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  1. 6 points
    What a transformation 2017 has been for Notts County. Ever since the arrival of Alan Hardy and Kevin Nolan, things have just been an amazing whirlwind. After last season’s terrible drama, both on and off the pitch, I would have been happy enough for just a mediocre campaign for once. However, this being Notts, things are never going to be dull are they? This said now that we have enjoyed what can only be described as a very successful 2017-18 League Two season so far, I really don’t want it to change. The club’s takeover has revived a new lease of life into the Magpies and on the field everything seems to going from strength to strength – it’s really hard to see how anything could actually change. And even the optimism of the fact the club only requires a few key areas to be strengthened in the January transfer window, shows the amazing turn around, as usually we the fans do eye up improvements across the field. It’s the little things which I feel have gone the furthest with Notts, a sensible manager at the helm, a chairman who believes the club can move forward without shortcuts and players so ingrained and in tune with the core heartbeat of the football club. Honestly, I feel there’s a large element to the success of this season coming from the fact the players enjoy performing under the environment created and are thriving thanks to the extra support given by the fans during what seems to be an incredible run. I feel there’s a lot of ambition around the club, which really does add to the solid foundations trying to be created – when Hardy spoke ‘a new era’ last season he really meant it. There’s a noticeable increase within the supporters’ base, something which I noticed quite early and as I have written before home games feel very special when attending – almost like we realise that the club is on the verge of something vastly different to prior campaigns. I would even praise how things have been increased within the club's marketing department, as the income generated within this area will naturally increase what we can spend and what further improvements can be made. Honestly, I hope the fans that haven’t been able to attend games – look at this season and try to get down to Meadow Lane when possible. The additional support is something I consider to be paramount, and during the difficult seasons I really found it difficult when I noticed friends and Notts fans becoming ever more absent. Thankfully I have seen many return and you can’t blame people for not being there, yet I would urge any support – as the club is doing themselves. Hardy’s desire to personally hand sign all of the Christmas cards sent out to season ticket holders was a nice thought. A gesture that didn’t go unnoticed by me or my family, in fact my youngest daughter who has always loved the club from birth actually kept singing ‘I had a wheelbarrow’ and of course saying how much she enjoys being part of this fanbase. It makes a positive difference doesn’t it? So, lets continue delivering the fantastic support build up in 2017 and emerge a much stronger community based football club in 2018 where hopefully we will be able to do something extra special on the field, and put further implementations to continue the club's fantastic start under Nolan and Hardy. You Pies! 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. 4 points
    Although FC Barcelona have turned it into their motto, the truth is every single football club out there is "more than a club". It's a pillar of the community, it brings together people of all walks of life, it instils pride in an area's culture and heritage, and so much more. Notts County Football Club go a step further by giving back to the community, both local and global, with the help of Notts County FC Football in the Community. A lot of Notts fans may be vaguely aware of FITC but know little more about what they truly do, so Pride of Nottingham will cast the spotlight on them and their work. In 1989, Notts County FC founded the "Notts County FC Community Programme". This was set up by Footballers' Further Education and Vocational Training Scheme (FFE+VTS), which was a welfare scheme operated by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) for its members. The NCFC Community Programme had the following aims: - Encourage more people especially children to play football - Provide training, leading to employment - Promote closer community links with professional football clubs - Encourage more people especially children to watch live professional matches - Maximise the use of facilities at professional football grounds Such was its success that it gained a National Award for Training Programme in 1994 and, six years later, gained charity status, became independent and former a board of trustees to become the Football In The Community charity it is today. With over 35 projects that cover all 20 city wards, FITC have enriched, empowered and encouraged hundreds of thousands of people across Nottingham over the last 28 years, and have been recognised for their great work with multiple awards, including the illustrious "Professional Club Community Programme of the Year" at the 2016 Sport & Recreation Awards. As of 2017 FITC continue to serve the community with the same passion and commitment they were founded with, focusing on 6 key areas of work (as displayed on their badge): - Social Inclusion - Health - Education - Sports Participation - National Citizens Service (NCS) - Fundraising Although working alongside Notts County FC, FITC is an independent charity which raises all its own funding, so it's essential for fans to get behind it and continue the great work they're doing in Nottingham. FITC recently held an event at West Bridgford's Poppy & Pint in which Notts legend Les Bradd talked about his illustrious career and it was enjoyed by all who came. And plenty more events are in the pipeline, such as the Inflatable 5k Nottingham (July 14) the Peak District TrekFest challenge (September 1), Robin Hood Marathon (September 30) and the CEO sleepout (October 11). FITC Media Officer Leighton T James said of working alongside Pride of Nottingham: "I find your articles and content insightful, humorous and strikes a cord with a very passionate and family friendly audience. "The tide is changing in the way football fans engage with the media. "When I was a child I remember visiting Sixfields Stadium, home of Northampton Town and my dad buying 'The Hotel End' fanzine and chucking to himself at the illustrations and articles written by cobblers fans. "Now, that has changed with the rise of social media and fan channels like Arsenal Fan TV. We are very happy to associate ourselves with fan site like PON." We at Pride of Nottingham are delighted to be working alongside Notts County FC Football in the Community and will do our very best to ensure it gets the spotlight it deserves. Find out more about Notts County FC Football in the Community by clicking here. 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.
