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.