Robert Earnshaw revisits some of his East Midlands derby memories in the latest edition of Forest Review for this afternoon’s clash with Derby County.
The former Welsh international spoke exclusively with us about featuring for both sides of the rivalry, playing in the derby and much more in a wide-ranging interview.
He said: “They were wonderful memories. The best feeling was scoring against Derby. You want to score against the rest of the teams, but the biggest game was always against Derby.
“When you are on the pitch, you want to score the winner and beat them. It was always extra special and more than three points and all about leaving with the victory against your rivals.
“I managed to score quite a few when the derby came up so it was great for me. I loved it. The 5-2 win was amazing; what a great night and one of the best memories of my career. It was a wonderful time, scoring a couple of goals and it was eventful, and the scoring the winner at Pride Park sealed it off.
“It is amazing in football how an ex-player or attached to the other club in some way is always in the right place at the right time. That day when I scored the winner at Derby was amazing. It could have been 3-3 by then, everybody else could have scored but it didn’t happen, I came on at the right time and the ball drops on the edge of the box and I’m thinking ‘this is a goal’.
“It was one of those moments that as soon as it was nodded down to me, in my mind it was a goal and I was off before it crossed the line.
“Sometimes I still think about the moments after the goal, the team celebrating, us winning 1-0 at Pride Park and the celebrations with the fans. We had never beaten Derby at Pride Park before that and to score the winner was a wonderful feeling and extra special for me as it was my old team.”
You can read the full interview with Earnshaw by picking up your copy of Forest Review for today’s game, packed full of content and priced at just £3.
Designed and produced by Ignition Sports Media, the latest 100-page edition also features Earnshaw on the front cover, scoring his second goal in the famous 5-2 win over Derby, with the artwork designed by Art of Football as they continue their excellent range of front-cover designs.
Jack Colback takes part in the 'Big Interview' as he discusses his experience of big derby games and his time at The City Ground so far.
Aitor Karanka, Danny Taylor and David Marples pen their usual insightful columns while Richard Harrison continues his look back at the memorable 1977-78 campaign as it reaches its 40th anniversary.
All this, and more, is available for only £3 and copies of Forest Review will be on sale around the ground before the game as well as in the club Megastore.