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1960/61 CENTRAL ALLIANCE FIRST DIVISION (NORTH) FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Matlock Town 34 24 6 4 126 51 54
2 Sutton Town 34 23 6 5 103 46 52
3 Goole Town 34 23 5 6 122 54 51
4 Heanor Town 34 21 4 9 87 67 46
5 Arnold St Marys 34 19 5 10 87 54 43
6 Worksop Town 34 20 3 11 96 60 43
7 Gainsborough Trinity 34 17 8 9 77 38 42
8 ILKESTON TOWN 34 17 7 10 91 57 41
9 Belper Town 34 19 2 13 106 79 40
10 Alfreton Town 34 18 3 13 94 60 39
11 Denaby United 34 15 3 16 98 73 33
12 Kimberley Town 34 12 4 18 72 88 28
13 Creswell Colliery 34 12 2 20 66 103 26
14 Nottingham Forest 'A' 34 10 4 20 57 110 24
15 South Normanton Miners Welfare 34 6 3 25 59 102 15
16 Clay Cross Miners Welfare 34 5 5 24 61 123 15
17 Wilmorton & Alvaston 34 4 5 25 48 115 13
18 Shirebrook Miners Welfare 34 2 3 29 34 107 7



1960/61 CENTRAL ALLIANCE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
20 AUG NOTTINGHAM FOREST 'A' W4-1 BLOUNT, ASHER, BURTON, SWINSCOE (PEN)
23 AUG Wilmorton & Alvaston D2-2 BURTON, BROWN
27 AUG WILMORTON & ALVASTON W5-2 BLOUNT, ALEXANDER, SWINSCOE 2 (2PENS), WATSON
17 SEP Clay Cross Miners Welfare W3-2 ALEXANDER, BURTON 2
01 OCT Denaby United W2-1 BURTON 2
22 OCT BELPER TOWN W2-1 ROWE (OG), BURTON
29 OCT Sutton Town L2-3 ALEXANDER, BLOUNT
12 NOV KIMBERLEY TOWN W5-1 1194 WATSON, BLOUNT, SWINSCOE (PEN), BROWN, BURTON
26 NOV WORKSOP TOWN W7-3 BURTON 4, WATSON, BROWN, HEATH
03 DEC Alfreton Town L1-4 WATSON
10 DEC South Normanton Miners Welfare L1-2 BROWN
17 DEC SHIREBROOK MINERS WELFARE W8-2 725 BURTON 3, WATSON 4, ALEXANDER
24 DEC Heanor Town L1-2 HEATH
26 DEC HEANOR TOWN L1-2 CARRINGTON
31 DEC Kimberley Town D4-4 BURTON 3, ASHER
07 JAN CRESWELL COLLIERY W4-1 743 BLOUNT, BROWN, HEATH, SWINSCOE (PEN)
21 JAN GOOLE TOWN W7-0 BURTON 3, BLOUNT, WATSON 2, CARRINGTON
28 JAN GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY D1-1 WATSON
11 FEB Shirebrook Miners Welfare W3-0 DUNNE, BROWN 2
18 FEB DENABY UNITED W3-0 BURTON 2, JOHNSON (OG)
25 FEB Creswell Colliery W3-0 CARRINGTON, ASHER, BURTON
04 MAR SUTTON TOWN L0-1
11 MAR Goole Town L2-3 BURTON, WATSON
25 MAR Gainsborough Trinity D1-1 WATSON
01 APR CLAY CROSS MINERS WELFARE W5-0 BURTON 4, ALEXANDER
05 APR SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE W3-2 ALEXANDER, WATSON, BURTON
08 APR Matlock Town D2-2 BURTON, ASHER
12 APR Arnold St Marys D1-1 CARRINGTON
15 APR Worksop Town L1-4 BURTON
19 APR MATLOCK TOWN L1-4 WATSON
26 APR Nottingham Forest 'A' D0-0
29 APR Belper Town L1-2 THOMPSON
02 MAY ARNOLD ST MARYS W2-1 SWINSCOE (PEN), ASHER
06 MAY ALFRETON TOWN W3-2 BLOUNT, BURTON, BAKER



1960/61 FA CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1QR 10 SEP BURTON ALBION W3-1 2665 HEATH, ASHER 2
2QR 24 SEP TAMWORTH W3-1 2376 BLOUNT, SWINSCOE (PEN), HEATH
3QR 08 OCT LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED L0-3  



1960/61 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS
2R 14 JAN Ashbourne Town L2-3 BURTON, WATSON



1960/61 CENTRAL ALLIANCE LEAGUE CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
PR 03 SEP Sutton Town W1-0 2000 BLOUNT
1R 15 OCT HEANOR TOWN W2-1 1850 BURTON 2
2R 19 NOV Belper Town W6-3 HEATH 2, BURTON, WATSON 2, BLOUNT
QF 31 MAR Alfreton Town L2-4 BURTON, ASHER

TOWN OUTCLASS REDS
20TH AUGUST 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 4 NOTTINGHAM FOREST ‘A’ 1
Ilkeston made the best possible start to the season with an outstanding display filled with classy football. From the off they set about attacking Forest and both Tommy Asher and George Brown tested Ken Ward with first time shots. Other shots were blocked as Forest defended in depth before Asher just failed to connect with Peter Heath’s cross. Brown then drove the ball inches too high. Yet for all their attacking Ilkeston fell behind on 30 minutes when Pleat beat David Ballard down the right, cut inside, and trickled the ball past the advancing Dennis Ward. Forest were encouraged by the goal but Ilkeston soon had them penned back again. Heath cut in from the right and forced Ken Ward into a full length save and then he curled a left footer past the post. Two Clive Burton headers before half time just cleared the Forest bar.

Town dominated the second half. Dennis Alexander’s long range shot was too high and Asher had a point blank range shot before the equaliser finally arrived in the 53rd minute. A defensive error by Brehaut, who failed to cut out Heath’s cross, enabled Terry Blount to score. Within five minutes Ilkeston took the lead. Brown sent Heath away down the right and his perfect cross was put away by Asher. Burton’s header was dubiously ruled out for offside before he made the game safe on 84 minutes, finishing off a fine move involving Brown, Asher and Blount. The fourth goal came from the penalty spot three minutes from time after Niblett handled Brown’s goalbound shot, Terry Swinscoe making no mistake. It was a fitting result for Dave Baker, making his 300th appearance, against one of his former clubs.

BROWN LATE STRIKE EARNS POINT
23RD AUGUST 1960
WILMORTON & ALVASTON 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
A tense encounter ended with an 86th minute equaliser by George Brown as the game built to a thrilling climax. It was the least Ilkeston deserved after falling behind to an opportunist goal by former player Colin Hopkins in the 23rd minute. Town drew level seven minutes later when Clive Burton converted Peter Heath’s pinpoint cross.

Wilmorton regained the advantage early in the second half through a Glyn Parry penalty but were forced to dig deep as Ilkeston launched concerted attacks. Brown, who was carrying an injury from earlier in the game, was the saviour with a terrific strike from long range.

TOWN STORM TO VICTORY
27TH AUGUST 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 5 WILMORTON & ALVASTON 2
A thunderstorm caused a ten minute delay to the start and Ilkeston made up for lost time as they outfought and outpaced the visitors. Wilmorton’s negative approach failed to halt an Ilkeston team always on the lookout for goals. As Town dominated the early play Dennis Alexander and Clive Burton had efforts saved by Bricknell, Burton rattled the side net, and an Alexander header went just the wrong side of the post. They went ahead with a freak goal on 15 minutes, Terry Blount’s high cross deceiving Bricknell and going directly into the net. A first time shot by Tommy Asher went just wide and Derek Chamberlain then forced his way through but his final shot lacked direction. Ilkeston’s second, in the 28th minute, was a gem. Peter Heath’s cross was pulled back by Asher to Alexander who cracked the ball home on the run. They scored again on 36 minutes after Tony Watson, latching onto a Alexander pass, was charged and Terry Swinscoe blasted home from the spot. Bricknell was kept busy as Ilkeston tried in vain to add to their lead before half time.

