A last gasp winner for Forest All Stars saw them beat a team of Notts County Legends at the weekend...
The game was part of a weekend of activities for the Jimmy & Jack Statute Fund, which before the weekend was within £20,000 of their target. Despite Forest All Stars scoring in the dying seconds of injury time to steal the victory, it was a great game in front of a crowd of over 1,200 with all proceeds going towards the statue fund.
Organiser Lisa Black was delighted with the weekend's events, "Well what a weekend it has been for the Jimmy and Jack Statue Fund raising. Starting with a real party in Notts County's MLSB, supporters of the fund were thoroughly entertained by 60's band Revival, and we raised in excess of £500. On Saturday night, former Notts player, Dean Yates hosted a quiz night at Burton Joyce with quizmaster, Colin Slater and as ever Jimmy's village turned out to support the fund raising and over £800 was raised. The weekend was finally topped off with a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining football match between Notts County and Nottingham Forest All Stars. It was an absolute delight to see families and friends come together to watch the game, and everyone was so generous and happy to take part in Spot the Ball and the raffle for a signed Notts County Ball or signed Forest shirt. Their generosity on the day added a further £1600 to the fund and we look forward to announcing the final amount raised once the gate receipts are confirmed."
"The players really did put on a spectacle for the fans that turned up to see, Nottingham Forest All Stars the eventual victors, scoring in the final seconds of the game to make it a 6-5 win. There was plenty of friendly banter and Nottingham rivalry and I suppose on this occasion we will let our neighbours have the bragging rights given that they have helped our Jimmy and Jack fund raising."
"The mascots on the day enjoyed the company of former Notts player Les Bradd, as he gave them the tour of Meadow Lane Stadium, and of course, gave the mascots the opportunity to meet their teams and get autographs."
Natalie Dunkin, mum of Notts County mascot, Ryley, said after the game "Thank you for everything today, we all had a fantastic day and Ryley can't stop talking about it, it has really made his day."
Forest mascot, Sam Whalen's mum, Joanne said "Sam had a great time, and we hope you have raised lots of money".
"The fund draws ever closer to realising the final amount needed to bring our legends, Jimmy and Jack back to the Lane and after this wonderful weekend, the committee will now continue to fund raise and we hope that everyone continues to give the support that is much needed to get us over the line."