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Former foxes play massive part in the history books of local opponent

DATE: 08.09.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

A book in the style of "fossils _& foxes" was a few months back launched. A number of former foxes was interviewed and the club history of Notts County really makes you think about what a life players have

For us Alan Birchenall is a fox, nothing else, but he also is a massive Notts County fan, and also played for the club that his father supported and as "Birch" described as the team he grew up with during his youth.

The auther of the book is also a former fox, Paul Mace. Mace used to work at Leicester for many years as an was the clubs coo, director of operations. He was all around and during the days of Martin O'Neill an important part of the City team and foundation.

Martin O'Neill himself is one of many that has played for both Nottingham clubs, Forest and Notts County. To other former foxes, Gary Mills and Trevor Christie had spells on both side of the river. Mills also was in charge of Notts County as a manager for a short period back in 2004.
 

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Visited Nottingham earlier this year, and made a visit to the ground. An empty place at the time, but The Trent Navigation Inn was open, so we "had a few" and walked back to the city centre, this Sunday afternoon.

Little we knew about the recent "get together" by old Notts County players. The club experienced some great heights under the management of Jimmy Sirrell and Neil Warnock, being able to compete in the top flight.

Notts County is also the club that was of great inspiration of those who formed Juventus, copying the colours. When Juve opened their new stadium, they invited Notts to come over and play, no other than former City manager Martin Allen was the manager.
 

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Martin Allen, who were in charge at City for a short period, was the man leading the Notts Coutny out on the new stadium, and manager of Juve at the time was Antonio Conte. The result, 1-1, Lee Hughes scoring and spoiling the party.

Let's hope that Craig Shakespeare can copy this result today and give City fans something to shout about.

A fun fact is that City's first 1 million signing was a player from Notts County. Mark Draper. The fee was 1.25 million. A year later he was sold on, this time for 3.25 million. This happened as far back as in 1994 and 1995, so that was a massive fee to pay for a player.

We should not forget names such as Mark Goodwin, Jeff Blockley and Ian Baraclough who all turned out for both clubs. Baraclough never played in the league for Leicester, but spent two period at Notts County playing more than 221 league games in all.

Arsenal The Double winner Eddie Kelly, who also appeared for City in between a period at Notts County is also one to mention. City league cup winner Stefan Oakes also played at Notts, the same did Rob Ullathorne.

Frank Worthington never played for Notts County, but his brother Bob was a legend at the club spending most of his career here, playing six seasons at the club, scoring one single goal in 232 league games, turning mostly out as a left back.

City captain Wes Morgan was another with a life at Notts County, being there during his youth days, but moved on to Forest and never played in the first team at Meadow Lane.

Former City manager Sven Goran Eriksson also had a few months at the club, bringing in Kasper Schmeichel who spent a season here before moving to Leeds and later Leicester City.

Alan Young should not either be forgotten, scoring 12 goals in 43 games in the mid 80's.

If you like to watch the video from the fantastic tour of Juventus, a great story, interviews with Trevor Christie, Alan Birchenall and Paul Mace, it's all here, tv channel "footy extra"

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