David Stainsby, a season ticket holder since 1970, has become the latest #faceofforest.Accompanied by his nine-year-old grandson Tom, David visited The City Ground earlier this week to tell his story to the Forest Player cameras.
David was hooked ever since his father took him to his first game in 1957, against a Blackpool side featuring Stanley Matthews, and he has many fond memories from his time as a die-hard Red.
A match he looks back on particularly favourably is the two-legged affair against Liverpool which set Brian Clough’s men on their way to their first European Cup success.
He said: “That was the greatest memory. The first match was in Nottingham and we won 2-0, but I remember Peter Taylor saying afterwards that he couldn’t believe every other First Division manager still thought Liverpool would get through the tie.
“He knew they wouldn’t and we put in a magnificent defensive display to draw 0-0. Burns, Lloyd and Shilton kept them out and we almost knew we would win the cup then. Amazing.”
Football is a family tradition for David and he is thrilled Tom, who received a free under 12s season ticket after signing up to the club’s Junior Reds membership for the coming campaign, is following in his footsteps on the path to becoming a lifelong Forest fan.
David said: “Tom took to the idea of Forest right from day one and when he comes to the games with me he’s got that enthusiasm, which I’m delighted about.”