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    As the oldest Football League club in existence, Notts County have not only created history of their own, but they've also played a part in the history of other clubs. By now all Notts fans will be well aware of the connection between the Magpies and Juventus, thanks to Nottingham man Tom Gordon Savage's procurement of shirts with black and white vertical stripes when he lived in Turin back in 1903. But with Tottenham Hotspur saying goodbye to White Hart Lane this season as they prepare to move - via Wembley - to a brand new stadium, the focus has very much been on the now-dismantled ground's history. And sure enough, Notts crop up there too, as they were the very first team to play against Spurs at White Hart Lane in the final year of the 19th century. Logan Holmes of Spurs fansite Hotspur HQ writes: "On 4 September 1899, Tottenham played a friendly game against Notts County to mark the opening of their new ground. They have continued to play there ever since. "The First Division club were the first visitors and 5,000 spectators were present. Notts took the lead through an own goal. Spurs inside right, Tom Pratt, brought them level by half-time and after the interval centre forward David Copeland completed a hat-trick, although for the last two goals County had been reduced to ten men as their goalkeeper was injured. County’s centre half, Walter Bull, who went in to goal, was to join Tottenham five years later. "At that time the ground wasn’t known as White Hart Lane. It was only after the 1st World War that it took on that name. Before then it had been called ‘The High Road Ground’, although the club had favoured ‘Percy Park’ after Sir Henry Percy – Harry Hotspur. "Prior to 1899 Tottenham had played at their Northumberland Park ground, having moved there in 1888 after originally playing their matches on Tottenham Marshes." 118 years later, White Hart Lane would host its final game as Spurs clinched a 2-1 win over the mighty Manchester United on 14 May 2017, dominating from start to finish. And with the history of the ground the main focus of the day, Spurs had created special corner flags which boasted information of the first and last game at the Lane - one saying "14th May 2017" and featuring the Spurs and Man United badges, and the other saying "4th September 1899" and featuring the Spurs and Notts badges, with "To Dare Is To Do" written at the bottom of both. Another historic White Hart Lane clash between the two teams took place on 10 March 1991, when Spurs hosted Notts in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. The Magpies put their opponents to the sword, Don O'Riordan putting the visitors ahead with a sensational rocket from outside the box and Mark Draper bossing the midfield to the point that he was upstaging a certain England international by the name of Paul Gascoigne - you may have heard of him. However, Spurs came out invigorated in the second half as Craig Short deflected Nayim's effort into his own net, before Gascoigne - who should have been sent off after elbowing Paul Harding in the face, leaving him with a black eye - struck a clinical shot into the far corner with just seven minutes left in the game. O'Riordan, scorer of County's superb first goal in that tie, paid a visit to White Hart Lane on the Monday to reminisce about his memories of the stadium. He wrote: "Wonderful memories visiting White Hart Lane. Sadly couldn't get on the pitch to take a photo of the goal I scored in during the quarter final in 1991. "Met two Spurs fans who supported the club for 35+ years and they remembered the goal which was amazing and agreed Gazza should have been red carded lol. "Has to be one of the biggest highlights of my career. Funny the lads even knew the first Tottenham game in their history (at White Hart Lane) was against Notts." He then talked about what happened the day after the match: "After we lost at Spurs, Neil (Warnock) had us in next day that was normally a rest day but he told the YTS lads to tell us to make sure we had our kit and trainers on. "This normally would mean a running session but we ended up in the sponsors lounge and Neil and Mick Jones brought 2 cases of beer for us to consume and he said we can make Wembley again win promotion and sample the Spurs atmosphere every week in the 1st Division. "We looked at each other and had another drink and wondered what he was on about but how could we doubt this guy. Sure enough we beat Brighton (in the playoffs) and the rest as we all know is history." As Spurs wave goodbye to their home for 118 years and prepare to create new history, it's nice to know that Notts have played a part in some of it - and that clubs continue to pay tribute to us. Share your thoughts about this feature on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
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    Tommy Johnson, born in Gateshead on 15 January 1971, knew he wanted to play for Notts County from his first trial at the club as a teenager. In a 2013 interview at the annual Notts County Former Players' Association dinner, where he was presented with an Achievement award, he spoke of how he fell in love with the Magpies. “I was 13 and I came down for trials and the first training session was with Jimmy Sirrel and that was the sort of club it was,” he said. “All the players made you feel so welcome and, although my family wanted me to stay at home and play for Newcastle, I knew I wanted to play here and I’ve been here ever since. “My time here was great and I couldn’t have had a better start to my career.” Johnson joined Notts in 1989 as an apprentice after leaving school and such was his talent that he was a first-team regular by the end of the decade. His prolific goalscoring helped Notts climb from the third tier to the First Division between 1989 and 1991, and in total he scored 57 goals in 149 appearances. In 1992, Johnson left Meadow Lane and moved down a division to Derby County in a £1.3m deal. His time at the Rams was fruitful as he claimed 30 goals in 58 appearances, but two playoff defeats in three seasons later, he decided to up sticks again, joining Aston Villa in 1995 and making his debut in the Premier League. Johnson's future at the highest level looked promising as he scored four goals in 14 league games to help Villa stay in the Premier League. However, he found his first-team opportunities limited as manager Brian Little signed Serbian striker Savo Milosevic, and Dwight Yorke was converted from a winger to a striker. In 1996–97, Johnson was still unable to displace Yorke or Milosevic, managing just 20 league games and four goals, before he joined Scottish giants Celtic for £2.4mi on 27 March 1997 – transfer deadline day. Despite seeing his career at Parkhead plagued by injury, he enjoyed some success at the club, including scoring the goal that won the 2000–01 Scottish Premier League title, and scoring in the 2000 Scottish League Cup final win over Aberdeen. He had also collected a title medal in 1997–98. At Celtic, he played under managers Wim Jansen, Jozef Venglos, John Barnes, Kenny Dalglish and finally Martin O'Neill, but managed just 35 league games and scored 18 goals. During his time at Celtic, Johnson was briefly loaned out to Everton in the autumn of 1999, where he played three times in the Premier League but failed to score. A brief spell at Sheffield Wednesday followed before Johnson joined Kilmarnock and then Gillingham in December 2001. After two seasons at Gillingham, Johnson joined Sheffield United but only made one appearance there before moving on to Scunthorpe United. During his time at the Iron he was loaned out to Tamworth, finally joining them on a permanent contract and staying there until the summer of 2006, when he joined Midland Football Alliance club Rocester. After hanging up his boots, Johnson went into coaching and ended up rejoining Notts as part of the coaching staff under the management of Ian McParland on 1 November 2007, where he stayed until 2011. Following on from his coaching spell at Meadow Lane, he worked at the Irish Football Association as a scout between January 2012 and August 2013, before a spell as Senior Overseas Scout at Cardiff City. Johnson then became a coach educator for UEFA A and B licences at the IFA before taking a job as the head of player recruitment at Blackburn Rovers, where he continues to work today. Share your thoughts about this Notts Alumni feature on Tommy Johnson on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
