Notts County FC 1984/85
Match Line-ups & Details


2nd tier clubs for season 1984/85

Stats page


New to the 2nd tier this season
Relegated clubs: Birmingham City, Notts County and Wolverhampton Wanderers*
Promoted clubs: Oxford United, Wimbledon and Sheffield United
*Wolves had been relegated straight back to the 2nd tier after one season in the top flight. Going up in the opposite direction were Chelsea, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United (So Notts would go a fair number of years without meeting those three clubs in the league). The three teams that had just dropped into the 3rd tier were Derby County, Swansea City and Cambridge United.


Saturday 4th August 1984

Pre-season friendly

Burton Albion 3
Notts County 1


Saturday 11th August 1984

Pre-season friendly

Lincoln City 4
Notts County 0


Monday 13th August 1984

Pre-season friendly

Exeter City 0

Notts County 1
Chiedozie


Wednesday 15th August 1984

Pre-season friendly

Bristol City 2

Notts County 2
McParland
McParland


Saturday 18th August 1984

Pre-season friendly

This pre-season friendly doubled up as Ray O'Brien's testimonial

Notts County 1
Downing 28

Sheffield Wednesday 1
Shelton

Attendance:- 1,507


Saturday 25th August 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Leeds United 1984/85

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 1
Harkouk

Leeds United 2
Wright
Wright 77

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 12,196

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- First game of the season, had just been relegated from the top flight
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Mark Jones
5.   Aki Lahtinen
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Keith Downing
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Ian McParland

Sub not used: Mark Goodwin

Leeds United
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Blue shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- First game of the season, had finished 7th in 1983/84
Manager:- Eddie Gray

1.   David Harvey
2.   Denis Irwin
3.   Gary Hamson *
4.   Andy Watson
5.   Andy Linighan
6.   Neil Aspin
7.   Tommy Wright
8.   John Sheridan
9.   George McCluskey
10. Peter Lorimer
11. Frank Gray

Sub: Mark Gavin *
 

MY VIEW
Larry Lloyd
As published in the matchday programme

I cannot pretend that we have been the model of consistency in pre-season games so it might surprise some of you that I want to start by taking the opportunity to praise the players. Credit where it's due, though, and the way they have applied themselves to the rigours of pre-season training has been superb. Every task I've set has been tackled with energy and enthusiasm and I have seen enough already to satisfy myself that relegation hasn't left them with a hangover. Only now, of course, will we find out just how well equipped we are to meet the challenge of the Second Division, but in my view, we have the ideal fixture with which to launch the campaign. I'm glad of the chance to start at home and as it's likely that Leeds will he among the group challenging for promotion this season, it gives us an early opportunity to see how we fare against one of the better teams. That's not always an accurate guide, of course, and I haven't forgotten how we opened up last season with wins against Leicester and Birmingham. But while you cannot read too much into one game, three points and an encouraging performance would do our confidence the world of good this afternoon.
Although the pre-season defeats at Burton and Lincoln came as a nasty shock I didn't lose too much sleep over them. The idea of playing such matches is to try and find out about your weaknesses - and we certainly did that! But hopefully we have gone a long way towards solving the problems and after beating Exeter and drawing with Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday, the signs an more promising. In all three of our more recent games we showed patches of good form... and there's no better time than this afternoon to get it together for the complete 90 minutes.
 

Peter Lorimer and Justin Fashanu, Meadow Lane, August 1984
Rachid Harkouk, Peter Lorimer, Justin Fashanu and Andy Linighan.

Notes:
In spite of Notts' relegation from the top flight, those standing on the terraces at this opening game of a new season in the 2nd tier wouldn't have anticipated the sudden collapse in results and attendance's at Meadow Lane among a 12,000+ crowd watching the likes of David Harvey, Peter Lorimer and Frankie Gray on show for Leeds competing against a County side welcoming back Justin Fashanu (for his first game since Christmas) lining-up alongside internationals Martin O'Neill, Aki Lahtinen and future World Cup player Rachid Harkouk. There were notable absentees however, John Chiedozie could be seen on the programme cover but had been sold to Tottenham Hotspur on 15th August for £375,000, whilst our top scorer Trevor Christie had - unforgivably - crossed over to the wrong side of the Trent for £175,000. In the week leading up to the match, "Central News East" cast doubt over whether the fixture would go ahead as the council were not happy with a safety issue concerning the County Road stand, but this was sorted out on the Friday. The game proved to be an exciting and bruising encounter which was settled in Leeds favour by Scottish U21 international Tommy Wright with two opportunists goals. The Leeds no.2 in this match later became an integral part of Alex Ferguson's success with Manchester United in the 1990's. Notts employed a group of cheerleaders for the first time at this game and Central News East did a report on them earlier in the week, but it proved to be a one-off until the idea was revived in the 1990's.


Tuesday 28th August 1984
7:45pm kick off at The Goldstone Ground

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Brighton & H. A. 2
Jacobs 22
Worthington 67

Notts County 1
Fashanu 55

HT 1-0
Attendance:- 13,773
Referee:- John Moules

Brighton & H. A.
Colours:- Blue shirts with red & white trimmings, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 3rd/22, after match 1st/22
Manager:- Chris Cattlin

1.   Graham Moseley
2.   Gary O'Reilly
3.   Chris Hutchings
4.   Steve Jacobs
5.   Eric Young
6.   Jeff Clarke *
7.   Danny Wilson
8.   Gary Howlett
9.   Frank Worthington
10. Terry Connor
11. Steve Penney

Sub: Neil Smillie *36

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 16th/22, after match 19th/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Mark Jones
5.   Aki Lahtinen
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Keith Downing *
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Ian McParland

Sub: Mark Goodwin *

Notes:
Brighton defenders Eric Young and Jeff Clarke were both injured and taken to hospital, the Seagulls played the 2nd half with ten men. Young was concussed after being caught by Fashanu's elbow and had blood coming from his ears, Clarke had earlier left the field with a back injury. Seven players were booked in an ill-tempered match but the Brighton manager cleared County players of any blame for the injuries.


Saturday 1st September 1984
3pm kick off at The Valley

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Charlton Athletic 3
Robinson
Hales
Robinson

Notts County 0

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 4,656

Charlton Athletic
Colours:- Red shirts with white pinstripes, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 3rd/22, after match 2nd/22
Manager:- Lennie Lawrence

1.   Nicky Johns
2.   Paul Curtis
3.   Kevin Dickenson
4.   Dave Madden
5.   Ronnie Moore
6.   Les Berry
7.   Gary Kimble
8.   Derek Hales
9.   Robert Lee
10. Mark Aizlewood
11. Martin Robinson

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 19th/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Mark Jones
5.   Aki Lahtinen
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Keith Downing *
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Ian McParland

Sub: Mark Goodwin *


Tuesday 4th September 1984
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Barnsley 1984/85

Stats pagev
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 0

Barnsley 2
May
Plummer

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 4,703

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Mark Jones
5.   Aki Lahtinen
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Keith Downing
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Ian McParland

Sub not used: Mark Goodwin

Barnsley
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 19th/22, after match 16th/22
Manager:- Bobby Collins

1.   Clive Baker
2.   Joe Joyce
3.   Nicky Law
4.   Billy Ronson
5.   Larry May
6.   Paul Futcher
7.   Gordon Owen
8.   Gwyn Thomas
9.   Ian Walsh
10. Calvin Plummer
11. Winston Campbell

Sub not used

Central News East recorded the match for a report broadcast the following day.

Notes:
A thoroughly depressing night at Meadow Lane and a real wake up call for those fans like me who had only begun supporting Notts during the three season spell in the top flight. Both sides came into this game having lost all three of their opening games, but Barnsley took all three points with two goals in the last 15 minutes. The attendance was the lowest at Meadow Lane for a league game since May 1979. Nicky Law, Barnsley's no.3, would join Notts 4 years later.


Saturday 8th September 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Middlesbrough 1984/85

Stats pagev
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 3
Goodwin
Hunt
Harkouk

Middlesbrough 2
Mills
Otto

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 4,911

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Martin O'Neill
5.   Steve Sims
6.   David Hunt
7.   Ian McParland
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Alan Young *
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Keith Downing

Sub: Mark Goodwin *14

Middlesbrough
Colours:- Red shirts with a white horizontal panel, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 22nd/22
Manager:- Willie Maddren

1.   Kelham O'Hanlon
2.   Darren Wood
3.   Geoff Scott
4.   Mick Buckley
5.   Tony Mowbray
6.   Irving Nattrass *
7.   David Mills
8.   Gary Hamilton
9.   Heine Otto
10. Paul Sugrue
11. David Currie

Sub: Alan Roberts *

Notes:
Notts made two new signings in an attempt to arrest the horrendous start to the season (4 straight defeats), centre back Steve Sims arrived from Watford for £50,000 and striker Alan Young from Brighton (formerly of Leicester City) for £45,000. Young was injured in the game and had to limp off after only 14 minutes but Notts took the lead soon afterwards through substitute Mark Goodwin to go in 1-0 up at half-time. 'Boro came back in the 2nd half with two goals that turned the game on its' head, but David Hunt equalised and then Rachid Harkouk netted a winner to move County out of the relegation zone. A shocking crowd of less than 5,000 watched this bruising encounter, the same fixture the previous season in the FA Cup at Meadow Lane had been watched by over 17,000.


