How new Forest Ladies fan Adam Nunn became hooked...
Nottingham Forest Ladies has seen a mass increase of support over the course of their 2018/19 FA WNL North season which has seen their home attendance rise by an incredible 90%. A new flock of Forest Ladies fans has swarmed to their games and social media accounts to give the side the support they deserve.
The players have begun to attract their own personal fans with plenty of eager and excited fans staying behind after games to get the Forest stars autographs and pictures. Social media support has also rocketed for the Reds with dedicated Instagram pages being created in support of the Ladies, also the interactions the team’s official pages has received across various platforms have soared.
One new feature in particular that has become popular amongst the Forest fans is the YouTube series, Head to Head. That sees two different Forest players face up against each other whilst taking on various challenges and was key to persuading new Forest fan, Adam Nunn into supporting the side.
He explained: “When the first ‘Head to Head’ videos came out I began to follow the side on YouTube and the real interest in the team came in.
“I then thought, ‘hey I’m going to go a game.’
“It was the Katie Middleton along with Sianna Bennett videos that got me interested as it brought out the players personality’s and made you wish to know more.
“In truth, there are probably 100 teams closer I could see play football but the content was great and made myself wish to go and see these girls play.
“The banter they had and just the joy in the videos is hard not to get behind.”
After enjoying the mini YouTube series and following the rest of the uploads Adam and plenty of others began to pay closer attention to the rest of the team’s social media posts: “I had followed Nottingham for a while on twitter,” Adam explained: “But it was seeing Katie Middleton doing a mini post-match interview after a game where you could tell her and her team just truly loved playing football, to which promoted me to follow on Instagram and Facebook as well.”
Following the social media output Adam was persuaded to stray away from his home town team to come and watch the side he had found a new interest in. Adam’s first trip across the Midlands was to see the Reds take on their East Midlands rivals, Derby County and he explained how he was swayed to attend the fixture. He said: “So, after more social media content I decided it was time to attend a game.
“Even as an outsider I felt a connection grow with the social media side showing the girls as a great bunch, with their ‘Head to Head’ videos, ‘Wallpaper Wednesday’, ‘Who Am I..?’ and many more.
“And the promotion that was used leading up to the game was great.”
The newly converted red then explained to us his joy of attending his first Forest game.
He said: “When it came to game day I was truly excited which doesn’t always happen but I already felt I knew that the girls were lovely and that it would be a great day out.
“The ground itself is brilliant, seeing the big, bold Welcome to the home of Nottingham Forest Ladies sign on arrival and the club advertised as you walk around to the entrance and into the bar.
“We chose to visit the bar first which was so nice inside with its pine and leather look, TV screens to show the sport and with a pool table inside as well.
“The staff are friendly and welcoming as you order and this continues as you walk down to the turnstile to get your ticket and enter the ground.
“The programme also includes everything you would want one to, with information on the team, a squad page and a section for autographs.”
Nottingham Forest like to pride themselves on the entire match day experience from inviting local girls football sides to lead the team out as mascots and with the players making time after the match to sign dozens of autographs despite the result and this is one thing that impressed Adam. He expressed: “It was a great day and experience and as an outsider we were made to feel a part of the Forest family which always makes you want to return.
“Even though when we arrived for the game the only Forest players we knew were Jordan Atkin and Aja Aguirre we were made to feel appreciated by everyone.
“This was shown in a gesture when Georgia Hewitt clapped the amazing attendance which showed they truly do appreciate it.
“It feels that way too whenever you speak to any of the players, it’s no secret I am an Aston Villa fan, but I was still welcomed by the team.”
Since discovering his support for the side Adam has also began sponsoring the team’s new signing, Jordan Atkin and he revealed: “As soon as I saw that Jordan Atkin played for Forest I wanted to sponsor her.
“This will hopefully be something I can continue to do again next season.”