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  1. 2 points
    I've recently been watching what's happened on Twitter; and from this, I've made a few observations:- 1. Vitriol - simple, pure and (quite often) disgusting - has been aimed at ANYONE involved with the club, whom folk appear to think are 'fair game', this season! As well as Collins, I've also witnessed some pretty cold, unfair and downright hurtful comment's specifically aimed at Hollis; Virtue; Noble; Grant; Stead; Bennett (before he even kicked a ball); Dickinson; Duffy; Yates (for moving on!); Hunt; Smith; Forte, and not to leave out, Nolan and Hardy! 2. Mostly, the mis-spellings, bad grammer, foul, threatening and/or poor use of the English language, usually say a lot about how much 'weight' one should give to said threats/insults; with additional info available beside a tag, (e.g. IHEARTnffc4ever), giving much insight into how much the insulting hater has little clue about football, about a (proper) club's history or indeed, much beyond European Cups won many, many, years before they were (actually and mostly,) born! Even those who do bare the hallowed insignia/support for our beloved club, like the one I saw recently (actually) "calling Jorge Grant out" - and then (actually) taking 'credit' that his hatred was solely responsible for Grant's subsequent goal - gives much insight too, into the 'mentality' of such keyboard warriors! 3. I do admit to 'joining-in' - in comments about said goalkeeper. However, I believe I've been careful NOT to 'tag' him in (not because I don't believe that what I'm saying is true; but because I believe that tagging him in to comments that are critical of his work, are neither 'productive' or 'instructive' and would appear, (mostly) cruel. Additionally, I also witnessed a disgusting/continuous tirade of foul language he used to a supporter who suggested he wasn't, currently at his best, which was followed by his 'clean sheet' comments, that riled so many fans. 4. I don't think he does himself any favours; particularly not after the 8-1 trouncing by Swansea and all of the subsequent goals he's let in, after that. BUT I still stand by what I've said before and that is that whilst I appreciate he came back into the side under very extraneous circumstances, I still don't think he's fully match fit; I still don't think he's our safest pair of hands; I DO think he's under orders to 'slow' games down and nor do I prefer him in goal, to Fitzsimons. 5. For as long as I've followed my team (48 years-ish!) 'supporters' have ALWAYS felt able to pass comment (firstly through terrace banter/insults) and now - quicker/more direct - through many forms of Social Media. Truth is, that to be 'able to communicate' with our idols was what fans have longed to do, for years. And also to 'be able to communicate' with fans, from a proud, local (saviour) owner - like Alan Hardy - for a club/sport that he's clearly passionate about; means that everyone has what they wanted. EXCEPT when it's broken down to insults/threats and downright nickable stuff that no one should have to put up with or take. Okay, so Alan Hardy makes mistakes ("isn't, 'to err, human'?) but I think for the most part, the (sometimes annoying) 'heads-up' tweets are all part of his boyish enthusiasm for a club he's not only 'saved' but one for which he continually put his hand in his pocket! For this, and this alone, I'll wait up til midnight on transfer deadline day, to see who's walked through the door! I'll forgive him for retweeting a certain well-known racists post about a subject that - black, white, green or indifferent - should seriously concern us all! And I'll continue to 'follow' his account because I believe, that as a lifelong Notts. County F.C. supporter, what he's done for this club - and continues to do; simply, merits my attention.
  2. 1 point
    Based on a mean of 5 Collin 4 He was well protected by Duffy and Hall but his entrenched belief to stay on his line and not come for balls which should rightfully be his to claim, is really frustrating Tootle 5 he had a couple of torrid moments, as Mansfield's threat was down his side. Less effective in supporting the attack Duffy 6.5 He stepped up to the mark. Some good challenges Hall 7 Looking like an experienced pro now. Calm and collective Dickinson 6.5 Solid when needed. Closed out his defensive side without much threat Hewitt 6 Always mobile but hurried distribution at times, exasperates Noble 6.5 Much more mature performance than of late, though was lucky he didnt connect with a flailing arm, post that melee. Hawkridge 7 Proves again his all round play is streets ahead of Alessandra. Gets in where it matters Grant 5 Too much on the periphery at times. He needs to get involved and commit defenders as he has the skill Shola 5.5 Perhaps should have converted the gilt edged chance first half. He is a handful for defenders Stead 6 All the effort but tired towards the end Subs Smith Unrated well,we needed Forte to at least provide an outlet to run through the channels. Is Smith on some sort of sub appearance bonus? Alessandra 2 When mental toughness is needed, absolutely no excuses for what he did. Those 2 points dropped in a moment of madness could define the season, even more so than Ross's sending off
  3. 1 point
    This was my view sitting on the half way line just behind the dugouts, although we were under cover the snow was blowing into the stand, it was bitterly cold too.
