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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

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.

Voluntary Job Vacancies

The St Ives Town FC Scholarship Programme is looking for –

1) Trainee Sports Scientist
2) Game Analyst

These positions would be a great opportunity for college or university students who want to gain valuable experience.
You would be working closely with UEFA ‘A & ‘B coaches and the scholars.

Both positions are voluntary.

If you’re interested, please fill in the below contact form and one of our education staff will contact you with more details.

St Ives Town FC – Education for 18-19 year olds

St Ives Town FC are offering an exciting opportunity for 18 to 19 year olds (male & female)

Have you recently finished 6th form or year 13 at college or another academy and looking to further yourself within the sports industry?

St Ives Town FC are now offering a level 3 diploma course alongside full time football training.

For more details please contact –
Craig Adams – 07966 854897
Lloyd Groves – 07967 098514

 

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.

Player Q&A Session – Ben Seymour-Shove

Player Q&A Session – Ben Seymour-Shove

Last night via Twitter & Facebook we hosted another in a series of Q&A sessions with current St Ives Town players with the questions being asked by the Ives fans. Local boy Ben Seymour-Shove was the next to be quizzed.

For those that missed it or don’t have access to social media, here’s the Q&A session in full.

Question – From Tom W – Who was your boyhood hero?

Ben – Growing up a big Arsenal fan this one is quite an easy one for me. Thierry Henry was my hero.

From Martin C – Do you check where Louise (photographer) is standing before the game so you know where to celebrate?

B – No I wouldn’t say so. I think it’s more from chance rather than me looking out for the photographer haha!!

From Martin C – What do you do Ben to chill out/relax?

B – Nothing too different I guess. I do a bit of exercise to help me feel good but also just watching series, watching sport and spending time with friends and family.

From Ross Prior – Other than your infamous play-off winning goal. What is your favourite moment in an Ives shirt. And also your favourite goal either by yourself or someone else?

B – My second favourite moment was the cup final win a couple of years back Vs Eynesbury. Of course winning but the turn out from the fans at the Neots ground was quality. My favourite goal of late would have to be the one Vs Redditch at Home this year in a big game for the team.

Here’s the goal Ben’s talking about in case anyone missed it.

From Posh Fan & John Toland – who is the best player you’ve ever played with or against?

B – Against there have been a lot. Especially in academy football. Played against was probably Raheem Sterling when he was at QPR. Best I have played with would have to be Jay Davies back in the Posh days.

From Mark Swetnam – Did you know that Rushden goal was going in as soon as you touched the ball, and how did it feel to know that you had just promoted the club to step three?

B – The Rushden goal I caught sweetly and knew it had a chance. The day was special and I have fond memories, I think I realised the achievement the following season when we were actually playing step 3. The calibre of teams were made me realise the achievement for the club.

Ben’s play-off winning goal v Rushden

From Mr Chiz – Hi Ben, it’s great to see your family following you home and away. Has this always been the case ?

B – Hi mate, Yeah they follow and support me everywhere. This has always been the same since I started football really. Their weekends are pretty filled with football including watching my sisters on Sundays which is great.

From George B – How tall are you?

B – 6ft 2!!!!

Another from Martin C – What is your best and worst game for St Ives?

B – Best game was the playoff semi final away to Egham. The underdog feeling and the celebrations away on a Tuesday night felt special. Worst would probably be Kettering at home in our first year at step 3. Think it finished 8-0 or 8-2. They were a good side but we were poor that day.

Ben’s goal v Egham in the play-off semi final.

From Hooky – I think it’s fair to say that you’re one of the supporters favourite players at WWR. How do the Ives fans compare to other clubs you’ve played for?

B – To be honest I haven’t played for too many clubs. The supporters at St Ives are top draw, especially the ones that continue to follow us through the Rocky times too. Hopefully good times for us all to come.

Many thanks for your time Ben and hopefully we will see you scoring some more crackers at WWR before too long!

Player Q&A Session – Martin Conway

Player Q&A Session – Martin Conway

Last night via Twitter & Facebook we hosted another in a series of Q&A sessions with current St Ives Town players with the questions being asked by the Ives fans. Goalkeeper Martin Conway was next to be quizzed.

For those that missed it or don’t have access to social media, here’s the Q&A session in full.

