Notts County are back in EFL life, after winning their play-off clash with Chesterfield on penalties. The club has a belief it can be the turning point after 4 years in lower divisions.
Emotional for Notts County’s supporters. watching their side battle back thanks to equalisers from John Bostock and Rúben Rodrigues that both required a large slice of fortune, it was all worthwhile as Luke Williams’s side returned to the Football League after four years away largely due to the heroics of the substitute goalkeeper Archie Mair.
Drama is of course part of such a heroic achievement and to go closer into the acts of Archie Mair, he became special today. The Scotland U.21 international, on loan from Norwich, made the most out of his appearance, playing his 5th game for the Magpies, Two massive saves in the penalty shoot outs, in front of a crowd of 38.000, makes it all very special.
Notts County followed Wrexham up the ladder and will switch places with Rochdale and Hartlepool as traditional clubs of EFL again are seeing their faith in football, hopefully the oldest of them all, will be able to find their platform and work their way up the ladder as Notts County are used to life a bit higher in the pyramid.
The last time we had the pleasure of seeing Notts County in the top flight was as far back as 1991/92, with a certain Neil Warnock in charge, himself being part of heroic acts this season at Huddersfield, saving The Terriers from relegation.
We will certainly be following Notts County as they prepare for a new and hopefully longer period in the EFL and can build on their current foundation that looks solid and progressive.
This was the first time in three years that this game had taken place at Wembley. The game looked closed and settled, but the magic move of bringing on Archie Mair changed it all.