The death at the age of 85 of Terry Annable, one of the foremost football administrators in Nottinghamshire, is a reminder of my earliest days, in the late 1950s, as a local newspaper reporter on County’s affairs, writes Colin Slater.
He will also be well remembered by Notts supporters from that era when Terry was the club’s assistant secretary. The appointment of chief executives was then unknown in football and club secretaries were leaders of the administrative set-up.
That position was held at Meadow Lane by Charles ('Chick') Heath, previously a leading member of the Supporters’ Club, and Terry was an important club official as his assistant.
It’s said there’s a word to describe each one of us and in Terry’s case that word is 'punctilious', which embraces such qualities conscientious, diligent, painstaking and perfectionist. Any one of those descriptions perfectly describes the approach he not only brought to his work at Meadow Lane, but rigorously pursued.
When he left Notts it was to accept a more far-reaching and important role with the Nottinghamshire Football Association which he also served with distinction, not least in support of the game at grass roots level.
All who knew and remember Terry will join in offering condolences to Barbara, his widow.
His funeral will take place at Gedling Crematorium at 9.30am on Friday 30 November and Notts fans are welcome to go along and pay their respects.