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County Show That There's Notts Just One Team In Nottingham

Friday 20th January 2012
Whilst one side of the Trent boasts a past of European cups, league titles and Brian Clough, the other side are a lot more modest in their achievements. Notts County FC are the smaller in stature of the two clubs but are by no means Forest's quiet neighbours. The league 1 side are slowly progressing their way back up the footballing ladder and are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with not only in their division but across the country.

On Saturday Notts recorded a relatively comfortable yet still surprising victory over championship strugglers Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat yet the story of the red half of Nottingham's goalless draw against Leicester was seen as a better talking point. Yet this 3rd round shock was just the tip of the iceberg as Notts finally stabilise after a traumatic couple of seasons.

At the beginning of the 2009-10 season there was a new sense of optimism across the Trent after Notts County were apparently bought by a multi-millionaire. This was then followed by the arrival of big names, former England defender Sol Campbell, Manchester city goalkeeper and son of Peter, Kasper Schmeichel, and of course the new life president Sven-Goran Eriksson. Yet the takeover that really looked like it was too good to be true inevitably was with the team being owned by a conman and big name stars waling out after only weeks in their new jobs.

This was then followed by months of uncertainty about the clubs future and whether they would be able to survive the ordeal that undid the oldest club in world football. Yet when hope looked bleak finally a ray of light shone through. County were bought out by Peter Trembling for a nominal fee ad finally looked to be steadying. Yet another journey was just beginning.

Whilst uncertainty hovered precariously around Meadow Lane things on the pitch weren't as great with Sven's replacement Hans Backe walking out after nine games before eventually Steve Cotterill was appointed and Notts comfortably won the Npower League 2. And still after their great season changes rained down upon the Nottinghamshire club.

Player of the season and the final big name Kasper Schmeichel left the club as did their saviour Steve Cotterill leaving County fans staring the possibility of relegation dead in the face. Yet in came Paul Ince, and with a lot of optimism around the former England midfield and his managerial career county fans believed that maybe it's not all doom and gloom. Yet Ince did not live up to expectations. He was a record breaker at Meadow Lane. The club lost a record of nine straight league games and were staring relegation square in the face once again. With the defeat to relegation strugglers Oldham came Paul Ince's resignation and once again Notts in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Yet after an uncertain caretaker manager situation it seemed as though Notts had settled for Martin Allen, a name the County fans had not even considered. However Allen steered Notts away from the relegation zone as they finished in a respectable 19th and in the cup they took Manchester City to a replay after holding them in the first leg.

This season though it's anything but a relegation fight with Notts flirting with a play-off spot and results in the league have been surprising as the teams unity is a massive factor in how the team are playing and working together.

Last weekend Notts looked as though their troubled times were finally behind them. Buoyed on by a 4000 strong away following they toppled a team in the league above, rather comfortably too. Now Martin Allen must focus on the league if he is ever going to please the oldest fan base in history. Yet for now the positive relationship between club and fans seems enough to keep the fans happy. For now.
Jack Deaton
I'm an 18 year old student currently studying for a degree in Broadcast Journalism. My aim is to become either a football writer or a football commentator.

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