Pre-Season #6 – Carlton Town 0, Notts 4

A comprehensive 4-0 Notts victory will have presented manager Shaun Derry with quite the dilemma thanks to trialist Elliot Whitehouse’s second and third goals in two games. Both Whitehouse and Nicky Wroe grabbed a brace each in a contest where Notts also had a goal disallowed for offside (from a pass played backwards) and had…

Pre-Season #5 – Notts 1, Derby 3

Notts County’s first pre-season friendly at Meadow Lane this Summer ended in a comprehensive 3-1 defeat to Derby County thanks to a Chris Martin hat-trick. Having taken the lead impressively through trialist Elliot Whitehouse, Shaun Derry and Greg Abbott’s side went about their task well for the first 65/70 minutes. They played attractive football, won…

Pre-Season #4 – Hucknall RR 1, Notts 3

A second Notts County friendly in 24 hours was lit up by a sensational Jeremy Balmy brace in a contest in which Shaun Derry played the full 90 minutes against Hucknall Rolls Royce. Brad McGowan opened the scoring with his second goal of pre-season, before Tyrell Waite converted a penalty. Balmy’s first of the evening…

Pre-Season #3 – Nuneaton 0, Notts 0

Another largely tedious pre-season affair – this time at Nuneaton Town – ended goalless to ensure Notts County’s pre-season schedule has a recorded a win, a defeat, and a draw. A more settled, more senior County side lined up for the majority of this game but were frustrated by their non-league hosts. Zeli Ismail made…

Pre-Season #2 – Mansfield 3, Notts 1

Notts’ pre-season continued with a bland, disjointed 3-1 loss at Mansfield Town in the baking sun. Centre-back Brad McGowan – in his first year as a professional at Notts – put County in the lead but it was his misjudgement of a high ball in defence that led to Fabian Spiess in goal conceding a…

Pre-Season #1 – Arnold Town 0, Notts 4

Notts County kicked off their pre-season preparations for 2014/15 with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Arnold Town – a win marred by a serious looking injury to Jimmy Spencer. The striker, signed on a permanent deal this Summer was injured in winning a penalty on 20 minutes. Spencer knew straight away something was up, physios…

Black & White issue 9

Another much delayed issue of the fanzine is about to be released – but for once it’s a good job we did push things back a little! An 80% or so completed issue 9 was all set for finishing mere days after Tranmere away – when for all intents and purposes it looked like we’d…

The League 3 Debate

Say No To League 3. It’s been a few weeks since Greg Dyke’s ludicrous proposals for B teams to be introduced into the Football League and I’m still yet to find a coherent argument as to why anyone wouldn’t be against them. As I see it, my football club must not be allowed to be…

Summer Maintenance Begins

No, certainly not the most riveting update we’ll post this Summer. But today – after the last game in two months was played on it on yesterday – the Meadow Lane surface was dug up so it can be re-seeded over the next two months. The next game to be played on it will be…

Notts Ladies Remain Top

Notts Ladies and their Liverpool counterparts shared a goalless draw at Meadow Lane in front of 1,073 supporters – the second time the club has broken the thousand barrier in three FAWSL fixtures. It’s County who will be most unhappy to not take the victory having dominated possession for long periods of the game. A…

Video: 2013/14 Goal Of The Season

[youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArxqJWLSfp0′] This isn’t particularly new – but I thought I’d post it on the blog in the interests of keeping everything together and hopefully so those who haven’t seen it have something to watch over the weekend. It is of course the Goal Of The Season video covering the last nine months – from…

New Left Lion Article

Last week I was set the somewhat difficult task of putting Oldham away – the final act of Notts’ latest Great Escape – into words for Nottingham’s Left Lion as part of my monthly Left PieOn column. Just last night the article went live on their website, complete with ill-advised crowd photo. Hopefully people will…