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1957/58 CENTRAL ALLIANCE FIRST DIVISION NORTH FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Heanor Town 32 26 3 3 157 50 55
2 Sutton Town 32 25 3 4 128 49 53
3 ILKESTON TOWN 32 23 3 6 89 39 49
4 Shirebrook Miners Welfare 32 23 2 7 102 54 48
5 Matlock Town 32 18 3 11 99 67 39
6 Wilmorton & Alvaston 32 15 9 8 69 59 39
7 Belper Town 32 14 6 12 90 80 34
8 South Normanton Miners Welfare 32 14 5 13 75 71 33
9 Nottingham Forest 'A' 32 13 5 14 92 63 31
10 Ollerton Colliery 32 12 3 17 62 80 27
11 Clay Cross Miners Welfare 32 10 6 16 82 84 26
12 Ransome & Marles 32 9 7 16 60 85 25
13 Creswell Colliery 32 9 5 18 71 99 23
14 Retford British Ropes 32 10 3 19 69 146 23
15 Langwith Miners Welfare 32 7 6 19 59 111 20
16 Mansfield Town 'A' 32 4 5 23 48 126 13
17 Linby Colliery 32 2 2 28 31 120 6



1957/58 CENTRAL ALLIANCE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
24 AUG NOTTINGHAM FOREST 'A' W1-0 2000 BRENNAN
28 AUG MANSFIELD TOWN 'A' W1-0 OSMAN
31 AUG Retford British Ropes W7-1 BRENNAN 3, BLOUNT, BAILEY, OSMAN 2
07 SEP LINBY COLLIERY W7-0 OSMAN 4, BRENNAN, BENTLEY (OG), BAILEY
28 SEP HEANOR TOWN D1-1 BAILEY
12 OCT Nottingham Forest 'A' W3-2 CUTTS 2, COMMANDER
19 OCT MATLOCK TOWN W5-2 BRENNAN, BAKER (PEN), CUTTS 2, BLOUNT
02 NOV Langwith Miners Welfare W3-2 BAKER (PEN), CANT, CUTTS
09 NOV Heanor Town L2-3 2244 JOHNSON, CUTTS
16 NOV Ollerton Colliery W4-2 JOHNSON 2, BRENNAN, CUTTS
23 NOV SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE D1-1 JOHNSON
07 DEC Linby Colliery W7-0 BAILEY, ROBERTS, BRENNAN 2, WARRINGTON 3
14 DEC Shirebrook Miners Welfare L1-3 BRENNAN
21 DEC WILMORTON & ALVASTON W2-1 BRENNAN, ROBERTS
26 DEC SUTTON TOWN L2-3 OSMAN 2 (1PEN)
04 JAN Ransome & Marles W2-1 WARRINGTON, BRENNAN
18 JAN Clay Cross Miners Welfare L1-3 BLOUNT
25 JAN CLAY CROSS MINERS WELFARE W3-2 ROBERTS, BRENNAN, OSMAN
15 FEB Creswell Colliery W2-0 BRENNAN 2
08 MAR Matlock Town W4-2 ROBERTS, BRENNAN, ROSE (OG), OSMAN
29 MAR CRESWELL COLLIERY W11-2 BLOUNT 2, OSMAN 2, ROBERTS 3, VARLEY (OG), BRENNAN 2, CUTTS
05 APR RANSOME & MARLES W1-0 OSMAN (PEN)
07 APR OLLERTON COLLIERY W3-0 1400 ROBERTS 2, OSMAN (PEN)
12 APR South Normanton Miners Welfare W2-1 BLOUNT, OSMAN
14 APR Mansfield Town 'A' L1-2 BRENNAN
19 APR Sutton Town W1-0 CUTTS
25 APR RETFORD BRITISH ROPES W3-0 BLOUNT 2, CUTTS
26 APR LANGWITH MINERS WELFARE W2-1 OSMAN 2
28 APR Belper Town W2-0 OSMAN, CUTTS
30 APR SHIREBROOK MINERS WELFARE D0-0
01 MAY Wilmorton & Alvaston L2-3 CUTTS, OSMAN
03 MAY BELPER TOWN W2-1 JOHNSON 2



1957/58 FA CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1QR 21 SEP South Normanton Miners Welfare D2-2 BAKER (PEN), OSMAN
1QRrep 25 SEP SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE W2-0 300 BRENNAN 2
2QR 05 OCT BELPER TOWN L2-4 BAKER (PEN), BAILEY



1957/58 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPOSITION RESULT ATT SCORERS
1R 30 NOV DERBY COUNTY 'A' W2-0 ROBERTS, KYNOCH
2R 11 JAN STAPENHILL W8-0 OSMAN 4 (3PENS), BLOUNT 2, WARRINGTON 2
QF 01 MAR SHIREBROOK MINERS WELFARE W2-0 BLOUNT, ROBERTS
SF 22 MAR ROWDITCH W5-0 ROBERTS 2, BLOUNT 2, BRENNAN
F 05 MAY BUXTON W4-2 3385 ROBERTS 2, BRENNAN, BLOUNT




1957/58 CENTRAL ALLIANCE LEAGUE CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1R1L 14 SEP Stamford W5-0 BRENNAN, BAILEY 3, OSMAN
1R2L 26 OCT STAMFORD D2-2 BRENNAN, BAKER (PEN)
2R 28 DEC NOTTINGHAM FOREST 'A' W5-0 WARRINGTON 2, BRENNAN, BLOUNT, OSMAN
QF 01 FEB Matlock Town W2-1 BRENNAN, CUTTS
SF 15 MAR SUTTON TOWN W2-0 BRENNAN, ROBERTS
F 21 APR Long Eaton United W2-1aet 7000 ROBERTS 2

NB. The Final was staged on the Baseball Ground.

 

GRAND OPENING
24TH AUGUST 1957
ILKESTON TOWN 1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST ‘A’ 0
2000 spectators visited the Manor Ground for the opening of the new grandstand and the visit of Forest. It was a grand opening to the season for Ilkeston too as they beat their strong opponents. However, as both sides let themselves down with some poor finishing, it was not a particularly impressive game. Forest ‘keeper Lightening was called into action early on and saved a Harry Brennan header. Opposite number Dennis Knibbs was less convincing when he spilled Jordan’s shot but Les Smith was able to clear before Horsnett pounced. Ilkeston created the better openings during the first half and Lightening made several excellent saves, yet Forest looked capable of scoring themselves. When the ball did go in the net Brennan’s effort was disallowed for handball and Ilkeston had to settle for a goalless first half.

John Bailey, formerly with Forest, came close to giving Town the lead with a header that went wide but Ilkeston did score on 56 minutes. All five forwards were involved in the move and it was Brennan who applied the finishing touch. With Ilkeston posing the bigger threat Terry Blount, Bailey, Rex Osman and Brennan were guilty of missing chances and Town almost paid the price when George Brown’s poor back pass spelt disaster. Thankfully he made an excellent recovery tackle and the danger was averted.