  4. 1 point
    Pretty much agree with Piethagorum, save I would give Noble 7.5.
  5. 1 point
    Disagree with Noble. Lots of opportunities to shoot which he didn’t take. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. 1 point
    I find it amazing that they sell more tickets for this game than they do for some of their home games. It shows what it means to their fans and how important it is, I think this is communicated to their players which is why they seem to put in a super human effort when they come here, they always seem to be up for it more than our players. Hopefully that changes tomorrow,
  7. 1 point
    So the big match is upon us. Notts County against Mansfield Town. And you know what, I’m sick of losing to these lot. It really is getting annoying. It’s fair to say our record against Mansfield really isn’t the best. This century, in the league, we’ve played them 14 times, winning once, drawing five and losing eight times. Notts haven’t beaten Mansfield in the league since September 2005, a 3-2 win at Field Mill with a late winner courtesy of Glynn Hurst. However, after seven years apart in different divisions, both of these two returned to playing each other in 2015-16. It was not a good season for Notts. The first home game of the season saw us lose the Nottinghamshire derby 2-0. However, it’s the reverse fixture that makes the headlines for all the wrong reasons for Notts. A 5-0 defeat. A defeat, which summed up the Ray Trew era. A lack of fight, effort and passion. Notts were 1-0 down at half time and in the second half went to 3-5-2 and went for it in hope of getting back into the game. Sadly, it didn’t work and once the second went in, Notts gave up. A lot changed that summer. Players, manager, board members. Notts returned to Field Mill on October 8th and lost again. A 3-1 defeat in a game, which I summed up as being an absolute joke. John Sheridan said it how it was ‘we lost to two deflections and a penalty.’ A lot of things still annoy me about that game. We should have been 3-0 up at half time. Jonathan Forte missed a one-on-one chance, Jon Stead hit the post, and also had another good chance. Alex Rodman equalised in the 82nd minute but I knew something controversial was coming. You could just sense it. It was. Mansfield were awarded a penalty in the 90th minute for what most would call ‘a 50-50’ but Matt Tootle took so long to clear the ball. They scored a 3rd in the 93rd minute as well. In the reverse fixture on January 14th, Notts halted a run of 10 successive losses in Kevin Nolan’s first game in charge, with the game finishing 0-0. Mansfield were in good form coming into that game but Notts held firm. = In fairness, nothing much really happened in that game. Ben Whiteman came close to scoring with a deflected effort, which was well saved by Adam Collin. Michael O’Connor came close for Notts in the second half. In the 90th minute, a shot by Mansfield was saved by Collin and cleared by Carl Dickinson in a moment where my heart skipped a beat. The 3-1 defeat earlier this season again showed a lack of fight in which we crumbled under the pressure. Stead missed an easy chance from close range and Danny Rose starred as Mansfield ran out winners yet again. Form coming into this game has never been important. The four games in which Notts have lost against them, they have had the better form coming into each one. The 0-0 draw in January was the only time in which Mansfield had the better form coming into the derby. There is a slight theory behind this game too, as every time there has been a Tuesday night fixture preceding the derby, Mansfield have won. 2015/16 (0-2) Huddersfield 1-2 Notts, Sheff Wed 4-1 Mansfield – Notts lost the derby 2015/16 (5-0) Notts 1-0 Hartlepool - Notts lost the derby 2016/17 (3-1) Rochdale 2-1 Notts, Port Vale 0-1 Mansfield - Notts lost the derby 2017/18 (3-1) Exeter 0-3 Notts, Cheltenham 3-0 Mansfield - Notts lost the derby Notts have looked brilliant recently and I have the feeling this could the game in which we end the derby curse. Richard Duffy has said about how the players had a talk during the rot they were going through on how to turn it around. He also said they are now doing what they were doing when they were doing at the start of the season. I’ve also had friends who are Mansfield fans messaging me saying that the style of play since David Flitcroft came in has got worse. Danny Rose and Alex MacDonald have been two players who played well under Steve Evans but haven’t done so far under Flitcroft. This game is also massive for the promotion race. A Notts win and promotion is in their own hands with 8 games to go. A Mansfield win and they are right back in it with a game in hand. A draw is no good for either team and only hands the advantage to Wycombe and a recently resurgent Coventry. Notts must win to retain their advantage in the promotion race and finally end our awful record in this fixture. A last word to the fans. We cannot be outsung like last time. Players thrive off the support and it could make all the difference come Saturday. We cannot be outsung. Share your thoughts about this opinion article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. 1 point
    Today, 15 March, is the anniversary of Jackie Sewell's world-record transfer to Sheffield Wednesday from Notts County. Sewell, one of the finest forwards of his generation, went to Hillsborough in 1951 for £35,000 (many sources have it as £34,500 but this is not accurate - the cheque which the Owls gave to Notts has the first figure on). Football site SoccerAttic dug out this piece from Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly no. 199 March 1968 discussing the transfer. Here is the link to the online piece and below is the original article! Enjoy!
