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  1. Alan Hardy has mentioned a couple of updates on his Twitter page. The first is a brand new pitch to be rolled out at the end of the season, and also a sponsorship with Puma... And he also said he was looking into the possibility of installing a brand new state-of-the-art scoreboard. Let's hear what you think about all three of these developments.
  2. Alan Hardy has claimed that Notts County's EFL Cup game at Middlesbrough will be a "great test" for both teams. The Magpies will make the journey to the Riverside Stadium in the week commencing August 13 and will take on a side which reached the Championship playoffs last term. Notts played Boro away in the League Cup in September 2006 and famously won 1-0 in front of 11,148 fans. "It will be a great test for both teams," Hardy told the Nottingham Post. "Boro will naturally be favourites with the bookmakers, but we proved last year during our FA Cup run that we will give anybody a game. "We took Swansea to a replay and they were in the Premier League, and we also beat Championship Brentford. "I am really looking forward to it. It's an excellent stadium, the pitch should be in supreme condition and who knows what can happen on the night. "We will go there, give it our best shot and see where that takes us." Hardy also revealed that he is looking to add a fourth striker to the senior ranks, likely a loanee or an academy player. "We are actively looking for a fourth striker but that fourth striker will either be a loan player or a rising star from the academy such as Remaye Campbell," he told the Post web chat. 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.
  3. Notts County chairman Alan Hardy has confirmed that the club will look into reducing the size of the matchday programme but is unlikely to get rid of them completely. EFL clubs recently voted to end their compulsory publication as a result of declining sales and the costs involved in production. “Like the fans I love a good programme, but the truth is the sales are declining every year,” Hardy told the Nottingham Post. “A tremendous amount of work goes into them and they are a costly exercise with net losses being considerable. “But I don’t think it is right to do away with them altogether and the traditionalist in me says they are still excellent mementos for fans or collectors. “We will have a discussion in what we want to do next season in terms of the one we produce, but the likelihood is it will reduce in size.” 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. Alan Hardy has revealed that one in three Notts County season ticket holders renewing this summer are now under the age of 21, after analysing crowd data from last season. In addition, there has been an increase of more than 62 per cent in young fans buying tickets for matches. "This is tremendous news for the long term development and prosperity of the club," he told the Nottingham Post. "I have often listened to people telling me that the club has an ageing fan base. Well, not any more it hasn't. "Young people and families are the lifeblood of this club and we believe we offer the most family-friendly experience of anyone in the region. "We have invested significantly in improving family sections of the stadium, and launched a series of extremely popular discounted initiatives with schools and local community groups. "It's great to see this is already bearing fruit with more than 30 per cent of our season ticket sales so far being taken up by young people under the age of 21. "From detailed research of our attendances last season, we've also learned that the number of under 21s who purchased match tickets saw a quite incredible rise of 62 per cent. "We have invested in the squad for players not just for the present but also for the future. "We are not finished yet and we hope we can go one better next season in terms of meeting our objective which is promotion. "These are incredibly exciting times to be a Notts fan." 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 have confirmed they will be hosting a breakfast event at Meadow Lane to find out the release of the 2018-19 League Two fixtures. The event (and the draw) will take place on Thursday 21 June, with doors opening at 8am, and costs £10. Notts chairman Alan Hardy, manager Kevin Nolan and director Darren Fletcher will be present as the club finds out their fate in terms of who they'll play in the league and when. To book, email kirsty.edwards@nottscountyfc.co.uk or call 0115 955 7222. In addition, the EFL has confirmed that the draw for the first round of the EFL Cup - or Carabao Cup in corporate terms - takes place on Friday 15 June at 10:45am BST, with Notts being allocated ball number 23. Seventy EFL clubs will feature in the new-look draw, which will see teams drawn into Northern and Southern sections, but with no seeding for higher ranked sides as in previous seasons. Matches are scheduled to take place in the week commencing 13 August. 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. Alan Hardy has revealed that he has held talks with EFL and FA officials in hopes of improving the quality of refereeing at lower-league level. League Two was beset by officiating errors ranging from the minute to the critical, such as the ones in the Coventry City games that saw the Magpies miss out on progress to the playoff final. "I have met with Dave Cookson, the Football Services Director at the EFL, as well as Andy Ambler, the head of professional game relations at the Football Association, to not only share concerns but also discuss ways in which we can assist officials," Hardy told the Nottingham Post. "One of my ideas was to implement a watered-down version of Video Assistant Referees that could be trialled for League Two games. "There is one broadcast camera filming every game, the feed from which could also be used to give the referee and the fourth official an opportunity to