ILKESTON SCRAPE HOME WIN
28TH AUGUST 1957
ILKESTON TOWN 1 MANSFIELD TOWN ‘A’ 0
Ilkeston needed their defence to be at their reliable best as Mansfield’s forwards gave them plenty to think about. Yet Ilkeston should have won by a bigger margin as a marked reluctance to shoot hampered their own efforts. Mansfield ‘keeper Tompkin was frequently called into action but was rarely troubled. The only goal of the game came inside 3 minutes and was scored by Rex Osman. Ilkeston always looked the more likely to win from that point on but their failure to build on that excellent start led to frustration. Even when Mansfield’s Angell and Cann left the pitch during the final fifteen minutes after a clash of heads Ilkeston could not take advantage of their numerical superiority.

ROPES TIED DOWN
31ST AUGUST 1957
RETFORD BRITISH ROPES 1 ILKESTON TOWN 7
Retford ‘keeper Hazlehurst’s outstanding second half display prevented rampant Ilkeston from reaching double figures. The home side had little to offer apart from physical strength and Birch was guilty of some hefty challenges on Dennis Knibbs, the Ilkeston ‘keeper receiving a boot in the face on one occasion. Ilkeston were threatening from the word go and Rex Osman fired one effort over before missing by inches following a corner. A goal had to come and it did in the 8th minute when Osman dummied a cross from the right to leave Harry Brennan with a simple finish. Quite unexpectedly Retford drew level within three minutes. A long ball forward drew Knibbs out of his goal but the alert Birch got there first. Town quickly recovered from the shock and regained the lead on 17 minutes. John Bailey’s pass sent Ken Ledger away down the right and his cross was turned in by Terry Blount. Ilkeston’s third arrived in the 23rd minute when Bailey lashed in George Brown’s perfectly placed free kick and they added another on 36 minutes thanks to a fierce Osman shot.

Retford began the second half more threatening but Ilkeston were resolute in defence. After surviving the onslaught Town regained the initiative and scored again in the 61st minute when Brennan applied the finishing touch following fine work by Ledger down the right. Brennan completed his hat-trick three minutes later when he converted Osman’s high cross after Ledger’s pass created the opening. There was still time for Ilkeston to score a seventh. Blount’s shot was turned onto the bar by Hazlehurst and Osman banged in the rebound.

LINBY LASHED BY DYNAMIC TOWN
7TH SEPTEMBER 1957
ILKESTON TOWN 7 LINBY COLLIERY 0
After Linby’s bright opening that saw Darrington’s long range shot comfortably saved by Dennis Knibbs they were taken apart by Ilkeston’s dynamic attacking play. John Bailey was inches off target before Town went ahead on 15 minutes. Lol Owen lobbed the ball forward into Rex Osman’s path and he finished with a sharp shot. They made it two three minutes later when Osman forced the ball over the line following a corner. Town came close to scoring again when Bailey crashed a shot against the bar and it was no surprise when the third came in the 39th minute. Dave Baker’s through ball found Osman who completed his hat-trick. Osman scored his and Ilkeston’s fourth a minute later.

Ilkeston eased further ahead on 58 minutes when Stone could only half stop Ken Ledger’s shot and Harry Brennan followed up to score. Stone was beaten again two minutes later by one of his own men, Bentley, who turned Ledger’s shot into his own net. Ilkeston completed the scoring twelve minutes from time with a perfect shot by Bailey. They eased up at this point and Staples had two shots for Linby without success. Of greater concern for Ilkeston was the injury to Ledger who was carried off with a badly bruised leg following a collision with Cross in the 85th minute.

STAMFORD STEAMROLLERED
14TH SEPTEMBER 1957
STAMFORD 0 ILKESTON TOWN 5 (LEAGUE CUP 1ST ROUND 1ST LEG)
Previously unbeaten Stamford ran out of steam after applying early pressure and were well and truly beaten by an Ilkeston side whose methodical approach paid dividends. In contrast Stamford charged around the pitch for all their worth but lacked cohesion and their rough tackling was symptomatic of their growing frustration. Harry Brennan tested ‘keeper Kerwin with a fine shot early on but Stamford enjoyed plenty of possession. They had a good chance to take the lead when Les Smith miskicked but Thomas failed to take the opportunity. Instead it was Ilkeston who took the lead on 26 minutes when Dave Baker’s long free kick cleared the defence and Brennan ran on to score. Dennis Knibbs was equal to long shots by Sperring and Thomas as the home side looked for an equaliser yet the next goal fell Ilkeston’s way. A long clearance found John Bailey and he outpaced Clark to score the second in the 35th minute.

Bailey scored again on 52 minutes to give Ilkeston a three goal cushion. Two goals in the last six minutes rounded off a fine afternoon for Town. Rex Osman’s header was beaten down by Kerwin and Bailey raced in to complete his hat-trick in the 84th minute before Osman cracked in an unstoppable shot a minute from time.

OSMAN SAVES TOWN
21ST SEPTEMBER 1957
SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (FA CUP 1ST ROUND)
Ilkeston’s persistence was rewarded with an 88th minute equaliser by Rex Osman who scored with a fine shot on the turn and it was the least they deserved. Tenacious South Normanton offered little but their frequent time wasting and the peformance and good fortune of ‘keeper Holmes appeared to be providing them with a passage into the next round. The late drama failed to disguise the fact that the match was a poor one, however. Ilkeston went in front from the penalty spot, courtesy of Dave Baker, in the 15th minute. Good work between Harry Brennan and Alf Hornby ended with Walters handling a cross by the latter. Ilkeston should have extended their lead during the first half but were repeatedly denied by Holmes.

South Normanton stunned Town by equalising a minute after half time and again it was a penalty. Dennis Knibbs, injured at the time he conceded the penalty, was refused treatment by the referee despite the evidence of boot marks on his face and Smith beat him from the spot. Ilkeston were dismayed further when they conceded another six minutes later. Rowlands’ pace was too much for Town’s defence and he set up Jimmy Butler (later an Ilkeston player) to put the home side ahead. Ilkeston relentlessly pounded the South Normanton goal during the last half hour but all seemed lost until Osman’s late strike.

SAFELY THROUGH
25TH SEPTEMBER 1957
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 0 (FA CUP 1ST ROUND REPLAY)
Heavy rain fell and the Manor Ground resembled a swimming pool as Ilkeston comfortably came through in front of a meagre 300 crowd. They had to wait just three minutes before going in front when Harry Brennan converted Graham Cutts’ centre. They went further ahead in the 12th minute when Lol Owen and Rex Osman combined well to provide Brennan with his second. Town were completely in control thereafter but failed to add to their score.

