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G BACON
Christian name unknown. Inside right who had appeared for Huddersfield Town's reserve side. Made a tremendous debut when he scored a hat-trick but he failed to score in his five remaining appearances. Went on to play for Derby side Qualcast Sports. Debut: 11/9/48 v Warsop Working Mens Club (A). Last appearance: 16/10/48 v Stanton Ironworks (H).

IAN BAGGLEY

Former Kettering Town, Oakham United and Kimberley Town player who joined Ilkeston in the Summer of 1989. Didn't appear regularly in the team until December when he became first choice left back. Baggley didn't appear for The Robins again after appearing on the opening day of the 1990/91 season. Debut: 12/8/89 v Long Eaton United (A). Last appearance: 18/8/90 v Oldswinford (H). Record: 1989/90 23apps; 1990/91 0+1sub. Total: 23+1sub.

PAUL BAGSHAW

Born Sheffield 29/5/1979. Attacking right sided midfield player formerly with Barnsley (1app), Carlisle United (9apps), Hednesford Town and Emley. Joined Ilkeston midway through the 2001/02 season but made little impact and he was never on the winning side in his 7 appearances, 1 of which was as a substitute. Debut: 2/2/02 v Crawley Town (H). Last appearance: 9/3/02 v Kettering Town (H). Bagshaw later played for Sheffield and Ossett Albion.

ERNIE BAILEY
Goalkeeper who after a difficult start impressed with his handling and bravery. Took over from Paul Daley before Christmas in 1973 and held down a regular place for the remainder of the season, making 20 appearances in all. The arrival of new 'keeper Dick Foulkes during the Summer of 1974 ended Bailey's short time at the club. Debut: 15/12/73 v Eastwood Town (H). Last appearance: 27/4/74 v Worksop Town (A).
 
JERMAINE BAILEY
Born Nottingham. Young reserve right back whose first team opportunities were limited before he went on to play for Eastwood Town and Hucknall Town. Debut: 1/5/00 v Margate (H). Last appearance: 10/3/01 v Salisbury City (H). Record: 1999/00 1+1sub; 2000/01 0+1sub. Total: 1+2subs.
 
JOHN BAILEY

Short inside right previously with Mapperley Celtic and Nottingham Forest. At times Bailey looked the part, and he scored a hat-trick at Stamford on 14/9/57, but he lacked consistency and lost his place to Rex Osman. He scored 8 goals in his 20 appearances for Ilkeston in his one season with the club. Obviously a talented player he was given another crack at trying to build a professional career when he joined Notts County but it wasn't to be and he returned to non League football with Brush Sports. Debut: 24/8/57 v Nottingham Forest 'A' (H). Last appearance: 28/4/58 v Belper Town (A).

SAM BAILIE
Reserves centre forward who made 4 appearances halfway through the 1968/69 season following John Froggatt's departure. Despite scoring a goal in each of his first two games he looked out of his depth. Debut: 25/1/69 v Lockheed Leamington (A). Last appearance: 1/3/69 v Ashby Institute (H).

NIGEL BAILY

Born Nottingham 25/4/1966. Effective central midfielder who knew his limitations and worked hard for the team. Spent most of his career playing non-League football around the Nottingham area and was with Clifton All Whites, Carlton Athletic, Basford United, Dunkirk, Sutton Town and Hucknall Town before joining Ilkeston in the Summer of 1992. His debut coincided with the opening of the New Manor Ground and the team enjoyed great success while he was at the club. He won a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal in 1993, a West Midlands Regional League championship medal and was player of the year a year later, and was captain when the team won promotion to the Southern League Premier Division in 1995. Left Ilkeston later in 1995 and went on to play for Shepshed Dynamo, Lincoln United, Grantham Town, Stamford, Gedling Town as player manager, and Arnold Town. Became first team coach at Gedling Town in 2009. Debut: 15/8/1992 v Chasetown (H). Last appearance: 25/11/95 v Gainsborough Trinity (H). Record: 1992/93 37+2subs, 4goals; 1993/94 37+3subs, 4goals; 1994/95 43+2subs, 4goals; 1995/96 20+2subs, 2goals. Total: 137+9subs, 14goals.

BOB BAKER

Reserves inside forward who made occasional appearances for the first team during several seasons at the club. Went on to play for Long Eaton Town and Sutton Town. Debut: 18/2/50 v Sutton Town (A). Last appearance: 24/4/53 v Belper Town (H). Record: 1949/50 11apps, 3goals; 1950/51 11apps, 7goals; 1951/52 2apps; 1952/53 1app, 1goal. Total: 25apps, 11goals.

DAVE BAKER
Former Nottingham Forest defender who went on to become one of Ilkeston's all-time greats. A detailed biography can be found on the Fifties Legends page. Record: 1953/54 43apps, 5goals (4pens); 1954/55 47apps, 5goals (4pens); 1955/56 48apps, 6goals (5pens); 1956/57 40apps, 10goals (7pens); 1957/58 45apps, 5goals (5pens); 1958/59 38apps; 1959/60 38apps; 1960/61 42apps, 1goal; 1961/62 4apps. Total: 345apps, 32goals (25pens).

DAVID BAKER
Highly rated central defender who was signed from Belper Town during the Summer of 1987. Appointed as captain for the 1987/88 season but his stay was a brief one as he was soon snapped up by Alfreton Town, after making 15 appearances and scoring once. Debut: 15/8/87 v Gainsborough Town (A). Last appearance: 2/12/87 v Stanton (A).

JAMES BAKER

Born 21/4/1983. Teenage goalkeeper signed from Heanor Town who played mainly for the reserves. Had a spell at Arnold Town during his stay at the New Manor Ground and went on to play for Belper Town and Long Eaton United. Debut: 29/11/99 v Borrowash Victoria (H). Last appearance: 20/8/01 V Stafford Rangers (H). Record: 1999/00 1app; 2000/01 1app; 2001/02 2apps. Total: 4apps.

JIM BAKER
Very tall, experienced central defender who counted Valley Park and Stanton amongst his former clubs. Signed by Ilkeston before the 1979/80 season he was appointed captain and did tremendously well, picking up the 1979/80 Player of the Year award. A heated discussion involving him and manager David Stainwright before kick off on the opening day of the following season led to him storming out of the dressing room and away from the ground. Returned to play a few more matches but his season was wrecked by injury. Went on to manage Stanton. Debut: 18/8/79 v Retford Town (H). Last appearance: 29/11/80 v Matlock Town (A). Record: 1979/80 37apps; 1980/81 14apps. Total: 51apps.

NORMAN BAKER
Utility player from Kimberley Town who joined The Robins in 1965 and made 13 appearances during the 1965/66 season, scoring once. Debut: 27/11/65 v Retford Town (A). Last appearance: 23/4/66 v Belper Town (A).

PAUL BAKER

Impressive central defender who captained the side in 1990/91. Arrived at Ilkeston prior to the start of the previous season having played for Belper Town, Sutton Town, Alfreton Town and Eastwood Town. Returned to Alfreton in 1991 and late played for Heanor Town. Debut: 19/8/89 v Hucknall Town (H). Last appearance: 6/5/91 v Blakenall (A). Record: 1989/90 43apps; 1990/91 33+3subs. Total: 76+3subs.

DANNY BALAGUERO
Made two appearances as substitute in November 1993. Debut: 2/11/93 v Knypersley Victoria (A). Last appearance: 6/11/93 v Rushall Olympic (A).

STEVE BALDWIN
Former Bestwood forward who made 4 appearances, 1 of them as a substitute, early in the 1990/91 season. Debut: 18/9/90 v Gresley Rovers (A). Last appearance: 13/10/90 v Newhall United (H).

ALBERT BALL
Excellent left back who was one of Town's most loyal and finest players during the early days. His biography can be found in greater detail on the Forties Legends page. Record: 1947/48 36apps, 2goals; 1948/49 40apps; 1949/50 36apps, 2goals (2pens); 1950/51 44apps; 1951/52 9apps; 1952/53 3apps; 1953/54 2apps. Total: 170apps, 4goals (2pens).

CLIVE BALL
Born c1954. Youngster signed from Erewash Valley Athletic who played up front in the final game of the season at Warley on 9/5/70.

