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  1. 4 points
    A bit late, but here we go: Fitzsimons 5.5 – a couple of decent saves, but he looks really dodgy on crosses. Got away with one real howler and was caught in no man’s land on a couple of others. Tootle 6 – more effective first half, didn’t get forward so much in the second. Duffy 6 – no real alarms, generally competent. Brisley 7.5 – solid no-nonsense defensively, and a big threat at set pieces. Dickinson 7 – defended well and produced some dangerous set pieces. Hawkridge 6.5 – worked hard and provided a good outlet on the right. Yates 8*- typical 100% performance, stood up well to some very physical challenges and was effective all over the pitch. Helped us win the midfield battle. Milsom 6.5 – a very capable stand-in for Hewitt, put himself about well. Grant 7 – a bit peripheral for parts of the game, but his class shone through when he was involved. Stead 6.5 – not a lot of goal threat, but some good touches to get others in dangerous positions. Ameobi 7 – again not much goal threat, but some of his play is a class above for this league. Subs – not on long enough to rate. Over the 90 minutes I think 3-1 was a fair scoreline. We defended well as a unit and created some good chances. We got a bit lucky with the deflection to go 2-1 up, but we had done enough to deserve to be in front at that stage. In Stead and Ameobi we have a couple of strikers that probably won’t score too many, but they are creating a lot of chances for our midfield, which Grant in particular is taking advantage of. If we can continue to perform to that level we’ll win more games than we’ll lose.
  2. 4 points
    One of my favourite ever away days. Craven Cottage was a great place to visit being situated right on the banks of the Thames, and the cottage in the corner of the ground was a unique feature, and the Supporters Club always ran a train excursion to away games in those days. It was the only time I ever saw George Best play live, even though he was a stone overweight due to his drinking his utter class was unmistakable. He had such balance and control that a drop of the shoulder could still leave players on their backside wondering which way he went. His attitude struck me that day also, even at 0-5 he was giving his all, whereas Rodney Marsh barely broke sweat, content to just do a few party tricks. Bobby Moore had a poor game and looked a shadow of the player who captained England to World cup victory. Brilliant memories.
  3. 4 points
    The word "legend" is bandied around all too lightly nowadays. But if you ask any Notts County fan to name one individual and one individual only who deserves the tag of "legend", chances are they will name Jimmy Sirrel. Born on 2 February 1922 in Glasgow, James Sirrel's professional football journey began when he was 24, when he joined Celtic in 1946. He made just 13 appearances in three years before joining Bradford Park Avenue in 1949, where again he found game time limited, playing just 12 matches. In 1951 Sirrel joined Brighton & Hove Albion, where he made 55 appearances before signing for Aldershot in 1954, and he retired from playing in 1957. Modest a footballing career as it may have been, Sirrel's coaching career would be anything but, as he moved to Brentford as trainer in 1965 before becoming caretaker manager in February 1967. After being appointed to the role full-time, Sirrel spent two full seasons at the helm of Brentford, but soon enough, he would up sticks to Nottingham, where his career would go to dizzying new heights. On 19 November 1969, Sirrel entered the Meadow Lane gates for the first time as he would become the manager of Notts County, a team struggling in the Fourth Division. From previous managers Jack Wheeler - who would serve as his assistant - and Billy Gray, Sirrel had inherited a team including Don Masson, David Needham, Bob Worthington and Les Bradd, and he set about reinvigorating the players and the team. Sirrel's first season in charge of the Magpies ended with a respectable seventh-placed finish, but this was only a precursor to what was to come as, the following season, the team stormed to the Fourth Division Championship. Notts boasted a mean defence which would concede just 36 goals that season, while up top, the front line scored an average of 2.47 goals per game. By no means had Notts reached their limit - the following season, promotion to the Second Division was missed by just three points, and even though 1972-73 began slowly for the Magpies, sititng 16th by the end of the year, they would lose just twice more en route to second place and a spot in the Second Division. Already Sirrel had transformed Notts from fourth-division strugglers to a side punching their weight in the second tier, and when he decided to try his luck at top-tier Sheffield United in 1975, his place as a Magpies legend was already assured. Unfortunately for Sirrel, the Blades role would not go to plan as they were relegated that season and, with little money to spend, was unable to stop the side mounting a promotion challenge - but he still made his mark by designing the United badge that's currently being used today. Eventually, Sirrel opted to return to Notts - who were struggling to avoid relegation back into Division Three - in 1977, and breathed new life into the club by saving them from the drop. It took a while to get Notts back up to scratch, but the crowning moment came in 1980-81 when a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge gave the Magpies top-flight football for the first time since 1926. Finishing 15th in his first season, Sirrel inspired his team to emphatic wins over Aston Villa, Arsenal, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United. In 1982, Sirrel became general manager, with Wilkinson taking over as boss, but he was back in the dugout in 1985 with Notts on the brink of back-to-back relegations under Larry Lloyd. Unfortunately, he was unable to prevent the drop, but did manage to halt the free-fall that County were in by consolidating in the Third Division for two more seasons, before retiring at the end of the 1986-87 season, eighteen years after he arrived at the club, his name in the club's annals assured. Sirrel was a regular spectator at Meadow Lane beyond his retirement and had the County Road Stand named after him, which he described as "a bloody honour" upon receiving the call from Derek Pavis. He was even called back into the dressing room and onto the pitch to boost spirits when Notts nearly slipped out of the Football League in 2005, such was his esteem at the club. On 25 September 2008, Sirrel sadly passed away aged 86, which led to an outpouring of grief from the Notts community and beyond. His funeral, on 7 October, was attended by fans and fellow peers from the world of football, who turned out to pay their respects. Jimmy Sirrel is the epitome of a Notts County legend, and his name continues to be chanted by the Black and White Army today, testament to just how revered he is at NG2. Share your thoughts about this Notts Alumni 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. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  4. 4 points
