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”
Notts County Football Club, aside perhaps from matters on the pitch, are one of life’s great forms of entertainment.
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.
If a week is a long time in football, three weeks is an eternity. That’s effectively all it took for all of the pre-season optimism to evaporate, for the League Two pre-season favourites to slide to the very bottom of the division and, from starting the season with such high expectations, for Kevin Nolan toContinue reading “Kevin Nolan sacking: Right or wrong?”
Four league games ago we were as good as promoted. All the signs pointed towards it – we had a young, up and coming manager with 18 months of relative success behind him.
It’s not often I seek solace in the raspy tones of Sheryl Crow, but after one point from the opening two league games I am left hoping a change really does do you good.