Notts County FC 1992/93
Match Line-ups & Details


The 2nd tier clubs for season 1992/93

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New to the 2nd tier this season
Relegated clubs: Luton Town, Notts County and West Ham United
Promoted clubs: Brentford, Birmingham City and Peterborough United
*Notts and West Ham were making an immediate return to the 2nd tier, the clubs going up in the opposite direction were Ipswich Town, Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers. 3rd tier Play-off winners Peterborough United were about to compete at 2nd tier level for the first time in their history whilst Brentford had reached this level for the first time since 1954. The three clubs that had just gone down to the 3rd tier were Port Vale, Brighton & Hove Albion and Plymouth Argyle (Brighton suffering a relegation to the 3rd tier straight after losing to Notts in the 1991 2nd tier Play-off final).


Notts were unable to play any pre-season matches at home this season due to the construction of three new stands. The County Cup was delayed until April/May.


Under construction - The Kop Stand (left) and the corner of County Road / Meadow Lane


Thursday 23rd July 1992

Pre-season friendly

Romsey Town 0
Notts County 9


Saturday 25th July 1992

Pre-season friendly

Waterlooville 1
Notts County 4


Tuesday 28th July 1992

Pre-season friendly

Lincoln City 0
Notts County 1


Saturday 1st August 1992

Pre-season friendly

Boston United 0
Notts County 2


Tuesday 4th August 1992

Pre-season friendly

Hartlepool United 2
Notts County 1


Thursday 6th August 1992

Pre-season friendly

Pickering Town 0
Notts County 4


Saturday 8th August 1992

Pre-season friendly

Scarborough 0
Notts County 0


Sunday 16th August 1992
3pm kick off at St Andrews

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

Birmingham City 1
Donowa 9

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 10,614
Referee:- A. Ward

Birmingham City
Colours:- All Blue with multi-coloured trimmings
League Position:- first match of season, had finished 2nd/24 (3rd tier) the previous season
Manager:- Terry Cooper

1.   Andy Gosney
2.   Ian Clarkson
3.   John Frain
4.   David Rennie
5.   Darren Rogers
6.   Paul Mardon
7.   Louie Donowa
8.   Paul Tait
9.   Mark Sale
10. Nigel Gleghorn
11. Simon Sturridge *

Sub: Ian Rodgerson *85
Other sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- first match of season, had finished 21st/22 (top tier) the previous season
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Craig Short
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Mark Draper *
8.   Andy Williams
9.   Tony Agana
10. Rob Matthews +
11. David Smith

Sub: Paul Harding *61
Sub: Kevin Wilson +78

Shown LIVE on Central Television (ITV Midlands region only).

Notes:
County had made three summer signings - Winger David Smith from Plymouth Argyle for £150,000, left-back Meindert Dijkstra from Dutch side Willem II for £150,000 and goalkeeper Bob Catlin from Marconi for around £75,000. A new back-pass rule came into force from the start of this season in a bid to cut down on the amount of time-wasting - Goalkeepers would no longer be allowed to handle a ball passed to them by of one of their own players' feet (or a manufactured back-pass, such as flicking the ball up in the air and then heading it back to the keeper) - Managers and players were against the new rule, with one of the sillier arguments being that it would put more pressure on defenders (How terrible!), there was also concern that more keepers would get hurt in 50-50 situations, but the new rule proved to be one of the more welcome changes in football and one that without question improved the game. In their opening fixture at Birmingham, in front of the live TV cameras, Notts fell behind to a deflected shot in the 9th minute, the Magpies then twice hit the crossbar. The promising Rob Matthews had to come off injured and would miss most of the season. Paul Harding came off the bench for what would be his final appearance for Notts, but he wouldn't be sold until over a year later.


Saturday 22nd August 1992
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Smith (pen) 52

Leicester City 1
Gee 39

Attendance:- 10,501
Weather:- Fine
Referee:-  P Vanes (Warley)
Corners:- Notts 3 Leicester 7
Goal attempts on target:- Notts 5 Leicester 5
Goal attempts off target:- Notts 5 Leicester 6
Bookings:- Palmer (Notts) for a foul

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after match 18th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Meindeert Dijkstra
4.   Craig Short
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Andy Williams
9.   Tony Agana
10. Steve Slawson +
11. David Smith *

Sub: Phil Turner *81
Sub: Kevin Wilson +84

Leicester City
Colours:- All Blue
League Position:- before match 8th/24, after match 9th/24
Manager:- Brian Little

1.   Carl Muggleton
2.   Gary Mills
3.   Mike Whitlow
4.   Richard Smith
5.   Steve Walsh
6.   Colin Hill
7.   David Oldfield
8.   Steve Thompson
9.   Bobby Davison
10. Ian Ormondroyd
11. Phil Gee

Subs not used: Simon Grayson & Paul Fitzpatrick

Notes:
This was the first Notts home match to be played after three new stands had been built during the summer of 1992 (The County Road stand (later to be renamed as The Jimmy Sirrel stand), the Meadow Lane end and the Kop) -  It was a complete transformation. Whilst watching Leicester attack the Meadow Lane end in the first half, I felt like I was at an away match, I had to keep glancing across to the old Main stand to remind myself where I was! Although Notts had just been relegated from the top flight, the 2nd tier was still a mouth-watering prospect, for as well as Leicester there were matches with Derby, Wolves, Newcastle, West Ham and Sunderland to look forward to and we had much hope for the fresh faced Rob Matthews and Paul Devlin. The Notts Chairman Derek Pavis came out onto the pitch at half-time to make a speech and the Notts fans sang "There's only one Derek Pavis!". Yes, we had just been relegated, but surely we would quickly re-gain Premiership status with a stadium like this! Leicester fans, having just celebrated taking the lead, tried to drown out Pavis' address and gratitude to those fine men who had built "the 9th wonder of the world" in just 4 months. Pavis retorted "You bastards." and at the end of his speech turned to the away end and said; "And as for you lot - You are a bloody disgrace!". As far as the Notts fans in "Z block" were concerned, Pavis had never shone so brightly, yet it would prove to be his super-nova.

"Central News East" broadcast a report on their Monday tea-time programme which shows..... Tony Agana wasting a good scoring opportunity / Phil Gee heading in a cross for the Leicester goal / 2nd half; Leicester almost scoring again / The incident that led to Notts getting a dubious penalty / Dave Smith converting the spot kick. A separate 2 minute report on the half-time Pavis incident went out earlier in the programme as part of the main news, this shows Pavis explaining himself to a reporter followed by interviews with the football supporters club spokesman and then a representative of the Leicester City supporters club, there are also numerous shots of the stands filmed on the day of the match.

The Matchday Programme editorial
"Inside write" by Derek Pavis
I'm delighted to welcome you all to Meadow lane and for the first time since I became involved with the club five years ago, I can say that without feeling embarrassed.
I must admit that it does my heart good to look around the place and see what a transformation there has been in the past 17 weeks. Ever since I joined Notts County, my aim has been to improve things and although there is still plenty more we want to do, we haven't done too badly so far. To be honest, the last thing we needed this afternoon was a local derby which might just attract a capacity crowd and I'm disappointed that the Football league were not as sympathetic as they might have been. Knowing that three sides of the ground were being re-developed in such a short space of time, we asked to be away on the opening day of the season. We also asked not to have a home game in midweek, nor to be allotted a local derby the following Saturday and here we are facing our friends from Leicester City!
Under the circumstances, can I appeal for you to please be patient because there are bound to be teething troubles. That's inevitable because the stewards and police are not yet familiar with the new facilities- nor are you. Bear with us if there are some organisational problems and if anything particularly irritates you, please write to me (not the Football Post) and I will attend to your letter personally.
Ironically, I still have a batch letters that I received last season from Leicester fans, criticising our facilities following their ZDS Cup visit. In most cases, they had every right to complain But I replied to each letter saying that it would be different the next time they came to Meadow Lane - and we've been true to our word.
I happen to think that to transform Meadow Lane in such fashion for the amount of money involved and to do it in just 17 weeks is the ninth wonder of the world.
We are all greatly indebted to the various contractors who have worked so hard on the ground throughout the summer and you will have the opportunity to show your appreciation.
The contractors will be here this afternoon as my personal guests and at half time, I intend to take them onto the pitch and introduce them to you.
As I said at the beginning, we haven't done too badly in terms of upgrading and expanding the range of facilities available to you and now the dream is to celebrate promotion at the end of the season by putting the final piece of the jigsaw into place. I would love to be able to announce that we are going ahead with plans to build a new Main Stand. But there's a big difference between having the desire to do that and being in a position to finance the  project!

Nottingham Evening Post Reports

PAVIS: MY BIG REGRET
(Back page story of the following Monday's Nottingham Evening Post)
by David Stapleton

NOTTS COUNTY chairman Derek Pavis said today that he regretted the expletive heard by many spectators at the interval of Saturday's game with Leicester City at Meadow Lane. And Mr Pavis insisted that it was not meant for the ears of visiting supporters, who had shouted him down as he praised contractors who had completed a remarkable £3.4m transformation of the ground in 17 weeks.

Said the chairman, who could face an FA charge of bringing the game into disrepute: "I regret the choice of word, but it was an instinctive reaction not meant to be heard by the crowd. "I put the microphone well away from me, but unfortunately it picked it up. "Now I suppose I could be on a disrepute charge. I hope not, though if so I shall just have to face the music." At the end of his speech Mr Pavis, standing on the halfway line alongside the contractors, told Leicester supporters: "You're a disgrace." He said afterwards: "They were guests on the ground, but showed no politeness at all."
“It was quite emotional moment for me. The redevelopment people had worked their butts off for 17 weeks. Before we got our ground safety certificate on Friday afternoon they hadn't stopped work for 36 hours, working through the night."

Mr Pavis also expressed his "great disappointment" at the size of the gate -10,501, of which 4,329 were Leicester fans. He went on: "My boardroom colleagues have advanced a number of reasons, but it was a sickener to have less than 6,200 Nottingham folk at the game on such an occasion. I did seriously question the police decision to make the game all-ticket and think we might have lost 4,000 spectators straight away. All-ticket matches put people off. Many of them can't afford to come down to the ground twice, the first time to buy a ticket. The only justification for all ticket games is when demand far outstrips supply. Only the visit of Derby County, when I hope 30,000 people will want to be on a ground that only holds 20,000, should be all-ticket."

A NEW ERA AND HONOURS EVEN
The Nottingham Evening Post match report
By David Stapleton

THE profusion of Midlands clubs in the new First Division is calculated to produce many more hard slogs like that between Notts County and Leicester City on Saturday. Rival managers Neil Warnock and Brian Little were agreed on that after the 1-1 draw which ushered in another era at transformed Meadow Lane. There was not too much in the way of blend and co-ordination, It was largely frenetic, with the ball travelling from end to end at a furious rate.

Both teams missed chances, though neither 'keeper Steve Cherry nor Carl Muggleton were called upon to make a better than average save. Warnock felt that Notts played "a lot more on the floor" in the second half, but he was quick to add: "I think there might be repercussions from being a Midlands club in the division. There are so many from this patch. "It points the way to a battle every time we play each other. We're ready for one next Saturday at Peterborough. "If I were the manager, say, of a Southern First Division team I would be pleased to see so many Midlands clubs."

SPLENDID
Said Little: "It was a hard, difficult 90 minutes. The players of both sides knew they had been in a game. Local derbies are se very important, and that can have a bearing on the type of match it is."
The ground; with its three new sides, looked splendid and long-serving groundsman Peter Thompson holds the view that there has never been a better playing surface in his 31 years at Meadow Lane. Unfortunately, the gala occasion did not produce an attendance to match, though Leicester folk travelled in numbers. Various reasons can be put forward and analysed, and let's be frank about one of them when discussing 'floating' support. The big majority of Nottingham's football public is used to a style of play which contrasts vividly with that employed at Notts. Only recently Warnock said that he would not change his style for anybody, and after all the success he has enjoyed one can understand his viewpoint. Ironically, perhaps, one of the best moves of the game by Notts was the prelude to Leicester taking the lead six minutes before half time.

Mark Draper, who collected a nasty foot injury six days earlier at Birmingham, shot only tentatively from inside the box after winger David Smith had cut the ball back into his stride. Leicester broke back for Ormondroyd to spread the ball out wide to Mike Whitlow, whose near post centre was headed in fiercely by Phil Gee. Said Warnock: "Michael Johnson was sleeping a bit and, perhaps, Steve Cherry wouldn't have been too happy considering that the ball went in at the near post." It was fitting on such a day that a new player should hit County's 52nd minute equaliser Smith, who underlined his centreing ability, dropped another good cross into the box and Whitlow was adjudged to have pushed Tony Agana by referee on the spot Paul Vanes. Smith converted the penalty.
 
