Colin Calderwood

Position: Defender Born: Stranraer Signed from: Aston Villa, March 2000

Debut: 18 March 2000 vs Tranmere Rovers Sold to: Released, July 2001

Highly experienced Scottish international defender signed at the end of the 1999-2000 season. Never really got to impress the City Ground faithful - just as he was playing his best game for Forest he broke his leg at Birmingham. Said to be an excellent influence in the dressing room, but we scarcely saw him for long enough to know; he never really recovered fitness (though when he went to Notts on loan to try out his leg, he was a disaster).

Left to become Reserve Team Coach at Spurs in August 2001, then manager at Northampton Town (whom he brought to promotion via the Play-Offs).... and then finally back to Forest as manager in the Summer of 2006.

David Campbell

Position: Midfield Born: Eglington Signed from: Apprentice, June 1983

Debut: 30 March 1985 vs West Ham United Sold to: Charlton Athletic, October 1987

Northern Irish left winger, post-Robertson & Walsh, pre-Rice. Very skillful, he was even capped by Northern Ireland for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico - "but whenever he got anywhere near the goal he lost the plot completely". This man was replaced by Brian Rice; I rest my case.

(My thanks to Mr C for the correction to my original entry).

Kevin Campbell

Position: Forward Born: Lambeth Signed from: Arsenal, July 1995

Debut: 19 August 1995 vs Southampton Sold to: Trabzonspor, July 1998

The one that got away (and sparked a right old hoo-hah as a result). SuperKev was signed with the Collymore money, but for his first season or 2 was anything but Super. What we knew but seriously underestimated at the time was the fact that he was injured, and gradually he began to get the bird from the Trent End as he failed to jump for balls in the air and seemed to have the turning circle of a Supertanker - he became known as "Glassback".

However, for the beginning of the 1997 - 1998 season he was finally fully fit, and he was a revelation alongside Pierre van Hooijdonk, showing pace, power and excellent finishing. Confidence grew and gradually the fans noticed that we had a pretty good centre forward here - van Hooijdonk got the headlines, but KC got far more goals from open play; in truth they complimented one another perfectly.

So it was more than a little surprising to the fans when it was announced that Campbell had been sold to the Turkish club Trabzonspor during the close season as we prepared for the Premiership. Shortly afterwards Colin Cooper was sold and van Hooijdonk went on strike - and Forest were virtually doomed to relegation before a single ball had been kicked.

The whole board thing from around that time has been more than adequately dealt with elsewhere, so I will confine myself to the observation that Forest's then board were about the only people in the country who thought we could lose our 3 best players and still have a cat in Hell's chance of staying up.

Campbell had a hideous time in Turkey, amongst other things being charmingly described as "a monkey" by the club president; nothing too racist there, then. Walter Smith rescued him and took him to Everton, whereupon he proceeded to keep them up almost single-handed... 4 years later, in 2005, he did exactly the same thing for West Brom.

Meanwhile, we've been scratching around to find a centre forward of equlivalent quality ever since. We had one, and we let him go. And the Board of the period still wonder why Forest fans are rude about them.

Franz Carr

Position: Winger Born: Preston Signed from: Blackburn Rovers, August 1985

Debut: 25 September 1985 vs Bolton Wanderers Sold to: Newcastle United, June 1991

Most people have similar memories of Franz Carr. The first few times you saw him he left your mouth open - blindingly quick, able to beat defenders seemingly at will, perhaps a tendency to over-elaborate. But, hey! This guy caused a buzz in the crowd whenever he got the ball.

Then you saw a bit more of him and the one serious defect became apparent - 90% of his crosses ended up in Row Z . Time after time he'd totally skin the full back and fail to provide the final ball onto the head of Clough / Davenport / Birtles / Chapman - whoever.

A great pity, because he had everything else, and could have been a brilliant player. But a winger who can't cross is like a keeper who can't save, a defender who can't tackle or a forward who can't shoot.

Pity. He gave us a lot of pleasure, but it could have been so much more.

Brian Cash

Position: Winger Born: Dublin, 24 November 1982 Signed from: Academy, July 2001

Debut: 2 February 2002 vs Stockport County Sold to: Released, November 2004.

Irish Under-18 International right winger whose pace and trickery showed huge promise at Academy level; he was frequently described as "the One" by some Academy staff, but consistently failed to deliver at any higher level.

