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  1. Notts County have been held to a goalless draw by Grimsby Town in Saturday's League Two encounter at Meadow Lane. Neither side could break the deadlock in NG2, although the Mariners arguably had the best chance of the game as Jamille Matt forced a great save from Ross Fitzsimons during the first half. Despite sitting joint-top of League Two with Luton Town before kick-off, the Magpies were unable to register a shot on target during the game and have now slipped to two points behind the league leaders. However, Kevin Nolan's charges still remain a healthy four points clear of third and six clear of fourth. ARLukomski, a Notts vlogger and Pride of Nottingham contributor, discussed the fixture ahead of kickoff, gave his thoughts as the game went on, and talked about the performance and result after the final whistle. Follow ARLukomski on his YouTube channel by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this vlog 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. Matt Tootle has praised Ross Fitzsimons following the goalkeeper's performance in the goalless draw with Grimsby Town on Saturday. The former Crystal Palace stopper has proved a great replacement since coming into the team for Adam Collin, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury. On Saturday, the Magpies kept their first clean sheet since late October and Tootle was full of praise for the 23-year-old after giving his assessment of the draw. "It keeps us on a run and they're a decent side," Tootle told the official Notts site. "They've won their last three games and are one of the form sides in the league so it's not a bad point. "They came here to frustrate us and made it hard for us. We've got to respect the point, which is something we didn't do last year. "They had a couple of chances but I don't think they really threatened or put any sustained pressure on us. We weren't quite at it in the final third - it just didn't happen for us today. Hopefully we can pick up a win next weekend and it will all be fine. "It's nice because we haven't had a clean sheet for a while. We defended well considering the threats they have - the wide players have been good for them this season so we worked on that during the week. "We thwarted them well so it's a good clean sheet for the defence and the goalkeeper, who has been terrific since he came in. "People forget how young Ross is and that he didn't play his first EFL game until he came on against Barnet. Adam Collin will have a battle on his hands to get back in the team when he is fully fit." 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. Notts County have maintained their unbeaten home record but lost ground on League Two leaders Luton Town in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Grimsby Town at Meadow Lane. In a game of few genuine chances, the Magpies failed to muster a single shot on target against a Mariners side that defended well but likewise couldn't break down the hosts. The result sees Notts still in second, four points ahead of third-placed Exeter City, but with Luton winning 2-0 at Forest Green Rovers, the gap between first and second is now two points. Here are the official YouTube highlights if you fancy seeing the key moments of the game again. Share your thoughts about this 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.
  4. Kevin Nolan has admitted that Notts County were not their "usual selves" in their goalless draw with Grimsby Town. The Magpies failed to break down a defensively stout Mariners side, failing to muster a chance on goal in Saturday's stalemate at Meadow Lane. "It was a fair result. We weren't our usual selves today," Nolan told the official Notts site. "It's just one of those days. You're going to have them but we've not had too many here in the past year. We huffed and puffed a lot but our ability on the ball wasn't as up to scratch as it has been. "We didn't create enough clear-cut chances or have enough sustained pressure so it was a job well done by Grimsby, as well as us not being at the top of our game." "We respect the point and the clean sheet, which I'm delighted about. We looked good defensively. We gave them an opportunity in the first half but we looked in control. "Grimsby have come here on the back of three wins so we had to show them the respect they deserved. You're not going to run riot over teams week in, week out when you're at home - we have to earn it. "The lads did all the right things out of possession but in possession we weren't as good as we have been lately. It told because we weren't able to mount that pressure on them and show our quality in the final third."
  5. Notts County have maintained their unbeaten home record but lost ground on League Two leaders Luton Town in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Grimsby Town at Meadow Lane. In a game of few genuine chances, the Magpies failed to muster a single shot on target against a Mariners side that defended well but likewise couldn't break down the hosts. An early shot from Shola Ameobi was deflected wide for a corner, which was eventually cleared after Elliott Hewitt had initially won the ball. At the other end Jamille Matt had an effort deflected into the arms of Ross Fitzsimons, who was then called into action four minutes later to keep out a Jorge Grant clearance that deflected off Luke Summerfield and looped back towards goal. Matt then came close on 21 minutes when he picked up Diallang Jaiyesimi's pass before firing on the turn, only for Fitzsimons to block with his legs for an opposition corner. A foul by Zak Mills gave Notts a free kick in a dangerous position on 27 minutes but Grimsby keeper James McKeown got a glove to the ball before Nathan Clarke was able to clear. The hosts then enjoyed a period of pressure as Carl Dickinson then tested the opposition keeper with a free kick and, on 35 minutes, won three corners in succession, but couldn't find a breakthrough come the half-time whistle. Both sides enjoyed chances early after the restart, with Sikiri Dembele blasting off target while Ryan Yates headed Jorge Grant's free kick wide of the near post. Notts felt they should have had a penalty when McKeown clattered into Jon Stead near the left corner flag but the referee decided to just show a yellow card. Kevin Nolan's side dominated the majority of the second half, Grant coming close with two efforts and Ameobi head wide from Lewis Alessandra's cross, but the final whistle saw the points shared between the two sides. The result sees Notts still in second, four points ahead of third-placed Exeter City, but with Luton winning 2-0 at Forest Green Rovers, the gap between first and second is now two points. Share your thoughts about this match report 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. Who was your man of the match for Notts County against Grimsby Town?
  7. Head to head Notts County and Grimsby Town have met a total of 80 times over the years. The first fixture came on 5 October 1893. Notts won the Division Two clash 2-0 at Trent Bridge. The Magpies have 27 wins, while the Mariners have 33, and 20 games have been drawn. Our last meeting was in League Two last season at Blundell Park on 21 January, and the Mariners won 2-0. Stats Notts County are winless in their last four home league meetings with Grimsby, although three these matches have been drawn (L1). The Mariners have lost just one of their last five EFL encounters with the Magpies (W2 D2), conceding just four goals. Jorge Grant has been directly involved in seven goals in his last six League Two outings (4 goals, 3 assists). Grimsby are the only side yet to lose a single point from a winning position in League Two this season. History Grimsby Town FC was formed in 1878 after a meeting held at the Wellington Arms public house in Freeman Street, Grimsby. Several attendees included members of the local Worsley Cricket Club who wanted to form a football club to occupy the empty winter evenings after the cricket season had finished The club was originally called Grimsby Pelham, this being the family name of the Earl of Yarborough, a significant landowner in the area. In 1880 the club purchased land at Clee Park which was to become their ground until 1889 when they relocated to Abbey Park, before moving again in 1899 to their present home, Blundell Park. The club is the most successful of the three professional league clubs in historic Lincolnshire, being the only one to play top-flight football. It is also the only club of the three to reach an FA Cup semi-final (doing so on two occasions) and is the only one to succeed in two finals at the old Wembley Stadium. It has also spent more time in the English game's first and second tiers than any other club from Lincolnshire. Notable managers include Bill Shankly, who went on to guide Liverpool to three League titles, two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup triumph and Lawrie McMenemy who, after securing promotion to the then third division in 1972, moved to Southampton where he won the FA Cup in 1976. Alan Buckley is the club's most successful manager; he had three spells as team manager between 1988 and 2008, guiding the club to three promotions and two appearances at Wembley Stadium during the 1997–98 season winning both the Football League Trophy and the Football League Second Division Play-Off Final. In 2008 Buckley took Grimsby to the capital again, but lost out to MK Dons in the final of the Football League Trophy. The Mariners had also reached the Football League Two Play-Off final in 2006 at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, but lost the match 1–0 to Cheltenham Town. Later trips to the Wembley in 2013 and 2016 saw them defeated in the FA Trophy final by Wrexham and FC Halifax Town respectively. Grimsby managed to reach the Conference play-off final in both 2015 and 2016, after losing to Bristol Rovers they defeated Forest Green Rovers to earn promotion back to the Football League. Initial relegation from back in 2010 made them the fourth club to compete in all top five divisions of English football (after Carlisle United, Oxford United, and Luton Town). Team news Aside from the long-term injuries, Kevin Nolan has no fresh worries ahead of Saturday's game and is likely to stick with the majority of the players that started in the draw with Luton. Grimsby boss Russell Slade hopes to have James Berrett available - the midfielder was passed fit to face Forest Green last week but broke down in the warm-up. Share your thoughts about this Stat Attack piece 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.
