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Win a copy of Record Breakers

The perfect stocking filler

13 December 2018

Supporters can win a copy of Paul Smith's book, Record Breakers, following the launch of a social media competition.

Simply retweet or share these posts to be in with a chance of winning a copy of the book, which tells the story of Notts County's momentous 1997-98 title-winning season.

Eleven years ago, in December 1997, the Magpies were about to seize top spot in Division Three – a position they wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the season.

Pre-Christmas victories over Brighton & Hove Albion and Doncaster Rovers lifted Sam Allardyce’s Magpies into first position, in the division equivalent to which the club is in today.

The Brighton victory was the first in a stunning sequence of 10 in a row as Notts used the busy festive period to confirm their credentials as champions elect. In a record-breaking season, they secured the title before March was out – still the earliest title post-war success in English football.

The story of this stunning season is told in Record Breakers, written by journalist and supporter Paul and published by Pitch Publishing. It is available today in the club shop and online.

It includes exclusive interviews with the cast of that season – from manager Allardyce to captain Ian Hendon, club stalwarts Ian Richardson, Shaun Derry and Ian Baraclough and top goalscorer Gary Jones. It details the behind-the-scenes camaraderie and on-pitch tactics behind their record season, and also includes the recollections of the supporters who were lucky to witness it.

Hendon recalls their 100% December record, saying: "I looked at the fixtures in December. I said to Sam, 'You know what, Gaffer, I think we can go unbeaten in December.' He went, 'We need to go unbeaten in December'. I told him I thought we could win every game."

Record Breakers is the perfect stocking filler for the ardent Magpies fan longing to remember some of Notts’ greatest moments.


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