HONOURS EVEN IN LOCAL DERBY
28TH SEPTEMBER 1957
ILKESTON TOWN 1 HEANOR TOWN 1
A draw was the fairest result in a game that saw Ilkeston enjoy the better of the first half while Heanor came back strongly after the break. Ilkeston perhaps would have won the game if they had been less casual in their approach and this attitude left them with plenty of anxious defending to do when Heanor built up a head of steam. Fortunately John Commander had an outstanding game and were it not for him ‘keeper Dennis Knibbs would probably have been beaten more than the once. Heanor began brightly as Knibbs made a comfortable save to deny Evans, Allen and Capel had a couple of decent efforts and Evans missed a sitter. Gradually Ilkeston came more into the game and after Harry Brennan shot wide they took the lead in the 19th minute. Graham Cutts’ perfect through ball to John Bailey was well struck past Black. The goal incresed Ilkeston’s confidence and Mee had to clear off the line from Rex Osman. Then Brennan’s lob just cleared the bar but Ilkeston were reminded of Heanor’s threat when Knibbs had to save at Evans’ feet before half time.

After Cutts’ long shot cleared Heanor’s crossbar they took command of the second half. Capel wasted a chance by shooting high and wide, and then Morley headed over from point blank range. Evans missed another chance following a corner and then Knibbs did well to turn another effort over the bar. Heanor’s attacking play almost brought an equaliser when Hallam’s shot clipped the bar and they deservedly drew level on 62 minutes through Morley who looked suspiciously offside. Heanor went all out for the win yet Ilkeston could have sneaked it when Cutts hit the angle of the woodwork and Bailey raced through but saw his shot go inches wide.

BELPER BLAST PAST LETHARGIC ILKESTON
5TH OCTOBER 1957
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BELPER TOWN 4 (FA CUP 2ND ROUND)
Belper’s youthful and speedy team adopted a kick and rush policy and they beat a lethargic Ilkeston team as a result. From the moment they took the lead on 15 minutes the result was not in doubt. Litchfield left Les Smith for dead and drove low past Dennis Knibbs, and Belper doubled their lead seven minutes later when Sanders beat Knibbs in a similar fashion after beating Dave Baker and Smith. Baker gave Ilkeston false hopes in the 37th minute when he blasted in a penalty after Munro handled but Belper restored their two goal advantage two minutes before the break when Sanders scored his second with a low shot.

Ilkeston had more of the ball after the break yet Belper always looked the likelier to score with their dangerous counter attacks. Their fourth goal came from a Perry penalty in the 78th minute following George Brown’s foul on Sanders. With the game safe Belper allowed Ilkeston to attack them during the closing stages and John Bailey hooked in a consolation goal three minutes from time.

TOWN BOUNCE BACK IN STYLE
12TH OCTOBER 1957
NOTTINGHAM FOREST ‘A’ 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston returned to winning ways after an edgy start that saw them fall behind to an early goal. They controlled the game, that was filled with good football, from that point on although they could have slipped up after taking it steady during the second half. Forest began strongly and Dennis Knibbs had to be alert to save a John Langford (future Ilkeston player) drive before Grose’s shot was only just off target. They went ahead on 9 minutes when Cluroe’s head met Langford’s cross and although Dave Baker chested the ball away it had already crossed the line. Ilkeston fought back and forced several corners with two Graham Cutts headers only just wide of the mark. They deservedly drew level in the 22nd minute when another Cutts header found the target after Terry Blount had broken clear down the left. Cutts was most unlucky when his shot cracked against the underside of the bar and appeared to cross the line but the referee was unsighted. Nevertheless Town went ahead two minutes before the break when Les Disney held the ball up well and laid the ball into John Commander’s path who shot through a crowd of players.

Ilkeston stunned Forest by scoring within seconds of the resumption, Cutts adding his second without a home player touching the ball. Town relaxed after this but Forest’s attacks were isolated and it was something of a surprise when they pulled a goal back on 72 minutes. Dawson’s conversion of Langford’s cross ensured that Ilkeston would not such an easy time during the closing stages.

EXCITEMENT AND INCIDENT AT THE MANOR
19TH OCTOBER 1957
ILKESTON TOWN 5 MATLOCK TOWN 2
This game, attended by the new Football Queen Miss Jean Derbyshire, had virtually everything with plenty to admire, excite and even exasperate both sets of followers. Second place Matlock had won all seven league games since the start of the season and they showed why by roaring into a two goal lead inside seven minutes. Thompson headed in White’s sixth minute cross to put them in front and Dave Baker’s handball resulted in Ferguson’s penalty conversion a minute later. Ilkeston were far from out of it, however, and Graham Cutts was unlucky with two excellent shots that went wide. They got themselves back into the game on 24 minutes when great work between Lol Owen and Terry Blount presented Harry Brennan with the opportunity to walk the ball past Whitham and put it into the empty net.

The second half began with Whitham palming a Cutts shot onto the bar. Ilkeston were not to be denied, however, and when future player Alf Manship handled Baker equalised from the penalty spot on 58 minutes. Soon after Matlock found themselves down to ten men. Thompson, penalised for impeding Knibbs, protested too strongly and was sent off and he temporarily refused to leave. Worse was to follow for Matlock when McJarrow followed him two minutes later as the game reached boiling point. Ilkeston made the most of their numerical advantage and took the lead for the first time in the 71st minute when Cutts breasted in Blount’s corner. Then it was Ilkeston’s turn to have a player sent off, Brennan receiving his marching orders for a foul on Manship. However, this setback didn’t stop them and they scored two late goals to seal the victory. Blount dribbled through to score in the 85th minute and Cutts scored the fifth with a minute remaining.

LISTLESS ILKESTON DISAPPOINT
26TH OCTOBER 1957
ILKESTON TOWN 2 STAMFORD 2 (LEAGUE CUP 1ST ROUND 2ND LEG - Ilkeston won 7-2 on aggregate)
With the cushion of a 5-0 lead from the first leg Ilkeston simply went through the motions with a listless, lifeless, lethargic display. There was a complete lack of killer instinct but fortunately their eager opponents were not good enough to capitalise. Donaldson was first to show for Stamford with a shot which dipped over Dennis Knibbs’ bar. When Ilkeston eventually got forward Graham Cutts’ effort went narrowly wide and Terry Blount, following a fine burst down the left, disappointed by slicing his shot harmlessly across the goalmouth. Stamford had a great chance to score when Les Smith completely missed his header but Cunningham shot wide with the goal at his mercy. Ilkeston also wasted a fine opportunity when Ted Huddlestone shot straight at Kerwin but, despite not playing well, continued to create openings including a Cutts header that struck the post. Stamford were left cursing their luck when Johnson’s shot deflected off Knibbs’ boot and went the wrong side of the upright and matters grew worse in the 37th minute as Ilkeston took the lead. Blount found Cutts whose forward pass released Harry Brennan to score. Huddlestone then missed another chance to extend Town’s lead before the interval.

Ilkeston remained subdued after the break yet Stamford’s lack of quality meant that Town continued to create sporadic chances. Blount took too long when in a great position to score and a 30 yard drive by Lol Owen flashed wide. Brennan then had an effort headed off the line by Clarke before the plucky visitors began a spell of sustained pressure. They were rewarded in the 71st minutes when Johnson got the finishing touch to Donaldson’s cross. Ten minutes later they took the lead on the night through Johnson again when this time he took full advantage of Dave Baker’s sloppy back pass. Baker made amends six minutes from time when he scored from the spot after Deakin handled but all in all it was a forgettable game, except perhaps for John Commander who made his 250th appearance.

