Notts County FC

A match ticket for a friendly game played to raise money
for the "Hospital Saturday fund" at Everton on
Thursday 1st May 1890, Notts won 1-0.

FA Cup winners medal 1894,
Notts beat Bolton Wanderers 4-1 in the final.
Read a match report here.

A season ticket for season 1909/10.
Notts' final year at Trent Bridge before
moving to Meadow Lane.

Two Cigarette cards from the early 1900's,
Albert Iremonger* (1910) and Jimmy Cantrell** (1912).

*6ft 5in Goalkeeper Albert Iremonger still holds the appearances record for Notts
(564 league/37 FA Cup) and has a road named after him that runs behind the Kop stand.

**Jimmy Cantrell was a popular goal scorer signed from Aston Villa in 1908, he
was transferred to Spurs in 1913 and was part of their FA Cup winning team of 1921.

This pair of cards hail from the 1920's.
Bill Ashurst* (1923) & Paddy Mills** (1928)

*Bill Ashurst was an outstanding full back who gained 5 England
caps whilst playing for top flight Notts in the mid 1920's.

**Bertie "Paddy" Mills scored 34 goals in 76 League appearances,
this card is from the John Player & Sons collection.

2 more cards from the golden age,
Tommy Lawton of "Notts County & England"* (1948)
& Leon Leuty** (1951)

*England centre forward Tommy Lawton, famous for his heading ability, signed for a British record
fee of £20,000 from Chelsea in November 1947. Notts were still in the old Third Division South
at the time but average gates surged to 30,000.

** Promotion didn't come until 1950, and it was during the early stages of Notts first season back in the
2nd tier that Leon Leuty arrived from Bradford City for £25,000 - Leuty had earlier come to Meadow Lane
for a trial in 1941, but injured himself in one of the bomb craters! He won an FA Cup medal with Derby
in 1946, but tragically died in December 1955 of Leukaemia, having played his final match in August.

A match ticket for the 1952/53 home League match with
Nottingham Forest which Notts won 3-2.
All the above items are courtesy of Richard Hucknall.

This item was found in the Tiger Album of Football Club Badges.
The album and stamps were given away with the boys comic Tiger in 1960.
This badge had been emblazoned on the shirts for the start of 1950/51,
but the players blamed it for a poor start to the season, and so
it was unstitched in the October and form dramatically improved!

Two examples of the Post Football Guide pocket books.
Looking at the 1968 cover, there is no evidence of the gulf that
existed between the two Nottingham clubs during the swinging
sixties when the Maggies were fighting against the indignity of
having to apply for re-election to the football league.
Happily, all was about to change as Notts dominate the 1973 edition
having just secured promotion to join Forest in the 2nd tier.

Three stamps from The Sun newspapers'
Football Encyclopaedia & Soccerstamp Album 1971-72
including club captain Don Masson.

*Widely acclaimed as Notts greatest ever player, Masson was capped 17 times for Scotland and scored 5 goals.

Two items from 1972.
34,208 saw Notts entertain promotion rivals Aston Villa (note the price!),
Notts narrowly missed out on promotion that year but were successful the following
season, a season ticket from which is presented here - £9.50 to watch 23 matches!

These are F.K.S 'lick-the-back to stick' cards from the "Soccer Stars"
collection published in 1977 and featuring all 22 top flight clubs plus
the top six 2nd tier sides which included Notts.
See the full set here.

*Ian Scanlon famously scored a Meadow Lane hat-trick in the space of 2 mins 45 secs on 16th November 1974.
Les Bradd is Notts all-time record goalscorer with 124 league goals.
Mick Vinter scored 54 goals in 166 league appearances.

Two Topps Chewing Gum card examples, Notts had two players in both the 1977
and 1978 sets, Needham (left) and Carter were among the 1977 batch and
Birchenall and Carter again (right) appeared a year later.

*Defender David Needham is 2nd only to Albert Iremonger in the club record number of appearances,
playing in 429 league games for Notts before joining QPR.
Steve Carter was a popular right-winger bought from Manchester City.

Figurine Panini launched their popular annual domestic UK sticker collection
in January 1978. As a 2nd tier club Notts were limited to just one and a half stickers,
Notts emblem being half of a double-badge sticker with Oldham Athletic (some crafty devils
used to tear them in two and tried to swap one half for a full sized top flight badge!).

The expanded 1980 Panini collection afforded 2nd tier clubs more space with
a small number of players included (two faces on one sticker).

Promotion ensured Notts a double page spread with
full sized pics of most of County's squad for Panini's "Football 82".

