Notts County FC 1970/71
Match Line-ups & Details


The 4th tier clubs for season 1970/71


New to the 4th tier this season
Relegated clubs: Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, Southport, Barrow and Stockport County
Promoted clubs: Cambridge United
*Cambridge United had been elected into the football league in place of Bradford Park Avenue. Bournemouth were changing levels for the very first time since being elected into the 3rd tier South in 1924. Stockport, Southport and Barrow had all been relegated after three seasons in the 3rd tier having all gone up together in 1967.


Saturday 1st August 1970
Pre-season friendly

Notts County 1
Sheffield Wednesday 2

HT 1-1

Notes:
On 16th July it was reported that Notts had agreed a £25,000 fee with Peterborough United for their striker Jim Hall, but the deal fell through. The previous day (15th July) Notts had signed Reading keeper Roy Brown.


Tuesday 4th August 1970
Pre-season friendly

Notts County 1
Masson

Leicester City 2
Farrington
Brown

HT 1-0


Friday 7th August 1970
Pre-season friendly

South Shields 0
Notts County 0


Monday 10th August 1970
Pre-season friendly

Sutton Town 0
Notts County 3

Notes:
Notts in local action at Priestsic Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield. 'Town' were renamed Ashfield United after they moved to Kirkby-in-Ashfield in 1992 but then folded 5 years later. A new club called Sutton Town was formed in 2007.


Saturday 15th August 1970
3pm kick off at Bootham Crescent

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

York City 0

Notts County 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 4,476

York City
Colours:- Claret shirts, White shorts, Claret socks
League Position:- First game of the season, had finished 13th/24 in 1969/70
Manager:- Tom Johnston

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- First game of the season, had finished 7th/24 in 1969/70
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   John Hobson
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Notes:
County kicked off their 7th consecutive basement league campaign at Bootham Crescent, and, as with all of those previous seasons, Notts failed to win their opening fixture (something they hadn't now managed to do for 9 years). Bill Brindley made his Notts league debut having signed from Nottingham Forest in the summer for £5,000.



Wednesday 19th August 1970
7:30pm kick off at Villa Park

v
League Cup 1st Round

Aston Villa 4
Anderson 19
McMahon 25
Rioch 35
Hamilton

Notts County 0

HT 3-0

Attendance :- 17,843
Referee:- John Lewis

Aston Villa
Colours:- Claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- 4th/24 in the 3rd tier
Manager:- Vic Crowe

1.   John Dunn
2.   Mick Wright
3.   Charlie Aitken
4.   Brian Godfrey
5.   George Curtis
6.   Lew Chatterley
7.   Pat McMahon
8.   Bruce Rioch
9.   Andy Lochhead
10. Chico Hamilton
11. Willie Anderson

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- 16th/24 in the 4th tier
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs *
7.   John Hobson  Sent Off 32
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: Geoff Ball *

Notes:
John Hobson was sent off on 32 after a goalmouth clash with Villa defender Charlie Aitken, but Notts were already 2-0 behind by that stage and the contest was effectively over three minutes later when Rioch drove in Villa's 3rd goal from a free-kick.


Saturday 22nd August 1970
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 3
Crickmore
Barker
Barker

Barrow 1
Garbett

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 5,826

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 16th/24, after match 6th/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   David Needham
6.   Mick Jones
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Barrow
Colours:- ?Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks?
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after match 19th/24
Manager:- Don McEvoy

Team to be added


Saturday 29th August 1970
3pm kick off at The Recreation Ground

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Aldershot 0

Notts County 1
Nixon

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 8,689

Aldershot
Colours:- All red
League Position:- before match 11th/24, after match 18th/24
Player/Manager:- Jimmy Melia

1.   Dave Hollins
2.   Richard Walden
3.   Joe Jopling
4.   Len Walker
5.   Jimmy Giles
6.   Ray Dean
7.   Ronnie Walton
8.   Tony Priscott
9.   Jack Howarth
10. Jimmy Melia
11. John Sydenham

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 6th/24, after match 2nd/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore *

Sub: John Hobson *

Notes:
On Thursday 27th it was reported that Notts were close to bringing early 1960's goalscoring hero Tony Hateley back to Meadow Lane. Chairman Jack Dunnet said; "As long ago as 28th May I agreed terms with Hateley at Meadow Lane, having previously agreed terms with Birmingham chairman Clifford Coombes. We have never lost our interest in the player and having heard today that he is now for sale we are ready to reopen negotiations." Hateley was currently the most expensive player in England with his transfer trail between various clubs currently adding up to £400,000. Meanwhile, at Aldershot, Notts would have won more comfortably had it not been for an acrobatic display by Shots keeper Dave Hollins.


