Supporter of the Year

Supporter of the Year Awards

 
We are proud to announce that our very own Travel Secretary, Lynda Bacon was Runner Up on this year’s Evo-Stik NPL Supporter of the Year.
Lynda was one of five ‘super fan’ finalists who were unveiled on stage at Sunday nights presentation in Barnsley.
Pictured left is her recognition. Affectionately known as “Pineapple” to the Ilson faithful, Lynda has been pivotal in the success of the IFCSG Supporters Group since she joined with her work rate and enthusiasm for the group and Ilkeston FC.
And it is with great pleasure that her efforts have been recognised at the awards.
We will have more on this story and comments from IFCSG Chairman Duncan Payne and Lynda herself shortly.

Spectator Safety Success

The long running campaign for safer journeys to and from Ilkeston FC matches has been successful with funding of £30,000 secured for provision of a footway to the New Manor Ground, and a reduced speed limit outside the ground to 30mph.
Delighted IFCSG Chairman Duncan Payne said:
“This is fantastic news and is the result of plenty of hard work over the past 7 months. I am thrilled by Derbyshire County Council’s decision to allocate the necessary cash to ensure public safety within its 2014/15 budget.
“The committee played a huge part, gathering signatures for our petition as well as taking photographs of supporters struggling to negotiate their way to the ground on matchdays. I would like to thank them, plus all who signed the petition and offered their support to the campaign. I would also like to thank Catherine Atkinson for her sterling work behind the scenes, and who was able to persuade the Council that a footway was vital for the safety of hundreds of people who visit the NMG for the football. Without her support and her influence in getting local councillors to speak with us, the outcome could have been quite different.”
Catherine, who will be standing as a Parliamentary Candidate for Erewash at the next General Election added:
“This has been a long fight, but we didn’t give up and with the support of fans and Borough and County Councillors we’ve got the result we wanted. The next step is to ensure we see this through so that we get the improvements in place soon as possible. This is a win for Ilkeston FC and the fans who fought so hard and got the result they wanted.”

Archived Story:

Building a pavement for the New Manor Ground, Ilkeston. Petition

petitionEvery time Ilkeston Football Club has a home game hundreds of pedestrians including children and the elderly are forced to work along an uneven, sloping, and occasionally very slippery grass verge alongside a busy road. We believe that one day a serious accident will occur and request that Derbyshire County Council construct a pavement linking the entrance of the football ground with the canal bridge on Awsworth Road, Ilkeston.

Click the link below and sign the online petition.
Buiding a Pavement at the New Manor Ground

To date, there are 113 signatures online but we hope to increase this figure well into the hundreds.

We now have a download which you can print and get signed by family and friends to help this cause. To download, simply click here

Copyright Ilkeston Advertiser
Building a pavement for the New Manor Ground, Ilkeston.

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We Need YOU!

With the IFCSG committee engaging in more and more activities this year, the time has come where more committee members are required to help ease the workload.
Chairman Duncan Payne said:
“It is a measure of the success of the Group that we are now in desperate need for extra helpers. We are very hands-on at present what with organising travel, selling prediction sheets, fundraising for a new tannoy system, publishing our monthly magazine and producing our own merchandise.”
The committee would benefit enormously with the addition of two or three extra members, people who are enthusiastic about the IFCSG and what we are trying to achieve. The committee meets up once a month during the season, usually on a Wednesday night, and we are also active on match days. We also meet up with Dave Mantle occasionally to discuss issues relevant to the club and the fans. However, what was once something that required only a few hours a month effort for each of us is now becoming more rewarding but time-consuming. Two or three committed helpers will make all the difference and help us get back to normality.”
Anyone interested in joining the committee can email us through the website or catch up with a committee member on match days.

