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  1. 16 points
    For any football fan who's seen their team get relegated, one positive once you've got over the initial shock is to think about all the new grounds you can visit. And with Notts having previously never dropped down to non-league in their 157-year history, all these non-league grounds seemed like an exotic novelty to a Notts fan who travels home and away each week. So having completed half a season in the non-league wilderness, let's take a look back on the highs and lows of a non league away day. Best away days: Without question, I would have to list my favourite away ground that I've visited this season as Aldershot. Why did I like Aldershot's ground? Because it was the right mix of being an old school terrace, as well as a ground with a good atmosphere between home and away fans, which hasn't always been the case at the majority of non league grounds. Another terrace which I thoroughly enjoyed was Halifax, a large, retro terrace for away fans and an experience helped by the fact that Notts actually won! However, in terms of both the result and away day experience, then the best away trip this season would have to be the 4-0 win at Woking. From the slightly surreal yet friendly experience of drinking in the snooker club that was the only pub anywhere near the ground, to the cracking on the field performance from Notts, it was definitely the most memorable away trip of the season. Chants about "Our Danish chairmen" rang out throughout the game, as Notts put in a performance that established their challenge for immediate promotion back to the football league. Whether Notts genuinely have a chance of that promotion is a question for another blog! Worst away days: My least favourite ground I've visited this season would have to be Sutton. The whole vibe of the place was quite weird; on the one hand the stewards and other staff at the ground were very posh and overly formal. On the other hand, I recall facilities at this ground being particularly poor and not up to standard. The fact that the game was poor didn't help, but there was no real atmosphere at this ground which made for a pretty unmemorable experience. Another away ground I didn't particularly enjoy was Eastleigh; a ground which while facilities were modern and up to standard, was just pretty bland and the result also contributed to a relatively unmemorable day. While I can't moan too much about Chesterfield away as an experience as we've been there before in the football league and the facilities are pretty good for this level, I must give a special mention to Chesterfield advertising that they were selling out of date beer at the ground. Thanks for telling all away fans that they should give that a swerve, I guess! Thankfully no matter how bad things have got at Notts, we've never stooped to that low. So are the grounds in the National League significantly worse than those in League Two? I suppose it depends what you look for in a ground. In terms of character, there are some pretty bland grounds wherever you go in the football league. Therefore, an old fashioned ground like Aldershot, Halifax, or Maidenhead is definitely more charming than a football league out of town ground like Colchester or MK Dons. However, if you're talking about facilities then the overall standard is definitely slightly lower. The facilities at most non league clubs who have never been in the football league are definitely not quite up to football league standards in the whole ground, never quite as clean or well maintained as facilities in a football league ground. But even at the worst of times at any tinpot non-league ground, it's important to remember that this roller-coaster ride will all be worth it when Notts are a football league club! 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. 5 points
    With Notts County piling up with fixtures back in December, the club managed to pick up 10 points from a possible 12; it highlights how beneficial mixing up what was becoming a stale squad can be. The previous month as we all know, Notts struggled to pick up points and fans including our very own Chris and ARLukomski called for the introduction of fringe players. Tom Crawford who hadn't appeared for Notts since the away defeat in 2018/19 to Mansfield, has managed to be called upon and despite being relatively quiet in the Solihull Moors game, he hasn't had a lot of football so a few quiet performances can be excused in my opinion. Additionally, Notts County Academy product Sam Osborne has made a return to featuring and did excellently in the FA Trophy game against Chesterfield, backing it up with another impressive performance against Maidenhead United where he scored his home debut at Meadow Lane. As the run of fixtures came in thick and fast, the club needed to adapt and allow for critical players to rest in favour of someone else desperate to get match minutes. I don’t feel any individual players are guaranteed to start, as this is part of the issue, when some regularly perform at a subpar standard. Alex Lacey who had to wait for Ben Turner to pick up an injury to start has been a shining example at the back, and he has grown already within the role, partnering