Cunningham raring to go!
New Forest manager Steve Cotterill struck an agreement with City earlier on Tuesday to bring in the 20-year-old left-back on a deal until the end of December.
Cunningham insists he did not hesitate to take up the offer and he is now looking forward to playing for such a prestigious club.
"I first became aware of Forest's interest midway through last week and had the weekend to think about it," Cunningham told Forest's official website.
"To be honest it was a no brainer. Forest is a massive club with a great history and tradition and it's an honour to have the opportunity to play for them.
"I'm delighted to be here and can't wait for Saturday's game against Hull."
Billy Davies Out - Steve McClaren In!
The 50 year old has signed a three year contract and will meet the media for the first time as Forest manager on Thursday.
Chief Executive Mark Arthur said: "The club moved quickly to secure his services as it is rare for a manager and coach of his undoubted calibre to be available.
"Steve has a proven track record of coaching and managing at club level, having played a key role in helping Manchester United secure the Champions League trophy, three Premier League titles and an FA Cup; guided Middlesbrough to the League Cup and also to the final of the UEFA Cup and led FC Twente to their first ever Dutch title.
"We are delighted to have him on board at The City Ground."
MEET STEVE HODGE AND MAURICE EDWARDS AT FOREST STORE
Former Forest favourite Steve Hodge and super scout Maurice Edwards will make an appearance at the state-of-the art City Ground Megastore this Saturday ahead of the Championship clash with Bristol City.
Ex-England International Steve Hodge will be in the store to sign copies of his autobiography ‘The Man With Maradona’s Shirt’.
Maurice Edwards, the chief Scout of Clough and Taylor and trusted friend for 20 years, will also be in store to sign copies of his book “Brian and Peter a Right Pair: 21 Years with Clough and Taylor”.
Fans can come down to the store between 11:00 – 12:30 on Saturday to meet Maurice who will be happy to sign any product that is purchased in store on the day, adding a touch of magic to a Christmas gift for a Forest fanatic. Steve, who had two spells at Forest during his playing career from 1980 – 1985 and then again from 1988 – 1991, will be in store between 12.30 – 1.30.
The 2010 collection of Christmas gifts is now in store, with something for everyone. Toddlers will love the bath time duck and Forest beanie bear, while teenagers can look the part with the on-trend Forest fashion lines, or, perhaps a new scarf and glove set to keep warm this winter.
For the man in your life, there are plenty of car and golfing accessories that will allow him to show his true colours whether he is on the road or on the course. For the loyal lady, a Forest robe and slipper set will keep her comfortable and cosy this Christmas, while the exclusive range of jewellery and watches will please both him and her.
In addition to visiting the store at The City Ground, fans can also see a complete range of exclusive and authentic Forest merchandise, including the cracking Christmas gift collection, by visiting the online store at www.nottinghamforestdirect.com.
David McGoldrick steps up Nottingham Forest comeback
Nottingham Forest striker David McGoldrick has had his first taste of action this season, making an appearance for the reserve side.
McGoldrick has not played this term after having a shoulder operation during the summer.
But the 22-year-old played for the whole of the second half in the reserves' 1-1 draw against Rotherham United at the City Ground.
McGoldrick joined Forest from Southampton in the summer of 2009.
McGoldrick makes Forest comeback
Striker David McGoldrick is expected to get his first taste of action this season when he lines up for the reserves on Tuesday.
McGoldrick has not played this term after having a shoulder operation during the summer.
But the 22-year-old is due a run-out for the reserves in the second half of their game against Rotherham at the City Ground.
McGoldrick joined the Reds from Southampton in the summer of 2009.
Lee Camp wants to play for NI
Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp has said that he is keen to play for Northern Ireland.
English-born Camp, 26, qualifies for Northern Ireland through his Belfast-born grandfather.
He kept 19 clean sheets for Forest last season and played for England Under-21s but his hopes of earning a call-up to Fabio Capello's squad have been dashed.
"Hopefully I will be approved to play for Northern Ireland," Camp told the Sunday Life.
"The process has started. I have produced a birth certificate and things are moving along."
Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has asked the Irish FA to set the wheels in motion on Camp's eligibility for his side.
Veteran Birmingham keeper Maik Taylor, 39, is the current Northern Ireland number one.
THOUSANDS OF FANS LINE UP FOR FOREST STORE OPENING
Crowds of Forest fans turned out in their thousands to get a glimpse of the all new Forest Club store when it was officially opened by Forest favourites Paul McKenna and John McGovern yesterday.
Trent FM’s J entertained the queuing fans as they waited in line to be amongst the first to see the new Forest shopping experience. After the store was officially opened by current captain Paul McKenna and European Cup winning captain John McGovern, fans rushed through the doors to buy the new home and away kits, before getting them signed by the players.
Supporters young and old were astonished at the transformation of their club store, which they can now truly be proud of. As well as the wide range of exclusive new products, fans were also impressed with the European Cup now being displayed in store.
Following a 12 week refurbishment, the new store is 200% bigger and offers exciting new product ranges including all home, away and training kits.
In addition to visiting the new store at The City Ground, fans can also see a complete range of exclusive and authentic Forest merchandise at the all new online store at www.nottinghamforestdirect.com.
FOREST FAVOURITES OPEN NEW CLUB STORE
The all new state-of-the-art Nottingham Forest club store is being officially opened by European cup winning captain John McGovern and current captain Paul McKenna this Thursday 12 August at 10:00am.
Following a 12-week refurbishment, fans will finally be able to see the stunning new club store when it opens this week. Trent FM’s J will be at the store from 9:30am giving away prizes and goodies, with John McGovern and Paul McKenna officially opening the store at 10:00am. Fans can also test their footballing skills in the football shoot out competition taking place 10:00 – 2:00pm, with prizes for the winners.
