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  1. 7 points
    How does it feel losing the World's Oldest Football League club tag? I, like many other Notts County fans, were dreading the thought of losing the title of world’s oldest professional league football club during last season and at times I was more concerned about this than us actually playing in non-league, but what has it actually meant to us? I always saw it as our biggest selling point and I suppose it had a major part to play in the Munto takeover, a takeover that did not make everyone happy, but I certainly thought it was great at the time as it was the stuff of dreams, which ultimately it turned out to be, just a dream. Excluding Munto, I cannot really say that the title did much for us as a selling point, even though I still expected it to be, but when no real big money buyers took us over, it came as a bit of a surprise to me. I always expected major investment as I see us as a good acquisition, of course providing any investors had the means to plough a fair chunk of change at taking us back up the leagues. I am certainly grateful to all the previous owners putting their money in, but I still feel we are a bigger club that the one languishing around the lower leagues and the facts of modern day football mean clubs almost certainly have to spend the money to gain success. I wonder if the title provided us with more appeal to players and sponsors, again although someone inside the club may say different, from an outside perspective I did not really see it. How does it feel losing the title now, especially seeing as it seems the title has gone to our neighbours over the water, is this all too much for us to take? Well, I believe not, perhaps helped by the fact they won some cup or other some while back and that still seems to have some mileage left in the tank, or maybe it is the fact that when (not if) we do make a return to the Football League, people may still recognise that we were one of the founder members of the professional league and that will always be part of our history, whether we are in the football league or not. I am certainly proud of our heritage and I do not think it is something that many football fans will forget, especially as it is such a popular question in television quiz shows, but perhaps this question will now be changed? If so I will be having words with Bradley Walsh! I am certain my fears were worse than the reality of it, which can only be a good thing. Football seems to be in somewhat of a transition period with new rules and technology constantly being brought in; it certainly has changed a lot since my first Notts game in 1991 against Liverpool at home, certainly a life changing moment for me personally. I will never forget our history and after doing a stadium tour with the great Les Bradd, I would recommend that all the new generations of Notts fans do the same, it is good to remind ourselves where we came from and of that I will always be proud. 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.
  2. 6 points
    We have one of the larger squads in the league I believe. Plenty of competition for places which is important as it keeps everyone on their toes and makes sure that no players are slacking Also vital we have squad depth for these stages in the season when the fixtures build up and injuries become more frequent Not just that but we have strength in depth too. For example in midfield we have Michael Doyle (anchor man), Jim O'Brien and Regan Booty (Forward thinking passers) and Mitch Rose (the presence and the ball winner). We also have Tom Crawford who is energetic and likes to roam forward too. Up front as well is another area. Kyle Wootton (the target man), Wes Thomas and Nathan Tyson (pace and pressing), Kristian Dennis (poacher). The quality is unlike many in this league (no disrespect but not many teams have our strength in depth). Some in our squad shouldn't be playing at this level but Notts and Ardley have the pulling power at this level to attract. GK - Slocombe, Fitzsimons, Kean (if you can count him) RB - Brindley, Kelly-Evans, Tootle CB - Turner, Rawlinson, Lacey, Bird LB - McCrory, Bakayogo CM - Doyle, O'Brien, Booty, Rose, Crawford W - Boldewijn, Shields, Osborne ST - Wootton, Dennis, Thomas, Tyson Out on loan: Dunn, Howes, Campbell, Culverwell
  3. 5 points
    I think our squad size and depth will give us a huge advantage through deep winter when injuries kick in, I’m not sure any other team has the quality in depth we do. Hopefully we will be able to take advantage of this
  4. 4 points
    does neal ardley squad now have good enough depth? i think the squad has the depth we need, i know there are concerns about upfront but wes thomas, kyle wootton and kristian dennis all seem bang in form. they are capable of scoring goals, and nathan tyson does offer us suitable squad rotation. with the signing of alex lacey seems to give us the final jigsaw which was loss of sam graham. what do you think? do you have any concerns?
  5. 4 points
    Hey everyone, So a couple of months back we came up to Nottingham to film a video about the Pies, and it finally went live at the end of last week. Big thanks to Chris and everyone else who spoke to us at Meadow Lane, wouldn't have been possible without all your input. If you want to have a watch, here is the link:
  6. 3 points
    There's room for some departures still I feel, yet the depth is good. I think more time needs to be given to the likes of Sam Osborne and Remaye Campbell (the latter if needed) as we have Nathan Tyson. I do feel the squad is looking good right now. Osborne will only grow further with suitable game time, he will be a waste if he's not given the nod and pushed by Neal Ardley. Honestly, I am not sure if there's a requirement for any activity in the transfer market now. The squad is very big for this division, suitable depth is there and for me promotion will rely on form. I don't expect it this season, I think stability is the way forward. This will take time, yet I feel the depth is there.
