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Notts County have met Bury 117 times over the years, with the Magpies winning 43 of the encounters, drawing 28, and losing 46.
Notts met Bury for the first time on November 24th, 1894 with County running out 2-1 victors.
The last time the two teams met was in the 2012-13 season when Notts won 2-0 at Gigg Lane and 4-1 at Meadow Lane.
Arguably the most famous meeting between the two is the 2-2 draw on May 6th, 2006 in the 2005-06 season when Notts scored two in the last five minutes to secure safety in League Two.
Stats
Bury are unbeaten in their last four (W1, D3) and have only lost once at home this season when Carlisle defeated The Shakers 1-0.
Recent signing Nicky Maynard has scored three in his last two games.
Notts are five games unbeaten (W3, D2) and have kept consecutive clean sheets on the road.
Seasons in each division
First Division (or Prem): 22
Second Division (or Champ): 39
Third Division (or League 1): 29
Fourth Division (or League 2): 23
History
Their “Shakers” nickname was derived from a teamtalk given by manager JT Ingham in 1892.
They are the only club currently in League Two, other than Notts, to win the FA Cup.
Bury are 11-time winners of the Lancashire Senior Cup.
Their current manager, Ryan Lowe, set the club record for consecutive goals scored with 10 goals scored in 9 games during the 2010-11 season.
Team News
Notts will still be without Rob Milsom, who is serving the second of his three-match ban.
Ben Hall and Richard Duffy are still out injured with the former returning to Brighton a few weeks ago to have treatment.
Bury’s only injury concern is Eoghan O’Connell who’s fitness will be checked before the game against Notts.
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PON_News
Harry Kewell believes youth players nowadays have it too easy, citing the methods of Australian rugby league coach Craig Bellamy in helping toughen new recruits up.
The former Socceroos midfielder, one of the most heralded players of his nation, is not pleased with the concept of young players having "their kits folded for them" among other things.
While Bellamy reportedly used to send young players to building sites to build up character, Kewell thinks this may be a step too far, but is still keen on easing off from having players "already living the life of a top player" and making them graft.
"We used to do so many jobs and, for me, that’s what needs to come back,” the Notts County boss told the Nottingham Post.
"I see a lot of kids now and they have their kits folded for them, they get this and that. They are already living the life of a top player because everything is laid out. They get breakfast, they get their lunch but they aren’t going to get that at every club.
"Nine out of 10 players are not going to make it so they could end up at a club where you have to take your own kit home and wash it. I think clubs should do more to prepare players in that respect.
"Back in Australia, one of our greatest coaches in rugby league is Craig Bellamy at Melbourne Storm. There is a story that goes round that when a new player comes in, he first gets them to work on a building site for a couple of weeks.
"It’s like that’s real work, but the rugby is the pleasure. We can’t really send footballers to building sites, but there are things we can do to make youngsters a little tougher.
"If they do make it then fantastic but it would also give them balance too."
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PON_News
Kane Hemmings has revealed his optimism regarding Notts County's aspirations this season.
Despite a woeful start to their League Two season which saw them rooted to the bottom of the table, the Magpies have since bounced back in style.
“It’s only October and there is a long time to go before the season over,” Hemmings told the Nottingham Post.
“There’s 30-odd games to go so there’s definitely no reason why we can’t be involved.
“If we can go on a decent run of games unbeaten and you’re picking up results, you’ll be right in there.
“Obviously our goal at the start of the year was to be challenging for promotion and that’s not changed.
“We haven’t got off to an ideal start, but over the last four weeks we’ve shown lots of improvement.
“I don’t see why we can’t build on that and put a run together where we do get ourselves up the table.”
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Chris
Hello and welcome to Episode 47 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast, presented by regulars Chris and Sam.
In this week's episode we preview the weekend's upcoming game against Bury away at Gigg Lane, a return to action for Notts County after 10 days without a game.
We also discuss whether Notts fans should get excited about the recent performances and results, or whether it's best to stay cool for the time being.
Also, we talk about players released by the club at the end of last season, like Adam Collin, Jonathan Forte, Carl Dickinson, Michael O'Connor and Liam Noble, and look at how much each of them are being missed (or not).
In addition we discuss the silly reckless challenges and debate how suspensions and injuries could affect the flow on the performances and results.
All this and more only in Episode 47 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast!
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PON_News
Cedric Evina has had positive words to say about the start of his time at Notts County and is eager to kick on in a "talented squad".
The French defender has made the left-back spot his own since joining the Magpies as a free agent in September, having started every game, and has been instrumental in the current five-game unbeaten run.
“It’s been amazing,” he told the Nottingham Post. “This is a massive club and I think I have been very solid in my performances.
