Club History

St Ives Town FC was formed on Thursday 15th September 1887. About 40 people met at the Unicorn Hotel to “consider the desirability of forming a football club”.  It was unanimously decided to form a club, to be called St Ives Town FC under Association Rules. The membership subscription decided upon was 3 Shillings & Sixpence including an entrance fee of 1 Shilling to be paid in advance.  The kit was chosen to be black with a white star.

The club rose to success by the turn of the century, collecting both Huntingdonshire Senior and Junior Cups in 1901. The Senior Cup was won again in 1912 but the club’s most successful era was the twenties. The Cambridgeshire League was won on three successive occasions from 1923 to 1925, there were Hunts Senior Cup successes in 1923 and 1926 with the Scott-Gatty Cup won in 1923 and 1924. Honours continued to be won in the thirties with the Senior Cup (1930), Scott-Gatty Cup (1932) and Peterborough League championship (1938) all won.

In 1949 the Saints joined the far-flung Central Amateur League, However 12 months later the club decided to move into the much more local UCL 2nd Division. The team struggled and two years later they rejoined the Peterborough League.

The Scott-Gatty Cup was won in 1961 but league fortunes plummeted as the Saints slid down to the Peterborough League 3rd Division. They won that division in 1978 and then won speedy promotions in the following years. This culminated with a Division One title earning a Premier Division place in 1982. Three years later St Ives moved back into the UCL.

Huntingdonshire Senior Cup successes were recorded in 1982, 1987 and 1988 while the revival of the Premier Cup saw the Saints reach the first final in 1989, losing 3-0 to Cambridge United. They also reached the Premier Cup final in 1997 and 1998, losing 5-4 to Potton and 2-1 to Biggleswade Town respectively.

After finishing next to bottom in Division One in 2002, St Ives enjoyed improved fortunes under the management of Warren Everdell and Jez Hall. A memorable 2004-05 campaign saw the Saints finish third in Division One to win promotion to the top flight for the first time in their history.

 

Modern History

2007-08 Produced another record breaking season with the clubs highest pyramid finish, pushing for promotion but fell just short with a 5th place finish. The highlight of the season the run in the FA Vase which saw a 5th round tie at home to Needham Market produce a thrilling 3-3 draw which was witnessed by a record 767 crowd, was only beaten eight years later when it was almost doubled by the play-off final. Sadly the run ended in the replay a week later.

2008/09 was again a very successful season for the club, reaching the 5th round of the FA Vase for the second year running, coming 6th in the UCL Premier, and reaching the league cup semi final. He club reached all three county cup finals, but unlike 2006/07, the team picked up two winners trophies, in the Senior and Premier Cup, losing the final of the Hinchingbrooke Final, stopping another remarkable treble.

2009/10 saw the Saints once again getting to the fifth round of the FA Vase, before falling at the same hurdle for the third year running. On the domestic front, the Saints won the UCL League Cup for the first time in the clubs history beating Newport Pagnell Town 2-1 in the final. During the season Saints longstanding Co Managers Warren Everdell and Jez Hall reached their 400 game milestones in charge at Westwood Road.

2010/11 the Saints once again progressed through to the Hunts Senior Cup final but were beaten by League champions; St Neots Town. Also for the second year running they appeared in the final of the League KO Cup but were beaten by the ‘up and coming’ Peterborough Northern Star. A final league position of 11th and one of the highlights in the FA vase was beating last year’s finalists Wroxham FC away from home with a late goal from Dan Moyes.

2011/12 saw the Saints record their most successful season to date with a  3rd place finish in the UCL Premier Division. After reaching the UCL KO Cup Final for the third successive year, the Saints lifted the trophy for the second time after an impressive 4-1 victory over promoted Kings Lynn Town. Once again the Hunts Senior Challenge Cup was proudly lifted to round off an excellent season with arguably one of the best squads ever to grace Westwood Road. Conor Washington finished the UCL and Club top goal scorer with 52 goals from 50 games. Once again the Saints saw their FA Vase dream shattered but this time after reaching the Quarter Final.

2012/13 saw the Saints First Team once again make history and after a long season the club was promoted to Step 4 of the non-league pyramid for the first time club’s 125-year history. The Saints finished in second place behind Holbeach United but secured promotion as the highest placed Club with the necessary ground grading. The Saints also reached the League Cup final for the fourth consecutive season, but lost out to third placed Spalding United in the final match of the season. This season also saw the sale of Conor Washington in October, he also managed to secure promotion – to the Football League with Newport County. Our Reserves were also crowned Cambridgeshire Division 2B champions finishing12 points clear of second place. During this season Warren Everdell & Jez Hall achieved their 500th game in charge together as Co-Managers and Will Fordham and Dan Newman also achieved this achievement with 500 appearances in a Saints shirt.

2013/14 saw the Saints perform well in the Southern League Division One Central against some strong opposition and ended up a healthy 13th in the league. The fans deserve recognition during this season as the stats showed St Ives was the fourth highest attended team in the league. Away from the league the club reached the second qualifying round of the FA Cup, just losing out in a replay to Concord Rangers of the Conference South. In the Trophy, the club also reached the second qualifying round. Finally, the season finished with a trip to St Neots where we ran out runners-up in the Hunts Senior Cup final.

At the end of the season, Warren Everdell and Jez Hall announced they were stepping down from their managerial positions after 12 years at the helm. Most of the club’s successes to date were during their tenure.

2014/15 saw the new management team of Ricky Marheineke, formerly of Huntingdon and Histon and Jack Cassidy, also from Histon take over the First Team squad. The duo re-shuffled the squad bringing in new faces.  During this adjustment results slipped, however the second half of the season saw the Saints climb the table and finished a very respectable 9th position.  It was decided during this season that the current U18’s team would be replaced by a Scholarship programme, led by assistant manager Jack Cassidy.  A Ladies team would also be set up in the close season run by Darren Marjoram. A now fairly settled First Team and two brand new teams will mean a very exciting time for the club for the 2015/16 season.

2015/16 saw the team exceed all expectations by achieving promotion to step 3 of the football pyramid for the first time in their history. The feat was achieved in the most exciting fashion possible via the play offs after finishing a creditable fourth place. Having won their play-off semi-final on penalties at Egham they followed up with a final victory against the mighty Rushden & Diamonds in front of a bumper crowd of over 1500 at the Pro-Edge Stadium. A late Danny Watson equalizer topped off by a winner from local lad Ben Seymour-Shove in extra time finished off a fantastic season in the best possible way.

2016/17 saw the team consolidate at step 3 with a creditable fifteenth place finish. This was topped off by a successful run in the League Challenge Cup where an injury ravaged side were unlucky to lose in the final to Hayes & Yeading United. The Ives were dumped out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle by the now famous Westfields. But they enjoyed their best ever run in the FA Trophy getting to the third qualifying round before falling to a single goal at Kings Lynn Town.

Once again a number of last season’s side have moved on, but Ricky and Jack have recruited very well over the summer and another exciting season awaits.

The Club is also continuing to move forward all round as the Ladies side finished fifth in the Cambridgeshire Womens Premier League in only their second season and are now joined by a new development team. The scholars won the Thurlow Nunn Western Division and had the Club’s best ever run n the FA Youth Cup. The Club’s new Colts sides both started with a bang each winning League and Cup doubles in their respective age groups. They move on into the Eastern Junior Alliance League as a further opportunity to develop their skills and a new Under 13 side joins the Club for the coming season. These exciting times look set to continue at St Ives Town.