Whilst Nottingham might not be notoriously known for its football, there are still three main football clubs in the county that would be great to support. The most famous, of course, being Nottingham Forest FC, but if you feel like supporting a club that is more local to where you live, or is perhaps not as big, then read on to find out all about the main football clubs in Nottingham.
Nottingham Forest Football Club
West Bridgford, Nottingham
Commonly referred to as Forest, this football club was founded in 1865 and are currently competing in the EFL Championship. Their official colour is red, and its fiercest rivalry is with Derby County. They have mostly competed in the top two tiers of football since it was founded, with the exception of playing a few seasons in the third tier. During the 1970s and 1980s, Forest had their most successful period where they had won the European Cup twice consecutively, in 1979 and 1980. Evangelos Marinakis currently owns the club, since 2017, and the current manager is Chris Hughton, who used to manage Brighton FC. Hughton’s first game as manager was in October 2020, and the club won 1-0 against Blackburn Rovers. Since 1898, the club has used City Ground in Bridgford as their home stadium. They have also not played in the Premier League since 1999, but despite this, they are still the main and biggest football club in Nottingham.
Notts County FC
Meadow Lane, Nottingham
Founded in 1862, Notts County, or ‘The Magpies’ is the oldest professional football club in the world. The club became one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888, and their club colours are black and white. They currently play in the National League, which is the fifth tier. Their home grounds have been Meadow Lane since 1910, and they also have local rivalries with Nottingham Forest, as well as Mansfield Town. The club was quite successful in the 20th century, but more recently have had trouble. In 2017, the Magpies set a new club record of 10 successive defeats, and in May 2019, the club was relegated from the Football League altogether for the first time since it opened. In August 2020, they came close to regain their Football League status but instead lost 3-1 against Harrogate Town. Hopefully, soon the club will have another attempt at regaining their former glory.
Selhurst Street, Radford
Radford FC is nicknamed ‘The Pheasants’ and they play in the East Midlands Counties. The club was established in 1964 as a Sunday League side and in 1977 they became the first amateur club to be allowed to have advertising on their shirts. They became champions of the East Midlands Regional League Division One in 1983, and by 2006 the club won the Central Midlands League Floodlit Cup. In 2015/16 the club had a successive run of 19 unbeaten games and finished second in the EMCL. Whilst this may not be the biggest club in Nottingham, it is certainly on the rise and one that Nottingham locals should support.