The leaves have started to fall from the trees, and while it might be a beautiful sight, it’s a sign of the inevitable impending...
Many of you will know the story of the Christmas truce, where both British and German soldiers temporarily cease-fired to play a football match during World War One. Perhaps it’s fitting that with 2018 marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, that a football match between British and German soldiers took place.
Omari Grant – a force from Nottingham grime’s early days, also known as Kriptik – has recently been smashing it on the regional boxing scene under the alias of “The Praying Mantis”. Currently at seven undefeated wins, we sat down to find out what powers his success...
Being a Nottingham Forest fan without much to complain about is a strange sensation. It's not quite akin to suffering from Stockholm Syndrome - the condition of forming a dependency on your captors - but it's not far off...
For many, the word “Garibaldi” conjures up thoughts of a curranty biscuit, but it was once a household name for other reasons. In Victorian times, Giuseppe Garibaldi was the celebrated freedom fighter who, with his intrepid band of volunteers, united Italy. Garibaldimania spread across Britain and even influenced Nottingham life; especially in the football department...
After a summer of rebuilding, and an unbeaten pre-season campaign, the Nottingham Panthers are now two months into the league season, and it has been a period of inconsistency.
Every week there seems to be gloomy headlines of some aged standard bearer of the British high street stumbling into crisis. Debenhams seem to be the latest victim, with a reported 50 stores set to close nationwide.
On Sunday 28 October a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush is taking place at the City Ground. Nottingham Forest Ladies FC are taking on the Jamaican national team, the Senior ‘Reggae Girlz’ with a 3.00pm kick off, but the day will be a festival of much more than just football.
Our Skateboarding special issue hadn’t been out five minutes when we got the sad news that Flo had been forced to shut up shop; the barmy summer heatwave had taken its toll on another small business. Fast forward a few weeks and it’s a different story, with local skaters, BMX riders, parents and organisations banding together, making Hood Townesque efforts to see the venue open again from tomorrow.
Nottingham Hellfire Harlots are gearing up to host what promises to be a spectacular weekend of WFTDA European roller derby action! The 2018 Track Attack tournament will see teams from Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands face off against our very own Nottingham Hellfire Harlots A team.
Stephen Fry once said that he loves Abba because “they’re so much better than they need to be”. Apparently there are nine piano tracks on ‘Dancing Queen’, such was the attention to detail Bjorn and Benny put into the texture and production of their songs. What could’ve been throwaway 70s pop fodder became indestructible classics.
Despite being based 700 miles away in Nyon, Switzerland, Polly Bancroft’s thoughts will be very firmly fixed on her hometown this Saturday, as England Women take on their Brazilian counterparts at Meadow Lane. For it was an England Women’s fixture nearly 30 years ago that led to her prestigious role at Europe’s footballing heart, UEFA.
It’s difficult to describe how exciting the summer transfer window was for Nottingham Forest fans. Usually, if you want to see grown men in matching shirts getting this animated about potential transactions in a window, you’d need to be on a stag weekend in Amsterdam.
We take a fond look at Non-Stop Sports and Forty Two Skate Shop...
High-brow pursuits met high-flying pugilists as independent Wrestling show Spandex Ballet dropkicked into the Nottingham contemporary art gallery last weekend. The debut Nottingham show from the unusual Wrestling Resurgence promotion played in front of a packed house in the art gallery’s exhibition space. Pitching their tent firmly at the tongue-in-cheek, theatrical end of the spectrum, Resurgence nonetheless shoehorned in enough bone crunching spots and proper old fashioned wrastlin’ to entertain fans of all tastes.
Nottingham is one of the original homes of UK skateboarding with a large skate community that helps feed the city’s art, music and fashion scenes with a DIY sensibility. Skate Nottingham are a not-for-profit community organisation dedicated to changing perceptions of skateboarding and raising its profile as a positive, healthy culture and community that can help the city we love become more active and inclusive.
As a Forest fan, I needed my faith in football (and, without wanting to be too dramatic, humanity) restored this weekend, after a summer that promised so much yet has delivered precious little. If I’m not mistaken, it’s hardly been a barrel of laughs for our sisters and brothers across the Trent either.
The puck has dropped on the 2018/19 ice hockey season, and for the Nottingham Panthers it’s the start of a new era; anticipation levels are high.
Notts County’s revolving door took another rotation last week as Kevin Nolan, months after leading a near-successful promotion push, was sacked following a string of poor performances.
Last year, we at LeftLion released our first feature-length documentary, telling the tale of the Notts man who founded AC Milan. In August our Editor-in-Chief Jared Wilson went out to show The Lord of Milan in two of China’s biggest sports arenas. It seems a long way from that pokey little Mansfield Road house our Herbert was born in…
On Saturday 8 September, three of Nottingham’s ‘ardest men will wrestle for supremacy in an inter-generational battle of wills to crown the Sheriff of the Nottingham grappling scene. Wrestling fans are used to seeing their larger-than-life heroes getting down to business in sports halls or nightclubs, but in a world first the “Battle of Nottingham” will be contested in the renowned Nottingham Contemporary art gallery - a venue more accustomed to chin-stroking than chin-music. Chaz Wright talks to Sam West, producer of the exciting new promotion Wrestling Resurgence, to find out more about Spandex Ballet...
The Renewal Trust is at it again, bringing free play and activity sessions for tiddlers living in Sneinton, St Ann’s and Mapperley.
Here in Notts we don’t do things by half; Arif Qureshi’s taxi is trashed by yobs, you lot club together to buy him a new cab. Trump pops over the pond and Notts rocks up and performs a mass conga in protest. The city is reported to have one of the worst reading rates in the country and we enlist Dolly Parton. OK, that last part might be a slight exaggeration but, having said that, the head of Nottingham City Council is leading by example and embarking on a colossal challenge to give our kids access to free books.
India come to Nottingham 2-0 in the five match test series but they won handily last time they were in town, in the one day international. That was in a one-day international though so what kind of record do the visitors have at Trent Bridge in the longer form of the game?