Saturday 15th September 1984
3pm kick off at Bramall Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Sheffield United 3
Edwards
Stancliffe
Cockerill

Notts County 0

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 12,628

Sheffield United
Colours:- Red & White striped shirts, Black shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 9th/22
Manager:- Ian Porterfield

1.   Keith Waugh
2.   Tom Heffernan
3.   Joe Bolton
4.   Kevin Arnott
5.   Paul Stancliffe
6.   Tony Kenworthy
7.   Colin Morris
8.   Glenn Cockerill
9.   Keith Edwards
10. Ray McHale
11. Tony Philliskirk

Sub not used

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Steve Sims
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Mark Goodwin
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Ian McParland

Sub not used: Mark Jones


Saturday 22nd September 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Blackburn Rovers 1984/85

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 0

Blackburn Rovers 3
Garner
Hodson (og)
Thompson

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 5,241

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.   Tristan Benjamin
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Steve Sims
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Mark Goodwin
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. David Clarke

Sub not used: Mark Jones

Blackburn Rovers
Colours:- All yellow with blue trimmings
League Position:- before match 6th/22, after match 3rd/22
Manager:- Bobby Saxton

1.   Terry Gennoe
2.   Jim Branagan
3.   Mike Rathbone
4.   Simon Barker
5.   Glenn Keeley
6.   Derek Fazackerley
7.   Ian Miller
8.   John Lowey
9.   Chris Thompson
10. Simon Garner
11. Colin Randell

Sub not used

Notes:
A successive 3-0 defeat for the Magpies and, as with the previous weekend, all three goals came in the 2nd half - this time all in the space of 12 minutes late in the game.



Tuesday 25th September 1984
7:45pm kick off at The Valley

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League Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg

Charlton Athletic 0

Notts County 1
Goodwin

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 4,012

Charlton Athletic
Colours:- Red shirts with white pinstripes, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- 5th/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Lennie Lawrence

1.   Nicky Johns
2.   Paul Friar
3.   Kevin Dickenson
4.   Dave Madden *
5.   Ronnie Moore
6.   Les Berry
7.   Tony Towner
8.   Derek Hales
9.   Robert Lee
10. Mark Aizlewood
11. Mike Flanagan

Sub: Martin Robinson *

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 21st/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   Tristan Benjamin
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Steve Sims
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Mark Goodwin
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. David Beaver

Sub not used: Dave Watson

Notes:
Having just come down from the top division, Notts were among the clubs given a bye into the 2nd round of the League Cup (known as the 'Milk Cup' at the time due to a sponsorship deal with the milk board). 18 year old David Beaver made his debut (Rothman's yearbook incorrectly lists the Notts no.11 as David Beavon - who had left the club a few years earlier). Former England centre-back Dave Watson appeared on the Magpies team-sheet for the first time since leaving the club as a teenager in the 1960's, although he remained on the bench tonight.


Saturday 29th September 1984
3pm kick off at Gay Meadow

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Shrewsbury Town 4
Stevens
Stevens
Stevens
Griffin

Notts County 2
Harkouk
Harkouk

HT 2-0
Attendance:- 3,504

Shrewsbury Town
Colours:- Blue shirts with yellow sleeves, Yellow shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 6th/22, after match 5th/22
Player/Manager:- Chic Bates

1.   Ron Green
2.   Wayne Williams
3.   Paul Johnson
4.   Ross MacLaren
5.   Colin Griffin
6.   Steve Cross
7.   Bernard McNally
8.   Paul Petts
9.   Gary Stevens
10. Colin Robinson
11. Gary Hackett

Sub not used

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   Tristan Benjamin *
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Steve Sims
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Mark Goodwin
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. David Beaver

Sub: Dave Watson *

Notes:
David Hunt didn't re-appear after the break due to concussion and County had already used their sub, so they had to play the 2nd half with 10 men. David Beaver made his 2nd and final appearance for Notts.


Saturday 6th October 1984
3pm kick off at Molineux

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Wolverhampton W. 2
Buckland 8
Langley

Notts County 3
O'Neill
Harkouk
Pender (og) 52

HT 2-2
Attendance:- 7,676

Wolverhampton W.
Colours:- Gold shirts with black pinstripes, Gold shorts, Gold & black hooped socks
League Position:- before match 16th/22, after match 16th/22
Manager:- Tommy Docherty

1.   Tim Flowers
2.   John Humphrey
3.   David Barnes
4.   Alan Ainscow
5.   John Pender *
6.   Alan Dodd
7.   Ian Cartwright
8.   Tommy Langley
9.   Jim Melrose
10. Mark Buckland
11. Paul Butler

Sub: Martin Bayly *

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Aki Lahtinen
3.   David Clarke *
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Steve Sims
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Alan Young
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Mark Goodwin

Sub: Dave Watson *

Central TV recorded the game for a local news report.



Tuesday 9th October 1984
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Charlton Athletic [League Cup] 1984/85

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League Cup 2nd Round 2nd Leg
*Notts led 1-0 from the 1st Leg

Notts County 2
O'Neill 53
Harkouk (pen) 64

Charlton Athletic 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 3,453

Notts go through 3-0 on aggregate

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 21st/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Larry Lloyd

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   Aki Lahtinen
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Steve Sims
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Alan Young
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Mark Goodwin

Sub not used: Dave Watson

Charlton Athletic
Colours:- Red shirts with white pinstripes, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- 10th/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Lennie Lawrence

1.   Nicky Johns
2.   Paul Friar
3.   Kevin Dickenson
4.   Dave Madden
5.   Ronnie Moore
6.   Les Berry
7.   Tony Towner
8.   Derek Hales
9.   Robert Lee
10. Mark Aizlewood
11. Mike Flanagan

Sub not used

Central News East recorded the match for a report broadcast the following day.

Notes:
Notts won this 2nd leg with two 2nd half goals at the kop end, the first set up by Rachid Harkouk's pass which beat the offside trap allowing Martin O'Neill to go on and take the ball around the Charlton keeper to make it 1-0, Harkouk then scored himself from the penalty spot.


Sunday 14th October 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Cardiff City 1984/85

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 0

Cardiff City 2
Vaughan 24
Vaughan 43

HT 0-2

Attendance :- 5,893

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   Aki Lahtinen
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Steve Sims
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu  Sent Off 58
9.   Alan Young
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Mark Goodwin

Sub not used: Ian McParland

Cardiff City
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 22nd/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Alan Durban

1.   Lee Smelt
2.   Vaughan Jones
3.   David Grant
4.   Phil Dwyer
5.   Colin Smith
6.   David Tong
7.   Tarki Micallef *
8.   Roger Gibbins
9.   Nigel Vaughan
10. Paul Bodin
11. Karl Elsey

Sub: John Seasman *

Notes:
Notts came into this match having lost 7 of their opening 9 league games, but they had won their most recent league fixture (away at Wolves) and were now facing a team with an even worse league record, Cardiff City - who had lost 8 out of 9 to prop up the rest of the table. It was a must win game for Notts who had decided to move three of this season's Saturday fixtures to a Sunday afternoon in a bid to boost attendance's, this being the first. The best home crowd since the opening day saw Notts trail 2-0 at half-time and then watched Justin Fashanu get himself sent off on 58, apparently for arguing with the referee having already been booked in the 1st half for a foul. The referee needed a police escort off the pitch to protect him from angry fans (one of whom had run on to the pitch after Fashanu had been pointed in the direction of the dressing rooms). Larry Lloyd said afterwards; "This is our worst performance yet, we showed no commitment." It was a disastrous result for Notts, arguably their most costly of the season as it anchored them to the foot of the table and even at this early stage, made them look dead certs for a successive relegation. Justin Fashanu, who had recently turned to religion, vowed that he would never play in a Sunday fixture again.


Saturday 20th October 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 1
Goodwin

Birmingham City 3
Clarke
Clarke
Harford

HT 0-1

Attendance :- 5,790

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   Aki Lahtinen
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Steve Sims
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Alan Young
10. Keith Downing
11. Ian McParland

Sub not used: Mark Jones

Birmingham City
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 4th/22, after match 4th/22
Manager:- Ron Saunders

1.   David Seaman
2.   Brian Roberts
3.   Jim Hagan
4.   Billy Wright
5.   Ken Armstrong
6.   Gerry Daly
7.   Mark Jones
8.   Wayne Clarke
9.   Mick Harford
10. Des Bremner
11. Robert Hopkins

Sub not used

Notes:
Birmingham City had been one of the clubs relegated alongside Notts the previous season and during the closing stages of that campaign Notts had loaned Ken Armstrong from Southampton to help sure up the defence, the Magpies hoped to sign him on a permanent basis at the start of this season, but it was Birmingham who were able to secure his services in a deal completed on 30th August and it was the Blues who were now making a challenge for an immediate return to the top flight whilst Notts faced a successive relegation fight. County began brightly in an entertaining first half but Wayne Clarke scored two goals either side of half-time and Mick Harford then added a 3rd for Birmingham before Mark Goodwin scored one for Notts. On the Sunday following this match, Larry Lloyd was finally sacked having lost 9 of his 11 league games in charge this season as well as overseeing the relegation of the previous campaign. Jimmy Sirrel would take temporary charge of team affairs until a replacement could be found.