    Soccer AM used to be a must-watch for all British and British-based football fans. When I was younger, I would get up before 9am and watch Tim Lovejoy, Helen Chamberlain and the rest of the gang serve up an entertaining slice of football pie to get me in the mood for the Saturday afternoon games. It was part and parcel of the whole football package. But that was then - I've not watched the show for years, and by the sounds of it, many other fans have given up watching it as well. Maybe it's the fact television is no longer the dominant medium and things like "Third Eyes" can be delivered online in the blink of an, ahem, eye. Maybe it's the struggles of making a traditionally un-PC show PC in the current era, or maybe it's something else, but it's definitely not the force it used to be. For the record, the last time I saw the show, it was a couple of years ago, and there was this rock band on who was playing a game where they had to guess the brand of water from sampling several shots of the stuff, or whether it was from the tap. I found it so cringeworthy I made a mental note never to watch it again. Last weekend, Soccer AM was mentioned a fair bit by Notts County fans on social media and elsewhere, because six individuals who were supposedly supporters of the club appeared on the show. Only problem is, the Notts fanbase is a fairly close-knit community where most people tend to know each other, or at least recognise who their fellow supporters are, and nobody had a clue who any of these "fans" were. Closer inspection found that several of these guys were actually supporters of other teams, like Nottingham Forest, Reading and Sunderland, and needless to say, the Black and White Army was not best pleased. Chris and I spoke about this at length in (open link) our latest PONcast (close link) and ended up going on a bit of a rant because, as much as the whole debacle has been played down, it's unacceptable. Since the turn of the century, Notts have been a notoriously difficult team to support. Save for a relatively bright spell between 2009 and 2013 when we were promoted and put in a decent stint in League One, plus a couple of enjoyable cup days out, it's been nothing but misery. And Notts fans, the real Notts fans, would support their team even though they were getting humiliated by non-league teams on national television, even though they were fighting relegation from the EFL, even though there have been various winding-up orders and, earlier this year, the real fear of the club ceasing to exist. Now that the ship has steadied, now that there's a good chairman at the club, now there's a good young manager, now the infrastructure is good, now the team's flying high in the league, how have the long-suffering fans been recognised on national TV? By bringing in a bunch of photogenic "lads" to parade as Notts "fans" despite supporting other teams and not giving the real fans a look-in. And by the looks of it, it's not like there was a shortage of suitable Notts fans who were keen to go on the show. Alan Hardy has defended their appearance on the show, even going on himself, and stressed that he had no control, that Sky had the ultimate say over which fans would appear on the show. But whatever the reasonings were, the fact of the matter is, six guys went on a show claiming to be Notts County fans, all relatively young and photogenic, all wearing either Jake Bugg home shirts or Paragon away shirts and skinny jeans, none recognised by the bulk of the fanbase and several of those seemingly showing support for other teams on their own social media. And even though it's the kind of thing that shouldn't really be a big deal - given Soccer AM is watched by something like 40 people and a goat nowadays - it feels like a slap in the face to the fans who have suffered for years for the sake of their beloved team, being overlooked in favour of a bunch of phonies. 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. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  5. 4 points
    Actually I think it can be a good thing when a manager is aware of his limitations and is willing to delegate. Jimmy Sirrel brought Howard Wilkinson to the club and passed on coaching duties to him as he knew he couldn't take us into the top flight himself. Part of being a good manager is being able to assess your own abilities and those of others and use them to the best possible effect. Of course, that makes it all the more important that you surround yourself with competent people.
  6. 4 points
    To play devil's advocate: Football is a completely different beast to how it was in the olden days. Back then a game cost a lot less, footballers' wages were on a par with the working person (or at least no more than a few multiples, compared to the several hundredfold you get nowadays), footballers weren't celebrities whose every move on and off the pitch was monitored, scrutinised and criticised ad infinitum - and with social media it can be beamed directly to them compared to in the past where such opinions never left the pub - and the stakes within the game weren't as high as nowadays. Yes, Nolan needs to acknowledge that the game - and society as a whole - has changed and there's nothing he can do about it. He and his fellow club staff in the spotlight are now celebrities who will come under scrutiny, social media will allow the individuals criticised to see it for themselves, and given how much proportion of money fans are now blowing on football, there is more scope for anger when things don't go right. I think his comments were misplaced and my opinion of him has gone down as a result. But at the same time, there are fans out there whose criticism of players, coaches, the club etc borders on the abusive and eventually, everyone will crack - and Nolan definitely did. Maybe that was his "I would LUV it if we beat Man United" moment? That said, targeting PON - which is a sensible, decent, head-screwed-on community - was uncalled for, and it says more about him than it does about us.
  7. 4 points
    Interesting that's been posted, I always thought it was the perfect song for a rousing chant for our number 9! For "No no, no no no no, no no no no, no no there's no limit" read "Shola, Shola Shola, Shola Shola, Shola AMEOBI". I've been tempted to start it, but the thought of the bemused looks I'd get at an old bloke going solo in the Pavis always held me back!
