New contract for Hucknall Town legend after cruel relegation

LAST-GASP RELEGATION for former Hucknall Town manager Steve Burr
LAST-GASP RELEGATION for former Hucknall Town manager Steve Burr

Hucknall Town legend Steve Burr has been handed a new contract, despite an extraordinary last day of the season that resulted in relegation.

Burr (54) was appointed manager of Skrill Conference Premier strugglers Chester in late January after a shock departure from FA Cup giantkillers Kidderminster Harriers.

And he looked poised to steer them away from the drop in their first season in the top flight -- until a cruel climax to the campaign.

With only four minutes rremaining, Chester were safe as they led Salisbury City 2-1, while their closest relegation rivals, Hereford United, were drawing with Aldershot. But almost simultaneously, Salisbury equalised and Hereford netted a winner to send Chester down on goal-difference!

Nevertheless, Burr has opted to stay with the club after being offered a two-year contract, and will aim to win back promotion from the Conference North.

The relegation is a rare blip on the CV of Burr, who is regarded as one of the best managers in the non-league game.

A former player with Macclesfield Town, he has enjoyed success at virtually every non-league post he has held.

But he entered Hucknall footballing folklore when transforming The Yellows into Unibond Northern Premier League champions in his one and only season at Watnall Road in 2003/04.

It should have won Town promotion to the Conference’s top flight. But their Watnall Road ground was deemed inadequate, and Burr departed to Northwich Victoria, while his Yellows team went on to reach the 2005 FA Trophy final at Villa Park under Dean Barrick.