Notts County FC 1991/92
Match Line-ups & Details


Top flight clubs for season 1991/92

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New to the top tier this season
Promoted clubs: Oldham Athletic, West Ham United, Sheffield Wednesday and Notts County
*Oldham Athletic would be playing in the top flight for the first time since 1923. Sheffield Wednesday had won promotion back up to the top flight at the first attempt.


Saturday 27th July 1991

Pre-season friendly

Burton Albion 1

Notts County 4
Draper
Draper
Johnson (pen)
(og)


Monday 29th July 1991

Pre-season friendly

Boston United 0

Notts County 4
Johnson
Johnson (pen)
Bartlett
Bartlett


Wednesday 31st July 1991

Pre-season friendly

Notts County 1
Johnson 17

Tranmere Rovers 0

Attendance:- 1,707

Notts County
Cherry, Palmer, Paris, Chris Short (Dryden), Yates, O'Riordan, Thomas, Turner, Regis (Bartlett), Draper, Johnson

Tranmere Rovers
Nixon, Higgins, Brannon (Malkin), McNab, Hughes, Garnett, Morrissey, Aldridge, Steel, Irons, Thomas


Friday 2nd August 1991

Pre-season friendly

Armitage 1
Notts County 4


Saturday 3rd August 1991

Pre-season friendly

Pickering Town 1

Notts County 2
Warnock
Yates




Wednesday 7th August 1991

County Cup
Semi-final

Notts County 4
Draper
Yates
Lund
Turner

Mansfield Town 0

Attendance:- 2,177

Notts County
Cherry, Palmer, Paris, Craig Short, Yates (Dryden), Harding, Thomas, Turner, Regis (Lund), Draper, Johnson

Mansfield Town
Pearcey, Fleming (Foster), Withe, Murray, Gray, Holland, Stringfellow, Charles. Stant, Spooner, Wilkinson


Sunday 11th August 1991

County Cup
Final

Nottingham Forest 2
Jemson
Jemson

Notts County 1
Bartlett

Attendance:- 8,815


Saturday 17th August 1991
3pm kick off at Old Trafford

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Manchester United 2
Hughes 39
Robson 57

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 46,278
Referee:- George Courtney (Spennymoor)
Weather:- Rain followed by bright sunshine

Manchester United
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Black socks
League Position:- first match of season, had finished 6th/20 (top flight) the previous season
Manager:- Alex Ferguson

1.   Peter Schmeichel
2.   Denis Irwin
3.   Clayton Blackmore
4.   Steve Bruce
5.   Darren Ferguson +
6.   Paul Parker
7.   Bryan Robson
8.   Paul Ince *
9.   Brian McClair
10. Mark Hughes
11. Andrei Kanchelskis

Sub: Gary Pallister *64
Sub: Ryan Giggs +76

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- first match of season, had finished 4th/24 (2nd tier) the previous season
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Don O'Riordan *
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Dave Regis
10. Mark Draper
11. Tommy Johnson +

Sub: Kevin Bartlett *51
Sub: Chris Short +63

All Notts League matches this season were recorded by TV cameras for local news goals reports and for inclusion on a series of VHS highlights video's released throughout the season. The goals from County's league fixtures were also shown on ITV as part of a round-up of the top flight matches on Sunday afternoon's if they had a live game (which they didn't on this particular weekend).

Notes:
When Notts had won promotion in 1981 it had been 55 years since they had last graced the top flight, yet here we were again after just a 7 season absence this time with the added experience of winning two Wembley finals and playing admirably in front of millions of live TV viewers in an FA Quarter final. I think we were all pretty optimistic that Notts would stay up, I wrote down my own prediction for the final League table at the start of the season and correctly forecasted that Luton and West Ham would go down, but I placed Coventry City 3rd bottom - sadly they would finish one place higher. I got a little carried away with Notts - I had them finishing 11th! Our opening day opponents Manchester United had been the first English club to lift European silverware back in May following the five year ban, this game v Notts would be their first competitive game since they had beaten Barcelona in the European final and there were apparently thousands of fans locked outside Old Trafford with the ground full to capacity and the gates locked an hour before kick-off. The famous old Stretford End terraces were still there whilst the rest of the ground was now all seating except for the front paddock at the 'scoreboard end' where most of the Notts support were stood. I was sat in the main stand, a few seats away from BBC radio Notts correspondent Colin Slater. I'd been to Wembley, yet Old Trafford seemed more impressive and much more modern - even though the re-building process wasn't yet finished. The roar that greeted Bryan Robson's brilliant 2nd goal was really quite something, but Robson later disgraced himself with an absolutely appalling tackle on Mark Draper which unbelievably failed to earn him even a booking (let alone the red card it so clearly deserved). United had taken a while to show their obvious superiority as County battled well in the early stages and even created a few problems in United's box, but referee George Courtney (who had been under fire from Neil Warnock in the past) made some blatantly biased decisions in favour of the home team; As well as failing to book Bryan Robson, he cautioned Craig Short for throwing the ball away whilst taking no action against the home players for the same offence. Six minutes before half-time, a free-kick that shouldn't have been given was miss-headed by Regis which fell to Hughes who stuck out a boot to make it 1-0 in front of the Stretford end. County might have equalised early in the 2nd half when Johnson raced clear, but a bobble on the pitch broke that attack down. Robson's 20 yard volley that made it 2-0 was the result of a corner not properly cleared. Notts were then made to look utterly clueless as Cherry repetitively cleared the ball up-field only for United to effortlessly re-gain possession and launch yet another attack. In the end, we were fortunate to lose by only 2 goals. I remember being locked in the ground for quite a while afterwards having to remind myself that we wouldn't have to face teams as good as Man Utd every week, but sadly - more often than not - we would continue to find ourselves up against star-struck officials. Our veteran sweeper Don O'Riordan left the field injured in this fixture and it proved to be his last league appearance this season (he would make one further brief appearance in the Full Members Cup but had to come off after 18 minutes). United's no.3 that day later had a spell with Notts.


Tuesday 20th August 1991
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Yates 38

Southampton 0

Attendance:- 9,613
Referee:- R. Bigger (Croydon)
Weather:- Bright, sunny and warm
Corners:- Notts 6 Saints 4
Goal attempts on target:- Notts 5 Saints 5
Goal attempts off target:- Notts 5 Saints 3
Bookings:- Turner (Notts) for throwing ball away, Yates (Notts) for a foul, Rideout, Horne & Shearer (Saints) all for fouls, Dodd (Saints) for kicking ball away, Ruddock (Saints) for hand ball.

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match n/a, after mid-week games 12th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Paul Harding
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Dave Regis
10. Mark Draper
11. Tommy Johnson

Subs not used: Kevin Bartlett & Chris Short

Southampton
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match n/a, after mid-week games 22nd/22
Manager:- Ian Branfoot

1.   Tim Flowers
2.   Jason Dodd
3.   Russell Osman *
4.   Barry Horne
5.   Richard Hall
6.   Neil Ruddock
7.   Matthew Le Tissier
8.   Glenn Cokerill
9.   Alan Shearer
10. Paul Rideout
11. Micky Adams

Sub: Alan McLoughlin *74
Other sub not used

Inside Write
By Neal Hook
Page 3 matchday programme editorial as written by the Notts chief executive.

It's a very special night for Notts County as we stage our first home game in Division One for seven years and for some of us, it will be an especially significant moment when the players take the field. I'm thinking in particular about the 1,500 people who attended the famous meeting at The Astoria in September 1986 - and were told that we might not be in business for much longer. Staging a First Division fixture couldn't have been further from our thoughts and my major concern at that time was steering clear of the many people to whom we owed money! When you think of it in those terms, it shows just how far we have come since Derek Pavis and Neil Warnock joined forces and they deserve a lot of credit for transforming the fortunes of the club.
I’ll be absolutely delighted when tonight's game gets underway and I say that not only as a lifelong Notts County fan - but also for selfish reasons because it's logical to assume that things will start to calm down I've never known such a hectic summer behind the scenes and although we know it was bound to be far busier than normal, the amount of extra work has far exceeded our expectations. The fact that our fate was not decided in the play-off final until June 2 meant that we have had a lot less time than normal to do all that had to be done and even if we had lost against Brighton it would still have been difficult. But inevitably, the promotion triumph has caused all sorts of additional jobs to crop up and has created so much interest that I cannot remember the last time I walked into our General Office and didn't see a queue of people.
It's certainly a sign of the times at Meadow Lane when we find ourselves inundated with complaints after announcing that we are no longer selling season-tickets! I ought to explain that when the Directors did the club's budgets for the year, they set a cut-off point for selling season-tickets - as is our normal practise - based on the fact that we would still need a regular flow of money through the turnstiles each match. What we didn't expect was that the target figure would be reached well before the season got underway - nor that so many of our regular season-ticket holders would not have renewed by that time. We can only apologise to long-standing fans for any ill-feeling that may have been caused and we trust that any problems have now been rectified. It's just one of many examples which confirm the theory that success causes more problems than failure and if I am strictly honest, I cannot say I have enjoyed being in the First Division so far.
Don't mis-understand me, though. No one is more delighted than me to see Notts County back where it matters and now that we are up and running, I'm sure things will quieten down. It's an exciting time for everyone and as the management and players strive to make an impact on the field, my priority is to do all I can to help you enjoy your visits to Meadow Lane.

Nottingham Evening Post Report

DEAN SPRINGS TO SINK SAINTS
By David Stapleton

NEIL WARNOCK forecast a "cracking" local derby against Nottingham Forest on Saturday - after his Notts County side deservedly marked their First Division home-coming with victory over Southampton at Meadow Lane. Warnock believes that the match will be as skilful as last night's was ill-tempered and crude. He said: "Forest try to play football and allow their opponents to play. I think Nottingham fans are in for a treat - I only hope that the ground is full." County - whose capacity is a little over 20,000 -report that they still have tickets available. The 9,613 gate last night, on the occasion of the first Division One match at Meadow Lane for seven years, was around 1,000 below the club's expectations. But as it is the holiday season and Southampton do not possess great crowd-pulling power, Notts did not view it as a yardstick for the future. The sparsely populated terraces apart, the game - won by Dean Yates' 38th minute header - was hardly an advert for the game at the top.

PRESSURE
Passing moves were foresaken for frantic pace and physical excesses. It was plain which side were the biggest sinners - Saints had five players booked against the Magpies' two. The visitors' new manager, Ian Branfoot, admitted: "When you come to a place like this, the first thing is to compete. County have played the pressure game for three or four seasons - and they do it well. There were some late tackles, but I didn't think there was anything particularly nasty."
The game had hardly got under way when Southampton defender Barry Home was warned for a foul on Alan Paris. And the referee might have done everybody a service had he pulled out his book before the 34th minute, when Paul Rideout was cautioned quickly, followed by Home.

That Notts merited their first half lead through Yates, who had a generally fine match, there was no doubt. In their first attack, right back Charlie Palmer got in a toe-poke which Jason Dodd cleared from near the line. Then, skipper Phil Turner had two superb strikes -one a left-footer from the edge of the box which the 'keeper pushed away, the other a quickly-taken effort in his stride which glanced the top of the bar. Paris lashed in a shot which Tim Flowers held well, while Yates steered Mark Draper's deep cross past the far post before scoring. It was a case of Southampton getting their just deserts for, after they had conceded yet another free- kick, Dean Thomas's ball in was steered high into the far comer by Yates. Notts failed to sustain the shots ratio in the second half, though Tommy Johnson almost scored after moving on to David Regis's pass. He cut inside past two defenders and fired in a strong shot which Flowers saved well for a comer . Southampton - having put in very few goal attempts - were close to an unwarranted equaliser twice in the space of a minute near the end. Steve Cherry did well to claw away a scorching shot from Home and then made a brave double save from a largely restrained Matthew Le Tissier.

Notes:
This was the great England centre forward Alan Shearer's one and only appearance at Meadow Lane. I remember buying the brand new Notts shirt from the club shop on the way into the ground before the match, there seemed to be loads of people wearing Notts shirts at the time, you'd see them being paraded around the town centre even on non-match days -  a sure sign that we were back in the big time.


Saturday 24th August 1991
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Nottingham Forest 4
Crosby 55
Charles 64
Sheringham 69
Keane 74

Attendance:- 21,044
Weather:- Hot and sunny

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 15th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer +
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Paul Harding *
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Dave Regis
10. Mark Draper
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Kevin Bartlett *65
Sub: Chris Short +72

Nottingham Forest
Colours:- All Red
League Position:- before match 11th/22, after match 3rd/22
Manager:- Brian Clough

1.   Mark Crossley
2.   Gary Charles
3.   Stuart Pearce
4.   Steve Chettle
5.   Carl Tiler
6.   Roy Keane
7.   Gary Crosby
8.   Scott Gemmill
9.   Nigel Clough
10. Teddy Sheringham
11. Nigel Jemson *

Sub: Brian Laws *88
Other sub not used

Notes:
Notts really were on top for the first 55 minutes and were piling on the pressure at the start of the 2nd half, Mark Draper had two fine efforts at goal which brought out the best in the Forest keeper before Gary Crosby had a header at the other end hit the post, trickle along the goalline, brush against the other post and bobble just over the line for 1-0. It was heartbreak for Notts who then lost their discipline and got caught on the break three times as they tried to get back into it.


