The title of the oldest football league club in the world could leave Notts County for their city rivals Nottingham Forest should they be relegated this season.
Notts County FC currently hold the esteemed honour after being founded in 1862 and remaining in the top leagues since then.
However, they face the real threat of losing the title should they be relegated, which is looking increasingly likely with Neal Ardley’s men at the bottom of League Two, with just four wins from 30 games this season.
“It would be a real shame – it’s even more embarrassing if it goes to forest”
Aaron small, lifelong county fan
Nottingham Forest was founded in 1865, making it the next oldest club in the league.
Magpie fans are heartbroken over this realisation.
Aaron Small, 53, from Green Street, who is a lifelong fan of the Black and Whites said: “It would be a real shame if that were to happen, it’s even more embarrassing if it goes to Forest…let’s hope we stay up!”
The struggling side is currently up for sale, owner Alan Hardy has a had a turbulent time at the club since buying the club in a £3.5 million takeover back in 2016, sacking six managers since then.
Iris Smith from the Notts County Supporters Club said: “We’re extremely proud to have held this title for such a long time, and we’re hoping we can hold it for a while longer”.
Just across the city Nottingham Forest is poised to take up the mantle and are faring slightly better than their city counterparts, currently sitting at 12th place in the Championship.
Forest recently gained a lot of media attention after Manchester United legend, Roy Keane agreed to join the squad working as manager Martin O’Neill’s No 2.
However, the celebrated title will be the least of their concerns as they remain 5 points of a playoff spot.
For the fans, however, the prospect of stealing the title from rivals County offers a pleasant distraction from the league.
Ryan Lim, from the Nottingham Forest Supporters Club said: “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves as it could go to Stoke, but if it comes to us we’d obviously be really pleased”.
He added: “We hope Notts County can stay up, it’s good for the city to have two professional clubs in the Football League… that said if we can pip this title from them that’s a nice bonus”.