review a goalscoring incident or a goal by the side of the pitch. "It may not be the eight cameras that the Premier League have but at least it may provide the chance for mistakes to be rectified. "They listened intently to what I had to say and it was a thoroughly positive discussion because the last thing we want is for referees to be pilloried. "We want to be able to help them avoid the headlines and if we can do that by implementing some form of technical assistance, I think it would be good for them, the managers, the players and the fans. "It can be done simply and cheaply compared with the cost of an additional £86,000 for each club just to make the referees full-time, which would still leave the assistants part-time. "My ideas were taken on board and they will be put forward to the International Football Association Board which oversees the rules of the game. "I would hope the IFAB give it serious consideration because I don’t think it’s unfair to say that the reputation of officials in the lower leagues is not at an all-time high. "That is not fair on them because they work long hours during the week and then officiate games at the weekend for their love of the sport. "They deserve our respect but they also deserve our help. "What I have suggested is not just for Notts County’s benefit, but for every other club in the lower echelons of the EFL. "We have a responsibility to make the game the best it can be, whether it be in terms of entertainment, the experience or the issue of referees." 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.
  7. Alan Hardy has spoken of the signings of Tom Crawford and Will Patching as testament to how far Notts County have come and how promising their future appears. The Magpies paid an undisclosed fee to Chester for midfielder Crawford last week, and followed it up on Monday with a free transfer move for Manchester City’s Patching. “I am very excited with the arrival of Tom and Will,” Hardy told the Nottingham Post. “There were clubs further up in the food chain looking at both of them, but they could see what we are trying to build here at Meadow Lane. They are young, they are technically gifted and we have high hopes for both of them. “I think it’s tremendously important that as well as signing players for the present, that we do not neglect the future. “That is why we have consistently scouted regions looking for young players that we hope will make that next step with us. It's something I am very passionate about and Tom and Will’s arrival is very exciting given their backgrounds. “I spoke to Will about the club and where I envisaged it going in the next few years. The manager also did a brilliant job in talking to him, making him feel welcome, explaining his vision, his worth and how he wants to help him. “It’s incredibly important that if you are to attract this calibre of young player that you give them as much detail as you can. “Seeing Meadow Lane full and the atmosphere that was generated against Coventry also played a key role. “With Will and Tom on board, I am very happy to have two young players at the club that, I am sure, will go on to have fine careers.” 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. Notts County owner Alan Hardy has stressed how important it was to give "an early statement of intent" to the league by moving early to bring in big signings. The club chairman acknowledges that, two weeks ago, the Magpies were left reeling by their playoff defeat to Coventry City. Moving on from that, Hardy spoke of showing the world that Notts "would be far from a wounded animal next season", ergo the arrivals of the likes of Kristian Dennis, Kane Hemmings, Andy Kellett and Tom Crawford. "Let’s rewind a fortnight," Hardy wrote in the Nottingham Post. "The final whistle has just blown at Meadow Lane and our play-offs campaign has been curtailed in the cruelest way possible. "The mood around the club is probably the worst it’s been since Kevin Nolan and I arrived. Our whole season has been undone by abysmal decisions from not one, but two separate sets of officials and it’s hard, right now, to look ahead with much excitement or optimism. "Now, fast forward to the present day. We’ve just announced four superb new signings, seen two of our brightest prospects commit their future to us and confirmed pre-season friendlies against Leicester City and Derby County. "The atmosphere behind the scenes is the best it’s been in recent years and everyone, players, staff and supporters, can’t wait for the new campaign to come around. "I must take this opportunity to praise the tireless work of our football operations director, Jason Turner, who has been instrumental in all the above. "Jason’s knowledge and passion for the industry are vital to us and he, along with several other members of staff, worked around the clock this week to help deliver all the brilliant news we have been delighted to share. "It was crucial we gave an early statement of intent, not only to our supporters but also to the football world to show them we would be far from a wounded animal next season. "We had our targets, we worked out a plan and we nailed it." 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. Alan Hardy has admitted that Notts County are hoping to re-sign Ben Hall on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion next season. The former Motherwell defender played 11 games for Kevin Nolan’s side in 2017-18, after joining on a deadline day loan in January. Brighton have high hopes for the Northern Ireland under-21 international and awarded him a new contract back in April, but he is expected to go back out on loan in 2018-19. “It would be great if we could bring Ben Hall back to the club,” Hardy told the Nottingham Post. “We’ve had some discussions about him as he was excellent in the games he played during his time on loan with us. "That’s something we are looking at.” 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.
