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DENNIS DAFT
Outside right given a run in the team during Ken Ledger's brief departure from the club early in the 1951/52 season. Scored once in 8 appearances. Debut: 29/8/51 v Coalville Town (A). Last appearance: 15/9/51 v Teversal & Silverhill Colliery (H).

ALAN DALEY

Born Mansfield 11/10/1927. Nicknamed Digger. Wily campaigner best known from his League days as a winger but usually played for Town at inside left. Began with Pleasley Boys Club before joining Mansfield Town although his League debut came at Doncaster Rovers (1app, 1goal) for whom he signed from Worksop Town. Dropped into non League football with Boston United only to return to League action with Scunthorpe United (35apps, 9goals). Once more moved into the semi-pro game with Corby Town before kickstarting a career in League football with home town club Mansfield (97apps, 25goals), Stockport County (73apps, 17goals), Crewe Alexandra (14apps, 1goal) and Coventry City (56apps, 10goals). His League days at an end he appeared for Burton Albion prior to joining Ilkeston in October 1961. Appeared regularly during his first season but a knee injury restricted his appearances in 1962/63, his last with the club. Debut: 14/10/61 v Sutton Town (A). Last appearance: 4/5/63 v Bourne Town (H). Record: 1961/62 30apps, 7goals; 1962/63 16apps, 1goal. Total: 46apps, 8goals. 

PAUL DALEY
Goalkeeper previously with Ripley Miners Welfare who signed for Ilkeston in 1972 as cover for Graham Pigott. Was courageous but perhaps not quite good enough for Sothern League football. Appeared more frequently in 1973 after Pigott's departure but a number of costly errors led to Ernie Bailey taking over. Joined Heanor Town and also had a spell at Alfreton Town. Debut: 1/4/72 v Stevenage Athletic (H). Last appearance: 8/12/73 v Matlock Town (A). Record: 1971/72 5apps; 1972/73 18apps; 1973/74 17apps. Total: 40apps.

MATT DALY
Born Derby 8/10/1976. Much travelled defender who joined Ilkeston in October 2006 and appeared regularly for the remainder of the season making 20 full appearances plus 6 from the bench, scoring twice. Won a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal in his penultimate appearance. Previously with Sheffield Wednesday, Sligo Rovers, Stalybridge Celtic, Guiseley, Barrow, Bradford Park Avenue, Farsley Celtic, Frickley Athletic, Goole and Ossett Town. Left Ilkeston in the Summer of 2007 and went on to play for two of his former clubs, Bradford Park Avenue and Ossett Town. Debut: 28/10/06 v Leek Town (H). Last appearance: 28/4/07 v Radcliffe Borough (H).

PETER DARBY
Born c1968. Goalkeeper previously with Shrewsbury Town, Telford United, Eastwood Town and Heanor Town prior to playing for Ilkeston late in the 1988/89 season when he made 5 appearances. Later played for Sheffield Aurora, Alfreton Town and Belper Town.

GEORGE DARWIN
Left back who starred for Ilkeston during the 1950s and whose biography can be seen in great detail on the Fifties Legends page. Record: 1951/52 34apps; 1952/53 41apps, 3goals (2pens); 1953/54 3apps; 1954/55 46apps; 1955/56 48apps; 1957/58 1app. Total: 173apps, 3goals (2pens).

JONATHAN DAVIDSON
Born Cheadle 1/3/1970. Right back who began his League career with Derby County (12apps, 2goals) and later played for Preston North End (21apps, 1goal) and Chesterfield (1app). Spells at Telford United and Dagenham & Redbridge followed before joining Ilkeston in January 1996. Spent two months at the club during which time he made 10 appearances but left shortly after the appointment of Keith Alexander as manager. Went on to play for Nuneaton Borough and Shepshed Dynamo. Debut: 6/1/96 v Cambridge City (H). Last appearance: 9/3/96 v Crawley Town (H).

PETER DAVIDSON
Previously with Arnold Kingswell and Heanor Town. Played in a variety of positions for Ilkeston but usually in defence. Signed in August 1987 and was a regular for two seasons. Scored his fair share of goals for a defender. Debut: 26/8/87 v Oakham United (A). Last appearance: 29/4/89 v Gainsborough Town (A). Record: 1987/88 34apps, 6goals; 1988/89 28apps, 1goal. Total: 62apps, 7goals.

ALLAN DAVIES

Born Burton on Trent. On Manchester City's books as a youngster before returning to home town club Burton Albion. Signed for Ilkeston from Worcester City in October 2004 and was a reliable performer in midfield or at full back, helping The Robins win promotion to the Unibond League Premier Division. Made 27 appearances including 3 as substitute before leaving for Gresley Rovers. Debut: 9/10/04 v Woodley Sports (A). Last appearance: 16/4/05 v Warrington Town (H).

