Former director is Ilkeston FC’s new secretary

Former Ilkeston Town director Andrew Raisin is returning to the New Manor Ground in an official capacity as Ilkeston FC’s club secretary.

Raisin, 58, is well-known within the town as a local businessman who has always been a staunch supporter of the football club – following in the footsteps of his grandfather who was involved during the 1950s.

He said: “The club matters a great deal to me and I’m delighted to be back at the New Manor Ground. Officially my title is club secretary but I will also be very active within the commercial operation – and I’ll turn my hand to whatever is required.

“This is a really exciting time for all of us. We have a brand new club with ambitious backers and an outstanding management team, and I’m fully behind their policy of trying to develop our own players.

“People want Ilkeston FC to succeed. I’m convinced they will give us their backing and I’m very keen to see the commercial side of the club operating in a more professional manner, offering companies good value for money and making sure that we deliver.”

Raisin was previously involved at the New Manor Ground when, after forming close links as his company sponsored the reserves, he was invited to join the board and look after the administration of the second team.

That was a successful period with Andy Worrall running the team, and although Raisin had no official role under the chairmanship of Chek Whyte and Gary Hodder, he continued to support the club wherever he could.

He added: “It was me who originally put Kevin Wilson’s name forward to become the manager. I’d known Kevin for some time and always followed his career closely, and I was sure he could do a good job for Ilkeston.

“There’s obviously a lot to be done to get everything ready for August but I’m really up for it. Although it is not a full-time role, I intend to have a presence at the ground every day and I’m looking forward to being part of the team.”

Manager Kevin Wilson described Raisin added: “He is a great acquisition and in the same mould as our groundsman Des Mitchell and recruitment officer Nigel Harrop in that he’s Ilkeston through-and-through and willing to tackle whatever needs to be done for the good of the club.

“It’s really important in our situation that we surround ourselves with people we can rely on who are desperate for the club to be successful, and Andrew certainly comes into that category.”