Notts County FC 1973/74
Match Line-ups & Details


The 2nd tier clubs for season 1973/74


New to the 2nd tier this season
Relegated clubs: Crystal Palace & West Bromwich Albion
Promoted clubs: Bolton Wanderers & Notts County
*Crystal Palace were dropping down to the 2nd tier after four seasons in the top flight, West Brom for the first time since 1950. Bolton had needed two campaigns to climb out of the 3rd tier whilst Notts were returning to this level for the first time since 1958. The Magpies missed out on meetings with Burnley and QPR (who had just been promoted to the top flight) as well as Huddersfield Town and Brighton (both relegated to the 3rd tier). For 1973/74 promotion and relegation places between the upper divisions would be increased from two up/two down to three up/three down.


Monday 30th July 1973
Pre-season friendly

Arbroath 3
Penman
Pirie
Pirie

Notts County 0

Notes:
The first of a three fixture pre-season tour of Scotland.


Wednesday 1st August 1973
Pre-season friendly

Elgin City 0

Notts County 2
Stubbs
Nixon


Friday 3rd August 1973
Pre-season friendly

Inverness Thistle 2
Notts County 4


Saturday 11th August 1973
Pre-season friendly

Notts County 1
Leicester City 2

Notes:
Notts led 1-0 at half-time. Nine arrests were made for hooliganism including a 16 year old girl charged with wounding and threatening behaviour. Police said afterwards that "The Notts County fans were, as usual, well behaved, the trouble came from Nottingham Forest supporters who were at the game." Monday's Daily Mirror ran with the headline "SOCCER'S BLOODY KICK OFF" reporting that less than half of the 'friendly' games were trouble free and also quoted a police chief as saying; "If these were friendlies, God help us when the serious stuff starts." Mick Jones left Notts for Peterborough United on Wednesday 8th August in a £6,000 deal.


Wednesday 15th August 1973
Pre-season friendly

Hereford United 2
Notts County 1


Saturday 18th August 1973
Pre-season friendly

Notts County 0
Coventry City 2

Notes:
Notts doubled the number of police officers on duty for this match following the trouble at Meadow Lane the previous week. Coventry led 1-0 at half-time. After many years writing reports on Notts for The Nottingham Evening Post, Albert Stapleton retired early in the aftermath of industrial troubles at the newspaper, ironically missing out on County's return to the 2nd tier. Terry Bowles replaced him.


Saturday 25th August 1973
3pm kick off at Selhurst Park

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Crystal Palace 1
Rogers 24

Notts County 4
Stubbs 36
Randall 63, 85
Vinter 65

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 20,841
Referee:- T.Reynold

Crystal Palace
Colours:- Blue & red striped shirts, Blue shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- First game of the season, had just been relegated
Manager:- Malcolm Allison

1.   Paul Hammond
2.   Bill Roffey
3.   Tony Taylor
4.   Nick Chatterton
5.   Bobby Bell
6.   Mel Blyth
7.   Derek Possee
8.   Charlie Cooke
9.   Alan Whittle
10. Dave Swindlehurst *
11. Don Rogers

Sub: Jim Cannon *

Notts County
Colours:- White 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.   Don Masson
5.   Brian Stubbs
6.   Dave McVay *
7.   Steve Carter
8.   Jon Nixon
9.   Kevin Randall
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Mick Vinter *57

Notes:
Freshly promoted Notts were up against a side who had just dropped out of the top flight under Malcolm Allison. Two players made their debuts for Notts (in competitive action), Eric Probert - who had joined from Burnley for £30,000 - and local boy Dave McVay (Three players were suspended - Bradd, Carlin and Needham). The Daily Express report noted; "Notts were brilliantly regimented in midfield by Don Masson and Eric Probert, their command and control underlined weeks of persistent practice to fulfil the Sirrel plan of 100 percent team work. It was simple but superb to watch." Masson said afterwards; "It was beyond our wildest dreams to win 4-1 at Palace and to be honest, we weren't really in the game in the first 30 minutes, but once we equalised they seemed to fall away and showed little fight. I think that is their trouble, they have too many stars who don't want to know when things go wrong." Sadly there were more incidents of hooliganism and pitch invasions at other grounds this weekend prompting calls for fences to be erected.



Tuesday 28th August 1973
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
League Cup 1st Round

Notts County 3
Randall
Randall
Stubbs

Doncaster Rovers 4
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Elwiss

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 7,735

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 1st/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   Brian Stubbs
6.   Dave McVay *
7.   Steve Carter
8.   Jon Nixon
9.   Kevin Randall
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Mick Vinter *

Doncaster Rovers
Colours:- ?White shirts with two red hoops, Red shorts, Change socks?
League Position:- 9th/24 in the 4th tier
Manager:- Maurice Setters

Team to be added

Notes:
Doncaster's winning goal came in the dying seconds with Peter Kitchen completing his hat-trick.


Saturday 1st September 1973
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 1
Carter 53

Sunderland 4
Halom 4
Tueart 55
Halom 77
Hughes 77

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 15,322
Referee:- Jack Rice (Lancashire)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/22, after match 10th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington *
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Willie Carlin
9.   Les Bradd
10. Kevin Randall
11. Steve Carter

Sub: Arthur Mann *

Sunderland
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 5th/22
Manager:- Bob Stokoe

1.   Jim Montgomery
2.   Dick Malone
3.   Ron Guthrie
4.   Mick McGiven
5.   Dave Watson
6.   David Young
7.   Bobby Kerr
8.   Billy Hughes
9.   Vic Halom
10. Ian Porterfield
11. Dennis Tueart

Sub: Jackie Ashurst

Notes:
Willie Carlin made his final appearance for Notts before leaving the club for Cardiff City. The Mirror noted that County's defensive blunders gifted Sunderland their goals and that Jimmy Sirrel admitted his promoted side were "still learning". Despite the fact County were now in the 2nd tier with the attraction of the current FA Cup holders at Meadow Lane, the attendance for this opening home league match was barley higher than the average gate in the 3rd tier 18 months prior, suggesting that the fear of hooliganism was putting many people off - There had been a noticably sharp drop in overall gates across the country last season. At Millwall today, the Aston Villa keeper left the field with blood streaming down his face after being struck by a lump of coal thrown from the home end.


