09 20






1959/60 CENTRAL ALLIANCE FIRST DIVISION (NORTH) FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Matlock Town 34 27 2 5 106 34 56
2 Heanor Town 34 26 0 8 107 40 52
3 Arnold St Marys 34 24 4 6 103 48 52
4 Alfreton Town 34 24 3 7 118 52 51
5 ILKESTON TOWN 34 22 5 7 88 42 49
6 Belper Town 34 21 5 8 121 68 47
7 Wilmorton & Alvaston 34 15 7 12 73 58 37
8 Kimberley Town 34 16 5 13 93 82 37
9 South Normanton Miners Welfare 34 13 7 14 81 76 33
10 Creswell Colliery 34 15 3 16 63 66 33
11 Nottingham Forest 'A' 34 13 5 16 93 75 31
12 Clay Cross Miners Welfare 34 13 3 18 67 89 29
13 Sutton Town Reserves 34 11 7 16 77 90 29
14 Burton Albion Reserves 34 9 5 20 59 83 23
15 Shirebrook Miners Welfare 34 9 4 21 53 128 22
16 Gresley Rovers 34 6 8 20 41 80 20
17 Langwith Miners Welfare 34 2 2 30 28 162 6
18 Ollerton Colliery 34 2 1 31 41 139 5



1959/60 CENTRAL ALLIANCE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
22 AUG NOTTINGHAM FOREST 'A' L3-4 ROBERTS, ROE 2
24 AUG South Normanton Miners Welfare L1-3 ALEXANDER
29 AUG Sutton Town Reserves W3-1 ROE 2, BURTON
02 SEP KIMBERLEY TOWN W1-0 ALEXANDER
05 SEP BURTON ALBION RESERVES D2-2 WATSON, SWINSCOE (PEN)
12 SEP Arnold St Marys D0-0
26 SEP LANGWITH MINERS WELFARE W3-0 BURTON, BEARDSLEY, MORLEY
10 OCT CLAY CROSS MINERS WELFARE W1-0 BURTON
07 NOV Nottingham Forest 'A' D1-1 BURTON
14 NOV CRESWELL COLLIERY W5-1 471 BURTON, ALEXANDER 2, WATSON
21 NOV Langwith Miners Welfare W7-0 ALEXANDER 2, BURTON 3, WATSON, BEARDSLEY
05 DEC Alfreton Town L0-5
12 DEC ARNOLD ST MARYS W2-0 891 BURTON 2
19 DEC Shirebrook Miners Welfare W4-1 LANGHAM, DOWNES 2, CARRINGTON
25 DEC Heanor Town W4-0 BURTON, DOLBY (OG), LANGHAM, WATSON
26 DEC HEANOR TOWN W3-1 1500 BURTON 2, CARRINGTON
02 JAN Ollerton Colliery W7-2 CARRINGTON 2, BURTON 2, WATSON 2, ALEXANDER
09 JAN SUTTON TOWN RESERVES W5-1 ALEXANDER, WATSON, LANGHAM, BURTON, SWINSCOE (PEN)
23 JAN BELPER TOWN L1-3 BURTON
06 FEB Wilmorton & Alvaston L2-3 BURTON, HALFORD
20 FEB SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE W2-0 BURTON, ROBERTS
27 FEB Creswell Colliery D0-0
05 MAR Burton Albion Reserves W3-1 BURTON 2, SWINSCOE (PEN)
12 MAR MATLOCK TOWN L0-3
26 MAR GRESLEY ROVERS W4-0 ROBERTS, ALEXANDER 2, SWINSCOE (PEN)
02 APR Clay Cross Miners Welfare W1-0 BURTON
09 APR Kimberley Town W2-1 BURTON 2
16 APR OLLERTON COLLIERY W6-3 BURTON 3, ROBERTS 2, ALEXANDER
23 APR Belper Town W4-1 BURTON, CARRINGTON, ROBERTS, HUFFEN
28 APR Matlock Town L1-2 SWINSCOE (PEN)
30 APR ALFRETON TOWN W2-0 BURTON, CARRINGTON
02 MAY Gresley Rovers W1-0 HUFFEN
04 MAY WILMORTON & ALVASTON D2-2 ALEXANDER 2 (1PEN)
07 MAY SHIREBROOK MINERS WELFARE W5-1 ROBERTS, CARRINGTON, HUFFEN, ALEXANDER 2 (1PEN)



1959/60 FA CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1QR 19 SEP Tamworth D2-2 BURTON 2
1QRrep 23 SEP TAMWORTH W2-1 1600 MORLEY 2
2QR 03 OCT Atherstone Town W2-0 ROBERTS, BURTON
3QR 17 OCT BRUSH SPORTS D1-1 2634 WATSON
3QRrep 21 OCT Brush Sports W2-1aet BURTON, WATSON
4QR 31 OCT MATLOCK TOWN L2-6 3785 BURTON, MORLEY



1959/60 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1R 28 NOV DERBY CORINTHIANS W4-0 HALFORD, WATSON, CARRINGTON, BURTON
2R 30 JAN Shirebrook Miners Welfare W5-1 ALEXANDER, BURTON 2, LEONARD, WATSON
QF 13 FEB WILMORTON & ALVASTON W7-2 666 WATSON, BURTON 3, LINCOLN (OG), LANGHAM, SWINSCOE (PEN)
SF 19 MAR ALFRETON TOWN W3-2 ALEXANDER, HACKLAND. SWINSCOE
F 18 APR Buxton D2-2 BURTON 2
Frep 25 APR Buxton L0-3  

NB. The Final and the replay were both staged on the Baseball Ground.


1959/60 CENTRAL ALLIANCE LEAGUE CUP RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPOSITION RESULT
1R 24 OCT KETTERING TOWN RESERVES L0-1

FORTUNATE FOREST LEAVE IT LATE
22ND AUGUST 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST ‘A’ 4
Ilkeston fell to their first opening day defeat in twelve years but luck favoured the visitors. Town were certainly not disgraced and, with debutants including Clive Burton and Terry Swinscoe, fought back strongly. However, a fractured nose suffered by Cliff Roberts in a collision with McDougall left them with just ten men with 65 minutes still to play. Forest took the lead against the run of play in the 5th minute after Cobb set up Milsom. They gained confidence and scored again nine minutes later through Rowlands. Ilkeston responded quickly and pulled a goal back through Roberts’ header after Keith England’s cross caused confusion on 19 minutes. A little over a quarter of an hour later Roberts was forced to leave the field.

Forest began the second half strongly and restored their two goal advantage on 51 minutes. Jack Hutchinson’s poor pass allowed Rowlands to race forward unchallenged and his cross was put away by Milsom. Town bravely fought back and they scored their second in the 65th minute when Hutchinson, making up for his earlier error, cleverly set up Michael Roe who banged the ball home. Further Town pressure resulted in a 75th minute equaliser. Roe struck a low shot past Taylor after being provided with the chance by Dennis Alexander. It looked like Ilkeston would get at least a point but Forest responded with an 83rd minute winner by Vowden.

LONG BALL STYLE TOO MUCH FOR TOWN
24TH AUGUST 1959
SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
South Normanton’s long ball tactics proved too much for Ilkeston who were well beaten by the end. The home side took the lead in the 7th minute when Rowlands’ shot eluded Dennis Ward. Dennis Alexander levelled for Town on 21 minutes only for South Normanton to quickly re-establish their lead. On 25 minutes Derek Smith’s error allowed his South Normanton namesake to score and three minutes after half time the same player wrapped up victory for the home side.

REVENGE
29TH AUGUST 1959
SUTTON TOWN RESERVES 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston put their humiliating 6-0 defeat at Sutton four months earlier firmly behind them with a well deserved victory. The Sutton side proved to be no match on the day although they had the first chance which fell to Tomlinson but his underhit shot was comfortably saved by Gunther Schmiedel. Town quickly stamped their authority on the game and Terry Oxley’s shot was a whisker away before they took a 19th minute lead. Oxley’s crossfield pass found Michael Roe who unleashed a terrific 20 yard shot into the net. Within two minutes they doubled the lead and again it was Roe who scored it. Derek Smith’s clever back heel enabled Oxley to cross for Roe to slam home. Sutton responded with a Bullimore free kick that Schmiedel held and on 35 minutes a Jepson header reduced the arrears. But Ilkeston regained the initiative and scored again a minute before half time when Clive Burton made certain at the second attempt after Turton made an initial save.