Wednesday 28th August 1991
7:30pm kick off at Stamford Bridge

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*Then known as Division One

Chelsea 2
Elliot 54
Allon 63

Notts County 2
Johnson 4
Bartlett 48

Attendance:- 15,847

Chelsea
Colours:- All blue
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 11th/22
Manager:- Ian Porterfield

1.   Kevin Hitchcock
2.   Steve Clarke
3.   Tommy Boyd
4.   Andy Townsend
5.   Paul Elliot
6.   Erland Johnsen
7.   Graeme Le Saux *
8.   Alan Dickens +
9.   Kerry Dixon
10. Kevin Wilson
11. Dennis Wise

Sub: Andy Myers *52
Sub: Joe Allen +52

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 17th/22, after match 17th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Paul Harding  Sent Off 72
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Richard Dryden
9.   Dave Regis +
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tommy Johnson *

Sub: Mark Draper *73
Sub: Chris Short +87

Notes:
Richard Dryden, a £250,000 signing from Exeter City, made his Notts debut in this game. Notts were 2-0 up at one stage but were content with a point after Paul Harding had been sent off on 72 for a 2nd bookable offence, Neil Warnock was furious with a Chelsea player who laughed and waved at Harding as he left the field. Dave Regis came close to snatching all three points but from 10 yards out he hit the post. Meanwhile, the Nottingham County Council put forward yet another ground share proposal for Forest and Notts, Brian Clough said that he would he resign as Forest manager if they had to share with County.


Saturday 31st August 1991
3pm kick off at Upton Park

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*Then known as Division One

West Ham United 0

Notts County 2
Bartlett 64, 68

Attendance:- 20,093

West Ham United
Colours:- Claret shirts with sky blue & white trimmings, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 10th/22, after match 16th/22
Manager:- Billy Bonds

1.   Tony Parks
2.   Kenny Brown
3.   Mitchell Thomas
4.   Tim Breaker
5.   Colin Foster
6.   George Parris
7.   Ian Bishop
8.   Stuart Slater
9.   Mike Small
10. Leroy Rosenior *
11. Matthew Rush +

Sub: Trevor Morley *74
Sub: Chris Hughton +77

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 17th/22, after match 13th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Richard Dryden
9.   Dave Regis *
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Phil Turner *62
Sub not used: Paul Harding

Notes:
Mark Draper had a shot come down from the underside of the crossbar in the opening minutes and Dave Regis was fortunate not to get sent off for punching Mitchell Thomas in retaliation to a foul, but Notts inflicted another defeat on West Ham who they beaten at Upton Park less than 4 months earlier to deny them the 2nd tier title. The FA announced that it would take the current 22 top flight clubs (including Notts) into the new Premier League regardless of who finished in the bottom three if the League continued to insist on a 3-year leaving notice. "It will make a mockery of the league in the next few seasons" said an FA Spokesman.


Tuesday 3rd September 1991
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Johnson 7 (pen), 85

Sheffield Wednesday 1
Pearson 25

Attendance:- 12,297
Referee:-
Weather:- Hazy sunshine on a warm evening

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 13th/22, after match 5th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Richard Dryden
10. Kevin Bartlett *
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Paul Harding *88
Sub not used: Dave Regis

Sheffield Wednesday
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Sky blue shorts, Sky blue socks
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 12th/22
Manager:- Trevor Francis

1.   Chris Woods
2.   Viv Anderson
3.   Phil King
4.   Carlton Palmer
5.   Paul Warhurst
6.   Nigel Pearson
7.   Danny Wilson
8.   John Sheridan
9.   David Hirst *
10. Paul Williams
11. Nigel Worthington +

Sub: Trevor Francis *20
Sub: Steve Mackenzie +88

Top five following the mid-week games
                     P   GD  Pts
1. Manchester Utd    6   +5   14
2. Manchester City   6   +3   13
3. Chelsea           6   +3   11
4. Liverpool         5   +3   10
5. Notts County      6   -2   10

Notes:
A passionate and intense local derby, although amazingly no-one was booked. Notts began well and won a penalty on 7 when Paul Warhurst felled Kevin Bartlett as the striker tried to turn onto a ball into the box, Tommy Johnson netted the spot-kick with a low drive into the corner past the England keeper Chris Woods. New England international David Hirst (32 goals the previous season) was stretchered off with an ankle injury on 20 and replaced by player-manager Trevor Francis (The England manager Graham Taylor was watching in the main stand), Wednesday then equalised on 25 through a Nigel Pearson header on the end of John Sheridan's free-kick from wide on the left. The Owls looked to be in control at the start of the 2nd half, but Notts battled back and it was end to end stuff in the last half-hour with both sides having great chances to win it. It wasn't until the 85th minute that the winner came, Alan Paris' swerving through ball confused Woods who came out to retrieve the ball, but then backtracked and Phil Turner squared the ball from the left and Tommy Johnson scrambled it home at the Lane end. Notts moved up to 5th in the table, this would be their highest position all season.


Saturday 7th September 1991
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Johnson 42

Liverpool 2
Rosenthal 70
Walters (pen) 88

Attendance:- 16,051
Referee:- A. N. Buksh (London)
Weather:- Bright sunshine, hot

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 5th/22, after match 12th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Richard Dryden
10. Kevin Bartlett *
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Dave Regis *84
Sub not used: Paul Harding

Liverpool
Colours:- All Red
League Position:- before match 4th/22, after match 2nd/22
Manager:- Graeme Souness

1.   Bruce Grobbelaar
2.   Gary Ablett
3.   David Burrows
4.   Steve Nicol
5.   Mike Marsh
6.   Nick Tanner
7.   Dean Saunders
8.   Ray Houghton
9.   Steve McManaman
10. Mark Walters
11. Steve Harkness *

Sub: Ronnie Rosenthal *63
Sub not used: Don Hutchison

Nottingham Evening Post Report

THE REF INVITED ME - SOUNESS
BUT WARNOCK INSISTS WINNER WAS NOT FAIR
By David Stapleton

DISAPPOINTED Liverpool manager Graeme Souness this afternoon hit back at Notts County's Neil Warnock, saying he was out of order in alleging he had "won the match" for Liverpool with a half-time outburst to referee Alf Buksh at Meadow Lane on Saturday.
Said Souness: "The comments took away all the credit my young team deserved for the victory," He went on: "I asked the referee at half-time why he hadn't given us a penalty and he said he would discuss it in his room. I emphasise that he invited me to go there and, having explained his point of view, I fully accepted it, especially when my player Mark Walters told me the incident was six of one and half-a-dozen of the other. Even Neil Wamock must admit that the late incident which produced a penalty was a clear case of one and had nothing to do with what had happened before. I'm very disappointed with him."

But Warnock, who had accused Souness of "putting enormous pressure" on the referee, stuck to his view over the match-winning penalty. "It looked like one when I first switched on the video. But when I slowed it down there was no question of Dean Thomas touching their player." London referee Mr Buksh said that he called Souness into his dressing-room "in a bid to calm him down. He had carried on ranting and raving at the interval and there was no way I was going to have a confrontation. So I explained my decision to him and it seemed to take the heat out of the situation."
Souness, who was banned from the touchline in Scotland because of his excitable behaviour, had jumped on to the pitch near the end of the first-half when his side had a penalty appeal rejected. Two minutes from the end the referee gave Liverpool the penalty which brought them a 2-1 win. Warnock said that he had expected a penalty to be awarded against his side. He went on: "I told Graeme afterwards that he'd won the game at half-time, but he just smiled. Clubs like Notts County don't get the rub of the green. Perhaps, if we had 40,000 crowds every home match the situation would change."

Warnock insisted that Ronny Rosenthal had “clearly dived for the penalty - my lads said so. Dean Thomas, who was supposed to have brought him down, assured me he went for the ball and connected with it.” Warnock complained that his central defender Craig Short was “booked for time-wasting, for running away with the ball ten yards. I couldn't see the difference between that and Liverpool's Dean Saunders stopping my goalkeeper from making a quick clearance. But in Craig Short we had a player who was head and shoulders our best and we gave Liverpool a game. Credit to Graeme Souness for getting his team to work as they did. It's not easy coming to Meadow Lane. They will be there or thereabouts for the title, particularly when you think they have five internationals to come back."

Souness said he was delighted that his young players never "allowed their frustration to affect them" after Walters was denied the first-half penalty, when he went down in the box under challenge from Richard Dryden and Alan Paris. Liverpool players protested at the time of the incident and on the half-time whistle they surrounded the referee.

'DESERVED'
Souness added: "I thought we deserved to win in the end. Notts County is an awkward place for anyone to come, given their style of play. If you didn't know many of my side were boys you would never have guessed it the way they handled themselves. I was more pleased than the previous Saturday when we won 3-1 over our derby rivals Everton. The difference was we had to come from behind; show what we are made of."

Meanwhile, Tommy Johnson goes into tomorrow's Enland under-21 match against Germany at Scunthorpe to a stinging rebuke from Wamock. The 20-year-old Geordie scored with a magnificent shot in Saturday’s brave 2-1 defeat to Liverpool - his fourth in seven First Division games - but it failed to appease his manager. Said Warnock: “Tommy’s goal was his last kick of the game. I was very disappointed with him.” County’s other England representative, midfielder Mark Draper, did not escape criticism. “He can play a lot better,” said Warnock.

Notes:
Liverpool were without Ian Rush, John Barnes, Ronnie Whelan and Barry Venison, but were still fielding a multi-million pound 11 against a side consisting of players who (aside from Alan Paris) had all been plying their trade in the third division or lower just 18 months earlier. Kevin Bartlett had two good efforts at goal in the first half (one of which hit the post) before Liverpool got on top. But it was Notts who took the lead when a Draper free-kick found Tommy Johnson and his low bending drive flew wide of Grobbelaar into the far side of the Meadow Lane end net. Liverpool dominated the 2nd half but could not find a way through until Ronnie Rosenthal came off the bench, his bicycle kick levelled the score at 1-1 and then, with just 2 minutes to go, fell over Dean Thomas in the penalty area and Walters converted the spot kick. Liverpool's no.6 was the same Nick Tanner who had been at the centre of a violent clash with Bristol Rovers in September 1987 that saw Notts reduced to nine men.


Saturday 14th September 1991
3pm kick off at Highfield Road

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*Then known as Division One

Coventry City 1
Furlong 47

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 10,685
Weather:- Sunny spells, warm

Coventry City
Colours:- Light Blue & White striped shirts, Navy Blue shorts, Light Blue socks
League Position:- before match 6th/22, after match 4th/22
Manager:- Terry Butcher

1.   Steve Ogrizovic
2.   Brian Borrows
3.   Peter Billing
4.   Stewart Robson
5.   Andy Pearce
6.   Peter Atherton
7.   Lloyd McGrath
8.   Michael Gynn +
9.   Paul Furlong
10. Kevin Gallacher
11. Paul Edwards *

Sub: Peter Ndlovu *45
Sub: Dean Emerson +89

Notts County
Colours:- Purple shirts, White shorts, Purple socks
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 15th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer *
3.   Alan Paris +
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Richard Dryden
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Chris Short *58
Sub: Dave Regis +65

Notes:
This would turn out to be County's last ever visit to Coventry's old ground at Highfield Road. Neil Warnock described this match as the worst he'd seen for 18 months, that his players were a disgrace and that it's difficult to even play in the Sunday League with 6 men! County had the only real chance of the 1st half when Kevin Bartlett's header hit the crossbar just before half-time. Coventry scored at the start of the 2nd half following a scramble in the box but Bartlett should have equalised on 64 - his shot parried by Ogrizovic and from the rebound Bartlett hit the upright. Notts had signed Paul Rideout from Southampton the previous day for £250,000 (plus another £50,000 after a certain number of appearances).


Tuesday 17th September 1991
7:30pm kick off at Bramall Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Sheffield United 1
Agana 68

Notts County 3
Bartlett 73, 76
Rideout 80

Attendance:- 19,375

Sheffield United
Colours:- Red & White striped shirts with black pinstripes, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after midweek matches 22nd/22
Manager:- Dave Bassett

1.   Simon Tracey
2.   Chris Wilder
3.   Charlie Hartfield
4.   Bob Booker *
5.   Brian Gayle
6.   Colin Hill
7.   Ian Bryson
8.   Jamie Hoyland
9.   Tony Agana
10. Paul Beesley +
11. Glyn Hodges

Sub: Michael Lake *45
Sub: Clive Mendonca +77

Notts County
Colours:- Purple shirts, White shorts, Purple socks
League Position:- before match 15th/22, after midweek matches 9th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Richard Dryden
9.   Paul Rideout
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tommy Johnson

Subs not used: Phil Turner & Charlie Palmer

Notes:
The Blades had two near misses, Yates clearing off the line and another hitting the foot of a post before they took the lead on 68 through Tony Agana who was possibly offside. Notts stormed back into the match however with three late goals including one from Paul Rideout who was making his Notts debut. The FA continued to make threats to League Clubs trying to prevent the Premier League from going ahead next season, vowing to ban clubs from taking part in the FA Cup and even bringing the current season to a halt. The League finally backed down on the 23rd September, voting not to impose a three year leaving notice on the clubs forming the inaugural Premier League for season 1992/93.


