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My Team: IBF World Super Middleweight Champ Carl Froch Talks Notts Forest!

Why Forest?
I’m a Nottingham lad through and through. It was either them or Notts County – and that’s a no brainer! Besides, my best mate was mad about Forest and after I went to the City Ground with him and his dad for the first time, I was sold.

Get to many games?
I used to be a season ticket holder, but winning my first world title saw me head out on the road a lot more, so my attendance at the City Ground has waned in recent years. Hopefully, I can get more of my opponents to Nottingham in the future. I’ll even take them to a game!

Where do you sit?
When I went more often, I sat in the main stand with all the regular punters. When I go now, I’m mostly in the executive boxes. My mates rip me for it, but I never hear them turning down an invite.

Favourite-ever player? 
Nigel Clough was the best thing since Seabiscuit when I was growing up. Not only was his father a god to us, but he banged them in for fun. He went to Liverpool and we got Stan Collymore, who looked even better. Then, he went to the Scousers as well. After meeting my Liverpudlian missus, Rachael Cordingley, I now know why they went – for the women!

Worst memory?
Our Premier League return in 1998-99 was one long joke. We sold Kevin Campbell, Pierre van Hooijdonk went AWOL and then Ron Atkinson came in as manager. It was a calamity of errors! The 8-1 home drubbing by Man United was just the icing on the cake.

Sh*ttest-ever player?
I think Robert Rosario (left) was Brian Clough’s last signing and I can’t remember him ever scoring. Andrea Silenzi was the first Italian to play in the Premier League, but he was so useless he might as well have been from Derby. And then there’s Danny Sonner and Eugene Dadi – we’ve had loads!

Favourite chant?
“Oh Nottingham
(Oh Nottingham)
Is full of fun 
(Is full of fun).
Oh Nottingham is full of fun.
It’s full of t*ts, fanny and Forest.
Oh Nottingham is full of fun.”

Fondest memory as a Forest fan? 
When we won the First Division in 1997-98 we had two hotshot strikers in Pierre van Hooijdonk and Kevin Campbell. We thought we were back for good, or at least would be better than Derby and Leicester in the Premier League the following season. Wrong!

Funniest Banter?
A classic moment was when we beat Derby 3-2 in 2009 and Nathan Tyson did a lap of honour in front of the away end with the Forest flag. Now he plays for them! How that happened, I’ve got no idea.

Funniest moment?
I never get bored of watching the footage of Brian Clough walking onto the pitch and punching the fans after a pitch invasion in 1989. Cloughie could have been heavyweight champion of the world! What other club would allow the manager to lamp his own fans, then kiss and make up with them on TV afterwards?

Player you’d swap your missus for?
Man United’s Wayne Rooney.

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