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  1. New Notts County striker Kristian Dennis has expressed his desire to be at the right end of the League Two table this season after back-to-back relegations with Chesterfield. The 28-year-old joined the Magpies last week in a deal thought to have cost the club £150,000. Dennis scored 21 goals last season but could not prevent the Spireites from dropping out of the Football League and is eager to make up for it by winning promotion with Notts. “I came back into the league with Chesterfield and had two relegations so that’s the last thing I want on my mind,” he told the Nottingham Post. “I want to be at the opposite end of the table and right up there vying for promotion. “I know Notts finished fifth last season and hopefully we can go one better, get automatic and get up into League One.” 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. What's been happening in League Two over the last week? Here is Pride of Nottingham's round-up of the biggest League Two news from the last seven days. - Accrington Stanley are likely to finish as League Two champions but the champagne currently remains on ice as Newport County ran out 2-1 winners at Rodney Parade on Tuesday night to deprive the Lancastrians of the point needed to seal the title. - Luton Town have also secured promotion to League One, coming from behind on Saturday to claim a point at Carlisle United to send them back into the third tier for the first time in a decade. - At the other end of the table, Chesterfield have been relegated, a second successive drop in divisions after falling from League One last year, and manager Jack Lester paid the price before relegation was mathematically confirmed as he left the Proact Stadium. - At present, four teams will be vying for that all-important third-placed finish in the league - incumbents Wycombe Wanderers, Exeter City, Notts County, and Lincoln City. - Sixth-placed Coventry City, meanwhile, are hoping to hold off Mansfield Town, the only team outside the top seven that can still get into the playoffs. - Towards the bottom, Barnet are the likeliest side to go down, five points adrift of safety in 23rd place, but Morecambe and Grimsby Town could yet be pegged back if the Bees win their final two games and either the Shrimpers or the Mariners - whose goal difference is worse than Barnet's - make a mess of their next two games. - Chelsea have been ordered to pay a £2.5m compensation fee to Exeter City following midfielder Ethan Ampadu's move to the club last summer. The two teams were unable to agree a fee when the 17-year old moved to Stamford Bridge in July last summer. - Striker Nathan Tyson has signed a one-year contract extension with Wycombe. The 35-year-old has scored seven goals in 33 games since returning to the club last summer. - Ronnie Henry, Stevenage's record appearance-maker, has signed a new one-year contract with the club. The 34-year-old set the new record when he played his 469th game for Stevenage against Morecambe in January. - Cambridge United winger David Amoo has signed a one-year contract extension to stay with the club until the end of next season. Amoo has made 24 appearances in all competitions this term after arriving from Partick Thistle in May 2017. - Luton manager Nathan Jones has stressed that it would take "something special" for him to leave Kenilworth Road. Jones, who was previously a coach at Brighton before taking over from John Still in January 2016, agreed a new four-year contract at Luton in January this year. Share your thoughts about this news roundup 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. Kevin Nolan has stressed that he has "no qualms" about Notts County fans booing at the end of their 3-1 defeat at Chesterfield given the abject performance by the visitors. The Magpies were convincingly beaten at the Proact Stadium on Sunday as Sid Nelson, Zavon Hines and a Kristian Dennis penalty made Dan Jones's free kick a scant consolation. More than 1,400 Notts fans were at the game and a sizeable amount booed their team's shoddy display, and Nolan says they were entitled to voice their opinion. “They have come to watch the game and if they are not happy with it then they can share and voice that opinion,” he told the Nottingham Post. “For me it wasn’t good enough and we were second best all over. I’ve got no qualms about the fans. “We brought more than 1,400 fans which is fantastic and what we want. “They were there until the end of the game and then when it was over, and if they don’t feel it is right, then they are going to voice their opinion. “Nobody can hide from the fact that we weren’t good enough, but we’ve got to move on.” 