Ilkeston dominated the second half without adding to their lead. Burton’s powerful strike brought a fine save from Turton who also did well to hold an Alexander free kick. Burton also sent a scorching header just wide of the post.

ILKESTON OVERCOME BATTLING KIMBERLEY
2ND SEPTEMBER 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 1 KIMBERLEY TOWN 0
Kimberley’s do or die spirit made life difficult for an Ilkeston team who played the better football overall. Johnson saved a Clive Burton shot from point blank range and he made further magnificent saves from Michael Roe and Burton again before he was finally beaten by a cool Dennis Alexander chip in the 35th minute when Terry Oxley’s corner was only half cleared. Kimberley came back strongly before half time and Derek Smith twice had to make goal line clearances.

Ilkeston spent most of the second half on the attack but couldn’t break down Kimberley’s excellent defence. Burton hit the bar after receiving a good pass by Roe and he missed two further opportunities to double the lead. Firstly he fired over the top after being set up by Alexander and later he shot wide.

BURTON DOUBLE HOLDS TOWN TO POINT
5TH SEPTEMBER 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BURTON ALBION RESERVES 2
Two goals from Burton Albion’s aptly named forward Burton meant that Ilkeston dropped a home point. Ilkeston, who had much more of the ball, were somewhat shot shy and wasted opportunities to have won the game. The closest they came was a Tom Ellis shot that struck the underside of the bar. Otherwise their best effort of the first half were a Michael Roe lob that cleared the bar. However it was Burton who took the lead on 36 minutes against the run of play with a scrambled goal.

Town came out strongly after the break and Albion ‘keeper Horton was kept busy but he was beaten in the 62nd minute. Ellis’ corner was headed by Roe and Tony Watson nodded home. Ilkeston pressure continued although Burton wasted the chance to put the away side ahead when he shot harmlessly over from a good position. When Ilkeston took the lead on 78 minutes through a Terry Swinscoe penalty after Terry Oxley had been fouled by Holland they looked on course for two points. But then came Burton’s equaliser with nine minutes remaining.

DEFENCES DOMINATE AT ARNOLD
12TH SEPTEMBER 1959
ARNOLD ST MARYS 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
A hard surface made good football difficult and the defences came out on top. Arnold looked the better side at first but Ilkeston, with Horace Hackland making his 300th appearance, gradually came more into the game and could have won it after the break. Town’s Derek Smith had the first decent effort but his shot went just wide. Arnold then had a lengthy spell of pressure that saw Molyneux’s long shot turned over by Gunther Schmiedel and a free kick by the same player that went wide. Pike also fired in a good shot that wasn’t far away. Ilkeston felt that they should have had a penalty before the break when Parr handled but the referee ruled the offence took place just outside the box.

Arnold ‘keeper Rockley had to make good saves from Terry Oxley and Dennis Alexander after half time and he was rather fortunate when a Geoff Morley shot was deflected straight into his arms. A further chance came Oxley’s way but he shot wide.

TOWN FOILED BY LATE EQUALISER
19TH SEPTEMBER 1959
TAMWORTH 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (FA CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston dominated the game for 77 minutes but two late Tamworth goals took the tie to a replay. Town’s skillful football and solid defence looked to be too good for their strong Birmingham League opponents and their dominance paid off in the 25th minute when they took a deserved lead. A lovely move involving Geoff Morley and Terry Oxley set up Clive Burton for a cool finish. However, they had a narrow escape just before half time, when with the defence appealing for offside, A. Smith raced away and touched the ball past Gunther Schmiedel and Terry Swinscoe ran back to complete a vital goal line clearance.

It was all Ilkeston early in the second half and they almost doubled the lead when P. Smith headed a Michael Roe cross just over his own bar. The second goal came on 62 minutes when Dennis Alexander lobbed a forward ball to Burton who beat Lewis and tapped the ball into the unguarded net. Schmiedel was forced to make a spectacular save from Wallbank but the Tamworth player had more joy on 77 minutes with a fine shot that gave Schmiedel no chance. Suddenly the home side looked capable of getting something out of the game although Swinscoe came close to sealing an Ilkeston victory with a 40 yard free kick that flew inches wide. Ilkeston’s heartbreak came in the final minute when Johnston’s long ball led to Weir and Wallbank presenting A. Smith with the undeserved equaliser.

TOWN LATE SHOW BOOKS PLACE IN NEXT ROUND
23RD SEPTEMBER 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 2 TAMWORTH 1 (FA CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND REPLAY)
Chances were wasted by both teams in this tense, scrappy affair watched by 1600 spectators. Ilkeston made plenty of attacks during the first half but were let down by sloppy finishing.

Tamworth were much livelier after the break although Town went close to going in front when Clive Burton tested Lewis with a hook shot. Tamworth took the lead in the 75th minute when Goffin’s clever back heel found Wallbank who set up the unmarked Weir to score from close range. Ilkeston were stung into life and equalised within two minutes. Terry Swinscoe began the move that led to Geoff Morley getting the all important goal. With Ilkeston suddenly in control Morley scored his second and the winner when he took advantage of Burton’s pass with nine minutes to play.

TOWN LACK KILLER INSTINCT
26TH SEPTEMBER 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 3 LANGWITH MINERS WELFARE 0
Langwith arrived at the Manor Ground without a point to their name and it was easy to see why but Ilkeston failed to make the most of their different class. When the visitors went down to ten men due to an injury to Perry Town were already three nil up yet couldn’t take further advantage. Rarely could have Ilkeston experienced such an easy game but their casual, sloppy play was a constant feature. Clive Burton’s shot lacked power, Michael Roe shot wide, Geoff Morley went close with an effort and Colin Beardsley’s raking drive was just off target as they strove to make the breakthrough. Etchells then made a comfortable save to keep out Tony Watson’s header. With frustration mounting Langwith launched an attack of their own and Gunther Schmiedel had to save at Dado’s feet. Ilkeston finally went in front in the 35th minute when Derek Smith sent a free kick into the area, Morley’s shot hit the bar and Burton headed in the rebound. Four minutes later they extended the lead with a fine goal. Beardsley broke down the left, cut inside and beat two defenders, and coolly chipped the advancing Etchells.

The third goal came three minutes into the second half when Terry Oxley set up Morley for a calmly taken, well placed finish. Perry was carried off on the hour but the closest Ilkeston came to taking full advantage of the extra man came when Roe’s shot was cleared off the line by Beastall. Langwith went close to a consolation goal late on when Skinner was just off target.

ILKESTON CHARACTER NOT IN QUESTION
3RD OCTOBER 1959
ATHERSTONE TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (FA CUP 2ND QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston had to dig deep to pull off a deserved victory as they faced Birmingham League opponents for a second time. With Keith England a passenger with an ankle injury after 20 minutes they defended valiantly and Gunther Schmiedel kept bravely, twice needing treatment during the game. Although Atherstone enjoyed the lions’ share of the possession Ilkeston always played the better football. The home side applied early pressure and when Shorthouse’s shot was parried by Schmiedel his follow up shot was cleared off the line by Horace Hackland. Schmiedel made further saves from Shorthouse and a Mitchell cross shot before Ilkeston came more into the game. A Hackland shot went well wide before they took the lead on 33 minutes with a move that began with Schmiedel. After Beeson had shot well wide from a good position Schmiedel’s goal kick found Geoff Morley who released Clive Burton to draw the home defence and his ball was cracked in first time by Cliff Roberts. Morley came close to adding a second before half time with a shot that went inches wide.

During the second half Atherstone made plenty of attacks but Ilkeston always had the edge. Nevertheless Schmiedel had to make several saves including a notable one from Duggins. The killer second goal came ten minutes from time when Hackland’s free kick to the far post was met by a Burton cross shot under pressure from Green.

BURTON STRIKE OVERCOMES SPOILERS
10TH OCTOBER 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 1 CLAY CROSS MINERS WELFARE 0
Clay Cross’ spoiling tactics that included petty fouling, a well worked offside trap and a desire to argue with the referee led to an unsatisfactory game. Justice prevailed, however, with victory coming to Ilkeston. The non arrival of Furness meant that the visitors began with ten men and it was not until the 20th minute, with the introduction of Heath, that they were up to full strength. By then they had survived some fierce early Ilkeston pressure. Clive Burton’s header produced a straightforward save from Doug Smith, Cliff Roberts fired over, and Burton’s low shot was turned around the post by Smith. Clay Cross’ first effort of note during this spell was a Watts’ shot that was well blocked by Derek Smith. When the visitors introduced Heath they came more into the game but Ilkeston could easily have gone into the lead before half time. Eric Langham’s cross was headed against the bar by Burton.

It was Burton who grabbed the winner in the second half. Ken Johnson pushed forward and passed to Burton who scored from close range.

BRUSH FORCE REPLAY
17TH OCTOBER 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 1 BRUSH SPORTS 1 (FA CUP 3RD QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston dominated the first half to such an extent that they should have wrapped up the game but their Birmingham League opponents forced them back after half time to force a replay. Simpson could have put the visitors ahead during the first few minutes when he eluded Terry Swinscoe but put his chance wide. Town soon put on some heavy pressure and they went in front on 5 minutes to the delight of most of the 2654 crowd. Geoff Morley sent Cliff Roberts down the left and although Burden managed to parry the resulting shot Tony Watson was able to force the ball in. With Ilkeston dominant Morley shot into the side net, Clive Burton’s overhead kick was just tipped away by Burden, Burton headed inches over, and Dennis Alexander’s first time snap shot was just off target. Brush came more into it shortly before half time and Simpson shot wide when well placed. The equaliser came through Sketchley who headed over the advancing Gunther Schmiedel and he could have scored again but his fine effort was well saved.

The second half was played at a fast pace with Brush doing most of the attacking although Ilkeston still had chances to win it. A long swerving shot by Derek Smith was saved by Burden, Dave Baker fired inches wide from close range, and Tony Watson’s finish lacked power and accuracy after he broke through.

WATSON WINS IT
21ST OCTOBER 1959
BRUSH SPORTS 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (FA CUP 3RD QUALFYING ROUND REPLAY AFTER EXTRA TIME)
Ilkeston booked a place in the Fourth Qualifying Round despite playing poorly for much of the game. Thankfully the defence were solid against a team that had not been beaten at home. Brush were certainly superior during the first half and Sketchley’s close range strike in the 26th minute gave them a deserved lead.

Town showed no improvement after the break and Clive Burton’s equalising angled drive in the 73rd minute came out of the blue. It was sufficient to take the tie into extra time. Nine minutes into the first period Tony Watson’s well taken goal settled the issue but Ilkeston could count themselves rather fortunate to progress.

KETTERING SNATCH VICTORY
24TH OCTOBER 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 0 KETTERING TOWN RESERVES 1 (LEAGUE CUP 1ST ROUND)
Ilkeston had the chances to win but some superlative saves by ‘keeper Peter Roberts, some missed chances and a little bad luck ensured that the visitors won the game. The first half saw play fluctuate early in the game until Ilkeston gradually took control. Cliff Roberts’ shot lacked power and Tony Watson’s first time shot went close before Terry Smith tried his luck with a fine shot from 30 yards that was saved by Gunther Schmiedel. As Ilkeston pushed forward before half time Geoff Morley did well to beat two defenders and saw his shot ripple the side net before Roberts denied Clive Burton with a superb double save, turning the rebound round the post after saving the initial header.

Kettering had more of the ball in the second half. Wyldes’ deceptive lob was saved by Schmiedel and a long range shot by Dadswell thumped against the post soon after an excellent Cliff Roberts header flew inches over his namesake’s bar. Toseland then had a chance but his header was wayward although he made amends by scoring the winner in the 73rd minute. His effort appeared to be cleared off the line but the linesman indicated that the ball had gone in. Ilkeston forced Kettering back during the closing stages and Burton was twice unlucky, with a header and a shot, that both came agonisingly close to producing an equaliser.

MASSACRED BY MATLOCK
31ST OCTOBER 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 2 MATLOCK TOWN 6 (FA CUP 4TH QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston were left humiliated by a second half rout by an unbeaten Matlock team that considered attack as being the best form of defence. The writing was on the wall inside the first minute when Dennis Alexander’s poor pass was intercepted by Lambert who picked out Boot to fire past Gunther Schmiedel. Ilkeston responded positively and Arthington was forced into saves by Alexander and Geoff Morley. Matlock had chances too with Lambert miskicking in front of an open goal and they scored again in the 25th minute. Sanders’ inswinging corner deceived Schmiedel and went in direct. Within a minute Ilkeston hauled themselves back into contention when Clive Burton fastened onto Horace Hackland’s forward pass and scored. The goal gave them encouragement and they went on a fruitless search for an equaliser before the break.

Matlock came out firing in the second half. Schmiedel saved shots from Hill and Lambert, and Boot was well off target. Ken Johnson headed wide in a rare Ilkeston attack but Matlock soon took complete control. In the 58th minute Lambert converted Hill’s cross and within a minute Boot slammed in number four. On 80 minutes they scored again, the unlucky Dave Baker putting the ball into his own net after Duggins’ shot was stopped on the line. Lambert made it six three minutes later and by the time Morley scored an 87th minute consolation many of the 3785 crowd had left in disappointment.

GRUMMITT DENIES UNLUCKY TOWN
7TH NOVEMBER 1959
NOTTINGHAM FOREST ‘A’ 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
A strong Forest line up were lucky in gaining a point and had to withstand fierce Ilkeston pressure during the closing stages. They had to thank their ‘keeper Grummitt who kept them in the game with a string of fine saves. Ilkeston attacked from the off and Grummitt made a splendid stop to keep out a Clive Burton header. Burton was then unlucky with a rasping shot that struck the ‘keeper and bounced to safety. Grummitt then made saves to deny Colin Beardsley, Horace Hackland and Tony Watson. Forest responded with a couple of efforts from Younger. His first shot was saved at the second attempt by Gunther Schmiedel and his next one flew inches over. Ilkeston returned on the attack as Derek Smith shot over and Burton had a header saved before half time.

When David Hack had a shot saved by Grummitt it seemed as if Ilkeston were going to dominate the second half but then it was Schmiedel’s turn to make saves from Knight and Walker. Then, on the hour, Forest stunned Ilkeston by taking the lead. Knight ran half the length of the pitch before crossing to Rowlands who volleyed home. Ilkeston piled forward in retaliation and deservedly equalised in the 75th minute through Burton’s shot on the turn. They then went in search of a winner and would have got it but for Grummitt’s excellent save, turning Watson’s point blank range header over the bar.

ALEXANDER THE GREAT
14TH NOVEMBER 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 5 CRESWELL COLLIERY 1
It was well into the first half before Ilkeston, inspired by Dennis Alexander, took control against a vigorous Creswell team but they ran out worthy winners in the end. They began strongly with a Clive Burton shot that fizzed wide and a Colin Beardsley strike that was headed clear by Taylor but Hopkins fired a warning shot that flew into the side net which could easily have given Creswell the lead. Most of the 471 in attendance were able to cheer on 20 minutes when clever play by Alexander released Beardsley and his cross was headed in by Burton. Seven minutes later Flint played Hopkins through to equalise and Creswell suddenly looked the better side. Two long range shots were capably saved by Gunther Schmidel and he also had to dive bravely at the feet of Messenger and Flint. From the moment Ilkeston regained the lead in the 35th minute, when Alexander burst through to fire a low unstoppable left footer, they rarely looked in trouble, however. Burton came close to making it three with a fierce shot that was tipped over by Wilson.

Town’s third duly arrived five minutes after half time when Alexander sent Tony Watson through to score. They had an anxious moment when Derek Smith underhit a backpass and Schmiedel had to react quickly to clear but they made certain of victory on 69 minutes with a brilliant solo effort by Alexander who beat four men before cracking home. The fifth goal was scored by Burton three minutes from time.

