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  1. Colin Slater, the voice of the club for so many decades, has passed away aged 87. Condolences to his family and everyone who knew him. People talk about legendary players and managers, but it was Colin who was at our side through all those moments of triumph or (more often) non-triumph. It'll be difficult to imagine Notts without him. Here's a nice piece the club published about him. https://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk/club/hall-of-fame/colin-slater-mbe/
    5 points
  2. Awful news, @cheeky~k8 mentioned it and even though I know he's been declining (very frail) - this type of thing hits home. He'll always be remembered and, to those who refer to him as 'Uncle Colin' - It's difficult to drop the uncle part, even if he did insist it was just Colin. I am thankful for having known and interviewed him, listening to his background and, life story was something I couldn't miss. Through the interview, I often exchanged conversations via e-mail, until a few years back, when he simply stopped responding. His writing, which he kindly wrote for us, before having a column in the match day programme, was always amazing to read. I felt truly humble to have someone like Colin support the Pride of Nottingham and, understand what it was I was trying to do. Thank you for all your contributions, Colin Slater. Rest in Peace.
    4 points
  3. Tonight has been such sad news. For me, he has been the voice of Notts for both commentary and news for all of my life. I remember sitting by the radio as a kid waiting for any second half commentary or news on Notts and he was the man that always brought it, without him I would have probably ended up as a Man Utd fan! Tonight though has probably brought me my best ever day reading social media feeds, such great tributes show the respect that people had for him, not one bad word. Thank you Colin.
    4 points
  4. Seems that Hearts are interested in Tshimanga. Took a look at both Chesterfield's and Heart's forums, seems both sets of fans are heavily invested into the rose-tinted glasses industry: - Hearts seem to think they'll bag him for peanuts when reality is that Chessie paid 300k for him so aren't going to be letting him go for at least double that. - Chessie seem to think that despite flirting with the NLN the past couple of seasons, they are now a bigger club than Hearts and offer a better standard than the SPL. The reality is though, if Hearts stump up enough money (admittedly I have no idea about their financial situation), the SPL is a big enough pull for anyone currently playing in the conference, especially given Hearts are probably the 3rd/4th biggest club in Scotland. People will point at clubs like Ross County with the smaller attendances, but where would you rather play, there or against the King's Lynns and Dovers of the world?
    3 points
  5. Message from Ricardo: "I don't know what to say. Colin was so unique and passionate. (He always) impressed me. He will always stay within our hearts"
    3 points
  6. Patterson 8.5 Beaten early by a thunderbolt at the near post, but penalty save from Mullen was a game changer. Brindley 8 Was going to mark as 5.5, with so many loose passes but that diving block in the area was worth an additional 2.5 Lacey 7.5 Thought he had a controlled game, defensively sound against a potent attack. Not his usual display of attacking passes Cameron 8 Cross for Wootton sublime, even if slightly deflected. Francis 7 Thought he had a good game. Just needs to eliminate the odd mistake Palmer 8 King pin again, recycles stuff and some good challenges Vincent 7.5 Live wire performance, does make space and orchestrates thing. Shame about conceding the penalty, though the Wrexham player read him and won it. Touch unfair Chicksen 7.5 Comes in, does a job Richardson 8 Was always getting into position to receive the ball. Class when he is around the area, as you know the ball isnt going to be wasted. Scored too! Mitchell 6.5 concussed apparently , so withdrawn after 45. Involved in Notts penalty Wootton 8 Goal machine, end of Subs Sam 6.5 The enigma, but he kept the Wrexham defence occupied, more than Mitchell did. How did he put that header over?
    3 points
  7. Could have been different if they had kept 11 on the pitch but we will never know and I’m not complaining. It was a definite penalty, but I’d like to see the replay as I did not see it as a deliberate handball. As for Wrexham, they were basically a look for set pieces and long throw into the box sort of side and reminded me a lot of a John Beck team (for those with long memories). They got lucky with the goal they scored and never really looked like getting another to be honest, apart from the pen, which was more of an error from Vincent than good play by them. I thought Richardson and Palmer were immense and the rest excellent, it’s bonkers watching Cameron’s ability with the ball at his feet as centre halves aren’t supposed to be able to do that!