  8. 4 points
    Winning football games is never the easiest thing to achieve. However, when you do manage to pull it off, it restores a sense of pride, not just within the club and its players but it spreads within the fan community. The momentum it builds can be a very powerful psychological tool, which I believe is a part of why Notts County have managed to assert themselves strongly after the opening day defeat to Coventry City. It’s been a long time since the club has felt like it’s moving in the right direction, and I believe we should continue to aim high. Another aspect which only deserves praise is the fact that key players have upped their game – something which started from day one after Kevin Nolan arrived at Meadow Lane. It would be unfair to suggest that the form which turned the club around during the 2016-17 season lies anywhere else and I feel strongly that the majority of the squad have continued this within their own right into 2017-18. It’s this kind of form and focus which I would like the club to work towards now. However, I don’t suggest this isn’t the case – I do feel the focus has been lost somewhat. Adam Collin has been a different keeper this term, he’s really impressed me and I still feel right now he doesn’t get the praise he deserves. For the most part Richard Duffy has been solid, although admittedly I am not his biggest fan – I do feel he offers something which contributes to the success we are seeing on the field. Dan Jones as a new signing has been paramount and has given the club a lot more pace at the back – after the shaky start he really has found his form prior to the recent injury. At right back, Matt Tootle has been probably the most consistent player, something which I noticed myself last season. He just seemed a different character on and off the pitch, and I am pleased to see that he feels open enough to talk about depression – something which I myself suffer from. That’s the thing about the 2017-18 season, every player has largely been working towards the same goal and the added competition really has helped people thrive – perhaps not Tootle as much as Nolan has suggested recently but it certainly has for players such as Collin, Jonathan Forte and Carl Dickinson. Whilst Nicky Hunt is a good character to have around, and someone capable for players to learn from, he really hasn’t done anything to push Tootle for his position. I know it won’t be a popular opinion, however I would rather see Elliott Hewitt push Tootle because all Elliott requires is time to learn and gain experience. However, it is still a positive note just how much widely across the pitch we have improved and there is depth within the squad when you take games seriously. Whilst again, people suggest that Notts are unable to maintain their current form, if targets are a part of what got us here, ambition and desire should be more than enough to help us on our way with a return to form. This is exactly why I feel the club should continue to aim high, we need to dig deep and believe – reverting back to the basics will help (as will keeping the ball on the ground). And I really don’t believe in the curse of the Manager of the Month, if you remain grounded and focused on your tasks at hand, this is nothing more than praise for a job well done. The majority of fans know that have leaders on the pitch, perhaps not captain material but we have a squad which cares – so let’s keep Notts flying high. 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. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  9. 3 points
    Most on here will know I rate Jonathan Forte as a player, he's a capable backup on the win (although I prefer him to start up front) - I do feel he's a very good player at this level. I realise most say he drifts, doesn't give much etc. However, I think he should be in our plans more. He's a natural goalscorer, he does give 100% but he relies on the team to be playing well (as most players do) but his run in the starting 11 wasn't the best time considering the form had dipped. Yet despite the dry patch, he still gave more than some players and he did chase every ball at least when I have seen him. Whilst some fans are speculating that he doesn't have a future, mostly going on the 'Alan Smith' card - I disagree. What do you think? Should Forte be in our plans?
  10. 3 points
    Notts County have extended their lead at the top of League Two thanks to their 3-1 win over Cheltenham Town on Saturday. The Magpies took the lead on the half-hour mark through Jorge Grant following Jon Stead's layoff but Carl Winchester hit back within five minutes to equalise. However, a quickfire double from Notts in the opening stages of the second half - through Grant and Shaun Brisley - gave Nolan another home win. Here is how the Notts fan base, players and boss reacted to the solid victory. Kevin Nolan "I'm absolutely delighted with the three points and I thought they were well-deserved. "You're seeing things which we're trying to recreate from the training ground, like passing patterns, which make the lads feel more familiar when they are in those positions on a matchday. "They are taking a lot on board. I'm delighted with some of the play in the last few weeks and there's still more to come." Jorge Grant "I thought we were good. They had some spells where they created chances but that's going to happen. We were strong in those situations and got our rewards when we scored. "We're dealing with the pressure better than we have before and it was another good performance from us. "Teams know what they're going to get and they have to bring their 'A' game, otherwise they're not going to win." The players on social media The fans TheSkipper: Good win yesterday, second half Notts stole the show and played some very good football. First half we don't need to mention. I am still unsure how exactly we scored but I did think Cheltenham came back well. Even in the second half they didn't look like they was out of it, probably one of the better games at Meadow Lane. Countyman: I barely noticed Hewitt's absence and I thought Milsom did a more complete job, did we miss Elliot at all? No. We have played some good football this season, at times we may have been lucky but yesterday was not one of them games. We deserved the points! Well done Notts. Jay Dalton: Notts will be champions or automatic I still believe they will be champions notts full of confidence all playing as a team no doubt Nolan has bought the believe in notts and got them playing proper football dead ball specialist grant again brilliant stuff first half bit lack lustre second half stepped up a gear and super notts shone through non stop attacking coyp Nolan's super notts black white army! Steve Brewer: Hey they were the worse team I have seen yet. Should have been well out of sight. But as usual we make a game of it. Saying that we do look like league leaders. The big No. 9 was awesome. Grant class. Hawks was good and so was Toots. Goalie is in for the season. Sorry Collin but he is well better. Luton looming Chris Buckley: We looked alright first half, but after they scored we just seemed awkward. We came out much stronger in the second half, several players clicking together to put on a very good display. Quite a crucial win in terms of staying top. Overall a good team performance and ultimately 3 points which will do nicely. #COYP Geoff King: At one one and kicking towards the kop I expected we'd take the three points and in the end so it proved John Weatherbed: One of the best games I have seen in a long time... Well done to all.. Was good to hear the support singing 🎶 around the ground. Tracy Rigby: Awesome! Thank you Kevin Nolan in believing and showing the lads the way to win and you was a winner as a player and your a winner as a manager! Share your thoughts about this reaction piece 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. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  11. 3 points
