Ever since his addiction began with a 1-1 draw against Coventry City at the age of seven, Guardian journalist Daniel Taylor has been both blessed and cursed to be a Nottingham Forest fan.
Deep into the Forest is the story of his quest to track down those legendary figures who defined the club’s history and gather their first-hand accounts about the exhilarating highs and excrutiating lows, from the European Cups and Wembley triumphs to the relegations, cup shocks and controversies. In the most colourful book ever written about the club, we learn about the long-running feud between Kenny Burns and Trevor Francis, how Forest were cheated out of a European final by a ‘dodgy’ referee, how Brian Clough once punched Stuart Pearce in the dressing room and why Roy Keane once called the author a ‘fecking idiot’.
From the ‘glory years’ Garry Birtles, John Robertson, Viv Anderson, John McGovern and many others pay tribute to Clough and recall those magical days when unheralded, unfashionable Forest won the European Cup twice and could rightly claim to be the greatest football team in the world. Nigel Clough lifts the lid on what it was really like to be the manager’s son, the fiercely secretive Des Walker breaks the habit of a lifetime to offer a personal insight and Pearce explains why a part of him will always hate Derby County and Liverpool. Add to that the revealing, often controversial, stories of Ian Storey-Moore, Archie Gemmill, Larry Lloyd and Niel Webb and Deep into the Forest is the ultimate read for Forest’s supporters and a lasting tribute to Brian Clough.