  3. 4 points
    Personally, I think we need a young striker that can learn of the existing players. So the qualities for me are must that he would be fast, strong and able to make the physical approach that the common League Two defender is known for. I personally think the ideal age range would be between 21-24, and we are in a fantastic position to teach a young hungry striker. I am not so worried about how prolific they can be, under the right circumstances they can improve their finishing. Strikers thrive on seasons like this, so the fact is they'll only grow in confidence with goals and a winning mentality. Plus as I say, we have three very good strikers that this player can learn from. Clearly Saunders isn't considered this player, and if Forte does leave - I would prefer to see someone with qualities come in but on a much younger scale. *Fast *Good at reading the game *Can create space to work off So pace is paramount to the club as its an area we actually lack.
  4. 3 points
    please to see the work done by @NottsCountyFITC, think they do a great job within the community and in the name of the club.
  5. 3 points
    it feels like the start of something special and i cant believe how quickly things are changing. it shows that if you work together the results do come. i think ah is doing a fantastic job, as is kn.
  6. 2 points
    Been looking forward to this one for quite a while, but not sure that now is the right time to be playing them as they have won their last three games (although their last two were against the bottom two sides), so their confidence will be up. We'll probably play the same XI as last week, but I'm not going to put the mockers on them by predicting we'll win, so I'll go with a 2-2- draw!
  7. 2 points
    A couple of years ago, Notts County boasted a number of former Manchester United players in Alan Smith, Roy Carroll and Kevin Pilkington. Of those, only Smith is still at Meadow Lane, which has morphed into a bit of a "Newcastle United Old Boys Club" now. Smith also played at St James' Park, while Kevin Nolan and Shola Ameobi also donned the "other" black and white stripes up on Tyneside. Having former Premier League players, individuals whose careers continue to be held in high esteem, at Notts is a huge boost on three fronts - on the pitch, off the pitch, and in the marketing department. (And of course I can't omit Jon Stead from this, even though he's not a former Newcastle man - in fact he played for bitter rivals Sunderland - but he's also a distinguished former PL player with an illustrious career.) On the pitch, the former PL players can read the game fantastically, what with experience gained against playing for and against some of the top sides in England and some of the top players in the world. There is also the psychological boost of having players that have played at the top level that the opposition players will have grown up watching and, although some can step up their game accordingly, others will feel intimidated or perhaps even a bit starstruck. Off the pitch, these players will be a font of knowledge from their years at the top and, alongside ensuring that standards are as high as they can be, will also have a sharp and refined tactical awareness - and of course they can coach their teammates accordingly, as they will be learning from the best. And the final point, that of marketing, has always been quite important but never so much as the present day, when the explosion of social media ensures that millions, even billions, of people can discover and discuss the latest football information at the touch of a button. In this respect, having former Premier League players will generate interest from far beyond the NG postcode and even beyond Britain - the likes of Smith, Nolan, Ameobi and Stead will have fans from Man United, Newcastle, West Ham, Bolton, Blackburn and other big clubs eager to find out more about how they're doing at Notts. When Notts were drawn against Salford in the FA Cup, the game made it on terrestrial largely because of the narrative pitting the side owned by several players of the Class of 92 against a club boasting United alumni. By having an interesting back story, it generates interest and as such will be given the spotlight. Similarly, the club has featured a lot in the national press in recent months, with Nolan on Sky Sports and BBC Sport, Stead doing an interview in the Daily Mail and so on. Obviously the club has done a lot of media-worthy things for itself - the changing rooms for example - but that star element has elevated the club above a lot of other lower-league clubs in the media. In conclusion, the presence of players and coaches that once graced the Premier League has given Notts a massive boost on multiple fronts and, combined with the shrewd ownership and management of Alan Hardy, it's led to the club going upwards both in League Two and in the media spotlight. 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.
