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1950/51 CENTRAL ALLIANCE FIRST DIVISION FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Sutton Town 38 27 4 7 125 54 58
2 South Normanton Miners Welfare 38 23 6 9 100 61 52
3 Gresley Rovers 38 22 6 10 105 71 50
4 ILKESTON TOWN 38 22 5 11 100 65 49
5 Nottingham Forest 'A' 38 22 6 10 117 63 48
6 Creswell Colliery 38 22 3 13 115 61 47
7 Shirebrook Supporters 38 20 7 11 77 70 47
8 Teversal & Silverhill Colliery 38 18 9 11 86 58 45
9 Linby Colliery 38 18 9 11 87 70 45
10 Retford British Ropes 38 14 10 14 73 73 38
11 Long Eaton Town 38 15 7 16 78 83 37
12 Brush Sports Reserves 38 11 12 15 64 76 34
13 Matlock Town 38 12 10 16 65 97 34
14 Mansfield Town 'A' 38 10 12 16 59 89 32
15 Parkhouse Colliery 38 12 7 19 94 109 31
16 Ransome & Marles 38 13 4 21 102 116 30
17 Coalville Town 38 11 7 20 71 102 29
18 Retford Town 38 7 4 27 54 113 18
19 Bentinck Welfare 38 6 6 26 55 129 18
20 Heanor Athletic 38 3 10 25 37 104 16



1950/51 CENTRAL ALLIANCE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
19 AUG Parkhouse Colliery W6-2 RUSIN 3, JACKSON, BIBBY, BURROWS (PEN)
26 AUG RETFORD TOWN W5-0 2135 LEDGER 3, WILLIAMS, HENSHAW
06 SEP MATLOCK TOWN W9-0 826 HOLLAND, LEDGER 3, BIBBY 2, BURROWS (PEN), BAKER 2
09 SEP Gresley Rovers L1-4 RUSIN
30 SEP COALVILLE TOWN W1-0 1225 LEDGER
07 OCT GRESLEY ROVERS W2-1 2489 RUSIN (PEN), LEDGER
21 OCT LINBY COLLIERY L0-2 3112
28 OCT  Ransome & Marles W4-1 HENSHAW 2, RUSIN 2
04 NOV BRUSH SPORTS RESERVES W3-1 1603 RUSIN, GRANT, HENSHAW
18 NOV SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE W4-3 1827 BIBBY, LEDGER 2, HACKLAND
25 NOV RETFORD BRITISH ROPES W3-1 1698 HENSHAW 2, BIBBY
09 DEC SHIREBROOK SUPPORTERS W5-2 1689 RUSIN 4 (1PEN), HENSHAW
22 DEC Creswell Colliery L3-4 GRANT, BOOTH 2
25 DEC Heanor Athletic W4-1 RUSIN, HACKLAND 2, LEDGER
26 DEC HEANOR ATHLETIC W3-1 2111 MORAN (OG), RUSIN, BOOTH
13 JAN Teversal & Silverhill Colliery D3-3 RUSIN 2, LEDGER
20 JAN RANSOME & MARLES W3-0 1590 RUSIN (PEN), GRANT, BOOTH
27 JAN Shirebrook Supporters L1-2 RUSIN (PEN)
03 FEB Retford British Ropes D2-2 RUSIN 2
10 FEB BENTINCK WELFARE W3-0 1995 BOOTH, RUSIN, LEDGER
03 MAR Matlock Town W3-0 GRANT, JACKSON, RUSIN
10 MAR TEVERSAL & SILVERHILL COLLIERY W3-2 1902 RUSIN, BOOTH, LAPPAGE (OG)
17 MAR Sutton Town L1-3 GRANT
24 MAR Long Eaton Town L0-2
26 MAR LONG EATON TOWN W7-1 1418 RUSIN 4, LEDGER, BOOTH
27 MAR Brush Sports Reserves D1-1 LEDGER
31 MAR NOTTINGHAM FOREST 'A' D2-2 HACKLAND, RUSIN
11 APR Nottingham Forest 'A' L1-7 LEDGER
14 APR Mansfield Town 'A' L1-3 BAKER
18 APR Linby Colliery L0-1
21 APR PARKHOUSE COLLIERY W5-1 1920 RUSIN 2, LEDGER 2, HENSHAW
23 APR SUTTON TOWN L1-4 2385 BOOTH
25 APR Bentinck Welfare W3-2 BAKER, KENT, HACKLAND
30 APR MANSFIELD TOWN 'A' W1-0 1123 BIBBY
02 MAY CRESWELL COLLIERY W1-0 BIBBY
07 MAY Retford Town D2-2 BIBBY, RUSIN
09 MAY Coalville Town W4-2 RUSIN 3, TRUEMAN
12 MAY South Normanton Miners Welfare L0-3  



1950/51 FA CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
EPR 02 SEP SHERWOOD COLLIERY W8-0 2412 BAKER 2, RUSIN 5, BIBBY
PR 16 SEP LONG EATON TOWN L0-4



1950/51 DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1R 14 OCT DERBY BRIGHTON ROAD OLD BOYS W10-1 2140 BOOTH 2, GRANT 2, HENSHAW 3, HACKLAND, LEDGER, RUSIN
2R 11 NOV DERBY ROOLS ROYCE W8-0 HENSHAW 3, HACKLAND, LEDGER, BIBBY 2, RUSIN
QF 29 DEC DERBY COUNTY 'A' W4-1 LEDGER, GRANT, RUSIN, DAVIS (OG)
SF 17 FEB Newhall United W6-2 JACKSON 3 (1PEN), GRANT, PARKER (OG), LEDGER
F 23 MAR Gresley Rovers W3-1 BOOTH 2, RUSIN

NB. The Final was staged at Heanor.