    Ross Fitzsimons has expressed his gratitude towards Kevin Nolan and the rest of the Notts County setup for giving him a chance to play first-team football. The 23-year-old signed on a free transfer in the summer having left Chelmsford City and, prior to his current run of games, had seldom been given an extended run in a club's first team. However, the goalkeeper has become first-choice since Adam Collin picked up a knee injury against Barnet last month, playing in all but two of Notts' games since. "I've been close to it before at previous clubs but I have never had the initial break where someone has told me 'Go and play'," Fitzsimons told the official Notts site. "But straight away after Adam was injured the manager said 'I want you playing' and put his belief in me. "I owe so much to the manager and his staff - they could have brought in a goalkeeper on an emergency loan who has played 50 games or more. "But their backing has done my confidence the world of good. I'm getting belief in myself and I think this is one of the happiest times in my footballing career." 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. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  12. 3 points
    It’s a good time to be a Notts fan. We’re top of the league. Our manager recently signed a new contract. And we are through to the second round of the FA Cup. Alan Hardy has already said that we have an eye towards the January transfer window and this is something that excites many in the Notts fan base because despite being top of the league, we are looking to get even better, and we are trying to sustain our position in the top three of League Two. The stepping stones look already in place with the capture of Liam Noble on a free transfer. That ticks off one position which was needed; a creative midfielder. Hopefully, Kevin Nolan can bring about the best in Noble and we can see a different player to the one we saw here just over a year ago. Now we’ve got the creative midfielder out of the way, there are three key areas Notts need to strengthen to help keep our place amongst the automatic promotion places. Firstly, and most importantly, a pacey striker is a must. Age is also a factor - he must be young. All our main strikers are over thirty. We have already expressed our interest in Mansfield striker Danny Rose, but that speculation was quickly swept under the carpet by Steve Evans. We were also linked with Andy Cook in the summer from Tranmere, but the former Barrow striker stayed at Prenton Park. One player I would like us to sign is Kristian Dennis and although this may require a fee, Chesterfield are in dire straits and Hardy has already said he is willing to back Nolan in the transfer window for a striker. And I would still like to see us go in for Jerry Yates I’d rather the striker sign permanent than it be a loan. Other strikers we could potentially look at are Corey Whitely from Dagenham & Redbridge, who is currently second top scorer in the National League with eight goals. Sitting just behind him on seven is Oladapo Afolayan of Solihull Moors. Solihull are currently bottom of the National League but Afolayan has done well to score this many in a poor side, at this stage of the season. However, this might be tricky as the Moors frontman is also being targeted by Barnsley and Bolton. Alan Hardy said we are also looking to bring a winger to the club in January. This is crucial as it will provide good cover for Terry Hawkridge, Lewis Alessandra and Jorge Grant. The winger must also have a killer instinct, a good cross on him, and is good at beating defenders. Some of the wingers I mentioned in my article about who I thought we should have signed in the summer are still available and haven’t played much this season. Milan Lalkovic has only made one appearance for Portsmouth this season. Surprisingly, Pompey’s top scorer from last season, Kal Naismith, has only made nine appearances. This is lower than all the other wingers at Pompey: Matty Kennedy (13), Jamal Lowe (15), Kyle Bennett (14) and Gareth Evans (11). Although this may be a long shot, there is no harm in trying. Also mentioned in my summer article were Luton wingers Lawson D’Ath and Luke Gambin. The third part of our January transfer window business is the need for some cover at centre back. Most of the options I mentioned for the summer transfer window signed for other clubs. A centre back is a priority as Haydn Hollis doesn’t seem to be picked anymore for league games and Elliott Hewitt can’t keep covering there as he is far better suited to playing in midfield. We may have to consider the loan market for either the winger or centre-back due to the money it may cost in signing a first team striker, although we may sign the player from the club after they have released him like we did with Shaun Brisley and Mark Yeates. However, the centre back who we buy must be good enough cover as our first choice pairing of Richard Duffy and Shaun Brisley are unbelievably solid and are unlikely to be replaced in the starting line-up. Also, the defender we do buy must push Duffy and Brisley to their limits to remain in the first team constantly as Kevin Nolan always talks about competition for places. The players I have in mind but may not come off are Tom Davies and Dominic Hyam (both Coventry) and Joe Walsh (MK). If we get the quality needed in the right areas and they settle in well at Notts, then a top three position is a very realistic target. 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. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  13. 3 points
    Notts County have announced that Colin Slater has been named an honorary vice president of the club. The 83-year-old worked on his first Notts game in 1959 as a local newspaper journalist, making his BBC Radio Nottingham bow in 1968. Slater's radio commentating career spanned 49 years and saw him become a club institution and, although he stepped back from those duties earlier this year, he continues to be the station's Magpies correspondent. "It's difficult to express how honoured I feel that my name will figure next to John Mounteney - a great friend of mine who I miss greatly - whose influence and work behind the scenes was prodigious, and Jack Sewell, who I also got to know well without ever seeing him play," Slater told the official Notts site. "It's something I never thought would happen in my wildest dreams. "I know all the Notts directors and will know some of the visitors. Equally, I expect to know a number of local people who come as guests because I've fulfilled a number of roles in public life in Nottinghamshire. I've a wide circle of friends and contacts, so I'm looking forward to seeing them." 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. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  14. 3 points
    Way back in the day????? Here's me thinking my tape player is state of the art high tech gear!
  15. 3 points
    Not as tasty as this......
  16. 3 points
    Last night, I caught-up with the BBC documentary: "Sir Bobby Charlton at 80". For anyone who's not yet seen it, the documentary followed the ups and downs of this Legendary footballer's career and also featured other (younger) footballers talking about their time working with, and around him. A very interesting ethos that Sir Bobby appeared to have been taught when he first arrived at Manchester United (and which he gladly passed on to the likes of Beckham, Giggs, Cantona and any others who followed in his footsteps at Man U) was that "behind all the gardens, yards and terraces of the local Manchester area, were men and women who did shift work in factories and worked extremely hard all week long, to then utilise a part of their hard-earned money to come to Old Trafford 'to be entertained' by the football played. Charlton, said the younger men, a) never failed to forget it and b) never failed to pass it on to the younger lads. In view of the recent comments by KN regarding Notts fans, which clearly (to me) demonstrates that perhaps Charlton's ethos is currently 'unimportant'; 'doesn't matter' 'forgotten about' or 'disregarded' at Meadow Lane, who's right? Is it Charlton for believing - to this day, as he continues to represent Man U - that his job WAS/IS to 'entertain paying fans' or KN who appears not to like fans criticizing his decisions, having a voice or whatever else he was trying to say in his recent 'rant? I'd be very interested to hear too, whether others think this 'respect' for fee-paying supporters is 'old school'; needs to be reinstated or doesn't/shouldn't matter, today?
