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1958/59 CENTRAL ALLIANCE FIRST DIVISION (NORTH) FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Belper Town 34 25 4 5 141 66 54
2 Arnold St Marys 34 26 2 6 105 52 54
3 Matlock Town 34 21 4 9 109 59 46
4 Heanor Town 34 22 1 11 100 58 45
5 South Normanton Miners Welfare 34 15 9 10 80 70 39
6 Creswell Colliery 34 18 2 14 107 88 38
7 ILKESTON TOWN 34 14 9 11 74 59 37
8 Sutton Town Reserves 34 15 6 13 97 77 36
9 Nottingham Forest 'A' 34 14 5 15 72 84 33
10 Shirebrook Miners Welfare 34 11 11 12 75 95 33
11 Nuneaton Borough Reserves 34 13 6 15 85 78 32
12 Clay Cross Miners Welfare 34 12 7 15 87 87 31
13 Ollerton Colliery 34 11 8 15 66 83 30
14 Wilmorton & Alvaston 34 8 8 18 51 84 24
15 Burton Albion Reserves 34 8 6 20 76 116 22
16 Ransome & Marles 34 9 3 22 60 113 21
17 Anstey Nomads 34 8 5 21 52 110 21
18 Langwith Miners Welfare 34 4 8 22 57 109 16



1958/59 CENTRAL ALLIANCE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
23 AUG RANSOME & MARLES W5-0 ROBERTS, PLACE, CLARKE, BRENNAN, BLOUNT
27 AUG Wilmorton & Alvaston D0-0
30 AUG MATLOCK TOWN D1-1 ROBERTS
03 SEP Shirebrook Miners Welfare L2-3 BLOUNT 2
06 SEP LANGWITH MINERS WELFARE W3-1 CLARKE 2, PLACE
10 SEP ARNOLD ST MARYS L2-3 ROBERTS, BRENNAN
27 SEP South Normanton Miners Welfare W4-2 BUTLER, BRENNAN, CLARKE, ANTHONY
04 OCT CLAY CROSS MINERS WELFARE W3-1 BUTLER, CLARKE, BLOUNT
18 OCT OLLERTON COLLIERY W4-2 1900 ROBERTS 3, BRENNAN
25 OCT Anstey Nomads W2-1 WILLIAMSON, BROWN
01 NOV SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE W2-1 BRENNAN 2
08 NOV BURTON ALBION RESERVES D1-1 ROBERTS
22 NOV BELPER TOWN D3-3 HUNTER, BRENNAN 2
13 DEC Burton Albion Reserves W4-3 BLOUNT, HODGKINS (OG), ROBERTS, BRENNAN
20 DEC Ollerton Colliery W5-0 ROBERTS 2, BRENNAN, WILLIAMSON, CLARKE
25 DEC HEANOR TOWN L3-4 WILLIAMSON, ROBERTS 2
27 DEC NOTTINGHAM FOREST 'A' W3-0 ROBERTS 3
03 JAN ANSTEY NOMADS W5-1 ROBERTS, BRENNAN, CLARKE 2, BLOUNT
24 JAN SHIREBROOK MINERS WELFARE D1-1 ROBERTS
07 FEB Nuneaton Borough Reserves D3-3 ASTON (2OG), ROBERTS
28 FEB Creswell Colliery L1-2 CLARKE
07 MAR WILMORTON & ALVASTON W3-0 WILLIAMSON 2, BRENNAN
14 MAR Belper Town L3-4 WILLIAMSON 2, MORLEY
21 MAR NUNEATON BOROUGH RESERVES W4-2 MORLEY, BRENNAN 2, WILLIAMSON
30 MAR SUTTON TOWN RESERVES D0-0
31 MAR Heanor Town D1-1 JOHNSON (PEN)
04 APR Matlock Town W3-0 MORLEY, ROBERTS, BLOUNT
08 APR Langwith Miners Welfare D0-0
11 APR Arnold St Marys L1-4 MORLEY
16 APR Sutton Town Reserves L0-6
18 APR CRESWELL COLLIERY L1-2 ROBERTS
20 APR Ransome & Marles L0-2
23 APR Nottingham Forest 'A' L0-1
25 APR Clay Cross Miners Welfare L1-4 MORLEY



1958/59 FA CUP RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT
1QR 20 SEP Long Eaton United L0-2



1958/59 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS
2R 31 JAN BELPER TOWN L2-3 WILLIAMSON (PEN), ROBERTS



1958/59 CENTRAL ALLIANCE LEAGUE CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS
1R1L 11 OCT RUSHDEN TOWN W1-0 CLARKE
1R2L 15 NOV Rushden Town L1-3 WILLIAMSON

TOWN OFF TO GOOD START
23RD AUGUST 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 5 RANSOME & MARLES 0
Ilkeston got off to a winning start and easily beat a poor Ransome team without ever really hitting top gear. The first chance of the game fell to the visitors’ Dixon whose header was saved at the foot of the post by Dennis Knibbs but Ransome rarely managed to find a way through Town’s solid defence. Ilkeston took the lead in the 13th minute through a spectacular diving header by Cliff Roberts from Terry Blount’s low corner. In command they went further ahead on 30 minutes when Lol Owen sent Barry Clarke clear down the right and his low cross was tapped in by Charlie Place.

Ilkeston only had to wait until two minutes after the break before they scored a third. Roberts’ astute pass created a clear opening for Clarke who made no mistake. Ransome finally managed to see more of the ball and Knibbs had to be alert to tip over Gray’s long shot but they lacked sufficient quality to upset Ilkeston. Instead it was Town who continued to look the more dangerous. Goalkeeper Phillips, somewhat shaky during the first half, made several fine saves but he was beaten again in the 81st minute as a result of a defensive error. Harry Brennan intercepted Gray’s backpass and did the rest. A minute later John Commander’s long crossfield pass was driven in low by Blount for the fifth.

BORE DRAW
27TH AUGUST 1958
WILMORTON & ALVASTON 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
This was a featureless game that neither side deserved to win and neither goalkeeper was troubled throughout the ninety minutes. Ilkeston never got to grips with the poor surface and were disjointed in attack. Defensively they were sound, as were Wilmorton, and as a result much of the game was little more than a midfield scrap.

