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ARTHUR JACKSON

Inside right who joined Ilkeston from Notts County in Summer 1950 and scored on his debut. Obviously talented he was unlucky with injuries to begin with and also seemed to lack self belief. Scored a hat-trick at Newhall United on 17/2/51 but was never certain of a first team place. Made some contributions towards Town's 1951/52 Central Alliance championship success, and played in the match at Teversal & Silverhill Colliery on 26/4/52 when the title was clinched as well as picking up a Derbyshire Divisional Cup winners medal in 1950/51. The arrival of Ken Faulconbridge in 1952 near enough signalled the end of his career at Ilkeston. Debut: 19/8/50 v Parkhouse Colliery (A). Last appearance: 8/11/52 v Gainsborough Trinity (A). Record: 1950/51 11apps, 5goals (1pen); 1951/52 16apps, 2goals; 1952/53 1app. Total: 28apps, 7goals (1pen).

BILLY JACKSON

Inside right signed from Notts County who made a single appearance at South Normanton on 24/8/59.

DENNIS JACKSON

Central defender who appeared frequently during the Autumn and early Winter of 1991/92, making 16 appearances including 2 as substitute. Previously with Keyworth United and Arnold. Debut: 12/10/91 v Ludlow Town (H). Last appearance: 1/2/92 v Wolverhampton Casuals (A).

JUSTIN JACKSON
Born Nottingham 26/6/1975. Lively and skilful forward who started out with Bolton Wanderers but made his senior debut in Scotland with Ayr United (27apps, 4goals). Then moved to Dundee before returning to England with non League Penrith. Joined Ilkeston in October 1995 and his potential was evident from the start, scoring on his debut and netting 5 times in his first 6 games. However, in a struggling team, he scored only twice in his remaining 17 games for the club before departing for Morecambe in March 1996. His career began to take off thereafter and he won an FA Trophy winners medal in 1996/97 with Woking before entering League football with Notts County (25apps, 1goal). A loan spell at Rotherham United (2apps, 1goal) preceeded a move to then League club Halifax Town (17apps, 4goals). A return to non League Morecambe followed where he was capped by England at semi pro level as he was at his next club, Rushden & Diamonds who he helped take into the Football League. Left Rushden after appearing for them as a League club (5apps) to return into non League with Doncaster Rovers, Accrington Stanley, Stafford Rangers, Brackley and Corby Town. Debut: 21/10/95 v Baldock Town (H). Last appearance: 9/3/96 v Crawley Town (H).

NATHAN JAMES
Right winger signed for a month from Harrogate Town in December 2007. Made 4 appearances. Previously with Liversedge and Harrogate Railway and has since played for Brighouse Town. Debut: 26/12/07 v Matlock Town (A). Last appearance: 12/1/08 v Witton Albion (A).

ARRON JAMESON
Born Sheffield 7/11/1989. Teenage goalkeeper with limited League experience signed in an emergency from Sheffield Wednesday (2apps) for a two month loan spell in February 2009 having had a previous loan spell at Gainsborough Trinity. Impressed all with his calm authority in his 13 appearances, the last of which saw him collect a Unibond League Cup runners up medal. Has since gone on loan to Harrogate Town and Matlock Town. Debut: 24/2/09 v Hednesford Town (A). Last appearance: 7/4/09 v Guiseley (N).

NICK JARVIS
Born Mansfield 19/9/1955. Was with Derby County and Notts County as a youngster but was allowed to drop into non League football with Kimberley Town. Joined Ilkeston from Attenborough in November 1976 on the recommendation of Neil Rodwell and showed himself to be a talented and reliable overlapping full back who could play on either flank and operate occasionally in midfield. Left during Summer 1977 but quickly returned after a brief absence before leaving permanently a year later to join Grantham. Was dropped shortly before his departure from Ilkeston for putting his Sunday team first ahead of The Robins. Then entered League football with Scunthorpe United (21apps) before returning to non League. Later clubs included Shepshed Charterhouse, Grantham, Long Eaton United and Matlock Town. Debut: 27/11/76 v Buxton (H). Last appearance: 22/4/78 v Brigg Town (H). Record: 1976/77 20+1sub, 1goal; 1977/78 25apps, 1goal. Total: 45+1sub, 2goals.

ALAN JEFFRIES

Young reserves forward previously with Nottingham Forest and Notts County who made 2 substitute appearances in 2002/03, away at Newport County on 24/8/02 and at home to Stafford Rangers on 26/10/02. Has since played for a number of local sides including Belper Town, Carlton Town, Gedling Town, Shepshed Dynamo, Rainworth Miners Welfare, Dunkirk and Bulwell.

