Notts County FC 1971/72
Match Line-ups & Details


The 3rd tier clubs for season 1971/72


New to the 3rd tier this season
Relegated clubs: Blackburn Rovers & Bolton Wanderers
Promoted clubs: Notts County, Bournemouth, Oldham Athletic & York City
*Both Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers had dropped into the 3rd tier for the first time in their respective histories. Promoted Notts County had spent seven seasons in the basement division, Bournemouth were making an immediate return to this level having previously spent their entire league history playing in the 3rd tier since 1923, Oldham had needed two campaigns to climb back out of the 4th tier whilst York City had last competed at this level in 1966.


Saturday 31st July 1971
Pre-season friendly

Notts County 3
Bohemian CKD Prague 1

Notes:
The first non-British team to visit Meadow Lane since 1957. On the 23rd July it was reported that Leicester City midfielder Willie Carlin had turned down a move to Notts.


Saturday 7th August 1971
Pre-season friendly

Watford 3
Notts County 3

Att:- : 4,597

Notes:
Notts also played a friendly at Nuneaton Borough on 12th August but that fixture is not included in the official history books and presumably, being only two days before the opening league game, County fielded their reserves. The Magpies would return to Watford later in the season for an FA Cup tie.


Saturday 14th August 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 4
Mansley
Masson
Stubbs
Hateley

Rochdale 0

HT 4-0

Attendance :- 10,879

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- First game of the season, had just been promoted
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.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Allan Mansley

Sub: Richie Barker *

Rochdale
Colours:- ?Blue shirts, White shorts, Change socks?
League Position:- First game of the season, had finished 16th/24 in 1970/71
Manager:- Dick Conner

Team to be added

Sub not used

Notes:
The Magpies had been unbeaten at home for the entire 1970/71 campaign and they made it 25 league home games undefeated with this 4-0 victory over Rochdale, whose captain Joe Ashworth was sent off (with his side already 4 behind). Allan Mansley made his Notts debut having had a trial at Meadow Lane towards the end of the previous season and having played under Sirrel at Brentford in the 1960's. This was Notts' first opening day victory for 10 years.



Tuesday 17th August 1971

League Cup
1st Round

Orient 1
Lazarus 17

Notts County 1
Nixon 60

HT 1-0

Attendance:- 8 263

Orient
Team to be added

Notts County
Brown, Brindley, Worthington, Stubbs, Cooper, Jones, Nixon, Bradd, Hateley, Masson, Mansley
Sub not used

Notes:
Notts forced a replay against 2nd tier Orient. The Welsh Central defender Terry Cooper, who had arrived from Newport County a year ago,  made his Notts debut having played in the reserves last season.


Saturday 21st August 1971
3:15pm kick off at Saltergate

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

Chesterfield 1
Wilson

Notts County 2
Bradd
Hatetley

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 12,276

Chesterfield
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after match 23rd/24
Manager:- Jimmy McGuigan

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   Terry Cooper
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Allan Mansley *

Sub: Richie Barker *

Notes:
Brian Stubbs had handled the ball in the area in the build up to Chesterfield's equaliser and the home side might have been awarded a penalty instead - Don Masson was booked for arguing the case. Tony Hateley headed in a Masson corner for the winner and Notts were top of the table after two games - Asked if County could stay there through to the end of the season, Jimmy Sirrel said; "It's far too early to talk like that - there's another forty-four games to go. But I must say there are some grounds for optimism. Chesterfield are no pushover for anyone and our victory there was most impressive. Don't forget I've got two players in hospital and we've had other injury problems, so I've been fielding a rather patched-up team."



Wednesday 25th August 1971

League Cup
1st Round Replay

Notts County 3
Hateley 8
Nixon 78
Bradd 84

Orient 1
Bullock 57

HT 1-0

Attendance:- 13,607

Notts County
Brown, Richardson (Barker), Worthington, Jones, Needham, Stubbs, Nixon, Bradd, Hateley, Masson, Mansley

Orient
Team to be added

Notes:
John Richardson, who'd arrived from Derby County, made his Notts debut but had to come off injured and he wouldn't return to the side until the following April. Jon Nixon scored a spectacular goal to put Notts 2-1 up from way out on the right, unleashing a ferocious cross shot which the Orient keeper could only help into the net. Les Bradd then secured Notts a place in the 2nd round of the League Cup for the first time since the 1964/65 season by pouncing on a mix up to hammer in County's 3rd. The official history books give the wrong attendance for this match (missing the number '1' from the front of the gate figure and listing it as only 3,607).  It was now effectively 28 competitive matches undefeated at Meadow Lane, the only home loss recorded since April 1970 had been in the County Cup against Mansfield Town.


Saturday 28th August 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Hateley

Bolton Wanderers 2
R.Hunt
R.Hunt

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 15,658

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Geoff Ball
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. Allan Mansley *

Sub: Richie Barker *

Bolton Wanderers
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 14th/24, after match 8th/24
Manager:- Jimmy Armfield

Team to be added

Notes:
County's first home league defeat in 16 months came as a result of two 2nd half goals scored by former Liverpool forward Roger Hunt (a member of England's World Cup winning team in 1966 and the closest England player to the ball when it bounced down off the crossbar in extra-time, Hunt immediately turned away to celebrate the controversial goal that was given by the linesman to make it 3-2). This was Notts' first league clash with Bolton since 1934/35, although the clubs had since met in the FA Cup in 1953. Jimmy Sirrel summed up; "We just didn't play as well as we have been doing."


Monday 30th August 1971
7:30pm kick off at Vale Park

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

Port Vale 0

Notts County 3
Hateley
Masson
Bradd

HT 0-2

Attendance :- 5,298
Referee:- John Yates (Redditch)

Port Vale
Colours:- All white with black trim
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after midweek matches 17th/24
Manager:- Gordon Lee

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Yellow shirts, Navy shorts, Yellow socks?
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after midweek matches 3rd/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.   Tony Hateley  Sent Off 84
10. Don Masson
11. Allan Mansley

Sub not used

Notes:
Tony Hateley was sent off for tripping Clinton Boulton from behind, he was initially booked but the referee - after walking away - then turned back and sent him off. Both the Port Vale player and Don Masson protested the decision. Hateley said afterwards; "I never even spoke to the ref, I only asked the Vale player if he was OK."