Question – From Janet C – Keepers are either the star or the villain of a game what was your best and worst game this season?

Martin – I think the worst for me were both against Rushall Olympic! Away we had the heartbreak of losing our lead and also not a great game personally from me. Alternatively there was our home game where there were 4 or 5 penalties in the game and the worst thing for me personally was not saving any of them! The best were probably the games in which I got injured in vs Kings Langley back in September or the two home games since I’ve re-joined Vs Leiston or Hednesford with me being busy in both right until the final whistle!

From Ross Prior – What do you say to those (normally outfield players) who reckon you don’t have to be fit to be a keeper and that the sessions look easy…?

M – They are talking a load of rubbish! From personal experience I probably find it more tiring doing the repetitive bursts of explosive movement in goalkeeping as opposed to running for long periods. That’s not me saying playing on pitch is easy!

Another from Janet – What made you want to be a goalkeeper?

M – I didn’t really have a choice! I had two older brother’s so in order to be allowed to play I had to go in goal! Seriously though, our keeper left when I was younger left to move to the Isle of Wight and my brother’s helped out and did the GK coaching/shooting practice for them so I thought is I’d go in goal.

Another from Ross Prior – What advice do you have for young keepers?

M – Be prepared to make mistakes! Nobody will ever be perfect but if you get down from it then you are likely to make more. Get annoyed at yourself, so that you show determination to not make them again! Know that your job is to make saves and be able to play with your feet too!

From Rennie – Who is your favourite goalkeeper of all time ?

M – Only one choice for me… Iker Casillas.

From Kai – What’s your strategy for trying to save a penalty?

M – I can’t give that away! I have a set idea based on the penalty takers run up and years of working out whether it works or not. It’s seemed successful over the years! The other part is where possible do some analysis on the team you are playing and find out who took their previous penalties and where they went. Bully & Ricky are normally happier with this approach but I don’t think my approach has done me badly through the years either!

From Hooky – You had a spell this season as an outfield player at Leighton Town before coming back to the Ives as a goalie. How did becoming a midfield maestro come about and do you prefer being out on the pitch or between the sticks?

M – Always done both since a young age, started off as a midfielder and ended up going in goal after a few years because our GK left and my older brother’s were doing the GK training!  I had been out injured for a while and Fin Iron had come in and done well. I spoke it through with Ricky and knew I needed to be playing regularly. I didn’t necessarily want to drop down to keep playing in goal as it was mid season so thought I’d give it a go. Leighton was the local club to my school so showing the kids that I could play as well as being a GK was quite nice. I thought I would enjoy playing out on pitch more than I did if I’m honest! Don’t get me wrong, you get a massive buzz scoring or getting assists but there’s still long periods of the game that you aren’t involved. I feel like I’m more influential & involved as a GK and still get to feel the buzz by spoiling the game for others!

From Alex – U12’s Gk – Did you have to work on kicking the ball so far or did it just come naturally as I struggle for distance at the moment?

M – I used to be rubbish off the floor! I would be really good kicking out of my hands but struggled off the floor too. I spent hours with my brothers and after training sessions when I was younger to focus on it. I try to copy Rugby techniques for goal kicks where they have a set routine that they go through. Just focus on your body & foot position to strike the ball cleanly. A lot of the distance will come as you grow and get stronger.

From John – Do you have any superstitions or routines you follow on a game day? If so what are they?

M – I’m a bit of a strange one, I like my routines. I sit in the same place every game at home games and stuck with the place that Trebesy had when I joined. I lay my glove towel on the floor and towel on the seat and get everything that I need out of my bag and have it ready. I put everything on left side first, don’t ask why but I do it in normal life too! Manager’s that iIhave had haven’t liked the final one, I put my wrist tape on whilst they are starting their team talk, it’s just a routine that has stuck and makes me focus on what they are saying.

From Janet Carter – We at St Ives don’t barrack the away goal keeper (much). Does any of it bother you?

M – I genuinely enjoy it! It is difficult when you are losing and you have nothing you can do to really affect the game. It is good when you’ve been taking abuse and then your team score or you save a penalty. Kettering away sticks in my mind as I gave it back when we won!

