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Though not quite as busy on the fixture level as the previous months, April was nonetheless a tense month, with many of the league's annual permutations becoming reality. How did the month pan out for the Notts County contingent? Pride of Nottingham goes over the big news. April 2 On Easter Monday, Notts suffered a big blow to their automatic promotion hopes as eventual League Two champions Accrington Stanley ran out 1-0 winners at the Wham Stadium. On the plus side, Michael O'Connor made his long-awaited return for Notts County, coming on as a second-half substitute during the defeat for his first first-team appearance since April 2017. April 5 Jorge Grant was named in FourFourTwo magazine's top 50 EFL players of the season. April 7 Notts claimed their first win in six League Two games as fellow playoff chasers Coventry City were beaten 2-1 at Meadow Lane, Pride of Nottingham-sponsored Jonathan Forte scoring a brace for the Magpies. April 9 Kevin Nolan confirmed that his touchline dismissal against Wycombe Wanderers was punished by a fine. April 10 Highly rated Leyton Orient midfielder Charley Barker reportedly played in a friendly for Notts with a view to a future switch to Meadow Lane, though nothing more has been heard since. April 12 Kevin Nolan said he would be having a chat with Joey Barton in hope of persuading him to come to Notts, though his former Newcastle United teammate has since gone on to secure the manager's job at Fleetwood Town. Jon Stead triggered a clause in his Notts contract to extend his stay at Meadow Lane past the end of the 2017/18 season. April 14 Notts came from a goal down to record a 3-1 win at Colchester United that kept the Magpies' League Two playoff hopes alive and kicking. Shola Ameobi revealed that he is mulling over whether to retire at the end of the season but will consider it properly in the summer. April 18 Shola Ameobi says he is not specifically looking to go into coaching once he hangs up his boots but has not fully closed the door on a potential switch to the dugout. April 21 Notts secured a spot in the League Two playoffs thanks to a resounding 4-1 win over Yeovil Town at Meadow Lane. April 28 On a slightly sourer note, Notts threw away the chance of making the top three in League Two after falling to a 2-1 defeat at Grimsby Town. April 29 Matt Tootle and Jorge Grant were among the award winners at Notts County's end-of-season ceremony. April 30 Notts announced that Gibraltar international Liam Walker had left the club with one regular season game to spare. Share your thoughts about this news recap 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.
In contrast to January, which went super slow, February was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it month, but there was plenty to digest on the Notts County news front. In this article, Pride of Nottingham recaps all the key events from the month. 3 February Notts County put in one of their best performances of the season in front of the biggest Meadow Lane crowd of the 21st century - 17,274 people in total - in a 4-1 win over Crewe Alexandra. The Magpies charged just £2 for tickets for this League Two fixture, which went on to sell out on Friday afternoon, as part of Alan Hardy's one-year anniversary celebrations. 5 February Notts coach Mark Crossley revealed how Cardiff City allowed the Magpies to use their training facilities ahead of their FA Cup fourth-round replay with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. 6 February County's live-television FA Cup fourth-round replay at Swansea City ended on a humbling note as Carlos Carvalhal's charges ran out 8-1 winners. 8 February Adam Collin expressed his relief at being back in action after missing several months out through injury. The goalkeeper injured his knee in the 2-1 win over Barnet on October 14 and only returned to action in the 1-1 FA Cup draw with Swansea City. 10 February Notts County's hangover from the 8-1 defeat to Swansea City in the FA Cup continued with a last-gasp 1-0 defeat at Barnet in League Two. 12 February Notts County boss Kevin Nolan admitted that Mason Bennett was likely to be sidelined for a fairly long time after injuring his hamstring against Barnet. 14 February Notts County bounced back from their horror week with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Carlisle United thanks to Jon Stead's brace. Kevin Nolan provided a positive update on Michael O'Connor, saying the Notts County captain is "well on the road to recovery". 17 February Notts County lost further ground in the race for the League Two automatic spots after being held to a 0-0 draw at Newport County on Saturday. 18 February Kevin Nolan admitted that Notts County are on the lookout for unattached players following Mason Bennett's season-ending injury but said "nobody has been standing out". 19 February Kevin Nolan revealed that Notts County are considering a move for free agent Nile Ranger but is aware of his off-the-field issues and insists that "everybody has to agree" on a decision - in the end Alan Hardy confirmed no deal would be pursued. 21 February Notts County's promotion hopes took another blow as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium. 24 February Notts County claimed a much-needed three points in a 2-0 win over Stevenage in Saturday at Meadow Lane, with Jorge Grant back on the goalscoring trail and Shola Ameobi adding a second. Share your thoughts about this news recap 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.