A few substitute appearances during the 2001-2002 & 2002-2003 seasons demonstrated his pace and balance on the ball, earning himself a call-up to the Irish Under-21 squad while still only 19. On the other hand, loan spell at Swansea and Rochdale were far from outstanding - unless you count off the field, where rumours of some prodigious refuelling habits with his country's finest stout were not uncommon.

No huge surprise when his contract was terminated by mutual consent in 2004.

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Lee Chapman

Position: Centre Forward Born: Lincoln Signed from: Niort, October 1988

Debut: 22 October 1988 vs Millwall Sold to: Leeds United, January 1990

A season and a half, 27 goals in 71 games. Kind of begs the question "why did we sell him?" Especially when you consider that Chapman went on to win the Championship with his next club.

Chappo is more intelligent - and certainly more outspoken - than most footballers.. and that might just be the answer; Brian Clough always had problems with players who spoke their minds so often and so articulately as this guy (see Martin O'Neill for futher details!). Besides, Chapman was always something of a nomad, seldom staying at any club for very long.

All the same, this old fashioned bruising centre forward was an excellent foil for Nigel Clough during his too-brief stay at the City Ground. It is surely no coincidence that in his one completed season we finished third in the League, won two cups and reached the semi-final of a third.

Sammy Chapman

Position: Defence / Midfield Born: Wednesbury Signed from: Apprentice, August 1964

Debut: 3 December 1966 vs Manchester City Sold to: Notts County, August 1977

Uncompromising. The only word that can be used to describe Sammy (his real name was Bob, by the way - no idea why everyone called him Sam). OK, so maybe I am biased, in that I only really remember him properly towards the end of his career, when things had slowed down a bit and he was, frankly, a clogger (don't knock it; every team had at least one at the time!). Besides, when I think back to the early 70s my mental image always seems to be of Forest against Palace (it's always Palace) in a desperate battle to avoid relegation, and Sammy has either just been sent off or had a back-pass stick in the mud before it reached the keeper. I was young, I know, but there is a grain of truth in those childish memories, even if it is very harsh of me to heap all of a small boy's mental blame on Chapman - there were far worse Forest players at the time.

There must have been more to him than that; he played over 400 games for Forest, so he simply cannot have been just the ponderous chopper that I remember. It is unfortunate for him that he came to prominence during the dark days between the dismantling of the excellent 1966-67 team and the arrival of Clough in 1975. And, though he played quite a lot in midfield earlier in his career, it is hard to believe that Sammy was ever a silky-skilled creative maestro.

It's no good - I can only think of him as an uncompromising (verging on the brutal) and slow defender. Perhaps there is someone out there who has the knowledge to be a bit kinder.

Gary Charles

Position: Full Back Born: Newham Signed from: Apprentice, July 1986

Debut: 2 November 1988 vs Coventry City Sold to: Derby County, July 1993.

One of the players (and there have been several - Brian Rice and Phil Starbuck spring to mind) where Brian Clough saw something that the fans never did. It might simply have been that he displaced a true crowd favourite, Brian Laws, from the right back spot. Certainly he was quick, good going forward and skillful, if more than a little lightweight in defence. He even (though it was hard to believe even at the time) played for England a couple of times during his Forest career - but then I suppose he was no worse than Phil Neville!

For whatever reason, the fans never really took to him - arguably the biggest cheer he ever got from the Forest faithful was when he scored an own goal for us after his transfer to Derby! Since Forest, there have been several clubs (Derby, Villa, Benfica, Wet Hams) who have taken a punt on him, and he seems never to have completely convinced there either.

Sadly, after his career ended it became apparent why he had never fulfilled his early promise; in common with many in the game in his era, he had a serious alcohol problem, and appeared in the papers in a series of sad, sordid little articles as his decline was peppered with a string of court cases.

Steve Chettle

Position: Defender Born: Nottingham Signed from: Apprentice, July 1985

Debut: 5 September 1987 vs Chelsea Sold to: Barnsley, December 1999

There aren't very many players like Chet left in the modern game: local boy, over 500 games for his home-town club, loyal servant etc etc. Probably best described as a solid pro - unspectacular, steady. In his very earliest appearances he was a full back, but in the 89-90 season he replaced Terry Wilson in the centre of defence alongside Des Walker, and he remained there for over 11 seasons.

Chet was at his best alongside a strong defender, and he was lucky enough to play alongside both Walker and Colin Cooper. The suspicion is that their excellence covered up his deficiencies, but I think that would be unfair - Brian Clough knew a good defender when he saw one, and he persevered with Chettle for years. He could tackle - timing rather than brute force being the essence of it - and he was strong in the air. And, lest we forget, Chet was in a number of damn good Forest defences as well as some awful ones.

