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Notts County and Exeter City have met a total of 43 times over their history, the first meeting coming at St James’ Park in Division Three (South) which finished as a 3-3 draw. The Magpies have an excellent record against the Grecians; out of those 43 games, Notts claimed a result in 35, with 17 wins and 18 draws. Our recent form (last five) is not too bad, with two wins, two draws and one defeat. Exeter was formed in 1901 as St. Sidwell's United and played in the Southern League from 1908 until 1920, when that league's top division was absorbed into The Football League as its new Division Three. The club was the first ever team to play the Brazilian national team in 1914, a match which was commemorated in a 2014 friendly game against Fluminense. City took 60 years to achieve their first ever promotion, finishing fourth in Division Four in the 1963–64 season. Since then, the club have mostly yo-yoed between the third and fourth divisions, spending five years in the Conference between 2003 and 2008; having been promoted a further four times (in 1976–77, 1989–90, 2007–08 and 2008–09) and relegated five times (in 1965–66,1983–84, 1993–94, 2002–03 and 2011–12). Famous fans include Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, Adrian Edmondson, Mark Nicol and Noel Edmonds. Singer Joss Stone signed up as a member of the Supporters' Trust, being introduced to fans on the pitch as a new member during a League Cup match against Liverpool. In 2002 pop singer Michael Jackson was made honorary director of Exeter City. He visited St James Park with celebrity friend Uri Geller, who was also a director. The crew of the HMS Defender also adopted Exeter City as their home team and use their strip if playing games whilst on tour. Team news Notts have no fresh injury concerns and a fully-fit squad ahead of the visit of Exeter. Magpies manager Kevin Nolan could keep faith with the side that started Saturday's 2-1 home win against Cheltenham, although he has plenty of options. Carl Dickinson was back in the squad for that game after recovering from a knee injury but he had to settle for a place on the bench, while Adam Campbell and Haydn Hollis were both left out altogether. Jorge Grant, on loan from Nottingham Forest, made an impression during his late cameo from the bench at the weekend but it remains to be seen whether the midfielder did enough to force his way into Nolan's XI. Reuben Reid will once again feature in the Exeter attack after recovering from illness to lead the line in the 3-0 defeat to fellow promotion hopefuls Plymouth Argyle. Reid will be joined in attack by Ollie Watkins who recovered from a foot injury in time to face the Pilgrims, with Liam McAlinden and Robbie Simpson again likely to have to settle for a place on the bench. Share your thoughts about the game on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
Notts County and Cheltenham Town have faced off just nine times in their history, and all meetings have come in the 21st century. The first clash was on 28 September 2002, when the Magpies played away at Whaddon Road and won 4-1. The last game, meanwhile, was earlier this season, a 3-2 win at Whaddon Road with Jon Stead bagging a brace after Jonathan Forte opened the scoring four minutes in. As it stands, the Magpies have 5 wins, 2 defeats, and 2 draws against Cheltenham. Cheltenham Town was founded in 1887 by Albert Close White, a local teacher. However, the town has prior football history - in 1849, the first use of three official referees in a match, two in field and one in tribune, was recorded in Cheltenham. Promoted to The Football League as Conference Premier champions in 1999, Cheltenham have played as high as League One, the third tier of English football, spending a total of four seasons there. Their best FA Cup run saw them reach the last 16 (fifth round) in 2002. The last piece of silverware won by the club was the National League title in 2015–2016. Its league status was lost with relegation in 2015, only for the team to return, as champions, a year later. Two former Notts managers, Steve Cotterill and Martin Allen, have also done time at the Gloucestershire club. Team news Notts County boss Kevin Nolan hopes Thierry Audel will be fit to give him a full squad to choose from against Cheltenham Town. Audel limped off injured during the first half of the defeat at Accrington last weekend and the Frenchman will be assessed. Fellow defender Carl Dickinson has returned to training this week and is available along with midfielder Curtis Thompson, who served a one-match ban against Stanley. Former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi could be in line for his home debut after joining the Magpies last week on a deal until the end of the season. Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson must decide what shape to select his team in. Last week's more positive side drew 1-1 at home to Newport, having most recently won 3-2 at Luton in a defensive 5-4-1 formation. Recent signing Liam Davis made his debut last week and is expected to retain his place. Danny Wright could be pushing for a recall after appearing against Newport as a substitute. Share your thoughts about the game on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.