The Magpies kicked off 2008 with a New Year's Day fixture away at Hereford United. Despite two straight losses, Ian McParland's side fought hard to earn a scoreless draw against the eventual third placed finishers.
Revival hopes were slashed later that week when
With the transfer window open, there was plenty of movement. Paul Mayo was shipped out to
Deadline day saw more arrivals, with
It was also a very controversial and unsettling month for the club, with prospective buyer, Colin Hancock putting forward his interest on BBC Radio Nottingham's Match Talk show, before withdrawing his interest a couple of weeks later.
Position: 18th in League Two
Two more draws were attained away at
With just 27 goals scored in 31 games and the side languishing just five points away from the drop zone, McParland once again bolstered his fruitless strike force by bringing Danny Crow to the club. The
Disaster struck over the next few days when the in-form Kevin Pilkington was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a fractured fibula. Moving swiftly, the management team was able to make a shock swoop for former
unable to prevent
Scottish left-back, Austin McCann announced that he was going to leave the club. He had decided to head back to his homeland in order to join up with Dunfermline Athletic. This was easily forgotten when the unbelievable news that legendary defender, Michael Johnson was to return to the club until the summer.
Position: 20th in League Two
Johnson's arrival seemed to strengthen the defensive unit as Notts proceeded to lose just once across the whole of the month, conceding twice in the process. The only loss came against
Scoring remained an issue though, as a lack of firepower saw an equal amount put into their opponents' nets. This meant that County continued their struggle due to a lack of wins. A solitary victory was achieved when Johnson prodded in the winning goal to claim a 1-0 scalp of play-off hopefuls,
The other five clashes with
Continuing the much needed re-building of the team, McParland strung even more changes. Twins, Matt and Rob Austin were informed that they were to follow in the footsteps of the already departed, Hector Sam, whilst Leyton Orient winger, Wayne Corden arrived on a temporary basis.
Although there were several players added to the wage bill, a rumour began to circulate, regarding the club's financial state. Negative whisperings were soon quashed when Chairman, John Armstrong-Holmes rubbished them publicly.
Position: 22nd in League Two
Relegation fears once again became a reality when two consecutive losses to Bury (2-1) and
Thousands piled into the sound amplifying stand and spurred the team on to win the remaining two ties at
Encouraged by the force of the Kop, Notts were able to fend off Wycombe Wanderers, with a Richard Butcher goal enough to secure the points and safety at the expense of local rivals, Mansfield.
Position: 20th in League Two
With their League Two status cemented, the Magpies went into the final game at Saltergate with nothing to play for. Nonetheless, they wrapped things up with a draw. Spencer Weir-Daley grabbed Notts' only goal to make him the club's top-scoring striker on a measly three goals.
It was later unveiled that after the two 'test matches', home fans were going to take over the Kop throughout the 08/09 season. As a result, huge numbers abandoned their seats in the other three stands to snap up season tickets in their new base that helped end the 07/08 campaign on a high note.
A positive vibe began to surround the club for the first time in a long time when Johnson agreed to join the club permanently on a one-year deal. Former goalkeeper, Mick Leonard was also announced as the Director of the returning Centre of Excellence.
To make room for more new arrivals, Jason Lee, Lawrie Dudfield, Andy Parkinson, Matt Somner, Gary Silk and Lee Canoville were all informed that their services were no longer required.
Final position: 21st in League Two
Of the existing members of the roster, only Edwards and Pilkington were offered new deals. Both signed throughout the month and were joined by
Part two of the 2008 review will appear on the site at some point tomorrow…