Category: General Club News

YOUTH TEAM TRIALS 2024/25

We will be holding trials for our youth teams for the 2024/25 season, see full details below of the trials and who to contact.

Current U11’s going on U12’s:

May 26th, June 2nd, 9th, 23rd – 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Please contact us at stivesyouth@gmail.com to register your interest in trials.

ST IVES TOWN GOLF DAY 2024!

Preparations are well underway for the annual St Ives Town golf day.

This year, the event takes place on Friday 10th May at Lakeside Lodge Golf Course at Pidley near Huntingdon.

The competition will commence from 7.45 AM and will be a 2 tee start. Each team will consist of 4 players with an entry fee of £60 per head and will include the following:

  1. Coffee/bacon sandwich on arrival, round of golf together with a buffet at the Football Club.
  2. Format is Texas Scramble with a minimum of 3 drives per player.
  3. Prizes to be announced in due course
  4. Each player will receive a sleeve of Titleist Pro V1s

There has been big interest with many teams signing up already.  There has also been plenty of interest in hole sponsorship too, which is available for just £50. After the golf, there will be a buffet and presentation in the clubroom at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road.

There is still space for more teams to come forward and anyone who is interested in either competing or sponsoring the event should contact Vic Moseley via email at victor.moseley@virginmedia.com or phone 07950 756409.

2024/25 U13s OPEN TRIALS!

We’re delighted to announce we’re hosting open trials for our St Ives Town FC under 13s team for the 2024-2025 season.

For the 2024/25 season the U13s will be entering the EJA league (Eastern Junior Alliance) on Sundays, a proven high standard and very competitive league.

We are happy for players to be dual signed for Saturdays and Sundays, details of the open trials are below.

14th April 2024 – 14:20 – 16:30

Quattro-Tech Westwood Road, St Ives (the home ground of St Ives Town FC)

Please email manager, Rob Blake on robertblake.41@hotmail.com to register your interest for the trial.

ONLINE SHOP LAUNCH DISCOUNT!

To celebrate the launch of our online shop, we are offering all St Ives Town FC fans 5% discount on any orders made on the shop for the rest of March using the code “SITFCLAUNCH”.*

To make an order, head over to our online shop using the link below and use the above code.

Head to the store and show your support for the Ives! ⬇️

st-ives-town-fc-shop.fourthwall.com

*T’s and C’s apply:

  • Minimum $45 order
  • Up to 1 use

Fans Meeting

All fans of St Ives Town are invited to attend an open meeting at the club later this month.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 21 March with Chairman Paul Reason and representatives from the board of directors available to provide an update on everything behind the scenes and to answer any questions from supporters. First team manager Ricky Marheineke will also be at the meeting which will begin at 7:45pm. The clubhouse will be open from 6:30pm.

Vacancy: Complex Steward

St Ives Town Football Club is inviting applications for the following vacancy.

Complex Steward

Summary:

St Ives Town Football Club consists of several teams ranging from the men’s first team to reserves, A Team, youth, and ladies.  The club is based at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road and the stadium comprises of an artificial 3G pitch which is used by the club teams and is also hired by others within the local community 7 days a week.  This role is for someone who could help maintain the facilities and the Stadium complex at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road. 

Job description and duties:

  1. Opening and closing the facility
  2. Footwear checks for all personnel who enter the 3G playing surface.
  3. Oversee general cleanliness and presentation of the stadium complex ensuring removal of all litter and dealing with left items/lost property etc.
  4. Accountability for when the pitch is hired and used.
  5. Health and safety following the required training.
  6. Dealing with customer requirements and or incidents
  7. Oversee the presentation of the facility and pitch including assisting with movement of goals.
  8. Dealing with the operation of stadium floodlights.

This role would be of minimum wage requirements and would suit someone who could help maintain the facilities and take pride in our stadium complex.  Reliability and great customer service skills are required for this role to assist our valued complex users.

The hours would be varied and would include evenings and weekends.

Benefits would include refreshments and a season ticket to St Ives Town, who have a strong reputation as a family, friendly club.

Applications should be sent via email to club Chairman, Paul Reason: Paulreason@mail.com

Mascots have a day to remember

Last Saturday was a day to remember for representatives of the St Ives Rangers U9 Black Sox team, who were official matchday mascots for the first team clash with Stratford Town.

Their day included a tour of the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road stadium which included a big round of applause from a packed hospitality suite as they walked through. They then had a pre-match meeting with Ives manager Ricky Marheineke and then accompanied the Ives out onto the pitch ahead of kick-off.

As the pictures below show, they all had a great time and we look forward to seeing them back at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road again soon.

If you have a youth team that would be interested in being mascots for the day, then please get in touch via our website or message us on social media.

Ives manager, Ricky Marheineke treats the mascots to a seat in the dugout before the game
Meet the officials…..The mascots have a photo with the matchday officials just before kick-off
The stadium tour reaches the dressing rooms
The mascots lead the teams onto the pitch ahead of kick-off

Quiz night success

A quiz night held at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road on Friday evening proved to be a huge success.

With 20 teams and over 100 people in attendance, the clubhouse was packed as those taking part competed in a quiz hosted by Ives Director of PR, Andrew Dunn. The quiz consisted of eight rounds of ten questions and in a tight contest, it went right down to the wire with the team named ‘Piddlers plus one’ winning on a tie-break and claiming the £100 first prize.

The club would like to thank everyone for taking part and hope they all had an enjoyable evening. The quiz is the first of a number of events coming up at the Quattro-Tech Westwood in the next few months. All the details of those forthcoming events can be found HERE.

Nania returns to the Ives as new Club President

St Ives Town Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Neville Nania as their new club president.

Neville is one of the most well-known figures in Huntingdonshire football and returns to the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road having previously been club Chairman for a 10-year term before standing down in 2010 and moving into football management with Godmanchester Rovers as first team manager in the Eastern Counties League. Basically, to fulfil his desire to go back into coaching and management.

His role as President will see him work with the current board of directors in developing the club strategy as well as assisting with raising the profile of the club.

Club Chairman Paul Reason said “I would like to welcome Neville back to the club. The club continues to grow and the fantastic team that we have built behind the scenes has played a large part in the big strides the club has made in the last couple of years. The appointment of Neville will only improve this and his assistance with the overall strategy of the club, and the innovative ideas he will bring, will be a massive benefit to St Ives Town”.

The new Ives president said“ Since moving away from Godmanchester Rovers in 2016 after winning the Hunts Senior Cup as my last game, I took the opportunity to watch my team Crystal Palace as a season ticket holder, which I thoroughly enjoy and spending more time with the family. However, from afar I have seen how St Ives continue to grow as a club under the stewardship of Paul Reason and the rest of his team of volunteers. Indeed, In the past I had an association with St Ives Town for 17 consecutive years as was also Chairman of the St Ives Town Colts club before taking the reigns of the senior club. When Paul asked me to consider taking the role of President, and after discussion with my wife and family, I had no hesitation in accepting and look forward to how I can help the club raise its profile in the years ahead”

Ives go top of hospitality league

St Ives Town have recently gone top of the league for hospitality in the Southern League Premier Division Central.

Points are awarded by fellow member clubs for hospitality on a matchday and with the Ives consistently scoring highly this season, it has seen them take top spot.

Chairman Paul Reason said “This is great news and is reward for the hard work that our hospitality team have put in this year and we hope to sustain our top spot for the remainder of the season.  We have had an increase in matchday sponsors this year who along with visiting officials always compliment us on how good our offering is”.

The club has recently improved it’s hospitality and catering facilities by having a new kitchen installed and would like to thank Graeme Thackeray and HBC Kitchens for donating the kitchen and Dan Coulson and other volunteers who assisted in fitting it.

Anyone who wants to take advantage of our matchday sponsorship should contact paul@rcostings.co.uk for further details

Updates on loan signings

See below an update on loan signings within the first team squad:

Existing Loanees:

Brandon Njoku

After a successful loan period with the Ives, Brandon was recalled by his parent club Cambridge United before their home game against Leyton Orient. Brandon went on to make a promising 15 minute cameo for Cambridge as they lost 2-0. Everyone at St Ives wishes Brandon the best of luck and thanks him for his performances.

