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 keep things rolling with door No. 8:


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The priceless header he stooped to nod home in the 1980 European Cup semi-final second leg against Cologne means Bowyer is unlikely to ever have to pay for a drink in Nottingham.

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Only Bob McKinlay has taken in more appearances for Forest than the two-time European Cup-winning midfielder, with his 564 appearances spread across two spells.


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Developed into one of England’s top goalscoring midfielders during his time at Forest, with his efforts for the Reds enough to earn him senior international recognition.

Was often able to better a number of strikers with his contribution in the final third, with a classy playmaker having made his professional bow for Reading at just 16 years of age.


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Followed in the footsteps of father Archie – who was part of Brian Clough’s coaching staff at the time – by joining the City Ground ranks upon leaving school.

Made over 300 appearances for the club, taking in a match-winning brace at Wembley in the ZDS Cup final, two promotions, a third-place finish in the Premier League and a run to the UEFA Cup quarter-finals along the way.


Would you prefer to see somebody else fill the No. 8 spot – Garry Parker, Archie Gemmill,? Let us know your selection in the comment box below or reply to the Twitter poll – which can be found here.



Shilton, Crossley and door No. 1

Anderson, Lyttle and door No. 2

Pearce, Clark and door No. 3

Walker, Cooper and door No. 4

Lloyd, Chettle and door No. 5

Keane, Burns and door No. 6

O’Neill, Stone and door No. 7

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