Unfortunately he declined at the end - the TV pundit Clough himself unkindly, but accurately, described Chettle as "scoring a hat-trick - not often you see a defender do that" during one of his final performances. Barnsley took him on, and every Forest fan wished him well; he ended his playing days working with Nigel Clough at Burton Albion.

Above all else, I prefer to remember him for his goal in Munich against Bayern in the UEFA Cup Quarter-Final of 1995-96; it gave us hope that we might yet pull off a miracle. (Didn't happen, but that's not Chet's fault!)

Trevor Christie

Position: Forward Born: Newcastle Signed from: Notts County, July 1984

Debut: 25 August 1984 vs Sheffield Wednesday Sold to: Derby County, February 1985

Signed to play alongside Peter Davenport, he never really clicked - though he did score a hat-trick at Villa Park in only his fourth game. But, as several players in these lists would doubtless testify, once Clough decided you were no good, that was it, and Christie was out of the door within half a season of joining.

The emergence of a young centre forward called Nigel helped the Trent End to bear the loss.

Michael Chopra

Position: Forward Born: Newcastle, 23 December 1983 Signed from: Newcastle United (LOAN), February 2004

Debut: 7 February 2002 vs Coventry City

Highly regarded young forward signed on loan in dire emergency in February 2004. With David Johnson having broken his leg and Marlon Harewood bizarrely having been sold, the goals which had pushed Forest to the play-offs in 2002-2003 had utterly dried up; when Chopra signed they had not scored in over 6 League games.

After his very first game the manager who'd bought him to the club - Paul Hart - lost his job, which was hardly the best of starts, but he didn't really set the world on fire thereafter, either. To be fair to him, he looked a promising young player, but at that stage we needed experienced guys who'd seen it all before and got every T-shirt available. Joe Kinnear let him go back to the North East after a single month.

Eventually he left Newcastle and became a star at Cardiff City, scoring bags of goals in the Championship.

Frank Clark

Position Left Back Born: Highfield Signed from: Newcastle United, July 1975

Debut: 16 August 1975 vs Plymouth Argyle Sold to: Released, May 1981

In the all-time career transformation stakes, Clark would surely be the runaway winner. He'd spent over ten years at Newcastle as a solid if unspectacular left back, winning a single trophy right at the start of his career (at the time of writing, almost 35 years later, Newcastle have yet to win another trophy of any description). They then decided he was too old and past it. Cloughie disagreed and snapped him up on a free.

When he finally stopped playing 4 years later, he had added a Championship, 2 League Cups and a European Cup to his personal honours board. Past it, eh?

Clark would be the first to admit that he had his limitations (indeed he does admit it, most candidly, in his book "Kicking With Both Feet"). He was extremely sound as a defender, but he couldn't come forward to save his life. But when you have John Robertson playing ahead of you, so what? This, indeed, was part of Clough's genius - he got players to concentrate on what they were good at, rather than trying to make them do things they weren't good at. Clark couldn't attack, Robbo couldn't defend - so he picked Clark to "win the ball, young man, and then give it to the fat man ahead of you". Simple, huh?

One of the other things that Clark had never achieved at Newcastle was to score a goal. So the match after the Championship was won Clough sent him on at Ipswich as sub for Peter Withe (we were already winning and the result didn't matter that much anyway). Needless to say, Clark scored the one and only goal of his career, and Peter Shilton ran the length of the pitch to congratulate him. "Oh God, now he'll think he's a goal-scorer" was Cloughie's affectionate response.

Later, of course, he returned to the City Ground as the first post-Brian manager. Initially he made a more than decent fist of it, getting us instant promotion and taking us to third place in the Premiership and into Europe. His second season in charge (the Bohinen / Roy / Collymore team) was arguably the best Forest team for ten years.

But then, for whatever reason (Clark being too nice a bloke is a strong candidate), it all went horribly wrong. Collymore and Bohinen left, their replacements didn't work, and he ended up signing donkeys like Silenzi. It all ended in tears, and for a while he was unkindly booed when he returned to Nottingham (which he did increasingly often after he'd become another in the long line of managers who couldn't sort out Man City).

Frank is now high up in the League Managers' Association, and you often see him at most home games; happily the boos have long since stopped. He is still widely respected, and universally acknowledged as a good bloke. He just couldn't manage very well.