Connell Rawlinson very well. With the return of Dion Kelly-Evans who offers a lot of pace, his effort to get involved has been an enormous relief to see on the pitch. I wonder, why Neal Ardley waited so long to introduce some fresh players to mix things up. One possibility I have already touched upon, that being the frequencies of how often Notts had to play but, it makes you question could earlier results have been different if it was sooner? December changed the mood in the supporters, reawakening fans and a real belief that the club can go up has been re-inserted into the minds of many. No question this will take a lot of work, with the return to action in 2020 only seeing a draw but that is a good enough start in my eyes, Notts won't cruise past any team in the National League comfortably. The fans need to have a level of optimism, pride and a noticeable amount of fight from the squad. December has proven that Neal Ardley can make successful changes, changes which need not be forced but implement as a way to keep legs fresh. January will rely on much of the same approach, with players who can be saved for the crucial odd appearance rather than playing each game and becoming jaded. If we allow Ben Turner to rest appropriately, perhaps he will be able to come back stronger? I think it would be harsh on Alex Lacey to be dropped, and I believe Connell Rawlinson has been superb in recent games. With the addition of the latest capture, which seems to be a real coup for Notts. I would like to see Cal Roberts take up the opposite side of the pitch allowing Sam Osborne to remain in the first team, development-wise Ozzy won't always be a standout player but provided he's learning. It will only benefit the club further. With the Football League's transfer now almost at a close, I don’t expect Notts to sign any more players, especially with Jim O’Brien close to making a return since his injury in December. I believe the squad has players who can fill in the gap, as Pierce Bird played well against AFC Mansfield in the Notts Senior Cup match, which saw Jim O’Brien return to action. It's for this reason, why it would be disappointing to see fringe players, not utilised more. We have more than capable players at the club who can partake in creating something unique, who are earning a wage but until recently have found themselves often overlooked. Insert a little faith; let's hope they can make a positive difference when called upon. 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. 5 points
    The opening of this memorial message has been constructed by Notts fan @Darryl Broughton, as fan messages came pouring in the news – first with the Notts County Supporters Club. It quickly became apparent how much the magpies’ star had touched the lives of many. Mick Vinter joined Notts County in 1971/1972 season, he was a great player for the reserves, being the top scorer with 26 goals from that season. He continued to be a regular striker for the reserves making the odd substitute appearance for the first team in the early days. Eventually, he made a regular striking partnership in the first team with Les Bradd in season 1975/1976. It was a joy and pleasure to have watched him play for Notts County. Notts County fans pay respect to Mick Vinter: Team-mate Les Bradd described the passing of Magpies' legend as, "Very sad to hear." Notts County also lead paying respects, with a beautiful piece from former BBC commentator Colin Slater. The full article can be read over on the OS website - Here. We at Pride of Nottingham would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mick Vinter, who has sadly passed away aged 65.
  4. 4 points
    Saw this on the 11 Freunde Facebook page, and thought it was time to revive the lookalikes thread. WW and assistant WW and assistant (One WW is Wolfgang Wolf, manager of Lokomotive Leipzig. But which one? )
  5. 4 points
    cheers guys - yeah i'll talk with anyone about football. I'm registered on this and the other Notts forum as well as Wrexham , Bromley, Confguiide and the 1FF forum. season's going very well (so far). Nice to see Notts fans haven't come down with the usual arrogant ex-EFL attitude (Yeovil were really a non-league side who were on an extended loan to the EFL - so didn't have it either) . All the best for the rest of the season - apart from the return match of course....
  6. 4 points
    The newcastle united player signed a 18 month contract for The Magpies. Cal Roberts is a winger who should do well in our squad if given the chance. Full article link below https://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk/news/2020/january/roberts-signs-200120/
  7. 3 points
    I was standing in the beer garden with a few older relatives of mine, when this lanky smartly dressed guy demanded to see my ID. Of course, I shown him. It was actually myself who got the round in, which I did explain. For the following half hour before we made our way to the game, I was constantly being watched by bar staff and the same lanky guy who I believe might be a manager. I won't be drinking there again, it takes ages to be served any way and the staff are just rude.
  8. 3 points
    Thanks for the positive feedback guys, it is appreciated!
