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A JOURNEY THE STORY OF ASHBY IVANHOE FC IN THE FA CUP 2016/2017 Ashby Ivanhoe FC would like to thank all of our sponsors for your continued support Also thanks to the many volunteers for all your help in putting on two well organised FA Cup ties and for the help you do all season round Thanks to Dean O’Shea for your help during the weekend of the Ilkeston match. Taking photos of the cup in the town centre and at the ground and also videoing the match on the Saturday and editing it all for a souvenir DVD Thanks to David Bauckham for allowing the use of his photo essay ‘A Romance’ from the Quorn FA Cup fixture contained in this publication on pages 31-50 Picture Credits Dean O’Shea: Pages 11-29, 73 David Bauckham: Pages 31-50, 57

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INTRODUCTION Friday 8th July 2016, The Journey Begins The second Friday in July is not usually a day in the football season clubs eagerly await but today one club is. Ashby Ivanhoe Football Club, for the first time in the clubs history, are accepted into the Emirates FA Cup for the 2016/2017 season and today the draws are released and the Journey begins. Midday and the draws for the Extra Preliminary Round and Preliminary Rounds are released. Ashby are tie number 65 and for the clubs debut match in the competition they have been drawn at home. Even though the ties are regionalised it’s a local derby against Midland League Premier Division (Step 5) side Quorn AFC on Saturday 6th August. Saturday 6th August 2016 Four weeks have passed since the draws were released, the ground prepared and a new patio area transformed and the NFU Sports Ground is ready to host FA Cup football for the first time. Ashby anticipate a record crowd, somewhere around the 200 mark, but the town gets behind its football club and on a glorious sunny afternoon 328 pack into the ground. They are treated to a thriller. A thriller that Ashby edge by four goals to three and the cup runs begins. Saturday 20th August 2016 Following their win over Quorn standing in Ashby’s way in the next round are Evo-Stick Northern Premier League South Division (Step 4) side Loughborough Dynamo. Ashby know they can beat their opponents; they did so last season in the Leicestershire Challenge Cup. A large travelling contingent makes its way to the Nanpantan Sports Ground with over 80 of the 115 attendance coming from Ashby. They are treated to another superb performance. The team outplays their two step higher opponents and comfortably reach the next round with a 3-1 victory. The Journey Continues. On the Monday prior to the Loughborough match the draw for the 1st Qualifying Round was made and it gave Ashby a second home tie. This time though they would face their toughest test as they were drawn against Evo-Stick Northern Premier League Premier Division (Step 3) side Ilkeston FC. In the week after the Loughborough victory there were plenty of doubts if the tie would actually go ahead as Ilkeston were at the time suspended by their league but on Friday 26th August it was confirmed that the match would take place and the planning for the big match could commence. 6

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With FA Cup fever starting to grip the town on Thursday 1st September the club had an important announcement to make. THE FA CUP WILL VISIT ASHBY IVANHOE FC Ashby Ivanhoe have been selected to host a visit from The FA Cup trophy tomorrow Friday 2nd September 1pm and the most famous trophy in world football arrives at the NFU Sports Ground. Nobody would have dreamt of this eight weeks previously when the draws were released. The trophy is then paraded around the various sponsors of the club in and around the town centre before being taken back to the NFU for a party atmosphere where officials, players and spectators could all have their photo taken with the trophy. ITV Central News are also in town and broadcast their sports bulletin in the 6 o’clock news live from the ground including an interview with chairman Stuart Bonser and club captain Sam Johnson. Saturday 3rd September The day has arrived. The biggest match in the club’s 68 year history and the town come out again to support its football club. Nearly 700 people pass through the gate to watch despite a wet and miserable day. Ilkeston bring a great bunch of spectators to boost the crowd to a club record. Another first for the club is the match being filmed by former player Dean O’Shea for a DVD The match doesn’t go Ashby’s way with Ilkeston running in six goals without reply but no one is too downbeat. The last 48 hours in the history of Ashby Ivanhoe Football Club has been historic and unforgettable. It was a remarkable debut season in the FA Cup for the club and no one could have imagined getting through to the 1st Qualifying Round and seeing so many people inside the NFU Sports Ground along with a visit from the FA Cup itself. Until Next Season The Journey Has Ended

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"This is an amazing few days for the club and these opportunities don't come around very often so we grabbed it with both hands and got to show The FA Cup to the whole community.” "It’s great when I get kids asking me when we are next playing in The FA Cup.” "We are all very excited about the game on Saturday and loving the journey, and I am sure that our players are equally as excited.” "I know they will certainly be up for the challenge against a team three steps higher in the league pyramid.” "We anticipate a huge crowd." STUART BONSER, CLUB CHAIRMAN

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THE EMIRATES FA CUP TROPHY VISIT Friday 2nd September will always be a day to remember for all involved with Ashby Ivanhoe FC as the most famous trophy in world football made its appearance at the NFU Sports Ground ahead of their 1st Qualifying Round tie against Ilkeston FC. The trophy was paraded around the clubs local sponsors during the early part of the afternoon with each sponsor having the opportunity to have their photo taken with the FA Cup. Following that the trophy was then on show at the NFU Sports Ground for a 3 hour period where players, officials and supporters were given the chance to have their photo with the cup. Also at the ground were ITV Central News who broadcast their sports bulletin live from the ground during their 6pm bulletin along with interviews with Chairman Stuart Bonser and captain Sam Johnson. The following pages show a number of photos of the FA Cup Trophy Visit

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A ROMANCE Ashby Ivanhoe vs. Quorn BY DAVID BAUCKHAM Amongst the 736 entries for this season’s FA Challenge Cup seventeen clubs were making their debut, and all with the exception of Phoenix clubs Hereford and Salisbury who received byes, kicking off in the Extra-Preliminary Round: only thirteen wins away from a Wembley appearance. All would be delighted to win just one tie, and collect £1,500 in prize money – a pittance compared to the £1.8m that the winners of the competition will receive, but a King’s ransom to a club at Step 5 or 6 of the non-League pyramid. Of the 184 Extra-Preliminary Round ties, it was number 65 that caught my eye: a Leicestershire derby, pitting newcomers Ashby Ivanhoe of the East Midlands Counties League, against Quorn, just 14 miles down the road and a Step higher in the Midland League.

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A ROMANCE: ASHBY IVANHOE vs QUORN The market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch was known simply ‘Ashby’ in the 11th century (as indeed it is generally referred to today) but became a possession of the La Zouche family during the reign of Henry III. The town is arguably most famous for its 12th century castle being the setting of a tournament scene in Sir Walter Scott’s romantic novel ‘Ivanhoe’, named after its eponymous Saxon hero Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, disinherited for supporting the Norman King Richard I and for falling in love with the fair Lady Rowena. In the novel, the tournament is presided over by Richard’s brother Prince John and featuring displays of archery by Robin Hood and his men. On the first day of the tournament, a mysterious knight defeats some of the best Norman competitors, and despite John‘s request refuses to divulge his identity. He is declared the champion of the day which gives him the right the choose Lady Rowena as Queen of the Tournament. The knight is then identified as Ivanhoe, returned from the Crusades. A further literary reference to the town comes courtesy of the late Sue Townsend, creator of another male protagonist Adrian Mole, who moves to the town from Leicester. His girlfriend Pandora Braithwaite later becomes its MP. The town was also the subject of a popular song in the 1940s. ‘Ashby De La Zouch (Castle Abbey)’ was written by Al Hoffman, Milton Drake, and Jerry Livingston and recorded by the popular close-harmony quartet The Merry Macs shortly after WW2. It includes repeated references to ‘Ashby De La Zouch by the sea’ although it is not known whether the composers realised that the town is reputed by some to be the furthest from the sea in the UK. Recently however, that honour has been bestowed by Ordinance Survey upon the village of Coton in the Elms, nine miles to the west. The great Jazz bass player Charles Mingus also recorded a version of the song as Baron Mingus & His Octet in April 1946 as a 78 rpm record, possibly as a nod to guitarist Irving Ashby who was a member of the band. Founded in 1948, seventy-seven years after the first competition, Ashby Ivanhoe’s first appearance in the FA Cup has been a long time coming. In 2005 the club joined the Leicestershire Senior League, having previously won the North Leicestershire League on four occasions, and finished third that first season. In 2010-11 the League was won by nine clear points, and the Coalville Charity Cup added for good measure. Until the end of the 2011-12 season ‘The Knights’ had played at Hood Park, adjacent to the Leisure Centre in the town centre. The pitch is fully railed and has a couple of study brick dugouts on the far side. Bizarrely however, despite giving the club permission to erect floodlights, the council then refused to allow it to add a small grandstand which inevitably restricted progress. The decision therefore was taken to find the club a new home, although the U18 side still plays at Hood Park.