Saturday 21st September 1991
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Stats pagev
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Rideout 21
Bowen (og) 72

Norwich City 2
Ullathorne 62
Bowen (pen) 90

Attendance:- 9,488
Referee:-
Weather:- Sunny spells, cool

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 11th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Mark Draper *
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Richard Dryden
9.   Paul Rideout
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tommy Johnson +

Sub: Phil Turner *76
Sub: Charlie Palmer +85

Norwich City
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Green shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 10th/22
Manager:- Dave Stringer

1.   Bryan Gunn
2.   David Phillips
3.   Mark Bowen
4.   Ian Butterworth
5.   Paul Blades
6.   Ian Crook
7.   Dave Gordon *
8.   Robert Fleck Sent off 55
9.   Rob Newman
10. Ruel Fox
11. Robert Ullathorne +

Sub: Steve Ball *82
Sub: Darren Beckford +82

Notes:
Neil Warnock threw his cushion across the pitch and walked off to the dressing rooms in disgust when Norwich were awarded an injury time penalty to snatch a point. Notts had taken the lead on 21 when Paul Rideout (making his home debut) latched onto Dryden's high ball and hit a low drive from distance which went in off the near post. Norwich then had a couple of good openings but the final ball let them down. A vicious battle between Craig Short and Robert Fleck developed and in the 2nd half Fleck was booked, then on 55 he failed to retreat from a free-kick and the referee waved a yellow card at him for a 2nd time, Fleck stayed on the pitch as the crowd screamed at the referee and it took a linesman to alert the ref to his mistake. Fleck eventually departed but the incident breathed new life into the Canaries and Rob Ullathorne equalised 7 minutes later on the turn after a great run by Ruel Fox. At 1-1, Tommy Johnson hit the crossbar, then on 72 Bartlett's centre was chested down by the defender Mark Bowen who watched in horror as the ball went wide of his keeper and into the net for 2-1. Notts had a couple of opportunities to seal the victory but in injury time Beckford, with his back to goal, was judged to have been pushed over in the box by Dean Yates. Mark Bowen, scorer of the own goal, made amends for his earlier mistake and netted the spot-kick to make it 2-2.



Tuesday 24th September 1991
7:30pm kick off at Vale Park

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League Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg

Port Vale 2
Foyle 33
B.Mills 61

Notts County 1
Johnson 88

Attendance:- 4,722

Port Vale
Colours:- White shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trim
League Position:- 18th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- John Rudge

1.   Mark Grew
2.   Simon Mills
3.   Darren Hughes
4.   Ray Walker
5.   Peter Swan
6.   Dean Glover
7.   Andy Porter
8.   Robin van der Laan
9.   Keith Houchen *
10. Martin Foyle
11. Kevin Kent

Sub: Brian Mills *44
Other sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Purple shirts, White shorts, Purple socks
League Position:- 11th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Paul Harding
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Richard Dryden
9.   Paul Rideout
10. Kevin Bartlett *
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Phil Turner *71
Sub not used: Charlie Palmer


Saturday 28th September 1991
3pm kick off at Kenilworth Road

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Luton Town 1
Gray 69

Notts County 1
Johnson (pen) 88

Attendance:- 7,629

Luton Town
Colours:- White shirts with blue sleeves and sides, Blue shorts, White socks, Orange trim
League Position:- before match 21st/22, final position 20th/22
Manager:- David Pleat

1.   Alec Chamberlain
2.   Matthew Jackson
3.   John Dreyer
4.   Paul Telfer *
5.   Graham Rodger
6.   Dave Beaumont
7.   David Preece
8.   Phil Gray
9.   Mick Harford +
10. Mark Pembridge
11. Steve Thompson

Sub: Ceri Hughes *67
Sub: Kurt Nogan +82

Notts County
Colours:- Purple shirts, White shorts, Purple socks
League Position:- before match 11th/22, after match 11th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short *
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Paul Harding
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Charlie Palmer
9.   Paul Rideout
10. Kevin Bartlett +
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Phil Turner *70
Sub: Mark Draper +70

This was the featured match on Anglia Television's Goals Galore programme shown in the ITV East region at Sunday lunchtime, 12:30-1:00pm.

Notes:
Luton's Phil Gray apparently spat in Steve Cherry's face after a collision between the two, Cherry wiped his face and then sarcastically applauded Gray who maintained that the Notts keeper was just trying to get him sent off. Matthew Jackson brought Phil Turner down in the box for the late penalty that saw Notts snatch a point in a very poor game.


Sunday 6th October 1991
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Thomas 49

Manchester City 3
Sheron 51
Allen 70 (pen), 71

Attendance:- 11,878
Referee:- A W Ward (London)
Weather:- Bright sunshine and cool

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 16th/22, after match 16th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Paul Harding *
7.   Dean Thomas  Sent off 70
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Paul Rideout
10. Kevin Bartlett +
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Phil Turner *76
Sub: Dave Regis +83

Macnhester City
Colours:- Sky blue shirts, White shorts, Sky blue socks
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 6th/22
Manager:- Peter Reid

1.   Tony Coton
2.   Mark Brennan +
3.   Neil Pointon
4.   Peter Reid
5.   Mike Sheron
6.   Steve Redmond
7.   David White
8.   Adrian Heath
9.   Ian Brightwell
10. Gary Megson
11. Michael Hughes *

Sub: Clive Allen *65
Sub: Danny Hoekman +65

Notes:
Goose Fair had enforced a switch to Sunday, Notts had wanted to kick-off at 11:30am to avoid a clash with the big live Sunday afternoon TV game (Man Utd v Liverpool) but City insisted on a 3pm kick-off. Missed chances cost Notts in what turned out to be a thrilling clash (those who stayed home to watch the TV game saw a scoreless draw). After a slow start, Notts dominated and Bartlett missed a great chance - slipping after a defender had put him clear with a terrible back pass. In a storming start to the 2nd half, Tommy Johnson rounded the keeper but his weak finish allowed a City defender to race back and clear off the line, then on 49 Dean Thomas thundered in a goal from the edge of the area to put Notts ahead. City were soon level through Mike Sheron after Notts had failed to clear a corner. Johnson then hit the post and City had a 55th minute penalty saved after Dean Thomas had handled in the area. Around the hour mark, Notts were looking the more likely to win it, but the game was turned on its' head in the space of a minute on 70/71 when another Dean Thomas hand-ball prevented a certain goal and he was sent off, sub Clive Allen netted from the resulting spot kick and then, moments after the re-start, a seemingly unfit Craig Short lost out to David White who saw his cross smashed in by Clive Allen for 3-1 - Game over.



Wednesday 9th October 1991
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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League Cup 2nd Round 2nd Leg
*Port Vale won the 1st Leg 2-1

Notts County 3
Bartlett 62, 69
Johnson (pen) 76

Port Vale 2
Foyle 44
Houchen 55

Attendance:- 4,419
Weather:- Cloudy and cool

Aggregate score 4-4 AET - Port Vale go through on away goals

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- 16th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Mark Draper *
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Paul Rideout
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tommy Johnson +

Sub: Richard Dryden *95
Sub: Dave Regis +119

Port Vale
Colours:- Light Blue shirts with black & white trimmings, White shorts, Light Blue socks
League Position:- 17th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- John Rudge

1.   Mark Grew
2.   Simon Mills
3.   Darren Hughes
4.   Andy Porter
5.   Peter Swan
6.   Dean Glover
7.   Kevin Kent *
8.   Robin van der Laan
9.   Keith Houchen
10. Martin Foyle
11. John Jeffers +

Sub: Ryan Kidd *72
Sub: Brian Mills +90

Notes:
Notts had two strong penalty appeals turned down in the 1st leg and trailed 2-1. In this return match Vale increased their lead against the run of play with goals either side of half-time after mistakes by Short and Yates to make it 4-1 on aggregate, but Notts came storming back as the small home crowd roared them on. Kevin Bartlett scored twice on 60 and 69, then on 76 Notts won a very fortunate penalty which Johnson converted to make it 4-4 on aggregate. Vale, who had the advantage of the extra away goal, blatantly wasted time in the extra period and had to clear a Notts effort off the line, but they held out to go through.


Saturday 12th October 1991

Notes:
A weekend off for Notts. No top flight fixtures due to internationals.


Saturday 19th October 1991
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Lund 12
Johnson 62

Leeds United 4
Chapman 19
Hodge 29
Whyte 48
McAllister 55

Attendance:- 12,964
Referee:- B.Hill (Kettering)
Weather:- Sunny but chilly

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 16th/22, after match 17th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short *
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund +
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Richard Dryden *45
Sub: Dave Regis +68

Leeds United
Colours:- All yellow with blue trim
League Position:- before match 2nd/22, after match 2nd/22
Manager:- Howard Wilkinson

1.   John Lukic
2.   Mel Sterland
3.   Tony Dorigo
4.   David Batty
5.   Chris Fairclough
6.   Chris Whyte
7.   Gordon Strachan
8.   Carl Shutt
9.   Lee Chapman *
10. Steve Hodge
11. Gary Speed

Sub: Gary McAllister *45+
Sub: Chris Kamara +70

Notes:
Leeds (managed by former Notts boss Howard Wilkinson) came into this match in 2nd place behind Manchester United, but Gary Lund (replacing the injured Paul Rideout for his first appearance in over 6 months) gave Notts the lead in the 12th minute, firing in off the crossbar after Short and Johnson had worked Yates' free-kick across goal from the right. The visitors looked very useful coming forward and soon equalised through Lee Chapman on 19 following a corner, then on 29 an unmarked Steve Hodge headed in Mel Sterland's cross to give them the lead. Notts were unlucky not to go in level at half-time however after Gary Lund came within inches of scoring his 2nd goal whilst Craig Short headed against the crossbar from a corner. Leeds appeared to have wrapped up the points early in the 2nd half when Gordon Strachan's corner was sneaked in by Chris Whyte's glancing header at the near post, then on 55 substitute Gary McAllister's long range 30-35 yard effort made it 4-1, but he had to be carried off on 70 after a challenge by Charlie Palmer, by which time Notts had pulled one back through Tommy Johnson. Leeds were comfortable winners in the end - Later in the season they signed Eric Cantona and went on to win the league title.

Bottom six after the defeat to Leeds
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Notts County      13  -6   15
18. West Ham United   13  -4   12
19. Queens Park R.    13  -8   12
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20. Southampton       13  -11  10
21. Luton Town        13  -21  10
22. Sheffield United  13  -10   9





Tuesday 22nd October 1991

Full Members Cup
Northern Section 2nd Round
(Last 32)

Sheffield United 3
Whitehouse 55, 108
Gayle 76

Notts County 3
Draper 19
Bartlett 54
Slawson 116

Attendance:- 3,291

Notts go through on penalties (2-1) after extra-time

Sheffield United
Kite, Pemberton, Cowan, Gannon, Gayle, Beesley (Mendonca 66), Bryson (Lake 66), Hoyland, Littlejohn, Bradshaw, Whitehouse

Notts County
Cherry, Palmer, Paris, M.Johnson, Yates, Draper, Dryden, Harding, Regis (Slawson 74), Bartlett (Wells 110), T.Johnson

Notes:
The Full Members Cup was a short lived 1st & 2nd tier equivalent of the Associate Members Cup (later to be known as The Football League Trophy). As a top flight club, Notts entered the competition at the 2nd round stage.


Saturday 26th October 1991
3pm kick off at Highbury

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Arsenal 2
Smith 69
Wright 75

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 30,011

Arsenal
Colours:- Red shirts with white sleeves, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 4th/22, after match 4th/22
Manager:- George Graham

1.   David Seaman
2.   Lee Dixon
3.   Nigel Winterburn
4.   Paul Davis
5.   Colin Pates
6.   Tony Adams
7.   David Rocastle
8.   Ian Wright
9.   Alan Smith
10. Paul Merson
11. Kevin Campbell *

Sub: Anders Limpar *18
Other sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 17th/22, after match 19th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Michael Johnson
5.   Dean Yates *
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund
10. Richard Dryden
11. Tommy Johnson +

Sub: Paul Harding *28
Sub: Kevin Bartlett +62

Notes:
Notts were without Craig Short and Paul Rideout and then lost Dean Yates who had to go off on 28 minutes. A young Michael Johnson made the starting 11 for his debut. Notts were under pressure for pretty much the whole game but held out until the 69th minute. County fans back home were denied the opportunity of listening to live commentary as Radio Nottingham had a Children in Need programme instead. This turned out to be Notts' last ever visit to Arsenal's old Highbury stadium.


Saturday 2nd November 1991
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Rideout 6
Johnson 45

Oldham Athletic 0

Attendance:- 7,634
Weather:- Drizzle and a bit windy

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 19th/22, after match 15th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer *
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Richard Dryden
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Paul Harding
9.   Paul Rideout
10. Kevin Bartlett +
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Phil Turner *60
Sub: Gary Lund +90

Oldham Athletic
Colours:- All Red
League Position:- before match 16th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Joe Royle

1.   John Hallworth
2.   Earl Barrett
3.   Andy Barlow
4.   Nick Henry
5.   Brian Kilcline *
6.   Richard Jobson
7.   Neil McDonald +
8.   Ian Marshall
9.   Graeme Sharp
10. Mike Milligan
11. Rick Holden

Sub: Neil Adams *45
Sub: Roger Palmer +52

Notes:
Notts put three successive league defeats behind them with an important victory over fellow promoted side Oldham Athletic. Paul Harding's through ball was dummied by Tommy Johnson and Paul Rideout went on to score with a competent finish. Johnson was then guilty of missing two sitters before putting County 2-0 up on the stroke of half-time, Rideout had found Draper on the right and he squared the ball into Johnson's path to drive home. It had been a good opening half with both sides having chances, Charlie Palmer blocking the Latics best effort with Steve Cherry stranded. Oldham put the pressure on in the 2nd half but found Cherry to be in superb form, County were however the better team overall and also had two more goals disallowed for offside. It was confirmed in the week that Notts were interested in Sheffield United's Tony Agana, Hull City's Andy Payton, Aston Villa's Gary Penrice and Glasgow Rangers' Tony Hateley, County then broke their record transfer fee to buy Agana for £750,000. Dave Regis, a scorer for Notts in the Wembley Play Off final earlier in the year, left for Plymouth Argyle for £200,000 on 6th November.


Saturday 9th November 1991

Notes:
A weekend off for Notts. No top flight fixtures due to internationals, England qualified for Euro '92 with a a draw in Poland.


