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1961/62 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Matlock Town 34 23 5 6 99 52 51
2 Retford Town 34 20 6 8 88 66 46
3 ILKESTON TOWN 34 18 7 9 65 38 43
4 Worksop Town 34 20 3 11 88 60 43
5 Denaby United 34 17 7 10 60 48 41
6 Sutton Town 34 18 4 12 71 53 40
7 Belper Town 34 15 8 11 78 50 38
8 Grantham 34 14 7 13 71 58 35
9 Goole Town 34 13 7 14 68 63 33
10 Gainsborough Trinity 34 14 5 15 65 64 33
11 Loughborough United 34 13 7 14 61 61 33
12 Bourne Town 34 10 9 15 59 71 29
13 Heanor Town 34 11 7 16 54 66 29
14 Long Eaton United 34 12 5 17 53 75 29
15 Skegness Town 34 10 6 18 55 82 26
16 Stamford 34 10 6 18 47 97 26
17 Spalding United 34 9 3 22 47 83 21
18 Alfreton Town 34 6 4 24 48 100 16



1961/62 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
19 AUG Loughborough United W3-1 LAWLESS (OG), CLIFFORD, BURTON
26 AUG MATLOCK TOWN D0-0 1500
02 SEP Retford Town L0-1
16 SEP SKEGNESS TOWN W3-1 1000 BURTON 2, WATSON
23 SEP DENABY UNITED D0-0
30 SEP Spalding United L2-3 SWINSCOE 2
07 OCT STAMFORD W3-1 BURTON, SWINSCOE 2 (1PEN)
14 OCT Sutton Town L0-2
21 OCT ALFRETON TOWN W1-0 1385 ROBERTS
28 OCT Belper Town L2-3 BURTON, SWINSCOE
04 NOV BOURNE TOWN D1-1 DALEY
11 NOV Denaby United L1-4 THOMPSON
18 NOV GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY L1-2 850 BURTON
25 NOV Goole Town W2-1 BLOUNT, CHAMBERLAIN
02 DEC GRANTHAM W4-2 832 TAYLOR, BLOUNT, WATSON, BURTON
09 DEC Heanor Town W3-0 1321 BURTON, HEATH, BLOUNT
16 DEC WORKSOP TOWN W6-1 804 TAYLOR, WATSON, SWINSCOE (PEN), DALEY, HEATH, BLOUNT
26 DEC LONG EATON UNITED W2-1 900 SWINSCOE (PEN), BURTON
13 JAN Matlock Town D1-1 NORRIS (OG)
20 JAN RETFORD TOWN W5-1 813 SWINSCOE (PEN), BURTON, TAYLOR 2, HEATH
27 JAN Worksop Town L1-3 DALEY
03 FEB SPALDING UNITED W6-2 874 BLOUNT, HEATH, INGAMELLS (OG), TAYLOR 2, DALEY
17 FEB SUTTON TOWN W5-1 1030 BLOUNT 2, SWINSCOE, HEATH, BURTON
24 FEB Alfreton Town D1-1 1110 TAYLOR
03 MAR BELPER TOWN W2-0 831 BURTON, HEATH
10 MAR Bourne Town W2-1 350 HEATH, BURTON
24 MAR Gainsborough Trinity L1-2 TAYLOR
07 APR Grantham W1-0 BURTON
09 APR Long Eaton United W2-1 BURTON 2
14 APR HEANOR TOWN D0-0 1103
18 APR GOOLE TOWN W3-1 388 WARD, TAYLOR, BURTON
20 APR Stamford L0-1
23 APR LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED W1-0 DALEY
28 APR Skegness Town D0-0



1961/62 FA CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPOSITION RESULT SCORERS
1QR 09 SEP HINCKLEY ATHLETIC D1-1 BURTON
1QRrep 13 SEP Hinckley Athletic L1-2aet BURTON



1961/62 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
3R 10 FEB ALLENTON ATHLETIC W1-0 800 RAWSON
QF 17 MAR NEWHALL UNITED W9-0 906 TAYLOR 5, DALEY 2, BURTON 2
SF 31 MAR BUXTON L0-1

ILKESTON KICK OFF WITH WIN
19TH AUGUST 1961
LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Town started off life in the Midland League with this fine away win. They immediately took the game to Loughborough and Gerry Clifford missed a good chance when he fired over from 5 yards. Loughborough’s first chance fell to Hamblett who shot into the side net. Ilkeston took the lead in the 26th minute when John Carrington’s cross shot struck Cole, bounced over ‘keeper Kirkham and was helped into his own net by Lawless. Town went into half time with a comfortable lead thanks to a Clifford goal on 43 minutes. He steered the ball past Kirkham following Terry Blount’s free kick.

The home side came out more determined after the break and Thomas’ low drive forced Jim Mitchell into a full length save. Then, in the 48th minute, Hamblett raced through and pushed the ball past Mitchell to reduce the arrears. Ilkeston remained in overall control, however, and Clive Burton made the game safe on 71 minutes. Sid Watson made his debut.

TOWN FAIL TO BREAK DEADLOCK
26TH AUGUST 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 0 MATLOCK TOWN 0
Ilkeston had the chances to defeat Matlock but let themselves down with some poor finishing. They dominated the game in terms of possession and chances even though Matlock played the better football at times. However, the visitors failed to match Ilkeston’s attacking ambition. Gerry Clifford missed the best chances and was guilty of a lack of composure at key times. Apart from the disappointing result Ilkeston also heard the news that Dave Baker’s injury picked up during the game was a badly bruised knee but at least it wasn’t as bad as first feared.

