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TOM CAHILL

Born Euxton 21/11/1986. Predatory striker but also good at holding onto the ball to bring others into play. Made his name at Matlock Town after starting out with Euxton Villa. His form alerted Rotherham United and it was there that he made his 7 League appearances. Had a spell on loan at Altrincham before joining Ilkeston on loan in October 2008. His goals went a long way towards securing The Robins' promotion to the Blue Square North in 2009 and he ended the season as top scorer with 23 goals, including three penalties, in 40 appearances, 6 of which were as substitute, hitting hat-tricks at Whitby Town and at home to Marine. Released by Rotherham during the Summer of 2009 and opted to sign for Fleetwood Town before joining Harrogate Town. Debut: 21/10/08 v Bradford Park Avenue (H). Last appearance: 2/5/09 v Nantwich Town (H). 

ALEX CALLERY
Born Sheffield 8/3/1983. Highly rated attacking wide midfield player who started out with Sheffield Wednesday before moving to Worksop Town, the first of many non League clubs he has joined. Spells at Buxton, Gainsborough Trinity and Glasshoughton Welfare preceded a return to Worksop. Joined Ilkeston on loan at the start of the 2003/04 season and scored twice in 8 appearances, coming off the bench on 2 occasions. Has subsequently appeared for Belper Town, Ossett Town, Frickley Athletic, Grantham Town, Bradford Park Avenue, Guiseley,  Worksop Town and Stocksbridge Park Steels. Debut: 16/8/03 v Redditch United (H). Last appearance: 27/9/03 v Cambridge City (A).

ADAM CAMPBELL
Young left sided reserves player who appeared twice in cup ties during the 2008/09 season. Debut: 23/12/08 v Heanor Town (A). Last appearance: 12/02/09 v Mickleover Sports (H).

JASON CAMPBELL
Popular right sided player who could play at full back or on the wing. His career can be found in greater detail on the Nineties Legends page. Record: 1992/93 39+3subs, 10goals; 1993/94 47+1sub, 11goals; 1994/95 59apps, 8goals; 1995/96 32+1sub, 4goals. Total: 177+5subs, 33goals.

JEFF CAMPION
Left sided forward who joined Derby County as a youngster from Ambergate Juniors. Made his Ilkeston debut at the end of the 1963/64 season but struggled to hold down a first team place and moved to Derby side Crewton Sports. Debut: 1/5/64 v Retford Town (A). Last appearance: 12/9/64 v Ashton United (H). Record: 1963/64 1app; 1964/65 5apps, 2goals. Total: 6apps, 2goals.

GORDON CANT
Inside right who scored on his only appearance, away at Langwith Miners Welfare on 2/11/58.

MARTIN CARDINALLI
Left back who made a single appearance at Louth United on 11/3/78.

MATT CARMICHAEL

Born Singapore 13/5/1964. Experienced target man who is fondly remembered at Ilkeston for his excellent displays during the 1997/98 season when The Robins won promotion from the Southern League Midland Division and reached the FA Cup Second Round. His aerial strength was key but he also possessed a good touch and was surprisingly good with the ball at his feet for a big man. Started out with Durrington, played Army football, and appeared for Salisbury City, Wycombe Wanderers, Bromley and Basingstoke Town before entering League football with Lincoln City (133apps, 18goals). Then joined Scunthorpe United (62apps, 20goals) where he had a loan spell at Barnet (3apps). Continued to ply his trade in the League with Preston North End (10apps, 3goals), Mansfield Town (1app, 1goal), Doncaster Rovers (27apps, 4goals) and Darlington (13apps, 2goals) until he moved to non League Aylesbury United. Joined The Robins during the Summer of 1997 and made 47 starts plus 7 as substitute and hit the target 27 times, 2 of the most memorable goals coming in Ilkeston's historic 2-1 victory over Boston United in the FA Cup First Round. Also scored two hat-tricks, away at Wisbech Town and at home to Brackley Town. Left Ilkeston during the Summer of 1998 to join Boston United and then moved to Grantham Town where he became player manager. Later played for Stamford and Lincoln United. 

JOHN CARRINGTON

Right winger with a direct style and an ability to shoot and cross with power and accuracy. Signed for Ilkeston from Langwith Miners Welfare in November 1959 and made a goal scoring debut. Won a Derbyshire Senior Cup runners medal at the end of the season. However, he found it tough when Town progressed to the Midland Counties League in 1961 and lost his place to Peter Heath. After a lengthy battle to try and regain his place he left for Stamford midway through the 1962/63 season. Debut: 28/11/59 v Derby Corinthians (H). Last appearance: 24/11/62 v Retford Town (A). Record: 1959/60 29apps, 8goals; 1960/61 25apps, 4goals; 1961/62 12apps; 1962/63 2apps. Total: 68apps, 12goals.

MARTIN CARRUTHERS

Born Nottingham 7/8/1972. Experienced striker who scored over 100 League goals. Began with Aston Villa but made his League debut while on loan at Hull City (13apps, 6goals). His career continued with Stoke City (91apps, 13goals), Peterborough United (67apps, 21goals), York City on loan (6apps), Darlington (17apps, 2goals), Southend United (70apps, 26goals), Scunthorpe United (86apps, 34goals), Macclesfield Town (39apps, 8goals), Boston United (6apps), Lincoln City (11apps), non League Grantham Town, and Cambridge United (5apps). Joined Ilkeston early in 2006, scoring on his debut, and in 2007 became assistant manager to Nigel Jemson. Unable frequently to last a full game he often proved to be a highly effective substitute. Won a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal at the end of the 2005/06 season as well as a Unibond League Presidents Cup runners medal. This was followed by a Derbyshire Senior Cup runners up medal the following year. Left Ilkeston during the Summer of 2008 for Arnold Town who have utilised his playing and management skills. Debut: 7/1/06 v Goole Town (A). Last appearance: 26/4/08 v Whitby Town (A). Record: 2005/06 12+9subs, 5goals; 2006/07 17+30subs, 7goals; 2007/08 4+25subs, 1goal. Total: 33+64subs, 13goals.  

