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  1. Well here we are. Fifty years to the day when The Beatles released their swan song(s) Abbey Road and still the BBC2 special discussed in this thread hasn't surfaced. I'm particularly disappointed because back in September 1969 I was having the time of my life. I was 19 and still living at home, doing well at college (Trent Poly) and at work (Boots QC Labs in D10 Beeston) Notts County were on the up again after years in the wilderness. The world was my oyster. Me and several chums used to descend on The Grosvenor on a Friday night after a hard week at work and college. Most Saturday mornings there was overtime available in Boots QC labs with the bus picking up outside Toby’s on Friar Lane at 07:30 so it was important not to get carried away drinking the Home Ales bitter that the lovely fiery redhead Hazel used to dispense in the lounge. The resident gay guy Claude used to provide the entertainment. Players No6 and Embassy were the cigarettes of choice back then and the air was always thick with cigarette smoke as we accumulated the vouchers to exchange for gifts. The effects on our lungs never crossed our mind in 1969. Goose Fair was only a week away and we all left the pub promptly at 10:30, so called drinking up time to walk back to my mum and dads house on Russell Road to watch The Beatles new LP being reviewed on BBC2. A few months earlier my dad had rented a new colour TV from Radio Rentals and we all crammed into the back room to watch and listen to the Fabs latest offering. I wish I could go back and see it and do it all again. Abbey Road and Rubber Soul are Beatles albums I can feel as much as listen to. What a time, what a band.
  2. We're on a roll. COYP
  3. A few years back I bought a Notts County programme for Notts v Forest at Meadow Lane dated 22nd April 1950. I got it off a trader in West End Arcade for £15. The record books show that Notts won the game 2-0 with Lawton and Sewell scoring. The attendance was 46000 with Notts completing the double over Forest that season having beaten Forest 2-1 at the City Ground earlier in December 1949 with 38000 watching. In that game Lawton & Broome scored for Notts. That season (1949/50) Notts were promoted as Champions of Div 3 (South) whilst Forest finished 4th. They were promoted the following season. Halcyon days for Nottingham football especially Notts supporters. Just goes to show how badly things have gone wrong at Meadow Lane of late.
  4. At the other end of the scale Peter Brough with Archie Andrews was the worst yet he was extremely successful on the radio where his vent skills were irrelevant.
  5. Gottle of geer. Fly2 you're quite right that technically Arthur Worsley was an outstanding vent but it was Nottinghamian Neville King who made me laugh most.
  6. Very interesting thoughts Deepdene Boy. You're so right about how the style of play changes through the leagues. A few seasons back when Notts were relegated from L1 to L2 I noticed how much more physical the games became. I really can’t see Enzio or Vaughan doing any good at all in non league. I believe Vaughan is out of contract anyway. It would seem that to succeed in the lower leagues you need huge strong players who can take it as well as dish it out. The best example I saw this season was when Newport came to Meadow Lane. They were huge and battered Notts. Jamille Matt was outstanding. Stags take note for the playoffs Newport are no pushover and if Mr Flitcroft thinks passing football will get Mansfield to Wembley he's in for a surprise. BTW I bet Michael O'Connor is pleased he chose Lincoln over Notts and what about Derby's rising star Mason Bennett? He looked an excellent prospect when he came to Notts on loan but he only managed one game before his hamstring injury meant he had to return to The Rams.
  7. I think bringing in highly paid players like Dennis, Hemmings, Enzio and later Vaughan didn’t go down too well with the other members of the squad especially when, with the possible exception of Hemings they didn't perform on so many occasions. It happens so often in football these days. Some of these highly paid prima donnas secure a lucrative contract then couldn’t care less.They still get their obscene salaries no matter what. Some even feign injury because they can't be bothered playing. No pride just greed. One or two of these overpaid wasters are still on Notts books and their contracts will need to be paid up before they can be shown the door.
  8. Phil, I think it’s a classic case of “beggars can't be choosers”
  9. NEP saying that a South African consortium have just completed due diligence. The price will depend on which league Notts are playing in next season. I've just checked the table and next week if Macclesfield v Cambridge ends 0-0 and Notts win 9-0 at Swindon then Notts will stay up on goal difference. Now that’s what you call optimism.
  10. I think that Notts are well capable of winning at Swindon next week but if Macclesfield don't lose to Cambridge then we're down and out the league. The sad thing is I can think of several occasions this season where Notts have thrown away precious points that would have seen us safe by now. Here's hoping that next season the new owners will give us something to cheer. I have heard many pessimists say that if Notts go out the league it will take several seasons to get back. I have to disagree because I think the momentum that the new owners will bring will make a massive difference.
  11. Hi FLY2, What years were you at FFGS? I was there 1961-6 and lived on Russell Rd. I was in a band in 1965/6 and we used to practice in the hall under High Church St. Methodist church. Happy days.
  12. In the early 60s my school friend and I would climb over the wall and explore the abandoned station. Trains still ran through and it was a bit spooky when they rumbled out the tunnels. My pal used to say the house above the Sherwood Rise portal was haunted. It would certainly have shook at bit when trains were running underneath. We got a good telling off and had our names and addresses taken by a policeman who caught us one day.
  13. OK, OK it would seem we will have to beat Grimsby as well to get the 49 points I predicted. Unlikely I know but the fat lady isn't quite singing yet although she's certainly warming up lol
  14. Recent away form would suggest Notts could win all their last three away games. I also think they can beat MK Dons because they (MK) will be playing to win. Against Grimsby we'll do well to get a draw. Lower half teams usually have gigantic defenders who Notts struggle to get past. So I reckon Notts will finish on 49 points which will see them safe by one point. I don't expect Yeovil to pick up more than two points so I think they're gone. Sol Campbell's Macclesfield are doing well but I think they're going to run out of steam. Call me an optimist if you like but after following Notts for nearly 60 years you have to be. COYP.
  15. Saturday's performance couldn't have come at a better time. I could hardly believe it when I looked at the score 1 minute into the game to see the mighty Pies were one up and it just got better and better. It's so ironic how Notts home form has been their Achilles heel when last season we rarely lost. This season it could be that away wins like yesterday will keep us in the league. It's the bottom half teams at Meadow Lane who we have struggled against. They have huge defenders who just close it down looking for a point and Notts can't break through. I wouldn't be surprised to see Notts winning their last three away games at Crewe, Crawley and Swindon and still struggle at home although I don't expect MK Dons to park the bus when they come to Meadow Lane.