    3 points
  8. Google street view from roughly the same position.
    2 points
  9. The results: Millwall 0-1 Nottingham Florist Preston North End 1-1 Birmingham City AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Morecambe Lincoln City 0-1 Cambridge United Bradford City 2-1 Salford City Colchester United 0-2 Barrow Grimsby Town 2-0 Altrincham Wealdstone 2-1 Dover Athletic --- This was quite a high-scoring round (with the exception of one idiot at the bottom, ahem). This week's best scorers were @magpiejue and @GrannyPie! @magpiejue, @GrannyPie - 11 @Dan, @4everapie - 8 @nottsnutter, @Chris, @barnet11uk - 7 @ARLukomski - 6 @jimbob - 5 @gtownjohnno, @Megan_Elizax - 4 @Dripsey3, @super_ram - 3 @DangerousSausage - 2 --- @Dan is now six points clear, while @magpiejue and @4everapie move into joint third: Dan - 165 Dripsey3 - 159 magpiejue - 134 4everapie - 134 gtownjohnno - 131 super_ram - 129 DangerousSausage - 120 ARLukomski - 119 jimbob - 117 nottsnutter - 114 GrannyPie - 109 Megan_Elizax - 107 Chris - 106 barnet11uk - 93 KB1862 - 52 liampie - 45 Joshua - 34 Feral Fox - 29 allardyces tash - 21 TheSkipper - 16 CliftonMagpie - 10 Alex - 7 Canadian - 4 --- So that's us done for another week. The next full league programme is on Saturday, so I'll post the fixtures on Wednesday night. Please post declarations of triumph, banter and commiserations below, but remember - it's a marathon, not a sprint see you all then!
    2 points
  10. Slocombe 5.5 One heart stopping moment when he dropped the ball... generally well protected Rawlinson 6 Solid defence, still worried about distribution under pressure Cameron 6 centre of the 3 , coped well Chicksen 6.5 not sure of positioning for Eastleigh's first...but going forward, doesnt lose possession Parsons 6 some good carrying of the ball Nemane 6 disciplined. Francis 6 Improving influence Vincent 6.5 great ball laid off for Eli's first Roberts 6 double marked , so less effective Mitchell 4.5 Not influential at all Sam 7 (MotM) 2nd goal, just showed that he possess a hell of a shot... just wished he had a better first touch
    2 points
  11. Slocombe 6 - only routine saves to make, but did ok. Rawlinson 6 - was sound defensively, but doesn't offer the forward threat of Brindley on the right of a back three. Cameron 6.5 - decent performance moved back into the middle. Chicksen 5.5 - not as good as he usually is in what I consider to be his best position. Nemane 5.5 - battled well but struggled to beat his man and create anything. Francis 6 - a few decent passes but nothing decisive. Vincent 6 - worked hard but his ambitious passes mostly missed the target. Roberts 6 - a few good moments but never posed a real threat. Parsons 6 - willing to have a run at their defence, but lacked the final ball. Mitchell 5 - struggled to get involved, disappointing overall. Sam 7* - showed both sides of his game, but mostly the better side today. His first goal was easy, his second was a good bit of finishing. Hopefully he can still have a part to play in the more important games. Rodrigues 6 - a few good passes, a few poor ones. Taylor 5.5 - good to see him back, but no real impact. Richardson 6 - got into some good positions, but didn't make the most of them. Happy with the win, but I think today showed how important Matty Palmer and Kyle Wootton are to the team.