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    Hope everyone's well back in blighty, if the weathers half as nice as it is here in Turin you'll be topping up them tans. Shame Notts lost yesterday, listened to the match from my hotel room and to be fair it sounded like we gave them a good game, at least we're safe. I guess it just emphasies the point that we do definitely need a lot of changes over the Summer. Was up at 3:30am yesterday morning for a 6:45 flight to Turin. We got here in time to check into our hotel and enjoy a pizza in the main piazza in the sunshine for dinner. The evening was a special evening. Those of you who know Andy Black either personally or just through social emdia will be aware of all of the work he does with the Italian Magpies, and in particular over the past few weeks, he has put a lot of time and effort into making sure the memory of Tom Savage - the gentleman who first brought the famous black and white stripes from Nottingham to Turin back in 1903 is not forgotten. There is a museum at the stadium, and today a plaque will be enveiled commemorating Mr Savage's work, and the birth of the link between two historic clubs. Remarkably, two of Tom Savage's Grandchildren have joined us in Turin to be present for today's unveiling. Last night we dined out with them and dscussed all things football, and discussed at great length their great grandfathers life. It was a fascinating evening, and it was genuinely surreal to think that there were 9 of us - 7 from England, 1 Italian and 1 South African sat there all because of one man. They all know the story of Notts County over here. Just in the last 2 days I've had many comments from locals when they see me and the others out in our Notts shirts. It's no secret that Italian football fans are quite resentful towards Engish supporters, but for Notts fans, the vast majority of Juventus fans genuinely make an exception. To them it's quite odd. They're so used to being hated wherever they go that they struggle to get their heads around the fact that fans of another club from another country have an interest in them. Tonight promises to be a special occasion, with the family members and Andy being invited into the famous Agnelli club to enjoy the game in the comany of Juve's top brass. And of course the main event will be tonight's big game as Juventus look to take another step towards an astonishing sixth straight serie a title, which would see this team write their names into football legend. Forza Juve! You Pies!
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    Over the next few days, Pride of Nottingham will be publishing Andy Black's account of his journey to discover more about the identity of Tom Gordon Savage, the Nottingham-born man who famously requested for a number of Notts County shirts to be sent to a fledging Italian football club by the name of Juventus over a century ago. Here is part one, where Andy first notices the discrepancy between the established records identifying the man as John Savage and a handwritten note penned by one Tom Savage, and how research into another Nottingham football pioneer, AC Milan founder Herbert Kilpin, led to the first lead about the man responsible for Juve's black-and-white stripes, and soon developed into establishing his family tree and tracing his descendants. When it comes to football clubs, few are bigger or more famous worldwide than Italian outfit Juventus. The vertical black and white stripes on their shirts are emblematic of the club itself, and those with a bit more in-depth knowledge of the history of football know that a man from Nottingham, an expatriate living in the Northern Italian city of Turin, was responsible for this design being imported, given to and duly adopted by the Bianconeri (white-and-blacks). According to the history books, "John Savage" had requested that the shirts be sent over from Nottingham to Turin in 1903; he was approached by the Italian club, whose name is Latin for "youth", to source properly-made football shirts from Britain after the pink shirts they wore faded in colour as the season went on. He got in touch with some people from his home city, and a shipment of Notts County shirts was duly sent across Europe to Juve. In the Juventus museum, there is a photo of a postcard which also shows the handwritten message on the reverse sent to a friend. The message reads: Dear Varetti, Please accept many greetings from me and my family, your devoted Tom Savage. P.S. Have you seen the next football game that will be played in Saluzzo next Sunday for a silver cup? This message is signed Tom Savage, not John. So why is he known as John? It also left me wondering many other questions - what happened to him and his family? What were their names? Were there any more children? Did they stay in Italy? I started to search the internet in May 2016 for any information on "John Savage". After two nights of research, a different name kept popping up: "Herbert Kilpin", who became a distraction as Kilpin played football with Savage in Turin from 1891 and went on to co-found a football club in the nearby city of Milan which eventually became AC Milan in 1899. I approached Nottingham City of Football to ask who I should approach about having a plaque placed on Kilpin's birthplace - 191 Mansfield Road, Nottingham. They put me in contact with Robert Nieri, who was finalising a book on Kilpin's life, so it made perfect sense to team up with Robert to achieve this long overdue memorial to this Nottingham man. On the 22nd October 2016 a Nottingham City transport bus was named "Herbert Kilpin" in presence of his great-great-niece Helen Stirland. The plaque is due to be mounted later this year. I intended to start my research into the life of Savage once Kilpin's plaque was mounted but about nine weeks ago I received an email from Roger Stirland, the husband of Herbert Kilpin's great-niece, Helen, which included many documents on Savage. I met Roger at the bus unveiling outside Kilpin's birthplace. His research had revealed that John Savage was actually Tom Gordon Savage - born in Lenton, Nottingham on 18th February 1867, and died at the Nottingham City Hospital on 23rd April 1951. Roger had discovered that Tom married his wife Sarah Mallet in Turin and they had two sons both born in Turin - Ettore Savage, on 16th February 1891, and Richard Savage, on 20th December 1892. My wife, Lisa, searched the two sons' names on the internet and found them both listed on a family tree named Mallet with their parents. I messaged the owner of the tree and within a few hours I received a reply from one Bob Mallett in Canada - he copied in Mary Cassidy, another member of the Mallet family, living near Turin. Mary proved to be another very useful contact and by her own admission loves a challenge after I explained that I was wanting to find a living relative of Tom Savage. By now another week had passed and with now Roger and Mary working on the case they quickly found many descendants from the marriage of Tom and Sarah. Roger continued to research Tom's siblings' tree just in case there was not a direct relative to contact. Mary is connected to Tom's wife Sarah in her family tree and was able to locate a relative that knew Tom's granddaughter, Athalie Savage. Athalie is the only child of Richard Savage, Tom's youngest son. Ettore married but had no children so the only hope was that Richard's line continued to the present day. The research shown that Athalie married and had two children, Anna and Alasdair. Mary's cousin wrote an email to Anna who said that they knew each other as young children from school. The research confirmed that both Anna and Alasdair married and, between them, another four direct descendants were born - Anna with her daughter in Oxfordshire and Alasdair in Cape Town, South Africa. I had agreed that it would be best to wait for a reply to the email sent to Anna to see if contact could be made with the family. In December 2016 I had chosen to watch Juventus play at home in Turin on 23rd April 2017 with some other Notts County fans. Once a year I arrange for a group of Notts fans to travel to Turin to see Juve play and in return the Italian Magpies come to Nottingham to see Notts play. This has happened since the friendly match to open the new Juventus Stadium between the two clubs in September 2011. It wasn't until the 24th March that I realised that the date of the game was the 66th anniversary of Tom Gordon Savage passing away. With this in mind I decided to search for Anna, Alasdair and their children on social media. To see how the story ends, read part two of the feature by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this feature by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County and Juventus fans.