ILKESTON SPIRIT EARNS POINT
30TH AUGUST 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 1 MATLOCK TOWN 1
Ilkeston showed plenty of fighting spirit to fight back for a point against a Matlock team that played with pace throughout the game. The visitors began the brighter and could have gone ahead when Shingler evaded Dave Baker and shot only to see Dennis Knibbs turn the ball round the post. They deservedly went in front in the 21st minute when Beastall robbed Lol Owen and sent Watkinson away to push the ball on for Eaton to score. Ilkeston’s approach play was too elaborate to worry Matlock greatly and the visitors almost scored again when Shingler’s shot was turned onto the bar by Knibbs. However, Ilkeston picked up before half time and Barry Clarke was unfortunate with a well struck shot that hit the post.

The second half began with Matlock still looking the better side and Knibbs had to make saves to deny Watkinson and Eaton. Yet Ilkeston equalised on 52 minutes when Terry Blount’s free kick was met by a Cliff Roberts header. The goal increased Ilkeston’s confidence and a terrific 30 yard free kick by Dave Baker skimmed the bar. Under more pressure Matlock used time delaying tactics although they remained a threat on the counter attack. Knibbs had to make further saves from Watkinson and Bayes. Nevertheless it was Ilkeston who came closest to winning the game when only a great save by Briggs late on prevented Owen from atoning for his earlier error.

SHIREBROOK SHATTER TOWN’S UNBEATEN START
3RD SEPTEMBER 1958
SHIREBROOK MINERS WELFARE 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston never got to grips with Shirebrook’s kick and rush style and the home side deserved their victory. Shirebrook took an early lead through Parker’s third minute 20 yard free kick. Ilkeston equalised on 20 minutes when Terry Blount headed home Dave Baker’s long free kick but it was no surprise when Shirebrook regained the lead two minutes before half time with a somewhat lucky goal by Moss.

The second half was a scrappy affair and this was typified by Shirebrook’s third goal, scored by Doyle who needed three attempts to finish. Blount falsely raised Ilkeston hopes by pulling a goal back ten minutes from time.

KNIBBS BREAKS RIBS BUT ILKESTON WIN COMFORTABLY
6TH SEPTEMBER 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 3 LANGWITH MINERS WELFARE 1
A collision with Watts just before half time led to Dennis Knibbs fracturing his ribs in what turned out to be his final appearance for Ilkeston. George Brown had to take over in goal but ten man Ilkeston won easily enough and would have done so by a bigger margin had they been at full strength. They took time to settle, however, and Langwith had the better of the opening exchanges. Knibbs made a brave point blank range save from Rose and he denied the same player soon after before Makin put a chance over the bar. Gradually Ilkeston took control and Barry Clarke was unlucky with a fine shot that struck the bar. It was Clarke who gave Town a 35th minute lead when he raced clear following Cliff Roberts’ long pass. Harry Brennan wasted a good chance and Charlie Place’s low cross somehow eluded three forwards as Town looked to double their lead before the break.

Ilkeston continued to control the game after the break and John Commander went close with a lob that landed on the roof of the net. They had to wait until the 77th minute before they made the game safe. Brennan’s crossfield pass allowed Place to run in and beat Duffin. Five minutes later Buchannan headed a Roberts effort off the line but Clarke was on hand to make it three. Rose scored a consolation for the visitors on 88 minutes.

ARNOLD NO SAINTS IN SCRAPPY GAME
10TH SEPTEMBER 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 2 ARNOLD ST MARYS 3
Cliff Roberts and Reg France both picked up injuries in a scrappy game littered with free kicks, two of which led to Ilkeston’s goals. Ilkeston produced a disappointing display against a fast, enthusiastic and occasionally over physical Arnold team and fell behind on 3 minutes when Lawton steered in a low cross. Town levelled on 17 minutes when Terry Blount, making his 200th appearance, sent over a free kick that was headed home by Roberts. Roberts suffered a leg injury which required attention ten minutes before half time and he hobbled around ineffectively after the break.

Arnold regained the lead on 64 minutes when on the break Cripwell beat two men to score a delightful goal. Ten minutes later Ilkeston equalised for a second time when Harry Brennan headed in another Blount free kick but Arnold had the final word. Thompson was given too much space and he fired past Gunther Schmiedel from 18 yards.

SORRY TOWN LIMP OUT OF CUP
20TH SEPTEMBER 1958
LONG EATON UNITED 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
Devoid of confidence and lacking in motivation Ilkeston bowed out of the FA Cup at Long Eaton. They had the better of the opening exchanges and should have gone ahead when Rex Osman missed an open goal from five yards. Long Eaton, boosted by this let off, took over and Gunther Schmiedel had to produce a fine save to keep out a first time shot by Tom Ellis (future Ilkeston player). McQuillan was off target with another effort and Ilkeston responded with a Terry Blount shot that was well kept out by Warry. Long Eaton went in front on 14 minutes when McQuillan’s long angled pass set up Jordan and from then on they took control. Town’s only other goal attempt during the first half was a Clarke effort that produced another Warry save.

Long Eaton wrapped up the game in the 53rd minute through a first time volley by Evans. The game turned out to be John Commander’s 286th and final first team appearance.

SOUTH NORMANTON EM-BARRASS-ED
27TH SEPTEMBER 1958
SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 2 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Town were gifted three goals by hapless South Normanton ‘keeper Barrass that gave them their first away victory of the season. Although Ilkeston were the better side and showed more spirit than in recent performances the result flattered them. They attacked from the off and took the lead after 7 minutes through Jimmy Butler. Accepting a pass from Barry Clarke he cut inside past Shelton and Mac England before firing in a shot that Barrass totally misjudged. Ten minutes later they doubled their advantage when Butler sent Clarke away and although Terry Blount couldn’t get in a shot from the resulting cross Harry Brennan was able to slam in the loose ball. South Normanton reduced the arrears in the 24th minute when Ferguson cleverly stepped over the ball to allow Jepson to crash home. But Ilkeston continued to press and after a Brennan lob landed on top of the net they added a third on 35 minutes. Butler sent Clarke away and after cutting in his shot from an acute angle lacked power but still managed to beat Barrass.

