Nottingham Forest Women captain Lyndsey Harkin speaking post match after victory against Sheffield FC. (Credit: Nottingham Forest FC via Youtube).

Born and bred in Nottingham, Forest defender Lyndsey Harkin has fulfilled what many would dream of – captaining her childhood club.

The City Ground was lucky to host Harkin and her team twice last season against Manchester City and Derby County.

Harkin started her footballing career at The Trickie Trees when she was joined their under-8 squad.

Before making her way up the ladder into the reserve team.

“I love this city and club, I feel proud to represent Nottingham Forest.”

                                               LYNDSEY HARKIN

Other than her hometown club Forest – Harkin represented Doncaster Rovers Belles from 2011 to 2014.

Life is very busy for Harkin as she juggles both football and parenting – Harkin and her husband Daniel are parents to Reuben and Connor.

The 31-year-old mother said: “It can be hectic at times but thanks to my husband and our supportive families I am able to find a balance. I love being a mum and playing football so I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Forest Women currently sit first in the FA Women’s National League North.

Congratulations have been in order for Harkin – as she made her 250th appearance for Forest against AFC Flyde on January 15.

Harkin has Nottingham coursing through her veins, she said: “I love this City and Club, I feel proud to represent Nottingham Forest.”

When discussing her ambitions with her hometown club, she expressed: “The ultimate aim is to get Nottingham Forest promoted to the Championship. I’d love to see this team in amongst the top teams in the country.”

Women’s football has seen a remarkable rise in the UK since the Lionesses brought football home in July, 2022.

In regard to continuing the women’s game, the defender added: “Keep supporting by promoting games and televising games, keep providing more and more opportunities for young girls to participate in the sport.”

Furthermore, speaking on Nottingham Forest’s official website, Harkin said: “In those days it was more difficult to get into playing football as a young girl. Luckily the teachers at my school did support me, but it was certainly rare to see a girls’ team.”

“I love it here. We have a great environment and group of players/staff to work with.

The defender has previously featured for England for the under-19s and under-20s.

While representing England, Harkin played alongside European champion and Barcelona right back Lucy Bronze.