 


Tuesday 25th August 1992
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Slawson 15

Watford 2
Drysdale 30
Furlong 70

Attendance:- 6,276
Weather:- Fine

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 18th/24, after midweek games 18th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Meindeert Dijkstra
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Andy Williams
9.   Tony Agana *
10. Steve Slawson
11. David Smith

Sub: Kevin Wilson * 70
Sub not used: Dean Thomas

Watford
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Red shorts, Red socks, Black trim
League Position:- before match 11th/24, after midweek games 5th/24
Manager:- Steve Perryman

1.   Perry Suckling
2.   Nigel Gibbs
3.   Jason Drysdale
4.   Keith Dublin
5.   David Holdsworth
6.   Barry Ashby
7.   Andy Hessenthaler
8.   Lee Nogan
9.   Paul Furlong
10. Steve Butler
11. Jason Soloman

Subs not used

Notes:
A good game that Notts should have won, but somehow Watford were able to claim all three points leaving Notts with just 1 point from the opening 9. The crossbar once again denied County a point, Watford also had to clear off the line and Slawson's solo run and shot late in the game deserved a better outcome. Watford's winner was scored on the break when Furlong left the veteran Don O'Riordan for dead and went on to score. Tony Agana - who had still only netted one goal since Notts had paid their record transfer fee for him almost a year ago - ripped off his shirt in anger when he was substituted and stormed down the tunnel, for which he was placed on the transfer list.


Saturday 29th August 1992
3pm kick off at London Road

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

Peterborough United 1
Barnes 25

Notts County 3
Smith 16
Wilson 72
Williams 79

Attendance:- 6 720
Weather:- Sunny
Referee:- P. Don (Middlesex)
Corners:- Posh 12 Notts 7
Shots on target:- Posh 6 Notts 9
Shots off target:- Posh 4 Notts 5

Peterborough United
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 9th/24, after match 9th/24
Manager:- Chris Turner

1.   Ian Bennett
2.   Noel Luke
3.   Ronnie Robinson
4.   Gary Cooper
5.   Lee Howarth
6.   Steve Welsh
7.   Worrell Sterling
8.   Marcus Ebdon
9.   Tony Adcock
10. Ken Charlery
11. Bobby Barnes

Sub not used: Costello & White

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 18th/24, after match 11th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Bob Catlin
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Meindeert Dijkstra
4.   Michael Johnson
5.   Chris Short
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Andy Williams *
9.   Kevin Wilson
10. Steve Slawson
11. David Smith

Sub: Phil Turner *86
Sub not used: Richard Walker

As with most Saturday fixtures this season, the goals could be seen in a Midlands 2nd tier round-up sequence on the Sunday afternoon "Central Match Live" broadcast as well as Monday tea-time's "Central News East".

Notes:
Freshly promoted Peterborough (playing at this level for the first time ever) had won both of their opening games, including an opening day home win over big money spenders Derby County, but this fine away win for Notts earned them the league sponsors' performance of the week award. Both sides had several spells of good pressure and debutant Bob Catlin had to make two excellent 2nd half saves. Notts had taken the lead through David Smith, who was at the end of a looping Draper cross to shoot across the goal-mouth and into the far corner, Posh equalised soon afterwards when Barnes turned the hesitant defence. County then had a goal wrongly ruled out for a supposed push when the home 'keeper had merely fallen over. An exciting 2nd half saw O'Riordan's long high clearance invite Kevin Wilson to chase and when the defender made a mess of a header Wilson cleverly lobbed the loose ball over the on-rushing keeper for 2-1, celebrating behind the goal where all the Notts fans were caged. On 79 a corner was flicked on for Andy Williams to head in for number three. County fans now expected their side to quickly move up the table and challenge for promotion.




Wednesday 2nd September 1992

Anglo-Italian Cup
Qualifying Group A

Derby County 4
Williams 39
Pembridge 42
Simpson 59
Gabbiadini 85

Notts Counnty 2
Craig Short 19
O'Riordan 45

Attendance:- 6,767

Notts Counnty
Catlin, Chris Short (wdrn), Thomas, Craig Short (wdrn), Johnson, O'Riordan, Draper, Turner, Wilson, Slawson, Smith.
Subs: Gallagher & Walker

Notes:
This was the first of the revived Anglo-Italian cup competitions having last been contested in the 1970's, Notts had never previously taken part. The tournament was open to 2nd tier English clubs and 'Serie B' Italian clubs with the final now to be held at Wembley Stadium (rather than in Italy as it had been in the 1970's). Notts were placed in a three-team qualifying group with Derby County and Barnsley. Defender Shaun Murphy joined Notts on Thursday 3rd from Perth Italia in Australia.


Saturday 5th September 1992
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Craig Short 81

Barnsley 3
Taggart 6
Liddell 20
Archdeacon 38

Attendance:- 6,205
Referee:- K. Morton (Bury St Edmunds)
Weather:- Sunny and cool

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 12th/24, after match 17th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Bob Catlin
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Chris Short
4.   Craig Short
5.   Meindeert Dijkstra *
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Kevin Wilson
10. Steve Slawson +
11. David Smith

Sub: Dean Thomas *45
Sub: Shaun Murphy +70

Barnsley
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after match 18th/24
Manager:- Mel Machin

1.   Lee Butler
2.   Mark Smith
3.   Gerry Taggart
4.   Charlie Bishop
5.   Gary Fleming
6.   Mark Burton *
7.   Andrew Liddell +
8.   Andy Rammell
9.   John Pearson
10. Neil Redfearn
11. Owen Archdeacon

Sub: Mark Robinson *80
Sub: David Currie +90

Notes:
A calamitous afternoon for Notts at Meadow Lane against a side that had failed to score a single goal in any of their opening four league games. Barnsley were 3-0 up by half-time! Notts looked superb in the opening 5 minutes, but then a free-kick on the right for the visitors found Northern Ireland international Gerry Taggart who hit a shot beyond Catlin and Barnsley were in front. Then on 20, a long ball left Charlie Palmer chasing back, he pushed the ball to Catlin who foolishly then tried to return it, Liddell intercepted and rounded Catlin to score, prompting some fans to chant for the return of transfer-listed Steve Cherry. The home support looked-on in disbelief as Barnsley's hoof-balls up the touchline brought about a 3rd goal on 38, the celebrating Barnsley bench appeared as though they couldn't believe it either. New signing Shaun Murphy, an Australian, came on as a sub to make his debut in the 2nd half and defender Craig Short went up front and scored with a header, but sadly this would be his last game for Notts - he was then sold to Derby County for £2.5 million.


Saturday 12th September 1992
3pm kick off at Vicarage Road

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

Watford 1
Drysdale 24

Notts County 3
Draper 23
Lund 61
Slawson 88

Attendance:- 7,077
Referee:- P.A. Durkin (Dorset)

Watford
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Red shorts, Red socks, Black trim
League Position:- before match 9th/24, after match 13th/24
Manager:- Steve Perryman

1.   Perry Suckling
2.   Nigel Gibbs *
3.   Jason Drysdale
4.   Keith Dublin
5.   David Holdsworth
6.   Barry Ashby
7.   Andy Hessenthaler
8.   Lee Nogan +
9.   Paul Furlong
10. Darren Bazeley
11. Jason Soloman

Sub: Gary Porter *22
Sub: Steve Butler +66

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks?
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after match 12th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Chris Short
4.   Shaun Murphy
5.   Meindeert Dijkstra
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Wilson *
11. David Smith

Sub: Steve Slawson *74
Sub not used: Dean Thomas

Notes:
The fixture list had scheduled both of County's matches against Watford for the opening weeks of the season. Happily Notts were able to quickly avenge their earlier home defeat to Watford with a 2nd successive 3-1 away win. Craig Short's replacement, David Robinson, had signed from Peterborough United for £300,000 but too late to be included in the team today. One of Robinson's team-mate's at Posh - striker Ken Charlery - decided to not follow him to Notts, the Magpies were also unable to sign Devon White from Cambridge, and so Gary Lund was given a new 2 year contract and it was he who scored the 2nd goal which helped move County up to 12th.




Tuesday 15th September 1992

Anglo-Italian Cup
Qualifying Group A

Notts County 1
Palmer 67

Barnsley 1
O'Connell 77

Attendance:- 2,115

Notts Counnty
Cherry, Palmer, Dijkstra (wdrn), Johnson, Murphy, O'Riordan, Draper, Turner, Lund, Wilson (wdrn), Smith.
Subs: Thomas & Slawson

Notes:
The draw meant that Notts were out. The final game in this group then saw Barnsley lose 2-1 at home to Derby and the Rams went on to reach the final in March - which they lost 3-1 to Cremonese.


Saturday 19th September 1992
3pm kick off at The Den

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

Millwall 6
Goodman 17
Allen 54, 70
Barber 55, 58
Dolby 88

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 6,689
Referee:- P. Foakes (Clacton-on-Sea)

Millwall
Colours:- Blue shirts with a white base, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 9th/24, after match 5th/24
Manager:- Mick McCarthy

1.   Kasey Keller
2.   Ken Cunningham
3.   Ian Dawes
4.   Andy May +
5.   Colin Cooper
6.   Keith Stevens
7.   Andy Roberts
8.   Tony Dolby
9.   Malcolm Allen
10. John Goodman *
11. Phil Barber

Sub: John McGinlay *71
Sub: Paul Holsgrove +79

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 13th/24, after match 16th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Meindeert Dijkstra
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Shaun Murphy
5.   Dave Robinson
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Wilson *
11. David Smith

Sub: Steve Slawson *62
Sub not used: Tommy Gallagher

Notes:
Almost ten years to the day since Notts had crashed 6-0 at home to Ipswich Town came the heaviest reverse that Notts had suffered since. After the game Neil Warnock said "I'll have to go home and seriously consider my future." The following Monday Warnock explained "It did cross my mind to resign, but I've never run away from anything. It's up to the players, I only want people who are totally committed to the cause." This was Notts' last ever visit to Millwall's old Den ground.



Tuesday 22nd September 1992
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
League Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg

Notts County 3
Lund 21, 42
Robinson 30

Wolverhampton W. 2
Bull 12
Cook (pen) 89

Attendance:- 4,197
Weather:- Rain and cool

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- 16th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Michael Johnson
5.   David Robinson
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund
10. Steve Slawson
11. David Smith

Subs not used: Shaun Murphy & Paul Devlin

Wolverhampton W.
Colours:- All Gold with black trim
League Position:- 3rd/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Graham Turner

1.   Mike Stowell
2.   Kevin Ashley
3.   Paul Edwards
4.   Keith Downing
5.   Laurie Madden
6.   Derek Mountfield
7.   Paul Birch
8.   Paul Cook
9.   Steve Bull
10. Andy Mutch
11. Mark Rankine *

Sub: Robbie Dennison *79
Other sub not used

Notes:
This was Notts' first win at the new look Meadow Lane at the 5th attempt (including the Anglo-Italian game), though it was most memorable for the incompetent match officials who managed to incense both sets of supporters which led to some crowd disorder at the very end. Notts had equalised in controversial circumstances when Lund headed into an unguarded net with the Wolves keeper lying flat-out injured after Lund's earlier challenge (and he was far from 100% for the rest of the match). Dave Robinson, on his home debut, then put Notts ahead and Lund increased the lead before half-time, but County failed to make the most of Stowell's injury in the 2nd half. Steve Cherry saved a Paul Birch penalty on 77, yet in the final minutes Steve Bull's comical dive earned Wolves a 2nd penalty which Cook netted and then seconds later Notts were denied a penalty at the Meadow Lane end when Cook clearly used a hand to prevent a certain goal. After playing just two games, the £300,000 signing Dave Robinson was injured before the next fixture and wouldn't play again all season.


Saturday 26th September 1992
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 0

Luton Town 0

Attendance:- 5,992
Weather:- Misty and cool
Referee:- R.L. Dilkes (Mossley)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 16th/24, after match 17th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Michael Johnson
5.   Charlie Palmer
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund
10. Steve Slawson *
11. David Smith

Sub: Paul Devlin *69
Sub not used: Shaun Murphy

Luton Town
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks, Orange trim
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after match 21st/24
Manager:- David Pleat

1.   Andy Petterson
2.   Des Linton
3.   Julian James
4.   Darren Salton
5.   Damien Matthew
6.   John Dreyer
7.   Steve Claridge
8.   Chris Kamara
9.   Phil Gray
10. David Preece *
11. Jason Rees +

Sub: Jamie Campbell *81
Sub: Scott Oakes +81

Notes:
Notts kept their first clean sheet of the campaign in front of their lowest Saturday attendance for 2½ years. An O'Riordan volley hit the Luton crossbar in the 1st half and there was the first moment of panic over the new backpass rule when Cherry picked up Michael Johnson's miss-hit clearance and gave Luton a free-kick just 6 yards from the goalline - but Cherry was able to block it. County hit the woodwork again in the 2nd half on 86 when Smith cut inside and his finishing effort agonizingly came back off the foot of the post.

