Sunday champions T8’s call time on their glory run

NIGHT TO REMEMBER -- T8's, with manager Reece Jackson in the foreground centre, celebrate after landing the Sunday senior county cup last season
NIGHT TO REMEMBER -- T8's, with manager Reece Jackson in the foreground centre, celebrate after landing the Sunday senior county cup last season

The Sunday football club that rose from nowhere to become the best in Hucknall and the whole of Nottinghamshire has disbanded.

T8’s, named after the town-centre bar off High Street, won not only the Notts Sunday Morning League (NSML) title last season but also the Notts FA Sunday Senior County Cup.

But less than a year after securing such a famous double, they have folded, citing lack of interest and motivation among the players.

Manager Reece ‘Raj’ Jackson (27) said: “We have been struggling all season, with injuries and a shortage of players.

“It was always going to be difficult to repeat what we achieved last season.

“But when we got knocked out of the league cup semi-finals a couple of weeks ago, it was the final nail in the coffin because that was the only thing keeping the interest of the players. And then things came to a head in our latest league match when had only six players.”

T8’s have quit with six games to play in the NSML’s Premier Premier Division, where they sat mid-table.

Last season’s heroics came only six years after they were formed as Doree Bonner. They rocketed through the divisions, winning four championships on their way to the top flight.

They became the first Hucknall team to win the senior county cup since mighty Rolls-Royce Celtic in 2001. And they also reached the last 32 of the national FA Sunday Cup.

“What we did last year was amazing for a team that was only set up for a bit of craic with the lads,” reflected Jackson, who was one of the youngest managers in Nottinghamshire football.

“It’s a shame the way it has ended, but no-one can re-write the history we created.

“Our rise to the top was a great experience. A lot of time, money and effort was put into it by a lot of people.

“It was a blast. I enjoyed it all, and I learned so much. I want to thank everyone for their commitment.”

Jackson admits that the hunger and winning instinct of previous seasons were not there this time round. He himself has faced extra family and work commitments.

“I put the feelers out for someone else to take over, but nothing materialised,” he added.

“I think most of the players are relieved it’s over. It got to the stage where we struggled to get 11 out every week. Even I had to turn out every game, and I hardly played at all last season.

“I will have a year or so off now, but I definitely want to get back into management in the fiuture, maybe in Saturday football.

“Although the T8’s era has ended the way it has, I am, and always will be, very proud of what we achieved in such a small amount of time.

“It just goes to prove what hard work and dedication can get you when you put your mind to it with a great bunch of lads.”

T8’s resignation was described as “unfortunate” by an official of the league, which has had to expunge their results and re-jig the Premier Premier Division table only three weeks from the end.