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Well Oz, what an amazing pair of results for you to wake up to.

What a great afternoon for the Reds as they come away from Sheffield with the win.
The team coach will be rocking as it wends its way the short distance down the M1 back to Nottingham.
And just when you thought things couldn't get any better, Burnley implode and get thumped by Newcastle.
My reputation as a football pundit is now in tatters and I'm considering returning to my previous job as a rent boy. It's well paid but after the medical bills there's not a lot left. Just kidding.
Back to today’s football. Mr Marinakis will no doubt be sinking a few glasses of Ouzo and breaking a few plates into the bargain tonight.

It's not quite over with the result of the points deduction appeal still to be announced but Forest must feel like they're nearly over the line now.

I don't know how well they played but even if they were complete and utter dogshite it really doesn't matter. The three points are what count.

Maybe, just maybe the squeaky bum has been cured.

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Football is/was the beautiful game..........nobody loved the game more than me.......played till i was nearly 40....loved Forest and County...........however money took over alot of years ago now....

Everyone was a hero yesterday, it was clearly meant to be. Great credit has to go to Luke William's and Ryan Harley's tactics. Many times this season Notts have worn out teams by keeping the

Just when you thought the world couldn't get any more unbelievable and ridiculous.....   Forest 1 - 0 Liverpool.

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Forest - Gather three vital points from the away trip to Bramall Lane to play the already relegated Blades and come away 1-3 winners, their first away win since Boxing Day. 28,516 were on hand, I wonder how many Forest Fans made the short trip up the M1? Sheffield United opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a penalty from Ben Brereton. Forest were on equal terms just over 10 minutes later when Callum Hudson-Odoi scored the first of his brace with a curling shot into the far corner. The Blades had their chances too but fortunately for Forest they could not convert them into goals. Six minutes after the break Ryan Yates scored his first EPL goal when he thumped a shot past Blades 'keeper Wes Foderingham. Hudson-Odoi put the game beyond doubt finishing his brace with another curler, again into the corner, in the 65th minute.

United's Anel Ahmedhodzic was sent off in the 5th minute of time on in the second half after a caution 20 minutes earlier.

Their 5th red card of the season. The three points ease Forest's relegation worries for now but they are away at Chelsea next Saturday and unlikely to return from there with any points. Fellow strugglers Burnley were thumped 1-4 at home by Newcastle United. Forest are now three points clear of the relegation positions.

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Just watched some brief highlights of Forest win up the road at Bramall lane.........still love Forest even though my interest in them has cooled.......didnt recognise any of the players..never thought i'd say that..........

               Bramall lane i class as local and have visited a few times....great History in the place.....not just united but test and county cricket......even watched my son boxing there..........good win forest, might still be in the Premier league next season.............

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17 hours ago, Oztalgian said:

Forest - The three points ease Forest's relegation worries for now but they are away at Chelsea next Saturday and unlikely to return from there with any points. Fellow strugglers Burnley were thumped 1-4 at home by Newcastle United. Forest are now three points clear of the relegation positions.

Actually Oz Forest are at home to Chelsea and then finally away to Burnley. Forest are 3 points clear but with the reds superior goal difference Luton need to get 4 points from their last two games to overhaul them, even if Forest lose their last two games. As Luton are very unlikely to get 4 points and Burnley are pretty much doomed Forest are definitely in the driving seat. 

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7 hours ago, Marrowman said:

Actually Oz Forest are at home to Chelsea and then finally away to Burnley

Oops, Don't know why I wrote that, of course I knew they were at home and away at Turf Moor in the last game of the season. If Forest beat Chelsea then it will become academic, and they will be staying up.

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8 hours ago, denshaw said:

Forests appeal has been rejected, they remain on 29 points.

Even if they had given them the four points back they would have still been in the same place in the table.

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The Daily Mirror has opened a crusade to save the magic of the FA Cup as a result of the controversial decision to axe replays. As of today 119 Football League clubs and non league clubs have signed up to the campaign.

"Local" clubs that have signed up are  :- Alfreton Town, Doncaster Rovers, Lincoln City, Mansfield Town and Notts County, 

Sheffield United is the only current EPL team that has signed up, Championship clubs Southampton, Coventry City,  Middlesborough, Preston North End and Millwall have signed up too. It has all come about due to the EPL clubs making a decision without any input from the lower league clubs.

This sort of thing and the exorbitant wages played to some of the prima donnas, many of whom never set foot on the field has reduced my interest in the game to following the local teams only. Coverage here is all behind a paywall and I have no inclination of contributing to a cabal that is slowly ruining the great game.


Forest - I see that Nuno is now complaining about the timing of the decision of Forest's appeal against the four point penalty. I suggest he focuses only on the last two games and does his best to ensure that one of them is a victory and thus saves Forest from the drop. Alternatively two London clubs, Spurs and West Ham could do Forest the biggest favour by beating Burnley and Luton on Saturday.

The management of the club have done as much to contribute to the position of the club as has the players ability to perform well.

