Ilkeston F.C.

Ilkeston F.C.
Ilkeston FC logo.png
Full name Ilkeston Football Club
Nickname(s) The Robins
Founded 1894 (as Ilkeston Town)
reformed 2011
Ground New Manor Ground, Ilkeston
(Capacity: 3,500)
Chairman Dave Mantle
Manager Kevin Wilson
League Northern Premier League Division One South
Home colours
Away colours

Ilkeston Football Club is an English football club based at the New Manor Ground in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.



The club was established in 1894 as Ilkeston Town F.C..

They have reached the second round proper of the FA Cup twice, in seasons 1997–98 and 1999–2000.[1]

In May 2008, it was announced that local self-made millionaire property tycoon Chek Whyte was taking over ownership of the club following the death in November 2007 of Paul Millership, who had saved the club when Erewash Borough Council sold the Manor Ground to a Scottish chain of supermarkets.[2]

Ilkeston Town logo

In the 2008–09 season they finished second behind Eastwood Town in the Northern Premier League Premier Division. In the playoffs they beat Kendal Town 4–3 to reach the final. The club gained promotion to the Conference North on 2 May 2009 when they beat Nantwich Town in the play off final 2–1 after extra time with a 94th-minute winner, in front of 1,794 fans.

Their first season in the Conference North was a successful one as they finished in eighth place in the table, as well as progressing to the first round proper of the FA Cup where they lost to Cambridge United. At the end of the 2009–10 season the club came under new ownership with Gary Hodder taking over as chairman.

In their 2010–11 season they initially played in Conference North, but their record was expunged on 8 September 2010 as they were subject to a winding up order in the high court over a £47,000 tax bill from the Chek Whyte era.[3] Two months after liquidating, the club was reformed as a renamed Ilkeston F.C. and were admitted into the Northern Premier League Division One South in May 2011.[4][5]

Past players have included ex-Nottingham Forest defender Steve Chettle and former Newcastle United forward John Tudor.


The club plays at the New Manor Ground.


Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Aaron Butcher
Wales DF Josh Hill
England DF Joe Wilcox
England DF Russell Cooke
England DF Dan Partridge
England DF James Cullingworth
England DF Gerome Palmer
England DF Russell Peel
England MF Ryan Wilson
England MF Liam Green
No. Position Player
England MF Joe Maguire
England MF Darren Caskey
England MF Kristian Cox
England MF Adam Colton
England MF Will McCall
England FW Daryll Thomas
England FW Josh Wisdom
England FW Gary Ricketts
England FW Tyrell Waite
England FW Andrew Osei-Siribour

Ilkeston Town F.C. Honours

  • Northern Premier League Division One
  • Southern League Division One Midlands
    • Runners-up 1997–98
  • Midland Alliance
    • Champions 1967–68

!Division One[6]



  • Highest league placing: Conference North - 8th
  • FA Cup best performance: second round proper - 1997–98, 1999–2000
  • FA Trophy best performance: third round replay - 1994–95
  • FA Vase best performance: fourth round - 1988–89


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Coordinates: 52°59′02.10″N 1°18′00.83″W / 52.983917°N 1.3002306°W / 52.983917; -1.3002306

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