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  1. I’ve been trying to draft my thoughts for some time now, it’s not been coming so freely and, I have found that my depression/anxiety had taken a deep hold of me. I share these, not because I want sympathy but because I can reflect on things. I can also appreciate the support it sometimes gets too; this isn’t about attention but because it’s helpful to feel understood. The past 3 to 4 years, it’s been me trying to keep things a bit more locked up. With the lockdown effecting many mentally, I realised that my behaviour despite my best efforts was never going to be beaten. 201
    7 points
  2. I have seen fans on social media claim that those who want Ardley to stay as the manager, are accepting that Notts are second best. Are they forgetting what caused Notts County to demise through the leagues over the years or even what helped the club rise to the old First Division? The reason Notts ended up out of the Football League is because we sack managers far too easily. Aside from the odd game so far, the other performances have been quite good. Taking any excuses away from those for and against, have faith in the owners to make the correct decision, I hope the rumours are wro
    5 points
  3. Fans are always inclined to have their opinion, those that can give a detailed response as to why a manager should go and, not just a short arsed comment - then I am more inclined to listen to them. If we all had the same opinion it would be boring. As I have mentioned I missed out on listening to the game, woke up knowing Aldershot had scored but from the sounds of some we lost by 10 goals (not 1). Neal Ardley has proven that he can build a squad, sometimes you need a bit of luck and other times it's more a form thing. Good managers can lift the players and, get the best out of them
    5 points
  4. something i think can put a little perspective into the ardley out situation is that 4 games ago, newly promoted weadstone sat bottom of the table with minus 4 goal difference. they looked doomed having being beaten by stockport 5-2 at their own ground. since they have gone on a winning streak of 4 games, this has changed everything for them and now they sit 3rd. tomorrow they play again, they face halifax away and could go 2nd. notts has 2 games over sutton who sit 4th. beating stockport could push notts as high as 6th place. a winning streak for notts could change form, performance
    4 points
  5. Great news! Do you think this will stop people speculating that he will be off soon?
    3 points
  6. I think Notts are missing the players who graft like workhorses in order to jump ahead of others and earn their selection, Neal Ardley on paper has built a decent squad with areas that do require some thought. Most teams have areas where they focus and require further work. What I would like to see is Notts identify players like Richard Butcher/Neal Bishop, workhorse style players who do the simple things like pressing and winning the ball. There's too much desire from media and certain fans to expect a squad full of players like Callum Roberts. We don't have any of those dirty worke
    3 points
  7. Don't dwell on what you can't change @Chris, in the eyes of most Notts fans you're a champ! Considering all you do with your own struggles.
    3 points
  8. Mate it's a good read to see that you are feeling happier within yourself.
    3 points
  9. Just realised that we don't have a thread to discuss the goings-on in the league we (hopefully temporarily) call home. Well now we do. - Barnet now have NINE players plus their manager in quarantine. Did they spread it to us, or did we spread it to them? They played their FA Cup match anyway, and won 3-2. - American investors are sniffing around Woking and talking about taking them into the Football League. What could possibly go wrong? - As mentioned in Jason Turner's email, NL clubs are to receive 10m of funding - 95k a month for proper football clubs, and 84k a month for the
    3 points
  10. The Ardley out brigade need to shut up, we all know where chopping and changing of Managers has got us. COYP
    3 points
  11. Before their winning streak, they look piss poor but good in their attack. I see a similarity with Notts @liampie. Defensively we should have done much better, against Dover, Maidenhead etc. It grim before our own winning streak with calls for Neal Ardley's head then, I am afraid this will always happen when we lose but re-starting our own winning streak would lift morale within the Notts squad.