Bottom eight following the draw with Luton
(Note that goals scored rather than goal difference separated teams level on points)
                      P   GS  Pts
17. Notts County      8    9    8
18. Cambridge United  9    5    8
19. Sunderland        7    4    8
20. Southend United   8    7    7
21. Luton Town        8    7    7
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22. Derby County      8   10    6
23. Bristol Rovers    9   12    5
24. Barnsley          8    6    5


Tuesday 29th September 1992
7:30pm kick off at Prenton Park

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

Tranmere Rovers 3
Aldridge 14
Brannan 33
Mungall 48

Notts County 1
Murphy 66

Attendance:- 5,410

Tranmere Rovers
Colours:- All White
League Position:- before match 9th/24, after match 6th/24
Manager:- John King

1.   Eric Nixon
2.   Dave Higgins
3.   Ged Brannan
4.   Dave Martindale
5.   Steve Mungall
6.   Steve Vickers
7.   John Morrissey
8.   John Aldridge
9.   Chris Malkin
10. Neil McNab
11. Pat Nevin

Subs not used

Notts County
Colours:- ?All Purple?
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after match 16th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Michael Johnson
5.   Shaun Murphy
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith

Subs not used: Steve Slawson & Kevin Wilson

Notes:
Another 6-0 thrashing looked to be on the cards when Notts went 3-0 down, Tranmere had bombarded the County goal incessantly up to that point, but the Magpies fought back - forcing 10 corners in the last 30 minutes - and the final scoreline might have been very different had it not been for Rovers keeper Eric Nixon.


Saturday 3rd October 1992
3pm kick off at Twerton Park

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

Bristol Rovers 3
Hardyman 7, 19
Taylor 45

Notts County 3
Bartlett 20
Smith 27
O'Riordan 77

Attendance:- 5,015
Referee: G. Singh (Wolverhampton)

Bristol Rovers
Colours:- Blue & White quartered shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after match 23rd/24
Caretaker Manager:- Dennis Rofe

1.   Brian Parkin
2.   Ian Alexander
3.   Geoff Twentyman
4.   Steve Yates
5.   Lee Maddison
6.   David Wilson
7.   Tony Pounder *
8.   Andy Reece
9.   John Taylor
10. Marcus Stewart +
11. Paul Hardyman

Sub: David Mehew *37
Sub: Carl Saunders +68

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 16th/24, after match 17th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short *
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Mark Smith
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. David Smith +

Sub: Shaun Murphy *45
Sub: Paul Devlin +68

Notes:
With the injury crisis denying Notts the services of defenders Dean Yates, Alan Paris, Dave Robinson and Charlie Palmer, Neil Warnock signed 32 year old Mark Smith from Barnsley for £70,000 on Friday and he made his debut in this match. 23rd placed Rovers were 2-0 up inside 20 minutes, but Notts came straight back with a goal from a corner by Kevin Bartlett (who had recently been out on loan at Port Vale). Dave Smith, taunted as a Bristol City reject by the home fans, equalised with a header, but Rovers restored the lead in 1st half injury time. Chris Short had to be withdrawn after a bad foul, as did Dave Smith after being chopped down when clean through - A worse foul would have been hard to imagine, yet Geoff Twentyman only saw a yellow card. Some justice was done when O'Riordan headed in an equaliser to earn Notts a point, but it really could and should have been all three.



Wednesday 7th October 1992
7:30pm kick off at Molineux

v
League Cup 2nd Round 2nd Leg
*Notts led 3-2 from the 1st leg

Wolverhampton W. 0

Notts County 1
O'Riordan 76

Attendance:- 11,146

Notts go through 4-2 on aggregate

Wolverhampton W.
Colours:- Gold shirts, Black shorts, Gold socks
League Position:- 3rd/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Graham Turner

1.   Mike Stowell
2.   Kevin Ashley
3.   Paul Edwards
4.   Keith Downing
5.   Derek Mountfield
6.   Paul Blades +
7.   Paul Birch
8.   Paul Cook *
9.   Steve Bull
10. Andy Mutch
11. Mark Rankine

Sub: Robbie Dennison *71
Sub: Darren Roberts +81

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, White shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings?
League Position:- 17th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Mark Smith
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Bartlett *
11. Paul Devlin

Sub: Shaun Murphy *80
Sub not used: Steve Slawson

Notes:
The Magpies progressed through to the 3rd Round of the League Cup for the first time since the 1984/85 season. Wolves' Andy Mutch crashed a shot against the underside of the bar in the 1st half, but other than that it was a comfortable night with Notts having the better chances. O'Riordan headed in Draper's free-kick for the only goal. Note that the Official Notts history book incorrectly lists the injured Dave Smith as County's no.4 for this match rather than Mark Smith.


Saturday 10th October 1992
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Lund 30

Grimsby Town 0

Attendance:- 6,442
Weather:- Sunny spells, cool
Referee:- David Ellery (Harrow)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after weekend matches 15th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Mark Smith
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Paul Devlin

Subs not used: Shaun Murphy & Steve Slawson

Grimsby Town
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 18th/24, after weekend matches 18th/24
Manager:- Alan Buckley

1.   Rhys Wilmot  Sent Off 78
2.   Tommy Watson
3.   Gary Croft
4.   Graham Rodger  Sent Off 65
5.   Mark Lever
6.   Jim Dobbin
7.   Gary Childs
8.   Paul Futcher +
9.   Tony Rees
10. Paul Groves
11. Neil Woods *

Sub: Clive Mendonca *49
Sub: Mark Smith +54

Notes:
Notts, at last, recorded their first home league win of the season in a week that goalkeeper Steve Cherry agreed to stay with the club and take a pay cut. The match was dominated by referee David Ellery, who Notts had had problems with in the past, but this time it was Grimsby who were on the receiving end of his questionable decisions with 6 of their players booked and 2 sent off. Kevin Bartlett had shook the crossbar early on before Devlin crossed for Lund to score against his old club. In the 2nd half Mark Draper was pushed over on the very edge of the box with his back to goal, the referee gave a penalty but Dean Thomas' spot kick was saved. Graham Rodger was sent off for a bad foul on Lund on 65. Then on 78, when the Grimsby keeper's momentum caused him to have hold of a high ball outside the area, he saw red having already been booked for protesting about the earlier penalty decision. Despite being down to 9 men, Town almost equalised in injury time.


Saturday 17th October 1992
3pm kick off at The County Ground

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

Swindon Town 5
Ling 29
Mitchell 35
Sumerbee 47
Horlock 79
Moncur 83

Notts County 1
Thomas 55

Attendance:- 7,912
Referee:- C. Wilkes (Gloucester)

Swindon Town
Colours:- All Red
League Position:- before match 6th/24, after match 5th/24
Player/Manager:- Glenn Hoddle

1.   Nicky Hammond
2.   David Kerslake
3.   Kevin Horlock
4.   Glenn Hoddle
5.   Colin Calderwood
6.   Shaun Taylor
7.   Micky Hazard
8.   Nicky Summerbee *
9.   Craig Maskell +
10. Martin Ling
11. Dave Mitchell

Sub: John Moncur *76
Sub: Steve White +76

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after match 16th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer *
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Mark Smith
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Bartlett +
11. Paul Devlin

Sub: Shaun Murphy *68
Sub: Steve Slawson +68

Notes:
A month after the 6-0 humiliation at Millwall came this mauling at Swindon. The Nottingham Evening Post reported that chairman Derek Pavis left the ground looking angrier than they'd ever seen him. Notts had now conceded 26 goals in 12 league matches, 20 of them away. At the top of the table Kevin Keegan's Newcastle United won away at Sunderland to maintain a 100% start to the season, 11 wins from 11 games played.


Saturday 24th October 1992
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Turner 66

Oxford United 1
Cusack 8

Attendance:- 5,228
Weather:- Heavy rain at times, sunny spells, cold.
Referee:- V. Callow (Solihull)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 16th/24, after match 17th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Charlie Palmer
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Don O'Riordan *
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Andy Williams
9.   Gary Lund
10. Tony Agana  Sent Off 79
11. Paul Devlin

Sub: Phil Turner *45
Sub not used: Kevin Wilson

Oxford United
Colours:- All Red with Navy trim
League Position:- before match 14th/24, after match 16th/24
Manager:- Brian Horton

1.   Paul Reece
2.   Gary Smart
3.   Mike Ford
4.   Mickey Lewis
5.   Ceri Evans
6.   Andy Melville
7.   Jim Magilton
8.   Nick Cusack *
9.   David Penney
10. John Durnin
11. Joey Beauchamp

Sub: Les Robinson *62
Sub not used: Chris Allen

Notes:
The 1st half was largely a non-event, not helped by the lack of atmosphere generated by the smallest Meadow Lane crowd of the league season so far. Oxford took the lead early on with a nice move that left Cusack with a simple tap-in. County were much improved after the break, Tony Agana - recalled to the side for the first time since being placed on the transfer list following the incident at home to Watford - played well and set up Phil Turner to score the equaliser, but Agana was then sent off for using foul and abusive language when complaining about being rabbit punched. Top of the table Newcastle's 100% start finally came to an end today, losing at home to Grimsby Town!

Bottom eight following the draw with Oxford
                      P   GS  Pts
17. Notts County     13   16   13
18. Barnsley         12   13   12
19. Cambridge United 12   10   12
20. Sunderland       12    8   11
21. Brentford        12   13   10
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22. Luton Town       12   12   10
23. Southend United  11    9    9
24. Bristol Rovers   13   18    6



Tuesday 27th October 1992
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
League Cup 3rd Round

Notts County 2
Draper 52
Agana 88

Cambridge United 3
Clayton 10
Danzey 65
White 85

Attendance:- 3,742
Weather:- Very cold

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- 17th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short *
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Charlie Palmer
5.   Richard Walker
6.   Phil Turner
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Andy Williams
9.   Gary Lund
10. Tony Agana
11. Paul Devlin

Sub: Kevin Wilson *81
Sub not used: Steve Slawson

Cambridge United
Colours:- All Sky Blue
League Position:- 18th/24 in the 2nd tier
Caretake Manager:- Gary Johnson

1.   Jon Sheffield
2.   Andy Fensome
3.   Alan Kimble
4.   Paul Raynor
5.   Mick Heathcote
6.   Danny O'Shea
7.   Gary Rowett
8.   Michael Danzey +
9.   Devon White
10. Gary Clayton *
11. Lee Philpott  Sent Off

Sub: Gary Ainsworth *67
Sub: John Fowler +77

Notes:
Cambridge had just sacked their manager John Beck, but under a caretaker boss they still lived up to their reputation for hoof-ball and use of dirty tactics. Notts crashed out of the League Cup thanks to a comedy of defensive errors. United's Lee Philpott was sent off for a 2nd bookable offence. 20 year old Richard Walker made his debut.


Saturday 31st October 1992
3pm kick off at Roker Park

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

Sunderland 2
Owers 38
Ball 47

Notts County 2
Short 67
Slawson 70

Attendance:- 15,501
Referee:- T. Fitzharris (Bolton)

Sunderland
Colours:- Red & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after match 21st/24
Manager:- Malcolm Crosby

1.   Tony Norman
2.   John Kay
3.   Anton Rogan
4.   Gary Owers
5.   Richard Ord
6.   Kevin Ball
7.   Shaun Cunnington
8.   Don Goodman
9.   Peter Davenport
10. Brian Atkinson
11. Gordon Armstrong

Subs not used: Gary Bennett & Brian Mooney

Notts County
Colours:- ?Purple shirts, White shorts, Purple socks?
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after match 18th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Charlie Palmer
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Andy Williams
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund
10. Tony Agana
11. Kevin Wilson *

Sub: Steve Slawson *67
Sub not used: Richard Walker

Notes:
Notts showed some character to come back from 2-0 down. Sunderland were also struggling at the wrong end of the table, but despite having to settle for the draw they still hailed this as their best performance of the season so far. Future Magpie Gary Owers scored the opening goal.