1950/51 CENTRAL ALLIANCE LEAGUE CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
2R 23 SEP LONG EATON TOWN W7-0 2559 RUSIN 3, HENSHAW 2, BOOTH, LEDGER
QF 24 FEB Sutton Town W3-2aet HACKLAND, RUSIN, LEDGER
SF 07 APR CRESWELL COLLIERY W5-2 2796 RUSIN 3, LEDGER, BAKER
F 05 MAY LINBY COLLIERY L0-3 4600  

PARKHOUSE PUNISHED BY RUSIN
19TH AUGUST 1950
PARKHOUSE COLLIERY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 6
Town got the season off to a great start and new forward Otten Rusin was the hero with a hat-trick. He scored the first goal with a low left shot but fellow debutant Les Smith made it when he broke up an attack, advanced down the field and lobbed a perfect through ball. The second on 25 minutes was the result of a high angled swerving shot by Arthur Jackson. However, Parkhouse were level by half time due to a lovely header by Stone and a low shot by Dooley that squirmed through Dick Pickering’s grasp.

The second half was dominated by Ilkeston. Syd Burrows’ clearance was helped on by Ken Ledger for Phil Bibby to chip over the advancing Allsop for Town’s third. The fourth came from Burrows’ spot kick and then Rusin side footed home a Derek Holland cross. Rusin completed his hat-trick when Ledger’s cross was dummied by Bibby to wrong foot the home defence.

SECOND HALF ROMP AGAINST RETFORD
26TH AUGUST 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 5 RETFORD TOWN 0
Ilkeston didn’t play quite as well as they had done a week earlier but still thoroughly deserved their win. It took a while for them to get going but they didn’t look back after taking a 41st minute lead. Les Smith’s long clearance was headed on by Derek Henshaw to Ken Ledger who cut inside and shot inside the near post for the first goal of a fine hat-trick.

Town’s second came just a minute after the break when Otten Rusin squared the ball for Taffy Williams to score from 9 yards. Rusin played a big part in the next goal when his superb pass found Derek Holland who cut inside. Although he was challenged the ball spun invitingly for Ledger to guide home with a header. Henshaw’s 25 yard lob made it four before Rusin put the ball through for Ledger to crack in a fierce shot for his third.

SHERWOOD SHATTERED BY RUSIN
2ND SEPTEMBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 8 SHERWOOD COLLIERY 0 (FA CUP EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND)
Town were never extended by a poor Sherwood side but they still provided excellent entertainment, not least Otten Rusin who scored five. Rusin had a hand in the first when he put the ball through for Bob Baker to slam into the roof of the net. Syd Burrows’ free kick was headed in by Rusin for number two but there was some doubt about who got the final touch for the third when Ken Ledger’s cross appeared to be headed in by Rusin and Phil Bibby simultaneously (neither player claimed it but it was later awarded to Bibby). Rusin had some bad luck when his left foot shot came back off the post, hit the goalkeeper on the head and bounced behind for a corner. But he was soon back amongst the goals when he headed in Derek Holland’s cross. The fifth goal came when Ledger set up Baker to ram in from close range and then Rusin completed his hat-trick with a left foot shot. Rusin added two more to his tally, the latter going in off the post after he received Ledger’s pass.

MATLOCK MASSACRED IN THE MUD
6TH SEPTEMBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 9 MATLOCK TOWN 0
Ilkeston went top after annihilating Matlock in a sea of mud. The first goal came in the 5th minute when Otten Rusin and Ken Ledger linked up well down the right to allow Derek Holland to nip in and score at the far post. Three minutes later Ledger made it two and Phil Bibby added a third before the break.

Syd Burrows scored from the spot after Kneebone handled a minute after the restart before Bob Baker shot through a crowded area to make it five. Ledger scored the sixth with an angled drive just inside the post. There were further goals from Baker, Bibby and Ledger to wrap up a first class performance.

CHARLIE BRINGS TOWN BACK DOWN TO EARTH
9TH SEPTEMBER 1950
GRESLEY ROVERS 4 ILKESTON TOWN 1
With both teams unbeaten something was likely to give and it was Town old boy Charlie Nicklin who made the greatest impact on the game by scoring all four of Gresley’s goals. Gresley deserved their win because they played with greater urgency on the uneven pitch but it was Town who took the lead on 7 minutes. Otten Rusin dispossessed Kendrick before scoring with a low left footer. The lead lasted less than a minute, Nicklin heading the equaliser from a free kick. The home side then took the lead on 11 minutes when Kinnerley’s cross was met by Nicklin. Ilkeston claimed he put the ball in with his hand and they may have been right because he had to leave the pitch for five minutes for treatment to his wrist. Play became even for a while and Town had a frantic penalty appeal turned down but Nicklin almost scored again when he struck the underside of the bar.

Gresley scored their third four minutes after the interval. Fearn’s fierce shot was handled by Syd Burrows and Nicklin pounced to score his hat-trick goal before the referee could blow for a penalty. Goalkeeper Dick Pickering was injured in the process and was forced to limp for the remainder of the game but this did not stop him from making some good saves. He could do nothing about Nicklin’s header from Rowell’s perfect cross that capped an excellent afternoon for the home side.

ILKESTON CRUSHED IN THE CUP
16TH SEPTEMBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 0 LONG EATON TOWN 4 (FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND)
Long Eaton sprung a surprising but thoroughly deserved victory and gave the Ilkeston defence a torrid time. Ilkeston began the game brightly but when Longden’s 25 yard shot deceived Dick Pickering to give Long Eaton the lead in they fell apart. They appealed in vain for offside when Woolley cut in to beat Pickering from close range for the second. Clarkestone could easily have added a third before half time when he shot straight at Pickering when in the clear.

Ilkeston probably realised it wasn’t going to be their day when Phil Bibby had a goal disallowed early in the second half, and Horace Hackland later had an effort ruled out because Otten Rusin was standing in an offside position. By this time Long Eaton were already four goals up thanks to a double from Whitting. On both occasions he was left with a simple finish with Ilkeston’s defence all at sea.

