Left - A Notts home programme from 1957/58, this design had not
really changed since pre-war days and continued until 1961.
Right - Finally a change (and a splash of green) to mark the "Centenary
year" (season 1961/62),
note that the covers do not provide any clue as to who the opponents are, which
competition it is or when the match is being played.
Left - a cover design first seen on the special centenary match
programme of May 2nd 1962 when County played an England XI.
This pocket sized design was then adopted for the next 3 seasons.
The Coat of Arms badge was also introduced to County's shirts during centenary year.
From the start of 1965/66 a new
larger programme was introduced with
a black & green cover, the cover also saw the inclusion of "Stylish Magpie" -
the cartoon Magpie had first been seen in a slightly different pose (mid-stride
& carrying the ball) in 1933 on a card series depicting club nicknames.
In 1966/67 Notts made the radical
decision to introduce a newspaper style programme -
Although it only lasted for one season, the format would be revived ten years later.
Pictured right is the design used for all Notts programmes from the
1967/68 through to the end of the 4th Division Championship season of 1970/71 .
Click on the programme covers below for the corresponding season's stats page.
1971/72 & 1972/73
The programme cover would now change with each new season,
yet - content wise - the early-mid 1970's productions were still
very similar in style to those of the 1960's.
1973/74 & 1974/75
The 1974/75 programme introduced the minimalist flying magpie motif,
but this would not be seen on Notts shirts for another 3 years.
1975/76 & 1976/77
1975/76 saw the return of the newspaper programme, these boasted much
more to read - but trying to look through them on a packed terrace without
getting them sodden in a down-pour must have been a nightmare.
1977/78 & 1978/79
From one extreme to another.
The tiny 1978/79 effort was rather embarrassing, even at the time these must
have been dismissed as something you would expect to find at a non-league
ground - They were certainly not up to 2nd tier standard.
1979/80 & 1980/81
At first glance the rectangular 1979/80 programme might have been viewed as an attractive
novelty, but it was really no better than the previous term. 1980/81 was larger and had a splash of
colour but was equally shoddy - Hardly worthy of a promotion winning season..
1981/82 & 1982/83
At last, a colour photograph, but only on the cover. The new programme for the top
flight was an improvement, but still something of an embarrassment compared to the
productions that Notts fans were picking up on their travels.
For 1982/83 an illustration was used for the cover until it became widely
the drawing was in fact based upon a photograph of our rivals over the Trent.
In January 1983 the cover was changed to a yellow and black design with
a colour picture of Brian Kilcline v Everton See it here.
1983/84 & 1984/85
County's programme for the last of the treble season stint in the top flight was a
meatier affair but still rather poorly designed & printed.
Ironically the 1984/85 rectangle programme, which co-incided with a
relegation, was well up to the expected standard, this was without question County's
best production up to that time and despite the drop to lower league level -
Notts continued to issue good quality programmes for the next 3 seasons.
This was also the first programme to include some colour photographs inside the
publication, but most colour pages at this stage were reserved for advertisers.
1985/86 & 1986/87
Smaller sized programmes for the 5 season stay in the 3rd tier.
A full colour, full page pic of each player was now appearing
in every issue and the thumbnail mug shots/kit sponsors page also began.
1987/88 & 1988/89
1987/88 was another decent effort, but the lack of colour
inside the magazine was now becoming an issue.
1988/89 was notable for an increase in colour and then, due to a cost
mid-way through the season, the complete lack of it (even on the cover!!!).
The Blackpool programme (pictured) was the final colour edition produced that
season, although happily this one included the first Manager's programme notes to be
written by Neil Warnock. Content-wise it was a starker effort compared to recent
years and with the total loss of colour it became another embarrassment.
1989/90 & 1990/91
1989/90 was a much more interesting programme for it included more to read and a
number of pages had coloured backgrounds. It was a bright effort and this would probably
be my 2nd favourite Notts programme design of the 1900s. A different black & white action shot
adorned each cover (replacing the standard practice of changing cover pics every so often)
and the colour team photo appeared on every issue. The Play Off Semi-Final edition marked
the end of the pocket sized era as Notts progressed to bigger and better things.
For the return to what is now 'Championship' level in 1990/91, the dimensions
to roughly a folded A4 (and this size was retained for the next 20 season's).
This season also marked a milestone in County programme history, the price had now reached £1.
1991/92 & 1992/93
Top flight again for 1991/92 but a disappointing programme compared
to what many other clubs were offering as Notts narrowly missed out on the
opportunity to print bona-fide "Premiership" programmes the following season.
