Category: First Team News

Match Preview – Kings Langley v St Ives Town

KINGS LANGLEY FC v ST IVES TOWN FC

The Pitching In Southern Football League – Premier Division Central
Tuesday 29 September 7:45pm

The Ives make the journey to Hertfordshire this evening as we visit Kings Langley for a Southern League fixture.

The Lambs won 3-2 at home to Nuneaton last Saturday and advanced in the FA Cup at the expense of FC Clacton in a penalty shoot out. Click here for Kings Langley’s fixtures & results.

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

Kings Langley FC
The Orbital Fasteners Stadium
Hempstead Road
Kings Langley 
Hertfordshire
WD4 8BS

Admission Prices
Adults – £10
Concessions – £8
U18s – £2
Printed programme on sale – £2

Southern League Premier Central

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Match Preview & Squad Details – Tamworth v St Ives Town

TAMWORTH FC v ST IVES TOWN FC

The Pitching In Southern Football League – Premier Division Central
Saturday 26 September 3:00pm

The Ives head to The Lamb tomorrow looking to bounce back as quickly as possible after the deafest at step 5 Brantham Athletic in the FA Cup on Tuesday.

The Lambs drew their opening fixture 1-1 at Peterborough Sports and advanced in the FA Cup at the expense of Stourbridge in a penalty shoot out. Click here for Tamworth’s fixtures & results.

The game is not all ticket but Tamworth advise people to buy tickets in advance as gates will be shut to all except ticket holders when they reach their limit (600). Click here to purchase tickets.

Tamworth FC
The Lamb Ground

Kettlebrook
Tamworth
Staffordshire
B77 1AA

Admission Prices
Adults – £12
Concessions – £8
16/17 year old – £4
Junior – £2

Match Preview & Squad Details – Brantham Athletic v St Ives Town

BRANTHAM ATHLETIC FC V ST IVES TOWN FC

THE EMIRATES FA CUP – 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND
Tuesday 22 September 7:45pm

The Ives head east along the A14 to take on Brantham Athletic in the 1st qualifying round of the FA Cup this evening.

On the squad front – Dan Clifton returns to the squad and Edmund Hottor is available after serving his final game suspension at the weekend. No injury concerns from Saturday. Nabil Shariff (suspended), Seth Patrick (international clearance) and Ben Jackson (ankle) remained sidelined.

Brantham have already played two games in this competition, beating Benfleet & Great Wakering respectively. They are also unbeaten in the league with 2 wins & a draw. They did however bow out of the FA Vase last Saturday being defeated by Ipswich Wanderers. Click here for Brantham’s fixtures & results.

The tie will be decided this evening with the match going straight to penalties if the score is level after 90 minutes.

Please note that there are COVID-19 protocols in place at the ground. Click here to view / download.

Brantham Athletic FC
Brantham Leisure Centre
Brantham New Village
Manningtree
Essex CO11 1RZ

Admission Prices
Adults – £7
Concessions – £3
U16’s – Free

Bar will be open and refreshments will available from the kitchen.

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Biggleswade Town

ST IVES TOWN FC V BIGGLESWADE TOWN FC

THE PITCHING IN SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION CENTRAL
Saturday 19 September 3pm
Match Sponsor

Match Ball Sponsor

Competitive 1st team football is back as we welcome Biggleswade Town to WWR

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)

Cambridge Sensotec renew shirt sponsorship

St Ives Town FC are very proud and delighted to confirm renewal of their great partnership deal with Cambridge Sensotec Ltd as the First Team Home kit sponsor. This has played a crucial role in the club’s ambition to continue consolidating at Step Three and development as a whole. It is also fantastic news that in such uncertain times Cambridge Sensotec have shown such amazing support which helps massively in underpinning the club’s future in the face of this terrible pandemic. 

SITFC Commercial Director Mark Taylor commented ‘We have had Cambridge Sensotec as a great partner/supporter for many years now and with all the current very challenging economic/financial and health issues that everyone is having to face. It is brilliant news that they are able to carry on providing the critical foundations for the club to continue to operate in its current  structure.’

