We can today confirm that our Emirates FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at home to Hartlepool United has been selected for television coverage by the BBC.
We can confirm that the tie will kick-off as originally planned on Saturday the 24th of October at 15:00.
Please remember this is an all ticketed game, please see our recent article regarding purchasing your tickets. (click the link https://ilkestontownfc.co.uk/tickets-ilkeston-town-v-hartlepool-united-emirates-fa-cup/)
For those unable to be at the New Manor Ground on Saturday make sure to tune into the BBC Red Button channel.
Our Emirates FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at home to Hartlepool United will be an all-ticket game as a result of us being limited to 400 spectators.
Tickets will go on sale from the club on Wednesday 21st October between 12:00 – 18:00 for season ticket holders and Ilkeston away travelling supporters. Tickets will go on general sale on Thursday 22nd October between 12:00 – 18:00.
Tickets will cost the following:
Seated tickets £15/£12/£7
Standing tickets £15/£12/£7
With VIP lounge tickets are available for £150 for a table of six. You must be able to confirm you are from the same household.
Please note: There will be a maximum of two tickets per person.
In the last few days, the club have received confirmation that the COVID legislation currently in place for the hospitality sector in respect of alcohol sales, is being enforced at non-league and grassroots football stadiums across the country.
Despite considerable efforts by us all at the club, significant expense creating and implementing a risk assessment to help keep us all safe, we, unfortunately, have no choice but to stop selling alcohol to any person not seated at a table within our stadium.
As you can appreciate this will have a considerable effect on our income revenue, but the alternative punishment for not following such legislation would be nothing short of catastrophic for the club.
With this in mind, we hope you can judge the decisions made by the club in re-structuring match days with a level of understanding and realise that all we are trying to achieve is a smooth navigation through an extremely testing time.
Our priority has and always will be the safety and welfare of our supporters, the heartbeat of our wonderful club. We strongly believe the following plans to be implemented from Tuesday evening not only achieve this, but also help ensure the club remains unaffected by the daily challenges we now face.
Attendance remains at 400 supporters
£7 concession Including children U16
The existing bar and lounge will be offered as a VIP area with televised sports, draft ales, waited service with food and drink available to your table and a guaranteed reserved seat from the time the turnstiles open until an hour after the game or 10pm whichever is sooner. The charge for this is £5 per person and is payable at the entrance to this area. A face mask will be required to enter the building and can only be removed once seated.
Additional seating will be available in the adjoining academy classrooms where supporters will be seated and served at their table. This is on a first-come-first-served basis.
This area is free to enter and will have canned and bottled beer available to purchase directly from our licensed bar, bought directly to you to consume whilst seated.
Once again, a face mask will be required to enter the building and can only be removed once seated.
We will fully understand supporter’s frustration regarding these matters, but also realise the clubs’ current position, the safety and welfare of supporters and staff, along with trying to maintain our competitiveness is crucial.
Anyone not adhering to the legislation in place and who are caught drinking alcohol in other areas of the premises will be removed from the stadium immediately.
Ilkeston Town’s FCB side had to make do with a 2-2 draw as they opened their Notts Senior League Premier Division campaign at Awsworth Villa on Saturday.
In what was the young Robins’ first ever competitive match, Ilkeston began the game the better side and were making Villa have to chase the ball, but chances for Seke Spence and Mo Sillah went begging.
Awsworth couldn’t match Ilkeston’s early energy and the visitors went in front when Ayleal Dill went through on goal and confidently slotted past the goalkeeper.
Ilkeston continued to dominate and created plenty of chances, including an effort which hit the crossbar, and finally got their second goal through Ricco Spencer (pictured) who went around the goalkeeper and finished well for a 2-0 half-time lead.
However, Ilkeston began the second-half slowly and Villa began to gain confidence, soon pulling a goal back as their striker finished well following a ball right through the heart of the defence, although FCB thought they should have had a penalty just beforehand.