“We’ve been playing well as a team so it’s a bit of a shame that the Oldham game was rescheduled because we wanted to get back out there and keep the momentum.
“We’re gelling as a team so I’m looking forward to the next few months as the season progresses.
“I can’t rest on my laurels just because we have had a few wins, though. We are doing well as a team but I have to perform individually because we have such a talented squad which creates pressure.”
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PON_News
Shola Ameobi has spoken in favour of Harry Kewell, claiming the Australian has the "hunger to be great" and hoping Notts County will give him the chance to achieve his goals.
The former Magpies striker, who was released in the summer, did his UEFA A coaching license with Kewell, who succeeded Kevin Nolan as manager at the club at the end of August.
Followingh a bumpy start, Kewell eventually got Notts up and running, with three wins on the trot and five unbeaten overall.
"I did my A license with Harry. He's always had his own mind, been his own man," Ameobi told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday last week.
"He's gone into management and he believes in his style of play. He wants his players to believe in that and that is what will come out with Harry.
"He doesn't mince his words. He wants his players to live a certain way, act a certain way and play a certain way.
"Harry loves it. He says he love it more than playing. He's got the hunger to be great and I hope he gets the chance to do that."
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PON_News
Former Notts County Ladies forward Kirsty Linnett and her partner, Burnley and New Zealand striker Chris Wood, have spoken of the struggles faced when the Lady Pies folded last year.
In April 2017, the controversial decision to liquidate Notts Ladies was taken by club owner Alan Hardy, who had purchased the club just months earlier.
Hardy justified his decision as absolutely necessary from a business perspective, one taken with a heavy heart, and has since gone on to set up new female teams within the club which are run more organically and sustainably.
Nonetheless, the closure of Notts Ladies remains a contentious point among many fans and followers of the women's game, and in an interview with the Guardian, Linnett and Wood spoke of the experience, which came just weeks after they had bought their first home.
“Kirsty came home and said: ‘Our club is no more,’” said Wood. “I said: ‘That can’t be possible. Notts County has folded?’ And she said: ‘No, just our side of it.’”
Linnett elaborated: “I don’t know how you can liquidate one side of a club and not the other. No one got a penny after that day but the PFA were really helpful. We had just got a house together and a puppy, and within two months I had to move to Reading and straight into a club house with four other girls.
"I can see the business side of it, our debt was half a million, but a lot of men’s teams are losing millions at every level of the game so that wasn’t a valid excuse to me. There are girls I know from that team who had no family support in the area and never found a team again.”
The liquidation of Notts Ladies “would never happen in the men’s game”, claims Wood. “Things happen in the women’s game that should not happen.”
Linnett now plays for Liverpool Women and has now set up home in the North-West alongside Wood.
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Chris
Hello and welcome to episode 46 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast, as presented by Chris and Sam.
In this week's episode we discuss Notts County's 1-0 win away at Macclesfield Town - how was the performance? Who impressed? And so on.
Then we move on to talking about about the EFL Trophy - aka the Checkatrade Trophy - and whether or not we agree with the competition in its current format, the controversial inclusion of Premier League academy teams.
In addition we debate Alan Hardy's use of Twitter and the contrast between the club owner and chairman's work with Notts and his personal life.
Furthermore, there is a discussion the on the club's recruitment this summer - how good has it been?
All this and much more - only in episode 46 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast!
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PON_News
Harry Kewell has stated that the Notts County players who put in a poor display against Newcastle United Under-21s in the EFL Trophy are not in a "good position".
However, the Australian has refused to close the door on them outright and will give them the chance to redeem themselves by working harder in training.
Kewell made 10 changes to his side as he gave the likes of Andy Kellett, David Vaughan, Noor Husin, Dan Jones and Kristian Dennis some much-needed minutes after not figuring for his first team in recent weeks.
However, Notts fell to a meek 2-0 defeat, leading many fans thinking that some of the players involved could well be jettisoned in January,
“People are happy enough to keep coming in and ask questions,” Kewell told the Nottingham Post.
“All I ask for is hard work every single day and when it comes to the games you should be happy because it’s not training.
“But the best thing about the game like that is you record it and if anyone has a complaint then I will watch it and I am open to suggestions.
“They have to prepare themselves for a tough battle now. It’s not a good position, but all the doors are still open. They just need to work harder.”
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PON_News
Notts County manager Harry Kewell has claimed that only Sam Osborne and Tyreece Kennedy-Williams impressed in their 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United Under-21s on Tuesday night.
The other Magpies claimed a straightforward victory at Meadow Lane as a penalty from Callum Roberts and a strike from Elias Sorensen left Notts at the bottom of the EFL Trophy Group G.
