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December 3rd

It's the In The Top One advent calendar.

Since the moment when Brian Clough suggested that he try a Forest shirt on for size in the away dressing room at Anfield in 1990, it was clear that ROY KEANE was a special talent destined for the very top. His team mate and right back that day, Brian Laws, takes up the story:

After ten minutes, he’d trampled all over John Barnes and I was laughing because this kid was going to do my job for me, which was brilliant! It was one of the best debuts I’ve ever seen for a 17-year-old. He was a man playing in a boy’s body. He didn’t give two monkeys who he was playing against and he made it very clear he was not going to let anybody stand in his way. That was the start of his blossoming career. A star was born on that day.

(As told to Czech Forest: http://www.nottinghamforest.cz/brian_laws_english.htm)

An awful lot has been written about Roy Keane since that day and amongst the noise, it's easy to forget how impressive he was in his early days at Forest. This header typifies his style: brave, powerful and decisive: