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So the big day is upon us - the Champions League final between JUVENTUS and Real Madrid! As fixtures go, I really don't think you can go any higher than this - the biggest, most famous, best-known and most successful team in world football against... Real Madrid. Now, I've just found out that BT Sport will be showing the game for FREE online (if you're based in the UK) so... it'll be a good un! This is BT Sport's YouTube channel so just visit https://www.youtube.com/btsport and it'll take you to their landing page, where you can then select a number of options - 4k or VR (I'll just click whichever and see what works lol). So yeah, cancel all other plans for tonight, because our Italian brothers will be winning the Champions League (hopefully)! FORZA JUVE!!
In January and February, Juventus consolidated second place in Serie A and reached the Italian Cup semi-finals. After beating Genoa 2-0 in the last 16, the Bianconeri went on to face city rivals Torino in the quarter-finals. On December 23rd, a big Serie A match took place between Juve and Roma, where we won 1-0 - winner scored by former Roma player Medhi Benatia - then we won 3-1 over Verona. In the quarterfinals Juve beat Torino 2-0 and progressed to the semi-final against Atalanta. Continuing the way in the league, the Bianconeri won 1-0 against Cagliari in a hard-fought match, 1-0 with Genoa and 2-0 with Chievo Verona. In the first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinal, Juventus has the best in Atalanta's home: 1-0 for us with the return game to be played on February 28th. Then a record-breaking match: in the league Juventus beat Sassuolo 7-0, with goals from Alex Sandro, Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira's double and Gonzalo Higuaín's hat-trick. Then on February 9th we obtained three very important points, winning 2-0 against Fiorentina. Finally, on February 13th the Champions League returned, playing against Tottenham at the Allianz Stadium: after an initial Juventus lead of 2 goals (double by Pipita Higuaìn), we were pegged back by Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen in a match that finished 2-2. It was a pity to draw in a game that we were on our way to winning, but now our guys are going to put it all in the challenge back to Wembley, which will be played on March 7th. Last week we played the Derby della Mole in the league, at Torino's football stadium, where we won 1-0 thanks to a precious goal from Alex Sandro. Juventus continue to be second in the Serie A standings just a point behind Napoli, who continue to win and are making this an exciting title race. January and February were somewhat unlucky months - we lost a lot of players due to injury, starting with Paulo Dybala, injured against Cagliari, but now the Argentine is back on the pitch. Even our captain, Gianluigi Buffon, who recently turned 40, is back on the pitch. Juan Cuadrado, however, has been injured for more than a month with a groin problem and is still out but is about to return, as are Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi. Against Torino, there were two injured players: Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi. The former, a less serious ankle problem with a week's layoff. The latter a slightly more serious problem: he will be out for a few weeks and is at risk for the Champions League return challenge. Marko Pjaca, fully recovered at the end of December, was loaned to German team Schalke 04 until the end of the season, for 1.5 million euro. Juve are believed to still be monitoring Emre Can - at the beginning of January it was almost certain that the German midfielder should have arrived in June for about 4.5 million, but other clubs have been linked to the player, even if our club will not give up. It seems set for Dennis Praet of Sampdoria to join Juve 25 million, but the player will remain in Genoa until June and then could pass to the black and whites. Juve continue the Juventus Women project: our girls are very strong, so far they have played 14 games (between Championship and Italian Cup) and have won them all! Our Under 21 guys have left the Italian Cup and the Champions League, but they are in the running for the Championship. Meanwhile, a few days ago, the documentary about Juventus and the life of our players outside the field came out on Netflix. Juventus must now take care against Tottenham and put it all to pass the Champions League quarters, and stay competitive for the championship and Italian Cup! Now the hard part of the season is starting! Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this Juventus 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
