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1949/50 CENTRAL ALLIANCE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Linby Colliery 34 24 5 5 95 34 53
2 Gresley Rovers 34 20 7 7 95 66 47
3 Retford British Ropes 34 21 3 10 99 65 45
4 Sutton Town 34 17 10 7 90 60 44
5 Shirebrook Supporters 34 19 6 9 86 75 44
6 South Normanton Miners Welfare 34 17 9 8 100 61 43
7 ILKESTON TOWN 34 13 11 10 85 77 37
8 Long Eaton Town 34 15 7 12 81 71 37
9 Parkhouse Colliery 34 14 6 14 93 78 34
10 Matlock Town 34 11 10 13 81 83 32
11 Nottingham Forest 'A' 34 12 7 15 70 82 31
12 Creswell Colliery 34 13 5 16 62 74 31
13 Bentinck Welfare 34 10 6 18 63 82 26
14 Heanor Athletic 34 8 8 18 47 85 24
15 Retford Town 34 8 7 19 53 94 23
16 Notts County 'A' 34 5 11 18 57 86 21
17 Teversal & Silverhill Colliery 34 6 8 20 62 87 20
18 Warsop Working Mens Club 34 8 4 22 55 113 20



1949/50 CENTRAL ALLIANCE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
20 AUG Creswell Colliery W5-0 MCLOCHLAN 2, BURROWS (PEN), NICKLIN, BOOTH
10 SEP Shirebrook Supporters L4-7 NICKLIN 2, LEDGER, MCNAUGHTON
17 SEP NOTTS COUNTY 'A' W6-1 1869 SAMS, BOOTH 2, JOHNSON, BURROWS (PEN), MCNAUGHTON
23 SEP Bentinck Welfare D0-0
01 OCT Warsop Working Mens Club W3-1 GLOVER (OG), BURROWS (PEN), JOHNSON
08 OCT Parkhouse Colliery D2-2 LEDGER, SAMS
15 OCT BENTINCK WELFARE W5-2 NICKLIN 2, DOLMAN (OG), BRANDHAM, WEBB
22 OCT SHIREBROOK SUPPORTERS D4-4 1893 BOOTH 3, SAMS (PEN)
29 OCT Retford British Ropes L2-4 BRANDHAM, NICKLIN
19 NOV SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE D2-2 1604 BRANDHAM 2
26 NOV Matlock Town D3-3 NICKLIN 2, BRANDHAM
10 DEC Notts County 'A' W3-2 LEDGER, BOOTH, NICKLIN
17 DEC CRESWELL COLLIERY W3-2 994 NICKLIN 2, BOOTH
24 DEC HEANOR ATHLETIC W4-1 2112 MORAN (OG), BOOTH, JOHNSON, BALL (PEN)
26 DEC Heanor Athletic L0-1
27 DEC Long Eaton Town L2-3 5000 BOOTH 2
14 JAN RETFORD BRITISH ROPES D2-2 1864 ALLCOCK 2
21 JAN Gresley Rovers L1-4 ALLCOCK
28 JAN SUTTON TOWN W1-0 1740 MCNAUGHTON
04 FEB NOTTINGHAM FOREST 'A' D1-1 1606 ALLCOCK
18 FEB Sutton Town D4-4 GRANT, ALLOCK, LEDGER, BOOTH
25 FEB GRESLEY ROVERS L3-6 1140 LEDGER, ALLCOCK, BURROWS (PEN)
04 MAR Retford Town W2-1 BAKER, BOOTH
11 MAR TEVERSAL & SILVERHILL COLLIERY W5-0 1561 SINCLAIR 4, BOOTH
18 MAR LINBY COLLIERY L1-4 2116 SINCLAIR
25 MAR Teversal & Silverhill Colliery W1-0 SINCLAIR
01 APR LONG EATON TOWN D1-1 2444 SINCLAIR
08 APR Linby Colliery D1-1 BAKER
10 APR RETFORD TOWN W5-2 1697 MCNAUGHTON 2, SINCLAIR 2, EAST
17 APR WARSOP WORKING MENS CLUB W5-3 1507 SINCLAIR 2, MCNAUGHTON, BOOTH, BEARDSLEY
21 APR Nottingham Forest 'A' L0-3
24 APR PARKHOUSE COLLIERY L1-3 1920 BAKER
30 APR South Normanton Miners Welfare L1-5 BALL (PEN)
07 MAY MATLOCK TOWN D2-2 766 BURROWS (PEN), NICKLIN



1949/50 FA CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
EPR 03 SEP SUTTON TOWN L2-3 2879 SAMS, NICKLIN



1949/50 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
Frep 27 AUG South Normanton Miners Welfare W2-1 2607 WEBB, MCLOCHLAN
1R 03 DEC DERBY CORINTHIANS W2-1 1112 BRANDHAM 2
QF 31 DEC STANTON IRONWORKS L0-2 1580  

NB. The South Normanton Miners Welfare way match on 27 Aug was the replayed 1948/49 Derbyshire Senior Cup Final.