Mark Swetnam Cambridge Sensotec’s Manging Director added “We are delighted to be able to continue our first team shirt sponsorship deal with St Ives Town FC for a third consecutive season, and the brand new first team shirt design looks absolutely fantastic!  It goes without saying that everyone is having a tough year with Covid-19 and sports clubs have been hit particularly hard with the lock-down rules.  Non-league football needs financial and moral support more than ever now and we are honoured to be able to help a little.  We are thrilled that Ricky has been able to add quality players to his squad during the lock down, and the Ives now look stronger than ever in preparation for the new season.  We would like to wish Ricky and St. Ives Town FC every success for the 20/21 season and look forward to seeing everyone old and new at the ground soon.  Up the Ives!”

The Ives visit Brantham Athletic in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round

The draw for the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round took place this lunchtime and the Ives will visit Brantham Athletic on Tuesday 22 September 19:45 k.o.

Brantham ply their trade at step 5 in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier Division and have already dispatched Benfleet & Great Wakering to reach this stage.

The tie will be settled on the night as it will go straight to penalties if the score is level after 90 minutes.

More details to follow as and when we receive them.

The Ives v Hemel Hempstead Town – Sat 5 Sept

St Ives Town v Hemel Hempstead Town

Pre-Season Friendly – Saturday 5 September 3pm

Tomorrow we welcome Hemel Hempstead to WWR as they start their pre-season fixtures.

The gates will be open from 1pm. On approaching the turnstile there will be a social distancing queuing system in place. You will also be required to give your name and contact number for the track and trace system. This may cause a queue and we ask that you be patient and arrive at the ground in plenty of time.

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

Friendly Admission Prices
Adult £8
Concession £5
U16-12 £2
U12 Free

Season Ticket Prices – 2020/21

Our season ticket prices have been released for this coming season and we are pleased to announce that we have reduced the cost of an Adult season ticket from last season by over 44% to just £100, which means you can watch all the Ives league games for less than a fiver a game!

2020/21 Season Ticket prices
Adult / Concession £100
Student £40
U16-12 £20

Click here to download a season ticket application form

Please note that the season ticket is for league games only

Next home match v Kettering Town – Sat 29 Aug

St Ives Town v Kettering Town

Pre-Season Friendly – Saturday 29 August 3pm

We are limited to allowing a maximum of 300 people into the ground which will be on a first come, first served basis and the gates will be closed when this number is reached. The gates will be open from 1pm. On approaching the turnstile there will be a social distancing queuing system in place. You will also be required to give your name and contact number for the track and trace system. This may cause a queue and we ask that you be patient and arrive at the ground in plenty of time.

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

Friendly Admission Prices
Adult £8
Concession £5
U16-12 £2
U12 Free

Richards joins the Ives

The club are delighted to announce the signing of centre forward Marc Richards.

Marc finished last season at Yeovil Town where he scored 3 goals in 7 appearances after joining from Cambridge Utd. The experienced striker has made almost 600 league appearances over a successful career which includes three promotions.

Marc, who’s previous clubs include Northampton Town, Barnsley, Port Vale, Chesterfield, Swindon and Cambridge United is a brilliant addition to the Football Club. The signing is testament to the hard work and commitment from the management and club as a whole.

Manager Ricky Marheineke had this to say on the signing.

“As soon as I knew Marc may be an option it was a no brainer to do everything we could to make it happen. It’s a fantastic signing. Marc is not only going to lead by example in the way he plays but his experience and leadership will be a massive boost for the squad.

Myself and the staff have worked really hard to ensure we got this deal done and we can now look forward to having Marc involved and trying to kick on this season. Marc turned down more lucrative offers from a team in our league and the leagues above to join us in our quest for success. It’s great Marc has brought into our vision and what we are trying to achieve. This is a huge compliment to everyone involved with the club”

Please join me in welcoming Marc to the Club and we all wish you an enjoyable and successful spell.

The Ives v Northampton Town XI – Sat 22 Aug

St Ives Town v Northampton Town XI

Pre-Season Friendly – Saturday 22 August 3pm

You are no doubt aware that this week the Government announced that fans are now allowed back into grounds from step 3 downwards, albeit with stringent stipulations.

We are limited to allowing a maximum of 300 people into the ground which will be on a first come, first served basis and the gates will be closed when this number is reached. On approaching the turnstile there will be a social distancing queuing system in place. You will also be required to give your name and contact number for the track and trace system. This may cause a queue and we ask that you be patient and arrive at the ground in plenty of time.

