With the countdown to Christmas now well and truly on, Seat Pitch brings you a unique take on the customary advent calendar with a Nottingham Forest twist.

We have 25 doors to open, with familiar faces from the present and past waiting behind each one (sorry, no chocolate).

At the end of the year, we will then compile the ultimate Reds squad made up of those voted into each number. You can have your say by getting involved with our daily Twitter polls.

Let’s get things rolling with door No. 1:


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The ultimate Forest keeper? It’s difficult to argue against that, given the remarkable success enjoyed by England’s all-time leading appearance maker during his time on Trentside.

Snapped up from Stoke for just £250,000 in September 1977, Shilton would prove to be the most reliable of last lines of defence as Brian Clough’s iconic side tasted First Division title and European Cup glory.


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Fell just seven games short of reaching 400 for the Reds, with a man who completed the transition from trainee to first-team stalwart spending 12 seasons at the City Ground.

‘Norm’ proved to be a popular figure on and off the pitch and will be best remembered for his penalty-saving qualities – with Matt Le Tissier’s only failure from the spot coming against Crossley.


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Once Shilton’s understudy, Sutton (like Crossley) was an apprentice who managed to fulfil his boyhood dreams with the Reds.

A loyal servant for 13 years, the moustachioed shot-stopper made over 250 appearances – including two League Cup triumphs and two Simod/ZDS Cup wins – before returning to the club as a coach.

Would you prefer to see somebody else fill the No. 1 spot – Lee Camp, Darren Ward? Let us know your selection in the comment box below or reply to the Twitter poll – which can be found here.

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