Tuesday 3rd November 1992
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 0

Derby County 2
Pembridge 1
Kitson 28

Attendance:- 14,268
Weather:- Fair

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 18th/24, after match 21st/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Charlie Palmer
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Andy Williams
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Phil Turner
9.   Gary Lund
10. Tony Agana *
11. Steve Slawson

Sub: Paul Devlin *3
Sub not used: Richard Walker

Derby County
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Blue shorts, Yellow socks, Red & Blue trimmings
League Position:- before match 11th/24, after match 8th/24
Manager:- Arthur Cox

1.   Steve Sutton
2.   Andy Comyn
3.   Michael Forsyth
4.   Craig Short
5.   Darren Wassall
6.   Mark Pembridge
7.   Tommy Johnson
8.   Martin Kuhl
9.   Paul Kitson *
10. Marco Gabbiadini
11. Paul Simpson

Sub: Ted McMinn *79
Sub not used: Simon Coleman

Notes:
A big crowd turned out for this Tuesday night local derby clash. The Rams included ex-pies Craig Short and Tommy Johnson, Short was applauded by the home fans during the warm-up but Johnson was inexplicably booed by some sections of the crowd. The game itself began disastrously with Derby taking the lead in 27 seconds, Tommy Johnson skipped away from a foolishly hot-headed challenge by Dean Thomas and crossed for Pembridge to score in front of the Kop which was filled with away fans (Aside from the Leicester match at the start of the season, the Kop had been split between home and away fans until tonight). Then on 3 minutes, Tony Agana - who had been County's best player over the last few games - pulled up and had to go off. Notts tried to get back into the match but conceded a 2nd on 28 with slack marking on a free-kick which allowed Kitson to head in. Notts best effort came on 38 when Devlin's lob was brilliantly turned over by Sutton. The Magpies continued to battle away in the 2nd half and Derby were rarely out of their own half. Chariman Derek Pavis declared that, despite the result, it had been Notts' best performance in 18 months, yet few could agree - including a small number of people in the crowd who went as far as to begin a chant of "Warnock out!"and former player/terrace hero Don Masson who said on Radio Nottingham that Notts were awful, lacked cohesion, had no idea going forward and that he couldn't understand why they played a sweeper at home.

Bottom six following the defeat to Derby
                      P   GS  Pts
19. Barnsley         14   18   15
20. Sunderland       14   12   15
21. Notts County     15   18   14
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22. Luton Town       14   17   12
23. Southend United  14   12   11
24. Bristol Rovers   15   20    9


Saturday 7th November 1992
3pm kick off at Upton Park

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

West Ham United 2
C.Allen 43
Morley 60

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 12,345
Referee:- A. Gunn (South Chailey)

West Ham United
Colours:- Claret shirts, White shorts, White socks, Sky Blue trimmings
League Position:- before match 5th/24, after match 4th/24
Manager:- Billy Bonds

1.   Ludek Miklosko
2.   Tim Breacker
3.   Kenny Brown
4.   Steve Potts
5.   Alvin Martin
6.   Martin Allen
7.   Mark Robson
8.   Peter Butler
9.   Trevor Morley
10. Clive Allen
11. Kevin Keen

Subs not used: Holmes & Gale

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after match 21st/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Charlie Palmer
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Andy Williams
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Phil Turner *
9.   Gary Lund
10. Steve Slawson
11. Paul Devlin

Sub: Kevin Bartlett *79
Sub not used: Mark Smith

Notes:
Another inept performance from Notts with only one shot on target. Neil Warnock said afterwards that he expected the sack if results didn't improve by February. Phil Robinson completed his move to Huddersfield Town this weekend having been on loan at the West Yorkshire club all season.


Saturday 14th November 1992
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 2
Bartlett 80, 89

Wolverhampton W. 2
Dennison 18
Bull 47

Attendance:- 8,494
Weather:- Very cold
Referee:- B. Hill (Kettering)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after match 20th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Charlie Palmer
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Don O'Riordan
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Phil Turner *
9.   Gary Lund
10. Andy Williams
11. Steve Slawson +

Sub: Kevin Wilson *45
Sub: Kevin Bartlett +78

Wolverhampton W.
Colours:- All Gold with black trim
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after match 5th/24
Manager:- Graham Turner

1.   Paul Jones
2.   Kevin Ashley
3.   Paul Edwards
4.   Mark Burke
5.   Derek Mountfield
6.   Paul Blades
7.   Paul Birch
8.   Paul Cook
9.   Steve Bull
10. Darren Roberts *
11. Robbie Dennison

Sub: Mark Rankine *70
Sub not used: Laurie Madden

Notes:
1940s/50s legend Tommy Lawton stepped out onto the Meadow Lane pitch to officially open the three new stands (which had been in use since the start of the season), hundreds of balloons were released into the air and County's first ever electronic scoreboard was switched on for the first time. Sadly, struggling Notts put on another disappointing display in the 1st half. Attacking the popular Meadow Lane end they failed to create a worthwhile opening whilst Wolves went into a two goal lead which they then sat back on. Notts didn't look like scoring until substitute Kevin Bartlett came on and had an immediate impact, scoring with his first touch and then heading in a very late equaliser.

Bottom six following the draw with Wolves
                      P   GS  Pts
19. Cambridge United 17   17   17
20. Notts County     17   20   15
21. Sunderland       15   14   15
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22. Luton Town       16   18   12
23. Southend United  16   14   11
24. Bristol Rovers   17   22    9


Saturday 21st November 1992
3pm kick off at Roots Hall

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

Southend United 3
Brown 4
Collymore 17, 46

Notts County 1
Bartlett 66

Attendance:- 2,651
Referee:- A.G. Ward (London)

Southend United
Colours:- All Blue with yellow trim
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after match 22nd/24
Manager:- Colin Murphy

1.   Paul Sansome
2.   Andy Edwards
3.   Chris Hyslop
4.   John Cornwell
5.   Pat Scully
6.   Spencer Prior
7.   Adam Locke
8.   Andy Sussex
9.   Steve Brown
10. Stan Collymore
11. Scott Ashenden

Subs not used: Tilson & Cagigao

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after match 21st/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Charlie Palmer
5.   Robbie Turner
6.   Don O'Riordan *
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Andy Williams
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. Paul Devlin +

Sub: Shaun Murphy *45
Sub: Steve Slawson +70

Notes:
Robbie Turner joined Notts on a month's loan from Plymouth in a deal which saw Richard Dryden go the other way in return. Many Southend fans were outside the ground trying to convince fellow home supporters to join a mass boycott of the game in protest against their chairman (hence the very low crowd, though sources at the time gave the attendance as 3,219). Yet 2nd bottom Southend, who hadn't won any of their last 10 league games, could have won by more than 3-1. Robbie Turner made his debut and at 2-0 down he missed a penalty, although he did set up the goal for Bartlett.


Saturday 28th November 1992
3pm kick off at Ashton Gate

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

Bristol City 1
Shelton 83

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 9,086
Referee:- M. Pierce (Portsmouth)

Bristol City
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after weekend matches 13th/24
Manager:- Denis Smith

1.   Keith Welch
2.   Gerry Harrison
3.   Martin Scott
4.   Bjorn Kristensen
5.   Matthew Bryant
6.   Russell Osman
7.   Gary Shelton
8.   Jacki Dziekanowski
9.   Leroy Rosenior *
10. Andy Cole
11. Robert Edwards

Sub: Wayne Allison *75
Sub not used: Mellon

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after weekend matches 22nd/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Robbie Turner
6.   Michael Johnson *
7.   Kevin Wilson
8.   Mark Draper +
9.   Tony Agana
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. David Smith

Sub: Don O'Riordan *2
Sub: Steve Slawson +89

Notes:
It was better than last week, though it could hardly have been worse, but it was still not enough to prevent Notts from sliding into the relegation zone. Gary Shelton looked offside when he netted City's late winner.


Saturday 5th December 1992
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 0

Newcastle United 2
Sheedy 47
Peacock 85

Attendance:- 14,841
Weather:- Clear skies and cold.
Referee:- Bob Nixon (West Kirkby)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 22nd/24, after match 23rd/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Robbie Turner
6.   Chris Short  Sent off 73
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Kevin Wilson *
9.   Tony Agana
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. David Smith +

Sub: Don O'Riordan *75
Sub: Steve Slawson +77

Newcastle United
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Green shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Kevin Keegan

1.   Pavel Srnicek
2.   Barry Venison
3.   John Beresford
4.   Liam O'Brien
5.   Kevin Scott
6.   Steve Howey
7.   Robert Lee
8.   Gavin Peacock
9.   David Kelly
10. Lee Clark
11. Kevin Sheedy

Subs not used: Brian Kilcline & Franz Carr

Notes:
There was quite a funny incident before kick-off - Notts always had a man with a microphone at pitch side pre-match this season who used to ask somebody in the crowd to come down and answer a question to win a free ticket to the next match, he used to do this at the away end too for a ticket for their next home game. He was going through this routine in front of the kop this particular afternoon, which was packed with Newcastle fans, when suddenly somebody jumped out from the stand, ran towards him, grabbed the mic and boomed "KEE-GAN, KEE-GAN, KEE-GAN" at deafening levels with all the United fans quickly joining in, he then promptly handed back the mic and returned to his seat. Newcastle had won 7 of their 8 away games and had little trouble in making it 8 in 9, though County were also up against the referee who astonished the crowd by not awarding the Magpies a penalty on 42 when Mark Draper was brought down in the box by Barry Venison, who admitted after the game that it was a foul. Notts conceded early in the 2nd half and Chris Short was sent off on 73. The linesman put his flag up for the 2nd goal but then put it back down again and the goal was allowed to stand. It was now just 1 win in 14 league games for County and they dropped to 2nd bottom. Don O'Riordan came on as a sub for what turned out to be his final appearance in Notts colours.

Bottom six following the defeat to Newcastle
                      P   GS  Pts
19. Cambridge United 20   21   19
20. Birmingham City  18   15   19
21. Bristol Rovers   20  26   16
---------------------------------
22. Luton Town       19   21   16
23. Notts County     20   21   15
24. Southend United  19   18   15


Saturday 12th December 1992
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
R. Turner 3

Cambridge United 0

Attendance:- 5,037
Weather:- Very cold, overcast and windy
Referee:- D. Gallagher (Banbury)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after weekend matches 23rd/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Meindert Dijkstra *
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Robbie Turner
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Kevin Wilson
9.   Tony Agana
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. David Smith +

Sub: Andy Williams *72
Sub: Gary Lund +79

Cambridge United
Colours:- All Sky Blue
League Position:- before match 19th/24, after weekend matches 21st/24
Manager:- Ian Atkins

1.   John Vaughan
2.   Michael Cheetham *
3.   Alan Kimble
4.   Paul Raynor
5.   Mick Heathcote
6.   Danny O'Shea
7.   John Francis
8.   Steve Claridge
9.   Devon White
10. Gary Clayton
11. Chris Leadbitter

Sub: Gary Rowett *83
Sub not used: Norbury

Notes:
Notts took the lead in a match for the first time since 10th October thanks to on-loan Robbie Turner's strike on 3 minutes (it was also the first time County had scored in the 1st half since that same date of 10th October!). Notts never looked like increasing the lead as Cambridge came back at them again and again with both Dijkstra and Draper clearing off the line, Cherry making some fine saves and the Nottingham born County fan Devon White missing a free header on 63. The last 15 minutes weren't as tense as they might have been as Cambridge petered out. It was a massive three points for Notts against fellow strugglers - Had we lost this one, it may well have cost Neil Warnock his job before Christmas.

Bottom six following this weekend's games
                      P   GS  Pts
19. Bristol Rovers   21   30   19
20. Luton Town       20   23   19
21. Cambridge United 21   21   19
---------------------------------
22. Birmingham City  19   16   19
23. Notts County     21   22   18
24. Southend United  20   18   15


Saturday 19th December 1992
3pm kick off at Fratton Park

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

Portsmouth 0

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 8,943
Referee:- M. Bodenham (Cornwall)

Portsmouth
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 9th/24, after match 9th/24
Manager:- Jim Smith

1.   Alan Knight
2.   Andy Awford
3.   Mark Stimson *
4.   Alan McLoughlin
5.   Kit Symons
6.   Chris Burns
7.   Lee Russell
8.   Steve Agnew
9.   Paul Walsh
10. Guy Whittingham
11. Colin Clarke

Sub: Darryl Powell *81
Sub not used: Warren Aspinall

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after weekend matches 22nd/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Dean Thomas *
5.   Robbie Turner
6.   Andy Williams
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Kevin Wilson
9.   Tony Agana
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. David Smith

Sub: Mark Smith *45
Sub not used: Gary Lund

Notes:
A good point as only West Ham had previously avoided defeat at Fratton Park so far this season. Notts had some good chances but the game was mostly played in County's half and Steve Cherry had to make two fine saves.


