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News round-up - June

It might be June but football news never ceases. Just in case you've missed stuff, here's a brief summary of goings-on at The City Ground.

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Jamie Ward and Matt Mills have been snapped up. Official confirmation is on ice until July since only then are the players officially out of contract with their present clubs. The Jamie Ward thing has been much discussed. Matt Mills is, on paper, a decent signing, especially since our current crop of central defenders seem to crumble like shortbread, but one can't help but think that such a purchase means that the temptation to allow Michael Mancienne to be released to roam around in midfield will be strong with this one.

Tim Erlandsson has signed a permanent deal. He's Swedish, 18 and spent last season playing a key role in the Youth team which finished second in their division and reached the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup.

Tyler Walker has also borrowed a pen to squiggle his name on the dotted line of a four-year contract. Lovely stuff.

Beyond Mills and Ward, the club have been linked with loads of other players too...too many to mention or indeed, be bothered to go back and list them all. It may be June but there's a World Cup and the Copa America to be watched. And some cricket too.

Outs

The list of players with which Dougie planned to have a word and let them know about their future never quite materialised so officially, they're all still ours. Yup, even Djamel Abdoun.

Friendlies

Get your filo-faxes out for:

Odense BK Wednesday 8th July kick off 7pm

Mjallby IF Sunday 12th July kick off 6pm

FC Helsingor Tuesday 14th July kick off 7pm

(The club are keen to point out that it will NOT be playing Malmo while on this tour of Sweden.)

Stevenage Borough Friday 17th July kick off 7.30pm

Doncaster Rovers Tuesday 21st July kick off 7.45pm

Aston Villa Saturday 1st August kick off 3pm

Fixture dates

It's the draw for the Capital Cup on Tuesday 16th June. Bristol Rovers here we come.

The day after (Wednesday 17th June) sees the release of the full fixture list. Then you know that it's real and it's coming around again. Nothing can stop it.

150th anniversary celebrations

Something seems to be brewing but confirmation of any details is scant. The rumour of a friendly against Hamburg has been doing the rounds but the pre-season friendly calendar looks pretty packed now. A friendly against Malmo is definitely on the rocks too, what with the club actually being in Sweden pre-season but ruling out such a fixture.

A book entitled 'Forever Forest: The Official 150th Anniversary History of the Original Reds' written by club historian Don Wright will be available to purchase at the City Ground from 15 August.

A vote for determine Forest's greatest goalkeeper is underway. This is part of Forest’s 150th-year celebrations: each month the club will put forward a selection of contenders for each position and it will be up to season ticket holders to vote for their favourite.

Votes for the bloke between the sticks closes at 5pm on Tuesday 30 June.

The following players are in the running to be named Forest’s greatest ever goalkeeper:

Harry Linacre (1899-1908, 335 apps.)

Peter Grummitt (1960-69, 352 apps.)

Peter Shilton (1977-81, 272 apps.)

Steve Sutton (1980-92, 257 apps.)

Mark Crossley (1988-97, 355 apps.)

No, Marco Pascolo didn't make the cut. Neither did Lutz Pfannenstiel either, although he didn't make a first team appearance so that's probably fair.

This interview with John McGovern is delightful. More of this, please:

There are some golf days, lottery draws, Megastore and Ticket Office opening hours amendments and other such bits and bobs too. It's all on the official website but by reading this, you avoid having to listen to that godawful music that now accompanies each visit. So really, we're doing you a favour by putting all this stuff in one easy to find place without having to listen to that racket.

If you want a high octane sonic accompaniment similar to that on the official website, hit play here and then scroll to the the top and read it all again: