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Jake Reeves has agreed a deal to join League Two Stevenage.
The 28-year-old midfielder, has featured heavily for Notts County in National League and has made more than 200 English Football League appearances
He made 43 appearances last season as the Magpies reached the National League play-offs, however, Reeves has activated a clause in his contract which sees him link up Alex Revell.
Jake Reeves said via the Stevenage official site: "Having just played a year in the National League, it is nice to be back in the Football League with Stevenage.
"I am looking forward to playing at The Lamex as a home player, because playing here away from home was always a tough gig. I know this ground quite well I have met with the gaffer a couple of times now, and ever since talking to him and learning how he wants to play and what he wants to achieve, it was a no-brainer for me".
This leaves Notts County requiring to further strengthen up their midfield, after Michael Doyle has taken the assistant head coach role on a permanent basis and is expected to only feature sporadically for the magpies next season.
Notts County Head coach told the Nottingham Post: "While we are of course very disappointed to be losing Jake, no one deserves this opportunity more than him.
"He had a very difficult time at Bradford after joining them when they were flying high in League One and has given his absolute all for Notts County over the course of this season. We always suspected Jake would have ambitions of returning to the EFL as soon as possible, and we have been planning for this eventuality for some time.
adding "While he will of course be difficult to replace, we have been assessing several players who we feel could step into his shoes and have identified a number of exciting prospects. These things take time, but we’re confident we’ll go into next season with a balanced and strong midfield."
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Chris
It's better late than never they say, but in truth this has been long due after the Pride of Nottingham community voted on our annual awards for this past season.
On the 7th June, voting opened up on the PON forum and across social media - including our popular Facebook group.
Hundreds of fans took part, casting their vote for the players who deserved recognition after another season in the National League, where the magpies' had secured a playoff place. 
Pride of Nottingham's Member of the Year:
@DangerousSausage claimed the 2020/2021 Member of the Year award, after slightly pipping @Piethagoram to the honours.
Writing in the PON forum, he wrote "Thank you! I aim to educate and entertain. I'm touched. Here you go, have an award back."
It's been a roller-coaster season, one of which the Pride of Nottingham has taken leaps and bounds after such a demanding campaign. We thank every member for playing their part, providing insights and thoughts into Notts County and we hope for another successful year for 2021/2022.
Next up! Game of the Season:
Chesterfield vs. Notts County clinched the Game of the Season, as the most popular choice by far - the goal-thriller and late dramatic win will be remembered for many seasons to come! Here're the highlights of the game.
Signing of the Season:
Mark Ellis stormed past Ruben Rodrigues who was a popular option in the category, however, Ellis stole the show after his impressive loan spell at Meadow Lane.
Next up! Goal of the Season:
Elisha Sam's outstanding back-heel finish took the Pride of Nottingham's Goal of the Season. Such a cheeky, special effort would always be difficult to beat.
And finally, the Pride of Nottingham's Player of the Season:
Who else, other than the feely scoring centre-back? Mark Ellis truly stole the show beating a vast popular options such as Kyle Wootton who played a crucial role propelling Notts to several wins - just like Ellis did upon his arrival.
Once again, thank you to everyone who took part in the Pride of Nottingham awards.
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Notts County have confirmed their 2021/2022 pre-season friendlies ahead of the National League campaign.
Wayne Rooney's Championship side Derby County will visit Meadow Lane on the 1st of August 2021, with the Magpies' also playing hosts to York City the following week.
Tickets are expected to be made available for all the pre-season friendlies closer to each fixture.
Full pre-season schedule:
Coalville Town (A) - Saturday 17th July, 3pm KO.
AFC Telford United (A) - Saturday 24th July, 3pm KO.
Boston United (A) - Tuesday 27th July, 7:45pm KO.
Derby County (H) - Sunday 1st August, 1pm KO.
York City (H) - Saturday 7th August, 3pm KO.
Tamworth (A) - Tuesday 10th August, 7:30pm KO.
Solihull Moors (A) - Saturday 14th August, 3pm KO.
Notts has also mentioned that the scheduled game against Solihull Moors could potentially be cancelled, if the club is drawn to play them in any of the opening 8 games of the National League season.
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Notts County has announced their 2020/2021 campaign retained list.
8 players continue to be under contract heading into the brand-new season, while several participants of the team have been offered the possibility to extend their stay at Meadow Lane.
Michael Doyle has actually been offered the option to remain at the club after being offered the assistant head trainer on a long-term basis, although if he does remain it will be as a registered player also.
6 players have got released, consisting of long-serving squad member Enzio Boldewijn, will unfortunately be leaving the magpies, while 5 loan spells have actually expired and have returned to their parent clubs.
Released
Luke Pilling
Luke Steele
Ben Turner
Damien McCrory
Jordan Barnett
Enzio Boldewijn
Loan players returning to clubs
Mark Ellis
Calvin Miller
Regan Griffiths
Matty Wolfe
Jimmy Knowles
Offered assistant head coach role
Michael Doyle
Under contract
Alex Lacey
Richard Brindley
Jake Reeves
Callum Roberts
Ruben Rodrigues
Lewis Knight
Elisha Sam
Kyle Wootton
Offered new contract
Sam Slocombe
Tiernan Brooks
Connell Rawlinson
Adam Chicksen
Dion Kelly-Evans
Jim O’Brien
In a statement released by the Notts County board of directors on the official website, it read:"We would like to place on record our sincere gratitude to all departing players for their efforts throughout their time at the club.
"Enzio in particular has provided many special memories, including several wonderful goals, and we’re sure he will always be held in the highest regard by our supporters.
"As fans will see, we are making every effort to retain a strong core of the squad which we feel performed exceptionally well towards the end of last season.
"We believe an element of stability will be key to building on our excellent recent form, while we will of course be looking to make several strong new additions to the squad. We are hopeful that this will include the retention of one of this season’s loan players.
"Our recruitment team have been working closely with head coach Ian Burchnall since his arrival to identify players we believe can help us realise our goal of returning to the EFL as soon as possible, and we look forward to welcoming fresh talent to the squad in the coming weeks."
Magpies' head coach, Ian Burchnall will be providing his insight into the future of the squad and discussing the retained list tomorrow at the club.
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Notts County head coach Ian Burchnall has urged his side to refocus for upcoming game against Torquay in the magpies' bid to regain their place in the English Football League.
The Magpies take a trip to Torquay on Saturday in the 2nd stage of the National League play-offs.
It follows a dramatic late 3-2 sway over Chesterfield at Meadow Lane.
Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham, Burchnall said: "They are a very good team, they nearly won the league, but finished second - they ran it really close
"We know they've got a lot of quality. We really have to focus now, we have to bring ourselves down and refocus on the next game."
The magpies' are now one game away from another trip to the National League Playoff finals at Ashton Gate after Mark Ellis racked up a last-minute goal to provide victory over Chesterfield in a game which saw them three times score after going behind twice in the match.
The defender has scored six goals in 20 games since arriving at Meadow Lane from Tranmere Rovers in March.
"He's got a massive head." Burchnall joked before adding: "He's brave, he puts his head on everything. He doesn't mind getting his face smashed in. He's been magnificent."
Ellis was born in Devon and also made greater than 130 appearances for Torquay earlier in his profession.
"They're a former club, but there's only one thing on my mind and that's to go there and win and get us to the final," the 32-year-old said.
Burchnall believes the character revealed by his group of players since arriving as manager, 12 days after Ellis' arrival at the club has been vital.
"We have it in the group. I saw it when I first came in.
"We just needed to believe in what we were doing a little bit more, we just needed to believe in what we were doing a little bit more, We turned a corner a while back and they've not looked back since then."
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Chris
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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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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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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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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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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