Notts County FC 1993/94
Match Line-ups & Details


The 2nd tier clubs for season 1993/94

Stats page


New to the 2nd tier this season
Relegated clubs: Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest
Promoted clubs: Stoke City, Bolton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion
*Nottingham Forest would be playing in the 2nd tier for the first time since season 1976/77. Middlesbrough had only managed one season in the top flight before being relegated straight back down again. Three relatively big names had come up from the 3rd tier, though Bolton had not played at this level since season 1982/83.


Friday 16th July 1993

Pre-season friendly

Armitage 1
Notts County 6


Tuesday 20th July 1993

Pre-season friendly

Shepshed Albion 0
Notts County 6


Thursday 29th July 1993

Pre-season friendly

Stafford Rangers 3
Notts County 1


Wednesday 4th August 1993

Pre-season friendly

Chester City 1
Notts County 0


Sunday 8th August 1993

County Cup
Semi-final

Notts County 2
Mansfield Town 1

Notes:
The final was not played until the following season.


Saturday 14th August 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Draper (pen) 69
Lund 74

Middlesbrough 3
Wilkinson 19
Moore 44, 47

Attendance:- 9,392
Referee:- J. Key (Sheffield)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- first match of season, had finished 17th/24 in the 2nd tier the previous season
Manager:- Mick Walker

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

Sub: Gary Lund *59
Sub: Andy Williams +62
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK)

Middlesbrough
Colours:- Red shirts with white shoulders, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- first match of season, had finished 21st/22 in the 1st tier the previous season
Manager:- Lennie Lawrence

1.   Steve Pears
2.   Chris Morris *
3.   Richard Liburd
4.   Jamie Pollock
5.   Alan Kernaghan
6.   Derek Whyte
7.   John Hendrie
8.   Craig Hignett
9.   Paul Wilkinson
10. Robbie Mustoe
11. Alan Moore

Sub: Curtis Fleming *79
Sub not used: Andy Collett (GK) & Nicky Mohan

Notes:
Notts included new summer signings Andy Legg (bought from Swansea City for £275,000, he held the record distance for his throw-in) and striker Gary McSwegan (who had arrived from Glasgow Rangers for £400,000).  There was a long list of players out injured, Dean Thomas, Dean Yates, Rob Matthews, Meindert Dijkstra, Dave Robinson, Alan Paris and Dave Smith (The latter pair would not recover to play for County again).  Notts were the bookies favourites for relegation and looked just that in the opening 47 minutes of the season, by which time they were 3-0 down. 'Boro's no.3 later played for Notts.



Tuesday 17th August 1993
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Stats pagev
League Cup 1st Round 1st Leg

Notts County 2
Lund 14
Cox 17

Hull City 0

Attendance:- 3,003

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 17th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Bob Catlin
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Michael Johnson *
4.   Andy Williams
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary McSwegan +
10. Gary Lund
11. Andy Legg

Sub: Phil Turner *
Sub: David Reeves +
Sub not used: Malcolm Rigby (GK)

Hull City
Colours:- Amber & Black tiger skin patterned shirts, White shorts, Amber socks
League Position:- 6th/24 in the 3rd tier
Manager:- Terry Dolan

Team to be added

Notes:
New striker Gary McSwegan was carried off injured.


Saturday 21st August 1993
3pm kick off at London Road

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

Peterborough United 1
Welsh 58

Notts County 1
Draper 66

Attendance:- 6,890
Referee:- R. Bigger (Croydon)

Peterborough United
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 3rd/24, after weekend matches 5th/24
Manager:- Lil Fuccillo

1.   Ian Bennett
2.   Dave McDonald
3.   Tony Spearing
4.   John McGlashan
5.   Mark Peters
6.   Steve Welsh
7.   Dominic Iorfa *
8.   Gary Cooper
9.   Tony Adcock
10. Marcus Ebdon
11. Bobby Barnes

Sub: Tony Philliskirk *70
Sub not used: Fred Barber (GK) & Lee Howarth

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

1.   Bob Catlin
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund *
10. Andy Williams
11. Andy Legg

Sub: David Reeves *34
Subs not used: Malcolm Rigby (GK) & Paul Harding

Notes:
Reserve keeper Bob Catlin made what would turn out to be his final appearance for Notts' 1st team, he spent the rest of the season on the bench and then left the club.



Tuesday 24th August 1993
7:30pm kick off at Boothferry Park

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

Hull City 3
Abbott 32
Atkinson 37
Windass 45

Notts County 1
Draper 71

Attendance:- 2,222

3-3 on aggregate, Notts go through on the away goals rule

Hull City
Colours:- Amber & Black tiger skin patterned shirts, Black shorts, Amber socks
League Position:- 5th/24 in the 3rd tier
Manager:- Terry Dolan

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- 19th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Mick Walker

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

Sub: Michael Simpson *
Sub: Steve Slawson *
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK)

Notes:
Andy Williams made what turned out to be his last appearance for Notts, he was sold to Rotherham United for £40,000 on 22nd October.


Saturday 28th August 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Lund 81

Sunderland 0

Attendance:- 9,166
Referee:- B. Coddington (Sheffield)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after weekend matches 15th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Chris Short
5.   Michael Simpson
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Steve Slawson
11. Andy Legg

Subs not used: Andy Williams, David Reeves & Bob Catlin (GK)

Sunderland
Colours:- Red & White striped shirts, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 14th/24, after weekend matches 19th/24
Manager:- Terry Butcher

1.   Alec Chamberlain
2.   Ian Sampson
3.   Martin Gray
4.   Gary Bennett
5.   Brian Atkinson
6.   Andy Melville
7.   Gary Owers *
8.   Don Goodman
9.   Shaun Cunnington
10. Craig Russell +
11. Gordon Armstrong

Sub: Stephen Brodie *
Sub: Phil Gray +
Sub not used: Tony Norman (GK)

Notes:
County's involvement in the 1st Round of the League Cup meant that they had quickly lost ground on clubs who had already played one or two league games more, so this win was crucial. Sunderland's no.7 later became a Magpie.



Tuesday 31st August 1993

Anglo-Italian Cup
English Group 2

Notts County 3
Legg 6, 70
Lund 49

Derby County 2
Harkes 47
Johnson 84

Attendance:- 3,376

Notts County
Cherry, Wilson, Johnson, Short, Simpson, Walker, Devlin, Dijkstra, Lund, Slawson, Legg

Notes:
A three team group contested over three games, this being game one. The 2nd game saw Derby beat Nottingham Forest 3-2.


Saturday 4th September 1993
3pm kick off at Prenton Park

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Tranmere Rovers 3
Aldridge 52
Kenworthy 86
Muir 89

Notts County 1
Simpson 46

Attendance:- 6,317
Referee:- R. Shepherd (Leeds)

Tranmere Rovers
Colours:- All White with blue & green trimmings
League Position:- before match 10th/24, after weekend matches 7th/24
Manager:- John King

1.   Eric Nixon
2.   Dave Higgins
3.   Ian Nolan
4.   Kenny Irons *
5.   Dave Martindale
6.   Steve Vickers
7.   Pat Nevin
8.   John Aldridge
9.   Chris Malkin
10. Ged Brannan
11. Tony Thomas +

Sub: Ian Muir *65
Sub: Jon Kenworthy +83
Sub not used: Danny Coyne (GK)

Notts County
Colours:- Aqua blue shirts, Purple shorts, Aqua blue socks
League Position:- before match 16th/24, after weekend matches 21st/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Chris Short
5.   Michael Simpson
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Steve Slawson *
11. Andy Legg

Sub: David Reeves *66
Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Tommy Gallagher

Notes:
Notts controlled the game for an hour and looked to be cruising to at least a point. Mick Walker said afterwards; "I just cannot believe the result. After we scored I couldn't see Tranmere getting back into it."


Saturday 11th September 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Draper 68

West Bromwich Albion 0

Attendance:- 9,870
Referee:- T. West (Hull)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after weekend matches 16th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Kevin Wilson
5.   Phil Turner
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Steve Slawson *
11. Andy Legg

Sub: Gary McSwegan *66
Subs not used: Michael Simpson & Bob Catlin (GK)

West Bromwich Albion
Colours:- Yellow & Green striped shirts, Green shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- before match 5th/24, after weekend matches 9th/24
Manager:- Keith Burkinshaw

1.   Tony Lange
2.   Wayne Fereday *
3.   Steve Lilwall
4.   Darren Bradley
5.   Paul Raven
6.   Daryl Burgess
7.   Andy Hunt
8.   Ian Hamilton
9.   Simon Garner +
10. Kieran O'Regan
11. Kevin Donovan

Sub: Gary Strodder *61
Sub: Kwame Ampadu +71
Sub not used: Stuart Naylor (GK)

Notes:
West Brom fielded two players who later played for Notts, Ian Hamilton and Gary Strodder.




Wednesday 15th September 1993

Anglo-Italian Cup
English Group 2

Nottingham Forest 1
Collymore 54

Notts County 1
Lund 37

Attendance:- 7,347

Nottingham Forest
Crossley, Laws, Pearce, Blatherwick, Chettle, Stone, Phillips, Webb (Black), Rosario, Collymore, Woan

Notts County
Cherry, Dijkstra (Simpson), Johnson, Wilson, P.Turner, Walker, Devlin, Draper, McSwegan, Slawson, Legg (Lund 30)

Final Group 2 Table    Pts
Notts County            4
Derby County            3
Nottingham Forest       1

Notes:
Notts got the draw they needed to qualify for the international stage of the tournament. Mick Walker said afterwards "I'm told you don't make money from this competition and could end up with broken legs and being spat at - but we'll enjoy finding out."


Saturday 18th September 1993
3pm kick off at Vicarage Road

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Watford 3
Furlong 2, 28
Lavin 84

Notts County 1
Draper 79

Attendance:- 6,959
Referee:- D. Frampton (Poole)

Watford
Colours:- Yellow shirts with black shoulders, Black shorts, Black socks, Red trim
League Position:- before match 13th24, after weekend matches 9th/24
Manager:- Glenn Roeder

1.   Simon Sheppard
2.   Keith Dublin
3.   Gerry Lavin
4.   Andy Hessenthaler
5.   David Holdsworth
6.   Barry Ashby
7.   Bruce Dyer
8.   Ken Charlery
9.   Paul Furlong
10. Gary Porter
11. Jason Soloman

Subs not used: Paul Wilkerson (GK), Richard Johnson & Lee Nogan

Notts County
Colours:- ?Black & white striped shirts, White shorts, White socks?
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after weekend matches 21st/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Meindert Dijkstra *
5.   Phil Turner
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary McSwegan
10. Gary Lund +
11. Steve Slawson

Sub: Chris Short *59
Sub: David Reeves +66
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK)

Notes:
The final appearance of David Reeves who had only joined Notts at the back-end of the previous season, he was loaned to Carlisle on 4th October and the move was then made permanent. It was now a year since Notts had last won away in the league (and they had only won three away league games in the last two years).



