Les Bradd has paid tribute to our former groundsman, Peter Thompson, who has sadly passed away.
Peter served us for more than 30 years and was a hugely popular figure at Meadow Lane, as Les recalls.
“He was a great character,” said our all-time leading goalscorer. “He always used to fall out with managers on a Friday morning when they wanted the team to practise set pieces on the pitch while he was trying to get it ready for the next day’s match!
“When I knew him, Peter worked with only a very narrow, basic mower – nothing like the equipment you see being used nowadays.
“I also used to see him in the morning, when I reported for training, with a rope chain around his neck taking dew off the grass to prevent weeds setting in. The commitment he had to his job was incredible.
“Last year I went to visit Peter in a nursing home at Woodthorpe and thoroughly enjoyed a chat with him about the Sirrel era and all things Notts. The nursing staff couldn’t believe how many memories he had of those times.
“He looked like he was receiving first-class care and it was great to see him one last time.
“On behalf of everyone at Notts I’d like to pay tribute to his amazing service to our club and to extend my sympathies to his family at this very sad time.”