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Hood Park, home ground of Ashby Ivanhoe FC from 1948-2012 The U18s still play there on Sunday mornings

In 2012, Ivanhoe moved into the vacated former ground of Old Ashbeians Rugby Club in Lower Packington Road, just on the outskirts of the town, having acquired a long lease from the landowner, the Endowed Schools Foundation. At the time, the former Notts County footballer David Hunt was using it for a soccer school but the land had been vacant for a couple of years, and the old pavilion was pretty much derelict. Today, it is a testament to a lot of hard work that the ground looks a picture as I arrive. The old pavilion has been completely renovated and the floodlights moved from Hood Park at a cost of ÂŁ25,000.

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It is essentially a two-sided ground, with no access to spectators at the far end or supposedly on along one touchline which is roped off, although later several will choose to ignore this. A wooden barrier has been erected along the other two sides, which is perfectly in keeping with the ground’s rural setting, and indeed it seems rather appropriately that the local branch of NFU Mutual is the ground sponsor. Seats were added to the original wooden cover immediately behind the near goal to meet grading requirements – not the ideal position, but they appear popular – with the cover extended along to the corner flag. A small Stadium Solutions prefabricated stand is another fairly recent addition; as is a hospitality area of astroturf outside the pavilion, completed just days earlier. Another nice touch is a small wooden public address box 34

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A ROMANCE: ASHBY IVANHOE vs QUORN Before arriving I’ve had a quick look at the castle, where coincidentally a medieval festival is taking place; and also around the attractive town, where advertising for the match can be found attached to lampposts. Although largely devoted to the club’s more senior rivals Coalville Town, there is a column highlighting the tie on the back page of The Ashby Times, including an interview with Chairman Stuart Bonser, who says that the club’s first appearance in the FA Cup is a “just reward” for all the efforts on and off the pitch, and for those who have “worked miracles” to get the club to this stage. Looking around me, I can see what he means.

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A ROMANCE: ASHBY IVANHOE vs QUORN Ironically Bonser unable to be here himself as he is holidaying in Tenerife, but I catch up with Club President David Morris in the pavilion. I remark that the title of ‘President’ usually means that the holder has been around for a while. I’m not wrong, David has been involved with the club for 36 years, and he proudly produces his phone to show me photographs of the work undertaken to get the ground to its current state. “I was a player in the early 1980s” he explains. “Then I got injured so I joined the Committee; became Chairman … think I was Chairman for about 15 years. I relinquished that about six years ago, and to keep me involved they made me President”.

David Morris, President, Ashby Ivanhoe FC David may not have ever played in the FA Cup, but is as excited as anyone about the prospect of being involved in a little bit of history being made this afternoon. “When I took over as Chairman the previous Chair asked me what could I do that he hadn’t done? I replied that I wanted Ashby Ivanhoe to play in the FA Cup, and everybody laughed. Whilst I didn’t quite make it as Chairman, it’s fantastic. The town is really excited about it; we’re all excited. It’s a dream really – I know it sounds daft, but it is”. A Journey: The Story of Ashby Ivanhoe FC in the FA Cup 2016/2017

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A ROMANCE: ASHBY IVANHOE vs QUORN To quote the full title of Ivanhoe, it’s ‘A Romance’ isn’t it? He laughs. “Absolutely! It’s fantastic and I hope we’re on the ‘videprinter’ tonight – maybe on Sky, I don’t know. We might be, and if we are it would be sensational. I think it’s £1,500 if we win and this astroturf outside has just cost us a grand, so it would pay for that”. The club only joined the East Midlands Counties League in 2014, but led the table for most of last season before falling away at the end, and eventually finishing third. It did however, mean that the ground was inspected and passed for Step 5 football should Ivanhoe be successful at the end of the coming campaign. It’s a very competitive local area however, with neighbours Coalville Town, Shepshed Dynamo, and Quorn all competing at a higher level, to name just three. Inevitably there is the danger that Ashby’s better players might be poached by an avaricious rival. David agrees: “One of two of them don’t mind spreading a ‘bit of dollar’ around when it suits them. One of our local rivals, who will remain nameless, that has beaten us to league titles in the not too distant past, went above us last year but went bust. So now they are two leagues below us. It’s irritating but we’re still here, we don’t pay our players; they all play for nothing. If we win today they might get a pint but that will be about it. However, they all enjoy it, and it’s a good community club”.

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A ROMANCE: ASHBY IVANHOE vs QUORN In 2004 Ivanhoe achieved its FA Charter Standard, and currently runs 15 junior teams in addition to the first and reserve teams, and a development squad. The junior section having been formed as the result of a merger with David Hunt’s soccer school in 2009, and with six of its young members clearly thrilled to be walking out with the teams later.

