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Lyndsey Harkin on 200 appearances

27 December 2020

Long-serving Red, Lyndsey Harkin, hit a landmark for Nottingham Forest last weekend as she made her 200th senior appearance for the club.

Reflecting on reaching the feat, Harkin expressed her pride: “I am really proud to have represented the club on so many occasions.

“I received an amazing framed shirt at The City Ground with my family, which was a really nice touch from the club and I received some lovely messages from people.”

The Forest captain progressed through the club’s youth ranks before making her senior debut at only 14-years-old so, reaching 200 appearances is a ‘dream come true’ for her.

Harkin said: “It’s a dream come true really as coming through the younger age groups I always aspired to play for the first-team and to captain the side one day.

“Getting my opportunity to go into the senior set up at 14 was a big jump from youth football but I absolutely loved it.

“I think it’s important that the club have a pathway from the youth/RTC and that’s been really good over many years now and there’s some amazing talent coming through the ranks so I’m sure there will be lots more young girls following the same route too.”

Reaching a double century of appearances for her girlhood club wasn’t a feat Harkin considered when she made her debut but is one she hopes to add to during future seasons

“Making 200 appearances is not really something I thought about at the time,” Harkin explained.

“It was just a case of taking each game as it comes and being grateful for the opportunities given to me.

“When I left at 19 to play for Doncaster Belles I didn’t know where my football would take me, but I always knew I wanted to come back home eventually, and that’s what I did.

“I always feel honoured to put on the Forest shirt and be a part of this club and I love it here and hope to continue for many years to come.”

After making her senior debut over a decade ago Harkin has racked up some memorable moments whilst wearing the Garibaldi and she shares some of her favourite ones.

Harkin said: “One memory that always stands out is our promotion season in 2007/08, we remained unbeaten the whole season and our 5-1 win on the last day of the season was enough to be crowned champions and gain promotion to the top league at the time.

“It really was an amazing team to be a part of.

“Another highlight has to be leading the team out at The City Ground to play in the friendly against Jamaica,” she added.

“That was my first time playing at The City Ground and we played infront of an amazing crowd of 3,000 people and it was a great experience.”


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