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Outside right formerly with Stanton Ironworks and Holwell Works who made a single appearance away at Nottingham Forest 'A' on 7/11/59.

Outstanding loyal clubman who played for the club at left half for many years. His career can be seen in greater detail on the Fifties Legends page. Debut: 1/4/50 v Long Eaton Town (H). Last appearance: 18/2/61 v Denaby United (H). Record: 1949/50 1app; 1950/51 42apps; 8goals; 1951/52 48apps, 13goals (3pens); 1952/53 49apps, 13goals (6pens); 1953/54 41apps, 6goals; 1954/55 36apps, 8goals (6pens); 1955/56 30apps, 9goals (7pens); 1956/57 41apps, 5goals; 1957/58 7apps; 1958/59 1app; 1959/60 40apps, 1goal; 1960/61 1app. Total: 336apps, 63goals (22pens).
Born Sheffield 28/3/1991. Central defender signed on loan from Rotherham United in January 2009 who failed to impress in his three appearances. Debut: 13/1/09 v Kidderminster Harriers (H). Last appearance: 18/2/09 v Boston United (A).

Born Langwith 28/6/1976. Impressive goalkeeper who had a long association with Shirebrook Town. Left Shirebrook for Kings Lynn before joining Ilkeston in March 2001. Played in the last 10 matches of the 2000/01 but left in the Summer because of travel issues for away games and returned to Shirebrook Town. Later had a spell at Rainworth Miners Welfare. Debut: 31/3/01 v Dorchester Town (H). Last appearance: 5/5/01 v Clevedon Town (A).

Right half who started out at Long Eaton United and went on to have spells with Mansfield Town and Nottingham Forest without breaking into their first teams. Joined Ilkeston in Autumn 1959 and was given an extended run in the team, showing promise, but he ultimately failed to make it in the long run. Made 22 appearances, scoring twice. Debut: 10/10/59 v Clay Cross Miners Welfare (H). Last appearance: 12/3/60 v Matlock Town (H).

Born Sandiacre. Talented local midfield player who started out with Derby County. He came to their attention in 1977 when he scored 14 times in one game for Ilkeston Town under 16s. He then emigrated to New Zealand where he became a citizen. Played for Napier City Rovers and he made 4 appearances for Ilkeston over the Christmas period in 1984 when he returned home briefly. Had a spell with Brisbane Lions in Australia before rejoining Napier City Rovers. Was voted New Zealand player of the year in 1993 and played 7 times for the national side, scoring 3 goals. Debut: 15/12/84 v Denaby United (H). Last appearance: 5/1/85 v Bentley Victoria (A).


Experienced goalkeeper who started out with Derby Corinthians and played Wartime League football with Notts County (1app) and Coventry City (2apps). Had a spell with Derry City before returning to Derby Corinthians after the War. Joined Ilkeston from Heanor Athletic in Autumn 1948 and did well, picking up a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal. Lost form and confidence early in the 1949/50 season and lost his place to Dick Pickering, a situation that hastened his move to South Normanton Miners Welfare in 1950. Debut: 6/11/48 v Derby Carriage & Wagon (H). Last appearance: 31/12/49 v Stanton Ironworks (H). Record: 1948/49 30apps; 1949/50 12apps. Total: 42apps.

Former Glapwell and Oakham United central defender who joined Ilkeston in Summer 1996 but found it tough at a higher level after appearing in the first 6 games of the 1996/97 season. Played 8 times in total. Debut: 17/8/96 v Sutton Coldfield Town (A). Last appearance: 23/11/96 v Evesham United (H).

Born Nottingham 26/3/1984. With Stoke City as a youngster where he had a loan spell at Gresley Rovers. Signed for Ilkeston from Leek Town in Spring 2005 but made just a single appearance as a substitute at home to Spalding United on 25/3/05 before signing for Matlock Town.


Former Smalley winger who could operate on either flank but spent most of the 1946/47 season in Ilkeston's reserves, unable to displace regular wingers Jackie Brough and Jeff Weston. Made 2 appearances, at home to Grantham Reserves on 31/8/46 and away at New Houghton Villa on 18/1/47.

Former Worksop Town forward who showed sufficient potential to sign for Stockport County prior to joining Ilkeston in March 1987. Scored on his debut and made 7 appearances in total, scoring twice, before leaving a few weeks later. Debut: 11/3/87 v Rossington Main (H). Last appearance: 20/4/87 v Hinckley (A).

Born Leicester 29/8/1967. Striker with good heading ability who scored goals wherever he went without quite hitting the same heights with Ilkeston. Played for Leicester United, Boston United, Hednesford Town and Gloucester City before signing for Ilkeston in March 1996. Left early in 1997 and went on to play for Hinckley Town, Worcester City and Forest Green Rovers before signing for Tamworth for whom he appeared in the 2002/03 FA Trophy Final. Later played for Halesowen Town and Bedworth United. Debut: 23/3/96 v Rushden & Diamonds (H). Last appearance: 28/12/96 v Bedworth United (A). Record: 1995/96 7apps, 2goals; 1996/97 6+4subs, 2goals. Total: 13+4subs, 4goals. 

Midfielder previously with Belper Town who signed for Ilkeston in 1988 but struggled to consistently nail down a first team place. Left in 1990 and went on to play for Sandiacre Town. Debut: 12/11/88 v Crookes (A). Last appearance: 5/5/90 v Kimberley Town (H). Record: 1988/89 11apps; 1989/90 1+1sub, 1goal. Total: 12+1sub, 1goal.

Christian name unknown. Right half signed from Shirebrook Supporters who made a couple of appearances early in 1950. Made his debut at home to Retford British Ropes on 14/1/50 and appeared a week later away at Gresley Rovers.


Attacking right sided midfielder who showed enthusiasm, spirit, skill and a willingness to go for goal but failed to win over some supporters. Previously with Eastwood Town and Long Eaton Grange, where he came to Ilkeston's attention playing against the reserves team. Joined The Robins late in 1971 but left at the end of the season to rejoin Eastwood Town. Went on to play for Arnold. Made 20 appearances plus 1 as substitute for Ilkeston, scoring 6 times. Debut: 1/1/72 v Kings Lynn (A). Last appearance: 4/5/72 v Stourbridge (H).


Adaptable loyal defender who spent several seasons at Ilkeston after joining in 1951 but who appeared only occasionally in the first team. Previously on Derby County's books. Debut: 22/9/51 v Shirebrook Miners Welfare (A). Last appearance: 4/5/57 v Kettering Town Reserves (H). Record: 1951/52 9apps; 1952/53 8apps; 1953/54 2apps; 1955/56 2apps; 1956/57 1app. Total: 22apps.


Local defender previously with Ilkeston Albion and Humber Social. Made 11 appearances in 1986/87 operating either at right back or in central defence. Debut: 6/9/86 v Hinckley Town (A). Last appearance: 13/12/86 v Kimberley Town (A).