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 many it will be the first time in 5 months since they’ve watched a game of football at WWR when we warmly welcome a Northampton XI which will mainly consist of young and up and coming players.

Friendly Admission Prices
Adult £8
Concession £5
U16-12 £2
U12 Free

Mills joins the coaching staff

The club are delighted to announce that Gary Mills will join the coaching staff for the coming season and takes up the position as first team coach.

The former professional football who played as a midfielder has had successful spells at Rushden & Diamonds, Crawley Town, Kettering Town, Stevenage Borough, Mansfield Town and Lincoln City. Gary’s achievements as a player include winning the FA Trophy and league winners medals at Conference North, Conference Premier and the Football League 3rd division levels.

Gary then made the step into management as assistant manager at Wrexham Football Club followed by a spell in a similar role at King’s Lynn Town before taking up the position as manager at Rugby Town and Corby Town.

Mills, a UEFA A licence coach has most recently been working at Northampton Town FC within their academy set up as the lead coach at under 16 level. His success over the past few seasons of developing talent at that age group has been second to none with excellent progression numbers into the scholarship phase as well as winning the EFL youth alliance South East division in 18/19 and 19/20 seasons.

Please join me in welcoming Gary to the club and we hope your journey with us in a successful one.

Mitch Austin appointed as Assistant Manager

Following the news of Bully Adams departure as assistant manager, we are pleased to bring you the news of his replacement.

We can confirm that Mitch Austin will take up the position with immediate effect and joins up with manager Ricky Marheineke as preparations for next season continue.

Austin, 32, has had spells managing in the United Counties League with Sileby Rangers Bugbrooke and Rothwell Corinthians. Mitch also spent the 2017/18 season with Kettering Town FC as assistant to Marcus Law where they reached the play off semi finals, losing to eventual play off winners Slough.

Manager Ricky Marheineke had this to say:

“I’m really pleased to have Mitch on board. It was important to get someone in that I trust. He’s very loyal and hard working. Mitch has grafted in the UCL with limited resources and been very successful. He will bring some fresh ideas, a different vision and a winning mentality. He deserves this opportunity and I’m very excited to see how far we can take the club together”

Please join me in welcoming Mitch to the club and we wish you success in your role.

Bully steps down from first team duties

The club can confirm that Craig ‘Bully’ Adams has made the difficult decision to step down from his role as first team assistant manager.

Following a conversation with the manager on Wednesday evening, Bully confirmed he will continue working at the Football Club but wishes to focus all of his time and attention on his Academy Managers role to help grow the club beneath the first team.

Manager Ricky Marheineke said “I would like to thank Bully for all his hard work and loyalty over the past two seasons. We’ve had lots of great moments and special occasions during our time together and many that will long live in the memories for myself and our supporters. Although it wasn’t what I was expecting, I respect Bully’s decision and now look forward to a close working relationship with him as we look to improve the transition for players from our Academy into the first team”

The recruitment process for a new assistant manager is well underway and we will bring you news as soon as we have it.

NHS & Club fundraiser

During a difficult time, we’re delighted to launch a fundraising campaign to support our NHS heroes & our local football club. 


Do you have a number of old coins leftover from a holiday abroad? To help support our NHS, and the club, we would like you to ask you to donate your old holiday coins to a great cause.

We have arranged a collection service that will allow us to collect any donations. To arrange a collection please contact us on 07930 196045 or email sitfcsecretary@aol.com

All donations will be split, with 75% of your donation going to our NHS heroes and the remaining 25% helping secure the future of your local football club, St Ives Town FC.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE STATEMENT 24TH MARCH – SEASON 2019/20

League Statement 24th March – Season 2019/20

The Alliance Leagues held the latest of several conference calls last night (Monday) after our own board, and those of the Isthmian and Northern Premier Leagues, met over the weekend to determine how we wish to proceed. We have also participated in calls with the Step 5/6 clubs.

End of season

The Step 3 & 4 Leagues share clubs’ frustration that it is taking so long to determine whether the 2019/20 season is to end now, and if so on what basis. To maintain the integrity of our competitions, we ideally need to apply one solution across all of the National League System. However, this may not be possible.