Bottom six following the defeat to Birmingham (3 pts for a win)
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Wolverhampton W.  11  -7   11
18. Carlisle United   11  -12  11
19. Sheffield United  11  -6   10
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20. Crystal Palace    10  -7    7
21. Cardiff City      10  -14   6
22. Notts County      11  -17   6


Saturday 27th October 1984
3pm kick off at Boundary Park

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Oldham Athletic 3
Quinn
Henry
Ward 90

Notts County 2
Sims
Harkouk

HT 2-1
Attendance:- 3,273

Oldham Athletic
Colours:- Blue shirts with red & white trimmings, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 14th/22, after match 12th/22
Manager:- Joe Royle

1.   Andy Goram
2.   Garry Hoolickin
3.   Willie Donachie
4.   Darren McDonough
5.   Kenny Clements
6.   Tony Henry
7.   Mark Ward
8.   Roger Palmer
9.   Mickey Quinn
10. Derrick Parker
11. Andy Barlow *

Sub: Wayne Harrison *

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, ?Yellow socks?
League Position:- before match 22nd/22, after match 22nd/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   Tristan Benjamin
4.   David Hunt
5.   Steve Sims
6.   Pedro Richards
7.   Ian McParland  *
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Martin O'Neill
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Steve Burke

Sub: Alan Young *

Notes:
Steve Burke had joined on loan from Queens Park Rangers.



Tuesday 30th October 1984
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Bolton Wanderers [League Cup] 1984/85

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League Cup 3rd Round
*Last 32

Notts County 6
Harkouk 15, 16, 21
Sims 17
Richards 22
Young 32

Bolton Wanderers 1
Foster 73

HT 6-0

Attendance :- 4,547

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 22nd/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   Tristan Benjamin
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Steve Sims *
6.   David Hunt
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Ian McParland
9.   Alan Young
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Steve Burke

Sub: Mark Goodwin *

Bolton Wanderers
Colours:- Light Blue shirts, White shorts, Navy socks
League Position:- 19th/24 in the 3rd tier
Manager:- John McGovern

1.   Simon Farnworth
2.   Brian Borrows
3.   Jimmy Phillips
4.   Warren Joyce
5.   Gerry McElhinney
6.   Mark Came
7.   Steve Thompson
8.   Jeff Chandler
9.   George Oghani
10. Wayne Foster
11. Graham Bell

Sub not used: Ray Deakin

Central News East recorded this match for a goals report.

Notes:
This was one of the most incredible games at Meadow Lane ever with Notts leading 6-0 after just 32 minutes!!! Attacking the kop end in the 1st half, the opening goal came on 15 minutes - an Alan Young centre from the right was half cleared to the edge of the box from where Rachid Harkouk placed a neat shot into the far corner of the net. A minute later a long ball by Martin O'Neill sent Harkouk clear who rounded the keeper and from a tight angle checked before firing past the defender on the line, 2-0. Another minute later, another goal, this time from a corner on the right that was headed in by Steve Sims, 3-0. Then on 21, a free-kick from the right was allowed to bounce into the path of Harkouk who had time to set himself up to blast in a left footer for 4-0 to complete the fastest ever hat-trick in the history of the League Cup (6 minutes). Only another minute later saw Notts get the 5th goal, Young was chopped down as he got clear but the loose ball ran to Pedro Richards who finished well. Young then got the 6th with a 25 yard effort on 32. At half-time the crowd were all trying to guess what the final score would be, yet there were no further goals from County and it was Bolton who managed a consolation having had two efforts ruled out for offside in the 1st half. Probably the best memory for those of us who were there that night was the sight of a coach-load of Bolton fans who had arrived late being led down by the touchline past the County Road stand towards the away corner of the kop with all the home fans chanting "5-0, 5-0, 5-0..." at them. Only once in the history of football up to that time had more goals been scored in such a short period of time than the five produced by Notts in the 7 minute spell in the 1st half. Note that the Bolton manager was ex-Forest captain John McGovern.


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

Stats pagev
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 1
Fashanu

Grimsby Town 1
K.Moore 84

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 5,750

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   Tristan Benjamin
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Mark Goodwin
7.   Ian McParland *
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Martin O'Neill
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Steve Burke

Sub: Alan Young *

Grimsby Town
Colours:- All Red with white trimmings
League Position:- before match 6th/22, after match 6th/22
Manager:- Dave Booth

1.   Nigel Batch
2.   Chris Seagraves
3.   Paul Agnew
4.   Steve Foley
5.   Chris Nicholl
6.   Kevin Moore
7.   Tony Ford
8.   Paul Wilkinson
9.   Gary Lund *
10. Phil Bonnyman
11. Paul Emson

Sub: Kevin Drinkell *

Notes:
Justin Fashanu gave Notts a 1st half lead, scoring at the Meadow Lane end with his first goal in front of the home fans in a year, but County had to settle for their first draw of the season after Kevin Moore equalised. At least the point lifted us off the bottom of the table. This match turned out to be Jimmy Sirrel's last game in charge as temporary manager (for now) having won 1 drawn 1 and lost 1 of his three game spell, the draw and defeat being against teams in the promotion hunt (If only Notts had stuck with Sirrel until the end of the season!). Grimsby's no.9 later had a very successful spell at Notts.


Saturday 10th November 1984
3pm kick off at Fratton Park

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Portsmouth 3
Doyle 31
McGarvey 40, 43

Notts County 1
Goodwin 10

HT 3-1
Attendance:- 12,287

Portsmouth
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 2nd/22, after match 2nd/22
Manager:- Alan Ball

1.   Alan Knight
2.   Gary Stanley
3.   Mick Tait
4.   Bobby Doyle
5.   Noel Blake
6.   Billy Gilbert
7.   Neil Webb
8.   Mick Kennedy
9.   Nicky Morgan
10. Scott McGarvey
11. Kevin Dillon

Sub not used

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   Tristan Benjamin
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   David Hunt
6.   Mark Goodwin
7.   Ian McParland
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Martin O'Neill
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Steve Burke

Sub not used: Mark Jones

Notes:
During the week, Notts had appointed 44 year old Richie Barker as manager - Barker had previously played for the club from December 1968-September 1971 and was part of the famous 4th tier championship side of 1970/71, since then he had managed Shrewsbury Town and Stoke City as well as being assistant manager to John Barnwell at Wolves. Barker's 1st match in charge was this away fixture at Portsmouth, but despite taking the lead Notts found themselves 3-1 down by half-time and that's the way it stayed - a result condemning Notts to a return to the foot of the table.


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

Notts County v Huddersfield Town 1984/85

Stats pagev
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 0

Huddersfield Town 2
Stanton
Tempest

HT 0-2

Attendance :- 6,051

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

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Simeon Hodson
3.   Tristan Benjamin
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Steve Sims *
6.   Mark Goodwin
7.   Ian McParland
8.   Alan Young
9.   Martin O'Neill
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Steve Burke

Sub: Justin Fashanu *

Huddersfield Town
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Blue shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 11th/22
Manager:- Mick Buxton

1.   Brian Cox
2.   Brian Laws
3.   David Burke
4.   Brian Stanton
5.   Paul Jones
6.   Sam Allardyce
7.   Mark Lillis
8.   Graham Cooper
9.   Dale Tempest
10. Philip Wilson
11. Dave Cowling

Sub not used

Notes:
Ahead of Richie Barker's first home match in charge, goalkeeper Mick Leonard was ruled out with a back injury which meant a return for the unpopular Seamus McDonagh. Future Notts manager Sam Allardyce made another appearance at the Lane in opposition colours and it turned out to be yet another miserable afternoon for County fans as they watched their team fall two behind before the break... and there was to be no come back in the 2nd half. The following Monday (19th) Justin Fashanu, who Barker had just reduced to the sub bench, put in a written transfer request. Simeon Hodson made what turned out to be his last appearance in County's colours, he would join Charlton Athletic on a free transfer later this season on 5th March.