November did not start in the best way for Juventus, but manager Massimiliano Allegri went for something radical - he inserted players like Douglas Costa, Medhi Benatia and Blaise Matuidi in the starting XI, while pulling the likes of Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro off the bench. This 'breakthrough' gave its positive signals, 3-0 against Crotone in the league, then a 1-0 victory in Naples in the big-match Napoli-Juve, decided by Gonzalo Higuain, who also had a broken hand. On December 5, Juventus qualified for the Champions League round of 16, beating Olympiacos 2-0 in Greece. In the last 16 we will play against Tottenham Hotspur, the first match will be at Allianz Stadium on February 13th, the return will be on March 7th at Wembley. Having beatem Napoli, Juve then had the chance to return to the top of the table - however, it finished 0-0 between Juve and Inter in Turin. In our last league match Juve won 3-0 against Bologna, with a splendid free kick by Miralem Pjanic, Mario Mandzukic's goal and Matuidi's first goal with Juventus. The Bianconeri are now second in the league, +1 on Inter. On Wednesday, Juve successfully navigated the Coppa Italia last-16 tie with Genoa and will now face city rivals Torino in the quarter-finals. The injury situation is on stand-by: Mandzukic has a calf injury, Mattia De Sciglio a thigh problem and Gianluigi Buffon a muscle strain, but they should have less serious problems than Benedikt Howedes. The German defender, who had made his debut with Juve against Crotone, has again a lesion of the rectus femoris and he should remain out for at least 2 more weeks. But there are also good news: Marko Pjaca returned to the squad list for Juventus-Bologna on the 17th day of Serie A after a 9-month layoff with a knee injury. Meanwhile, Juve are also moving forward in the football trasfer-market: Liverpool midfielder Emre Can will see his contract expire in June, and Juve's society may already have an agreement to sign him on a free. Mattia Caldara will arrive to Juventus in June once his loan with Atalanta finishes, while Leonardo Spinazzola could already arrive in January, given the possible departures of one between Kwadwo Asamoah and Alex Sandro. Dybala's situation is complicated: he had started very well, he had reached 10 goals in Serie A after a few games, then he had a drop in form. He changed his agent and now, according to newspapers, the Argentine’s manager would have offered him to Paris Saint Germain. Meanwhile, we are waiting to see the best of Dybala again because we need his magic! Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this Juventus 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
Born in Stockton-on-Tees, Neal Bishop's journey in football began with Middlesbrough, though he was released by the Teessiders as a teenager. From there, he joined Northern League club Billingham Town and had two spells there either side of a short tenure at Gateshead FC. While in his first spell at Billingham, Bishop once played in a game alongside his brother Craig and father Rob due to a run of eight matches in 15 days towards the end of the 2000-01 season. Bishop continued to ply his trade in the non-league but worked his way up the food chain as he earned the captain's armband at Scarborough, before joining York City and helping them to the Conference playoffs in 2007. In a show of ambition, he rejected a new deal at York and went on to fulfil a lifelong ambition of playing in the Football League by joining Barnet on a free transfer that year. Bishop didn't exactly make the best start at Underhill, being sent off for violent conduct in just his second match at the club, against Norwich City in the League Cup, but went on to make 47 appearances in the 2007-08 season. The following season, he initially handed a transfer request but went on to withdraw it and ended up becoming club captain after Ismail Yakubu was handed the role. In December, Bishop suffered a fractured jaw after being kicked in the face by Ricky Ravenhill, then of Darlington - fate would reunite the two players at Notts County later on in their careers. In May 2009, Bishop's Magpies journey began when he signed a pre-contract agreement to join the club, which was to undergo an adventure of its own in the shape of the Munto "takeover". On the pitch, Notts were a force to be reckoned with as they cruised to the League Two title, with Bishop's tenacious, never-give-up style and strong engine a crucial part of the setup as he made 43 league appearances that season. Despite the off-the-field uncertainty as Munto ended up being a con, the midfielder never let said issues bother him and, as matters were settled at boardroom level in the summer, he signed a two-year contract extension that would keep him at the club until 2012. In League One, Bishop continued to go from strength to strength as he helped Notts consolidate their place in the third tier, being rewarded with the captain's armband by Paul Ince and finishing the campaign with 51 appearances, two goals, the Player of the Year award, and a new two-year deal at the Lane. Bishop's finest display for Notts came in the fourth round of the 2010-11 FA Cup as the Magpies welcomed Manchester City to Meadow Lane. Just before the hour, he headed home the opener against the Citizens from Alan Gow's corner kick, and for a while, Notts fans were dreaming of a huge upset. Sadly, the match ended up as a 1-1 draw when Edin Dzeko struck a late equaliser, which meant a replay at the City of Manchester Stadium where the hosts upped their game and claimed a 5-0 win. Given that Man City's eventual FA Cup win marked their first trophy in 35 years and was followed up with a Premier League title win the following season, one can't help but wonder how the trajectory of English football may have differed had Bishop's goal been the winner. There was yet more time for a grandiose contribution from Bishop - he was County's captain when the team took on Juventus in their new stadium inauguration in September 2011, a season where the Magpies came within a whisker of making the League One playofs. The 2012-13 campaign would prove to be Bishop's most fruitful one from a scoring perspective, bagging seven goals, but sadly it would also be his final one at the Lane. In