Last week, mere days after I’d completed a preview of Saturday’s last youth team game of the season, it emerged on social media which of the year’s latest youngsters had been offered professional contracts at Meadow Lane. To say there were some surprises in those left by the wayside is no understatement.
Only goalkeeper Harry Andrews and Brad McGowan in central defence were given the opportunity to step up next year, leaving the liked of Jack Golding, Elliot Hodge and Kieran Geldenhuys to chase a football career elsewhere. It’s Geldenhuys’ release in particular which has surprised most. A player who in his first year was already making the right inroads, he’s the player I’d have considered guaranteed to be earning a new deal this Summer given reviews of his development squad displays on top of those at youth level.
If you ask Notts fans of their favourite moment of last season, I think we’d all agree it was slim pickings really. You can rack your brain and recall some enjoyable games under Keith Curle at the beginning of the season. You even have to (whisper it) acknowledge a couple of results under Chris Kiwomya.
But for the 200 or so County followers who made the effort to travel to Walsall on the evening of Friday, April 26th, they’ll likely all tell you the Midland Youth Cup Final match was their highlight. Sure County lost – after an absorbing 120 minutes of football – but what we all witnessed, what we were all reminded of was what it felt like to watch a team of players proud to wear our club’s shirt.
Issue 8 is winging it’s way back to us from the printers as we speak so I figured I would post on here just to let readers know what they can expect from what I consider to be our best issue yet.
For me, and through only my own fault issue 7 was a slight mis-step in our time as a fanzine. I’ve been proud of every issue we’ve put out so far however – and so far I don’t think a single writer has let us down – but for me issue 8 is certified bar raiser. Thanks in no small part of course to an exclusive interview with Sir Charlie Palmer, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the day Notts beat the red lot in 1994.
Click through here for the full contents of issue 8, out this weekend! Read more
Back for a new season – several headaches in trying to get back into the editing routine but we got it to the printers eventually!
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And don’t forget – we’ve put our entire archive of back issues online for you to read for free! Give it a look here.
Here’s the full list of contents in the latest issue anyway. I wasn’t sure how good an issue we could put together with so little happening in pre-season but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the level of content we’ve put together – I hope people will agree.
With issue six of the fanzine due for release just in time for the Galatasaray fixture at Meadow Lane in two weeks, I’ve taken the opportunity to upload our five issues up until this point to our online archives.
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With the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup approaching, both Yoann Arquin and Andre Boucaud have been called up by Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago respectively. Boucs was recently a standout performer in his country’s recent defeat to Estonia, Arquin meanwhile impressed following a call-up to Martinique’s provisional squad.
The tournament is to be broadcast live in the UK on ESPN, and you can catch both men (hopefully – assuming they’re selected) in the following games. With the tournament hosted in the US, kick-off times are obviously a pain for those watching in the UK!
FIFA World Rankings in brackets – Martinique are not ranked.
Sunday, July 7th 10.30pm Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Canada (83) v Martinique
Monday, July 8th 12 midnight Red Bull Arena, Harrison
El Salvador (86) v Trinidad & Tobago (81)
Friday, July 12th 1.30am CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Panama (43) v Martinique
Saturday, July 13th 12 midnight Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens Trinidad & Tobago (81) v Haiti (63)
Sunday, July 14th 9pm Sports Authority Field, Denver Martinique v Mexico (17)
Monday, July 15th 2.30am BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston
Honduras (52) v Trinidad & Tobago (81)
It might’ve taken us a while to get there – but we did eventually!
This is an interview we’d been chasing from the moment Lee Hughes’ move to Port Vale was first mentioned, right before it collapsed. We figured at that point that Hughesy’s days at the club were numbered so we’d need to get hold of him somehow!