OUT OF LUCK AT RETFORD
2ND SEPTEMBER 1961
RETFORD TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
It was another tale of missed chances for Ilkeston but this time their failure to score was more down to misfortune. It was an interesting game with both teams looking to attack although Ilkeston created the greater openings. Early on John Carrington was presented with a golden chance but he took too long and Clarke was able to clear. Retford came desperately close to going in front when Wharton hit the post following a corner. Back came Ilkeston and when Collins couldn’t hold Terry Blount’s shot Clive Burton fired over from point blank range. Blount then fired straight at Collins when he received Carrington’s cross before a Burton shot struck the post. Retford enjoyed a spell of pressure before half time and they hit the post for a second time with a Stephens shot after he raced onto a long clearance. Mooney sent a flying header just wide and then he had a shot tipped over by Jim Mitchell.

Ilkeston began the second half on the attack and Terry Sewell sent in a header that went well wide, but they were rocked in the 51st minute when Retford were awarded a penalty following Ken Rawson’s handball. Harrison scored from the spot and the goal sparked almost constant Ilkeston pressure for the rest of the game. Blount had a goal disallowed for offside and a Burton close range shot was saved by Collins as Ilkeston struggled to break down Retford’s stubborn defence.

HELD BY HINCKLEY
9TH SEPTEMBER 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 1 HINCKLEY ATHLETIC 1 (FA CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston were lucky to escape defeat against opponents from the Southern League First Division. Defensively strong Town lacked ideas up front and created little. Hinckley were far more dangerous but couldn’t turn their superiority into goals. They dominated much of the first half. Rounds miskicked four yards out, Shepherd fired a 25 yard free kick over, and Round, Crawley and Rhodes each missed chances. Ilkeston came more into the game late in the half and went close to taking an undeserved lead. Sid Watson’s free kick was headed against the post by Terry Blount and Terry Sewell blazed the rebound wide.

Hinckley regained control early in the second half and took the lead on 55 minutes. Rounds’ corner went directly into the net with ‘keeper Jim Mitchell seemingly impeded by Crawley and Rhodes. Ilkeston finally began to assert themselves and they drew level in the 70th minute. Terry Swinscoe breasted down Watson’s free kick and Clive Burton bundled the ball home. However, Town were unable to press on for victory and Hinckley had the late chances. John Thornhill made a superb saving tackle to deny Crawley and Aldis’ powerful shot brought a great save from Mitchell.

TOWN BOW OUT BRAVELY
13TH SEPTEMBER 1961
HINCKLEY ATHLETIC 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (FA CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND REPLAY - AFTER EXTRA TIME)
Ilkeston played far better than they had done in the first game and could count themselves really unlucky to exit from the competition. They took the lead on 19 minutes and matched Hinckley until Crawley equalised in the 59th minute. The turning point came in the 75th minute when Clive Burton was sent off for pushing. Nevertheless ten man Town’s defence held firm to take the tie into extra time.

With Tommy Asher, Peter Huffen and Terry Blount all carrying injuries Town’s forward line was all but obliterated during extra time but they appeared to be capable of taking Hinckley to a second replay. Then, with five minutes left, Crawley broke Ilkeston hearts with his second goal of the game.

SKEGGY SCUPPERED IN DYING MINUTES
16TH SEPTEMBER 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 3 SKEGNESS TOWN 1
Skegness ‘keeper Broad’s outstanding show seemed to have earned Skegness a point until Ilkeston scored twice in the last two minutes. The rest of the Skegness defence were clumsy at best and Ilkeston ought to have been out of sight well before the dramatic closing stages. Yet it was the visitors who took the lead when future Ilkeston player Andy Graver ran on to Broad’s long clearance, swept past Terry Swinscoe, and drove hard past Jim Mitchell in the 6th minute. Ilkeston responded well and Snade twice cleared off the line before the equaliser came in the 25th minute. Paddy Dunne neatly slipped the ball inside to Clive Burton who made no mistake.

Town penned Skegness back early in the second half but they ran out of steam and the game became scrappy. Then, with a minute remaining, Clive Burton converted Peter Huffen’s cross to put Ilkeston ahead and seconds later a superb 35 yard strike by Sid Watson made the game safe.

DENABY DEADLOCK
23RD SEPTEMBER 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 0 DENABY UNITED 0
With Ilkeston’s attack lacking co-ordination and ideas, and the defence at their miserly best against unambitious opponents the final score was hardly a surprise. Visiting ‘keeper Hough was kept busy early in the game but none of Town’s forwards gave him great cause for concern. The closest Ilkeston came to scoring in the first half was a Peter Huffen shot that struck Haselden’s leg before Hough made a scrambling save.

Ilkeston were well on top after the break but created little. The best effort came late in the game through Michael Thompson who cut inside from the left and shot on the run, Hough tipping the ball away for a corner.

SPALDING SPOIL TOWN’S FIGHTBACK
30TH SEPTEMBER 1961
SPALDING UNITED 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston’s fine second half comeback was wrecked by a last minute winning goal by John Langford (who later joined Ilkeston). His free kick flew into the top corner and robbed Ilkeston of a deserved point. Spalding, unbeaten at home, caused problems in the driving rain during the first half and went ahead on 21 minutes when Bloomer converted a Langford centre. Four minutes later they doubled their lead. Mason opened up the Ilkeston defence, sent Paul away and his cross was reached by Simpson ahead of Jim Mitchell. Ilkeston came more into the game before the break but rarely threatened.

