Notts County FC
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Saturday 31st March 1894
Goodison Park, Liverpool

Bolton Wanderers v  Notts County

The FA Cup Final

Bolton Wanderers 1
Cassidy 87

Notts County 4
Watson 18
Logan 29, 67, 70

Attendance :- 37,000
Referee:- C. J. Hughes

Bolton Wanderers
Colours:- White shirts, Navy shorts, Navy stockings
League Position:- 13th/16 in the top flight
Manager:- John Somerville

1.   John Sutcliffe
2.   John Somerville
3.   Di Jones [Captain]
4.   Harry Gardiner
5.   Alex Paton
6.   Achie Hughes
7.   Bob Tannahill
8.   Jim Wilson
9.   Jim Cassidy
10. Handel Bentley
11. Joe Dickenson

Notts County
Colours:- Balck & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black stockings
League Position:- 2nd/15 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Tom Harris
Trianer:- Joe Goode

1.   George Toone
2.   Theo Harper
3.   Jack Hendry
4.   Charlie Bramley
5.   Davey Calderhead [Captain]
6.   Alf Shelton
7.   Arthur Watson
8.   Sam Donnelly
9.   Jimmy Logan
10. Dan Bruce
11. Harry Daft

The Association Challenge Cup - Final Tie

Tremendous interest was taken in the final tie of the Association Cup at Everton yesterday, and over 30,000 people witnessed the match. Both teams had good records, and there was little to choose between them, though if anything the Wanderers had a slight advantage. In the previous rounds the Bolton Wanderers bad beaten Small Heath, Newcastle United, Liverpool, and Sheffield Wednesday, while Notts County bad triumphed over Burnley, Burton Wanderers. Notts Forest, and Blackburn Rovers. Fortunately for all interested the weather turned out delightfully fine, while the ground proved to be in excellent condition.

Both elevens were cheered as they entered the field. Notts won the toss, but as there was scarcely a breeze no advantage was derived. The Wanderers first attacked, but without avail. Then Notts got away, and their forwards tried to rush Sutcliffe, who however, was equal to the occasion. From this point Bolton pressed for some time and forced a corner, but to no purpose. Then Sutcliffe fisted out a fine shot by Daft. The play afterwards favoured Notts, who sent in three good shots without success. After twenty minutes had elapsed Donnelly [sic] scored for Notts. Play continued to be very fast, and Toone defended wonderfully well, but Logan obtained a second point for the County. When half-time arrived the score stood at two goals to none in favour of Notts.

In the second half the Notts forwards showed superior combination, and twice the ball was sent over the Bolton goal . A few minutes later Logan sent in a shot which puzzled Sutcliffe, and the ball was eventually sent through. The same player quickly added a fourth point half an hour before the finish. Towards the close Cassidy scored for the Wanderers, but all interest in the game had by this time evaporated. The final result was a somewhat rather easy victory by Notts County by four goals to one.

Back; Bramley, Harper, Calderhead, Toone, Hendry, Shelton, Goode(trainer).
Front; Watson, Donnelly, Logan, Bruce, Daft.
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For the second year in a row the F A again had to sit down and decide where to hold the cup final and this time their decision was a controversial one. The announcement was made that the final would be held at Everton's recently built Goodison Park in Liverpool, much to the annoyance of most of the clubs in the first division. Everton were among the strongest clubs in the Country and were widely tipped by the press to get to the final, having been beaten by Wolves in the 1893 showpiece. Naturally if the Toffeemen reached the final of 1894 they would have home advantage which was against the rules of the competition but the F A made no provision for the possibility of this happening.  Fortunately there was never any real danger of a home final as Everton were one of two top flight sides sent crashing out of the competition at the first hurdle away to second division opponents Stoke 1-0. Notts County produced the same result against Burnley while four other top flight clubs went down in round one in all first division ties including the holders, Wolves who lost 4-2 at league leaders Aston Villa. Preston produced the biggest ever victory by a top flight club when they destroyed Reading 18-0 on a quagmire of a pitch. Preston prepared for the tie by nailing hob nails through their boots to gain a grip on the turf and went on to score as they liked against a Reading side who made no such preparation and were probably loathed to takle a player with nails protruding. Reading themselves made history in the qualifiers as they fielded the only convict ever to play in a cup tie. Their star striker being sprung in time for the match and spirited back inside after the game.
     There was mixed fortunes for the two giant killers in round two as Notts County marched on with a 2-1 win at Burton Wanderers while Stoke bowed out at Sheffield Wednesday 1-0. Notts were joined in the last eight by another second division club though when Liverpool upset Preston 3-2 with the top flight club presumably leaving the hob nails at home. The tie of the round was without doubt at Sunderland where the champions met the league leaders, Aston Villa to battle out a 2-2 draw. Villa went on to win the replay 3-1 and would ultimately beat Sunderland for the championship as well. Bolton booked their quarter final place with a 4-3 win over Small Heath followed by another away win, 2-1 at Newcastle United. Nottingham Forest made the last eight as well while Blackburn and Derby completed the line up after replays, the former convincingly seeing off Newton Heath 5-1.
     Sheffield Wednesday must have been cursing their luck as they found themselves drawn at home to Aston Villa in the quarter finals. It was Wednesday's seventh consecutive quarter final but so far they had won just one of the previous six and Villa were by now the favourites to lift the cup. It proved to be the best match of the four and required extra time before Toodles Woolhouse put Wednesday 3-2 up and into the semi finals. Derby were also expected to beat Blackburn in the other all top flight quarter final but again the form book was torn up as Haydock scored a hat-trick for Rovers in a comfortable 4-1 win to take them to their second consecutive semi final. Neither of the two second division sides managed to book a semi final place on quarter final day though. Liverpool were outclassed at Bolton where Dickenson scored twice in a 3-0 win. Notts County did make it into the hat though when ' Daniel Bruce's goal earned a 1-1 draw against local rivals Nottingham Forest, Mcinnes scoring for the reds. McInnes scored again in the replay but Notts County took their second top flight scalp and the local pride when Bruce netted a brace followed by goals from Sam Donnelley and Jimmy Logan in an emphatic 4-1 win.
     Both semi finals provided chances for one of the sides to gain a bit of cup revenge for previous semi final defeats. Notts County had lost to Blackburn in the semi final ten years earlier but there seemed little chance of them gaining any revenge at Bramall Lane in their semi final meeting this time. First division clubs seemed to hold no fear for County however and Rovers became their third top flight victim of the campaign when Harry Daft scored the only goal to make County the first club from division two to reach the final. Meanwhile at Fallowfield in Manchester, the scene of last years final, Bolton were bidding to gain revenge for their semi final defeat by Sheffield Wednesday four years earlier. Again it was the underdog who won through as Bentley scored both Bolton's goals in a 2-1 victory, Toodles Woolhouse netted Wednesday's consolation.


