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ilsonfootball aims to provide a detailed history of senior football in Ilkeston, as well as including other pieces of information which hopefully will be of interest. In time, there will be match reports of games going back to 1882, an a-z of players who have appeared for the various Ilkeston teams going back, plus a full statistical record. Plenty of information is already available to view, with more becoming available in due course. In the meantime, please be patient, and enjoy!!
Gary Ricketts scoring Ilkeston FC's first ever goal in the 2011/12 pre-season friendly with Notts County
And click here to see Ilkeston FC's first ever competitive goal, scored by Tyrell Waite
And click here to see Laurie Wilson's sensational goal at Blyth in October 2013
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MAR 1: VILLAIN TO HERO JOE
Ilkeston FC drew 2-2 at Nantwich Town after taking an early lead through Matt Richards. Joe Maguire conceded two penalties, one of which was brilliantly saved by Ross Etheridge, as the home side took a 2-1 lead but Maguire made amends with a second half equaliser.
FEB 28: KEEPER ON MOVE
Ilkeston FC goalkeeper Rob Peet has left the club to remain with Lincoln United. Peet has been on loan at Lincoln since January.
FEB 24: STOCKSBRIDGE HIT FOR SIX
Ilkeston FC took full advantage of an extra man following a red card to advance from a 1-0 lead to 6-1 by the final whistle. Laurie Wilson twice scored from the spot but the highlight was a spectacular volley by Matt Richards. Meanwhile, Tyrell Waite's successful loan spell has come to an end.
FEB 22: UNITED IN VICTORY
FC United of Manchester comfortably beat Ilkeston FC 4-1 despite The Robins taking a first half lead against the run of play through in form Tyrell Waite. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
FEB 21: STAR STRIKER DEPARTS
Last season's top scorer Aaron Hooton has left for Carlton Town after failing to hold down a regular place this season.
FEB 18: ROBINS TAME THE LIONS
Derbyshire Senior Cup holders Ilkeston FC reached the Final for a second successive season after beating local rivals 2-0 at the New Manor Ground. Despite not having things entirely their own way they deserved the win, the goals coming from Callum Chettle and Tyrell Waite. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
FEB 17: ROBINS IN LOAN MOVES
Robins midfielder Danny Gordon has joined Carlton Town on loan whilst the impressive Cheye Alexander has returned to Port Vale following two months at the New Manor Ground. Meanwhile Lejaun Simmons has joined Long Eaton United on loan after returning from a temporary spell at Mickleover Sports.
FEB 15: TYRELL'S WINNER WORTH THE WAITE
Promotion challengers Skelmersdale United were beaten 2-1 at the New Manor Ground thanks to Tyrell Waite's stoppage time winner. The Robins richly deserved the win and had taken the lead through James Reid during the first half. Skelmersdale were reduced to ten men soon after. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
FEB 8: ROBINS BEAT ROCK BOTTOM DROYLSDEN
Two goals from Tyrell Waite helped Ilkeston FC to a 5-1 win at winless Droylsden. The only blemish for The Robins was a second half red card given to Cheye Alexander. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
JAN 25: LYNN WIN AT THE DEATH
The Robins looked set for a morale boosting away win at high flying Kings Lynn Town before the home side scored three times in the last five minutes including a disputed penalty to win 3-1. It was rough justice on Ilkeston who had earlier taken the lead through a well taken goal by Tyrell Waite. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
JAN 24: MARCEL SWEELS THE RANKS
Teenage striker Marcel Barrington has joined Ilkeston FC on loan from Leicester City.
JAN 20: ROSS LOAN EXTENSION
Derby County goalkeeper Ross Etheridge has had his loan spell at Ilkeston FC extended for the rest of the season.
JAN 18: GRANTHAM GRAB THE POINTS
Bitter rivals Grantham Town returned home from the New Manor Ground with a 2-0 win. Ilkeston had a mountain to climb when the visitors took the lead early in the second half moments after Matt Baker was sent off. The Robins' efforts to get back in the game were frustrated by a second goal late on and the frustration was matched by their feelings towards the match officials. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
JAN 15: ROBINS HEAD FOR SEMIS
Ilkeston FC maintain their historic 100% record in the Derbyshire Senior Cup and progressed to the last 4 by beating Buxton away 1-0 thanks to Laurie Wilson's extra-time header. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
JAN 11: SKEM SKIP PAST ROBINS
League leaders Skelmersdale United eased to a 2-0 home win against Ilkeston FC who never really recovered from conceding two goals in the first half hour. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
JAN 10: ANOTHER WILSON JOINS THE ROBINS
Portuguese Port Vale winger Wilson Carvalho has joined Ilkeston FC on loan. Former clubs include Fulham and Stevenage.
