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Interview with Colin Fray

Journalists, like players, come and go when it comes to football clubs, but a few cement the status of something of a cult hero.

Nottingham are lucky to have two. The late, great Colin Slater went beyond that and became a Notts County icon for his decades of Magpie commentary. And it’s fair to predict that when Colin Fray retires he will also achieve the same status for his remarkable work on Nottingham Forest.

Fray followed Forest through thin and sometimes thick, but the chance to commentate for the Reds at Wembley had eluded him during 30 years of club cover, starting with a 7-0 victory over Chelsea in 1991 before becoming a regular starter. commentator for BBC Radio Nottingham.

Now he has finally done it, having been the voice of Forest’s 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final. While there were tears in the stands, Fray says he managed to control his emotions after the final, fair whistle.

“You stick together,” he told the latest Garibaldi Red podcast. “I know sometimes it goes viral when the commentators start whining on air. There were times I had to get Hodgey (Steve Hodge) on the mic – say something Hodgey!

“I think the one that really moved me when I saw Joe Worrall in tears on the pitch three or four minutes after the final whistle. You could see him hitting what it meant. I almost went for it , but not quite!

“There was extra weight (before the game). You knew there could be defining moments for the club that would change history in the next 90 or 120 minutes.

“I guess I didn’t really feel any pressure because I’ve been doing it for a long time, but the adrenaline was rushing and I knew when those times came I had to get it right. You don’t want to mess it up which will be rebroadcast in 30 years on Radio Nottingham.

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