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Gary Ricketts scoring Ilkeston FC's first ever goal in the 2011/12 pre-season friendly with Notts County
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MAY 20: MILLERS AND BREWERS FRIENDLIES CONFIRMED
Rotherham United and Burton Albion will be visiting the New Manor Ground for pre-season friendlies ahead of the big 2013/14 kick off. In addition, Eastwood Town and Shepshed Dynamo's websites indicate that The Robins have confirmed friendlies at their grounds this summer. The current pre-season line up reads:
Jul 9 BURTON ALBION (H)
Jul 13 NOTTINGHAM FOREST (H)
Jul 17 ROTHERHAM UNITED (H)
Jul 20 Basford United (A)
Jul 27 Shepshed Dynamo (A)
Jul 30 CHELSEA (H)
Aug 3 Belper Town (A)
Aug 6 Eastwood Town (A)
Aug 10 Coalville Town (A)
The season kicks off on August 17th, with the full fixture list due for publication on July 17th.
MAY 17: PEEL PULLS AWAY
Russell Peel has not been offered a new contract and has joined Eastwood Town where he is joined by Ryan Hastie. Peel only managed to appear on an occasional basis during his two seasons but was a popular figure at the New Manor Ground.
MAY 8: FOREST MATCH FINALISED
The Robins have another mouth watering pre-season game scheduled as Nottingham Forest visit the New Manor Ground on July 13th.
MAY 7: CHELSEA TO VISIT NMG
Ilkeston FC have secured a prestigious pre-season friendly against Premiership giants Chelsea. The match will be played on July 30th, kick-off 7.30pm, and will be all-ticket.
MAY 4: MATT FINISHES OFF MARINE
The early red card for a reckless challenge by Joe Maguire was the only blemish on a professional performance by Ilkeston FC in the last game of the season. Matt Richards' first half glancing header was enough to see off Marine's challenge.
MAY 1: PRIDE OF DERBYSHIRE
The Robins beat Matlock Town in a dramatic Derbyshire Senior Cup Final at Chesterfield. A goal behind with two minutes to go, Ilkeston came back to win 2-1 thanks to two goals from substitute James Reid. The first was a spectacular strike from distance and the stoppage time winner was a controversial penalty.
APR 29: RESERVES CUP GLORY
Ilkeston FC reserves swept Bromsgrove Sporting aside 8-1 to win the Central Conference Cup for the third successive season.
APR 27: WRIGHT SHOWS AKIL-LLER TOUCH
16 year old midfielder Akil Wright grabbed a late equaliser for Ilkeston FC and became their youngest ever scorer in their 1-1 draw at Matlock Town. The Robins continued with their youth policy as the season nears its close.
APR 24: YOUNG GUNS SHOOT DOWN WHITBY
One of the youngest ever Ilkeston teams destroyed Whitby away 4-0 against the odds after 'keeper Scott Low was carried off in the first half with concussion. Striker Aaron Hooton went in goal and The Robins, who included 5 teenagers who took to the field, went goal crazy after half time. Antwan Russell and Laurie Wilson shared the goals.
APR 20: MAGS THE MAN
Robins central defender Joe Maguire was presented with the IFC Supporters Group Player of the Season award after the Hednesford game.
APR 20: HEDNESFORD STEP CLOSER TO TITLE
Second place Hednesford proved too strong for The Robins and ran out 2-0 winners at the New Manor Ground. But Ilkeston gave a good account of themselves, particularly in the first half, before falling behind against the run of play shortly before half time.
APR 13: DANNY'S DREAM DEBUT AS ROBINS SUFFER NIGHTMARE
Academy young midfielder Danny Gordon scored twice on his full debut but the Robins still stumbled to a 3-2 defeat at relegation haunted Kendal Town despite twice taking the lead.
APR 10: RICKETTS SEES RED AS ROBINS SEIZE POINT
Gary Ricketts was dismissed late in the game as Ilkeston FC put a dent in Buxton's play-offs hopes with their first goal-less draw of the season. The Robins created enough chances to have won the game during the second half.
APR 6: ROBINS HOLD LEAGUE LEADERS
Ilkeston drew a competitive and often physical encounter with table topping North Ferriby United. Aaron Hooton equalised before Bermudan recruit Antwan Russell put The Robins ahead. Although Chris Martin saved a penalty Ferriby scored from the rebound to level the scores at 2-2.
APR 4: REIDY RALLIES ROBINS
In form James Reid spared Ilkeston's blushes with an early second half goal after a positional error by Chris Martin gifted Buxton the lead. But even the arrival of Bermudan star Antwan Russell failed to inspire victory for The Robins despite them looking the likelier winners after a disappointing first half.
APR 1: TIGERS APRIL FOOLED BY RAMPANT ROBINS
A sensational last 15 minutes saw Ilkeston FC scored three times through Gary Ricketts, Kane Richards and James Reid to claim a 4-1 win at Worksop Town. They had recovered from conceding an early goal thanks to Aaron Hooton's first half equaliser. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
MAR 30: HOT AARON SPOT ON IN REVENGE ON SPARTANS
Ilkeston FC and Blyth Spartans provided great entertainment and it was The Robins who grabbed the points thanks to an exciting 3-1 victory. Aaron Hooton scored from the spot in the first half and Gary Ricketts made sure of victory with a last minute goal. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
MAR 28: INTERNATIONAL STRIKER SET TO LAND ON ROBINS SOIL
Current Bermuda international Antwan Russell is awaiting clearance to move to Ilkeston FC. Top scorer in the Bermuda Premier League in 2011/12 with 19 goals for Pembroke Hamilton Club Zebras his last club was Robin Hood FC, and he has also played for other leading Bermuda clubs including Dandy Town Sports Club Hornets, Somerset Eagles and Lock N Key. Russell has also played for Bermuda Hogges in the US United Soccer Leagues and has won 6 caps for his country, scoring 4 times.
