Going Over Old Grounds

With such famous professional sporting teams as Nottingham Forest Football Club, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, and Notts County FC, there have been numerous grounds and stadiums used throughout the years by these sides, some of which are regular now and known worldwide as monuments of sporting prestige and valour. We take a look at some…

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Darts – Snooker & Notts

Both snooker and darts have lit up the start of the sporting year with record wins for Ronnie O’Sullivan and an emerging talent in 16-year-old Luke Littler with both superstars of their genres gripping the nation in recent finals. Both sports actually have long connection back to the city of Nottingham with the Heart of…

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The Tartan Army

Historical documents record, over hundreds of years, regular invasions by armies from Scotland into England, ‘The Auld Enemy’. The 17th century was particularly busy until The Acts Of Union brought the two nations together in 1707. That didn’t stop Bonny Prince Charlie laying claim to the throne. Gathering support, as part of the Jacobite rebellion…

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My Grandad’s Game

“It’s really important to tell their stories and I’d love to hear grandad’s story, and he wants to do it,” Vicky McClure, 2023. Eighty years ago, the D-Day Landings took place on the beaches of Normandy, France, among them, a promising young footballer, Ralph McClure, of Collingham Footway, the Meadows, in Nottingham. Fast-forward eighty years,…

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Autograph Days

I blame Manchester United – in part, at least – for the early demise to my blossoming career as a sports journalist. It’s a tale full of intrigue, with accusations of fraud and dodgy money-making. The saga would have sat comfortably in today’s Westminster world of law-bending and money for honours culture but this was…

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Night Match

Is there anything quite like a match at the City Ground on a winter’s night? Something about darkness intensifies the experience as senses shift into hyper-alert. Every smell becomes essence of, whether it’s fags, beer or burgers. Every sight gains another characteristic, from a black velvet, rippling Trent, to a stadium so illuminated it has…

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