A focus on the sporting stories that made a year of headlines.


SHOCK CRACK AT BRITISH TITLE FOR ‘MR BLOCK’ — Bulwell boxer Shane McPhilbin is given a surprise shot at the British cruiserweight title against reigning champ Leon ‘Solid’ Williams.

PLAY GOLF’S GREAT HOLES AT THE PUB — the Hucknall Empire is giving amateur golfers the chance to walk in the footsteps of the likes of Tiger Woods with a high-tech new simulator.

GLORY BOY BACON ON LYTTLE’S RADAR FOR RETURN TO YELLOWS — Hucknall Town boss Des Lyttle is reportedly considering bringing fans’ favourite Danny Bacon back to Watnall Road.

ROCKY’ MCPHILBIN CROWNED BRITISH CHAMP — Bulwell fighter Shane McPhilbin wins a Lonsdale belt after a last-round victory.

NEW OWNERS THREATEN TO WALK AWAY — Hucknall Town are plunged into a fresh crisis as owners Steve Greaves and Michael Johnson consider cutting ties with the clubjust three months after taking charge.

TOWN SOAP OPERA TAKES NEW TWIST — it is revealed that Hucknall Town’s committee is considering a damning vote of no confidence in chairman Steve Greaves.


TOWN TURMOIL — Hucknall Town chairman Steve Greaves is ousted in a coup but manager Des Lyttle pledges to stay on.

BOSS CALLS FOR FANS’ BACKING — Des Lyttle pleads with Hucknall’s Town’s supporters to get behind him and his players after the latest off-the-field troubles.

TRIATHLON READY TO SPRINT INTO HUCKNALL — a first-ever triathlon is to be held in the town.

HURT TURNER STUNNED BY TWITTER BILE — Hucknall Olympian Andy Turner suffers a torrent of abuse on the social-media site.

BOXING MOURNS DEATH OF COACH — glowing tributes are paid to Hucknall coach Paul Singleton, who dies at the age of 52.


PLAY-OFFS STILL ON, SAYS LYTTLE — Hucknall Town boss Des Lyttle remains optimistic about the club’s promotion chances despite behind-the-scenes turmoil.

BOXER BRACED FOR BATTLE OF BIG MACS — Bulwell’s Shane McPhilbin is to defend his british title against former world champ Enzo Maccarinelli.

BADGERED OUT OF CUP BY DERBY RIVALS — former manager John Ramshaw, now boss of Eastwood Town, plots the demise of Hucknall Town in the Notts Senior Cup.

OLYMPICS GLORY GIRL OF FUTURE? — swimmer Amelia Sale is crowned the beest in Nottinghamshire for the fourth consecutive year.

RINGSIDE ROBBERY — Bulwell boxer Shane McPhilbin loses his British title after an astonishing blunder by a timekeeper.


LYTTLE VOWS TO CARRY ON AT TOWN — Yellows boss Des Lyttle shows commitment despite seeing his playing budget reduced.

FORGET THE CONFERENCE, SAYS HOLMES — chairman Brian Holmes warns fans that Hucknall Town face tough times ahead. — young gymnast Ellie

PERKY PAPPLEWICK BID TO BOUNCE BACK — Papplewick and Linby Crocket Club plot a return to form after a dismal campaign in 2011.

ELLIE STEALS OLYMPIC LIMELIGHT FROM FAMOUS BIG SISTER — young gymnast Ellie Downie is pickeed to represent England.


BIG GUNS EYE ELITE HEAVEN — Hucknall’s top cricket clubs outline their ambitious targets for the new season.

LYTTLE QUITS YELLOWS — Hucknall Town begin the search for their latest new manager.

SHOWPIECE SHOWDOWN — local football fans prepare for a derby clash in the final of the NSL Senior Cup.

THAT’S THE (OLYMPIC) SPIRIT — Hucknall Olympian Andy Turner returns to form as the London Olympics loom large.

NEW MANAGER AND CHAIRMAN — Hucknall Town unveil Brett Marshall as boss and Derek Blow as their new chairman.


LET’S MAKE THIS CLUB GREAT AGAIN — Brett Marshall and Derek Blow set out their plans for Hucknall Town.

SILVER MEDAL DEDICATED TO DEVOTED DOG — champion duathlete Pete Orme pays tribute to his border collie/labrador cross, Ben.