Saturday 8th September 1973
3pm kick off at Brunton Park

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Carlisle United 3
Martin
O'Neill
O'Neill

Notts County 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 6,109

Carlisle United
Colours:- Blue shirts with a vertical white panel, White shirts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 15th/22
Manager:- Alan Ashman

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 10th/22, after match 17th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Kevin Randall
10. Eric Probert
11. Steve Carter

Sub not used


Tuesday 11th September 1973
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 1
Bradd 53

Luton Town 1
Finney 23

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 8,509

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 17th/22, after midweek matches 17th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub not used

Luton Town
Colours:- ?Orange shirts with a white & navy side stripe, Navy shorts, Orange socks?
League Position:- before match 6th/22, after midweek matches 9th/22
Manager:- Harry Haslam

Team to be added

Notes:
Another disappointing attendance for Notts, their lowest league crowd since January. Luton went ahead with a flying header via a free-kick. Notts equalised through Bradd who finished from just inside the penalty area. County then went all out for the winner - Brindly hit the bar with a 30 yard shot and Needham saw his header cleared off the line by Don Shanks.


Saturday 15th September 1973
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 2
Randall
Bradd

Swindon Town 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 9,264

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 17th/22, after match 13th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub not used

Swindon Town
Colours:- ?Red shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 12th/22
Manager:- Les Allen

1.   Jimmy Allan
2.   Rod Thomas
3.   John Trollope
4.   Ken Stroud
5.   Frank Burrows
6.   Joe Butler
7.   David Moss *
8.   Mick McGovern
9.   Ray Treacy
10. Richard Legg
11. Tom Jenkins

Sub: Mike Collins *


Wednesday 19th September 1973
7:30pm kick off at The Manor Ground

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Oxford United 2
Roberts 32
Clarke 54

Notts County 1
Bradd 18

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 6,995

Oxford United
Colours:- All Yellow
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 19th/22
Manager:- Gerry Summers

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 13th/22, after match 16th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub not used

Notes:
Notts put Oxford under severe pressure early in the game, Probert going close with three powerful shots in the opening 10 minutes before County took the lead through a Les Bradd header at the end of a cross from Brindley that was misjudged by the Oxford keeper. Welsh international Dave Roberts slammed in an equaliser on 32 and the home side went on to win it with a 2nd goal shortly after the break, headed in by Derek Clarke. The Magpies were unlucky not to equalise on 76 when Kevin Randall hit the bar.


Saturday 22nd September 1973
3pm kick off at Fratton Park

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Portsmouth 1
Hiron

Notts County 2
Mann
Bradd

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 14,443

Portsmouth
Colours:- White shirts, Blue shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 13th/22, after match 16th/22
Manager:- John Mortimore

1.   John Milkins
2.   Phil Roberts
3.   Billy Wilson
4.   Norman Piper
5.   Alan Stephenson
6.   Eoin Hand
7.   Peter Marinello
8.   Bobby Kellard *
9.   Ron Davies
10. Brian Lewis
11. Ray Hiron

Sub: Dick Reynolds *

Notts County
Colours:- ?Change kit? *Notts may have borrowed Portsmouth's change strip (not realising Pompey had switched to white this season)
League Position:- before match 16th/22, after match 14th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall *
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Mick Vinter *

Notes:
Extraordinary scenes at Fratton Park where Notts failed to convert a penalty at the third attempt - The 1st re-take was ordered because the goalkeeper moved to save Kevin Randall's effort, then a 2nd re-take because the referee didn't give a signal before Don Masson had a go and hit the bar. Finally Stubbs stepped up for the 3rd attempt but his effort was saved. Happily it didn't matter in the end as the Magpies returned to Nottingham with both points.


Saturday 29th September 1973
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 2
Probert
Bradd

Aston Villa 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 15,872

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 14th/22, after match 10th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon *
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Mick Vinter *

Aston Villa
Colours:- ?Claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, White shorts, Change socks?
League Position:- before match 4th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Vic Crowe

1.   Jim Cumbes
2.   John Robson
3.   Charlie Aitken
4.   Bruce Rioch
5.   Chris Nicholl
6.   Ian Ross
7.   Jimmy Brown
8.   Trevor Hockey *
9.   Sammy Morgan
10. Geoff Vowden
11. Brian Little

Sub: Ray Graydon *

Notes:
Don Masson said afterwards; "We are playing it short and along the ground, the results are coming and we have more confidence and composure. We'll finish higher than Forest!" Seven spectators were arrested for fighting.


Tuesday 2nd October 1973
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 0

Oxford United 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 9,927

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 10th/22, after match 7th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub not used

Oxford United
Colours:- ?All Yellow?
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Gerry Summers

Team to be added

Notes:
Three Oxford players were booked as the visitors frustrated Notts in a game that offered little entertainment, though Bradd had a header cleared off the line and at the other end Clarke saw his 25 yard effort superbly saved by McManus. On Thursday 5th October The Daily Mail reported that talks had been in progress for over three years for Notts and Forest to share a new super stadium on the Nottingham rececourse site at Colwick Park and that "Recently both clubs have begun to show real interest".


Saturday 6th October 1973
3pm kick off at Bloomfield Road

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Blackpool 0

Notts County 1
Mann

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 11,072

Blackpool
Colours:- Tangerine shirts, White shorts, Tangerine socks
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 16th/22
Manager:- Harry Potts

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 7th/22, after match 7th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon *
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Mick Vinter *

Granada Television (ITV North West) were at the match to record extended highlights for screening as the main game on their local "Football" programme broadcast in the North West region only on Sunday afternoon at 2:10-3:05pm.

Top seven after the win at Blackpool
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Middlesbrough     10 1.83  15
2.  Fulham            10 1.75  13
3.  Nottingham Forest 10 2.14  12
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4.  Luton Town        8  1.73  12
5.  Preston North End 10 1.50  12
6.  Bristol City      10 1.20  12
7.  Notts County      10 1.17  12

2 pts for a win (promotion/relegation increased to 3 up 3 down this season)

Notes:
The first meeting with Blackpool in almost 40 years. The highlights survive as one of the earliest examples of Notts in televised action.


