Notts County FC 1983/84
Match Line-ups & Details


The top flight clubs for season 1983/84

Newly promoted to the top flight this season
Queens Park Rangers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City


Friday 5th August 1983

Pre-season friendly

Jerez 1
Notts County 1

Notts won on penalties


Saturday 6th August 1983

Pre-season friendly

Played at Jerez in Spain

Americo de Mexico 3
Notts County 1


Saturday 13th August 1983

Pre-season friendly

Grimsby Town 1
Notts County 1


Wedneday 17th August 1983

Pre-season friendly

Doncaster Rovers 1
Notts County 3


Saturday 20th August 1983

Pre-season friendly

Notts County 2
Derby County 1


New Notts County home & away kits for 1983/84


These images were taken from Admiral's official website

Admiral provided County with a kit for the first time from the start of this season, the
home kit would be used for three campaign's whilst the green away kit was in use for two,
though Notts only used it when a change was necessary and the socks were originally green.
The away shirt was the first Notts change top to be made available to buy in the shops.
A sponsor "Monarch" was added to the home shirt from this season's home
match v. Watford on 11th February 1984.


Saturday 27th August 1983
3pm kick off at Filbert Street

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Leicester City 0

Notts County 4
O'Neill 18
Christie 44, 53, 78

HT 0-2

Attendance:- 15,583
Referee:- Roger Milford

Leicester City
Colours:- Blue shirts with white dual pinstripes, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- First game of the season, had just been promoted from the 2nd tier
Manager:- Gordon Milne

1.   Mark Grew
2.   Paul Ramsey
3.   Bobby Smith
4.   Kevin McDonald
5.   Ian Banks
6.   John O'Neill
7.   Steve Lynex
8.   Gary Lineker
9.   Alan Smith
10. Robert Jones
11. Ian Wilson

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- ?White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, Green socks?
League Position:- First game of the season, had finished 15th in 1982/83
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Aki Lahtinen
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   John Chiedozie *
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Martin O'Neill

Sub: Ian McParland *

Notes:
Howard Wilkinson had left to become manager of Sheffield Wednesday on 24th June and former Forest defender Larry Lloyd (sacked by 3rd Tier Wigan Athletic in April) had then been appointed first team manager on 7th July. Jimmy Sirrel stayed on as 'General Manager' and he would continue to pen the manager's column in the programme. I remember watching "Football Focus" at lunchtime on this opening Saturday and they had a run down of all the top flight clubs, Notts were once again among the bookies relegation favourites but the report singled out new £40,000 signing Martin O'Neill from Norwich as possibly having a big influence in guiding Notts to survival yet again. This was the first season in which the football league was sponsored, it was now known as the "Canon League".


Tuesday 30th August 1983
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Harkouk
Harkouk

Birmingham City 1
Harford

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 11,031

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match n/a, after mid-week matches 1st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Aki Lahtinen
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Mark Goodwin *
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   John Chiedozie
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Martin O'Neill

Sub: Iain McCulloch *

Birmingham City
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match n/a, after mid-week matches 21st/22
Manager:- Ron Saunders

1.   Tony Coton
2.   Jim Hagan
3.   Pat Van Den Hauwe
4.   Noel Blake
5.   Billy Wright
6.   Kevin Broadhurst
7.   Tony Rees *
8.   Les Phillips
9.   Mick Harford
10. Mick Halsall
11. Robert Hopkins  Sent Off

Sub: Ian Handysides *

Notes:
My first night match, as well as my first as a season ticket holder. Notts came from behind to win this match, Rachid Harkouk headed an equaliser four minutes before half-time and then scored the winner with County attacking the Kop end after the break. The programme for the following game noted that Notts were very pleased with the attendance - No doubt supporters were encouraged by the opening day 4-0 win at newly promoted Leicester City and were eager to see Northern Ireland international Martin O'Neill make his home debut (O'Neill had been a key member of his nation's stunning World Cup finals campaign in 1982, Howard Wilkinson had persuaded O'Neill to join Notts shortly before he left). Goalkeeper Seamus McDonagh also made his home debut for Notts in this game. The newspapers printing the top portion of the table in the Wednesday/Thursday editions showed Notts in 1st place!

Top six on Thursday morning (3 pts for a win)
                       P  GD  Pts
1.  Notts County       2  +5    6
2.  West Ham United    2  +5    6
3.  Aston Villa        2  +2    6
4.  Arsenal            2  +2    6
5.  Ipswich Town       2  +2    4
6.  Coventry City      2  +1    4


Saturday 3rd September 1983
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Ipswich Town 2
Mariner
Fashanu (og)

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 9,023
Referee:-  D. B Allison (Lancaster)

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/22, after match 6th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Aki Lahtinen
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Mark Goodwin *
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   John Chiedozie
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Iain McCulloch
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Martin O'Neill

Sub: Trevor Christie *

Ipswich Town
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 5th/22, after match 2nd/22
Manager:- Bobby Ferguson

1.   Paul Cooper
2.   George Burley
3.   Irvin Gernon
4.   Trevor Putney *
5.   Russell Osman
6.   Terry Butcher
7.   John Wark
8.   Stuart McCall
9.   Paul Mariner
10. Eric Gates
11. Kevin O'Callaghan

Sub: Tommy Parkin *

Notes:
Notts went into this match on top of the world - 1st in the top flight league table! But sadly Ipswich brought us all back down to Earth again and Justin Fashanu managed to score an own goal. Ipswich had rarely finished outside the top 6 over the previous decade and had won the UEFA Cup two years earlier in 1981, they were also comfortable winners at Meadow Lane in both of the previous two campaigns.


Tuesday 6th September 1983
7:30pm kick off at Highfield Road

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Coventry City 2
Gibson 68
Platnauer 83

Notts County 1
Fashnau 31

HT 0-1
Attendance:- 11,016

Coventry City
Colours:- All Sky Blue
League Position:- before match 10th/22, after midweek matches 4th/22
Manager:- Bobby Gould

1.   Perry Suckling
2.   Peter Hormantschuk
3.   Brian Roberts
4.   Ashley Grimes
5.   Trevor Peake
6.   Steve Jacobs
7.   Martin Singleton *
8.   Gerry Daly
9.   Nicky Platnauer
10. Terry Gibson
11. Mick Adams

Sub: Graham Withey *

Notts County
Colours:- ?White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 6th/22, after midweek matches 9th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Aki Lahtinen
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   John Chiedozie
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Iain McCulloch
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Martin O'Neill

Sub not used: Trevor Christie


Saturday 10th September 1983
3pm kick off at Vicarage Road

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Watford 3
Reilly
Palmer
Barnes

Notts County 1
Harkouk

HT 2-1
Attendance:- 12,896

Watford
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 19th/22, after match 14th/22
Manager:- Graham Taylor

1.   Steve Sherwood
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Kenny Jacket
4.   Richard Jobson
5.   Steve Sims
6.   Paul Franklin
7.   Nigel Callaghan
8.   John Barnes
9.   George Reilly
10. Jan Lohman *
11. Wilf Rostron

Sub: Jimmy Gilligan *

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 11th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Aki Lahtinen
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Mark Goodwin *
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   John Chiedozie
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Iain McCulloch
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Martin O'Neill

Sub: Trevor Christie *

Notes:
Watford took a 1st half lead via a free-kick on the right, headed in by George Reilly. A successive corner landed at the feet of future 'pie Charlie Palmer to prod in for 2-0.  Notts pulled one back before half-time through Rachid Harkouk but in the 2nd half Watford restored their two goal advantage with well struck shot on the half-volley by John Barnes.


Saturday 17th September 1983
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Arsenal 4
Rix 1
Hunt (og)
Talbot
Woodcock 83

HT 0-2

Attendance :- 10,217

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 11th/22, after match 16th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Mark Goodwin *
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   John Chiedozie
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Iain McCulloch
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Martin O'Neill

Sub: Trevor Christie *

Arsenal
Colours:- Red shirts with white sleeves, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 11th/22
Manager:- Terry Neill

1.   Pat Jennings
2.   Stewart Robson
3.   Kenny Sansom
4.   Paul Davis
5.   Chris Whyte
6.   David O'Leary
7.   Colin Hill
8.   Alan Sunderland
9.   Tony Woodcock
10. Charlie Nicholas *
11. Graham Rix

Sub: Brian Talbot *45

Notes:
I remember seeing an advert for this match that Notts had placed in the local free paper; "Come and see Charlie Nicholas!", Nicholas being the big summer wonder-boy signing from Celtic having chosen Arsenal ahead of Liverpool and Manchester United - Apparently he fancied the London nightlife and that might have explained his disappointing form in the opening month of the season. Following the home defeat to Ipswich, Notts had lost two further league fixtures on their travels but we were still 11th and hopeful of getting back to winning ways as Notts had beaten the Gunners in both of their previous visits in the last two seasons. Sadly the optimism was dashed within a minute, Graham Rix put Arsenal 1-0 up after 27 seconds! David Hunt then scored an own goal and Rachid Harkouk had a penalty saved by Pat Jennings in the 2nd half.


Saturday 24th September 1983
3pm kick off at Upton Park

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

West Ham United 3
Brooking 33
Goddard 59
Stewart (pen) 89

Notts County 0

HT 1-0
Attendance:- 20,613

West Ham United
Colours:- Claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 1st/22, after match 1st/22
Manager:- John Lyall

1.   Phil Parkes
2.   Ray Stewart
3.   Steve Walford
4.   Billy Bonds
5.   Alvin Martin
6.   Alan Devonshire
7.   Paul Goddard
8.   Tony Cottee
9.   Dave Swindlehurst
10. Trevor Brooking
11. Geoff Pike

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- ?White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, Green socks?
League Position:- before match 16th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Martin O'Neill
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   Ian McParland
8.   Trevor Christie *
9.   Iain McCulloch
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Gordon Mair

Sub: John Chiedozie *


Saturday 1st October 1983
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Everton 1
Reid

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 7,949

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   John Chiedozie
8.   Trevor Christie
9.   Iain McCulloch *
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Martin O'Neill

Sub: Gordon Mair *

Everton
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 14th/22, after match 13th/22
Manager:- Howard Kendall

1.   Neville Southall
2.   Alan Harper
3.   John Bailey
4.   Kevin Ratcliffe
5.   Mark Higgins
6.   Peter Reid
7.   Trevor Steven
8.   Adrian Heath
9.   Graeme Sharp
10. Alan Irvine
11. Kevin Sheedy

Sub not used

Notes:
As I recall, Notts played fairly well in this one and were unlucky to lose. The defeat saw Notts drop into the relegation zone for the first time this season. The Everton scorer would later have a loan spell at Notts towards the end of his career in 1994. The day after this Everton defeat (October 2nd 1983) Spurs beat Forest 2-1 in the first of regular league matches to be shown live on Television (only the FA Cup final and some internationals had been shown live until now).