1992/93's effort was just about acceptable in the wake of demotion back
"Championship" level, as too was the final day position that avoided another relegation, the
programme v Sunderland (for that unforgettable end-of-season match) is illustrated right.
1993/94 & 1994/95
1993/94 is, for me, the best Notts programme design of the 1900s, it's
aesthetically pleasing from front cover to back and has a nice glossy feel to it.
The only thing that was missing from "The Mag" (as was the case with almost all
Notts programmes until the late 1990's) was the lack of the opponents emblem.
The following season saw the Notts programme settle down into a less
satisfactory format which was basically to last (interior wise) for the next three season's.
1995/96 & 1996/97
Less colourful efforts with pale lifeless pastel background shades
illustrated what was to be Notts fade from the luminous light of success
into the cold mist of lower league football.
1997/98 & 1998/99
Sam Allardyce's record breaking basement league promotion season was
accompanied by a refreshing youthful looking design and the
opponents badge was now making a welcome appearance on the
back page of each issue.
1998/99, although quite stark in appearance, remains an attractive bold
design, not least
for its' uniformity and the healthy use of club emblems, though sadly it was badly let down
by numerous errors on the "For the record" (stats) and "Match Analysis" pages.
With the last issue of 1998/99 we said goodbye to the 1-11 "Today's Teams" page (with
the line-ups predicted in advance), it was to be a full list of fixed squad numbers from now on.
1999/00 & 2000/01
Another decent effort was used to straddle the millennium before the ensuing chaos of
the Scardino/Administration era which was reflected by the programmes produced over the
next four seasons, the magazines from this period struggled to settle down into any kind of
format - often completely changing their look mid-season (and for me that's the ultimate
sin in football programme production).
2001/02 & 2002/03
Pictured left is the attractive and imaginative look of the "Great Escape" period,
this scan being of the final day issue for the memorable match v Huddersfield Town,
but this design only came into being in the January of that season and it gave way to
a poorer effort the following term.
2002/03, as with virtually all Notts programmes for the remainder of
was not short on content but rather lacking in originality.
2003/04 & 2004/05
Again, the look of the programme at the end of season 2003/04 differed
somewhat from that of the beginning, but it was a noticeable improvement in a
campaign which had seen Notts entering another season in administration and
narrowly avoiding expulsion from the Football League in December.
The inevitable demotion back down to the basement did not have any serious
for the programme of 2004/05 as this coffee table effort maintained a reasonable standard.
2005/06 & 2006/07
The 2005/06 programme was basically identical, both in terms of cover and
content, to the previous season. Notts were facing the drop to non-league on
the final day, but lived to fight another season in the 4th tier.
The cover photo's during this period often depicted the players as
menswear catalogue models rather than footballers.
2007/08 & 2008/09
2007/08 was another dangerous dice with relegation to non-league.
The 2008/09 programmes all had large triangular sky blue panels
for the cover details, this colour co-inciding with a sky blue & claret
halved away shirt. The Brentford programme cover depicted the tributes
attached to the Meadow Lane gates following the death of club legend
Jimmy Sirrel at the age of 86.
2009/10 & 2010/11
The promise of a new era under supposedly wealthy foreign ownership introduced
a new badge and the notable use of purple throughout the pages of "The Mag".
The new owners pulled out within six months but had done enough to kick-start a revival
that saw the season end with Notts promoted as 4th tier champions.
County celebrated 100 years at Meadow Lane early in the 2010/11 campaign,
Notts had to wait until the final day of the season for their 3rd tier survival
to be secured, rounding off with a home draw v champions Brighton.
2011/12 & 2012/13
A change of size for the first time in over 20 years for season 2011/12, this
smaller square shaped version of "The Mag" was 16.5cm x 16.5cm.
The publication won the Football League's Best League One Matchday Programme
of the year award.
The same pocket sized ratio was retained for the following season, with
now preceded by a hashtag - a nod to the social networking phenomena Twitter.
2013/14 & 2014/15
Boyhood Notts supporter and youth product Shaun Derry returned as manager to save the
club from relegation after the worst start to a season in 100 years. For the 2nd time in four
seasons, County secured 3rd tier safety on the final day.
2014/15 saw a change in size and relegation back down to the 4th tier.
Four years later, in the summer of 2018, Football League clubs voted to end
compulsory matchday programme publication due to declining sales and increased costs
A selection of classic away days.
Most of these can be clicked on for team line-up's/reports.
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Thanks to Richard Hucknall who produced an
guidebook on Notts County programmes in 1999.