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Left Pie-On: August

2 August 09 words: Jared Wilson
"Other clubs in our division are going to hate us now, which is only right as if this had happened to them we’d hate them too!"
Left Pie-On - shirt illustration by Adam Poole
Left Pie-On - shirt illustration by Adam Poole

The full skinny:

What a crazy summer! Last season there was so much infighting between the club board and the supporters trust that most Notts fans were just begging for a buyer to step in and run the club properly again. Thankfully Munto Finance did and we’ve not looked back! The football world has been shocked by the appointment of Sven Goran Eriksson - who had been linked with Premiership and major European jobs. Instead he chose to come to the fourth tier of English football to help resurrect the oldest football league club in the world just in time for our 150th anniversary (2012).

One thing is for sure this season: other clubs in our division are going to hate us now, which is only right as if this had happened to another team in our league we’d have hated them too! We’re now solid favourites for promotion despite not managing a top-half finish for five years. We just need more quality players to come in now to justify all of this - though the ones we have ought to be more motivated than ever!  Also expect to see a rapid increase in attendances (in the short-term at least) from around 5,000 per game to nearer 10,000. Glory fans, hey? Seems weird even saying that about Notts!

On a more serious note, the one thing I hope that all County fans will realise is that a year ago we all agreed that money has ruined football by all of it going to the top teams and not feeding down to the smaller local clubs - which will ultimately end in them closing down. We’ve subverted that model now, but for how long we don’t know. We should never forget those dark days when our club nearly folded in 2003 and if any other clubs find themselves in trouble then we should do what we can to help them. We might be back there one day ourselves.

Pre-match drinking:

Some fans go to Hooters for the big screen TVs and the big jugs (of beer!) on offer - but that’s often full of away fans too. The staple pubs for pies who are not just out to ogle women in orange lycra are The Globe on London Road and or The Navigation Inn on Meadow Lane (which is okay if you don’t mind drinking out of plastic). Wheelers Bar next to the club shop has been fairly derelict except for a few beer pumps for ages, but with our new found riches you can expect to see some improvements to the place soon.

Best County chant:

The Wheelbarrow song is our classic. Simply sing ‘I had a Wheelbarrow… the wheel fell off’ repeatedly to the tune of On Top of Old Smokey. But there are others too - sing along with The Kop to the tune of Anarchy in the UK: “I am a county fan, and I come from Nottingham, Don’t know what I want but I know how to get it, I wanna destroy Forest and Stags!”

Players in:

Controversial striker and former drink-driving convict Lee Hughes has joined from Oldham and will no doubt inspire plenty of hatred from away fans. His new regular strike partner might prove to be former Port Vale and Yeovil forward Luke Rodgers, who has signed a 2 year deal. After lacking leadership on the pitch last season, we’ve managed to sign the former captains of several other clubs in our division including central defender Graeme Lee (from Bradford) and midfielders Ricky Ravenhill (Darlington), Ben Davies (Shrewsbury) and Neil Bishop (Barnet). Talented right-back Brendan Moloney has joined on a sixth-month loan from Forest and former Forest striker Craig Westcarr signed on a free from Kettering. But there are bound to be more players coming through our doors by the time you read this too!

Players out:

Quite a few, but none that will be missed. Player of the year left winger Myles Weston defected to Brentford before the takeover and will no doubt be wondering whether he made the right decision now. We’d have been gutted about that before, but Sven will probably find a much better replacement. Richard Butcher was released after scoring 20 goals over two seasons from midfield - but at times the non-goalscoring parts of his play were frankly appalling. Injury prone midfielders Gavin Strachan and Adam Nowland (aka Mr Glass) have also been shown the door. So too have tiny forward Jamie Forrester and defender Adam Tann.

Last season:

19th – four places off relegation to the non-league!

This season’s prediction:

2nd – I’m not going to jinx us by saying we’ll be champions, but I have put a bet on it. Nothing less than promotion will be acceptable with the resources we have now.

Look out for:

Fans wearing tea towels and belts on their heads as a ‘salute’ to our new Middle Eastern owners. There should be plenty of Sven masks and flags around the ground this season too!

Best fanzine website:

Our main fanzine The Pie doesn’t actually have a website. So you’ll have to get your online jollies from the excellent Notts County Mad instead.

Tickets:

Adult £18 - £20, Concessions £12 and children £5.
Phone the Ticket Office on 0115 9557204 for more details.

Notts County FC Official website


 

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