LONG EATON WELL BEATEN
23RD SEPTEMBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 7 LONG EATON TOWN 0 (LEAGUE CUP SECOND ROUND)
It goes to show that a week is a long time in football. The boots were firmly on the other feet as Ilkeston destroyed their near neighbours. The game was won during an incredible spell when they scored three goals in three minutes. On 16 minutes Horace Hackland’s free kick was turned in by Otten Rusin. Two minutes later Ken Ledger pulled the ball back to Derek Henshaw who shot through a crowd of players, and then on 19 minutes a lovely move between Alwyn Booth and Rusin led to the former making it three. Ilkeston briefly relaxed and Whitting was brought down for a penalty on 30 minutes but Dick Pickering saved Longden’s kick. From that moment on Ilkeston took complete control.

Town’s fourth came on 53 minutes when Henshaw put Ledger in the clear and he coolly lobbed over the advancing King. Four minutes later Rusin cracked in a powerful left foot shot and within a minute he scored again, from the penalty spot after Longden handled. Ilkeston’s final goal came when King couldn’t hold Ledger’s stinging shot and Henshaw was left with a simple finish.

KEN KILLS OFF COALVILLE CHALLENGE
30TH SEPTEMBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 1 COALVILLE TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s victory was hard earned in a match played in terrible conditions with heavy rain throughout. Both teams missed chances. Early in the game a defensive mix up almost allowed Coalville to take the lead but Geoff Barrowcliffe was able to clear in front of his own goal. Then Brooks beat Ilkeston’s offside trap only to fire over and Benniston’s header required Dick Pickering to make a fine save. Ilkeston had opportunities in the first half too. Calvert saved two powerful shots by Ken Ledger and Derek Henshaw and Otten Rusin both went close.

Ilkeston scored the only goal of the game on 65 minutes. Derek Holland won the ball on the left and played the ball back to Henshaw who slipped the ball to the heavily marked Rusin in the six yard box. The quick thinking Pole laid the ball off to Ken Ledger who hit the ball on the run into the net. Both teams attacked in the closing stages but Ledger’s goal was enough to decide the match.

ILKESTON END GRESLEY’S GREAT START
7TH OCTOBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 2 GRESLEY ROVERS 1
Unbeaten Gresley Rovers fought hard but left the Manor Ground with nothing. Ilkeston had to defend well to stop a good Gresley team from picking up a point yet Town created the better openings. On 25 minutes Alwyn Booth was brought down and Otten Rusin calmly tucked away the penalty to give Town the lead.

Seven minutes after half time Derek Holland’s free kick was headed in by Ken Ledger but Ilkeston’s two goal cushion was reduced in the 70th minute when Corner pulled a goal back following a mix up in defence. However, despite Gresley pressure, Ilkeston could have added more. Bob Baker appeared to have scored but the referee ruled that the ball hadn’t crossed the line. The same player was then brought down in the penalty area but a free kick was awarded to Gresley, a decision that dumbfounded both the players and the spectators.

BRIGHTON ROAD BURIED IN GOAL AVALANCHE
14TH OCTOBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 10 DERBY BRIGHTON ROAD OLD BOYS 1 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP FIRST ROUND)
Town won a ridiculously easy game despite Phil Bibby’s injury in the 20th minute that left him as a virtual passenger. He had created the opening fourth minute goal with his high centre that was controlled expertly by Alwyn Booth before firing in with his left foot. The second arrived five minutes later, Arthur Grant screwing in from an acute angle. Town made it three on 35 minutes when Derek Henshaw just won a race to the ball ahead of the advancing goalkeeper Arnold. Only two more minutes passed before Horace Hackland’s left foot drive flew into the roof of the net. Ken Ledger’s shot from outside the area gave Ilkeston a five goal half time lead.

Grant got the sixth when he fired in from a tight angle on 52 minutes and his cross was headed in by Henshaw five minutes later. The eighth arrived on 62 minutes after Albert Ball struck the post and Otten Rusin was on hand to knock in the rebound. Ken Ledger provided the cross that Booth headed in off the post and then Henshaw completed his hat-trick. Saxelby scored a consolation goal for Brighton Road in the final minute.

LINBY HOODOO STRIKES AGAIN
21ST OCTOBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 0 LINBY COLLIERY 2
Ilkeston’s bogey team struck again but the score flattered them. Town, with Geoff Barrowcliffe marshalling the dangerous Jackie Ward (later an Ilkeston player) superbly, played good football and edged the first half.

Town had some cruel luck after the break. A low cross was deflected into his own net by Albert Ball and then Ken Ledger was denied an equaliser by an incredible save from point blank range by Thornley. Linby made the game safe late on when Dulson took advantage of a defensive error.

FIRST HALF BLITZ WRECKS RANSOME
28TH OCTOBER 1950
RANSOME & MARLES 1 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Ilkeston produced an excellent first half display but their play deteriorated after the break and Widdowfield scored an 87th minute consolation, that Dick Pickering should have stopped, for the home side. Town took the lead after 5 minutes when Anderson was unable to keep out Derek Henshaw’s 20 yard shot. A few minutes later Syd Burrows’ cross caused confusion and although Arthur Grant’s shot was blocked Otten Rusin was on hand to side foot the ball home with his left foot. Rusin scored the third when he headed in Arthur Jackson’s cross. On two rare Ransome attacks Pickering saved well from Widdowfield and Broadbent yet it was no surprise when Town scored a fourth before the break with Derek Henshaw’s fine left foot shot.

BRUSHED ASIDE
4TH NOVEMBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 3 BRUSH SPORTS RESERVES 1
Town won easily without playing anywhere near their best and they eased off considerably after half time. Arthur Grant’s pass enabled Otten Rusin to shoot home with his right foot for the first goal. Then the latter sent over a corner which Ken Ledger knocked onto the underside of the bar and Grant fired in the rebound to give Ilkeston a two goal lead at half time.

Derek Henshaw scored Town’s third before Bull netted a late consolation for the Loughborough team.

JETS NOT SO POWERFUL
11TH NOVEMBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 8 DERBY ROLLS ROYCE 1 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP SECOND ROUND)
Rolls Royce gave ten minutes spirited resistance before being totally outplayed. They fell behind when Phil Bibby’s lob into the area was met by Derek Henshaw’s head. Ilkeston’s second came when Horace Hackland’s fierce drive from 16 yards flew in off the post. Ken Ledger was next to score with a fine cross shot and then Bibby neatly lobbed in the fourth. Bibby scored again with a close range header before half time.