Wednesday 2nd September 1970
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 5
Barker
Barker
Needham
Crickmore
Nixon

Crewe Alexandra 1
Morrissey

HT 3-0

Attendance :- 6,463

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   David Needham
6.   Mick Jones
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Richie Barker *
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: John Hobson *

Crewe Alexandra
Colours:- All red with white trim
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after match 19th/24
Manager:- Ernie Tagg

Team to be added


Saturday 5th September 1970
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 2
Bradd
Masson

Southend United 1
Best

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 9,025

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   David Needham
6.   Mick Jones
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   John Cozens *
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: John Hobson *

Southend United
Colours:- ?Blue shirts, Blue shorts, Change socks?
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after match 21st/24
Manager:- Arthur Rowley

Team to be added

Top six after the win against Southend (2 points for a win)
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Notts County      5  3.67   9
2.  Northampton Town  5  1.80   9
3.  Bournemouth & BA  5  2.33   8
4.  Southport         5  2.20   7
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5.  York City         5  1.50   7
6.  Darlington        5  1.40   7

Notes:
John Cozens, a £7,000 buy from Hillingdon Borough last month, made his league debut. John Hobson came on as a sub for what turned out to be his final action for County, he left at the end of the season.


Saturday 12th September 1970
3pm kick off at Layer Road

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Colchester United 2
Gibbs 40
Crawford 89

Notts County 3
Stubbs 25
Barker 27
Bradd 79

HT 1-2

Attendance :- 4,285

Colchester United
Colours:- Blue shirts, Blue shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 13th/24, after match 15th/24
Manager:- Dick Graham

1.   Graham Smith
2.   Brian Hall
3.   John Gilchrist
4.   Brian Owen
5.   Brian Garvey
6.   John Kurila
7.   Bobby Cram
8.   Brian Gibbs
9.   Ken Jones
10. Ray Crawford
11. Mick Mahon

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 2nd/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: Mick Jones

Notes:
A 5th consecutive league win for the Magpies in what was their best post-war start to a season. The Official History book doesn't list a sub for Notts, but the Colchester United online database lists Jones as coming on for Oakes.


Saturday 19th September 1970
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 0

Brentford 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 10,281

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 3rd/24, after match 2nd/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Brentford
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after match 22nd/24
Manager:- Frank Blunstone

Team to be added

Notes:
The first meeting of Notts and Brentford since Jimmy Sirrel had left the Bees to manage the Magpies the previous November. Brentford had been looking good for promotion at the time Sirrel left but were now next-to-bottom of the league. Following an appeal by the Notts chairman for more support, a five figure gate turned out for a County home game for only the 2nd time since the Magpies had been relegated to the 4th tier in 1964, but Brentford managed to hold out for a draw with keeper Chick Brodie their man of the match.


Wednesday 23rd September 1970
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 2
Barker 27
Nixon 86

Newport County 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 8,445

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 2nd/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Newport County
Colours:- ?Orange shirts, Black shorts, Orange socks?
League Position:- before match 24th/24, after match 24th/24
Player/Manager:- Bobby Ferguson

Team to be added

Notes:
Newport had made the worst possible start to the season, losing all of their opening seven league fixtures. Unbeaten County were expected to win with ease but the visitors frustrated Notts. Richie Barker headed Notts into a half-time lead, yet victory was not sealed until four minutes from time.


Saturday 26th September 1970
3pm kick off at St James Park

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Exeter City 0

Notts County 1
Barker

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 6,093

Exeter City
Colours:- Red & white striped shirts, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 10th/24, after match 12th/24
Manager:- Johnny Newman

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used


Wednesday 30th September 1970
7:15pm kick off at Victoria Park

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Hartlepool 2
Young 21
Crook 36

Notts County 1
Bradd 83

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 2,772

Hartlepool
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue & white hooped socks
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after match 18th/24
Manager:- John Simpson

1.   Des McPartland
2.   Tony Bircumshaw
3.   Malcolm Dawes
4.   John Gill
5.   Bill Green
6.   Les Crook
7.   Ron Young
8.   Tony Parry
9.   Nick Sharkey
10. Malcolm Clarke
11. Harry Kirk

Sub: George Herd

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore *

Sub: Mick Jones *

Notes:
Notts' nine match unbeaten start to the league campaign comes to an end.


Saturday 3rd October 1970
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 2
Bradd
Masson

Workington 2
Martin
Martin

HT 1-2

Attendance :- 7,474

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 2nd/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd *
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: Mick Jones *

Workington
Colours:- ?Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks?
League Position:- before match 16th/24, after match 17th/24
Manager:- Brian Doyle

Team to be added


Saturday 10th October 1970
3pm kick off at Blundell Park

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Grimsby Town 2
Boylen
Brace

Notts County 1
Nixon

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 5,482

Grimsby Town
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after match 16th/24
Manager:- Bobby Kennedy

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 3rd/24, after match 3rd/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used


Saturday 17th October 1970
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 2
Barker
Barker

York City 1
Johanneson

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 7,690

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 3rd/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

York City
Colours:- ?Claret shirts, White shorts, Claret socks?
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after match 10th/24
Manager:- Tom Johnston

Team to be added

Top six after the win against York
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Bournemouth & BA 13  2.10  20
2.  Chester          13  2.18  19
3.  Notts County     13  1.92  19
4.  Southport        14  1.73  18
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5.  Northampton Town 12  1.67  18
6.  Oldham Athletic  14  1.36  18

Notes:
York's goal was scored by the South African and former Leeds United winger Albert Johanneson. Goalkeeper Roy Brown made his Notts debut having signed for the club in the summer.


