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Inside your Matchday Programme: Nottingham Forest

Past meets present in our ‘70s special

31 August 2018

“Forest have strengthened over the summer and enter this fixture unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship. Aitor Karanka’s sides are notoriously difficult to break down so we will have to be at our very best to take maximum points.”

From the Dugout: Dean Smith looks ahead to the visit of Nottingham Forest


“We announced earlier this week that we now plan to move in time for the start of the 2020/21 season, rather than midway through the previous campaign. We've seen the developments at Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium and will learn from that. I believe that moving in at the start of a new season makes more sense and know that many fans agree.”

From the Boardroom: Mark Devlin brings you the latest goings-on at Griffin Park


Match Preview: line-ups, latest news and last-five form guide. The key information ahead of #BREFOR


In Opposition: squad list, profiles and stats


Four in Focus: four of Forest’s key men in profile


“Forest like to play higher up the pitch and hurt teams with their passing. When they are in full flow they are exciting to watch.”

Hot off the Press: with Paul Taylor of The Nottingham Post


Heroes and Villains: Greville Waterman looks at some previous clashes with Nottingham Forest through the lens of two significant performances


“To win a game 5-1 and not be entirely happy with the performance sets the standardfor the rest of the season.”

Flying Scotsman: BEES caught up with Lewis Macleod at the Club’s Jersey Road training ground


“The backbone of that side would go out and sweat blood for the Club, they really would. Fans and players from some of those northern sides probably thought we were southern softies, in fact I remember being called it on more than one occasion, so I had to remind them of my Glasgow origins!”

Griffin Park Greats: David Lane speaks to star of the ‘70s, Jackie Graham


“They banned me for six weeks and, to make matters worse, the Club wanted to stop my wages for that period. Maybe it was the Club’s right to do that, I don’t know, but what I do know is that if you’ve got the goose that’s laying golden eggs, you don’t try and eat it for dinner do you?”

Big Book of Griffin Park: a real maverick and a real Brentford legend, John O’Mara talks about his infamous five-match ban and the match officials of the early ‘70s


“After the troubles the Club had been through, and with my own health issues, it was a pleasure to see the fans come on to the pitch at the end of the Luton game. You don’t often get those times as a manager, so you have got to relish them when they come around.”

History Boys - 2008/09 Uncovered: from a battling win at Bournemouth to life beyond the dugout, Andy Scott speaks exclusively to BEES matchday programme


“Although nobody is suggesting Roy Hodgson ever played the role of cuddly rabble rouser, he has taken umbrage with Watford’s Harry the Hornet. This, after Harry mocked Wilfried Zaha back in December 2016 by diving in front of the Crystal Palace player after he had been booked for ‘simulation’.”

Park Life: Nick Bruzon on the most unlikely of footballing feuds


“You’re young, you want everything to happen quickly and smoothly but in reality it’s not like that. It’s a long, hard process, with ups and downs, and that’s tough to think about.”

Brentford B: get to know B Team midfielder, Ali Coote


You’re the Boss: B Team graduate and Wales international Chris Mepham is next up in our one-to-eleven series


“Ball retention draws the opposition forward. If a high press is used in response, it allows teams to pass through zones and turn defence into attack in seconds.”

Last Word: Ben Burgess on the changing face of football


Pick up a copy of BEES matchday programme, on sale around Griffin Park for just £3.50.

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