Wednesday 21st November 1984
7:30pm kick off at Carrow Road

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League Cup 4th Round
*Last 16

Norwich City 3
Channon 44
Deehan 73
Donowa 78

Notts County 0

HT 1-0
Attendance:- 14,540

Norwich City
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Green shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- 13th/22 in the 1st tier
Manager:- Ken Brown

1.   Chris Woods
2.   Paul Haylock
3.   Greg Downs
4.   Steve Bruce
5.   Peter Mendham
6.   Dave Watson
7.   Louie Donowa
8.   Mick Channon
9.   John Deehan
10. Asa Hartford
11. Dale Gordon

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 22nd/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Richie Barker

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   Aki Lahtinen
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Mark Goodwin
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Alan Young
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Steve Burke

Sub not used: Mark Jones

This match was recorded for a goals report on a local news bulletin. The report shows a Norwich near miss / Fashanu being booked / Ex-Canaries Fashanu and O'Neill attacking from a Notts corner / Harkouk breaking but robbed - Asa Hartford then releases Donowa who crosses, McDonagh beaten to the ball in the air and the looping ball then forced in by Channon (the 300th goal of his career) / 2nd half - Norwich go close again / Donowa's deep cross headed in by Deehan for 2-0 / Notts waiting for an offside flag as Norwich race clean through, Donowa finishes a square ball across goal for 3-0 / Fashanu does well down the right and puts in a cross-shot, Harkouk somehow scoops the ball over the bar from inside the 6 yard area / Another County effort over the bar from close range on the turn from Fashanu.

Notes:
Norwich went on to win the League Cup, beating Sunderland 1-0 in the final.


Saturday 24th November 1984
3pm kick off at Brunton Park

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Carlisle United 1
McCartney (pen)

Notts County 0

HT 1-0
Attendance:- 3,165

Carlisle United
Colours:- All Blue with white pinstipes & red trimmings
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 17th/22
Manager:- Bob Stokoe

1.   Dave McKellar
2.   Paul Haigh
3.   Dave McAughtrie
4.   Jack Ashurst
5.   Don O'Riordan
6.   Mike McCartney
7.   Alan Shoulder
8.   Mick Halsall
9.   Malcolm Poskett
10. Ian Bishop
11. John Cooke

Sub not used

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

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   Aki Lahtinen *
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Mark Goodwin
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Alan Young
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. David Hunt

Sub: Steve Burke *

Notes:
On-loan Steve Burke made his final appearance for Notts before returning to QPR.


Saturday 1st December 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Oxford United 1984/85

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 2
Hunt 19
Young 77

Oxford United 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 6,282
Referee:- David Scott (Burnley)

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

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Mark Goodwin
9.   Justin Fahanu *
10. David Hunt
11. Alan Young

Sub: Ian McParland *

Oxford United
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Blue shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- before match 1st/22, after match 2nd/22
Manager:- Jim Smith

1.   Steve Hardwick
2.   David Langan
3.   Bobby McDonald
4.   John Trewick
5.   Gary Briggs
6.   Malcolm Shotton
7.   Peter Rhoades-Brown
8.   John Aldridge
9.   Billy Hamilton
10. Trevor Hebberd
11. Kevin Brock *

Sub: Les Phillips *

Central TV recorded the game for a 3 minute local news report voiced by Dennis Coath.

Notes:
Rock bottom Notts v 1st place Oxford United and the Magpies came into this match on a terrible run of form - By contrast, Oxford had just thumped Leeds 5-2 and had only lost once in the league all season (and that was away at Man City), so we set out for this fixture fearing the absolute worst. Yet it turned out to be one of the highlights of the season as Notts turned the form book and the table upside down with this superb win against the club now owned by media mogul Robert Maxwell (who arrived at Meadow Lane by helicopter). Alan Young was clearly delighted at scoring his first league goal for Notts, making a point of shaking a celebratory fist at the joyous fans on County Road after volleying in a Pedro Richards cross at the Meadow Lane end 13 minutes from time - One of my fondest memories of the period.


Saturday 8th December 1984
3pm kick off at Maine Road

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Manchester City 2
Melrose
Phillips

Notts County 0

HT 1-0
Attendance:- 20,109

Manchester City
Colours:- All Sky Blue with white trimmings
League Position:- before match 7th/22, after match 7th/22
Manager:- Billy McNeil

1.   Alec Williams
2.   Andy May
3.   Paul Power
4.   Nicky Reid
5.   Mick McCarthy
6.   David Phillips
7.   Gordon Smith
8.   Graham Baker
9.   Jim Melrose
10. Clive Wilson
11. Steve Kinsey

Sub not used: Tony Cunningham

Notts County
Colours:- ?White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 22nd/22, after match 22nd/22
Manager:- Richie Barker

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   David Clarke
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Martin O'Neill *
8.   Pedro Richards
9.   Alan Young
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. David Hunt

Sub: Ian McParland *

Notes:
Following the relief of a home win against top of the table Oxford a fortnight earlier, Notts could have done with a relatively easy away fixture with which to embark on a much needed unbeaten run, but instead faced an away trip to Manchester City where they inevitably returned to losing ways.


Sunday 16th December 1984
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Oxford United 1984/85

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 2
Harkouk (pen) 3
Young 87

Fulham 1
Marshall 22

HT 1-1

Attendance :- 4,917

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

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Mark Goodwin
9.   Rachid Harkouk *
10. Alan Young
11. David Hunt

Sub: Ian McParland *

Fulham
Colours:- All Red with black trimmings
League Position:- before match 10th/22, after match 10th/22
Manager:- Ray Harford

1.   Jim Stannard
2.   Paul Parker
3.   Cliff Carr
4.   Peter Scott
5.   Jeff Hopkins
6.   Kevin Lock
7.   John Marshall
8.   Robert Wilson
9.   Dean Coney
10. Ray Houghton
11. Ray Lewington

Sub not used

Notes:
The opportunity to move off the bottom of the table was still open with this Fulham fixture - the 2nd of three Meadow Lane games this season to be moved to a Sunday. The attendance was disappointing, less than 5,000, but Notts got off to a great start when Alan Young was brought down in the box by the visiting keeper in the 3rd minute and Rachid Harkouk stepped up to convert the spot-kick at the kop end. Fulham equalised on 22, but Young found the back of the net with just 3 minutes to go to secure a 2nd successive home win!

Bottom six following the win over Fulham (3 pts for a win)
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Crystal Palace    19  -3   19
18. Middlesbrough     19  -10  19
19. Oldham Athletic   19  -18  19
---------------------------------
20. Sheffield United  19  -8   17
21. Notts County      19  -22  13
22. Cardiff City      19  -20  11


Saturday 22nd December 1984

2nd tier League fixture

Notts County P
Charlton Athletic P

Notes:
Dad and I arrived at the ground before realising it had been called off because of a waterlogged pitch, the referee having made the decision at just before 1:30pm despite Notts insisting that the pitch was no worse than it had been for the previous home match which had gone ahead.


Wednesday 26th December 1984
3pm kick off at Plough Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Wimbledon 3
Evans 2
Cork 26
Fishenden 66

Notts County 2
Harkouk 38
Harkouk 40

HT 2-2
Attendance:- 2,992

Wimbledon
Colours:- All Blue with Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 13th/22, after match 13th/22
Manager:- Dave Bassett

1.   Dave Beasant
2.   John Kay
3.   Nigel Winterburn
4.   Lawrie Sanchez *
5.   Mark Morris
6.   Mick Smith
7.   Stewart Evans
8.   Steve Ketteridge
9.   Alan Cork
10. Kevin Gage
11. Paul Fishenden

Sub: Dave Martin *

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

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin *
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Mark Goodwin
9.   Rachid Harkouk
10. Mick Waitt
11. David Hunt

Sub: Alan Young *

Notes:
The first ever meeting of Notts and Wimbledon. Mick Waitt, signed from local club Keyworth United 9 days earlier, made his debut. Notts were 2-0 down after 26 minutes but Waitt set up two chances for Harkouk to pull the Magpies back level, Martin O'Neill then struck a post before half-time and did the same at the other end in the 2nd half before Fishenden netted the Wombles winner.


Saturday 29th December 1984
3pm kick off at Oakwell

vStats page
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Barnsley 0

Notts County 0

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 7,447

Barnsley
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 7th/22, after match 8th/22
Manager:- Bobby Collins

1.   Clive Baker
2.   Joe Joyce
3.   Nicky Law
4.   Billy Ronson
5.   Larry May
6.   Paul Futcher
7.   Gordon Owen
8.   Gwyn Thomas
9.   Calvin Plummer
10. Rodger Wylde *
11. Winston Campbell

Sub: Ian Walsh *

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

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Mark Goodwin
9.   Rachid Harkouk
10. Mick Waitt
11. David Hunt

Sub not used: Alan Young


Tuesday 1st January 1985
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Crystal Palace 1984/85

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 0

Crystal Palace 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 5,725

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

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Tristan Benjamin
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Mark Goodwin
9.   Rachid Harkouk
10. Justin Fashanu
11. David Hunt

Sub not used: Alan Young

Crystal Palace
Colours:- All Red with a white and blue diagonal stripe on the shirts
League Position:- before match 17th/22, after match 17th/22
Manager:- Steve Coppell

1.   George Wood
2.   Gary Locke
3.   Brian Sparrow
4.   Phil Barber
5.   Gavin Nebbeling
6.   Jim Cannon
7.   Alan Irvine
8.   Andy Gray
9.   Trevor Aylott
10. Peter Nicholas *
11. Tony Mahoney

Sub: Kevin Mabbutt *

Notes:
Following the two encouraging home victories in early December, the Christmas period was largely disappointing. County's home match with Charlton on the 22nd was called off and they then lost at Wimbledon on Boxing Day before finally ending a run of 5 straight league defeats on the road with a goalless draw at Barnsley on the 29th. The New Year's Day visitors to Meadow Lane, Crystal Palace, were one of the teams hovering above the relegation trapdoor but Notts could only manage a frustrating draw in front of a sparse holiday crowd, largely thanks to a series of acrobatic saves by man of the match George Wood.


Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 5th January 1985
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Grimsby Town [FA Cup] 1984/85

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FA Cup 3rd Round

Notts County 2
McParland 83
McParland 90

Grimsby Town 2
Ford 10
Lund 32

HT 0-2

Attendance :- 6,202

Notts County
Colours:- White shirts with black dual pinstripes, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 21st/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Richie Barker

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   David Clarke
4.   Rachid Harkouk
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Mark Goodwin
9.   Alan Young
10. Mick Waitt
11. David Hunt *

Sub: Ian McParland *

Grimsby Town
Colours:- All Red with white trimmings
League Position:- 9th/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Dave Booth

1.   Nigel Batch
2.   Chris Seagraves
3.   Paul Agnew
4.   Steve Foley
5.   Dean Crombie
6.   Kevin Moore
7.   Tony Ford
8.   Paul Wilkinson
9.   Gary Lund
10. Phil Bonnyman
11. Bob Cumming *

Sub: Paul Emson *

Possibly recorded for a local TV news report (There is a reference to this match in Yorkshire Television's Calendar News archive but this may have only been a report on the state of Grimsby's pitch ahead of the replay on Tuesday).

Notes:
Overnight snow put this cup tie in some doubt, but the match went ahead with patches of snow still covering areas of the grass and was memorable for two very late goals by substitute Ian McParland at the Meadow Lane end, the first being a header at the end of a cross by Harkouk. At the 90 minute mark I started to make my way out of the ground but thankfully stopped to stand by some fencing beyond the corner flag, I then watched McParland race clear deep into injury time onto a through ball from Harkouk and slip the ball past the advancing keeper for 2-2 to set up a replay three days later. The 6 foot 4 inch forward Mick Waitt made his home debut in the first match having played in the two away league games over Christmas.


Panini Sticker Collection
"Football 85"
Released January 1985

The Notts County Stickers

As they were now a 2nd tier club, Notts were only afforded one and a half stickers in this
year's collection, the Notts badge appearing alongside Oldham Athletics' badge as half of
one sticker. This pair of Panini stickers was originally uploaded to http://www.craigcullen.co.uk/
which is no longer on-line


Notts' FA Cup Results
Tuesday 8th January 1985
7:30pm kick off at Blundell Park

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FA Cup 3rd Round Replay

Grimsby Town 4
Lund ??
Lund 57
Wilkinson 60
Lund 74

Notts County 2
Harkouk 56
Wilkinson (og) ??

HT 1-0
Attendance:- 6,743

Grimsby go through to play Watford at home in the 4th Round

Grimsby Town
Colours:- Black & White striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks, Red trimmings
League Position:- 9th/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Dave Booth

1.   Nigel Batch
2.   Chris Seagraves
3.   Paul Agnew
4.   Steve Foley
5.   Dean Crombie
6.   Kevin Moore
7.   Tony Ford
8.   Paul Wilkinson
9.   Gary Lund
10. Phil Bonnyman
11. Bob Cumming

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Green shirts with yellow dual pinstripes, Green shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- 21st/22 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Richie Barker

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Aki Lahtinen
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Steve Sims
6.   Rachid Harkouk
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Mark Goodwin
9.   Alan Young
10. Mick Waitt
11. Ian McParland

Sub not used: David Hunt

Recorded by Yorkshire Television for a local news report, Central TV also showed footage with a voiceover by Dennis Coath.


Saturday 12th January 1985
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Sheffield United 1984/85

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 0

Sheffield United 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 8,119

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

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   David Clarke
4.   Rachid Harkouk
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Mark Goodwin
9.   Alan Young
10. Mick Waitt
11. Ian McParland

Sub not used: David Hunt

Sheffield United
Colours:- ?All Yellow with claret trimmings?
League Position:- before match 15th/22, after match 16th/22
Manager:- Ian Porterfield

1.   John Burridge
2.   Tom Heffernan
3.   Tony Kenworthy
4.   Dennis Mortimer
5.   Gary West
6.   Phil Thompson
7.   Colin Morris
8.   Glenn Cockerill
9.   Keith Edwards
10. Mel Eves
11. Tony Philliskirk

Sub not used

Notes:
The Blades line-up included former Liverpool and England defender (and future Sky Sports pundit) Phil Thompson. Games between Notts and Yorkshire based clubs had become rather tense affairs due to the on-going miner's strike, a constant headline story on local news and often the national news during the course of this season. Despite the atmosphere and the scoreline, it was a very good game to watch but another one that Notts should have taken 3 points from instead of just the 1.


Saturday 19th January 1985
3pm kick off at Elland Road

vStats page
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Leeds United 5
Sheridan
Wright
Irwin 70
Wright
Wright 74

Notts County 0

HT 1-0
Attendance:- 11,364

Leeds United
Colours:- All White with blue & yellow trim
League Position:- before match 6th/22, after match 6th/22
Manager:- Eddie Gray

1.   Phil Hughes
2.   Denis Irwin
3.   Gary Hamson
4.   Scott Sellars
5.   Andy Linighan
6.   Neil Aspin
7.   Tommy Wright
8.   John Sheridan
9.   Andy Ritchie
10. Peter Lorimer
11. Frank Gray *

Sub: George McCluskey *

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   David Clarke
4.   Rachid Harkouk
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   David Hunt
9.   Alan Young
10. Mick Waitt
11. Ian McParland  Sent Off 70

Sub not used: Aki Lahtinen

ITN broadcast a report of this game on their Saturday night news bulletin which showed... John Sheridan scoring Leeds' opening goal / Tommy Wright making it 2-0 and the Leeds players congratulating him / Ian McParland in a wall of Notts defenders rushes forward to within a yard of the Leeds player taking the free-kick, Ref George Tyson (who had already booked him) sends McParland off / Free-kick being taken - Eddie Gray passes ball back to Dennis Irwin who scores, Leeds players congratulating Irwin / Wright scores his 2nd goal to make it 4-0 / George McCluskey (Leeds) tries for a goal but it is saved, then Wright scores his hat-trick.

Notes:
Notts thrashed at Leeds with three of United's five goals scored in the space of 4 minutes after Ian McParland had been sent off on 70 for encroaching on a free-kick (his 2nd bookable offence). The game only went ahead thanks to Leeds' new under-soil heating system.


Saturday 26th January 1985
11am kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Charlton Athletic 1984/85

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 0

Charlton Athletic0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 3,409

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

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Aki Lahtinen
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Dave Watson *
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Martin O'Neill
8.   Mark Goodwin
9.   Alan Young
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. David Hunt

Sub: Mick Waitt *

Charlton Athletic
Colours:- Red shirts with white pinstripes, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 17th/22
Manager:- Lennie Lawrence

1.   Nicky Johns
2.   Paul Curtis
3.   Paul Friar
4.   Steve Gritt
5.   Steve Dowman
6.   Les Berry
7.   Robert Lee
8.   Alan Curbishley
9.   Ronnie Moore
10. Darren Anderson
11. Mike Flanagan

Sub not used

Notes:
This re-arranged match was only confirmed three days earlier when Charlton were knocked out of the FA Cup in a replay, it had originally been called off on 22nd December because of a waterlogged pitch. The re-arranged game kicked-off at the ridiculously early time of 11:00am as Nottingham Forest had a home cup-tie with Wimbledon in the afternoon. It was a crazy decision, reflected by a shocking attendance of just 3,409 (Less than had watched the League Cup 2nd Round 2nd Leg clash between the two sides earlier this season and the lowest league crowd for 15 years when Notts had played a meaningless end-of-season game in the 4th tier). The result wasn't great either - Despite Notts applying the pressure against fellow strugglers, County had to settle for a 3rd successive goalless league draw. It was also the 5th league game in a row that Notts had failed to score - though on this occasion that was largely due to a brilliant display by Charlton keeper Nicky Johns and Rachid Harkouk hitting the post.


Saturday 2nd February 1985
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Shrewsbury Town 1984/85

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 1
Hunt 1

Shrewsbury Town 3
Stevens 17
McLaren (pen) 30
Robinson 80

HT 1-2

Attendance :- 4,421

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

1.   Seamus McDonagh
2.   Aki Lahtinen
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Tristan Benjamin
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Martin O'Neill *
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Mick Waitt
10. Mark Goodwin
11. David Hunt

Sub: Alan Young *

Shrewsbury Town
Colours:- Blue shirts with yellow sleeves, Yellow shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 9th/22
Player/Manager:- Chic Bates

1.   Steve Perks
2.   Paul Petts
3.   Paul Johnson
4.   Ross MacLaren
5.   Colin Griffin
6.   Steve Cross
7.   Bernard McNally
8.   Gary Hackett
9.   Gary Stevens
10. Colin Robinson
11. Paul Tester

Sub not used: Andy Kerr

Notes:
Captain Martin O'Neill came off with damaged knee ligaments in this match and never played again. This also proved to be the last appearance in the Notts goalkeeping jersey for Seamus McDonagh and the last home appearance for Aki Lahtinen. A very depressing afternoon in which Notts played well enough to get a result, but lost for the first time in 7 home games.