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  9. 2 points
    Wish they'd cross a couple of counties to my lads school, my lad would be so excited words couldn't explain it
  10. 1 point
    Matt Tootle has praised Ross Fitzsimons following the goalkeeper's performance in the goalless draw with Grimsby Town on Saturday. The former Crystal Palace stopper has proved a great replacement since coming into the team for Adam Collin, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury. On Saturday, the Magpies kept their first clean sheet since late October and Tootle was full of praise for the 23-year-old after giving his assessment of the draw. "It keeps us on a run and they're a decent side," Tootle told the official Notts site. "They've won their last three games and are one of the form sides in the league so it's not a bad point. "They came here to frustrate us and made it hard for us. We've got to respect the point, which is something we didn't do last year. "They had a couple of chances but I don't think they really threatened or put any sustained pressure on us. We weren't quite at it in the final third - it just didn't happen for us today. Hopefully we can pick up a win next weekend and it will all be fine. "It's nice because we haven't had a clean sheet for a while. We defended well considering the threats they have - the wide players have been good for them this season so we worked on that during the week. "We thwarted them well so it's a good clean sheet for the defence and the goalkeeper, who has been terrific since he came in. "People forget how young Ross is and that he didn't play his first EFL game until he came on against Barnet. Adam Collin will have a battle on his hands to get back in the team when he is fully fit." 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.
  11. 1 point
    No stand-out candidates, but as we offered little attacking threat but managed to keep a clean sheet I'd have to go for Shaun Brisley. He stood up well to the physical threat Grimsby posed up front and did the simple things well. One of those games where no player was poor, but no player was outstanding.
  12. 1 point
    Grimsby Town defender Ben Davies has talked about his time at Notts County under the Munto regime as the Mariners travel to Meadow Lane for a League Two meeting. The midfielder-turned-defender spent a year-and-a-half at NG2, during which he helped the Magpies to the fourth-tier title as a culmination of a rollercoaster period under the "ownership" of the shady entity. “I’ve got nothing but happy memories there,” Davies told the Grimsby Telegraph. “Obviously going there with Sven and all the hype that was around the place, the 18 months I spent there was just a constant high really. “There was a lot of money pumped into the club at that time, and we had the likes of Kasper (Schmeichel), Lee Hughes and Sol Campbell – the team was too good for the league really, and we won a lot of games 3, 4 or 5-0. “It was nice to get the promotion, and be playing with some of the best players I’ve played with over my career. “Sven was absolutely brilliant. He was at training every day, he was at every game, and he was really hands-on with it all. “He made it a really relaxed atmosphere, and obviously winning most weeks brings that as well. On Campbell’s time at Meadow Lane, Davies added: “He came and he was there for about eight weeks trying to get fit. “He got fit, and then he trained for about three weeks with us, and you could just tell how good he was then. “He played a couple of games and then got injured again. I think he was getting frustrated at that time, and we were winning games. “But even with him being there for just three or four months, you learned so much off him with his professionalism and the way he went about things, and obviously with Kasper as well the professionalism was taken to a new level. “The way things were done, it was like a Premier League club - it was just unfortunate really that they couldn’t carry it on. “Obviously it will be nice to go back there and see everyone, but we’ll be desperate to get the win.” 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.
  13. 1 point
    Head to head Notts County and Grimsby Town have met a total of 80 times over the years. The first fixture came on 5 October 1893. Notts won the Division Two clash 2-0 at Trent Bridge. The Magpies have 27 wins, while the Mariners have 33, and 20 games have been drawn. Our last meeting was in League Two last season at Blundell Park on 21 January, and the Mariners won 2-0. Stats Notts County are winless in their last four home league meetings with Grimsby, although three these matches have been drawn (L1). The Mariners have lost just one of their last five EFL encounters with the Magpies (W2 D2), conceding just four goals. Jorge Grant has been directly involved in seven goals in his last six League Two outings (4 goals, 3 assists). Grimsby are the only side yet to lose a single point from a winning position in League Two this season. History Grimsby Town FC was formed in 1878 after a meeting held at the Wellington Arms public house in Freeman Street, Grimsby. Several attendees included members of the local Worsley Cricket Club who wanted to form a football club to occupy the empty winter evenings after the cricket season had finished The club was originally called Grimsby Pelham, this being the family name of the Earl of Yarborough, a significant landowner in the area. In 1880 the club purchased land at Clee Park which was to become their ground until 1889 when they relocated to Abbey Park, before moving again in 1899 to their present home, Blundell Park. The club is the most successful of the three professional league clubs in historic Lincolnshire, being the only one to play top-flight football. It is also the only club of the three to reach an FA Cup semi-final (doing so on two occasions) and is the only one to succeed in two finals at the old Wembley Stadium. It has also spent more time in the English game's first and second tiers than any other club from Lincolnshire. Notable managers include Bill Shankly, who went on to guide Liverpool to three League titles, two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup triumph and Lawrie McMenemy who, after securing promotion to the then third division in 1972, moved to Southampton where he won the FA Cup in 1976. Alan Buckley is the club's most successful manager; he had three spells as team manager between 1988 and 2008, guiding the club to three promotions and two appearances at Wembley Stadium during the 1997–98 season winning both the Football League Trophy and the Football League Second Division Play-Off Final. In 2008 Buckley took Grimsby to the capital again, but lost out to MK Dons in the final of the Football League Trophy. The Mariners had also reached the Football League Two Play-Off final in 2006 at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, but lost the match 1–0 to Cheltenham Town. Later trips to the Wembley in 2013 and 2016 saw them defeated in the FA Trophy final by Wrexham and FC Halifax Town respectively. Grimsby managed to reach the Conference play-off final in both 2015 and 2016, after losing to Bristol Rovers they defeated Forest Green Rovers to earn promotion back to the Football League. Initial relegation from back in 2010 made them the fourth club to compete in all top five divisions of English football (after Carlisle United, Oxford United, and Luton Town). Team news Aside from the long-term injuries, Kevin Nolan has no fresh worries ahead of Saturday's game and is likely to stick with the majority of the players that started in the draw with Luton. Grimsby boss Russell Slade hopes to have James Berrett available - the midfielder was passed fit to face Forest Green last week but broke down in the warm-up. Share your thoughts about this Stat Attack 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.
