Category: Club News


A New Year’s Message From The Chairman

Satisfied with 2017

Happy New Year! I really do hope it’s a happy and fulfilling one for you AND for Mickleover Sports Football Club.

Looking back at a satisfying 2017, I’d like to firstly congratulate manager John McGrath. John led us to our greatest ever points haul in the Northern League Premier Division in 2016-17, and I’m hoping we’ll top that this season. He’s never lost faith in playing quality, entertaining, football. Although adherence to that can sometimes open the door for an opposition break away, John has put together a strong defence to back up what must be close to the best midfield in the division and our forward options. One of the biggest challenges for a manager at our level is the fact that whenever a player shines brightly, he’s liable to be plucked by a bigger club. It’s filling those sudden holes that is the mark of a good manager.

Meanwhile as a club, we’ve lived within our resources, as we have no wish to saddle future committees with unsustainable debt. It happens at this level, either with a rich benefactor who suddenly loses interest, or a gamble on reaching a higher level to make a debt manageable. We choose to try and expand the financial base within the club. And the off field team knocked it out of the park with the Hot August Night event. More than 3,500 people enjoyed the day/night in 2017 and we’re doing it again this year, bigger and better, on August 5th.

Our fireworks evening was a great show and a great success, .. it’s fair to say it went off with a bang! I was also delighted with our Christmas dinner with over 370 people present. Maybe we can issue a video of next year’s event (as long as we can bleep the swearing)!

And we’ve signed our new lease for a 30 year tenure at this ground. That means the other more grandiose plans we’ve had on the back burner can be brought forward now.

All in all I’m loving my time as Chairman, although I wasn’t so sure coming in! I think it’s down to the marvellous volunteers, staff, committee members and of course the players and coaching staff. I’d like to think the supporters are enjoying it too. There can’t be too many clubs at our level where you can enjoy a drink and a chat with living legends like Clinton Morrison and Pablo Mills after the game!

Our influential committee man Keith Loring overcame a bout of ill health to help drive through much of the important developments. Keith, you’re an inspiration!

So we welcome 2018 with hope, and also with a determination to keep driving forward. Ane whether you’re on the committee, coaching, playing, volunteering or you’re a fan of our club, it IS ours! Let’s take it forward together.

God bless you, I hope 2018 brings you all you hope for.

Go Sports!

Don Amott



MSC Christmas Dinner 2017 web

‘Sporting Legends’ Christmas Dinner (Sold Out)




Details of the Mickleover Sports FC annual Christmas Dinner have been finalised, and it’s looking better than ever!

It will take place on Thursday 30th November at Pride Park Stadium (7.00pm) and will include big names such as Steve Howard, Marco Gabbiadini, Graham Richards (Radio Derby legend!), Steve Daley, and Austin Knight (comedian).

It promises to be great night and space is limited so please reserve your tickets ASAP. See the poster for payment details.





Saturday Is Non-League Day For Prostate Cancer (Free Programmes)

Saturday 7th October is Non-League Day where Sports will take on Ashton United on Saturday (3pm) at the Don Amott Arena.

In support of Non League Day for Prostate Cancer UK, Sports chairman Don Amott has kindly offered to provide free match programmes to all supporters (although a donation to Prostate Cancer would be more than welcome!).

In addition, season ticket holders from any league club can enter the ground for half the normal price upon showing a valid season ticket.


Phill Coates

More about Prostate Cancer UK from Phill Coates…

“I wear my Prostate Cancer UK pin badge because of the great support and advice I received”

Once known by the St Albans City faithful as club mascot Sammy the Saint, Phill Coates tells us why Non-League Day’s partnership with Prostate Cancer UK means so much to him and why he wears his ‘Man of Men’ pin-badge with pride.

“I wear Prostate Cancer UK’s badge because of the great support and advice I received from the charity when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in August 2014.

“It was lucky that I visited the doctor when I did. If I’d gone earlier, I may have avoided invasive surgery; but if I’d gone later, the cancer may well have spread.

“After my diagnosis I found the service I received from Prostate Cancer UK invaluable, particularly from the Specialist Nurses and a member of the fundraising team, Sam, who would speak to me every couple of weeks.

“Sam was great and it felt like I had a friend at the end of the line. Whilst chatting he mentioned the Football to Amsterdam bike ride to me which felt like the incentive and challenge I needed after having surgery just two weeks earlier.

“I’ve come a long way since then. I’ve walked ten marathons with Jeff Stelling, cycled three Football to Amsterdam bike rides and have worn my badge to raise awareness just like Jeff and the guys on Soccer Saturday.

“As well as support from Prostate Cancer UK, I’ve also felt supported by my club, St Albans City FC, and I’m so pleased that they’re backing Prostate Cancer UK and Non-League Day’s partnership once again, so that we can get the message out to even more men and their families.”

Join Phill in the fight against prostate cancer. Text BADGE to 70004 to donate £5* and get a badge to wear with pride.

* Text costs £5 plus network charge. Prostate Cancer UK receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payers permission. Customer care 0800 082 1616. Charity No 1005541.



Fireworks Extravaganza – Buy Tickets Now

We are pleased to announce that tickets are now available online for the upcoming Fireworks Extravaganza at Mickleover Sports. The event includes a ‘bigger and better’ special fireworks display for younger children at 6.15pm (fairground opens at 5pm).

We have partnered with Skiddle who offer safe, secure ticket purchasing, and you can go ahead and purchase your tickets here:

Our recent ‘Hot August Night’ sold out in advance, leaving many disappointed so we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

See you there!

#SportsRising #FireworksExtravaganza


Emirates FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round

Sports are at home in the Emirates FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round, at the Don Amott Arena this Saturday 2nd September against Hinckley AFC.

As this an International weekend, Derby County and Burton Albion season ticket holders can get in at a discounted rate. Just bring your season tickets (obviously)