12 Obscure Facts About Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest City Ground
Nestled in the heart of England, Nottingham Forest Football Club is steeped in history and rich in tales that extend far beyond the pitch. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just curious about this storied club, there's always something new to discover. So, sit back, grab a cuppa, and let's delve into some of the lesser-known facts about Nottingham Forest that might just surprise you.


The Original Tricky Trees

Long before the term “Tricky Trees” became synonymous with Nottingham Forest’s skilful play on the football field, it had roots in local folklore and literature.  Sherwood Forest, closely associated with the legend of Robin Hood, was often described as being filled with ‘tricky’ or cunningly placed trees, setting the stage for the nickname that fans love today.

A Star Among Fans

Nottingham Forest boasts a diverse array of celebrity fans, from rock stars to renowned actors and of course LadBaby. One of the most notable is Sleaford Mods’ frontman, Jason Williamson, whose passionate support for the club often finds its way into his music and interviews.  

The Silver Screen and The Reds

Nottingham Forest’s charm has not escaped the notice of filmmakers and TV show producers. The club and its community have been featured in various documentaries and films, most notably in “I Believe in Miracles,” a compelling documentary that chronicles the club’s rise under Brian Clough to win back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980. This cinematic tribute showcases the legendary status of the club beyond the realm of sports.

The City Ground Quirk

One of the unique features of Nottingham Forest’s home ground is its picturesque location next to the River Trent. This scenic positioning makes the City Ground one of the few English football stadiums that looks out directly onto a river.  And just on the opposite side of the river is the stadium of their Nottingham Rivals, Notts County.

The Forest That Went to War

During the First World War, the City Ground was transformed into a mustering point and training ground for troops. This lesser-known chapter of the stadium’s history highlights Nottingham Forest’s contribution to the national effort, far removed from the footballing triumphs it is usually associated with.

A European First

Nottingham Forest holds the distinction of being one of the first British football clubs to compete in the European Cup. Their debut in European competition marked the beginning of what would be one of the most remarkable periods in the club’s history, culminating in winning the European Cup not once, but twice, in successive years – a feat only achieved by a handful of clubs.

The Mascot Mystery

In a nod to Nottingham’s legendary hero, Nottingham Forest’s mascot is none other than Robin Hood himself. This choice ties the football club closely to the city’s folklore and history, making match days not just about football but also about celebrating local heritage.

The Garibaldi Red

The vibrant red of Nottingham Forest’s kit is not just any red; it’s Garibaldi Red. Named after the Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi, who was known for his fighters wearing bright red shirts, the colour was adopted by the club in the late 19th century.

A Technological Pioneer

Nottingham Forest has quietly positioned itself as an innovator off the pitch, particularly in the use of technology for player development and fan engagement. The club was among the early adopters of advanced analytics and biometric monitoring in training, using data to refine players’ performances and prevent injuries as well as being a leader in using digital means such as Augmented Reality in their matchday programmes.

The Secret Match

During the tense years of the Cold War, Nottingham Forest played a series of behind-closed-doors friendly matches against teams from behind the Iron Curtain. One such match, whispered about in the corridors of history, was against Dynamo Moscow in 1963, played under the cloak of secrecy to avoid the prying eyes of political powers and the press.

Soundtrack of a Club

Nottingham Forest’s influence extends into the music scene, with several songs and chants dedicated to its history and successes. The most iconic is “Mull of Kintyre,” adapted with Forest-centric lyrics, which has become an anthem sung with pride and passion by fans on match days. If you’re looking for a more modern-day link to Nottingham Forest, then look no further than the massive Forest fan LadBaby – who achieved Christmas number 1 five years in a row!

12. The Unbreakable Bond

Nottingham Forest’s fan base extends well beyond the UK, with supporters’ clubs established worldwide. This global community is a testament to the club’s appeal and the universal love for football, uniting fans across different cultures and backgrounds in their support for the Reds.

As we’ve journeyed through these 12 obscure facts about Nottingham Forest, it’s clear that the club’s legacy is not just about the trophies and the matches. It’s also about the community, the history, and the stories that make Nottingham Forest truly unique. From its connections to literature and celebrity fans to its impact on film and contributions during wartime, the club embodies a rich tapestry of cultural and historical significance.

Your Turn

Do you have an obscure fact about Nottingham Forest that we’ve missed? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Submit your facts, and if we use them, we’ll make sure to give you credit. Together, let’s continue to celebrate the rich history and vibrant culture of Nottingham Forest Football Club.


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