1946/47 NOTTS & DERBYS SENIOR LEAGUE FINAL TABLE
|2||Nottingham Forest 'A'||20||14||2||4||66||21||30|
|5||Ransome & Marles Reserves||20||11||1||8||55||39||23|
|7||New Houghton Villa||20||7||2||11||56||68||16|
|8||Ollerton Colliery Reserves||18||7||0||11||50||53||14|
|9||Derby County 'A'||17||5||4||8||34||39||14|
|11||Codnor Miners Welfare||20||0||5||15||38||129||5|
NB. A particularly harsh winter meant that several clubs, Ilkeston included, failed to fulfil all their fixtures.
Although Brush Sports had a better goal average, a play off was played to determine the champions, which Nottingham Forest 'A' won 6-2.
1946/47 NOTTS & DERBYS SENIOR LEAGUE RESULTS
|31 AUG||GRANTHAM RESERVES||L1-3||1200||EATON|
|07 SEP||HEANOR ATHLETIC||W3-2||1000||CHAPLIN 2, EATON|
|21 SEP||Brinsley Welfare||D1-1||CHAPLIN|
|28 SEP||NOTTINGHAM FOREST 'A'||W4-2||CHAPLIN 3 (2PENS), WYLES|
|05 OCT||Derby County 'A'||W2-1||CHAPLIN, HEMBURY|
|26 OCT||Ollerton Colliery Reserves||W2-1||CHAPLIN, HEMBURY|
|02 NOV||CODNOR MINERS WELFARE||W8-3||TUNSTALL, HEMBURY 2, CHAPLIN 4, J.BROUGH|
|09 NOV||NEW HOUGHTON VILLA||W4-1||J.BROUGH, NOBLE, CHAPLIN 2 (1PEN)|
|23 NOV||BRUSH SPORTS||W1-0||3000||WESTON|
|30 NOV||BRINSLEY WELFARE||L2-3||CHAPLIN 2 (1PEN)|
|07 DEC||Nottingham Forest 'A'||L0-3|
|14 DEC||DERBY COUNTY 'A'||L0-3|
|26 DEC||Heanor Athletic||D1-1||CHAPLIN|
|28 DEC||Ransome & Marles Reserves||W4-2||CHAPLIN 3, J.BROUGH|
|18 JAN||New Houghton Villa||L0-3|
|01 FEB||OLLERTON COLLIERY RESERVES||W5-2||CHAPLIN 2, J.BROUGH 2, WESTON|
|05 APR||RANSOME & MARLES RESERVES||W2-1||CHAPLIN 2|
|03 MAY||Codnor Miners Welfare||W14-2||CHAPLIN 6, HEMBURY 3, TUNSTALL 2, FISHER, HOBLEY, OG|
|10 MAY||Brush Sports||L2-8||TUNSTALL, HEMBURY|
NB. The match at Brush Sports on 10 May doubled up as a League Cup semi-final fixture.
1946/47 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS
|QF||29 MAR||Hardwick Colliery||W3-2||CHAPLIN 2, WESTON|
|SF||17 MAY||GRESLEY ROVERS||W4-3||CHAPLIN 4|
|F||24 MAY||HEANOR ATHLETIC||L0-1|
1946/47 DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP RESULTS
|1R||12 OCT||SWANWICK OLD BOYS||W13-0||WYLES 2, J.BROUGH, CHAPLIN 6, HEMBURY 4|
|2R||16 NOV||CODNOR MINERS WELFARE||W10-2||HEMBURY 2, NOBLE, CHAPLIN 5, J.BROUGH 2|
|QF||04 JAN||STANTON IRONWORKS||W5-4||CHAPLIN 4, WYLES|
|SF||15 MAR||HEANOR ATHLETIC||D1-1||CHAPLIN|
|SFrep||22 MAR||Heanor Athletic||W3-2||HEMBURY, CHAPLIN 2|
|F||04 APR||Derby Corinthians||W3-0||HEMBURY, WESTON, CHAPLIN|
NB. The final on 04 Apr was staged at Heanor Athletic's ground.
1946/47 NOTTS & DERBYS SENIOR LEAGUE CUP RESULTS
|QF||19 APR||Heanor Athletic||W2-1||HEMBURY, WESTON|
|SF||10 MAY||Brush Sports||L2-8||TUNSTALL, HEMBURY|
NB. The semi-final on 10 May was also classed as a league fixture.