The first month of 2018 is now out of the way (it seemed to last forever didn't it? -JJ) and it's been a pretty topsy-turvy January as far as Notts County are confirmed. An amazing run in the FA Cup tempered by a poor showing in League Two, while Ryan Yates's premature departure was followed up by not one but two midfielders arriving at Meadow Lane. And that's before we talk about the long, anxious wait for a striker on transfer deadline day! In this article, Pride of Nottingham recaps all the major news stories from January 2018. January 1 Notts County claimed their second win in three League Two games after Jon Stead scored a late penalty to secure a 1-0 victory over Port Vale on New Year's Day. January 4 Liam Noble stressed that his "head is in the right place now" as he prepared to begin his second spell at Notts County, being registered at the opening of the January window. January 6 Notts County put in a superb performance to beat Brentford 1-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Griffin Park. January 9 Notts were drawn against either Swansea City or Wolverhampton Wanderers at Meadow Lane in round four of the FA Cup. Haydn Hollis left Meadow Lane to join Forest Green Rovers. January 10 Nottingham Forest recalled midfielder Ryan Yates, going on to send him on loan to Scunthorpe United. January 11 As a replacement, Matty Virtue was loaned from Liverpool. January 12 And Noor Husin then followed suit, joining Notts permanently from Crystal Palace. January 13 Notts left Sincil Bank with a point after Jorge Grant struck the equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Lincoln City. January 15 Notts County confirmed that the 2017/18 early bird season ticket price will be frozen for those who renew next season. January 16 Notts were given confirmation by Nottingham Forest that Jorge Grant will be able to stay on loan at Meadow Lane for the remainder of the season. January 20 Alan Hardy revealed that Notts County are quarter of a million pounds inside their budget at present. Notts lost their superb unbeaten home record in League Two after fellow promotion chasers Exeter City claimed a 2-1 win at Meadow Lane. January 23 Notts suffered a second League Two home defeat in the space of three days as Crawley Town emerged 2-1 winners at Meadow Lane on Tuesday night. January 26 Notts announced the departure of Curtis Thompson on loan to Wycombe Wanderers until the end of the season. January 27 Notts held Premier League side Swansea City to a 1-1 draw in Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round encounter at Meadow Lane. January 29 The winner of Notts v Swansea was drawn to face Sheffield Wednesday away in round five of the FA Cup. January 31 Notts recruited Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben Hall and Derby County forward Mason Bennett on loan on transfer deadline day. Share your thoughts about this news recap 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.
Another calendar year comes to an end as 2017 is now officially in the past and 2018 is here. Notts County's season continues to go from strength to strength, with the Magpies still very much in contention from automatic promotion from League Two. How did December pan out for Notts? Here is a recap of the biggest stories from the final month of 2017. December 2 Notts left it late to beat non-league Oxford City, courtesy of Jorge Grant's winner, to claim a 3-2 win at Meadow Lane and win a place in the FA Cup third round. December 3 Alan Hardy revealed that Notts are paying over £40,000 a month in win bonuses to manager Kevin Nolan and the club's players. December 4 Notts were drawn away at Championship side Brentford in the third round of the FA Cup. December 5 Kevin Nolan was nominated for November's League Two Manager of the Month award, the accolade ultimately going to Luton Town boss Nathan Jones. December 9 Notts County launched Generation 8, a new initiative which aims to generate interest in the Magpies among youngsters with a view to attracting future fans to the club. The Magpies were tasked with the hardest challenge of the season so far in a fixture away at League Two leaders Luton Town but emerged from the game with a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw. December 13 Alan Hardy revealed his hopes of having a new training ground for Notts ready by January 2019. December 16 Notts maintained their unbeaten home record but lost ground on League Two leaders Luton Town in a 0-0 draw with Grimsby Town at Meadow Lane. December 22 Notts assistant manager Richard Thomas confirmed that goalkeeper Adam Collin had returned to full training after a lengthy injury layoff. December 23 Notts fought back from three goals down to claim a 3-3 draw with Cambridge United in Saturday's League Two clash at Meadow Lane. December 26 Notts returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion with a 4-1 win over Morecambe at the Globe Arena. December 30 Notts County ended 2017 on a sour note as their unbeaten run in League Two came to an end in a 1-0 defeat at Swindon Town. December 31 Kevin Nolan confirmed that Rob Milsom will need to see a specialist for his injury, while goalkeeper Adam Collin is now "a couple of weeks away" from a return and captain Michael O'Connor is now back in training. Share your thoughts about this news recap 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.
