Notts County F.C.

Notts County ( officially: Notts County Football Club ) is a football club from the Middle English city of Nottingham. The account of their black and white striped shirts as Magpies (German magpies ) designated footballers are the traditional local rivals of the former European Cup winners Nottingham Forest. The club has been playing in 1910 at Meadow Lane Stadium, which is located on the opposite bank of the River Trent opposite the City Ground. It has a capacity of 20,229 spectators.


Founding years and 19th centuries

The club was founded in 1862 and thus a year earlier founded as the Football Association, the English Football Association. This is Notts County Football Club is the oldest professional football club in the world and the fifth oldest football club at all.

His first game was the club from the Park Hollow and a place on the grounds of Nottingham castle. When they decided to in December 1864 to compete against other clubs, the old place but was soon too small. After nearly twenty years of travel in 1883 the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, to the new home of the magpies.

In 1866, in the match against Nottingham Forest Derby for the first documented football history. 1894 Notts County won the FA Cup. 1891 we finished third in the First Division. The black and white striped jerseys were the inspiration for countless clubs, among others ( via detours ) for Juventus.

20th century: return to the First Division

After Notts County in 1926 was relegated from the First Division, followed by long years in the lowlands of English football. After the association between time even had to spend several years in the fourth division, succeeded to the 1973/74 season after all, a return to the Second Division. There also came the first time in years, to a league battle with city rivals Nottingham Forest. However, a 0-1 home defeat and a 0-0 draw at Forest did not yield the hoped-for victory in the derby. After eight years in the second division County succeeded in 1980/81 finally the hoped-for return to the First Division. Only West Ham United proved to be a stronger opponent and as the team reached the second place the ascent.

The first participation in the First Division after more than 50 years, the team of coach Jimmy Sirrel resulted in 15th place in the Football League First Division 1981/82. As most prolific goal scorers the striker Iain McCulloch proved ( 40 games / 15 goals) and Trevor Christie (35/ 12) and midfielder Gordon Mair (34 /9). A particular triumph was the 2-0 away win at Nottingham Forest. The following year led the team again number 15 in the 1982 season / 83. The team at goalkeeper Raddy Avramovic (36 games) and again most accurate player Iain McCulloch ( 34/10 ) and Trevor Christie (33/ 9) received this year gain by Justin Fashanu (15/ 6), the left rivals Nottingham Forest had. The third year in the Football League First Division 1983/84 should be the last time being. As Table with nine points behind a non- relegation zone, the descent was sealed together with the Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City. A large aufspielender Trevor Christie (39/ 19) and a good season from midfielder John Chiedozie (40 /9) were too few for the league under new coach Larry Lloyd. For this, the team managed a successful year in the FA Cup, in the County to victories over Bristol City, Huddersfield Town and FC Middlesbrough reached the quarter- final against Everton. There, however, a 1-2 home defeat caused the off in the traditional competition. At the end of the season several players left the club. The two young defensive talent Brian Kilcline to Coventry City and Nigel Worthington to Sheffield Wednesday left the team. John Chiedozie he moved to Tottenham Hotspur and Trevor Christie moved to the significantly more successful city rivals Nottingham Forest. The Northern Ireland national team Martin O'Neill (38/ 4), however, remained loyal to the club, which he had joined only coming early in the season Nottingham Forest.

The team however, came in the second division next year is, indeed at any time and so the direct relegation followed in the third league. In the fifth season third division Notts County managed to return to the Second Division, which could be enhanced by the direct walkover to the First Division in the 1990/91 season. County finished the season in fourth place. In the first play-off round, the team sat with 1:1 and 1:0 through against Middlesbrough FC. In the play-off final at Wembley was followed by a 3-1 win against Brighton & Hove Albion the hoped-for advancement.

The return to the Football League First Division 1991/92, however, was not to last. It was followed by the direct re- descent as a table next to last. Only West Ham United could be the team of coach Neil Warnock in the table behind him. Especially the offensive lacked the necessary power. Striker Tommy Johnson ( 31 games / 9 goals) and Kevin Bartlett (29/ 7) were still most accurate with their goal tally. Johnson moved before end of the season to Derby County.

After the 1992/93 season the Premier League had been introduced as the highest English league, the team spent the next three years in the now only second-class First Division before 1994/95 was the crash in the third league.

The team was also the favorite club of Arthur Seaton, the protagonist in Alan Sillitoe 's novel Saturday night and Sunday morning.


Currently, the traditional club plays in the English third league, now known as Football League One.

