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'He was a wonderful man': Tributes paid to former Notts County Chairman

Former Notts County's Chairman Derek Pavis Credit: Phil O'Brien/EMPICS Sport

Notts County have paid tribute to the club's former chairman, Derek Pavis, who died on Saturday night (27 May) with his family by his side following an illness.

The 87-year-old is described by the club as was one of the most successful Notts County Chairman.

A statement from the club reads:

Notts County are deeply saddened to report the passing of the club's former chairman, Derek Pavis.

The most astute move he made in the early days was to recruit Neil Warnock, then manager of Scarborough, to take charge of team affairs. Bankrolled by his chairman’s money, Warnock assembled a squad of players which, uniquely in the game, achieved successive promotions through Wembley play-off finals to reach the old First Division in 1991.

But his lasting legacy was the rebuilding of the Meadow Lane stadium, converting it into one of the finest grounds outside the top flight.

He remained a regular visitor to Notts games until earlier this year when struck by what turned out to be his final illness. His condition worsened on Friday and he died in the Queen’s Medical Centre.

– Notts County club statement
Derek Pavis in 1998 Credit: Steve Mitchell/EMPICS Sport

Notts chairman and owner Alan Hardy said:

I am very, very sad to hear of the passing of the great Derek Pavis. He was a wonderful man and a tremendous servant of Notts County Football Club.

I can only aspire to get close to being the wonderful man Derek was - a visionary and an outstanding leader and chairman.

– Alan Hardy