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Ever Wonder why Nottingham Forest has Forest in their name?

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Joe Prince-Wright digs into Nottingham Forest's roots, from their origins as a group of shinty players to their connection with Robin Hood.

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Ever Wonder why Nottingham Forest have Forest in their name?

It is one of the coolest and most unique team names in all of sports. But why on earth does Nottingham Forest have Forest in their name?

Yes, before you yell it out, it does have something to do with Robin Hood. Let me explain…


Gaelic hockey to football

In 1865 a group of shinty players (a Gaelic sport similar to field hockey) met at the Clinton Arms pub on Sherwood Street in Nottingham.

Chairman JS Scrimshaw proposed they played football instead of shinty. Members agreed and switched their sticks for a ball and Nottingham Forest Football Club was born.

Forest plaque


But where does the Forest name come from?

It is because they played their first games at Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham.

This is where Robin Hood comes back in.

Robin Hood

The Forest Recreation Ground is based in an area which was part of Sherwood Forest in medieval times.

Sherwood Forest


Robin Hood origins

So, Sherwood Forest -- synonymous with Robin Hood -- was technically Nottingham Forest’s original home.

But as the team grew in popularity, they had to move from the Forest Recreation Ground as this land was common ground and the club couldn’t charge people to watch their games.

Forest Recreation Ground

Since 1898 they have called the City Ground home and it’s just 2.8 miles away from their spiritual home which was once part of Sherwood Forest. Hence the name.

City Ground


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