1949/50 DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORER
2R 12 NOV Matlock Town L1-4 BURROWS (PEN)



1949/50 CENTRAL ALLIANCE LEAGUE CUP RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT
1R 07 JAN LINBY COLLIERY L0-4 2423

CRESWELL CRUSHED
20TH AUGUST 1949
CRESWELL COLLIERY 0 ILKESTON TOWN 5
Town made a great start to the season after withstanding early Creswell pressure. The result was not in doubt once Ilkeston took a 25th minute lead when McLochlan finished nicely after being set up by Charlie Nicklin. A foul by Forster led to Syd Burrows thumping in the second from the penalty spot before half time.

Ilkeston were in complete command in the second half. The third came following Alf Sams’ burst through the middle, McLochlan striking first time into the roof of the net from the final through ball. McLochlan turned provider when he played Nicklin through to steer past Chappell. The fourth came as a result of an excellent solo effort from Alwyn Booth. He beat three defenders before firing in off the post.

BRAVE ILKESTON WIN SENIOR CUP AT LAST
27TH AUGUST 1949
SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE I ILKESTON TOWN 2 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FINAL REPLAY)
Ilkeston survived constant South Normanton pressure during the second half to win the Derbyshire Senior Cup for the first time. Goalkeeper Ben Hall was outstanding behind a valiant Town defence which survived despite the loss through injury to Fred Johnson on the stroke of half time. 2607 spectators witnessed a hard fought, absorbing encounter.

Town were in brilliant form during the opening 20 minutes when they raced into a two goal lead. Ron Webb opened the scoring on just 3 minutes when he drove the ball through a crowded area into the net. McLochlan poached the second after Arthur Grant’s shot came back off the bar. The home side gave themselves hope when Morrison beat Syd Burrows before firing a cross low to Ken Allcock (who joined Ilkeston a few months later) to score on 39 minutes.

MARTIN HAUNTS TOWN
3RD SEPTEMBER 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SUTTON TOWN 3 (FA CUP EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND)
Fred Martin returned to Ilkeston to haunt his former club. His two well struck long range shots during the first half put Sutton in control and left Ilkeston with a mighty task in the second half. Yet Ilkeston were a reformed side after the break and looked the likelier winners. Alf Sams cracked a low cross shot in off the post to reduce arrears and Charlie Nicklin bundled in an equaliser from Gibson McNaughton’s cross. Martin had the last laugh, however, when his cross was lashed home by Cook. Desperate attacks by Ilkeston came to nothing during the final minutes.

SHAMBLES AT SHIREBROOK
10TH SEPTEMBER 1949
SHIREBROOK SUPPORTERS 7 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Dreadful Ilkeston defending throughout the game handed victory on a plate to a grateful Shirebrook team that took full advantage. Ilkeston began well and took the lead when Owen Johnson’s shot was helped in by Charlie Nicklin. Shirebrook equalised with a cracking long range shot by Atkin and took the lead when Albert Ball’s miskick gave Roberts a simple opportunity.

Roberts scored again soon after half time before Ilkeston staged a comeback. Ken Ledger scored a fine goal when he raced down the right before cutting inside to steer the ball into the net. Then Gibson McNaughton scored a stunning equaliser with a swerving shot from outside the box. Any hopes of an Ilkeston victory were quashed when Atkin and Briggs scored for the home side. Nicklin scored Town’s fourth before Briggs scored twice more to complete his hat-trick.

NOTTS IN KNOTS
17TH SEPTEMBER 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 6 NOTTS COUNTY "A" 1
Town returned to winning ways with a much improved performance. They gained confidence from an early Alf Sams goal who scored from close range following Ken Ledger’s corner. Ledger was heavily involved in Town’s second when he broke down the right and sent over a high cross for Alwyn Booth to head past ‘keeper Kimberley. Owen Johnson outwitted the Notts defence when he cut in from the left to crack in from a narrow angle for the third. There was still time for Ilkeston to add a fourth goal before half time. Booth challenged Kimberley for a high cross and they both ended on the floor with the ball in close proximity. Booth reacted the quicker and tapped the ball in.

