A blue plaque was unveiled this afternoon to Frederic Chatfield Smith MP on Moss Drive. Frederic Chatfield Smith lived at Bramcote Hall and owned Smith’s Bank on South Parade, Nottingham (Now a branch of Natwest). The Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Margaret Handley, and members of the Smith family attended. Val Bird of Bramcote History Group spoke about “Banker Smith” and the Hall.
After the unveiling, everybody retired to the White Lion for refreshments and to view Richard Upton’s model of Bramcote Hall which was demolished in 1969.
Colin Slater MBE, well known local journalist and football commentator then spoke about Frederic Chatfield Smith’s link with Notts County Football Club. At the first meeting of the club for which records exist Frederic Chatfield Smith was invited to become president of the club and held this position for several years. Not only was he president but he also played for the club even though he was over 40. Being president and playing for the club is unique in Football League history. He played in the first local derby’s against Nottingham Forest, the first being a goalless draw and the second being won 1-0 by Notts County. Frederic Chatfield Smith captained the team for the second match.
Not only was Frederic Chatfield Smith a very important personality in the history of Notts County Football Club, he was also a substantial local benefactor and gave the money to build Christ Church, Chilwell. A plaque commemorating this can be found in the church.