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  1. Notts County have today announced that the shirts to be worn in Saturday's FA Cup second-round game with Oxford City will sport a William Hill Plus logo on the chest and a William Hill logo on the sleeve, plus there will be other branding around the stadium. Notts have previously done one-off shirt sponsor deals in cup games (Man City, Liverpool) but is doing it with a non-league side just a bit too far? That said, having Paragon (Hardy's company) as the default sponsor for cup games was a genius move... his own business gets promoted, but it's also a blank slate for the highest bidder. Thoughts on this deal?
  2. Joe Jones

    Pride of Nottingham's PONcast: Episode 34

    Hello and welcome to episode 34 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast, presented by Chris and JJ. In this week's episode we discuss Notts County's FA Cup second-round win over Oxford City, looking at how we performed and whether we were worthy of a win. We then move on to the third-round draw, which gave us a tie away at Brentford, and determine just how good a tie it is from both a glamour perspective and how winnable the game is. We also preview the Magpies' upcoming League Two clash with table-topping Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, an encounter which could go a long way in determining who's going to get their hands on the title. In addition we discuss Alan Hardy's revelation that Notts are losing £40,000 per month in win bonuses for players and coaches. All this and more only in episode 34 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.
  3. Notts County owner Alan Hardy has admitted that Brentford away was not an FA Cup third-round draw that he had hoped for. The Magpies beat League One side Bristol Rovers and non-league Oxford City in the opening two rounds of the competition to go in the hat for the hallowed third round. However, the hope of getting a bumper tie against a Premier League giant was shattered with the pairing of Notts and the Championship high-flyers in Monday night's draw. There is nonetheless a belief in the County camp of being able to pull off an upset against the Bees at Griffin Park. “We were hoping for a Premier League club, but we’re looking forward to it,” Hardy told the Nottingham Post. “They are a good side, but we will go into it with belief and confidence. “And we will go there well prepared because the management team will do a very thorough job of looking at their strengths and weaknesses. “It’s a good opportunity for us to progress to the fourth round.” 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.
  4. Oxford City manager Mark Jones has spoken of his players' heartbreak in losing late on to Notts County in Saturday's FA Cup second-round encounter. The National League South strugglers were seconds away from reaching the third round draw for the first time, having pegged the hosts back twice at Meadow Lane. Deep into injury time, however, Jorge Grant scored on the rebound with virtually the last kick of the match to clinch a 3-2 victory and put Notts in the hat for round three. Jones told the Oxford Mail: “It was heartbreaking, there were a few tears in the dressing room. “The boys gave everything and we were obviously seconds away from a great result and getting them back to our place. “We thought we were going to be in the hat for the third round. It was so so close, and sometimes football and life can be cruel. “When we first started on this road away to Whitehawk in September we could never have imagined experiencing this. “I just wish we could have held on, because it would have been a fantastic achievement to be in the hat for the third round, but it was not meant to be. “We’ve got to get over it. We’re in a poor position in the league. We showed we’ve got more than enough quality about us not to be down there, but we’ll pick the lads up and stick together.” 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.
  5. Kevin Nolan has reiterated that Jorge Grant is a special talent as he continues to conjure up the magic for Notts County. The 23-year-old loanee registered his 14th goal of the campaign on Saturday as he helped the Magpies into the third round of the FA Cup. In the second-round meeting with Oxford City, Grant was perfectly placed in the box to smash home a rebounded shot in the 94th minute for a 3-2 win. “We speak to Jorge about it, it just comes to him in the box. It’s not him being lucky, it’s having a nous to be able to do that,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “For me, that’s what he is. He’s a special kind of player because even if he’s not having a major impact on the game, he can pop up with something. “He’s the furthest one out of the box and he’s the one who ends up scoring a goal and it’s a testament to what he does and the work he does on the training ground and he’s getting better and better. 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.