Saturday 4th September 1971
3pm kick off at Fellows Park

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

Walsall 1
Manning

Notts County 2
Hateley
Hateley

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 6,780

Walsall
Colours:- White shirts, Red shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after match 20th/24
Manager:- Bill Moore

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 3rd/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.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Allan Mansley *

Sub: Richie Barker *



Wednesday 8th September 1971

League Cup
2nd Round

Notts County 1
Bradd 49

Gillingham 2
Wilks 15
Watson 50

HT 0-1

Attendance:- 12,650

Notts County
Brown, Brindley, Worthington, Jones, Needham, Stubbs, Nixon (Barker), Bradd, Hateley, Masson, Mansley

Gillingham
Shearing, Parmenter, Peach, Galvin, Williams, Quirke, Tydeman, Knight, Wilks, Watson, Yeo
Sub not used: K.Hill

Notes:
After knocking out 2nd tier opposition, Notts' first League Cup 2nd round tie for 7 years ended in defeat to a 4th tier club. Stubbs was at fault for the first goal on 15, with time to clear he allowed Wilks to steal and race on to drive wide of Brown. Les Bradd equalised by heading in a cross from Mansley shortly after the break, but Gillingham restored their lead within a minute - Tommy Watson caught the County defence flat footed and made it 2-1.


Saturday 11th September 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Mansley

Shrewsbury Town 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 13,328
Referee:- Keith Walker (Ashford)

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.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Mick Jones
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd *
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Allan Mansley

Sub: Richie Barker *

Shrewsbury Town
Colours:- ?All blue with amber trimmings?
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after match 12th/24
Manager:- Harry Gregg

Team to be added

Top six after the win against Shrewsbury (2 points for a win)
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Notts County      6  3.25  10
2.  Swansea City      6  8.00   9
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3.  Bournemouth       6  2.75   9
4.  Bolton Wanderers  5  3.00   8
5.  Aston Villa       5  2.00   7
6.  Halifax Town      5  1.75   7

Notes:
After turning down a move to Notts pre-season, the 30 year old midfielder Willie Carlin (formerly of Sheffield United and Derby County) finally joined the Magpies from Leicester City for £18,000 on Tuesday 7th and made his debut in this match. The referee was knocked out by a goalkick taken by Roy Brown in the 1st half and had to be taken to hospital.


Saturday 18th September 1971
3pm kick off at The Goldstone Ground

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

Brighton & Hove Albion 1
O'Sullivan

Notts County 1
Needham

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 13,443

Brighton & Hove Albion
Colours:- Blue & white striped shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 9th/24, after match 9th/24
Manager:- Pat Saward

Team to be added

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Mick Jones
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Allan Mansley *

Sub: Richie Barker *

Notes:
Notts keeper Roy Brown was hit on the head by a can thrown from the stands, Brighton were later fined £350 for the incident. Richie Barker made his last appearance for County, he then left for Peterborough United the following week (Barker would return to the club 13 years later for a brief and unsuccessful spell as manager).


Saturday 25th September 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 2
Masson (pen)
Roberts (og)

Bristol Rovers 3
B.Jones
B.Jones
Allen (pen)

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 13,101

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 2nd/24, after match 5th/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Allan Mansley *

Sub: Mick Jones *

Bristol Rovers
Colours:- ?Blue shirts, White shorts, Change socks?
League Position:- before match 8th/24, after match 6th/24
Manager:- Bill Dodgin

Team to be added

Notes:
Bristol Rovers' regular goalkeeper Dick Sheppard hobbled into his manager's hotel room on the morning of the match to tell him that he couldn't play, teenage reserve Allan Clarke (on loan from Charlton) then had to catch a train from Bristol which broke down. A director travelling with the stand-in keeper had to leap out and fetch his car and they only arrived at Meadow Lane just in time for kick-off. Notts were 2-0 up at one stage in the 2nd half but Rovers then staged a magnificent fight back to win 3-2.


Wednesday 29th September 1971
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Masson (pen) 47

Bournemouth 1
MacDougall 43

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 13,342

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 5th/24, after match 3rd/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Allan Mansley *

Sub: Mick Jones *

Bournemouth
Colours:- ?Red & black striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- John Bond

Team to be added

Top six after the draw with Bournemouth
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Bournemouth       9  2.67  14
2.  Aston Villa       9  3.00  13
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3.  Notts County      9  1.89  12
4.  Swansea City      9  1.67  12
5.  Plymouth Argyle   9  1.23  12
6.  Brighton & H.A.   9  1.42  11

Notes:
The first of three successive fixtures against sides in the top 5. Bournemouth had been promoted as runners-up behind Notts the previous season, but were now ahead of County at the top of the table. Ted MacDougall put the visitors ahead in a thrilling match shortly before the break, finding the net from close range after Brown was unable to hold on to a header by Benson. Notts spent most of the game relentlessly pressing forward and were awarded a penalty on 47 when Masson was bundled over by Powell as he chased a Nixon pass into the box. Masson hammered the spot kick past Davies for 1-1. Cherries full-back Kitchener was booked for kicking the ball away, Masson and Powell were both booked for arguing against free kick awards.


Saturday 2nd October 1971
3pm kick off at Vetch Field

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

Swansea City 1
Davies

Notts County 1
Masson

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 9,703

Swansea City
Colours:- All white
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 4th/24
Manager:- Roy Bentley

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 3rd/24, after match 3rd/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.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Willie Carlin

Sub: Terry Cooper *


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

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

Notts County 1
Bradd

Plymouth Argyle 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 11,828

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   John Cozens
10. Don Masson
11. Allan Mansley *

Sub: Mick Jones *

Plymouth Argyle
Colours:- ?Green shirts with white sleeves, White shorts, Green socks?
League Position:- before match 5th/24, after match 8th/24
Manager:- Ellis Stuttard

Team to be added


Saturday 16th October 1971
3pm kick off at Spotland

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

Rochdale 1
Darling

Notts County 1
Bradd

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 4,848

Rochdale
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 14th/24, after match 14th/24
Manager:- Dick Conner

Team to be added

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   John Cozens
10. Don Masson
11. Allan Mansley *

Sub: Mick Jones *

Notes:
Notts played well and deserved to win, but their finishing let them down. Allan Mansley's short-lived career at Notts came to an end with this match, he then left for Lincoln City.


Wednesday 20th October 1971
7:30pm kick off at Ewood Park

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

Blackburn Rovers 0

Notts County 2
Bradd 23, 83

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 6,935

Blackburn Rovers
Colours:- Blue & white halved shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 22nd/24, after match 22nd/24
Manager:- Ken Furphy

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Yellow shirts, Navy shorts, Yellow socks?
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 2nd/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens *

Sub: Mick Jones *

Notes:
Blackburn had never previously played as low as this level and, surprisingly, started the season extremely badly - largely thanks to a poor away record. Les Bradd opened the scoring on 23, picking up a pass out of defence, beating Bryan Conlon and then tempting the keeper Roger Jones off his line before firing into the top corner of the net. Rovers missed good chances to equalise and Bradd then got his 2nd with seven minutes remaining when Jones let a weak shot slide through his arms. Notts came away from their first visit to Ewood Park since 1957 with both points to move back into a promotion place behind Bournemouth.


