Pete Branch 1947 – 2021

Pete Branch   1947 – 2021

It is with great sadness that club has to advise you of the passing of Pete Branch.  Pete has been a supporter of St Ives Town FC for over 30 years.  In the early days when 20 was a massive crowd, he would often take around a box to collect gate money for the reserves.

Pete was a passionate Ipswich Town fan and In his younger days he played for Brantham Athletic FC and then later had a couple of games for Fenstanton FC.

He was a lover of good football by either side and would travel away with the first team from Great Yarmouth in one direction to Poole in the other.

He had time and encouragement for everyone and latterly helped with our budding little players on Saturday mornings. His support for the club continued even when he became unwell.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Julie and his children Stewart and Keren.  

Fancy a New Set of Work Tools? MyJobQuote.co.uk is giving you a chance to win a set worth £250

Win £250 worth of new Work Tools

A new partnership between the Southern League and MyJobQuote.co.uk is giving you the chance to win a brand new set of work tools worth £250.

MyJobQuote.co.uk are currently looking tradespeople to sign up within our area. In return for joining the website between now and the 12th March 21, you’ll have a chance at claiming a new tool set.

It’s free to register and the site is great for local tradespeople and businesses looking for new jobs.

Competition Details:

To enter the competition simply register with MyJobQuote as a tradesperson and then email: competition-confirmation@myjobquote.co.uk confirming your account name, email and trade profession to be entered into the prize draw.

If you’re already a registered trader on the website, you simply need to email the address above with the corresponding information and you’ll be entered into the competition.

Entries are open from today until 5:30pm 12th March. The Winner will be chosen by 15th March and announced on the Southern League Website by 18th March 2021. 

The lucky winner will get to choose the tools they want from a pre-determine selection that includes all types of tools from building to plumbing.

GOOD LUCK

Player recruitment for our new U14 team for 21/22 season

ST IVES TOWN FC – UNDER 14 2021/22 SEASON

St Ives Town FC recently announced major investment in a new state of the art 3G playing surface at Westwood Road which will be ready for the start of the 2021 / 22 season. 

Alongside this exciting project the club is expanding its Youth Development programme and will be introducing an Under 14 team for the upcoming season.  

The new team will play in the Eastern Junior Alliance which is the most competitive league in the Eastern Region and sits between Academy and County League Football. The team will be run by two fully qualified coaches with good experience and knowledge at this level of youth football. 

With a renewed focus on the development of young, talented local players  this is a fantastic opportunity to join one of the highest ranked clubs (Outside Professional football) in East Anglia. 

There is the opportunity for progression into the very popular and expanding Scholarship programme, along with a genuine opportunity to follow recent players on a pathway into the 1st team.

If your son is 14 after the 1st September 2021 and is looking for an exciting opportunity to develop and enjoy the new facilities, please get in touch with our Youth Development Officer Paul Everest at SITFCyouthdevelopment@gmail.com to register your interest and for further information. 

State of the Art 3G pitch coming to Westwood Road

St Ives Town FC are delighted to announce that contracts have been signed for the installation of a state of the art 3G pitch at Westwood Road. It will consist of a 50mm 3G monofilament carpet suitable for elite football and certified to FIFA Quality Pro accreditations.

The club is grateful to have had the full support of Huntingdonshire FA and Huntingdon District Council.

This self-funded project has been helped by a grant for new LED floodlights, pitch perimeter fencing and equipment from the Football Stadium Improvement Fund and support from Mick George Ltd.

A high density performance shock pad, tested to FIFA Quality Pro, will be installed under the grass carpet; this will increase the life expectancy of the pitch ensuring it plays better and lasts longer. The shock pad will also improve overall performance and reduce the risk of injuries. Shock pads are also hugely important to meet various sporting code regulations.

The project will also see the installation of a new double beam mesh fencing with hot dip galvanised powder coating.

Work is scheduled to commence on Monday 22nd March 2021 and is expected to take approximately 10 weeks, it should be ready for pre-season training.

This exciting scheme will contribute significantly to the development of sport and community activity in St Ives by facilitating a range of year-round activities unaffected by the weather. The first-class playing surface will help to grow and develop grassroots football and improve the health and physical activity of residents in the town and surrounding villages.

Match Preview – Leamington v St Ives Town

LEAMINGTON V ST IVES TOWN

The Buildbase FA Trophy – 2nd Round
Tuesday 15 December 2020 7:45pm k.o

Having enjoyed a remarkable injury time comeback at Grantham last Thursday, the Ives continue their Trophy journey with a trip to higher league opposition Leamington.

The Brakes ply their trade at step 2 in the National League North. They currently sit in 8th place with 17 points from 11 games. They enter this year’s competition at this stage. Click here for Leamington’s fixtures & results.

