Stat attack: Notts County
- 19 February 2011 11:57
- Posted by David Clayton and Peter Ferguson
The Blues and the Magpies play catch-up this weekend with their delayed fourth-round replay to decide who will vie with Villa for a place in the quarter-finals. Here are the facts and figures that matter ...
City haven’t lost in ten league and cup meetings with Notts County. This is one of three ties pairing a League One side against Premier League opposition in the fourth round - promotion hopefuls Huddersfield and Southampton lost to Arsenal and Manchester United respectively.
But there's a ray of hope for those County fans who believe in omens. On 20 February, 1909, Notts beat City 5-1.
The Meadow Lane club are currently separated by 58 places from City in the Football League pyramid.
The last meeting between the two clubs - until January's Meadow Lane draw - was back in September 2001, when City were taken to a replay and eventually won the League Cup tie 4-2 after extra time.
In their last ten matches with City, Notts have conceded 30 times. But they did manage a clean sheet in their most recent triumph in 1991, when they knocked the Blues out of the FA Cup for the only time in their history.
Scorer of the winning goal that day was County’s Gary Lund in a 1-0 fifth-round victory on 16 February 1991 - but they lost the quarter-final to Tottenham Hotspur, who went on to beat Nottingham Forest at Wembley.
County lifted the FA Cup back in 1894, when ill-starred hero Jimmy Logan scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory over Bolton at Goodison Park. He later died of pneumonia at 26 after catching a cold in a rain-hit match at Newton Heath.
This is only the fourth time the sides have been drawn together in the FA Cup. The Blues have come out on top twice. City defeated the Magpies in third-round clashes in 1962 and 1995, when they won 5-2 at Maine Road.
County's Cup run last season crashed to earth with a 4-0 fifth-round thumping by Fulham at Craven Cottage after a 2-0 fourth-round replay triumph at Premier League Wigan.
Having dismissed Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light in one of the turn-ups of the third round, the Magpies will be hoping their travels bring another top-flight scalp.
Paul Ince and Roberto Mancini had faced each other competitively before the 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane in the original tie – Ince for Inter Milan and Mancini for Sampdoria during their Serie A playing days!