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A ROMANCE: ASHBY IVANHOE vs QUORN Standing in Ashby’s way however, are Quorn, who themselves moved up from the Leicestershire Senior League as champions in 2001, and had five seasons in the Northern Premier League (Step 4) in the noughties. The club also has a lot more FA cup experience, having got as far as the 3rd Qualifying Round in 2006-07. Last season however, they bowed out at this stage, losing at home to Oadby Town; and only managed 17th of 22 in the Midland League. Despite being a Division higher, they are certainly not invincible, a fact that will not have been lost on Ivanhoe’s management team of Miles Warriner and Andy Gray.

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Nathan Dale rises to head Quorn’s equaliser: 1-1 The pair previously enjoyed a successful partnership at yet another local club Heather St. Johns, before leaving in 2011 after winning promotion and amassing an impressive total of seven trophies in four years. When Miles’ work commitments got in the way Andy joined Barwell FC, but a slight change in circumstances allowed them to join forces once again at Ashby last season. Although the club is new to the FA Cup, both have managed in it, and Miles also has experience as a player. What about the team, I ask? “About half the team has probably played in it” he explains. “We’ve got local players who have played at a high standard but for whatever reasons, such as work commitments they can’t travel in higher Leagues, so they are playing here. I think the furthest I’ve got was the 1st Qualifying Round but that was a long, long time ago. I think we got through two rounds with Heather”.

“Obviously it’s a great occasion to be involved in the FA Cup” adds Andy, “… and you have to remind the players that, even though it’s the very early stages”.

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What about today’s prospects against Quorn, a Step higher in the pyramid? “Yeah, they’re in the Midland Premier. We went to watch them on Wednesday; they had a friendly against Barwell” replies Miles. His comments echo his page in the superb 37 page fullcolour commemorative edition of the matchday programme: “What we always say, is that the result lies in this dressing room. If the players apply themselves and do what they’re capable of, we’ll do very well with a bit of luck. They’ve got to concentrate on their performance and nine times out of ten the result takes care of itself”. Andy chips in. “As you’ll see today, we’re a fairly young side, and sometimes especially in the colder months obviously you need a bit of steel, but certainly the technical ability is there and you might see us play a bit of football. Last year they spent a lot of money on the pitch, getting it about right, and they keep working on it which is fair play to the people behind the scenes”.

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Nathan Dale puts Quorn 2-1 up from the penalty spot Given the hard work that has enabled the ground to achieve a Step 5 grading, how prepared would the club be to make the next step up, should it be in a position to do so at the end of the season? Miles is quite pragmatic – both he and Andy have seen it all before and are certainly not going to get carried away or look further ahead than this cup tie:

“It’s a fine balance really, we led the League for quite a long time last year but I think it was probably too soon for us anyway as a club. The commitment as you go up, the number of people you need to get involved, and the sort of ‘nous’ that people need to survive in non-League football … you’ve got to do it properly, otherwise you can go up and it can set you back five years if you don’t do it right”. A Journey: The Story of Ashby Ivanhoe FC in the FA Cup 2016/2017

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It’s a glorious afternoon for cup football, and unseasonably early too, with this years FA cup kicking off before many clubs have even played a League fixture. Ashby make a dream start though, and are ahead after just nine minutes courtesy of a lovely strike from just outside the area by Luke Thorogood. It’s a cliché I know, but the ball is destined for the back of the net from the moment it leaves his boot. The lead doesn’t last long however, and the home side commits the cardinal sin of conceding an equalizer almost immediately, as Nathan Dale heads home unchallenged. Quorn then gain the advantage before half-time, and it’s Dale again who converts a penalty after teammate Michael Cunningham is brought down in the Ivanhoe box. 46

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A ROMANCE: ASHBY IVANHOE vs QUORN A record crowd of 252 is enjoying an entertaining cup tie in the Leicestershire sunshine. At least that’s the ‘official’ attendance, not including passes. In addition, at least four more are watching from a bank outside the ground, just by the corner flag at the far end. They’ve even bought chairs and drinks with them. James and Henry have named their vantage point the ‘Ashby Hump’, in deference to ‘Henman Hill’ and in more recent times, ‘Murray Mound’ at Wimbledon. It’s all rather brazen, but good natured too, and nobody really seems to mind. Besides, as they explain, they’re not local - they are from Packington …two and a half miles away.

Ashby are level soon after the restart, when Danny Quinn capitalizes on a simple ball over the top that splits the fragile Quorn defence. Quorn however, take the lead once more, with Jevin Seaton taking advantage of a favourable rebound to make it 3-2 to the visitors. After going behind for the second time in the match, one might have expected the Ivanhoe heads to drop, but the response is anything but. On 63 minutes Sam Johnson gets on the end of a poorly conceded free-kick, and minutes later the home fans and players alike celebrate as James Purslow heads the home side into a 4-3 lead.