  10. Alan Hardy has given Notts County goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons a big vote of confidence, saying he will be "worth a large sum of money" in a few years' time. The 23-year-old has been offered a new contract by the Magpies and, should he sign it, is likely to become Adam Collin's successor after the former number one was released by the club. Fitzsimons did well in deputising for Collin last season but lost his place in January after lashing out at Crawley Town player Mark Connolly to earn a red card and give the opposition a penalty which was converted. “Ross was outstanding in the games he played,” Hardy told the Nottingham Post. “If it wasn’t for the sending off against Crawley when we played them at Meadow Lane, then he would have probably retained his place throughout the rest of the season. “Ross is a fantastic prospect for the future, and we believe in three years’ time, he will be worth a large sum of money. “He is a very talented young goalkeeper.” 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.
  11. Alan Hardy has paid tribute to the players released by Notts County this week and pledged to build for "another season to remember". The Magpies finished fifth in League Two last season and took on Coventry City in the playoff semi-finals. It didn't go to plan, however, as Notts lost 5-2 on aggregate, and although Hardy was left with resentment over the unjust refereeing decisions, he will look ahead to the 2018-19 campaign. "When you get that close to tasting success, it summons a deep-seated passion to go one better and that will be our aim next season," Hardy wrote in the Nottingham Post. "We have a fantastic manager, we have a squad who have forged a tremendous spirit, and we have you - the supporters. "Your incredible backing throughout the course of the campaign both home and away was outstanding. "It is a real source of motivation, and I am determined to ensure it is rewarded with a magical season which I hope will make up for the anguish of last week. "We have already started our battle plan for next season and this week we unveiled our retained list. "It is always an exceptionally difficult time because you have to say goodbye to players who you have got to know, respect and admire. "You see them on a daily basis, you see how hard they work, and you appreciate everything they have given to the cause. "To then say goodbye is extremely difficult, and I would suspect that any manager will tell you, it’s probably one of the hardest jobs they have to do. "I would like to place on record my thanks to those players who have departed us this week. "They all played their part and I would have dearly loved for them all to have gone out on the high of securing promotion under the Wembley arch. "Now, though, it is a time to look ahead to the new season knowing we have a core group already at the football club that I am sure will be determined to march us to glory. "It is going to be another busy summer when we look to supplement the squad with quality over quantity in our bid to reach our destination. "I am looking forward to the challenge of giving you another season to remember. "Hopefully this time it will end in perfect fashion knowing the events of last week was just a brief pit-stop of disappointment in our continued journey towards success." 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. Alan Hardy has paid tribute to the Notts County fanbase in an end-of-season message following the playoff defeat to Coventry City. A total of 17,615 people were in attendance at Meadow Lane on Friday night to watch the Magpies fight for a place in the final at Wembley. It wasn't to be unfortunately, with the Sky Blues instead winning the chance to go up in the showpiece event on Bank Holiday Monday, with Exeter City in their way. Nonetheless, Hardy was delighted with the Black & White Army and their support at the game and throughout the season, and has pledged to work hard behind the scenes to keep the club prospering. "I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported us throughout the campaign," Hardy wrote on the official website. "Unfortunately there was to be no fairytale ending and, given some of the refereeing decisions we were subjected to over the course of our play-off semi-final tie, perhaps it simply wasn’t meant to be. "When the dust settles, we will be able to look back on an amazing season of progression on and off the field, culminating in a breathtaking occasion which attracted a record crowd this century. "It’s difficult to put into words the level of pride I felt looking around the stadium ahead of kick-off (Friday) night. Nearly every seat was filled and there was a terrific atmosphere swirling around Meadow Lane. "We are all united in our desire to have more nights like that and with your continued backing, I’m sure we will. "While the players will now have some well-deserved time off with their friends and family, behind the scenes the hard work begins straightaway to ensure we continue on our upward curve. "As always, I will keep you informed of the latest developments in our exciting journey. "Thank you once again. Alan." 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.