 Goodison Park was always one of the leading grounds in the Country and the organisers of the final had little difficulty with crowd control as thirty-seven thousand fans took their seats for the final between favourites, Bolton and underdogs, Notts County.  The two clubs were on course to meet in the league test matches as Bolton were fighting with Preston to avoid the
third from bottom position in division one while County were on course to finish third in division two. As it was, Bolton won their fight against finishing third bottom and County were due to meet Preston for a place in the top flight instead. With hindsight the Bolton fans must have been hugely relieved at that outcome after witnessing this final. More canny fans among the spectators took note that although County were a second division side, they had all the cup final experience in their ranks with John Hendry, Harry Daft, Alfred Shelton and club captain David Calderhead all returning from the beaten 1891 side. By contrast Bolton had no previous experience in their side and surprisingly also found themselves out numbered in the International experience of the two sides with just club captain Jones of Wales and keeper John Sutcliffe of England up against three England and three Scotland internationals for County.
     Never before or since has the underdog so dominated a final as County did this one against Wanderers. Right from the kick off the Magpies made it clear that they had no intention of  being cautious as many of the press had suggested they should be, and it wasn't long before Bolton found themselves having to defend in numbers. The breakthrough came after eighteen minutes when Logan fed Arthur Watson who made no mistake in beating Sutcliffe from close range. Eleven minutes later and it was Logan again who tormented the Wanderers defence when he was left unmarked to double County's advantage. Bolton were by this stage all over the place but they survived until half time at two goals down, although County should have had the game well won by the interval. Bolton looked as though they could muster a fightback as they started the second half as the better side but time and again the forward line were stopped in their tracks long before getting a sight of George Toone's goal. It wasn't long before County began to regain the upper hand and the cup was wrapped up in a three minute spell midway through the second half. James Logan found himself with a clear sight of goal in the sixty-seventh minute to virtually seal the victory and just three minutes later he became only the second player in history to bag a cup final hat-trick. Bolton set out to try and re-establish some pride in the last twenty minutes and curiously enough they played some of their best football during the final period. County could be forgiven for taking their foot off the gas, considering they were four goals to the good but even when they did concede a consolation goal from Jim Cassidy three minutes from time there was a large slice of luck involved. George Toone came out to meet a Bolton attack only to slip while attempting to clear and leave Cassidy with one of the easiest cup final goals of all time. To their eternal credit Bolton were first to applaud their opponents but it has to be said that their dressing room after the game resembled a battlefield dressing station with one player swathed in bandages, another bleeding from a head wound, another barely able to walk and a fourth being violently sick. Worse still is the fact that only the head wound was picked up during the game, the others had started the match in their described conditions.
     The County team returned to Nottingham to a heroes reception as the first club from outside the top flight to win the cup but the season ended on a disappointing note four weeks later when County were easily beaten 4-0 by Preston in their promotion test match. Had they won that game and gained promotion, the club may well have gone on to other successes but it wasn't to be. County have enjoyed few highs since March 31st 1894. They did finish in the top five in the league in 1899 and 1901 and reached the semi finals of the cup in 1922 but that was as good as it got for the fans who saw them win the cup. That gave County the unwanted record of being the only club still in existance in 2000 to have won the cup in the nineteenth Century and not returned in the twentieth Century to win it again. Their fans will no doubt hope that in 2022 they are not marking the Centenary of their last semi final appearance.