Tuesday 4th October 1983
7:30pm kick off at The Recreation Ground

v
League Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg

Aldershot 2
Day 42
McDonald 60

Notts County 4
Kilcline 26
Christie 45
Fashanu 65
Christie

HT 1-1
Attendance:- 4,458

Aldershot
Colours:- Red & Blue striped shirts, Blue shorts, Red socks
League Position:- 13th/24 in the 4th tier
Manager:- Len Walker

1.   David Coles
2.   Clive Day
3.   Paul Shrubb
4.   Les Briley
5.   Don Souter
6.   Giorgio Mazzon
7.   Brian Lucas
8.   Dale Banton
9.   Les Lawrence
10. Ian McDonald
11. Peter O'Sullivan

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 20th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   John Chiedozie
8.   Trevor Christie
9.   Justin Fashanu
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Martin O'Neill

Sub not used: Gordon Mair


Saturday 8th October 1983

No top flight fixtures were scheduled for this weekend. England played a Euro's qualifier in Hungary the following Wednesday.


Sunday 16th October 1983
3pm kick off at The City Ground

v
Top flight League fixture
#*Then known as Division One

Nottingham Forest 3
Wallace 8
Bowyer 28
Davenport 40

Notts County 1
Christie (pen) 9

HT 3-1
Attendance:- 26,657

Nottingham Forest
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 13th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Brian Clough

1.   Hans Van Breukelen
2.   Viv Anderson
3.   Kenny Swain
4.   Colin Todd
5.   Paul Hart
6.   Ian Bowyer
7.   Steve Wigley
8.   Ian Wallace
9.   Peter Davenport
10. Frans Thijssen
11. Steve Hodge

Sub not used: Chris Fairclough

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Brian Kilcline *
6.   David Hunt  Sent Off 89
7.   John Chiedozie
8.   Justin Fashanu  Sent Off 57
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Martin O'Neill

Sub: Pedro Richards *46

Notes:
Notts had two players sent off in this one. Justin Fashanu on 57, frustrated at being kicked all match by his former colleagues finally retaliated to a foul by Paul Hart and then had a go at the Linesman, and David Hunt at the end of the game for kicking Steve Hodge up into the air as the Forest player tried to waste time shielding the ball down by a corner flag. With this loss Notts equalled a club record of seven straight league defeats.


Saturday 22nd October 1983
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Kilcline 60

Stoke City 1
Bould 87

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 7,684

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   Pedro Richards
8.   Justin Fashanu *
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Gordon Mair

Sub: Martin O'Neill *

Stoke City
Colours:- White shirts with red sleeves and red pin stripes, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 19th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Richie Barker

1.   Peter Fox
2.   Stephen Bould
3.   Peter Hampton
4.   Robbie James
5.   Paul Dyson
6.   David McAughtrie
7.   Dennis Tueart
8.   Sammy McIlroy
9.   Brendan O'Callaghan
10. Mickey Thomas *
11. Mark Chamberlain

Sub: Chris Maskery *

Central TV began broadcasting a more localised service to the East Midlands this month and they sent a single video camera along to the Notts v Stoke fixture to capture footage for a match report. The Notts goal was later included on a montage of clips which concluded the "Magpies Magic 1981-1984" VHS video.

Notes:
Although it was still only October, it was already becoming desperate, but Stoke were only two points better off and one place above Notts (and the drop zone), so this fixture was a must-win 6 pointer. The visitors had recently arrested a losing sequence of their own and came to Meadow Lane unbeaten in their last three, Notts were missing John Chiedozie but Pedro Richards was making his first appearance in the starting 11 this season. With Notts attacking the Kop end in the 2nd half, County went ahead after a long corner from the left was somehow kept in play by David Hunt who lobbed it back into the box where it eventually fell for Kilcline, "Killer" was able to stick out a boot and volley it home from close range. Sadly Notts were unable to hang on to the lead and Steve Bould (who would later join Arsenal) equalised with just three minutes left to ensure that Notts stayed in the bottom three. However, it wouldn't be long before Stoke found themselves in the drop zone and on 9th December manager Richie Barker (a former Notts player) was sacked. Within a year, Richie Barker would be manager of Notts County. Rachid Harkouk was stretchered off with a damaged shoulder in the final minute.

Bottom six after the draw with Stoke (3 pts for a win)
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Sunderland        10  -7   11
18. Stoke City        10  -8    9
19. Watford           10  -3    8
---------------------------------
20. Notts County      10  -10   7
21. Wolverhampton W.   9  -15   2
22. Leicester City    10  -17   2



Tuesday 25th October 1983
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
League Cup 2nd Round 2nd Leg
*Notts led 4-2 from the 1st leg

Notts County 4
Hunt
Hunt
Christie
Christie

Aldershot 1
McDonald (pen)

HT 2-0
Attendance:- 3,439

Notts go through 8-3 on aggreagte

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 20th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   Pedro Richards
8.   John Chiedozie *
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Martin O'Neill
11. Gordon Mair

Sub: Ian McParland *

Aldershot
Colours:- ?Red & Blue striped shirts, Blue shorts, Red socks?
League Position:- 17th/24 in the 4th tier
Manager:- Len Walker

1.   David Coles
2.   Paul Shrubb
3.   Giorgio Mazzon
4.   Glenn Burvill
5.   Alan Wooler
6.   Joe Jopling
7.   Brian Lucas
8.   Dale Banton
9.   Les Lawrence
10. Ian McDonald
11. Peter O'Sullivan

Sub not used


Saturday 29th October 1983
3pm kick off at White Hart Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Tottenham Hotspur 1
Archibald 75

Notts County 0

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 29,198

Tottenham Hotspur
Colours:- White shirts, Navy shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 6th/22
Manager:- Keith Burkinshaw

1.   Ray Clemence
2.   Chris Hughton
3.   Tony Galvin
4.   Graham Roberts
5.   Gary Stevens
6.   Steve Perryman
7.   Gary Mabbutt
8.   Steve Archibald
9.   Mark Falco
10. Glenn Hoddle
11. Garry Brooke *

Sub: Garth Crooks *

Notts County
Colours:- Green shirts with yellow dual pinstripes, Green shorts, Green socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin *
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   Pedro Richards
8.   John Chiedozie
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Martin O'Neill
11. Gordon Mair

Sub: Ian McParland *


Saturday 5th November 1983
3pm kick off at The Hawthorns

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

West Bromwich A. 2
McNaught
Luke

Notts County 0

HT 1-0
Attendance:- 10,760

West Bromwhich Albion
Colours:- Navy & White striped shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 10th/22
Manager:- Ron Wylie

1.   Paul Barron
2.   Clive Whitehead
3.   Barry Cowdrill
4.   Noel Luke
5.   Ken McNaught
6.   Ally Robertson
7.   Romeo Zondervan
8.   Garry Thompson
9.   Micky Lewis
10. Gary Owen
11. Mick Perry

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Green shirts with yellow dual pinstripes, Green shorts, Green socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   Glenn Roeder
7.   Pedro Richards
8.   John Chiedozie
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Martin O'Neill
11. Gordon Mair *

Sub: Ian McParland *

Notes:
Glenn Roeder joined on loan from QPR and the cultured defender made his debut at West Brom, twice clearing off the line and seeing his header hit the bar at the other end, but County lost yet again.



Tuesday 8th November 1983
7:30pm kick off at St Andrews

v
League Cup 3rd Round

Birmingham City 2
Handysides 7
Phillips 60

Notts County 2
Harkouk 52
Chiedozie 63

HT 1-0
Attendance:- 10,484

Birmingham City
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- 14th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Ron Saunders

1.   Tony Coton
2.   Jim Hagan
3.   Pat Van Den Hauwe
4.   Noel Blake
5.   Billy Wright
6.   Byron Stevenson
7.   Howard Gayle
8.   Les Phillips
9.   Ian Handysides
10. Mick Halsall
11. Robert Hopkins

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 20th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Rachid Harkouk
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   Glen Roeder
7.   Pedro Richards
8.   John Chiedozie
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Martin O'Neill
11. Ian McParland *

Sub: David Clarke *


Saturday 12th November 1983
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Fashanu

Norwich City 1
Barham

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 7,882

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Glenn Roeder
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Brian Kilcline

Norwich City
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Green shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- before match 15th/22, after match 17th/22
Manager:- Ken Brown

1.   Chris Woods
2.   Paul Haylock
3.   Greg Downs
4.   Peter Mendham
5.   Aage Hareide
6.   Dave Watson
7.   Louie Donowa
8.   John Deehan
9.   John Devine
10. Keith Bertschin
11. Mark Barham

Sub not used

Notes:
Fortunately there were four other clubs down at the bottom of the table doing as badly as Notts, although a gap had opened up with the rest of the league and Norwich were already 9 points clear of County despite being a lowly 15th. Justin Fashanu netted his 2nd league goal of the season against his old club, but it was not enough to prevent Notts from extending their winless league run to 11 matches.


Saturday 19th November 1983
3pm kick off at The Dell

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Southampton 0

Notts County 2
Fashanu
Christie

HT 0-1
Attendance:- 15,009

Southampton
Colours:- Red shirts with a white front panel, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 4th/22, after match 9th/22
Manager:- Lawrie McMenemy

1.   Peter Shilton
2.   Reuben Agboola
3.   Steve Baker *
4.   Steve Williams
5.   Ken Armstrong
6.   Mark Whitlock
7.   Nick Holmes
8.   Steve Moran
9.   Frank Worthington
10. David Armstrong
11. Danny Wallace

Sub: Martin Foyle *

Notts County
Colours:- Green shirts with yellow dual pinstripes, Green shorts, Green socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 19th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Glenn Roeder
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Brian Kilcline

Notes:
Notts moved out of the relegation zone with their first victory in 12 league games.