The second half had fewer goalmouth incidents until Notts pulled a goal back. Ben Hall misjudged a high cross and Peach made the most of his chance. This inspired Ilkeston to return to the attack and when Ledger was fouled Syd Burrows scored from the spot. Ledger continued to cause panic and following another long cross, this time from the left, Gibson McNaughton drilled in Town’s sixth.

BORE DRAW
23RD SEPTEMBER 1949
BENTINCK WELFARE 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
This was a truly remarkable game, memorable for its almost total lack of incident. Town came closest to winning when Gibson McNaughton cracked a shot against the bar. The slippery surface and long grass hindered good play and when Bentinck did get close to Town’s goal Ben Hall was alert to any danger. The home side had only two efforts of note, both in the first half, but Merry shot wide on both occasions.

TOWN WIN AT WARSOP
1ST OCTOBER 1949
WARSOP WORKING MENS CLUB 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston were not at their most impressive but they were deserved winners and would have won by a bigger margin but for missed chances. They took the lead on 25 minutes when Ken Ledger’s burst of pace opened up the Warsop defence. His cross was intercepted by Glover but, under pressure, he turned the ball into his own net. Syd Burrows got the second from a penalty awarded for handball before Adams with a fine header from a pinpoint Rowley cross reduced the arrears before the interval.

Ilkeston made the game safe in the second half thanks to a brilliant effort from Owen Johnson.

LUCKY POINT AT PARKHOUSE
8TH OCTOBER 1949
PARKHOUSE COLLIERY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Town had a torrid time at Parkhouse Colliery who were extremely unfortunate not to take both points. Sidall gave the home side the lead when Ben Hall allowed the shot to slip through his fingers for a soft goal. Parkhouse twice hit the post during the first half and came desperately close to a second goal on several occasions yet they found themselves behind at the interval. Ilkeston’s equaliser came when Frank Brandham headed the ball to Ledger who briefly lost control before regaining possession. In an instant he fired the ball into the net. Town’s second came when Dooley completely missed a Ledger corner to leave Alf Sams with a simple chance.

Parkhouse deservedly levelled after the break when Stone beat Frank Parker before cracking the ball past Hall. The woodwork came to Ilkeston’s rescue again as Parkhouse laid siege to Town’s goal but somehow they managed to hold on for a draw.

BENTINCK BATTERED IN OPENING MINUTES
15TH OCTOBER 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 5 BENTINCK WELFARE 2
Town raced into a three goal lead inside the first 15 minutes of a match they dominated. Charlie Nicklin fired a low shot following a free kick to give them the lead and when he tried to send Ken Ledger away minutes later Dolman could only succeed in lobbing his attempted clearance into his own net. The third came when Nicklin fastened onto a long ball before finishing calmly.

Ilkeston’s fourth came early in the second half. Frank Ellmer’s dummy at a free kick caught Bentinck out and Ron Webb drove the ball into the bottom corner. Bentinck at last tried to attack Ilkeston and they were rewarded by a McKee goal. A few minutes later Town scored a fifth when Frank Brandham latched onto a long ball and guided the ball past the goalkeeper. Ball scored a late consolation for Bentinck.

BOOTH HAT-TRICK IN VAIN
22ND OCTOBER 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 4 SHIREBROOK SUPPORTERS 4
Shirebrook’s point was enough to take them to the top of the Central Alliance but Ilkeston should have won. Two glaring mistakes by goalkeeper Ben Hall cost Ilkeston dear with Atkin the beneficiary. On 9 minutes his quickly taken 25 yard free kick completely deceived Hall and his second - Shirebrook’s third - that came early in the second half was a shot from a narrow angle that went under Hall’s body. Ilkeston’s first and equalising goal was a header from Alwyn Booth following an accurate cross by Owen Johnson. Briggs first time swerver gave Shirebrook the lead but Booth got his second when he rammed home Ken Ledger’s low cross to level the scores before half time.

Booth completed his hat-trick in the second half with another header to equalise once again. When Ken Ledger was tripped Alf Sams scored from the spot to put Town ahead for the first time. But Atkin emulated Booth by completing a hat-trick of his own to deny Ilkeston victory.

ROPES GIVE TOWN RUN AROUND
29TH OCTOBER 1949
RETFORD BRITISH ROPES 4 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Retford exploited gaping holes in the Ilkeston defence to record a deserved win. Individual errors by Ilkeston players compounded matters. The home side went in front when R.Wharton hit the post and H.Wharton scored from the rebound. Frank Brandham equalised a few minutes later when he headed in Ken Ledger’s corner. Ropes went back in front two minutes before half time when Ron Webb’s miskick allowed Guest to nip in and score.

