I am pleased to meet you, Forest...
Friday, October 28, 2011 started like any other work day. I fought traffic to get work. I got to my desk, had my peanut butter and honey sandwich and fired up my computer. Then it happened.
My phone vibrated and up popped a Twitter mention from @jbnffc1865
John's post was followed by a post from ianred7980
After scratching my head a bit and following the #nffc
hashtag to see what all this was about, I replied:
||@jbnffc1865 I think you have your bigwes' mixed up :-) before today I did not know that #nffc v #hcfc was coming up!
My post led to a few quirky exchanges between Superfan @Trent_End_Tony
and I. It turns out #nffc
is a hashtag for the Nottingham Forest Football Club
in the UK
, and the Big Wes that John and Ian were talking about was actually Wes Morgan
. In the upcoming match, their Big Wes was to play in his 400th game for Forest - a huge feat of sportsmanship and loyalty. I, on the other hand, was eating a sandwich and waiting for my spreadsheets to load. I was, for the most part, clueless about UK football clubs, but I was so impressed by Wes Morgan's milestone and by Tony's banter, I asked if I could be an honorary Forest Fan.
It was at this point that I began to learn how much Reds love their club. After Tony tweeted he met an American that wanted to become a fan, I was embraced - no - enveloped by the Reds online. Twitter follows and mentions for me literally poured in. I received nearly 300 followers in two days, and I got more mentions that I was able to count. Quirky tweets soon turned to friendships. Nowadays I Skype, FaceTime, email and even call other Forest fans on a regular basis. Needless to say, I have become a True Red for life!
Below are a few places that our amazing journey has been documented. I make every effort to keep this list updated, but if you find something I missed or something outdated, please let me know.