Saturday 16th November 1991
3pm kick off at Villa Park

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Aston Villa 1
Yorke 29

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 23,020
Weather:- Very cold and overcast

Aston Villa
Colours:- Claret shirts with Sky Blue sleeves, White shorts, Sky Blue socks
League Position:- before match 6th/22, after match 4th/22
Manager:- Ron Atkinson

1.   Les Sealey
2.   Dariusz Kubicki
3.   Steve Staunton
4.   Shaun Teale
5.   Paul McGrath
6.   Kevin Richardson
7.   Tony Daley
8.   Cyrille Regis
9.   Ian Olney +
10. Mark Blake
11. Dwight Yorke *

Sub: Dalian Atkinson *78
Sub: Ugo Ehiogu +85

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 15th/22, after match 17th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Richard Dryden
9.   Paul Rideout
10. Tony Agana
11. Tommy Johnson

Subs not used: Phil Turner & Chris Short

Notes:
Neil Warnock described this match as County's best performance of the season so far and they were certainly very unlucky to leave Villa Park with nothing. Villa's goal on 29 came as a result of Richard Dryden allowing Dwight Yorke to turn and face goal to score. Steve Cherry then made some good saves to prevent Villa going further ahead but it was one way traffic in the 2nd half as Notts poured forward looking for the equaliser. Tony Agana, making his Notts debut, was gifted a great chance when Kevin Richardson made a clumsy back header but Agana shot wide. Les Sealey made a great save from Thomas and in a goal-mouth scramble Rideout shot wide.


Saturday 23rd November 1991
3pm kick off at Goodison Park

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Everton 1
Cottee 37

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 24,230

Everton
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 9th/22
Manager:- Howard Kendall

1.   Neville Southall
2.   Matthew Jackson
3.   Andy Hinchcliffe
4.   John Ebbrell
5.   Dave Watson
6.   Martin Keown
7.   Mark Ward
8.   Peter Beardsley
9.   Maurice Johnston *
10. Tony Cottee
11. Peter Beagrie +

Sub: Alan Harper *59
Sub: Robert Warzycha +82

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 17th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates *
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Richard Dryden
9.   Paul Rideout
10. Tony Agana
11. Tommy Johnson +

Sub: Chris Short *45
Sub: Phil Turner +62

Notes:
Notts were completely outclassed and only had one shot on target all afternoon.





Tuesday 26th November 1991

Full Members Cup
Northern Section 3rd Round
(Last 16)

Notts County 1
Harding 87

Sheffield Wednesday 0

Attendance:- 4,118

Notts County
Cherry, Palmer, Dryden, Craig Short, Chris Short, O'Riordan (Turner 18), Thomas, Harding, Rideout, Agana, T.Johnson

Sheffield Wednesday
Woods, Anderson, King (Watson 87), Palmer, Warhurst, Pearson, Harkes, Wilson, Hirst, Jemson, P.Williams (B.Williams 83)


Saturday 30th November 1991
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Queens Park Rangers 1
Ferdinand 89

Attendance:- 7,901
Weather:- Very dull

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Craig Short
5.   Chris Short *
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Paul Harding
9.   Paul Rideout
10. Tony Agana
11. Tommy Johnson +

Sub: Alan Paris *72
Sub: Phil Turner +82

Queens Park Rangers
Colours:- ?Red & black hooped shirts, Red shorts, Red socks?
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 19th/22
Manager:- Gerry Francis

1.   Jan Stejskal
2.   David Bardsley
3.   Clive Wilson
4.   Ray Wilkins
5.   Darren Peacock
6.   Alan McDonald
7.   Alan McCarthy
8.   Simon Barker
9.   Les Ferdinand
10. Gary Penrice
11. Andy Sinton

Subs not used

Notes:
Notts slumped to their 6th defeat in 7 league outings in a depressing manner with their poorest home performance of the season (so far) against the team next to bottom, the visitors having 18 corners to Notts' 4. County did miss two great chances however, the first at the end of a dull first half when Dean Thomas managed to get in a header which rolled against the post and trickled along the line before Alan McDonald was first to it to clear. Then towards the end of the 2nd half, Paul Rideout miss-hit after a superb run by Paul Harding. The sickening winner for Rangers came on 89 minutes as Penrice came in from the left and found Les Ferdinand at the far post who was left with a simple tap-in.


Saturday 7th December 1991
3pm kick off at White Hart Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Tottenham Hotspur 2
Walsh 17
Mabbutt 90

Notts County 1
Craig Short 35

Attendance:- 23,364

Tottenham Hotspur
Colours:- White shirts, Navy shorts, Navy socks
League Position:- before match 15th/22, after match 13th/22
Manager:- Terry Venables & Peter Shreeves

1.   Erik Thorstvedt
2.   Terry Fenwick
3.   Pat van den Hauwe
4.   Gundi Bergsson
5.   David Howells *
6.   Gary Mabbutt
7.   Paul Stewart
8.   Gordon Durie
9.   Vinny Samways +
10. Paul Walsh
11. Paul Allen

Sub: Steve Sedgley *70
Sub: Nayim +70

Notts County
Colours:- Purple shirts, White shorts, Purple socks
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 19th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Chris Short
6.   Paul Harding
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Paul Rideout
10. Tony Agana
11. Tommy Johnson *

Sub: Mark Draper *71
Sub not used: Steve Slawson

Notes:
For the 2nd successive game, County lost to a last gasp goal. It was particularly cruel this week as Notts were well worth a point, but in the 4th minute of injury time Gary Mabbutt volleyed in Paul Stewart's cross. County had levelled with a spectacular left foot shot by Craig Short.


Saturday 14th December 1991
Top tier League fixture

Notts County P
Wimbledon P

Notes:
Postponed due to frost and fog (the midweek Full Members Cup tie with Leicester on December 10th had also been postponed). Results elsewhere saw Notts slip into the relegation zone.


Friday 20th December 1991
7:30pm kick off at The Dell

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Southampton 1
Dowie 32

Notts County 1
Slawson 81

Attendance:- 11,054

Southampton
Colours:- Red & White striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after weekend matches 21st/22
Manager:- Ian Branfoot

1.   Tim Flowers
2.   Jason Dodd
3.   Micky Adams
4.   Terry Hurlock
5.   Steve Wood
6.   Neil Ruddock  Sent off 90
7.   Matthew Le Tissier *
8.   Glenn Cokerill
9.   Alan Shearer
10. Ian Dowie
11. Stuart Gray

Sub: David Lee *73
Other sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Purple shirts, White shorts, Purple socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after weekend matches 20th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Chris Short
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Paul Harding
10. Tony Agana *
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Steve Slawson *73
Sub not used: Mark Draper

Notes:
18 year old Steve Slawson came on as a sub to make his league debut, replacing the £750,000 striker Tony Agana who was still yet to score. Slawson took just 8 minutes to open his account, netting with a free-kick. There were ugly scenes at the end when a punch up between players ended with Neil Ruddock head-butting Craig Short which resulted in the Saints man being sent off. Ruddock was then given a hefty club fine and put on the transfer list, Short needed four stitches.


Thursday 26th December 1991
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Yates 24
Johnson 47

Chelsea 0

Attendance:- 11,867
Referee:- I.S Hemley (Ampthill) ?unconfirmed?
Weather:- Clear skies, chilly

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Chris Short
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Paul Harding
10. Tony Agana
11. Tommy Johnson

Subs not used: Paul Rideout & Steve Slawson

Chelsea
Colours:- All blue
League Position:- before match 9th/22, after match 11th/22
Manager:- Ian Porterfield

1.   Dave Beasant
2.   Steve Clarke
3.   Graeme Le Saux
4.   Vinnie Jones
5.   Paul Elliot
6.   Kenneth Monkou +
7.   Graham Stuart *
8.   Andy Townsend
9.   Kerry Dixon
10. Clive Allen
11. Dennis Wise

Sub: Kevin Wilson *73
Sub: Tommy Boyd +79

Nottingham Evening Post Reaction

HARDING STRIKES IT RICH
By David Stapleton

PAUL HARDING could give Notts County a New Year boost by coming off the transfer list. Harding was outstanding in his new striker's role as Notts moved out of the bottom three with yesterday's efficient 2-0 home win over Chelsea. And he has hinted that his reason for wanting to move can be overturned. Manager Neil Warnock said after naming an unchanged 13 for tomorrow's visit of fellow-strugglers West Ham United: "When Paul plays like he did against Chelsea, he changes his mind for you. He's like a little kid with a new toy. You want to see him in training - everybody knows how I rate Craig Short but he hates playing against Harding. Since Paul joined us from Barnet 15 months ago, he's been telling me he has a lot more skill than I've given him credit for. Now he's in the side on merit, because Paul Rideout was available again. Harding also worked hard, as did strike partner Tony Agana. Agana has now gone seven games without scoring his first goal for the club, but he kept his head up. I've told him that things will turn for him if he continues like that. The crowd have been super with him, chanting his name yesterday. I was also pleased with the attitude of Tommy Johnson, who deserved his first goal for seven matches."
Warnock had more praise for midfield captain Phil Turner, Charlie Palmer and Chris Short. He said: "I don't think it's any coincidence that since Turner came back into the side, and did well at Tottenham, we have turned in three good performances. Palmer never put a foot wrong and Short did a great job against Wise. It was lovely to get our first three points since the Oldham game on November 2, but we made hard work of it. The number of chances we had, it wouldn't have been an injustice to win 5-0."
Quote by Chelsea manager Ian Porterfield: “We didn't start urgently enough. Then we allowed ourselves to get sucked into County's style of football. We also gave away another silly goal.”

Notes:
County took the lead from a corner - Johnson short to Turner, a deep cross, Yates with the header, Goal! 1-0. Charlie Palmer put Tommy Johnson clear to make it 2-0. Harding and Agana had great chances to extend Notts lead whilst Vinny Jones lived up to his villainous reputation. Chelsea sub Kevin Wilson joined Notts later in the season.


Saturday 28th December 1991
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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*Then known as Division One

Notts County 3
Turner 51
Harding 62
Agana 69

West Ham United 0

Attendance:- 11,163
Weather:- Cold and overcast

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Chris Short
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Paul Harding
10. Tony Agana *
11. Tommy Johnson +

Sub: Paul Rideout *80
Sub: Steve Slawson +85

West Ham United
Colours:- Claret shirts with sky blue & white trimmings, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 19th/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Billy Bonds

1.   Ludek Miklosko
2.   Tim Breaker
3.   Julian Dicks
4.   Tony Gale
5.   Steve Potts
6.   Colin Foster
7.   Ian Bishop
8.   Frank McAvennie
9.   Mike Small
10. Kevin Keen
11. Stuart Slater

Subs not used

Notes:
All three goals came in the 2nd half at the Kop end, Tony Agana finally scoring his first for Notts. West Ham fans on the terraces staged a sit down protest when the 3rd goal went in. 6 points in 3 days saw Notts move 4 points clear of the relegation zone. Notts said that they were now ready to announce plans to convert Meadow Lane into an all-seater stadium by 1993.

Bottom six after the win over West Ham
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Wimbledon         22  -3   25
18. Notts County      22  -5   25
19. Sheffield United  23  -12  21
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20. Luton Town        22  -24  21
21. West Ham United   22  -13  20
22. Southampton       22  -15  19


Notts County Squad Pics
1991/92

Neil WarnockSteve Cherry

Charlie PalmerDean YatesCraig ShortAlan Paris

Mark DraperPhil TurnerPaul HardingDean Thomas

Kevin BartlettTommy Johnson

Chris ShortRichard DrydenPaul RideoutSteve SlawsonMichael JohnsonDave Regis


Wednesday 1st January 1992
3pm kick off at Selhurst Park

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*Then known as Division One

Crystal Palace 1
Gabbiadini 7

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 14,202

Crystal Palace
Colours:- Red & blue striped shirts, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 11th/22, after match 10th/22
Manager:- Steve Coppell

1.   Nigel Martyn
2.   John Humphrey
3.   Lee Sinnott
4.   Andy Gray
5.   Eric Young
6.   Paul Mortimer
7.   Simon Rodger
8.   Geoff Thomas
9.   Mark Bright
10. Marco Gabbiadini
11. Eddie McGoldrick

Sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Chris Short
7.   Dean Thomas +
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Paul Harding *
10. Tony Agana
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Steve Slawson *72
Sub: Paul Rideout +78

Notes:
Notts should have equalised when Tommy Johnson got clear but shot over from 12 yards out. Paul Harding complained to a national newspaper about his low wages at Notts whilst Sunderland were rumoured to be interested in poaching Neil Warnock.


Notts' FA Cup Results
Sunday 5th January 1992
11:30am kick off at Meadow Lane

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FA Cup 3rd Round

Notts County 2
Johnson 57
Turner 76

Wigan Athletic 0

Attendance:- 5,913
Weather:- Overcast and mild

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- 18th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Chris Short
7.   Paul Rideout
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Paul Harding +
10. Tony Agana *
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Steve Slawson *78
Sub: Gary Lund +87

Wigan Athletic
Colours:- All Blue with white trimmings
League Position:- 23rd/24 in the 3rd tier
Manager:- Bryan Hamilton

1.   Nigel Adkins
2.   Joe Parkinson
3.   Allen Tankard
4.   Alan Johnson
5.   Darren Patterson
6.   Kevin Langley
7.   Phil Jones
8.   Dean Connelly
9.   Phil Daley
10. Gary Worthington
11. Bryan Griffiths *

Sub: Gary Powell *67
Other sub not used

The BBC had exclusive rights to screen FA Cup action this season. The goals from Notts' cup ties were shown on the new "East Midlands Today" programme.

Notes:
A dull Sunday morning slog of a cup tie for the small attendance, but County got through thanks to two fine goals - Tommy Johnson got the first after weaving his way through the defence into the box, Phil Turner got the 2nd with a delightful chip.





