Category: Events

Reserves Manager Mackenzie is raising money for Prostate Cancer UK

I don’t particularly like cycling although I have done several rides which have raised just over £6,000 for MS Trust, Prostate Cancer and the Erskine Hospital. I’m not a frequent cycler and would maybe go out once a month and NEVER in the winter or when it’s raining! The furthest I have ridden in a day is just over 100 miles with the hardest days ride was in the “Ride the North” with the wind in your face for all of the 89 miles!!

I did actually quite enjoy doing Nightrider in London. Starting at 11 pm and finishing just after 6 in the morning, having done the central London tour from 2 am to 3 am ‘sh.

If I am not training for an event I might go out on my bike about once a month so doing this is not the norm for me!

I have been at ‘Sports’ for about 12 years being brought in by Dick Pratley and enjoyed the successful trip up the divisions. Last year was heading to be one of our more successful seasons – topping the league and in the Derbyshire Divisional Cup Final for the 4th time in 5 years. The success gave us promotion which brings extra costs, hence the fundraising.

Donations are going to be split 50-50 between Prostate Cancer UK and Mickleover F.C. Reserves. When I have completed the task we will divide the money raised by 2 and send each cause their total.

363 miles is the distance to Lands End via A and B roads. The mileages will be added consecutively and my aim is to complete in 3 weeks. (most of the charities are doing 100 or 300 miles and giving the rider a month to complete). The miles will be recorded on “Map my Ride”. It will take roughly 33 hours at an average of 11mph. Decent cyclists do 14/15mph.

The reserves have been promoted to the top league in the Central Midlands League. The promotion means we will be playing at a higher standards but has the drawback of incurring increased costs. We now have to pay for 3 officials for every game, provide post match hospitality and a matchday programme. We estimate that we need to find an additional £2,000+.

With regards to Prostate Cancer In the UK. Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and your risk increases with age. The risk is even higher for black men and men with a family history of prostate cancer.

In England:

  • More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in England.
  • More than 9,000 men die from prostate cancer every year in England.
  • Every hour, one man dies from prostate cancer in England.
  • More than 325,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer in England.

Message from the charity: In challenging and uncertain times, we’re proud to provide more than 150,000 people every month with up-to-date, evidence-led and award-winning information about prostate cancer.

We also fund research into better ways to diagnose prostate cancer, so men can be diagnosed earlier and more accurately – and into better treatments with fewer side effects, so that men stay alive and well for longer.

But the COVID-19 pandemic has forced labs across the UK to close, bringing that important work to a standstill.

We’re working hard to raise the funds we need to get our researchers up and running again once labs re-open, to ensure progress isn’t lost.

Please click here to donate if you can

Thank you,
D. Mac

Our NHS Allstar Charity Match Update

Due to the ongoing Covid – 19 issues we have reviewed the proposed charity game. As you know we were hoping to hold the match featuring an NHS charity side against a Mickleover side featuring a host of very experienced players, including Derby County Legends, Ex Internationals and stars from the footballing world, at the Don Amott Arena at the end of July.
We are again in the position that, due to safety reasons, the proposed date at the end of July will not be possible. We are going to ensure that this game will go ahead as soon as we can facilitate a crowd safely at the ground.
We thank the event sponsors JKE Security, R.G. Stafford Butchers and Andy Mitchell at for their patience and continued support.
Our first team is now back for training but due to the restrictions can only train in small groups.
We will let you know about the date for the match once the restrictions ease sufficiently.
Until then Stay Safe.

Mickleover Market & Car Boot Sale is BACK!

Derby’s favourite market and car boot sale returns on July 12th and carries on Every Sunday all summer – weather dependent.

Refreshments and trade stalls • Free parking • Social distancing measures in place

Seller’s entry fee is only £7. Buyer’s: £1 Adults and U16s go FREE.

See you at Mickleover Sports Club, Station Road DE3 9FB


Brewers to visit Station Road

Burton Albion have offered to bring their full first team squad to the Don Amott Arena to play Mickleover FC in a friendly match.

With Mickleover manager John McGrath and striker Stuart Beavon both ex Brewers players, the connections between the two clubs remain close.

It could be new player manager Jake Buxton’s first games in charge since taking over from Nigel Clough, plus Buxton is also due to play in the NHS All Stars Charity match.

We want to thank Burton chairman Ben Robinson and Jake Buxton for offering to bring their team to help us survive and at no cost, also for loaning some kit for the Charity match. It’s absolutely brilliant that a local football league club would do this to help us.

said Mickleover chairman Don Amott.

Allstar Charity Match Supporters: The Final 3

by Peter Scherer

We have now covered all the ex and current footballers due to play in the NHS Allstars match and some of the guests, so we are now going to look at the final three participants.

Derbyshire cricketer Tony Palladino is a medium pace right handed bowler and right handed batsman. He made his First Class debut playing for Cambridge University against Essex in April 2003 and joined Essex on a full time basis later that season.

He had seven years at Essex, but after a spell in Namibia and with Suffolk, he was released by Essex in 2010 and began his long association with Derbyshire.

Among his career highlights are seven wickets in an innings against Leicestershire in May 2019 and figures of 7-53 again with Kent the victims in 2012.

With 374 wickets in 146 games, he is one of Derbyshire’s most historically prolific bowlers and having taken five wickets in an innings on 16 occasions, he is the only Derbyshire bowler to achieve the feat in the 21st century.

