Lower right:- is a photograph of the old East Stand, which was built in 1957 at a cost of around £40,000 by W.H. Herries and Sons.
The scene shows the crowd watching the fire demolish the Main Stand on the 24th August 1968 during the match v. Leeds United.
The game was abandoned at half-time and re-arranged to be played on the 25th February 1969.
There are very few photographs, if any, of the old Main Stand in existence. These were taken, in 1961, from the top of the Bridgford End/East Stand (now the Brian Clough Stand) floodlight tower by Mr. Alan Barnett the match-day electrician. You wouldn't catch me going up the towers.
Now the site of the Rushcliffe Borough Council Offices
Wettern's Builders Merchants' yard.
Football suspended over the running track for heading practice
Referee & Linesmen's
This photograph, taken by my friend Ian White, shows what the pitch looked like after being dug up, mixed with sand, fertiliser etc., levelled and re-seeded. Then it was a case of praying for gentle rain and hoping that it would be ready for the new season.
Some of the players in attendance for the launching of the Junior Reds' 'Duck Derby' on the Suspension Bridge. I recognise Neil Webb, Steve Wigley and Tony Woodcock, and that looks like Hans Segers facing away from the camera. Wonder who the others are? That could be Ian Butterworth in the red top.
The old souvenir shop with Dave Pullan's Commercial Offices above and (below) as it is now in 2005
According to a former prisoner of war, Josef Huckelmann, a team from the PoW camp at Allington, Nr Grantham, played twice against a Forest team after World War Two.
The German prisoners included August Lenz who played for Dortmund and on the first occasion they beat Forest 7-0. On the second occasion, against a stronger Forest team, they won 2-0.
August Lenz is pictured here leading the Dortmund team on his return home prior to the 1947-48 season.
Information and photograph supplied by Chris Catlin (former Reuters correspondent), now of Belmesthorpe, Stamford, Lincs.
However, I can find no report of these matches, and can only assume that if these matches did take place, they were practice matches behind 'closed doors', or reserve team games that went unreported.
Can anyone offer any information relating to these games?
I joined the club as assistant secretary on the 15th September 1958, and have watched, and been part of, the developement of the ground over the years.
On the 12th October 1957, the newly-built 'East Stand' was opened to the public for the first time. It was built by W.H. Herries, at a cost of around £40,000 and housed 2,400 bench-type seats. No toilets or amenities in the stand - just a bare shell with terracing in front that had no cover. That side of the ground was served by chemical toilets, and the drainage sumps from the gents were emptied on a weekly basis by Rushcliffe Borough Council Cleansing department. Not very hygenic especially when there were two matches in the week, which made them susceptable to overflowing!
The Bridgford End was just an open terrace with shallow steps that varied in depth - can't remember if there were any facilities, although I seem to recall seeing a tea bar at the top near the scoreboard. Maybe somebody can help me out here.
The old wooden Trent End Stand had been recently replaced by a more 'modern' structure with foundations, and design in place, for a second tier, which of course never materialised.
The Main Stand had stood since the ground was officially opened in 1898, with 4,000 bench seats and open terrace in front. When eventually the Committee (it was a members club in those days with no directors) decided to improve the facilities, the developement had to be in stages. In 1963 a new roof was constructed over the whole lot, with provision for about eight extra rows of seats to be installed at the back. The old wooden structure was retained and new seats at the back were fixed to the new pre-cast concrete steps. The old flagpole had to go, of course, as it was 'in the way'. It was huge and flew a flag that was too big to fly anywhere else!
Floodlights were installed in 1961 which heralded the introduction of mid-week night matches, and standardising the Saturday kick-offs at 3.00 pm
Then the fire of 1968 reduced the Main Stand a blackened shell. It was re-built to more modern specifications and, with only minor alterations, was able to gain a 'Ground Safety Certicicate'. So the fire could have been construed as a 'blessing in disguise'
Then came Clough! and the Secretary was now permitted, nay, welcome to travel with the team, when previously a trip with the juniors to an Amsterdam tournament was the height of his expectations. How times have changed. Fortunately I took my camera on some of those tours. - Ken Smales
Left:- The panel, depicting the old club crest, was affixed to the Main Entrance and rescued after the Main Stand Fire.
It was an adaptation of the City Coat of Arms with the letters N.F.F.C. replacing the castle.
Right:- The old flag pole, which had been standing for many years behind the Main Stand, being removed.