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10th tier club praised after impressive signings of two former EFL players

10th tier club Clay Cross Town have been praised by fans after making several impressive signings of two former EFL players.

Nathan Tyson comes into the club, just weeks after Craig Westcarr signed for them among a number of other players boosting the squad’s potential.

They will be playing in the United Counties League Division One for 2024/25 after finishing the 2023/24 Northern Counties East League Division One 16th out of 23 teams.

Clay Cross Town’s secretary, Dave Clarke, described the club’s new recruits as โ€œsome nice new signingsโ€, as per Derbyshire Times.

โ€œWeโ€™re keeping the nucleus of the team from last year who did us really proud with stretched resources. But weโ€™ve introduced these new players now, and some ex-professionals who are hopefully going to be mentors for the younger players who weโ€™ve got coming through.

โ€œHopefully, Nathan and Craig will deliver for us.โ€

Nathan Tyson was impressed with the club having a โ€œgood projectโ€ which tempted him in.

โ€œI hope to bring plenty of experience. Iโ€™ve played way over 600 professional games, and not only that some enjoyment to the team.

โ€œIโ€™ll hopefully bag a few goals and assists as well but at the end of the day I just want to go out and enjoy my football. As long as I can help the team to win games and put a smile on my face then Iโ€™m more than happy.

โ€œI know one or two of the players already, and I know their calibre and I know what they bring. Hopefully that will bring out the best in me and Iโ€™ll get the best out of them as well.

โ€œIโ€™m looking forward to meeting the rest of the lads and getting started. I know pre-season is just around the corner so itโ€™s time to dust off the running shoes.โ€

Tyson, 42, had recently felt sad at seeing Long Eaton United relegated, the team get had been playing part-time for. He wasn’t sure if he would continue playing as he was busy with other things. But it seems he loves the game so much that he can’t end his 22 year playing career.

Westcarr spoke in 2023 about his exit from Hucknall Town, see more HERE.

The club are undergoing plenty of changes around the ground, with thanks to investment and a grant from the FA, new changing rooms, a new clubhouse and bar, fencing around the pitch, signs, car park, an fun outdoor area having previously had a tough time. Now they hope they can bring more fans through the turnstiles with these new additions to the playing squad. See more HERE.


Youth career
Nottingham Forest

Senior career
2001โ€“2005 – Nottingham Forest – 26 games (1 goal)
2004โ€“2005 โ†’ Lincoln City (loan) – 6 games (1 goal)
2005 โ†’ Milton Keynes Dons (loan) – 4 games (0 goals)
2005โ€“2006 – Cambridge United – 34 games (8 goals)
2006โ€“2009 – Kettering Town – 102 games (23 goals)
2009โ€“2011 – Notts County – 104 games (25 goals)
2011โ€“2013 – Chesterfield – 61 games (14 goals)
2012โ€“2014 – Walsall – 72 games (22 goals)
2014โ€“2015 – Portsmouth – 37 games (7 goals)
2015โ€“2016 – Mansfield Town – 27 games (4 goals)
2016 โ†’ Southport (loan) – 11 games (2 goals)
2016โ€“2018 – Alfreton Town – 75 games (24 goals)
2018 – Kettering Town
2018 – Boston United
2018โ€“2019 – Matlock Town
2019โ€“2020 – Grantham Town
2020โ€“2021 – Newark
2021-2024 – Hucknall Town

International career
England U15
2000 – England U16
2001 – England U17
2002 – England U18


Youth career

Senior career
1999โ€“2004 – Reading – 38 games (1 goal)
2001 โ†’ Maidenhead United (loan) – 8 games (3 goals)
2001 โ†’ Swansea City (loan) – 11 games (1 goal)
2002 โ†’ Cheltenham Town (loan) – 8 games (1 goal)
2004โ€“2006 – Wycombe Wanderers – 87 games (44 goals)
2005โ€“2011 – Nottingham Forest – 211 games (42 goals)
2011โ€“2013 – Derby County – 41 games (5 goals)
2013 โ†’ Millwall (loan) – 4 games (0 goal)
2013โ€“2014 – Blackpool – 10 games (3 goals)
2013โ€“2014 โ†’ Fleetwood Town (loan) – 5 games (0 goals)
2014 โ†’ Notts County (loan) – 10 games (0 goals)
2014โ€“2016 – Doncaster Rovers – 80 games (21 goals)
2016โ€“2017 – Kilmarnock – 18 games (0 goals)
2017โ€“2019 – Wycombe Wanderers – 54 games (9 goals)
2019โ€“2020 – Notts County – 16 games (1 goal)
2020 โ†’ Chesterfield (loan) – 6 games (3 goals)
2020โ€“2022 – Chesterfield – 26 games (3 goals)
2022 โ†’ Alfreton Town (loan)
2022โ€“2023 – Grantham Town
2023 – Ilkeston Town
2023 – Long Eaton United
2023 – Basford United

International career
2003 – England U20 – 1 game (2 goals)

This is how fans reacted on Twitter with the 10th tier club praised after the impressive signings of two former EFL players…

@sambingham2708: Gone from not a pot to piss in, canโ€™t get a home game on for 8 months. To having Craig Westcarr & Nathan Tyson upfront. If that isnโ€™t a complete 360 I donโ€™t know what is ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ up the cross!!

@jackdakin8: Bet you his Wikipedia page is rammed with clubs now

@theWycombeWay: Where on earth is Clay Cross and when does their pre-season begin?

@cain_cfc: Up the cross

@mattlounds_: What

@jimmybarry1994: Money talks Babi

@RyanWhite1612: Welcome to the club

@Fatlad24: welcome craig from all the @claycrosstownfc family. โšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธ

@TonyBennet53462: Some rayt signings, cash injection??

@Liam849071: Lad who backed shirebrook last season now at cross.

@Steaky82: Have you boys won the euro millions. When you announcing shirebrooks old gaffer as manger?

@RussWWFC: Ex #Chairboys news, great signing for them.

@jordylemon92: Westy!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

@MrWard_: Jesus I canโ€™t believe heโ€™s still playing, scored some bangers for Kettering back in the day. What a player!

@jamieyorkie96: All the best @craig20naps best player ever after JP ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ good luck mate

@marshall89_alex: Box to box midfielder my arse. Not a chance

@dom2004: Nice one @craig20naps

Mike Collins: Good luck Nathan. Hope you guys get promoted at end of the season.

Desree Watson: Welcome to Clay Cross Town Football Club. The Millers/Official youโ€™ll love it ๐Ÿฅฐ

TJ Smith: Huge signing

AJ Mace: Great signing

Wayne Clarke: Love it great signing

Aaron Parkin: ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Nigel Wright: Fantastic signing

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