Attacking midfielder promoted from the reserves towards the end of the 1974/75 season who tried hard but who failed to nail down a regular first team place going forward. Debut: 8/2/75 v Frickley Athletic (H). Last appearance: 30/8/75 v Retford Town (H). Record: 1974/75 9+1sub; 1975/76 1app. Total: 10+1sub.

Central defender who had two spells at Ilkeston. First joined in Summer 1990 after previously playing for Hucknall Town and Boston. Soon left to rejoin Hucknall Town but returned to Ilkeston before the start of the 1993/94 season. Appeared in the few games but soon lost his place to Dale Igoe and subsequently signed for Hucknall Town again and then Gedling Town. Debut: 18/8/90 v Oldswinford (H). Last appearance: 14/12/93 v Blakenall (A). Record: 1990/91 5apps; 1993/94 6+1sub. Total: 11+1sub. 

Christian name unknown. Made a single appearance at left back on the opening day of the 1948/49 season when he featured in the 11-1 thrashing of Warsop Working Mens Club on 21/8/48.


Born Cranwell 2/6/1936. Experienced Forward previously with Grantham, Brush Sports, Loughborough United, Bourne Town and Long Eaton United who struggled initially following his signing in Summer 1964 but who justified his reputation towards the end of the 1964/65 season with a flurry of goals. Failed to maintain such form thereafter and left early in 1966. Later clubs included Boston United, Grantham, Colsterworth and BMarcos. Debut: 22/8/64 v Matlock Town (A). Last appearance: 8/1/66 v Goole Town (H). Record: 1964/65 18apps, 7goals; 1965/66 5apps. Total: 23apps, 7goals.
Attack minded central midfielder whose career can be viewed in greater detail on the Nineties Legends page. Record: 1992/93 15apps, 1goal; 1993/94 45+3subs, 18goals; 1994/95 51+2subs, 23goals; 1995/96 44+1sub, 7goals. Total: 155+6subs, 49goals.

Technically excellent player who could play up front, just behind the strikers or in central midfield whose career can be found in more detail on the Nineties Legends page. Record: 1991/92 9apps, 2goals; 1993/94 40apps, 28goals; 1994/95 50+2subs, 26goals; 1995/96 28+1sub, 9goals; 2002/03 0+3subs. Total: 127+6subs, 65goals.


Forward signed from Long Eaton United before the start of the 1982/83 season. Played regularly before Christmas but lost his place in the side and joined Belper Town in 1983. Made 22 appearances, including 2 as substitute, and scored 1 goal. Debut: 28/8/82 v Emley (H). Last appearance: 7/5/83 v Bentley Victoria (H).

Classy and adaptable defender with a good shot who had been on Sheffield Wednesday's books. Joined in Autumn 1976 and appeared regularly during the rest of the season making 25 appearances. Scored 3 goals including 2 penalties. Debut: 23/10/76 v Louth United (H). Last appearance: 11/5/77 v Mexborough Town Athletic (A). 


Former Linby Colliery and Bestwood Colliery player who made a single appearance as an inside right at home to Notts County 'A' on 16/3/57.

Born c1985. Finland born teenage goalkeeper who came on loan from Derby County during September 2002. Made three appearances in total, in the space of a week, making his debut at home to Moor Green on 10/9/02. His last appearance seven days later at home to Cambridge City.


Tall teenage forward signed from Swansea City in Summer 2009. Struggled to make an impact and went on loan to Shepshed Dynamo before returning early after breaking his foot. Made 1 full appearance plus 5 as substitute before joining Hucknall Town in July 2010. Debut: 12/9/09 v Vauxhall Motors (H). Last appearance: 24/4/10 v Gloucester City (A).

Forward who made 6 appearances towards the end of 1986 but lost his place following the arrival of Steve Culley. Then returned to his previous club Huthwaite. Debut: 25/10/86 v Heanor Town (A). Last appearance: 13/12/86 v Kimberley Town (A).


Left back who started out with Dale Rovers before moving on to League clubs Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Norwich City. Failed to break into the first team at each of those clubs and returned to non League football with Sutton Town. Stocky and strong in the tackle, he joined Ilkeston early in the 1965/66 season and remained a regular fixture in the team until the end of the following season. Financial constraints had led the club to try and offload him sooner despite his usefulness to the team but it was not until Summer 1967 that he moved to Long Eaton United. Returned to Ilkeston in 1985 as assistant manager to Tony Cuthbert and in 1986 he had a spell as joint manager, firstly with Cuthbert and then with John Froggatt. Details of his time in charge can be found on the Managers page. Debut: 25/9/65 v Scunthorpe United Reserves (H). Last appearance: 26/4/67 v Alfreton Town (H). Record: 1965/66 36apps; 1966/67 41apps. Total: 77apps.


Born Sheffield 24/12/1988. Midfielder who started out with Rotherham United and joined Ilkeston in February 2009. Enthusiastic and competitive he quickly showed his adaptability by filling in at right back for the injured Lee Thompson, and helped the club win promotion to the Blue Square North in May 2009. Made 17 appearances, plus 3 as substitute, and played in the Play Offs as well as picking up a Unibond League Cup final runners up medal. Joined Harrogate Town during Summer 2009 and later appeared for Retford United and Goole. Debut: 18/2/09 v Boston United (A). Last appearance: 2/5/09 v Nantwich Town (H).

Christian name unknown. Forward who made a single appearance for Ilkeston at home to Bridlington Trinity on 15/4/78.

Born c1963. Strong central defender signed in Summer 1992 from Hucknall Town who made his debut in the very first match staged on the New Manor Ground. Appeared regularly in the first team until April 1993 when he signed for Gedling Town. Made 31 appearances including 1 as substitute. Debut: 15/8/92 v Chasetown (H). Last appearance: 23/3/93 v Stourport Swifts (H).

Experienced goalkeeper once on Walsall's books. Made 8 appearances during the 1985/86 season. Debut: 28/9/85 v Boston (H). Last appearance: 26/4/86 v Sutton Town (H).

Born Derby 15/1/1941. Right winger who played League football with Exeter City (22apps, 1goal) after starting out with Nottingham Forest before returning to the area to play non League football with Belper Town. Joined Ilkeston from Long Eaton United in 1968 after a spell in Australia with Corinthians but failed to challenge Alan Brown for a regular spot. Didn't impress on his only showing, at home to Alfreton Town on 21/12/68 despite scoring and soon left for Belper Town. Later played for Loughborough United.

Born Lambeth 4/9/1971. Former England Youth international and highly competitive midfielder/defender who started out with Arsenal but made his League debut at Sheffield United (56apps, 1goal). Had a loan spell at Fulham (2apps) before signing for Swansea City (22apps, 2goals). Joined Lincoln City on loan (3apps, 1goal) prior to moving into non League football with Telford United, Sheffield, Caernarfon Town and Halifax Town. Joined Ilkeston in December 2002 and remained with the club for a little over a month, making 4 appearances before moving on to Buxton. Debut: 7/12/02 v Havant & Waterlooville (H). Last appearance: 14/1/03 v Burscough (H).

