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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.
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  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.
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  3. 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.
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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.
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  6. 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.
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  7. 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.
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  8. 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.
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  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
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  13. 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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  14. 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.
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  15. Notts County have confirmed the loan extension of Sunderland goalkeeper, Anthony Patterson. The 21-year-old originally signed for the magpies as a short - term cover for regular number one Sam Slocombe, who picked up an injury during training back in September. We have extended Anthony Patterson's loan deal until 9 January. Via the clubs official site, head coach Ian Burchnall said: "We'd like to say a big thank you to Sunderland for agreeing to let Anthony stay with us, "He gives us very strong competition and both he and Sam will benefit from being pushed hard by each other every day. "Our involvement in the cup competitions, which Anthony will be eligible for, makes the autumn/winter period a busy one for us, so this move ensures we have excellent cover to see us through." It is believed that Anthony Patterson, still forms part of Ian Burchnall's plans within the National League - despite Sam Slocombe expecting to make his full return soon. 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.
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  16. Notts County have completed the signing of 21-year-old centre-back Ciaran Brennan from Sheffield Wednesday until the 27th of November 2021. The Sheffield-Born player arrives at Meadow Lane as cover for Connell Rawlinson and Kyle Cameron, who are suspected to be out for two-to-three weeks after picking up injuries. Reports had been circulating that the Magpies' were interested in taking on the young defender, who is eligible to play for Republic of Ireland. "As soon as Kyle came off against Maidenhead, we knew we were going to have to dip into the loan market to add cover at the back." Said Notts County's head coach, Ian Burchnall. "We have shortlists prepared for situations like this to ensure we’re able to act quickly" "To bring in someone of sufficient quality who suits our style, Ciaran was one of the four-or-five players we looked at closely, and he came out on top. "He’s very well thought of at Wednesday and will fit in well in terms of how we want to play." Brennan who has described the loan move as 'perfect', will add defensive cover to Ian Burchnall's team. Via the official Notts County website, Ciaran Brennan said: "My brother and I were watching Notts against Wrexham on BT Sport a few weeks ago, Notts were in green, and I remember saying to him: ‘That’s the nicest kit ever – how good would it be to sign for them and wear that?! "So we both saw it as the perfect move. Now it’s happened, I can’t quite believe it!" the 21-year-old added. "I’ve been lucky enough to play at Meadow Lane before for Wednesday’s Under 23s against Forest a couple of years ago. "When we walked into the stadium, we couldn’t believe it was non-league. It’s so big, really well looked after, and the pitch is pristine. "I said to the lads there and then that it would be brilliant to get a loan move here, so I’m buzzing. "I’ve spoken to the gaffer about the style of play and had conversations with other people who know about the club, and it sounds like it’s going to suit me perfectly. "Having a possession-based approach and playing out from the back is how I’ve been schooled at Wednesday, so I feel I can slot straight in. "Getting out on loan to further my experience is something I’ve really pushed for, so now it’s up to me to grasp the opportunity and make the most of it. "I’ve not got long before the weekend – two sessions – but I train aggressively, and I’ll be trying to get straight in the gaffer’s thoughts for Altrincham." 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.
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  17. Notts County's head coach Ian Burchnall has opened up on his thoughts on the teams return to training this past week. The club is preparing to get the players match fit again, as they begin their pre-season this weekend against Coalville Town. Telford United, Boston United, Derby County, York City and Tamworth are all lined-up, with a potential game against National League rivals Solihull Moors. Meanwhile, the squad has settled into the training and new signings Kyle Cameron and Joel Taylor earned praise for their work outside of the season - with Burchnall declaring 'both have obviously done a lot of work in the off-season and brought a new energy into the group'. Magpies' Head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "You know, as much as you finish the season, "I think you need a break or Monday away - a couple of days, and I'm like missing being here and training with the lads. So it's great to be back with the nice weather and the players are working extremely hard. "So it's great fun to be back." he added. "We want to get the kind of the ground level of fitness that's going to sustain us throughout the season. And that's really important to kind of bed that down so that the volume and the running is a lot. But in my eyes, you can do that everything with a ball, you can bring the ball in and still gain what we want physically from it and still get elements of the technical bits in as well. "So for me, the players are working really, really hard, but we get the ball out. And I think that also motivates you to work that little bit harder as well. So yeah, the first few days have been great." Before explaining further: "I mean, just for them to be able to train a few days without kind of the pressure of everything being out there in the public domain. "Certainly we will have a few extra players and some try lists and bodies that we want to look at, in a bit more detail at the game at the weekend." He added. "Probably through into next week as well. Carl Roberts looks strong today. He did three, four sessions from him, you look great today. "We'll see how it goes on Friday. And whether or not we use him in the game this weekend. Not necessarily that important. But most important is to get a good week out, get some feedback from his body and see where he's at. But really positive today." Head over to the Pride of Nottingham forum to discuss the pre-season friendlies ahead of the 2021/2022 National League Season. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  18. Notts County head coach Ian Burchnall has spoken about adding at least four more signings to his side before the start of the 2021/22 National League season. The magpies boss hasn't ruled out paying further transfer fees, after Notts completed the purchase of wing-back Joel Taylor from close rivals Chesterfield yesterday. Having signed their third summer recruit, with defender Kyle Cameron first arriving and then Frank Vincent - both of which arrived as free agents. Burchnall insists that more signings are on the way, as the club once again challenges for promotion back to the Football League. Speaking to the Nottingham Evening Post, Ian Burchnall said "We need some options in the middle. "We know we need midfielders in and more options upfront as well. You can jump on the first thing that comes up or do we take our time and be measured and understand that it's a strange window at the moment." he added "There's a lot of players and a lot of clubs in different situations so things have taken a bit longer than probably we thought it would. "In an ideal world you have everybody in on day one of pre-season, but it looks like it will probably take another week or so before I feel like we're more or less done." Further adding: "I think it really depends on the player, the circumstance and the overall package. "We have to take all of those pieces into consideration. So no, it's not necessarily only free transfers. We take the full package really and assess from there." Notts County prepares for the start of their pre-season, with a trip to local side Coalville Town this Saturday. 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.
