Members of the Nottingham Forest Supporters’ Club were welcomed to The City Ground last night as part of the consultation process for the proposed stadium redevelopment.
Around 25 representatives of different branches across the country attended the evening in which they were shown plans of the development and had the opportunity to ask questions submitted by members.
Keith Mather, chair of Nottingham Forest Supporters’ Club, said: “It is fantastic; it is nice to feel that people’s opinions are valued and to be part of this kind of thing moving forward.
“It is good to have some kind of input from the general supporters. It is fantastic that Mr Marinakis is investing into the club like this and it has needed a boost like this for quite some time. Now, this seems to be moving forward very quickly so we are looking forward to it.
“We represent a wide range of people, of all ages, all mobility and supporters with sight or hearing issues and we have been putting forward what they have sent to us which is so important.”
Tracy Murphy, from the Gedling branch, added: “It is amazing to be involved, really exciting and I am over the moon to be involved in it. I have been coming here since I was five so to see this happening is fantastic.
“It is very important that everyone has their say, especially for the younger kids as well. I bring my son and it is nice that I can have an input for him as he is disabled. It is important that everyone is catered for and it makes it more of a community club.”
The consultation process is ongoing as the club continues to meet with different groups to gain feedback on the redevelopment of the Peter Taylor Stand, as well as improvements on the other three stands and the surrounding areas.
Richard Dalby, branch secretary of the South Coast branch, added: “It is great as it is good that the supporters are being involved in this process. It is a big thing for the club to be developing after 30 years and it is fantastic that the club are involving the fans in what happens.
“It is a big outlay; you can spend a lot of money on the team but to spend a lot of money on the infrastructure, such as the ground and the training complex, is really good and it looks good for the future of Nottingham Forest. It will be our home for the next 100 years so it is great. It is a world-famous ground and the fans are happy that we are staying on the banks of the Trent.”