My son is 13 and plays academy football – The modern day keeper is encouraged to use his feet and play out of the back, what are your thoughts on this? How can he improve in this area?

M – For me it’s something that has obviously come more into football in the last 5-10 years. I personally would really enjoy it because it means I would be more involved and could possibly use more of my strengths. Alternatively it is also unnecessary pressure on goalkeepers who might not be very comfortable playing this way. In my eyes, the best way to improve it would be to work on his first touch and confidence in moving the ball out of his feet to play his next pass. Don’t panic with people chasing you down as 9/10 times they are running so fast that if you move the ball they will run straight past you! Move sideways with the ball across the pitch to always be able to give an angle for a pass and know where you want to play it next.

From Kieran – Do you have a glove sponsorship?

I am really lucky to be sponsored by Goalkeeper Warz. Paul did some coaching when I was at Ampthill Town and has started up his own GK coaching and equipment business. I’m not too fussy with gloves so have had lots of gloves with different styles and colourways over the years!

From Ross Prior – Favourite glove brand and why?

M – I’m biased as I have a glove sponsor! If I’m remaining neutral then it’s definitely one of the of the smaller brands. Brands like Goalkeeper Warz and Calma are excellent and others like West Coast GK, SellsGKP and KA Goalkeeping have been my favourites. I think the fit and confidence you have in your gloves is so important! There’s been times between changing gloves where I’ve had 3 pairs out in my warm up and not been comfortable because the ball didn’t feel as though it was sticking! VG3 cut or Sells Total Contact are my go to.

From Lawrence – What’s the best part about playing for St Ives?

M – When I first joined it was the underdog mentality. The amount of times we played against teams who were expecting to beat us comfortably, as the game went on they would get more and more frustrated because they couldn’t break us down! Linking with that it’s got to be the support we get from our fans and the tight knit group the management team have created. Regardless of where people are from, their ages or experience levels we all get 100% support from the fans.

From Jake S – With the football season taking a back seat for now, what are you doing to keep yourself fit during Isolation?

M – My poor dog has taken the hit for my boredom I think! Lots more walks than usual so she must be exhausted. I’ve also started in running just to give me something challenging to do. Nothing will give you the buzz of playing football though,  so I hope it can come back safely & quickly.

From Chris – Best player you have played with?

M – This is so difficult as I’ve been in some teams that are completely different! I’m lucky enough to have played with talented players like Ben Richards-Everton, Danny Newton, Borja Vicent, Danny Watson & Sam Cartwright. I would look back on this when I finish playing and decide I think.

Who was your idol growing up and why?

M – Iker Casillas. He was absolutely incredible and was consistent for so many years. He wasn’t the biggest but he made up for it with his athleticism and how he would constantly be talking to his team. Pepe Reina was another but that was more because of his distribution when at Liverpool.

From Billy G – What’s a realistic target & finish next season for St Ives?

M – Well this Covid-19 season was a bit disappointing and frustrating because we genuinely felt as though we were more than capable of staying up. We had turned the corner with confidence and performances and just needed to get ourselves into a rhythm. Next season whenever that might be… I think we could quite easily look at a comfortable mid-table position. I think we found this year it’s important not to stray too far away from what we were so good at and if we can find that again then definitely mid-table.

From Terry – What was your first ever pair of boots you wore?

M – I’ve had to ask my parents this! I think it was a pair of Umbro’s probably similar to Umbro Speciali. My older brother said he can remember me having some ‘dodgy multi coloured Diadora boots (blue red and white)’. I’ve never been the best with choosing boots and so when I was younger I was lucky I had two older brothers who I would copy from.

From Megan Wilson – Do you have a set pre match meal?

M – I don’t really have a set meal if I’m honest. I’ve just always stuck to trying not to eating any meals within 3 hours of kick off. If I have anything it might be something light or just some chocolate / sweets on the way to a game.

From Oliver Unwin – Favourite ground you’ve played at?

M – The best ground is probably the Walkers Stadium as I grew up in Leicester. Other than that, the best grounds for atmosphere and crowds that give me a bit of stick (which strangely i enjoy!) are: Woking, Farnborough, Halifax Town and Chester FC where I played right midfield!

From Sharon E – What’s your full time job and how does that effect your non league commitments?

