TT OPPOSITION Q&A
Paul Mace discusses his team Notts County
Hi Paul so tell us a bit yourself and how long have you supported Notts County
Lifelong Notts fan – fourth generation dating back to Notts appearing in the first FL season ever in 1888! I am 57 – went to first game as 3 year old in 1966. I worked in pro football and pro sport for over 35 years. Set up my own global sports comms company 15 years ago, and was 13 years at Leicester City. Remember playing Torquay in a pre-season game, and ordering 25 fish and chips for the team bus from the chippie at the corner of the ground! Good mates with Matt Elliott..and I keep in touch with Gulls keeper John Turner, who is a great lad. When I was at Leicester I also interviewed Frank Farrell – who used to live quite close to Plainmoor. Lovely man.
How would you summarise your season so far?
Stop-start. We’ve had covid, half of our opponents have had covid. Steady enough without being too spectacular…we’re still learning to cope with being a big fish in a small pond.
How’s your most recent form been heading into the game?
We’re in the last 16 of the Trophy after away wins at Morpeth and Stockport…but lost 2 of our last 3 home matches – most recently at home to Hartlepool.
What have been your highlights from a disrupted season so far?
Probably our best performance was the 1-0 win over Stockport in a televised re-arranged BT Sport live game in December. Very well organised and professional display.
Who are your key players and why?
Michael Doyle – club captain and 29 – still the beating heart of the team. Kyle Wootton – powerful centre forward leads the line well. Best player is Cal Roberts – ex-Newcastle academy, tricky left sided player. But out injured for two months and won’t be fit for Saturday.