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We would like to share the story of Maisie-Grace, an eight-year-old Notts fan.
When Maisie-Grace was born, she had a hole in her back with the spine and nerves exposed.
Her first operation, to close her spine, was when she was just three hours old.
Maisie-Grace spent six of the first 24 hours of her life in an operating theatre, and her family thought they'd lost her five times.
When Maisie-Grace was just three weeks old, she had three procedures a week, putting a large needle into the top of her head to drain spinal fluid, and at six weeks old, she had a VP shunt fitted which drains all the fluid from the brain.
Shunts are man made and nobody knows how long they will work for which means more operations.
Maisie-Grace has a number of conditions including spina bifida meningomyelocele, neuropathic bladder & bowel, hydrocathlus, dislocated hips, autism traits, sleep apnea and a beighton score of 7, which means hyper mobility joints.
She has undergone 15 operations and as she gets older she will be having lots more.
Unfortunately, the NHS can not fund the right wheelchair that is needed, so Maisie-Grace's grandmother, Alison, is hoping to raise enough money to buy her granddaughter the wheelchair she needs.
This wheelchair will have the right support for her hips & spine, and it also grows with her and could last her till late teens.
Maisie-Grace will be able to go over rough terrain like walking through the woods and will be much easier to wheel over grass.
Also, when Maisie-Grace goes on holiday, she will finally be able to go in the sea as the wheelchair will be able to go across the sand.
When it’s snowing, Maisie-Grace is unable to go out in her wheelchair as we struggle to push it through the snow but with the new one she will be more mobile and be able to explore a lot more than she can now.
"This wheelchair is also 10kg lighter than the NHS one, she also has fallen out of her NHS chair twice before forwards and hurt herself," said Alison.
"She's really hoping that we can raise the funds to buy the new wheelchair and if she's lucky maybe a trike too."
A trike means Maisie-Grace would be able to go on bike rides with her friends and family.
"Maisie-Grace has to use her hands to wheel it around," added Alison.
"This would build up her body strength, as she dislocates her hips and is not allowed to use pedals. 
"Hopefully in the next month the company will be out about the trike, but we've had quotes for a new wheelchair."
Maisie Grace's family have approached several charities but unfortunately due to COVID-19 may of those are closed for funding.
If you would like to donate any money to the cause, Alison has created a Gofundme - the link is here.
TheMagpieCircle
Join Paul Mace, the host of "The Magpies Circle" podcast as he talks with former Notts manager Howard Wilkinson.
Howard managed Notts between 1982 and 1983, being part of the setup at the Lane during Jimmy Sirrel's second spell at Notts.
This episode takes a delve into the career of Wilkinson at Notts, how Sirrel got him to the Lane and winning promotion in 1981.
An insight into one of the game's most recognisable figures.
Part 1: 1.27:54 in length.
Part 2: 1:16:51 in length.
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PON_News
Notts County boss Neal Ardley, says footballers ought not be given particular treatment with regards to getting a Covid immunization. 
The magpies have seen neighbouring rivals Chesterfield go under examination after a portion of their players - thought to be three altogether - got an immunization. 
Ardley was inquired as to whether he suspected players ought to get their first punches rapidly after Notts saw their season hampered by sessions Covid in the crew.
Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham he said: "I don't think they should, no. You've got to think about the bigger picture.
"It's about the country, not just that, the world. We can get our country in order, but the world won't get back to normal unless we help other people so I think we've got to get as many people that need to be safe, safe. I'm pretty sure footballers come down the pecking order in respect to that.
"I know players can't socially distance on a pitch, that's why I think testing is important for football teams to identify cases early and keep the bubbles as safe as possible.
"There's too many people that are important ahead of footballers."
Then, Ardley accepts his players are substance to play regardless of the characteristic dangers of close physical game in a pandemic. In any case, he says players are allowed to pull out, referring to the case of striker Wes Thomas, who would not train with the group over security fears.
"We've had the incident with Wes Thomas so we know there is that fear. We've made it clear to our players that if anyone has concerns they won't be judged on whatever their concerns are, I think 80 to 90 per cent of the squad have had it, but I think the boys feel we're doing things right to keep our bubble safe and we feel we can keep playing. He said.
