1947/48 CENTRAL ALLIANCE FINAL TABLE
|1||Nottingham Forest 'A'||26||21||1||4||89||24||43|
|3||South Normanton Miners Welfare||26||17||1||8||83||43||35|
|7||Brush Sports Reserves||26||13||2||11||81||74||28|
|10||Ollerton Colliery Reserves||25||9||3||13||45||63||21|
|12||Ransome & Marles Reserves||26||6||3||17||60||97||15|
|13||Mansfield Town 'A'||26||6||0||20||45||135||12|
|14||New Houghton Villa||26||3||5||18||48||103||11|
NB. Whitwick Colliery and Ollerton Colliery Reserves failed to complete their fixtures.
1947/48 CENTRAL ALLIANCE RESULTS
|23 AUG||GRANTHAM RESERVES||L1-5||CLIFTON|
|30 AUG||NEW HOUGHTON VILLA||D2-2||CHAPLIN, GRANT (PEN)|
|06 SEP||MANSFIELD TOWN 'A'||W6-1||CHAPLIN 2, HEMBURY 2, BROUGH, RAMAGE|
|13 SEP||Whitwick Colliery||D3-3||HEMBURY, CHAPLIN 2|
|27 SEP||Grantham Reserves||W4-1||CHAPLIN 3, HEMBURY|
|11 OCT||RANSOME & MARLES RESERVES||W4-2||CHAPLIN 3, FISHER|
|25 OCT||BOLSOVER COLLIERY||W10-2||CHAPLIN 3, BROUGH 3, GRANT 2, RAMAGE 2|
|22 NOV||Bolsover Colliery||W2-0||HEMBURY, VENABLES|
|29 NOV||SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE||W6-3||CHAPLIN 2, RAMAGE (PEN), HEMBURY, HENSHAW, VENABLES|
|06 DEC||Matlock Town||D1-1||BOOTH|
|20 DEC||BRUSH SPORTS RESERVES||W8-2||BOOTH 3, HEMBURY 3, BOOTH 2|
|25 DEC||HEANOR ATHLETIC||D1-1||RAMAGE (PEN)|
|26 DEC||Heanor Athletic||W2-0||HEMBURY, HENSHAW|
|27 DEC||South Normanton Miners Welfare||W3-2||VENABLES, HEMBURY, RAMAGE|
|03 JAN||MATLOCK TOWN||W8-3||HEMBURY 3, BOOTH 4, OG|
|17 JAN||Nottingham Forest 'A'||L1-5||BOOTH|
|24 JAN||Ransome & Marles Reserves||W9-2||HEMBURY 2, BOOTH 5, RAMAGE, GRAY (OG)|
|31 JAN||Mansfield Town 'A'||W3-1||MCNAUGHTON, BOOTH 2|
|07 FEB||NOTTINGHAM FOREST 'A'||L0-3|
|14 FEB||Worksop Town||W3-1||BOOTH, MCNAUGHTON, BROUGH (PEN)|
|21 FEB||WORKSOP TOWN||W4-2||MCNAUGHTON, BOOTH, HEMBURY 2|
|26 MAR||New Houghton Villa||W5-2||BOOTH, HEMBURY 3, GREGORY|
|29 MAR||Ollerton Colliery Reserves||W3-2||GRANT (PEN), HEMBURY, VENABLES|
|10 APR||OLLERTON COLLIERY RESERVES||W5-0||HEMBURY 3, BROUGH, BATES|
|14 APR||Brush Sports Reserves||L2-5||HEMBURY 2|
|24 APR||WHITWICK COLLIERY||W8-1||GRANT (PEN), BOOTH 2, HEMBURY 3, MCNAUGHTON, BROUGH|
1947/48 FA CUP RESULTS
|1QR||20 SEP||BOOTS ATHLETIC||W4-0||CHAPLIN, RAMAGE, GRANT, HEMBURY|
|2QR||04 OCT||RANSOME & MARLES||W2-1||3900||CHAPLIN, HEMBURY|
|3QR||18 OCT||BOSTON UNITED||W1-0||7200||BROUGH|
|4QR||01 NOV||Grantham||L1-11||TAYLOR (OG)|
1947/48 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULT
|QF||27 MAR||CHESTERFIELD 'A'||L1-2||HEMBURY|
1947/48 DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP RESULTS
|1R||15 NOV||ASTON ON TRENT||W6-1||HEMBURY, WOODWARD (OG), CHAPLIN 2, GRANT 2|
|QF||10 JAN||NEWHALL UNITED||W4-2||HEMBURY 2, BOOTH, BROUGH|
|SF||13 MAR||DERBY COUNTY 'A'||D2-2aet||BALL, HEMBURY|
|SFrep||20 MAR||Derby County 'A'||L1-2aet||BALL|
NB. The Semi-Final replay was staged at Ilkeston as Derby County 'A' forfeited home advantage.