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    Terrific read pal , what a rallying call , and bang on the money with what you say , who would have thought we could have come so far so quickly , it really is the beginnings of an exciting ride , Mr Hardy as been and is a breath of fresh air , Mr Nolan an exciting young manager, the lane is buzzing it's brilliant , COYP
  17. 1 point
    Alan Hardy is a massive fan of Kevin Nolan (we all are, to be honest) and has once again suggested that he is destined for the very top, such as the England job. While there's no doubting Nolan has worked wonders so far and is a very skilled manager, I want to know your thoughts on: - Whether it's a bit premature to make a statement like this so early on in Nolan's managerial career - Whether Nolan would be suited to international football - Whether Nolan should even consider taking the job, what with all the baggage that comes with managing England
  18. 1 point
    Last year John Sheridan famously cancelled Notts County's Christmas party as the team was lurching from one defeat to another. This year, things are much different and as such the players have had their do in Dublin (as Adam Collin's Insta page showed). However, Sam Allardyce has recently made the news after saying he would cancel Everton's Christmas party. So over to you - should a struggling team have their Chrimbo do cancelled and focus fully on the games, or could that end up being counter-productive and harm morale and team cohesion further? (After all, Notts' slump didn't end after their party was cancelled)
  19. 1 point
    Notts County have successfully navigated the crunch clash with Luton Town last weekend, now we're back at Meadow Lane this weekend as we take on Grimsby Town. The Mariners have enjoyed a decent enough season so far, sitting 11th in the table with nine wins, five draws and seven defeats. Pride of Nottingham spoke to Grimsby fan Steve to get an insight on the opposition. About Steve: Been a fan since the 90s and my favourite player of all time is John McDermott. 1) Grimsby spent six years in the non-league before coming back up. What led to your drop into the Conference and how did you eventually climb back up? Financial problems at the start of the 2000s were the beginning of the rot, we plummeted down the leagues, and then in 2009-10 several disastrous decisions - giving our youth team coach the permanent job, moving Barry Conlon on - saw us down into non-league, which is a notoriously difficult league to get out of. 2) Blundell Park is famously situated in Cleethorpes rather than Grimsby. Is this something that fans currently talk/moan about or is it no big deal? Not really. The name Grimsby Town goes back to the 19th century and the move to Blundell Park was made on the turn of the century, so it's just how it's always been. 3) There was some uproar from a number of Grimbarians about that Sacha Baron Cohen film named after your town when it came out. What was the general consensus from Mariners fans about it? Opinions were split fairly even to be fair. Some people were offended at being depicted as typical "Northern" (in the Southerner definition of the word ie North of the Watford Gap) slobs, others were annoyed the town barely featured, but me and a lot of others just thought it was a laugh (not as good as his other films though) and kind of basked in the limelight for a bit. 4) Thomas Turgoose, the actor who made a name for himself in Nottingham-filmed This Is England, is a big Grimsby fan. Have you or any of your friends ever met him and what's he like in terms of supporting the club? Can't say I do I'm afraid, but I'm a big fan of TIE - the film and the shows - proper telly (or cinema), maybe Cohen could have a word of two with Shane Meadows! 5) Who are your biggest rivals and, if a different team, who have been your most recent rivals? Hull City are our main rivals but we haven't met in competitive games, cup or league, since the 1990s. More recently it's been Lincoln City, we've battled plenty of times in league (and non-league) so it's good to see them back. 6) Who are your team's danger men? And what do you think the score/scorers will be? Luke Summerfield is a creative midfielder who likes to get forward and is very direct, he'll be a threat. Sam Jones is also going to be a handful - he's a striker who's really good at ghosting inbehind the opposition defence. And I think it'll end 1-1, Jones to get our goal. 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.
