Notts County F.C.

association football club in Nottingham, England

Notts County Football Club is a football club in Nottingham, England, and also the oldest professional association football club in the world.[1] The club now plays in Football League One of the EFL, part of the English football league system. "The Magpies" play at the Meadow Lane stadium in black and white striped shirts.

Notts County
Full nameNotts County Football Club
Founded1862
GroundMeadow Lane
Nottingham
Capacity19,588
ChairmanChristoffer Reedtz
ManagerNeal Ardley
LeagueNational League
2018-19League Two, 23rd (Relegated)

The club has also played many times in the top division of English football, the most recent in 1991–92, when they played in the last season of the old First Division before the creation of the Premier League.

Well-known past managers of Notts County have been Jimmy Sirrel, Neil Warnock, and Sam Allardyce.

Formation and early yearsEdit

Notts County started in 1862. The club was started before The Football Association and in the beginning they played a game with club rules, rather than association football. When it started, Notts County, like most sports teams, were considered to be a "gentlemen-only" club. Notts County are thought to be to be one of the starters of the current game, even being credited with the invention of the offside trap[source?]. Notts County is the oldest of the world's professional association football clubs (There are older professional clubs in other codes of football.)[source?]

The club in the beginning played at Park Hollow at Nottingham Castle. In December 1864, the decision was made to play games against outside teams, and it was decided that the club needed to find a larger stadium. After playing at several places, The Magpies settled at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in 1883. When the ground was used for Cricket, they played at Castle Ground or Nottingham Forest's Town Ground. The club moved to their current stadium, Meadow Lane, in 1910.

Football LeagueEdit

 
Chart showing the progress of Notts County through the English football league system from the first season in 1888–89 to 2007–08 when the club finished 21st in League Two.

In 1888, Notts County, along with eleven other football clubs, became a founding member of The Football League.[2] They finished their first league season in eleventh place. Notts County got their highest ever league finish of third in 1890-91, and they also finished third ten seasons later.

FA Cup finalsEdit

On 25 March 1891, Notts County reached the FA Cup final for the first time but did not win. They lost 3-1 to Blackburn Rovers.[3]

Notts County made up for this in 1894, when they won the FA Cup at Goodison Park for the first time in their history. The Magpies beat Bolton Wanderers 4-1 and Jimmy Logan scored the first hat-trick in FA Cup final history. Notts County became the first club outside the top division to win the FA Cup - they finished in third place in the Second Division that season.[3]

League positionEdit

Season League Position
2000-01 Second Division 8th
2001-02 Second Division 19th
2002-03 Second Division 15th
2003-04 Second Division 23rd
2004-05 League Two 19th
2005-06 League Two 21st
2006-07 League Two 13th
2007-08 League Two 21st
2008-09 League Two 19th
2009-10 League Two 1st (Promoted)
2010-11 League One 19th
2011-12 League One 7th
2012-13 League One 12th
2013-14 League One 20th
2014-15 League One 21st (Relegated)
2015-16 League Two 17th
2016-17 League Two 16th
2017-18 League Two 5th
2018-19 League Two 23rd (Relegated)
2019-20 National League

Former positionEdit


Other websitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Notts County - A Picture History ISBN 0954783034 page 8
  2. The Magpies Keith Warsop page 31 ISBN 086023214X
  3. 3.0 3.1 "FA Cup Finals, 1872-today". www.thefa.com. Retrieved 2020-06-12.