We are delighted to announce the signing of defender Stern Irvine.
Stern, 18, has spent the last two years coming through Notts County’s academy and following his release from the Magpies over the summer, has featured as a trialist for the Robins in some of their pre-season friendlies.
And boss Martin Carruthers says he’s delighted to have brought the youngster in.
He said: “It’s great to get Stern on board and he is a fantastic addition to our squad.
“He is a player with real potential who will have opportunities to progress to higher levels. Lots of professional clubs were interested in signing him and it’s a real coup for this club to get him and facilitate his development.”
The next chapter in Ilkeston’s footballing history begins on Saturday with the debut of the New Manor Ground’s brand new 4G pitch.
Great investment has been pumped into Ilkeston Town with numerous impressive ground improvements and plans for a widespread redevelopment of the NMG still in place.
The club’s grass pitch was ripped up over the summer, with chairman and owner Mark Clifford hailing the new surface as a huge asset to the club and community.
He said: “The laying of the pitch is in its final stages now and we expect the handover to be completed on Friday.
“The pitch puts us in a position where the club is in a sustainable model for the first time ever, and will be a great asset for both the community and the club and where we can bring both the seniors and juniors under one roof, as well as the New Manor Sports Foundation.”
Saturday will see a day of special events, labelled Town Fest, with a legends versus fans match preceding a pre-season friendly between the Robins and Long Eaton United.
That in turn will be followed by a night of entertainment including live bands, face painting, a bouncy castle, a penalty shoot-out and a raffle, the whole day aiming to raise funds for the New Manor Sports Foundation.
Admission is £8 for adults, £5 concessions and £1 for children.
Clifford said: “It’s been a tough time for everyone and above all we’re looking forward to finally being able to welcome fans back to the New Manor Ground and watching football.
“Since we last completed a season, we’ve carried out a lot of redevelopment at the NMG and hopefully the fans will continue enjoy the changes being made.”
With regard to the playing side of things, Clifford says he’s happy with the squad being put together by manager Martin Carruthers.
He said: “We’ve made some really good signings and have excellent squad depth now. We have competition in every area and that’s not excluding our talented U23 players who are all coming through really well and competing for a place in the first team setup.”
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Ilkeston Town have completed the signing of much-travelled midfielder Aman Verma.
The 34-year-old was most recently with Mickleover and has plenty of playing experience high up in the non-league pyramid after being released by Leicester City in 2011, where he had come through the youth setup.
Having played on loan at Crewe Alexandra in the Football League during his time with the Foxes, his most notable spell then came with Kidderminster Harriers where he played over 50 times in the National League.
He has also featured heavily for Kettering Town, Corby Town, Darlington, Torquay United and Tamworth, as well as playing under former England defender Mark Wright in Malta for Floriana.
Whilst at Darlington, Verma was part of the team that won the FA Trophy at Wembley by beating Mansfield Town in 2011.
Ilkeston boss Martin Carruthers says he’s delighted to sign a player with such good experience.
He said: “We are delighted to welcome Aman to the club. He is a highly experienced and talented individual who was sought after by numerous clubs from higher levels.
“His playing record speaks for itself and this is another fantastic addition to an already talented squad.
“I’m sure he will be a real fans’ favourite.”
The Robins are back in action this weekend as they head to Leicester Nirvana on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
New Ilkeston Town full-back Rashaan Frances has promised plenty of hard work as he prepares to make his Robins debut.
Ilkeston Town Ladies’ Hannah Bloomfield says it’s good to be back in training after the enforced break due to COVID-19.
The Ladies, like their male counterparts, saw their season eventually curtailed after several months on hold.
And Bloomfield said life without football was difficult to come to terms with, the players having had to instead exercise on their own.
She said: “It has been horrible because we have not been able to train and we have not been able to banter with each other.
“I have just done a bit of running and a bit of football at the park. Things like that, nothing major. It‘s hard when you have not got the girls around. It is definitely not the same.“
The team has now started training again in preparation for next season. In the last campaign, the team was fighting to get promoted from the East Midlands Women’s Regional League Division One South, being in fourth place when the season ended but only a point behind leaders Derby County Academy with a game in hand.
Bloomfield added: “It is definitely good to be back with the team and getting ready for next season.
“I am sad that the league was cancelled because we were doing well. We were close to the top so it is disappointing.
“Now we just focus on next season. The next couple of months will be hard; Mike and Earl are going to put us through our paces. We will be playing friendlies and training hard.
“We‘ve got a really good team so it‘s exciting to see what will happen.”
New Ilkeston Town signing Remaye Campbell believes promotion is a real possibility for the Robins next season.
The 20-year-old striker has joined up with Martin Carruthers’ squad having been released by Notts County, a loan spell at Grantham Town having been his most recent port of call.
And he’s now delighted to be part of the setup at the New Manor Ground.
He said: “The gaffer messaged me to come down for training about about three weeks ago now to have a look at me. I guess I impressed and it’s kind of gone quickly from there to be honest.
Ilkeston Town will play in the newly-formed Northern Premier League Midlands next season.
The news was confirmed by the Football Association on Tuesday following a comprehensive restructure of steps 4-6 of the National League System, with the new division having been inserted at step four.
It means the Robins will face several different teams to those in more recent campaigns, with a number of trips to Cambridgeshire and the South Midlands set to replace the more usual journeys north.
The full list of teams in the division is as follows, with final ratification still to take place.
Soham Town Rangers
Sutton Coldfield Town
Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer visited the New Manor Ground on Saturday (24th).
Sir Keir was instantly enthralled by the quality on show by our U14s side.
He said: “It’s really great to see young players. The U14s won their game this morning, and having spoken to them it was great to hear their plans to become pros.”
Mr Starmer says he was very impressed with the investment put into the club and the facilities available for the local community.
He was pleased after speaking to chairman and head of football Mark Clifford about the proposed 4G pitch which is planned to be put in over the summer, and the units that will be available for local businesses to use as part of the plan to make the club self-sustainable.
Clifford said: “It was great to welcome Sir Keir to the New Manor Ground, along with our local councillors Tony King and Catherine Atkinson. It is really important that we develop a positive relationship with all parties to ensure that we can become a community asset for all the local community to benefit from aside from football, but with football at the heart of what we do.”