GRANTHAM GRAB BOTH POINTS
31ST AUGUST 1946
ILKESTON TOWN 1 GRANTHAM RESERVES 3
Ilkeston, with Horace Chaplin making his debut, disappointed the 1200 crowd and the visitors deserved their victory. Grantham dominated the first half but found goalkeeper Eric Walker in no mood to give away anything. Geeson missed a good chance for Grantham early on when shooting wide from a good position. However, it was Town who took the lead on 35 minutes against the run of play thanks to a low cross shot from Roy Eaton. Ralph Tunstall could have doubled the lead but shot straight at Brannan. Grantham deservedly equalised before half time through R. Lunn who netted from close range.
Ilkeston played better after the break but failed to take their chances unlike Grantham, who added further goals from Adams and W. Lunn. Town tried hard in the closing stages and the best two chances fell to Len Hall. First he shot over and then he missed with only Brannan to beat.
TOWN WIN DERBY THRILLER
7TH SEPTEMBER 1946
ILKESTON TOWN 3 HEANOR ATHLETIC 2
Spectators were treated to an exciting game that Ilkeston deserved to win although they twice had to come from behind. After Frank Hembury’s fine shot was saved by Dick Pickering (later an Ilkeston goalkeeper) and Horace Chaplin’s first time shot flew inches over Heanor took the lead when Kenmuir’s dipping drive eluded Eric Walker. Town dominated the rest of the first half. Hembury shot wide from 12 yards and then missed a good chance after being set up by Jackie Brough’s telling cross.
Ilkeston finally equalised on the hour through Chaplin but Heanor regained the lead four minutes later when Brown scrambled the ball home. Town were undaunted by this and Roy Eaton swiftly levelled the scores. As the game reached a thrilling climax Chaplin netted the winner but there was still time for Heanor’s Sumner to fire over an empty net. Hembury failed to make the game safe when he squandered another chance but in the end it did not matter.
BRINSLEY LATE LEVELLER HALTS TOWN
21ST SEPTEMBER 1946
BRINSLEY WELFARE 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston returned home with a hard earned point at Brinsley where they led for most of the game. On an uneven surface Horace Chaplin’s second minute 20 yarder gave Town the perfect start. The teams’ contrasting styles - Brinsley being very skilful, Ilkeston passing the ball nicely - contributed to an interesting game. The home side came back strongly. Eric Walker made three excellent first half saves including a notable tip over from Longden’s shot. Jackie Brough’s crosses created Town’s best two chances before half time, Ron Dawes shooting wide and Chaplin heading past the post.
After the interval Walker was forced into another couple of saves but Ilkeston came close to doubling the lead when Frank Henshaw beat two men before shooting wide. Raynor scrambled the equaliser five minutes from time following a sustained spell of Brinsley pressure.
TOWN’S FLYING START SEES OFF FOREST
28TH SEPTEMBER 1946
ILKESTON TOWN 4 NOTTINGHAM FOREST "A" 2
Town’s three goals in the opening 20 minutes was enough to deservedly win the points although Forest’s comeback before half time threatened to spoil the party. In a gruelling contest Horace Chaplin, Wyles and a Chaplin penalty looked to have put the game beyond the visitors but a terrific Bee shot on 25 minutes changed the picture. When Griffin burst through the middle to shoot past Eric Walker before half time Ilkeston looked far from comfortable.
After enduring a further spell of Forest pressure after the break Town took control. Jackie Brough fired wildly over from Frank Henshaw’s neat pass but Chaplin added Ilkeston’s fourth 15 minutes from time with another penalty. Jeff Weston, Brough and Ralph Tunstall all had chances to extend the lead in the final minutes. It was a fine win against the team destined to win the championship.
ILKESTON SCRAPE PAST DERBY
5TH OCTOBER 1946
DERBY COUNTY "A" 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston overcame Derby following a dour struggle between two well matched teams. They took the lead through Horace Chaplin who headed in Jackie Brough’s corner. Knight fired just wide at the other end and then saw another effort pass just over the bar. Ilkeston then had chances to double their advantage. Chaplin skied Brough’s cross over and then did better with a good run that saw him burst past two defenders but his low shot was saved. There was an unfortunate incident during the first half when Jeff Weston appeared to have been struck and had to leave the pitch for treatment but the referee chose to take no action.