  8. What a transformation 2017 has been for Notts County. Ever since the arrival of Alan Hardy and Kevin Nolan, things have just been an amazing whirlwind. After last season’s terrible drama, both on and off the pitch, I would have been happy enough for just a mediocre campaign for once. However, this being Notts, things are never going to be dull are they? This said now that we have enjoyed what can only be described as a very successful 2017-18 League Two season so far, I really don’t want it to change. The club’s takeover has revived a new lease of life into the Magpies and on the field everything seems to going from strength to strength – it’s really hard to see how anything could actually change. And even the optimism of the fact the club only requires a few key areas to be strengthened in the January transfer window, shows the amazing turn around, as usually we the fans do eye up improvements across the field. It’s the little things which I feel have gone the furthest with Notts, a sensible manager at the helm, a chairman who believes the club can move forward without shortcuts and players so ingrained and in tune with the core heartbeat of the football club. Honestly, I feel there’s a large element to the success of this season coming from the fact the players enjoy performing under the environment created and are thriving thanks to the extra support given by the fans during what seems to be an incredible run. I feel there’s a lot of ambition around the club, which really does add to the solid foundations trying to be created – when Hardy spoke ‘a new era’ last season he really meant it. There’s a noticeable increase within the supporters’ base, something which I noticed quite early and as I have written before home games feel very special when attending – almost like we realise that the club is on the verge of something vastly different to prior campaigns. I would even praise how things have been increased within the club's marketing department, as the income generated within this area will naturally increase what we can spend and what further improvements can be made. Honestly, I hope the fans that haven’t been able to attend games – look at this season and try to get down to Meadow Lane when possible. The additional support is something I consider to be paramount, and during the difficult seasons I really found it difficult when I noticed friends and Notts fans becoming ever more absent. Thankfully I have seen many return and you can’t blame people for not being there, yet I would urge any support – as the club is doing themselves. Hardy’s desire to personally hand sign all of the Christmas cards sent out to season ticket holders was a nice thought. A gesture that didn’t go unnoticed by me or my family, in fact my youngest daughter who has always loved the club from birth actually kept singing ‘I had a wheelbarrow’ and of course saying how much she enjoys being part of this fanbase. It makes a positive difference doesn’t it? So, lets continue delivering the fantastic support build up in 2017 and emerge a much stronger community based football club in 2018 where hopefully we will be able to do something extra special on the field, and put further implementations to continue the club's fantastic start under Nolan and Hardy. You Pies! 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.
  9. Carl Dickinson has admitted that he truly feels Notts County will achieve promotion this season. The Magpies currently sit second in League Two on 42 points, level with top-placed Luton Town who boast a huge +30 goal difference. In addition, Notts have successfully overcome blips over the course of the season and remain as focused and sharp as ever going into the festive period. “I was talking to my wife the other day and we were discussing the way things are going,” Dickinson told the Nottingham Post. “She said ‘what do you think?’. And I just said I know it’s going to happen. “I compare it to when I got promoted with Stoke (in 2007-08). That dressing room was the best I’ve been in. “But this one is so close to it that’s it’s frightening. I just have this massive feeling it is going to be our year. It’s up to us to do it, but I feel it’s going to happen.” 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.
  10. Kevin Nolan has stressed that Notts County must maintain their high standards from last week's 1-1 draw at Luton Town going into Saturday's encounter with Grimsby Town. Many had tipped the Hatters to derail the Magpies' charge at Kenilworth Road but the visitors emerged with a share of the spoils which keeps them level on points with the League Two leaders. Up next is a game with the Mariners at Meadow Lane and Nolan insists the momentum - and the impressive home form - must continue. "There is no point in going to Luton, getting a point and then putting in a shabby performance this weekend," he told the official Notts site. "We have to follow it up and our standards have to stay as high as they were last Saturday. If they are, we will have a fantastic opportunity to get the three points. "The home record we have is something I will look back on in my later years and have great pride in. "It's been a fantastic year since I came in and I have been delighted with the response I have got from the boys and the work that has gone on both on and off the field. "We have a massive 2018 coming up. We have to maintain things and not sit back and think 'We've got there.' We are always looking for extra little bits to help us better ourselves." 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.
  11. Pride of Nottingham's PONcast: Episode 35

    Hello and welcome to episode 35 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast, presented by Chris and JJ. In this week's episode we discuss Notts County's draw with Luton Town from last week, a superb results which keeps the Magpies level on points with the League Two leaders. We also look ahead to Saturday's league meeting with Grimsby Town, a great opportunity to keep momentum going in front of the Black and White Army at Meadow Lane. In addition, we discuss whether struggling teams should have their Christmas parties cancelled, like John Sheridan did at Notts last year and ex-County boss Sam Allardyce has done at Everton this year. We also check out what kind of attacker we should look to recruit in January - someone pacey, a poacher, a battering ram or something else? And on what contract terms? All this and more only in episode 35 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast! Share your thoughts about this PONcast episode 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.
