The Lion Hotel survives to this day, in Clumber Street, Nottingham.
The first meeting of the Directors was held on Tuesday evening August 19 1890 at the Lion Hotel, Nottingham. The following Directors were present:
Mr. A. Williams
Mr. A. Barlow
Mr. W. Gunn
Mr. T. Cooper
Mr. F.P. Norris
Mr. W.B. Scottorn
Mr. H. Vickers
On the motion of Mr. Barlow seconded by Mr. Norris Mr. A. Williams was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board.
On the motion of Mr. Barlow, seconded by Mr. Scottorn it was unanimously resolved that the Chairman be elected for one year, retiring at the May ordinary meeting.
On the motion of Mr. Cooper, seconded by Mr. Gunn it was unanimously resolved that the Board of Directors meet every Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock at the Lion Hotel, Nottingham. That no notice be given of ordinary weekly meetings but notice shall be given of special or extraordinary meetings.
On the motion of Mr. Cooper, seconded by Mr. Gunn Mr. E. Browne was elected secretary to the company until the next May ordinary general meeting.
On the motion of Mr. Cooper, seconded by Mr. Norris it was resolved that Mr. Browne's office 1, Cobden Chambers, Pelham Street, Nottingham, be the registered office of the company, and that notice thereof be given to Registrar of Joint-Stock companies.
It was resolved on the motion of Mr. Cooper, seconded by Mr. Vickers that the Secretary be paid a salary of £60 per year, and £5 be allowed for rent of office.
It was resolved on the motion of Mr. Cooper, seconded by Mr. Gunn that Messrs. Smith & Co. Bankers, South Parade, Nottingham be the bankers to the Company until the Directors otherwise order.
Laid before the Board a specimen of the share certificate proposed to be used by the Company. Resolved on the motion of Mr. Cooper seconded by Mr. Scottorn that such form of share certificate be approved and adopted.
Laid before the Board a specimen of the proposed common seal of the company, of which the following is an impression. share certificate. Resolved on the motion of Mr. Scottorn, seconded by Mr. Norris, that suh common seal be approved and adopted by the Company.
On the motion of Mr. Norris seconded by Mr. Cooper it was resolved that 176 shares in the Capital of the Company be allotted as follows:
(a list of names and occupation follows)
And that the secretary do gibe notice of allottment to the above named persons respectively in respect of the shares set opposite their respective names and do duly enter the same in the Register of Members.
Laid the Share Certificates in respect of the before mentioned 176 shares of £5 each in the capital of the Company before the Board and reported that the £2 payable upon application in respect of each share had been paid to the Company. Resolved on the motion of Mr. Norris seconded by Mr. Cooper "that the common seal of the Company be affixed to each of the said 176 Share Certificates". The common seal of the Company was therefore affixed to such Share Certificates as evidenced by the signatures thereto of two of the Directors and the Secretary.
Laid before the Board an Agreement dated the 28th day of May 1890 between Messrs. W.E. Denison and others of the part - and Harry Baker Halford of the other part being the Agreement of that date referred to our Memorandum and Articles of Association. Resolved on the motion of Mr. Barlow seconded by Mr. Cooper "that this Board ratified and apoted the said agreement of the 28th day of May 1890 and that the Common Seal of the Company be affixed to the agreement of this date endorsed therein ratifying and adopting the same by the Company". The common seasl of the Company was tehreupon affixed thereto as evidence of the signatures thereon of two of the Directors.
Laid before the Board the following contracts which had been entered into by the Committee of the old Notts Football Club in respect of the Football Season 1890/91:
Date Names of Persons Nature of Amount of liability Contracted With Contract in Contract 1890 11 June Henry Turner for Tenancy of £50 for each of 3 Notts Castle Cricket ground years Club 28 May James Oswald Football £5 per week & professional insurance during 1890/91 3 May Harry Butler Daft ditto £200 for season & (£5 already paid) insce June William Locker ditto £2 per week & insce 9 April Thomas McInnes ditto £100 for season & situation 14 April Andrew C McGregor ditto £4:10:0 per week (£20 paid) 1 August Archibald Osborne ditto £40 down & 3£ per (£40 paid) week & insce 19 July David Calderhead ditto £5 per week & insce 5 May Alfred Shelton (£10 ditto £160 and insce paid) 22 July John Hendry (£100 ditto £100 down & £2 per paid) week & insce 14 May Thomas McLean ditto £2:15:0 per week & 10/- during summer 90 & insce 24 Feb. George Toone ditto £3 per week & insce 21 June Alexander Ferguson ditto £2:10/- per week & insce 24 May James Thraves ditto 12/6 per week 7 insce 11 June Charles Bramley ditto 12/6 per week 7 insce 6 June Charles Chatfield ditto 7/6 per week 7 insce Alfred Connelly ditto 12/6 per week 7 insce
Resolved on the motion of Mr. Cooper seconded by Mr. Norris "that each of the before mentioned one year contracts be and the same is hereby ratified and adopted on behalf of the Company and that Messrs Arthur Barlow and Arthur Williams are hereby authporised to sign on behalf of the Company a memorandum to be endorsed on each contract stating such ratification and adoption.