The club store at The City Ground has undergone a major overhaul to offer Forest fans a truly unique shopping experience. The new store is 200% bigger and will offer exciting new product ranges including all home, away and training kits, a variety of fantastic fashion lines and souvenirs and a heritage and memorabilia display area.
Fans can also see a complete range of exclusive and authentic Forest merchandise at the all new online store at www.nottinghamforestdirect.com. To be one of the first to experience the new Forest shopping environment head down to the store at The City Ground on 12 August or log onto www.nottinghamforestdirect.com.
NEW FOREST KIT REVEALED BY CHRIS COHEN AND LEE CAMP... AND BRIAN!
The new Nottingham Forest home kit for the 2010 / 2011 season has been revealed this morning by some special Forest faces. Forest favourites Chris Cohen and Lee Camp unveiled the new kit on the Brian Clough statue in the city centre, as well as modelling the new strip themselves.
Maintaining the Garibaldi red colour that is worn with pride by Forest fans, the new home kit goes on sale tomorrow (Wednesday 28 July) at www.nottinghamforestdirect.com and is expected to be a huge hit with supporters.
Speaking at the kit reveal, Forest’s Chris Cohen said: “All the players really like the new kit as it reflects the proud history and tradition of the club.”
The striking new kit can also be seen on Wednesday 28 July when the Robin Hood mascot and some very special supporters in the form of Forest’s ‘biggest fans’ model the new strip at the Nottingham Riviera.
In addition to being available online, the new kit can also be purchased in store when the new state-of-the-art club store opens at the City Ground on 12 August, ensuring fans can sport the kit for the first home game of the season on 15 August.
Forest reveal new kit details
The wait is almost over for fans wanting to get their hands on the new Nottingham Forest home kit, as the eagerly awaiting strip for the 2010 / 2011 season will be revealed on Tuesday 27 July.
Maintaining the Garibaldi red colour that is worn with pride by Forest fans, the new home kit is expected to be a huge hit with supporters when it goes on sale online from Wednesday. The striking new kit can be seen on Wednesday 28 July when the Robin Hood mascot and some very special supporters in the form of Forest’s ‘biggest fans’ model the new strip at the Nottingham Riviera.
The home kit will be available to buy from www.nottinghamforestdirect.com on Wednesday 28 July and can then be purchased in store when the new state-of-the-art club store opens at the City Ground on 12 August, ensuring fans can sport the kit for the first home game of the season on 15 August.
The away kit, which will be first worn by the players when they travel to Burnley for the first game of the season on 7 August, will also be available to pre-order online at www.nottinghamforestdirect.com on 6 August, and to buy from the club store from 12 August.
Perch goes to Toon
Newcastle have agreed a fee for the versatile 24 year old, who is on Tyneside to complete the formalities of his switch.
Perch was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. He was educated at Sherwood Hall Upper School. He is a product of the Nottingham Forest youth academy. He is very versatile and has played in a number of different positions at the City Ground. Though he started off a striker in the Forest academy, he was moved to right-back as a cover and played well there he's also known for being good in goal. The right-back position stuck for a while, but when he broke into the first team, he played as a central defender. In 2004, the versatile player was linked with a move to Levante but the move never materialised. Early in the 2005/2006 season he found himself at left-back to cover for an injured John Curtis, but has since gone on to play in a more defensive midfield role, and also played on both wings.
James Perch made his debut for the Nottingham Forest reserves in 2001. He scored two goals and almost scored a hat-trick when he went through on goal and forced Newcastle United goalkeeper James Pickering into a great save. Perch's game went sour when he was sent off for violent conduct for seemingly head-butting Sacha Stephenson, which resulted in a brawl between Forest defender Richard Woodward and Newcastle striker Tim Ivil. Referee Tanzil Aslam later endorsed the red card being rescinded after being shown video evidence.
Perch had a good season with Forest in the 2006–07 campaign. He was a virtual ever-present for the team and netted five goals in all for the season. He came third place in the fans' player of the season, behind the winner Grant Holt. However, Perch has been demoted to the bench in the 2007–08 campaign with the influx of new signings. He came off the bench often and occasionally started in which he helped The Reds finish second in League One, seeing Forest gain automatic promotion to the Championship.
In the 2008–09 season, Perch scored Forest's first league goal of the season in their 3-1 loss at Swansea City. Perch has mainly played in midfield in this season, but has appeared in right-back as he has cemented himself as a first-team regular again. He then scored his 10th league goal for the club in his 150th league appearance for The Reds, with a diving header in Forest's 1–1 home draw against Birmingham City in November 2008.
Perch is currently Forest's second longest serving player, behind Wes Morgan and has been the club's captain since the sacking of former manager Colin Calderwood. At the end of the 2008–09 season he has made a total of 199 appearances in all competitions for Nottingham Forest, playing in various positions including midfield and defence, playing at centre back and right back.
Due to a heel injury he was forced to miss the teams pre-season trip to Portugal, it was later confimed that he would miss around 3 months of the new season. His first action of the 2009–10 season was to commentate on the annual pre-season friendly between Forest and Notts County.
Promotion rivals Newcastle had a bid for Perch rejected in January 2010, which was described as "derisory". On 5th July 2010 Perch signed for Newcastle for an undisclosed fee on a 4 year deal.
Forest's Chief Executive Mark Arthur said: "James has been with since he was 11 and has progressed up through the ranks at The City Ground.
"In so many ways he's a shining example of the success of our Academy system but now it's time for him to move on.
"He made it clear that the prospect of a move into the Premier League with Newcastle appealed to him and we couldn't stand in his way.
"I would like to thank him for the service he has given us both on and off the pitch with the work he has carried out within the local community and wish him all the very best with Newcastle."
Perch had a year left on his existing Forest contract.