Nottingham Forest Celebrity Fans and Famous Fans

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Having won two European Cups in the late 1970s and early 80s you’d expect a club to pick up a number of glory-hunting celebrity fans on the back of it. However, to be fair to Nottingham Forest, most of their famous fans, with the exception of James Dean Bradfield, all have close links to the city or surrounding area.

James Dean Bradfield Brainwashed-by-a-relation Fan

Despite being born and raised in Wales, the Manic Street Preachers singer has been a Nottingham Forest fan from an early age, one of his uncles love for Brian Clough convincing him to start following the club just as they were embarking on their glory period of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Stuart Broad Fan

Born in Nottingham, England cricketer Stuart Broad is a life-long fan of Nottingham Forest and has been a regular sight at the City Ground over the years when he wasn’t seam-bowling for England or Nottinghamshire.

Ken Clarke Dual-club Fan

Conservative MP Clarke was born in nearby West Bridgford and would go on to be a lifelong supporter of Nottingham Forest. In the late 1990s, owner of the club Nigel Wray offered Clarke the role of chairman of the club. Whilst he didn’t take on the position he did become president of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. Clarke is also a supporter of Notts County.

Joe Dempsie Fan

The Game of Thrones actor was born in Liverpool but grew up in West Bridgford and start following Nottingham Forest as his local club. Spotted regularly at the City Ground over the years, he’s also appeared on Soccer AM in a Nottingham Forest shirt.

Matt Forde Fan

Comedian and impressionist (he voices Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer on Spitting Image), Matt Forde is another local lad who supports Nottingham Forest.

Carl Froch Fan

World Super-Middleweight boxing champion through the 2000s and 2010s, the Cobra was born in Nottingham and has followed Nottingham Forest since childhood, regularly appearing at matches, talking about his love for the club, and even training for some of his fights at the club’s training ground.

Lee Westwood Fan

A former world number one golfer and a veteran of many a Ryder Cup battle, Lee Westwood is also a big Nottingham Forest fan, often commenting on the club’s fortunes on social media over the years. Westwood is from Worksop in the north of Nottinghamshire and also supports and sponsors the town’s semi-pro team, Worksop Town.

Categories of Famous/Celebrity Football Fans

  • Proper Fan - a fan who goes to a lot of matches.
  • Fan - a fan who comments a lot on the club and goes to the occasional match, often because of their busy work schedule.
  • Alleged Fan - we can't find any supporting evidence, but sections of the fanbase are adamant they support the team.
  • Born-there Fan - there seems to be no actual evidence of the person supporting the club, but because they were born there some fans have claimed them as one of their own.
  • Brainwashed-by-a-relation Fan - convinced by a family member or friend to follow their team.
  • Doesn't-actually-exist Fan - definitely a fan of the club, but not actually a real person.
  • Dual-club Fan - that strange breed of person who claims to support more than one club.
  • Ex-fan - used to support the club but for certain reasons (possibly glory-hunting) they now support another.
  • Looks-for-result Fan - doesn't appear to go to any matches but sounds likely to check the Vidiprinter on a Saturday afternoon.
  • Links-to-the-area Fan - similar to the Born-there Fan, but this can open up the celebrity fan possibilities to anyone with vague connections to the town or county,
  • Part-time Fan - a fan, but only seems to appear at the most important games.
  • Tenuous Link Fan - usually some obscure reason like they once had a meal with the club's owner, so obviously the're now a fan of the club.
  • Went-to-a-game Fan - often film stars who are in town and take in a match, appear on the pitch with a scarf, and are then suddenly declared a fan by the other supporters.
  • Went-to-games-as-a-kid Fan - used to go to a few matches as a youngster, so this is taken as an everlasting love for the club by fellow fans, even though the person may not have shown any interest whatsoever in football since being dragged to a match as a five year-old.