  6. Notts County have won a place in the hat for the third round of the FA Cup after a last-ditch 3-2 win over Oxford City in Saturday's second-round clash at Meadow Lane. The Magpies took the lead in the first half when Carl Dickinson's cross was headed across the face of goal by Shaun Brisley and, with Oxford failing to clear their lines, Richard Duffy bundled home from point-blank range. Early in the second half, the non-league side struck an equaliser as Zac McEachran’s cross found Rob Sinclair on the edge of the box, who fired low into the corner of the Notts net. However, they were not level for long as, just three minutes later, Freddie Grant scythed down Terry Hawkridge in the box to give away a penalty, Jon Stead stepping up and confidently rifling low into the bottom corner. Notts were then pegged back again on 73 minutes when McEachran sent a low cross the way of Matt Paterson, who curled a neat effort into the top corner beyond Ross Fitzsimons. In the fourth minute of injury time, substitute Jonathan Forte's header was parried by Stevens into the path of Jorge Grant, who slotted home on the rebound to put Notts in the third round of the competition. How did the Notts fans, players and manager react to the win and the place in round three? Here's a compilation of post-match reaction from Pride of Nottingham. Kevin Nolan "I'm very relieved and rightly so because weren't up to scratch today. Oxford City came with a great gameplan and stuck to it, which knocked us out of our stride a bit. "But the resilience, togetherness and camaraderie the lads showed to score a last-minute winner again is absolutely fantastic and great testament to how far they have come in a short space of time. "We weren't at our normal levels today but we found a way to win, which is always a great trait to have as a team. "Oxford City were first-class and are very unlucky to be on the losing side. They played us really well and probably deserved more, but that's the drama of the FA Cup." Jorge Grant "Oxford City were very good. They were always going to come here and give it 100%. They shouldn't be as low as they are in their league; they played some good football and gave us a difficult test. "The gaffer told us to relax at half-time. They got under our skin a little in the first half; we were slashing at things and doing things we wouldn't normally do, so we had to keep our composure." Players on social media The Black and White Army on PON Ell100t: Don't think we played bad, Oxford City just gave it everything - it's the FA Cup. Into the next round importantly, no reply even better! Would love a prem team at Meadow Lane or an away tie at Tottenham (just to do a Wembley trip without the ballache of a cup run/ nerves of a playoff). On a side note, the thought of ever having to let go of Jorge Grant is getting more and more difficult. Jon Coleman: We weren’t brilliant and Oxford played well to the end lucky win but that’s the FA cup looking forward to the next round COYP Sandra Bryan: Don't give a **** how lucky we were we are in the next round we scored a winner in injury time and iam happy with that hard luck Oxford but that's Peter Walker: Weren't great or not very good!! Understatement we were dogs**t! Unlucky Oxford City but the dramas of the FA Cup!! James Spring: Right team won. We were far from our best and made a lot of silly errors. City had two efforts which both deflected in. They played well but we had enough chances to finish it at 2-1. As said above though, dont care how we won, we won and thats the only thing that matters Brian Barry: We weren’t great but in fairness to Oxford they battled hard. A win is a win. Into the next round. Need a massive game against Luton. Jasmine Victoira Cupit: The game play was not worth a win!! It was an embarasment. Oxford played that game amazing and they didn't deserve to lose!! Alan Longstaff: Very lucky to win today, Oxford played the better football Ian Ale Goode: We were not very good but we won so onwards and upwards Cecil Richardson: Just papering over the cracks Paul Ambrose: More jam than Hartley's xx Jo Warsop: Oh my word!!!!! Lucky pies!!!!!! Xxx 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.
  7. Notts County have reached the third round of the FA Cup thanks to a late 3-2 win over Oxford City in Saturday's second-round meeting at Meadow Lane. Richard Duffy's opener and Jon Stead's penalty saw the Magpies go ahead twice in the game. However, the visitors levelled the scores on both occasions, Rob Sinclair and Matt Paterson looking to have secured a replay for the National League South side. Jorge Grant would once again be County's hero and break City hearts, firing into the roof of the net from a yard out in the final minute to ensure that Notts were in the hat for round three. 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.
