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  1. Kevin Nolan has revealed that strike pair Shola Ameobi and Jon Stead face a race against time to be involved in Notts County's FA Cup second-round tie against Oxford City this Saturday. Stead limped out of the 1-1 draw at Yeovil Town earlier in the month with a leg injury, while Ameobi has only recently returned from a knock himself. In addition to the veteran front pairing, Callum Saunders is also recovering from a bout of flu. "Steady is recovering slowly but surely," Nolan told the official Notts site. "We'll see in the next 24-48 hours whether or not he'll have a chance to be available. "Shola is the same, he's been carrying a groin injury, so both of them will be assessed late on, but it's very doubtful. "Apart from that we have a clean bill of health, which I'm very pleased about going into this stage of the season. "To only have one player with a slight strain and another with a contact injury, which can't be helped, is an absolute testament to the work all the staff behind the scenes have been doing." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  2. From an interview with the Daily Mail: FIRST FOOTBALL MEMORY I was going on trial for Huddersfield Schools and I didn't have any kit. My stepdad brought me an old England shirt when he turned up to take me to the trials. It was the old sky blue, Umbro shirt. BEST PLAYER I'VE PLAYED WITH Tugay at Blackburn. He was fantastic, a real character but an amazing player as well. That was towards the end of his career - he was probably even better in his prime. Walking into a training session with Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Tugay and all these sorts of players was a bit of an eye-opener! TOUGHEST OPPONENT Jamie Carragher. He wasn't the biggest but he commanded the players around him. Whenever you think you've managed to find some space he would always turn up. FAVOURITE FOOTBALLING MOMENT Scoring the winner for Blackburn against Manchester United is still the highlight. The Chelsea Cup game (with Bradford) was special but if I had to pick one it would be this. I had just jumped from the old Division Three into the Premier League. It was at Ewood, 80-odd minutes and Paul Gallagher just slipped me in and I scored. It was a massive three points to keep us in the Premier League. SPORTING HERO Growing up it was always Ian Wright. He was the striker I watched as a boy. He has got to be up there but David Beckham is the ultimate sporting icon. TOUGHEST AWAY GROUND The most difficult away game I've had was at Highbury in 2004. We never touched the ball. Arsenal were incredible that day. It was a tight pitch but they made it seem massive. THE FIRST ALBUM I BOUGHT It was probably something like NSYNC, before the youth-team days! KARAOKE SONG On the karaoke it's a bit of Dirty Diana by Michael Jackson, but it gets tiring. There's a lot of shouting in it. It takes it out of you towards the end. BEST-DRESSED TEAM-MATE Jorge Grant seems to have a new bit of gear on every day and he's always tweeting about hats he's getting. But it's a standard trackie or jeans and a T-shirt for me. DREAM DINNER-PARTY GUESTS Michael Jackson, David Beckham and Marilyn Monroe. IF I WASN'T A FOOTBALLER I would be an architect. I loved graphics at school and that is definitely something I'd have gone into.
  3. Kevin Nolan has confirmed that Jon Stead suffered a dead leg in Notts County's 1-1 draw with Yeovil Town on Tuesday night. The 34-year-old had to be substituted in the first half of the League Two encounter at Huish Park following a collision with Omar Sowunmi, Jonathan Forte taking his place up front. “Steady got a horrible knock on his thigh,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “He’s got a big bump on it and we will be assessing it over the next 24 to 48 hours. “It just depends on his recovery powers. The medical team will get down to work icing it and given how fit he is, I am hoping it won’t be a massive thing. “These are nasty injuries. People will say it’s only a dead leg but it’s on his quad and he will be using that a lot. “We have to be careful. We don’t want to rush him back and he pulls that thigh because it will be weakened because of the bruising. We will do what is right for him and right for us.” Share your thoughts about this news story 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.
  4. Jorge Grant has paid tribute to Notts County strikers Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi following their 3-1 win over Cheltenham Town on Saturday. The midfielder took his tally for the season to 13 with his fourth brace of the season, with Shaun Brisley adding a third to keep the Magpies top of League Two. "Shola and Steady were unbelievable today," Grant told the official Notts site. "The ball stuck to them and they allowed the midfielders to come up and work off them. "The set from Steady for the first goal was perfect for me to run on to and hit first-time, so I have to give him credit for that because he's done it twice in the last couple of weeks. "I thought we were good. They had some spells where they created chances but that's going to happen. We were strong in those situations and got our rewards when we scored. "We're dealing with the pressure better than we have before and it was another good performance from us. "Teams know what they're going to get and they have to bring their 'A' game, otherwise they're not going to win." Share your thoughts about this news story 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.