MAR 19: ROBINS FLY TO THE FINAL
llkeston FC produced a magnificent performance to overcome a strong Conference side in Alfreton Town and progress to the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final. The Robins rode their luck early on but two goals from Aaron Hooton made the difference in the 2-0 victory. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
MAR 16: UNLUCKY ROBINS SHOW BLYTH SPIRIT
A controversial stoppage time penalty robbed Ilkeston FC of a point they deserved at Blyth Spartans. Ilkeston twice came from behind with goals from Alex Ford and Aaron Hooton but went down 3-2. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
MAR 5: WHOLEY GOMES HOME
Notts County left-back Jake Wholey has returned to Meadlow Lane following his successful loan spell at Ilkeston FC.
2013/14 PEN PICS (APPEARANCES AND GOALS RECORDS AS AT END OF 2012/13 SEASON)
MATT BAKER (CENTRE BACK)
Born Nottingham 3/12/1993. Elevated from the Academy during the final weeks of the 2012/13 season and didn't look out of place. Previously with Leicester City. Debut: 24/4/2013 v Whitby Town (A); 2012/13 2apps.
CURTIS BURROWS (MIDFIELD)
Born Nottingham 4/7/1996. Quick wide player whose promise shown with the Academy led to opportunities at the end of the 2012/13 season. Originally with Burton Albion. Debut: 24/4/2013 v Whitby Town (A); 2012/13 0apps+2subs.
DARREN CASKEY (MIDFIELD)
Born Basildon 21/8/1974. Former England under-18 international who captained the European Championship winning side in 1993. A tremendous leader with great passing ability and vision. Started out with Tottenham Hotspur (32apps, 4goals) and had a loan spell at Watford (6apps, 1goal). Later clubs included Reading (201apps, 35goals), Notts County (114apps, 10goals), Bristol City, Hornchurch, Peterborough United (4apps), Bath City, Havant & Waterlooville, Virginia Beach Mariners, Rushden & Diamonds (18apps, 1goal), Kettering Town and Halesowen Town before teaming up as assistant manager to Kevin Wilson at Ilkeston Town in the summer of 2009 (1app+8subs). Remained at Ilkeston when Town was liquidated in September 2010 to run the Academy with Wilson and became assistant manager of Ilkeston FC when it was formed in November 2010. Currently holdest the record for the club's oldest player to make a first team appearance aged 37 years and 223 days. Debut: 13/8/2011 v Goole AFC; 2011/12 16apps+6subs, 8goals (5pens).
CALLUM CHETTLE (MIDFIELD)
Born Nottingham 28/8/1996. Youngster with great potential with a wide range of passing skills. Once at Nottingham Forest and progressed from the Academy into the first team squad as the 2012/13 season came to its close. Debut: 20/4/2013 v Hednesford Town (H); 2012/13 2apps+2subs.
JAMES CULLINGWORTH (FULL BACK)
Born Nottingham 18/9/1987. Naturally right footed but equally capable in either full back position. Began with Nottingham Forest before moving into non-League with Shepshed Dynamo, Stafford Rangers, Hucknall Town and Boston United. A highly committed performer and an excellent crosser who joined Ilkeston early in the 2011/12 season and who came third in the 2011/12 Player of the Season awards. Work took him to Australia where he played for Manly United before returning to Ilkeston in October 2012. Debut: 20/8/2011 v Loughborough Dynamo (A); 2011/12 44apps+2subs; 2012/13 11apps+6subs.
ALEX FORD (STRIKER)
Born Nottingham 31/1/1992. Very tall youngster signed from Beeston AFC in July 2012. Now has the chance to prove his undoubted talent at a higher level. Went on loan to Hucknall Town in September 2012 which was extended for the rest of the season in November but he returned early when Hucknall had off-field problems. Debut: 18/8/2012 v AFC Fylde (H); 2012/13 3apps+8subs, 1goal.
DEREECE GARDNER (STRIKER)
Born Wolverhampton 25/4/1994. Youngster with pace to burn previously at Aston Villa and Watford. Had a trial with Stoke City shortly before joining Ilkeston FC in October 2012. Made an immediate impact for The Robins by scoring on his league debut. Debut: 6/10/2012 v Gresley Rovers (H); 2012/13 6apps+7subs, 4goals.
BRAD GASCOIGNE (DEFENDER)
Born Mansfield 1994. Highly rated youngster from the Academy who has already made the substitutes bench. Had a spell on loan at Shepshed Dynamo in September 2012 and was previously with Birmingham City. One for the future. Debut: 10/12/2012 v Pinxton (H); 2012/13 0apps+1sub.
DANNY GORDON (MIDFIELD)
Born Mansfield 20/10/1993. Academy youngster who made a sensational full debut scoring twice at Kendal Town on 13/4/2013. Very comfortable on the ball and has a very bright future. With Mansfield Town and Chesterfield before joining the club. Debut: 10/4/2013 v Buxton (A); 2012/13 5apps+1sub, 2goals.
AARON HOOTON (STRIKER)
Born Nottingham 18/4/1990. Young player with plenty of promise and an eye for goal. Tall, aggressive and equally good on the ground as in the air. Signed in September 2012 from Basford United after previously playing for Kimberley Town, Arnold and Quorn, and made a big impact after signing, top scoring in 2012/13. Can play in goal in emergencies. Debut: 22/9/2012 v Belper Town (H); 2012/13 31apps+7subs, 15goals (1pen).
DANNY JAMES (MIDFIELD)
Born Derby 4/9/1992. Former Birmingham City and Grimsby Town trialist whose impressive form with the Academy and the reserves has led to a call up to the first team squad. Operates most effectively in the centre of the park.
ROB KOZLUK (RIGHT BACK)
Born Sutton-in-Ashfield 5/8/1977. Versatile defender and former England Under-21 star (2 caps) who has spent most of his career in the top two tiers of English football. Started his career at Notts County before progressing into League football with Derby County (16apps) but is best known for his lengthy spell at Sheffield United (213apps, 2goals). Also had time on loan at Huddersfield Town (14apps), Wigan Athletic and Preston North End (1app) prior to signing for Barnsley (75apps). Returned to Sheffield United (8apps, 1goal) before ending his League career with Port Vale (6apps) and Bradford City (17apps). Signed for Ilkeston in January 2013 as a player and Academy coach although a knee injury limited his appearances. Debut: 12/1/2013 v Frickley Athletic (H); 2012/13 7apps+2subs.