Wednesday 8th January 1992

Full Members Cup
Northern Section 4th Round
(Last 8, effectively the Quarter-finals)

Notts County 1
Chris Short 38

Leicester City 2
Wright 82
Fitzpatrick 93

Attendance:- 11,559

After Extra-time

Notts County
Cherry, Palmer, Paris, Craig Short, Yates, Chris Short (Draper 104), Rideout, Turner, Harding (Slawson 82), Agana, T.Johnson

Leicester City
Muggleton, Mills, Reid, Smith, Walsh, Mauchlen (Gordon 18), Oldfield (Fitzpatrick 51), Thompson, Wright, Willis, Kitson

Notes:
Rearranged from 10th December (the programme produced for that date was on sale tonight with a 4 page wraparound supplement). Leicester, amazingly, brought 6,000 away fans with them! Notts were 8 minutes away from a 2-leg semi-final against Forest. With the top flight clubs about to break away from the Football League to form the Premier League, this proved to be the 7th and final season for the Full Members Cup (It would be replaced by the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1992/93 - with only 2nd tier clubs from England taking part).


Saturday 11th January 1992
3pm kick off at The City Ground

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*Then known as Division One

Nottingham Forest 1
Black 3

Notts County 1
Dryden 52

Attendance:- 30,168
Referee:- R. Nixon (Wirral)
Weather:- Bright, sunny, frosty and very cold
Corners:- Forest 15 Notts 6
Goal attempts on target:- Forest 11 Notts 3
Goal attempts off target:- Forest 12 Notts 5
Bookings:- Woan (Forest) for a foul

Nottingham Forest
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 11th/22, after match 11th/22
Manager:- Brian Clough

1.   Mark Crossley
2.   Gary Charles +
3.   Stuart Pearce
4.   Des Walker
5.   Carl Tiler *
6.   Roy Keane
7.   Kingsley Black
8.   Scot Gemmill
9.   Lee Glover
10. Teddy Sheingham
11. Ian Woan

Sub: Darren Wassall *75
Sub: Gary Crosby +80

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Richard Dryden
6.   Chris Short
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Paul Harding
10. Tony Agana *
11. Tommy Johnson +

Sub: Kevin Bartlett *45
Sub: Steve Slawson +64

CLOUGHIE
The Forest manager’s column in the match day programme
It's always a pleasure for me to be welcoming Notts County to the City Ground - not least because they help us sell a few seats and go some way to filling our ground. People stupidly think that there's bitter rivalry between clubs a spitting distance apart - but let's leave that particular issue to the ranks of the idiots. I'm just delighted that we've got neighbours in the First Division and I would be even happier if Leicester and Derby got up their with us. Blow me, we could have our own Premier League in the East Midlands. Enough of that as well.
All I know is that Notts always come here looking to knock off my big head (in the nicest possible way of course) and they'll have an extra special reason for wanting to do that this afternoon. Nobody likes going out of cup competitions - I was only a few minutes away from that myself at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night. We managed to get a goal back down there but unfortunately for Notts they went down in extra time to Leicester and I can imagine how they felt. They'll want to bounce back from that and I'm totally aware that we could feel a bit of a back lash this afternoon. But I'm quite happy with the way things are going at the moment and now that we've got Des Walker scoring goals at both ends of the field, anything can happen. To be fair to Des I don't want any blame at all attached to him for the midweek goal at Palace. He almost broke his neck trying to rectify somebody else's mistake and on the night - and against Wolves last weekend - he's been brilliant. I hope he's as good today.

Nottingham Evening Post Report

WARNOCK’S INSPIRATION
MAGPIES HIT BACK IN STYLE
By David Stapleton

ONE GOAL is never enough, and more than anyone Nottingham Forest might have known this to be the case when local rivals Notts County are the City Ground opponents. Spirit and resilience have been major factors in County avoiding defeat on nine of the last 11 occasions they have crossed the Trent for League games. These statistics span 38 years, but some things never change. How could they now when in Neil Wamock the Magpies have a manager who has powers of motivation off to a fine art!
His side, badly out-played in the first half on Saturday and fortunate that Forest had not quadrupled their third minute lead through Kingsley Black's power-house shot, Warnock used the break to change the game. He detailed right back Chris Short to push into midfield and mark Roy Keane, who had influenced Forest's skilful dominance. It worked marvellously for Warnock whose mid-field presented an altogether sterner challenge. Even County’s manager, however, could not have legislated for the added lift that a soft 52nd minute equaliser from reserve defender Richard Dryden would provide.

BOOST
It even enabled the side to take on Forest's passing mantle at times, though the front men were not effective enough on the day to threaten a greater shock. Nonetheless, a point was a great boost for Notts in their struggles near the foot of the table, particularly as they had just lost Paul Rideout to Rangers and had talented pair Dean Yates and Mark Draper unavailable through injury. As a draw became increasingly likely so the Wheelbarrow Song of the County supporters - who seemed to be present in greater numbers than for the recent home games against Wigan and Leicester - almost held sway in the 30,000-sell-out crowd.
For Forest two points thrown away was another blow to their hopes of getting into Europe through League position. After the "garbage" - Brian Clough's words - at the City Ground recently, the side played well in the first half. But balanced against this, was that Notts were every bit as naive as in the 4-0 Meadow Lane defeat by Forest last August. They let the Reds play and, as every side in the First Division knows, that's asking for trouble. There had been a flurry of Forest corners when County's defence, frequently out-witted before half time, was left floundering by Lee Glover's pass. Black got clear through the middle and pounded a glorious, rising, 20-yard left rooter past Steve Cherry.

DEFLECTED
But the Magpies' 'keeper, who went for trials with Forest as a 14-year-old, had emphatically the last say. He kept his team in the game with several brilliant saves; the one which denied Keane a second goal in 17 minutes possibly preventing another defeat of landslide proportions. The gifted Irishman raced into the clear from Scot Gemmill's pass, but his conviction seemed to desert him at the vital moment and Cherry - playing as well as anyone in the country in the last two-and-a-half months -made a fine block. Local lad Cherry also twice saved in stirring fashion from Glover, an impressive first half stand-in for suspended Nigel Clough, Black and Gary Charles, whose angled shot was deflected onto the bar. The hard working Sheringham three times missed when well placed, Gemmill had a good chance deflected for a corner and there were a number of crosses which only needed a touch. Conversely, Notts might have scored once, when Tommy Johnson just lost out in an exciting race for the ball with Mark Crossley, the resultant collision causing both players to keel over for treatment. Though Sheringham missed a headed chance from Stuart Pearce's centre on the restart, Notts had few alarms once Dryden's header from the convincing Dean Thomas's cross had found its way lazily into the corner of Forest's net, Paul Harding having apparently put off Crossley. A notable exception was when Forest captain Pearce, the side's best player, shot against the inside of a post after a buccaneering surge in 87 minutes. Had it gone in at that late stage it would probably have been bad luck on Notts. Which says everything about the way the city's unfashionables had stuck to their task.

Notes:
This was my first time over the river, I was sat in the Executive Stand (now the Brian Clough stand) and when Notts scored I jumped up and fell backwards, almost taking the whole row with me! But I did have the pleasure of looking over to my left at the Notts fans going mental in the Bridgeford end - a fantastic sight to behold. I think we actually played worse that day than we had earlier in the season at home to Forest when we got thrashed, but in a way that made the result all the more sweeter and helped heal the pain of the humiliating August defeat. It was the first City ground attendance to exceed 30,000 for many years (and their biggest crowd of the season - 28,062 saw their home fixture with Manchester United). Notts fans had been shocked the previous day by the sale of Paul Rideout to Glasgow Rangers for £500,000 having only joined Notts in September.


Saturday 18th January 1992
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Johnson (pen) 10

Manchester United 1
Blackmore (pen) 70

Attendance:- 21,055
Referee:- K. Morton (Bury St Edmunds)
Weather:- Sunny, fine
Corners:- Notts 4 United 10
Goal attempts on target:- Notts 5 United 5
Goal attempts off target:- Notts 2 United 4
Bookings:- Chris Short (Notts) for a foul, Bartlett (Notts) for kicking ball away, Schmeichel (United) for dissent, McClair (United) for dissent

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Chris Short
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Paul Harding
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tommy Johnson

Subs not used: Gary Lund & Richard Dryden

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

1.   Peter Schmeichel
2.   Paul Parker
3.   Dennis Irwin
4.   Steve Bruce *
5.   Neil Webb
6.   Gary Pallister
7.   Andrei Kanchelskis
8.   Paul Ince
9.   Brian McClair
10. Mark Hughes
11. Ryan Giggs +

Sub: Clayton Blackmore *45
Sub: Mark Robins +79

Nottingham Evening Post Report

MAGPIES TURN ON THE STYLE
By David Stepleton

AS IF to lessen the culture shock for Manchester United, the Meadow Lane dressing room area was given a fresh lick of paint before Saturday's absorbing game with Notts County. With that, any respect for what is an institution rather than a football club ceased abruptly. United's championship chasers, harried at every turn, were lucky to escape without a licking of the more painful sort. For the second week running, County's basement fighters carried out magnificently the shrewd battle plans of Neil Warnock and Mick Jones. This time it brought even greater satisfaction because it was an unremitting exercise over the full 90 minutes.
The regular fans dotted in only the second capacity crowd at the ground for more than a decade would have blinked twice when they saw skipper Phil Turner handed the job of policing United goals man Brian McClair. But Turner, his confidence boosted by recent performances in midfield, was a revelation. With Notts leading through Tommy Johnson's tenth minute penalty, Turner made a fine, vital interception at the far post. with McClair waiting to head in the centre on the stroke of half time. If McClair, often forced into innocuous deep positions, was submerged so too were Mark Hughes by the masterly Craig Short,and Ryan Giggs by teak tough Chris Short, who made a brilliant 57th minute tackle on Giggs when Alan Paris committed his only blunder of the afternoon and teed the youngster up in front of goal.
Charlie Palmer helped ensure that Ukraine flier Andrei Kanchelskis had one of his least menacing matches, while Neil Webb in midfield was firmly suppressed by Dean Thomas. United were so put off by Notts' rigid man for man marking system that they never built up with any fluency. And they would have lost only their third League game of the season had  Notts not erred so badly again in one-against-one situations with the 'keeper.
In 58 minutes Johnson, sent running through the middle by Kevin Bartlett, allowed Peter Schmeichel to win the battle of wits and make the save. Almost immediately he got goalside again but, forced wide, there was no pace on the finish. With 69 minutes gone Bartlett, from Mark Draper's pass, escaped through the middle but Schmeichel saved. Bartlett was thus deprived of a triumphant return in his first full game since November 2. It proved particularly costly as within a minute United equalised through Clayton Blackmore's penalty, struck unerringly into the same comer as Johnson's earlier. Notts could claim that their award was the more clear cut, even if referee Kelvin Morton needed a linesman's help before deciding that Bartlett was brought down by the goalkeeper, Paul Harding having won the ball superbly and provided the pass.
When Draper and Paul Ince clashed in the area it seemed innocuous - indeed it was the Notts player who ended on the floor, but the referee showed no hesitation this time. Credit United for revealing something of which champions are made They have desire, conspicuously absent from many Old Trafford teams, and tried hard for the three points in the closing stages. Hughes, eluding Craig Short at last, twice had good shots saved and Blackmore volleyed over from 25 yards. But United failed to create anything like the same chances as Notts and Steve Cherry could reflect on the quiet life for once. Paradoxically, Schmeichel was given more anxious moments, Harding twice failing to get a crucial toe end to careful passes.
It's Leeds and Arsenal next in the League for Notts, but on this disciplined, pugnacious form they won't be pushovers for anyone.

Notes:
This fixture attracted the best Meadow Lane crowd of the season, even bigger than Forest, I have never seen so many people queing outside the ground more than an hour before kick-off. After a poor run of results leading up to Christmas, Notts seemed to have got their act together again and it looked as though we were on course to stay up at this stage, we'd come away from the City ground with a 1-1 draw the previous Saturday and had beaten both Chelsea and West Ham in our last two home league games. Manchester United could so easily have been our third successive home scalp as Harding, Bartlett and Johnson (twice) had great opportunities to put Notts 2-0 ahead in the 2nd half. Chris Short completely played Ryan Giggs ("The new George Best") out of the game to the point of him being substituted, the Notts fans in County Road had taunted Giggs all match with chants of "Spotty virgin". Mark Hughes and Brian McClair typically incensed the crowd with bad tackles and mouthing at the referee, for which both ended up in the book. United clearly felt they had a divine right to beat the likes of Notts County but were extremely fortunate to come away with a point. The incident that led to United's penalty was an absolute joke, Ince literally ran into Mark Draper and knocked him flying, an absolutely diabolical decision by the referee. Still, this draw was one of the better memories of a largely disappointing single season in the top flight.


Saturday 25th January 1992
FA Cup 4th Round

Notts County P
Blackburn Rovers P

Notes:
Postponed due to a severe frost.


Saturday 1st February 1992
3pm kick off at Elland Road

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Leeds United 3
Sterland 12
Batty 57
Wallace 77

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 27,224

Leeds United
Colours:- All White with blue & yellow trim
League Position:- before match 2nd/22, after match 1st/22
Manager:- Howard Wilkinson

1.   John Lukic
2.   Mel Sterland *
3.   Tony Dorigo
4.   David Batty
5.   Chris Fairclough
6.   Chris Whyte
7.   Gordon Strachan +
8.   Rod Wallace
9.   Steve Hodge
10. Gary McAllister
11. Gary Speed

Sub: Mike Whitlow *45
Sub: Garry Kelly +80

Notts County
Colours:- All Purple
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 19th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Richard Dryden +
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tommy Johnson *

Sub: Steve Slawson *60
Sub: Mark Wells +67

Notes:
Notts had Chris Short, Paul Harding, Dean Yates and Tony Agana all missing against the league leaders. Mark Wells came on as a sub to make his debut. Andy Williams had joined Notts on loan from Leeds on 29th January but didn't play in this game. Mel Sterland put Leeds in front in the 12th minute by heading in a corner, David Batty - breaking away on the right flank - made it 2-0 on 57 when he decided to shoot rather than look to centre, and it was 3-0 on 77 when the Notts defence failed to clear a free-kick floated in from the edge of the box and Wallace was able to head in.