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There is still plenty of time for Quorn to at least force a replay, but they seem to have run out of ideas, and also stamina this early in the season, and Ashby are able to hold on to their lead fairly comfortably. Miles and Andy keep the players out on the pitch for a lengthy post-match debriefing, by which time most of the home fans who had gathered to cheer them off have dissipated. There is no dampening of the celebrations afterwards however, with a tough trip to Step 4 club Loughborough Dynamo awaiting in the next round.

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For now though, it doesn’t matter. The Knights have marked their historic day with a win, and also paid for the astroturf. There might also be enough left over to buy the players a pint as well.

FOOTNOTES With special thanks to Charlie Tissington Jr, David Morris, Miles Warriner and Andy Gray This article and the photos contained within are © 2016 David Bauckham

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THE EMIRATES FA CUP EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND After 68 years Ashby Ivanhoe were about to make their first appearance in the most famous club competition in world football. Four weeks on from the draw release and hours of planning and work behind the scenes the club was ready to make its FA Cup debut against Quorn AFC. In the run up to the match the club featured on the back page of the Ashby Times with club chairman Stuart Bonser saying “To be able to be involved in the FA Cup for the first time as a club will mean so much to the players, spectators and volunteers, who have worked miracles over the last four years and this is just reward for the efforts both on and off the field and I hope everyone involved has an enjoyable experience” “The town has embraced our first outing in this prestigious competition too with many businesses supporting our special edition matchday programme and I would like to thank them all for their support too and I hope that we can attract a lot more new supporters as a result of the excitement around the town.” The club heavily advertised the fixture on social media along with fixture posters around the town and also produced a commemorative 40 page matchday programme ahead of the club’s biggest match in their history.

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ASHBY IVANHOE LINE-UP: Chris Hodge, Chris Saunders, Evan Cawley, James Purslow, Tom Rowell, Sam Johnson, Patrick Rowell, Luke Thorogood, Danny Quinn, Nick Sewell, Elliott Bott SUBSTITUTES USED: Kerr Horn, Dan Stevenson, Sam Kirk GOALS: Luke Thorogood (9), Danny Quinn (49), Sam Johnson (62), James Purslow (65) ATTENDANCE: 328 Ashby Ivanhoe made their Emirates FA Cup debut in superb style by winning a seven goal thriller against Midland Football League side Quorn AFC in front of a record crowd at the NFU Sports Ground. Ashby took an early lead through Luke Thorogood before Quorn quickly levelled. The visitors then went in at the break ahead via the penalty spot. The second half saw Ashby level shortly after the restart through Danny Quinn only for Quorn to edge in front again. Ashby then scored twice in quick succession just after the hour mark through Sam Johnson and James Purslow to edge through to the next round. The match started fairly evenly before Ashby opened the scoring with their first chance of the match on nine minutes when they won possession inside the Quorn half and the ball fell kindly to Thorogood who struck a fine shot from 25 yards towards the bottom corner which beat the keepers dive before finding the net. The lead was short lived though and within 90 seconds the visitors were level. It came from a corner which came after the ball had fallen to a player inside the area only to see his shot well turned over the bar by keeper Chris Hodge but the resulting corner saw a free header which found the net off the inside of the post. The next twenty minutes saw chances limited as Quorn started to put more pressure on the Ivanhoe backline but the defence stood firm and it was Ashby who had the opportunity to retake the lead when the ball was passed out wide to the right before being crossed into the area only to see a header go wide of the near post. The final action of the first half came on 39 minutes and it saw the visitor’s edge in front for the first time via the penalty spot. The spot kick was awarded after the Quorn forward had shown a burst of speed inside the area and was brought down leaving the referee with no doubt to point to the spot and the penalty was dispatched into the bottom corner sending Hodge the wrong way and make it 2-1 to the visitors at the break. The second half started well for Ashby and just like the first half they scored an early goal which levelled the scores. It was another fine strike as a through ball found Danny Quinn who had timed his run to perfection to remain onside before he unleashed a shot across the keeper and into the net just inside the far post.