"Young fit players aren't so concerned about their own health, but I think everyone is concerned about transmitting the disease to someone who might suffer more."
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PON_News
Notts County has voted on whether the National League season should be null and voided for 2020-21.
Clubs within the division have been asked to provide their thoughts on the current situation caused by COVID-19.
Uncertainty still surrounds the National league and the future of games being played.
Via the official Notts County site a statement read: “On Monday, we received correspondence from the National League detailing resolutions for member clubs to consider the outcome of the 2020-21 season.
We have voted for Special Resolution One and against Ordinary Resolutions Two and Four, meaning we believe the season should continue and that clubs should decide the outcome of their own divisions.
We look forward to learning the full results of the vote and hopefully continuing our push for promotion.”
The National League South and North have had their season paused for a fortnight.
It's unknown if the Non-Leagues top division will do the same or suspend the league indefinitely, if enough clubs vote to let the league decide their fate independent of each other than every club would get an equal vote on what happens.
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Join Paul Mace, the host of "The Magpies Circle" podcast as he talks with former Notts striker and current BBC Radio Nottingham commentator on Notts, Mark Stallard.
Stallard is a Notts legend and one of the top goal scorers in the clubs history. A fans favourite among the terraces, he won the player of the season award twice, for 2000-01 and 2002-03. 
In this edition, Paul and Mark talk about the latter's career at the Lane, pre-season trips to Thailand and Brunei, and his current role as a co-commentator for BBC Radio Nottingham alongside Charlie Slater.
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PON_News
Notts County manager Neal Ardley concedes that the clubs quest for new signings is a progressing cycle as they hope to reinforce their advancement towards promotion this season. 
As the Magpies continue to eye up possible signings for the left-back and centre-back position after missing out on signing Premier League youth, Morgan Boyes from Liverpool.
A medical procedure on Damien McCrory's knee has left Notts short on cover and preferably Notts might want a player who can play left-back and at centre-back. 
However, Magpies manager Ardley says he is taking as much time as necessary with the following player he adds to the crew and is console in the information that the National League doesn't have an exchange window means Ardley doesn't feel the need to rush into transfer market.
Speaking to the Nottingham Post when asked if any signings was imminent: Ardley said: "No not at the moment. We're working hard to try and make sure whoever we bring in is  the right person.
"We don't want to go and jump  the gun and then realize that somebody we would have preferred would become available. We're working hard, and we're close to having options on that list. But it's not something we can just click our  finger and make happen."
The probability is that any fresh introduction will most likely arrive on loan opposed to a lasting arrangement. 
However, with just five loanees in a matchday squad, Notts as of now have four in Calvin Miller, Inih Effiong, Jimmy Knowles and Matty Wolfe. 
"We've got a loan space available, but we have only got one space to make the five up," continued Ardley.
"All things are on the table still but, certainly, if you  do a permanent deal you might end up with a player who will want longer than just the rest of this season.
"Then you're eating into what you might be looking at doing in the summer."
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Join Paul Mace, the host of "The Magpies Circle" podcast as he talks with former Notts midfielder Ricky Ravenhill.
Signing from Darlington in the summer of 2009, Ravenhill spent two and a half seasons at Meadow Lane, contributing to Notts' promotion from League Two in 2009-10, as champions. He also featured consistently throughout the 2010-11 season as well.
In this edition of the Magpies Circle, Ricky talks about his battles with Neal Bishop before they became teammates at Notts, as well as an in-depth chat about the 2009-10 season. This includes, being signed by Ian McParland, the rumours and eventual happenings of the Munto takeover and Sven Goran-Eriksson being appointed director of football. Ricky also speaks about when the money started to dry up during the season and the impact Steve Cotterill had on the team when he took over.
Sit back, relax, and hear the stories of the League Two title winning campaign from one of the most ever-present players from that season.
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TheCalFoster
This is an article basically to give a shout out to one of Notts County's most consistent performers who doesn’t get much praise on here.
When he first arrived here I wrote him off as being too small and lightweight for the physicality of the national league but how wrong could I be?
What he lacks in size he more than makes up in passion and fight. Dion never shies away from a battle and stands up to players much bigger than him. He flies into tackles winning the ball and making sure the opposition player knows he’s there. DKE always puts his body on the line for the cause.