  5. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has suggested that Jon Stead could go on to play until the age of 40 and beyond. The veteran striker impressed for the Magpies in the 1-1 draw against Stevenage at the weekend, massively influencing the team when going forward. "I think there's a lot of things said about Jon Stead because he is 34 but he doesn't train like he's 34," Nolan is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying. "He trains every day. He trains with the 19 and 20 year olds and he's never too far behind on all the distances and the speed drills. "People don't finish at 34 or 33 or 35 no more. They're finishing at 37, 38 and 39 even 40. "For me he's a top, top pro and that's the reason why he can play and he can do 90 minutes. He's an absolute delight to work with and he's been fantastic. "He probably hasn't had the goals or got the goals he probably deserved but it's what he's doing for the team. Everyone could see (at Broadhall Way) he's one of our top players on the pitch." Share your thoughts about this news story 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.
  6. Notts County are in the hat for the second round of the FA Cup after coming from two goals down to clinch a stunning 4-2 win over Bristol Rovers in Friday night's first-round clash at Meadow Lane. The game was frantic from the off, with Rory Gaffney rifling just wide in the second minute and, at the other end, Jorge Grant's free kick was hooked over the bar by Terry Hawkridge four minutes later. In the eighth minute, some dire Magpies defending helped Rovers edge into the lead as Joe Partington's cross from the right fell into the path of the unmarked Liam Sercombe, who nodded home from close range. And four minutes later, more substandard work from the Notts backline meant that a corner from Chris Lines found Stuart Sinclair unmarked in the six-yard box to plant a header beyond the reach of Ross Fitzsimons. Credit to the hosts, they quickly found gear after the double setback and, just before the half-hour mark, halved the deficit through Ryan Yates, who made the most of some lacklustre Rovers defending to nod Carl Dickinson's free kick into the back of the net. Just two minutes later, the Black and White Army at Meadow Lane was sent into a frenzy as Yates struck again, turning home another great Dickinson set piece delivery against the League One side. Rovers were lucky to get to half time level as Kevin Nolan's side looked threatening every time they went forward. On 39 minutes Jon Stead was bundled to the ground but nothing way given by the referee, while a Shola Ameobi backheel into the path of Hawkridge was drilled wide. Both sides gave as good as they got early in the second half as Tom Nichols and Gaffney tested Fitzsimons, while Grant curled an effort just over the bar, but by this point Notts were getting in an even higher gear. Just before the hour, the tie was turned around in County's favour thanks to a clipped pass from Dickinson finding Grant, who crossed into the box where Stead was on hand to sidefoot the ball beyond Adam Smith. The action came thick and fast as Notts continued to put in a superb team performance, with Rovers keeper Smith being tested on several more occasions, but Grant added the cherry on top in injury time for the hosts as he went clear through on goal after latching onto Hawkridge's headed flick on, before slotting underneath Smith to send Meadow Lane barmy. Share your thoughts about this match report 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.
  7. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has claimed that Jon Stead does not get the credit he deserves. The veteran striker impressed in the 4-1 win over Lincoln City at the weekend, scoring one and assisting Matt Tootle. Stead went on to make his 100th Magpies appearance in the 3-0 victory at Exeter City on Tuesday, and Nolan paid tribute to the forward, who turned down a move to the United States to extend his Meadow Lane contract in the summer. Asked whether Stead is given enough credit, Nolan told the Nottingham Post: “No, not at all. “He knows I have got confidence in him. He knows how much I regard him not just as a player, but as a person. “On and off the field he is what we are all about. He’s an absolute pleasure to work with day in, day out. “I now think he is getting his just rewards. What he did on Saturday was absolutely brilliant. To score and then set one up was great.” Share your thoughts about this news story 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.
