Following his return as the club's mascot, Robin Hood has been speaking to the official website about being back at The City Ground.
When did you start supporting Nottingham Forest?
I've supported Forest ever since the club was formed back in 1865. Being approximately 855-years-old, I've been lucky enough to follow Forest through every step of the club's journey. I was at Crystal Palace to see The Reds win their first FA Cup, beating Derby 3-1 in 1898, then saw the famous 1959 team win the same trophy at Wembley. Then, of course, there were the glory years under the great Brian Clough. We had some great times together, me and Cloughie. Being a fan, it's great to be back at the club now at what feels like a really exciting time for Forest.
What's your favourite Forest memory?
It has to be those unbelievable two years when Forest became back-to-back champions of Europe. I remember travelling with the fans to Munich and Madrid for both finals, it felt like everyone in Nottingham left the city to be at the games. I have to say though, my first game back at The City Ground for the match against West Brom this season was pretty special too. It was great to see all the fans and full stadium – and what an atmosphere, it was electric that night!
What have you enjoyed most about returning to the club this summer?
Seeing all the young fans has been brilliant. Forest has always been a great family-friendly club and it seems like there are more young fans at games than ever before. I really enjoy meeting everyone and posing for pictures. I also love the new Robin's Hood room the club have created for kids to hang out in on a matchday. If anyone is interested in popping in, then all you have to do is email email@example.com.
What is your matchday routine?
I tend to get the ground early to check everything is ready for the day. I go into Robin's Hood to ensure it's set up for the kids to come along and then head over to the Family Red Zone to check on the face painters and other activities for young fans. I'll meet the matchday mascots about an hour before kick-off and then I walk around the ground to meet all the young fans – if you see me be sure to say hi!
Who is your favourite player?
Well, my favourite player of all-time is the great John Robertson. What a player he was! He'd run down the left wing like one of my arrows flying through the air. The current squad is full of exciting players which is great to see. I like watching Joao Carvalho play and, of course, everyone loves a striker so having someone like Lewis Grabban at the club is brilliant. Michael Dawson is obviously a Forest fan and I hear Michael Hefele is a big fan of mine, which is nice to hear – apparently his goal celebration is inspired by me firing an arrow, I can't wait to see that!
What are your hopes for the season?
I think this is going to be an exciting season. The club made some great signings over the summer and we've made a good start. Most importantly, The City Ground has been packed for both home games so far, which has made for a great atmosphere. I've spoken to the players and they've said it makes a massive difference when the ground is full and the fans are cheering them on. Hopefully us fans can keep that going and we can inspire the team onto success!