Wednesday 21st October 1970
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 3
Crickmore (pen)
Nixon 58
Masson 73

Darlington 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 6,285

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Darlington
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 8th/24, after match 10th/24
Manager:- Len Richley

Team to be added

Notes:
Darlington's Peter Carr gifted Notts two goals, first giving away a penalty when he intercepted a cross into the box with his hands - Charlie Crickmore hammered in the spot kick. On 58 Carr then made a mess of a backpass and Jon Nixon was able to nod in for 2-0. Don Masson cracked in a 30-yarder for 3-0, a result that sent Notts back to the top of the table.


Saturday 24th October 1970
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 2
Needham
Crickmore

Oldham Athletic 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 10,028

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Oldham Athletic
Colours:- ?Orange shirts, Blue shorts, Orange socks?
League Position:- before match 6th/24, after match 6th/24
Manager:- Jimmy Frizzell

Team to be added


Saturday 31st October 1970
3:15pm kick off at The Old Showground

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Scunthorpe United 0

Notts County 1
Masson

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 5,801

Scunthorpe United
Colours:- All red
League Position:- before match 9th/24, after match 12th/24
Manager:- Ron Ashman

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd *
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: Dennis Oakes *

Notes:
A day before this match, former Notts front man Tony Hateley returned to the club from Birmingham City for a fee of around £20,000. The two clubs had been in negotiations for several months. Hateley didn't play at Scunthorpe but would be in the side for the big home game with promotion rivals Northampton Town the following week.


Saturday 7th November 1970
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 1
Nixon

Northampton Town 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 21,012

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Tony Hateley
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Northampton Town
Colours:- White shirts with two horizontal claret bands on the front of the shirt, White shorts, Claret socks
League Position:- before match 2nd/24, after match 2nd/24
Manager:- Dave Bowen

Team to be added

Top six after the win against Northampton
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Notts County     17  2.50  27
2.  Northampton Town 16  1.82  23
3.  Bournemouth & BA 17  1.65  23
4.  Oldham Athletic  18  1.31  23
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5.  Southport        18  1.38  22
6.  Chester          17  1.61  21

Notes:
Since leaving Notts in the summer of 1963, Tony Hateley had played for Aston Villa, Chelsea and Liverpool, becoming nationally renowned for his aerial ability - the best of his era in that respect, and so his return to Meadow Lane was huge deal for Notts, their most significant signing since Tommy Lawton 23 years earlier. Notts were expecting a crowd of around 15,000 but 21,012 turned up (County's biggest league gate in a decade) to see the top two 4th tier sides in action. It was a frustrating afternoon for Hateley who scooped an easy chance wide from close-range, but Notts came out on top with a 2nd half winner by Jon Nixon.


Wednesday 11th November 1970
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 0

Lincoln City 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 10,276

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Tony Hateley *
9.   Richie Barker
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: Les Bradd *

Lincoln City
Colours:- ?Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks?
League Position:- before match 13th/24, after match 14th/24
Manager:- Bert Loxley

Team to be added

Notes:
Former Notts player Bert Loxley was the Imps manager and his goalkeeper, John Kennedy, was in brilliant form to keep Notts out. Tony Hateley, in his 2nd appearance following his return, was subbed late in the 2nd half and was absolutely furious. Lincoln almost snatched a winner when Rod Fletcher drew out Watling but there was nobody to reach his cross in front of an open goal.


Saturday 14th November 1970
3pm kick off at Haig Avenue

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Southport 0

Notts County 2
Hateley
Hateley

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 3,392

Southport
Colours:- All amber
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after match 8th/24
Manager:- Alex Parker

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Notes:
Tony Hateley scored his first goals since returning to the club and Notts kept their 6th consecutive clean sheet, a club record.


Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 21st November 1970
FA Cup
1st Round

Notts County 1
Crickmore (pen)

Port Vale 0

HT 0-0

Attendance:- 15,965

Notts County
Watling, Brindley, Worthington, Jones, Needham, Stubbs, Nixon, Barker, Hateley, Bradd, Crickmore
Sub not used

Port Vale
Team to be added

Notes:
Notts made it seven consecutive clean sheets.


