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  1. I have to say, since the season ended, I don't think I've been so optimistic going into the next campaign as I am now for a long time (probably 2009). New owner, great manager - both of whom really seem to care about the club - and a cautious approach to signing players which is sure to reap quality over quantity. Are you feeling optimistic this pre-season - and if so, how much so compared to other years?
  2. Out of all the players who have been offered new deals by Notts County, which one/ones do you think will have the biggest impact on the team next season? Let's hear your thoughts!
  3. 27 May is the anniversary of Notts County's 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers in the Third Division playoff final. Tommy Johnson gave the Magpies the lead with his 20th of the season before Craig Short made sure of victory to end County's five-year stay in the third tier. What memories do you have of the day? Were you there? Let PON know!
  4. 26 May is the anniversary of when Notts went to Wembley to take on Bradford in the playoff final and sadly were denied promotion in a 2-0 defeat. Dan Hamilton opened the scoring for the Bantams just eight minutes in and, despite a Magpies fightback, Mark Stallard struck after the break to send the Yorkshire side up. What memories do you have of the day? Let PON know!
  5. So Nottingham Forest have offered Jorge Grant a three-year deal to stay put at the City Ground. Notts County are still hoping they can sign him permanently, but if not, they may try for another loan next season. And then there are also the other clubs sniffing around (Bristol City, Wigan etc). How do you see this panning out?
  6. Alan Hardy has confirmed that the new Notts County shirt, made by Puma, should be coming out mid-July. So while on the subject of Notts kits, we want to know - which is your favourite of all time? Let PON know and if you've got pictures, feel free to share them on the thread!
  7. Football League World (click here for link) have speculated about Craig Mackail-Smith being a potentially good signing for Notts. Here's what they say: "One problem this season, that Nolan will be looking to address in the summer was the lack of goals that the team scored, as they only found the goal 54 occasions, which if they are to be pushing towards the promotion places they are going to need to dramatically improve upon. "One player that could bring goals to the team is experienced striker Craig Mackail-Smith, who is set to be released by his current side Luton Town. "The 33-year-old has good Football League pedigree having played for Peterborough, Brighton and Luton Town respectively. "Having scored over 140 career goals, Mackail-Smith certainly has an eye for goal, and having won promotion with Peterborough he is somebody who knows what it takes to get out of League Two, and could be somebody that helps Notts County push on up the table." What do you reckon? Would he be a good signing?
  8. I honestly think League Two is more about team chemistry than out-and-out talent. As Notts have shown last season, beating the likes of Portsmouth and Plymouth when the players are mentally and physically on point and the team is playing together, anyone can beat anyone. The Notts team was very talented with many players who could do a job in League One or even lower Championship, but when they lost motivation in the troubled period, couldn't beat an egg. So I'm all about bringing players in who may not be the most talented but know their jobs, give their all, can remain motivated and fit into the team from both a playing perspective and from a camaraderie aspect. And rather than setting targets like some shitty call centre, just take each game as it comes - Leicester City finished 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League with this approach, not really looking beyond a week or two. There's probably about 12-14 teams who could push for the top seven, so rather than all this "we need to finish in this position", just take each game/week as it comes and, providing Notts fans leave the ground more often than not satisfied and content with what they've seen, then that'll do me - even if it ends in a mid-table finish.
  9. Congratulations to Notts County's medical team for being nominated for the League Two Football Medical Association award of Medical & Science Team of the Year 2016-17. The FMA awards are about acknowledging medical teams at football clubs who have excelled in injury prevention, treatment and management and helped given their players the extra edge on the field. Notts are up against Luton and Plymouth in this year's awards, which take place at the Radisson Blu East Midlands Hotel next Saturday (click here for more information). So well done Notts, and let's hope "home advantage" at the awards serves us well! YOU PIES!
  10. With the League Two season over (aside from the playoff final), it's all about planning for the upcoming campaign and, as standard, player recruitment is part of that. With clubs all across the leagues deciding on which players to retain and which to release, plus those who opt to leave despite having been offered fresh terms, it's important to keep tabs on players who can be snapped up by Notts and get some discussions going (and we can even play our part by letting Alan Hardy know about them - chances are they'll have it covered, but you never know). The Beeb has a pretty comprehensive page which provides day-to-day news on player situations across the leagues - if everyone on here keeps tabs on the players, gets discussions going and potentially makes enough noise, it can only be a good thing.
  11. So Jon Goodman is the new Notts County academy coach and Simon Clark is the lead professional development phase coach (story below). What do you know about these two? Reckon they're a good fit for Notts and can help spur our academy to the next level? Let PON know!
  12. There has been much speculation about the signing of Lincoln City winger Terry Hawkridge by Notts County. "He's just a non-league player", some have said. "Why have they let him go? Can't be much good then", others have spat. Newspaper Lincolnshire Live has explained how fans of the Imps were left equally baffled by the move, but they've deconstructed his reasoning for it. "Taking a two-year deal on increased terms over a one-year isn't greedy, it's common sense. Football is his job and he must put himself and his family first. "And he probably feels he'll get more first-team football with Notts next season having been in and out of the side this term. "You could ask why anyone would want to leave Sincil Bank following such a momentous season, spearheaded by one of the most talked about management teams in the country. "I and most City fans would argue that Lincoln have more going for them than the Magpies (sorry, what? -JJ), but then we're looking at the situation through red and white coloured spectacles. "With a new chairman in Alan Hardy and a bright young manager in Kevin Nolan, Notts fans have reasons to be optimistic too following a chaotic spell which saw a revolving door of managers. "Following a strong end to last season under Nolan, I would expect County to be battling for the play-offs next season, along with the Imps (hahaha -JJ)."

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