Bottom six following the defeat to Shrewsbury (3 pts for a win)
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Oldham Athletic   24  -18  26
18. Middlesbrough     25  -21  24
19. Crystal Palace    23  -8   23
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20. Wolverhampton W.  26  -22  23
21. Notts County      26  -30  17
22. Cardiff City      24  -25  16


Saturday 9th February 1985
3pm kick off at Ayresome Park

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*Then known as Division Two

Middlesbrough 0

Notts County 1
Waitt 79

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 3,364

Middlesbrough
Colours:- Red shirts with a white horizontal panel, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 19th/22, after match 19th/22
Manager:- Willie Maddren

1.   Kelham O'Hanlon
2.   John Kay *
3.   Paul Ward
4.   Mick Buckley
5.   Mick Saxby
6.   Tony Mowbray
7.   Tony McAndrew
8.   David Mills
9.   Alan Kernaghan
10. Heine Otto
11. David Currie

Sub: Alan Roberts *

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Aki Lahtinen
3.   David Clarke
4.   Pedro Richards
5.   Tristan Benjamin
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Mark Goodwin
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Mick Waitt
10. Alan Young *
11. David Hunt

Sub: Mark Robinson *

Notes:
Many fixtures were postponed this weekend due to the bad weather which partly accounted for the shockingly low turn out for this relegation 6 pointer, 'Boro's lowest league crowd of the season. Notts revived hope of staying up with a victory - the only goal of the game being scored by Mick Waitt to earn County their first away win since the 6th October. Mark Robinson, plucked from Ilkeston Town, came on as a sub to make his debut.

Bottom six following the win at Middlesbrough (3 pts for a win)
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Charlton Athletic 25  -5   27
18. Crystal Palace    24  -7   26
19. Middlesbrough     27  -13  24
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20. Wolverhampton W.  26  -22  23
21. Notts County      27  -29  20
22. Cardiff City      25  -26  16


Saturday 16th February 1985

2nd tier League fixture

Notts County P
Portsmouth P

Notes:
As with many other matches scheduled to take place today, this fixture was postponed as early as the previous day due to snow.


Saturday 23rd February 1985
3pm kick off at Blundell Park

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*Then known as Division Two

Grimsby Town 2
Drinkell 28, 52

Notts County 0

HT 1-0
Attendance:- 4,967

Grimsby Town
Colours:- Black & White striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks, Red trimmings
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 10th/22
Manager:- Dave Booth

1.   Dave Felgate
2.   Neil Robinson
3.   Dean Crombie
4.   Steve Foley
5.   Chris Nicholl
6.   Andy Moore
7.   Tony Ford
8.   Gary Lund *
9.   Kevin Drinkell
10. Phil Bonnyman
11. Paul Emson

Sub: Bob Cumming *

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Aki Lahtinen
3.   David Clarke
4.   Kenny Burns
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Mark Goodwin
8.   Tristan Benjamin
9.   Mark Robinson
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. David Hunt *

Sub: Mick Waitt *

Notes:
On-loan from Derby County, the former Scottish international Kenny Burns made his Notts debut.


Tuesday 26th February 1985

Pedro Richards Testimonial

Notts County 1
Nottingham Forest 2


Saturday 2nd March 1985
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Oldham Athletic 1984/85

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 0

Oldham Athletic 0

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 4,152

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   David Clarke
4.   Kenny Burns
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Mark Goodwin
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Mark Robinson *
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Tristan Benjamin

Sub: Mick Waitt *

Oldham Athletic
Colours:- Blue shirts with red & white trimmings, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 16th/22, after match 17th/22
Manager:- Joe Royle

1.   Andy Goram
2.   Andy Barlow
3.   Willie Donachie
4.   Darren McDonough
5.   Kenny Clements
6.   Mick McGuire
7.   Mark Ward
8.   Tony Henry
9.   Brendan O'Callaghan
10. Mickey Quinn
11. Roger Palmer

Sub not used

Notes:
This home fixture with Oldham Athletic saw Mark Robinson and Kenny Burns make their home debuts, but this proved to be Burns' 2nd and final appearance. Mark Goodwin hit the crossbar in the 1st half but the final scoreline was another blank for Notts, we were now into March and County had only scored 2 goals in the 8 league fixtures played thus far in 1985.


Saturday 9th March 1985
3pm kick off at St Andrews

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*Then known as Division Two

Birmingham City 2
Clarke
Hopkins

Notts County 1
Sims

HT 2-0
Attendance:- 9,071

Birmingham City
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 3rd/22, after match 2nd/22
Manager:- Ron Saunders

1.   David Seaman
2.   Ray Ranson
3.   Brian Roberts
4.   Billy Wright
5.   Ken Armstrong
6.   Mark Jones *
7.   Wayne Clarke
8.   Nicky Platnauer
9.   Des Bremner
10. Peter Shearer
11. Robert Hopkins

Sub: Jim Hagan *

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   David Clarke
4.   Tony Daws
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Mark Goodwin *
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Mark Robinson
10. Rachid Harkouk
11. Tristan Benjamin

Sub: Mick Waitt *

Notes:
Further frustration for Notts with Rachid Harkouk seeing his last gasp penalty saved by David Seaman, denying Notts a point against high flying Birmingham City in what proved to be the last kick of the game. Harkouk had also struck the crossbar five minutes earlier after Sims had headed Notts back into the game. The Blues had gone 2-0 up inside the opening 16 minutes.


Sunday 17th March 1985
3pm kick off at Ninian Park

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*Then known as Division Two

Cardiff City 1
Gibbins

Notts County 4
Daws 2
Harkouk
Young
Young

HT 1-1
Attendance:- 3,631

Cardiff City
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 22nd/22
Manager:- Alan Durban

1.   Gary Plumley
2.   Jake King
3.   Jimmy Mullen
4.   Phil Dwyer
5.   Mike Ford
6.   Karl Elsey *
7.   Brian Flynn
8.   Kevin Meacock
9.   Roger Gibbins
10. Graham Withey
11. Paul McLoughlin

Sub: Nigel Vaughan *

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   Darren Davis
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Rachid Harkouk
8.   Tony Daws
9.   Alan Young
10. David Hunt
11. Mark Roninson

Sub not used: Mick Waitt

Notes:
Notts faced Cardiff City in this crucial Sunday afternoon relegation 6 pointer and won 4-1. It was the very first time I was personally able to look up County's score on Ceefax, this being in the days when they only updated the score at half-time and full-time (and at a time when Radio Nottingham wouldn't have updates from Colin Slater for Friday or Sunday fixtures).


Saturday 23rd March 1985
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 4
Young 59
Harkouk
Harkouk
Fashanu

Wolverhampton W. 1
Hankin 85

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 5,561

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   Darren Davis
4.   Steve Sims
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Mark Goodwin
7.   Rachid Harkouk
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Alan Young
10. David Hunt
11. Tony Daws

Sub not used: Mick Waitt

Wolverhampton W.
Colours:- Gold shirts with black pinstripes, Gold shorts, Gold & black hooped socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Tommy Docherty

1.   Tim Flowers
2.   John Humphrey
3.   Mick Coady *
4.   Campbell Chapman
5.   Peter Zelem
6.   Rikki Herbert
7.   Alan Ainscow
8.   Ian Cartwright
9.   Peter Eastoe
10. Steve Biggins
11. Ray Hankin

Sub: Mark Buckland *

Central TV recorded the game for a local news report.

Notes:
Just as we were all about to give up, Notts thrashed both of the other two clubs in the bottom three to move into touching distance of safety. The Magpies gave home debuts to youngsters Darren Davis and Tony Daws v Wolves. All 5 goals were scored in the 2nd half, the Wolves fans went crazy when they scored their goal as it was their first in 8 matches, but Notts were already well in command by then - Alan Young having headed in Rachid Harkouk's corner to set County on their way on 59 minutes, soon to be followed by two individual goals from Harkouk. It was then that Wolves pulled one back to make it 3-1 but Justin Fashanu had the last word with a late header for County's 4th. The victory lifted us to the dizzy heights of 3rd bottom, Notts highest position since September!!!