  7. 3 points
    Slocombe 7 - Made crucial saves in the second half when Fleet piled on the pressure. His usual commanding self Brindley 6 - Some decent runs forward. Solid defensively. Quiet afternoon to be fair Rawlinson 7 - Was involved in the carnage in the 93rd minute. Got the flick on (him or the Ebbsfleet player did) for the 3rd. Solid as ever Turner 9 - Resisted the Ebbsfleet pressure early in the first half. Won almost everything. That goal. What a king McCrory 6 - Struggled with Myles Weston at first but once he settled down he was fine. Had a busy afternoon Boldewijn 7 - Excellent going forward and did well defensively too. Always believe in Enzio Rose 6 - Much better than he was against Hartlepool. His type of game. A bit better with his passing and was always involved in trying to win it back Doyle 7 - Helped connect defence and attack. Made some crucial interceptions and tackles winning the ball back Booty 8 - The guy is pure class. Wand of a left foot, forward passing machine. Wootton 8 - Sign the guy up. So consistent with his performances. Hold up play exceptional. Finishing very good too Thomas 8 - Ebbsfleet couldn't cope with him. The turn and run for the second goal was brilliant. Chased down lost causes Subs Tyson 6 - Lively when he came on. Involved in the carnage at the end
  8. 3 points
    This is excellent, very well done with the production and editing. I felt quite nervous, I'm a bit camera shy, but I don't think I did as bad as I thought at the time. It's also good to see what Les Bradd shared, it certainly sums up what Notts County is and he's such a true ambassador for the club. Great work! Very honoured to have featured. @ARLukomski you also did great!
  9. 2 points
    I agree with the above comment, I don't think any squad in this league has our depth or even the quality we process right now. There's one issue which may pursue come January, that is the attraction of players from Football League clubs. Right now things look good, however if clubs come in for Kristian Dennis, Wes Thomas, Enzio Boldewijn, Mitch Rose etc. They will be much harder to replace! Team and hard work is everything in this league mind.
  10. 2 points
    I have to be honest, the World's Oldest Professional Football League Club while it was nice - it did seem to be part of the curse that Meadow Lane has. I wasn't that bothered about the title, for me relegation from League Two was more about the uncertainty of falling out of the Football League for the first time and how we seem to sit in divisions once this happens. The club is certainly big, the potential is there to take us to the Championship and although I feel our natural level would be League One (if we go by stature). I think we need to earn it, right now it's promising under the Danish owners. Neal Ardley to his merit has remoulded the club and got us playing quite well, this season has mainly been exciting for that reason, and recruitment seems to be spot on. This commitment and level do need to be met continuously, then perhaps we can grow again further.
  11. 2 points
    Mean of 5 Slocombe 6.5 Poor clearance in length led to the wonder strike for Ebbsfleet's first. Chooses to punch a lot but without 100 % conviction. Good save in the second half Brindley 6 Subdued in offensive sense , unlucky with penalty conceded which from my restricted view, looked harsh Rawlinson 6 No nonsense at times, which sometimes is what is needed at this level Turner 7.5 a £35k winner for the Club at the back stick. McCrory 6 Took fifteen minutes to get the measure of Myles Weston, whose pace is not in question, still cannot cross though. Like McCrory's ability to get a tackle in Rose 4.5 Too many square passes, perhaps the weakest link in the team at the moment as we really need him to drive the team forward. One yellow card Doyle 6 Held the team together in the opening twenty minutes when we were under pressure. Booty 6.5 Touches of quality at times, needs to get more involved Boldewijn 7.5 Whistled a great shot that could have made it 3 much earlier. When he steps up a gear, defences can't live with him Thomas 7.5 Works hard , some good turns Wootton 7.5 Two goals to match a target man's performance
  12. 1 point
    We seem to be almost there in terms of the squad gelling and we do get behind the team quite a lot. There are good signs being shown game by game Especially the last few. The will to win and the ability to change up our tactics. Another good sign is the strong team togetherness to bounce back from defeat and also keep calm and remain focused when we are behind in games. These are vital essentials that a team, that wants to be up at the top of the table, needs.
  13. 1 point
    What do you think of this signing? Do you feel more defensive cover will help the magpies', share your views below.
  14. 1 point
    The depth looks good on paper, I want to see more from the players coming in when the squad needs to be rotated. Things look fine when they're settled. It's a bit different when Neal Ardley is making 5 or more changes, playing people out of position but this is reduced with the quality that comes from having a big squad. I just hope that Jim O'Brien doesn't return to the wing when he returns, he's a stronger midfielder and better in the centre.