  12. Notts County have successfully navigated the crunch clash with Luton Town last weekend, now we're back at Meadow Lane this weekend as we take on Grimsby Town. The Mariners have enjoyed a decent enough season so far, sitting 11th in the table with nine wins, five draws and seven defeats. Pride of Nottingham spoke to Grimsby fan Steve to get an insight on the opposition. About Steve: Been a fan since the 90s and my favourite player of all time is John McDermott. 1) Grimsby spent six years in the non-league before coming back up. What led to your drop into the Conference and how did you eventually climb back up? Financial problems at the start of the 2000s were the beginning of the rot, we plummeted down the leagues, and then in 2009-10 several disastrous decisions - giving our youth team coach the permanent job, moving Barry Conlon on - saw us down into non-league, which is a notoriously difficult league to get out of. 2) Blundell Park is famously situated in Cleethorpes rather than Grimsby. Is this something that fans currently talk/moan about or is it no big deal? Not really. The name Grimsby Town goes back to the 19th century and the move to Blundell Park was made on the turn of the century, so it's just how it's always been. 3) There was some uproar from a number of Grimbarians about that Sacha Baron Cohen film named after your town when it came out. What was the general consensus from Mariners fans about it? Opinions were split fairly even to be fair. Some people were offended at being depicted as typical "Northern" (in the Southerner definition of the word ie North of the Watford Gap) slobs, others were annoyed the town barely featured, but me and a lot of others just thought it was a laugh (not as good as his other films though) and kind of basked in the limelight for a bit. 4) Thomas Turgoose, the actor who made a name for himself in Nottingham-filmed This Is England, is a big Grimsby fan. Have you or any of your friends ever met him and what's he like in terms of supporting the club? Can't say I do I'm afraid, but I'm a big fan of TIE - the film and the shows - proper telly (or cinema), maybe Cohen could have a word of two with Shane Meadows! 5) Who are your biggest rivals and, if a different team, who have been your most recent rivals? Hull City are our main rivals but we haven't met in competitive games, cup or league, since the 1990s. More recently it's been Lincoln City, we've battled plenty of times in league (and non-league) so it's good to see them back. 6) Who are your team's danger men? And what do you think the score/scorers will be? Luke Summerfield is a creative midfielder who likes to get forward and is very direct, he'll be a threat. Sam Jones is also going to be a handful - he's a striker who's really good at ghosting inbehind the opposition defence. And I think it'll end 1-1, Jones to get our goal. Share your thoughts about this Opposition View 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.
  13. Kevin Nolan for England?

    Alan Hardy is a massive fan of Kevin Nolan (we all are, to be honest) and has once again suggested that he is destined for the very top, such as the England job. While there's no doubting Nolan has worked wonders so far and is a very skilled manager, I want to know your thoughts on: - Whether it's a bit premature to make a statement like this so early on in Nolan's managerial career - Whether Nolan would be suited to international football - Whether Nolan should even consider taking the job, what with all the baggage that comes with managing England
  14. Notts County chairman Alan Hardy has tipped Kevin Nolan to become manager of England in the future. The former Leyton Orient boss has seen his stock rise since arriving at Meadow Lane a year ago, leaving the Magpies out of relegation trouble by the end of the 2016-17 season. Since then, Notts have risen to second place in League Two on goal difference, having held top spot on several occasions, and have the best home record outside of the Premier League in 2017. Nolan also scooped the manager of the month award for September and won another nomination for Notts’ results in November. “I’ve often spoken of my admiration for Kevin as both a person and a manager,” Hardy told the Nottingham Post. "What he has done here, in such a short space of time, has been nothing short of remarkable. “What he and the players have achieved has surpassed all of our expectations and the progress has been remarkable. “I’ve no doubt in my mind that Kevin will go on to manage at the elite level and I am certain that he will go on to manage England at some point. “I just think he has all the tools you need both in his ability to motivate players, the uncanny knack he has of understanding them and being able to relate to them. 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.
  15. Alan Hardy has revealed his hopes of having a new training ground for Notts County ready by January 2019. The Magpies owner is currently in negotiations with three parties over the potential site of the state-of-the-art facility and wants the plans firmly in place by next year. Notts currently train at Basford United's ground as part of an agreement between the two clubs, having previously been based in Ruddington and Arnold. “Negotiations will continue with three parties regarding location this week because, for the first time ever, I want this club to have its own dedicated facility by January 1, 2019,” Hardy told the Nottingham Post. “We have three options available to us that I am very carefully considering. Each is very exciting in different ways. Each has its own strengths and my job is to select the right one that builds a legacy for the future. “This club needs and deserves its own high performance training facility which delivers the very best that we can provide with resources available to us. “I’ve recently spent time at both Tottenham and Manchester City’s new facilities and while we can’t afford the enormous university style campus they have created, I have taken lots of ideas and styles from them both which has assisted me greatly. “This is an integral part of the blueprint I’m creating and will be our springboard for the future... going to the next level is hugely exciting and 2018 will hopefully see its realization." 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.