  20. 1 point
    - Whether it's a bit premature to make a statement like this so early on in Nolan's managerial career I honestly believe Alan Hardy sees the potential in Kevin Nolan, although it is very premature. It sounds great in press conferences and written in the headlines, yet really there's a long way to go. Good managers tend to make good decisions throughout their career, there's no denying that Nolan is doing fantastically well but it's also early within his career in management. He's going to do well to gain good experience before moving up, so hopefully he will be here long enough to gain that and able to establish us as a League One outfit. - Whether Nolan would be suited to international football I see no reason why not, he has the ability to do the basics well and seems to be a good man manager. It's probably more likely that he would do well in this area, then say being in the hot seat as a team like Chelsea or Manchester United - where ultimately he'd be working with class players who are prone to being problematic at time. How would he deal with Diego Costa? - Whether Nolan should even consider taking the job, what with all the baggage that comes with managing England Only incredibly smart or ultimately foolish people reject such chance of managing England, this is something we can't really speculate on. There's a chance there won't be any baggage when it comes to any sort of chance for Nolan to take the position if in fact he does ever get offered the role. Lastly, this is so far down the road that it's not easy to answer at all. It kinda seems beside the point for me right now.
  21. 1 point
    I don't think it makes much sense to cancel Christmas parties especially when morale is low, however I do feel it is sometimes warranted when teams are really playing dire and there's little no effort being made. As I discussed with JJ in the latest PONcast (soon to be released), clubs still do them even when they say it's not happening. If the clubs do insist, then do we believe the players won't just do it off their own backs? Of course they will. Ultimately these things will be kept under wraps and a low profile will be requested (so no leaked pictures) but at the end of the day it's stupid for low morale to cancel such events.
  22. 1 point
    Grimsby will bring a lot of qualities which we tend to struggle against, so we will have to be prepared and ready battle from the off. I think our midfield should be able to control the show, it's just a case of creating those winning chances - they'll be unlikely to allow us to get into good positions. This means we will have to work hard and not be afraid to have a go from distance. The wing will be a vital area for us in order to maximise the creativity and output that we offer. I think the game will be largely close, so I wouldn't be surprised if we are drawing at half time either 1-1 or 0-0. Overall I think our quality will come through but its going to be close, they won't be pushovers and as I keep saying they are making a good push for the play-offs.
  23. 1 point
    A year ago the club badly needed someone to bring the feel-good factor back and make Notts a fun club to play for again, like Martin Allen did back in the day. KN and AH have done this - our success so far this season wouldn't have been possible without them. Part of fostering a good atmosphere and team spirit, so no, Christmas parties shouldn't be banned when you're struggling. That's when the team needs to bond more than ever! Maybe in that case the pictures shouldn't end up all over Twitter to avoid getting fans' backs up but that's it. BTW who is the gorgeous babe at the front?
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    I have notice there are a lot of fans moaning about how the club is marketing themselves especially via social media. What do the members of PON think? I think the club handles itself well these days, the self promotion is something that seems very important. If a club can't effectively market its own offers, how can anyone expect them to draw interest? I think its brilliant to see the increase of upcoming matches promotion, along with the hospitality and the partners in which the club works with. Why is it such a negative thing? I really would like to see someone's view point from that camp as I can't understand it.
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    There's no doubt that we need other options upfront, I share the concern about the two main strikers - yet I do feel Jonathan Forte can play a part (all things we have discussed before). However, appearing on BBC Radio Nottingham's Match Talk - the question of 'does Notts need a poacher?' cropped up. So I'm wondering what the PON community thinks, do we need a poacher? Do we need a natural finisher? Someone with strength or pace? A 20+ striker is a rare thing in this division, as is a player with all the above qualities and a-side from the ones mentioned. There's plenty of other types. So, what are the main qualities we need to bring in?
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    I can understand the managers logic in that the players haven't performed, so they don't deserve a Christmas party and the fans would probably say the same, but I think this just leads to resentment from the players and does not inspire them to try any harder. Personally, I think they should still have a Christmas party, but it should be a low key affair and not made public. Enjoys yourselves, but don't show the fans that you're having fun should be the motto.
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    I can understand the season ticket holders having a gripe about the fact that with every matchday promotion it devalues their saving on buying a ticket at the start of the year, but I can't see a reason to moan about the marketing in general. AH wants to build the fan base and he is trying any way he can to raise the profile of the club, which is a good thing. Other than a couple of bad decisions, he hasn't done that much wrong in his time at the club so far.
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    I wrote an article about this very topic just the other day. I personally think it's great marketing and PR that the club is doing. It's getting Notts County's name out there and it's doing it in a way that's benign and true to the club. Whoever's in charge of marketing there, hats off to them!