M – I’m a PE teacher in Leighton Buzzard. I’ve always been really lucky to of had Heads of Department that have been supportive of my football. There have been times where I have had to miss parent evenings or leave school early to get to fixtures etc. It’s also been a massive help to of had managers’ who understand the job that I do and the extra commitments I have outside of normal working hours. My wife is also a very understanding ‘football widow’ who luckily enjoys the time I’m out of the house (I think)!

I think that’s all the questions. Many thanks Martin for taking the time to answer these. Hope to see you back between the posts (or in midfield!) at WWR before too long!

M – Been a pleasure, hopefully see everyone at St Ives Town soon. Stay safe.

Player Q&A Session – Robbie Parker

Player Q&A Session – Robbie Parker

Last night via Twitter & Facebook we hosted in what will hopefully be the first in a series of Q&A sessions with current St Ives Town players with the questions being asked by the Ives fans. Club captain Robbie Parker was the first to be quizzed.

For those that missed it or don’t have access to social media, here’s the Q&A session in full.

Question – From Josh Kean – Footballing idol when growing up?

Robbie – Steven Gerrard

From Mark Swetnam – Please ask Robbie “what is he doing to try and keep fit and sharp during the lock down period?”

R – It was a tough season physically so a lot of isolation has been resting and recovering but in the gym at home and a bit of cycling to keep ticking over.

From Hannah Seymour-Shove – How do you keep the team motivated during tough times in a game?

R – I think the best way to keep the team motivated during tough times in games is to lead by example. Once one or two start it quickly spreads through the team. Some choice words of encouragement don’t go a miss every once in a while too. It changes player to player how they respond.

Also from Hannah – Who’s got the worst taste in music in the dressing room?

R – 100% Ben Toseland- not sure what we’re going to get on the speaker week to week!

From Martin & Janet Carter – if you had to select the team each week, who would be first choice on the team sheet?

R – A tough one for different reasons but Ben Jackson would be my first choice.

From Jordan Patrick – When will Robbie cut his hair?

R – There are currently no plans to get rid of the long hair I’m afraid. Maybe a fresh start for the new season we’ll see.

From Paul Sharp – I’ve admired Robs play for a long time, but fellow fans on the terraces call him “the crab” aka Ray Wilkins. It’s not a bad player to be compared with, but my question is whether there is more to his game going forward ? Apart from missing lots of penalties.

R – There is definitely more to come with the attacking side to my game but it’s the team result that’s most important so I just try to stick to what I do best. #topscorerthisseason #nibble

From Martin C – Which player that has left the club do you miss the most?

R – A very tough one. There are a few that come to mind. Mark Coulson towards the end of the season both on and off the pitch top class. (Hopefully isn’t done yet). Jarvis Wilson loads of ability. Manashe Sundire from last seasons team.

From Bully – Who wears the worst clobber on a team night out??

R – I have to say the clobber on the last night out was exceptional. George Bailey stands out overall though. Some questionable decisions!

From Benno Sharp – Will you continue to take penalties after your run of not hitting a barn door from 12 yards?

R – I’m still penalty taker for now, got to score somehow!

From Benno Sharp – Who is your inspiration for your man bun, is it Zlatan, De Gea or Katie Perry?

R – It’s Katy Perry. This is coming next! 

From Benno Sharp – If you played in Liverpool’s current midfield who would be your 2 midfield team mates??

R – Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum both underrated in my opinion.

From Benno Sharp – Who’s the best player you’ve played with and against?

R – Best player I’ve played with ability wise is Kevin Thornton. I couldn’t name a best I’ve played against.

From Steve – what are the teams aims for next season and how do you think they can be achieved?

R – It’s difficult to talk about aims for next season as it still feels so long away and hasn’t been spoken about too much yet. On a person level I want us to be competing in the top half of the table. We know amongst the group individual errors throughout the team cost us this year.

From John – what’s the best thing about playing for St Ives?

R – The team spirit and togetherness we’ve all got. Staff, players and through the club as a whole.

Cheers Rob. Many thanks for taking the trouble to answer the above questions. The last one is more of a plea really and it comes from Nick Horne – Can you ask him to PLEASE stay at the Ives next season as he is absolute quality at this level! #uptheives

Chairman’s Update – 1 May 20

CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE

In these challenging and ever changing times I would like to keep you updated on the health of the club, which includes all associated with the club and steps that we are taking for when the season (hopefully) restarts.

