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Harry Kewell has revealed that Jon Stead and Kane Hemmings are unlikely to play a part in Saturday's FA Cup game at Barnsley.
Stead has a leg injury which has caused him to miss the last two games, while Hemmings picked up a hamstring problem which forced him to sit out Tuesday’s goalless draw against Oldham Athletic.
“They are going well and their fitness is good,” Kewell told the Nottingham Post on Friday.
“Their injuries are getting better but unfortunately I don’t think they are going to be right for this game.
“We will take it to the wire to see if they have a chance, but we feel like they will not take part in the game.
“It’s a big loss because they are good players, but I am confident about the players who have come in for them.
“For me, it’s an opportunity for others to show their worth and try to give me a problem.”
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Sam, Tom, George, William - some familiar names now as then, the boys that made up Southwell City Football Club in 1911.
The team photo below was to mark their win in the final of the Newark and District League Challenge Cup.
None of them could have foreseen the events to follow, four years of what became to be known as the Great War that would leave 16 million dead across the globe.
A postmaster’s son, a baker, a lace maker, a solicitor’s clerk, a professional soldier and a silk worker from Maythorne - a century on it is known that, of those who served in the First World War, almost half would be dead before the end of the conflict.
Some families would lose more than one son. Sam and Arthur Humberstone both played for the team and worked at Carey & Sons lace factory. Sam lived on Westgate with his wife and two young sons.
Like most of the team the brother enlisted with the 1/8th Sherwood Foresters and would leave Southwell with the Battalion in August 1914. Both were promoted to Corporal whist in France.
Sam was killed in action in June 1915, his younger brother Arthur two years later.
Several other members of the team worked at Carey & Sons and are remembered on the Memorial at the bottom of the Burgage, the former site of this factory.
These included Herbert Kirk, the team’s striker of Burgage Lane, and Edwin Gilbert, both killed in action in France in the third year of the war.
The Gilbert family would also suffer the loss of Edwin’s younger brother Jack who, having survived 4 years on the battlefields of France, died of his wounds just a week before the end of the war in November 1918.
The team’s goalkeeper John Watson, formally of Sheppards Row and employee of the Southwell Co-op store, would also be killed in action and is buried in France along with many of his comrades.

Whilst we tend to remember those who died, we should not forget those of the team who returned home many wounded and suffering from the effects of war.
Oscar Longmore, who lived at the Post Office on Queen Street, Southwell was shot and wounded in September 1916 and after recovering at home was posted back to France in early 1917. He survived the war having spent several months as a prisoner of war in Germany.
Richard Revill also survived the war returning to his home on Chatham Street in Southwell after being wounded in August 1915.
All who returned had to deal with tragedy and loss perhaps none more so than Alfred Townsend. He survived but returned home to what must have been a very different world.
He and his siblings had lost both their parents by 1910 and, at the time of the Census in 1911, Alfred was living with the Hazelwood family on Private Road Southwell whilst his siblings were boarding with other families across the town.
Whilst Alfred survived the war it claimed the lives of both of his younger brothers, Walter and Robert and also Arthur the only son of the Hazelwood family.
In this, the centenary year of World War One, we remember them all.
Andrew Adam
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Harry Kewell has claimed that Notts County need more time to click to his methods but insists he is "happy with the way the team is going".
The Magpies are back in a poor run of form following the bright spell just before the international break, but on the plus side they are unbeaten in their last two.
That said, Port Vale really should have been beaten last weekend, while a lacklustre Oldham Athletic threatened to take all three points at Meadow Lane in midweek.
“I am happy with the way the team is going,” Kewell told the Nottingham Post in his pre-match presser ahead of the FA Cup trip to Barnsley.
“We just need to take some care with our passes. We maybe need to play that little bit quicker instead of inviting challenges.
“We get into some good positions but take three or four touches when it should be one and two then a pass.
“It just allows the opposition to get a little bit closer to make a challenge and then we make a mistake.
“It’s just practice and the great thing about this squad is they love the challenges I throw at them. I put them under pressure but again it just takes time.”
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Notts County stunk out the whole of Meadow Lane on Tuesday with a dour performance against fellow League Two strugglers Oldham Athletic which was lucky to yield a point in a 0-0 draw.
The visitors, who themselves are hardly impressing at the minute, weighed in with 19 efforts against Notts, six of which were on target, won nine corners and were overall dominant in the game.
Indeed, County had Ross Fitzsimons to thank for keeping the Latics at bay, while Jamie Turley once again bailed his side out with a goalline clearance and a superb tackle on Ishmael Miller.
At the end, the hosts could very well have clinched all three points at the death when Enzio Boldewijn hit the foot of the post, but in the end the result was a stalemate which does little for both sides.
