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SEPTEMBER 14TH 2010: ILKESTON TOWN LIQUIDATED. TOWN FC IS NO MORE
ILKESTON FOOTBALL HAS A FUTURE AND THE FUTURE STARTS NOW!
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Following the liquidation of Ilkeston Town FC, ilsonfootball would like to thank the men in this picture for giving everything they'd got over the past traumatic few weeks. It is a shame that their efforts were not rewarded but I wish all of the players all of the very best in finding new clubs and will take great satisfaction in seeing them achieve success. Thank you, lads.
ilkeston town fc 2010/11
back row: jason lee, gary ricketts, dan lowson, jake picton, amari morgan-smith, laurie wilson
middle row: paul winter, darren caskey, joe maguire, rikki bains, ashley robinson, chukki eribenne, jack watts, seamus kelleher, stephen huntingdon
front row: matt richards, josh burge, liam green, kevin wilson, paul dempsey, david graham, callum lloyd


THANK YOU
Ilkeston football supporters have been bowled over by the messages of goodwill, sympathy and offers of support from all over the country (even Eastwood!). Several clubs have indicated their willingness to help by raising cash, and again we are truly humbled by your generosity. If any club still wishes to help with fundraising for any new community based club, we would gratefully accept any donations and your gestures will never be forgotten. Alternatively should a new club be formed by outside investors then any monies raised could be directed to the soon to be formed supporters trust to help safeguard the future of Ilkeston football. Please contact me via this website for further information.

BREAKING NEWS...BREAKING NEWS...BREAKING NEWS...

THE FUTURE OF ILKESTON FOOTBALL
Dean Nelson, the liquidator of Ilkeston Town FC, has confirmed there has been plenty of interest from parties keen on buying the assets which belonged to Ilkeston Town FC, the most valuable being the 11 years left on the lease. Meanwhile, the supporters meeting held at Gladstone Lodge on Wednesday, 15th September ended with the overwhelming majority being in favour of any new club formed to be run by the fans. This, of course, does not mean that the new club will be supporter run as the final say will come from the liquidators. However, the supporters group will now push forward with the intention of making a bid for the assets, with a declaration of intent being handed to the liquidators by the deadline date of Friday, 24th September. Should the liquidator come down in favour of an outside buyer, the supporters group will look at ways at assisting the new owner to safeguard the future of Ilkeston football. Ilkeston Town FC went into liquidation on Tuesday, 14th September.    

ACADEMY HAS GREAT WISDOM
September 8th, 2010
FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round
ILKESTON TOWN ACADEMY 6 NEW MILLS 3
Joshua Wisdom scored 4 goals, including two in the first seven minutes. In a display of great promise, with an excellent work ethic and no little skill, the youngsters scored through Michael Williams (30) and an own goal (40) before Wisdom scored again on 50 and 75 minutes. An own goal helped the visitors' cause who also found the target through Millen and Robertson. Their excellent efforts, sadly, appear to have been in vain following the liquidation of Ilkeston Town FC as the FA have withdrawn them from the competition. However, the Academy still exists and a number of friendly matches have been lined up (see above). 
Line up: Luke Edge, Paul Morris, Declan Harrop, Danny James, Matthew Baker, Lawrence Zisarus-Gibson, Tom Langton, Michael Williams, Joshua Wisdom (Josh Broad), Tyrell Waite (Jordan Lyons), Josh Turner (Josh Onions). Subs not used: David Barrett, Ashley Noble.  

ILKESTON TOWN FC WOUND UP
September 8th 2010 will go down as one of the blackest days in the history of Ilkeston football. The Robins were wound up at the High Court following action taken by HMRC over an unpaid tax bill in the region of £50,000, and it has come to light that the club's debts could stand at as much as £3,000,000.
Ilsonfootball.co.uk will continue as a website, especially as there is determination amongst supporters to see that Ilkeston will have a club to support, in one form or another, in the future. At present, the Ilkeston Town Academy will still operate and the young players gave a possible glimpse of the future when hours after the High Court ruling they beat New Mills 6-3 at home in the FA Youth Cup, although they have subsequently been withdrawn from the competition by the FA.

THE BADGERS NEVER BEAT THE ROBINS
Saturday September 4th 2010
ILKESTON TOWN 0 EASTWOOD TOWN 0
The last rites: Patched up Ilkeston's unbeaten run against Eastwood extended to 11 games - dating back to 1986 - thanks to this draw in a typically close fought local derby. Both teams had goals disallowed for offside with a draw being the fairest outcome. Match report to follow...

TRINITY TRIUMPH
Monday August 30th 2010
ILKESTON TOWN 2 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 5
Ilkeston's threadbare squad was ruthless exposed by Gainsborough who helped themselves to five goals, two of which were squad by former Town star Luke Waterfall. The Robins battled bravely and scored two goals of their own with both Jack Watts and Josh Burge scoring their first goals of the season. See MATCH REPORTS for details.

TOWN GO DOWN
Tuesday August 24th 2010
ILKESTON TOWN 0 STAFFORD RANGERS 2
Kevin Wilson's depleted team, which included just two substitutes, played with great spirit but didn't get the reward their play deserved. A first half goal by Mellor and a sucker punch from Davidson saw the visitors emege victorious. See MATCH REPORTS for details.

ILKESTON TOWN FC 2010/11 PEN PICS
The guys who kept fighting to the bitter end...and where they went next.