Ilkeston equalised early in the second half when Ledger’s hard low centre was touched in by Charlie Nicklin but the home side quickly regained the lead, H.Wharton taking full advantage of a great ball by Elkington. Clayton grabbed the fourth, decisive goal. Town’s misery was complete when Alf Sams blasted a penalty over the bar.

ILKESTON SPLASH TO DEFEAT
12TH NOVEMBER 1949
MATLOCK TOWN 4 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP SECOND ROUND)
Matlock’s pitch resembled a lake and the addition of a strong wind made good football impossible. Ilkeston kept plugging away after conceding two early goals but their efforts were in vain. Marriott put Matlock ahead in the seventh minute and ten minutes later his pressure forced Gibson McNaughton to put the ball into his own net. Frank Brandham went close for Ilkeston when he hit the bar but there was some cheer when Syd Burrows’ converted a penalty on 42 minutes.

Any hopes of a comeback evaporated when Middleton and Roe, with a late goal, added to Matlock’s tally during the second half.

BALL PENALTY MISS AS TOWN DROP POINT
19TH NOVEMBER 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 2
Town produced a much improved performance, especially during the second half when they created enough chances to have won. Minutes after he hit the post from a free kick Albert Ball then hit the woodwork with a penalty after Ken Ledger’s shot had been handled. Fortunately ten minutes later Frank Brandham headed in Ron Webb’s free kick for Town’s second and equalising goal.

South Normanton enjoyed the better of the first half but Town ‘keeper Dick Pickering was in good form. However, he couldn’t prevent the visitors from going in front on 40 minutes when Harper’s corner caused a goalmouth scramble with Clarke getting the final touch. Two minutes later Brandham levelled with an 18 yard shot into the roof of the net. South Normanton regained the lead a minute after the break when the unlucky Jock Wallace’s tackle resulted in the ball running loose to Clarke who gave Pickering no chance.

MATLOCK’S LATE EQUALISER DENIES ILKESTON VICTORY
26TH NOVEMBER 1949
MATLOCK TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston fought back brilliantly from going two goals down and looked set for victory until Alderson grabbed an 83rd minute scrambled equaliser. In a match played on a very wet surface in constant rain Matlock took an early lead when Hall’s long range shot took a massive deflection. Ten minutes later Burton cut in from the right to score their second. From then on Ilkeston played impressively and it was no less than they deserved when they pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time. Jock Wallace’s free kick was headed down by Frank Brandham and Charlie Nicklin fastened onto it before unleashing a fierce shot.

The equaliser came early in the second half. Ken Ledger broke down the right and centred across the face of the goal before Owen Johnson returned the ball back into the middle for Nicklin to apply the finishing touch. Ilkeston went ahead when Johnson’s cross was headed in by Brandham.

TOWN SCRAPE VICTORY IN SENIOR CUP
3RD DECEMBER 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 2 DERBY CORINTHIANS 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND)
The heavy ground didn’t assist Ilkeston’s short passing tactic and the team was hampered by Charlie Nicklin’s early knock which reduced his effectiveness. As a result an uninspiring game took place. Hough shocked Town by giving Corinthians a shock lead when he broke through to score with an emphatic finish. It only took a minute for Ilkeston to draw level when Frank Brandham challenged goalkeeper Walters for a cross. As the ball dropped to the ground Brandham was the quickest to react.

Brandham scored his second and Ilkeston’s winner two minutes before the interval when he headed home Ken Ledger’s corner.

THRILLING CLIMAX ENDS IN ILKESTON VICTORY
10TH DECEMBER 1949
NOTTS COUNTY "A" 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston showed tremendous spirit to snatch a deserved victory with two late goals. Wyatt had given Notts the lead in the first half following a mix up between Dick Pickering and Jock Wallace.

Eleven minutes into the second half Town were level. Frank Ellmer sent Ken Ledger away down the right and he cut inside to beat two defenders before shooting into the corner with his left foot for a delightful goal. Ilkeston were rocked in the 80th minute when Notts regained the lead. Peach beat Wallace for pace and then flicked the ball past the advancing Pickering. But Town were not to be denied. A minute later they equalised again with a left foot shot from 16 yards by Alwyn Booth. The winner came five minutes from time when Booth placed the ball into Charlie Nicklin’s path and it was clinically despatched first time into the net.

CRESWELL REVIVAL ALMOST RUINS THE DAY
17TH DECEMBER 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 3 CRESWELL COLLIERY 2
Town deservedly won but the victory was far less comfortable than it should have been. They relaxed after going three goals up and Creswell were allowed back into the game. Ilkeston were vastly superior in the first half and took the lead with a controversial goal. As Creswell defenders stood appealing for offside both Gibson McNaughton and Charlie Nicklin were completely in the clear, and although Wilson managed to block McNaughton’s shot his partner was on hand to score from the rebound. Nicklin then cracked a shot against the post before he scored his and Ilkeston’s second after Alwyn Booth deceived two defenders to set him up.