Other notes
Notts moved into the West Kirby Hotel on Monday March 26th. The team then travelled from West Kirby to Liverpool by train on the Saturday morning.
Hat-trick hero Jimmy Logan tragically died just two years later, in 1896, of pneumonia at the age of twenty five.

FA Cup winners medal 1894 - Notts County
Winners medal 1894

Notts' FA Cup Results
Wednesday 8th March 1922
Afternoon kick off at Villa Park

FA Cup Quarter-final Replay

Aston Villa 3
Walker 1
Kemp (og) 18
Dickson 47

Notts County 4
Chipperfield 8
Hill 9
Widdowson 85
Cook 113


Attendance :- 40,161

Aston Villa
Colours:- Claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, White shorts, Claret socks
League Position:- 3rd/22 in the top tier
Manager:- George Ramsay

1.   Tommy Jackson
2.   Tommy Smart
3.   Tommy Weston
4.   Frank Moss
5.   Frank Barson
6.   George Blackburn
7.   Richard York
8.   Billy Kirton
9.   Ian Dickson
10. Billy Walker
11. Billy Dorrell

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- 9th/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Albert Fisher

1.   Albert Iremonger
2.   Bill Ashurst
3.   Tommy Gibson
4.   Billy Flint
5.   Norman Dinsdale
6.   Haydn Kemp
7.   Joe Daly
8.   Jack Cook
9.   Alf Widdowson
10. Harold Hill
11. Jimmy Chipperfield

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Notts Serve It Up All Hot
Foolish Appeal Costs Villa the Game
Contemporary match report
The Notts County and Aston Villa meetings in the Fourth Round of the English Cup have been rich in sensations. It will be recalled that in the first game, at Nottingham, Chipperfield, the County left winger, made the score two goals all with only a minute to go, and in the replay at Villa Park yesterday, the Second Division team, by scoring seven minutes before the end of extra time, gained a great victory by 4 goals to 3. The score was 2-2 at half-time, and 3-3 after ninety minutes, and a second replay seemed certain when the Villa defenders committed the unpardonable mistake of stopping play and appealing when they considered Cook to be in an offside position. Cook took his chance like a master, and the Villa were down and out.

Except that Gibson played at left back instead of Marriott in the visiting team, the elevens were the same as at Nottingham. In spite of the treacherous pitch the game opened at a great pace, and the Villa were a goal up within a minute. York was tripped by Gibson and Walker headed in following the free kick. The Notts forwards played with any amount of dash and for a time had the Villa defence in a tangle. Chipperfield equalised after a brief bout of passing, and in the next minute another dash ended in Hall giving Notts the lead - It was lack of decision on the part of Jackson that led to Hill's goal as Smart was endeavouring to hold up the forward, the goalkeeper made no attempt to get to the ball however till Hill was close in. Dickson then ran right through the Notts County defence, but his shot from close range struck a post. On the whole, Notts were having slightly the better of the play, their forwards were fast and forceful and the defenders robust and clever. The Villa forwards settled down eventually and raided the Notts goal. Iremonger ran out to intercept a pass and failed to clear, Kemp dashed up and in a desperate effort to retrieve his colleague's error put the ball in his own goal. Four goals in twenty minutes was thrilling enough, but both defences were forced to make desperate clearances in the succeeding play - so good was the attacking work of the forwards. Kirton missed a glorious chance when York, who was playing superbly, centred square across the goal. Notts, who had a fairly stiff breeze behind them, then had most of the play, Chipperfield and Hill being a very dangerous left wing, but the score was still 2-2 at the interval.

The game slowed down considerably in the second half, and with the wind behind them, the Villa forced matters. From a long drive by Moss, Iremonger tipped the ball over the bar and following the corner kick Dickson headed in two minutes after the re-start. The Villa half-backs refused to be hustled as in the first half, and feeding their forwards nicely, they claimed a large share of the credit for turning the game in favour of their side. The Villa, in short, appeared to have the game won, but Notts played doggedly on, though the chances seemed all against them. With only five minutes to go they gained a corner, and Widdowson headed the equalising goal.

In the first half of extra-time there was an incident on which opinions differed. From a centre by Daly, Chipperfield headed against the upright and the ball dropped in the mud, which had obliterated the goal-line. Jackson was helpless, but Smart cleared, and strenuous appeals by the Notts men for a goal were disregarded by the referee. The Villa forced several corners towards the close, but the defence of Notts was too good for them, and seven minutes from time, when a draw seemed certain, Cook broke through. The Villa defence stood still, making a vain appeal for offside, while the inside right ran close in and sealed the issue. Notts deserved their success. Though their front line was not so polished as that of Villa, they were more effective and their backs were much superior to the Villa pair. Iremonger kept goal brilliantly, and was a prominent figure in the match.

Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 25th March 1922
3pm kick-off at Turf Moor, Burnley

FA Cup Semi-final

Huddersfield Town 3
Mann 2
Smith 50
Stephenson 53

Notts County 1
Hill 14

HT 1-1

Attendance:- 46,323

Huddersfield Town
Colours:- A change strip of Dark coloured shirts, White shorts, Dark coloured socks
League Position:- 16th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Herbert Chapman

1.   Sandy Mutch
2.   James Wood
3.   Sam Wadsworth
4.   Charlie Slade
5.   Tom Wilson
6.   Billy Watson
7.   George Richardson
8.   Frank Mann
9.   Ernie Islip
10. Clem Stephenson
11. Billy Smith

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with a black chevron, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- 12th/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Albert Fisher

1.   Albert Iremonger
2.   Bill Ashurst
3.   Frank Marriott
4.   Billy Flint
5.   Norman Dinsdale
6.   Haydn Kemp
7.   Joe Daly
8.   Jack Cook
9.   Alf Widdowson
10. Harold Hill
11. Horace Henshall

Notts made it all the way to the FA Cup Semi-finals in 1922 but they did it the hard way, requiring a replay in every single round. The Magpies knocked out West Bromwich and Aston Villa, playing in front of over 40,000 at both The Hawthorns (a 1-1 draw) and Villa Park (where County won a Quarter-final replay 4-3). Ahead of the semi-final it was reported that Notts were doubtful that goalkeeper Albert Iremonger would be able to play, he was ultimately passed fit but his selection probably did cost Notts the first goal at least.

Contemporary match report
Huddersfield Town won their match in the Semi-final Round of the F.A.Cup competition at Burnley, on Saturday, by three goals to one. They thus will appear at Stamford Bridge in the Final Tie on April 29, as they did two years ago. Turf Moor is a well appointed enclosure in hilly, open country, and 46,000 people watched the match which was played on a gloriously fine, fresh afternoon. Although the weather was so agreeable, however, for the spectators, it largely influenced the result. Choice of ends was an important matter, and Notts County, who gained this, fell to the temptation of first playing with the wind, while the sunshine was only a slight handicap to their opponents. In the second half of the game the sun shone direct in the eyes of the Notts men. The effect was at once noticeable. Play that had gone evenly now became wholly favourable to Huddersfield Town. In eight minutes a level-score was turned to one of three to one - as it remained to the end. Outclassed in every detail, Notts County could not pull themselves together as they had done after a wretched start; and the match, that had promised to produce plenty of excitement all through, ended very quietly.
The Huddersfield team began with openings for the famous left-wing, W.H. Smith and C. Stephenson - of Aston Villaís victorious eleven in 1920. A centre by Smith went to Mann, who headed in. The ball lacked force; in fact it just rolled along the level turf in the way any goalkeeper would meet calmly in ordinary circumstances. But the veteran Iremonger,  however, hesitated, and then missed the ball with a half-hearted kick. Unexpected and undeserved, this goal, two minutes from. the start, did not show Huddersfield to be a great match-winning force, for an obvious opportunity to overwhelm a shattered side was allowed to slip by. Notts County recovered, their defence settled down, and the forwards played a quick, bustling game that proved effective because the rival defence blundered almost as badly as their own had done.
Daly a very smart outside right, quite the best of the Notts forwards, seemed to have kicked too hard past Wadsworth, who thought to watch the ball cross the goal-line. Instead Daly kept the ball in play, compelling Mutch to leave his charge. Promptly; Daly centred, and Hill headed into the open goal.
In less than a quarter of an hour both sides had been presented with a goal. For the next half an hour there was scarcely an attack by either side worthy of success. Long shots at the Huddersfield goal and a few charges showed that Notts County would have been rare finishers could they have got the better of the Huddersfield defence. Mutch did what was necessary in good style, and then the change of ends brought out the difference in ability between the sides. In five minutes Smith had taken a pass from Islip and making a little ground rapidly, had put in the ideal cross shot, low with much power behind it. Iremonger was helpless. Again, from a centre by Richardson, Stephenson controlled the ball, shaped as if. to pass out to Smith, but instead, swung round and shot hard into the net with his left foot. With the sun shining in their faces, and kicking against the wind, Notts County had lost the match in eight minutes.

