Nottingham Forest sales manager Simon Fotheringham has become the latest #faceofforest.A season ticket holder from the age of 17 prior to taking on his role in Forest’s commercial department, Simon’s extraordinarily enthusiastic approach to life behind the scenes at The City Ground earned him the nomination from his colleagues.
Fittingly, his love affair with Forest came to the fore 35 years ago today when, as a ten-year-old, he watched on from his home in Worksop as Trevor Francis gave us the lead in the 1979 European Cup final.
Simon said: “I cheered the goal so much my dad sent me to my room. I ended up crying throughout the remainder of the final.” Happier times were to come for him, however. Simon vividly recalls Wembley becoming a “second home” in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s and still gets misty-eyed when recalling the abilities of his favourite-ever player, Stan Collymore.
But, despite all his fantastic memories, there was still a piece of the puzzle missing for Simon. Until three years ago, that is.
He said: “I’d been knocking on the commercial manager’s door for quite some time. The guy who was in the job before Joe Sharphouse actually told me he would never employ a Forest fan in case they got starry-eyed when the players walked in.
“Joe said to me in my job interview ‘You do realise it’s going to take over your life…’ and I said ‘It already is my life’. But fair play to him – it has, and it is, and it’s ten times ‘worse’ than it ever was before. “As a former season ticket holder, to live what I’m living now is a dream come true.”
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