Ilkeston’s third came five minutes after half time, Booth heading in Ron Webb’s free kick. Thinking that the job was done Town sat back and Creswell were able to pull back a goal when Bentley scored a penalty awarded for handball. A few minutes later Reeves tucked the ball under Pickering for their second. Fortunately for Ilkeston they managed to play out the remainder of the game without any further scares.

ILKESTON’S CHRISTMAS COMES A DAY EARLY
24TH DECEMBER 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 4 HEANOR ATHLETIC 1
Heanor Athletic contributed to a good Christmas Eve encounter but Ilkeston’s more direct approach paid dividends. The result was particularly satisfying for Gibson McNaughton in his first match in charge as Ilkeston manager. Town played particularly well in the first half. Their first goal came courtesy of Heanor’s Moran who turned Ken Ledger’s cross into his own net under pressure from Charlie Nicklin. Alwyn Booth added a second before the break with a left foot drive from a Ledger corner.

Bates, the former Ilkeston player, scored with a swerving shot from 20 yards to give Heanor hope. However, Town regained a two goal lead when Gibson McNaughton, with a magnificent run down the right, beat three men, cut along the by-line and passed to Owen Johnson for a simple finish. Albert Ball, with a calmly taken penalty late in the game after Nicklin had been fouled, scored Ilkeston’s fourth.

HEANOR’S REVENGE
26TH DECEMBER 1949
HEANOR ATHLETIC 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
This was a game played at a fast pace and a draw would probably have been the fairest outcome. Ilkeston created the bulk of the chances during the first half but couldn’t find a way past the impressive Burgoyne. Heanor’s Jackie Brough (ex Ilkeston) also caused problems but Dick Pickering was as equally effective in Town’s goal.

Heanor’s second half goal was worthy of winning any match. Bivens produced a perfect cross for Cliff Sinclair (who joined Ilkeston a few weeks later) to score with a flying header.

LONG EATON WIN LOCAL DERBY
27TH DECEMBER 1949
LONG EATON TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2
A remarkable 5000 crowd witnessed a thrilling game that burst into life with four goals in five minutes midway through the first half. Lockley’s first time shot gave Long Eaton the lead before a fine Ilkeston move ended with Alwyn Booth equalising. A minute later Whitting outpaced Town’s defence and scored with a fine shot only for Ilkeston to level the scores through Booth again.

Ilkeston appeared to be taking control of the game after half time. Gibson McNaughton delayed his shot too long when faced with an empty net and Ken Ledger had a good shot turned around the post by former Ilkeston ‘keeper Walter Law. The game hinged on two incidents in a minute. On 74 minutes Ilkeston’s Frank Ellmer had to leave the pitch with a leg injury. Moments later Lockley was put in the clear and the referee waved play on despite an offside flag. Dick Pickering got a hand to his shot but couldn’t prevent the ball from trickling over the line.

IRONMEN SHOW GREATER STEEL
31ST DECEMBER 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 0 STANTON IRONWORKS 2 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Ilkeston sent out a side made up mainly of reserves players and paid the price. They did most of the attacking but Stanton defended stoutly and were dangerous on the counter attack. Both of their goals were scored by Gilbert on breakaways, within a few minutes of each other. However, Ben Hall should really have stopped the second effort when he somehow allowed the ball to pass straight through him.

COLLIERS TOO HOT FOR TOWN
7TH JANUARY 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 0 LINBY COLLIERY 4 (LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND)
Linby Colliery, with former Town player Jack Stacey in their ranks, were much too good for Ilkeston in this one sided encounter. Town looked nervous in defence and two errors by Jock Wallace before Linby scored could have been costly. It was therefore no surprise when the visitors went ahead. Coleman found Jackie Ward (later a huge success at Ilkeston) who beat Derek Cleveley and ran along the by-line before setting up Dulson. Ilkeston managed only two efforts of note and both of these came during the first half. Ken Ledger had a shot blocked and Albert Ball’s long range strike clipped the bar.

Linby were in complete control in the second half even though Town showed more attacking intent. They were deadly on the break and scored their second goal after an Ilkeston attack broke down. Ward again beat Cleveley and cut inside before shooting inside the far post. Ten minutes later they scored a third through Lummus’ fine goal and the same player scored again before the end.