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. Notts County's promotion hopes suffered another blow as League Two strugglers Chesterfield ran out 3-1 winners in Sunday's encounter at the Proact Stadium. The hosts took the lead on 16 minutes Andy Kellett's corner was touched on by Drew Talbot and Sid Nelson chested the ball past Magpies goalkeeper Adam Collin from point-blank range. Elliott Hewitt then missed a sitter before the Spireites doubled their lead through a poor clearance that was rifled home by Zavon Hines. Notts huffed and puffed and laboured throughout the early afternoon but they put themselves within a goal of getting something from the game thanks to Dan Jones's free kick. Despite the County goal and nine minutes of stoppage time, there was to be no salvaging of a point as Chesterfield went on to score a penalty in the dying moments of the game. Should you, for whatever reason, wish to relive the key moments from the game, maybe as a reminder of when Notts bottled their season or a lesson in how not to play football, here are the highlights. Share your thoughts about the match 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. Jack Lester spoke of how Chesterfield "stifled Notts County from start to finish" in their 3-1 win over the Magpies in Sunday's League Two meeting at the Proact Stadium. The Magpies were feeble at the back as goals from Sid Nelson and Zavon Hines put the Spireites two up at the break. Despite Dan Jones' goal against his former club halving the deficit, the hosts sealed victory in the last minute of stoppage time as Kristian Dennis converted from the penalty spot. “It was superb," Lester told the official Chesterfield website. "I think from start to finish, we really stifled Notts County and stopped them from playing. “I thought when we had the ball, we played some brilliant football today. The players can be really proud of themselves, it was an excellent performance. “It gives you belief. We could have scored a number of more goals. We kept a side that is going for automatic very quiet. They have good experience with (Jon) Stead and (Shola) Ameobi. “The energy that we produced will hold us in good stead because you get yourself fitter when you play at that tempo.” Lester also spoke of how Chesterfield kept their cool after conceding late in the game via Dan Jones's free kick and admired the job done on Notts. “We were the best team at 2-1 up," he is quoted by the Nottingham Post as saying. "When the goal went in, everyone was a little bit - myself included - nine minutes of injury time. “But once they scored we were the best team, we got the ball down and played. “We were on the front foot, played all the football and got the next goal. “We could have had a couple before we got the penalty and that really pleased me, that showed mental strength.” 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. Kevin Nolan has slammed his Notts County side for failing to even do the basics as they were beaten 3-1 by Chesterfield in Sunday's League Two encounter at the Proact Stadium. The Magpies were sub-par in Derbyshire as Sid Nelson and Zavon Hines made the most of defensive mistakes to put the Spireites two up by the break. Notts then halved the deficit with a Dan Jones free kick late on but not even nine minutes of stoppage time could push them to find an equaliser, instead conceding again via a penalty. “When you are not in top form and not really playing well, you just go back to the basics,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “But we didn’t even do that well. That’s disappointing from us because that’s what we’ve been good at all season long. “We will be having a meeting, but I can’t put my finger on one thing on where it went wrong. “They battled better than us. They played with a better temperament, they made a lot better decisions than us. All in all, they got what they deserved. “When we got back to 2-1, we spoke about how well we fight back, but even then I thought we didn’t even put them under pressure. “We didn’t put enough balls into the box and I just thought everybody was below their normal standard. It showed and you can’t have that many off 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.
  7. Notts County's promotion hopes suffered another blow as League Two strugglers Chesterfield ran out 3-1 winners in Sunday's encounter at the Proact Stadium. The hosts took the lead on 16 minutes Andy Kellett's corner was touched on by Drew Talbot and Sid Nelson chested the ball past Magpies goalkeeper Adam Collin from point-blank range. Elliott Hewitt then missed a sitter before the Spireites doubled their lead through a poor clearance that was rifled home by Zavon Hines. Notts huffed and puffed and laboured throughout the early afternoon but they put themselves within a goal of getting something from the game thanks to Dan Jones's free kick. Despite the County goal and nine minutes of stoppage time, there was to be no salvaging of a point as Chesterfield went on to score a penalty in the dying moments of the game. How did the Notts contingent react to the result? Pride of Nottingham takes a closer look. Kevin Nolan (official Notts site) "We just have to take it on the chin. Chesterfield were better than us on the day. They worked harder and did the bits in and out of possession really well. "They kept it a lot better than us and fair play to them they got their just rewards. "What we have got to do is concentrate on us. They were the better team but we were way below our standards." Kevin Nolan (Nottingham Post) "We have had a fantastic season and the bigger picture is that we are still in a fantastic position. "What we have to do now is make sure we go back to being ourselves as soon as possible - we have seven games to respond. "Over 39 games so far this season these lads have shown why they deserve to be where they are in the table and I am hoping today is a blip. "I am looking for a response right away and, if we get that, we will be okay." John Thompson (BBC Radio Nottingham) "There was never really a plan B. It's a frustrating game all around. This was a very bad 90 minutes. "Today their two centre-halves dominated (against Stead and Ameobi), there was a lack of