Nottingham

Notts County celebrating 150th anniversary

Juventus Arena
Image caption Notts County played a special match at Juventus in September which ended in a 1-1 draw

Notts County, the oldest football league club, is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The club is holding a civic reception at Nottingham's Council House on 19 January.

Playwright Billy Ivory is planning to have a Notts County-based play on at Nottingham Playhouse in October.

The Magpies will also play against a major European club at Meadow Lane in the summer, although the side and date are still to be confirmed.

A special ale, called Pie Eyed 150, has been brewed to celebrate the anniversary by Nottingham brewers Castle Rock.

More than 40 former players, including Tommy Johnson, Don Masson and Phil Turner, returned to the club on Monday for the League One match against Huddersfield Town.

Season ticket holders released balloons ahead of the game. The one that travels the furthest will win hospitality at Meadow Lane.

A special Notts 150 shirt is also being produced to celebrate the anniversary.

The club has been linked with Italian side Juventus since 1903 after they decided to adopt the black and white shirts worn by the Magpies.

They were invited to play in Turin to mark the opening of Juve's new stadium in September - the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

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