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Jackie Sewell

11 January 2014

Inducted 11 January 2014

Jackie Sewell officially began his career at Meadow Lane in 1946 but had 'guested' for the club in more than 20 wartime fixtures. The striker is one of the finest players to have ever represented Notts County and is ranked third in the club's all-time goal-scoring chart behind Les Bradd and Tony Hateley.

The ex-England international striker scored in impressive 104 goals in 193 appearances across all competitions during a five-year stay. The first of these arrived on his Football League debut - a finish in a home victory over Norwich City.

Sewell netted an impressive five hat-tricks during his time with the club - all of them at Meadow Lane. He also bagged four in the club record 11-1 victory over Newport County and, again, in a 9-0 thumping of Exeter City, which helped him to claim the top-scorer award in his first two seasons.

League positions did not reflect Sewell's contributions until the 1949.50 promotion to Division Two, which was secured with a historic home victory over Nottingham Forest. The number eight scored the first of two goals to allow the County faithful to begin their celebrations.

Sewell proved that he was destined for the top by continuing to score regularly in the second tier and, in March 1951, against the wishes of the Notts fans, a bid of £34,500 from Sheffield Wednesday was accepted. Even though the British transfer record was shattered to take the striker to Hillsborough, there was plenty of unrest amongst the Magpies supporters, highlighting just how highly regarded he was at Meadow Lane.

For the Owls, Sewell continued his impressive strike rate by scoring 92 goals in 172 matches. In 1951.52, Wednesday gained promotion to the First Division largely thanks to his strikes and went on to establish themselves in the top flight.

Just eight months after leaving Notts, Sewell was called up for the England squad, which saw him go on to gain six caps and score three goals. He also netted the first goal in the historic 6-3 home defeat to Hungary's 'Magnificent Magyars', who became the first international side to beat England on home soil.

Before hanging up his boots, Sewell won the FA Cup with Aston Villa and represented Hull City. He later accepted an offer to go to Zambia, where he coached Lusaka City before taking over a similar role with the national side.

Pulling on the boots again, Sewell became one of few footballers to have gained caps for more than one country. He captained the Zambia national team when the country gained its independence from Britain in 1964 and made 10 appearances between 1964 and 1965, scoring seven goals.

Sewell returned to Nottingham and became a car salesman and never lost his affection for the Magpies. He was present to accept his Hall of Fame certificate on 11 January 2014.


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