pace. Chesterfield were constantly running at the Notts defence. They (Notts) look a bit devoid of ideas out there today. "There was no real leadership out there. There was nobody wanting the ball. The players didn't seem to know what was the right way to win the game. "(Nolan) has got to address it and think about perhaps a change in formation." The Black & White Army Northants Pie: John Thompson summed our season up perfectly when he said Chesterfield are playing football and Notts are just hoofing aimless balls towards Ameobi & Stead... we got found out mid November and haven't changed it since, unfortunately. Christopher Key: Abysmal. Long ball for almost 90 minutes. We didn't look like a top table team at any point. Didn't win first balls, couldn't defend. Psychologically, we couldn't hack it. Want to find a positive, but just can't. Rosemary Sanders: Disappointing isn’t the word doesn’t bode well in view of forthcoming fixtures !! Not enough strengthening of the squad in January but the players have done their best Mr Hardy dig deep in your pocket . Come on you pies don’t lose it now. Martin Bates: Not really surprised. This "holding, shielding, midfield line" just doesnt work. Sooner or later you need to put a tackle in & preferably before they get to the penalty area. Just because it worked at H vs Swansea, it hasnt worked since! I just cant understand how Husin, the best technical player at the club cant get in the team. He can keep a ball, play it & ask for it back. Noble & Hewitt just offer nothing offensively notwithstanding Hewitt has had a good season. 7 game season, the teams who go out & try to win will go up. Those who play safe will miss out. I'll leave it to others to work out which Notts fall under! Colin Hodgson: Stop playing the same team week in week out. They are all looking knackered. At least we are in the mix and a lot better off than last season. So improving immensely just need to freshen it up in the final hurdle of the season. Kevin Nolan's black and white army! Thomas George Polkey: No where near good enough. Why does Nolan seem very reluctant to put on forte?????? Having two slow strikers and heavily relying on the long ball will not give Notts much of a chance. Tony D Beardsley: 2-1 down & into injury time & our goalkeeper has more possession than our goal scorers so says it all really! Jason Chambers: We’ll be lucky to make the play offs if we carry on playing like that, never mind autos! That chance has gone now. Poor performance. Jaychristina Kasraie: Embarrasing everytime on tv , makes them look like clowns, not on form today Rob Freeman: Failing to invest properly in the January transfer window will ultimatley cost Notts promotion. Luke James: Played league two football at a league two team Nolan looks like he is panicking and not trusting own his tactics play like that over Easter and we will he resigned to the play offs possibly not even that! Steven Taberham: 5 points lost in 2 out of the last 3 games. Just not good enough. May just about stay in the play off places. Dean Belfield: We got what we deserved nothing! To be fair to chesterfield they played us off the park. To many passengers we need to take a good look at ourselves and change our approach its not good enough! Mark Nixon: There is no pace in the team what so ever the front 2 are like statues need to mix it up league 2 defenders hate pace and we still left them both on. Why not take Dicko off and put another forward on?? We were 2 down. Share your thoughts about the match 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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  8. Notts County were humbled in front of the television cameras as League Two strugglers Chesterfield ran out 3-1 winners in Sunday's encounter at the Proact Stadium. The hosts took the lead on 16 minutes Andy Kellett's corner was touched on by Drew Talbot and Sid Nelson chested the ball past Magpies goalkeeper Adam Collin from point-blank range. Elliott Hewitt then missed a sitter before the Spireites doubled their lead through a poor clearance that was rifled home by Zavon Hines. Notts huffed and puffed and laboured throughout the early afternoon but they put themselves within a goal of getting something from the game thanks to Dan Jones's free kick. Nine minutes of stoppage time seemed to herald a potential comeback for the Magpies but all that happened was Chesterfield restoring their two-goal lead after Matt Tootle gave away a penalty and Kristian Dennis converted. Pride of Nottingham vlogger ARLukomski recorded his matchday experience in Derbyshire and shared his thoughts before, during and after the terrible match. Follow ARLukomski on his YouTube channel by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this vlog 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 delivered arguably the worst performance of the season as they were convincingly beaten 3-1 by Chesterfield in Sunday's televised League Two game at the Proact Stadium. The Spireites, in the bottom two of the Football League, were hosting a side supposedly chasing promotion at the other end of the table, but you could easily have thought the positions were reversed. Although the hosts began brightly, Notts forced a chance when a the ball was sent long into the box by keeper Adam Collin and headed goalwards by Shaun Brisley, though Aaron Ramsdale managed to tip over his bar. It took Jack Lester's side just 16 minutes to break the deadlock, with