Tuesday 22nd November 1983
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
League Cup 3rd Round Replay

Notts County 0

Birmingham City 0

AET

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 8,268

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 19th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Glen Roeder
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Brian Kilcline

Birmingham City
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- 15th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Ron Saunders

1.   Tony Coton
2.   Jim Hagan
3.   Pat Van Den Hauwe
4.   Noel Blake
5.   Billy Wright
6.   Byron Stevenson
7.   Howard Gayle
8.   Les Phillips *
9.   Mick Harford
10. Martin Kuhl
11. Robert Hopkins

Sub: Mick Halsall *


Saturday 26th November 1983
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 5
Christie 8, 73 (pen)
Chiedozie 16, 79
Harkouk 68

Aston Villa 2
Mortimer 53
Evans (pen) 89

Attendance :- 8,960
Referee:-  G.Tyson (Sunderland)

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 19th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Glen Roeder
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Ian McParland

Aston Villa
Colours:- Claret shirts with sky blue side panels, White shorts, Sky blue socks
League Position:- before match 6th/22, after match 9th/22
Manager:- Tony Barton

1.   Nigel Spink
2.   Mark Jones
3.   Gary Williams
4.   Allan Evans
5.   Brendan Ormsby
6.   Dennis Mortimer
7.   Paul Birch *
8.   Paul Rideout
9.   Peter Withe
10. Alan Curbishly
11. Colin Gibson

Sub: Mark Walters *

Football Post Report

SPARKLING MAGPIES STUN VILLA
Dave McVay at Meadow Lane

TWO GOALS apiece from Trevor Christie and John Chiedozie gave Notts County a richly deserved victory against a lethargic Aston Villa here this afternoon.

Christie scored in the eighth and 73rd minute (pen), and Chiedozie (16 and 79 mins) capped fine individual performances with their efforts. Rachid Harkouk also fired a 68th minute goal after a Dennis Mortimer pile-driver had threatened to drag the visitors back into the game.
Chiedozie provided the early danger for Notts, but Spink collected his right wing cross with some confidence. Villa immediately countered as Spinks' long punt down the middle forced Richards to concede a corner as Rideout tried to burst through. McDonagh was also involved in the incident, and the Eire 'keeper needed some attention before he limped away to carry on his duties. After five minutes, though, Notts might have taken the lead. Worthington's clearance, was flicked on by Christie for Chiedozie to race clear, but although his half-volley was struck firmly from 18-yards, it sailed well over the bar.

INCREASED
The Magpies were rewarded, however, just three minutes later with Harkouk the instigator. Turning up on the right, he played a low ball in for Fashanu, whose side-footed effort was blocked by Ormsby. CHRISTIE was first to react, picking up the scrapings he turned on to his favoured left foot and drove low into the net, via the diving Spinks' legs. As Notts began to apply the pressure, Ormsby received his sixth booking of the season for a challenge on Fashanu after 16 minutes. This took him over the 21-point mark.

Before the kick could be taken, Mortimer also went into referee George Tyson's book for dissent. When the kick was eventually taken, Notts increased their lead. Worthington's cross was cleared only as far as Goodwin. The full-back managed to pick out Christie with a floated centre, his downward header beat the Villa defence and CHIEDOZIE latched on to the 1oose ball to steer home from close range, The visitors were desperate to get back in the game and from their fifth corner of the match, Roeder did well to head clear from inside the six-yard box. It began a spate of Villa corners, but McDonagh grasped the final one to the cheers of the crowd.

County broke out from the pressure and began to play some of' their best football of the season. A superb flowing move involving Worthington, Christie and Fashanu illustrated the home side's growing confidence, Harkouk's final shot being blocked by Ormsby.
Rideout became the third Villa player to be booked after 26 minutes protesting about a foul on the halfway line, Richards followed him five minutes later, this time for a foul on Withe, McDonagh cleanly catching the ensuing free kick. His first-time boot down field found the speedy Chiedozie, but his attempt to set up Harkouk was  blocked by the covering Ormsby.

There had been little seen of Villa as an attacking force with their midfield in particular being overrun by the eager Magpies. However, they constructed their best move of the game eight minutes before half-time when Gibson got away down the left, crossed for Withe who set up a half chance for Mortimer, the midfielder's toe-poke flying narrowly over McDonagh's bar. The same player got in a fierce 25-yarder a couple of minutes later that McDonagh watched, with relief, dip over his bar.
With only three minutes of the half remaining, Gibson came closest to reducing the arrears for his side, arriving late to head narrowly over from Birch's curling cross. Jones and Withe combined a minute before the break to give Birch a chance which Richards deflected just wide.
HALF TIME:
NOTTS COUNTY.... 2
ASTON VILLA........ 0

It was nearly 3-0 less than a minute after the break as Goodwin played a neat ball into Christieís path, the striker teeing up O'Neill who blasted narrowly wide from 12-yards. Notts were on the attack again as Fashanu released Chiedozie on the right, He took on, and beat Williams, but his cross was headed behind by Evans for the first corner of the half; Worthington's flag-kick fell for Fashanu in the six-yard box, but the ball was somehow scrambled off the line and the danger averted for a goal kick.

Fashanu, having his best game for the club this term, again got Chiedozie away, but this time the Nigerian's cross floated behind Spinks' goal. Fashanu did get the ball in the net after 51 minutes only for his effort to be disallowed for his foul on Evans. Notts were totally dominating affairs at this stage, Fashanu and O'Neill linking superbly to give the Irishman a chance that he drove into the side netting. However, completely against the run of play. Villa pulled a goal back. Gibson fed MORTIMER on the edge of the box eight minutes after the interval and his first time drive left McDonagh with no chance as it hit the back of the net.

A corner five minutes later was the Notts reply, but suddenly the whole nature of the game had changed, Villa were clearly inspired now and the goal had obviously knocked the steam out of County.
Richards recovered in the nick of time to deny Withe, then Goodwin headed off the line after Ormsby had beaten the Notts defence to Mortimer's corner. McDonagh got down well to save from Withe's header but Chiedozie had a marvellous chance to clinch the points, his lobbed effort floating over the bar with Spink helpless.

They didn't have long to wait for that third, though, as O'Neill crossed for Christie to nod back for HARKOUK, who planted a fierce drive into the bottom corner of the net. Walters replaced Birch in the 71st minute as Villa tried to salvage something from the game, but it was Notts who threatened once again. Chiedozie burst through the centre of the Villa defence and his attempted lob was blocked by Williams and referee Tyson pointed immediately to the penalty spot, Evans was booked for protesting about the decision and Christie's first attempt Was kept out by Spink. The referee adjudged the keeper had moved however, and CHRISTIE made no mistake with his second attempt.

To the crowd's delight CHIEDOZIE made it 5-1 with only 11 minutes to go. He beat Spink to an intended Gibson back-pass, rounded the keeper and calmly tapped the ball home. As the final whistle approached the crowd were chanting for a sixth goal, but in fairness they couldn't ask much more of a Notts side that had performed splendidly.
Villa had the chance of a late consolation after Walters had been pulled down in the box by Harkouk and EVANS stepped up to score his sixth goal  of the season from the spot.
RESULT:
NOTTS COUNTY .... 5
ASTON VILLA ........ 2

Notes:
County appeared to have turned the corner with this 2nd successive league win (a 4 match League Cup saga with Birmingham City was also in full swing at the time). The revival was inspired by the loan signing of Glen Roeder, but sadly this match v Villa was to be Roeder's last Meadow Lane appearance before his loan spell came to an end. This match was also the first time I witnessed fisticuffs between rival fans when a group of Villa supporters decided to enter the County Road stand (where Block X now is) before the match started, they were eventually escorted into the away end. After going 5-1 down, the same group of Villa fans were clearly intent on staging another fight outside the ground after the final whistle, but the police must have kept them locked in. Villa's no.9 had scored the winning goal that won them the 1982 European Cup final and their no.8 later had a spell with Notts.



Tuesday 29th November 1983
7:30pm kick off at St Andrews

v
League Cup 3rd Round 2nd Replay

Birmingham City 0

Notts County 0

AET

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 9,678

Birmingham City
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- 16th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Ron Saunders

1.   Tony Coton
2.   Jim Hagan
3.   Pat Van Den Hauwe
4.   Noel Blake
5.   Billy Wright
6.   Byron Stevenson
7.   Howard Gayle
8.   Les Phillips
9.   Mick Harford
10. Ian Muir
11. Robert Hopkins

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 18th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Glen Roeder
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Ian McParland

Notes:
Another draw and now a 4th match would be required. Liverpool would visit the winners in the 4th round and on Thursday the draw for the quarter-finals was made, with Notts, Birmingham or Liverpool due to play away at 2nd tier Sheffield Wednesday.


Saturday 3rd December 1983
3pm kick off at Loftus Road

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Queens Park Rangers 1
Waddock 3

Notts County 0

HT 1-0
Attendance:- 10,217

Queens Park Rangers
Colours:- Blue & White hooped shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 10th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Terry Venables

1.   Peter Hucker
2.   Warren Neill
3.   Ian Dawes
4.   Gary Waddock
5.   Steve Wicks
6.   Terry Fenwick
7.   Mike Fillery
8.   Ian Stewart
9.   Tony Sealy
10. Simon Stainrod
11. John Gregory

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Green shirts with yellow dual pinstripes, Green shorts, Green socks
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Tristan Benjamin
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Ian McParland

Notes:
Glenn Roeder's loan period at Notts had come to an end and was now back at QPR who wanted £150,000 for him, Roeder had told the press; "I have been given a new lease of life at County and want to stay.". The Notts chairman Jack Dunnett announced that he would put up half of the money if supporters could raise the rest, which prompted the embarrassing "Buy Glenn Roeder appeal" (for which school friends really took the pee out of me). Notts lost to a 3rd minute goal at QPR when keeper Jim McDonagh got lost yards out of his goal and was beaten by a precise chip by Gary Waddock. Rachid Harkouk hit a post in the 50th minute.



Monday 5th December 1983
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
League Cup 3rd Round 3rd Replay

Notts County 1
O'Neill 80

Birmingham City 3
Hopkins
Harford 23
Hopkins 40

HT 0-3
Attendance:- 7,361

Birmingham City go through to play Liverpool at home in the 4th round.

