Nottingham Forest football legends from over half a century are to be celebrated at a momentous evening race meeting at Nottingham Racecourse this summer.
City Ground stars from the 50s onwards will be at Colwick Park for the Nottingham Forest Legends Raceday.
The brainchild of the racecourse’s new General Manager James Knox means that racing and football fans can see some of the men who graced soccer stadiums in Britain and overseas during Nottingham Forest’s halcyon days.
The six legends after whom each of the races will be named on Monday 15 June are:
Jeff Whitefoot – Now aged 81, the only surviving member of the 1959 FA Cup winning team
Ian Storey-Moore - 60s and 70s Forest star and England international
Kenny Burns – Scottish international who was a member of the League Championship-winning team of 1978 and the European Cup-winning teams of 1979 and 1980
Garry Birtles – Member of the European Cup-winning teams and England international
John Robertson – Scottish international who was a member of the League Championship-winning team of 1978 and the European Cup-winning teams – and scorer of the only goal in the 1980 final
Des Walker - 80s, 90s and 2000s star defender who played 59 times for England
Tickets for the evening bought by the end of the current football season start at just £10 for over 18s (accompanied children are admitted free of charge) and are on sale now by calling 0844 579 3011 or going online at www.nottinghamracecourse.co.uk and using promo code ‘LEGENDS’. On-the-day prices are from £15.
James Knox, General Manager of Nottingham Racecourse, said: “The Forest Legends Raceday will take place on 15 June for the first time.
“This will be a fun evening where our two sports are brought together in a relaxed and enjoyable manner.
“The six races will be named after different Forest legends from the last 50 years.
There will be opportunities for individuals and businesses to sponsor a ‘Legend’ race, as well as to entertain staff, friends, family or customers in the racecourse hospitality and restaurant suites.
“We are looking forward to great night out for everyone – the ‘Legends’, sponsors, Reds supporters and regular race-goers.”
The evening forges closer links between two of the great sporting institutions of Nottingham which can both trace their origins to the 19th Century.
There has been racing at Colwick Park since 1892 and before then on the old Forest Recreation Ground. Nottingham Forest traces its history further to its founding in 1865. The City Ground has been the club’s home since 1898.
There are 23 fixtures during the 2015 Flat racing season at Nottingham Racecourse, starting on Wednesday 8 April.
Among them are two Ladies’ Day, a Community Day, a Beer Festival, an 80’s night and a Family Day.
About Nottingham Racecourse
Nottingham Racecourse is staging 23 Flat racing meetings in 2015. The venue is also a leading conference and events centre in the East Midlands.
Nottingham Racecourse is part of The Jockey Club, which has been at the heart of British racing for more than 260 years.
Today the largest commercial group in the sport (2013 turnover: £166.9m), The Jockey Club runs the largest racecourse group in the UK by turnover (2013: £158.7m), racecourses (15) including those at Aintree, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs and Newmarket, attendances (2013: 1.74m), total prize money (2013: £41.6m), contribution to prize money (2013: £18.24m) and quality racing (Group and Graded races); more than 3,000 acres of world-class training grounds in Newmarket and Lambourn.
The National Stud breeding enterprise and education provider; and the charity for racing’s people in need, Racing Welfare. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny The Jockey Club makes it puts back into British racing.
For further information, please contact: James Knox, General Manager, at Nottingham Racecourse, on 0870 850 7635 or 07739 746731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.