Saturday 23rd October 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 2
Needham
Needham

Oldham Athletic 0

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 14,419

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham *
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub: Mick Jones *

Oldham Athletic
Colours:- ?Orange shirts, Blue shorts, Blue socks?
League Position:- before match 13th/24, after match 16th/24
Manager:- Jimmy Frizzell

Team to be added

Notes:
With Forest rock bottom of the top tier, The Observer noted that "There's already talk in Nottingham of County facing Forest in the Second Division next season."


Saturday 30th October 1971
3pm kick off at Bootham Crescent

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

York City 0

Notts County 2
Nixon
Hateley

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 8,302

York City
Colours:- Claret shirts, White shorts. Claret socks
League Position:- before match 18th/24, after match 19th/24
Manager:- Tom Johnston

Team to be added

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens *

Sub: Mick Jones *

Notes:
Notts made it ten successive away league games without defeat (or eleven games including the League Cup tie at Orient). The Mirror reported that the York players were unanimous is declaring "County are the best side in the Third division." Tony Hateley made the chance for Jon Nixon to put Notts ahead and headed in the 2nd goal near the end.


Saturday 6th November 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 2
Bradd
Needham

Mansfield Town 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 16,905

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub not used

Mansfield Town
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 24th/24, after match 24th/24
Manager:- Jock Basford

1.   Graham Brown
2.   Sandy Pate
3.   Clive Walker
4.   Ray Harford
5.   John Saunders
6.   Phil Waller
7.   Dave Thompson
8.   Dai Jones
9.   Dudley Roberts
10. Alan Jarvis
11. John Fairbrother

Sub: ?

Notes:
Having done time in the 4th tier, the Magpies had not met Mansfield in the league for 8 years, but the fortunes of the two clubs were now reversing as 2nd placed County recorded a 4th league win on the bounce to leave the Stags rock bottom. Jimmy Sirrel said "The lads worked well to win and we missed chances that would have given us a bigger victory." Mansfield, having won only one match all season and not scored a single goal at home, sacked their manager a few days later (Incredibly, Mansfield wouldn't score a goal at Field Mill until their 10th home league fixture on 18th December).


Monday 8th November 1971
Jack Wheeler Testimonial

Notts County 0
Nottingham Forest 2

Notes:
Trainer Jack Wheeler had been with the club since 1957.


Saturday 13th November 1971
3pm kick off at Villa Park

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

Aston Villa 1
Graydon 32

Notts County 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 37,462
Referee:- C. Fallon

Aston Villa
Colours:- Claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 4th/24
Manager:- Vic Crowe

1.   Tommy Hughes
2.   Brian Tiler
3.   Charlie Aitken
4.   Geoff Vowden
5.   George Curtis
6.   Fred Turnbull
7.   Ray Graydon
8.   Davie Gibson
9.   Andy Lochhead
10. Chico Hamilton
11. Willie Anderson

Sub not used: Jimmy Brown

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon *
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub: Mick Jones *

BBC cameras were at the ground to capture footage for highlights shown that night as one of two games on Match of the Day at 10:35-11:35pm on BBC1. See Notts on the Box 1971/72 for details.

Top six after the defeat at Villa
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Bournemouth      17  2.33  26
2.  Notts County     17  2.33  24
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3.  Rotherham United 17  1.50  23
4.  Aston Villa      17  1.67  22
5.  Swansea City     17  1.46  22
6.  Chesterfield     17  1.67  21

Notes:
This was the first league meeting with Villa since 1925/26 (when Notts had last played in the top tier) although the clubs had met the previous season in the League Cup. The Mirror noted that "Notts County were cruelly unlucky to go down 1-0, they had six shots cleared off the line, David Needham and Tony Hateley hit the woodwork and then Tommy Hughes made a great save from a Don Masson penalty." Jimmy Sirrel said "We played very well but the ball just wouldn't go in for us." Notts' director Lewis Levin said "It was the best 90 minutes I've seen from County in thirty years."The match was watched by the 4th largest crowd of the day, among them 5,000 travelling from Nottingham plus television comedy stars Eric Morecambe and Mike Winters, Eric told a reporter "Best player on the field, that Willie Carlin - Wish we had him at Luton." Mike Winters complained of having a crick in his neck after looking one way at Notts' endless attacks.


Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 20th November 1971
FA Cup
1st Round

Notts County 6
Hateley
Cozens
Bradd
Nixon
Stubbs
Carlin

Newport County 0

HT 3-0

Attendance:- 11,976

Notts County
Brown, Brindley, Worthington, Carlin, Needham, Stubbs, Nixon, Bradd, Hateley, Masson, Cozens
Sub not used

Newport County
Team to be added

Notes:
Newport were a struggling 4th tier outfit coming into this match, so it was no surprise that Notts ran riot after putting the tie beyond the visitors reach by half-time. It was County's biggest win in the FA Cup since Tommy Lawton's 3rd appearance for Notts in the 9-1 demolition of Horsham in 1947. Monday's 2nd round draw gave the Magpies a trip to the winners of the Scunthorpe United v South Shields replay.


Saturday 27th November 1971
3pm kick off at Valley Parade

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

Bradford City 2
C.Hall
Middleton

Notts County 3
Bradd
Cozens
Cooper (og)

HT 0-3

Attendance :- 6,826

Bradford City
Colours:- Amber & claret striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after match 18th/24
Manager:- Bryan Edwards

Team to be added

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon *
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub: Mick Jones *


Saturday 4th December 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 3
Cozens
Cozens
Bradd

Barnsley 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 12,639

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.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley *
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub: Mick Jones *

Barnsley
Colours:- ?Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks?
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after match 23rd/24
Manager:- John McSeveney

Team to be added

Notes:
Notts moved back to the top of the table with this win. Willie Carlin told a reporter; "Carlisle, Derby and Leicester all went up when I was with them and I'm sure Notts will do it too."


Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 11th December 1971
FA Cup
2nd Round

South Shields 1
Bains

Notts County 3
Masson
Cozens
Bradd

HT 1-2

Attendance:- 8 144

South Shields
Team to be added

Notts County
Brown, Brindley, Worthington, Carlin, Needham, Stubbs, Nixon, Bradd, Hateley, Masson, Cozens
Sub not used

Notes:
The original South Shields FC had folded at the end of 1929/30 having finished 7th in the 3rd tier North, they were taken over by Gateshead. The South Shields that Notts faced in 1971 had formed in 1936 and had remained non-league ever since, but they too would fold in 1974 and a 3rd outfit under the South Shields name was formed the same year. This cup tie had an early kick-off time of 2:15pm. The South Shields chairman said after the game "There's no disgrace in losing to the toughest team in the 2nd round", Jimmy Sirrel joked "There is nothing to stop us getting to Wembley this season."


Saturday 18th December 1971
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 3
Bradd
Bradd
Hateley

Walsall 0

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 11,775

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.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub not used

Walsall
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after match 22nd/24
Manager:- Bill Moore

Team to be added

Notes:
The 7th win in 8 league games.


