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Jack Lester Interview

By: Dan Humphrey
Date: 23/02/2001

As we approach GTFC's trip to promotion chasing Nottingham Forest, Dan Humphrey had a quick chat with former fans favourite Jack Lester, who is now a key part of David Platt's plans. Lester joined Forest in January 1990 and has made 30 league appearances for the Reds, scoring 9 goals.

Jack Lester

Jack you had a good start to the season, until you got injured...

Yes I had an operation early in December (hernia) and I should be back early on in March. There could be a chance of us getting in the playoffs by the time I'm back.

So you'll miss the GTFC:Forest clash?

Yeah, I'll be there and I'll see some of the Town players afterwards.

Do you think Forest have a chance of promotion this year?

Might have - via the playoffs. The way we've been playing recently, we should definitely finish in the top 6. We need to finish above Watford or West Brom, and we've got a big game against Watford to play. But we've played most of the big clubs away, those in the top 6. So our run-in isn't too bad.

Were you surprised by Alan Buckley's sacking?

Yes. Obviously it was very early in the season, so early it can't have been about performances. The new board obviously wanted a new start.

Who was your favourite strike partner at GTFC?

When I first got in the team under Kenny Swain, it was Clive Mendonca. Then I enjoyed playing with Lee Ashcroft. He's a clever player, good feet, good to play alongside. People say he's fiery but I think that's a positive thing. He scored quite a few for Town too.

When Lee Ashcroft left, like Mark Lever, he dropped down into Division II. Did that surprise you?

Well Lee went to Wigan, they're quite a big club - they've just signed Peter Beagrie this week. And Lee's from the North-West I think, he signed from Preston. As for Mark, he was on a free, so I guess he chose the best club available to him.

Finally, a quick test for you. How many players can you name that have recently played for both Forest and the Mariners?

Brian Laws, Kingsley Black, me, Garry Birtles, Dave Beasant...

Thanks Jack, good luck for the rest of the season at Forest, AFTER Saturday's game that is..!

NB: Jack seems to have (perhaps deliberately?!) forgotten playing alongside Jason Lee and Neil Webb in Town's relegation season. But who could blame him for that?)

Jack Lester

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