The club would like to say thank you to our hosts for 2018.
The Stute - Ilkeston Rugby Club
The Stute, home of Ilkeston Rugby club has been the home of our senior teams for the last five years. We have been allowed to play over 140 matches on the football pitch over this time and have had many happy memories.
In 2016, there was the Paul Saxton vs Marek Smith testimonial match on the football pitch. Two legends of the club were joined by current and ex players to play a friendly match and celebrate their achievements at the club. Paul became the highest appearance maker at the club and currently sits on 340 matches. Marek is the clubs' all time top goalscorer, and currently has 216 goals.
In 2017, it was the turn of Mark Walker and Simon Chambers for their ten years service. This time, the main rugby pitch in front of the clubhouse was converted into a football pitch. Again, ex players and current players joined the fun, but the new under 16's were represented and the under 11's came to watch. The Stute also put on a BBQ for the celebrations, which carried on into the night.
In 2018, we hosted a summer tournament at the Stute, where over 350 players, in 34 teams over 3 junior age groups played over 75 matches on 6 pitches, helped out by over 20 fantastic volunteers and 9 brilliant referees.
Over the years, we've been able to host our end of season awards night at the Stute, as well as Christmas parties in previous years for players children.
2019 and beyond
With 2019 being the 25 year anniversary of the club, we are currently organising a 25 year celebration event at the Stute, where ex players, and current players from all teams at the club will be invited to participate.
Another summer tournament will be planned for 2019. A change of format is being considered having learnt from last year which will hopefully see more teams from AFC Kirk Hallam taking part as we are currently trying to expand the club.
Thanks to Gordon and Carol in particular. We hope to be able to continue the fantastic relationship we have for many years to come.
To find out about events at the Stute, follow Ilkeston Rugby Club on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/IlkestonRugbyClub/ or go to the Rugby club website at http://www.ilkestonrugby.com/
Erewash Borough Council
Erewash Borough Council has given our junior section a home on Gallows Inn playing fields for 2019 and a training base at Rutland Sports Park.
The under 18's have made the large 11v11 pitch at Gallows a fortress after a shaky first 5 games. Having played 15 competitive matches on the pitch in 2018, they are currently 10 games unbeaten at home over 90 minutes. With 76 goals split evenly, and average of 5 goals per game has certainly seen plenty of action on the pitch.
The under 12's have played 20 matches on the 9v9 pitch in 2018. With 13 wins, 2 draws and 5 defeats, 57 goals scored, 29 conceded, a league championship, 2 promotions and a subsequent relegation, the pitch has seen a lot of action and helped to create a lot of memories over the last 12 months.
Thanks to Tina, Ann-Marie and Jan for your help over the year.
Updated 08:54 - 22 Dec 2018 by Dave Morley