  8. Jorge Grant has described his last-gasp winning goal in the 3-2 FA Cup win over Oxford City as "one of the best feelings" he has experienced in football. The Nottingham Forest loanee struck deep into stoppage time with the scores level and the prospect of a second-round replay looming to put Notts into the third round for the first time in six seasons. Grant, who has been a sensation for the Magpies this season and last, scored his 14th goal of the campaign and was understandably delighted after the game. "I played the ball out wide to Terry Hawkridge and thought I had to get in the box to the back post," Grant told the official Notts site. "Luckily enough the goalkeeper parried the ball straight to me so I concentrated on not missing the target from two yards out! "The way the game was going was frustrating for us but afterwards was just relief for all the hard work we have put in through the week and the 90 minutes. It's one of the best feelings I have had." Speaking about Saturday's opponents, Grant added: "Oxford City were very good. They were always going to come here and give it 100%. "They shouldn't be as low as they are in their league; they played some good football and gave us a difficult test. "The gaffer told us to relax at half-time. They got under our skin a little in the first half; we were slashing at things and doing things we wouldn't normally do, so we had to keep our composure." 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.
  9. Oxford City play in the National League South division and sit 19th in the standings, above the bottom three on goal difference and with just four wins in their opening 18 league games. They played their first recorded match in December 1883 and soon became the leading club in Oxfordshire, winning the FA Amateur Cup in 1906, before joining the Isthmian League the following year. In the latter half of the 20th century, the club went into decline and soon fell behind Headington United after that club turned professional in 1949. An attempt was made to return the club to success in 1979 when it became a limited company and later when England World Cup winner Bobby Moore was appointed manager with his former West Ham teammate Harry Redknapp as his assistant. The club reached its lowest point in 1988 when they were evicted from their White House Ground by their landlords Brasenose College, who sold it off for housing. Forced to resign from the Isthmian League, the club did not reform and return to senior football until 1990 when, based at Cutteslowe Park, they entered the South Midlands League Division One, winning promotion in their first season. City returned to the Isthmian League in 1993 when they also moved to their current ground, which preceded an upturn in form up the divisions of that league as well as an FA Vase final appearance in which they lost 2-1 to Arlesley Town. Highlights of the next decade included two years in the Isthmian League Premier Division and an epic FA Cup run in 1999–2000 which culminated in a three-game battle against Wycombe Wanderers in the First Round proper, eventually being edged out 1–0 at Oxford United's Manor Ground. The first replay had been abandoned due to a fire alarm just as the penalty shootout was about to start; this remains the only FA Cup tie to go to a second replay since the FA ruled that all ties should be settled after a maximum of two games. City are an FA Charter Standard Community Club and field more than 37 teams, with sides for men, women, boys and girls. Defender Freddie Grant is the nephew of former Notts boss Martin Allen and trained with the Magpies at the age of just 15, as well as being a friend of Jorge Grant (but no relation despite the same surname). Saturday's game will be the first time that Oxford will have had names on the back of their shirts. While not a requirement at their current league level, it is in the second round of the competition which will be broadcast live on BT Sport. Team news Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi are doubtful for the game with leg and groin injuries respectively, while Callum Saunders has been suffering with flu in the build-up. Adam Collin and Michael O'Connor remain sidelined by long-term injuries but manager Kevin Nolan has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from. Oxford City captain Lee Henderson has not played since hobbling off with a dead calf during the victory over Chelmsford City in Vanarama National League South three weeks ago and is a doubt for the game. Share your thoughts about this preview 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.