The fourth goal arrived just three minutes after the break. Heath’s high cross created panic and Mansfield dived to handle Burton’s resultant shot, enabling Swinscoe to crack home his second penalty of the afternoon. Colin Hopkins, the former Town player, forced his way through Town’s defence to score with Wilmorton’s first worthwhile effort on 51 minutes and then David Ballard, under no real pressure, turned Hardy’s cross into his own net to revive Wilmorton hopes. Town didn’t buckle in the torrential rain, however, and Tony Watson headed home a Burton cross in the 75th minute.

WARD SAVES PENALTY AS COOL TOWN PROGRESS
3RD SEPTEMBER 1960
SUTTON TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (LEAGUE CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND)
Ilkeston’s cool, methodical approach deservedly earned them a place in the first round following this scrappy encounter in front of 2000 spectators. The home side offered little apart from the big boot and an effective offside trap but they nevertheless had plenty of attacks, which Ilkeston dealt with without too many alarms. Sutton made the early attacks and a Bates shot bounced off Dave Baker for a corner. Priest then ballooned a shot over before Ilkeston scored the winner with their first real attack on 5 minutes. Clever play by George Brown released John Carrington and his lofted cross was spilled by Stone as he was challenged by Peter Heath with Terry Blount on hand for a simple finish. Sutton responded with aggressive tactics and Carrington was the victim of a hefty challenge by Parker. They also launched long clearances to turn defence into attack and from one of them Priest’s first time shot was held by Dennis Ward. Ilkeston were forced to defend as the half time interval approached.

Ilkeston began the second half well and Heath forced Stone into a save but a harsh penalty award against them offered Sutton the chance to draw level. Hammerton, breaking into the box, collided with Derek Chamberlain and the referee decided that he had been fouled. Perhaps justice was done when Ward saved Parker’s weak shot from the spot. Ilkeston came desperately close to killing the game when Heath beat Parker and Deans down the right and lobbed the advancing post but the ball bounced off the inside of the post to safety. They then had to survive a late Sutton onslaught. Priest ballooned the ball over and Praksi saw his shot well blocked by Chamberlain as Ilkeston held on.

BREWERS DROOP
10TH SEPTEMBER 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 3 BURTON ALBION 1 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
A bumper 2665 Manor Ground crowd, swelled by around 1000 visiting fans, saw Ilkeston beat formidable Southern League First Division opponents Burton Albion. The Brewers were destroyed by a rampant Town team who taught them a lesson in fighting football. They had plenty of the ball and were clever in midfield but Dennis Ward did not have a shot to save in the first half during which Ilkeston scored three times. The first goal arrived in the 5th minute when George Brown sent Peter Heath away and his shot deceived Follows. Three minutes later Town scored again. Heath beat Page and cut inside before delivering a short pass to Tommy Asher who cracked the ball home. Ilkeston’s third was another well worked effort. Brown fed Terry Blount wide on the left who beat Tye and cut inside past Kennedy and Davis before slipping the ball to Asher who scored from close range.

Ilkeston continued to play the better football after the break. Clive Burton had a header saved by Follows and Heath ballooned over the bar from two yards before Grainger pulled a goal back in the 69th minute. Town didn’t buckle and could easily have added further goals. Follows made a fine save to deny Burton and Blount shot into the side net when a cross may have been more productive.

ILKESTON PUSHED TO THE LIMIT
17TH SEPTEMBER 1960
CLAY CROSS MINERS WELFARE 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Clay Cross, with just one point from their first seven games, played with surprising spirit and determination and it wasn’t until the final half hour that Ilkeston were able to stamp their authority. Clay Cross’ kick and rush tactics paid off as early as the 5th minute when they went into the lead. Joe Holmes found Wragg and his pass was hooked home by Simpson. Town equalised on 17 minutes when Dennis Alexander beat the offside trap and his 25 yard lob eluded the advancing Wilson. Far from being dispirited by this setback the home side came close to scoring again with a Simpson header that clipped the bar. Ilkeston gradually came more into the game and after Wilson saved a Clive Burton shot with some difficulty he made further stops to deny Peter Heath, Tommy Asher and Burton again. Just when it seemed that Town had taken control Clay Cross stunned them in the 42nd minute by regaining the lead. Alexander’s foul on Simpson led to Holmes’ successful penalty conversion.

Ilkeston improved after half time but they had to wait until 71 minutes before the equaliser came. George Brown sent Asher away and he slipped the ball inside to Burton who took full advantage. However, he should have done better minutes later when he chose to shoot instead of passing to the unmarked Brown and Heath. The miss wasn’t costly as he made amends ten minutes from time with a fine header following excellent play between Brown and Heath.

TAMWORTH TAMED
24TH SEPTEMBER 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 3 TAMWORTH 1 (FA CUP SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND)
Town knocked Birmingham League Tamworth out of the FA Cup for the second season running and their victory was well deserved. Tamworth rarely threatened and Ilkeston dominated the game, watched by 2376 spectators, from the start, Lewis being forced to save a Clive Burton header early on. Town took the lead in the 14th minute when Terry Blount converted an easy chance provided by Tommy Asher. Tamworth gradually came more into the game and when Mitchell got past David Ballard he was able to get in a shot but the angle was too tight and the ball hit the side net. Tony Watson came much closer for Ilkeston with a header that went inches wide before a Hartopp shot at the other end went well wide. Tamworth could easily have equalised when a Terry Swinscoe error gave Seedhouse a chance but his effort hit the post and then he headed the rebound wide. Ilkeston’s best opportunity in the closing stages of the first half fell to Asher although his shot lacked power.

Tamworth tried to force their way back into the game early in the second half but they rarely troubled Ilkeston. However, on 63 minutes, Dave Baker tripped Mitchell and a penalty was awarded. Smith blazed the spot kick high over but Dennis Ward had moved too soon and Smith scored with the retake. Tamworth scarcely deserved to be level but the goal gave them confidence and they almost scored again when Muir hit the bar and Wallbank’s effort from the rebound struck the post. Ilkeston were stung back to life and there was no way back for Tamworth when they regained the lead in the 73rd minute. It took three defenders to collectively bring down Peter Heath and Swinscoe crashed in the resultant penalty. Six minutes later Ilkeston made certain of victory. The inspirational George Brown sent Burton away down the right and his cross was put away by Heath.

DENABY DEFEATED
1ST OCTOBER 1960
DENABY UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston passed this stiff test with flying colours against a team that had topped the table early in the season. Without doubt Denaby had some fine individuals but they failed to combine as a team as effectively as Ilkeston. Only during the last 15 minutes, when Tony Watson played on with a head injury and ‘keeper Dennis Ward also took a knock, did Denaby threaten to change the outcome of the game but Ilkeston dug deep to deservedly win. The day didn’t start off well for Town, however, when a fruitless search for Terry Swinscoe meant that the team bus arrived late at the ground. Seemingly making up for lost time Ilkeston went straight on the attack and Johnson twice had to clear off the line. The same player then headed a Dennis Alexander shot over his own bar but Ilkeston managed the breakthrough on 15 minutes when Clive Burton headed home a Terry Blount cross. The home side almost scored out of the blue through a Watkins shot that was headed off the line by Dave Baker. However Ilkeston scored again in the 34th minute with a cleverly worked move that put Burton in the clear and he shot past the advancing Metcalfe. Within a minute a superb Dodds header raised Denaby’s hopes.