SCOTT LOW (GOALKEEPER)
Born Derby 22/8/1992. Young goalkeeper who showed plenty of promise in the Academy and hasn't looked out of place when called up into the first team. Signed on loan for Rainworth Miners Welfare in February 2013 after going on loan to Shepshed Dynamo at the start of the 2012/13 season. Represented Derbyshire at youth levels. Debut: 13/12/2011 v Dronfield Town; 2011/12 4apps; 2012/13 1app, 1 clean sheet.
JOE MAGUIRE (CENTRE BACK/MIDFIELD)
Born Sheffield 23/9/1991. Talented and versatile player capable of operating in centre midfield who was with Barnsley, Sheffield United and Scunthorpe United. Signed for Ilkeston Town in 2010 but never appeared due to the player embargo placed upon the club shortly before it went into liquidation. Moved on to Corby Town before joining Ilkeston FC prior to the start of the 2011/12 season but missed much of the first half of the season with injuries. Had a magnificent season in 2012/13 in central defence and was voted Player of the Season by supporters. Debut: 20/8/2011 v Loughborough Dynamo (A); 2011/12 24apps+2subs, 6goals (1pen); 2012/13 42apps+2subs, 7goals (1pen), 1 red card.
LIAM MAHON (RIGHT BACK/MIDFIELD)
Born Guernsey 7/10/1995. Exciting prospect who joined the Academy from Guernsey and was promoted to the first team near the end of the 2012/13 season. Perfectly suited to a wing-back role. Debut: 24/4/2013 v Whitby Town (A); 2012/13 3apps.
CHRIS MARTIN (GOALKEEPER)
Born Mansfield 21/7/1990. Experienced but still young 'keeper signed from Port Vale (74apps) in August 2012 and established himself as first choice 'keeper with his consistent performances. With Nottingham Forest as a youngster. Debut: 18/8/2012 v AFC Fylde (H); 2012/13 40apps, 8 clean sheets, 2 penalty saves.
KIERAN O'CONNELL (STRIKER)
Born Derby 13/3/1991. Lively and nimble forward signed from Mickleover Sports in February 2013. Began his career at Derby County. Debut: 2/2/2013 v Stafford Rangers (H); 2012/13 6apps+5subs, 1goal.
RYAN OSBORNE (STRIKER)
Born Nottingham 1/3/1996. Young Academy player with great potential who has forced his way into the first team reckoning. Has already had a number of League clubs following his progress. Set a new club record when he made his debut aged 16 years and 184 days. Previously on the books of Notts County and Dunkirk. Debut: 1/9/2012 v Chorley (A). 2012/13 0apps+4subs.
ANDREW OSEI-SIRIBOUR (STRIKER)
Born Milton Keynes 4/2/1992. Joined the Ilkeston FC Academy in 2010 after failing to make the grade at Wycombe Wanderers and Port Vale. Performed well as a quick left-sided forward, impressing enough to earn a first team contract for 2011/12. Top scored for the Reserves in 2011/12 with 13 goals. Joined Quorn on loan in November 2011 and Belper Town in September 2012. Debut: 13/8/2011 v Goole AFC (H); 2011/12 3apps+13subs, 1goal; 2012/13 2apps+5subs.
DAN PARTRIDGE (DEFENDER)
Born Derby 29/5/1992. Previously with Walsall and Loughborough University, this powerfully built defender can play anywhere across the back line and settled immediately into the first team. Went on a month's loan to Leek Town in December 2012. Debut: 16/8/2011 v Sutton Coldfield Town (A); 2011/12 29apps+4subs, 1goal; 2012/13 31apps+1sub, 1goal.
GREG PEARSON (DEFENDER)
Born Sowerby Bridge 25/12/1992. Tall, strong and with a good left foot this talented and versatile central defender progressed through the ranks at Huddersfield Town where he had a loan spell at Blyth Spartans before signing for Ilkeston in August 2012. Debut: 21/8/2012 v Rushall Olympic (A); 2012/13 17apps+6subs.
PARIS PEREIRA (STRIKER)
Born Guernsey 22/10/1995. Young Academy player from Guernsey whose impressive performances led to brief appearances in the first team in April 2013. Debut: 27/4/2013 v Matlock Town (A); 2012/13 0app+1sub.
LEWIS RATCLIFFE (WINGER)
Born Derby 20/1/1994. Young winger who has already made the first team squad after impressing in the Academy. Has been on the books of Derby County, Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County.
JAMES REID (MIDFIELD)
Born Ashbourne 28/2/1990. Wide player with a great left foot who joined Ilkeston FC on a month's loan from AFC Telford United in November 2011. After his loan period was extended he agreed to join on a permanent basis in February 2012. Scored a memorable hat-trick against Sheffield FC in January 2012 and wrote himself into club folklore by coming on as substitute to score twice in the last 3 minutes to help Ilkeston FC win the 2012/13 Derbyshire Senior Cup. Started out with Nottingham Forest where he sampled League football (1app) before moving on to Rushden & Diamonds, Lincoln City and Hinckley United. Has represented England at under 18 and under 19 levels. Debut: 26/11/2011 v Northwich Victoria (A); 2011/12 18apps+1sub, 6goals; 2012/13 31apps+12subs, 11goals (2pens).
KANE RICHARDS (WINGER)
Born Derby 16/6/1994. Right sided and speedy teenager signed from Derby County in February 2013. Has had previous loan experience at Matlock Town. A cousin of Ilkeston FC player Matt Richards and a favourite with the fans. Debut: 9/2/2013 v Stocksbridge Park Steels (A); 2012/13 7apps+7subs, 1goal.