Pride of Nottingham vlogger ARLukomski could not contain his frustration after the game, and here is his response in video form.
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Notts County once again failed to impress on the pitch as they could only play out a 0-0 draw against fellow League Two strugglers Oldham Athletic at Meadow Lane on Tuesday night.
Sure, Harry Kewell's side claimed their first clean sheet in a month and now have two points from their last two games.
But really, they should have beaten Port Vale at the weekend and they were truly lacklustre against the Latics, another side they should have put away.
As it turned out, Oldham let rip with 19 efforts against Notts, six of which were on target, won nine corners and were generally dominant in the game.
Indeed, County had Ross Fitzsimons to thank for keeping the Latics at bay, while Jamie Turley once again bailed his side out with a goalline clearance and a superb tackle on Ishmael Miller.
At the end, the hosts could very well have clinched all three points at the death when Enzio Boldewijn hit the foot of the post, but in the end the result was a stalemate which does little for both sides.
Nonetheless, the result lifted Notts a point further away from the relegation zone, thanks to their first clean sheet since the 1-0 win at Macclesfield a month ago.
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Harry Kewell has admitted that Oldham Athletic's forward line will be a "challenge" for Notts County's defence.
The two sides meet up on Tuesday night in a League Two game rescheduled due to international commitments on the Latics' part.
In his press conference, Kewell also spoke about individual players such as Richard Duffy, Jon Stead and Ben Hall.
“It’s going to be a challenge for my back four,” the Australian told the official Notts site.
“They have two big, aggressive strikers and tricky wingers who cross the ball well but aren’t scared to cut inside for a shot at goal.
“They aren’t in the best form but they’re strong in a 4-4-2 or a 4-2-3-1 so it’s important we win the midfield battle and create - and take - chances.”
On the players, Kewell said: “Duffy is a player with great experience and he’s a big character at this club so it’s great to have him in contention again.
“We have to be patient with him so we can't rush him back, and the same goes for Steady who missed Saturday’s match as a precautionary measure.
“Jon faces a fitness test ahead of Oldham so we’ll wait and see if he’s available, while we should have Ben Hall back in training next week which is excellent news.”
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Notts County fought from a goal down to lead at Port Vale only for a late Tom Pope equaliser to force the spoils to be shared in a 2-2 draw at Vale Park.
The hosts led after 13 minutes when Luke Hannant guided his close-range header from Ben Whitfield's cross into the top-left corner of the net past Magpies goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons.
Kane Hemmings equalised after 22 minutes, reacting first to beat Vale goalkeeper Scott Brown from close range and turn Enzio Boldewijn's ball from the right into the bottom-left corner of the net.
After the restart, Neil Aspin's side continued to impress with Connell Rawlinson seeing his header cleared off the line by Jamie Turley.
Ross Fitzsimons was then forced to push Whitfield's swivelling 25-yard volley away to safety.
Much to the Black and White Army's delight, Elliott Ward rifled Notts into an 87th-minute lead when Turley flicked on a corner, but Pope nodded home Nathan Smith's flick-on with one minute of normal time remaining.
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Notts County have come away from Burslem with a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Port Vale at Vale Park.
The Magpies conceded the opening goal in pretty standard fashion, Ben Whitfield floating a cross into the box which Luke Hannant looped into the top corner of the net beyond Ross Fitzsimons, the Vale man allowed plenty of time to head home on 13 minutes.
However, Harry Kewell's side not only weathered the subsequent surge from the invigorated Valiants but managed to draw level just nine minutes later, as Enzio Boldewijn cut inside onto his left and let rip with an effort towards goal that was finished off by Kane Hemmings.
That in turn saw Notts develop a bit more spring in their step and they enjoyed several attempts on the opposition goal through the likes of Lewis Alessandra and Matt Tootle, while at the other end, the County defence held firm to keep Vale at bay for a half-time score of 1-1.
The hosts got the second half up and running and were impressive early on, Tom Pope heading over on 48 minutes and Hannant also causing trouble not long after, though his effort was high and wide.
Although Elliott Hewitt forced a corner and Hemmings had a couple of attempts on the opposition goal, Vale cranked up the pressure and pummelled County's goal for much of the second half, Jamie Turley doing well to clear a ball off the line and making a last-ditch tackle.
With just three minutes to go, and with Notts having weathered the storm, they surged into the lead when Elliott Hewitt's corner was flicked on by Turley and met by Elliott Ward, who hammered the effort into the roof of the net.
But at the back, the same problems occurred once again as the defence left plenty of space open for Vale to play a ball across the box and Pope to head in at the back post for an eventual splitting of the points.