Town set about making the game safe after half time. George Brown’s long range shot hit the side net and Cliff Roberts saw an effort go well wide. In a couple of isolated Denaby attacks Dodds and Sapey both snatched at chances that went harmlessly off target while Tommy Asher failed to test Metcalfe with a fine chance at the other end. Asher did better with his next effort but his shot was headed to safety by Collinson. Denaby piled on the pressure late in the game but found that Ilkeston were in no mood to surrender their lead.

LOUGHBOROUGH KILL TOWN CUP HOPES
8TH OCTOBER 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 0 LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 3 (FA CUP THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND)
Slick, open football by the visitors easily saw off a disappointingly lethargic Ilkeston challenge. Town had seen off supposedly superior opponents in the previous rounds but never looked like beating a team who played in the Southern section of the Central Alliance. It was a very frustrating afternoon for Town and matters were not helped by the frequent time wasting by the Loughborough ‘keeper Kirkham who was finally penalised for his actions. His opposite number, Dennis Ward, was called into action early in the game when he turned away a Sketchley shot. Ilkeston’s best spell of the game followed but Dennis Alexander put a header over the bar and Clive Burton lashed wide a glorious chance created by George Brown and Alexander. They were made to pay for these misses when Loughborough went in front on 24 minutes, Ramshaw volleying in Verity’s low cross. Ward then had to save bravely at Purvis’ feet. Minutes before Loughborough doubled their lead in the 34th minute Cliff Roberts’ shot beat Kirkham but was ruled out for offside. Town didn’t receive a similar decision in their favour when the unmarked Henson headed a Morris free kick past Ward. Loughborough came close to a third before the break when Dave Baker headed a Hazledine attempt off the line.

Ilkeston’s frustration was illustrated by Brown who was booked during the second half for lashing out at Hazledine. Their misery was made complete in the 71st minute when a Verity shot appeared to strike Derek Chamberlain on the back and a penalty was awarded for handball. Ward did well to get a hand to Verity’s spot kick but he couldn’t keep it out and Ilkeston’s excellent unbeaten start to the season came to an end.

ILKESTON STROLL TO NARROW VICTORY
8TH OCTOBER 1950
ILKESTON TOWN 2 HEANOR TOWN 1 (LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND)
Ilkeston did enough to but Heanor although such was their mastery that they should have won much more convincingly. Watched by 1750 spectators Ilkeston went straight on the attack. Terry Blount hooked a Clive Burton cross wide and George Brown had a terrific shot charged down that led to an almighty scramble. Yet Heanor began to show ambition themselves and Pearson had a shot headed off the line by Dave Baker. Geraghty sent a lob over the bar but he soon headed Heanor into a 14th minute lead in the when he reached a Barry Marsh (later an Ilkeston player) ahead of Dennis Ward. Ilkeston were not helping themselves with their carefree approach and it was left to Burton to level the scores on 22 minutes with a header after Dennis Alexander had forced his way down the left. Alexander headed another chance inches over before half time.

Ilkeston stepped up a gear after half time and Peter Heath should have given them the lead when he was presented with a golden chance by Tommy Asher and Blount but he took too long to get in a decisive shot. Burton then should have attempted to find the unmarked Heath but he chose to go it alone and was crowded out. The winner came in the 52nd minute when Burton guided Heath’s low corner past Mason. Mason did well to keep the ball out when Capel deflected a Heath cross towards his own goal. Burton then found himself in acres of space with only Mason to beat but he hesitated, expecting an offside flag, before hurriedly shooting over the bar. With Ilkeston now in total control Mason made further saves from Asher and a powerful Baker free kick, Asher went close and Burton missed an open goal presented by Heath’s cross. Mason’s best save came near the end when he tipped over a superb strike by George Brown.

TOWN OVERCOME BELPER CHALLENGE
22ND OCTOBER 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BELPER TOWN 1
Ilkeston deservedly beat a Belper team previously unbeaten on their travels and could easily have won by a bigger margin. They defended well when necessary during the second half when Belper came more into the game after Ilkeston had more of the play before the break. Play fluctuated during the opening minutes. A 30 yard George Brown cracker wasn’t far off target while at the other end Dennis Ward did well to turn Page’s stinging close range shot over the bar. The Belper man then volleyed wide before Ilkeston took the lead on 15 minutes when Rowe headed Terry Blount’s well struck cross into his own net. When Belper looked for an equaliser Lakin evaded Terry Swinscoe and shot wide but Clive Burton’s header for Ilkeston was much closer. Ward did well to save another well struck shot by Page before Ilkeston doubled their lead in the 41st minute. A lovely move started by Brown and Peter Heath ended with a Blount burst down the left and his cross was met by a brilliant Burton header. Somewhat in disarray Belper somehow made it to half time without conceding another goal.

Belper’s early second half attacks culminated with a Poplar shot that was beaten out by Ward and Derek Chamberlain was able to clear. They continued to press yet rarely threatened and Ilkeston looked lively on the break. Burton shot wide and twice Bailey had to save from Heath whilst the closest Ilkeston got to a third was when Burton touched wide a Brown cross from close range. Belper caused some concern by scoring in the 71st minute when Lakin took full advantage of a Grogan pass. But The Nailers never looked like grabbing an undeserved equaliser as Ilkeston spent most of the remaining minutes on the attack.

WARD MISTAKES AS TOWN LOSE TWO GOAL LEAD
29TH OCTOBER 1960
SUTTON TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2
The two remaining unbeaten clubs in the Central Alliance battled it out and in the final minute leaders Sutton won the match after fighting back from two goals down. It was tough luck on Ilkeston who had played very well and their spirit was best illustrated by Tommy Asher, injured in the fifth minute, who played on until the end with what was later diagnosed as a broken ankle. Sutton launched the early attacks and Dennis Ward was twice tested by long range shots by Howard and Kinder’s inswinging corner from the left hit the bar. Ilkeston’s first chance fell to Clive Burton who broke clear but he was dispossessed by Turton’s dash from his line. They didn’t have to wait long before going in front, however. In the 14th minute Dennis Alexander shot through a crowd of players and three minutes later they stunned Sutton by doubling their lead, Terry Blount steering home Alexander’s free kick. The home side were stung into action and Ward made several saves before they pulled a goal back, the unlucky Alexander diverting Priest’s shot into his own net with his head. Fierce Sutton pressure brought no further award before half time as Ilkeston defended doggedly.

Sutton got the goal they needed a minute after half time when Bancroft applied the finishing touch to a Praksi corner while Ward fatally hesitated. Yet although Sutton launched plenty of attacks during the second half Ilkeston looked likely to sneak a goal with one of their dangerous breaks. However, in the final minute, with Ward rooted firmly to his line, Priest headed home a free kick from point blank range.

CUTTS BRILLIANCE CAN’T HALT TOWN
12TH NOVEMBER 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 5 KIMBERLEY TOWN 1
A bad cut under Kimberley ‘keeper Davis’ eye sustained in the 15th minute, by which time Ilkeston had already scored twice, led to former Town player Graham Cutts taking over in goal and his heroics prevented a massacre. Kimberley showed plenty of enthusiasm but lacked the skill necessary to give Ilkeston a real test. Town took the lead inside thirty seconds through Tony Watson and their second arrived as early as the 3rd minute when Davis could only feebly push Terry Blount’s cross onto the bar and into the net. Another goalkeeping error, this time by Dennis Ward when he allowed a Trevor Langham shot to slither past him, gave Kimberley hope and former Ilkeston forward Les Disney shot just wide from 20 yards. Ilkeston then took control. Davis made amends with a full length save to keep out a Tom Stockley shot but he was injured shortly after when he made a brave save at Clive Burton’s feet. Stand in ‘keeper Cutts did well to tip over a Watson shot and Kimberley had to defend in depth to keep Ilkeston out. Their resistance was broken when former Ilkeston player Terry Anthony fouled Peter Heath and Terry Swinscoe scored from the spot on 41 minutes.

