Match of the day as Notts County celebrate the club's 150th anniversary
NOTTS County legends made a playing return to Meadow Lane as the Magpies hosted a special match to celebrate the club's 150th anniversary.
Hundreds of fans young and old gathered at the ground yesterday to enjoy a Legends Day laid on by the club.
The event saw players from over the years lace up their boots once more for an hour-long exhibition match.
Before the game, supporters also had chance to meet and get autographs from club legends and members of the first team in the ground's 1862 Suite.
Among the supporters were four generations of the Adcock family, who in total have been fans of the Magpies for more than 150 years.
Bernice Adcock, 79, of Toton, brought her son Phil, 55, grandson James, 32, and great-grandchildren Olivia, nine, and three-year-old Josh to the match.
Mrs Adcock, who has supported the club for 69 years, said: "My dad, Bernard Lee, brought me when I was ten. I just wish he was here to see this.
"He was a devoted fan and I think he would have been very proud.
"He would have loved to have been here."
Phil, who was born in Aspley and now lives in Ashbourne, saw his first game 40 years ago.
He said: "I came for trials when I was 15 and Jimmy Sirrel was there.
"There's a big chunk of the family here. It's not just about the game, it's also about all the memories that we have."
Darren Price, 43, of Radcliffe-on-Trent, also came to the game with his wife Gina, 41, and eight-year-old son Nathan.
Mr Price said: "I've been a fan all my life. I used to sit at the Meadow Lane end and watch the games.
"This is just unbelievable."
Nathan, who plays youth football with Radcliffe Olympic FC, said: "I've got loads of signatures and it's been really good.
"My favourite player is Judgey (Alan Judge) and I would love to play for Notts one day."
The match started at 2pm, kicked off by legendary Notts player Jackie Sewell.
Former England international Mr Sewell, 85, of Silverdale, said: "I had my first kick of a ball as a professional here in 1946 and this will probably be my last one. I have many happy memories."
The two teams were led by former Notts managers Mick Walker and John Barnwell, and included the likes of Dave McVay, Tommy Johnson, Mike Edwards and Darren Ward.
Former Notts player and manager Ian McParland also took to the field for the game.
He said: "I spent nearly ten years here as a player. It will be nice to walk out with the shirt on again.
"The 150th anniversary is massive. The club is going well at the moment and it would be a great way to end the 150th if they can get promoted."
The match ended 3-1 to Tommy Johnson's team, with the striker winning man-of-the-match after scoring two goals. Cast members from Diary of A Football Nobody – a play based on a book by Dave McVay which was performed at Nottingham Playhouse last month – also made guest appearances in the match.
For lifelong Notts fan Luke Gell, who played ex-Magpies' stars Dave 'Smithy' Smith and Kevin 'The Claw' Randall in the play, it was a dream come true.
Mr Gell, 24, of Aspley, said: "I've been a fan since I was four and came to a game against Grimsby. I used to sit at the back of the Derek Pavis Stand and wait to get autographs.
"Mark Stallard was my favourite player and I got a massive rush of goosebumps when I was told he was here playing."
Following the match, 'Notts County: The Movie' was screened on a 12-metre wide inflatable TV on the pitch.
It was an extended version of a video shown at Notts' 150th gala banquet held at Meadow Lane in June.
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