Steve Cooper and players from both teams took to console Nottingham Forest fan over a mistake with the The Last Post tribute.
Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa players took a moment to comfort a distraught 16 year old season-ticket holder after after Sunday’s Remembrance Day tribute.
While performing The Last Post on the trumpet before the Premier League clash got underway at the City Ground, the young supporter looked gutted before both sets of players stepped in, much of the crowd paid respect, but there were moments of laughter afterwards.
— South Coast Bantam (@CraigAndrew3) November 5, 2023
Honestly bud, he should be so pleased he got up there and did it. It’s the hardest instrument to play and there’s people who’ve been doing it longer than him that mess it up. Probably the hardest piece to play. Hope he’s all okay ❤️❤️
— South Coast Bantam (@CraigAndrew3) November 5, 2023
Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa players made their way over to Caiden Storry, 16, after the mishap.
He done superbly well to do what he did right until the end, but as most adults on the trumpets when playing The Last Post, he struggled to hit the correct notes in the final section of the song, leading to some confusion before realising.
The applause but a stop of some of the laughter with Sky Sports cameras showing Storry making his way back to the tunnel.
Ollie Watkins and Lucas Digne took care of the young lad while Cooper paid tribute to the youngster afterwards, saying: “For a 16-year-old boy who’s a fan to stand in the middle of the pitch and do that and do it brilliantly as well, he should be really proud and we are proud of him.
“It was nice to see how both sets of players responded, because they have to perform and they know what it’s like.
“I managed to have a word with Caiden and we will reach out to him and bring him to the training ground because I want him to meet the players so he knows how good he was.
“He said ‘I’m sorry about that,’ and I said, ‘What for, everyone is really proud of you’.
“The Villa boys were excellent and the fans and players did a brilliant job, Caiden did a brilliant job today and I am really proud he delivered that for us.”
This is what Twitter users had to say after Steve Cooper and players console Nottingham Forest fan over a mistake with The Last Post…
@lawsie2009: Well done to the young lad being out there. Shows total respect to our fallen heroes and those in service. Stand tall young man you should be very proud of yourself. Nice to see the crowd and players support too. 🥰
@RastaMou53: He did his best – that’s all you can do in life. Well done young man it’s way more than I could do at your age. X
@bfc82x: Big man next to cooper was proper struggling there
@AntBShipSpotter: You could tell he was nervous, before he started, anyone would be, big responsibility, he should hold his head high and proud, he did very well!
@paulbrace66: Brilliant from the players & crowd. The kid did good
@scottyfroggatt: That’s a very difficult piece of music to play well without making mistakes, let alone doing it in front of thousands of people and do it perfectly. Fair play to him for having a go 👏
@PageDcfc: Massive pressure the job of doing it, fair play, Steve coopers assistant trying not to laugh, disgusting
@L3w1s_Nufc55: poor lad, tbf to him i’ve not heard a decent trumpet this weekend
@patlynn78: I can tell you playing the Last Post is a tough tune to play. I remember as a teenager playing it on the bugle on Remembrance Sunday in Southwell and it rarely went well. Kudos to this lad for having the guts to do it in the first place. #nffc
@Adam_PVFC: Poor lad man. Some effort that though infront of a sold out crowd and a few million watching on tv 👏🏻 hope he’s alright
@AliHolding: Takes some balls to go and perform in front of that volume of an audience at such a young age! Brilliant to see the response he got from the crowd and players! Hope he sees the positivity towards his effort 👏🏻
@lauraw97_: awww no 😭 i’m glad the players were so nice to him and i hope he’s okay! absolutely buckled at the fella next to steve cooper though, he was fighting for his life there
@wattylad88: Fair play to that young lad, takes some major guts to even volunteer yourself for that, let alone perform. Top young fella 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
@philviles: Poor lad looked gutted. Hope he’s ok. The result might help his mood this evening. #NFFC
@AFCFinners: Poor kid will get a lot of stick for it but at least he was up there doing it which is more than a lot of people who will laugh at him have done. Fair play to the players for giving him support.
The game itself saw Nottingham Forest end a six-game winless run with a 2-0 home win over Aston Villa as Ola Aina scored a fifth-minute opener, before Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez made mistake with Orel Mangala making it 2-0.
Player ratings (via Sky Sports)
Nottingham Forest: Vlachodimos (7); Aina (8), Niakhate (9), Murillo (7), Toffolo (8); Mangala (8), Sangare (8), Dominguez (8); Gibbs-White (6), Awoniyi (6), Elanga (6).
Subs: Aurier (6), Danilo (n/a), Williams (n/a), Yates (n/a).
Aston Villa: Martinez (5); Cash (6), Konsa (6), Torres (6), Digne (6); McGinn (6), Kamara (6), Luiz (6), Zaniolo (6); Diaby (6), Watkins (6).
Subs: Bailey (6), Tielemans (6), Carlos (n/a).
Player of the match: Moussa Niakhate.
Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper told Sky Sports: “It’s a really good win. We came up against an in-form Aston Villa side with really good players.
“We were committed to the plan and we’ve scored two goals from where we could create chances. Villa had a lot of the ball and we were okay with it because I never felt like we conceded any chances. Odysseas Vlachodimos made saves that he should be making. I never felt we were in danger of conceding.
“We could have managed the ball a bit better. Villa play with such a high line and an opportunity to attack quickly. We had to get the balance right between taking the opportunity and staying on the ball a bit more.
“Great start to the second half and a good goal. There is a little bit of good fortune. It was a good move and it’s an area we looked at in terms of where we could get in and then attack the box. We created our own luck. There is a lot going on tactically when facing Aston Villa. A lot of gratitude for the players to stick with the plan. We were worthy winners.”
Nottingham Forest full-back Ola Aina said via Sky Sports: “It’s a massive win. We were disappointed last week but today we are happy, we fought for each other and got the win.
“My goal was one to remember. I am happy to get off the mark and help the team.
“We can all be proud, we stuck to the game plan, we dug in and fought for each other.”
Harry Toffolo, who created both goals, said: “We played games where we should have won before today. To be able to get the three points and a clean sheet against a team like Aston Villa is magical.
“We showed you the resilience of this group and the mentality going into this game was perfect today from start to finish.”
Aston Villa boss Unai Emery told Sky Sports: “It is very hard to accept the result. We made some mistakes. We conceded early, but for another 80 minutes, we played with a good mentality, to try and score.
“The second half they scored another early goal. After this, we were controlling the game, creating chances and getting corners. It is very difficult when the other team scores first. They defended deeply.
“We are fifth in the league, we have 22 points, of course, if we could achieve the three points we would be better. I am proud of the players, before this match I was very proud of the players.
“We took this match as a challenge to get the top four teams, we didn’t achieve it and there is still work to do to try and correct the things we did today with some mistakes.”
Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa told Sky Sports: “It’s a very disappointing day. We’ve been doing really well and we can’t let this result affect us. We knew this would be a tough game. They had two chances and they scored both.
“We didn’t create anything meaningful. We got in the right positions but that final pass let us down.”