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Right back who was understudy to Syd Burrows. Made 9 appearances, all during the 1947/48 season, following his arrival from Heanor Athletic. Debut: 6/9/47 v Mansfield Town 'A' (H). Last appearance: 1/11/47 v Grantham (A).


Young midfielder who was a product of the reserves. A former Nottingham under 14s player he was industrious and enjoyed going forward. Nevertheless, despite several seasons at Ilkeston, he was never able to command a regular first team place. Debut: 22/2/00 v Mickleover Sports (A). Last appearance: 16/2/02 v Tiverton Town (H). Record: 1999/00 4+1sub, 1goal; 2000/01 2+2subs; 2001/02 2+6subs, 1goal. Total: 8+9subs, 2goals.

Born 24/4/1955. Forward previously with Long Eaton United and Gresley Rovers. Joined Ilkeston prior to the start of the 1984/85 season and he scored on his home debut against Boston. Ablott had a decent scoring record although he was in and out of the side, particularly once the prolific scorer Stewart Wiggins joined the club. Later played for Nottingham based Players Athletic. Debut: 25/8/84 v Pontefract Collieries (A). Last appearance: 12/4/86 v Bridlington Trinity (H). Record: 1984/85 19apps, 8goals; 1985/86 4apps, 1goal. Total: 23apps, 9goals.

Born 4/3/1961. Joined Ilkeston towards the end of a long but successful career as a prolific marksman in non League football. Started out with Sheffield United before playing for the likes of Long Eaton United, Hucknall Rolls Royce, Borrowash Victoria (where he holds the all time scoring record with 110 goals), Shepshed Charterhouse and Gresley Rovers (for whom he played at Wembley in the 1990/91 FA Vase Final). Acklam joined Ilkeston in November 1994 and although past his best helped the club win promotion to the Southern League Premier Division, played in the FA Trophy 3rd Round home tie with Kidderminster Harriers and was on the losing side in the 1994/95 Derbyshire Senior Cup Final with Alfreton Town. He then left to rejoin Long Eaton United and became manager of Heanor Town. Debut: 3/12/94 v Newport AFC (A). Last appearance: 9/5/95 v Alfreton Town (H). Record: 1994/95 13+6subs, 5goals.


Born 11/3/1982. Talented but frustratingly inconsistent left winger who enjoyed ghosting in at the far post to meet crosses from the opposite flank. Much travelled he first joined Ilkeston in the summer of 2004 from Stocksbridge Park Steels and he helped the club in their successful promotion push from the Unibond League First Division, although he left midway through the season to join Buxton only to return shortly before the end of the season. Adam then left again in January 2006 and had spells with Frickley Athletic and Gainsborough Trinity, but he rejoined Ilkeston before the start of the 2006/07 season. He won a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal when The Robins beat Matlock Town yet at the end of the season he was on his way again, playing for the likes of Hednesford Town and Lincoln United. Adam returned to Ilkeston in time for the start of the 2008/09 season but quickly grew frustrated as he spent much of the time on the subs bench and signed for Worksop Town before moving on to Sheffield FC and Eastwood Town. Debut: 24/8/2004 v Stocksbridge Park Steels (A). Last appearance: 27/9/08 v Stewart & Lloyds (A). Record: 2004/05 17+7subs, 4goals; 2005/06 12+13subs, 6goals; 2006/07 34+8subs, 7goals; 2008/09 3+7subs, 2goals. Total: 66+35subs, 19 goals.

Reserve midfield player who made a single appearance at Stourbridge on 16/11/96.


Born Ashington 4/11/1978. Highly competent goalkeeper who played a big part in Ilkeston's magnificent 2008/09 campaign when he made 42 appearances. Capable of producing memorable saves he started his professional career at West Bromwich Albion (12apps) where he went out on loan to IK Bruges, Mansfield Town (2apps), Halifax Town (8apps) and Plymouth Argyle (1app). He then moved to non League Halesowen Town before playing for League of Ireland side St Patricks (66apps). Adamson then returned to resume his pro career in England with Sheffield Wednesday (12apps) following a brief spell at Solihull Borough, and Stockport County before joining Northwich Victoria and then Ilkeston during the summer of 2008. He became Town's captain midway through the season but an injury sustained in February 2009 kept him out of the side for nearly two months. Adamson was fit in time to help the team through the final few weeks of the season and their ultimate triumph in the play offs. During the summer of 2009 he was offered a goalkeeper coaching role and resumed his League career at Hereford United (1app). Debut: 16/8/08 v Kendal Town (H). Last appearance: 2/5/09 v Nantwich Town (H). 