DARREN BALL

Born c1980. Emerged from Ilkeston's YTS as a fine prospect. A versatile player capable of playing in midfield or at full back it is surprising he didn't get further in the game. Played a part in Town's promotion to the Southern League Premier Division in 1998 as well as being a member of the team that met Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup Second Round in December 1997. Had loan spells at Stamford and Grantham Town in 1999 before signing for Atherstone United later in the year, and went on to play for Shepshed Dynamo and Anstey Nomads. Debut: 9/11/96 v Moor Green (A). Last appearance: 6/9/99 v Worcester City (H). Record: 1996/97 7+3subs; 1997/98 35+7subs, 4goals; 1998/99 22+1sub, 6goals; 1999/00 1app. Total: 65+11subs, 10goals.

GEOFF BALL
Experienced defender who went on to become player manager of the club. Details of his management record can be found on the Managers page and a more detailed biography can be viewed on the Seventies Legends page. Record: 1972/73 51+2subs, 5goals (2pens); 1973/74 31+6subs, 3goals; 1974/75 18+4subs, 4goals. Total: 100+12subs, 12goals (2pens).

REG BALL
Former Teversal & Silverhill, Sutton Town and Creswell Colliery goalkeeper who made a single appearance at home against Stamford on 18/2/56.

BALL
Unknown Christian name. Another goalkeeper but probably not the same person listed above. Made 3 appearances during Town's first ever season. Debut: 26/12/45 v Ollerton Colliery Reserves (A). Last appearance: 12/1/46 v Chilwell Garrison (H).

DAVID BALLARD
Left back who played for the first team at the start of the 1960/61 season but struggled and lost his place to Derek Chamberlain after three games. Debut: 20/8/60 v Nottingham Forest 'A' (H). Last appearance: 27/8/60 v Wilmorton & Alvaston (H).

LLOYD BARKE
Born Nuncargate 16/12/1912. Vastly experienced right back who joined Ilkeston shortly before he ended his playing days. Began with Annesley Colliery and progressed to Chesterfield, East Kirkby Welfare, Bleakhall United and Scunthorpe United before making his League debut at Sheffield United (6apps). He then moved to Mansfield Town where he played for many years (114apps plus a further 208 Wartime apps, scoring 6goals). Acted as player manager for The Stags towards the end of the Second World War. Also played Wartime football as a guest with Nottingham Forest (2apps) and Notts County (21apps). After the War joined Denaby United before having spells at both Sutton Town and Heanor Athletic as player manager. Joined Ilkeston in 1951 but made only 3 appearances, aged 38, and couldn't keep Syd Burrows out of the team for long. He soon joined Belper Town where he became player manager. Debut: 24/2/51 v Sutton Town (A). Last appearance: 10/3/51 v Teversal & Silverhill Colliery (H).
 
FRANCIS BARKER
Former Altrincham and Oxford United midfielder who made 6 appearances towards the end of the 1974/75 season and scored his only goal on his final appearance. A good crosser. Debut: 1/4/75 v Eastwood Town (A). Last appearance: 10/5/75 v Heanor Town (H).

TERRY BARKER
Born Doncaster 20/7/1943. Goalkeeper who had played for Arnold Rovers, Kegworth, Grantham and Sutton Town. Replaced Graham Clarke in goal in October 1966 and proved to be a fearless stopper, once playing on with a fractured jaw. Released by Ilkeston later in the season, after 26 appearances, when he refused to take part in a reserves match. Debut: 29/10/66 v Arnold (H). Last appearance: 17/4/66 v Grantham (A).

MAURICE BARNES

Inside right who was once on Huddersfield Town's books. Signed from Boots Athletic, he was understudy to Ken Faulconbridge. Made one first team appearance, away at Gresley Rovers, on 1/5/53.

SCOTT BARRETT

Born Ilkeston 2/4/1963. Arguably the finest goalkeeper ever to emerge from the town who began with Sandiacre Town Under 16s. Almost from the moment he first appeared for the team, following his arrival from Stanton, he was watched by scouts. Won the player of the year award in his first season when he was also a member of the side beaten by Ossett Albion in the 1983/84 Northern Counties East League Cup Final. Early in the following season he was signed by Wolves (30apps) where he kept future England 'keeper Tim Flowers out of the team. Moved on to Stoke City (51apps) where he went on loan to Colchester United (13apps) and Stockport County (10apps). Rejoined Colchester when they were a non League club and was a member of the team that won the 1992 FA Trophy Final. Returned to League football with Gillingham (51apps) and Cambridge United (119apps) before moving into non League with Kingstonian. Then came a surprising but welcome return to League football with Leyton Orient (99apps). A desire to move into management materialised when he became assistant manager at Grays Athletic. Debut: 27/8/83 v Boston (H). Last appearance: 22/9/84 v Sutton Town (A). Record: 1983/84 42apps; 1984/85 5apps. Total: 47apps.
 
GEOFF BARROWCLIFFE

Born Ilkeston 18/10/1931. Superb full back who could have gone on to bigger things but chose to remain loyal to Derby County. A good tackler with excellent distribution he made a name for himself early in his career when he played Sir Stanley Matthews out of a game. Joined Ilkeston from Heanor Athletic as a youngster but signed for Derby after making just 5 appearances, thus becoming the first Ilkeston player to progress directly into League football. Left The Rams after 15 years (475apps, 37goals) to join Boston United and went on to play for Heanor Town, Arnold, Moorgreen Colliery and Long Eaton United where he called on his own vast experience when he became manager. Also managed Kimberley Town, Heanor Town and Radford and had a spell managing Ilkeston's reserve side, occasionally playing. Debut: 23/9/50 v Long Eaton Town (H). Last appearance: 21/10/50 v Linby Colliery (H).
  
PHIL BARROWCLIFFE
Son of Geoff. Frequently the recipient of unfair comparisons to his father. Quality utility player signed from Long Eaton United in late 1976 who could play in defence or midfield, he left at the end of the 1976/77 season. After spells at Eastwood Town and Kimberley Town he returned to Ilkeston during the Summer of 1981 but left again after a few months. Came back for a third and final brief stay in late 1983. Debut: 4/12/76 v Ashby Institute (H). Last appearance: 24/12/83 v Winterton Rangers (H). Record: 1976/77 12+2subs; 1981/82 12+2subs, 2goals; 1983/84 1app. Total: 25+4subs, 2goals.

JOHN BARTON
Made a single appearance as substitute at Ashby Institute on 16/2/74.

BRIAN BATES
Born Stapleford 4/12/1944. Former Loughborough College forward who made his name at Notts County (128apps, 15goals) before signing for Mansfield Town (20apps, 3goals). Moved into non League with Boston United where he scored regularly but was less successful in 1972/73 where he spent the season with a struggling Ilkeston team. Although his quality was obvious he lacked pace. Nevertheless, he still managed to top score with 11 goals in 49 appearances and was one of the better players in the team, frequently playing out wide or deep lying rather than in his preferred strikers role. Then returned to Boston United, moved to Atherstone Town and later became Notts County's youth team coach. Debut: 12/8/72 v Kings Lynn (H). Last appearance: 3/5/73 v Stevenage Athletic (H).

D BATES
Christian name unknown. Inside left who made a single appearance at home against Ollerton Colliery Reserves, scoring in the game on 10/4/48. Went on to play for Heanor Athletic.

ADAM BAUM
Former Sheffield United youngster who came to The Robins from Gedling Town. Made 4 appearances, all as substitute, midway through the 2003/04 season. Moved on to play for Rocester, Wollaton and Gedling Town for a second time. Debut: 13/12/03 v Redditch United (A). Last appearance: 24/1/04 v Swindon Supermarine (A).

MATT BAXTER

Born Nottingham 15/11/1987. Product of Ilkeston's reserves who didn't look out of place when promoted to the first team. Competitive midfielder with a good shot who was on both Nottingham Forest's and Notts County's books as a youngster. All of his 17 appearances, 12 of which were as substitute, came during the 2007/08 season and he scored twice. Left for Hucknall Town during the Summer of 2008 before joining Rainworth Miners Welfare. Debut: 16/10/07 v Stamford (A). Last appearance: 19/4/08 v Leek Town (H).

TONY BAYLISS
Local player from Cotmanhay United who was an attacking creative midfield player with plenty of flair. Made 14 full appearances with an additional 5 as substitute during the 1971/72 season. Debut: 23/9/71 v Nuneaton Borough (H). Last appearance: 25/4/72 v Barry Town (H).