TURNER TO FIND TOP GEAR AT OLYMPIC TRIALS — Olympian convinced he will hit top form ahead of London 2012.

MCPHILBIN TITLE RE-MATCH AXED — Bulwell’s Shane McPhilbin sees his return bout with Enzo Maccarinelli cancelled at the 11th hour.

NERVY TURNER FACES OLYM PICS WAITING GAME — Hucknall’s Andy Turner only finishes third in the Olympic trials.


PROUD PARENTS HAIL TOWN’S OLYMPIC STARS — athlete Andy Turner and water-polo star Sean Ryder are confirmed on the GB team for the London Olympics.

BIG CHANGES IN THE TOWN BOARDROOM — chief executive Liz Morley resigns from her post at Hucknall Town.

TOWN START SEASON AT NEWCASTLE — The Yellows find out their fixtures for the new season.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN — the Dispatch calls on sports fans to back Hucknall’s Olympians as London 2012 begins.


TURNER BANS KIDS FROM OLYMPICS — Hucknall’s Andy Turner takes drastic action to make sure he performs at lONDON 2012.

NO OLYMPICS GLORY FOR ‘GUTTED’ TURNER — hurdler Andy Turner goes out in the semi-finals of the 110m hurdles at London 2012.

‘I WANT TOWN TO WIN TITLE’ — Hucknall Town boss Brett Marshall is bullish on the eve of the new football season.

TOWN SET OUT TO BANISH FA CUP JINX — Hucknall Town make their first foray into the prestigious Budweiser FA Cup having never made it to the First Round Proper.

ROLLS BOWLED OVER BY TITLE — Rolls-Royce Leisure Cricket Club fulfil their ambition and secure the Gunn And Moore South Notts League with two games to spare.


GOLDEN GIRL RIDES INTO HISTORY BOOKS — Papplewick-train horse-rider Sophie Wells wins a hat-trick of Paralympic medals.

MOMENTUM KEY AFTER YELLOWS’ TROPHY WIN — boss Brett Marshall looks for Hucknall Town to go on a run after progressing in the FA Trophy.

BMX PRODIGY IS THE BEST IN BRITAIN — youngster Lewis Locker, of Hucknall, is crowned a national BMX-cycling champ.


BIKER LANDS TITLE GLORY — motorbike racer Rob Collison wins a national title in his first full season.

BOXER’S DATE WITH DESTINY — Shane McPhilbin says is ready to correct the record books by winning back his British cruiserweight title.

TURNER WINS LOTTO AFTER OP SUCCESS — athlete Andy Turner learns he has retained his National Lottery funding as he recovers from an Achilles operation.

CEE’S ALL SET TO REPRESENT COUNTRY — Bodybuilding Bulwell teacher Caroline Oliver will take centre stage in an international contest.


BOSS QUITS TOWN — Brett Marshall leaves Hucknall Town, leaving the door open for the club’s 15th manager in 12 years.

EX-PLAYERS IN YELLOWS HOTSEAT — former Hucknall Town duo Gary Sucharewycz and Ian Robinson take over at the crisis-hit club.

SUCHAREWYCZ PLEASED WITH EARLY PROGRESS — Hucknall Town’s new managers look to bring in more players.

HATS OFF TO GOLF CHAMPION CARL — a golfer with Hucknall ties scoops a prestigious national competition.

BOXING COACH WINS TOP PRIZE — Bulwell’s Barry O’Dowd is crowned coach of the year in Nottingham’s glittering sports awards.


PHEW! RELIEF AS NEW BOSSES EARN FIRST WIN — Gary Sucharewycz and Ian Robinson break their duck at Hucknall Town with victory over Market Drayton Town.

BODYBUILDING TEACHER THIRD AT WORLD CHAMPS — Caroline ‘Cee’ Oliver takes bronze in competition in Bulgaria.

TOWN CONSUMED BY CRISIS — AGAIN — Hucknall Town are hit by a double blow as their managers and chairman leave the club as the money runs dry.

TINSEL OF CHRISTMAS TURKEY? — crisis-hit Hucknall Town face a vital Christmas period that could define their future.

KICKBOXING SISTERS ARE BEST OF BRITISH — talented martial arts sisters Lucie and Josie Callan each win a British title.

BOXING DAY BATTERING FOR YELLOWS — Hucknall Town are destroyed 8-1 in Division One South of the Ev-Stik Northern Premier League.