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 18th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Tristan Benjamin *
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Ian McParland *

Birmingham City
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- 17th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Ron Saunders

1.   Tony Coton
2.   Jim Hagan
3.   Pat Van Den Hauwe
4.   Noel Blake
5.   Billy Wright
6.   Mick Halsall
7.   Howard Gayle
8.   Les Phillips
9.   Mick Harford
10. Martin Kuhl
11. Robert Hopkins

Sub not used


Saturday 10th December 1983
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 6
Christie 7
Worthington 37
McParland 42
Chiedozie 55, 66
Richards 87

Sunderland 1
Bracewell 27

HT 3-1

Attendance :- 7,123

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Tristan Benjamin
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Ian McParland
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: David Clarke

Sunderland
Colours:- ?All yellow with black trim?
League Position:- before match 14th/22, after match 15th/22
Manager:- Alan Durban

1.   Chris Turner
2.   Barry Venison
3.   Nick Pickering
4.   Ian Atkins
5.   Gordon Chisholm
6.   Shaun Elliot
7.   Paul Bracewell
8.   Gary Rowell
9.   Colin West
10. Mark Proctor
11. Leighton James *

Sub: Paul Atkinson *

Notes:
Sunderland arrived in Nottingham having taken 10 points from their last four away league games and 6 of those points had been won at Arsenal and Liverpool! But they found that even Pedro Richards had his shooting boots on at Meadow Lane as County ran riot, following up the 5-2 home win over Villa with this startling 6-1 victory, Notts' biggest win margin since beating Hull City 5-0 nine years earlier. What a shame so few were there to see it as County entertained their lowest Saturday crowd since the promotion season (More people had turned up for the Monday night 3rd replay with Birmingham). Sunderland sacked manager Alan Durban later in the season on 2nd March.

Bottom six after the win over Sunderland (3 pts for a win)
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Birmingham City   16  -6   18
18. Notts County      17  -4   17
19. Watford           17  -8   16
---------------------------------
20. Leicester City    17  -10  16
21. Stoke City        17  -15  12
22. Wolverhampton W.  17  -33   7


Saturday 17th December 1983
3pm kick off at Anfield

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Liverpool 5
Nicol 12
Souness (pen) 22, 83
Hunt (og) 35
Rush 50

Notts County 0

HT 3-0
Attendance:- 22,436

Liverpool
Colours:- All Red (shirts had white pinstripes)
League Position:- before match 2nd/22, after match 1st/22
Manager:- Joe Fagan

1.   Bruce Grobbelaar
2.   Phil Neal
3.   Alan Kennnedy
4.   Mark Lawrenson
5.   Steve Nicol
6.   Alan Hansen
7.   Kenny Dalglish
8.   Sammy Lee
9.   Ian Rush
10. Craig Johnston
11. Graeme Souness

Sub not used: David Hodgson

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Tristan Benjamin
7.   Martin O'Neill *
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Ian McParland
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Iain McCulloch *


Monday 26th December 1983
11:30am kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Luton Town 3
Aylott 19, 78
Daniel 71

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 9,789

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Brian Kilcline
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Iain McCulloch *
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Rachid Harkouk *

Luton Town
Colours:- Orange shirts with dark blue sleeves, White shorts, Orange socks
League Position:- before match 6th/22, after match 3rd/22
Manager:- David Pleat

1.   Les Sealey
2.   Kirk Stephens
3.   Mitchell Thomas
4.   Brian Horton
5.   Paul Elliot
6.   Mal Donaghy
7.   Ricky Hill
8.   Brian Stein
9.   Paul Walsh
10. Trevor Aylott
11. Ray Daniel

Sub not used

Central TV sent a cameraman to this fixture and the footage was used by ITN for a 1mins 3secs goals report voiced over by Tony Francis which was broadcast during their 5:15pm bulletin. This shows..... Play as Notts County attack/ Aylott scores for Luton Town heading in from a corner at the Meadow Lane end / Justin Fashanu's header at the other end saved at point-blank range / Jimmy Sirrel shouting at his players from his position on the TV gantry / Fierce Nigel Worthington attempt from distance well saved by Sealey / 2nd Half; Ricky Hill sets up Daniel to pass the ball into an empty net for 2-0 / Mitchell Thomas sends in a low centre from the left byline for Aylott to slide in and score his second and Luton's third.

Notes:
Despite the best efforts of the supporters who raised a considerable amount of money for the "Buy Glen Roeder appeal", promotion chasing Newcastle United stepped in and on Boxing Day Roeder could be seen playing in the black & white stripes of the other Magpies at St James Park. Back at Meadow Lane, this 3-0 home defeat was very much a case of playing Luton at home at the wrong time of the season as the Hatters moved up to the dizzy heights of 3rd (They would go on to win only 3 more matches all season and finished 16th!) Coming off the back of our 5-0 defeat at Liverpool, this was a pretty miserable Christmas outing for a match kicking off at the very strange time of 11:30am and the result saw Notts drop back into the relegation zone.


Tuesday 27th December 1983
3pm kick off at Old Trafford

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Manchester United 3
Crooks 58
McQueen 63
Moran

Notts County 3
Christie (pen)
Fashanu 81
Fashanu 83

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 41,544
Referee:- Derek Owen

Manchester United
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 2nd/22, after match 2nd/22
Manager:- Ron Atkinson

1.   Jeff Wealands
2.   Mike Duxbury
3.   Arthur Albiston
4.   Ray Wilkins
5.   Kevin Moran
6.   Gordon McQueen
7.   Remi Moses
8.   Arnold Muhren
9.   Frank Stapleton
10. Garth Crooks *
11. Arthur Graham

Sub: Norman Whiteside *

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Brian Kilcline
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk *
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: David Clarke *

Granada TV sent a camera to the ground to capture the goals for a 1mins 38seconds report broadcast during an ITN news bulletin.

Notes:
Notts made a remarkable come back to draw 3-3 at Manchester United thanks to two late goals by Justin Fashanu. Old Trafford was also the scene of a bizarre incident where the referee had a rush of blood to the head and booked seven Notts players all at once for failing to retreat from a free kick. Martin O'Neill said afterwards; "It was laughable, I said to the referee 'Why don't you book the lot of us' - and he did."


Saturday 31st December 1983
3pm kick off at Portman Road

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Ipswich Town 1
Mariner

Notts County 0

HT 1-0
Attendance:- 14,170

Ipswich Town
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 14th/22, after match 14th/22
Manager:- Bobby Ferguson

1.   Laurie Sivell
2.   Tommy Parkin
3.   Irvin Gernon
4.   Tony Kinsella
5.   Russell Osman
6.   Terry Butcher
7.   John Wark
8.   Stuart McCall
9.   Paul Mariner
10. Eric Gates
11. Kevin O'Callaghan

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Brian Kilcline
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu *
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: David Clarke *

The goal was shown during a brief football round-up on the ITN News bulletin on ITV at 9:35-9:40pm.

Notes:
Justin Fashanu was injured in this game and he would not play again this season, a big loss.


Monday 2nd January 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Christie 38
O'Neill 47

West Ham United 2
Stewart (pen) 14
Swindlehurst 27

HT 1-2

Attendance :- 8,667
Referee:- George Courtney

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Brian Kilcline
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   David Clarke
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Mark Jones

West Ham United
Colours:- Claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, White shorts, Sky blue socks
League Position:- before match 3rd/22, after match 3rd/22
Manager:- John Lyall

1.   Phil Parkes
2.   Ray Stewart
3.   Paul Brush
4.   Steve Walford
5.   Alvin Martin
6.   Alan Devonshire
7.   Steve Whitton
8.   Tony Cottee
9.   Dave Swindlehurst
10. Trevor Brooking
11. Neil Orr

Sub not used

Notes:
Another tricky fixture for struggling Notts, West Ham were 3rd having just thrashed Spurs 4-1. On 14 minutes the referee, having consulted his linesman, decided that David Hunt had handled in the area and awarded the Hammers a penalty which Ray Stewart blasted in for 1-0. Notts almost immediately equalised when Phil Parkes was forced into making a desperate double save, but West Ham went further ahead on 27. County were back in it before half-time however as Christie headed in Chiedozie's left wing cross and two minutes into the 2nd half the Magpies were level when Martin O'Neill headed in a corner.  So a decent New Year bank holiday point for Notts but a very disappointing attendance.


Panini Sticker Collection
"Football 84"
Released January 1984

The full Notts County Set

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Notts' FA Cup Results
Sunday 8th January 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
FA Cup 3rd Round

Notts County 2
Christie (pen)
Christie

Bristol City 2
Crawford 3
Ritchie 65

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 11,042
Referee:- Norman Glover

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 20th/22 in the top flight
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Brian Kilcline
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   David Clarke
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk *
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Iain McCulloch *

Bristol City
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- 6th/24 in the 4th tier
Manager:- Terry Cooper

1.   John Shaw
2.   Paul Stevens
3.   Gary Williams
4.   Bruce Halliday
5.   Forbes Phillipson-Masters
6.   Glyn Riley
7.   Howard Pritchard
8.   Tom Ritchie
9.   Kenny Stroud
10. Martyn Hirst
11. Alan Crawford *

Sub: Terry Cooper *

Central News East recorded the game for a goals report.

Notes:
This ought to have been an easy passage into the 4th round for Notts as the Robins were now three divisions below the Magpies following three successive relegations after losing their top flight status only 4 years earlier. The tie was evidently a big deal for City who brought an impressive following, but unfortunately they turned out to be the worst behaved fans I'd had the displeasure of witnessing up to that point (it was my first cup match as well as my first Sunday Meadow Lane outing) - City fans threw coins at us fans standing on County Road near the Kop and, unable to provoke a reaction, they then decided to start fighting amongst themselves and then the police. It was no surprise to see Bristol City hooligans making the headlines later in the season at Reading in April where their manager Terry Cooper made a tannoy threat to concede the points if they didn't behave themselves. As for this 3rd round FA Cup tie, City took a surprise early lead before Christie equalised with a penalty, Christie then put Notts ahead shortly after half-time but City pulled it back to 2-2 with an outrageous equaliser when Notts Goalkeeper Seamus McDonagh lost the ball after receiving a kick to the head (which required 5 stitches) and as the Notts players stopped expecting a free-kick, City played on and scored. The referee partly made up for it by failing to award what looked a clear penalty 10 minutes later when McDonagh chopped down Ritchie. A replay at Ashton Gate would take place two days later in front of easily Bristol City's biggest crowd of the season......


Notts' FA Cup Results
Tuesday 10th January 1984
7:45pm kick off at Ashton Gate

v
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay

Bristol City 0

Notts County 2
Kilcline 48
McCulloch ??

