Nottingham Forest academy graduate Michael Dawson ‘couldn’t have dreamed’ of a better place to learn his trade.
The centre back, who went on to sign for Tottenham Hotspur along with Andy Reid, attended Monday night’s 150th anniversary gala dinner.
And Dawson, who went on to win four England caps, will never forget his time on Trentside.
He told Forest Player HD: “I couldn’t have dreamed of being at a better football club to learn.
“I left home at 16, lived in West Bridgford and went on to play at The City Ground for two or three years, which was something I’d always dreamed of when I was a youngster standing on the terraces, watching the likes of Bryan Roy, Stan Collymore and Stuart Pearce.”
Dawson, now at Hull, is immensely grateful for the help the club gave him at the very start of such a successful career.
The 32-year-old said: “It was a great time and I’m thankful the club gave me the opportunity to go and play in the Premier League for such a long time.
“It’s a club I’ve always been fond of and I’ll always have great memories of.”