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RIP Don Roby

10 June 2013

Club News

RIP Don Roby

10 June 2013

The club were saddened to hear the news of the death of former player Don Roby...

Roby, who made 233 League and Cup appearances for Notts in a ten-year period between 1951 and 1961, died at the age of 79.

A native of Wigan he first joined the club's ground staff before turning professional in February, 1951 - the same month in which he made his League debut, in a 3-0 home win over Sheffield United, the goals coming from Jackie Sewell (2) and Tom Johnston. It was his only appearance that season and he did not figure again until chosen in four consecutive matches in March, 1955 when he also scored the first of his 37 League goals for the club in a 3-1 home victory over Hull City.

He was a fast, skilful and elusive front man, at his best when playing wide on the right though, from time to time, he was also used in other forward positions. He was more adept at creating goals for others rather than scoring himself.

Don really established himself in 1955-56 with 38 appearances, in one of which there was the rarity of him scoring twice, as Middlesbrough were routed 5-0.

After suffering two successive relegations, which - for the first time, took the Magpies into the Fourth Division - Don enjoyed his best-ever season with immediate promotion back to Division Three. He missed only four League matches and scored eleven times in the record haul of 102 goals.

He had the distinction of scoring the season's first goal, a 2-1 win over Chester on opening day.

Don's passing breaks another link with that promotion-winning side of 1959-60.

His consistent match-winning performances attracted the attention of other clubs and in the summer of 1961 he was transferred to Derby County for £10,000.

Both then, and following his retirement from the game, he continued to make his home at Wilford Hill and was a familiar figure on the streets of Nottingham as he continued to keep fit with regular road running, both for training purposes and competitively.

The club extends its sincere sympathy to Don's family in their sad loss.

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