  9. 1 point
    I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of you Notts County-supporting mothers, nanas and guardians a very happy Mother's Day. When I proper got into Notts of my own volition, in 2006, she came with me to my first game - Notts v Lincoln at ML sometime in the 06-07 season - as nobody else I knew at the time was into Notts which was a really nice gesture from her. I could go on and on about how great she is and so on but I won't bore you so I'll just keep it simple and say "thank you mum for being you". Also a special shout out to Stacey, my other half and love of my life, who is a mother to three awesome children (only one is technically still a child though, the other two are "adults" now - though to me anyone under 25 is still a child - showing my age here!). So yeah, massive respect to all you mothers out there - keep on being awesome!
  10. 1 point
    Born in Hayle, Cornwall, on 10 July 1896, Donald Cock learned the footballing ropes with youth club Camborne Boys Brigade and then played for the football team of Gwynne's Foundry, a London engineering business. The centre-forward hailed from a footballing family, being the younger brother of England international Jack Cock, while his other brother Herbert was also a footballer. As a man born in the late 1800s, Cock was unfortunate to come of age when the Great War broke out, and so his footballing career - which began at Brentford - also saw him called up for duty. According to Ancestry, Cock was a Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion Middlesex Regiment, no. 13804. The document reads: "He joined in August 1914, served on the Western Front at Arras, Neuve Chapelle, the Somme, Givenchy, Amiens, Armentieres, Ypres and Bullecourt, and was wounded three times. He was demobilised in 1919, and holds the 1914-15 Star, General Service and Victory Medals". In 1919, Cock moved to Fulham and, in three seasons with the Second Division club, he averaged a goal every other game, and was the club's leading goalscorer in 1919–20 and 1920–21. Cock then joined Notts County in October 1922 and played nearly 100 games in three seasons at Meadow Lane. Although he is seldom mentioned in the club's annals, he was the club's top scorer in 1922–23 and 1923–24, and helped the Magpies win the Second Division title in the former. Cock's exploits with Notts - 32 goals in 85 games - saw Arsenal express an interest in the played, and he was signed by Leslie Knighton in March 1925, making his debut for the Gunners against Bolton Wanderers on 7 March 1925. Unfortunately, in his next match, ironically against Notts County at Meadow Lane, his leg was broken by a strong tackle. He was out of action for five months and could not find favour under new manager Herbert Chapman. Cock played just one more game for Arsenal before being sold to Clapton Orient for £1,500 in October 1925. Cock regained his form at Orient, becoming top scorer for the Second Division side in 1925–26 and 1926–27 before finishing his career with brief stints at Wolves and Newport County in 1927. He retired from professional football, aged 31, soon after, and died in 1974, aged 78, in Wolverhampton. Cock's exploits with Notts County during the 1920s, top-scoring two seasons in a row and helping the Maggies to promotion, earn him a place in Pride of Nottingham's Notts Alumni hall of fame. Share your thoughts about this Notts Alumni piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  11. 1 point
    Collin has improved a lot this season in my eyes. I do prefer Fitzsimons but that is due to him having proved himself prior to his silly sending off. Collin has not done much wrong since, but people forget that they wanted Ross out of the club. People cherry pick who they want to abuse, typical Notts for you.
  12. 1 point
    Yes, if I perform well my agent says the sky’s the limit. I might get a transfer to Football Manics.
  13. 0 points
    Contrast and compare, as you would always be given in school... https://www.nottinghampost.com/sport/football/notts-county-ratings-ben-hall-1352054

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