Nottingham Forest fan Jason Buckland and his family were greeted by some special guests at The Nigel Doughty Academy this morning.Former Reds season-ticket holder Jason suffered a stroke in August whilst at his granddaughter’s christening and due to the illness he has been unable to attend any Forest matches this season.
Jason’s son Macaulay, son-in-law Joel Lacey and cousin Sam Thompson, who all regularly attend Forest matches, didn’t want him to miss out on his Reds fix and so Sam got in contact with the club to organise this memorable occasion.
At The Nigel Doughty Academy, Jason had the opportunity to get his Nottingham Forest home shirt signed by the first-team squad, who also took time out to pose for photographs with him and his family.
In a short interview after the signing session, Jason revealed that he is currently fighting back well from his stroke and will undergo an operation next month to continue his recovery.
He said: “This has been a fantastic experience. All of the lads were really friendly and Matt Derbyshire and Jonathan Greening in particular made us feel really welcome.
“The signed shirt will take pride of place in my log cabin. I’ve turned it into my Nottingham Forest room and it will hang up next to my shirts from the European Cup wins.
“I’ll hopefully have a brighter year in 2014 and, ideally, get to see the lads seal promotion to make it a double celebration.”
Everyone at Nottingham Forest wishes Jason a speedy recovery and will hopefully see him at plenty of Reds matches later in the season.