  16. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan, assistant Richard Thomas and coach Mark Crossley observed a Nottingham Panthers training session today and sat down for a chat with head coach Corey Neilson. The Nottingham Post reports that Thomas had been keen to take in a Panthers practice after coming to watch a game with Crossley earlier this season. Neilson, Nolan and the Notts coaches spoke at length about coaching methods, similarities between ice hockey and footbal, and more. “I had a nice chat to them. We spoke for about an hour in my office after the training session,” Neilson told the Post. “We spoke about the two sports and where they overlap when it comes to philosophies and tactics, just coaching stuff really. “It was fun. They have great minds and some really great questions. “It’s always good to share ideas and you’re foolish if you aren’t learning all the time in this business. You can learn from anyone. “It’s not just about your sport. You can learn from all sports and they had good insights on things like motivation, training and recovery.” 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.
  17. Last year John Sheridan famously cancelled Notts County's Christmas party as the team was lurching from one defeat to another. This year, things are much different and as such the players have had their do in Dublin (as Adam Collin's Insta page showed). However, Sam Allardyce has recently made the news after saying he would cancel Everton's Christmas party. So over to you - should a struggling team have their Chrimbo do cancelled and focus fully on the games, or could that end up being counter-productive and harm morale and team cohesion further? (After all, Notts' slump didn't end after their party was cancelled)
  18. Alan Hardy has hailed Notts County's "meteoric" rise over 2017 and describes their progress as "unbelievable... even by our own expectations." This time last year the Magpies were freefalling towards the bottom of League Two as a losing run which eventually culminated to 10 games threatened the future of the club. However, Hardy's takeover of the club in January and subsequent business decisions led to steady progress which has led the club up to second in the table and a feelgood vibe around Meadow Lane. “To be competing against joint-top of the league is unbelievable progress even by our own expectations,” Hardy told the Nottingham Post. “It’s been meteoric over the last 10 months and it’s been truly wonderful to witness as we have already created some great memories. “The players are rising to the challenges before them and when you talk to them around the club you can just feel the confidence is getting greater. “You can feel their energy and it’s absolutely brilliant to see.” 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.
  19. Although FC Barcelona have turned it into their motto, the truth is every single football club out there is "more than a club". It's a pillar of the community, it brings together people of all walks of life, it instils pride in an area's culture and heritage, and so much more. Notts County Football Club go a step further by giving back to the community, both local and global, with the help of Notts County FC Football in the Community. A lot of Notts fans may be vaguely aware of FITC but know little more about what they truly do, so Pride of Nottingham will cast the spotlight on them and their work. In 1989, Notts County FC founded the "Notts County FC Community Programme". This was set up by Footballers' Further Education and Vocational Training Scheme (FFE+VTS), which was a welfare scheme operated by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) for its members. The NCFC Community Programme had the following aims: - Encourage more people especially children to play football - Provide training, leading to employment - Promote closer community links with professional football clubs - Encourage more people especially children to watch live professional matches - Maximise the use of facilities at professional football grounds Such was its success that it gained a National Award for Training Programme in 1994 and, six years later, gained charity status, became independent and former a board of trustees to become the Football In The Community charity it is today. With over 35 projects that cover all 20 city wards, FITC have enriched, empowered and encouraged hundreds of thousands of people across Nottingham over the last 28 years, and have been recognised for their great work with multiple awards, including the illustrious "Professional Club Community Programme of the Year" at the 2016 Sport & Recreation Awards. As of 2017 FITC continue to serve the community with the same passion and commitment they were founded with, focusing on 6 key areas of work (as displayed on their badge): - Social Inclusion - Health - Education - Sports Participation - National Citizens Service (NCS) - Fundraising Although working alongside Notts County FC, FITC is an independent charity which raises all its own funding, so it's essential for fans to get behind it and continue the great work they're doing in Nottingham. FITC recently held an event at West Bridgford's Poppy & Pint in which Notts legend Les Bradd talked about his illustrious career and it was enjoyed by all who came. And plenty more events are in the pipeline, such as the Inflatable 5k Nottingham (July 14) the Peak District TrekFest challenge (September 1), Robin Hood Marathon (September 30) and the CEO sleepout (October 11). FITC Media Officer Leighton T James said of working alongside Pride of Nottingham: "I find your articles and content insightful, humorous and strikes a cord with a very passionate and family friendly audience. "The tide is changing in the way football fans engage with the media. "When I was a child I remember visiting Sixfields Stadium, home of Northampton Town and my dad buying 'The Hotel End' fanzine and chucking to himself at the illustrations and articles written by cobblers fans. "Now, that has changed with the rise of social media and fan channels like Arsenal Fan TV. We are very happy to associate ourselves with fan site like PON." We at Pride of Nottingham are delighted to be working alongside Notts County FC Football in the Community and will do our very best to ensure it gets the spotlight it deserves. Find out more about Notts County FC Football in the Community by clicking here. 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.
