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  1. As you may all be familiar, Pride of Nottingham regularly looks back into the history archives to share significant moments of Notts County's history on each day of the year. Normally this is done via a picture on social media, but January 10 is an especially eventful day, to the point that having an image for each one would be almost too much. So, for today only, we have compiled all the events of this day in a feature article for you. 1920 Meadow Lane hosted its first ever FA Cup tie, a decade after Notts County moved into the stadium. The Magpies played their first league game there in August 1910 but six consecutive away draws and the onset of World War 1 meant their first home game did not take place until 1920. In front of a crowd of 30,000 spectators, Notts beat Millwall 2-0 thanks to goals from Harold Hill and Billy McLeod. 1970 Goalkeeper Barry Watling, who had arrived from Bristol City in July the previous year, made his Notts debut in a Fourth Division meeting with Exeter City, which ended 1-1. Watling would go on to keep 21 clean sheets in just 65 games for the Magpies and was a key member of the team that won promotion the following season. 1992 Paul Rideout, who had joined Notts from Southampton for £250,000 in September the previous year, was sold to Rangers for double what the Magpies paid for him, just 24 hours before the magpies were due to face Nottingham Forest. Chairman Derek Pavis told fans the club had no choice but to sell him then as Gers had allegedly threatened to pull the plug on the deal unless the deal went through in time for that weekend's league fixtures. 1998 Notts became the first club to hit the milestone of playing 4,000 matches in the Football League when they took on Rochdale away at Spotland. The Magpies won 2-1 thanks to goals from Gary Jones and Phil Robinson. 2009 Jack Wheeler, who loyally served Notts for more than 25 years as coach, trainer, assistant manager, caretaker manager and scout, sadly passed away aged 89. Share your thoughts about this feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  2. On this day in 1981, Notts County experienced one of the finest days in their history when they claimed a 2-0 win over Chelsea at an intimidating Stamford Bridge to secure a return to the top flight after an exile of more than half a century. When the Magpies had last graced the top flight, penicillin had not yet been discovered, the BBC did not yet exist, and women under the age of 30 were not yet allowed to vote. The last Notts top-flight game was in 1926 and few could have expected such a drought from the elite level of English football. However, Jimmy Sirrel oversaw a revival at Meadow Lane which culminated in the iconic win in West London on 2 May 1981. The match itself proved a fiery affair and was held up for 15 minutes soon after Notts went two up as Chelsea fans invaded the pitch to demonstrate against their chairman, and there was another protest at the final whistle which resulted in the crossbar at the Shed end being broken. Nonetheless, the bottom line was that Notts sealed a top-three place in Division Two thanks to the result. Here is some media from the day - the television report on ITN (as far as I know this is as much as there is in terms of video highlights). Here are the final 10 or so minutes of radio commentary by Brian Tansley and Terry Bowles on Radio Trent (credit to KorkInNotts for the video). And here is a link to a short clip of Colin Slater commentating on Harkouk's goal. http://jkpkwa.bay.livefilestore.com/y1ptj1jMsTm2lRC0mhAH9IrgmPrYvKj1isP2bJAoR1-5WFUW_FPFANePNtkKUXeSiyxCsdMwCC8wLFhzP2WniAV2A/1981-05-02Promotion.mp3 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.
