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  1. Kevin Nolan has suggested that Notts County's transfer dealings this summer are not yet finished and may still add a few more players before deadline day if they're good enough. Following a slow start to the transfer window this off-season, the Magpies have made a spate of signings, both permanent and on loan. Whilst it would seem that the Notts squad is now big enough, Nolan pointed back to last January, when more additions were brought in on deadline day. “I am sure we will be dipping in and out of the window before it shuts at the end of August,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “If you recall last January, we made signings on the very last day such as Jorge Grant and Marc Bola because we’d just come out of the embargo. “I am sure with the amount of quality that crops up then we’ll have a look at it. But I am very pleased with the work and the quality we have brought in. “We’ve just got to make sure we do the business on the pitch, but if somebody special comes up I am sure we will discuss it and see what we can do.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow Notts County fans. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  2. Notts County have announced three signings in one fell swoop on Monday evening with Branislav Pindroch, Pierce Bird and Callum Saunders all putting pen to paper on deals at Meadow Lane. Pindroch is the first Slovakian to be on the books at Notts - born in the central city of Banska Bystrica, the 25-year-old came through the ranks at FK Dukla Banska Bystrica before joining Czech club MFK Karvina in 2013. The goalkeeper had been on trial with the Magpies and came off the bench during the recent friendly against Nottingham Forest. Defender Bird, meanwhile, had also tried out for Notts and scored the winning goal in the victory at York City last weekend, the 18-year-old working as a civil engineer in a factory before penning a deal at Meadow Lane. Striker Saunders, the son of former Liverpool striker Dean, has also been on trial with the club and scored in the friendly victory over Alfreton Town. The 21-year-old came through the academy system at Crewe Alexandra, scoring twice in 35 appearances for the Railwaymen before being released at the end of the 2016-17 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  3. Notts County have completed the double signing of midfielder Elliot Hodge and defender Nicky Hunt. Hodge, 21, is the son of former Nottingham Forest and England midfielder Steve Hodge, and previously spent time as an apprentice at Meadow Lane. Hunt, meanwhile, was signed by Kevin Nolan during his spell in charge at Leyton Orient and the pair were also teammates at Bolton Wanderers early on in their careers. Speaking about Hodge, Nolan told the Nottingham Post: “Everyone who has spoken to me about Elliott has been asking when we’re going to sign him. "We had an agreement with his agent about him coming in and spending a good pre-season with us. “We wanted to get to know him as a lad, as someone who has previously been here. It was about really getting to know him. “We’ve seen him in different games against different kinds of opposition. When you see players who are direct and quick, people love to see that. They get fans off their feet. “Ells has been great but the first thing about him is his attitude is first class.” Meanwhile, Nolan said the following about Hunt: “I’ve spent a lot of time with Nick. He’s a quality pro and was out of contract. “I get on really well with him and he just brings quality to what is already a good squad which is growing. “He’s got a lot of experience and is really good around the place, so will help a number of the young lads who have come through, with the standards he sets. “He’ll fight Matt Tootle all the way for his position. That’s what we want, we want competition for every position – and I feel we’re getting there now.” 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  4. Kevin Nolan has revealed that he will continue to assess Sheffield United striker Jake Wright, depending on what the diagnosis is on a potential hand injury. The 20-year-old, who shares the same name as the seasoned defender at Bramall Lane, played in the 1-1 draw with Carlton Town, but was taken off in the second half after an awkward landing. “Mark Crossley has a good link with the Sheffield clubs so we had (Wright) over with us for the last week,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “Unfortunately he took a bad knock to his hand so we had to send him for an X-ray. “But I’ve been delighted with what I’ve seen from him. He’s a great lad and he’s eager to impress, perhaps a bit too much at times. That’s because he’s just trying to standout. "We will wait to see what the medical staff say about his hand. But we are hoping to keep him for another week. "Sheffield United have been great with us. If it comes off then great. Hopefully his hand is just bruising.” 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  5. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan and assistant Richard Thomas have given their reaction to the pre-season friendlies against Carlton Town and York City. In the local friendly, overseen by Nolan, the hosts took a first-half lead through Robbie McNicholas but Jon Stead equalised from the penalty spot. At Bootham Crescent, meanwhile, Pierce Bird struck late on to give the Thomas's Magpies squad the win after Liam Walker and Jon Parkin had the game on a knife edge. Nolan told the official website: "All in all I am delighted to have got another 90 minutes into the lads' legs because they needed it. It was a good test for us. "Fair play to Carlton. They have a set of principles and they stick to them. They are well-disciplined and were well worthy of what they got from the game. "When we started doing the basic stuff right it made us look a lot more dangerous and we probably should have had another penalty. "It's put a lot of thoughts into my head which we can work on during the next week to make sure we are ready and raring to go at Coventry." Thomas, meanwhile, said: "The lads showed great character to respond with a goal - a fantastic goal as well after a great delivery from Liam Walker. "It shows we've got good grit and determination - we'll go for the entire game and we're not going to give up. I'm sure that will help us be successful over the course of the season. "It was a very good workout against stiff oppostion and we created so many opportunities. "We've still got to work on certain aspects and that will continue right through the season. That's the way the manager and I are - we're always going to strive for improvement." 