Flying winger Charlie Crickmore dies at 76

Charlie Crickmore, who was an ever-present in both League and Cup games in Notts 1970-71 promotion season from the Fourth Division (now League Two), has died in his native Hull after a long illness at the age of 76.

Jimmy Sirrel had been appointed as the Notts manager in November, 1969 and waited until the following March before making his first foray into the transfer market. He then signed Crickmore £7,500 from Norwich City in order to add greater pace to the forward line.

Crickmore, a flying left winger, did not disappoint, thrilling Meadow Lane crowds by regularly outpacing visiting defenders before firing inch-perfect crosses into the goalmouth. Waiting to meet the ball were any one of three six-footers, all of them good headers - Les Bradd, Richie Barker and Tony Hateley.

Crickmore’s debut in March, 1970 was at Scunthorpe United where Notts won 3-2, significantly enough the goals coming from Hateley (2) and Barker. He had to wait until his fifth appearance for his first goal. His best scoring season was the promotion campaign when he found the net ten times in the League and twice in the FA Cup.

It remains a mystery why he fell so badly out of favour the following season when, in the Third Division, he made only one appearance. Remarkably enough this was when Aston Villa visited Meadow Lane, a game that drew over 34,000 spectators.

Crickmore retired from professional football at the end of that campaign and returned to live in Hull, becoming a member of the city’s Fire and Rescue Service. He kept in touch, winning the Arthur Mann Trophy - played for annually by former players - in 2003.

Since his death his son, Phil, has said: “My dad shared some incredible memories about his time as a professional footballer, his most cherished memories being by far and away the time he spent playing for Notts County.”

After retiring from football Charlie also qualified as a class one referee and played rugby league games with West Hull.

The funeral service will take place at 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday 24 October at Chanterlands Avenue Crematorium, Hull HU5 4EF.

We extend our sympathy in their great loss to his widow, son and daughter and other members of the family.

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