All former Notts players will wish to join in extending warm congratulations to two of their Association’s officials, treasurer Don Masson and secretary Brian Bates, for both of whom December is a special month.
Don is to become the latest former Notts player to be admitted to the club’s Hall of Fame, whose members include Tommy Lawton and Jackie Sewell.
Don’s outstanding achievements in two spells with Notts are well remembered, notably in uniquely captaining the club to three promotion triumphs.
As Jimmy Sirrel’s on-field general he led the players to promotion from the Football League’s fourth tier in 1971, then two years later from the third tier into the old Second Division.
After spells with Queen’s Park Rangers and Derby County “The Don” returned to Meadow Lane and helped to seal promotion to the game’s top flight, the old First Division, in 1981.
In total Don made over 400 League appearances for the Magpies, scoring an impressive 92 goals from midfield, and crowned a marvellous career by being awarded 17 Scottish international caps.
The ceremony to install him in the Hall of Fame will take place in Wheeler’s Suite before kick-off of the game against Swindon Town on 13th December.
At the same time one of the most popular and fervent supporters of all Former Players’ events, John Mounteney, will be admitted posthumously to the Hall of Fame. The club is recognising John’s great contribution as vice-chairman of the board of directors for more than 20 years under both Jack Dunnett and Derek Pavis.
The award will be made to Daphne, his widow, herself a keen Notts supporter.
Members of the Masson and Mounteney families will be there to share a special occasion before which, on Saturday 6th December, Brian Bates is celebrating his 70th birthday – which actually falls on Thursday 4th – with a party at Meadow Lane.
As a right-winger with Notts Brian made 125 League appearances, scoring 24 goals, between 1964 and 1969 and later occupied a significant role as director of the club’s Centre of Excellence, playing a leading role in the development of many young players.
As secretary he has been an inspiration in the work of the Former Players’ Association ever since its inception.
Happy Birthday, Brian!