    3 points
  12. I don't think it has failed. It certainly looks a mixed bag at this stage. Reeves and Rodrigues are class signings. Enough research wasn't done regarding Sloth's attitude. It shouldn't have been too hard to dig, Motherwell's fans gave us fair warning as soon as he was announced. Sam was a punt that doesn't look likely to pay off. That is common for foreign players being recruited to play in the 5th tier of English football. Knowles looks to be an 18 year old who will run around but isn't going to push for the starting 11. This equates to us having no backup strikers that are
    3 points
  13. He is still the right man for the job in my opinion, but things do need changing. It's not like we are being taken apart in games. It's just individual errors. Sort these out A big talking point away from home is, we're not positive enough with possession. We spend too much time in our own half rather than being brave with it (basically how we played in the first half of last season) and not making runs or being brave and taking risks in the final third. Too much time minimizing the chance of defeat rather than maximizing the chance of victory. This is where we need to step up the
    3 points
  14. I'd be genuinely surprised if Ardley has been sacked, I just don't get the feeling the owners are the knee-jerk type. I'm not defending the bad performance but it's hardly ideal to have a 3 week break 5 games into the season... Interestingly no-one is criticising the players today as much as they are Ardley, we've all seen how capable they are and on games like today it is as much their fault as it is the managers. Like you all say, lots of people on social media are desperate for a sacking and for Graham Alexander to be bought in. He got sacked (albeit from the outside very u
    3 points
  15. Are some fans for real? They want him gone after 6 games and 10th in the league? Surely just the usual clowns who want him out after every defeat. Majority must understand that we are not in a position to keep sacking managers like they grow from the ground? All managers at this level are frustrating, I dare anyone to tell me otherwise.
    3 points
  16. Just been listening to some music whilst doing the washing up and some of them have some incredible intros. What is everyone's favourite intro to a song? Doesn't have to be the best but your personal favourite. Mine would have to be either Sweet Child o'mine or Bittersweet Symphony.
    3 points
  17. 3 points
  18. He'd be pretty daft to do that. Their owners are making all the mistakes that were made by Trew and Hardy. - Seek short term success and sack managers endlessly - tick - Pomotion push every season by injecting a lot of money, ultimately ending in failure - tick - Puts wife in charge of club when he loses interest - tick - Chopping established managers in favour of rookies and vice versa - tick - No evidence of any kind of strategy or plan - tick - Use social media unprofessionally - tick All that is left now is for their male owner (forgot his name) to post his mini-
    3 points
  19. This Friday at 19:45 BST we finally play at a home, in what feels like a lifetime since the last home game. Our opponents, Wealdstone FC. The game was moved (assumingly on request of the police) to the Friday as a small club across the river were supposed to be playing on Saturday. They're not playing on Saturday anymore, they're playing on Sunday. Additionally, there's no fans allowed to either game anyway. Yet, we still play on Friday. All makes sense, fine logic. Moving on... Friday's Opponents: Wealdstone FC are most famous for... well.... Can we have him at the
    2 points
  20. That was a terrible performance. It will surprise nobody that the same problems highlighted previously were all there again. Slow, boring build up that inevitably breaks down. The midfield 3 were woeful, even by recent standards. If you could have subbed all of them off, you would've. Doyle's build up play is so slow that somebodies dad who Chesterfield recruited to play up front and they called 'Denton' was picking his pocket. Embarrassing. Him and O'Brien cannot play together. O'Brien was atrocious, gave the ball away repeatedly and can't defend. Reeves was just as bad. That brings us t
    2 points
  21. I don't think @TheMagpieCircle requires much of an introduction really, it's been a smash hit with fans since Paul Mace started production with his son on the regular online show which brings former players back to the spotlight. However, I am very pleased to be welcoming TMC to our Notts County community. I'm keen to support our friends and, hope to see their YouTube channel grow further. You can give "The Magpie Circle" a follow here. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYjVLSvWZce5PtK1LqLX-JQ/featured Don't forget to give their videos a watch! Neal Bishop is on the sho
    2 points
  22. I'm currently listening to The Dubliners, a band that my father @super_ram enjoys listening too. I quite like listening to Irish folk songs, it's certainly something which he passed down. I think Luke Kelly had one of the most unique voices that I've ever heard, weather he sang a serious song or something a little more fun. The music behind a lot of it is enjoyable, but a thing of the past. This will sound weird to anyone who knows how much I enjoy my rock music. Yet some punk bands in the 70's grew inspiration from the genre (among others). The sound is perhaps the best thing a
