs: Gordon, Leadbetter, Miller, Yorke, Diouf, Murphy, Bardsley.
Iain Williamson (Berkshire): Has been busy with the cards already this season, sending off three players and booking ten in his two matches.
But that may not come as a surprise given that he has averaged close to four cards per game over the past four seasons.
When he took charge of Forest's game against Leyton Orient last season, however, the Reds won 4-0 and only a single player was carded.
Djibril Cisse The French international striker marked his Premiership return by scoring the winning goal as a substitute at Spurs at the weekend.
He is likely to start against Forest as Roy Keane looks to improve his match fitness after signing him on loan from Marseille.
Robert Earnshaw v Darren Ward The striker has been Forest's main goal threat this season, with his pace and positional sense. But standing between him and his third goal of the campaign will be fellow Welsh international Darren Ward. The former Forest, Notts and Mansfield keeper is likely to be given a game ahead of Craig Gordon.

Bennett warns Keane "It will be different in the Cup!"

Nottingham Forest have the inside knowledge to surprise Sunderland in the Carling Cup tonight, insists Julian Bennett.
The Reds have been matched up with Roy Keane's Premiership outfit only weeks after facing them in a pre-season friendly at the City Ground.
Though they lost that match 1-0, defender Bennett is convinced that Forest will benefit from having had the opportunity to size them up.
And he believes Forest have enough quality to cause an upset, saying: "We know what to expect from them. Hopefully we can go that one step further this time and get the win.
"We matched them in all areas really, there was not that much in it. It was a very good goal that decided it, from Kieran Richardson.
"But it was even otherwise and we will be looking to do better when we have a fully fit squad. We will give them a good game."
Bennett believes it will be a completely different game because of the competitive edge added by both teams' desire to make it into the third round.
"They obviously have that Premiership quality and we will know a little bit about them," he said.
"But it will be different in the cup, it will be a different game because there is so much more at stake."

Lee Martin signs loan deal

As predicted in the Evening Post, the 21-year-old, who can also play up front, has joined on loan until January. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will even allow Martin to play in the Carling Cup against Morecambe tonight.

Source: Nottingham Evening Post

New left-winger on loan

Nottingham Forest will today announce the signing of Manchester United winger Lee Martin, on a season long loan deal.

The 21 year old, is a left sided player and has been described in some quarters as the 'new Beckham.' Although he's been at United since 2003, he's failed to make the breakthrough into the first team.

Martin has spent a fair bit of his time out on loan and has had spells with Rangers, Stoke, Plymouth and Sheffield United.

Source: Football365