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Notts County right-back Matt Tootle has been named the Supporters' Player of the Season for 2017/18. The 27-year-old has enjoyed a superb season in the black and white stripes thanks to his displays which combined dynamism with consistency. Tootle is also a fan favourite thanks to his eccentric, loveable personality, as shown by his quirky "slug" goal celebration which he has used several times this season after chipping in with a few strikes. Off the pitch, Tootle has also raised awareness of mental health issues, having faced and overcome his own battles, which has inspired and helped out many people within the football sphere who could relate. Notts County's awards ceremony took place on Sunday evening at Meadow Lane, with upwards of 170 guests in attendance. Here are the other winners from the night: Community Champion: Michael O'Connor Lifetime Achievement: Colin Slater Goal of the Season: Noor Husin (vs. Crewe Alexandra) Golden Boot: Jorge Grant Players' Player of the Season: Jorge Grant 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.
Notts County have announced that Colin Slater has been named an honorary vice president of the club. The 83-year-old worked on his first Notts game in 1959 as a local newspaper journalist, making his BBC Radio Nottingham bow in 1968. Slater's radio commentating career spanned 49 years and saw him become a club institution and, although he stepped back from those duties earlier this year, he continues to be the station's Magpies correspondent. "It's difficult to express how honoured I feel that my name will figure next to John Mounteney - a great friend of mine who I miss greatly - whose influence and work behind the scenes was prodigious, and Jack Sewell, who I also got to know well without ever seeing him play," Slater told the official Notts site. "It's something I never thought would happen in my wildest dreams. "I know all the Notts directors and will know some of the visitors. Equally, I expect to know a number of local people who come as guests because I've fulfilled a number of roles in public life in Nottinghamshire. I've a wide circle of friends and contacts, so I'm looking forward to seeing them." 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.
Name: Colin Slater's final commentary Category: Official Notts Videos Date Added: 2017-05-03 Submitter: Chris After being presented with a special recognition award at half-time in Notts' final home match of the 2016-17 campaign, Colin Slater returns to his Meadow Lane commentary seat for the very last time. Colin Slater's final commentary Why not subscribe to PrideofNottinghamTV?
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has spoken fondly of Colin Slater and recalls the great relationship they had when he was at Notts County. The BBC Radio Nottingham stalwart, who has covered more than 2,500 Notts matches for over seven decades, is retiring from commentary, although he will remain the station's Magpies correspondent. Allardyce, who worked with Slater during his time at Meadow Lane between 1997 and 1999, has recalled how the 83-year-old helped him in learning to deal with the media. "I was quite a young manager at the time and Colin [Slater] was a great stable backing for me in dealing with the media and talking to him privately about experiences all of his life was really good for me," Allardyce told the Croydon Advertiser. "I had a great relationship with him in the near three years and it is fantastic to see he is still healthy and well. Enjoy your retirement mate, you deserve it. "It is a dying breed, and dedication to the job is an understatement, but it is because he loves it and that is why he is so good at it." Slater's last game as commentator will be County's trip to face Newport County next week. 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.
So yesterday we were faced with the news that Colin Slater would be stepping down from doing Notts County match commentary on BBC Radio Nottingham. As much of a bombshell as it is, the show must go on, and someone needs to step up to the plate and take over Magpie commentating duties starting next season. In your opinion, who should it be? Let PON know.
Colin Slater has announced that he will be stepping down from Notts County commentary duties with BBC Radio Nottingham. The 83-year-old, who began reporting on the Magpies in 1959 at the Nottingham Evening News and Football News before making his BBC Radio Nottingham bow in 1968, will continue as the club's correspondant on the station. In an announcement on the BBC website, Slater said: "I have some personal news for you. "I've been commentating on Notts County matches for nearly 50 years and I have made the decision that the time has come to step back from those duties. "But next season I will still be around and I will still be heard on BBC Radio Nottingham - not as frequently but definitely from time to time, and in fact quite regularly, and I hope that you'll join us then. Thank you." His last commentary for BBC Radio Nottingham will be the Magpies' trip to Newport County on May 6, almost 50 years after he was first heard on the airwaves. 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.
From the official site: Legendary former Notts striker Lee Hughes will be taking part in what is sure to be a fascinating Q&A evening at Meadow Lane on Tuesday 2 May (doors 7pm). Sponsored by Nottingham Bierkeller, the evening will also see current first-team players Jon Stead, Shola Ameobi and Richard Duffy take to the stage in the 1862 Suite. Hughes will be interviewed by the iconic Colin Slater, who recently announced he would be relinquishing his BBC Radio Nottingham commentary duties at the end of the season. Tickets are priced £20, including a pie and peas supper. To book, please call 0115 955 7241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Would this interest you? What would you ask Hughes and the others? Let PON know.