Notts' FA Cup Results
Tuesday 4th February 1992
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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FA Cup 4th Round
*Last 32

Notts County 2
Lund 22
Draper 80

Blackburn Rovers 1
Newell 89

Attendance:- 12,173
Weather:- Cloudy with drizzle at times

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- 19th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Richard Dryden
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner  Sent Off 87
9.   Gary Lund *
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Steve Slawson *56
Sub not used: Mark Wells

Blackburn Rovers
Colours:- All yellow with blue trimmings
League Position:- 1st/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Kenny Dalglish

1.   Bobby Mimms
2.   Richard Brown
3.   Alan Wright
4.   Gordon Cowans
5.   Keith Hill
6.   Kevin Moran
7.   Nicky Reid *
8.   Mark Atkins
9.   David Speedie  Sent Off 87
10. Mike Newell
11. Scott Sellars +

Sub: Colin Hendry *52
Sub: Simon Garner +77

Recorded by BBC East Midlands for an extended goal report on the following evening's local news programme which included a brief interview with Neil Warnock.

Notes:
A memorable night at the Lane, mostly for the double sending off towards the end of the match. Notts completely dominated the 1st half and took a well deserved lead on 22 - Tommy Johnson centered a ball in from the right, Kevin Bartlett shot, Mimms spilled it and Gary Lund was in the right place to lash the ball home. Rovers were much improved in the 2nd half as Notts tired, but a tentative Kevin Moran allowed Mark Draper to nick the ball in front of goal and Draper then placed a first time shot wide of Mimms and into the far corner of the net for 2-0. On 87 the referee awarded a free-kick to Rovers just outside County's box for an innocuous foul by Phil Turner on David Speedie (probably the most hated player in the country at the time), as he got up Speedie head-butted Turner in the stomach and then again in the chest to move him out of the way and he continued to menace the Notts captain as the pair made their way into the penalty area until Speedie finally pushed him over. The referee had no option but to send Speedie off,  though the Blackburn player decided to have one last whack of the ball, booting it into the Kop, before he made the long journey down the length of the pitch to the dressing rooms under the Family Stand end accompanied by a chorus of abuse from the County Road faithful. Shockingly, Phil Turner was also sent off after the ref went over to have a lengthy consultation with his linesman. Newell pulled one back for Blackburn on 89 by sticking out a boot to deflect in a cross from the left and Notts had to hang on for 6 minutes of injury time. The fixture had originally been scheduled for Saturday 25th January but was postponed due to a frozen pitch.


Saturday 8th February 1992
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Arsenal 1
Smith 19

Attendance:- 11,221
Referee:- W C Burns (Scarborough)
Weather:- Hazy sunshine, cold

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 19th/22, after match 19th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Chris Short
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas *
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Paul Harding
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tommy Johnson +

Sub: Andy Williams *45
Sub: Tony Agana +62

Arsenal
Colours:- Red shirts with white sleeves, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 6th/22
Manager:- George Graham

1.   David Seaman
2.   Lee Dixon
3.   Nigel Winterburn *
4.   David Hillier
5.   Steve Bould
6.   Tony Adams
7.   Colin Pates
8.   Ian Wright
9.   Alan Smith
10. Paul Merson
11. Perry Groves +

Sub: Ray Parlour *62
Sub: Kevin Campbell +84

Notes:
Arsenal came to Meadow Lane as the reigning league champions, but they had not won any of their last 7 league games. They were gifted an opening goal on 19 minutes thanks to a defensive mix up, Dean Thomas was about to clear but Phil Turner took the ball from him allowing Alan Smith to nip in and poke it past Steve Cherry at the Meadow Lane end. Notts should have equalised on 34, a fine move set up Kevin Bartlett whose shot cannoned back off the underside of the crossbar and Tommy Johnson somehow managed to head the rebound over.  County put Arsenal under sustained pressure for half an hour in the 2nd half but an Alan Paris shot was the only clear cut chance. The Gunners came close to making it 2-0 late on but Steve Cherry made a super save. Overall, a disappointing display in front of an equally disappointing attendance. This was the last home appearance for left back Alan Paris.

Bottom six after the defeat to Arsenal
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Coventry City     27  -1   32
18. Wimbledon         27  -2   31
19. Notts County      27  -10  27
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20. West Ham United   26  -13  27
21. Luton Town        27  -25  25
22. Southampton       26  -18  22


Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 15th February 1992
3pm kick off at Carrow Road

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FA Cup 5th Round
*Last 16

Norwich City 3
Sutton 19, 56
Phillips 42

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 14,511
Weather:- Sunny spells, cold wind

Norwich City
Colours:- Yellow shirts with green trimmings, Green shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- 13th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Dave Stringer

1.   Mark Walton
2.   Ian Culverhouse
3.   Colin Woodthorpe
4.   Ian Butterworth
5.   John Polston
6.   Jeremy Goss
7.   Ruel Fox
8.   Robert Fleck
9.   Rob Newman
10. Chris Sutton
11. David Phillips

Subs not used

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- 19th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Alan Paris
4.   Craig Short
5.   Chris Short
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Paul Harding *
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tony Agana +

Sub: Tommy Johnson *45
Sub: Richard Dryden +79

Notes:
Despite a promising first 10 minutes, this was a poor performance from Notts and they were well beaten. Alan Paris picked up an injury in a reserve match the following week which ruled him out for the rest of the season and he eventually left for a non-league club. Notts signed 19 year old Paul Devlin from non-league Stafford on the 18th for around £40,000.


Saturday 22nd February 1992
3pm kick off at Loftus Road

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Queens Park Rangers 1
Ferdinand 46

Notts County 1
Bartlett 48

Attendance:- 8,300

Queens Park Rangers
Colours:- Blue & White hooped shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 14th/22, after match 14th/22
Manager:- Gerry Francis

1.   Jan Stejskal
2.   David Bardsley
3.   Clive Wilson
4.   Ray Wilkins
5.   Darren Peacock
6.   Alan McDonald
7.   Andrew Impey
8.   Ian Holloway
9.   Les Ferdinand
10. Gary Penrice
11. Andy Sinton

Subs not used

Notts County
Colours:- All Purple
League Position:- before match 19th/22, after match 19th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Craig Short
5.   Chris Short
6.   Paul Harding
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Andy Williams
9.   Steve Slawson
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tommy Johnson

Subs not used: Tony Agana & Paul Cox

Notes:
Tommy Johnson had a header hit the bar in the 1st half, but QPR should have had a penalty when the referee wrongly judged a foul to have been outside the box.


Tuesday 25th February 1992
8pm kick off at Meadow Lane (delayed from 7:45pm)

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Craig Short 20

Wimbledon 1
Fashanu (pen) 76

Attendance:- 6,192
Weather:- A clear night and cold

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 19th/22, after match 19th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Craig Short
5.   Chris Short
6.   Paul Harding
7.   Dean Thomas
8.   Andy Williams
9.   Steve Slawson
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tommy Johnson *

Sub: Tony Agana *79
Sub not used: Gary Lund

Wimbledon
Colours:- All Red with white trimmings
League Position:- before match 16th/22, after match 14th/22
Manager:- Joe Kinnear

1.   Hans Segers
2.   Roger Joseph +
3.   Terry Phelan
4.   Warren Barton
5.   John Scales
6.   Brian McAllister *
7.   Paul Miller
8.   Robbie Earle
9.   John Fashanu
10. Neil Ardley
11. Paul McGee

Sub: Andy Clarke *45
Sub: Vaughan Ryan +79

Notes:
This fixture had originally been scheduled for Saturday 14th December, but was postponed due to frost and fog. The re-arranged clash saw Notts drop 2 more points and things were now beginning to look desperate. A floodlight failure delayed the kick off for 15 minutes, but when the game did start County's lowest league crowd of the season saw a reasonably good game. Craig Short put Notts in front when a long Thomas throw was flicked on by Dryden and Short stole in unmarked to force home. Notts had chances to get a 2nd, but largely seemed content to hang on to their one goal lead. Wimbledon won a penalty on 79, though for what exactly was a bit of a mystery, Fashanu netted from the spot-kick and Notts were down in the dumps again. There was drama when Fashanu and Craig Short clashed heads, Fashanu swallowed his tongue as play went on and Steve Cherry came to his rescue, pulling his tongue out with his gloved hand. Three days later Notts recent big money signing Tony Agana was allowed to go on loan to Leeds in return for John McClelland coming the other way.


Saturday 29th February 1992
Top tier League fixture

Notts County P
Tottenham Hotspur P

Notes:
Postponed due to Tottenham's League Cup Semi-final 2nd leg being selected for a live TV broadcast on Sunday 1st March.


Saturday 7th March 1992
3pm kick off at Selhurst Park

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Wimbledon 2
Fashanu 39
Earle 78

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 4,196

Wimbledon
Colours:- All Blue with a yellow hoop around the top of the sleeves
League Position:- before match 12th/22, after match 11th/22
Manager:- Joe Kinnear

1.   Hans Segers
2.   Alan Cork *
3.   Terry Phelan
4.   Warren Barton
5.   John Scales
6.   Scott Fitzgerald
7.   Paul Miller
8.   Robbie Earle
9.   John Fashanu
10. Lawrie Sanchez
11. Paul McGee

Sub: Andy Clarke *75
Other sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 19th/22, after match 20th/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   John McClleland
5.   Chris Short
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas *
8.   Paul Harding
9.   Steve Slawson +
10. Andy Williams
11. Tommy Johnson

Sub: Kevin Bartlett *71
Sub: Gary Lund +79

Notes:
Notts had seemingly been trying their very best to get themselves back into the relegation zone in recent weeks, and they finally did so with this defeat at Wimbledon.


Tuesday 10th March 1992
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Aston Villa 0

Attendance :- 8,389
Referee:- David Elleray (Dover)
Weather:- Very cold with sleat, rain and wind

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 20th/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   John McClelland
5.   Chris Short
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Andy Williams
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Paul Harding +
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Tommy Johnson *

Sub: Gary Lund *61
Sub: Steve Slawson +79

Aston Villa
Colours:- Claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, White shorts, Sky blue socks
League Position:- before match 8th/22, after match 9th/22
Manager:- Ron Atkinson

1.   Nigel Spink
2.   Earl Barrett
3.   Steve Staunton
4.   Shaun Teale
5.   Paul McGrath
6.   Kevin Richardson
7.   Neil Cox
8.   Garry Parker
9.   Ian Olney
10. Dalian Atkinson *
11. Steve Froggatt

Sub: Tony Daley *76
Other sub not used

Notes:
Villa boss Ron Atkinson admitted that Notts should have had a late penalty when Slawson was shoved in the back by McGrath as he came to meet a long throw into the box, but Notts fans had long since given up hope of getting any decision out of referee David Elleray who had given Villa a penalty on 30 minutes for which no Villa player appealed - It took fans of both sides a good while to realise it had been given and nobody knew why. Thankfully Steve Cherry saved and held on to Staunton's spot-kick effort. Staunton later talked Elleray into booking Tommy Johnson for 'diving' when he had clearly been fouled and wouldn't have gained any advantage from manufacturing a free-kick. Neil Warnock said he thanked the referee afterwards for giving Notts "three cracking throw-ins" but Notts were disappointing overall - Bartlett missed a great chance in a rare 1st half venture into Villa's half and although County finished strongly, it was too little too late. After all of the midweek fixtures had been played, the Magpies dropped to 21st - their lowest position yet this season. Sadly this fixture turned out to be Tommy Johnson's last appearance for Notts before he was sold to Derby County for £1.35 million.


Saturday 14th March 1992
3pm kick off at Boundary Park

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Oldham Athletic 4
Ritchie 38, 41
Holden 44
Marshall 86

Notts County 3
Draper 11
Williams 50
Lund 84

Attendance:- 12,125

Oldham Athletic
Colours:- All Blue with red trim
League Position:- before match 16th/22, after match 15th/22
Manager:- Joe Royle

1.   John Hallworth
2.   Craig Fleming
3.   Andy Barlow
4.   Nick Henry
5.   Richard Jobson
6.   Ian Marshall
7.   Neil Adams
8.   Andy Ritchie *
9.   Graeme Sharp
10. Mike Milligan
11. Rick Holden

Sub: Roger Palmer *76
Other sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Craig Short
5.   John McClelland *
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Andy Williams
8.   Phil Turner +
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Dean Yates

Sub: Steve Slawson *70
Sub: Paul Harding +83

Notes:
Notts managed three goals in one match for only the 3rd time this season, but still lost - largely due to a catastrophic 7 minute spell at the end of the 1st half.  Ritchie was well offside when he netted Oldham's equaliser. A long range hopeful drive by Ian Marshall won it for Oldham after Notts had fought back to equalise from 3-1 down.