1947/48 CENTRAL ALLIANCE LEAGUE CUP RESULTS
|1R||06 MAR||MATLOCK TOWN||W5-2||BOOTH 3, GRANT 2|
|QF||03 APR||Brush Sports Reserves||L0-4|
GRIM AGAINST GRANTHAM
23RD AUGUST 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 1 GRANTHAM RESERVES 5
Ilkeston got off to the worst possible start in the Central Alliance with the team showing a complete lack of understanding against a fair Grantham side. The game began sensationally when Grantham took the lead after 10 seconds, Hubbard lobbing Robinson’s pass high into the net. More was to come. Town equalised before the game was a minute old through Ken Clifton. Grantham took complete control during the rest of the half and added further goals by Hubbard, Robinson, Crouch and Staniforth.
Ilkeston improved after the break. Horace Chaplin went close and Grantham ‘keeper Jenkins made several good stops but the score could have been even worse for Ilkeston. Syd Burrows handled but the resulting penalty hit the post. Albert Ball and Arthur Grant made their Ilkeston debuts.
SPOT ON GRANT SAVES POINT
30TH AUGUST 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 2 NEW HOUGHTON VILLA 2
A late penalty by Arthur Grant earned Town their first point of the season and New Houghton, who shamelessly wasted time during the second half, had it coming. Ilkeston missed some great chances in the first half. Horace Chaplin twice failed with only Fretwell to beat and the goalkeeper also made good stops from Frank Henshaw and Norton. The visitors took the lead against the run of play when Kolck shot past the advancing Dick Hogg on 25 minutes. Ilkeston had to wait until a minute before the break for their equaliser when Horace Chaplin raced onto Albert Ball’s long pass and finished with a low drive.
New Houghton began the second half well and Linsey put them back in front. Fretwell then saved Norton’s dipping shot whilst at the other end Hogg tipped Bryan’s effort over. Then came Town’s much deserved equaliser.
MANSFIELD HIT FOR SIX
6TH SEPTEMBER 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 6 MANSFIELD TOWN "A" 1
Ilkeston roared back to top form with a brilliant display against the Stags. They took the lead on 10 minutes when clever play by Peter Ramage allowed Jackie Brough to send over a great centre which was netted by Horace Chaplin. Despite almost constant Ilkeston pressure Dugdale claimed an unexpected equaliser for Mansfield. When Chaplin and Frank Hembury had goals disallowed for offside and Arthur Grant had his penalty brilliantly saved by Wright Town could have been forgiven for thinking it wasn’t going to be their day. Then Hembury scored on 42 minutes to give them the lead and the result was never in doubt.
Ilkeston scored four times after the break. Brough converted Grant’s cross to make it three and after Ramage headed just over a lovely Grant centre was headed into the top corner by Hembury. Ramage then set up Chaplin who scored the fifth with a good low shot and the latter completed the scoring with a shot from outside the area. The only Mansfield effort of note during the second half was when Richmond’s header was tipped over by Dick Hogg.
LATE HORACE HEADER AS TOWN PICK UP POINT
13TH SEPTEMBER 1947
WHITWICK COLLIERY 3 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Horace Chaplin’s 85th minute equaliser from Jackie Brough’s cross earned Town a well deserved point in a match that both sides had chances to win. Ilkeston took the lead through Frank Hembury on 10 minutes but found themselves behind at half time. First Sanderson burst through the middle and although his shot hit the post Parker was on hand to score the rebound. Five minutes later Parker added his second when he slammed home from a difficult angle.
Chaplin equalised three minutes after the break with a first time shot but Whitwick regained the lead, Parker completing his hat-trick with an angled drive. Ilkeston pressed hard for the equaliser. Arthur Grant shot narrowly over, Chaplin just failed to connect with Hembury’s looping through ball and Peter Ramage shot over before Chaplin’s late equaliser.
4 GOAL ILKESTON FLATTERED BY WINNING MARGIN
20TH SEPTEMBER 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 4 BOOTS ATHLETIC 0 (FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND)
Town’s first ever FA Cup tie ended in victory but the match was closer than the score suggests. Ilkeston began the game brightly but failed to take advantage and as Boots grew in confidence Dick Hogg had to make some good saves. Ilkeston had a great chance to take the lead but Jack Webb’s weak penalty was saved easily. However, they did score twice before the interval. Horace Chaplin raced onto a long ball down the middle to fire them ahead and then Peter Ramage converted an excellent cross by Arthur Grant.
Boots made a spirited start to the second half but were deflated by Grant’s powerful shot. To make matters worse for the visitors Lang shot wide from the penalty spot soon after. Town’s fourth came on 83 minutes when Chaplin headed the ball into Frank Hembury’s path who took the chance well.