JAN 4: NMG THRILLER ENDS IN DRAW
A stoppage time equaliser by high flying FC United of Manchester was a fitting finale to an exciting game of football that ended in a 3-3 draw. Ilkeston's James Reid twice put The Robins back on level terms before Joe Maguire's spectacular volley put Ilkeston ahead for the first time. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
JAN 2: QUARTET OUT ON LOAN
Bermudan duo Antwan Russell and Lejaun Simmons have joined Mickleover Sports on loan. In addition Academy youngsters Luke Shaw and Curtis Burrows have signed temporarily with Long Eaton United.
DEC 28: AARON HOOTS: HE SCORES
Substitute Aaron Hooton scored twice as Ilkeston FC recorded an impressive and well deserved 2-1 away win at promotion chasing AFC Fylde. Matt Baker had put through his own goal before Hooton turned the match on its head. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
DEC 26: METTAM MAYHEM AS ROBINS MAULED BY TIGERS
Former Ilkeston Town player Leon Mettam scored a hat-trick as Worksop stormed to a 5-2 win after Gary Ricketts gave Ilkeston FC an early lead. Chey Adams was sent off in the first half and Joe Maguire followed suit late on to compound a miserable day for The Robins. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
DEC 21: ROBINS HELD
James Reid's splendid free kick was cancelled out by a late Trafford equaliser as Ilkeston FC were held 1-1 at home. It was probably a fair result overall although The Robins had looked likely to claim all three points. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
DEC 20: ROSS OF THE RAMS JOINS ROBINS
Young Derby County goalkeeper Ross Etheridge has joined Ilkeston FC on loan. Etheridge saved a penalty playing for Gresley against Ilkeston in the FA Trophy earlier this season.
DEC 16: STOKES DEPARTS
Popular Ilkeston FC midfielder Jason Stokes has been released by Ilkeston FC.
DEC 14: WORTH HIS WAITE IN GOALS
The Robins bounced back from their recent poor spell of results with a welcome 2-0 win at Stamford. Goals in each half from Laurie Wilson and a Tyrell Waite penalty on his return to the club settled the match. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
DEC 13: FRIDAY THE 13TH LUCKY DAY FOR ROBINS
Ilkeston FC manager came up trumps by landing two loan signings. Former Robins star Tyrell Waite returned from Notts County to give more fire power up front and Port Vale right-back arrived from Port Vale.
DEC 10: DANNY DOES IT
Ilkeston FC maintained their 100% unbeaten record in the Derbyshire Senior Cup since their formation by beating Gresley Rovers 1-0 at the New Manor Ground. But their progress into the last eight was far from easy as the visitors came close to scoring on a number of occasions. A full report can be found on the Ilkeston FC season by season pages.
2013/14 PEN PICS (APPEARANCES AND GOALS RECORDS AS AT 24/1/14)
CHEY ADAMS (MIDFIELDER)
Strongly built young midfielder who joined the Academy in 2013 after previous experience at Oadby Town. Impressive performances have seen him win promotion into the first team and has demonstrated he has what it takes to play at a higher level. Debut: 5/10/2013 v Stocksbridge Park Steels (A); 2013/14 7apps+7subs.
CHEYE ALEXANDER (RIGHT BACK)
Born Newham, London 6/1/1995. Teenage former West Ham United defender signed on loan from Port Vale in December 2013. Constructive and enjoys getting forward down the flanks. Debut: 14/12/2013 v Stamford (A); 2013/14 6apps.
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; 2013/14 21apps+1sub, 1goal, 1red card.
MARCEL BARRINGTON (STRIKER)
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. Joined Long Eaton United on loan in January 2014. Debut: 24/4/2013 v Whitby Town (A); 2012/13 0apps+2subs.
