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The Season Before Us

We made a pact with the devil and sold our souls. It was worth it though to see what the season holds in store for Forest. This is what we learned.

Under the bridge downtown, I gave my life away.
Under the bridge downtown, I gave my life away.
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June 17th: Fixtures are announced, pitting us against Bolton Wanderers away on the opening season. Dougie Freedman announces his delight and desperately plays down the idea that things didn't quite go to plan during his tenure there. Speaking to the Evening Post, he reminds everyone how proud he is to be managing a club like Nottingham Forest while beating his chest repeatedly and generally coming across as quite an affable guy.

July 12th: Pictures appear on the official website from first training session. Djamel Abdoun is spotted laying down, seemingly catching some rays while in the far distance, Jack Hobbs can be seen clutching an ankle and wincing in pain.

August 1st: Jamie Paterson is linked with a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday.

August 2nd: A double header of games against Malmo and Hamburg are held to celebrate the club's 150th celebrations at the City Ground. Fawaz once again states his intention to see the club claim a 3rd silver star under his stewardship.

August 3rd: Jamie Paterson is linked with a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday.

August12th: A last minute Dexter Blackstock far post towering header rescues Forest from a home defeat to Bristol Rovers in the League Cup.

August 13th: Jamie Paterson is linked with a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday.

August 19th: The return leg against Bristol Rovers goes to penalties after an epic 5-5 draw. The shoot-out goes to sudden death and Djamel Abdoun who decides that now would be a perfect moment for a Panenka. Sadly, the Rovers keeper stays right where he is and the chip falls invitingly into his arms. Andy Reid strides onto the pitch and headbutts Abdoun...hard.

August 20th: Jamie Paterson is linked with a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday.

August 29th: Jamie Paterson joins Sheffield Wednesday on a season long loan.

October: A run of four games without a goal sees Fawaz tweet something along the lines of the importance of sticking together and making the fans happy. After all, that's all he's ever wanted to do.

December: Dougie Freedman is relieved of his duties and Neil Lennon is spotted lurking with intent in the City Ground car park. The City Ground actually falls in on itself in big sad crumble of meltdown waste.

January: The transfer window opens, sparking the usual Billy Sharp debate. A Twitter spat between David Johnson and Nigel Jemson erupts over whether the whole of the little blue salt bag provided with a packet of salt n shake crisps should be emptied over the crisps, or whether it is better to exercise caution and just use half the salt. The dispute is settled in the car park of the Trent Navigation pub with a bare knuckled scrap. Johnson emerges triumphantly in a close run thing. They shakes hands manfully afterwards and agree to differ.

January 7th: Billy Sharp scores for Scunthorpe United against Forest in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.  He celebrates wildly and exuberantly. Roy Keane, Stuart Pearce, Nigel Clough, Martin O Neill, Colin Calderwood, Joe Kenner, David Platt and Dan Petrescu are all in the crowd for this fixture. Temporary manager, Jack Lester, faces the press after the game and comes across as a lovely chap.