STUART WEBB is one of the most recognisable characters in the long history of Derby County Football Club.
For 30 years, the names of Stuart Webb and the Rams were inseparable as he served as club secretary, chief executive, director and chairman.
While, in turn, Brian Clough and Dave Mackay may have steered the Rams to become the best team in England, without the off-the-field stability that Stuart brought to an often rocky boat, none of the success on the pitch would have been possible.
From the April day in 1970, when he arrived at the Baseball Ground to find the club banned from European football amidst an administrative shambles, through the High Court battle to save the Rams from extinction in their centenary year, to the move to a brand-new stadium, Stuart Webb’s business skills and steadying hand were paramount in the success – indeed in the very survival – of Derby County.
Since leaving the board in 2003, when he and his wife, Josie, relocated to Spain after selling the Lonsdale business that they had founded and built into one of the top five privately-owned travel firms in the UK, Stuart now divides his time between Spain, Florida and England.
Stuart has maintained his business interests, particularly in football with prestigious close-season tournaments that attract some of the world’s greatest clubs. Stuart has always had a commitment to education. He was a founder member of the Court of the University of Derby, and for the past eight years has been a patron and member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Circle of Cambridge University.
One of Stuart Webb’s first innovations at Derby County was the 1971 launch of the club newspaper, The Ram. From left to right are Sam Longson, Stuart, Peter Taylor, Mike Keeling and Brian Clough.
Stuart Webb with Robert Maxwell after the multi-millionaire publisher assumed the chairmanship of Derby County.
Stuart Webb, as chairman, in Dubai launching the World Series, a vehicle for top football clubs to spread their brand globally in the Middle East, India, China and North America.
Clough, Maxwell & Me
Along the way there were bound to be larger-than-life characters, notably Brian Clough himself, and the millionaire publisher Rupert Maxwell. Stuart Webb had to deal with them all.
Now he has written a book, Clough, Maxwell & Me in which a rich harvest of stories are told here in a way that puts the reader right in the middle of the action during those dramatic times.
As the Rams legend Alan Hinton says in his foreword, Stuart’s tales from those days are shocking, humorous and enlightening. His stories about, not just Clough and Maxwell but also Dave Mackay, Arthur Cox, Jim Smith, Lionel Pickering and others, will have you roaring with laughter, and shaking your head in disbelief. You will discover whole new sides to men you thought you knew so well.
Rams fans will love Clough, Maxwell & Me, of course, but it is also a book that will delight football fans everywhere.
254x156mm, 256 pages + 24 page colour plate section. Hardback, colour dust jacket, gold-blocked.
Stuart's enthralling book Clough, Maxwell & Me can be found at the publisher's website, North Bridge Publishing, Poynton's in the Market Hall, Market Place, Derby, on the shelves at Waterstones shop in their St Peter's Street branch and from Amazon's website. It is available to order from WHSmith and all good bookshops (ISBN 978-0995451704). You can use THIS LINK to take you to the publisher's secure website and get it sent POST FREE, which accepts Paypal and all credit cards through its secure website.
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