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  1. Whilst I want to openly acknowledge that Notts requires strengthening up-top off the bat, one player I believe Ian Burchnall needs to commit to giving regular game time during the 2021/22 National League season is Lewis Knight. Arriving at Meadow Lane from Bradford Park Avenue, the exciting forward who has a blistering amount of pace – described during his debut for the magpies by BT Sports as ‘rapid’ looked to be a real handful. I can only imagine how effective he can become with developing further as a player and, featuring around the likes of Kyle Wootton and Elisha Sam who should only benefit the 22-year-old. Having scored 11 goals in 15 appearances for Park Avenue, it signalled a real sign of intent by Notts to sign such as young upcoming player, but I felt slightly disappointed after his initial run of games and the appointment of Ian Burchnall that his development time seemed to be abandoned - this might’ve been due to an injury to the young striker, towards the tail end of the last campaign. I mean, I can understand that whilst Jimmy Knowles was scoring those all-important goals that it left little space for him – especially with Knowles finding himself on the bench towards the end of last season. But I saw something promising in Knight, that needs to be given time to come up to the level the club requires. It’s not just due to his pace, which alone would cause a lot of those slow lanky brutes in National League trouble – his reading of the game seems to be something promising, as he found space which other players might not have drifted into. I think with the focus being on playing quick, steady build-up football – the sheer number of knock-ons that he would be able to get onto would be exciting to see. Plus, the formation of playing three centre-backs provides Notts that extra edge up top, that someone could really thrive from with the right level of support. It’s clear that Ian Burchnall favours this style of play as it provides an extra body in attack, but with a strong tall striker like Kyle Wootton, a tricky winger like Callum Roberts – this would leave opposition teams having to commit players to marking them alone. Including the new additions to the Notts ranks, such Aaron Nemane who also has a speedy reputation. The sluggish, slow Notts of old could be a thing of the past. When you intend to play ‘pretty football’ you need players who can hang onto the ball or at least run with it, I firmly feel Lewis Knight can develop into a forward that can get those all-important goals. Knight could be the right player to advance further with the right nurturing, being a player that could develop into a free scoring striker. Nobody imagined that Wootton would be such a big hit at Meadow Lane, yet I can see a similar amount of hard-work and graft in Knight too. Whether, he plays a big part in the upcoming season – it would be a waste not to give him further time to showcase what he can do. I also, don’t believe it would benefit Notts to loan him out as its clear he needs to make the step-up in order to be a success and the chances of him going out to a team above us seems slim. If there’s one thing we know, goal scorers are hard to find and even more difficult to see do well in our famous Black & White shirts. This is why, I feel for the promising aspects of Lewis Knights game – the only way he can improve further is to be given a chance to establish himself this upcoming season. Join the Pride of Nottingham in discuss what role you see Lewis Knight fulfilling in the upcoming season. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    11 points
  2. Notts County manager, Ian Burchnall had to patch up his side after the club was hit with several injuries to his first-team. Defender's Connell Rawlinson and, Kyle Cameron both suffering injuries which saw the magpies' bring in Ciaran Brennan, despite the return to popular centre back Alex Lacey who has since picked up a knock himself. The injuries coincided with a run of poor form for Notts, as they lost 3 games back-to-back, but magpies boss Ian Burchnall has cause for celebration with several key players close to making their full return. "I expect him back by the Stockport game," said Notts County, head coach Ian Burchnall. "I hope so, but we have to just scan the knee, he took a bad blow on the knee a few weeks ago, and we've kind of patched him up, because you know Connell Rawlinson has been away with his injury and, Kyle Cameron has been away. "Alex Lacey was probably the lowest risk to get back on the pitch but after those two games in quick succession, he was really struggling on Wednesday, so we just decided that we couldn't risk it today we had to rest him." He added, "Hopefully that we can give him now, maybe the FA Cup game off and prepare him for Stockport. "Connell Rawlinson should be back ready for the FA Cup game, Kyle Cameron's back, he came through that really well." Due to an injury to Sam Slocombe, Notts brought in highly-rated youngster Anthony Patterson. Although the injury to Slocombe was picked up in training and, considered to not be serious, the magpies' acted swift to bring in cover for the suspected 3-week absence of the regular shot-stopper. "Sam Slocombe should be back as well, so it's starting to look bright from that front, but again you know Adam Chicksen's playing through, He's got a bad rib injury, he came off. "To be honest, he was in a lot of pain before the game." Before expanding "I think against Woking he fell into the post and, we don't know if it's broken or not. "It's very, very sore in the ribs and, he's playing through the pain barrier for us. So we had to get him off, it was too much by the end and, hopefully we can give him a rest now. "Joel Taylor pulled up with just a tight groin yesterday, so again, we need to treat him with Adam Chicksen struggling, a little bit. We hope that we can get him back ready for the FA Cup." Check out the latest Pride of Nottingham T-Shirt range, which is available from our online web store!: Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    10 points
  3. Hello Just wanted to donate some money to the club but did not find any "Membership" on the website. As you know I am Evertonian (and I hope you remember my story and why Notts County) but I really like Notts County. And as Evertonian I am not sure if it's good idea to buy any club merch but Everton's. So what do you think if there are enough Notts supporters outside of Nottinghamshire or UK to provide Official Notts County Membership? Or it is there already and I just can't find it? Thanks
    9 points
  4. Notts County has continued to strengthen their promotion chasing team with the signing of experienced Football League midfielder Matt Palmer. The 26-year-old had been made available for a free transfer after leaving Swindon Town last season. Having appeared more than 200 times within the Football League, Palmer arrives at Meadow Lane on a 2-year-deal. Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "We’ve brought in two very talented young midfielders in Ed Francis and Frank Vincent this summer, "So adding someone of Matt’s experience will give us great balance in the central area" He added. "Matt’s played more than 50 games in the Championship, around 80 in League One and nearly 100 in League Two "He brings a lot of know-how to the squad while, at the age of 26, he still has plenty to offer in terms of development and improvement. We’re looking at him playing a similar role to Jake Reeves towards the end of last season. "He could play deep, but we see him more as a box-to-box midfielder who can contribute to the attacking side of the game." Ian Burchnall has described Palmer's arrival as being 'perfect for us'. "Matt’s got a great eye for a forward pass and will also contribute a lot when we’re looking to retain possession as he’s really comfortable with the ball and very competent technically. "We’ve still got Lamine Kaba Sherif, William Hondermarck and Kyle Bennett on trial, and they’re all showing promise" said the head coach. "We have the capacity to strengthen further in the midfield area should we wish to." Join in with the Pride of Nottingham community, as fans discuss the arrival of Matt Palmer. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    9 points