Saturday 28th November 1970
3pm kick off at London Road

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Peterborough United 1
Garwood

Notts County 1
Hateley

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 7,116

Peterborough United
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 13th/24, after match 12th/24
Manager:- Jim Iley

1.   Mick Drewery
2.   Frank Noble
3.   John Duncliffe
4.   Ollie Conmy
5.   John Wile
6.   Brian Wright
7.   Bobby Moss
8.   Laurie Sheffield *
9.   Jim Hall
10. Colin Garwood
11. Bob Turpie

Sub: Tommy Robson *

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley *
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Les Bradd
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: Dennis Oakes *

Notes:
Notts conceded their first goal in 8 matches. Posh boss Jim Iley said afterwards; "It was the best Fourth Division match I've ever seen. What a great game! It was all-out action stuff right from the start. I think the lads did enough to win, but Notts County really made it a match worth watching."


Saturday 5th December 1970
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 2
Crickmore (pen)
Hateley

Bournemouth & B.A. 1
MacDougall

HT 2-1

Attendance :- 11,711

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Geoff Ball
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Les Bradd
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Bournemouth & B.A.
Colours:- ?Red & black striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 3rd/24, after match 4th/24
Manager:- John Bond

Team to be added

Top six after the win against Bournemouth
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Notts County     21  2.50  33
2.  Northampton Town 21  1.61  29
3.  Oldham Athletic  22  1.33  29
4.  Bournemouth & BA 21  1.67  28
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5.  Darlington       21  1.76  27
6.  Southport        22  1.41  26

Notes:
The beginning of a tense early 1970's rivalry with John Bond's Bournemouth. Bond was furious after the game; "Our striker Ted MacDougall was spat at by a County player, then as he went for the ball he had two fingers pushed in an eye. On the way home he could still not see properly out of the eye. County's tactics seemed to be to hang on by any means. I had tremendous respect for Jimmy Sirrel, County's manager. I thought he had done a great job. I have now lost that respect..... It saddens me to think that any team has to play the way they did." Jimmy Sirrel said; "We are the best team in the division and this is proved on the field."


Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 12th December 1970
FA Cup
2nd Round

Bury 1
Jones 1

Notts County 1
Nixon 77

HT 1-0

Attendance:- 6,968

Bury
Ramsbottom, Eccleshare, Tinney, Robson, Allen, Tinsley, Connelly, Rudd, G. Jones, White, Grundy
Sub not used

Notts County
Watling, Ball, Worthington, M.Jones, Needham, Stubbs, Nixon, Barker, Hateley, Bradd, Crickmore (Oakes)

Notes:
The Guardian reporter at the game noted that "County had two main tactics - long, high passes upfield, so that their six-footers could dominate in the air; and a persistent off-side trap which advanced so far that it almost reached the half-way line and when Tommy White threw away the ball in disgust when he thought he had been adjudged offside once too often, he had his name taken." Bury scored in 8 seconds of the game starting, Bradd kicked off, Rudd intercepted, Jones ran on to his long pass and shot in from 20 yards out. Then Bury had the chance to go 2-0 up when Nixon brought down Grundy in the area, but Watling dived and caught the former Manchester United winger John Connelly's penalty. At the other end Notts were awarded a direct free-kick inside the area, but made a hash of it. County eventually equalised on 77 via a long pass out of defence and Bradd heading across for Nixon to find the net.


Wednesday 16th December 1970
FA Cup
2nd Round Replay

Notts County P
Bury P

Notes:
Midweek fixtures had recently been called off due to power cuts and the ban on the use of floodlights. Some games did go ahead this week but County's cup replay with Bury was postponed.


Saturday 19th December 1970
3:15pm kick off at Holker Street

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Barrow 1
Russell

Notts County 2
Hateley
Bradd

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 2,672

Barrow
Colours:- White shirts, Blue shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after match 23rd/24
Manager:- Don McEvoy

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Geoff Ball
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Les Bradd
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Notes:
The last league meeting of Barrow and Notts, Barrow were voted out of the Football League in 1972.


Notts' FA Cup Results
Monday 21st December 1970
FA Cup
2nd Round Replay

Notts County 3
Hateley 3
Crickmore 35
Needham

Bury 0

HT 2-0

Attendance:- 15,508

Notts County
Watling, Ball, Worthington, Jones, Needham, Stubbs, Nixon, Barker, Hateley, Bradd, Crickmore (Oakes)

Bury
Team to be added

Notes:
The 3rd round draw promised the winners of this replay a trip to Leicester City. The attendance for this Monday night match against Bury (re-arranged from the previous Wednesday) was higher than Forest's Saturday home gate against Ipswich in the top flight! Bury had scored in the opening minute in the drawn match at Gigg Lane and almost did the same at Meadow Lane, hitting the crossbar, but within two minutes Tony Hateley headed in a free-kick. On 35 Hateley stepped over Nixon's low cross allowing the ball to run on to Crickmore whose shot could only be helped into the net by the keeper for 2-0. In the 2nd half David Needham headed in Notts' 3rd goal to guarantee an East Midlands derby at Filbert Street and the Magpies' first appearance in the 3rd round for nine years. The Bury keeper's misery was complete when a dog ran on to the pitch and ran away with his gloves.