  29. 1 point
    A striker that doesn't stray from the box would be nice. Both Stead and Ameobi drift back and don't quite have the legs to get back up if we do break, countless times these two get caught out by this but I don't fault the either players work rate. I just feel that someone with a bit of speed about them would be beneficial, if they remain in a position of a natural striker and was good at their position I think they would score. I don't rate Alessandra as a striker, I don't think he has a lot of pace and he's knackered when it comes to striking the ball. He makes a better winger, so I hope we get someone who can have similar traits as to what I mentioned.
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    Firstly what a great read that was , what terrific work they do , helping people of all backgrounds , and for so long , a hearty well done from me and long may the work you all do continue .
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    Name: Meet the Fans 17-18 - Colchester United (25/11/2017) Category: Meet the Fans Date Added: 2017-12-10 Submitter: Chris Pride of Nottingham was at Meadow Lane for Notts County's 2-1 win over Colchester United and interviewed several Magpies fans ahead of kickoff. Questions asked include whether Jonathan Forte is surplus to requirements, whether Richard Duffy is a liability at the back, and what Notts should do in case Jorge Grant and Ryan Yates return to their parent club in January. If you would like to feature in future Meet the Fans videos, get in touch! Feel free to submit potential questions below and we will look into asking them. Be sure to subscribe, share, like and comment - Your support is greatly appreciated. Visit us on: Website: https://prideofnottingham.co.uk/ Community: https://prideofnottingham.co.uk/community/ Don't forget to register on our site, look out for us on social media and at live games. COYP! Meet the Fans 17-18 - Colchester United (25/11/2017) Why not subscribe to PrideofNottinghamTV?
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    Such a tough question as we don't know what Nolan is thinking. I will agree with @Joe Jonesthat the worry is Stead and Ameobi getting injured, but I would look for an upgrade on them, rather than backup. It also depends on Forte, if he is off in January we will also need to replace him as well as I feel we are short of variety up front. We need to find someone that can improve the first XI, rather than bringing in a squad player, otherwise there is no point in signing anyone.
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    It's a bit tricky because even though our options up front could do with a boost, the team is playing well as it is. Each of the strikers is chipping in with goals while we have plenty from midfield in Grant and Yates, plus good set piece takers in Grant and Dickinson. I think the main thing we need at this stage of the season is a suitable back-up striker who can cover for Stead or Ameobi, so I'd say similar traits to them - strong, tall, good with layoffs and a decent finisher in his own right. Can't think of any examples off the top of my head but maybe it could be someone on loan, mid-late 20s, who's happy to start once every 2/3 games and come on at about 60-70 minutes. The summer would be the best time to invest properly in a new player but for now you don't want anything which may unsettle the pecking order up front, so yeah, a suitable back-up on loan or a deal until the end of the season would be my tip.
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    Shola Ameobi has played down the significance of Notts County's 1-1 draw with Luton Town but insists that the Magpies could still be in the hunt for automatic promotion at the end of the season if they keep up the level shown at Kenilworth Road. Notts are still second in the table on goal difference, level on points with the impressive Hatters following the draw in Bedfordshire, in which Ameobi scored to cancel out Johnny Mullins's opener. Although there are still 25 games to go, the former Newcastle United striker says the team is enjoying the way things are at present and feels they can get a result at top teams, a 180 degree switch from how things were just last year. “We are not getting ahead of ourselves,” Ameobi told the Nottingham Post. “There is a long, long way to go yet. From where we were when I first came in, to where we are now shows we’ve done a tremendous job. “We are enjoying it. We went to Luton determined to get the win and that shows the mentality that has changed over the last few months. “We’ve gone to the top teams thinking we can get a result. That’s very positive for us going forward and if we can keep this level there’s no reason why we can’t be up there at the end of the season.” 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.
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    As I mentioned in my feature yesterday, Notts County are making a name for themselves as an exciting, innovate and simply "cool" team with all the various work they've done on and off the pitch. Here's Alan Hardy getting another spot in the national press, discussing the changing rooms on Sky Sports. Makes me very proud to keep seeing the club given airtime/column inches on TV/newspapers/online... and for the right reasons, instead of "another winding-up order"...
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    I listened to the game on the radio, Notts sounded like they put a very impressive performance on show and equally matched Luton Town. Things might not have gone in favour of them at Kenilworth Road but the result is one of the best this season. Notts have an amazing togetherness, in both team spirit and effort and Kevin Nolan must be delighted with how things are. I feel like I can start believing more that we are able to gain promotion, which we can sort the hoofing out once we are out of League Two. There's no negatives about drawing 1-1 to a side like Luton at all. We have nothing to fear against any side provided we respect the approaching opposition.
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    I always felt the game would be one of those that both sides ended up cancelling each other out. I'm not disappointed, I would have taken a draw and the performances sounded impressive. I think it goes along way to showing what we can achieve if we work hard, so just very happy with the point. It sounded like the squad played excellent, and I am pleased for players such as Dickinson who has received a lot of praise. It doesn't feel like a points dropped or anything like that and its just a very positive thing. There was the concern that they might break the defence but credit to each player, even Duffy. Only got the goalscorer wrong.