Monday 27th December 1971
3:15pm kick off at The Racecourse Ground

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

Wrexham 1
Ashcroft

Notts County 1
Cozens

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 12,680

Wrexham
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 13th/24, after match 12th/24
Manager:- John Neal

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.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon *
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub: Mick Jones *

Notes:
With Christmas Day falling on a Saturday, this was the only holiday fixture scheduled this year.


Saturday 1st January 1972
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Bradd 80

Brighton & Hove Albion 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 16,401

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.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens *

Sub: Mick Jones *

Brighton & Hove Albion
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 5th/24, after match 5th/24
Manager:- Pat Saward

Team to be added

Top six after the win against Brighton
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Notts County     22  2.60  33
2.  Bournemouth      22  2.20  32
---------------------------------
3.  Aston Villa      22  2.14  32
4.  Swansea City     22  1.76  30
5.  Brighton & H.A.  22  1.43  28
6.  Rotherham United 22  1.42  28

Notes:
Jimmy Sirrel said afterwards; "I rarely talk about other teams, but Brighton impressed me with their performance.... They really made us fight." County kept yet another home clean sheet, the 7th in a row.


Saturday 8th January 1972
3pm kick off at Burnden Park

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

Bolton Wanderers 1
Byrom

Notts County 2
Cozens
Carlin

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 8,380

Bolton Wanderers
Colours:- White shirts, Navy shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 16th/24, after match 19th/24
Manager:- Jimmy Armfield

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Yellow shirts, Navy shorts, Yellow socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   Mick Jones
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub not used

Notes:
Bolton had found it difficult to adapt to the 3rd tier and this defeat sent them tumbling down to 19th, but they soon recovered - finishing 7th. Notts were without the injured centre-back David Needham and he wouldn't return to the side until April.


Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 15th January 1972
3pm kick off at Vicarage Road

v
FA Cup 3rd Round

Watford 1
Wigg 81

Notts County 4
Nixon 35
Cozens 56, 70
Masson

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 13,488

Watford
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Black shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- 22nd/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- George Kirby

Andy Rankin
Keith Eddy
John Farley
Colin Franks
Billy Jennings
Mike Kenning
Walter Lees
Mike Packer
Brian Rowan *
Paul Walker
John Williams

Sub: Ron Wigg *

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 1st/24 in the 3rd tier
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   Mick Jones
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub not used

This match was filmed by British Movietone for a newsreel report screened in cinema's. It is believed to be the last cinema newsreel produced of Notts in action.

Notes:
Although Watford were in the higher division, only one place separated the two clubs and Notts outplayed them, coasting through to the 4th round for the first time in 17 years (when they'd reached the Quarter-finals in 1955). The Magpies were awarded with a trip to Brian Clough's Derby County who were currently 4th in the top flight. Notts had originally been scheduled to play away at Rotherham United on January 15th.


Saturday 22nd January 1972
3pm kick off at Dean Court

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

Bournemouth 2
Boyer 19
MacDougall 23

Notts County 0

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 21,154
Referee:- Clive Thomas

Bournemouth
Colours:- Red & black striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 3rd/24, after match 2nd/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 3rd/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   Mick Jones
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon *
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub: Terry Cooper *

Notes:
Over 21,000 at Dean Court. County conceded twice in the space of 4 minutes in the opening quarter of the match. Ted "Wonder Mac" MacDougall, the local goalscoring hero, hadn't scored in any of the previous 5 games, but headed in the Cherries' 2nd. The defeat was a severe blow for Notts which saw them slip from top spot down to 3rd, whilst Bournemouth climbed above them into 2nd and Villa went top. Jimmy Sirrel said' "Their goals knocked a bit of heart out of us, but we had most of the second half." Cherries boss John Bond said; "Our plan was to contain County's danger men - Don Masson and Willie Carlin, and it worked perfectly." Carlin, clearly ruffled at being crowded, was booked for dissent by ref Clive Thomas, as were Bradd and Jones whilst Masson was booked for a foul. Sub Terry Cooper was taken off with concussion near the end of the match and taken to hospital where he remained overnight.


Saturday 29th January 1972
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Bradd

Blackburn Rovers 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 12,375

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.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   Brian Stubbs
6.   Mick Jones
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub not used

Blackburn Rovers
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 12th/24, after match 13th/24
Manager:- Ken Furphy

Team to be added

Notes:
Like fellow relegated side Bolton, Blackburn Rovers were finding life in the 3rd tier somewhat difficult and Notts recorded a double over them to reclaim a promotion spot. The Magpies kept their 8th consecutive clean sheet at Meadow Lane (inlcuding one FA Cup tie).


Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 5th February 1972
3pm kick off at The Baseball Ground

v
FA Cup 4th Round

Derby County 6
Robson 19
Hector 45
Durban 56, 58, 74
Hinton (pen) 64

Notts County 0

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 39,450
Referee: AE Morrissey (Bramhall)

Derby County
Colours:- White shirts, Navy shorts, White socks
League Position:- 3rd/22 in the top flight
Manager:- Brian Clough

1.   Colin Boulton
2.   Ron Webster
3.   John Robson
4.   Alan Durban
5.   Roy McFarland
6.   Colin Todd
7.   John McGovern
8.   Archie Gemmill
9.   John O'Hare *
10. Kevin Hector
11. Alan Hinton

Sub: Steve Powell *84

Notts County
Colours:- ?Yellow shirts, Navy shorts, Yellow socks?
League Position:- 2nd/24 in the 3rd tier
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   Mick Jones
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub not used: Charlie Crickmore

Local Derby Newspaper Report
by Gerald Mortimer

Derby County, as ruthless as they were supremely skilful, destroyed Notts County in Saturday's FA Cup fourth round tie at the Baseball Ground. Those who had queued, clamoured and pestered for tickets must have expected that the Rams would have to fight all the way. Instead, they won 6-0 and demonstrated that the teams are worlds apart in terms of skill. By half time, when Derby were 2-0 ahead, Notts were already being outplayed. A further four goals in the space of 18 minutes reduced them to utter bewilderment. The Notts defence, disturbed by Brown's obvious fallibility in goal, was taken apart and there was nobody to stick the pieces together again. With no platform on which to build, Carlin, warmly welcomed by the crowd, and Masson could not make any impression in midfield and only Bradd ever remotely threatened Derby. It was a distressing day for Notts and one can only hope that it will not adversely affect their drive for promotion from Division 3. They must, surely, feel that they have more talent than they showed at the Baseball Ground.