Town scored three more after the break, the final two coming from Henshaw to complete his hat-trick. Earlier Ledger had a shot blocked and Otten Rusin fastened onto the rebound for Ilkeston’s sixth.

TOWN EDGE SEVEN GOAL THRILLER
18TH NOVEMBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 4 SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 3
Ilkeston came back from behind to win a ding dong battle filled with exciting football but also some bruising challenges. Albert Ball, Ken Ledger, Derek Henshaw, Otten Rusin and Dick Pickering all picked up minor injuries but were able to continue. There was nothing to choose between the teams and the result could easily have gone the other way. Ilkeston took the lead inside the first minute. Henshaw sent Ledger away down the right and his cross to the far post was headed back across goal by Arthur Grant for Phil Bibby to head in. South Normanton missed three good chances before Morrison’s 21st minute penalty, after a handball, levelled the scores. Henshaw almost restored Ilkeston’s lead when his brilliant shot was stopped on the line but it was the visitors who scored next through Fryer. Ledger equalised before half time with a superb individual effort which ended with a cross shot.

South Normanton had a great chance to go back in front soon after half time when a penalty was awarded for handball but Pickering brilliantly saved Morrison’s spot kick. Ilkeston made the most of it and Derek Knight found Grant who lobbed the ball into the area where Horace Hackland headed under pressure into the net. Five minutes later Ledger scored with an angled drive to give Town a cushion but their comfort was short lived. Clarke’s neat finish brought South Normanton back into the game but resolute Ilkeston defending ensured Town won both points.

FIRST HALF SHOW WINS THE DAY
25TH NOVEMBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 3 RETFORD BRITISH ROPES 1
Ilkeston dominated the first half and eased off after the break to record a win that took them up to third place. The first goal came in the fifth minute when Ken Ledger released Derek Henshaw up the right and he finished with an emphatic shot into the top corner. Fred Johnson cleared off the line when Retford threatened before Town scored a second. Henshaw and Phil Bibby linked up well and the former finished with a firm low shot. On 40 minutes Ledger’s cross was met by a neat Bibby header for number three. Although Smithson pulled a goal back two minutes later Retford never looked like getting back into the game even when Ilkeston sat back after the break.

LEAGUE LEADERS LASHED BY RUSIN
9TH DECEMBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 5 SHIREBROOK SUPPORTERS 2
Despite falling behind to an early goal Ilkeston emerged victorious due mainly to an excellent second half display. Shirebrook took the lead when Rhodes chased a loose ball before sending over a low cross that was tucked away from two yards by future Ilkeston player Les Cliff. It wasn’t long before the equaliser came when Otten Rusin, under pressure, turned and fired in via the angle of the woodwork. Two minutes later Rusin scored again when his left foot angled drive flew in off the post. Shirebrook equalised with the next attack when Rhodes headed in Cowley’s cross.

The second half began in unfortunate fashion when Alwyn Booth and Owens had to be carried off after a collision. Rusin then put Town ahead with a penalty after he had beaten the offside trap and rounded the advancing Price only to be brought down. Two minutes later there was a penalty at the other end but Dick Pickering came to the rescue with yet another save. With Booth back in the fray, Arthur Grant found Rusin who calmly lobbed his fourth. He almost scored a fifth when he cracked a shot against the bar but Derek Henshaw took full advantage by firing in the rebound.

CRESWELL END WINNING RUN
22ND DECEMBER 1950
CRESWELL COLLIERY 4 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston’s six match winning run came to an end and they were lucky to escape a bigger hiding. Otten Rusin had a goal disallowed near the end and if it had counted the result would have been a travesty. Creswell regularly exposed Town’s defence but it was Town who scored first on ten minutes. Rusin rounded two defenders and slipped the ball through to Arthur Grant who scored with a fierce shot. In the 15th minute the scores were level when W.Atkin scrambled the ball in and Messenger scored a similar goal to give Creswell the lead before half time.

Creswell’s third came soon after the break when E.Atkin made a fine run before screwing the ball past Dick Pickering. Alwyn Booth’s 25 yarder gave Town hope but then W.Atkin restored Creswell’s two goal advantage. Booth scored again, for Town’s third, completely against the run of play.

HEANOR HUMBLED
25TH DECEMBER 1950
HEANOR ATHLETIC 1 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Ilkeston were worthy winners but Heanor had bad luck. They were already down to ten men because Clarke went off injured when Walters also had to leave the pitch. He injured himself when trying in vain to prevent Horace Hackland from forcing the ball over the line for Ilkeston’s fourth in the 81st minute. Heanor’s only consolation was Hallam’s beauty three minutes from time. Ilkeston scored the first goal in the 42nd minute when Alwyn Booth’s quick throw in found Otten Rusin who shot first time into the net with his trusted left foot.

Town’s second arrived in the 50th minute. Rusin challenged goalkeeper Burgoyne and the ball ran loose for Hackland to score a simple goal. Rusin then set up Ken Ledger to score from close range for Ilkeston’s third.

ILKESTON GO SECOND
26TH DECEMBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 3 HEANOR ATHLETIC 1
Town recorded their second win in 24 hours over their local rivals to move into second place. There were mistakes galore on the icy pitch and it was from one that Ilkeston took the lead. Taffy Williams lobbed the ball into the area and both goalkeeper Burgoyne and Moran went for it only for the latter to head it into his own net. Ilkeston got a second before half time when Otten Rusin, under pressure from Burgoyne, turned the ball in following Derek Holland’s centre.

Murray pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the second half after Albert Ball committed a foul but four minutes later Ilkeston made the game safe. Holland’s cross was met by a superb flying header from Alwyn Booth.

