Martyn Barsby won’t forget his 48th birthday in a hurry after literally hitting the Forest jackpot.He had only been a member of our Forest Foundation Lottery for three months when he heard he had qualified for the final stages of the Lottery’s big annual draw on The City Ground pitch before our recent game against Bolton Wanderers.
It was a case of last man standing won the big prize and one by one Martyn’s rivals fell by the wayside until there were just two left.
He revealed: “My birthday was the day before the draw so it was very timely. I could hardly believe it when we got right to the end with my number five and number eight still in the game.
“I had a friend of mine over from South Africa and he indicated to me that there were only two of us left and when I heard the No. 8 go, I just lost it. It was one of those marvellous moments that you don’t often get to experience.
“It was fantastic timing because my wife and I have recently bought a wreck of a house to do up and we were going to have to save up to do various things bit by bit. We needed a new kitchen, carpets and other things but winning the Forest jackpot prize means that we can do things so much quicker than we would have been able to.
“We’re Forest nuts in the family. My wife Caroline and our children Courtney (11) and Nathan (10) were all season ticket holders in the Family Section last season but because of work I’ve not been able to get so often this season.
“I get as often as I can and Ricky, my son from my first marriage, is a big fan. My elder daughter Natalie is also interested and Ricky’s six month old son Zak is being groomed as another fan.”
Martyn, who lives in Underwood, got the idea to join the Foundation through his son Nathan being involved in our Community scheme ‘Forest in the Parks’ but he’s never needed any excuse to follow us everywhere.
He added: “I was a fan in the Brian Clough days when the likes of Archie Gemmill and John Robertson were my favourite players.
“I used to be a season ticket holder back then and for ten years or so travelled home and away to watch the team play.
“We’ve had some poor years in recent times but with Billy Davies back in charge I think we can genuinely do something this season.
“He should never have gone in the first place but I can see Billy leading us to the play-offs again this season. I’d love to see us do it at Wembley!”