However, Ilkeston dictated the game after half time. Clive Burton’s first time shot was saved by Ure who made several other stops before Ilkeston scored in the 59th minute. Terry Swinscoe headed home John Carrington’s accurate centre. It seemed as if time was running out for Ilkeston but they equalised six minutes from time. Carrington’s cross was pushed on by Sid Watson and Swinscoe slipped the ball into the net for his second goal against his former club. Spalding attacked frantically during the dying minutes. Bloomer was sent clean through, Jim Mitchell did well to come out to block and, as the ball ran loose, Mason got in a shot that Mitchell somehow turned away for a corner. Then, with a draw seemingly inevitable, up popped Langford for his last gasp strike.

TOWN MAKE HARD WORK OF IT
7TH OCTOBER 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 3 STAMFORD 1
Ilkeston ruined their fine approach play by their failure to supply a decent final ball and the game was much closer than it should have been. When Skegness player Fotheringham was hit on the ball before half time he suffered from concussion although this was only noticeable at the start of the second half when he joined the Ilkeston team lining up for the restart. Clearly unable to continue this left Stamford with ten men but still Ilkeston failed to take full advantage. Stamford had begun the game brightly. Meadows’ point blank range shot was turned round the post by Jim Mitchell, and the resultant corner, taken by Meadows was headed on dangerously by Sampson but Ilkeston somehow managed to clear the danger. Ilkeston responded with a terrific eight man move that produced a goalmouth scramble, four blocking saves by Tapp and a final blast by Sid Watson that cleared the bar. After several further near misses Ilkeston took the lead in the 21st minute. A neat move between Tommy Asher and Terry Blount led to Clive Burton turning in Blount’s cross. With Ilkeston well on top Terry Swinscoe headed just over, Watson’s fierce shot was cleared off the line by Keighthley and Tapp did well to hold a cracker by Swinscoe.

Ten man Stamford stunned Ilkeston with a Meadows equaliser a minute after the break. Fired up Ilkeston took complete control but only had two goals to show for their efforts. The first of them, on the hour, was a Swinscoe penalty after Asher was fouled. The final goal came four minutes from time when Swinscoe made no mistake from Watson’s through ball. The game marked Dave Baker’s 345th and final appearance for Ilkeston.

TOWN SLIP AT SUTTON
14TH OCTOBER 1961
SUTTON TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston lacked method, team work and co-ordination, particularly in the forward line, and consequently lost a poor game that they could have won. When Sutton took a 65th minute lead it was down to an error by ‘keeper Jim Mitchell. His mishandling allowed Bancroft to score a gift goal. Sutton made certain of victory on 78 minutes when King slipped the ball through for Turner to run on and shoot beyond Mitchell.

ROBERTS SEALS IT
21ST OCTOBER 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ALFRETON TOWN 0
A much improved Ilkeston team thoroughly deserved their victory and with greater luck they would have won handsomely. Alfreton, for whom ‘keeper Wheatley had a fine game, played their part in an interesting game but they failed to test Jim Mitchell with a direct shot on target. Ilkeston attacked early on and Terry Sewell headed inches wide before Terry Swinscoe scooped the ball over the bar following a fine three man move. Alfreton’s first chance fell to Smith who headed over from a corner and then a dangerous Wragg corner was headed off the line by Derek Chamberlain. Ilkeston came close to going in front with a Sid Watson shot that hit the post and Keith Beer wasn’t far away with a fine shot. As Ilkeston continued to press before half time a Sewell shot was headed off the line by Gee.

Ilkeston had even more of the play after the break and it didn’t take long for them to score the winning goal. On 47 minutes Ken Rawson headed the ball forward, Swinscoe slipped the ball through to Cliff Roberts, and he fired the ball in off the post. In a rare Alfreton attack Mitchell saved bravely at Hawley’s feet but Ilkeston continued to search for a second goal. It failed to materialise and their bad luck was summed up perfectly with the last kick of the game when Swinscoe’s shot hit the post.

BELPER CLAIM UNDESERVED VICTORY
28TH OCTOBER 1961
BELPER TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2
A hat-trick of headers by Belper’s Lakin saw Belper home but Ilkeston were left wondering how they lost a game in which they played so well, particularly after half time. Ilkeston took the lead after just 50 seconds when Keith Beer found Alan Daley on the left who passed inside to Terry Sewell. The ball was then fed to Terry Swinscoe who sent Daley away down the wing to deliver a perfect cross that was headed home by Clive Burton to round off a lovely move. Slowly Belper recovered and in the 9th minute they drew level when Lakin reached the ball ahead of the groping Jim Mitchell. As the game grew physical Burton was booked when he clashed with Lane and matters grew worse for Ilkeston on 33 minutes when Lakin scored an almost identical goal to his first with Mitchell at fault again.

Ilkeston took command after half time and their superiority was rewarded 14 minutes from time. John Carrington’s corner was knocked into the goalmouth for Swinscoe, on his 100th appearance, to head past Taylor. Now totally in charge it seemed as if Ilkeston would win but Belper stunned them in the last ten minutes with a third goal. With Town’s stationary defence appealing for offside Fox crossed from the right for Lakin to head home.

BOURNE THORN IN ILKESTON’S SIDE
4TH NOVEMBER 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 1 BOURNE TOWN 1
A lack of cohesion up front proved to be costly for Ilkeston and in the end they were grateful for a point from a game they should have won. After two early near misses by Terry Sewell Ilkeston fell behind to a soft goal on 8 minutes when Lane’s speculative low first time shot deceived ‘keeper Tom Skelton. Ilkeston’s response was immediate and although Bourne ‘keeper Lilley managed two fine stops at point blank range he made a mistake in the 19th minute. Alan Daley’s lobbed cross from the wing deceived him and the ball ended in the net. Ilkeston dominated the rest of the half but Lilley atoned for his error with some fine saves.

