Young Player of the Season and 2015/16 review

Young Player of the Season

As part of our commitment towards promoting home-grown talent at Notts County, the Official Supporters’ Association proudly sponsors the Young Player of the Season award. To qualify, first team squad players must have come through Notts’ development programme, and have been under 21 at the start of the season.

This season has produced a closely matched ballot and we are delighted to announce that the winner of the Young Player of the Season award is Colby Bishop, who narrowly beat Jordan Richards to the honour. Colby is presently gaining experience and turning heads out on loan at Gloucester City.

Congratulations Colby; we look forward to seeing more of you in action at Meadow Lane next season.

Although Montel Gibson did feature in our first team squad in the last few games of the season, it was too late for his name to appear on out ballot papers. Better luck next season, Montel!

2015/16 Season Review

We asked two of our younger members for their views on this season.

First of all, this from 18 year old Chloe Norman who has followed Notts home and away through thick and thin:

On the 8th Of August 2015 when we kicked off our season at Stevenage and won 2-0, thanks to goals by Mawona Amevor and Curtis Thompson, I thought to myself that this season would see an immediate return to League One. How wrong I was!

After the draw with Morecambe at Meadow Lane in December, Ricardo Moniz was sacked and I was hoping that Mark Cooper would get the job but it wasn’t until April, and we finally got the right man, that any hopes of safety entered my head.

Last away game of the season against Newport County and the gaffer got his first away win as our manager. Onwards and upwards to finishing the season on a high note at home to Carlisle today, as a spring board for a more successful season in 2016/17. I really would like Mark Cooper to stay. Come on you Pies.

Thomas Hewitt is an up and coming young journalist . This is what he had to say about the season:

So this season, just as the one before it, has sadly been one of unfulfilled promise.
This one was arguably more inconsistent that the last, with three managerial changes resulting in a disappointing final league position. However, there have been a few noteworthy events over the course of the season that we can indeed celebrate.

First I would like to thank Benedict Mason for his hard work and never-ending enthusiasm within his role at the club’s media department. His dedication to detail and fresh approach on the club’s social media platforms have been a breath of fresh air, and I’m sure I speak for all when I say what a great job Ben has done over the season under tight restraints.

I would also like to give honourable mention to Genaro Snijders, who was successfully named as the PFA’s Community Champion last month. Genaro has shown a constant desire and commitment both on and off the pitch, to improve the area of Nottingham, so a big “well done and thank you” for all you have given to the club and our community, Genaro.

Finally, I’m sure I echo other supporter’s sentiments when I say I believe that Mark Cooper and Richard Dryden are the two men who can help move the club forward in a positive direction next season, providing they are both kept on in the summer. They have installed a new sense of optimism and hope which bodes well for our prospects in what will be an even tougher campaign next year.

If you have a look at some of the teams who may be coming down from League One, as well as moving up from the National Football League this season, then I’m sure you’ll appreciate the sizeable task that the club faces in gaining promotion next year.

Nevertheless, the fans will come again next season, but this time the team must deliver, not just for us, the manager, or whomever the owner of the club maybe, but for the reputation of Notts County Football Club.

See you all next season! COYP.

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