The match upset so many forecasts and opinions. The mud, it was thought, would set in Notts' favour. Their physical strength might disrupt Derby County's rhythm. But while the Rams ignored the mud, combining, as if they were playing on the most perfect surface, Notts, because they were always at full stretch, slipped and slithered. And, although Brindley had his name taken, Notts never showed the power that the team's impressive build promised. With Derby County able to find almost unlimited space and to hog possession, the situation was made for the attacking flair of Alan Durban. He scored three goals, the first hat-trick for the Rams since his own against Bristol City in April 1969, and had a hand in the fourth. Durban had no defensive duties to divert him. The Notts defence was pulled out of shape down the flanks and Derby had more clear sights of the goal than they normally see in six months. An urge to attack, an ability to get into scoring positions. These were the qualities required and they are Durban's qualities. It was like Christmas and St. David's Day in one for him. Durban looked so happy that one felt he would have been willing to play wall weekend. But his performance was made possible because the whole team outplayed and outpaced Notts. Better sides than Notts would have wilted. Gemmill had already hit the bar before Derby County went ahead in the 19th minute. Robson and McGovern combined well on the left before the full-back slung over a high centre towards the far post. Brown, who had earlier reacted well to grab the ball in a crowed goal area, was always struggling with this cross and, as he leaped vainly, the ball floated into the far corner.

Notts had two chances to get back into he game. Bradd, after brushing McFarland off the ball, centred low, but Hateley mistimed his shot on the turn. Then Webster somehow managed to wedge the ball between his feet in the penalty area. The game seemed to freeze as everyone tried to locate the ball. Webster discovered it first and the danger was over. There were interruptions to the general progress towards the Notts goal. Only some solid clearances and scuffles on the line kept the score down until the last minute before half-time. O'Hare, who might have shot earlier, was wriggling through when he was upended by a firm tackle. Appeals for a penalty were rejected, but McFarland made sure of a corner. Durban met Hinton's kick, heading solidly downwards, and Hector, swivelling with the flight of the ball, got enough of a touch to defeat Worthington's lunge on the line. Notts came back briefly after the interval, then the Rams annihilated them. Durban began the rush of goals when he chipped a free kick over the wall from the edge of the area in his best falling-leaf style (56). Hinton's centre passed over O'Hare and right across goal to give Durban a clear shot, the ball flicking off Worthington on the way (58). O'Hare, put clear by Hector's delicate handing on of Boulton's punt, was brought down by Brindley. Hinton calmly converted the inevitable penalty (64). The rout was completed when Brown punched out O'Hare's overhead kick and Durban shot first time into the far corner (74). O'Hare was injured by a tackle from Jones, giving Powell the chance to do one thing with consummate ease in the six minutes available to him. A wonderful performance gave the Rams six goals in an FA Cup-tie for the first time since 1946. Then, they beat Luton (away) and Brighton at home 6-0 and (need one add?) went on to win at Wembley.

Notes:
This cup-tie had been selected by ATV as ITV Midlands' main game on the Sunday afternoon Star Soccer programme, but Derby County refused to allow TV cameras into the ground due to a dispute over their appearance fee (£87.50). Notts had originally been scheduled to play Torquay United at home in the league on this date. Derby County were crowned league champions at the end of the season.


Saturday 12th February 1972
2:30pm kick off at Boundary Park

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

Oldham Athletic 0

Notts County 1
Hateley

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 8,621

Oldham Athletic
Colours:- Orange shirts, Blue shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 11th/24, after match 11th/24
Manager:- Jimmy Frizzell

Team to be added

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.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   Brian Stubbs
6.   Mick Jones
7.   Steve Carter *
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub: Jon Nixon *

Notes:
The kick-off was brought forward 30 minutes due to power cuts caused by an ongoing miners strike and picketing of power stations, a state of emergency had been declared on February 9th. The teenage winger Steve Carter had joined from Manchester City for £18,000 and made his Notts debut in this match.


Monday 14th February 1972
3rd tier League fixture

Tranmere Rovers P
Notts County P

Notes:
Called off well in advance due to the power cuts


Saturday 19th February 1972
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 2
Hateley
Bradd

York City 2
Rowles
Lally

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 12,351

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   Brian Stubbs
6.   Mick Jones
7.   Steve Carter *
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub: Jon Nixon *

York City
Colours:- ?Claret shirts, White shorts. Claret socks?
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after match 20th/24
Manager:- Tom Johnston

Team to be added

Notes:
The Notts legend Tony Hateley scored what would turn out to be his last goal for the club. York became the first visiting team to score a goal at Meadow Lane since the end of September (the first in 9 games).


Monday 21st February 1972
3rd tier League fixture

Notts County P
Torquay United P

Notes:
Due to the miners strike and power cuts, this rearranged fixture (from 5th February when Notts were involved in the FA Cup) was called off a week in advance as County would not be able to use their floodlights. The Football League offered Notts the option of playing in the afternoon but they elected to re-schedule the game later in the season.


Saturday 26th February 1972
3pm kick off at Field Mill

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

Mansfield Town 1
R.Roberts

Notts County 1
Bradd

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 16,784

Mansfield Town
Colours:- White shirts, Blue shorts, White socks, Yellow & blue trim
League Position:- before match 22nd/24, after match 22nd/24
Manager:- Danny Williams

1.   Graham Brown
2.   Sandy Pate
3.   Clive Walker
4.   Bobby Roberts
5.   John Haselden
6.   John Saunders
7.   Dave Thompson
8.   Frank Wignall
9.   John Fairbrother
10. Dennis Longhorn
11. Alan Jarvis

Sub: ?

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   Mick Jones
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Steve Carter *
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub: Jon Nixon *

Top six after the draw at Mansfield
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Aston Villa      30  2.38  45
2.  Bournemouth      30  2.17  42
---------------------------------
3.  Notts County     28  2.19  41
4.  Brighton & H.A.  30  1.58  41
5.  Rotherham United 28  1.52  37
6.  Swansea City     29  1.48  37


Saturday 4th March 1972
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 0

Aston Villa 3
McMahon 48, 78
Graydon 62

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 34,208
Referee:- FM Nicholson (Manchester)

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   Mick Jones
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Tony Hateley
10. Don Masson
11. Charlie Crickmore

Sub not used

Aston Villa
Colours:- ?Claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, White shorts, Change socks?
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Vic Crowe

1.   Jim Cumbes
2.   Mick Wright
3.   Charlie Aitken
4.   Bruce Rioch
5.   George Curtis
6.   Fred Turnbull
7.   Ray Graydon
8.   Pat McMahon
9.   Andy Lochhead
10. Ian Ross
11. Willie Anderson

Sub not used

National newspaper report.....
What promised to be an occasion, in front of County‘s biggest crowd for l5 years, deflated into a sharp competent trouncing, which must have affected their hopes of promotion. Villa were superior in every aspect of the game. Rioch and Ross in particular had absolute authority in midfield in front of a solid back line; the Villa forwards constantly worried the slack and sometimes crude County defence. Lochhead did even more in the air than Hateley. Three early lofted free kicks, all taken by Anderson on the left, caused significant disarray in the County defence. In the thirteenth minute Rioch's tackle on Crickmore sent the ball to Anderson, who ran free, but Brown left his goal and blocked the ball. Graydon seized the rebound from his body and passed to Lochhead. His indifferent shot was kicked off the line by Brindley. This was followed by two more goal-line clearances in quick succession. both from Lochhead by Stubbs and Brindley again.