27TH SEPTEMBER 1947
GRANTHAM RESERVES 1 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Town made up for their opening day disaster with an excellent away win. Despite dominating throughout they had to wait until the 40th minute before taking the lead, Horace Chaplin chasing a long ball down the middle before touching the ball past the advancing Jenkins. Two minutes later he scored again when he pounced after Frank Hembury’s shot was blocked.
Chaplin completed his hat-trick early in the second half with a header from Jackie Brough’s cross and Hembury added the forth in the 54th minute when he reached the ball ahead of Jenkins before knocking it into the unguarded net. Although Grantham pulled a goal back through a Hartshorne penalty Town continued to attack before easing off late on.
HOGG DEFIES RANSOME IN GREAT CUP WIN
4TH OCTOBER 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 2 RANSOME & MARLES 1 (FA CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston defied the odds to beat an above average Midland League side in front of 3900 spectators. It was a fast game played on a hard surface. Town’s determination took the game into extra time before it was settled by Frank Hembury’s rocket into the corner after being set up by Horace Chaplin. Widdowfield twice missed one on ones as the Newark side tried to salvage something late on.
Ransome had the better of the first half and after Dick Hogg pulled off an early save to deny Puplett there was little he could do to prevent Martin from heading in a Baker corner. Ilkeston responded well but Hogg had to be at his best to prevent Puplett and Widdowfield from adding to the score.
Ilkeston were stronger after the break. Peter Ramage had a goal disallowed for offside before Chaplin equalised with a good header to send the game into extra time.
TOWN TAKE IT EASY
11TH OCTOBER 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 4 RANSOME & MARLES RESERVES 2
Town beat the second team of the side they eliminated from the FA Cup a week earlier after strolling to a 4-0 lead, including a first half hat-trick by Horace Chaplin. They took the foot off the pedal later in the second half and allowed first Nelson to score from close range before allowing Bell to add another two minutes later. Ilkeston took the lead when Chaplin finished off a well worked move involving Arthur Grant and Jackie Brough. The latter supplied Chaplin again for his second and although Dick Hogg was forced to save from Bell Ilkeston continued to look dangerous. They added a third before half time when Brough’s pefect pass found Chaplin whose shot bobbled past Lister.
Ilkeston continued to bombard Ransome and it was no surprise when Cyril Fisher, with a terrific shot from 25 yards, beat Lister for the fourth goal.
BROUGH THE HERO IN FAMOUS CUP WIN
18TH OCTOBER 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 1 BOSTON UNITED 0 (FA CUP 2ND QUALFYING ROUND)
Boston United, third in the Midland League, arrived at the Manor Ground as clear favourites but left as a beaten side. A tremendous crowd of 7200 watched a great Ilkeston performance against a Boston side which included George Darwin, who later became a popular full-back for Town.
As expected Boston made the early running but Ilkeston defended impressively with Dick Hogg in fine form in goal and soon began to show attacking ideas of their own. After Horace Chaplin’s fierce drive clipped the top of the bar Town scored the only goal of the game on 30 minutes when Jackie Brough converted an Arthur Grant corner.
Ilkeston improved further after the interval and repeatedly opened up the Boston rearguard. Frank Hembury saw his shot tipped around a post and Chaplin twice went close. The visitors attacked relentlessly during a nervy final few minutes but Hogg was equal to anything sent in his direction.
DEVASTATING ILKESTON DESTROY BOLSOVER
25TH OCTOBER 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 10 BOLSOVER COLLIERY 2
Rampant Ilkeston tore apart a sorry Bolsover side with six first half goals. Horace Chaplin, shooting through Woods’ legs, scored the first and he headed a second from Jackie Brough’s cross ten minutes later. Raybould pulled a goal back for Bolsover but their joy was short lived as Brough curled in a shot from an improbable angle a minute later. Arthur Grant, with a corner helped in by Woods, added the fourth before Peter Ramage blasted in a perfect Brough centre. Then Grant scored his second, blasting in from close range.
Chaplin completed his hat-trick on 48 minutes. Raybould scored his and Bolsover’s second after receiving a ball from Hales but this spurred Ilkeston on further. Brough crashed in two more to complete an excellent hat-trick before Ramage scored his second and Town’s tenth from outside the area.
WELL BEATEN BUT NOT DISGRACED AS McCARTNEY HITS SIX
1ST NOVEMBER 1947
GRANTHAM 11 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (FA CUP 3RD QUALIFYING ROUND)
Town, encoraged by over 2000 supporters who made up a third of the gate, failed to make it a hat-trick of Cup wins over Midland League opponents and fell to their record defeat. Despite this they could hold their heads high as they were beaten by a team who played extraordinarily well on the day.
Ilkeston began brightly but the devastating pace of the home side proved to be their undoing. Searby flicked the ball to McCartney who shot on the turn to give them the lead. McCartney, who narrowly missed minutes earlier, then played an excellent one-two with Lister before firing in off the post. Searby then added two more before Alf Sams (who later joined Ilkeston) scored a superb individual goal before half time.
