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12th December 2010 20:59


Trophy game could be put on ice
Tue Dec 07 2010


WORKSOP Town's big FA Trophy game with Mansfield Town is in doubt because of the weather.

The tie, scheduled to take place at Ilkeston's New Manor Ground on Saturday, is likely to be postponed if an eight-inch thick layer of ice remains on the pitch.

Ilkeston secretary Keith Burnand said today: “The FA Trophy tie looks highly unlikely to go ahead on Saturday given the current state of the pitch and the forecast for the rest of the week.”

Should the game be postponed on Saturday, the clubs will then try to play on Wednesday 15th December. (edit by Martin - incorrect - should be Tues 14)

The match will be a pay on the day affair, and Ilkeston officials are attempting to sort the paperwork to allow fans into the stand at the clock tower end of the ground, which is currently out of action.

“We're trying to sort out an issue with the safety certificate for one of the stands, though at the moment it is unclear how long this will take,” added Burnand.

Meanwhile the FA have told the Worksop Guardian that they are awaiting Derbyshire Police approval before officially sanctioning the fixture.

A spokesman said: “We're just waiting on Derbyshire Police's approval of Ilkeston Town's ground as a suitable venue for this fixture. If the game is off on Saturday then the plan would be to get it played the following midweek.”



This weekend's FA Trophy clash with Worksop will now take place in Ilkeston, we can confirm.

The tie was set to be played at Worksop Town's home ground Cannon Park in Retford but has now been moved following police advice over issues surrounding segregation.

The New Manor Ground, home of wound up Ilkeston Town until the summer, has been selected as the new venue for this game which will count as an away fixture.

Supporters are advised that admission will be by cash only payable at the turnstiles on the night. Tickets will no longer be sold for this game but tickets already sold will be accepted.  Admissions prices will be £10 for adults and £5 for concessions (Senior Citizens, U16s and students with valid ID).

Should this match require a replay, it will take place three days later on Tuesday 14th December at a venue to be decided.


So it's now confirmed that two clubs with no ground will play the tie at a ground with the club :-((


Non-League paper, 5 Dec 2010

The FA confirmed that the tie was originally going to be switched to Field Mill, but Worksop are now having to seek a new venue (after the Stags were locked out).



Homeless Stags set to play home games at Ilkeston's ground
Evening Post, 6 Dec 2010
HOMELESS Mansfield Town are set to play at New Manor Ground, home of wound-up Ilkeston Town, on Saturday.


They could turn out in an FA Trophy game against Worksop Town – an away fixture originally scheduled for Retford United's ground.

But Mansfield have also made informal suggestions that their home Blue Square Premier games could be switched to Ilkeston, which is only hosting friendly games for an academy side.

Mansfield, locked out of Field Mill in a rent dispute, have also been in contact with officials at Eastwood Town, Alfreton Town and Notts County.

The Ilkeston ground has a capacity of 3,029 but one stand is currently closed because it needs an official's name on a safety certificate.

The Stags were due to travel to Worksop Town in the first round proper of the FA Trophy. But police have blocked that because rival fans could not be segregated.

Now former Ilkeston Town secretary Keith Burnand has been approached by officials of Worksop, who are currently playing at Retford's ground, to stage this weekend's game.

Burnand, who is helping Ilkeston on a voluntary basis, said: "There are two provisos – permission would be needed from the FA and the issue of the stand would need to be cleared up."


Ilkeston, Alfreton and Eastwood in the frame to host Mansfield
thisisderbyshire.co.uk, 6 Dec 2010

ILKESTON, Alfreton and Eastwood are among the venues being considered as a temporary home for Mansfield Town after the Blue Squre Bet Premier club were locked out of their ground over a rent dispute.


The Stags have been kicked out of Field Mill by landlord Keith Haslam.

Mansfield owner John Radford is hoping to resolve the issue in time for the next home League game against Grimsby on Boxing Day.

But the club have drawn up contingency plans, which could mean playing at the Impact Arena, the New Manor Ground or Coronation Park.

Notts County have also been contacted.

The New Manor Ground is currently vacant at weekends following the winding up of Ilkeston Town.

It has a capacity of 3,029 but one stand is currently closed because it needs an official's name on a safety certificate.

The ground could host Saturday's FA Trophy tie between Mansfield and Worksop Town.

Worksop, who currently play at Retford Town's ground, were drawn at home but the tie will have to be switched due to segregation issues.

Former Ilkeston Town secretary Keith Burnand, who is helping the newly-formed club on a voluntary basis, said: "There are two provisos – permission would be needed from the FA and the issue of the stand would need to be cleared up.

"We have had plenty of games at Ilkeston where segregation was in force and that wouldn't be a problem."


Stags clash moved to Ilkeston

worksopguardian.co.uk, Fri Dec 03 2010

TIGERS will be back on Ilkeston's New Manor Ground for their big FA Trophy clash with Mansfield Town.

With police keen to shift the game from Cannon Park due to logistical issues, Mansfield's Field Mill was the likely venue, until Stags were kicked out of their ground by the landlord this week.

Worksop Town secretary Keith Ilett was able to secure the ground Tigers played on last season, for the game on 11th December.

The two clubs will meet early next week to finalise details.

Tigers released a statement on the supporters' message board earlier today confirming the game would be 'pay on the day' rather than all ticket, as previously stated.



Police review holding up ticket sales
worksopguardian.co.uk, Tue Nov 30 2010

A police review into the staging of the Worksop Town and Mansfield Town FA Trophy game is holding up the sale of match tickets.


The game is set for 11th December at Retford's Cannon Park, and the Guardian has been inundated with calls from supporters keen to get their hands on a ticket.

But both clubs have agreed to hold off on releasing the tickets until the police have approved the arrangements.

A police spokesman said: “Notts Police is reviewing all arrangements for the FA Trophy tie with the clubs and the Football Association.”

“We have agreed with the clubs that tickets for the fixture should not go on sale until that review is completed to the satisfaction of all parties.”

“However, we are confident that that process should be completed in good time for those who wish to attend the fixture to purchase their tickets.”



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