If you are a Trent fresher and have tried to learn something about Nottingham, you might have gleaned that Nottingham’s sporting culture is thriving and bountiful. OLA FISAYO and FEDERICO CORNETTO profile a number of the city’s sporting clubs…
Nottingham Forest Football Club:
It may be hard to comprehend now, but Nottingham Forest were the best team in Europe, twice. The Reds, then under the managerial reins of the legendary Brian Clough, won back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980. Forest have an unquestionable history and, in the good old days, cup finals and trips to Wembley were common custom for Reds fans. But these days and under the club’s first ever foreign manager, Philippe Montanier, Forest are stationed in the Championship, harbouring ambitions of challenging for the play-offs.
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club:
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club figure amongst some of the most famous first-class sides in the country. Boasting a rich history, former iconic players include Charles Brampton and Chris Broad. More contemporary names to have played for Notts include ex-England stalwarts Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann, with modern-day international Alex Hales part of the current squad. Notts succumbed to relegation to Division Two in the four-day competition this season, but their Trent Bridge home is one of the most prestigious grounds in the country and frequently hosts international matches.
Notts County Football Club:
Notts County are the oldest football club in the world with official games dating back to the middle of the 19th century. The Magpies’ Meadow Lane stadium is situated across the River Trent from Forest’s City Ground, and is the home of the League Two side.
Notts County Ladies Football Club:
Nowadays, Notts County Ladies are basking in the spotlight. With the men’s team playing in the fourth tier of English football, the Ladies recently reached the Women’s Super League 1, making an impression with top players and exciting games. With a solid midfield and expressive forwards, County Ladies are the exciting, bourgeoning gem of Nottingham Sport.
Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey Club:
Nottingham’s take on the American game, the Panthers are an exciting part of Nottingham’s sporting canvas. A team full of talent, comprising of players from Trent as well as the University of Nottingham, the Panthers have won league championships, Challenge Cups and most recently the Play-off Championship. Exhilarating action on the ice makes for great night out.
Nottingham Outlaws Rugby Club:
Rugby League doesn’t have an extensive history in Nottingham. However, the club is beloved by those ardent fans in the city. Nottingham Outlaws have partnered up with former Nottingham Trent University players, and are now competing in the Rugby League Conference, obtaining great success. The Outlaws also play a key role in the community, working in partnership with organisations such as Crime Concern, both of the city’s universities and the Nottingham City School Sports Partnership.
Nottingham Ceasers American Football Club:
Another alternative sporting outpost: The Big C are Nottingham’s American Football team. Nottingham Ceasers are an experienced side; a great club with a family feel.