“I am disappointed,” Kewell told the Nottingham Post following the game, in which he made widescale changes.
“You get asked a lot of questions by players when you have a big squad and the only thing you say to them is work hard and when you get your opportunity make sure you shine.
“We all know match fitness and touch may be a little bit off, but that is when you work extra.
“But I didn’t see anything really. Sam Osborne was excellent and Tyreece (Kennedy-Williams) was good at right-back even though he is a left footer. But other than that I was disappointed.”
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Harry Kewell has revealed that Kristian Dennis and Andy Kellett are among the Notts County players who will be given a start against Newcastle United's Under-21s in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.
The Magpies will be contesting their fourth match in 10 days and the Australian boss admits he will seek to use a "completely different" starting XI to the one that has often been selected in the league.
“Kristian, Andy, Noor Husin, David Vaughan and Nathan Thomas will all start,” Kewell told the official website.
“It’s going to be a completely different XI so a lot of them will get 90 minutes in the tank and it's a good chance for them to impress me.
“We are taking the game seriously and will be putting out a strong team because they are all working hard and want to force their way into a line-up that is picking itself at the moment.
“Unfortunately they have to be patient and wait for their opportunity so Tuesday is their chance to show me what they can do and give me some food for thought.”
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Chris
Notts County's dreadful start to the season now feels an age away.
Three wins in a row and five games unbeaten now has the Magpies up in 17th place in the League Two table, four points clear of the bottom two, a superb turnaround given they were bottom of the table on just one point a month ago.
The latest victory is also County's first win away from home this season as Macclesfield Town, themselves still struggling and currently at the foot of the league, were beaten 1-0 at Moss Rose.
Late on in the game, Macclesfield centre-back Fiacre Kelleher gifted possession to Enzio Boldewijn, who bore down on goal, where keeper Kieran O'Hara committed a foul that yielded a penalty.
The spot kick still had to be put away but the experienced Jon Stead duly sent O'Hara the wrong way eight minutes from time for their first three-point haul on the road.
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Notts County now sit 17th in the League two table, six places above relegation, maintaining their unbeaten record after their third win this season, which ended 1-0 against Macclesfield Town on Saturday 6th October.
Macclesfield had three shots on goal, along with the Magpies also having three shots but they were all blocked. The match remained goalless at half time.
In the second half County's Jon Stead, Enzio Boldewijn, Nathan Thomas had a shot on goal and Macclesfield's Scott Wilson had one too.
Enzio Boldewijn got fouled in the box in the 80th minute, resulting in a penalty being awarded to Notts, and Stead duly converted in the 82nd minute.
Macclesfield's Callum Maycock attempted another shot in the top right corner but it was saved. The final score was 1-0 to the Magpies.
Here's a round-up of the post-match reaction from us at Pride of Nottingham.
Harry Kewell
"Nine points was the target so I’m very happy we have met it, It was an important week because I felt they were three games that we could win but we knew they’d be tough.
"The players have worked hard since we came in and over the last seven days we have started to see the benefits. It wasn’t a pretty game and I’ll be the first to admit that, we knew coming here would be tough and we had to dig in, defend well and wait for that bit of magic.
"You have to win ugly in any league by doing the hard things first and that is where the goal came from. Things don’t go well every match but you can run, put pressure on an opponent and work hard for the team. Today’s result is probably the best we have had."
Elliott Ward
"It was a battle and any game at the end of a three-game week is probably the toughest, when you are playing somebody who is bottom of the league then it’s always going to be hard.
"It was about mental toughness, concentration and playing until the last minute. We scored a late goal. You don’t have to play well, but you have to win.
"Defensively we are a lot stronger, It’s not just about the back four and the goalkeeper, but about everybody. We are a lot harder to play against and to break down."
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Chris: "Not a good game but a great result, we'll take it and build further.
Neither side looked 'good' but I do feel Macclesfield looked more lively, as I mentioned in my scouting report - they panic and if they took a little bit longer to decent how best to finish chances. Well, I think they could have caused us more trouble. Notts was very flat though, there was no signs of a game plan and I say this not to be negative but to give my honest opinion of the game.
The usual players that 'lift' us, well they wasn't in the zone and I can't blame them for all the minutes they've put in.
I would have taken Jon Stead off today, he wasn't coping and he looked unable to cause trouble. Instead of bringing on Nathan Thomas, I would have taken Stead off and introduced Kristian Dennis. Also, Shaun Brisley should have gone off sooner - he gets a lot of stick these days but he did struggle to be effective.
