Notts County club legends are lining up to take part in a new podcast which has been launched by a lifelong fan from Gedling.
‘Pies fanatic and former club director Paul Mace hosts the weekly Magpie Circle podcast and has already notched up over 100,000 listens and views.
The weekly series of broadcasts featuring former club players and managers is a father and son combination with Paul doing the interviews and his son Harry editing and producing them.
Club legends Lee Hughes, Steve Cherry, Michael Johnson, Paul Devlin and Trevor Christie have all been guests so far with plans lined up to interview Sven Goran Eriksson as well.
Mr Mace told Gedling Eye: “Our aim is to get up close and personal with former playing and managerial legends of the club.
“It’s all about banter, anecdotes and stories – what really goes on behind the scenes which may not have been previously reported.
“They’ve been attracting huge interest among the club’s fanbase and the feedback has been very positive.
“The players all love the chance to take a trip down memory lane and we have a queue of players spanning five decades lined up to take part.”
Mr Mace revealed that Gedling borough is one of the biggest regional strongholds for Magpies supporters and has strong connections with the club.
“During my time as a director I commissioned some research into the geographical location of our supporter base.
“The Gedling, Carlton and Burton Joyce regions have the highest concentration of season ticket holders of any region in Nottinghamshire.
“Burton Joyce has particularly strong links with the club having been the home of club legend Jimmy Sirrel for four decades.”
Mace also wrote a 250,000 word best-selling book on the club entitled One Flew Over The Magpies Nest.
“In many respects the podcasts are an audio and video version of the book. They give the listeners and viewers the opportunity to get to know the players a little more and take a sentimental trip down memory lane or, in our case, Meadow Lane.
“Having worked in professional football for 35 years and sponsored the Notts County Former Players Association, I am fortunate to be on the ‘inside’ of the sport, but most supporters don’t get the chance to take a sneak peak behind the curtains, so to speak.
“As opposed to largely sanitised soundbite interviews with current players, The Circle allows fans to get a real appreciation of the character and depth of the guest player and manager in a more relaxed and light-hearted environment.
“As a fourth generation Notts supporter whose family moved into Sneinton in the late 1880s when Notts were one of the inaugural members of the Football League, the club has a uniquely proud history and heritage.
“Hopefully our podcasts will play a very small part in preserving the legacy and stories of players and managers from the past 50 years who have represented the club with such distinction.”
The Magpie Circle is available free in video and audio formats and a new episode is put on live every Thursday at 5pm. You can find the podcast via the following channels:
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