    2 points
  12. I never got to meet him in person, but as I didn't travel away much (and have been holed up in Germany for the last few years), I have spent a lot of matchdays in Uncle Colin's "company". He was a link to the past in so many ways - to the club's past, of course, as he'd been covering Notts since the late 1950s and had seen ALL of the ups and downs since that time. But also to broadcasting past - he sounded unique (possibly a result of the pronunciation expected of radio commentators half a century ago) and he drew such a precise picture of the match. You always knew where the all was, and he knew exactly who the opposition's players were too. And of course he took to the club, and the fans took to him, as Dripsey says. He famously helped a takeover go through in the mid-sixties. Now of course we think of him as being Notts through and through, but think about that in the context of the time - he was a local journalist from Bradford with no previous connection to the club, having moved a few years before, helping save the club. That surely wasn't part of the day job! I wonder how many other times he's helped the club without ever publicising it. I hope there were some high dropping balls in honour of him last night. Colin Slater is one of a very select group of people who deserve to be called Notts legends.
    2 points
  13. RIP Colin, will always be held in high regard by Notts fans
    2 points
  14. Gutted to hear the news of Uncle Colin's passing. He was a great commentator and I've listened to him countless times over the years. A genuine fan that helped us out when it was at times easier to keep your head down and not stick it above the parapet. RIP and thank you.
    2 points
  15. Growing up in Ireland meant listening to Uncle Colin. Nearly all of my favourite Notts memories have Uncle Colin commentating on them. That unique style of his was a pleasure to listen to. Uncle Colin was loved by the Notts County fan base and he loved the club. I hope Uncle Colin's family take some solace in the thousands of messages of condolence. Colin Slater, he is one of us. R.I.P.
    2 points
  16. The results: Cheltenham Town 1-1 Burton Albion Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Fleetwood Town Carlisle United 2-0 Bradford City Colchester United P-P Rochdale Stevenage 3-1 Walsall Barnet 1-1 Altrincham Bromley 2-1 Solihull Moors Weymouth 0-1 Southend United --- The best scorers this week were @ARLukomski and @4everapie with 7 - congrats! @4everapie, @ARLukomski - 7 @Dan, @Dripsey3, @Megan_Elizax - 6 @DangerousSausage, @jimbob - 5 @magpiejue, @nottsnutter, @Chris, @barnet11uk - 4 @GrannyPie - 2 @gtownjohnno, @super_ram - 1 --- So this is the latest table, which contains good news for @4everapie, @ARLukomski and @Chris... Dan - 157 Dripsey3 - 156 gtownjohnno - 127 4everapie - 126 super_ram - 126 magpiejue - 123 DangerousSausage - 118 ARLukomski - 113 jimbob - 112 nottsnutter - 107 Megan_Elizax - 103 Chris - 99 GrannyPie - 98 barnet11uk - 86 KB1862 - 52 liampie - 45 Joshua - 34 Feral Fox - 29 allardyces tash - 21 TheSkipper - 16 CliftonMagpie - 10 Alex - 7 Canadian - 4 --- The next round is this coming Saturday (the 15th), so the fixtures will be online on Wednesday night. Thanks for playing and look after yourselves!
    2 points
  17. He's staying for the rest of the season! Great news imo, he's been superb since signing and has really strengthened us in the RWB spot.
    2 points
  18. What a weird thing bid to make and to make it public. Then again, their manager is up there with Stephen Cleeve on the weird/potential serial killer stakes, so what can you expect. Chesterfield are supporter funded I believe and apart from a big win on some insurance claims, some 'strategic' (borderline fraud) furloughing and probably a nice windfall from their FA Cup run, we're not talking about a team with millions to splash in the long term. Seems very much that's its **** or bust this season. I've taken a look at their fans forum and whilst I thought some wrexham fans were a bit deluded on their 'analysis' of our recent game, there must be some strong herb growing game going on over there in Chesterfield.
