Category: General Club News

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.

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

Southern League Premier Central

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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.

Local Buzz Marketing become the club’s Marketing and Media Partner

The club is delighted to announce a fantastic new Partnership with Local Buzz Marketing. 

With the club developing and growing so much in recent years the need for an overall marketing and media plan/strategy and ongoing implementation has become more and more apparent. In particular, a focus on the hugely successful and popular Scholarship and Schools Programmes will benefit hugely from this. After working with Local Buzz Marketing on a number of different projects recently, the Board felt that they would be a great company to work with to achieve this. We have also had fantastic feedback on how their array of different services have helped them enormously in their businesses. As part of the deal, Local Buzz will offer their services to all club sponsors/season ticket holders at a discounted cost. Full details to follow shortly.

Local Buzz Marketing are an award winning design and marketing agency. Please click on the company logo to visit their website.  

They are based at the Buzz Studios in St Ives where they also run the local Magazine ‘What’s the Buzz?’ You can find out more about the whole group by visiting www.buzz-studios.co.uk  

Jon Orchard, the Local Buzz Marketing MD stated. “We’re delighted to be working closely with the club and in particular the Academy. This is an exciting partnership for both sides. Having grown up in St Ives and recently moving Buzz Studios here, it’s great to be working closely with St Ives FC.”

Mark Taylor SITFC Commercial Director commented. “This is great news for the club and having Local Buzz Marketing advising us in these critical areas will really help the club to continue to grow and flourish. I have worked with Jon and his team over a number of years on different things and their creativity, professionalism, enthusiasm and performance has been first class.”

Quattro-Tech enter a fantastic new partnership agreement with St Ives Town FC

St Ives Town FC are delighted to announce an exciting new Partnership deal with Quattro-Tech Ltd (QT). A major automotive business in the town and area founded in 2013. This is fantastic news for the club to have the support of another really well respected, successful and great St Ives company. Two aspects of the deal will both see QT become the First Team’s warm up top sponsor and also provide their array of services at discounted rates to all club sponsors and season ticket holders. Discounts will be agreed on an individual basis on production of a current season ticket.

Quattro-Tech (QT) is your main dealer alternative for Volkswagon, Audi, SEAT, Skoda and VW commercials, using genuine VAG or original equipment parts to service, repair and maintain your vehicle whilst upholding your manufacturers warranty and service record. QT can offer a range of performance enhancing upgrades for a large number of the VAG vehicles through their performance partners Revo (exclusive partnership in Cambridgeshire who are market leaders in delivering switchable performance re-map software/hardware) and other performance suppliers.

QT offer a highly competitive, personal and direct service. They deliver exceptional value for money, demonstrate vast knowledge and experience, latest equipment and a customer centric approach. This gives QT the edge on competitors.

QT’s car sales arm, Quattro-Tech Cars gives a fantastic buying experience in the used car buying arena. All cars are hand picked by their experts followed by a structured check over by the brand trained technical specialist and an MOT. All designed to give the customer real peace of mind that you are buying a quality used car.

Justin Reason Head Of Operations at QT commented “Supporting local businesses, clubs and charities is important to Quattro Tech and we are proud to partner with St Ives Town FC for the coming year and beyond. As a business QT prides itself on delivering an exceptional customer experience, with high technical quality at a fraction of the main dealer price, this approach has built strong local support for which all at QT are grateful. We hope by supporting our local football club that we are able to support the local community in another way. Although winter is around the corner we are also looking forward to attending fixtures and supporting the team with loud voices.”

Mark Taylor SITFC Commercial Director stated “It is brilliant news for the club to have the backing of such a successful and well thought of local business particularly in such difficult times. We are really looking forward to working with QT and developing a great and fruitful relationship in the coming years.”

St Ives Town FC enters into Lockdown

As many of you are aware St Ives Town FC first team have suffered a outbreak of Co-Vid19, so far 2 Managers and a player have tested positive and we await the results of the other players and staff.

With a game scheduled tonight we were left with no choice but to notify the League that the club will be unable to fulfil the fixture.