It’s hard work being a Notts County fan. This isn’t just an opinion – a poll back in 2007 officially crowned the Magpies as the most stressful club to support in the Football League. Financial troubles, relegation battles, backroom changes – and this is just the last few years. Thank goodness, then, for the calming influence of Colin Slater. The Notts County correspondent for BBC Radio Nottingham has commentated on Magpies games for the past half-century, his dulcet tones interwoven within the very fabric of the club. What few people know, however, is that The Voice of Notts County could have so easily become The Voice of Bradford City. Colin was born and raised in Shipley, West Yorkshire, and the Bantams were the first football club he followed. “I was first taken to football aged nine by my dad and I can remember the game against Barnsley at Valley Parade,” he says, sipping a mug of coffee on a warm spring’s day in West Bridgford’s Café Nero. The young Colin knew from an early age that he wanted to be a journalist, recalling a civic occasion in Shipley’s town square where he noticed the local press reporting on the event from a vantage point. He proclaims with pride: “That set me thinking that, if journalists get such a good view, that’s what I want to do because that’s where I want to be!” Colin carried this ambition with him throughout his formative years, getting a job at the Shipley Guardian after finishing his secondary education at Belle Vue Grammar School – which also taught literary genius John Boynton “JB” Priestley – and, within a few years, becoming the newspaper’s editor. So, how did he find himself in Nottingham, a city with which he had no prior connection? The answer is as honest as it is pragmatic. “I stayed at the Shipley Guardian for nine years, which was perhaps too long. I wanted a change, and the best offer I got was in Nottingham.” His role at the now-defunct Nottingham Evening News was twofold – he would be the newspaper’s local affairs correspondent as well as being responsible for Notts County coverage. But his lack of familiarity with the Magpies led to him needing a crash course prior to starting work. “I had just three weeks between moving to Nottingham and getting to know Notts County’s players, officials, and directors before covering my first game!” After cutting his teeth for nine years covering the Magpies in print format, Colin moved to BBC Radio Nottingham to provide live audio commentary for his newly adopted team, and the rest, as they say, is history. One of the most notable things about Colin’s presence on the radio is just how well spoken he is. The word “gentlemanly” springs to mind. Bafflingly, some people have accused him of being “posh” and “privileged” – and this accusation angers him no end, especially because it brings back tragic memories. Colin explains: “I started my working life on 30 shillings a week – £1.50 in today’s currency. So I get a bit riled when anyone thinks I must have been born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I wasn’t, because my dad, who was a great hero figure to me, died when I was 14, so I know what it’s like to lose my father at a young age and start work fresh out of school for little money. Hardly a gilded sort of life, was it?” The veteran broadcaster also opens up about Jimmy Sirrell, undoubtedly the greatest Magpies manager of all time, and reminisces about an encounter he had with him following their 2-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in May 1981 – a result which saw Notts promoted to the old First Division. “I went into the players’ dressing room to have a glass of champagne, and Jack Dunnett, the chairman, came in and invited me up to the boardroom. Jimmy eventually came in and asked if my friend – who drove us down to the game – and I were stopping on the way back. I said yes, then asked him if he was going to stop anywhere.” Colin laughs, then adopts a Scottish brogue: “His reply was, “Aye! We’re going to stop at the first shop I see which is open, I’m going to get the biggest tin of glue that they sell, and I’m going to keep the players’ feet on the ground!” As heart-warming as those memories are, there is also an element of melancholy and sadness attached, as virtually no fan under the age of 30 is likely to remember these long-forgotten halcyon days. The Magpies were relegated from the top flight in 1992 and it’s been nothing but slim pickings since, with little more than a half-decent cup run now and then and a fourth tier championship to make up for perpetual strife, anxiety and relegation battles in the lower reaches of the Football League. And Colin believes the fans should not put up with it any longer: “The ground they have, the tradition they have, the great players they’ve had down the years, all demands that Notts should be in the Championship, and it’s against that yardstick that they will be judged, whoever the manager is and whoever comprises the board of directors. It has to be their target to get back there…” and he makes a point of enunciating each and every letter, “ASAP!” Share your thoughts about this interview 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.