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  1. Head to head Notts County have met Swansea City/Town 70 times over the years - the Magpies have 24 wins, the Swans have 30 wins, and 16 games have been drawn. The first meeting came on 23 October 1926 in Division Two, Swansea Town winning 3-1 at Meadow Lane. The last time both sides met was in League Two on 5 March 2005, a 1-0 win for the Magpies thanks to Mark Stallard's 50th-minute goal. The last meeting between these two sides in the FA Cup came in January 1934, with the Swans winning 1-0 at home. Stats Notts County have reached the fifth round on just one occasion this century, beating Wigan Athletic 2-0 in a fourth-round replay in 2009-10. The last time Swansea reached the fourth round was in 2014-15, losing to Championship side Blackburn 3-1 at Ewood Park. In fact, the Swans have been eliminated from two of their last three ties against lower league opponents. After being eliminated in eight successive FA Cup ties against top-flight opposition, the Magpies have progressed in two of the last four - beating Wigan in 2010 and Sunderland in 2011. Swansea City have won just eight competitive games all season so far - three of which have come against lower-league opposition in domestic cup competitions. History Swansea City began life in 1912 as Swansea Town Athletic Football Club. Following the lead of many other South Wales sides, the club joined the Second Division of the Southern League for the following season. J. W. Thorpe was the club's first chairman. A site owned by Swansea Gaslight Co., called Vetch Field due to the vegetables that grew there, was rented to be the club's ground. The club's first professional match was a 1–1 draw at the Vetch Field against Cardiff City on 7 September 1912. During that first season the Welsh Cup was won for the first time. The Swans beat reigning English champions Blackburn Rovers 1–0 in the first round of the 1914–15 FA Cup, Swansea's goal coming from Ben Beynon. Following the First World War the Southern League dropped its Second Division, and with many clubs dropping out due to financial difficulties, the Swans were placed in the First Division. After four seasons in the Southern League, Swansea became founder members of the new Third Division of The Football League in 1920 and then Division Three (South) the following season. The club changed their name in 1969, when they adopted the name Swansea City to reflect Swansea's new status as a city. Swansea moved to the new Liberty Stadium during the summer of 2005. The first competitive game was a 1–0 victory against Tranmere Rovers in August 2005. Team news Notts County goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons and defender Matty Virtue are both banned for Notts County after being sent off against Crawley Town. Matt Tootle has missed the last two games through illness and remains out for Saturday's FA Cup encounter with the Swans. Swansea, meanwhile, have no injury concerns - striker Tammy Abraham, defender Angel Rangel and Bayern Munich loanee Renato Sanches have all trained and could feature at Meadow Lane. Share your thoughts about this match preview 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. Kevin Nolan has revealed that Notts County "haven't heard anything" from Nottingham Forest regarding Jorge Grant, who also wants to remain where he currently is. Grant and Ryan Yates joined the Magpies on loan in the summer and have been impressive, only for the latter to be recalled by his parent club. This led to fears regarding Grant's stay at Meadow Lane but Nolan has suggested that the club's top goalscorer this term may stay put until the summer. “We haven’t heard anything from Forest,” the Notts boss told the Nottingham Post. “We want to keep Jorge and he has come out and told everyone that he wants to stay here. “He feels that is better for his development which is great on our behalf. “Hopefully Forest can see in the year we have had him how far he has come and what he has done. “He’s been fantastic and we want to keep developing him. “We want to send him back in four to five months’ time so that he has got an even better chance of breaking into their first team. “If not then hopefully we can lend him again next year.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  3. Kevin Nolan has praised Notts County following their impressive 1-0 win at Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night, describing their showing as "a perfect performance". Loanee Jorge Grant grabbed his third goal in four games in the first half at Home Park as the Magpies more than matched their opponents, who are looking to secure promotion from League Two. The result puts Notts eight points clear of the bottom two and a step closer to safety, when a month ago it looked like they were standing on the brink of oblivion. "It was a perfect performance," Nolan told the Nottingham Post. "It could have been three, four or even five as we created plenty of chances. We also handled them well when they were going forward and we kept another clean sheet. "They (the players) were fantastic because we haven't been able to get out on the pitch much with the travelling and so on. "It was all about being in the classroom and everything we said to them they took it all on board. I was delighted with their output." 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.

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