  13. Alan Hardy has urged the Notts County fanbase to play their part in what he hopes to be a night "that will go down in Meadow Lane folklore". Tonight, the second leg of County's League Two playoff semi-final against Coventry City takes place, with the tie evenly - and unfairly - poised at 1-1. Writing in the Nottingham Post, Hardy spoke at length about the nerves and anticipation involved prior to kickoff, the camaraderie in the Notts camp, and the role which the Black & White Army must play. "So the day has finally arrived when our hopes, dreams and aspirations can be realised on what I hope is an unforgettable night at Meadow Lane," wrote Hardy. "Coventry stand in our way in their bid to reach the League Two play-off final at Wembley and they will provide formidable opposition in our quest to reach that famous arch. "All we can ask from the players is they run their legs into the ground, tackle that little bit harder and run that little bit further than the opposition. "They have been fantastic all season, defying everybody’s expectations given the original objective was consolidation. "But here we are, on the cusp of Wembley, and we require them now to give one final push to ensure we can all enjoy a capital day out when we can paint London in a sea of black and white. "It will be nervous, it will be tense, but I have firm belief in the manager Kevin Nolan and his players, who have developed an incredible brothers-in-arms mentality. "They have done their family, friends, the club and themselves proud with the way they have conducted themselves over the last nine months. "The spirit among them is absolutely first class. When one is in trouble, the other goes to help out. When you’ve got that kind of mentality, how can you go wrong? "I am fully expecting Meadow Lane to be sold out, with tickets having been snapped up amid exceptional demand. "The thought of the Kop swaying in unison, singing their hearts out and roaring the boys on is something that has the hairs on the back of your neck standing up. "Once again, it is going to be a phenomenal occasion in the history of this wonderful football club. "The fans must not underestimate their importance to our quest either because they were absolutely incredible at the Ricoh Arena. "They made a hell of a lot of noise and, having spoken to the manager and the players, it drove them on when legs were getting weary. "It was the loudest away following of the season with the fans bouncing and dancing, culminating in an unforgettable sight. We need that again on Friday night. "We all have a part to play in what is going to be a rollercoaster of emotions over 90 - or maybe even 120 - minutes. "Like me, I’m sure you just want to hear the shrill of the referee’s whistle so we can all get cracking. "It’s torture having to wait for kick-off but I hope that come full time we are witnessing scenes that will go down in Meadow Lane folklore." 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. Alan Hardy has described restoring pride to Notts County's fans as the most satisfying achievement of his tenure at the club. When Hardy took over at Meadow Lane in January 2017, the Magpies were looking odds-on to drop out of the Football League and potentially out of existence. In the 16 months that have followed, not only did Notts survive relegation, but have gone on to finish fifth in the current season, giving them a chance at the playoffs. "I’m often asked what’s been the most satisfying achievement of my 16-month tenure at the club," Hardy wrote in the Nottingham Post ahead of the semi-final first leg at Coventry City. "Quite simply, it’s this: giving back to the fans a club they can truly be proud of once more. "I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say we have collectively delivered fairy tale turnarounds in both our on-field and off-field fortunes. "We now enter our first play-off campaign for 21 years. I shudder to think how many relegation campaigns we’ve had to contend with during that period. "I see real smiles on the faces of every generation of Notts County supporter. Children, parents, and grandparents all united in their enjoyment of supporting our club. "I know many of you felt supporting Notts had become a chore. Not anymore it isn’t. "And wherever this play-off journey takes us over the next two weeks I want us all to enjoy it. "Collectively, I believe we all now feel we are a club back on the up. A club which has a sense of real pride, purpose and enthusiasm." Read Alan Hardy's full column here. 