    2 points
  23. With Scotland winning tonight, they progress to the Euros. Date for the diary.. June 18th 2021. England v Scotland!!
    2 points
  24. Notts County has confirmed that Cal Roberts is expected to remain at the club until the 2022/23 season after agreeing a new contract extension. The 23-year-old has impressed for the magpies’ putting together impressive performances and, is excited about the future after putting pen-to-paper on his new deal. Since arriving at Meadow Lane, the young winger has become a very popular within the Notts faithful and, manager Neal Ardley has been keen to extend Roberts existing deal. Ardley said via the clubs’ official site; “This gives Cal the knowledge that he’s committed here and tha
    2 points
  25. I am with Super_Ram on this and used to listen to Radio Luxembourg as there was nothing else. Had to make my own influences really and grew into Del Shannon and Dion and the Belmonts (Doo *** generally). 1960s Beat Boom resonated with those of us born in lates 40s and I took Rolling Stones, Pretty Things, Kinks, Animals and Them path. Enjoyed Punk and Goth in late 70s early 80s. Has anyone ever listened to Fields of the Nephilim? Now listen to Half Man Half Biscuit and have refound Canned Heat. Mik Artistik is playing in nearby Frome next month unless lockdown is extended in the southern
    2 points
  26. There's been many things unusual about 2020, both from a footballing and non-footballing perspective. One of the many unusual things from a Notts County point of view is that for the first time in any Notts fan's lifetime, Notts have not participated in the FA Cup this year due to an outbreak of COVID cases causing Notts to withdraw from the competition. As it is FA Cup 1st round weekend, an exciting weekend for any lower league football fan, I thought it would be a good time to look back on Notts's best and FA Cup moments. The most recent successful FA Cup run for Notts took pl
    2 points
  27. Wow! I'm amazed to see Richard Butcher being described as a 'workhorse style' player, because he was the exact opposite. His main quality was arriving in the box late and applying the finish, he had the ability to time his run and pick his spot. Tackling was something he wasn't good at, in fact one of McParland's regular quotes back then was "Butch couldn't tackle a square meal"! Neal Bishop along with Ryan Yates were the best in that role, while Ricky Ravenhill deserves a mention. I do agree it's an area where we are currently found wanting, it makes us too easy to play against.
    2 points
  28. No, and no. I've had zero confidence in him for 18 months now, but I would love him to prove me wrong.
    2 points
  29. Nobody has outright called for Neal Ardley to go? That surprised me. I don't get the concerns, most will know its early doors and it takes time for Notts to settle. Considering everything happening in the world, football seems the least important but I do not see danger of relegation. Progress some times requires a step back, in order to move forward. Sticking with a manager for a change would be nice.
    2 points
  30. I don't think being top of the league would satisfy some of the fans Notts has.
    2 points
  31. Clubs always aim to start a good run, it brings so much positivity. It's possible that we can grind some good results together, which would lift performances and remove any unnecessary pressure. The players know what the expectations are, what is required and, I wonder just how much of the recent performances can be put down to over thinking things? I just want to see the players express themselves, have fun and just deal with any threats. It's very early days, a few weeks would push Notts up. At the same time any negativity could result in Notts struggling. Thankfully, tho
    2 points
  32. I can say what the answer is for anyone else, as far as I am concerned it's worth the healthy debate over. I am not at the stage whereby I feel it's in the club best interest to sack Neal Ardley, he has shown that he's capable but as always there is room for improvement. I see his tenure so far as work in progress, but I understand why the honeymoon period has past for some because football is a cut throat business. There are improvements I think every fan would make given the chance. Just like a referees position on the pitch, being a manager isn't easy but 6 games in and 2 gam
    2 points
  33. The start hasn't been ideal, but if anyone thought that this season would be clear cut and easier to sack a manager to improve things than I feel its a mistaken belief. Can we not wait until 10-13 games in before turning on the squad and players? Both are to blame for the results on the pitch, its not just one or the other. I have found every recent Notts manager frustrating, people said much of the same about Neal Ardley as they did about Kevin Nolan. I would still prefer to have Neal Ardley has the manager.
    2 points
  34. Slocombe 5 - Didn't have much to do. Kept slipping over Brindley 4 - Inconsistent when deciding on whether to join the attack or not Graham 4 - Started well and then became sloppy with his distribution Lacey 4 - What has happened to this guy? Monsters from space jam have drained the talent out of him. Constantly falling over and had a disaster for the goal Chicksen 3 - Crossing was poor as was his all round game O'Brien 4 - Some ok passes but was apart of a midfield that didn't take control Doyle 4 - Was decent early on but his control on the game slipped away fro
    2 points
  35. There is no massive issue @menzinho. Analysing a lot of the mistakes made in games so far this season, a lot of the results needs to go down to individual errors and the players failing to take grasp of the game. Ardley is not innocent by any stretch of the imagination but some fans react after every defeat like he's the worst manager, as a manager there are things that he can do and perhaps his squad selections at times hinder things. This season is about balancing the squad at his disposal with thick and fast fixtures coming, but I believe results will iron themselves out over more
    2 points
  36. OK, this is why I wanted to resolve this in a private message. @magpiejue didn't see it, it happens, it's not a problem Sorry it's taken me this long to reply, I've been off work sick this week and haven't been spending much time in front of a PC. When it comes to the rules, my idea was to be strict but consistent (you've all got to remember that I live in a country where a team was once relegated because their fax machine was on the blink, and they never came back). That way there's no ambiguity, and that's why I always write the kick-off time in the posts. That said, I know she didn't
    2 points
  37. Tough one to call as is Ardley now just a football radar puppet or does he have any say, because you wouldn’t think so with some of the acquisitions. Lack of strikers is a genuine issue we have and someone is responsible for that, but was Sam an Ardley signing, or a football Radar one? The Mansfield lad was a poor move all round by us as you need to get a good mix up front and ours isn’t.