October is now done and dusted, we're a third of the way into the season, and Notts County remain top of League Two! The month just gone proved a little bumpier than the almost perfect September, but nonetheless the Magpies got through it well enough and ended it on a high note. In this article, Pride of Nottingham recaps all the biggest stories from Meadow Lane and elsewhere in the Notts world that happened in October 2017. October 3 - Alan Hardy described Kevin Nolan as "a star of the future" after the Notts manager was nominated for September's League Two Manager of the Month award. - Kevin Nolan hit out at a "ridiculous" festive fixture list for Notts County this season which includes a trip to Morecambe on Boxing Day and a journey to Swindon Town three days later. October 4 - Notts announced that club record goalscorer Les Bradd was to donate £1 from every sale of his forthcoming book, Far Post: A Striker’s Tale of Scoring Goals and Breaking Records, to the beneficiaries of the CEO Sleepout that took place early in the month. October 5 Kevin Nolan expressed his delight with Shola Ameobi's return for Notts County from a hamstring injury, but insisted that he wouldn't rush him back into action. October 6 Kevin Nolan was named the League Two Manager of the Month following a near-perfect September for Notts County. October 7 Kevin Nolan gave a positive assessment of Michael O'Connor's rehabilitation from a serious knee injury describing the midfielder as being "in a good place". Notts County claimed a point against Forest Green as Rob Milsom struck in the 96th minute to give his side a 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane. October 12 Notts confirmed that Liam Noble, recently released by Forest Green, had returned to Meadow Lane and would be available for selection from January. October 14 Notts County returned to winning ways and sat at the top of League Two once again following a 2-1 win over Barnet at Meadow Lane. October 16 Kevin Nolan confirmed that goalkeeper Adam Collin had suffered an injury against Barnet and was to be sent for a scan on his knee. Notts County were handed a home draw against Bristol Rovers in the first round of the FA Cup. October 17 Notts suffered a 2-0 defeat away at Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night which knocked them off the top of League Two. October 20 Alan Hardy revealed that Notts County have complained to the Football League over their fixture list this season. October 21 Alan Hardy spoke out in favour of the introduction a safe standing area at Meadow Lane and said he was eager to consult fans on the topic. Notts County fought back from a goal down to claim a 1-1 draw in Saturday's League Two encounter at Carlisle United. October 23 Kevin Nolan confirmed that Adam Collin has suffered ligament damage and is likely to be out for between two and three months. October 25 Notts County fell to a 2-1 defeat against Mansfield Town in their EFL Trophy Group G clash at Meadow Lane on Tuesday night. October 28 Notts County returned to the top of League Two thanks to an emphatic 3-0 win over Newport County at Meadow Lane on Saturday. October 31 Alan Hardy revealed that additional turnstile checks at Meadow Lane on Saturday for Notts County's game against Newport County were put in place to stop people using "tickets to which they are not entitled". 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.
Somebody wake Billy Joe Armstrong up! It's been a pretty eventful September for Notts County, who have conquered all before them in League Two... until the final hurdle anyway. But hey, still top of the league, so it'll be a month remembered largely for the right reasons. In this article, Pride of Nottingham recaps all the biggest stories from Meadow Lane and elsewhere in the Magpie world that happened in September 2017. September 1 Notts County made no late acquisitions in the summer transfer window but Alan Hardy revealed that the club moved for three young higher-league players on loan as deadline day loomed. September 2 Notts County got their month off to an ideal start with a clean sheet and three points from a tough League Two fixture, winning 1-0 at newly relegated side Port Vale in Burslem thanks to Lewis Alessandra's goal. September 3 Kevin Nolan said Shaun Brisley was okay after the defender suffered a blow to the head in Notts County's win over the Valiants. September 5 A fundraising drive begun to design and install a plaque outside the Nottingham hotel where a meeting was held to create Notts County Football Club. September 9 Notts County stretched their unbeaten run to six matches in all competitions following a 2-0 victory against traditional bogey team Morecambe at Meadow Lane. September 12 Notts County edged up to second in League Two following another workmanlike performance in a midweek 1-0 win over Swindon Town. September 14 Kevin Nolan revealed that a "ruckus" took place between himself and Rob Milsom over the Notts County midfielder becoming sloppy in training. September 15 Kevin Nolan played down Shola Ameobi's hamstring injury suffered in the game over Morecambe, suggesting that he will not be out of action for too long. September 16 Notts County's unbeaten run was stretched to eight games - not to mention a four-match winning streak in League Two and four clean sheets in a row - thanks to a 1-0 win at Crawley Town. September 20 Notts County announced that manager Kevin Nolan signed a new three-year contract with the club. September 23 Notts County's amazing form showed no sign of letting up with a fifth win on the spin, a 4-1 hammering of local rivals Lincoln City at Meadow Lane. September 26 The crunch clash between League Two's top two saw Notts County cement their hold at the top of the table with a frankly frightening 3-0 win at Exeter City. September 27 Notts County and Mansfield Town announced that the end-of-month derby would see the introduction of a new trophy contested between the two sides in honour of former Stags physiotherapist Matt Salmon, who sadly passed away aged 25 earlier in the year. September 29 Fresh from the deal struck between Pride of Nottingham and BettaBytz Computers, PON announced an exciting new partnership with Notts Driving School. September 30 Notts County's superb month finished on a sour note with a 3-1 defeat at local rivals Mansfield Town. 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.