  17. 3 points
    A very interesting post. The first point about footballers aiming to entertain the fans is a valid one but doesn't take into account the level we're at. Manchester United were and are at the very pinnacle of the game and could afford that kind of ethos. But Notts are currently one, maybe two levels below what we see as our natural level and Kevin Nolan's job is to get the results to take us back up there. He clearly (rightly or wrongly) believes that a more direct style is more likely to get results. Ultimately the fans will be happier if we win promotion playing kick and rush than if we land in mid-table playing a passing game. Our two most successful post-war managers were well known for favouring a physical and direct style of play yet I don't recall too many fans objecting while we were getting the results! The other point is how KN responds to criticism. Footballers and managers live in a kind of bubble. From his point of view, he coaches the players, watches them train, knows who is on top of his game and who is carrying a knock or low in confidence and therefore he knows best. He also had a pretty illustrious playing career of his own while most of us just watch a match every Saturday, so it's understandable that he feels he knows best. He needs media skills so that he doesn't come across as condescending. At the same time a manager needs to avoid being too stubborn. The jury is still out there.
  18. 3 points
    Football matters that's for sure. I think there's different moulds in people, some are thankful for the opportunity given to them and others think they have a divine right because they got to where they was (without acknowledging the breaks or people that helped them). One issue is the fact that people take modern day football for granted, clubs especially fall within this bracket - they have become more business orientated and such they forget about certain things. Nolan might want to try to appreciate where people are coming from even when he doesn't agree, this is something I have learned more myself.
  19. 2 points
    Yes, he should be in our plans because apart from Stead and Shola we don't have many other options in the 'striker' department. Unless that is addressed in January he would remain a vital squad member. I wouldn't criticise his lack of effort, although he does sometimes struggle to be involved which may be down to lack of service. The slight worry is that he always seems better coming off the bench than when he starts, which may be a mental thing about having a point to prove. I'm not sure he is a typical Nolan type of player, but I think he deserves to see the season out as long as he wants to be here.
  20. 2 points
    Shaun Brisley has admitted that he is thoroughly enjoying his time at Notts County and believes his decision to leave Carlisle United has been justified. The 27-year-old left Brunton Park in the summer to join Kevin Nolan - with whom he worked at Leyton Orient - at Meadow Lane. Brisley has established himself as a mainstay of the Notts defence, putting in impressive performances week in, week out and helping the Magpies to the upper echelons of League Two. "It wasn't going to be an easy choice to leave Carlisle, who made the play-offs last season," Brisley told the official Notts website. "But I had to come to a team who I thought would be pushing for promotion. Notts County was that team. "I'm enjoying my football, which helps massively. I feel as though I have come in and done well but there is still plenty of room for improvement. I'm still working on my weaknesses to ensure I keep getting better. "Richard (Duffy) and I have been playing to the best of our ability for most of the season so long may that continue. "Part of the understanding we have between each other comes naturally and some of it comes from work on the training ground. "We complement each other well. We both have different strengths and weaknesses, which even themselves out." 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. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  21. 2 points
    We're 19 games into the season and top spot in League Two keeps changing hands more often than a game of "pass the parcel". Notts County were top of the table until Tuesday night, when a 1-1 draw at Yeovil Town saw Luton Town return to the top on goal difference (and theirs is pretty darn high). But this weekend we go again and the team standing between the Magpies and three points is Colchester United, who currently sit in a very healthy ninth place in the standings. Pride of Nottingham spoke to U's fan John to get an insight on the opposition as well as what it's like supporting the club. About John: I'm 26, my dad used to take me to games since I was a kid but I've been properly supporting the U's since I was 14, and my favourite player of all time is Karl Duguid. How did it feel to win the "Pride of Anglia" title for the first time in the club's history when you finished above Norwich and Ipswich in 2007? It was great, that season was amazing, 10th in the Championship was our highest ever finish and it was funny to upstage those two teams, even if neither are our greatest rivals - Wycombe hold that distinction. You famously beat Norwich 7-1 away on the opening day of the 2009-10 League One season but then Paul Lambert defected to them and led them to the title - what are your thoughts on that whole debacle? Let's just say he's not remembered very fondly here. He did a good job with us, there's no denying that, and beating Norwich 7-1 away was an incredible occasion, but to leave right at the start of the season shows what kind of snake he is. There's nothing wrong with personal ambition but to leave us in the manner and timing that he did left a bitter taste. You lost to Oxford City in the first round of the FA Cup and we'll be facing them in round two - any tips on how to approach the game? No disrespect to City but we really weren't at the races that day, we really should have beaten them, but all credit to them, they played well. Their striker (Matt Paterson) was dangerous, he scored with a well-taken header, hit the bar from a free kick and had several other chances, so he'll be one to watch, while their wingers were also a handful, so my advice would be not to take the game lightly and to keep their attacking players at bay. Who are your team's danger men? Mikael Mandron has got a decent enough goal tally with six in 18 and is quite skilful, but his goals have mostly been simple tap-ins - he's not the kind that will weave into the box and pull off some magic. Sammie Szmodics has seven in 16 (all competitions) and is back from injury - he's a tenacious attacking midfielder and has a great eye for goal so he's probably the one you should watch out for (though I hope you won't!). Score and scorer prediction? 2-0 to the U's, Szmodics and Mandron with our goals. Share your thoughts about this Opposition View 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. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  22. 2 points
    On 20 November 1976, Notts County clinched an impressive 5-1 win over a Fulham outfit featuring Bobby Moore, George Best and Rodney Marsh in a Second Division match at Craven Cottage. Mick Vinter struck for the Magpies after just 45 seconds and went on to grab a second later in the game, while Steve Carter, Martin Busby and Ernie Howe (with an own goal) made it five before the hour mark. Although Alan Slough managed to grab a consolation, it was still a very impressive result from Ron Fenton's side. Here are the highlights from that game if you fancy having a look. Were you at that game? Let us know!