  20. Shola Ameobi has played down the significance of Notts County's 1-1 draw with Luton Town but insists that the Magpies could still be in the hunt for automatic promotion at the end of the season if they keep up the level shown at Kenilworth Road. Notts are still second in the table on goal difference, level on points with the impressive Hatters following the draw in Bedfordshire, in which Ameobi scored to cancel out Johnny Mullins's opener. Although there are still 25 games to go, the former Newcastle United striker says the team is enjoying the way things are at present and feels they can get a result at top teams, a 180 degree switch from how things were just last year. “We are not getting ahead of ourselves,” Ameobi told the Nottingham Post. “There is a long, long way to go yet. From where we were when I first came in, to where we are now shows we’ve done a tremendous job. “We are enjoying it. We went to Luton determined to get the win and that shows the mentality that has changed over the last few months. “We’ve gone to the top teams thinking we can get a result. That’s very positive for us going forward and if we can keep this level there’s no reason why we can’t be up there at the end of the season.” 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.
  21. Kevin Nolan has praised Notts County's fans for their continued "brilliant" support of the club and urged them to keep it up going into the busy festive period. The Magpies emerged from last weekend's crunch League Two clash with Luton Town with a point in a 1-1 draw, watched by 810 members of the Black and White Army. Up next for Notts are back-to-back home games against Grimsby Town and Cambridge United and Nolan paid tribute to the fanbase for their raucous support. “The fans were absolutely brilliant at Luton and I keep alluding to them because they’ve been fantastic,” he told the Nottingham Post. “It’s important they get behind us for the next two home games because teams are going to come and respect us. “We are going to have to be patient, and we need them to keep behind us and keep singing their hearts out like they did on Saturday. “It doesn’t half buoy the lads and get them up for it.” 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.
  22. A couple of years ago, Notts County boasted a number of former Manchester United players in Alan Smith, Roy Carroll and Kevin Pilkington. Of those, only Smith is still at Meadow Lane, which has morphed into a bit of a "Newcastle United Old Boys Club" now. Smith also played at St James' Park, while Kevin Nolan and Shola Ameobi also donned the "other" black and white stripes up on Tyneside. Having former Premier League players, individuals whose careers continue to be held in high esteem, at Notts is a huge boost on three fronts - on the pitch, off the pitch, and in the marketing department. (And of course I can't omit Jon Stead from this, even though he's not a former Newcastle man - in fact he played for bitter rivals Sunderland - but he's also a distinguished former PL player with an illustrious career.) On the pitch, the former PL players can read the game fantastically, what with experience gained against playing for and against some of the top sides in England and some of the top players in the world. There is also the psychological boost of having players that have played at the top level that the opposition players will have grown up watching and, although some can step up their game accordingly, others will feel intimidated or perhaps even a bit starstruck. Off the pitch, these players will be a font of knowledge from their years at the top and, alongside ensuring that standards are as high as they can be, will also have a sharp and refined tactical awareness - and of course they can coach their teammates accordingly, as they will be learning from the best. And the final point, that of marketing, has always been quite important but never so much as the present day, when the explosion of social media ensures that millions, even billions, of people can discover and discuss the latest football information at the touch of a button. In this respect, having former Premier League players will generate interest from far beyond the NG postcode and even beyond Britain - the likes of Smith, Nolan, Ameobi and Stead will have fans from Man United, Newcastle, West Ham, Bolton, Blackburn and other big clubs eager to find out more about how they're doing at Notts. When Notts were drawn against Salford in the FA Cup, the game made it on terrestrial largely because of the narrative pitting the side owned by several players of the Class of 92 against a club boasting United alumni. By having an interesting back story, it generates interest and as such will be given the spotlight. Similarly, the club has featured a lot in the national press in recent months, with Nolan on Sky Sports and BBC Sport, Stead doing an interview in the Daily Mail and so on. Obviously the club has done a lot of media-worthy things for itself - the changing rooms for example - but that star element has elevated the club above a lot of other lower-league clubs in the media. In conclusion, the presence of players and coaches that once graced the Premier League has given Notts a massive boost on multiple fronts and, combined with the shrewd ownership and management of Alan Hardy, it's led to the club going upwards both in League Two and in the media spotlight. 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.