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  19. 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.
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  20. Notts County has confirmed their first summer signing as former Torquay United centre-back Kyle Cameron. The 24-year-old Northumberland born defender, gained first-team experience with a string on loans at York City, Newport County and Queens of the South amongst others and had become a key figure in the Torquay's defence. Having featured heavily in their bid to finish within the National league play-offs, he arrives at Meadow Lane on a two-year-deal. Speaking to on the official clubs' website, he said: "Good, happy to get it all sorted and over with nice and quickly. "So I can focus and get myself ready to start the season. I liked playing there as a boy and I came out a man, I learnt a lot there at Torquay from the lads and the management team and obviously its managed to get me this move so it's been good." He added. "I had a few options in the Football League but for what I'm wanting as a player, I'm wanting to develop and get better individually. The facilities and the management team really stood out a lot at Notts and it worked for me best here." Meanwhile, magpies head coach Ian Burchnall described the signing as a 'real coup' for the club and was delighted that he had secured the club’s first summer signing. "I strongly believe Kyle can go levels up from here and feel this is a big coup for the club," said the head coach. "He actually played on the left wing against us in the play-offs, and we were impressed with his ability on the ball. We think he’ll be really comfortable stepping out of defence and, combined with his excellent aerial and defensive capabilities, we’ve got ourselves a top centre-back who suits us perfectly. "He’s left-footed, too, which adds more balance to our back line, and he’s got fantastic leadership qualities as demonstrated by him filling in as captain at Torquay on numerous occasions." Head over to the Pride of Nottingham forum to discuss Notts County's first summer recruit Kyle Cameron. 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
  21. The Pride of Nottingham is delighted to showcase some of the best Notts County t-shirts and posters! To which we pay homage to some of the greatest legends, heroes and icons of the Magpies, from seasons past to present - we have every Notts County fan covered this Christmas. If you seek something a little special for your loved one, why not take a peek at what we offer within our online store? Our prints come in two sizes, A3 and A4 - we also offer FREE 2nd class delivery on all the prints. This is an ideal gift for anyone with space on their wall. However, we do sell a series of popular t-shirts. Among some general concept art, plus our friends Scene Originals have a lot of fans covered with their artistic wheelbarrow designs. We have even started selling caps for any fan wanting to show Nottingham, that Notts County are the Pride of Nottingham. https://prideofnottingham.co.uk/store/ All of the Pride of Nottingham merch has FREE 2nd class delivery as standard, with additional delivery options. Be a part of the Pride of Nottingham community and share your views within our friendly community!
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  22. After Halifax's victory over Notts County, Ian Burchnall had this to say "We got caught up in a lot of the nonsense." The players on both sides became involved in shoving at the full-time whistle, which saw Shaymen come from two goals to win 3-2 with 10 men. Despite having fewer players on the field, Halifax made an impressive come-back. After a fiery encounter that led to Tom Bradbury being sent off for appearing to raise his hands at Ruben Rodrigues, order was eventually restored in the second half, as the teams made their way back down the tunnel. "I didn't see red," Ian Burchnall said in his post-match comments. "Things were said to me on the touchline that I wasn't happy with. I was polite to everybody, but then I don't think I deserved that. "I said to them at the end that I didn't feel that was the case, things were said in the heat of the moment. "There were a bit of handbags at the end, but it was no big deal." Burchnall's misery worsened when he watched an offside goal ruled out, to make the score remain 2-2, with Ciaran Brennan’s header getting cancelled out as the referee noticed an infringement in the penalty box. "I've seen it again," he said. "The referee said there was a foul on the goalkeeper, but I can't see it, the angle I've seen it from isn't great, so I'll have to see it again. "But the problem is that, after the red card, it is sometimes easy to just give something if there is just half a foul in there. "I said after the Woking game how physical they were attacking the ball. We did that, but it's a foul on us. "I was disappointed because I felt we had a winner there. Still, after that, we've got to ensure we don't lose the game." 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.