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    Congratulations @weymouthPIE ! This season, your triumphant exploits will be rewarded by a shiny trophy!* * Online only Give it up for weymouthPIE everyone! (trumpety victory sounds)
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    So the final round up of the season then: Yesterday's Results: Colchester United 2-0 Yeovil Town Exeter City 2-3 Carisle United Grimsby Town 1-1 Plymouth Argyle Hartlepool United 2-1 Doncaster Rovers Portsmouth 6-1 Cheltenham Town Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 Cambridge United Today's Results: Aston Villa 1-1 Brighton Brentford 1-3 Blackburn Rovers Bristol City 0-1 Birmingham City Newcastle United 3-0 Barnsley Nottingham Forest 3-0 pswich Town Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Fulham Scores: super_ram - 19 points WeymouthPIE - 17 points The Mascot - 14 points DangerousSaussage - 13 points Who R Ya?? YP!! - 9 points 4everapie - 8 points RiverLeeno - 6 points Dan - 5 points magpiejue - 4 points GrannyPie - 2 points Table: Remarkably a last gasp Jack Grealish goal for Villa won Newcastle the title and won me this title, talk about cutting it fine! Just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has taken part this season once again, good to see this continues to run strong every season. Roll on August!
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    The second and final part of Andy Black's account sees him make contact with Tom Gordon Savage's descendants, informs them of his plans to get his name changed at the Juventus Stadium museum, and culminates with a trip to Turin for a Bianconeri game and a ceremony to honour the man himself on the anniversary of his passing. That evening I found Anna's daughter, plus Alasdair and his three children. I sent a message to all of them one by one and it was one of Alasdair's daughters that replied confirming that they were indeed the descendants of Tom Savage. She sent me a message requesting my email so that Alasdair could email me. Alasdair emailed me the following evening and copied in his sister thanking me for making contact. He informed me that his mother Athalie was alive and living near Anna and her daughter. I spoke to Anna first on the phone and then Alasdair and explained that I wanted to change the name that was next to the photo in the museum from John to Tom. Alasdair said that their mother had requested to them a few years ago that he and his sister get in contact with Juventus and change the name. I explained that I was taking a Notts County football shirt printed SAVAGE 1903 on the back with a request that they amend his name next to the photo. I requested that if the family sent me a letter addressed to the manager of the museum it would increase the chances of the name correction taking place. Alasdair sent a letter to me which arrived on 31st March. So with the research done on Tom's life as a lace maker and designer, football player for Juventus and amateur cricket player for Notts Waverley, I sent an email to the manager of the Juventus museum requesting the name to be changed. I got a reply that morning asking for my phone number and by lunchtime it was agreed that the name would be changed in time for my visit on the 23rd April. Marco, the manager, asked who was coming with me and if there would there be any family members attending. I replied that at that stage there was only a contingent of Notts County Supporters who would be seated in Curva Nord (North Stand) for the game against Genoa. Marco said it would be good if a family member could attend the unveiling of the new photo in the museum; I said it was a bit short notice but I would ask. I phoned Alasdair in Cape Town but he said he was committed to a meeting but to call Anna as it would be easier for her from the UK. I phoned Anna who said she was available to attend so I emailed Marco back and agreed to make some plans on Monday morning. The weekend passed and Alasdair had rearranged his meeting so now was able to attend so I gave Marco the good news. Marco's reply was to offer two tickets to sit with Andrea Agnelli in the most prestigious part of the stadium for the game on the 23rd. I informed Alasdair and Anna what was being offered and they insisted that I have one of the tickets and Alasdair the other. On the 20th April my wife and I drove down to Oxfordshire to meet Athalie, Anna, Alasdair and Anna's daughter at Athalie's home. I felt it important to visit Athalie to show her the football shirt and letter that will be presented to Juventus and to listen to her talk about her grandfather Tom and father Richard. We spent just over four hours talking to her before, during and after dinner. I explained to her that all the Juventus friends that I had made was down to her grandfather's inspiration in requesting Notts County shirts in 1903. On the 22nd April the group of Notts fans flew out to Turin where in the evening we met up with Alasdair and Anna for a pizza. My friend Luigi, a member of the Italian Magpies, was also present and was overwhelmed with emotion when I informed him he was the first Juventus fan to meet the family of Tom Savage. The next day we all headed to the Juventus museum to meet Marco in reception at 3pm to take part in a stadium tour, followed by the unveiling of the picture which was filmed by Juventus TV and uploaded onto Juventus.com, Twitter and Facebook. Marco informed the family that the shirt with the letter will be put on display in a glass cabinet for all to see. Alasdair and I proceeded to club Gianni e Umberto to take our seats for a pre match meal with Marco and then to our seats in the stadium for the game. At half time we were introduced to the mother of the president of Juventus FC, Allegra Agnelli. She was genuinely pleased to see us and accepted one of the postcards we were handing out before the game explaining the significance of the date and name change. Marco then introduced us to the director of the museum who also accepted a postcard and it was reassuring when he made sure that the museum had my details to keep up to date with any more information found on Tom. We returned to the stadium for the second half where the game finished Juventus 4-0 Genoa. In the same way that Roger and Helen Stirland became friends while working on the Herbert Kilpin plaque, Alasdair and Anna have become friends and I look forward to learning of Athalie's reaction to achieving what we all wanted. The importance is that a Nottingham man who created a link between the world's oldest football league club, Notts County and the most successful club in Italy, Juventus now has the correct recognition and as a consequence football friendships and a unique piece of football history for Nottingham is recorded forever. As we say, "Two hearts, one soul". Forza Juve and Forza Notts County! To go back to the first part of the story, click here. Share your thoughts about this feature on Pride of Nottingham by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow Notts County and Juventus fans.
