Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi explains pride at 'Home of English Sport' award

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The city was recently awarded the accolade.

Nottingham has been named as the 'Home of English Sport' this week. The city defeated the likes of Gloucester, London, Manchester, Rugby and York.

The city has big names such as Stuart Broad and Torvill and Dean but perhaps the biggest would have to be Brian Clough and the impact he had at Nottingham Forest during his time at the City Ground.

There is certainly no doubting the historical impact both Forest and rivals Notts County have had on English football.

Now, Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi has had his say on the award and is clearly pleased to see his city being recognised.

He wrote on the official Forest website:

"As one of Nottingham’s oldest, most successful and well-known sporting institutions, Forest have undoubtedly contributed to the city’s success in this latest venture, something which gives me immense pride.

"But we cannot underestimate the significance of our neighbours. Trent Bridge is one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world and Notts County are the oldest Football League club. They, along with Nottingham’s other sporting venues and grassroots facilities, have all played a huge part.

"As a resident of the city I am delighted at this latest success and I would like to reiterate my commitment to ensuring this club remains something for Nottingham to be proud of."

Of course Forest need to rekindle their former glories. They are still stuck in the Football League and have not played in the top-flight of English football since 1999 - an absence that belies the massive stature of this proud club.

Hopefully Forest can give the 'Home of English Sport'' a Premier League team in the years to come.

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