Derby fought back strongly after the break but Ilkeston continued to create chances. Brough found Chaplin with a nice pass but he shot wide and then Brough headed over a Weston cross. Derby levelled on 70 minutes when Hiatt pounced on a loose ball after Eric Walker had bravely tried to stop a breakaway. The setback did not deter Town, however, and a Frank Hembury piledriver struck the Derby ‘keeper. The winner came when Frank Hembury just beat the ‘keeper to Weston’s long cross. Town could have added to their lead but Wyles shot wide, Weston’s first time shot was saved with difficulty and Chaplin’s backheader was blocked. However, the most unusual chance fell to Hembury. The ‘keeper, thinking that the ball had gone out for a goal kick, placed it down on the ground. Hembury, alert to the situation, raced in to shoot but the ‘keeper reacted in time to block the shot.
12TH OCTOBER 1946
ILKESTON TOWN 13 SWANWICK OLD BOYS 0 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP 1ST ROUND)
A complete mismatch saw Ilkeston record their biggest ever winning margin with Horace Chaplin helping himself to six goals. After a scrappy opening Swanwick ‘keeper excelled with several good stops before Town finally took the lead. Wyles got the first and Jackie Brough followed by a Chaplin header added to the score. The fourth came before the break when Frank Hembury tapped Brough’s pass beyond Whitworth.
Goals came at a rapid rate after half time. Chaplin’s fierce shot made it five on 47 minutes and then he headed the ball to Hembury who drove into the top corner for number six. Hembury then added two more, the second from 20 yards on 70 minutes. Wyles made it nine with a neat shot following a crossfield run and then Hembury, after a neat pass by Frank Henshaw, slipped the ball inside for Chaplin for the tenth. Chaplin added three more, the final goal arriving in the last minute.
ILKESTON HOLD ON FOR NARROW WIN
26TH OCTOBER 1946
OLLERTON COLLIERY RESERVES 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Town got off to a flying start but we forced to hang on desperately as Ollerton searched in vain for an equaliser in heavy rain. Ilkeston took the lead on 8 minutes when Ralph Tunstall released Frank Hembury whose low cross was touched in by Horace Chaplin. Ollerton responded well but seven minutes later Town increased their lead when clever play by Frank Henshaw found Jeff Weston. His accurate cross was driven into the top corner by Hembury. Ilkeston easily soaked up Ollerton’s pressure before half time but the home side was far more dangerous after the interval.
Town created a couple of decent chances early in the second half. Hembury found Weston who shot narrowly wide and then Pepperday was forced into a smart save after Chaplin burst past two defenders. As visibility became poor due to the rain and smoke spewing out from a nearby factory chimney Ollerton took complete control. Eric Walker saved from point blank range and then Price missed a great chance when he missed a penalty. Eventually they pulled a goal back on 80 minutes when Green deceived the Ilkeston defence before firing home but it wasn’t enough to earn a point.
TOWN CRACK EIGHT PAST CODNOR
2ND NOVEMBER 1946
ILKESTON TOWN 8 CODNOR MINERS WELFARE 3
Ilkeston’s winning streak continued but winless Codnor matched them for much of the game and it was only late on that Town could relax. On a treacherous surface Ilkeston didn’t take long to go in front. After Frank Hembury shot inches wide Ralph Tunstall’s powerful drive in the fifth minute found the target. Hembury added a second ten minutes later before Ken Rigley’s handball allowed Codnor to score from the spot. Hembury then had a goal disallowed for hands but on 18 minutes Horace Chaplin’s held off several challenges before firing in the third. Seven minutes later Albert Brough (later an Ilkeston player) scored Codnor’s second but Chaplin restored Town’s two goal lead on 44 minutes.
Codnor refused to give up but Chaplin added the fifth after half time when he eluded a couple of defenders before striking home a rasping drive. After Tunstall’s shot was superbly saved his 70th minute cross set up Hembury for a well taken header. Albert Brough reduced arrears with a lovely goal but Chaplin scored Ilkeston’s seventh on 81 minutes. The scoring was completed when Jackie Brough, latching onto Weston’s pass, controlled before firing in with his left foot.