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    The 2016-17 season has been a funny one for me, personal circumstances meant I missed a portion of the Notts County games which took place over late October to mid-January – despite all the on-goings at Meadow Lane and the dire performances I really missed this period. Yet the break was exactly what I needed at the time, but the lengthy spell did leave me feeling drained and worried about my mother. I had been saying throughout the majority of the 2015-16 season that I would get back on the road, whilst I seem to always remember Barnsley as being my last away day – in fact, it wasn’t. My last game prior to Newport was the opening game against Stevenage last term. As the season quickly unwounded, I find myself thinking that I wouldn’t be able to make an away trip this season. For that reason I really wanted to go to Newport despite being told by many opposition fans that it wasn’t ‘a very friendly place to visit’ I decided I would go. After asking JJ to pick me up the ticket, I was quite excited about the prospect of an away day. Sadly, I read some upsetting news on my Facebook feed late Tuesday night which totally flipped my mood but I still decided to go. It was only upon arriving at Monmouth where I actually felt a buzz, it’s a very peaceful location and I took to taking some pictures of the scenery – I will attach some below. Arriving at Newport I quickly got the match day buzz which I missed! After emptying my bag but luckily managing to sneak through security with a thermal bottle with water in (at the time I had forgotten about it), I took to taking some fan pictures. The match started very poorly, I could tell then that the game wouldn’t be one I’d remember for the right reasons. Between snapping further pictures and watching the other stand filled with travelling Notts fans sing amusing songs – I thankfully didn’t fall asleep but I found the first half very boring. Half time was more eventful than I thought it would be, after being asked to take a photo. A Notts fan slipped and his pint was flung straight onto me. After helping the fan up onto his feet, I was quickly asked by another group if I would take their picture but I found the whole event to be funny even if it was at my own expense. I expected the second half to be more lively but I couldn’t be more wrong, it was very similar to the first half in terms of performance. A Notts goal saw us play well for what 10-15 minutes? About the same time Jimmy had on screen in the last episode of ‘Better Call Saul’. I do have to admit, I felt when the chances came that we might actually be able to go ahead. Yet the banter between both sets of fans was funny, it added some much needed entertainment – as I really didn’t see much fight being shown on the pitch. I should also add that I wanted Hartlepool to survive, I enjoyed my two visits to see us play them despite the final results. Neither Newport nor us deserved to win; yet their final goal was class. The away day was enjoyable, yet mostly for the fact we Notts fans know how to have a good time and will make any occasion into something exciting. I’m already looking forward to the new season, I do believe it will be much better than the last three – yet stability will be the key. I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for their amazing friendship and support, since dropping my Notts-Joe username things have been much more positive and I enjoy discussing things with people on both Facebook and Twitter. You Pies!
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    I will only be disappointed in Audel leaving if we keep both Duffy and Hollis as I feel that he is a better centre half than either of them, plus he is able to cover at left back. I will be even more disappointed if we keep both of the above and do not bring in two new first choice CH's in the summer, as we will have no chance of the playoffs with this pair. I'm not impressed with Notts's stance on first year professionals and haven't been for a few years. They shouldn't bother to offer any youth players a pro contract unless they are sure that they will be an asset and any that they do award should be given two years.
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    The recent League Two playoff games between Exeter City and Carlisle United, and Luton Town and Blackpool, have highlighted the narrow gap for error within this division. Exciting as they may be to watch, the playoffs aren’t easy, nor are they straightforward as people may think. Promotion at the end of the day can reap rewards for any club that is successful enough to clinch it - the evolution and step forward can ultimately turn around a club's fortunes too. League Two teams on their day can beat anyone, just look how Hartlepool United managed to claim a victory over the champions on the final day, so success on the field involves hard work and a lot of perseverance. Whilst some fans will argue that the standard of football is dire, it’s improved a lot over the years and is certainly difficult. I feel any lower tier division usually is this way, as the National League is about the hardest of them all – yet League Two is no easy street. Clubs have to earn their promotion and if Notts hadn’t lost all those games in a row, we may have been able to turn things around. When we were in the drop zone, I never felt we would push out and be on the verge of mathematically pushing up the higher end of the division. This alone shows you how quickly things can change in League Two. The league won’t be any easier next season, we will welcome the return of Lincoln City – who I feel will have a culture shock after how a portion of their fans have reacted in the past few days (well done for your promotion lads, but focus - you’re not champions of League Two yet). Yet they will give the majority of teams a good game on their day. Forest Green Rovers are rather unknown but I expect them to invest and to be more successful than most of the smaller League Two teams – i.e the sides like Newport County, Morecambe and Cheltenham Town. Other clubs falling down the pyramid will add further depth to the competition already found, with Port Vale being no push over. Swindon Town and Chesterfield are also sides that should be able to put aside the woes of relegation in order to focus on a new campaign. I am aware from various comments that Chesterfield are in some financial difficulty, yet I fully expect them to be pushing for the top half of the table. Coventry City may go on to replicate what we did in 1998 or lead the division like Doncaster Rovers did this campaign – I wouldn’t expect them to slip up at all. There will be more than 10 teams who are all capable of pushing for the top positions, so League Two won’t exactly be there for the taking for any club – let alone us. Whilst we may be able to watchfully cast an eye on the playoffs in terms of realistic expectations, all of this will depend on the type of signings we make and how Kevin Nolan can further gel his squad together. I would love Notts to push for automatic promotion, yet I would say that stability usually takes a few seasons and at this early stage it’s looking like we will be just another decent League Two team. A handful of exciting signings could easily change this, whilst a ‘real’ togetherness on the pitch and impact from us fans in the stands in terms of support may encourage a hard-working Notts County to exceed expectations. I noticed a friend's comment recently on Facebook which got me thinking. Byron Webster, the Millwall defender, had been quoted as saying: “Going up this way is the best way to it” – referring to his side's League One playoff final win over Bradford City at Wembley. There’s no denying that a trip to Wembley can't be an historic and grand occasion, yet if you aim to be one the division's best, you can’t rely on them. Notts fans who recall our own playoff final forays just need to cast their memories back to Brighton & Hove Albion - we know that they’re joyous occasions but on the other hand we then have the 2-0 defeat to Bradford back in 1996. Our track record in the playoffs stands at two wins (1989-90 and 1990-91) and two defeats (1987-88 and 1995-96), which pretty much sums up the 50/50 nature of the beast. Therefore, I would personally hope that we could recruit in strength and build to gain promotion automatically. However, if Notts were to find themselves in the playoffs, I know we would give it a good shot. We just shouldn't have to rely on them in order to return to League One. Share your thoughts about this feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
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    I don't like writing messages of this nature, nobody does but I wanted to take a moment to least acknowledge the very sad news that @stewartpot has sadly passed away. For anyone who knew him personally, you will know that he was a gentle giant and a man who's laugh could fill the room (as did his love). I shared a number of away days over the years with him, spent time on match days trying my best to capture his photo and he was one of the most passionate Notts I knew. He was a lovely person, someone I know will be dearly missed by the Notts community. My thoughts go out to his friends and family. Rest in Peace Stewpot
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    It needs reformatting and B teams need removing. What is the point if fans don't want to attend? If it truly helped English talent it would be supported but it isn't for the simple reason that it makes no sense. Also, clubs rejected entering B teams - if Notts played too many fringe players we'd be punished but its fine for the bigger clubs to take the p.
