Ilkeston Town Ladies Look Forward To The New Season.

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 boy Campbell has promotion in mind

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.

“The facilities for a club at this level are unreal and now with the 4G you can’t really go wrong. The manager was also a big factor because I know him and I know he’ll push to get the best out of me in the right way.”
Campbell made just one senior appearance at Notts County, that being in a League Cup tie against Middlesbrough, but cites his time at Meadow Lane, as well as the coaches he worked with there, as being a huge benefit to his career.
He said: “Obviously being at a pro team is everyone’s dream and it helps a lot because you’re training everyday with quality players, so I think it’s helped me with the tactical and positional side of the game.
“My biggest influences I would say were my U16 coach who moved me from centre midfield to a striker, and then my U18s coach because he worked hard with me to get the best out of me. There was Kevin Nolan too because he was the first manager to give me a chance and believe in me to give me my first pro contract.”
Two loan spells at Grantham Town continued to aid Campbell’s development, including three goals for the Gingerbreads in the 2019/20 season.
He said: “I feel like I’ve come to grips with how the game’s played at this level now and hopefully I can kick on this year and score a lot of goals and win a lot of games with Ilkeston.
“The fans can expect a hard-working striker that will put his body about and be a handful for the defenders and hopefully chip in with some goals too.
“I think we will do really well this season. The goal has to be to get promoted.”

Robins confirmed in new NPL Midlands

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.

Bedworth United

Belper Town

Cambridge City

Carlton Town


Coleshill Town

Corby Town

Daventry Town

Halesowen Town


Ilkeston Town

Loughborough Dynamo

Shepshed Dynamo

Soham Town Rangers

Spalding United

Sporting Khalsa


Sutton Coldfield Town

Wisbech Town



In October 2019, certain promises were made to the supporters by the new regime at the club.
Stage one was to completely eradicate the significant debts the club had accumulated and create an infrastructure with heavy community involvement.
The second phase was to completely refurbish the stadium and create an atmosphere to be proud of and one that would also help attract a younger generation to the NMG.
Both phase one and two were completed despite working through an unprecedented pandemic, with no revenue being generated by the club or the investors’ own businesses.
Phase three is of course the 4G FIFA Pro playing surface. The completion of this phase will allow the club to compete at a much higher level whilst maintaining a sustainable budget, protecting the club’s future forever.
The facility will also create a fantastic all weather playing surface for all our junior, academy and ladies teams, along with providing a key venue for our local community in becoming a full-time operation, open seven days a week.
We are now excited to announce that the commencement date of phase three is confirmed as May 24 and the installation will be completed in time for the new 2021/22 season.
Everyone at the club would like to thank Dave and Andrew for their considerable and continued investment in the club and the community and for honouring their promises despite some really testing times behind us and potentially still ahead.
Phase four, which is planned for the spring of 2022 or sooner, is currently at the planning stage with Erewash Borough Council and no delays are expected with this.
This phase is for a new stand with LED scoreboard, a new two-storey club shop, offices and a boardroom, along with 15 industrial units and further alterations and improvements to the bar and function rooms.
We would like to thank you for your continued support and to assure you all that the investment is not limited to the facilities alone.
Martin Carruthers, Kelvin Wilson and Wayne Hallcro will be given excellent levels of support and finance to ensure that success and winning football matches will always remain our priority.
We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Mark Clifford


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.”



CONGRATULATIONS | To Mo Sillah, Tyrelle Bartley and Ellis White for coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in academy lockdown competition.

During lockdown, academy manager Anthony Spencer and coach Dave Lilley put together a competition for all the academy boys to take part in.

We’d like to say a huge congratulation to Mo Sillah, Tyrelle Bartley and Ellis White for coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the lockdown competition. These young men put an incredible amount of work in off the pitch during lockdown and have won £200 worth of gift cards between them as a result.

There were many activities where each person won points, and the winners winning vouchers.

1st £100
2nd £60
3rd £40

Ilkeston Town FCB have gotten off to a perfect start in a new, specially-arranged competition.

With the Notts Senior League season having been curtailed, the league have put together a cup-like competition which features four groups of four teams, with sides playing each other twice.

The team placed top of their league after the six games will go into the semi-finals, with the winning sides going into the final played at Basford United FC.

Our FCB side played their first group stage game on Saturday at Hucknall Town (neutral venue) against Attenborough FC.

Coming into the game after two convincing friendly wins over Sandiacre and Awsworth Villa, coach David Lilley was confident that his team would pick up the three points.

The Robins proceeded to celebrate their first competitive win since January as Mitchell Tait’s impressive lob, Seke Spence’s header and Brontae Wint’s 20-yard curler sealed a 3-2 win in the group stage opener.