WILSON CARVALHO (RIGHT WINGER)
Born 4/7/1993. Quick Port Vale winger of Portuguese origin signed on loan in January 2014. Former clubs include Fulham and Stevenage and has had previous loan spells at Hemel Town and Corby Town. Debut: 11/1/2014 v Skelmersdale United (A); 2013/14 2apps.
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; 2013/14 17apps+7subs.
JACK DEAN (RIGHT-BACK)
Born Sheffield 28/11/1993. Former Manchester United and Fulham youngster who joined the club in October 2013 after a spell at Worksop Town. Debut: 29/10/2013 v Barwell (A); 2013/14 0app+1sub.
Academy hopeful aiming to break through into the first team.
ROSS ETHERIDGE (GOALKEEPER)
Born Chesterfield 1/4/1994. Vocal and agile with a safe pair of hands. Joined Ilkeston FC on loan from Derby County in December 2013 after saving a penalty against The Robins whilst playing for Gresley FC earlier in the season. Has also been at Daventry Town. Debut: 21/12/2013 v Trafford (H); 2013/14 7apps.
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; 2013/14 13apps+7subs, 2goals.
COUREY GRANTHAM (MIDFIELDER)
Born Nottingham 23/9/1994. Impressive young talent who has shone in the Academy and is knocking on the door of the first team. Returned to the club in October 2013 after a successful loan spell playing senior football at Heanor Town. Former clubs include Arnold Town and Awsworth Villa. Debut: 4/11/2013 v Rushall Olympic (H); 2013/14 1app+1sub.
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); 2013/14 10apps+12subs, 5goals, 1 red card.
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; 2013/14 10apps+1sub.
NICK LANGFORD (STRIKER)
Born Sutton-In-Ashfield 23/4/1992. Former Mansfield Town, Rainworth Miners Welfare and Milwaukee Panthers player signed in December 2013 following a spell at Bilborough Pelican. Debut: 7/12/2013 v Whitby Town (H). 2013/14 1app+1sub.
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. This was followed by another loan spell, at Belper Town, which began in August 2013. 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; 2013/14 29apps, 3goals, 2 red cards.
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.
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, later broken by Akil Wright. Previously on the books of Notts County and Dunkirk. Debut: 1/9/2012 v Chorley (A). 2012/13 0apps+4subs; 2013/14 0apps+1sub.
ROB PEET (GOALKEEPER)
Born Melton Mowbray 11/10/1992. Tall 'keeper signed from Hinckley United in May 2013. Started out with Leicester City and has had spells with Hull City and Grimsby Town. Went on a month's loan to Ossett Town in November 2013. Debut: 17/8/2013 v Whitby Town (A); 2013/14 14apps, 3 clean sheets.
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); 2013/14 29apps+4subs, 6goals.
KANE RICHARDS (WINGER)
Born Derby 16/6/1994. Speedy teenager who can play down either flank or as a central striker who 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; 2013/14 26apps+8subs, 2goals.
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; 2013/14 21apps+2subs, 1goal.
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. Became the first player to make 100 appearances for Ilkeston FC, at Barwell on 29th October 2013. Debut: 20/8/2011 v Loughborough Dynamo (A); 2011/12 43apps, 22goals; 2012/13 34apps+7subs, 10goals, 1 red card; 2013/14 25apps+7subs, 11goals.
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 capable of scoring fine goals. Went on loan to Mickleover Sports in January 2014. Debut: 4/4/2013 v Buxton (H); 2012/13 5apps+4subs, 3goals; 2013/14 8apps+4subs, 1goal.
Born Leicester 1996. Young Academy player who has sampled first team action. Debut: 12/11/2013 v Belper Town (A); 2013/14 0apps+1sub.
LUKE SHAW (MIDFIELD)
Born Nottingham 24/11/1995. Academy youngster with potential on the fringe of the first team. Formerly at Notts County, Nottingham Forest and Chesterfield. Joined Long Eaton United on loan in January 2014.
RAI SIMONS (STRIKER)
Born Bermuda 11/1/1996. Talented and nimble Bermudan teenager tipped to make a big impression in the future. Has already played and scored for the national team and has had past experience with Bermuda Hogges and Newcastle Town. Debut: 26/8/2013 v Buxton (A); 2013/14 0apps+5subs.