Ilkeston pulled a goal back just after the break when Horace Chaplin’s overhead kick was diverted into his own net by Taylor but Grantham never eased up. McCartney scored four more, including a penalty after Hubbard was fouled, and Hubbard himself added another couple as Grantham taught Ilkeston a lesson in high quality football.
SECOND HALF REVIVAL SEES TOWN THROUGH
15TH NOVEMBER 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 6 ASTON ON TRENT 1 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP 1ST ROUND)
Ilkeston seemed to be heading for a shock exit from the Derbyshire Divisional Cup when Porter headed over the stranded Dick Hogg to give Aston the lead during a dreadful first half for Town. Ilkeston redeemed themselves with a much improved second half performance. Taking advantage of a slippery surface Frank Hembury’s piledriver, following Arthur Grant’s pass inside, skidded through Sinclair’s hands in the 55th minute to level the scores. Ilkeston went ahead for the first time when Woodward put through an own goal before they scored a delightful goal. Hembury’s backheel found Jackie Brough whose cross was headed in by Horace Chaplin. Minutes later they got the fourth when Peter Ramage set up Grant who cracked home a low drive. Chaplin added a fifth before Grant smashed in a rising shot from fully 30 yards.
ILKESTON MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME
22ND NOVEMBER 1947
BOLSOVER COLLIERY 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
The match was reduced to 70 minutes due to the late arrival of the Ilkeston team and they started off shakily. Albert Ball almost put the ball into his own net when his back pass went wide of both Dick Hogg and the post. Town’s opening goal on 20 minutes had an element of luck about it when Frank Hembury’s cross took a freakish bounce and sailed past Sharpe into the net. Syd Burrows twice went close with free kicks, the first saved by Sharpe and the other just over. Doug Venables scored with the last kick off the first half.
In steady rain and fading light both sides attacked after half time. Kirk and Elton both tested Hogg and Peter Ramage shot straight at Sharpe but in the end Ilkeston were worthy winners.
TOWN RECOVER TO BEAT LEADERS
29TH NOVEMBER 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 6 SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 3
Ilkeston recovered from the loss of two early goals to defeat top of the table South Normanton and establish championship credentials of their own in an exciting game. Ball and Castledine fired goals inside the opening ten minutes before Town scored a fine goal of their own. Frank Hembury passed to Jackie Brough and his cross was calmly headed in by Horace Chaplin. Both teams were playing delightful football on a slippery surface and it was South Normanton who scored next to regain their two goal advantage. Hill chased a long ball down the middle and his shot was too strong for Dick Hogg to hold. Chaplin reduced arrears before half time with his second goal, a hard low shot after being set up by Brough.
Town stepped up a gear in the second half. On 55 minutes the scores were level when Peter Ramage made no mistake from the penalty spot. They took the lead for the first time when Chaplin hooked the ball over to Hembury who scored with a diving header. Frank Henshaw’s low shot from 25 yards put Ilkeston further ahead and they made certain of a deserved victory when Brough found Doug Venables for goal number six.
ILKESTON PICK UP POINT AT MATLOCK
6TH DECEMBER 1947
MATLOCK TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston deserved at least a point from this game after coming back strongly following Rowan’s 35th minute swerving shot that gave Matlock the lead. A spell of incessant Ilkeston pressure shortly before half time when Frank Hembury headed over, Peter Ramage hit the post, Alwyn Booth was just off target and Buckley made a couple of decent saves, brought nothing. Earlier in the half Booth broke through but saw his powerful shot tipped round the post by Buckley whilst Dick Hogg had to be alert to prevent Cooper from scoring.
Ilkeston dominated after the break. Hembury fired just wide following a lovely move but on 50 minutes they were rewarded when Booth fired low a debut goal from close range following a scramble. With Ilkeston on top and looking for the win Arthur Grant hit the post, Jackie Brough had a good effort saved by Buckley and Booth came close to scoring on several occasions, but the winner would not come.
BOOTH AND HEMBURY HAT-TRICKS DESTROY BRUSH
20TH DECEMBER 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 8 BRUSH SPORTS RESERVES 2
Christmas came early for Ilkeston as they hammered Brush Sports who contributed greatly to an entertaining game. It took Town 12 minutes to score the opener when Peter Ramage’s neat pass was superbly crossed by Arthur Grant for Alwyn Booth to score with a header. A few minutes later Booth scored again, this time with a long range shot. Frank Hembury added a third and although Dick Hogg had to be alert to Brush breaks it was Ilkeston who came closest to scoring another when Grant, clean through, blasted over.
Booth completed his hat-trick shortly after half time before Brush, taking advantage of Cyril Fisher’s brief departure through injury, scored through Coleman. Then Jackie Brough joined in the fun with two splendid goals and then Hembury completed his hat-trick with two goals in the space of a minute. Whelband scored a consolation goal for Brush Sports late on.