  5. Recent results have certainly created a whole raft of opinions about whether the squad is good enough, whether the manager is good enough, is the system right and a lot more, but let’s have a look at where we are. Two seasons ago, we came into the National League in complete disarray and most of us were simply hoping we’d avoid successive relegations. We managed to get stronger as the season went on, making the playoff final (and I think we’d have had a chance of automatic promotion if the season hadn’t been curtailed). With more expectations last season we faltered badly after Christmas but got to the playoff semi-finals again. In both of those seasons, teams went up without having huge resources or expectations, in Barrow, Harrogate and Sutton. Hartlepool maybe had more expectation but were still not huge spenders. This season, Grimsby has made a great start after relegation and seem to be a contender at this early stage while we’ve all read and heard of the big spending Wrexham, Chesterfield and Stockport. Notts’ owners and management have said that we won’t be competing with big wages – and an example of that is when Ian Birchnall said Chesterfield blew us away with the deal they offered Calvin Miller. Wrexham have signed players from League One when their current clubs didn’t want them to go. When that happens, it puts into perspective what is on offer elsewhere. Notts have recruited technically good young players with a good academy background and the ability to play the type of football both owners and coach want to play. The idea is that with good coaching, they improve and not only progress Notts but also their own careers as we aim to sell them and make the club financially strong. All of that comes with a lot of advantages, but also some testing times. Young players make mistakes. In fairness, all players make mistakes, but younger ones lack the experience to handle certain situations as effectively as they can, such as the recent capitulations against Woking and Halifax where it was real ‘rabbits in the headlights’ stuff. When you play football from the back, it carries more risks. Even Barcelona and Manchester City have times where their goalkeeper passes it out to an opposing forward, so we should expect to see a non-League keeper (or, in the case of Patterson, a League One third choice keeper) doing the same. If we seek to play entertaining football, such as we saw at Barnet and in brief spells against Aldershot and Woking, we need to accept the other side. We saw with the return of Kyle Cameron at Yeovil how the defence seemed more composed, albeit still giving chances to a really poor side towards the end. Going back to those games against Woking and Halifax, let’s not forget that for around 75% of those two games we were in control and should have coasted towards victories. On that basis, it maybe isn’t a million miles away from being a winning team. The trick is to make those mistakes fewer and less costly. But we’ve had a spell where our goalkeeper and 3 central defenders have been injured, and most teams would struggle to cope with that, even with the loan players. One of the things Notts have struggled with recently is the results against teams in the bottom half. Take last season as an example. Notts did the double over champions Sutton but then lost to bottom-placed Dover (okay, results expunged, but the point still stands). And against teams who finished in the bottom half of the table, Notts had a record of 40 points from 21 games, with 5 defeats – a record of 1.9 points per game. In my opinion, this is where league titles are often lost, by dropping points in the games you should make the most of. So far this season – early as it is – Notts has 17 points from 7 games against teams in the bottom half with no defeats, a record of 2.4 points per game! And this is with what is almost universally acknowledged as a team that hasn’t clicked yet, so there’s lots more to come. So, what do Notts need? I think this squad plays better and it a bigger threat when playing 3 at the back and 2 wide men, as long as the wide men do their defensive duties as well. Playing with four at the back makes it feel as if we’re being outnumbered somehow. But a crucial part of that is working as a team and, just as importantly, keeping hold of the ball when we have it. Sometimes, players seem to give it away very easily and that invites pressure all the time. We have goals from all over the team, but I’d love to see someone playing with Kyle Wootton. He seems so alone at times, with no-one within 20 yards of him. Which is fine if he’s able to control the ball and lay it off, but how often does a ball come at an awkward height, or the defender is all over him? If we had someone alongside to pick up the pieces – as Rodrigues did towards the end of last season – it gives the opposing defence something extra to think about. Join the Pride of Nottingham in discussing what role you see Lewis Knight fulfilling in the upcoming season. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    8 points
  6. Notts County's board of directors have taken the time to thank the black and white army for their support ahead of the 2021/2022 National League season. This comes on the back of the magpies' announcing via the clubs social media that over 3,000 season tickets had been sold on 23rd of July. Six new arrivals have been signed this summer, with the Notts head coach Ian Burchnall looking to add further depth to his squad ahead of the league campaign. "We would like to place on record our immense gratitude to our fans, a statement read via the official clubs' website. "For backing the club with such strong season ticket sales this summer. "Over the weekend, 2021-22 sales surpassed our total figure for the 2019-20 campaign – including half-season tickets. "Which is fantastic, especially as there is more than a month to go before our first home match. We also understand that, for various reasons, a season ticket isn’t a viable purchase for everyone, but we’re thrilled with how the entire fanbase continues to support us in every way possible. " Notts County season tickets are now on general sale, after fans' have taken to renewing their 2019/2020 - after a whole season without being able to buy a season ticket due to COVID-19. "Shirt sales, for example, have been very strong, and it’s been great to see so many of the new designs on show at our pre-season friendlies. "Everyone at the club is working hard to prepare for the new campaign, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you back to Meadow Lane for what we hope and believe will be an exciting and successful season." You can secure your seat at Meadow Lane for the 2021/22 National League season here. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    8 points
  7. Notts County's latest recruit Joel Taylor has expressed his delight with signing with the magpies'. The club returned to training this past Tuesday, with the squad heading back to Meadow Lane after a few weeks off at the end of the last campaign. The 25-year-old wing back praised the clubs training facilities and the playing surface, as preparation begins for their pre-season games. Speaking in relation to his first training session, Joel Taylor said: "I do like [the training facilities], "Very nice training ground, it's nice to play football." Before adding: "Yeah, I mean, in pre-season, I know, it's about getting fit and getting back to match fitness. But when you're doing it with the balls, it makes our session a lot more enjoyable than just running around a pitch and whatnot. "So with this gaffer we can see he likes to play. So a lot of the running is done with the balls, which again, all players love doing that. So with the ball is obviously the best thing." With a return to training, Taylor met his team-mates for the first time since signing with the club. "Yeah. I mean, I met with the lads yesterday when I signed. "Well the majority of them anyway, and yeah they seemed sound - just welcomed me into the group straight off. And I feel like a part of the group already. "I want to come here, help the team progress and get back to where they need to be, but ultimately within myself as well" He added. "Very, very, very excited. Like I said last season, I think we played a handful of games in front of fans. "So getting the fans back in especially at the Meadow Lane, where it's a big crowd. So yeah, I can't wait for the fans to come back in and play in front of them." Joel Taylor is expected to make his first appearance in a Notts County shirt, in Saturday's friendly against Coalville Town. Discuss Notts County's third summer signing, Joel Taylor with the fans' inside the Pride of Nottingham forum. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    8 points
  8. Here's a concept for the upcoming season that our friend @bykylecm designed for us. What are your thoughts on the concept art? What colour away shirt do you expect or would like to see? Discuss...
    8 points
  9. Well done @ARLukomski. It was a great contest. @Megan_Elizax battled well all season. Thanks for organising @DangerousSausage It was a nice distraction in these strange times.
