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Olga Wheeler

7 February 2017

Notts County are deeply saddened to have learned of the passing of Olga Wheeler.

Olga, 97, was the widow of Jack Wheeler, the club's physio-coach for 26 years between 1957 and 1983.

During Jack's many years as a Meadow Lane stalwart, he and Olga made their home in the Nottingham suburb of Wollaton.

After Jack's death in 2009, Olga moved to be nearer to her son and daughter, John and Lynn, and although still enjoying good health felt herself to be too frail to attend the unveiling of the Jack Wheeler - Jimmy Sirrel statue when John represented the family.

In his time at Meadow Lane, Jack never missed a single Notts game and, when he was Huddersfield Town's goalkeeper, he and five other players figured in all 42 Second Division matches in 1952-53 as Town won promotion to the top flight while conceding only 33 goals.

When the Notts Former Players' Association honoured Jack with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, Vic Metcalfe, one of his Huddersfield teammates and a lifelong friend, was smuggled into the 1862 Suite to the great surprise and equal delight of both Jack and Olga.

Apart from his physio and coaching duties Jack was also Notts caretaker manager on three occasions, covering a total of 70 matches.

Everyone at Notts County extends their sympathies to the family in their loss.

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