NIGEL JEMSON
Born Hutton 10/8/1969. Colourful and much travelled midfielder/striker who started out at Preston North End (32apps, 8goals). Had a loan spell at Bamber Bridge in the early days before winning England Under 21 honours. This led to a move to Nottingham Forest (47apps, 13goals) from where he went on loan to Bolton Wanderers (5apps) and Preston North End (9apps, 2goals). His next clubs were Sheffield Wednesday (51apps, 9goals), Grimsby Town on loan (6apps, 2goals) and Notts County (14apps, 1goal) before he had loan spells at Watford (4apps), Coventry City and Rotherham United (16apps, 5goals). Oxford United (68apps, 27goals) and Bury (29apps, 1goal) preceeded a move into Scottish football with Ayr United (12apps, 5goals) but then he returned to England for another spell at Oxford (18apps). His final League club was Shrewsbury Town (109apps, 36goals) and then he moved to Northern Ireland to play for Ballymena United (26apps, 8goals). Upon joining Ilkeston in Summer 2004 it was clear that he was not as fit as he used to be but his experience was invaluable as Ilkeston won promotion to the Unibond League Premier Division at the end of his first season, in which he was top scorer with 18 goals including one on his debut. His appearances became less frequent over the course of the next three seasons, paricularly after being appointed as player manager in October 2005. Nevertheless he won a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal in 2006/07, yet his tenure became more fraught as time went on. He left the club in Summer 2008 after narrowly avoiding relegation and took up the post of assistant manager at FC Halifax Town. More recently has been at Arnold Town and Rainworth Miners Welfare, purely as a player. In an depth look at his time as manager at Ilkeston can be found on the Managers page. Debut: 24/8/04 v Stocksbridge Park Steels (A). Last appearance: 26/4/08 v Whitby Town (A). Record: 2004/05 42+1sub, 18goals; 2005/06 16+10subs, 3goals; 2006/07 0+8subs; 2007/08 3+13subs, 2goals. Total: 61+32subs, 23goals.  

DENNIS JENAS
Born Nottingham 9/5/1960. Father of England star Jermaine. Much travelled prolific scoring former Nottingham Boys striker whose clubs included Clifton All Whites, Grantham, Burton Albion, Buxton, Matlock Town, Shepshed Charterhouse, Nuneaton Borough, Kettering Town, Wellingborough Town, Eastwood Town, Alfreton Town and Sunday team Startell prior to joining Ilkeston in March 1988. Continued to score goals for Ilkeston, including one on his debut and was soon appointed as player coach. Missed the start of the 1988/89 season because of a coaching commitment in Finland but was appointed as Ilkeston player manager in December 1988 two months after his return. Resigned at the end of the season following some disappointing results and a personal loss of form, subsequently leaving the club. Went on to play for Tamworth, Grantham, Sutton Town, Highfield Rangers, Harrowby United, Forest Athletic and Heanor Town where he had a spell as assistant manager on a temporary basis. Details of his time as Ilkeston manager can be found on the Managers page. Debut: 5/3/88 v Arnold (A). Last appearance: 29/4/89 v Gainsborough Town (A). Record: 1987/88 12apps, 12goals; 1988/89 27+2subs, 12goals. Total: 39+2subs, 24goals.
     
JUSTIN JENKINS

Born Nottingham. Tall, gangling forward who looked ungainly but whose unorthodox methods occasionally brought moments of breathtaking quality. Previously with Hinckley United and Shepshed Dynamo he joined Ilkeston in Summer 2004 and scored twice on his debut. Returned to Shepshed on loan midway through the season when he lost his place but returned in time to help Ilkeston win promotion, coming on as substitute in the clincher against Chorley. Left the club during the 2005/06 season for Hednesford Town and has since played for Lincoln United, Quorn, Carlton Town and Belper Town. Debut: 21/8/04 v Woodley Sports (H). Last appearance: 22/11/05 v Shirebrook Town (H). Record: 2004/05 13+13subs, 5goals; 2005/06 18+3subs, 6goals. Total: 31+16subs, 11goals.

MATT JENKINSON
Made a single appearance as substitute at home to Stafford Rangers on 10/2/96. Previously on the books of Lincoln City and Mansfield Town.

PAUL JENKINSON
Reserves midfielder who made 4 appearances plus 1 as substitute during the 1999/00 season. Scored on his debut. Debut: 16/11/99 v Stamford (A). Last appearance: 1/5/00 v Margate (H).