Harry Kewell didn't seem to understand how to plan Macclesfield or how to change the tactics to get us going, however it's three massive points on the road and a fantastic win."
menzinho: "I was only able to listen today but I was incredibly surprised to hear Brisley in centre mid. I get that he's big and he'll win headers but his passing and general skill level is pretty low, on his good day he's your basic, kick it, head it, win type of defender. I can only guess he was a kind of stopper and I can't imagine he really helped build any attacks. It's also not exactly a vote of confidence for the likes of Vaughan and Husin.
My only tiny gripe with Kewell would be substitutions, when we went a man down against Crawley I was surprised he didn't get fresher legs on quicker, we waited for about 20 minutes, they should have been on much sooner in my opinion. Likewise today, we didn't really have many opportunities until the pen, but he chose to keep it as it was. Why bring Dennis on with about 5 mins left, what is he supposed to achieve? He's proved can be very effective in this league, give him a bit more time.
That all said, not really complaining 9 points from the last 3 games is fantastic, unbeaten in 5 as well. On the whole it's a big improvement and it finally feels like our season has started!"
Magic magpie: "Not the greatest of win but we got the points and moved up the table that is what counts.... but when u have ref that blows up for every little thing against the lads will be nervous to do anything.
CliftonMagpie: "Just happy with the three points, Enzio chasing the ball for the penalty was class.
All the players will make mistakes at times but when a player doesn't give up, you have to give him credit. Brilliant penalty by Stead too."
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Chris
Was the result fair?
I think a draw would have been the fairer result for the two teams, however at the same time I feel Notts should have had not just the one penalty that Jon Stead scored but another for the foul on him that resulted in Jon being hurled into the advertising board.
How did Notts play?
Very poor, they had no real movement and only two or three players were on the same wavelength – this would always make getting a result harder. I just felt like Notts played to take the point, as they invited Macclesfield to press them and just dealt with clearing the threat.
Upfront I don’t think Notts would have scored without the penalty despite Kane Hemmings wasting two perfectly good chances. Winning poor is much better than losing having played well, yet the performance was disconnected.
How did Macclesfield Town play?
First half I felt they were lively, it was almost like they had seen my scouting report and had decided to prove a point. They moved around well, created space but often wasted the chances they had by rushing the finishing. Ross Fitzsimons only had basic saves to make in the first half but Macclesfield did pressure Notts.
Defensively, I can’t give them much credit because of how they man handled most of the Notts players and reacted like they had been bullied over simple fouls on them.
It’s not hard to understand why they’re bottom of the League Two table, poor in most departments and just very scrappy football with no clear indication to any sort of proper game plan.
Did our tactics work out?
If Harry Kewell’s aim was to grab a win by being too defensive, I could say it did but I don’t feel either team had any sort of tactics. The decision to place Shaun Brisley in midfield was an odd one, I do feel it impacted the passing and grit from holding the midfield.
Did the tactics work? We came back with all three points, I would argue no but the points at this time are what matters.
How did the referee perform?
Poor, he gave Notts fouls for much less than half of the challenges he missed. It really had me baffled but I do feel all the officials were poor. There was a home team advantage clear from where I watched, I do feel the referee ruined the game somewhat but again I come back to those much needed three points. He awarded the penalty after missing one, so I’ll forgive this time.
Who do we play next?
Bury away is the next league fixture, it should prove to be a better game for spectators to watch. A win and Notts could be only 3 points behind them, after the start to the season this campaign it seems weird to think we are pushing for 11th place and higher.
How should we play them?
Notts should avoid being too defensive in my opinion, I just don’t think this would give any sort of edge and I do feel it would again impact the performance.
At the same time, I don’t feel attacking too much would be the wise call, so a balanced performance does seem to be the right focus. The midfield will always be the key to getting a good result and allowing them to play with confidence should be the goal.
Putting aside the scrappy performance again Macclesfield, I do feel that if the midfield holds the game and dictate the play – it will allow Notts to put on a good show against Bury. More importantly I do feel a win is possible if we go out to prove a point by playing good passing football.
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ARLukomski
Notts County's dreadful start to the season now feels an age away.
Three wins in a row and five games unbeaten now has the Magpies up in 17th place in the League Two table, four points clear of the bottom two, a superb turnaround given they were bottom of the table on just one point a month ago.
The latest victory is also County's first win away from home this season as Macclesfield Town, themselves still struggling and currently at the foot of the league, were beaten 1-0 at Moss Rose.
Late on in the game, Macclesfield centre-back Fiacre Kelleher gifted possession to Enzio Boldewijn, who bore down on goal, where keeper Kieran O'Hara committed a foul that yielded a penalty.
The spot-kick still had to be put away but the experienced Jon Stead duly sent O'Hara the wrong way eight minutes from time for their first three-point haul on the road.
Pride of Nottingham vlogger ARLukomski was in Cheshire to give his thoughts before, during and after the encounter.
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