We have a duty of care to the players, staff and more importantly our supporters many of who fall into the danger category.

The club’s Board of Directors have voted that the club enters into a complete lockdown of the First Team to ensure that our outbreak is contained, therefore St Ives Town FC will not play any games until Friday 16th October at the earliest.

Gary Clarke
Chairman
St Ives Town FC

Fantastic new partnership deal. The White Hart and Seven Wives with St Ives Town FC

St Ives Town FC are delighted to announce an exciting & exclusive new partnership deal with The White Hart and Seven Wives eateries / pubs / bed & breakfast (White Hart only). In these uncertain times it has the potential to both benefit the club massively whilst also providing valuable reciprocal business to both venues. As part of the deal, all club season ticket holders will be entitled to a minimum 15% discount on all drinks purchased at both locations subject to production of a current season ticket. We are also looking at an incentive for visiting away fans who venture into town before games and a number of other initiatives during the course of the season.

Brandon, the owner of both the White Hart and Seven Wives commented  “We’re really pleased to be in a partnership with St Ives Town FC. Myself, Hayley and the staff all follow the club and we endeavour to support them with sponsorship and any other fund raising ventures. Myself & Hayley have also sponsored Tierney Coulson who plays for the Ladies team this season. Tierney’s family all frequent the Seven Wives especially when the sun’s out in which we always welcome along with other families. Both pubs and ALL staff are excited about trying to grow and get through these trying times and with a collaboration/partnership with St Ives Town FC. We can do this by simply supporting each other in what is a miserable 2020 and hope that 2021 can bring all local businesses a brighter future by working side by side.”

Mark Taylor, the club’s Commercial Director stated “This is another great partnership for the club and has the potential to help both ourselves and The White Hart and Seven Wives enormously in what are very troubling times for everyone. Brandon has been very creative in terms of how best to maximise and develop this deal.”

The White Hart – A 500 year old pub is situated in the heart of St ives Town and has been recently taken over by Brandon and Hayley, have some great ideas to make this one of the successful pubs in St Ives. They are extending the courtyard garden and installing a pergola which will be roofed to provide all year round use. The interior which is slightly dated will soon have a new lease of life offering some of the best home cooked foods, tapas and steak nights in town. It has 6 rooms upstairs which are available to rent as room only at the moment, but will be having ensuite installed pre Christmas 2020.

Seven Wives – One of the biggest pubs in St Ives, just outside of the town centre. It has the biggest child friendly beer garden and always a massive hit with families, a real family community hub. Brandon & Hayley have had this pub now for nearly 2 years and had many issues which they came through as a team and community. It’s also renowned for live music, sport and a meeting point for families. This has been acknowledged by putting on family fun days & kids parties (Christmas, Halloween etc). They are looking forward to 2021 by having an enormous screen showing lots of sports including Euro 2021 and  will endeavour to put on a massive show for the community of St Ives.

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

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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.

Exciting New Partnership

St Ives Town FC are delighted to announce a fantastic new partnership with Financial Markets Online (FMO). Based in Chelsea Harbour, London, FMO have become one of the UK’s leading financial markets education provider, for the absolute beginner in particular who’s looking to develop a valuable second income. They are extremely focused on risk management and technical support for their clients. They are looking to expand their countrywide footprint as part of their strategic growth plans, including an already established satellite trading floor in St Ives.

James Bentley FMO Managing Director commented – “We are extremely excited to partner with St.Ives Town and happy to give a small number of potential traders the opportunity of working closely with our trading team. This can be done either in house or remotely, on our award winning online education platform, completely free of charge. With a possible second lock-down on the way, making yourself ‘recession-proof’ by earning an income at home from your laptop could be your most important decision of recent times.” 

For further information of the offer email info@financialmarketsonline.com quoting SIFC/free education as your reference. 

Mark Taylor SITFC Commercial Director stated – “This is great news for the club to develop such a relationship with a business of the stature of FMO, not only for now against a backdrop of such uncertainty but also for the future. There is such potential for both the club and FMO to develop a strong and flourishing partnership for many years to come.”

