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Defender/midfielder whose career can be found described in more detail on the Sixties Legends page. Record: 1965/66 39apps, 3goals; 1966/67 44apps, 6goals (2pens); 1967/68 40apps; 1968/69 36apps, 2goals (1pen); 1969/70 31+1sub, 1goal. Total: 190+1sub, 12goals (3pens).


Previously with Crewe Alexandra, Hallam, Eastwood Town, Worksop Town and Gainsborough Trinity. Impressive defender who helped shore up a leaky back line upon his arrival in February 1988. Left at the end of the 1989/90 season and went on to play for Alfreton Town as well as stints overseas with Nelson United (New Zealand), Athena (Australia) and Jomala IK (Finland). Later moved into non League management and earned great respect during times in charge at Parkgate, Hallam, Maltby Main, Alfreton Town and especially Sheffield. Currently works as Special Projects Manager at Sheffield United. Debut: 27/2/88 v Borrowash Victoria (H). Last appearance: 29/4/89 v Gainsborough Town (A). Record: 1987/88 12apps; 1988/89 26apps. Total: 38apps.

Right back who made 2 appearances towards the end of the 1985/86 season, in the home games against Bridlington Trinity and Belper Town on 12/4/87 and 19/4/87 respectively. Later had a stint at Radford Olympic.


Signed from Long Eaton Town in 1952. Could play anywhere in the half back line and played occasionally for the first team during the 1952/53 season making 7 appearances in all before returning to his former club. Debut: 4/10/52 v Nottingham Forest 'A' (A). Last appearance: 22/4/53 v Coalville Town (H).

Midfield player once on Nottingham Forest's books who played a few times for Ilkeston in 1986. The Robins lost 7 and drew the other in the 8 games he played in. Debut: 26/4/86 v Sutton Town (H). Last appearance: 13/9/86 v Gainsborough Town (A). Record: 1985/86 4apps; 1986/87 4apps. Total: 8apps.

Christian name unknown. Young reserve who made a substitute appearance at Wisbech Town on 7/10/98.


Former Sunderland youngster who joined Ilkeston in Summer 1963. Hard working wing half with decent distribution who was at the club for several seasons without truly establishing himself. Left in 1967 and later clubs included Belper Town and Kimberley Town. Debut: 31/8/63 v Heanor Town (A). Last appearance: 6/5/67 v Loughborough United (H). Record: 1963/64 26apps, 1goal; 1964/65 19apps; 1965/66 10apps; 1966/67 10apps. Total: 65apps, 1goal.


Reserves forward who made a single appearance at inside left away at Gresley Rovers on 1/5/53.

Born Inverness 8/4/1964. Much feared marksman who enjoyed an excellent career, winning 13 full Scotland caps and scored 4 goals for his country. Began at Nairn County and then had spells at North Shore United, Yeovil Town and New Zealand side Hanimex Sports. Whilst at Elgin City he was discovered by Shrewsbury Town (60apps, 27goals) and went on to score goals wherever he went. Signed for Bury (25apps, 9goals) and then Millwall (34apps, 10goals), Bolton Wanderers (192apps, 87goals), Bradford City (17apps, 3goals) before finishing his League career (7apps, 1goal). Had a brief spell in the States playing for Cincinnati Riverhawks before returning to England where he moved into non League management with Gresley Rovers. Then took charge at Ilkeston for seven months in 2002, details of which can be found on the Managers page. Played occasionally for the first team during his time in charge at Ilkeston, making cameo appearances as a substitute but he was clearly past his best as a player. Later spent time doing media work including presenting BBC TV show 'Cash In The Attic' on one occasion. Returned to the United States to become assistant coach at Cincinnati Kings as well as coaching youngsters at Cincinnati United. Debut: 27/4/02 v Weymouth (A). Last appearance: 8/10/02 v Halesowen Town (A). Record: 2001/02 0+1sub; 2002/03 0+4subs. Total: 0+5subs.
Former Burton Albion and Arnold inside forward who joined Ilkeston during the ill fated 1964/65 season and made just 4 appearances. Debut: 24/10/64 v Lockheed Leamington (H). Last appearance: 14/11/64 v Sutton Town (A).

Made 2 appearances during the 1988/89 season. Previously with Sutton Town.


Born Nottingham. Well known personality on the local non League scene. Defender who came to prominence at Long Eaton United and Alfreton Town with a loan spell at Grantham in between. Joined Ilkeston in 1982 and spent much of the 1982/83 season at left back. Helped The Robins win the Derbyshire Senior Cup, their first success in 20 years in the competition, as well as playing a huge part in the club's amazing run to the last 16 in the FA Trophy, scoring the last minute winner at Barnet that shook the non League world. After being dropped in February 1984 returned to Long Eaton United in search of first team football and also had a spell at Belper Town before moving into management. Clubs he managed included Slack & Parr, Borrowash Victoria, Shepshed Dynamo and Quorn. Debut: 25/9/82 v Heanor Town (H). Last appearance: 4/2/84 v Belper Town (H). Record: 1982/83 48apps, 4goals; 1983/84 20apps. Total: 68apps, 4goals.

Born Newham 5/11/1987. Right back who could also play in central defence. Began with Mansfield Town (1app) but his prospects of developing his League career were damaged by an eye injury. Joined Ilkeston in April 2007 but made just a single appearance, away at Matlock Town on 9/4/07.

Born Birmingham 26/2/1978. Young striker who spent a month at Ilkeston early in 1997 having being on Birmingham City's and Northampton Town's books. Made 2 appearances plus 1 as substitute. Went on to play for Stourbridge and Tamworth. Debut: 15/2/97 v VS Rugby (A). Last appearance: 8/3/97 v Stourbridge (H).


