Magnificent season for Heanor Town

The hype now being all over and the dust having settled on the champions, the managers, players and management staff enjoyed a weekend away from football at Blackpool to drink in their success.

It was a break well deserved following their tremendously successful season, crowned with their eleventh win in an unbeaten last twelve league games in their final game of the season at Ellistown on Tuesday, April 17.

So many records have been broken this season that it is not until all the statistics are finally analysed that the true measure of what has been achieved comes into proper perspective.

Scoring 126 goals in their 36 league games is one record in itself, and the 88 points obtained is another. On top of that Nathan Benger’s 36 goals makes him the all-time leading East Midlands Counties League goal getter.

And Benger, twelve goals ahead of his nearest challenger, Michael Reeve of Oadby Town, should be crowned with the League’s Golden Boot unless something spectacular happens in the Leicestershire side’s last two games.

Heanor have also come second in the league’s best supported club with an average league gate over the season of 117, total league attendance of 2,110, and only topped by Oadby Town.

So, all in all, it has been a magnificent season for the club and its supporters, and one which, indeed, it has been a pleasure to be part of for all concerned.

There will be a break of a few short weeks now before the whole thing starts in ernest once again.

But Heanor Town will not be able to plan too far ahead until they know which league they will be promoted into for next season, and this might not be advised until sometime in June.

Certainly travel costs will increase with promotion and more sponsorship will need to be found to help to cover such costs which will not be solely borne by gate receipts.

The success which has been achieved this season should bring forth some support from local businesses as well as through the turnstiles for next season, and the club would be pleased to hear from any interested parties in this respect.

Meanwhile, the club’s presentation evening, which should be something really special this year, will be held in the Social Club on the Town Ground on Friday, May 18 at 7.30pm for 8pm and everyone is invited.