Club Profile

Notts County

Very much the “other” team in Nottingham to outsiders, Notts County is a wonderful, old-fashioned family club currently in the darkest time of its 130-plus-year history.

LOCATION: Nottingham, in the East Midlands, 90 train minutes from St. Pancras station in London or from Piccadilly station in Manchester, an hour from Birmingham

CONTACT: nottscountyfc.co.uk, 0115 9529 000, #Notts

NICKNAMES: The Magpies, for their black-and-white-striped shirts, or just the Pies

History

Here is something you probably didn’t know: Notts County is the oldest professional soccer club in the world. There is an older amateur club—Sheffield FC was founded in 1857—but County goes back to 1862. Yet you may not have even known they exist because they have been below the second tier of English football for nearly 30 seasons. County helped…

Rivalries

Forest, of course, is a rival, but with County in lower leagues, the Nottingham derby hasn’t happened since 2012. Lately they’ve developed hostilities with nearby neighbors Mansfield Town (15 miles away), Lincoln City (45 miles), and Chesterfield (26

Women's Team

Reborn in 2018 after folding the year before, Notts County Women are in the East Midlands Regional Women’s Football League at tier 6. They play their home games at Greenwich Avenue, Basford, which is the home of Basford

Songs

It seems that in 1988, County were playing at Shrewsbury Town, whose team was up 2-0 and whose fans were singing “On Top of Old Smokey.” County fans—either making fun of the locals’ accent and country life or celebrating when their team scored two quick goals to get a draw—changed the words to: I had a wheelbarrow But the wheels fell off. I had a…

Stadium

Meadow Lane has been their home since 1910, and it must be the biggest in the history of the fifth tier. Capacity is 19,841 in four separate stands, all built in the 1990s. Away fans get better than usual seats in the Jimmy Sirrel Stand on the side, and home rowdies are in the Kop stand behind a goal. Behind the other goal is the Family Stand. As…

Going to a Game at Notts County

GETTING THERE: It’s a very simple 10-minute walk from the Nottingham rail station. PUBS: There is a supporters club at the ground that lets in everybody who’s not an away fan. As you walk over from the station, you’ll also pass a Hooters, which seems out of place. If you go past the stadium just a bit, you’ll find three modern pubs with good…

Notts County Tickets

In the Football League, tickets were £20 for adults.

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