STEVE CARRUTHERS
Forward who was on Notts County's books as a youngster. Had spells at Nuthall, Hucknall Town, Arnold Town, Eastwood Town and Shepshed Dynamo prior to signing for Ilkeston towards the end of the 1995/96 season. Didn't always look happy at Southern League level although he had a happy knack of scoring goals, grabbing a hat-trick at home to Sudbury United on the final day of the season. Left the club in late 1996 and went on to appear for Corby Town, Borrowash Victoria, Matlock Town, Gedling Town and Matrixgrade. Debut: 13/4/96 v Gravesend & Northfleet (H). Last appearance: 16/11/96 v Stourbridge (A). Record: 1995/96 6apps, 5goals; 1996/97 7+4subs, 3goals. Total: 13+4apps, 8goals.

DARREN CASKEY

Born Basildon 21/8/1974. Joined Ilkeston as player coach shortly before the start of the 2009/10 season. Experienced midfielder with great vision and good use of the ball who began at Spurs (32apps, 4goals) where he also had a loan spell at Watford (6apps, 1goal). During this time he captained the England Under 18 team to victory in the 1993 European Championships and scored in the Final. Went on to Reading (201apps, 35goals) and Notts County (114apps, 10goals) and then signed for Bristol City. A spell at Hornchurch followed before he made a brief return to League football with Peterborough United (4apps). Moved back into non-League with Bath City, Havant & Waterlooville and a period overseas with Virginia Beach Mariners prior to a final spell in League football with Rushden & Diamonds (18apps, 1goal). Then returned to non League football with Kettering Town and Halesowen Town. Appeared late in the 2009/10 season when a series of cameo substitute appearances helped the team. When Ilkeston went into liquidation in September 2010 he remained at the New Manor Ground helping Kevin Wilson with the Academy. Debut: 27/2/10 v Hinckley United (H). Last appearance: 30/8/10 v Gainsborough Trinity (H). Record: 2009/10 1+6subs; 2010/11 0+2subs. Total: 1+8subs.

GARY CASTLEDINE
Born Dumfries 27/3/1970. Quality attacking midfielder who started out with Shirebrook Town and Sunday side Lions before entering League football with Mansfield Town (66apps, 3goals). Subsequently moved into non League football with Telford United, Gainsborough Trinity, Irish side Cork City, Oakham United, Hinckley United and Gresley Rovers. Appeared for The Robins early in the 1997/98 season with all 7 appearances coming as substitute. Continued to give fine service to non League clubs including Eastwood Town, Gedling Town, Hinckley United, Alfreton Town, Glapwell and Retford United before taking on the role of player manager at Forest Town. Debut: 23/8/97 v Sutton Coldfield Town (A). Last appearance: 27/9/97 v RTM Newcastle (H).

PAUL CHALLINOR

Born Newcastle Under Lyme 6/4/1976. Defender who joined Birmingham City from Baldock Town and moved on to Lincoln City and Telford United before making his only League appearance at Bury. Then returned to Telford United prior to a spell at Aberystwyth Town. Joined Ilkeston during the Summer of 2000 and played frequently in the heart of the defence, often at the expense of fans' favourite Gary Middleton. Was a member of the team beaten 4-1 by Swindon Town in the FA Cup First Round. Injury and the arrival of the impressive Matt McKenzie limited his opportunities during the 2001/02 season but he continued to play at a high level of non League football upon leaving The Robins, appearing for the likes of Hyde United, Droylsden, Radcliffe Borough and Mossley. Debut: 26/8/00 v Cambridge City (H). Last appearance: 6/4/02 v Newport County (H). Record: 2000/01 33+6subs, 4goals; 2001/02 7+2subs, 1goal.

COLLIN CHAMBERLAIN
Born Nottingham c1957. Son of former Ilkeston player and manager Derek. Made a single appearance as a teenager in April 1975 before spending time on Derby County's books and had won an England NABC cap. Returned to Ilkeston in October 1977 and made one appearance in midfield but left after a week to move on to Grantham, Arnold and Shepshed Charterhouse. Debut: 5/4/75 v Alfreton Town (A). Last appearance: 15/10/1977 v Long Eaton United (A).

DEREK CHAMBERLAIN
Fine early 1960s left back for Ilkeston who later managed the club. Details of his managerial career can be found on the Managers page and a more in depth look at his playing days is on the Sixties Legends page. Record: 1960/61 37apps; 1961/62 38apps, 1goal; 1962/63 44apps; 1963/64 44apps. Total: 163apps, 1goal.

ROGER CHAMBERLAIN
Son of Derek. Teenage full back who could operate on either side who made 13 appearances, including one as substitute, in 1977/78 but was never certain of a first team place despite his father being manager and being good enough to represent Derbyshire Under 18s. Debut: 27/8/77 v Arnold (H). Last appearance: 22/4/78 v Brigg Town (H).

MALCOLM CHAMBERS

Understudy to the legendary Ken Ledger signed from Cossall Colliery. Made one appearance, at home to Matlock Town on 4/5/56. Later played for Awsworth Villa.

CHAMBERS
Christian name unknown. Midfielder who played once, against Mickleover Sports in the Derbyshire Senior Cup on 21/1/03.

