An Eye opener for ICA in new merger

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - WORLDOFSPORT -

ONE of the most iconic names in lo­cal foot­ball could be no more.

Eye Sports & So­cial will dis­ap­pear from the Chromasport & Tro­phies Peter­bor­ough & Dis­trict League Premier Di­vi­sion land­scape at the end of the cur­rent sea­son.

The club was formed fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of the great Eye United - who later be­came Peter­bor­ough North­ern Star - from the vil­lage in 2003 when they rose into non-league foot­ball.

But Eye Sports & So­cial are also now mov­ing into the city af­ter merg­ing with fel­low lo­cal club FC In­ter to be­come ICA Sports.

The first team, bossed by colour­ful lo­cal char­ac­ter Gino Agius for the last five sea­sons, will re­main in the Premier Di­vi­sion and now be based at the River­side Pav­il­ion in Wood­ston.

Agius said: “I was ap­proached about the pos­si­bil­ity of com­ing over and merg- ing with FC In­ter and it didn’t take long for me to make my mind up.

“We have seen the way Nether­ton do things by bring­ing through play­ers from their own ju­nior ranks into se­nior foot­ball and we want to cre­ate some­thing sim­i­lar at ICA Sports.

“We have put a lot into mak­ing Eye Sports a suc­cess but it has be­come too much hard work.

“Eye Sports were near the bot­tom of Di­vi­sion Two when I went there and we could move on as the third-placed team in the Premier Di­vi­sion.

“I’m very proud of the job I have done but the play­ing con­di­tions are far from ideal and there is just not enough sup­port.

“We have to do ev­ery­thing our­selves from mark­ing out the pitches to clear­ing up.

“Peo­ple like Dick Turner, who looks af­ter the ground, Matt Left­ley and Kat Left­ley have all been ter­rific, but I can’t help feel­ing that se­nior foot­ball is not re­ally wanted there by the Parish Coun­cil.

“Eye Sports has been good for me and I’d like to think I’ve been good for them, but the time is now right to move on.”

The cur­rent Eye Sports re­serve side - run by Matt Left­ley - is also set to move un­der the ICA ban­ner, mean­ing the vil­lage is al­most cer­tain to be left with­out an adult team.

ICA - the Ital­ian Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion - plan to have three men’s sides play­ing on a Satur­day in all along with at least two Sun­day morn­ing se­nior sides and a veteran’s team.

They also hope to launch their own ju­nior set-up to cre­ate a club that pro­duces it’s own tal­ent lo­cally.

Chair­man Ces Ser­luca said: “ICA have been with­out foot­ball teams for a cou­ple of years but were very keen on get­ting it up and run­ning again.

“I’m a for­mer ICA player my­self so I’m proud to be be­hind a re­launch of the name in lo­cal foot­ball and I know we will be given plenty of help and sup­port from the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“I have been court­ing Gino for some time and I’m de­lighted that he has agreed to come over with his team.

“We have plans for sev­eral teams and hope­fully the name of ICA will help cre­ate plenty of in­ter­est.”

ICA Sports are keen to hear from any ju­nior teams who may be in­ter­ested in com­ing un­der their ban­ner.

Chair­man Ces Ser­luca is the con­tact on 07827446844.

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