TOWN LASH LOWLY LANGWITH
21ST NOVEMBER 1959
LANGWITH MINERS WELFARE 0 ILKESTON TOWN 7
Sorry Langwith, who entered the game having lost all 15 league games and scored a total of 7 goals whilst conceding 64, showed exactly why they were in that position after a battling first half hour. Ilkeston were guilty of being too casual until they went ahead and then it was all too easy. Gunther Schmiedel had to turn a Woodhead shot round the post early on and then he saved a well struck shot by Skinner. Ilkeston then started to press but lacked killer instinct. Dennis Alexander shot tamely at Etchells, Tony Watson skied over from close range and further Alexander and Horace Hackland shots lacked the power or accuracy to trouble Etchells. Schmiedel was in action again when he produced a diving save to keep out a John Carrington (who joined Ilkeston days later) shot. Ilkeston took the lead on 32 minutes when Clive Burton sent Colin Beardsley away and Alexander scored from the cross. They doubled the lead within thirty seconds with Beardsley again the provider and this time Burton flicked the cross in with his heel.

Langwith briefly threatened a revival after half time but they were killed off in the 50th minute when Burton pounced onto Watson’s through ball and lobbed Etchells. Two minutes later it was four when Watson applied the finishing touch to Beardsley’s cross. Alexander nodded in Dave Baker’s free kick on 71 minutes and the sixth came in the 78th minute through Burton who scored from the rebound after his initial header from Michael Roe’s cross came back off the bar. The seventh goal, two minutes from time, was a gift. Beastall attempted to clear Beardsley’s shot but he hit it straight at the Ilkeston player and the ball rebounded in.

TOWN EASE INTO SECOND ROUND
28TH NOVEMBER 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 4 DERBY CORINTHIANS 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP 1ST ROUND)
Ilkeston took time to settle on the greasy surface but they took a firm grip once they took the lead. The first chance fell to Corinthians when clever play by ex Ilkeston player Ralph Tunstall left Richards with an open goal but he somehow missed the target. Town took an 11th minute lead when Horace Hackland cleverly pulled back his cross to Barry Halford who, arriving late, took full advantage. Corinthians had an incredible escape when they cleared off the line four times during one Ilkeston attack and then Jack Tunstall cleared off the line from Eric Langham. It was no surprise when Town made it two on 21 minutes, John Carrington beating two men and crossing for Tony Watson to guide in a header. Moore was kept busy in the Corinthians goal and he made good saves from Dennis Alexander and Watson. Then he made an excellent point blank range stop from Carrington whose follow up was cleared off the line by Jack Tunstall. Moore then turned a powerful shot by Alexander onto the post, Clive Burton hastily shot wide and Watson had a shot tipped over.

The incessant pressure continued after half time. Moore turned a Burton header over, Watson shot wide, Carrington’s shot was blocked by Jack Tunstall and Dave Baker’s long range free kick was tipped over, all inside the first ten minutes. Town’s third came in the 55th minute when Carrington’s speculative lob from the right deceived the previously impressive Moore. Burton scored the fourth on 65 minutes but hopes of a further goal were denied by Moore when he saved Eric Langham’s point blank range shot. The new Football Queen, Miss Dorothy Braidley, was amongst the 1000 in attendance.

A NIGHTMARE ON NORTH STREET
5TH DECEMBER 1959
ALFRETON TOWN 5 ILKESTON TOWN 0
The final score flattered Alfreton in a game where Ilkeston played the more constructive football. Alfreton relied on kick and rush tactics on the heavy pitch but they may not have won so convincingly had Horace Hackland not left the game after just six minutes with a sprained wrist. The win took Alfreton to the top of the table but they looked anything but title challengers early on as Ilkeston frequently opened up their defence without finding the end product. Gradually Alfreton came more into the game. Alf England shot wide of an open goal, Gunther Schmiedel, who picked up an injury late in the game, made brave saves at the feet of Brady and England, and then Ilkeston had a narrow escape. Lack’s shot bounced off Schmiedel and fell to England who rounded the ‘keeper but was unable to find the target from a narrow angle. A Dennis Alexander header tested Holmes as Ilkeston tried to regain the upper hand but Alfreton took over once Barry Halford picked up a knock that restricted his movements. On 37 minutes they took the lead when England latched onto Brady’s through ball.

Goals came frequently after the break. England scored his second in the 55th minute and Lack made it three four minutes later. Brady added another on 75 minutes and the fifth came from Jack Walters (ex Ilkeston) four minutes from time. The closest Ilkeston came to scoring during the second half was when Holmes made an excellent double save from Clive Burton and John Carrington.

TOWN BACK TO FORM
12TH DECEMBER 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 2 ARNOLD ST MARYS 0
Ilkeston deservedly won a terrific game of football in which they were superior in all departments, especially in defence, against a more physical Arnold team. However, it was not until late in the game that their dominance bore fruit. The visitors looked shaky early in the game as Town began well. Dave Baker’s 40 yard free kick flashed wide whilst ‘keeper Rockley could only parry Clive Burton’s shot from the edge of the box and Colin Beardsley fired the loose ball wide. Arnold had a good chance when Williams beat Gunther Schmiedel in a race for the ball but couldn’t direct his shot on target. Ilkeston continued to have most of the play and when Burton burst through he shot across the face of goal under pressure. Ilkeston should have been awarded a penalty when Burton was the victim of an off the ball incident and the referee chose to award an indirect free kick instead. Burton then had a well struck shot saved by Rockley. When the visitors attacked they struggled to break through Town’s defence although Schmiedel was forced into a save by G. Parr’s low shot shortly before half time.

The pace increased further after the break as Arnold enjoyed a spell of pressure and Schmiedel had to save from Williams. Ilkeston gradually regained control and Burton, Tony Watson, Beardsley and Dennis Alexander each had shots blocked. It seemed as if Town were going to be out of luck when a seemingly good goal by Burton, who burst past D. Parr after receiving Watson’s through ball and shot beyond Rockley, was disallowed. However, they got the breakthrough on 77 minutes when Horace Hackland found John Carrington who beautifully provided the chance for Burton. Burton got a deserved second six minutes from time.

SHIREBROOK SHOT DOWN BY EFFICIENT ILKESTON
19TH DECEMBER 1959
SHIREBROOK MINERS WELFARE 1 ILKESTON TOWN 4
A business like display by Ilkeston saw off Shirebrook’s challenge and they thoroughly deserved their win which came despite several players picking up injuries. They got off to a perfect start by scoring after a minute, Eric Langham firing a low shot into the net off ‘keeper Jelf following a corner. Town had their work cut out soon after when Derek Smith went off with a cut eyelid that required hospital treatment and he wasn’t able to return for over an hour. Shirebrook took advantage of the extra man and equalised on 13 minutes through Moss but Ilkeston defended well, even though Standage had a goal ruled out for offside. Dennis Alexander then injured an ankle, leaving Ilkeston briefly with nine men, before he limped back to action. Despite further first half pressure from Shirebrook Ilkeston could have gone ahead when Eric Langham’s point blank range shot was saved by Jelf whilst they suffered another injury that left Colin Beardsley hobbling throughout the second half.

Shirebrook continued with their hard hitting approach after half time but, in contrast, some of Ilkeston’s football was a delight to watch. After Standage headed narrowly wide for the home team Ilkeston took a 57th minute lead when John Carrington’s terrific shot was diverted into the net by Bob Downes. Town continued to press and were boosted by Smith’s return. Any Shirebrook attacks were capably dealt with before they made the game safe late on. The third goal came in the 87th minute and it was a beauty. Horace Hackland, on the edge of his own area, found Langham who raced 70 yards before sending a crossfield pass to Carrington whose cross was converted by Downes. A minute later Carrington beat Allen and then unleashed an unstoppable shot for the fourth.