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Jon Stead has admitted that Notts County are "not taking opportunities at key moments" in games and must develop a "killer instinct and ruthless streak" if they are to climb back up the League Two table.
The Magpies are just one place above the relegation zone after suffering three successive defeats in the league to Bury, MK Dons and Swindon Town, with Port Vale coming up.
“We are not taking opportunities at key moments in the game and when they have gone begging, the tide has turned in matches a bit,” Stead told the Nottingham Post.
“That’s when we are coming unstuck. The manager has pointed out those chances we are getting need to be taken.
“We’ve had a little bit of bad luck with some decisions along the way, but you get them so you can’t moan too much.
“We need to get that killer instinct and ruthless streak into our game and when we do we will be putting teams to bed which will give us more confidence in the way we are playing.”
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Notts County have announced that teenage winger Sam Osborne has signed a professional contract with the club.
The 19-year-old has made six senior appearances for the Magpies, most recently turning out against Newcastle United’s Under 21s in the EFL Trophy.
“I came in the morning after the Newcastle game and Mark Crossley told me Paul (Hart) wanted to speak to me,” Osborne told the official website.
“He told me there and then – he said I’d been doing really well and that I deserved it.
“Now I just want to carry on being in and around the first team and push for a spot. I’ll be training hard every day and looking to show what I can do week in, week out with the Under 23s."
Osborne, who joined Notts from Dunkirk Colts, added: “As a winger, I love getting at players and trying to create for the team.”
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Harry Kewell has admitted that Notts County need to bring in another "leader".
The Magpies invested heavily in the summer transfer market but remain third from bottom in League Two, having lost their last three games.
Kewell, who replaced Kevin Nolan early in the campaign, would like to recruit a player who can add to the leadership brought by Jon Stead and Elliott Ward.
“We have a leader in Steady and we have Wardy who has great potential,” the Australian told the Nottingham Post.
“We have Milly who is a talker, but we are needing that leader. If we can get it, we will get it.
“I am angry because we lost [to Swindon Town last week] and God knows how. But that’s football.
"We have to lick our wounds and concentrate on Port Vale this weekend because it’s a huge game.”
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Harry Kewell has warned his Notts County players that any lapses in effort and concentration could mean being offloaded in January.
The Australian oversaw a five-game unbeaten run of two draws and three wins but the upturn in form gave way to three straight defeats.
Speaking after the 2-1 loss to Swindon Town, where the Magpies took the lead only to be pegged back and eventually beaten, the manager suggested that he had to "scare" his players into form.
“If they don’t want to play my style, they don’t want to work hard and don’t want to fight then January is just around the corner," Kewell told the Nottingham Post.
“Swindon maybe had a third of the game and what we were doing in the first half, we stopped in the second. I don’t know why.
“We knew their only danger was Matty Taylor crossing the ball, which we stopped in the first half, but we then allowed him to do it three or four times in the second.
“That becomes laziness so they must be tired and can’t play to my level. That means we look and make sure we have players who want to do that.”
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Notts County wrapped up a miserable seven days with a third defeat on the trot, this time spurning a one-goal half-time lead against Swindon Town to eventually lose 2-1 at Meadow Lane.
Last week, Bury thoroughly hammered the Magpies. On Tuesday, an undeserved red card for Jamie Turley led to MK Dons making the most of things and emerging victorious.
But this time, Notts played impressively and had all the stats on their side, yet went on to lose anyway.
Harry Kewell's side had a superb 45 minutes and deservedly took the lead six minutes before the break when Cedric Evina's cross into the box was guided in by Kane Hemmings with help of the woodwork.
Prior to that the likes of Enzio Boldewijn, Matt Tootle and Lewis Alessandra all came close, and it looked as if Notts had a great platform upon which to build en route to victory.
But things didn't go that way as Steven Alzate came off the bench to equalise for the Robins, before Matt Taylor's cross was diverted into his own net by Jamie Turley for a classic Notts-style "defeat-snatched-from-the-jaws-of-victory".
Pride of Nottingham vlogger ARLukomski was at Meadow Lane to endure yet another afternoon of dashed hopes and final-whistle misery like the rest of us, and has provided us with yet another superb vlog of pre, mid and post-match thoughts.
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Notts County wrapped up a truly miserable seven days with a third defeat on the trot, this time spurning a one-goal half-time lead against Swindon Town to eventually lose 2-1 at Meadow Lane.
Last week, Bury thoroughly hammered the Magpies. On Tuesday, an undeserved red card for Jamie Turley led to MK Dons making the most of things and emerging victorious.
But this time, Notts played impressively and had all the stats on their side, yet went on to lose anyway.