MATT RICHARDS (MIDFIELD)
Born Derby 1/12/1989. Skilful and commanding midfielder who can play in wide or central positions. Began with Derby County and had a spell with Wycombe Wanderers before having a taste of League football whilst on loan at Notts County (1app). Looked set to sign for Ilkeston Town in August 2010 after appearing in pre-season but opted to join the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain instead. Signed for Ilkeston FC in November 2011 and played a big part in their promotion success, scoring the winning goal in the Play-Off Final against Leek Town. Went on to score the club's 100th league goal at Frickley Athletic in September 2012 and came second in the 2012/13 Player of the Season awards. Debut: 12/11/2011 v Rainworth Miners Welfare (A); 2011/12 30apps, 3goals; 2012/13 42apps+1sub, 11goals.
GARY RICKETTS (STRIKER)
Born Nottingham 13/7/1975. Veteran target man whose promising career was halted by a car accident whilst at Nottingham Forest. Moved into non-League with Heanor Town, Arnold, Hucknall Town, Hinckley United, Nuneaton Borough and Tamworth before joining Ilkeston Town (43apps+2subs, 13goals) in the summer of 2009. Rejoined Hucknall Town when the Robins went into liquidation in September 2010 and soon moved to Hinckley United before signing for Ilkeston FC in the summer of 2011. Missed the start of the season because of suspension imposed by the club as a consequence of his contribution in the infamous Mansfield Town pre-season friendly in August 2011 but in an amazing turnaround he was voted as Ilkeston FC Player of the Season for 2011/12. More importantly he won the coveted Evo-Stik First Division South Player of the Year. Ilkeston FC's top scorer in 2011/12, one of them being the club's 100th competitive goal in April 2012 at home to Shepshed Dynamo, and has also played briefly in goal in an emergency. Debut: 20/8/2011 v Loughborough Dynamo (A); 2011/12 43apps, 22goals; 2012/13 34apps+7subs, 10goals, 1 red card.
ANTWAN RUSSELL (FORWARD)
Born Hamilton (Bermuda) 6/11/1986. Bermudan full international with 6 caps and 4 goals to his name. Signed in March 2013 from Bermudan side Robin Hood FC and has also played for other Bermudan sides including Dandy Town Sports Club Hornets, Somerset Eagles, Lock N Key and Pembroke Hamilton Club Zebras plus Bermuda Hogges in the United States. Has plenty of pace and is a good finisher. Debut: 4/4/2013 v Buxton (H); 2012/13 3apps+4subs, 3goals.
STEVEN SMITH (LEFT BACK)
Born London 19/4/1994. Youngster signed on loan from Leicester City in November 2012 who impressed defensively and going forward. Went on loan to Braintree Town later in the 2012/13 season. Previously at Arsenal where he also had a trial at West Ham United. Has represented Republic of Ireland at under 17 level. Debut: 1/12/2012 v Marine (A); 2012/13 7apps, 1goal.
ELLIS STOREY (DEFENDER/MIDFIELD)
Born 27/11/1993. Joined the Academy from Nottingham City in 2011. Some mature performances and a good left foot have seen him break into the first team and a fine future seems assured. Went on loan to Mickleover Sports to gain further experience in October 2012 and had a further loan spells at Leek Town in January 2013 and Rainworth Miners Welfare a month later before returning to Leek. Debut: 3/9/2012 v Rushall Olympic (H); 2012/13 12apps+1sub.
RYAN SWIFT (GOALKEEPER)
Born Nottingham 23/10/1994. Talented prospect who arrived at the Academy in 2011 after being released by Notts County. Did well in the 2011/12 pre-season and was quickly rewarded with a number of appearances on the first team bench before going on a short trial at Colchester United in September 2012. Finally made his first team debut in December 2012 and kept a clean sheet. Went on loan to Radford in February 2013. Debut: 10/12/2012 v Pinxton (H); 2012/13 2apps; 1clean sheet.
GRANT TOBIN (MIDFIELD)
Born Mansfield 18/10/1994. Academy youngster who enjoys going forward and is capable of scoring goals. Previously with Mansfield Town and Derby County and now on the fringe of the first team having appeared on the bench.
BEN WALLACE (DEFENDER)
Born Nottingham 2/7/1994. Another talented Academy player aiming to break into the first team after being named as a substitute. Central defender previously with Nottingham Forest and Carlton Town.
JACK WATTS (MIDFIELD/STRIKER)
Born Perth, Australia 1/6/1991. Clever and hard working forward with an eye for goal who can also play wide midfield. Came second in the Player of the Season awards in 2011/12. Originally joined Ilkeston Town (10apps +18subs, 6goals) from Barnsley in 2009. Started out with Wanneroo City before moving to England where he had a spell at Sheffield United. When Town went into liquidation he subsequently played for Buxton, Worksop Town and Frickley Athletic before returning to the New Manor Ground to sign for Ilkeston FC in November 2011. Debut: 23/11/2011 v Carlton Town (A); 2011/12 24apps+2subs, 11goals; 2012/13 39apps+8subs, 5goals.
MIKE WILLIAMS (MIDFIELD)
Born Bodelwyddan, North Wales 24/9/1993. After being on the books of Derby County, Chesterfield, Mansfield Town and Stoke City he joined the Academy in 2010. Has come on nicely since as a central midfielder who enjoys getting into scoring positions and was rewarded with a first team call up early in 2012. Went on loan to Mickleover Sports in October 2012 and can also play in central defence. Debut: 24/1/2012 v Buxton (H); 2011/12 0apps+1sub; 2012/13 3apps.
LAURIE WILSON (MIDFIELD)
Born Brighton 5/12/1984. Former Northern Ireland youth international who started at Sheffield Wednesday where he appeared in their first team without making a League appearance. Moved on to Burton Albion, Grantham Town, Belper Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Alfreton Town and Hucknall Town before signing for Ilkeston Town (8apps) in May 2010. Left Town when the club was liquidated in September 2010 and went on to play for Staveley Miners Welfare, Alfreton Town and Harrogate Town before joining Ilkeston FC on loan in March 2012 with the move becoming a permanent one two months later. An influential midfield general with a good array of passes and who can make purposeful runs from deep. Scored Ilkeston FC's 200th competitive goal away at Whitby Town on 24/4/2013. Debut: 10/3/2012 v Rainworth Miners Welfare (H); 2011/12 7apps, 2goals (1pen); 2012/13 37apps, 6goals (2pens), 1 red card.