Tuesday 17th March 1992
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Everton 0

Attendance:- 7,480
Referee:- R M Wiseman (Borehamwood)
Weather:- Cloudy, fine

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Craig Short
5.   Chris Short
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Andy Williams
8.   Phil Turner *
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. John McClelland

Sub: Dean Yates *45
Sub not used: Steve Slawson

Everton
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 7th/22, after match 7th/22
Manager:- Howard Kendall

1.   Neville Southall
2.   Matthew Jackson
3.   Gary Ablett
4.   John Ebbrell
5.   Dave Watson *
6.   Martin Keown
7.   Mark Ward
8.   Peter Beardsley
9.   Maurice Johnston
10. Alan Harper
11. Andy Hinchcliffe +

Sub: Robert Warzycha *45
Sub: Peter Beagrie +45

Notes:
This fixture was originally scheduled for Saturday 15th February but was postponed due to Notts involvement in the 5th Round of the FA Cup. Boo's rang around the ground at the final whistle following a drab goalless draw that left Notts in deep trouble and still without a league win in 1992. The first half was a complete non-event, Notts were more threatening in the 2nd half, though Everton did their best to send everybody to sleep by passing the ball around the back for long periods whilst the Blues front line seemed to want all day to get in a cross or shoot. Notts gave the ball away too often and then had to wait an age to get it back again, it remains one of the most frustrating and boring games I've ever had the misfortune to witness.


Saturday 21st March 1992
3pm kick off at Hillsborough

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Sheffield Wednesday 1
Hirst 74

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 23,910

Sheffield Wednesday
Colours:- Blue & White striped shirts, Black shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 3rd/22, after match 3rd/22
Manager:- Trevor Francis

1.   Chris Woods
2.   Roland Nilsson
3.   Paul Warhurst
4.   Carlton Palmer
5.   Nigel Pearson
6.   Peter Shirtliff
7.   Danny Wilson *
8.   Chris Bart-Williams
9.   David Hirst
10. Paul Williams +
11. John Harkes

Sub: Trevor Francis *67
Sub: Graham Hyde +68

Notts County
Colours:- Purple shirts, White shorts, ?Purple socks?
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Dean Thomas +
8.   Chris Short
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Bartlett *
11. John McClelland

Sub: Paul Harding *45
Sub: Steve Slawson +80

Notes:
Notts' first defeat at Hillsborough since 1956 pushed them deeper into relegation trouble. Dean Yates, who was played in midfield, hit the bar with a header. The PFA were now threatening a strike next season if they were not given a say in the running of the Premier League which was due to start next August - The PFA said that live games on Sky TV would be the first to be effected.

View the BBC1 Final Score captions for the top flight results here and the bottom half of the table here.


Saturday 28th March 1992
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Chris Short 10
Wilson 40

Crystal Palace 3
Coleman 45
Bright 54
Mortimer 80

Attendance :- 7,674
Weather:- Overcast but fine

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Andy Williams
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund +
10. Kevin Wilson
11. John McClelland *

Sub: Frank Farina *73
Sub: Steve Slawson +81

Crystal Palace
Colours:- Red & blue striped shirts, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 10th/22, after match 7th/22
Manager:- Steve Coppell

1.   Nigel Martyn
2.   John Humphrey
3.   Lee Sinnott
4.   Gareth Southgate
5.   Eric Young
6.   Andy Thorn
7.   Simon Rodger
8.   Geoff Thomas
9.   Mark Bright
10. Chris Coleman
11. Stan Collymore *

Sub: Paul Mortimer *75
Other sub not used

Notes:
Since the previous Saturday's defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, the Chelsea and Northern Ireland international striker Kevin Wilson signed for £275,000, Andy Williams had also signed a permanent deal - Notts paying out £115,000 to Leeds United - and Australian international Frank Farina joined on loan from the Italian club Bari. Everything was looking good after 40 minutes with Notts 2-0 up and despite Palace pulling it back to 2-2, Notts then won a penalty but Mark Draper's spot kick was saved by Nigel Martyn and Palace went on to take all three points. Notts had scored early when a 2nd successive corner was knocked into the back of the net by Craig Short. Debut man Kevin Wilson broke clear on 40 and finished superbly to make it 2-0, but on the stroke of half-time Palace pulled themselves back into the game when John McClelland waited for Steve Cherry to the collect the ball and Chris Coleman nipped in and scored. The future BBC football pundit and co-commentator Mark Bright equalised on 54 and a looping header by sub Paul Mortimer won it for the visitors ten minutes from the end leaving Notts six points from safety. 4th tier Aldershot became the first club to be expelled from the league during the course of a season since 1962.

Bottom six after the defeat to Crystal Palace
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Coventry City     35  -3   40
18. Tottenham Hotspur 33  -4   39
19. Southampton       33  -14  37
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20. Luton Town        35  -31  32
21. Notts County      35  -15  31
22. West Ham United   33  -20  29


Tuesday 31st March 1992
7:30pm kick off at Anfield

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Liverpool 4
Thomas 13
McManaman 34
Rush 58
Venison 76

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 25,457

Liverpool
Colours:- All Red
League Position:- before match 4th/22, after match 4th/22
Manager:- Graeme Souness

1.   Bruce Grobbelaar
2.   Rob Jones
3.   David Burrows
4.   Barry Venison
5.   Ronnie Whelan
6.   Mike Marsh
7.   Steve McManaman +
8.   Mark Walters
9.   Ian Rush *
10. Jan Molby
11. Michael Thomas

Sub: Don Hutchison *79
Sub: Istvan Kozma +81

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Craig Short
5.   Dean Yates
6.   Mark Draper +
7.   Andy Williams
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Wilson
11. Phil Robinson *

Sub: Chris Short *38
Sub: Frank Farina +56

Notes:
This fixture was moved forward from its original date of Saturday 4th April due to the Grand National. Phil Robinson played for Notts for the first time in over a year but was subbed after only 38 minutes.


Tuesday 7th April 1992
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Stats pagev
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Tottenham Hotspur 2
Lineker 32, 52

Attendance:- 9,205
Referee:- J Borrett (Harleston)
Weather:- A Clear night after heavy rain all day

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Craig Short
5.   Chris Short
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Andy Williams +
8.   Paul Harding
9.   Gary Lund *
10. Kevin Wilson
11. Frank Farina

Sub: Steve Slawson *55
Sub: Dean Thomas +76

Tottenham Hotspur
Colours:- All yellow with dark blue trimmings
League Position:- before match 18th/22, after match 15th/22
Manager:- Terry Venables & Peter Shreeves

1.   Ian Walker
2.   Pat van den Hauwe
3.   Justin Edinburgh
4.   Andy Gray
5.   Jason Cundy
6.   Gary Mabbutt
7.   Paul Stewart
8.   Paul Walsh *
9.   David Howells
10. Gary Lineker +
11. Paul Allen

Sub: Steve Sedgley *83
Sub: John Hendry +87

Central Television recorded the game for extended highlights which were shown on Central Sports Special that night.

Notes:
This fixture was originally scheduled for Saturday 29th February but was postponed due to Tottenham's League Cup Semi-final 2nd leg being selected for live broadcast on the Sunday of that weekend. Neil Warnock conceded that Notts were going down in the post match TV interview after an abysmal display against an 18th placed Spurs team badly missing their talisman Paul Gascoigne (out for the season after injuring himself in the 1991 FA Cup final and then leaving for Lazio). Spurs immediately took charge of this match, Craig Short cleared Jason Cundy's angled shot off the line and Paul Stewart headed inches wide following a quick throw-in which left Notts standing watching before Chris Short's dreadful back pass gifted the visitors a corner, from which Gary Lineker beat Cherry to the ball to head in for 1-0. The 2nd goal came 7 minutes into the 2nd half - David Howells pulled the ball back into space from the left, County sensed no immediate danger but Lineker saw the opportunity, stretching to send a low shot past the startled Steve Cherry. The County fans vented their anger on the officials who made some very questionable decisions on a night that ended with Notts 9 points adrift of safety and just 5 games left to play. This was the 3rd and final appearance in a Notts shirt for Australian international Frank Farina (his only start during a loan spell from Bari), it was also the last fixture to be played in front of the mini Meadow Lane end terrace built in the mid-1980's, work began on clearing the area the next day for the construction of a proper new stand in the summer.


Saturday 11th April 1992
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Sansom (og) 88

Coventry City 0

Attendance :- 6,655
Weather:- Sunny and warm

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Craig Short
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Andy Williams
8.   Paul Harding +
9.   Paul Devlin *
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Kevin Wilson

Sub: Rob Matthews *71
Sub: Dean Thomas +71

Coventry City
Colours:- All yellow with black trimmings
League Position:- before match 19th/22, after match 19th/22
Manager:- Don Howe

1.   Steve Ogrizovic
2.   Brian Borrows
3.   Kenny Sansom
4.   Stewart Robson
5.   Andy Pearce
6.   Peter Atherton
7.   Lloyd McGrath
8.   Micky Gynn
9.   Robert Rosario *
10. Paul Furlong
11. Sean Flynn

Sub: Peter NdLovu *24
Other sub not used

An extended report was shown as the featured match on ITV Central's Saturday tea-time local football round-up programme Central Goals Extra.

Notes:
County's first win in 16 league games was also the first league win of 1992. Following the miserable mid-week defeat to Spurs and having publicly accepted that County were now destined for relegation, Neil Warnock decided to use the remaining games to experiment, bringing in youngsters Paul Devlin and Rob Matthews who both made their debuts whilst Michael Johnson made only his 2nd appearance. After a bright start the game fizzled out and there were few chances, Coventry began to get on top towards the end but with 2 minutes to go Dean Thomas hit a shot which was going wide, it hit Kenny Sansom in the face and deflected in past the scrambling Ogrizovic. At the end of the game, Coventry occupied the last position of safety in 19th and Notts were now 7 points behind them (effectively 8 given the inferior goal difference) with 4 games remaining. Frank Farina ended his loan spell and went back to Bruges where his wife was expecting a baby.

Bottom six after the win over Coventry
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Norwich City      38  -12  44
18. Southampton       36  -13  43
19. Coventry City     38  -5   41
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20. Luton Town        37  -34  35
21. Notts County      38  -20  34
22. West Ham United   36  -20  32


Saturday 18th April 1992
3pm kick off at Carrow Road

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Norwich City 0

Notts County 1
Matthews 86

Attendance:- 12,100

Norwich City
Colours:- Yellow shirts with green trimmings, Green shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- before match 17th/22, after match 18th/22
Manager:- Dave Stringer

1.   Mark Walton
2.   Mark Bowen
3.   Colin Woodthorpe
4.   Ian Butterworth
5.   John Polston
6.   Jeremy Goss
7.   Ruel Fox
8.   Robert Fleck
9.   Rob Newman
10. Darren Beckford
11. Daryl Sutch

Sub: Paul Blades
Other sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Craig Short
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Andy Williams *
8.   Paul Harding
9.   Dean Thomas
10. Kevin Bartlett +
11. Kevin Wilson

Sub: Chris Short *75
Sub: Rob Matthews +84

Notes:
21 year old Rob Matthews, an unpaid Loughborough university student, was only in the team because he was on holiday! He scored the winning goal to keep Notts faint hopes of survival alive.

Bottom six after the win at Norwich
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Southampton       39  -14  46
18. Norwich City      39  -13  44
19. Coventry City     39  -6   41
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20. Luton Town        39  -33  39
21. Notts County      39  -19  37
22. West Ham United   38  -23  32


Monday 20th April 1992
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Bartlett 7

Sheffield United 3
Beesley 45
Hodges 55
Davison 65

Attendance :- 12,605
Weather:- Fine, clear skies

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Craig Short
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Andy Williams *
8.   Paul Harding
9.   Dean Thomas
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Kevin Wilson

Sub: Rob Matthews *67
Sub not used: Chris Short

Sheffield United
Colours:- Yellow shirts, red shorts, red socks
League Position:- before match 7th/22, after match 7th/22
Manager:- Dave Bassett

1.   Mel Rees
2.   John Pemberton
3.   Tom Cowan
4.   John Gannon *
5.   Brian Gayle
6.   Paul Beesley
7.   Glyn Hodges
8.   Paul Rogers
9.   Bobby Davison
10. Brian Deane
11. Ian Bryson +

Sub: Dave Whitehouse *70
Sub: Brian Marwood +73

Notes:
At 8pm it was looking good, Norwich (18th), Coventry (19th) and Luton (20th) had all lost in the afternoon fixtures and Notts were 1-0 up in this evening match - which would leave them just 1 point from safety with 2 games to play if they hung on. County had begun the game with purpose and on 7 minutes took the lead when Charlie Palmer's shot was saved and Kevin Wilson then headed the rebound to Kevin Bartlett who touched it home. Notts then had three strong penalty appeals, but the referee, amazingly, didn't give a single one of them, and with that sort of luck it was no surprise when the Blades scored an injury time equaliser through Paul Beesley to go in 1-1 at the break. Backed by a good following, United were too sharp for Notts in the 2nd half and scored two fine goals, Glyn Hodges with a long range effort and Bobby Davison finishing off a neat move. The defeat left County still 4 points adrift from safety with only 6 left to play for.

Other results affecting the relegation zone today
Leeds United 2 Coventry City 0
Queens Park Rangers 2 Luton Town 1
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Norwich City 0
West Ham United 0 Crystal Palace 2

Bottom six after the defeat to Sheffield Utd
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Southampton       40  -13  49  (Safe)
18. Norwich City      40  -15  44  (To play WIMBLEDON / leeds)
19. Coventry City     40  -8   41  (To play WEST HAM / villa)
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20. Luton Town        40  -34  39  (To play VILLA / notts co)
21. Notts County      40  -21  37  (To play man city / LUTON)
22. West Ham United   39  -25  32  (To play MAN UTD / coventry / FOREST)

Wednesday 22nd April 1992
West Ham United 1 Manchester United 0


Saturday 25th April 1992
3pm kick off at Maine Road

vStats page
Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Manchester City 2
Simpson 33
Quinn 57

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 23,426

Macnhester City
Colours:- Sky Blue shirts, White shorts, Navy socks
League Position:- before match 5th/22, after match 5th/22
Manager:- Peter Reid

1.   Tony Coton
2.   Andy Hill
3.   Ian Brightwell
4.   Fitzroy Simpson
5.   Keith Curle
6.   Michael Vonk
7.   David White
8.   Mike Sheron
9.   Niall Quinn
10. Adrian Mike
11. Steve McMahon

Subs not used: Steve Redmond & Michael Hughes

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, ?Black socks?, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/22, after match 21st/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Gary Lund
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Andy Williams
8.   Paul Harding
9.   Tony Agana
10. Kevin Bartlett +
11. Kevin Wilson *

Sub: Rob Matthews *55
Sub: Paul Cox +79

Notes:
Coventry City beat 24th placed West Ham United today which meant Notts would have been relegated regardless of what the score was at Manchester City.

