TT Opposition Q&A – Notts County by Paul Mace



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.



Who is the gaffer and what tactics does he like to use?

Neil Ardley – ex-Wimbledon. Been with us for 2 years and had a very difficult time managing high expectations and fans demanding we win every week. I am sure that is something Torquay went through as well. We play a largely possession-based game, bringing it out from the back.

If circumstances allow do you think County will go up this season?

In light of recent news about loans/grants, I’m very pessimistic about the season finishing. My money would be on it null and voided – which would be a terrible shame for you guys.

What should we expect from the matchday stream?

We have a very good streaming service – I am guessing you may have had problems with bandwidth with some of the smaller clubs. We have over 2k subscribing to each stream – so it’s a good quality, with commentary from the local BBC Nottingham station.

Which opposition teams and players have impressed you most?

On a recent podcast, our former manager Martin Allen pinpointed Gary Johnson’s brother as head of recruitment who has been a vital part of the success story this season. Saw you also got the loan lad from Hull this week who is decent.

And finally Nicho said 2-2 on the podcast, but what is your match prediction for Saturday?

Kiss of death…but I fancy us this week – 2-1.




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I simply live and breathe Football and have supported Torquay United since 1989. I am a season ticket holder on Bristows and a Trust member. I set up TorquayTalk in 2017 to give true supporters a voice and honest opinions on their club.

One thought on “TT Opposition Q&A – Notts County by Paul Mace

  1. My last visit to Notts Co was for the 30/10/65 game on the midnight coach from Plainmoor. Being so close to Bonfire night and acting like a prat I had a supply of fireworks with me. As we approached the city I poked a rocket out of coach window held it steady and another prat lit it. A few minutes later a car driver pulled in front of our coach and remonstrated with our driver saying that a cyclist had nearly been hit by a firework. Luckily our driver had not seen the incident ,dismissed the complaint and we continued the journey! The result was 1-1 and the season ended with Uniteds promotion to Div 3 our chant that day in Notts was “No mercy no mercy for County “


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