Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman has exclusively told Nottingham Forest News that the noise following the final whistle at yesterday’s Championship Play-Off Final was the loudest he’s heard in that fixture.
The Reds beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 at Wembley to end a 23-year wait to make a return to the Premier League.
Goodman has been covering the Championship play-off final since 2007 when Derby County defeated West Brom in the final.
The former West Brom and Wolves centre forward has claimed he’s delighted for the Reds and his good friend Steve Cooper.
He told Nottingham Forest News: “It was incredible. I’ve been doing this fixture since 2007 when Derby won promotion and yesterday was the loudest roar at full-time I’ve heard.
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“The gantry was literally shaking and I’m delighted for Nottingham Forest and my mate Steve Cooper.”
Goodman often gets a raw deal from the Reds fan base and that’s perhaps a little bit unfair.
The co-commentator has been there and seen it all when it comes to the Football League; winning and losing play-off games over the years.
For Forest, the challenge will be to stabilise themselves as a Premier League club after two decades of hurt.
It won’t be easy but the Reds have done the hard beat and won promotion after 49 gruelling Championship fixtures.
Goodman hails Forest support and the fan base were unreal
It’s not a competition but the Forest support put Huddersfield to shame yesterday.
With empty seats dotted around the Terriers’ end, the area where Reds supporters were located was awash with red.
The celebrations following the final whistle ensured memories that will last a lifetime for the Forest faithful.
Goodman seemingly has a soft spot for Forest.
He spoke fondly of the club during our chat and said he had been rooting for the Reds since his friend Steve Cooper took control.
It’s quite something that the Forest noise made the Sky Sports gantry shake and it was clearly a special moment for Goodman too.