FINE FIRST HALF SHOW WINS THE POINTS
2ND NOVEMBER 1957
LANGWITH MINERS WELFARE 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Langwith had nothing to offer except brute force and Town’s first half guile was enough to seal victory. Had it not been for George Brown’s pulled muscle, sustained in the 27th minute following a collision with Wheatley, a blow that was to keep him out of the team for three weeks, Ilkeston would probably have won more comfortably. Ilkeston went in front on 8 minutes when Terry Blount’s ball into the danger area was handled by Grant and Dave Baker converted the penalty. They doubled the lead within a couple of minutes when Harry Brennan nodded down Blount’s centre and Gordon Cant scored with a superb overhead kick. Persistent Ilkeston attacks led to the third goal in the 33rd minute, Cutts forcing the ball home.

Langwith showed greater urgency after half time and a Wheatley header reduced the deficit on 49 minutes. They too were reduced to ten men when Staley was accidentally kicked in the face by Les Smith. Ilkeston held on comfortably although Wheatley scored his and Langwith’s second three minutes from time. He injured himself in the process and Langwith were unable to make any more headway with just nine men.

HEANOR END UNBEATEN START
9TH NOVEMBER 1957
HEANOR TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Good football was at a premium in what was a relatively tame local derby played in front of 2244 spectators. Heanor were the more dangerous of the two teams although Ilkeston could count themselves unlucky not to come away with a point. Heanor suffered some misfortune in the 11th minute when Rawson received a facial injury and could not return until three minutes into the second half. Despite this setback they took the lead on 17 minutes when Brown cut inside, beat Les Smith and shot past Dennis Knibbs. Ilkeston equalised eight minutes later when Ken Johnson took full advantage of a goalkeeping error by Black. Their joy was shortlived, however, as Heanor edged back in front in the 29th minute through a Capel free kick.

Ilkeston began the second half in a more lively fashion and equalised for a second time in the 50th minute with something of a freak goal, Black again being at fault. Graham Cutts chased a long ball to the by line and his hopeful swirling lob into the area completely deceived Black and dropped into the net. Then it was Ilkeston’s turn to suffer some misfortune when ‘keeper Knibbs had to leave the pitch for attention. In his brief absence Heanor regained the lead on 57 minutes when Capel was left with a simple finish after stand in ‘keeper John Commander had been wrong footed.

TOWN MAKE HARD WORK OF IT
16TH NOVEMBER 1957
OLLERTON COLLIERY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Ollerton had little to offer apart from pace and enthusiasm but Ilkeston’s lack of team work meant that what should have been a straightforward victory was anything but. Town took the lead in the 6th minute when Horace Hackland found Harry Brennan whose forward pass was put away by Ken Johnson. Graham Cutts came close to adding a second when, after rounding the goalkeeper, he shot against the outside of the post from a tight angle. However, Ollerton equalised in the 27th minute, Shaw outstripping the Ilkeston defence before finding the unmarked Tebbitt who chested the ball down and fired past Dennis Knibbs. Town regained the lead before half time through a Brennan header following Terry Blount’s cross.

Town went further ahead on 54 minutes with a well taken goal by Johnson who shot home from a narrow angle and Cutts was unlucky on a couple of occasions not to score. Ilkeston’s inability to make the game safe could have been costly when Tebbitt scored his second 12 minutes from time. Fortunately Cutts finally got the goal he deserved on 85 minutes to ensure victory.

MISSED OPPOTUNITIES AS TOWN DROP POINT
23RD NOVEMBER 1957
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 1
Town missed chances that could have put the game beyond South Normanton’s reach and they paid the penalty. Ilkeston pressed forward at every opportunity from the word go and Dave Baker came close with a terrific shot that skimmed the bar. South Normanton’s approach work was to be admired but they lacked any kind of threat whilst Ilkeston always seemed to be in control. Slowly the visitors came more into the game and Rowlands should have done better with his shot that went wide. Ilkeston missed a great chance themselves when Harry Brennan miscontrolled after being set up by Cyril Kynoch. Nevertheless Town deservedly went in front on 35 minutes when unselfish play by Graham Cutts provided the chance for Ken Johnson to finish.

Ilkeston looked set for victory until Les Smith’s 53rd minute error. He was dispossessed by Walters who ran on to score and suddenly South Normanton were back in the game. Both goalkeepers were kept busy during the rest of the second half and both goals survived narrow escapes before the game ended in a draw.

ILKESTON WIN COMFORTABLY
30TH NOVEMBER 1957
ILKESTON TOWN 2 DERBY COUNTY ‘A’ 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP 1ST ROUND)
Ilkeston eased into the second round with little difficulty and although both defences were strong Town always had the edge. They took the lead after just 5 minutes when Lol Owen’s free kick found Gordon Warrington and in turn Cliff Roberts who did the rest. Ilkeston had to wait until the 66th minute before scoring their second. John Bailey wormed his way through Derby’s defence and his shot from a narrow angle deceived Jackson but struck the post. The loose ball bounced out to Cyril Kynoch who lobbed the ball into the net. There were no further goals but Ilkeston were worthy winners.

NO RESPITE FOR LINBY
7TH DECEMBER 1957
LINBY COLLIERY 0 ILKESTON TOWN 7
Lowly Linby were well and truly beaten as Ilkeston stepped up their title challenge and moved into second place. ‘Keeper Dennis Knibbs, making his 100th appearance, had very little to do. Town were guilty of trying to walk the ball into the net during the opening exchanges until they took a 9th minute lead. John Bailey fired home from 20 yards after being set up by Cliff Roberts. On 22 minutes it was Roberts turn to score when Terry Blount’s cross eluded several players. Linby briefly had Town on the back foot when Darrington shot well wide and they also had a goal disallowed because the ball had already gone out of play. However, Ilkeston surged further ahead on 29 minutes when Harry Brennan took full advantage of John Commander’s quickly taken free kick. Four minutes later they made it four with Gordon Warrington pouncing on the rebound after Roberts’ shot hit the bar.

Two minutes into the second half Warrington forced his way through the Linby rearguard for the fifth and in the 67th minute Roberts’ through ball found Brennan who rounded Morgan to score. Warrington completed his hat-trick four minutes later when he controlled the ball on his chest and forced it past Morgan.

SHIREBROOK SHOCKER
14TH DECEMBER 1957
SHIREBROOK MINERS WELFARE 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston’s slow, ponderous style failed to make any sort of impact against Shirebrook’s fast, direct play and the home side took full advantage of the chances that came their way. On 23 minutes Lack’s corner was caught by Dennis Knibbs but the referee ruled that the ball had crossed the line. Town’s response was a Dave Baker free kick that was tipped over by Bramley but they went further behind three minutes before half time. Knibbs failed to cut out a Moss cross and Beastall was there to finish.