Further notes:
The final saw Huddersfield win the FA Cup for the first time, beating Preston North End 1-0 with a penalty. The following year's final would be the first to be staged at Wembley. Note that photographs reveal County to be wearing chevron shirts for this Semi-final which presumably were the white coloured shirts with black chevrons as worn as the regular strip from 1923/24. The Mirror reported that Huddersfield's opening goal was one of the luckiest ever seen, with Ernie Islip miss-heading the cross which slithered to Mann to toe-poke over the line. The 37 year old keeper Albert Iremonger may have been taken by surprise, or perhaps hadn't recovered enough from whatever had threatened to rule him out of the game to attempt a dive, but for whatever reason he bizarrely tried to kick the ball away and completely missed. Notts should also have been awarded a penalty for handball at 3-1 down by a referee who was otherwise far too eager to blow for free-kicks. County did recover from this semi-final disappointment and won the 2nd tier title the following season......

Saturday 5th May 1923
3:30pm kick-off at Upton Park

2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

West Ham United 0

Notts County 1

HT 0-1

Estimated attendance :- 26,000

West Ham United
Colours:- Claret shirts with Sky Blue sleeves, White shorts, Claret socks
League Position:- before match 1st/22, final position 2nd/22
Manager:- Syd King

1.   Tommy Hampson
2.   William Henderson
3.   John Young
4.   Sydney Bishop
5.   George Kay
6.   Jack Tresadern
7.   Dick Richards
8.   William Brown
9.   Victor Watson
10. William Moore
11. Jimmy Ruffell

Notts County
Colours:- Black and White (possibly white shirts with a black chevron, black shorts and socks)
League Position:- before match 3rd/22, final position 1st/22
Manager:- Albert Fisher

1.   Albert Iremonger
2.   Bill Ashurst
3.   Horace Cope
4.   Billy Flint
5.   Norman Dinsdale
6.   Jack Wren
7.   Bob Platts
8.   Joe Cooper
9.   Donald Cock
10. Harold Hill
11. Lew Price

Top three going into the match (2 points for a win, 2 clubs promoted)
                     P   GA  Pts
1. West Ham United  41  1.70  51
2. Leicester City   41  1.55  51
3. Notts County     41  1.32  51

This extraordinary final day fixture of the 1922/23 season not only decided the destiny of the championship trophy, but also both promotion places. Going into the game, Notts, West Ham and Leicester City were all tied up on an equal number of points in the top three places. County had the disadvantage of having the most inferior goal average of the three, as well as being away to promotion/championship rivals. Leicester were away to 9th placed Bury, who had nothing to play for other than finishing a few places higher, so Notts knew that they needed at least a draw and probably a victory to go up. The actual championship trophy was probably the last thing on the County players' minds as this would require Notts winning and Leicester slipping up. A week earlier, West Ham had lost the first ever FA Cup final to be held at Wembley Stadium, losing 2-0 to Bolton Wanderers.  Notts goalkeeper Albert Iremonger was playing his first match since 10th February.

Championship Match at Upton Park
Contemporary match report

The match between West Ham United and Notts County, at Upton Park on Saturday, attracted a record crowd of spectators, in spite of the overpowering heat. The match was a vital one for both teams, for upon the result depended not only the Championship of the Second Division of the League, but the question of  promotion to the First Division. Saturdayís game was played at a fast pace, but most of the players seemed to suffer from over excitement, and the play generally was not of a very high standard. West Ham United lost by the only goal of the match, and deservedly so. They frittered away many good chances to score in the first half, and the opposing defence covered up too well for them during the second period of the game. The shooting on both sides was erratic, the home forwards being the principal offenders in this respect. Fortunately for West Ham, Leicester City were beaten by Bury, so that the London team go up into the First Division next season owing to their fractional superiority on goal average.
As soon as the game was started, the home forwards got away, but Moore, who was nicely placed about five yards out from goal, shot straight at the goalkeeper, who scrambled the ball out of danger after a terrific melee. West Ham continued to control the game generally, but finished badly. The best effort of the day came when Watson eluded both the opposing backs and sent in a rising shot which just went over the crossbar. Just before the interval the Notts County right wing took the ball down the field at great speed and, taking advantage of a momentary lack of understanding between the West Ham backs, Cock tipped the ball to Hill, who drove the ball into the net out of Hampsonís reach. West Ham tested Iremongerís capabilities and resource fairly severely after this, and the half-time whistle must have come as a welcome relief.
Afterwards there was a lot of play in midfield, the Notts County half-backs putting up a very sturdy defence. Dinsdale, in the centre, repeatedly broke up promising movements initiated by Watson, the West Ham centre-forward. On the few occasions the home forwards did get through they found the visitorsí goal too well covered, and Iremonger had little difficulty in clearing the few straight shots which came to him. The pace was kept up wonderfully throughout, and West Ham were always trying for the equalizing goal, but time arrived without any further score.
The home forwards were better than those of their opponents, Watson being the most dangerous forward on the field. Their passing, however, was not always good and their shooting left much to be desired. The home half-backs played below their usual form and fed their forwards badly. Henderson and Young played soundly at back, with the exception of the one lapse which probably lost West Ham the Championship. Hampson in goal had little to do and had no chance to save the one goal which was scored against him. The Notts County forward line did not combine particularly well, but they were more dangerous than their opponents in front of goal. Flint, Dinsdale and Wren gave a magnificent exhibition of half-back play, and it was chiefly due to their efforts, combined with the sound support of the backs, and Iremonger in goal, that they obtained the Championship of the Division.

