Richard Simmons doesn’t get to as many of our games as he would like but it didn’t stop him scooping the £4,500 jackpot prize in the Forest Foundation.He’s been a member of the Foundation, which raises valuable funds for our Academy, for about five years and it’s his way of keeping in touch with events at The City Ground.
He revealed: “To be honest I’m a bit of an armchair fan these days because I regularly umpire hockey games on Saturday and that doesn’t allow me to get to many matches. But being part of the Foundation is my way of giving something back to the club.
“When I was a youngster I was very passionate about the club. I was at The City Ground on the day in December 1971 when, in a match against Arsenal, Ian Storey-Moore picked the ball up on the edge of his own penalty area and ran the length of the field before scoring.
“On the other side of the fence I was still a regular when we were relegated to the old Second Division, which wasn’t very nice.
“Unfortunately, work took me away from Nottingham during the glory days of Brian Clough but it was great to follow the achievements in that era.”
Mr Simmons, who now lives in West Bridgford and heads up a business change company, is pictured receiving his prize from Andy Reid when our midfielder spoke at a Foundation event.
He added: “Over the years I think I have won a tenner and a ticket to a game so it was a lovely surprise when I was told I had won a big prize. I’m sure the other half has got plans for the money!”