BARRIE JEPSON
The most lethal centre forward in Town's history and whose career can be viewed in more detail on the Fifties Legends page. Record: 1951/52 24apps, 37goals; 1952/53 48apps, 63goals; 1953/54 13apps, 15goals. Total: 85apps, 115goals.

KEITH JEPSON
Brother of Barrie. Centre forward previously with South Normanton Miners Welfare and Alfreton Town. Made 5 appearances during the opening few weeks of the 1964/65 season and scored 1 goal. Debut: 29/8/64 v Skegness Town (H). Last appearance: 3/10/64 v Goole Town (A).

DAVID JERVIS

Born Retford 18/1/1982. Popular left back who could also play left sided midfield. Lacked in inches but not in heart and was voted supporters' Player of the Year in 2004/05 when Ilkeston won promotion to the Unibond League Premier Division, despite missing the run in through injury. Started out with Mansfield Town (30apps) before moving into non League with Gainsborough Trinity. Joined Ilkeston in November 2003 and picked up a Derbyshire Senior Cup runners up medal before the end of his first season. 2005/06 saw him win a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal and a Presidents Cup runners up medal but he left in Summer 2006, moving on into a coaching role with Mansfield Town's youth team. Debut: 15/11/03 v Solihull Borough (A). Last appearance: 2/5/06 v Mickleover Sports (H). Record: 2003/04 19+1sub; 2004/05 33apps, 1goal; 2005/06 33+2subs, 2goals. Total: 85+3subs, 3goals.

FRED JOHNSON
Centre forward formerly with Uttoxeter and Derby County who joined Ilkeston midway through the 1948/49 season. After a handful of appearances up front he was converted into a centre back and looked likely to make a success of it but injuries suffered in the 1949/50 set him back. Eventually left Ilkeston for Gresley Rovers in 1951. Won a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal in 1948/49. Debut: 8/1/49 v Derby Corinthians (H). Last appearance: 29/12/50 v Derby County 'A' (H). Record: 1948/49 15apps, 4goals; 1949/50 7apps; 1950/51 3apps. Total: 25apps, 4goals.

KEN JOHNSON (1)

Experienced former Ransome & Marles and Spondon Pwer House wing half who joined the club in Spring 1948. Represented Newark Boys as a youngster. Debut: 26/3/48 v New Houghton Villa (A). Last appearance: 23/4/49 v Derby Carriage & Wagon (A). Record: 1947/48 5apps; 1948/49 4apps. Total: 9apps

KEN JOHNSON (2)
Excellent inside forward whose career can be seen in more detail on the Fifties Legends page. Record: 1953/54 27apps, 23goals; 1954/55 30apps, 23goals (1pen); 1955/56 34apps, 19goals; 1956/57 16apps, 12goals; 1957/58 5apps, 6goals; 1958/59 1app, 1goal (pen); 1959/60 6apps. Total: 119apps, 84goals (2pens).

LEE JOHNSON
Former Arnold player who could play in a variety of positions but was best suited to right back. Joined in Autumn 1980 and featured regularly in the first team until late in the 1981/82 season. Debut: 29/11/80 v Matlock Town (A). Last appearance: 31/3/82 v Alfreton Town (H). Record: 1980/81 19+1sub; 1981/82 30apps (1goal). Total: 49+1sub (1goal).

LEWIS JOHNSON
Lively reserves forward who made two substitute appearances, at home to Gloucester City on 24/4/99 and at home to Borrowash Victoria on 29/11/99. Later played for Cotgrave Miners Welfare and Basford United.

OWEN JOHNSON
Born Grimsby 13/11/1919. Left winger who probably missed the best years of his career because of the Second World War. Started out with Derby County but made his League debut for Bradford City (10apps, 1goal) after the war. Brought in by Ilkeston as a replacement for the ageing Arthur Grant in Summer 1949 he was a regular for three months before Grant reclaimed his place. Scored 3 goals in 20 appearances for Ilkeston. Debut: 10/9/49 v Shirebrook Supporters (A). Last appearance: 1/4/50 v Long Eaton Town (H).
  
STEVE JOHNSON

Born Nottingham. Attack minded midfielder with a good reputation who counted Matlock Town, Buxton, Eastwood Town, Alfreton Town, Stocksbridge Park Steels and Glapwell amongst his former clubs. Joined Ilkeston in March 2004 and looked to have quality but never quite won people over. Won a Derbyshire Senior Cup runners up medal within weeks of his arrival but moved on to Worksop Town in 2005 when his first team place was no longer a certainty. Debut: 9/3/04 v Bromsgrove Rovers (H). Last appearance: 18/12/04 v Workington (A). Record: 2003/04 11+1sub; 2004/05 13+2sub, 1goal. Total: 24+3subs, 1goal.

