The dust has not yet settled on Hucknall Town’s triumphant season. But already they are planning their strategy for the 2015/16 campaign.
Town completed their best year since the heady days of Burr, Barrick and Bacon by lifting the Central Midlands League (CML) Cup and finishing fourth in the league’s South Division, only four points off the runners-up position.
But manager Andy Graves will be wanting more from his players next term when they will be among the favourites to land the title and gain promotion.
The Yellows did apply earlier in the year to move up a league this summer if any places became available during the annual restructuring. But they expect to remain in the CML.
Players will report back for training on Saturday 20th June, and sessions will be every Tuesday and Thursday after that, depending on pre-season friendlies.
Those friendlies begin on Saturday 4th July with a contest at Watnall Road against former Nottingham Forest striker Marlon Harewood’s team, Greyhounders, which includes ex-professionals.
Next up will be Coalville Town and Heanor Town at home on Wednesday 8th July and Saturday 11th July respectively, followed by further Watnall Road clashes against Gedling Miners Welfare (Tuesday 14th July) and Carlton Town (Saturday 25th july).
The Yellows also travel to Radford on Saturday 1st August and hope to finalise an attractive trio of friendlies against Hereford United, Sheffield United Under-21s and Nuneaton Town.
The CML season is expected to start on Saturday 15th August.