Nott's County game against a local rival. The team is the oldest football club in the country, and used to be quite good! One of their biggest fans happens to be a professor here at Harlaxton, and he managed to organize a pre-game tour, luncheon with the owner, manager/coach and players, as well as great seats for a great game!
Our pre-game tour brought us through the locker rooms, the boot room (where all their cleats are kept), and out onto the field through the players' tunnel:
pro's (the guys in ties are twins - and only 17 years old!), and how they get ready for a game.
Nott's County in particular has some pretty rowdy/die-hard fans that we were sitting close to. The whole section gets really worked up all the time! Nott's County plays in the 2nd League (which, in International Football, is actually 4 tiers down from the top). They're not huge, but they're big enough to warrant a little attention!
Nott's County didn't win. It seems that, for as long as Harlaxton has been coming, the team has never won a match while the school was there. I think we might be bad luck - or maybe it's just because the team doesn't have the best Win/Loss record. It's OK though, because now we've been drafted as lifetime fans. See, Nott's County is kind of like the Cubs in that they're never very good, but they've got killer fans anyway. We all understand why to sing (to the tune of 'On top of Old Smokey'): "I had a wheel-barrow, the wheel fell off." We know why to yell "Come on you Pies" (which, with a British accent, sounds a lot like "Come on you Guys" and had us very confused...).
It might not make sense to fans of lesser teams, but that's ok. It's kind of a 'Pies thing ;)