  3. As the world’s oldest Football League club, Notts County Football Club really do have an unrivalled history. It’s a fascinating story of great names and good times, dark days and disappointments – and it deserves to be told to and by more people of all ages. This is why Notts County Football in the Community have launched the Heritage Project. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this important scoping project will develop recommendations to secure the heritage of Notts County for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations. As the oldest football league club in the world, founded in 1862, the club has a rich history, and recent induction into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame further cemented the importance of the club in the history of world football. At present, however, there is no formal programme to manage the physical and other heritage assets connected to Notts, and much of this heritage is not owned or managed by the club, but is in the care of many organisations and individuals that have an interest in the Magpies. The project seeks to answer several important questions: - What historic material does the club own? - What heritage items related to the club do other people and organisations have? - How could the club's heritage be better protected and shared, so more people can enjoy it? To go a long way towards answering these questions, FITC wants YOUR help! FITC is keen to hear from you about: - Your Notts County collection: For example, you might have a collection of match programmes, replica kit, fanzines, scrapbooks, t-shirts, former players’ shirts or boots .... in fact, anything to do with Notts County! And if you’re interested, FITC will happy to give you some free, expert advice about how you might keep your collection so that it lasts as long as possible – and/or put you in touch with other collectors of Notts County heritage items. - Your ideas about how the history of Notts County could be told and shared: For instance, would you like more information and displays around the ground, more on the club website, or events for collectors of NCFC memorabilia? Any ideas are welcome – particularly those that involve supporters and give them the chance to share their stories and memories. Here is how to get in touch: - Start the conversation by sending an email to heritage@nottscountyfitc.org.uk. - If you put ‘Notts County collection’ in the subject line, FITC will send you a simple form that you can use to tell them more about what you have, and what help you might need. - Use this email address to send FITC any suggestions about how the history of Notts County could be shared and told. All ideas are welcome, and they will be happy to discuss them with you. - If you would like to receive an occasional e-newsletter about this project, just send FITC an email with ‘Heritage Newsletter’ in the subject line and your name in the message area. Let's all join in and make Notts County Football Club stand out further in the annals of football history - after all, are we not the Pride of Nottingham? The Heritage Project is in partnership with Nottingham City Council, the EFL Trust, the Professional Footballers' Association, the Premier League and MacMillan Cancer Support. Share your thoughts about the Heritage Project 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 have played at Meadow Lane for over 100 years, but the more history-keen among you will know the Magpies used to have a bit more of a nomadic existence in its early, early days. One of its more stable homes prior to the Lane was Trent Bridge, best known for being the home of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and also hosting plenty of England games. The Trent Bridge website has posted an incredibly informative and engaging article about the early Notts days at the Bridge, so I encourage all of you to read this (here is the original link). WHEN TRENT BRIDGE HOSTED NOTTS COUNTY'S FIRST EVER FOOTBALL LEAGUE GAME AND DERBY MATCHES AGAINST FOREST Trent Bridge is world-renowned as a cricket venue, but what far less people realise is that is has hosted a whole host of Football League matches too. Indeed, it was at the iconic venue more readily associated with bat on ball than boot on ball that Notts County played their first ever Football League match. Some 50 years after William Clarke opened the ground for cricket use, the Magpies took on Blackburn Rovers in their first home game of the 1888-89 season on 6 October 1888 and drew 3-3. It followed their first-ever match against Everton at Anfield, where they lost 2-1 on 15 September that same year. Among the scorers for the hosts that day was Radcliffe-on-Trent-born Harry Daft, who not only went on to win the FA Cup with County in 1894, but he also played for the England national side, as well as some 200 first-class matches for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club between 1885 and 1889, taking 86 wickets and scoring 4,370 runs. During that period, it was not uncommon for players to appear for Trent Bridge’s resident cricket and football teams. For instance, County’s first season as permanent tenants in 1883-84 – they occasionally played there before then – saw plenty of multi-talented sportsman, as depicted in a photograph of the football team’s FA Cup semi-final against Blackburn (pictured above). Among those wearing the black and white on that day in a 1-0 defeat were former Nottinghamshire captain John Dixon – of Dixon Gates fame, the entrance to the ground next to the club’s main reception – Herbert Emmitt, who made two first-class cricket appearances in 1884 and William Gunn, who was an international in both sports and the founder of cricket equipment manufacturer Gunn and Moore. Also in that side were Mordecai Sherwin, who doubled as Notts’ wicket-keeper between 1878 and 1896, Arthur Cursham, who played between 1876 and 1879 and brother Henry Cursham who played twice for the county at cricket, but incredibly, with 