Welcome, Mr Mark Cooper

On the Notts County FC Official Supporters’ Association Facebook page, we asked members for their views on the appointment of our new Manager, Mark Cooper, and we are happy to print below some of their answers.
Lewis Jackson succinctly told us in just two words “I’m happy” while Stephen Schuey Silver echoed this simple sentiment by adding “… experienced manager”.
Carole Stapleton was a little more cautious and told us that she was “gonna wait and see” but Gavin Hillam didn’t hold back and thought that Mark’s appointment was a “Good bit of business tbf.”
“Good choice. I think he has got it in him” was Joshua Collingson’s observation while Malcolm Byron wished Mark good luck, noting that our new manager “ … comes with a good record so let’s hope he quickly brings us some much needed points.”
Our Membership Secretary, Lois Brough, told us that she was “Very happy” as she “ … was disappointed he was not chosen in the first place. He did so well at Swindon and I hope he can work a miracle with us. I thought what a wonderful attitude when he did not get appointed first time around. He just looks forward to working again. I would also thank Aileen and Ray Trew for acting swiftly after such a disappointing result against Exeter City. Let us not look back but onwards and upwards. COYP”
Summing up perfectly the relieved feelings of so many Notts fans, our Secretary, Patricia Akers said that she was “… so pleased we have got a manager with experience. I am looking forward to enjoying the game again without all the protesters and all the chants. Onwards and upwards now!”
Mindful of how strained the atmosphere had become at Meadow Lane, Dougie Pullen also wrote “It is good to see that fans are united in welcoming Mark Cooper to Notts County, in a way that his predecessor never enjoyed, despite the team recording only its second away victory of the season immediately after he joined us. The optimism around the Club is very noticeable and must surely bring its own momentum to what happens on the pitch now. Only together will we be strong.”
And what are YOUR views on Mark Cooper’s appointment? Visit our Facebook page and share them with us.
Remember, Remember the 28th of March
Surely today, the 28th of March, should be declared a national holiday? Because, on this day in 1998 Notts County became the first Football League Club in history to clinch promotion in March! Under Sam Allardyce, the team beat Leyton Orient 1-0 with the only goal of the game being scored by Mark Robson seven minutes into the second half. So momentous was the occasion that Notts County commissioned artist Peter Watson to produce an oil painting of Robson’s strike and a photo of one of the limited edition prints is reproduced on this page.
(Thanks to Tim Evershed for allowing us to research from his book ‘Notts County – On This Day’ which is on sale in the Club shop for £9.99)

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