Please note that as Leamington is situated in tier 3, the game sadly is being played behind close doors. DO NOT travel to the game as you will not be allowed in. You can, however, watch it from the comfort of your home as it is being streamed live. Click here for more details on how to purchase.

The tie will be decided on the night with it going straight to penalties if the score is level after 90 minutes.

The winners of this tie will travel to National League side Wrexham this coming Saturday (19 Dec) in round 3.

Match Preview – Grantham Town v St Ives Town

GRANTHAM TOWN V ST IVES TOWN

The Buildbase FA Trophy – 1st Round
Thursday 10 December 2020 7:45pm k.o

Although the league campaign is currently paused, the FA Trophy is continuing as per schedule and the Ives head to Lincolnshire for a 1st round clash against Grantham Town.

The Gingerbreads ply their trade at step 3 in the Northern Premier League. They currently sit in 21st place with 3 points from 8 games. They won 2-0 at Yaxley in the previous round. Click here for Grantham’s fixtures & results.

Please note that as Grantham is situated in tier 3, the game sadly is being played behind close doors. DO NOT travel to the game as you will not be allowed in. You can, however, watch it from the comfort of your home as it is being streamed live via Facebook. Click here for more details on how to purchase.

A match day programme is also available. Click here to purchase.

As per the previous round, the tie will be decided with it going straight to penalties if the score is level after 90 minutes.

This game was postponed on Tuesday 8 December due to a frozen pitch and rescheduled for Thursday 10 December.

The draw for the next two rounds have been made. The winners of tonights tie will travel to National League North side Leamington next Tuesday (15 Dec) in round 2. The winners of that tie will then travel to National League side Wrexham on Saturday 19 Dec in round 3.

Southern League & FA Trophy Update – 4 Dec 20

Last night the Southern League released the below statement with regards to league fixtures.

The Clubs in membership of the Northern Premier, Southern and Isthmian Leagues (the Trident Leagues) met earlier this week to consider the challenges and issues brought about by the reintroduction of Tiers after the raising of the nationwide lockdown with effect from yesterday.
The clubs were asked to vote on a proposition that the pause in fixtures be continued with a regular review in light of changes to the Tiers and/or grants becoming available. The first review to be no later than 16th December. The total votes cast by the 224 Clubs show a substantial number of Clubs in agreement with the proposition.  The matter has been considered today and is subject to comment by The FA.
A further statement will be issued in due course.
Once we receive more details we will issue them on our website and via social media. However, we can confirm that tomorrow’s league game at home to Nuneaton Borough has been postponed.
Our FA Trophy game at Grantham Town this coming Tuesday (8 Dec) is planned to go ahead as scheduled. Sadly, however, as Grantham has placed in tier 3 the game will be played behind closed doors. Grantham have advised that their videographer thinks it will be possible to stream the game through a Facebook live. They will do a test at the ground first and once they’re happy that it’s going to work they will post all the details and we will relay them via this website and our social media platforms.

1st Team Fixtures for December

With the current lockdown set to be lifted on 2 December we can advise of the following 1st team fixtures arranged for December.

Sat 5th December v Nuneaton Borough – League – Home 3.00pm kick off
Tue 8th December v Grantham Town – FA Trophy 1st Rd – Away 7.45pm kick off
Sat 12th December v Rushall Olympic – League – Home – 3.00pm kick off
Tue 15th December v Royston Town – League – Away 7.30pm kick off (or FA Trophy 2nd Rd)
Sat 19th December v Coalville Town – League – Away 3.00pm kick off (or FA Trophy 3rd Rd)
Sat 26th December v Needham Market – League – Home kick off time tbc
Once we find out the tier we have been placed in we will be able to advise on spectator protocols.

Fantastic new Partnership with Great Annual Savings Group

The club are delighted to announce a fantastic new partnership with the Great Annual Savings Group. Over the last couple of months GASG have been assisting and advising the club in areas such as waste management, utility provision and a few other areas. Their advice, expertise and professionalism has been invaluable to the point where we have agreed with them to enter into a partnership which has the potential to not only benefit the club but also very importantly our very valuable sponsors, partners & supporters.

Founded in 2012, GASG is a business cost reduction specialist, giving businesses and owners the power to control their outgoing costs. With more than 10,000 customers across the UK and Republic of Ireland, GASG has built a portfolio ranging from sole traders to large multinationals in all sectors.

Gary Atyes, the Partnership Development Manager for GASG commented – “As a business we are raising our profile around the country and this partnership will do so further. We hope this is the start of a strong relationship with St Ives Town FC who are a very progressive football club and that we can support them in their ambitions and help local businesses reduce their costs at a time when every penny counts.”