    2 points
  19. Hope everyone on PON and in the wider Notts community has a great new year! How will you / did you celebrate? As fireworks are not allowed here, we're going to be spending the next few hours sitting at a bonfire, barbecuing sausages (but not myself) and drinking. And in 2022 I want to get myself to the UK as soon as I can be sure I won't kill anyone. I might even darken Meadow Lane's door. How about the rest of you? Here's a version of Auld Lang Syne by Die Toten Hosen before they were crap:
    2 points
  20. I was only able to listen to but I find it more nerve-wracking then being at a live game. I’m never 100% sure where the ball is and I feel Charlie Slater can just say “ball into the box and a goal” from out of nowhere. I finally felt confident of the win by about the 85th minute! Thread bare squad but credit it to them it, that was a big win for us. Red card changed the game but that’s not in our control and we still had to push on and make sure of the 3 points. Sometimes playing against 10 can be trickier (as we know). Sounded like the players that haven’t featured as much as they’d like this season like Francis and Chicksen had great games. And even Sam put himself about a bit and sounded like he should’ve got himself on the scoresheet. Couldn’t ask for a better start to 2022!
    2 points
  21. The results: Blackpool 1-0 Hull City Burton Albion 4-1 Crewe Alexandra Charlton Athletic 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers Oxford United 1-1 Cheltenham Town Harrogate Town P-P Port Vale Scunthorpe United 0-1 Carlisle United Sutton United 2-1 Exeter City Swindon Town 5-2 Northampton Town --- Our first winner of 2022 is @magpiejue! @magpiejue - 6 @4everapie, @DangerousSausage, @ARLukomski, @barnet11uk - 5 @super_ram, @nottsnutter - 4 @Dan, @Megan_Elizax, @GrannyPie - 3 @Dripsey3, @gtownjohnno - 2 --- So this is our table at the start of the year. @Dan moves a point clear at the top, and there are changes elsewhere too: Dan - 151 Dripsey3 - 150 gtownjohnno - 126 super_ram - 125 magpiejue - 119 4everapie - 119 DangerousSausage - 113 jimbob - 107 ARLukomski - 106 nottsnutter - 103 Megan_Elizax - 97 GrannyPie - 96 Chris - 95 barnet11uk - 82 KB1862 - 52 liampie - 45 Joshua - 34 Feral Fox - 29 allardyces tash - 21 TheSkipper - 16 CliftonMagpie - 10 Alex - 7 Canadian - 4 --- And that's us for the festive season! The next full league programme is on Saturday 8 January, so I'll put the fixtures up on Wednesday once I've taken down the Christmas tree and the decorations! Have a great week and see you then!
    2 points
  22. Could have been a very different game but I'll settle for the one we had:)
    2 points
  23. That was fun! Didn't start well but took full advantage after they went down to 10. Keeps the pressure on Chesterfield and puts those nouveau rich Wellington wearers from Wales in their place
    2 points
  24. And so do I. But the Rubin Kazan and former Russia coach sings it so much better than me.
    2 points
  25. https://www.nottinghampost.com/sport/football/football-news/notts-county-roberts-chesterfield-transfer-6447480 Wow, didn't think I'd see them in for him. Looks like we won't sell to a national league club anyway. I don't have an issue if Cal moves on and up at some point but the idea of strengthening a promotion rival just seems completely counter-intuitive. And I just find the whole financial system at Chesterfield very odd, why do you have to crowdfund frost covers but then are able to go and bid for someone like Roberts (who will cost a hell of a lot more than 15k!)
    1 point
  26. Do you think he can push on from here now and get himself in the first 11 on a regular basis? This is his second season with us and until recently he was the forgotten man. Then he got a chance and made an impact in the Wrexham game and could’ve/should’ve scored but against Eastleigh he got his goals. I really liked his interview afterwards as well, that can only help in keeping the fans on his side with his ‘working hard’ and ‘not giving up’ attitude. l think he can help us out in the second half of the season. On the social media training videos he’s always showing some bit of great skill using his size to his advantage and finally we’ve seen more of it on the pitch where it counts. I think he’s got a point to prove and if IB can’t get the best out him I don’t know who can!
    1 point
  27. I've walked up there so many times, yet I wouldn't have guessed it in a million years going by the first pictures. Insane how streets can change, and sadly not usually for the better.