Saturday 26th December 1970
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 4
Needham
Bradd
Needham
Jones

Cambridge United 1
Hollett 19

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 15,722

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Geoff Ball
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Richie Barker
10. John Cozens *
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: Dennis Oakes *

Cambridge United
Colours:- ?All white with amber & black trim?
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after match 17th/24
Manager:- Bill Leivers

Team to be added

Notes:
The first ever meeting, in any competition, of Notts and Cambridge United. The Magpies were without Tony Hateley (who was ill with flu) and trailed at the break, but they came storming back in the 2nd half by putting non-stop pressure on the Cambridge goal. Three of County's goals came from corners. Jimmy Sirrel said; "We have been working on these dead-ball situations." Mick Jones scored the first league goal of his career.


Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 2nd January 1971
3pm kick off at Filbert Street

v
FA Cup 3rd Round

Leicester City 2
Brown
Partridge

Notts County 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 33,770

Leicester City
Colours:- ?Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks?
League Position:- 1st/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Frank O'Farrell

Colin Mackleworth
Steve Whitworth
John Sjoberg
David Nish
Graham Cross
Willie Carlin
Bobby Kellard
Malcolm Partridge
Ally Brown
John Farrington
Len Glover

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- 1st/24 in the 4th tier
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Geoff Ball
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Les Bradd
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Notes:
Notts were originally scheduled to play away at Stockport County in the league on this date. Instead County were involved in their first FA Cup 3rd round tie since welcoming Manchester City to Meadow Lane in 1962, but they lost to the 2nd tier league leaders. Meanwhile The Sunday Times reported that disillusioned supporters of Nottingham Forest, who had not won a match since 10th October, were chanting "Notts County" in the Trent End ahead of their cup tie with Luton Town.


Saturday 9th January 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 3
Barker 16, 85
Hateley 48

Hartlepool 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 11,540

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Geoff Ball
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Hartlepool
Colours:- ?Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue & white hooped socks?
League Position:- before match 22nd/24, after match 22nd/24
Manager:- John Simpson

1.   Des McPartland
2.   Tony Bircumshaw
3.   Malcolm Dawes
4.   John Gill
5.   Bill Green
6.   Alan Goad
7.   Malcolm Clarke
8.   Norman Lees
9.   Nick Sharkey
10. Ralph Wright
11. Ron Young

Sub not used

Notes:
Notts came into 1971 still unbeaten at home this season and stretched the home league lossless run to 15 games.


Saturday 16th January 1971
3pm kick off at Feethams

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Darlington 2
Gordon
Harding

Notts County 3
Hateley
Albeson (og)
Albeson (og)

HT 1-2

Attendance :- 5,096

Darlington
Colours:- White shirts with a three black hooped chest band, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 6th/24, after match 6th/24
Manager:- Len Richley

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Geoff Ball
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore *

Sub: Dennis Oakes *

Notes:
A 5th successive league win (with the help of two own goals by Brian Albeson) and Notts were now unbeaten in 13 league fixtures.


Saturday 23rd January 1971
3:15pm kick off at Sealand Road

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Chester 2
Loyden
Tarbuck

Notts County 1
Edwards (og)

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 5,835

Chester
Colours:- All sky blue
League Position:- before match 9th/24, after match 7th/24
Manager:- Ken Roberts

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Richie Barker *
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: Dennis Oakes *

Notes:
County's unbeaten run of 13 matches comes to an end.


Saturday 30th January 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 6
Masson
Bradd
Needham
Hateley
Hateley
Hateley

Peterborough United 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 9,440

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson *
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: Richie Barker *

Peterborough United
Colours:- ?Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks?
League Position:- before match 10th/24, after match 11th/24
Manager:- Jim Iley

1.   Mick Drewery
2.   Frank Noble
3.   John Duncliffe
4.   Brian Potts
5.   Chris Turner *
6.   Brian Wright
7.   Bobby Moss
8.   Colin Garwood
9.   Jim Hall
10. David Pleat
11. Bob Turpie

Sub: Tommy Robson *

Notes:
Peterborough's Chris Turner had to go to hospital following a collision with Tony Hateley who went on to complete a hat-trick, something no Notts player had done since 23rd January 1965 (when Derek Pace scored three against Doncaster Rovers).


