Nottingham Forest is a club with a long, proud and rich history.
In recent years, that history has been a little less rich – well achievement wise anyway, and the pride too has been sorely tested.
Most football league clubs share the spoils when it comes to the pains of bad luck and poor decisions and while most will agree what comes around goes around.
Forest have certainly had more than their share on the football rollercoaster in the past five years.
Having seen their team twice come tantalising close to promotion in consecutive seasons, the wheels appeared to have well and truly fallen off until three months ago when the Al Hasawi family from Kuwait launched a bid to save Nottingham Forest from football oblivion and bring back the good times.
The much awaited takeover of Nottingham Forest in the summer now looks to have ushered in a new era at the City Ground.
The new owners have already demonstrated a passion for Forest equal to the late Nigel Doughty and this have helped to restore some pride and optimism for players and fans. With morale-boosting player purchases and loans and the appointment of Sean O’Driscoll, the Reds fourth manager in as many years, it feels like the dust is now finally beginning to settle on what has been one of the most turbulent times in the club’s history.
Forest are now into their fifth consecutive Championship season and enjoying their best start since returning from the dark days of League One in 2008.
Although notorious slow starters, they have managed to pick up 10 points from their first six games including two wins and four draws to remain undefeated, and while a season is certainly not defined in six games, the future at Nottingham Forest is already looking much brighter.