RIP | Mick Vinter

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 22 Jan 2020

Former Wrexham, Notts County, Oxford United, Mansfield Town, Newport County and Boston United striker Mick Vinter died on Monday, at the age of 65.

The Boston-born forward had been a victim of early onset dementia for many years.

Initially with his hometown club, before being spotted by Notts County manager Jimmy Sirrel and playing for them from 1972 onwards, winning promotion to the Second Division in 1973.

Mick had bagged 54 goals in 186 games for Notts County in five seasons, before moving on to Wrexham for three years, where he scored 25 in 101 outings.

Manager Arfon Griffiths paid £150,00 to County for Mick in the summer of 1979, who scored the winner against West Ham United on his debut and then played in Europe as the Reds faced 1FC Magdeburg in the ECWC that season.

Mick also scored twice against Everton in the FA Cup at Goodison Park and another in a 3-1 cup shock win over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Following Wrexham’s relegation in 1982, he departed in a £30,000 move to the Manor Ground. For the next two years he was at Oxford, where he scored 21 in 69 games, wining the Third Division championship in 1984 - beating both Leeds United and Manchester United in the League Cup.

After this spell, it was onto Mansfield, which included winning the Fourth Division title in 1986, before switching to Newport County for the 1986/87 season, netting six goals in 32 games.

With a pelvic injury forcing his retirement from the professional game, he completed his career in non-league football with Gainsborough, Matlock, Oakham United, Hucknall and Sutton United.

He was then known to be working in the Nottingham area for the Abbey Life Assurance Company.

We send our condolences to Mick’s family and friends at this very sad time.

 

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