BEARD
Christian name unknown. Made a single appearance in midfield at home to Gainsborough Town on 12/3/88.

CHRIS BEARDSLEY

Utility player who spent several seasons at the club without truly cementing a regular first team place after breaking into the side early in the 1978/79 season following his Summer arrival from Valley Park. Usually played in midfield or as an attacking full back. Later played for Stanton. Debut: 28/8/78 v Belper Town (H). Last appearance: 11/4/81 v Bridlington Trinity (A). Record: 1978/79 4+1sub, 1goal; 1979/80 7+1sub, 1goal; 1980/81 27apps, 5goals (3pens). Total: 38+2subs, 7goals (3pens).

COLIN BEARDSLEY
Reserves outside left signed from Ilkeston Dynamos. Made 7 appearances during the 1959/60 season, scoring twice. Debut: 23/9/59 v Tamworth (H). Last appearance: 19/12/59 v Shirebrook (A).

RON BEARDSLEY
Local footballer with Gas Sports who turned up to watch Ilkeston and ended up getting a game when Town were a man short, and scored, in the match with Warsop Working Mens club on 17/4/50.

DAMIEN BEATTIE

Born Melbourne, Australia 24/10/1978. Goalkeeper who was signed by Notts County from Moorrabbin. Unable to make the first team he joined Ilkeston in the Summer of 1999 and proved himself to be a useful, if somewhat raw, 'keeper. Played a part in The Robins' excellent FA Cup run and was in goal in Town's historic victory against Carlisle United as well as playing in the second round ties against Rushden & Diamonds. Also won a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal during his 21 appearances for the club. Went on to play for Shepshed Dynamo, Evesham United and Hinckley United. Debut: 3/8/99 v Belper Town (H). Last appearance: 20/3/00 v Rothwell Town (H).

STUART BEAVER
Attacking midfielder who was previously with Sutton Town. Made 6 appearances during the 1987/88 season and scored his only goal in his final game. Debut: 2/12/87 v Stanton (A). Last appearance: 13/2/88 v Boston (A).

DAVID BEAVON

Born Nottingham 8/12/1961. Experienced left back who started out with Notts County (5apps) and then Lincoln City (8apps) before playing football in Hong Kong with Tsuen Wan. Returned to England to join Northampton Town (2apps) and then played for a number of non League clubs including Kettering Town, Buxton, Shepshed Charterhouse, Boston United and Kings Lynn. A spell at Priory as player coach followed before he signed for Ilkeston prior to the start of the 1990/91 season. Was an ever present in his first season and missed only a handful of games when Town won the West Midlands Regional League First Division title in 1991/92. Also played in the very first match on the New Manor Ground and later played for Hucknall Town. Debut: 18/8/90 v Oldswinford (H). Last appearance: 22/8/92 v Cradley Town (A). Record: 1990/91 46apps; 1991/92 44apps, 2goals; 1992/93 2apps. Total: 92apps, 2goals.
 
ANDY BECKFORD

Born c1965. Journeyman winger/forward who came close to emulating brother Darren in making it as a professional but ultimately failed. Joined Ilkeston as a talented teenager in 1983 and scored twice on his debut before moving to Attenborough. Spells on Aston Villa's and Leicester City's books followed but he was released by both and then embarked on a lengthy career in non League football. Played for Boston United, Alfreton Town and Sutton Town before returning to Ilkeston midway through the 1986/87 season. Left after six months to join Worksop Town and then Shepshed Charterhouse, where he earned a trial at Crewe Alexandra. Next stop was Matlock Town yet he was back at Ilkeston for a few games at the start of the 1991/92 season. Leicester United, Ashfield United, Hucknall Town on loan, Eastwood Town, Shepshed Dynamo and Finnish outfit Mykarlebv were among his next set of clubs. Incredibly he rejoined Ilkeston for a fourth spell during the Summer of 1995 but again his stay was shortlived and he moved on to Shepshed Dynamo and Borrowash Victoria. Debut: 30/4/83 v Arnold (H). Last appearance: 4/11/95 v Gloucester City (H). Record: 1982/83 3apps, 3goals; 1983/84 1+1sub; 1986/87 11apps, 3goals; 1991/92 7+1sub; 1995/96 7+6subs, 1goal. Total: 29+8subs, 7goals.
  
CHRIS BEE
Product of Ilkeston's YTS who made a single appearance as a substitute at Stapenhill on 10/1/98. Subsequently played for Alfreton Town, Clifton and Cotgrave.

JAKE BEECROFT

Born 4/9/1989. Busy and hard working right sided midfielder who came to Ilkeston on a three month loan from Rushden & Diamonds in September 2009. Although not an out and out winger he could deliver a decent cross and was an effective member of the team. Had a loan period with Solihull Moors prior to joining Ilkeston. Made 18 appearances for The Robins including one as substitute. On returning to Rushden he went out on loan to St Albans City. Debut: 5/9/09 v Workington (A). Last appearance: 1/12/09 v Pinxton (H).
 
KEITH BEER

Local player who came from Awsworth Villa. Right half who spent several seasons at Ilkeston , almost entirely in the reserves. Debut: 18/4/59 v Creswell Colliery (H). Last appearance: 28/10/62 v Belper Town (A). Record: 1958/59 1app; 1959/60 1app; 1961/62 2apps. Total: 4apps.

ALAN BELL
Attacking left sided midfielder who joined from Heanor Town early in 1981, only to injure his knee within weeks of his arrival. Returned to the team at the end of the season following an operation. Made 6 appearances in the 1980/81 season and scored twice including 1 penalty. Debut: 10/1/81 v Skegness Town (H). Last appearance: 2/5/81 v Heanor Town (H).

FRANK BELL
Forward who scored 5 goals in only his second appearance, at Midland Woodworkers. Always struggled to live up to that performance and was dropped a couple of months later. Highly rated he did well at future clubs that included South Normanton Miners Welfare, then non League Peterborough United, Long Eaton United and Brush Sports. Scored 14 goals in his 15 games for Ilkeston. Debut: 4/12/48 v Ollerton Colliery (A). Last appearance: 16/4/49 v Teversal & Silverhill Colliery (A).

DUNCAN BEMBRIDGE

Young midfielder who found it difficult to make a great impact in a struggling team. Debut: 12/4/86 v Bridlington Trinity (H). Last appearance: 27/12/86 v Crookes (A). Record: 1985/86 1app; 1986/87 9apps. Total: 10apps.

DAVE BENNETT
Reserves forward who made 3 appearances in 1974/75, including as a substitute. Debut: 14/12/74 v Bridlington Trinity (H). Last appearance: 5/4/75 v Alfreton Town (A).

JOHN BERESFORD

Born Sheffield 25/1/46. Discovered by Sheffield United while playing for Sheffield Boys. However, it was at Chesterfield where he made his League debut (52apps, 10goals) and he then signed for Notts County (50apps, 13goals). Moved into non League with Matlock Town, Gainsborough Trinity and Alfreton Town before he spent the 1971/72 season with Ilkeston. Unlike his League days when he was best known as an inside forward he spent most of his time at Ilkeston captaining the side from left back where he proved to be constructive and sound. His excellent season was rewarded with the Ilkeston Advertiser player of the year award. Made 47 appearances before joining Burton Albion in the Summer of 1972 and later rejoined Alfreton Town. Debut: 14/8/71 v Cheltenham Town (H). Last appearance: 6/5/72 v Stourbridge (A).
  
CHRIS BETTNEY

Born Chesterfield 27/10/1977. Right sided midfielder who began with Sheffield United (1app) from where he also went on loan to Hull City (30apps, 1goal). Then signed for his home town club (13apps) before being transferred to Rochdale (24apps) and then Macclesfield Town (2apps). Moved into non League football with Staveley Miners Welfare, South Normanton Athletic and Worksop Town. Signed for Ilkeston late in 2001 but despite making 13 appearances including 7 as substitute he was never on the winning side. Has since played for a number of clubs including Alfreton Town, Rushden & Diamonds, Buxton, Harrogate Town, Bradford Park Avenue and Retford United. Debut: 22/12/01 v Tiverton Town (A). Last appearance: 30/3/02 v Hinckley United (H).

