On the 8th of September 2011 Notts County played Juventus in the opening of their newly built Juventus Stadium. The 41,000 capacity stadium (the first venue to be modernised but downsized) was the host of a special occasion. Juventus could have played a host of major footballing sides, such as the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona or even Manchester United, they decided to choose history, a kind gesture very unlikely in modern football and it's one which has featured proudly in our own 150 years of formation since the amazing opening ceremony.
A year later a group of travelling Juventus supporters decided to pay homage to where they originally got their black and white shirts, back in 1903.
On the 21/01/12 as Notts prepared to play MK Dons, the group
of travelling fans was shown around Meadow Lane. The game ended 1-1, Jeff Hughes equalizing in the 81st minute from a penalty, salvaging the points for Notts County but also giving the travelling supporters something to cheer about.
The following day the 22/01/12 the travelling Juventus supporters decided to form a group called the 'Italian Magpies'. This act, a really humble gesture, has since seen them heavily promote the work of the club.
To the credit of Italian Magpies they've bound the black and white stripes bringing both clubs closer together.
Our supporters and theirs enjoy friendly relations, as Notts County's official Facebook page had been well received with kind comments from the european giants fans. In recent years this has opened the doors to more foreign based support for the club, credit which Italian Magpies can share.
The successful site italianmagpies.com is the place for Juventus and Notts County fans to respectfully share the achievements, as the team write up daily articles based on the current on-goings.
Having celebrated the sites first full year, Pride of Nottingham were lucky enough to be a part of this as we share a close link with them. (Just as Notts does with Juventus)
To current date Italian Magpies share their dedication on
social streams such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. They've recently celebrated a great achievement of reaching 2500 likes, which isn't bad going for a year! A great sign and reward for their efforts. On twitter they stand at 614 followers which is another sign of how widely popular the work they do is.
It's something in recent weeks we've been trying to highlight, as we appreciate the support given to us. We are very proud of our bond, humble and honoured that we have their backing.
As they move forward we hope to be closely behind them, we also wish them all the best for the future and look forward to their return visit.
We praise them for this long running dedication, something we here at PoN hope to be able to do ourselves as plan to visit Juvenus very much so in the near future. If you're unfamiliar with Italian Magpies or haven't liked or followed them please find their respective pages below, including a link to their informative site.
Forza Juve and Forza Notts County, more importantly Forza Italian Magpies!
Italian Magpies | Site - Facebook - Twitter - Youtube
A day like no other - By Notts-Joe
Edited by notts-joe