LEADERS HELD BY IMPROVED ILKESTON
14TH JANUARY 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 2 RETFORD BRITISH ROPES 2
Ilkeston produced a much improved performance but two defensive errors early in the game cost them the victory they deserved. Firstly Fred Johnson, attempting a back pass, could only loop the ball over ‘keeper Dick Pickering. British Ropes’ second came when Derek Cleveley, inside his own area, could only hoof the ball straight into the air. As the ball came down fellow defender Ron Webb headed it straight to Wharton who made no mistake. Ilkeston recovered well. Johnson sent Charlie Nicklin up the right and his high centre was spilled by Garth. Ken Allcock was on hand for a simple finish. Allcock then equalised following a delightful move. Shortly before half time Halstead (Ilkeston) and Whomersley clashed heads and both had to leave the pitch for attention, although they were able to return after the break.

Town were dominant during the second half but were unable to find the winner. Garth was kept extremely busy as the visitors held on for a point.

GRIM AT GRESLEY
21ST JANUARY 1950
GRESLEY ROVERS 4 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston’s short passing tactics failed against a hard tackling Gresley side that shot at goal at every opportunity. The first half was fairly even although Harrison was most unfortunate to see his shot strike the post, bounce off Dick Pickering and roll wide off the post. Gresley had better luck in the 44th minute when Jones lobbed into the top corner following a corner.

The second half was a bit of a disaster for Ilkeston until Ken Allcock beat the offside trap to grab a late consolation. Gresley scored twice in quick succession just after the break. Hodkin’s high free kick was put into the roof of the net by Jones and Harrison’s cracking shot made it three. Ilkeston could have pulled a goal back when Jones handled but Syd Burrows’ penalty was turned over the bar by Simnett. Harrison scored the fourth soon after.

SUTTON STUNNED BY ICE COOL PICKERING
28TH JANUARY 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SUTTON TOWN 0
Sutton Town, new leaders of the Central Alliance and unbeaten since October, left the frozen Manor Ground with nothing. They fought strongly in the second half but were thwarted by Dick Pickering’s penalty save after an Ilkeston player handled.

The first half had been evenly contested and although Sutton looked slightly the more dangerous it was Ilkeston who took the lead on 43 minutes. Phil Bibby sent a lovely pass to Arthur Grant whose ball inside found Ken Ledger. His shot was blocked but Gibson McNaughton was on hand to fire in off the post.

IMPRESSIVE FOREST DENIED BY ALLCOCK
4TH FEBRUARY 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST "A" 1
Ilkeston did well to earn a point against an impressive young Forest team. The game was played at a terrific pace throughout. Forest were on top during the first 20 minutes yet Ilkeston came close three times during this spell. Horspool made a good save from Ken Allcock’s header, Ken Ledger unluckily hit the bar and Arthur Grant shot just over.

The game continued in a similar vain until Forest took the lead twenty minutes from time when Thompson shot through a crowded goalmouth. Forest then had a goal disallowed before Allcock equalised when he nodded in a perfect centre from Grant. The visitors almost bagged the points when a shot was headed off the line and onto the bar by Syd Burrows before he cleared to safety.

DING DONG BATTLE ENDS IN DRAW
18TH FEBRUARY 1950
SUTTON TOWN 4 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Ilkeston came away with a deserved draw from a memorable encounter. Sutton took the lead on 12 minutes through a Bramham header but Ilkeston were soon back on level terms when Alwyn Booth’s clever play created a chance for Arthur Grant who finished from an acute angle. Sutton regained the lead when Dick Pickering parried Copestake’s shot only to see Townsend score from the rebound. Ken Allcock equalised with a brilliant goal when he burst through the middle before unleashing a drive from 25 yards. Five minutes later Ilkeston went ahead when Ken Ledger’s stunning strike from 35 yards flew into the net to conclude a thrilling first half.

Sutton bounced back strongly after the break and Bramham scored twice to complete his hat-trick and put the home side in front once more. But Ilkeston were not finished. After Marshall tipped Ledger’s shot over for a corner the Ilkeston winger sent the ball over for Booth to equalise. Ilkeston could have won in the last minute when Allcock rounded Marshall but he delayed his shot and eventually fired wide under pressure.

TOWN’S UNBEATEN HOME RUN OVER
25TH FEBRUARY 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 3 GRESLEY ROVERS 6
Unbeaten at home in the Central Alliance for over ten months Ilkeston finally fell to defeat although they did not play as badly as the scoreline suggests. They had as many chances as Gresley but the visitors gave a lesson in shooting. The result was against the odds because Gresley had not won away since the opening day of the season. Rovers took the lead when Tooley cut in from the left, and Harrison scored with a fine rising shot from 20 yards to double the lead before half time.