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 16,107

Bristol City
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- 6th/24 in the 4th tier
Manager:- Terry Cooper

1.   John Shaw
2.   Paul Stevens
3.   Gary Williams
4.   Bruce Halliday
5.   Forbes Phillipson-Masters
6.   Glyn Riley
7.   Howard Pritchard
8.   Tom Ritchie
9.   Kenny Stroud
10. Martyn Hirst
11. Alan Crawford *

Sub: Terry Cooper *

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 20th/22 in the top flight
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Brian Kilcline
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Ian McParland

Both the BBC and ITV showed reports.


Saturday 14th January 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Chiedozie 15
Harkouk 27

Leicester City 5
McDonald 16
Lineker 48, 63, 72
Peake 52

Attendance :- 10,607
Referee:-  D. Hutchinson (Harrogate)
Weather:- Rain, sleet and snow

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Mark Goodwin *
3.   Nigel Worthington
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Brian Kilcline
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Ian McParland *

Leicester City
Colours:- Blue shirts with white dual pinstripes, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 17th/22
Manager:- Gordon Milne

1.   Mark Wallington
2.   Bobby Smith
3.   Ian Wilson
4.   Kevin McDonald
5.   Bob Hazell
6.   John O'Neill
7.   Steve Lynex
8.   Gary Lineker
9.   Alan Smith
10. Andy Peake
11. Ian Banks

Sub not used: Tommy English

Notes:
3rd bottom Notts, without a win in their last 5 league games, versus the team two places above them and six points better off. Leicester had hit a good run of form after collecting only 2 points from their opening 10 games. It was a must win match for Notts that was played in ludicrous weather conditions, one minute there'd be bright sunshine, the next there'd be a blizzard. Notts were in front at half-time but then Gary Lineker struck three times in the 2nd half, he would go on to collect the golden boot award at the next World Cup whilst his striking partner Alan Smith went on to find fame with Arsenal.


Saturday 21st January 1984
3pm kick off at Highbury

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Arsenal 1
Nicholas

Notts County 1
Chiedozie

HT 1-0
Attendance:- 20,110

Arsenal
Colours:- Red shirts with white sleeves, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 11th/22, after match 11th/22
Manager:- Don Howe

1.   Pat Jennings
2.   John Kay
3.   Kenny Sansom
4.   Brian Talbot
5.   Tony Adams *
6.   Tommy Caton
7.   Raphael Meade
8.   Paul Davis
9.   Tony Woodcock
10. Charlie Nicholas
11. Graham Rix

Sub: Brian McDermott *

Notts County
Colours:- ?White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Brian Kilcline
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Nigel Worthington *
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Rachid Harkouk *

Notes:
Left back Northern Ireland international Nigel Worthington made his last Notts appearance before leaving for Sheffield Wednesday for £80,000. Arsenal's Tommy Caton (formerly of Manchester City) played against Notts for the final time, 9 years later he died of a heart attack at the age of only 30.


Notts' FA Cup Results
Wednesday 1st February 1984
7:30pm kick off at Leeds Road

v
FA Cup 4th Round

Huddersfield Town 1
Stonehouse 42

Notts County 2
Kilcline 40
Harkouk 43

HT 1-2
Attendance:- 13,634

Huddersfield Town
Colours:- Blue & White striped shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- 9th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Mick Buxton

1.   Keith Mason
2.   Stephen Stoutt
3.   David Burke
4.   Daral Pugh
5.   Dave Sutton
6.   Keith Hanvey
7.   Mark Lillis
8.   Steve Doyle
9.   Kevin Stonehouse
10. Phil Wilson
11. Dave Cowling *

Sub: Colin Russell *

Notts County
Colours:- Green shirts with yellow dual pinstripes, Green shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- 20th/22 in the top flight
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Brian Kilcline
7.   Martin O'Neill *
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Ian McParland *

Recorded for a goals report.

Notes:
This tie was scheduled to take place on Saturday 28th January (forcing the cancellation of the Notts v Wolves league clash) but was postponed due to bad weather. It was then re-arranged for Tuesday 31st January but postponed again and then played the following day.


Saturday 4th February 1984
3pm kick off at Goodison Park

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Everton 4
Sheedy (pen) 20
Heath 26
Heath 38
Heath 69

Notts County 1
McParland (pen) 7

HT 3-1
Attendance:- 13,191

Everton
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 14th/22, after match 14th/22
Manager:- Howard Kendall

1.   Neville Southall
2.   Gary Stevens
3.   John Bailey
4.   Kevin Ratcliffe
5.   Derek Mountfield
6.   Peter Reid
7.   Alan Irvine
8.   Adrian Heath
9.   Andy Gray
10. Kevin Richardson
11. Kevin Sheedy

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- ?White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, Yellow socks?
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Brian Kilcline
7.   Mark Goodwin
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Ian McParland *
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Mark Jones *

Notes:
Ian McParland put Notts ahead with a penalty, but County then crashed to a heavy defeat. 18 year old Mark Jones came on as a sub to make his Notts debut.


Thursday 9th February 1984

Friendly

Real Mallorca 1
Notts County 0


Saturday 11th February 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 3
Harkouk 3
Christie (pen) 9, 53

Watford 5
Hunt (og) 14
Callaghan 28, 43
Reilly 46
Johnston 83

Attendance :- 8,070
Referee:-  David Richardson (Great Harwood)

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   Ian McParland
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Mark Jones

Watford
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 13th/22, after match 11th/22
Manager:- Graham Taylor

1.   Steve Sherwood
2.   David Bardsley
3.   Wilf Rostron
4.   Les Taylor
5.   Steve Terry
6.   Paul Franklin
7.   Nigel Callaghan
8.   Mo Johnston
9.   George Reilly
10. Kenny Jacket
11. John Barnes *

Sub: Worrell Sterling *

BBC television cameras recorded this fixture for extended Match of the Day highlights.

Notes:
Wearing sponsored shirts for the first time ever, County took the lead when Harkouk headed in McCulloch's cross from the right. Steve Terry then shoved Christie out of the way in the area as he tried to get on the end of a long ball, the ref gave Notts a penalty which Christie converted for 2-0. A fluke goal allowed Watford back into the match when a free-kick found its' way to Kenny Jackett, McDonagh pushed his effort away but it ricocheted off David Hunt and into the net, 2-1. A cross from the left led to Watford's equaliser, the ball found its' way to Callaghan on the right who guided a low shot into the far side of the net for 2-2. Mo Johnston then found Callaghan again on the right and his audacious drive flew past McDonagh just inside the far post, 2-3. A disastrous start to the 2nd half saw Notts fall further behind, a volleyed cross was headed against the crossbar by John Barnes, George Reilly was first to the rebound and was able to force it through McDonagh for 2-4. At this point in the televised highlights commentator John Motson pointed out that the crowd were barracking Jim McDonagh "but I can hardly see why", Motson obviously hadn't seen McDonagh's recent performances at Meadow Lane, he was only in the side today because Mick Leonard had Chicken Pox and there were now ironic cheers from County fans everytime McDonagh picked the ball up. Notts were back in the game when McParland did well to get in a cross from the right, McCulloch lobbed it on to the far post where Christie was waiting to head downwards into the goal, 3-4. Watford killed the game off after Notts had chances to clear an attack, McDonagh then miss-timed a dive to the feet of Les Taylor who got in a cross for Johnston's diving header into the empty net, 3-5. The defeat saw Notts drop to 2nd bottom - their lowest position yet. McDonagh wouldn't be picked to play again all season. Watford's no.11 went on to become a household name in the summer after scoring a sensational solo goal for England in a 2-0 friendly win against Brazil in Rio. Watford's manager Graham Taylor would later manage England in an unsuccessful spell in the early 1990's.


Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 18th February 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
FA Cup 5th Round

Notts County 1
Chiedozie 31

Middlesbrough 0

Attendance :- 17,487
Referee:-  B. Hill (Kettering)

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22 (Top tier)
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Ian McParland

Middlesbrough
Colours:- Red shirts with white sleeves, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 11th/22, after match 11th/22 (2nd tier)
Manager:- Malcolm Allison

1.   Stephen Pears
2.   Darren Wood
3.   Tony Mowbray
4.   Heine Otto
5.   Mick Baxter
6.   Irving Nattrass
7.   Gary Hamilton
8.   Mick Kennedy
9.   Garry MacDonald
10. Paul Sugrue *
11. David Currie

Sub: Paul Ward *

Central News East had a camera at the match and the goal was shown on the Monday 6pm news bulletin.

Notes:
Notts progressed to the Quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in 29 years (1955) thanks to a superb individual goal by John Chiedozie who ran on to a long ball on the left wing, beat two defenders and placed his shot into the corner of the Meadow Lane end net. I was stood right at the front of County Road where Chiedozie picked the ball up and so had a great view of it, ironically I'd been forced to move to that spot from my regular position after hundreds of Middlesbrough fans in the away end decided to climb over the fences into where X block now is to engage in a massive fight with our fans before the match began, I remember grown men being sent tumbling down the steps and landing at my feet before one of the County combatants finally conceded "There's too many of 'em!" and that seemed to be the cue for us all to make a retreat further along County Road leaving the Boro fans behind to celebrate their successful invasion. Happily it was us who were celebrating at the final whistle. Middlesbrough went on to sack manager Malcolm Allison at the end of March and finished 17th in the old 2nd division. In spite of our poor position in the league, there was a genuine belief that we could go all the way in the FA Cup as the big clubs (Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal, Spurs, West Ham and Villa) had all been knocked out. The other Quarter-finalists included 3rd division Plymouth, 2nd tier clubs Derby County & Sheffield Wednesday and fellow 'unfashionable' top flight teams Watford, Luton Town and Birmingham City. The two to avoid were Everton and Southampton, yet having been drawn against lower league opposition in all of the previous rounds, I suppose we couldn't really complain about being paired up with Everton on our own patch.


Tuesday 21st February 1984
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Tottenham Hotspur 0

Attendance :- 7,943

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Brian Kilcline
7.   Ian McParland
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk *
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Mark Goodwin *

Tottenham Hotspur
Colours:- All sky blue
League Position:- before match 7th/22, after match 7th/22
Manager:- Keith Burkinshaw

1.   Tony Parks
2.   Danny Thomas
3.   Chris Hughton
4.   Paul Miller
5.   Gary Stevens
6.   Steve Perryman
7.   Ossie Ardiles
8.   Alan Brazil
9.   Mark Falco
10. Glenn Hoddle
11. Tony Galvin *

Sub: Ian Culverhouse *

No TV cameras are thought to have been present but this match was videotaped on behalf of the club by a private company.