Andy Kellett's corner bundled into the back of the net through nudges from Drew Talbot and Sid Nelson, a testament to County's shambolic defending. At the other end, Elliott Hewitt spurned a great opportunity to nod Notts level, but Jon Stead's cross to his unmarked teammate was inexplicably put wide. From the restart, Chesterfield headed up the pitch and a litany of errors at the back from Notts saw Zavon Hines claim the ball 12 yards out and rifle home to knock even more stuffing out of the beleaguered visitors. The Derbyshire strugglers continued to dominate in the second half against a zombified Notts, with Hines volleying into the side netting before Alex Whitmore sent a header narrowly wide. There was still a little more fight in Notts and they dragged themselves back to within one goal through a free kick from substitute - and ex-Chesterfield man - Dan Jones, which bounced inside the far post from wide on the right. Nine minutes of stoppage time were then announced, and for a few minutes there was genuine hope that a second wind could see Notts grab an equaliser, or maybe even a Man City - QPR style comeback win. But no. The Black and White Army were soon put out of their misery when another defensive mishap saw Chesterfield burst through, Kellett brought down by Matt Tootle in the box, a penalty awarded, and Kristian Dennis smashing the ball into the back of the net with Collin diving the wrong way. Share your thoughts about the match 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. Head to head Notts County have played Chesterfield a total of 67 times over the years. The first meeting came on 29 November 1930 in the FA Cup at the Spireites' old ground, Saltergate, and finished 2-1 to the Magpies. The head-to-head record favours Notts, with 28 victories, 20 defeats and 19 draws. The last time the two teams met was earlier this season in League Two on 12 August 2017 at Meadow Lane, Jorge Grant bagging a brace in that game. County's last visit to the Proact Stadium came in September 2014 when strikes from Blair Adams and Georg Margreitter meant the points were shared between the two sides. October 2011 was when County last won away at the Spireites thanks to an own goal from Drew Talbot to go with earlier efforts from Ben Burgess and Alan Judge. Chesterfield have not beaten Notts at home in a league game since August 2009. The Magpies have won four of their last six league matches against the Spireites. County's 2-1 win in their last away at outing at Forest Green was their first in seven in all competitions - they haven't won consecutive matches on the road since September. Kristian Dennis has scored 15 of Chesterfield's 37 goals in League Two this season (40.5%), the highest proportion of any player in the competition. History Nobody knows the date when the first incarnation of Chesterfield Football Club was formed. A Derbyshire Times newspaper report from 2 January 1864 noted a scheduled game between "Chesterfield and Norton football clubs", suggesting that a club in the town was active from at least 1863. By contrast, club historian Stuart Basson had placed a formally constituted Chesterfield FC as being established as an offshoot of Chesterfield Cricket Club in October 1867. The early history of the club is dotted with tumult and instability - the club lost the right to play at Saltergate following worsening relations with Chesterfield Cricket Club, while in 1915 the subsequent incarnation of the club, Chesterfield Town, was put into voluntary liquidation. To fill the footballing gap left in the town, Chesterfield Borough Council reformed the club on 24 April 1919, giving it the name Chesterfield Municipal F.C. After the Football Association and Football League made it clear that they were against a council-run club, the entity became independent, reflected in the name change to Chesterfield F.C. in December 1920. The club have been successful in terms of minor silverware, winning the Fourth Division (and its subsequent reincarnations) a record four times, while also claiming the Anglo-Scottish Cup in 1982 and the Football League Trophy in 2012 (and finishing runners-up in 2014). The 1996–97 season saw Chesterfield beat six clubs including Nottingham Forest to reach the semi-final of the FA Cup for the first time. The semi-final match against Middlesbrough was drawn 3–3 after extra time; Chesterfield lost the replay 3–0. The club's nickname, The Spireites, comes from the Church of St Mary and All Saints in Chesterfield, famous for its crooked spire. Famous Chesterfield players include Ernie Moss, Kevin Davies, Gary Stone, Jason Lee, Walter McMillen, Sam Hardy, Gordon Banks, Herbert Munday, Steve Ogrizovic, Barry Sunday, Freeman Hardy and Willis Edwards. Famous fans include glamour model Jo Guest, presenter Robert Primrose Wilson, and ex-Arsenal goalkeeper John Lukic. Team news Chesterfield will welcome back Louis Reed, who served a two-match ban after picking up 10 yellow cards. Louis Dodds is hoping for a start after coming off the bench at Cheltenham last week following a calf complaint. Ian Evatt (knee), Jordan Sinnott (ankle) and Robbie Weir (knee) remain on the comeback trail. Notts will be without on-loan defender Ben Hall, who is away on international duty with Northern Ireland Under-21s, so Shaun Brisley is likely to come into the side. Midfielder Liam Walker is also absent as he's away with Gibraltar. 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.