DERBY KNOCKED OUT OF DIVISIONAL CUP
29TH DECEMBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 4 DERBY COUNTY "A" 1 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP QUARTER FINAL)
On a snow bound pitch Ilkeston thoroughly deserved to progress through to the semi-finals. Although they were a goal down at half time, when Lee’s diving header from Davis’ cross found the target, Town had been completely on top. Heads didn’t drop and they scored four times after the break. The equaliser arrived on 49 minutes when a lovely move between Arthur Grant and Otten Rusin provided Ken Ledger the chance to unleash a terrific drive. If it hadn’t been for the heroics of Derby goalkeeper Joe Sharman (soon to become an Ilkeston legend) Town could have run up a cricket score and he kept them at bay until ten minutes from time. Then Grant shot in off the post for the second before Rusin nipped in at the near post to deflect the ball past Sharman. The fourth was an own goal by Davis, the unlucky player being unable to deal with Ledger’s dangerous cross.

ILKESTON DENIED BY LATE DICKENSON GOAL
13TH JANUARY 1951
TEVERSAL & SILVERHILL COLLIERY 3 ILKESTON TOWN 3
A hat-trick by Teversal’s Dickenson, including a goal in the last minute when Dick Pickering failed to hold a high cross, earned the home side a deserved point. Unlucky Pickering had kept out Teversal with a series of good stops during the second half, whilst Town undoubtedly were the better side during the opening 45 minutes. Ilkeston, for whom Alwyn Booth made his 100th appearance, took the lead in the second minute when Otten Rusin followed up after his initial effort bounced off the bar. They doubled the lead when Derek Knight, who suffered a re-occurence of a groin injury that left him a passenger after 20 minutes, lobbed the ball into the goalmouth. ‘Keeper Oakley could only turn the ball onto the bar and Rusin pounced with a neat header. Teversal were level by half time, two Dickenson cross shots doing the damage but Town were unlucky not to be ahead. Oakley twice denied Ken Ledger with fingertip saves.

The home side attacked with gusto after the break but Town regained the lead when Ledger was sent clear down the right and he cut inside, rounded Oakley, to finish in style. Rusin could have made the game safe when he broke clear but his shot was blocked.

TOP TOWN
20TH JANUARY 1951
ILKESTON TOWN 3 RANSOME & MARLES 0
Despite not being at their best Ilkeston’s three goal victory took them to the top of the Central Alliance. Both teams missed chances during the first half and Otten Rusin was guilty of missing two golden opportunities. Ransome were denied by goal line clearances by Syd Burrows twice during the match.

All three goals came after the interval. Rusin made amends by firing home a penalty after Alwyn Booth was brought down, and Arthur Grant thumped in from close range three minutes later. Anderson made good saves from Booth, Grant and Rusin before Booth’s 75th minute left foot drive made certain of the points.

ILKESTON RUE MISSED CHANCES
27TH JANUARY 1951
SHIREBROOK SUPPORTERS 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston lost the leadership after just a week but they had enough chances to have secured at least a point. Derek Henshaw blasted over from close range during the second half and Otten Rusin missed two chances after Les Cliff (later an Ilkeston player) had headed in Kimberley’s free kick for Shirebrook’s second.

Hales’ dipping shot completely deceived Dick Pickering to put the home side ahead during the first half. Ilkeston twice came close to equalising before half time, firstly when Ken Ledger’s shot was fumbled away for a corner by Price and then Rusin’s shot on the turn hit the crossbar. Ilkeston’s equaliser finally came on 54 minutes when Rusin dribbled into the area before setting up Ledger. His shot appeared to cross the line before it was handled but the referee awarded a penalty that was placed to perfection by Rusin.

SECOND HALF SPOILT BY ROUGH PLAY
3RD FEBRUARY 1951
RETFORD BRITISH ROPES 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
An exciting first half was superseded by a second period when tempers became frayed. One Retford player was booked as was Otten Rusin who was unlucky to be cautioned for leaving the pitch without permission. Dick Pickering was a victim of a poor challenge but Town’s goalkeeper bravely continued despite being in some discomfort.

Pickering made a brilliant save from Kirk’s sixth minute penalty before Ilkeston went ahead. Albert Kent’s long ball was put into the net via under pressure Rusin’s left footed lob. Five minutes later Ropes were level through Clayton’s well placed header and they took the lead when Brown scrambled the ball home. Ilkeston equalised before half time when Rusin, again under pressure, latched onto a through ball and hooked the ball in with his right foot.

There were narrow escapes at both ends after the break but Ilkeston came the closest to winning the game. Horace Hackland touched the ball goalwards only to see it cleared off the line.

BENTINCK BEATEN BY SOLID TOWN
10TH FEBRUARY 1951
ILKESTON TOWN 3 BENTINCK WELFARE 0
Town eased off after taking a three goal lead shortly after half time but even then had further chances to extend their lead. Bentinck had to thank goalkeeper Selwyn Mason (later an Ilkeston player) for keeping the score down. Ilkeston took the lead through Alwyn Booth’s glancing header following Arthur Jackson’s measured cross. Then a fine move involving Horace Hackland and Arthur Grant, making his 100th appearance, ended with Otten Rusin heading the second. Bentinck had a couple of good chances before the break, Anthony shooting well wide and Stocks scooping over from five yards. Town’s third came when Jackson’s defence splitting pass sent Ken Ledger clear to beat Mason.

ILKESTON COME FROM BEHIND TO REACH FINAL
17TH FEBRUARY 1951
NEWHALL UNITED 2 ILKESTON TOWN 6 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP SEMI FINAL)
Town’s superiority prevailed against a Newhall team that was undefeated in the Derby & District Senior League and who had lost only twice at home in five years. The small, uneven pitch with a big slope was an advantage for the home side and for a spell they made the most of it. Newhall were on top in the early stages and when Horace Hackland failed to clear Phillips nipped in to put them ahead with a low shot. Town were level five minutes later when, after a great move, Arthur Jackson controlled Arthur Grant’s low cross before firing in a perfect shot. Ilkeston began to exert control, Stone saving Alwyn Booth’s swerving shot at the second attempt, Ken Ledger shot across the face of the goal, Otten Rusin shot over from six yards and Hackland’s shot rattled the bar. Yet the next goal came Newhall’s way when Phillips ran onto a long ball before finishing with a brilliant drive. Grant equalised when he hammered the ball into the roof of the net and then Hackland set up Jackson to score with a flashing drive to give Town the lead before half time.

