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  1. Whilst I want to openly acknowledge that Notts requires strengthening up-top off the bat, one player I believe Ian Burchnall needs to commit to giving regular game time during the 2021/22 National League season is Lewis Knight. Arriving at Meadow Lane from Bradford Park Avenue, the exciting forward who has a blistering amount of pace – described during his debut for the magpies by BT Sports as ‘rapid’ looked to be a real handful. I can only imagine how effective he can become with developing further as a player and, featuring around the likes of Kyle Wootton and Elisha Sam who should only benefit the 22-year-old. Having scored 11 goals in 15 appearances for Park Avenue, it signalled a real sign of intent by Notts to sign such as young upcoming player, but I felt slightly disappointed after his initial run of games and the appointment of Ian Burchnall that his development time seemed to be abandoned - this might’ve been due to an injury to the young striker, towards the tail end of the last campaign. I mean, I can understand that whilst Jimmy Knowles was scoring those all-important goals that it left little space for him – especially with Knowles finding himself on the bench towards the end of last season. But I saw something promising in Knight, that needs to be given time to come up to the level the club requires. It’s not just due to his pace, which alone would cause a lot of those slow lanky brutes in National League trouble – his reading of the game seems to be something promising, as he found space which other players might not have drifted into. I think with the focus being on playing quick, steady build-up football – the sheer number of knock-ons that he would be able to get onto would be exciting to see. Plus, the formation of playing three centre-backs provides Notts that extra edge up top, that someone could really thrive from with the right level of support. It’s clear that Ian Burchnall favours this style of play as it provides an extra body in attack, but with a strong tall striker like Kyle Wootton, a tricky winger like Callum Roberts – this would leave opposition teams having to commit players to marking them alone. Including the new additions to the Notts ranks, such Aaron Nemane who also has a speedy reputation. The sluggish, slow Notts of old could be a thing of the past. When you intend to play ‘pretty football’ you need players who can hang onto the ball or at least run with it, I firmly feel Lewis Knight can develop into a forward that can get those all-important goals. Knight could be the right player to advance further with the right nurturing, being a player that could develop into a free scoring striker. Nobody imagined that Wootton would be such a big hit at Meadow Lane, yet I can see a similar amount of hard-work and graft in Knight too. Whether, he plays a big part in the upcoming season – it would be a waste not to give him further time to showcase what he can do. I also, don’t believe it would benefit Notts to loan him out as its clear he needs to make the step-up in order to be a success and the chances of him going out to a team above us seems slim. If there’s one thing we know, goal scorers are hard to find and even more difficult to see do well in our famous Black & White shirts. This is why, I feel for the promising aspects of Lewis Knights game – the only way he can improve further is to be given a chance to establish himself this upcoming season. Join the Pride of Nottingham in discuss what role you see Lewis Knight fulfilling in the upcoming season. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    11 points
  2. Notts County has continued to strengthen their promotion chasing team with the signing of experienced Football League midfielder Matt Palmer. The 26-year-old had been made available for a free transfer after leaving Swindon Town last season. Having appeared more than 200 times within the Football League, Palmer arrives at Meadow Lane on a 2-year-deal. Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "We’ve brought in two very talented young midfielders in Ed Francis and Frank Vincent this summer, "So adding someone of Matt’s experience will give us great balance in the central area" He added. "Matt’s played more than 50 games in the Championship, around 80 in League One and nearly 100 in League Two "He brings a lot of know-how to the squad while, at the age of 26, he still has plenty to offer in terms of development and improvement. We’re looking at him playing a similar role to Jake Reeves towards the end of last season. "He could play deep, but we see him more as a box-to-box midfielder who can contribute to the attacking side of the game." Ian Burchnall has described Palmer's arrival as being 'perfect for us'. "Matt’s got a great eye for a forward pass and will also contribute a lot when we’re looking to retain possession as he’s really comfortable with the ball and very competent technically. "We’ve still got Lamine Kaba Sherif, William Hondermarck and Kyle Bennett on trial, and they’re all showing promise" said the head coach. "We have the capacity to strengthen further in the midfield area should we wish to." Join in with the Pride of Nottingham community, as fans discuss the arrival of Matt Palmer. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    9 points
  3. Notts County's latest recruit Joel Taylor has expressed his delight with signing with the magpies'. The club returned to training this past Tuesday, with the squad heading back to Meadow Lane after a few weeks off at the end of the last campaign. The 25-year-old wing back praised the clubs training facilities and the playing surface, as preparation begins for their pre-season games. Speaking in relation to his first training session, Joel Taylor said: "I do like [the training facilities], "Very nice training ground, it's nice to play football." Before adding: "Yeah, I mean, in pre-season, I know, it's about getting fit and getting back to match fitness. But when you're doing it with the balls, it makes our session a lot more enjoyable than just running around a pitch and whatnot. "So with this gaffer we can see he likes to play. So a lot of the running is done with the balls, which again, all players love doing that. So with the ball is obviously the best thing." With a return to training, Taylor met his team-mates for the first time since signing with the club. "Yeah. I mean, I met with the lads yesterday when I signed. "Well the majority of them anyway, and yeah they seemed sound - just welcomed me into the group straight off. And I feel like a part of the group already. "I want to come here, help the team progress and get back to where they need to be, but ultimately within myself as well" He added. "Very, very, very excited. Like I said last season, I think we played a handful of games in front of fans. "So getting the fans back in especially at the Meadow Lane, where it's a big crowd. So yeah, I can't wait for the fans to come back in and play in front of them." Joel Taylor is expected to make his first appearance in a Notts County shirt, in Saturday's friendly against Coalville Town. Discuss Notts County's third summer signing, Joel Taylor with the fans' inside the Pride of Nottingham forum. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    8 points
  4. Here's a concept for the upcoming season that our friend @bykylecm designed for us. What are your thoughts on the concept art? What colour away shirt do you expect or would like to see? Discuss...
