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In '89, the mighty Reds were in Munich preparing for their European Cup final match against Malmo.  Forty years on, to the day, the two Nottingham-born heroes of the day, Viv Anderson and Tony Woodcock, joined their fans at The Embankment.

A happy auction bidder, Paul Roger, starts the fundraising

The former footballers joined us in reminiscing the glory years, dispersed with many laughs and a few beers, all in aid of Viv’s chosen charity, Prostate Cancer UK. A total of over £1,000 was raised through donations, a raffle and an auction where serious bidders fought over treasured artworks and souvenirs.  20p a pint will be added through the sale of ‘Viv’s’ ale to bring the total to over £3,000.

 

The fans –

What an afternoon.  Simon Cater from Cheshire was not the only fan to travel from afar.  “I first saw Viv in 1987 at Old Trafford, I was 12 and he was in his prime.  This opportunity to meet him face to face at last is fantastic, and though this is a great pub and he’s a great player – nothing will change my allegiance to Wolves,” he said as Viv signed his souvenirs.

Having been a Forest fan since the 1960s, Alan Turner was equally moved; “I remember Viv’s goal at Everton in the League Cup,” he said.  Viv remembered it too, adding; “I didn’t often get the chance to score!”

Fellow 1960’s veteran, Tony Bissett, saw early European ties including those against Malmo, Grasshoppers Zurich and Ajax.  “It’s great to meet the ‘spider’ again after all these years, what a great man and player he is,” said Tony.

Seventy six year old John Bratton has followed Forest since 1951; “…when they were in 3rd Division South.  I saw them rise and rise on to 1989 though I was only able to afford to follow the home games so I didn’t get to see the Malmo final, sad really.  My favourite is John Robertson, sorry Viv, but you are in my Forest all-time 11!”

The ticket-only event at The Embankment was hosted by local businessman Mick Garton, a Forest fan and chair of Carlton Town Football Club, alongside Castle Rock’s Lewis Townsend who manages the series of Castle Rock Brewery’s Nottinghamian Celebration Ales. 

(l-r)  Lewis Townsend, Viv Anderson, Tony Woodcock, Embankment manager Triss Siddons, and Mick Garton

 

The Nottinghamian Celebration Ale, ‘Viv Anderson MBE’, is our May to July special.  One of four a year honouring the achievements of the native and adopted sons and daughters of the city, Viv’s ale is a 4.2 per cent Pilsner-style pale beer.  It is based on his own taste preferences.

For Viv, it was afternoon of memories. “This is a great privilege for me and I feel sincerely honoured to have been welcomed back to Nottingham by so many wonderful fans – they were great then, and remain that way now.  The beer is fantastic and so is the generosity of those here today.  I thank them all for coming and for their interest and big-heartedness.”

Viv Anderson has supported Prostate Cancer UK since 2016, when he took on their Football to Amsterdam fundraising bike ride. Since then, he has supported awareness of prostate cancer, especially within black communities, where men face a higher risk of the disease.

If you’d like to find out more about Prostate Cancer UK please click here.