Notes:
This match had originally been scheduled to take place three days earlier, but it was post-poned due to Notts FA Cup 5th round home tie with Middlesbrough (Spurs had the day off). There were almost 10,000 less people in the ground than there had been on the Saturday to see Notts finally keep their first home league clean sheet of the season, but sadly we couldn't score at the other end. A point at home to Spurs would normally have been a decent result, but we were now beyond desperate for a win. Spurs no.7 had won a World cup winners medal with Argentina in 1978 whilst their no.10 (considered by many to be England's most gifted midfielder of the period) later managed England in the 1998 World Cup finals but was forced to resign the following year after stating his belief that people born with disabilities were reaping bad karma from a previous life.


Saturday 25th February 1984
3pm kick off at The Victoria Ground

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Stoke City 1
Chamberlain 8

Notts County 0

HT 1-0
Attendance:- 11,725

Stoke City
Colours:- White shirts with red sleeves and red pin stripes, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Bill Asprey

1.   Peter Fox
2.   Stephen Bould
3.   Peter Hampton
4.   Robbie James
5.   Paul Dyson
6.   Brendan O'Callaghan
7.   Chris Maskery
8.   Sammy McIlroy
9.   Paul Maguire
10. Alan Hudson
11. Mark Chamberlain

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Green shirts with yellow dual pinstripes, Green shorts, ?Yellow socks?
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   Ian McParland *
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Mark Goodwin *

Notes:
This defeat at 3rd bottom Stoke City was enough to convince many fans that Notts could no longer avoid relegation.


Tuesday 28th February 1984

County Cup
Semi-final

Mansfield Town 4
Notts County 0


Saturday 3rd March 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Christie (pen)

West Bromwich A. 1
Cross

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 7,373

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Aki Lahtinen
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Brian Kilcline
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk *
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Ian McParland *

West Bromwhich Albion
Colours:- All yellow with black trim
League Position:- before match 19th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Johnny Giles

1.   Paul Barron
2.   Clive Whitehead
3.   Derek Statham
4.   Romeo Zondervan
5.   Ken McNaught
6.   Martyn Bennett
7.   Martin Jol
8.   Garry Thompson
9.   Nicky Cross
10. Steve MacKenzie
11. Tony Morley

Sub not used

Notes:
County were now a massive 11 points adrift of safety, although the team now occupying 4th bottom (West Brom) were County's next opponents at home and Notts also had a game in hand. When Christie fired Notts into the lead with a 2nd half penalty there was a flicker of hope, but Albion cruelly equalised with the last kick of the game - an extremely depressing moment. Perhaps Notts had let their concentration slip with one eye on next Saturday's FA Cup quarter final. Nobody who was at Meadow Lane on the day, including the players, were aware that General Manager Jimmy Sirrel had lost his wife to sudden tragic circumstances only the night before the West Brom game, yet he still turned up to carry out his usual matchday duties without telling anybody what had happened until after the game was over.

Bottom six after the draw with West Brom (3 pts for a win)
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Sunderland        29  -11  34
18. West Bromwich A.  30  -16  33
19. Ipswich Town      29  -7   32
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20. Stoke City        30  -23  29
21. Notts County      29  -22  22
22. Wolverhampton W.  29  -35  22


Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 10th March 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
FA Cup Quarter Final

Notts County 1
Chiedozie 18

Everton 2
Richardson 6
Gray 47

Attendance :- 19,534
Referee:-  J. Martin (Alton)
Weather:- Rain, becoming heavy in the 2nd half

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 22nd/22 (Top tier)
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Aki Lahtinen
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Trevor Christie
9.   Iain McCulloch
10. Ian McParland *
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Mark Goodwin *

Everton
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 15th/22, after match 15th/22 (Top tier)
Manager:- Howard Kendall

1.   Neville Southall
2.   Gary Stevens
3.   John Bailey
4.   Kevin Ratcliffe
5.   Derek Mountfield
6.   Peter Reid
7.   Alan Irvine
8.   Kevin Richardson
9.   Graeme Sharp
10. Andy Gray
11. Kevin Sheedy *

Sub: Alan Harper *
 

MAGPIE Manager's Call
Jimmy Sirrel's programme notes as published in the matchday programme

ItĎs a new experience for me to be involved in the quarter-finals of the F.A. Cup - as it is for the majority of people connected with Notts County. And I must say that when you consider the success we've had since rising from the Fourth Division in 1971, it makes you wonder why we have never been here before. Twice in that period, of course, we have appeared in the last eight of the League Cup but for some reason F.A. Cup progress has proved difficult to make.

Now though, having beaten Bristol City, Huddersfield and Middlesbrough, we find ourselves just two matches away from Wembley for the first time in 29 years. When you think of it in those terms, itís a great occasion for the club and it is stating the obvious to say that we have everything to play for as we take on Everton this afternoon. I just wish that we were entering the game with our confidence boosted by a league win against West Bromwich Albion last week. It was typical of what has happened to us so many times in recent months where we have done more than enough to win the game yet failed to do so. Yet again, I was reasonably pleased with the general performance and although we missed chances it seemed that Trevor Christie's second-half penalty would give us that elusive victory. Albion's goal came as a great disappointment to us and under the circumstances, it was ideal for players and supporters to be immediately able to turn their attention to this afternoon's cup tie.

The visit of Everton will enable the players and supporters to sample an atmosphere the like of which we seldom get at Meadow Lane. Inevitably, the game has created a tremendous amount of interest - not least among the media - but while some people are saying it is our Cup Final, that is not the way we see it. You donít need me to tell you that Everton will be formidable opponents and the fact that they have already earned the right to meet Liverpool in this month's Milk Cup Final wonít make any difference to their attitude today. They are chasing a hat-trick of victories against us and will no doubt draw confidence from this season's two league successes. In my opinion though, we were unlucky to be beaten 1-0 at home after Rachid Harkouk had struck a post and after scoring an early goal and creating two clear-cut chances, we ought to have done a lot better than lose 4-1 at Goodison Park. In the end though, we had no complaints about that result and it was part of the remarkable transformation that has taken place at Goodison Park. When l saw Everton in the Milk Cup semi-final at Villa Park, the same people that were calling for Howard Kendall to resign a few months ago were chanting his name in praise - but thatís the world we live in. Supporters accept success - even take it for granted at times - but never seem able to accept failure.
 

BBC television cameras recorded the match for highlights on that night's "Match of the Day".
 

Notes:
Only the FA Cup and the League Cup offered clubs the oportunity of playing at Wembley at the time, so this was a very big deal for Notts. It had been 29 years since County had last reached the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup and, as in 1955, they were again handed a home tie. Their opponents Everton were taking their first baby steps towards an incredible run of success having already booked their place in the League Cup final. Only a month earlier Everton had beaten Notts 4-1 in a top flight league fixture at Goodison Park, they had also won at Meadow Lane earlier in the season. By contrast, struggling Notts hadn't won a league game since December and had only reached the sixth round by beating three clubs in division's below them; Bristol City, Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough. The precious Quarter-final home advantage was partially conceded by Notts' own officials who made the contentious decision to hand over the whole of the County Road stand (as well as half of the Kop) to Everton fans. With the Meadow Lane end still only offering a few token steps, there was now no obvious recognisable home end - all we could see from the main stand was blue and white. It was a big mistake, Everton didn't quite sell out their allocation but were still able to make an atmosphere that suggested it was they who were playing at home. Forced out of my regular spot under the County Road stand roof, I was on the terraces in the main stand that day - getting absolutely soaked in the rain whilst standing on tip-toe up against the panelling of the seating area in order to see over the heads of the adults. Attacking the Meadow Lane end in the first half, Notts had an effort cleared off the line during an early spell of pressure that also saw an O'Neill free-kick tipped over the bar and County winning four consecutive corners, but up the other end a throw-in bounced kindly for Kevin Richardson who simply nodded the ball in for a soft opening goal, 1-0 to Everton with only 6 minutes gone. Notts were soon level however, McCulloch's cross on 18 found Christie whose header was brilliantly parried - only for John Chiedozie to prod home the equaliser. Some shocking defending almost allowed Sharp to restore Everton's lead whilst Lahtinen and McCulloch forced further fine saves out of Neville Southall.

Notts began the 2nd half by winning a corner but within 2 minutes Everton were back in front with one of the most ridiculous goals ever seen at Meadow Lane; a Sheedy free-kick was floated in from the left and Andy Gray appeared to miss-time his diving header, but the ball hit the side of Gray's head as he hit the ground and the ball then bobbled into the net just inside the post, 2-1 Everton. "How can Notts County recover from that blow?" asked 'Match of the Day' commentator John Motson. The rain was now teaming down and the pitch soon became a mud bath. Christie went close with Notts best 2nd half chance whilst Everton would have had a third goal had it not been for the mud holding up Sharp's goal bound effort at the very end. Unlike 1955, nobody had been confidently expecting Notts to make the Semi-final this time around, but it was still bitterly disappointing, especially given the nature of Everton's winning goal (A point for Wolves that afternoon also saw Notts sink to the foot of the old 1st Division table for the first time since promotion had been achieved three seasons earlier). Many Notts players on duty in this Quarter-final later cited it as the biggest disappointment of their career, including Martin O'Neill who bemoaned the lack of belief in the side that, on the day, really could have won.


Tuesday 13th March 1984
7:30pm kick off at Carrow Road

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Norwich City 0

Notts County 1
O'Neill 55

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 12,116

Norwich City
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Green shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 10th/22
Manager:- Ken Brown

1.   Chris Woods
2.   Paul Haylock
3.   Greg Downs *
4.   Peter Mendham
5.   Aage Hareide
6.   Dave Watson
7.   Dave Bennett
8.   Mick Channon
9.   John Deehan
10. Jon Rigby
11. Dennis van Wijk

Sub: Louie Donowa *

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 22nd/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Brian Kilcline
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Gordon Mair
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Mark Goodwin

Notes:
This fixture was originally scheduled for Saturday 10th March but played three days later due to Notts' involvement in the FA Cup Quarter-finals. 18 year old Simeon Hodson made his debut and Notts finally recorded their first league win of 1984 thanks to a goal by Martin O'Neill, the victory reduced the gap to safety to 7 points. This match also turned out to be the last time Brian Kilcline played for Notts.