    8 points
  5. Notts County's board of directors have taken the time to thank the black and white army for their support ahead of the 2021/2022 National League season. This comes on the back of the magpies' announcing via the clubs social media that over 3,000 season tickets had been sold on 23rd of July. Six new arrivals have been signed this summer, with the Notts head coach Ian Burchnall looking to add further depth to his squad ahead of the league campaign. "We would like to place on record our immense gratitude to our fans, a statement read via the official clubs' website. "For backing the club with such strong season ticket sales this summer. "Over the weekend, 2021-22 sales surpassed our total figure for the 2019-20 campaign – including half-season tickets. "Which is fantastic, especially as there is more than a month to go before our first home match. We also understand that, for various reasons, a season ticket isn’t a viable purchase for everyone, but we’re thrilled with how the entire fanbase continues to support us in every way possible. " Notts County season tickets are now on general sale, after fans' have taken to renewing their 2019/2020 - after a whole season without being able to buy a season ticket due to COVID-19. "Shirt sales, for example, have been very strong, and it’s been great to see so many of the new designs on show at our pre-season friendlies. "Everyone at the club is working hard to prepare for the new campaign, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you back to Meadow Lane for what we hope and believe will be an exciting and successful season." You can secure your seat at Meadow Lane for the 2021/22 National League season here. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    7 points
  6. Notts County's new box-to-box midfielder, Matt Palmer believes the club are going places after signing a 2-year-deal. Palmer sees the move in the short term as gaining promotion back to the Football League, but has been attracted to the long term vision of the magpies' set by the Reedtz brothers and head coach, Ian Burchnall. Having joined Notts County after being released by Swindon Town, who had been relegated to League Two in their last campaign - the midfielder is keen to settle within a club that is aiming to do more than just staying within a league. Speaking about having joined Notts, Matt Palmer said: "I've looked at two ways, obviously, I wanted to come and join a place that has a long term project in place. "I came and spoke to the gaffer, and he obviously explained the way he wants to play "The vision of this football club, the vision of the owners and stuff like that, which was really appealing to me." the midfielder added. "I think it was a decision where I saw that I go somewhere for maybe a short term year, maybe somewhere they're just trying to stay in the league "Whereas I think this club is trying to go places, obviously the short term objective is to get promotion, and then I think after that there is a long term project, which is what I want to be a part of "Like I said the main objective this season is get promotion, but then it's a club that could probably go on again, get themselves up the league" Before explaining: "There are teams in the championship like Luton, who have done back to back promotions. "So yeah, when I came in and spoke to the gaffer, I was really impressed. "I spoke to a few people about the way he wants to play football, and it's perfect for me. I think he'll get the best out of me. hopefully it'll work both ways." Palmer added. Notts County continue to strengthen their team ahead of the 2021/22 National League season, having already signed major coups such as Kyle Cameron, Joel Taylor and Aaron Nemane. "It was sort of a no-brainer to want to be a part of that, like I said other clubs maybe with what's happened with COVID, that they're maybe just trying to try to stay in the league rather than actually do something. "So I think when I was at Burton Albion, they put together a project, and it got them in to the championship "I played in the championship with them, so this is something that when I spoke to the manager, you could see that he wants to sort of go along them sort of lines, that's why I wanted to join. "It's about getting in minutes, and hopefully I can get some in on Saturday and then build up from there." Are you a member of the Pride of Nottingham community? Why not get involved with our popular forum, and share your thoughts on club matters? Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    6 points
  7. New signing Joel Taylor from Chesterfield https://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk/news/2021/july/joel-taylor-signing-130721/
    6 points
  8. Notts County has confirmed the arrival of former Manchester City and Torquay United attacking wide man Arron Nemane on a two-year-deal. The French born 23-year-old winger arrives at Meadow Lane after the magpies successfully agreed compensation with Torquay to acquire his services. He joins former Plainmoor team-mate Kyle Cameron, who also joined Notts after opting to start a fresh challenge. Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "Aaron is one of the quickest players in the league, "He’s very good one-against-one and can play as a winger in a 3-4-3, as a wing back or even as a number 10. He’s a different type of wide player to what we’ve got at the moment. "Aaron is direct in his running and likes to get in behind to stretch the play. He’ll add something different to our attacking patterns and will be particularly useful when we’re up against teams who are defending with a low block as we’ll need players with pace and skill to open them up." He added. "He suffered an injury towards the end of last season and, while he’s put that behind him now, he’s going to focus on some gym work initially before joining up with the boys on the grass and being in contention for any friendlies." Nemane believes he brings creative flair to the Notts squad, with his direct attacking player which sees him use his speed and skill to cause opposition players trouble. "I’m as comfortable playing Maidenhead away as I was playing at Real Madrid in the Youth Champions League, It was a good experience playing against massive teams." Aaron