9TH NOVEMBER 1946
ILKESTON TOWN 4 NEW HOUGHTON VILLA 1
Although possession was shared equally Ilkeston were always the more dangerous and deserved their win. Play, in the filthy weather conditions, was end to end early on with Stirland in the visitors’ goal being kept busy. He couldn’t do much about Jackie Brough’s 13th minute opener, however, the Town winger cutting inside before firing low into the corner. A neat move involving Frank Henshaw and Brough ended with Jack Noble increasing the lead. Ralph Tunstall spurned a glorious chance when he shot wide before half time.
Horace Chaplin’s 10 yarder made it three on 50 minutes and although New Houghton pulled a goal back through a well worked goal scored by W. Roberts, Chaplin calmly tucked away a harshly awarded penalty. The visitors tried to find a way back but were let down by some poor finishing, Owen being particularly guilty when he shot wide.
ILKESTON PROGRESS EASILY IN CUP
16TH NOVEMBER 1946
ILKESTON TOWN 10 CODNOR MINERS WELFARE 2 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP 2ND ROUND)
The result was never in doubt from the first minute when Jackie Brough hit the bar in the first minute. The first goal came soon after when Keeble couldn’t keep out Frank Hembury’s shot after he was set up by Horace Chaplin. Hembury hit the bar again before Chaplin unselfishly passed to Jack Noble for the second. Five minutes later a good move involving Frank Henshaw and Jeff Weston was finished by Hembury for the third. Chaplin’s 26 yard drive on 36 minutes made it four and four minutes later Hembury’s backheader was met by Chaplin for the fifth.
Codnor battled away but Statham shot wide with Eric Walker beaten. Chaplin then missed a sitter for Ilkeston before Brown fired in off the bar for Codnor’s opener on 55 minutes. Chaplin quickly added Ilkeston’s sixth and he added another when he headed in Weston’s cross. Weston’s crossfield pass found Jackie Brough for number eight although Albert Brough (later an Ilkeston player) scored from the spot for Codnor. There was still time for two more Ilkeston goals, from Jackie Brough and Chaplin in the 90th minute.
TOWN GO TOP AS SPORTS ARE BRUSHED ASIDE
23RD NOVEMBER 1946
ILKESTON TOWN 1 BRUSH SPORTS 0
Ilkeston’s magnificent run continued with a superb win over the previously unbeaten Loughborough side, the victory taking them to the top of the table. A 3000 gate witnessed a game in which Brush probably had the edge but Ilkeston’s sheer determination made them worthy winners. Play was fast and furious and occasionally rough with Brush creating the best chances before half time. Eric Walker turned Coleman’s shot onto the post, Dumelow had a shot blocked and Grant shot wide in a spell of sustained pressure.
Brush continued to have the best of the play at the start of the second half but Town gradually gained belief. Horace Chaplin and Jeff Weston combined but Jackie Brough’s rising shot was saved by Bean. Then, on 70 minutes, Ilkeston grabbed the winner. Frank Henshaw’s perfect pass was moved on by Chaplin to Brough who scored from 20 yards. Both goalkeepers were kept busy during the final stages although Sharman should have equalised ten minutes from time.
UNBEATEN RUN ENDS IN FARCE
30TH NOVEMBER 1946
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BRINSLEY WELFARE 3
Ilkeston’s superb unbeaten run dating back to the opening day finally came to an end. A tropical rainstorm before the game made conditions almost unplayable and did not suit Ilkeston’s passing game. Brinsley, with their direct approach and dubious tackling, adapted better. Both goalkeepers had trouble in making clean saves and Miller completely eluded Eric Walker to give Brinsley a fourth minute lead. Jackie Brough’s corner was headed just off target by Horace Chaplin but he made amends on 15 minutes when he equalised following good build up play by Ralph Tunstall and Frank Hembury. Town picked up the pace and Hembury’s low angled drive went narrowly wide. However, Brinsley went ahead for the second time on 40 minutes when Brewer’s shot skidded past Walker. Ilkeston had a goal disallowed just before the break.