Former Mapperley Miners Welfare player who made a single appearance at home to Matlock Town on 15/4/49, playing at right back.


Goalkeeper previously with West Hallam and Stanton who became reserve to Alan Rigby at Ilkeston in 1993. Played occasionally until 1994 before moving on to Belper Town, Mickleover Sports and Louth United. Went on to hold a variety of management roles including joint player manager at Sandiacre Town and joint manager at South Normanton Athletic but is best known for his time as manager of Mickleover Sports. Debut: 8/2/94 v Derby Carriage & Wagon Reckitts (H). Last appearance: 10/9/94 v Lancaster City (H). Record: 1993/94 2apps; 1994/95 5apps. Total: 7apps. 

Young reserve who made a single appearance as substitute away at Spalding United on 26/10/04.

Unknown Christian name. Made a single appearance away at Malvern Town on 30/3/91.

Rugged defender promoted from the reserves in 1973/74 after signing from Clifton All Whites. Could play in central defence or at right back and made 4 appearances in total. Debut: 8/4/74 v Arnold (A). Last appearance: 11/5/74 v Bridlington Trinity (A).


Goalkeeper who joined Ilkeston in Summer 2008 but whose opportunities were limited due to the excellent form of Chris Adamson. When Adamson got injured in February 2009 he quickly picked up an injury himself and his chance to shine was gone. Left Ilkeston in Summer 2009 for Hucknall Town after making 5 appearances before moving on to Hinckley United. Formerly with Sheffield United, Scarborough, Hinckley United, Quorn and Sheffield. Debut: 18/10/08 v Eastwood Town (A). Last appearance: 21/2/09 v Worksop Town (H).

Centre forward signed from Spalding United in Summer 1951 who scored on his debut and averaged a goal per game in each of his 4 appearances made early in the 1951/52 season. Nevertheless he was not viewed as a long term prospect and soon lost his place in the team. Debut: 18/8/51 v Ransome & Marles (H). Last appearance: 22/9/51 v Shirebrook Miners Welfare (A). 

Born Hull. Brother of Mike and Stephen. Defender formerly with Hull City, Hall Road Rangers, Brigg Town, North Ferriby United, Lincoln United, Stamford and Matlock Town. Joined Ilkeston early in 2000 and made a single appearance at home to Bath City on 22/1/00. Returned to North Ferriby United and had a time at Alfreton Town before taking on a player manager role at Bridlington Trinity. Went on to manage Frickley Athletic.

Born Hull 7/2/1974. One of the trio of Heath brothers who joined Ilkeston in January 2000. Goalkeeper who was once on Tottenham Hotspur's books and went on to play League football with Scunthorpe United (2apps) before moving into non League with North Ferriby United, Lincoln United and Matlock Town. Returned to Matlock after making 5 appearances for Ilkeston. Debut: 15/1/00 v Havant & Waterlooville (H). Last appearance: 5/2/00 v Dorchester Town (A).


Born Sheffield. Formerly with Accrington Stanley and South Normanton Miners Welfare. Two footed winger preferred at outside right but who could also operate on the opposite flank. Tricky with the ability to cross and shoot with great power he started well but gradually lost form and was allowed to join Alfreton Town in Summer 1961 after losing his place in the team. Returned to Ilkeston a few months later where his clever play remained in evidence but his effectiveness less so. Debut: 20/8/60 v Nottingham Forest 'A' (H). Last appearance: 14/4/62 v Heanor Town (H). Record: 1960/61 28apps, 7goals; 1961/62 23apps, 7goals. Total: 51apps, 14goals.

Born Hull 15/11/1977. Central defender capped by England Youth whilst at Leeds United but made his League debut with Carlisle United (1app). Moved on to Rotherham United before moving into non League football with Lincoln United, Stamford and Matlock Town. Joined Ilkeston in January 2000 with brothers Billy and Mike and made 7 appearances before moving back to Matlock Town. Future clubs included Alfreton Town, Frickley Athletic and Bridlington Town. Debut: 15/1/00 v Havant & Waterlooville (H). Last appearance: 26/2/00 v Weymouth (A).


Born Leicester 11/10/1970. Experienced, intelligent player who could play in an attacking midfield role or up front. Started out with Doncaster Rovers prior to moving into non League football with Shepshed Charterhouse, Leicester United and Paget Rangers. Was then signed by West Bromwich Albion where he made his League debut (40apps, 3goals) where he had loan spells at Stafford Rangers and Bristol Rovers (5apps, 1goal) before signing for Swansea City permanently (46apps, 7goals). His next club was Northampton Town (46apps, 5goals) and then had a spell with Rushden & Diamonds prior to a return to League football on loan at Chester City (11apps, 2goals) and Carlisle United (30apps, 5goals). Joined Ilkeston from Forest Green Rovers in November 2002 and was soon appointed captain before becoming assistant manager to Charlie Bishop. Was sent off on the opening day of the 2003/04 season, an incident that led to his sacking. Returned to Forest Green Rovers and later played for Tamworth and Hinckley United before becoming assistant manager at Redditch United. This led to his appointment as manager of Kings Lynn. When Kings Lynn folded in 2009 he joined Redditch United and then Hinckley United as a player. After retiring from playing he scouted for Notts County before becoming caretaker manager at Meadow Lane. Debut: 9/11/02 v Dover Athletic (H). Last appearance: 16/8/03 v Redditch United (H). Record: 2002/03 12apps, 6goals; 2003/04 1app. Total: 13apps, 6goals. 


Born Rotherham 7/11/62. Experienced target man signed by Ilkeston in Summer 1998. Supporters were divided into two camps regarding his worth to the team. Many felt that his goal output didn't warrant his selection. An equal number believed his great heading ability and unselfish play that brought great rewards for his fellow strikers made him a vital member of the team. Started out with Sheffield Wednesday before moving into non League with BSC Parkgate. Then became Matlock Town's record sale when he joined York City (160apps, 40goals) for £10,000. Continued his League career with Scunthorpe United (80apps, 22goals), Rotherham United (52apps, 4goals), Stockport County (39apps, 13goals) and Burnley (4apps) from whom he went on loan to Mansfield Town (5apps, 1goal), Chester City (9apps, 1goal) and Doncaster Rovers (8apps, 1goal). During his time at Ilkeston he played a full part in the club's 1999/00 FA Cup run when they reached the Second Round and he played in the historic 2-1 win over Carlisle United. Also played in the First Round tie at Swindon Town a year later as well as picking up Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medals in 1998/99 and 1999/00. Had a brief spell in temporary charge following Keith Alexander's departure in October 2000 and went on to help the club in a variety of management and coaching roles, details of which can be found on the Managers page. Debut: 22/8/98 v Weymouth (H). Last appearance: 9/3/02 v Kettering Town (H). Record: 1998/99 39+5subs, 4goals; 1999/00 36+13subs, 10goals; 2000/01 27+7subs, 3goals; 2001/02 0+3subs. Total: 102+28subs, 17goals. 