  8. Kevin Nolan has hailed his Notts County charges as being "brilliant from start to finish" against Swindon Town but insists he will keep his feet on the ground despite their lofty league position. The Magpies beat the Robins 1-0 at Meadow Lane on Tuesday night, with Jon Stead rattling home a penalty in the first half, and the win sees them up to second in League Two. "I thought we were brilliant from start to finish," Nolan told the official website. "Everyone who stepped in tonight was fantastic. "Swindon threw everything at us. They're a good side and have won their last three on the road - that's where they pick up most of their points. "So we knew it was going to be a difficult task tonight, but overall I thought we were deserved winners. "This was another fantastic win and, you know me, I love my clean sheets. I don't think any of the players could be marked below seven out of 10 today. "The table never lies, but I'm not going to look at it now. We've got to get to safety first. "We were in a similar position last season so we've got to make sure we don't get carried away. This isn't a forgiving league. If you start thinking you've made it, it can bite you on the backside. "It's really important we continue to work hard and believe in what we're doing. I feel we've still got plenty to come, which is hugely satisfying for me." Share your thoughts about this news story 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.
  9. Notts County have climbed to second in League Two following Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Swindon Town at Meadow Lane. Jon Stead grabbed the winner from the penalty spot just after the half-hour mark following Olly Lancashire's foul in the box. A tough proposition for Notts, the Robins were relegated from League One last season and have adapted to life in the fourth tier well enough so far. However, their great away run came to an end in Nottingham, while County's impressive run goes from strength to strength. Notts County's official YouTube page has uploaded the highlights to the game - relive yet another solid win for the Magpies! Share your thoughts about the game 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.
  10. Notts County have edged up to second in League Two following another workmanlike performance in Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Swindon Town. Jon Stead's penalty just after the half-hour mark, after he was bundled over in the box by Olly Lancashire, was enough to secure the points for Kevin Nolan's charges. The first sighting of goal came in the eighth minute when Richard Duffy’s botched header fell to Keshi Anderson in the area, but the Swindon man volleyed straight at Adam Collin. Matty Taylor then picked out Luke Norris with a cross to the back post, but his header on the stretch flew wide. Notts were next to threaten as Lewis Alessandra went close with a rasping drive which whistled past the post from 20 yards. Carl Dickinson then curled a free kick from 25 yards against the outside of the post and out of play as the heavens opened up and torrential rain began falling onto the Meadow Lane pitch. Notts went on to take the lead through Stead's penalty and held onto their slender advantage going into the break. Both sides traded blows throughout the second half but the Magpies were able to hold on for another priceless win which stretches their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions. Share your thoughts about this match report 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.
  11. Kevin Nolan has claimed that Jon Stead is a confident player already and scoring his first Notts County goal of the season will not necessarily have given him a jolt of confidence more than what he previously had. The veteran striker has come under criticism from a section of Notts County fans, who would like to see one of the club's other strikers - Jonathan Forte the name most mentioned - given a go in the starting XI. He got off the mark in the 2-2 draw against Accrington Stanley with his penalty, but while the common consensus is that forwards get a boost of confidence once breaking their duck, Nolan says it's not the case with Stead. “The goal won’t do anything for his confidence. He’s a confident lad already and he’s been brilliant,” the Notts gaffer told the Nottingham Post. “He had an indifferent game at Coventry, like everyone did. He played really well against Scunthorpe and Chesterfield and did fantastically well against Wycombe. “He was a big part of a lot good stuff we did in the first half there.” Share your thoughts about this news story 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.
  12. Sorry Kev, but given this is the meme of the moment, it has to be done
  13. Kevin Nolan has hinted towards Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi remaining the first-choice strike partnership at Notts County, claiming that Jonathan Forte was not unlucky to have been named on the bench for the 2-2 draw with Accrington Stanley. Forte had scored in his previous two appearances before Friday’s League Two fixture at Meadow Lane, but was nonetheless not picked in the starting XI as the Magpies shared the spoils with Stanley. “I don’t think he (Forte) was unlucky. I explained the reasoning to him on Thursday why he didn’t start and he took it on the chin,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “We played so well in the first half at Wycombe. We’ve got three good strikers in good form. “I just feel that we beat Chesterfield and won at Wycombe. I don’t feel we needed to change. The two lads have done a fantastic job upfront. It’s my decision. That’s it. “Sometimes you can get carried away when lads have played well. Forte scored a great goal against Everton Under-21s and scored at Wycombe. “It could have happened again for him off the bench against Accrington, but we didn’t produce for him. We didn’t give him the ammunition. “I’m delighted with all three of them. They did the right things at the right time but we didn’t feed them properly. “Steady is off the mark which is great for us. Shola is yet to get off the mark, but their keeper has made some fantastic saves. That said, it’s not good enough us saying their keeper has played really well.” Share your thoughts about this news story 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.