Kimberley had a chance to reduce the arrears early in the second half when Trevor Langham ran onto Anthony’s long clearance but he put the ball well wide. Ilkeston were still in command, however, and a Heath shot hit the post, Cutts saved a Dave Baker blast from long range, and then Cutts recovered to save a dipping Heath lob. Several other shots were blocked before Ilkeston finally scored a fourth in the 69th minute. For once Cutts fumbled a Blount cross and George Brown pounced in an instant. Ilkeston then took it easy and when Swinscoe was too casual with his clearance former Ilkeston winger Eric Langham wasted the chance. Toulson then fired a rocket inches wide before Ilkeston finished the game strongly. Brown shot just wide from outside the area and then Burton, at the second attempt, beat Cutts for the fifth five minutes from time to send most of the 1194 spectators home happy.

TON UP BLOUNT AS ILKESTON GO ON RAMPAGE
19TH NOVEMBER 1960
BELPER TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 6 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Irresistible attacking play by Ilkeston took them to the semi finals after a fairly even and exciting first half. They took Belper by surprise by storming forward from the start and Terry Blount twice shot just off target before they took an early lead when Peter Heath’s left wing corner curled directly into the net. The lead didn’t last long as Poplar headed Fox’s cross into the net for an 8th minute equaliser. But within a minute Ilkeston were back in front when George Brown’s long range shot cannoned off Clive Burton’s head and past the bemused Bailey. As Ilkeston continued to pour forward Bailey punched out a Blount shot, he then tipped over a Brown shot, and Bacon cleared off the line by Burton. Against the run of play Belper equalised again on 20 minutes when, pouncing on Butler’s long clearance, Poplar evaded Terry Swinscoe and pushed the ball to Grogan who scored with a first time shot. Tony Watson’s spectacular 25 yard header came close to restoring Ilkeston’s advantage but Belper created chances of their own. The best two fell to Poplar but he wasted them both, shooting weakly wide when well placed and then failing with only Dennis Ward to beat. Ilkeston thought they had gone in front when Heath scored but the referee ruled that Burton, who was booked for protesting, was in an offside position. However, they scored again before half time when after a lovely solo run Heath pulled the ball back for Watson to score.

Belper briefly threatened early in the second half when again Poplar shot wide from a good position and a Lakin effort was cleared off the line by Swinscoe. Ilkeston’s desire to continue to push forward was rewarded in the 63rd minute when Heath’s accurate corner was volleyed through a crowd of players by Blount to register his 100th goal for the club. Their fifth arrived on 73 minutes with a superb goal by Heath who outpaced Butler and ended a terrific run with a spectacular left foot shot. Two minutes later Town scored another brilliant goal. Tom Stockley, Burton and Brown worked the opening beautifully for Burton to send in a cross that was guided home by Watson at the far post. With Ilkeston home and dry Belper scored a magnificent individual consolation goal through Page in the 78th minute.

TIGERS TROUNCED
26TH NOVEMBER 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 7 WORKSOP TOWN 3
Playing with attacking pace and power Ilkeston provided all the entertainment despite the muddy conditions. Almost constant early pressure led to them taking a 19th minute when Nunn failed to collect Peter Heath’s cross and Clive Burton reached the loose ball just ahead of colleague Tony Watson. Five minutes later Ilkeston doubled their lead through a simple Watson finish after Heath tormented Maddison. It was something of a surprise when Worksop scored on 29 minutes with a Meechan header following Calladine’s burst down the left and subsequent cross after leaving Dave Baker trailing.

Any doubts about the result disappeared five minutes after half time when Burton broke down the right and cut inside to slip the ball past the advancing Nunn. Two minutes later Burton completed his hat-trick after Nunn pushed out Watson’s header. Ilkeston’s fifth came in the 57th minute when Nunn pushed out Heath’s shot straight to George Brown who drove in the rebound. Worksop scored a second goal in the 71st minute. Calladine broke down the left, cut inside and fired in a shot that Dennis Ward could only push into the air, Nevin forcing the ball home. Ilkeston continued in an attacking mode and scored again on 77 minutes after Watson put Heath in the clear. Their seventh was scored by Burton three minutes from time whilst Worksop scored a consolation goal, four minutes into stoppage time, through a Bellamy penalty after Meechan went down in the area despite minimal contact.

ILKESTON SWAMPED
3RD DECEMBER 1960
ALFRETON TOWN 4 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Appalling conditions, a swamp like pitch and bitterly cold rain made good football impossible and it was remarkable that the referee allowed the game to go ahead. The game was quite even to begin with and Ilkeston created a couple of early openings, Clive Burton’s shot bringing out a straightforward save from Lynch and then George Brown failed to connect properly with a dangerous Peter Heath centre. Once Alfreton took a 15th minute lead when Davis crashed in Hawley’s cross the game changed. They scored again five minutes later through a Hawley first time volley. Ilkeston rallied briefly as Lynch made a good save by the post from Heath’s close range shot and then he kept out Terry Blount’s attempt from point blank range. However Lynch couldn’t keep out Tony Watson’s 36th minute effort following a corner. Within three minutes Alfreton restored their two goal advantage with a somewhat fortunate goal, McLaren didn’t realise that the referee had awarded an indirect free kick and shot straight for goal but the ball took the slightest deflection on its way in so the goal stood.

With the conditions worsening Ilkeston played with plenty of spirit after the break but they couldn’t break down the Alfreton defence. The visibility was so poor that only those close to the action saw Davis score a fourth goal for Alfreton.

TOWN HORROR SHOW
10TH DECEMBER 1960
SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston turned in a display bereft of ideas, urgency and skill despite racing into a 3rd minute lead with their first attack. Peter Heath’s centre grazed the bar and when Terry Blount put the ball back into the box George Brown ran it into the net. Earlier South Normanton’s Litchfield shot wide and most of the further goal attempts were made by the home side. What the home side lacked in creativity they made up for with plenty of heart. Future Ilkeston forward Keith Jepson scored in the 58th minute to level the scores and they deservedly took the lead on 73 minutes when Mortimer headed home Berry’s centre.

ILKESTON ROUT BOTTOM CLUB
17TH DECEMBER 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 8 SHIREBROOK 2
Shirebrook, who arrived with just one point from their twelve league games, left the Manor Ground well and truly destroyed by an Ilkeston team who at times were to casual for their own good. Clive Burton opened the scoring on 10 minutes following a fine Tony Watson pass and John Carrington should have made it two when he shot straight at Jelf when through on goal. Burton appeared to be chasing a lost cause as the ball headed towards the goal line but he kept it in play with a back heeler that fell perfectly for Watson to make it two in the 28th minute. Seconds later Watson scored again when he took full advantage of George Brown’s through ball. With Ilkeston rampant Jelf did brilliantly to keep out a Watson snap shot and a Dennis Alexander header but the latter scored a fourth two minutes before the break when he turned the ball in following Brown’s fine solo run and lob forward.

Shirebrook came out fighting at the start of the second half and when Dennis Ward couldn’t hold Wardle’s 47th minute shot Hopkins was on hand to score. Watson struck a first time shot over and then he shot wide from a Peter Heath before he completed his hat-trick on 62 minutes after being set up by Burton. Ilkeston’s sixth was a result of a fine move between Brown and Watson that ended with Burton beating Jelf. Jelf then did well to keep out Burton’s 73rd minute header but the ball ran loose for Watson to score his fourth. Although Doyle was able to score a consolation goal for Shirebrook four minutes from time there was still time for Burton to complete his hat-trick following John Carrington’s cross in the final minute. The match was watched by 725 spectators.