Wednesday 22nd September 1993
7:45pm kick off at St James' Park

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League Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg

Newcastle United 4
Cole 30, 54, 64
Bracewell 72

Notts County 1
Smicek (og) 16

Attendance:- 25,887

Newcastle United
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
League Position:- 13th/22 in the 1st tier
Manager:- Kevin Keegan

1.   Pavel Srnicek
19. Steve Watson
3.   John Beresford
2.   Barry Venison
15. Brian Kilcline
4.   Paul Bracewell
7.   Robert Lee
10. Lee Clark
9.   Andy Cole
8.   Peter Beardsley
21. Malcolm Allen

Subs not used

Notts County
Colours:- Aqua blue shirts, Purple shorts, Aqua blue socks
League Position:- 21st/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Michael Johnson *
4.   Dean Thomas
5.   Phil Turner
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Michael Simpson *
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary McSwegan
10. Gary Lund
11. Kevin Wilson

Sub: Meindert Dijkstra *
Sub: Paul Devlin *
Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK)

Highlights were shown in the Tyne Tees and Central ITV regions. See Notts on the Box 1993/94


Saturday 25th September 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 4
McSwegan 9, 29, 63
Turner 16

Derby County 1
Gabbiadini 53

Attendance :- 11,005
Referee:-  W. Burns (Scarborough)
Weather:- Sunny
Corners:- Notts 7 Derby 9
Goal attempts on target:- Notts 11 Derby 9
Goal attempts off target:- Notts 5 Derby 8
Bookings:- Notts - McSwegan (encroachment), Derby - Forsyth (foul)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after weekend matches 15th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Richard Walker
6.   Meindert Dijkstra
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary McSwegan
10. Gary Lund
11. Andy Legg *

Sub: Tony Agana *80
Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Paul Cox

Derby County
Colours:- Black & Light Blue patterned shirts, Light Blue shorts, Black socks
League Position:- before match 10th/24, after weekend matches 11th/24
Manager:- Arthur Cox

1.   Martin Taylor
2.   Gary Charles
3.   Michael Forsyth
4.   Martin Kuhl
5.   Craig Short
6.   Darren Wassall
7.   Mark Pembridge
8.   Paul Williams
9.   Paul Kitson
10. Marco Gabbiadini *
11. Paul Simpson

Sub: Tommy Johnson *80
Subs not used: Steve Sutton (GK) & Jason Kavanagh

Nottingham Evening Post Report

MAGPIES GEARED UP FOR ANOTHER DERBY CLASH
McSwegan Magic Just The Tonic
By David Stapleton

The scene is already set for a mouthwatering game at Leicester on Saturday to match the showpiece occasion. City's plush new stand, helping change the antiquated look of Filbert Street, will be officially opened for Notts County's visit. Leicester's stirring start to the season has raised hopes that it will be third time lucky for them, while Notts would be thereabouts for promotion were they to show more of the form which battered Derby County at Meadow Lane.

It was a superb performance in a fine, entertaining game that would have been a television treat. But Central's plans to show it live yesterday [Sunday] were scuppered by police chiefs because of the clash with the Robin Hood Marathon. It cost Notts a £32,000 pay out, but having increased admission costs by £3 because the game was accorded 'premier' status the receipts would have brought some solace to the club. The action presumably caused many Nottingham people to stay away - under 6,000 in a gate of 11,005 speaks for itself. Last season's corresponding fixture attracted 4,600 more spectators for an evening game. Notts chairman Derek Pavis hinted that only two more games, against Forest and Leicester City, were likely to be placed in the same category. It is difficult, though, for a club with little pulling power at the best of times. That Notts have a heart is reflected in their special prices for students and the unemployed (who pay £5).

The lack of fans has not dimmed the club's ambition, the £675,000 summer outlay on Gary McSwegan and Andy Legg reflecting that. And the pay off came with a vengeance on Saturday as McSwegan plundered a hat-trick - his first goals in the Football League - and Legg returned after a two match injury absence to add a zest, penetration and crossing ability from the left flank. Because of his lack of the right personnel, manager Mick Walker had been unable to previously adopt the 4-4-2 formation which won the relegation fight last season. This time he had Phil Turner back in his familiar midfield role and had it not been for McSwegan's three goals it would have been easy to choose the former skipper as man of the match. He was often where the action was, making sure that McSwegan's first goal in nine minutes was over the line and splendidly firing the second goal himself from the tireless Paul Devlin's thoughtful pass seven minutes later. But the goal of the game, in 63 minutes, was that which gave McSwegan his hat-trick. The Scot outwitted both Gary Charles and Darren Wassall before crashing his shot from the edge of the box into the far corner of Martin Taylor's net.

The Notts management caused some surprise by dropping former Rams' player Kevin Wilson, a previous ever present this season, and young Michael Simpson. They chose not to reveal that Dutchman Meindert Dijkstra would take over the injured Michael Johnson's role in the middle of defence and summoned Paul Cox onto the substitutes' bench, though he was not in the original 15. Going to such lengths flattered this Derby team, who were vulnerable throughout at the back and only really troubled Notts for a 20 minutes period early in the second half. They just might have made a better game of it had they scored from a penalty in first half injury time, when 3-0 down. But Steve Cherry - at his best against his first club - read Mark Pembridge's penalty brilliantly. Justice was served as Dijkstra looked clearly to have played the ball when Marco Gabbiadini tumbled over his outstretched leg in the box.
Gabbiadini did manage Derby's 53rd minute consolation, but on the day it was questionable whether the Rams were only three goals inferior to a Notts team without a weakness. The responsibility now lies with them to build on their fifth successive home win by ending the away famine.

Notes:
With this impressive win, Notts moved above Forest in the league table for the first time in 2 years.


Saturday 2nd October 1993
3pm kick off at Filbert Street

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Leicester City 3
Speedie 18
Thompson (pen) 73
Speedie 89

Notts County 2
Draper (pen) 28
McSwegan 36

Attendance:- 16,319
Referee:- G. Singh (Wolverhampton)

Leicester City
Colours:- All Blue
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after weekend matches 3rd/24
Manager:- Brian Little

1.   Gavin Ward
2.   Simon Grayson
3.   Neil Lewis
4.   David Oldfield *
5.   Mike Whitlow
6.   Colin Hill
7.   Julian Joachim
8.   Steve Thompson
9.   David Speedie
10. Steve Agnew
11. Ian Ormondroyd

Sub: Lee Philpott *68
Subs not used: Kevin Poole (GK) & Jimmy Willis

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after weekend matches 17th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Richard Walker
6.   Paul Cox
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary McSwegan
10. Gary Lund
11. Andy Legg

Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Tony Agana & Meindert Dijkstra

Notes:
David Speedie headed the Foxes into an 18th minute lead. Ten minutes later a long ball upfield was flicked on by Lund which put Devlin in the clear - only for him to be upended by the keeper for a penalty, which Draper converted to equalise. On 36 Notts broke out of defence with some impressive quick-fire passing down the middle and McSwegan then raced clear and rounded the keeper to slot in for 2-1 to the Magpies. On 73 there was a frantic scramble in the box and as Leicester then tried to get the ball back into the centre, it hit a Notts player on the elbow as he turned away from it and the ref awarded a harsh penalty from which Thompson equalised for 2-2. There was further heartbreak for Notts right at the end when a deep corner fell loose and was prodded back into the centre for Speedie to force the ball in from point-blank range, 3-2 to City. This would turn out to be Notts' last ever visit to Leicester's old ground on Filbert Street.



Tuesday 5th October 1993
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

Stats pagev
League Cup 2nd Round 2nd Leg
*Newcastle led 4-1 from the 1st leg

Notts County 1
McSwegan 51

Newcastle United 7
Allen 22, (pen) 37
Beardsley 44
Cole 59, 61, 81
Lee 85

Attendance:- 6,068

Newcastle go through 11-2 on aggregate

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 17th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Chris Short *
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Richard Walker
6.   Paul Cox
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Andy Legg *
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Tony Agana

Sub: Dean Thomas *
Sub: Gary Lund *
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK)

Newcastle United
Colours:- All Blue with black & white trim
League Position:- 7th/22 in the 1st tier
Manager:- Kevin Keegan

30. Michael Hooper
19. Steve Watson
3.   John Beresford
2.   Barry Venison *
5.   Kevin Scott
4.   Paul Bracewell *
7.   Robert Lee
10. Lee Clark
9.   Andy Cole
8.   Peter Beardsley
21. Malcolm Allen

Sub: Brian Kilcline *
Sub: Scott Sellars *
Other sub not used

Notes:
This was the first time Notts had conceded 7 goals in a competitive match since losing 7-0 at Bury in 1960, it was also the first time squad numbers were seen at Meadow Lane since Premier League clubs had introduced them at the start of the previous season. The subsequent 1993/94 Notts programme stats pages incorrectly list Lund in the starting line-up for Notts (as well as having him down as one of the subs!!!), Tony Agana is the player they missed out.


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

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
McSwegan (pen) 69
Draper 78

Bristol City 0

Attendance:- 6,418
Referee:- T. Lunt (Ashton in Makerfield)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after weekend matches 12th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Tommy Gallagher
3.   Dean Thomas
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Richard Walker
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary McSwegan
10. Gary Lund
11. Andy Legg

Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Tony Agana & Paul Cox

Bristol City
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 8th/24, after weekend matches 11th/24
Manager:- Russell Osman

1.   Keith Welch
2.   Brian Borrows
3.   Stuart Munro
4.   Mark Shail
5.   Matt Bryant
6.   Brian Tinnion
7.   Dave Martin
8.   Mark Gavin *
9.   Ian Baird
10. Liam Robinson
11. Martin Scott

Sub: Wayne Allison *29
Subs not used: Andy Leaning (GK) & Rob Edwards

Notes:
19 year old local boy Tommy Gallagher made his league debut having previously only made one appearance as a sub in the Anglo-Italian Cup last season.



Tuesday 12th October 1993

Anglo-Italian Cup
Group A

Notts County 4
Legg 24
Lund 36, 90
Draper 56

Ascoli 2
Spinelli 60
D'Ainzara 81

Attendance:- 3,756

Notts County
Cherry, Gallagher, Thomas, P.Turner, Walker, Palmer (Cox), Devlin, Draper, McSwegan, Lund, Legg

Notes:
The International stage of the competition saw 16 teams divided into two groups of 8 with each group comprising 4 English clubs and 4 Italian clubs. Each team would play the 4 sides from the opposing country in their respective group (two home games and two away). The English team with the best record in each group would go on to contest the English Semi-final. Notts were placed in Group A, looking to better Bolton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic and Middlesbrough's results against Italian 2nd tier outfits Ancona, Ascoli, Brescia and Pisa.


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

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Luton Town 1
Dickov 13

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 6,366
Referee:- M Brandwood (Lichfield)

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

1.   Juergen Sommer
2.   Marvin Johnson
3.   Trevor Peake
4.   John Dreyer
5.   Paul Telfer
6.   Scott Oakes
7.   Ceri Hughes
8.   John Hartson *
9.   Des Linton
10. Alan Harper
11. Paul Dickov +

Sub: Martin Williams *81
Sub: Jamie Campbell +90
Sub not used: Andy Petterson (GK)

Notts County
Colours:- Aqua blue shirts, Purple shorts, Aqua blue socks
League Position:- before match 12th/24, after weekend matches 17th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Tommy Gallagher
3.   Michael Johnson +
4.   Michael Simpson
5.   Richard Walker
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary McSwegan
10. Gary Lund
11. Andy Legg *

Sub: Kevin Wilson *68
Sub: Paul Cox +87
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK)


Wednesday 20th October 1993
7:45pm kick off at The New Den

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*Then known as Division One

Millwall 2
Rae (pen) 63
Verveer 67

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 5,887
Referee:- G. Willard

Millwall
Colours:- Blue shirts with dual white pinstripes, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 12th/24, after match 6th/24
Manager:- Mick McCarthy

1.   Kasey Keller
2.   Kenny Cunningham
3.   Tony Dolby
4.   Andy Roberts
5.   Pat van den Hauwe
6.   Keith Stevens
7.   Alex Rae
8.   Etienne Verveer
9.   Jon Goodman *
10. Dave Mitchell
11. Phil Barber

Sub: Warren Patmore *77
Subs not used: Carl Emberson (GK) & Richard Huxford

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

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Tommy Gallagher
3.   Michael Johnson *
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Richard Walker
6.   Paul Cox
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Kevin Wilson
9.   Tony Agana
10. Gary Lund
11. Andy Legg

Sub: Gary McSwegan *
Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Michael Simpson

Notes:
County's first ever visit to 'The New Den' which had been opened at the beginning of this season, it was only a quarter of a mile away from Millwall's old ground on Cold Blow Lane.


