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Born Sutton-in-Ashfield 28/5/1969. Quality midfielder who progressed from Oakham United and Blidworth Welfare to Lincoln City (28apps, 4goals) from where he went on loan to Doncaster Rovers (4apps). Returned to non League with Stafford Rangers and Gainsborough Trinity as well as playing with one of Malta's top clubs La Valletta. Joined Ilkeston February 1996 and although he was powerless to prevent the club from its subsequent relegation from the Southern League Premier Division he remained at Ilkeston in an attempt to help them regain their status, combining playing with a role of Football in the Community Officer. After failing to score in any of his first 25 appearances he scored a hat-trick away at Stourbridge on 16/11/96 and, operating in attack, proceeded to score frequently as The Robins just missed out on promotion. Scored in the 1996/97 Derbyshire Senior Cup Final but ended up on the losing side over two legs. Then played his football in the Republic of Ireland with Cork City, for whom he played in the European Cup Winners Cup, and Waterford United. Debut: 2/3/96 v Hastings Town (H). Last appearance: Record: 1995/96 14apps; 1996/97 38+5subs, 15goals. Total: 52+5subs, 15goals.


Former Sutton Town, Loughborough United, Long Eaton United and Clifton All Whites player who had shown up well against Ilkeston in the past and could operate in midfield or up front. Joined in Summer 1975 and proved himself to be hard working and a good header of the ball. Despite showing plenty of commitment he attracted criticism from some fans when the team struggled in 1976/77. Quit playing for the first team in March 1978 to manage the reserves but he left the club in the summer to rejoin Long Eaton United. Debut: 16/8/75 v Louth United (H). Last appearance: 4/3/78 v Belper Town (A). Record: 1975/76 38+2subs, 9goals; 1976/77 34+1sub, 8goals; 1977/78 18apps, 2goals. Total: 90+3subs, 19goals.


Talented midfield player who was on Mansfield Town's books prior to spells with Sutton Town and Oakham United. Joined Ilkeston in November 1986 and became a first team regular up until a move to Alfreton Town in Autumn 1987, scoring a goal in the final when The Robins won the Central Midlands League Cup in 1986/87. As well as playing Sunday football for Sherwood Welfare he rejoined Ilkeston in September 1988, frequently playing as a full back prior to a move to Eastwood Town later in the season. Debut: 8/12/86 v Borrowash Victoria (H). Last appearance: 21/1/89 v Tamworth (H). Record: 1986/87 19apps, 2goals; 1987/88 7apps, 1goal; 1988/89 20apps. Total: 46apps, 3goals.

Brother of Mark. Right back from Oakham United who made 14 appearances at the start of the 1987/88 season before moving on to Priory and Blidworth Welfare. Then returned to Oakham. Debut: 15/8/87 v Gainsborough Town (A). Last appearance: 7/11/87 v Rossington Main (A).


Born c1967. Former Hallam, Gainsborough Trinity and Eastwood Town player who could play in midfield but was usually used as a striker by Ilkeston. Joined in Summer 1992 and his debut coincided with the opening of the New Manor Ground. Received a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal at the end of his first season and helped the team win the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division league and cup double in 1993/94. Tall and useful if not spectacular, he nevertheless had a purple patch in front of goal at the start of the 1994/95 season but his contributions to the team's successful promotion push to the Southern League Premier Division became fewer as the season wore on due to the magnificent form of fellow strikers Dave Taylor and Mark Harbottle. Left in Summer 1995 to join Hucknall Town. Debut: 15/8/92 v Chasetown (H). Last appearance: 5/5/95 v Hinckley Town (A). Record: 1992/93 37+2subs, 12goals; 1993/94 19+13subs, 7goals; 1994/95 16+5subs, 8goals. Total: 72+20subs, 27goals.

Tall left back previously with Boston United who joined in Autumn 1985 from Hucknall Rolls Royce. Showed his versatility by occasionally operating in other defensive roles. Left early in the 1986/87 season only to return briefly at the end of the 1990/91 season having turned out for Derby Rolls Royce and Boston United in the interim period. Debut: 23/11/85 v Thackley (H). Last appearance: 11/5/91 v Rocester (A). Record: 1985/86 24apps; 1986/87 2apps; 1990/91 3apps. Total: 29apps.


Born Coventry 26/6/1978. Powerful, quick and strong striker with an appetite for goals whose early potential at Atherstone United led to a League debut for Cambridge United (2apps). Had loan spells with Stalybridge Celtic, Nuneaton Borough and Dover Athletic before signing for Ilkeston in Summer 2002. Was one of the few successes in the 2002/03 relegation season from the Southern League Premier Division and was voted supporters Player of the Year for his 21 goals. Scored 4 against Atherstone United on 28/9/02 and was top scorer for the season, his goals coming from 47 appearances including one as substitute. Left at the end of the season for Worcester City and has since played for Hinckley United and Solihull Moors. Debut: 17/8/02 v Bath City (H). Last appearance: 3/5/03 v Havant & Waterlooville (A).
Young reserves player who made 2 substitute appearances in 1975/76, in the home game with Heanor Town on 4/10/75 and away at Skegness Town on 15/11/75.


