Passionate Notts supporter and volunteer, Andy Stokes, has been recognised with the Vanarama National League Volunteer of the Month award.
Andy, who has lent the club his services for many years predominantly as a matchday photographer, took on the role of stadium announcer and scoreboard operator this season and he has now earned league-wide plaudits.
“It was a pleasant surprise to hear I had been nominated for the award and to win it was extra special,” said Andy, whose first visit to Meadow Lane came as a fan in 1982.
“For years I took photographs behind the scenes with fans and players and I was motivated by the feedback, seeing the joy on people’s faces and the opportunity to help make memories for them.
“Lockdown, as we all know, has changed everything and more recently it’s been a pleasure to help out with matchday announcing, operating the scoreboard and running the teamsheets up to the press box.
“I was nervous at first but have soon settled into the role. I thoroughly enjoy it and it certainly makes a change from watching the game through a viewfinder!
“That said, I’m very much looking forward to fans being back in the stadium as it’s a very strange place without them.”
Nick Richardson, our media and communications manager, added: “Everyone at Meadow Lane is delighted that Andy’s commitment to the club has been recognised in this way.
“He has been a huge help to me, along with an array of colleagues past and present, and we’re very lucky to have him as part of our matchday team.
“We can’t wait to welcome supporters back to the ground so they can experience Andy’s newfound, award-winning skills first hand!”