Born Sheffield 3/4/1979. Could easily have been one of Ilkeston's finest ever defenders but his time at the club was plagued by persistent injuries. Previously with Clifton All Whites and Dunkirk he was signed by Grimsby Town who spotted his potential but he didn't make the first team. Joined Ilkeston in March 2000 and immediately showed class, great awareness and a constructive approach to central defending but his injury problems soon surfaced and he frequently missed matches, being out of the side for long spells. Captained the side briefly in 2002/03, his last season at the club. Has since played for a number of clubs in the area including Arnold Town, Long Eaton United, Belper Town, Gedling Town, Hucknall Town and Gedling Southbank. Debut: 25/3/00 v Newport County (A). Last appearance: 3/5/03 v Havant & Waterlooville (A). Record: 1999/00 7apps; 2000/01 24+2subs; 2001/02 29apps; 2002/03 18+2subs. Total: 78+4subs.


Highly effective midfield player who joined in late Autumn 1983 following spells at Burton Albion and Grantham. Emerged as a key player and collected a Northern Counties East League Cup runners medal at the end of his first season. Injury and a downturn in form as the team struggled limited his appearances thereafter and he left in 1986. Went on to play for Radford Olympic. Debut: 19/11/83 v Alfreton Town (H). Last appearance: 28/12/85 v Denaby United (A). Record: 1983/84 25+1sub; 1984/85 17+1sub, 3goals; 1985/86 12apps. Total: 54+2subs, 3goals.

Christian name unknown. Centre forward with a good goalscoring record, including 3 goals in his first two games, during a brief stay at the club but was not seen as a long term prospect. Joined Ilkeston from Shelton United in Spring 1949 but left for Nightingale Athletic early in the 1949/50 season. Collected a 1948/49 Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal whilst at Ilkeston, scoring the winning goal. Debut: 19/4/49 v South Normanton Miners Welfare (A). Last appearance: 3/9/49 v Sutton Town (H). Record: 1948/49 6apps, 6goals; 1949/50 3apps, 3goals. Total: 9apps, 9goals.

Born Nottingham 29/11/1969. Highly thought of young midfield player who was on the books of Nottingham Forest, Brighton & Hove Albion and Notts County without getting the breaks. After a spell at Grantham joined Ilkeston in early 1993 and scored a memorable goal as Town won the 1992/93 Derbyshire Senior Cup. Left midway through the 1993/94 season and counted Leicester United and Shepshed Albion amongst his later clubs. Debut: 30/1/93 v Oldswinford (A). Last appearance: 16/11/93 v Stourport Swifts (A). Record: 1992/93 22+1sub, 1goal; 1993/94 9+1sub, 1goal. Total: 31+2subs, 2goals.

Born Broughty Ferry, Scotland 30/7/1911. Vastly experienced inside forward who joined the club in 1947 primarily to aid the reserves but found himself thrust into the first team following an injury to Peter Ramage, taking over as captain. A delight to watch his probing passes could open up defences and he scored his share of goals including a hat-trick against Stanton Ironworks on 18/4/49. Was appointed as manager in December 1949 as his playing days headed towards their end, and details of his managerial record can be found on the Managers page. Left at the end of the 1949/50 season with a Derbyshire Senior Cup winners medal from the previous season to his name. Earlier in his career he had played for Dundee Violet, Clyde, Dundee and Dunfermline Athletic before moving South of the border to join Nottingham Forest (66apps, 12goals) prior to the Second World War. Also made a single Wartime appearance for Notts County. Debut: 31/1/48 v Mansfield Town 'A' (A). Last appearance: 30/4/50 v South Normanton Miners Welfare (A). Record: 1947/48 14apps, 4goals; 1948/49 39apps, 11goals; 1949/50 21apps, 7goals. Total: 74apps, 22goals.

Born Cork 19/2/1983. Started out with home town club Cork City where he was spotted by Leicester City. Unable to break into the first team he signed for Scarborough and his career in non League football developed with Hucknall Town, Hednesford Town and Nuneaton Borough prior to joining Ilkeston in Summer 2006. A creative midfielder he spent the 2006/07 season with the club. He had a decent season and his talent was clear but the way his career has taken off since has surprised many. Left at the end of the season to return to Ireland where he had a brief but highly successful spell at Cork City (4apps, 5goals). This led to an immediate return to England and, this time, League football. Joined Stockport County (47apps, 5goals) before signing for Hartlepool United in 2009 (31apps, 1goal). Scored 11 goals in 51 appearances, including 2 as substitute, during his time at Ilkeston with one of his goals helping the club win the 2006/07 Derbyshire Senior Cup Final.

Born Workington 5/3/1955. Showed enormous promise as a youngster and represented England Schools and was captain of the Fairham Comprehensive School team that reached the semi finals of the 1970/71 English Schools' Individual Championships. Joined Ilkeston in 1972 after playing for Clifton All Whites and showed a remarkable maturity and level of skill for someone so young, was comfortable on the ball, and could tackle strongly as well as being good in the air, attributes that were all the more remarkable as he played in a struggling team. Started out playing at left back but moved into central defence later in the 1972/73 season by which time he had been on trial at Everton. Left in Summer 1973, as expected, to begin a League career with Notts County (113apps, 2goals). Had a loan spell at Torquay United (8apps) before signing for Peterborough United (49apps, 1goal) and Lincoln City (13apps) on a permanent basis. Then moved into non League with Grantham and Boston United. After finishing playing he became a highly respected sports journalist and has written several football books, details of which can be found on the Publications page. Made 33 appearances for Ilkeston. Debut: 7/10/72 v Lockheed Leamington (H). Last appearance: 3/5/73 v Stevenage Athletic (H).