Saturday 17th March 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
O'Neill
Christie (pen)

Coventry City 1
Peake

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 6,564

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Ken Armstrong
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Gordon Mair
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Brian Kilcline

Coventry City
Colours:- All sky blue
League Position:- before match 13th/22, after match 13th/22
Manager:- Bobby Gould

1.   Perry Suckling
2.   Steve Jacobs
3.   Mick Adams
4.   Gerry Daly *
5.   Trevor Peake
6.   Sam Allardyce
7.   Dave Bennett
8.   Ashley Grimes
9.   David Bamber
10. Terry Gibson
11. Keith Thompson

Sub: Ian Butterworth *

A Central TV camera captured the action for a report and Martin O'Neill's superb goal on the half-volley was later included in a goals montage at the end of the "Magpies Magic 1981-84" VHS video.

Notes:
The third successive Saturday home match and this was the first time since promotion that a Meadow Lane weekend gate figure would dip below 7,000. Defender Ken Armstrong made his debut after joining on loan from Southampton. Beating Coventry failed to close the gap to safety any further, but we did still have a game in hand.

Bottom six after the win over Coventry (3 pts for a win)
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Sunderland        31  -10  38
18. West Bromwich A.  31  -15  36
19. Stoke City        32  -21  35
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20. Ipswich Town      32  -12  32
21. Notts County      31  -20  28
22. Wolverhampton W.  31  -35 24


Saturday 24th March 1984
3pm kick off at St Andrews

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Birmingham City 0

Notts County 0

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 9,040

Birmingham City
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 15th/22, after match 13th/22
Manager:- Ron Saunders

1.   Tony Coton
2.   Brian Roberts
3.   Jim Hagan
4.   Noel Blake
5.   Pat Van Den Hauwe
6.   Kevan Broadhurst *
7.   Howard Gayle
8.   Martin Kuhl
9.   Mick Harford
10. Tony Rees
11. Robert Hopkins

Sub: Mark McCarrick *

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Ken Armstrong
6.   Mark Goodwin
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Gordon Mair
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Ian McParland


Saturday 31st March 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Nottingham Forest 0

Attendance :- 18,357
Referee:-  K. Walmsley (Blackpool)

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Ken Armstrong
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Gordon Mair
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Ian McParland

Nottingham Forest
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 3rd/22, after match 3rd/22
Manager:- Brian Clough

1.   Hans Van Breukelen
2.   Viv Anderson
3.   Kenny Swain
4.   Chris Fairclough
5.   Paul Hart
6.   Ian Bowyer
7.   Ian Wallace
8.   Peter Davenport
9.   Garry Birtles *
10. Steve Hodge
11. Colin Walsh

Sub: Des Walker *

ITV cameras were at the Lane and highlights were shown the following afternoon on "The Big Match". The seven minute section was introduced from the LWT studio's by Brian Moore as follows..... Team captions / Muffin the dog in his Notts County coat down by the touchline (he was a yorkshire terrier who had his own season ticket!)  Moore: "Not a lot for him to bark about in the first 10 minutes, we pick it up with Martin Tyler [the commentator], Notts County in white." The action shows - Chiedozie beating off Forest defenders and shooting across the face of the Meadow Lane end goal, it's just wide with Christie close to prodding it home / Another chance for Christie, this just over from Chiedozie's cross from the right / Chiedozie now crossing from the left, again Christie at the end of it heading inches over the bar (Christie very angry with himself) / Walsh for Forest crossing from the left, Hodge unable to reach it in time / Chiedozie skilfully beats two defenders, again crosses for Christie to head over / Second half; Forest attack breaks down, Chiedozie picks it up - through ball for McCulloch whose goal bound prod is turned away point-blank by Van Breukelen / Davenport gets through on goal for Forest but Leonard gets enough of his body behind the shot to prevent it heading for goal / Brilliant skill by Chiedozie, finds McCulloch who finds space to shoot - Van Breukelen beats it away, the rebound is met instantly by McCulloch whose follow up is cleared off the line by Paul Hart, desperate Forest defending as County sustain the attack until the ball is put out for a throw / Back to the studio; Brian Moore to camera; "0-0, quite lively I must say it looked, although I understand over 90 minutes it was a pretty disappointing game, County though - they looked to be the unlucky one's."

Notes:
My first Trentside derby. The attendance was 5,000 less than the previous season, probably because the 1984 Grand National was on TV at the same time (won by Hallo Dandy). Notts were attacking the kop end in the 2nd half, I was up that end in County Road and remember McCulloch's double effort at goal being the closest anybody came to scoring. It could so easily have been a legendary victory, especially given our respective positions in the league table, but instead this fixture is probably one of the most forgotten Nottingham derby's in recent history.


Saturday 7th April 1984
3pm kick off at Molineux

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Wolverhampton W. 0

Notts County 1
Hunt

HT 0-1
Attendance:- 7,481

Wolverhampton Wanderers
Colours:- Gold shirts with black pinstripes, Black shorts, Black & Gold hooped socks
League Position:- before match 22nd/22, after match 22nd/22
Manager:- Graham Hawkins

1.   John Burridge
2.   Mark Buckland *
3.   Geoff Palmer
4.   Ian Cartwright
5.   John Pender
6.   Alan Dodd
7.   Tony Towner
8.   Kenny Hibbitt
9.   Sammy Troughton
10. Scott McGarvey
11. Danny Crainie

Sub: Billy Livingstone *

Notts County
Colours:- ?Green shirts with yellow dual pinstripes, Green shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Ken Armstrong
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Iain McCulloch
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Gordon Mair
11. John Chiedozie *

Sub: Ian McParland *


Saturday 14th April 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Christie 79

Manchester United 0

Attendance :- 13,911
Referee:-  R. Lewis (Great Bookham)

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Ken Armstrong
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Iain McCulloch *
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Gordon Mair
11. Ian McParland

Sub: Rachid Harkouk *71

Manchester United
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 2nd/22, after match 2nd/22
Manager:- Ron Atkinson

1.   Gary Bailey
2.   Mike Duxbury
3.   Arthur Albiston
4.   Ray Wilkins
5.   Kevin Moran
6.   Graeme Hogg
7.   Remi Moses
8.   Paul McGrath
9.   Frank Stapleton
10. Norman Whiteside
11. Alan Davies *

Sub: Mark Hughes *83

Central TV sent a camera along to capture footage for a 58 second report transmitted on that night's 9pm national ITV news bulletin. The report (voiced over by Tony Francis) shows..... Paul McGrath (Man United) shot at goal, Notts attack McGrath defending, McGrath shot from free kick, Collision between Iain McCulloch and Gary Bailey, McCulloch carried off, Goal by Trevor Christie.

The Evening Post recalled the match in 2009.....
The Red Devils arrived at Meadow Lane challenging for the First Division title while Notts were battling relegation from the top-flight. But Larry Lloyd's side denied Ron Atkinson's men top spot in the table and strengthened their own survival hopes with a priceless three points Ė with Trevor Christie memorably scoring the match-winner on 79 minutes. United were without a number of key players but still boasted the likes of keeper Gary Bailey, Ray Wilkins, Paul McGrath, Frank Stapleton and Norman Whiteside. Notts too, were upset by the absence of injured John Chiedozie and, to make matters worse, Iain McCulloch was stretchered off midway through the second half, following a collision with Bailey. The dynamic Scot was in fine form before his exit, linking well with Ian McParland down the right. The visitors looked to Wilkins for inspiration in the absence of Bryan Robson and he was at the heart of their efforts with some thoughtful passing and running off the ball. But United never looked like breaking the Magpies' defence down, with Pedro Richards and Ken Armstrong immaculate at the centre of the back-four. When McGrath did find a way through, keeper Mick Leonard was in confident form and made a superb save to deny the midfielder when he struck a fierce volley in the early stages. In contrast, Bailey endured an unhappy afternoon, fumbling several crosses and corners. McParland was involved in the build-up to Christie's decisive strike. He somehow wriggled free on the right touchline and got a low cross into the penalty area. Substitute Rachid Harkouk and David Hunt both made darts to the near post but both missed the ball. With Bailey rooted to his line, the ball rolled to Christie, who had the simplest of finishes for his 21st goal of the season.

Notes:
The infamous match in which Iain McCulloch was stretchered off with a broken leg after a collision outside the box with United's goalkeeper Gary Bailey. McCulloch would never play again. It soured a great victory against 2nd placed Man.U and County had now gone 7 league matches without defeat (winning 4). Notts were still 5 points from safety but had a game in hand and a better goal difference than 4th bottom Stoke. This fixture was originally scheduled for Monday 23rd April but was brought forward because County's home game with Southampton was postponed due to the Saints involvement in the FA Cup Semi-final, Manchester United agreed to the move as they too were unable to play their original scheduled opponents for the same reason.

Bottom six after the win over Man United (3 pts for a win)
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Coventry City     36  -8   43
18. Sunderland        36  -12  42
19. Stoke City        36  -23  41
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20. Ipswich Town      36  -10  37
21. Notts County      35  -18  36
22. Wolverhampton W.  35  -41  24


Saturday 21st April 1984
3pm kick off at Kenilworth Road

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Luton Town 3
Moss 68
Horton (pen) 79
Bunn 89

Notts County 2
Christie 70
Chiedozie 85

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 8,181

Luton Town
Colours:- White shirts with orange sleeves, White shorts, White socks, Navy & Orange trim
League Position:- before match 14th/22, after match 10th/22
Manager:- David Pleat

1.   Les Sealey
2.   Kirk Stephens
3.   Mitchell Thomas
4.   Brian Horton
5.   Paul Elliot
6.   Clive Goodyear
7.   Garry Parker
8.   Brian Stein
9.   Paul Walsh
10. Frankie Bunn
11. David Moss *

Sub: Raddy Antic *

Notts County
Colours:- Green shirts with yellow dual pinstripes, Green shorts, ?Yellow socks?
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Ken Armstrong
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Trevor Christie
9.   Ian McParland *
10. Gordon Mair
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Rachid Harkouk *


Saturday 28th April 1984
3pm kick off at Villa Park

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Aston Villa 3
Walters
Walters
Withe

Notts County 1
Chiedozie

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 13,052

Aston Villa
Colours:- Claret shirts with sky blue side panels, Claret shorts, Sky blue socks
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 9th/22
Manager:- Tony Barton

1.   Mervyn Day
2.   Gary Williams
3.   Eamonn Deacy
4.   Brendan Ormsby
5.   Steve Foster
6.   Dennis Mortimer
7.   Andy Blair
8.   Paul Birch
9.   Peter Withe
10. Steve McMahon
11. Mark Walters

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Ken Armstrong
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Ian McParland
9.   Rachid Harkouk
10. Gordon Mair
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used

The BBC recorded this match for a goals report.