South Normanton were much improved after half time but apart from a long range Shelton shot that hit the side net they found it hard to break through Ilkeston’s solid defence. Town scored their fourth on 77 minutes when Terry Anthony’s speculative lob completely deceived Barrass. The home side grabbed a consolation four minutes from time when Peter Heath (future Ilkeston player) took full advantage of a mistake by Dave Baker.

CLAY VERY CROSS
4TH OCTOBER 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 3 CLAY CROSS MINERS WELFARE 1
Previously unbeaten Clay Cross became increasingly frustrated and the game became bad tempered towards the end as ten man Ilkeston scored two goals in the last ten minutes to snatch victory. Played on a greasy surface in a swirling wind Clay Cross almost scored inside the first minute when Jimmy Butler kicked the ball narrowly over his own crossbar. A. Dicks then shot wide and Gunther Schmiedel made saves from K. Bradley and H. Dicks before Ilkeston took the lead against the run of play after 20 minutes. Harry Brennan’s shot came back off the post and Butler scored from 14 yards. They could have had a second before half time when Brennan shot tamely from a good position.

Clay Cross equalised with a soft goal on 57 minutes. Schmiedel spilled a backpass and the ball bounced off his chest to K. Holmes for a simple finish. Three minutes later Ilkeston were reduced to ten men when Lol Owen, who went off the field for 20 minutes for treatment to a cut eyebrow after only three minutes play, had to concede defeat. Despite this setback Ilkeston took control and regained the lead ten minutes from time. Barry Clarke’s close range shot appeared to cross the line before the ball was kicked clear and the goal was duly given but the decision brought huge Clay Cross protests, not least from K. Holmes who was booked for persistent dissent. The anger carried over and G. Bradley was fortunate not to receive more than a lecture for his bad challenge on Clarke whilst a woman spectator was also given a stern rebuke by the referee. As the tension mounted Butler’s flying header was ruled out for offside by the referee and it was Ilkeston’s turn to lose their tempers. George Brown’s subsequent foul led to ugly scenes during which Dave Baker flattened Wragg but again the referee chose leniency. However, Ilkeston scored a third three minutes from time when ‘keeper Barton could only push Terry Blount’s sliced cross into the net. The goal took the sting out of the game and the last few minutes passed without incident.

TOWN HOLD SLENDER LEAD
11TH OCTOBER 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 1 RUSHDEN TOWN 0 (LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND FIRST LEG)
Ilkeston’s strong second half performance ought to have given them a comfortable lead for the second leg but chances were missed against a physical Rushden team. The visitors began well and Gunther Schmiedel needed treatment after a brave save at Bullen’s feet. Adams then had a header turned away by Schmiedel but it was Ilkeston who scored on 18 minutes. Desborough failed to cut out a cross, Rex Osman flicked the ball on and Barry Clarke crashed in the winner. Rushden continued to impress and Ilkeston had to defend strongly. Holmes struck a long range shot wide and Lawrence went much closer with a fierce shot that struck the underside of Schmiedel’s bar. However, Ilkeston picked up the tempo before half time. Osman, injured a couple of minutes after the goal, returned to the pitch and soon had a goal ruled out for offside, as did Harry Brennan.

Ilkeston dominated after the break yet failed to take advantage. Shots by Terry Blount and Brennan lacked power and they surely should have had a penalty when ‘keeper Draper appeared to charge Cliff Roberts only for the referee to bizarrely award a free kick to the visitors. Blount then crashed a shot into the side net and Brennan’s shot almost produced a second goal yet Rushden almost sneaked a draw when they had two late chances. Firstly, Fleming, in the clear, shot wide of Schmiedel and the post. Then Schmiedel came to Ilkeston’s rescue with a brave save at the feet of Lawrence.

ROBERTS HAT-TRICK THWARTS COLLIERS
18TH OCTOBER 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 4 OLLERTON COLLIERY 2
Ollerton provided awkward opposition for Ilkeston but the majority of the 1900 crowd went home happy as Town won to move up to third place. Ilkeston set the early pace and visiting ‘keeper Hazlehurst made saves from a Cliff Roberts header and a shot by Barry Clarke. Harry Brennan and Terry Blount both were off target when presented with good chances before Ollerton started to settle. Their best chance fell to Evans but he wasted the opportunity and then Hind had a shot turned away by Gunther Schmiedel. Nevertheless it was still against the run of play when Round was left with a simple finish following Hind’s 23rd minute cross and gave them the lead. Ilkeston hit back within two minutes when Brennan set up Roberts for a straightforward finish. Hazlehurst did brilliantly to prevent a Nicholson own goal as Ilkeston looked to take control but Ollerton had chances of their own. Evans and Hind both came close to giving them the lead. Ilkeston went ahead two minutes before half time, not long after Clarke had a goal ruled out because the ball had been adjudged to have gone out of play moments earlier. It was Roberts who scored it, this time turning in a Blount cross.

Town’s third arrived on 53 minutes following fine play by Harry Fletcher who provided Brennan with the chance. Town, with their two goal advantage, became sloppy and over confident. When Dave Baker’s error was capitalised upon by Round to score Ollerton’s second Ilkeston had to lift their game if they were to avoid throwing away a winning position. They came back strongly and although they missed a string of chances to make the game safe Roberts sealed the win with his hat-trick goal on 84 minutes.

TOWN PUSHED ALL THE WAY
25TH OCTOBER 1958
ANSTEY NOMADS 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Bottom of the table Anstey belied their league position and gave an Ilkeston team, who played well without converting enough of their chances, a real match. Anstey’s best chance of the first half fell to Beesley who headed just wide early in the game. Ilkeston, on the other hand, created several openings before the break. Ernie Williamson headed over and ‘keeper Bates made a string of saves including ones from powerful shots by George Brown and Harry Fletcher. He also stopped Barry Clarke’s point blank range shot as well making another fine save to deny Fletcher.

Ilkeston continued to have more of the play after half time. Williamson sliced wide from a good position and Terry Blount was unlucky to see his shot go narrowly over after he beat two men. Ilkeston finally scored in the 59th minute when Williamson fired in a low shot following Fletcher’s cross from the right. Ilkeston were stunned when Anstey equalised on 74 minutes when Payne tricked Dave Baker and his low centre was side footed past the hesitant Dick Matthews by Cross. Suddenly Ilkeston were reeling and Anstey looked to be the likelier winners until the hitherto excellent Bates handed the points to Ilkeston. Five minutes from time he misjudged Brown’s shot that bounced into the net off the post after a Blount corner.