Saturday 23rd October 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Walker 88

Portsmouth 1
Dobson 7

Attendance:- 6,683
Referee:- P. Wright (Cheshire)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 19th/24, after weekend matches 18th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Tommy Gallagher
3.   Phil King
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Paul Cox
6.   Richard Walker
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Dean Thomas
9.   Gary McSwegan
10. Gary Lund
11. Andy Legg *

Sub: Tony Agana *52
Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Michael Johnson

Portsmouth
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 11th/24, after weekend matches 13th/24
Manager:- Jim Smith

1.   Alan Knight
2.   Jon Gittens
3.   Robbie Pethick
4.   Alan McLoughlin
5.   Kit Symons
6.   Andy Awford
7.   Tony Dobson *
8.   Mark Stimson
9.   John Durnin
10. Paul Walsh
11. Lee Power +

Sub: Stuart Doling *73
Sub: Paul Hall +82
Sub not used: Brian Horne (GK)

Notes:
Left-back Phil King had arrived from Sheffield Wednesday on loan. Notts desperately looked for the equaliser in the 2nd half which finally came two minutes from the end. It was an important point which kept Notts above Forest ahead of the Trentside derby clash at The City Ground the following Saturday.

Bottom eight following the draw with Portsmouth
(Note that goals scored rather than goal difference separated teams level on points)
                      P   GS  Pts
17. Wolverhampton W. 12   17   14
18. Notts County     12   16   14
19. Luton Town       13   13   14
20. Nottm Forest     12   17   13
21. Barnsley         13   14   13
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22. West Bromwich A. 12   18   12
23. Peterborough Utd 12   13   12
24. Oxford United    12   15   11


Saturday 30th October 1993
3pm kick off at The City Ground

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Nottingham Forest 1
Collymore 74

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 26,721
Referee:- H. King (Mid Glamorgan)

Nottingham Forest
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after weekend matches 16th/24
Manager:- Frank Clark

1.   Tommy Wright
2.   Brian Laws
3.   Stuart Pearce
4.   Colin Cooper
5.   Steve Chettle
6.   Steve Stone
7.   David Phillips
8.   Scot Gemmill
9.   Lee Glover
10. Stan Collymore
11. Kingsley Black

Subs not used: Mark Crossley (GK), Gary Crosby & Neil Webb

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 18th/24, after weekend matches 20th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Tommy Gallagher
3.   Phil King
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Richard Walker
6.   Dean Thomas *
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Tony Agana
10. Gary Lund
11. Michael Johnson

Sub: Gary McSwegan *6
Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Paul Cox

Notes:
Notts offered nothing, the worst display I've personally ever seen us put up against Forest (including the 4-0 defeat in 1991). Stan Collymore had taken a knock to the head and didn't want to come back on, but he was bandaged up and netted the winner. He said afterwards that he would be unlikely to score a more satisfying goal all season given Mick Walker's reported comments that Collymore was a disgrace following a trial he had once had at Meadow Lane.


Tuesday 2nd November 1993
7:30pm kick off at Molineux

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*Then known as Division One

Wolverhampton W. 3
Birch 9
Keen 68
Bull 86

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 15,989

Wolverhampton W.
Colours:- Gold shirts, Black shorts, Gold socks
League Position:- before match 18th/24, after midweek matches 13th/24
Manager:- Graham Turner

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- ?Aqua blue shirts, Purple shorts, Aqua blue socks?
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after midweek matches 21st/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Tommy Gallagher
3.   Phil King
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Richard Walker
6.   Michael Johnson
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary McSwegan *
10. Gary Lund *
11. Tony Agana

Sub: Dean Thomas *
Sub: Paul Cox *
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK)


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

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*Then known as Division One

Notts County 3
McSwegan (pen) 21, 51
Lund 80

Crystal Palace 2
Armstrong 13, 19

Attendance:- 6,904
Referee:- J. Lloyd (Wrexham)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after weekend matches 17th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Tommy Gallagher
3.   Phil King
4.   Michael Johnson
5.   Phil Turner
6.   Paul Cox *
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary McSwegan +
10. Gary Lund
11. Tony Agana

Sub: Dean Thomas *21
Sub: Michael Simpson +87
Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK)

Crystal Palace
Colours:- Red & Blue striped shirts, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 2nd/24, after weekend matches 4th/24
Manager:- Alan Smith

1.   Nigel Martyn
2.   John Humphrey +
3.   Dean Gordon
4.   Gareth Southgate
5.   Eric Young
6.   Chris Coleman
7.   Richard Shaw
8.   Simon Rodger
9.   Chris Armstrong
10. David Whyte *
11. John Salako

Sub: Paul Williams *79
Sub: Bobby Bowry +84
Sub not used: Andy Woodman (GK)

Notes:
Two goals from Gary McSwegan as Notts came from 2-0 behind to go 3-2 up before he limped off near the end with another hamstring injury.



Tuesday 9th November 1993

Anglo-Italian Cup
Group A

Notts County 3
Agana 6
Devlin 20
Lund 88

Pisa 2
Lorenzini 30, 53

Attendance:- 3,253

Notts County
Cherry, Gallagher, King, Thomas (wdrn), Johnson, P.Turner, Devlin, Draper, Dijkstra (wdrn), Lund, Agana
Subs: Simpson & Matthews

Notes:
This was the 2nd of 4 fixtures Notts would play in this group.


Saturday 13th November 1993
3pm kick off at The Valley

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Charlton Athletic 5
Leaburn 43
Nelson 48, 58
Newton 78
Walsh 86

Notts County 1
Agana 5

Attendance:- 7,226
Referee:- P. Danson (Leicester)

Charlton Athletic
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 2nd/24, after weekend matches 1st/24
Manager:- Alan Curbishley & Steve Gritt

1.   Mike Salmon
2.   Stuart Balmer
3.   Scott Minto
4.   Peter Garland +
5.   Phil Chapple
6.   Alan McLeary
7.   Kim Grant *
8.   Darren Pitcher
9.   Carl Leaburn
10. Garry Nelson
11. Colin Walsh

Sub: Shaun Newton *58
Sub: Dennis Bailey +76
Sub not used: John Vaughan (GK)

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

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Tommy Gallagher
3.   Phil King
4.   Richard Walker
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Phil Turner
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Shaun Goater
10. Gary Lund
11. Tony Agana *

Sub: Rob Matthews *80
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Dave Robinson

Notes:
Bermuda international Shaun Goater made his one and only appearance on-loan at Notts before being returned early to Rotherham United due to problems regarding his work permit. Neutral media reporters at this match agreed that Notts should have been 3-0 up at half-time, but the Magpies collapsed in the 2nd half and lost their 8th consecutive league match on the road. The capacity at The Valley was still limited following Charlton's return to their home ground earlier this year, hence the relatively low attendance to see them go top of the league.



Tuesday 16th November 1993

Anglo-Italian Cup
Group A

Brescia 3
Schenardi 10
Neri 14, 83

Notts County 1
Draper 28

Attendance:- 2,000

Notts County
Cherry, Gallagher, King, P.Turner, Johnson, Robinson, Devlin, Draper, Matthews, Lund, Thomas

Notes:
County's first ever competitive match on the European mainland, sadly the locals were not very welcoming to the travelling fans and the game itself ended in defeat.


Saturday 20th November 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Robinson 54
Turner 82

Stoke City 0

Attendance:- 9,815
Referee:- K. Lynch (Lincoln)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after weekend matches 15th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Tommy Gallagher
3.   Phil King
4.   Dave Robinson
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Phil Turner
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Wilson
11. Tony Agana

Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Richard Walker & Rob Matthews

Stoke City
Colours:- Blue shirts with white sleeves, Blue shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 6th/24, after weekend matches 8th/24
Manager:- Joe Jordan

1.   Mark Prudhoe
2.   John Butler
3.   Les Sandford
4.   Ian Cranson
5.   Vince Overson
6.   Toddy Orlygsson
7.   Steve Foley *
8.   Martin Carruthers
9.   Dave Regis
10. Tom Cowan
11. Nigel Gleghorn

Sub: Gary Bannister *70
Sub not used: Ron Sinclair (GK) & Micky Gynn

Notes:
On-loan defender Phil King made his final appearance in Notts' colours before returning to Sheffield Wednesday.  Dave Robinson returned to action following a lengthy injury incurred just a few weeks after joining the club for £300,000 the previous year.


Sunday 28th November 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Devlin 45
Agana 51

Oxford United 1
Elliott 42

Attendance:- 5,302
Referee:- J. Key (Sheffield)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after weekend matches 15th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Tommy Gallagher
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Dave Robinson
5.   Richard Walker
6.   Phil Turner
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Wilson
11. Tony Agana

Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Gary McSwegan & Rob Matthews

Oxford United
Colours:- Yellow shirts with dark blue sleeves, Yellow shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after weekend matches 20th/24
Manager:- Denis Smith

1.   Phil Whitehead
2.   Matt Elliott
3.   Mike Ford
4.   Micky Lewis
5.   David Collins
6.   Anton Rogan
7.   Jim Magilton
8.   Joey Beauchamp
9.   Nick Cusack
10. John Byrne
11. Chris Allen *

Sub: Alex Dyer *
Subs not used: Darren Jackson & Paul Kee (GK)

Broadcast LIVE on Central TV (ITV Midlands only) from 2:50-5:20pm.

Notes:
Dave Robinson's return to the team following his long term injury proved to be short lived, this being his 4th and final game for the Magpies as he would be forced to announce his early retirement from the game in March.


Sunday 5th December 1993
3pm kick off at Selhurst Park

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*Then known as Division One

Crystal Palace 1
Osborn 47

Notts County 2
Devlin 40, 67

Attendance:- 13,704
Referee:- G. Pooley (Bishop's Stortford)

Crystal Palace
Colours:- Red & Blue striped shirts, Red shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 3rd/24, after match 4th/24
Manager:- Alan Smith

1.   Nigel Martyn
2.   Richard Shaw *
3.   Dean Gordon
4.   Gareth Southgate
5.   Eric Young
6.   Chris Coleman
7.   Simon Osborn
8.   Simon Rodger *
9.   Chris Armstrong
10. Paul Williams
11. John Salako

Sub: David Whyte *
Sub: Bobby Bowry *
Sub not used: Andy Woodman (GK)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after match 12th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Tommy Gallagher
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Charlie Palmer
5.   Richard Walker
6.   Phil Turner
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Wilson
11. Tony Agana

Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Gary McSwegan & Robbie Turner

Notes:
County's first away win in the league for over year (12/Sep/1992 at Watford being the last), the club had set a club record 29 winless league games on the road. Incredibly, the win was achieved at high flying Crystal Palace who would ultimately be crowned champions, this victory completing a double (Notts having beaten them at home the previous month). Manager Mick Walker hugged each of his players at the end and ran across to the away section to shake supporters hands.


Saturday 11th December 1993
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Lund 47

Millwall 3
Rae 65, 73, 82

Attendance:- 6,516
Referee:- J. Parker (Preston)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 12th/24, after weekend matches 14th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Tommy Gallagher
3.   Michael Johnson
4.   Charlie Palmer
5.   Richard Walker
6.   Phil Turner
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Kevin Wilson *
11. Tony Agana

Sub: Gary McSwegan *
Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Meindert Dijkstra

Millwall
Colours:- ?Blue shirts with dual white pinstripes, White shorts, Blue socks?
League Position:- before match 5th/24, after weekend matches 4th/24
Manager:- Mick McCarthy

1.   Kasey Keller
2.   Mark Beard +
3.   Phil Barber
4.   Andy Roberts
5.   Neil Emblen
6.   Keith Stevens
7.   Alex Rae
8.   Mark Kennedy *
9.   Dave Mitchell
10. Jon Goodman
11. Richard Huxford

Sub: Etienne Verveer *55
Sub: Tony Dolby +63
Sub not used: Carl Emberson (GK)

Notes:
How ironic, that a week after Notts had finally ended the 15 month run without an away win, they go and lose their impressive unbearten home run -  the first league defeat at Meadow Lane since the opening day of the season. Alex Rae, scorer of Millwall's hat-trick, later had a brief spell as assistant manager at Notts to Paul Ince in 2010/11.


Saturday 18th December 1993
3pm kick off at Ayresome Park

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*Then known as Division One

Middlesbrough 3
Moore 7
Kavanagh 19, 38

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 7,869
Referee:- A. Wilkie (Chester-le-Street)

Middlesbrough
Colours:- Red shirts with white shoulders, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after weekend matches 14th/24
Manager:- Lennie Lawrence

1.   Steve Pears
2.   Curtis Fleming
3.   Richard Liburd
4.   Robbie Mustoe
5.   Nicky Mohan
6.   Derek Whyte *
7.   John Gannon
8.   Graham Kavanagh *
9.   Paul Wilkinson
10. Andy Peake
11. Alan Moore

Sub: Andy Todd *
Sub: Ian Johnson *
Sub not used: Ben Roberts (GK)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 14th/24, after weekend matches 15th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

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

Sub: Gary McSwegan *
Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Meindert Dijkstra

Notes:
The worst performance of the season so far.