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  6. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan has claimed that new goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons "can push Adam Collin for the number one spot". The 23-year-old, who came through the ranks at Crystal Palace and also counts Bolton Wanderers among his former clubs, penned a deal at Meadow Lane on Thursday. Nolan told the official club site: "Ross has a lot of great attributes and we think we can work with him to make him even better. "He had a good season with Chelmsford last year and getting back into the EFL is a huge boost for him. We believe he can push Adam Collin for the number one spot. "We wanted competition for places and Ross ticks all of the boxes. He has settled into the group well. "Mark Crossley has had a number of goalkeepers in on trial during the summer and Ross has been one of the standout candidates. "I trust Mark with everything when it comes to goalkeepers because his knowledge is second to none." 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  7. Kevin Nolan has urged Notts County to be "nastier" when not in possession of the ball. The Magpies boss was referring to his side's 2-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic on Saturday, where they squandered a 1-0 half-time lead. Nolan believed that Notts allowed the Latics to make their way up the pitch with too much ease, and wants this to change - within the laws of the game. “There were a lot of positives when we are in possession, but I still think we could get better without it,” he told the Nottingham Post. “I just think we have got to get a bit nastier. We pressed a lot against Wigan, but when I say nastier I don’t mean going out and kicking people or throwing elbows. “What I mean is that you can be aggressive in different ways, and making sure it’s not easy for the opposition. “There was many times when Wigan wanted to get the ball down and pop it about. “We allowed them to do it. It’s just the little things and we’ve got to make it very uncomfortable for teams when they are in possession. “They are minor tweaks and if we get that right and put it together with how good we were in possession, I am sure we will be a decent side next season. “I am glad these things are cropping up now because it gives us plenty of time to practice on the training pitch.” 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  8. Jorge Grant has expressed his delight at donning a Notts County shirt again and says he is close to peak fitness as the new season draws ever closer. The Nottingham Forest midfielder secured his second loan move at Meadow Lane on Thursday, and is hoping to build on his impressive spell in the second half of last season. Grant picked up a thigh complaint while training with his parent club but managed to get 45 minutes under his belt in the 2-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic on Saturday. “I was buzzing to be back out there and back in the shirt again,” the 22-year-old told the Nottingham Post. “It was minutes in the legs but it was just a shame about the result. “You want to win the game, but getting the minutes in is just as important especially for me as this was the first game for me. “I feel as if I get 90 minutes next week, I will be ready. I felt fit out there anyway. I’ve done a lot of hard work on the training ground. “There will be more to do this week and hopefully I will get a full game next week.” 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  9. Kevin Nolan has admitted that Notts County have "lots and lots of work to do on the training pitch", but is confident that they will get up to scratch come the start of the 2017-18 League Two season. The Magpies won their opening two games, against non-league opposition, but have fallen to defeats against Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic. Against the Latics, Notts took the lead in emphatic fashion through Lewis Alessandra but went on to lose through a Richard Duffy own goal and a Callum Lang close-range effort. “I was reasonably happy but I thought the manner of the goals we gave away was very disappointing,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “The lads know that, but throughout the 90 minutes we’ve matched them. We created a lot of chances and I am now really looking forward to working more with them and hopefully getting better game by game. “I was just disappointed to lose the game in the manner we did although I am not really worried about wins and losses in pre-season. “There is lots and lots of work to do on the training pitch and the players know that. When you talk about it they are all nodding their heads and taking it in and they will get better because of it. “We’ve just got to keep reminding them of what we need to do to be successful. But there were lots of positives to take from playing a good Wigan side who probably got more than what they deserved from the game. “But it’s a pre-season game, it’s about those minutes in the legs and they all look really well and fit so that was a real positive point.” 