  14. Jon Stead has suggested that Notts County are "not a million miles away" from being the finished product, and would welcome new signings in the dressing room. The Magpies have brought in 11 players on a permanent basis and two loanees this summer, while every squad member offered a new contract went on to put pen to paper. On the pitch, Notts have enjoyed a decent start to the 2017/18 League Two season, claiming two wins and a draw from their first four fixtures. The last game, however, saw the team relinquish a two-goal lead to Accrington Stanley, who left Meadow Lane with a point in a 2-2 draw. Stead told the Nottingham Post: “We’re satisfied but we wanted more. We put an expectation on ourselves probably more so than the manager does. “We want to be competing at the top end. We’ve got a point against a very good Accrington side when I don’t think we’re anywhere near where we can be as a squad. We take the point and go again. “We’re not a million miles away. If we can strengthen the squad then anyone would want that. You always want to be better. “We’ve got a good group though with lads who are chomping at the bit and not playing. We’ve got good competition. “That’s not something I’ve seen since I’ve been here. We’ve got a fantastic dressing room too. “That side of it is the best I’ve seen here and it’s driven by the manager and the characters he signs.” Share your thoughts about this news story 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.
  15. Ryan Yates has revealed that his decision to join Notts County on loan was mainly influenced by Kevin Nolan being manager at the club. The 19-year-old, who is on the books at Nottingham Forest, joined the Magpies for a season-long spell at the start of the season. Despite being tracked by a number of teams interested in his services, Yates decided to go for a loan move over the Trent. “First and foremost my decision to come here was because of Kevin Nolan being the manager,” he told the Nottingham Post. “That was the main reason. He has played in the Premier League and I’ve not really had that kind of person to learn from yet. “He was a central midfielder like me and a goalscorer. He had that leadership and is somebody I really look up to. “I remember watching all his goals thinking I want that to be me one day so it’s going to be really good experience for me.” Yates, who scored on his Notts debut against Scunthorpe United in the League Cup, also hailed the presence of other former Premier League players at Meadow Lane, such as Shola Ameobi, Jon Stead and Alan Smith. “At the start I was a bit in awe because I couldn’t believe I was training with all these types of players. “Being with the under-18s and the under-23s you don’t get that, so I am just trying to feed off their experience. “I am trying to take it all in because they are not always going to be around. Shola is always giving me advice so I am trying to take that information and learn every day. “These players have been there and done it, then dropped down the leagues." Share your thoughts about this news story 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.
  16. We've made a lot of signings this week. Six, to be precise. And now Notts have stepped up their recruitment drive, the question on everyone's lips is, how are we going to line up against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday? There may be some difference in opinions in the formation that we use throughout the season, but I'm going to stick with 4-4-2 as we used that nearly all of the time last season when Nolan took over. Starting in goal. Adam Collin seems like the obvious choice and whilst most of our fans don't like him much, it's hard to see Fitzsimons or Pindroch replacing him just yet. Matt Tootle has the right-back spot sewn up sweetly. If he avoids the injury problems he had last season he could play every league game. I don't expect Jordon Richards or Nicky Hunt to start much at all this season. The left-back spot is easy. Dan Jones will easily displace Carl Dickinson. The ex-Stoke man was very error-prone last season, especially when he consistently allowed opposition players into the box unchallenged. It was obvious we needed a new left-back and he needed to have pace, something Jones has and Dickinson doesn't. Centre-back has plagued us for a few seasons now. The last two especially where we conceded 83 in 15-16 and 76 in 16-17. For me Shaun Brisley has to start. He played in the Peterborough team that reached the League One playoffs a few years ago and we're crying out for stability at centre-half. Richard Duffy has been a lot better since Kevin Nolan came in. For me he beats Hollis to that first team spot alongside