When asked to contribute to the Nottingham Forest matchday programme for the 2020/21 campaign I made the executive decision to adopt a theme for the season.
Rather than you, the readers, joining me on a rambling on anything random that happens to be Forest related, I’ve decided to let you all join me on a minimum of 23 trips down memory lane.
As part of a new feature on Nottingham Forest News, we’ve decided to share some of these memorable goals with you…
We all have goals scored over the years by Forest players which mean something and for a number of reasons.
Some might be down to the quality of the goal; others might have a completely unrelated significance to some people.
I can’t guarantee you’ll agree with all of my picks and you will probably think some of the goals were particularly average. Crucially, they all have significant value to me, ones I’ve enjoyed if you will.
So which goal is first up I hear you ask? Well, cast your minds back to 2009 and the daunting trip to Manchester City who we had drawn in the FA Cup.
Colin Calderwood had been sacked and Forest headed to the Etihad Stadium without a manager. John Pemberton was the interim with Billy Davies and his assistant David Kelly watching in the stands ahead of taking over the following Monday.
I always remember the journey up on the bus, the sweepstake coming round and me drawing ‘No Forest Goals’ out of the hat. Bearing in mind we were 23rd in the Championship going up against a City side who had aspirations of a top-four finish, I anticipated I might be £50 richer later that day.
When I saw the City team-sheet I had no reason not to be spending the money in my head either. Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Micah Richards, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Daniel Sturridge all starting for the Citizens.
What ensued for the next 90 minutes, however, wasn’t in the script and the day goes down as one of my favourite away trips as a Forest supporter.
I’ll always remember my mate’s comment when a looping Richard Dunne header was heading towards Nathan Tyson’s left peg on the volley after 38 minutes.
‘Don’t shoot’ was the cry, seconds later we were three rows in front of where we should be sitting as 8000 Forest supporters were sent into raptures by a Tyson thunderbolt which rooted into the corner of Hart’s net.
City were shellshocked and simply never recovered.
Some ferocious battling from Cohen saw him dispossess Zabaleta and set up Robert Earnshaw four minutes later and Forest held a two-goal advantage at the break.
Joe Garner finished the tie 15 minutes from the end on a day that was simply brilliant from a Forest perspective.
Tyson’s goal lives long in the memory and for me it was comfortably the best of his 38 strikes in a Forest shirt.
Davies arriving at the City Ground seemed to be the making of Tyson and he would become a regular under the Scot.
There’s something about a volley from distance that slams into the net that is just so aesthetically pleasing on the eye.
Tyson’s is arguably the best I can remember as a Forest supporter and the celebration that followed at the Etihad just gives it some gloss.
Of course, we all know what the speed demon did when he left Nottingham but based on the celebrations he gave us on that day in Manchester, I’m willing to let it slide somewhat.
If I ever bump into Nathan I will be asking him if he’ll help me out with the £50 he cost me on the sweep, however!