HORACE CHAPLIN
Prolific centre forward who was Ilkeston's first goal ace. His career details can be found on the Forties Legends page. Record: 1946/47 29apps, 55goals (4pens); 1947/48 13apps, 20goals; 1948/49 3apps, 3goals. Total: 45apps, 78 goals (4pens).

DAVID CHARLESWORTH
Former Grantham player who made 11 appearances in central defence late in the 1990/91 season, scoring on his debut. Left during the Summer with future clubs including Arnold Town and Alfreton Town. Debut: 1/4/91 v West Bromwich Town (A). Last appearance: 11/5/91 v Rocester (A).

STEVE CHETTLE

Born Nottingham 27/9/1968. Joined Ilkeston during the Summer of 2004 as a vastly experienced defender best known for his days at Nottingham Forest (415apps, 11goals) where he was capped 12 times by England Under 21s. Left Forest for Barnsley (92apps, 2goals) where he had a loan spell at Walsall (6apps). His final League club was Grimsby Town (20apps, 1goal) prior to his move to The Robins. Past his best but still a useful performer whose knowhow helped Town win promotion from the Unibond League First Division in his only season. Made 25 starts plus an appearance from the bench, scoring once. Debut: 21/8/04 v Woodley Sports (A). Last appearance: 13/4/05 v Brigg Town (H).

ANTHONY CHURCH

Born London 26/9/1987. Previously with Ilford, Dagenham & Redbridge and Newport County. Hard working central midfielder with good heading and passing skills. Joined Ilkeston in October 2008 and played an important role in the promotion to the Blue Square North via the play offs, picking up a Unibond League Cup runners up medal along the way. Was sent off in the Play Off Final, also his last appearance, for his part in an incident involving Nantwich's Charlie O'Loughlin who joined Ilkeston a couple of months later. Signed for Boston United during the Summer of 2009, thus reuniting with former bosses Paul Hurst and Rob Scott. Made 37 appearances including 5 as substitute and scored once during his time with The Robins. Debut: 7/10/08 v Ossett Town (H). Last appearance: 2/5/09 v Nantwich Town (H).

KYLE CLANCY
Born Barking 16/11/1989. Goalkeeper signed in an emergency in August 2010, weeks before Ilkeston Town went into liquidation. On the books of Bury and Everton as a youngster before appearing for Blackpool, Droylsden, Burscough and Marine. Made 2 appearances for Ilkeston, away at Hyde United on 28/8/2010 and at home to Gainsborough Trinity two days later. Joined Sheffield upon Ilkeston Town's demise.

BRIAN CLARENCE

Born c1962. With Derby County, Aldercar Colts and Eastwood Town as a junior who represented Derbyshire Youth. Joined Ilkeston from Codnor while still a teenager, and could operate in attack or midfield. Featured frequently in the first team for several months, showing great potential and entertained as he easily adapted to Midland League football, before embarking on a lengthy career in senior non League football that saw him play for several clubs in the region including Heanor Town, Eastwood Town, Belper Town, Shepshed Charterhouse and Priory. Debut: 1/3/80 v Mexborough Town Athletic (H). Last appearance: 1/11/80 v Bridlington Trinity (H). Record: 1979/80 8apps, 1goal; 1980/81 11apps. Total: 19apps, 1goal.

CRAIG CLARK
Born Nottingham c1975. Former Radcliffe Olympic and Dunkirk left back who joined The Robins in the Summer of 1995 and possibly found Southern League Premier Division football was a step too far at the time. Made 12 starts for Ilkeston and came on as substitute three times before leaving in 1996 for Arnold Town. With experience he went on to enjoy a fine career in non League football with Grantham Town, Stamford, Kings Lynn and Gedling Town before becoming assistant manager at Radcliffe Olympic. Debut: 19/8/95 v Worcester City (H). Last appearance: 3/2/96 v Hastings Town (A).

PETER CLARK
Born c1937. Teenage sports journalist who made an emergency appearance on 27/4/55 away at Brush Sports Reserves as an inside right when Town were a man short.

BARRY CLARKE

Born Ilkeston 1933. Formerly with Derby Corinthians, Eastwood Town, Cotmanhay Waverley, Awsworth Villa and Long Eaton United. Signed for Ilkeston during the Summer of 1958 with the view to him becoming Ken Ledger's long term replacement at outside right. Began promisingly but became inconsistent and was eventually dropped after scoring 10 times in 30 games including a goal on his debut. Joined Loughborough United and later became a highly respected coach, including a spell coaching the Canadian national team in their 1982 World Cup bid. Debut: 23/8/58 v Ransome & Marles (H). Last appearance: 25/4/59 v Clay Cross Miners Welfare (A).

BOB CLARKE
Amateur outside left from the Rotherham area who made a single appearance at home to Skegness Town on 23/10/65.

GRAHAM CLARKE

Formerly with Grantham Town. Impressive, agile and confident goalkeeper who joined Ilkeston during the Summer of 1965. Saved a penalty at home to Loughborough United on 12/3/66. Loss of form and illness cost him his place during his second season to Terry Barker. Debut: 21/8/65 v Lockheed Leamington (H). Last appearance: 22/10/66 v Sutton Town (A). Record: 1965/66 44apps; 1966/67 15apps. Total: 59apps.