Born Nottingham. Well travelled striker who counted Eastwood Town, Shepshed Dynamo, Leicester United, Armitage, Doncaster Rovers, Nuneaton Borough and Gresley Rovers amongst his former clubs prior to his arrival at Ilkeston in March 2002. Didn't totally convince during his few weeks at the club although his quality was evident. Left in Summer 2002 after scoring 2 goals in his 12 appearances which included 1 as substitute, and went on to play for Gedling Town and Kidsgrove Athletic. Debut: 16/3/02 v Chelmsford City (H). Last appearance: 27/4/02 v Weymouth (A).


Reserves right half who appeared occasionally for the first time around the turn of the 1950s. Debut: 31/12/49 v Stanton Ironworks (H). Last appearance: 9/5/51 v Coalville Town (A). Record: 1949/50 4apps; 1950/51 14apps, 1goal. Total: 18apps, 1goal.


Tall, well built striker formerly with Keyworth United and Priory who made his presence felt but struggled for goals. Joined Ilkeston in 1990 but left a little over a year later, unable as he was to hold down a regular place. Also played Sunday football with Carson Athletic and Stapleford Borough. Debut: 18/9/90 v Gresley Rovers (A). Last appearance: 12/10/91 v Ludlow Town (H). Record: 1990/91 21+3subs, 3goals; 1991/92 1app. Total: 22+3subs, 3goals. 


Born Stoke 6/6/1974. Arrived at Ilkeston in Summer 2002 with a terrific reputation as a prolific scorer with Newcastle Town, Eastwood Hanley, Kidsgrove Athletic, Leek Town and Stafford Rangers. Scored a hat-trick against Kings Lynn on 12/10/02 but otherwise seldomly showed what he was capable of and left in November 2002 to rejoin Newcastle Town, initially on loan. Later appeared for Hednesford Town. Scored 7 goals in 16 appearances for Ilkeston. Debut: 17/8/02 v Bath City (H). Last appearance: 30/10/02 v Banbury United (H).

Born Chesterfield 30/3/1935. Outside right who joined Chelsea from Norton Woodseats but who made his League debut for Reading (3apps). Moved into non League with Sutton Town and Alfreton Town before joining Ilkeston early in the 1963/64. Lack of consistency eventually cost him his place although he fared better when he returned to the side towards the end of the season. Left in Summer 1964 to return to Alfreton Town after scoring 4 times in 30 games for The Robins. Debut: 21/9/63 v Loughborough United (H). Last appearance: 1/5/64 v Retford Town (H).

Born Glasgow 3/4/1968. Excellent goal scorer who did the rounds around the region with a host of non League clubs. Previously with Gresley Rovers, Heanor Town, Sutton Town and Stanton prior to his first spell at Ilkeston which commenced in November 1990. Left in Summer 1991 for Borrowash Victoria only to return in late September, scoring a hat-trick against Great Wyrley on 28/9/91 in his first appearance. Then scored 4 against Cannock Chase on 9/11/91 but his form alerted Gresley Rovers who re-signed him in January 1992. Two months later he was back with The Robins but the form of Chris Brookes limited his opportunities and he did not figure in Town's end of season games when they completed the West Midlands Regional League First Division league and cup double. Continued his nomadic career with Grantham Town, Sandiacre Town, Shepshed Albion, Rocester, Shepshed Dynamo and Hinckley United before holding down player manager roles at Long Eaton United and Gedling Town. Debut: 24/11/90 v Wednesfield (H). Last appearance: 4/4/92 v Clancey Dudley (A). Record: 1990/91 25+1sub, 9goals; 1991/92 15+5subs, 16goals. Total: 40+6subs, 25goals.


Born 1945. Started out as a schoolboy with Ilkeston's reserves side and showed great promise without breaking into the first team. Went on to play for Long Eaton United, Heanor Town and Kimberley Town amongst others before returning to Ilkeston early in 1975 as a much more experienced player who had lost none of his skill. Very adaptable he could play at right back, on the right wing or in midfield. Ilkeston were robbed of his services in September 1975 after he was forced to relocate to London. Debut: 1/2/75 v Borrowash Victoria (A). Last appearance: 20/9/75 v Ashby Institute (H). Record: 1974/75 12apps; 1975/76 6apps. Total: 18apps.