But he was a fine player who must embarrass those Newcastle fans of a certain age who so authoritatively assured him he was past it!

Sammy Clingan

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Nigel Clough

Position: Forward Born: Middlesbrough Signed from: Schoolboy, July 1983

Debut: 26 December 1984 vs Ipswich Town Sold to: Liverpool, July 1993 : (Returned briefly on loan December - March 1997)

Fans of clubs other than Forest (poor souls) never really understood Nigel. "Too slow". "Wouldn't be there if he wasn't the manager's son". All that sort of thing was commonly heard even when he was at his peak.

We know different. Perhaps the problem is that he was almost impossible to classify. Despite wearing a number 9 on his back, he wasn't a centre forward (not tall enough and - yes - too slow). But he wasn't a midfield player either. Nowadays, when many international teams play with one forward up and another playing just behind him "in the hole", perhaps he would have been more appreciated. But at the time all people saw was a centre forward who wasn't a centre forward.

At his best, though, Nigel was a genius - one of the best half dozen players I have ever seen play for Forest. Especially during Neil Webb's first spell at the club; their understanding was almost telepathic. His speed of thought and his range of passing more than made up for any lack of pace, and his finishing was so good that for season after season he was our top scorer. To get the best out of Nigel you had to build a team around him, which Forest were happy to do and Liverpool and England were not. By the time he stopped playing (and he is still not that old even now) he couldn't even get a game in Man City's reserves. This for a player who, with Walker, Hodge and Pearce, had given the people of Nottingham more pleasure than any of his contemporaries - a true great.

Perhaps he should never have left us. You can easily understand why he did, though - his father had just retired, Forest had been relegated and he seemed to consider that many people at the club hadn't treated Dad that well at the end. After one decent season at Liverpool (who on the face of it were the ideal club for him to move to), his career went into incredibly sharp decline.

Now he is managing Burton Albion - and managing them pretty well; they ran away with their championship in 2001 - 2002, and have since become an established Conference side. The romantics amongst us would love to see him back here as manager one day - though it remains to be seen whether that ever happens (possibly too much baggage would come with the name for some). What looks pretty certain is that he will make a great manager for some lucky club. And what is definite is that if he ever brings that club to Forest, Nigel will get a standing ovation.

Stan Collymore

Position: Forward Born: Stone Signed from: Southend United, June 1993

Debut: 24 August 1993 vs Crystal Palace Sold to: Liverpool, July 1995

What a waste! Stan had the lot - if he had realised his full potential he would have 60 or 70 England caps and been a world star. Instead he makes headlines on the wrong side of the paper and continues apparently to lose the constant battles with the demons inside his head.

I would say without a moment's hesitation that Stan is the best centre forward I have ever seen in a Forest shirt - possibly in any shirt. He had pace, he had power, he was good in the air, he could shoot thunderously with either foot, he frightened even top class defenders to death when he ran at them and whenever he got the ball at his feet an expectant buzz would run through the crowd.

Two goals to illustrate the point - both against Man United, both in 1994 -1995. The first was our first home game back in the Premiership. United were champions and they went 1-0 up fairly early. It could all have gone horribly wrong. Stan got the ball in the centre circle, spun, powered through the United midfield like it wasn't there and rifled a right footer in at Schmeichel's near post from 25 yards. The only shame was that the Trent End was being rebuilt so no-one got a really close view of it. The second was four months later, by which time Stan had another 10 goals, so you'd have thought people would have been wise to him. At Old Trafford he'd already hit the post (and was to do so again later); long ball out of defence, nodded on by Brian Roy. Stan gets it 30 yards out with 3 defenders between him and the goal. 2 touches and he curls a left-footer into the top corner. If you look closely at the film of this goal you can see even the United fans applauding!

In a mere 72 appearances for Forest Stan the Man scored 50 goals - a strike rate which no other player even comes near. So what went wrong? Hard to say, really (John Gregory, Roy Evans and assorted England managers would love to know if you have the answer) - but there is little doubt that the problem is entirely inside his own head. Given what we know now, the fact that he soon decided that Forest weren't "big" enough for him shouldn't have been a great surprise (after all, a few months later he was publicly slagging off Liverpool for "not playing the right way for me"). At the time, though, we were decidedly unimpressed - especially when he tried to sue the club for an unpaid loyalty bonus (Stan having been about as loyal in his second season as Guy Fawkes).