    1 point
  28. I don’t think Tshimanga will go anywhere he’s too important for them, Chesterfield have spent big and gambled on getting promoted this season. If by the end of the season they haven’t been promoted I can see him moving on.
    1 point
  29. Zonal marking for Eastleigh's goal? The ball passed Slocombe too easily?
    1 point
  30. I was thinking Hughes v Bradford? http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_3/8186374.stm Turns out it was a bit slower than I remember it. Probably had a few beers beforehand though mind.
    1 point
  31. Fair comments I feel, the comments about being the best team in the league is noteworthy.
    1 point
  32. A lot of footage of Wrexham players falling other, but that aside it's good to see the match from more of a fans' perspective. Still not sure whether the handball was really intention (was a definite penalty though), but the referee's decision is final and all that
    1 point
  33. So, Dover communicated to Notts that they had no issues this morning… Yet their fans thought (knew) it would be off. These are from their fan forum: “Any pitch inspections planned for tomorrow? Looked like a plough field last week and rain is forecast all day tomorrow” “Watch this game get called off at the last minute and drag our name further into the mud! Can’t seriously see the pitch passing an inspection!” “I knew about 11 am this morning it would be off as did many others, WTF is wrong with the club right now.” Don’t know how a ‘professional’ club can be so blasé about the state of their pitch. Knowing the forecast there should’ve been a pitch inspection early. Apparently, it was raining there all morning as well… Unbelievable lack of thought and foresight, feel for the fans that put in the miles only to be the last thought in people’s minds (again).
    1 point
  34. Thanks for the information Chris....
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  35. What makes me laugh, is how, all of a sudden, Chesterfield fans believe they can afford to buy the league. Suddenly this season, they've become more anxious than the majority of Hollywood fans that support little old Wrexham. Obviously, every club has fans like this, but they seem to have a special number who appropriately forgotten how dire they have been in previous seasons. If they believe they can afford any of our players, it's beyond me because no team at this level should sell their players to rivals unless they're not competing for promotion or safety. I wished someone would look into how they're managing to handle their recruitment, considering they've gone from debt to incredibly skint, requiring handouts and furlong longing staff/players to offering silly money for players as a bid to get out the league. I've read things that speculate Kabongo Tshimanga joined Chesterfield for £300k, any club that could afford this generally would be a solid signing, but I just think there's something underhanded going on. Why are they so desperate to sell a player who has been a major part in turning their fortunes around? It just doesn't make sense.
    1 point
  36. Yeah almost everything I've read about him has been very positive. I think most Southend fans thought he was being recalled to then be loaned out to a L1/L2 team. Excited to see him play and I've got quite high expectations now! This is from the guy who does the National League BT Sport commentary...
    1 point
  37. Seems a very good player by all accounts. Not entirely sure we're that short in any of the positions he plays in though... CDM: Palmer, Francis CM: Palmer, Vincent, JOB, Roberts CAM: Rodrigues, Roberts A number of those players can also fill in numerous positions if needed. Just hope this signing isn't anticipating an outgoing....