Wednesday 22nd December 1993

Anglo-Italian Cup
Group A

Ancona 0

Notts County 1
McSwegan 54

Attendance:- 786

Notts County
Cherry, Cox, Dijkstra, Walker, Johnson, P.Turner (Wilson), Devlin, Draper, Lund, McSwegan, Agana

Notes:
This was Notts' final fixture in this section of the competition. The win saw them top the group to reach the English semi-final against Group B's top English performers Southend United. Brescia were the top Italian side in Group A, they would meet Pescara in the other semi-final.

Final English Table for Group A
                      F  A  Pts
1. Notts County       9  7   9
2. Bolton Wanderers  10  5   6
3. Middlesbrough      1  7   1
4. Charlton Athletic  1  9   1


Monday 27th December 1993
3pm kick off at Blundell Park

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*Then known as Division One

Grimsby Town 2
Livingstone 14
Walker (og) 83

Notts County 2
Lund 43
Devlin 65

Attendance:- 7,781

Grimsby Town
Colours:- White shirts with thin black stripes, Black shorts, White socks, Red trimmings
League Position:- before match 19th/24, after match 18th/24
Manager:- Alan Buckley

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- Aqua blue shirts, Purple shorts, Aqua blue socks
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after match 15th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Paul Cox
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Richard Walker
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Phil Turner
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Tony Agana

Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Kevin Wilson & Rob Matthews


Tuesday 28th December 1993
2nd tier League fixture

Notts County P
Barnsley P

Notes:
This Xmas holiday fixture was called off on the day of the match due to overnight snow, I seem to recall hearing about the postponement in the car on the way to the ground and Notts were less than happy with the referee's decision.
Also this month Chairman Derek Pavis was reported to have expressed his desire to offload 8 players "even if it means giving them away" to lessen the wage bill burden. Notts had also failed, for the 2nd time, to prize striker Mark Hateley from Glasgow Rangers.


Notts County Squad Pics
1993/94

Mick Walker - Notts County FC 1993/94Steve Cherry - Notts County FC 1993/94

Mick WalkerSteve Cherry

Kevin Wilson - Notts County FC 1993/94Charlie Palmer - Notts County FC 1993/94Richard Walker - Notts County FC 1993/94Michael Johnson - Notts County FC 1993/94

Kevin WilsonCharlie PalmerRichard WalkerMichael Johnson

Paul Devlin - Notts County FC 1993/94Phil Turner - Notts County FC 1993/94Mark Draper - Notts County FC 1993/94Andy Legg - Notts County FC 1993/94

Paul DevlinPhil TurnerMark DraperAndy Legg

Gary Lund - Notts County FC 1993/94Gary McSwegan - Notts County FC 1993/94

Gary LundGary McSwegan

Tommy Gallagher - Notts County FC 1993/94Tony Agana - Notts County FC 1993/94Paul Cox - Notts County FC 1993/94Meindert Dijkstra - Notts County FC 1993/94Shaun Murphy - Notts County FC 1993/94Rob Matthews - Notts County FC

Tommy GallagherTony AganaPaul CoxMeindert DijkstraShaun MurphyRob Matthews


Saturday 1st January 1994
3pm kick off at Burnden Park

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*Then known as Division One

Bolton Wanderers 4
Fleck 5
Green 15
Thompson 81
McAteer 90

Notts County 2
Turner 64
Lund 69

Attendance:- 11,041

Bolton Wanderers
Colours:- White shirts, Navy shorts, Navy socks, Red trim
League Position:- before match 13th/24, after match 13th/24
Manager:- Bruce Rioch

1.   Aidan Davison
2.   Phil Brown
3.   David Burke *
4.   Jason McAteer
5.   Scott Green
6.   Mark Winstanley
7.   David Lee
8.   Alan Stubbs
9.   Owen Coyle *
10. Robert Fleck
11. Mark Patterson

Sub: Alan Thompson *
Sub: Jimmy Phillips *
Sub not used: Russell Hoult (GK)

Notts County
Colours:- Aqua blue shirts, Purple shorts, Aqua blue socks
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after match 15th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Paul Cox
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Phil Turner
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Michael Simpson *

Sub: Rob Matthews *
Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Shaun Murphy


Monday 3rd January 1994
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Draper 35
Dijkstra 90

Southend United 1
K.Jones 49

Attendance:- 6,503

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

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Paul Cox
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Phil Turner
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Rob Matthews

Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Andy Legg & Paul Sherlock

Southend United
Colours:- All Red with yellow trimmings
League Position:- before match 5th/24, after match 5th/24
Manager:- Peter Taylor

Team to be added


Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 8th January 1994
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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FA Cup 3rd Round

Notts County 3
Draper 1
Agana 10
Devlin 78

Sutton United 2
Barrowcliffe 61
Smart 69

Attendance:- 6,805
Referee:- K. Barratt (Coventry)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 15th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Paul Cox
5.   Michael Johnson  Sent Off 11
6.   Phil Turner
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan *
11. Tony Agana +

Sub: Andy Legg *65
Sub: Rob Matthews +87
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK)

Sutton United
Colours:- Amber shirts, Brown shorts, Amber socks
League Level:- 6th tier
Manager:- Alan Gane

1.   Fitzroy McCaulsky
2.   Gates
3.   Steve Smart
4.   Golley
5.   Costello
6.   Jones
7.   Anderson +
8.   Paul Barrowcliffe
9.   Ollie Morah
10. Simon Quail  Sent Off 11
11. Byrne *

Sub: Thomas *82
Sub: Newman +85
Sub not used: Harris

Notes:
Two goals and two sendings off within the first 11 minutes!!! Non-league Sutton made a great fight back and Notts were somewhat fortunate to win in the end. Michael Johnson was sent off for apparently retaliating to a blatant off-the-ball kick to the thigh by Simon Quail (for which he too saw red), Richard Walker was adamant that Johnson didn't do anything. The Sutton keeper claimed that the corner that led to County's winner was punched out of his hands before Devlin scored.


Tuesday 11th February 1994
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Devlin 30
McSwegan 85

Birmingham City 1
Cooper 86

Attendance:- 7,212

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after midweek matches 14th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Paul Sherlock
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Michael Johnson
5.   Colin Foster
6.   Michael Simpson
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Andy Legg
11. Rob Matthews *

Sub: Gary McSwegan *
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Shaun Murphy

Birmingham City
Colours:- Blue shirts with white sleeves, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after midweek matches 17th/24
Manager:- Barry Fry

1.   Ian Bennett
2.   Scott Hiley
3.   Richard Dryden
4.   Andy Saville
5.   Chris Whyte
6.   Steve Claridge
7.   Paul Harding
8.   Gary Cooper
9.   Kenny Lowe
10. Steve McGavin
11. Liam Daish

Sub: George Parris
Sub: Ted McMinn
Sub: Kevin Miller (GK)

Notes:
On-loan Colin Foster made his Notts debut having arrived from West Ham United, as did the 20 year old youth team product Paul Sherlock. County defended for virtually the whole match but still won. Birmingham's 11 included Paul Harding who had just joined them from Notts on 5th January for £40,000 having spent a month there on loan in December.


Saturday 15th January 1994
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Agana 70

Luton Town 2
Dixon 81, 88

Attendance:- 6,589
Referee:- B. Burns (Scarborough)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 14th/24, after weekend matches 15th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Jim Gannon
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Michael Johnson
5.   Colin Foster
6.   Phil Turner
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Andy Legg *
11. Tony Agana

Sub: Gary McSwegan *
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Paul Sherlock

Luton Town
Colours:- All Blue with white trimmings
League Position:- before match 19th/24, after weekend matches 17th/24
Manager:- David Pleat

1.   Juergen Sommer
2.   Des Linton
3.   Trevor Peake
4.   John Dreyer
5.   Julian James
6.   Paul Telfer
7.   Alan Harper
8.   David Preece *
9.   Ceri Hughes
10. Kerry Dixon
11. Scott Oakes *

Sub: Jamie Campbell *
Sub: John Hartson *
Sub not used: Andy Petterson (GK)

Notes:
Jim Gannon made his Notts debut on loan from Stockport County. Kevin Wilson was now out on a month's loan at Bradford City.


Saturday 22nd January 1994
3pm kick off at Ashton Gate

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*Then known as Division One

Bristol City 0

Notts County 2
Legg 34
Agana 79

Attendance:- 7,458
Referee:- D. Gallagher (Banbury)
Bookings:- City - Llewellyn & Shail, Notts - Sherlock

Bristol City
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 11th/24, after weekend matches 12th/24
Manager:- Russell Osman

1.   Keith Welch
2.   Andy Llewellyn *
3.   Martin Scott
4.   Mark Shail
5.   Stuart Munro
6.   Brian Tinnion
7.   Dave Martin
8.   Junior Bent
9.   Liam Robinson *
10. Wayne Allison
11. Rob Edwards

Sub: Glenn Pennyfather *
Sub: Leroy Rosenior *
Subs not used: Andy Leaning (GK)

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

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Jim Gannon
3.   Paul Sherlock
4.   Charlie Palmer
5.   Colin Foster
6.   Phil Turner
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Andy Legg
11. Tony Agana

Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Gary McSwegan & Shaun Murphy



Wednesday 26th January 1994

Anglo-Italian Cup
English Semi-Final 1st Leg

Southend United 1
Gridelet 5

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 3,706

Southend United
Royce, Poole, Powell, Gridelet, Edwards, Bodley, Hunt, Paybe Jones (Mooney), Otto, Lee

Notts County
Cherry, Johnson, Sherlock, Palmer, Foster, P.Turner, Devlin, Draper, Lund, Agana, Legg

Notes:
Gary Lund had a penalty saved on the half-hour mark.


Notts' FA Cup Results
Saturday 29th January 1994
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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FA Cup 4th Round

Notts County 1
Lund 38

West Ham United 1
Jones 41

Attendance:- 14,952
Referee:- M. Pierce (Portsmouth)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 15th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Paul Sherlock
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Shaun Murphy
6.   Meindert Dijkstra
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper +
9.   Gary Lund
10. Andy Legg *
11. Tony Agana

Sub: Gary McSwegan *
Sub: Paul Cox +
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK)

West Ham United
Colours:- All Sky Blue with two claret hoops on the shirt
League Position:- 11th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Billy Bonds

1.   Ludek Miklosko
2.   Tim Breacker
4.   Steve Potts
6.   Martin Allen
15. Kenny Brown
14. Ian Bishop
16. Matt Holmes
17. Steve Jones
23. Keith Rowland
25. Lee Chapman
34. Mike Marsh

Subs not used: Gerry Peyton (GK), Clive Allen & Trevor Morley


Saturday 5th February 1994
3pm kick off at Fratton Park

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*Then known as Division One

Portsmouth 0

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 9,359
Referee:- P. Allcock (South Merstham)
Bookings:- Notts - Devlin

Portsmouth
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 13th/24, after weekend matches 13th/24
Manager:- Jim Smith

1.   Alan Knight
2.   John Durnin *
3.   Ray Daniel
4.   Alan McLoughlin
5.   Kit Symons
6.   Andy Awford
7.   Warren Neill
8.   Mark Chamberlain *
9.   Gerry Creaney
10. Paul Walsh
11. Bjorn Kristensen

Sub: Chris Burns *
Sub: Darryl Powell *
Sub not used: Brian Horne (GK)

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

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Paul Sherlock
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Colin Foster
6.   Meindert Dijkstra
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Peter Reid
11. Tony Agana

Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Gary McSwegan & Michael Simpson

Notes:
Former England international Peter Reid, now aged 37, made his Notts debut having joined the club on a pay as you play basis. Robbie Turner, who had not played for Notts this season, left the club for Exeter City.