Midfielder or striker whose career can be found in more detail on the Noughties Legends page. Record: 2000/01 29+1sub, 6goals; 2001/02 41+5subs, 21goals; 2005/06 16+3subs, 2goals. Total: 86+9subs, 29goals.


Born 1/10/1967. Brother of former Ipswich Town and Arsenal star Chris. Ex England youth international who started a long and varied career as a winger/forward with Barnsley (1app) before moving to Sheffield Wednesday. A spell in Scotland followed with Dundee (21apps, 1goal) but his return to England saw him move into non League with Frickley Athletic. This led to a move back into League football with Rotherham United (7apps) and Scunthorpe United (9apps, 3goals) with a spell at Halifax Town in between. His next club was Bradford City (43apps, 3goals) from where he went out on loan to Luton Town (5apps, 1goal) and Burnley (3apps). Notts County (2apps) was his final League club. Thereafter he appeared for Cambridge City, Nuneaton Borough and Boston United. Signed for Ilkeston in February 2000 and showed he had lost none of his quick feet movement but was short of pace. Helped The Robins win the Derbyshire Senior Cup soon after his arrival and appeared in the First Round FA Cup tie at Swindon Town the following season but he struggled to maintain a regular place in the starting line up. Left for Stocksbridge Park Steels in 2001. Debut: 19/2/00 v Cambridge City (H). Last appearance: 27/1/01 v Weymouth (H). Record: 1999/00 4+3subs; 2000/01 6+8subs, 2goals. Record: 10+11subs, 2goals.

Fine midfield player and the greatest penalty taker in the club's history whose career can be seen in more detail on the Nineties Legends page. Record: 1996/97 24+1sub, 1goal; 1997/98 58apps, 12goals; 1998/99 45+4subs, 11goals; 1999/00 44+4subs, 11goals; 2000/01 31+2subs, 2goals; 2001/02 40apps, 6goals; 2004/05 6apps. Total: 248+11subs, 43goals.

Courageous and highly dependable goalkeeper whose career can be found in more detail on the Fifties Legends page. Record: 1955/56 43apps; 1956/57 40apps; 1957/58 43apps; 1958/59 5apps. Total: 131apps.

Defensively strong right half who joined Ilkeston in Summer 1950 following a spell with Notts County. Appeared regularly in his first season, picking up a Derbyshire Divisional Cup winners medal as well as being a member of the team that lost in the Central Alliance League Cup Final. Appeared less frequently in 1951/52 when Phil Bibby was often preferred and the arrival of future legend John Commander in April 1952 effectively ended his Ilkeston career. Nevertheless he had played in the famous FA Cup tie against Rochdale in November 1951 and had played a part in Town's first ever Central Alliance championship success of 1951/52. Debut: 19/8/50 v Parkhouse Colliery (A). Last appearance: 15/3/52 v Creswell Colliery (H). Record: 1950/51 36apps; 1951/52 11apps. Total: 47apps.


Born Scunthorpe 15/8/1980. Striker formerly with North Ferriby United, Brigg Town, Barrow and Guiseley who joined Ilkeston on loan in February 2008 for two months following a loan spell at Lincoln United. His goals were a contributary factor in helping The Robins stave off relegation from the Unibond League Premier Division, scoring 5 times in 8 full appearances plus 3 as substitute. Signed for Buxton in Summer 2008 before moving to Australian side Joondalup United. Debut: 9/2/08 v Prescot Cables (H). Last appearance: 5/4/08 v Ashton United (H).

Christian name unknown. Right back who made a single appearance away at Crookes on 27/12/86.


Born Sheffield 8/10/1970. Tigerish, popular and vastly experienced right back who joined Ilkeston in February 2004, captaining the side to promotion from the Unibond League First Division the following season. Started out with Sheffield United but made his League debut with Stockport County (63apps) before moving on to Scarborough (144apps, 2goals) and Hartlepool United (168apps, 2goals). Then had spells at Northwich Victoria, Gainsborough Trinity and Stocksbridge Park Steels before joining Ilkeston. Within a couple of months he collected a Derbyshire Senior Cup runners up medal and picked up a winners medal in his final appearance for the club. Left in Summer 2006 with time no longer on his side and has since played for Sheffield based Park & Arbour LFS. Debut: 21/2/04 v Stourport Swifts (A). Last appearance: 2/5/06 v Mickleover Sports (H). Record: 2003/04 18apps; 2004/05 38+2subs; 2005/06 25+7subs. Total: 81+9subs.


Right winger formerly with Rotherham United, Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town and Matlock Town who joined Ilkeston in 1957 but failed to impress. Made just 2 appearances, at home to South Normanton on 23/11/57 and at home to Derby County 'A' a week later, scoring in the latter.