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Notts County's National League transformation & season thoughts




It’s a bit of a depressing time right now with the Coronavirus pandemic restricting day-to-day in so many ways, yet it’s essential that we protect each other and, stay connected in the digital world.

The National League season seems to have gone by quite fast, for Notts there were some dips and natural moments where it seemed like stability would be the main thing to take from it; however, the club managed to persist moving forward.

Before the suspension, I felt like the magpies’ form at home had become unstoppable.

I have mentioned at various times on social media; just how much I have enjoyed the season – with all due respect, we are a Non-League club for a reason.

But, Neal Ardley has created something that on paper seems to be unique, and from the evidence, I have seen it’s more promising long term – as we have a youngish squad that has experience within those core areas that make a huge difference.

I thought the National League would be somewhat dull, yet in hindsight, it’s been anything but that.

Notts County fans have been incredible on the road, others like Barrow, Stockport County and Wrexham might mock us on social media – however, I suspect that they wished their teams could have adapted better to this challenge within their first season of Non-League football.

After such a disappointing relegation from League Two, I admire the togetherness and way in which we have bounced back.

Under the new ownership of the Reedtz brothers, Christoffer and Alexander the club has been very forward-thinking, and Notts County doesn’t feel like the biggest joke within football.


Some fans who are reading my blog may take offence to that, and it’s not my point.

The circus around Notts County has always been tinted due to issues presented with previous owners; I won’t mention names because we all know the story – if you’re an outside fan reading this (save yourself time and don’t bother looking up the turmoil).

It’s been very well documented and, for any new football owners looking to buy a club researching the events might show you how not to run a football club.

Unity! That’s a difference for starters. The sensible approach from our current custodians has brought fans together with the hope that they can and will move the club forward.

I don’t miss the headlines or stories coming out. The uncertainty of if staff are going to be paid or, even if we will have a club.

It’s been a massive underlining issue for Notts County, with debts piling and owners either pointing the finger or burying their heads in the sand.

With Christoffer and Alexander Reedtz it’s not like that, they must have the patience of a saint or quite possible more understanding that a club has to look at the long term gains – rather than the shorter-term growth.

I didn’t feel like this season would reset the club, fighting for promotion has been enjoyable, and whatever happens now with how things are, I would be confident of this squad and manager to move us forward further.

I think every fan of football can appreciate how important that feeling can be, so I do hope whatever outcome occurs – as a much as we care about our clubs, deep down we can understand that life moves on.

Until football resumes, I will try to enjoy the break and avoid the social distancing online as this tends to be what usually happens (with the best of interest).

If you know me, please be sure to say hello and let me know your thoughts.

Lastly, thank you for the wonderful supporting during the 2019/2020 season. All the banter laughs, jokes and conversations – it’s been incredible.
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its a shame but i faith in the squad, hope na can inspire the team to win the league next season.

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The club looks able to move forward, I am hoping this seasons doesn't go to waste but I would agree the club is in better hands now. Moving forward and growing in confidence here on should be easier than at the start of the campaign.

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