DERBY DAZE FOR ILKESTON
24TH DECEMBER 1960
HEANOR TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
After starting the match strongly Ilkeston gradually lost their way while Heanor improved as the game wore on. Their ineffectiveness in the final third ultimately cost Ilkeston the game. Both Tony Watson and Clive Burton saw shots fly over the bar before the game was even a minute old but the first shot on target came Heanor’s way, Dennis Ward saving Geraghty’s shot. They came closer to scoring when a Rowlands free kick was cleared off the line. After Watson’s header was easily held by Holmes Rowlands had a try from long range that left Ward with a simple save. The game continued to ebb and flow as Watson crashed a drive just over and Geraghty miscontrolled with the goal at his mercy. Greaghty and Barry Marsh (later an Ilkeston player) both headed wide whilst the closest Ilkeston came to scoring during the first half was a misdirected Peter Heath cross that was headed off the line by Bee.

Heanor went in front on 53 minutes and it was down to a goalkeeping error by Ward. Under pressure from Geraghty he could only punch Marsh’s high lob into the net. Ilkeston equalised four minutes later when Heath fired in at the second attempt after his first shot was blocked but that was the last time they were seen as an attacking force as Heanor took control. Ward made a brilliant save from Capel’s powerful long range strike, Middleton shot weakly wide, and then the same player saw his next effort flash wide. On a Ilkeston rare attack Capel cleared off the line during a goalmouth scramble after which ‘keeper Holmes needed attention. Heanor had a great chance to take the lead when Dennis Alexander fouled Geraghty but Middleton missed the penalty. However, the winner was not long coming and it arrived in the 77th minute when Marsh scored from close range following a Rowland cross.

HEANOR DO THE DOUBLE
26TH DECEMBER 1960
ILKESTON TOWN 1 HEANOR TOWN 2
Ilkeston had enough of the game to have sewn it up but it was a tale of missed chances, especially during the first half. Heanor’s more direct approach paid dividends, particularly during the second half when Ilkeston were caught out as they pushed men forward. Ilkeston had virtually all the play in the opening half with Heanor’s only efforts of note being speculative shots by Cresswell from long range. In the opening minutes a Peter Heath cross caused all sorts of panic in the Heanor goalmouth and it was from one of his crosses later in the half that John Carrington headed against the post.

The second half was closer fought although Ilkeston continued to have more of the ball. Dennis Ward had to beat away an effort by Barry Marsh (later an Ilkeston player) but otherwise Holmes was the busier ‘keeper. He had to make a stop to deny Dennis Alexander and when he was beaten by a Heath free kick into the danger area Bee was on hand to clear off the line. When Ilkeston took the lead, Carrington heading home a Heath cross, it seemed as if they would go on to win but in a frantic finale Heanor scored twice in the last ten minutes. Capel equalised on 80 minutes and in the 87th minute, with Dave Baker caught out of position, Rowlands broke up the left and crossed for Geraghty to nod home.

ILKESTON TOSS AWAY THREE GOAL LEAD
31ST DECEMBER 1960
KIMBERLEY TOWN 4 ILKESTON TOWN 4
On a partly waterlogged Stag Ground Ilkeston threw away a golden opportunity to pick up two points when they simply wilted as Kimberley’s do or die approach after half time hauled them back into the game. Ilkeston scored after just 3 minutes when Terry Blount’s sliced cross was converted by Clive Burton from close range. They doubled their lead in the 12th minute with a superb goal by Tommy Asher who wormed his way through, swivelled, and fired past Davis from 25 yards. Kimberley were gifted their first goal by Terry Swinscoe whose casual clearance on 30 minutes went straight to Trevor Langham who shot hard and low past Dennis Ward. Swinscoe almost made amends soon after with a superb 45 yard strike that Davis turned away for a corner and then Burton headed against the post. Ilkeston deservedly scored a third a minute before half time when Burton headed home a John Carrington cross.

When Burton pounced onto Lol Owen’s long lob forward to complete his hat-trick within a minute of the restart they seemed home and dry. But then Kimberley, with nothing to lose, threw everything at Ilkeston who simply didn’t have the stomach for the battle. On the hour Wilson’s shot crossed the line before Blount was able to clear and they scored their third five minutes later when Les Disney’s shot was diverted into the net by Eric Langham, the players involved being former Ilkeston players. It was Disney who grabbed their deserved equaliser on 78 minutes when he nipped in to glide the ball past Ward. The only surprise after that was that Ilkeston managed to hold on for a point.

LATE SHOW CRUSHES CRESWELL
7TH JANUARY 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 4 CRESWELL COLLIERY 1
Ilkeston left it late to come from behind and kill off Creswell’s spirited resistance with a stunning four goal blast. The visitors began in a lively fashion and a Lack shot was headed off the line by Dave Baker. Wragg then missed his kick with the goal at his mercy before Ilkeston came more into the picture. Two great opportunities created by George Brown were missed by Clive Burton and Terry Blount. Creswell took the lead in the 21st minute when Lack’s shot was turned into his own net by Terry Swinscoe past Steve Shepherd. Ilkeston then took control of the game but found Creswell hard to break down. Nevertheless they had a great chance to equalise before half time but they were thwarted by Howard’s fine save from Swinscoe’s penalty, awarded for handball against Hall.

Ilkeston took the game to Creswell after the break but nothing was happening until John Carrington inspired a complete turnaround. They equalised in the 72nd minute when Hall handled once more and this time Swinscoe was successful from the spot. Within three minutes they had taken the lead. Carrington went on a fine run before sending over a cross to Blount who, unable to get in a shot, squared the ball for Brown to score. A minute later, with Creswell shellshocked, Tony Watson sent Carrington away down the right and he pulled the ball back to Peter Heath who did the rest. Three minutes from time the majority of the 743 crowd marvelled at the transformation as Burton sent Carrington away once more and Blount was left with a simple tap in from the resulting cross.

ASHAMBLES
14TH JANUARY 1961
ASHBOURNE TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SECOND ROUND)
Ilkeston suffered a humiliating defeat against a struggling Central Alliance Division Two side who had twice been beaten by Town’s reserves earlier in the season. There was no doubt that the best team won. Ashbourne showed commendable commitment whilst Ilkeston lacked teamwork and fight. Although the playing surface was poor there could be no excuses for Town’s abject display. Ashbourne began brightly and Steve Shepherd had to make a brave save at Challinor’s feet but he was beaten in the 11th minute when Davis blasted home first time through a crowded goalmouth. Ilkeston equalised a minute later when Tony Watson’s pass set up Clive Burton as Ashbourne’s defenders appealed in vain for offside. Far from being downhearted the home side regained the lead on 20 minutes through Preston who beat Lol Owen before firing in a hard low shot.

When Watson equalised in the 66th minute it seemed as if Ilkeston would go on to win and for the first time in the game they were on top. Dennis Alexander fired into the side net, Terry Blount shot wildly off target when well placed and Ashbourne defender Brown almost put through his own goal under pressure from Burton. Ilkeston were stunned in the 74th minute when Preston beat Owen again and his cross was headed home by Challinor. Ashbourne rarely looked like throwing the game away from that moment on and were worthy winners.