Saturday 6th February 1971
3pm kick off at Dean Court

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Bournemouth & B.A. 1
Boyer 82

Notts County 1
Hateley 11

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 15,431

Bournemouth & B.A.
Colours:- Red & black striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 4th/24
Manager:- John Bond

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Top six after the draw at Bournemouth
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Notts County     28  2.62  44
2.  Oldham Athletic  30  1.49  42
3.  Northampton Town 29  1.56  40
4.  Bournemouth & BA 29  1.77  39
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5.  Chester          28  1.31  34
6.  Darlington       29  1.26  32

Notes:
The Daily Express report noted that this match produced a foul every two and a half minutes; "The result could have been called fair if anyone could attach the word 'fair' to this nasty ill-tempered game." The report also stated; "Nineteen fouls were given against the Nottingham side which has recently been critisised by several opposition managers for rough tactics." Cherries boss John Bond said; "I don't mind who knows it, as far as I'm concerned Notts County's tactics are disgraceful. They just stopped every move by breaking the rules. The tragedy is that the real victims were the public. More than 15,000 came to see a game of football, not a clogging battle." Jimmy Sirrel said; "We were unlucky. I thought Jon Nixon's 57th minute goal, ruled offside, was quite valid. I don't know what all the fuss is about. It was a hard game, that's all." Barry Watling saved a penalty to help Notts earn the point, it was one of five successive penalty saves by the Notts keeper.


Saturday 13th February 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 2
Bradd
Nixon

Chester 1
McHale

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 10,545

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Chester
Colours:- ?All sky blue?
League Position:- before match 5th/24, after match 6th/24
Manager:- Ken Roberts

Team to be added


Saturday 20th February 1971
3pm kick off at Sincil Bank

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Lincoln City 0

Notts County 1
Masson

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 10,849

Lincoln City
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 18th/24, after match 18th/24
Manager:- Bert Loxley

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon *
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: Richie Barker *


Monday 22nd February 1971
7:30pm kick off at Edgeley Park

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Stockport County 1
Smith

Notts County 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 2,926

Stockport County
Colours:- Blue shirts with thin white stripes, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 13th/24, after match 9th/24
Manager:- Matt Woods

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Notes:
This was a rearranged fixture from 2nd January (when Notts had been involved in the 3rd round of the FA Cup). Stockport's winning goal came mid-way through the 2nd half.


Saturday 27th February 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 3
Masson
Bradd
Crickmore

Scunthorpe United 0

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 10,750

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore *

Sub: Richie Barker *

Scunthorpe United
Colours:- ?All red?
League Position:- before match 16th/24, after match 16th/24
Manager:- Ron Ashman

Team to be added

Notes:
Future England star and European footballer of the year Kevin Keegan was still with Scunthorpe United at this time and probably played in this game as he only missed one league fixture all season. Notts were close to signing Keegan the following summer but he ended up going to Liverpool instead.


Saturday 6th March 1971
3:15pm kick off at Boundary Park

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Oldham Athletic 1
Wood

Notts County 3
Bradd
Hateley
Hateley

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 17,953

Oldham Athletic
Colours:- Orange shirts, Blue shorts, Orange socks
League Position:- before match 3rd/24, after match 4th/24
Manager:- Jimmy Frizzell

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon *
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: Richie Barker *

Top six after the win at Oldham
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Notts County     33  2.67  52
2.  Bournemouth & BA 33  1.75  45
3.  Northampton Town 34  1.44  44
4.  Oldham Athletic  33  1.37  44
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5.  Chester          33  1.26  39
6.  Southport        35  1.20  38

Notes:
The Guardian reported"The league's two highest scoring sides roared into continual attack action. As play rushed into one half, it was as if an invisible rubber band caught it and hurled it back to the other direction, both sides played as if midfields were going out of fashion. Oldham lost because of County's cold blooded use of the offside trap and because they lacked the finishing instinct which Hateley brought to the leaders." Notts led 2-0 before Oldham pulled a goal back, Hateley's 2nd goal sealed the victory.


Tuesday 9th March 1971
7pm kick off at Somerton Park

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Newport County 2
A.Smith 63
Brown 66

Notts County 1
Masson 55

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 2,129

Newport County
Colours:- Orange shirts, Black shorts, Orange socks
League Position:- before match 24th/24, after match 23rd/24
Player/Manager:- Bobby Ferguson

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Notes:
A shock result at Somerton Park as runaway leaders Notts lost at rock bottom Newport County, who recorded only their 4th league win of the season with two goals in four minutes after Masson had put Notts ahead.


Jimmy Sirrel 1971Tony Hateley 1971
Jimmy Sirrel and Tony Hateley interviewed for the 12th March 1971 edition of "ATV Today" (the ITV Midlands news magazine show)


Saturday 13th March 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 3
Masson
Barker
Hateley

Southport 1
Marsh

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 11,182

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd *
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: Richie Barker *

Southport
Colours:- ?All amber?
League Position:- before match 8th/24, after match 9th/24
Manager:- Alex Parker

Team to be added

Notes:
The last league meeting of Notts and Southport (who were voted out of the Football League in 1978, the last club to be demoted from the 4th tier via this method) though County would clash with the 'Port in subsequent cup competitions.


