AFC Bournemouth: No ill feeling for Simon Francis over Nottingham Forest rejection

CONTENT: Simon Francis

CONTENT: Simon Francis

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

SIMON Francis insists the pain of his Nottingham Forest rejection is a distant memory – but admits it stopped him supporting his boyhood heroes.

The Cherries full-back grew up in a Forest-mad family and spent seven years in the youth setup at bitter rivals Notts County from the age of nine.

Francis thought he had earned his dream ticket when offered a trial by the City Ground outfit, but after failing to make the grade he was forced to take a different path into the professional game.

Fresh from signing his new three-year deal with Cherries, the 29-year-old is adamant he wouldn’t change a thing ahead of facing his home town club at Dean Court tonight (7.45pm).

Francis told the Daily Echo: “I went on trial at Forest when I was a kid and they said I wasn’t good enough. From then on I stopped supporting them, which was a little bit bitter of me.

“To be honest, I wasn’t good enough or fit enough at the time. I had a couple of injuries and I played out of position as well.

“Because I was quite big they threw me into central midfield and I didn’t have a clue what was going on. At Notts County I had always played centre-back or right- back.

“I did feel bitter about it at the time but Forest weren’t to blame, it was my own fault.

“If things hadn’t gone like that then I wouldn’t have gone up to Bradford and I wouldn’t have ended up at Bournemouth. Everything happens for a reason.”

Former England under-21s boss and Forest legend Stuart Pearce was handed the managerial reins this summer and has presided over an unbeaten start to the Championship season.

Pearce shone during more than 400 appearances in the East Midlands and Francis argued it had been a wise move to bring back the revered star to his old stomping ground.

Francis added: “I’m sure Stuart Pearce will do well there. He was an excellent player, especially for Forest, and I’m sure he will be looking to instil some of his passion and drive into their players.

“They have big financial backing and are signing some top players but there is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to rival these kinds of teams on the pitch.”

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7:14am Tue 19 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Superb player and deservedly player of the season last term. All I can say is it's their loss and our gain, take it to 'em tonight Franno!!!
UTMC!
Superb player and deservedly player of the season last term. All I can say is it's their loss and our gain, take it to 'em tonight Franno!!! UTMC! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 8

7:20am Tue 19 Aug 14

afcbtintin says...

Wonderful player. Adam Smith must be wondering how to get past him in to the team.

Lumbering up the throat for tonight.

UTCIAD
Wonderful player. Adam Smith must be wondering how to get past him in to the team. Lumbering up the throat for tonight. UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: 3

7:32am Tue 19 Aug 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Amazingly the muppet sat behind me on saturday wanted Franno taken off. Quite deservedly player of the year and a constant threat to the opposition. First match of season under the lights, another resounding victory for the mighty Cherries.
Play without fear boys, they're not famous anymore.!!!
Amazingly the muppet sat behind me on saturday wanted Franno taken off. Quite deservedly player of the year and a constant threat to the opposition. First match of season under the lights, another resounding victory for the mighty Cherries. Play without fear boys, they're not famous anymore.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 17

2:39pm Tue 19 Aug 14

ASM says...

just heard a rumor from an unknown source that we are going in for ryo miyaichi and ignasi miquel on loan from Arsenal. I have my doubts because Howe doesn't usually bother with loans but they'd be very interesting signings should they wish to step down a level to get regular games, also not sure if we need another defender in miquel, Surman and Gradel are the 2 names on everyones lips at the moment, We have a great squad as it is
UTCIAD
just heard a rumor from an unknown source that we are going in for ryo miyaichi and ignasi miquel on loan from Arsenal. I have my doubts because Howe doesn't usually bother with loans but they'd be very interesting signings should they wish to step down a level to get regular games, also not sure if we need another defender in miquel, Surman and Gradel are the 2 names on everyones lips at the moment, We have a great squad as it is UTCIAD ASM
  • Score: 1

4:49pm Tue 19 Aug 14

abc100 says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Amazingly the muppet sat behind me on saturday wanted Franno taken off. Quite deservedly player of the year and a constant threat to the opposition. First match of season under the lights, another resounding victory for the mighty Cherries.
Play without fear boys, they're not famous anymore.!!!
Some of the things you here at the games are frightening, the bloke behind me was furious the Ritchie and Pugh we subbed on Saturday, tried explaining that Eddie wanted pure pace on to push their full backs backwards, when the goal went in I just have him a little smile !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: Amazingly the muppet sat behind me on saturday wanted Franno taken off. Quite deservedly player of the year and a constant threat to the opposition. First match of season under the lights, another resounding victory for the mighty Cherries. Play without fear boys, they're not famous anymore.!!![/p][/quote]Some of the things you here at the games are frightening, the bloke behind me was furious the Ritchie and Pugh we subbed on Saturday, tried explaining that Eddie wanted pure pace on to push their full backs backwards, when the goal went in I just have him a little smile !!!!! abc100
  • Score: 1

5:00pm Tue 19 Aug 14

holdinkæft says...

ASM wrote:
just heard a rumor from an unknown source that we are going in for ryo miyaichi and ignasi miquel on loan from Arsenal. I have my doubts because Howe doesn't usually bother with loans but they'd be very interesting signings should they wish to step down a level to get regular games, also not sure if we need another defender in miquel, Surman and Gradel are the 2 names on everyones lips at the moment, We have a great squad as it is
UTCIAD
shows you know nothing about the team, we loaned a few last season.
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: just heard a rumor from an unknown source that we are going in for ryo miyaichi and ignasi miquel on loan from Arsenal. I have my doubts because Howe doesn't usually bother with loans but they'd be very interesting signings should they wish to step down a level to get regular games, also not sure if we need another defender in miquel, Surman and Gradel are the 2 names on everyones lips at the moment, We have a great squad as it is UTCIAD[/p][/quote]shows you know nothing about the team, we loaned a few last season. holdinkæft
  • Score: -2
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