  23. 2 points
    Kevin Nolan has declared himself "absolutely delighted" with Notts County's 3-1 win over Cheltenham Town on Saturday. A Jorge Grant brace either side of a Carl Winchester daisy-cutter and a Shaun Brisley header saw the Magpies run out comfortable winners. Other results also went County's way and resulted in them sitting two points clear at the top of the League Two table come 5pm. "I'm absolutely delighted with the three points and I thought they were well-deserved," Nolan told the official Notts site. "You're seeing things which we're trying to recreate from the training ground, like passing patterns, which make the lads feel more familiar when they are in those positions on a matchday. "They are taking a lot on board. I'm delighted with some of the play in the last few weeks and there's still more to come." Speaking about Cheltenham's performance, Nolan added: "They had a couple of chances after half-time which I wasn't too happy about but we got away with it. "They had a lot of threats, which we dealt with very well. They're a big side who put the ball in good areas, do all the right things and play some good stuff at times. "Their goal was excellent, although it was poor from our point of view. "But the way we responded in the second half was brilliant - hats off to the lads. We now need to follow up that performance with another one down at Yeovil on Tuesday night. "We're going to have to be at that standard again if we are to get three points." 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. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  24. 2 points
    Whichever goalkeeper you prefer, there is no doubt that Notts County have two very capable players in contention for the number 1 jersey in Adam Collin and Ross Fitzsimons, the debate on who should start has valid points for both keepers. However, I aim to explain the difference between the two and who I feel should be the first choice keeper for the Magpies. The knee injury to Collin during the 2-1 win over Barnet within League Two saw Fitzsimons step into the main role and during a heavy spell of pressure, he made several outstanding saves which kept Notts in the game. This was the first time that I had seen Fitzsimons in action and I was genuinely impressed with his reactions, as the game was played largely on the back foot for Notts after Collin was substituted. If he'd been on the field for longer, I would easily have considered him as one of the key candidates for Man of the Match. And I thought if this was the standard he set, well I really couldn’t see how Collin could force his way back into Kevin Nolan’s squad at all. Yet I wanted to write about this subject, but only after having enough time to fairly judge what Fitzsimons brings to the table. Fans who feel that the two keepers are like-for-like are wrong in my opinion, I feel Collin’s experience and age makes him a more polished keeper at this level. However, I certainly see the potential within Fitzsimons and I think overall he’s the much better shot stopper. That said, I disagree that he is better currently and I feel he’s lacking the understanding with the back four that Collin has established over the course of this and last season. I can fully understand why Nolan prefers Collin in goal, but being an unpopular figure at Meadow lane I don’t expect many other fans to give him the credit he deserves. There’s still time however for Fitzsimons to establish himself further, all depending on when Collin returns to action. It is quite possible that we might not see him for a few more months - I believe he was expected to be out for a minimum of 8 weeks which has recently passed. And there is still little news coming out regarding how serious his knee ligament damage is. If Fitzsimons can work on his consistency - as the past few games I feel he’s been quite shaky and I would also say he has shined as much between the sticks as I assumed he would have done - there might be a chance he will retain the position even after Collin’s return to match selection, but I don’t think this is all that likely considering. Collin is more experienced, he’s switched on and alert. This season alone he seems a much different character than he was in his debut season and I think the weaknesses such as his communication have largely been worked on. He seems more confident which I imagine can be hard when the Notts defence switches off, but again we have two capable keepers and the prospect of Fitzsimons is one I feel will only grow in strength during the coming games. I would also like to point out that the position is the most scrutinized positon on the pitch, with fans perhaps being unforgiving of minor mistakes. Fitzsimons has a valuable learning experience and I do feel he will take it, it just may take some time for him to establish the position for his own. 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. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  25. 2 points
    Much is made of Notts County fans being in possession of a malfunctioning wheelbarrow. But that was in the past. Notts are a well oiled, slick, mean machine. And if our current status is represented by the wheelbarrow, this is what it would look like. AIN'T THIS WHEEL FALLING OFF ! ! !
  26. 2 points
    Get him at the lane for half time!
  27. 2 points
    Shola Ameobi playing would be a massive lift, I am also hopeful that Dan Jones may return. There's not any other changes which I think are required, yet I hope Notts work hard from the kick off and try to maintain authority over the game. If we control it, it will certainly be much easier. Inconstancy tends to be a problem for any team(s) in terms of performance, so I hope Cheltenham work hard to impress. I don't underestimate them as a team, they can play some very good football but if we remain organised and structured - this will be one of the better games. If we fail to get a grip of the game, I can see fans leaving early and possibly being bored for some time.
  28. 2 points
    What an excellent reward we got for beating Brizzle, a home tie against Oxford City. We couldn't have hoped for a much better draw than that, not only TV potential but a great chance to be in round 3. Not counting any chickens as they did win at Colchester at the weekend and the Salford City debacle still hurts, but overall an excellent draw.
