FA Cup Preview Special

Last updated : 02 January 2010 By Jacob Daniel

Notts face Blue Square Premier side Forest Green Rovers on Sunday in the third round of the cup.

10/12/08 - Kettering Town 2-1 Notts County - Second Round Replay

With a particularly winnable third round tie against local non-league side Eastwood Town waiting, Notts should've been looking to get past the challenge of Blue Square Premier high flyers Kettering Town at Rockingham Road, despite being held to a draw at Meadow Lane. With the game live on Setanta Sports (whatever happened to them?) the Magpies were also looking to put on a show for the cameras. It all started well as Jay Smith's last goal for the club put Notts infront with a screamer from the edge of the area. Notts crumbled after half time though and two goals in two minutes put the Poppies through. Brett Solkhon headed home at the far post after a long throw before Gareth Seddon fired in from the edge of the box to send Kettering through. They saw off Eastwood but eventually fell to Fulham in round four - despite current Magpie Craig Westcarr scoring twice.

30/11/08 - Notts County 1-1 Kettering Town - Second Round

Notts were taken to a replay by the Blue Square Premier side on the last Sunday FA Cup tie played at Meadow Lane. The draw for the third round was made during the first half, but neither side could book a tie against Eastwood Town at the first time of asking. The visitors, roared on by a vociferous away following, stormed into the lead when Brett Solkhon latched onto a through ball and fired home and missed a host of chances to extend the lead. They were punished when Sean Canham stabbed home from a cross towards the end of the first half. The match finished level but substitute JP Marna was inches from winning it for the Poppies.

08/11/08 - Sutton United 0-1 Notts County - First Round

Notts huffed and puffed to victory in the first round last season by making hard work of a trip to a Sutton United side placed three divisions below the Magpies. Sutton have history in the cup of course and were the last non-league side to beat a top division team when they slayed Coventry City, so perhaps a trip to Gander Green Lane was never going to be easy. A dull game on a terrible pitch was settled when Richard Butcher rose highest to head home a cross in the 75th minute.

01/12/07 - Notts County 0-1 Havant & Waterlooville - Second Round

A day that will go down as one of the worst in the club's recent history was the humiliating home defeat to Blue Square South side Havant in the Second Round in 2007. The Hawks had already shocked York City but Notts were expected to progress with ease against the part time side from Hampshire. A dull match never sparked into life however and the visitors kept the Magpies at bay with ease whilst looking dangerous on the break. They won it late in the match after calamitous defending which saw Alan Hansen visibly chuckle on Match of the Day. A long ball forward saw Lee Canoville try and play offside whilst infront of someone, Adam Tann fall over and Kevin Pilkington dive over the ball to allow Tony Taggart to seal a famous day for the Hawks - which would of course go on to be topped by a victory over Swansea City and twice taking the lead at Anfield.

10/11/07 - Notts County 3-0 Histon - First Round

Notts managed to beat the village side from Cambridgeshire with relative ease in the first round in 2007 thanks to three second half goals at Meadow Lane. A dour first half had seen the visitors' long ball tactics worry the Magpies but as soon as Lawrie Dudfield fired Notts infront just after the break they never looked in danger of going out. Dudfield added another goal late on after Hector Sam had effectively sealed the win for Notts.

13/11/04 - Notts County 2-0 Woking - First Round

You have to go back a few years to find the Magpies' last encounter with non-league opposition before the victory over a Histon - a barely remembered victory over then Conference side Woking at Meadow Lane. A full strength Notts side breezed to victory against the Cards as soon as Julien Baudet's penalty had put the Magpies infront in the first half and seen Jon Boardman sent off. An injury time strike from Gavin Gordon sealed the win for Notts - who went on to knock out Swindon Town and push Middlesbrough all the way in round three.

09/11/03 - Notts County 7-2 Shildon - First Round

One of the highest scoring games Meadow Lane has seen in a long time was the Magpies' first round treat in 2003 as they put seven past Shildon - one of the lowest ranked sides ever to reach that stage of the competition. Over 1,000 fans clad head to toe in purple had travelled down from the small North Eastern town for the biggest day in their side's history, but they were set to go home disappointed as Nick Fenton and a brace from Clive Platt put Notts 3-0 up inside 20 minutes. Goals from Middleston and Barnes gave the minnows hope though before Kevin Nicholson, Ian Richardson, Tony Barras and Paul Heffernan got in on the act to seal an emphatic win for Notts.

06/12/03 - Gravesend & Northfleet 1-2 Notts County - Second Round

The sky cameras were in town for this tie between Conference side Gravesend (now Ebbsfleet) and Billy Dearden's Magpies. A freezing night in the Medway seemed to be going badly for Notts as Steven Perkins fired the non-leaguers infront on the stroke of half time to send the home fans crazy. Notts fought hard though and equalised through Nick Fenton before Clive Platt struck deep into injury time to book the Magpies a third round tie at Middlesbrough.

16/11/02 - Southport 4-2 Notts County - First Round

The match of the day cameras were the ones looking for an upset this time as Notts visited Haig Avenue for a first round tie with Southport, two leagues below the Magpies. This gulf seemed evident as Notts raced into a two-goal lead through a brace from Danny Allsopp, but Darren Caskey's sending off just before his second goal was to prove pivotal. Steve Pickford pulled one back before half time and equalised on the hour to send Haig Avenue into raptures, but nothing compared to when Peter Thomson fired them infront. Pickford then raced onto a through ball and chipped the Notts 'keeper wonderfully to seal a fine hat-trick and a place in FA Cup folklore.

08/12/00 - Gravesend & Northfleet 1-2 Notts County - First Round

Déja vu, anyone? Notts faced their first visit to Gravesend (well, Gillingham, as this one was actually played at Priestfield) with little idea that they'd return three years later and achieve the same scoreline. Mark Stallard put Notts infront after three minutes and after Andy Hughes doubled the lead Notts seemed well on course to progress to round two. Jimmy Jackson pulled one back but Notts held on to seal their passage through.

So, our record reads ten games played, six games won, three games lost and one drawn. Hope for Forest Green Rovers, then. Especially as two of the three games lost came in the previous two seasons!