Brisley. Duffy, for me, was better under Nolan in the second the half of last season than Hollis was and is just a better player in my opinion. I would like to see Pierce Bird play a few games this season. He seems like a good prospect and someone who I think definitely has potential. Onto the wingers and for me it has to be Jorge Grant and Lewis Alessandra. Grant showed last season he is a quality player, especially for this level and has an abundance of creativity. He could very easily hit 10-15 goals for the 2017-18 season. Alessandra has much needed pace which Notts have been begging for, for a few seasons now. I think Nolan can get the best out of the former Hartlepool man. This pushes Terry Hawkridge to the bench but I still see him playing a key role in creating chances for the Magpies. There is also the option of playing these three together behind a lone striker. I don't see Elliot Hodge featuring regularly unless key players pick up injuries. Sam Osborne has great potential but isn't ready yet and a loan spell out to gain first team football is what he needs. Moving into the centre of the park, there are several options to choose from. Rob Milsom, Elliott Hewitt, Liam Walker, Curtis Thompson and Ryan Yates. It's obvious we will miss Michael O'Connor. As captain he led by example and played a massive part in Notts climbing the table. He formed a great partnership with Milsom and in my opinion, Milsom should keep his place in the starting eleven. He is good at pressing teams and is a neat and tidy passer and very calm in possession of the ball. In my opinion, Liam Walker should start alongside him. Walker is more of an attackive minded midfielder and his long shots and set pieces will be a danger to opposition teams. Elliott Hewitt is getting better by the day. He looks at home in the centre of midfield and moving him there from his right back slot could prove a solid decision. Ryan Yates is more of a box to box midfielder and when played, could be very useful in linking defence to attack. I don't see Curtis Thompson playing many games this season and his persistent injury problems haven't helped him at all. Alex Howes is a another player who I see getting loaned out to gain more first team experience. I don't expect a permanent central midfield pairing. I think Milsom, Hewitt, Walker and Yates will all have their turn in the starting XI. Finally, we move into the final third. Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi signed new contracts in the summer and unless we sign a striker before opening day then it will be them two starting up front. As a strike partnership, they have shown they can be effective but not spectacular. Ameobi is a very good player for holding the ball up and this can help bring other players into the game such as Grant and Alessandra as well as Stead. Despite being 6'3, Stead likes the ball more to his feet and Nolan is the first manager, since the ex-Huddersfield man joined Notts, to realise he isn't a target man. He has done very well to score 25 goals in the last two seasons but he is 34 and Ameobi is 35 and it's clear we need someone younger up front who can take us further up the table than my current prediction of 10th. For me we still need a striker if we're going to break into the play-off places. Jonathan Forte can be an asset but breaking into the first team next season will be difficult for him especially if we sign another striker. I prefer him as a striker to a winger but was utilised more as the latter last season but still managed 10 goals. Whilst he only scored 2 in 23 at Crewe, Callum Saunders looks like one for the future. I've heard that his movement is very good but he needs to work on his finishing. My starting XI for Coventry: Collin, Tootle, Duffy, Brisley, Jones, Grant, Milsom, Walker, Alessandra, Stead, Ameobi Squad GK - Adam Collin, Ross Fitzsimons, Branislav Pindroch, Joe Searson-Smithard RB - Matt Tootle, Jordon Richards, Nicky Hunt LB - Dan Jones, Carl Dickinson CB - Shaun Brisley, Richard Duffy, Haydn Hollis, Pierce Bird W - Jorge Grant (RM), Lewis Alessandra (LM,RM), Terry Hawkridge (RM,LM), Elliot Hodge (RM), Sam Osborne (RM) CM - Rob Milsom, Elliott Hewitt, Liam Walker, Curtis Thompson, Ryan Yates, Michael O'Connor (INJ), Alex Howes ST - Jon Stead, Shola Ameobi, Jonathan Forte, Callum Saunders Share your thoughts about this feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  17. Name: New kit goes on sale Category: Official Notts Videos Date Added: 2017-07-12 Submitter: Chris Notts striker Jon Stead was in the thick of the action in the club shop as Notts' 2017-18 home kit went on sale. New kit goes on sale Why not subscribe to PrideofNottinghamTV?