Saturday 13th October 1973
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 2
Masson (pen) 53, (pen) 72

Fulham 1
Earle

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 11,981

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 7th/22, after match 5th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall *
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Geoff Collier *

Fulham
Colours:- Change kit
League Position:- before match 2nd/22, after match 7th/22
Manager:- Alec Stock

Team to be added

Notes:
The first meeting with Fulham since County had last dropped out of the 2nd tier in 1958. Geoff Collier came on as a sub to make his Notts debut having arrived from Macclesfield Town. Fulham keeper Peter Mellor was angered by Don Masson's penalty technique after he scored twice from the spot, Mellor said "Masson stopped on his run-up and then continued. I've just been on an FA coaching course and according to that the referee should have cautioned Masson and given us a free-kick, but when I asked the referee after the first spot-kick why he allowed it, I was booked." Alan Mullery was also booked for protesting about Masson's stop-go 'gamesmanship'. Masson said; "Yes, I did check in my run up, but it's the rule book that matters, not coaching courses. The Brazilians have been getting away with this for years."


Saturday 20th October 1973
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 2
Stubbs
Mann

Preston North End 1
Williams

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 12,479

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 5th/22, after match 2nd/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub not used

Preston North End
Colours:- Change kit
League Position:- before match 3rd/22, after match 7th/22
Manager:- Bobby Charlton

Team to be added

Top six after the win against Preston
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Middlesbrough     12 2.00  18
2.  Notts County      12 1.29  16
3.  Bristol City      12 1.33  15
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4.  Aston Villa       12 1.70  14
5.  Luton Town        10 1.50  14
6.  Orient            12 1.42  14

Notes:
The first Notts v Preston fixture since 1950/51 took place three days after England had sensationally lost out on a place in the 1974 World Cup finals with a draw against Poland at Wembley. North End were now managed by the former Manchester United and England legend Bobby Charlton. Notts recorded their 5th win in six league outings to move up to 2nd place.


Wednesday 24th October 1973
2nd tier League fixture

Luton Town P
Notts County P

Notes:
This fixture was postponed due to Luton having to play a League Cup 2nd Round Replay at Grimsby Town the previous day. Frustratingly the cancellation resulted in Notts dropping from 2nd down to 5th.


Saturday 27th October 1973
3pm kick off at Hillsborough

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Sheffield Wednesday 0

Notts County 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 14,252

Sheffield Wednesday
Colours:- Blue & white striped shirts, Blue shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 16th/22, after match 16th/22
Manager:- Derek Dooley

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Yellow & Green?
League Position:- before match 5th/22, after match 5th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub not used

Yorkshire Television cameras recorded extended highlights for Football Special broadcast to the ITV Yorkshire region only on Sunday afternoon at 3:00-4:00pm.

Notes:
The Magpies first clash with the Owls since 1956. Sheffield Wednesday's request to postpone the game - due to a mystery illness which had quarantined a dozen players - was rejected by the Football League.


Saturday 3rd November 1973
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 3
Nixon
Dorney (og)
Needham

Millwall 3
Allder (pen)
Kelly
Hill

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 12,243

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 5th/22, after match 4th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Kevin Randall
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub not used

Millwall
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 17th/22, after match 16th/22
Manager:- Benny Fenton

1.   Steve Sherwood
2.   Dave Donaldson
3.   Eddie Jones
4.   Alan Dorney
5.   Barry Kitchener
6.   Doug Allder
7.   Steve Brown
8.   Brian Clark
9.   Alf Wood
10. Mike Kelly
11. Gordon Hill

Sub not used

Notes:
Notts stretched their unbeaten run to 8 matches. Five goals were scored in a 22 minute spell in the 2nd half, Notts led 2-0 at one stage before Millwall came back to 2-2, then Notts led 3-2 but Millwall equalised again. Notts defender Bill Brindley said; "Millwall are the best side I have seen this season at counter-attacking, they were so quick and incisive on the break that we could never really feel safe. Even when we were ahead, I still had it at the back of my mind that we wouldn't beat them."


Saturday 10th November 1973
3pm kick off at The Hawthorns

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

West Bromwich Albion 2
T.Brown
Shaw

Notts County 1
Randall

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 15,564

West Bromwich Albion
Colours:- Navy blue & white striped shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 10th/22
Manager:- Don Howe

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Yellow & Green?
League Position:- before match 4th/22, after match 7th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub not used

ATV (ITV Midlands) were at the match to record extended highlights for screening as the main game on Star Soccer on Sunday afternoon at 2:10-3:05pm.

Top seven after the defeat at West Brom
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Middlesbrough     16 2.25  25
2.  Aston Villa       16 1.57  20
3.  Orient            16 1.56  20
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4.  Nottingham Forest 16 1.77  18
5.  Blackpool         16 1.40  18
6.  Carlisle United   16 1.21  18
7.  Notts County      15 1.16  18

Notes:
The first clash with West Brom since 1930.


Saturday 17th November 1973
2:15pm kick off at Burnden Park

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Bolton Wanderers 1
Greaves

Notts County 3
Stubbs 5
Randall
Randall

HT 0-2

Attendance :- 12,139

Bolton Wanderers
Colours:- White shirts, Navy blue shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Armfield

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Yellow & Green?
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 7th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub not used

Notes:
The government's ban on floodlit football matches came in to force on Thursday 15th November due to the energy crisis, which meant that all fixtures would have to kick-off early - including midweek games. Brian Stubbs caught Bolton napping on 5 minutes when he moved up field for a Masson free-kick and headed in the opening goal, Stubbs told a reporter "I couldn't believe my luck, I did exactly the same at Bolton last season!" Meanwhile Notts had turned down Brian Clough's request to take Willie Carlin to Brighton on loan.