  15. 1 point
  16. 1 point
    I don't think anyone has let the club down, you can hardly negotiate sponsorship when you don't even know whether you'll be starting the season. And, understandably, companies don't want to risk wasting their money. Was just wondering if I was missing anything. It wouldn't be too hard to get the same sponsors from the last couple of seasons to go on the shirt again, but since we have radio silence I suspect that the owners are looking for a bigger sponsor to go on the shirt in the longer term. And that takes a bit more time and patience. Having said that, does anyone else think "PON Prediction League" would look great on the shirt?
  17. 1 point
    A few defeats and some will be wanting every Tom, Dick or Harry to be signed. I am not saying anyone on PON, I mean the world of Twitter and other deluded avenues.
  18. 1 point
    most fans have said we will be a force to reckon with once they gel, there seems to be signs of this. we just need to get behind the club, manager and players. no inbetween.
  19. 1 point
    There is enough cover in every department of the pitch, I still expect Matt Tootle and Ross Fitzsimons to depart. If we let 3-4 players go, it would still be something the club is blessed with. With the transfer window being open, there is chance to dabble if needed. Notts has enough depth now in my humble opinion.
  20. 1 point
    I think the depth and quality is there, I do fear injuries up front and the lack of game time some fringe players will get. Overall I am content with things.
  21. 1 point
    We have a great squad in my opinion, maybe a little top heavy at 28. I really think we need to get a reserve team fixture programme to keep the fringe players match fit. As the bad weather approaches injuries may become an issue and players need to be able to come in and hit the ground running.
  22. 1 point
    The depth is a satisfactory standard, I wouldn't dismiss adding the right player mind. With the window always being open, things can change and that means Notts needs to be able to adjust at a moments notice. The squad looks good enough to push on, I think the form and performances have been decent.
  23. 1 point
    The squad does look strong. I think form might be a bit of a concern, Mitch Rose seems to be a bit complacent at the moment but aside from that most are doing well. The defence is looking more robust, so that eases some nerves.
  24. 1 point
    I think at this stage; Neal Ardley has shown more understanding of the players that he has signed. I get the impression that he doesn't know how to get out of the players he didn't sign, such as Matt Tootle. It's a tough stance, yet it doesn't seem to be personal now. His in-game tactics and decisions have improved massively with the better options on the bench, such as when Regan Booty and Sean Shields. Things certainly feel a lot merrier around Meadow Lane, with those who voiced their discontent seeming to either get on board or quieten down. The clubs only a few points off the top position, so form now will play a massive part in the current season - if gaining promotion is the aim, I think we need to continue to go about it in the manner we have done. Home form has been acceptable this season, and we need to start picking more points up on the road. This said I am more than content with Neal now. I think he's doing well and the level of performances have been better. Notts actually attack games creatively and look like a force to be reckoned with.
  25. 1 point
    this is great, i am glad notts gave you guys a warm reception. thank you for the video and for making sure notts was not seen as some sort of circus attraction that some of the people out there tend to focus on.
  26. 1 point
    People will moan that Bird isn’t the first choice replacement at centre back but in my view we are definitely pushing for promotion and Ardley doesn’t want lo leave anything to chance if Rawlinson or Turner get injured. Bird will get his chance I’m sure but getting back into the league must be the priority. This new lad will only be good for the club as a whole, I just hope the budget can stand it !
  27. 1 point
    Today's scores were: Leeds 2-0 QPR Cardiff 4-2 Birmingham City Doncaster 2-2 Burton Blackpool 4-3 Peterborough Bradford 2-0 Exeter City Scunthorpe 0-0 Stevenage Halifax Town 2-4 Torquay United Solihull Moors 2-1 Dagenham & Redbridge Quite a few of you cleaned up on the Leeds score. This week we have joint winners - @weymouthPIE and @nottsnutter with 11 points each. @Magic magpie, your luck is holding up pretty well with 8. Some of us would be happy with that Overall, @Dan stays top, but only by a single point. And I think I might have to dock @barnet11uk points for being a Barnet fan or something And on that bombshell the prediction league will be taking a two-week break due to the FA Cup and EFL Trophy being in action. So the next round of the prediction league will be on 16 November, with the fixtures posted here a couple of days beforehand as usual. Thanks for taking part and see you then!
  28. 1 point
    Hey thommo, apologies for the very late reply! The shoot went very well, felt very welcome at Meadow Lane which I'm sure is no surprise to you all, and the video is due for release next Thursday – will post a link on this thread once it is! By the way, forgot to say it at the time but thanks so much to everyone who spoke to us on the day.

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