He knocks the ball around nicely too as part of starting our moves out from the back, something we do well as team – each player plays their part in a lot of the goals we score as a team.
Last season he had a success rate of 58.06% in offensive duels. 65% successful dribbles. 75.80% pass success. So going forward he is a great carrier of the ball – which although he doesn’t get a great deal of assists he still plays a part in our transition from defence to attack.
Let’s talk about the main part of his role in the team defending – he does well at standing players up and stopping crossers coming in our box. I do find it bizarre that he ends up marking the biggest players for set pieces such as Chesterfield's Denton but most of the time he does somehow manage to get the better of them.
This season he has taken his opportunity with both hands, he has almost reached his minutes from last term in only 14 games into the campaign and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in with a shout for player of the season come the end of the campaign.
The fact he can play on either side of the pitch is another welcome bonus. He’s a player that embodies what Neal Ardley typically looks for, a player comfortable with the ball, a player that can play in more than one position/system, a player that will scrap for the cause. At 24 he has plenty of time to grow and hopefully reach higher levels in the football pyramid, hopefully with us.
What more do I want to see from DKE? Maybe chip in with a goal/assist or two. I’d to see him just have a go, take a shot every now and then, you never know what might happen.
 
Simon Clark
What a great bit of business by Notts County in extending Cal Roberts’ contract at Meadow Lane to the end of the 2022-23 season.
As a declaration of intent, it doesn’t get much better as he seems to be the talisman and when Roberts plays well, Notts are very difficult to hold.
I guess that could be said about several players throughout history but what helps Roberts stand apart is that more than not since he joined us, he has actually played well.
It’s fine to have some tricks and be a crowd pleaser without achieving anything at the end of it – we all know players like that and I may not be popular for including Stanley Aborah in that group, but have a think – how many goals did he score or create during his 2 seasons? – but Roberts actually hurts other teams.
Any player who has come through a Premier League setup and is still there at the age of 22 must have ability better than most, and we all know how difficult it is to break into a club which spends millions without thinking.
When he says that he should have been scoring a goal a game at Blyth could come across as being egotistical but when Roberts says it, you know it’s with a determination that he has to get back into league football and to as high a level as possible.
And with that attitude, for him to happily extend his current deal by two years is a real sign of where the club is heading.
There have been rumours of interest from clubs in the top two divisions and being out of contract in the summer must have been a temptation because for all the money in the game at that level, they don’t like splashing it out on Non League players.
But, if he can help us back into the Football League, it not only raises his profile but it also raises his price.
And with the other exciting players in the squad, it’s unlikely that opponents will be able to put 2 or 3 players on him as they did at times last season.
Imagine if we have a line up including Roberts, Boldewijn, Rodrigues and Sam – or more likely 3 of them in the same line up.
If you put 2 players on Roberts and 2 players on Enzio, there’s lots of space for everyone else!
That must be a good thing and promises great things once everyone settles, and we’ve shown that in spells this season during the games with Altrincham, Maidenhead and Wealdstone.
Roberts isn’t just a talent on the ball. He works hard without it and is definitely a team player.
It’s a frustration that so soon after signing the extension, he has suffered from an injury which sounds like it could rule him out for some time but let’s hope he’s back sooner rather than later and can add to our promotion push.
And if Notts make a better signing this year, I’d love to see it!
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Join Paul Mace, the host of "The Magpies Circle" podcast as he talks with Shaun Derry in a two part addition.
The Basford-born midfielder, has the unique distinction of being the only man to have grown up as a boy supporting Notts County. Then later playing for the club which he would eventually manage, join us as we take a trip down memory lane.
In hos first ever in-depth interview speaking about his career, Derry speaks of his highs and lows whilst at the club. From how he was a Junior Magpie, to featuring as a player in early 90-91. How his dream came true playing for the club only aged 18, playing at Wembley and even how Liverpool star Steve Finnan joined Notts as a youngster staying with his parents for six months.
In both episodes, you can unwind, learn all the facts of the great escape from League One and, explore Shaun Derry's football career with The Magpies Circle.
Part 1: 51:44 in length.
Part 2: 56:04 in length.
