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GARY EAMES
Scored on his only appearance when he came on as substitute at home to Kimberley Town on 5/5/90.

DON EAST

Born c1932. Youngster previously with Pines Youth Club who deputised twice for Alwyn Booth at inside left late in the 1949/50 season. Scored on his debut at home to Retford Town on 10/4/50 before making his final appearance a fortnight later at home to Parkhouse Colliery.

JAMIE EATON

Born Nottingham 27/10/1977. Constructive left back signed from Eastwood Town. Former Notts County trainee who broke into Ilkeston's first team early in 2000 and won a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal less than three months later. The arrival of Paul Williams limited his opportunities in 2000/01 and he returned to Eastwood Town. Rejoined Ilkeston in the Summer of 2001 but again failed to nail down a place and duly left for Belper Town. Debut: 8/1/00 v Weymouth (H). Last appearance: 3/9/02 v Hednesford Town (A). Record: 1999/00 21+1sub; 2000/01 1app; 2001/02 5apps. Total: 27+1sub.

ROY EATON

Local inside right who had previously played for Cambridge City. Scored a goal in both of his appearances for Ilkeston at the start of the 1946/47 season, his debut being at home to Grantham Reserves on 31/8/46. After scoring again a week later against Heanor Athletic at home he lost his place to the legendary Frank Hembury. Later appeared for Awsworth Villa, New Langley Colliery and Granby. Played for Ilkeston again several years later when Ken Faulconbridge was unavailable and maintained his 100% scoring record when he made his third and final appearance, at home to Brush Sports on 27/12/52.   

GEORGE EDWARDS
Attacking midfielder who made 7 appearances early in the 1976/77 season but wasn't a success and moved on to Clifton All Whites. Debut: 25/8/76 v Heanor Town (A). Last appearance: 2/10/76 v Sutton Town (H).

LEE EDWARDS

Born c1972. Forward who became well known in the local non League scene. Broke into Ilkeston's first team as a promising teenager in 1989 but was never sure of his place. Joined Alfreton Town two years later but returned to Ilkeston for a brief spell during the 1992/93 season. Future clubs included Heanor Town, Priory and Sunday outfit Dovedale. Debut: 21/10/89 v Louth United (A). Last appearance: 7/11/92 v Lye Town (H). Record: 1989/90 12+4subs, 2goals; 1990/91 6+5subs, 1goal; 1992/93 0+5subs, 2goals. Total: 18+14subs, 5goals.

RAY ELLIOTT

Left winger signed from Worksop Town in October 1970 who had once been on Mansfield Town's books. Skilful and purposeful, he made a brilliant two goal debut and although he was never able to repeat such standards again he was nevertheless a useful player. Left Ilkeston at the end of the 1970/71 season and signed for Alfreton Town having made 25 appearances, including one as substitute, and scored three times for The Robins. Debut: 10/10/70 v Sutton Town (A). Last appearance: 24/4/71 v Sutton Town (H).

ALAN ELLIS

Born Alfreton 17/11/1951. Hard working, attacking, ball winning midfielder with good shooting and crossing skills who joined Ilkeston in November 1972 after being released by Charlton Athletic (14apps). Played regularly until the end of the 1973/74 season but was at the club when playing standards and morale at the club were very much in decline and his own form deteriorated towards the end. Left the club when his job forced him to relocate in the South. Debut: 18/11/72 v Stourbridge (H). Last appearance: 11/5/74 v Bridlington Trinity (A). Record: 1972/73 29apps, 2goals; 1973/74 34apps, 7goals (3pens). Total: 63apps, 9goals (3pens).

PETER ELLIS

Reliable and versatile midfielder who had played for Keyworth United and Sunday side Long Eaton Rovers when he first appeared for Ilkeston in 1986 but it was in 1991/92 when he made his biggest impact, appearing regularly as The Robins won the West Midlands Regional League First Division title as well as collecting a League Cup winners medal. In between time appeared for Keyworth United again and Gedling Town. Left Ilkeston in 1992 and went on to play for Gedling United and Priory. Debut: 23/8/86 v Arnold (H). Last appearance: 6/5/92 v Tividale (A). Record: 1986/87 3apps; 1991/92 29+7subs, 4goals. Total: 32+7subs, 4goals.

TOM ELLIS
Former Long Eaton United outside right who made a single appearance at home against Burton Albion Reserves on 5/9/59.

FRANK ELLMER
Capable defensive right half who had played Wartime football with Notts County (7apps) and was signed from Peterborough United in the Summer of 1948. A long injury lay off midway through the 1949/50 season preceded his departure from the club. Debut: 25/9/48 v Retford Town (A). Last appearance: 30/4/50 v South Normanton Miners Welfare (A). Record: 1948/49 28apps, 1goal; 1949/50 19apps. Total: 47apps, 1goal.

PAUL ELRICK
Classy left winger with enthusiasm and skill who made 4 appearances towards the end of the 1973/74 season and went on to play for Alfreton Town and Sutton Town. Had arrived at Ilkeston following some impressive performances with Mansfield Town's reserves. Debut: 3/3/74 v Sutton Town (H). Last appearance: 15/4/74 v Retford Town (H).

KEITH ENGLAND

Reserves centre back who made his debut in 1957/58 in place of the absent Les Smith and who made the position his own the following season after the captain retired. With plenty of pace, enthusiasm and great in recovery he did well but lost his place in 1959/60 upon the arrival of Terry Swinscoe. Recognising his ability Town tried him in other positions, most notably at left back where he played in the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final defeat against Buxton, but without the same success. Left in 1960 for Matlock Town. Debut: 25/4/58 v Retford British Ropes (H). Last appearance: 7/5/60 v Shirebrook Miners Welfare (H). Record: 1957/58 1app; 1958/59 32apps; 1959/60 24apps. Total: 57apps.

CHUKWUNYEAKA "CHUKKI" ERIBENNE

Born Westminster 2/11/1980. Experienced and powerfully built forward signed by Ilkeston in June 2010 but who became a free agent when the club went into liquidation three months later. Began with Coventry City and had a loan spell with Swedish club Helsingborgs IF before breaking into League football with AFC Bournemouth (47apps, 1goal). Went on loan to Hereford United (3apps) prior to entering non League football with Havant & Waterlooville, Aldershot Town (loan), Farnborough Town (loan) and Grays Athletic. Then had a spell with Ebbsfleet United and was substitute when they appeared at Wembley in the 2007/08 FA Trophy final before moving on to Sutton United and Hinckley United. Made 5 appearances, including 2 as substitute, for Ilkeston during which time he demonstrated a powerful shot. Debut: 14/8/10 v Vauxhall Motors (H). Last appearance: 28/8/10 v Hyde United (A).

PAUL ESHELBY
Hugely popular left winger or wing back of Ilkeston's successful late 1990s team. A more detailed biography can be found on the Nineties Legends page. Record: 1996/97 32apps, 16goals (2pens); 1997/98 45+8subs, 19goals; 1998/99 16+21subs, 5goals; 1999/00 32+12subs, 9goals; 2000/01 38+3subs, 5goals; 2003/04 20+2subs, 6goals; 2004/05 3+4subs. Total: 186+50subs, 60goals (2pens).

PAUL ESSEX

Former Roe Farm Athletic, Stanley Superiors and Stanton forward who joined Ilkeston in 1989. Appeared occasionally for the first team over twelve months before going on to play for Heanor Town. Debut: 2/12/89 v Hucknall Town (A). Last appearance: 15/9/90 v Bootle (H). Record: 1989/90 3+2subs; 1990/91 7apps, 2goals. Total: 10+2subs, 2goals.

DAVID ETHERINGTON
Born c1958. Highly thought of youngster who made a single appearance at left back away at Bridlington Trinity on 29/3/75.

ANDY EVANS

Born Aberystwyth 25/11/1975. Target man who was on Cardiff City's books as a youngster before joining his home town club. Subsequently played for Stalybridge Celtic, Barnsley and Mansfield Town on loan (18apps, 4goals) before joining Ilkeston in early 2004. Scored 4 goals in 18 appearances, including 5 as substitute, during the remainder of the season. Then signed for Ossett Town and later played for Frickley Athletic and Belper Town prior to rejoining Aberystwyth Town in the League of Wales. Debut: 13/1/04 v Evesham United (A). Last appearance: 1/5/04 v Gloucester City (A).

DION EVANS
Born Nottingham 7/10/1976. Formerly on Notts County's books and with Grantham Town before joining Ilkeston. Made 3 substitute appearances during Town's 2002/03 relegation season from the Southern League Premier Division. Went on to play for South Normanton Athletic and Gedling Town. Debut: 14/12/02 v Cambridge City (A). Last appearance: 14/1/03 v Burscough (H).

LEE EVANS

Born c1984. Goalkeeper previously with Telford United, Willenhall Town and Hereford United. Spent much of the 2002/03 season on the substitutes' bench although he twice had to come on, the second time as an outfield player away at Tamworth. Made an additional two starting appearances. Moved on to Stourport Swifts, Bedworth United, Bromsgrove Rovers, Chasetown, Gresley Rovers on loan and Stafford Rangers. Debut: 7/9/02 v Hastings United (A). Last appearance: 3/5/03 v Havant & Waterlooville (A).

RALPH EVANS

Born c1934. Loscoe Youth Club player who had a brief spell at Leeds United before joining Ilkeston. Reserve right half to John Commander who spent a couple of seasons at Ilkeston after joining in 1952. Debut: 6/4/53 v Long Eaton Town (H). Last appearance: 26/12/53 v Heanor Town (A). Record: 1952/53 3apps; 1953/54 2apps. Total: 5apps.

MELVYN EVASON
Tireless left winger who joined Ilkeston in the Autumn of 1963. Given a run in the team but not considered to have the class necessary to make a success. Previously with Teversal & Silverhill and Sutton Town, he made 13 appearances and scored once. Debut: 9/11/63 v Goole Town (A). Last appearance: 4/4/64 v Spalding United (A).

JIM EVERSON

Inside left who broke into the first team towards the end of the 1966/67 and looked to be an outstanding prospect, averaging a goal per game and scored a brilliant hat-trick on 20/4/67 at home to Belper Town. Disappointed in equal measure at the start of the following season and was soon released. Signed for Belper Town and later played for Derby Venturers. Debut: 1/4/67 v New Mills (A). Last appearance: 16/9/67 v Norton Woodseats (A). Record: 1966/67 8apps, 8goals; 1967/68 8apps. Total: 16apps, 8goals.