*Raddy Avramovic is often cited as Notts greatest keeper since Albert Iremonger, he was capped three time for Yugoslavia.
Defender Brian Kilcline, nicknamed "killer", went on to lift the FA Cup as captain of Coventry City in 1987.
Left back Nigel Worthington went on to play for and become manager of Northern Ireland.

Jimmy Willan wrote and produced this Notts County single
which was released in 1981 to celebrate a promotion which would see
top flight football played at Meadow Lane for the first time since 1926.
Notts would run out to the A-side County's the Team For Me
for the next decade or so.

Note:- An earlier Notts single "The Magpie Song" b/w "The Glory of the Game"
by folk singer Reg Cooper had been released back in 1973.

Tristan BenjaminRachid HarkoukMark Goodwin
These stickers come from the 1983 Panini collection which
included these novelty head to toe images.
See the full Notts County '83 set here.

"Every Can Supports Notts County". Yes, Notts even had their own
brand of extortionately priced cola in 1983, the sticker was found tucked
inside the 1982/83 Notts v Luton Town Programme.
Thanks to Tony Cottee for the can snaps..

these three scans were originally from (no longer on-line)
The 1984 Panini collection saw a return to the head and shoulders format.
Sadly this was the last of Panini's 1980's sets to feature any Notts players as
County then suffered successive relegations down to the 3rd tier.
See the full Notts County '84 set here.

Notts published a special souvenir magazine to celebrate their 3,500th league match,
which was at home to Port Vale on 7th February 1987. County won 4-1 with Ian McParland
scoring a hat-trick.

Some of the key members of the 1989/90 and 1990/91 squads that won promotion from
the 3rd tier back up to the top flight with successive Wembley play-off final victories.....

Top row: Steve Cherry, Dean Yates, Craig Short, Mark Draper and Tommy Johnson.
Bottom row: Charlie Palmer, Dean Thomas, Phil Turner, Kevin Bartlett and Gary Lund.

See our Wembley page for Match Tickets and Reports.
See the full set of 1990/91 squad pics here.

More match tickets, these from 1991. On the left an £8 County Road
standing ticket for the 5th round FA Cup tie with Manchester City,
Notts won 1-0 in front of the "Match of the Day" cameras.
Right - Notts first match back in the top flight in August 1991
at, of all places, Old Trafford, an £11 seat ticket to witness Notts lose 2-0.

Two further 1990's home ticket examples - Tottenham Hotspur were
beaten 3-0 in the League Cup in October 1994, £10 to see that one sat in
the Jimmy Sirrel stand. The price had increased £2 for the FA Cup visit of
Aston Villa two seasons later, the match was actually played on Tuesday
14th January 1997 and resulted in an entertaining goal-less draw.

The period around the turn of the Millennium was not a healthy one for the club.
Two token moments of relief came in the form of a record breaking 4th tier championship
which adorned the back page of the Sunday Mirror on 3rd May 1998 (Left),
and the "Great Escape" from relegation back down again in April 2002 for which
a fund raising poster (starring Danny Allsopp) was sold from the club shop.
Sadly, it was all to be in vain as Notts were financially run into the ground and plunged
to rock bottom of the Football League within 18 months.

(Click left) As seen on Ceefax, 2005/06 was Notts worst ever League finish.
(Right) The ticket for the 2-2 draw with Bury that would have been County's last
match in the Football League had both Stockport and Oxford won their final day fixtures.

The Mirror, 23rd July 2009, reporting former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson's plans to transform
Notts from a struggling 4th tier outfit into a top Premier League club having been persuaded to join the club by
new mystery owners known as 'Munto Finance' who were supposedly backed by extremely wealthy Arab investors.

(Right) Match ticket for the Burton Albion fixture including the short-lived 'Munto' badge.
Supporters who attended this game saw World Cup veteran Sol Campbell introduced to the
crowd as the first of an anticipated influx of mega-star signings. Sadly, a brief wave prior to
kick-off proved to be Campbell's only public appearance at Meadow Lane before he quit
amid rumours and stories in the press which began to unravel 'Munto' as an elaborate hoax.

In spite of the Munto fiasco, superstar goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel stayed with
Notts for the remainder of the 2009/10 season and kept a club record number
of clean sheets, helping Notts to win promotion as 4th tier champions.

(Right) Match ticket for the home game with Yeovil Town on 4th September 2010,
the day that Notts celebrated 100 years at Meadow Lane.

Heroes of the return to the 3rd tier in 2010;
Kasper Schmeichel, Ben Davies, Luke Rodgers, Neal Bishop and Lee Hughes.

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