Redwood: Sustainability key to the future of Ilkeston Town

Ilkeston fans at the game with Warwick. Photo by Craig Lamont.
Ilkeston fans at the game with Warwick. Photo by Craig Lamont.

Ilkeston Town’s chief operating officer Anthony Redwood has reiterated his desire to help make the club accessible and desirable to all after seeing nearly 2,000 attend Saturday’s game with RC Warwick.

The Robins are at home again this weekend to Cadbury Athletic and although there won’t be the price promotions or fanfare surrounding that game that preceded the match with Warwick, Redwood hopes plenty of people will want to return.

He said: “I was always confident we’d get around 1,500 in given the link with the juniors and the fact that parents, friends and families would want to come too.

“The stars aligned for us in a sense with Derby, Forest and Notts County all not playing so we reaped the benefits.

“Now we’d love to see people come back regularly. The plan for the future is all about appealing to everyone, not just football fans. The refurbishment of the clubhouse and showing more live matches on TV there will help and we want to make it a real community asset, which will also be aided by the 3G pitch.

“It’s not about hitting targets, it’s about sustaining consistent support and success over time and last weekend went a long way towards doing that.

“(Chairman) Alan Hardy was delighted with the turnout and it showed him too that what we have here is potentially something very special.”

Robins manager Steve Chettle said: “At the fans forum a couple of weeks ago we said how we wanted to get 1,000 through the gate.

“I don’t think we dreamt of over 1,800 but lots of people worked hard to push the publicity and it was great for the team, myself and for the club as a whole to see people coming back to the New Manor Ground.”