Date: Thu 12 Oct 2023

By Andy Poole


Locally-based asylum seekers invited to game

Pitching In Southern League Premier Central outfit, St. Ives Town, welcomed a group of asylum seekers to Westwood Road last weekend.

They met manager, Ricky Marheineke, before watching the team overcome the challenge of Kettering Town to progress in the Isuzu FA Trophy.

The group have fled their homeland to seek refuge in Huntingdonshire.

“All those who attended are keen football fans,” said St. Ives Chairman, Gary Clarke, who organised the visit on behalf of the club. “We gave them free entry to the game, and I would like to thank everyone at Kettering Town for their co-operation with that agreement.

“We also gave the group some old St. Ives shirts to make sure they were decked out in club colours, and they really enjoyed the afternoon.

“The football club is very much at the heartbeat of the local community, and we thought it was important they came to a game so they can see what the area has to offer.”

With just one win from their opening ten League games, they will be hoping to build on last weekend’s success as they host Bromsgrove Sporting on Saturday.

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