Ilkeston dominated the second half. Jackson had a goal disallowed for offside before he scored the fourth from the penalty spot after he had been brought down. A spectacular own goal by Parker, under pressure from Grant, made it five and the sixth was a stooping header from Ken Ledger following Hackland’s low cross.

THRILLER AT SUTTON SEES ILKESTON EDGE THROUGH
24TH FEBRUARY 1951
SUTTON TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Two evenly matched sides took the game into extra time. The decisive goal came three minutes from the end when Horton punched out a cross straight to the unmarked Ken Ledger who cut inside and tapped the ball home.

Sutton took an early lead through Praski’s neat hook shot. Alwyn Booth came close to equalising three times during the first half and then he had a goal disallowed for offside shortly after half time. Ilkeston equalised ten minutes before the end of normal time, Horace Hackland heading in Ledger’s corner from close range to send the game into extra time. Ilkeston took the lead during the first period when clever play by Booth sent Arthur Grant away and Otten Rusin nipped in to convert his low cross.

Both teams went all out during the second period. Booth almost scored a sensational goal when he beat four men but his shot was tipped over by Horton. Sutton looked to have secured a replay when Hill scrambled in an equaliser seven minutes from the end, before Ledger stole the show.

COMFORTABLE WIN AT MATLOCK
3RD MARCH 1951
MATLOCK TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Difficult ground conditions led to an even first half until Ilkeston took the lead on 35 minutes. Otten Rusin’s pass found Alwyn Booth who in turn sent Arthur Grant away to cut inside and fire in from a narrow angle. Town went further ahead two minutes before the break when Arthur Jackson hammered in from close range following a goalmouth scramble.

Matlock exerted fierce pressure after half time but Ilkeston defended admirably, with Dick Pickering making several fine saves. When the home side’s attacking intent eventually subsided Ilkeston assumed control and Rusin netted with a neat right foot finish from Grant’s pass.

BACK ON TOP
10TH MARCH 1951
ILKESTON TOWN 3 TEVERSAL & SILVERHILL COLLIERY 2
Ilkeston regained the top spot of the Central Alliance and were now favourites to win the title. They would have won by a much bigger margin but for some inspired goalkeeping by Oakley. Dick Pickering, on the other hand, was responsible for Teversal’s opener on 19 minutes when his attempted clearance from Parrott fell straight to Dickenson for an easy goal. Ilkeston were level 45 seconds later when Alwyn Booth split open the visitors’ defence and Otten Rusin cracked a terrific angled drive in off the post. On 24 minutes Town went ahead thanks to great work between Ken Ledger and Rusin that led to the latter crossing the ball to Booth who controlled and finished in style.

Town continued to dominate after half time. Arthur Jackson struck the bar but there was an element of good fortune about the third goal when Rusin forced Lappage into a hasty back pass that went past Oakley into the net. Ten minutes later Wilkinson set up Dickenson for a neat header to put Teversal back in touch but Ilkeston remained in control. Any hopes that Teversal had of gaining a point were lost when Dickenson fractured a collar bone after charging Pickering.

TOWN LOSE CRUNCH MATCH
17TH MARCH 1951
SUTTON TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston dropped to second place after losing at fellow title challengers Sutton. The home side were worthy winners and they adapted better in the fog and mud. However, Ilkeston were the better side during the first half. Otten Rusin twice fatally delayed shooting when through on goal and Arthur Grant and Ken Ledger missed further chances before Grant lobbed home from the left side of the box to put them ahead. Ten minutes later Sutton thought they had equalised but the referee adjudged that Albert Ball had cleared the ball before it had crossed the line. They only had to wait another couple of minutes to level the scores when Middleton rolled the ball past flat footed Dick Pickering.

Ledger had a fine chance to put Ilkeston back in front shortly after half time but he shot straight at Horton. Then Sutton took control and scored twice with close range efforts, the first being a Praksi volley and the second was scored by Hill.

DIVISIONAL CUP COMES TO ILKESTON
23RD MARCH 1951
ILKESTON TOWN 3 GRESLEY ROVERS 1 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP FINAL @ HEANOR)
It was a wonder this match was actually played given that the pitch was waterlogged. Ilkeston nevertheless were able to master the conditions and emerged victorious although it was Gresley who opened the scoring with a bizarre goal. Cresswell’s free kick up the centre was met simultaneously by ex Ilkeston forward Stan Netting and Town captain Les Smith and the ball spun into the top corner. From then on Ilkeston attacked almost constantly.

The equaliser came on 55 minutes. Ken Ledger burst up the right and his cross was laid off by Otten Rusin for Alwyn Booth to lift the ball home. Five minutes later they went ahead when Ledger’s cross was converted by Booth from six yards. The third and final goal came after good work by Arthur Jackson down the left that led to Rusin’s powerful left foot finish.

TIRED TOWN STUMBLE AT LONG EATON
24TH MARCH 1951
LONG EATON TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston, looking tired after the exertions of the previous day, saw their title hopes damaged in a scrappy game at their local rivals. Clarkestone headed Long Eaton ahead on 42 minutes following Bennett’s corner. Bennett added his second from the penalty spot ten minutes after half time following Albert Ball’s handling offence. Ilkeston tried to fight back but Orgill did well to save Ken Ledger’s flashing drive and Booth’s shot from 20 yards.

REVENGE IN THE RAIN
26TH MARCH 1951
ILKESTON TOWN 7 LONG EATON TOWN 1
Ilkeston got their title challenge back on track with a brilliant display in torrential rain. They got suitable revenge for their unexpected defeat two days earlier, and a very early goal set them on their way. Ken Ledger made a brilliant burst up the right, cut inside and crossed for Otten Rusin to score with his left foot. Soon after Ledger scored an outstanding goal when he started a great move that involved Derek Knight and Arthur Jackson. Receiving the ball from the latter he went on a mazy run before finishing in style. A minute later Long Eaton were back in the game when Ward broke through, drew Dick Pickering, and the ball spun slowly into the net. Alwyn Booth’s low left foot shot three minutes before half time gave Ilkeston some breathing space.