One of the greatest players in Ilkeston's early days and whose career can be found in more depth on the Forties Legends page. Record: 1945/46 29apps, 25goals; 1946/47 28apps, 17goals; 1947/48 35apps, 37goals; 1948/49 5apps, 1goal. Total: 97apps, 80goals.

Electrifying left sided midfielder whose career can be seen in greater detail on the Noughties Legends page. Record: 1999/00 19+2subs, 13goals; 2001/02 27apps, 10goals; 2002/03 13apps, 1goal. Total: 59+2subs, 24goals.


Former Trowel St Helens and Ilkeston Albion winger who joined Ilkeston's reserves set up in 1976. Made a single appearance before joining Humber Sports only to rejoin Ilkeston in 1979. Held down a regular place until the end of the 1980/81 season. Went on to play for Belper Town and Valley Park although he returned to Ilkeston during the 1984/85 season, appearing very occasionally thereafter. Debut: 29/9/79 v Eastwood Town (A). Last appearance: 11/9/85 v Buxton (A). Record: 1976/77 0+1sub; 1979/80 13apps, 1goal; 1980/81 33apps, 3goals; 1984/85 2apps; 1985/86 1+1sub. Total: 49+2subs, 4goals. 

Goalkeeper who represented Derbyshire Boys and joined Ilkeston from Derby Rolls Royce during Summer 1978 although it was several months before he broke into the first team. Played frequently during the first half of the 1979/80 season and regained his place early in the 1980/81 season only to lose form and confidence. By 1981 the arrival of the excellent Dave Buxton meant his days were numbered and he left the club in January. Debut: 19/4/79 v Sutton Town (H). Last appearance: 27/12/80 v Long Eaton United (H). Record: 1978/79 10apps; 1979/80 25apps; 1980/81 17apps. Total: 52apps.


Born c1930. Inside right signed from Stanton Ironworks in Summer 1950. Scored on his debut and grabbed the first of two hat-tricks in his first nine appearances for Ilkeston against Derby Brighton Road Old Boys in October 1950. Gradually lost form and was used sparingly during the second half of the season. Was handed another opportunity early in the 1951/52 when he was used on the right wing, and played in the famous FA Cup tie with Rochdale in November 1951 in that position, but the return of Ken Ledger and the fine form of Billy Coxon inside spelled the end of his days as an Ilkeston player. Returned to Stanton Ironworks. Debut: 26/8/50 v Retford Town (H). Last appearance: 14/4/51 v Long Eaton Town (A). Record: 1950/51 24apps, 16goals; 1951/52 19apps, 7goals. Total: 43apps, 23goals.


Left half signed from Derby Rolls Royce in November 1945. Immediately became a fixture in the team, his excellent distribution delighting spectators as did his willingness to support the attack as well as defend. Played in Town's first ever Derbyshire Senior Cup Final in May 1946 and repeated the act a year later as well as picking up a Derbyshire Divisional Cup winners medal in April 1947. Captained the side during the first half of the 1947/48 season, playing a part in the splendid FA Cup giant killing wins against Ransome & Marles and Boston United before the record 11-1 defeat at Grantham. Lost his place to Doug Gregory at the start of 1948 and moved on to Heanor Athletic. Debut: 24/11/45 v Brinsley Welfare (A). Last appearance: 27/12/47 v South Normanton Miners Welfare (A). Record: 1945/46 18apps, 1goal (pen); 1946/47 29apps; 1947/48 19apps, 2goals. Total: 66apps, 3goals (1pen).

Born Peterborough 17/4/1977. Left back previously with Lincoln City, Boston Town, Cambridge City and Sheffield Wednesday who joined Ilkeston for a month from Kettering Town in October 1997. Returned to Kettering after making just three appearances including one as substitute. Went on to play for Cambridge City, Stamford and Spalding United. First appearance: 4/10/97 v Brackley Town (H). Last appearance: 18/10/97 v Winsford United (A).


Former Sheffield United and Frickley Colliery outside left who made a goal scoring debut. Signed in Summer 1964 he joined an inexperienced team that struggled and he lost his place in the Autumn. The arrival of Roger Collinson limited him to a handful of appearances thereafter and he left at the end of the season to join Skegness Town after scoring 3 goals in 19 games for Ilkeston. Debut: 26/8/64 v Grantham (A). Last appearance: 19/4/65 v Denaby United (H).

Born Sheffield 22/7/81. Former England schoolboy and youth international who started out at Sheffield Wednesday before making his League debut with Queens Park Rangers (1app). An attacking midfielder who joined Ilkeston in February 2002 from Chester City but only appeared once, in a poor team performance, on 16/2/02 at home to Tiverton Town. Joined Stalybridge Celtic before returning to League football with Boston United (13apps) where he was diagnosed as being a sufferer from epilepsy. Later played for Wakefield & Emley, Northwich Victoria, Frickley Athletic and Gainsborough Trinity.

Right winger signed late in 1973 from Gotham after impressing against Ilkeston's reserves side. Handed a first team opportunity in March 1974 when his quick, direct approach, enthusiasm and willingness to shoot won admirers. Lost his place in the side at the start of the 1974/75 season and when he returned he soon suffered from a fractured leg sustained in Sunday football. Reappeared when he regained fitness towards the end of the season but left during the Summer, going on to play for Clifton All Whites. Debut: 9/3/74 v Sutton Town (A). Last appearance: 21/4/75 v Retford Town (H). Record: 1973/74 12apps, 2goals; 1974/75 5apps. Total: 17apps, 2goals.

Played in Town's first ever match, at Chilwell Garrison on 25/8/45, as an inside right but never played for the club again.

Born c1955. Teenage forward formerly with Mansfield Town and Boston United who arrived at Ilkeston in March 1974 fresh from a trial at Millwall. Something of a luxury player, he could delight with his impudence and cheeky skills but was a player of moods and at the opposite extreme could be petulant and niggly. Lacked the consistency to be a real success but provided some moments of real quality. Went on to play for Heanor Town and Alfreton Town after leaving Ilkeston at the end of the 1974/75 season. Debut: 30/3/74 v Alfreton Town (H). Last appearance: 10/5/75 v Heanor Town (H). Record: 1973/74 10apps, 2goals; 1974/75 34+1sub, 7goals (2pens). Total: 44+1sub, 9goals (2pens).

Technically excellent outside right whose crowd pleasing skills means he is featured on the Noughties Legends page. Record: 2003/04 11+1sub, 4goals; 2004/05 32+10subs, 14goals; 2005/06 2+3subs; 2006/07 1+2subs. Total: 46+16subs, 18goals.


Former Frickley Colliery and Rawmarsh defender who made a single appearance at left back on 14/9/64 away at Heanor Town.