    8 points
  10. Notts County defender Connell Rawlinson has said that he would sacrifice his dream, if it meant the club could play local neighbours Nottingham Forest at Meadow Lane. The 30-year-old centre back grew up supporting Premier League club, Everton and, he has expressed his desire to see the Magpies progress in the historic knockout tournament. Notts will face Rochdale on Sunday in the 1st round of the competition and, will be two victories away from a potential big money tie. "Obviously I'm 30 now, and you do start to think about big moments you can look back on in your career. It'd be lovely if we could get a good run together and get to the third round." said to the Nottingham Post. "We were speaking about it the other day with a couple of the lads, we've got a couple of Geordie lads that obviously want to draw Newcastle. "You've got me who is an Everton fan, there are lads who are United fans, City fans, so it would be nice to obviously get one of the big sides." Rochdale have been made the bookies favourites to progress to the 2nd round of the FA Cup, yet there is belief within the Notts County camp that the gap between the two teams isn't that far between. "But on the flip side of that, it'd be nice to obviously get Forest as well. "That would be huge. I think I would probably give up a tie playing against Everton to play Forest at home. "I just think it'd be a really special occasion where two great footballing teams come together in the city and the whole city would probably come together as a result too. "It would be a great day if we could end up getting through a few rounds and pulling Forest out the hat. "I'll be honest, if you want to compare League Two to the National League, you've only got to look at the teams that have been promoted over the last couple of seasons, and how well they are doing, the top 10 teams that are up around the play-offs would be able to hold their own fairly comfortably in League Two." he added. "We're just going into it as we do every game which is to play our style of football and dictate the pace of the game. "You've also got to remember that you are away from home, and you are playing a league side, so there will be a level of respect there from ourselves. "But I don't see why the lads can't turn up on Sunday and give a good performance." Check out the latest Pride of Nottingham T-Shirt range, which is available from our online web store!: Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    6 points
  11. Anyone else feel this will be a good test to see how we can compete against a League two team? I really want to see Notts progress, a good cup run could bring so much more merit than just the prize money. It can give the squad some excitement and self-belief, which goes along way but for us fans, it gives us a taste of a good day out and most likely against a team whom we haven't faced for a few years. I'd like Notts to be mindful of injuries, whilst giving the odd player a chance. Matt Palmer needs to start, he does so much of the ball work that often gets unnoticed. His vision and ability to spot a pass, could lead to more chances. I'd partner him with Ed Francis, I know Frank Vincent has done well, but I just feel someone like Francis would enjoy more of the ball against a team like Rochdale. Ian Burchnall will have his plans and whatever happens, it's a day out but I do hope for a win.
    6 points
  12. When a team's confidence is high, they can become unbeatable, and it's the same with losing but at the other end - things become harder. There's a mix of obvious issues, one of which I said with the mistake against Torquay, which is defensively we don't control the game well. This has always been down to the formation/tactics, but also the players in the crucial areas simply not being at the stage where they can do the roles at an acceptable level. I mean, all the blame Sam Slocombe got - it seemed unfair to me. It came across like people looking for someone to blame, I think it's incorrect. I think one key issue is being hands-on with pressing, marking, and actually dealing with threats. If there's a lot of pressure, it's like we can't absorb play or prevent things from happening. Focus becomes too much, players stop doing the basics. I am not sure if it can be pointed to just a tactical issue, Pressure can make people react unnatural, and I think when we lose this becomes part of the equation. The players aren't crap, they're just ineffectively coping or dealing with games as they probably should do. Whilst I believe that the loss of Sam Slocombe, Connell Rawlinson, and Kyle Cameron has been a huge impact on things. I do feel it's not related to just pressure, confidence, injuries etc. I also, still believe that some players aren't quite up to par with their fitness - although I do acknowledge that this should have less impact. With form, and what I said beforehand coming into play. Another point I feel that is worth making, I don't think Michael Doyle will make much of a difference, but again I could be wrong. The next win should naturally ease things, I'd like to see the club play actual centre backs once able to do so - this again should help with the formation/tactics. Yet, nothing will change until Notts stops being so predictable, or soft on the ball. I'm not looking for excuses either, I say what I think and feel.
    6 points
  13. Notts County's new box-to-box midfielder, Matt Palmer believes the club are going places after signing a 2-year-deal. Palmer sees the move in the short term as gaining promotion back to the Football League, but has been attracted to the long term vision of the magpies' set by the Reedtz brothers and head coach, Ian Burchnall. Having joined Notts County after being released by Swindon Town, who had been relegated to League Two in their last campaign - the midfielder is keen to settle within a club that is aiming to do more than just staying within a league. Speaking about having joined Notts, Matt Palmer said: "I've looked at two ways, obviously, I wanted to come and join a place that has a long term project in place. "I came and spoke to the gaffer, and he obviously explained the way he wants to play "The vision of this football club, the vision of the owners and stuff like that, which was really appealing to me." the midfielder added. "I think it was a decision where I saw that I go somewhere for maybe a short term year, maybe somewhere they're just trying to stay in the league "Whereas I think this club is trying to go places, obviously the short term objective is to get promotion, and then I think after that there is a long term project, which is what I want to be a part of "Like I said the main objective this season is get promotion, but then it's a club that could probably go on again, get themselves up the league" Before explaining: "There are teams in the championship like Luton, who have done back to back promotions. "So yeah, when I came in and spoke to the gaffer, I was really impressed. "I spoke to a few people about the way he wants to play football, and it's perfect for me. I think he'll get the best out of me. hopefully it'll work both ways." Palmer added. Notts County continue to strengthen their team ahead of the 2021/22 National League season, having already signed major coups such as Kyle Cameron, Joel Taylor and Aaron Nemane. "It was sort of a no-brainer to want to be a part of that, like I said other clubs maybe with what's happened with COVID, that they're maybe just trying to try to stay in the league rather than actually do something. "So I think when I was at Burton Albion, they put together a project, and it got them in to the championship "I played in the championship with them, so this is something that when I spoke to the manager, you could see that he wants to sort of go along them sort of lines, that's why I wanted to join. "It's about getting in minutes, and hopefully I can get some in on Saturday and then build up from there." Are you a member of the Pride of Nottingham community? Why not get involved with our popular forum, and share your thoughts on club matters? Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    6 points
  14. New signing Joel Taylor from Chesterfield https://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk/news/2021/july/joel-taylor-signing-130721/
    6 points
  15. Please ensure you've taken the time to vote in the annual Pride of Nottingham awards. Player of the Season: Goal of the Season: Signing of the Season: Game of the Season: Pride of Nottingham Member of the Season: Please take a moment to go through the award catergories, voting ends on the 11/06/2021 at 9pm (UK Time).
    6 points
  16. The Pride of Nottingham Award Winners! Mark Ellis has claimed the Player of the Season: Elisha Sam has claimed the Goal of the Season: Game of the Season: Chesterfield vs. Notts County Mark Ellis has claimed the Signing of the Season: And finally, Member of the Season! Congratulations @DangerousSausage
    6 points
  17. I am a big fan of Ian Burchnall's post match comments, his well thought out responses and tactical knowledge is a joy. He's not afraid to point things out, in a very constructive and calm manner. He's by far the most enjoyable manager, that I go out of my way to hear what his thoughts are.
