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Donation to FITC continues investment in youth projects

Notts County Football in the Community (FITC) were saddened to hear of the passing of Norman Smith on 3rd April 2017.

A lifelong Notts County FC supporter along with his late wife Doris, the childhood sweethearts quickly became Meadow Lane regulars, travelling the length and breadth of the country supporting the Pies for over 70 years and championing the work of FITC wherever they went.

Football in the Community were honoured to receive a £250 donation made in the memory of Norman and Doris by his son, Brian. The Notts County Official Supporters Club also received a donation of £250 on Saturday 28th October when the Pies took on Newport County at Meadow Lane.

Norman Smith
Norman Smith

“The reason I decided to donate to Football In The Community is because my mother suffered a serious injury at a young age and this reoccurred at the age of 26, resulting in her being disabled, therefore I wanted to help people of all ages and abilities. My parents were great believers in giving younger generations a chance to succeed and a chance to flourish in whatever career path they chose especially when it came to sport” explained Brian. “Together, my parents supported the club for 70 years, travelling all over the country with two trips standing out clear as day in the memory. On 29th January 1949, they travelled to Liverpool where 61,003 people attended the game. My mother and father made the journey up to the North West with mum being the only woman on the supporter’s bus on the day. Upon arrival they couldn’t even get in the ground and had to watch the Everton reserves. Their most memorable match was against Nottingham Forest at the City ground on 3rd December 1949 where they saw what was described as a Lawton bullet header, contributing to a 2 – 1 win for Notts. And, of course, my highlights were the Sirrell and Warnock eras, especially the Wembley play-off promotions.”

Norman and Doris were often joined in the Kop End by Brian’s grandfather and uncle with his most cherished of memories dating back to the early 60’s watching George Smith in goal, Alex Gibson, Dick Edwards, Keith Fry, John Sheridan, Tony Flowers, Jeff Astle and Tony Hateley.

Everyone at Notts County Football in the Community would like to thank the Smith family for their generosity and their thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

If you are interested in donating to Notts County FITC or would like to find out more about how you can support our work in future, please contact James Bromley jb@nottscountyfitc.org.uk or call 0115 955 7215.

Norman and Doris Smith