Ilkeston began the second half well enough but when a second goal failed to come they fell away badly and Bourne, but for missing several clear cut chances, would and should have won the game.

ILKESTON DEN-IED
11TH NOVEMBER 1961
DENABY UNITED 4 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston’s defence cracked under the pressure forced upon them by a fast moving Denaby side. Denaby’s win was thoroughly deserved although Town’s sloppy defending assisted them greatly. Whereas Denaby fought for everything Ilkeston were far too laid back and the home team’s blistering opening was typical of their performance. Somehow they failed to score during this period of dominance. Tom Skelton spilled a cross and Gray missed the loose ball completely with the goal at his mercy. Bell then had a headed goal disallowed. Slowly Ilkeston came more into the picture. Peter Heath blazed a shooting opportunity well wide but they had little luck when a diving header by Clive Burton rebounded off the post only for Alan Daley to crash the ball back against the same bit of woodwork. Denaby gave Town a fright when Price’s shot was deflected narrowly off target by Sid Watson’s head. It was Watson who began the move that led to Ilkeston going in front. His clearance found Burton who sent Heath away down the right, and when the ball came over Daley left it alone for Michael Thompson to side foot home. Within six minutes Denaby equalised through the alert Gray who beat Skelton for possession for a simple goal.

United scored a minute after half time with a cracking volley by Grainger and Ilkeston fell to pieces. As Town hesitated, expecting an offside flag, Grainger crossed for Bell to convert a third goal in the 62nd minute. Grainger concluded the scoring eight minutes from time.

TOWN SLIP TO ANOTHER DEFEAT
18TH NOVEMBER 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 1 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 2
Despite enjoying plenty of possession Ilkeston lacked method and were duly beaten. The result saw them drop below halfway in the table. They began the game full of attacking intent and Gainsborough ‘keeper Daley made three saves from Peter Heath and then a Peter Huffen shot was deflected off target by Parker. Against the run of play Trinity took the lead on 30 minutes. Martin’s cross from the left was only partly cleared and Sanderson cracked in the loose ball. Ilkeston continued to attack without success before the break.

Gainsborough’s killer second goal arrived six minutes after the break when Reeson scrambled home. Ilkeston tried to find a way back but all too often their moves broke down. Their only reward came in the 61st minute with a well taken goal by Clive Burton, making his 100th appearance.

AWAY DAY JOY AT GOOLE
25TH NOVEMBER 1961
GOOLE TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Strange refereeing decisions marred a game in which Ilkeston played with greater determination on an uneven pitch. The whistle happy official caused play to deteriorate after half time, but this did not prevent Ilkeston from claiming a deserved victory. End to end play was a feature of the opening minutes and it was a defensive error that led to Goole taking a 6th minute lead. John Thornhill underhit a back pass and Howard nipped in to shoot beyond Jim Mitchell. Goole could have had a second when an Ilkeston player appeared to handle but no penalty was awarded. Gradually Ilkeston took over and Clive Burton spurned a decent chance to equalise. However, they drew level on 38 minutes when Terry Blount hooked in Sid Watson’s pass. Blount had a good chance to score again before the break but he sliced his shot.

Ilkeston controlled the second half and scored the winner on 61 minutes. A Goole clearance fell to Derek Chamberlain 45 yards out and his fiercely struck volley flew into the net via a deflection off Drury’s head. Chamberlain was credited with the goal although Clive Burton commented that but for the intervention of the Goole defender the ball would have ended up nearer the corner flag!

SECOND HALF STORM BLOWS AWAY GRANTHAM
2ND DECEMBER 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 4 GRANTHAM 2
Grantham arrived at the Manor Ground with only one defeat to their name but after an exciting, even first half they couldn’t handle a much improved Ilkeston team. The visitors had Ilkeston in trouble early on and took the lead on 3 minutes. Although Jim Mitchell was able to parry former Town player Tommy Asher’s fierce shot, Schofield’s resultant cross was headed in by Thompson past the strangely static ‘keeper. Grantham continued to impress and it was a surprise when Town equalised in the 19th minute. Mitchell’s long clearance found John Taylor who outpaced Farmer and slammed the ball past future Town ‘keeper Graham Clarke. The goal gave Ilkeston confidence and they took the lead on 29 minutes. Clever play between Taylor and Ken Rawson ended with latter shooting towards goal and although Clarke had it covered Terry Blount nipped in to divert the ball into the net. Grantham equalised a minute before half time and again Mitchell was to blame, standing motionless as Hill slipped the ball past him.

Ilkeston stepped up after the break and regained the lead with a fine goal in the 61st minute. Sid Watson won the ball in midfield and passed to Peter Heath who beat a defender and crossed from the right to Watson. He controlled the ball beautifully, evaded two challenges, and cracked home a fierce rising shot. Grantham’s only chance of getting back on equal terms fell to Hill who shot over. Ilkeston made the game safe seven minutes from time when Taylor’s cross from the right was headed in by Clive Burton.

