That was 2003.

By Richard Brown
Last updated : 01 January 2004

January:

15 - A vote takes place at the Supporters Trust formation where members voted unanimously in favour of the Trust.


21 - County claim their first three points of 2003 after recovering from 2-0 down to claim a 3-2 win at home to
Stockport.


February:


4 - Marcel Cas departs from
Meadow Lane for Bramall Lane, joining First Division Sheffield United on a free-transfer.


8 - 2,400 travelling Notts fans witnessed the Magpies defeated by a 3-2 score-line to local rivals,
Mansfield Town.


March:


8 - County travelled home from the Welsh capital with an unexpected surprise – THREE POINTS!!! The day saw Mark Stallard net both of the County goals in the 2-0 win.


28 - Highly-rated goalkeeper, Saul Deeney, makes his debut in the 3-2 win over the to-be relegated,
Huddersfield Town.



April:


28 - The next generation of Notts County Football Club lifted the Midlands Youth cup thanks to a remarkable extra time winner from captain, Willis Francis.


May:


Danny Allsopp
5 - The club release Danny Stone, Craig Ireland, Richard Liburd, and Richard Holmes.

6 - Danny Allsopp is the next face to head for the exit as he joins Peter Taylor’s Hull City for an undisclosed fee within just four days of scoring the only goal in the final-day 1-0 victory over Cheltenham Town – a result which doomed them to join Allsopp in the Third Division.


June:


3 - The rollercoaster ride of the clubs financial plight takes a step in the right direction, or so we thought, as a bid from local businessmen, Raj Bhatia and Frank Strang, is voted the preferred bid.


July:


19 - The pre-season campaign started well as the Magpies picked up a 3-1 win over
Ilkeston Town.


August:

4 - The Football League allow the club another month to secure its finances following the collapse of the Bhatia/Strang takeover bid.


6 - Steve Jenkins, Clive Platt, Tony Barras, Simon Baldry, Saul Deeney, Michael Brough and Ian Richardson all sign short-term contracts with a view to signing long-term extensions when the club emerges from administration.


9 - The new campaign starts in the worst possible fashion as Notts crash to a 5-0 defeat to
Bristol City.


30 - Paul Heffernan snatches a late, late equaliser against table-topping
Barnsley. The 1-1 draw followed a dreadful run of four straight defeats against Bristol City (0-5), Wrexham (0-1), Swindon (0-4) and Peterborough (0-1).


September:

3 - A second takeover package falls through as the future of the club looks more and more precarious.


6 - A stunning equaliser from Tony Barras claims a point at home to
Luton in what was thought to be the club’s final game before expulsion from the league.

8 - The Football League allow Notts until December 9th to secure the future of the club.


13 - County’s first three points of the season came at Saltergate where a single Paul Bolland goal was enough to clinch a 1-0 win over
Chesterfield.


27 - Notts are drawn to play the newly reformed Premiership outfit, Chelsea at
Stamford Bridge in the Third Round of the Carling Cup.


October:


4 - County’s first home win of the season came in the form of a well-earned 3-0 victory over Colchester United where the clubs home-grown talent shone through as Paul Heffernan (2) and Paul Riley (1) scored the decisive goals.

29 - Despite being on the wrong end of a 4-2 defeat, County managed to put in a spirited performance against the who’s who of World Football’s second-string side. Goals from Tony Barras and Mark Stallard helped keep the score justifiable.


November:


26 - The Supporters Trust announced the successful raising of the £250,000 needed for their 30% stake on the future board of the club.

December:


Paul Heffernan
3 - Notts County Football Club were finally saved as the Bleinheim consortium, along with the Supporters Trust, took their place on the new-look board of directors.


7 - Notts are given another top-notch cup draw as they are pulled out of the hat to play Premiership,
Middlesbrough, in the Third Round of the FA Cup.


26 - Paul Heffernan finished the year on a high with a hat-trick against promotion candidates, Queens Park Rangers, in a memorable 3-3 draw at
Meadow Lane.

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