  9. 3 points
    Slocombe 6 - Collected crosses like General Grievous collects lightsabers Brindley 6 - Had his times getting up the line but not much of note Rawlinson 7 - Dealt with Effiong well and came forward with the ball out of defence Lacey 8 - Passing to the strikers and midfield in the first half was tremendous. Solid yet again. The guy is taking the mickey McCrory 6 - Lost the ball and was ran past on a few occasions but solid enough Osborne 5 - Still needs to work on his crossing. Should have put more power on his ball to Thomas Rose 4 - Too many ineffective passes. Was too deep and almost cost us Doyle 7 - Passing was alright and he got stuck in like he normally does. Was ready for the battle Boldewijn 6 - Was anonymous for quite a while but oh so close with that free kick Wootton 6 - Did his best to bring the ball down and into play. Sometimes his first touch was good and sometimes it wasn't Thomas 6 - Made them runs but needs to score that chance in the second half. He has half the net to aim for Tyson 6 - Really lively when he came on. Good to see Dennis 6 - Didn't really get much to be fair. Had a half chance
  10. 3 points
    School all week, Notts on Saturday and I went to the cinema today. Rock and roll life style.
  11. 3 points
    Slow, tedious and boring week at work. Felt a bit down in some stages this week. However, got to spend good time with @meg_walshx and even went out for a Wetherspoons today. Cough has virtually gone too
  12. 3 points
    Slocombe 6 played good enough Brindley 5 had a few good attacks Rawlinson 7 delt with attackers well Lacey 8 solid performance McCrory 4 didnt really do anything Osborne 6 made a few good runs his cross to thomas was good just needed another attacker in the box to help Rose 3 played terrable all he really did was give the ball away Doyle 7 played well always trying to get the ball back Boldewijn 4 did nothing but give the ball away untill the free kick where he nearly scored Wootton 7 played well almost scored a header Thomas 6 played well but should of scored the 1 on 1 opportunity
  13. 3 points
    Mean of 5.5 Slocombe 6 Tipped over an awkward freekick but in all honesty, rarely troubled Brindley 5.5 Defensively sound , not much going forward Rawlinson 6.5 Given Dover's aerial threats, for the first time for a long time, partnership with Lacey gives one confidence of dealing with high balls Lacey 7.5 A ball carrying centre back, good partnership with Rawlinson McCrory 6 More confident that Brindley, just linkage down the wings missing Rose 4 Obligatory caught in possession moment... No forward momentum Doyle 6.5 always tries to be making himself available to make triangle Boldewijn 4.5 Scoring higher with his final free kick which he was desperately unlucky. Spent 90 minutes before looking for some magic but rarely got into the game to make the difference Osborne 6 Pitch didnt help but always looking to be creative Wootton 6 Target man but well controlled by the Dover central defence Thomas 5.5 What a chance squandered when one had confidence that he would convert when put through Subs Tyson 5.5 OK Dennis 5.5 difficult chance, couldnt impact the game
  14. 2 points
    2nd and 3rd placed teams are at home in the 2nd round of play offs to the winners of the 1st round matches. I think it's 2nd v winners of 5th v 6th, and 3rd v winners of 4th v 7th. The winners of the 2nd round of play off matches meet in the play off final at Wembley.
  15. 2 points
  16. 2 points
    Only changes I would make right now, are to Rose and Enzio. I think the starting lineup only really needs to tweaked here and there, it's a fair point that we did better with a few changes. The fixtures really forced that, however, Ardley should try to solve some of the issues about game time. He's done right by shipping some out on loan but if we are to improve further, you can't play tired bodies, you can't persist out-of-form players are good enough to start ahead of hard workers.
  17. 2 points
    hes come back stronger, i do feel hes earned his redemption. some fans love to complain about him but hes anchored the squad and has done well.
  18. 2 points
    Saturday at 3pm sees the latest batch of prediction league fixtures kick off. So, whether you're in the running for the title, are in it for the pride of a good league position, or if you are new to this and want to see how it all works, get involved! As ever, you have one joker each. Birmingham City v Cardiff City Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn Rovers Lincoln City v Blackpool Fleetwood Town v Shrewsbury Town Crewe Alexandra v Cheltenham Town Oldham Athletic v Carlisle United Barnet v Dagenham & Redbridge Halifax Town v Maidenhead United
  19. 2 points
    I am genuinely exciting as when he played against Notts the other season, he looked like a bright spark in the Newcastle squad. People shouldn't judge Cal Roberts as a finished product, more a player that needs shaping and assisting to bring out the best of him. Almost like a diamond in the dirt, but he does look like a quality signing. I will be keen to see him perform for Notts.