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  23. Notts County has completed the signing of wing-back Joel Taylor. The 25-year-old arrives at Meadow Lane after leaving rivals Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee, Taylor joins the magpies on a 2-year-deal. He came through the Stoke City academy, before joining Kidderminster Harriers where he made 50 appearances for the club before departing permanently to Chester. The Spireites paid £25,000 to Chester for his services last December. Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "We needed a wing back who could offer a threat one-against-one. "Joel’s pace in the wide areas and his ability to attack in those moments is really important. "He’s been playing wing back at Chesterfield and, based on the games we’ve seen, he was most effective when they were attacking." he added. "With us being a team that wants to do that, we feel he’ll suit us well. Joel we have to look at the whole package, including his age and potential. "He’s got the capacity to develop his game further, and we feel we can help him do that in this environment." Via Twitter, Joel Taylor addressed the fans by writing "Delighted to get this done! Can't wait to get started." Join the Pride of Nottingham forum and share your thoughts on DKE's brand new 1-year-deal at Meadow Lane. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  24. After a long season, and crashing out of the play-offs in dramatic style, the magpies now look to rebuild for the upcoming 2021/22 Season. It was made official by Notts County earlier this week that they would keep popular midfielder Michael Doyle. However, he would now be the head coach to assist Ian Burchnall for the important season ahead. The Irishman, who is also registered as a player, landed the role at the back end of last season after the dismissal of Maurice Ross. He finds himself in a positive place to take Notts County forward alongside Burchnall. The Magpies then confirmed a new two-year deal for shot-stopper Sam Slocombe. This is really good news for Notts as their number 1 had offers coming from higher up the footballing pyramid, with strong sources linking him to former assistant manager Neil Cox's strong Scunthorpe side. The shot-stopper faced 120 shots last year in the National League, saving 85 of them and with a kicking accuracy of 90 percent. You can tell he will be a massive backbone for the Magpies as they push for promotion back into the Football League. Sam Slocombe is well known for his honesty towards Notts County. In his interview, after the news was broken towards the chuffed Notts fans, he said “When I came to Notts County, the project was to get us back to the Football League. "This hasn’t happened yet so I’m grateful to the fans and to the owner, alongside the management team, for letting me carry on this project.” These comments were music to the Notts fans' ears as many thought he had played his final game in a black and white shirt. And then came another huge boost as fan favourite and hugely important Connell Rawlinson also put pen to paper on a new two-year deal for the Magpies. A real warrior who puts his head in front of anything that comes his way, Rawlinson extended his stay at Meadow Lane as he wants to take the mighty Magpies back to League Two. “To play for Notts County, for what will hopefully be four years of my career, will be an honour for me," he said. Rawlinson, who is well known for wearing his heart on his sleeve, plays on the right in a three at the back under Ian Burchnall. The Notts boss has revealed that Rawlinson will more than likely play in the centre of a back three and be part of the spine of the team. It is with huge significance that Notts got his signature as he is the sort of player that is needed in the National League. The fact that the Magpies have kept hold of such a top player has reignited hope in the Notts fans. Indeed, over a thousand season tickets have been sold within the first 24 hours of being on sale. Head over to the Pride of Nottingham forum to discuss the pre-season friendlies ahead of the 2021/2022 National League Season. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  25. Jake Reeves has agreed a deal to join League Two Stevenage. The 28-year-old midfielder, has featured heavily for Notts County in National League and has made more than 200 English Football League appearances He made 43 appearances last season as the Magpies reached the National League play-offs, however, Reeves has activated a clause in his contract which sees him link up Alex Revell. Jake Reeves said via the Stevenage official site: "Having just played a year in the National League, it is nice to be back in the Football League with Stevenage. "I am looking forward to playing at The Lamex as a home player, because playing here away from home was always a tough gig. I know this ground quite well I have met with the gaffer a couple of times now, and ever since talking to him and learning how he wants to play and what he wants to achieve, it was a no-brainer for me". This leaves Notts County requiring to further strengthen up their midfield, after Michael Doyle has taken the assistant head coach role on a permanent basis and is expected to only feature sporadically for the magpies next season. Notts County Head coach told the Nottingham Post: "While we are of course very disappointed to be losing Jake, no one deserves this opportunity more than him. "He had a very difficult time at Bradford after joining them when they were flying high in League One and has given his absolute all for Notts County over the course of this season. We always suspected Jake would have ambitions of returning to the EFL as soon as possible, and we have been planning for this eventuality for some time. adding "While he will of course be difficult to replace, we have been assessing several players who we feel could step into his shoes and have identified a number of exciting prospects. These things take time, but we’re confident we’ll go into next season with a balanced and strong midfield." Head over to the Pride of Nottingham forum to discuss the pre-season friendlies ahead of the 2021/2022 National League Season. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  26. It's better late than never they say, but in truth this has been long due after the Pride of Nottingham community voted on our annual awards for this past season. On the 7th June, voting opened up on the PON forum and across social media - including our popular Facebook group. Hundreds of fans took part, casting their vote for the players who deserved recognition after another season in the National League, where the magpies' had secured a playoff place. Pride of Nottingham's Member of the Year: @DangerousSausage claimed the 2020/2021 Member of the Year award, after slightly pipping @Piethagoram to the honours. Writing in the PON forum, he wrote "Thank you! I aim to educate and entertain. I'm touched. Here you go, have an award back." It's been a roller-coaster season, one of which the Pride of Nottingham has taken leaps and bounds after such a demanding campaign. We thank every member for playing their part, providing insights and thoughts into Notts County and we hope for another successful year for 2021/2022. Next up! Game of the Season: Chesterfield vs. Notts County clinched the Game of the Season, as the most popular choice by far - the goal-thriller and late dramatic win will be remembered for many seasons to come! Here're the highlights of the game. Signing of the Season: Mark Ellis stormed past Ruben Rodrigues who was a popular option in the category, however, Ellis stole the show after his impressive loan spell at Meadow Lane. Next up! Goal of the Season: Elisha Sam's outstanding back-heel finish took the Pride of Nottingham's Goal of the Season. Such a cheeky, special effort would always be difficult to beat. And finally, the Pride of Nottingham's Player of the Season: Who else, other than the feely scoring centre-back? Mark Ellis truly stole the show beating a vast popular options such as Kyle Wootton who played a crucial role propelling Notts to several wins - just like Ellis did upon his arrival. Once again, thank you to everyone who took part in the Pride of Nottingham awards. Share your thoughts of this topic within the Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  27. Sunderland goalkeeper, Anthony Patterson has completed a short-term loan deal at Notts County. The 21-year-old arrives at Meadow Lane after regular number one shot stopper, Sam Slocombe, picked up an injury during training which will see him out of action for a few weeks. Patterson arrives following centre-back Ciaran Brennan also joining the magpies on loan - it sees the highly regarded young goalkeeper have a chance to gain further experience with head coach Ian Burchnall describing it as 'another strong addition'. "As disappointed as we are to have lost Sam." explained Ian Burchnall., "We’re delighted to have been able to add another quality loan player in Anthony, I know people at Sunderland, and they rate him really highly, as evidenced by his involvement in their first-team environment, not only this season but over the past few years. The head coach added: "He trained with the boys today, and we’ll do everything we can to fully prepare him for Altrincham. "Contact injuries like Sam’s and Connell Rawlinson’s are inevitable over the course of a long season, but to lose them both at the same time as Kyle Cameron is very unfortunate. "These are the challenge's football poses, though, and the important thing is to be prepared to deal with them, which I feel we have been." Speaking to The Northern Echo, Sunderland manager Lee Johnson said: "Anthony’s joined Notts County with a view to being involved in their game on Saturday, he’s joined on a loan, and moving to the Conference, there’s the potential for it to be a short-term loan." "Their guy has got injured, and it works well for us." He added. "It’s the level we wanted to put him at, and Notts County are obviously a big, historic club with a good stadium and fanbase. "He’s a very good goalkeeper, so it’s a gift in one sense, because he will do very well for them." 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.