Shirebrook made it three in the 65th minute when Moss picked out Doyle who scored with a low shot from the edge of the area. Harry Brennan scored a consolation for Ilkeston two minutes from time when he converted a right wing cross.

TOWN CLING ON FOR VICTORY
21ST DECEMBER 1957
ILKESTON TOWN 2 WILMORTON 1
Ilkeston spurned early chances but looked to be heading for a comfortable victory until Wilmorton pulled a goal back early in the second half. Town had to withstand considerable pressure late in the game to hang on to the points. They went ahead in the 24th minute when Harry Brennan shot past Lynch after several shots had been blocked. Town doubled their lead three minutes before the break when Lynch couldn’t hold Dave Baker’s long range bullet and Cliff Roberts was quick to pounce.

Wilmorton clawed their way back into the game when Les Smith’s needless foul on Lakin led to a penalty. Michael Groves did well to stop Grogan’s spot kick but the Wilmorton man followed up to score. Ilkeston were awarded a penalty of their own soon after, a dubious one at that, and justice appeared to be done when Baker fired wide. Ilkeston’s failure to give themselves breathing space led to an uncomfortable final half hour and they breathed a sigh of relief when the referee failed to spot a handball by an Ilkeston defender in his own area.

LEADERS LOOKING GOOD
26TH DECEMBER 1957
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SUTTON TOWN 3
Sutton looked worthy of their position at the top of the table after surviving a fine Ilkeston first half display. They overturned their one goal deficit at the break and in the end won comfortably. Ilkeston took the lead on 19 minutes when Rex Osman converted a Terry Blount cross and they missed three good chances to extend the lead before half time.

Sutton needed just two minutes of the second half to equalise through Praksi. Further goals were added by future Ilkeston player Ernie Williamson and Praski again. Osman’s 85th minute penalty gave Ilkeston hope but it was too little too late.

FANTASTIC TOWN TROUNCE FOREST
28TH DECEMBER 1957
ILKESTON TOWN 5 NOTTINGHAM FOREST ‘A’ 0 (LEAGUE CUP SECOND ROUND)
Forest arrived at the Manor Ground with a strong line up but left a defeated side. Ilkeston’s stirring display had the visitors longing for the final whistle well before the end and Dave Baker, making his 200th appearance against his former club, was able to celebrate. Future Ilkeston player Dennis Alexander fired wide during an early Forest attack but it was Ilkeston who went in front in the 7th minute. Lol Owen won the ball and took it forward before releasing a lovely pass to Gordon Warrington who did the rest. Town’s second came on 32 minutes when Harry Brennan was left with a simple finish following Ken Ledger’s cross. When Forest did try to get forward they found the Ilkeston defence was in no mood to give anything away.

Rex Osman had a shot saved as Town carried on from where they left off before the interval and it was he whose pass set up Terry Blount for the third on 58 minutes. Osman then had a goal disallowed but there was nothing wrong with his 68th minute goal that finished off a lovely move involving Brennan and Warrington. Warrington scored his second on 78 minutes when he latched on to Blount’s forward pass to conclude the scoring. Forest’s day was summed up when Cluroe’s attempt at a consolation goal was cleared off the line by John Commander.

TOWN EDGE IT
4TH JANUARY 1958
RANSOME & MARLES 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ransome & Marles pushed Ilkeston all the way but Town just about deserved their 2-1 victory. In a fast and furious opening Hillis missed badly from close range and this proved to be costly for the home side. Ilkeston took the lead on 10 minutes when Rex Osman created the opening for Gordon Warrington to crash in a rising shot. Hillis was guilty of another miss, this time firing over from a good position, and Dennis Knibbs had to make stops from long range shots by Fryer and Horton as the home side pushed for an equaliser.

Fryer shot wide early in the second half, John Commander’s pressure being sufficient to put him off. And, on 57 minutes, Ilkeston went further ahead although there was an element of offside about the goal. Nice work between Ken Ledger and Warrington sent Harry Brennan through to finish. Ransome pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute through a Fryer penalty after Commander handled but Ilkeston defended well during the closing stages.

SPOT ON OSMAN
11TH JANUARY 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 8 STAPENHILL 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SECOND ROUND)
Rex Osman’s hat-trick of penalties, the first after just 2 minutes following a handball, was the feature of the game as Ilkeston trounced Stapenhill. Ilkeston’s second goal arrived in the 11th minute when Whysall pushed Ken Ledger’s shot onto the bar and Terry Blount pounced on the rebound. Stapenhill hung on doggedly until they were hit by a goal blitz just before half time. Blount grabbed his second on 40 minutes and Osman walked in a simple chance two minutes later. When Gordon Warrington was fouled on the stroke of half time Osman converted the penalty to complete a first half hat-trick.

Town’s fifth came in the 57th minute when Warrington headed home a Ledger cross. Nine minutes later the pair combined in an identical manner after Town had five shots cleared off the line. Seven minutes from time Warrington was brought down and Osman scored his fourth goal of the game.

TOWN CRASH AT CLAY CROSS
18TH JANUARY 1958
CLAY CROSS MINERS WELFARE 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston’s hopes of keeping in touch with the leaders were dealt a heavy blow despite taking an early lead. Town had enough chances to have won the game but a defensive error and a dubious penalty award swung the match in Clay Cross’ favour. They went ahead on 6 minutes when Keightley could only parry Rex Osman’s free kick from the edge of the box and Terry Blount was on hand to score. Clay Cross had plenty of possession during the first half but Town defended well in the strong wind.

That all changed in the 55th minute. Lol Owen’s back pass didn’t have the legs and Alf Dicks darted in to equalise. Four minutes later Clay Cross took the lead. A shot appeared to strike John Commander on the shoulder but the referee awarded a penalty for handball that Hughie Dicks stuck away. Ilkeston were by no means out of it but Clay Cross delivered the killer blow four minutes from time when Barton fired in hard and low following a cross from the left.

ILKESTON’S STUNNING FIGHTBACK
25TH JANUARY 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 3 CLAY CROSS MINERS WELFARE 2
Town gained revenge for the defeat the previous weekend with a gallant fightback after going two goals behind. They dominated a goalless first half but went behind against the run of play on 57 minutes. A long ball skidded past John Commander on the greasy surface and Wragg was left with a simple finish. Clay Cross stunned Town with a second goal a minute later when Alf Dicks converted a Hughie Dicks cross. Ilkeston turned the game on its head with three goals in a five minute spell. Cliff Roberts reduced the arrears in the 67th minute and Harry Brennan forced the ball home two minutes later. The winner came on 72 minutes when Rex Osman banged the ball into net and Ilkeston deservedly went on to win.

HARD FOUGHT WIN ON MATLOCK MUDBATH
1ST FEBRUARY 1958
MATLOCK TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Ilkeston showed plenty of fighting spirit on a pitch so muddy that the ball frequently stuck like glue. The mud played a big part in their 7th minute opener. Terry Blount’s through ball found Cliff Roberts and his sheer persistence took him past defender and future Ilkeston player Alf Manship before the ball stuck. However, Harry Brennan was on hand to race in and fire past Whitlam as Roberts tried to readjust. Rex Osman had a very good chance to double the lead before half time but his shot lacked power.