  10. Kevin Nolan has paid tribute both to his Notts County players and FA Cup second-round opponents Oxford City after Saturday's encounter at Meadow Lane ended in a 3-2 win for the home side. The Magpies led on 31 minutes when Oxford failed to clear Carl Dickinson's cross into the box, allowing Richard Duffy to hook home from close range, but Rob Sinclair then levelled for the visitors on 53 minutes. Within two minutes, Notts were back in front, Stead scoring from the penalty spot after Freddie Grant had brought down Terry Hawkridge, but Matt Paterson fired home in from close range to leave the visitors on the verge of a replay. However, with the last play of the game, Jonathan Forte's header from Hawkridge's cross was saved, and Notts top scorer Jorge Grant finished from close range at the far post. "I'm very relieved and rightly so because weren't up to scratch today," Nolan told the official Notts site. "Oxford City came with a great gameplan and stuck to it, which knocked us out of our stride a bit. "But the resilience, togetherness and camaraderie the lads showed to score a last-minute winner again is absolutely fantastic and great testament to how far they have come in a short space of time. "We weren't at our normal levels today but we found a way to win, which is always a great trait to have as a team. "Oxford City were first-class and are very unlucky to be on the losing side. They played us really well and probably deserved more, but that's the drama of the FA Cup." 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. Notts County have won a place in the hat for the third round of the FA Cup after a last-ditch 3-2 win over Oxford City in Saturday's second-round clash at Meadow Lane. The Magpies fielded a full-strength side to face the struggling National League South outfit, who came to Nottingham hoping for another major upset after seeing off Colchester United in round one. Kevin Nolan made one change from the team which started last weekend's 2-1 win over, incidentally, the U's, with Jon Stead back from a leg injury to take the place of Shola Ameobi, who is nursing a groin injury. The game began with Notts predictably controlling possession and playing a high-tempo game but they posed little threat as their play was largely sloppy and rushed. Indeed, the visitors almost nudged themselves ahead as Matt Paterson, who scored the crucial winner for City against the U's, headed just wide of goal under pressure from Richard Duffy. Oxford were giving a good account of themselves, pressing together as a team and getting men behind the ball when out of possession, with the home fans getting increasingly nervous and frustrated as the game went on. Notts, however, were always going to create chances and Jon Stead’s acrobatic effort from a Terry Hawkridge cross forced goalkeeper Jack Stevens into a fine save on the half-hour mark. And the resulting corner led to the deadlock being broken as Carl Dickinson's cross was headed across the face of goal by Shaun Brisley and, with Oxford failing to clear their lines, Duffy bundled home from point-blank range for his second goal of the season. The second half began with the visitors showing more intent but Notts came close to doubling their tally in the 51st minute when Stead cut in from the left and his effort deflected off Joe Oastler before rebounding off the post. From the ensuing counter-attack, the non-league side struck an equaliser as Zac McEachran’s cross found Rob Sinclair on the edge of the box, who fired low into the corner of the Notts net. However, they were not level for long as, just three minutes later, Freddie Grant scythed down Terry Hawkridge in the box to give away a penalty, Stead stepping up and confidently rifling low into the bottom corner. Notts pushed men forward in search of a killer third but were instead pegged back again on 73 minutes when Zac McEachran sent a low cross the way of Paterson, who curled a neat effort into the top corner beyond Fitzsimons. With the game seemingly going to a replay, the hosts did not let their heads drop and, in the fourth minute of injury time, substitute Jonathan Forte's header was parried by Stevens into the path of Jorge Grant, who slotted home on the rebound to put Notts in the third round of the competition. 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.
