Nottingham city rivals Notts County and Nottingham Forest are set to meet in a pre season friendly match at Meadow Lane on Saturday 23 July (kick off 3pm).

Forest make the short trip over the Trent to face their local rivals as part of Notts County defender Mike Edwards’ testimonial celebrations.

The 36 year old veteran centre half has more than 340 appearances for The Magpies to his name during two spells at Meadow Lane either side of a two year stint with Carlisle United.

Despite Meadow Lane and The City Ground being separated by merely a stretch of water, competitive meetings between the two sides have been few and far between in recent years.

The clubs last met in August 2011 when both sides played their part in a thrilling League Cup tie at The City Ground. With the scores level at 2-2 after normal time, the match entered extra time where both clubs netted a further goal to leave the scores tied at 3-3 and send the match to an exciting penalty shoot out. Nottingham Forest were the eventual winners after beating their city rivals 4-3 on spot kicks.

The last league meeting between the two clubs was back in February 1994 when Notts County recorded a 2-1 victory over Forest at Meadow Lane in Division 1.

While this summer’s derby meeting will only be played as part of pre season preparations, a big crowd is expected to descend upon Meadow Lane to witness a rare meeting between two historic clubs of the city of Nottingham.


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