Saturday 26th December 1992
2nd tier League fixture

Leicester City P
Notts County P

Notes:
Scheduled for an 11:30am kick-off, this Boxing Day fixture fell victim to bad weather.


Monday 28th December 1992
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Agana 28

Brentford 1
Westley 41

Attendance:- 6,892
Weather:- Very cold

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 22nd/24, after match 23rd/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Robbie Turner
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Kevin Wilson
9.   Tony Agana
10. Kevin Bartlett
11. David Smith

Subs not used: Andy Williams & Gary Lund

Brentford
Colours:- Red & White striped shirts, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 10th/24, after match 10th/24
Manager:- Phil Holder

1.   Graham Benstead
2.   Brian Statham
3.   Mickey Bennett
4.   Keith Millen
5.   Shane Westley
6.   Marcus Gayle
7.   Joe Allon *
8.   Billy Manuel
9.   Lee Luscombe
10. Gary Blissett
11. Neil Smillie

Sub: Murray Jones *85
Other sub not used

Notes:
A much improved Notts performance which deserved more than a point against in-form Brentford. Tony Agana headed in Dave Smith's cross to score his first league goal in exactly 1 year to put County ahead, Brentford then twice came close in desperate goal mouth scrambles before Shane Westley headed in a free-kick to equalise. Notts dominated the 2nd half and Agana went close in another goal mouth scramble and Smith and Thomas were unlucky with shots from distance. On-loan Robbie Turner had now signed a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.

Bottom six following the draw with Brentford
                      P   GS  Pts
19. Bristol Rovers   24   32   22
20. Luton Town       22   25   21
21. Southend United  23   24   21
---------------------------------
22. Cambridge United 23   23   20
23. Notts County     23   23   20
24. Birmingham City  20   18   20


Notts County Squad Pics
1992/93

Steve Cherry - Notts County FC 1992/93

Steve Cherry

Chris Short - Notts County FC 1992/93Charlie Palmer - Notts County FC 1992/93Michael Johnson - Notts County FC 1992/93Dean Thomas - Notts County FC 1992/93

Chris ShortCharlie PalmerMichael JohnsonDean Thomas

David Smith - Notts County FC 1992/93Andy Williams - Notts County FC 1992/93Mark Draper - Notts County FC 1992/93Paul Devlin - Notts County FC 1992/93

David SmithAndy WilliamsMark DraperPaul Devlin

Gary Lund - Notts County FC 1992/93Tony Agana - Notts County FC 1992/93

Gary LundTony Agana

Kevin Wilson - Notts County FC 1992/93Phil Turner - Notts County FC 1992/93Richard Walker - Notts County FC 1992/93Paul Cox - Notts County FC 1992/93Steve Slawson - Notts County FC 1992/93Kevin Bartlett - Notts County FC 1992/93

Kevin WilsonPhil TurnerRichard WalkerPaul CoxSteve SlawsonKevin Bartlett

Rob Matthews - Notts County FC 1992/93Meindert Dijkstra - Notts County FC 1992/93Robbie Turner - Notts County FC 1992/93David Reeves - Notts County FC 1992/93Shaun Murphy - Notts County FC 1992/93

Rob MatthewsMeindert DijkstraRobbie TurnerDavid ReevesShaun Murphy


Saturday 2nd January 1993
FA Cup 3rd Round

Notts County P
Sunderland P

Notes:
This cup tie was called off on the day of the match with freezing fog hanging over the Midlands. Both sides went into the hat for the 4th round draw, the winners of Notts v Sunderland would face a trip to either 2nd tier Cambridge United or 1st tier Sheffield Wednesday (whose 3rd round tie had also been postponed).


Saturday 9th January 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Thomas 21

Millwall 2
Moralee 58
Goodman 85

Attendance:- 6,148
Referee:- J. Lloyd (Wrexham)
Weather:- Windy and cold

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after match 24th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Mark Smith
4.   Dean Thomas +
5.   Robbie Turner
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Andy Williams
8.   Kevin Wilson
9.   Tony Agana
10. Kevin Bartlett *
11. David Smith

Sub: Rob Matthews *71
Sub: Shaun Murphy +88

Millwall
Colours:- All Yellow with black trimmings
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 3rd/24
Manager:- Mick McCarthy

1.   Kasey Keller
2.   Ken Cunningham
3.   Ian Dawes
4.   Andy May
5.   Colin Cooper
6.   Keith Stevens
7.   Andy Roberts
8.   Jamie Moralee
9.   Ian Bogie *
10. John Goodman
11. Phil Barber

Sub: Malcolm Allen *85
Sub not used: Rae

Notes:
Nottingham's misery was now complete, Forest rock bottom of the top tier and now Notts were bottom of the 2nd tier. Yet at half-time things were looking good - County's relegation rivals were all doing poorly and the Magpies were ahead against their 4th placed opponents thanks to a terrific missile of a volley from Dean Thomas at the end of a corner at the Meadow Lane end. Notts completely lost their rhythm in the 2nd half, Rob Matthews returned from an injury sustained on the opening day of the season but he saw little of the ball after coming on as a sub and Millwall took all three points with a late winner. Mark Smith played his final game for Notts.

Bottom six following the defeat to Millwall
                      P   GS  Pts
19. Birmingham City  21   20   23
20. Bristol Rovers   25   32   22
21. Cambridge United 24   26   21
---------------------------------
22. Luton Town       23   26   21
23. Southend United  24   24   21
24. Notts County     24   24   20
 


Notts' FA Cup Results
Tuesday 12th January 1993
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

v
FA Cup 3rd Round

Notts County 0

Sunderland 2
Cunnington 35
Goodman 71

Attendance:- 8,522
Weather:- Very cold

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- 24th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Robbie Turner
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Andy Williams
8.   Kevin Wilson
9.   Tony Agana *
10. Rob Matthews
11. David Smith +

Sub: Gary Lund *45
Sub: Steve Slawson +68

Sunderland
Colours:- Red & white striped shirts, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- 17th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Malcolm Crosby

1.   Tony Norman
2.   John Kay
3.   Brian Atkinson
4.   Richard Ord
5.   Terry Butcher
6.   Kevin Ball
7.   Shaun Cunnington
8.   Don Goodman
9.   Brian Mooney *
10. David Rush
11. Gordon Armstrong

Sub: Peter Davenport *68
Other sub not used

Notes:
Re-arranged from 2nd January (the matchday programme produced for that date was on sale tonight). A terrible night at Meadow Lane, Notts were quite frankly a disgrace. There was a moment when Dave Smith took a corner at the Meadow Lane end and hit it straight into the side netting to a huge bellow of boo's, to which he made hand gestures of "louder, louder" as if he didn't care less. The final whistle was greeted with more loud booing and chants of "Warnock Out!" Two days later he was sacked along with his assistant Mick Jones. Despite their win, Sunderland also sacked their manager a few weeks later.


Neil Warnock being interviewed on "Central News East" following his sacking on Thursday 14th January 1993.


Saturday 16th January 1993
3pm kick off at Kenilworth Road

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

Luton Town 0

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 6,729
Referee:- V. Callow (Solihull)

Luton Town
Colours:- White shirts, Blue shorts, White socks, Orange trim
League Position:- before match 22nd/24, after match 22nd/24
Manager:- David Pleat

1.   Alec Chamberlain
2.   John Dreyer
3.   Julian James *
4.   Marvin Johnson
5.   Ceri Hughes
6.   Trevor Peake
7.   Paul Telfer
8.   Ian Benjamin +
9.   Jason Rees
10. Phil Gray
11. David Preece

Sub: Scott Oakes *66
Sub: Martin Williams +78

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 24th/24, after match 24th/24
Manager:- Neil Warnock

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Andy Williams
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Mark Draper
8.   Kevin Wilson *
9.   Tony Agana
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith

Sub: Rob Matthews *81
Sub not used: Paul Cox

Notes:
Mick Walker, the youth team boss since 1981 and the reserve team manager for the last two years, took temporary charge of Notts following Warnock's sacking two days earlier. The media were linking County with the current Luton manager David Pleat as well as Alan Buckley and former player Martin O'Neill. This was a massive match for bottom of the table County against a side just one point and two places above them, Luton twice hit the woodwork in the 1st half but Notts shaded the 2nd half. Mick Walker said that his priority was to play good entertaining football and that results would come from that. Bizarrely, Neil Warnock was seen on "Central News East" the following Monday watching a recording of the match and being filmed commentating on the players performances. Warnock was then invited to take a consultancy role at Torquay United but quickly found himself taking over as manager, keeping them up and then leaving for Huddersfield Town and a long and successful career guiding numerous clubs to promotion.


Saturday 23rd January 1993
3pm kick off at Filbert Street

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

Leicester City 1
Joachim 4

Notts County 1
Draper 53

Attendance:- 15,716
Referee:- A. Flood (Stockport)

Leicester City
Colours:- All Blue
League Position:- before match 5th/24, after match 6th/24
Manager:- Brian Little

1.   Russell Holt
2.   Gary Mills
3.   Mike Whitlow
4.   Richard Smith *
5.   Steve Walsh
6.   Colin Hill
7.   David Oldfield
8.   Steve Thompson
9.   Julian Joachim +
10. David Lowe
11. Lee Philpott

Sub: Phil Gee *77
Sub: Colin Gibson +85

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 24th/24, after match 24th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Michael Johnson
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Tony Agana
10. Kevin Wilson *
11. David Smith

Sub: Rob Matthews *45
Sub not used: Andy Williams

Notes:
This was FA Cup 4th Round day, but with both Notts and Leicester already out of the competition an otherwise blank Saturday was filled with this fixture which had originally been postponed on Boxing Day. It was a good point for Notts at 5th placed Leicester who had gone in front after only 4 minutes. Notts lacked penetration in the 1st half but were vastly improved in the 2nd half playing some good stuff and could have won it, but Agana was guilty of missing successive chances in a goalmouth scramble. This was Richard Dryden's last game for the Magpies.


Tuesday 26th January 1993
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 5
Matthews 25
D.Smith 32, (pen) 64
Agana 40
Draper 65

Tranmere Rovers 1
Higgins 85

Attendance:- 5,642
Weather:- Drizzly
Referee:- A. Dawson (Jarrow)
Corners:- Notts 9 Tranmere 8
Shots on target:- Notts 11 Tranmere 6
Shots off target:- Notts 6 Tranmere 6

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 24th/24, after midweek matches 21st/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper *
9.   Tony Agana
10. Rob Matthews
11. David Smith

Sub: Kevin Wilson *89
Sub not used: Richard Dryden

Tranmere Rovers
Colours:- ?All White?
League Position:- before match 2nd/24, after midweek matches 4th/24
Manager:- John King

1.   Eric Nixon
2.   Dave Higgins
3.   Ian Nolan
4.   Kenny Irons +
5.   Steve Mungall
6.   Steve Vickers
7.   John Morrissey
8.   Neil McNab
9.   Chris Malkin
10. Ian Muir *
11. Pat Nevin

Sub: Steve Cooper *62
Sub: Dave Martindale +70

Nottingham Evening Post Report

SUPER NOTTS has never had a truer ring to it. Dazzling football tore second-placed Tranmere Rovers apart in a display which matched the splendour of the new Meadow Lane. County‘s goals - the first five since they won 5-2 at Hull two years ago in the FA Cup - lifted the side to fifth from the bottom in the 2nd tier and considerably strengthened the hand of acting manager Mick Walker in his bid to succeed Neil Warnock. But chairman Mr Derek Pavis said this afternoon: “I said at the outset that Mick would be given a chance to prove he could do the job and nothing has changed.” He said the results over the last two weeks had given the club a tremendous boost and it had been a terrific performance by Walker and the players - Walker had obviously done his prospects no harm at all.
Said Walker: "The chairman said ‘well done’ after the game. The team played as though they wanted us to have the job but how long will that go on if they don’t think it will happen?" The 5,000 or so Notts fans present last night would be unswerving in their belief that Walker should, at the very least, be asked to carry on for the rest of the season. They saw the best pure footballing display by County at Meadow Lane for many years. And the first goal in 25 minutes was typical of an exhilarating first half. A succession of passes were rolled studiously across the midfield before Dean Thomas unleashed a left foot special from 25 yards. It bounced just in front of goalkeeper Eric Nixon who could not hold on and there was Rob Matthews following up to slam in the loose ball. Seven minutes later David Smith escaped down the left and rapped in a low left footer from a remarkably acute angle. On 40 minutes it was an incredible 3-0. Tony Agana heading in from Mark Draper’s corner - only his fourth goal since joining Notts and reward for a good personal contribution. Tranmere, bemused and outplayed at that stage, had more of the game in the second half. Fit again Charlie Palmer cleared off the line from Chris Malkin and goalkeeper Steve Cherry added to a magnificent first half save by splendidly denying substitute Steve Cooper. But any thoughts that the visitors might claw back into it were scuppered in 64 minutes when Agana was brought down in the box by Kenny Irons for Smith to lash the penalty high into the net. With five minutes left Dave Higgins scrambled home a Tranmere consolation - but it did nothing to lessen the ecstatic ovation for Notts and Walker.