  12. Who was your man of the match for Notts County against Oxford City?
  13. Alan Hardy has thanked the Notts County fanbase for their role in the club's "revolution" over the past year and has challenged them to make Meadow Lane "the busiest it has been for 25 years". This time last year, the Magpies were in the middle of a horrid losing run but now sit in the top places of League Two and have a chance of reaching the third round of the FA Cup. In his weekly Nottingham Post column, Hardy wrote: "I would like to thank our supporters for making Notts County the fastest growing football club in the East Midlands, and challenge them to make Meadow Lane the busiest it has been for 25 years. "I am an impatient man when it comes to wanting success, but, taking stock of what has been achieved this year, I realise how much the fans are buying into our Magpies revolution. "When I arrived at the club, our average attendance had slumped to 4,353 and was projected to dip below 4,000 as a result of three home victories in the calendar year 2016. "Now, though, our average attendance after 10 home league matches – and eight wins – so far this season is 7,186 – a 65 percent increase. "For us to be successful we must continue to sustain growth in our fanbase year-on-year. "So, I challenge Notts fans to deliver the highest average crowd at Meadow Lane for a quarter of a century. "We have not had an average attendance of over 10,000 since 1992, when Derek Pavis and Neil Warnock had us in the top flight. "The best since then was 8,314 in 1993-94 and we’re not too far behind that tally so the challenge between now and the end of the season is for us to better that because the manager and players deserve it. "My commitment to supporters is to fund and create an environment in which this club can challenge for promotion, deliver improvements to the infrastructure and facilities on and off the pitch and give them a club they can be proud of. "I have another challenge for the fans - sell out Meadow Lane for at least one game before the end of the season. I'll do my bit to make it affordable for 19,500 fans to come - make sure you do yours. "This season has the potential to be a special one for the club. Make sure you play your part, starting when we welcome Oxford City for an exciting Emirates FA Cup tie on Saturday. Your support will be more important than ever - so see you down at the Lane!" 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.
  14. Notts County's League Two campaign gets put on hold for a week as they host National League South side Oxford City in the second round of the FA Cup. With the game on BT Sport, the stage is set for the Magpies to try and reach the hallowed third round of the competition, but City have made it through four stages to get here, including a win over Colchester United. How should Notts play? What can they expect from their non-league opponents? Pride of Nottingham finds out with Chris's Scouting Report. Run-down of their last six features Saturday 7th October – Oxford City 2 Poole Town 3 Saturday 21st October – Hemel Hempstead 2 Oxford City 0 Saturday 28th October – Oxford City 1 Concord Rangers 1 Saturday 11th November – Chelmsford City 1 Oxford City 2 Saturday 18th November – Oxford City 3 Wealdstone 2 Tuesday 21st November – Bognor Regis Town 0 Oxford City 0 The Players – Fact Sheet Highest Goal Scorers: Matthew Paterson 9, Reece Fleet 4, Zac McEachran 4 and David Pearce 3. Persistent Foulers: N/A no stats available. The Key Players Looking at Oxford City’s squad, it’s clear that their main threat is that of Matthew Paterson, he likes to get into the opposition's penalty area and generally causes trouble within the lower levels but tends to miss more chances than he takes. Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain, the brother of Liverpool and England midfielder Alex, is a pacey winger who can score from the flank when presented a chance. He likes to run directly down the wing, whilst on occasions he does attack more towards goal itself. Reece Fleet is their creative player, often carving out chances with his passing ability but he is also comfortable in front of goal and has a decent strike on him. Style of Play, Strengths, and Weaknesses Form in previous games, especially games within the league, really does go out of the window here but the style in which they play does take some bearing on the tactics in FA Cup games. In the first round cup, City set themselves up defensively but with the mind set to counter when the chance presented itself – they attacked well at times and deserved their victory, because as a unit they put in a solid performance. Whilst in the league it’s the typical any team can win, when sides work harder or appear more confident on the ball, City really do struggle. Several players tend to go missing and their play takes a major hit due to this. On the ball they can build nicely, either by running directly into space (commonly the flanks) or by playing simple neat one-twos as a way to gain ground. If allowed to play this way, they do it well, and this is where Colchester United failed by never attacking wisely. In games where sides do allow them to play, City tend to assert control from midfield and work the ball around the oppositions penalty box showing no fear of shooting early. If Notts mark tightly, draw them further up the field, this should make it fairly difficult for City. Defensively they don’t like being hit with pace or when multiple players make good movement, this tends to cause confusion and their inability to pick up dangerous runs can be highly effective for opposition teams. From distance set pieces will be a natural way to get around any issue caused by Oxford playing a deep defensive line. Whilst the use of our quicker players who can draw players onto them, will release our strikers. Notts must match their work-rate and work as a team during this clash, as any individual errors are likely to lead only to problems. Share your thoughts about this scouting 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.
