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What Does It Mean To Be A Notts County Supporter


scottpie

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Good Morning Notts fans,

Over the years I have thought to myself if other notts supporters feel the same as me ?? a brief insight to what I mean !! do you get excited when you go on holiday abroad and see a fellow notts fan wearing the stripes ? I do !! do you get frustrated when non football fans call us Nottingham county and the other team notts forest? I do !! being a fan for 36 years there have been a few ups and downs from the lows of school and being surrounded by florist supporters to the highs of reaching Wembley more times than any other local team. for me being a notts county supporter is about tradition that has run through our family for over a hundred years. from looking up to the scoreboard and watching the man change the score manually to where we are today.

My question to you is :- what does it mean to you to be a Notts County fan ??

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I've been watching Notts for over 50 years and like you have seen ups and downs in that time, for me being a Notts supporter is a way of life, a habit I suppose, it's just something that seems to have always been there since I was very young, I can't see me ever not being a Notts supporter.


 


When I am not at the match I am desperately trying to find the latest score on my phone or whatever means I can, I hate the summer when we aren't playing and there isn't much going on at the club.


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Pretty much what you've written sums me up too, although I'm only 26. I miss 10 years off from the things you've seen but for me it's about family.

It's also about those you know at the Lane and some I've met treat you as family, which is pretty special!

Being a Notts supporter is just like any other club, yet we hold onto some good tradition and make sure we keep the feeling about support, family and encourage future generations to be fans also. Some of my friends who support the red team, don't care who there children support. Not bothered about introducing them but for me it's about family at Notts.

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I just feel proud to be a Notts fan.My dad(Joe's grandad) took me to see Notts when I very young and Notts just became an important part of my life..The only other team I look out for is Derby because that is who my husband supports.When our two teams are playing at the same time and there is radio commentary on Notts we have the radio on in the kitchen(Radio Derby) and one on in the living room(Uncle Colin)


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I've explained before-I first took an interest in Notts while working with an older Notts nut.We used to exchange match talk and support each other  when results  went wrong.He would tell me about all the old players he'd seen.As a teenager I found this all really interesting.My interest in Notts was helped similarly by my father-in-law (GrannyPie's dad and Joes Grandad)We would test each other with Notts/Derby/general football trivia.


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guys thanks for your comments they are a really good read. It seems to me that notts county fans are born in to the family that is known as the black and white army. to me being part of that family and knowing that my sons will continue that tradition gives me a the belief and pride to be black and white.


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I was brought up in Alfreton.The nearest league grounds were-Mansfield,9 miles-Chesterfield,13 miles-Derby,15 miles and Notts and that lot 16 miles.There were  a few  Man U fans about ,influenced by the Munich disaster and a few Spurs fans due to their double success but most were Derby or Unmentionable fans.My family were Derby. My uncle (my dad's youngest brother) was always going on about Derby(he was, and still is obsessed)He used to bang on about Derby's FA Cup win and got me to memorise the team.He used to show me old programmes and never shut up talking about The Rams.In fact my Grandma used to tell him to change the subject only for my Grandad or some other family member to take up where my uncle left off.Is there any wonder I support Derby County,it was drilled in to me.Then when I started work and later met my wife to be you may understand why Notts come a very close second.


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I was brought up in Alfreton.The nearest league grounds were-Mansfield,9 miles-Chesterfield,13 miles-Derby,15 miles and Notts and that lot 16 miles.There were  a few  Man U fans about ,influenced by the Munich disaster and a few Spurs fans due to their double success but most were Derby or Unmentionable fans.My family were Derby. My uncle (my dad's youngest brother) was always going on about Derby(he was, and still is obsessed)He used to bang on about Derby's FA Cup win and got me to memorise the team.He used to show me old programmes and never shut up talking about The Rams.In fact my Grandma used to tell him to change the subject only for my Grandad or some other family member to take up where my uncle left off.Is there any wonder I support Derby County,it was drilled in to me.Then when I started work and later met my wife to be you may understand why Notts come a very close second.

Jesus... You always told me Derby was your local league team!! Mansfield... MANSFIELD!! No wonder you kept this quiet you glory hunter ;)

Ps. Yet Derby wasn't a big side when you started supporting them :P

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They were in the 3rd Division North and 2nd in the league,(Easter)when only one team was promoted to the 2nd division(one team from Division 3 south also promoted) when I was first taken to a match.The gate was 30 odd thousand and they lost 3-1 to Grimsby Town,who went on to win the league.This was 1955/6 when I was 9 .Derby had been relegated from the top tier in 1952/3 and from the second tier in 1954/55 having been the first post war winners of the FA cup in 1945/46.Mansfield was never an option and I would have been ostracised if I had taken to the unmentionable lot.We only went to Chesterfield to watch the cricket when Derbyshire  played at Queens park-Leaving the obvious two teams. (Alfreton Town weren't  reformed until  1959 and I went to their first match and most others when Derby Were away.)


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For some strange reason, I took an interest in Notts County's results for a few years, before I went to my first game in 2005. I don't know what it was - I was only 7/8 at the time but for some reason I was drawn to the club. Maybe I liked the "underdog" tag; being different from everyone else who supported Forest or big clubs like Liverpool or Man Utd. Maybe I just liked their kit, I don't know!


 


It's something that gets in your blood. Like Tony says above, when I'm not at a game - which living in Weymouth is every week really, I'm constantly checking the score. My mates will tell you - I've gone mad for no apparent season on the Weymouth terraces before having seen we've scored.


 


There's just something about Notts. The one thing I love more than anything else about our supporters is our unique sense of humour. It's as if we're so used to the lows that we will ALWAYS find something to smile and have a laugh about. I've been to so many games where we've lost, but had a great time nonetheless.


 


It's also a real family, community club isn't it. To me, football in general is about the camaraderie between you, your family, friends and the rest of the fans. One of the perks of supporting a small club like ours is that you recognise a lot of faces and make a lot of friends. I love it. It  just kills me not being able to go regularly. Who knows, maybe I'll move back to Nottingham one day, I don't know at the minute. But what I do know is that it hurts me inside not being able to go to many games - 4 a season if I'm lucky.


 


We support our team through thick and thin, come rain or shine. CTID!


 


Some great posts here by the way, really sums up what football, and a club means to so many people :)


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