Following on from last year's success, the Accenture World Triathlon returns to Nottingham Saturday June 15th. On a choppy winters...
A student studying a supported learning course at Nottingham College is succeeding against the odds, as she competes for the title of World Champion in the Special Needs Taekwon-Do Games in New Zealand later this year.
You can’t miss the giant cricketer in the Old Market Square this week, apparently flattened by the Council House before he could bowl the ball he clutches. The Fan Zone in the Square promises more street sport than has been seen since the early days of the City of Football and more fun since the Winter Wonderland’s ice rink melted away.
With two of the biggest franchises in MLB history, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, going head to head in the UK this summer, we've enlisted super fan Matt Pumfrey to keep you up to date on all things Notts Baseball.
Wrestle Gate Pro (WGP) is an up-and-coming Notts based promotion, fast gaining a reputation for professional set-ups and major signings. Lions Spirit at Rushcliffe arena helped to cement this, bringing the hard hits, electric atmosphere and a huge surprise main event that could headline any Vegas show!
One scored six goals on the route to the final, one had been at the club since the Second Division days, one was described by Brian Clough as the “Picasso of our game,” and the other was the captain that lifted the trophy on that famous night in Munich. Together, Garry Birtles, Tony Woodcock, John Robertson and John McGovern formed an integral part of that legendary Nottingham Forest side that beat Malmö to win the European Cup for the first time forty years ago…
You will struggle to find a Reds fan who won’t tell you that the arrival of Brian Clough at the City Ground in January 1975 set Nottingham Forest on a remarkable course from obscurity in the old Division Two, to the top of Europe. With this month marking forty years since the team lifted the European Cup, what better opportunity to revisit that miraculous journey?
To deliberately misquote Sinead O’Connor, it’s been half an hour and 8 days since Notts County lost its league status for the first time in its proud history.
As both a die-hard fan and Nottingham Forest’s Commercial Sales Manager, it’s fair to say Simon Fotheringham is living the dream. For many people, he is the face of the club, and within a few minutes of meeting him, you can feel his infectious passion for the Reds. We got his take on Forest’s magnificent past, its faltering, promising present and, we hope, bright future.
Hastings Magpies have tonight announced that Notts County Legend Charlie Palmer will be coaching them for their Meadow Lane fixture against Nottingham City Transport on May 6th; Palmer joins actor David Easter who will be managing the team. Freddie Place tells us more about how this amazing event came about and what to expect on the day.
I mean, we’ve all been there right? Ping-Pong table at Das Kino; there’s an atmosphere, you’re on your game, things are going well, so well you decide to tweet a Commonwealth table tennis champion and challenge them to a match.
With Notts County having spent the majority of the season struggling to avoid relegation to the non-league, it’s easy to forget that things haven’t always been doom and gloom for the Meadow Lane club. In fact, this month marks 125 years since the world’s oldest professional football club won the FA Cup. Despite being one of the greatest moments in the Magpie’s history, it’s a story that ended in tragedy for Jimmy Logan, the striker who scored a hat trick that day…
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.
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.