    5 points
  18. I have a hatred of listening to managers, I think my favourite in the past 20 years is Martin Allen. He cracked me up, but I also felt he explained things well and kept it interesting. Kevin Nolan at times could provide good thoughts, plus a cheeky tone to his responses, but for the most part, I found them to be dull. Harry Kewell and, Neal Ardley tended to put me to sleep. Ardley was better, sometimes reminding our fans that he cared/is human. Yet his talk of football just seemed defensive of his decisions to set up our squad to draw games. We've had some really baffling managers who gave poor interviews, no worse than Jamie Fullarton. I do, from time to time, listen to Ian Burhcnall, who does speak very well and shows a good level of understanding of how things pan out during games. I also like how he admits when he's wrong, whilst carefully criticising certain play - I don't think he names players either when its called for. It's good to have someone whom the fans are getting behind more and more.
    5 points
  19. I've done some new wallpapers, 1-10 of this seasons squads. I do have others backlogged that I never found the time to release, which I will be looking into. I am happy to take on your favourite player, the wallpapers are one of the ways I give back to fans.
    5 points
  20. Notts are currently 5 points behind 1st place Boreham Wood after this past weekend's 1-0 victory over Grimsby Town. The National League season so far has been at times unpredictable and, after the 3 defeats in a row, it did leave some questions to be asked by some supporters. However, confidence and form within the camp seems to be lifting - with some good and, predictably poor performances. I think these types of results are something which will happen, yet Ian Burchnall does need to try to bring consistency to the performances - it should come with time. I ask you, how do you feel right now? Do you feel Notts can crack on with the season now, or do you feel daunted by a tough run of fixtures coming up?
    5 points
  21. super ram and granny pie are two members who add a lighter side to pon, what with their comments about granny getting you with grannys walking sticks. some might not know that she is currently in hospital again. i think its grannys third time in 2021, i hope the doctors and nurses have gotten to the issue because i look forward to seeing grannys comments. i am sending granny all of my love and i hope you are okay @super_ram, please let her know we are all sending our well wishes.
    5 points
  22. I haven't noticed any ill comments towards DKE, myself. It's debatable as to the benefits he brings to the squad, something which I think should always be welcomed. Fans will naturally like certain players, others will simply not. I also, think timing and performances plays a role, if there's a meltdown or worry within the Notts community - I think that will bring this sort of comments out. However, there's no room for abusive or hateful comments. Calling a professional footballer that gives an 100%, just seems lazy and a rash way to call a player. Very childish...
    5 points
  23. Notts County returned to winning ways, after a spell of 3 defeats in a row as the magpies' lost to Altrincham, Woking and Halifax. Head Coach, Ian Burchnall expressed his relief after beating Yeovil Town 2-0 away from home at Huish Park. The win saw Notts move just a single place in the National League, from 10th to 9th, but comes at a time when fixtures are becoming increasingly harder on paper, with Stockport County next up to face the Nottingham club. During his post-match press conference, Head Coach Ian Burchnall said: "Very relieved, yeah, especially after the kind of week, or so that we've just had really disappointing results and the nature of them as well. "So really happy to get a strong away performance, and kind of put that behind us and, hopefully, kick on now. "I think we needed to see a reaction from the last game, we talked about it and that the way we finished the game and that the nature of that game really hurt us." He added, "That showed today, that we came out, and it was a good footballing performance. "Very spirited fighting performance as well, with some very good individual gameplay in there as well. "We've talked about and addressed it and I think we've discussed why that happened, and what we should do if we get in that situation again. "I thought when we were one nil up, I thought we managed the game well at one nil, we didn't stress, we didn't show signs of panic in there. "We stayed very calm and then, even after two nil, you see, we kept the ball in their half, instead of stressing, and I think we just saw the game out in a much more mature way." Notts County forward, Ruben Rodrigues has stepped back into the spotlight initially after the suspension to team-mate Cal Roberts, by becoming the club's current highest goal scorer in the National League with 6 goals. "Four in his last three, he could have had more today. He knows he should have shot before half-time. "Great performance from him, on and off the ball, I thought he defended very well for us, from the front and found the spaces between the lines very well, and was a constant threat, so yeah happy with him in goalscoring form." Next up, Notts will play Tamworth in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup, but return to league action against Stockport County on October 23rd. Check out the latest Pride of Nottingham T-Shirt range, which is available from our online web store!: Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    5 points
  24. It's a tough decision, ever since we ended up here - the majority said its hard but yet some still think we should be running away with the league. I think if you look at any of the serious contenders, there's room for improvement and I think for us it's all about focus. Chesterfield have taken themselves from being a dire National League team, to one fighting for promotion. And, at least we aren't Wrexham. I am happy with the season so far, but if we lost a game - I won't be reading what the majority of others have to say. Mostly because it soon takes its toll when all you want to do is enjoy the season for what it is.
    5 points
  25. Dan is a Stag. We cannot let a Stag win our league. Derby are pitiful so we won't begrudge Super_ram if he wins
    5 points
  26. The results: Bristol City 1-1 Blackpool Luton Town 3-0 Peterborough United Cambridge United 1-1 Oxford United Rotherham United 2-0 Plymouth Argyle Sunderland 2-1 Wigan Athletic Exeter City 0-0 Bradford City Hartlepool United 1-0 Crawley Town Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Walsall There wasn't a single away win among that bunch, and so there were plenty of points in our first round. @Dan is our first leader on 13 points, with @nottsnutter close behind on 12 and no less than three others on double figures! @Dan - 13 @nottsnutter - 12 @ARLukomski, @magpiejue, @Dripsey3 - 11 @DangerousSausage - 9 @gtownjohnno - 8 @GrannyPie - 7 @4everapie - 6 @Feral Fox, @super_ram - 5 @jimbob - 4 @Megan_Elizax, @KB1862 - 2 The next round of matches is on Saturday, but I'll post the fixtures a little bit earlier than usual this time in the hope of getting one or two more on board - so probably on Monday or Tuesday. Thank you all for playing and see you then!