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  28. Notts County have had an excellent start to the season with an unbeaten start from the opening seven matches, with four wins and three draws. From a perfect performance against Barnet, where the Magpies came out on top by putting five past the bees who didn’t manage to find the back of the net. Semi-new Magpie boss Ian Burchnall has become a massive fan favourite by taking ‘County’ to the semi-finals of the national League play-offs last season and leading Notts County to a near - perfect start so far! The flying high Magpies didn’t have it entirely their way in the first home match of the season after falling behind early in the game due to miscommunication between Sam Slocombe and Connell Rawlinson. Later on, in the match, the big man’ Kyle Wootton scored a brilliant diving header to find the back of the net. With the match ending one a piece, the Magpie fans felt they should have taken all three points. 5 in 7 In nearly all matches for Notts County this season, the six - foot one forward has found the back of the net. Kyle Wootton originally joined Notts County on loan from Scunthorpe United back in 2019 before making It a permanent move in 2020 for a small fee of £60,000. Every season playing in the famous black and white jersey, Kyle Wootton has finished as the top goal scorer for the club. What does the future hold for Notts County? With the Notts County owners Christoffer and Alexander Reedtz being so honest, smart and incredibly responsible, the future does look good for the famous Notts County. Since the arrival of the new owners, the club has been well run and has had a massive turn around since the last owner, Alan Hardy, who put the Nottingham side up for sale after posting a picture of his genitalia on Twitter. The Reedtz brothers have set a 5-year plan out and the Magpies have one goal this year, promotion. 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.
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  29. Notts County has announced their squad numbers for the 2021/2022 National League season. The Magpies' have made six summer signings, with Kyle Cameron, Frank Vincent, Joel Taylor, Ed Francis, Aaron Nemane and Matt Palmer all joining the ranks. Head Coach, Ian Burchnall has been busy assessing the squad ahead of the new league campaign and has decided upon his squads numbers today. 2021-22 Squad Numbers: Goalkeepers: Sam Slocombe - 1 Tiernan Brooks - 12 Jake Kean - 13 Defenders: Richard Brindley - 2 Kyle Cameron - 4 Connell Rawlinson - 5 Adam Chicksen - 23 Alex Lacey - 24 Wing Backs: Joel Taylor - 3 Dion Kelly-Evans - 16 Midfielders: Jim O'Brien - 6 Ed Francis - 14 Matt Palmer - 18 Frank Vincent - 17 Michael Doyle - 8 Forwards: Cal Roberts - 10 Ruben Rodrigues - 20 Aaron Nemane - 11 Kyle Wootton - 9 Lewis Knight - 15 Elisha Sam - 19 Tyreace Palmer - 21 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.
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  30. Notts County defender Dion Kelly-Evans has agreed new terms with the magpies. The popular 24-year-old is the last of the remaining players offered a new deal on the back of last seasons campaign. Speculation had grown over his future, however, Notts has today confirmed that Kelly-Evans has agreed a new one-year-deal at Meadow Lane. Via the clubs official site, Ian Burchnall said: "Everyone knows what Dion’s about, he has no off switch – be it in training or in games, he brings the same level of intensity. "Not only that, but he’s a great lad who is keen to better himself and, with there being so much more time on the training ground this season" said the head coach. "I’m sure we can continue to bring him on leaps and bounds. For Dion and all the other boys to have accepted our offers speaks volumes about the positive environment we’re building here and it gives us a really strong base heading into pre-season. "Of course, we’re still working hard to bring new signings to the club. We’re being ambitious with our targets, which means a little extra patience is required, but we’re pleased with the progress we’re making." he added. In a video posted on Notts County official Twitter account, the defender address the fans by saying: "I just want to say a massive thank you for all the support you have shown me in the last two seasons. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here and it's been an absolute pleasure playing in front of you guys." Before adding "I've loved every single minute of it. The memories we have created together will stay with me forever, That's why I am happy to extend my stay for another year and I can't wait for you guys [the fans] to get behind me and the boys this season. "I am buzzing for it to get started." Join the Pride of Nottingham forum and share your thoughts on DKE's brand new 1-year-deal at Meadow Lane. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  31. The 2021/2022 Notts County National League fixtures has been announced. On Saturday 21st August 2021, Notts will travel The Beehive Stadium to take on Barnet in the opening game of the season. Ian Burchnall's magpies welcome Torquay United to Meadow Lane on Saturday 28th of August, with Wrexham away, Aldershot home and Weymouth away being the opening five league fixtures. National League 2021/2022 fixtures Games with '*' show a home clash with Nottingham Forest. Saturday 21 August: Barnet (A) Saturday 28 August: Torquay United (H) Monday 30 August: Wrexham (A) Saturday 4 September: Aldershot Town (H) Saturday 11 September: Weymouth (A) Tuesday 14 September: Wealdstone (H) Saturday 18 September: Maidenhead United (H) Saturday 25 September: Altrincham (A) Saturday 2 October: Woking (H) Tuesday 5 October: FC Halifax Town (A) Saturday 9 October: Yeovil Town (A) Saturday 23 October: Stockport County* (H) Tuesday 26 October: Bromley (H) Saturday 30 October: Grimsby Town (A) Saturday 13 November: Solihull Moors (H) Saturday 20 November: Eastleigh (A) Tuesday 23 November: Boreham Wood (A) Saturday 27 November: Dagenham & Redbridge (H) Saturday 4 December: Chesterfield (A) Saturday 11 December: Southend United (H) Sunday 26 December: King's Lynn Town (A) Sunday 2 January: Wrexham (H) Saturday 8 January: Dover Athletic (A) Saturday 22 January: Barnet* (H) Tuesday 15 January: Wealdstone (A) Saturday 29 January: Bromley (A) Saturday 5 February: Grimsby Town* (H) Saturday 12 February: Solihull Moors (A) Saturday 19 February: Eastleigh (H) Tuesday 22 February: FC Halifax Town (H) Saturday 26 February: Woking (A) Saturday 5 March: Yeovil Town (H) Saturday 12 Marc:h Stockport County (A) Saturday 19 March: Dagenham & Redbridge (A) Tuesday 22 March: Boreham Wood (H) Saturday 26 March: Chesterfield (H) Saturday 2 April: Southend United (A) Saturday 9 April: Torquay United (A) Friday 15 April: King's Lynn Town (H) Saturday 23 April: Weymouth (H) Saturday 30 April: Aldershot Town (A) Monday 2 May: Dover Athletic (H) Saturday 7 May: Altrincham (H) Sunday 15 May: Maidenhead United (A) Fixtures are expected to be amended, with several games at Meadow Lane clashing with Nottingham Forest home games. Head over to the Pride of Nottingham forum to discuss the pre-season friendlies ahead of the 2021/2022 National League Season. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  32. Notts County defender Adam Chicksen has agreed a new contract believed to be a-year-deal. Chicksen found himself as part of Ian Burchnall's three-man defence, where he earned praise from the magpie fans' for his display leading into the play-offs and against Chesterfield. The 29-year-old has put pen to paper after his previous deal expired and it is thought that the defender will be part of the head coaches plans leading into the 2021/2022 National League season. Via the official site, Ian Burchnall said "Adam played a huge role in our strong run into the play-offs and brings invaluable versatility to the squad, As we’ve seen, he’s comfortable in the left of a back three. "He can also play as a full back and wing back. He has the footballing intelligence to adapt to different systems." Chicksen's extension will see him fall alongside Kyle Cameron who joined earlier last week from Torquay United, Connell Rawlinson and Alex Lacey - who will all contend for the 3 defensive spaces in Ian Burchnall's team. Adam Chicksen said about his new deal at Meadow Lane: "I'm delighted, probably my smile tells a lot. "Yeah obviously the back end of the season was so enjoyable, it was so easy for me to want to stay and really happy that the club wanted me to stay and that my performances are merited a contract." he added "Really happy that it paid off and really happy to get it done and to get my head down and start putting in more performances. "Probably more belief in myself and more standards for myself" Before going on to say: "Just having everything put on myself and asking questions of myself, it all fell on myself, "I put it all to falling back on my shoulders, my standards of what i needed to do to get everyone else out of the equation. I started asking myself am i giving everything daily, in training, in games and once i started doing that it seemed to come round full circle." Head over to the Pride of Nottingham forum to discuss the pre-season friendlies ahead of the 2021/2022 National League Season. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  33. Notts County has confirmed that Welsh defender, Connell Rawlinson has signed a brand new two-year-deal. The 29-year-old centre back has become an important part of the heart of the magpies' defence in the last two campaigns at Meadow Lane. Rawlinson joined the club two summers ago after leaving Port Vale and has become a popular player amongst the supporters'. Speaking on the clubs official site, Connell Rawlinson said: "Yeah, I'm really happy obviously. I really wanted to stay, over the last couple of years I've really got to know the club well. "Towards the end of the second year you start to become like a fan, as well as how you see the fans and how passionate they're for the club. You know to play for a club like Notts County, I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to play here like. "It's a great club, with a great history and the fanbase is brilliant. It's one of the main reasons why I wanted to stay." Notts County's head coach Ian Burchnall said: "I'm really pleased, Connell's been a big part of our defensive unit for a while now. "We’ve used him on the right of a back three a lot but I think he can stake his claim in the middle because he’s commanding in the air and a committed defender. "He’s comfortable on the ball, too, so he can play a variety of roles at the back. He’s another player that wants to show commitment to the club by staying and helping us get out of this division." Share your thoughts of this topic within the Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  34. Notts County head coach Ian Burchnall has urged his side to refocus for upcoming game against Torquay in the magpies' bid to regain their place in the English Football League. The Magpies take a trip to Torquay on Saturday in the 2nd stage of the National League play-offs. It follows a dramatic late 3-2 sway over Chesterfield at Meadow Lane. Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham, Burchnall said: "They are a very good team, they nearly won the league, but finished second - they ran it really close "We know they've got a lot of quality. We really have to focus now, we have to bring ourselves down and refocus on the next game." The magpies' are now one game away from another trip to the National League Playoff finals at Ashton Gate after Mark Ellis racked up a last-minute goal to provide victory over Chesterfield in a game which saw them three times score after going behind twice in the match. The defender has scored six goals in 20 games since arriving at Meadow Lane from Tranmere Rovers in March. "He's got a massive head." Burchnall joked before adding: "He's brave, he puts his head on everything. He doesn't mind getting his face smashed in. He's been magnificent." Ellis was born in Devon and also made greater than 130 appearances for Torquay earlier in his profession. "They're a former club, but there's only one thing on my mind and that's to go there and win and get us to the final," the 32-year-old said. Burchnall believes the character revealed by his group of players since arriving as manager, 12 days after Ellis' arrival at the club has been vital. "We have it in the group. I saw it when I first came in. "We just needed to believe in what we were doing a little bit more, we just needed to believe in what we were doing a little bit more, We turned a corner a while back and they've not looked back since then." Share your thoughts of this topic within the Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  35. We would like to share the story of Maisie-Grace, an eight-year-old Notts fan. When Maisie-Grace was born, she had a hole in her back with the spine and nerves exposed. Her first operation, to close her spine, was when she was just three hours old. Maisie-Grace spent six of the first 24 hours of her life in an operating theatre, and her family thought they'd lost her five times. When Maisie-Grace was just three weeks old, she had three procedures a week, putting a large needle into the top of her head to drain spinal fluid, and at six weeks old, she had a VP shunt fitted which drains all the fluid from the brain. Shunts are man made and nobody knows how long they will work for which means more operations. Maisie-Grace has a number of conditions including spina bifida meningomyelocele, neuropathic bladder & bowel, hydrocathlus, dislocated hips, autism traits, sleep apnea and a beighton score of 7, which means hyper mobility joints. She has undergone 15 operations and as she gets older she will be having lots more. Unfortunately, the NHS can not fund the right wheelchair that is needed, so Maisie-Grace's grandmother, Alison, is hoping to raise enough money to buy her granddaughter the wheelchair she needs. This wheelchair will have the right support for her hips & spine, and it also grows with her and could last her till late teens. Maisie-Grace will be able to go over rough terrain like walking through the woods and will be much easier to wheel over grass. Also, when Maisie-Grace goes on holiday, she will finally be able to go in the sea as the wheelchair will be able to go across the sand. When it’s snowing, Maisie-Grace is unable to go out in her wheelchair as we struggle to push it through the snow but with the new one she will be more mobile and be able to explore a lot more than she can now. "This wheelchair is also 10kg lighter than the NHS one, she also has fallen out of her NHS chair twice before forwards and hurt herself," said Alison. "She's really hoping that we can raise the funds to buy the new wheelchair and if she's lucky maybe a trike too." A trike means Maisie-Grace would be able to go on bike rides with her friends and family. "Maisie-Grace has to use her hands to wheel it around," added Alison. "This would build up her body strength, as she dislocates her hips and is not allowed to use pedals. "Hopefully in the next month the company will be out about the trike, but we've had quotes for a new wheelchair." Maisie Grace's family have approached several charities but unfortunately due to COVID-19 may of those are closed for funding. If you would like to donate any money to the cause, Alison has created a Gofundme - the link is here.