  29. 2 points
    Hello and welcome to episode 32 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast, presented by Chris and JJ. In this week's episode we discuss Notts County's draw against Stevenage and look ahead to the League Two fixture against Cheltenham Town, with a view to what tactics the Magpies should utilise in the Meadow Lane encounter. We also touch on comments made by Alan Hardy about signing "three to four" reinforcements in January and look to who Notts should recruit, as well as which players should be moved on, either on loan or permanently. We also analyse the Sky Sports League Two Predictor picking Notts as this season's champions and talk about the club "fans" that went on Soccer AM, which led to considerable criticism by the Black and White Army on social media. All this and more only in episode 32 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast! Share your thoughts about this week's PONcast by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  30. 2 points
    Fourteen men who had played for Notts County served in the First World War. Dick Allesbrook, Ted Bassett, Teddy Emberton, Billy Flint, Horace Henshall, Albert Iremonger, Bill Jennings, Ike Waterall, Alf West, Arthur Green, and Reuben Grice fought for their country and returned home. Arthur Clamp, James Chalmers and Andrew Mosley tragically died while fighting for their country. Please take this opportunity to remember these brave men on this Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday. For more information visit http://www.footballandthefirstworldwar.org/notts-county-players-first-world-war/
  31. 2 points
    Fitzsimons 4.5 One early mistake when failing to get to the cross but he does give the defence confidence as someone willing to take responsibility Tootle 5.5 Always looking to get into crossing positions Dicko 5 Caught out of position once but Fitzsimons saved... Great improvement under Nolan, keeping Jones on the bench Duffy 5 Nothing spectacular Brisley 6 Unlucky with his clearing header for Boro's goal. Hawkridge 5.5 Good work rate but found it difficult at times to work attacking positions. What musnt be overlooked is his defensive positioning which helped Notts gain a foothold in the second half Yates 6.5 One moment in the 2nd half stood out as he stood firm to win and lay off the ball. Belies his age Hewitt 7 Cool head to finish rather than blasting over, which maybe harshly I expected! His energy and ground covered very worthy. I still think his best position may still be at Centre Half Grant 6.5 Always looking likely to score but its his "assists" that catch the eye too. He does put in some quality passes rather than hit and hope Stead 6 Took the brunt of the challenges without Shola being there to share. Alessandra 4 Needs to contribute so much more
  32. 2 points
    Sky Sports has officially tipped Notts County to win the League Two title this season! They've run all of the teams through "a system called Elo, originally set up to rate chess players. It takes into account form, who your team still has left to play, and how well a team has done in previous seasons." This is how the Sky Sports Predictor see the final L2 table: What do you reckon? Personally I think it's flattering to be held in such esteem by the biggest sports outlet in the world... but at the same time, let's hope there's no "Manager of the Month" type curse at play. Kevin Nolan is the best manager to tell the players: "yeah that's nice, but no. Ignore and just crack on with your job." But we as fans can gloat... especially considering who's in last place and how far down Mansfield are!
  33. 2 points
    I'm just happy with the <1% chance of relegation!
  34. 2 points
    They just have to play football and not hoofball and see where we end up.As long as the team gives their all it will be progress
  35. 2 points
    It's things like this which we should go 'well that's awesome' but really, we just need to focus on each game as they come. I do think it's good, yet it can attach pressure and since we as fans should remain rooted - I just don't think it says much else. A couple of fans have told me that we've never thrown a way a November lead, again things can change. I'm quite happy to enjoy the roller coaster but remain positive with regards to where we might finish, facts like these are nice but play no motivation towards me getting carried a way at all.
  36. 2 points
    Kevin Nolan has urged Notts County not to take Oxford City lightly when they meet in the FA Cup second round because the non-league side has "absolutely nothing to lose". The Magpies navigated a tricky first-round encounter against League One outfit Bristol Rovers in marvellous fashion and were rewarded with a seemingly kind tie against the National League South side. However, City claimed the scalp of Colchester United in round 1 and the players were excited to be drawn away at Meadow Lane, with Nolan insisting that they will be a tough nut to crack. “They have absolutely nothing to lose,” he told the Nottingham Post. “They are going to come here, enjoy the day out, work hard and play the best game of their lives. “What we have to do is make sure we are on top form because if we start underestimating them then we will receive a big bite on the backside. “They have already given one to Colchester, so we will be as professional as we can be. “We are going to make sure they are watched and we will set up as if it was a League Two game. “The lads will be focused and ready. They will be told of all their strengths and weaknesses and hopefully we can perform on the day and get through to the next round. “All the big boys come in then and you are hoping you draw one of them either home or away.” 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. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  37. 2 points
    Thank you @Chris, @liampie, @Piethagoram, @UnitedPie, @Joe Jones and super_ram and @granny pie for my birthday wishes. Tuesday was a bit hectic for me. Had a lovely day though and a lovely evening with my family, we went out for a meal. Won't mention football results lol, but i took friday night against Bristol Rovers for an early pressie from the 'Pies. Thank you all again for the birthday wishes. COYP.
  38. 2 points
    You can try and tempt me into trying it, and you'll succeed as well. [emoji16] Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  39. 2 points
    Massive congrats on a brilliant win over a L1 side Pies. I just hope we don't suffer the same fate tomorrow at Crewe.
  40. 2 points
    Fitzsimons 6 Tries to command his area, but doesn't always pick the right cross to come for Tootle 7.5 MoM for me Duffy 6 Steady Brisley 6.5 Steady Dickinson 6.5 As well as I've seen him play Hawkridge 5 I thought he was ineffective despite his runnning Yates 5.5 Didn't really catch my eye one way or the other Hewitt 6 Good at covering the ground, but lacks a passing ability. Grant 7 Great finisher, but rest of match can pass him by. Stead 6.5 Best I've seen him this seaspn Looks short of pace and unlucky with one flick finish in the second half Ameobi 7.5 Pure quality when on the ball. Subs - not enough time to judge
  41. 2 points
    Very good, and thoughtful exchange being shared above. This is all very much true, however you need to trust and give back sometimes in order for these to become true strengths. We see Kevin Nolan acknowledging the coaching staff, he's praised them heaps of times (sometimes for very little) and he also brought the coaching team into the frame with the Manager of the Month award which is a good trait. Surrounding yourself around competent people is all very well, when you can draw from them and add to your own experience but in situations whereby you might not understand the situation completely yourself - why go it alone? I think the point @Piethagoram makes is that to be a good top flight division you need a good pedigree to go further, having players who are skillful and capable on the ball is a must - not many teams rely on route one as the only way to attack games. I know people bang on about Stoke City (for example) but they use their midfield wisely and play some very good football on the ground. League Two football is often hoof central but we have totally taken it to the extreme as of late and the manager should set the example of how we should break the chain.