Notes:
An unbelievable contrast to the last home game, which had also been played at night, as Notts passed the ball around and showed midfield finess in a splendid 1st half performance which saw them go 3-0 up at half-time against the team in 2nd place! The win was enough to lift Notts out of the relegation zone. Paul Cox made his home debut having only previously come on as a sub at Arsenal over a year earlier.

Bottom six on Wednesday night (27th January)
                      P   GS  Pts
19. Birmingham City  25   23   27
20. Southend United  27   29   26
21. Notts County     27   30   25
---------------------------------
22. Cambridge United 26   30   25
23. Bristol Rovers   27   34   23
24. Luton Town       25   26   23


Saturday 30th January 1993
3pm kick off at The Valley

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

Charlton Athletic 2
Dyer 56
Pardew (pen) 74

Notts County 1
Draper 65

Attendance:- 8,337
Referee:- R. Milford (Bristol)

Charlton Athletic
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 9th/24, after match 8th/24
Manager:- Alan Curbishly

1.   Bob Bolder
2.   Darren Pitcher
3.   Steve Gatting
4.   Alan Pardew
5.   Simon Webster
6.   Stuart Balmer
7.   Kim Grant +
8.   Paul Bacon
9.   Alex Dyer
10. Garry Nelson
11. Colin Walsh *

Sub: Carl Leaburn *65
Sub: Paul Sturgess +82

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after match 23rd/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Paul Cox +
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Tony Agana
10. Rob Matthews *
11. David Smith

Sub: Kevin Wilson *77
Sub: Andy Williams +86

Notes:
Charlton had returned to The Valley the previous month, having been forced to ground share with Crystal Palace and then West Ham since 1985. Capacity was, for now, restricted to 8,337 - so many Notts fans who made the journey down to London ended up watching the game from behind a fence outside the ground. Notts gave away both goals, the 1st came as a result of Cherry and Johnson making a hash of a clearance and future 'pie Alex Dyer nipping in to score, the 2nd was a penalty given away needlessly by Charlie Palmer. Notts played good football in patches and despite the result, Mick Walker was given the manager's job until the end of the season - the announcement being made on Monday 1st February.


Saturday 6th February 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 3
D. Smith (pen) 10
Matthews 44
Bartlett 73

Birmingham City 1
Potter 61

Attendance:- 8,550
Referee:- R. Hart (Darlington)
Weather:- Cloudy, fine

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after match 19th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Andy Williams
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Rob Matthews *
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Tony Agana
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith

Sub: Kevin Bartlett *69
Sub not used: Mark Wells

Birmingham City
Colours:- All Blue with multi-coloured trimmings
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after match 22nd/24
Manager:- Terry Cooper

1.   Andy Gosney
2.   Ian Clarkson
3.   Graham Potter
4.   Paul Fitzpatrick *
5.   Paul Mardon
6.   Trevor Matthewson
7.   Mark Sale
8.   Simon Sturridge
9.   Paul Peschisolido
10. Paul Tait
11. John Frain

Sub: Darren Rowbotton *63
Sub not used: Rennie

Notes:
A crucial victory against fellow strugglers, particularly as Notts would not play again for 2 weeks whilst other clubs near the bottom would have played three further games by then.

Bottom six following the win over Birmingham
                      P   GS  Pts
19. Notts County     29   34   28
20. Cambridge United 28   32   28
21. Luton Town       27   28   27
---------------------------------
22. Birmingham City  27   24   27
23. Bristol Rovers   29  37   26
24. Southend United  28   29   26


Saturday 13th February 1993

Barnsley P
Notts County P

Notes:
This fixture was postponed due to Barnsley's involvement in the 5th Round of the FA Cup (they lost at Manchester City). As a result of not playing, County dropped to 21st. Don O'Riordan left Notts for Torquay United on Friday 12th.


Sunday 21st February 1993
2:55pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
D. Smith (pen) 9

Peterborough United 0

Attendance:- 7,468
Weather:- Sunny but very cold

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after match 21st/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Andy Williams
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Rob Matthews *
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Tony Agana
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith

Sub: Kevin Bartlett *74
Sub not used: Richard Dryden

Peterborough United
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after match 15th/24
Manager:- Lil Fuccillo

1.   Ian Bennett
2.   Darren Bradshaw
3.   Tony Spearing
4.   Gary Cooper
5.   David Tuttle
6.   Steve Welsh
7.   Worrell Sterling
8.   John McGlashan
9.   Tony Adcock
10. Tony Philliskirk
11. Marcus Ebdon *

Sub: Andy Curtis *70
Other sub not used

Shown LIVE on Central Television (ITV Midlands region only).

Notes:
This was the first time a match at Meadow Lane had been shown live on television, unfortunately it was a poor game. All the Saturday results had gone against Notts leaving them 2nd bottom and so the three points were all that mattered.

Bottom six following the win over Birmingham
                      P   GS  Pts
19. Luton Town       30   31   34
20. Bristol City     30   34   33
21. Notts County     30   35   31
---------------------------------
22. Southend United  30   33   30
23. Bristol Rovers   30   38   29
24. Birmingham City  30   27   29


Saturday 27th February 1993
3pm kick off at Blundell Park

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

Grimsby Town 3
Groves 16, 71, 76

Notts County 3
Devlin 14
Draper 41
Lund 69

Attendance:- 5,871
Weather:- Extremely cold with snow blizzards
Referee:- A. Wilkie (Chester-le-Street)
Corners:- Grimsby 11 Notts 8
Shots on target:- Grimsby 10 Notts 5
Shots off target:- Grimsby 5 Notts 4
Bookings:- Notts - Thomas (foul)

Grimsby Town
Colours:- Black & White striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks, Red trim
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after match 7th/24
Manager:- Alan Buckley

1.   Steve Sherwood
2.   Gary Croft
3.   Paul Agnew
4.   Paul Futcher *
5.   Graham Rodger
6.   Jim Dobbin
7.   Gary Childs +
8.   Dave Gilbert
9.   Paul Groves
10. Clive Mendonca
11. Mark Smith

Sub: Tony Rees *72
Sub: Kevin Jobling +72

Notts County
Colours:- Purple shirts, White shorts, Purple socks
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after match 21st/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Gary Lund
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Tony Agana
10. Paul Devlin *
11. David Smith

Sub: Andy Williams *67
Sub not used: Kevin Bartlett

Nottingham Evening Post Report

LOST POINTS ANGER CHERRY
by David Stapleton

GOALKEEPER Steve Cherry is convinced that Notts County were denied a first league win in over 40 years at Grimshy by the referee’s failure to penalise a blatant foul on him. In a fine game which defied the conditions, County’s relegation fighters were 3-1 up with 19 minutes left when Cherry went to gather a Gary Childs cross. Simultaneously, he was sent flying by Jim Dobbin and as the ball dropped loose, Paul Groves couldn‘t help putting it into the net for the second of his three goals. Referee Alan Wilkie pointed to the middle while Cherry laid prostrate, needing well over a minute to regain his feet. Said the ‘keeper: “I’d read the cross well and was so close to making contact when the Grimsby player tore in and caught me in the midriff. There’s no doubt in my mind that it was a foul. When I recovered after treatment I tried to get over my point to the referee, but I daren't say too much for fear of being booked. I felt so disappointed because we were coasting at the time. It took the shine off a good result.” Cherry said he had fuliy recovered when Grimsby scored again five minutes later. Dobbin’s fine, rising shot, hit the bar and the ball again could not have fell more conveniently for Groves, a £125,000 club record signing from Blackpool last summer and now the scorer of 13 goals from midfield.
Said Notts‘ manager Mick Walker: “There was an element of luck for Grimsby, but I take the view that Steve should have punched the cross away before the second goal. It was annoying to be held to a draw after being in a position of such control, but I was pleased at the way we performed. I wondered if we might be back to old habits after the non-footballing display against Peterborough, but this latest match against a team riding high in the division confirmed that we weren't." Walker saw potential in his pairing of Tony Agana and Gary Lund up front - the first time they had been selected together since the rousing game with Derby on November 3. Agana clearly benefitted from being relieved of the duties of target man. He was twice unfortunate not to get his fourth goal for the club and attacked with skill and enterprise. Right back Chris Short also stood out, his fine cross enabling Lund to retum to his home town club in style with a fiery downwards header. Paul Devlin‘s first goal for the club and a typical free kick bender by Mark Draper completed a trio of quality strikes by County which added to the feeling they were unlucky.

Notes:
Mark Smith joined Huddersfield Town on loan after a spell at Port Vale.

Bottom six following the draw at Grimsby
                      P   GS  Pts
19. Luton Town       31   33   35
20. Bristol City     31   35   33
21. Notts County     31   38   32
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22. Southend United  31   34   31
23. Bristol Rovers   32   38   30
24. Birmingham City  30   27   29


Saturday 6th March 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 3
Draper 13, 81
Devlin 69

Bristol Rovers 0

Attendance:- 6,455
Referee:- K. Lynch (Knaresborough)
Weather:- Hazy sunshine, cold

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after match 19th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Gary Lund
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Tony Agana *
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith

Sub: Kevin Bartlett *64
Sub not used: Andy Williams

Bristol Rovers
Colours:- ?Blue & White quartered shirts, White shorts, Blue socks?
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after match 24th/24
Caretaker Manager:- Steve Cross

1.   Gavin Kelly
2.   Ian Alexander
3.   Andy Tillson
4.   Steve Yates
5.   Paul Hardyman
6.   Vaughan Jones
7.   Justin Skinner
8.   Andy Reece *
9.   John Taylor
10. Marcus Stewart
11. Gary Waddock

Sub: Marcus Browning *64
Sub not used: Clark

Notes:
Notts also twice hit the woodwork in the 1st half as they brushed aside bottom of the table Rovers. Kevin Bartlett came on as a sub to make what turned out to be his farewell home appearance.

Bottom six following the win over Bristol Rovers
                      P   GS  Pts
19. Notts County     32   41   35
20. Luton Town       32   34   35
21. Bristol City     32   36   33
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22. Birmingham City  32   29   32
23. Southend United  32   34   31
24. Bristol Rovers   33   38   30


Tuesday 9th March 1993
7:30pm kick off at Molineux

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

Wolverhampton W. 3
Bull 65, 90
Johnson (og) 80

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 11,482

Wolverhampton W.
Colours:- Gold shirts, Black shorts, Gold socks
League Position:- before match 11th/24, after midweek matches 11th/24
Manager:- Graham Turner

1.   Mike Stowell
2.   Paul Blades
3.   Paul Edwards *
4.   Mark Burke
5.   Keith Downing
6.   Laurie Madden
7.   Mark Rankine
8.   Paul Cook
9.   Steve Bull
10. Andy Thompson
11. Robbie Dennison

Sub: Andy Mutch *60
Other sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- ?Purple shirts, White shorts, Purple socks?
League Position:- before match 19th/24, after midweek matches 20th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Gary Lund
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Kevin Bartlett *
10. Paul Devlin +
11. David Smith

Sub: Kevin Wilson *83
Sub: Andy Williams +83

Notes:
Mick Walker described the defending as "awful" as Notts conceded three late goals in a drab match. Fortunately most of County's fellow strugglers also lost tonight. Kevin Bartlett played his last game for Notts. Richard Dryden left the club for Birmingham City on the 12th.


Saturday 13th March 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Walker 70

West Ham United 0

Attendance:- 10,272
Weather:- Bright sunshine, cool
Referee:- I. Cruikshanks (Hartlepool)
Corners:- Notts 6 Hammers 7
Shots on target:- Notts 3 Hammers 1
Shots off target:- Notts 4 Hammers 6
Bookings:- Notts - Short (foul). Hammers - Dicks (foul), Allen (foul).