Notts' FA Cup Results
Wednesday 9th February 1994
7:45pm kick off at Upton Park

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FA Cup 4th Round Replay

West Ham United 1
Chapman 118

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 23,273

AET - West Ham through to play away to Kidderminster Harriers in the next round

West Ham United
Colours:- Claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- 11th/22 in the top tier
Manager:- Billy Bonds

1.   Ludek Miklosko
2.   Tim Breacker
23. Keith Rowland
4.   Steve Potts
15. Kenny Brown
14. Ian Bishop
6.   Martin Allen
17. Steve Jones *
25. Lee Chapman
34. Mike Marsh
16. Matt Holmes

Sub: Clive Allen *

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, ?change socks?
League Position:- 15th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Paul Sherlock
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Meindert Dijkstra
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund *
10. Andy Legg
11. Gary McSwegan

Sub: Rob Matthews *
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Paul Cox

Notes:
Notts were just 2 minutes away from taking Premier League West Ham to a penalty shoot-out.


Saturday 12th February 1994
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
McSwegan 55
Palmer 86

Nottingham Forest 1
Phillips 84

Attendance :- 18,655
Referee:-  P Don (Middlesex)
Weather:- Dry
Corners:- Notts 3 Forest 14
Goal attempts on target:- Notts 4 Forest 4
Goal attempts off target:- Notts 7 Forest 5
Bookings:- Johnson, Sherlock, Legg and Devlin (Notts) all fouls, Cooper (Forest) for a foul.

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after match 13th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Paul Sherlock *
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Colin Foster
6.   Michael Johnson
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Peter Reid
11. Gary McSwegan

Sub: Andy Legg *45
Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK) and Meindert Dijkstra

Nottingham Forest
Colours:- All Red
League Position:- before match 3rd/24, after match 6th/24
Manager:- Frank Clark

1.   Mark Crossley
2.   Des Lyttle
3.   Stuart Pearce
4.   Colin Cooper
5.   Steve Chettle
6.   Steve Stone *
7.   David Phillips
8.   Scot Gemmill
9.   Lars Bohinen
10. Lee Glover
11. Kingsley Black

Sub:   Gary Bull *79
Subs not used: Neil Webb & Mark Statham (GK)

Notes:
One of THE legendary matches at Meadow Lane. Forest crossed the Trent seeking to set a new club record of six away wins on the bounce, but that looked unlikely once Gary McSwegan had put Notts ahead with a superb individual effort. Forest thought they had at least earned a draw with a late equaliser, Notts then promptly went up the other end and scored the winner. Never have I celebrated a goal so wildly, before or since.

Recorded by Central Television but only for a brief goals report. The whole match was later made available on a home VHS video with a commentary.

Nottingham Evening Post Report

BUOYANT MAGPIES FLYING TOWARDS PROMOTION PACK
By David Stapleton

Charlie Palmer celebrates scoring the winner for Notts County v Forest, 1994Notts County’s sensational, deserved derby win kept up the trend of half time transformations in clashes with Nottingham Forest and increased hopes that they can also figure in the First Division promotion chase. The Magpies, now within seven points of their fancied neighbours, will feel the gap is far from unassailable on Saturday's evidence at Meadow Lane. County exercised greater control of the second half than did Forest of the first period. They created the better chances, forced Mark Crossley to the more demanding saves, and had the majority of the near misses - Gary McSwegan might have scored a hat-trick. When defender Charlie Palmer headed the 86th minute winner -his first goal for two seasons and his first in the League since 1990 -it sealed an admirable tactical triumph for manager Mick Walker.

At half time he withdrew youngster Paul Sherlock, under orders to do a ball winning job in midfield, and sent on Andy Legg in the belief that his natural attacking instincts might cause Forest's Norwegian artist Lars Bohinen to do more defending.
The result was that easily the Reds , biggest creative influence of the first half seldom looked like posing the same subsequent threat. Now the last four league meetings of Notts and Forest would appear to have been heavily influenced by interval decisions and deliberations which only the fly on the dressing-room wall has been privy to.

Two seasons ago, when both clubs were in the top flight Forest won at Meadow Lane after a goalless first half which County controlled. The City Ground return was dominated by Forest for 45 minutes, but Notts pulled back a half time deficit to draw 1-1. Last October, across the river, County had the better of the opening half, only to surrender control and go down to Stan Collymore's lone goal.
Now, Walker has made the score 2-2 on tactical expertise with the ploy which brought Notts their first League victory over Forest for 12 years. It also succeeded in pumping more entertainment into a game almost bereft of incident in the opening 45 minutes. Crossley made the first of three superb saves to deny Gary Lund early on, but Forest - despite suggesting they would take clear command - failed to draw a single stop from Steve Cherry in their better first half. Bohinen had the best chance, failing to make contact on the line from Des Lyttle's cross.

Significantly, Notts cut open Forest's defence only three minutes into the second half, but Crossley again showed his merit by denying McSwegan. The Scottish striker then hit a post before putting County into their 55th minute lead with his 11th goal of the season. Michael Johnson, switched to left back, deserved credit for a good ball forward, enabling McSwegan to cut inside both Steve Chettle and Colin Cooper and smash a low shot past Crossley.

Forest, it seemed, might have been awarded a penalty two minutes later when Colin Foster appeared to put a hand on Stuart Pearce's cross. They were also unfortunate in the 64th minute when a Lee Glover header looked destined for the net until it struck team- mate Cooper and went over the top. But Lund, with two headers, hinted at Forest's inability to defend inside their own box before the Palmer winner. Forest's 84th minute equaliser came when it was least expected. Pearce did well to get into the box, but his shot rebounded conveniently for, David Phillips.

It seemed that the side would stretch its record of 13 League away games without defeat until Mark Draper's precision free-kick was emphatically finished off by Palmer. On the day it was hard to pinpoint a truly convincing Forest outfield performer. Paradoxically, Notts had several successes. Foster and skipper Phil Turner were outstanding at the heart of defence, Palmer and Johnson completed a good back four, veteran Peter Reid was a growing midfield influence on his home debut and McSwegan' s goal was reward for a bright second half. It was further proof that the points went the right way.

Ten moments that turned the Nottingham derby
2 Mins - Mark Crossley makes a point blank save to deny Gary Lund from ten yards following phil turners free kick.
12 Mins - Colin Foster produces a perfectly timed tackle to prevent Scott Gemmill opening the scoring.
40 Mins - Lars Bohinen could have put Forest ahead but failed to apply the finishing touch to Steve Stone’s cross from under the crossbar.
48 Mins - Crossley makes a fantastic double save to twice deny Gary McSwegan after Peter Reid’s long ball split open the Forest defence.
51 Mins - McSwegan outpaces Colin Cooper and tricks his way past the Forest defender inside the box only to see his right foot shot cannon back off the post.
55 Mins - GOAL!!!!!!! McSwegan tricks his way past Steve Chettle and cuts inside Cooper and this time his low right foot shot finds the bottom corner to put Notts ahead.
57 Mins - Stuart Pearce crosses low into the box. Forest claim a penalty as Foster, falling with Glover, is said to have handled the ball. The Referee is having none of it.
78 Mins - Steve Cherry makes his first real save keeping out Glover’s shot on the turn following Bohinen’s throw in.
85 Mins - Pearce drives in a low shot which Cherry can only parry, Michael Johnson can’t make the clearance and David Phillips arrives at the far post to tap in the equaliser at the Meadow lane end.
86 Mins - GOAL!!!!!!! Chettle fouls McSwegan on the edge of the Forest box and at the second attempt Mark Draper swings in the free kick for Charlie Palmer to head the winner right in front of the visting specatators seated in the kop stand.

WHAT THE MANAGERS THOUGHT
MICK WALKER: “It’s the best result since I took over as Notts manager… though I wouldn’t say the performance was outstanding. It was the best result because of the satisfaction derived from the fact we’ve been the city’s underdogs for many years.”

FRANK CLARK: “I didn’t think we played that badly, but we didn’t show enough quality around their box. Then having got back into the game we got caught by a sucker punch. It looked even worse when I saw it a second time on TV.”

PEARCE MAKES PEACE
By Ian Edwards

NOTTINGHAM FOREST skipper Stuart Pearce today sent a 'no hard feelings' message to Notts County boss Mick Walker. Walker has made an apology to the England defender. And Pearce immediately defused the situation when he said: "I'm more concerned about having lost the match than anything Mick may have done. I never saw him make any kind of gesture - and, anyway, I've faced far worse things, and been called far worse things, in my time. I'm sure there was no malice on Mick's part. As far as I'm concerned, it's over and I don't hold anything against him."
The derby flashpoint was sparked by a Paul Devlin challenge on Kingsley Black. Walker's response followed a Pearce tackle seconds later directly in front of the Notts dug-out. Pearce went on: "There were a few tackles flying about and Mick started shouting. I just told him to shut up and he laughed. After that I don't know what happened because I had my back to him, and frankly I'm not bothered." Walker thanked Pearce for his understanding. He said: "Stuart is a pro. of the highest calibre. I have always said about him that he takes it as well as he gives it out." The Notts manager was full of remorse after the incident. He said: "I shouldn't have done it and I regret it. It was just one of those things. Everything happened in the heat of the moment." Walker is fortunate to have escaped an official complaint which could have lead to disciplinary action from the Football Association. Forest boss Frank Clark, who had a clear view of the incident from the directors' box, was obviously upset with a fellow manager making such a signal. He said: "I thought the referee and linesmen both missed a bad challenge on Kingsley Black and the skipper was annoyed about that. I'd rather not comment any further."

"The Pie" fanzine interviewed Charlie Palmer about the goal in 2001......
"After the free kick was awarded I made my way into the box. I gave Drapes a quick glance, indicating where I wanted to put the ball. After the referee ordered us to retake the kick I just walked back, without looking at Drapes. Instinctively I just attacked the space and managed to get ahead of Pearce. I knew it was in as soon as it left my head. All I can remember thinking was how I had managed to out jump Pearcy. Before I knew it I was running down the touchline with my arms doing all sorts of things. To be honest it was probably a release of some frustration, as the things had turned a bit sour for me at Notts.
Not being from Nottingham, I did not realise the enormity of the goal until I met up with some of the other players on the following Monday. A lot of the younger players (Drapes, Tommy etc) were full of stories about going out on the Saturday and having drinks bought for them all night. They could not understand why I had gone home straight after the game!"




Wednesday 16th February 1994

Anglo-Italian Cup
English Semi-Final 2nd Leg

Notts County 1
Devlin 69

Southend United 0

Attendance:- 5,485

1-1 on aggregate, Notts through to the final on penalties

Notts County
Cherry, Palmer, Dijkstra, P.Turner, Foster, Johnson (Sherlock), Devlin, Draper, Lund, Legg, McSwegan

Notes:
This match was hastily re-arranged from the previous night when it was postponed due to a frozen pitch. On loan defender Jim Gannon was now back with Stockport County.


