Salop finish 18th and 2 points clear

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In the end, survival was enough. (Table by ESPN FC.)
A new manager, after the previous manager arranged his own departure in quite a dignified way, whilst we were some points behind the rest at the bottom.
Elsewhere, Arsenal fans’ arrangement of a St.Totteringham’s day for the first time in 20 years when Arsenal were to finish below them in the league seemed a bit of a mistake.
Notts Co. have survived in the Football League, but Notts County Ladies have folded.
Finally, Nottingham Forest are only just safe with one game to go.  I’m desperate for a Forest vs Salop match, but not in the third tier.  Please, Forest.

Mike Edwards and Michael Edwards

Mike Edwards and Michael Edwards.
Still in the Notts County squad, Mike Edwards was gracious enough to say he’d seen some of my stuff on google.
I told him how I’d seen him at the Gay Meadow as 17-year-old full back for Hull City (3rd March, 1998 (check)).
And again he was gracious enough to talk about Shrewsbury Town and the various experiences he’d had (Salop used to be good at home).
Maybe I should try being nice.

Of course, the name “Michael Edwards” is so common that there are more “Michael Edwards” than Telford United’s home attendance.
But it is quite a challenging name – “Edwards” means “guard of God” and “Michael” means “God-like” – a bit too challenging.

The photo is a bit blurred, but in the subsequent photo, I’m afraid I was far too concerned about whether it would be in focus.  Hey ho.


County and Forest inducted into the Hall of Fame

Inducting Notts County Football Club into the Hall of Fame, for being the oldest professional football league club.
Inducting the Nottingham Forest football teams of 1979 and 1980 for winning the European Cup twice.
And celebrating again John Robertson’s induction for his individual achievements.
At the Ice Arena, where local kids put on a fitness display and there was a local singer.
Pictures and fuller detail available in Facebook album.

Rain stopped play

Campaigners lined up to support Lilian Greenwood MP canvass in The Meadows, and a terrific storm – predicted for Leicestershire – arrives in Nottingham and stops both our campaigning, and the nearby Notts County game (pic. from the N.Post).
Peter Dowd, Labour MP for Bootle, and staying in the Lace Market and enjoying a friend’s stag weekend in Nottingham, turned up too.
The theme was to be “Education, not Segregation”.  You can sign the petition on-line here.

Notts County Football in the Community community day 2015

Surf –
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A dinner to promote the charity followed by Pies vs Cobblers.
Host Colin Slater talked with people who have been helped.
Notts County is located in Bridge ward and the charity runs Portland Leisure Centre.
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Actor and writer William Ivory explained his commitment to Notts County Football in the Community, talking to their community officer alongside Vicky McClure, another actor and ambassador.

More photos available here.
As for the match, Northampton Town are in form and built the better attacks; something County seemed to have no pattern for.
They deserved the win, although the winning goal should have been stopped, and Northampton seem to have invented new ways of wasting time, including the goalie clattering one of his own defenders in the hopes of a further delay.

The wheel fell off

Followed the League 1 scores on the BBC videprinter cos Notts County, oldest football league club, based in Bridge ward, were one space above the relegation zone and at risk from three other clubs.
And sure enough, Leyton Orient, away to 4th placed Swindon Town, had gone first one, then two up, against a 10-men side. So Notts needed to win.
Then Crawley took the lead at home to Coventry.
So relief when Notts took the lead away at Gillingham.
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Then Orient threw away their lead and Crawley fell behind at home.
But Notts conceded 3 goals in the last 5 minutes, whilst Colchester had taken the lead against promotion chasing Preston North End.
Notts had the wheelbarrow, and the wheel fell off.
Bad for Nottingham cos of the smaller crowds next season.
Bad for me cos I was looking forward to Salop’s visit next season.
(Although I have now met a Barnet fan who’s pleased cos he’s got a local game.)

Cremorne Gardens, home of Nottingham professional football

20140611-205653-75413862.jpgAnother Meadows contribution to the history of the city.
The first game of Nottingham Football Club was held at Cremorne Gardens (alongside the south end of Queens Walk, marked in yellow in the map.)
Nottingham FC evolved to become Notts County FC.
Nottingham Post have told the story as part of Nottingham’s bid to be the City of Football 2015.
20140611-205654-75414306.jpgNot heard of a “rouge” before. It seems it was kicking the ball wide of the posts off an opposing player and then touching it down; it was taken from other games, and introduced to reduce the number of draws. (I wonder if they considered bringing rouges back during the era of the ‘Leeds – Arsenal – scoreless draw’ domination of the seventies? Would they be better than penalties?)
Cremorne Gardens, and the neighbouring hotel / pub, have been replaced by a small housing estate with two small blocks of flats.
20140611-205654-75414556.jpgNote, the former Forest ground – the Town Ground, was also in the Meadows, in front of what is now the NCT bus depot and is where the crossbar for goals was first used.

Rouge explanation from “The Victorian Football Miscellany” by Paul Brown.