Notts County legends Jimmy Sirrel and Jack Wheeler have become the latest sporting figures linked with the city to have a tram named after them.
Sirrel and Wheeler formed one of the most successful management teams in the football club’s history. Amongst their many achievements, the pair guided the Magpies to promotion to the First Division in 1981. They sadly passed away within a year of each other, Sirrel in 2008 and Wheeler in 2009.
Jamie Swift, NET’s Head of Marketing said: “They led the club during some of its most successful years, and off the field they became well-known and much-loved characters throughout Nottingham and beyond.
“As a lifelong Notts County fan I’m really pleased we’ve been able to name one of our new trams after the iconic pair.”
Jimmy and Jack’s tram honour follows the news that a campaign to raise money for a statue of the pair outside Notts County’s Meadow Lane home, reached its target earlier this year.
The pair join a number of other sporting figures linked to Nottingham to have trams named in their honour, including former Forest manager Brain Clough, Ashes-winning cricketer Stuart Broad and boxer Carl Froch.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, with lead responsibility for NET at Nottingham City Council said, “Notts County is the oldest professional football club currently playing in the world, and Jimmy and Jack’s partnership achieved one of the most successful and memorable periods in Notts County’s history.
“Their ambition for the team is a true inspiration for many Notts County fans and their legacy will live on at the club for many years to come.
“We are really proud that we are able to celebrate their success by naming a Nottingham tram in their honour”.