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Notts County 2017

Football Aid was making its Meadow Lane debut in the 2017 season, giving players a chance to represent the World’s oldest football league club. Magpies’ legends Les Bradd and Brian Bates would be managing two Notts County Home and Away sides, whilst another County legend Mark Stallard would play a half for each team. The game itself was a fantastic contest, played in a friendly spirit throughout and full of entertainment, with the final score of 4-4 a fitting reward for both teams’ efforts.

Date: Tuesday 9th May
Venue: Meadow Lane
Notts County (Home) vs Notts County (Away)
Kick Off: 12:00 pm
Legends & Managers: Les Bradd, Brian Bates & Mark Stallard
Match Officials: Lewis Morgan, David Southern, Alex Cotterill & Zaydn Conroy

The game kicked off under grey skies but a bright start from the Away team saw them break the deadlock after just 2 mins of play! Away No 6 Tim Evans doing well to get on the end of a dangerous looped cross by Away captain Peter Brunton-Douglas and give his side an early lead with a fantastic header (0-1).

The Home side came roaring back and were so close to getting an equaliser on 8 mins through Home No 9 David Heason. After a fantastic cross from the right by Home No 11 Matthew Tilley saw the Heason get in front of his man at the front post, the striker attempted to glance the ball into the back of the net, but his effort went agonising wide of the far post.

The woodwork was then struck by the Home team who were getting ever closer to an equaliser on 19 mins, this time it was a curled right foot effort from outside the box that bounced back off the crossbar before being cleared by the Away defence for a corner.

The Home team weren’t to be denied though and David Heason got his team a deserved equaliser on 32 mins after a fantastic pass from Home Legend Mark Stallard played in the No 9. The striker doing brilliantly to fire his drilled effort across the goal and into the far corner of the net from a fairly tight angle (1-1).


A penalty was then awarded to the Away team on 40 mins after a foul on Away No 9 Gary Jones, and it was Away No 5 Andrew Wright who stepped up to the spot and sent Home No 51 Allan Todd the wrong way, however his effort went narrowly wide of the left hand post…


Down the other end, Home winger No 8 Baljinder Singh brilliantly chopping onto his left foot on 42 mins, left the opposing defender flat footed and from a very tight angle inside the box, tried to curl his shot into the far corner of the goal. However stand in Away keeper Mark Feehan did well to save the effort and the ball went out for a corner.

Moments later, Away captain Peter Brunton-Douglas gave away a free kick in a dangerous area, around 25 yards out and to the right of goal and his team were punished with a superb goal direct from the free kick by Home No 10 Alex West. The impressive centre mid drilling his effort along the ground and into the bottom left corner of the net on the stroke of half time (2-1).


The ref’s whistle went for half time soon after with West’s excellent late strike earning the Home team a narrow advantage at the break. It was time for the Magpies Legends Bradd and Bates to use all their considerable experience to try to motivate their teams for the 2nd half.

Half Time: Notts County Home 2 - 1 Notts County Away

The game continued to be tight at the start of the 2nd half, with both teams’ looking well organised and solid at the back. It was the Home team who started the better and they almost extended their lead on 54 mins when Home No 17 Thomas Turner unleashed a long range effort from 25 yards out, however his well struck shot was punched away by stand in Away goalkeeper Mark Clyne and out for a corner.

That resulting corner however did lead to a goal for the Home team, Home No 7 Mark Taylor found himself free at the near the far post where he was able to head home from close range and give his side an important 3rd goal (3-1).


Desperate for a goal, the Away side responded quickly and got themselves back in the game on 58 mins through Away No 10 Michael Lee. The ever reliable centre mid spectacularly managing to score directly from his out-swinging corner, with the Home keeper unable to keep out the awkwardly looped cross which unfortunately found the back of the net (3-2).

However the momentum swung again, with another goal coming for the Home team on 64 mins. Home No 11 Matthew Tilley striking an effort from outside the box and unfortunately the ball went under the body of the Away keeper and into the back of the net to restore the Home team’s 2 goal lead (4-2).