Ilkeston then began to get careless in possession and Villa got their equaliser with around 20 minutes left after a lapse in concentration from the Robins’ defenders.
Both teams wanted the winner but neither could find the all-important goal.
Ilkeston starting XI: Watson, Simmons, Lloyd, Grace, Tait, Spencer, Spence, Richards, Sillah, Dill, Hall.
Man of the match: Ricco Spencer
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Ilkeston Town FC would like to announce that half season tickets will be available from Monday, September 21.
They will be priced at £64 for adults and £48 concessions.
Due to the uncertainty, full season tickets will remain unavailable, however the club feels that the release of the half season tickets, which cover the first eight home league games but exclude any cup fixtures, will help ease the worry about not gaining admission due to temporary limitations on capacity.
A small discount has been incorporated into the price, however this decision has been made on the basis of people gaining admission whilst avoiding queuing and the uncertainty of entry, along with assisting in the club's track and trace legal requirement.
Should any fixtures be postponed during this time, entry will be permitted on the date of the rearranged match.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly displaying your full name and contact details including your telephone number. Proof of your concession will be required.
Ilkeston Town will travel to Coventry Sphinx in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.
The tie will take place on Tuesday, September 22 and will be played to a finish on the night, with penalties required should the score be level after 90 minutes.
Sphinx compete in the Midland Football League Premier Division and finished 14th in the curtailed 2019/20 season.
Ilkeston Town eased into the first qualifying round with a comfortable win over Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday.
The Robins began well and after Zak Goodson had seen an early effort saved, they went in front when Alex Troke scored from the penalty spot following a foul on Billy Bennett on ten minutes.
Troke had a low shot gathered by keeper Matty White soon afterwards, before the lead was doubled on 27 minutes when James Reid’s fine through ball found Goodson and he ran on to finish well.
Bennett then saw an effort cleared off the line for the hosts before the break.
The second-half saw Ilkeston continue to dominate, Troke having an effort well saved by sub keeper Lewis White, before the third goal arrived on 71 minutes as good interplay between Troke and Goodson ended with the latter finishing well to secure the Robins’ passage through.
FULL-TIME: Ilkeston Town 3-0 Shepshed Dynamo
INTRODUCING ‘PITCHING IN’ – THE NEW PARTNER OF THE INSERT NAME OF LEAGUE
GVC is delighted to announce that the new sponsor of the Northern Premier League, Isthmian and Southern Leagues – is Pitching In.
Pitching In, is a new Grassroots Sports Investment Programme that has today been launched by GVC, the multinational sports-betting and gaming group which owns Ladbrokes and Coral.
The partnership covers all three leagues that makeup Steps 3 & 4 of the National Leagues System, who market themselves collectively as the Trident Leagues.
England footballing legend Stuart Pearce, who played for Wealdstone FC for five years at the start of his long and illustrious career, has been appointed as the official Pitching In ambassador.
Stuart Pearce, ambassador for the Pitching In programme, says:
“I am delighted to be taking up the role of ambassador for Pitching In, as I’m passionate about the importance of investing in grassroots sports and in developing young talent. I started out playing for Wealdstone FC before joining Coventry City so I understand how important funding is to the non-league game. Grassroots football is facing huge challenges at the moment and many clubs are struggling to stay afloat. GVC’s Pitching In investment will help make a big difference to hundreds of clubs and thousands of players across the country.”
Pitching In has been set up with the objective of supporting, protecting and encouraging grassroots sports in the UK through a range of initiatives.
In addition to financial support, a key focus of the partnership will be to facilitate and encourage members of the community to become volunteers and do some pitching in of their own. A Pitching In volunteering scheme will be established to link GVC’s Ladbrokes and Coral shop colleagues with their local clubs.
In the weeks ahead Pitching In and the Trident Leagues will be announcing further initiatives to provide financial support and opportunities for all the 226 clubs (rising to 240 in 2021).
For more information on Pitching In please visit www.gvc-plc.com/pitchingin