Other result affecting the top three
Bury 2 Leicester City 0

Top three of the final table (2 points for a win, 2 clubs promoted)
                     P   GA  Pts
1. Notts County     42  1.35  53 P
2. West Ham United  42  1.66  51 P
3. Leicester City   42  1.48  51

Saturday 13th October 1923
3:15pm kick-off at White Hart Lane

Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Tottenham Hotspur 1
Elkes 2

Notts County 3
Cooper 5
Cock 30
Hill 48

HT 1-2

Estimated attendance :- 35,000

Tottenham Hotspur
Colours:- White shirts, Dark Blue shorts, Dark Blue socks
League Position:- before match 7th/22, after match 10th/22
Manager:- Peter McWilliam

1.   George Maddison
2.   Thomas Clay
3.   Matthew Forster
4.   Bertram Smith
5.   Charles Walters
6.   Arthur Grimsdell
7.   Frederick Walden
8.   Jimmy Seed
9.   Willie Sage
10. Albert Elkes
11. Jimmy Dimmock *off injured 25

Notts County
Colours:- Black & White stripes may have been the change strip at the time
League Position:- before match 2nd/22, after match 2nd/22
Manager:- Albert Fisher

1.   Albert Iremonger
2.   Bill Ashurst
3.   Ralph Cornwell
4.   Lacky McPherson
5.   Norman Dinsdale
6.   Haydn Kemp
7.   Joe Daly
8.   Joe Cooper
9.   Donald Cock
10. Harold Hill
11. Bob Platts

1923/24 was the first of three seasons in the top flight for Notts after they had won the 2nd tier title the previous term. Attendance's were still only being estimated at the time, but assuming they were all reasonably accurate - this was the biggest crowd Notts played in front of this season. The County 11 included the legendary keeper Albert Iremonger who made "an astonishing save". Notts were in 2nd place at the time and the win saw them close the gap with leaders Cardiff City to one point.

Notts County at Tottenham
Contemporary match report

Notts County, playing fast and exceedingly strenuous football, beat Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday by three goals to one. Tottenham Hotspur were again unfortunate in the matter of accidents, Dimmock slipping a cartilage when he was not even playing the ball, and being carried off the field. This happened after the game had been in progress for twenty-five minutes and Dimmock, of course, took no further part in the game. The score, it should mentioned, was 1-1 at this period, with Notts County having the best of the game. Earlier on, however, Seed had been injured, and he was limping and slow for the rest of the match. As it happened, Tottenham Hotspur could not have won the match, but if Seed had been sound they might have scored again before Dimmock injured himself.

The match started with a thrill. At the end of two minutesí play Walden dribbled down the right wing and lobbed a perfect centre across the goal mouth. Iremonger came out of goal to fist away, but Seed got to the ball first and headed it on to Elkes who scored. A few minutes later a mistake by Forster let in Cooper, who scored from close in off a neat pass from Cock. This was a case when winning the choice of ends was so important: a bright sun was shining in the face of the Tottenham Hotspur defence, and Forster apparently looked straight into the sun and was temporarily blinded. Play was fast and level for a time, the Tottenham Hotspur half-backs feeding the left wing consistently after Seed had been lamed. Dimmock and Elkes played good football before the accident to the former player, Elkes being particularly good. After half-an hourís play Cock broke through in the centre, just beat Clay and Forster for pace, and shot on the run from close in; it was a fine shot to finish off a fine individual effort. Seed shot over the bar shortly afterwards and just before half-time McPherson hit the crossbar with a very long shot, Cock shooting over as the ball came back to him off the bar. With a minute to go Smith broke through and shot, but Iremonger fisted the ball out at the expense of a corner.

Three minutes after the  interval Cock charged down a kick, went on, and sent in a hard shot; Maddison did wonders to stop the ball at all; unfortunately for him, however, the ball bounded away to Hillís foot, and Hill had no difficulty in scoring from a few yards out. Leading by three goals to one, and playing against only 10 men, Notts County were almost certain to win. Tottenham Hotspur, however, played fine sporting football in the last half-hour. Grimsdell and Smith, Grimsdell in particularly, undertook roving commissions, and both of them were quite frequently up in the forward line. One of Grimsdellís efforts gave Sage a chance; he drew the right back cleverly and passed to Elkes, who put in a fine hard shot towards the corner of the net, Iremonger's enormous reach enabled him to get his left hand to the flying ball, and he brought off an astonishing save. Walden worked very hard on the right wing, but Kemp, the Notts County left half-back, showed very great pace, and it was never possible for Walden to cut inside and go for an individual goal. Notts County again showed themselves a strong, fast, and resolute side. All their forwards were to be commended for going straight, wasting the minimum of time, and shooting straight. On the dayís play Cock was the best footballer on the ground.