County had little to show: a sliced shot from Worthington, one from Crickmore which went into Villa's net but well after a whistle for hands: and a speculative long shot from Masson. Three minutes after half-time Villa scored the goal they had threatened, and in much the expected manner. Rioch made a great run against County's vulnerable left flank and crossed the ball impeccably. It out-soared the defence and fell to Anderson, who headed it back to McMahon. He nodded the ball with cool aplomb over Brown and into the net. Fourteen minutes and a couple sporadic County attacks later the ball came out from a corner to Rioch. He hooked his shot badly but luckily it went to Graydon moving forward. He stuck out a leg and prodded the ball into the goal with his shin. Crlckmore as late as the seventy-first minute, forced from Cumbes his first save of consequence in the game, and Masson another five minutes later. These attacks were little more than a token however, for in the seventy-eighth minute another Lochhead header earned a corner. Anderson took it, McMahon converted it - as simply as that.

Notes:
With the hugely entertaining televised game with Villa back in November still fresh in the memory and the current league positions promising another afternoon to remember, an enormous crowd turned out for this fixture - the largest Meadow Lane attendance since the 1956/57 season and one that has not been bettered since. Ahead of the game, Notts had carried out safety improvements to the ground - Eight crush barriers had been replaced and many others strengthened. Police had set a crowd limit of 35,000. Sadly, the afternoon was marred by some of the worst  incidents of crowd disorder yet seen at Meadow Lane (and there would be far worse to follow in the coming years). The scoreline also did little to inspire confidence in County's ability to sustain a promotion challenge and the Magpies' results throughout March suggested the team were badly affected by the Villa match as well. The 30 year old Charlie Crickmore made his one and only appearance of the season before taking an early retirement from the game and becoming a fireman.


Wednesday 8th March 1972
3rd tier League fixture

Notts County P
Halifax Town P

Notes:
Presumably another victim of the power crisis, although the striking miners had now returned to work. Bournemouth and Barnsley both went ahead with their scheduled midweek home games but played in the afternoon.


Saturday 11th March 1972
3pm kick off at Home Park

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

Plymouth Argyle 1
Latcham

Notts County 1
Bradd

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 12,157

Plymouth Argyle
Colours:- Green shirts with white sleeves, White shorts, Green socks
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after match 7th/24
Manager:- Ellis Stuttard

Team to be added

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

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   John Hulme
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Willie Carlin
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Steve Carter

Sub not used

Notes:
John Hulme made his Notts debut having arrived on loan from Bolton Wanderers. County were now 6 points behind 2nd placed Bournemouth, but the Magpies did have 3 games in hand.


Tuesday 14th March 1972
7:15pm kick off at Millmoor

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

Rotherham United 2
Ham 75
Gilbert 90+?

Notts County 2
Masson
Cozens 82

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 10,359

Rotherham United
Colours:- All red
League Position:- before match 5th/24, after match 6th/24
Manager:- Jim McAnearney

Team to be added

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

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   Brian Stubbs
6.   John Hulme
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Willie Carlin
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. John Cozens

Sub not used

Notes:
This was a rearranged fixture having been postponed on 15th January due to both sides being involved in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Notts twice led at Rotherham but a defensive blunder in injury time cost them a vital point, Carl Gilbert taking advantage of a mix up to snatch the equaliser.


Saturday 18th March 1972
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Stubbs 2

Chesterfield 4
Randall
Moss
Moss
McHale

HT 1-2

Attendance :- 14,701

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

1.   Barry Watling
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   Brian Stubbs
6.   John Hulme
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Willie Carlin
9.   Tony Hateley *
10. Les Bradd
11. John Cozens

Sub: Ian Bolton *

Chesterfield
Colours:- ?Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks?
League Position:- before match 9th/24, after match 9th/24
Manager:- Jimmy McGuigan

Team to be added

Notes:
For the 2nd home match in succession, Notts lost by a three goal deficit. The gap to 2nd remained at 6 points with Notts still having 3 games in hand. It was an unhappy end to the Notts careers of legendary striker Tony Hateley and goalkeeper Barry Watling who both made their final appearance for the Magpies in this defeat - Hateley was carried off on a stretcher with the score at 1-1 and would be out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, he then left the club in the summer. Watling ended up at Hartlepool. Teenage forward Ian Bolton made his Notts debut as a sub for the injured Hateley having joined from Birmingham City.


Wednesday 22nd March 1972
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Worthington 90

Rotherham United 1
Gilbert 10

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 11,522

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones *
5.   Brian Stubbs
6.   John Hulme
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Willie Carlin
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Steve Carter

Sub: John Cozens *

Rotherham United
Colours:- ?All red?
League Position:- before match 6th/24, after match 5th/24
Manager:- Jim McAnearney

Team to be added

Notes:
A week after Rotherham had equalised in the last minute of the Millmoor fixture, Notts did the same in the return match at Meadow Lane - Full back Bob Worthington bursting through to make it 1-1 in the 90th minute after ceaseless County pressure had failed to break down a nine-man defence (It was to be the only goal Bob Worthington ever scored for Notts). Rotherham had been in front since the 10th minute.


Saturday 25th March 1972
3pm kick off at Gay Meadow

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

Shrewsbury Town 1
Wood (pen)

Notts County 1
Bradd

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 5,211

Shrewsbury Town
Colours:- All blue with amber trimmings
League Position:- before match 14th/24, after match 14th/24
Manager:- Harry Gregg

Team to be added

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   Brian Stubbs
6.   John Hulme
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Willie Carlin
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Steve Carter

Sub not used

Having been televising local football for ITV Midlands' Star Soccer for almost four full seasons, ATV's cameras were at a Notts County fixture for the first time to record extended highlights for screening as the main game on the programme, which was broadcast on Sunday afternoon at 2:15-3:15pm.

Top six after the draw at Shrewsbury
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Aston Villa      35  2.37  51
2.  Bournemouth      37  1.97  50
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3.  Brighton & H.A.  35  1.68  47
4.  Notts County     34  1.58  45
5.  Bristol Rovers   35  1.35  41
6.  Rotherham United 34  1.32  41

Notes:
It was now 8 league games without a win for Notts.