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PON_News
Notts County has announced the month loan signing of Harrogate Town winger Tom Walker.
The lively midfielder scored nine goals in 24 National League appearances while at Stockport County and AFC Fylde last season.
Salford born Walker, is a product of the Bolton Wanderers' academy and the 24-year-old arrives at Meadow Lane until the 3rd of January 2021.
Speaking to the club and, local media. Walker said: "As soon as I found out off the gaffer [Neal Ardley], you know I was really keen to come.
"It's a massive club, a great history and, at the minute I need regular game time.
I think Notts County will do well this year in the National League and, I think it's a great fit, hopefully I will do well, get some goals and, help the club push up the table."
Notts County latest signing should be expected to feature in the upcoming trip against Dagenham & Redbridge at The Chigwell Construction Stadium tomorrow.
Tom Walkers first full interview with the Magpies' can be viewed below.
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Notts County has confirmed that Cal Roberts is expected to remain at the club until the 2022/23 season after agreeing a new contract extension.
The 23-year-old has impressed for the magpies’ putting together impressive performances and, is excited about the future after putting pen-to-paper on his new deal.
Since arriving at Meadow Lane, the young winger has become a very popular within the Notts faithful and, manager Neal Ardley has been keen to extend Roberts existing deal.
Ardley said via the clubs’ official site; “This gives Cal the knowledge that he’s committed here and that he can focus on helping this club get into the leagues above, You have to protect the asset and at the same time make the player feel like he’s part of a longer-term project.
“Put the two together and that’s where we are. If he does attract interest from elsewhere, the club’s in a strong position.
Adding further, “talk to Cal all the time about how we can give him the tools to be able to do what he does at a high level. The one thing I remind him of is that Premier League and Championship players are super-fit, super-fast and super-athletic – you can’t rest on your laurels because you’re doing well at the lower levels.”
Roberts who has been out of action due to a calf strain has returned to training, took the time to thank the club for their faith into allowing him to do what he has on the pitch.
He said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank the club for repaying me for what I’ve done on the pitch. Like I said when I first came, if I work hard I’ll get the rewards – and I’ve been rewarded with a new contract, so I’m really happy about that.
“Coming here was a no-brainer and signing a new contract is a no-brainer again. The club’s going in the right direction and it’s a great place to be at the minute.
“The gaffer and the lads are brilliant and I enjoy training every day, now we just want to get back to our best after the COVID break.”
On social media, Roberts also took time to tweet “Delighted to be staying till 2023, hopefully see you fans back at Meadow Lane soon”.
The extension shows planning on behalf of the football club, highlighting the stars of Notts County will gain new deals for their positive performances on the pitch.
Alexlevy0908
There's been many things unusual about 2020, both from a footballing and non-footballing perspective.
One of the many unusual things from a Notts County point of view is that for the first time in any Notts fan's lifetime, Notts have not participated in the FA Cup this year due to an outbreak of COVID cases causing Notts to withdraw from the competition.
As it is FA Cup 1st round weekend, an exciting weekend for any lower league football fan, I thought it would be a good time to look back on Notts's best and FA Cup moments.
The most recent successful FA Cup run for Notts took place in the 17-18 season, when Notts got as far as the 4th round before crashing out after an 8-1 defeat at Premier League Swansea in a game shown live on BBC.
That FA Cup run started almost 3 years ago exactly, with a Friday night under the lights at Meadow Lane against League One Bristol Rovers. Against higher league opposition, Notts came back from 2-0 down to comfortably win 4-2 and prove that we could compete against teams at a higher level.

However, the 2nd round would provide a very different challenge against National League South side Oxford City. This was not the easy win most Notts fans expected, as Oxford City came back from behind twice and looked like taking us to a replay.
However, in the dying seconds of the game Jorge Grant would score a winner which took Notts into the 3rd round for the first time in 6 years. On a personal level, I remember rewatching that game with my dad on BT later (who hadn’t been there) and at 2-2 he asked if I was going to the replay, not knowing what happened next!
There was a lot of anticipation about who Notts would get in the 3rd round, and the draw did not disappoint, sending Notts to Brentford’s Griffin Park one more time before they moved grounds. Notts fans packed out the away terrace that day, and it was a memorable away day as a Jon Stead screamer caused a cup upset and sent Notts into the 4th round.