GOAL GLUT AGAINST GOOLE
21ST JANUARY 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 7 GOOLE TOWN 0
Ilkeston made an amazing transformation from the previous week by destroying league leaders Goole with some inspired football on a boggy Manor Ground. Goole began the game quite brightly but once Ilkeston settled there was only one team in it. Ilkeston took the lead in the 17th minute when fine play between Tommy Asher and Tony Watson sent John Carrington away and his cross was met by a Clive Burton header. On 23 minutes they scored again, Burton finding Asher whose prod forward to Terry Blount was crashed into the net. Three minutes later Town scored a third after Derek Chamberlain’s lob into the area found Blount and his pass was put away by Burton. Goole’s first dangerous attack saw Dennis Ward save bravely at Howard’s feet but it was an isolated attempt and Ilkeston scored again in the 37th minute. A lovely five man move ended with Watson’s through pass being converted by Burton for a first half hat-trick. Ilkeston scored a fifth a minute before the break when Watson stuck away an Asher cross.

Ilkeston continued to dominate throughout the second half but the goals were less forthcoming. Carrington’s rising shot was held by France who produced an even better save to keep out a Dennis Alexander rocket. France then dived full length to keep out a Watson scorcher and Blount was unlucky to see his shot deflect off Brewin for a corner. Blount’s misfortune continued when his goalbound shot struck team mate Asher and run to safety. Goole’s attempt for a consolation goal fell to Howard who headed inches wide before Ilkeston rounded off the afternoon with two goals in the last ten minutes. First Carrington broke away and Watson fired home when the ball fell into his path, and then Burton’s shot was half stopped by France only for Carrington to crack in the loose ball with a first time shot.

TRINITY GAINS UNLIKELY POINT
28TH JANUARY 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 1 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 1
Ilkeston had the edge and appeared to be heading for victory until Gainsborough grabbed an undeserved late equaliser. Trinity were a robust outfit, who singled out Clive Burton for some rough treatment, and lacked creativity and it was a defensive error that allowed them back into the game. The ball frequently stopped dead in the ankle high mud but Ilkeston still tried to play football whereas Gainsborough were reduced to firing speculatively from long distance. Tommy Asher tested Daley in Ilkeston’s first attack but their supporters, with newly crowned Football Queen Miss Barbara Wheatcroft in attendance, didn’t have to wait long for a goal. On 6 minutes Tony Watson headed in a John Carrington corner to give Town the lead. Trinity’s first two attempts were Reeson and Johnson shots that were both wide enough not to cause alarm. Ilkeston continued to play the better football and Daley made a decent save to keep out Terry Blount’s shot on the run. Dennis Ward made a better save when he turned Johnson’s snappy header over the bar but Ilkeston were solid in defence when Gainsborough searched for an equaliser before half time.

Town had a scare after the break when Ward misjudged the flight of Roberts’ lob and the ball hit the bar but it was still completely out of the blue when they equalised two minutes from time. Terry Swinscoe, inside his own area made the mistake of trying, in the deep mud, to pass the ball back to Ward. It never stood a chance of reaching him and Fidler nipped in to score.

TOWN LET SHIREBROOK OFF LIGHTLY
11TH FEBRUARY 1961
SHIREBROOK 0 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston ‘keeper John Reddington didn’t have a single save to make against the sorry bottom of the table opponents yet Town failed miserably to take full advantage. Ilkeston pressed forward from the start and Jelf was forced into an early save by a Tony Watson header. George Brown and Paddy Dunne both shot wide before Dunne, chasing onto a Carrington long ball, put Town ahead in the 9th minute. Watson then drove high and wide, and Jelf made a great save to keep out a Brown attempt but he was beaten by the same player’s lovely controlled 25 yard strike on 23 minutes. Ilkeston’s third came five minutes before the break when Carrington’s corner was cleared to Brown who once more picked his spot delightfully from range.

Torrential rain and squally wind forced the players off for ten minutes just as the second half was about to begin. Ilkeston continued to have all the play when the game restarted but they lacked killer instinct. Nevertheless, the Shirebrook goal led a charmed life and Jelf made countless saves, some of them fortunate, and Brown and Dunne could count themselves unlucky not to have added further goals.

ILKESTON REVIVAL CONTINUES
18TH FEBRUARY 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 3 DENABY UNITED 0
Town’s direct and menacing attacks subdued a Denaby team that showed early promise but who resorted to a more robust style when things didn’t go their way. The change in attitude helped Ilkeston even more and they took advantage of their ill disciplined opponents to win with plenty to spare. The first chance of the game came Ilkeston’s way when Tony Watson just failed to connect with John Carrington’s cross but Denaby also threatened during the opening stages. Oliver’s 40 yard free kick rattled the bar and when Dennis Ward was beaten by Swarby it needed Terry Swinscoe to make a timely clearance. The end to end nature of the game continued with Dennis Alexander forcing Davey into a save whilst Smith headed just wide of Ward’s post. Town took the lead in the 27th minute and were aided by a defensive mistake. Making his final appearance Horace Hackland’s harmless looking shot led to an attempted clearance by Johnson but the ball fell to Clive Burton who fired home from an acute angle. The goal fired Denaby up and Watkins’ first time shot was deflected off target by Swinscoe but for the most part their aggression was not channelled positively and the weak referee almost lost control of the game as half time approached.

Town came out in the second half looking for victory and nothing was seen of the visitors as an attacking force. Alexander’s fine solo run ended with a shot that skimmed the bar and on 49 minutes Town increased their lead. Davey was unable to hold a Terry Blount shot and Burton applied the finishing touch. The third goal came ten minutes later when a Carrington shot was turned into his own net. With Ilkeston in complete control they could easily have added more goals but in the ended settled for the three.

BURTON NETS 2000TH GOAL
25TH FEBRUARY 1961
CRESWELL COLLIERY 0 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Clive Burton scored Ilkeston’s third goal in the 71st minute and in doing so netted their 2000th competitive goal but the game rarely lifted itself above mediocrity. Creswell were unable to produce anything constructive and Town allowed themselves to be dragged down to a similar level for much of the game. Nevertheless the win took them to fourth place, their highest of the season, and kept their hopes of a late title challenge alive. The gale force wind didn’t help either side and Creswell’s desperate defending coupled with an effective offside trap meant that Ilkeston were unable to score the goals their overall superiority should have produced. They attacked from the off but their only tangible effort on goal during the opening stages was a long range shot by George Brown that was well saved by Howard. However they took the lead on 15 minutes with a wind assisted goal, John Carrington’s attempted cross being carried into the net via Howard’s fingertips.

Ilkeston improved slightly in the second half but missed chances. Burton fluffed a simple chance, Tommy Asher headed inches over and Tony Watson skied the ball high over the bar before they finally scored a second on the hour with a goal out of character from the rest of the game. Asher beat four men before firing in a shot that gave Howard no chance. In the 71st minute Carrington broke clear down the right and crossed perfectly for Watson to set up Burton for Ilkeston’s historic goal.

LEADERS HAVE THE LUCK
4TH MARCH 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 0 SUTTON TOWN 1
Top of the table Sutton left the Manor Ground with two scarcely deserved points from a game that Ilkeston dominated and missed chances. In the end the decisive goal was the result of a goalkeeping error. Ilkeston had almost all of the play in the first half but struggled to break through the Sutton defence. The best chances fell to Dennis Alexander who hooked well over and Tommy Asher who was denied by a splendid Turton double save.

Town picked up from where they left off when the second half got under way. Turton caught a Tony Watson lob and a Dave Baker pile driver flew inches over. Sutton gradually became more adventurous and Ilkeston were lucky when no one was on hand when Dennis Ward feebly pushed out Bancroft’s shot. Town still looked the likelier winners and Terry Swinscoe was unlucky with a free kick that rattled the bar and Turton was fortunate to keep out a Watson header. Sutton were becoming more of a threat but Ilkeston’s defence was dealing with them capably so it was a shock when they took the lead in the 79th minute. Hurst found Bates who eluded Alexander before sending over a cross for Dodds to beat Ward with a header that should really have been kept out.