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Forest - Safe for another season in the EPL after Luton went down 3-1 away at West Ham. Even if Luton win their last game home against Fulham they will be relegated as Forest have by far the better goal difference. Unless, that is, if Luton win with a 12-goal difference! The final home game of the season saw 29,708 fans turn out but unfortunately the Reds lost 2-3 at home to Chelsea who scored in the 8th minute. Forest equalised with a Willy Boly header to send them in all square at half time. Forest took the lead in the 75th minute from a curler by Callum Hudson-Odoi only to see Chelse level again 5 minutes later and claim the points 2 minutes after that. Forest finishes the season next Sunday away at already relegated Burnley with a 4:00pm? kick off.

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Same old, same old from Forest.

Mr Marinakis is highly unlikely to change his style so I expect Forest to struggle again in the Premiership next season.

It clearly suits him whatever he's up to behind the scenes.

Forest's home record is P19, W5, D5, L9 and they're putting up the price of season tickets!

I've heard lots of Forest supporters say they'd rather watch Forest winning in the Championship than losing in the Premiership. The supporters and their management also think the Premiership, it's officials and administration are corrupt.

So what does the future hold for The Reds? A new ground, a new manager a new owner?

I don't profess to know but it doesn't sound much like fun at the moment.

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Sunday brings to an end tumultuous EPL season and barring Luton beating Fulham by 12 clear goals Forest will stay up.

A little something inside me wishes they would win 13-0 because if Forest got relegated it would be just desserts for the way they have performed at all levels in the club this year. Replacing Cooper with Nuno has hardly been a resounding success, he spends too much time whingeing and moaning instead of doing the job he is supposedly paid for. Look at the results under his guidance. The administration have performed woefully, there seems to be a lot of square pegs in round holes there. Bringing on board Mark Clattenburg was a masterstroke...... Not.   Who thought that one would end well and benefit the club?

What is the owner, Evangelos Marinakis, doing or is there some other game being played in the background that we do not know about?

Since Nuno came on board in the EPL Forest have won 5, lost 11 and drawn 5 scored 30 and had 36 scored against them

At the City Ground they have won 3, lost 5 and drawn 2. Scored 16 and had 18 scored against them.

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Forest- Chris Wood finished his season with 14 goals and a brace against Burnley in the 2nd and 14th minute. Burnley pulled one back in the 72nd minute but the result was never in doubt. The match report gives coverage to Nuno saying that during the season "We didn't have chance to build the bond" No, no Nuno the team just has to play better. If there is a clear out make it a big one encompassing all levels in the club.

A quick summary of the "Local Clubs"

Forest - escaped relegation again finishing in 17th position

County - Finished 14th in the lower half of Division 2 

Stags - Promoted in third place to Division 1


Sheffield United - relegated from the EPL finishing a long last.

Leicester - Promoted to the EPL as champions.

Sheffield Wednesday - finished 20th in the Championship, a little lucky to stay up.

Derby County - Pomoted to the Championship, finishing second

Lincoln City - Just missed out on the play-offs in Division 1

Doncaster Rovers - Made the play-offs finishing 5th but failed to gain promotion.


Match reports now finished until 17/18 August. Time to get the willow, pads and gloves out, weather permitting.

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The Mansfield Chad has done an analysis of the miles Mansfield fans have to travel there and back to watch all League One away matches next season. It is 4,790 miles. The farthest to Exeter City involves a round trip of 448 miles, the nearest is to Rotherham, a 60 mile round trip.

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On 5/4/2024 at 4:54 AM, Mess said:


I agree, things have gone very pear shaped at Forest since the change of ownership.

There may be a clue in here:

There's more to this than meets the eye, Mess. Firstly, whilst I think that all multi - millionaires will have something in their past that they will not be proud of, Mr Marinakis was cleared of all criminal charges against him.  Secondly, Mr Marinakis' bitter rival owns Athens' other big club and also several newspapers, where he spreads his stories.  I don't deny that his ownership of Forest leaves a lot to be desired, though!

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On 5/22/2024 at 6:27 PM, notty ash said:

It would be interesting to see how that compares with clubs at the extreme south or north, like Exeter fans. Stags fans have it easy in comparison.

Sometimes it is an advantage to be in the East Midlands.

The Premier League Newcastle United vs Bournemouth 716 miles round trip

The Championship Middlesborough vs Plymouth 752 miles round trip

Division 1 Blackpool vs Exeter 556 miles round trip

Division 2 Carlisle vs Gillingham 698 miles round trip

Looking at the locations of the division 1 and 2 teams, you could make a case to bring back the North and South based leagues as a way to cut excessive travel and reduce costs for the minnows and their fans. 

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Even that doesn't work very well as there is not always an even number of clubs across the country. National league North covers most of the country apart from the South East and far south. Teams include Bylth,  Gloucester and Bishops Stortford

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Olympiacos, has beat Fiorentina 1-0 in the final of the Europa Conference League. Is anyone wondering why Evangelos Marinakis's other team is so good and Forest so bad? I have.

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