SIX IN A ROW
1ST NOVEMBER 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 1
Second in the table before the game Ilkeston maintained their position with their sixth win in a row. Play was even during the first twenty minutes before Town gained the initiative. They went ahead in the 26th minute when Harry Fletcher’s fine pass was converted by Harry Brennan. Brennan had another powerful shot accidentally blocked by the referee who needed treatment and Town had little luck in front of goal on other occasions.

On 62 minutes Ilkeston went further ahead with a similar goal to the first, created and finished by the exact same players. Five minutes later Ferguson pounced on a half chance after a defensive error to give South Normanton hope but they never seriously looked like getting anything out of the game.

UNLUCKY ILKESTON HELD
8TH NOVEMBER 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 1 BURTON ALBION RESERVES 1
Ilkeston would have won this game if lady luck had been on their side. As it was they had to settle for a point. They had the better of the first half and began brightly with a Barry Clarke shot that forced Mason into a diving save. Gunther Schmiedel more than matched his Burton counterpart when he brilliantly tipped a Bunch shot over. Mason was called into action again when he easily saved Cliff Roberts’ tame shot and then he made a straightforward save from Lol Owen. Schmiedel caught a dangerous strike by Wright under his bar and Burton threatened even more when Hill sliced his centre but George Brown’s anticipation enabled him to clear off the line. Ilkeston went ahead in the 42nd minute when Ernie Williamson had a shot blocked following a free kick near the corner flag and Roberts hooked the ball home from close range. Further efforts by Town before the break came from Clarke and Harry Brennan whose shots narrowly cleared the bar.

Burton surprised Ilkeston by equalising shortly after the interval. Hill’s free kick caused confusion and as the ball ran loose O’Donnell forced the ball towards the goal. Although Schmiedel managed to stop the ball it had already crossed the line. Town dominated the rest of the game but were unable to find a winner. Clarke broke through only to shoot tamely at Mason, Brennan and Clarke had goals disallowed for handball, Terry Blount squandered a great chance and they also had three valid penalty appeals turned down. In the final minute Williamson’s cross shot grazed the bar.

ILKESTON DOWN AND OUT
15TH NOVEMBER 1958
RUSHDEN TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND SECOND LEG - RUSHDEN WON 3-2 ON AGGREGATE)
Ilkeston floundered in the mud and although the result was in doubt until late in the game they were outplayed for much of the game and had ‘keeper Gunther Schmiedel to thank for keeping them in it. Unsteady at the back and lacking in finishing up front Ilkeston began well enough. Typical of the game was Terry Blount’s astonishing miss when he shot straight at prostrate ‘keeper Draper when he had almost the whole of an empty net to aim at. Draper saved Rushden again when he palmed away a Dave Baker free kick but it was Rushden who took the lead on 29 minutes. Fleming took a free kick near the corner flag and although Laurence’s initial effort crashed against the bar he was able to score from the rebound. A minute later Ilkeston fell behind on aggregate when DeBanke volleyed past Schmiedel.

Ilkeston defended better after the break but it was still a surprise when they made it 2-2 on aggregate in the 65th minute with a fine goal. Dennis Hunter sent Barry Clarke away up the wing and he beat three men before crossing to Ernie Williamson who scored with a header. Despite this Rushden continued to hold the upper hand and they deservedly settled the tie eight minutes from time when the unmarked Cave was left with a simple chance.

ILKESTON BOUNCE BACK AGAINST BELPER
22ND NOVEMBER 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 3 BELPER TOWN 3
Ilkeston produced a much improved display against a strong Belper side destined for the title. They came back from 3-1 behind and played some delightful football in contrast to Belper’s smash and grab style. Terry Blount missed a fine chance in the first minute when he was put in the clear but his fierce shot was directed straight at the advancing Bailey. Two minutes later they fell behind when a long Belper clearance found Hall who sped away from Dave Baker and gave Gunther Schmiedel no chance with his finish. Blount missed another opportunity and Harry Brennan fired wildly over before Ilkeston deservedly equalised on 27 minutes. Dennis Hunter started the move by sending Barry Clarke away on a mazy run and he was on hand to receive the resulting cross. Schmiedel then required treatment after a brave dive at Rowe’s feet but he was unable to prevent Belper from taking the lead in the 39th minute. He managed to punch out a fierce Fox shot but former Town player Gordon Warrington was on hand to net the rebound.

When Belper scored a third in the 47th minute through Hall who had outpaced Baker again the game appeared to be slipping away from Ilkeston. Yet they fought back so well that they easily could have won. Brennan shot over and when Clarke’s crossed across the face of goal without either Hunter, Brennan or Cliff Roberts getting a touch the ball fell to Blount who was unable to find the target. However, Ilkeston reduced the arrears on 54 minutes when Brennan guided in a fine header from Roberts’ high centre. Twenty minutes later the scores were level. Hunter’s clever pass found Brennan who netted from close range. In the dying minutes Hunter weaved his way through the Belper defence only to see his shot strike the post.

TOWN ALMOST LET IT SLIP
13TH DECEMBER 1958
BURTON ALBION RESERVES 3 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Large pools of water on the pitch, which was only passed as playable shortly before kick off, turned to mud as the game developed with visibility almost impossible during the closing stages. Both teams attempted to play open football in these challenging conditions. Only a brilliant save by Gunther Schmiedel from Else prevented Burton from taking an early lead. However, it was Ilkeston who went ahead on 11 minutes when Harry Brennan sent Barry Clarke away down the right and his cross was crashed home by Terry Blount past former Town legend Joe Sharman. Town doubled their lead in the 20th minute. A lovely five man move ended with Cliff Roberts firing against the post and the ball bounced off the unlucky Hodgkins into his own net. With Ilkeston in command Brennan shot just wide before they scored a third on 36 minutes. Hodgkins attempted backpass was intercepted by Roberts who drove past the advancing Sharman. Burton grabbed a lifeline a minute later when Hill went past Dave Baker before scoring from a narrow angle. The home side gained heart and came close to scoring again before half time through Stamps’ left foot shot but Schmiedel managed to half stop it and George Brown completed a goal line clearance.

