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December 1st

It's the In The Top One advent calendar: STEVE CHETTLE

David Marples

There can be few players who define the term 'loyal servant' as well as Steve Chettle. Born in Nottingham, he progressed through the youth set up and made his debut in 1986. He went on to make 415 appearances for the Reds, scoring 11 goals - perhaps most memorably the equaliser in the Olympic Stadium in exactly the same place that Trevor Francis scored his iconic goal back in 1979. The smile on his face was priceless.

He wasn't flashy or spectacular but he was solid and reliable - the type of player who consistently posted 7/10 performances, regardless of who the opposition may be. He played a key role in Brian Clough's great second Forest team - not hogging the limelight but diligently going about his business.

These days, he is assistant manger of Northern Premier side Ilkeston Town, where his son Callum is also learning his trade. It would be lovely to see him progress through the ranks and grace the City Ground too, just like his old man.