The City Ground side’s pre-season friendly against the Stags will now feature Forest’s Under-23s.

A number of Nottingham Forest fans have taken to Twitter to comment on the club’s announcement that an Under-23s side will be taking to the field for the upcoming pre-season friendly against Mansfield Town on 23 July.

The Championship side put out a statement on their official website confirming that “slight alterations” have been made to their pre-season schedule, one of those being that, rather than Sabri Lamouchi’s first team taking on the League Two side, it will now be the youngsters.


Forest also made supporters aware in their announcement that they will issue full refunds to those who no longer want to attend the match against John Dempster’s side as a result of the change.

The friendly between the Trickies and the Stags was announced on 22 May but since then, Martin O’Neill – whose setup had organised a high number of friendlies – left the City Ground and Lamouchi came in at the end of June, the latter eager for more training-ground work ahead of the new season.

Here is what some Forest fans said on social media about the change:

Forest get their Championship campaign under way on 3 August with a game against 2018-19 playoff semi-finalists West Bromwich Albion at the City Ground.

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