CHRIS DAVIES

Born Rotherham 8/4/1984. Skilful midfielder previously with Lincoln City, Hucknall Town, Eastwood Town, Belper Town, Lincoln United, Spalding United and Frickley Athletic. Joined Ilkeston in July 2009 but unable to break into the first team he went on loan back to Frickley before being released in February 2010 when he rejoined Frickley. Made a single appearance for The Robins at home to Pinxton on 1/12/09 when he appeared at right back. 

RON DAVIES

Former Tamworth, Darlaston and Ashbourne Town player who joined Ilkeston during the Summer of 1964. Made just two appearances, the first being at Spalding United on 31/8/64 when he played on the left wing in a 0-5 defeat. Played at right half in his last appearance on 12/9/64 when Town were beaten 6-0 at home by Ashton United.

KORI DAVIS
Youngster from Halifax Town who came on as a substitute on 9/10/99 in an FA Trophy tie at Burscough.

S DAVIS
Christian name unknown. Played at right back in Town's first two fixtures ever, away at Chilwell Garrison on 25/8/45 and at home to Rolls Royce on 1/9/45, but never appeared again.

PETER DAWES
Young left half from Nottingham Forest who made 2 appearances in 1964/65, at home to Scarborough on 27/2/65 and in the home game against Sutton Town on 10/4/65.

RON DAWES
Inside left who played once, on 21/9/46 away at Brinsley Welfare. Later played for Arnold St Marys.

ROGER DAWKINS
Fine tall young central defender who could also play up front. Signed from Bulwell Villa on the recommendation of Nottingham Forest's Alan Hill and made his debut late in the 1974/75 season. Quickly established himself in the first team where he showed himself to be strong in the air and an excellent penalty taker, and was a regular until late 1976 when he gave up Saturday football for a time to concentrate on a family business. Went on to play for Hucknall Colliery Welfare, Arnold, Hucknall Town as player manager and Arnold Town before becoming player manager at Hucknall Rolls Royce. Debut: 3/5/75 v Kimberley Town (H). Last appearance: 11/12/76 v Clifton All Whites (A). Record: 1974/75 3apps; 1975/76 38apps, 10goals (5pens); 1976/77 19apps, 2goals (1pen). Total: 60apps, 12goals (6pens).

LUKE DAWSON
Young reserves player who came on as a substitute in a Unibond League Cup tie at Shepshed Dynamo on 17/11/04. Went on to play for Grantham Town and Parkgate.

RICHARD DAWSON
Utility player used often at right back towards the end of the 1985/86 season when he made 14 appearances. Debut: 14/12/85 v Sutton Town (A). Last appearance: 11/5/86 v Farsley Celtic (H).

DAWSON
Christian name unknown. Half back who made 2 appearances in Town's first ever season, at home to Nottingham Forest 'A' on 9/2/46 and away at Butterley Welfare a fortnight later.

NORMAN DAYKIN

Regular, effective right back in Town's first season. his debut coinciding with their first ever victory, and picked up a Derbyshire Senior Cup runners up medal at the end of it. Started the following season in the team but soon lost his place to W Lloyd. Debut: 15/9/45 v Brinsley Welfare (H). Last appearance: 7/9/46 v Heanor Athletic (H). Record: 1945/46 24apps; 1946/47 2apps. Total: 26apps.

JOBY DEAN

Born Chesterfield 25/11/1934. Experienced right back who was not as mobile as earlier in his career but showed plenty of know how until he was considered something of a liability when he was sent off twice in quick succession in 1966/67. Started out with Thoresby Colliery before making his League debut with Queens Park Rangers (15apps). Joined Sutton Town prior to returning to League football with Bradford Park Avenue (53apps, 1goal). Signed for Ilkeston from Alfreton Town, in September 1964, for whom he played against Ilkeston in the 1962/63 Derbyshire Senior Cup Final. Captained Ilkeston for a time during the 1964/65 season. Retired from football upon leaving Ilkeston in 1967. Debut: 26/9/64 v Retford Town (H). Last appearance: 6/5/67 v Loughborough United (H). Record: 1964/65 30apps; 1965/66 44apps; 1966/67 37apps. Total: 111apps.

STUART DEEMAN
Reserves left back and Brian Harrison's deputy. Made 2 appearances in 1966/67, the first away at Skegness Town on 19/11/66. His final appearance was as a substitute at home to Loughborough United on 6/5/67.

SAUL DEENEY
Born Londonderry 12/3/1983. Promising young goalkeeper signed on loan from Notts County in March 2002. Originally picked up from Foyle Harps by The Magpies he was a Northern Ireland youth international and had a loan spell at Gresley Rovers prior to arriving at Ilkeston. Made 4 appearances for The Robins and subsequently broke into Notts County's first team (49apps) and was capped by his country at under 19 level. Dropped into non League with Burton Albion and Hucknall Town before returning to Burton Albion. Later resumed his League career with Derby County (3apps). Debut: 30/3/02 v Hinckley United (H). Last appearance: 15/4/02 v Cambridge City (H).

PAUL DEMPSEY

Born Birkenhead 3/12/1981. Tenacious, driving midfielder who started out with Sheffield United but made his League debut at Northampton Town (26apps). Had a spell in New Zealand with Football Kingz before returning back to Britain to play for the likes of Scarborough, Hucknall Town, Worksop Town and Wakefield. Joined Ilkeston in Summer 2009 and became influential on Ilkeston's midfield, becoming team captain for the ill fated 2010/11 season. Joined Stocksbridge Park Steels in September 2010 when Ilkeston Town went into liquidation. Debut: 8/8/09 v Droysden (A). Last appearance: 4/9/10 v Eastwood Town (H). Record: 2009/10 40+2subs, 5goals; 2010/11 7apps. Total: 47+2subs, 5goals.


TONY DENNIS
Born Eton 1/12/1963. Experienced midfielder who made a single appearance, away at Moor Green on 31/3/98, during Ilkeston's 1997/98 Southern League Midland Division campaign. Started out with Plymouth Argyle (9apps) before a spell with Devon rivals Exeter City (4apps). A drop to non League Slough Town preceded a lengthy return to League action with Cambridge United (111apps, 10goals), Chesterfield (10apps) and Colchester United (65apps, 5goals). Joined The Robins from Gainsborough Trinity.

MICK DILKES
Born c1954. Reserves centre back signed from youth side Erewash Valley Athletic. Later played for Boorowash Victoria. Debut: 9/5/70 v Warley (A). Last appearance: 27/2/71 v Warley (A). Record: 1969/70 1app; 1970/71 2apps. Total: 3apps.

LES DISNEY

Born Stanley April 1931. Forward who could play virtually anywhere up front but most frequently at inside left or outside right. His adaptability possibly counted against him because he never made a position his own in a team blessed with outstanding forward talent although he would have been a regular in most of Ilkeston's rivals' teams. Made a goalscoring debut in October 1954. Unluckily out of action for several months during the 1955/56 season with a broken leg but bounced back the following season when he was arguably the best performer up front during a disappointing campaign. An indifferent start to the 1957/58 season led to him being dropped and then transferred to Kimberley Town. Started out with Stanley United from whom he joined Coventry City for a brief period. Debut: 30/10/54 v Linby Colliery (A). Last appearance: 19/10/57 v Matlock Town (H). Record: 1954/55 10apps, 8goals; 1955/56 11apps, 6goals; 1956/57 22apps, 11goals; 1957/58 7apps. Total: 50apps, 25goals.
 
MARK DODDS

Striker who appeared twice at the end of the 1986/87 season, scoring twice on his debut at home to Hinckley on 2/5/87 before signing off two days later at Borrowash Victoria. Moved to Kimberley Town.

GERARD DOHERTY

Born Derry 24/8/1981. Excellent, tall but agile young goalkeeper who joined Ilkeston from Derby County on a three month loan in December 2000. Initially with Derry City he left Derby to play in the Welsh League where he tasted European football with TNS. Made 15 appearances for Ilkeston. Debut: 23/12/00 v Havant & Waterlooville (H). Last appearance: 17/3/01 v Fisher Athletic (H).

CHRIS DOLBY

Born Dewsbury 4/9/1974. One of two Asian footballers to play for Ilkeston. Played League football with Rotherham United (3apps) but didn't make the first team at his next club Bradford City. Went on to play for a variety of non League clubs as a left winger with a decent reputation including Denaby United, Matlock Town, Stalybridge Celtic, Hyde United, Bradford Park Avenue, Harrogate Town, Alfreton Town and Stocksbridge Park Steels before joining Ilkeston in February 2005 to help Town's promotion push from the Unibond League First Division. Made 12 appearances including 4 as substitute and started in the last game against Chorley that saw The Robins clinch promotion but it would be fair to say that fans didn't see him at his best. Rejoined Stocksbridge Park Steels during Summer 2005 and then moved on to Sheffield where he later became manager. Debut: 19/2/05 v Stocksbridge Park Steels (H). Last appearance: 30/4/05 v Chorley (H).

TOM DONALDSON
Former Ransome & Marles right back who made a single appearance, at home against Shirebrook Supporters on 19/11/49.

DEREK DOOLEY
Grandson of Sheffield football legend of the same name. Young reserves right back who made 2 appearances in 2008/09, both in the Derbyshire Senior Cup. Made his debut two days before Christmas at Heanor Town before bowing out on 12/2/09 against Mickleover Sports on the New Manor Ground.

NEIL DORSETT
Attacking wide man well known on the Midlands non League scene who also played in New Zealand with Wakaito and Wattamaito City. A successful move from Borrowash Victoria saw him play at Wembley for Burton Albion in the 1987 FA Trophy Final where he picked up a runners up medal. Then had spells with Grantham Town, Leicester United and Shepshed Albion before joining Ilkeston in Autumn 1993 as The Robins were heading towards the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division title. Made eight starts and two substitute appearances, scoring 4 goals, and was only on the losing side once, in his final game. Debut: 10/11/93 v West Bromwich Town (A). Last appearance: 5/3/94 v Halesowen Harriers (A).

JON DOUGLAS

Born Coventry 24/5/1984. Committed, unselfish and hard running striker signed from Lincoln United in January 2008. Scored in each of his first two games for Ilkeston and helped keep The Robins safe from relegation. Played a big part in Ilkeston's successful 2008/09 promotion campaign and also picked up a Unibond League Cup runners up medal but left the club in September 2009 to join Solihull Moors when the arrival of striker Gary Ricketts limited his opportunities, and also had a loan spell at Oxford City. Then moved on to Wealdstone. Previously with Rugby United, Kidderminster Harriers, Tamworth, Bedworth United, Grantham Town, Hednesford Town and Shepshed Dynamo.
Debut: 12/1/08 v Witton Albion (A). Last appearance: 12/9/09 v Vauxhall Motors (H). Record: 2007/08 10+3subs, 3goals; 2008/09 27+25subs, 15goals; 2009/10 0+7subs. Total: 37+35subs, 18goals.
 
COLIN DOVE

Traditional tricky right winger with skill and an accurate cross whose only weakness was a shortage of goals. Signed from Sutton Town in October 1965 he rarely missed a game until the 1967/68 season when he lost his place initially to Jon Nixon and later the more prolific Alan Brown. Released in 1968 and went on to play for Matlock Town, Belper Town, Alfreton Town and Sutton Town. Debut: 23/10/65 v Skegness Town (H). Last appearance: 6/1/68 v Stamford (A). Record: 1965/66 32apps, 5goals; 1966/67 43apps, 3goals; 1967/68 16apps, 3goals. Total: 91apps, 11goals.
 
SIMON DOWEY
Midfielder previously with Clifton All Whites who had been on Derby County's books. Signed in 1980 but was unable to make a mark and was never on the winning side. Later joined Long Eaton United. Debut: 12/4/80 v Skegness Town (H). Last appearance: 6/9/80 v Sutton Coldfield Town (A). Record: 1979/80 1app; 1980/81 5+1sub. Total: 6+1sub.

BOB DOWNES
Reserves centre forward signed from Gedling Colliery. Deputising for the unavailable Clive Burton he scored twice on his only appearance, on 19/12/59 at Shirebrook Miners Welfare.

CLYDE DOWNIE
Brother of Tony. Young fast, skilful and diminuitive winger with an eye for goal. Made his debut at the start of the 1976/77 season but it was the following season when he shone and finished as top scorer. Signed for Stamford in 1978 and later played for Belper Town. Debut: 21/8/76 v Clifton All Whites (H). Last appearance: 29/4/78 v Retford Town (H). Record: 1976/77 16+2subs, 3goals; 1977/78 31apps, 11goals. Total: 47+2subs, 14goals. 

TONY DOWNIE
Born c1957. Wholehearted youngster who could play in a variety of roles but was particularly effective in midfield or at full back. Made a couple of substitute appearances in 1975 but it was not until 1977 that he was he assured of a regular first team place, and he served the club well. Signed for Stamford with his brother and later played for Heanor Town. Debut: 21/4/75 v Retford Town (H). Last appearance: 29/4/78 v Retford Town (H). Record: 1974/75 0+1 sub; 1975/76 0+2subs; 1976/77 23apps, 1goal; 1977/78 37+1sub, 5goals. Total: 60+4subs, 6goals.

VINCE DUFFY

Born Nottingham 21/9/1962. Talented, tricky outside right in the traditional mould who could delight the crowds and had several spells with Ilkeston but suffered more than his share of injuries. Former Nottingham Boys player who started out at Nottingham Forest but played League football with Scunthorpe United (8apps) before embarking on a long career in local non League football. Joined Ilkeston initially in early 1983 from Heanor Town and by the end of the season had collected a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal. Left later in the year for Long Eaton United before returning to Heanor. Spells at Arnold, Kimberley Town and Arnold Town followed prior to his re-signing for The Robins early in the 1991/92 season. Played a big part in helping Town win the West Midlands Regional League First Division title and scored their last ever goal on the old Manor Ground against Great Wyrley on 28/3/92, as well as scoring in the League Cup Final against Cannock Chase when he picked up a winners medal. Missed much of the 1992/93 and 1993/94 seasons through injury, although he won a League Cup winners medal in the latter, featuring in the closing weeks of the season when Ilkeston also won the West Midlands Regional League championship. Moved to Gedling Town prior to a third and final spell at Ilkeston early in the 1994/95 season. His playing days were not yet over and he continued to play on with Shepshed Dynamo and Gedling Town. Debut: 29/1/83 v Emley (H). Last appearance: 10/9/94 v Lancaster City (H). Record: 1982/83 23+1sub, 2goals; 1983/84 2apps; 1991/92 39+1sub, 13goals; 1992/93 21apps, 4goals; 1993/94 5+2subs, 1goal; 1994/95 7apps, 1goal. Total: 97+4subs, 21goals.

SAM DUNCUM

Born Sheffield 18/2/87. Left winger blessed with electric pace and with the ability to beat defenders on the inside or the outside. His thrilling runs, telling crosses and occasional goals of his own made him a big favourite amongst supporters. Joined Ilkeston in May 2008 from Rotherham United (7apps) from where he had earlier spent time on loan at York City. Played a big part in Ilkeston's 2008/09 promotion season from the Unibond League Premier Division before helping the club reach the first round of the FA Cup the following season, taking part in the defeat at Cambridge United. Left Ilkeston for an undisclosed fee to Eastwood Town in February 2010. Debut: 16/8/08 v Kendal Town (H). Last appearance: Record: 2008/09 42+15subs, 4goals; 2009/10 26+2subs, 4goals. Total: 68+17subs, 8goals.

SCOTT DUNDAS

Born Stoke 31/12/1973. Attacking midfielder with a fine reputation who had played for a number of Staffordshire non League clubs including Norton United, Kidsgrove Athletic, Newcastle Town, Eastwood Hanley, Leek Town and Stafford Rangers. Signed for Ilkeston in the Summer of 2002 but was injured in pre season and subsequently never produced the form he was capable of. Left the club later in the year and returned to Kidsgrove Athletic before becoming assistant player manager at Alsager Town, whom he later managed, and also played again for Norton United. Made 15 appearances for Ilkeston including 4 as substitute and scored once. Debut: 17/8/02 v Bath City (H). Last appearance: 26/10/02 v Stafford Rangers (H).
 
JACK DUNN

Experienced left back, good in the tackle, from Loughborough United signed in November 1964 to assist Ilkeston's overworked, youthful defence. Although by now means perfect he was a vast improvement on what the club had and goals were conceded at a less alarming rate. Left in the Summer of 1965 having done his job, making 24 appearances. Debut: 7/11/64 v Loughborough United (H). Last appearance: 28/4/65 v Alfreton Town (A).

PADDY DUNNE

Born Dublin 19/12/1939. Christened Noel. Formerly with St Patricks Athletic. Joined Ilkeston in 1959 although it was not until 1962 that he established himself as a first team regular. Originally appearing as a wing half he appeared to lack stamina but hard work meant that by the time the 1962/63 season came he could meet the demands expected of him. Converted to an inside forward who could operate on either side he scored a hat-trick against Retford Town on 25/8/62 and scored the winning goal against Alfreton Town in the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final later in the season. His hard working, gutsy, performances allied with skill and a powerful shot were appreciated by supporters although his fiery temperament occasionally got him into trouble and he became the first Ilkeston player to be sent off twice in a season in 1962/63. Left The Robins in 1964 and returned to Ireland where he played for Shamrock Rovers, St Patricks Athletic, Bohemians and Waterford United, experiencing and scoring in European football along the way. Debut: 22/8/59 v Nottingham Forest 'A' (H). Last appearance: 13/4/64 v Alfreton Town (A). Record: 1959/60 4apps; 1960/61 2apps, 1goal; 1961/62 2apps; 1962/63 35apps, 15goals; 1963/64 32apps, 13goals. Total: 75apps, 29goals.