DERBY VICTORY FOR ILKESTON
9TH DECEMBER 1961
HEANOR TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston’s revival continued with a performance typified by team work and understanding. Heanor were rarely in the game apart from a 15 minute spell but Ilkeston’s cool defending nullified the threat. Ilkeston were desperately unlucky not to score in the first minute when a Clive Burton shot struck both posts and bounced to safety. Heanor’s first serious attempt fell to future Ilkeston forward Ken Simcoe whose shot was turned past the post by Jim Mitchell. Mitchell made two further saves and a Rowland shot grazed the bar as the home side continued to press but Ilkeston gradually took control. They took the lead in the 34th minute when John Taylor fed Terry Blount and after a good run down the left his cross was headed home by Burton.

Ilkeston went further ahead on 53 minutes with a fine goal by Peter Heath. He beat three men before coolly lobbing into the net. Now in total control Ilkeston were repeatedly denied by their future ‘keeper Terry Statham who made fine saves from Alan Daley, Taylor and Blount. Six minutes from time they scored a third goal when Heath waltzed his way through the Heanor defence and his cross was converted by Blount. Heanor had a late penalty appeal turned down when Rowland and John Thornhill collided in the area.

WORKSOP WALLOPED
16TH DECEMBER 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 6 WORKSOP TOWN 1
Ilkeston climbed up to fourth place with this resounding victory after setting a cracking pace from the start. They took the lead on 7 minutes after Sid Watson sent Terry Blount away down the left and his cross found John Taylor who casually picked his spot. Within two minutes Worksop were level. Nevin sped past Terry Swinscoe and shot past Jim Mitchell from close range. From then on Ilkeston were in complete control. Nunn saved close range shots from Blount, Taylor and Clive Burton before they went ahead in the 32nd minute, Watson firing a loose ball through a crowd of players in off the post.

The second half turned into a rout. After Peter Heath was fouled the resultant free kick hit a Worksop hand and Terry Swinscoe blasted home the penalty on 53 minutes. Seven minutes later Ken Rawson tapped a free kick to Alan Daley who curled the ball left footed into the net. Heath made it five in the 62nd minute before, in a rare Worksop attack, John Thornhill sliced an attempted clearance onto his own bar. Blount completed the scoring three minutes from time.

REVIVAL CONTINUES
26TH DECEMBER 1961
ILKESTON TOWN 2 LONG EATON UNITED 1
A hard surface made ball control difficult but Ilkeston adapted well to the conditions and were rarely troubled by Long Eaton’s long ball style. The game was played at a high tempo and the first chance fell to Long Eaton’s Kennedy who blazed high and wide from close range. When John Taylor was fouled in the 14th minute Terry Swinscoe thumped the penalty past former hero Joe Sharman to give Ilkeston the lead. They doubled it on 25 minutes through Clive Burton following good work between Sid Watson and Taylor. Kennedy’s header was well off target and then Sharman did well to make a chest high save to keep out Alan Daley’s close range shot. The last chance of the first half fell to Hardy and Jim Mitchell was able to beat out his shot.

Long Eaton were more in the game early in the second half. Mitchell kept out shots by Kennedy and McKinley but he had no chance with Jordan’s simple finish on 53 minutes. Ilkeston recovered their composure and dominated the rest of the game without adding to the score. The win moved them up to third.

LEADERS LUCKY
13TH JANUARY 1962
MATLOCK TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
After surviving early Matlock pressure Ilkeston shook the leaders by outplaying them only to concede a late, controversial equaliser. Despite their early dominance Matlock were over eager and wasted chances. Sanders’ header was held chest high by Jim Mitchell and the same player’s next shot was a weak one. Boot then headed for goal but it lacked sufficient power. Ilkeston were almost gifted a goal when Wright’s misdirected back pass forced Paul into a hurried dive and they grew in confidence. Alan Daley shot high and wide from 12 yards but they came much closer to taking the lead with a Clive Burton header that rattled the bar.

Ilkeston continued to impress after the break. John Taylor forced Paul into a save whilst the only effort of note from Matlock during the early stages of the second half was a long range strike by Barker that Mitchell held. Ilkeston remained in control and Burton went close three times. His first effort was cleared off the line by Goodwin, then he sent in a header that lacked the necessary power to trouble Paul, and finally he shot wide from close range. Undeterred Ilkeston went ahead on 65 minutes. A powerful shot by Taylor was heading for the net and the deflection off Norris’ boot made no difference. Ilkeston fought well and seemed to be heading for victory until a poor decision by the referee. Peter Heath was ruled to have committed an infringement and the unwarranted resultant free kick was played to Meaking whose knee high cross was misjudged by Mitchell, Boot stabbing home the equaliser from close range. Far from being demoralised Ilkeston went all out for victory. Paul just managed to scramble a Burton shot clear, Daley sent a first time shot high and wide, and both Heath and Terry Blount had chances but their efforts lacked direction.

RETFORD ROUTED
20TH JANUARY 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 5 RETFORD TOWN 1
After a scrappy opening Ilkeston turned up the heat and played some inspired attacking football. Second place Retford provided the first couple of direct shots on goal. Jim Mitchell saved Probert’s snap shot chest high and then produced a diving save from Jordan following a free kick. From then on Ilkeston didn’t look back. Alan Daley sent a header inches over and Collins made a smart save to deny Clive Burton before they took a 17th minute lead. Burton’s shot was punched over the bar by Retford defender Mellors and Terry Swinscoe blasted in the penalty. Burton added the second on 32 minutes and further chances quickly came their way. Peter Heath was just off target with one effort and a John Taylor shot was cleared off the line by Jordan. Taylor didn’t have to wait long for success, however, as he converted a Burton cross four minutes before half time.