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    Well done @weymouthPIE and thanks for all the work you put into it! Although I really should have been agead of @Elite_pie on alphabetical order My results picked up markedly after I stopped poring over form and tables and started going with my gut feeling. I'll be unstoppable next season!
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    We at Pride of Nottingham would just like to give you all a massive thank you for all your engagement and support this season. Without you all, there literally would be no point for PON, it's a community where you can all enjoy interacting with each other about Notts County and anything and everything else. We've suffered together, we've celebrated together and now we breathe a sigh of relief together as we look forward to the 2017-18 season with a level of hope not seen at Meadow Lane for many years. So once again, thank you all for your support, enjoy the summer and let's continue getting behind the team! COME ON YOU PPIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
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    Definitely the end of an era. Colin is almost part of the furniture at Meadow Lane, it was his voice I heard on the radio commentating on Notts when I first started supporting the club 47 years ago. It's good to hear that he will still have a strong involvement (he hopes to attend 30-35 games per season) but at his age I think he deserves to miss those Tuesday night trips to Hartlepool in the middle of winter! I hope the club give him the opportunity to step on the pitch this Saturday at his final home commentary either pre-match or at half time so we can show our appreciation.
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    After my grandson's( @super_pie) birthday on Monday it's now his dad and my younger son @Chris's turn and his 30th birthday.Happy birthday Chris,it doesn't seem that long ago that you made your first appearance halfway through Coronation Street.Have a good day.
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    over the past couple of days i have put capital fm on and it got me thinking, what are other pon members listening to either music or radio wise?
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    Football is a sport of many styles, many methods, many tactics, many demographics. It’s one of the most inclusive sports in the world, which adds to its global appeal. You can carve out a career if you’re a skinny 5’5’’ tactician and you can become a star if you’re a 6’6’’ giant built like a brick outhouse. You can be elegant and refined, or you can be uncompromising and sturdy. Lionel Messi, Nobby Styles, Yaya Toure and Peter Crouch have all been capped multiple times for their respective international teams despite widely differing heights, builds and styles of play. Brian Kilcline, English centre-back and former Notts County and Coventry legend, was able to get his hands on top-level silverware and forged a highly successful career in the English game, thanks to his tough, uncompromising style, which spread to his appearance – his long hair and beard, combined with his demeanour and passion, ensured that opposition players knew he wasn’t one to mess with. Born on 7 May 1962, Kilcline began his footballing career with Notts County at the tender age of 16 after being scouted for South Notts Schoolboys, when he signed associate schoolboy forms in 1978. He got arguably the best birthday present a young aspiring footballer could hope for when he signed a professional contract in 1980, though he already had senior team experience by this point. He made his professional debut for Notts nine months earlier against Torquay United in the League Cup, before appearing in the league against Bristol Rovers a month later. Kilcline made 184 League and Cup appearances, and was a key player in the squad that took Notts into the First Division in 1981. A strong, uncompromising defender with a Neanderthalesque appearance, he was the bane of opposition frontlines. In the summer of 1984, Notts were relegated from the First Division, but Kilcline had the chance to remain in the top flight when Coventry City enquired about the tough tackler. The Sky Blues paid the Magpies £60,000 to secure Killer’s services, putting an end to his time at Meadow Lane. Over at Highfield Road, Kilcline showed the same commitment and skills that served him so well at NG2, and was eventually made captain of the side. Arguably his greatest moment in a Coventry jersey came 30 years ago, in 1987, when he led the Sky Blues out at Wembley in the FA Cup final, against highly fancied Tottenham Hotspur. During the game, which finished 2-2 in normal time, such was his eagerness and drive that he ended up receiving an injury after a tackle on opposition player Gary Mabbutt and had to be substituted before the end of the regulation 90 minutes. According to an interview, he ended up suffering from a blood clot in his leg and, despite it being a sunny day, he “watched extra-time through thick fog because I was sat beside our two doctors, who were chain smoking to calm their nerves”. Mabbutt then scored the winner… for Coventry, that is, as he kneed the ball into his own net in the 95th minute. The underdogs then weathered the subsequent Spurs attacks to secure a 3-2 win and, crucially, the fabled, precious FA Cup. Despite his injury, Kilcline was able to slowly hobble up the famous Wembley step to receive the trophy for the first time in Coventry's history. Killer recalled an amusing anecdote about the aftermath of the game to The Mirror, where he had to spend time in hospital and wasn’t able to celebrate the cup win. “We came back to Coventry, showed off the Cup, and I was straight out of the back door at the town hall and off to hospital. All the lads went on an end-of-season trip to Magaluf except me. “There was no get well-soon card, just a gloating phone call from Dave Bennett and Cyrille Regis to say what a brilliant time they were having. I thought: 'You jammy b******s, I'm not having this' - so I flew out three days later and did my own exhaustive research of Magaluf's licensed premises!” Oldham Athletic came in for Kilcline in the summer of 1991, paying Coventry a fee of £400,000. However, his time at Boundary Park didn’t work out, so he found himself upping sticks when former England legend Kevin Keegan, now manager of Newcastle United, enquired about his services. Killer duly became Kleine Kevin’s first signing with the (other) Magpies. During five years at St James' Park, he captained Newcastle to the First Division title in 1993. Keegan later remarked that Kilcline was the most important signing he had ever made for the club. This was echoed by fans, who considered him partially responsible for saving the club from relegation and possible bankruptcy. During the 1993-94 season, he briefly played for Swindon Town in the Premier -League, before returning to Nottinghamshire for a two-year spell with Mansfield Town, where he made 50 appearances. His final season was that of 1997-98, where he had a brief spell with eventual Conference champions Halifax Town, before hanging up his boots. According to The Mirror, Kilcline went backpacking around the world with his wife once his career wound down, then spent time with National Express as an ambassador and became involved in property renovation in Britain and overseas. With 2017 signaling the 30-year anniversary of Kilcline lifting the FA Cup, the tall, eccentric now-55-year-old was interviewed by the Guardian in March, where he divulged several new anecdotes, including living on a boat, getting married the day after the Swindon Town Christmas night out, where he was found worse for wear outside the town's train station, taking wedding pictures in a graveyard, arm-wrestling Kanu, and setting up home in Holmfirth where he lives with his wife Lynn. And in true Killer spirit, he shares the house with an eight-foot dragon and a mermaid. Share your thoughts about this Notts Alumni feature about Brian Kilcline on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
