Goodbye For The Summer

It appears that the Spion Kop Stand may have lied to us all.

Bury didn’t actually equalise after all at Stevenage, and we didn’t make this season’s play-offs!

And with that bombshell I guess that’ll be the end of the 2011/12 season then?So thanks to anyone who’s spent time reading (and pointing out spelling mistakes in) anything i’ve written, and to those who have asked me to contribute to their own websites or publications this season.

And an even bigger thank you to (he’s been waiting all season for this!) Sean Redgate, because if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have been to half as many games as I did this season- and so obviously I wouldn’t have written anywhere near as much as I did! In short – blame him.

And so i’ll leave you with my five highlights of the season. They might not specifically be my favourite pieces of work this year, but these were the best moments of 2011/12 at Notts County in my opinion. There’s (obviously) still time to read my end of season report, and a massive statistical breakdown of the season too of course!

Thanks everyone.

Nottingham Forest 3, Notts 3
Just three days after the season began with victory at Carlisle, Notts and Martin Allen crossed the River Trent in hope more than expectation in the Carling Cup’s First Round. County went down (eventually) on penalties, but the night helped set the scene for the memorable season which was to follow!

Juventus 1, Notts 1
This was a quite ridiculous occasion way back in September. Notts County took their place in the grand opening of the brand new Juventus Arena in Turin with the entire footballing world watching. Even if you were there, you look back and still can’t quite believe what you were a part of.

Charlton Athletic 2, Notts 4
The side who would eventually go on to win nPower League One only lost two games at The Valley all season – the most spectacular being that in which Notts hammered in four unanswered first half goals. The hosts pushed on to get back into the game but Notts well out of sight by then!

Leyton Orient 0, Notts 3 & Notts 3, Yeovil 1
Easter weekend was a grand few days in the season for Notts. A year removed from being dragged back into a relegation dogfight on the last day, back to back wins (including a Lloyd Sam hat-trick) had lifted Notts up into the play-off positions for one last time.

Wycombe 3, Notts 4
With Stevenage in an evening kick-off, the pressure was on Notts to keep them within touching distance. A 4-3 victory thanks to a last minute Alan Judge screamer did just that – even if it was all to be in vain by the season’s end!

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