The referee lost control during the second half. Brinsley’s robust tackling seemed to be counting against them when Chaplin’s coolly placed penalty levelled the scores and he was soon unfortunate with a 23 yard free kick that flashed wide. Town’s players somehow kept control under extreme provocation. Jeff Weston wrenched his knee and had to leave the pitch for 20 minutes and Brough was badly winded. Brinsley compounded the matter by grabbing a third goal and they held on to take the points.
WELL BEATEN BY FOREST
7TH DECEMBER 1946
NOTTINGHAM FOREST "A" 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Forest proved to be by far the better side in a match reduced to 75 minutes due to a late start. Jack Noble’s seventh minute handball led to Forest’s opener, Martin’s clever backheel finding Bee. Ted Aram’s powerful shot was turned away for a corner as Ilkeston responded but the home side added a second when a defensive error allowed Martin to fire in from an acute angle on 13 minutes. Frank Hembury fired just over from an Aram corner as both teams started to tire on the heavy pitch.
Ilkeston were unlucky not to score in the second half when a shot bounced off the post into Orgill’s grateful arms but Forest finished the game strongly. Bee’s 20 yard shot just beat the diving Eric Walker five minutes from time.
THIRD SUCCESSIVE DEFEAT IN THE MUD AND FOG
14TH DECEMBER 1946
ILKESTON TOWN 0 DERBY COUNTY "A" 3
This was a very unsatisfying game. Players, covered headed to toe in mud, became virtually indistinguishable and heavy fog during the second half made viewing almost impossible. The game was played for just 70 minutes because of the conditions. Portman was excellent in the Derby goal once his side had taken an early lead through Booth’s lob. Despite being knocked unconscious, which led to a five minute delay, he denied Ilkeston on several occasions. Jackie Brough had a couple of efforts go close but Derby grew stronger as the game went on. Horace Chaplin missed a penalty early in the second half and Booth added his second moments later. Brough fired narrowly wide as Ilkeston retaliated before Jeffries was allowed a simple finish to complete the scoring. An unpleasant incident occurred when the Derby trainer refused to leave the touchline and had to be forcibly removed back.
LATE GOAL COSTS POINT IN BOXING DAY DERBY
26TH DECEMBER 1946
HEANOR ATHLETIC 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Town’s losing streak came to an end in a typical derby played in front of a large crowd. Play took time to settle down but Ilkeston suddenly took the lead on 9 minutes when Horace Chaplin beat a couple of defenders before shooting in. Jeff Weston then saw a shot saved before Heanor began to up their game. Groves fired just over before the home side won a series of corners. When Ilkeston got forward Chaplin had a shot tipped over and Ralph Tunstall, who had a fine game covering an enormous amount of ground, fired wide from a corner. Heanor pressed strongly during the second half but Ilkeston thought they had made the game safe only for Chaplin’s effort to be disallowed for offside. Riley levelled for Heanor five minutes from time following a goalmouth scramble.
TOWN FIGHTBACK AT NEWARK
28TH DECEMBER 1946
RANSOME AND MARLES RESERVES 2 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Ilkeston bounced back from a dreadful start to win a thrilling game. Ransome, who included five ex pros, got off to a flying start when McGarr netted after five minutes and Town were in serious trouble when Jack Noble tripped Abbott. Eric Walker did well to get his hand to Brader’s penalty but couldn’t stop the ball from entering the net. After prolonged Ilkeston pressure Chaplin scored on 35 minutes. Before half time Jackie Brough and Adams clashed heads and the latter had to be carried off.
Ilkeston were back level on 50 minutes thanks to a fierce shot from Chaplin. Eight minutes later he completed his hat-trick with a superb individual goal to give Ilkeston the lead. Adams finally returned for Ransome and both teams went looking for the crucial next goal. It came Ilkeston’s way when Frank Hembury, out wide, found Brough who shot in the fourth.
DING DONG BATTLE SEES ILKESTON MAKE SEMIS
4TH JANUARY 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 5 STANTON IRONWORKS 4 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP QUARTER-FINAL)
There was a minute silence in remembrance of Olive Blount, youngest daughter of Town treasurer Ernest. The game then started and turned into a real thriller that could have gone either way. In the first minute Frank Hembury just missed the target and soon after Pepper struck the Ilkeston post. Stanton took the lead on 10 minutes when the unmarked Binch had time to control a cross and pick his spot. Town were level within five minutes when Horace Chaplin took advantage of a good pass from Frank Henshaw. Binch then headed in his second for Stanton before Chaplin equalised again three minutes later when he headed in Ralph Tunstall’s cross. Chaplin then saw an effort hit the bar before Binch completed a first half hat-trick on the break.
