Date:Wednesday July 17 2013
Rotherham United are taking a team to take on Northern Premier League Premier Division's Ilkeston Town at the New Manor Ground this evening.
Ilkeston have had football teams in the town since the 1880's with the likes of Ilkeston Mechanics, Ilkeston Wanderers, Ilkeston Town and Ilkeston United but all failed to make the grade.
In July 1945 the new Ilkeston Town FC was founded starting in the Notts and Derby`s Senior Senior League and in 1951 they reached the FA Cup first round proper for the first time losing to Rochdale.
Ilkeston moved into the Midland Counties League in the 1960's winning the League Championship in the 1967/8 season. Three years later they went into the Southern League Division One North but, due mainly to the lack of local derbies and failing crowds, the club had financial problems.
Things got better for the club when they switched to the Northern Counties East League in 1982 and also won the Derbyshire Senior Cup and reached the last sixteen of the FA Trophy.
Seven years later saw the club taken over by millionaire Paul Millership and they joined the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division and, it was under Mr Millership that the club moved out of the ground they'd called home for ninety-nine years, the Manor Ground, to the New Manor Ground in 1992 which allowed them to play under floodlights for the first time at home. Back-to-back promotions followed taking them into the Southern League Premier Division and in 1994/5 they again reached the last sixteen of the FA Trophy.
Ilkeston had a few managers over those years including former Millers joint-manager John McGovern who was in charge from November 2000 to March 2001.
Suffering a relegation the club bounced straight back and at the end of the 1998/9 season they finished third in the Southern League Premier Division. The following season, for the first time, Ilkeston beat League opposition in the FA Cup when they beat Carlisle United two-one.
In 2003 the club were relegated again but, at his first attempt, Phil Stant led them to promotion from the Unibond League former Miller Nigel Jemson took over. In 2008 Paul Millership died and Chek Whyte took over appointing David Holdsworth as manager but he only stayed a few months before taking over at Mansfield Town leaving former Millers Paul Hurst and Rob Scott to take over as caretaker managers. The pair got Ilkeston to the Unibond play-off final where they beat Nantwich to clinch promotion to the Blue Square North. But with the uncertainty concerning the finances at the club Hurst and Scott moved to Boston United and Kevin Wilson took over at Ilkeston.
Gary Hodder took over the club from Whyte in March 2010, inheriting an unpaid tax bill and in September the High Court ruled that Ilkeston were insolvent and they were put into liquidation. Two months later the club reformed with Dave Mantle as Chairman and became Ilkeston FC.
Ilkeston FC were initially set up as an Academy side and the first season did the double by winning both the Central Conference League and Cup and in 2011/12 were accepted into the Evo Stick Division One South league. In that first season they ended up in the play-off final against Leek Town who they beat two-nil to send them into the Evo Stik Premier Division properly named the Northern Premier League Premier Division.
Last season the Robins finished in twelfth place and they got to the final of the Derbyshire Senior Cup where they beat Matlock Town two-one with two goals in the final minutes of the game.
Adults - £7
Over 65`s - £5
Disabled and students - £5
Under 16`s - £1
The game is pay on the day and kick-off is 7.30pm
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Date:Wednesday July 17 2013
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