    5 points
  27. Notts County has confirmed the arrival of former Manchester City and Torquay United attacking wide man Arron Nemane on a two-year-deal. The French born 23-year-old winger arrives at Meadow Lane after the magpies successfully agreed compensation with Torquay to acquire his services. He joins former Plainmoor team-mate Kyle Cameron, who also joined Notts after opting to start a fresh challenge. Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "Aaron is one of the quickest players in the league, "He’s very good one-against-one and can play as a winger in a 3-4-3, as a wing back or even as a number 10. He’s a different type of wide player to what we’ve got at the moment. "Aaron is direct in his running and likes to get in behind to stretch the play. He’ll add something different to our attacking patterns and will be particularly useful when we’re up against teams who are defending with a low block as we’ll need players with pace and skill to open them up." He added. "He suffered an injury towards the end of last season and, while he’s put that behind him now, he’s going to focus on some gym work initially before joining up with the boys on the grass and being in contention for any friendlies." Nemane believes he brings creative flair to the Notts squad, with his direct attacking player which sees him use his speed and skill to cause opposition players trouble. "I’m as comfortable playing Maidenhead away as I was playing at Real Madrid in the Youth Champions League, It was a good experience playing against massive teams." Aaron Nemane said. "I’m here now, and I’ve adapted to it, we played Notts three times last season and I like their style. They struck me as a very good side, and it’s a massive club, so it was a no-brainer for me to come here. "I’m not far off, I just need to keep working in the gym and then hopefully I’ll be back to full fitness very soon." He added. "I can’t wait to get on the ball, take players on and create chances. I want to add more goals to my game, along with assists, and that’s what I’m going to try and do this season. I’ll do my best wherever the manager puts me, but I’m comfortable out wide and in more central positions. "We’ll just have to wait and see! I’ve played with Ed quite a few times when he played up the age groups at City, he’s technically gifted and will definitely be a good addition to the team." What are your thoughts on Lewis Knight's role leading into the 2021/2022 National League season? Join the discussion on PON. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    5 points
  28. Notts County has confirmed the signing of 21-year-old, holding midfielder Ed Francis. The magpies latest recruit arrives at Meadow Lane on a two-year-deal, after being released by League Two side Harrogate Town. Francis is a former product of the Manchester City academy having signed his first deal with the Premier League club aged just six-years-old. Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "Ed’s time at City gave him a tremendous education, "He arrives here with great pedigree and experience of playing with some outstanding talent. He progressed through the ranks as a left-sided centre-back but felt, at around 6ft, he probably wasn’t quite tall enough to make it at the top in that role – hence his adaptation into a holding midfielder." He added. "It’s the position Michael Doyle has played his entire career "Doyler’s had a good look at him. He’s keen to work closely with Ed and I think he can add a lot to his game by passing on some of the smaller details. In the role we want Ed to play, you’re the pivot of the whole team." Before further explaining: "You have to understand space, where to position yourself to receive the ball and the defensive areas to cover. "You’re also responsible for dictating the play, so it’s a hugely important position. "We feel Ed ticks all the boxes to do a great job for us. Positionally he’s very, very good, he’s comfortable on the ball and has a lovely left foot – as well as a good physical presence." Check out the latest Pride of Nottingham T-Shirt range, which is available from our online web store!: Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    5 points
  29. Notts County has increased their transfer hunt as the magpies take on two trialists who are expected to feature in Saturday's pre-season friendly against Coalville Town. Both players have been part of the training sessions, with head coach Ian Burchnall confirming that they're midfielders. Summer signing Frank Vincent is currently carrying a knock, which is expected to rule him out of pre-season games for a couple of weeks. Notts are yet to further strengthen their midfield, after Jake Reeves departed for the Football League having joined Stevenage and assistant head coach Michael Doyle taking up more of a coaching role. Speaking to the Nottingham Evening Post, head coach Ian Burchnall said: "We've got two in at the minute, and then we'll probably have a couple more Friday and then in the game to help us out, and also it will be for us to have a look at them. "They're interesting players so the profiles are interesting, but they're ones that maybe we can't get as much information about them as we'd like and then you have to see them first-hand. "They are midfielders, but we will look at maybe attacking options as well." He added. "I mean, you take the stature of somebody like that and I thought he was an outstanding player for Torquay last season. To be able to bring him in given his age and where he is in his development, I think it's fantastic for us. "He's going to be a really good player. Frank Vincent has come in and sadly isn't 100 per cent fit. He needs a few weeks just to recover from a knee injury. "But I've seen enough of him to see that he's a very good football player. And again, young, ready to develop. Then we signed Joel, and he is going to give us something in that wide area." Further adding: "He has pace, that directness, that one v one. So far I am happy with the kind of profile, the age of the players and there's going to be more to come as well." Join in the discussion re: Coalville Town friendly and the trialists expected to make an appearance.: Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    5 points
  30. The off-season is a special time for many football fans. The first week is a novelty, but many of us begin wondering what exactly we do with our Saturdays now the Euros have finished. Such boredom drives inevitable speculation; who's off-contract, who's sought after, who are we linked with. In the era of social media and the internet, there are vast swathes of people demanding that the players who bedazzled in the league last year be signed up instantly, the galacticos of the non-league, if you will. The thirst for these type of signings are encouraged by the endless stream of anonymous, 'in-the-know', accounts, largely on Twitter these days, who mainly throw enough mud that eventually one will stick; cue the many incorrect predictions being quickly tidied up. For those football manager fans, my personal approach was to go heavy on the scouting, sign the best players, regardless of position, knowing they'll be good enough, or decent enough, even if not entirely in the position they like best. Reality is somewhat different. 'Philosophy' or 'club culture' are the latest buzz-words for a rather simple thing - how does the club prefer to play football. It's relatively new for us here at Notts, as our style used to change in synchronisation with our manager - roughly every 6 months (or less). More than most clubs, the Notts pendulum used to swing from one side to the other, without so much as a pause to think about exactly what we are doing and where we are going. Derry: defensive, rigid, direct - to Moniz: attacking, fluid, reckless. Without diving down the rabbit hole of why and how this all happened, the inevitability is that with such drastic and instantaneous changes in style, you will find yourself with players that simply don't suite the new one. It seems that tide has turned, however. A change of manager has brought in a change of tactics and play, but the style is largely similar. There're no players that were well-suited to the previous manager that couldn't have done a similar job with the new one. This brings in a new factor to consider for our transfer policy - do we target players that are the best we can attract, or do we target the best players in the positions and roles that we need? Sonny Carey. Brilliant player. Ripped us apart when we played KL. If you ignore the fact he has gone higher up the leagues, the next question is, where would we play him, or more importantly, who would you drop to play him? If we are sticking with 3-5-2, there are two striking positions and three central midfield positions. Assuming one of those strikers will be Wootton, who plays close to him? Roberts? Rodrigues? If they're both playing, one of them (probably Rodrigues) will be the advanced man in that central 3. You'd be very exposed if 2 of your central 3 were pretty much attacking midfielders, should you incorporate a Carey, or Carey-like player. Another name that came up regularly was Rhys Oates; primarily a winger. We've made 3 signings so far, and they all convey to me the same message - we know the type of player we wanted, and we've got what we think will