Saturday 24th November 1973
2:15pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 2
Bradd
Masson

Middlesbrough 2
Hickton
Mills

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 16,314

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 7th/22, after match 6th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs *
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Mick Vinter *

Middlesbrough
Colours:- ?All Red with a white chest hoop?
League Position:- before match 1st/22, after match 1st/22
Manager:- Jack Charlton

Jim Platt
John Craggs
Frank Spraggon
Stuart Boam
Willie Maddren
Graeme Souness
Peter Brine
Bobby Murdoch
David Armstrong
John Hickton
David Mills

Sub not used

Notes:
The first meeting with Middlesbrough since 1958 and the biggest Meadow Lane crowd of the season thus far turned out to see the league leaders managed by England 1966 World Cup winner Jack Charlton. Notts led 2-0 at the break but 'Boro staged a 2nd half fight back after Brian Stubbs had to go off a result of a dreadful foul by Graeme Souness which left Stubbs needing hospital treatment.


Saturday 1st December 1973
2pm kick off at Ashton Gate

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Bristol City 2
Gillies
Fear

Notts County 2
Masson (pen)
Mann

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 10,436

Bristol City
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 10th/22
Manager:- Alan Dicks

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 6th/22, after match 3rd/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Dave McVay
7.   Jon Nixon *
8.   Les Bradd
9.   Kevin Randall
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Mick Vinter *

Notes:
Snow and frost saw many fixtures postponed this weekend, Notts' match at Bristol City was one of six 2nd tier games to go ahead. Bristol City manager Alan Dicks said afterwards; "We run hard at everything but they [Notts] tend to think more." City had gone ahead through Gillies, Masson equalised with a penalty given for hand-ball against David Rodgers and then Arthur Mann put Notts 2-1 up with a 30 yard drive, but City levelled when Trevor Tainton got in behind the defence and crossed for Keith Fear to make it 2-2.


Saturday 8th December 1973
2pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 2
Bradd 31
Masson (pen)

Orient 4
Bullock 9
Queen
Queen 14
Fairbrother 70

HT 1-3

Attendance :- 11,264
Referee:- Peter Baldwin (Redcar)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 3rd/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Dave McVay
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub not used

Orient
Colours:- ?Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks?
League Position:- before match 2nd/22, after match 2nd/22
Manager:- George Petchey

Team to be added

Notes:
3rd v 2nd. Orient scored three times in a 5 minute spell in the opening quarter of an hour, Fairbrother swept down the right on 9 minutes and crossed for Bullock to make it 1-0 with a diving header, Queen then made it 2-0 with a 20 yard shot, then another cross from the right on 14 - this time from Hoadley - was headed in by Queen for number three. Notts pulled one back on 31 when Bradd finished off Masson's chip whilst Queen was being helped to the dressing room with a back injury. The Orient keeper was hurt as Bradd collided with him and so, with the Orient trainer still attending to Queen, the Notts trainer Jack Wheeler had to strap up the visiting keeper's ankle so that he could carry on, John Jackson told reporters afterwards "I wouldn't have lasted without such a strong strapping." Notts surged forward again after the break and won a penalty when Roffey upended Randall, Masson converted the spot kick to make it 2-3 but Orient sealed the victory with a 70th minute goal by Fairbrother. Jimmy Sirrel summed up; "We were not at our best today." It was a costly defeat that sent Notts tumbling down to 8th and the referee was attacked and spat at after the game by several Notts supporters, two of whom were arrested.


Saturday 15th December 1973
2pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 3
Stubbs
Nixon
Masson (pen)

Hull City 2
Kaye
Wagstaff

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 8,574

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 4th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs *
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Dave McVay *

Hull City
Colours:- ?Amber shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 11th/22
Manager:- Terry Neill

Team to be added

Notes:
Brian Stubbs returned to the side after a three match lay-off following the shocking injury in the Middlesbrough game, but with County leading 3-0 he limped off with a knee injury. Hull then staged a fight-back but Notts held out for both points.  Meanwhile the Wolves chairman was now calling for football to be shut down for a month due to the energy crisis which included a petrol shortage as well as the rail network being affected. Other clubs were favouring playing matches on a Sunday morning.


Saturday 22nd December 1973
2pm kick off at Villa Park

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Aston Villa 1
B.Rioch 77

Notts County 1
Randall (pen) 82

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 20,825
Referee:- DW Smith (Stonehouse)
Weather:- Sunny

Aston Villa
Colours:- Claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 13th/22
Manager:- Vic Crowe

1.   Jim Cumbes
2.   John Gidman
3.   Charlie Aitken
4.   Trevor Hockey
5.   Chris Nicholl
6.   Ian Ross
7.   Bruce Rioch
8.   Jimmy Brown *
9.   Neil Rioch
10. Chico Hamilton
11. Brian Little

Sub: Ray Graydon *62

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 4th/22, after match 5th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Dave McVay
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub not used

Another TV appearance for Notts as the main game on ATV's Star Soccer broadcast to the Midlands ITV region only on Sunday afternoon at 2:05-3:15pm. A much shorter edit was seen by ITV London region viewers on The Big Match.

Top six after the draw at Villa
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Middlesbrough     22 2.31  34
2.  Orient            22 1.52  27
3.  Luton Town        21 1.22  27
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4.  Blackpool         22 1.41  25
5.  Notts County      21 1.13  25
6.  Nottingham Forest 21 1.71  24

Notes:
Villa went ahead on 77 when the Notts keeper Roy Brown left a Hamilton cross that appeared to be going over the bar, but it curled back for Graydon to pull it into the path of Bruce Rioch who emphatically finished for 1-0. Notts were level within five minutes, a Masson pass invited Randall to chase and Nicholl brought him down from behind in the area for a penalty which Randall scored himself. Jimmy Sirrel said of his little known players; "Value for money, that's what we get at County. Tradition has never won a league match for us yet, even if we are the oldest club in the world."


Wednesday 26th December 1973
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 0

Nottingham Forest 1
Lyall (pen) 37

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 32,310

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 5th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Dave McVay
7.   Jon Nixon *
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Geoff Collier *

Nottingham Forest
Colours:- ?Red shirts, White shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 6th/22, after match 4th/22
Manager:- Allan Brown

1.   Jim Barron
2.   Liam O'Kane
3.   John Winfield
4.   Peter Hindley
5.   John Cottam
6.   Paul Richardson
7.   Duncan McKenzie
8.   George Lyall
9.   Neil Martin
10. Martin O'Neill
11. Ian Bowyer

Sub: ?