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. Alan Hardy has given his thoughts on the upcoming League Two playoffs, which will see Notts County three games and a trip to Wembley away from promotion. The Magpies play their last game of the regular season today, hosting already-promoted Luton Town for the chance to finish as high in the fourth-to-seventh mini-table as possible. "Ever since we cemented our place in the play-offs, the excitement which comes attached with such an achievement has been entirely understandable," Hardy wrote in the Nottingham Post. "You can’t blame anybody for getting carried away about dreaming of playing at Wembley, where you hope all the hard work over the course of the season is rewarded with promotion. "We still don’t know who we’re going to play in the semi-finals and that will only be determined once we play our final game of the regular season against Luton this weekend. "Victory in front of a bumper crowd at Meadow Lane would give us an incredible lift going into the play-offs but it will be tough because Luton are arguably the most entertaining team in the division. "But despite losing to Grimsby, I am sure we will go out there full of confidence given how good training has been this week. "I suspect the manager will make a few changes in what I am sure will be a very open and entertaining game of football. "It wouldn’t surprise me if it finished 5-5 but what we desire most is a result and performance that gives us momentum going into the play-offs. "Anything can happen in those games and I maintain that what has happened in the previous nine months counts for nothing. "The players and manager have done a fantastic job this season. I’ve enjoyed it and I am sure the fans have too. "All we need is one final push to get us over the line, making the tantalising prospect of a day out at Wembley a wonderful reality." 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. Alan Hardy is looking ahead to a grandstand finish to the season as he hopes for Notts County to claim a top-three spot in League Two. The Magpies face Grimsby Town away on Saturday before wrapping up the regular programme at Meadow Lane against fellow high-flyers Luton Town. Notts are currently fifth in the table but third-placed Wycombe Wanderers are just two points above Kevin Nolan's side, ensuring there is all to play for in the final two games of the season. Hardy has previously stated that he would have loved seeing Notts seal promotion via the playoffs at Wembley on his birthday, but has now admitted he wants the automatic spot. "Win at Grimsby this weekend and we’ll go into [the Luton] match with a chance of securing automatic promotion on the last day of the season," Hardy told the Nottingham Post. £What an occasion that would be. "I’ve gone on record in the past as saying my dream would be to be promoted – on my birthday – via the playoffs at Wembley. "But, now the top three is tantalisingly close, I’m starting to think an early present would be preferable! "Automatic promotion would afford us an extra three weeks to prepare for a season in League One, which I’m sure would be a big jump for everyone in the business. "That said, there is no pressure on the manager or the players from my point of view. They’ve done a tremendous job to get themselves into this position and what will be will be. "But, if we can take it down to the final day, it promises to be a cracker of a finale." 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.
