This is brilliant. Whatever happened to that Warnock individual?
On BT, we’re just having a look at Jack Diamond, Town’s centre-forward. He’s not been prolific this season, but he’s sharp, and in this kind of circumstance, a likely matchwinner.
Is that John Stead? Why yes indeed, that is indeed John Stead, of Premier League and G4 fame. He actually used to play for Notts, but is now Town frewnfrew.
Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, Burrell, Falkingham, Smith, Thomson, Hall, Kerry, Martin, Muldoon, Diamond. Subs: Leesley, Emmett, Cracknell, Harratt, Stead, Beck.
Notts County: Solocombe, Rose, Turner, O’Brien, Doyle, Dennis, Wooton, Brindley, Lacey, Bagan, Roberts. Subs: McDonnell, Rawlinson, Kelly-Evans, Boldewijn, Thomas Crawford.
What a match-up this is! Notts County are one of the oldest football clubs in the world, and in the final season before the formation of the Premier League, they played in Barclays League Division 1. But they finished second from bottom and went down, down, deeper and down, until, at the end of 2018-19, they lost their status as the country’s oldest Football League club. They need this, very badly indeed.
Harrogate Town, on the other hand, are something entirely different. A small club with a skeleton staff, they have been professional for just four years; when Notts were last in the top division, they were playing in the eighth tier. But they got themselves organised, started winning promotions, and now stand on the cusp of the main event. They need this, very badly indeed.
When the sides met earlier in the season, Notts won 2-0 away from home, and when the season was deemed completed, sat a spot above Town in second place. But that was in another dimension, and will have no influence on what we see today; the teams have played once in four months, so we’ve not a clue what’s going to happen. It should be a treat.
Kick-off: 3pm BST