Dan Barton

Another promising Cambridge United loanee, we are delighted that Cambridge have extended his loan spell with us until the end of the season.

Josh Tomlinson

Josh has put in some excellent performances for the Ives during his short loan spell from Northampton Town and we are delighted that they have also extended his loan with us until the end of the season.

Eddie Brearey

After a successful first half of the season with us, Oxford United have decided to recall Eddie. Eddie has put in some stellar performances between the sticks for us this season and we wish him the best of luck.

New Loanees:

Torin Ntege

We are delighted to have signed Torin Ntege on loan from Peterborough United. The 17 year old promising attacker was part of our squad that travelled to Stamford on New Years Day. Welcome Torin!

James Dadge

With Eddie Brearey heading back to Oxford, we have moved fast to secure the loan signing of James Dadge. A promising young goalkeeper, Ives fans will be familiar with James from his loan spell with us towards the end of last season and we look forward to seeing him in an Ives shirt again. Welcome James!

NYE Tickets still available

There are still tickets available for the St Ives Town FC New Years Eve Party.

Tickets are priced at just £5.00 and you can reserve yours by contacting Gareth Chapman or Mark Walker via email on garethchaps@icloud.com or mwalker2020@outlook.com. Tickets are priced at just £5.00 and the event starts at 7:30pm.

Club news round-up

As we approach Christmas, here is the latest news from around the club

First Team

The Ives have three matches over Christmas starting at Leamington on Saturday followed by a Boxing Day home clash with Kettering Town and then a trip to Stamford on New Years Day. A reminder that the match against Kettering on Boxing Day is a 1:00pm kick-off. The Ives go into these matches 15th in the table, on 24 points which is four places, and four points clear of the relegation zone.

Reserve & A Teams

The reserves are without football action over the festive season which means they will next take to the field on 06 January when they travel to Eynesbury United for an Intermediate Cup fixture. In terms of their league position, the reserves are currently fifth in the Cambs League Senior B Division, seven points off leaders March Town United reserves. It’s a similar story for the A Team as they have no football action until 6 January when they host Houghton and Wyton. The A Team go into Christmas currently sixth in Division 2B of the Cambs League.

Ladies Second Team

The Ladies second team had match action last Sunday. Unfortunately, they fell to a 7-1 league defeat to Histon Development. The next league match for the Ladies second team is on 7 January when they travel to Netherton United.

Youth Update

Our boys under 14 team are the stand out performers of the season so far from the youth set-up. They are currently five points clear at the top of their league having lost only once so far during the current campaign. At the weekend, they beat Leigh Ramblers 4-1 in a cup competition. The only other youth football at the weekend saw a victory for the under 15’s as they progressed through to the next round of the County Youth Cup.

150 Club

The latest winners of the 150 Club were announced at the weekend. As usual, there was prizes for first second and third. First went to Jack Clarke. Second was Peter Chapman and third was Paul Reason. The next draw will be on Boxing Day.

Christmas Draw

Also being drawn on Boxing Day will be the Christmas Draw. Before it is drawn, you will still be able to purchase tickets priced at £1.00 each. These can be purchased from the clubhouse during the game against Kettering Town. A number of prizes will be on offer to the winners.

New Years Eve Tickets

You can see in 2024 at the football club by purchasing a ticket for our New Years Eve Party. Tickets are still available and they are priced at £5.00. Please contact Gareth Chapman or Mark Walker for further details.

Club Podcast

Get set for the launch of a Club podcast in the new year. This will be a new weekly feature from the club media team and it is hoped to be launched at some point in January. More details to follow soon.

Commercial News

A big thank you to all our commercial partners and to those who have sponsored the club throughout the year. On Saturday for the game against Hitchin, we had a group of Ives fans sponsoring the game who enjoyed our matchday hospitality, which continues to go from strength to strength. On the back of those fans sponsoring a game, we are pleased to say there has been more interest from supporters who want to follow their lead at future home matches. So if you want to do this or know of a group or organisation who wants to sponsor the club in other ways, then please get in contact with Mark Taylor: mark@marktaylormarketing.co.uk.