an interview with the official Notts site ahead of his departure by mutual consent in June 2013, he said: “It’s an emotional day. "This club has been a major part of my life for four years and I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing about my time here. It’s been the best part of my career. “The club are heading in a different direction and there are a number of changes this summer and it just seemed the right time. “I’ve had meetings with the Manager and the board and I’ve given my reasons and I’m really grateful to Jim Rodwell and the Trews who have been very understanding and helped me. “It’s been fantastic. From the rollercoaster of the first season, the cup runs, captaining the club at Juventus and leading the lads out everytime, representing the club was a massive honour. It’s probably my proudest moment in my life. “The fans have been absolutely fantastic with me. I’d like to wish them all the best and thank them. I can’t speak highly enough of them.” Bishop subsequently joined Blackpool, then in the Championship, in August of that year, penning a five-month contract that was extended to take him until the end of the 2013-14 season. Following his spell at Bloomfield Road, he joined newly promoted League One side Scunthorpe United in June 2014, where he continues to ply his trade today. We at PON are delighted to have had the privilege of seeing Neal Bishop in Notts colours at the peak of his powers and contributed countless quality moments to the team, which is why we are delighted to include him in our Notts Alumni list of illustrious Magpies of years gone by. Share your thoughts about this Notts Alumni 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. 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Juventus's summer transfer business ended with a reinforcement in midfield, Blaise Matuidi, who came from Paris Saint-Germain and chose number 14, and a defender, Benedikt Howedes, who came from Schalke 04 and chose shirt number 21. Following the closure of the transfer market, our competitive fixtures started: in the Italian Supercoppa final, Juve lost 3-2 to Lazio, with a Paulo Dybala brace not enough to win. Dybala, aka "La Joya" (the jewel), is playing his first season with the number 10 shirt. "It's an honour," Dybala, who started the season very well, told the press. Serie A started with Juve-Cagliari and finished 3-0 for us Bianconeri. Juve then won again in the next two league matches against Genoa and Chievo. Up next was the Champions League group stage, with Barcelona, Olympiacos and Sporting Lisbon in our group. The first game was in Catalonia, where Barca beat us 3-0. At Camp Nou, Mattia De Sciglio was injured and will be out for about 40 days. After that game we won the three successive league matches, against Sassuolo, Fiorentina and against Torino, once again proving Turin is a black and white! We then won our second CL match, a 2-0 victory over Olympiacos. On the 7th day of Serie A we draw 2-2 with Atalanta, goals by Federico Bernardeschi (first goal for Juve) and Gonzalo Higuain. At present, Napoli are top of the league table by two points. However, Dybala is top of the goalscoring charts with 10 goals. On October 14, we will head to the Allianz Stadium in Rome to face Lazio. Meanwhile, off the pitch, the authorities decided the future of our president, Andrea Agnelli. Andrea, accused of selling tickets for matches to 'mafioso' organisations, was banned for one year (disqualification), plus a 20,000 euro fine and a 300,000 euro fine for Juve. The Juve players who are currently injured are Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio, who will return shortly; Miralem Pjanic, who is to be evaluated; De Sciglio, Howedes, who should be available in a couple of weeks, and Marko Pjaca, who suffered an ACL injury in March and is on the mend - within a month we could see him at last. Juve are also expecting the return of Douglas Costa back to his best and, with the international break, he has time to rest. Our next goals are to return to the top of the league and progress in the Champions League! Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this Juventus 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
During the end of June and during all July, Juve focused on strengthening the squad in the transfer market. Some of our boys have been sold: Romagna, Cerri, Pasquato, Leali, Cassata. After the bad defeat in the Champions League final, Juve's goal was to get to that stage again as soon as possible. Beppe Marotta, the Juventus CEO, has signed Douglas Costa on loan for €6m from Bayern Munich, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny as Gianluigi Buffon's deputy for €12m, Mattia De Sciglio as a replacement for Dani Alves, who went to PSG, for another €12m and Federico Bernardeschi for £40m from Fiorentina. Costa chose shirt number 11, Szczesny number 23, Debril number 2 and Bernardeschi number 33. There was also a resounding sale - Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan for €40m. After seven years of Juve, the defender has decided for a change, due to his bad relations with the Juve environment. Juve now wants to further strengthen the team: they are thinking to recruit a defender instead of Bonucci, such as Caldara (already a Juve player, but on loan at Atalanta), Manolas, Garay, to a right-back (Cancelo, Spinazzola) because Chelsea is in press on Alex Sandro and above all a midfielder. N'Zonzi, Verratti, Locatelli: there are so many candidates in the middle of the field. While the coaches and directors thought of the market, players thought about playing: the Juve summer tour took place this year in America. We lost the first match against Barcelona 2-1 and won the next two matches, against PSG and Roma. Saturday there is a friendly against Tottenham and then Juve against Lazio in the Italian Supercup on August 13th. On July 26, the Serie A calendar was disrupted: our first game will be at our Allianz Stadium (which is no longer called Juventus Stadium due to a sponsorship) on August 19 against Cagliari. We are looking forward to enjoy the upcoming Juve season, and still waiting for some more good signings. Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this Juventus 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
