04 December, 2007

Trip to the Banks'

I went to Walsall v Forest a couple of years ago, at what was then the Bescot Stadium. Forest took the lead just before half-time, before Rune Pedersen was sent off for an innocuous challenge, conceding a penalty in the process. It was right in front of us, and our point of view was vindicated when the red card was later rescinded. Cheating Matty Fryatt, who now plays for Cheating Leicester (the perfect home for him), then scored the penalty and then proceeded to ham up his celebrations in front of the away end, which nearly caused a riot. If you ever hear of Forest fans hating Fryatt, then that is your reason.

With ten men, and a tactically inept manager who insisted on continuing with five at the back, it was always going to be uphill. A particularly sloppy goal went in from a set-piece, and despite sub David Friio's late effort (remember him?), it ended 3-2 to the Saddlers.

Walsall are our bogey team. Dickie Dosh may still want to prove a point to his former employers (remember that he was reserve team coach under Frank Clark?). The Bescot (now Banks') Stadium is four pikey little sheds put together; it is right by the M6, and I only noticed this recently, as they have put a dayglo orange "Floors-2-Go" hoarding on their biggest stand - otherwise it is so small that you would never notice it from the motorway. Forest also have their ex-Walsall man Julian Bennett injured, and have to contend with the Manager of the Month curse...

Matches against Walsall are always awful, and often result in a Forest loss. This is now my local match, and I can't wait!

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