Nemane said. "I’m here now, and I’ve adapted to it, we played Notts three times last season and I like their style. They struck me as a very good side, and it’s a massive club, so it was a no-brainer for me to come here. "I’m not far off, I just need to keep working in the gym and then hopefully I’ll be back to full fitness very soon." He added. "I can’t wait to get on the ball, take players on and create chances. I want to add more goals to my game, along with assists, and that’s what I’m going to try and do this season. I’ll do my best wherever the manager puts me, but I’m comfortable out wide and in more central positions. "We’ll just have to wait and see! I’ve played with Ed quite a few times when he played up the age groups at City, he’s technically gifted and will definitely be a good addition to the team." What are your thoughts on Lewis Knight's role leading into the 2021/2022 National League season? Join the discussion on PON. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    5 points
  9. Notts County has confirmed the signing of 21-year-old, holding midfielder Ed Francis. The magpies latest recruit arrives at Meadow Lane on a two-year-deal, after being released by League Two side Harrogate Town. Francis is a former product of the Manchester City academy having signed his first deal with the Premier League club aged just six-years-old. Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "Ed’s time at City gave him a tremendous education, "He arrives here with great pedigree and experience of playing with some outstanding talent. He progressed through the ranks as a left-sided centre-back but felt, at around 6ft, he probably wasn’t quite tall enough to make it at the top in that role – hence his adaptation into a holding midfielder." He added. "It’s the position Michael Doyle has played his entire career "Doyler’s had a good look at him. He’s keen to work closely with Ed and I think he can add a lot to his game by passing on some of the smaller details. In the role we want Ed to play, you’re the pivot of the whole team." Before further explaining: "You have to understand space, where to position yourself to receive the ball and the defensive areas to cover. "You’re also responsible for dictating the play, so it’s a hugely important position. "We feel Ed ticks all the boxes to do a great job for us. Positionally he’s very, very good, he’s comfortable on the ball and has a lovely left foot – as well as a good physical presence." Check out the latest Pride of Nottingham T-Shirt range, which is available from our online web store!: Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    5 points
  10. Notts County has increased their transfer hunt as the magpies take on two trialists who are expected to feature in Saturday's pre-season friendly against Coalville Town. Both players have been part of the training sessions, with head coach Ian Burchnall confirming that they're midfielders. Summer signing Frank Vincent is currently carrying a knock, which is expected to rule him out of pre-season games for a couple of weeks. Notts are yet to further strengthen their midfield, after Jake Reeves departed for the Football League having joined Stevenage and assistant head coach Michael Doyle taking up more of a coaching role. Speaking to the Nottingham Evening Post, head coach Ian Burchnall said: "We've got two in at the minute, and then we'll probably have a couple more Friday and then in the game to help us out, and also it will be for us to have a look at them. "They're interesting players so the profiles are interesting, but they're ones that maybe we can't get as much information about them as we'd like and then you have to see them first-hand. "They are midfielders, but we will look at maybe attacking options as well." He added. "I mean, you take the stature of somebody like that and I thought he was an outstanding player for Torquay last season. To be able to bring him in given his age and where he is in his development, I think it's fantastic for us. "He's going to be a really good player. Frank Vincent has come in and sadly isn't 100 per cent fit. He needs a few weeks just to recover from a knee injury. "But I've seen enough of him to see that he's a very good football player. And again, young, ready to develop. Then we signed Joel, and he is going to give us something in that wide area." Further adding: "He has pace, that directness, that one v one. So far I am happy with the kind of profile, the age of the players and there's going to be more to come as well." Join in the discussion re: Coalville Town friendly and the trialists expected to make an appearance.: Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    5 points
  11. The off-season is a special time for many football fans. The first week is a novelty, but many of us begin wondering what exactly we do with our Saturdays now the Euros have finished. Such boredom drives inevitable speculation; who's off-contract, who's sought after, who are we linked with. In the era of social media and the internet, there are vast swathes of people demanding that the players who bedazzled in the league last year be signed up instantly, the galacticos of the non-league, if you will. The thirst for these type of signings are encouraged by the endless stream of anonymous, 'in-the-know', accounts, largely on Twitter these days, who mainly throw enough mud that eventually one will stick; cue the many incorrect predictions being quickly tidied up. For those football manager fans, my personal approach was to go heavy on the scouting, sign the best players, regardless of position, knowing they'll be good enough, or decent enough, even if not entirely in the position they like best. Reality is somewhat different. 