LEJAUN SIMMONS (STRIKER)
Born Bermuda 7/4/1993. Lively and clever forward who has been capped by Bermuda at full and under-20 levels. Joined the club from Devonshire Cougars in April 2013 and made a few appearances for Ilkeston FC's reserves team before progressing into the first team reckoning six months later. Joined Mickleover Sports on loan in January 2014. Debut: 26/10/2013 v Matlock Town (A); 2013/14 4apps+3subs.
ELLIS STOREY (DEFENDER)
Born Nottingham 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; 2013/14 26apps+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.
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. Returned to Ilkeston on loan in December 2013. Debut: 13/8/2011 Goole AFC (H); 2011/12 8apps+27subs, 6goals (1pen); 2013/14 7apps, 1goal (1pen).
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.
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; 2013/14 2apps+2subs.
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; 2013/14 28apps, 6goals (1pen), 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; 2013/14 16apps+1sub.
AKIL WRIGHT (MIDFIELDER)
Born Derby 13/5/1996. Very talented youngster from Sheffield United who scored with one of his first touches in the first team and can play in a variety of roles. Debut: 27/4/2013 v Matlock Town (A); 2012/13 0apps+1sub, 1goal.; 2013/14 4apps+4subs.
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 4 appearances, including the 2011/12 Northern Premier League Division One South Play-Off Final. Rerurned for a second loan spell in September 2013. Started out with Rothwell Town Juniors. Debut: 7/4/2012 v Kidsgrove Athletic (A); Last Appearance: 30/11/2013 v Ashton United (H); 2011/12 4apps, 4 clean sheets; 2013/14 15apps, 2 clean sheets; Total: 19apps, 6 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 and Pontefract Collieries. Debut/Last Appearance: 21/1/2012 v Goole AFC (A); 2011/12 1app
JAMIE ANTON (RIGHT BACK)
Born Peterborough 1/3/1995. Leicester City defender who came on a month's loan in November 2013 and didn't let the side down. Debut: 2/11/2013 v Frickley Athletic (A); Last Appearance: 23/11/2013 v Chorley (A); 2013/14 5apps.
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.
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.
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, playing a huge part in the development of the younger players in the Academy. Scored Ilkeston FC's first ever hat-trick, away at Lincoln United on 13/9/2011. Left the club in September 2013 to take on a coaching role at Gateshead. Debut: 13/8/2011 v Goole AFC (H); Last Appearance: 31/3/2012 v Shepshed Dynamo (H); 2011/12 16apps+6subs, 8goals (5pens).
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 spells at Shepshed Dynamo and Rainworth Miners Welfare. 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.
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. Left the club in the summer of 2013 and signed for Rainworth Miners Welfare. Debut: 20/8/2011 v Loughborough Dynamo (A); Last Appearance: 10/4/2013 v Buxton (A); 2011/12 44apps+2subs; 2012/13 11apps+6subs; Total: 55apps+8subs.
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 Robins to promotion and later signed for Belper Town. Started out with 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.
ALEX FORD (STRIKER)
Born Nottingham 31/1/1992. Very tall youngster signed from Beeston AFC in July 2012 but had few chances to prove his worth before returning to Beeston a year later. 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); Last Appearance: 4/4/2013 v Buxton (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 but was unable to build that start despite being the Academy's top scorer in the Football Conference Youth Alliance in 2012/13. Left in May 2013 and subsequently signed for Eastwood Town and Witton Albion. Debut: 6/10/2012 v Gresley Rovers (H); Last Appearance: 27/4/2013 v Matlock Town (A); 2012/13 6apps+7subs, 4goals.
BRAD GASCOIGNE (DEFENDER)
Born Mansfield 1994. Highly thought of youngster from the Academy who didn't progress as hoped. Had a spell on loan at Shepshed Dynamo in September 2012 and was previously with Birmingham City. Debut/Last Appearance: 10/12/2012 v Pinxton (H); 2012/13 0apps+1sub.
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 and Rainworth Miners Welfare. 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 signing briefly for Eastwood Town in May 2013 followed by Dunkirk. 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. Later moved on to Worksop Town and Dartford. 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 and Belper 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.
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. A good shot stopper his only weakness was in dealing with crosses. With Nottingham Forest as a youngster and joined Mickleover Sports in July 2013. Debut: 18/8/2012 v AFC Fylde (H); Last Appearance: 4/5/2013 v Marine (H); 2012/13 40apps, 8 clean sheets, 2 penalty saves.