Wednesday 17th March 1971
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 5
Masson
Nixon
Crickmore
Crickmore
Stubbs

Stockport County 1
McMillan

HT 3-0

Attendance :- 10,704

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Stockport County
Colours:- ?Blue shirts with thin white stripes, White shorts, Change socks?
League Position:- before match 11th/24, after match 11th/24
Manager:- Matt Woods

Team to be added

Notes:
Notts made it 20 home league games unbeaten.


Saturday 20th March 1971
3:15pm kick off at The County Ground

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Northampton Town 1
Large

Notts County 1
Hateley

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 11,923

Northampton Town
Colours:- White shirts with two horizontal claret bands on the front of the shirt, White shorts, Claret socks
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 4th/24
Manager:- Dave Bowen

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   Brian Stubbs
6.   Dennis Oakes
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Anglia Television cameras were at this fixture to record extended highlights for screening on the local Match of the Week programme which was broadcast in the ITV East region only on Sunday afternoon at 3:25-4:15pm. ATV (ITV Midlands) also included some of the action as the 2nd game on Star Soccer, shown at 2:15-3:15pm.

Top six after the draw at Northampton
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Notts County     37  2.55  57
2.  Bournemouth & BA 37  1.67  48
3.  Oldham Athletic  37  1.32  47
4.  Northampton Town 37  1.30  46
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5.  Chester          37  1.34  45
6.  York City        36  1.45  44

Notes:
The videotape dubs of the goals from this game at Northampton Town are the oldest surviving examples of a televised Notts match (ie proper highlights, rather than just a report). All existing footage of Notts that pre-dates this fixture is newsreel or cinema film. Although both BBC television channels and several  ITV regions had made the switch to colour by the end of 1969, some smaller region's outside broadcasts were still being recorded in black & white in 1971, hence the monochrome screen grabs avove.


Friday 26th March 1971
7:30pm kick off at Roots Hall

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Southend United 1
Johnson 7

Notts County 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 7,010

Southend United
Colours:- Blue shirts, Blue shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after weekend matches 19th/24
Manager:- Arthur Rowley

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after weekend matches 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Notes:
Southend keeper John Roberts made a string of great saves after the home side had taken an early lead on 7 minutes, which proved to be the winning goal. Notts almost equalised in the last few minutes when the ball bobbled around the goal-line before being booted clear.


Tuesday 30th  March 1971
County Cup Semi-final

Notts County 0

Mansfield Town 1
D.Roberts

Attendance:- 11,147

Notts County
Watling, Brindley, Worthington, Jones, Stubbs, Oakes, Nixon, Cozens, Hateley, Masson, Crickmore
Sub: ?

Mansfield Town
Arnold, Pate, Walker, Stenson, Boam, Saunders, Derrick, R.Roberts, D.Roberts, Jarvis, Jones
Sub: ?

Notes:
The Stags went on to win the final v Forest (1-0) in May at the City Ground.


Saturday 3rd April 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 3
Crickmore
Masson
Hateley

Aldershot 0

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 8,747

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore *

Sub: Richie Barker *

Aldershot
Colours:- ?All red?
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after match 17th/24
Manager:- Jimmy Melia

Team to be added


Thursday 8th April 1971
7:15pm kick off at Borough Park

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Workington 0

Notts County 1
Barker

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 2,986

Workington
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 10th/24, after match 10th/24
Manager:- Unknown caretaker

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Notes:
The last ever meeting of Notts and Workington (who were voted out of the Football League in 1977), played on Thursday night rather than Good Friday (when most of the other 4th tier fixtures took place). The Notts team was flown to the ground from Castle Donington, which was something of a novelty at the time and made for a report on the local ITV news service.


Saturday 10th April 1971
3pm kick off at Abbey Stadium

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Cambridge United 2
Harris
Hollett

Notts County 1
Hateley

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 6,935

Cambridge United
Colours:- All white with amber & black trim
League Position:- before match 19th/24, after match 18th/24
Manager:- Bill Leivers

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Top seven after the defeat at Cambridge
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Notts County     41  2.47  61
2.  Bournemouth & BA 41  1.71  53
3.  Oldham Athletic  41  1.39  53
4.  York City        40  1.62  52
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5.  Chester          41  1.34  50
6.  Northampton Town 41  1.14  49
7.  Colchester Utd   39  1.50  48

Notes:
A minor setback for Notts in their first league visit to Cambridge United on Easter Saturday, but they could now seal promotion with a win at Meadow Lane in the bank holiday Monday fixture.


