Forest women looking to repeat record attendance with Derby County clash

Last season’s east midlands derby drew a record crowd

LONDON, UK - OCTOBER 15TH 2015: The club crest on a Nottingham Forest FC shirt, on 15th October 2015. - Image ID: HG5GMR

Nottingham Forest women are looking to repeat their record attendance as they host Derby county in a Midlands derby at the City Ground.

Last year’s game between the two sides drew a crowd of 4443, a record for a National League Northern Premier Division match, and they are hoping that the increased focus on Women’s football that came about as a result of Euro 2022 will help them break that this time around.

Forest have won three of their opening four games, and sit in 3rd, two places clear of their opponents, who have won and lost two of their opening five fixtures.

Nottingham Forest Chairman Nicholas Randall KC revealed their excitement for the event and the possibility of a record attendance, explaining:

It’s a great opportunity for our Women’s team to play a significant fixture at The City Ground and we’re all excited by the prospect.”

”We saw last season how much appetite there is for women’s football in our community, and we were extremely proud to break the league’s attendance record as well as host Women’s Super League side Manchester City in the FA Cup.”

“Andy Cook and his staff work incredibly hard and have started the season in great form so it would be fantastic to see as many supporters in attendance as possible.”

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Meanwhile, Forest Women head coach Andy Cook added:

“The support has been fantastic for the team since I’ve been here and to break the record last season for the highest ever attendance in our division was superb and it would be special to improve on that even further.”

”We saw how much the nation got behind the Lionesses at the Euros this summer and it was a great advert for women’s football. We’d love to see as many supporters at The City Ground as possible because it really does make the difference and all the players really do appreciate all the support you give them.“

”We’ve started the season really strongly and we’re looking to build on that, so to have a massive league game at The City Ground to look forward to gives us even more motivation to keep striving forward and improving.”

The game takes place on Sunday October 16th, with a primetime 2pm kick off slot.

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