Basford Boy – Shaun Derry

It’s a case of Boyz II Men for Basford-born Shaun Derry in the new episode of The Magpie Circle.

Derry holds the unique distinction of being the only man to have grown up as a boy supporting Notts County, played for the club and managed the club.

Now in his first-ever in-depth interview about his decades with the Magpies, Derry lifts the lid on his highs and lows.

How he was a Junior Magpie, went to Meadow Lane with his dad, and was a young schoolboy at successive play-off finals in 1990-91.

How his dream came true by playing for the club at the age of 18 and playing at Wembley himself.

How Liverpool star Steve Finnan joined Notts as an unknown youngster and spent six months lodging with his mum and dad in Basford – after only arriving for a weekend.

The bittersweet moment when he left Notts to join Sheffield United.

And 600 games later how he picked up the phone to ring Notts about a managerial vacancy and was handed the job inside a week.

It’s a two part interview and, in the second part, he reveals his joy about delivering the Great Escape season … and how he should have quit after seeing the playing budget slashed and told his best players had to leave.

Thursday 3rd December 2020

Friday 4th December 2020

*Main image @NottsCWorld Shaun Derry in his days as Notts County Manager.

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