May was a month full of joy and satisfaction for Juventus. Starting with the victory against AS Monaco in the Champions League semi-finals, Juve then beat Lazio in the Coppa Italia final, thanks to goals from Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves. At the Juventus Stadium, which will be named the "Allianz Stadium" from July due to a sponsorship deal, we celebrated the sixth consecutive league, the thirty-fifth of Juventus' history. After these victories we had a dream to crown: the Treble. And so we came to the Champions League final, played on Saturday 3 June against Real Madrid, but it ended in the worst of the ways. After a good first half from Juve, with Cristiano Ronaldo's opener cancelled out by a wonderful Mario Mandzukic goal, the second half was one-way traffic as Real put three more past the Bianconeri for a 4-1 defeat. We must thank our team who fought til the end and made it a legendary season. Other good news came in the form of Mandzukic renewing his contract until 2020 and also head coach Massimiliano Allegri also committing to the club for three more years, Alves, however, has reportedly given Juve an ultimatum in wanting a new deal until 2019, so this will need to be monitored. With the Italian national team Claudio Marchisio has suffered another injury, which does not seem to be serious, but will be checked. Now the transfer season begins and Juve will have to be careful to not lose their most valuable players such as Leonardo Bonucci, Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro, who many teams want. Meanwhile, we have already found an agreement with Sampdoria for Patrick Schick, a young, strong striker, for £25m. As second goalkeeper for next year, Juve is said to be interested in Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny, who was on loan at Roma, to whom we have already offered £4m a year. Perhaps next season will be Gianluigi Buffon's last and next year he will try to win what he didn't win this year. For next season we must to have a competitive team to get back stronger than before! Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this Juventus 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.
What a month April has been - and May is going quite well too! On 5 April, Juventus qualified for the Coppa Italia final, despite losing 3-2 against Napoli in the second leg - a Gonzalo Higuain double on the night meant an aggregate win of 5-4. The Argentine then scored two goals in the next game, against Chievo Verona in Serie A, for a 2-0 win. And then came the best result of the month - a brace from Paulo Dybala and a goal from Giorgio Chiellini gave us a 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of our Champions League quarter-final. Back to league action and once again the Pipita Higuain strikes two goals for a 2-0 victory over Pescara and another step closer to the Scudetto. Then the Champions' return - would Barca do what they did against Paris Saint-Germain? No is the answer, a goalless draw at the Camp Nou putting the Bianconeri through 3-0 on aggregate. After the cup match, Juve beat Genoa 4-0 and drew with Atalanta to remain right on track for the title. Editor's note: The game against Genoa also saw Tom Gordon Savage - the man who, back in 1903, was responsible for Juve adopting the black and white shirts from Notts - honoured at the Juventus Stadium. To read the account of Andy Black, the man who made it possible, here are part 1 and part 2 of the article. In May, the impressive AS Monaco were put to the sword in both legs, Juve winning 2-0 and then 2-1 to reach the final in Cardiff, where Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid lie in wait on 3 June. At present, Juve are four points clear of Roma at the top of Serie A with two games to go, but attention turns to the Coppa Italia final tonight at 8pm against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico - and we want to win our third in a row (and 12th overall)! Our Juve is also proposing a new contract to Mario Mandzukic until 2020, because Super Mario is playing really well, even though he has had physical problems lately. After the Roma game on Sunday 14 May, Daniele De Rossi said: "We (Roma) would win something, but, maybe in just a few years, we will understand that we are playing against a team (Juventus) who is writing the history of football." This month MVP was again Paulo Dybala. This month, Juve must be careful to not lose points in the championship and play well in the Coppa Italia final! We are still in competition on all three fronts! FORZA JUVE! Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this Juventus 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.