  23. Luton Town manager Nathan Jones has praised Notts County for showing just why "they are such a good side" in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road. The Magpies fell behind in the first half against the run of play when Johnny Mullins headed home to put the hosts ahead. However, Shola Ameobi hit back with a header of his own to earn a share of the spoils for County, who had goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons to thank for a crucial point-blank save late on. Jones told the official Luton site: "I think it was a fair result in the end. We were nowhere near where we have been, but let's give some credit to Notts County because they must have contributed to stopping us doing that. I thought it was a very tight game, there was very little in it. "We scored from a set-play, they scored from a set-play and to be fair all our clear-cut chances came from set-plays and second phase. It was one of those games – a real tight game. For the level it's two good sides and we must be the two best sides in the league because the points say that. "We're both right on cue, both on 42 points after 21 games, that's what you need to go up [two points-per-game]. I think it's a fair result and let's give credit to Notts County, they came here and worked hard and showed why they are such a good side. "We have been in good form and we wanted to play a certain way. We didn't quite get that and I have given credit to Notts County for that, so I couldn't berate my players for it." 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.
  24. Notts County have claimed a superb 1-1 draw away at Luton Town to stay level on points with the League Two leaders. Shola Ameobi salvaged a point for the Magpies when he headed home the equaliser after Johnny Mullins had given the hosts the lead against the run of play in the first half. The result kept Notts five points clear of third place and six clear of fourth, as well as putting one of the trickiest fixtures of the year successfully behind them. How did the Notts fans, players and boss react to the draw? Pride of Nottingham takes a closer look. Kevin Nolan "We limited them to very few chances. Ross Fitzsimons pulled off a great save at the end, but overall we had a lot of opportunities - especially in the first half. "They hit us with a sucker punch, but that's what they do with the quality they have. You can't switch off for a minute. "Luckily enough we hit them back and it's a fantastic point. "We respected the fact Luton had really good attacking threats and I thought we thwarted them very well." Shola Ameobi "I thought we were the better side. They have a lot of great attacking players but the boys at the back defended unbelievably well and I can't really think of a time when they opened us up. "It was important that we were solid, which we spoke about before the game, and the guys played them perfectly. "They've been scoring seven and eight goals against teams here so to limit them to a goal from a set-piece is testament to how hard we worked." Players on social media The Black and White Army on PON Who r ya? You Pies: Great point well deserved , maybe could argue could have won with chances first half , then the late save kept the point so , I'm happy it's a terrific point , any doubts about whether we are contenders need to be forgotten , we are for sure , COYP upthepies: Difficult game but a solid point for Notts. I felt impressed with how we approached the game and handled Luton, first half we could have been leading easily. liampie: it was a good draw but goes to show that we wont win every big game and we certainly wont just lose because the other club is firing in the goals. i am pleased that it sounded like everyone played well, so its a good point and team performance. Chris: I always felt the game would be one of those that both sides ended up cancelling each other out. I'm not disappointed, I would have taken a draw and the performances sounded impressive. I think it goes along way to showing what we can achieve if we work hard, so just very happy with the point. It sounded like the squad played excellent, and I am pleased for players such as Dickinson who has received a lot of praise. It doesn't feel like a points dropped or anything like that and its just a very positive thing. There was the concern that they might break the defence but credit to each player, even Duffy. TheSkipper: I listened to the game on the radio, Notts sounded like they put a very impressive performance on show and equally matched Luton Town. Things might not have gone in favour of them at Kenilworth Road but the result is one of the best this season. Notts have an amazing togetherness, in both team spirit and effort and Kevin Nolan must be delighted with how things are. I feel like I can start believing more that we are able to gain promotion, which we can sort the hoofing out once we are out of League Two. There's no negatives about drawing 1-1 to a side like Luton at all. We have nothing to fear against any side provided we respect the approaching opposition. Neil Lowe: Best result of the season so far IMO.Listened in on the radio and it was pretty clear that Luton are used to things all their own way at Kenilworth Road,and they didn't get that today....and they didn't like it.What a brilliant spirit Notts have under KN,and I also hope this result will show our own doubting fans that we have nothing to fear against any side in League 2.So far,so good,lads.Keep it going.COYP 👍🏻 Share your thoughts about this reaction piece 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.
