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  1. 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!
  2. Pride of Nottingham are delighted to announce our new partnership with the Notts Driving School. Established in 2011, Notts Driving School is run by Jim Foster and Brian Marshall-Lee, fully qualified and experienced driving instructors, and boasts thousands of successful and satisfied clients over the years. Notts Driving School takes great pride in the knowledge that a high percentage of business comes by way of recommendations from present and past pupils, testament to their success rate and also great service along the learning journey. The School covers the whole Nottingham area, and lessons are taken in Jim and Brian's dual control, manual, Citroen DS3s which are perfect to help you develop your driving skills. Alongside standard lessons, Notts Driving School also covers motorway lessons, Pass Plus lessons and theory test practice, ensuring a comprehensive service from the very first lesson to the post-pass final touches. Areas covered by NDS include Arnold, Aspley, Basford, Bakersfield, Beeston, Bestwood, Bestwood Village, Bilborough, Bramcote, Broxtowe, Bulwell, Burton Joyce, Carlton, Carrington, Chilwell, Clifton, Colwick, Cotgrave, Daybrook, Edwalton, Forest, Forest Fields, Gamston, Gedling, Hyson Green, Lenton, Mapperley, Mapperley Park, Meadows, Netherfield, New College Nottingham, Nottingham City Centre, Nottingham University Campuses, Nottingham Trent University Campuses, Nottingham Schools and Academies, Nuthall, Radcliffe on Trent, Radford, Ruddington, Rushcliffe, Sherwood, Sneinton, Stapleford, The Park, Tollerton, Top Valley, West Bridgford, Wollaton and all adjacent Nottingham suburbs. Dozens of testimonials have been left on the NDS website, which describe the tuition and demeanour by Jim and Brian as "excellent", "prompt", "adaptable", "patient", "perceptive" and "intuitive" among many other kind words. PON head honcho Chris is also a client of the Notts Driving School and says: "When you're learning to drive, you need a teacher than can instil confidence and help with the learning side of things. I was quite nervous in the beginning, however I believe I chose wisely by going with the Notts Driving School. Jim's impressed me, his knowledge and experience with practical driving has made me very confident when out in a car. "The support is also top notch, and the value is amazing. I feel I've learned so much from Jim and his easy approach to learning monovers - plus he's a brilliant guy and a Notts fan - which has made lessons enjoyable as we often discussed what was happening around Notts!" Speaking of the partnership, Jim said: "Nottsdrivingschool.com is proud to support both Notts County FC and Pride of Nottingham. Notts is a club at the heart of its community and prideofnottingham.co.uk can be the true voice of the fans. "So come on, enjoy the blogs, podcasts, and interviews which have made it an excellent online fanzine and forum. With its easy to use and great looking website, No other fans site can touch it! "So we are delighted to start our partnership with PON and if you or your family or friends are looking for some driving lessons, remember! Notts Driving School isn't a national driving school! It's a Notts one!" With Notts County's season going from strength to strength, Pride of Nottingham and Notts Driving School have formed a partnership that will ensure both parties grow and prosper in the same way as the Magpies are doing! To get in touch with Notts Driving School, call 0115 945 5582, visit http://www.nottsdrivingschool.com or email jim@nottsdrivingschool.com today! Fancy joining Notts Driving School and Bettabytz Computers in showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  3. Pride of Nottingham are delighted to announce our new partnership with Nottinghamshire company Bettabytz Computers. Based in Mapperley, Bettabytz is a one-stop repair shop which offers a wide range of services aimed at fixing all the important electrical and electronic devices which we could not live without. Established in 2001 by Notts County fan Kevin Searcey and based on the Mapperley high street since 2009, Bettabytz have invaluable knowledge and experience in repairing desktops, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, TVs and many other household electricals. Services offered include virus removal, system reinstalling, data recovery, hardware valeting, optimisation, screen repair & replacement, motherboard repair & replacement, and much more. The great service offered by Bettabytz has led to customers leaving great feedback - a quick look on their website will show you the following comment by Kim Chesters: “Took my laptop to Kev yesterday, all sorted and working again by this morning! What excellent service. Definitely worth keeping that fridge magnet with the telephone number on it!!” Mark Ryan, meanwhile, said: “Popped in today with a base unit. Called back within a few hours and all fixed and even cleaned - 5-star service! Highly recommended.” With both PON and Kevin being fully behind the Magpies, proud of their local community and eager to deliver nothing but the best possible service for those who engage with them, the two parties linking up is a no-brainer. Regarding the partnership, Kevin said: "I'm very happy to come on board with Pride of Nottingham. They've been doing a fantastic job covering Notts over the last couple years, so linking up with them and working together is a great opportunity." In addition, Bettabytz are currently offering £5 off virus removal and computer reformatting, and £10 off new or refurbished computers over £100, so if you're after either giving your current computer some TLC or getting a new device, this is a great opportunity for you. PON and Bettabytz are looking ahead to a great 2017/18 season and will be cheering on Notts as they play their way to promotion! COME ON YOU PIES!!! Bettabytz Computers is located on 625 Woodborough Road, Mapperley, Nottingham, NG3 5QG. To get in touch with Bettabytz Computers, visit their website www.bettabytz.co.uk, email info@bettabytz.co.uk or call 0115 952 2781. 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 and coming on board like Bettabytz Computers? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  4. Martin Allen will no doubt be looking forward to this game which will make it very interesting. We're on a very good run, so I'm hoping it will continue by having a good result today. MK are being touted for promotion, though I think this is the type of game we're we should come out strong. BBC Match Article MK Dons 01 Martin 03 Lewington 04 Doumbe 05 MacKenzie 06 Beevers 08 Potter 13 Williams 26 Chadwick 09 Bowditch 11 Balanta 29 Morrison Subs; 16 McLoughlin, 12 Chicksen, 15 Flanagan, 17 Powell, 27 McNamee Notts County 17 Nelson 02 Kelly 03 Sheehan 04 Edwards 05 Pearce 10 Bishop 11 J Hughes 14 Judge 31 Mahon 09 L Hughes 30 Montano Subs; 01 Burch, 12 Sterling, 18 Sodje, 19 Allen, 08 Hawley Ref: Sheldrake

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