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. 9:


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As Brian’s son, Clough was always going to have to work harder than those around him to step out of his father’s sizeable shadow.

Fortunately, that is what the baby-faced assassin’s game was all about, while a 118-goal haul for Forest helps to highlight how productive his quick feet and sharp brain were at sniffing out chances.


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Nottingham native Birtles signed for Forest from Long Eaton United for £2,000 and would go on to become a two-time European Cup winner and England international.

Provided the pass for John Robertson to drill into the bottom corner against Hamburg in 1980, while two spells with the Reds allowed the languid frontman to net plenty of goals of his own.


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Arrived in Nottingham as a relative unknown but offered enough across a two-year spell – before a criminally low £700,000 buyout clause was met – to leave many lasting memories.

A cultured attacking midfielder, the classy Norwegian recorded a number of spectacular goals for the Reds – including the odd direct corner or stunning 30-yard chip.


Would you prefer to see somebody else fill the No. 9 spot – David Johnson, Joe Baker? 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

Bowyer, Webb and door No. 8

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