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EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND The goals continued to flow and on 56 minutes Quorn were back in front when an Ivanhoe attack broke down on the edge of the opposition’s area and two long balls forward found a player in behind the Ashby defence and despite Hodge coming off his line and reaching the ball first his clearance stuck the striker which saw the ball run loose before the finished was applied into an unguarded net. Just after the hour mark though and Ashby levelled the scores for the second time when a free kick midway inside the Quorn half was lifted into the area by Thorogood and the ball was flicked on towards the back post where captain Sam Johnson was there to head the ball back across goal and into the net to make it 3-3. The scoreline quickly became 4-3 in Ashby’s favour on 65 minutes when another free kick this time from halfway was played into the area finding James Purslow and his headed effort from just left of centre found the back of the net. The final 25 minutes then saw limited chances as Ashby looked to hold onto their slender advantage and although Quorn did have more possession in the final minutes they never created a goal threatening chance and after six minutes of stoppage time at the end of the match the referee called time on a thrilling cup tie and send Ashby through to the Preliminary Round and a trip to Loughborough Dynamo on Saturday 20th August.

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THE EMIRATES FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND

vs LOUGHBOROUGH DYNAMO SATURDAY 20TH AUGUST 2016 NANPANTAN SPORTS GROUND

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THE EMIRATES FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND After a 4-3 victory over Quorn AFC in the Extra Preliminary Round Ashby then faced an away trip to Evo-Stick Northern Premier League South Division side Loughborough Dynamo The match was again advertised as the biggest game in the clubs 68 year history and posters were put up around the town to generate as much away support as possible. It worked as over three quarters of the 115 attendance had made the journey from Ashby. Ashby went into the match with no fewer than 13 players unavailable but they but in a superb performance to defeat their higher ranked opponents 3-1 with the Loughborough goal coming in the second minute of stoppage time. Manager Miles Warriner summed the game up “Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Loughborough Dynamo could not have gone smoother in terms of the players applying themselves with a purpose and intensity that made a mockery of the gulf in respective league status of both clubs” Following the victory Ashby made headlines in both the Non League Paper and the Leicester Mercury

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ASHBY IVANHOE LINE-UP: Luke Hemingway, Jack Ryder, Evan Cawley, Chris Nettel, Tom Rowell, Sam Johnson, Patrick Rowell, Luke Thorogood, Dan Stevenson, Kerr Horn, Elliott Bott SUBSTITUTES USED: Royce Turville GOALS: Luke Thorogood (31), Sam Johnson (51), Elliott Bott (63) ATTENDANCE: 115 Ashby Ivanhoe put in another sensational cup performance as they defeated Northern Premier League Division One South side Loughborough Dynamo 3-1 in their own backyard to extend their debut season in the Emirates FA Cup and set up a First Qualifying Round tie against Ilkeston FC. Ashby were dominant against their opponents, two steps higher in the non-league pyramid, and Luke Thorogood gave them a first half lead. Within twenty minutes of the restart Sam Johnson and Elliott Bott had increased the lead before the home side headed home a consolation in injury time. Ashby who had beaten Loughborough 3-2 after extra time in their previous meeting in the Leicestershire Challenge Cup last season began the better side and in the ninth minute they forced a succession of corners and from the third of these the ball found Dan Stevenson and his header across goal towards the far post was cleared off the line by a defender. Five minutes later and Ashby had another great chance to take the lead when Elliott Bott was brought down on the edge of the area and the free kick was left for Thorogood to strike and his powerful effort crashed against the inside of the post with the keeper well beaten. All the chances were being created by Ashby as they continue to put pressure on the Dynamo defence and another header was cleared off the line at the far post before a ball into the box resulted in a header at goal from Kerr Horn but a defender managed to get a head to the ball to clear it behind. Ashby’s first half efforts were rewarded though just past the half hour mark when they opened the scoring. The ball was received by Stevenson on the edge of the Loughborough penalty area and after threading the ball through the defence he was brought down but the referee gave Ashby the advantage with the ball finding Thorogood and after going round a defender he rolled the ball back across goal and into the bottom corner. Elliott Bott had Ashby’s next opportunity eight minutes before the break when the ball fell kindly to him inside the area but his powerful effort struck a defender which diverted the ball over the bar. On the stroke of half time Thorogood had a chance to score his and Ashby’s second but after coming inside from the right his well struck effort was turned over the bar by the keeper and then in injury time a cross from the left evaded everyone in the area and Tom Rowell at the back post was unable to get a decisive touch to turn the ball home and somehow Ashby were only going in at the break 1-0 to the good where it quite easily could have been four or five. A Journey: The Story of Ashby Ivanhoe FC in the FA Cup 2016/2017