HEANOR’S CHRISTMAS HANGOVER
25TH DECEMBER 1959
HEANOR TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 4
An outstanding Ilkeston performance thoroughly disheartened a shocked Heanor team. When Ray Brown shot wide for Heanor there was little indication of what was to follow. Ilkeston went ahead in the 15th minute when Clive Burton banged in an Eric Langham corner but there was still little to choose between the teams. The turning point arrived on 30 minutes when Middleton shot wide from the penalty spot after Crooks fell in the area. Worse was to follow for Heanor three minutes later when, under pressure from Clive Burton, Dolby turned the ball into his own net. Ilkeston were now in control and increased their lead further in the 41st minute when, after a brilliant solo run, Tony Watson fired against the post and Langham struck the rebound past Mason.

Ilkeston defended comfortably after half time and threatened dangerously on the break with only some good goalkeeping by Mason preventing more goals. He was beaten once more in the 64th minute when Burton and John Carrington opened up the defence to supply Watson with a golden chance.

TOWN HEAP MORE MISERY ON HEANOR
26TH DECEMBER 1959
ILKESTON TOWN 3 HEANOR TOWN 1
Heanor put up a more spirited show than on the previous day but were still second best in a match watched by 1500 spectators. Heanor began the game strongly but couldn’t break down Ilkeston’s impressive defence. Gradually Ilkeston came into the game and Clive Burton went close with a shot that flew into the side net. Eric Langham then went even closer when he shot against the foot of the post when through on goal. Heanor responded with a Copestake shot that went over the bar but they had to thank Mason for his splendid save that kept out a Burton shot. Eventually Ilkeston took the lead when Burton cleverly steered in a Langham cross in the 36th minute. Ray Brown came close to an equaliser with a header before half time.

Heanor started the second half brightly with Gunther Schmiedel having to save at Crooks’ feet and then Pearson shot over the top from close range. They paid the penalty when Ilkeston went further ahead on 51 minutes, John Carrington and Dennis Alexander splitting open their defence for Burton to score his second. Burton could have grabbed a hat-trick when he shot wide under pressure from Harrison and then he had a shot saved by Mason but the easiest chance fell to Heanor’s Don Brown who fluffed a great chance after being picked out unmarked by Bevans’ left wing cross. Ilkeston made it three on 78 minutes when Carrington crashed in Langham’s deep corner. Heanor scored a consolation seven minutes from time through Bevans who shot past Schmiedel.

TOWN BRING IN THE SIXTIES IN STYLE
2ND JANUARY 1960
OLLERTON COLLIERY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 7
Ilkeston overwhelmed a poor Ollerton team although their casual first half finishing let them down. They won 12 corners in the first half yet only scored twice, but they were more ruthless after the break. Dennis Alexander had a shot deflected wide and Tony Watson fired over before Town took a 4th minute lead. Clive Burton’s shot was parried by Simpson and John Carrington lobbed the rebound into the net. Eric Langham went inches wide with a first time shot before Ollerton came close to an equaliser when Weeds headed a good chance wide following a free kick. Town’s second came on 27 minutes. Alexander fed Langham who beat Hawksworth and although his cross was half cleared Horace Hackland drove the ball back into the area for Burton to hook past Simpson, who otherwise had luck on his side for much of the first half. Gunther Schmiedel was alert and brave when he saved at Bennett’s feet before Ilkeston almost scored again. This time Simpson did well to turn Burton’s shot over.

Town got off to the best possible start in the second half, scoring within thirty seconds, Tony Watson latching on to Tansey’s feeble back pass. Ollerton pulled a goal back in the 50th minute when the hopelessly unmarked Tarry shot past the unsighted Schmiedel. The goal briefly encouraged Ollerton and Bennett broke through only to shoot wide. Ilkeston then took the game by the scruff of the neck. Watson shot against the bar and Burton’s shot from the rebound was blocked by Simpson but they soon added a fourth when Carrington beat Falkener and Tansey to leave himself with a simple finish. The fifth came on 62 minutes with a Watson header from Carrington’s cross and they scored again seven minutes later when another Carrington cross was headed home by Alexander. Ilkeston’s seventh, eight minutes from time, was a well worked goal involving each forward that was finished off by Burton. Ollerton scored a consolation a minute later when Weeds took advantage of a defensive lapse and crashed the ball past Schmiedel.

GREAT FORM CONTINUES
9TH JANUARY 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 5 SUTTON TOWN RESERVES 1
Ilkeston produced an excellent display against a Sutton team who offered little except some neat moves in midfield. But for some rather fortunate saves by the less than impressive Deakin Ilkeston would have won by a greater margin. Ilkeston were caught cold in the first minute, however, and Sears was allowed to shoot over from close range but from then on they were dominant. Derek Smith’s long range shot was tipped over before Ilkeston took the lead on 10 minutes with a breathtaking Dennis Alexander goal. Receiving the ball from John Carrington he turned and blasted the ball into the top corner from fully 30 yards. When Clive Burton broke through Deakin blocked his shot and then Burton should have done better than to shoot straight at the ‘keeper when another chance came his way. Alexander went close with a shot that deflected wide off Seemley before Town scored again in the 28th minute. Eric Langham’s corner was met by Burton’s header that was helped over the line by Tony Watson after Deakin had managed to get a hand to the ball. Mellors had a good chance to reduce arrears but his fatal hesitation enabled Gunther Schmiedel the opportunity to deflect his final shot wide. Ilkeston surged further ahead on 38 minutes when Langham anticipated Baker’s forward lob and turned the ball past Deakin. Within a minute Sutton pulled back a goal through Sears who chased a long clearance and beat the advancing Schmiedel. Alexander thought he had made it four before half time but his goal was disallowed for offside.

The second half continued in the same vein. Seemley almost put Carrington’s cross into his own net, Burton shot over, and Deakin did well to save Burton’s shot and Barry Halford’s volleyed follow up. Deakin then somehow managed to tip Carrington’s close range tap around the post and then Smith had a goal bound shot turned away to safety by Seemley. Ilkeston’s persistent pressure finally told in the 74th minute when Burton scored and Terry Swinscoe drove hard and low from the penalty spot ten minutes from time after Watson had been fouled by Hunt.

BAD TEMPERED BATTLE WITH BELPER
23RD JANUARY 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 1 BELPER TOWN 3
Belper climbed up to second place in the Central Alliance with this somewhat fortunate victory. Their play at times could best be described as dirty as the referee lost control, Butler in particular being lucky to stay on the pitch. His play angered the home support so much that objects were thrown at him. In addition their first two goals were clearly offside. Belper did most of the early attacking with their route one approach and Jones came close when he crashed a shot against the outside of the post. They were rewarded with a 9th minute goal when Butler’s long clearance found Page, who ran through unchallenged from an offside position, to score. Ilkeston’s misfortune continued when Clive Burton was brought down in the area but no penalty was given. Undaunted they continued to attack and levelled on 29 minutes when Belper ‘keeper Bailey dashed out to meet Terry Swinscoe’s long driven through ball and his clearance bounced off Rowe straight to Burton who coolly netted. A terrible foul by Butler on John Carrington brought no more than a warning from the referee and Carrington had to leave the pitch for attention. The numerical advantage they had for seven minutes assisted Belper although Ilkeston dug deep and Bailey had to make fine saves from Burton and Eric Langham. However, Belper could easily have gone in front just before half time when Page headed a corner against the bar and Bradley, with the goal at his mercy, miskicked the rebound.

Belper regained the lead through Page when he received the ball in an offside position and ran through to score on 54 minutes. There was no question about the validity of Page’s hat-trick goal five minutes later. He cleverly outwitted Dave Baker and Derek Smith, rounded Gunther Schmiedel, and walked the ball in. The decision of the referee not to caution Butler for his earlier challenge proved to be significant as he was finally booked later in the game.

ILKESTON PROGRESS TO LAST EIGHT
30TH JANUARY 1960
SHIREBROOK MINERS WELFARE 1 ILKESTON TOWN 5 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP 2ND ROUND)
A thoroughly convincing Ilkeston display saw them safely through to the Quarter Finals and they would have won by a bigger margin but for the brilliance of Shirebrook ‘keeper Atkinson. The home side with their direct approach matched Ilkeston who toyed with rather than destroyed Shirebrook during the opening half hour. However, once Shirebrook took the lead it was Ilkeston who took complete control. The goal, in the 30th minute, came when Horace Hackland was caught out of position and Moss raced clear to score. Ilkeston equalised within seven minutes. Keith Leonard’s cross was turned towards goal by Tony Watson and Dennis Alexander applied the finish. Town edged in front a minute before the break through Clive Burton.