Ilkeston’s constant attacks in the second half paid further dividends. Taylor headed home a Terry Blount centre in the 59th minute and although Mooney scrambled home a Retford consolation goal three minutes later Heath added a fifth on 71 minutes.

BATTERED AND BRUISED
27TH JANUARY 1962
WORKSOP TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Worksop’s rough and sometimes dangerous tackling knocked Ilkeston out of their stride and at the end Town had only five fit players. John Thornhill, Derek Chamberlain, Ken Rawson, Peter Heath and Terry Blount suffered painful but minor knocks and Jim Mitchell suffered from a back injury that kept him out for three weeks. Worksop launched some early attacks and took the lead on 8 minutes when Chamberlain unluckily diverted Calladine’s cross into his own net. Ilkeston responded positively and the busy Nunn somehow managed to keep out a Terry Blount shot. Constant pressure produced a 40th minute equaliser and was the result of a trip on Heath by Hughes. Heath took the free kick himself and cleverly set up Alan Daley who slipped the ball past Nunn. The goal seemed to aggravate the home side who persistently fouled in the minutes up until half time.

Ilkeston’s defence resisted early Worksop pressure after the break until they scored a soft goal on 54 minutes. Calladine evaded Thornhill and lobbed the ball harmlessly into the area but the ball slipped through Mitchell’s arms and into the net. A minute later Worksop scored again, Steele thumping a long range shot against the bar, and Nevin was left with a simple tap in. Stunned Ilkeston tried to find a way back but were repelled by a Worksop team who stopped them at all costs. Mellors was booked for a two footed lunge on Thornhill, and Nevin and Rawson were both booked following an incident.

TOWN EASE TO VICTORY
3RD FEBRUARY 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 6 SPALDING UNITED 2
Ilkeston eased to victory against the bottom club who were no match for them. However, Town were too casual at times and a more ruthless performance would have brought even more goals. Play was scrappy at the start and Town had a scare when ‘keeper John Turton’s clearance was charged down by Bloomer but he recovered in time to rescue the situation. Ilkeston went in front in the 13th minute when Alan Daley’s free kick was converted by Terry Blount from close range. Three minutes later they scored again when Peter Heath’s 40 yard lob completely deceived Poole. Spalding were gifted a goal on 23 minutes. Awarded a free kick inside his own penalty area Turton tapped the ball to the marked Ken Rawson who hastily tried to pass back, Turton was too slow to react and lost possession to Stokes who was left with an empty net. Ilkeston lacked urgency for a spell but they scored again five minutes before the break, Burton’s powerful shot being headed into his own net by Ingamells.

Spalding threatened briefly at the start of the second half. Bloomer rattled the bar and Stokes netted the rebound but the effort was ruled out for offside. Ilkeston then regained their authority and added three further goals through John Taylor (2) and Alan Daley. Future Ilkeston winger John Langford raced through to score a consolation goal for Spalding with the last kick of the game.

TOWN UNDERESTIMATE ALLENTON
10TH FEBRUARY 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ALLENTON ATHLETIC 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP THIRD ROUND)
Ilkeston almost paid the price for taking their Derby Senior League opponents too lightly and it was only after they took the lead that they looked comfortable. Allenton’s guts and determination caused Town problems during the first half in particular, but the game was played in a wonderful spirit. The first free kick was not awarded until the 57th minute. Allenton surprised Ilkeston with some dangerous early attacks. McCarthy fired in a scorcher that forced John Turton into a difficult save, and soon after Turton could only punch a McAllister cross back towards his own goal but fortunately Terry Swinscoe was able to head off the line. Town’s first attempt was a terrific Peter Heath shot that was saved by Monk but Allenton continued to threaten and Turton had to save bravely at McCarthy’s feet when Swinscoe’s back pass lacked strength. When Ilkeston attacked Allenton got nine men behind the ball and when they did get in shots, by Heath and Alan Daley, Monk produced the necessary saves. Allenton could have taken the lead before half time when Milner spurned a glorious chance.

Parker almost gave Allenton the lead soon after the break with a shot that crashed against the bar but it was Ilkeston who finally went in front on 53 minutes. Heath’s corner found Ken Rawson who shot hard and low into the net through a crowded goalmouth. As Allenton began to tire Ilkeston were able to take control although they were denied further goals by some good saves from Monk.

ILKESTON CLIMB TO SECOND
17TH FEBRUARY 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 5 SUTTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston won a one sided contest to move up to second place. Sutton were outsmarted, outpaced and humiliated by a rampant Ilkeston team that attacked almost from the word go. The first goal attempt came from Sutton with a King shot that was deflected off target by Mick Wood. Ilkeston then seized the initiative. After Clive Burton and Alan Daley shots whistled past the upright they took the lead on 4 minutes when Terry Blount crashed the ball past Turton from close range. Peter Heath then had a shot saved by Turton before Sutton enjoyed their best spell of the game. Jim Mitchell tipped over a powerful strike by Glossop and a Cresswell header was ruled out for offside. Ilkeston’s response was deadly. On the half hour John Taylor was charged in the back by Ellis and although Terry Swinscoe’s penalty was blocked he lashed in the rebound. The third goal came 7 minutes later when Turton couldn’t keep out Heath’s cross shot. Sutton were handed a lifeline a minute before the break after Sid Watson handled following a corner, Cresswell converting from the spot.

