In a first for The Notts Blog, i’ve put together a video for Notts County’s best goal of the past season .
Whilst we continue to dwell on dropped points and missed chances this season, it’ll be worth a watch if only just to cheer ourselves up!
It’s worth thinking back to last season as well. The winner in 2010/11 almost by default was Neal Bishop’s header against Manchester City by virtue of it being one of very few moments worth cheering. In a drab season by anyone’s standards, County only netted 46 goals that year in League One – this video features 27 strikes, more than half of what was netted last year!
Enjoy – even if your mind is already made up!
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1) Craig Westcarr v Nottingham Forest
The first week of the season, and with supporters still coming down from the high of the previous weekend’s 3-0 win at Carlisle. Notts headed over the river to Forest in the League Cup, where Westy got County back in the game with what would be his last goal for the club.
2) Lee Hughes v Nottingham Forest
Deep into extra time in that same game and with his side attacking towards the travelling support, Karl Hawley threaded in Hughesy to put his side 3-2 up. It wasn’t to be that night – but we came away with some great memories and our heads held high!
3) Julian Kelly v Tranmere Rovers
Seven days after City Ground heartbreak Notts welcomed old friends Tranmere Rovers to Meadow Lane. County eventually won the game 3-2 against nine men – but it was Kelly’s volley which most will choose to remember the night for.
4) Christian Montano v Bournemouth
The loan signing from West Ham was one of the standout signings of Martin Allen’s reign. Having spent a pre-season on the brink of the first team, Tano won the Notts fans over with a number of committed performances and key goals – not least this one.
5) Lee Hughes v Walsall
Less than 48 hours after returning from a quite successful European trip to Turin, Walsall came to Meadow Lane with many wondering how Notts would respond both mentally and physically. The result was emphatic, much like Hughesy’s finish that day.
6) Lee Hughes v Rochdale
And Hughesy was at it again in the very next home game – this time against Rochdale. His sixth goal of the season came as Notts spent the whole month of September unbeaten both domestically and (quite brilliantly) abroad.
7) Karl Hawley v Chesterfield
You wouldn’t find many brave to predict even one entry from Karl Hawley in a goal of the season shortlist – but his strike in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy is certainly up there with the seasons best. Great control, footwork on the floor and a finish to match!
8) Karl Hawley v Hartlepool
And The Hitman was at it again the very next weekend! With the Sky cameras in town to get a look at Notts under Martin Allen, Hawley hit two goals with this the pick of them in a 3-0 win.
9) Christian Montano v Hartlepool
On the morning of that same game, it had been announced that the match would be the last we’d see of Tano before he return to his parent club West Ham. This finish as he came off the bench was arguably the perfect send-off.
10) Karl Hawley v Accrington Stanley
And he’s at it again! Another two goals for Hawley came on a Saturday afternoon FA Cup First Round tie with League Two’s Stanley – and both goals were of the composed nature that we sadly never got to see from him enough.
11) Neal Bishop v Huddersfield Town
On the day the Conveniently Unbeatable Huddersfield Town broke the Football League’s record for unbeaten games, Neal Bishop struck with near enough the last kick of the game in the very last minute. Purely a consolation on the day sadly.
12) Krystian Pearce v Scunthorpe United
Three goals from the very same game come next – starting with a towering Krystian Pearce header in the first half which gave Notts the lead before two strikes either side of half time had put the Irons in the driving seat.
13) Jeff Hughes v Scunthorpe United
It was Jeff Hughes coming off the bench who levelled matters against Alan Knill’s Scunny, controlling well before thrashing the ball into the back of the net for 2-2.
14) Julian Kelly v Scunthorpe United
Having seen the visitors reduced to ten men and Notts chasing three points – you wouldn’t have found many who would bet on Julian Kelly being the man to find himself free in the final third. His low drive from just inside the box sealed a precious victory.
15) Lee Hughes v Leyton Orient
County’s second home defeat of the season came disappointingly to a side who only went on to survive relegation on the final day of the season. Hughesy’s shot on the edge of the area reduced the arrears to 2-1 before Jeff Hughes missed a penalty.
16) Hamza Bencherif v Bournemouth
This incredible free-kick after just five minutes is the first goal on the shortlist to come away from Meadow Lane! We knew Hamza had a shot on him, but we’d not had any indication we’d see anything like this from the Summer-signing.
17) Lee Hughes v Walsall
Again a thorn in Walsall’s side, Hughesy’s second minute goal grabbed Notts their first League One victory in nearly two calendar months. Collecting Ben Burgess’ flick his shot flew into the back of the net.
18) Jonathan Forte v Carlisle United
With Allen gone and the Keith Curle era in full swing after three straight wins, Jonny Forte’s header against Carlisle put Notts on their way to a league double over their fellow play-off chasing opponents.
19) Alan Sheehan v Carlisle United
Whilst Forte was opening the score, Sheehan was putting the seal on a fine victory with a superbly struck deadball from just outside the area. It wouldn’t be his last contender of the campaign either – there was better to come!
20) Alan Judge v Charlton Athletic
Having spent much of the campaign only being able to hit the woodwork, Judgey went about making amends in the final run-in with a number of devastating finishes. Not least this one to open the scoring on a memorable day at The Valley!
21) Alan Judge v Sheffield United
A miserable Meadow Lane evening in which County were mauled 5-2 finishing the night with ten men. Kelly, and Judge free-kick added the slightest bit of respectability to the scoreline though.
22) Alan Sheehan v Oldham
With the clock winding down and the prospect of two dropped points looking all the more realistic, Lloyd Sam found himself with the ball in the area before unloading to Sheehan. And what a strike it was! The visiting goalkeeper stood no chance.
23) Lloyd Sam v Yeovil
With two fortuitous goals to his name already in this game, Sam put the seal on matters with a determined run and accurate finish into the top corner. A 3-1 Easter Monday win was enough to put his side back in League One’s top six.
24) Alan Judge v Wycombe I
Wycombe will be an unforgettable day for anyone either there or listening at home. It was Judge’s equaliser with five minutes to go in the first half which set the scene perfectly for the second half at Adams Park.
25) Alan Judge v Wycombe II
What more can be said about this strike? Having been put on level terms thanks to Dele Adebola’s header on 89 minutes, Judgey was fortunate to have the ball returned to him by a Wycombe defender before thrashing the ball into the top corner. The scenes will live on in memory for years.
26) Alan Judge v Colchester
Getting somewhat greedy in the running, the newly crowned Irish Messi struck for Notts’ third on the final day of the season against Colchester in a near-carbon copy of his first goal the previous weekend at Wycombe. Having spent much time earlier in the season smashing the woodwork, when Judgey got it right, he got it right!
27) Kieron Freeman v Colchester
Finishing off the scoring for the season was Forest loanee Freeman who put the finishing touche to a flowing team move after being put through by Lloyd Sam. On a day that would ultimately end in disappointment despite the 4-1 win – to finish on such a high note pleased many.