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  36. Notts County boss Neal Ardley, says footballers ought not be given particular treatment with regards to getting a Covid immunization. The magpies have seen neighbouring rivals Chesterfield go under examination after a portion of their players - thought to be three altogether - got an immunization. Ardley was inquired as to whether he suspected players ought to get their first punches rapidly after Notts saw their season hampered by sessions Covid in the crew. Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham he said: "I don't think they should, no. You've got to think about the bigger picture. "It's about the country, not just that, the world. We can get our country in order, but the world won't get back to normal unless we help other people so I think we've got to get as many people that need to be safe, safe. I'm pretty sure footballers come down the pecking order in respect to that. "I know players can't socially distance on a pitch, that's why I think testing is important for football teams to identify cases early and keep the bubbles as safe as possible. "There's too many people that are important ahead of footballers." Then, Ardley accepts his players are substance to play regardless of the characteristic dangers of close physical game in a pandemic. In any case, he says players are allowed to pull out, referring to the case of striker Wes Thomas, who would not train with the group over security fears. "We've had the incident with Wes Thomas so we know there is that fear. We've made it clear to our players that if anyone has concerns they won't be judged on whatever their concerns are, I think 80 to 90 per cent of the squad have had it, but I think the boys feel we're doing things right to keep our bubble safe and we feel we can keep playing. He said. "Young fit players aren't so concerned about their own health, but I think everyone is concerned about transmitting the disease to someone who might suffer more." Share your thoughts of this topic within the Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  37. Notts County has voted on whether the National League season should be null and voided for 2020-21. Clubs within the division have been asked to provide their thoughts on the current situation caused by COVID-19. Uncertainty still surrounds the National league and the future of games being played. Via the official Notts County site a statement read: “On Monday, we received correspondence from the National League detailing resolutions for member clubs to consider the outcome of the 2020-21 season. We have voted for Special Resolution One and against Ordinary Resolutions Two and Four, meaning we believe the season should continue and that clubs should decide the outcome of their own divisions. We look forward to learning the full results of the vote and hopefully continuing our push for promotion.” The National League South and North have had their season paused for a fortnight. It's unknown if the Non-Leagues top division will do the same or suspend the league indefinitely, if enough clubs vote to let the league decide their fate independent of each other than every club would get an equal vote on what happens. Share your thoughts of this topic within the Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  38. Notts County manager Neal Ardley concedes that the clubs quest for new signings is a progressing cycle as they hope to reinforce their advancement towards promotion this season. As the Magpies continue to eye up possible signings for the left-back and centre-back position after missing out on signing Premier League youth, Morgan Boyes from Liverpool. A medical procedure on Damien McCrory's knee has left Notts short on cover and preferably Notts might want a player who can play left-back and at centre-back. However, Magpies manager Ardley says he is taking as much time as necessary with the following player he adds to the crew and is console in the information that the National League doesn't have an exchange window means Ardley doesn't feel the need to rush into transfer market. Speaking to the Nottingham Post when asked if any signings was imminent: Ardley said: "No not at the moment. We're working hard to try and make sure whoever we bring in is the right person. "We don't want to go and jump the gun and then realize that somebody we would have preferred would become available. We're working hard, and we're close to having options on that list. But it's not something we can just click our finger and make happen." The probability is that any fresh introduction will most likely arrive on loan opposed to a lasting arrangement. However, with just five loanees in a matchday squad, Notts as of now have four in Calvin Miller, Inih Effiong, Jimmy Knowles and Matty Wolfe. "We've got a loan space available, but we have only got one space to make the five up," continued Ardley. "All things are on the table still but, certainly, if you do a permanent deal you might end up with a player who will want longer than just the rest of this season. "Then you're eating into what you might be looking at doing in the summer." Share your thoughts about this video on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  39. This is an article basically to give a shout out to one of Notts County's most consistent performers who doesn’t get much praise on here. When he first arrived here I wrote him off as being too small and lightweight for the physicality of the national league but how wrong could I be? What he lacks in size he more than makes up in passion and fight. Dion never shies away from a battle and stands up to players much bigger than him. He flies into tackles winning the ball and making sure the opposition player knows he’s there. DKE always puts his body on the line for the cause. He knocks the ball around nicely too as part of starting our moves out from the back, something we do well as team – each player plays their part in a lot of the goals we score as a team. Last season he had a success rate of 58.06% in offensive duels. 65% successful dribbles. 75.80% pass success. So going forward he is a great carrier of the ball – which although he doesn’t get a great deal of assists he still plays a part in our transition from defence to attack. Let’s talk about the main part of his role in the team defending – he does well at standing players up and stopping crossers coming in our box. I do find it bizarre that he ends up marking the biggest players for set pieces such as Chesterfield's Denton but most of the time he does somehow manage to get the better of them. This season he has taken his opportunity with both hands, he has almost reached his minutes from last term in only 14 games into the campaign and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in with a shout for player of the season come the end of the campaign. The fact he can play on either side of the pitch is another welcome bonus. He’s a player that embodies what Neal Ardley typically looks for, a player comfortable with the ball, a player that can play in more than one position/system, a player that will scrap for the cause. At 24 he has plenty of time to grow and hopefully reach higher levels in the football pyramid, hopefully with us. What more do I want to see from DKE? Maybe chip in with a goal/assist or two. I’d to see him just have a go, take a shot every now and then, you never know what might happen.