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT LACKING IN LOCAL DERBY
25TH DECEMBER 1947
ILKESTON TOWN 1 HEANOR ATHLETIC 1
A good Christmas Day crowd saw a match short of quality but certainly not lacking in aggression, particularly from the visitors. With Heanor containing Horace Chaplin in their line up Ilkeston’s defence had their work cut out but they, to their credit, kept him quiet. Only once in the first half did he get a clear sight of goal and Dick Hogg, with some difficulty, was equal to his well struck shot. On the other hand Ben Hall (later to become Ilkeston goalkeeper) was the busier of the two goalkeepers but there was nothing he could do to stop Peter Ramage’s penalty after Harrison handled. Ramage went close before half time when he hit the post and Doug Venables’ screamer from 30 yards flew inches wide.
Heanor had more of the play after the break although some of their tackling was crude at best. Frank Henshaw suffered more than anyone and Alwyn Booth picked up a groin injury. However, Heanor could point to their equaliser as justification for their tactics. Town’s defence could only partially clear Ralph Tunstall’s shot and Bivens was on hand to score from close range.
HEANOR HAMPERED BY SMITH INJURY AS TOWN WRAP UP POINTS
26TH DECEMBER 1947
HEANOR ATHLETIC 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
The two teams provided a much better exhibition of football after the disappointing game on the previous day but Ilkeston were the better side by far. Ilkeston thoroughly deserved their half time lead which came as a result of a cracking goal. Frank Henshaw supplied Jackie Brough with a delightful pass and he beat two defenders before crossing for Frank Hembury to score with a powerful header.
Heanor were reduced to ten men early in the second half when Smith was carried off with a nasty knee injury. Minutes later Ilkeston scored their second with a freak wind assisted goal by Henshaw whose cross completely deceived Hall. Ilkeston were now totally in control as Heanor chose to defend and keep the score down to a respectable level.
BRILLIANT COMEBACK TO BEAT LEADERS
27TH DECEMBER 1947
SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston, playing their third game in 48 hours, returned home with the points after falling two goals behind, just as they had done a few weeks earlier when they met South Normanton on the Manor Ground. Conditions were difficult due to a gale force wind but both teams did their best to overcome it. South Normanton looked dangerous early on and Hill brought out a good save from Dick Hogg. They almost took the lead later in the half but Albert Ball was on hand to clear off the line. Ilkeston’s best effort of the first half came from Frank Hembury but Cutts made a full length save to keep him out. The home side finally took the lead three minutes before half time through Ball.
Ilkeston made determined efforts to go forward after the break but they fell further behind when Ball scored again following a goalmouth scramble. Town took just 3 minutes to get themselves back into the game, the goal coming courtesy of a fine shot by Doug Venables. Hembury equalised just a minute later and suddenly Ilkeston looked to be the more likely winners. The winner had to come and when it did it came from Peter Ramage who slammed home after Grant’s initial shot bounced off Cutts.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR ILKESTON AS BOOTH STRIKES FOUR
3RD JANUARY 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 8 MATLOCK TOWN 3
If Ilkeston’s collective New Year’s resolution was to win the Central Alliance they set about the task perfectly with a win that moved them into second place. On a muddy pitch and in persistent drizzle they took just 4 minutes to take the lead when Frank Hembury scored on the break. The same player shot over soon after and although Matlock started to recover Ilkeston continued to create chances. Doug Gregory went close and Alwyn Booth headed wide before the latter scored the second. Arthur Grant’s corner was met first time by Hembury before the ball fell kindly to Booth to score. Booth then added another with a simple finish after Peter Ramage and Grant combined well. Matlock pulled a goal back ten minutes before half time with a low drive by Raven but there was time for Ilkeston to add a fourth through an own goal following Hembury’s low cross. Gregory then fired in a free kick that was just stopped by Matlock ‘keeper Buckley.
Booth completed his hat-trick soon after the break with a superb solo effort when he beat three men before guiding the ball into the net. Hembury then saw a shot saved before he headed in from a corner for Town’s sixth. Hembury was then denied by a brilliant double save by Buckley after he pounced onto Grant’s cross. Matlock scored their second through a Marriott penalty after Albert Ball handled before Booth, breaking clear, rounded Buckley and finished clinically. Peter Ramage’s perfect pass left Hembury with only Buckley to beat and he made no mistake to score his hat-trick and Town’s eighth. Gregory and Booth both went close but as Ilkeston eased off Dick Hogg was forced into several fine saves before Raven scored a fine solo goal for Matlock.
