Care Home Football Fans Meet Notts County Stars

Care Home Football Fans Meet Notts County Stars

Coppice Lodge care home in Arnold recently surprised residents with a visit from special guests from Notts County Football Club, midfielder Sam Austin and striker Junior Morias.

Austin and Morias sat with the residents and their families to speak about the football club and their experiences representing Notts County, take pictures and sign autographs. 97-year-old resident and devoted Notts County fan, Roy Musgrove, said,

‘I have been a lifelong fan and can’t tell you what the visit meant to me. I’m an old boy now and Coppice Lodge just keeps bringing me so much joy.’

84-year-old resident and ex-footballer from Notts Country, Robert ‘Bobby’ Tait, was especially thrilled to meet the players.

Bobby started his career as a footballer in 1960, playing for Aberdeen. In 1962, Bobby joined Notts County, and in his two-years as a player for the club, he appeared in 60 games and scored 11 goals. Bobby said,

‘It’s always nice to see the lads and even better that they took the time to come and see us. It would be great to catch a game again.’

Junior Morias, who joined Notts County Football Club in November 2021, added, ‘I had a wonderful afternoon meeting the residents of Coppice Lodge and spending some time sharing their stories. We wish the staff and residents all the very best.’

The Acting Home Manager at Coppice Lodge, Korraine Boughen, commented, ‘We have so many avid football fans at Coppice Lodge and our goal is to make our residents dreams come true, so to be able to welcome Junior and Sam to the home was an amazing experience.

‘There were smiles on everyone’s faces and we got some great photos of the residents with the players. We can’t wait to take them to see a live game!’

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Coppice Lodge, located on Coppice Road in Arnold, is a purpose-built, luxury residential and dementia care home with 64 ensuite bedrooms. With an all-inclusive fee offer designed to give residents peace of mind, it is rated good by the Care Quality Commission.