RYAN WILSON (LEFT BACK/MIDFIELD)
Born Derby 4/3/1993. Son of Kevin Wilson and a player who can fill just about any position effectively, although he has been first choice left-back for much of the time. Joined the Academy early in 2011, scoring 5 goals including one in the Central Conference Reserves League Cup Final, before being offered a first team contract. Currently the club's all-time appearance maker. Previously with Stockport County and Torquay United on loan and has represented Northern Ireland under 16s to 18s. Debut: 13/8/2011 v Goole AFC; 2011/12 42apps+3subs, 2goals; 2012/13 40apps+3subs, 1goal.
Born Derby 13/5/1996. Very talented youngster from Sheffield United who scored with one of his first touches in the first team. Debut: 27/4/2013 v Matlock Town (A); 2012/13 0apps+1sub, 1goal.
JAN YEOMANS (LEFT BACK)
Born Nottingham 14/7/1995. Academy youngster who has already broken into the first team and shown great promise. Former clubs include Notts County, Dunkirk and Awsworth Villa. Debut: 10/12/12 v Pinxton (H); 2012/13 1app.
The following players have been in the squad but are no longer at Ilkeston FC:
LLOYD ALLINSON (GOALKEEPER)
Born Rothwell (Leeds) 7/9/1993. Tall and very assured goalkeeper who joined on loan from Huddersfield Town in March 2012. Didn't concede a goal for Ilkeston in 3 appearances, including the 2011/12 Northern Premier League Division One South Play-Off Final. Started out with Rothwell Town Juniors. Debut: 7/4/2012 v Kidsgrove Athletic (A); Last Appearance: 28/4/2012 v Leek Town (H); 2011/12 4apps, 4 clean sheets.
SAM ANDREW (GOALKEEPER)
Born Barnsley 7/1/1993. A commanding young 'keeper who joined Ilkeston FC on a month's loan from Tamworth in January 2012. Previously with Sheffield United he has previously been on loan at Shepshed Dynamo. Went on loan to Eastwood Town immediately after leaving Ilkeston before joining Ossett Town. Debut/Last Appearance: 21/1/2012 v Goole AFC (A); 2011/12 1app
ALEX ARCHER (GOALKEEPER)
Born Cambridge 24/11/1993. Promising young and agile goalkeeper signed on work experience from Peterborough United in November 2011 after excelling against the Robins whilst playing for Stamford earlier in this season but who failed to match that display when at the New Manor Ground. Started his career at Parkside and also played for Haverhill Rovers whilst at Peterborough. Went on to play for Needham Market and AFC Sudbury. Debut: 23/11/2011 v Carlton Town (A); Last appearance: 17/12/2011 v Brigg Town (A); 2011/12 6apps.
ADAM BURTON (DEFENDER)
A towering centre-half previously at Mansfield Town after starting out with Nottingham Forest. Made the substitutes bench on two occasions without taking to the pitch. Went on a month's loan to Quorn in November 2011 before signing permanently for Rainworth Miners Welfare in January 2012. Later appeared for Shirebrook Town.
AARON BUTCHER (GOALKEEPER)
Born Peterborough 17/3/1991. Young shot stopper who has the height to command his box and has a safe pair of hands. Signed from Corby Town after starting out with Peterborough United, and he made his senior football breakthrough with Boston United. Left in November 2011 and subsequently joined March Town United before joining Yaxley. Debut: 13/8/2011 v Goole AFC (H); Last Appearance: 27/9/2011 v Coalville Town (A); 2011/12 8apps, 3 clean sheets.
DION CHAMBERS (MIDFIELD)
Born Nottingham 16/12/1989. Assured and confident young player who started with Swansea City and played in the League of Wales for Neath. Moved on to Eastwood Town and Hucknall Town before signing for Ilkeston FC in July 2012. Never quite lived up to his potential and left in November. Debut: 3/9/2012 v Rushall Olympic (H); Last Appearance: 30/10/2012 v North Ferriby United (A); 2012/13 11apps, 1goal.
JAMIE CLARKE (STRIKER)
Born Loughborough 7/3/1982. Experienced striker signed from Loughborough Dynamo in June 2012. Started out as a prodigious young talent at Ilkeston Town (25apps+23subs, 9goals) in 1999 before moving to Kings Lynn two years later. A bad leg injury prevented him from going as far in the game as anticipated but over the years at clubs such as Grantham Town, Corby Town, Lincoln United, Harrowby United, Stamford, Quorn, Shepshed Dynamo, Boston United, Glapwell and Coalville Town he has demonstrated his excellent finishing and skills. Failed to make an impact on his return to the New Manor Ground and returned to Loughborough Dynamo after three months. Later had a spell at Shepshed Dynamo. Debut: 18/8/2012 v AFC Fylde (H); Last Appearance: 3/9/2012 v Rushall Olympic (H); 2012/13 4apps+2subs.
TOM COLCLOUGH (OUTSIDE RIGHT)
Born Derby 17/5/1992. Young prospect who progressed through the Academy into the first team squad but didn't quite make the final step. He was with Mansfield Town as an apprentice and had trials at Brentford and Derby County as well as representing Derbyshire. Joined Eastwood Town after leaving The Robins. Debut: 27/8/2011 v Kidsgrove Athletic (H); Last Appearance: 29/8/2011 v Belper Town (A); 2011/12 0apps+2subs.
ADAM COLTON (MIDFIELD)
Born Sheffield 2/11/1992. Talented and busy central midfielder who is unafraid to shoot and can take corners accurately. With Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County as a youngster he went on to play regularly for Huddersfield Town's youth team before joining Ilkeston. Has also had loan spells at York City and Lincoln City. Left Ilkeston for Worksop Town in February 2012 after failing to hold down a regular place, and later moved on to Retford United. Debut: 13/8/2011 v Goole AFC (H); Last Appearance: 24/1/2012 v Buxton (H); 2011/12 17apps+5subs, 3goals.
