Over the course of the festive period, we at Seat Pitch endeavoured to piece together the ultimate Nottingham Forest squad based on shirt numbers.

From December 1 to Christmas Day, we offered up a selection of famous faces from past and present and asked you to pick your favourite.

The final list is as star-studded as you would expect, with European Cup winners and club icons aplenty making the cut.

Only one goalkeeper got the nod, which would make life a little tricky in the real world, but the man between the sticks probably wouldn’t have much to do given the calibre of players around him.

Here is the squad in full (with the winning poll percentage and runner-up included in brackets):

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  1. Peter Shilton (50%, Mark Crossley 38%)
  2. Viv Anderson (56%, Des Lyttle 21%)
  3. Stuart Pearce (95%, Frank Clark 2%)
  4. Des Walker (81%, John McGovern 13%)
  5. Larry Lloyd (51%, Wes Morgan 28%)
  6. Roy Keane (64%, Kenny Burns 28%)
  7. Steve Stone (43%, Martin O’Neill 30%)
  8. Neil Webb (41%, Ian Bowyer 31%)
  9. Nigel Clough (74%, Garry Birtles 14%)
  10. Stan Collymore (81%, Rob Earnshaw 8%)
  11. John Robertson (83%, Andy Reid 15%)
  12. Nigel Jemson (43%, Garath McCleary 27%)
  13. Danny Fox (66%, Tommy Wright 21%)
  14. Ian Woan (90%, Stern John 5%)
  15. Chris Cohen (65%, Pierre van Hooijdonk 33%)
  16. Chris Gunter (54%, Jamaal Lascelles 35%)
  17. Lewis McGugan (69%, Thierry Bonalair 18%)
  18. Michail Antonio (62%, Alf-Inge Haaland 22%)
  19. Marlon Harewood (47%, Jack Lester 28%)
  20. Michael Dawson (92%, Paul McGregor 5%)
  21. Jamie Paterson (56%, Paul Smith 30%)
  22. Bryan Roy (89%, Henri Lansbury 7%)
  23. Joe Lolley (77%, Dexter Blackstock 15%)
  24. David Vaughan (46%, Claudio Yacob 30%)
  25. Jermaine Jenas (44%, Ben Osborn 30%)

Over the course of the month there were a number of very tight votes, and a few that weren’t all that close – as you would expect.

The battle for No. 8 proved to be the hardest fought, as Neil Webb edged out Ian Bowyer and Scot Gemmill with the lowest winning percentage of 41.

No. 7 was also keenly-contested between Steve Stone, Martin O’Neill and Trevor Francis, while Nigel Jemsen faced fierce competition from Garath McCleary and Jason Lee for the No. 12 spot.

Of the landslide victories, it perhaps comes to no surprise to find that Stuart Pearce enjoyed the most convincing of successes in the No. 3 berth.

There were, however, also big wins for Des Walker, Nigel Clough, Stan Collymore, John Robertson and Bryan Roy, while Ian Woan and Michael Dawson joined ‘Psycho’ in earning 90 per cent or more of their respective poll.


If we consider 1-11 to be the starters, then that would be quite some side.

The thought of Robertson and Stone providing ammunition from the flanks for Collymore and Clough really is the stuff of dreams, while not many would be able to live with Webb and Roy Keane in the middle of the park.

Viv Anderson, Walker, Larry Lloyd and Pearce (who can take the armband) is a formidable back four, with Shilton the most reliable last line of defence.

Thank you to everybody who got involved with the polls and read the articles, and Happy New Year from all of us at Seat Pitch.

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