Nottingham Forest owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi has paid homage to Peter Taylor after the Main Stand was renamed in the assistant manager’s memory.An official ceremony took place at The City Ground yesterday as the Main Stand became the Peter Taylor Stand.
And, in today’s matchday programme for the visit of Hull City, Al Hasawi acknowledges the immense contribution Taylor made to the club.
He writes: ‘Yesterday was a very special day as we renamed the Main Stand in memory of our legendary former assistant manager, Peter Taylor.
‘From my days of supporting Forest as a youngster, I am fully aware of the fantastic contribution Peter made to the club during its most successful period.
‘My knowledge and understanding of the work he did has only been enhanced by those I have talked to since my arrival, particularly club ambassador John McGovern, who had the pleasure of playing under Peter.
‘What made Peter’s achievements extra special was the fact he was Nottingham-born. He grew up in the Meadows and, as a young goalkeeper, he was given his chance here when a scout spotted him playing football on the embankment.
‘While Peter’s playing career took him elsewhere, Brian Clough brought him back to The City Ground as his assistant in 1976 and the rest, as they say, is history.
‘The renaming is aptly timed as tomorrow will be the 25th anniversary of Peter’s passing. Our thoughts are with his family, many of whom we are delighted to welcome to The City Ground this afternoon. We hope today’s match presents everyone with a chance to celebrate the life of a true Forest great.
‘So, once again, Clough and Taylor take their place alongside each other at The City Ground – the way it always was, and now how it will be forever.’
Today’s cover design was originally used in the 1980-81 season. Inside, readers will find the memories of Taylor’s daughter Wendy and son Phil, while Jack Hobbs looks ahead to this afternoon’s match against his former club.
Programmes (£3) will be available to buy from various outlets around The City Ground this afternoon.