Matlock fought back strongly after the break and it needed a superb block by George Brown to prevent Ferguson’s shot from finding the target. The next goal was going to be crucial and it came Ilkeston’s way in the 50th minute. Manship’s error allowed Roberts the opportunity to unselfishly pick out Graham Cutts for a simple finish. Ilkeston then had to withstand heavy Matlock pressure but all the home side had to show for their efforts was Ferguson’s headed goal from Harold Roberts’ cross on 72 minutes.

CRESWELL PAY THE PENALTY
15TH FEBRUARY 1958
CRESWELL COLLIERY 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston scrambled to victory without playing at all well against a poor Creswell team. Town went ahead inside 2 minutes when Harry Brennan took full advantage of a poor goal kick. Well on top during the early stages Town scored again through Brennan in the 15th minute yet they fell away disappointingly from then on in blizzard conditions. Creswell failed to make the most of two second half penalties. Atkins hit the bar with the first and then Raine hit the post. Nevertheless these were isolated efforts and Dennis Knibbs only had one save to make.

ILKESTON REACH SEMIS
1ST MARCH 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SHIREBROOK MINERS WELFARE 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Ilkeston deservedly beat Shirebrook to book a place in the semi final of the Senior Cup. They started at a cracking pace and Parker had to clear off the line from Rex Osman inside the first minute. Town didn’t have to wait much longer to go into the lead. In the 4th minute Cliff Roberts and Harry Brennan worked well to create the opening for Terry Blount to score. Goodfellow came to Shirebrook’s rescue when his block took the sting out of Roberts’ close range shot and then Graham Cutts headed just wide as Town kept up the pressure. They doubled their lead in the 24th minute when Roberts met Cutts’ corner with a fine header. Ilkeston dominated the rest of the half but after the break Shirebrook improved and Town had to compete strongly to keep their advantage. Even so it was Town who came closest to scoring when Osman’s shot was deflected wide by Taylor with Shirebrook’s only meaningful effort was an off target shot by Doyle. The final half hour was scrappy as Ilkeston held onto their lead with Shirebrook unable to make any headway.

KNIBBS MIGHTY AT MATLOCK
8TH MARCH 1958
MATLOCK TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Ilkeston were too good for a Matlock team who gave everything in a game played in heavy snow with an icy wind. Although Ilkeston forced the early pace Matlock won a penalty on 15 minutes when Les Smith fouled Rose but Dennis Knibbs pulled off a brilliant penalty save from Harold Roberts. Undeterred Matlock went in front in the 40th minute when Watts raced on to a long clearance and shot past Knibbs.

Ilkeston were back on level terms early in the second half when clever play by Rex Osman set up Cliff Roberts in the 47th minute. A minute later they went ahead when Harry Brennan dribbled through the heart of the Matlock defence and on 55 minutes they scored a third when Rose could only turn Osman’s shot into his own net. Matlock won themselves another penalty ten minutes from time when Lol Owen fouled Wallhead and although Knibbs saved again Watts followed up to atone for his miss. Any hopes Matlock had of getting back into the game were dashed three minutes later when Osman scored following Terry Blount’s fine pass.

TOWN STUN SUTTON IN SEMI
15TH MARCH 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SUTTON TOWN 0 (LEAGUE CUP SEMI FINAL)
Sutton, second in the Central Alliance, were well beaten by an excellent team performance from Ilkeston. Once future Ilkeston player Colin Guyler’s poor finish early in the game prevented Sutton from taking the lead Ilkeston took control. Harry Brennan’s long shot was saved by Pugh and Ilkeston kept plugging away. They were rewarded with a goal in the 25th minute. Rex Osman laid the ball back to Dave Baker and he sent Graham Cutts away down the right. His cross was converted by Brennan from close range. Brennan went close when his shot was tipped away by Pugh whilst Sutton’s best chance of a goal before half time fell to future Ilkeston player Ernie Williamson who shot into the side net after Dennis Knibbs narrowed the angle.

Seconds after the restart Ilkeston almost doubled the lead when Pugh did well to prevent Hunt from scoring an own goal but they didn’t have to wait long. On 46 minutes Cliff Roberts’ hard work brought him a deserved goal. This setback for Sutton provoked a response but Ilkeston defended extremely well. The only save of note that Knibbs made was a good one to keep out a shot from Rawson.

ROWDITCH ROUTED
22ND MARCH 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 5 ROWDITCH 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SEMI FINAL)
But for the heroics of Rowditch ‘keeper Woodward Ilkeston, who booked a second cup final appearance in a week, would have won by an even greater margin. The visitors fell away after a promising opening ten minutes during which former Town forward Bill Passmore hooked a first time volley narrowly wide. Soon Ilkeston were in the ascendancy and Cliff Roberts was unlucky to see one effort cleared off the line by Pawley and another saved at point blank range by Woodward. His luck turned in the 24th minute when he pounced on Harry Brennan’s neat flick to give Town the lead. Brennan then had a goal disallowed for offside and Woodward made a smart save to keep out a Graham Cutts header before Ilkeston scored a second on 34 minutes. Again it was Roberts, this time getting on the end of a Lol Owen cross.

Town had to wait until the 55th minute before they scored the third. Graham Cutts’ cross was put away by Terry Blount and a minute later they scored again through Brennan. Rowditch were unlucky not to score when Towle’s terrific shot flew just past the post but it was Ilkeston who scored again on the hour, Blount racing through to shoot past Woodward. With the game won Town took it easy during the latter stages.

CALAMITY FOR CRESWELL
29TH MARCH 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 11 CRESWELL COLLIERY 2
Former Ilkeston ‘keeper Michael Groves had a nightmare as he struggled to cope with the treacherous conditions. Even so Ilkeston probably would have won comfortably if he had been at the top of his game. The final score flattered Ilkeston but it couldn’t be denied that they were much the better side whilst Creswell missed several chances of their own to make their miserable afternoon complete. Town went ahead in the 5th minute when Terry Blount’s free kick slipped through Groves’ grasp and they added a second on 19 minutes when Rex Osman’s clever positional play allowed himself a simple finish. Osman scored again seven minutes later and within a minute Cliff Roberts caught Groves off his line with a clever lob. Roberts scored again in the 37th minute and Varley put through his own goal five minutes later. Roberts then completed his hat-trick a minute before half time.

Town broke away to make it eight on 53 minutes through Blount who finished Graham Cutts’ cross and the ninth came when Osman’s shot struck the angle of the woodwork and Harry Brennan was on hand to net the rebound. Creswell pulled a goal back with a 20 yard Raine free kick on 67 minutes only for Town to make it ten five minutes later when Roberts unselfishly set up Cutts for a simple goal. Brennan applied the finishing touch in the 78th minute for number eleven whilst Atkin scored a consolation goal two minutes from time.