It isn't just ego, though. At one stage during the 94 - 95 season, Frank Clark had a go at both Stan and Brian Roy for not trying hard enough. It is interesting to look again at that season's video; you can spot where Stan lost it almost to the hour. Roy reacted to his manager's displeasure by scoring 6 goals in 3 games. Stan also bucked his ideas up and started scoring - but from that point onwards not a single one of his team-mates is running to congratulate him. Who knows what went on in that dressing room? But clearly Collymore's reputation for advanced mardyness is not entirely undeserved!

As I said - what a waste of talent.

Kris Commons

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Colin Cooper

Position: Defender Born: Durham, 28 February 1967 Signed from: Millwall, June 1993

Debut: 15 August 1993 vs Southend United Sold to: Middlesbrough, August 1998

The other catalyst - along with Kevin Campbell - of the van Hoojdonk strike fiasco and the abject Forest collapse towards inevitable relegation from the Premiership in 1998-99. At the time Cooper was club captain and a cult figure with the supporters - not to mention a critical part of the defence. So very few people were exactly amused when he was suddenly sold.

When Frank Clark took over from Brian Clough in 1993, he assembled his backroom staff and asked them who were the two players they'd most like to sign. The answers were Colin Cooper and Stan Collymore. The prompt signings of both went a long way towards restoring morale and putting the club back on the right track, even if only on the playing side.

Coops was born and brought up in Middlesbrough - indeed he formed what must have been a pretty sound defensive partnership with Gary Pallister at the beginning of both their careers. Boro were stupid enough to let them both go (see, it isn't only us!), and when we signed him he had just spent a highly successful season at Millwall. Not especially tall for a defender, he is none the less one of the best defensive players we have had since the heady days of Burns, Lloyd and Needham. Strong in the tackle, a good captain and blessed with a good enough football brain to use the ball excellently from the back (indeed when injuries forced him into midfield he did not look out of place), he could and should still have been at the heart of our defence.

Coops' excellence in the newly promoted side of 1994-95 even forced him into the England reckoning - 2 caps, if memory serves, around the time of Le Tournoi. In truth he probably wasn't quite up to international football, but the margin must have been very small.

Certainly he was a good and extremely popular servant for us - witness the standing ovation he received on running out to warm up on his return with Middlesborough a few weeks after his sale - and he was still getting consistently rave reviews in the papers when drafted into their expensive side in emergency as late as 2005.

How we could use someone of his quality now!

Richard Cooper

Position: Defender Born: Nottingham, 27 September 1979 Signed from: Apprentice, August 1998

Debut: 7 May 2000 vs Stockport County Sold to: York City, April 2001

One of the legion of hugely promising youngsters churned out by Paul Hart's fantastic youth system. He only made one substitute appearance for the first team, despite impressing as captain of the Stiffs. It seemed only a matter of time before he got a longer run, but somehow it never came, and gradually he became one of those brilliant youth players who never quite train on; probably not helped by the fact that he stopped growing.

Cooper was a right back, ex-Captain of the England under-18s (indeed, voted player of the tournament more than once at that level), and ended up not making too many waves at (non-League) York City.

Once highly promising, but not good enough.

John Cottam

Position: Defender Born: Worksop Signed from: Apprentice, April 1968

Debut: 7 November 1970 vs Everton Sold to: Chesterfield, August 1976

Central defender from the murky and unsuccessful days of late Matt Gillies / Dave MacKay / Allan Brown / early Brian Clough. I don't remember much about him, so any contributions from older readers gratefully received.

Gary Crosby

Position: Winger Born: Sleaford Signed from: Grantham Town, December 1987

Debut: 16 January 1988 vs Charlton Athletic Sold to: Huddersfield Town, August 1994

Long after everything else is forgotten about "Meat-Fly", he will be remembered throughout football for one of the most outrageous goals ever scored. The ball had run through to Man City's keeper Andy Dibble, and Crosby was running from behind the goal back towards the half way line. He noticed that Dibble was holding the ball balanced on one hand, rather than in two, so he nipped in, headed the ball off Dibble's palm and then stroked it into the net. To add insult to injury, Forest won the game 1-0, and I think I am right in saying that City were not exactly in a healthy league position at the time (though they were not in fact relegated). 3 March 1990 - the goal has already featured more than once on the "What Happened Next" section of assorted quizzes.

