Nottingham Forest v TerriersHuddersfield Town story posted by Peter MacGibbon on 03/08/2005
Here we go again! A new season!
We start off against a relegated side who haven?t been this low in the league hierarchy since 1957 when they were in the old Division 3 (South). They will be keen to get off to a good start but their pre-season record isn?t great. They went on a tour of Denmark and lost two games drawing the third, 0-1, 1-2 and 0-0. They have drawn with Boston (0-0) and Torquay (2-2) but did manage to beat Exeter 2-1.
Over the years we have played them sixteen times at the City Ground in the league, winning eight and drawing four of the matches. We last played the Reds in Nottingham on December 13th 2000 when we won 3-1. Our team on that day was:
Vaesen, Jenkins, Heary, Armstrong, Dyson, Gray, Holland, Baldry, Smith, Thornley (Vincent 85), Gallen (Facey 77), Ndlovu (Gorre 89)
Less than five years ago and not one of the 15 players is still on our books which makes it a bit irrelevant!
We have added three players to our squad over the Summer, and Danny Adams at the end of last season. Our Young Guns have great potential but our defence leaks stupid goals! Let?s hope that the experience of Danny and Tosh can do something about that. If Tosh can fill the shoes of Efe, on a good day, and not see red as often, then maybe we can keep some clean sheets!
Pav has scored as many goals pre-season as Forest have managed and must be looking forward to doing it for real!
At the time of writing Phil Senior is the only player under treatment so either Simon Eastwood will make his debut in the senior squad or we will risk no keeper on the bench. Andy Holdsworth took a knock against Rochdale but will probably be fit for Saturday.
There have been a lot of changes at Forest. Old stagers Chris Doig and Eoin Jess have gone on free transfers to the Cobblers. They have done a swop with Norwich getting Chris Holt in exchange for Mathieu Louise-Jean. They have bought a new goalkeeper, Rude Pederesen, from AGF Aarhus. They have signed Ian Breckin, and Nicky Eden, both defenders, from Wigan as well as Gino Padula, an Argentinian left back, from QPR. Nicky Southall, a midfielder, has joined them from the Gills. They have also just concluded the signing of John Curtis, whom they had on loan last season, in time for Saturday. They have also agreed terms for centre back Danny Cullip from the Blades. With so many new players there has to be a doubt that they will ?click? first time in the league.
The Reds are the bookie?s favourites for the League One title, we are fourth in the book. I like to think we can win but a draw may be a more realistic prediction.
Coca Cola are almost certainly running their ?Win A Player? competition again this year so keep an eye on their football website.
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