Three goals in the first five minutes of the second half killed the game as a contest. Good work by Ledger and Jackson allowed Rusin to ram the ball inside the post for Town’s fourth, Jackson’s long ball down the middle set Rusin up for his hat-trick, and Booth added the sixth. Rusin scored his fourth before the end but the day was twinged with sadness when Jackson twisted his knee.

ILKESTON LEAD TABLE DESPITE CONCEDING LATE GOAL
27TH MARCH 1951
BRUSH SPORTS RESERVES 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Top of the table Ilkeston conceded a late equaliser when Beaumont crashed the ball into the roof of the net. Brush Sports could have equalised in the 70th minute but Dick Pickering produced a brilliant save from Carrington’s penalty awarded for hands against Albert Ball. Pickering had produced three good saves earlier in the second half yet Town deserved to win on the balance of play. Three times Ken Ledger broke clear after half time only to be brought down.

Pickering made three fine stops during the opening 20 minutes before Ilkeston settled down on the heavy pitch. Bob Baker shot tamely at Blowers before they went ahead. Ken Ledger, after a typical burst, was fouled in the area but he kept his balance long enough to put the ball into the net. At first the referee signalled a penalty but he then changed his mind and awarded a goal. Otten Rusin had a great chance to add to the lead before half time but he completely miskicked when he was clean through.

ALL SQUARE WITH FOREST
31ST MARCH 1951
ILKESTON TOWN 2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST "A" 2
The title race remained wide open but this result saw Town drop to third place. Ilkeston dominated the first half and they took the lead on 15 minutes. Arthur Grant’s angled drive was turned onto the bar by Platts and although Ken Ledger’s follow up was blocked the ball ran loose to Horace Hackland outside the area who unleashed a screamer. Ilkeston’s second arrived ten minutes before half time, Derek Knight finding Alwyn Booth whose low cross was turned in by Otten Rusin two yards out. But from then on it was all Forest and Dick Pickering twice made brave saves from Wilson before the break.

It was Wilson who score Forest’s first when he ran down the middle to place the ball past Pickering. The equaliser came when Ekin finished off a fine move and Forest could have won it but Wilson’s shot struck the bar.

AMAZING RECOVERY SEES ILKESTON REACH CUP FINAL
7TH APRIL 1951
ILKESTON TOWN 5 CRESWELL COLLIERY 2 (LEAGUE CUP SEMI FINAL)
Creswell thoroughly deserved their two goal lead at half time. Both goals came in the opening 14 minutes. Messenger perfectly placed the ball into the net from the edge of the box in the tenth minute and W.Atkin’s fierce shot, which Dick Pickering did well to get a hand to, made it two.

Ilkeston made a perfect start to the second half when Bob Baker passed the ball to Otten Rusin who then dashed into the middle to neatly head in Alwyn Booth’s cross. Creswell almost pulled further ahead but Pickering made a brave save at E.Atkin’s feet. However the next goal fell to Town, the equaliser being the result of Rusin’s header from an Arthur Grant centre. They now took control and five minutes later Ken Ledger gave them the lead with a low shot in off the post. Rusin completed his hat-trick when he raced away down the middle to fire past Bullock. Creswell’s Galley was carried off and was off the field for ten minutes but returned in time to see Baker make it five. The Ilkeston player wrong footed the defence when he shaped to pass but shot low into the net instead.

TOWN FALL APART AT FOREST
11TH APRIL 1951
NOTTINGHAM FOREST "A" 7 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Two goals behind at half time despite playing well Ilkeston gave themselves hope on 55 minutes when Ken Ledger forced the ball home under pressure from Adams and two of his defenders. But Ilkeston then collapsed as Forest scored five times in the final 33 minutes. McCall scored on 57 and 63 minutes, Albert Ball put through his own goal seven minutes later, Kirk added the sixth with 15 minutes left and Mitchell concluded the scoring in the dying minutes.

Ilkeston had an Otten Rusin goal disallowed for offside after just 8 minutes before Kirk put Forest ahead. Their second was a Thompson penalty after McCall had been fouled. Ilkeston were unfortunate when Bob Baker’s shot rattled the angle of the goal before half time.

ILKESTON PENALTY MISS BOOSTS STAGS
14TH APRIL 1951
MANSFIELD TOWN "A" 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston’s title hopes all but disappeared in a game that they started very well. On 18 minutes Bob Baker fired into the corner from 6 yards to put them ahead. The game arguably turned five minutes later. When Baker was fouled Otten Rusin’s spot kick was blocked by Bramley who then saved his follow up shot.

Mansfield dominated after half time and Dick Pickering was extremely busy throughout. Watson levelled two minutes after the break and on 65 minutes they went in front when Lack’s cross shot took an awkward bounce that deceived Pickering. Evans got the third seven minutes later.

LUCKLESS AT LINBY
18TH APRIL 1951
LINBY COLLIERY 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Town fell to their third straight defeat and their fifth league game without a win but they dominated this enjoyable game throughout. Linby’s winner came seven minutes from time when Williams headed home a corner. Town came desperately close during the first half when Alwyn Booth’s shot crashed against the bar and he fired the rebound narrowly over. Derek Henshaw was also unlucky when his goalbound shot was blocked by a defender.

PLUCKY PARKHOUSE NO MATCH FOR TOWN
21ST APRIL 1951
ILKESTON TOWN 5 PARKHOUSE COLLIERY 1
Ilkeston returned to form and recorded a deserved victory against brave but limited opposition. They took the lead in the 15th minute when Stuart Argent’s quick throw in released Derek Henshaw who provided Otten Rusin with the chance to fire in with his right foot. Baker equalised against the run of play following a mix up in the Ilkeston defence but Town regained the lead before half time when Bernard Goodwin set up Ken Ledger.