Mark Taylor SITFC Commercial Director stated – “This is another great Partnership for the club to enter into and is of very significant relevance in the current very challenging economic climate with all businesses even more focused on controlling costs than normal. I have known Gary for many years and he has always been very professional, transparent, commercially aware and easy to work with.” 

Website – www.greatannualsavings.com

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Stafford Rangers

ST IVES TOWN FC V STAFFORD RANGERS FC

THE BUILDBASE FA TROPHY – THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING
Saturday 31 October 3:00pm
Match Sponsor
Match Ball Sponsor – The Trading Floor St Ives

A last gasp winner at home to Leiston last Tuesday was enough to make it 3 home wins out of 3 this season.

Rangers are still looking for their first league win of the season, however they had a fantastic FA Cup run before losing to Skelmersdale Utd in the 4th round qualifying. Click here for Stafford’s fixtures & results.

The two sides have met in they competition before in the 1st round qualifying (28 Oct 17) with Rangers running out 6-0 winners. Only Ben Seymour-Shove remains from the team that took to the Marston Rd pitch that day. Line up – Marsden, Short, Jarrold, Smith, Kelly, Draycott, Clark, McGowan (Capt), Ogbonna, Seymour-Shove, Hartley. Subs – Sawyer, Dias, Wright. Att 495.

NHS track & tracing will be in place at the turnstiles. For those that do not have use of this facility, you will be able to give your details over to one of our volunteers before you enter the ground.

The bar will be open with a one way system in place. Entry will be via the back entrance. Please adhere to social distancing at all times.

The tea bar will also be open with a reduced menu.

The outside toilet block will be open along with the toilets inside the clubhouse.

The seated stands on the far side will be open for use. Social distancing will also need to be observed if you wish to sit. Family members of up to 6 persons can sit together.

For a full risk assessment, please click on the below to view / download.

Facilities – Part 1

Facilities – Part 2

Our programme is online only. (Click here to view / download it).

Admission Prices
Adults – £11
Concessions (over 65) – £8
Military Discount (with ID Card) – £5
Students (with ID Card) – £4
U16’s – 12 – £2
U12’s – Free (Accompanied with an adult)

Please note that season tickets are not valid for this fixture.

Mitch Austin

The club can tonight confirm the departure of Assistant Manager Mitchell Austin.

Austin, who join the Management team in the summer, has made the decision to take up the vacant managers role at United Counties Premier Division side Harborough Town.

Manager Ricky Marheineke had the following to say:

“Yesterday was a sad day for me personally and a sad day for the club. It’s only been 4 months since he arrived but Mitch has been heavily involved with all preparations and played a huge part in our good start to the season. I know how hard this decision was for Mitch, however, it was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down. I wish him all the very best of luck and I know given time he will be a huge success”

The departure of Mitch means Ricky Marheineke Jim Freeman and Gary Mills will now work as a threesome going forward.

The club would like to put on record their thanks to Mitch for all his hard work, dedication and energy both on and off the pitch. We all wish you the best of luck in your new role.

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Leiston

ST IVES TOWN FC V LEISTON FC

THE PITCHING IN SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION CENTRAL
Tuesday 27 October 7:45pm
Match Sponsor

Ernie of St Ives

With another enforced Saturday off due to COVID19, the Ives will be looking to bounce straight back after the defeat at Nuneaton last Tuesday.

Leiston are still looking for their first league win of the season, however they had a fantastic FA Cup run narrowly losing 3-2 to Barnet last Saturday. Click here for Leiston’s fixtures & results.

NHS track & tracing will be in place at the turnstiles. For those that do not have use of this facility, you will be able to give your details over to one of our volunteers before you enter the ground.

The bar will be open with a one way system in place. Entry will be via the back entrance. Please adhere to social distancing at all times.

The tea bar will also be open with a reduced menu.

The outside toilet block will be open along with the toilets inside the clubhouse.

The seated stands on the far side will be open for use. Social distancing will also need to be observed if you wish to sit. Family members of up to 6 persons can sit together.

For a full risk assessment, please click on the below to view / download.

Facilities – Part 1

Facilities – Part 2

Our programme is online only. (Click here to view / download it).

Admission Prices
Adults – £11
Concessions (over 65) – £8
Military Discount (with ID Card) – £5
Students (with ID Card) – £4
U16’s – 12 – £2
U12’s – Free (Accompanied with an adult)

Southern League Premier Central

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Centre forward joins the Ives

The club are delighted to announce the signing of centre forward Michael Harding.

The young powerful striker, who can play anywhere along the front line, signed paperwork over the weekend after joining the squad for training this Saturday.

