Former Notts County chairman who took the club from fourth to first division has died

A former Notts County chairman has died at the age of 97 after a battle with a short illness.

Jack Dunnett was a key figure in the revival of the club and oversaw their rise from the fourth division to the top flight.

He was also elected president of the Football League and simultaneously a figure in the city's political fortunes.

Mr Dunnett represented Nottingham Central, which later changed to Nottingham East, as a Labour MP.

He held clinics in the pubs in Nottingham, while also overseeing unprecedented glory at Meadow Lane.

Jack Dunnett speak to one of players in 1967 Credit: PA images

Mr Dunnett first became director of West London football club Brentford before making the switch to Notts in 1969.

He was known as having a tremendous work ethic, very driven and a focused man.

Although a very successful and wealthy businessman, he retained an ability to communicate with the masses.

Author and Magpies' fan Paul Mace tells the story of his meeting with Dunnett in his book 'One Flew over the Magpies Nest'.

Mr Mace said that after five hours sleep, Mr Dunnett journeyed around Nottingham factories and schools in the morning before heading to Meadow Lane in the afternoon to meet with the manager and the club’s executive management team.

Former MP Jack Dunnett speaking in front of Brentford FC before making the switch to Notts County in 1967 Credit: PA images

In an ATV interview in 1981 the former chairman said there was 'no reason why' Notts County couldn't survive in the first division.

He retired from the Meadow Lane board in 1987, leaving behind a legacy of success.

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