Bottom six following the win over Wolves (3 pts for a win)
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Wimbledon         30  -9   38
18. Crystal Palace    30  -15  31
19. Middlesbrough     33  -15  29
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20. Notts County      32  -26  27
21. Wolverhampton W.  33  -30  26
22. Cardiff City      32  -30  24


Saturday 30th March 1985
3pm kick off at Ewood Park

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*Then known as Division Two

Blackburn Rovers 1
Garner

Notts County 0

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 7,132

Blackburn Rovers
Colours:- Blue & White halved shirts, White shorts, Blue socks, Red trim
League Position:- before match 5th/22, after match 4th/22
Manager:- Bobby Saxton

1.   Terry Gennoe
2.   Jim Branagan
3.   Mike Rathbone
4.   Simon Barker
5.   Glenn Keeley
6.   Derek Fazackerley
7.   Ian Miller
8.   Colin Randell
9.   Chris Thompson
10. Simon Garner
11. Mark Patterson

Sub not used

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   Darren Davis
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Rachid Harkouk
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Alan Young *
10. David Hunt
11. Tristan Benjamin

Sub: Mark Robinson *


Tuesday 2nd April 1985
7:30pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Portsmouth 1984/85

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 1
Harkouk 44

Portsmouth 3
Blake 2
Webb 24, 35

HT 1-3

Attendance :- 5,631

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   Darren Davis *
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Rachid Harkouk
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Tony Daws
10. Tristan Benjamin
11. Mark Robinson

Sub: Mick Waitt *

Portsmouth
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 5th/22, after match 3rd/22
Manager:- Alan Ball

1.   Alan Knight
2.   Gary Stanley
3.   Mick Tait
4.   Kevin Dillon
5.   Noel Blake
6.   Billy Gilbert
7.   Kevin O'Callaghan
8.   Mick Kennedy *
9.   Nicky Morgan
10. Neil Webb
11. Vince Hilaire

Sub: Bobby Doyle *

Central News East recorded the game for a local news report.

Notes:
This was a re-arranged fixture following the postponement of the original match on 16th February due to bad weather. Those that attended the re-scheduled game got to see two England 1966 World Cup winner's, Pompey boss Alan Ball and also the great Bobby Charlton who came onto the pitch at half-time to make a presentation to the Junior Magpies. All four goals were scored in the 1st half - Pompey took the lead after only 90 seconds through Noel Blake, Neil Webb then scored twice in 11 minutes to put them 3-0 ahead at the 35 minute mark before Rachid Harkouk pulled one back for Notts just before half-time (Harkouk had recently made his international debut for Algeria in a friendly with East Germany on 13th March in front of 130,000 spectators). Darren Davis was stretchered off with a knee injury in the 2nd half.


Saturday 6th April 1985
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Wimbledon 1984/85

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 2
Fashanu
Harkouk

Wimbledon 3
Fishenden
Sanchez
Winterburn 65

HT 1-2

Attendance :- 4,800

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Dean Yates
3.   Pedro Richards
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Rachid Harkouk
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Mark Robinson
10. Mick Waitt *
11. David Hunt

Sub: Tony Daws *

Wimbledon
Colours:- All Blue with Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 13th/22, after match 13th/22
Manager:- Dave Bassett

1.   Dave Beasant
2.   Kevin Gage
3.   Nigel Winterburn
4.   Steve Galliers
5.   Brian Gayle
6.   Mick Smith
7.   Stewart Evans
8.   Steve Ketteridge
9.   Paul Fishenden *
10. Lawrie Sanchez
11. Andy Thorn

Sub: Carlton Fairweather *

Notes:
This match, Wimbledon's first ever visit to Meadow Lane, saw 17 year old Dean Yates make his debut at right back - the start of a long and successful association with Notts, both as a player and later as co-commentator for local radio. Yates' performance was praised in the press but they were scathing of his colleagues as Notts gifted Wimbledon three goals. County twice drew level but it was a miserable Easter with Notts also going on to lose at Crystal Palace on Easter Monday, the 4th straight defeat following the false dawn of those back to back 4-1 wins.


Monday 8th April 1985
3pm kick off at Selhurst Park

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*Then known as Division Two

Crystal Palace 1
Cannon 53

Notts County 0

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 4,744

Crystal Palace
Colours:- All White with a red and blue diagonal stripe on the shirts
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Steve Coppell

1.   George Wood
2.   Henry Hughton
3.   Brian Sparrow
4.   Tony Finnigan
5.   Micky Droy
6.   Jim Cannon
7.   Kevin Taylor
8.   Jerry Murphy
9.   Trevor Aylott
10. Andy Gray
11. David Lindsay

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Green shirts with yellow dual pinstripes, Green shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Richie Barker

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   Keith Downing
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Rachid Harkouk
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Mark Robinson *
10. David Hunt
11. Tony Daws

Sub: Mick Waitt *


Sunday 14th April 1985
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Brighton & H.A. 1984/85

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 1
Richards 61

Brighton & H. A. 2
O'Reilly 71
Kraay 89

HT 0-0

Attendance :- 4,671

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   Keith Downing
4.   Mark Goodwin
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Ian McParland
8.   Dean Yates
9.   Alan Young
10. David Hunt
11. Tony Daws *

Sub: Mark Robinson *

Brighton & H. A.
Colours:- Blue shirts with red & white trimmings, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 7th/22, after match 6th/22
Manager:- Chris Cattlin

1.   Graham Moseley
2.   Martin Keown *
3.   Chris Hutchings
4.   Graham Pearce
5.   Hans Kraay
6.   Gary O'Reilly
7.   Steve Jacobs
8.   Danny Wilson
9.   Alan Biley
10. Terry Connor
11. Frank Worthington

Sub: Neil Smillie *

Notes:
More heartbreak for Notts who were leading through a Pedro Richards close range header just after the hour mark, County ended up losing the game in the final minute. Both Seagulls goals came via corners, their first corner of the whole game on 71 was taken by the legendary Frank Worthington (scorer of one of, if not THE greatest goal ever in a match between Bolton and Ipswich in 1979) and headed in by Gary O'Reilly, another Worthington corner one minute from time was headed in by Dutchman Hans Kraay. Richie Barker was sacked the follwing Friday (19th April) and Jimmy Sirrel agreed to take charge until the end of the season.

Bottom six following the defeat to Brighton (3 pts for a win)
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Charlton Athletic 36  -8   39
18. Crystal Palace    35  -19  36
19. Middlesbrough     37  -15  33
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20. Wolverhampton W.  37  -32  29
21. Notts County      37  -32  27
22. Cardiff City      36  -33  26


Saturday 20th April 1985
3pm kick off at Leeds Road

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Huddersfield Town 1
Lillis (pen)

Notts County 2
Young (pen) 59
Fashanu 90

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 4,117

Huddersfield Town
Colours:- Blue & White striped shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 13th/22, after match 13th/22
Manager:- Mick Buxton

1.   Brian Cox
2.   Ian Measham
3.   Mick Carmody
4.   Steve Doyle
5.   Simon Webster
6.   Sam Allardyce
7.   Mark Lillis
8.   Daral Pugh
9.   Liam Robinson *
10. Philip Wilson
11. Dave Cowling

Sub: Dale Tempest *

Notts County
Colours:- Green shirts with yellow dual pinstripes, Green shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Tristan Benjamin *
3.   Pedro Richards
4.   Dean Yates
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Mark Goodwin
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Alan Young
10. David Hunt
11. Ian McParland

Sub: Mark Robinson *

Notes:
63 year old Jimmy Sirrel's first game back in charge saw Notts halt a run of 5 straight defeats with a victory at Huddersfield Town thanks to an injury time winner headed in by Justin Fashanu.


Saturday 27th April 1985
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Notts County v Carlisle United 1984/85

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 3
Watson 23
Goodwin (pen) 54
Fashanu 67

Carlisle United 0

HT 1-0

Attendance :- 4,051

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   Keith Downing
4.   Dean Yates
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Mark Goodwin
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Mark Robinson
10. David Hunt
11. Rachid Harkouk

Sub not used: Tony Daws

Carlisle United
Colours:- All Blue with white pinstipes & red trimmings
League Position:- before match 14th/22, after match 14th/22
Manager:- Bob Stokoe

1.   Dave McKellar
2.   Paul Haigh
3.   Mike McCartney
4.   Jack Ashurst
5.   Don O'Riordan
6.   Dave McAughtrie
7.   Andy Hill
8.   Paul Gorman
9.   Malcolm Poskett
10. Ian Bishop
11. John Halpin

Sub not used

Notes:
Carlisle included future Notts player Don O'Riordan. Notts put in a great performance in a gale force wind and an April snow shower to win comfortably and put themselves back in touch with safety with three games left to play. The problem now was that two of those remaining three games were against teams in the top three!

Bottom six following the win over Carlisle (3 pts for a win, 3 games left to play)
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Sheffield United  39  -9   43
18. Crystal Palace    39  -21  42
19. Middlesbrough     39  -17  36
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20. Cardiff City      39  -26  35
21. Notts County      39  -28  33
22. Wolverhampton W.  39  -36  30


Saturday 4th May 1985
3pm kick off at The Manor Ground

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Oxford United 1
Thomas 85

Notts County 1
Fashanu 81

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 9,944

Oxford United
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Blue shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- before match 1st/22, after match 1st/22
Manager:- Jim Smith

1.   Steve Hardwick
2.   David Langan
3.   Bobby McDonald
4.   John Trewick
5.   Gary Briggs
6.   Malcolm Shotton
7.   Brian McDermott
8.   John Aldridge
9.   Mark Jones *
10. Trevor Hebberd
11. Kevin Brock

Sub: Andy 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:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   Keith Downing
4.   Dean Yates
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Aki Lahtinen
7.   Mark Goodwin
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Mark Robinson
10. David Hunt
11. Ian McParland

Sub not used

Notes:
Notts taking a point at table topping Oxford, but they looked like snatching all three when Fashanu put them ahead with 10 minutes to go until Andy Thomas grabbed a late equaliser. There were good results elsewhere though, so despite Notts conceding the late goal at the Manor Ground they were still in a slightly better position than they had been at 3pm.