DAVID BEVAN

Born Cork 24/6/1989. Aston Villa goalkeeper who represented Republic of Ireland at Under 15, 16, 17 and 19 levels prior to joining The Robins on loan at the start of the 2009/10 season. Made 4 appearances before returning to Aston Villa. Has since had a spell at Solihull Moors. Previously had a loan spell at Tamworth. Debut: 8/8/09 v Droylsden (A). Last appearance: 19/8/09 v Corby Town (A).
 
PHIL BIBBY

Born Derby. Formerly with Nightingale Athletic, Nottingham Forest and Margate. A utility player at Ilkeston, his versatility probably counted against him due to a lack of specialised role. Nevertheless he was a totally committed player who was not afraid to go in hard. Occasionally his fierce determination got him into trouble and he was sent off playing for Belper against Ilkeston later in his career, by which time he played regularly at centre half. Left Ilkeston at the end of the 1950/51 season to join South Normanton Miners Welfare but he returned less than four months later, playing mainly at right half as Town won the Central Alliance for the first time. Also appeared in the historic FA Cup clash with Rochdale and won a Derbyshire Divisional Cup winners medal in the same season but the arrival of John Commander shortly after spelled the end of his Ilkeston career and led to his move to Belper Town. Debut: 31/12/49 v Stanton Ironworks (H). Last appearance: 1/5/52 v Ransome & Marles (A). Record: 1949/50 17apps; 1950/51 24apps, 11goals; 1951/52 33apps, 5goals. Total: 74apps, 16goals.
 
PAUL BICKNALL

Midfield player previously with Alfreton Town who joined in the Autumn of 1989. Played regularly over the next twelve months before signing for Oakham United. Went on to play for Eastwood Town, Alfreton Town, Heanor Town and Staveley Miners Welfare. Debut: 11/11/89 v Derby Rolls Royce (A). Last appearance: 20/10/90 v Chasetown (H). Record: 1989/90 27apps, 2goals; 1990/91 7+1sub, 4goals. Total: 34+1sub, 6goals.

ROB BILBIE
Reserves midfielder who appeared occasionally during several seasons at the club during the 1990s. Debut: 2/3/93 v Oldbury United (A). Last appearance: 13/4/96 v Gravesend & Northfleet (H). Record: 1992/93 1+2subs; 1993/94 0+1sub; 1995/96 4+2subs. Total: 5+5subs.

BRIAN BILLINGTON
Born Leicester 28/4/1951. Stylish midfielder who could deliver a clever pass but who had a tendency to drift out of games. Started out with Leicester City but made his League debut at Notts County (7apps). Went into non League with Enderby Town and also appeared for Kidderminster Harriers and Kings Lynn before spending much of the 1974/75 season with The Robins. Left in March 1975 when the club was forced to reduce its wages budget. Scored twice in 28 appearances including one as a substitute. Debut: 17/8/74 v Skegness Town (A). Last appearance: 1/2/75 v Borrowash Victoria (A).

JEZ BINCH
Former Clifton All Whites and Arnold Town forward/winger who made quite an impact when he joined in Autumn 1990. Soon had scouts watching him and a trial at Grimsby Town limited his appearances. Left Ilkeston the following year to join Hucknall Town although he returned for a second stint with Ilkeston during the 1992/93 season. Debut: 3/11/90 v Oldbury United (A). Last appearance: 19/1/93 v Rocester (H). Record: 1990/91 18apps, 7goals; 1991/92 1app; 1992/93 7+3subs. Total: 26+3subs, 7goals.

LEE BIRCHNALL

Midfielder from Long Eaton United who played for The Robins early in the 1991/92 season, making 10 appearances including 4 as substitute. Debut: 26/8/91 v Hill Top Rangers (A). Last appearance: 2/11/91 v Ettingshall Holy Trinity (H).

ALAN BIRD
Left back who made a couple of appearances late in the 1974/75 season. Debut: 1/4/75 v Eastwood Town (A). Last appearance: 5/4/75 v Alfreton Town (A).

KEVAN BIRD

Highly rated midfielder signed from Belper Town early in the 1984/85 season who quickly cemented his place in the first team. Left in 1985 for a spell at Eastwood Town before returning to Ilkeston for the 1986/87 season. Won a Central Midlands League Cup winners medal in April 1987 when The Robins beat Heanor 3-2 on the Baseball Ground. An injury early in the following season curtailed his involvement with the club. Debut: 3/10/84 v Heanor Town (A). Last appearance: 26/9/87 v Lincoln United (H). Record:1984/85 34apps, 1goal; 1986/87 22+1sub, 6goals; 1987/88 6apps. Total: 63+1sub, 7goals.

KEVIN BIRD

Born Doncaster 7/8/1952. Tall central defender and an excellent header of a ball best known for a long career with Mansfield Town. Started out with Doncaster Rovers but made his League debut with The Stags (377apps, 55goals) before signing for Huddersfield Town where he made just one appearance. Moved into non League football with Boston United and then Eastwood Town, Worksop Town, Sutton Town and Oakham United. Joined Ilkeston early in the 1987/88 season and quickly was appointed as captain, becoming assistant manager to Dennis Jenas the following season. Occasionally playing in midfield for The Robins he left during the Summer of 1988 and went on to play for Long Eaton United, Sutton Town and Stapenhill before returning to Oakham United. Debut: 12/9/87 v St Helens Town (H). Last appearance: 21/1/89 v Tamworth (H). Record: 1987/88 34apps, 11goals; 1988/89 16+1sub, 6goals. Total: 50+1sub, 17goals.

GLEN BIRKIN
Forward who made two appearances in December 1977 before playing for Stanton, where he became joint manager. Signed from Kimberley Town. Debut: 10/12/77 v Skegness Town (H). Last appearance: 17/12/77 v Arnold (A).

TOM BIRKS

Former Carlton right half who was a regular in Town's reserves, making a single first team appearance at home to Matlock Town on 4/5/56.

CHARLIE BISHOP
Born Nottingham 16/2/1968. Vastly experienced and popular defender who came to stiffen up Town's defence early in the 1998/99 season. His tough tackling made a great difference to the team but injuries curtailed his career, which ended on a high win he picked up a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal in his final game. Went on to manage Ilkeston, details of which can be found on the Managers page. Started out with Stoke City and Watford but made his League debut at Bury (114apps, 6goals) and then joined Barnsley (130apps, 1goal). Also had loan spells at Preston North End (4apps) and Burnley (9apps) prior to signing for Wigan Athletic (28apps). Joined The Robins from Northampton Town (11apps). Debut: 12/9/98 v Gresley Rovers (A). Last appearance: 10/4/00 v Gresley Rovers (H). Record: 1998/99 30apps; 1999/00 16+2subs. Total: 46+2subs.

COLIN BISHOP
Attacking midfield player who made 12 starts plus 4 as substitute during the 1996/97 season, scoring one goal from the penalty spot and one from open play. Debut: 21/9/96 v Racing Club Warwick (H). Last appearance: 28/12/96 v Bedworth United (A).

KEVIN BISHOP
Forward who scored on his debut and on his last appearance. Played only occasionally in the first team despite a decent strike rate, and scored a crucial goal against Heanor Town on 26/4/78 that helped Ilkeston avoid the indignity of having to apply for re-election to the Midland Counties League Premier Division. Debut: 5/11/77 v Mexborough Town Athletic (H). Last appearance: 5/9/78 v Kimberley Town (H). Record: 1977/78 5apps, 4goals; 1978/79 5apps, 1goal. Total: 10apps, 5goals.

SIMON BLACK
Born Marston Green 9/11/75. Highly rated striker who made 2 League appearances for Birmingham City before playing a single game for Ilkeston, away at Dorchester Town on 24/2/96, prior to signing for Gloucester City.

MARK BLOUNT
Born c1963. Talented and exciting teenage outside left with a powerful shot who signed for The Robins from Melbourne in 1981. A troublesome knee restricted his appearances during the first half of the 1981/82 season. Left at the end of the 1981/82 season for Gresley Rovers. Debut: 20/4/81 v Mexborough Town Athletic (H). Last appearance: 8/5/82 v Bridlington Trinity (A). Record: 1980/81 3apps; 1981/82 22apps, 1goal. Total: 25apps, 1goal.