  15. Kevin Nolan has revealed he is trying to keep pre-match preparations as normal as possible for Notts County amid the increased media interest ahead of their televised FA Cup second-round meeting with Oxford City. The game has been moved to a 12:30pm kickoff and will be broadcast on BT Sport as the high-flying Magpies take on the National League South side, who beat Colchester United in the first round of the competition. Nolan is well aware that the disparity in league positions between the two teams has led to people "expecting us to win" but is also aware that complacency will lead to "one big bite on the bum". “It’s another game, it’s the next one that’s on the fixture list," Nolan told the Nottingham Post. "We’re on BT, so that’s a bit of difference – shall we say the glamour that brings, a lot more media stuff to do and lots more things to be involved in. “We’re trying to keep it as normal as possible for the lads and keep everything the same so they know how important this is moving forward, making sure that we apply ourselves in the right manner to get through to the next round. “If we don’t, and these have already beaten a good side in Colchester, who we all saw last week and are more than capable, and are going to be good in this division taking us right to the wire. For them to have that scalp already – they’ll coming here with no fear, to enjoy the experience. “A lot of it is going to be a lot different to what it normally is on a match day. What my lads can’t do is be distracted by that, or get taken away from the actual thing which is the football game and that’s what everyone is here for – for the football game. “We’ve got to make sure that we remain focused on solely that. Enjoy all the rest of it, but at the front of your mind is what goes on, on Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm. It’s about making sure what we do and if we do that, I’m very confident we can be in the next round. “Everyone’s expecting us to win, I know that’s not the reality. If we apply ourselves, if we play to the best of our abilities and the way we have then it gives us a fantastic opportunity of getting through to the next round. If we don’t, we’ll be in for one big bite on the bum. Every one of them will be on the top of their game, they’ll be raring to go.” 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. Kevin Nolan has revealed that strike pair Shola Ameobi and Jon Stead face a race against time to be involved in Notts County's FA Cup second-round tie against Oxford City this Saturday. Stead limped out of the 1-1 draw at Yeovil Town earlier in the month with a leg injury, while Ameobi has only recently returned from a knock himself. In addition to the veteran front pairing, Callum Saunders is also recovering from a bout of flu. "Steady is recovering slowly but surely," Nolan told the official Notts site. "We'll see in the next 24-48 hours whether or not he'll have a chance to be available. "Shola is the same, he's been carrying a groin injury, so both of them will be assessed late on, but it's very doubtful. "Apart from that we have a clean bill of health, which I'm very pleased about going into this stage of the season. "To only have one player with a slight strain and another with a contact injury, which can't be helped, is an absolute testament to the work all the staff behind the scenes have been doing." 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. The draw for the second round of the FA Cup has given Notts a home game against Oxford City, who play in the National League North. At first glance, it might seem like the Magpies have escaped the worst of the potential opponents, with the likes of Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers also in the hat (not to mention Scunthorpe United - part of me was thinking "we're gonna get them away aren't we?") But in truth, a non-league outfit from two divisions below Notts County whose confidence will be sky high following a 1-0 win over another League Two side, Colchester United, in the first round will prove a tricky proposition. A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about how important it was for Notts not to let complacency get to them in October, which had several "easy" fixtures on paper compared to August and September. As it turned out, the Magpies had a mixed month due to opponents not allowing Notts to play their typical game and indeed, results were mixed. But Kevin Nolan is the perfect manager to steer a team in this kind of fixture. Having already been stung a few times against opponents we should - on paper - have beaten, he will not only have learned his lessons in terms of gameplay, but will also ensure that any complacency will be stamped out. Nobody will want reminding of this of course, but it cannot be shirked - Notts have not done well in recent years against non-league sides in the cup. Last year it took a replay to beat Boreham Wood, and the year before, Salford knocked us out of the competition in what I still remember as my most humiliating moment as a Notts fan. East Anglian Daily Times reporter Carl Marston gave this assessment of Colchester's defeat to City, which shows just how difficult a proposition they could prove to be. He wrote: "This was no smash-and-grab win from the non-league minnows. I thought Oxford City fully deserved their victory, and passage through to the second round of the FA Cup. "They were unlucky not to score in the first half. Matt Paterson hit Sam Walker’s bar with a superb free-kick, and the same player peppered the target with a couple of shots before half-time. "And it was Paterson who came up with a worthy winner, heading home a precision cross from Dave Pearce after just 34 seconds of the second half. "City always looked a danger going forward. Wingers Pearce and Zac McEachran were excellent, Paterson was a constant thorn in the U’s defence up top, and Rob Sinclair supported him in a withdrawn role. "All in all, the U’s did not do enough to earn a replay, visiting keeper Jack Stevens having very few saves to make." So, it's absolutely crucial that Oxford City be shown the same amount of respect shown to the likes of Wigan, Blackburn and so on, and before anyone even thinks of the third round, they need to navigate this opponent first. 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.
