I’m hoping to get a couple of posts out looking at a couple of teams still in the FA Cup (5th Round) but might not be* after Saturday. This is the first of the two.

*Or still could be. They both beat higher opposition in the last round, so…

‘New owners’   ‘new investment’ and ‘big signings’ are three phrases that were repeated when talking about a few clubs in the past year or so. But for one particular team was another phrase to be added:

“False dawn”

Forecast is for more clouds

That shagger Sven is still hanging in there. But for how much longer ?

The chief executive, Peter Trembling bought the club for a nominal fee after finding out that “Munto Finances” was a misnomer. They are still facing up to a second winding up order from HM Revenue and Customs (who have a number of other clubs on their list).

They are boyd by the success of beating Wigan – after a replay – in the previous round and this trip down to Fulham will take their fans minds off their troubles for now. And hey, who knows… knock them out and pull another Premier team name out of the hat to play at home… It’s not going to save them of course and it could be a last roar before the world’s oldest football league club finally dies.

I’m hoping that this doesn’t happen. They need to and probably will survive somehow. But not before another dip down the divisions again…

“But lads ! Let’s not be downhearted ! One total catastrophe like this is only the beginning…”

Like the other day when talking about The Saints I don’t want to dwell on this but to remember a better time for them when The Magpies were in the (old) Division One:

Notts County programmes and badge

Jimmy Sirrel their legendary and longest serving manager guided a struggling basement club and in 1981 they were promoted to the highest league in the land. Nott County stayed there and held their own for another three seasons.

– To celebrate this promotion to the 1st Division Jimmy Willan wrote and produced the following song which the team ran out to for the next decade:

Jimmy Willan Notts County single » Jimmy Willan & Notts County Choir – County’s The Team For Me

Additional: Jimmy did another song in 2000:

» Jimmy Willan – We’re The Team You Should Support

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