Hucknall Town F.C.

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Hucknall Town
Hucknall Town FC logo.png
Full name Hucknall Town Football Club
Nickname(s) The Yellows or The Town
Founded 1945
(as Hucknall Colliery Welfare)
Ground Watnall Road, Hucknall
Ground Capacity 5,000 (270 seated)
Manager Andy Graves
League Central Midlands League
South Division
2013-14 Central Midlands League
South Division, 13th

Hucknall Town F.C. are an English football club based in the town of Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. The club are members of the Central Midlands League South Division and play at Watnall Road.

History[edit]

Hucknall Town were renamed from Hucknall Colliery Welfare in 1987 and for the next two seasons finished first in the Notts Alliance. They moved into the Central Midlands League where they finished first in both 1989–90 and 1990–91 and runners up in 1991–92 to Lincoln United. The league cup was also won in all three seasons with the losing finalists being the now defunct Crookes, Nottingham neighbours Arnold Town and Nettleham.

Hucknall Town were promoted to the Northern Counties East League Division One and then to the Premier Division where they struggled in the Premier Division until 1996–97, when they recovered from a poor start to finish sixth. However, the League Cup and President's Cup made their way to Watnall Road with Hucknall beating Pontefract Colleries and Belper Town in the respective finals. It was the second time they had won the League Cup, having beaten Thackley in 1994.

In 1997–98, they won the Northern Counties East League and retained the league cup with North Ferriby United finishing second in both competitions. The following season came as a major surprise as Hucknall finished second in the Division One, behind Droylsden. In fact, the title would have been won but for an early season points deduction.

From 1999 to 2004 they played in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, winning the championship in the 2003–04 season. However, as their Watnall Road ground did not meet the standards of the Football Conference they were refused promotion to the Conference National division and had to settle for a place in the new Conference North.

They were due to be relegated from the Conference North to the Northern Premier League Premier Division following the 2007–08 season. This would have been the first relegation from any league in the club's history. However, Halifax Town's financial woes meant that they were reprieved.[1] The club were eventually relegated at the end of the 2008–09 season.

Relegation in 2010-2011 Season saw them drop into the Division One South and further financial woes saw them relegated again, two levels in 2012-2013 to Central Midlands League South Division.

Stadium[edit]

The club play at the Watnall Road ground, which has a 5,000 capacity with 270 seats.[2] Plough Barflies F.C. of The Nottinghamshire Sunday Football League, and AFC Hucknall of The Nottinghamshire Football Combination League also play home fixtures at Watnall Road on the training pitch.

In May 2008 Worksop Town F.C. of the Northern Premier League became Hucknall's tenants,[3] although the agreement was not renewed after the 2008–09 season.[4]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK James Beddingham
England DF Cameron Davidson
England DF Montell Gatland
England DF Jason Puncheon
England DF Josh Henry
England DF Jack Ford
England MF Aidan Brady
England MF Dean Gent
England MF Joel Goodacre
England MF Jared Holmes
No. Position Player
England MF Mitchell Jackson
England MF Callum Lloyd
England MF Leon Aikman
England MF Tris Spencer
England MF Jeremy Moran
England FW Alex Ford
England FW Phil Massingham
England FW Grant Ryan
England FW Adam Gillott

Managers[edit]

The manager from 1995 to 2001 as Town rose from the Northern Counties East League to the Northern Premier League Premier Division was Geordie John Ramshaw. He was followed by Phil Starbuck and then Steve Burr. Former Leek Town and Gainsborough Trinity boss Ernie Moss was manager for a short spell during the first part of the 2004–05 season.

Former Bury player Dean Barrick was player-manager until January 2006. Dean Barrick was popular amongst the club's fans, and was voted BBC Radio Nottingham Sports Personality of the year in 2005 having led the club to the FA Trophy final.

Barrick was replaced in February 2006 by Kevin Wilson, the former Northampton Town and Kettering Town manager.

In January 2007, Wilson was sacked as manager, and former Welsh international player Andy Legg was appointed as the new player-manager. Legg remained as manager until September 2007, when he resigned following six consecutive defeats at the start of the season. David Lloyd replaced Legg, but having failed to avoid a relegation position was sacked before the final game of the 2007–08 season and replaced by Mick Galloway and Andy Miller. In November 2008 former Eastwood Town manager Brian Chambers was appointed as Director of Football. Galloway and Miller were appointed as coaches.[5] However, the clubs stated that he was to work with Galloway, rather than replace him.[6] Although after a further defeat against King's Lynn, Galloway and Miller were dismissed and replaced by Chambers[7][8] Chambers resigned as manager in January 2010[9]

Years Manager Latest Club
1987–1988 Ted Mullane
1988–1990 Roger Dawkins
1990–1991 Steve Dykes
1991–1995 Ted Mullane
1995–2001 John Ramshaw Youth team manager of Mansfield Town
2001–2003 Phil Starbuck Manager of Grantham Town[10] until May 2009
2003–2004 Steve Burr Manager of Kidderminster Harriers
2004 Ernie Moss Was manager of Belper Town at the start of the 2006–2007 season
2004–2006 Dean Barrick Head of Physical Education at a school in Poland[11]
2006–2007 Kevin Wilson Manager of Ilkeston F.C.
2007 Andy Legg Manager of Llanelli[12]
2007–2008 David Lloyd
2008 Mick Galloway and Andy Miller Galloway manager of Gedling Town[13] until November 2010
2008–2010 Brian Chambers Was originally Director of Football
2010 Danny Bryant
2011 Tommy Brookbanks Manager of Quorn F.C.
2011-2012 Des Lyttle
2012 Brett Marshall Chairman of Clipstone FC

Honours[edit]

  • Northern Premier League
    • Premier Division champions 2003–04
    • Chairmans Cup winners 2002–03
  • Northern Counties East League
    • Premier Division champions 1997–98
    • League Cup winners 1993–94, 1996–97, 1997–98
    • Presidents Cup winners 1996–97
  • Central Midlands League
    • Supreme Division champions 1989–90, 1990–91
    • League Cup winners 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92
  • Nottinghamshire Alliance
    • Senior Division champions 1976–77, 1977–78, 1987–88, 1988–89
    • Division One champions 1972–73, 1980–81, 1986–87
    • Division Two champions 1970–71
    • Intermediate Cup winners 1972–73, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1983–84
    • League Cup winners 1978–79
  • Nottinghamshire Senior Cup
    • Winners 1984–85, 1990–91, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03
  • Notts Intermediate Cup
    • Winners 1987–88, 1997–98 (reserves)
  • Notts Junior Cup
    • Winners 1963

Notable former players[edit]

Several players have gone on to play in the Football League:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°01′43.12″N 1°13′02.68″W / 53.0286444°N 1.2174111°W / 53.0286444; -1.2174111