The second and final part of Andy Black's account sees him make contact with Tom Gordon Savage's descendants, informs them of his plans to get his name changed at the Juventus Stadium museum, and culminates with a trip to Turin for a Bianconeri game and a ceremony to honour the man himself on the anniversary of his passing. That evening I found Anna's daughter, plus Alasdair and his three children. I sent a message to all of them one by one and it was one of Alasdair's daughters that replied confirming that they were indeed the descendants of Tom Savage. She sent me a message requesting my email so that Alasdair could email me. Alasdair emailed me the following evening and copied in his sister thanking me for making contact. He informed me that his mother Athalie was alive and living near Anna and her daughter. I spoke to Anna first on the phone and then Alasdair and explained that I wanted to change the name that was next to the photo in the museum from John to Tom. Alasdair said that their mother had requested to them a few years ago that he and his sister get in contact with Juventus and change the name. I explained that I was taking a Notts County football shirt printed SAVAGE 1903 on the back with a request that they amend his name next to the photo. I requested that if the family sent me a letter addressed to the manager of the museum it would increase the chances of the name correction taking place. Alasdair sent a letter to me which arrived on 31st March. So with the research done on Tom's life as a lace maker and designer, football player for Juventus and amateur cricket player for Notts Waverley, I sent an email to the manager of the Juventus museum requesting the name to be changed. I got a reply that morning asking for my phone number and by lunchtime it was agreed that the name would be changed in time for my visit on the 23rd April. Marco, the manager, asked who was coming with me and if there would there be any family members attending. I replied that at that stage there was only a contingent of Notts County Supporters who would be seated in Curva Nord (North Stand) for the game against Genoa. Marco said it would be good if a family member could attend the unveiling of the new photo in the museum; I said it was a bit short notice but I would ask. I phoned Alasdair in Cape Town but he said he was committed to a meeting but to call Anna as it would be easier for her from the UK. I phoned Anna who said she was available to attend so I emailed Marco back and agreed to make some plans on Monday morning. The weekend passed and Alasdair had rearranged his meeting so now was able to attend so I gave Marco the good news. Marco's reply was to offer two tickets to sit with Andrea Agnelli in the most prestigious part of the stadium for the game on the 23rd. I informed Alasdair and Anna what was being offered and they insisted that I have one of the tickets and Alasdair the other. On the 20th April my wife and I drove down to Oxfordshire to meet Athalie, Anna, Alasdair and Anna's daughter at Athalie's home. I felt it important to visit Athalie to show her the football shirt and letter that will be presented to Juventus and to listen to her talk about her grandfather Tom and father Richard. We spent just over four hours talking to her before, during and after dinner. I explained to her that all the Juventus friends that I had made was down to her grandfather's inspiration in requesting Notts County shirts in 1903. On the 22nd April the group of Notts fans flew out to Turin where in the evening we met up with Alasdair and Anna for a pizza. My friend Luigi, a member of the Italian Magpies, was also present and was overwhelmed with emotion when I informed him he was the first Juventus fan to meet the family of Tom Savage. The next day we all headed to the Juventus museum to meet Marco in reception at 3pm to take part in a stadium tour, followed by the unveiling of the picture which was filmed by Juventus TV and uploaded onto Juventus.com, Twitter and Facebook. Marco informed the family that the shirt with the letter will be put on display in a glass cabinet for all to see. Alasdair and I proceeded to club Gianni e Umberto to take our seats for a pre match meal with Marco and then to our seats in the stadium for the game. At half time we were introduced to the mother of the president of Juventus FC, Allegra Agnelli. She was genuinely pleased to see us and accepted one of the postcards we were handing out before the game explaining the significance of the date and name change. Marco then introduced us to the director of the museum who also accepted a postcard and it was reassuring when he made sure that the museum had my details to keep up to date with any more information found on Tom. We returned to the stadium for the second half where the game finished Juventus 4-0 Genoa. In the same way that Roger and Helen Stirland became friends while working on the Herbert Kilpin plaque, Alasdair and Anna have become friends and I look forward to learning of Athalie's reaction to achieving what we all wanted. The importance is that a Nottingham man who created a link between the world's oldest football league club, Notts County and the most successful club in Italy, Juventus now has the correct recognition and as a consequence football friendships and a unique piece of football history for Nottingham is recorded forever. As we say, "Two hearts, one soul". Forza Juve and Forza Notts County! To go back to the first part of the story, click here. Share your thoughts about this feature on Pride of Nottingham by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow Notts County and Juventus fans.
