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Former striker passes away, aged 65

21 January 2020

Mick Vinter, pictured here from the 1985-86 squad photo, can be seen on the middle row, third from the left
Mick Vinter, pictured here from the 1985-86 squad photo, can be seen on the middle row, third from the left

The club is saddened to learn of the passing of former striker Mick Vinter, who died yesterday. He was 65.

Vinter will be fondly remembered by Stags’ supporters as a prominent figure in the Division Four promotion winning team of 1985-86.

In all competitions, he scored 11 goals in 72 appearances for the club from 1984 to 1986.

An opportunist in the goal-getting stakes, Vinter netted a total of 113 during his League career, plus many more scored in non-league circles, turning out for Ashfield United, (formerly Sutton Town) up to 1993.

Born in Boston in 1954 he began his career with his hometown club before moving to Notts County in 1972.

He was known as the ‘Lincolnshire Poacher’ at Meadow Lane and was The Magpies' Player of the Year in 1977-78.

He left Notts for Wrexham for a reported fee of £150,000, a sizeable fee at the time before moving to Oxford United and then on to the Stags for £18,000 in August 1984.

After two seasons he moved on to Newport County before dropping into local non-league football. He later became a salesman in Nottingham.

The club sends its sincere condolences to Mick’s family at this sad time.


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