As jubilant Hucknall Town celebrated another local-derby victory, guru Brian Holmes revealed the key to the secret behind their new-found success.
Town’s 1-0 win over Linby Colliery Welfare last Saturday lifted them to the top of the unofficial Dispatch Derby Stakes table, which is recording the results of clashes between the big four local sides this season.
And that reflected the praise heaped on manager Andy Graves by club guru Brian Holmes in last week’s Dispatch.
Labelling Graves “the Brian Clough of Hucknall”, Holmes said he was amazed at how Graves had been able to build, and keep together, a new team over the last two years while the club clambered out of its well-documented financial crisis.
“Apart from minimal travelling expenses, Andy hasn’t had any money to spend,” said Holmes.
“But he says he’s been able to sign players because of the history and reputation of the club. Because of where it has been in the past, and because it gives players the chance to play in a proper stadium.”
Town’s derby with Linby was one of the few matches to beat the weather last weekend when rain sank Saturday’s programme and frost wiped out Sunday’s fare. But their win means that if they beat or draw against Bulwell on 24th January, they will be crowned Dispatch Derby champions.