Saturday 19th February 1994
3pm kick off at St.Andrews

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Birmingham City 2
Frain (pen) 59
Saville 61

Notts County 3
McSwegan 24
Wilson 67
Legg 81

Attendance :- 12,913
Referee:-  T. Heilbron (Co. Durham)
Weather:- Cold
Corners:- Blues 9 Notts 1
Goal attempts on target:- Blues 6 Notts 5
Goal attempts off target:- Blues 4 Notts 6
Bookings:- Dijkstra (Notts) for dissent and McSwegan (Notts) for a foul

Birmingham City
Colours:- Blue shirts with white sleeves, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 22nd/24, after match 22nd/24
Manager:- Barry Fry

1.   Ian Bennett
2.   George Parris
3.   John Frain
4.   Paul Fenwick
5.   Richard Dryden
6.   Gary Cooper
7.   Ted McMinn
8.   Kenny Lowe
9.   Andy Saville
10. Paul Peschisolido
11. Neil Doherty

Sub: Steve McGavin *45
Sub: Miguel De Souza +45
Sub not used: Kevin Miller (GK)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 13th/24, after match 10th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Colin Foster
6.   Michael Johnson +
7.   Andy Legg
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Peter Reid *

Sub: Kevin Wilson *45
Sub: Paul Cox +79
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK)

Notes:
This was a good week to be a Notts fan, County had beaten Forest the previous Saturday and had then booked another trip to Wembley by beating Southend in the English Semi-final of the Anglo-Italian Cup in mid-week. The national press were bigging this Birmingham v Notts fixture up as a grudge match between Blues MD Karren Brady and Notts Chairman Derek Pavis - Brady was reported to have stormed out of the Meadow Lane directors lounge a month earlier over a harmless joke Pavis had made after Notts had beaten Birmingham in the re-arranged Tuesday night home fixture, The Sun newspaper ran another story about the incident with a back page headline on the morning of this match and Pavis was quoted as saying: "Karren Brady is a tart - I hope we screw them - in the football sense of the word". Notts fans were in good voice at St. Andrews singing something about Karren Brady's knickers and chanting "2-1, we beat the scum 2-1" (the latter being a reference to Forest, not Birmingham whom we had recently beaten by the same score). We also got to see the famous British boxer Frank Bruno who came onto the pitch before the game. The programme for the match had one of the silliest articles I've ever seen on my travels, page 3 had a "Supporters Charter" listing 8 aims which the Birmingham officials were hoping their fans would adhere to, including: "Arrive at the stadium sober and at least 30 minutes before kick off", "Applaud good play and goals by BOTH teams", "Allow free kicks and penalties to be taken without distraction" and "Respect the decisions of the referee and linesman - they have a difficult job to do". No wonder they were relegated!

Nottingham Evening Post Report
By David Stapleton

WHEN it came to the crunch at Birmingham, chairman Derek Pavis let a Scotsman, Welshman and an Irishman do the talking for him and lift buoyant Notts County to within five points of the play-off zone.
The game crackled with entertainment value, too, compensating those who had seen the second round between Mr Pavis and Karren Brady as being too good to miss. Why, even Frank Bruno was there, not to mention a camera crew which focussed on the directors' box for the entire 90 minutes.
But the combatants themselves sat a dozen yards apart - avoiding the risk of the verbal sideswipes which started at Meadow Lane on January 11. The flak from Miss Brady, Birmingham managing director, has not only been directed at Mr Pavis and his ideas about who should and who should not enter football boardrooms. She is playing a leading role in a fight with Midland Independent Newspapers over a publication she claims “was sold on the back of the football club without any approval from or financial contribution to the club”. The local evening newspaper had its facilities at the ground withdrawn for the Notts match, when City kept their record going of not having won a match this year. They could have no complaints either, because a Magpies' side not surprisingly below its best after a surfeit of football recently could have scored six.
The Birmingham defence was woeful, always susceptible to County's quick breaks. And despite their attacking zest and passion they seldom brought a save from Steve Cherry. City's first goal in 59 minutes also came from a hotly contentious penalty, triggering off the marvellous excitement in which Notts fell behind before their fighting hearts won the day. No praise is too high for a side which twice in a week has come back from wearisome extra time in cup games to register league wins.
It proves their spirit and character, and with the skill and ability in the squad Notts can carry on climbing. Having won five of their last seven First Division games they are tenth, with successive home games to come against lowly pair Peterborough and Barnsley. The progress is as best epitomised by Scot Gary McSwegan as anyone. His lightning quick reactions at the far post put Notts in front after they had taken an early pounding. It was McSwegan's second goal in a week after his recent recall to the side and the prelude to one of his best performances since arriving at the club last summer. His quick, positive running did much to unnerve the home defence. He also got in several more creditable goal attempts and used the ball thoughtfully. "McSwegan, McSwegan! ..." bellowed delighted supporters at the end in a richly deserved salute to the £400,000 former Rangers' man, who now has 12 goals from only 23 starts.
Their joy had been punctuated with doubts, though, as Birmingham's two goals in two second half minutes put the side behind. First, the £1m rated Paul Peschisolido - not as effective as Mcswegan appeared to fall under Charlie Palmer’s challenge for the penalty, which John Frain put away. Andy Saville's far post header was most attributable to Frain's lovely curling cross.
But enter the Irishman and the Welshman to land the County pay off punches whichh Bruno -at St. Andrew's on behalf of a children's charity - would have approved of. Substitute Kevin Wilson's sweet strike was only his third goal since his arrival at Notts nearly two years ago, Legg's 81st minute effort - a tribute to his quick reactions and McSwegan's typical thrust - was his fifth goal for the club and his first since the 2-0 win at Bristol City on January 22.


Tuesday 22nd February 1994
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
McSwegan 27, 81

Peterborough United 1
Iorfa 87

Attendance:- 6,106
Referee:- T. Holbrook

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 10th/24, after midweek matches 10th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Colin Foster
6.   Paul Sherlock *
7.   Andy Legg
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Kevin Wilson

Sub: Paul Cox *
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Rob Matthews

Peterborough United
Colours:- Blue shirts, White shorts, Blue socks
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, after midweek matches 23rd/24
Manager:- Chris Turner

1.   Fred Barber
2.   Darren Bradshaw
3.   Tony Spearing
4.   Chris Greenman
5.   Lee Howarth
6.   Steve Welsh
7.   Lee Williams
8.   Brian McGorry *
9.   Tony Adcock
10. Ken Charlery
11. Jason Brissett +

Sub: Detzi Kruszynski *58
Sub: Dominic Iorfa +72
Sub not used: Scott Cooksey (GK)


Saturday 26th February 1994
2nd tier League fixture

Notts County P
Tranmere Rovers P

Notes:
This fixture was cancelled due to Tranmere Rovers having a League Cup Semi-final 2nd leg v Aston Villa live on ITV on Sunday afternoon.


Tuesday 1st March 1994
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 3
Draper 26, 28
Lund 82

Barnsley 1
Payton 13

Attendance:- 6,297

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 10th/24, after midweek matches 8th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Paul Cox
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Colin Foster
6.   Charlie Palmer *
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Andy Legg

Sub: Paul Sherlock *
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Kevin Wilson

Barnsley
Colours:- ?Red shirts with black trim, White shorts, Red socks?
League Position:- before match 21st/24, after midweek matches 21st/24
Player/Manager:- Viv Anderson

Team to be added

Notes:
This was a rearranged fixture after the original had been postponed due to bad weather on 28th December (the Christmas matchday programme was on sale tonight with a new 4 page colour wraparound supplement, as illustrated above)


Saturday 5th March 1994
3pm kick off at Roker Park

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*Then known as Division One

Sunderland 2
Russell 41
Gray 86

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 16,269
Referee:- T. Lunt (Ashton-in-Makerfield)
Bookings:- Sunderland - Kubiscki, Notts - Cox, Draper & Dijkstra

Sunderland
Colours:- Red & White striped shirts, Black shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after weekend matches 15th/24
Manager:- Mick Buxton

1.   Alec Chamberlain
2.   Richard Ord
3.   Gary Bennett
4.   Derek Ferguson
5.   Kevin Ball
6.   Don Goodman
7.   Phil Gray
8.   Craig Russell
9.   Andy Melville
10. Martin Smith
11. Dariusz Kubiscki

Subs not used: Ian Sampson, Brian Atkinson & Tony Norman (GK)

Notts County
Colours:- Aqua blue shirts, Purple shorts, Aqua blue socks
League Position:- before match 8th/24, after midweek matches 8th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Paul Cox
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Kevin Wilson
5.   Colin Foster
6.   Paul Sherlock
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Andy Legg *

Sub: Rob Matthews *
Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Michael Simpson

Notes:
Colin Foster made his last appearance for Notts on loan before returning to West Ham despite the two clubs agreeing a transfer fee (Foster could not agree personal terms). Also this month Sheffield United's Tom Cowan arrived for a week's trial but Notts returned him as the Blades were asking for too much money.


Saturday 12th March 1994
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 1
Lund 32

Watford 0

Attendance:- 6,379
Referee:- I. Cruikshanks (Hartlepool)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 8th/24, after weekend matches 7th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Tommy Gallagher
3.   Andy Legg
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Richard Walker
6.   Paul Cox
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Peter Reid

Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Kevin Wilson  & Meindert Dijkstra

Watford
Colours:- Yellow shirts with black shoulders, Black shorts, Black socks, Red trim
League Position:- before match 20th/24, after weekend matches 21st/24
Manager:- Glenn Roeder

1.   Perry Digweed
2.   Gerry Lavin
3.   Jason Drysdale
4.   Andy Hessenthaler
5.   Keith Dublin
6.   Barry Ashby
7.   Richard Johnson *
8.   Craig Ramage
9.   Paul Furlong
10. Gary Porter
11. Lee Nogan

Sub: Alex Inglethorpe *
Subs not used: Perry Suckling (GK) & Jason Soloman

Notes:
Despite rising to an unlikely 7th, Notts were quite dreadful today (as they had been for much of the season if truth be told), Watford hit the woodwork before falling behind and were unlucky to leave with nothing, McSwegan could even afford to miss a penalty on 52.


Wednesday 16th March 1994
7:45pm kick off at The Hawthorns

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*Then known as Division One

West Bromwich Albion 3
Taylor 45, 64
Hunt 75

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 14,594

West Bromwich Albion
Colours:- Navy & white striped shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 19th/24, after match 19th/24
Manager:- Keith Burkinshaw

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- Aqua blue shirts, Purple shorts, Aqua blue socks
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after match 7th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Andy Legg
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Paul Cox
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan *
11. Peter Reid

Sub: Rob Matthews *
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Meindert Dijkstra

Notes:
Another sour away display, but at least Notts now had enough points to avoid a battle with relegation - which they had been threatened with for most of the campaign.



Sunday 20th March 1994
3pm kick off at Wembley Stadium

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Anglo-Italian Cup Final

Notts County 0

Brescia 1
Ambrosetti 65

Attendance:- 17,185
Referee:- A. Cakar (Turkey)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- 7th/24 in the 2nd tier
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Meindert Dijkstra
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan *
11. Andy Legg

Sub: Tony Agana *72
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Paul Cox, Rob Matthews & Tommy Gallagher

Brescia
Colours:- Blue shirts with a white chevron, White shorts, Blue socks
League Level:- 2nd tier in Italy
Manager:- Mircea Lucescu

1.   Marco Landucci
2.   Nicola Marangon
3.   Salvatore Giunta
4.   Sergio Domini
5.   Giuseppe Baronchelli
6.   Stefano Bonometti
7.   Marco Schenardi *
8.   Ioan Sabau
9.   Gabriele Ambrosetti +
10. Gheorghe Hagi
11. Fabio Gallo

Sub: Maurizo Neri *46
Sub: Marco Piovanelli +75
Sub not used: Brunetti, Mezzanotti & Vettore

Highlights were shown on Central TV immediately after the end of their live Sunday afternoon league match.

National Newspaper Report

CUP FINAL day. Wembley's twin towers glistened in the pale spring sunshine and the jobsworths on gate duty looked as inscrutable as ever. But this was the final of the Anglo-Italian Cup, football's response to Frank Bruno's midweek heavyweight bout with Jesse Ferguson. There was once a quiz question which few people ask these days: which league club used Wembley as their home ground. Answer: Clapton Orient, before the war, when their own ground was not available. It is difficult to find anyone who watched Clapton Orient play at Wembley in the Thirties but the atmosphere must have been a little like yesterday's. The Anglo-Italian Cup is a sham. Many of the fixtures have been accompanied by awful violence, though not so much of late, a happy by-product of the fierce apathy which currently surrounds the competition. There were 17,000 at Wembley yesterday. Perhaps some of them watched Dame Bruno against Big Jesse in Birmingham last Wednesday. The ticket tout on Wembley Way was surely planted by the match organisers to lend some authenticity to the proceedings.
The afternoon built towards its crescendo. There was a penalty shoot-out, sponsored by the Nottingham Evening Post, a six-a-side match between the veterans of Notts County and Nottingham Forest and a section of music by the band of the Welsh Guards. Then some Italian restaurant proprietor called Paulo Rossi put in an appearance. The trophy is played for between clubs from the English First Division and the Italian Serie B. The First Division clubs are divided into eight groups of three (there is talk of doing away with the group system) and County ultimately won through by beating off the challenge of Southend United in the English semi-final. Brescia - and if you know where that is you deserve an Anglo-Italian Cup all in yourself - triumphed over Pescara. Notts County finished second yesterday, and deserved to, but at least the contest was not as one-sided as last season when Derby County were totally out-manoeuvred by Cremonese, who now play in Serie A. The goal, in the 66th minute, was scored by Gabriele Ambrosetti after a delightful chip from Domini and a blocked shot from Sabau. County put the Italian club under sustained pressure in the final 20 minutes and Palmer had a shot cleared off the line in injury time. Brescia, under the guidance of Romania's former manager Mircea Lucescu, played some fine football in fitful patches and in the delightful Gheorghe Hagi, also of Romania, we at least had the pleasure of watching one of the finest footballers in Europe. It was not enough though.