  18. Joe Jones

    Pride of Nottingham's PONcast: Episode 33

    Hello and welcome to episode 33 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast, presented by Chris and JJ. In this week's episode we discuss Notts County's League Two win over Colchester United - were the Magpies worthy of a win? Were the U's right to suggest they outplayed us? And what about the referee performance? We look ahead to the FA Cup second-round clash with Oxford City, with a view to what tactics Kevin Nolan's side should utilise in the game against the non-league side so as to not suffer the same fate as Colchester. We also touch on Alan Hardy's desire to have clappers at that game, contrasted with the Magpie fans voting on his Twitter poll not to invest in them. In addition we discuss which as yet unnamed Premier League side might be coming to Meadow Lane for a pre-season friendly next summer - will it be Newcastle United, what with Nolan's connections, or another team? All this and more only in episode 33 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast! Share your thoughts about this week's PONcast 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. Oxford City defender Freddie Grant is relishing the chance to go up against one of his old friends in Jorge Grant when the non-leaguers face Notts County in the FA Cup on Saturday. The National League South outfit overcame Colchester United in round one and will travel to Nottingham this weekend for the second-round tie against the Magpies. “Jorge grew up in Oxford, I’m from Reading and we have a few mutual friends so as soon as the draw was made we were messaging each other,” Freddie told the Post. “We haven’t spoken about football in too much detail, though we’ve talked about it being on television. “It’s going to be a massive game for the both of us and I think he’s been playing on the right so we could come up against each other. “We’ve got the same last name, it’s going to be fun. It’ll be the first time we’ll play with names on the back of our shirts, so it’ll be weird having Grant on the right wing and Grant at left-back, so that’ll be confusing for the commentators! 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.
  20. Oxford City defender Freddie Grant has expressed his delight at the prospect of playing at Meadow Lane as his side prepares for an FA Cup meeting with Notts County. The non-league side overcame Colchester United in round one and will now travel to Nottingham for the second-round tie against the Magpies. Grant, who is the nephew of former Notts manager Martin Allen and also friends with his namesake Jorge, has described the game as massive and insists his side will not be intimidated by the Kop. “The ground and the crowd are certainly motivating all of our team. Our team gets encouraged by that and we’re not too afraid by that,” Grant told the Nottingham Post. “It’s massive and because I’m only 20 years old, I only had a year in professional football and never played at such an historic ground. “For a 20-year-old or ones coming to the end of their career, every single one of us is going to be buzzing to play at Meadow Lane - the massive Kop behind the goal is something we rarely see. “It’s massive, you’re pinching yourself up until it actually happens.” 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. Over Sunday and Monday Alan Hardy ran a poll to determine whether Notts County should put clappers (inflatable tubes which make noise when bashed together, or something) on seats for fans to make noise when they host Oxford City in the FA Cup this weekend. As with everything Notts-related on Twitter, emotions ran high - you would have thought the very future of the country's political-economic stability was at stake, the way fans discussed it! So in the end, the Black and White Twarmy opted for a NO vote - 56% to 44%. Let's get your post-poll thoughts - would they have been a nice, harmless idea or would they have just looked stupid, a waste of money and potentially used as projectiles (refer to the recent Birmingham derby)?