Saturday 3rd December 1949
2:15pm kick off at The City Ground

3rd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Three South

Nottingham Forest 1
Capel 87

Notts County 2
Lawton 28
Broome 81

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 37,903
Referee:- Mr J. W. Toploss (Grimsby)

Nottingham Forest
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 2nd/22, after match 3rd/22
Manager:- Billy Walker

1.   Harry Walker
2.   Geoff Thomas
3.   Jack Hutchinson
4.   Johnny Anderson
5.   Horace Gagar
6.   Jack Burkitt
7.   Freddie Scott
8.   Jack Love
9.   Wally Ardron
10. Tommy Capel
11. Gordon Kaile

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 1st/22, after match 1st/22
Manager:- Eric Houghton

1.   Roy Smith
2.   Tommy Deans
3.   Norman Rigby
4.   Harry Chapman
5.   Bill Baxter
6.   Harry Adamson
7.   Frank Broome
8.   Jackie Sewell
9.   Tommy Lawton
10. Billy Evans
11. Tom Johnston


Nottingham, Saturday

When two clubs meet who are next to each other in the same division of the Football League and whose grounds are little more than a stone's throw apart, one could perhaps sympathise if tempers became frayed during their game. No such thing happened here today in Nottingham Forest' s match with Notts County. Robust, fair tackles were seen in plenty, but infringements were surprisingly few and the referee, Mr J. W. Toploss, helped towards this by handling well what might easily have been a difficult game.

Supporters of the Forest team possibly were somewhat disappointed that their favourites were defeated 2-1, but would no doubt admit that the better side won. Notts County always looked to have the extra polish and finish in their movements. Their forwards were the more dangerous on attack, they had an efficient if not excellent defence, but the real difference between the teams was that Lawton was so obviously leading his men, whereas Forest often appeared individually good but did not combine so well as a team. Forest had their chances, but Love headed well over the bar with only the goalkeeper to beat before a goal had been scored, and early in-the second half Ardron missed a glorious chance of equalising when he shot straight at Smith from point-blank range.

At the start of the game each side attacked in turn. Forest opened with an attack on the right, Deans cleared with a long downfield kick, a shot by Lawton was blocked, and then Broome marred a promising move by getting offside. A free kick for a foul on Anderson was diverted for a corner. Soon afterwards Ardron evaded Baxter before he beat Deans cleverly with a change of speed, and it was from his centre that Love headed over the bar. Gradually, however, the County got on top. Lawton had a sound understanding with his inside right, Sewell, and though perhaps not quite so fast as he was some little time ago, he showed that he is still a power to be reckoned with. He brought balls under his control regardless of how he received them, and his sense of positioning himself, particularly for corner kicks, was masterful. This surely can never have been seen to belter effect than when he scored his side's first goal. Walker had conceded a corner from a shot by Lawton. Broome took it and placed it well : the centre forward met it in the middle of his forehead from the far side of the goal, and this time Walker had no chance.

Notts County again attacked after the interval, but Forest' s defence had tightened up and it was the home side who nearly, and should have, scored. Ardron 's speed took him to the full-back from a move which began near midfield, but then he performed almost the impossible by shooting straight at Smith from only about three yards ' range. The credit for County's second goal was again Lawton's. He received the ball wide on the right, controlled it easily, beat Hutchinson with the minimum or effort, and when challenged by another defender coolly tapped it across the goal to Broome : the outside left could hardly have failed to score. Capel then scored for Forest from a neat pass by Love, and though County tired towards the end and their opponents attacked strongly, it was too late.

Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 19th February 1955
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

FA Cup 5th Round

Notts County 1
Broadbent 50

Chelsea 0

Attendance :- 41, 457
Referee: J.H. Clough (Bolton)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & White striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- 4th/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- George Poyser

1.   Gordon Bradley
2.   Aubrey Southwell
3.   Tommy Deans
4.   Harry Adamson
5.   Leon Leuty
6.   Tom Johnston
7.   Gordon Wills
8.   Ron Wylie
9.   Jimmy Jackson
10. Tot Leverton
11. Albert Broadbent

Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Black socks
League Position:- 5th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Ted Drake

1.   Chick Thomson
2.   Peter Sillett
3.   Stan Willemse
4.   Ken Armstrong
5.   Stan Wicks
6.   Derek Saunders
7.   Eric Parsons
8.   Johnny McNichol
9.   Roy Bentley
10. Les Stubbs
11. Frank Blunstone

Notts beat the side who would be crowned top flight champions a few months later to progress into the FA Cup Quarter-finals. The match was played on a bitterly cold afternoon with the pitch being covered in snow and sand. Notts dominated the 1st half, attacking almost without pause, but they did have to clear off their own goal-line on 40 when Blunstone attempted to chest the ball in. County took the lead early in the 2nd half, a long square centre from Adamson was flicked on by Jackson and Broadbent found the net with a shot from 20 yards out. Chelsea then pressed hard for the equaliser and County had to play with 10 men for ten minutes when Jackson went off injured, but they managed to hold out and the final whistle was greeted with a pitch invasion.

Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 12th March 1955
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

FA Cup Quarter-final

Notts County 0

York City 1
Bottom 78

Attendance :- 47,310

Notts County
Colours:- Black & White striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- 8th/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- George Poyser

1.   Gordon Bradley
2.   Aubrey Southwell
3.   Tommy Deans
4.   Harry Adamson
5.   Leon Leuty
6.   Tom Johnston
7.   Gordon Wills
8.   Ron Wylie
9.   Jimmy Jackson
10. Tot Leverton
11. Albert Broadbent

York City
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Black socks
League Position:- 6th/22 in the 3rd tier North

1.   Tommy Forgan
2.   Ernie Phillips
3.   George Howe
4.   Gordon Brown
5.   Alan Stewart
6.   Ron Spence
7.   Billy Hughes
8.   Arthur Bottom
9.   Norman Wilkinson
10. Sid Storey
11. Billy Fenton

Contemporary match report
With a single goal, scored 13 minutes from time, York City reached the semi-final of the FA Cup for the first time in their history at the expense of the more fancied Notts County, at Nottingham on Saturday. Theirs has been the success story of this yearís competition and much as one would like to see a further instalment of their gallantry reach its climax at Wembley Stadium, such a possibility must surely be improbable. In fact, on their showing on Saturday, it was difficult to understand how either side had survived so long and merely adds strength to the contention that the weather has been the great leveller this year. The first 20 minutes of the game unquestionably belonged to York City and they might conceivably have opened the scoring in the third minute when Deans slipped in the tackle to give Wilkinson a clear run down the right wing; Fenton, however, hesitated
in his centre and the moment was lost. A corner, immediately afterwards, was poor consolation, but at the tenth minute York City did force the ball into the net only for Storey to be rightly adjudged offside. At the other end Notts County retaliated, but Forgan did well to save a shot diverted by a defender by changing direction when off balance. These were but isolated incidents in a first half more notable for its restrictive than constructive play. From the half-hour Notts County had shown greater control of the game and with the resumption sustained their pressure, for Forgan was called upon to save from Leverton at close range, and Wylie, their most effective forward, before they, in their turn, were to score an offside goal. At the sixtieth minute, however, York City struck back when Wilkinson broke clear on the right for Hughes to force Bradley into a great save at the expense of a corner. This move was followed by a move of equal worth at the other end when Jackson set Broadbent free to cut inwards along the bye-line and Wylie tested Forgan from the back pass. But with 13 minutes remaining there came a fatal moment for Notts County. Wilkinson was fouled on the right, Storey's shot from Hughesís free-kick was blocked, the ball ran on to Bottom and he scored from close range.

This was Notts' first appearance in the Quarter-finals for 33 years (1922), the other teams in the last 8 being top flight clubs Sunderland, Wolves, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Manchester City plus 2nd tier Birmingham City, and so 2nd tier Notts were handed the most favourable tie -  a home fixture against 3rd Division North opponents York City, though it should be noted that York had knocked out 1953 winners Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in the 3rd round and defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the last 16. Notts, however, had  just knocked out Chelsea, who would go on to win the league title this season, and so the Magpies really ought to have secured what would have been the 2nd of two appearances in the FA Cup semi-finals in the 1900's. County probably wouldn't have made it to the Wembley final had they defeated York, as they would have had to face either Newcastle, Sunderland or Manchester City in the semi-finals, but who knows? History could have been very different (Forest reached the final four years later which kick-started their then most successful spell in the top flight in the 1960's). The attendance of 47,310 was County's record home attendance, and indeed the biggest crowd ever seen at a football match either side of the river in Nottingham at the time.

Saturday 22nd February 1969
3pm kick off at Layer Road

4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Colchester United 1
Gibbs 67

Notts County 1
Butlin 53

Attendance :- 6,612
Referee:- R Johnson

Colchester United
Colours:- White shirts with thin blue stripes, Blue shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 4th/24
Manager:- Dick Graham

1.   Tony Macedo
2.   Dennis Mochan
3.   Brian Hall
4.   Roger Joslyn
5.   Dave Bickles
6.   Brian Wood
7.   Owen Simpson
8.   Jim Oliver
9.   Danny Light
10. Brian Gibbs
11. Terry Dyson

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- ?All gold with black trimmings?
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after match 20th/24
Manager:- Jack Wheeler

1.   Graham Smith
2.   Bob Worthington
3.   Dennis Oakes
4.   Ron Farmer
5.   Dave Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Brian Bates
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Barry Butlin
10. Don Masson
11. Keith Pring

Sub not used

Anglia Television recorded this fixture for extended Match of the Week highlights broadcast in the ITV East region only on Sunday at 3:55-4:45pm. It was the first time a Notts match had been covered by ITV.
See Notts on the Box 1968/69 for details.


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