Nottingham Forest against Derby County is always a memorable fixture but Reds skipper Chris Cohen has helped to ensure that one young supporter has a day he’ll never forget.Cohen went along to visit Harry Morgan, who turned eight yesterday, to inform him that he will be leading the teams out as a mascot for the East Midlands derby at The City Ground.
And after seeing the mixture of shock and delight on Harry’s face as he opened the door to his favourite player, Cohen says it is a wonderful experience to get out and about rewarding some of the club’s supporters.
Cohen told Forest Player: “After visiting the care home a few weeks ago, it is great to go to the other end of the spectrum and see a younger fan. As captain I really enjoy meeting some of the fantastic supporters that we have; both old and young.
“It will be a while before Harry takes it all in but once he does, I know he’ll be really excited. He’ll get to come down and meet all the other players, get some stuff signed and lead the teams out. I only wish I’d had that opportunity when I was eight years old.”
The skipper will be featuring in his 11th East Midlands derby this weekend and after experiencing plenty of ups and downs against the local rivals, Cohen knows what to expect when The Rams come to town.
He said: “It will be exactly the same type of game as it always is against Derby. It will be feisty, competitive and the fans will be right up for it. We just need to make sure that we keep our heads and do the basics well.
“As a squad we’ve all been waiting for this game to come around and we’re all looking forward to it. The manager has prepared us thoroughly and we’re all ready to go.”