For details both of FMO and their full array of services please visit their website – www.financialmarketsonline.com

FMO Social Media Pages

Facebook facebook.com

YouTube youtube.com

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

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.

Chairman’s Update – 1 August 20

CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE – 1 AUGUST 20

During the last couple of months we have all faced challenging times on a personal and work related level. Hopefully the worst of the pandemic is over but there is still a risk to all of us so we must follow the social distancing rules.

I would now like to keep you updated on the health of the club. From a financial point of view the club has remained in a good position. We have taken advantage of applying for all the available grants and I’m glad to report that we have been successful in all of them.

The club and clubhouse has remained ‘mothballed’ and we have had a number of working party days where up to 20 supporters/staff have attended to help out by making the clubhouse and ground a better place for you all to visit. Many thanks to you all that have given their valuable time to the club.

Our academy continued to operate with the scholars working from home on their education part of the course with Lloyd and Bully overseeing them to ensure they were able to complete this year’s programme.

You will have read that Bully made the decision to step down as assistant manager so that he can concentrate on his full time role in the club academy. He will still be around to help the first team if required. Ricky has appointed Mitch Austin as a replacement for Bully and we welcome him to WWR.

Ricky has been actively working on player selection for this coming season and has been successful in signing some very experienced players who have played at our level and higher to complement the existing players that will remain at St Ives Town. Full details can be found on the web site or via social media.

I previously informed you of the clubs ambitions to install a 3G pitch and redevelop the club house at WWR. The Board has agreed that Paul, Mark and I will temporarily cease having any involvement in the day to day running of the club which will enable us to concentrate fully on the redevelopment.

We invited three companies to quote to carry out the installation of the new 3G pitch. All three have visited WWR and we are now collating their responses and analysing their quotes.  We have also invited a number of floodlight companies to quote for the installation of new LED floodlights. We hope to appoint the successful companies in the autumn to allow work to commence at the end of the new season.

You will have read in the press that non-league football can start under strict government guidelines.  The summary of this is as follows;-

Friendlies can be played during the month of August behind closed doors.  Friendlies can be played in September which supporters are allowed to attend (Subject to government and FA final approval)

Our season in the Southern League is due to commence on Saturday 19th September and in order to allow all the games to take place it has been extended to 8th May 2021.  The FA Cup is due to start on the 1st September. This year it will be one game of 90 minutes followed by a penalty shoot out. There will be no replays or extra time. 

We should enter the FA Cup at the First Qualifying round on 22nd September. We should also enter the First Qualifying round of the FA Trophy on 26th September.

The Southern League has decided to suspend the League Cup for the 2020-2021 season to allow all the League games to be played.

There are strict government guidelines regarding the return of football for the safety of us all. Social distancing will be in force. Anyone entering the club house will be required to give their name and telephone number for track and trace reasons. There will be a queuing system at the bar and a separate in and out entrance to the club house.  There will also be a reduced menu at the café bar. 

In the interest of everybody’s safety can I please request that you all to adhere to these guidelines as these are in place to protect all that enters St Ives Town FC. 

The guidelines also state that we need to have a Covid 19 Officer – Marina Howlett has been appointed and a Covid Health & Safety Officer – Nigel Howlett has been appointed.  Can you please follow their instructions when in the ground.

Ricky has agreed the following friendlies of which, unfortunately, are all to be played behind closed doors unless the Government changes its ruling.

Saturday 15th August – Hayes & Yeading (h) 3pm

Tuesday 18th August – Northampton Town (h) 7.30pm

Saturday 22nd August – St Neots Town (h) 3pm

Tuesday 25th August – Godmanchester Rovers (a) 7.45pm

Saturday 29th August – Kettering Town (h) 3pm

Tuesday 1st September  – Soham Town Rangers (h) 7.45pm

Saturday 5th September  – TBA

Tuesday 8th September – Kempston Rovers (a) 7.45pm

Saturday 12th September – Gainsborough Trinity (a) 3pm 

Keep safe every body.

Regards
Gary Clarke