TERRY BLOUNT
One of the best and longest serving outside lefts in Town's history whose biography can be found in greater detail on the Fifties Legends page. Record: 1953/54 30apps, 16goals; 1954/55 45apps, 27goals; 1955/56 39apps, 19goals; 1956/57 38apps, 9goals; 1957/58 42apps, 15goals; 1958/59 35apps, 7goals; 1960/61 26apps, 10goals; 1961/62 29apps, 7goals; 1962/63 15apps, 3goals. Total: 299apps, 113goals.

TOM BONNER

Born Lewisham 6/2/1988. Former Queens Park Rangers academy player and Scotland under 16 international. Tall defender who played for Northampton Town, Rushden & Diamonds, Corby Town, Hinckley United and Solihull Moors before joining Ilkeston in July 2009. Spent the 2009/10 season with the club where he showed his versatility by playing in all the defensive positions although he was primarily used as a left back. Played in the first round of the FA Cup away at Cambridge United on 7/11/09 whilst making 39 appearances, including 1 as substitute, scoring once. Left in Summer 2010 to return to the south, and joined Dartford. Debut: 8/8/09 v Droylsden (A). Last appearance: 24/4/10 v Gloucester City (A).

SCOTT BONSALL

Born Nottingham. Midfielder previously with Goole Town, Eastwood Town, Hednesford Town, Hucknall Town, Harrogate Town and Stalybridge Celtic who joined The Robins in the Summer of 2005. Made just 10 appearances during a somewhat disappointing spell at Ilkeston. Debut: 20/8/05 v Whitby Town (A). Last appearance: 20/9/05 v Witton Albion (A).

RAY BOOT
Reserve 'keeper who was out of his depth on his only appearance for the first team. Conceded 5 goals in the home game with Loughborough United on 2/5/70.

ALWYN BOOTH
Intelligent forward who was a true great during Ilkeston's earliest years and is the second highest scorer in Town's history. His biography can be found in greater detail on the Forties Legends page. Record: 1947/48 18apps, 24goals; 1948/49 40apps, 33goals (1pen); 1949/50 31apps, 15goals; 1950/51 34apps, 14goals; 1951/52 32apps, 16goals; 1952/53 39apps, 19goals; 1953/54 15apps, 3goals; 1954/55 2apps; 1955/56 1app; 1956/57 5apps, 1goal. Total: 217apps, 125goals (1pen).

RICHARD BOOTH
Formerly with Belper Town and a regular for Ilkeston's reserves whilst making the occasional appearance in central defence for the first team. Signed for Mickleover Sports in 1996. Debut: 3/5/93 v Alvechurch (H). Last appearance: 4/5/96 v Sudbury Town (H). Record: 1992/93 1app; 1993/94 1app; 1995/96 2apps. Total: 4apps.

RORY BOULDING
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Born Sheffield 21/7/88. Loan signing from Mansfield Town who spent a couple of months with The Robins at the start of the 2006/07 season, making 15 appearances including 5 from the bench. An outside right he later made his League debut with The Stags (20apps) and followed brother Michael to Bradford City (3apps) before the pair both returned to Field Mill.

BERT BOWERY
Born St Kitts, West Indies 29/10/54. Previously with Clifton All Whites and Mapperley Methodists he signed for Ilkeston in 1973 as a tall, enigmatic raw teenage striker who could burst forward at pace. Suspended for a lengthy spell due to midemeanours in Sunday football early in his Ilkeston career and it took him time to settle and gain full fitness on his return. Form varied between brilliance and nondescript and tended to score in bursts. Also seemed to prefer to play away from home with all but one of his goals being scored on his travels. Despite his inconsistency he progressed to Worksop Town a little over a year later and in early 1975 became Brian Clough's first signing for Nottingham Forest (2apps, 2goals). Had a loan spell with York City (4apps, 1goal) before playing in the NASL with Boston Minutemen (24apps, 11goals) and Team Hawaii (10apps, 1goal). Returned to the East Midlands with Long Eaton United, Arnold and Sunday team Horizon Engineers. Son Jordan is embarking upon a professional career with Chesterfield. Debut: 18/8/73 v Frickley Athletic (H). Last appearance: 18/9/74 v Arnold (H). Record: 1973/74 26+2subs, 9goals; 1974/75 9apps. Total: 35+2subs, 9goals.

JASON BOWLER
Born Nottingham c1979. Emerged as an outstanding young talent in 1996 who proved capable of playing in a variety of roles. Previously on Notts County's books he joined from Gedling Town having been in England's youth team squad. Despite showing great potential his career never took off as expected after joining Belper Town in 1997 although he played for a number of non League clubs including Stamford, Wisbech Town, Marlow and Flackwell Heath. Debut: 17/2/96 v Merthyr Tydfil (H). Last appearance: 26/4/97 v Stafford Rangers (A). Record: 1995/96 1+8subs, 1goal; 1996/97 11+9subs, 5goals. Total: 12+17subs, 6goals.

PAUL BOWNES
Tall left sided forward signed from Heanor Town during the Summer of 1972 to give the attack greater aerial power but wasn't a success. Made 13 appearances before joining Boston. Debut: 2/9/72 v Atherstone Town (A). Last appearance: 21/10/72 v Corby Town (H).

DANNY BOYES
Born Nottingham 8/11/1956. Better known as an Ilkeston Town manager, details of which can be found on the Managers page. As a player was on Stockport County's books before entering non League football with Kimberley Town, Eastwood Town, Gedling Town and Carlton Town. Made 2 substitute appearances whilst Bill Fossey's assistant manager. Debut: 14/4/92 v Great Wyrley (A). Last appearance: 6/5/92 v Tividale (A).

JOHN BOYLES
Young right sided defender signed from West Hallam who made 2 appearances during the 1968/69 season. Debut: 15/3/69 v Arnold (A). Last appearance: 30/4/69 v Warley (H).

ALEC BRADER

Born Horncastle 6/10/1942. Started out with Horncastle United before tasting League football with Grimsby Town (2apps). Signed for Ilkeston from Skegness Town prior to the start of the 1964/65 but didn't make the expected impact, scoring twice in 14 appearances. Debut: 22/8/64 v Matlock Town (A). Last appearance: 19/4/65 v Denaby United (H).

STUART BRADWELL

Reserves inside left signed from Long Eaton Town in 1955 who made the occasional first team appearance. Debut: 31/12/55 v Derby County 'A' (H). Last appearance: 11/4/57 v Grantham Reserves (A). Record: 1955/56 4apps, 1goal; 1956/57 2apps, 1goal. Total: 6apps, 2goals.

ROSS BRAISBY
Made a single appearance as substitute, coming on in the second leg Derbyshire Senior Cup Final defeat at home to Alfreton Town on 9/5/95.

JOHN BRAMLEY

Born c1942. Scored a hat-trick on his debut and scored on his home debut but failed to score again on 7 further appearances. Joined Ilkeston during the Summer of 1964 from Grantham. Was on Crook Town's books when they reached the Amateur Cup Final in 1959 and 1962 but only played in the latter. Left Crook for Heanor Town and had a brief spell at Chesterfield before joining Grantham. Went on to manage Eastwood Town. Debut: 22/8/64 v Matlock Town (A). Last appearance: 19/9/64 v Atherstone Town (A).

FRANK BRANDHAM
Centre forward signed from Linby Colliery in September 1949 who scored 7 times in 9 games before moving on to Nuneaton Borough. Later returned to Linby. Debut: 1/10/49 v Warsop Working Mens Club (A). Last appearance: 10/12/49 v Notts County 'A' (A).

DENNIS BREEDON

Was on Sheffield Wednesday's books after making his name at Linby Colliery. Returned to the area when he signed for Heanor Athletic followed by Heanor Town. Spent several seasons at Ilkeston but played only occasionally for the first team, usually at centre forward. Scored the winning goal at Sutton Town on 7/11/56 that took Ilkeston into the FA Cup First Round. Debut: 5/3/55 v Ransome & Marles (H). Last appearance: 27/4/57 v St Neots (A). Record: 1954/55 5apps, 1goal; 1955/56 3apps, 1goal; 1956/57 3apps, 1goal. Total: 11apps, 3goals.