Notes:
Notts' league fixture away to Derby County scheduled for Saturday 19th March was postponed. Notts played well for the first time in ages and were unlucky to lose, Mick Walker employed a 4-2-4 system which was a welcome relief following 2 months of purely defencive tactics.


Saturday 26th March 1994
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 4
McSwegan 12
Matthews 37
Lund 48, 66

Leicester City 1
Ormondroyd 29

Attendance :- 11,907
Referee:-  R. Milford (Bristol)
Weather:- Sunny
Corners:- Notts 4 Foxes 4
Goal attempts on target:- Notts 11 Foxes 4
Goal attempts off target:- Notts 6 Foxes 7
Bookings:- Foxes - Roberts (dissent), Grayson (foul), Carey (foul)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 9th/24, after match 6th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Shaun Murphy
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Rob Matthews
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Andy Legg

Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Meindert Dijkstra, Paul Cox

Leicester City
Colours:- All Blue
League Position:- before match 3rd/24, after match 3rd/24
Manager:- Brian Little

1.   Gavin Ward
2.   Simon Grayson *
3.   Gary Coatsworth
4.   Brian Carey
5.   Steve Agnew
6.   Tony James
7.   Lee Philpott
8.   Mark Blake
9.   David Speedie
10. Iwan Roberts
11. Ian Ormondroyd

Sub: Julian Joachim *48
Subs not used: Russell Hoult (GK), Paul Kerr

Nottingham Evening Post Report
By David Stapleton

NOTTS COUNTY'S magnificent win over Leicester City lessened worries over their squad strength as the promotion race hots up. For the Meadow Lane mauling of the third placed side threw up no bigger heroes than Rob Matthews and Shaun Murphy, players who have mustered 19 full appearances between them and only six this season. Matthews, proving as unstoppable in full flight as Forest's Stan Collymore, turned the game, while Murphy, through his powerful command at the back, helped keep it that way. Yet neither player would have got his chance but for a different set of circumstances earlier this month. County's failure to make the Colin Foster signing permanent meant that Murphy's name was pencilled in, at least against Leicester, because his extra height was needed to counter an aerial threat, Matthews was chosen because Paul Devlin incurred a two match ban after adding to his bookings in the previous home game with Watford. Matthews, of course, would have raised a question mark only in respect of whether he had the necessary sharpness after a long injury setback. But Murphy was a different case, someone who could have gone to Lincoln earlier this season for a rock bottom fee. His refusal to drop into the Third Division means that the club has a squad of 19 fit players to carry them through a crucial phase of the season.

Devlin, Gallagher, Reid, Sherlock and Simpson can be added to the players on duty against Leicester. It boils down to paper thin resources and manager Mick Walker, having tried hard to wheel and deal before the transfer deadline, must hope that the injury situation does not bite more cruelly. Yet, if the race is to be decided on quality, rather than quantity, Notts will fancy their chances if the Leicester game is any yardstick. Leicester - with one of the Division's biggest squads augmented by £360,000 new midfield signing Mark Blake - were lucky to escape with a 4-l beating. They lacked the slightest ingenuity and did nothing to enhance their reputation in Nottingham, having also conceded four goals at Forest. But take nothing away from County who, having recovered their lead through Matthews' breathtaking goal, never gave the visitors a look in. They closed Leicester down, prevented them from showing whether they have more than a power game and underlined a glaring weakness at the back. It was one of Notts' best performances for weeks in which punch and penetration was added to the impressive, but goalless, Wembley show in the Anglo-Italian Cup Final.

Matthews ignited the side with the thrilling early run from his own half which led to Gary McSwegan hitting his l5th goal of the season. Though lan Ormondroyd caught County out in a set-piece situation - the only way City suggested they might score - Matthews' repeat run, culminating in an ice cool finish, effectively ended the game as a contest. Gary Lund's two second half goals - both set piece headers and taking his season's haul to 17 - were ill reward for the side's dominance. This was reflected in the fact that Leicester's big striker lwan Roberts - who almost joined Notts from Huddersfield earlier this season - was an increasingly remote figure as Murphy took his chance splendidly. The 6ft 2in Australian did well against West Ham's Lee Chapman on his previous appearance in the FA Cup two months ago and was unlucky not to be called up for the replay. Notts have won 14 of their 18 home games and a play-off place is there for the taking if they can secure a presentable number of away points.

Top eight following the win over Leicester
                     P    GS   Pts
1. Crystal Palace    38   62   71
2. Nottingham Forest 36   58   63
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3. Leicester City    36   58   60
4. Millwall          35   45   59
5. Derby County      36   55   56
6. Notts County      36   53   55
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7. Charlton Athletic 35   44   55
8. Tranmere Rovers   36   47   53

Notes:
Plans for the new main stand were revealed today in the Nottingham Evening Post, see here.


Wednesday 30th March 1994
7:45pm kick off at Roots Hall

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*Then known as Division One

Southend United 1
Otto 56

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 3,758

Southend United
Colours:- Blue shirts, Blue shorts, Navy socks, Grey trim
League Position:- before match 15th/24, after match 12th/24
Manager:- Peter Taylor

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after match 7th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Shaun Murphy
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Charlie Palmer *
7.   Rob Matthews
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Andy Legg

Sub: Meindert Dijkstra *
Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Paul Cox


Saturday 2nd April 1994
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Matthews 8
Draper 82

Grimsby Town 1
Rodger 69

Attendance:- 7,205
Referee:- A. Dawson (Jarrow)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after weekend matches 6th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Shaun Murphy
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Rob Matthews *
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Andy Legg

Sub: Paul Devlin *
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Meindert Dijkstra

Grimsby Town
Colours:- Red shirts with blue & white trimmings, Blue shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 13th/24, after weekend matches 14th/24
Manager:- Alan Buckley

1.   Paul Crichton
2.   Tony Ford
3.   Gary Croft *
4.   Paul Agnew
5.   Graham Rodger
6.   Craig Shakespeare
7.   Gary Childs *
8.   Dave Gilbert
9.   Steve Livingstone
10. Clive Mendonca
11. Paul Groves

Sub: Neil Woods *
Sub: Peter Handyside *
Sub not used: Rhys Wilmot (GK)

Notes:
Another inept home display that ended in an undeserved 3 points.


Monday 4th April 1994
3pm kick off at Oakwell

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*Then known as Division One

Barnsley 0

Notts County 3
Devlin 3
Lund 74
McSwegan 83

Attendance:- 6,827

Barnsley
Colours:- Red shirts with black trim, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 19th/24, after midweek matches 19th/24
Player/Manager:- Viv Anderson

Team to be added

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 6th/24, after midweek matches 5th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Shaun Murphy
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Andy Legg

Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Rob Matthews & Meindert Dijkstra

Notes:
Notts went ahead after only three minutes with a swift break out of defence and a nice move finished by Devlin. Gary Lund headed in Devlin's cross to make it 2-0 and for the third Gary McSwegan was put clear and he rounded the keeper before slotting into the empty net.


Saturday 9th April 1994
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 2
Murphy 9
Devlin 68

Bolton Wanderers 1
McGinlay 55

Attendance:- 7,270
Referee:- J. Winter (Middlesbrough)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 5th/24, after weekend matches 4th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Shaun Murphy
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Andy Legg

Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Rob Matthews & Meindert Dijkstra

Bolton Wanderers
Colours:- All Yellow
League Position:- before match 17th/24, after weekend matches 17th/24
Manager:- Bruce Rioch

1.   Mark Walton
2.   Phil Brown
3.   Jimmy Phillips
4.   Alan Stubbs
5.   Mark Seagraves
6.   Jason Lydiate
7.   Steve Fulton
8.   Jason McAteer
9.   Scott Green
10. John McGinlay
11. Andy Roscoe *

Sub: David Lee *
Subs not used: Owen Coyle & Aidan Davison (GK)

Notes:
Yet again Notts were poor but somehow managed to win to make it seven consecutive wins at home (all in the league). Charlie Palmer cleared a goal bound effort off the line in the last minute. Mick Walker said afterwards "We were a bit lucky and I hope it stays that way for the next six games."


Tuesday 12th April 1994
7:45pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Tranmere Rovers 0

Attendance:- 6,318
Referee:- E. Wolstenholme (Blackburn)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after midweek matches 4th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Shaun Murphy
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund *
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Andy Legg

Sub: Rob Matthews *18
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Meindert Dijkstra

Tranmere Rovers
Colours:- Green shirts, White shorts, Green socks, Navy & white trimmings
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after midweek matches 7th/24
Manager:- John King

1.   Eric Nixon
2.   John McGreal
3.   Ian Nolan
4.   Ged Brannan
5.   Shaun Garnett
6.   Mark Proctor
7.   John Morrissey Sent Off 45+1
8.   Ian Muir
9.   Kenny Irons
10. Pat Nevin
11. Tony Thomas

Subs not used: Graham Branch, ? Oaks (GK) & Steve Mungall

Notes:
This was a rearranged fixture after the scheduled 26th February clash had been postponed due to Tranmere's League Cup Semi-final being selected for a live television broadcast that weekend. Gary Lund was carried off injured on 18 after a collision with Thomas, Tranmere played with 10 men in the 2nd half after John Morrissey had been sent off in injury time of the 1st half for an elbow directed at Andy Legg. Ten minutes from full time Steve Cherry saved a Kenny Irons penalty (given for a Murphy foul on Muir). Mick Walker said afterwards; "We all know how to play against 10 men but we didn't do it, the consolation is that we played better than we did on Saturday when we won." This was the first time Notts had failed to score at home all season and ended their sequence of seven consecutive home wins.


Saturday 16th April 1994
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Notts County 0

Wolverhampton W. 2
Thompson (pen) 54
Whittingham 89

Attendance:- 13,438
Referee:- A. Gunn (Burgess Hill, Sussex)
Weather:- Dry
Corners:- Notts 9 Wolves 6
Goal attempts on target:- Notts 5 Wolves 5
Goal attempts off target:- Notts 11 Wolves 3
Bookings:- Notts - Wilson (dissent), Wolves - Bennett & Burke (fouls)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after weekend matches 6th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Shaun Murphy
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Meindert Dijkstra
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Rob Matthews
11. Andy Legg *

Sub: Gary McSwegan *70
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Michael Johnson

Wolverhampton W.
Colours:- All Gold with black trim
League Position:- before match 9th/24, after weekend matches 9th/24
Manager:- Graham Taylor

1.   Mike Stowell
2.   Andy Thompson
3.   Mark Rankine
4.   Tom Bennett
5.   Derek Mountfield
6.   Peter Shirtliff
7.   Paul Birch
8.   Paul Cook
9.   Steve Bull *
10. Guy Whittingham
11. Mark Burke

Sub: Lee Mills *70
Subs not used: Kevin Keen & Paul Jones (GK)
 

The Matchday Programme editorial
"On the Record" by Neal Hook

OPERATION DEMOLISH has already been underway for a few weeks but the serious business starts at around 6pm tonight. Take a good look around before you leave because by the time you return for our game against Charlton Athletic on April 30, the Main Stand will probably be a distant memory. Mick Walker and his staff have already evacuated their offices beneath the Main Stand and Les Bradd and his County '75 team have also moved out of their premises. As luck would have it, the offices which used to belong to Trent waterways - just across the road from the ground - were available for short-term lease and Mick, Les and Co. are taking up residence in there for the summer. As for the other areas of the stand, it's very much a case of all hands on deck for the next 24 hours or so as members of staff muck in to shift everything worth keeping. Fixtures and fittings have to be removed from the Boardroom and various hospitality rooms, furniture shifted and until you begin tackling the task, you don't realise quite how much equipment there is. For example, just to box up all the glasses from The Sportsmans' Suite, Guest room and Boardroom will be a major operation - one of the many which must be undertaken before we go home tonight. One way or another, by the end of tomorrow, everything has to be done because first thing on Monday, the men from Mowlem will be arriving to start demolishing the stand.

