January 14th hosted two important events for Notts fans: the first local derby against Mansfield Town with their new Owner and Manager in place and of course Football in the Community’s sponsored walk from Mill to Meadow.
Twenty one walkers were driven to Mansfield at 5.45am before starting their walk back to Meadow Lane where they arrived at 11.45am after a 15-mile trek in the cold winter weather. This gave them time to relax and refuel in the Meadow Lane Sports Bar before the 1pm kick off, courtesy of the Notts County FC Commercial Team who provided a free pie and pint or soft drink for everyone who took part.
It was a successful day all round, with an impressive gate attendance of 11,328, a 0-0 draw and the accomplishment of the Notts fans who dedicated their Saturday morning to raising money for their local community. Over £2,000 has been raised so far and donations can still be made. You can text FITC16 and the amount you’d like to donate to 70070, or visit: justgiving.com/nottscountyfitc
The Nottingham Post spoke to the walkers on the day, reporting that:
“Fan Walker Simon Clark, 48, said: “It was good fun, and was nowhere as cold as we’d been led to believe it would be. “Notts County is a community. It’s a family club, so it’s a big thing to be able to support the work of the Notts family.”
The journey was tough for Paul Jones.
The 44-year-old, said: “My legs are aching very much. It’s taken four-and-a-half hours, and I got up at 5am this morning to catch the minibus and walk the whole way back. It’s a great opportunity to help support the club. There’s a lot of great things it does in the community.”
The youngest walker was Matthew Lambley. The 13-year-old said: “I did it with my dad, I’m very happy to have completed the walk.”
A big congratulations and thank you to: Stephen Silver, Simon Clark, Andy Lambley, Matthew Lambley, Paul Jones, Wayne Cassidy, Glenn Morley, Craig Taylor, Chris Spencer, Jake Spencer, Alec Sulley, Thomas Corrigan, Adam Edwards-Elvidge, Gav Vallance, Yohann Chaigneau and Neil Smith who were accompanied by FITC’s staff: Neil Kelly, Ryan Sismey, Tim Hatton, Ian Richardson and Nigel Plant.