Formed in 1862, Notts County FC, or The Magpies as they’re
also known, is the world’s oldest league club and plays at the Meadow Lane stadium [map] in Nottingham.
In the early days the team played at a number of different
grounds, including The Park from 1862 to 1864, The Meadows
from 1864 to 1877 and Beeston Cricket Ground from 1877
to 1880, before settling into life at Meadow Lane in 1910.
Their first match was played against Nottingham
Forest on 3rd September in front of 28,000 fans. The game
ended 1-1 with Billy Matthews scoring Notts' goal.
Over their 140-year history The Magpies have moved
between divisions a total of 26 times, with their most
recent spells in the top flight being between 1981 and
1984, and then for only one season in 1991/92.
The club’s most famous player is undoubtedly England
International Tommy Lawton, who arrived at Meadow
Lane in 1947 and put 10,000 on the gates tally. He was
certainly the player of the moment and the man all of
Nottingham wanted to see in action! With his help the
team won the third division Championship in the
1949/50 season, but Notts County’s glory years did
not truly arrive until the late 1970s when, under the
management of Jimmy Sirrel, the team won a series
of promotions to take their place in the first division
In 1992 the Meadow Lane stadium was rebuilt to
what to is today – a magnificent 20,000 all-seater
ground with some of the best facilities outside of the
The 1997/98 was a record-breaking season for Notts
County as they managed to win the third division Championship at the earliest ever date (18th March), and they won the
title by a staggering 19 points.
However, in 2002 a shadow fell over the club when it went
into administration, only being saved some 18 months later
by the Blenheim Consortium.
In 2004 former player Gary Mills took over at the
helm from Bill Dearden but was unable to save the club
from being relegated to the bottom division. The team
currently play in the Coca Cola Football League Division