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December 10th

It's the In The Top One advent calendar.

The great thing about DAVID JOHNSON, apart from the number of goals he banged in, was that it always seemed that he loved - I mean really loved - playing for the club.

After signing from Ipswich Town in 2001, it took a while before he got into the groove and he was farmed out to Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley before hitting 29 goals in 47 appearances in the 2002-03 season which culminated in Forest reaching the play-offs. An inspirational figure until a series of injuries diminished his potency, he poached, blasted and headed in goals from all angles and formed a formidable partnership with Marlon Harewood.

Visibly upset at losing the play-off semi final at Bramall Lane, we all had a little cry with him. Still resident in Nottingham and a vocal supporter of the club, he is also involved in scouting around Europe.