Town virtually made the game safe in the 58th minute when Ernie Williamson caused confusion in the Burton defence and found Clarke whose low cross was met by a Brennan header. With the light fading by the minute Burton staged a late revival. Schmiedel made two superb saves from Stamps and Wright shots but he could do nothing about Stamps’ 77th minute left foot strike. Two minutes from time Hill and Stamps set up Else for Burton’s third but there was insufficient time for them to complete a remarkable turnaround.

ILKESTON CLIMB TO SECOND
20TH DECEMBER 1958
OLLERTON COLLIERY 0 ILKESTON TOWN 5
The game ebbed and flowed during the opening stages before Ilkeston took complete control to record an excellent win that took them up to second in the table. Ollerton began well but the first opening fell to Terry Blount who was unable to control when in a good position. Barry Clarke then blazed over before Ollerton’s first real attempt, a Weeks free kick, went over Schmiedel’s bar. Soon after a terrific Ernie Williamson shot grazed the bar Ilkeston took the lead in the 23rd minute. Harry Brennan sent Blount away down the left and his accurate cross was headed in by Cliff Roberts. Town extended their lead on 39 minutes following a lovely move involving Brennan and Clarke that ended with the former scoring from an acute angle. Two minutes later Ilkeston scored again through Roberts after Brennan’s shot came back off the bar.

Ilkeston scored a fourth three minutes into the second half when Williamson, following a Clarke corner, wormed his way into the area and crashed the ball into the roof of the net. Ollerton made a rare attack that ended with Tebbett’s shot flying inches over but Ilkeston continued to dominate. Receiving a pass from Roberts, Clarke outstripped Tyson and finished beautifully past ‘keeper Hazlehurst. Ilkeston had chances to score even more but failed to take advantage of them.

ILKESTON GO DOWN IN CHRISTMAS CRACKER
25TH DECEMBER 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 3 HEANOR TOWN 4
Both teams contributed to this exciting derby. Heanor were always looking to attack whilst Ilkeston played well overall even if they were unable to sustain a high quality throughout. Heanor took the lead in the 5th minute when Haynes’ free kick bounced off Gunther Schmiedel’s chest and future Ilkeston goal machine Clive Burton was on hand to finish. Ilkeston responded well and equalised in the 17th minute. Ernie Williamson split open Heanor’s defence, Lol Owen prodded the ball on to Barry Clarke, and his cross was put away by Williamson. Three minutes later Ilkeston took the lead when George Brown fed Cliff Roberts who ran on and lobbed beyond the advancing Lynch. Heanor were stung into action but were unable to find a way through Ilkeston’s defence before half time.

Two quick goals turned the game in Heanor’s favour. Within a minute of the restart Dave Baker left a gap for Don Brown to fully exploit, the unhappy Schmiedel mistiming his dive in an attempt to save. Brown scored again on 48 minutes when he latched onto Bee’s huge clearance. Minutes later Ilkeston had a great chance to equalise when Owen was fouled by Copestake in the box. The referee stopped Baker in his tracks during his run up and the possibly distracted full back put his penalty too close to Lynch. Nevertheless Ilkeston hauled themselves level in the 63rd minute when Roberts scored during a goalmouth scramble. The winner came in the 74th minute after harsh a free kick award against George Brown. Burton pounced for his second goal of the game.

ROBERTS HAT-TRICK CHOPS DOWN FOREST
27TH DECEMBER 1958
ILKESTON TOWN 3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST ‘A’ 0
After surviving early Ilkeston pressure Forest had chances to go in front before half time. However, Ilkeston dominated the second half and were worthy winners on the quagmire of a pitch. Terry Blount missed a great early chance and, after Barry Clarke cracked a shot against the bar, Blount put the difficult rebound wide of the post. Gradually Forest came into the game. Cobb hit the bar and later saw another effort cleared off the line by Jim Ramage. The alert Gunther Schmiedel then came to Town’s rescue after a short backpass by Lol Owen that almost let in the dangerous Cobb.

Ilkeston took the lead in the 52nd minute when a neat one two between Blount and Clarke was then nodded forward by the former for Cliff Roberts to apply the finishing touch. Ilkeston, now in command, scored a second two minutes later through Roberts again when he used great strength to plough through the mud after winning the ball in the centre circle. Roberts completed a fine hat-trick ten minutes from time when he headed home a Clarke cross.

NOMADS NO MATCH FOR TOWN
3RD JANUARY 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 5 ANSTEY NOMADS 1
Ilkeston, by no means at their best, comfortably defeated a weak Anstey team on a pitch that cut up badly. As a result Ilkeston reclaimed second spot in the table but they started the game slowly and Anstey had chances to seize the initiative. Cross, with only Gunther Schmiedel to beat, saw his shot trickle well wide and Fairbrother’s well struck left foot shot was well held by Town’s ‘keeper. Ilkeston’s first effort of note came from Barry Clarke who shot tamely into Bates’ arms but Anstey had another opportunity only for Payne to shoot wide when put in the clear. Ilkeston finally got going in the latter stages of the first half and took the lead on 35 minutes. Bates couldn’t hold Ernie Williamson’s low shot and Cliff Roberts pounced on the loose ball. Town scored again on the stroke of half time when Williamson’s lovely pass released Harry Brennan.

Ilkeston continued from where they left off following the half time break. Williamson’s header was saved by Bates and Brennan’s 20 yard shot struck the post. Roberts then shot weakly at Bates but Ilkeston finally scored a third on the hour. Bates could only parry Brennan’s shot and Clarke was on hand to finish. They added another four minutes later. Bates dived full length to keep out Roberts’ terrific shot and Clarke slammed in the rebound. Ilkeston’s constant pressure led to a Williamson cracker that was well saved, a Clarke header that just cleared the bar, and a fifth goal scored by Terry Blount on 82 minutes. Parker shot past the unsighted Schmiedel for a consolation goal in the final minute.

HONOURS EVEN BUT TOWN RUE MISSED CHANCES
24TH JANUARY 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SHIREBROOK MINERS WELFARE 1
Ilkeston’s attempts to play pretty football on a poor pitch were not as effective as Shirebrook’s robust approach but a good spell of pressure just after half time should have seen them home and dry. As it was they had to thank Gunther Schmiedel for keeping them in the game as Shirebrook attacked strongly late in the game. Schmiedel came to Town’s rescue early in the game when he kept out a fierce Dicks shot. Ilkeston edged the remainder of the first half but chances were scarce. Cliff Roberts’ 25 yard shot was off target, Jim Ramage had a drive saved by Garnett, and Harry Brennan was unlucky to see his goal bound shot strike Parker in the face and bounce away for a corner.

