This morning Notts County unveiled plans to mark their 150 year anniversary at press conference at the Meadow Lane Sports Bar.
As the first Football League club in the world to reach the landmark it’s obvious that based on Ray Trew’s ambitions for the club that the club will be looking to set the bar high for other club’s to try and follow in the future.
Notts unveiled their four man committee at the event, starting with Patron – Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir Andrew Buchanan. Former Notts player and England international Dave Watson is the President, and spoke of his delight at being chosen for the role of President.
The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Brian Grocock was next to speak. He alluded to the fact that the club had applied to hold a Civic Reception in January as part of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations – it apparently shouldn’t be difficult to pull some strings in his final months in office he told us!
And of course Notts County Chairman and owner Ray Trew, who admitted that the club’s unique position as the oldest Football League club was a massive attraction to him when he came to the club.
Ray spoke of one of his earlier concerns when he came to the club, the state of the club’s archives – something he aims to address with the help of supporters over the coming months.
The club are urging supporters to come forward with any Notts-related artefacts that they may feel the club may be interested in, for display in a gallery to be arranged at Nottingham Castle.
Also in the club’s fans are plans is a “marquee fixture” against one of the leading clubs in European football. No names were mentioned, but Project Leader and Notts’ Commercial & Marketing Director Mark Devlin did make it clear that the club has been in contact with several clubs.
Then plan for the event is to get as many former County players to be present at the match – which is slated to be played at the start of the 2012/13 season at Meadow Lane. The club isn’t exactly short of friends in high places in European football with a close history with Italian giants Juventus so who knows what might be on the horizon.
The celebrations are to be branded with the new Notts 150 logo which was unveiled at the launch. Will add photos shortly!
Notts already announced this week the unique opportunity for a local firm to enter a raffle to have their company’s logo on the Notts home shirt for next season – a kit that will be supplied by JD Sports.
The raffle costs £500 to enter and will be open to only 500 entrants, with a decent uptake of firms already.
Devlin went on to confirm plans for a gala banquet to be held – hopefully at Meadow Lane. The club aims to renovate the space vacated by Sport Nottingham in the future, with the hope of providing a dining facility offering panoramic views of the pitch.
Also soon to be announced is a youth team tournament featuring 150 local youth sides, with the final to be played at Meadow Lane.
As previously announced the club will also be releasing a third strip for next season. The kit, released in November will be similar to the White shirt, black collared strip as adorned by Notts legend Tommy Lawton, and will display the names of a projected 3,000 season ticket holders.
We’ve already seen this season with the 100 years at Meadow Lane celebrations that Notts like to market their events with commemorative merchandise, and the 150th Anniversary shall be no different. Details of these will be confirmed in the future.
The club have promised to provide supporters with a full calendar of events over the course of the next year or so, details of which will be provided through new website, www.nottscountyfc150.co.uk.