Ho, ho, ho! Christmas is being celebrated with all the trimmings by the big four football clubs in the Dispatch district.
For all four spent Christmas Day in the top ten of the Central Midlands League’s (CML) South Division. And all four have every reason to look forward to 2015 with relish.
BULWELL began the season as one of the title favourites -- only to be forced into a period of transition by the decision of managers Terry Witts and Steve Osborne to ‘step upstairs’.
However, they are finding their feet again now under new boss George Hulley, who has made several new signings, and they still sit as high as third in the table.
Only three points behind The Bulls, and with two games in hand, are HUCKNALL TOWN, who are at last enjoying a period of stability on the field after several torrid seasons.
Manager Andy Graves has worked wonders on a shoestring budget, and the crowds are beginning to return to Watnall Road to bask in the Yellows Revolution!
Something of a revolution is also taking place at LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE, who are showing dramatic improvement from last season when they finished next to bottom.
Dave Marlow and his new assistant, Paul Frizelle, are guiding a talented young side who have already pocketed more points than in the whole of 2013/14.
Meanwhile HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE have made a striking impact in their first season in the CML, after gaining promotion from the Notts Senior League.
Jez Corthorn and Jonathan ‘Toddy’ Wass’s troops are consolidating nicely in the league and remain in all three cup competitions open to them, including the big one, the Notts FA Senior County Cup.
Local supporters get the chance to catch all four teams in action this Christmas Saturday when, unusually, their games do not clash with professional action.
Bulwell travel to play defending champions Clifton All Whites. But the other three are all at home -- Town against Holbrook St Michael’s (3 pm), Linby against Belper United (2 pm) and Rolls against Eastwood Community (3 pm).
The latter clash is particularly spicy because two of the directors of newly-formed Eastwood are Hucknall businessman Ben Marshall and former Rolls-Royce Leisure Club guru Brian Willows.