DEATH OF PETER BIRCUMSHAW, HIGH-SCORING FORMER NOTTS WINGER

StartFragmentPETER BIRCUMSHAW, one of the few surviving members of the squad which earned promotion for Notts from the Fourth Division in 1959-60, has died shortly before his 79th birthday. It was in that campaign that he established his reputation as a goalscoring outside left, finding the net 18 times in 22 appearances, third in the scorers’ list behind Stan Newsham (23) and skipper Bob Forrest (19). He was proudest of all of his only hat-trick for Notts, in a 3-1 win at Port Vale in March of the following season (1960-61). In a total of 72 League appearances he scored 40 goals, an astonishingly high ratio, and older supporters will remember that he had an explosive shot, which often threa

Happy Birthday Mick Waitt

Mick was born in Hexham, Northumberland and signed for Notts from Keyworth United in 1984 for a £500 fee. The former electrician at Plessey’s made his debut at Wimbledon on Boxing Day in the same year and completed a total of 83 league and cup appearances, scoring a creditable 32 goals. The 1985/86 season, with 18 league and cup goals, was his best season for Notts. It was a year in which his partnership with Ian McParland (scorer of 20 goals) really flourished. Between them they scored eight FA Cup goals, helping the club to progress to round five while operating at the third tier in the league. Mick’s height (6ft 4ins) was a big factor in unsettling opposing defences. In New Zealand he’s h

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