FA Cup Match Of The Week 3: Notts County 1-1 Manchester City

To say that the relationship between Notts County and Nottingham Rugby Football Club has been transformed over the last eighteen months or so would be something of an understatement. In July 2009, having just acquired the club (to say that they bought the club would be misleading – the level of debt accumulated by Notts County under their ownership would seem to indicate that those behind Munto never paid for anything), they promptly evicted the rugby club from Meadow Lane until a court ordered that they had done so unlawfully. Munto are long gone from the club now, and in July of last year Meadow Lane PLC, the company that finally emerged from the chaos of their time running the club, also took the ownership of Nottingham RFC. It’s appropriate that this should be remembered on today of all days. Nottingham RFC still play at Meadow Lane, and their pitch markings are clearly visible today on a today that seems likely to send a shiver down the spine of Roberto Mancini. The rugby club’s use of Meadow Lane means that the pitch isn’t in the best of shape today. The contrast between this match and the Southampton vs Manchester United match is striking. Last night’s match was played on a Premier League pitch at a Premier League ground in all respects apart from the small detail of Southampton’s League...

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