Notes:
The first competitive Trenside derby in over 16 years (the last derby fixture being won by Notts 4-2 at The City Ground on 1st May 1957). Despite the energy crisis continuing, clubs were allowed to kick off at 3pm and use floodlights for the Boxing Day and New Year Bank holiday fixtures. The 32,310 gate was easily the best of the season and higher than the attendance for the return match at the City Ground (or any other venue Notts visited this season). The Forest line-up included a 21 year old Martin O'Neill who later had a spell with Notts.


Saturday 29th December 1973
2pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 0

Carlisle United 3
Laidlaw 4, 6
McVay (og) 67

HT 0-2

Attendance :- 10,209

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Dave McVay
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd *
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Geoff Collier *

Carlisle United
Colours:- ?Blue shirts with a vertical white panel, White shirts, Red socks?
League Position:- before match 7th/22, after match 7th/22
Manager:- Alan Ashman

Team to be added

Notes:
Just three days after the home defeat to Forest, Notts made a disastrous start against Carlisle and were 2-0 down after only 6 minutes. The first came as a result of Masson and Brindley getting themselves into a tangle to allow Train to drive over a low cross for Joe Laidlaw to turn in. Two minutes later Laidlaw scored his 2nd with a superb chip over the keeper from 25 yards out. Notts looked to get back into the game but left themselves exposed at the back and could have fallen further behind before finally doing so mid-way through the 2nd half when McVay turned the ball into his own net after Laidlaw had sent in a hard centre. Carlisle then had two further efforts cleared off the line in the closing minutes. Slow handclapping had broken out in the home stands at one stage and a large proportion of spectators walked out before the final whistle. Geoff Collier made his 3rd and final appearance from the sub bench for Notts before returning to Macclesfield Town.


Tuesday 1st January 1974
3pm kick off at Roker Park

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Sunderland 1
Halom 3

Notts County 2
Masson 30, 50

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 22,581
Referee:- Jim Whalley (Lancashire)

Sunderland
Colours:- Red & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 11th/22, after match 12th/22
Manager:- Bob Stokoe

1.   Jim Montgomery
2.   Dick Malone
3.   Joe Bolton
4.   Danny Hegan
5.   Dave Watson
6.   David Young
7.   Bobby Kerr
8.   Rod Belfitt
9.   Vic Halom
10. Ian Porterfield *
11. Dennis Tueart

Sub: Jackie Ashurst *65

Notts County
Colours:- ?Yellow & Green?
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Eddie Cliff
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Dave McVay
7.   Steve Carter
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Jon Nixon
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub not used

Top eight after the win at Sunderland
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Middlesbrough     24 2.43  38
2.  Orient            25 1.78  33
3.  Luton Town        24 1.17  30
---------------------------------
4.  Carlisle United   24 1.35  29
5.  Nottingham Forest 24 1.68  28
6.  Blackpool         25 1.36  28
7.  West Bromwich A.  25 1.17  28
8.  Notts County      24 1.03  27

Notes:
Up until 1974, the 1st January had always been a normal working day, and so this was County's first ever New Year Bank Holiday fixture. Full back Eddie Cliff finally made his Notts debut having joined the club from Burnley for a small fee back in July. Notts fell behind on the frosty surface after only three minutes - Kerr won possession on the right and put in an over-long cross which was collected by Porterfield who chipped the ball to the near post where Halom rose to collide with Brown for the ball and his header into the net was allowed to stand for 1-0. After a number of near-misses County finally equalised on the half-hour mark when Masson made a strong run through the middle before unleashing a shot from the edge of the penalty area which caught Montgomery wrong footed and he was only able to help it into the net. Early in the 2nd half, ex-pie Dave Watson lost the ball to Carter by the right corner flag and his centre was headed backwards by Probert to Masson who scored from near the penalty spot with a fierce low drive for 2-1. Notts withstood the pressure in the last 20 minutes to hold out for the win.


Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 5th January 1974
2pm kick off at The Hawthorns

v
FA Cup 3rd Round

West Bromwich Albion 4
T.Brown
T.Brown
T.Brown
Johnston

Notts County 0

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 13,022

West Bromwich Albion
Colours:- Navy blue & white striped shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- 7th/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Don Howe

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Yellow & Green?
League Position:- 8th/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Dave McVay
7.   Steve Carter
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Jon Nixon
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Mick Vinter

Notes:
Four days after defeating the current FA Cup holders, Notts were knocked out of the competition at the first hurdle.


Saturday 12th January 1974
2nd tier League fixture

Swindon Town P
Notts County P

Notes:
Called off well in advance. No other league match was postponed, so presumably Swindon's pitch was unable to recover from Wednesday's FA Cup 3rd round replay which was followed by heavy rain.


Sunday 20th January 1974
2:15pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 1
Randall 44

Crystal Palace 3
Barry 16
McVay (og) 67
Possee 84

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 14,748

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Roy Brown
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Eric Probert
5.   David Needham
6.   Dave McVay
7.   Jon Nixon
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Arthur Mann
11. Steve Carter

Sub not used

Crystal Palace
Colours:- ?Blue & red striped shirts, Blue shorts, Blue socks?
League Position:- before match 22nd/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Malcolm Allison

Team to be added

Notes:
The first ever Sunday fixture at Meadow Lane. Due to the energy crisis and a three day working week (which in many cases included Saturday, affecting attendances) the FA had approached the home office the week before Christmas requesting them to allow matches to take place on Sundays when there would be a greater guarantee of power (for dressing rooms, offices etc.). The first Sunday fixtures had taken place on 6th January (four FA Cup 3rd round ties) but Sunday trading rules meant that cash could not be exchanged at the turnstiles and so supporters had to purchase an overpriced team-sheet outside the ground and use that to gain entry through the gates. County's fixture against Palace was one of 12 games across the four divisions taking place today, but despite an encouraging attendance it would be another seven years before Meadow Lane staged a Sunday fixture again. Palace defender Roy Barry gave Palace a spectacular 16th minute lead on the volley, Kevin Randall equalised just before the break but Palace restored their lead on 67 when Derek Possee missed Don Roger's low centre and the ball rebounded into the net off Dave McVay. The visitors sealed the win with a late goal by Possee six minutes from the end.


