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‘In the early 90s, Roy Keane used to come to a few of the bars near the ground and mingle with the Irish Forest fans’

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Irish Nottingham Forest fans celebrating at the City Ground after the play-off semi-final penalty shoot-out win in May. Holding the flag (l-r) are Kevin Reidy, Stewart Byas and Dominic Hammond.

Irish Nottingham Forest fans celebrating at the City Ground after the play-off semi-final penalty shoot-out win in May. Holding the flag (l-r) are Kevin Reidy, Stewart Byas and Dominic Hammond.

Irish Nottingham Forest fans celebrating at the City Ground after the play-off semi-final penalty shoot-out win in May. Holding the flag (l-r) are Kevin Reidy, Stewart Byas and Dominic Hammond.

For the first time since 1999, the Trent End will sing to the sight of a Premier League game tomorrow as West Ham’s visit to the City Ground marks the return of Nottingham Forest.

The two-time European Cup winners have been a forgotten side over much of the last two decades, as heavyweights such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City enjoyed periods of dominance since Forest’s relegation 23 years ago.


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