Monday 12th April 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 4
Hateley 2, 9, 66
Masson 72

Colchester United 0

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 14,084

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   Dave Needham
6.   Dennis Oakes
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Colchester United
Colours:- ?Blue shirts, Blue shorts, Change socks?
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after match 7th/24
Manager:- Dick Graham

1.   Brian Sherratt *
2.   Micky Cook
3.   Brian Hall
4.   John Gilchrist
5.   Brian Garvey
6.   John Kurila
7.   Ray Whittaker
8.   Ray Crawford
9.   Brian Gibbs
10. Ken Jones
11. Mick Mahon

Sub: Eric Burgess *25

Top seven after the win against Colchester
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Notts County     42  2.59  63 P
2.  Bournemouth & BA 41  1.71  53
3.  York City        41  1.61  53
4.  Oldham Athletic  42  1.32  53
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5.  Chester          42  1.33  51
6.  Northampton Town 41  1.14  49
7.  Colchester Utd   40  1.36  48

Notes:
An Easter Monday afternoon fixture in which Notts clinched promotion and virtually sealed the championship with a Tony Hateley hat-trick. Colchester keeper Brian Sherratt had to leave the field with concussion and a broken shoulder blade on 25 minutes after a collision with his own player (Brian Garvey) and falling heavily. Outfield player Brian Gibbs then took over in goal with the U's already 2-0 down and made some fine saves.


Saturday 17th April 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 1
Masson 65

Grimsby Town 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 12,182

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   Dave Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Grimsby Town
Colours:- Change kit
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after match 20th/24
Manager:- Bobby Kennedy

Team to be added

Notes:
The 11th home league win on the bounce secured the league title and Notts now had just one remaining game at Meadow Lane with which to maintain a lossless home league record throughout the entire campaign. Yet some supporters still voiced their disapproval of today's performance. Bob Worthington said; "We've got the championship and still there are a lot of people not satisfied. It wasn't a great game but, after such a fine season, we were due for a bad one. The fans should have given us more encouragement."


Saturday 24th April 1971
3:15pm kick off at Griffin Park

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Brentford 2
Cross
Graham

Notts County 2
Crickmore
Hateley

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 9,299

Brentford
Colours:- Red & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 13th/24, after match 13th/24
Manager:- Frank Blunstone

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   Dave Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon *
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: Richie Barker *

Notes:
Jimmy Sirrel returned to Griffin Park as manager of Notts County for the first time since leaving Brentford in November 1969. Bournemouth & BA and Oldham Athletic both secured promotion today to join Notts in moving up to the 3rd tier next season.


Wednesday 28th April 1971
7:30pm kick off at Gresty Road

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Crewe Alexandra 1
Bowles

Notts County 2
Bradd
Masson

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 4,222

Crewe Alexandra
Colours:- All red with white trim
League Position:- before match 11th/24, after match 11th/24
Manager:- Ernie Tagg

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   Dave Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Notes:
County's 30th win of the league season, a club record and one that also set a new points record for the 4th Division. Crewe manager Ernie Tagg fumed afterwards; "The Fourth Division will be well rid of Notts County because they are the worst side I have seen for many a day. If it had been at all possible, I would have liked to have given everyone in the crowd their money back. Notts County employed such spoiling tactics against us and I have never heard a slow handclap so much at any game. It was a terrible advertisement for the Division. County didn't want to play football and didn't seem to know how to. All they were interested in was kicking the ball anywhere and employing the offside trap every time it came back into play." Crewe's goal was scored by future QPR legend and England player Stan Bowles. Meanwhile York City secured the final promotion place.


Saturday 1st May 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
4th tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Four

Notts County 1
Hateley

Exeter City 1
Gadston

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 18,002

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, final position 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Dennis Oakes
5.   Dave Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon *
8.   Richie Barker
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub: Richie Barker *

Exeter City
Colours:- Red & white striped shirts, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 10th/24, final position 9th/24
Manager:- Johnny Newman

Team to be added

Final table top six
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Notts County     46  2.47  69 P
2.  Bournemouth & BA 46  1.76  60 P
3.  Oldham Athletic  46  1.40  59 P
4.  York City        46  1.44  56 P
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5.  Chester          46  1.25  55
6.  Colchester Utd   46  1.30  54

Notes:
Notts completed the league season unbeaten at home - something they had never achieved before (or, to date, since). Exeter (whose manager later had a brief period as caretaker boss of Notts in 1988/89) denied County a 12th consecutive home league win, but this failed to dampen the celebrations as Notts received the championship trophy at the end of the game.  Jimmy Sirrel climbed onto the top of the dugout and made a speech into a microphone to the crowd who were now on the pitch. The match turned out to be Dennis Oakes's farwell league appearance in Notts colours, he then left for Peterborough United.


Monday 10th May 1971
Alan Hill Testimonial

Nottingham Forest 4
Notts County 1


Italian Summer Tour Matches

Tuesday 1st June 1971
Rimini 2
Notts County 4

Thursday 10th June 1971
Cesena 1
Notts County 2


For appearance stats, final table and at-a-glance results for season 1970/71 see here


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