Plans to mark the exploits of Nottingham Forest’s ‘Miracle Men’ with a new set of commemorative gates at the City Ground have taken a step forward, after the club threw their weight behind the idea.
The Nottingham Forest Supporters’ Trust today announced that, following “positive consultation” with the Championship club, a proposal to install commemorative gates at the entrance to the City Ground has been given the go-ahead.
Work has now started to begin the process that will see the gates designed and installed in the main entrance to the famous City Ground stadium.
The Trust hope the gates will form a lasting centrepiece, reminding visitors to the stadium about the remarkable successes of that era, which culminated in those consecutive European Cup triumphs.
John Robertson, double European Cup winner with the Reds and a key member of that remarkable side, says it is a huge honour for the achievements of that era to be recognised in this manner.
“This is a huge honour for us all. I was lucky enough to play in a great football team with fantastic players under one of the best managers in the history of the game. I’ve been delighted with the recognition we’ve had since Jonny Owen’s film and Danny Taylor’s book,” said Robertson.
“Everywhere I go now in the world people talk to me about that team and it’s been wonderful. Nottingham Forest is a special football club. I love this city and its fans. I’d like to thank you all and the new owners from the bottom of my heart.”
The next steps for the project are to agree upon the design and determine the manufacturing and installation process.
There will be opportunities for fans to play their part, with more details on how to get involved set to be released in the coming weeks.
Elliott Stanley, Chair of Nottingham Forest Supporters’ Trust, hopes this is further evidence of the positive relationship that is being built between the club and fans.
“The fact that this initiative has got the green light speaks volumes about the relationship that is emerging between the club and its fans. The recognition for what a group of truly remarkable footballers achieved for our club and city is long overdue,” he said.
“Furthermore, this will, we believe, just be the start of truly honouring our history and achievements as a football club and within the game itself.”
Daniel Taylor, the Guardian journalist and lifelong Forest fan, was one of the men behind the idea to install the gates at the City Ground.
“The idea came about after the success of the I Believe in Miracles film. It was a year ago that I first contacted the club to suggest we could turn the gates into a permanent tribute to the ‘Miracle Men’ and it’s wonderful that we are finally now in a position, thanks to the support of Evangelos Marinakis and the new regime, to announce it officially,” said Taylor.
“There are many football clubs with famous entrances – Liverpool, for example, with the Shankly Gates – and this will be our way of honouring our European Cup winners at the City Ground.
“We owe a big debt of gratitude to Jonny Owen for making such a brilliant film and all his support. Many thanks to the Supporters’ Trust for embracing and carrying forward the idea of the Miracle Gates and I know all the relevant players will be absolutely delighted to hear this news.”