Ex-Rolls guru Willows part of Eastwood launch

BRIAN WILLOWS -- part of the new club at Eastwood

BRIAN WILLOWS -- part of the new club at Eastwood

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More details have emerged of the Hucknall link to the formation of a new football club in Eastwood, reported in last week’s Dispatch.

For it has been confirmed that former Rolls-Royce Leisure Club guru Brian Willows is also involved, alongside Hucknall businessman Ben Marshall.

Eastwood Community Football Club has been launched in a bid to compensate for the loss of Eastwood Town, who folded last season after being kicked off their Coronation Park ground owing more than £45,000 in rent.

Both Marshall and Willows, who jointly run the popular H2O sports and music bar on High Street, Hucknall, are directors of the new club. Steve Yardley is chairman, while Jamie Bennett is director of football.

The club’s first team will play in the same Central Midlands League division as Bulwell, Hucknall Town, Linby Colliery Welfare and Hucknall Rolls Leisure.

Eastwood Community FC will also run a soccer school for youngsters and a veterans’ team, while two Hucknall Sunday sides, sponsored by H2O, Barflies and AFC, will play their home games at Coronation Park.

Willows has also stressed the new club intends to realise the full potential of the superb facilities on offer at Coronation Park. He will be responsible for the running of the on-site social club, which is to be refurbished.

“It is a business opportunity, but we want to repeat what we did at Rolls-Royce in Hucknall, which was a massive success,” said Willows.

“None of the players will be paid, and the days of aiming for the Conference are gone. This will be a club for the community.”

The original Eastwood Town were the top non-league club in Nottinghamshire for many years. But they slid downhill after being refused promotion to the Conference in 2011.