RUSSELL COOKE (DEFENDER)
Born Mansfield 18/3/1981. Ilkeston FC captain in 2011/12 who gave great guidance to the defence. Played for Hucknall Town and Leigh RMI before a loan spell with Ilkeston Town in 2003/04 (13apps). A brief period with Matlock Town led to a return to Hucknall, for whom he played in the 2005 FA Vase Final, and later Eastwood Town. Joined Ilkeston FC in the summer of 2011, became captain in the first season and was selected in the 2011/12 Evo-Stik League First Division South Team of the Year. A succession of injuries led to his retirement at the end of the 2012/13 season. Debut: 13/8/2011 v Goole AFC; 2011/12 33apps, 1 red card; 2012/13 24apps+1sub. Total: 57apps+1sub, 1 red card.
KRISTIAN COX (OUTSIDE RIGHT)
Born Birmingham 28/9/1992. Very quick and skilful, he joined Ilkeston in the summer of 2011 after making a single League appearance for Port Vale. Left in September 2011 because of travel difficulties and subsequently joined New Mills before moving on to Hyde United and Gresley FC. Scored for the club in the historic first game. Debut: 13/8/2011 v Goole AFC (H); Last Appearance: 27/8/2011 v Kidsgrove Athletic (H); 2011/12 4apps, 1goal.
CAMERON DARKWAH (STRIKER)
Born Manchester 2/9/1992. Signed in January 2013 from Stockport County where he had tasted League football (6apps). Had previous loan experience at Mossley, FC Halifax Town and Colwyn Bay before joining The Robins. Left after only a couple of weeks and 45 minutes of action to sign for Chorley. Debut/Last Appearance: 2/2/2013 v Stafford Rangers (H); 2012/13 0apps+1sub.
SAM DUNCUM (OUTSIDE LEFT)
Born Sheffield 18/2/1987. Left winger blessed with electric pace and with the ability to beat defenders on the inside or the outside. His thrilling runs, telling crosses and goals of his own make him a big favourite amongst supporters who also remember his previous spell at Ilkeston Town. Joined Ilkeston FC in January 2012 after being released by Worksop Town but left in May for Buxton after helping the team to promotion. Started out Rotherham United (7apps) from where he had earlier spent time on loan at York City. Then joined Ilkeston Town in May 2008 (68apps+17subs, 8goals) before leaving Town for an undisclosed fee to Eastwood Town in February 2010. Debut: 21/1/2012 v Goole AFC (A); Last Appearance: 23/4/2012 v Sheffield FC (H); 2011/12 12apps+3subs, 6goals.
JACK EADES (OUTSIDE RIGHT)
Born Derby 30/10/1991. Winger who initially signed on loan from Cambridge United in November 2012 before joining on a more permanent basis four weeks later. Made an immediate impact by scoring twice on his debut including a stoppage time equaliser but was never quite able to hit similar heights. Left in December 2012 for a brief spell at Lowestoft before moving to Australia. Started out with Derby County and Nottingham Forest and also had loan spells with Needham Market and Histon before joining Ilkeston. Debut: 3/11/2012 v Kendal Town (H); Last Appearance: 3/12/2012 v Grantham Town (H); 2012/13 8apps, 2goals.
DIMITAR EVTIMOV (GOALKEEPER)
Born Shumen 7/9/1993. Very tall and athletic 'keeper signed on a short-term loan deal from Nottingham Forest in October 2011 and made a big impression. Formerly with Chavdar Etropole he is a Bulgarian under-19 international. Has since gone on loan to Gainsborough Trinity and very much a part of Forest's first team squad. Debut: 29/10/11 v Romulus (H); Last Appearance: 5/11/2011 v Woodley Sports (H); 2011/12 3apps, 1 clean sheet.
BEN GATHERCOLE (GOALKEEPER)
Born 12/2/1993. Tall, young and promising 'keeper signed on loan from Nottingham Forest in September 2011 where he had appeared for the reserves. Former clubs include ASC Dayncourt and Notts County. Had an unwanted first by becoming the first Ilkeston FC player ever to receive a red card when he was dismissed in the away match at Quorn. Injuries and suspension disrupted his season at Ilkeston. Signed for Kettering Town in August 2012 after his release from Forest before moving on to Huntingdon Town and Alfreton Town. Debut: 13/9/2011 v Lincoln United (A); Last Appearance: 21/4/2012 v Grantham Town (A); 2011/12 21apps, 11 clean sheets, 1 red card.
FRANCIS GREEN (STRIKER)
Born Nottingham 23/4/1980. Very experienced front runner who joined in March 2012 to assist the Robins in their successful promotion push before joining Spalding United three months later. Started out with Ilkeston Town where he made 5 substitute appearances before being sold to Peterborough United for a club record £25,000. Had a lengthy League career taking in Peterborough (107apps, 14goals), Boston United (45apps, 5goals), Lincoln City (100apps, 18goals) and Macclesfield Town (65apps, 14goals). Subsequently moved into non-League with Kettering Town, Oxford United, Brackley Town, Hucknall Town and Eastwood Town. Debut: 31/3/2012 v Shepshed Dynamo (H); Last Appearance: 28/4/2012 v Leek Town; 2011/12 3apps+4subs, 2goals.
LIAM GREEN (MIDFIELD)
Born Grimsby 17/3/1988. Busy central midfielder who began with Grimsby Town before moving to Doncaster Rovers (2apps). Had a brief spell at Burton Albion before joining Ilkeston Town (33apps+5subs) from Boston United in the summer of 2009. Signed for Corby Town when Town was liquidated but returned to the New Manor Ground to join the new club in the summer of 2011. Left the club in January 2012 after losing his first team place, subsequently playing for Loughborough University. Debut: 13/8/2011 v Goole AFC; Last Appearance: 13/12/2011 v Dronfield Town (A); 2011/12 24apps+2subs, 1goal.
