ilkeston FC chairman Dave Mantle has taken time to praise the club’s newly-rounded supporters group as the Robins move closer to a return to league football.
He says the fans’ initiative is creating solid foundations for the club’s future, with well over 100 members having been signed up so far.
And he told the club’s official website this week that he has been thoroughly impressed by the efforts made.
He said: “It was clear when we first met with the committee of the Supporters Group that they are extremely passionate about the football club, and want to do all they can to help.
“But what we don’t know – and we won’t discover for sure until August at the earliest – is how many others share that enthusiasm.
“Looking back at Ilkeston’s average League gates over recent years, they vary from 657 at best to 294 at worst and it’s going to be fascinating to see what we can manage to average next season.
“My feeling is that we ought to aim high and do everything in our power to attract 500 supporters to the New Manor Ground on a regular basis, but I readily accept that it will be easier said than done.”
We’ve again published a membership form for any fans who have yet to join up with the Ilkeston Football Club Supporters Group to fill in and send off to the address on the form.
l Plans for the FA’s Leagues Committee to send a team of people to assess facilities at the New Manor Ground on Monday (21st) were dashed when the organisation were unable to fulfill the appointment.
Mantle is now expected to travel to Wembley Stadium in April in order to meet with executives and encourage them to place Ilkeston FC in as higher league as possible for when the new season starts in August.
He said: “It’s disappointing because we were looking forward to giving them a tour of our facilities as well as explaining our plans, and crucially it felt that we were taking a big step towards getting things organised for next season.
“But there’s nothing we can do about it. I am sure they have good reasons for not being able to make the meeting on Monday and we just have to put things on hold for another couple of weeks.”
l Ilkeston’s academy side were set to be back in action last night (Wednesday) with a trip to Bromsgrove for a Central Conference Cup tie.
They will visit Worcester City in the league next Wednesday before trips to Halesowen and Burton Albion, with the next home match scheduled for April 18 against Halesowen.