Saturday 26th January 1974
2pm kick off at Ninian Park

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Cardiff City 1
Phillips

Notts County 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 8,432

Cardiff City
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 14th/22, after match 11th/22
Manager:- Frank O'Farrell

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 9th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Bob Worthington
4.   Ian Bolton
5.   David Needham
6.   Dave McVay
7.   Paul Dyer
8.   Kevin Randall
9.   Les Bradd
10. Arthur Mann
11. Steve Carter

Sub not used

Notes:
This fixture (the first clash with Cardiff since 1957/58) was originally scheduled for Wednesday 10th April but was brought forward to FA Cup 4th round day as both teams had already been knocked out. Bob Worthington made what turned out to be his last appearance for the Magpies and eventually left for Southend United, whilst Paul Dyer made his only appearance for Notts this season and later joined Colchester United.


Saturday 2nd February 1974
2:45pm kick off at Boothferry Park

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Hull City 1
Wagstaff

Notts County 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 6,384

Hull City
Colours:- Amber shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Terry Neill

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 9th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Eddie Cliff
4.   Don Masson
5.   David Needham
6.   Dave McVay
7.   Steve Carter
8.   Kevin Randall *
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Ian Bolton *

Notes:
A 3rd successive league defeat for Notts and the 6th defeat in 7 (including the FA Cup tie). County's worst run of the season left them 7 points behind the promotion places, they were also now 7 points above the drop.


Tuesday 5th February 1974
2:30pm kick off at Kenilworth Road

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Luton Town 1
Anderson 65

Notts County 1
Probert

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 4,908
Referee:- John Yates

Luton Town
Colours:- Orange shirts with a white & navy side stripe, Navy shorts, Orange socks
League Position:- before match 3rd/22, after match 3rd/22
Manager:- Harry Haslam

1.   Graham Horn
2.   John Ryan
3.   Bobby Thomson
4.   Peter Anderson
5.   John Faulkner
6.   Alan Garner
7.   Jim Ryan
8.   Jimmy Husband
9.   Rod Fern
10. Alan West
11. Barry Butlin

Sub: Paul Price

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 9th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Eddie Cliff *
4.   Dave McVay
5.   Ian Bolton
6.   Arthur Mann
7.   Kevin Randall
8.   Don Masson
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Steve Carter

Sub: Jon Nixon *

Notes:
Re-arranged from 24th October. Despite this being a mid-week fixture, the match kicked off in the afternoon due to the energy crisis (during which floodlights were banned for sporting events) hence the low crowd. It was a must win against 3rd place Luton if Notts were seriously going to revive a promotion challenge, but at the finish County were relieved to come away with a point. Luton had two penalty appeals turned down in the closing minutes and Jim Ryan was booked for protesting, the home side also saw two efforts cleared off the line by Bill Brindley. Luton had gone ahead on 65 through a deflected Peter Anderson long range strike but Notts equalised with a 20 yard Eric Probert shot that curled around a crowd of players. Eddie Cliff limped off before half-time with a damaged ankle.


Saturday 9th February 1974
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 4
Randall 7
Masson (pen)
Randall
Roberts (og)

Portsmouth 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 8,665

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Brian Stubbs
4.   Dave McVay
5.   David Needham
6.   Arthur Mann
7.   Kevin Randall
8.   Don Masson
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Steve Carter

Sub not used

Portsmouth
Colours:- ?Change kit?
League Position:- before match 10th/22, after match 10th/22
Manager:- John Mortimore

1.   John Milkins
2.   Phil Roberts
3.   John Collins
4.   Norman Piper
5.   Paul Went
6.   Malcolm Manley *
7.   Peter Marinello
8.   Bobby Kellard
9.   Ron Davies
10. Ray Hiron
11. Mick Mellows

Sub: Brian Lewis *

Top eight after the win against Portsmouth
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Middlesbrough     28 1.95  42
2.  Orient            28 1.57  36
3.  Luton Town        28 1.18  35
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4.  Blackpool         29 1.41  33
5.  Carlisle United   27 1.40  33
6.  West Bromwich A.  28 1.26  32
7.  Nottingham Forest 28 1.46  31
8.  Notts County      29 1.02  30

Notes:
With sunset now due at just after 5pm, Notts felt they were able to return the Meadow Lane kick-off times back to 3pm. This was one of only two 2nd tier fixtures to survive the heavy rainfall. County led after 7 minutes when Brindley's cross was headed down by Bradd for Randall to fire in low. Midway through the 2nd half Went handballed Bradd's header and Masson scored from the resulting penalty. Randall made it 3-0 ten minutes later and in a final goalmouth mix-up Roberts took the ball past his own keeper for number four.


Saturday 16th February 1974
2:45pm kick off at Craven Cottage

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Fulham 2
Conway 53
Busby

Notts County 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 7,515

Fulham
Colours:- White shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 13th/22, after match 12th/22
Manager:- Alec Stock

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Yellow & Green?
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Arthur Mann
4.   Dave McVay
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Steve Carter
8.   Les Bradd *
9.   Kevin Randall
10. Don Masson
11. Eric Probert

Sub: Ian Bolton *

Notes:
Fulham had wanted to switch this fixture to Sunday but Notts refused.


Tuesday 19th February 1974
2:30pm kick off at The County Ground

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Swindon Town 1
Moss 27

Notts County 4
Masson 24
Randall 35, 64
Bradd 65

HT 1-2

Attendance :- 3,482

Swindon Town
Colours:- Red shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 22nd/22, after match 22nd/22
Manager:- Les Allen

1.   Jimmy Allan
2.   John McLaughlin
3.   John Trollope
4.   Ken Stroud
5.   Frank Burrows
6.   Ron Potter
7.   David Moss
8.   Terry Hubbard *
9.   Ray Clarke
10. Will Dixon
11. Tom Jenkins

Sub: Mike Collins *10

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 7th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Arthur Mann
4.   Dave McVay
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Kevin Randall
8.   Don Masson
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Steve Carter

Sub not used

Notes:
Rearranged from 12th January, the energy crisis and floodlight ban dictated that this midweek fixture had to be played in the afternoon. Norwich manager John Bond was in the crowd for another look at Don Masson whom he had tried to sign when manager of Bournemouth. Swindon's Terry Hubbard left the field with a dislocated shoulder after ten minutes before Masson put Notts ahead, the home side were level 3 minutes later but Notts restored the lead befor half-time when Randall finished off a lightning attack by Brindley and McVay. Jenkins and Probert were booked for a scuffle in the 2nd half, Probert then set up two goals in a minute for Randall and Bradd.