    1 point
  38. The thing I noticed very quickly, was how Wrexham smashed their crosses and passes. It was almost like they wanted to intimidate us with weight on the ball, so that we didn't try to block them, which is something that faded as the game progressed. Their tempo early on, it was very direct and with a lot of purpose. Right before they scored, they had two chances which should've had alarm bells going. Their goal, was a fantastic exchange, and although I didn't feel like 'here we go again'. It did make me feel that the game would be very open, with Notts needing to exploit them. Kyle Cameron eased things a little, as Alex Lacey tried, but I think the main focus for us to regroup came from Cameron at the back. Wrexham didn't seem to have a lot of pace and, I was surprised that they actually didn't press more after the opening goal. Their red card, unbelievable - talk about stupidity. Was there any point in handling the ball? Did it save Wrexham? If that didn't happen, I feel the game would've been a draw as both teams did well in all fairness. No doubt Wrexham losing Harry Lennon was the turning point. They didn't start off as if they were a man down, bringing the game to Notts, but slowly we faded them out with our passing play. Those who dislike how we pass the ball at times, take note that Wrexham had spells where they chased every ball, until they became frustrated and somewhat lazy. This allowed Notts to turn the game in our favour, pushing and creating chances which put the panic on their defence. Whilst I felt Matt Palmer did very well, my Man of the Match would be Kyle Wootton for his work rate - followed by Frank Vincent who played an immense game. I actually felt every player played very well, with a level that grew as our confidence lifted. Paul Mullin had the chance to salvage the game for Wrexham, but he went missing. Very poor penalty! Nothing was taken from Anthony Patterson as he still needed to pull of the save, which was a good one, but that penalty was pathetic from a club's leading goalscorer. Jayden Richardson on another note, what a difference he made in the second-half. He was pretty quiet in the first 45 minutes, looking scared to run at Wrexham and, generally slowing the game down with some poor decision-making - yet for his age, It's to be expected. I just wanted to point out, that sometimes players can make up for periods where they go largely unnoticed. Fair play to Wrexham for still trying, although they looked visually defeated, but it was still a good game. Talking points: Opening goal: Yes, Anthony Patterson should really be saving those, but it was from a quick spell of chaos and well-placed strike. The red card: All day and, night - it was a red card. One of the most stupidest decisions I have ever seen in a life game. Wrexham fans disputing the decision: Harry Lennon denied a goal scoring opportunity, it wasn't a natural reaction - he made himself larger to cover the goal. Their antics with diving: Have the Wrexham players been taking acting lessons from Ryan Reynolds? If so, they need to keep it up because it's far from convincing. Throwing themselves into opposition players, jumping over people who are just standing, it was all absolutely ridiculous and, for this reason I see why they're struggling to be the Hollywood team they dream of. Elisha Sam foul: It wasn't a booking for me, but I can see why it was given. I felt he won the ball, yet he left a lot on the challenge and the momentum could be an issue that the referee decided was dangerous. No red, it wouldn't have changed much if he did get sent off. Elisha Sam's performance: He's a frustrating player, but when you have someone who seldomly plays and appears to try - It's hard to be crucial of the small parts they play. He did some nice things, one very decent cross into the box for Kyle Wootton. Yes, he missed the header where he didn't need to jump, but it's always harder to connect with the ball in that situation. Phil Parkinson: What a tool... If Notts gave Wrexham a lot to think about, yet he believes 100% that they were the better team - he's as deluded as the Wrexham fans. Penalty but not a straight red and our third goal... It didn't change anything so why be salty about it.
    1 point
  39. Happy New Year, everyone. Let's make 2022 the year we all deserve!
    1 point
  40. @Elite_pie New year's resolution, give higher marks when deserved. I admit I normally give more prudent ratings, but this was such a big game (had we lost, we would have dropped down the table), all the players are deserving of a higher rating than my normal self!
    1 point
  41. Happy New Year all from myself and @GrannyPie
    1 point
  42. Unusually high marks from you! I would have gone a bit lower in general, but a potentially big 3 points. Great game, great crowd, great atmosphere, and full credit to both sets of fans. It just deserved to be played at a higher level than this.
    1 point
  43. Apart from the pen, they didn't look like scoring to be honest, a fair bit of possession as you would expect, we outpassed them all game. On a side note Francis had his best game for us today.
    1 point
  44. I tuned in on the radio, didn't sound too bad really. I did fear the worst when we went behind, but the sending off for deliberate handball changed the game. Even so, you still have to beat what's in front of you and Wrexham are a strong side. This puts us a point behind them with two games fewer played, and keeps the pressure on Furlough and Boredom Wood.
    1 point
  45. I have tickets for the Women's Euro Final at Wembley in July. You would hope things will be relatively normal by then. Happy New Year all.
    1 point
  46. As I am now an old man I will be in in bed for 10 30. Happy New year all.
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