Ilkeston were level again soon after half time thanks to an excellent individual effort by Chaplin. Once again Stanton regained the lead, through Derek Henshaw (later an Ilkeston player) following a flowing move. Ilkeston dominated after this setback but missed opportunities frustrated them until Chaplin scored his fourth with a good shot six minutes time. The match was decided in the 87th minute when Town took the lead for the first time. Jeff Weston’s centre found Henshaw who laid the ball off perfectly for Wyles to score.
OUTPLAYED AT NEW HOUGHTON
18TH JANUARY 1947
NEW HOUGHTON VILLA 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Despite enjoying plenty of the ball Ilkeston create precious little. On the other hand New Houghton always posed a threat to the Town defence from the first minute when Eric Walker stopped a fierce shot by Roberts. Wyles hit the post for Ilkeston before New Houghton took the lead on 10 minutes with a Roberts shot on the turn. Ralph Tunstall shot wide at the other end but New Houghton continued to look the more dangerous.
In the second half the home side added two more goals, from Muirhead and Cawthorne who, three minutes from time, was unchallenged as his shot found the target despite strenuous attempts by Walker to stop it.
ILKESTON FROLIC IN THE SNOW
1ST FEBRUARY 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 5 OLLERTON COLLIERY RESERVES 2
Several inches of snow that lay on the Manor Ground pitch caused problems, the ball frequently stopping dead as a result. Ollerton had most of the early play but it was Ilkeston who took the lead on 30 minutes after a nice move involving Frank Henshaw and Frank Hembury ended with a spectacular shot by Horace Chaplin. There were narrow escapes for both teams but no further goals in the first half. Both teams continued to try and attack after the break and it was Town who scored next, doubling their lead on 55 minutes when Henshaw’s header was tucked away by Jackie Brough. Chaplin deserved another goal when he beat three defenders before crashing his shot against the bar. He turned provider in the 70th minute when his neat pass was fired home from 18 yards by Jeff Weston. Seals pulled a goal back when he beat the motionless Eric Walker with a fine shot but Chaplin soon cracked in Town’s fourth. Godber reduced arrears with a similar goal ten minutes from the end but in the final minute a long clearance by Lloyd led to Brough firing past Pepperday to conclude the scoring. Syd Burrows made his Ilkeston debut.
SNOW JOKE IN SEMI-FINAL
15TH MARCH 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 1 HEANOR ATHLETIC 1 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP SEMI-FINAL)
With snow lying a foot deep in places it was amazing that this game went ahead. Goal kicks frequently failed to leave the penalty area which resulted in plenty of retakes. Heanor had an early chance before Horace Chaplin had a good attempt at the other end. Bivens gave Heanor the lead with a powerful shot. Ilkeston then seized control but found Ben Hall (later an Ilkeston goalkeeper) and the snow unwelcome barriers. Four minutes after the break Town were level. With the Heanor defence wide open Frank Hembury’s shot was blocked by Hall, who slipped as he tried to recover, and Chaplin thumped the rebound into the unguarded net. A blizzard added to the difficulties as both teams tired, unable to make significant progress through the snow.
TOWN REACH FINAL WITH THRILLING FIGHTBACK
22ND MARCH 1947
HEANOR ATHLETIC 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP SEMI-FINAL REPLAY)
A superb game saw Ilkeston come back from two goals down to reach the Derbyshire Divisional Cup final but either side could easily have won. The match began in dramatic fashion when Horace Chaplin, bursting through and looking set to score, was tackled by a stray dog! Town dominated the early stages. Ralph Tunstall’s shot was saved by the excellent Ben Hall (later to join Ilkeston) and then Chaplin, seeing his initial shot strike the base of the post, fired the rebound wide. The unmarked Harrison scored in Heanor’s first attack of note and further disaster struck Ilkeston when Ken Rigley’s back pass stuck in the mud and Harrison beat Eric Walker to the ball to add his second. Ilkeston reduced the arrears with a fantastic counter attack. Frank Henshaw broke up a Heanor move, found Tunstall who fed Hembury. The ball then moved out wide to Jackie Brough whose cross found Hembury who trapped the ball before firing past Hall. There were plenty of chances at both ends as half time approached.
