A optimistic day ahead for the Official Supporters’ Association of Notts County, a rare treat and the first of hopefully many fun trips out arranged by us. On Sunday the 18th of October, fans had booked to visit the National Football Museum with us, along with a brief rest on the way home and a meal at the Knockerdown Inn and Restaurant located at Ashbourne within the Derbyshire peak district.
At 8am, our committee and attending fans awaited the start of the journey. Head of Media for the NCFCOSA Christopher Buckley, took time to speak to those who made the trip.
Speaking to a well-known fan and lifelong Notts County fan, Jürgen Halligan said “I haven’t been to the museum before and I have always wanted to go, the NCFCOSA have put together a good day out and at an attractive price”. Before adding, “I am interested to see any Notts related items, perhaps ex-players such Tommy Lawton and the history of football in general.
When asked what he felt about the idea of having a trip to the National Football Museum in Manchester Jürgen responded “It’s a good idea to have a trip via the NCFCOSA and it’s a chance to meet new fans.”
“It may be an idea to arrange things during the close season also, with the price of money; perhaps fans are saving to attend the two upcoming away games, but today has been well supported”.
NCFCOSA Chair, John Terrington who arranged the event and day out said, “I was apprehensive regarding the amount of interest we would have in a fun day out”.
“We had a good amount of early interest expressed, yet the numbers has sadly decreased for one reason or another, but due to the group being fairly small – there was a ‘togetherness’ and because of the small amount we actually had a very enjoyable day”.
Fans arrived at Manchester at around 10:45am and a short walk after reaching the nearby location saw the committee and fans pose for a photo in front of the National Football Museum.
Inside the museum, there was a rich source of history, which provoked feelings of yesterday’s years with a compelling amount of respect for the players, managers and people of football who have made the beautiful game.
Initially upon arriving at the free museum, there was a memorial book for Howard Kendall – A former Notts County and Everton manager who had recently passed away at the age of 69.
Several committee members and Notts fans took time to leave a message in the memory of the former footballer and manager who had achieved winning the Anglo Italian cup within his short time as the manager of Notts County.
In the lobby, fans were greeted with a chance to pose with the Premier League Trophy and the F.A Cup Trophy. There was also the attraction of having your photo taken whilst in side George Best’s mini and a large set of interactive screens displaying former greats.
The museum had a rich source of history and value, considering the free entry price and the amount of historic value throughout – It would be hard to leave disappointed.
John Terrington finalized the day out by issuing his thanks to all those who attended – “As Chair of the NCFCOSA, I would like to thank all the people who came to the National Football Museum”.
“It was nice to have a day out and enjoy a meal with those who took time out of their busy lives to join us today. The meal was very nice and went beyond my expectations”.
All of the NCFCOSA would like to pass on their thanks to Sharpes (the coach company) who drove us to and from the National Football Museum, also the National Football Museum themselves who made us feel most welcome and the guides/staff who greeted us with an impressive amount of knowledge about the artifacts found inside the museum. We would also like to express our thanks to the Knockerdown Inn and Restaurant.