THE FIGHTBACK starts here, proclaim Hucknall Town.
For “a massive weekend” of football and fundraising is being staged by the club in the hope of kick-starting their fortunes both on and off the field.
Wimbledon’s titles have yet to be won. An entire England Test series against India has yet to even start. And Glorious Goodwood is still weeks away.
But Town are back in action on Saturday (July 2) with their first pre-season friendly against Notts County (kick-off 3.15 pm).
And after the match, the club are laying on a FREE night of entertainment as a gesture to the fans for all their support during a traumatic close-season in which their financial plight has been laid bare.
Magpies’ manager Martin ‘Mad Dog’ Allen, who saved them from relegation last term, has promised to send a strong side that will include “about eight” members of his first-team squad.
And with most of The Yellows’ new signings also on parade, it promises to be an entertaining afternoon that the club are hoping will attract a 1,000-plus crowd.
The latest fresh face to be snapped up by manager Tommy Brookbanks is 24-year-old striker Carl Westcarr, who was top scorer for Radcliffe Olympic in the East Midland Counties League last season with 24 goals.
Westcarr, who was previously with Brookbanks at Carlton Town, is the younger brother of Magpie Craig Westcarr (26), who could be lining up against him for Notts tomorrow.
All of Town’s players will be mixing with the supporters at the post-match concert, which will star the renowned Tom Wardle Band and a Frank Sinatra tribute.
A sponsored, heated, 1,000-seat marquee has been hired for the show, which runs from 7.30 pm until late.
Wardle, who is Brookbanks’s nephew, has a big reputation in the London area but is staging this gig for free to help Town overcome their cash crisis.
“This is a hugely important day for us,” said Brookbanks.
“All the money we raise will go towards solving the problems we are in. Every penny will go straight to the club, so we can become self-generating.
“There will be the normal admission charges for the match. But the entertainment is completely free as a thankyou to the Hucknall people for their help at this tricky time.
“The show will feature all kinds of music, across the spectrum, and it will be a really good atmosphere.”
The football continues on Tuesday July 5 (7.45 pm) when Town entertain Scarborough Athletic, of the Northern Counties East League, in their second pre-season friendly.
Athletic are managed by well-known Nottinghamshire-based chief Rudi Funk. They were formed from the remnants of former Football League club Scarborough, who folded in April 2007 and actually played their last-ever match against Town at Watnall Road.
Meanwhile The Yellows’ fundraising continues on Sunday July 3 (12 midday to 5 pm) when a Pamper Day is staged at the Talk Of The Town social club by Hair And Beauty Corner, of Annesley Road, Hucknall.
The salon have agreed to stage the event free of charge, with money raised going to the football club’s fightback fund.
All kind of treatments will be on offer, including the chance to try out the latest craze of fish pedicures. There will also be mini-spa treatments, at just £5 for 15 minutes, plus Indian head-massage, back, hand, arm, leg and foot massages, manicures, hair and make-up treatments and even face-painting and nail art for youngsters.
Says Town’s chief executive Liz Morley: “It’s really important this whole weekend goes well. It will have a big impact on our immediate finances.”
Those finances come under the spotlight again on Tuesday July 12 (7.30 pm) when a meeting has been arranged for all potential investors who have pledged to buy shares to save the club.
More than £57,000 has now been raised and Town have been promised that, by that date, they will have received a final decision from HM Revenue And Customs on their offer to pay back their VAT debt.