Sutton had a bit more of the play after half time but found Ilkeston’s defence were in no mood to concede and it was no surprise when Ilkeston surged further ahead in the 58th minute. Taylor’s perfect pass was struck hard and true into the net by Burton. Burton’s father came to the rescue two minutes later when the referee collapsed with torn knee ligaments. He took over on the line whilst one of the linesmen took charge of the game. From then on Sutton threw men forward but Ilkeston were rarely troubled and, on 86 minutes, Blount crashed home the fifth.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY AT ALFRETON
24TH FEBRUARY 1962
ALFRETON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston failed to take their chances against a do or die and frequently desperate Alfreton team. However, it was the home team that had most of the early play. Ford was just off target with their first attempt whilst Ilkeston’s first attack of note ended with Alan Daley’s flying header going inches too high. Alfreton continued to look dangerous as Gillott missed an open goal and John Thornhill cleared off the line to deny Dodds. Ilkeston gradually improved and Lynch produced a fine save to keep out a Clive Burton effort before going full length to stop a John Taylor header. Daley saw a shot and a header both clear the bar before half time.

Ilkeston began the second half strongly and were unfortunate when attempts by Daley, Peter Heath and Taylor were cleared off the line in quick succession. Suddenly Alfreton edged ahead in the 62nd minute and it was the result of a goalkeeper error. Oldham weaved his way forward before prodding the ball into the area, Jim Mitchell failed to gather the ball cleanly, and Nevin was left with a simple tap in. Ilkeston regained their poise and following several near misses Taylor fired in off the underside of the bar on 73 minutes. Alfreton’s defence held firm as Ilkeston sought the elusive winning goal.

NO SLIP UP IN THE SNOW
3RD MARCH 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BELPER TOWN 0
Ilkeston were far too casual for their own good but still overcame a ragged Belper team that rarely threatened apart from an early Liddle first time shot that struck the bar. Heavy overnight snow almost caused the game to be postponed and the game was not much of a spectacle. Following Liddle’s effort, Ilkeston took over. Clive Burton sent a flying header inches wide, then tested David Taylor with a long shot and saw two further attempts miss the target. However, he gave Ilkeston a 20th minute lead following a corner from the left. Belper were reduced to shooting from long distance although a Robinson volley wasn’t far away.

The second half was scrappy but Ilkeston always held the upper hand. John Taylor headed wide from a John Thornhill free kick before Peter Heath made certain of victory when he scored direct from a corner on 70 minutes.

TOWN LEAVE IT LATE
10TH MARCH 1962
BOURNE TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston retained their hopes of finishing in the top two by virtue of this victory. Although they were much the better side it was not until late in the game that they made their superiority count. Clive Burton had a good chance to put Ilkeston ahead but he could only direct a weak header straight at Lilley. Bourne went in front as the result of a poor back pass by Ken Rawson and Colin Guyler, a future Ilkeston player, was able to steer the ball past the advancing Jim Mitchell. Ilkeston fought hard for an equaliser but they went in behind at the interval.

The equaliser duly came on 49 minutes when Peter Heath scored with a clever goal from an acute angle. They were then forced to defend for a spell and Mitchell made several important saves before Ilkeston took control in the closing stages. Heath had a goal disallowed for offside prior to the winning goal in the 80th minute. It came from a Burton header following a Terry Blount cross and for the remainder of the game Ilkeston continued to attack with Bourne defending stubbornly.

MASSACRE
17TH MARCH 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 9 NEWHALL UNITED 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Newhall, who played in the Central Alliance First Division alongside Town’s reserves, were hopelessly outclassed and managed only four shots all game. They fought well during the first half but went to pieces after the break and only the heroics of ‘keeper Moston prevented Ilkeston from recording a record victory. John Taylor scored twice in the first half and added three more in the 49th, 53rd and 63rd minutes. Alan Daley added the sixth a minute later and scored again on 69 minutes, and then Clive Burton added two of his own on 70 and 89 minutes.

VALLIANT ILKESTON DEPRIVED OF POINT
24TH MARCH 1962
GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Town were up against it from the moment Ken Rawson went off injured after just eighty seconds but they fought manfully throughout and defended with great resolve only to be beaten in the last minute. Gainsborough took the lead in the 32nd minute when Smith took advantage of a Sid Watson error but Ilkeston’s methodical play kept them well in the game but when the equaliser came, a minute before half time, it was a goal of outstanding individual brilliance by John Taylor.

The second half was a war of attrition and play at times was rough. When Derek Chamberlain was struck in the face it was a surprise when the referee chose to take no action. Just when it seemed that Ilkeston were going to hold out for a deserved point Sanderson volleyed past the unsighted Jim Mitchell.

TOWN SEMI DEFEAT AS REF NEEDS PROTECTION FROM PITCH INVADERS
31ST MARCH 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 0 BUXTON 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SEMI FINAL)
Newly crowned Football Queen Annie Madle’s attendance failed to calm the hostile atmosphere at the end of the game when the referee needed an escort from the pitch by Ilkeston players after he denied them a late penalty. Ilkeston’s defeat was more down to their wild shooting and misfortune than the poor decision, however. Ilkeston had dominated possession throughout despite falling behind to a 4th minute goal when a clearance from a corner fell to Monks who fired in from 25 yards. Monks later fouled Sid Watson and tangled with him but received no more than a lecture from the referee, a decision that angered Ilkeston supporters. Ilkeston had countless chances to get back in the game. John Taylor and Watson were well off target with good opportunities presented to them, Terry Blount went on a fine run but shot straight at Walton and he later shot well wide when well placed. Clive Burton had a shot turned by Walton against the post and two Ken Rawson headers also hit the woodwork. Then came the controversial incident. Taylor was clearly held back when about to equalise but the referee ruled that he had dived. Furious attempts by around 100 Ilkeston fans to get to the referee after the final whistle were prevented by the players but supporters stayed behind to demonstrate and missiles were thrown at his car as he left the ground.

