Played For Both: Nottingham Forest Vs Wolves

Graham 30 April 2016

Old Gold Glory contributor Taran Dhamrait takes a look at some of the players to play for both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Rotherham United.

A sell out away following of 2,000 Wolves fans will be making the trip to the East Midlands on Saturday as Wolves face Nottingham Forest at The City Ground.

Here are three players to have played for both Wolves & Forest.

Geoff Thomas

Geoff Thomas moved from Crystal Palace to Wolves in 1993 for £800,000, after he made 195 appearances for Palace over 6 years. In those 6 years he helped Palace to a third-place finish in the First Division and earned his first England cap under Graham Taylor.

Thomas made 46 appearances for Wolves over 4 seasons even though he only made 2 appearances in his first season due to serious injuries. He was released on a free transfer in 1997 where he was snapped up by Nottingham Forest. His time at Forest was also affected by injury as he only made 27 appearances during a two year spell. The next two years also carried injury problems for Thomas and he eventually returned to previous club Crewe, where he scored in his last ever professional match against Rotherham in the FA Cup.

David Martin

Rewind 50 years and Wolves were fighting for safety in the first division during the 1934/35 season where a certain 19-year-old Stan Cullis made his Wolves debut. Also making his Wolves debut that season was David Martin, an Irish centre-forward who had been recruited from Belfast Celtic in Northern Ireland.

In his first season he scored 17 goals in 25 appearances helping Wolves secure safety. Surprisingly Martin was sold to Forest for £7,000 which was a then club record fee. Martin again proved his goal scoring ability by netting 41 goals in 81 appearances during his 2 year stint at Forest, before moving across the River Trent to Notts County where his time was cut short due to the outbreak of World War 2. After being injured during the war Martin did manage to play again, this time for Derry City and also again for Notts County before returning to Ireland where he began football coaching. He sadly passed away in 1991 with a fantastic record of 77 goals in 144 appearances.

Adlène Guedioura

A more recent player to have played for both Wolves and Forest was Algerian international Adlène Guedioura. The midfielder was first introduced to English football by Wolves who signed him for £2 million back in 2010. Wolves retained Premier League status during the 2009/10 with the help of Adlène who scored in the final game of the season against Sunderland. Unfortunately, Guedioura suffered a broken leg during the early stages of the following season, but he returned six months later to score against West Brom in the Black Country Derby. Despite being popular with the home crowd, Guedioura would only make a handful more appearances before joining Forest on loan in January 2012 – a move that would later become permanent.

Guedioura became known for his long range shooting and scored Forest’s goal of the season in his first season with a 35-yard strike against Leeds. Guedioura was again to score a long range effort, this time against old club Wolves in November 2012. He left Forest for Crystal Palace in September 2013, having scored 4 goals in 61 appearances, and now plays for Watford in the Premier League.

In addition to these three, Wolves will be up against another old player in Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dorus De Vries on Saturday, let’s hope we can score past him!

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