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.
KIERAN O'CONNELL (STRIKER)
Born Derby 13/3/1991. Lively and nimble forward signed from Mickleover Sports in February 2013. Never quite impressed enough to win a regular place and left in May 2013, moving to Stafford Rangers in the summer for a trial before joining Gresley FC. Began his career at Derby County. Debut: 2/2/2013 v Stafford Rangers (H); Last Appearance: 27/4/2013 v Matlock Town (A); 2012/13 6apps+5subs, 1goal.
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 but never did enough to cement a regular spot at Ilkeston and was released in the summer of 2013. Debut: 13/8/2011 v Goole AFC (H); Last Appearance: 7/1/2013 v Eastwood Town (H); 2011/12 3apps+13subs, 1goal; 2012/13 2apps+5subs; Total: 5apps+18subs, 1goal.
CHRIS PALMER (DEFENDER)
Born Derby 16/10/1983. Experienced utility defender with over 200 League appearances to his name who signed from Burton Albion in August 2013. Began his career at Derby County but made his League debut at Notts County (54apps, 5goals) and subsequently played for Wycombe Wanderers (33apps), Darlington (4apps), Walsall (44apps, 1goal), Gillingham (38apps, 5goals) and Burton (43apps, 3goals). Left in September 2013 for Rainworth Miners Welfare after losing his place in the side, before moving on to Oxford City. Debut: 17/8/2013 v Whitby Town (A); Last Appearance: 14/9/2013 v Belper Town (H); 2013/14 8apps+1sub, 1goal.
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.
DAN PARTRIDGE (DEFENDER)
Born Derby 29/5/1992. Previously with Walsall and Loughborough University, this powerfully built defender could 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 before leaving Ilkeston at the end of the 2012/13 season. Debut: 16/8/2011 v Sutton Coldfield Town (A); Last Appearance: 6/4/2013 v North Ferriby United (H); 2011/12 29apps+4subs, 1goal; 2012/13 31apps+1sub, 1goal; Total: 60apps+5subs, 2goals.
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. Unable to nail down a regular first team spot he rarely disappointed when selected. Joined Ashton United in summer 2013. Debut: 21/8/2012 v Rushall Olympic (A); Last Appearance: 4/5/2013 v Marine (H); 2012/13 17apps+6subs.
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 shows great commitment when called upon. Joined Eastwood Town in August 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.
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. However, he left the club during the summer to sign for Guernsey FC. Debut/Last Appearance: 27/4/2013 v Matlock Town (A); 2012/13 0app+1sub.
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 before joining Eastwood Town. 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 and Stamford. 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.
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); Last Appearance: 12/1/2013 v Frickley Athletic (H); 2012/13 7apps, 1goal.
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.
JASON STOKES (WINGER)
Born Birmingham 16/7/1991. Signed in July 2013 after spending the summer in the US with Michigan Bucks. A former Rossington Main, Racing Montegnee (Belgium), Boston United, AFC Telford United, Gainsborough Trinity and North Ferriby United player with plenty of pace and energy who can play equally well down either flank. However, he failed to nail down a regular place in the starting line up after impressing in pre-season and was released after five months despite being popular with the fans. Was with Barnsley as a youngster. Debut: 17/8/2013 v Whitby Town (A); Last Appearance: 7/12/2013 v Whitby Town (H); 2013/14 12apps+13subs, 3goals.
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 before signing for Matlock Town. 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.
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. Was released from the club at the end of the 2012/13 season. Debut: 23/11/2011 v Carlton Town (A); Last Appearance: 10/4/2013 v Buxton (A); 2011/12 24apps+2subs, 11goals; 2012/13 39apps+8subs, 5goals; Total: 63apps+10subs, 16goals.
AARON WEBSTER (DEFENDER)
Born Burton-On-Trent 19/12/1980. A hugely loyal servant to his home town club for whom he played for over 15 years and helped to attain League status (110apps, 18goals). Joined Ilkeston FC in August 2013 and made a positive contribution before leaving for Mickleover Sports in December 2013. Debut: 17/8/2013 v Whitby Town (A); Last Appearance: 9/11/2013 v Witton Albion (A); 2013/14 19apps+2subs, 8goals (6pens).
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.