Ilkeston’s third arrived in the 50th minute with a fine goal by Leonard who forced his way past three defenders to score and they made it four on 63 minutes when John Carrington burst down the right and his cross found Burton perfectly. They rounded up a fine second half with a fifth goal on 73 minutes when Watson turned in a Barry Halford cross.

ILKESTON LET IT SLIP
6TH FEBRUARY 1960
WILMORTON & ALVASTON 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston’s hopes of a late title challenge took a battering when they threw away a two goal lead and were guilty of trying to play the ball through the muddy middle rather than use the wings. Wilmorton intelligently played the ball out wide where the conditions were much better. However, Ilkeston should have sewn the game up long before Wilmorton made their comeback. Town started dangerously and Briggs had to dive full length to save a Keith Leonard shot by the post, John Carrington had a shot charged down, Tony Watson narrowly missed the target and Briggs made a good save to deny Dennis Alexander. On a rare Wilmorton attack Lakin shot wide and it was no surprise when Ilkeston went in front on 37 minutes. Alexander’s left wing cross was headed home by Clive Burton.

Town scored again four minutes after half time when Barry Halford’s shot struck Redfern on the head on its way into the net. The first inkling that the game was far from over came two minutes later when Horace Hackland was out of position, leaving Heather to run through and shoot past Schmiedel. Had Burton not shot straight at Briggs Ilkeston may well have won. Instead Wilmorton equalised on the hour when a fine move ended with a scramble that led to Derek Smith deliberately punching over his own bar. Lakin scored from the spot and Ilkeston visibly grew disheartened. Grogan was the scorer as Wilmorton went in front on 75 minutes and they then chose to sit on their lead. Town lacked the guile or the heart to find an equaliser.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES
13TH FEBRUARY 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 7 WILMORTON & ALVASTON 2 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Town’s dramatic improvement from the week before accounted for Wilmorton’s exit from the Senior Cup on a snow covered Manor Ground. 666 spectators witnessed an emphatic Ilkeston victory although it was Wilmorton who almost took an early lead when Lakin’s point blank range shot was superbly saved by Gunther Schmiedel. Instead it was Ilkeston who took the lead on 4 minutes. Arriving late to meet a John Carrington corner Tony Watson drove the ball in through a crowd of players. Carrington came close to adding a second but was denied by a fine save by Beiggs whilst Wilmorton should have equalised when Grogan blasted wide from three yards. Town scored again on 32 minutes when clever play by Eric Langham enabled Cliff Roberts to shoot powerfully and although Briggs was able to parry the shot Clive Burton was able to apply the finishing touch. Burton scored again three minutes later after Mansfield had headed against his own post. Lakin pulled a goal back for Wilmorton in the 40th minute when he fired in from an acute angle.

The second half began badly for Ilkeston when Wilmorton scored again with a bizarre own goal five minutes after the restart. Derek Smith’s attempted clearance bounced straight off the startled Schmiedel and into the net. However, they recovered from the setback and provided an attacking treat. Burton was unlucky with a shot that crashed against the bar but Town’s luck changed on 65 minutes when Langham’s hard low cross from the by line was turned into his own net by former Town player Peter Lincoln. Langham added the fifth five minutes later and fine play by Dennis Alexander set up a hat-trick goal for Burton six minutes from time. Two minutes later Roberts was fouled by Mansfield and Terry Swinscoe, with a two pace run up, cracked home from the spot.

TOWN CLINCH WIN IN THE MUD
20TH FEBRUARY 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 0
Muddy conditions that grew steadily worse as the game progressed made good football difficult but Ilkeston were worthy winners and could have won by more. Dennis Alexander had an early shot headed off the line by Fletcher while the closest South Normanton came to scoring throughout the game was a cross by Kinder that dropped narrowly over the bar. Town took the lead in the 19th minute after Alexander and John Carrington worked the opening for Clive Burton. Within two minutes they scored again when Cliff Roberts raced in to head home a Keith Leonard corner. A third goal could easily have come when a Burton header hit the bar and rebounded to Roberts whose effort was blocked on the line by Foster, the ball bouncing kindly into ‘keeper Sadler’s arms.

Both teams battled manfully after the break to add to the score but chances were few and far between.

DIRE

27TH FEBRUARY 1960
CRESWELL COLLIERY 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
This was a totally dreadful game, remarkable only for the ineptitude of the two sides. There were only two shots in the whole game, both of which came from Creswell players. Walters, chasing a long clearance, lobbed into Gunther Schmiedel’s arms and Radford’s shot on the turn from a narrow angle was turned away to safety by Schmiedel. It was a lifeless display by Ilkeston who appeared to lack any interest in the game.

BURTON ESCAPE A HIDING
5TH MARCH 1960
BURTON ALBION RESERVES 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston, showing great speed and determination, deserved to win by a bigger margin and had their three disallowed goals counted the score would have been a truer reflection of the game. Burton’s spoiling tactics, including petty fouls and a frequent use of the offside trap, seemed to be a damage limitation exercise. Inside the first minute Eric Langham beat two defenders and passed inside to Clive Burton who scored but his effort was ruled out for offside. Burton scored a legitimate goal in the 8th minute when he made the most of a Dennis Alexander through ball. John Carrington, who crashed a shot into the side net earlier, created the second with a perfect cross on 38 minutes that was converted by Burton. Cliff Roberts went close before half time with a shot that crashed onto the bar.

Town had another goal controversially disallowed on 56 minutes. Carrington’s cross appeared to be back heeled superbly into the roof of the net by Roberts, the ball bouncing down into ‘keeper Green’s hands, but the referee seemed to indicate that the ball hadn’t crossed the line. Burton was denied a hat-trick by the referee who ruled that he was in an offside position. Nevertheless Ilkeston were not to be denied a third goal and it came from a fiercely struck Terry Swinscoe penalty following Greaves’ trip on Langham. The home side scored a consolation goal in the 77th minute after Gunther Schmiedel failed to hold a long shot. Dave Baker’s desperate attempt to clear off the line was deflected into the net by Walker.

GLADIATORS ON COURSE FOR TITLE
12TH MARCH 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 0 MATLOCK TOWN 3
Matlock’s hopes of lifting the Central Alliance championship remained strong but Ilkeston’s chances took a dive after this game. Without doubt Matlock deservedly won but they only looked comfortable after Tony Watson was left a passenger with just over 30 minutes remaining. Matlock almost took the lead when a Sanders cross slipped under the otherwise excellent Gunther Schmiedel’s body and Dave Baker cleared off the line. Lambert then hooked a shot wide before Ilkeston’s first effort of note, a Watson header from a Baker free kick, went inches wide. John Carrington then sent over a dangerous cross that was sliced wildly wide to safety by Dagley but just as Ilkeston had started to take the initiative they fell behind to a controversial goal in the 23rd minute. Sanders’ cross was headed against the underside of the bar by Boot and was ruled to have crossed the line before Schmiedel caught it. Matlock were on top for the remainder of the half although Ilkeston went close when a Dennis Alexander lob into the danger area caused a terrific scramble before ‘keeper Whitlam emerged with the ball.

Ilkeston took the game to the visitors during the opening stages of the second half and it looked as if they might score when Watson broke clear only to be stopped in his tracks by a panic tackle by Dagley. Watson needed treatment as a result and his lack of mobility appeared to dishearten Ilkeston. Schmiedel made a couple of brilliant saves before he was beaten by another Boot header from a Sanders cross in the 62nd minute. Town’s final real attempt on goal was a long range strike by Alexander that went well wide. At the other end Duggins crashed the ball in six minutes from time to make certain of a Matlock victory.

