Student supporter James Constantine brings us his latest blog on studying in Nottingham and supporting Notts...
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all those reading my first blog of 2013.
With several postponements over the last month due to the outrageous weather, I have been forced to keep busy with some festive outings, but with 2013 looking to have brought some calm to our weather, this has the potential to be a huge year for Notts County.
I would like to start by drawing attention to the great work by Adam Faiers, who is embarking upon an incredible task in this 2012.13 season.
An MK Dons fan himself and chair of their supporters trust, Adam is cycling to every away game for MK Dons this season.
On Tuesday, Adam cycled a fantastic 81 miles to Nottingham to watch the Pies lose all three points, something that was worth the cycle.
Adam is raising money for the MK Dons disability teams and a specialist school for the disabled in Milton Keynes and has so far raised over £1,800, an incredible achievement.
You can also donate to Adam’s cause by clicking here and keep up to date with his long cycling travels.
I believe the trip from MK to Carlisle still awaits him, good luck Adam.
On all things County, Keith Curle’s showdown talks have seen immediate action and player movement.
With the departures of Williams, Regan and Iwelumo and the retention of both Jordan and Damion Stewart mean Curle has enacted the first part of his January plan.
The situation surrounding Andre Boucaud looks to be a real test of Notts’ negotiating skills.
Boucaud has stated he wishes to remain at Meadow Lane but Luton, however, appear to be holding out for something more than a free transfer.
I believe I would be fair in saying most fans would expect a few new faces to shake up the squad for the long run in till the end of the season.
With the defence looking complete, it appears the midfield and attacking positions are the most likely areas to see new additions.
It would be exciting to see perhaps a new striker or two, to help fire Notts back towards the top end of the npower League 1 scoring charts, having been in the top two for much of the season.
It has been a bit of a sticky patch for the Magpies over the past month or so, but hopefully we’ll see them put things right and get back in and around those Play-Off places as we edge nearer to the most important part of the campaign.
I return back to the hectic ways of University in little over a week and as I relax at home with good cooking and clean clothes, it is safe to say I will miss home in some respects.
But being back at University and so close to Meadow Lane, a tough couple of home tests against Sheffield United and Oldham need all the support available, it remains to be said that nothing can beat the Nottingham life.
Notts County Football Club provided match tickets for the MK Dons cyclist, Adam, which will be auctioned as part of his fundraising.