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    Notts County have made their first signing of the 2016-17 post-season by recruiting Lincoln City winger Terry Hawkridge on a two-year deal. The Nottingham-born 27-year-old was part of the Imps side which cruised to National League glory this year, helping Danny Cowley's boys into League Two as well as the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Speaking to the official Notts website, Hawkridge - who played for Carlton Town and Hucknall Town early on in his career - said: “It was a tough decision to leave Lincoln. "However, I feel I have unfinished business here having been released as a kid. It’s my home city – I’m originally from Top Valley – so I am buzzing to be here. “I’m looking forward to getting started and learning a lot from the experienced players in the squad, as well as the manager. “I didn’t know what was happening after the National League season finished but now I have signed here I can go away, enjoy a short break and come back ready for the first day of pre-season training. “I’m a winger who can play on either side but I like to cut in from the left. I’ve got a bit of pace, I can cross with either foot and I have some tricks up my sleeve. I know I can bring goals and hopefully create some special memories here.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
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    Alan Hardy has admitted that Nottingham Forest are likely to extend Jorge Grant's current deal at the City Ground. The midfielder enjoyed a brilliant loan spell at Notts County this season and the club owner is eager to sign him up permanently. However, Hardy is also aware that his progress at Meadow Lane will not have gone unnoticed by both his parent club - who have an option to extend his deal by another year, and any other suitors, with Bristol City and Wigan Athletic rumoured to be after him. "Jorge enjoyed his time here. He did fantastically well," Hardy told the Nottingham Post. "I think Jorge is the first to admit that he's grown as a player since being here. "That's no detriment to Forest, it's purely because he's been given the opportunity to play first-team football. "The ball is in Forest's court. They have got an option on him and it looks like they are likely to exercise that option. "Whether we then buy him from Forest or we have him on loan, or Forest may well decide to keep him, we'll have to see. Unfortunately, we aren't holding any of the cards. "Discussion at the moment is between Forest and Jorge. We've registered our interest, Jorge knows how we feel, Jorge knows how much we would pay him, the ball is very much in Forest's court." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
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    Congratulations @weymouthPIE and thanks for all the effort you put in overseeing The Prediction League.Well done everyone who took part.
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    And so ends another season in the Football League, and luckily for us Notts County fans, we had the luxury of being able to sit back and enjoy the last few fixtures of the campaign without crippling anxiety - some supporters even had the luxury of complaining about losing the final game, against Newport County, describing it as "finishing with a whimper". I will take a season which fizzles out on a losing note with a lower-mid-table finish any day compared to what the prognosis was just a few months ago. We've all witnessed what happened with Leyton Orient over the last few months, a proud club virtually dying before us and ending up relegated out of the EFL. That could have been us. That WAS us, at least until Alan Hardy completed his takeover of Notts in January, and from then on, a club that appeared terminally ill has been healed, revived and galvanised to the point that safety was secured with several games to spare. This was the same team that had lost 10 league games in a row, the kind of woeful run you get in Sunday Leagues where one team clearly just does it for a laugh, bringing together a load of hungover, overweight duffers every Sunday morning only to get spanked each week by a team whose players actually know what "cardio" means (and no, it's not Spanish). We were losers, plain and simple. Now, I'm not necessarily having a dig at the players, because the way their form picked up so dramatically after the takeover suggests that their minds might have not right for whatever reason beforehand, but if I can't use the word "losers" for a team that loses 10 games in a row, then when can I? The season didn't get off to the best start - a 2-0 defeat at Yeovil Town, followed by a 2-0 loss at Scunthorpe United in the EFL Cup. There was a mild upturn when Notts won at Hartlepool United and Crawley Town before beating Pools again in the EFL Trophy, before things took a downturn again with a draw with Grimsby Town and defeat to Accrington Stanley. Then we got victories over Cheltenham Town, Leyton Orient and Exeter City, which saw us move into the League Two playoff places heading into October. Defeats to Rochdale in the EFL Trophy and a 3-1 loss at bitter rivals Mansfield Town soon dampened spirits once again, but the month also included a hard-fought 2-1 win at Portsmouth, arguably the best performance and result of the first half of the season, and come the end of the month, which saw a goalless draw against Luton Town, we were sixth in the table. And then things went wrong. Very wrong. A 4-0 loss at Blackpool. a 3-0 hammering at Meadow Lane against Newport County. And so on, and so on for 10 painful games in the league, while the FA Cup didn't provide much solace either, having to have a replay with non-league Boreham Wood and eventually going out to Peterborough United, who then enjoyed a third-round tie at Chelsea. By the time 2017 rolled round and we got spanked by Cambridge United and MORECAMBE (losing to a team that has a sandwich filling for a badge is particularly painful), we weren't so much flirting with the bottom two as buying it drinks in a desperate bid to take it home for the night. Off the pitch, meanwhile, there were real fears that the takeover was in jeopardy due to "undisclosed issues", and so for a few days in early January, it looks like it - and the club - was going to collapse. Luckily, Hardy did manage to complete the takeover, announcing his "new era" on January 11. Out went John Sheridan, his expletive-ridden rant against Wycombe a few weeks earlier leading to dismissal for gross misconduct, in came Kevin Nolan (via a brief caretaker spell by Alan Smith) and, soon enough, the recovery began. The first game with Hardy and Nolan at the helm was against the Stags, and all that our fans were hoping for at the time was not to get destroyed by them lot. As it turned out, a very creditable goalless draw stopped the horror sequence of defeats and stopped Mansfield fans claiming local bragging rights again, but it would be a slow, steady process getting the confidence-depleted team back to scratch. The following week, Grimsby claimed a 2-0 win and, even though Notts beat Crawley 2-1 seven days later, the next result - a 2-0 loss at Stanley - kept the Magpies in the doo-doo. But by then, Nolan's leadership and Hardy's stability were reaping benefits - a 2-1 win over Cheltenham followed, and then a ridiculous, miraculous game where Notts were two goals down against Exeter with 89 minutes played, only to salvage a 2-2 draw in stoppage time. It was still touch and go in the weeks that followed, with defeats to Stevenage and Doncaster keeping the Magpies near the bottom two, but then four consecutive wins - against Barnet, Wycombe, Colchester and Carlisle, put Notts 13 points clear of the bottom two with just five games to go. The miracle was almost complete. By the time the Easter Bank Holiday ended, Notts were officially safe, and from then on, it was just a case of keeping the players focused for the last few games - easier said than done, but there was still time for a 1-0 win over Blackpool before the season-closer, where all the pressure was on Newport. What a Jekyll and Hyde season it's been. It looked like Notts were on a one-way ticket to the non-league, but Hardy and Nolan have saved the club from what looked to be certain oblivion. And now comes the summer, and with those two at the helm of the club and the team respectively, there is scope for real optimism in the pre-season and going into the new campaign. Share your thoughts about this season review on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
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    Jon Stead has given a lengthy interview to the Daily Mail as part of their last EFL Q&A of the season. If you wanted to know all the nitty gritty about the striker's best and worst moments in football, his hardest opponents, and of course, his guilty food pleasure, look no further. Here it is: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4475930/EFL-Q-Jon-Stead-opens-up.html Have a read and let's discuss the finer points of what he's had to say - plenty of interesting material in there.