LIAM GREEN

Born Grimsby, 17 March 1988. Joined Ilkeston from Boston United in July 2009. Capable of playing at left back or midfield this talented player and dead ball specialist made 2 League appearances for Doncaster Rovers prior to his move to York Street. Also had a spell at Burton Albion. Sometimes struggled to hold down a regular first team spot in 2009/10 until late in the season when he was handed more opportunities. Always gives 100 per cent. 2009/10 26+5subs; 2010/11 7apps. Total: 33+5subs. Now at Corby Town.

JASON LEE

Born Forest Gate 9 May 1971. Tall veteran striker, signed on a short term contract in March 2010 having played for Corby Town earlier in the season, who can also play in central defence. Started with Charlton Athletic (1app) from whom he went on loan to Stockport County (2apps). Then signed permanently for Lincoln City (93apps, 21goals) before moving onto Southend United (24apps, 3goals) and Nottingham Forest (76apps, 14goals). Had loan spells at Charlton Athletic (8apps, 3goals) and Grimsby Town (7apps, 2goals) prior to joining Watford (37apps, 11goals), Chesterfield (28apps, 1goal) and then Peterborough United (78apps, 16goals) following a brief period on loan. Moved into the Scottish League with Falkirk (29apps, 8goals) and then returned to England to sign for Boston United (56apps, 12goals) followed by Northampton Town (11apps, 1goal) and Notts County (69apps, 16goals) where he ended his League career. Mansfield Town and Kettering Town have benefitted from his services in the past 18 months and he is currently a coach at Notts County. A real handful for opponents with his strength, height and knowhow. 2009/10 5+2subs, 1goal; 2010/11 6+1sub. Total: 11+3subs, 1goal. Now at Boston United, where he has become joint player manager,


DAN LOWSON

Born 4 February 1988. Goalkeeper formerly with Gretna who was with Newcastle Blue Star in 2008/09. A former England schoolboy trialist he is confident with crosses, a good organiser and an excellent shot stopper. After conceding a goal just two minutes into his debut he wasn't beaten again for 608 minutes, thus breaking a club record that stood since 1954. This feat earned him the Blue Square North player of the month award for September 2009. Had a magnificent season in 2009/10, seemingly making breathtaking saves by the match, deservedly winning both the supporters and players player of the year awards. 2009/10 44apps; 2010/11 5apps. Total: 49apps. Joined Darlington before moving on to Blyth Spartans and Alfreton Town.

AMARI MORGAN-SMITH

Born Wolverhampton, 3 April 1989. Burst into the team with a glut of goals following his summer 2008 arrival before injury and personal difficulties led to a loss of form. A fast and skilful forward who can play down the middle or out wide he returned to his best form in 2009/10 and was club top scorer. Such form led to him winning an England C cap against the Republic of Ireland in May 2010, the first Ilkeston player ever to receive such an honour. A highly adept penalty taker, he was previously on the books of Wolves and Crewe Alexandra before joining Stockport County where he made 1 League appearance. 2008/09 29+24 subs, 11goals; 2009/10 44+5subs, 23 goals (8pens); 2010/11 7apps, 3goals (1pen). Total: 80+29subs, 37goals (9pens). Now at Luton Town.

JAKE PICTON

Born 6 January 1991. Very composed central defender who makes excellent use of the ball. Previously a member of the Scunthorpe United youth set up who had a loan spell with Gainsborough Trinity. A fine talent who could yet have a big future in the game, he joined Ilkeston in July 2010. 2010/11 6apps. Now at Harrogate Town.

BEN PRINGLE
Now signed for Rotherham United after a loan spell with Torquay United.

CRAIG READ
Left back who joined Ilkeston before the start of the 2010/11 season. Will be hoping to nail down a first team place in the number three position. 2010/11 2+1sub.

GARY RICKETTS

Born Nottingham, 13 July 1975. Looked to have a fine career ahead of him at Nottingham Forest but a motoring accident appeared to end it before it had truly begun. Showed great character to fight back and become an excellent target man with a good touch and speed of thought with a proven track record at this level. Has played for a variety of non League clubs including Heanor Town, Arnold, Hucknall Town for whom he played in the 2004/05 FA Trophy final, Hinckley United, Nuneaton Borough and Tamworth. Signed for Ilkeston in June 2009. Three suspensions limited his number of appearances in 2009/10, but his experience was invaluable up front when available. Club captain. 2009/10 38+1sub, 11goals; 2010/11 5+1sub, 1goal. Total: 43+2subs, 13goals. Now at Hucknall Town.

JACK WATTS

Born Australia 1/6/1991. Intelligent striker formerly with Barnsley who makes good runs down the channels and is calm in front of goal as well as being able to shoot well from distance. A young player who showed considerable promise after his 2009 arrival and weighed in with some useful goals. 2009/10 8+15subs, 5goals; 2010/11 2+3subs, 1goal. Total: 10+18subs, 6goals. Now at Worksop Town.

LAURIE WILSON

Born Brighton, 5 December 1984. Former Northern Ireland youth international who started at Sheffield Wednesday where he appeared in their first team without making a League appearance. Moved on to Burton Albion, Grantham Town, Belper Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Alfreton Town and Hucknall Town before signing for Ilkeston in May 2010. An influential midfield player with a good array of passes and who can make purposeful runs from deep. Big things are predicted to come from him this season. 2010/11 7apps. Was at Staveley Miners Welfare, now at Alfreton Town.