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WRITTEN BY, DANIEL WALDRAM

NOTTS SO SPORTY? Are you from Nottingham? Do you have an interest in sports? Do you know many sports that Nottingham is represented in? Do you support any? Well, I am writing this article to address these issues.

When Was Each Team Nottingham Forest: 1865 Notts County: 1862 Mansfield Town: 1897 Nottingham Rugby: 1999 Notts Outlaws: 1841 Nottingham Panthers: 1946

There are many sports teams in Nottingham but not all of them are so keenly supported. Nottingham is represented in Football, Rugby, Cricket, Ice Hockey and Basketball and many other less supported sports, I personally am a fan of each team but I particularly support Nottingham Forest. In football, Nottingham has 3 main teams Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Mansfield Town. All 3 of these teams have tasted success in recent years but unfortunately all 3 have tasted bitter defeat. Nottingham Forest has gone to the play -offs in the last two years and both times were considered as favourites by many but both times failed to even get to the final, now after a change of management and the owner now unwilling to give Forest transfer funds things look very grim, they are now at the foot of the table and many fans cannot see a way that they can possibly stay in this league, I think that Nottingham Forest will be able to avoid the drop but only if they are able to get their tactics right. This season they have an average attendance of 22,079, a drop of nearly 2,000 fans from last year. But, on the other side of the Trent, Notts County have recently gained promotion from the fourth tier back to the third and last year they were struggling for much of the season, but now they are right at the top of the table and they are now looking to gain promotion again to take themselves into the championship and their future is looking very bright, I would love Notts County to get promoted this season, I think that it’ll attract much interest from everyone

in Nottingham and it will be a great occasion for all fans involved this season they have an average attendance of, this season they have an average attendance of 6,422. Mansfield has taken the lowest blow of all three by being relegated out of the league and is now just another mid -table team who don’t look to be going anywhere anytime soon. In Rugby, Nottingham Rugby team are currently 7th out of 12 in the second league. They used to be a very good team but recent years have seen a decline in their performances and they have fell very heavily down the league, but recently they have been making a push to once again become a very respectable team. In cricket, we have Notts Outlaws; they have become a much better team in recent years and after winning promotion into league one and they then won the first division title. In ice hockey, we have Nottingham Panthers who are getting many plaudits recently as last year they won the playoffs and the challenge cup, this year they are planning to win both those competitions and win the league. It seems that every Nottingham sports team has had a rollercoaster ride in recent years as they all have had success but all have tasted defeat. But, that is a part of sport and that is what makes all these sports so exciting. So, get down there and support your local teams. It’s like being at a theme park because you’re in for a hell of a ride! If your interested in joining a local team, they are always on the lookout for new people. Just like west Bridgford colts: http://wbcfc.org/


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