  11. Kevin Nolan has stressed that Notts County will show Chesterfield "ultimate respect" when they lock horns in League Two on Sunday. The Magpies remain in the promotion hunt and will travel to the Proact Stadium for a second game against local rivals in quick succession following the Mansfield Town home draw. Unlike the Stags, though, the Spireites are six points adrift of safety in the bottom two of the table, but Nolan is not taking their lowlier league position for granted. “It’s another local derby and you've got to earn the right to play,” he told the Nottingham Post. “It might not be as intense as the derby against Mansfield but there are still bragging rights at stake. “For me, we will show them ultimate respect because they've got some good individuals and Jack (Lester)'s team play some really good football. “But you know I'm confident if we continue to play the way we have been over the last few weeks we've got a good chance of coming away with the points. “But this and the next five weeks are not going to be easy. What we've got to do is just make sure we tick the games off one by one and hopefully when we're putting a "W" next to them. If that's the case we will all be having a good time on May 5.” 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. Kevin Nolan has issued a rallying battle cry to all of the Notts County contingent as the League Two season enters its final stages. The Magpies have just eight games left and they currently sit fourth in the table, still with a great chance of an automatic promotion spot and likely to at least finish in the top seven. Up next is Sunday's trip to Chesterfield, which will be shown on Sky Sports, and Nolan wants everybody to unite for the remainder of the season to help pull off something which seemed a million miles away just a year ago. “It's about us all sticking together,” he told the Nottingham Post. “We have given ourselves an unbelievable opportunity to try to get into League One, so let's enjoy it. “You couldn't have dreamt of this when we arrived in the middle of January last year. “It's there and within our grasp so let's stick together - the players, staff, fans - and let's have a really good go at it. If we do that I think we'll give ourselves an absolutely fantastic chance. “I'm sure with us all together, the way we have been for the majority of the season, we will be celebrating come May. We've got a dream now and let's make that dream a 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.
  13. Terry Hawkridge has reassured Notts County fans by stressing that the players will not struggle to get over their last-ditch 1-1 draw to Mansfield Town last weekend. The Magpies were on the verge of recording a first league win over the Stags since 2005 in front of a bumper crowd that braved the snowy conditions at Meadow Lane. Kevin Nolan's boys took the lead in the first half through Hawkridge, but the Stags were given the chance to equalise eight minutes into the seven minutes of added time at the end of the game. Lewis Alessandra's arm was in the box and made contact with the ball, prompting referee Andy Woolmer to point to the spot, and Kane Hemmings made no mistake from 12 yards. Nolan was furious with the ref's decision, but Hawkridge says the Magpies have no time to dwell on it ahead of their League Two game at Chesterfield on Sunday. “It won’t be really tough to get over because it’s not the first time it’s not gone our way,” he told the Nottingham Post. “We just have to keep our head down, keep working and just concentrate on us. “I am sure it will kick us on because I thought we played really well and we were the better team. “We just got to concentrate on Chesterfield now. We are building some momentum and we just have to aim to pick up points.” 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 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.
  15. League Two matchday 1: Coventry City 3-0 Notts County Notts County's season began on the worst possible note, falling to a heavy 3-0 defeat at Coventry City in the opening game of the campaign. The Magpies had their moments but weaknesses at the back saw the Sky Blues take full advantage, with young prodigy Jodi Jones bagging himself a hat-trick. EFL Cup first round: Scunthorpe United 3-3 Notts County (6-5 on penalties) A much-changed Notts County side put in a much improved performance against League One side Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park. Jorge Grant gave the visitors the lead, but Paddy Madden and Duane Holmes edged the Iron ahead - only for Shaun Brisley to make it 2-2 at the death. Onto extra time and Madden struck once again, but Ryan Yates forced the tie to penalties, where the hosts finally prevailed. League Two matchday 2: Notts County 2-0 Chesterfield An early-season local derby to set the pulse racing, Chesterfield did not exactly come to Notts County with the intention of playing them off the park - it turned out to be more a case of kicking and barging, with Gozie Ugwu very lucky not to be sent off, though Scott Wiseman had a worse fate, getting his marching orders close to half time. Kevin Nolan's side emerged triumphant through the prodigal loanee Jorge Grant's second and third goals of the season in all competitions. EFL Trophy Northern Group G: Notts County 2-1 Everton Under-21s A much-maligned competition in a game where Notts County were lined up against one of the teams whose admission to the tournament has been the cause of such discord, the Magpies nonetheless gave the fans who went to the game a good performance and a win. Jonathan Forte opened his account for the season before Haydn Hollis claimed a poacher's goal, and Anton Donkor's impressive strike off the post proved to be just a consolation. League Two matchday 3: Wycombe Wanderers 2-4 Notts County Another difficult proposition in the league, Notts gave a bipolar performance in which they raced into a two-goal lead, relinquished