Nottingham Forest supporter’s blog goes into print

David Marples
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An avid supporter of Nottingham Forest has self-published a book based on his online blogging – and has already sold 50 copies.

David Marples, above, who is 37 and lives in Queens Walk, Stamford, began writing a blog on each match last season, a tumultuous one for Forest as they played under no less than four managers.

“It is not a conventional match report but a wider article on an aspect of each Forest game or on football in general,” said David, who teachers English at The Deepings School.

“By the end it came to about 36,000 words and feedback on my writing was so positive I decided to publish a book.”

The book is entitled Lost In The Forest: 2012-13 and is divided into four chapters:- Sean O’Driscoll, Alex McLeish, Rob Kelly and Billy Davies, who were all in charge of the team at some point last season.

This year’s season in the Championship, with Billy Davies as manager, has so far been a good one and Forest are currently top of the table.

David will carry on blogging for the current season, with a focus on wider issues around each game.

He attended a Guardian newspaper course on football journalism last year and has delivered classes on the subject at The Deepings School.

The book is available for £3 from David, who has been selling them at the ground prior to games.

He is also hoping that local booksellers might stock it for him.

Contact him directly for a copy – e-mail marples_david@hotmail.com or @davidmarples on Twitter.