High quality midfield player who spent the 1982/83 season with Ilkeston and played a massive part in the run to the last 16 of the FA Trophy, scoring twice in the memorable victory over Conference side Stafford Rangers. Also picked up a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal, scoring in the second leg, and scored 9 goals in his 48 appearances for the club. Moved on to Long Eaton United, Boston United, Buxton, Matlock Town, Emley and Wealdstone. Debut: 25/9/82 v Heanor Town (H). Last appearance: 17/5/83 v Skegness Town (A).

Born c1947. Teenage centre forward previously with Trowel St Helens who made 2 appearances during the 1964/65 season. Made his debut in the 6-0 home defeat against Ashton United on 12/9/64 and last appeared on 10/10/64 at home to Worksop Town. Later played for Ripley Miners Welfare.


Outside left who made a single appearance and scored in Ilkeston's record 14-2 win at Codnor Miners Welfare on 3/5/47 but was unable to displace regular winger Jeff Weston from the team going forward.

Winger signed from Players Athletic, on the recommendation of Dennis Webster, who played in the first six games of the 1978/79 season. A serious injury robbed him of making a long term impact and he later joined Basford United. Debut: 19/8/78 v Heanor Town (H). Last appearance: 5/9/78 v Kimberley Town (H).

Defender signed from Hucknall Town early in the 1990/91 season. Made 10 appearances plus five as substitute but unable to hold down a regular place left the club. Went on to appear for Stanton, Pelican, Sandiacre Town, Kimberley Town and Priory. Debut: 29/9/90 v Halesowen Harriers (H). Last appearance: 25/3/91 v Oldswinford (A).


Born 21/7/1989. Highly regarded young winger who was handed a few opportunities after being promoted from the reserves in 2005. Showed great promise but was allowed to leave in 2007. Has gone on to play for Shepshed Dynamo, Glapwell, South Normanton Athletic and Gedling Town but hasn't made the progress anticipated by many. Debut: 22/11/05 v Shirebrook Town (H). Last appearance: 21/11/06 v Borrowash Victoria (H). Record: 5+4subs, 2goals. 2006/07 1app. Total: 6+4subs, 2goals.


Former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper signed in Summer 1947 and he did well throughout the 1947/48 season when he made 36 appearances. Went on to play for Bourne Town and Heanor Athletic. Debut: 30/8/47 v New Houghton Villa (H). Last appearance: 24/4/48 v Whitwick Colliery (H).


Former Grantham player who joined from Derby County in 1950 after failing to make their first team. An outside left he temporarily kept stalwart Arthur Grant out of the team but ultimately failed to make the position his own. Left for Belper Town in 1951. Debut: 30/4/50 v South Normanton Miners Welfare (A). Last appearance: 27/1/51 v Shirebrook Supporters (A). Record: 1949/50 2apps; 1950/51 13apps, 1goal. Total: 15apps, 1goal.

Young goalkeeper promoted from the reserves following the departure of Scott Barrett but made just one appearance, at home to Belper Town on 29/9/84, before losing his place to new signing Kevin Milhaly.

Much travelled, quick and skilful forward, who signed in Spring 1993. Formerly with Burton Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Boston United, Long Eaton United, Leicester United and Eastwood Town before joining from Belper Town. Missed the start of the 1993/94 season due to playing football in Finland but returned to appear regularly for the team from late September. Joined Arnold Town in February 1994 but returned to Ilkeston to appear briefly early in the 1994/95 season. Scored 2 hat-tricks for Ilkeston in the home game against West Bromwich Town and away at Wednesfield on 24/4/93 and 26/10/93 respectively. Debut: 23/3/93 v Stourport Swifts (H). Last appearance: 17/9/94 v Hinckley Town (A). Record: 1992/93 11+1sub, 5goals; 1993/94 19apps, 10goals; 1994/95 1+1sub. Total: 31+2subs, 15goals. 


Born Burton 17/11/1986. Started with Port Vale before becoming a regular at Burton Albion. Determined central midfielder with good distribution and able to deliver corners with accuracy. Joined Ilkeston in Summer 2009 and played a significant role in his only season at the club, making 42 appearances including 3 as substitute, and scored 3 goals. Left before the start of the 2010/11 season for Altrincham before moving to Gresley. Debut: 8/8/09 v Droylsden (A). Last appearance: 24/4/10 v Gloucester City (A).


Born Derby 22/11/1972. Started out with then League club Scarborough (11apps, 1goal) before moving into non League football with Gresley Rovers, Gloucester City and Burton Albion. Joined Ilkeston, initially on loan, as a wily, intelligent and classy forward, scoring on his debut in September 2000. Returned to the club on a permanent basis towards the end of the season and played well throughout the following season. Left Ilkeston following the poor start to the 2002/03 season to join Worcester City and went on to play for Alfreton Town and Gresley Rovers before rejoining Ilkeston towards the end of the 2004/05 season. By now was past his best but he helped The Robins clinch promotion to the Unibond League Premier Division, coming on as substitute in the win against Chorley that saw them cross the line. Returned to Gresley Rovers at the end of the season. Debut: 23/9/00 v Welling United (A). Last appearance: 30/4/05 v Chorley (H). Record: 2000/01 12apps, 4goals; 2001/02 42+3subs, 14goals; 2002/03 8+1sub, 1goal; 2004/05 4+2subs. Total: 66+6subs, 19goals. 

Terrier like central midfielder whose career can be found in greater detail on the Noughties Legends page. Record: 2004/05 17+3subs; 2005/06 45+3subs, 1goal; 2006/07 44+6subs, 3goals; 2007/08 42+5subs, 1goal. Total: 148+17subs, 5goals.

Born c1953. Nottinghamshire FA Youth representative who joined Ilkeston from Erewash Valley Athletic. Showed considerable promise as an attacking wide player and made a couple of appearances at the end of the 1968/69 season , at home to Warley on 30/4/69 and away at Boston on 4/5/69, but did not feature for the club again.

Midfielder who made a couple of appearances towards the end of the 1999/00 season. Made his debut away at Rothwell Town on 26/4/00 and appeared as substitute at Clevedon Town on 3/5/00.

Goalkeeper from Rutland United who made a single appearance at Coalville Town on 9/5/50 when regular 'keeper Dick Pickering missed the team bus.


Teenager signed from Chesterfield in Summer 2009. Had limited opportunities during his 12 months, which were hindered by injury problems, at Ilkeston and usually played at right back rather than his preferred role in central defence. Looked comfortable on the ball but appeared to lack pace. Moved on to Hucknall Town after making 4 full appearances, one of which came in the FA Cup First Round tie at Cambridge United, plus 3 as substitute. Has since played for Shepshed Dynamo. Debut: 8/8/09 v Droylsden (A). Last appearance: 1/12/09 v Pinxton (H).


Born London 27/11/1983. Solid central defender who made his League debut with Mansfield Town (2apps) before moving into non League with Kettering Town and Kings Lynn. Joined Ilkeston before the start of the 2003/04 and spent the season at the club, captaining the side on many occasions. Made 38 appearances plus 3 as substitute, picking up a Derbyshire Senior Cup runners up medal along the way. Went on to play for Stamford, Kidderminster Harriers, Spalding United and Deeping Rangers, as well as spending some time as Boston United's Football in the Community officer, before injury curtailed his playing days. Debut: 16/8/03 v Redditch United (H). Last appearance: 20/4/04 v Matlock Town (A).