it, and struck two late goals for a flattering scoreline. Richard Duffy opened the scoring before a defensive calamity led to an own goal for the visitors, only for Nick Freeman and Joe Jacobson to draw Wycombe level. However, Jonathan Forte claimed the plaudits with a third Notts Magpies goal, before setting up Lewis Alessandra for the killer fourth. League Two matchday 4: Notts County 2-2 Accrington Stanley For the second successive game, Notts took a two-goal lead, only to capitulate and relinquish it, but there was to be no last-ditch blaze of glory as there was at Wycombe Wanderers on Friday night against Accrington Stanley, who cancelled out Jon Stead's successful spot kick and Jorge Grant's strike via Mark Hughes's goal midway through the second half and loanee Mallik Wilks's injury-time strike. Aaron Chapman, the Stanley goalkeeper, kept his team in it with a succession of fine saves. Share your thoughts about this season recap 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. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  16. A superb two-goal performance from Notts County substitute Jorge Grant has helped Kevin Nolan's side to a 2-0 win over Chesterfield in their first home game of the 2017/18 League Two season. Both the Magpies and Spireites had lost their first game of the league campaign and were also knocked out of the League Cup, but despite the visitors' thuggish gameplay, Notts emerged triumphant thanks to the man of the moment. Many Notts fans were surprised by Nolan's decision to revert to the bulk of the side that started the 3-0 hammering at Coventry City, save for Ryan Yates replacing Liam Walker in midfield. The opening 20 minutes proved pretty uneventful, with Chesterfield registering the first effort of note as Louis Reed flashed a shot wide of the Notts post on 22 minutes. Shortly before the half-hour mark, Gozie Ugwu clashed with Elliott Hewitt in an off-the-ball incident, an incident which should really have warranted a red card, but the referee only showed him a yellow. Notts then stepped it up a gear, Shola Ameobi going through on goal after a Reed slip, but opposition goalkeeper Sam Hird pulled off a smart save to force a corner. On 34 minutes, however, Ugwu had arguably the best chance of the game so far when he was put clean through, but Adam Collin made a save low down. Normal service resumed afterwards as Notts weighed in with several more chances and, shortly before the break, Gary Caldwell's charges went down to 10 men after Terry Hawkridge was brought down by Scott Wiseman, denying him a clear goalscoring opportunity. There was yet more room for controversy as Ugwu fouled Richard Duffy to earn himself a final talking-to by the ref, and his manager saw fit to take him off at the break. Within a minute of the restart, Dion Donohue came close to open the scoring, but he hesitated and Duffy managed to charge his shot down. The game changed entirely when Grant came on 53 minutes, as he broke the deadlock on the hour mark. Matt Tootle's free kick nodded by the loanee past Chesterfield goalkeeper Joe Anyon and into the net. Notts could have had a second shortly afterwards when Stead was put through by Ameobi, but just as he had a go, he was barged into by Ian Evatt, the effort being saved and put out for a corner. Nonetheless, the Magpies would go on to seal the deal late on in the game, Jonathan Forte winning a free kick just outside the box and Grant curling a wonderful effort into the bottom corner. 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.
  17. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has praised Jorge Grant after the loanee came off the bench to bag a brace in a 2-0 win against Chesterfield on Saturday. The 22-year-old nodded home the opener on the hour in the League Two encounter at Meadow Lane before curling an audacious free kick into the back of the net in injury time. The performance and result are far removed from the opening-day mess in which the Magpies lost 3-0 at Coventry City and builds on the good display at Scunthorpe United in midweek. “Jorge is a talent and we worked so hard with him when he was on loan with us last year,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “It’s a credit to him that he wanted to come back and work under us again this season. “We give him that freedom and confidence to go out and play. When you are given that trust by the manager, the staff and the players, you can produce moments of magic like he did. “I was delighted with his contribution and his reaction to not being in the starting XI. We took the decision not to play him from the off because he didn’t train on Thursday because of a tight hamstring. “It was about wrapping him up in cotton wool a little bit and making sure we had that talent on the bench. “You want those players who don’t start, to show the right type of attitude and I felt that all three of our substitutes contributed to the game.” 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.
  18. Notts County grabbed their first league win of the 2017/18 League Two season in impressive fashion, seeing off a dirty Chesterfield side 2-0 in Saturday's encounter at Meadow Lane. A game laden with controversy, Gozie Ugwu should have earned a red card for a number of clashes with home players, and was hauled off at half time by Gary Caldwell. Gibraltar international Scott Wiseman, meanwhile, did get his marching orders after hauling down Terry Hawkridge, denying him a clear goalscoring opportunity. In the end, the encounter was settled by Jorge Grant, whose looping header to break the deadlock was followed up by a spectacular free kick into the bottom corner of the Spireites net. Notts have put up the highlights of the game on YouTube - have another look for yourself how the Magpies got on and relive Grant's moments of magic. Share your thoughts about the Chesterfield 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.
