NOTTS COUNTY F.C.
Founded: 1862





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NOTTS COUNTY F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of NOTTS COUNTY FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Notts County are the oldest professional league club in the world having been formed in 1862. At the time of its formation, Notts County, like most sports teams, were considered to be a "gentlemen-only" club. Notts County are considered to be one of the pioneers of the modern game and are the oldest of the world's professional association football clubs (there are older professional clubs in other codes of football, and Sheffield F.C., an amateur club founded in 1857, are the oldest club now playing association football). In 1888, Notts County, along with eleven other football clubs, became a founding member of The Football League. They finished their first league season in 11th place, but avoided the dubious honour of the wooden spoon, which went to Midlands rivals Stoke. However, Notts County did achieve their highest ever league finish of third in 189091, an achievement they repeated ten seasons later. On 25 March 1891, Notts County reached the FA Cup final for the first time. The Magpies were defeated 31 by Blackburn Rovers. Notts County made up for this on 31 March 1894, when they won the FA Cup at Goodison Park, defeating Bolton Wanderers 41 in a game in which Jimmy Logan scored the second hat-trick in FA Cup final history. This achievement is also memorable for Notts County becoming the first club outside the top division to win the FA Cup: Notts County finished 3rd in Division Two that season. In 1910 they moved to Meadow Lane. Notts County were relegated in 1926 in what was to be their last season in the English top flight for over half a century.

The club suspended all fixtures during the 194142 season after Meadow Lane was hit by enemy bombing. In the 194647 season, the ground was used temporarily by Nottingham Forest after the River Trent flooded both Meadow Lane and the City Ground. Forest again used Meadow Lane in 1968, after fire destroyed the main stand at the City Ground. The 'golden age' of the club came just after the end of World War II. County stunned the footballing world by signing Tommy Lawton from Chelsea for a then-record fee. In the 194950 season, Notts County clinched the Third Division (South) championship. Crowds averaged 35,000 as The Magpies held off Nottingham Forest in a thrilling championship race. The 195051 season was to be the last season in which Notts County would compete in a higher league than their city rivals. As the 1950s drew to a close, Nottingham Forest replaced Notts County as the city's biggest club. After the 195758 season, the two clubs would not play each other again in a League match for sixteen years. The Magpies struggled during the 1960s, being on the brink of financial ruin and striving to avoid the indignity of having to apply for re-election to the league. In the 197071 season, The Magpies clinched the Fourth Division title in record-breaking style, remaining unbeaten at Meadow Lane. Two seasons later, Notts County were again promoted, this time to Division Two.

Manager Jimmy Sirrel completed the remarkable transformation of Notts County in May 1981. He had turned The Magpies from Fourth Division strugglers to a top division side in little over a decade, ending an absence of fifty-five years from the top flight. In one of the most famous moments in the club's modern history, Notts County visited newly crowned champions Aston Villa on the opening day of the season. The Villa team had paraded their League Championship trophy to an expectant crowd before kickoff, but against all odds, County came away with a 10 victory. Notts County were relegated three seasons later, but not before reaching the FA Cup quarter-final, which they lost to Everton. Sirrel also retired at the end of that season. With the introduction of the Premier League, County were relegated from the old Division One to the new Division One.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Notts County F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Magpies
Year Founded
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1862 (152 years ago)
English County
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Nottinghamshire
Current Ground
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Meadow Lane
Ground Location
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Nottingham, England
Club's Owner
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Ray Trew
Club Chairman
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Ray Trew
Current Manager
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Ricardo Moniz
Current League
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League Two
Last Season
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League One, 21st place
(relegated)


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MEADOW LANE STADIUM
Meadow Lane, Nottingham,
Nottinghamshire, NG2-3HJ, England


OPENED: ............... 1910
SURFACE: ............. Grass (underground heating)
COST: .................... not available
CAPACITY: ............ 20,229
RECORD: ............... 47,310 (1955 vs York City)
OWNER: ................. Notts County F.C.
CO-OPERATOR: ..... Notts County Football Club
CO-OPERATOR: ..... Nottingham Rugby Football Club
FIELD SIZE: ........... 114 x 76 yards (104 x 69 meters)



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