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    Notts County have emerged from the crunch clash with League Two leaders Luton Town with a very creditable point in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road. The Magpies fell behind in the first half against the run of play when Johnny Mullins headed home to put the hosts ahead. However, Shola Ameobi hit back with a header of his own to earn a share of the spoils for County, who had goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons to thank for a crucial point-blank save late on to preserve the draw. The result keeps the Hatters top of the table on goal difference, with Notts breathing down their necks on the same amount of points. Pride of Nottingham has shared the official match highlights off the Notts YouTube channel so you can relive the key moments from the game. Share your thoughts about the game 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.
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    Yesterday's Results: Fulham 1-0 Birmingham City Middlesbrough 2-0 Ipswich Town Peterborough United 2-3 Blackburn Rovers Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Gillingham Chesterfield 2-1 Barnet Stevenage 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers Scores: Fozzy & DangerousSaussage - 9 points Dan & 4everapie - 7 points Nottsnutter - 6 points WeymouthPIE, Who R YA?? YP!! & Chris - 5 points Elite_Pie, super_ram & Joe Jones - 4 points GrannyPie & wlliam1984 - 3 points Magpiejue - 2 points Table:
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    On Saturday, I watched Colchester player, Mandron, punch Shola Ameobi full on in the face as he lay on the ground, after a tackle. I have no doubt that Mandron INTENDED to punch Shola - because he'd 'dared' to tackle the ball from him - or that Mandron, had one of his team not moved him away. wouldn't have carried-on the 'fight'! That punch was an 'assault'! I, and many other watching the Match that day, witnessed it. The Ref/linesman missed it as, clearly, Mandron should have been immediately sent off. My question is: how seriously would the Police take a Report (or reports - if any other witnesses would like to come forward) of this assault? And, might this be a way forward - if it continues to happen - to force the EFL into getting a grip on the useless/less than poor 'officials' they continually roll-out, each week? I believe we'd only have to 'report' these incidents a few times, before the ensuing 'publicity' would make someone take note! P.S. "It's 'expected' at this level, is NOT a good enough reason, imho, NOT to do it!
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    Shola Ameobi has claimed that Notts County were the better side in the 1-1 draw against Luton Town, which proved that the Magpies "can mix it with the best" in League Two. The Magpies impressed against the table-toppers and, even though they fell behind to Johnny Mullins's header, came from behind to claim a point through Ameobi's reply. "We knew it was going to be tough and the atmosphere was quite ferocious," the veteran striker told the Notts site. "But I think we dealt with it very well, which showed the character of the players. "We were disappointed to lose the goal after having so many chances but this side have shown resiliency. We had to dig in at times. "They're a good side at home but we showed our quality. We're delighted to get a point in the end and it goes to show we can mix it with the best in the league. "I thought we were the better side. They have a lot of great attacking players but the boys at the back defended unbelievably well and I can't really think of a time when they opened us up. "It was important that we were solid, which we spoke about before the game, and the guys played them perfectly. "They've been scoring seven and eight goals against teams here so to limit them to a goal from a set-piece is testament to how hard we worked." 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.
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    Despite remaining level with League Two leaders Luton Town on points, Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has spoken of his delight in edging closer to the "safety" 50-point mark. In Saturday's big game at Kenilworth Road, Johnny Mullins' header put the hosts ahead in the first half but Shola Ameobi hit back with a header of his own to earn a 1-1 draw. "We limited them to very few chances," Nolan told the official site. "Ross Fitzsimons pulled off a great save at the end, but overall we had a lot of opportunities - especially in the first half. "They hit us with a sucker punch, but that's what they do with the quality they have. You can't switch off for a minute. Luckily enough we hit them back and it's a fantastic point. "We respected the fact Luton had really good attacking threats and I thought we thwarted them very well. "We're ever-closer to that 50-point mark now, which is very pleasing. We've just got to make sure we get there as quickly as possible. "Let's see if we're still going blow-for-blow with Luton in March/April, because I'm sure they're going to be challenging for the title come the end of the season." 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.
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    Notts County have launched Generation 8, a new initiative which aims to generate interest in the Magpies among youngsters with a view to attracting future fans to the club. Part of the scheme will see 3,500 replica shirts given to schoolchildren across the county, with a number of schools having already been handed the tops. Magpies owner and chairman Alan Hardy has invested £100,000 in the scheme and the club plans to visit Year 3 pupils at 75 schools to hand out junior shirts and tickets. So far Notts have visited Richard Bonington Primary School where they handed out 60 shirts and 700 tickets for next week’s home game against Grimsby Town. Hogarth Academy were also paid a visit and 30 shirts were presented to pupils by two of the club’s players along with another 400 tickets for the game against Grimsby. “Engaging with the community, as I’ve always said, is critically important to Notts County both for the now and for the future,” Hardy told the Nottingham Post. “If we are to be a success on and off the field, then we have to get out there and show the county what our principles are and how we want to achieve our ambitions “That is why I am absolutely delighted with this scheme because children are the lifeblood of any football club. They are the next generation of supporters and are hugely important to this club’s future. “And I have been absolutely delighted with the response we have had so far. If we can see more black and white shirts being worn around the county, then it will be a job well done.” 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.