  19. Notts County got their first win of the 2017-18 League Two season on Saturday after beating a dirty Chesterfield side 2-0 at Meadow Lane. A controversial and heated encounter, Gozie Ugwu should have earned a red card for a number of clashes with home players, and was hauled off at half time by Gary Caldwell. Scott Wiseman, meanwhile, did get his marching orders after hauling down Terry Hawkridge, denying him a clear goalscoring opportunity. Ultimately, Jorge Grant proved to be the star man for Notts once again, coming on as a second-half substitute and opening the scoring with a looping header before curling a wonderful free kick into the Spireites net in injury time. In this article, Pride of Nottingham looks at several aspects of the game, from the performance to whether the result was fair, and how to build on from a successful weekend. Was the result fair? It was difficult to see how Notts would score without the changes made within the second half, Jorge Grant instantly made an impact and his direct approach was greatly lacking prior to his arrival, whilst he also gave the squad some calm edge within the final third. It’s harder to suggest that Notts didn’t deserve the 2-0 win, a superb header and free kick greatly warranted. How did Notts play? There were signs of that jagged play we saw against Coventry City in the opening day, however there was little sign of nerves. From a defensive perspective, Notts did very well with Dan Jones frequently winning the ball back or breaking down the play. Going forward Notts passed nicely, though play was often forced or simply rushed. For a debut home performance of the campaign, it was a decent showing by Notts. How did Chesterfield play? Quite poor, they moved well but often wasted chances. They looked like a side which knew they would struggle and because of this resorted to being physical – which wasn’t pretty at times. They got the ball into the channels and linked well, yet no real tests were offered bar the odd chance and a one on one with Adam Collin. Did our tactics work out? To a degree yes, however the line-up worked from the perspective that Notts wouldn’t concede easily but going forward we had little firepower – not due to a lack of effort or performance. Simply down to the way that Chesterfield played and for the fact we desperately lack pace. The second half changes were very well thought out and changed what was lacking within the first period. How did the referee perform? I thought he actually did very well, he seemed to miss things but generally play to continue. He didn’t seem to be on either team's side which makes a change, and I know he made some poor decisions but within League Two I expect this. Who do we play next? Everton Under-21s in the EFL Trophy / Checkatrade Trophy; league-wise it’s Wycombe Wanderers who will be another stern test for the Magpies. How should we play them? We need Jorge Grant to start, it’s hard to see how we can maximise our creativity from midfield without him. Apart from that, I would keep the line-up very similar to the Chesterfield game – perhaps resting Jon Stead. Adam Collin deserves to retain his place despite opinions, the defence is hard to change after the 2-0 home win and the midfield just needs to think before rushing decisions. Going into the EFL Trophy Notts should use it to experiment with the strike options, along with one or two changes in midfield. Here's what Chesterfield fans thought of the game, courtesy of Thecfss.co.uk: Turrhall: We've been the better team, not by much, but better. Ref atrocious. Spireitefitzy: If he can get a win from here then Caldwell's stock will go up. Just a shame he has a ready made excuse if we lose. No natural wide players on the pitch and playing strikers wherever he feels like, it's poor and lessens our chances lf winning. Heart of a Niven: [Joe Anyon] looks tiny in goal. He has absolutely no presence and may as well be on the end of a Subbuteo stick for all the good he does. Spireitefitzy: Not a sending off, but shouldn't really be putting your arms up there to give the ref the opportunity. Ugwu should be off and serving a three game ban but it was missed, not sure if they can go retrospective if it's not reported so shouldnt be any repercussions. He doesn't look up to this level though. Westbars Spireite: 8-0 on corners suggests a 1-sided game. I know today is only the second league game (and likely defeat) but things could go very wrong, very quickly for Caldwell off the back of last season's farce. He earned no goodwill at all and has to change things quickly. Now would be a good start. Spire_78: Could sack Caldwell... probably should for his record alone if nothing else - except i'd have more confidence in Kim Jong-un choosing a replacement. The problems run far far deeper than just a poor manager and a collection of mediocre players. The club is being ruined gradually from the top seemingly without a care in the world - genuinely starting to fear for our League future, if this continues we could quite easily follow the likes of Stockport and York. gordon_brittas: Lowest ebb, and I can see it getting worse if changes aren't made. Two league defeats to bang average opponents. God knows what the score will be when we play the Luton's and Coventry's of this league. Exharboroughspireite: This has been coming ever since we didn't roll the dice and backed cook for the final push. Sadly I can't see this having a turnaround until either Allen puts some substantial cash into the club again or finds another buyer. The day to day running of the club Is a disgrace and Caldwell appears to be the third manager on the bounce who simply cannot hack it. Share your thoughts about this tactical analysis piece 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.