'Philosophy' or 'club culture' are the latest buzz-words for a rather simple thing - how does the club prefer to play football. It's relatively new for us here at Notts, as our style used to change in synchronisation with our manager - roughly every 6 months (or less). More than most clubs, the Notts pendulum used to swing from one side to the other, without so much as a pause to think about exactly what we are doing and where we are going. Derry: defensive, rigid, direct - to Moniz: attacking, fluid, reckless. Without diving down the rabbit hole of why and how this all happened, the inevitability is that with such drastic and instantaneous changes in style, you will find yourself with players that simply don't suite the new one. It seems that tide has turned, however. A change of manager has brought in a change of tactics and play, but the style is largely similar. There're no players that were well-suited to the previous manager that couldn't have done a similar job with the new one. This brings in a new factor to consider for our transfer policy - do we target players that are the best we can attract, or do we target the best players in the positions and roles that we need? Sonny Carey. Brilliant player. Ripped us apart when we played KL. If you ignore the fact he has gone higher up the leagues, the next question is, where would we play him, or more importantly, who would you drop to play him? If we are sticking with 3-5-2, there are two striking positions and three central midfield positions. Assuming one of those strikers will be Wootton, who plays close to him? Roberts? Rodrigues? If they're both playing, one of them (probably Rodrigues) will be the advanced man in that central 3. You'd be very exposed if 2 of your central 3 were pretty much attacking midfielders, should you incorporate a Carey, or Carey-like player. Another name that came up regularly was Rhys Oates; primarily a winger. We've made 3 signings so far, and they all convey to me the same message - we know the type of player we wanted, and we've got what we think will be a good fit. A summary of what we were missing, prior to these signings: A Michael Doyle. Left-footed, central midfielder who can dictate the game through his passing ability. Capable of the killer ball. A left-sided CB, ideally left-footed, who can step out and play with the ball at his feet. A left wing back who can attack. Chicksen is solid and technically gifted, but not a winger type. We needed a more attacking LWB to replace Miller. The three players we've signed, so far, seem to be role and positionally ideal (at least theoretically). The next question that naturally springs to mind is then what to expect from the further signings? For that, it's best to analyse what we have: Noticeable is the scope for interpretation. Does 3 at the back mean this is how we line-up? Certainly not, but I've gone with more or less how we featured at the end of last season. Secondly is just how attacking or defensive this formation varies hugely with personnel, start JOB instead of Rodrigues, Chicksen at LWB, and we all of a sudden look quite solid. Change that up and have Rodrigues, Roberts and Wootton as a quasi-front 3 with Taylor running from the wings, then we start looking dangerous, albeit a bit open. It can be assumed, I think, that those positions and players can be flexible depending on opposition or scoreline. For the future signings, I'm not expecting any attacking midfielders or wingers. My personal thoughts are: Defensive-minded, or tenacious central midfielder who can still play. Neal Bishop type would be perfect. All-round central midfielder. No special leanings one way or the other. Reeves loosely could be pigeon-holed in this category. A striker to compete and at times partner Wootton. Doesn't necessarily have to be the same type as Wootton. A RWB that attacks. Brindley and DKE are solid at this level, but neither are ones to unlock defences. A backup centre back. While Brindley and Chicksen performed amicably last season, playing a back 3 with only 3 established CB's is a big risk. Head over to the Pride of Nottingham forum to discuss this feature written by Super_Danny_Allsopp, with the community. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? 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    5 points
  12. Some people use football (and other sports) as an excuse for their pathetic behaviour, the mass rubbish, drinking and hooliganism isn't acceptable. The racism directed towards the England players, it's nothing more than mindless thuggery and I hope those involved get the severest punishment. As, I do hope those who broke into Wembley get life-time bans from football. The achievement within the tournament shouldn't be overlooked by this shocking behaviour, however, here we are and it just makes me incredibly angry that these selfish, mindless and anti-social fools - turn something we should be proud about, into something that shames us as a nation. I thought the game was always going to end on a narrow scoreline, neither team looked threatening enough to comfortably win. Italy gave England a good game, yet I don't think they played well enough to win but ultimately that doesn't matter on penalties. They did their jobs, what I will say is I feel incredibly proud of the England players - especially Jordan Pickford. I have no criticism of the game, or penalties. There's a huge amount of pressure on the players shoulders and it's easy to choke under that pressure. The only point I will add, I think we left it late to bring on Jack Grealish. Once Italy scored, England needed someone who could run at them and make the Italians mindful about giving away fouls. I think Saka should've been the player to make way for Grealish, not Mason Mount. The squad and Gareth Southgate leave me feeling incredibly proud, people will moan about it being our best chance of winning - yet I don't think most would've thought we could go all the way to the final. Italy is a good side, despite not being at their best - they do have some incredibly world-class players. They've been consistent and difficult to play against, as their record of being undefeated shows. Again, it's a shame that knee-jerk reactions and self-pity leads to such incredible anger and that nothing excuses the behaviour shown by those people involved in the racism and hooliganism. Nothing gives anyone the right to be vocally narrow-minded, if people in England can't be proud of the players - I DO NOT consider them to be supporters or fans. They're just people masquerading as it in an effort to live out their boring existence. England will be stronger, I have complete faith that they'll do well in the World Cup coming up. The squad will grow, learn and whatever happens I will always be patriotic of my nationality.