Traditional, short and tricky right winger, promoted from the reserves, who made 9 appearances towards the end of the 1968/69 season, 3 of them as substitute. Scored 1 goal. Debut: 1/3/69 v Ashby Institute (H). Last appearance: 4/5/69 v Boston (A).

Experienced Scottish left back who joined Ilkeston as player manager during the summer of 1967. An extensive feature on his playing career can be found in Sixties Legends and there are details of his managerial record that can be found on the Managers page. Debut: 19/8/67 v Arnold (H). Last appearance: 17/4/71 v Stamford (H). Record: 1967/68 47apps; 1968/69 40apps; 1969/70 44apps; 1970/71 23apps. Total: 154apps.

Born Lisburn, Northern Ireland 15/8/1965. Left back who was capped by Northern Ireland at schoolboy, youth, and once at Under 21 level. Strong tackling Agnew joined Ilkeston in 1997 having spent many years in League football. His first club was Bolton Wanderers but after failing to make a League appearance he returned to Northern Ireland to play for Cliftonville. However, Grimsby Town gave him a second chance in English football and he took the opportunity (243apps, 3goals). Then came a move to West Bromwich Albion (39apps, 1goal) before he returned to Cliftonville. Agnew was signed by Keith Alexander, who he knew from his time both at Grimsby and Cliftonville, before the start of the 1997/98 season. Yet after making just 6 appearances (1 as sub) he was surprisingly given another shot at League football by Swansea City (7apps). Swansea proved to be Agnew's final League club and he returned to non League football with Wisbech Town and Racing Club Warwick. Debut: 16/8/97 v Solihull Borough (H). Last appearance: 6/9/97 v Bedworth United (A).


Born Basford, Nottingham 4/9/1971. Started out at Worksop Town before joining Notts County. Unable to break into their first team he left Notts in October 1990 to join The Robins and proved to be a quality attacking midfielder. Injury reduced his appearances over the next couple of years although he was a member of the side that clinched the West Midlands Regional League First Division title in April 1992 and he also appeared in the first match played on the New Manor Ground four months later. Aldridge went on to play for Rocester, Shepshed Albion, Priory, Heanor Town and Dunkirk. Debut: 3/11/90 v Oldbury United (A). Last appearance: 28/11/92 v Rushall Olympic (A). Record: 1990/91 26apps, 2goals; 1991/92 8+1sub; 1992/93 9+3subs, 2goals. Total: 43+4subs, 4goals.

Brother of Dennis (see below). Made a single appearance at South Normanton on 24/8/59, playing on the left wing.

Born Nottingham 19/2/1935. Former Nottingham Boys player who joined Nottingham Forest as a youngster and progressed to the first team (20apps, 4goals). A move to Brighton that didn't work out followed before he was transferred to then League club Gateshead (17apps, 1goal). Alexander joined Ilkeston in the summer of 1959 and was a member of the team that reached the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final in his first season. He proved himself to be a talented inside left who was comfortable on the ball, had excellent distribution and was good in the air, scoring goals frequently. Alexander became captain for the 1960/61 season where he played in a deeper left half role where he saw more of the ball. His form suffered with the extra responsibility but it quickly recovered when he was relieved of his captaincy duties midway through the season. He left Ilkeston in 1961 and went on to play for Sutton Town, Long Eaton United - where he beacame player manager - and Belper Town. Debut: 22/8/59 v Nottingham Forest 'A' (H). Last appearance: 6/5/61 v Alfreton Town (H). Record: 1959/60 43apps, 17goals (2pens); 1960/61 41apps, 6goals. Total: 84apps, 23goals (2pens).