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    Last night I was in the pub with some family members...all forest fans trying to rib me, unsuccessfully may I add. Which got me thinking, who does my fellow PON users family support? My family on my mum's side: Grandad, Uncle Andy and Dave, Andy's daughter, all follow Forest, they tried to get me to follow Forest as a kid but it just wasn't for me, Notts always fascinated me. Family on my Dad's side: Dad supports Forest, Uncle Raymond supports Notts and a few others on that side are Wolves but I don't know them that well. 11 year old brother is a Notts fan, you can thank me later.. My Nan's brother and his sons live(d) in Manchester and follow United (booo) and Bury.
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    Hey guys this is Notts County , never easy , always something going on , like above wouldn't it just be brilliant for it to just be about the football , i don't personally blame AH for it dragging on about the ladies and what's happened , seems some have taken it hard and won't agree with the sad economics of it all .The cloud will lift , coyp .
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    My family never really liked football (or any sport, apart from Country sports) when I was growing up, I was nearly always shipped off to my Grandad's house on a Saturday to watch Grandstand (He refused to watch ITV, so I missed the wrestling!). My Grandad was a Forest fan, so I started to support Notts (and Man Utd, but I'll skip over that) just to be different. My son started out as a Liverpool fan because he liked Stevie G, but I soon managed to beat that out of him and he is now Notts through and through, my wife isn't a football fan, but likes to wind us up when we lose!
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    Elliot Hewitt is the first of the Notts players to extend their stay into the upcoming season after signing a new two-year-deal. Elliot has enjoyed spells in the right back position but has also moved further up the field. How do you feel about him extending his stay? Is the contract length long enough? Let us know your thoughts.
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    Congratulations to Notts County's medical team for being nominated for the League Two Football Medical Association award of Medical & Science Team of the Year 2016-17. The FMA awards are about acknowledging medical teams at football clubs who have excelled in injury prevention, treatment and management and helped given their players the extra edge on the field. Notts are up against Luton and Plymouth in this year's awards, which take place at the Radisson Blu East Midlands Hotel next Saturday (click here for more information). So well done Notts, and let's hope "home advantage" at the awards serves us well! YOU PIES!
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    I'd agree with Elite. He can play at right back, as we have seen him do well but this part of his game needs much work. I hope we convert him into a midfielder, he looks useful and can do neat little crosses which we haven't really seen from any sort of holding midfielder. I actually think Elliot can go far if he applies himself properly.
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    What a month April has been - and May is going quite well too! On 5 April, Juventus qualified for the Coppa Italia final, despite losing 3-2 against Napoli in the second leg - a Gonzalo Higuain double on the night meant an aggregate win of 5-4. The Argentine then scored two goals in the next game, against Chievo Verona in Serie A, for a 2-0 win. And then came the best result of the month - a brace from Paulo Dybala and a goal from Giorgio Chiellini gave us a 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of our Champions League quarter-final. Back to league action and once again the Pipita Higuain strikes two goals for a 2-0 victory over Pescara and another step closer to the Scudetto. Then the Champions' return - would Barca do what they did against Paris Saint-Germain? No is the answer, a goalless draw at the Camp Nou putting the Bianconeri through 3-0 on aggregate. After the cup match, Juve beat Genoa 4-0 and drew with Atalanta to remain right on track for the title. Editor's note: The game against Genoa also saw Tom Gordon Savage - the man who, back in 1903, was responsible for Juve adopting the black and white shirts from Notts - honoured at the Juventus Stadium. To read the account of Andy Black, the man who made it possible, here are part 1 and part 2 of the article. In May, the impressive AS Monaco were put to the sword in both legs, Juve winning 2-0 and then 2-1 to reach the final in Cardiff, where Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid lie in wait on 3 June. At present, Juve are four points clear of Roma at the top of Serie A with two games to go, but attention turns to the Coppa Italia final tonight at 8pm against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico - and we want to win our third in a row (and 12th overall)! Our Juve is also proposing a new contract to Mario Mandzukic until 2020, because Super Mario is playing really well, even though he has had physical problems lately. After the Roma game on Sunday 14 May, Daniele De Rossi said: "We (Roma) would win something, but, maybe in just a few years, we will understand that we are playing against a team (Juventus) who is writing the history of football." This month MVP was again Paulo Dybala. This month, Juve must be careful to not lose points in the championship and play well in the Coppa Italia final! We are still in competition on all three fronts! FORZA JUVE! Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this Juventus feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
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    Today is exactly 50 years since Brian Clough and Peter Taylor signed for my club Derby County,it is also my grandson @super_pie's 11th birthday.Happy birthday Jake,hope you have a great day.
