The concept for a supporter driven movement amongst the NFFC fanbase sprang out of the 150th anniversary during the 2015/16 season. With little effort from the club to embrace the milestone a small number of us organised a day of celebration on April 2nd 2016 before a home fixture against Brentford. In typical Forest fashion, we lost 3-0.
Hundreds met in the old Clinton Arms where the club was formed in 1865 and many more set off from the Brian Clough statue just off the Old Market Square towards the ground in a mass walk. The momentum and positivity created that day was the beginning of what would become Forza Garibaldi.
Formed in the summer of 2016 the campaign focussed on a primary aim of reinvigorating the
atmosphere at Forest games, but also enhancing the matchday experience with pre-match events including the annual boat trip. We have also organised community based activities such as the five-a-side football tournament and supported numerous charities.
A major part of our efforts has become the spread of flags around the City Ground and the unveiling of large fan organised displays. This began in 2017 with our ‘Rise of the Garibaldi’ message in the Trent End and has continued over the years since. Please see our ‘Displays’ page elsewhere on the website to see our portfolio.
We also look, wherever possible, to act in the interests of our fellow supporters. This has ranged from producing a fan guide for each away game, engaging in dialogue with NFFC regarding matters such as season card prices and the relocation of supporters in the Lower Bridgford, and lobbying for the return of official standing areas at the City Ground.
FOREST AWAY: Crystal Palace, Sunday 28th May – Fan Guide
It’s been nice to reminisce over the last few days. The proverbial putting the feet up and smiling through what has been a tough but rewarding campaign. I can even look back at Brentford away now without wincing too hard. Everything; every point and every kick in the teeth, was steering us towards a joyous […]
FOREST AWAY: Chelsea, Saturday 13th May – Fan Guide
There’s an underlying excitement to all this but really, it’s pretty damn awful, isn’t it? Full-time at Southampton was greeted with a mixture of glee and widespread relief after an agonising final stage of the game. It’s wonderful that we have put ourselves in with a real fighting chance, how this weekend we could be […]