Born Nottingham 14/11/1958. Joined Ilkeston as a teenager from Attenborough, having previously played for Town's reserves team, following spells at Notts County, Arnold and Clifton All Whites, before embarking on an excellent career in non League football. Alexander then entered League football at quite a late stage prior to a successful managerial career. One of his earliest appointments was manager of Ilkeston Town and details of this can be found on the Managers page. As a player he was a tall, gangly forward who was an awkward customer for defenders. After leaving Ilkeston he joined Kimberley Town and Alfreton Town, and later signed for Stamford for whom he scored at Wembley in the 1980 FA Vase Final at Wembley where he won a winners medal. Spells at Boston, Boston United, Spalding United, Grantham, Corby Town, Kings Lynn, Kettering Town, Wisbech Town (on loan) and Barnet followed before he entered League football with Grimsby Town (83apps, 26goals). Alexander then signed for Stockport County (11apps) and moved on to Lincoln City where he had a spell as player manager (45apps, 4goals). His next stop was Mansfield Town where he was reserve team manager although he played for the first team in emergencies (3apps). He also played football with Northern Ireland side Cliftonville (7apps, 2goals) and played international football for St Lucia, winning 3 caps. Alexander became manager of Ilkeston early in 1996 and brought unprecedented success to the club during his four and a half year stay. He resigned in the autumn of 2000 to take up the managerial post at Northwich Victoria. His ability to manage within a small budget and develop players signed from non League clubs has proven to be popular with several clubs and he has gone on to manage Lincoln City, Peterborough United, Bury (director of football) and Macclesfield Town. Debut: 24/9/77 v Louth United (H). Last appearance: 5/4/78 v Sutton Town (A). Record: 1977/78 15+2subs.

Born Kirkby-in-Ashfield 24/4/1921. Forward who spent his early days at Notts County although it was at Mansfield Town where he made his only League appearance. Allcock later played for South Normanton Miners Welfare before he joined Ilkeston in January 1950, scoring twice on his debut. His stay was brief and he left within a couple of months to join Heanor Athletic. Debut: 14/1/1950 v Retford British Ropes (H). Last appearance: 4/3/1950 v Retford Town (A). Record: 1949/50 7apps, 6goals.

Born 9/5/1978. Product of Ilkeston's 1990s YTS. Midfielder who played occasionally for the first team during several seasons at Ilkeston but only in cup ties. Allen also had loan spells at Alfreton Town and Stamford. More recently has been at Loughborough Dynamo. Debut: 10/2/98 v Staveley Miners Welfare (A). Last appearance: 29/11/00 v Borrowash Victoria (H). Record: 1997/98 0+1sub; 1998/99 0+1sub; 1999/00 2apps. Total: 2+2subs.


Born Birmingham 9/1/54. Forward who had a long career in League football. Started out with Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion although it was at Tranmere Rovers where he made his League debut and where he enjoyed his most success (156apps, 42goals). During his time at Tranmere he also played for Chicago Sting (16apps, 4goals) in the North American Soccer League. His next English club was Mansfield Town (116apps, 18goals) where he made his final League appearance before moving into non League football. Spells at Boston United and Stamford followed and it was with Stamford where he appeared and scored at Wembley when he was on the losing side in the 1983 FA Vase Final. Allen joined Ilkeston as player coach to John Froggatt in the autumn of 1986 but he left Ilkeston the following year. He went on to become assistant manager at Heanor Town. Debut: 25/10/86 v Heanor Town (A). Last appearance: 20/4/87 v Hinckley (A). Record: 1986/87 8+1sub, 3goals.


Promising right back who made a single appearance at home against Arnold on 23/8/1986.


Born 17/6/1975. Powerful and popular front runner who joined The Robins to help with the 1997/98 promotion push from the Southern League Midland Division and scored in the home game with VS Rugby that Town won 11-1 to achieve that goal. Allsop started out with Turbines FC and moved on to Hinckley Town, Norwegian club Harrstad, Stapenhill and Gresley Rovers for whom he was a regular in their 1996/97 Southern League championship team. Never able to get a regular place in Ilkeston's starting line up he was nevertheless a frequent and effective substitute before he signed for Coalville Town early in the 1999/00 season. He also had a spell at Hinckley United on loan during the 1998/99 season whereupon he returned to Ilkeston to pick up a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal, scoring in the final against Belper Town. After his spell at Coalville he returned to his old club Gresley Rovers. Debut: 21/3/98 v Raunds Town (A). Last appearance: 28/8/99 v Margate (A). Record: 199798 4+7subs, 3goals; 1998/99 11+13subs, 8goals; 1999/00 1+4subs, 1goal. Total: 16+24subs, 12goals.

Nottingham based player who was a fringe player towards the end of the 2002/03 season. All six of his appearances were as substitute. Off field problems have hampered his career. Debut: 15/2/03 v Hastings United. Last appearance: 3/5/03 v Havant & Waterlooville (A).