24 years between his first and second appearances! Notts County’s first ever match at Trent Bridge had come back in 1866-67, when a crowd on 2,000 saw a 1-0 win over Sheffield on 14 March secured by a JC Hodges goal. The record books show that the first Nottingham derby match against Forest at the ground was a bit of a disappointment as the game ended 0-0. The second round FA Cup tie of 1883, however, was much more of a spectacle, certainly those of a Magpies persuasion, as they breezed past their rivals in front of a crowd of 10,000 with a 3-0 victory. Five years previously, the Club had played their first game under floodlights at the ground, before the Football League days, in November 1878 against Derbyshire. It followed swiftly after Sheffield United’s became the first team to host a match under artificial light a month-and-a-half earlier and, while the Magpies’ match was deemed a success with a 4,000 crowd in attendance, regular floodlit matches did not become commonplace until the 1950s and 60s because of FA rules. The first non-playing secretary of Notts County was Edwin Browne, who was also Assistant Secretary of the County Cricket Club, living in accommodation at Trent Bridge where the toilets are now located to the back of the current pavilion. It was this cross-game link between the two clubs that paved the way for the football club to become tenants and they were still in situ when they received a letter from Nottingham Forest in May 1892 (pictured above) asking for their support to join the Football League, by attending a meeting and voting for their admittance. Forest’s HS Radford, Honorary Secretary, explained that he was writing to ‘solicit you vote and assistance when the clubs are selected’. As Reds fans will know, the club were successful in that application and started their Football League history in the 1892-93. The two Nottingham clubs met in Division Two in that inaugural Forest season at that level, with County 3-0 victors at Trent Bridge in front of 15,000, while the newcomers won the return 3-1 – and finished five places above their neighbours in the league. The Magpies continued to play at Trent Bridge throughout the 1890s and early 1900s, with one of the highlights being promotion from Division Two to Division One as champions at the end of the 1896-97 campaign, beating off the challenge of Newton Heath, now better known, of course, as Manchester United. Another moment to remember came in 1900-01, when the club attained its highest ever league position of third behind only champions Liverpool – who County beat 2-0 in the FA Cup that year – and second-placed Sunderland. Notts continued to use Trent Bridge – except for the early and late season match at the City Ground – until the end of the 1910 season, when it was decided by the trustees of Trent Bridge that they would not be renewing the lease of their footballing tenants. It forced County to move to the Meadow for the start of 1910-11, where they re-erected a stand that was dismantled and then transported over the river from Trent Bridge. Football is not the only other sport to have been played at Trent Bridge. Others such as hockey, tennis and archery have also been played on the ground – but they are other stories for another day!
  5. Head to head Notts County and Luton Town have faced off 70 times in their history. The first meeting came in January 1912 when the Magpies secured a 4-2 away win in the FA Cup. Luton dominate the head-to-head with 35 wins over Notts, 20 draws and 15 defeats. Out of the 11 matches between the two that have taken place since the turn of the century, Notts have won four, drawn four and lost four. The Hatters have won just one of their last four League Two matches against Notts (D1 L2), failing to score in two of the previous three matches between the two sides. The Magpies have lost two of their last eight matches against Luton at Kenilworth Road in the Football League (W3 D3). Stats Luton have scored 20 goals in their last five league matches at Kenilworth Road (W4 L1), conceding five - no side has won more home matches than Luton in League Two this season (8 - also Notts County). Notts County have gone five away matches without a victory in League Two (D3 L2), having won four on the bounce prior to this run; The Magpies last went longer without an away victory in February last season (a run of seven consecutive away defeats). No League Two side has scored more goals in the last 15 minutes of matches than Luton (13 - four more than the next best side - 9, Notts County). History Luton Town Football Club was formed on 11 April 1885, the product of a merger of the two leading local teams, Luton Town Wanderers and Excelsior. The club was the first in southern England to turn professional, making payments to players as early as 1890 and turning fully professional a year later. It joined the Football League before the 1897–98 season, left in 1900 because of financial problems, and rejoined in 1920. Luton reached the First Division in 1955–56 and contested a major final for the first time when playing Nottingham Forest in the 1959 FA Cup Final. The team was then relegated from the top division in 1959–60, and demoted twice more in the following five years, playing in the Fourth Division from the 1965–66 season. However, it was promoted back to the top level by 1974–75. Luton Town's most recent successful period began in 1981–82, when the club won the Second Division and gained promotion to the First. Luton defeated Arsenal 3–2 in the 1988 Football League Cup Final and remained in the First Division until relegation at the end of the 1991–92 season. Between 2007 and 2009, financial difficulties caused the club to fall from the second tier of English football to the fifth in successive seasons. The last of these relegations came during the 2008–09 season, when 30 points were docked from Luton's tally for various financial irregularities. Luton then spent five seasons in non-League football before winning the Conference