Tuesday 1st May 1984
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 4
Chiedozie
Christie
Hunt
Christie

Wolverhampton W. 0

HT 2-0

Attendance :- 5,378

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke *
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Ken Armstrong
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Ian McParland
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Gordon Mair
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Rachid Harkouk *

Wolverhampton Wanderers
Colours:- Gold shirts with black pinstripes, Gold shorts, Black & Gold hooped socks
League Position:- before match 22nd/22, after match 22nd/22
Caretaker Manager:- Jim Barron

1.   John Burridge
2.   John Humphrey
3.   Gordon Smith
4.   Martin Bayly
5.   John Pender
6.   Alan Dodd
7.   Tony Towner
8.   Joe Jackson
9.   Scott McGarvey
10. Billy Livingstone *
11. Paul Dougherty

Sub: Mark Buckland *

Central TV sent a camera along to capture footage for a goals report.

Notes:
After doing so well to claw their way back into the battle to avoid relegation, Notts threw away their good work by losing two successive away matches at Luton and Aston Villa leaving the Magpies 8 points adrift of safety, but they still had two games in hand including this one v Wolves (which had originally been scheduled for Saturday 28th January - FA Cup 4th round day). What proved to be the lowest Meadow Lane crowd during the three season stay in the top flight turned up to see Notts brush aside the bottom placed club who were already mathematically down and had just sacked their manager. John Chiedozie headed in the opening goal from a corner, then Chiedozie turned provider after good work on the right resulted in his cross being headed home by Christie for 2-0. In the 2nd half, with Notts now attacking the kop, Martin O'Neill got in a cross from the right for yet another headed goal - this time finished by Hunt. And finally O'Neill on the left sent in a bobbling ball across the face of the goal which found Christie in the box for an easy tap in for 4-0.


Saturday 5th May 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Queens Park Rangers 3
Allen 28, 37, 68

HT 0-2

Attendance :- 7,309
Referee:- Clive Thomas

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   Rachid Harkouk
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Ken Armstrong
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Ian McParland
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Gordon Mair
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Mark Goodwin

Queens Park Rangers
Colours:- ?Blue & White hooped shirts, White shorts, Blue socks?
League Position:- before match 3rd/22, after match 3rd/22
Manager:- Terry Venables

1.   Peter Hucker
2.   Warren Neill
3.   Ian Dawes
4.   Wayne Feredy
5.   Steve Wicks
6.   Terry Fenwick
7.   Gary Micklewhite
8.   Mike Fillery
9.   Clive Allen
10. Simon Stainrod
11. John Gregory

Sub not used

Notes:
This was the defeat that effectively saw Notts relegated - Realistically, there was no way back from this. County began the match 5 points adrift of safety with 4 games left to play, but they ended it 7 points adrift with only 9 points available. QPR's victory saw them close the gap between themselves and league leaders Liverpool to 3 points and Liverpool would be at Meadow Lane the following Saturday.

Bottom eight after the defeat to QPR (3 pts for a win)
                      P   GD  Pts
15. Sunderland        40  -13  48   (To play NOTTS CO / leicester)
16. Ipswich Town      40  -4   47   (To play man utd / VILLA)
17. West Bromwich A.  39  -15  47   (To play qpr / LUTON / SOUTHAMPTON)
18. Coventry City     40  -16  47   (To play liverpool / NORWICH)
19. Birmingham City   40  -11  46   (To play norwich / SOUTHAMPTON)
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20. Stoke City        40  -24  44   (To play luton / WOLVES)
21. Notts County      39  -20  39   (To play sunderland / LIVERPOOL / SOUTHAMPTON)
22. Wolverhampton W.  40  -50  26 R


Monday 7th May 1984
3pm kick off at Roker Park

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Sunderland 0

Notts County 0

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 14,517

Sunderland
Colours:- Red & White striped shirts, Black shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 15th/22, after match 16th/22
Manager:- Len Ashurst

1.   Chris Turner
2.   Barry Venison
3.   Nick Pickering
4.   Ian Atkins
5.   Rob Hindmarch
6.   Shaun Elliot
7.   Paul Bracewell
8.   Bryan Robson *
9.   Colin West
10. Mark Proctor
11. Leighton James

Sub: Lee Chapman *

Notts County
Colours:- Green shirts with yellow dual pinstripes, Green shorts, ?Yellow socks?
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   Darren Davis
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Ken Armstrong
6.   Mark Goodwin
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Ian McParland
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie *

Sub: Gordon Mair *

Notes:
17 year old left back Darren Davis made his debut. Notts' relegation was mathematically confirmed today as County only managed a draw in a match that also saw on-loan defender Ken Armstrong make his final appearance in a County shirt, Notts would try to sign him permanently at the start of next season but he chose to join Birmingham City instead.

Today's other results affecting the relegation zone
Liverpool 5 Coventry City 0
Luton Town 0 Stoke City 1
Manchester United 1 Ipswich Town 2
Norwich City 1 Birmingham City 1
Queens Park Rangers 1 West Bromwich A. 1

Bottom eight after the defeat to Sunderland (3 pts for a win)
                      P   GD  Pts
15. Ipswich Town      41  -3   50    (effectively safe)
16. Sunderland        41  -13  49    (To play leicester)
17. West Bromwich A.  40  -15  48    (To play LUTON / SOUTHAMPTON)
18. Birmingham City   41  -11  47    (To play SOUTHAMPTON)
19. Coventry City     41  -21  47    (To play NORWICH)
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20. Stoke City        41  -23  47    (To play WOLVES)
21. Notts County      40  -20  40 R
22. Wolverhampton W.  41  -49  29 R


Saturday 12th May 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Liverpool 0

Attendance :- 18,745
Referee:- Daniel Vickers (Ilford)

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Mark Goodwin
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Ian McParland
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. John Chiedozie

Sub not used: Mark Jones

Liverpool
Colours:- All Red (shirts had white pinstripes)
League Position:- before match 1st/22, after match 1st/22
Manager:- Joe Fagan

1.   Bruce Grobbelaar
2.   Phil Neal
3.   Alan Kennnedy
4.   Mark Lawrenson
5.   Ronnie Whelan
6.   Alan Hansen
7.   Kenny Dalglish
8.   Sammy Lee
9.   Ian Rush
10. John Wark
11. Graeme Souness

Sub not used: Craig Johnston

BBC television cameras were at the match recording for extended highlights on that night's "Match of the Day".

Notes:
Although this was officially the final day of the league campaign, both clubs still had an outstanding fixture re-arranged for the following mid-week (this being in the days before it was compulsory for all clubs to complete their fixtures on the final weekend - It was still not uncommon for some teams to play on for weeks after the final Saturday). Liverpool came to Meadow Lane requiring a victory to secure 1st place, but it turned out that a draw was enough as 2nd placed Manchester United could only draw 1-1 at Spurs.


Today's results as seen on ITV's "World of Sport"

Bottom eight after the draw with Liverpool (3 pts for a win)
                      P   GD  Pts
15. West Bromwich A.  41  -12  51
16. Luton Town        42  -13  51
17. Norwich City      41  -1   50
18. Stoke City        42  -19  50
19. Coventry City     42  -20  50
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20. Birmingham City   42  -11  48 R
21. Notts County      41  -20  41 R
22. Wolverhampton W.  42  -53  29 R


Thursday 17th May 1984
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Christie 10

Southampton 3
Moran 2
Moran 57
D.Armstrong 68

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 6,035

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Mark Goodwin
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Ian McParland
9.   Trevor Christie
10. Gordon Mair *
11. John Chiedozie

Sub: Mark Jones *

Southampton
Colours:- Dark blue shirts with a light blue front panel, Light blue shorts, Light blue socks
League Position:- before match 4th/22, after match 2nd/22
Manager:- Lawrie McMenemy

1.   Peter Shilton
2.   Ivan Golac
3.   Mick Mills
4.   Reuben Agboola
5.   Ken Armstrong
6.   Mark Whitlock
7.   Nick Holmes
8.   Steve Moran
9.   David Puckett
10. David Armstrong
11. Danny Wallace

Sub not used

A Central camera was at the game to record a goals report.

Notes:
This fixture was originally scheduled for Saturday 14th April 1984 but was postponed due to Southampton's FA Cup Semi-final involvement (they lost 1-0 to Everton). Although we didn't know it at the time, this was to be our last chance to see Trevor Christie, Gordon Mair and John Chiedozie play for Notts (although Chiedozie would later return to make one further appearance for the Magpies towards the very end of his career in 1990). It was a strange night at the Lane because many of us Notts fans didn't really want County to win, the reason being that whilst Notts had nothing left to play for (other than pride), Southampton would snatch the runners-up spot away from Forest if they were to get a result. Saints took the lead after only 80 seconds when Goodwin gifted Moran the chance with a poor backpass, Trevor Christie equalised by heading in Ian McParland's cross at the Kop end but Southampton restored their lead in the 2nd half when Moran headed in a corner and Armstrong scored their 3rd.

I'm sure there was a pervading sense of sadness among the crowd at watching the last of three season's worth of fixtures in the top flight, although personally - having only become a supporter during the 2nd season - I was very much looking forward to seeing some new teams in the old 2nd Division (including Manchester City and Leeds United) and I also anticipated a promotion challenge, County's track record in the 2nd Division throughout the 1973-81 period certainly did not suggest that we should have expected another relegation battle.

Bottom six of the final table
                      P   GD  Pts
17. West Bromwich A.  42  -14  51
18. Stoke City        42  -19  50
19. Coventry City     42  -20  50
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20. Birmingham City   42  -11  48 R
21. Notts County      42  -22  41 R
22. Wolverhampton W.  42  -53  29 R


Kenya Tour

Monday 28th May 1984
Cargo 4
Notts County 5
 

Friday 1st June 1984
Leopards 4
Notts County 2
 

Sunday 3rd June 1984
Gor Mahia 1
Notts County 2


For appearance stats, final table and at-a-glance results for season 1983/84 see here


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