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  1. I was about 7 when my football mad dad took me to see my first game. florist v Man City about 1968. I sat on a barrier at the Bridgford end and held on to my dad for dear life as it was packed. city won 3 - 0. the last goal being a shot from outside the area and as the crowd streamed away I turned to my dad and said that was a good goal. immediately we were surrounded by a dozen or more of the lowest forms of life threatening to beat me and my father up for my comment. I was never so scared in my life, as these were adults and my dad would never stand a chance against them with me on his back. As an ex Squaddie he was fit and none of the gobshites wanted to go first and risk getting hit, but they spat at us as he backed away towards the exit, then ran. Bet they felt proud when they told the story in the pub that night. Years latter, I stood in the same spot, and celebrated les Bradds late winner with my dad and 4 mates. no one said anything to us. We went to see Derby next, but I couldn't see anything below the knee when the ball was on the other side of the pitch, as it was curved. a mr Clough was manager and prices went up for juniors, so we stopped going. So it was sort of an accident when we went to Notts. I stood on the kop behind the goal, and loved it. Jimmy Sirrel took over as manager and the rest is history.
  2. I like the ones that are sung when we score a goal. unfortunately it's been that long I cannot remember any.
  3. I am told that a loose translation of one of the Icelandic songs is " Its just like watching Mansfield ". It was an uncompromising, and organised display, with every one giving 100%, for the full 90 minuets. They had obviously practiced their set pieces and throw-ins but for some reason England chose to ignore what happened in previous games and left Rooney to mark the huge Viking who wandered forward to head the ball on for the equalizing goal. Not rocket science, but it works. He may have the face of a Norse, but Kane's place kicks made him look a donkey. Storage and Stirling may be fast, but only when they run. Standing next to their marker with there hands on their hips, they are more likely to take root than score a goal. I could go on but wont, other than saying Rashford, MOM for England. In Iceland they will add to the stories of Ragnar Blood axe. Eric the red, and the 13th warrior, the saga of how Iceland deservedly overcame England by playing league 2 football, and giving it all they had. The players and staff will be immortalised. England's players will have to console themselves by counting their money, well its only a game after all.
  4. @ohstanleyaborah Not seen Gibson play so I cant comment. From what you say he seems to be a player we could do with at ML. 550
  5. I should like to point out that the talented and pacey younger players that you are suggesting we sign do not grow on trees. If you are lucky you may find one who has not been signed to an prem league academy - it appears they sign kids up to stop them going to rivals - but then we will face stiff competition from other clubs, who are in a better position off the pitch. Its suggested that we can pop out and sign 4 young strikers with quality and potential, yet pay them peanuts. This would be a dream come true, but is unrealistic. JS was played in a wide role for much of last season, a role that is alien to him. In a poor team he was leading scorer and was probably our most creative player. I would not be in any hurry to see him go..
  6. They need to play teams that will stretch them without causing injury. In the resent past we have played local teams and won in 1st gear, or teams where opponents want to make a name for themselves and ended up with players being injured. A loss to Sunderland will tell us far more about the squad than a big win at Long Eaton.