ALFRETON STUNNED BY ILKESTON FIGHTBACK
19TH MARCH 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 3 ALFRETON TOWN 2 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SEMI FINAL)
Ilkeston, battling against the wind in the first half, took full advantage of the conditions to make a storming comeback and booked themselves a place in the final. They began slowly and fell behind in the 8th minute. Although Brady missed the initial chance Keith Jepson (later an Ilkeston player) raced in to score. Brady then struck a powerful shot wide before Ilkeston started to make some attacking moves of their own. Clive Burton shot over as Lynch came out to meet him and then, following a fine run, he crashed a shot against the bar. Suddenly, in the 28th minute, Alfreton surged further ahead when Jepson met a Brady centre. Ilkeston refused to lie down, however. Lynch was forced to turn a Keith England shot around the post before they pulled a goal back on 36 minutes. Burton beat Howard and crossed from the right and Dennis Alexander rose to nod home.

Ilkeston set the pace at the start of the second half. Horace Hackland’s free kick was too hot for Lynch to hold and Kirkham was forced to clear. At the other end Lack shot across the face of goal but it was an isolated attack for Alfreton and Ilkeston duly equalised on 59 minutes. Alexander’s header was turned onto the bar and the ball ran out to the edge of the area to Hackland who fired in the rebound. The dramatic turnaround in fortunes concluded in the 73rd minute when Terry Swinscoe gleefully fired home a free kick from the edge of the box. Alfreton attacked strongly during the closing stages but Ilkeston defended defiantly and apart from a Brady shot that went harmlessly into the side net there were few scares.

TOWN SINK MOATMEN
26TH MARCH 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 4 GRESLEY ROVERS 0
Had Ilkeston shown more of a killer instinct they would have won by a much bigger margin against a poor Gresley side who resorted to petty fouling to keep the score respectable. Ilkeston dominated throughout and wasted an early chance when John Carrington opted to shoot across the face of goal instead of crossing to unmarked colleagues. They took the lead in the 10th minute when a terrific Clive Burton shot was parried by Morton and Cliff Roberts was well placed to score. Burton lifted the ball over the bar during the next attack but they did not have to wait long before they scored again. On 13 minutes, with Gresley’s defence in disarray, Alexander raced through and gave Morton no chance. Paddy Dunne, who had several teeth extracted the day before, struck a fierce first time shot that brought a good save from the Gresley ‘keeper. Gresley’s first serious attempt was a 20 yard shot by Wright but it lacked the power to trouble Gunther Schmiedel, who injured his nose during the game but fortunately had little to do. Burton had a header tipped over by Morton before Town added a third in the 35th minute, from a Terry Swinscoe penalty after Cashmore brought down Burton.

Town’s fourth came early in the second half when Dennis Alexander headed in Carrington’s high cross. They then eased up considerably although they came close to a fifth with a Lol Owen shot from distance that troubled Morton.

ILKESTON SCRAP TO VICTORY
2ND APRIL 1960
CLAY CROSS MINERS WELFARE 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
There was precious little good football played and the game was littered with petty fouls but Ilkeston just about deserved their victory. Substitute linesmen were instated at the last minute because neither of the official linesmen turned up. Dennis Alexander, who later in the game cut his lips when the ball struck him in the face, had the first shot but his effort from 30 yards went wide. Clay Cross’ first real attempt was a Gibson header that went just wide. With Town showing a reluctance to shoot Dennis Ward was the busier of the two ‘keepers until they gradually built up a head of steam. Paddy Dunne’s 20 yard cross shot was just off target and Terry Swinscoe’s powerful free kick was blocked by Millward prior to Ilkeston taking the lead in the 42nd minute. Eaton and Joe Holmes played Clive Burton onside and he coolly walked the ball round Walker and put the ball in the net.

As Ilkeston attacked early in the second half Paddy Dunne twice headed John Carrington crosses wide. Terry Swinscoe’s thumping drive from 20 yards knocked out Joe Holmes who bravely stuck his head in the way. Yet Clay Cross almost stunned Town near the end. Wragg’s cross was met first time by Millward, Dave Baker heading the ball off the line.

TOWN SOUND AT THE STAG GROUND
9TH APRIL 1960
KIMBERLEY TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston kept their faint title hopes alive with a win that was more comfortable than the result suggested. Strong in defence they kept a Kimberley side who played well during the first half at bay and they stepped up a gear after the break. Kimberley’s Wilson struck from distance during the opening exchanges and this brought a full length save from Gunther Schmiedel. Ilkeston’s first efforts were a John Carrington shot on the run that fizzed over the bar and a Clive Burton strike that went wide. Kimberley had a great chance when a free kick found Evans with the goal at his mercy but the quick thinking Lol Owen was alive to the danger and chested the ball clear. Ilkeston had the better of the exchanges during the closing stages of the first half. Cliff Roberts was only inches off target, Burton and Dennis Alexander had shots blocked, and Johnson saved a fierce cross shot by Eric Langham.

Ilkeston continued from where they left off after the break. Roberts’ first time shot tested Johnson and Alexander shot high over before they took the lead on 52 minutes, Burton meeting Langham’s inswinging corner with a close range header. Three minutes later he scored again with a header following Alexander’s overhead kick. Kimberley rarely threatened as Ilkeston eased up although they scored a consolation goal eight minutes from time when Lawman shot through a crowded area.

OLLERTON OUTCLASSED
16TH APRIL 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 6 OLLERTON COLLIERY 3
Ilkeston coasted to an easy victory although complacent defending allowed Ollerton to score three times. Dennis Alexander had a header saved by Wade inside the first minute and Town surged into the lead four minutes later, Eric Langham’s cross met by a Clive Burton header. Wade saved a low Langham shot and John Carrington and Alexander saw efforts fly wide as Ilkeston continued to pour forward. It was no surprise when they added a second on 14 minutes through Burton. Out of the blue Ollerton scored in the 35th minute. Gunther Schmiedel couldn’t hold Dougan’s shot and Bettison was left with a tap in. Ilkeston resumed on the attack and Burton had a shot tipped around the post before they scored again a minute before the break when Cliff Roberts ran through unchallenged.

Roberts scored again four minutes into the second half but a defensive mix up allowed Evans to pull a goal back for Ollerton two minutes later. Burton completed his hat-trick in the 54th minute and Alexander added the sixth three minutes later. Faulkner scored Ollerton’s third two minutes from time.

BURTON ON THE BUTTON AS TOWN FORCE REPLAY
18TH APRIL 1960
BUXTON 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FINAL @ BASEBALL GROUND)
Ilkeston showed true fighting spirit to come back from the dead and force a replay against their highly regarded opponents from the Cheshire County League. Ilkeston had a scare before the match started when Gunther Schmiedel, who suffered a rib injury during the game, was held up in traffic and he only arrived seven minutes before kick off. Buxton played attractive football whereas Ilkeston had greater bite during the first half and were consequently the more dangerous. When Dennis Alexander shot into the side net soon after half time it seemed as if the second half would follow a similar pattern but then Buxton took control. On 48 minutes Wilson forced his way past three defenders to put Buxton in front. They deservedly extended their lead in the 73rd minute when Wilson, cleverly transferring the ball to his left foot, wrong footed Schmiedel to claim his second. It seemed as if the Senior Cup was heading their way but they didn’t count on Town’s resilience. Even though Ken Johnson limped off briefly for treatment Ilkeston threw men forward and Buxton wilted under the pressure. Nine minutes from time Clive Burton headed home a perfect John Carrington cross to give Ilkeston hope. Dreams turned to reality within two minutes when Teece couldn’t hold on to Lol Owen’s long range shot and Burton was on hand to equalise. Ilkeston scented blood and they thought that they had secured an improbable victory when Alexander scored again a minute later but the goal was disallowed for a foul on Teece. Buxton were relieved when the final whistle blew and Ilkeston were happy to fight again another day.

BRILLIANT AT BELPER
23RD APRIL 1960
BELPER TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Belper were left humiliated and their title hopes were left in tatters by an awesome Ilkeston performance. Ilkeston seemed to get to the ball first every time after Belper started the match at a cracking pace. Page had a shot that was turned away by Dennis Ward before Ilkeston took over. On 13 minutes they took the lead when Clive Burton won a race for the ball with ‘keeper Webster to score. A minute later it was two, Webster completely misjudging John Carrington’s lob. Peter Huffen then crashed a shot against the bar before Ilkeston scored a third in the 27th minute. Keith Leonard found Huffen who swerved inside and headed the ball on to Cliff Roberts who made no mistake. Belper had nothing to offer except the long ball but this approach nearly paid off when Litchfield shot high over the bar from a good position. Belper continued to press and Vallance had a shot tipped over by Ward who also saved a point blank range shot from former Ilkeston forward Gordon Warrington. Cann then struck the bar as half time approached.

