Notts County are saddened to learn of the passing of former player Charlie Crickmore at the age of 76.
The former winger, who was ever-present during Notts’ 1970-71 promotion season, has died in his native Hull after a long illness.
Charlie was the first player signed by Jimmy Sirrel, moving from Norwich City for £7,500 in March 1970 to add more pace to the forward line - he did not disappoint.
The left winger thrilled Meadow Lane by regularly outpacing visiting defenders before firing inch-perfect crosses into the goalmouth.
He made his debut during a 3-2 win at Scunthorpe United and his first goal came in his fifth appearance.
He enjoyed his best scoring season during the promotion-winning campaign, finding the net 10 times in the league and twice in the FA Cup.
Charlie played in front of over 34,000 spectators when Aston Villa visited Meadow Lane the following season before retiring from professional football at the end of that campaign.
He returned to live in Hull, becoming a member of the city’s Fire and Rescue Service, and kept in touch with Notts, winning the Arthur Mann Trophy - played for annually by former players - in 2003.
Since his death, his son Phil has said: “My dad shared some incredible memories about his time as a professional footballer. His most cherished memories were by far and away the time he spent playing for Notts County.”
Charlie also played for Hull City, Bournemouth, Rotherham United and Gillingham during his time as a footballer and qualified as a class one referee following his retirement - also playing Rugby League for West Hull.
Everyone at Notts extends their sympathy to his widow, son, daughter and other members of their family at this difficult time.