Born Hexham 3/7/1987. Holding midfield player who made intelligent use of the ball. First joined Ilkeston in September 2008 before emigrating to Australia in the New Year, playing in Melbourne for Sunshine George Cross. Returned to Ilkeston in September 2009 but was in and out of the team prior to a move to Blyth Spartans in February 2010. Came to Ilkeston the first time from Newcastle Blue Star but had also played in the Scottish League with Ross County (8+1sub, 1goal). Debut: 20/9/08 v Bradford Park Avenue (A). Last appearance: 25/1/10 v Hyde United (A). Record: 2008/09 9apps; 2009/10 10+6subs, 1goal. Total: 19+6subs, 1goal.


Born Derby 15/3/1933. Brother of Colin. Talented outside right who joined Ilkeston from Heanor Town in Summer 1956. After a short stay, during which time he played in the FA Cup First Round tie with Blyth Spartans, signed for Keele University later in the year and went on to play for Port Vale (2apps) before returning to non League with Burton Albion. Scored 3 goals in 10 games for Ilkeston. Debut: 25/8/56 v Rushden Town (A). Last appearance: 8/12/56 v Brush Sports Reserves (A).


Brother of Brian. Centre forward with great potential signed from Derby Corinthians in Summer 1956. Scored 4 goals in only his second match, away at Clay Cross Miners Welfare on 20/10/56. Left in 1957, following a trial at Doncaster Rovers, for Burton Albion after scoring 11 goals in 15 appearances for Ilkeston but his career did not progress as anticipated. Went on to play for Wilmorton & Alvaston, Ripley Miners Welfare, Sutton Town and Belper Town. Debut: 13/10/56 v Corby Town Reserves. Last appearance: 24/4/57 v Rothwell Town (H).


Born Nottingham. Central midfielder with vision and passing skills who appeared to have the quality but failed to impress. Previously with Shirebrook Town, Kings Lynn, Spalding United, Gainsborough Trinity and Kettering Town for whom he was on the winning side in the 1999/00 FA Trophy Final. Joined Ilkeston in Summer 2000 and appeared regularly until the Autumn but appeared only once in the second half of the season. Made 18 appearances, including one as substitute, before leaving at the end of the 2000/01 season, going on to play for Hednesford Town, Gresley Rovers and Matlock Town where he became joint manager. Has since filled a similar role at Heanor Town. Debut: 19/8/00 v Merthyr Tydfil (A). Last appearance: 14/4/01 v Burton Albion (A).


Born 11/6/1945. Right winger who joined from Long Eaton United who made a single appearance on 24/8/64 at home to Bourne Town. Later appeared for Wilmorton and Gresley Rovers.

Young forward signed from Mansfield Town who made a single appearance at home to Stafford Rangers on 10/2/96. Future clubs included Spalding United, Hucknall Town, Arnold Town, Long Eaton United and Kimberley Town.

Former Grantham and Corby Town player whose versatility possibly counted against him. Played in a number of positions including outside left, right half and centre forward following his arrival in 1957 but never played more than four games in a row. Returned to Corby Town during the 1958/59 season. Debut: 21/9/57 v South Normanton (A). Last appearance: 20/9/58 v Long Eaton United (A). Record: 1957/58 11apps; 1958/59 1app. Total: 12apps.

Born Middlesbrough 2/6/1983. Goalkeeper who started out at Birmingham City but made his League debut at Lincoln City (1app). Moved into non League and played for Spalding United before spending a month at Ilkeston, making 6 appearances from late October 2003. Later played for Scarborough, Gateshead and Tow Law Town. Debut: 25/10/03 v Swindon Supermarine (H). Last appearance: 22/11/03 v Cirencester Town (H).
Born Cleveland 16/10/1974. Young left back previously with Notts County and Mansfield Town who appeared frequently at the back end of 1994. The arrival of Mark Pennant led to his departure but he went on togive fine service to the likes of Macclesfield Town, Hucknall Town, Gresley Rovers, Boston United, Worksop Town, Hinckley United and Matlock Town. Played 8 games for Ilkeston and scored on his final appearance. Debut: 12/11/94 v Dudley Town (A). Last appearance: 7/1/95 v Leicester United (H).


Goalkeeper signed from Awsworth Villa who made 4 appearances at the start of the 1986/87 season before losing his place to Eddie Green. Debut: 23/8/86 v Arnold (H). Last appearance: 13/9/86 v Gainsborough Town (A).

Young forward who did quite well in his debut season of 1981/82, being able to bring others into play, without scoring prolifically himself. Appeared only occasionally during the following season when he collected a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal but his progress was spotted by Grantham for whom he signed in 1983. Returned to Ilkeston briefly at the start of the 1986/87 season before moving on to Radford Olympic, Eastwood Racing and Borrowash Victoria. Debut: 12/9/81 v Heanor Town (A). Last appearance: 8/9/86 v Hinckley Town (A). Record: 1981/82 24+1sub, 6goals; 1982/83 8+1sub, 2goals; 1986/87 3apps. Total: 35+2subs, 8goals.

Forward signed from Chesterfield who preferred to play on the right side. Scored in his first two games at the start of the 1948/49 season whereupon he left to join Atherstone Town. Returned later in the season and helped Ilkeston reach the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final. Left in Summer 1949 and went on to play for Heanor Athletic, Cossall and Belper Town. Scored 6 times in 14 appearances for Ilkeston. Debut: 21/8/48 v Warsop Working Mens Club (H). Last appearance: 7/5/49 v Midland Woodworkers (A).

Half back who made 4 appearances towards the end of the 1948/49 season before joining Belper Town. Debut: 15/4/49 v Matlock Town (H). Last appearance: 26/4/49 v Whitwick Colliery (A).


Born Nottingham 27/5/1986. Former Notts County, Grantham Town, Hinckley United, Shepshed Dynamo, Carlton Town, Eastwood Town and Hucknall Town striker signed in Summer 2008. Quick and powerful front runner who was a handful for defences but sometimes lacked composure in front of goal and was unlucky with several efforts that hit the woodwork. Asked to be released from his contract in early 2009 citing personal difficulties but signed for Mansfield Town within days. Has since moved to Alfreton Town. Made 22 appearances plus 9 as substitute for Ilkeston, scoring 6 goals including one from the penalty spot. Debut: 16/8/08 v Kendal Town (H). Last appearance: 17/1/09 v Nantwich Town (H).


