The domestic football season ended on a massive high with Notts Senior League (NSL) cup glory for both Hucknall Rolls Leisure and Linby Colliery Welfare Reserves.
Rolls lifted the league’s Senior Cup on Tuesday night when beating divisional rivals Boots Athletic 3-2 after extra-time at Arnold Town’s Eagle Valley Stadium.
And this followed a resounding 4-1 success for Linby Reserves in the league’s Junior Cup on Thursday last week against Radcliffe Olympic Reserves at Keyworth United’s Platt Lane complex.
Linby’s victory fulfilled a promise made by the players to win the cup for 31-year-old Craig Dowhan, one of the club’s supporters, who was tragically killed in a car crash in March.
When their two-goal hero Tom Coupe scored, he raised his shirt to reveal a vest with the inscription ‘RIP Craig Dowhan’.
As for Rolls, their memorable night coincided with confirmation that they are to quit the NSL and move up to the Central Midlands League next season -- alongside local neighbours Bulwell, Hucknall Town and Linby.
The match also rounded off the local football season for 2013/14, with the full roll of honour reading:
BULWELL -- Central Midlands League, Floodlit Cup winners and third in the South Division.
HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE -- Notts Senior League, Senior Cup winners and third in the Senior Division.
LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES -- Notts Senior League, Junior Cup winners.
EMPIRE -- Notts Sunday Combination, Premier Division champions.
MELLISH -- Notts Sunday Combination, Premier Division runners-up.
BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE -- Notts Sunday Morning League, Senior Third Division champions.