Volunteers

The club is always looking to recruit more volunteers. There’s always jobs to do or help required around the ground be it on a matchday or during the week. If you have a few spare hours and would like to get involved, then please contact Club Chairman, Paul Reason: paul@rcostings.co.uk.

Programme Articles

We always welcome programme content from supporters. This can be anything from a Birthday mention to some other news. You can also submit any music requests or stadium announcements on a matchday. To do this, please contact stivestownmedia@hotmail.co.uk

And Finally….

The Chairman and Board of Directors would like to thank the fans, volunteers and everyone connected with the club for their support during 2023. Attendances for this season are currently showing an increase and it will be great if this continued into 2024 which we hope will be a successful one for the club. We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dave Bull

The club are devastated to announce the recent passing of Dave Bull. Dave was heavily involved with the club for over 40 years both as a player and then as a Director. He commenced his St Ives career in the 1950’s at the old Meadow Lane ground and was one of the people instrumental in the club moving to it’s current site at Westwood Road.

Upon finishing his playing career Dave then stepped up and took on the very important role of Club Secretary not to mention acting as Chairman for a few years as well. During the 1980’s in particular the club progressed massively with Dave being one of the driving forces. In fact, this was very much laying the foundations for the great success and growth that the club has enjoyed over the last 20 years or so.

In retirement, Dave became a staunch and loyal supporter of ‘The ‘Ives’ hardly missing a game in years. He was always very supportive of everything everyone at the club was trying to achieve.

Dave was hugely popular and well respected by everyone. The club’s thoughts are with Dave’s family and friends at this very sad time.

As a mark of respect to Dave, the club will holding a minutes applause before our home game with Hitchin Town on Saturday afternoon.

News Round-up

Here’s all the latest news from the club

Player Movements

The club can confirm that Charlie Johnson has left the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road and has joined Royston Town. We would like to thank Charlie for his efforts whilst he was part of the first team squad and wish him all the very best at his new club.

Also leaving is Peter Abimbola. Peter has been with the Ives on loan from Northampton Town in recent weeks and has been recalled by the Cobblers. On his first game back, he came on as a substitute in their game with Derby County. We wish Peter all the best for the future.

Next first team fixture.

The next game for the first team is the Isuzu FA Trophy 2nd round fixture at Aveley on Saturday. Aveley are currently having an excellent season in the National League South, and will be a difficult opponent for the Ives. The journey is no more than 90 minutes from St Ives, so if you can go, then please do so as the Ives will benefit from as much support as possible on Saturday. Kick-off is at 3:00pm.

Victory for the Reserves

St Ives Town Reserves had a good victory on Saturday as they recorded a 3-2 win at Swavesey Institute. The win means that it is four wins out of four in all competitions.

Defeat for the A Team

The A Team suffered a defeat on Saturday as they fell to a 5-3 loss at Hartford Rangers in a Junior Cup tie. Two of the three goals for the Ives were scored by Jude Sedgwick.

Youth Teams

The under 12’s had a resounding 3-0 victory at Peterborough RTC. Two goals for Sam Lowe. The under 13’s had a day to forget as they were on the wrong end of a 9-0 reverse at Mulbarton but better news for the under 14’s who won 4-1 at Haverhill. Meanwhile, there was two defeats for the under 15’s and under 16’s who lost against Leiston and Chelmsford respectively. But, the under 18’s secured victory as they beat Hemingford Colts 4-2 in a County Youth Cup fixture.

Defeat for the Ladies Second Team

There was defeat on Sunday for the Ladies Second Team who lost 3-2 at home to Netherton United. The result leaves the Ladies second team 10th in the table on four points.

150 Club

It was the first draw of the 150 Club for this season on Saturday and congratulations go to Paul Hunt who won £150.00. The second prize of £100.00 went to Bobby Reason and the 3rd prize of £50.00 went to Paul Moseley. Congratulations to everyone. You can still join for this season, so please contact Phil Moore for further details.