Back came the Away team and the ball was in the back of the net just 4 mins later, this time Away No 14 Terry Rickeard pulled a goal back for his side with a sublime left foot strike from outside the box which smashed off the inside of the bar and over the goal line, giving the Home goalkeeper Allan Todd no chance and restoring the Away team’s hopes of a comeback (4-3).

With just over 10 mins to go, and plenty of chances being created by both sides, it was the Away team who almost got themselves an equaliser when Away No 10 Michael Lee played a pass into Away No 11 M.F. Retsinas, the striker, just inside the box and closely marked, hit a snap shot across goal and the ball went agonisingly wide of the far post.

However, the Home team’s defence couldn’t hold for long and Away captain No 7 Peter Brunton-Douglas scored a late equaliser on 87 mins to put them on level terms! The goal came about after an out-swinging corner into the box wasn’t cleared fully and Away No 14 Terry Rickeard was able to assist the ball into the path of the captain who did well to tuck the ball home from close range (4-4).

Neither side was able to find a winning goal and a hugely entertaining 1st ever Football Aid match at Meadow Lane finished in a 4-4 draw. The game had been played in a fantastic spirit by two excellent teams and the Magpies players received a resounding round of applause when they left the pitch at full time.

Huge thanks to Notts County for their debut involvement with the special event and a special thanks to the Managers Les Bradd and Brian Bates, as well as Playing Legend Mark Stallard who represented both Home and Away sides on the day.

Full Time: Notts County Home 4 - 4 Notts County Away


Man of the Match Home: No.2 Roberto Donay
Man of the Match Away: No.10 Michael Lee
Moment of the Match: No.10 Alex West

Home Team: Allan Todd, Roberto Donay (C), Mark Stallard (1st half), Robert Thorpe, Adam Locker, Dean Thorpe, Mark Taylor, Baljinder Singh, David Heason, Alex West, Matthew Tilley, Mark Feehan, Thomas Turner
Home Manager: Les Bradd
Home Mascot: Jack West

Away Team: Mark Clyne, Mark Stallard (2nd half), Gary Thomas, Andrew Wright, Tim Evans, P. Brunton-Douglas (C), Adam Newton Smith, Gary Jones, Michael Lee, M.F. Retsinas, Terry Rickeard, Oliver Watson, Jason Guy
Away Manager: Brian Bates
Away Mascot: Not Applicable

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
"Firstly thanks for organising yesterday. It was a fantastic experience and great to play alongside Mark Stallard and spend some time with Les Bradd. Probably my favourite Football Aid event so far.  Thanks to the University of Nottingham Sport team too, without their expert support I suspect I'd be feeling a lot worse today! Thanks again for yesterday, I love being part of Football Aid and really hope the rest of the events run as well as ours did and look forward to seeing you at the next one I can get to!"
David Heason - Home Team No.9

"Firstly, you are so right. It was a great game, and that’s coming from someone who still doesn’t know THE OFF-SIDE position!

I, personally really enjoyed the WHOLE experience! It’s always a pleasure seeing the whole Football Aid staff.  Richard was right when he said, it’s like a family, especially when you start recognising other players. He said some lovely things about Rob. Please thank him for that. As for the staff, you make us feel so welcome and you make it fun, exciting and really get us all involved even the spectators. We don’t know how to thank you for asking everyone to participate in a minute’s silence! It meant so much to Rob and I. I felt as if his Father was with us!  I truly think it made him play with so much passion, it was a delight to see him do something he loves so much. The atmosphere was magical!  We had such a laugh too, before and after the game. You are all so genuine.  Once again thank you."
Roberto Donay - Home Team Captain & No.2 & Elizabeth Donay

"Thanks to @Official_NCFC hosting today's first @FootballAid game, friendly & hospitable staff, helpers and legends, & a real FA family game!"
Mark Feehan - Home Team No.15

"Great to support @FootballAid at @Official_NCFC today! @UoNSport @UoNSportRehab"
Krista van Alten - Sports Physio and Sports Massage, University of Nottingham Sport.

Match Report written by Sam Bettany (@bettany_sam)