Jack Wheeler (1919 - 2009)

By Dane Vincent
Last updated : 10 January 2009

Fans were saddened today by the news that Notts County legend Jack Wheeler had died at the age of 89.

A minute's applause took place ahead of this afternoon's match, which fittingly saw the Magpies claim a victory to pay homage to a man that bled black and white.

Wheeler, who passed away in Queen's Medical Centre this morning, joined Notts in 1956 from Kettering Town alongside Tommy Lawton.

Success: Wheeler played a huge role in County's climb up the leagues.
He went on to spend 26 loyal years with the club, taking on a number of roles including Caretaker-Manager (twice), trainer, scout, coach and physio.

Always fully committed to the cause, the former Huddersfield and Birmingham goalkeeper was always present on matchdays and managed to go 1,152 games without missing the first-team perform.

This covered County's rise from the depths of Division Four to the top flight under Jimmy Sirrel.

Such service led to re-naming of the Meadow Club, which is now known as 'Wheeler's Bar' - ensuring that he will be known for generations to come.

Chairman, John Armstrong-Holmes led the tributes, saying to the club's official website: "Jack was an absolute gentleman who devoted the best years of his working life to Notts County.

"He was absolutely black and white and nothing mattered more to him in the football sense than the fortunes of this club.

"He will be sorely missed and we extend our condolences to his wife Olga and their children."

Ian McParland, who was a player for part of Wheeler's lengthy stint with The Magpies, added: "You talk about Jimmy Sirrel being a legend here but for me Jack shares the same status.

"The stuff that Jack did behind the scenes for this football club was unbelievable. He was fantastic.

"Jack was a complete gentleman, he knew the game inside out and he would help anybody."

NCM would also like to pass on condolences to Jack's family at this difficult time.

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