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FA Cup anniversary celebrations

Lots going on ahead of Exeter match

23 March 2019

Notts County will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of their famous FA Cup success when they host Exeter City on Saturday 23 March.

The game falls closest to the exact date, 31 March 1894, that Notts lifted the prestigious trophy following the 4-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park.

And several very exciting plans are in place to honour the achievement on an afternoon when £10 match tickets are being offered for the club’s annual Community Day.

Hospitality is the place to be, with the present-day FA Cup on display and the 11 players who figured in the final being formally inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.

Award-winning playwright and passionate Magpie Billy Ivory will also be personally delivering a script he’s written to commemorate the victory, while the menu will be based on food served to players, club officials, supporters and special guests at the celebratory Gala Banquet at the Lion Hotel, Nottingham, on 4 April 1894.

The FA Cup will also be on display at Portland Leisure Centre, the facility run by Notts County Football in the Community from 11am – 12pm, and in the Broken Wheelbarrow from 12.15pm – 1pm.

An exhibition of information and photographs will also be on display at Portland, which is set to be a hive of activity ahead of kick-off.

A host of family-friendly activities will be on offer there, including a special treasure hunt, face-painting, a bouncy castle and a power shoot challenge. In addition, there will be a number of FREE activities available to supporters who purchase tickets in the Family Stand. More information will appear here closer to the fixture.

A number of former players will be at Portland to chat with fans about times gone by, while there will also be an opportunity to learn more about the amazing projects run by FITC, such as their Cancer and Rehabilitation Exercise programme, with staff and participants on hand to tell you more.

If you’re feeling active you can sample some of the gym classes on offer at Portland, or if you’re feeling lucky you can take part in a raffle with all funds going to charity.

The matchday programme will be a souvenir issue dedicated to the anniversary and there will be a special penalty shootout at half-time.

A commemorative postcard will also be available to collect free of charge from the club shop courtesy of Jared Wilson, editor in chief of Nottingham’s monthly magazine, LeftLion.

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