FIRST HALF DEMOLITION SEES TOWN MAKE SEMIS
10TH JANUARY 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 4 NEWHALL UNITED 2 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP QUARTER-FINAL)
The final score was a perfect reflection of a game which saw the winners progress to the semi-finals of the Derbyshire Divisional Cup. During an interesting opening Frank Hembury shot tamely at Port from a good position, Dick Hogg made a good save at the other end and Arthur Grant’s long range strike flew just over. Hembury was then twice denied by Port, firstly with after a good shot and then a header. Hembury’s persistence paid off on 27 minutes when he turned in Alwyn Booth’s cross. The floodgates opened and two minutes later Jackie Brough’s cross was neatly taken down by Booth past a defender before he finished with his left foot. Newhall tried to respond but Hogg saved well from Bodell. Ilkeston scored a third when Peter Ramage’s perfect through ball found Hembury who made no mistake. Brough then scored a fine goal when he cut in from the right, rounded Port, and was left with a simple finish.
Newhall began the second half brightly and were rewarded when Brazier netted Bodell’s centre on 50 minutes. Hogg was then tested by a great shot by Kelly before Brazier added a second with a decent strike. Town didn’t panic, however, and finished strongly. Booth’s shot was turned over the bar following a lovely move and then he had a goal disallowed in the final few minutes.
FIRST AWAY DEFEAT AS MARTIN GETS FIVE
17TH JANUARY 1948
NOTTINGHAM FOREST "A" 5 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Town’s unbeaten run in the league, which stretched back to the opening day defeat against Grantham was also their first away defeat on their travels. They were beaten by a far better side displaying splendid open football who were heading towards the Central Alliance championship. Martin scored a first half hat-trick, the first coming on 5 minutes after Dick Hogg spilled a high cross. Hogg redeemed himself when he saved well from Linacre but could do little about Martin’s second and third goals.
Martin’s fourth came soon after the break. At last Town produced something to smile about. Frank Hembury found Alwyn Booth who beat two defenders before scoring. Forest soaked up further Ilkeston pressure until Martin capped an excellent display with his fifth.
FIVE STAR BOOTH AS TOWN RUN RIOT AT RANSOME
24TH JANUARY 1948
RANSOME & MARLES RESERVES 2 ILKESTON TOWN 9
Ilkeston bounced back from their disappointment at Forest with an emphatic victory. It took just 7 minutes for them to open their account when Jackie Brough and Alwyn Booth created an opening for Frank Hembury to score a fine goal. Hembury then saw his fierce drive by Langley but then the home side fired a warning. Dick Hogg’s punch went straight to Pickering but his shot was cleared off the line by Syd Burrows. Booth then scored two goals in a minute, the first coming on 23 minutes and the second came when he converted Arthur Grant’s cross. Three minutes later Pickering gave Ransome hope with a fine goal.
Pickering went close with a 20 yard shot just after half time and then Peter Ramage saw his shot pushed over at the other end. Then, on 49 minutes, Town scored a fourth when Brough’s corner, headed by Hembury, was blocked but Booth smartly flicked the ball in with his head for his hat-trick. With the home side now all over the place Grant’s corner was turned in by Ramage two minutes later. An own goal by Gray followed before Cobb pulled a goal back for Ransome. This only seemed to give the incentive to Ilkeston to score more. Booth’s low shot made it seven, Hembury added another, and Booth crowned an excellent performance with his fifth and Town’s ninth four minutes later.
YOUNG STAGS PUT UP BRAVE FIGHT
31ST JANUARY 1948
MANSFIELD TOWN "A" 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston visited the bottom club and came away with a win but were pushed all the way by a team who played far better than their league position suggested. The strong wind played its part in evening the teams out and it was Mansfield who took an early lead inside the first five minutes. Priestley, combining well with Maddison, split Ilkeston’s defence wide open and put them ahead. Ilkeston began to put their stamp on the game and Alwyn Booth, Gibson McNaughton and Frank Hembury each went close before McNaughton equalised on 29 minutes with a well placed shot.
Mansfield gave it a real go during the first twenty minutes of the second half, Dick Hogg saving well from both Priestley and Millington, but on 70 minutes Ilkeston took the lead. McNaughton and Arthur Grant cleverly opened up the home defence and the latter’s cross was perfect for Booth to score. A minute later Hembury lobbed the ball into the area for Booth to nod in Town’s crucial third goal. Both sides went close but failed to add to the score in the final minutes.
FOREST FIRM FAVOURITES FOR TITLE
7TH FEBRUARY 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST "A" 3
Town’s hopes of winning the Central Alliance were dealt a severe blow while leaders Forest took a huge stride towards the title on a quagmire of a pitch. Ilkeston played quite well in the first half but were thwarted by some inspired goalkeeper. Forest, on the other hand, scored twice through Wheatley and Morley. Ilkeston lost their shape and visibly tired after the break and it was no surprise when Kale added a third. The defeat meant Ilkeston dropped to third place, just behind Worksop Town.
WORTHY WIN AT WORKSOP
14TH FEBRUARY 1948
WORKSOP TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston came away with a well deserved win against second place Worksop. The first few minutes saw both defences suffer some anxious moments but when Ilkeston took a 15th minute lead they took control. The goal was a strange one. Alwyn Booth cracked in a fierce low shot that the goalkeeper held but the momentum carried both he and the ball over the line.