    5 points
  13. Jim O'Brien has agreed on a new two year deal.
    5 points
  14. Notts County ace Cal Roberts has discussed his return to football after being sidelined during last season. The North Shields born winger, who progressed through the Newcastle United academy has become a popular figure within the magpies ranks after leaving Blyth Spartans in January 2020. After returning from injury against Hartlepool United as a substitute, Roberts only lasted a few minutes before limping off. However, the midfielder has spent his time out wisely focusing on regaining strength after having an operation. Speaking on the official clubs' website, Head of Medical Services Marco Ferreira said: "That was the main goal and it was the decision after Hartlepool to take Cal off to prepare for the play-offs and the new season. "We started again from 0 building confidence and building strength, and he's back on grass so its one step closer. We will build him to where he can join the lads in pre-season." The 24-year-old vowed to come back stronger, after suffering on and off with injuries during the 2020/2021 National League season. Speaking about his return to training Cal Roberts said: "You never lose it, although you lose fitness. Yeah, it's nice to get back out but yeah like you said, I'm blown but yeah it's nice to get my legs back going again, hopefully be alright for pre-season. "It's obviously nice to have a bit of time back at home but I think with the season I've had I'd rather be in and get fit and it's been a really tough year. "I've learnt a lot about myself and I've learnt a lot about my body. Over the past 8, 9 10 months, whatever it's been sometimes I've probably pushed myself a little bit too hard when i probably should've taken a step back. So this time we'll do things when I'm ready and confident to do the next step." he added. "We've seen the best people possible and had one of the best surgeries around, so I'm confident its worked and through the exercise that i used to get pain on, I'm not getting the pain any more. "Obviously i wouldn't know till i start striking a ball which will probably be in the next couple of weeks." It is unclear if Roberts will feature in any of the pre-season fixtures, as Notts County Head Coach Ian Burchnall might choose to ease him into action within the league campaign. What are your thoughts on Lewis Knight's role leading into the 2021/2022 National League season? Join the discussion on PON. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    5 points
  15. Ian Burchnall has strengthened every area of the pitch, except up front and in goal. I know he's said that Tiernan Brooks will be the 2nd choice goalkeeper during this campaign, fans have speculated on Twitter how the number 7 shirt hasn't been assigned and the Post has claimed that Notts are preparing for a key signing. Notts on paper looks strong in every department, but up top could be improved with the right investment. Could this be a striker that we all want?
    4 points
  16. This is rigged! Somehow I voted for the black and white option, but my vote magically turned into a mint vote. Seriously, what the hell? @Feral Fox have you been watching The Simpsons?
    4 points
  17. It's been a mixed transfer window so far. I expected Wrexham to sign some really standout players and splash the cash and Torquay to replace what they've lost, but neither has really happened. Wrexham Liam McAlinden - bit of a journeyman and never really prolific anywhere, but played L2 last season. Harry Lennon - a (very) injury prone CB relegated with Southend. Shaun Brisley - Yep, that one. Jake Hyde - Paid a fee for a 31yo striker who has good goal to game ratio in the NL. Torquay have signed some players that are very inexperienced. If you compare them to our 'inexperienced' signings, ours have played at least a season either at L2 (Francis) or NL level(Vincent) ; whereas the players they've signed really are coming off the back of a handful of appearances in the league. They could be fantastic signings for all I know, but it looks very risky. I don't know how many more they plan on signing, but I'm not predicting Torquay to finish as high with their current squad. Torquay fans seem to think that their best players remain at the club, but I don't see it that way. Wright for me wasn't very impressive, despite scoring against us twice in the semi-final. Barnet don't seem to have done badly; although it does appear a little bit scatter-gun. They have Kewell in charge, so it will be interesting to see the type of football they play and we play them first up. Josh Doherty - LB from Crawley. Played over 80 games in L2 and only 25. Jamie Turley - CB that we had on loan. Good player, heart on his sleeve, head it, kick it type. Lot of NL and L2 experience. Mason Bloomfield - 24 yo CF with experience in L2 and NL (not very prolific though). Josh Payne - 30 yo CM, again from Crawley. Mostly NL experience. Adam Marriott - 30 yo striker that scored a lot in NLN for King's Lynn. Mitch Brundle - 26 yo CM from Daggers, lots of NL experience. Couple of youths released from the EFL with little/no experience. Bit of a mixed bag there for Barnet - but some good and solid signings. I expect they'll be a very decent side this year, much improved on last years dismal performance for sure. Stockport signed well with Quigley, Walker and Whitfield all added. They'll add more, too. Chesterfield looked to have a few good signings. Calvin Miller - will be interesting to see his position. They complained Taylor wasn't any good defensively, so if they play Miller there, they're due a nasty shock. Jeff King - 25yo RB from Halifax Scott Loach - Decent enough keeper at this level, though his command of the area will always be under question. Stefan Payne - 31yo striker signed from Grimsby. Lots of experience in L1/L2 and NL, with his most prolific periods being in the NL. Jack Clarke - 22 yo signed from Villa, they had him on loan last season and he's a good player. CM The only issue with Chesterfield is that manager. He's done very well since going in there, but he looks a proper nasty character. There are rumours of fallings out behind the scenes already and he strikes me as somebody that throws a tantrum when things don't go his way (like in the playoffs against us). Could well self-destruct due to a volatile manager.
