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  1. I remember Stephen Green from when I worked at Roland Green as Lab Assistant 1966-68. I always felt quite sorry for him but never knew his disfigurement was the result of an accident. I always assumed it was congenital. I wonder if it could now be repaired using modern surgical techniques.
  2. Oz, Yep it looks like Steve Cooper has got the players on side and they're performing to their potentialat at last. I think Chris Hughton was happy to take the payoff at the end. Hard to work out why it went wrong for him. His track record was quite good but it soon went downhill for him. Nigel Clough's good start has quickly fallen apart. Again his track record is good but he can't seem to make it happen with the Stags currently. I fear his public criticism of some of his players hasn't worked. Bit too early to talk about relegation but if they're still stuck at the bottom by Christ
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    Frido balls

    Thanks for that DavidW. I'd forgotten about the yellow sticker over the valve. I always thought it was there to keep dust and mud out. IIRC the Fridomaster was a much heavier ball hence there use by professional players in training.
  4. For my birthday one summer in the late 1950s my mum and dad bought me a shiny white Frido football. Frido balls were very popular back then and were also available in red. IIRC they cost about five bob and came with a brass valve and adapter to inflate them. The kids these day call them floaters because they were made of vinyl and quite light. On a windy day they would get blown all over the park. Anyway, these footballs were great for youngsters because you could head them without knocking yourself senseless lol. I was delighted with my white one and ran into the garden to have a kick aroun
  5. Senior moment in my original post. Pennant not pendant doh. Now it's been mentioned I remember the tests being conducted after school in the playground.
  6. Who remembers the dark green triangular felt flag pendants that you were awarded when you passed the Nottingham Cycling Proficiency exam? I didn't have one personally but I remember many of my school pals having one on their handlebars back in the late 1950s. IIRC the pendants featured the city coat of arms in yellow along with some other wording. I wonder if anyone still has theirs. I imagine they wouldn't be allowed these days as they could inflict a nasty injury if you fell on one.
  7. Tommy Cooper was Welsh so you never know. Let's hope Steve is a magician too.
  8. Oz, In common with many others on here I'm finding it very difficult to post images and even links on this site nowadays. The characters I referred to can be seen if you do an image search on Google for Nottingham Football Post. It should bring up a picture of said newspaper for May 1959 when Forest won the FA Cup. I do wonder when the FP stopped using the characters across the top of the paper.
  9. Yes Oz, football's a funny old game. I didn't expect Forest to win yesterday especially away from home. I did think Derby might spring a surprise though. Should have had a flutter. Talking of local clubs I'm sure you remember the Thomas Henry characters across the top of the front page of The Football Post which included all the teams you mention with the exception of Doncaster. I have some old Post Football Guides from the 1920s and 30s and the Sheffield clubs get included as well. My pride and joy is a PFG from 1915 which is an absolutely fascinating read.
  10. I feel really sorry for the Derby supporters. Put into administration by a wealthy owner who is only trying to cover his backside and doesn't really care about the club. There's no way they won't be relegated now. And what about Forest? Can a new manager save them from relegation? It's possible but I fear their owner is just using the club for his own ends. Mansfield have imploded recently but surely Nigel Clough is a good enough manager to bring them success eventually? And then there's dear old Notts County. They seem to have come through some very turbulent times and although
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    telly adverts

    The next ad is rumoured to employ a three legged dog.
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    telly adverts

    It must be a nightmare to be all inclusive when ad agencies are working on a campaign. To try and present a cross section of the British Population in 30 seconds is one hell of an undertaking
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    telly adverts