    2 points
  38. i think we have some proper sore losers as supporters, i wonder what the marriage stats are like from them because if you give up so easily i dont think they deserve any success. probably all single and dont know what hard times are like.
    2 points
  39. C'mon @DangerousSausage, 1 point isn't going to harm if awarded. If @magpiejue had guessed all correct, or had gotten the majority right then I'd be on your side (obviously as I don't want everybody over taking me) but 7 minutes into the games isn't a massive let off. Those games still had the majority of time to be played, I think we can afford the points based on a one off situation.
    2 points
  40. Mark Stallard Tommy Johnson Lee Hughes Danny Allsopp Balint Bajner
    2 points
  41. Good suggestions there. There's nothing like a song that gives you goosebumps the minute it comes on. But this one takes some beating:
    2 points
  42. Covid-19 is a very complex and unprecedented problem, and even Einstein would struggle to get all the answers right. That still doesn't excuse a government who have got nearly all the answers wrong. This crisis has shown Boris Johnson up for what he is - an incompetent bull sh!tter. He won an election by clenching his fist and repeating "We will get Brexit Done" many times. It convinced many voters. We probably will get Brexit done, but at what cost to the average working family? Now with regard to coronavirus he clenches his fist and repeatedly says "Together, we will beat this". Again
    2 points
  43. Some interesting results last night, Torquay have gone top after beating Aldershot 4-1 away. Sutton beat Yeovil meaning their only blemish is us! As for the other favourites, Hartlepool couldn’t beat Altrincham and drew 1-1. And Stockport drew 0-0 at home too. I don’t feel it’s ominous at all! Speaking of Stockport, they’re no longer our first game back after our ‘fire-break’. We’re playing Aldershot on the 7th Nov. It’s the FA Cup first round weekend but as they got knocked out it makes sense to fill that weekend. I think Notts are due to test again on Thursday, so fingers crossed all go
    2 points
  44. That's the get out of jail free card played
    1 point
  45. There's a long way to go despite the good news regarding the vaccine. I still think it will be around for another year or more.
    1 point
  46. Yes Turner’s mistake was a shocker (another defensive error costing us points) but the performance on the whole again was poor and we didn’t deserve the win. We didn’t create much and we’ve gone from having one of the most solid defences to one that’s a bit all over the place with more than one mistake in them. We were lucky Halifax’s crossing and final ball was poor, is that why we just let them do it over and over again? I’m getting also getting worried about this Doyle-Reeves-O’Brien trio, there’s no real competition for these places. But Reeves looks to be a step above the other two…
    1 point
  47. I can remember a certain sites members having an obsession with calling Clifton a dump or worse ($h[%h0((), but I know quite a lot of fans from there and, having been to the Uni (including walking around with my family) it's actually a nice place. I went with John from The Pie and Loz Clough NCS to speak with Lillian Greenwood and, John/Lillian spoke about how people from Clifton didn't refer to themselves as being from Nottingham but Clifton. Due to them feeling close as a community and, despite all the people I have known that call it - including others. When I've been, I've often said
    1 point
  48. The scores: Preston North End 1-2 Birmingham City QPR 3-2 Cardiff City Portsmouth 0-2 Charlton Athletic Wigan Athletic 2-3 Northampton Town Cheltenham Town 2-1 Forest Green Rovers Stevenage 0-0 Grimsby Town Yeovil Town 0-1 Chesterfield Bromley 1-2 Eastleigh It looks like I picked an unpredictable batch of fixtures, as the points were very low across the board. This week's winners were @KB1862 and @allardyces tash on 5 points, congrats! At the other end, after getting just one 0-pointer in the previous nine rounds, five of us failed to get a single point this time
    1 point
  49. I've given reminders also, so get your predictions in folks! COYP
    1 point

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