 

Supporters Group Update

“It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Kevin Cross (Kevilsonlad) has been co-opted onto the IFCSG committee. I am sure that you all know how passionate Kev is about IFC and to have him on board can only benefit the Group.” – Duncan Payne, IFCSG Chairman

The Ilkeston Football Club Supporters Group was officially launched on January 6th 2011. This supporters association has been formed to give Ilkeston FC fans a voice, to raise funds for the new club, to allow fans to travel to away games by coach at competitive prices and to raise awareness of Ilkeston FC’s existence within the local community by positively promoting it. It also exists to ensure that Ilkeston FC does not go down the same path as former club Ilkeston Town.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

“Working with Ilkeston FC to maximise support, both home and away, representing the views of fans, making sure that their voice is heard.”

Our new committee has now been formed following the 2013 AGM. We are:

Duncan Payne – IFCSG Chairman
Duncan Lapping – Secretary
Darren Jones – Treasurer
Jon Shapland – Membership Clerk
Lynda Bacon – Travel Secretary
Lee Francis – Website Administrator
Alex Middleton – Fundraising Co-ordinator
Alison Wall – Committee member
John Attewell – Committee member

IFCSG Travel Vouchers

Travel VouchersIFCSG Travel vouchers are available to buy which entitles the bearer to free travel. Each voucher costs £10 and can be used for any away fixture for the 2013-14 season.

Vouchers are available right now from Lynda Bacon, travel secretary.

LOUBY’S MATCHDAY OFFER

lobuys

Louby’s Mobile Catering are supporting Ilkeston FC AND our Supporters Group this season with food and drink refreshments at the New Manor Ground.

Louby’s are situated at various points of the ground and some of the profits from the day are pumped back into the Football Club, giving fans even more reason to chose Louby’s.

The Matchday Menu includes:

Large pie and chips £3.50
Large pie, chips, peas and gravy £4.50
Large chicken curry and chips £3.00
Large kebab meat and chips £3.00
Kebab wrap £3.50 (with chips £4.50)
Pot of peas £1.00

IFCSG members who spend £3.00 or more, (and on production of their membership card) can get a FREE hot or cold drink.

So why not visit Louby’s at the New Manor Ground on matchday.

 

A message from the Chairman

It won’t be long before the football season is upon us and I for one cannot wait. 2013-14 promises to be an exciting season for Ilkeston FC and with record season ticket sales being made already it seems many people believe it will be too.

After last season’s excellent progress expectations are high. But we must learn to be patient, especially as we may be fielding some talented but inexperienced players during the season. Young players have yet to develop the sort of consistency gained only through experience. So although we will all be hoping that the Robins will be ‘in the mix’ at the end of the season, failure to win promotion will by no means be a disaster. After all, the aim of the club was to reach the Conference North in five years and we are only one step away as we head into our third season. There is still plenty of time!

2013-14 also promises to be an exciting time for the IFCSG. We are planning some exciting fundraising initiatives which we plan to use to help the club. Discretion means that I can’t divulge more at this point but watch this space or the forums!

The IFCSG is also mounting a campaign to improve pedestrian safety around the New Manor Ground. We are trying to galvanise support for the laying of a footpath or pavement from the canal bridge to the entrance of the ground, and a petition is available to sign online – see elsewhere on this site for details – or on sheets being provided by IFCSG committee members on matchdays. We welcome your support in this matter.

There has never been a better time to be a member of the IFCSG. Following a lead from the football club’s ground admittance policy, we have frozen membership fees at £5 for adults and £1 for juniors until May 2014. Membership benefits include discounted away match travel, free Ilkeston FC club membership, free hire of the function room at the Sir John Warren, bring a friend at half price to two games from a selected list, and free entry into free match tickets draws – plus much more.

So an exciting time lies ahead and I’m thrilled to be IFCSG chairman when there’s so much to look forward to. But we also need your support to help drive the club forward and to protect it for future generations. Join the IFCSG now! The £5 you spend today will bring you so much more over the next twelve months. Roll on August!

Duncan Payne