The final two supporters won’t be on the field of play but do have their part to play. Radio Derby and Derby County legend Colin Gibson. After over 30 years covering Rams games he joined the club on the media side and currently works for Rams TV.

Colin’s duties during the Charity match will of course be match announcer.

Bob Badwal won’t have far to travel as he is a Mickleover resident. He runs an electrical business in the day time, but at night transforms into an Elvis tribute act.

His act is called Aaron – Memories of Elvis, and he has been touring the UK and entering competitions for 20 years. So Elvis will be in the stadium!!


All donations raised for the match will go straight to the NHS.

Allstar Charity Match Supporters: Stuart Beavon

by Peter Scherer

Stuart Beavon is another current Mickleover player due to join the NHS Allstars Charity match action. He became the third generation of his family to play professional football, following in the steps of his Father Stuart and Grandfather Cyril.

But it all started for Stuart junior at Hellenic League Ardley United, before swiftly moving on to Combined Counties side Wallingford. He scored 13 goals in 36 games between those clubs, before being snapped up by Didcot Town.

Despite stepping up to the Southern League South & West Division, he quickly found his goalscoring touch and had two seasons with the club. He played 139 games and scored an amazing 107 goals and was a winner in the 2004/5 FA Vase too.

His next step was to the Conference with Weymouth, spending three seasons on the South Coast, and adding 27 more goals to his tally from 90 appearances.

For 2008/09 he had his first spell in the Football League with League 2 Wycombe Wanders. He scored on his debut and his initial loan became permanent.

He was a prolific scorer again but the team were promoted and relegated twice during his stay. After 125 games and 34 goals he moved to Preston North End in League 1 again.

There was debut goal again and having settled at Deepdale he stayed for two years, before an initial loan at Burton Albion became permanent for the 2014/15 season.

He gained promotion again with the Brewers to League 1 but part way into his third season he left in January 2017 with 15 goals and 102 games under his belt, destined for Coventry City.

A strange end of season saw the Sky Blues win the EFL Trophy, but were also relegated to League 2. Although he was a Coventry player for the next two seasons, his final one was spent on a years loan at Wrexham.

Early into the 2019/20 season he joined Nuneaton, but it was when he began his current connection at Mickleover that he regained his scoring touch.


All donations raised for the match will go straight to the NHS.

Allstar Charity Match Supporters: Ricky Ravenhill

by Peter Scherer

Mickleover assistant manager Ricky Ravenhill has been at the Don Amott Arena for almost two years. He started as a youth player at Barnsley in 1998, but got his break when he joined then Conference side Doncaster Rovers in 2002.

His forceful midfield role played a part in Doncaster’s play-off win in 2003, which took them back into the Football League, only to celebrate a double promotion success as Division 3 Champions a year later.

He had five season with Doncaster, making 159 appearances and scoring 10 goals, before a loan spell at Chester preceded a permanent move to Grimsby for the 2006/7 season. They lost out in the League 2 play-off final and after a change in management, Ravenhill had another loan at Darlington, which after 15 games and a goal was made permanent.

His stay at League 2 Darlington lasted a couple of seasons, making another 84 appearances with five goals.

The next stop was with Notts County, joining in the summer of 2009, he was League 2 title winner. But in his second year it was considerably tougher in League 1, although the Magpies avoided relegation, another loan spell beckoned at Bradford City.

He had made 97 appearances at Meadow Lane and hit three goals, before his move to Bradford City became permanent again in 2012. They were League Cup runners up and League two play-off winners by the end of the season.

But 68 games and two goals under his belt and the next stop was Northampton Town.  An initial loan again became permanent, before a brief spell in the League with Mansfield Town in 2015.

He then played moved into the Northern Premier League with Buxton, before joining Mickleover in September 2018.


All donations raised for the match will go straight to the NHS.

Allstar Charity Match Supporters: John McGrath

by Peter Scherer

Even the NHS Allstars teams will need managers and on this occasion the men for the job are Ted McMinn and Mickleover’s own boss John McGrath.

As a young 16 year old McGrath was a star of Irish youth side Belvedere, who won the FAI Youth Cup, Leinster Youth Cup and Under 18 Premier League.

The success brought him to the attention of Premiership club Aston Villa, who he joined in 1999.

He made two Premiership starts before going out on loan to Conference side Dagenham & Redbridge in November 2002. 31 games and two goals were accumulated as he saw out the rest of the season, before joining newly returned to the Football League, Doncaster Rovers.

As part of the squad that won the squad that won the Third Division title, he made 14 appearances. 

A loan spell at League 2 Shrewsbury then preceded a permanent move to fellow League 2 club Kidderminster Harriers. It was only a short stay and after 19 games he was released and returned to Ireland to see out the season with Limerick in the League of Ireland First Division.

He scored against Athlone Town but returned to England in 2006 with Conference South club Weymouth Town. His 13 games and 3 goals helped the club take the league title, but McGrath was on the move again to Conference National’s Tamworth.

It was a one season stay with five goals in his 48 games, before his long association with Burton Albion began.

He was player of the year in his first season as a Brewers player and won the Conference Premier title in the second. Continuing as a regular first choice in midfield, he totalled 247 appearances and scored 20 goals as Burton became established Football League members.

After six years at Burton he had a short loan spell at York City and then joined Alfreton Town for 2013/14.  He had one season there before joining Mickleover as a player initially, taking over the reins a year later to remain as player/manager.

He also gained International honours with the Republic of Ireland Under 21’s, making five appearances.


All donations raised for the match will go straight to the NHS.