RANSOME LUCK RUNS OUT
5TH APRIL 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 1 RANSOME & MARLES 0
16 year old ‘keeper Phillips had a splendid game and repeatedly repelled Ilkeston’s constant wave of attacks. Town had numerous shots, many of which were blocked, and the woodwork came to Ransome’s rescue on several occasions. Just when it looked as though Town were never going to find a way through the packed defence Gray handled on 81 minutes and Rex Osman cracked home an unstoppable penalty to bag the points.

TEN IN A ROW
7TH APRIL 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 3 OLLERTON COLLIERY 0
Ilkeston came up against another good ‘keeper in Davies but this time they won comfortably to make it ten victories on the bounce and kept their faint title hopes alive. Cliff Roberts’ fine goal gave them a 6th minute lead and the youthful Ollerton team didn’t register a shot until the 31st minute when Round was well off target. Rex Osman twice fired over the bar as half time approached.

Ilkeston’s second goal finally arrived on 65 minutes when George Brown made a great forward run and although Graham Cutts’ shot was blocked on the line Cliff Roberts, after several near misses, followed up to score his second. Osman made sure of the win ten minutes from time with a well placed penalty to send the 1400 crowd home happy.

COURAGEOUS TOWN WIN AGAIN
12TH APRIL 1958
SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Hampered by injuries sustained by Graham Cutts (thigh), and Terry Blount and Cliff Roberts (ankles) during the game Ilkeston showed great resilience and clung on for a vital 11th successive victory. Although none of the trio left the pitch their movements were seriously restricted and Town were thus unable to pose much of a threat in attack during the second half. Fortunately they had got off to the best possible start with a goal inside 20 seconds. From the kick off taken by Roberts, Rex Osman returned the ball and the former flicked the ball out to Terry Blount who cut in and shot past Holmes at the second attempt. Soon after it was two when Holmes, distracted by the presence of Harry Brennan and Roberts, was beaten by Osman’s cross shot. With Ilkeston well on top Roberts’ overhead kick just cleared the bar whilst tempers became frayed during a goalmouth scramble which required the referee to give a lecture to Holmes and Blount.

South Normanton rallied after the break and scored in the 59th minute with a splendid Percival shot just inside the post. They kept up the pressure and twice hit the woodwork and Rowlands blazed over an open goal. They had a glorious chance to equalise six minutes from time when John Commander brought down Shelton but Sargeson shot wide from the spot.

ILKESTON STUMBLE AGAINST STAGS
14TH APRIL 1958
MANSFIELD TOWN ‘A’ 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Any realistic hopes Ilkeston had of winning the title disappeared with this result. Despite creating the bulk of the chances Town generally lacked pace up front against a stronger, fitter Mansfield team. Mansfield were on top during the opening half hour yet Dennis Knibbs had to make just one save, from a Taylor header, as Ilkeston defended well. Indeed Ilkeston took the lead against the run of play in the 18th minute when Rex Osman’s pass opened up the Mansfield defence and Lol Owen’s subsequent cross was headed home by Harry Brennan.

However, on 50 minutes, Les Smith’s error proved costly as he allowed Taylor to break through and although his close range shot was blocked by Knibbs the ball fell nicely to Mitten to stick away. Another defensive error two minutes later provided Mansfield with their winner. John Commander’s poor back pass was intercepted and Mitten’s cross was met by a Vaughan header. Matters grew worse for Ilkeston on 75 minutes when Ken Johnson was sent off for retaliation after Vaughan had fouled him and kicked the ball away to prevent a quick free kick.

SECOND SPOT STILL BECKONS
19TH APRIL 1958
SUTTON TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
The runners-up spot was still up for grabs thanks to Ilkeston’s excellent away win against the team occupying that position. It also severely dented Sutton’s title challenge and Ilkeston became the first club to win at Sutton since the opening day of the season. They defended magnificently with ‘keeper Dennis Knibbs in inspired form and always looked capable of scoring on the break. The only goal came in the 15th minute when Terry Blount outwitted Tyler and his cross left Graham Cutts with a simple header.

ROBERTS SHINES BRIGHTLY UNDER THE LIGHTS
21ST APRIL 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 2 LONG EATON UNITED 1 (LEAGUE CUP FINAL @ BASEBALL GROUND - AFTER EXTRA TIME)
4262 spectators gathered on the Baseball Ground to watch a thrilling League Cup final under the floodlights. Ilkeston’s bravery resulted in a deserved victory but Long Eaton began the game in a lively fashion. Future Ilkeston player Tony Watson had a header cleared off the line by George Brown inside the first minute and it took them just 3 minutes to take the lead. Riley was left with a simple close range finish following a Clark corner. Although good football was at a premium the game remained tense and exciting thereafter. Watson went close again with a shot that cleared the bar, the unmarked Harrison miskicked 15 yards out and Dennis Knibbs made a fine save from Watson as Long Eaton continued to press. Eventually Ilkeston came more into it. Rex Osman shot high over, Dave Baker’s long range shot was held by Warry and Cliff Roberts headed wide. They almost equalised when Terry Blount’s shot struck Bell and looped to Graham Cutts but his header was cleared off the line. Watson worried Ilkeston when he broke clear but he directed his well struck shot straight at Knibbs while at the other end Roberts headed into the side net.

The second half ebbed and flowed in a thrilling fashion and Ilkeston got the goal they needed in the 58th minute when Roberts pounced on a well placed free kick. They had plenty of defending to do during the last 15 minutes of normal time but they managed to hold out.

Ilkeston fought like tigers in extra time despite Harry Brennan, Roberts and Cutts all suffering from injuries. Their refusal to give up was rewarded by the winning goal ten minutes into extra time, a magnificently struck angled drive whipped in by the heroic Roberts. Six minutes later his injured shoulder forced him to leave the field but Ilkeston’s defence remained firm and held out until the final whistle.

UNDERSTRENGTH TOWN KEEP IN HUNT FOR SECOND PLACE
25TH APRIL 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 3 RETFORD BRITISH ROPES 0
Injuries forced Ilkeston to select a seriously weakened side yet they still managed to win comfortably. So acute were the injury problems that reserve ‘keeper Jim Mitchell was forced to play at outside right in the first half and then, after the break, he took over in goal whilst Dennis Knibbs moved to centre forward. Fortunately for Ilkeston Retford were a poor side whose sole ambition appeared to be to concede as few as possible. Town took the lead in the 33rd minute when Terry Blount scored from a John Bailey pass. They should have gone further ahead before half time when they were awarded a penalty but Rex Osman’s effort hit the post.

The second goal came on 76 minutes when Bailey again turned provider with Graham Cutts racing through to score. Two minutes later Knibbs neatly laid the ball off to Terry Blount to make it three.

TOWN LEAVE IT LATE
26TH APRIL 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 2 LANGWITH MINERS WELFARE 1
Langwith’s energetic side may have lacked guile and much ability but they made life very difficult for Ilkeston. Goal chances were at a premium for Town in the first half but a fine solo run that ended with a fierce shot by John Bailey deserved a goal rather than the brilliant save it produced from Walsham.