Any hopes Belper had of a revival were quashed a minute after half time when Carrington outpaced Butler and his cross was headed in by Huffen. As Ilkeston eased up Belper created a few chances, two good opportunities being missed by Litchfield and Warrington. Litchfield also sent a header wide before Page scored a consolation goal in the 82nd minute.

BUXTON TOO STRONG IN REPLAY
25TH APRIL 1960
BUXTON 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FINAL REPLAY @ BASEBALL GROUND)
Town’s never say die attitude was not enough to overcome a good Buxton side although the result was in doubt until the closing stages. The first 15 minutes were even and then Ilkeston enjoyed a spell of pressure before Buxton ended the first half on top when their clever approach play was evident.

Wilson gave Buxton the lead on 50 minutes but Town refused to give up. However Buxton defended stubbornly when necessary and the closest Ilkeston came to scoring was a John Carrington effort that narrowly missed the target. Buxton finally made the game safe in the 81st minute following Keith England’s foul on Wilson. Samuels scored the resultant penalty. Horace Hackland lobbed over the Buxton bar as Town tried to find a way back but the only goal that came fell Buxton’s way four minutes from time. Liversedge put Wilson clear and he scored his second amid appeals for offside.

MISFORTUNE AT MATLOCK
28TH APRIL 1960
MATLOCK TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston were unlucky to lose against Matlock who were heading towards the Central Alliance title. The loss of ‘keeper Dennis Ward during the second half proved to be the turning point. The home side went in front in the 5th minute through Boot following Sanders’ corner. Ilkeston soon settled and Dennis Alexander had a header tipped over by Arthington and then a Peter Huffen header struck the bar. Matlock almost scored a second goal when Boot broke through and let fly but he was denied by a brilliant save by Ward. Ilkeston deservedly equalised in the 39th minute after Alexander was brought down by Whitehead. Terry Swinscoe made no mistake from the spot.

Ilkeston appeared to be comfortable during the second half until Ward was kicked on the hand and had to retire from the game. Alexander took over in goal but he was beaten in the 74th minute. Caught in two minds he allowed Sanders to reach a forward lob before him and the Matlock player scored with a simple header. John Thornhill made his debut.

TOWN TOO GOOD BY ‘ALF
30TH APRIL 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 2 ALFRETON TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s watertight defence ensured that the visitors went home empty handed. A fairly even first half was followed by Ilkeston dominance and a richly deserved win. The game was delayed due to a couple of setbacks. Firstly, one of the linesmen failed to arrive so Clive Burton’s father, a qualified referee, had to get changed and run the line. Secondly, Alfreton’s shirts were judged to have clashed with Ilkeston’s and as they had no spare kit Alfreton had to change into Ilkeston’s away shirts. The first chance came Ilkeston’s way as Howerd almost put through his own goal under pressure from John Carrington. Hart then had to save bravely at Burton’s feet and soon after he stopped Peter Huffen’s effort from point blank range. Alfreton’s first effort of note was a Keith Jepson (later an Ilkeston player) header that cleared the bar but the closest either side came to a goal during the first half was when Ilkeston’s Cliff Roberts’ shot hit the post.

Dennis Ward came to Ilkeston’s rescue when he saved a Jepson shot and Horace Hackland managed to clear the danger during a goalmouth scramble as Alfreton attacked after half time. Soon Ilkeston took over and they took the lead on the hour. Huffen beat Mike Fitch (ex Ilkeston) and Dicks before crossing to Burton who accepted the chance. Jepson headed over following an Alfreton corner before Ilkeston made the game safe in the 71st minute. Roberts’ cross fell invitingly for the onrushing Carrington and he made no mistake. Ward made a difficult save from Lack look easy late in the game.

GAME OF MISSED PENALTIES AT GRESLEY
2ND MAY 1960
GRESLEY ROVERS 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston edged a thrilling game made memorable by the brilliance of Gresley’s teenage debutant goalkeeper Richards. One save in particular, from Horace Hackland in the second half, was superlative. Town deserved their victory although they had to survive a last minute penalty scare, Brews slamming the spot kick against the post. Ilkeston failed from the spot themselves, twice during the game, as Richards saved superbly from Terry Swinscoe on both occasions. Both teams looked to attack throughout although the only goal did not arrive until the 85th minute. John Carrington’s through ball found Peter Huffen who calmly chipped over the advancing Richards.

POOR FINISHING COSTS ILKESTON VICTORY
4TH MAY 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 2 WILMORTON & ALVASTON 2
Wayward finishing and another missed penalty prevented Ilkeston from gaining two points from a game they dominated. Wilmorton took the lead against the run of play in the 18th minute when Lakin’s effortless header from Leighton’s cross found the target. Ilkeston equalised seven minutes later through Dennis Alexander who did well to direct his header from a John Carrington cross into the net from an acute angle. The visitors regained the lead in the 40th minute when Richards dribbled past Terry Swinscoe and Horace Hackland and finished with a well placed shot.

Ilkeston had chances to win after half time and there were none better than Hackland’s penalty, in the 49th minute, that he blazed over the bar. Within a minute Town were awarded another penalty when Cliff Roberts was fouled and this time Alexander side footed it confidently into the net.

TOWN END SEASON IN STYLE
7TH MAY 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 5 SHIREBROOK MINERS WELFARE 1
After a lethargic opening that allowed Shirebrook to take the lead Ilkeston took command of the game and but for the excellence of Jelf, the Shirebrook goalkeeper, Town would have won by a bigger margin. Shirebrook’s 14th minute goal was down to a goalkeeping error by Dennis Ward who misjudged the flight of Parker’s speculative lob. Receiving a square pass from Horace Hackland, Cliff Roberts cracked in a cross shot to level the scores on 30 minutes. Nine minutes later Ilkeston went in front when Peter Huffen cleverly dummied Dennis Alexander’s low cross and John Carrington whipped in a left foot shot into the bottom corner.

Ilkeston extended their lead in the 54th minute through Huffen who pounced after Jelf had beaten down Carrington’s shot. Within five minutes they scored a fifth when Hackland played in Alexander for a fine goal. Alexander scored again, from the penalty spot, with a well placed shot on 67 minutes to round off a fine end of season display.


1959/60 CENTRAL ALLIANCE DIVISION TWO FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts H A
1 Matlock Town Reserves 36 26 7 3 147 59 59 3-0 1-1
2 ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 36 24 2 10 92 44 50 X X
3 Heanor Town Reserves 36 21 4 11 116 75 46 3-0 3-1
4 Ransome & Marles 36 18 8 10 90 66 44
5 Mansfield Town 'A' 36 19 8 11 92 75 44
6 Alfreton Town Reserves 36 20 3 14 114 92 43 2-1
7 Arnold St Marys Reserves 36 18 6 12 77 63 42 2-1
8 Long Eaton United Reserves 36 18 5 13 87 71 41 3-1
9 Aspley Old Boys 36 16 5 15 69 66 37
10 Grantham Reserves 36 14 8 14 80 71 36 3-1 0-3
11 Linby Colliery 36 15 6 15 58 71 36 2-0 0-1
12 Arnold Rovers 36 14 2 20 78 90 30 5-0 3-2
13 Ironville Amateurs 36 12 5 19 65 104 29 3-0
14 Nottingham Forest 'B' 36 11 6 19 69 78 28 2-0
15 Creswell Colliery Reserves 36 11 4 21 62 94 26 5-1
16 Wilmorton & Alvaston Reserves 36 9 8 19 63 109 26 3-0 2-3
17 Hucknall Collieries 36 11 4 21 87 137 26
18 Belper Town Reserves 36 11 2 23 74 100 24 1-2 1-4
19 Kimberley Town Reserves 36 8 1 27 66 122 17 3-0 0-2


DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP FINAL@CHESTERFIELD
BUXTON RESERVES 3, ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 0