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    I would have preferred a return of the Anglo Scottish Cup or maybe an invitation of National League sides to enter... The real structural chasm is that Premier League clubs can afford to keep youngsters through to U21/U23 levels in other words hoarding talent) and Clubs like Notts releasing good players like Wildin, as in reality there isn't the budget to keep them in the hope they will come good in a couple of years.
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    Comments in the video are along the lines of: - Left because Rodwell and the Trews forced him out. Was told by the kit man when he wasn't given the number 9, manager never said a word. - Kevan talked to him last season but Trews blocked it - 'Someone' would say things such as 'we would love to have you back', but LH knew they were saying the contrary as soon as his back was turned (no prize for guessing who the 'someone' may be). - LH is so glad they've gone. - Game and goal against Juve the highlight of his career. - Player/manager at Worcester. AH promised a pre-season friendly against them at ML. - Still thinks he's capable of playing at L2 level even at 41. - Trews left Juve game at HT in a sulk because they weren't allowed into the posh box after the game.
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    Young players need to be given their chance in the first time - if they're good enough. Nowadays young talent is hoovered up by big clubs at a ridiculously early age. It's hard to compete with that. Notts used to be seen as attractive for young players as they knew that if they did well, there was an avenue into the first team. Tommy Johnson chose us over Newcastle for exactly that reason, and that's the best way to sell the club to promising young players in the future too. We need stability throughout the whole club though. It's all too often the case in football that when a new manager is appointed, a club's whole footballing approach is thrown overboard and the youth team gets ignored. There's also the danger of falling into a vicious circle: youth team players aren't promoted - good young players go elsewhere for better facilities/opportunities - the youth team players we have aren't promoted ad infinitum.
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    The problem is, the FL pitched B teams and got rejected. If them being in this isn't a way to move those plans forward, then I think they would have given up and scrapped the contest and yet here we are. They keep pushing the new format when it should be abandoned. Any of project/venture would have folded due to the fact it isn't viable. Yet we still have to see this awful rebranding pushed and just because lower tier clubs have a small golden carrot dangled in front of them.
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    People have said in the past, and I think AH included, that this is not a foot in the door for B teams to enter the football league. However, even a measly bonus of 20k per win is enough to persuade clubs like us, it's not a great stretch of the imagination to envisage the same 'bonus' being applied to them entering our leagues. Clubs that aren't rolling in it (us included) would probably accept it to increase their budgets!! I don't quite see AH's point of +100k to the budget, because that surely applies to every league team, so we're not increasing our budget when other teams aren't, everybody will be increasing their budget by a similar amount, so we're back on even terms with no proportional increase. It's another 100k that will go to players pockets whilst the clubs sell their sole to the devil.
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    I wouldn't, I'm also one of those who'd stand by this decision but I would expect quite a considerable number re-consider. The trophy would be fine with support, yet the inclusion of B teams doesn't make sense. There was talk of pushing them into the Football League which would be unfair, its for this reason its silly to have anything bar lower league teams in.
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    As I mentioned on the other thread, yes. It's not just about the principle either. Allowing the B teams to get a foot in the door in this way is a massive act of self-harm - it normalises their presence in senior football and brings them one step closer to participation in the League, which would be an absolute disaster for our club. Frankly I'm disgusted by the short-sightedness and complacency of this decision. I hope the other clubs at least have seen sense.
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    well done everyone and @weymouthPIE for winning. i will try to keep up next season also, its been one of those for me where i found it hard.
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    We really have to play promotion down, take it as it comes. I know some are saying that Alan Hardy wants it, though I believe he will be prepared to see us build properly. If we are to get back to the Championship and overturn the clubs fortunes, then we really need to be level headed. I'm prepared to wait and I think Kevin Nolan is the right man to lead the revolution forward.
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    Notts County played a part in one of the biggest Great Escapes of recent times when they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Newport County on Saturday. With Hartlepool United 2-1 up against Doncaster Rovers and the Magpies drawing 1-1, the Exiles were set to drop out of the English Football League. Mickey Demetriou and Jorge Grant exchanged goals either side of half-time as the match looked set to end a stalemate. However, Mark O'Brien chested and volleyed home in the 89th minute to ensural Newport's survival in League Two, while Notts, with nothing to play for, finished 16th in the fourth tier. Pride of Nottingham was at Rodney Parade for the game taking photos of fans - see if you feature in the last Faces of PON of the season! Share your thoughts on the last Faces of PON of the season on Pride of Nottingham by visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
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    Never really a question and I always felt the jammy sods would be fine. It's just a shame in some senses that there's not 4 teams going down like there is from League One, we'll await 'em in a few seasons once we gain promotion ourselves.
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    Well done everyone! Congratulations to @weymouthPIE for winning. Hard luck @The Mascot, @super_ram and @GrannyPie. Very close to clinching it!
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    A bit OT, but am I the only one that finds it odd that the League One play-offs are already underway before the rest of the League have even finished? Colchester United 2-0 Yeovil Town Exeter City 1-3 Carlisle United Grimsby Town 0-2 Plymouth Argyle Hartlepool United 0-4 Doncaster Rovers Portsmouth 2-0 Cheltenham Town (joker) Wycombe Wanderers 1-2 Cambridge United Aston Villa 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion Brentford 1-1 Blackburn Rovers Bristol City 2-1 Birmingham City Newcastle United 3-1 Barnsley (joker) Nottingham Forest 2-1 Ipswich Town (please football gods, let me be wrong!) Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Fulham
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    As the season comes to it's conclusion , thankfully we are safe , so our attention turns to the future and who will be part of it , learnt a short while ago T Audell's time with Notts is over , good luck for the future .
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    For me, Audel is similar to Hollis but without the last ditch tackling or ability to just hoof quite far. As a left back I never liked watching him in that position, he defended okay most of the time but when it came to attacking he just always seemed to be running without any ideas of what he can do. Very frustrating to see him lose the ball, as it seemed he always wanted to keep it and run. His passing wasn't the best either, stabbing the ball with his foot was always prone to be intercepted. His best position was in the CB role where I actually felt he was unlucky to be dropped. Then for his size he really didn't maximise his ability and he would frequently be caught out of position, I suppose I haven't really rated him but I wish Audel well. Think we would be best for thinning the squad out as much as possible and re-start. Jack McMillan and the Luther Wildin have also been released right? Those where surprises, not so much the above.
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    I found out he was leaving 2 weeks ago, gutted to be honest, he was one of our better defenders, hope we bring in a solid defender to replace him over the summer..
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    I remember Andrew James taking over for a match a couple of years ago, could he be tempted? He's a Notts fan himself
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