  18. Notts County striker Jon Stead has been trying out his hand at interviews and vox pops as the 2017/18 home kit went on sale on Tuesday evening. The club put up a special event at the Meadow Lane club shop for season ticket holders to get their hands on the new home shirt. Now, most footie journos dream of being footballers, but pro player Stead seems to be curious on the opposite trajectory - here he is showing his microphone skills! Tell you what Steady - we've got intership opportunities at Pride of Nottingham if you fancy working in the media... Share your thoughts about this story 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  19. Notts striker Jon Stead was in the thick of the action in the club shop as Notts' 2017-18 home kit went on sale.
  20. All the Notts County players that were offered contracts have re-signed, which speaks volumes for the atmosphere that people like Alan Hardy and Kevin Nolan have created around the club. Some people may dismiss players such as Curtis Thompson and Haydn Hollis signing the contracts offered to them, but as Adam Campbell signing for Morecambe has shown, players that were on the fringe of our squad are capable of signing for our League Two rivals. The tying down of Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi perfectly demonstrates the attraction of Notts as a club, of the atmosphere and aspirations that the aforementioned people have demonstrated. Stead had numerous offers, by his own admission, from throughout the world including the United States. Some may snort at the American leagues, but the offer of a ‘last payday’ as so many modern footballers find all too alluring (see the Chinese Super League) is quite real. The fact that a combination of the competitiveness of the Football League, the feel-good factor created by Nolan and the aspirations of Hardy has convinced Stead to sign a new contract with the club is outstanding. He is not alone. Ameobi - who without a doubt has received interest from other clubs in and around (or even above) us following some fine performances in a Notts shirt - has also re-signed. No doubt ex-colleague Nolan had an influence, but I don’t think it was the only pull factor. I also echo some fans’ opinions that a young, pacy striker to learn from Shola and Stead would fit perfectly, but let us not underestimate the threat these two veterans pose to opposition defences. We saw it last season, we will see it again next season. We all want to see new signings, we all have an F5 button that is showing the signs of a bit of wear and tear. We have already signed two wingers, who may not receive the ‘trial by Wikipedia’ nod of approval, but we have to trust Nolan’s judgement, January 2017 didn’t prove so bad. There has been many a season where Notts have offered contracts to existing squad players who have chosen to move, for one reason or another. We should be confident that the players who we have offered contracts have all signed, they all want to be here, and the reasons why they want to be here should be reassuring for all Notts fans. Share your thoughts about this feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
  21. Jon Stead has admitted that uncertainty over his future last season led to him taking his eye off the ball, but has reassured Notts County fans that there is "more to come" from him in 2017-18. The veteran striker was considering a move to America in January, while the period directly after the League Two campaign finished saw him on the radar of clubs all around the world. However, Stead has since put pen to paper on a new deal at Meadow Lane and, looking back over his time at Notts so far, conceded that he may not have been at his best from time to time. "I've had some off games but I don't think I've had any stinkers," he told the Nottingham Post. "For the best part, I think that shows in the offers that I had because I've had two decent seasons, which helps massively. "But the uncertainty regarding my future led to me taking my eye off the ball and I don't like doing that. "But there's certainly more to come from me and I just can't wait to get going again." Share your thoughts about this news story 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.
  22. Shola Ameobi has joined Notts County strike partner Jon Stead in extending his contract at Meadow Lane. The former Newcastle United marksman joined the Magpies in the January 2017 transfer window and quickly became a fan favourite. Playing under former teammate Kevin Nolan, he flourished in the Notts team and played a big part in their revival, scoring four times in 17 games. Ameobi told the official Notts site: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club so far and I'm excited for what next season holds in store. "I've been taken aback by the support of the fans, who have welcomed me into their club with open arms, and I'm determined to help make the 2017-18 campaign an enjoyable and successful one for them." Nolan, meanwhile, said: "Not only did Shola make a huge impact on the pitch and in the dressing room, but he is also a big hit with our supporters. "When a player of his quality and experience decides he wants to stay, it shows you are doing something right as a football club. "It's great that the players have bought into what we want to try and do here. We now have the rest of the summer to look at ways we can develop and improve the squad." Share your thoughts about this news story 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.
