Brian Stubbs – A Giant Of Meadow Lane

Brian Stubbs, a true icon and legend of Notts County, takes a wonderful journey back in time.

And he delivers a great exclusive story about how Jimmy Sirrel resigned after Jack Dunnett quizzed him over his team selection in the seventies.

Never told before, Stubbs recounts how Dunnett queried Mick Vinter’s name on the subs bench.

Jimmy resigned on the spot and disappeared home to Burton Joyce – finished with the club.

A hasty deputation including groundsman Peter Thompson was assembled to try to persuade Jimmy to change his mind.

Jimmy returned on the Friday morning … called a staff meeting and told everyone that he was in charge and no-one else. It never happened again and normal service was resumed.

Brian was a true great of the club – making almost 500 appearances during a 13 year career with the club.

And there are some truly great stories in this week’s ma- including a great battle of the hardmen with Graeme Souness. For once Brian came off second best, in what is a truly eye-watering anecdote.

How Stubbs, Don Masson and Kevin Randall combined to miss three penalties in a game with Portsmouth.

And the great partnership he enjoyed with Dave Needham at centre half – widely regarded as the best central defensive pairing never to play together in the top flight. Although Notts did turn down a £400,000 joint bid from Wolves.

After leaving Notts, Brian went on to play at Grantham and was a regular sight doing his painting and decorating throughout Nottinghamshire.

Thursday 15th April 2021

*Main image @magpies_history Brian Stubbs in his early Notts days aged 19.

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