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Forest: Derek Pavis Trophy

Neighbours to contest for silverware

26 July 2022

For only the second time, Tuesday night's contest with our near neighbours will see the winners awarded the Derek Pavis Trophy.

Our former chairman, who also served on the Forest board, sadly passed away shortly before our last meeting in the summer of 2017 with both sides recognising his immense contribution with a minute’s applause ahead of kick-off.

Forest were the winners that day and have been the proud holders of the trophy ever since, and Tuesday's victorious captain will be presented with it pitchside after full-time.

In the absence of Derek’s wife, Vivien, who remains a staunch supporter of the club and a regular attendee at our matches, the presentation will be made by Daphne Mounteney, the wife of Derek’s late vice-chairman, John.

Ahead of the friendly in 2017, Vivien said: “We, the Pavis family, feel very honoured that this fixture is being played in memory of Derek.

“The fact Derek had been on the Forest board and became vice-chairman prior to his purchase of his beloved Notts County gives us an enormous feeling of pride and gratitude that the trophy will be named after him.”

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Derek is regarded as one of the most successful of all chairmen in our long and proud history.

He assumed that position in June 1987 and held it for 13 years before deciding, when he reached his 70th birthday, it was time to step aside.

The most astute move he made in the early days was to recruit Neil Warnock, then manager of Scarborough, to take charge of team affairs. Supported by his chairman's money, Warnock assembled a squad of players which, uniquely in the game, achieved successive promotions through Wembley play-off finals to reach the old First Division in 1991.

His lasting legacy was the rebuilding of Meadow Lane stadium, converting it into one of the finest grounds outside the top flight, and the main stand is named in his honour.

Derek remained a regular visitor to Notts games until shortly before his passing in May 2017 and his memory lives on.

In the event of a draw, the Trophy will be shared.

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