Counting the emotional cost of Notts’ takeover… Takeovers are a cold and calculated process. Suddenly, the thing that is invaluable to you and your fellow fans is being weighed and measured in terms that are devastatingly commercial and clinical: assets, debts, land ownership. There’s something distinctly immoral to it all. Like taking Grandad’s war medalsContinue reading “Not Just Broken Wheelbarrows”
Read Part One here Read Part Two here 8. Bulk buying in January It may seem harsh to pinpoint a transfer window that did also see a number of good additions arrive at the club, but Neal Ardley put all his eggs for survival in a January-shaped basket and, ultimately, Notts failed so questions haveContinue reading “From title favourites to non-league: 12 reasons Notts County’s season went so badly wrong – part three”
Read part one here 2. A pointless pre-season Looking back, it seems incredible that Notts started as bookies favourites for the League Two title, given pre-season results had given such little room for optimism. Alan Hardy had made a big play on getting players through the door early – more on that unnecessary recruitment driveContinue reading “From title favourites to non-league: 12 reasons Notts County’s season went so badly wrong – part two”
Even for Notts County, it is quite spectacular to be relegated in a season you started as the bookies favourites to win the entire division. It is truly remarkable to spend upwards of £500,000 on transfer fees alone to improve a squad that had just finished 5th…and then end-up 23rd, deservedly down having been inContinue reading “From title favourites to non-league: 12 reasons Notts County’s season went so badly wrong – part one”
Long-suffering Notts County fan Adrian Rawden delivers his summary of a difficult day… both on and off the pitch. It’s Sunday morning and, as with most mornings this last few months, Iʼm lying awake bleary eyed checking Twitter after another loss – or, rather, capitulation. Notts County had been relegated after a 3-1 loss awayContinue reading “Raw emotions on a dark day”
Notts County Football Club, aside perhaps from matters on the pitch, are one of life’s great forms of entertainment.
Following an influx of new players on deadline day, Gerrit Forward has decided to jump on the renewed optimism with a new, updated game card. Fans may remember the original season bingo card, which is almost fully stamped, but to mark the beginning of 17 crucial encounters, we’ve decided to deliver a new-look design. ToContinue reading “Download the Great Escape Gamecard”
The macroeconomic concept of guns versus butter is meant to demonstrate the relationship between a nation’s investment in its defence versus civilian goods and, perhaps unsurprisingly, rises to prominence in moments of national crisis. William Jennings Bryson’s resignation speech before the First World War is the first recorded use of the idea, while Göring andContinue reading “Notts’ biggest question: guns or butter?”
That ‘performance’ against Oldham, if I can call it that, was nothing short of woeful. The best phrase to describe whatever it was to the wise souls who stayed at home would probably be Conference fodder. Or, alternatively, ‘Fullarton-esque’ would also fit the bill. For what it’s worth, those words frighten the life out ofContinue reading “How have we ended up here?!”
Identity is football’s currency. Everything from the badge, the shirt, the ground to the community it represents is valued and weighed against the opposition and used to measure each other’s worthiness.