In mid-2009 the club was taken over by the first as a resident in Switzerland indicated, but in reality in the Virgin Islands registered Munto Finance, behind which is also registered in the Virgin Islands Qadbak Investments Ltd stands. As a result, the former England coach Sven -Goran Eriksson as director of sport has been committed. This now had to lead the club back into higher leagues the task. Thus he succeeds in this, professionals such as Sol Campbell, Kasper Schmeichel, John Thompson and Neal Bishop were obliged who already have Premier League experience. On 23 September 2009, however, Notts County announced that Sol Campbell has left the club already again.

On September 21, 2009, a spokesman for the Football League confirmed media reports that the Football League had demanded the disclosure of the identity of the new club owner. Three days later it was announced that Russell King, company secretary of Qadbak Investments Ltd and key figure in the takeover of Notts County, due to insurance fraud in the early 1990s was serving a two-year prison sentence and is currently located in new legal trouble. According to media reports of capital of Kings worth 1.9 million pounds of food were frozen on the Channel Island of Jersey. About Qadbak Investments Ltd., which has mid-September an agreement with BMW for the purchase of Formula 1 BMW Sauber F1 Team and who is not domiciled in opposition to initial media reports, in Switzerland, where it is not even listed in the Register, there is no public information. However, Peter Willett, Director of Notts County, registered as a Board member of a company registered in Switzerland in March 2009 "Swiss Commodity Holding AG". This is according to media reports Party in the remuneration of Sol Campbell and Sven- Goran Eriksson and the latter is also a block of shares have been promised. The "Swiss Commodity Holding AG" stated on their website to have assets in the amount of 160 billion Swiss francs. What the enterprise carries on concrete for a business, however, is completely unknown. In the commercial register is the "Swiss Commodity Holding AG" but registered only with a share capital of CHF 100,000, as alleged seat the address of the trust company " Naiman Trust Solutions" in Zurich is registered. After both the Swiss and the British press had reported on these backgrounds, the site is the "Swiss Commodity Holding AG » September 25, 2009 is not longer available or only contains the words' New website under construction ". Despite the press release on the official website of Notts County on 27 September 2009, in which the families Shafi and Hyat are mentioned by name as alleged investors Anwar Shafi denied any involvement of any sort to Notts County or Qadbak from head of the family. Also denied Anwar Shafi, it is the author of the quotation attributed to him on the club website.

On December 12, 2009, it was announced that the club president Peter Trembling has bought the football club from Munto Finance.

On 12 February 2010 it was announced that Eriksson announced its actually running until 2014 contract early as director. The President of the Board of Directors and the club president resigned. One of the reasons were the 1.5 million pound debts of the association.

On September 8, 2011 Notts County played the opening match of Juventus Stadium against Italian giants Juventus. The game ended after goals from Luca Toni and Lee Hughes 1-1. Juventus had taken the jerseys of County early 20th century and therefore selected the third division for this historic game

Current squad 2013/14

(Updated: February 8, 2014)

Well-known former players

  • England Harry Daft 1888-1894
  • England Albert Iremonger 1904-1926
  • England Billy Flint 1908-1926
  • England Jackie Sewell 1946-1951
  • England Tommy Lawton 1947-1952
  • England Tom Johnston 1948-1956
  • England Tony Hateley 1958-1963, 1970-1972
  • England Jeff Astle 1959-1964
  • England David Needham 1965-1977
  • England David Watson 1966-1967, 1984-1985
  • England Les Bradd 1967-1978
  • Scotland Don Masson 1968-1982
  • England Brian Stubbs 1968-1980
  • England Pedro Richards 1974-1986
  • England Sammy Chapman 1977-1978
  • England Iain McCulloch 1978-1984
  • Raddy Avramovic of Serbia 1979-1983
  • England Trevor Christie 1979-1984
  • Scotland Ian McParland 1980-1989
  • Northern Ireland Nigel Worthington 1981-1984
  • Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill 1983-1985
  • England Dean Yates 1985-1995
  • England Gary Mills 1987-1989, 1994-1996
  • England Gary Lund 1987-1995
  • England Craig Short 1989-1992
  • England Tommy Johnson 1989-1992
  • England Steve Cherry 1989-1995
  • England Phil Turner 1989-1996
  • England Paul Devlin 1992-1996, 1998
  • England Shaun Murphy 1992-1996
  • England Ian Baraclough 1995-1998, 2001-2004
  • Wales Darren Ward 1995-2001
  • England Steve Finnan 1996-1998
  • England Jermaine Pennant 1998-1999
  • Australia Danny Allsopp 1999-2003
  • England Mark Stallard 1999-2004, 2005
  • England Simon Grayson 2001
  • England Kelvin Wilson 2003-2006
  • England Sol Campbell in 2009
  • England Ben Davies 2009-2011
  • England Lee Hughes 2009-2013
  • Neal Bishop England 2009-2013
  • England Thomas Ince 2010-2011
  • England Alan Judge 2011-2013

League membership