Nottingham Forest, Llangollen and Billy Matthews

Friday, July 4 – 1947
“Forest are not asleep,” said Mr. W.H. Walker (manager) to the “Post” today, when he made the interesting announcement that the club had adopted Llangollen as a nursery. “We are negotiating for a well-known centre forward, everything depending upon his view of the overtures, and are in touch with another forward who is to be demobbed at the endof the month.”

Mr. Walker went on to say that he had been disappointed regarding Whittaker of Chesterfield, whose signature he had made big efforts to secure. The Nottingham public, he remarked, can rest assure that Forest are all out to improve their team, but should realise that the mere acquisition of new star players does not bring this about. The chief necessity was that players should fit into the scheme of things at the City Ground.

Llangollen, a Welsh league club, run two teams, and taking them over will enable Forest to try out likely players from the district, who otherwise would have to make the long journey to Nottingham. Mr. Walker, who has, in the past, tried out Welsh talent, found great difficulty in fixing up temporary accommodation for the players.

He spent two days at Llangollen last week, and in completing arrangements secured the service of Billy Matthews, the old Welsh international, as manager and coach for Forest’s latest enterprise. Matthews, who played for Liverpool, Bristol City, and Bradford, made several international appearances.
(Nottingham Evening Post, 04-07-1947)

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