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Stat Attack: Notts County vs. Portsmouth

Joe Jones

Notts County and Portsmouth have met a total of 26 times over the years, the first meeting coming on the 20th November 1926, which the Magpies lost 3-2 at Meadow Lane.

Notts have beaten Portsmouth 11 times and played out six draws, with the South Coast side winning on nine occasions.

Between December 1992 and December 1994 the two teams played each other six times, with Notts failing to get a win in a run that saw three draws and three defeats.

More recently, the Magpies won three consecutive games against them between September 2012 and January 2013, two in League One and one in the FA Cup.

The last meeting was on the 29th January 2013 at Fratton Park, where two goals in the last ten minutes from Jeff Hughes and Francois Zoko gave ten-man Notts - Neal Bishop was sent off late on - a 2-0 win.

Portsmouth have been champions of England twice, in 1949 and 1950. The club has also won the FA Cup on two occasions, firstly in 1939 and most recently in 2008, and also reached the final of the competition in 2010.

Portsmouth were moderately successful in the first decade of the 21st century, especially during the 2007–08 Premier League season, when they won the FA Cup, beating Cardiff City 1-0 in the final.

They subsequently qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup competing against European heavyweights such as seven-times European Cup winners A.C. Milan.

During this period, Portsmouth were recognised to have a large number of international footballers, including England players Glen Johnson and Jermain Defoe, as well as Peter Crouch, David James and Sol Campbell.

However, financial problems soon set in and Portsmouth were relegated to the Football League Championship in 2010. In 2012 they were again relegated, to League One, and again, in 2013, to League Two.

They began the 2013–14 season in the fourth tier of the English football league system for the first time since the late 1970s.

Portsmouth became the largest fan-owned football club in England, after the Pompey Supporters Trust (PST) successfully gained possession of Fratton Park in April 2013.


Thierry Audel remains the only injury concern for Notts County ahead of the visit of Portsmouth, as he is still struggling with the knock that forced him off against Bristol Rovers last week.

Fellow defender Mawouna Amevor comes back into the reckoning after serving a one-match ban at Exeter City.

Striker Ronan Murray made his long-awaited return from a groin injury for the reserves this week but he is nowhere near ready for the first-team after being out for eight months.

The same can be said of Taylor McKenzie, who has also been sidelined for a long time but is now training again.

Portsmouth can welcome back Gareth Evans from suspension. The midfielder, who has scored three goals this season, has completed a three-match ban after he was sent off at Cambridge United three weeks ago.

Striker Adam McGurk is pushing to be involved for the first time in six weeks having returned from an ankle injury as an unused substitute in the goalless draw with Mansfield.

Goalkeeper Paul Jones, defender Jack Whatmough and forward Jayden Stockley, meanwhile, are still sidelined with knee and ankle injuries.

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