Ilkeston equalised soon after half time when Chaplin beat a couple of defenders before unleashing an unstoppable shot. They then took the lead in controversial style when Brough, just keeping the ball in play on the right, burst down the wing before crossing to Chaplin who did the rest, despite appeals from the Heanor defence that Brough had failed to keep the ball in play. The closing stages belonged to the home team but they failed to score. The nearest they came was when Groves hit the post. It was a great relief for Town when the final whistle blew.
TEN MAN TOWN REACH ANOTHER SEMI
29TH MARCH 1947
HARDWICK COLLIERY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER-FINAL)
Ilkeston progressed to the semi-finals of the Derbyshire Senior Cup with a splendid performance. Hardwick goalkeeper Burgin turned a shot from Jeff Weston over the bar in the first minute but the home side responded well, Greaves’ shot producing an even better save from Eric Walker. Town took the lead when Frank Hembury sent Jackie Brough away down the wing, Horace Chaplin making no mistake from the cross. After Nicholas’ shot went right across the face of Town’s goal an Egan pass found the same player who gave Walker no chance to level the scores. Both defences held firm before half time although Ilkeston were hampered when Jack Noble was unable to carry on through injury.
Town showed greater aggression after the break and Chaplin, unmarked, fired past Burgin to give them the lead. Bateman equalised a few minutes later but Town were not to be denied. Ten minutes from the end Ralph Tunstall found Weston who unleashed a spectacular first time shot from 30 yards. Ilkeston could have extended their lead in the final few minutes. Hembury hit the bar from 4 yards and Burgin pulled off an excellent save from Chaplin.
ILKESTON WIN FIRST EVER TROPHY
4TH APRIL 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 3 DERBY CORINTHIANS 0 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP FINAL @ HEANOR)
Ilkeston deservedly won the Derbyshire Divisional Cup although Corinthians played their part in an interesting game played at a cracking pace. Jeff Weston had an early effort disallowed for offside before Corinthians twice went close. Ilkeston took the lead when Frank Hembury scored direct from a free kick and Weston doubled the lead before half time with an angled drive.
Corinthians tried hard to find a way back after the interval but Town killed them off on 63 minutes when Horace Chaplin ended a slick move involving Hembury, himself and Jackie Brough by controlling the ball and finishing in deadly fashion. Ralph Tunstall almost added a fourth when he struck the bar and Frank Henshaw and Hembury both went close late on.
TOWN REVEL IN THE MUD
5TH APRIL 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 2 RANSOME AND MARLES RESERVES 1
24 hours after winning their first trophy Ilkeston beat Ransome on a mud bath of a pitch in a match played in torrential rain. Ransome attacked early on but it was Town who went ahead when Horace Chaplin placed Jeff Weston’s centre beyond Hinton, who made some spectacular saves throughout the game. Ilkeston continued to press, Ralph Tunstall missing a good chance as did Frank Hembury who fired wide from 4 yards. Ransome levelled against the run of play five minutes before half time when Lloyd’s miskicked a clearance and Crawley nipped in to score.
Play slowed down in the second half but Ilkeston were in control throughout. It was no surprise when Chaplin netted a close range winner following Weston’s fine burst down the left.
LEAGUE CUP SEMI BECKONS FOR ILKESTON
19TH APRIL 1947
HEANOR ATHLETIC 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER-FINAL)
Town deservedly progressed in the League Cup with a typically hard fought derby win at Heanor. The first half was evenly contested with both goalkeepers busy. Frank Hembury’s early header was saved by Ben Hall (later to play for Ilkeston) and Eric Walker had to react quickly to Groves’ 10 yard shot at the other end.
