After being defeated by Coventry City in the Sky Bet League Two play-off semi-final last term, Kevin Nolan’s Notts County were hoping to go one further this season, with automatic promotion well in their sights.
The Magpies had already completed the magnificent signings of prolific forwards Kane Hemmings and Kristian Dennis for sizeable fees, with Kevin Nolan still keen to improve his squad ahead of the forthcoming season.
This is FLW Rewind, where we take a look back at a decision made by a certain club, take a look at the fans’ initial reaction, and then analyse what happened next – here, we’re going to take a look at the reaction when Notts County signed former Nottingham Forest midfielder David Vaughan in the summer.
✍️ | It's true.
— Notts County FC (@Official_NCFC) July 6, 2018
After impressing for Nottingham Forest during his time at the City Ground, this was seen as a magnificent coup for County – Vaughan may have been getting on a bit, but his quality in midfield was still quite easily higher League One standard, if not lower Championship.
After the departure of club captain Michael O’Connor to promotion rivals Lincoln City, Notts County fans were craving a new leader in midfield, so the signing of the Wales international was obviously well received at Meadow Lane.
Book your summer holidays for next April and may cos the league will be wrapped up by February
— Saint Raymond (@Callum_SR) July 6, 2018
This window has been a madness, welcome to the lane Vaughan cannot wait for this season!!!❤️⚫️⚪️
— emilio (@Ncfc_emilio) July 6, 2018
Doff my cap to all at Notts and AH.Exciting times cannot wait for the season to start #coyp
— Dano (@danyoupies) July 6, 2018
This feeling of optimism and positivity was short-lived, however. Fast forward nearly seven months, and the Magpies are enduring perhaps their worst season in their proud 157-year history.
They currently sit rock-bottom of League Two and are already on to their third manager of the season in Neal Ardley. With new managers comes new ideas, and Vaughan has fallen massively out of favour at Meadow Lane.
After new midfield pairing Michael Doyle and Jim O’Brien put in a magnificent performance against Lincoln City at the weekend, it will be hard to see Vaughan return to the starting line-up, especially after making only 15 league starts all season.
It was seen a sensational coup for Notts, but he’s been massively underwhelming.