Ilkeston Away Fixture
Following the abandonment of Tuesday evening’s fixture at Ilkeston due to floodlight failure we are now awaiting an official decision from Evo-Stik Premier League officials as to what the outcome will be.
The Pitmen were leading the game 2-1 at the time of the abandonment with just four minutes of normal time remaining. We will aim to bring you any news on the fixture as soon as possible.
Francino Departs Keys Park
The football club can now confirm that central defender Francino Francis has this week departed Keys Park for pastures new, with him signing a deal with Evo-Stik Premier League rivals Sutton Coldfield Town.
Francis, 29, rejoined the Pitmen in March 2016 but an injury on the opening day of this campaign and subsequent loss of place in the team led to him to making just one appearance this term.
The popular big defender will always be remembered by fans and club officials alike during his two spells at Keys Park which saw him notch up over 100 appearances – famously helping the club to promotion and two trophies during the 2012/13 campaign.
Speaking following his departure, Francis said:
“I’ve had some wonderful memories at the club and met some wonderful people. I’ve enjoyed my two spells and to play over 100 games for the club, well, I’m very proud of that. Thank you very much and all the best for the rest of the season.”
The club would like to wish ‘Big Fran’ all the very best for the future and thank him for his efforts while in a Pitmen shirt.
Paula Smith to step down from club roles
We can also report that Paula Smith will step down from her current roles in the Commercial Office and Kitchen on Thursday of this week.
Paula has been involved in these roles for the previous six years, having first being tasked with helping to drive up Junior Pitmen numbers over a decade ago, before taking up a role on the front door and eventually into the roles mentioned above.
“I would just like to thank everyone who I have engaged with over the years. I’d also like to thank all the people who support the club for their friendship and help they have given me and the club.”
Everyone at the football club would like to wish Paula all the best for the future.