Crosby was a small tricky old fashioned winger, signed largely on the strength of the recommendation of Grantham's then manager Martin O'Neill. He replaced Franz Carr in the side, and was an important part of maintaining Forest's late-80s renaissance - he played in the 1990 League Cup win and the 1991 FA Cup final defeat. When the chips were down and Forest had declined towards the abyss of relegation, there are those who'd say that he became something of a luxury - he was very slight and didn't really contribute hugely to backs-to-the-wall defence. In full flow, though, he - like Carr - was a joy to watch.

He has worked for several years as Nigel Clough's assistant (player-)manager at Burton Albion.

Mark Crossley

Position: Goalkeeper Born: Barnsley, 16 June 1969 Signed from: Apprentice, January 1988

Debut: 26 October 1988 vs Liverpool Sold to: Released, June 2000 (Middlesbrough, July 2000)

It is unfortunate that the furore surrounding Crossley's departure from the City Ground led to such entrenched points of view among the fans - with neither extreme point of view being entirely fair to Crossley. On the one hand many felt that "Norm" was a great servant to the club and a superb keeper, so we ought to be paying whatever he demanded. On the other hand there were those who couldn't usher him out of the door fast enough, choosing to remember only his occasional clangers (and rather less occasional disasters under a cross).

The truth is, as ever, somewhere in the middle. 'Norm' (so called because of his strong resemblance to the young Norman Whiteside when he first broke in to the team) was undoubtedly a terrific shot-stopper and a great servant to Forest for over 10 years. He is one of only 2 keepers ever to save a Cup Final penalty (by a strange coincidence Dave Beasant is the other, though his was not for Forest) - indeed saving penalties was something of a speciality for him; on his recall to the side late in 1998-1999 (after well over a year out through injury) he saved no fewer than 4 in only 12 games. He was at the back of a number of decent Forest sides, and one excellent one (1994-95).

On the other hand, he was vulnerable under a decent cross - though in his later years he worked hard on this, tending to punch nowadays rather than reproduce his traumatic dropping of the ball on assorted centre forwards' toes (Portsmouth in the Cup in 1991-92 tends to be the one everyone remembers). Frank Clark had to drop Norm for a while during 1993-94, because he was getting so much stick from the fans. What short memories we have, eh?

In the end, though, Norm was almost certainly the victim of a combination of raw economics and some less-than-perfect advice from his agent. The contract than ran out at the end of his last season had been signed in the days when Forest were 3rd in the Premiership and heading for Europe - with all the implications for revenue expectations and salary levels that such a position implies. But things were very different by 2000, and he simply asked for too much money - more than Forest could afford for a very good, but not totally irreplaceable, player. Campaigns to try to enlist the support of the fans (T-shirts expressing his love for Forest at QPR, for instance) were ill-judged; they annoyed easily as many people as they enthused. There were also persistent rumours that he was a focal point for dressing room dissent against the manager - and no-one will put up with that for very long.

But let's not remember Norm for the sad end - better to picture him doing an impromptu lap of honour at White Hart Lane after yet more penalty heroics had knocked Spurs out of the Cup in 1996.

Cheerful, slightly eccentric, and a good keeper whom the fans liked. After leaving Forest he did well, without ever being a regular, at Boro and Fulham.

Danny Cullip

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Terry Curran

Position: Midfield Born: Kinsley Signed from: Doncaster Rovers, August 1975

Debut: 30 August 1975 vs Notts County Sold to: Derby County, November 1977

One of the players who did an awful lot to get us back into the top division, but whom Clough reckoned were not quite up to it once we got there. Very much an attacking midfield player, Curran operated on the right, and it took Clough a while to be certain that Martin O'Neill was a better bet out there, that Ian Bowyer was best in the middle, and that Robbo was a winger at all!

Once that had firmed itself up in the manager's mind, Curran's days were numbered and he disappeared to the wingers' delight that was the beach at the Baseball Ground. Nothing special - particularly to a Forest crowd who'd been weaned on the likes of Duncan McKenzie even when we weren't that special as a team. But not complete crap either.

David Currie

Position: Forward Born: Stockton-on-Tees Signed from: Barnsley, January 1990

Debut: 3 February 1990 vs Crystal Palace Sold to: Oldham Athletic, August 1990

Centre forward of extremely dubious quality who was signed to replace Lee Chapman and faded rapidly onto the transfer list when Clough realised how ordinary he was, turning instead to Nigel Jemson. Chiefly remembered for the fact that for a few games Forest had Currie and Rice on the same team sheet. Yep, he was THAT good.

John Curtis

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