Other results affecting the relegation zone today
Coventry City 1 West Ham United 0
Luton Town 2 Aston Villa 0
Norwich City 1 Wimbledon 1

Bottom six after the defeat at Man City
                      P   GD  Pts
17. Wimbledon         41  -3   50  (Safe)
18. Norwich City      41  -15  45  (effectively safe)
19. Coventry City     41  -7   44  (To play villa)
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20. Luton Town        41  -32  42  (To play notts co)
21. Notts County      41  -23  37 R
22. West Ham United   41  -25  35 R


Saturday 2nd May 1992
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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Top flight League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Matthews 34, 70

Luton Town 1
James 17

Attendance:- 11,380
Referee:- R. Nixon (West Kirby)
Weather:- Drizzle followed by bright sunshine
Corners:- Notts 5 Luton 6
Goal attempts on target:- Notts 4 Luton 8
Goal attempts off target:- Notts 5 Luton 10
Bookings:- Thomas (Notts) and Pembridge (Luton) both for fouls

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/22, final position 21st/22
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Craig Short
5.   Chris Short
6.   Mark Draper
7.   Andy Williams
8.   Paul Harding
9.   Tony Agana
10. Rob Matthews
11. Kevin Wilson *

Sub: Paul Devlin *58
Sub not used: Michael Johnson

Luton Town
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 20th/22, final position 20th/22
Manager:- David Pleat

1.   Alec Chamberlain
2.   Julian James
3.   Darren Salton *
4.   Chris Kamara +
5.   John Dreyer
6.   Trevor Peake
7.   Scott Oakes
8.   Brian Stein
9.   Mick Harford
10. Mark Pembridge
11. David Preece

Sub: Phil Gray *71
Sub: Jason Reece +74

Notes:
This was the last match to be played in front of the old County Road stand and the open terraced kop. Half of the Kop’s old concrete steps had already been removed and the first signs of construction at the Meadow Lane end were also in evidence. The Luton fans had to be accommodated in the home side of the kop because the away section had now been reduced to a bank of earth. I think everybody accepted that re-building Meadow Lane was inevitable and necessary, there were no voices of dissent, although - now that relegation had been confirmed with a defeat at Manchester City the previous Saturday - there were a few mutterings that it might have been wiser to concentrate on securing a place in the Premier League before pressing ahead with plans to construct a new stadium (The fact that Notts had only recently been promoted would have given them a longer time-frame in which to satisfy Premier League stadia requirements). Luton Town had now enjoyed ten consecutive seasons in the top flight, a largely unpopular tenancy due to their plastic pitch and the decision to ban all away fans, but the Hatters came to Meadow Lane on this final day knowing that only a win for them and a defeat for Coventry City at Aston Villa would keep them up. Coventry City lost 2-0 but Notts saved the sky blues and it was Luton who were relegated along with us and West Ham, the 2-1 victory also meant that we avoided finishing bottom of the league (no thanks to Forest who lost 3-0 to the 22nd placed Hammers). At the final whistle, I decided it was best not to make an issue of my last moments on County Road, I made a swift exit walking along the planks of wood that had absorbed the jokes, the jeers and the cheers of many great old characters on the terraces who’s ghosts would soon be lost in the rubble. I turned to take one last look at the 67 year old wooden stand before reaching the exit gate - At least the old fellow had bid farewell with a victory and one last season in the top flight. What I didn’t realise then was just how much I would miss it.

This fixture was also the last, involving Notts, in which goalkeepers were allowed to handle a back-pass.

INSIDE WRITE
By Derek Pavis
Page 3 Matchday programme editorial written by the Chairman

I was interested to hear the rumours that I would be pulling out of Notts County if we were relegated and I can only say that the person who started them doesn't know me very well. Of course it's a setback - a very big one - but you underestimate me if you think I can be beaten that easily.
It's been an ambition of mine for a long time to see Notts County established in the top flight and challenging for honours and nothing has changed. We will get there eventually and although the past nine months have been a bit of a nightmare, I've come through it a stronger and wiser person and I'm sure that's true of many at Meadow Lane. The challenge now is to put that knowledge and experience to good use so that we can claim a place in the Premier League as quickly as possible… but that will be easier said than done.
As you may have read this week, the players and management must pay the price of relegation with a pay-cut because we cannot afford to continue paying First Division wages and the cut-backs will not end there. I am determined that the club will not be thrown into financial turmoil again by allowing more money to be spent than we have coming in and if that upsets some people, so be it. The club is far bigger than any individual - myself included - and we must take a hard look at all financial matters, save where possible and channel what money we do have available in the right direction.
As you are well aware, Phase 1 of the project to re-develop the ground is already underway and helped by a grant from the Football Trust, I'm confident we will find the £3.2million involved. It won't be necessary to sell players in order to meet those bills but the new players we expect to sign during the summer will largely have to be paid for by others moving on. In other words, Neil Warnock will have to wheel and deal to strengthen and increase the senior squad - and he has already shown himself capable of doing that.
At the bottom end of the scale, the youth policy which has been so productive for the club over the past few years will not be affected by the cut-backs to any great extent. It's vital for our long-term future that we continue to find and develop our own youngsters but we must be more ruthless in deciding which of the young professionals has a realistic chance of making the grade. We have taken the decision this week to withdraw the A team from the Midland Senior League as a cost-cutting exercise but although steps have to be taken to balance the books, don't think that means we have lost our desire to be successful. I'm not foolish enough to predict that we will win promotion again next season but you have my word on it that we will try. I'm sorry that we have failed to match up to expectations. But no one is more disappointed than me and having had a taste of the big-time, I can promise that I will do all in my power to get back there as quickly as possible.

“CHANGING FACE OF MEADOW LANE”
Two page article from the matchday programme.

The bulldozers have already made their presence felt and after today's game, it will be all systems go in the race to transform Meadow Lane before the start of next season. In case you are not aware, the contractors have just 7 weeks in which to convert The Kop and Meadow Lane End - and totally re-build County Road. That represents Phase 1 of plans to convert the ground into a modern all-seater stadium and here's a closer look at the changes to be made and how it will affect you next season.

* What exactly is being done?
We are re-developing three sides of the ground in line with recommendations in the Taylor Report and the expected criteria for members of the Premier League. The terracing has already been removed at the Meadow Lane end and will be replaced by 2,320 seats which will be covered by a roof, attached to the current building. The Kop is being completely dismantled and replaced by terracing more suitable for seats. When finished, complete with roof, it will accommodate 5,550 people. County Road is the most challenging part of the project, not least because the stand backs onto a busy road and there's a river running underneath! The tiles have already been removed from the current structure, which is to be demolished next week and replaced by a cantilever stand with 5, 741 seats .

* What facilities will the new stand include?
The easy answer to that is the bear minimum but don't be misled, In order to keep down the costs, the plans have not included any executive or corporate hospitality facilities but the toilets and refreshment bars in all three sides of the ground will be a vast improvement. The object of the exercise was to create a situation where supporters are guaranteed a comfortable seat with an excellent view and we are confident that will be achieved.

* Will access be easier?
Without doubt it will be easier to enter and leave the ground because extra and more modern turnstiles are being installed. On County Road, for example, there will be 13 new stiles equally spread along the stand as opposed to the current figure of 10 - some of which will remain in use. Ten new turnstiles are also being installed for The Kop at Cattlemarket Corner, an area where we have had problems in the past. And as from the start of the new season, entrance to the Meadow Lane End will be from the junction of County Road - Meadow Lane, which used to be the entrance for standing on the County Road side.

* Where will visiting supporters be accommodated next season?
The new facilities will make it possible for us to introduce proper segregation for the first time and the plan at this stage is for away fans to use The Kop Stand. Realistically, we will only need to reserve half of that area for the vast majority of matches but where visiting supporters have always tended to use the seats and some terracing on the County Road side, they will no longer be allowed into that area of the ground.

* How much extra will the installation of seats affect prices next season?
The chairman promised when he revealed our plans to supporters some months ago that prices would, as near as possible remain in line with the current cost of standing. We realise it would be unreasonable to ask you to pay a vast amount more to sit and it is certainly not in our interests to have thousands of empty seats every week. The price structure for next season has not been decided at the time of writing but you can rest assured that they will be set at a level designed to encourage you to come and sample the new facilities - and bring a friend!

* Will you have a good view?
We have followed the 'sight-line' guidelines of the Football Stadia Advisory Council and a lot of effort has gone into making sure that you have a good view - wherever you are in the ground. Minimum requirements are laid down and we will be well above those for all areas of all three sides of the ground. One of the new regulations to be introduced next season is that if a seat does not provide a complete view of the pitch, it must make that clear on the ticket. We do not anticipate selling any such tickets next season. Obviously we cannot guarantee there will not be some exceptions to the rule but a person of average height and weight will have no problems.

* Will there be any other changes?
As you will be aware our floodlights and PA system have left something to be desired in recent years and they are being replaced during the summer. Each of the four floodlights will be on a single column, designed for Premier League standards, and more than adequate for providing good-quality television pictures. They will be the very latest in modern technology with hydraulic masts so that they can be lowered to ground level to provide easier access for replacing bulbs and general servicing. As for the PA system, it's a requirement of the Taylor Report that everyone within the ground can hear and understand announcements which are made and there will be no problems in that direction once the new equipment has been installed.

* What's to become of the Main Stand?
Phase 2 of the re-development plan is to build a new Main Stand and all things being equal, the intention is for that to get underway during the summer of 1994. Obviously the timing and scale of that project is likely to depend on whether we are in the Premier League at that time and the financial situation of the club but the chairman's dream is that it will be the 'jewel in the crown'. That will include executive viewing areas and corporate facilities and it is also envisaged that the dressing rooms etc will be built into that stand. For the time being, however, the Main Stand will remain as it is next season - including the only standing accommodation with room for 2,620 spectators - and until such time as it is replaced the overall capacity of Meadow Lane will be reduced to 19,196 including 16,576 seats.

Nottingham Evening Post Report

MATTHEWS IS NOTTS’ TONIC
By David Stapleton

STEVE CHERRY showed the wisdom behind his Player or the Year award as hugely spirited Notts County ended Luton Town's Premier League dream at Meadow Lane. The 3l-year-old goalkeeper made some fine saves to help the club pass out of the top flight in style. After two goal Rob Matthews, a revelation on his full League debut, Cherry made as big a contribution as anybody. He said: "It was quite emotional when I was told ten minutes-before the awards ceremony that I had been voted Player of the Year. I won it with my previous clubs Derby, Walsall and Plymouth, but this was the most important. Notts are my home town club and I would think I know 100 in our crowd personally. The supporters paid me a great compliment and, after the season we've had, I was delighted that we were able to give them a happier memory to take into the summer. The ideal, of course, on such an occasion would have been a clean sheet, but I was pleased with two or three of my saves."

SECURE
Cherry, who collected 80% of the votes with Charlie Palmer in second place and Craig Short third, had no chance with the low shot from Julian James which put Luton into a 17th minute lead. At that stage you would have given the master escapologists a great chance of again escaping the relegation shackles. They were the more assertive and menacing. But Notts managed to secure more of the possession midway through the half, though only 'keeper Alex Chamberlain's mistake - flapping at Dean Thomas's free-kick enabled Matthews to alertly shoot the equaliser in 35 minutes. County emphasised after the interval that being doomed didn't mean being disinterested. They played with enormous verve, with 21-year-old Matthews the inspiration.
The Loughborough University student is fast and incisive as was Brian Moore, a right winger who arrived at Notts from the same source in the early 1960s. Moore, an avid present day supporter of Notts, was a talented games player who freely admits he should have given his undivided attention to one sport. He played only four League games at Meadow Lane, and on the evidence so far Matthews is going to become infinitely better remembered. After pulling the Luton defence all over the place with his penetrative runs, Matthews' 70th minute winner from 20-yards was remarkable in its composure. Matthews even gave a bit of a spark to the out of sorts Tony Agana, though the striker missed a good early chance of scoring his second goal for the club.
Luton’s Nottingham born manager David Pleat bit back his disappointment to say: "Aston Villa obviously played genuinely to beat Coventry City in the division's other ‘cup final’. So did Notts County - it was a testimony to the honesty and standard of the First Division."
Other Notts awards were: Reserve Team Player of the Year - Michael Johnson; Young Player of the Year - Michael Simpson; Lifeline Sportsman of the Year - Craig Short; Reserve Team Sportsman of the Year -Richard Walker; Young sportsman of the Year - Darren Saunders.

Other results affecting the relegation zone today
Aston Villa 2 Coventry City 0
Leeds United 1 Norwich City 0
West Ham United 3 Nottingham Forest 0

Bottom six of the final table
                     P   GD  Pts
17. Oldham Athletic   42  -4   51
18. Norwich City      42  -16  45
19. Coventry City     42  -9   44
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20. Luton Town        42  -33  42 R
21. Notts County      42  -22  40 R
22. West Ham United   42  -22  38 R


For appearance stats, final table and at-a-glance results for season 1991/92 see here


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