be a good fit. A summary of what we were missing, prior to these signings: A Michael Doyle. Left-footed, central midfielder who can dictate the game through his passing ability. Capable of the killer ball. A left-sided CB, ideally left-footed, who can step out and play with the ball at his feet. A left wing back who can attack. Chicksen is solid and technically gifted, but not a winger type. We needed a more attacking LWB to replace Miller. The three players we've signed, so far, seem to be role and positionally ideal (at least theoretically). The next question that naturally springs to mind is then what to expect from the further signings? For that, it's best to analyse what we have: Noticeable is the scope for interpretation. Does 3 at the back mean this is how we line-up? Certainly not, but I've gone with more or less how we featured at the end of last season. Secondly is just how attacking or defensive this formation varies hugely with personnel, start JOB instead of Rodrigues, Chicksen at LWB, and we all of a sudden look quite solid. Change that up and have Rodrigues, Roberts and Wootton as a quasi-front 3 with Taylor running from the wings, then we start looking dangerous, albeit a bit open. It can be assumed, I think, that those positions and players can be flexible depending on opposition or scoreline. For the future signings, I'm not expecting any attacking midfielders or wingers. My personal thoughts are: Defensive-minded, or tenacious central midfielder who can still play. Neal Bishop type would be perfect. All-round central midfielder. No special leanings one way or the other. Reeves loosely could be pigeon-holed in this category. A striker to compete and at times partner Wootton. Doesn't necessarily have to be the same type as Wootton. A RWB that attacks. Brindley and DKE are solid at this level, but neither are ones to unlock defences. A backup centre back. While Brindley and Chicksen performed amicably last season, playing a back 3 with only 3 established CB's is a big risk. Head over to the Pride of Nottingham forum to discuss this feature written by Super_Danny_Allsopp, with the community. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? 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    5 points
  31. Some people use football (and other sports) as an excuse for their pathetic behaviour, the mass rubbish, drinking and hooliganism isn't acceptable. The racism directed towards the England players, it's nothing more than mindless thuggery and I hope those involved get the severest punishment. As, I do hope those who broke into Wembley get life-time bans from football. The achievement within the tournament shouldn't be overlooked by this shocking behaviour, however, here we are and it just makes me incredibly angry that these selfish, mindless and anti-social fools - turn something we should be proud about, into something that shames us as a nation. I thought the game was always going to end on a narrow scoreline, neither team looked threatening enough to comfortably win. Italy gave England a good game, yet I don't think they played well enough to win but ultimately that doesn't matter on penalties. They did their jobs, what I will say is I feel incredibly proud of the England players - especially Jordan Pickford. I have no criticism of the game, or penalties. There's a huge amount of pressure on the players shoulders and it's easy to choke under that pressure. The only point I will add, I think we left it late to bring on Jack Grealish. Once Italy scored, England needed someone who could run at them and make the Italians mindful about giving away fouls. I think Saka should've been the player to make way for Grealish, not Mason Mount. The squad and Gareth Southgate leave me feeling incredibly proud, people will moan about it being our best chance of winning - yet I don't think most would've thought we could go all the way to the final. Italy is a good side, despite not being at their best - they do have some incredibly world-class players. They've been consistent and difficult to play against, as their record of being undefeated shows. Again, it's a shame that knee-jerk reactions and self-pity leads to such incredible anger and that nothing excuses the behaviour shown by those people involved in the racism and hooliganism. Nothing gives anyone the right to be vocally narrow-minded, if people in England can't be proud of the players - I DO NOT consider them to be supporters or fans. They're just people masquerading as it in an effort to live out their boring existence. England will be stronger, I have complete faith that they'll do well in the World Cup coming up. The squad will grow, learn and whatever happens I will always be patriotic of my nationality.
    5 points
  32. Jim O'Brien has agreed on a new two year deal.
    5 points
  33. Notts County ace Cal Roberts has discussed his return to football after being sidelined during last season. The North Shields born winger, who progressed through the Newcastle United academy has become a popular figure within the magpies ranks after leaving Blyth Spartans in January 2020. After returning from injury against Hartlepool United as a substitute, Roberts only lasted a few minutes before limping off. However, the midfielder has spent his time out wisely focusing on regaining strength after having an operation. Speaking on the official clubs' website, Head of Medical Services Marco Ferreira said: "That was the main goal and it was the decision after Hartlepool to take Cal off to prepare for the play-offs and the new season. "We started again from 0 building confidence and building strength, and he's back on grass so its one step closer. We will build him to where he can join the lads in pre-season." The 24-year-old vowed to come back stronger, after suffering on and off with injuries during the 2020/2021 National League season. Speaking about his return to training Cal Roberts said: "You never lose it, although you lose fitness. Yeah, it's nice to get back out but yeah like you said, I'm blown but yeah it's nice to get my legs back going again, hopefully be alright for pre-season. "It's obviously nice to have a bit of time back at home but I think with the season I've had I'd rather be in and get fit and it's been a really tough year. "I've learnt a lot about myself and I've learnt a lot about my body. Over the past 8, 9 10 months, whatever it's been sometimes I've probably pushed myself a little bit too hard when i probably should've taken a step back. So this time we'll do things when I'm ready and confident to do the next step." he added. "We've seen the best people possible and had one of the best surgeries around, so I'm confident its worked and through the exercise that i used to get pain on, I'm not getting the pain any more. "Obviously i wouldn't know till i start striking a ball which will probably be in the next couple of weeks." It is unclear if Roberts will feature in any of the pre-season fixtures, as Notts County Head Coach Ian Burchnall might choose to ease him into action within the league campaign. What are your thoughts on Lewis Knight's role leading into the 2021/2022 National League season? Join the discussion on PON. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    5 points
  34. Thank you @DangerousSausage organising this again this year, It's been a wonderful.
    5 points
  35. The scores: Blackburn Rovers 5-2 Birmingham City Derby County 3-3 Sheffield Wednesday QPR 3-1 Luton Town Carlisle United 0-0 Walsall Port Vale 0-3 Mansfield Town Salford City 3-0 Leyton Orient Halifax Town 0-1 Boreham Wood Wrexham 3-0 Yeovil Town Final day scores can be tricky to predict as some teams are on their holidays already, so there weren't many points this time. But our top scorers were @nottsnutter and @william1984 with 7 - congrats! @william1984, @nottsnutter - 7 @Dripsey3, @jimbob - 6 @ARLukomski, @super_ram, @Dan - 5 @DangerousSausage, @GrannyPie, @4everapie, @barnet11uk, @magpiejue - 4 @Megan_Elizax - 3 So who took the prize? Massive congratulations to @ARLukomski, who scooped his third successive title, just two points ahead of @Dripsey3! This one went down to the wire. As it happens, the Salford match kicked off late and it all hinged on that result. Had Salford won 2-1, we would have had joint champions, and with the score at 2-0 it looked in the balance. But as soon as Orient got one back, the die was cast. @Megan_Elizax takes third place in her debut season after topping the table for a long stretch, and I pipped @super_ram for the "Champions League" spot (just humour me). AR Lukomski - 233 Dripsey3 - 231 Megan_Elizax - 226 DangerousSausage - 211 super_ram - 209 william1984 - 193 nottsnutter - 193 Dan - 187 GrannyPie - 186 4everapie - 177 barnet11uk - 162 magpiejue - 150 jimbob - 142 liampie - 130 CliftonMagpie - 89 KB1862 - 84 Chris - 76 allardyces tash - 75 TheSkipper - 44 Alex - 42 Canadian - 26 weymouthPIE - 22 So that's it for another season. Thank you all for playing, it's been an absolute pleasure! It's been a strange season and a strange time, and adding up your points (and attempting to beat you all) has been very therapeutic for me. I hope we can look forward to some normality next season and finally see the inside of a football ground again on a regular basis. And the prediction league will be back too, when next season starts in August!