  22. Oxford City's director of football has expressed his delight with their FA Cup second-round tie at Notts County being televised. The National League South club will receive £72,000 as part of the deal, which sees the encounter at Meadow Lane shown on BT Sport 1. City, who have progressed from the second qualifying round, have already earned £42,500 in the cup so far, and the winner of the game on Saturday 2 December will also pocket a further £27,000. “It’s obviously fantastic for us as a club, we’re delighted," Justin Merritt told the Oxford Mail. “We were hopeful of a highlights package, but to get a live game, it makes the world of difference to us. “We’re a club that are going through a difficult period in its history. We’ve got a debt we’re servicing and we’re working every day trying to clear it all. "But for us that just makes the sustainability of the football club a lot more achievable. “It’s not like we will suddenly be investing money in players and so on, but we will look at the whole club, improve the facilities and make sure we can keep going. “It’s really good to have excitement about the place and we will be talking about some positives rather than how tough it has been. “We’re delighted. We want to give a good account of ourselves and to pull off another shock would be what dreams are made of.” 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.
  23. Alan Hardy has expressed his joy at Notts County's FA Cup second-round tie with Oxford City being selected for TV coverage and is hoping for his club to go further in the competition. BT Sport will broadcast the game against the National League South side next month which will earn the Magpies £72,000, while the winners of the game will pick up an additional £27,000. In addition to the benefits from that game, there is also the small matter of the draw for the third round, which could yield a tie against a Premier League giant. “It is fantastic news for both clubs,” Hardy told the Nottingham Post. “The FA Cup is a magical competition and one I feel very strongly about because of its history and reputation. “In my mind it is the greatest cup competition in the world for league clubs so to receive this kind of exposure is absolutely brilliant. “You always hope that it will be your tie that is selected for TV coverage because obviously there is a huge financial benefit. “The game is worth a lot of money to us and, as I have always maintained, a good cup run can do wonders for a football club, as it did for Lincoln City last season. “I am sure it is going to be a great day and it is a chance for us to showcase our talent to the nation. “The Premier League teams all come into the next round and it would be terrific for us to have the chance of securing a memorable day out at one of the elite. “But we will not be taking Oxford City lightly as they will come here with nothing to lose and everything to gain.” 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's FA Cup second-round tie against Oxford City on Saturday 2 December has been picked for live television coverage. The game, which takes place at Meadow Lane will be broadcast on BT Sport and kickoff time has subsequently been moved to 12:30pm. City, who play in the National League South, shocked Colchester United in the first round with a 1-0 win at the Colchester Community Stadium to go into the hat for round two. Notts, meanwhile, cruised into the second round thanks to their impressive 4-2 win over Bristol Rovers, coming from behind to overcome and eventually knock out their League One opponents. The official Notts site also confirmed that fans who buy and retain a ticket for the match will get priority access to third-round tickets should the Magpies progress and be drawn against high-profile opposition. According to the Nottingham Post, Notts will receive TV cash of £72,000 from BT Sport, and the winner of the match will also earn £27,000 in prize money. 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.
  25. Kevin Nolan has urged Notts County not to take Oxford City lightly when they meet in the FA Cup second round because the non-league side has "absolutely nothing to lose". The Magpies navigated a tricky first-round encounter against League One outfit Bristol Rovers in marvellous fashion and were rewarded with a seemingly kind tie against the National League South side. However, City claimed the scalp of Colchester United in round 1 and the players were excited to be drawn away at Meadow Lane, with Nolan insisting that they will be a tough nut to crack. “They have absolutely nothing to lose,” he told the Nottingham Post. “They are going to come here, enjoy the day out, work hard and play the best game of their lives. “What we have to do is make sure we are on top form because if we start underestimating them then we will receive a big bite on the backside. “They have already given one to Colchester, so we will be as professional as we can be. “We are going to make sure they are watched and we will set up as if it was a League Two game. “The lads will be focused and ready. They will be told of all their strengths and weaknesses and hopefully we can perform on the day and get through to the next round. “All the big boys come in then and you are hoping you draw one of them either home or away.” 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.

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