  17. Alan Hardy has expressed his delight with Notts County for both their progress on the pitch and off the pitch. The Magpies prepare to face Yeovil Town at Meadow Lane this afternoon and, should results go their way, a playoff place will be mathematically guaranteed. Writing in the Nottingham Post, Hardy said: "If somebody had told me at the beginning of the season that on April 21 we would be in contention to secure a play-off spot, I would have snapped their hand off. "Yet here we are, preparing for our penultimate home game of the season knowing if we better Mansfield’s result we’ll be guaranteed a top-seven finish. "That would be an excellent achievement for us – particularly with another two games left to play - and, while it certainly won’t be easy, I have every faith that the players will get their part of the job done. Then it’ll be over to Mansfield! "Of course, if things don’t go to plan there’ll be no panic from our side. No matter what happens this season, it’s been a terrific performance from the players, management, supporters and staff. "The progress we’ve made both on and off the field is remarkable – as demonstrated by the recent news that we have been nominated for three prestigious awards by sports hospitality experts Stadium Experience. "This recognition comes after a season of rapid progression in the commercial side of the business. "In the summer we refurbished two of our biggest suites, rebranded our packages and worked on improving the quality of food and service in all our corporate areas. "It’s our vision to become a world-class venue for both matchday and non-matchday events and these nominations show we are now operating on a par with some of the biggest sports clubs in the country. "I’d like to congratulate our commercial director, Amanda Fletcher, and all members of staff – casual and full-time – for contributing to this wonderful achievement. "I’m very grateful to everyone who supports us in our efforts to generate additional revenue, which is absolutely essential for a club like ours. "Ticket revenue is by far our biggest earner but, if we’re to compete at the level we want to, we must maximise our ‘through the week’ income streams and be imaginative in our search for new ones. "We’re already working at a level which I feel belies our current position in the football pyramid but we have to keep striving for more in order to support the growth we’re hoping to achieve on the pitch. "Here’s to another three points against Yeovil Town this weekend." 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.
  18. If Notts County get into the playoffs, should we give the opposition team less tickets for the Meadow Lane leg? Mark Beal on Twitter has put the question to Alan Hardy, who replied by saying it would be a "commercially naive and suicidal" decision. Thoughts?
  19. I know I'm not the only Notts County fan who feels deflated following the last couple of months at Meadow Lane, seeing a side that, following full time in the New Year's Day win over Port Vale, was second in League Two - four points behind then leaders Luton Town and seven clear of fourth - now in fifth, seven adrift of the top three and just four above eighth. We've seen Notts put in superb performances this season and also grind out results, and it was superb to see - and obviously expectations rose as the prospect of automatic promotion, or perhaps the title, was a real possibility, and so having such hopes dashed is painful. However, this is where perspective and hindsight come into play. The bulk of the team this season is the same as that of last season - in 2016-17 Notts were punching below their weight for the first half, before Alan Hardy and Kevin Nolan arrived and lifted each of the players to punch above their weight, and indeed safety was ensured before the final day. This time round, the players got off to a flying start in the league (aside from the Coventry opener) and soon enough we were topping the table, and as the weeks went on, the Magpies continued to impress - still very much punching above their weight. But an EFL campaign is very much a marathon, and as it turned out, Notts might have led the pack early on, but the rigours of the 46-game season, plus all the other cup competitions, will take their toll on the players physically and mentally. From a transfer perspective, January didn't go to plan - losing Ryan Yates was a huge blow and I don't feel we've fully recovered from it; Mason Bennett was good but injury prone and unfortunately he got sidelined in his first full game; Matty Virtue has been sub-par, while Liam Noble and Noor Husin have been decent but not superb - and certainly not . I think only Ben Hall has been a legitimately great signing. Alongside losing Yates, the Bennett loan was also a massive blow, given how Shola Ameobi and Jon Stead could now not get their rest, and indeed they have completely run out of steam. But calling for Kevin Nolan to be sacked, as some people have been doing, is very much a joke, except for the fact they seem to be serious. Yes, Notts have all but fluffed automatic promotion; yes, Notts are in poor form and face a battle