I can imagine that some of you will be thinking that there won't be too much force needed to knock down the 84-year-old structure which has served Notts County so well - but you just might be surprised. It was built to last when the club moved from Trent Bridge Cricket Ground to set up home here in 1910 and when you consider that it cost just £3,265,1 think we've had good value for money. In today's financial language, I wonder how that compares to the £3 million plus we are about to spend on the new Main Stand? I don't know the answer to  that but what I do know is that if the chairman had not already put pen to paper, there's every chance that he would have called off the project this week. He was most distraught about the fact that Tuesday's important promotion battle against Tranmere attracted a crowd of just 6,318 - to the point of talking about putting the club up for sale. "What more can I do?" he kept asking... and none of us knew the answer. The chairman is realistic enough to know that things don't happen overnight in this business but as he pointed out, surely we have achieved enough over the past few years - on and off the pitch - to warrant a better response from the Nottingham public.

It's impossible not to get the feeling that we want our heads testing for going ahead with the Main Stand project - not just because of the money it is costing but also for all the extra work and anxiety it is creating. The simple fact is that we already have 13,500 new seats in the ground. That includes 5,000 on The Kop for visiting fans, which means we already have more than enough to accommodate our own supporters. In pure business terms, it's utterly ridiculous to spend all that money on creating another 6,000-plus seats that no one wants to use. It's easy to talk in terms of planning for the future and say people will come one day. But when a game of such importance as we faced this week attracts just 6,009 Nottingham people... is that really the case? I try not to get emotional on this subject and just keep working away in the belief that we will win through in the end. But I have to admit that I went home on Tuesday with the chairman's words ringing in my ears... "What more can we do?"
 

Top nine following the defeat to Wolves
                     P    GS   Pts
1. Crystal Palace    43   69   84  P
2. Nottingham Forest 41   65   72
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3. Leicester City    41   66   66
4. Derby County      41   66   66
5. Tranmere Rovers   42   61   66
6. Notts County      42   60   65
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7. Millwall          40   53   65
8. Stoke City        43   54   64
9. Wolverhampton W.  41   57   63

Notes:
The last match to be played in front of the old main stand built in 1910. The general trend for this season was that Notts would play poorly at home and yet still win, but the reverse was true today. A Wolves fan apparently told an Evening Post columnist that it was the 2nd time this season that Wolves had not seen the ball against Notts County yet somehow managed to take all 3 points. The penalty decision was absolutely sickening, Wolves' Paul Cook CLEARLY handled the ball in the build up and seconds later Murphy had no chance of getting his arm out of the way at point blank range - To rule the contact as intentional was an absolute joke, a contender for the worst penalty decision I've ever seen at Meadow Lane. For the 2nd goal Mark Burke was way offside as Whittingham went through to score in the dying minutes.


Wednesday 20th April 1994
7:45pm kick off at The Baseball Ground

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*Then known as Division One

Derby County 1
Dijkstra (og) 90

Notts County 1
Draper 79

Attendance:- 18,602
Referee:- B. Hill (Market Harborough)

Derby County
Colours:- White shirts with black sleeves, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 4th/24, after midweek matches 4th/24
Manager:- Roy McFarland

1.   Martin Taylor
2.   Gary Charles
3.   Shane Nicholson
4.   John Harkes
5.   Craig Short
6.   Paul Williams
7.   Gordon Cowans *
8.   Tommy Johnson
9.   Paul Kitson
10. Mark Pembridge
11. Paul Simpson

Sub: Marco Gabbiadini *88
Subs not used: ? & ?

Notts County
Colours:- Aqua blue shirts, Purple shorts, Aqua blue socks
League Position:- before match 6th/24, after midweek matches 7th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Charlie Palmer
3.   Shaun Murphy
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Meindert Dijkstra
6.   Paul Cox
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Tony Agana
11. Andy Legg *

Sub: Gary McSwegan *62
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & ?

Highlights were shown in the Central ITV region on "Central Sports Special", the programme went out at 10:40-11:40pm.

Top nine following the draw at Derby
                     P    GS   Pts
1. Crystal Palace    43   69   84  P
2. Nottingham Forest 41   65   72
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3. Millwall          41   54   68
4. Derby County      42   67   67
5. Leicester City    41   66   66
6. Tranmere Rovers   42   61   66
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7. Notts County      43   61   66
8. Stoke City        43   54   64
9. Wolverhampton W.  42   57   63

Notes:
This fixture should have been played on 19th March but was postponed due to Notts playing in the Anglo-Italian Cup final that weekend. Notts would have moved up to 3rd with a win, and they were seconds away from doing just that until Charlie Palmer completely mistimed a headed clearance leaving Dijkstra to make a split second decision to try and head the bounce back to Cherry but ended up beating his own keeper for a comical own goal. Dijkstra took all the blame for County almost certainly now missing out on a play off place (as all of the sides above them had at least one game in hand), but looking at the video Palmer was just as much at fault and Cherry had probably also come too far off his line.


Saturday 23rd April 1994
3pm kick off at The Victoria Ground

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*Then known as Division One

Stoke City 0

Notts County 0

Attendance:- 16,453
Referee:- R. Poulain (Huddersfield)

Stoke City
Colours:- Red & White striped shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 8th/24, after weekend matches 9th/24
Manager:- Joe Jordan

1.   Mark Prudhoe
2.   John Butler *
3.   Les Sandford
4.   Ian Cranson
5.   Vince Overson
6.   Toddy Orlygsson
7.   Micky Gynn
8.   Wayne Biggins
9.   Dave Regis
10. Micky Adams
11. Steve Foley

Sub: Gary Bannister *85
Subs not used: Paul Straney (GK) & Nigel Gleghorn

Notts County
Colours:- Aqua blue shirts, Purple shorts, Aqua blue socks
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after weekend matches 7th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Shaun Murphy
4.   Phil Turner  Sent Off 88
5.   Meindert Dijkstra *
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Paul Devlin  Sent Off 62
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Tony Agana
11. Gary McSwegan

Sub: Michael Johnson *
Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK) & Andy Legg

Notes:
Notts ended the game with 9 men, Paul Devlin was sent off for deliberately elbowing an opponent on 62 and Phil Turner saw red for a 2nd bookable offenceon 88.


Saturday 30th April 1994
3pm kick off at Meadow Lane

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*Then known as Division One

Notts County 3
Draper (pen) 43
Lund 45
McSwegan 73

Charlton Athletic 3
Leaburn 35
McLeary 83
Bennett 88

Attendance:- 7,019
Referee:- P. Harrison (Lancashire)

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, Black shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 7th/24, after weekend matches 7th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Shaun Murphy
4.   Phil Turner
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Charlie Palmer
7.   Paul Devlin
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Tony Agana

Subs not used: Bob Catlin (GK), Dean Yates & Andy Legg

Charlton Athletic
Colours:- Red shirts, White shorts, Red socks
League Position:- before match 11th/24, after weekend matches 12th/24
Manager:- Alan Curbishley & Steve Gritt

1.   Mike Salmon
2.   Mickey Bennett
3.   Scott Minto
4.   Alan McLeary
5.   Steve Brown
6.   Darren Pitcher
7.   Alan Pardew *
8.   Colin Walsh *
9.   Phil Chapple
10. Carl Leaburn
11. Garry Nelson

Sub: Peter Garland *
Sub: Paul Gorman *
Sub not used: John Vaughan (GK)
 

Top eight following the draw with Charlton
                     P    GS   Pts
1. Crystal Palace    45   73   90  P
2. Nottingham Forest 44   72   81  P
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3. Tranmere Rovers   45   68   72  (To play BIRMINGHAM)
4. Leicester City    44   70   71  (To play BOLTON / wolves)
5. Derby County      45   70   71  (To play southend)
6. Millwall          44   57   70  (To play barnsley / grimsby)
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7. Notts County      45   64   68  (To play oxford)
8. Wolverhampton W.  44   58   66  (To play SUNDERLAND / LEICESTER)

Notes:
Nobody was allowed into the main stand which was now in the process of being demolished, indeed half of it had already been reduced to rubble (towards the Kop). Home fans were allowed back into half of the Kop for this one game (on the main stand side) whilst the press and radio reporters (including Colin Slater) were temporarily set up in the Family Stand next to the police box. The TV camera (recording for a goals report) was positioned in the middle of the County Road/Sirrel Stand. Notts were 3-1 up with 7 minutes to go but we ended up drawing this game on the same afternoon that Forest won automatic promotion.


Midweek results affecting the play-off places
Barnsley 0 Millwall 1
Leicester City 1 Bolton Wanderers 1
Wolverhampton W. 1 Sunderland 1

Millwall's victory in mid-week realistically ended County's slim hopes of a play-off spot - Derby dropped to 6th and, mathematically, could still be caught, but the Rams were 3 points ahead of Notts having scored 6 goals more (and it was goals-scored rather than goal-difference that separated teams level on points this season).


Sunday 8th May 1994
3pm kick off at The Manor Ground

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2nd tier League fixture
*Then known as Division One

Oxford United 2
Byrne 30
Beauchamp 74

Notts County 1
Draper 59

Attendance:- 8,487

Oxford United
Colours:- Yellow shirts with dark blue sleeves, Dark blue shorts, Yellow socks
League Position:- before match 23rd/24, final position 23rd/24
Manager:- Denis Smith

1.   Phil Whitehead
2.   Matt Elliott
3.   Les Robinson
4.   Micky Lewis
5.   Gary Smart
6.   John Byrne
7.   Chris Allen *
8.   Bobby Ford
9.   Paul Moody
10. Mike Ford
11. Joey Beauchamp

Sub: David Collins *
Subs not used: Paul Reece (GK) & Paul Wanless

Notts County
Colours:- Black & white striped shirts, White shorts, White socks
League Position:- before match 7th/24, final position 7th/24
Manager:- Mick Walker

1.   Steve Cherry
2.   Kevin Wilson
3.   Shaun Murphy *
4.   Meindert Dijkstra
5.   Michael Johnson
6.   Charlie Palmer *
7.   Tony Agana
8.   Mark Draper
9.   Gary Lund
10. Gary McSwegan
11. Andy Legg

Sub: Dean Yates *
Sub: Rob Matthews *
Sub not used: Bob Catlin (GK)

The final table caption as seen on "The Central Match Live".
For the first time in 2nd tier history, all of the final day fixtures kicked off on Sunday (3pm) so that games could be shown live on ITV (the Central and HTV regions had Wolves v Leicester, London showed Crystal Palace v Watford whilst other regions merely had highlights packages).

Notes:
Notts arrived at the Manor Ground knowing that they would have to score at least 7 goals to have any chance of grabbing 6th spot, their final day opponents Oxford also had to win (whilst hoping that other results went their way) in order to stay up. Dean Yates finally returned to action following an injury that had kept him out for two full seasons. Wembley play-off winning veterans Mark Draper and Charlie Palmer both played their final match for Notts before leaving in the summer, as did Kevin Wilson and Meindert Dijkstra. It turned out that Notts would have had to score 10 goals at Oxford to take the last play-off place as Derby added 3 more goals to their tally in a 4-3 defeat at Southend. Down at the bottom, Oxford's win was in vain as both West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City also won, West Brom's 1-0 away win at Portsmouth keeping them up on goal difference ahead of Birmingham who went down with Oxford and Peterborough.

Derby and Leicester went on to make it an all East Midlands Wembley play-off final and it was Leicester who emerged as the victors with a 2-1 win.


For appearance stats, final table and at-a-glance results for season 1993/94 see here


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