Ilkeston pressure early in the second half saw them take a 49th minute lead. Ernie Williamson’s dangerous cross from the by line was turned by Garnett into Roberts’ path who was left with a simple tap in. Further chances were missed before Shirebrook surprised Ilkeston by equalising on the hour with a fluke goal. Robinson’s 30 yard shot struck a divot before bouncing over the diving Schmiedel. Shirebrook gained heart and were the more dangerous team for the remainder of the game but Schmiedel successfully stood between them and victory.

NAILERS KNOCK OUT ILKESTON
31ST JANUARY 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BELPER TOWN 3 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SECOND ROUND)
Belper, stronger as the game went on, outfought Ilkeston in the mud and their direct approach handed them a deserved victory. Gunther Schmiedel made an early save from Sanderson and he then tipped a Litchfield shot over. The visitors’ early attacks paid off in the 8th minute when Litchfield pounced on a long ball out of defence. Ilkeston equalised in the 12th minute with their first serious attack. Cliff Roberts was fouled in the area by Butler and Ernie Williamson made no mistake from the spot. Ilkeston improved as the first half developed and created the better chances. Williamson’s well directed shot deflected off ‘keeper Bailey’s knee for a corner and he headed inches wide before the interval.

When Ilkeston scored two minutes into the second half when Roberts converted Terry Blount’s cross a victory seemed possible, especially as they continued to create openings. However, as Ilkeston began to tire, Belper took hold of the game. They deservedly equalised on 73 minutes when Hall’s long range shot flew past the unsighted Schmiedel. The winner, five minutes later, was a result of an error by Alf Manship whose mistake let Sanderson through to score.

ASTON ASSISTS ILKESTON
7TH FEBRUARY 1959
NUNEATON BOROUGH RESERVES 3 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Two own goals by the unfortunate Aston helped Ilkeston earn a point from a game in which fortunes swung. Both teams felt they should have won but luck favoured Ilkeston. Town were delayed by fog and the kick off had to be delayed. Unsettled by the lack of preparation Ilkeston were on the back foot early in the game and Williams should have put Nuneaton ahead when in the clear but he shot hopelessly wide. Ilkeston gradually edged themselves into the game and began to create chances. Harry Brennan’s header lacked power and was easily saved by Gibson, Barry Clarke had a shot cleared off the line by Easterlow, and Brennan also had an effort cleared off the line after he lobbed over Gibson. Instead it was Nuneaton who took the lead on 30 minutes. A free kick by Phoenix found Williams whose close range shot was pushed out by Gunther Schmiedel to Jakeman for a simple finish. Town were level within four minutes when Jim Ramage’s lob into the box was touched into his own net by Aston.

Nuneaton went back in front in the 65th minute. Ilkeston failed to play to the whistle and the seemingly offside Crooks went on to score. Nuneaton suffered some bad luck when Easterlow went off injured leaving them with ten men and Town seemed to take full advantage. They equalised on 75 minutes when, following a good run down the right, Barry Clarke sent over an innocuous cross that Aston turned into his own goal. Two minutes later Ilkeston went into the lead with a Cliff Roberts shot. However, they were denied a victory in the 80th minute. A long clearance found Crooks who outpaced Keith England and shot past Schmiedel.

TOWN COME A CROPPER AT CRESWELL
28TH FEBRUARY 1959
CRESWELL COLLIERY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston paid the price for loss of concentration in the final minute and Creswell claimed a surprising yet deserved victory. The defeat meant that Town slipped down to third place. It was a dull, hard fought, scrappy encounter and Creswell were excellent in defence. They settled quicker than Ilkeston although Town almost went in front with a stinging 30 yard drive by Geoff Morley that struck the bar. Creswell took the lead in the 38th minute when Radford’s long pass found Faries and he shot low past Gunther Schmiedel from close range.

Creswell could have scored again after half time and it took an excellent clearance by Lol Owen who somehow cleared his own bar to keep Ilkeston in the game. Ilkeston equalised in the 68th minute with a goal out of the blue. A low cross from the left was steered into the net past the advancing Wilson by Barry Clarke. The goal brought Creswell back to life but the game seemed to be heading for a draw until hesitant defending allowed Faries to nip in and score in the last minute.

TOWN RECLAIM SECOND SPOT
7TH MARCH 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 3 WILMORTON & ALVASTON 0
A treacherous pitch contributed to a scrappy game that Ilkeston controlled, mainly thanks to their sound defence. They began strongly and took the lead in the 8th minute when ‘keeper Maddy, under pressure from Geoff Morley, could only turn Ernie Williamson’s goalbound header into the net. A burst forward by Dave Baker provided Harry Brennan with a chance but he shot straight at Maddy. He made amends on 30 minutes when he scored after Maddy had spilled a Morley shot and the ball ran to him via Cliff Roberts.

Ilkeston wasted chances to extend their lead until the 62nd minute when George Brown’s well placed free kick was converted by Williamson. The closest Wilmorton came to scoring was a fine long range free kick by Heather, who was later booked, but Ilkeston remained dominant until the end.

BELPER HAVE THE BIGGER BITE
14TH MARCH 1959
BELPER TOWN 4 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston contributed greatly towards an enthralling game and their attractive football deserved a point. However, Belper had more bite up front and this win kept up their own title challenge. Ilkeston started the game very brightly. Rex Osman put Barry Clarke in the clear but his shot lacked venom, and then Osman’s shot from an acute angle hit the post. Belper took the lead against the run of play in the 15th minute when Litchfield met Hudson’s cross with a fine header. Undeterred Ilkeston continued to press and Ernie Williamson was unlucky with his effort that was cleared off the line by Hudson. Dave Baker, making his 250th appearance, then tested Belper ‘keeper Bailey before Ilkeston deservedly equalised on 28 minutes. Osman sent Clarke away and his cross was headed home by Williamson. Ilkeston almost scored again when Saunders did well to clear Osman’s dangerous header yet Belper regained the lead on 35 minutes. Gunther Schmiedel couldn’t hold Hudson’s free kick and Litchfield won the ball before providing Saunders with a simple finish. The goal unsettled Ilkeston and Belper dominated the rest of the half without adding to the score.

