With Notts County having spent the majority of the season struggling to avoid relegation to the non-league, it’s easy to forget...
Meet Visage - Nottingham’s Wrestlin’ Bitch Face. Another House of Pain alumnus building momentum on the UK’s grappling scene Visage is a flamboyant and instantly recognisable character. He’s also proper nails - mock his collection of amazing wigs and he’ll slap the taste out of your mouth. Visage’s blend of humour, innuendo and merciless bludgeoning is an unusual in-ring fusion invoking classic performers like Gorgeous George and Cassandro. We cornered Visage for a chat in a pleasingly kitsch tiki-bar.
Nottingham’s brightest sports event, the Louisey Rider Cup, is back for its fourth year on March 30th and is going to be bigger, better and more fun than ever before.
Clean Yoga sessions are run by two local fitness instructors, Victoria Douglas and Hannah Appleton, who combine their skills with a love for the environment. At each event, yogis take part in a stretching session, followed by an activity designed to inspire eco-friendliness…
Wrestle Gate Pro (WGP) landed in Nottingham in January for their exciting debut show Open Gate an event noticeably influenced by Japanese wrestling. Also known as Puro it’s a relatively realistic, punishing style where wrestlers primarily get over* by displaying their “fighting spirit” i.e. willingness to absorb and subsequently dish-out a beating against any odds. In some ways a style at the other end of the spectrum from traditional UK wrestling were intangible factors like charisma can be as significant as pain threshold or athletic ability - Crabtree, I am looking at you.
It’s been the best part of two decades since I last played Championship Manager (or Football Manager as it’s now known) but recent events at Nottingham Forest have rekindled boyhood memories of the classic management simulation computer game.
Kübler-Ross may sound like the type of enigmatic signing Notts need to pull themselves out of the bleakness that has befallen the season, but its presence at Meadow Lane is almost as significant.
Finally…the wrestling has come back to Rushcliffe! Champions from across the globe are heading to Notts on 26 January to entertain fans and beat seven shades of subtext out of each other. Bringing a harder, edgier style influenced by Japanese wrestling and MMA and with at least one legitimate dream match on the card, it’s something new for the city. SOHN talks to Gary Ward, promoter and owner of Wrestle Gate Pro.
In his excellent book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari explains that with the discovery of fire, humans leapt from mid-table in the natural food chain to top of the league, seemingly overnight. And although the physical benefits of this were obvious in terms of our diet and ability to tame the natural world, psychologically humans had evolved to fear predators and therefore subsequently struggled (and indeed, may still be struggling) to adapt to a life which no longer involved checking over our shoulders every five minutes for a peckish lion. Deep in our nature is a fear of the unknown and a natural predilection to suspect you could get eaten at any moment.
This month saw the launch of the Nottingham Bikeworks Month of Giving, a drive that promises every cycle purchased through the organisation in December is matched with a donation to the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum.
After a disappointing run of results in October, November was a better month for the Nottingham Panthers.
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 added pressures that come with being vulnerable and homeless in winter. In a move that could help to power services, Nottingham Forest FC and Framework Housing Association have been making moves to form the first official charity partnership of the football club...
With the new charity partnership between Nottingham Forest FC and Framework Housing Association, Nottingham's High Sheriff Nick Ebbs commissioned LeftLion Editor Bridie Squires to write a poem about the relationship, and how it might help our city's homeless community going forward...
Stixx is Nottingham’s very own HHH; a technician, brawler, trainer and promoter. He has contributed massively to Nottingham wrestling’s ongoing rejuvenation and has fought and trained some of the best in the world. Whilst Stixx benevolently left mainstream recognition to his protégés, to those in the know, there can be no doubt he is he is one of the linchpins of wrestling in the midlands. Sitting in the post-show wreckage after another bruising bout, LeftLion hangs out under the tree of woe with Notts’ most garrulous gigantic grappler.
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.