The home side had were quick out of the blocks at the start of the match, played in near-freezing conditions, with Kane Hemmings forcing a save from Lawrence Vigouroux after only 30 seconds.
His effort set the tone for an impressive first-half display from Harry Kewell's side who created numerous chances to extend the lead with Enzio Boldewijn, Matt Tootle and Lewis Alessandra all going close.
Notts then rode their luck when Elliott Ward was required to make a desperate goal-saving block to deny Marc Richards, but the breakthrough eventually came on 39 minutes.
Cedric Evina’s pinpoint cross found Hemmings, who turned home beyond the reach of Robins goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux.
The Magpies continued to assert their dominance in the second half, with Jon Stead seeing a shot deflected just over the bar while Hemmings fired wide.
Swindon were still in the game somehow and Steven Alzate, who had recently come on as a substitute, grabbed the equaliser as he shot low past Ross Fitzsimons.
Hemmings then wasted a glorious chance to give Notts the lead again before heading the rebound over the bar.
In the end, Notts were reacquainted with darkness their old friend when Jamie Turley diverted Matt Taylor’s cross past Fitzsimons to put the visitors in front and en route to all three points.
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Head to head
Notts County have met Swindon Town on 65 occasions, the first time being in the FA Cup over a century ago.
On that day in January 1911, the Robins beat the Magpies 2-0 at the County Ground.
In terms of head to head, 25 games have been won by Notts, 28 by Swindon, and 12 have been drawn.
Notts have won four of their last five home league matches against Swindon, losing the other.
The home side has won five of the last six league meetings between Notts County and Swindon.
Stats
After 14 matches last season, Notts had 17 more points (29 - P14 W9 D2 L3) than their current total of 12 so far this campaign (P14 W3 D3 L8).
Swindon have failed to score in each of their last three league games (D1 L2), the longest current run in the competition.
Michael Doughty have been directly involved in seven of Swindon's 17 league goals this season (41%) scoring five times and assisting a further two.
Seasons in each division
Division 1 (or Prem): 1
Division 2 (or Champ): 18
Division 3 (or League 1): 63
Division 4 (or League 2): 7
History
The club was founded in 1879 by Reverend William Baker Pitt.
Whilst curate of Christ Church, the high church of Swindon, Pitt formed Swindon Association Football Club to provide recreation for young men in his parish.
Swindon won the Southern League championship in 1910-11, earning themselves a Charity Shield clash with Football League champions Manchester United.
This, the highest-scoring Charity Shield game to date, was played on 25 September 1911 at Stamford Bridge with Manchester United winning 8–4!
Some of the proceeds of this game were later donated to the survivors of the Titanic.
During World War II, The War Department – the government body responsible for the supply of equipment to the armed forces in the UK – took over the County Ground in 1940.
For a while, prisoners of war were housed in huts placed on the pitch. For this, the club received compensation of £4,570 at war’s end.
Swindon Town were the first League club to use floodlights, having had them installed in 1951.
The County Ground is also the only football stadium in the world with a Rolex watch acting as its timekeeper –the clock on the Stratton Bank stand featuring its name was erected to celebrate promotion in 1963.
Swindon have spent one season in the top flight, in 1992-93, during which Glenn Hoddle managed them.
Sadly, they didn't do too well, being relegated at the end of the season after conceding 100 goals.
The most notable silverware in the Robins’ possession is undoubtedly the League Cup, won in 1969 after beating Arsenal in the final at Wembley.
Royle Family and Two Pints Of Lager actor Ralf Little was rumoured to be on trial at Swindon back in 2002, though the funnyman later claimed that he was just training with the squad.
Jazz singer Jamie Cullum is also a fan of the Robins.
Team news
Notts County will have defender Jamie Turley available for the Swindon game following a successful appeal against his red card.
The centre-back was sent off during the second half of the midweek defeat at MK Dons but on Thursday the FA upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal.
Midfielder Rob Milsom has served a three-match ban and will be available again to manager Harry Kewell.
Centre-half Richard Duffy has been sidelined by a hamstring injury and even though he's back in training, he may need some more time to get back to full fitness.
On-loan Brighton defender Ben Hall is back at his parent club to undergo treatment on a groin problem.
Swindon will check on the fitness of midfielder Michael Doughty ahead of the trip to Meadow Lane.
Doughty needed stitches in an ankle wound picked up during the home defeat by Cambridge on Tuesday night, so continues to be assessed.
James Dunne could come into the team should Doughty not be passed fit, with midfielder Jermaine McGlashan and forward Kaiyne Woolery both pressing for a start.
Defender Sid Nelson is available again following his one-match suspension.
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