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after match 17th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Gary Lund
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Kevin Wilson
10. Andy Williams *
11. David Smith

Sub: Paul Devlin *45
Sub not used: Richard Dryden

West Ham United
Colours:- Claret shirts, White shorts, White socks, Sky Blue trimmings
League Position:- before match 2nd/24, after match 2nd/24
Manager:- Billy Bonds

1.   Ludek Miklosko
2.   Kenny Brown
3.   Julian Dicks
4.   Steve Potts
5.   Tony Gale
6.   Martin Allen
7.   Mark Robson *
8.   Peter Butler
9.   Trevor Morley
10. Mike Small
11. Kevin Keen

Sub: Ian Bishop *51
Sub not used: Foster

Notes:
Defender Richard Walker made his league debut and scored the winning goal against a West Ham side unbeaten in their previous 15. The 1st half was a complete non-event but Notts came to life in the 2nd half with sub Paul Devlin making a big difference having replaced the disappointing Andy Williams. On 70, Dean Thomas struck a post but as the danger appeared to be over, Wilson crossed and Walker headed home. Steve Cherry didn't have a serious shot to save and Notts climbed to their highest position since October.


Tuesday 16th March 1993
7:45pm kick off at Oakwell

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

Barnsley 0

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 6,372

Barnsley
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 13th/24, after match 13th/24
Manager:- Mel Machin

1.   Phillip Whitehead
2.   Charlie Bishop
3.   Gary Fleming
4.   Steve Davis
5.   Gerry Taggart
6.   Brendan O'Connell
7.   Wayne Biggins
8.   Wayne Bullimore
9.   David Currie
10. Neil Redfearn
11. Owen Archdeacon

Subs not used

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings?
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after match 17th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Andy Williams
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Gary Lund
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Kevin Wilson
10. Paul Devlin
11. Steve Slawson

Subs not used: Kevin Bartlett & Richard Dryden

Notes:
This was a rearranged fixture after the original date (13th February) had been called off due to Barnsley playing in the FA Cup. Richard Dryden left for Birmingham City on Thursday 18th.


Saturday 20th March 1993
3pm kick off at St James' Park

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

Newcastle United 4
Lee 32
Kelly 53, 61
Cole 70

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 29,871
Referee:- T. Holbrook (Whitewick)

Newcastle United
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 1st/24, after match 1st/24
Manager:- Kevin Keegan

1.   Pavel Srnicek
2.   Barry Venison
3.   John Beresford
4.   Paul Bracewell
5.   Kevin Scott +
6.   Steve Howey
7.   Robert Lee
8.   Andy Cole
9.   David Kelly
10. Lee Clark *
11. Scott Sellars

Sub: Gavin Peacock *69
Sub: Mark Robinson +72

Notts County
Colours:- Purple shirts, White shorts, Purple socks
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after match 19th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Michael Johnson +
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Gary Lund
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Kevin Wilson
10. Paul Devlin *
11. David Smith

Sub: Steve Slawson *69
Sub: Andy Williams +72

Notes:
Notts lost to top of the table Newcastle in what Mick Walker said was County's worst performance since he took over in January.


Tuesday 23rd March 1993
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 4
Lund 3
Cox 53
Draper 63, 65

Southend United 0

Attendance:- 6,109
Weather:- Fine

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 19th/24, after midweek matches 17th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short +
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Gary Lund *
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Kevin Wilson
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith

Sub: Robbie Turner *74
Sub: Steve Slawson +83

Southend United
Colours:- All Blue with yellow trim
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after midweek matches 23rd/24
Manager:- Colin Murphy

1.   Paul Sansome  Sent Off 52
2.   Andy Edwards
3.   Chris Powell
4.   John Cornwell
5.   Pat Scully
6.   Spencer Prior
7.   Keith Jones
8.   David Martin
9.   Andy Ansah
10. Stan Collymore
11. Steve Tilson

Subs not used

Notes:
A six pointer against fellow strugglers and Notts made it 6 home wins on the trot. The Southend keeper saw a red card at 1-0 when he handled outside the area, his 2nd bookable offence, Notts then scored from the resulting free-kick (a first goal for young Paul Cox) and Draper then added two further goals to seal a comfortable victory. Two days later it was transfer deadline day, Notts signed David Reeves from Bolton Wanderers for £80,000 and sold Kevin Bartlett to relegation rivals Cambridge United for £60,000. Mark Smith and Robbie Turner went out on loan, Turner having made his last appearance for the pies as a sub in the Southend match.


Friday 26th March 1993

Friendly

Gibralter XI 0
Notts County 4

Notes:
Notts were originally scheduled to play at Derby County on Saturday 27th March, but that match was postponed due to players being on international duty. Instead Notts took a trip to Gibralter to play this friendly.


Saturday 3rd April 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 0

Bristol City 0

Attendance:- 6,634
Referee:- R. Lewis (Great Bookham)
Weather:- Breezy

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 18th/24, after match 18th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Gary Lund +
8.   Kevin Wilson *
9.   Mark Draper
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith

Sub: David Reeves *45
Sub: Tony Agana +65

Bristol City
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after match 20th/24
Player/Manager:- Russell Osman

1.   Keith Welch
2.   Stuart Munro
3.   Martin Scott
4.   Russell Osman
5.   Matthew Bryant
6.   Glenn Pennyfather
7.   Gary Shelton
8.   Junior Bent *
9.   Leroy Rosenior
10. Nicky Morgan
11. Brian Tinnion

Sub: Wayne Allison *45
Sub not used: Aizlewood

Notes:
Another six pointer at the bottom of the 2nd tier table, Paul Devlin had the best chance of the match when he got clear on 6 minutes but hit the keeper with a disappointing finish, Steve Cherry also made a good save at the other end. David Reeves came on as a sub to make his Notts debut in a dull game.

Bottom seven following the draw with Bristol City
                      P   GS  Pts
18. Notts County     38   46   43
19. Oxford United    38   44   43
20. Bristol City     38   41   43
21. Birmingham City  39   39   42
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22. Cambridge United 39   40   40
23. Southend United  38   44   39
24. Bristol Rovers   39   45   36


Tuesday 6th April 1993
7:45pm kick off at The Abbey Stadium

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

Cambridge United 3
Clayton 34
Bartlett 47
Leadbitter 63

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 4,583

Cambridge United
Colours:- Amber shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 22nd/24, after midweek matches 21st/24
Manager:- Ian Atkins

1.   John Vaughan
2.   Andy Fensome
3.   Alan Kimble
4.   Paul Raynor *
5.   Mick Heathcote
6.   Danny O'Shea
7.   Kevin Bartlett
8.   Steve Claridge
9.   Steve Butler
10. Gary Clayton
11. Chris Leadbitter

Sub: Neil Lyne *79
Other sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- ?Purple shirts, White shorts, Purple socks?
League Position:- before match 18th/24, after midweek matches 19th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Michael Johnson +
4.   Dean Thomas  Sent Off 39
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Gary Lund *
8.   Mark Draper
9.   David Reeves
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith

Sub: Tony Agana *69
Sub: Charlie Palmer +79

Notes:
A disastrous night for Notts - Soon after going 1-0 down, Dean Thomas was sent off on 39 for elbowing an opponent in the face whilst jumping for a header. Kevin Bartlett, who'd only left Notts for Cambridge a few weeks earlier, got the 2nd goal at the start of the 2nd half. A 3rd goal on 63 ensured that Notts would be dragged back into the relegation dog fight.


Saturday 10th April 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 2
Thomas 54
Draper 61

Charlton Athletic 0

Attendance:- 6,202
Referee:- S. Dunn (Bristol)
Weather:- Bright sunshine, cool

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 19th/24, after match 15th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer *
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Tony Agana +
8.   Mark Draper
9.   David Reeves
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith

Sub: Kevin Wilson *38
Sub: Steve Slawson +77

Charlton Athletic
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 10th/24, after match 11th/24
Manager:- Alan Curbishly

1.   Mike Salmon
2.   Darren Pitcher
3.   Steve Gatting
4.   Scott Minto
5.   Simon Webster
6.   Stuart Balmer
7.   Paul Bacon *
8.   Peter Garland
9.   Carl Leaburn +
10. Paul Gorman
11. Colin Walsh

Sub: Garry Nelson *63
Sub: Paul Linger +69

Notes:
Two headed goals pushed Notts back up to 15th as the Magpies kept their 6th consecutive clean sheet at home, Steve Cherry kept the run going by turning away a brilliant first-half volley. Dave Smith wasted a penalty for Notts by blasting it over the bar.


Monday 12th April 1993
3pm kick off at Griffin Park

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

Brentford 2
Dickens 16
Blissett 65

Notts County 2
Devlin 5
Walker 90

Attendance:- 8,045

Brentford
Colours:- Red & White striped shirts, Black shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after midweek matches 19th/24
Manager:- Phil Holder

1.   Gerry Payton
2.   Brian Statham
3.   Kenny Sansom
4.   Keith Millen
5.   Terry Evans
6.   Simon Ratcliffe +
7.   Paul Stephenson
8.   Alan Dickens
9.   Marcus Gayle
10. Gary Blissett
11. Billy Manuel *

Sub: Mickey Bennett *45
Sub: Joe Allen +62

Notts County
Colours:- Purple shirts, White shorts, Purple socks
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after midweek matches 17th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Tony Agana *
8.   Mark Draper
9.   David Reeves
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith +

Sub: Steve Slawson *78
Sub: Mark Wells +85

Notes:
Notts equalised in the 5th minute of injury time in another important match against fellow strugglers.


Saturday 17th April 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 0

Portsmouth 1
Walsh 70

Attendance:- 11,014
Referee:- W. Burns (Scarborough)
Weather:- Sunny spells, cool

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after match 17th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short +
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Tony Agana
8.   Mark Draper
9.   David Reeves
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith *

Sub: Gary Lund *77
Sub: Kevin Wilson +81

Portsmouth
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 2nd/24, after match 2nd/24
Manager:- Jim Smith

1.   Alan Knight
2.   Andy Awford
3.   Guy Butters
4.   Alan McLoughlin +
5.   Kit Symons
6.   Ray Daniel
7.   Warren Neil
8.   Mark Chamberlain
9.   Paul Walsh
10. Guy Whittingham *
11. Bjorn Kristensen

Sub: George Lawrence *84
Sub: Warren Aspinall +87

Notes:
Notts were desperately unlucky not to take at least a point against 2nd place Pompey in a brilliant game (A strong contender for the best match I've watched that we've lost). County conceded their first goal at Meadow Lane in 7 outings and Mick Walker witnessed his first home defeat, yet the Magpies were superb in the 1st half playing quality football that suggested Notts were the team going for promotion - Agana and Reeves came desperately close and County also hit the crossbar. Pompey scored the only goal on 70 when Warren Neil was given too much time to pick out Paul Walsh who headed in. With just 4 games left, it was still desperately close at the bottom with only 2 points separating Notts in 17th from 23rd.

Bottom eight following the defeat to Portsmouth
                      P   GS  Pts
17. Notts County     42   50   47
18. Sunderland       42   44   47
19. Southend United  42   49   46
20. Brentford        43   48   46
21. Oxford United    41   47   46
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22. Birmingham City  43   46   46
23. Cambridge United 43   45   45
24. Bristol Rovers   43   48   37


Tuesday 20th April 1993

County Cup Semi-final

Notts County 3
Reeves 36, 52, ??

Mansfield Town 0

Attendance:- 1,734


Saturday 24th April 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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

Notts County 1
Reeves 5

Swindon Town 1
Bodin (pen) 39

Attendance:- 8,382
Referee:- K. Morton (Bury St Edmunds)
Weather:- Fine

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 19th/24, after match 19th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Phil Turner
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Kevin Wilson
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker  Sent Off 39
7.   Gary Lund
8.   Mark Draper
9.   David Reeves *
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith

Sub: Tony Agana *27
Sub not used: Shaun Murphy

Swindon Town
Colours:- All Red
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after match 4th/24
Player/Manager:- Glenn Hoddle

1.   Fraser Digby
2.   Nicky Summerbee
3.   Paul Bodin
4.   Glenn Hoddle
5.   Colin Calderwood
6.   Shaun Taylor
7.   Micky Hazard
8.   Ross MacLaren
9.   Dave Mitchell
10. Martin Ling
11. Craig Maskell *

Sub: Steve White *68
Sub not used: Marwood

Notes:
As with the previous league game, Notts totally outplayed their promotion chasing opponents in the 1st half until a massive double blow came on 39 with the sending off of Richard Walker and a penalty award to Swindon - Walker had tried to head back to Cherry but the ball fell short and as Mitchell went to nip-in he was pulled back by Walker. Bodin scored from the spot to equalise after David Reeves had scored his first goal since joining Notts on 5 minutes. Swindon later missed a sitter which would have won the match in injury time.