Other results affecting the relegation zone
Birmingham City 2 Cardiff City 0
Brighton & H.A. 5 Wolverhampton W. 1
Crystal Palace 1 Middlesbrough 0

Bottom six following the draw at Oxford (3 pts for a win, 2 games left to play)
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Charlton Athletic 40  -8   44  (Safe)
18. Sheffield United  39  -9   43  (Safe)
19. Middlesbrough     40  -18  36  (To play BIRMINGHAM / shrewsbury)
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20. Cardiff City      40  -28  35  (To play C.PALACE / wimbledon)
21. Notts County      40  -28  34  (To play MAN CITY / fulham)
22. Wolverhampton W.  40  -40  30  (All but mathematically down)


Monday 6th May 1985
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Notts County 3
Fashanu 24
Harkouk 31
Young 38

Manchester City 2
Simpson 66, 72

Attendance :- 17,812
Referee:-  I. Borrett (Harleston)

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

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   Keith Downing
4.   Dean Yates
5.   Dave Watson *
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Mark Goodwin
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Alan Young
10. David Hunt
11. Rachid Harkouk

Sub: Ian McParland *

Manchester City
Colours:- All Sky Blue with white trimmings
League Position:- before match 3rd/22, after match 3rd/22
Manager:- Billy McNeil

1.   Alec Williams
2.   Kenny Clements
3.   Geoff Lomax
4.   Nicky Reid
5.   Mick McCarthy
6.   David Phillips
7.   Paul Simpson
8.   Andy May
9.   Paul Power
10. Neil McNab
11. Steve Kinsey

Sub not used: Steve Redmond

Notes:
Meadow Lane witnessed one of the worst incidents of crowd trouble in its' history on this May bank holiday afternoon. With just two games of the season remaining, 10,000 Manchester City fans flocked to Nottingham hoping to see their team claim the final promotion place, a victory for City would all but mathematically put them out of reach of 4th placed Portsmouth (who were three points behind with an inferior goal difference - there were no play off's in those days). Notts on the other hand were still in with a chance of staying up after a late revival under Jimmy Sirrel following the sacking of Richie Barker. Next to bottom of the table County were now only two points behind 4th bottom Middlesbrough. The first half was probably the most jaw dropping first half display I've ever seen from a Notts team, 3 goals in 13 minutes whipped Notts fans into ecstasy, it was absolutely incredible. Then at half-time the City fans decided to start a riot - Fencing at the Kop end was torn down, supporters ran onto the pitch, a fire extinguisher was let off in the County Road stand and fights broke out. Mounted Police were then called in to try and clear the turf of City fans seemingly hell bent on getting the match abandoned. It was absolute chaos and, as it was a warm afternoon, I was wearing my Admiral pinstripe Notts shirt with no jumper or coat available to cover it, I feared I wouldn't be able to get out of the ground alive! The start of the 2nd half was delayed for 30 minutes with both managers making appeals on the tannoy for calm. Notts lost their momentum in the 2nd half and City staged a fight-back as Notts' former England defender Dave Watson limped off injured (his last appearance for Notts), but somehow County held out. The 3-2 result meant that Notts were now level on points with Middlesbrough (who drew 0-0 at home Birmingham) and were only in the relegation zone because of an inferior goal difference (by 9 goals), County moved above Cardiff City who lost 3-0 at home to Crystal Palace. At the top, Portsmouth's win that day left Manchester City clinging on to 3rd place also by virtue of goal difference. The next day Meadow Lane was national news headlines, I remember seeing a big photograph of a police horse tackling a City hooligan on the front or back page of one of the tabloids. Had TV cameras been present, the scenes at the Notts ground would have undoubtedly been added to the clips of shame that were being gathered to illustrate the demise of English football, this incident coming only weeks after Chelsea had installed an electric fence to keep supporters off the pitch (following a riot v Sunderland) and Millwall fans had been shown tearing out seats to hurl at riot police in a televised match at Luton's Kenilworth Road. It would soon get even worse - The Heysel stadium disaster that resulted in English clubs being banned from all European competitions was only a few weeks away, the Bradford fire would occur even sooner.

Justin Fashanu
This match also turned out to be Justin Fashanu's last appearance for Notts at Meadow Lane. Many football fans still have mixed feelings about the man - but I have fond enough memories of probably our best known player of the period, his goal scoring record at Notts was reasonably good; 20 in 64 league appearances including a match winner v Arsenal and two goals in a 3-3 draw at Manchester United. Fashanu had risen to instant super-stardom as a teenager in 1980 after scoring the goal of the season on 'Match of the Day', a big money move from Norwich to Forest then turned sour when manager Brian Clough suspected that 'Fash' was homosexual, Clough suspended him but Fashanu still turned up for training which led to Clough having him escorted off the City ground premises by police officers, he then joined Notts. As a black player he was already being subjected to racism (rife in football at the time), the added pressure of being a gay as well as a black footballer saw Justin turn to evangelical Christianity which seemed to cause him even greater problems in both his private and professional life (He refused to play for Notts in Sunday matches and in a Q&A in the Man City programme he declared that his ambition was to get Sunday football abolished). He left Notts for Brighton (where else!) on 5th June 1985 for £115,000 but a serious re-occurring knee injury kept him out of the game for a number of years and several attempts to make a comeback with various clubs all failed, by which time he had become the first professional footballer to out himself as being gay - which saw both his family and the black community publicly disown him. After a spell with Hearts in 1993/94 Fashanu finished his playing career in New Zealand and the USA. His life was to end amid great controversy and tragedy - In April 1998, Fashanu fled home to England from the USA following an alleged sexual assault against a 17 year old male. Fearing a potential 20 year jail term, Justinus Soni Fashanu hanged himself in a lock-up garage in Shoreditch (East London) on the night of 2nd/3rd May 1998, he was 36.
 
 

Other results affecting the relegation zone
Cardiff City 0 Crystal Palace 3
Middlesbrough 0 Birmingham City 0

Bottom six following the win over Man City (3 pts for a win, 1 game left to play)
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Charlton Athletic 40  -8   44
18. Sheffield United  40  -11  43
19. Middlesbrough     41  -18  37 (To play shrewsbury away)
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20. Notts County      41  -27  37 (To play fulham away)
21. Cardiff City      41  -31  35 (To play wimbledon away)
22. Wolverhampton W.  41  -39  33 R


Saturday 11th May 1985
3pm kick off at Craven Cottage

vStats page
2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division Two

Fulham 1
Lewington 73

Notts County 0

HT 0-0
Attendance:- 4,891

Fulham
Colours:- White shirts, Black shorts, White socks, Red trim
League Position:- before match 9th/22, final position 9th/22
Manager:- Ray Harford

1.   Gerry Peyton
2.   Paul Parker
3.   Cliff Carr
4.   John Marshall
5.   Jeff Hopkins
6.   Gary Elkins
7.   Tony Sealy
8.   Robert Wilson
9.   Leroy Rosenior
10. Ray Houghton
11. Ray Lewington

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Green shirts with yellow dual pinstripes, Green shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, final position 20th/22
Manager:- Jimmy Sirrel

1.   Mick Leonard
2.   Pedro Richards
3.   Keith Downing
4.   Dean Yates
5.   Aki Lahtinen
6.   Steve Sims
7.   Mark Goodwin
8.   Justin Fashanu
9.   Alan Young *
10. David Hunt
11. Rachid Harkouk

Sub: Mark Robinson *

Notes:
Notts lost their place in the 2nd tier on the final day of the season. Justin Fashanu and Aki Lahtinen played their last games for the club. County would have been relegated regardless of the result at Craven Cottage as Middlesbrough won at Shrewsbury Town with two first half goals - which they hung onto despite having two players sent off late in the game to finish three points clear of Notts and a goal difference that was +12 superior. Any sense of tragedy was quickly put into perspective by news of a fire at Bradford City's ground which claimed the lives of 56 spectators, and also the death of a 15 year old boy crushed by a wall toppled over during a riot at the Birmingham v Leeds game.
 

Other results affecting the relegation zone
Shrewsbury Town 0 Middlesbrough 2
Wimbledon 2 Cardiff City 1

Bottom six of the final table
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Charlton Athletic 42  -12  45
18. Sheffield United  42  -12  44
19. Middlesbrough     42  -16  40
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20. Notts County      42  -28  37 R
21. Cardiff City      42  -32  35 R
22. Wolverhampton W.  42  -42  33 R


Please note that many of the match by match league positions listed for Notts in the Rothman's Yearbook for this season are incorrect. The Observer newspaper tables have been used to compile the positions for 1984/85 on this site.

For appearance stats, final table and at-a-glance results for season 1984/85 see here


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