    4 points
  18. Notts County's head coach Ian Burchnall has opened up on his thoughts on the teams return to training this past week. The club is preparing to get the players match fit again, as they begin their pre-season this weekend against Coalville Town. Telford United, Boston United, Derby County, York City and Tamworth are all lined-up, with a potential game against National League rivals Solihull Moors. Meanwhile, the squad has settled into the training and new signings Kyle Cameron and Joel Taylor earned praise for their work outside of the season - with Burchnall declaring 'both have obviously done a lot of work in the off-season and brought a new energy into the group'. Magpies' Head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "You know, as much as you finish the season, "I think you need a break or Monday away - a couple of days, and I'm like missing being here and training with the lads. So it's great to be back with the nice weather and the players are working extremely hard. "So it's great fun to be back." he added. "We want to get the kind of the ground level of fitness that's going to sustain us throughout the season. And that's really important to kind of bed that down so that the volume and the running is a lot. But in my eyes, you can do that everything with a ball, you can bring the ball in and still gain what we want physically from it and still get elements of the technical bits in as well. "So for me, the players are working really, really hard, but we get the ball out. And I think that also motivates you to work that little bit harder as well. So yeah, the first few days have been great." Before explaining further: "I mean, just for them to be able to train a few days without kind of the pressure of everything being out there in the public domain. "Certainly we will have a few extra players and some try lists and bodies that we want to look at, in a bit more detail at the game at the weekend." He added. "Probably through into next week as well. Carl Roberts looks strong today. He did three, four sessions from him, you look great today. "We'll see how it goes on Friday. And whether or not we use him in the game this weekend. Not necessarily that important. But most important is to get a good week out, get some feedback from his body and see where he's at. But really positive today." Head over to the Pride of Nottingham forum to discuss the pre-season friendlies ahead of the 2021/2022 National League Season. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    4 points
  19. Notts County head coach Ian Burchnall has spoken about adding at least four more signings to his side before the start of the 2021/22 National League season. The magpies boss hasn't ruled out paying further transfer fees, after Notts completed the purchase of wing-back Joel Taylor from close rivals Chesterfield yesterday. Having signed their third summer recruit, with defender Kyle Cameron first arriving and then Frank Vincent - both of which arrived as free agents. Burchnall insists that more signings are on the way, as the club once again challenges for promotion back to the Football League. Speaking to the Nottingham Evening Post, Ian Burchnall said "We need some options in the middle. "We know we need midfielders in and more options upfront as well. You can jump on the first thing that comes up or do we take our time and be measured and understand that it's a strange window at the moment." he added "There's a lot of players and a lot of clubs in different situations so things have taken a bit longer than probably we thought it would. "In an ideal world you have everybody in on day one of pre-season, but it looks like it will probably take another week or so before I feel like we're more or less done." Further adding: "I think it really depends on the player, the circumstance and the overall package. "We have to take all of those pieces into consideration. So no, it's not necessarily only free transfers. We take the full package really and assess from there." Notts County prepares for the start of their pre-season, with a trip to local side Coalville Town this Saturday. What are your thoughts on Lewis Knight's role leading into the 2021/2022 National League season? Join the discussion on PON. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    4 points
  20. The first week is a novelty, but many of us begin wondering what exactly we do with our Saturdays now the Euros have finished. @Super_Danny_Allsopp I will be at Coalville v Notts this Saturday
    4 points
  21. I’m not too worried.... yet! Other than Chesterfield and Barnet who are signing a good few (I think Harry Kewell is just going through a list of his previous players) no-one else has been massively active. Stockport just signed their first player and I don’t think Wrexham have signed anyone yet. I’d rather wait and end up getting quality than panic sign players cos we think the numbers are looking a bit short. It’s weird last time we did the majority of our recruitment early (and spent a wedge) we ended up getting relegated. And then the season after we did all our transfer business last minute and we got to a play-off final!
    4 points
  22. Away again opening Day not to bad for me though as I’m on holiday don’t understand how we can still get home game clashes with Forest when the fixtures come out 2 weeks later
    4 points
  23. Notts County youngster Tyreace Palmer has signed his first professional contract with the club after signing for the academy 11-years-ago. The 18-year-old striker has featured as part of the Notts youth team that went on to win the EFL Youth Alliance league in 2020/2021 and made his professional debut last season against Havant & Waterlooville in the FA Trophy. Head Coach Ian Burchnall, believes that Palmer should be a part of his side after scooping the Youth Team Player of the Year, having put in good performances and a strong goalscoring record. Via the official website he said: "Tyreace has been at the football club for a long time now. "We’re pleased to give him the platform to express himself. while he’s also got a lot of development to come, I think he’s got potential as a goal scorer and being around our squad on a daily basis is only going to help him." The magpies offered Palmer a professional deal back on the 14th of May 2021, and yesterday the club announced that the young prospect had signed. Speaking on his new deal, Tyreace Palmer said: "I'm over the moon, its something I've been dreaming for since I've been at the club over 10 years, so I'm really pleased to get it over the line. "I've been here since I was 6 or 7 years old, i signed that young and ever since I have just progressed through the age groups and I've just managed to get my contract every year." he added. "I've been top goal scorer most years, for the under 18's two years in a row. I enjoy it, I love scoring, not a better feeling than scoring. The first week I came in, I was finding it a bit tough to get into the tempo and the physicality but from that I've really got to grips with it and I've really been impressed with how I've been progressed with training. "Before my injury I was doing really well but I will have to come back stronger in the next season. I've got a micro fracture in my knee, I've been on crutches for 4 weeks. I've got rehab to do when I come back on the 12th and hopefully I won't be too long till I'm back playing. "I'm hoping to go out on loan and get some men's football, get experience and hopefully do well out there, come back and be fighting for the bench or starting 11 if I can." Discuss the Notts County retained list over in the Pride of Nottingham forum - share your thoughts on the renewals and departures. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    4 points
  24. I've said it already here: Yet I will add, I feel the club are in very strong hands and we'll continue to become a stronger club together.