    5 points
  36. We've carried on the performances from Ardley's last games during his tenure. This isn't to do with Burchnall, it's to do with the players. That performance today was exactly like the ones we've been putting in, over the last month and a bit. The attitude and mentality of the players today was appalling. 3 times we went ahead and 3 times we thought the job was done. We absolutely deserve to be laughed at by everyone for that. It's disgusting, embarrassing and pathetic. We started decent as well, pinging the ball around with pace but the second half performance was dreadful. Didn't look bothered and we went back to how we've been playing recently. There is a serious need for some midfielders who run and create. I can't tell you how annoying and frustrating it is watching our centre midfielders just wander about. Reeves was horrendous and at times just had the ball at his feet and didn't have a clue what he was doing. Slocombe needs to be spoken to as well. That kick for the first goal was woeful and it lead to them equalising at 1-1. Also somehow managed to score an own-goal in the penalty shootout when it hit his legs. Unimpressed with Jake Kean's actions and I'm glad the bench told him to shut up. Jordan Barnett needs to learn how to control a ball since every time he had a first touch, it went to the moon. Thought Miller did ok and got into some good areas but his influenced stopped in the second half. Whilst I am no manager and never will be and I'm not going to pretend to know best as to what we need to do, I've got a "what players would I release in the summer list" going on at the moment and after today, three players were added to it. Players need to take a long hard look at themselves and I hope Ian and Mo realise what needs to be done.
    5 points
  37. i just wanted to wish @GrannyPie a speedy recovery, we all miss your presence on pon and facebook. get back to whacking people with those walking sticks of yours.
    5 points
  38. I just wanted to pop on to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. I thought I would do a yearly round up. I thought it would be a good place for everyone to share their thoughts and the experiences this year. This year has been a very tough year for me, as it has been for everyone. If you don't follow me on twitter, unfortunately, this year I got diagnosed with some mental health illnesses. I first noticed this in the first lockdown, but didn't do anything about it until October. Everything that made me happy got taken away from me one by one, also before lockdown, I was in a job that was making me miserable. This year, should have been filled of loads of away days, theatre trips, a trip to Italy and I would have been able to drive. But, there has been highlights of this year, I found a new job (even though I've only worked there 4 months overall), I got 2 qualifications in mental health, I still got a holiday even if it was to Skegness (I do love it there), I built up my baking skills and gained new skills. My relationship with @ARLukomski survived and got stronger. I will be forever grateful that my family and friends are coming out of this year healthy. I just want to give my condolences to anyone who has lost family members, friends or anyone that they know this year. How has your year been?
    5 points
  39. To all who read this, Merry Christmas and, a happy new year to you! 2020 has been a defining year filled with obstacles and, unknowns - with COVID-19 largely effecting life as we know it. I think reaching this point of the year means we are entitled to appreciate the little things a little more than what we normally would. It's not been an easy one for anyone, I have seen a lot of fans struggling with isolation and, depression. We can take these things for granted at times, especially as supporters of a football club but it makes you grounded. You realize there's more to life and, the scores, matches etc - they just provide a distraction at the end of the day. I hope that everyone manages to have some form of normality on Christmas and, as we approach the New Year. A win for Notts County [or your respective team if you're a resident opposition fan - provided you don't support King's Lynn ] would be an added bonus. Yet until Boxing Day, please do enjoy yourself! May you all have a fantastic Christmas and, a happy new year! You Pies!! Chris
    5 points
  40. The results: Huddersfield Town 1-0 Millwall Swansea City 3-0 Peterborough United Cambridge United 1-0 AFC Wimbledon Portsmouth 1-0 Bolton Wanderers Barrow 1-2 Rochdale Leyton Orient 5-0 Hartlepool United Bromley 0-0 Halifax Town Eastleigh 1-0 Maidenhead United --- For the first time this season, @ARLukomski has this week's highest score with 8 points! @ARLukomski - 8 @super_ram - 7 @Dripsey3, @gtownjohnno, @magpiejue, @KB1862 - 6 @Dan, @nottsnutter, @4everapie, @DangerousSausage, @barnet11uk, @Chris - 4 @GrannyPie - 3 @jimbob - 2 @Megan_Elizax - 1 --- And on that bombshell, @Dripsey3 has once again overtaken @Dan to take top spot, while @gtownjohnno still lurks ominously in third. Dripsey3 - 109 Dan - 108 gtownjohnno - 97 nottsnutter - 88 super_ram - 85 4everapie - 83 magpiejue - 80 jimbob - 79 DangerousSausage - 75 ARLukomski - 67 barnet11uk - 64 Megan_Elizax - 64 Chris - 58 GrannyPie - 56 KB1862 - 52 liampie - 30 Feral Fox - 29 Joshua - 25 allardyces tash - 19 TheSkipper - 16 Alex - 7 CliftonMagpie - 6 Canadian - 4 --- Because of this new fangled "FA Cup" that we have decided to participate in this season, the prediction league will be taking a week's break. The next fixtures will be on Saturday 13 November, so expect to see the next round posted here the Wednesday before that. In the meantime, I will float around the board offering nuggets of wisdom on important matters, such as: which 80s players had the best moustaches? And did Clive Platt really have a 19-year career in the Football League, or was it all just a fever dream? Take care!
    4 points
  41. I don't think Super has yet noticed this, I can see he hasn't been on but we're looking forward to seeing GP return.
    4 points
  42. It's been a mixed transfer window so far. I expected Wrexham to sign some really standout players and splash the cash and Torquay to replace what they've lost, but neither has really happened. Wrexham Liam McAlinden - bit of a journeyman and never really prolific anywhere, but played L2 last season. Harry Lennon - a (very) injury prone CB relegated with Southend. Shaun Brisley - Yep, that one. Jake Hyde - Paid a fee for a 31yo striker who has good goal to game ratio in the NL. Torquay have signed some players that are very inexperienced. If you compare them to our 'inexperienced' signings, ours have played at least a season either at L2 (Francis) or NL level(Vincent) ; whereas the players they've signed really are coming off the back of a handful of appearances in the league. They could be fantastic signings for all I know, but it looks very risky. I don't know how many more they plan on signing, but I'm not predicting Torquay to finish as high with their current squad. Torquay fans seem to think that their best players remain at the club, but I don't see it that way. Wright for me wasn't very impressive, despite scoring against us twice in the semi-final. Barnet don't seem to have done badly; although it does appear a little bit scatter-gun. They have Kewell in charge, so it will be interesting to see the type of football they play and we play them first up. Josh Doherty - LB from Crawley. Played over 80 games in L2 and only 25. Jamie Turley - CB that we had on loan. Good player, heart on his sleeve, head it, kick it type. Lot of NL and L2 experience. Mason Bloomfield - 24 yo CF with experience in L2 and NL (not very prolific though). Josh Payne - 30 yo CM, again from Crawley. Mostly NL experience. Adam Marriott - 30 yo striker that scored a lot in NLN for King's Lynn. Mitch Brundle - 26 yo CM from Daggers, lots of NL experience. Couple of youths released from the EFL with little/no experience. Bit of a mixed bag there for Barnet - but some good and solid signings. I expect they'll be a very decent side this year, much improved on last years dismal performance for sure. Stockport signed well with Quigley, Walker and Whitfield all added. They'll add more, too. Chesterfield looked to have a few good signings. Calvin Miller - will be interesting to see his position. They complained Taylor wasn't any good defensively, so if they play Miller there, they're due a nasty shock. Jeff King - 25yo RB from Halifax Scott Loach - Decent enough keeper at this level, though his command of the area will always be under question. Stefan Payne - 31yo striker signed from Grimsby. Lots of experience in L1/L2 and NL, with his most prolific periods being in the NL. Jack Clarke - 22 yo signed from Villa, they had him on loan last season and he's a good player. CM The only issue with Chesterfield is that manager. He's done very well since going in there, but he looks a proper nasty character. There are rumours of fallings out behind the scenes already and he strikes me as somebody that throws a tantrum when things don't go his way (like in the playoffs against us). Could well self-destruct due to a volatile manager.