  7. So 102 years ago Notts played in Europe. As we are reminded every time there is any report about the dark side, that was about the same time as the florist, won the European Cup So do you think we can we claim to have won it before it was invented
  8. At the end of the season the money gained from TV, sponsorship, etc. is dished out by the FA to the clubs. The amount awarded is decided by the position where you finish. PL teams get the major part of the pie. League 2 get a share of a small amount. Add another 20 teams to the league and someone will need to find more money, or reduce the payments to the clubs. It has been suggested that teams in the lower leagues could take the spare PL players on loan, so they would not require s many players, so B teams wouldn't be required. I heard that Burnley got £6mill when they got relegated from the PL, and being promoted will net them £60+mill. I don't know if this is all from the same fund, but it shows that the teams are already not competing on a level field. Goal line technology means that the PL play to different rules. by creaming off the top referees they can influence the way the laws of the game are interpreted. Over 90 changes have been made for next season. Control of finances would mean that a few big teams will be invincible, there is talk of them making there own TV deals with games being played every night, once competition from the lower clubs has been extinguished. I see this as a move to make the money men richer by killing all that we expect and treasure about the English game. if we continue to pour money in at the top and let it all leak out overseas, without some sinking down to the lower leagues, the gap between the leagues will expand and only the teams that come down will have the finances to compete in going up. "rubber ball teams" 40,000 Shef Wed fans bought all their allocation of tickets in 2 days and went to Wembley in the hope that they would get to the PL and stay there. Ok they didn't do it but they had a chance. The fan base has stuck with them, and they gave it a shot. If they knew there was no chance of getting promoted and staying up the most ardent fan will loose heart, and stop going. Hull don't have sell out crowds but do have a foot on the gravy train so they can afford to keep foreign internationals. If they are relegated at the end of next season Hull will still be financially well off and in the prime place to push for promotion.
  9. Notts have always had a hooligan element ready to explode into violence which is hidden in their support. It's just that me Nan has not been going to al the games this season.
  10. Some teams are best watched when you are drunk. I witnessed a group of drunken Florist fans who arrived at ML early, and decided to show there superior intellect by peeing on the seats in the kop. having relived themselves they realised that they had to sit on these seats. lol Being from Mansfield, they may not have seen toilets before there trip to ML, and probably tried to clean there boots in them. why should we come down to their level
  11. It shows how far we have come that these kind of incidents get reported in the press. In the 70's + 80's there were regular fights inside the ground, despite the police and fences. Groups of trouble makers were regularly going into the opposition end to start fights. In those days the police never took any action, and unless there is CCTV evidence I doubt if they will now. What I don't understand is they had been drinking. Common sense will tell you that if you are going to fight you need to be sober. So it seems it was not premediated. They kicked off early, to prevent heavy drinking before the game. the police tried to deign the normally placid notts fans the right to visit a pub by not making one available to them, possibly so they can reduce the numbers on duty. Any one who is intoxicated before entering the ground should be refused entry and bags and baggy coats searched for weapons, flares etc. Was this done properly, and why was there beer inside the ground? The stewards were clearly lacking in checking. I think that because of our normally good reputation the home team is tying to take the maximum profit by having the minimum level security required. This is not normal Notts fans behaviour, The fact that it has happened, has more to do with getting the match played on the cheap and b***s to crowd safety. i.m.o.
  12. Rotherham United 3 v Nottingham Forest 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2 v Ipswich Town 0 Burton Albion 1 v Barnsley 2 Fleetwood Town 0 v Oldham Athletic 0 Leyton Orient 3 v Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Portsmouth 2 v Plymouth Argyle 1 And Notts will have 4 players unavailable for the next match because of injury after being at Manfeeld
  13. The draw on Friday will see City to play Bayern and the 2 Spanish clubs meet in the semi finals. They wont want an all Spain final. As many City players have been told they will not be required when Pep takes over, I think their personal pride will spur them on. City UEFA champions 2016
  14. I thought that a large part of being a Notts fan was holding on to the dream that no matter how bad things get, next year, would be our year. If we were to confine ourselves to reality and this year, we might all become suicidal. The almost insane belief that when the new season starts , all will be well. The manager will last all year. He will have plans A B & C written in black and white, and the players understand them. A new Sirrel or Warnock will take us forward, and up the leagues. There will be black and white whisky in the cups. Next year. Is it too early to discus next season? I would have to say no! At least it is looking forward, It's either that or wallow in past glories and I am afraid that we are simply out classed at that. Besides:- I have a feeling that next season..............!
  15. My ideal scenario would be for the club to be taken over by a local multi billionaire, and committed Notts fan. That person in my dream would be me. I can deal with the local, and Notts fan bits but Unfortunately money does matter, and in real life I am a few billion short. I am willing to accept donations though.

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