Heanor to play Rams in re-opening game

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There’s been plenty for Heanor Town FC to celebrate this week, writes Tony Squires.

First there was the 8-2 FA Vase thumping of Aylestone Park on Saturday, and now the official re-opening of the Town Ground has been announced for Monday, October 14, with Nigel Clough, manager of Derby County, agreeing to bring his side to face his former club.

The match will kick off at 7.30pm with normal league prices applicable for entry.

The Aylestone Park game marked a fantastic debut performance for new signing Chris Shaw.

The former Eastwood, Ilkeston and Alfreton captain joined shortly after he had resigned from his player/joint manager’s role with the Badgers.

Young forward Phil Granville also made his debut for the club on Saturday as a late substitute.

Granville has had a couple of years out of the game but is looking to make his mark and claim a starting place.

Manager Glen Clarence has also made approaches for a couple of more players who he believes will add to the overall quality in Heanor’s squad, although nothing is set in stone.

The Lions do have the statistic that four separate players have scored hat-tricks so far this season, Nicholls, Debrouwer, Stef Frost and Courey Grantham’s hat-tricks making up 12 of the 32 goals scored so far.

One highlight has been the speed Courey Grantham has settled into the club. His goals have been invaluable.

The agreement with Ilkeston FC is that he will return to them shortly after Christmas.

He has adjusted quickly to the level and causes real problems for opposition defenders.

It has been well reported that the club has made considerable improvements to their facilities, and the new look sports bar and the much improved stadium give Heanor something to be proud of.

The club anticipates a large crowd for the Derby County fixture and want to thank the management and the officials there for making this game possible.

The Lions will face Kirby Muxloe in the next round of the FA Vase, at the Town Ground on October 19.

The club wants to thank all old and new faces that have visited The Town Ground this season.

The attendances been higher than some may have anticipated and a fantastic atmosphere has been created.