    4 points
  43. I’m not too worried.... yet! Other than Chesterfield and Barnet who are signing a good few (I think Harry Kewell is just going through a list of his previous players) no-one else has been massively active. Stockport just signed their first player and I don’t think Wrexham have signed anyone yet. I’d rather wait and end up getting quality than panic sign players cos we think the numbers are looking a bit short. It’s weird last time we did the majority of our recruitment early (and spent a wedge) we ended up getting relegated. And then the season after we did all our transfer business last minute and we got to a play-off final!
    4 points
  44. Notts County youngster Tyreace Palmer has signed his first professional contract with the club after signing for the academy 11-years-ago. The 18-year-old striker has featured as part of the Notts youth team that went on to win the EFL Youth Alliance league in 2020/2021 and made his professional debut last season against Havant & Waterlooville in the FA Trophy. Head Coach Ian Burchnall, believes that Palmer should be a part of his side after scooping the Youth Team Player of the Year, having put in good performances and a strong goalscoring record. Via the official website he said: "Tyreace has been at the football club for a long time now. "We’re pleased to give him the platform to express himself. while he’s also got a lot of development to come, I think he’s got potential as a goal scorer and being around our squad on a daily basis is only going to help him." The magpies offered Palmer a professional deal back on the 14th of May 2021, and yesterday the club announced that the young prospect had signed. Speaking on his new deal, Tyreace Palmer said: "I'm over the moon, its something I've been dreaming for since I've been at the club over 10 years, so I'm really pleased to get it over the line. "I've been here since I was 6 or 7 years old, i signed that young and ever since I have just progressed through the age groups and I've just managed to get my contract every year." he added. "I've been top goal scorer most years, for the under 18's two years in a row. I enjoy it, I love scoring, not a better feeling than scoring. The first week I came in, I was finding it a bit tough to get into the tempo and the physicality but from that I've really got to grips with it and I've really been impressed with how I've been progressed with training. "Before my injury I was doing really well but I will have to come back stronger in the next season. I've got a micro fracture in my knee, I've been on crutches for 4 weeks. I've got rehab to do when I come back on the 12th and hopefully I won't be too long till I'm back playing. "I'm hoping to go out on loan and get some men's football, get experience and hopefully do well out there, come back and be fighting for the bench or starting 11 if I can." Discuss the Notts County retained list over in the Pride of Nottingham forum - share your thoughts on the renewals and departures. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    4 points
  45. I should be getting mine and my lad's tickets this week hopefully. Can't wait to get back to be honest. I did not get to as many games as I would have liked the first curtailed season in the league and really struggled with it last season. A return to normality and hopefully a promotion season is all I'm asking for.
    4 points
  46. We conceded 6 goals in 2 games. No way you win promotion conceding that amount of goals. Torquay are a decent side. They deserved their win, even if that penalty was dodgy to say the least. Notts kept going to the bitter end. Can't fault their effort.
    4 points
  47. Slocombe 7 – Good to have him back, love that he comes out and deals with balls into the box to relieve the pressure. Kelly-Evans 4.5 – Not his finest hour, Olaofe rattled him. Daft to lunge in on a yellow. Rawlinson 6 – I don’t know what it is about him and back 3 but the minute we go back to 2 CBs he looks like prime Cannavaro again. Ellis 7 – Won a good load of headers at the back, vital in winning us that pen. Chicksen 6.5 – Now here’s someone who does look decent in a back 3, just really steady but solid performance from him. Miller 6 – Couldn’t lack his effort first half, tried to get at their defence and did cause them a few problems. Doyle 5.5 – A bit invisible in that first half, you really do have to pass it to his feet any 50/50 ball and he’s usually second there. His lack of pace was an issue with the mobile Sutton lot. Reeves 5.5 – Lots of effort and energy but little quality. Far too many sloppy balls and that pass didn’t exactly help D-KE out. Rodrigues 9 – We wouldn’t have got the 3 goals without him, so classy on the ball always looks for a killer pass too. Knowles 5 – Not much service, decent chance but he got his header all wrong. Wootton 7 – Second half was so much better than the first. Really caused their defenders issues, won numerous balls in the air and hold play was really quite good. Might want to give the Sutton GK a thank you note for the goal though! Subs Sam 6 – Glimpses of quality there, I think he’s capable of much more though. Brindley 6.5 – Slotted in as expected, dealt with their threats from the left-hand side. Oh and... National League/BT -1 – For allowing a game that isn’t on bank holiday to kick off at 5pm.
    4 points
  48. It's hard to say. If we are honest with ourselves, our club has been in decline for years, if not decades, as alluded to by Chris above. Even temporary up-turns haven't been as a result of a well run club, more splashing cash (Munto and in parts, Ray Trew and even Alan Hardy). It's only ever been temporary though, and the overall trend is downwards. When you're coming off the back of such a lengthy period of decline and neglect, in what position are we to judge 'special'? Is special for us no mental breakdowns on twitter, not trying to sell the club after the funds are dry, no talk of administration, no relegation? My point is: how do you know if the car you're driving is the equivalent to a Vauxhall Astra or a Ferrari, when you've only ever driven a Fiat Panda? My thoughts have always been that if you are solid and progressive off the pitch, then eventually the performance on the pitch will follow suit. The eventually is the key point though, football fans, and especially Notts fans I would say, are not so patient. The improvements recently, including from AH investing in the infrastructure, changing rooms, family stand, the pitch, the state of the ground in general, gyms, artificial pitch, has been a massive improvement from recent times where we 'made do' with what he had. Our ground was decaying and out pitch was a mud bath, but all that has been rectified. Combine this with the improvements the Reedtz brothers have made; professionalism, scouting network, data analytics, plus further investment (with aid of lifeline etc...) for things like the scoreboard. You can even point to things like our streaming coverage, which is excellent. The most impressive thing about the owners is that there seems to be a plan, for the short-term, mid-term and probably long-term. This direction gives meaning, it also give me hope. Hope that if not this season, then maybe next season, we will be back in the FL.
    4 points

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