HARRY BRENNAN

Born Derby 17/11/1930. Spells at Brush Sports and Gresley Rovers led to a crack at League football with Shrewsbury Town (19apps, 3goals). A return to non League football with Buxton and Heanor Town preceded his move to Ilkeston in the Summer of 1957. Blessed with great strength, a powerful and accurate shot, and excellent finishing skills he proved to be a fine capture and he top scored for Town in 1957/58, picking up a Central Alliance Cup winners medal on the way. He also scored in the 4-2 win against Buxton in the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final. The scorer of the only goal on his debut he scored a hat-trick at Retford British Ropes a week later, but he scored less prolifically in his second season partly because he played at right half towards the end of it. Left Ilkeston in 1959 and joined Bourne Town. Debut: 24/8/57 v Nottingham Forest 'A' (H). Last appearance: 25/4/59 v Clay Cross Miners Welfare (A). Record: 1957/58 39apps, 28goals; 1958/59 36apps, 14goals. Total: 75apps, 42goals.

RICKY BREWER

Born 5/11/1986. Emerged from the reserves in 2004 as a promising defender who could play either in central defence or at left back. Won a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal in 2005/06 as well as a Unibond League Presidents Cup runners up medal the same season. Having established himself as a regular in the first team he suffered a nasty injury early in 2007 and although he played frequently in 2007/08 his form seemed to dip as a consequence. Was released during the Summer of 2008 when David Holdsworth took over as manager. Debut: 16/10/04 v Gresley Rovers (H). Last appearance: 26/4/08 v Whitby Town (A). Record: 2004/05 1+2subs, 1goal; 2005/06 18+6subs; 2006/07 26+4subs, 1goal; 2007/08 36+3subs. Total: 81+15subs, 2goals.

LEO BREWSTER

The first Black player to represent the club. Moved locally from Trinidad, where he was twice player of the year, in Spring 1971 and made 5 appearances, scoring once, early in the 1971/72 season. A promising if somewhat erratic forward he was forced to return to the Caribbean as he was unable to find employment. Debut: 23/9/71 v Nuneaton Borough (H). Last appearance: 16/10/71 v Cheltenham Town (H).

C BRIGGS
Christian name unknown. Goalkeeper formerly with Ransome & Marles who made 6 appearances early in the 1948/49 season. Debut: 11/9/48 v Warsop Working Mens Club (A). Last appearance: 16/10/48 v Stanton Ironworks (H).

LOUIE BRISCOE
Born Burton on Trent 2/4/1988. Talented forward who started out with Port Vale (4apps) before moving into non League where he has scored goals regularly. Spells at Leek Town, Hednesford Town, Gresley Rovers and Stafford Rangers led to his move to Ilkeston in late 2008. His stay was a brief one as he swiftly followed manager David Holdsworth to Mansfield Town, making just 3 appearances including 1 as a substitute, scoring once in his final game for The Robins. Represented England 'C' in 2009. Debut: 20/12/08 v Ashton United (A). Last appearance: 26/12/08 v Matlock Town (H).
 
BRITTON
Christian name unknown. Made history as the first Ilkeston player ever to come on as a substitute, on his one and only appearance at home to Stamford on 8/10/66.

PAUL BROCKLESS
Central defender who played occasionally in the early 1990s. Debut: 22/4/92 v Gornal Athletic (A). Last appearance: 1/5/93 v Blakenall (H). Record: 1991/92 3+1sub; 1992/93 0+2subs. Total: 3+3subs.

JAMIE BRODIE

A promising career at Manchester United was wrecked by injury but he was more than capable of producing some highly impressive and effective displays in midfield upon joining The Robins in Autumn 1981. Was a regular in 1982/83 where he played a big role in helping Town reach the last 16 of the FA Trophy before injury struck again. Won a Northern Counties East League Cup runners up medal in 1983/84. Became Clifton All Whites player manager in 1985 and subsequently managed a number of local non League sides including Dunkirk, Gedling United, Gedling Town and Radcliffe. Debut: 28/11/81 v Long Eaton United (A). Last appearance: 10/11/84 v Appleby Frodingham Athletic (A). Record: 1981/82 22apps, 1goal; 1982/83 30apps, 2goals; 1983/84 29apps, 4goals; 1984/85 13apps, 3goals. Total: 94apps, 10goals.

CHRIS BROOKES

Born Huthwaite 6/6/1972. After a brief spell as a youngster at Scarborough returned to the East Midlands and emerged from Ilkeston's reserves as a young striker with terrific potential. With plenty of pace and deadly in front of goal he was too hot for most defences in the West Midlands Regional League First Division, scoring goals at a remarkable rate during the second half of the 1991/92 season. Hit 6 to equal the club record in the home game with Moxley Rangers, scored 5 against Broseley Athletic at home, and 4 at Ludlow Town. His goals ensured he won a Championship medal, a League Cup winners medal, and plenty of attention from scouts. He duly signed for Luton Town but it was during a brief loan spell at Shrewsbury Town that he made his only League appearance. Unable to make it at League level he made a brief return to Ilkeston before moving on to Shepshed Albion, Ashfield United and Heanor Town. Debut: 29/9/90 v Halesowen Harriers (H). Last appearance: 20/3/93 v West Bromwich Town (A). Record: 1990/91 24+9subs, 8goals; 1991/92 23+6subs, 34goals; 1992/93 1+1sub, 2goals. Total: 48+16subs, 44goals. 

IAN BROOKES
Midfielder who made 5 appearances plus 1 as substitute in 1985/86. Later played for Radford Olympic, Heanor Town, Priory and Kimberley Town although he was probably best known to Ilkeston fans as the club physio, a role he carried out for several years during the 1990s. Debut: 17/8/85 v Bridlington Trinity (A). Last appearance: 5/5/86 v Spalding United (A).

JOHN BROOKES
Born Stalybridge 18/10/1944. Outside left who started out with Sheffield United and Wednesday but who made his League debut with Southport (14apps, 5goals) before joining York City (1app). Had a spell in the United States with Cleveland and then returned to England to sign for Stockport County (20apps, 3goals). Arrived at Ilkeston in October 1971 but made just 8 appearances plus one as substitute, scoring twice, before moving to Alfreton Town. Debut: 9/10/71 v Bletchley United (A). Last appearance: 8/4/72 v Bury Town (A).

BROOKS
Christian name unknown. Centre half from Eastwood Miners Welfare who made 1 appearance om 30/8/47 against New Houghton Villa at home.

ALBERT BROUGH
Inside left who joined Ilkeston in 1946 having previously played for Codnor. Left for Heanor Athletic and Codnor soon after although he re-appeared for Ilkeston in 1947/48. However, he is best known for his sterling work for Town's committee and behind the scenes and he was involved with the club for many years. Debut: 14/12/46 v Derby County 'A' (H). Last appearance: 30/8/47 v New Houghton Villa (H). Record: 1946/47 3apps; 1947/48 1app. Total: 4apps.
 
JACKIE BROUGH

Speedy right winger who could deliver accurate crosses. Arrived during Town's first ever season, scoring twice on his debut, and picked up a Derbyshire Senior Cup runners up medal at the end of it. Was a member of the team that won the club's first ever trophy, the Derbyshire Divisional Cup, when they beat Derby Corinthians in April 1947 and picked up a second Derbyshire Senior Cup runners up medal the following month. In 1947/48 he received a Central Alliance runners up medal when he missed just one game but left Ilkeston early in the following season to join Heanor Athletic. Returned to Ilkeston early in 1951 but made just a single appearance before signing for the newly formed Belper Town. Debut: 24/11/45 v Brinsley Welfare (A). Last appearance: 20/1/51 v Ransome & Marles (H). Record: 1945/46 18apps, 8goals; 1946/47 28apps, 8goals; 1947/48 36apps, 10goals (1pen); 1948/49 1app; 1950/51 1app. Total: 84apps, 26goals (1pen).

ALAN BROWN

Clever and versatile right sided forward who used the ball well and scored goals regularly. Previously with Loughborough College, Derby County, Belper Town and Long Eaton United he joined Ilkeston in January 1968 where his presence gave The Robins a greater attacking threat. Scored on his debut and the club was crowned as Midland Counties League champions within four months of his arrival. Also picked up a Derbyshire Senior Cup runners up medal in May 1968. Was top scorer in 1968/69 when he scored two hat-tricks, at home to Barton Town on 26/10/68 and in the home game with Loughborough United on 16/4/69. Left the club in February 1970 when he found the travelling from his Lincolnshire home prohibitive. Debut: 20/1/68 v Grantham (H). Last appearance: 7/2/70 v Belper Town (H). Record: 1967/68 23apps, 13goals; 1968/69 37apps, 17goals; 1969/70 29apps, 9goals. Total: 89apps, 39goals.