Rex Osman could have scored within a minute of the restart but he miskicked when in a very good position. Then Hall’s well struck shot was well caught by Schmiedel. Ilkeston equalised in the next attack in the 47th minute. Harry Brennan found Geoff Morley who tapped the ball forward for Williamson to run onto and score. This setback for Belper stung them into a spell of severe pressure. Fox had a shot tipped over by Schmiedel but, soon after, his cross was converted by Litchfield for Belper’s third. A minute later they scored again after the unhappy Schmiedel spilled the ball and Hall nipped in. Ilkeston refused to concede defeat, however, and they scored again on the hour, Morley applying the finishing touch to Brennan’s free kick. They continued to search for an equaliser during the final 30 minutes although Belper could have scored themselves through their dangerous breaks.

TOWN WIN DESPITE DEFENSIVE ERRORS
21ST MARCH 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 4 NUNEATON BOROUGH RESERVES 2
Ilkeston played well for the most part but a couple of defensive errors allowed the visitors back into the game and could have cost them victory. Early pressure led them to taking a 4th minute lead, Rex Osman’s astute pass releasing Barry Clarke whose cross was headed in by Geoff Morley. Nuneaton ‘keeper was forced into a diving save to keep out Osman’s 30 yard free kick but he was beaten again on 16 minutes when Osman and Morley combined to set up Harry Brennan. Morley then headed inches wide before Nuneaton created their first chance, Whitcroft firing wide on the break. Ilkeston soon made it three. Osman found Clarke and his high cross was met by Ernie Williamson’s head. Two errors in quick succession brought Nuneaton right back into the game. Whitcroft took advantage of hesitant defending and nipped in to score on 28 minutes and the same player made the most of a similar opportunity six minutes later.

Nuneaton came out confidently after the break although long shots by Jakeman and Ford didn’t trouble Gunther Schmiedel. Ilkeston gradually regained control and Gibson did well to smother Osman’s close range shot. Town finally wrapped up the points in the 79th minute when Osman’s clever play sent Brennan away. They almost scored a fifth through Clarke whose cross shot flashed across the goalmouth.

DRAW THE FAIR RESULT
30TH MARCH 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 0 SUTTON TOWN RESERVES 0
Both teams had chances to win this interesting, hard fought yet clean game. Early opportunities fell Ilkeston’s way, to Geoff Morley, Rex Osman and Cliff Roberts, while an Ernie Williamson header went inches over the bar. Dave Baker then shot wide and Harry Brennan forced Deakin into a good save. Sutton’s first chance fell to Cann who shot wide and as they gradually came more into the game McJarrow’s shot was off target. Gunther Schmiedel did well to hold another McJarrow shot before half time.

Sutton had much more of the ball in the second half but Ilkeston always looked the more dangerous. Ilkeston’s best efforts came from Lol Owen whose 40 yard lob went just wide and Cliff Roberts with an off target header.

ILKESTON HOLD ON FOR DERBY POINT
31ST MARCH 1959
HEANOR TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Heanor deserved more from a game they dominated but Ilkeston defended valiantly to achieve a draw that kept them in third place. Ilkeston took the lead against the run of play in the 20th minute through a dubious penalty. When Harry Brennan and Cliff Roberts both challenged for the same ball the referee amazed everyone by stopping play and awarding a penalty. The grateful Ken Johnson made no mistake from the spot.

Heanor kept Ilkeston penned back for the remainder of the game and the only surprise was how long it took them to equalise. Again it was from the penalty spot although this time it was clear cut. George Brown’s diving save on the line left the referee with no choice and Allen put it away in the 74th minute.

MATLOCK DESTROYED BY SUPER ILKESTON
4TH APRIL 1959
MATLOCK TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Leaders Matlock were humbled by a brilliant Ilkeston display that put a severe dent in their title challenge. Ilkeston defended with excellence during the first half and their forwards tormented Matlock after the break. Ken Ledger tested Whitlam with a terrific drive not long into the game but before long Matlock were forcing Ilkeston onto the defensive. Rhodes had a fine shot saved by Gunther Schmiedel, who was in fine form, and Rhodes missed two great chances before the break.

Schmiedel was called into action again when he saved from Goodwin but it was Ilkeston who took the lead on 56 minutes. Geoff Morley began and finished the move with the assistance of Rex Osman. Two minutes later they scored again. Whitlam couldn’t hold Ledger’s shot and Cliff Roberts was left with a simple tap in. Matlock tried to fight back and Goodwin’s shot went inches over whilst Schmiedel made a smart stop from Shingler. Their failure to break through left them disheartened, however, and they failed to take advantage even when George Brown went off with a knee injury for eleven minutes. They were a beaten side by the time Ilkeston got their third five minutes from time. Osman won the ball from Dave Baker’s free kick and found Terry Blount who did the result.

LADY LUCK SMILES ON LANGWITH
8TH APRIL 1959
LANGWITH MINERS WELFARE 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Chances went begging during the first half which Ilkeston dominated with the wind in their favour. They improved after the break but had no luck. Ken Ledger and Terry Blount both had shots cleared off the line by Poole and Rex Osman’s cracking shot produced a brilliant save by the excellent Walsham.

SAINTS ALIVE
11TH APRIL 1959
ARNOLD ST MARYS 4 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston’s diminishing title hopes faded further still but Arnold did themselves the world of good with a win that took them to the top of the table. Ilkeston played well enough during the first half to have sewn the game up but they were swept away by a sizzling second half display by the home side. Ilkeston made all the early moves. Ernie Williamson’s shot sailed over, Rex Osman’s long range strike was saved by Rockley and the ‘keeper then saved at the second attempt from Derek Smith. It was no surprise when they took a 9th minute lead when Osman’s superb pass was put away by Geoff Morley. Ilkeston continued to dominate and Lol Owen went close with a well struck shot before Osman headed a chance wide. Ilkeston’s inability to forge further ahead allowed Arnold to gain confidence. Gunther Schmiedel was forced into a save by Cripwell and Thompson fired over. Although Williamson fired a fine chance wide Arnold continued to have the better of things and two corners by the dangerous Cripwell were headed off the line by Dave Baker. Ilkeston’s last chance of the first half fell to Owen whose shot was saved by Rockley.

