First Team Management
Ricky is entering his eighth season as manager of St Ives Town. During his first season he took the club to a ninth place finish in Southern League Division One Central beating the previous year’s points tally, and in his second season secured a memorable promotion, guiding The Ives to a play-off extra time win over AFC Rushden & Diamonds. In his first season at step 3 he continued to take the Club forward finishing a creditable 15th in the Premier Division also enjoying a run to the League Challenge Cup Final which unfortunately ended in defeat. A tough season in 2017/18 was followed in 2018/19 by the Clubs most successful season ever finishing 13th. He is now looking to continue taking the Club forward with a top half finish the minimum aim.
Mike Ford – Joint Manager
Hugely experienced ex professional footballer Mike has joined the Ives in November 2021 as a joint manager working alongside existing manager Ricky Marheineke. Having enjoyed sixteen years as a successful player with Cardiff City where he made almost 200 appearances over two stints and Oxford United where he clocked up almost 300 matches. Mike began his managerial career in a caretaker role at Oxford United in 2000 before going on to successfully manage Oxford City for five years including winning promotion to Conference South with the Hoops in 2011/12 season. After leaving Marsh Lane at the end of 2013/14 season he then took a break before returning to the hot seat at Banbury United where he also took the Puritans to promotion in his first season with the club. Leaving the club at the end of 2019/20 season he has again taken a break from the game before returning to it again hopefully raring to go with the Ives.
Anton has joined the Ives with Mike Ford in November 2021 to head up the coaching team. He has behind him the experience of playing over 100 games for Banbury United before taking the step up to become assistant manager of the very successful Puritans side of the late 2010’s where he was Mike’s number two. He also has on his CV periods managing Hook Norton and Cogenhoe United.
Gary Marheineke – Coach
UEFA B qualified coach and England amputee goalkeeper and coach Gary has teamed up with his brother to make a formidable duo for the coming season. Gary has previously been learning his trade as he works towards his UEFA A licence working with local Thurlow Nunn League side Godmanchester Rovers. His greatest moment to date came in front of 41,000 people as England lost 2-1 to Turkey in the Final of the European Championship in 2017. He is also the football development officer for Huntingdonshire FA.
Jim was part of the coaching staff at Kettering Town and Bugbrooke St Michael with Mitchell Austin and has rejoined the new assistant manager at Westwood Road. A former Nottingham Forest YTS player Jim moved to non league with Bridgnorth and Solihull Borough before a two year stint in the Gambian Premier Division.
Paul is an important part of the coaching staff looking after the goalkeepers throughout the Club. He has worked with Ricky at both Huntingdon & St Ives and was proud to boast the joint top best clean sheet record during the successful promotion campaign. His keeper also went very close to equaling that record during 2018/19 season conceding only 43 goals in 42 games a record only bettered by the top three.
Jardaine Patel-Joseph (Physiotherapist)
Experienced sports therapist Jardaine joined the Ives from local rivals Eynesbury Rovers in summer 2021. He graduated from the University of Bedford in 2019 with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation having gained experience whilst getting his degree as physiotherapist with Southern League Division One Central Kempston Rovers. With Ricky intending to operate with a relatively small squad this season Jardaine will be a vital member of the team.