From a financial point of view the club is in a good position. The directors decision, where possible, to stay within our means has proved it was the right decision.  Currently the club is happy to report that we have no debts apart from the monthly utility bills as and when they become due. Greene King that supply our keg beer have informed all their customers that they will replace all unopened kegs free of charge which is a fantastic gesture by them.

The club and clubhouse has been ‘mothballed’ and will remain so until lock down has ended and we have been given the green light to open.  There are lots of discussions taking place but my own personal view is that I can’t see non league football restarting until at least September/ October if not later – hopefully I will be proved wrong.

Because of the early shutdown of the League, Gareth and Dave managed to bring forward the pitch renovations.  I’m happy to report that the pitch has been verti drained, reseeded and 80 tons of horticultural sand was spread onto the pitch 2 weeks ago. I’ll like to think our ground staff planned the timing of the works to coincide with the recent heavy and constant rainfall. Photos & video to follow.

Fans have been asking how they can help out at the club, as soon as the social distancing rule is relaxed I will be asking for volunteers to come down to WWR to assist on works parties as the upkeep of our ground and facilities still needs to be done.

Our academy is still operating, the scholars have been working at home on their education part of the course with Lloyd and Bully utilising the latest in social media to keep an eye on things and continue marking the papers.

Our school and community program was suspended in line with school closures and will remain so until they resume.

You may have seen that due to the growth of our Ladies football, Darren has now set up their own twitter account, so please follow them to keep up with their news. @IvesTownLadies

Our colts teams leagues finished early which was unfortunate as we were in a number of cup finals, we will have to wait until next season to go again.

The First team will hold a series of ‘Q&A sessions’ on twitter over the next couple of weeks and it kicks off with the club Captain Robbie Parker this Friday evening from 6pm onwards, if you want to ask Robbie anything now’s your opportunity.

I am aware that Ricky and Bully are already planning for next season and have already started looking at player selection for when the season starts.

You may have read of the clubs ambitions to install a 3G pitch and redevelop the club house at WWR. Unfortunately these plans may take longer than originally anticipated due to the virus and lock down, however we are still working behind the scenes so we are ready to continue when the situation improves.

If like me you are sick of gardening and decorating be grateful that you and your families are safe and healthy and remain so.

Keep safe every body.

Regards
Gary Clarke

St Ives Town FC Academy recruiting for 2020/21

WE ARE ACTIVELY RECRUITING NOW

We offer a three year scholarship for 16 to 19 year olds, who are looking to earn their Level 3 Diploma in Sport.

Build a career with St Ives Town FC Academy. Find out more by contacting 07966 843897 or alternatively email – Lgroves.stivestownfc@gmail.com

Hunts FA competitions declared null & void

Taken from the Hunts FA website – 

The Huntingdonshire FA Board in consultation with County Cups Chairman Lawrie Cooke have decided that all Huntingdonshire FA County Cup Competitions that have not been completed this season will be declared null and void.

It has also been decided that entry into the 2020-2021 County Cups will be free of charge to all teams.

We are experiencing unprecedented times and hopefully we will be in a position once the virus is declared over to get back up and running with our normal way of life, we appreciate that football will play an important part in this recovery thus we are gradually working on how we can plan for such eventuality.

We thank every club for their support in this unprecedented and challenging time.

TOTS returns Saturday 14 March

We are pleased to announce TOTS will be returning this Saturday 14th March.
 
Please note we intend to run the following 3 Saturday sessions (14th – 28th March) subject to pitch & weather conditions, then TOTS will go on break due to pitch improvements until further notice.

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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230212763273665
330196562283463
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1732109134349-639
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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

PosClubPWDLFAGDPts
133198690464465
230212763273665
330196562283463
432176980433757
5331581058431553
632165115352153
7321410848311752
830149751321951
9331481157461150
10301551051411050
113014795045549
1232146125854448
1333139114340348
1432145135044647
1530134134546-143
1633132194862-1441
1732109134349-639
183384214274-3228
193268183987-4826
203365223376-4323
213045212558-3317
223333252489-6512

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)