RYAN HASTIE (CENTRE BACK)
Born Nottingham 1991. Young tall and strong central defender signed from South Normanton Athletic in December 2012. Returned to his former club in February 2013 on loan for the rest of the 2012/13 season before signed permanently for Eastwood Town in May 2013. Formerly with Arnold Town. Debut/Last Appearance: 7/1/2013 v Eastwood Town (H); 2012/13 1app.
JOSH HILL (CENTRE BACK)
Born Cardiff 1/8/1991. Young, tall central defender who was capable of playing accurate long passes and was good in the air. Signed from Loughborough University occasionally lapses in concentration proved costly and he ceased to become a regular from December 2011. Was released by the club in July 2012 and signed for Coalville Town the following month. Debut: 13/8/2011 v Goole AFC (H); Last Appearance: 21/4/2012 v Grantham Town (A); 2011/12 31apps, 2goals.
CHRIS JONES (RIGHT-BACK)
Born Derby 24/11/1992. Teenage defender who signed from Derby County in September 2012. Struggled with injury and left the following month after making little impact. Later joined Nantwich Town. Debut: 3/9/2012 v Rushall Olympic (H); Last Appearance: 6/10/2012 v Gresley FC (H); 2012/13 4apps.
DAN LOWSON (GOALKEEPER)
Born 4/2/1988. Joined Ilkeston FC on a curtailed month's loan from Alfreton Town in December 2011. Former Ilkeston Town (50apps) goalkeeper who was player of the year in 2009/10, previously with Gretna and Newcastle Blue Star. A former England schoolboy trialist he is confident with crosses, a good organiser and an excellent shot stopper. After conceding a goal just two minutes into his Ilkeston Town debut he wasn't beaten again for 608 minutes, thus breaking a club record that stood since 1954, and went on to win the player of the year award for 2009/10. Left Town when they were liquidated in September 2010 and went on to have spells with Darlington and Blyth Spartans. Joined Celtic Nation in 2012. Debut: 26/12/2011 v Hucknall Town (A); Last Appearance: 9/1/2012 v Sheffield (H); 2011/12 4apps, 2 clean sheets.
JIDE MADUAKO (CENTRE-BACK)
Born London 14/8/1994. Very tall defender signed on loan from Leicester City in November 2012. Showed tremendous composure and awareness and returned for a second loan spell in February 2013 but failed to reproduce his earlier form. Previously with Ipswich Town. Debut: 27/11/2012 v Hednesford Town (A); Last Appearance: 23/2/2012 v FC United of Manchester (A); 2012/13 9apps.
ANTHONY MAGUIRE (MIDFIELD)
Born Cannock 3/9/1984. Trialist who came from Chasetown in January 2013 but who was not retained after a single appearance against Eastwood Town at home on 7/1/2013. Played for a number of West Midlands non-League clubs after starting with Torquay United. Former clubs include Halesowen Town, Bromsgrove Rovers, Rushall Olympic, Willenhall Town, Hednesford Town and Leek Town. 2012/13 1app.
WILL McCALL (WINGER)
Born Macclesfield 17/11/1991. Left sided midfielder who made an immediate impact but sadly injury ruined his first season and he seemed to have lost pace upon his return. With Manchester City before moving to Oldham Athletic as an apprentice before appearing for Loughborough University. He scored in Ilkeston FC's historic opening match. Debut: 13/8/2011 v Goole AFC (H); Last Appearance: 13/10/2012 v Stocksbridge Park Steels (H); 2011/12 16apps+5subs, 8goals; 2012/13 7apps+3subs, 1goal; Total: 23apps+8subs, 9goals.
GEROME PALMER (DEFENDER)
Born Derby 3/6/1993. Central defender on the fringes of the first team. Joined in summer 2011 after previous spells at Mansfield Town and Chesterfield. Had a couple of loan spells with Holbrook Sports in 2011/12. Rejoined Holbrook after leaving Ilkeston in 2012. Debut/Last Appearance: 13/12/2011 v Dronfield Town (H); 2011/12 1app.
RUSSELL PEEL (MIDFIELD)
Born Nottingham 18/12/1984. Skilful and energetic left sided midfielder previously with Derby County, Chasetown, Quorn, Shepshed Dynamo and Belper Town. Signed for Ilkeston FC, his home town club, before the start of the 2011/12 season and shown great commitment when called upon. Joined Eastwood Town in May 2013. Debut: 22/8/2011 v Market Drayton Town (H); Last Appearance: 24/4/2013 v Whitby Town (A); 2011/12 12apps+4subs, 1goal; 2012/13 9apps+6subs, 2goals; Total: 21apps+10subs, 3goals.
ASHLEY ROBINSON (MIDFIELD)
Born Derby 27/7/1991. Young attacking midfielder who was on the fringes of the first team squad. Was with Ilkeston Town when the club folded in 2010 after being at Mickleover Sports. Left in 2012 to concentrate on his career. Debut: 5/11/2011 v Woodley Sports (H); Last Appearance: 24/1/2012 v Buxton (H); 2011/12 3apps+7subs.
FABIAN SMITH (MIDFIELD)
A much travelled player who has played for a number of clubs in the East Midlands area. Signed in November 2011 after appearing for Ilkeston FC in pre-season, but left after a brief stay to join Quorn and then Eastwood Town before moving on to Basford United. Can play out wide or at full-back and played for Ilkeston Town as a teenage prospect in 2003 after starting out with Scunthorpe United and Eastwood Town. Former clubs include Arnold Town, Carlton Town, Hucknall Town and Retford United. Debut/Last Appearance: 7/11/2011 v New Mills (A); 2011/12 0apps+1sub.
JORDAN SMITH (STRIKER)
Born Leicester 9/4/1988. Powerfully built forward with a good pedigree signed in October 2012 from Stamford but who disappointed and left two months later to sign for Boston United and later Grantham Town. Has had successful spells at Redditch United, Kings Lynn and Corby Town and has a fine scoring record. Debut: 13/10/2012 v Stocksbridge Park Steels (H); Last Appearance: 10/12/2012 v Pinxton (H); 2012/13 6apps+3subs, 2goals.