JAMIE CLARKE

Teenage striker who emerged from the reserves in 1999 as a gifted, sometimes flamboyant talent, capable of scoring memorable goals but his inconsistency in the hurly burly of the Southern League sometimes made him a luxury Ilkeston could ill afford. Picked up a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal in 1999/00 when he scored in the second leg of the Final against Gresley Rovers. Became a regular starter during the 2000/01 campaign and played in the FA Cup First Round tie at Swindon Town. Left in 2001 for Kings Lynn and has gone on to play for a number of clubs including Grantham Town, Corby Town, Lincoln United, Harrowby United, Stamford, Quorn, Shepshed Dynamo and Boston United. Recently has had loan spells at Loughborough Dynamo and Glapwell. Despite being a regular scorer at this level of non League football his career never developed as far as someone of his ability should have done although his cause was not helped by a bad leg break when at Kings Lynn. Debut: 2/10/99 v Wingate & Finchley (A). Last appearance: 5/5/01 v Clevedon Town (A). Record: 1999/00 2+14subs, 2goals; 2000/01 23+9subs, 7goals. Total: 25+23subs, 9goals.

JOHN CLARKE
Central defender picked up from Rugby Town who made just one appearance, on 10/10/70 at Sutton Town, during which he conceded a penalty.

MARK CLARKE
Born Nottingham. On the books of both Nottingham Forest and Notts County as well as Grimsby Town as a youngster. Right back who could also play in midfield who had played for Eastwood Town and Alfreton Town before joining Ilkeston for a single appearance during the 1994/95 season. Then went to Arnold Town before returning to Ilkeston in November 1995. Left early in the 1996/97 season to return to Arnold Town and also had spells at Belper Town and Gedling Town. Moved into management including a spell as Assistant Manager at Carlton Town. Debut: 1/10/94 v Bridgnorth (A). Last appearance: 14/9/96 v Atherton Laburnum Rovers (A). Record: 1994/95 1app; 1995/96 13+1sub, 1goal; 1996/97 1+2subs. Total: 15+3subs, 1goal.

REX CLARKE
Former Chesterfield youngster signed from Linby Colliery. Inside right who scored on his only appearance, away to Anstey Nomads on 9/3/57.

RYAN CLARKE

Born Sutton Coldfield 22/1/1984. Attacking right back capable of delivering accurate crosses as well as defending intelligently. Started out with Notts County but made his League debut with Boston United (4apps) before moving into non League with Leigh RMI, Alfreton Town and Worcester City. Then rejoined Boston United and went on to have short spells at Eastwood Town and Northwich Victoria. Signed for Ilkeston in May 2010 and was with them when the club went into liquidation in September 2010, making 7 appearances in total. Moved to Worcester City. Debut: 14/8/10 v Vauxhall Motors (H). Last appearance: 4/9/10 v Eastwood Town (H).

STAN CLARKE
On West Bromwich Albion's books as a youngster. Joined Ilkeston as an inside left with talent and potential and he frequently attracted scouts but had little luck in front of goal. Scored twice in 18 games during the 1962/63 season before leaving for Sutton Town. Debut: 22/9/62 v Spalding United (H). Last appearance: 27/4/63 v Goole Town (A).

PAUL CLAY
Reserves player who made a single appearance as substitute away at Mexborough Town Athletic on 7/2/81. 

TONY CLAY
Forward who joined from Sneinton. Given a few opportunities during the 1985/86 season but failed to deliver, making 8 appearances without scoring. Debut: 14/12/85 v Sutton Town (A). Last appearance: 11/5/86 v Farsley Celtic (H).

NIGEL CLEEVELEY
Born Cheltenham 23/12/1945. Made League debut for Derby County (16apps, 3goals) before entering non League football with Burton Albion. Signed for Ilkeston during the Summer of 1970 and showed himself to be an astute but lively player, capable of unlocking defences with probing passes. Spent most of the season in a midfield role but occasionally appeared at full back, making 40 appearances and scored once. Later appeared for Redfern Athletic. Debut: 15/8/70 v Retford Town (H). Last appearance: 24/4/71 v Sutton Town (H).

CHRIS CLEMENTS

Left sided forward who scored in each of his first three appearances following his arrival from Eastwood Town during the Summer of 1991, but did not score again. His stay was only brief and he made 4 starts, coming on as substitute 3 times. Counted Awsworth Villa amongst his future clubs. Debut: 17/8/91 v Wolverhampton United (A). Last appearance: 21/9/91 v Broseley Athletic (A).

DAVE CLEMERSON
Reserves central defender who played occasionally in the first team after making his debut in 1975. College commitments severely restricted his availability. Debut: 3/9/75 v Eastwood Town (H). Last appearance: 6/9/76 v Retford Town (A). Record: 1975/76 1app; 1976/77 2apps. Total: 3apps.

ALAN CLEVELEY
Centre half who played once, on 31/12/49 at home to Stanton Ironworks, before joining Belper Town. Brother of Derek.

DEREK CLEVELEY
Right back who made 9 appearances in 1949/50 best known for his time with Belper Town in the 1950s. Brother of Alan. Debut: 19/11/49 v South Normanton Miners Welfare (H). Last appearance: 14/1/50 v Retford British Ropes (H).

LES CLIFF
Born Newark. Could play at centre forward or inside left. Joined Ilkeston in 1951 after spells with Ransome & Marles, Warsop Working Mens Club, Shirebrook Supporters and Shirebrook Miners Welfare. Struggled to make an impact in league games but scored in every round of the FA Cup up until the historic First Round clash with Rochdale, his final appearance, scoring a hat-trick against Newhall United at home along the way. Lost his place to the up and coming goal machine Barrie Jepson after scoring 8 goals in 13 games. Debut: 18/8/51 v Ransome & Marles (H). Last appearance: 24/11/51 v Rochdale (H).

GERRY CLIFFORD
Inside right from Nottingham Forest who joined Ilkeston in 1961 and scored on his debut. Failed to build on this start and did not score again during 7 further appearances. Signed for Bourne Town later in the 1961/62 season. Debut: 19/8/61 v Loughborough United (A). Last appearance: 25/11/61 v Goole Town (A).

JOHN CLIFFORD
Born Stapleford. Former Attenborough Colts, Stapleford Wanderers and Bridgford Albion left sided forward who played in the opening two games of the 1973/74 season, at home to Frickley Athletic on 18/8/73 and away at Kimberley Town three days later. Played for Nottingham Boys as a youngster.

MARK CLIFFORD
Much travelled utility player who had several spells at Ilkeston whose varied career can be found on the Noughties Legends page. Record: 1995/96 2apps; 1998/99 33+3subs, 2goals; 1999/00 31+9subs, 1goal; 2000/01 31apps, 3goals; 2002/03 6apps; 2004/05 24+2subs, 2goals; 2005/06 30+4subs, 4goals. Total: 157+18subs, 12goals.

KEN CLIFTON

Previously with Heanor Athletic. Made a goal scoring Ilkeston debut on the opening day of the 1947/48 season at inside left but immediately lost his place to former Derby County star Peter Ramage. Returned to the first team at right half late in the season before moving to Stanley Miners Welfare after making a total of 4 appearances for Ilkeston. Went on to become one of the deadliest finishers in the Central Alliance with Belper Town in the 1950s. Debut: 23/8/47 v Grantham Reserves (H). Last appearance: 24/4/48 v Whitwick Colliery (H).

JAMIE CLOSE
Born Preston 15/12/1974. Once on Preston's books. Spent most of his career playing non League football in the North West with some distinction. Joined Ilkeston in November 1995 following spells at Morecambe and Netherfield but failed to provide the goals necessary for a struggling team bereft of confidence and was never on the winning team. Scored 2 goals in 11 appearances before departing upon the dismissal of manager Leighton James. Went on to play for Bamber Bridge, Springfields, Milnthorpe Corinthians, Gretna and Kendal Town. Brother of Richard. Debut: 25/11/95 v Gainsborough Trinity (H). Last appearance: 3/2/96 v Hastings Town (A).

RICHARD CLOSE
Born Netherfield 15/2/1974. Elder brother of Jamie, by ten months. Left back formerly with Morecambe and Netherfield who arrived at and left Ilkeston at the same time as his brother. Made 10 appearances for The Robins before returning to Netherfield and later played for Gretna and Kendal Town. Debut: 2/12/95 v Sudbury Town (A). Last appearance: 3/2/96 v Hastings Town (A).

STEVE COATES

Born Leicester 10/1/1977. Former England schoolboy international who was with Stoke City as a youth. Joined Leicester United before moving on to Rothwell Town, VS Rugby, Hinckley United and Gresley Rovers. Signed for Ilkeston in March 2002 but despite obvious technical ability struggled to impose himself in central midfield. Left Ilkeston in 2004 for Shepshed Dynamo. Debut: 30/3/02 v Hinckley United (H). Last appearance: 16/12/03 v Heanor Town (H). Record: 2001/02 5+2subs; 2002/03 17+4subs; 2003/04 8+3subs. Total: 30+9subs.

SIMON COCKAYNE

Midfielder who made 5 appearances early in the 1989/90 season. Previously with Dunkirk. Debut: 19/8/89 v Hucknall Town (H). Last appearance: 9/9/89 v Bradford Park Avenue (A).

ROBERT CODNER
Born Walthamstow 23/1/1965. Forceful midfield player who had a long and varied career. Started out with Orient, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City but failed to make it into their first teams and eventually dropped into non League with Barnet. Had great success at Underhill where his performances led to England caps at semi-pro level and a transfer to Brighton & Hove Albion where he finally made his League debut (266apps, 39goals). A move to Reading was less successful (4apps) and he then returned to non League with Crawley Town before joining Ilkeston for a very brief stop in March 1996. Within three weeks was playing League football again with Peterborough United (2apps, 1goal) and then rejoined Barnet, by now a League club (32apps, 1goal). A move to his final League club Southend United followed (4apps). Returned to Ilkeston in October 1998 for another fleeting visit before continuing to give fine service to the likes of Nuneaton Borough, Margate and Kettering Town. Debut: 2/3/96 v Hastings Town (H). Last appearance: 17/10/98 v Kings Lynn (H). Record: 1995/96 3apps; 1998/99 0+1sub. Total: 2+1sub.

BRIAN COLEMAN
Inside left who deputised for Ken Johnson at home against Shirebrook Miners Welfare on 24/9/55. Formerly with Linby Colliery.

JOHN COLEMAN

Born Nottingham 3/3/1946. Quietly effective midfielder who started out at Nottingham Forest but made his League debut with Mansfield Town (43apps, 1goal) before moving to York City (11apps, 3goals). Signed for Ilkeston in October 1969 and had a decent first season, finding the net frequently towards the end. Lost form and confidence during the following season and was dropped although he returned to the team later in the season to show glimpses of his previous form. Signed for Boston during the Summer of 1971 and later played for Long Eaton United. Debut: 11/10/69 v Ashby Institute (A). Last appearance: 24/4/71 v Sutton Town (H). Record: 1969/70 35apps, 9goals; 1970/71 21+1sub, 2goals. Total: 56+1sub, 11goals.

RORY COLEMAN
Born Rotherham 22 December 1990. Young midfielder who could also play at left back who joined Ilkeston for two months on loan from Scunthorpe United in January 2010. Fitted in reasonably well but struggled sometimes when carrying out defensive duties. Made 10 appearances for Ilkeston. Previously had a loan spell with Harrogate Town. Debut: 16/1/10 v Fleetwood Town (A). Last appearance: 6/3/10 v Redditch United (A).

SIMON COLEMAN

Born Worksop 13/6/1968. Commanding central defender who was sadly past his best when he joined Ilkeston during the Summer of 2002. Started out at Mansfield Town (96apps, 7goals) and moved on to Middlesbrough (55apps, 2goals), Derby County (70apps, 2goals), Sheffield Wednesday (16apps, 1goal), Bolton Wanderers (34apps, 5goals), Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan (4apps), Southend United (99apps, 9goals) and Rochdale (16apps, 1goal). Left Ilkeston in 2003, after making 20 appearances including two as substitute, and appeared for Hyde United. Debut: 17/8/02 v Bath City (H). Last appearance: 14/1/03 v Burscough (H).

GRAHAM COLLIER

Born Nottingham 12/9/1951. Midfielder best known at Ilkeston for his role as Bill Brindley's assistant, the pair leading The Robins to promotion from the Southern League Midland Division in 1994/95 before being ousted following the 10-1 debacle at Merthyr Tydfil early the following season. Former Nottingham Boys player who made his League debut with Nottingham Forest (15apps, 2goals) but who had his longest spell with Scunthorpe United (161apps, 19goals) before joining Barnsley (24apps, 2goals). Played non League football with Buxton prior to a brief return to League football with York City (5apps). Then played for a variety of non League clubs including Burton Albion, Grantham, Boston United, Kettering Town, Eastwood Town and Alfreton Town before joining Ilkeston in December 1987 for a brief stay, scoring once in 4 appearances. Became player manager at Eastwood Town and a spell as assistant manager at Heanor Town preceded his spell in a similar role at the New Manor Ground. Debut: 12/12/87 v Grimsby Ross (H). Last appearance: 9/1/88 v Stanton (H).

ROGER COLLINSON
Born Rawmarsh 5/12/1940. Former England schoolboy and youth left back who was an amateur with Doncaster Rovers but made his League debut for Bristol City (50apps, 1goal). Then signed for Stockport County (2apps) before moving into non League with Alfreton Town. Joined Ilkeston in November 1964 but made just 4 appearances, losing his place in the team to Jack Dunn. Went on to Worksop Town and Skegness Town. Debut: 14/11/64 v Sutton Town (A). Last appearance: 5/12/64 v Grantham (H).

DAVE COLLISON
Utility player signed from Long Eaton United in February 1980 who gave Ilkeston several years fine service. Details of his career can be found in greater detail on the Eighties Legends page. Record: 1980/81 9apps, 2goals; 1981/82 34apps, 3goals; 1982/83 43apps; 1983/84 23apps, 1goal; 1985/86 4apps. Total: 113apps, 6goals.

JAMES COLLIVER

Born Sheffield. Right back formerly with Rotherham United, Worksop Town, Glapwell and Stocksbridge Park Steels. Made his Ilkeston debut on 27/8/07 at Eastwood Town and then appeared as substitute on 5/9/07 at home to Lincoln United but didn't play for the club again, moving to Belper Town a few weeks later.

JOHN COMMANDER
Right half whose playing days were ended by a badly broken leg but not before he attained legendary status. Details of his Ilkeston career can be found on the Fifties Legends page. Record: 1951/52 9apps; 1952/53 47apps; 1953/54 42apps, 3goals; 1954/55 47apps; 1955/56 48apps, 1goal; 1956/57 41apps, 1goal; 1957/58 46apps, 1goal; 1958/59 6apps. Total: 286apps, 6goals.
 
BILLY COOK
Centre forward from Ripley Town who made a single appearance, away at Brush Sports on 3/4/48.

NIGEL COOK
Reserve player who came on as substitute at home to Willenhall Town on 13/10/92, the first ever floodlit match staged in Ilkeston.

RUSSELL COOKE
Born Mansfield 18/5/1981. Highly rated central defender/midfielder who joined The Robins from Leigh RMI after previously being at Hucknall Town. Made 13 appearances during the 2003/04 season. Then had a short spell with Matlock Town before returning to Hucknall for whom he played in the 2004/05 FA Trophy Final against Grays Athletic but missed the decisive penalty in the shoot out. More recently at Eastwood Town. Debut: 23/8/03 v Evesham United (H). Last appearance: 7/10/03 v Bromsgrove Rovers (A).

DAVID COOMBES

Born 28/3/1987. Tall goalkeeper signed from Loughborough Universities early in the 2009/10 season as cover for Dan Lowson. Limited to just 4 appearances but showed himself to be agile and very competent. Left in Summer 2010. Debut: 1/12/09 v Pinxton (H). Last appearance: 13/4/10 v Solihull Moors (H).

DAVE COOPER

Popular right back who had a trial at Luton Town and played with Derby side Rainbow Athletic with team mate Lloyd Richards. Joined Ilkeston in the Summer of 1983 and picked up a Northern Counties East League Cup runners up medal at the end of his first season. Was a first team regular until late 1986 before signing for Stapenhill. Debut: 27/8/83 v Boston (H). Last appearance: 22/11/86 v Borrowash Victoria (H). Record: 1983/84 30apps, 1goal; 1984/85 24apps, 1goal; 1985/86 31apps, 2goals, 1986/87 12apps, 1goal. Total: 97apps, 5goals.

PAUL COOPER
Cousin of Dave Cooper. Forward formerly with Sutton Town who joined in Autumn 1985 and scored a hat-trick at home to Heanor Town on 9/11/85, his fifth appearance. Failed to build on that success although he was playing in a struugling team. Scored 5 times in his 22 appearances before moving to Borrowash Victoria. Debut: 12/10/85 v Appleby Frodingham Athletic. Last appearance: 11/5/86 v Farsley Celtic (H).

TOMMY COOPER

Son of Tommy, ex Derby County and England. Left back signed from Nottingham Forest in Summer 1956 who had a great engine and liked to support the forwards. Began the 1956/57 season well but lost form and his place to George Brown towards the end. Made 36 appearances and played in the FA Cup First Round tie at home to Blyth Spartans. Left at the end of the season for Atherstone Town and late played for Brush Sports and Long Eaton United where he went on to become manager. Debut: 25/8/56 v Rushden Town (A). Last appearance: 4/5/57 v Kettering Town Reserves (H).

STEWART COPNELL

Born Sheffield. Slightly built, gifted striker with a flawed temperament. Capable of producing moments of remarkable brilliance but lacked consistency and often had problems with those in authority. Particularly useful coming off the bench to turn tight games. Previously with Dinnington Town, Garforth Town and Stocksbridge Park Steels before arriving at Ilkeston prior to the start of the 2004/05 season. Played his part in Town's subsequent promotion although he left before it was achieved, in late March 2005. Since played for Eastwood Town, Buxton, Worksop Town, Sheffield, Retford United, Gresley Rovers and Goole. Made 14 starts plus 14 appearances as substitute and scored 7 times for Ilkeston. Debut: 21/8/04 v Woodley Sports (A). Last appearance: 19/3/05 v Rossendale United (A). 

MICK CORDEN
Former Stanton skilful and speedy who scored on his debut but only appeared 5 times at the start of the 1979/80 season. Later managed Sandiacre Town. Debut: 18/8/79 v Retford Town (H). Last appearance: 1/9/79 v Brigg Town (H).

CORRIGAN
Unknown Christian name. Midfielder who made 3 appearances late in the 1977/78 season. Debut: 8/4/78 v Long Eaton United (H). Last appearance: 15/4/78 v Bridlington Trinity (H).

JACK COTTON
Born Manchester 13/12/1988. Lincoln City defender who spent time on loan at Grantham Town before joining The Robins for a month in October 2007. Made 5 appearances before going on to appear for Lincoln United and North Ferriby United. Debut: 6/10/07 v Gateshead (A). Last appearance: 27/10/07 v Fleetwood Town (H).

DAVID COULSON
Born Durham 21/3/1984. Previously on the books of Barnsley and Lincoln City but failed to make a League appearance for either club. Central defender who spent a month with Ilkeston in Autumn of 2003, making 4 appearances before going on to play for Lincoln United, Gateshead and Spennymoor United. Debut: 25/10/03 v Swindon Supermarine (H). Last appearance: 22/11/03 v Cirencester Town (H).

MARTIN COUPE
Striker with an impressive scoring record in non League football having started out with Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest. Moved into the non League game with Kings Lynn, Sutton Town, Worksop Town and Stafford Rangers before making 2 appearances for Ilkeston. Scored on his debut at home to Gainsborough Town on 20/8/88 but didn't appear again after playing in the home game with Lincoln United a week later, returning to Stafford Rangers. Also played Sunday football with Sutton Labour Club.

ANDY COWLISHAW

Forward formerly with Kimberley Town who made 4 appearances at the start of the 1986/87 season. Later appeared for Boots Athletic and Arnold Town. Debut: 23/8/86 v Arnold (H). Last appearance: 13/9/86 v Gainsborough Town (A).

PAUL COX
Born Nottingham 1/1/72. Former Nottingham Boys central defender who first appeared for Ilkeston in 1991 on loan from Notts County where he later made his League debut (44apps, 1goal). Had a loan spell at Kettering Town and Hull City (5apps, 1goal) before signing for Kettering on a permanent basis. Then joined Gresley Rovers before rejoining The Robins for a month in September 1996. Left Gresley for Halifax Town and returned to Kettering Town again but in September 2000 he signed for Ilkeston, his third spell. Scored in Town's FA Cup First Round 4-1 defeat at Swindon Town and stayed until the end of the 2000/01 season. Then joined Hucknall Town and became an assistant manager at Leek Town whilst still playing before joining Eastwood Town as player assistant manager. Since become manager of The Badgers. Debut: 30/3/91 v Malvern Town (A). Last appearance: 5/5/01 v Clevedon Town (A). Record: 1990/91 1app; 1996/97 4apps; 2000/01 24+6subs, 1goal. Total: 29+6subs, 1goal.
   
BILLY COXON

Born Derby 28/4/1933. Young inside forward signed from Derby County blessed with tremendous vision and passing ability. Spent the 1951/52 season with Ilkeston, winning Central Alliance championship and Derbyshire Divisional Cup winners medals as well as appearing in the epic FA Cup First Round tie with Rochdale, scoring the winning goal when Ilkeston clinched the Central Alliance title at Teversal & Silverhill Colliery on 26/4/52. Although obviously gifted he had terrible luck in front of goal and his ability to hit the woodwork bordered on the supernatural. Nevertheless he was destined for bigger things and went on to have a far better scoring record in League football with Norwich City (98apps, 24goals), Lincoln City (11apps, 6goals) and Bournemouth (200apps, 37goals) compared to his 8 goals in 40 appearances for Ilkeston. Played for Poole Town after leaving League football. Debut: 18/8/51 v Ransome & Marles (H). Last appearance: 3/5/52 v Nottingham Forest 'A' (H).

ALAN CRADDOCK
Promising centre forward from Loughborough College who scored on his only appearance away at Retford Town on 14/12/63. Immediately had a trial at Arsenal before returning to college football.

KEVIN CRESSWELL

Well travelled, tall central defender who had three spells with Ilkeston and was well known in local football circles. Previously with Players Athletic before joining The Robins for the first time in Summer 1986. Left early in 1987 to play for Gresley Rovers, Priory, Grantham and Stanton, returning in 1992. Played for the first team frequently during the second half of the 1992/93 season, picking up a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal. Rejoined Priory in 1993 and also played Sunday football with Sportsman before his third and final spell with Ilkeston in 1995. Came on as substitute when Town beat Tamworth 7-1 to clinch promotion to the Southern League Premier Division. Subsequently had spells with Sandiacre Town, Long Eaton United and Dunkirk. Debut: 23/8/86 v Arnold (H). Last appearance: 4/5/95 v Alfreton Town (A). Record: 1986/87 12apps, 1goal; 1991/92 0+2subs; 1992/93 15+9subs, 2goals; 1994/95 2+3subs. Total: 29+14subs, 3goals.

RYAN CRESSWELL

Born Rotherham 22/12/1987. Loan signing from Sheffield United in December 2006. Central defender who made 3 appearances and scored once before returning to The Blades. Made his League debut at Rotherham United (3apps) while on loan and had further loan spells at Halifax Town, Morecambe (2apps) and Macclesfield Town (19apps, 1goal). Then signed for Bury (53apps, 1goal) on a permanent basis. Debut: 30/12/06 v North Ferriby United (A). Last appearance: 27/1/07 v Radcliffe Borough (A).

ERNIE CROFTS

Centre forward who made a single appearance at home to Nottingham Forest 'A' in one of the club's earliest matches on 22/9/45. Went to Notts County to play for their 'A' team and later played for Arnold Rovers.

JOHN CROFTS
Young inside right signed from Thorneywood Athletic who made a single appearance away at Stamford on 11/3/67.

STEVE CULLEY

Talented and creative forward who had two spells with Ilkeston. Previously with Keyworth United and Sunday team Long Eaton Rovers prior to joining Nottingham Forest. Returned to non League football with Long Eaton United before signing for The Robins in November 1986 and scored in the 1986/87 Central Midlands League Cup Final when Ilkeston beat Heanor Town 3-2. Left during Summer 1987 and appeared for Arnold, Lincoln United and Heanor Town. Spent the 1991/92 season with Ilkeston and was a regular as The Robins stormed to the West Midlands Regional League First Division title. Debut: 6/12/86 v Borrowash Victoria (H). Last appearance: 2/5/92 v Darlaston (A). Record: 1986/87 16apps, 6goals; 1991/92 29+11subs, 8goals. Total: 45+11subs, 14goals.

JOHN CURRELL
Born Spalding 1/5/1987. Young reserve forward who had been on Lincoln United's and Peterborough United's books. Had a spell with Blackstones before joining Ilkeston in 2004. Made two appearances in cup ties, the first as substitute, and scored in the second. Left in 2006 and went on to play for Grantham Town and Bourne Town. Debut: 26/10/04 v Spalding United (A). Last appearance: 11/10/05 v Blackwell Miners Welfare (H).

BRIAN CURTIS

Reserve right back who deputised for John Thornhill at home to Skegness Town on 4/1/64.

LENNIE CURTIS

Born Dublin 2/1/1973. Left back who joined Ilkeston in October 2001 and spent the remainder of the season at the club. Former Republic of Ireland under 21 international who never played League football although he had spells at Leeds United and Rotherham United. Moved into non League football and played for Stalybridge Celtic, Boston United and Hednesford Town as well as playing Irish League football for Shamrock Rovers. Made 25 appearances for Ilkeston including one as substitute and went on to appear for Kettering Town, Harrogate Town and Wakefield-Emley. Debut: 30/10/01 v Tamworth (A). Last appearance: 27/4/02 v Weymouth (A).

TREVOR CURZON
Teenage midfielder who made a single appearance on 1/12/73 at home to Hednesford Town in the absence of Dave Freeman and was substituted.

DEAN CUTHBERT
Made 2 substitute appearances, away at Darlaston on 4/5/91 and away at Blakenall two days later.

TONY CUTHBERT
Loyal club servant who went on to become player manager and then club secretary. Details of his managerial record can be found on the Managers page and a more detailed biography is visible on the Eighties Legends page. Record: 1982/83 52apps; 1983/84 43apps, 1goal; 1984/85 25apps, 1goal; 1985/86 26apps; 1986/87 29apps, 2goals; 1987/88 13+1sub, 1goal; 1988/89 21apps, 2goals. Total: 209+1sub, 7goals.

GRAHAM CUTTS

Enthusiastic forward who could play down the middle or wide on the right. Made a name for himself in local circles with his scoring exploits with Stanton Ironworks and Awsworth Villa before joining Ilkeston in 1957. Showed promise and at times looked the part but lacked consistency and ultimately failed to make the grade. Signed for Kimberley Town during the Summer of 1958 after picking up Central Alliance Cup and Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medals, scoring 13 times in 25 appearances for Ilkeston. Returned to Ilkeston during the mid 1960s when he spent time as club secretary.

JAN CZARNECKI
Born circa 1953. Made his Ilkeston debut aged just 15 following his arrival from youth team Erewash Valley Athletic although it was another two and a half years before he featured in the first team again. Promising left sided forward who went on to play for Alfreton Town, Spalding United and Stamford for whom he played at Wembley and won an FA Vase winners medal in 1980 when they beat Guisborough Town in the Final. Debut: 30/4/69 v Warley (A). Last appearance: 19/2/72 v Lockheed Leamington (A).
Record: 1968/69 1app; 1971/72 12apps, 3goals.