    3 points
  25. Notts County was a club on its knees during the remaining days of the 'error era', I am incredibly thankful that the Reedtz brothers have come in and given us some solid foundations to build on. Back-to-back playoff finishes, stronger recruits and players signed for a fee. The futures black and white!
    3 points
  26. We can't compare the budget so much to last season, also there's little known as to how much the Reedtz brothers will invest personally themselves. They've got a manager in of their own liking, it seems they're giving Ian Burchnall freedom to add more depth in every area - something we have tended to fall back on. Burchnall has spoken about looking to sign 2 more, that's a guarantee. I still think we need another CM/CB, with a lot more piority going on another striker. If Tyreace Palmer goes out on loan like he wishes, then I highly doubt we'll see either Elisha Sam or Lewis Knight go anywhere.
    3 points
  27. Been thinking about this and to keep the side balanced but extracting the most out of the team attacking wise I'd go with... GK Sam Slocombe RCB Alex Lacey CB Connell Rawlinson LCB Kyle Cameron RWB Richard Brindley CM Matty Palmer CM Ed Francis LWB Joel Taylor CAM/W Cal Roberts ST/W Ruben Rodrigues ST Kyle Wootton Depending on formation, Roberts can play in the 10 and Ruben up top and have free roam (like the back end of last season). Or both can play either side of KW in a kind of 343. We can also introduce Nemane into that formation too. Francis to be the holding midfielder and one of the set piece takers. He's already said about how the club wanted him to be Doyle's replacement. Palmer to play the role like Reeves did towards the end of last season with a bit more spice. With the schedule, there will be constant squad rotation so, there probably won't be no set starting x1. Brindley to balance us at RWB as Taylor can get forward. Allows Cameron to step out of defence a bit and Brindley can cover as a third centre-back. He can also get forward on his day too. Exciting battle for the right-back slot nonetheless. Still believe we need more striker and maybe cover at centre half unless Chicksen is alternating between LWB and CB.
    3 points
  28. Comments: Outstanding: Kyle Cameron Joel Taylor Really Good: DKE Kaba Sherif Bennett Room for improvement Youth trainees... disappointed in Archie Aves, whose pass completion was not really up to the standard needed
    3 points
  29. I think the crucial areas are obvious, I think Elisha Sam having a full pre-season with Notts will see him get more match sharp from the offset - whether this means he'll make the grade at Notts I don't know but another striker is a key area. We know that Jake Reeves needs replacing, as I think Jim O'Brien will take control of the Michael Doyle position. @Super_Danny_Allsopp outline a very detailed outline which is spot on.
    3 points
  30. Very detailed thoughts, which I agree with. I do feel a winger is warranted, but more someone who can play across the field as we don't have anyone other than Joel Taylor who can play further up the field and be a specialist on the left side. I think Jim O'Brien will be playing a CM role. So, if that is correct Notts would need another more attacking minded player. Jim could play further up, but I think someone able to drift on the wing with pace would put the fear of god into the opposition. All of our attacking players deem to be man marked and this means most will have at least two players on them. I can't see Wootton being marked by a single striker, he usually has three players around him. The point made by @Super_Danny_Allsopp, Notts had to be tactically aware of how the signings fit in and adapt to our plans - not the other way-a-round. For the first time in years, it seems that we have a manager who is paying full attention to the whole squad and not buying too many defensive or attacking minded players. All seem to be capable of adapting to the plans and fit the vision Ian Burchnall has set.