However, despite bravely taking Swansea to a replay in the 4th round, that would prove to be the end of Notts’s FA Cup journey after losing 8-1 in the replay as previously discussed.
On the subject of Premier League clubs, the last time prior to 2018 that Notts would face a Premier League club in the FA Cup was way back in 2011. With Notts going well in the league under Paul Ince, Notts fans had the additional excitement of a trip to Sunderland in the FA Cup 3rd round.
It turned out to be a memorable away day for Notts, as goals from Lee Hughes and Craig Westcarr sent us into the next round.
The next round brought an even more exciting tie, as Notts welcomed Man City to Meadow Lane. Man City were not the force that they are today, but were improving and spending big money under Roberto Mancini.
With the ITV cameras in town, Notts held Man City to a memorable 1-1 draw, with a Neal Bishop header being cancelled out by a late Edin Dzeko equaliser. Thousands of Notts fans would flock to the Etihad for the replay, but much like Swansea 7 years later our cup run would end in a heavy defeat, losing 5-0 this time.
I hope this article has brought back fond memories of Notts cup runs of recent years. Hopefully the 21-22 season when things are back to normal will bring many more memories for Notts fans, with Notts back in the EFL!
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Notts County has confirmed which players have been offered new deals after the 2019/2020 retained list was published on the official website.
The club has announced that five players will be released, with manager Neal Ardley offering 7 new deals to others. Whilst Enzio Boldewijn, Damien McCrory, Jim O'Brien, Connell Rawlinson, Cal Roberts, Sam Slocombe, Wes Thomas, Ben Turner, Kyle Wootton and Tiernan Brooks remaining under contract.
Neal Ardley said via the OS: "This is always the toughest day in a manager’s calendar, but it’s especially difficult this year as we are saying goodbye to great lads who have given their absolute all to the cause
The relationship I have with these boys goes beyond that of a typical manager and player. They have all bought into mine and the club’s philosophy and helped take us to a play-off final and an FA Trophy semi, achievements we could only have dreamed of at this stage last year." He added.
Richard Brindley, Kristian Dennis, Michael Doyle, Dion Kelly-Evans, Alex Lacey, Joe McDonnell and Sam Osborne have all be offered new deals.
"Unfortunately football is a cruel sport and disappointing news is par for the course in any player’s career. All I can do is publicly thank each of them for their efforts and wish them all the very best for the future." Ardley added further.
Released:
Zoumana Bakayogo
Regan Booty
Tom Crawford
Mitch Rose
Scott Wilson
Whilst 3 of the 5 come as no surprise, Regan Booty, and Tom Crawford does due to their potential.
The Pride of Nottingham wishes all of the players departing Meadow Lane all the very best.
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Chris
On occasions, I have been asked why I support Notts County? It’s not enough to have it in your blood or to have shared the best part of your childhood attending games with your grandfather who lived and breathed the magpies.
I always reply, when it’s good – it’s incredible, and when it’s a rollercoaster, you’re closer because you’re a community at the end of the day.
Some fans might prefer to have it easy; however, I feel most wouldn’t.
Notts County isn’t chosen, it chooses you and, on days like today, it’s fantastic to see a proud fanbase come together.
The pain from relegation I believe it makes you stronger, it makes me more determined, and I feel the club’s history is one which deserves to be preserved. Each part of the Notts County community does its part, and when together it’s something special.
Life in Non-League has been much better than I imagined, I am incredibly proud of the squad, and I feel we are much stronger for all the turmoil.
Our new owners seem keen to learn from the past, they’ve back Neal Ardley and allowed him to assemble a squad which as fans we can be proud of.
Making the National League playoff final feels a huge step forward and, I won’t repeat Barnet fans mistake by bragging about being in the Football League. Still, I do feel confident about playing Harrogate.
Throughout the day, it’s been a joy to share and see how the supporters’ got behind today’s game – below I will share some of the build-up as we lead into the game as a community.
Mark Cotton - "Let’s see Who’s rocking there county shirts on play off semi final day."

@magpiejue

@NottsGeezer

@Mitch Whiley

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Brian Barry - "Buzzing over here in Ireland."

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