Over the next few days, Pride of Nottingham will be publishing Andy Black's account of his journey to discover more about the identity of Tom Gordon Savage, the Nottingham-born man who famously requested for a number of Notts County shirts to be sent to a fledging Italian football club by the name of Juventus over a century ago. Here is part one, where Andy first notices the discrepancy between the established records identifying the man as John Savage and a handwritten note penned by one Tom Savage, and how research into another Nottingham football pioneer, AC Milan founder Herbert Kilpin, led to the first lead about the man responsible for Juve's black-and-white stripes, and soon developed into establishing his family tree and tracing his descendants. When it comes to football clubs, few are bigger or more famous worldwide than Italian outfit Juventus. The vertical black and white stripes on their shirts are emblematic of the club itself, and those with a bit more in-depth knowledge of the history of football know that a man from Nottingham, an expatriate living in the Northern Italian city of Turin, was responsible for this design being imported, given to and duly adopted by the Bianconeri (white-and-blacks). According to the history books, "John Savage" had requested that the shirts be sent over from Nottingham to Turin in 1903; he was approached by the Italian club, whose name is Latin for "youth", to source properly-made football shirts from Britain after the pink shirts they wore faded in colour as the season went on. He got in touch with some people from his home city, and a shipment of Notts County shirts was duly sent across Europe to Juve. In the Juventus museum, there is a photo of a postcard which also shows the handwritten message on the reverse sent to a friend. The message reads: Dear Varetti, Please accept many greetings from me and my family, your devoted Tom Savage. P.S. Have you seen the next football game that will be played in Saluzzo next Sunday for a silver cup? This message is signed Tom Savage, not John. So why is he known as John? It also left me wondering many other questions - what happened to him and his family? What were their names? Were there any more children? Did they stay in Italy? I started to search the internet in May 2016 for any information on "John Savage". After two nights of research, a different name kept popping up: "Herbert Kilpin", who became a distraction as Kilpin played football with Savage in Turin from 1891 and went on to co-found a football club in the nearby city of Milan which eventually became AC Milan in 1899. I approached Nottingham City of Football to ask who I should approach about having a plaque placed on Kilpin's birthplace - 191 Mansfield Road, Nottingham. They put me in contact with Robert Nieri, who was finalising a book on Kilpin's life, so it made perfect sense to team up with Robert to achieve this long overdue memorial to this Nottingham man. On the 22nd October 2016 a Nottingham City transport bus was named "Herbert Kilpin" in presence of his great-great-niece Helen Stirland. The plaque is due to be mounted later this year. I intended to start my research into the life of Savage once Kilpin's plaque was mounted but about nine weeks ago I received an email from Roger Stirland, the husband of Herbert Kilpin's great-niece, Helen, which included many documents on Savage. I met Roger at the bus unveiling outside Kilpin's birthplace. His research had revealed that John Savage was actually Tom Gordon Savage - born in Lenton, Nottingham on 18th February 1867, and died at the Nottingham City Hospital on 23rd April 1951. Roger had discovered that Tom married his wife Sarah Mallet in Turin and they had two sons both born in Turin - Ettore Savage, on 16th February 1891, and Richard Savage, on 20th December 1892. My wife, Lisa, searched the two sons' names on the internet and found them both listed on a family tree named Mallet with their parents. I messaged the owner of the tree and within a few hours I received a reply from one Bob Mallett in Canada - he copied in Mary Cassidy, another member of the Mallet family, living near Turin. Mary proved to be another very useful contact and by her own admission loves a challenge after I explained that I was wanting to find a living relative of Tom Savage. By now another week had passed and with now Roger and Mary working on the case they quickly found many descendants from the marriage of Tom and Sarah. Roger continued to research Tom's siblings' tree just in case there was not a direct relative to contact. Mary is connected to Tom's wife Sarah in her family tree and was able to locate a relative that knew Tom's granddaughter, Athalie Savage. Athalie is the only child of Richard Savage, Tom's youngest son. Ettore married but had no children so the only hope was that Richard's line continued to the present day. The research shown that Athalie married and had two children, Anna and Alasdair. Mary's cousin wrote an email to Anna who said that they knew each other as young children from school. The research confirmed that both Anna and Alasdair married and, between them, another four direct descendants were born - Anna with her daughter in Oxfordshire and Alasdair in Cape Town, South Africa. I had agreed that it would be best to wait for a reply to the email sent to Anna to see if contact could be made with the family. In December 2016 I had chosen to watch Juventus play at home in Turin on 23rd April 2017 with some other Notts County fans. Once a year I arrange for a group of Notts fans to travel to Turin to see Juve play and in return the Italian Magpies come to Nottingham to see Notts play. This has happened since the friendly match to open the new Juventus Stadium between the two clubs in September 2011. It wasn't until the 24th March that I realised that the date of the game was the 66th anniversary of Tom Gordon Savage passing away. With this in mind I decided to search for Anna, Alasdair and their children on social media. To see how the story ends, read part two of the feature by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this feature by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County and Juventus fans.
