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Humble Lion look to forge links with Forest

Published:Saturday | December 9, 2017 | 12:01 AMMarc Stamp
Humble Lion Football Club chairman Mike Henry, shows off a Nottingham Forest Football Club jersey with his name. Occasion was a press conference to the announce the forging of links between Humble Lion and the English Championship club Nottingham Forest. The briefing was held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday.

Red Stripe Premier League outfit Humble Lion are seeking to forge ties with Championship club Nottingham Forest and the Jamaican diaspora in the city.

Chairman of Humble Lion FC, Mike Henry, met with officials of the English club on December 1 while on a visit to the United Kingdom. Both clubs explored the possibility of cooperation during the period 2018-2020 when Nottingham Forest will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of success in the European Cup.

"There are plans during the celebrations, from 2018 to 2020, for the active inclusion of the Jamaican diaspora in Nottingham Forest's football activities. I am indeed excited as we look forward to a fruitful and rewarding marriage between both clubs," Henry announced during a media briefing at the Spanish Court Hotel on Thursday.

Nottingham Forest, won back-to-back European Cups in 1978-79 and 1979-80. They also won the then English First Division title in 1977-78, the second Division three times, the Third Division once, the FA Cup (once), Football League Cup (four times), and the Charity Shield (once).

The English city hosts one of the largest Jamaican diaspora communities in Britain. The period of the celebration next year also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Wildrush, the first of many boats that carried hundreds of Jamaicans to the United Kingdom in order to help with the rebuilding of sections of the United Kingdom that were destroyed during World War II.

opportunities

Henry spoke of the many opportunities that could blossom from the relationship.

"There are innumerable opportunities between our club in all areas of football that offer themselves for a long-term co-operation ..." Henry shared. He also announced that there are plans afoot to twin Humble Lion with Nottingham Forest. The Humble Lion Club was founded in 1974 by a group of Rastafarians.

Humble Lion are now in tenth position in the local Red Stripe Premier League on 14 points from 13 games. The Effortville, Clarendon-based club has placed in the top four for the past three seasons but are yet to win the national title.