    Since when did the soaps mirror real life?
  14. I can't see things improving at Forest until the club is sold.
  15. The game against Derby this Saturday is make or break for Chris Hughton. If Forest lose the fans will be reaching for their pitchforks. If they win, it will buy him a bit of time to try and get some points under their belt. I don't think Forest will lose. Past history shows that Forest always manage to raise their game against Derby who aren't exactly tearing up the league at the moment. I predict a very dull 0-0 draw which will give CH a couple more games to get a win. If he doesn't then I fear he'll be gone. Who will come in? On the NP site I've seen suggestions that N
  16. I grew up in Beechdale in the 50s and my dad had a phone installed late in the decade. Back then Beechdale had its own exchange and our number was Beechdale 363. It was a shared ie party line which meant you couldn't use the phone at the same time as the other party. The phone had a silver button in the middle which you had to press to check if the phone was in use by the other party. Anyone else familiar with this set up?
  17. Looks like Forest might be in for a difficult season again. The Stags could have turned the corner with Clough Jnr. at the helm and Notts too might be on the up with their new manager. I don't think Rooney is the right man for Derby however. Isn't it mad? Forest, Notts, Mansfield and Derby all appointed new managers last season.
  18. Paul, I went to Beechdale Primary 1955-61 so knew a lot of kids who lived in the prefabs. A lad called Terence Lane lived on Plungar Close. I think he went on to either Glaisdale or Peveril.
  19. My recollection of the listening booths in the Co-op basement was the music being played through a speaker in the booth not using headphones. The ones in Boots on Pelham St used to work the same way I think. I think my first 45 was The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” from a record store on Radford Rd near St Paul’s Avenue, Hyson Green. A relative bought me a record voucher for Christmas 1963 which I used in Jan 1964. I've still got it along with many other great Beatles vinyl from the 60s.
  20. I agree her voice is sublime. Georgy Girl is one of my favourites too. The film has some great shots of London in the Swinging 60s. My other favourite female singers include Karen Carpenter, Cass Elliot, Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw and dear old Cilla.
  21. Love The Big O. My sister brought home “It's Over” in the early 60s and I was very impressed. She also bought “In Dreams” another classic. I love his falsetto parts in “In Dreams” and “Only the Lonely “. Who can forget “Oh, Pretty Woman” another of his many superb performances. I very much enjoyed his time with The Travelling Wilburys. It seems unreal that he, George Harrison and Tom Petty are no longer with us. Wiki describes The Wilburys as a super group and of that there is no doubt.
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    Forest v Notts

    Found this on a Notts County forum today. Couldn’t resist posting it here because I found it so funny. I'm sure Forest fans could easily modify it for their own amusement. Here we go. A few years back before a Notts County- Nottingham Forest derby, Ian McParland goes into the Magpies changing room to find the team looking a bit glum. 'What’s up?” he asks. “Well, we’re having trouble getting motivated for this game. We know it’s important but it’s only Forest and we can’t be bothered, we always beat them”. Charlie looks at them and says, “I reckon I can beat
  23. Isn't it about time they changed their name? I shopped there yesterday and bought four items and only one of them was a pound. The phone charger leads nearly all cost £1.50 now and there's quite a bit of stuff priced at £2 or more. They removed the “Everything's a pound” statement off their frontage a few years back. Still a good place for batteries and the liquorice rock and torpedoes are good value. Just need to check the price labels. Sometimes they're missing all together and I wonder if that's done on purpose.
  24. I'm a big fan of mushy peas too but have never tried them with egg and chips. Fish (cod or haddock), chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce are a regular Friday or Saturday night favourite in our house. When I moved from Elstree Drive to Russell Rd in the summer of 1961 I was well chuffed to discover a choice of chippies on Berridge Road. In Elstree Drive the nearest chippie was on Radford Bridge Rd and with no car in the family we rarely had fish and chips and when we did they were usually cold. My mum would warm them up in the oven (no microwaves in the 1950s) but they never tasted as go
  25. I've always loved egg(s) and chips. I agree crinkle cut chips are the best. Sausages are a tasty addition and HP sauce is a must. The late Beatle George Harrison was a big fan of egg and chips too and used to complain that they were hard to get in the posh hotels they stayed in when the band became superstars. I don't know what it is about crinkle cut chips that make them so much more delicious than straight cut ones. In the early sixties most Saturdays when Notts were playing at home my dad would take the family for lunch in The Elizabethan restaurant on the top floor of the bi