Notts County: Remember Them?

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Like the ill-judged reboot of ITV dirge Crossroads, our nostalgia-riddled series awakes from its long slumber with Notts County peering over it

Like the ill-judged reboot of ITV dirge Crossroads, our nostalgia-riddled series (to include 300 editions when done!) awakes from its long slumber with Notts County peering over it. Of course, that’s just the luck of the draw and we had to burst back into life with someone. The dial fell on the Magpies and that’s who we’re going to bang on about for a bit. Well, it ain’t all about them – obvs. There’s a bit of us in there too. We gotta pull in the punters…

 

Who are Notts County

The oldest league club in the world came to life during the late 13th or early 14th century. After being given no end of grief by Robin sHrood, the Sheriff of Nottingham got this thing for kicking things in frustration – often heard bellowing ‘NOT IN MY COUNTY’. The locals saw this and things snowballed from then. It wasn’t until 1862, however, that a clever lad wrote a few things down that made it all official and was then able to take the plaudits.

Some or, more likely, none of the above is true.

What is scientific fact (shotgun, no returns) is that Notts County were one of the first sides to form the Football League in 1888. Six years later, the FA Cup was sitting proudly in the trophy cabinet at Trent Bridge. Third in the top flight was as good as it gets in the league – but there have been several second, third and fourth tier titles; their 1997-8 Third Division title being the first time since WWII that anyone had secured promotion in mid-March.

Don’t forget the 1995 Anglo-Italian Cup either.

 

Why do we know Notts County?

After winning the 2009-10 League Two title, the Magpies took up their position in League One. It’s standard practice, to be fair. Just two seasons later, little old us rocked up in the same division. And that’s how we know ’em. The fourth-newest Football League team up against the oldest – Crawley, AFC Wimbledon and Fleetwood pushing us down the list of newbies inside just two years. Gawd, you could even call us League veterans by then…

 

What is our record against Notts County?

Not great. And we hope that’s all the info you need on that point.

OK, we’ll tell you more. Up to this point in time, there have been 15 meetings between us and the Magpies – 14 in the league and one in the FA Cup, which we won en route to our showdown with Spurs in 2012. More often than not, however, we found them to be a hard ask. Half of our league encounters went their way – including last time out, which saw us take it upon ourselves to stop them dropping them into the Conference with three points.

It didn’t work.

Notts County: Boro’s Record

Our head-to-head: P 15 — W 5 — D 3 — L 7 — F 14 — A 18 — Pts 15 — WR 33%
Our last tango: Stevenage 0-3 Notts County, 30 March 2019

 

What happened to Notts County?

As we said, our ridiculous home defeat last season didn’t stop County from plunging out of the league for the first time. Like many teams who go through the trapdoor into non-league ranks, life can take some getting used to. Still, the Magpies sit eighth in the table as we go on about them – winning eight of their 20 games after a slow start. Hell, even Barnet went there and won back in August. How the mighty can fall, eh…?

 

• WANT TO KNOW MORE? – Notts County club profile

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