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  10. Kevin Nolan believes his Notts County side "more than matched" Wigan Athletic, but admits work needs to be done regarding the Magpies' defending. Saturday's pre-season friendly at Meadow Lane saw Lewis Alessandra give Notts the lead in emphatic fashion, but a Richard Duffy own goal and a Callum Lang strike gave the Latics the win. Nolan told the official site: "Throughout the 90 minutes we more than matched them and made a lot of chances. "But the manner in which we gave away the goals was frustrating and the lads know that. "We are still two weeks away [from the start of the season] and there is a lot of work to do on the training pitch. "We have to keep reminding the players of what we have to do to be successful but there were a lot of positives to take away from the game against a good Wigan side who got more than they probably deserved today. "We have got quality in the final third and I have told the players they have to believe in themselves more. "They can all get better individually and collectively - and the signings we have brought in have taken us up another notch - but we will be a real handful once it all starts clicking into place." 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  11. Kevin Nolan has hailed each and every one of his players in the Notts County dressing room, saying they have been "absolutely fantastic since day one" of pre-season. The Magpies gaffer has overseen three pre-season games so far, with routine wins over Rolls Royce Leisure and Basford United followed up by a defeat to Nottingham Forest. Now preparing for his penultimate friendly of the 2017/18 programme, at home against Wigan Athletic this weekend, he aims to iron out the flaws in his side's game from the Reds clash. "They will be on the up there with Paul [Cook] and Leam [Richardson] going in," Nolan told the official Notts side. "It's another game we're looking forward to. "It will be a test for our lads to see where we are at not just in terms of quality - I feel we can handle that - but mentally too. I feel we got a little carried away with the occasion in the first 20-25 minutes of the Nottingham Forest game. "It's important to start as we mean to go on. Here [Meadow Lane] is our fortress and we have to make sure the opposition come and play to our tempo and what we want to do. We got it right in a lot of aspects against Forest but there is still a lot to work on. "We will try to get as many minutes into as many people as possible before we move on to the York friendly. We have two games and they are both decent contests. We have to make sure the players are all ready to go for 5 August against Coventry. "I cannot knock one person in the dressing room. They have been absolutely fantastic since day one. Their attitude and application towards everything we have thrown at them has been first class and that is how I want it to stay." 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  12. With each passing day, we edge ever closer to the first fixture of the 2017/18 season - less than three weeks to go now, in fact. Things are hotting up in pre-season too. Notts County have got the two "straightforward" friendlies out of the way, the ones effectively to get the players up to scratch physically and mentally, and now come the ones which are a little more "showpiece". Starting on Wednesday with Nottingham Forest visiting Meadow Lane, which will also be the first time in the 2017/18 programme that the Black and White Army will be taking their seats at home. Now, this time four years ago, we were hosting a Galatasaray side which featured two superstars of the world game - Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba. So it's a considerable step down, but hey, we will make do. All jokes aside, it's always a lively occasion when Forest and Notts meet, even in pre-season. And this year, there will be loads of the Red Dogs in the ML stands, given the club's been taking up more and more of their ticket allocation and have now claimed all 6,359. As good as it is to see people really getting behind a game, I can't help but laugh at how Forest fans have been going on about how the rivalry between them and Notts is all one-sided, that they really couldn't care less about Notts - yet their demand for tickets to the game has been sky-high, and there may well be plenty more "unaccounted for" Forest fans in the home stands. So which is it? A nervous desire to see Forest hopefully hammer Notts, two leagues below them, to feel they have reasserted their quality following a humiliating season last time out? A way to alleviate the football fix they've been craving since the end of the season at a stadium next door to their own? Or am I being too harsh and really it's just about people coming together to celebrate Nottingham football? Whatever the reason, it'll be good to be back at the Lane and see a rejuvenated Notts side come up against a Forest side also going through a transition period. With Kevin Nolan able to assert his programme throughout the whole pre-season, and the small games out of the way, this will be a challenge, taking on a team two divisions above (just about). I can imagine Nolan being very much an active, shouty kind of manager, really getting into his players' faces, barking orders at them and demanding perfection, and also motivating his players Martin Allen style, so the Notts players should be really up for this one and will not want to let the home fans down. Given how angry Nolan was to see Notts lose in the final game of last season - which was a dead rubber - it bodes well for players giving their all, especially in high-profile friendlies like on Wednesday. So it should be a cracking occasion where both teams will really test their opponent, as well as the crucial matter of bragging rights - stakes will not be high in a sense of outcome, but Notts will have made the stakes high in his players' heads. And Red Dogs - don't expect to outsing us, don't expect to outplay us, and good luck outscoring us. We might be a tougher proposition than you think! 