  20. Notts County put their woeful 3-0 defeat at Coventry City last week firmly behind them as they claimed a solid 2-0 win against Chesterfield in their first home game of the 2017/18 League Two season. Jorge Grant proved to be the star once again with an impressive brace consisting of a looped header followed by a stunning free kick in injury time. Prior to the loanee's goals, it was a heated, controversial game, with Gary Caldwell's side playing dirty and going down to ten men, though it could so easily have been nine bearing in mind Gozie Ugwu's antics. The result gives Kevin Nolan's side their first win of the new campaign following the loss at the Ricoh Arena in League Two and also in the League Cup at Scunthorpe United. Pride of Nottingham spoke to a number of fans prior to the Spireites game, asking them a number of questions about the opening games of the campaign and their hopes for the game ahead. Share your thoughts about this week's Meet the Fans video 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. Jorge Grant has described his headed goal in Saturday's 2-0 win over Chesterfield as a "collector's item" while admitting his Notts County teammates wanted him to take the safe option with his late free kick and playing it into the corner. The Nottingham Forest loanee came off the bench in the second half and turned the game on its head as the Magpies managed to break the deadlock against a dirty Spireite side and then sealed the win in injury time. Grant told the official Notts site: "I don't score many headers - I think that might be the first one I've ever scored. I just let the ball hit my head. It's a bit of a collector's item! "With the free-kick, a few of the lads were telling me to play the ball into the corner but I didn't want to do that so I asked the referee how long was left! "He said '10 seconds' and I saw the goalkeeper giving me a bit of room and thought 'I can score here' because I have confidence in my own ability. You have to have that and I'm buzzing it went in. "Any player who comes off the bench needs to prove a point and that's what I went on there to do. Luckily I made an impact to score the two goals. "All the boys put in a lot of hard work before I came on. We're always talking about keeping clean sheets because it gives us a better chance of winning games. "There are still bits to work on but it was much better than last week [at Coventry]. Home form is important so hopefully we can get off to a good start now." 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. Name: Notts County 2-0 Chesterfield Category: Match Highlights Date Added: 2017-08-13 Submitter: Chris Notts defeat Chesterfield 2-0 in their first home game of the season. Notts County 2-0 Chesterfield Why not subscribe to PrideofNottinghamTV?
  23. Notts County are preparing for the first home game of the 2017/18 League Two season, hosting local rivals Chesterfield at Meadow Lane on Saturday. The Magpies did not get off to a particularly good start, losing 3-0 at Coventry City last week, but a much-changed team put in an impressive display at Scunthorpe United in the League Cup on Tuesday, taking the League One side all the way to penalties at Glanford Park. Now, the clock is ticking down to the opportunity to see Notts back on hallowed turf, and what better way to start than against a local enemy who was relegated last season? It's a pretty exciting fixture and it should hopefully be a good game - with Notts getting the spoils (hopefully!). Pride of Nottingham spoke to two Notts fans, Jürgen Halligan and Nigel Nattrass, about their thoughts on how the game against Chesterfield will pan out, as well as a couple of general questions about themselves and how they see the season going. Jürgen Halligan Jürgen has been a Notts fan since 1974 - he had previously never been to a football match so he wandered down to Meadow Lane to see Notts beat Oxford 4-1 and got bitten by the Black and White bug. His favourite Notts player of all time is Don Masson, while his favourite current Magpie is Shola Amoebi. Q1) What games between Notts and Chesterfield do you remember from years gone by? I can remember losing 2-1 at Saltergate and Jack Lester continously diving. Q2) Which of the East Midlands derbies this season are you looking forward to the most? Has to be Mansfield. Q3) Are you worried about our start to the season or should things be alright? Only played one league game, long way to go. Q4) Out of all the new signings, who do you think will have the most impact? Ryan Yates looks a very good loan signing. Q5) Where do you think Notts will finish this season? 10th in the table. Q6) Who do you think will finish in the top 3, in the playoffs, and in the bottom two? Top three: Luton, Coventry, Port Vale. Playoffs: Mansfield, Swindon, Exeter, Forest Green. Bottom two: Yeovil and Morecambe. Nigel Nattrass (aka Natty) Natty has supported Notts since 1970. He was born into a Notts supporting family and is athird, if not fourth, generation fan. His grandad saw the last game at Trent Bridge and the first game at Meadow Lane. His favourite all-time player is Don Masson, while his current pick is Jorge Grant. Q1) Have you ever been to Saltergate and/or the Proact Stadium? I went to Saltergate many times since the early 1970s. Been two or three times to the Proact because I follow the development / youth team when I can. Q2) Which of the East Midlands derbies this season are you looking forward to the most? All of them... but particularly Lincoln. Q3) What fixtures are you most looking forward this season and why? The playoff final!! And Forest Green Rovers away (new ground for me). Q4) Who should be playing in goal - Collin, Fitzsimons or Pindroch? Fitzsimons, based on his display on Tuesday night. Q5) Who do you think will be our key player this season? Jorge Grant. Q6) Promotion this season - yes or no? I think automatic promotion is asking too much, but I'll be disappointed if we aren't at least in with a shout of making the playoffs come Easter. I see no reason why we shouldn't make the playoffs and then anything can happen. Share your thoughts about this feature 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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