Saturday 23rd February 1974
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 0

Blackpool 3
Dyson
Dyson
Burns

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 11,092

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 7th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Arthur Mann
4.   Dave McVay
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Kevin Randall
8.   Don Masson
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Steve Carter *

Sub: Jon Nixon *

Blackpool
Colours:- Tangerine shirts, White shorts, Tangerine socks
League Position:- before match 3rd/22, after match 3rd/22
Manager:- Harry Potts

Team to be added

Notes:
Notts could have moved to within a point of Blackpool with a win, but this result was probably the most costly of the season and effectively put Notts out of the promotion race, a fact reflected in the remaining Meadow Lane attendances as this would prove to be the last five-figure gate of the season.


Sunday 3rd March 1974
3pm kick off at The City Ground

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Nottingham Forest 0

Notts County 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 29,962

Nottingham Forest
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 6th/22, after match 6th/22
Manager:- Allan Brown

1.   Jim Barron
2.   Liam O'Kane
3.   John Winfield
4.   Sammy Chapman
5.   Dave Serella
6.   John Robertson
7.   Duncan McKenzie
8.   George Lyall
9.   Neil Martin
10. Tommy Jackson
11. Ian Bowyer

Sub: ?

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Eddie Cliff
4.   Dave McVay
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Kevin Randall
8.   Don Masson
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub not used

Top eight after the draw at Forest
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Middlesbrough     31 2.09  48
2.  Luton Town        30 1.26  39
3.  Orient            31 1.48  38
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4.  Blackpool         32 1.43  37
5.  West Bromwich A.  31 1.33  37
6.  Nottingham Forest 31 1.48  35
7.  Carlisle United   30 1.26  34
8.  Notts County      33 0.98  33

Notes:
This was County's 2nd ever Sunday fixture. Although Notts were now realistically out of the promotion race, they still had the opportunity to derail the reds' challenge as well as carve out a chance of finishing above Forest for the first time in 18 years. The goalless draw did at least prevent Forest from recording a league double against them.


Saturday 9th March 1974
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 1
Mann

Sheffield Wednesday 5
Joicey
Joicey
Prendergast
Prendergast
Potts

HT 0-3

Attendance :- 9,378

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 9th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Eddie Cliff
4.   Dave McVay
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Kevin Randall
8.   Don Masson
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert
11. Arthur Mann

Sub not used

Sheffield Wednesday
Colours:- Change kit
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Steve Burtenshaw

Team to be added

Notes:
County's heaviest defeat of the campaign came against relegation threatened Sheffield Wednesday. Kevin Randall, who missed a penalty with the score at 3-1, told the Mirror; "We were terrible and lost because of a lack of professionalism... Obviously Wednesday might have cracked if my penalty had gone in, but we were never really in it." There was apparently crowd trouble with some Wednesday fans dressed up in 'Clockwork Orange' gear. Eddie Cliff played his 5th and final match for Notts, he then left for America to join Chicago Sting.


Saturday 16th March 1974
3pm kick off at Deepdale

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Preston North End 0

Notts County 2
Stubbs
Bradd

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 8,907

Preston North End
Colours:- White shorts, Navy shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Bobby Charlton

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Yellow & Green?
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Ray O'Brien
4.   Ian Bolton
5.   Dave McVay
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Kevin Randall
8.   Don Masson
9.   Les Bradd
10. Eric Probert *
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Steve Carter *

Notes:
Despite making a good start to the campaign, Bobby Charlton's Preston now found themselves threatened with relegation, a struggle not helped by the deduction of a point for fielding an ineligible player. Notts pushed North End into the bottom three with this 2-0 victory in which Ray O'Brien made his debut having signed from Manchester United on transfer deadline day (Thursday 14th March) for £40,000.


Saturday 23rd March 1974
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 1
Stubbs

West Bromwich Albion 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 9,672

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Ray O'Brien
4.   Ian Bolton
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Kevin Randall
8.   Dave McVay
9.   Les Bradd *
10. Don Masson
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Jon Nixon *

West Bromwich Albion
Colours:- Change kit
League Position:- before match 6th/22, after match 6th/22
Manager:- Don Howe

To be added

Top eight after the win against West Brom
                      P   GA  Pts
1.  Middlesbrough     35 2.48  56
2.  Luton Town        34 1.28  43
3.  Blackpool         35 1.41  40
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4.  Orient            34 1.33  39
5.  Carlisle United   34 1.29  39
6.  West Bromwich A.  35 1.10  38
7.  Nottingham Forest 33 1.45  37
8.  Notts County      36 0.96  37

Notes:
Notts had already lost twice to West Brom this season but took revenge by derailing Albion's push for promotion. The 2nd successive victory for Notts left them only three points behind 3rd place, but all of the clubs above them had at least one game in hand.


Saturday 30th March 1974
3pm kick off at The Den

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Millwall 0

Notts County 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 5,906

Millwall
Colours:- All White
League Position:- before match 13th/22, after match 13th/22
Manager:- Benny Fenton

1.   Bryan King
2.   Dave Donaldson
3.   Harry Cripps
4.   Alan Dorney
5.   Barry Kitchener
6.   Doug Allder
7.   Frank Saul
8.   Brian Clark
9.   Alf Wood
10. Derek Smethurst
11. Gordon Hill

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- ?Yellow & green?
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 9th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Ray O'Brien
4.   Ian Bolton
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Kevin Randall
8.   Dave McVay
9.   Les Bradd *
10. Don Masson
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Jon Nixon *

Notes:
A very drab game according to The Express as Notts packed the defence. Millwall's Brian Clark said "They got what they came for, a point, but it could not have been very exciting to watch."


