Twenty games into the season, things are looking pretty good for Notts County. Keith Curle’s team is currently in the play-off positions occupying sixth place, playing good football and with a goal difference of +12. The league, as per most years, is incredibly tight – only four points separate second from eighth, and Stevenage, our bogey team, are breathing right down our necks, so Notts must be careful.
Recent results, however, have been impressive – the number twenty once again of significance, relating to the number of consecutive unbeaten games played away from home – the 1-1 draw away against Rotherham at the New York Stadium ensures the continuation of this amazing run, and also means we get to know who the winner of this tie will play in the FA Cup Third Round. Meanwhile our win against promotion rivals Swindon at the Lane will hopefully mark the turning of a corner with regards to our relatively mediocre home form. Paolo Di Canio compared goalie Bartosz Bialkowski to legend Peter Schmeichel after his commanding display between the posts against the Robins, while the Irish Messi Alan Judge worked his magic once again to net the spectacular winner.
28th of November 2012 marked Notts County Football Club’s 150th birthday, and the club marked this occasion with a special celebration at the 1862 Suite, an event followed by the national press, in which Jimmy Sirrel, our finest ever manager, was the first inductee into the NCFC Hall of Fame.
150 years of emotions, highs and lows, ups and downs, many amazing occasions, some worrying times and some downright bad times. I’ve only supported Notts for around ten years but in that time alone I’ve experienced the amazing highs, such as the win against a Middlesbrough containing Robert Huth, Gaizka Mendieta and Mark Viduka in 2006, and being ten minutes away from winning against a stellar Manchester City side in 2011, who went on all the way to win the FA Cup, as well as lows. Nearly being relegated from the Football League altogether, the financial problems several years back – and the downright bizarre, such as Munto’s takeover and witnessing the likes of Kasper Schmeichel, Sol Campbell and Sven Goran Eriksson turning up at the Lane.
But it’s been a rollercoaster ride which I wouldn’t change for the world. There’s a picture on Facebook doing the rounds at the moment declaring that “if there are no ups and downs in your life, that means you’re dead”. If that’s the case, then nothing can make you feel more alive than being a Magpies fan, and I can vouch for that! Now here’s to many more years of Notts County Football Club, and let’s turn the amazing foundations we’ve built this season into something more concrete! Come on you Pies!
Written by Giuseppe Labellarte, We Are Going Up’s Notts County blogger
Giuseppe tweets at @JoeJonesHome