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PRELIMINARY ROUND The start of the second half saw Ashby now playing against a strong wind and the first couple of minutes after the restart saw Loughborough have the ball in the Ashby half but they couldn’t create a chance and the away side quickly got back into their stride and doubled their advantage on 51 minutes when a free kick from midway inside the Loughborough half was played forward and unmarked inside the area was captain Sam Johnson who diverted his header towards the far post and beyond the keeper. Ashby should have increased their lead further just a couple of minutes later when Bott got inside the area and saw his shot saved by the keeper and after the ball had run loose back into the centre of the area three Ivanhoe players had attempts at goal only to see them blocked by defenders with the last clearing the crossbar. Just after the hour mark and Ashby did make it 3-0 when a ball down the right found Thorogood and he advanced towards the edge of the area to the right of goal before crossing the ball to the back post where a header was well saved by the keeper but he failed to hold on and the ball ran loose to Bott and he turned a fired a shot into the bottom corner of the net. With twenty minutes remaining a free kick was awarded to Ashby in a promising position and upstepped Thorogood again and this time the keeper was forced into making a fine save diving down low to his right to turn the ball beyond the near post. Ashby made just the one change during the match bringing Royce Turville on for Kerr Horn and the substitute should have added a fourth goal when a through ball found him behind the defence but his shot cleared the bar without troubling the keeper. As the match entered injury time Loughborough managed to net a consolation goal when a cross into the area was headed home to make the final score 3-1 but despite the disappointment at not keeping a clean sheet the celebrations could begin following a superb performance with the team applauded off the pitch by a large travelling contingent and they will now look forward to the next round and a home tie with Step 3 side Ilkeston FC on Saturday 3rd September.

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PRELIMINARY ROUND

THE CLUB MADE HEADLINES ON THE BACK PAGE AGAIN FOLLOWING THEIR 3-1 VICTORY

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THE EMIRATES FA CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND

vs ILKESTON FC SATURDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2016 NFU SPORTS GROUND

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THE EMIRATES FA CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND After two victories Ashby had now reached the qualifying round stages and up next was a visit from Evo-Stick Northern Premier League Premier Division Ilkeston FC. Again it was billed as the biggest game in the clubs history and a large crowd was expected as cup fever was gripping the town. It was a wet day but that did not deter the fans as nearly 700 packed inside the NFU Sports Ground to see if Ashby could cause an upset. Ilkeston went into the match having played just two league games following a league suspension but they saw off the challenge to record a 6-0 victory and end a dream debut cup run for Ashby with Chairman Stuart Bonser saying “The club has really been put on the map locally with this run in the FA Cup and in football you get presented with windows of opportunities to progress as a club and I can only see us become stronger and even more sustainable as a club as a result of this experience.�

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ASHBY IVANHOE LINE-UP: Luke Hemingway, Chris Saunders, Evan Cawley, Chris Nettel, Tom Rowell, Sam Johnson, Patrick Rowell, Luke Thorogood, Danny Quinn, Royce Turville, Josh Riley SUBSTITUTES USED: Nick Sewell, Jack Ryder, Chris Waldrum ATTENDANCE: 693 Ashby Ivanhoe bowed out of this season’s Emirates FA Cup at the 1st Qualifying Round stage as Evo-Stick Northern Premier Division side Ilkeston FC scored six unanswered goals. The town was gripped by FA Cup fever following wins over higher ranked Quorn and Loughborough Dynamo in the previous two rounds and on the Friday before the game the FA Cup trophy itself made its way to the town where club officials paraded the trophy around the various sponsors of the club after which a party atmosphere at the NFU Sports Ground saw players and spectators getting the chance to have a photo taken with the most famous trophy in world football. The party atmosphere continued on the Saturday where a record 693 people turned out despite wet and windy conditions to witness Ashby’s biggest ever match in the club’s 68 year history. The attendance was the fourth largest recorded in the FA Cup that day beaten only by the matches involving former league club Hereford FC, former conference club Salisbury and Hitchin Town. The match itself saw Ashby begin quite brightly and they had a couple of opportunities in the opening ten minutes with chances for Evan Cawley and Luke Thorogood failing to trouble Ross Durrant in the Ilkeston goal. Ilkeston had a chance of their own with seven minutes on the clock when they were awarded a free kick just outside the area and the shot from Mark Shelton was over the bar without troubling Ashby keeper Luke Hemingway. The first goal of the match came on 18 minutes when a long ball down field from keeper Durrant sat up nicely for Anthony Dwyer and he struck the ball on the half volley beyond Hemingway to put Ilkeston in front. Ashby then had a couple of chances just after the half hour mark when firstly a free kick from the right hand side was played into the area by Luke Thorogood with a resulting header going wide and then minutes later Ashby fans were on their feet when they went close to levelling the scores. Danny Quinn received a long ball before beating a couple of defenders only to see his shot saved at the near post by Durrant. A minute later though and Ilkeston doubled their lead when a ball into the area found Dexter Atkinson and with Hemingway saving the initial effort the rebound was slotted into the empty net with defender Sam Johnson unable to get across in time. 72

