Ray Trew

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Ray Trew
Born Ray Trew
Occupation Businessman
Known for Owner of
Contracting Solutions Group

Ray Trew is a businessman and football club chairman from Lincolnshire. He is a former board member of Lincoln City F.C. and owns a controlling interest in Notts County F.C., and Notts County Ladies F.C..

Trew achieved his wealth through recruitment,[1] having founded Contracting Solutions Group in 1995.[2] The company posted a £3.7m profit in 2009.[3] Trew also maintains numerous other private companies.[2]

Lincoln City[edit]

On 5 August 2003, Trew became an Associate Director at Lincoln City[4] becoming a full director at the end of the month.[5] In August 2005 he was appointed Chairman of Football with Steff Wright succeeding Rob Bradley as Chairman of the Board.[6] He departed in January 2006 after a boardroom dispute which saw manager Keith Alexander placed on gardening leave, then re-instated.[7] In April three of Trew's companies then terminated their sponsorship deals with the club.[8]

A subsequent bid to buy the club and provide substantial investment was blocked by the Lincoln City board, with chairman Steff Wright publicly questioning Trew's motives.[9][10]

Lincoln Ladies[edit]

In 2006 Trew joined the committee of Lincoln City Ladies. In addition to an £8,000-per-season sponsorship through his SportsTV company, Trew provided additional backing of up to £10,000 to aid the club's promotion bid.[11] In 2008 the club changed its name to OOH Lincoln Ladies, due to a sponsorship deal with Trew's Out Of Home marketing company.[12]

Trew also backed the club's successful FA WSL application.[12]

Notts County[edit]

Trew purchased Notts County for £1 in February 2010 following the departure of Qadbak Investments. He inherited liabilities of £7m from the former owners.[13]

On 25 February 2016 Trew stepped down as chairman of Notts County.[14]

On 10 September 2016 Trew announced he had reinstated himself as chairman of Notts County.

Nottingham Rugby Club[edit]

In July 2010 Trew took control of Nottingham Rugby Club, via Meadow Lane plc.[15] On 28 September 2011 Trew relinquished his interest in Nottingham Rugby Club.[16]


  1. ^ Paul Fletcher (11 December 2010). "Can Paul Ince cut it at Notts County?". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "the team: Ray Trew". Lorien Resourcing. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Rank: 124 Contracting Solutions Group". Fasttrack. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "New Associate Director Comes On Board". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 5 August 2003. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ray Becomes A 'Trew' Director". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 27 August 2003. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Former Chairman Played "A Massive Part"". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 9 December 2005. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Simon Goodley (16 January 2006). "Lincoln's version of Big Brother starts to spin out of control". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Imps on lookout for new sponsors". BBC. 19 April 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "The morning after the night before". Two hundred percent. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Lincoln chairman wary of takeover". BBC. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  11. ^ Tony Leighton (6 November 2006). "Lincoln's original imps still set for the top despite cup defeat". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Tony Leighton (30 November 2009). "OOH Lincoln declare intention to join women's Super League in 2011". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  13. ^ Jon Culley (10 October 2010). "Sven 'too good to be true' but Notts County are having the last laugh". London: The Independent. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  14. ^ http://www.nottinghampost.com/Ray-Trew-steps-chairman-Notts-County-puts-club/story-28807809-detail/story.html
  15. ^ "Ray Trew takes over Nottingham Rugby Club". BBC News. 30 July 2010. 
  16. ^ http://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10426~2465421,00.html