Brian Bates: A Creator of Excellence
In this episode of The Magpie Circle have a special guest for you all not only is he a former player with over 130 appearances but he also ran Notts' Academy for many years producing some of best players to ever come through Notts' Academy, Brian Bates!
Brian ran Notts' Centre of Excellence for many years producing some stella names, some of who never even made an appearance for Notts County. These names include Wes Morgan who was released as you'll hear for having a big back side, Jermaine Pennant who was sold to Arsenal, David McGoldrick & Leon Best who was both sold to Southampton & Simon Francis who was also released as a young kid. All of these players went on to play in The Premier League (one even won a Premier League title) & Brian Discusses how they got away among other talents in Notts youth ranks!
Brian Also made over 130 appearances for Notts in throughout the 1960's playing with the likes of Les Bradd & Brian Stubbs!