Players past and present

Do you remember …. Mick Vinter?

Mick Vinter being tackled by the goal keep. Brian Stubbs, on the left Pedro Richards, in the centre.
Mick Vinter being tackled by the goal keep. Brian Stubbs, on the left Pedro Richards, in the centre.

Our Chairman, John Terrington, caught up with ex-player Mick Vinter not so long ago to ask him about his memories. Mick, who was born and bred in Boston, came to Notts County in 1971, and scored 53 goals for us in 135 appearances before being transferred to Wrexham. He eventually retired from the game in 1986. He still lives locally and is a member of our Former Players’ Association.

Mick told John that he first though about being a footballer when he was about 10 years old and was picked to play for his local school team, Wyberton. After he had progressed to the Boston United youth team and played under the legendary Jim Smith, Mick had the opportunity to join Forest but, owing to a mix-up in the paperwork, was signed by Jimmy Sirrel and came to County instead!

His most memorable game for us was at Fulham, where he scored two of the goals in a 5-1 win. Mick rates George Best and Bobby Moore as easily being the best players that he ever faced in his career.

Mick was sold to Wrexham for £150,000 which, he told John, was a record fee at that time. The accompanying photograph shows Mick scoring his first goal for Wrexham against ….. Notts County! Also in the photograph, some of our more senior supporters might recognise a youthful looking Pedro Richards (whose son Jordan is now on our books and is currently on loan to Sligo Rovers), and a slightly more hirsute Brian Stubbs than the shrinking violet (?!) whose presence still regularly graces Meadow Lane on matchdays!

Are You Fit to Wear the Shirt?

The Official Supporters’ Association became proud sponsors of Izale McLeod’ training kit earlier this season after the committee agreed that it was important that the Association should support the 1st team squad in some tangible way.

Izale KIt

At the end of the season, Izale’s signed training top will be auctioned off to supporters, with the proceeds being donated to the Club’s Academy. So if you think you are fit to wear the No. 39 shirt, or know someone who is …. start saving now and it could be yours! We can’t guarantee that the winner will be in the squad next season but there’s no harm in keeping trim during the summer just in case, is there?

And if you just can’ get enough …
(football, that is!) then why not go along and support some of our ex-players who are now with local teams, when Notts aren’t playing? At Basford Utd, who haven’t lost a game so far this year, Kyle Dixon (on loan from Boston Utd) and ex-keeper Saul Deeney (also a member of the NCFC Football in the Community coaching staff) put in some eye-catching performances playing for the first team. Basford are presently in a play-off place in the Evo-Stick NPL Div. One South as well as having reached the final of the Notts Senior Cup. I could also mention that ex-Reds player Eugene Bopp also plays for Basford. But I won’t!

Or if you live in the Lincolnshire area, go and watch Greg Tempest who is in a rich vein of form playing for Lincoln City. They are just outside the play-off places in the Vanarama National League (which the purists still refer to as ‘the Conference’). A bit closer to Skeggie, Boston Utd are lying third in the Vanarama National League North thanks to some brilliant performances by another former Notts keeper, Fabian Spiess.

And, although no longer playing, that deity called Charlie Palmer, hero-worshipped by Notts fans for once scoring the winning goal in a local derby against Forest, is managing Derbyshire team Belper Town in the same division as Basford Utd.

So; there’s no need to suffer withdrawal symptoms if Notts aren’t playing or when you can’t spare the time to get to an away game. Just go to one of our local clubs, enjoy the banter of non-league football, and see some familiar faces on the pitch. Chances are that you’ll bump into other Notts fans while you are there too.

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