Michael, 19, is a product of the Northampton Town youth and scholarship system. Harding also spent a short time on loan last season at Vanarama North side Kettering Town FC.

Michael will be available for selection for tomorrow’s fixture at home to Leiston FC at Westwood Rd.

Please join me in welcoming Michael to the club and as always we hope his time with us is both enjoyable and successful.

Jacob Ballinger – Cobblers youngster loan extended

The club are delighted to announce that we have extended the youth loan of Jacob Ballinger for a further 28 days.

Jacob made his debut for the club at the end of September away at Tamworth and has featured in the games against Redditch and Nuneaton.

Unfortunately due to the Covid lockdown games have been limited, however after some excellent performances it was a no brainer for the management team to look at extending the deal.

The talented left sided player will now be with the club up to and including our game on November 21st at home to Sporting Bromsgrove FC.

Nuneaton Borough v St Ives Town

NUNEATON BOROUGH FC v ST IVES TOWN FC

The Pitching In Southern Football League – Premier Division Central
Tuesday 20 October 7:30pm

The Ives make the journey to the midlands this evening as we visit Nuneaton Borough for a rearranged Southern League fixture which was postponed two Saturdays ago due to the COVID-19 outbreak within the Ives squad.

Borough are still looking for their first league victory of the season. Click here for Nuneaton Borough’s fixtures & results.

The game is not all ticket, however tickets can be purchased in advance. Click here to purchase tickets.

Nuneaton Borough FC
Liberty Way

Attleborough Fields Industrial Estate
Nuneaton
Warwickshire
CV11 6RR

Admission Prices
Adults – £12
Concessions – £10
U16s – £3
U11s – Free

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Match Preview – St Ives Town v Redditch United

ST IVES TOWN FC V REDDITCH UNITED FC

THE PITCHING IN SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION CENTRAL
Saturday 17 October 3pm
Match & Match ball Sponsor

VM ASSOCIATES

Even though it’s the middle of October, this is only our second competitive home game of the season due to our self imposed lockdown.

Redditch have had an unbeaten start to the league season with 2 wins & 3 draws under their belt. Click here for their fixtures & results.

NHS track & tracing will be in place at the turnstiles. For those that do not have use of this facility, you will be able to give your details over to one of our volunteers before you enter the ground.

The bar will be open with a one way system in place. Entry will be via the back entrance. Please adhere to social distancing at all times.

The tea bar will also be open with a reduced menu.

The outside toilet block will be open along with the toilets inside the clubhouse.

The seated stands on the far side will be open for use. Social distancing will also need to be observed if you wish to sit. Family members of up to 6 persons can sit together.

For a full risk assessment, please click on the below to view / download.

Facilities – Part 1

Facilities – Part 2

Our programme is online only. (Click here to view / download it).

Admission Prices
Adults – £11
Concessions (over 65) – £8
Military Discount (with ID Card) – £5
Students (with ID Card) – £4
U16’s – 12 – £2
U12’s – Free (Accompanied with an adult)

Southern League Premier Central

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Bryan Moore 1931 to 2020

The club are devastated to advise of the very sad passing of Bryan Moore. Bryan was heavily involved with the club over many years looking after vital functions such as finance, the general structure and running of the club plus always mucked in to help with whatever was needed at the club. He played a pivotal role in laying the foundations for the development and growth of the club to what it has become in the present day. In his ‘retirement’ years he was a great supporter and very encouraging to everyone involved. His two sons Rob and Stuart represented the club for many years with great distinction. Stuart is now a Trustee and custodian of the club.

As a mark of respect to Bryan we will be holding a minutes silence before our game on Saturday against Redditch United FC. The club would like to offer it’s most sincere condolences to Rob, Stuart and all of Bryan’s family and friends

Luke Howell joins the Ives

The club are excited to announce the signing of midfielder Luke Howell.

Luke joins from National League South side Hemel Hempstead where he featured in their opening game of the season away at Slough Town.

Luke has had a fantastic career which include successful spells at Gillingham, MK Dons, Lincoln City, Dagenham & Redbridge and Aldershot before joining Hemel Hempstead last season.

Luke will be available to join the squad for this weekends fixture at home to Redditch.

Welcome to the club Luke and we hope you have an enjoyable and successful time at the Ives.

Bateman becomes a Saint

The club are delighted to announce the signing of Liam Bateman.

Liam has already featured once this season in our away fixture at Kings Langley but has now made the move permanent.

The 25 year old defender joins from Tamworth where he signed in the close season. The former Aston Villa professional has also had successful spells with Basford United and Kettering Town in recent season.

Please join me in welcoming Liam to the club and we hope your time with us is a successful one.