Twenty years on from Notts County’s remarkable record-breaking title win of 1997/98, a new book documenting the season is after your memories.
Record Breakers, by Magpies fan and journalist Paul Smith, is the inside story of Notts’ incredible championship winning feats under future England manager Sam Allardyce.
Among the stunning set of records Allardyce’s men set was becoming the first team to win a championship before the end of March. Playing at the same level as they do now, Notts also picked up a club-record points haul with 99 for the season and went on both a 16-game unbeaten run and a 10-game winning streak.
The book chronicles the many fascinating aspects of that year, as told by the men who made it happen: from 28-goal striker Gary Jones to defensive lynchpin Gary Strodder, playmaker Mark Robson and captain Ian Hendon.
Now you can be a part of the history. Paul, who now lives in London but is Nottingham-born, is after supporters’ stories of that season to contribute to the book.
Do you have an outstanding memory, a favourite game from that season, a funny story or a favourite record achieved by the side? All you need to do is write 50-100 words about your memory and Paul will publish it in the book.
“Getting this book together is proving to be a real labour of love,” said Paul.
“I’ve been fascinated by the record-breaking exploits of that season for some timeand with the 20th anniversary approaching I thought it was the right moment for their amazing feats to be recognised.
“It’s been fantastic meeting up with the likes of Dennis Pearce, Darren Ward, Ian Richardson and the rest to chat through their stories – and they had plenty of funny ones to tell as well as talking about how they achieved such success.
“The book is progressing nicely – but I’m missing some supporters’ involvement. I’d love people who watched that season to pass on all of their memories to be included in the book.”
One of the supporters who contributes will be picked at random to receive a free copy of the book, signed by some of the players of that year.
Send your memories, along with your full name, location and how long you have supported Notts, to firstname.lastname@example.org.