Ilkeston almost took the lead not long into the second half when Rex Osman’s header was only half stopped by Walsham but the ‘keeper, on his back, somehow managed to claw the ball away before it crossed the line. Langwith stunned Ilkeston when they went in front on 52 minutes. Parratt ran half the length of the pitch before tapping the ball past Dennis Knibbs. Langwith were determined to hang onto their lead but Ilkeston’s superior class told in the closing stages. Osman equalised with a 20 yard free kick in the 80th minute and, two minutes from time, he scored again with a header whilst on his hands and knees.

TOWN KEEP PRESSURE ON
28TH APRIL 1958
BELPER TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston kept their hopes of finishing second alive with a deserved win at Belper. Ilkeston, who played the better football throughout, took the lead on 4 minutes when Rex Osman reached the ball ahead of ‘keeper Bailey and scored. Belper’s best effort during the early stages was a powerful shot by Munro that was comfortably saved by Dennis Knibbs. Terry Blount eluded Bacon and tested Bailey as Ilkeston went in search of a second goal although Belper went close with Kirkman’s dipping shot that clipped the bar. Perry also was unlucky when Knibbs stuck out a foot to divert his shot and the Ilkeston ‘keeper denied the same player when he tipped a shot over the bar. Ilkeston’s second goal came in the 67th minute when Graham Cutts beat the hesitant Bailey following a corner.

ILKESTON FRUSTRATED BY SHIREBROOK
30TH APRIL 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 0 SHIREBROOK MINERS WELFARE 0
Ilkeston’s understrength side played controlled, methodical football throughout but they were unable to break through a Shirebrook team that played a kick and rush style. Despite their weakened team Ilkeston should have won but their failure to do so gave their chances of finishing as runners up a hefty blow. Town twice came close during the first half. Parker cleared a Rex Osman header off the line and a Terry Blount shot brought a magnificent save from Trolley. The best chance of the lot fell to Osman after the break but he blasted high over an open goal from 10 yards.

WILMORTON WIN LEAVES SECOND PLACE DREAMS IN TATTERS
1ST MAY 1958
WILMORTON 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston, without five first team regulars, lost their final opportunity to claim a runners up spot. Their play was poor throughout but it was their ineffective finishing them from collecting the points. Town went ahead on 19 minutes when Graham Cutts made the most of a Rex Osman pass but two goals from Hanley, in the 25th and 54th minutes turned the game around for the home side. When Osman equalised on 72 minutes Ilkeston had a chance to go on and win the game but three minutes later Green’s penalty decided the issue. Stalwart George Darwin made his final appearance for Town.

BELPER BEATEN IN DRAB ENCOUNTER
3RD MAY 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BELPER TOWN 1
The league campaign petered out and both teams failed to provide much entertainment. Belper hustled and bustled and generally kept lacklustre Ilkeston at bay without ever threatening much themselves. Ilkeston had the best of the early play with Radford saving a Graham Cutts header and a Rex Osman shot was deflected away by Butler. Dennis Knibbs came to Town’s rescue when he saved after Les Smith’s error allowed Daykin to nip in. Belper’s hopes of a win were seemingly dealt a blow when Munro had to leave the pitch with an ankle injury but the ten men surprisingly took the lead through Daykin on 62 minutes. Five minutes later Ilkeston were level with a well worked goal. Cutts found Osman whose cunning ball set up Ken Johnson to finish. Osman had a golden opportunity to give Town the lead in the 75th minute when he missed a twice taken penalty but his blushes were spared five minutes from time when Johnson scored with a similar effort to his earlier one. Belper were denied a last minute equaliser when George Brown cleared off the line from Daykin.

SKIPPER SMITH BOWS OUT IN STYLE
5TH MAY 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 4 BUXTON 2 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FINAL)
Long serving Les Smith captained Ilkeston to Derbyshire Senior Cup glory in his 347th and final appearance before his retirement from the game. 3385 spectators attended the Manor Ground to witness Town produce one of their best performances of the season to defeat the supposedly superior Buxton side of the Cheshire County League. It was a thrilling encounter and the first half in particular was full of exciting football. Cliff Roberts, two goal hero when Ilkeston won the League Cup earlier in the season, was amongst the goals again. Ilkeston’s sheer energy was enough to defeat their experienced opponents who played with guile but without fire and they took the lead on 2 minutes. ‘Keeper Goram could only parry Rex Osman’s shot into Roberts’ path who made no mistake. Lol Owen came to Town’s rescue with a brilliant saving tackle to deny Haydock but Buxton refused to give up and deservedly equalised in the 18th minute when Gemmell arrived late in the box to score. Two minutes later Ilkeston were back in the lead, however. Clever, tricky play by Osman and a great final pass provided Roberts with the chance. Buxton continued to give as good as they got and Gemmell shot over from close range. From the long goal kick taken by Dennis Knibbs Harry Brennan broke clear and coolly placed the ball over Goram for Ilkeston’s third on 25 minutes. Eight minutes later Buxton brought themselves back in contention. Haydocks’ high ball caught Knibbs in two minds and Pike dashed in to score.

The second half was more tense but equally compelling. Although Buxton had more of the play Ilkeston created the better chances. Roberts had a goal disallowed for offside and saw another effort clip the post. The game was sewn up five minutes from time when Graham Cutts embarked on a fine run, sent over a low cross, and although Roberts missed the ball Terry Blount followed up behind to settle the issue. Minutes later Smith held the cup aloft, a fitting end to a tremendous career.

1957/58 CENTRAL ALLIANCE DIVISION TWO FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts H A
1 Sutton Town Reserves 32 23 3 6 123 60 49 4-3 0-2
2 Kimberley Town 32 23 3 6 122 60 49 3-2 4-5
3 Arnold Rovers 32 22 4 6 93 54 48 1-2 2-3
4 ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 32 21 3 8 113 45 45 X X
5 Arnold St Marys 32 20 4 8 121 64 44 0-2 6-4
6 Aspley Old Boys 32 20 4 8 94 68 44 3-0 3-5
7 Heanor Town Reserves 32 19 4 9 101 62 42 2-1 1-1
8 Ransome & Marles Reserves 32 16 4 12 94 92 36 5-1 0-2
9 Nottingham Forest 'B' 32 13 3 16 88 85 29 2-2 4-2
10 Belper Town Reserves 32 12 5 15 66 87 29 3-0 10-0
11 Wilmorton & Alvaston Reserves 32 10 6 16 71 74 26 4-0 2-0
12 Creswell Colliery Reserves 32 9 6 17 77 103 24 10-1 1-2
13 Ironville Amateurs 32 8 7 17 92 99 23 3-1 2-2
14 Long Eaton Zingari 32 11 1 20 82 110 23 6-1 2-1
15 Shirebrook Miners Welfare Reserves 32 7 3 22 56 119 17 3-0 1-0
16 Retford British Ropes Reserves 32 6 2 24 47 123 14 10-1 5-0
17 Stanton Ironworks 32 0 2 30 39 174 2 6-0 5-0