Saturday 6th April 1974
3pm kick off at Ayresome Park

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Middlesbrough 4
Hickton
Needham (og)
Armstrong
Foggon

Notts County 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 27,823

Middlesbrough
Colours:- All Red with a white chest hoop
League Position:- before match 1st/22, after match 1st/22
Manager:- Jack Charlton

Jim Platt
John Craggs
Frank Spraggon
Stuart Boam
Willie Maddren
David Armstrong
Peter Brine *
Bobby Murdoch
Malcolm Smith
John Hickton
Alan Foggon

Sub: Eric McMordie *

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 12th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Ian Bolton *
4.   Dave McVay
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Les Bradd
8.   Don Masson
9.   Kevin Randall
10. Arthur Mann
11. Ray O'Brien

Sub: Jon Nixon *

Tyne Tees Television (ITV North East) were at Ayresome Park to record extended highlights for screening on their local Shoot programme broadcast locally on Sunday afternoon at 2:15-3:15pm.

Notes:
Middlesbrough had secured the league title the previous Saturday with a win at 2nd placed Luton Town, so this fixture against Notts was their first opportunity to celebrate their achievement at Ayresome Park - which they did in style, crushing Notts with four 2nd half goals in front of the TV cameras. County dropped into the bottom half of the table for the first time since September.


Saturday 13th April 1974
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 0

Bolton Wanderers 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 8,349

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 12th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Ray O'Brien
4.   Brian Stubbs
5.   David Needham
6.   Ian Bolton
7.   Kevin Randall
8.   Don Masson
9.   Les Bradd *
10. Dave McVay
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Jon Nixon *

Bolton Wanderers
Colours:- Change kit
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 9th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Armfield

Team to be added

Notes:
The first of two Easter holiday home fixtures.


Monday 15th April 1974
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 1
Randall

Cardiff City 1
Anderson

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 6,975

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 11th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Ray O'Brien
4.   Ian Bolton
5.   David Needham
6.   Brian Stubbs
7.   Eric Probert *
8.   Don Masson
9.   Kevin Randall
10. Arthur Mann
11. Ian Scanlon

Sub: Steve Carter *

Cardiff City
Colours:- ?Blue shirts, White shorts, Change socks?
League Position:- before match 17th/22, after match 17th/22
Manager:- Frank O'Farrell

Team to be added

Notes:
This Easter Monday fixture attracted the lowest Meadow Lane crowd of the season.


Saturday 20th April 1974
3pm kick off at Brisbane Road

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Orient 1
Fairbrother 11

Notts County 1
Masson 84

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 11,711

Orient
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 4th/22, after match 4th/22
Manager:- George Petchey

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 11th/22, after match 13th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Ray O'Brien
4.   Don Masson
5.   Brian Stubbs
6.   Ian Bolton
7.   Kevin Randall
8.   Dave McVay
9.   David Needham
10. Les Bradd *
11. Arthur Mann

Sub: Ian Scanlon *

BBC1 showed highlights of this game as the first of two fixtures screened on the Saturday night Match of the Day at 10:05-11:05pm.

Notes:
A massive game for 4th place Orient who would have been in a great position had they held on for the win, but a great strike by Don Masson in front of the Match of the Day cameras with 6 minutes to go allowed Blackpool to go a point clear in 3rd. Barry Fairbrother had given Orient an early lead on 11, he also had another effort cleared off the line before half-time and then missed a sitter on 70. Notts defender David Needham played up front. Forest's challenge was now over having lost at Carlisle the previous Saturday and then drawn at home to Bristol City in mid-week.


Saturday 27th April 1974
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 2
Rodgers (og)
Bradd

Bristol City 1
Gillies

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 6,991

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 13th/22, final position 10th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Eric McManus
2.   Bill Brindley
3.   Ray O'Brien
4.   Don Masson
5.   Brian Stubbs
6.   Ian Bolton
7.   Kevin Randall
8.   Dave McVay
9.   David Needham
10. Eric Probert
11. Les Bradd

Sub not used

Bristol City
Colours:- ?Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks?
League Position:- before match 16th/22, final position 16th/22
Manager:- Alan Dicks

Team to be added

Notes:
Notts rounded off the season with a win that secured a top half finish (10th), 2 points behind Forest who finished 7th. Despite this being the final Saturday of the season there were still three re-arranged 2nd tier fixtures left to play - Middlesbrough and Luton were promoted but the newly created 3rd place promotion spot was still up for grabs. Carlisle currently occupied 3rd having won 4 of their last 5, but Orient could still win promotion with a victory in their game in hand. Down at the bottom Preston and Swindon were down, but there was to be an epic relegation decider on Tuesday as 19th placed Cardiff faced 20th placed Crystal Palace.


Result deciding the last relegation place
Tue 30 Apr Cardiff City 1 Crystal Palace 1

Notes:
Palace led on 29 but Cardiff equalised 10 minutes later and so the London club were relegated for the 2nd successive season, going down with Preston and Swindon.


Wednesday 1st May 1974
County Cup Semi-final

Notts County 4
Needham 10
Nixon 27
Scanlon 72, 85

Mansfield Town 2
D. Edwards 55
Bolton(og)79

Att: 3,327


Result deciding the last promotion place
Fri 03 May Orient 1 Aston Villa 1

Notes:
Orient's failure to win saw them miss out on promotion, allowing Carlisle United to go up in 3rd place with Middlesbrough and Luton. Just under 30,000 turned up at Brisbane Road to see Villa take the lead on 52 from the penalty spot, Orient equalised on 67 but they could not find the 2nd goal that would have taken them into the top flight.


Monday 6th May 1974
County Cup Final

Nottingham Forest 3
Lyall
Lyall
Richardson

Notts County 2
????
????

Nottingham Forest
Peacock, Serella, O'Kane, Chapman, Cottam, Richardson, McKenzie, Lyall, Martin, Woodcock, Jackson
Sub: ?

Notts County
'Post Football Guide' doesn't list the Notts line-up

Notes:
The official Notts history book lists this tie as taking place on 7th May whilst the Post Football Guide says 29th April in the Forest section on page 31 (but it does give the correct date on page 186).


For appearance stats, final table and at-a-glance results for season 1973/74 see here


Line-up's and DetailsNotts on the Box 1974/75

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