Christmas Draw and NYE Event

A reminder that you can take part in the Christmas Draw. It’s just £1.00 a square with a number of prizes on offer and these are available to purchase in the clubhouse on matchdays. The draw will be made at the Kettering Town game on Boxing Day. A reminder also that you can purchase a ticket for the New Years Party at the club. The fun starts from 7:30pm on 31 December and tickets are priced at just £5.00. Please see/contact Marc Walker or Gareth Chapman for further details.

Programme Cover Competition

On the subject of Christmas, a reminder that we are currently running a competition to design a festive football themed front cover for our match programme v Kettering on Boxing Day. The competition closes on 11 December, and is open for Children up to the age of 11 years old. Click here for more details.

And Finally…

Thank you to all of our fans who came to the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road on Saturday and cheered the boys to victory. A fantastic attendance of 482, and we hope to see you all for our next home game which is against Barwell on Monday 27 November, with a 7:45pm kick-off.

St Ives Town FC Remembers

Prior to the game against Halesowen on Saturday, St Ives Town Football Club paid their respects to those who had made the ultimate sacrifice.

The club was joined by St Ives Mayor, Cllr Phil Pope who laid a wreath. Also laying wreaths were Marina Howlett from the Hunts FA and Corporal Mackenzie who was also joined by fellow military personnel, Sapper Harry Peters and Lance Corporal Hodge. Mike Robinson was the standard bearer whilst Kevin Charter provided a rendition of the last post. Following the last post, a minutes silence was observed. A number of the junior teams were present too as the whole club came together to remember the fallen.

This Saturday: St Ives Town remembers

St Ives Town FC to join the nation in remembering the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces Community from Britain and the Commonwealth

On Saturday 11th November prior to our first team fixture against Halesowen, we invite you all to join us at St Ives Town F.C. for this event as we pay our respects with a minute’s silence.

At 2.45pm before the 3:00pm kick-off the mayor of St Ives, Cllr Phil Pope will lead the flag bearer and our teams onto the pitch to await the arrival of the first team and our guests Halesowen, accompanied by the match officials. Our under 8 and under 9 teams will be the match mascots for the day. This will be followed by a performance of the Last Post.

We invite all in attendance on the day to join Club representatives and take part in a minute’s silence.

Poppies will be available at the ground and all proceeds will go to the British Legion.

Grant success for Ives to build community catering facility

St Ives Town Football Club are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a provisional grant to provide a new catering facility at their Quattro-Tech Westwood Road stadium.

The provisional approval of the grant follows an application to the Mick George Community Fund to seek finance to refurbish a former storage area that was used for pitch maintenance equipment.  Once refurbishment of this space is complete, it will provide a new cafe at the stadium and will be open during the day with refreshments available for those who hire the 3G pitch at the ground.  It will also be available for the local community to use with outdoor seating provided.

Commenting on the news Ives Chairman Paul Reason said “It’s magnificent that our application for a grant to fund this project has been successful.  Our catering facilities at the club have improved significantly in recent times and this will now enable us to expand this side of the business further.  I would like to  thank Gary Clarke for his work and assistance with the grant application.  We are really excited to be moving forward with this project. The plan will come into action once we have received final approval including registration with Entrust, the regulator of the Landfill Communities Fund”.

Ives launch Christmas programme competition

With thoughts turning to the festive season, St Ives Town Football Club has launched a special Christmas themed competition aimed at youngsters.

The club is asking children up to the age of 11 to design a Christmas football themed programme cover for their home league match against Kettering Town on Boxing Day.  There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd with the overall winner getting a free family ticket for the Boxing Day game and a printed copy of the match programme which will also be signed by the Ives players as well as some festive goodies.

Ives Chairman Paul Reason said “This is a great way for youngsters to engage with the club.  All entrants can be as imaginative and creative as they like providing the design has a Christmas and football theme.  Kids love Christmas and having already reached out to local primary and junior schools, we are expecting lots of interest”.

The closing date for the competition is Friday 8 December with the winner announced week commencing 11 December.  Entry forms can be downloaded from the club website or hard copies can be collected from the club office on a matchday.  The forms also provide further details of how entries can be returned to the club.

If you want to take part, then head over to our special competition section on the club website.  The link is HERE where you will find all the necessary information.