I’ve heard some nonsense in my time, but surely this takes the cake.
The Mirror yesterday reported that Nathan Tyson is in line to join Derby County on a free transfer in summer, as his unsuccessful spell at Notts Forest winds down. The story quotes Nigel Clough’s recent line – that he will be looking to add experienced players to the squad in summer – adds the striker-cum-wide man Tyson’s availability and calls that a transfer rumour.
The Mirror journalist (the story is not actually accredited) seems blissfully unaware of Tyson’s ‘previous’ with the Rams. On that fateful day last season when Derby lost 3-2 at the City Ground, the Derby supporters stood to applaud their players’ efforts, only to be confronted with a red-shirted buffoon trailing a corner flag, replete with Forest logo.
This action certainly incited the fans, caused Derby players to remonstrate with him, before the entire Forest squad descended en masse and an embarrassing brawl ensued. The imbecilic Tyson’s smirk was captured on camera and the image has been a favourite of Forest fans ever since – notwithstanding the fact that the incident cost his club an initial £15,000 in FA fines.
To think that this pillock would be offered a contract at Pride Park is frankly bizarre. And it’s also worth considering whether he’s actually any good.
Tyson started his career with Reading, but didn’t make the grade there and scored only one goal for the club, against (guess who?) Derby County. After a series of loans to lower league and non-league clubs, he moved to Wycombe Wanderers in 2004, who were a League Two outfit at the time.
At Wycombe, he did well, scoring 39 goals in 68 appearances. He then joined Forest in 2006, but has never been a roaring success for the Red Dogs. He managed 12 goals in League One in 2007/8, seven the next season after Forest’s promotion and just two in 2009/10 – one of which came on the day when this Reading-born lad showed his fealty to Forest by parading around with a flag. The fact that he has scored just once this season has presumably prompted Billy Davies to allow his contract to elapse. He is 28.
I’m going to file this one under ‘bullshit’. And Tyson under ‘braindead’.