Born Nottingham. Promising youngster previously with Ilkeston Town under 16s and Trowell St Helens he was given the occasional first team outing in 1976/77 having appeared for the reserves. Joined Derby County but returned to Ilkeston later in 1977, represented Derbyshire Under 18s and appeared frequently for the first team during the second half of the 1977/78 season, mainly in central defence or midfield. Went on to have a long career in local non League football including spells at Long Eaton United, Arnold, Shepshed Charterhouse, Grantham and back at Long Eaton United when he was appointed as assistant player manager. He also managed Grantham for a brief time. Debut: 6/9/76 v Retford Town (A). Last appearance: 29/4/78 v Retford Town (H). Record: 1976/77 2+2subs; 1977/78 15apps. Total: 17+2sub.


Forward who spent a year at the club after a previous spell at Stanton but never was certain of a first team place. Went on to play in local non League football at clubs such as Stanton and Boots Athletic. Debut: 3/11/79 v Bridlington Trinity (H). Last appearance: 11/10/80 v Appleby Frodingham (A). Record: 1979/80 5+1sub, 1goal; 1980/81 11+2subs. Total: 16+3subs, 1goal.

Born c1945. Previously with Parmar Sports. Teenage outside left who made a couple of appearances towards the end of the 1963/64 season. Debut: 28/3/64 v Goole Town (H). Last appearance: 11/4/64 v Long Eaton United (A).

Born Sheffield 21/6/88. Excellent young goalkeeper who impressed greatly during two loan spells from Sheffield United during the 2006/07 season. During his first loan period he was capped by England Under 19 for his appearance against Switzerland at Crewe. Still awaiting a first League appearance he has had subsequent loan spells at Rotherham United, Chesterfield and Mansfield Town, and signed for Rotherham United permanently in the summer of 2008. During his times at Ilkeston he made 16 appearances, one of which was in the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final victory at Matlock Town. Debut: 21/10/06 v Spalding United (A). Last appearance: 28/4/07 v Radcliffe Borough (H).

Born Whitwell 15/1/1967. Goalkeeper whose CV alleged that Southampton, Witney Town, Elgin City, Lossiemouth, Gainsborough Trinity and Dutch side Roermond were among his former clubs when he signed for The Robins in the summer of 1995. His 10 appearances for Ilkeston, culminating in the 10-1 defeat at Merthyr Tydfil, suggested that this may not have been the case. Debut: 19/8/95 v Worcester City (H). Last appearance: 30/9/95 v Merthyr Tydfil.
Regular left back for Ilkeston during the mid 1970s whose career can be found in greater detail on the Seventies Legends page. Record: 1973/74 37apps; 1974/75 40apps; 1975/76 42apps. Total: 119apps.

Right half who made 5 appearances during the 1958/59 season, and scored a goal on his debut, following a serious injury sustained by the legendary John Commander. Previously with Kimberley Town he later played for Eastwood Town. Debut: 27/9/58 v South Normanton Miners Welfare (A). Last appearance: 15/11/58 v Rushden Town (A).

Inside left who made a single appearance in the home game with Derby County 'A' on 14/12/46. Went on to play for Awsworth Villa.


Local player who was formerly with Rutland Rovers. When in the Services he appeared for Fulham and Guildford City before returning to Ilkeston. A utility player who most frequently appeared at centre half he left Town after a couple of seasons to join Heanor Athletic before returning in 1952/53. Debut: 25/3/50 v Teversal & Silverhill Colliery (A). Last appearance: 1/5/53 v Gresley Rovers (A). Record: 1949/50 9apps; 1950/51 7apps; 1952/53 1app. Total: 17apps. 

Born Chesterfield 25/9/1981. Goalkeeper who played League football for his home town club (4apps). Joined Ilkeston on loan in February 2002 and made 8 appearances. Since then Armstrong has played for Bradford Park Avenue, Staveley Miners Welfare, Matlock Town, Sheffield and Ossett Town. Debut: 23/2/02 v Havant & Waterlooville (A). Last appearance: 25/3/02 v Kings Lynn (H).

First Asian to play for Ilkeston and a product of the YTS. A utility player who appeared regularly for the reserves and occasionally for the first team, in defence or midfield. Later had spells at Alfreton Town, Eastwood Town and Hucknall Town. Debut: 2/11/96 v Redditch United (A). Last appearance: 28/12/98 v Burton Albion (H). Record: 1996/97 4+1sub; 1998/99 2+2subs. Total: 6+3subs.


Born Leicester 14/10/1980. Strong tackling right back who started out with Mansfield Town (73apps) before moving to Halifax Town and into non League football. He was a member of the Hucknall Town team that reached the FA Trophy Final in 2005 and he then joined Ilkeston Town a year later. Asher was captain in his one season at Ilkeston, made 53 appearances, one of which saw him lift the 2006/07 Derbyshire Senior Cup at Matlock Town. He then rejoined Hucknall Town and has subsequently played for Eastwood Town, for whom he helped win the Unibond League title in 2008/09, Worksop Town, and Grantham Town. Debut: 19/8/06 v Mossley (A). Last appearance: 28/4/07 v Radcliffe Borough (H).