Born Derby 15/1/1972. Represented Derby Boys and was on Arsenal's books but made his League debut while on loan at Chesterfield (3apps). Then followed a move to Barnsley but it was at Bradford City (62apps, 1goal) where his League career resumed. His next club was Notts County (5apps) and he also appeared on loan at Macclesfield Town (5apps). Joined Ilkeston as a vastly experienced central defender who was strong in the air in March 2005 having played for a variety of non League clubs including Kings Lynn, Boston United, Burton Albion, Nuneaton Borough and Worcester City. Helped Ilkeston win promotion to the Unibond League Premier Division within weeks of his arrival and was a first team regular throughout the following season, picking up a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal in his final appearance as well as a Presidents Cup runners up medal a few weeks earlier. Then signed for Gresley Rovers before joining Mickleover Sports. Debut: 9/3/05 v Eastwood Town (A). Last appearance: 2/5/06 v Mickleover Sports (H). Record: 2004/05 10apps; 2005/06 40+1sub, 3goals. Total: 50+1sub, 3goals.


Born Nottingham 9/8/1977. Brother of former Premiership player Darren. Lively and quick forward with a similar style to his brother although the end product could let him down on occasions. Nevertheless his ability was not in question and was popular with supporters. Signed from Lincoln City in Summer 1996 he picked up a Derbyshire Senior Cup runners up medal at the end of his first season, scoring in the second leg of the final. Then played his part in helping the club win promotion to the Southern League Premier Division as well as playing in the FA Cup Second Round Replay with Scunthorpe United, and had a loan spell at VS Rugby midway through the campaign. Scored two hat-tricks in nine days towards the end of the season, against Grantham Town at home on 13/4/98 and away at VS Rugby.  Then moved to Telford United and his career seemed to be really taking off but a bad leg break hindered his progress. Had a loan spell at Tamworth before moving to a host of other clubs including Woking, Hinckley United, Hucknall Town, Eastwood Town, Kidsgrove Athletic, Grantham Town, Arnold Town, Hednesford Town, Lincoln United, Gedling Miners Welfare and Wollaton. Debut: 17/8/96 v Sutton Coldfield Town (A). Last appearance: 2/5/98 v Moor Green (H). Record: 1996/97 18+21subs, 11goals; 1997/98 21+24subs, 17goals. Total: 39+45subs, 28goals.

Born Nottingham 29/9/1935. Former Nottinghamshire Boys player who joined Blackpool as a youngster but returned to his home city to make his League debut with Nottingham Forest (1app). Joined Ilkeston in 1957 and was expected to play a significant role but made only a single appearance at home to Stamford on 26/10/57 before moving to Long Eaton United.


Born Dublin 17/11/1982. Republic of Ireland youth international who was signed by Nottingham Forest from Home Farm. Failed to break into theirfirst team and moved on to Halifax Town and then Belper Town. Joined Ilkeston at the turn of 2003 when they were struggling defensively and he added extra at right back as the team fought their brave but unsuccessful battle to avoid relegation from the Southern League Premier Division. Made 16 appearances before leaving in Summer of 2003 to return to Ireland with Dublin City. Has since played for Ossett Town, Gresley Rovers and Northern Ireland side Newry. Debut: 4/1/03 v Chelmsford City (A). Last appearance: 3/5/03 v Havant & Waterlooville (A).

Inside forward signed from Chandos Street Old Boys who broke into the first team towards the end of the 1959/60 season and scored on his debut. Spent several seasons at Ilkeston but only appeared occasionally. Debut: 23/4/60 v Belper Town (A). Last appearance: 18/11/61 v Gainsborough Trinity (H). Record: 1959/60 6apps, 3goals; 1960/61 3apps; 1961/62 4apps. Total: 13apps, 3goals.


Outside right signed from Ransome & Marles but his first team opportunities were very limited due to the presence of the legendary Ken Ledger. Went on to play for Heanor Town and Belper Town. Debut: 6/2/54 v Grantham Reserves (H). Last appearance: 4/12/54 v Shirebrook Miners Welfare (H). Record: 1953/54 2apps; 1954/55 1app. Total: 3apps.


Forward from Littleover Old Boys who joined in 1968 but was unable to make a real breakthrough into the first team. Made 4 appearances, 3 of which were as substitute, and scored 1 goal. Debut: 28/8/68 v Matlock Town (A). Last appearance: 5/10/68 v Buxton (A).


Born Nottingham 23/2/1965. Started out at Notts County before moving into non League football with Rainworth Miners Welfare, Eastwood Town, Arnold, Shepshed Charterhouse, Grantham, Spalding United and Telford United. Arrived at Ilkeston in Summer 1992 as an experienced, hard working, ball winning central midfielder who could also play at the heart of the defence, and over the next four years helped propel the club up the non League 'Pyramid'. His debut coincided with the first ever match on the New Manor Ground and at the end of his first season he picked up a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal and the Manager's Player of the Year award. Injury limited his appearances in 1993/94 but he still played his part in helping The Robins win the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division title. Then, in 1994/95, he rarely missed a game as Ilkeston won promotion to the Southern League Premier Division, reached the last 16 of the FA Trophy and the final of the Derbyshire Senior Cup. Left Ilkeston after their poor start to the 1995/96 season and went on to play for Hucknall Town, Dunkirk as player manager, Grantham Town, Borrowash Victoria and Wollaton before becoming manager of Gedling Town. Debut: 15/8/92 v Chasetown (H). Last appearance: 10/10/95 v Marine (H). Record: 1992/93 40+2subs, 9goals; 1993/94 20+1sub; 1994/95 54apps, 12goals; 1995/96 11apps. Total: 125+3subs, 21goals.


Former Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United and Frickley Athletic defender signed in Summer 1964 and appointed as captain for the season ahead. The team began badly and his own form at right back suffered to such an extent that he had been dropped by mid October. Returned later in the season to make a handful of appearances in central defence but left at the end to join Belper Town. Made 20 appearances and scored 1 goal. Debut: 22/8/64 v Matlock Town (A). Last appearance: 19/4/65 v Denaby United (H).

Forward from Borrowash Victoria who made 6 appearances in Autumn 1980 but made little impression. Debut: 20/9/80 v Sutton Town (H). Last appearance: 25/10/80 v Arnold (H).


Loyal club man who could play at right back or right half. Spent several years at the club despite only making very occasional appearances for the first team. Debut: 31/12/55 v Derby County 'A' (H). Last appearance: 5/9/59 v Burton Albion Reserves (H). Record: 1955/56 2apps; 1957/58 3apps; 1959/60 3apps. Total: 8apps.


Born Harrogate. Left sided midfielder previously with Harrogate Railway Athletic, Guiseley, Hednesford Town, Gainsborough Trinity, Morecambe and Harrogate Town who joined Ilkeston for the 2007/08 season. Came with a glowing reputation of being a quality player but seldom produced and had a disappointing season. Made 25 starts plus 7 as substitute and scored once. Signed for North Ferriby United in Summer 2008, and later moved on to Buxton. Debut: 18/8/07 v Ashton United (A). Last appearance: 12/4/08 v Frickley Athletic (A).

