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"It was Notts' headquarters during arguably the club's finest hour."

The George opened in 1822, with the building said to be Nottingham's oldest hotel.

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The Lion was originally a coaching inn named the Whyte Lion which fronted onto Long Row.

A meeting was called and held at The George, in George Street, on December 7, Omega Watches Seamaster Co Axial Chronometer

General manager Tamsin Jackson said: "I like the fact that the world's oldest league club was founded here. It's a cracking bit of history.

But staff say guests are informed of the room's uniqueness, while the hotel has been in talks with Notts about unveiling a commemorative plaque in the building to mark the club's 150th anniversary.

The room where that meeting is said to have taken place is now room 102 at The Mercure Hotel.

"At some point in 1864 the members, who were paying five shillings a year to play football on Thursdays, wanted something to do in town. They wanted a club where they could try sports."

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It is the site of the former Lion Hotel, which was used as Notts' headquarters from 1867 for more than 30 years.

She Omega Speedmaster 38mm 2017 added: "Room 102 could be a little tourist attraction in itself."

"I've already had guests coming here telling me lots about Notts' history and links with Juventus and Newcastle."

Mr Brown, 67, of Toton, who has worked as a football statistician for the last 17 years, said: "The Lion was Notts' club headquarters for a long time. If anything deserves a blue plaque, then it's that building.

Charles Dickens stayed in The George in 1852, while other famous guests included Lord Byron, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and The Beatles.

THEY are two businesses that on the face of it could be in any town or city centre across the UK.

Horse drawn carriages also took Notts' 1894 FA Cup winning team back to The Lion after they beat Bolton 4 1 in the final, staged at Everton FC's Goodison Park ground, in Liverpool.

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the club played its first official game, against Trent Valley, the following day on The Meadows Cricket Ground.

Across town in Clumber Street, the Sun Valley amusement arcade is also of interest to Notts fans.

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But after two years of friendly games among themselves, the members decided they wanted something bigger.

The Lion closed in 2001 and is now operated as an amusement arcade.

Both buildings were used around 150 years ago for meetings during the formation and early years of the world's oldest football league club, Notts County FC.

Besides being one of the most important staging inns in the town, its other dubious claim to fame was as a venue for cock fighting, which took place in the caves beneath the cellars.

Decorated in neutral tones, there's no obvious signs of the room's history except for an original architectural feature in the ceiling.

Football historian and statistician Tony Brown said: "The George is in the Lace Market which was a convenient place for a meeting, as many of the early members owned or managed lace factories.

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The Mercure, which opened in September, is the latest incarnation of The George Hotel, which Omega Seamaster 300 Homage

Check in to room 102 to see where Magpies were born

Notts County FC was formed, and Omega Seamaster Professional Leather

Hilary Silvester, chairman of Nottingham Civic Society, said the group would consider putting up blue plaques on the buildings subject to securing funding.

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Nottingham Civic Society launched a blue plaque scheme last year to mark sites related to the city's heritage. Among the first sites was the former Black Boy Hotel in Long Row now the Primark store which Nottingham born Victorian architect Watson Fothergill revamped in the 1880s.

With Notts County FC set to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2012, Bryan Henesey reveals the role two city centre buildings played in the club early history.

History suggests Notts started playing casual games of football between their members in The Park two years earlier, hence the 1862 formation date.

1864, where it was agreed that a football club should be established.

was used to host a meeting in 1864 which led to Notts County's formation.

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