T8’s greats are the pride of the county

GLORY BOYS -- manager Reece Jackson (back, centre) with his T8's side after their county cup triumph.

GLORY BOYS -- manager Reece Jackson (back, centre) with his T8's side after their county cup triumph.

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Hucknall football has won its first major trophy for five years -- thanks to a team that started out as a bunch of mates.

T8’s, named after the town-centre bar which sponsors them, were launched as recently as 2007 when known as Doree Bonner.

Now, only six years later, they are the pride of the county after landing the Notts FA Sunday Senior Cup.

T8’s beat Newark outfit, RHP Sports And Social, 3-1 in the final at Eastwood Town’s Coronation Park ground -- thanks largely to a hat-trick from prolific striker Andy Start (SEE MATCH REPORT ON PAGE 42).

Many of those original mates were involved in the final, including manager Reece ‘Raj’ Jackson who is believed to be the youngest manager in Nottinghamshire Sunday football.

Jackson, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday, said: “I’m very proud of what I, all the players and everyone at the club have achieved in only a few years.

“It was a deserved win. We looked comfortable throughout the game, except for the latter stages.

“We were all disappointed with the loss in the league cup semis six days earlier. But it was probably a blessing in disguise because it gave us all a kick up the backside and made us even more determined to win some silverware.

“We’re now looking forward to having a real crack at the league title. But some pressure has been lifted now because whatever the outcome, we’ve already had a successful season.”

T8’s went one better than their arch Hucknall rivals, Plough Barflys, who were beaten after extra-time in last season’s Sunday senior county cup final.

They are the first Hucknall team to win the prestigious trophy since the mighty Rolls-Royce Celtic lifted it for the seventh and final time in 2001.

The triumph brought glory to Hucknall football for the first time since 2008 when Hucknall Rolls Leisure lifted the Notts FA Saturday Intermediate County Cup.

And it capped an incredible rise to the top by T8’s that is the stuff of fairytales.

They have rocketed through the divisions in the Notts Sunday Morning League over the past seven seasons, winning four championships.

And now they are poised to add the league’s ultimate prize too -- the Premier Premier Division title. After beating leaders Nuthall last Sunday, they sit just four points behind them with five games in hand.