COOL GOOLE SHATTER TITLE HOPES
11TH MARCH 1961
GOOLE TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston’s second defeat in a week against fellow title challengers left their slim hopes of winning the Central Alliance in tatters. Goole’s victory was no less than they deserved and they showed great spirit in twice coming from behind. Ilkeston took the lead with their first attack in the 4th minute when Peter Heath’s corner caused panic and Clive Burton scrambled the ball home at the second attempt. Encouraged by the goal Ilkeston pressed for a spell but found ‘keeper Roe was in fine form and he made a good save from a Tony Watson header. Gradually Goole built up a head of steam and they deservedly equalised in the 30th minute although the goal had an element of luck about it. Drury’s free kick bounced off Kendall and fell perfectly for Howard to blast home. Ilkeston regained the lead against the run of play with a goal a minute before half time. Dennis Alexander sent a free kick to the far post, Clive Burton nodded the ball back and Watson was there to finish.

Ilkeston improved after the break and came close to scoring another when Watson’s header was cleared by Spicer. Roe then made a scrambling save to keep out a Heath header but Goole equalised through King on 73rd minute with a goal they deserved on the overall balance of play. The goal signalled some prolonged pressure by the home side and they grabbed the winner eight minutes from time when Sedden’s shot crashed against the woodwork and Howard fired in the rebound.

WATSON RESCUES POINT
25TH MARCH 1961
GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston defended extremely well against an extremely physical Gainsborough side and once they fell behind they threw everything at the home team. When Tony Watson bundled in John Carrington’s corner in the final seconds, just as the referee had checked his watch, it was just reward for a team performance full of fighting spirit. Town had been hampered from the opening minutes by an injury to Dennis Alexander that left him a virtual passenger. With both defences giving little away it was Reeson who finally broke the deadlock in the 68th minute when he put Gainsborough ahead.

WARD NIGHTMARE AS TOWN BOW OUT
31ST MARCH 1961
ALFRETON TOWN 4 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Despite the score Ilkeston played all the football in this game but they were beaten by an Alfreton team who, aided by three errors by Ilkeston ‘keeper Dennis Ward, literally bashed their way to victory. During the first five minutes Alfreton almost scored twice when it needed desperate Dave Baker clearances to prevent Jimmy Lynch and Smith from scoring. During the same period John Carrington experienced the first of several unpleasant challenges upon him made throughout the game. Alfreton took the lead in the 6th minute when Lynch crossed for Smith to head home past the deceived Ward. When through on goal Carrington was brought down by Alfreton ‘keeper Bill Lynch and the referee waved play on to allow Clive Burton to score with ease in the 27th minute. Ironically Lynch was injured in the process and had to go off for the remainder of the half, Davis taking over in goal. Alfreton regained the lead eight minutes later when Smith crossed from the right and McLaren shot straight through Ward’s legs.

Davis scored Alfreton’s third in the 54th minute but on 69 minutes Tommy Asher gave Ilkeston hope when he lobbed past the limping Lynch. Ilkeston threw everything at Alfreton in their quest for an equaliser but were caught out five minutes from time by an Alfreton break. With Jimmy Lynch and Davis all alone with only Ward to beat the Ilkeston ’keeper delayed coming off his line until it was too late and Lynch played the ball for Davis to walk into the net. The game marked Lol Owen’s 100th appearance for Ilkeston.

CARRINGTON CREATES CARNAGE
1ST APRIL 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 5 CLAY CROSS MINERS WELFARE 0
Clay Cross began the game well and there was little indication of what was to come. A scincillating display by John Carrington followed and Clay Cross were swept aside by a thrilling Ilkeston performance that included four goals by Clive Burton. Steve Shepherd made a confident save from Simpson during an early Clay Cross raid before Town took the lead on 6 minutes. Tommy Asher and Carrington combined beautifully before the latter’s perfect cross led to a simple finish for Burton. Clay Cross came close to equalising when a Bullimore corner was headed towards goal by Flavell and it needed Derek Chamberlain to clear off the line at the second attempt. Ilkeston scored a second in the 30th minute when Burton hit the post following a Carrington corner and Dennis Alexander pounced on the rebound.

Town were in complete control after the break. An Alexander shot skimmed the bar whilst the only effort of note by the visitors was a Holmes shot from distance that Shepherd did well to hold. Burton added further goals on 63, 72 and 85 minutes, each of them the result of perfect crosses by Carrington.

TOWN CLING ON FOR VICTORY
5TH APRIL 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 3 SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 2
The game kicked off late and it was decided to make it 40 minutes each way. Ilkeston, for whom Lol Owen made his final appearance, attacked almost constantly until a late South Normanton rally almost earned them an undeserved point. Visiting ‘keeper Sadler was inspired early on, saving a Clive Burton drive, and he also punched a Michael Thompson shot round the post as well as tipping a Tony Watson lob over. Jones headed a rare South Normanton chance over before Ilkeston took the lead in the 24th minute, Dennis Alexander heading home a John Carrington free kick.

Town doubled their lead in the 56th minute when Thompson’s excellent cross was fired into the net by Watson. South Normanton sprung a surprise by scoring on 62 minutes when Shelton rushed in to meet former Town player Cliff Roberts’ cross. Ilkeston restored their two goal advantage within a minute through Burton who broke down the middle to finish. They looked home and dry until Jones beat two men down the right and passed inside to Smith who scored South Normanton’s second. The visitors launched a series of attacks during the final ten minutes but Ilkeston stood firm.

UNLUCKY TOWN HELD AT MATLOCK
8TH APRIL 1961
MATLOCK TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Matlock, heading for the Central Alliance title, looked anything but champions as Ilkeston were much the better side but in the end luck favoured the home side and the game ended in a draw. Ilkeston were the first to show when Michael Thompson cleverly beat Towndrow and shot for goal but Briggs saved at the second attempt. Matlock then enjoyed a prolonged spell of pressure yet Ilkeston’s excellent defence gave nothing away. Ilkeston always looked threatening on the break and they took the lead after half an hour. Dennis Alexander sent Tony Watson away and he fed John Carrington who beat Wright before crossing to Clive Burton to steer the ball home. Matlock equalised three minutes later and Ilkeston were to blame for not playing to the whistle. Thinking that the ball had gone out of play for a throw in near the half way line they hesitated as Lambert played the ball forwards and Duggins took full advantage of their momentary lapse. Despite the setback Ilkeston recovered quickly and regained the lead. George Brown opened up the Matlock defence before lobbing the ball on to Tommy Asher who was left with a simple finish. They almost scored again before half time when Thompson’s left footer smacked against the post and Briggs recovered in time to prevent the ball from crossing the line.

Matlock were most fortunate to be awarded a second half penalty when the ball appeared to strike Brown’s shoulder but justice was done when John Reddington beat down Duggins’ penalty and fell forward to collect it at the second attempt. However, Matlock equalised in the 74th minute when Brown erred in allowing the ball to deflect off him straight to Sanders who pounced on the mistake to score. When Briggs was injured in a collision with Thompson he had to leave the field for two minutes and Barker took over in goal for the remainder of the game. Barker was beaten by what appeared to be a perfectly good goal by Watson and there were no complaints by the Matlock players but the referee controversially disallowed it.

GALLANT ILKESTON EARN DESERVED POINT
12TH APRIL 1961
ARNOLD ST MARYS 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston battled defiantly for a draw after they were reduced to ten men in the 18th minute when Michael Thompson went off with a leg injury. They took a deserved lead five minutes later when John Carrington headed home a Clive Burton corner. From then on they fought a terrific rearguard battle until Arnold finally equalised on 70 minutes when Parr converted a Collindridge centre. Town held on bravely for a point. Despite only making isolated attacks during the second half Ilkeston could have won. Peter Huffen drove into Ironmonger’s arms and both Tony Watson and Burton drove chances wide.