ANDY JONES
Born Rotherham. Former Rotherham United player who came from Worksop Town in October 2003 and made a couple of appearances in midfield, away at Yate Town on 18/10/03 and at home to Stourport Swifts three days later. Moved on to Belper Town.

BEN JONES

Born Sheffield. Much travelled forward who had two spells at Ilkeston but failed to impress, having plenty of skill but appearing to lack pace. Started out with Sheffield United and Bradford City before moving into non League with Eccleshill United, Farsley Celtic, Gainsborough Trinity, Aberystwyth, Bradford Park Avenue and Doncaster Rovers before joining Ilkeston briefly in February 2002. Moved on to Wakefield-Emley, Leigh RMI, Witton Albion and Harrogate Town before returning to Ilkeston towards the end of the 2006/07 season, picking up a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal in his penultimate appearance. Has since played for Harrogate Railway Athletic, FC Halifax Town and Chester City. Debut: 16/2/02 v Tiverton Town (H). Last appearance: 28/4/07 v Radcliffe Borough (H). Record: 2001/02 1app; 2006/07 4+7subs. Total: 5+7subs.

DEAN JONES

Born Barnsley 1/1/1979. Central defender who started out with his home town club but was released for disciplinary reasons. Joined Frickley Athletic and then moved to Emley prior to signing for Ilkeston in March 2000. Won a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal within weeks of his arrival but after his initial early promise struggled at the start of the following season. Left later in the yearto return to Frickley Athletic and also had spells at Belper Town and Bradford Park Avenue. Debut: 25/3/00 v Newport County (A). Last appearance: 9/9/00 v Dorchester Town (A). Record: 1999/00 7apps; 2000/01 5+1sub. Total: 12+1sub.

GEOFF JONES
Reserves outside right who made a single appearance away at Shirebrook Miners Welfare on 22/9/51. Went on to play for South Normanton Miners Welfare, Linby Colliery, Sutton Town and Gresley Rovers.

MARK JONES
Born Mansfield 21/12/1965. Midfielder who began his career at Notts County (6apps) before moving into non League football. Had spells at Eastwood Town, Sutton Town, Oakham United and Worksop Town prior to his arrival at Ilkeston in Summer 1987. Showed his adaptability by playing often in defence for The Robins in his 18 appearances for the club, scoring once. Left later in the season for Matlock Town and future clubs included Stafford Rangers, Eastwood Town, Sutton Town and Halesowen Harriers. Debut: 15/8/87 v Gainsborough Town (A). Last appearance: 5/12/87 v Kimberley Town (A). 

MICK JONES
Right back who figured prominently in the late 1960s whose career can be viewed in more detail on the Sixties Legends page. Record: 1967/68 44apps; 1968/69 41apps; 1969/70 47apps, 1goal. Total: 132apps, 1goal. 

SCOTT JONES
Born Sheffield 1/5/1975. Experienced centre half whose only appearance coincided with a 5-3 home defeat against Clevedon Town on 28/2/04. Started out with Barnsley (83apps, 4goals) from whom he went on loan to Mansfield Town (6apps) and Notts County before signing permanently for Bristol Rovers (58apps, 3goals). Next up was then League club York City (28apps, 1goal) until a spell in non League followed with the likes of Alfreton Town and Matlock Town prior to his brief stay at Ilkeston.

TOM JONES

Born Sheffield 20/7/1980. Commanding central defender who previously played for Stocksbridge Park Steels, Denaby United, Worksop Town, Selston, Gainsborough Trinity and Sheffield. Signed for Ilkeston in Summer 2008 where he proved himself to be both reliable and strong in the air. Many were surprised when he was allowed to go to Worksop Town after he had played in each of the opening 15 games of the 2008/09 season. Has since moved back to Sheffield FC. Debut: 16/8/08 v Kendal Town (H). Last appearance: 14/10/08 v Alfreton Town (H).

CHARLIE JUFFS
Stocky forward signed from Long Eaton United towards the end of the 1985/86 season when Ilkeston finished bottom of the Northern Counties East League but was unable to make much of an impact in a struggling team. Rejoined Long Eaton United early in 1987 and also played Sunday football with Squires United. Debut: 12/3/86 v Appleby Frodingham (A). Last appearance: 27/12/86 v Crookes (A). Record: 1985/86 16apps, 1goal; 1986/87 6+1sub, 2goals. Total: 22+1sub, 3goals.