One of Sir Matt Busby's 1950s youth players at Manchester United. Moved on to Lincoln City and Sheffield United without breaking into League football. A forward, his quality was obvious in a very brief stay at Ilkeston when he made 2 appearances, away at Rushden Town on 15/11/58 and at home to Belper Town a week later when he scored. Then joined Matlock Town.


Young left sided reserves player who showed potential during 4 first team appearances in 2007/08, including 2 as substitute, but was released in Summer 2008 when the reserves team disbanded. Joined Wollaton. Debut: 12/3/08 v Whitby Town (H). Last appearance: 26/4/08 v Whitby Town (A).


Born Sheffield. Began with Sheffield United before moving to Frickley Athletic. Young forward who made 4 starts and 5 substitute apperances, scoring 5 goals including a hat-trick at home against Heanor Town on 16/12/03. Showed promise during his two months in the first team late in 2003 but was allowed to join Buxton in the New Year. Later played for Belper Town. Debut: 28/10/03 v Rugby United (A). Last appearance: 26/12/03 v Shepshed Dynamo (A).


Born Barnsley 3/10/1973. Central midfielder who moved into League football from Emley by signing for Huddersfield Town (3apps). Had a loan spell at Halifax Town before returning to Emley from whom he joined Ilkeston in Summer 1999. Won a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal within weeks of his arrival and also helped the club reach the Second Round of the FA Cup, coming on as substitute in the famous win over Carlisle United on 30/10/99. Nevertheless his performances overall were somewhat disappointing and he left in 2000 to join Frickley Athletic after making 30 appearances, including 6 as substitute, scoring 4 goals in the process. Later played for Gainsborough Trinity and Worksop Town. Debut: 3/8/99 v Belper Town (H). Last appearance: 22/1/00 v Bath City (H).

Born Mansfield 18/2/1985. Teenage midfielder who joined briefly in October 2003 after playing League football with Mansfield Town (1app). Made 3 appearances in a week, making his debut away at Yate Town on 18/10/03 before ending his spell at Ilkeston at home to Swindon Supermarine, Phil Stant's first match in charge, to return to Mansfield.

Born Sheffield 25/9/1974. Left back who enjoyed a long and fruitful career with Rotherham United (436apps, 13goals) where he enjoyed great popularity. Joined Burton Albion on loan before deciding to sign for Ilkeston on a permanent basis in Summer 2008. His excellent reading of the game, tackling ability, fitness and desire to support the forwards wherever possible quickly became apparent and he played a huge part in Ilkeston's subsequent promotion to the Blue Square North, playing in every league game, making a total of 58 appearances and scoring once. More importantly he took over as joint manager with Rob Scott for the remainder of the season following David Holdsworth's departure just after Christmas, and his man management and tactical nous were a big factor in Ilkeston's success. Also won a Unibond League Cup runners up medal along the way. Sadly, Ilkeston failed to keep on to him, and Rob Scott, at the end of the season and both took up similar posts at Boston United for the 2009/10 season. Details of his management record can be found on the Managers Page. Debut: 16/8/08 v Kendal Town (H). Last appearance: 2/5/09 v Nantwich Town (H). 

Born 1/6/1921. Full back who played Wartime League football with Nottingham Forest (23apps) and Notts County (4apps) before spending his entire League career with the former (241apps). Vastly experienced he joined Ilkeston as player coach, making 2 appearances at the start of the season, in the home game against Nottingham Forest 'A' on 22/8/59 and away at South Normanton two days later. Clearly past it as a player, he remained in a coaching capacity until just before Christmas and although his appointment cannot be viewed as a total success some of his tactics and training methods were to hold the club in good stead going forward.

Unknown Christian name. Left back who appeared in the final 5 games of the 1946/47 season. His final appearance saw him collect a Derbyshire Senior Cup runners up medal. Debut: 19/4/47 v Heanor Athletic (A). Last appearance: 24/5/47 v Heanor Athletic (H).

Forward from Stanton who made 5 substitute appearances and 1 start, which coincided with Ilkeston clinching the West Midlands Regional League First Division title at Wem Town on 20/4/92. All six of his appearances were away from home. Debut: 7/4/92 v Ettinshall Holy Trinity (A). Last appearance: 6/5/92 v Tividale (A).


Born Derby 25/2/64. Wholehearted, tall central defender who always played to the best of his ability. Played Sunday football with FC Standard but was better known for his times at Bromsgrove Rovers, Nuneaton Borough, Grantham, Alfreton Town, Corby Town and Leicester United prior to joining Ilkeston in early Spring 1993. Won a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal two months after his arrival and played a big part in helping the club win the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division league and cup double the following season. Then helped Ilkeston win promotion to the Southern League Premier Division, reach the last 16 of the FA Trophy and also the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final in 1994/95, his efforts being rewarded by winning the Players' Player of the Year award. However, the move up to the higher level was probably a step too far and he left in Spring 1996, going on to play for Shepshed Dynamo, Mickleover Sports and Borrowash Victoria. Debut: 13/3/93 v Rushall Olympic (H). Last appearance: 9/3/96 v Crawley Town (H). Record: 1992/93 12+1sub; 1993/94 34apps, 3goals; 1994/95 44apps; 1995/96 23+1sub, 1goal. Total: 113+2subs, 4goals.


Central defender previously with Republic of Ireland side Drogheda United, Dorchester Town and Forest Green Rovers who joined Ilkeston at Christmas 2002. Made 6 appearances but struggled in a shaky defence and soon moved on to Tiverton Town. Debut: 28/12/02 v Tiverton Town (H). Last appearance: 1/2/03 v Hinckley United (A).

Young midfielder/full back from Tamworth who spent most of the 2007/08 season in the reserves, appearing just 3 times for the first team including once as substitute. Debut: 11/9/07 v Worksop Town (A). Last appearance: 12/4/08 v Frickley Athletic (A).


Midfielder who made 2 appearances early in the 1989/90 season, making his debut away at Long Eaton United on 12/8/89. Scored on his final appearance away at Bradford Park Avenue on 9/9/89.

Matlock Town goalkeeper signed in an emegency to make a single appearance away at Bedworth United on 3/1/04 when Ross Turner was injured.


Born South Shields 23/4/1986. Started out as a youngster but it was at Hartlepool United (64apps, 3goals) where he began to earn his reputation as a highly energetic, right sided, bustling midfielder, at one stage being their youngest ever player to appear in the League. Injury threatened to wreck his career and he moved into non League football with Gateshead and Consett before embarking upon a spell in the Scottish League with Peterhead (22apps, 1goal). Joined Ilkeston in Summer 2008 where his style won appreciation from supporters and he played a significant role in helping The Robins win promotion to the Blue Square North in 2009. Made 40 starts including an appearance in the Unibond League Cup Final plus 14 substitute appearances, scoring 4 goals. Left in the Summer of 2009 for Mansfield Town for a nominal fee and has subsequently gone on loan to Alfreton Town. Debut: 16/8/08 v Kendal Town (H). Last appearance: 2/5/09 v Nantwich Town (H).