I’ve been a fan of this club for all of my life and like the majority of our fans I once used to dream of one day pulling on the famous red shirt worn by so many of our heroes.
Right up until I stopped playing, in every game I played for my local team I wore my Forest jersey under our own.
This club meant the world to me and in many ways still does. It was around this time also when I realised I probably wasn’t going to live out my dream of a City Ground debut and so off to the world of full time work I went, working six days a week for minimum wage. At the age of 20 I decided I would buy a house and invest in the future.
Nothing in this life is guaranteed, success, happiness, money etc and I, like so many people in this world, had found myself out of work with the only given being the responsibility of having a mortgage payment to find once a month on top of other out goings.
Odds are you (the players) won’t have problems like your average fan in the stands. You need to consider yourselves extremely lucky.
You guys earn more in a single week than some people out there do in a month, maybe even a year in some cases. For many, you’re living out our dreams every time you step onto that pitch.
You lot are in a privileged position playing for OUR club, Nottingham Forest. Things don’t always go your way on the pitch, we’ve seen that a few times this season and the fans sympathise with that.
You owe it to the fans of this club to prove your worth every single penny of your transfer fee’s and your wages.
The question on every fans lips now is are you going to go out there again and go through the motions and lay down for the opposition?
Do you have it in you to go out there, against the odds, to prove a point, to pick up the result against Derby County, end this run and turn this season around? Only you have the answer to that…
Josh Reynolds, a lifelong Forest fan