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    Julia Roberts. Everyone says she's beautiful but to me she's got a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp, same with Sarah Jessica Parker, ugly old trout.
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    Not exactly, very easy group for England and I would have preferred a tougher group - I'll explain when JJ publishes my article (not for PON). Here we go... https://footballmanics.com/home/features/cj-i-would-have-preferred-tougher-world-cup-group-for-england-r2787/
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    There was a lot of focus from Notts County fans on other teams around us during the Cheltenham Town game. I saw plenty of comments about pre-season title favourites Coventry City and about the nearest threat at the moment in Luton Town. Oddly not many comments mentioned Accrington Stanley, who have performed arguably better than most would have expected so far, and are definitely a solid team for this league. With the focus mostly coming in around a team who currently sit seventh as a I write this, and of course the team immediately beneath us in second, I wanted to express my thoughts as to why we as fans shouldn’t worry about the opposition and why the team should avoid doing the same thing. There are several teams I believe are capable of gaining promotion, with a handful being that extra quality that I feel could go onto win the League Two title in 2017-18. Wycombe Wanderers and Swindon Town are two teams often missed out in discussions since both sides have somewhat become inconsistent – yet both teams have done well enough to seize top spot in the table at various points during this campaign. However, both of the above teams didn’t quite have the focus to retain a place in the top three when it ultimately mattered. And despite the first half against Cheltenham not being up to much in my opinion (it screamed a draw to me), in the second half Notts regained their focus and played very well. In fact, I feel the confidence from playing the ball along the floor really shined and it’s what we have seen in previous games i.e Lincoln City. At the moment the dry spell seems to have been overcome, with Notts starting to play with a ‘cool edge’ to their game which reinforces my belief that we can be champions this season. For any fans still doubting the quality, I really would echo comments from managers and players higher up the football pyramid about how good ‘belief’ can be and when you combine this with a ‘core spirit’ from a hard-working approach to playing, then it’s only a case of failing to push your own boundaries. Claudio Ranieri himself said of Leicester City's Premier League triumph: "It was an amazing achievement. We wanted to do something special, but no one could have believed we would do this." Although on a much smaller scale, I believe that nobody would have dreamt about Notts going to places like Wycombe and Exeter and winning in style, nor being able to avoid a home defeat at Meadow Lane in the league during 2017 so far, especially after the amount of games the club lost last season. Likewise, I doubt highly that anyone would have believed we were capable of reaching - and remaining - top come November and we are fastly approaching December now in the same position. Our sole focus should be on taking games as they come, whilst worrying not that Luton won a game 7-0, as it’s really beside the point. If we allow our focus to fall on the teams beneath us, this will only lead to caution and pressure which isn’t exactly a positive thing – at which point should we stop worrying about teams that could leapfrog us in the league table? The attitude of showing no fear works well, teams from the lower tiers who have enjoyed success in the FA Cup will know you shouldn’t fear to play football. This is exactly why I am not remotely bothered currently about the results across the league, the only time it did matter for me was last season. Perhaps if we were chasing the playoffs things might be different, it still wouldn’t attach any concern and I’m not sure why others are bothered about Luton Town – are you? At the moment things are looking very good - we aren’t worried about Kevin Nolan leaving this season, so I take the same approach to who may or not overtake us in the table. Besides, I feel some of the bad patch after Mansfield Town came from worrying too much about fixtures and we have managed to return top due to good results. Let’s hope the Magpies can keep flying high, as future success can only be built on stable foundations and these are being put into place. 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.
  48. 1 point
    I never used to like Tom Cruise, he always annoyed me but I think it's got something to do with the media. When they faded their interest in him, I actually found more tolerance towards his movies - yet the crap he comes out with tends to me re-think. Matt Damon be fore he reinvented himself. The way he spoke in his earlier movies and tried to portray 'acting'. Leonardo DiCaprio - Nobody could beat him within his teens, extremely smug and over confident. Yet, I started to enjoy his work when he went down the route of portraying real life people. It's the actresses I fail to remember because I have no care about listening but here goes. Lindsay Lohan - Does she count as an 'actress'??? Renee Zelleger - just very annoying. The women out of 'Game of Thrones' Joffrey mum (annoying in it, annoying out.

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