Two minutes into the second half Booth set up Gibson McNaughton with a fine pass and he fired into the corner for number two. Ilkeston got their third from the penalty spot after a handball, Jackie Brough making no mistake. Moody scored a consolation goal for Worksop.
STORMING COMEBACK BY ILKESTON
21ST FEBRUARY 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 4 WORKSOP TOWN 2
The Manor Ground mudbath of a pitch did little to assist the teams but the match improved as it went on. Ilkeston began very brightly and Frank Hembury spurned two golden chances provided by Jackie Brough. Then Brough himself should have put Ilkeston ahead but Hudson saved his penalty. Both teams did their utmost to attack but Dick Hogg and Hudson were rarely troubled.
The second half was much more exciting and dramatic and began with two Worksop goals inside five minutes. White put them ahead on 47 minutes and then Larkin eluded Cyril Fisher before adding the second. These goals seemed to fire Ilkeston back to life and five minutes later they pulled a goal back through a Gibson McNaughton lob following a good ball from Arthur Grant. Alwyn Booth headed the equaliser on the hour and from then on it was almost total Ilkeston pressure. Hembury scored two more to seal a useful victory.
BOOTH BOOSTS TOWN WITH FIRST HALF HAT-TRICK
6TH MARCH 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 5 MATLOCK TOWN 2 (LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND)
Ilkeston provided another fine exhibition of attacking football to reach the quarter-finals of the League Cup. They took the lead on 12 minutes when Alwyn Booth, clear on goal, flicked the ball past Buckley. Three minutes later he scored his second after Gibson McNaughton’s shot cannoned off the post. Both goalkeepers were then severely tested with Dick Hogg saving from Pearce and Buckley denying McNaughton. However a Hogg error allowed Matlock back into the game when he misjudged a Marriott shot and allowed it to creep in off the post on 23 minutes. Seven minutes later Booth completed his hat-trick with a fine goal.
Ilkeston continued to dominate after half time. Arthur Grant blasted into the side netting before they scored a super goal. McNaughton bursted through the middle before releasing Grant who tricked two defenders before finishing beautifully. Seven minutes later he scored another gem, this time meeting a Jackie Brough cross with a spectacular volley on the run. Town were now completely on top and Frank Hembury went close several times. However the final goal fell to Matlock when Daws beat Cyril Fisher before firing into the top corner three minutes from time.
BRAVE ILKESTON LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY
13TH MARCH 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 2 DERBY COUNTY "A" 2 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP SEMI-FINAL)
Ilkeston defied the odds to come back from two goals down against a Derby side content to use any manner of dubious tactics. Smith gave Derby the lead on 12 minutes and Mays scored from the spot after half an hour. From this point on they tried to protect their lead and often resorted to foul tactics and time wasting. Gibson McNaughton had to leave the pitch for treatment to a cut forehead and although he returned Cyril Fisher was carried off with a leg injury that left Town with ten men for the remainder of the game. However, Albert Ball pulled a goal back on 40 minutes to give Ilkeston hope.
Time seemed to be running out for Ilkeston despite a spirited second half display. Then, on 88 minutes, a brilliant run by Arthur Grant, who cut inside and beat four men, ended with him slipping the ball through to Frank Hembury who fired past Payne.
The goal took the tie into extra time and Town’s overworked players were clearly tired. Somehow they held on to force a replay. Dick Hogg made two great saves from Smith and Taft, and Albert Ball cleared off the line from Parry.
UNLUCKY TOWN BOW OUT THIS TIME
20TH MARCH 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 1 DERBY COUNTY "A" 2 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP SEMI-FINAL REPLAY)
Once again Ilkeston took Derby to extra time but on this occasion they lost. However they were desperately short of luck and could easily have progressed to the final. Taft gave Derby the lead on 35 minutes despite Town’s overall dominance but the setback did not subdue Ilkeston.
Even though Jackie Brough had to leave the pitch for 20 minutes during the second half due to a cut above the eye, they continued to attack and deservedly levelled through a tremendous 35 yard strike by Albert Ball. Going all out for the win Arthur Grant had a good shot saved, Frank Hembury fired inches over and Gibson McNaughton brought another save from Taylor.
With the game going into extra time Town went close several times but in the second period they were dealt a blow from which they couldn’t recover. Jones appeared to run the ball out of play but the referee allowed the game to continue. His cross was tucked away by Taft for his second and Derby’s winner.
A GOOD FRIDAY AT NEW HOUGHTON
26TH MARCH 1948
NEW HOUGHTON VILLA 2 ILKESTON TOWN 5
Town kept their title hopes alive with a relatively easy win. They found the small uneven pitch difficult to begin with and French put the home side ahead. Slowly but surely Ilkeston took control and it was no surprise when Alwyn Booth scored on 40 minutes.