Rowley added a third soon after the break before Town finally scored. Ken Ledger made a fine crossfield run before receiving the ball back to fire in a fierce shot. Almost immediately Tooley scored Gresley’s fourth but Town scored again when Ledger and Ron Webb combined well to provide Ken Allcock with the chance. Harrison scored twice more to complete a hat-trick but there was still time for Syd Burrows to score a consolation penalty before the end. Burrows’ fellow full back Albert Ball made his 100th appearance.

BOOTH BAGS THE POINTS
4TH MARCH 1950
RETFORD TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
A broken leg suffered by Retford’s Wright left them with ten men. Although Ilkeston dominated the game they failed to make the most of their advantage until the 67th minute when Syd Burrows ran down the right. He sent over a high cross that Alwyn Booth hooked into the roof of the net from close range.

Bob Baker had put Ilkeston into an early lead but they were rocked by a Retford equaliser on 44 minutes. Steelyard made a great run, drew Dick Pickering, and squared the ball to Morris for a simple finish.

SUPER SINCLAIR DESTROYS TEVERSAL
11TH MARCH 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 5 TEVERSAL & SILVERHILL COLLIERY 0
Cliff Sinclair scored four times on his debut including a first half hat-trick as Ilkeston scored five goals past Reg Ball (who appeared in goal for Ilkeston on one occasion six years later). His first goal came on just 5 minutes when he met Ken Ledger’s cross with a flying header. Five minutes later the same pair worked a goal in a similar fashion. Sinclair’s hat-trick was completed on the stroke of half time when he side footed Ledger’s cross into the net.

Sinclair’s fourth came when he glanced the ball past Ball after Albert Ball’s high cross from the left was allowed to bounce in the area. Sinclair also had a hand in the fifth when he sufficiently distracted Reg Ball who allowed Alwyn Booth’s shot to pass through his legs for a soft goal. Dick Pickering at the other end was not immune from mistakes either and twice defenders came to his rescue by clearing off the line. Syd Burrows thought he had scored a sixth when he blasted home a free kick but the referee disallowed it because it was indirect.

LINBY SHOW CHAMPIONSHIP CREDENTIALS
18TH MARCH 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 1 LINBY COLLIERY 4
Bogey side Linby Colliery moved a step closer to clinching the Central Alliance by demolishing an Ilkeston team that went to pieces after Cliff Sinclair had headed them into a fifth minute lead from a Ken Ledger corner. Fast, open attacking football ripped Town apart and the lead only lasted two minutes when Dulson crashed a fierce shot through a crowded area. Dick Pickering almost produced a blinding stop to keep that one out but he could do little about the next goal a few minutes later. Jackie Ward (later an Ilkeston legend) scored from close range. Lummus shot in off the the post for the third before half time.

Dulson scored a simple fourth after the break before Ilkeston almost pulled a goal back when Ledger’s free kick rattled the bar. Linby had a great chance to make it five in the closing stages when Syd Burrows handled but Pickering made a smart save from Braddow’s spot kick.

TOWN EDGE GAME OF MISSED PENALTIES
25TH MARCH 1950
TEVERSAL & SILVERHILL COLLIERY 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
The game was memorable only for three missed penalties and a late winner from Cliff Sinclair. Syd Burrows, on his 100th appearance, had already missed from the spot whilst Dick Pickering saved two penalties at the other end. The home team were the better side during the first half but both teams improved significantly after the break. The match was heading for a draw until Alwyn Booth flicked the ball to Owen Johnson whose goalbound shot was diverted into the opposite corner by Sinclair.

PICKERING NO APRIL FOOL
1ST APRIL 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 1 LONG EATON TOWN 1
With Dick Pickering in inspired form in goal behind a very solid looking Ilkeston defence Long Eaton were unable to take home the points they probably felt they deserved. Ilkeston took the lead early in the second half through Cliff Sinclair before Whiting levelled the scores. The visitors, who included former Ilkeston player Cyril Fisher, went in search of a winner but the Ilkeston defence held firm. Horace Hackland made his Ilkeston debut.

UNLUCKY ILKESTON CAN’T LAY BOGEY TO REST
8TH APRIL 1950
LINBY COLLIERY 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston produced one of their best displays of the season at champions elect Linby but still failed to win, despite dominating the game. The game was played in a strong wind and Town made the most of it during the first half when they took a deserved lead. Bob Baker received the ball and strode forward before letting fly with a 25 yard shot that flew into the roof of the net.

Town continued to attack after half time but were most unfortunate when Ken Ledger thudded the underside of the bar and then Alwyn Booth was just off target. Linby equalised completely against the run of play when Jackie Ward (who went on to become Ilkeston’s all-time top scorer) sent over a free kick for Severn to head home. Ilkeston were undaunted by this setback and remained by far the better team but a winner would not come.