Bottom eight following the weekend games
                      P   GS  Pts
17. Luton Town       44   47   50  (To play PETERBORO / southend)
18. Southend United  44   51   49  (To play cambridge / LUTON)
19. Notts County     43   51   48  (To play oxford / derby / SUNDERLAND)
20. Birmingham City  44   46   47  (To play bristol rov / CHARLTON)
21. Sunderland       43   44   47  (To play PORTSMOUTH / tranmere / notts co)
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22. Brentford        44   48   46  (To play BARNSLEY / bristol city)
23. Cambridge United 44   45   46  (To play SOUTHEND / west ham)
24. Bristol Rovers   44   49   37 R


Saturday 1st May 1993
3pm kick off at The Manor Ground

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

Oxford United 1
Magilton 12

Notts County 1
Walker 45

Attendance:- 6,171
Referee:- J. Rushton (Stoke on Trent)
Weather:- Hot with hazy sunshine

Oxford United
Colours:- Yellow shirts, Navy Blue shorts, Navy Blue socks
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after match 15th/24
Manager:- Brian Horton

1.   Paul Reece
2.   Garry Smart
3.   Mike Ford
4.   Mickey Lewis
5.   David Collins
6.   Andrew Melville
7.   Jim Magilton
8.   Joey Beauchamp
9.   Paul Wanless *
10. John Durnin  Sent Off
11. Les Robinson

Sub: Nick Cusack *62
Sub not used: Chris Allen

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 19th/24, after match 20th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Phil Turner
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Kevin Wilson
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Gary Lund *
8.   Mark Draper
9.   David Reeves
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith

Sub: Tony Agana *73
Sub not used: Michael Simpson

Notes:
In view of the other results, this was not a good point for Notts as they dropped to 20th and were now only above the trapdoor on goals scored.  Richard Walker equalised in injury time of the first half with a header from a corner. United's John Durnin was sent off for throwing a punch at Paul Devlin, following which  Notts then took control of the game and twice went desperately close, one involving a mass goal-line scramble. But there was great cause for celebration as the news swept around the stands occupied by County fans that relegation threatened Forest had fallen behind in their crunch home match, and when it was confirmed at the end of the game that they had lost, Forest were relegated for the first time since moving up to the top flight in 1977, something that us younger fans (who had always supported Notts in a red shadow) could never have envisaged happening. It was now up to County to secure the necessary points from the remaining two games to ensure that we would have two Trentside derby's to look forward to the following term.

Other results affecting the bottom eight
Brentford 3 Barnsley 1
Bristol Rovers 3 Birmingham City 3
Cambridge United 3 Southend United 1
Luton Town 0 Peterborough United 0
Sunderland 4 Portsmouth 1

Bottom eight following the weekend games
                      P   GS  Pts
17. Luton Town       45   47   51  (To play southend)
18. Sunderland       44   48   50  (To play tranmere / notts co)
19. Southend United  45   52   49  (To play LUTON)
20. Notts County     44   52   49  (To play derby / SUNDERLAND)
21. Brentford        45   51   49  (To play bristol city)
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22. Cambridge United 45   48   49  (To play west ham)
23. Birmingham City  45   49   48  (To play CHARLTON)
24. Bristol Rovers   45   52   38 R


Wednesday 5th May 1993
7:45pm kick off at The Baseball Ground

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

Derby County 2
McMinn 63
Pembridge (pen) 79

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 13,326
Weather:- Overcast

Derby County
Colours:- White shirts, Black shorts, White socks, Red trim
League Position:- before match 12th/24, after match 9th/24
Manager:- Arthur Cox

1.   Martin Taylor
2.   Mark Patterson
3.   Shane Nicholson
4.   Michael Forsyth
5.   Craig Short
6.   Mark Pembridge
7.   Dean Sturridge
8.   Steve Hayward
9.   Paul Kitson *
10. Marco Gabbiadini
11. Paul Simpson

Sub: Ted McMinn *12
Other sub not used

Notts County
Colours:- Purple shirts, White shorts, Purple socks
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after match 20th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Phil Turner
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Kevin Wilson *
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Gary Lund +
8.   Mark Draper
9.   David Reeves
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith

Sub: Chris Short *75
Sub: Tony Agana +75

Notes:
This fixture had originally been scheduled for Saturday 27th March, but had been cancelled due to players being called up for international duty. Notts squandered a bag full of easy chances - Paul Devlin twice failed in one on one situations and David Reeves also shot wide after rounding the keeper. The Magpies piled on the pressure but Ted McMinn delivered a sickening blow with a solo goal on 63, and that was soon followed by a ludicrous penalty decision when Gabbiadini fell over in the box (and that was by no means the first ridiculous refereeing decision of the night). And so now Notts would have to win their final home game of the season against Sunderland, who also needed points to avoid relying on other results to keep them up.

Tuesday night result affecting the bottom eight
Tranmere Rovers 2 Sunderland 1

Bottom eight following the defeat at Derby
                      P   GS  Pts
17. Luton Town       45   47   51  (To play southend)
18. Sunderland       45   49   50  (To play notts co)
19. Southend United  45   52   49  (To play LUTON)
20. Notts County     45   52   49  (To play SUNDERLAND)
21. Brentford        45   51   49  (To play bristol city)
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22. Cambridge United 45   48   49  (To play west ham)
23. Birmingham City  45   49   48  (To play CHARLTON)
24. Bristol Rovers   45   52   38 R


Saturday 8th May 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 3
Reeves 4
Smith 19
Draper 38

Sunderland 1
Ball 68

Attendance :- 14,417
Weather:- Sunny & breezy
Referee:- P Foakes (Clacton-on-sea)
Corners:- Notts 5 Sunderland 5
Goal attempts on target:- Notts 6 Sunderland 4
Goal attempts off target:- Notts 2 Sunderland 6
Bookings:- Martin Gray (Sunderland) for a foul

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks, Yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after match 17th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Phil Turner
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Kevin Wilson
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Dean Thomas
7.   Gary Lund *
8.   Mark Draper
9.   David Reeves
10. Paul Devlin
11. David Smith

Sub: Tony Agana *77
Sub not used: Chris Short

Sunderland
Colours:- Red & white striped shirts, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 18th/24, after match 21st/24
Player/Manager:- Terry Butcher

1.   Tony Norman
2.   Gary Bennett *
3.   Michael Gray
4.   Gary Owers +
5.   Terry Butcher
6.   Kevin Ball
7.   Shaun Cunnington
8.   Don Goodman
9.   Mick Harford
10. Brian Atkinson
11. Gordon Armstrong

Sub: Martin Gray *45
Sub: Peter Davenport +60

Notes:
This was a memorable last day of the season clash that could have seen either Notts or Sunderland relegated, indeed it turned out that Notts would have gone down had they lost this match by 2 goals or more without scoring (teams who were level on points were separated by goals-scored ahead of goal difference this season). Results elsewhere meant that Sunderland also survived, but only just - They finished 1 point ahead of relegated Brentford who had a better goals-scored tally. Notts still had to anxiously await a decision as to whether or not they would be docked points over alleged irregular transfer dealings at the beginning of the season. Happily, it soon transpired that there was nothing to worry about. David Smith played his last game for Notts before being forced to retire through injury.

Nottingham Evening Post Report

SUPER NOTTS WIN THE FIRST BATTLE
By David Stapleton

Manager Mick Walker today expressed the hope that Notts County's exciting retention of their First Division status would help the club when they face a Football Association misconduct charge. Notts face the possibility of having points deducted, which could spoil all they have worked for, if they are found guilty of making illegal payments to an agent over the signings of Australians Bob Catlin and Shaun Murphy. But Walker, who helped mastermind a superb final day 3-1 win over Sunderland, said: "Hopefully, the fact we've avoided relegation might turn the hands of the people in judgement and, that if we are convicted, they will say let's keep a sense of proportion. Otherwise, it would be the kiss of death for us." The total £137,000 signings of Catlin and Murphy were conducted in the pre-Walker managerial era. Chief executive Neal Hook has said the club "will defend itself vigorously" and added: "We believe that we did not infringe any regulations or break any rules."
Walker said that the charge had "not been on the mind at all" before the potentially crucial clash with rivals Sunderland, who also escaped the drop. And the players clearly had no other distractions as they killed the game with three magnificent goals in 38 minutes, The ice cool first in four minutes by David Reeves was the ideal start and there was only one team in the game until well into the second half.

When the best goals seen at the ground in recent memory are recounted - that by midfielder Mark Draper in 38 minutes will figure among them. Though Dean Thomas's cross from the left was firmly struck, Draper caught it perfectly on the volley with his right foot and no goalkeeper on earth would have stopped the ball as it flew into the far comer. The 19th minute second goal from David Smith was another fine strike, leaving him with eight goals, firmly in second place in the scoring charts to the 12-goal Draper. Such a statistic shows only too clearly where Notts must improve next season. Before the Sunderland game they had scored six goals in eight games, while in every other respect looking nothing like relegation material.

On Saturday everything came together to subdue the 6,600 Sunderland fans in the 14,417 crowd who sat in the visitors section. There was evidence of Sunderland backing in other areas, causing Notts chairman Derek Pavis to admit that the Nottingham support was "disappointing." Notts, perhaps not unnaturally, sat back on their lead in the second half, during which some belated Sunderland menace enabled them to pull their goal back in 68 minutes through Kevin Ball.

Goalkeeper Steve Cherry was forced into good saves, one being an outstanding piece of Judgment when he robbed Don Goodman in a one-against-one situation. Young central defenders Paul Cox and Michael Johnson did superbly against this raised activity. Such was their command that former England striker Mick Harford was blotted out completely.
Draper had a match more in keeping with his capabilities in midfield, where Phil Turner showed the benefit of his improvement in fitness. Paul Devlin's familiar persistence took the eye, but I gave the Notts man of the match vote to Smith, who yesterday went to Birmingham for an operation on his troublesome left knee. Smith caused a buzz of anticipation whenever he got the ball and, apart from his brisk raiding and crossing ability, he worked hard, in keeping with the rest of the side.

Said a delighted MICK WALKER: “The script couldn't have been written better. We scored three super goals after missing a stack of golden chances at Derby in midweek, the players have been absolutely wonderful. Before we went out I thanked them for all they'd done. After all, it might have been the last game for Russell Slade and myself.”

MARK DRAPER on his stupendous volley which gave Notts their third goal: “I think it was probably the best goal I've scored. The most important anyway. The cross from Dean Thomas bulleted towards me and I got my shape right early. It then flew off my boot.”

DAVID SMITH on netting County's second goal: “I've got to be honest. I tried to curl the ball to the far post where our fellows were and it went in. But as a trio of goals they were probably the best you'll see.”

DAVID REEVES who set the side off on the victory road: “There was no way I was going to miss such an early chance. Had I scored at Derby three days earlier - and I should have done - I think we would have gone on to win it. I'm over the moon because Mick Walker and Russell Slade have done brilliantly for Notts County. The players really respect the pair of them. I'm sure next season, with the fans behind us, we'll be as  big as Forest.”

TERRY BUTCHER Sunderland player-manager who missed the ball which enabled Reeves to score: “I Wasn't at all happy even though we avoided the drop. I wasn't deliriously happy with our performance and I feel as though I've let people down.
But give County credit. They did well and were a big improvement on the side we knocked out of the FA Cup in January.”


Mark Draper volleys a spectacular thunderbolt to put Notts 3-0 up,
and a happy manager Mick Walker interviewed after the game.

Other results affecting the bottom eight
Birmingham City 1 Charlton Athletic 0
Bristol City 4 Brentford 1
Southend United 2 Luton Town 1
West Ham United 2 Cambridge United 0

Bottom eight of the final 2nd tier table
                      P   GS  Pts
17. Notts County     46   55   52
18. Southend United  46   54   52
19. Birmingham City  46   50   51
20. Luton Town       46   48   51
21. Sunderland       46   50   50
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22. Brentford        46   52   49 R
23. Cambridge United 46   48   49 R
24. Bristol Rovers   46   55   41 R


Tuesday 11th May 1993
County Cup Final

Nottingham Forest 3
Notts County 0

Attendance:- 12,493

This was Brian Clough's last match as Forest manager


For appearance stats, final table and at-a-glance results for season 1992/93 see here


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