Lifelong Nottingham Forest Football Club Fan Attends His First Premiership Game as VIP Guest - Ideal Carehomes

Lifelong Nottingham Forest Football Club Fan Attends His First Premiership Game as VIP Guest

Lifelong Nottingham Forest Football Club fan, 94-year-old Harry Thomas from Coppice Lodge care home, was whisked away to the City Ground to cheer on ‘The Reds’ in the Premier League.

Harry has been a Nottingham Forest fan for as long as he can remember. He attended his first match at the age of six and was ‘drawn to the red kit’. Harry said,

‘I haven’t been to a match since the late 80s when Brian Clough was manager – he was my favourite manager! My favourite player was always Des Walker; I always remember chanting ‘you’ll never beat Des Walker’ with the other fans.’

After hearing Harry talk so fondly about his beloved team, and how he had never had the opportunity to see them in the Premier League, staff at Coppice Lodge arranged for him to attend a match in the Executive Box as a VIP.

Staff surprised Harry with a brand-new Nottingham Forest shirt and his ticket. Harry was accompanied by Keighley Storer, a member of the Coppice Lodge team who shares Harry’s love for the football club.

On match day, Harry and Keighley were treated to a meal and drinks with the other VIP guests. Harry said,

‘This is just amazing; I can’t believe Coppice Lodge has arranged this for me – I’ve finally seen my team in the premiership! I have been so well looked after since moving here, I’ll be forever grateful.’

Sarah Barnes, the Home Manager at Coppice Lodge, added, ‘Being able to make our residents dreams and wishes come true is an absolute pleasure, and to see Harry’s face light up when we gave him the tickets was a memory we’ll all cherish.

‘We’d like to thank everyone at the City Grounds for helping us to make Harry’s day perfect.’

To find out more about living at Coppice Lodge, call 0115 920 5906 or email

Coppice Lodge, located on Coppice Road in Arnold, is a purpose-built, luxury residential and dementia care home with 64 ensuite bedrooms. With an all-inclusive fee offer designed to give residents peace of mind, it is rated good by the Care Quality Commission.