Nottingham Forest will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they travel to face Millwall at The Den this evening.
Sabri Lamouchi’s side were on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat at home to Cardiff City last time out, so will be hoping to bounce back with a victory to keep themselves in the play-off places.
Millwall sit 13th in the Championship and are on a four-game unbeaten streak, whilst Forest have won three of their last five, including the 4-0 hammering of QPR on their latest away outing.
Ahead of tonight’s game, we’ve taken a look at five players who have played for both Forest and Millwall…
Cardiff City manager Neil Harris is another former player who has featured for both Forest and Millwall at some point in his career. The ex-striker is Millwall’s all-time record goal-scorer with 138 goals in all competitions, and even managed them until he resigned at the beginning of October this year. Harris had a three-year spell at the City Ground between 2004 and 2007 when he joined from Cardiff. He made just over 30 appearances but failed to have the desired impact. It took 21 months for Harris to open his goal-scoring account, and his contract was eventually terminated in 2007.
England legend Teddy Sheringham began his footballing journey at Millwall, and spent the best part of eight years at the London side. Having joined as a 16-year-old, his rapid development helped him become a focal point of the club’s first-team throughout the late 80s. Sheringham broke all of the club’s goalscoring records, notching 111 goals in all competitions during his spell. He was also the all-time leading goal-scorer until 2009.
Nottingham Forest purchased Sheringham in 1991 for £2m, where he played alongside Nigel Clough. He scored Forest’s first Premiership goal in 1992, but then was sold to Tottenham Hotspur a week later. Forest went on to be relegated after failing to replace Sheringham.
Pacey winger Nathan Tyson joined Nottingham Forest in 2006 after spending a bit of time on loan at the club. He spent five years at the City Ground, scoring 33 goals in 176 appearances. In 2009, he infamously waved a Forest flag in front of the Derby fans at the end of 3-2 East Midlands derby victory, where he was later fined £5,000 and banned for two games. He left Forest in 2011 after rejecting a new deal, before later joining Derby. Tyson spent a short spell on loan at Millwall whilst at Derby, however he only made four appearances after picking up a ligament injury on his debut.
Billy Gray signed for Forest in June 1957 for a fee of £4,500. He became the club’s main playmaker and was on penalty duties during his six-year spell at the City Ground. He scored three penalties in Forest’s run to the 1959 FA Cup Final and set up the winner in their 2-1 win over Luton in the final. During his time at Forest, he made 228 appearances and scored 35 goals. Gray also spent some time at Millwall between 1963 and 1965, where he made 20 appearances in a player-manager role.
Our current number seven Lewis Grabban has enjoyed spells at both Forest and Millwall during his career so far. The striker donned the Lions’ colours during a three-year stint between 2008 and 2011, after joining from Crystal Palace. He scored nine goals in 58 appearances at the Den, before eventually moving to Brentford. In 2018 he signed for Forest and has been a key figure ever since. With 59 appearances and 25 goals under his belt so far, Forest fans will hope he can keep scoring goals as Sabri Lamouchi’s side seek promotion come the end of the season.