Saturday 1st April 1972
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
May (og)

Wrexham 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 12,060

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Geoff Ball
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   Brian Stubbs
6.   John Hulme
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Don Masson *
9.   Les Bradd
10. Willie Carlin
11. Steve Carter

Sub: John Cozens *

Wrexham
Colours:- ?Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks?
League Position:- before match 19th/24, after match 19th/24
Manager:- John Neal

Team to be added

Notes:
Easter weekend. The gap to 2nd was now down to 4 points with 3 games in hand thanks to County's first home win in five Meadow Lane outing's. The Nottingham born right back Geoff Ball played his final game for Notts having been with the club since 1967, he left for Ilkeston Town. The official Notts history books list both Carlin and Masson as wearing the no.10 shirt and nobody wearing no.8, The Post Guide has Carlin as the no.10 and Masson as no.8.


Monday 3rd April 1972
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 5
Bradd 7
Masson 8
Cozens 25, 51
Nixon 76

Swansea City 0

HT 3-0

Attendance :- 14,019

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Brian Stubbs
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   John Hulme
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   John Cozens
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Steve Carter

Sub not used

Swansea City
Colours:- ?All white?
League Position:- before match 8th/24, after match 8th/24
Manager:- Roy Bentley

Team to be added

Notes:
Notts welcomed back David Needham following a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury. Steve Carter set up three of Notts' five goals and ran the Swansea defence ragged. County scored twice in 21 seconds early in the game and were 3-0 up before the half-hour mark. Both sides had goals disallowed for offside in the closing minutes, by which time the Magpies had scored twice more. Notts were now just 2 points behind 2nd placed Bournemouth but Willie Carlin would be out for the remainder of the season with torn ankle ligaments.


Tuesday 4th April 1972
7:30pm kick off at Eastville

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

Bristol Rovers 0

Notts County 2
Carter 1
Cozens 41

HT 0-2

Attendance :- 11,998

Bristol Rovers
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 5th/24, after match ??/24
Manager:- Bill Dodgin

Team to be added

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Brian Stubbs
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   John Hulme
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   John Cozens *
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Steve Carter

Sub: John Richardson *

Top six after the midweek fixtures
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Aston Villa      38  2.50  57
2.  Bournemouth      39  1.94  52
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3.  Brighton & H.A.  38  1.72  52
4.  Notts County     37  1.82  51
5.  Bristol Rovers   39  1.27  44
6.  Rotherham United 36  1.30  43

Notes:
Steve Carter scored his first goal for Notts after 43 seconds. The 3rd successive win in 5 days put the Magpies firmly back in the promotion frame. On loan John Hulme made his final appearance in the black & white stripes, he then left Bolton for Reading.


Saturday 8th April 1972
7:30pm kick off at Plainmoor

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

Torquay United 1
Tearse

Notts County 1
Masson (pen)

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 6,478

Torquay United
Colours:- All yellow with blue trim
League Position:- before match 24th/24, after match 24th/24
Manager:- Jack Edwards

Team to be added

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

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Brian Stubbs
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Terry Cooper
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   John Cozens
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Steve Carter *

Sub: John Richardson *

Notes:
As was customary for Torquay United in the 1970's and 1980's, this Saturday fixture kicked off in the evening at 7:30pm. John Richardson made what turned out to be his 3rd and final appearance for the Magpies, he broke a leg in a reserves match and ended up joining Kings Lynn. Willie Carlin, who was also out injured, told a reporter; "The club hasn't had much luck with injuries, but there is tremendous spirit in the side and we are all confident we can go up. We had a bit of a slump when our great centre half David Needham was hurt, but now he is back we have tightened up in defence and are getting the results again." Jimmy Sirrel was also confident; "I think we'll make promotion now."


Wednesday 12th April 1972
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 3
Cozens 14, 15
Carter 89

Halifax Town 1
Atkins 66

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 14,979

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 4th/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.   John Cozens
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Steve Carter

Sub not used

Halifax Town
Colours:- ?Orange shirts, Blue shorts, Orange socks?
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after match 17th/24
Manager:- Ray Henderson

Team to be added

Notes:
Rearranged from 8th March, which had been cancelled due to the national power crisis.


Saturday 15th April 1972
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 2
Bradd
Cozens

Bradford City 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 16,315

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.   Mick Jones
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   John Cozens
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Steve Carter

Sub not used

Bradford City
Colours:- ?Amber & claret striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after match 24th/24
Manager:- Bryan Edwards

Team to be added

Top six after the win against Bradford City
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Aston Villa      41  2.43  61
2.  Brighton & H.A.  41  1.70  57
---------------------------------
3.  Notts county     40  1.89  56
4.  Bournemouth      41  1.94  55
5.  Rotherham United 39  1.29  46
6.  Bristol Rovers   41  1.26  46

Notes:
Notts leapfrogged Bournemouth into 3rd place and were now a point behind the promotion places with a game in hand. Bradford City would be relegated and wouldn't meet County again for 23 years.


Tuesday 18th April 1972
7:30pm kick off at The Shay

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

Halifax Town 3
Atkins
Holmes
Wallace

Notts County 1
Bradd

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 3,943

Halifax Town
Colours:- Orange shirts, Blue shorts, Orange socks
League Position:- before match 19th/24, after match 18th/24
Manager:- Ray Henderson

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 3rd/24, after match 4th/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.   John Cozens *
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Steve Carter

Sub: Terry Cooper *

Notes:
A costly defeat to Halifax who needed points to avoid slipping into the relegation zone.


Saturday 22nd April 1972
3:15pm kick off at Oakwell

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

Barnsley 2
Seal
Seal

Notts County 1
Masson

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 6,264

Barnsley
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after match 19th/24
Manager:- John McSeveney

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 4th/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.   John Cozens
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Steve Carter

Sub not used

Top six after the defeat at Barnsley
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Aston Villa      43  2.60  65  (To play mansfield / TORQUAY / CHESTERFIELD)
2.  Brighton & H.A.  43  1.75  60  (To play ROTHERHAM / rochdale / ROCHDALE)
---------------------------------
3.  Bournemouth      43  2.00  59  (To play blackburn / OLDHAM / TRANMERE)
4.  Notts County     42  1.70  56  (To play PORT VALE / TRANMERE / TORQUAY / tranmere)
5.  Rotherham United 41  1.45  50
6.  Bristol Rovers   43  1.26  48

Notes:
In the space of just 5 days Notts' promotion challenge had been completely derailed by defeats to sides battling against relegation. County were leading in this game but suddenly found themselves behind in the 2nd half after Jimmy Seal scored twice in a five minute spell. Jimmy Sirrel said; "Seal's breakthrough was like a nightmare for us, it shattered us completely."