Premier in 2013–14, securing promotion back into the Football League. The club's nickname, "the Hatters", reflects Luton's historical connection with the hat making trade, which has been prominent there since the 1600s. The nickname was originally a variant on the now rarely seen straw-plaiters. Supporters of the club are also called Hatters. Luton is associated with two very different colour schemes - white and black (first permanently adopted in 1920), and orange, navy and white (first used in 1973, and worn by the team as of the 2015–16 season). Team News James Collins could return for Luton in the top-of-the-table clash against Notts.The eight-goal striker has missed the last five games with a leg injury but has this week resumed training. Harry Cornick is also close to returning after a hamstring problem. Scott Cuthbert and Alan McCormack, however, remain on the sidelines for the Hatters. Notts striker Shola Ameobi is a doubt for the trip to Kenilworth Road as he has been nursing a groin problem in recent weeks. If Ameobi is fit he will play up front alongside Jon Stead, replacing Lewis Alessandra. Few other changes are expected, though a possible change in midfield could see Robert Milsom come in for Elliott Hewitt. Share your thoughts about this Stat Attack 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. A fundraising drive has begun to design and install a plaque outside the Nottingham hotel where a meeting was held to create Notts County Football Club. On December 7, 1864, a group of individuals gathered in Suite 102 in what was then the George Hotel - now the Mercure Hotel - on George Street, Hockley, and created the first professional ‘foot-ball’ club in the world. Notts fan Andy Black has started a crowdfunding page with the aim of raising £450 so a plaque - the idea of which was proposed by the Nottingham Civic Society - can be installed by the Mercure Hotel's entrance to pay tribute to this historic meeting. He told the Nottingham Post: “I am just a football fan and I am passionate about my club. After helping to raise funds for the Jimmy and Jack statue outside the stadium, I was asked to help raise funds for this plaque. "I want to give Notts County fans the opportunity to contribute to a plaque to go outside the hotel. “Nottingham Forest have the Brian Clough statue right in the city centre and I’d like to see more recognition of County in the centre of town. "It will be of interest to tourists too who come through the city centre and will want to learn about the history of the club." Notts owner Alan Hardy added: "We are extremely proud of our status as the world’s oldest Football League club and commend Andy’s efforts to commemorate our birthplace. "The meeting that took place inside the Mercure in 1864 was hugely significant for the sport and the plaque will be a fitting way for people to learn more about our club’s unrivalled history." The Post has also revealed that the plaque is going to be black with white writing, the colours of the club, and that the fundraisers hope to have the money raised by the end of October so the plaque is ready to be unveiled on the anniversary of the club’s creation in December. 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 and Stevenage FC have only ever met 10 times, the first meeting coming on 17 September 2011 at Broadhall Way (known as the Lamex Stadium) - the result on that day was 2-0 to the Magpies. The last meeting, meanwhile, was at the start of this season, with the spoils shared out in a 1-1 draw - the first ever between the two sides - as Ben Kennedy opened the scoring for Stevenage at Meadow Lane nine minutes in and Jon Stead pulled level in the 18th minute. Our head-to-head record is five wins for Notts, four for Stevenage, one draw. Stevenage in their current form have only been in existence since 1976, but there have been numerous incarnations of the club that stretch back over a century. A club called Stevenage FC was formed in 1894, but they soon adopted the name Stevenage Town. In 1951 the club were founder members of the Delphian League. In 1956 they merged with Stevenage Rangers to form Stevenage FC, before reverting to Stevenage Town four years later. They had some success in the Southern League but folded in 1967, after which Stevenage Athletic were created in their place a year later. This incarnation again knocked about in the Southern League but went bankrupt in 1976. This brings us to Stevenage Borough, formed shortly after Athletic's demise, and this time they managed to prosper and work their way up the leagues until finally reaching the Football League in 2010, at which point they took the whole thing full circle by dropping the Borough from their name and becoming Stevenage FC. Despite their relatively short history, Stevenage have won a number of trophies and competitions, including two FA Trophy cups in 2007 and 2009. The Lamex Stadium holds 6,722 people, 3,142 of which can be seated. To put it into perspective, three full houses at Stevenage could fit into the Meadow Lane stands with 45 seats to spare. The highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 8,040 for a match against Newcastle United in the FA Cup fourth round on 25 January 1998. On that day a temporary stand was erected behind the away end to increase the stadium capacity to 8,100, enough to satisfy FA requirements. Two films were set in and around Stevenage: "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" and "Boston Kickout". "Spy Game" was partly filmed in Stevenage but set in Washington DC. A number of famous sporting figures were born in Stevenage, the most notable of which are Lewis Hamilton, Jack Wilshere, Ashley Young, Ian Poulter, Kevin Phillips and Jason Shackell. Team news To follow. Share your thoughts about the upcoming League Two fixture between Stevenage and Notts County, as well as your thoughts on this match preview, on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat.

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