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Match Previews


21 July 2017

Latics head to Meadow Lane on Saturday for penultimate pre-season friendly.

  • Match Preview: Notts County v Wigan Athletic
  • Latics take on Kevin Nolan’s League Two side at Meadow Lane.
  • Kick-off 3pm, tickets available on the day – Adults £12, Concessions £9, Under 18s £4 and Under 12s £1.

Wigan Athletic head to Notts County on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3:00pm) for their penultimate 2017-18 pre-season campaign as Paul Cook’s side look to register a first win of the manager’s tenure.


Notts County play at Meadow Lane Stadium, a short trip over the River Trent from Nottingham Forest and Trent Bridge Cricket Stadium.

County will play a third consecutive season in League Two this campaign after their relegation in 2014-15.

Recognised as the oldest professional football club currently playing league football, the Magpies haven’t played in the top two tiers in over two decades but now see a bright future under the ownership of Alan Hardy, a local businessman who purchased the club in January from Ray Trew.

Hardy appointed former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Kevin Nolan as manager following his appointment.

Notts County Manager Kevin Nolan








Kevin Nolan was appointed Notts County manager in January.

So far in pre-season, Nolan’s side have beat a Rolls Royce Select XI and Basford United, before losing 2-0 at home to rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday.


Latics have played on 15 occasions at Meadow Lane in competitive action, splitting their results at Notts County evenly five wins, draws and defeats.

On our last visit seven years ago, Ben Watson scored a late leveller to earn an FA Cup Fourth Round replay at the DW before Roberto Martinez’s side lost 2-0 on their own patch.

Ben Watson levels for Latics at Meadow Lane in the 2010 FA Cup.








Ben Watson levels for Latics at Meadow Lane in our 2010 FA Cup tie against the Magpies.

Prior to that match, we’d not been to Meadow Lane for a further eight years. The previous visit coming in the 2002-03 LDV Vans Trophy when a double from Gary Teale gave us a 3-2 First Round win.

Gary Teale scores at Notts County in the 2002-03 LDV Vans Trophy








Gary Teale scores at Notts County in the 2002-03 LDV Vans Trophy.


Notts County’s stadium is situated at Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3HJ, and the Jimmy Sirrel Stand allocated to visiting away fans’.  It is accessed via turnstiles on County Road.  Entry is by ticket only and any fans arriving at the ground without a ticket should first go to the ticket office, which is situated on Meadow Lane, to purchase their tickets.

Car Parking

There are a limited number of on-street parking spaces on the roads around the ground – all have to be paid using the Ringo telephone booking service. Details are displayed on adjacent (lamp) posts. Next to the ground, to the rear of the Jimmy Sirrel stand, there is parking available in the Cattle Market and there are also private, manned, parking sites on Meadow Lane - all ‘pay at the gate’. Parking charges currently average £4.00 per vehicle.

Pre-match eating and drinking venues
Close to the ground, on London Road, Hooters (NG2 3AS) is a popular pre-match venue with football fans. Slightly further away from Meadow Lane, across Trent Bridge and on Radcliffe Road is the famous Trent Bridge Inn, a JD Wetherspoons pub on the corner of Trent Bridge Cricket Ground (NG2 6AA). The Broken Wheel-barrow at the back of the stand on Meadow Lane is not available to visiting supporters.

Disabled facilities for visiting fans
Car parking for away disabled supporters is situated in the Meadow Lane car park which is 25 meters from the Jimmy Sirrel Stand. The club has designated areas for disabled persons. For details, contact the Nott County ticket office on 0115 955 7210. Information regarding ground accessibility and much more can be found on the Notts County club website here.

Hot and cold food and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) can be purchased from the outlets in the concourse of the Jimmy Sirrel visitors’ stand. Matchday programmes are sold by sellers around and inside the ground. They are also on sale in the Club Shop on Meadow Lane, where a range of football memorabilia and apparel is on sale.

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