  23. Jon Stead has reiterated his desire to fire Notts County to the upper regions of the League Two table, for the fans and the club as well as for himself. The 34-year-old was rumoured to be on the way out of Meadow Lane, with offers to join clubs all around the world, but he will be a Magpie next season after penning a new deal. Stead admits that things spiralled out of control last season, but with Alan Hardy as owner and Kevin Nolan as manager, he believes things will kick on in 2017-18. He told the Nottingham Post: "I want to be successful. I've had plenty of relegations and not many promotions. "I want to be competing at the top end of the table season in, season out. I want that success and I want to do that here at Notts. "I've got a great relationship with the club and the fans. They know I give it everything and that won't change. "When I signed a couple of seasons ago, everything started well enough and looked promising. "Suddenly things don't go to plan, things start to spiral and it looks as if it will go out of control. But the turnaround has been massive. "It's huge for the club to have an owner with a real passion for the club. There's a real buzz about the place and it's great to be a part of." Share your thoughts about this news story 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.
  24. With Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi both signing the contract extensions offered to them by Notts County, it dismisses my concerns over who can lead the Magpies front line during the 2017-18 season. The majority of fans I know were quietly confident about both of them signing, but I had my doubts and I thought it would be just one of the two staying put. Yet it is fantastic news that Kevin Nolan has successfully managed to retain them both, they showed us last season what a hard-working duo could do up front. Even when they didn’t play together, they allowed a poor Magpie squad to bounce back and shine after the 10-game losing run in League Two. Both players have a wealth of experience, each has something vastly different in their locker and I feel that they can be the key to passing the torch on and for this historic club to find their own natural goalscorer. We all know it’s very unlikely that they will have the engines to play game after game from August to May - we have to accept that we will need someone else to step in for one or even both from time to time. This isn’t a negative for me, I firmly feel it presents a perfect opportunity for Notts to recruit a young upcoming striker who can thrive as an understudy to the pair. Stead has recently expressed his concern with the Notts squad, sending out a message that most fans will only know too well. He said in relation to requiring a couple of 15-20+ goalscorers, "we are going to need a couple of them. I know the manager is working to get players in and I still think we are a little bit light. I think we need three or four more players in then we can have a right go." There’s no denying we need more strength in depth in certain departments, yet a concern for me is injury up top and a lack of a pacey, speedy threat. Aaron Collins would be the perfect example of someone young who fit the mould, he arrived with few expectations from my own opinion but quickly highlighted to me why he fitted the bill. I feel Nolan should identify a young striker of that calibre who can fill the void and take the strain off Stead and Ameobi. I’m not expecting fireworks from the off, yet it would be a great blessing to know we have depth throughout the squad and I feel the pair offer a lot of attraction to other potential signings – if we were able to get some creativity on the flanks and centre of midfield, for example. Providing we strengthen the defence properly and allow the attacking players to do their thing, then I don’t see why a young striker couldn’t thrive at Meadow Lane. I realise that we require a squad of about 22-25 players, but having the quality and depth in the squad will be paramount to Notts having a successful go this upcoming campaign. Honestly, Notts should be far more hardworking – the question right now is all down to where the creativity will come from? Share your thoughts about this feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
  25. Jon Stead has set himself a target of 20 goals for Notts County next season, but insists that the squad needs to be strengthened ahead of the new campaign. The 34-year-old put pen to paper on a new contract at Meadow Lane believed to be until the end of next season and, following his 14-goal turnaround in League Two in 2016-17, he wants to do even better going forward. However, he says the Magpies need two players capable of it if they are to seriously become contenders for a promotion challenge next season. "I want to be front and centre stage and playing a massive part of next season," he told the Nottingham Post. "The gaffer sees me playing a big part and I want to be hitting 20 goals next season. "That's got to be the target and if we are going to be challenging then we are going to need somebody who scores 15 to 20 goals. "In fact we are going to need a couple of them. I know the manager is working to get players in and I still think we are a little bit light. I think we need three or four more players in then we can have a right go. "This is no disrespect to the players who have played in the wide positions over the last couple of seasons, but it has been something we have lacked. "We have had good technical players, but they haven't been authentic wide players or those who get bums off seats. "Lewis was a real handful when we played Hartlepool last season so to get those players in through the door is only going to help. "It will certainly help me and I am sure the manager and the board are working hard behind the scenes to add more. There's still plenty of time yet to sign more players." Share your thoughts about this news story 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.

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