Dagenham & Redbridge and the search begins for a new owner

Ray Trew
It was with great sadness that the Official Supporters’ Association learned last Thursday that Ray Trew has stepped away from the Club. As the search starts for a new owner, there is bound to be endless speculation and uncertainty among everyone associated with, or employed by, Notts County Football Club. The OSA believes that, especially during these uncertain times, it is in the best interests of the Club to support what we see on the pitch positively, to get behind the team and the manager, and to just focus on seeing the season out positively – if only to attract new investers to a Club which, as well as having a proud history, also has the ‘togetherness’, will, and resolve to bring back better days.
The time for acrimony is over – only together will we be stronger.
News from afar
It is always great to receive news from OSA members who live far away. We recently heard from Derek Fox who lives in Northern Ireland and is an avid Notts fan. He tells us that he started supporting Notts because his uncle lived in Nottingham for some time and, out of curiosity, he came to Nottingham to have a look around, knowing well of the two football clubs and Test cricket ground, Trent Bridge.
After he first went to the other side of the Trent, Derek said that he fell in love with Notts County, the ground at Meadow Lane, and the set up here. That was in the early nineties and Derek has been a keen supporter ever since. When he can, he returns to Nottingham and travels on the official supporters’ coach to away games, as well as coming to home matches.

Derek is looking forward to his next visit to Meadow Lane and, in the meantime, follows our fortunes through the media. Derek finished off his message by sending his best wishes to everyone at Notts County and, of course, these feelings are reciprocated. Come on you Pies.

If you are a member of the OSA from afar, do contact us and tell us how you came to support Notts in the first place, and how you manage to follow the team these days; we would love to hear from you.

Executive Box Winner

Kevin Culverwell, whose son Max is the 6’ 2″ goalkeeper of our U-15 Academy team, was the proud winner of the Executive Box prize in our Christmas Draw, and he couldn’t wait to tell us how much fun he and seven other dads of U-15s junior players had at the last home game, following the match from the comfort of their box for the day. It was especially appreciated by the group as they usually bring their lads for ball-boy duties at the home games, so it was a real treat to be in the warm for a change, watching the youngsters freeze in the rain!

He asked all guests to donate £10 back to the Association, for the ultimate benefit of the Academy, to help children achieve their dreams of playing for Notts County. A wonderful gesture and much appreciated.

Kevin goes on to joke that usually his son Max is brave enough to carry out his ball-boy duties behind Roy Carroll’s goal, risking the first team keeper’s ire for returning the ball too quickly, if Notts are winning, or too slowly if they are not! We will carry a feature on the U-15s in a future programme but, in the meantime, look out for the ball-boys and be sure to give them some banter during the games, it’s all part of the learning that they are fortunate to experience at the Club (or so Kevin tells us!).

Not a Lot of People Know That!
Did you know that on this day (1 March) in 1952, Tommy Lawton scored the last of his 103 goals wearing a Notts shirt in the 70th minute – his second in a 5-1 mauling of Doncaster Rovers?
We love browsing through Tim Evershed’s book ‘Notts County – On This Day’ (available in the Club shop for a penny less than £10) for facts like these. It brings back many memories of earlier days following Notts County and is a great ‘dip in and out’ read. Heartily recommended to all Notts fans. Thanks Tim, for allowing us to quote from it.

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