Money’s Too Tight To Mention For Hucknall Town

The FA Trophy run of the 2004/05 season must seem likely an awfully long time ago now for the supporters of Evo-Stik League Division One South side Hucknall Town at the moment. That year’s Trophy final might not have felt quite as glamorous as it might have done in previous years on account of being played at Villa Park because of the rebuilding of Wembley stadium, but Hucknall were there playing against Canvey Island, a match which they only lost by six goals to five on a penalty shoot-out after a one-all draw. The club’s run to the final had started in the First Round of the competition, in front of 273 people for a comfortable home win against Bracknell Town. Six matches later, having beaten Radcliffe Borough, Southport, Northwich Victoria, Cambridge City and, over two legs, Bishops Stortford, the team, which was then playing in the Blue Square North, took the pitch at Villa Park in front of a crowd of over 8,000 people and they almost walked away with the trophy. The club’s descent has been gradual. Relegation to the Premier Division of the Evo-Stik League came in 2009 and a further drop came two years later. That it was in financial difficulty had been reasonably common knowledge for some time, but the last twelve months or so have become a period during which those difficulties have...

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