DAVID BROWN

Born Nottingham 10/3/1936. Former Notts County and Grantham goalkeeper who made a couple of appearances in 1962/63. Debut: 22/9/62 v Spalding United (H). Last appearance: 29/9/62 v Stamford (H).

GEORGE BROWN (1)

Born Ilkeston c1935. Young left back formerly with Rangers Athletic, Swingate Juniors and Kimberley YMCA who broke into Ilkeston's first team late in the 1956/57 season and immediately established himself with some accomplished displays. Won Derbyshire Senior Cup and Central Alliance Cup winners medals the following season but a nasty knee injury sustained towards the end of the 1958/59 season signalled the beginning of the end of a promising career. Went on to play for Belper Town and Eastwood Town before he was forced to retire from playing at such a level. Nevertheless he still managed to turn out for Shirebrook Miners Welfare, Cossall and Kimberley Miners Welfare. His love of the game took him into refereeing before settling into administrative roles. Returned to Ilkeston as secretary during the 1965/66 season and during his time at the club played one last game, coming on as an emergency substitute in April 1967. Had a spell as chairman of Alfreton Town and had a long association with Kimberley Town where he was secretary for many years. Debut: 6/4/57 v Brush Sports Reserves (H). Last appearance: 5/4/67 v Gainsborough Trinity (A). Record: 1956/57 9apps; 1957/58 42apps; 1958/59 30apps, 1goal; 1966/67 0+1sub. Total: 81+1sub, 1goal.

GEORGE BROWN (2)

Born Airdrie 8/5/1928. Started out with Larkhall Thistle before carving out a career in the Scottish League. Appeared for Kilmarnock (12apps, 2goals), Airdrieonians (12apps, 2goals), moved to England for a short spell with Southport (1app), returned North to Stenhousemuir (57apps, 9goals), Hamilton Academical (43apps, 19goals), and Clyde (18apps, 3goals) for whom he won a Scottish FA Cup winners medal when he helped them beat Celtic in the 1955 Final. Moved to England again to sign for then League club Bradford Park Avenue (17apps, 2goals) and then entered non League football with Poole Town and Yiewsley before signing for Ilkeston in the Summer of 1960. Proved himself to be an intelligent, skillful, scheming inside forward blessed with a ferocious shot although he dropped back to play in the right half position later in the 1960/61 campaign. Scored 7 goals in 38 appearances. Debut: 20/8/60 v Nottingham Forest 'A' (H). Last appearance: 2/5/61 v Arnold St Marys (H).
 
KEITH BROWN
Reserves goalkeeper who made 3 appearances late in the 1973/74 season, all away from home. Debut: 8/4/74 v Arnold (A). Last appearance: 11/5/74 v Bridlington Trinity (A).

RALPH BROWN
One of the most naturally gifted players to have come from Ilkeston and who returned to his home town club after a spell in League Football. His career can be found in greater detail on the Sixties Legends page. Record: 1965/66 44apps, 22goals (2pens); 1966/67 39apps, 15goals (3pens); 1967/68 43+1sub, 14goals (4pens); 1968/69 27apps, 16goals (1pen); 1970/71 40+1sub, 11goals; 1971/72 46apps, 9goals; 1972/73 48apps, 10goals. Total: 287+2subs, 97goals (10pens).

RICHARD BROWN

Born Nottingham 13/1/1967. Started out with Ilkeston as a raw, talented teenage defender who went on to become a much travelled player who had several spells with the club as well as being on the books of several League clubs. Left The Robins in 1985 to sign for Sheffield Wednesday and then was on Grimsby Town's books before joining Grantham. Returned to Ilkeston briefly at the start of the 1986/87 season before signing for Boston United which led to a return to Grantham. Later appeared for Northern Ireland side Derry City and then Kettering Town from whom he was picked up by Blackburn Rovers where he made his League debut (28apps). During his time at Ewood Park he had a loan period at then League club Maidstone United (3apps) and then signed for Stockport County permanently (1app). Blackpool followed (3apps) before he returned to non League with Kettering Town. Rejoined Ilkeston towards the end of the 1995/96 season but again his stay was a brief one. Went on to play for Stalybridge Celtic and Altrincham. Debut: 15/12/84 v Denaby United (H). Last appearance: 23/3/96 v Rushden & Diamonds (H). Record: 1984/85 1app; 1986/87 8+1sub; 1995/96 2apps. Total: 11+1sub.

SIMON BROWN

Born Nottingham 23/9/1975. Central defender who began with Notts County and had spells at Hucknall Town and Gedling Town on loan prior to signing for Ilkeston in December 2002. Made just 4 appearances before rejoining Hucknall. Later appeared for Stocksbridge Park Steels. Debut: 26/12/02 v Grantham Town (A). Last appearance: 8/2/03 v Welling United (H).

TONY BROWN

Born Nottingham. Powerfully built left back signed from Arnold Town early in the 2002/03 season. Unable to command a regular place he soon left for Hucknall Town and then Eastwood Town only to return to Ilkeston towards the end of the season. The following season he often played in central defence without ever being sure of a place in the team. Left in 2004 and went on to play for Gresley Rovers, Hednesford Town, Hucknall Town, Arnold Town and Rainworth Miners Welfare. Debut: 17/9/02 v Cambridge City (H). Last appearance: 21/2/04 v Stourport Swifts (A). Record: 2002/03 7+4subs; 2003/04 13+2subs, 1goal. Total: 20+6subs, 1goal.

IAN BRUDENALL
Highly rated forward signed from Stanton in Summer 1979 who made 4 appearances during the 1979/80 season before returning to his former club in January 1980. Debut: 21/8/79 v Arnold (H). Last appearance: 12/1/80 v Ashby Institute (H).

DEAN BRUNELL

Forward from Kimberley Town who played Sunday football with Riddings and appeared 3 times for The Robins early in the 1986/87 season. Well known on the local scene he returned to Kimberley and also had a spell with Stanton. Debut: 27/9/86 v Harworth Colliery Institute (H). Last appearance: 11/10/86 v Newhall United (H).

SCOTT BRUNELL
Born c1969. Right back previously with Stanton who made 4 appearances, all away from home, early in the 1992/93 season but lost his place to Jason Campbell. Debut: 5/9/92 v Wednesfield (A). Last appearance: 3/10/92 v Dunkirk (A).

KEITH BRYAN

Reserves right half who made a single appearance, at home to Sutton Town on 10/4/65. Probably the first ever player to be named as a substitute for the club, at home to Grimsby Town Reserves on the opening day of the 1966/67 season, although the name was published in the local press as R.Bryan.

ROY BUCK

Left sided reserves player signed from Bourne Town who made 2 appearances for Ilkeston including a goal on his debut. Debut: 11/9/54 v Ransome & Marles (A). Last appearance: 4/5/56 v Matlock Town (H).

STEVE BUCKLEY
Born Eastwood 16/10/1953. Broke into Ilkeston's first team as a highly promising 16 year old left sided forward. After a couple of years learning his trade he was tried at left back with great success. He progressed to Burton Albion and it was here that his full potential was realised and a move to Luton Town (123apps 9goals) began a long and successful League career. His next stop was Derby County where he was best known (323apps, 21goals) before he signed for Lincoln City (36apps, 2goals), his last League club. A return to non League football followed with clubs such as Boston United, Eastwood Town and Shepshed Albion where he was player manager. Also held assistant manager positions at Boston United and Kettering Town, and later managed Corby Town. Debut: 29/8/70 v Long Eaton United (H). Last appearance: 3/5/73 v Stevenage Athletic (H). Record: 1970/71 11+2subs, 1goal; 1971/72 15+9subs, 2goals; 1972/73 31+3subs, 2goals. Total: 57+14subs, 5goals.
   