Arnold completely dominated after the break and the result wasn’t in doubt once they equalised on the hour, Cripwell’s corner finding its way into the net via the unlucky Baker’s back. A minute later they went in front through Wilkinson and they scored again in the 71st minute when a fortunate bounce let in Moore to shoot past Schmiedel. P. Smith wrapped up the win six minutes later.

SECOND HALF SURRENDER AT SUTTON
16TH APRIL 1959
SUTTON TOWN RESERVES 6 ILKESTON TOWN 0
No one foresaw the dramatic and humiliating Ilkeston collapse following a keenly fought first half. Ilkeston drowned in the torrential rain after the break as Sutton scored six times in the last 35 minutes. Mellors began a sweeping move that was finished by future Ilkeston player Colin Guyler in the 55th minute. Cann made it two on 65 minutes and he scored again four minutes later when he easily evaded a Harry Brennan challenge to break clear. The fourth came on 80 minutes through a Capel free kick and Sutton scored further goals by Guyler and Cann who completed his hat-trick.

TOWN CRASH AGAINST CRESWELL
18TH APRIL 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 1 CRESWELL COLLIERY 2
Ilkeston only had themselves to blame for this humbling defeat against mediocre opposition. They wasted chance after chance until, devoid of confidence, they simply ran out of ideas. Cliff Roberts provided a gilt edged opportunity that Harry Brennan and Geoff Morley somehow managed to miss between them, and a Terry Blount cross was completely missed by Roberts, Brennan and Morley. Creswell then shocked Ilkeston by taking a 12th minute lead through a Faries header after Gunther Schmiedel failed to get much distance on his punch. Brennan then missed an open goal and Roberts shot wide as the Creswell players stood appealing for offside. Blount shot harmlessly over before Town equalised on the stroke of half time through Roberts who converted Blount’s centre.

Roberts persistence enabled him to lob towards goal and ‘keeper Wilson was forced to palm the ball away to safety. But the next goal went Creswell’s way when Blytheway launched onto a long ball, outpaced Keith England and Dave Baker, and lobbed over the advancing Schmiedel. When Brennan missed another open goal Ilkeston became disjointed yet they still could have got something from the game. Blount shot just over and a Lol Owen shot from outside the area brought a good save from Wilson.

DREARY DISPLAY BY TOWN
20TH APRIL 1959
RANSOME & MARLES 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Forlorn Ilkeston quickly became disheartened after missing early chances and once they fell behind in the 32nd minute there was no way back. Ransome’s first goal came when Butler’s free kick was converted by Dixon, offside appeals being in vain. The home side doubled their lead three minutes before half time when Britten’s cross was met by a flying header from Hewgill. Ransome dominated the second half but were unable to build upon their comfortable lead.

FIFTH DEFEAT IN A ROW AT FOREST
23RD APRIL 1959
NOTTINGHAM FOREST ‘A’ 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Although Ilkeston were solid in defence they were totally ineffective up front and this mediocre performance led to their fifth successive defeat. Forest scored the only goal of the game in the 7th minute and it came as the result of an error by Keith England. He completely missed his attempted clearance and Cubitt was able to run through unchallenged to score. Ilkeston’s only real chance to equalise came on 40 minutes but Geoff Morley’s weak penalty, awarded for handball, was saved by Peacock.

Forest thought they had scored a second in the 77th minute when Cobb put the ball in the net but the referee disallowed it for an infringement after consulting the linesman.

CLAY CROSS CRUSH TOWN
25TH APRIL 1959
CLAY CROSS MINERS WELFARE 4 ILKESTON TOWN 1
The season couldn’t end quickly enough as they suffered a crushing defeat. Four goals in the first 37 minutes killed the game as a contest and the first one came within seconds of the start. Holmes ran through unchallenged to give the home side the lead and following constant pressure they scored again on 16 minutes, Wragg thumping home Fellowes’ cross from close range. Five minutes later it was three. Gunther Schmiedel could only beat down Fellowes’ shot and Wragg was on hand to finish. Clay Cross scored their fourth on 37 minutes when Schmiedel’s poor goal kick went straight to Kirk who instantly lobbed the ball back into the unguarded net.

Ilkeston had more possession in the second half as Clay Cross relaxed and they eventually scored six minutes from time. Ken Ledger, making his final appearance, sent over a cross that was headed in by Geoff Morley. Clay Cross went down to ten men shortly after when ‘keeper Smith collided with Morley but even with their numerical advantage Ilkeston failed to make any further impression on the game.


1958/59 CENTRAL ALLIANCE DIVISION TWO FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts H A
1 Heanor Town Reserves 34 29 2 3 132 40 60 1-3 2-4
2 Kimberley Town 34 26 3 5 145 56 55 3-2 4-3
3 Ironville Amateurs 34 21 5 8 109 68 47 0-3 1-2
4 ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 34 19 8 7 92 50 46 X X
5 Long Eaton United Reserves 34 20 6 8 92 59 46 4-1 1-1
6 Matlock Town Reserves 34 17 7 10 97 61 41 2-1 4-3
7 Belper Town Reserves 34 18 3 13 109 80 39 2-2 0-1
8 Alfreton Miners Welfare 34 17 4 13 100 74 38 1-1 4-1
9 Aspley Old Boys 34 16 6 12 95 76 38 1-1
10 Shirebrook Miners Welfare Reserves 34 15 4 15 89 92 34 4-0 2-2
11 Arnold Rovers 34 13 2 19 77 107 28 5-0
12 Hucknall Collieries 34 10 5 19 73 88 25 2-0 2-1
13 Creswell Colliery Reserves 34 10 5 19 74 105 25 6-1 5-1
14 Ransome & Marles Reserves 34 11 1 22 62 135 23 4-1 2-3
15 Nottingham Forest 'B' 34 8 4 22 63 122 20 1-2 2-0
16 Wilmorton & Alvaston Reserves 34 6 5 23 62 119 17 5-1 3-2
17 Sutton Town 'A' 34 6 4 24 52 111 16 4-0 2-2
18 Retford British Ropes Reserves 34 5 4 25 55 135 14 2-2 5-0