Born York 21/12/1936. Clever inside left who was gifted as a youngster and represented England at schoolboy level. Asher was without doubt a talent but his career never developed as expected and he had an ongoing battle with fitness. Began with Wath Wanderers and then joined Wolverhampton Wanderers before making his League debut at Notts County (31apps, 4goals). Asher then dropped out of League football and moved to then non League club Peterborough United. He joined Ilkeston before the start of the 1960/61 season (and scored the winning goal on his debut) where his artistry was seen at first hand but sadly not frequently enough. Asher left Ilkeston in 1961 and went on to appear for Ransome & Marles, Grantham and Eastwood Town. Debut: 20/8/60 v Nottingham Forest 'A' (H). Last appearance: 14/10/61 v Sutton Town (A). Record: 1960/61 26apps, 8goals; 1961/62 4 apps. Total: 30apps, 4goals.
Goalkeeper who made a single appearance against Ollerton Colliery Reserves on 9/3/46.

Unknown Christian name. Made a single appearance in midfield against Mickleover Sports on 21/1/03.

Born Rotherham 29/9/1977. With Nottingham Forest as a youngster he was capped by England youth. Unable to make the breakthrough at the City Ground he moved to Mansfield Town but first team football remained elusive. Atkinson joined Ilkeston in December 1997 as a back up striker and did reasonably well when called upon but he didn't make the starting line up regularly due to the excellent form shown by Christian Moore and Matt Carmichael. He made 5 appearances, 2 as substitute, and scored 3 goals but his stay was a short one. Atkinson went on to play for Frickley Athletic, Worksop Town and Alfreton Town. Debut: 1/1/98 v Wisbech Town (H). Last appearance: 3/2/98 v Moor Green (A).


Born 9/5/1983. Young left back signed from Chesterfield in the Summer of 2002. Although he was never totally certain of a first team place he still appeared frequently during his two seasons at Ilkeston. At times he looked the part but he sometimes found it difficult in what was essentially a struggling team. His final appearance saw him on the losing side in the 2004 Derbyshire Senior Cup Final with Matlock Town. Has since played for South Normanton Athletic and Long Eaton United. Debut: 24/8/02 v Newport County (A). Last appearance: 20/4/04 v Matlock Town (A). Record: 2002/03 29+4subs; 2003/04 26+3subs. Total: 55+7subs.

Born County Durham. Formerly on Derby County's and Shrewsbury Town's books. Made a single appearance at right half against Derby Victoria on 17/11/1951 but failed to retain his place in the side that met Rochdale in the FA Cup a week later.

Born Gainsborough 14/12/1949. Right back who spent several seasons with Ilkeston during the 70s. His career can be viewed in more detail on the Seventies Legends page. Record: 1970/71 38apps; 1971/72 46apps; 1972/73 46apps; 1973/74 31+4subs, 1goal; 1974/75 9+1sub. Total: 170+5subs, 1goal


Good enough to play Wartime League football he started out as an inside forward and played for Derby County (7apps, 5goals) and Exeter City (1app) during World War II. When hostilities ceased he moved into non League football and played for the likes of Bedworth Town, Nuneaton Borough and Atherstone Town before joining the newly re-formed Belper Town as player manager in 1951. By now he had developed into a robust full back who was excellent in recovery and could kick with great power. Attwood could also operate in either full back position and he spent most of the 1952/53 season, his first at Ilkeston, on the right and the next season he played on the opposite flank. However, in 1954/55 George Darwin, who had missed most of the previous season through injury, replaced him in the team and Attwood left to join Heanor Town. Attwood shared in Ilkeston's great success in the early 1950s picking up two Central Alliance championship medals as well as being on the losing side in the 1953/54 Derbyshire Senior Cup Final against Shirebrook Miners Welfare. Debut: 17/9/52 v Bentinck Welfare (H). Last appearance: 1/1/55 v Belper Town (A). Record: 1952/53 41apps; 1953/54 42apps, 2goals (1pen); 1954/55 2apps. Total: 85apps, 2goals (1pen).


Goalkeeper coach who came on as an emergency substitute 'keeper when Alan Rigby was sent off at Guiseley in the FA Cup on 11/9/93.