  42. 2 points
    I would say a centre back (although I would like to see Bird given an opportunity) and a fast central striker are a must. I would also prefer a central midfield play-maker as we don't really possess a player that goes "give me the ball" and dictates play to make things happen. However, there isn't a limitless pit of money and some players may have to leave to make room within the budget. Curtis, Hollis, Stead ( being a touch controversial) maybe even Walker too.
  43. 2 points
    The EFL Trophy is despised by a significant proportion of football fans, and rightly so. It's effectively been hijacked by the Premier League for the benefit of their academies to give their reserve teams some competitive action. This has come at the expense of the teams in League One and League Two, who cannot do the same thing themselves and will even be sanctioned if they fail to field a number of first-team players. It's not like the teams in the bottom two divisions of the Football League already have 50-odd games to play already when you factor in the 46 standard league games, potentially the playoffs, and the League and FA Cups. No, let's force their already tired and weary players to turn out not for one extra game, as it was in the past, but three more games as a minimum. But let's face it, when was the last time that the EFL Trophy actually any good? Having a competition only open to the 48 teams in the third and fourth tier was never going to throw up any bumper ties. Previously, there was a 50-50 team that you'd be playing a team that you'd be facing twice in the league anyway. And even if you were drawn against a team in the league above or below you, it's still unlikely to be the kind of match-up that will make fans excited. The only exception to this would be if you were drawn against a fallen "giant" - say Blackburn Rovers or Charlton Athletic. Only then would it be somewhat exciting for a fourth-tier team. But even then, would the more illustrious team actually make any effort in the competition? Winning such a tinpot competition as the EFL Trophy would be a permanent mark of shame for such a team, a reminder that they had once fallen on hard times. And on top of that, having a competition played largely on weekdays may work if it's something like the Champions League, or the latter rounds of a proper competition like the FA Cup or League Cup, but a midweek trip to Morecambe or Southend is hardly going to generate enthusiasm - and it's not like there's the prospect of better ties ahead. That said, even having a group with local rivals Mansfield Town and Lincoln City, as it is at present, is not a particularly exciting thing, given it feels forced, plus all the previous points that made the competition shoddy in the first place, plus the Premier League meddling that have rendered the competition at best pointless, at worst outright toxic. The EFL Trophy is a moribund, pointless and utterly futile competition. The Premier League intervention can either be seen as an attempt to breathe new life into it, or as a parasite or virus that has taken over its host and completely zombified it. Either way, it reflects badly on the competition, so the best thing would be to just let it die off. 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. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  44. 2 points
    There's been mistakes made not just by Kevin Nolan (although his tactics and lineups are sometimes questionable - it can work) but also the players. I think we have just had a wake up call and as such we have failed to climb or respond from that slump, lets be quite clear we are - there's teams this month which fans would have thought we'd get close to the maximum amount but we simply haven't. On paper this month hasn't been exactly 'difficult'. I think its a mix of focus, performance, desire, confidence and belief. Whilst the tactics and line-up hasn't helped, really the players should be jumping to get back to winning ways. Crewe was one of them games people will want us to forget, yet we saw the same thing against Carlisle in the first half.
  45. 2 points
    This thread needs some kind of health warning.
  46. 2 points
  47. 2 points
    The line-up was baffling, the problem with it we seemed to be saving legs and I do relate to fans who believe the club didn't take it seriously. I don't think it's so much about the depth itself. We do have a good bench even when the consistently selected starting 11 is chosen - I don't think you can throw in an experienced keeper into a game like that. Obviously again, I'm no expert but the squad was weird for a club stating the 20k winning fee is enough to side over the majority of fans opinions.
  48. 2 points
    I disagree, the introduction of Premiership 'B' teams into the competition was a sinister move and I have no doubt it is the thin end of a wedge that will see them pushing for Football League status before too long. Even though lower league fans were massively against the change, the cash they bunged was enough to see most (such as Alan Hardy) surrender. Even though it has always been an uninspiring competition, I used to attend the home games but even if we got to Wembley I wouldn't attend a game while 'B' teams are involved. Act now unless you are happy to see Notts County v Manchester United 'B' as a league fixture. What the Premiership wants the Premiership usually gets, and this is definitely something they want.
  49. 2 points
    Maybe the checkatrade trophy showed us a little about the quality of the depth to the squad and that we could do as said above with a couple or so additions , not got great depth that you could call on for the league in my opinion .
  50. 2 points
    It's been a while since the last update so here it is. After heartbreakingly missing out on promotion to the third division on penalties, Waldhof Mannheim made some good additions to the squad and went into this season with the clear aim of making the play-off for the third season running. It hasn't gone to plan, however. The team has often looked bereft of confidence, not helped by the tactical inflexibility of the manager. After seven wins and six defeats and with a big gap opening to second place, manager Gerd Dais was given his marching orders last week - the first time Waldhof have fired their manager mid-season since 2007. Ex-Frankfurt and Besiktas midfielder Michael Fink has taken the reins until a permanent manager can be found. The rot seemed to be continuing in the Baden Cup against Astoria Walldorf, with Mannheim going in 2-0 down at the break, only for the team to turn it around in thrilling fashion and win 3-2. This set the stage nicely for yesterday's visit of Kickers Offenbach, themselves sitting pretty on top of the table. This is a local derby and a match with a lot of needle. During last season's fixture three OFC players got involved in a punch-up with a solitary (and elderly) Waldhof fan in the stand. One of them was the visitors' goalkeeper Daniel Endres, who played yesterday. The crowd let him off far too lightly IMO. The match was played to a slightly disappointing crowd of 8000 in poor conditions. The lack of coffee on sale didn't help. Goals are at 2.24 and 6.11, and there's a questionable offside decision at 5.44, enjoy! Pulling the strings in midfield was Daniel Di Gregorio, who returned after nearly 18 months out in the summer but who the previous manager sadly never trusted with a place in the starting line-up.

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