ADAM SOMES (STRIKER)
Born 8/2/1993. Teenage target man with strong aerial ability. Joined from Mansfield Town in September 2012 but was released later in the month without making an impact. Had previous experience of senior football with Rainworth Miners Welfare. Subsequently signed for Eastwood Town and later Clipstone Welfare before returning to Rainworth. Debut: 3/9/2012 v Rushall Olympic (H); Last Appearance: 15/9/2012 v Witton Albion (H); 2012/13 2apps+1sub.
GREG TEMPEST (MIDFIELD)
Born Nottingham 28/12/1993. Young and creative central midfielder signed on loan from Notts County in November 2012. Impressed with his enthusiasm and work rate and went on to make his League debut for The Magpies later in the season. Debut: 10/11/2012 v FC United of Manchester (H); Last Appearance: 27/11/2012 v Hednesford Town (A); 2012/13 5apps.
DARYLL THOMAS (STRIKER)
Born Nottingham 27/7/1986. A prolific scoring and speedy forward throughout his career which began with Nottingham Forest and Chesterfield as a youngster. Spells at Retford United, Shepshed Dynamo, Carlton Town and Belper Town preceded his arrival at Ilkeston where he continued to find the target regularly. Scored in the club's historic opening fixture against Goole and in the 2011/12 Play-Off Final and made more appearances than anyone else during the promotion campaign. Found playing at a higher level a struggle and rejoined Belper Town in November 2012. Debut: 13/8/2011 Goole AFC (H); Last Appearance: 17/11/2012 v Matlock Town (H); 2011/12 39apps+8subs, 19goals; 2012/13 11apps+6subs, 5goals; Total: 50apps+14subs, 24goals.
CURTIS THOMPSON (MIDFIELD)
Born Nottingham 2/9/1993. Energetic and strong tackling central midfielder signed on a month's loan from Notts County in November 2012. Showed versatility by operating as a stand in right-back where he utilised his pace, and went on to make his League debut for Notts County later in the season. Formerly at Leicester City and had previous loan experience with Lincoln City. Debut: 17/11/2012 v Matlock Town (H); Last Appearance: 3/12/2012 v Grantham Town (H); 2012/13 6apps.
ASHLEY TIMMS (GOALKEEPER)
Born Manchester 6/11/1985. Confident, commanding and vocal 'keeper who started out with Manchester City. A promising career was halted by some of errors of judgement off the pitch and came to Ilkeston for a fresh start. Signed for The Robins in July 2012 after spells with clubs such as Altrincham, Atherton LR, Curzon Ashton, Mossley, Shrewsbury Town, Runcorn, Accrington Stanley, Bacup Borough, Barrow, Cambridge City and Wakefield. Opinion was divided about him amongst supporters and he left the club by mutual consent in January 2013, subsequently signing for Worksop Town. Went on to play for Hemel Hempstead and Hinckley United. Saved a penalty in his last outing for The Robins. Debut: 8/9/2012 v Coalville Town (A); Last Appearance: 27/10/2012 v Whitby Town (A); 2012/13 12apps, 3 clean sheets, 1 penalty save.
TYRELL WAITE (STRIKER)
Born Derby 1/7/1994. Striker with great potential who created history by scoring Ilkeston FC's historic first competitive goal and went on to become the first player to progress from the club into League football. Excellent form in the Academy in 2010/11, when he top scored with 14 goals including two in the Central Conference Reserves League Cup Final, ensured that he was handed a first team contract. Previously with Mickleover Sports, Holbrook and Chesterfield, he went on trial at Birmingham City in January 2012 but it was Notts County who snapped him up two months later. Went on loan to Nuneaton Borough later in the year. Debut: 13/8/2011 Goole AFC (H); Last Appearance: 10/3/2012 v Rainworth Miners Welfare (H); 2012/13 8apps+27subs, 6goals (1pen).
JAKE WHOLEY (LEFT BACK)
Born Nottingham 14/12/1993. Promising young defender with League experience signed on loan from Notts County (2apps) in February 2013. Blessed with a long throw and good technique. Debut: 2/2/2013 v Stafford Rangers (H); 2012/13 6apps.
JOE WILCOX (RIGHT-BACK/MIDFIELD)
Born Northampton 18/4/1989. Committed attacking defender or right-sided midfielder capable of delivering good crosses who started out as a youngster with Scunthorpe United. Came from Corby Town after a spell at Buxton. Signed for Frickley Athletic in January 2013. Debut: 13/8/2011 v Goole AFC (H); Last Appearance: 7/1/2013 v Eastwood Town (H); 2011/12 23apps+12subs, 2goals; 2012/13 14apps+2subs; Total: 37apps+14subs, 2goals.
CALLUM WILLIAMSON (DEFENDER)
Youngster who could play either in central defence or at left-back but was unable to force his way into the team on a regular basis. Moved to Loughborough University in 2012. Debut: 27/9/2011 v Coalville Town (A); Last Appearance: 15/10/2012 v Quorn (A); 2011/12 2apps.
JOSH WISDOM (STRIKER)
Born Derby 27/2/1993. Another product of the Academy where he enjoyed great success, scoring 13 goals in 2010/11 including 4 against New Mills in the FA Youth Cup and a hat-trick against Burton Albion Reserves. Was rewarded with a first team contract but was unable to take it to the next stage. Debut: 13/8/2011 v Goole AFC (H); Last Appearance: 19/11/2011 v Newcastle Town (H); 2011/12 1app+3subs.
LAURENCE ZISARUK-GIBSON (DEFENDER)
Born Lancashire 30/1/1993. Tall and a central defender with promise who had broken from the Academy and into the first team squad since the start of the 2011/12 season. Went on loan to Dunkirk in December 2011. Left in 2012 to pursue his education and to sign for Eastwood Town. Originally with Rochdale and has represented Greater Manchester. Debut/Last Appearance: 27/9/2011 v Coalville Town (A); 2011/12 1app.