After a goalless first half Ilkeston stepped up a gear. Horace Chaplin and Hembury both went close before they took the lead on 50 minutes. Chaplin passed the ball on to Hembury who beat two defenders, drew Hall and scored. Town added a second thanks to a superbly worked goal. Hembury and Chaplin linked well before the former’s first time pass found Jeff Weston who executed an exquisite lob from the left hand side of the box. Hall then turned Weston’s shot onto the post before Heanor launched a grandstand finish. Groves, Harrison and Riley all tested Walker before they scored an 88th minute penalty, awarded for handball, Riley making no mistake.
RECORD AWAY WIN AS TOWN RUN RIOT
3RD MAY 1947
CODNOR MINERS WELFARE 2 ILKESTON TOWN 14
Even with a full strength team Codnor, still without a win, would have almost certainly have been well beaten by Ilkeston. As it was, with only nine men including four first teamers, three reserves who had played earlier in the day and two spectators, they were hopelessly outclassed. Town recorded the biggest win in their history with Horace Chaplin scoring six, Frank Hembury three and Ralph Tunstall two. Cyril Fisher, Ken Hobley and an own goal made up the rest. One of Codnor’s goals was an own goal by Syd Burrows.
SWEPT AWAY BY BRUSH
10TH MAY 1947
BRUSH SPORTS 8 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINAL)
This match was also classed as a league fixture. Brush Sports were absolutely superb as they ripped Ilkeston apart. But for a fine display by goalkeeper Eric Walker it could have been a lot worse for Town. He made some fine early saves from Carrington, Dumelow and Grant before the latter scored after 10 minutes. Brush had to wait until the 39th minute before they scored again, Grant scoring his second after being set up by Dumelow. Four minutes later the same pair combined for Grant to complete his hat-trick.
Heavy rain fell during the second half to dampen Ilkeston spirits further. On 48 minutes Walker made his only mistake when he spilled Grant’s shot, the forward taking advantage of the error to grab his fourth. Four minutes later Carrington received the ball from Dumelow and made it five. Within a minute Town at last scored, Horace Chaplin sending Jeff Weston away down the wing and his pass inside found Ralph Tunstall who placed the ball into the net. Hoult scored Brush Sports’ sixth on 58 minutes before Town added their second four minutes later. Chaplin and Weston again combined for Frank Hembury to lash home Weston’s cross. Grant added his fifth before Carrington scored the eighth and final goal.
CHAPLIN HERO AS ILKESTON STORM BACK TO REACH ANOTHER FINAL
17TH MAY 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 4 GRESLEY ROVERS 3 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL)
Two goals down after being completely dominated by Gresley Ilkeston made a stunning fightback, inspired by Horace Chaplin, in the last 25 minutes to reach the final of the Derbyshire Senior Cup for the second year running. Marshment scored for Gresley inside ten minutes and under pressure for the remainder of the half Ilkeston grimly held on.
When Cyril Fisher conceded a penalty, converted by Parker, after the break there seemed to be no way back. It wasn’t until the 65th minute that Town scored their first goal. Jeff Weston found Chaplin and although Bradford got a hand to his shot the ball trickled over the line. Two minutes later he scored again with a powerful shot to level the scores. Ilkeston now were on top and Chaplin scored again with a hard low shot. Incredibly he got a fourth with another cracker after Frank Hembury sent Jackie Brough away up the right. On 87 minutes Corner pulled a goal back for Gresley but Ilkeston survived an anxious final couple of minutes to defeat the Moatmen at the semi-final stage for the second year running.
WALKER ERROR COSTS ILKESTON DEAR
24TH MAY 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 0 HEANOR ATHLETIC 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FINAL)
A 4000 gate attended the final, most of whom left disappointed as Ilkeston unluckily lost. A mistake by goalkeeper Eric Walker, who allowed Millington’s 67th minute slow shot to bobble past him, was the only goal of a blood and thunder encounter. An incident involving Syd Burrows and Groves led to both players being booked, thus Burrows became the first recorded instance of an Ilkeston player being booked.
In an even first half Jeff Weston blasted high over from 6 yards in the opening minutes. Walker was tested by good efforts by Harrison and Riley as Heanor created chances of their own. Apart from the goal Town did most of the pressing but had little luck. Horace Chaplin, Ralph Tunstall and Frank Hembury all went close but the best effort was Syd Burrows’ 20 yard free kick that was superbly turned away by future Ilkeston goalkeeper Ben Hall. So Town lost in the Senior Cup final for the second year in a row.