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  13. Kevin Nolan has given his assessment of Notts County's performance in their pre-season friendly against Basford United, describing himself as "reasonably pleased". The Magpies won 2-0 at Greenwich Avenue on Saturday, as Dan Jones opened the scoring when his free kick found its way through a crowded penalty area and into the net. Notts then doubled before the break when midfielder Alex Howes skinned his man and slotted beyond the Basford keeper. A reasonably straightforward afternoon was however hampered y an injury to Curtis Thompson in the second half, as he felt a slight tweak in his hamstring. "I was reasonably pleased, I feel we could have punished them more in the second half," Nolan told the Nottingham Post. "In the first we played to their strengths by giving them too many free-kicks which allowed them to put the ball in to our final third and around the box. "It's another clean sheet, but there are a few things we can start drilling into the lads to work on and to think about going forward. "I just said to the lads that I'm pleased we didn't concede and we can drip feed into them a few aspects we want them to think about. "There are things we can get better at. We can do that when we get them on the training pitch. Apart from Curtis Thompson, we've come through unscathed." 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. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  14. It's been a long two months since the end of the 2016/17 season, hasn't it? But fear not, because Notts County are in action again as of this weekend! The Magpies' pre-season preparations are fully underway and the players will take to the pitch for the first time in 2017/18 when they take on Linby Colliery Welfare at Rolls Royce Leisure tomorrow. Then there will be a pre-season friendly every following Saturday, after which the season gets underway on the first weekend - oh, plus the small matter of a fixture against a local team by the name of Nottingham Forest on Wednesday 19th July. Here is a factfile about each of the teams that Notts will face over the coming weeks. Rolls Royce Select XI (A): Saturday 8 July, 3pm This fixture is usually the first pre-season game of Notts County's season, given the partnership between the Magpies, the Rolls Royce Leisure Centre in Hucknall, and North Nottinghamshire College. The programme, also knows as the Notts County Pathway Academy, sees students study towards a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport and offers the chance to combine professional level football training with academic studies. Basford United (A): Saturday 8 15 July (3pm) Basford United play their football at Greenwich Avenue in Basford, a suburb of Nottingham, and currently ply their trade in the Northern Premier League - Division One South, where they finished 6th in the 22-man league last season to qualify for the promotion playoffs but lost to Coalville Town in the semi-finals. There are quite a few names at Basford that you might recognise - manager Martin Carruthers was born in Nottingham and played up front for the likes of Aston Villa, Stoke City, Peterborogh United, Southend United and Scunthorpe United. Former Notts players Saul Deeney and Kyle Dixon, plus ex-Forest man Eugen Bopp, are also on their books. Nottingham Forest (H): Wednesday 19 July (7:45pm) Never heard of them. Wigan Athletic (H): Saturday 22 July (3pm) One of the success football stories of the 21st century (except for the last couple years, mind), Wigan were only elected to the Football League in 1978. They were little more than a footnote in the English game until 1995, when JJB Sports owner Dave Whelan purchased the club, but within 10 years they were in the Premier League. The Latics enjoyed a total of eight seasons at the top table, but the greatest moment in their history ended up being rather bittersweet, as they won the FA Cup in 2013 but were relegated from the top flight in the same season. The last few years have been tumultous for the club, as they now find themselves in League One just a year after winning promotion back to the second tier from the third. Since 2013, Wigan have either been relegated or finished the season in the promotion places (automatic or playoff). York City (A): Saturday 29 July (3pm) The Minstermen have endured a rollercoaster few years, reaching the League Two playoffs in 2014 and winning two FA Trophies, in 2012 and 2017, but now play in the National League North after two successive relegations in 2016 (from the Football League) and the season just gone. York play at Bootham Crescent, a stadium near the city centre and just over a mile from the city's railway station which they share with rugby league club York City Knights. It was formerly known as KitKat Crescent for sponsorship reasons - why they didn't call it Yorkie Crescent is one of the great mysteries of life. 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.
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  16. So this is how we stand at pre-season friendlies: Rolls Royce Leisure Select XI Rolls Royce Leisure Sat Jul 08 2017 15:00 Basford United Greenwich Avenue Sat Jul 15 2017 15:00 Nottingham Forest Meadow Lane Wed Jul 19 2017 19:45 Wigan Athletic Meadow Lane Sat Jul 22 2017 15:00 York City Bootham Crescent Sat Jul 29 2017 15:00 Which one are you looking forward to the most (you'd think it's a no-brainer - Forest - but let's not assume) and which ones will you be attending? Let PON know.

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