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  40. After losing narrowly to Rochdale in the first round replay in the FA Cup. Notts County will have more time to focus on their bid for promotion from the National League. The Magpies earned a home tie replay, with a 1-1 draw against Rochdale. However, at Meadow Lane this past Tuesday night, Notts fell short after a late winner from Dale's Jake Beesley. Aydan White's own goal had pegged back the League Two side, which saw an impressive display within the second half where Notts had chances to cause an upset. Speaking to the Nottingham Post, Notts County manager, Ian Burchnall said: "I am Hugely disappointed, I saw Plymouth got through, so it would have been really exciting to go and see where we're at." "I think we've gone toe-to-toe with a League Two club there over two games and shown our qualities, It would have been really nice to see where we're at. "it's more reference points for us, how we're progressing, but it's not to be, so we have to wait for next year for the big one," he added. "Naturally the players will be flat. That's natural after the game, but we've talked in there and said listen the result is one thing, we have to take so many things from the performance there "We can't spend too long on it really, we play two really big games away to Eastleigh and Boreham Wood next. "I think we just focus on the league, we know what it's like - we'd rather be in the cup, but now that's done, we just turn all our focus on to the league, and we put all our energies into that. "We need the same kind of performance, tie up on one or two things at the weekend, and I'm sure it'll be good." Despite Notts County's head coach, Ian Burchall feeling 'hugely disappointed' he does insist there is no time to dwell on the past with focus on players returning to league action. "Not sure if they will be available for the weekend," he added. "Alex Lacey felt something on his back, in the middle of the last game, which is why he came out. "Although I thought he played really well. We'll see how he is during the week, maybe he's available. "Kyle Cameron should be available at the weekend, I think he's much better now and possibly Jim O'Brien, we'll have to see."
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  41. Notts County has confirmed the signing of centre midfielder Frank Vincent. The 22-year-old arrives at Meadow Lane after leaving AFC Bournemouth as a free agent, having signed a two-year-deal with the magpies. Vincent has played out on loan in recent seasons, having spells with Torquay United, Scunthorpe United and Walsall. The midfielder links back-up with Kyle Cameron and the pair helped The Gulls earned promotion to the National League in 2018/2019. Speaking to the Notts County media team, Frank Vincent said: "I'm obviously very buzzing to get the deal done, it's been a bit of an anxious few days. "Trying to get it all sorted but yeah just buzzing to get it over the line. Its such a big club and just can't wait to get started. I'm left-footed, I'm a midfielder. I'm a technically gifted player, I like to pass the ball, the combinations one-two's." he added "The way i play is the way the gaffer wants to play here, lots of possession based football, but not just that, I like to pass forward, I'm not just here to get the ball and pass it sideways. "I think I'm a risk taker in the right moment and yeah just looking to get the ball, pass forward, start attacks and i still haven't got a career goal so i was hoping to find that here and to find some goal scoring form here." Before explaining: "Obviously i knew the interest was there from Notts County for quite a while and having spoken to Ian, I've actually been to the stadium like a month ago "I had a good look around, had a good chat about football. His way in playing is very suited to my playing style so that was always a big factor of me wanting to come here and get this deal done." Notts County had tried to sign Vincent when Michael Doyle became injured having played against Hornchurch, however, the deal never materialised. Speaking on Frank Vincent, Notts County Head Coach Ian Burchanll said: "We’ve followed Frank’s progress closely," he explained. "He’s a talented player who’s had some interesting loan moves which show he’s got the hunger to play. We’ve been impressed with him. Frank can play either as a holding midfielder or as a number eight. "He covers ground well, he’s left-footed and a good passer of the ball. He suits the way we want to play and has been given a good education in that style at Bournemouth." Head over to the Pride of Nottingham forum to discuss Notts County's first summer recruit Kyle Cameron. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  42. Notts County has confirmed that Tiernan Brooks and Tyreace Palmer have agreed new deals. Brooks has already spent a season as a professional with the magpies, having signed his first professional contract ahead the 2019/2020 campaign. However, Palmer has reached a milestone moment after securing his first professional deal. Via the official Notts County site, Head coach Ian Burchnall said: “While he’s still got a lot of work to do, "Tiernan’s a very good goalkeeper who’s shown progression, hunger and a good attitude month-on-month. He’ll take a lot from people like Sam Slocombe and Jake Kean and hopefully we’ll continue to see him progressing this season. “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." 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.