just to stay in the playoffs; yes, I'm not especially confident that they could succeed if they do finish in the playoffs. But would I have taken worrying in the top seven of the table rather than the bottom two? Absolutely. Do I think Nolan and Hardy will be wiser come the end of the season, whether we get promoted or not? Yes. And do I think both of them, plus the better players in the squad, would remain at ML and a summer of good recruitment could see Notts build on and have a team that could genuinely fight for promotion next season? Yes, I do. Pep Guardiola didn't meet expectations last season at Manchester City, finishing without a trophy. Sir Alex Ferguson wasn't much cop in his first few seasons at Manchester United. But they were afforded time, in spite of some braying fans calling for them to be sacked, and they went on to greatness. Nolan is a young manager and has a lot to learn - same as Hardy in terms of owning a football club. And it's not like we're fighting for our EFL life, like we were last season - worst comes to worst, we spend next season in League Two, we can add a few more pieces to the jigsaw, and we go again. All I know is, anyone calling for Nolan to be sacked is outright deluded - remember what happened with Keith Curle a few seasons ago? Gunning for promotion into the Championship, yet even that didn't seem good enough for some, and now what most of us wouldn't give to be there now. So be careful what you wish for, because as disappointing as things may seem now, they could be much, much worse. Share your thoughts about this feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  20. Alan Hardy is looking forward to this Easter's crucial League Two fixtures as Notts County take on two direct promotion rivals and is hoping for a response from the Magpies. First up are Wycombe Wanderers - third in the table - at Meadow Lane on Good Friday, followed by second-placed Accrington Stanley away on Easter Monday. Hardy admits to being nervous and also excited with regards to the ramifications that these two games will have on County's situation as the season reaches its final stages. "Come Monday at 5pm, we will have a much clearer picture of where we stand in respect of automatic promotion," Hardy told the Nottingham Post. "We will either have a considerable gap to close in the last five games or we will be on the coattails of Wycombe and Accrington, who we face in the coming days. "Personally, I believe Luton and Accrington already have a foot in League One – but there is still one position very much up for grabs. "If we can beat Wycombe we will be just one point behind them in the race for that coveted third place so it just underlines what a big game it is at Meadow Lane. "I am experiencing a wide range of emotions, from nervousness to excitement, and I do harbour the feeling that it’s going to be an extraordinary and special afternoon. "We are expecting a big crowd and an atmosphere which will reflect what’s at stake come 3pm. "After losing to Chesterfield last Sunday, we are looking for a response to what was a disappointing afternoon at the Proact Stadium. "This team has proven on more than one occasion that when they have encountered a setback, they generally respond in the right manner. "With the season reaching its climax, we are going to need all those traits again if we are to get ourselves over the line and celebrate what would be a remarkable achievement. "As I have said previously, being in this position was never on the agenda when we set out in the summer. But let’s enjoy the ride and the potential riches it may bring." 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.
  21. Alan Hardy has claimed that he "never, ever expected" Notts County to be gunning for promotion from League Two in his first full season as chairman. The Magpies are currently fourth in the table with just eight games remaining, a remarkable turnaround from the battle to remain in the Football League this time last year. Hardy, who took over at Meadow Lane in January 2017, says a stable season of consolidation was the original aim for this campaign and seeing Notts in the upper tiers of the table has been a surprise. “It’s been incredible really because we never, ever, expected to be in this position and it certainly wasn’t in our plan for this year,” he told the Nottingham Post. “After securing safety last season, we sat down and said that consolidation was the aim in order that we could lay foundations for a promotion push next season. “But all of a sudden here we are, third in the table, with just eight games to go, and we could be heading for a place in League One ahead of schedule. “It’s been remarkable to witness and it’s a testament to Kevin Nolan, his staff and the players for how they have performed this season. “They have engineered themselves into a fantastic position and whatever fate has in store for us, I am just going to enjoy the ride. “It would be utterly magical if we could pull it off and there are not many teams who go from fighting relegation one season, then pushing for promotion the next.” 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.
