Terry Curran, now a coach at our Centre of Excellence, will be signing copies of his colourful autobiography 'Regrets of a Football Maverick', at the Lakeside Bar from 1pm on Saturday.
Chairman John Ryan is a self-confessed fan of our former winger who went on to star for Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Everton during a rollercoaster career.
“I remember Terry particularly well and he was a really good player for Rovers,” he said. “He was a winger who could beat his full back – sometimes two or three times! There’s no doubt he was good enough to play for England but that was destined never to happen.
“I’m going to do my best to get along and give Terry my support at the Lakeside Bar and catch up on a few memories.”
Terry will also be at Waterstones in the Frenchgate Shopping Centre between 11.30am and 12.30pm.
Here’s an extract from Terry’s book on his departure from Rovers to Brian Clough’s Forest.
‘He (Clough) sent his scouts out to see me in action three times for Donny Rovers. Then he sped down the motorway – a little too quickly as he got nicked by the police on route! - just in time for the second half of a match at Barnsley.
Cloughie also phoned a couple of times to ask if I was interested in joining Forest. You bet I was. “Don’t go signing for anyone else, young man!” he ordered. Then he told me he wouldn’t be phoning again but my contact at Forest would be a scout called Maurice Edwards. I was coming towards the end of my two-year deal at Donny and (Stan) Anderson was quick to offer me another one, increasing my wages by £20 per week. Cloughie knew all about this and dealt with it in an interesting way. He told me not to commit myself to a new contract and would ensure I didn’t miss out financially. Each week Edwards travelled over to hand me the extra £20. The first time we met was in a fish and chip shop and after that at The Crown Hotel in nearby Bawtry. Of course this wasn’t a legal way of going about things but was fairly typical of football at the time. I was just grateful for the extra cash and still excited by the fact a manager I rated in the Bill Shankley class was so interested in bringing me to Forest.’