The Southern, Isthmian and Northern Premier Leagues are unanimous in wanting to terminate the 2019-20 season immediately.

Whether that is done on the basis of determining final placings via average points per game, or the season is declared null & void cannot be decided until the National League decides how it wishes to proceed.

Right now, the National League’s position is that they wish to be able to resume the 2019-20 season at some point. The feeder Leagues do not support this because our clubs do not have the financial resources to continue to honour player contracts indefinitely.

The Southern, Isthmian and Northern Premier Leagues have therefore implemented the process to terminate the season. This has to be ratified by FA council, so there may be a short delay as the relevant documentation is submitted, distributed and approved. Therefore, the League’s desire is not the confirmed outcome.

Whilst this process is on-going, and once the National League has finalised how it wishes to proceed, competition issues can then be decided, together with the implications for promotion and relegation.

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Hednesford Town – GAME ON

ST IVES TOWN FC V HEDNESFORD TOWN FC

BETVICTOR SOUTHERN PREMIER CENTRAL
Tuesday 10 March 2020 7:45pm

We welcome Hednesford Town to WWR tonight looking to bounce back from our 5-0 reverse at the hands Royston Town 3 days ago.

Edmund Hottor starts the first of his 2 game suspension after his 2 yellow cards against Leiston last Tuesday. Aaron Phillips is likely to be rested. George Bailey and Matt Foy return to the squad.

Tonight marks Ricky Marheineke’s 300th competitive game in charge of the Ives. Dylan Wilson is in line to make his 50th competitive appearance for the club.

Hednesford are currently in 14th place with 46 points from 31 games. Click here for their fixtures & results.

Southern Premier Central 2019-20

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Our programme is online only. (Click here to view / download it). We do however on a match day sell a 4 page ‘essentials’ for 50p. For those that like a full printed publication we also sell a 16 page ‘shell’ to accompany the 4 page essentials for an extra 50p (£1 in total).

Admission Prices
Adults – £10
Concessions (over 65) – £6
Military Discount (with ID Card) – £5
Students (with ID Card) – £4
U16’s – 12 – £2
U12’s – Free (Accompanied with an adult)

Match Preview & Squad Details – Royston Town v St Ives Town

ROYSTON TOWN FC v ST IVES TOWN FC

BetVictor Southern Premier Central – Saturday 7 March 3:00pm

After collecting the 3 points on offer against Leiston last Tuesday, the Ives will be keen to add some more points to the board with a visit to the neighbouring county of Hertfordshire against an inform Royston Town tomorrow.

Once again Ricky has a fully fit and available squad to choose from. Ben Seymour-Shove is set to make his 250th competitive appearance for the club.

The Crows are currently in 3rd place in the league with 60 points from 29 games. They also reached the 1/4 final of the FA Trophy this season losing 2-1 in extra time at Concord Rangers 3 days ago. Click here for their fixtures & results.

Royston TownFC
Garden Walk
Royston
Herts
SG8 7HP

Admission Prices
Adults – £10
Concessions – £6
Juniors (U16) – £2

Royston Town Football Club is located in the centre of Royston, so has very limited parking capacity. Please avoid parking in the neighbouring streets and use the main Town Hall car park, which is only a 3 minute walk away.

For your SatNav here’s the post code for the car park: SG8 7EF (off King James Way).

Southern Premier Central 2019-20

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Match Preview & Squad Details – St Ives Town v Leiston

ST IVES TOWN FC V LEISTON FC

BETVICTOR SOUTHERN PREMIER CENTRAL
Tuesday 3 March 2020 7:45pm

We welcome Leiston to WWR tonight in what could be considered a ‘six pointer’ game.

On the squad front, Ricky has a fully fit and available squad to choose from. 

The Blues are currently sitting just above the Ives with 26 points from 30 games. Click here for their fixtures & results.

Southern Premier Central 2019-20

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Our programme is online only. (Click here to view / download it). We do however on a match day sell a 4 page ‘essentials’ for 50p. For those that like a full printed publication we also sell a 16 page ‘shell’ to accompany the 4 page essentials for an extra 50p (£1 in total).

Admission Prices
Adults – £10
Concessions (over 65) – £6
Military Discount (with ID Card) – £5
Students (with ID Card) – £4
U16’s – 12 – £2
U12’s – Free (Accompanied with an adult)