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1ST QUALIFYING ROUND At the start of the second half Ashby made a double substitution as they looked for a way back into the match but just two minutes in they fell three goals behind when a long range effort from Shelton took a slight deflection and the ball found the bottom corner. Ashby had a great chance to pull a goal back on 50 minutes when a through ball found substitute Nick Sewell behind the defence but his shot cleared the bar and at the other end there was a chance for a fourth goal with a powerful effort well saved by Hemingway who turned the ball around the post. Just beyond the hour mark and Ashby again came close to reducing the deficit when Thorogood advanced with the ball down the right and into the area before sending a low cross to Sewell and his first time effort produced a fine save from Durrant who turned the ball behind at the near post. Ilkeston then added a fourth goal as the match entered the final twenty minutes when a fine passing move saw the ball sit up nicely on the edge of the area for Luis Rose to send a shot goalwards which found the bottom corner. The scoreline was quickly increased to 5-0 just a couple of minutes later when Rose saw his effort pushed away by Hemingway but Ilkeston substitute Ben Morris was on hand to finish from close range. The final goal of the match came in the first minute of stoppage time when a ball into the area was long to the back post and after the ball was stopped from going out of play it was played back into the area where Shelton struck a powerful shot which found the net off the underside of the bar. Despite being beaten by a six goal margin Ashby performed much better than the scoreline would suggest with Ashby manager Miles Warriner summing up the game in just six words: “It was a step too far.�

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THE EMIRATES FA CUP WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN?

THE ROUTE TO THE FIFTH ROUND

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THE ROUTE TO THE FIFTH ROUND Ashby Ivanhoe went on a superb cup run during their debut season in the Emirates FA Cup. But what would have happened if they had beaten Ilkeston and then got through to the fifth round. The table below shows the route through and who Ashby could have met. ROUND POTENTIAL OPPONENTS 2nd Qualifying Round Barwell Northern Premier League Premier Division The second qualifying round would have given Ashby an away tie at fellow Leicestershire side Barwell. WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED Ilkeston continued their own cup run with a 1-0 victory ROUND POTENTIAL OPPONENTS 3rd Qualifying Round Stourbridge FC Northern Premier League Premier Division Onto the third qualifying round and a home tie against another Step 3 side would have been Ashby’s reward with Stourbridge FC the potential visitors. WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED It was Stourbridge who progressed with a 2-1 victory at Ilkeston ROUND POTENTIAL OPPONENTS 4th Qualifying Round Nantwich Town Northern Premier League Premier Division Ashby would now have been just 90 minutes away from the first round proper and another Northern Premier League Premier side in Nantwich Town would have awaited. WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED It was Stourbridge who progressed with a 3-1 away victory. ROUND POTENTIAL OPPONENTS 1st Round Whitehawk FC National League South Having got through the qualifying rounds Ashby would now face their biggest test with a trip to Step 2 side Whitehawk FC of the National League South. WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED Following a 1-1 draw at Whitehawk it was Stourbridge who went through with a 3-0 victory in the replay ROUND POTENTIAL OPPONENTS 2nd Round Northampton Town League One Now just 90 minutes away from a potential money spinning clash against a Premier League club Ashby would have faced a home tie against League Two champions Northampton Town. WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED Stourbridge pulled off an upset to continue their own cup run with a 1-0 victory

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THE ROUTE TO THE FIFTH ROUND ROUND POTENTIAL OPPONENTS 3rd Round Wycombe Wanderers League Two The third round wouldn’t have given Ashby a Premier League club but a trip to Wycombe Wanderers. WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED Stourbridge saw their cup run ended with a late winner giving Wycombe a 2-1 victory. ROUND POTENTIAL OPPONENTS 4th Round Tottenham Hotspur Premier League A Premier League away game would have awaited in the fourth round. A trip to White Hart Lane to face title challengers Tottenham Hotspur. WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED Wycombe were unlucky to be knocked out losing 4-3 following two late goals. ROUND POTENTIAL OPPONENTS 5th Round Fulham Championship Into the last 16 and Ashby would have faced another away trip to the capital and a match at Craven Cottage against Championship side Fulham

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