TIGERS BITE TOO SHARP FOR TOWN
15TH APRIL 1961
WORKSOP TOWN 4 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Worksop walloped Ilkeston and Town could have no complaints about the final score. The home side dominated the first half and Mellors’ shot lacked power when he had the opportunity to give them an early lead. He made amends in the 11th minute when he cracked in from 25 yards after being set up by Woodhead. Ilkeston’s first chance fell to Tommy Asher who tapped Michael Thompson’s cross straight at Wheatley. Worksop doubled their lead on 30 minutes when Woodhead penetrated Ilkeston’s defence and his cross was converted by Haythorne. They scored again five minutes before the break when Haythorne’s terrific 30 yard shot struck the underside of the bar and Mellors was left with a simple header.

Ilkeston were much harder to break down after half time and they made a spirited revival. Clive Burton pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute but then play became scrappy and a number of petty fouls were committed. Nevin rounded off a good day for Worksop when he scored two minutes from time.

RUTHLESS MATLOCK MOVE CLOSER TO TITLE
19TH APRIL 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 1 MATLOCK TOWN 4
Matlock had the look of champions about them as they mercilessly took Ilkeston apart. They went ahead with their first attack. Bull’s centre was palmed out by John Reddington and the unmarked Sanders shot into the net with the aid of a defection off Derek Chamberlain. Ilkeston came back strongly and after Tommy Asher’s shot rebounded off ‘keeper Arthington’s legs for a corner Tony Watson headed home in the 12th minute. However the setback simply served to inspire Matlock who took full control and regained the lead on 27 minutes although the scorer, Sanders, appeared to be offside. Boot added a third goal three minutes later.

Duggins scored Matlock’s fourth on 67 minutes after Terry Swinscoe made a poor back pass and Swinscoe’s misery was complete seven minutes from time when he fired a penalty against the bar following a foul on Michael Thompson.

DULL ILKESTON IN DEADLOCK
26TH APRIL 1961
NOTTINGHAM FOREST ‘A’ 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston lacked imagination and spark against a neat and classy Forest side yet they created the better chances. Town left their best football for the second half although either side could have claimed maximum points. Future Town favourite Mick Wyld shot over for Forest before Ilkeston made a few attacks of their own. Tommy Asher broke from midfield and flashed a 25 yard shot wide and a speculative drive from 40 yards by George Brown went over the bar. A mistake by Forest ‘keeper Armstrong, who threw the ball straight to Brown, led to another attempt from distance by the Ilkeston man but Armstrong rushed back to save. Michael Thompson came very close to scoring when he headed a John Carrington cross against the post whilst at the other end Dave Baker did well to block a Hindley shot. A short back pass by Terry Swinscoe also caused Ilkeston alarm but Dennis Ward was able to save at Wyld’s feet at the expense of a corner. Forest’s last chance of the half fell to Younger who fired his free kick wide.

Richardson had a great chance to put Forest ahead early in the second half when his shot was pushed out by Ward and he missed the rebound from close range. Clive Burton then had a shot parried by Armstrong who recovered just in time to save for a corner. Armstrong then produced a brilliant save to keep out a terrific Thompson shot before Forest staged a late rally. Dennis Alexander managed to get in the way of a Wyld shot and then Dave Baker cleared a Hindley shot off the line. The last chance of the game fell to Ilkeston, however, but Carrington’s cross shot flew wide.

POOR FINISHING PROVES COSTLY
29TH APRIL 1961
BELPER TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston should have won the game but a lack of decisiveness and cutting edge up front proved to be their undoing. They dominated the early stages and after several near misses Terry Blount forced Bailey into a save. After Dennis Ward had been called into action with a fine save at the other end he was beaten in the 12th minute. Terry Swinscoe was over casual and was caught out by Carter who took the ball inside and scored. Ilkeston continued to dictate the play and went close when Clive Burton’s shot hit the post and rebounded into Bailey’s arms. Belper scored a second against the run of play in the 32nd minute through Page’s first time shot after Morrison sent Cann away to cross.

Play continued in a similar vein and Belper could have scored again when Morrison’s good shot was well held by Ward. Ilkeston missed several chances before they scored a consolation goal seven minutes from time. George Brown found Michael Thompson wide on the left and he cut inside before firing home a spectacular left foot shot.

TOWN WIN EXCITING ENCOUNTER
2ND MAY 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 2 ARNOLD ST MARYS 1
This was an outstanding game full of attractive football that kept two quality defences at full strength. Arnold contributed greatly to the game but Ilkeston were worthy winners. Ilkeston took the lead with a Terry Swinscoe penalty in the 8th minute and that was the only goal of the first half.

Arnold equalised on 56 minutes after a Leverton effort hit the post, Collindridge on hand to convert the rebound. Ilkeston. When Molyneux’s attempted clearance from a Peter Heath cross fell to Tommy Asher the chance was gratefully snapped up to give Ilkeston a deserved victory.

TEN MINUTES OF MAYHEM
6TH MAY 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 3 ALFRETON TOWN 2
Ilkeston won a most astonishing game after being dead and buried. Alfreton dominated most of the match and took the lead on 20 minutes when Pearson put future Ilkeston player Keith Jepson through to score. Jepson’s diving header from a left wing cross in the 37th minute increased their lead and such was their superiority that an Alfreton win was almost a foregone conclusion. They could have added a third when a corner led to a goal line clearance by Derek Chamberlain.

A most amazing turnaround took place in the last ten minutes. Before then Ilkeston only came close to a goal on one occasion when Michael Thompson’s attempted cross bounced off the bar. Then, on 80 minutes, a one two between Terry Blount and Thompson resulted in the former firing home past Bill Lynch. Within a minute Ilkeston were level when a dangerous Blount cross was deflected into Clive Burton’s path who made no mistake. Incredibly Ilkeston scored again three minutes from time. A weak clearance fell to Dave Baker 35 yards out and Lynch could only help the terrific strike into the net.


1960/61 CENTRAL ALLIANCE DIVISION TWO FINAL TABLE
  P W D L F A Pts H A
1 Ransome & Marles 32 24 4 4 52 2-5
2 ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 32 24 2 6 50 X X
3 Matlock Town Reserves 32 22 4 6 48
4 Sutton Town Reserves 32 16 8 8 40 3-1 2-3
5 Alfreton Town Reserves 32 17 5 10 39 6-0
6 Ollerton Colliery 32 17 4 11 38
7 Linby Colliery 32 15 8 9 38
8 Staveley Works 32 13 10 9 36 2-1 2-3
9 Grantham Reserves 32 15 6 11 36 2-3
10 Belper Town Reserves 32 15 5 12 35 2-1
11 Arnold St Marys Reserves 32 14 6 12 34 0-2
12 Arnold Rovers 32 14 5 13 33 3-1
13 Ironville Amateurs 32 14 4 14 32
14 Ashbourne Town 32 13 5 14 31 6-0 4-2
15 Heanor Town Reserves 32 11 8 13 30 3-1 1-3
16 Long Eaton United Reserves 32 12 5 15 29 4-1 3-1
17 Teversal Welfare 32 10 6 16 26 4-2
18 Kimberley Town Reserves 32 11 4 17 26
19 Aspley Old Boys 32 12 1 19 25
20 Creswell Colliery Reserves 32 9 6 17 24
21 Mansfield Town 'A' 32 7 4 21 18
22 Wilmorton & Alvaston Reserves 32 4 3 25 11
23 Hucknall Collieries 32 2 1 29 5 9-0

NB. Each team played 10 clubs home and away, and met the remaining clubs only once.

DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP FINAL
ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 5, CHESTERFIELD 'A' 0