RETFORD WRECKED BY FIRST HALF DEMOLISION
10TH APRIL 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 5 RETFORD TOWN 2
Retford Town, who included former Derby legend Sammy Crooks in their team, took the lead on 4 minutes but they were never in the game from then on. Gibson McNaughton swiftly equalised before Cliff Sinclair put Ilkeston ahead with a cheeky back heel. Ilkeston scored the third when McNaughton’s corner caused a scramble before Don East headed goalwards. Skelton caught the ball but the referee ruled that it had already crossed the line. McNaughton scored the fourth before half time when he shot through a crowd of players.

Oxby reduced the arrears for Retford after the break but Sinclair had the final word with a brilliantly taken solo goal.

ILKESTON CALL FOR THE GAS MAN
17TH APRIL 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 5 WARSOP WORKING MENS CLUB 3
The non arrival of Alf Sams meant that Town entered the game with only ten men. Within 10 minutes a new face appeared on the pitch, spectator Ron Beardsley, whose only previous football experience had been with Gas Sports in the Ilkeston & District League. By this point Ilkeston were already two goals in front. Bob Baker’s powerful shot came off the bar for Cliff Sinclair to net the first and Ken Ledger’s cross was put away at the second attempt by Gibson McNaughton. Surprisingly Warsop came back and they were level by half time, Adams scoring the first and Yates the second following an error by Stuart Argent.

Ilkeston went back in front three minutes after the break when Sinclair’s pass released Alwyn Booth to score with a low shot. Beardsley’s afternoon became truly memorable when he headed in number four and Sinclair netted the fifth with a tap in after Albert Ball made a burst down the left. Good work by Rhodes provided Yates with a goal for Warsop near the end.

FOREST FINISH OFF TOWN IN FINAL HALF HOUR
21ST APRIL 1950
NOTTINGHAM FOREST "A" 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
An experienced Forest team eventually saw off a spirited Town side and the final score was not a true reflection of the game. Forest were undoubtedly the better side during the first half but Ilkeston held firm with Dick Pickering in fine form in goal.

Town began the second half very brightly. Cliff Sinclair had a header saved by Horspool and Ken Ledger’s shot ran along the crossbar to safety. But it was Forest who took the lead on the hour through Brown and two goals from Spencer killed off Ilkeston’s challenge.

PARKHOUSE BEAT PITIFUL TOWN
24TH APRIL 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 1 PARKHOUSE COLLIERY 3
Ilkeston played poorly with a typical end of season performance after they fell behind to an early goal, brilliantly taken by Baker who burst through on his own to shoot past Dick Pickering. Parkhouse doubled their lead soon after with Wragg’s swerving shot. Bob Baker gave Ilkeston a glimmer of hope in the 44th minute when he scored following a pass from Cliff Sinclair.

Ilkeston’s best spell came after half time and Don East could have scored but his shot hit the goalkeeper. The game then degenerated and threatened get out of control. Frank Ellmer was carried off with a leg injury after a clash with Beresford to leave Town with ten men, and then Stone had to be revived after a nasty looking shoulder charge by Syd Burrows. Wragg added the third with a free kick two minutes from time.

SOUTH NORMANTON TOO GOOD FOR TOWN
30TH APRIL 1950
SOUTH NORMANTON 5 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston crashed to a heavy defeat in equally heavy rain despite enjoying much of the ball but the home side’s more fast, direct approach was too strong for them. Dick Pickering made several fine saves and continued to do so during the second half despite injuring a hand. South Normanton scored twice before the break, the first a fine header from Reid and the other the first of three by Mossley.

Morrison scored the third early in the second half and although Albert Ball pulled back a goal from the penalty spot the home side continued to hold the initiative. Mossley scored twice more to complete a fine hat-trick. Ilkeston’s day was summed up when Derek Holland made a fine run but his final shot came off the post.

SEASON COMES TO UNSATISFACTORY END
7TH MAY 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 2 MATLOCK TOWN 2
An appalling mix up between Dick Pickering and Syd Burrows when they left the ball for each other allowed Taylor to score the simplest of second half equalisers and from that moment on Ilkeston were forced to defend desperately to avoid a fourth successive defeat. The game had begun badly as well when the same player gave Matlock an early lead when he shot inside the post. Ilkeston equalised through a Burrows penalty after Stan Netting had been brought down and they took the lead before half time. Netting threaded a superb through ball to Charlie Nicklin who went on a fine run before finishing in style. But that was as good as it got for Ilkeston and Matlock took control of the match.