  20. 2 points
    I haven’t done any more work on my home, I had a rest for a few days and I just can’t motivate myself to finish it off. Theres no rush. I’ve continued to walk, I had sorted the back garden and yard. I’ll pay someone to sort the ground out and install a garage. I’d love to have a wide barn style garage. Only other worthy note is I’ve sold my truck for a very good amount, this will go towards a nest egg when I go on holiday. I might come to the UK for a week.
  21. 2 points
    There is no point for me to rate the players, I think all of the above is fair and I would only be similar to those. Best players on the pitch: Wootton, Doyle, Lacey, Rawlinson and Slocombe Acceptable: Thomas, Osborne and Brindley. Rest played either below an acceptable level or performed extremely poorly.
  22. 2 points
    Right, first and foremost I think the point is very fair - personally I happy with that. First half might has well not taken place, there was little to say about it and most fans told me they felt bored. Second half was better, I think Notts needed to attack the game better. I think Wes Thomas should have stayed one and played as a wide striker, with Nathan Tyson coming on at the other side. I would have played Kyle Wootton up top, and added Kristian Dennis behind him. I would have instructed Tyson and Dennis to drift back to support the midfield, with Enzio Boldewijn and Sam Osborne going off. I just feel we needed to be more attacking minded, Dover looked very iffy and dodgy at the back. The right pressure would have seen them crumble or allow more space for a shot. They organised themselves very well, put bodies behind the ball and did appear to be happy with a point. Personally, I felt they had one or two good chances which a better team would have finished. That's why I am happy with a point. If I supported Dover, I would feel disappointed and frustrated because they looked woeful up top. Yes, Notts defended much better and looked class in this area. Yet Dover still managed to get into areas where they should have shot on target, very poor game.
  23. 2 points
    Slocombe 6 - He couldn't do much more, I think he did well but was hardly threatened despite Dover having good chances - he was well protected. Brindley 5 - No support from Enzio, but he couldn't contribute much more - defensively he was fine. Rawlinson 7 - He did well, communicating, positional wise and for taking out Dover players before they became a threat. Lacey 8 - My Man of the Match, he's a very good defender who's capable of playing the ball nicely. McCrory 5 - He's a decent player but a little ineffective unless others are more lively. Osborne 5 - Involved, did alright, he put one decent ball into the box but Thomas couldn't find the space and Wootton wasn't near the penalty area. Rose 4 - Poor form, possibly bad attitude too. I noticed him being a little verbal with certain players in a stroppy way. Doyle 6 - He did okay, nothing flash. Defended bravely and did some good stuff going forward. Boldewijn 4 - It's the same each game, just extremely poor. Wootton 6 - He did well defending, especially when there was a lot of pressure. We needed him more in the box at times, he did what he could. Thomas 6 - He needs the ball playing to his feet to score, he looked lively and tried his best. I'm not rating the subs. Tyson wants to go, he wants to be playing and I think that's only fair. He's been out of the squad due to injury, I'd like to see if he can do well on the wing. Dennis looked like he wanted to get involved, connected with a couple of balls but couldn't direct them. He did well.
  24. 2 points
    The pleasure is all mine @liampie. A special thank-you goes to everyone who is below me in the league Birmingham City 0-2 Cardiff City Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Blackburn Rovers Lincoln City 2-1 Blackpool Fleetwood Town 1-1 Shrewsbury Town Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Cheltenham Town (joker) Oldham Athletic 1-1 Carlisle United Barnet 3-0 Dagenham & Redbridge Halifax Town 1-0 Maidenhead United
  25. 2 points
  26. 2 points
    Q: What do you call a gangsta snowman? A: Froze-T Q: What do you call a man with no body and just a nose? A: Nobody nose.
  27. 1 point
    Hello @BlackJin, welcome to the Pride of Nottingham. I noticed your post to the best current players with potential, are you Chinese? I don't think PON has any fans from China.
  28. 1 point
    that's incorrect - only 2 teams do ever go up from this league - but 7th is the last play off place. The teams who finish 4th are at home to the 7th place team (and 5th at home to 6th) in the 1st set of play off matches.
