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Notts County F.C.
Full name Notts County Football Club
Founded 1862
Ground Meadow Lane
Ground Capacity 19,588
Chairman Ray Trew
Manager Shaun Derry
League League One
2013/14 League One, 20th

Notts County Football Club is a football club in Nottingham, England, and the oldest of all the clubs that are now professional. The club now plays in Football League One of the Coca-Cola Football League, part of the English football league system. "The Magpies" play at the Meadow Lane stadium in black and white striped shirts.

The club has also played many times in the top division of English football, the most recent in 1991–92, when they played in the last season of the old First Division before the creation of the Premier League.

Well-known past managers of Notts County have been Jimmy Sirrel, Neil Warnock, and Sam Allardyce.

Formation and early years

Notts County started in 1862. The club was started before The Football Association and in the beginning they played a game with club rules, rather than association football. When it started, Notts County, like most sports teams, were considered to be a "gentlemen-only" club. Notts County are thought to be to be one of the starters of the current game, even being credited with the invention of the offside trap

The club in the beginning played at Park Hollow at Nottingham Castle. In December 1864, the decision was made to play games against outside teams, and it was decided that the club needed to find a larger venue. After playing at several places, The Magpies settled at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in 1883.

Football League

Notts County FC league results 1889-2008
Chart showing the progress of Notts County F.C. through the English football league system from the first season in 1888–89 to 2007–08 when Notts County came 21st in League Two.

In 1888, Notts County, along with eleven other football clubs, became a founding member of The Football League. They finished their first league season in eleventh place. Notts County got their highest ever league finish of third in 1890-91, and they also finished third ten seasons later.

FA Cup finals

On 25 March 1891, Notts County reached the FA Cup final for the first time but did not win.

Notts County made up for this in 1894, when they won the FA Cup at Goodison Park for the first time in their history. The Magpies beat Bolton Wanderers 4-1 and Jimmy Logan scored the first hat-trick in FA Cup final history. Notts County became the first club outside the top division to win the FA Cup - they finished in third place in the Second Division that season.

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