With the season heading into the business end, March had plenty of chicanes for Juventus to navigate, but I'm glad to say we have done so successfully. We are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after beating Porto 1-0 at the Juventus Stadium, which completed a 3-0 aggregate win, and we will be hosting Barcelona tonight! In Serie A, we are still top of the table with 77 points from 31 games, with Roma six points behind. We only played three league games, claiming two wins (against AC Milan and Sampdoria) and a draw (against Udinese). April has so far brought us a win and a draw in Serie A, claiming a point at Napoli and getting a 2-0 win over Chievo. We also played Napoli in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, losing 3-2 to them in the second leg - Gonzalo Higuain scored our goals - but still reaching the final thanks to an aggregate win of 5-4. There weren't many games in April due to the international break, which brought us bad news as winger Marko Pjaca injured his knee in Croatia's friendly loss to Estonia. He suffered a torn cruciate ligament and external meniscus, which will see him out of action for about six months. But on the positive side, 19-year-old Boca Juniors midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur has completed his medical at Juve ahead of a € 9m summer move. The Under-20 Uruguay International is one of the most promising midfielders in the world so his signing is great for the club. In between the two Napoli games, Higuaìn spoke about his reasons for leaving the Partenopei and joining Juventus. He said: "I am happy with this choice because I reached a certain serenity, on and off the football. It was what I tried and I did. On a personal level, I feel I made the right step. " Our MVP for March is Juan Cuadrado. It was a positive month, but April will be even more important in the season of our Juve! Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about how March went for Juventus 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.
After qualifying from the Champions League group stage and sitting top of Serie A after 19 matches, it was a great February for our Juve: only victories. Beginning with the crunch clash against Inter, that we won 1-0 thanks to a great goal from Juan Cuadrado, we went on to earn three points in every league match in February, following the victory over the Nerazzurri with wins against Crotone, Cagliari, Palermo and Empoli. Even the first leg of the knockout stages of the Champions League went very well, winning 2-0 at Porto thanks to goals from Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves. Against Napoli in our home leg of the semifinals of the Italian Cup, it ended 3-1 for us Bianconeri, so we are still fighting on all three fronts. Our manager, Massimiliano Allegri, was recently mentioned by the English media because Arsenal aren't in a good situation and need a new boss for the next season: rumors say that Allegri is the preferred candidate to replace Arsene Wenger. Beppe Marotta, our CEO, told reporters after the Udinese draw on Sunday: “Is Allegri 100 per cent certain to stay? I think so, right now there are no impediments to that. We’re always very close with Allegri, there’s a great relationship with him. We’re happy with him, and he with us, so the problem doesn’t even arise.” Staying on Arsenal, Juventus is reportedly interested in Alexis Sanchez, who was left on the bench for the last Gunners' game. We are willing to spend 26m pounds for him, but if he came, one of our strikers would leave. In our last Serie A match (the first of March) we drew 1-1 against Udinese so we lost two points, but we are still top of the league with eight points more than second-placed Roma. Our player of the month for February is Paulo Dybala. We still have away games against the Giallorossi and Napoli, so the league is open and we must not concede anything if we want to win. We have to continue like this! Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about Juventus's exploits in February on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat.