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Midfielder formerly on Fulham's books before appearing for Sutton United, Carshalton Athletic and Gresley Rovers. Joined The Robins in March 2002, remaining with the club until the end of the season before returning down South. Made 7 appearances including 3 as substitute, scoring once. Debut: 30/3/02 v Hinckley United (H). Last appearance: 27/4/02 v Weymouth (A).

Young reserves quick left sided forward on the fringe of the first team for several seasons without quite succeeding in cementing a regular place. Debut: 15/4/72 v Stourbridge (A). Last appearance: 6/4/74 v Belper Town (H). Record: 1971/72 4+1sub; 1972/73 2apps, 1goal; 1973/74 4+2subs. Total: 10+3subs, 1goal.


Born Nottingham 18/4/1989. Right sided forward who joined Ilkeston on a months loan in August 2009 from Notts County where he had played League football (8apps). Made 1 appearance plus 3 as a substitute but failed to make a significant impact and later joined Tamworth and Hinckley United prior to joining Eastwood Town. Nephew of former Notts County player Chris Fairclough. Debut: 29/8/09 v AFC Telford United (A). Last appearance: 19/9/09 v Hinckley United (A). 


Born Nottingham 27/4/1968. Former Nottinghamshire Boys player who joined Ilkeston in the Summer of 1998 to give added experience to the defence. Started out with Notts County (71apps) before moving on to Mansfield Town (141apps, 12goals) and Chesterfield (15apps). Had a loan spell with then League club Scarborough (7apps) before moving into non League with Northwich Victoria and then Ilkeston. Left early in the 1999/00 season and played for Gainsborough Trinity and Grantham Town before returning a few weeks later. Usually played at left back with Ilkeston although he could play anywhere in defence but struggled with injuries at times. Left Ilkeston at the end of the 1999/00 season having appeared for the club in the historic FA Cup First Round win against Carlisle United and the subsequent exit at the hands of Rushden & Diamonds in the following round. Went on to play for Hucknall Town and Matlock Town. Debut: 5/9/98 v Hastings Town (A). Last appearance: 6/5/00 v Merthyr Tydfil (H). Record: 1998/99 34+3subs, 1goal; 1999/00 26+6subs. Total: 60+9subs, 1goal.

Born Maltby 3/12/1948. Centre back who started out with Rotherham United before playing League of Ireland football with Sligo Rovers. Then joined Southend United where he made his League debut (4apps). Signed for Ilkeston in the Summer of 1971 and proved to be strong in the air but also comfortable with the ball at his feet. When new manager Mick Walker left him out of the team in favour of Mick Robertson in December 1971 he was released after failing to attend a reserve team fixture. Made 22 appearances plus one as substitute and scored one goal. Later became assistant manager of the New Zealand national team.

Forward who started out with Nottingham Forest and Grimsby Town but didn't make the grade. Subsequently played for Arnold and Hucknall Town prior to joining Ilkeston in Autumn 1990. Made 5 appearances including one as substitute before moving on to play for Gresley Rovers, Shepshed Dynamo and Matrixgrade. Debut: 20/10/90 v Chasetown (H). Last appearance: 17/11/90 v Pelsall Villa (A).


Born c1972. Highly impressive former England Under 18 young tall central defender signed from Heanor Town following a spell at Priory. Signed for Ilkeston early in the 1990/91 season and soon attracted scouts. Left a year later for Shepshed Albion to be closer to Loughborough University where he studied for a career outside football but rejoined the club in time to help them clinch the 1991/92 West Midlands Regional League First Division league and cup double. However, he picked up in an injury in pre-season and left the club for a second time early in the following season. Debut: 8/9/90 v Lye Town (H). Last appearance: 19/9/92 v Stourport Swifts (A). Record: 1990/91 22apps, 1goal; 1991/92 18apps, 2goals; 1992/93 1app. Total: 41apps, 3goals.

Extraordinarily gifted inside forward whose details can be found in greater detail on the Fifties Legends page. Record: 1952/53 49apps, 26goals; 1953/54 44apps, 16goals; 1954/55 44apps, 30goals; 1955/56 48apps, 34goals; 1956/57 26apps, 6goals. Total: 211apps, 112 goals.


Born Hartlepool 22/3/1944. Made his League debut at Notts County (1app) after signing from Spennymoor United before having a spell at Lincoln City (4apps). Went into non League football and joined Ilkeston in January 1966 from Wisbech Town. A left sided forward who could also play out wide he was capable of moments of brilliance and impressed during the remainder of the season. However, he was inconsistent thereafter and left Ilkeston in 1967. Went on to appear for Redditch United and Lockheed Leamington. Debut: 22/1/66 v Alfreton Town (A). Last appearance: 8/4/67 v Skegness Town (H). Record: 1965/66 16apps, 7goals; 1966/67 24apps, 12goals. Total: 40apps, 19goals.

Winger/attacking midfielder formerly on Derby County's books who joined Ilkeston in September 1979. Played regularly for the remainder of the season showing some good touches and plenty of promise but left in the Summer. Made 19 appearances, scoring once. Later appeared for Kimberley Town, Borrowash Victoria and Derby Carriage & Wagon. Debut: 29/9/79 v Eastwood Town (A). Last appearance: 19/4/80 v Alfreton Town (H).

Best known to Ilkeston supporters as a manager and whose details can be found on the Managers page. As a player he was an outside right who had played for Kirk Hallam Youth Club and Stanton Ironworks before joining Ilkeston. Predominantly a reserve team player he made one appearance for the first team, on 1/5/63 at home against Boston United, deputising for Peter Heath. Following spells with Heanor Town, Belper Town and Ripley Miners Welfare he moved into management and was in charge at Eastwood Town, Ripley Town, Alfreton St Helens and Long Eaton Grange before becoming boss at Ilkeston. Kimberley Town appointed him as manager after he left The Robins following a spell running the Midland Counties League representative side.


Born Barnsley 9/1/1976. Tall, commanding central defender whose aerial power was effective in both penalty areas. Was on both Barnsley's and Rotherham United's books but never tasted League football. Moved into non League with Emley before joining Ilkeston before the start of the 1997/98 season during which he frequently appeared at right back. Played a big part in helping Town to promotion from the Southern League Midland Division in his first season whilst starring in the historic FA Cup run that took the club to the Second Round for the first time before being defeated by Scunthorpe United. Rejoined Emley on loan during the 1998/99 season but regained a regular place in the team the following season where once again he played in the FA Cup Second Round, playing in the famous victory against Carlisle United along the way. Picked up 1998/99 and 1999/00 Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medals prior to his deparure in 2000 when he was signed by Stocksbridge Park Steels. Later played for Wakefield-Emley and Buxton. Debut: 23/8/97 v Sutton Coldfield Town (A). Last appearance: 6/5/00 v Merthyr Tydfil (H). Record: 1997/98 49+1sub, 11goals; 1998/99 11+4subs, 2goals; 1999/00 41+2subs, 3goals. Total: 101+7subs, 16goals.


Born Chesterfield 20/7/1983. Left back with a fine pedigree who joined Ilkeston in October 2006. Started out at Sheffield United but made his League debut at Scunthorpe United (32apps). Moved to non League Barrow and also appeared for Harrogate Town and Alfreton Town prior to joining The Robins. Picked up a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal at the end of his first season and was a mainstay of the team in the 2007/08 season operating on the left side of midfield during the second half of the campaign. Was signed by Matlock Town in Summer 2008 and later appeared for Plessey. Debut: 17/10/06 v Frickley Athletic (H). Last appearance: 26/4/08 v Whitby Town (A). Record: 2006/07 35apps; 2007/08 44+1sub, 3goals. Total: 79+1sub, 3goals.

Very tall forward who joined from Plessey in 1975 and made 4 appearances early in the 1975/76 season. Debut: 23/8/75 v Kimberley Town (H). Last appearance: 6/9/75 v Boston (A).

Born Burton on Trent 21/12/1971. Notts County attacking midfielder who impressed upon joining Ilkeston in October 1990. Scored twice on his debut and scored 10 in total in 28 appearances including one as substitute. Moved on to Hucknall Town when The Robins were demoted to the West Midlands Regional League First Division due to the lack of floodlights on the Manor Ground. Later played for Boots Athletic. Debut: 3/11/90 v Oldbury United (A). Last appearance: 11/5/91 v Rocester (A).


Former Raleigh Athletic and Cinderhill player who starred for Ilkeston at right half or centre half and once took over in goal at Bolsover Colliery on 9/10/48 when Briggs was carried off despite being injured himself with a damaged knee. Joined early in 1947 and collected a Derbyshire Divisional Cup winners medal along with a Derbyshire Senior Cup runners up medal by the end of the season. Captained the side in 1948/49 before being out of the side towards the end of the season with a head injury. Left in the Summer of 1949 for Long Eaton Town. Debut: 18/1/47 v New Houghton Villa (A). Last appearance: 12/3/49 v Ollerton Colliery (H). Record: 1946/47 12apps, 1goal; 1947/48 34apps, 1goal; 1948/49 23apps. Total: 69apps, 2goals.

Great nephew of Alf Baker, the only Ilkestonian to play football for England. Former Ilkeston Boys captain who had a trial with West Bromwich Albion before joining Ilkeston. Horace Hackland's deputy at left half during the mid 1950s, and certainly good enough to have been a first team regular at other clubs of Ilkeston's standard. More defensive and arguably a stronger tackler than Hackland he had an extended run in the team in 1956 when his mentor was out with a thigh injury and picked up a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal during this period. Later played for Long Eaton United, Alfreton Town and Heanor Town. Debut: 19/4/54 v Coalville Town (H). Last appearance: 21/4/56 v Belper Town (H). Record: 1953/54 1app; 1954/55 12apps; 1955/56 18apps, 1goal. Total: 31apps, 1goal.

Long serving utility player whose details can be found in more detail on the Seventies Legends page. Record: 1974/75 4apps; 1975/76 21+1sub; 1976/77 39apps, 1goal; 1977/78 31apps, 7goals (5pens); 1978/79 31apps, 9goals (2pens); 1979/80 26+2subs, 3goals (2pens); 1980/81 13apps, 6goals (1pen); 1981/82 13apps, 1goal; 1982/83 5+4subs, 1goal; 1986/87 2apps. Total: 185+7subs, 28goals (10pens).

Reserve winger who appeared occasionally for the first team during the first half of the 1990s. Debut: 6/2/93 v Oldbury United (A). Last appearance: 18/10/94 v Bilston Town (H). Record: 1992/93 1+3subs; 1993/94 2+3subs, 4goals; 1994/95 0+2subs. Total: 3+8subs, 4goals.

Right half formerly with Rotherham United and Matlock Town who was signed when long serving regular John Commander broke his leg early in the 1958/59 season. Failed to make the most of his chance, making just 10 appearances. Debut: 11/10/58 v Rushden Town (H). Last appearance: 21/3/59 v Nuneaton Borough Reserves.

Goalkeeper who twice came on as substitute for regular stopper Matt Nurse during heavy home defeats in the 2002/03 season. Also made three starts. Debut: 21/12/02 v Chippenham Town (H). Last appearance: 8/2/03 v Welling United (H).


Born c1957. Experienced and reliable player who could play at right back or in central defence. Previously with Belper Town, Eastwood Town, Grantham (loan), Heanor Town, Corby Town, Shepshed Albion, Leek Town and Alfreton Town as well as Sunday team Royal Oak before joining Ilkeston in November 1991. Helped the team to the West Midlands Regional League First Division league and cup double. Appointed captain for the 1992/93 and 1993/94 seasons becoming the first Ilkeston skipper to lift the Derbyshire Senior Cup in ten years during the first of them and led The Robins to the West Midlands Regional League title in the second. Played less frequently thereafter but still played a part in Town's 1994/95 Southern League Midland Division campaign. Then became a Director but still played occasionally and twice had stints as caretaker manager during the 1995/96 season following the sackings of Bill Brindley and Leighton James. Debut: 30/11/91 v Oldbury United Reserves (A). Last appearance: 10/1/96 v Newhall United (A). Record: 1991/92 27+1sub, 3goals; 1992/93 42apps, 1goal; 1993/94 41+2subs; 1994/95 21+3subs; 1995/96 1app. Total: 131+3subs, 4goals.
Central defender previously with Sutton Town, Alfreton Town and Hucknall Town. Appeared twice late in the 1994/95 season, away at Buckingham Town on 30/3/95 and away at Forest Green Rovers on 26/4/95. Counted Gedling Town, Hucknall Town, Ashfield United and Gedling United amongst his later clubs.

Former Mansfield Town and Alfreton Town midfielder who joined Ilkeston early in the 1989/90 season and spent a little over a year at the club. Then returned to Alfreton Town before going on to play for Shepshed Albion, Ashfield United and Arnold Town. Debut: 16/9/89 v Harworth Colliery Institute (H). Last appearance: 13/11/90 v Hinckley Athletic (A). Record: 1989/90 20+1sub, 1goal; 1990/91 10+1sub, 1goal. Total: 30+2subs, 2goals.

Born Carlton 2/2/1945. Skilful winger who played for South Nottinghamshire Boys as a youngster before entering League football with Notts County (129apps, 17goals). Was transferred to then League club Halifax Town (79apps, 6goals) prior to moving into non League football with Boston United. Made 3 appearances, including one as substitute, during a brief stint at Ilkeston in November 1971, making his debut at home to Burton Albion on 6/11/71 and signing off a fortnight later away at Gloucester City.

Midfielder who had three spells at Ilkeston and whose details can be found in greater detail on the Seventies Legends page. Record: 1973/74 24apps, 2goals; 1974/75 42apps, 7goals (3pens); 1980/81 17apps, 3goals; 1981/82 38apps, 4goals (1pen); 1982/83 4apps; 1983/84 1app. Total: 126apps, 16goals (4pens).

Young reserve right back who made a single appearance at home to Mickleover Sports in the Derbyshire Senior Cup on 21/1/03.


Creative attacking midfielder/forward who did well without being prolific in 1983/84, his one season with the club. Scored 3 goals in 37 appearances. Debut: 27/8/83 v Boston (H). Last appearance: 12/5/84 v Thackley (A).

Former Alfreton Town player who had spells at Derby County and Port Vale without making it into the League. Joined Ilkeston at the start of the 1969/70 season but struggled in midfield and lost his place. Returned to the first team later in the season where he was a revelation on the right wing , taking over from the departing Alan Brown, his ability to cross accurately being appreciated by the forwards. Played regularly in the same role in 1970/71 but was not always consistent and was released at the end of the season whereupon he returned to Alfreton. Debut: 27/8/69 v Grantham (A). Last appearance: 3/4/71 v Frickley Colliery (H). Record: 1969/70 33+2subs, 3goals; 1970/71 33+3subs, 2goals. Total: 66+5subs, 5goals.


Born Worksop 3/9/1978. Had spells at Notts County and Manchester United as a youngster but injuries prevented him from having a career in professional football. After a loan spell at Gresley Rovers he joined Ilkeston late in the 2001/02 season where he proved to be a useful attacking midfielder who usually played wide on the right but it was evident that he lacked pace. Moved on to Gainsborough Trinity, Retford United and Sheffield FC. Debut: 13/4/02 v Folkestone Invicta (A). Last appearance: 8/3/03 v Dover Athletic (A). Record: 2001/02 2+1sub; 2002/03 22+4subs, 3goals. Total: 24+5subs, 3goals.


Born Sheffield 20/7/1971. Started out at Rotherham United (5apps) prior to signing for then League club Scarborough (28apps) following a loan period there. Then joined Bury but didn't make a League appearance but his League career resumed with Doncaster Rovers (6apps) and Scarborough again (6apps). Then moved into non League with Gresley Rovers where his commanding, confident displays helped them win the Southern League in 1996. Signed for Ilkeston at the start of the 2001/02 season but only started occasionally, making 9 appearances in total, keeping clean sheets in each of his last four games, before moving to Alfreton Town in Summer 2002. Debut: 25/8/01 v Worcester City (H). Last appearance: 27/4/02 v Weymouth (A).

Made 3 appearances during the 1949/50 season in three different positions, outside left, outside right and left half. Played on the opening day away at Creswell Colliery on 20/8/49 but only played in one other game before making his farewell appearance on the final day at home to Matlock Town on 7/5/50. Subsequently played for Gresley Rovers.


Born London 25/6/1982. Joined Ilkeston as a young midfielder with raw potential in 1999 after being at Queens Park Rangers as a schoolboy and Sheffield United on a trial. Found it hard to break into the first team and was loaned out to Alfreton Town in 2001 before finally appearing more frequently during the first half of the 2002/03 season. Then went to Eastwood Town on loan prior to joining Gedling Town. Subsequently went on to become a midfield enforcer of the highest order with Belper Town, Sheffield, Buxton and Eastwood Town. Debut: 1/5/00 v Margate (H). Last appearance: 21/12/02 v Chippenham Town (H). Record: 1999/00 1+1sub; 2000/01 1+4subs; 2001/02 1+6subs; 2002/03 12+6subs, 1goal. Total: 15+17subs, 1goal.

Born Rotherham 29/10/1977. Started out at Leeds United but made his League debut during a loan spell at Blackpool (1app). A move North of the border to Greenock Morton (19apps) further developed his career until he returned to England to sign for Doncaster Rovers from whom he joined Ilkeston on loan in September 2000. Made 4 appearances for The Robins where his skills in midfield were evident. Later signed for Forest Green Rovers on a permanent basis and he played for them in the 2000/01 FA Trophy Final. Spells at Halifax Town, Oxford United, Rushden & Diamonds, Tamworth and Eastwood Town followed. Debut: 16/9/00 v Bath City (H). Last appearance: 6/10/00 v Halesowen Town (H).

Born Sutton In Ashfield 23/3/1968. Utility player who played for Mansfield Town (1app) and Halifax Town, and signed for Ilkeston while still in his teens in 1986. Made 4 appearances, including one as substitute, during the 1986/87 season. Debut: 22/11/86 v Borrowash Victoria (H). Last appearance: 20/4/87 v Hinckley (A).

Well built former Long Eaton United, Arnold and Clifton All Whites goalkeeper who signed for Ilkeston during the Summer of 1975 and spent the first couple of months in the first team. Made critical mistakes early on and lost more confidence as the team struggled. He was replaced by his predecessor Keith Selwood after making 15 appearances. Has the unwanted distinction of being the first Town goalkeeper to be sent off, on 4/10/75 at home to Heanor Town. Debut: 16/8/75 v Louth United (H). Last appearance: 25/10/75 v Sutton Town (H). 


Great grandson of legendary England and Sheffield United 'keeper William 'Fatty' Foulkes. Goalkeeper formerly with Sheffield United. Signed for Ilkeston on the recommendation of Phil Ratcliffe before the start of the 1974/75 season and proved to be an astute signing, his bravery and reliability making him an assett. but he left the club towards the end of the season after making 35 appearances when the club was experiencing financial difficulties. Moved on to Alfreton Town. Debut: 17/8/74 v Skegness Town (A). Last appearance: 29/3/75 v Bridlington Trinity (A).

Centre half whose appearances were limited as he was the legendary Les Smith's deputy. Formerly with Little Eaton, Gresley Rovers and Great Yarmouth and also had a trial at Derby County when he was primarily recognised as a centre forward. Signed for Ilkeston in 1955 but was converted into a centre half after a couple of unsuccessful appearances at Christmas. Remained loyal to the club for several seasons despite spending almost his entire time playing for the reserves. Looked set to make his mark once Smith retired but failed to make his mark. Debut: 24/12/55 v Heanor Town (H). Last appearance: 10/9/58 v Arnold St Marys (H). Record: 1955/56 5apps; 1958/59 6apps. Total: 11apps.

Born Ilkeston c1955. Forward who played briefly for Ilkeston during the 1975/76 season after previously being at Belper Town, before returning in January 1980. Left in November 1980 for Kimberley Town who he later managed along with Belper Town. Returned to Ilkeston as manager and his managerial record can be found on the Managers page. Subsequently took charge at Alfreton Town. Debut: 22/11/75 v Buxton (A). Last appearance: 4/10/80 v Guisborough (H). Record: 1975/76 4apps, 1goal; 1979/80 11apps, 2goals; 1980/81 7apps, 1goal. Total: 22apps, 4goals.


Born Sheffield. Right back previously with Worksop Town, Hallam, Alfreton Town, Goole, Denaby United and Ossett Albion. Made 1 appearance for Ilkeston on 16/8/03 against Redditch United which The Robins lost 6-0 at home and he never played for the club again.


Former Notts County and Crewe Alexandra trialist who joined Ilkeston from Hinckley Town in 1993. Usually appeared at left back, particularly in 1993/94 when he played regularly during Ilkeston's West Midlands Regional League title winning campaign following his goalscoring debut. Appeared less frequently thereafter although he did score in The Robins' 1994/95 Derbyshire Senior Cup Final defeat against Alfreton Town when he played in midfield. After failing to nail down a first team place the following season he went on to have a lengthy career in local non League football with a variety of clubs including Dunkirk, Grantham Town, Borrowash Victoria, Gedling Town and Pelican. Debut: 4/9/93 v Willenhall Town (H). Last appearance: 24/2/96 v Dorchester Town (A). Record: 1993/94 31+1sub, 4goals; 1994/95 8+4subs, 1goal; 1995/96 2+1sub. Total: 41+6subs, 5goals.

Right half who made a single appearance during Town's first ever season, away at Shelton United on 13/4/46. Previously played for Stanton Ironworks.

Midfield player formerly with Hucknall Colliery Welfare who made a single appearance at home to Pontefract Collieries on 26/8/85. Later played for Eastwood Town, Stanton and Basford Town, and managed Sandiacre Town and Dunkirk.

Skilful, roaming right winger sometimes accused of over elaborating who joined Ilkeston before the start of the 1973/74 season. Made 27 appearances and scored once prior to a move to Borrowash Victoria. Debut: 18/8/73 v Frickley Athletic (H). Last appearance: 3/3/74 v Sutton Town (H).

Born Dublin 25/11/1979. Former Republic of Ireland Under 21 midfielder who made his League debut at Nottingham Forest (8apps). Moved on to Port Vale (3apps) and Carlisle United (4apps) before joining Ilkeston for a month on loan during the 2002/03 season, making 6 appearances, the first of which was as a substitute. Later returned to Ireland to play in the League of Ireland with Drogheda United, Dublin City, Longford Town and Shelbourne. Debut: 8/2/03 v Welling United (H). Last appearance: 8/3/03 v Dover Athletic (A).

Brother of Steve. Former Long Eaton Grange and Attenborough forward who joined Ilkeston during the 1978/79 season. Made 12 appearances, scoring 2 goals but left after being unable to commit to training sessions. Debut: 7/10/78 v Mexborough Town (A). Last appearance: 27/1/79 v Skegness Town (A).

Right back signed from Long Eaton Grange before the start of the 1978/79 season and immediately installed as captain. Did well but, like his brother, was unable to commit to training sessions and stood down as captain before leaving the club. Made 21 appearances. Debut: 19/8/78 v Heanor Town (H). Last appearance: 3/2/79 v Brigg Town (A).

Prolific scorer who had played in the Premiership with Middlesbrough. His career can be seen in greater detail on the Noughties Legends page. Record: 2002/03 31+2subs, 17goals; 2003/04 38+1sub, 23goals; 2004/05 4+2subs. Total: 73+5subs, 40goals.

Tall central defender who had been on Mansfield Town's books. Made a single appearance away at Newhall United on 3/12/77.


Reserve left back who made a single appearance at home to Alvechurch on 3/5/93.

One of Ilkeston's all-time great strikers whose biographies can be found on both the Sixties Legends and Managers pages. Record: 1965/66 38apps, 30goals; 1966/67 46apps, 32goals; 1967/68 47apps, 24goals; 1968/69 22apps, 14goals(1pen). Total: 153apps, 100goals (1pen).

Born 9/8/50. Experienced former Eastwood Town goalkeeper who joined Ilkeston from Long Eaton Grange during Summer 1978 and appeared regularly during the 1978/79 season, making 30 appearances, before missing the final few games through injury. Left early in September 1979 and went on to play for Gresley Rovers. A promising career was almost finished before it started when he was seriously injured in a traffic accident in his early playing days.


Born Swindon 7/10/1979. Left back who spent a month at Ilkeston early in 2003 having appeared for Swindon Supermarine, Forest Green Rovers and Chippenham Town on loan. Made 4 appearances but failed to shore up an already leaky defence. Later returned to Swindon Supermarine. Debut: 18/1/03 v Hednesford Town (H). Last appearance: 8/2/03 v Welling United (H).