ALAN BULL
Former Arnold, Boston United and Stamford left sided forward who joined Town during their difficult 1964/65 season. Although his stay was relatively short and the team lost each of the first 7 games in which he played, results and performances improved during the remainder of his spell. Made 19 appearances and scored twice. Debut: 26/9/64 v Retford Town (H). Last appearance: 13/2/65 v Goole Town (H).

WAYNE BULLIMORE
Born Sutton In Ashfield 12/9/70. Skilful and creative midfielder who was on Manchester United's books as a youngster. Made his League debut at Barnsley (35apps, 1goal) and moved on to Stockport County and Scunthorpe United (67apps, 11goals). Then signed for Bradford City (2apps) where he went on loan to Doncaster Rovers (4apps) before signing on a permanent basis with Peterborough United (21apps, 1goal) and then League club Scarborough (35apps, 1goal). Moved into non League with Grantham Town, Barrow, Wakefield-Emley, Stalybridge Celtic and Bradford Park Avenue before making a single appearance for The Robins at home to Gresley Rovers on 2/3/04. Has since played for Stocksbridge Park Steels but has now retired.

STEVE BUNTING
Fine shot stopping goalkeeper previously with Eastwood Town and Carlton Athletic, and who represented Nottinghamshire FA. Signed for Ilkeston for the 1977/78 season where his excellent performances in goal in a struggling team won him a player of the year award. Made 38 appearances. Debut: 20/8/77 v Brigg Town (A). Last appearance: 29/4/78 v Retford Town (H).

JOSH BURGE


Born Grimsby July 1990. Former Grimsby Town youth team player of the year who had a trial at Aston Villa and attracted interest from Sheffield United and Sunderland while at Blundell Park. A highly promising constructive midfielder who enjoyed going forward with a good shot, and a dead ball expert.  Offered the chance of a trial at Stockport County but opted to join Ilkeston instead. A good squad player in his first season before moving to Hucknall Town when Ilkeston Town was liquidated in September 2010. Later moved to Eastwood Town. Debut: 19/8/09 v Corby Town (A). Last appearance: 4/9/10 v Eastwood Town (H). Record: 2009/10 19+16subs, 2goals; 2010/11 4+1sub, 1goal (1pen). Total: 23+17subs, 3goals (1pen).


PETER BURGIN
Reserves left sided forward who played occasionally for the first team during the mid 1990s. Debut: 22/2/94 v Hinckley Athletic (A). Last appearance: 24/9/94 v Bilston Town (A). Record: 1993/94 1+3subs; 1994/95 0+1sub. Total: 1+4subs.
 
JOHN BURNS

Born Dublin 4/12/1977. Former Republic of Ireland youth international who was also capped twice at Under 21 level. Picked up from Irish side Belvedere by Nottingham Forest and began a short career in League football (3apps) at the City Ground. Was then signed by Bristol City (11apps) and Carlisle United (5apps) before moving into non League football with Burton Albion and Hucknall Town. A short, tenacious central midfield player he arrived at Ilkeston for his first spell in November 2003. Left a few months later for Leek Town and Hinckley United but returned for the 2005/06 season when he was a fixture in the first team, picking up a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal in his final appearance. Left during the Summer of 2006 for Stamford and later Arnold Town. Debut: 15/11/03 v Solihull Borough (A). Last appearance: 2/5/06 v Mickleover Sports (H). Record: 2003/04 11apps; 2005/06 45+2subs, 3goals. Total: 56+2subs, 3goals. 

KENNY BURNS
Renowned Scottish international defender who won the European Cup with Nottingham Forest before signing for The Robins late in his career. A detailed look at his career can be found on the Nineties Legends page. Record: 1989/90 38apps, 11goals; 1990/91 35+1sub, 20goals; 1991/92 37apps, 19goals; 1992/93 12+1sub, 5goals. Total: 122+2subs, 55goals.

LARRY BURRELL

Born Nottingham 25/4/63. Popular, skilful outside left who played for North Nottinghamshire Under 11s as a youngster. Had spells with Shepshed Charterhouse and Grantham prior to joining Ilkeston in the Summer of 1991. Played a significant part in Town's West Midlands Regional League First Division championship and cup double of 1991/92, when he also scored twice in Town's astonishing 5-1 win at Grantham in the FA Cup, and won a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal a year later. Left early in the 1993/94 season for Prory and went on to play for Dunkirk as player manager and Santos. Debut: 17/8/91 v Wolverhampton United (A). Last appearance: 28/4/93 v Immingham Town (A). Record: 1991/92 41apps, 11goals; 1992/93 17+4subs, 2goals; 1993/94 2apps. Total: 60+4subs, 13goals.
 
DAVE BURROWS
Former Sutton Town defender once on Norwich City's books. Made 8 appearances at left back towards the end of the 1993/94 season as Town closed in on the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division title. Debut: 8/3/94 v Oldbury United (H). Last appearance: 18/4/94 v Darlaston (A).

IAN BURROWS
Versatile defender who appeared occasionally for the first team during the mid 1980s. Debut: 6/4/85 v Belper Town (A). Last appearance: 25/1/86 v BSC Parkgate (A). Record: 1984/85 5apps; 1985/86 8apps. Total: 13apps.

SYD BURROWS
Loyal servant who was at Ilkeston for over 20 years, starting off as a right back. A more detailed biography can be found on the Forties Legends page. Record: 1946/47 11apps; 1947/48 29apps; 1948/49 40apps, 2goals (2pens); 1949/50 27apps, 6goals (6pens); 1950/51 29apps, 2goals (2pens); 1951/52 49apps, 3goals (2pens); 1952/53 11apps. Total: 196apps, 13goals (12pens).

CLIVE BURTON
Prolific centre forward who was top scorer in each of his three seasons with Ilkeston in the early 1960s. His career can be looked at in greater detail on the Sixties Legends page. Record: 1959/60 46apps, 43goals; 1960/61 41apps, 38goals; 1961/62 37apps, 21goals. Total: 124apps, 102goals.

STEVE BURTON
Born Hull 10/10/82. Came on loan in 2002 from his home town club where he made his debut in League football (11apps). Scored on his debut for Ilkeston and made 5 appearances in total, mainly on the left side of midfield. Extended his League career with Kidderminster Harriers (27apps) before playing for Australian side Richmond SC. Debut: 10/9/02 v Moor Green (H). Last appearance: 5/10/02 v Folkestone Invicta (H).

JIMMY BUTLER
Inside forward previously with Sutton Town, South Normanton Miners Welfare and Bourne Town. Scored twice for Ilkeston in three games, including one on his debut but wasn't deemed to be a long term solution to a problem position at the time. Debut: 27/9/58 v South Normanton (A). Last appearance: 18/10/58 v Ollerton Colliery (H).

RITCHIE BUTLER
Born Mansfield 14/1/1978. Well travelled defender who began the 2006/07 season as Ilkeston's left back but soon lost his place to Ricky Brewer. Made 5 full appearances plus one as substitute. Was with Derby County in his early days and had spells at Kings Lynn, Eastwood Town, Belper Town, Glapwell, Alfreton Town and Frickley Athletic before joining Ilkeston. Rejoined Frickley after leaving The Robins and later played for Shepshed Dynamo, Hucknall Town and Gresley. Debut: 19/8/06 v Mossley (A). Last appearance: 19/9/06 v Bromsgrove Rovers (H).
 
BUTLER
Christian name unknown. Right half who made a single appearance during Town's first ever season away at Butterley Welfare on 23/2/46.

DAVE BUXTON

Fine commanding goalkeeper who is featured in more depth on the Eighties Legends page. Debut: 3/1/81 v Boston (A). Last appearance: 8/10/83 v Arnold (H). Record: 1980/81 15apps; 1981/82 41apps; 1982/83 51apps; 1983/84 2apps. Total: 109apps.

JOE BUXTON

Outside left who deputised once for Jeff Weston, away at Ransome & Marles Reserves, on 28/12/47.

DAVID BYNG
Born Walsgrave 9/7/1977. The youngest player ever to play League football for Torquay United (21apps). Moved on to Doncaster Rovers but unable to break into the first team there he joined Ilkeston in September 1996, scoring twice on his debut. Able to play up front or in midfield he failed to make the most of his opportunities and left later in the season after scoring 5 times, including two penalties, in 21 appearances. Debut: 21/9/96 v Racing Club Warwick (H). Last appearance: 11/2/97 v Racing Club Warwick (A).