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Key Players or Not?

By Sam
July 10 2006

Do we have the squad that will see us return to League 1. I take a look at who could make or break Notts County's dreams of a return to League 1 and who could be key players or not.

How do you think we’ll do? Maybe a top 12 spot or perhaps the play-offs? Or better still automatic promotion?

Here I will take a look at the players that could make or break Notts County’s dreams of a return to top flight or at least League 1, and as this could be a long article I’ll try not to bore you for too long and put it in parts, and have a guess what part this will be, yep you got it part 1.

So can the Magpies get promoted? I myself think they will be up there at the end of the season. If you got clubs coming from the Conference and going straight from League 2 to League 1, then what’s not to say a club that just avoided relegation one season can get promoted the next season.

Here we’ll take a look at the Goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington, Born in Hitchin on 08-03-1974 and started as a Trainee for Man Utd, before having loan spells at Rochdale, Rotherham and Celtic.

Finally he moved on a free transfer to Port Vale where he made a total of 26 appearances in 2 years, before moving to Wigan for 6 days on a free, then joined the Stags.

Made most of his appearances at Mansfield, with 167 League appearances in just under 5 years, before coming to Notts on a free transfer last year.

In that year, he made 45 League, 2 FA Cup and 1 League Cup appearance for the Magpies, and is the only Keeper in the first team.

In total he has made 262 League appearances and 2 as a sub, 15 FA Cup, 8 League Cup and 7 other appearances.

And at 32 as never joined a club for a fee. But what we want to know is can he keep the ball out the net. He has a lot of experience and kept 11 clean sheets for us last season, but also needs the support of the defenders to keep the ball out the area.

However I think he can keep the ball out the net and will be a key player in the Magpies push for promotion, but will have to have the help of the defenders and that is the area we will focus on in part 2.

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