Field Notes

September 20, 2013

  • First and foremost, today is the anniversary of Brian Clough‘s passing nine years ago. Brian’s wife Barbara died in July so this year’s anniversary comes with a little extra poignancy, but September 20 is a day we’re sure most Forest fans always take a moment to remember Cloughie‘s contribution to our club and the game in general.
  • The highly-rated teenager Nathaniel Chalobah has joined Forest on loan from Chelsea. Chalobah, 18, was at Watford last season but says speaking to England U21 team mate Henri Lansbury and other former Chelsea-Forest loanees helped make his decision to come to the City Ground easier.
  • Chalobah will help shore up the Forest defense who looked uncomfortable at the back against Middlesbrough. Kelvin Wilson is an injury doubt for the trip to Doncaster Rovers tomorrow while the home side have several injuries to contend with.
  • Finally, defender Danny Higginbotham, who had six games on loan for the Reds last year, looks set to make his international debut at the age of 34… for Gibraltar! Currently playing for Chester, Higginbotham is elegible to represent UEFA’s latest member through family and has made himself available. His chances of a call-up? Pretty good considering his uncle is the head coach!