Ilkeston’s third came in the 49th minute when Rusin beat goalkeeper Garth in a race for possession, his goalbound screw shot being helped over the line by defender Beresford. Five minutes later Ledger scored an absolute gem when he netted after a 50 yard run. Ilkeston’s fifth was a simple finish by Henshaw after Garth had parried Rusin’s shot. Albert Ball made his 150th appearance.

SUTTON SHOW CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS
23RD APRIL 1951
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SUTTON TOWN 4
Sutton’s win, slightly flattering but still deserved, took them to the top of the Central Alliance. They took the lead through Praksi. He touched the ball past by Dick Pickering and although Les Smith looked set to clear the danger the ball got stuck between his feet and this allowed Praksi to bundle him off it and prod home. Fletcher’s first time shot from 16 yards doubled the lead and he made it three before half time when he took advantage of Bacon’s perfect pass.

Sutton’s fourth was scored by Hayes two minutes into the second half. Ilkeston fought back bravely and on 55 minutes Ken Ledger’s pass was fired first time into the net by Alwyn Booth. Town continued to attack but to no avail. Two Booth shots were cleared off the line and Horton saved a cracking Ledger shot with great difficulty.

TOWN WIN DULL ENCOUNTER
25TH APRIL 1951
BENTINCK WELFARE 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston won this drab encounter but had to come from behind. Town scored first when Bob Baker headed down Horace Hackland’s ball into the area and it somehow crept past Selwyn Mason (later an Ilkeston goalkeeper). Smith’s first time shot five minutes later levelled the scores and it was not long before Bentinck took the lead through Barrie Jepson (who went on to become an Ilkeston legend).

Town were the better side after half time and Albert Kent’s headed equaliser from Ken Ledger’s cross set them on their way. The winner came after Alwyn Booth’s throw in was played by Baker to Phil Bibby. His final pass was struck low into the net by Hackland.

TWO POINTS FOR TOWN BUT DREADFUL GAME
30TH APRIL 1951
ILKESTON TOWN 1 MANSFIELD TOWN "A" 0
Neither goalkeeper had a save to make during an appalling first half that Ilkeston just about shaded. Ilkeston slightly improved after the break and Sharpe did well to save from Ken Ledger before he tipped over an Otten Rusin header. The winner came ten minutes from time when Phil Bibby shot low into the corner from 12 yards.

BULLOCK SAVES CRESWELL FROM A HIDING
2ND MAY 1951
ILKESTON TOWN 1 CRESWELL COLLIERY 0
Outstanding goalkeeping by Bullock and pure bad luck on Ilkeston’s part meant they only scored the one goal but that was enough. Town hit the woodwork four times and one Bullock save to deny Otten Rusin near the end was exceptional. Messenger almost put Creswell in front very early in the game but Dick Pickering pulled off a brilliant stop. Ilkeston’s winner came as early as the 7th minute when Fidler’s attempted header back to Bullock was badly misplaced and Phil Bibby had the easiest of finishes. Creswell’s cause was not helped when Atkin suffered from concussion after a knock four minutes before half time to leave the visitors with ten men.

LINBY CURSE STRIKES AGAIN IN CUP FINAL
5TH MAY 1951
ILKESTON TOWN 0 LINBY COLLIERY 3 (LEAGUE CUP FINAL)
Once again Linby beat Ilkeston and although Town may have been unlucky on occasions in the past there was no doubt that Linby were thoroughly deserved winners. Ilkeston were strangely lethargic whilst the visitors played with pace and power. The only real misfortune Ilkeston had was when Arthur Jackson broke down after 20 minutes with a flare up of his old knee injury and he was a passenger thereafter. Linby took the lead five minutes later when Dulson pounced after Les Smith fatally hesitated. It took just 30 seconds for them to double their lead when Jackie Ward (who went on to become Town’s all-time top scorer) ran through unchallenged to score past the out of position Dick Pickering.

A spectacular save by Pickering led to a corner which Dulson touched to Ward for an opportunist goal after half time. Ilkeston only came to life in the closing stages when Thornley had to make a good save from Ken Ledger and Braddow headed Otten Rusin’s shot off the line.

RUSIN SPARES TOWN’S BLUSHES
7TH MAY 1951
RETFORD TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
A careless, aimless performance by Ilkeston almost ended in defeat and they only came to life during the last 20 minutes. Alwyn Booth set up Phil Bibby to score from close range and in the dying seconds Bibby’s cross was headed in by Otten Rusin.

Before then Retford played with great spirit. Cork put them ahead after 10 minutes and he added a second shortly after half time.

COALVILLE RUE MISSED PENALTIES
9TH MAY 1951
COALVILLE TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Ilkeston put out a young side including several reserves and they were much more enthusiastic than of late. The line up had an even stranger look as Dick Pickering missed the team bus so local goalkeeper Rex Holmes took his place. Pickering made his own way to Coalville and did play, but on the left wing instead of between the posts. Otten Rusin scored three opportunist goals for Ilkeston and the other goal was scored by Colin Trueman. Coalville’s goals were scored by Williamson and Richards but they only had themselves to blame for not getting more out of the game. Collett failed twice from the penalty spot, his first effort was well wide and his second hit the post.

BATTLE FOR SECOND PLACE IS WON BY SOUTH NORMANTON
12TH MAY 1951
SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Both teams went into the game knowing that a victory would clinch the runners-up spot behind Sutton. Ilkeston, with Arthur Grant making his final appearance, were slow and insipid throughout this important game and there was never much doubt about which team would win. Town were caught out by a quickly taken corner for the first goal when Williams tapped the ball to the unmarked Bennett who scored with a swerving shot. Town failed to learn their lesson and South Normanton were able to repeat the move twice more but without success. Naylor’s low shot, which Dick Pickering was too slow to react to, gave them a two goal lead and they scored the third before the break when Morrison took full advantage when Stuart Argent slipped.

Morrison could have made matters even worse for Ilkeston after half time but he slammed his penalty against the bar. The only effort Ilkeston had of note during the whole game came when Otten Rusin beat three men beautifully but the angle was too tight for him to finish.