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  43. Notts County has announced their 2020/2021 campaign retained list. 8 players continue to be under contract heading into the brand-new season, while several participants of the team have been offered the possibility to extend their stay at Meadow Lane. Michael Doyle has actually been offered the option to remain at the club after being offered the assistant head trainer on a long-term basis, although if he does remain it will be as a registered player also. 6 players have got released, consisting of long-serving squad member Enzio Boldewijn, will unfortunately be leaving the magpies, while 5 loan spells have actually expired and have returned to their parent clubs. Released Luke Pilling Luke Steele Ben Turner Damien McCrory Jordan Barnett Enzio Boldewijn Loan players returning to clubs Mark Ellis Calvin Miller Regan Griffiths Matty Wolfe Jimmy Knowles Offered assistant head coach role Michael Doyle Under contract Alex Lacey Richard Brindley Jake Reeves Callum Roberts Ruben Rodrigues Lewis Knight Elisha Sam Kyle Wootton Offered new contract Sam Slocombe Tiernan Brooks Connell Rawlinson Adam Chicksen Dion Kelly-Evans Jim O’Brien In a statement released by the Notts County board of directors on the official website, it read:"We would like to place on record our sincere gratitude to all departing players for their efforts throughout their time at the club. "Enzio in particular has provided many special memories, including several wonderful goals, and we’re sure he will always be held in the highest regard by our supporters. "As fans will see, we are making every effort to retain a strong core of the squad which we feel performed exceptionally well towards the end of last season. "We believe an element of stability will be key to building on our excellent recent form, while we will of course be looking to make several strong new additions to the squad. We are hopeful that this will include the retention of one of this season’s loan players. "Our recruitment team have been working closely with head coach Ian Burchnall since his arrival to identify players we believe can help us realise our goal of returning to the EFL as soon as possible, and we look forward to welcoming fresh talent to the squad in the coming weeks." Magpies' head coach, Ian Burchnall will be providing his insight into the future of the squad and discussing the retained list tomorrow at the club. Share your thoughts of this topic within the Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, and adding your thoughts to the discussion found on the PON forum. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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  44. The word "legend" is bandied around all too lightly nowadays. But if you ask any Notts County fan to name one individual and one individual only who deserves the tag of "legend", chances are they will name Jimmy Sirrel. Born on 2 February 1922 in Glasgow, James Sirrel's professional football journey began when he was 24, when he joined Celtic in 1946. He made just 13 appearances in three years before joining Bradford Park Avenue in 1949, where again he found game time limited, playing just 12 matches. In 1951 Sirrel joined Brighton & Hove Albion, where he made 55 appearances before signing for Aldershot in 1954, and he retired from playing in 1957. Modest a footballing career as it may have been, Sirrel's coaching career would be anything but, as he moved to Brentford as trainer in 1965 before becoming caretaker manager in February 1967. After being appointed to the role full-time, Sirrel spent two full seasons at the helm of Brentford, but soon enough, he would up sticks to Nottingham, where his career would go to dizzying new heights. On 19 November 1969, Sirrel entered the Meadow Lane gates for the first time as he would become the manager of Notts County, a team struggling in the Fourth Division. From previous managers Jack Wheeler - who would serve as his assistant - and Billy Gray, Sirrel had inherited a team including Don Masson, David Needham, Bob Worthington and Les Bradd, and he set about reinvigorating the players and the team. Sirrel's first season in charge of the Magpies ended with a respectable seventh-placed finish, but this was only a precursor to what was to come as, the following season, the team stormed to the Fourth Division Championship. Notts boasted a mean defence which would concede just 36 goals that season, while up top, the front line scored an average of 2.47 goals per game. By no means had Notts reached their limit - the following season, promotion to the Second Division was missed by just three points, and even though 1972-73 began slowly for the Magpies, sititng 16th by the end of the year, they would lose just twice more en route to second place and a spot in the Second Division. Already Sirrel had transformed Notts from fourth-division strugglers to a side punching their weight in the second tier, and when he decided to try his luck at top-tier Sheffield United in 1975, his place as a Magpies legend was already assured. Unfortunately for Sirrel, the Blades role would not go to plan as they were relegated that season and, with little money to spend, was unable to stop the side mounting a promotion challenge - but he still made his mark by designing the United badge that's currently being used today. Eventually, Sirrel opted to return to Notts - who were struggling to avoid relegation back into Division Three - in 1977, and breathed new life into the club by saving them from the drop. It took a while to get Notts back up to scratch, but the crowning moment came in 1980-81 when a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge gave the Magpies top-flight football for the first time since 1926. Finishing 15th in his first season, Sirrel inspired his team to emphatic wins over Aston Villa, Arsenal, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United. In 1982, Sirrel became general manager, with Wilkinson taking over as boss, but he was back in the dugout in 1985 with Notts on the brink of back-to-back relegations under Larry Lloyd. Unfortunately, he was unable to prevent the drop, but did manage to halt the free-fall that County were in by consolidating in the Third Division for two more seasons, before retiring at the end of the 1986-87 season, eighteen years after he arrived at the club, his name in the club's annals assured. Sirrel was a regular spectator at Meadow Lane beyond his retirement and had the County Road Stand named after him, which he described as "a bloody honour" upon receiving the call from Derek Pavis. He was even called back into the dressing room and onto the pitch to boost spirits when Notts nearly slipped out of the Football League in 2005, such was his esteem at the club. On 25 September 2008, Sirrel sadly passed away aged 86, which led to an outpouring of grief from the Notts community and beyond. His funeral, on 7 October, was attended by fans and fellow peers from the world of football, who turned out to pay their respects. Jimmy Sirrel is the epitome of a Notts County legend, and his name continues to be chanted by the Black and White Army today, testament to just how revered he is at NG2. Share your thoughts about this Notts Alumni article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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