  29. 1 point
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Lokko https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inih_Effiong
  30. 1 point
    Exhibit A on Netflix. It's a crime documentary series about how police cut corners and arrest someone who looks innocent due to iffy evidence.
  31. 1 point
    If I am perfectly honest, I have been disappointed for the most part of the season with Enzio Boldewijn. I don't think the club will get their money back. It's down to Neal Ardley to get the best out of him, if we can get back to League Two I think he would prefer better. I have a feeling the smaller grounds, lack of fans and standard of the division has Enzio not wanting it. He might be blaming himself for the clubs relegation too, something other than his form is going on.
  32. 1 point
  33. 1 point
    Tragic news, 65 is nothing. It's such a shame. Rest in Peace Mick Vinter.
  34. 1 point
    Good servant for many clubs, he played for a few midlands clubs and did well for them. Rest in Peace Mick Vinter.
  35. 1 point
    Waiting for the next series of the Last Kingdom to come out. I love reading Bernard Cornwell's books and have enjoyed both Sharpe and Uhtred's TV adaptations. Other than that, I've been mainly watching Prime and currently trying to catch up on Carnival Row, but I'm struggling to really get into it.
  36. 1 point
    This week's results: Birmingham City 1-1 Cardiff City Sheffield Wednesday 0-5 Blackburn Rovers Lincoln City 1-0 Blackpool Fleetwood Town 2-2 Shrewsbury Town Crewe Alexandra 1-0 Cheltenham Town Oldham Athletic 1-1 Carlisle United Barnet P-P Dagenham & Redbridge Halifax Town 5-2 Maidenhead United This was a pretty tight round, but we do have a winner - congratulations to @CliftonMagpie, who wins two budgies with behavioural problems (self-collection only)! Sadly, Barnet's match was postponed, which is a shame for @barnet11uk as his prediction would almost certainly have been correct. Overall, @weymouthPIE is still top with a slender lead of four points. The next fixtures will be posted on Wednesday, with kick-off on Saturday at 3pm as usual. Thanks for playing and see you next time!
  37. 1 point
    What's your favourite song associated about football?
  38. 1 point
    I went to the opticians last week, I hate those eye drops that they give you. Does anyone else hate them? I swear, its a universal thing. I haven't been as busy as I would have liked otherwise, not a lot is happening and work is just plain sailing right now.
  39. 1 point
    just been busy with work, we are still trying to clear some of the stock that we hold for some of the bigger retailers. outside i have not done anything special at all.
  40. 1 point
    Kevin Lokko looked the better of the two, I laughed how poor Dover's finishing was.
  41. 1 point
    most played around 5, with some players the exception that played above it.
  42. 1 point
    this is great to see, i sometimes look on facebook after dan shares them there but this is good for those who dont use facebook.
  43. 1 point
    I don't use social media much, but its good to see the images from yesterdays game.
  44. 1 point
    Thank you for sharing the pictures @Dan, I saw you around the ground but missed the chance to speak. These are awesome, I enjoyed seeing the series of images that shows the tackle of Sam Osborne. From where I saw it, it looked a crunching one.
  45. 1 point
    I don't drink before a game but I have always felt the Navi was a pub trapped in a sardine can.
  46. 1 point
    To me its never really had the impression of an inviting pub, you get stared at as soon as you walk through the door and the staff at the bar are generally rude.
  47. 1 point
    The move makes sense - he presumably gets first-team football, while we can recall him if we need him. Good luck to him. Personally I never thought he was up to it, good reflexes but absolutely no command of his area or the defence. @allardyces tash You remind me of when (I think) Steve Mildenhall was signing an autograph near where I was sat once - one bloke piped up with "don't drop the pen!"
  48. 1 point
    @Chris They originally made the song after promotion to the Bundesliga in the nineties (I think) . The song is about them winning the cup and being champions, which sounds bold, but they actually won the cup a couple of years ago (hence its presence in the video). That line translates as "we've watched Eintracht in the final with Jürgen". So it's prophetic! They've also released classic albums such as "Beauty and the Beer"
  49. 1 point
    @B&Wstripes yes i agree. Aslong as he doesnt keep good form when against notts.
  50. 1 point
    Jim O'Brien is certainly a tough character, he knows his own mind and body. That will power can make a big difference, so it's great to see him training again.

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