Nottingham Forest held a bucket collection for Notts County’s unpaid staff at their home friendly against Real Sociedad last week. 

Nottingham Forest announced a day before the game that a collection would be held to help the staff of their neighbours.

Notts County are based under a mile away from the City Ground at Meadow Lane. The Magpies suffered relegation out of the Football League last season, with former owner Alan Hardy being heavily criticised.

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The statement on the club’s official site read: “The club would like to reassure all supporters wishing to donate that 100% of the money raised will go towards the staff at Meadow Lane.”


The Reds played out an entertaining 2-2 draw against La Liga outfit Real Sociedad, giving Sabri Lamouchi plenty to ponder ahead of the new season.

Joe Worrall gave the Reds an early lead after just four minutes at the City Ground. Roberto López swiftly levelled for the visitors after a mix-up at the back.

The Reds were able to retake the lead before half-time courtesy of Lewis Grabban’s cool finish. However, Näis Djouahra’s strike at the death ensured the Reds had to settle for a draw.

Considering 14,216 people attended the pre-season contest at the City Ground, a significant amount of money is likely to have been raised for Notts County’s staff.

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But, with Notts County’s takeover now complete, with all outstanding wages paid by new owners Christoffer and Alexander Reedtz, the Magpies no longer require the funds to pay staff.

‘Thank you’

The Reds have released an updated statement on the club’s official site which states that Notts County’s staff have decided the money should go to worthwhile causes of the two club’s choosing.

The statement concluded: “Everyone at Nottingham Forest would like to thank all those who generously donated and wish the new owners and Notts County the very best for their season ahead.”

It’s fair to say that this sort of motion of good will has become more of a regular occurrence under the ownership of Evangelos Marinakis. The work that the club has been doing off-the-field to improve its image has been impressive.

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There’s no doubt that the City Ground is buzzing ahead of the new season, and some supporters from both clubs have praised the Reds for their latest gesture…

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