  25. Notts County have emerged from the crunch clash with League Two leaders Luton Town with a very creditable point in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road. The Magpies fell behind in the first half against the run of play when Johnny Mullins headed home to put the hosts ahead. However, Shola Ameobi hit back with a header of his own to earn a share of the spoils for County, who had goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons to thank for a crucial point-blank save late on. The result keeps the Hatters top of the table on goal difference, with Notts breathing down their necks on the same amount of points after 21 games played. Here is a comprehensive analysis of the game as written by Pride of Nottingham's Chris. Was the result fair? As predicted both teams fought hard, and ultimately cancelled each other out. It was one of those performances which highlighted our promotion credentials. Whilst nothing has been won yet, this result will be one which firmly features in the memory of our progression during the 2017-18 season. Fair result? Absolutely. How did Notts play? First half Notts played some brilliant football and by all accounts we were unfortunate to have conceded when we did. For an away performance this season, it’s got to be up there as one of the most enjoyable in terms of performance and result for fans. The team performed very well and played against Luton exactly as they should have done. How did Luton Town play? They played well, there’s no denying that, but the way that Notts asserted themselves it was always going to be hard and the fact that both teams cancelled each other out, well it highlights how good both sides were respectively. Luton fans should not be disappointed or disgruntled by the result either. Did our tactics work out? The tactics were spot on throughout the game, and the decisions during the match made it hard for Luton. Notts literally matched them and of course we kept them guessing, whilst protecting our weaknesses. Tactically I would say this was spot on. How did the referee perform? Reasonable performance by the referee, there’s been little complaints and I think this shows just how efficiently he officiated the game. Who do we play next? Grimsby Town – they’re making a solid push for the play-offs and seem to have shaken off their awkward start to the season. This will be another difficult test but one we should be well prepared for at Meadow Lane. How should we play them? It’s important that we approach the game with balance, at the back we will have to steady the flow of the game and up-top it’s vital that we don’t waste any good chances that are created. The battle again will be based on the side which retains the control and has the most influence within midfield, so the game has got to be approached sensibly and well prepared. Grimsby are most likely to try and break quickly against us, with interlacing balls and runs which will get into those awkward positions. Most likely, they’ll attempt to break the game down in three ways. Firstly, by being direct, so it’s important we stand with play and attempt to win the first/second ball. Secondly, by countering us on the break – which will mean we will have to be mindful of how they attack from this situation and have men aware at the back to handle the space they attempt to create. Thirdly, I suspect they will be patient and careful with how they pass. If they revert to making simple passes – i.e neat one-two’s and other methods to get forward. Notts will have to assure any ground that is won is well protected. Controlling the game will be easier if we naturally score within the first half, the second half is always when things to start to click. I would try to get a feel for the game and press in the manner that keeps them on the back foot. We have two home games which will be key to our winter run and of course the potential promotion push, let’s create a fantastic atmosphere and finally have a Christmas worth celebrating. You Pies! Luton Town fan views from the Luton Town Forum Madpig In the end that was a fair result. County matched us all the way. I can see why they're with us. There were few real chances and both defences bosses the game. Where I think they really did their homework was in midfield. We were never given time or space to get things flowing, leaving Hylton and Elliott Lee to make their own chances. E.Lee was a constant menace to them, couldn't be bullied off the ball at all. Halton suffered his usual brutal treatment by their defenders but never let it get to him. In defence we were superb, and Mullins was my Mom, he really has become a fine player. We're top, unbeaten in ages and agonisingly one short of our 50th league goal of the season. Good day in all. ODTT The game had plenty of ebb and flow to it and was enjoyable for it. As suspected beforehand any of the three possible outcomes were possible but a draw about right consequently. I thought our defence was very nervy in the early stages and looked vulnerable. But looked a lot more composed after we had gone ahead somewhat against the run of play. Our midfield didn't shine as much as we have come to expect and seemed well covered. O Lee was particularly anonymous I thought and Berry and Shinnie seemed to play well advanced and never seemed to be any great distance apart. Rea did his defensive duties well but appeared hesitant to carry the ball out from deep with ample space in front of him. The two or three times he did push out with the ball he panicked when releasing. E Lee had a fabulous game, really put in a good shift and never gave the opposing central defenders a moments peace. Surprised in how many headed knock-ons he managed against bigger opponents. Hylton worked hard as well and pulled his markers hither and thither. Not sure what brutal treatment you speak of MP. He gives as good as he gets in a physical area of the game. The 10/15 minute spell of exquisite football we played soon after half-time was magnificent and worth the entrance fee alone. County hardly got a touch and went very ragged. The save their keeper made from Mullins late on was outstanding and got them the point. Share your thoughts about this tactical analysis piece 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.

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