ILKESTON FIGHT REARGUARD ACTION
7TH APRIL 1962
GRANTHAM 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Defending superbly and dangerous on the break Ilkeston deservedly came home with maximum points despite John Thornhill’s injury that left him a virtual passenger for 74 minutes. The teams were well matched until Thornhill took a knock whilst tackling Schofield but from then on Grantham had the bulk of the play. Nevertheless they rarely threatened Ilkeston’s goal and when they did Jim Mitchell was on top form. Grantham thought they had scored during the brief period that Thornhill was receiving treatment but Hill had carelessly strayed offside as Jowett put the ball in the net. Foster was guilty of a bad miss from close range as Grantham pressed. However, on 38 minutes, Ilkeston took the lead and it was the stricken Thornhill who started the move by slipping the ball inside to Peter Heath who in turn supplied Clive Burton for the finish. Mitchell made a great fingertip save from Hill as half time approached.

Ilkeston soaked up terrific Grantham pressure after the break but always looked capable of sneaking another goal. Burton missed a great chance and Heath headed onto the bar during dangerous breaks. Late in the game Ken Rawson ensured Ilkeston’s victory with a brilliant goal line clearance.

BURTON DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR LONG EATON
9TH APRIL 1962
LONG EATON UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Despite the slender margin Ilkeston won convincingly and had their two efforts that were mystifyingly ruled out stood the score would have been a truer picture. Alan Daley went on a brilliant run, beating six defenders, before shooting into the net only for an offside flag to be raised. Sid Watson then rocketed a free kick into the net but this too was ruled out. Ilkeston finally took the lead on 61 minutes when former ‘keeper Joe Sharman was distracted by John Taylor’s presence and Clive Burton stole in to score his 100th goal for the club. Four minutes later Burton cleverly controlled a Terry Blount centre and shot beyond Sharman. Long Eaton’s 80th minute consolation came from a free kick by Gough that caught Jim Mitchell in two minds and he could only help the ball in.

DERBY STALEMATE
14TH APRIL 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 0 HEANOR TOWN 0
There were precious few incidents in this scrappy game and both teams struggled to put anything constructive together. Ilkeston defended solidly whereas Heanor looked nervy at the back but Ilkeston’s forwards’ final passes too often went astray. Two controversial incidents late in the game could have swung it either way. Terry Blount thought he had put Ilkeston in front and so did almost everyone else, including the referee. It was only when Heanor were about to kick off that the linesman’s flag had been raised for offside. At the other end Terry Swinscoe fouled Lewis in the box but the referee chose to award an indirect free kick rather than a penalty.

TOWN MARSH PAST GOOLE
18TH APRIL 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 3 GOOLE TOWN 1
Steady rain for two days left the Manor Ground pitch resembling a marsh but the football served up was of a decent standard. Goole, in particular, played a neat, attractive style but Ilkeston were always the masters of the conditions. Goole went ahead against the run of play on 38 minutes following a John Thornhill handling offence, Bushby scoring from the spot. Ilkeston equalised on the stroke of half time when Mick Ward hit home after Alan Daley provided the opening.

Ilkeston remained the better side after the break and took the lead when Daley sent Clive Burton through to shoot beyond Roe, John Taylor making certain as the ball was heading in. With the light deteriorating Burton beat Roe again for the third goal in the 75th minute.

TOWN TOO CASUAL IN DEFEAT
20TH APRIL 1962
STAMFORD 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Second from bottom Stamford surprised a lethargic, over confident Ilkeston team. Without doubt Stamford, inspired only by their own desperation, were a poor side but Ilkeston’s refusal to take their opponents seriously enough meant they deservedly won. As for Ilkeston they lost not just the match but the runners up position that looked set to be theirs. A misunderstanding between Jim Mitchell and Derek Chamberlain in the 6th minute led to Baldwin’s harmless lob into the area going to McPherson who nipped in to score a soft goal. Ilkeston had a great chance to equalise on 15 minutes when Priest tripped John Taylor but Terry Swinscoe blazed the penalty high and wide. Ilkeston managed to create further chances but were denied by the excellence of Stamford ‘keeper Tapp.

DALEY EXPRESS
23RD APRIL 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 1 LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 0
The game started at a cracking pace and went from end to end but, as both defences dominated, it slowed down considerably. Ilkeston created the better chances and deservedly won whereas Jim Mitchell’s only save of note, a diving stop to keep out a Thomas shot, came early in the game. From then on Loughborough rarely threatened to break through Town’s defence. As Ilkeston began to look more dangerous Sid Watson volleyed over an Alan Daley corner, Ken Rawson headed wide and Kirkham dived full length to save a Mick Ward shot. The only goal came in the 40th minute when John Taylor and Daley combined beautifully for the latter to fire in an unstoppable shot.

Town made further chances after the break but failed to add to their lead. Taylor’s header was well caught by Kirkham, Ward intercepted Hodges’ back pass but lobbed past the post, and Clive Burton lifted over in front of goal.

AIMLESS FRUSTRATION
28TH APRIL 1962
SKEGNESS TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s defence came out with credit but the complete lack of fight or cohesion between the forwards meant there was little to cheer. Pick of the bunch was John Carrington and he had what seemed to be a perfectly good goal disallowed. Skegness were little better but they should have won when Poole was presented with an open goal but failed to hit the target. To cap a frustrating afternoon Sid Watson was sent off in the last minute.

 
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