  22. Alan Hardy has revealed that he is looking into the possibility of building a hotel or apartment block next to Meadow Lane. The Notts County chairman has identified wasteland next to the Kop end as a potential spot upon which to build property and in turn reinvest in the club. One potential source of inspiration is the apartment block next to Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium, where residents have a balcony with a view overlooking the pitch. Another option which has been mentioned is that of redeveloping the entire Kop stand to incorporate flats or hotel rooms - any plans would need to be submitted to Nottingham City Council before any work could happen. “We’re talking about how best to leverage that area, whether it’s a hotel, residential or retail, and working with some architects on a masterplan," Hardy told the Nottingham Post. “We’ll use that money to help fund a new training ground complex, which we’re in negotiations about at the moment. “We’re talking to a couple of hotel chains and seeing what could be possible. One of the things that’s on the drawing board is whether we demolish the existing Kop stand and replace it with something that’s modern. “The seating section would be an integral part but the upper levels above could be conference rooms and restaurants, and then higher up could be apartments or hotel rooms. “We’d have to make sure it’s viable but also that it would have long-term benefits for the security of Notts County. “I was down at Leyton Orient at the end of last season and they’ve got apartments in the corner overlooking the pitch. “A lot of clubs in League One and League Two don’t tend to be owned by foreign multi-billionaires, but by reasonably successful businessmen and women. “So they either have to use their own personal wealth to prop the club up or have to find a commercial proposition to assist them on the way. “Orient have done a great job in developing the area around the ground and we might look to do something similar. “It might be that we put apartments there and rent them so the club will have a bankroll of money coming in every month.” 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.
  23. Alan Hardy has revealed that Notts County will subsidise coach travel for the club's fans making the trip to watch the game at Chesterfield later this month. The Magpies owner says it is a way of “showing our gratitude for those who follow us up and down the land”, with official club travel being priced at £5 for the match on Sunday, March 25. The game is being shown live on television, but Hardy hopes the special offer will encourage as many supporters as possible to watch it in person at the Proact Stadium. “Our away support has been nothing short of magnificent this season,” he told the Nottingham Post. “This is another way of us showing our gratitude to those who follow us up and down the land. “I’m fully aware that away-day costs are high and I’m conscious that some of our supporters would struggle to justify the expense of attending this game when they can watch it on television. “Hopefully, by heavily subsidising travel for this match, fans who would otherwise be unable to attend can now be with us to cheer us on for what will be yet another very important fixture.” 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.
  24. Alan Hardy has revealed how Notts County were on the brink of signing a Spanish forward on a free transfer earlier this week. However, the move broke down because the wages agreed "needed to be net of tax, not gross". The Magpies have been on the lookout for a new forward following Mason Bennett's injury and subsequent surgery forcing him to return to parent club Derby County. “I think our search for a player who is currently unattached has been well documented,” Hardy told the Nottingham Post. “We took that search far and wide, and we were alerted to a Spanish player without a club. I don’t want to name him out of respect. “But we held productive talks, they were progressing excellently and thought we had the deal agreed. “Then his agent came back and said the wages we had agreed needed to be net of tax, not gross. Unfortunately, the deal then fell apart which was bitterly frustrating.” 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.
  25. Alan Hardy is delighted with Notts County's "incredible journey" so far and is looking forward to a "gripping end" to the League Two campaign. The Magpies appeared to be heading out of automatic promotion contention but last Saturday's win over Stevenage and Coventry City's win over Wycombe Wanderers reduced the gap from fourth to third to one point. Hardy, discussing the postponed game against Cheltenham Town, told the Nottingham Post: "At least we won’t have to wait long before we can attempt to build on our win over Stevenage last weekend. "Results elsewhere largely went for us, too, so it was a very profitable afternoon as we leapt up a place to fourth, one point behind Wycombe. "The league is going to be extremely tight and I have to say Coventry did us a huge favour by winning at Wycombe on Tuesday night. "Accrington are still in second but, having had a look at their fixtures, statistically they have the hardest run in. "They have all the top seven to play so it’s going to be a gripping end to the season with lots of twists and turns. "All we have to do is ensure we take care of our own results and see where that takes us. "We have had an excellent season so far and our destiny is very much in our own hands. "It’s already been an incredible journey and it would be fantastic if we reach our destination ahead of schedule." 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.

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