Wednesday 26th April 1972
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 2
Masson (pen) 22
Carter

Port Vale 1
Morgan

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 9,033

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 4th/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.   John Cozens *
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Steve Carter

Sub: Terry Cooper *

Port Vale
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after match 15th/24
Manager:- Gordon Lee

Team to be added

Top six after the win against Port Vale
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Aston Villa      44  2.55  66 P
2.  Brighton & H.A.  44  1.76  62  (To play rochdale / ROCHDALE)
---------------------------------
3.  Bournemouth      44  1.92  59  (To play OLDHAM / TRANMERE)
4.  Notts County     43  1.71  58  (To play TRANMERE / TORQUAY / tranmere)
5.  Rotherham United 42  1.41  50
6.  Bristol Rovers   44  1.28  50

Notes:
Many supporters had apparently given up on promotion as Notts turned out in front of their lowest gate so far this season, well below the average and over 7,000 less than had watched the previous home game. Bournemouth lost at Blackburn, and so Notts were now only a point behind the Cherries, but 2nd placed Brighton won their potentially tricky home game with 5th placed Rotherham to maintain a 4 point gap on the Magpies. The Seagulls now had two remaining games, both against Rochdale. Aston Villa's draw at Mansfield confirmed their return to the 2nd tier. Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest were relegated from the top flight tonight after Crystal Palace beat Stoke City, Forest would be playing in the 2nd tier for the first time since 1956/57 next season.


Saturday 29th April 1972
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Cozens

Tranmere Rovers 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 9,885

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 4th/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.   John Cozens
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Steve Carter *

Sub: Terry Cooper *

Tranmere Rovers
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 22nd/24, after match 22nd/24
Player/Manager:- Ron Yeats

Team to be added

Other results affecting the promotion race
Rochdale 1 Brighton & H.A. 2
Bournemouth 2 Oldham Athletic 0

Top six after the win against Tranmere
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Aston Villa      45  2.63  68 P
2.  Brighton & H.A.  45  1.76  64  (To play ROCHDALE)
---------------------------------
3.  Bournemouth      45  1.97  61
4.  Notts County     44  1.73  60  (To play TORQUAY / tranmere)
5.  Bristol Rovers   45  1.31  52
6.  Rotherham United 43  1.39  51

Notes:
The final Saturday of the campaign, but there were still outstanding rearranged fixtures left to play. Again, there was a significantly lower crowd at Meadow Lane compared to the rest of the season despite Notts still having a mathematical chance of going up, but Brighton's win at Rochdale this afternoon meant that the Seagulls only now needed a draw from their last reamaing game to secure the 2nd and final promotion spot. Tranmere Rovers, despite being 3rd bottom on this 'final' weekend, could still save themselves with no less than four rearranged games still to play. The Meadow Lane gate may have been partly affected by what was a then rare televised live game in the evening (England v West Germany in the Quarter-final 1st leg of Euro '72, England lost the game 3-1).


Wednesday 3rd May 1972
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 2
Bradd 34
Masson 41

Torquay United 1
Tearse

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 8,921

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 4th/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.   John Cozens
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Steve Carter

Sub not used

Torquay United
Colours:- ?All yellow with blue trim?
League Position:- before match 24th/24, after match 24th/24
Manager:- Jack Edwards

Team to be added

Other midweek result affecting the promotion race
Brighton & H.A. 1 Rochdale 1

Notes:
This was a twice rearranged fixture postponed from 5th February with Notts being involved in the FA Cup 4th round and then on 21st February due to a national power crisis, it was watched by the lowest Meadow Lane crowd of the season despite Notts recording their 7th home win on the bounce and still having a mathematical chance of snatching a 2nd successive promotion. Meanwhile 2nd placed Brighton were playing in front of a capacity crowd at the Goldstone Ground (34,766) and presumably Notts players and fans alike were demoralised at half-time upon hearing the news that Brighton were leading 1-0 (scored after only 4 minutes), Rochdale were still fighting to avoid relegation and equalised on 58 minutes, but the draw was enough for the Seagulls to secure 2nd place and join Aston Villa in the 2nd tier next season.


Monday 8th May 1972
7:30pm kick off at Prenton Park

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

Tranmere Rovers 2
King
Yeats

Notts County 1
Needham

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 4,212

Tranmere Rovers
Colours:- White shirts, Blue shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 22nd/24, after match 19th/24
Player/Manager:- Ron Yeats

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Yellow shirts, Navy shorts, Yellow socks?
League Position:- before match 4th/24, final position 4th/24
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Willie Carlin
5.   David Needham
6.   Mick Jones
7.   Jon Nixon *
8.   John Cozens
9.   Les Bradd
10. Don Masson
11. Steve Carter

Sub: Terry Cooper *

Top six of the final 1971/72 3rd tier table
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Aston Villa      46  2.66  70 P
2.  Brighton & H.A.  46  1.74  65 P
---------------------------------
3.  Bournemouth      46  1.97  62
4.  Notts County     46  1.68  62
5.  Rotherham United 46  1.33  55
6.  Bristol Rovers   46  1.34  54

Notes:
This defeat ultimately resulted in local rivals Mansfield Town being relegated to the 4th tier due to the Stags having a weaker goal average than Tranmere's. Notts finished with 62 points, a final tally that would have been enough to earn promotion from the 3rd tier in 4 of the last 5 seasons. Had the Magpies not lost key players Needham, Hateley and Carlin for lengthy periods in the latter half of the season, they would surely have got the extra three points required to go up. The team that were promoted as runners-up - Brighton & Hove Albion - would come straight back down again. Notts did finish in the top two of the 3rd tier's number of cautions table, 28 bookings and 1 sending off (Bolton had 26 bookings and 3 sent off, Wanderers being the only club in the division to have more than 1 player dismissed).


Wednesday 10th May 1972
County Cup Semi-final

Notts County 3
Bradd
Masson (pen)
Cozens

Nottingham Forest 0

Attendance:- 11,273

Notts County
Brown, Stubbs, Brindley, Carlin, Needham, Jones, Nixon, Cozens, Bradd, Masson, Carter

Nottingham Forest
Barton, Hindley, Gemmell, Serella, Cottam, Fraser, McIntosh, Cormack, Martin, Richardson, O'Neill
Sub: McKenzie

Notes:
The previous season, the two Nottingham clubs were separated by three divisions. Next season, Notts would only be one division below Forest - the closing of the gap nicely illustrated by this comprehensive 3-0 victory for the Magpies.


Monday 15th May 1972
County Cup Final

Mansfield Town 3
Wignall
Thompson
Longhorn

Notts County 1
Masson (pen)

Attendance:- 7,496

Mansfield Town
Brown, Walker, B.Foster, Pate, Ellis, Saunders, Thompson, Wignall, Fairbrother, Longhorn, Laverick
Sub: C.Foster

Notts County
Brown, Stubbs, Brindley, Carlin, Needham, Jones, Nixon, Cozens, Bradd, Masson, Carter
Sub: Worthington

Notes:
County Cup honours to Mansfield, but next season Notts would be in a higher division than the Stags for the first time since 1962/63.


Wednesday 17th May 1972
Lakin & Howell Testimonial

Boston United 2
Notts County 0


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