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!
After weeks of chasing, Paul Smith went over to Port Vale’s training ground to do Hughesy’s (what we imagine will be) last ever Notts interview. If it were played in a club – you’d call it a banger!
We’ve even had to up the page count to fit it all in – 40, up from the usual 32 and still only £1! The interview isn’t the only thing inside obviously, and personally I feel this again has raised the bar for us in future. If you don’t think it’s our best issue yet, I’m sure you’ll think we’ve ended the season in style at least!
Jacob Daniel has taken an irreverent look at the season which has just passed us by.
Stuart Brothers decided to look at the managers that have been and gone in the short time since the Trews took over.
Both Richard Mottershead and Mark Dowding have explained respectively why they are, and aren’t renewing next year’s season ticket.
Ian Cooksey looks back at his first season as a Notts County fan.
Lee Hughes is the subject of this issue’s interview with Paul Smith.
With attendances falling, Stephen Moore explains the struggle to entice young Notts fans to Meadow Lane.
The differences between passion and commitment from Notts’ perspective is analysed by Graham Farquharson.
The top ten things that Helen Faccio wants to see before next get listed.
Is there anything to be positive about next year? Maybe, according to Stuart Brothers.
The impact of booing your own players is examined by Dean Fido.
Richard Ogando concludes the changing room story of the fans versus players game under Martin Allen.
The promise of youth is something that needs to be given a chance according to Luke Williamson.
Piran Lynn-Smith goes in depth with the top five Notts moments where the emotion just got too much.
The expectations we as supporters have of Notts are the focus of Drew Dennis.
Ian Marsden constructs his all time Notts XI from his 30 years watching Notts.
And finally, compiled from the votes of people who’ve backed the fanzine previously – the end of season awards.These weren’t much fun.
The issue is available to pre-order right now from this link on our webstore where you’ll also find a small number of our last two issues as well. Click the covers below to be taken to their respective pages for a list of contents and where to order. Full details of a Black & White subscription are available there also.
Better (or worse!) yet – if you’re yet to pick up a copy of Black & White and still don’t know what we’re putting together here, the very first issue we released is still available online here to give you an idea!