Nottingham Forest to hold collection for unpaid Notts County staff

Nottingham Forest's City Ground
The 1993-94 season was the most recent campaign in which Nottingham Forest and Notts County were in the same division

Nottingham Forest are to hold a collection before a pre-season friendly to raise funds for unpaid staff at city rivals Notts County.

Staff at the National League club last received money in May and have not been paid July wages as scheduled on Friday.

However, outgoing owner Alan Hardy told BBC Nottingham Sport on Friday that the sale of County to a Danish consortium has been completed.

Championship club Forest host Spanish side Real Sociedad on Friday.

Notts County were put up for sale by Hardy in January and were relegated from League Two in May.

Proceeds from a recent pre-season friendly between Notts and Ilkeston Town were used to help unpaid staff, and County supporters have held their own collections, while a membership scheme which has supported the club for more than 30 years donated £25,000.

County are due back at the High Court on 31 July to face a winding-up petition over an unpaid tax bill.