Ilkeston got stronger still as the game developed. Frank Hembury put them ahead early in the second half and a Doug Gregory thunderbolt into the roof of the net from 35 yards a minute later made it three. Five minutes later a nice move involving Arthur Grant and Booth ended with Hembury adding a fourth. Hembury completed his hat-trick with a clever lob after Booth nodded down a Grant corner. Kelly grabbed a late consolation goal for the home side.
SPIREITES KNOCK OUT TOWN IN GAME OF TWO HALVES
27TH MARCH 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 1 CHESTERFIELD "A" 2 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER-FINAL)
Ilkeston played some delightful football during the first half but were rocked by a Chesterfield equaliser just before the break when Albert Ball’s back pass fell short and McJarrow nipped in to score. Earlier Frank Hembury fired inches over from close range before he made amends on 8 minutes to put Ilkeston ahead. They could easily have scored a second but Jackie Brough’s diving header was saved by Thompson.
After half time Chesterfield were the better side and Town could hardly complain when Lyon shot high into the net for the winner.
TOWN CLING ON AFTER FLYING START
29TH MARCH 1948
OLLERTON COLLIERY RESERVES 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Arthur Grant gave Town a fifth minute lead from the penalty spot and when Frank Hembury headed into the far corner on 15 minutes everything was going to plan. The goal was superbly worked, Gibson McNaughton sent Grant down the left who reached the line before cutting in to deliver a pinpoint cross.
Ilkeston went three up on 57 minutes when Doug Venables headed in Jackie Brough’s cross. At this point Ilkeston appeared to take it easy and it almost cost them the game. Turner’s well placed header gave Ollerton a lifeline on 62 minutes and eight minutes later Slack’s free kick was turned in by Hicking. With Ilkeston now in panic mode a draw seemed likely but somehow they managed to hold on. The result left Town just one point behind leaders Forest "A" although the young Reds had a game in hand.
LEAGUE CUP EXIT AT LOUGHBOROUGH
3RD APRIL 1948
BRUSH SPORTS RESERVES 4 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER-FINAL)
Town began the game brightly but fell away once Jarvis scored the first of his three goals on 21 minutes. His header, from a Perry cross, found the top corner. A few minutes later Brush scored again and Jarvis was involved once more. He laid the ball perfectly into Whelband’s path and his shot was too hot for Dick Hogg to hold. Ilkeston improved a little as the game approached half time but they created little.
Brush Sports were by far the better side after the break and thoroughly deserved to extend their lead. Syd Burrows cleared one effort off the line but Town were unable to stop Jarvis from adding to the score when he broke clear to convert a simple chance on 65 minutes. He completed his hat-trick 13 minutes from time with a fine goal.
HEMBURY HAT-TRICK KEEPS TOWN IN TITLE HUNT
10TH APRIL 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 5 OLLERTON COLLIERY RESERVES 0
Ilkeston kept their faint title hopes alive with a storming second half performance. The first half was a scrappy affair. What few openings there were fell to Ilkeston but none were taken. Two minutes after the break they finally scored through Frank Hembury. Five minutes later Gibson McNaughton sent Jackie Brough down the right who cut inside and crossed for Hembury’s second. Bates then fed Arthur Grant whose first time cross was controlled and laid off by Hembury for Brough to score with an instant shot. Ilkeston’s fourth was the result of Gibson McNaughton, clean through, unselfishly passing the ball to Hembury who completed his hat-trick with a simple finish. Bates concluded the scoring two minutes from time.
TITLE HOPES OVER
14TH APRIL 1948
BRUSH SPORTS RESERVES 5 ILKESTON TOWN 2
No match report available. Town had to win to have any chance of catching leaders Nottingham Forest but they fell to a heavy defeat. Frank Hembury scored both Ilkeston goals.
SECOND PLACE BUT FIRST RATE PERFORMANCE
24TH APRIL 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 8 WHITWICK COLLIERY 1
Ilkeston proved themselves to be worthy of the runners-up spot with an emphatic victory in the final game despite falling behind to Wright’s 12th minute opener. The first half was quite finely balanced but Town missed plenty of chances. They did score on 17 minutes through an Arthur Grant penalty after Alwyn Booth was fouled and they eventually took the lead a minute before half time when Grant’s corner was met by a first time shot by Booth.
The second half was all Ilkeston. The third goal came on the hour when Frank Hembury followed up after his initial shot was saved. Hembury scored again following a Jackie Brough centre and the fifth goal was scored by Gibson McNaughton. Grant found Booth who lobbed the ball forward for the Scot to score with a header. Albert Ball then made a surging run and passed to Booth who slipped but Brough was alive to the situation and nipped in for the sixth. Great interplay between Grant and McNaughton set up Hembury to complete his hat-trick before Grant crossed for Booth to head in Ilkeston’s eighth.