Quite simply, when looking for the most important historic links in the game, the answer is black and white. Serie A giants Juventus opened their new 41,000-capacity Juventus Arena with a 1-1 draw against Notts County, the team who inspired their famous black and white striped shirts. To do this click on the cookie settings button below. One of the Juventus players, Englishman John Savage, had connections to Notts County and in 1903 asked if they could send a replacement. Even the new ground’s futuristic yet classic museum pays tribute to the team that bailed them out almost 120 years ago, ensuring that the bond will stick for many generations to come. But the Magpies had … And it’s one their fans are fully behind too. They could have invited Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester United to inaugurate their fine new stadium. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Two and a half hours before kick-off the Notts squad made their way on to the pitch. In order to use the live chat functionality you need to opt into live chat cookies. Their modest successes might suggest otherwise, but Notts County play one of the most integral roles in the sport’s history. The website is published by News Group Newspapers Limited (registered number 679215), being a wholly-owned subsidiary of News Corp UK & Ireland Limited (registered number 81701). But the Old Lady never forget where they came from. Displays of loyalty are becoming ever rarer in modern football but Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero knew the meaning of the word. ': Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rubbishes claims Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams missed... 'I can't believe you have just put this to me here! One of the Juventus players, Englishman John Savage, had connections to Notts County and in 1903 asked if they could send a replacement. ", How Man Utd could line-up vs PSG with Cavani out & Telles set for debut, Man Utd to demand £20m Phil Jones fee after being axed by Solskjaer, Flamengo star suffers testicle injury and is forced off with blood-stained shorts, Neville refused to pay £14.95 to watch Utd's win on Sky Box Office, Forest Green anger fans by ignoring stadium name poll after 'Kevin' wins, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. Themselves founded in 1862, Notts are the world's oldest football club who are currently professional and, when their chief executive, Jim Rodwell, contacted Juventus with a tentative invitation to visit Nottingham for a match to celebrate next year's 150th anniversary, the response was more than he could have imagined. They are now globally recognised as the kings of black and white, but they very much owe it to their now far more modest allies. It's a country that lives and breathes football. He would also be the man to solve the club’s kit crisis of 1903, thus building an affinity with the Meadow Lane Magpies. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Juventus have offered to help Notts County with new kits for next season, but the Magpies had to turn them down, Juventus chief Andre Agnelli stunned Notts chiefs when he informed them the Italians were ready to supply the Magpies with fresh gears, Romelu Lukaku has begged Man United to lower his transfer fee as Juventus and Inter circle, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Playing a team of Notts County’s caliber is usually reserved for the early stages of the Coppa Italia, which are usually very poorly attended. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. County had travelled to Turin for the once-in-a-lifetime clash at the invitation of the Italian giants, who included the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon in their starting line-up. ... and because that friend was a Notts County supporter he sent County … The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). The Old Lady has dominated Italian football at various stages during its history, often fighting for European honours too. The rest is history. Notts have a league match against Walsall on Saturday but could hardly turn down such a request. JUVENTUS were ready to lend cash-strapped Notts County a helping hand and supply them with new kits for next season. Meanwhile, a large portion of the Old Lady’s fanbase would identify the League Two side as it’s adopted English club, even if only a tiny percentage have ever considered actually attending a match at Meadow Lane. Luca Toni scored the first goal in the new stadium early in the second half on the rebound after Fabio Quagliarella's penalty had been saved by County keeper Rob Burch. Juventus will play its first official match in the new stadium - which has not been named yet - against Parma on Sunday. Committed: Juventus' Alessandro Matri takes on Ricky Ravenhill, Impressed: England boss Fabio Capello, left, and Juventus legend Dino Zoff. But the Old Lady never forget where they came from. Whilst Juve’s eagerness to embrace the century-long affiliation may surprise some sections, especially at a time where money rules every aspect of football, their choice of inaugural opponent was unquestionably the perfect way to commemorate their own history. JUVENTUS were ready to lend cash-strapped Notts County a helping hand and supply them with new kits for next season. "And they immediately contacted Notts County to arrange equipment supply. The Turin club, who once would’ve dreamed to boast the success of Notts County, have easily surpassed anything that the English outfit ever achieved. Over a century after accepting the gift from Nottingham, Juventus have transformed that uniform into a symbol of class, success and dominance.