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Baht'atters bring the town together to celebrate 75 Years of Community Spirit and Football in Ilkley

Ilkley Town AFC team from April 2005

Ilkley Town AFC proudly announces the upcoming celebration of 75 Years on May 10th at The Craiglands Hotel, a momentous occasion that will bring together the community in commemoration of the club's rich history and contributions to local football.

The anniversary celebration will mark the milestones in the clubs journey and the strong bonds between the club and the local community. A series of speeches will showcase the inclusive and community-centric spirit that defines Ilkley Town AFC.  Guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the club's illustrious history through photographs, memorabilia, and stories that trace the evolution of Ilkley Town AFC over the past 75 years.

Robert Brown, Chairman of Ilkley Town Amateur Football Club:  "As we celebrate 75 years we reflect on a legacy of camaraderie, sportsmanship, and community support. This milestone is a testament to the passion and dedication of everyone who has been a part of our club throughout the years. We invite the community to join us in commemorating this momentous occasion together”.

Ilkley Town AFC u13 Girls

Recognition will be core to the celebrations and the event will honor the club's legendary players, coaches, and volunteers who have played pivotal roles in shaping Ilkley Town AFC's success. Special tributes and presentations will acknowledge their outstanding contributions to the club's legacy.  The celebration will also feature live music with performances by local band and friends of the club ‘The Finishers’ and disco from Rombalds Radio’s very own Nick Babb.

From humble beginnings to a thriving community, the club has overcome challenges and evolved into a powerhouse with over 850 members, excelling across all levels.  Their home ground has been certified as a UEFA Champions League quality pitch and is regarded as one of the best playing surfaces in West Yorkshire and with a semi-pro first team Ilkley Town is proudly rooted in the North West Counties Division One North. 

Ilkley Town AFC u10s Boys

Manager of the Men’s First Team Sam Dexter said: “Recent years have seen significant developments at the club and we are in an exciting new chapter for football in Ilkley.  We have a strong and sustainable infrastructure which includes junior players, girls and women plus an increasing supporter base.  Our men’s first team are now established at a semi professional level.  This is the perfect opportunity to bring the community together and celebrate the achievements of the club”.

Stuart Clarkson spoke to Richard Giles from the club on the Rombalds Radio breakfast show on Monday morning, you can listen via a Rombalds Radio Local Podcast here.

For more information about the event and tickets please visit

2002-2003 League and Cup double winning team


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