STARTING XI: Watson, Simmons, Altaf, Grace, Tait, Sillah, Manneh, Spence, Cummins, Dill, Spencer

USED SUBS: Dunkley, Peach, Lloyd, Wint

MTOM: Mitchell Tait.

Ilkeston Town’s Academy & FCB Side’s Return To Action.

Ilkeston Town’s younger footballers returned to action this week as the Robins’ academy and FCB sides got back on the pitch.

The academy were 3-0 winners over Basford United in the SCL Youth League on Wednesday, before the FCB team beat hosts Sandiacre Town 3-1 in a friendly on Saturday.

The academy victory came thanks to goals from Ayleal Dill with a brace and Seke Spence, while Dill was on target again at Sandiacre alongside Ricco Spencer and Kieran Cummings.

For Mitchell Tait, who took the coaching reins for the academy fixture, it was good to see the players back in action after such a long break.

He said: “I thought the game went really well considering it was our first match back for four or five months.

“We dominated the game from start to finish – the first 30 minutes or so everyone was a bit rusty but you’d expect that. We created a lot of chances though and the best thing about it is that we’re starting to link training into matches, and our work on movement off the ball was evident in all three goals we scored today.”

Carruthers thrilled with new two-year contract

Manager Martin Carruthers has expressed his delight at signing a new two-year contract with Ilkeston Town.

The Robins boss has committed further to the club having so far overseen two campaigns that have been brought to a premature halt thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But promising signs have been evident throughout both of those seasons and Carruthers wants to build on that once football finally returns again in the summer.

He said: “Even before the latest lockdown I was keen to get us tied into a new deal.

“It’s a fantastic football club and I can’t thank the chairman and investors enough for the support and backing they’ve given me. It gives me the confidence to know I can go into the next season with a good squad of players, with the backing from above, and they’ve given me everything they can to help me be successful and drive the club forwards which is the only ambition now.

“It’s a statement of intent from the club that we’re the team to take them forward and get them promotion and get it back where it belongs.”

Robins launch New Manor Sports Foundation

Ilkeston Town are proud to announce the launch of the New Manor Sports Foundation.

The brand new charity will be based at the home of the Robins and aim to provide and support various initiatives to help the local community.

And Ilkeston’s owner and chairman Mark Clifford says the Foundation will be all inclusive when it comes to those who will benefit.

He said: “Put simply, the Foundation is for the people of Ilkeston. There will be no age limitations in the projects we discuss and it will be about emphasising that the football club is an integral part of their community and that the facilities will be there to benefit them not just on a Saturday afternoon but through the week as well, helping with a range of issues they may be facing.

Trustee and Treasurer Mark Frost added: “I think the football club is the biggest asset this community in Ilkeston holds.

“With the Foundation, we can start as a football club to give back to the community and deliver projects to the people that mean so much to us.

“It’s the next step in the development of the football club and builds ties with the community and is a really exciting time as I think with the expertise we have in place, it will go from strength to strength.

“We also want to continue to build the relationships with the big businesses and employers in the town.”

“It’s a difficult time for people at the moment with many people feeling quite insular at home, and we want them to know that we are here for a friendly chat if needs be.”

Various areas of support will be put in place throughout the Erewash Valley, helping all age groups and walks of life – particularly as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clifford said: “Some of the projects we’re planning will be much-needed in the coming months as the whole country recovers from Covid. We have a clear plan and a clear pathway that we want to execute to make sure we are ready, not just ourselves but also some of the other fantastic partnerships within the Erewash Valley as working together in the charitable sector can be really important.”

One of the many key areas the Foundation will focus on will be helping the young people of Ilkeston, whether on a personal, employment or career pathway level, while the mental health and well-being of the town’s people will also be a focus in the coming months.

Themes will include suicide prevention, introducing walking football to the older members of the community, and championing ‘Let’s Talk’ initiatives that will target numerous demographics in the area.

Clifford added: “We’ll launch a Healthy Robins course during half-terms, focusing in particular on the heart and the health of the heart, exercise and nutrition and it will be free to those who wish to take part.

“This isn’t an elite football initiative, it’s aimed at people in the area from around eight-years-old and over.

“We’re also looking to do some work with dementia, which is something very personal to myself but which is also one of the biggest killers out there. That will involve putting on sporting initiatives for those living with dementia and their carers.

“It’s a hugely exciting time for the football club overall and the Foundation will be a huge part of it.”

For more information, take a look at the Foundation’s Facebook page HERE, as well as its Twitter feed – @NewManor_SF.

You can also see a video featuring the interviews with Mark Clifford and Mark Frost HERE.