    3 points
  31. Defensive-minded, or tenacious central midfielder who can still play. Neal Bishop type would be perfect. All-round central midfielder. No special leanings one way or the other. Reeves loosely could be pigeon-holed in this category. A striker to compete and at times partner Wootton. Doesn't necessarily have to be the same type as Wootton. A RWB that attacks. Brindley and DKE are solid at this level, but neither are ones to unlock defences. A backup centre back. While Brindley and Chicksen performed amicably last season, playing a back 3 with only 3 established CBs is a big risk @Super_Danny_Allsopp
    3 points
  32. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/57740060
    3 points
  33. Notts County has completed the signing of wing-back Joel Taylor. The 25-year-old arrives at Meadow Lane after leaving rivals Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee, Taylor joins the magpies on a 2-year-deal. He came through the Stoke City academy, before joining Kidderminster Harriers where he made 50 appearances for the club before departing permanently to Chester. The Spireites paid £25,000 to Chester for his services last December. Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "We needed a wing back who could offer a threat one-against-one. "Joel’s pace in the wide areas and his ability to attack in those moments is really important. "He’s been playing wing back at Chesterfield and, based on the games we’ve seen, he was most effective when they were attacking." he added. "With us being a team that wants to do that, we feel he’ll suit us well. Joel we have to look at the whole package, including his age and potential. "He’s got the capacity to develop his game further, and we feel we can help him do that in this environment." Via Twitter, Joel Taylor addressed the fans by writing "Delighted to get this done! Can't wait to get started." Join the Pride of Nottingham forum and share your thoughts on DKE's brand new 1-year-deal at Meadow Lane. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    3 points
  34. I am hit-and-miss, but I now never eat at Meadow Lane itself - I have worked in catering most of my life so seeing bad habits honestly puts me off. That and seeing a hot dog once dropped on the floor, then passed onto my son to consume (whilst I was taking pictures of fans) with a mortified face, you wouldn't bother. I'm not suggesting this often happens but it shouldn't at all, not even once. I had to argue on health grounds to get a replacement hot dog, with baffled eyes behind the counter as if we were being awkward. There's been other things, such as touching noses - not washing hands etc. When you've been in an industry where you cater for the rich and famous, and later disabled residents. You certainly do spot very bad practices. Back on subject: I seldomly eat before games, I usually wait until after matches as I feel more hungry by this point. Jake and Callum like eating before, it's more important for them to get something proper down - they enjoy eating at Subway before games. At times they will grab a burger (on occastions) and we used to eat at a takeaway near the train station.
    3 points
  35. First thoughts, let's right the wrong that was Torquay and hit the ground running. The run in at the end of season looks like an "easy" one from the 15th April onwards. Bit gutted starting away and finishing away and away on boxing day - sad times there but here we go, let's have it!
    3 points
  36. "Notts County Ace" Everything but that during his time here, but "inconsistent Notts County player" and "Notts County player who lacked self-application" doesn't actually pull in the readers does it. I wish him well, I'm not surprised that he's signed for another National League team. I never thought he would attract a League One or Two team. If he found that fire and enjoyment of football, he could be a lot more useful but I think Sutton has a large paperweight on their hands. I can't see how they can tactically make up his weaknesses, whilst getting the best out of his attacking play. Pretty average deal. -Edit- How could I forget Sutton got promoted. lol
    3 points
  37. https://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk/news/2021/july/ed-francis-signing-200721/ Holding Midfielder. Young (21). Left-footed. Not 5 foot 2. Takes set-pieces. 20 games in L2 (albeit out of position).
    2 points
  38. Notts would be foolish to miss this chance, if it doesn't happen I won't be happy. I would support any reason to bring back the 09/10 squad, imagine the vibe of this testimonial/retirement game and the optimism leading into the first team players. The fans believing promotion is realistic and results go our way, two events could be remembered for a long time. It fuels the positivity doesn't it?
    2 points
  39. Yeah, on paper it looks like a case of too good to be true! Why has someone who played 36 L1 games last season dropped into the NL? But it sounds like it was a case of wanting him more than other clubs and that he bought into what we are trying to do here. And playing under IB now (who got the best out of so many players the back end of last season) he should be able to show us why he was a league player with so many games under his belt. Quite excited to see all our new midfielders in action. We’ve gone from a trio with Doyle, O’Brien & Reeves where the youngest was 28. To potentially Francis, Vincent & Palmer where the oldest will be 26!
    2 points
  40. It's a great signing. The concern is that he only played 18 times last season. I think he got injured in February and didn't play after that.
    2 points
  41. A bit of competition for Cal? I know he's great but we can't let him drop those standards! And I think Nemane can play as an inverted winger as well, if we have Joel Taylor getting forward down the left then Nemane in an inverted role could be more useful. I still think IB likes the idea of having attacking players in the wing-back role if we need to create more. Joel Taylor looks useful in one-on-one situations, but this is where D-KE/Brindley struggle a bit. And who knows maybe Nemane is better at defending than Enzio? I'd rather have a dilemma picking the team every week then just thinking we've got a good first 11 and the rest are back up. I'm very pleased we've managed to sign him! Now us and Torquay, it's becoming like Liverpool and Southampton, they got anyone else decent?
    2 points
  42. now that's a signing I didn't think we would make. Happy with this one.
    2 points
  43. Pretty sure that's not Nemane, too big and not his hair style. No idea who it could be though... Also the guy next to him I assume is another trialist too.
    2 points
  44. Yes, a lot more thought seems to be going into the signings and not just where they're from. To be fair, under the Reedtz brothers the recruitment has been a lot better and we have to remember that Neal Ardley would have the final say. Ian Burchnall seems to have different ideas about how we should be playing and what players are best to achieve that.
    2 points
  45. Looks to be a solid addition to the team, hopefully he settles in and does well. I'm looking forward to seeing him take on the opposition and wearing our colours, I wonder how the majority of Chesterfield fans feel. I know one fan who has said he's good going forward and does work well in defending, likes to break away when he can!
    2 points
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