Resolved on the motion of the Chairman seconded by Mr. Barlow "that in pusuance of subsec:(b) of article 46 of the Articles of Association the following be and are hereby elected playing members of the Company:
Names Amateur or Professional 1 James Oswald Professional 2 Harry Butler Daft ditto 3 William Locker ditto 4 Thomas McInnes ditto 5 Andrew C McGregor ditto 6 Alfred Shelton ditto 7 David Calderhead ditto 8 Archibald Osborne ditto 9 John Hendry ditto 10 Thomas McLean ditto 11 George Toone ditto 12 Alexander ditto Ferguson 13 James Thraves ditto 14 Charles Bramley ditto 15 Charles Chatfield ditto 16 Alfred Connelly ditto 17 Tinsley Lindley Amateur 18 Charles Shelton ditto 19 Ernest Stevens ditto 20 Bassett Hardstaff ditto 21 Andrew Lawson ditto Jnr. 22 F Chollerton ditto 23 John Smith ditto 24 Herbert Durant ditto Snook 25 A.E. Palmer ditto 26 Arthur Lofthouse ditto 27 William Gunn ditto 28 Samuel Hallam ditto 29 Frank Wilkinson ditto Jnr. 30 Frederick ditto Weightman 31 Noel Brown ditto 32 Henry Harold ditto Brown 33 George Sellars ditto 34 Frederick Ordoyno ditto 35 Philip Richards ditto 36 Frank Sudbury ditto 37 L.H. King ditto 38 F.W. Swann ditto 39 Rev. E.Q. ditto Anderson 40 Rev. ditto White-Thompson 41 G Shepperson ditto 42 F Johnson ditto
and that all amateur playing members (not shareholders) pay a yearly subscription of 5/-; each such playing member to have the right of free admission to the reserved part of the ground and season tickets holders portion of the Pavilion at all matches in Nottingham under the management of the Company.
Resolved on the motion of Mr. Vickers seconded by Mr. Cooper; that the Company establish and maintain the following Teams of Football players - to be comprised of Playing Members of the Company:
1 The Notts League team. To compete in the League matches, English Cup ties and other matches as arranged
2 The Notts County Rovers. To compete in the Midland Football Alliance matches and other matches as arranged.
3 The Notts County Rovers Thursday team to play matches on a Thursday as arranged.
Resolved on the motion of Mr. Barlow seconded by the Chairman:
That Messrs A Barlow, W Gunn, A Lofthouse, FP Norris and WB Scottorn be and they are hereby appointed a Committee to be called "The Team Management Committee" with power on behalf of the Board of Directors to manage the League team during the next fotball season subject to the Board of Directors - such Committee in cases of emergency also to have the power to select the players for such team.
Resolved on the motion the Chaiman seconded by Mr. Barlow:
That Messrs W Gunn, A Lotfhouse and A Williams be and they are hereby appointed a Committee with power on behalf of the Board of Directors to manage the Notts County Rovers Team subject to the Board of Directors - such Committee to have power to add to it Messrs Stevens, E Palmer, A Lawson and C Shelton as representing the Players of that Team.
Resolved on the motion of the Chairman seconded by Mr. Barlow:
That a member of the Company Mr. Arthur Curtis Leavers having kindly consented to act voluntarily as Secretary of the last mentioned Committee he be and is hereby appointed to that office during the pleasure of this Board.
Resolved on the motion of Mr. Barlow seconded by W Gunn:
That Mr. Walter Marshall be and is hereby appointed Umpire for the League Tean during next season, and that Mr. Chas Gilbert be the Reserve Umpire for the same team - each to receive when acting his expenses and 5/- for each match.
Resolved on the motion of Mr. Scottorn seconded by the Mr. Cooper:
That Mr. James G Thomas be and is hereby appointed Umpire for the Notts County Rovers during next season, his expenses being paid by the Company.
Resolved on the motion of Mr. Cooper seconded by the Mr. Vickers:
That the Secretary be instructed at once to order 750 season tickets, and to place the same for sale at 10/6d each at the following places - Mr. R Dafts St. Peters Square, Messrs Gunn and Moore's, 29 Carrington Street, Mr. AJ Chamberlain's, 14 Fletcher Gate, and at the Registered Office of the Company, 1 Cobden Chambers, Pelham Street, Nottingham. Eash season ticket to admit the holder and one lady to the ground (including reserved part) and the season ticket holders portion of the pavilion at all matches in Nottingham under the management of the Company.
Resolved on the motion of Mr. Cooper seconded by Mr. Vickers:
That the Secretary at once order and obtain 317 Shareholder Passes for next season. The specimin now submitted being approved.
Resolved on the motion of Mr. Barlow seconded by Mr. Norris:
That the Secretary be authorised to obtain the following Books for the use of the Company (1) Index of Members (2) Register of Shares and Transfers (3) Minute Book (4) Petty Cash Book (5) Cash Book and (6) Ledger - also a Plate with Company's name outside the registered office and notepaper and envelopes with the Company's heading.
Resolved "That a circular be sent to the old members of the Notts Club informing them where the 10/6d tickets can be purchased and asking them to take up shares in the new Company.
Read letter from the Forest Football Club with reference to one of their officials having approached one of the Notts XI with an offer for season 1891/2, and denying that any one on behalf of the F.C. had authority to approach or engage players for 1891/92.
The Secretary was directed to inform the Forest Club that our only open dates for a return fixture are February 28th and March 7.
A Shelton having applied for assistance to take him to the seaside so as to re-establish his health, it was ordered that the matter be arranged by Mr. Barlow.
Arthur Williams, Chairman.