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1962/63 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Loughborough United 38 25 10 3 114 43 60
2 Worksop Town 38 25 7 6 101 40 57
3 Matlock Town 38 22 7 9 102 59 51
4 ILKESTON TOWN 38 18 14 6 61 34 50
5 Alfreton Town 38 18 14 6 83 50 50
6 Boston United 38 19 12 7 89 66 50
7 Belper Town 38 20 8 10 79 52 48
8 Grantham 38 19 9 10 95 67 47
9 Sutton Town 38 19 8 11 75 69 46
10 Goole Town 38 14 10 14 72 62 38
11 Heanor Town 38 15 7 16 73 74 37
12 Bourne Town 38 15 7 16 75 88 37
13 Denaby United 38 15 5 18 63 69 35
14 Retford Town 38 12 6 20 72 82 30
15 Gainsborough Trinity 38 12 3 23 69 94 27
16 Stamford 38 12 1 25 61 112 25
17 Skegness Town 38 8 6 24 42 95 22
18 Long Eaton United 38 8 5 25 51 86 21
19 Holbeach United 38 6 7 25 42 96 19
20 Spalding United 38 3 4 31 28 109 10



1962/63 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
18 AUG MATLOCK TOWN D2-2 1775 WOOD, DUNNE
21 AUG Belper Town L1-2 GRAVER
25 AUG RETFORD TOWN W3-0 1150 DUNNE 3
29 AUG Worksop Town W1-0 GRAVER
01 SEP HOLBEACH UNITED W4-1 1332 TAYLOR 4
05 SEP Alfreton Town D2-2 2446 SWINSCOE, DUNNE
15 SEP Boston United L1-3 1603 BLOUNT
22 SEP SPALDING UNITED W2-1 891 RAWSON, THORNHILL
29 SEP STAMFORD W4-2 956 BLOUNT, GRAVER 2, SWINSCOE (PEN)
06 OCT Heanor Town W3-0 1609 BLOUNT, DUNNE, GRAVER
13 OCT ALFRETON TOWN D0-0 1677
20 OCT LONG EATON UNITED W3-0 1201 DUNNE, RAWSON, GRAVER
27 OCT SUTTON TOWN D1-1 904 TAYLOR
03 NOV Gainsborough Trinity W2-0 1200 CLARKE, DALEY
10 NOV GRANTHAM W4-0 674 TAYLOR 3, SWINSCOE (PEN)
17 NOV Denaby United D1-1 200 GRAVER
24 NOV Retford Town D1-1 550 GRAVER
01 DEC Skegness Town D0-0 250
08 DEC LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED D0-0 913
15 DEC Loughborough United L1-4 942 WATSON
26 DEC Long Eaton United W3-2 WOOD, TAYLOR, GRAVER
09 MAR BELPER TOWN L0-1 525
06 APR DENABY UNITED D0-0 540
12 APR Stamford W2-0 WARD, LANGFORD
13 APR Spalding United D0-0
20 APR SKEGNESS TOWN W3-0 553 LANGFORD (PEN), DUNNE, GRAVER
22 APR GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY W3-0 743 HEATH, LANGFORD, WARD
24 APR Matlock Town L1-2 CLARKE
27 APR GOOLE TOWN D0-0 683
29 APR Sutton Town D1-1 LANGFORD
01 MAY BOSTON UNITED W2-0 GRAVER, LANGFORD (PEN)
04 MAY BOURNE TOWN L1-5 690 GRAVER
08 MAY HEANOR TOWN W2-1 GRAVER, WARD
11 MAY WORKSOP TOWN W2-0 856 WATSON, GRAVER
13 MAY Grantham D1-1 DUNNE
15 MAY Holbeach United W2-0 LANGFORD 2
18 MAY Bourne Town W2-1 GRAVER, WARD
23 MAY Goole Town D0-0



1962/63 FA CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPOSITION RESULT ATT SCORERS
1QR 08 SEP Atherstone Town D1-1 RAWSON
1QRrep 13 SEP ATHERSTONE TOWN L1-2 1300 DUNNE



1962/63 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPOSITION RESULT ATT SCORERS
2R 26 JAN ASHBOURNE TOWN W5-1 GRAVER, LANGFORD 2, DUNNE 2
QF 16 MAR NEW MILLS D1-1aet 779 SWINSCOE
QFrep 23 MAR New Mills W3-1 617 HEATH, LANGFORD, DUNNE
SF 30 MAR HEANOR TOWN W3-1 754 LANGFORD 2 (1PEN), DUNNE
F 15 APR Alfreton Town W2-1 2756 LANGFORD, DUNNE

NB. The Final was staged on the Baseball Ground.

CHAMPIONS HELD
18TH AUGUST 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 2 MATLOCK TOWN 2
Ilkeston Town wasted no time in opening their account by sweeping into a first minute lead when Mick Wood hooked home. But they were unable to build on their flying start, eventually having to settle for a draw against a tough Matlock team that clinched the Midland League title a few months earlier. Ilkeston’s failure to win was mainly down to a twisted knee suffered by Alan Daley with 30 minutes remaining before which they had been the better side. The injury left them with ten men and they were further hampered by an injured instep picked up by John Garvie. Matlock equalised on 10 minutes through Duggins but Paddy Dunne restored Ilkeston’s advantage two minutes before half time.

Ilkeston appeared to be heading for a victory before Duggins scored his second nine minutes from time.

BELPER NAIL IT
21ST AUGUST 1962
BELPER TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston fell to a late penalty but they didn’t deserve anything from a game dominated by the home side. ‘Keeper Jim Mitchell kept Ilkeston in the game during the first half although he could do little about Belper’s fortunate 53rd minute opener. Plant’s cross hit Lakin and trickled over the line. It seemed as if Andy Graver had given Ilkeston a lucky point when he equalised five minutes from time but Lakin scored from the spot on 89 minutes after Plant went down in the area.

DUNNE IT
25TH AUGUST 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 3 RETFORD TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s solid defence kept Retford at bay and Paddy Dunne had his shooting boots on as Town raced to an impressive first win of the season. During a scrappy opening White’s speculative long range shot was well saved by Jim Mitchell before Ilkeston scored with virtually their first attack in the 6th minute. Terry Blount broke down the left and his low cross was met first time by Dunne to give Town the lead. Andy Graver had a chance to make it two when he broke through but his shot lacked the necessary power to beat Ryalls. When Retford settled down Mitchell made a fine save to turn away a Howarth shot but suddenly Ilkeston were two in front. On 21 minutes a corner fell to Dunne who had time to pick his spot. Dunne had a chance to claim a first half hat-trick but shot wide from close range and then a Sid Watson shot flew inches over before Retford came close to scoring before half time with a Cox shot that smacked against the underside of the bar.

Play was fairly scrappy after half time although Dunne scored again on 52 minutes following a defensive mistake. In the final twenty minutes Ilkeston were well on top but were unable to find a way past the excellent Ryalls.

WATER TIGHT AT WORKSOP
29TH AUGUST 1962
WORKSOP TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Worksop entered the game having won all three games without conceding a goal but a defensive masterclass by Ilkeston ensured that Worksop got nothing out of this game. During the first half Worksop went flat out to maintain their fine start but a brilliantly marshalled Ilkeston defence meant that they rarely had a sniff of a goal.

Worksop’s pressure subsided after half time and Ilkeston were far more in the game. They deservedly went in front in the 77th minute through Andy Graver. The goal sparked a late flurry of Worksop attacks but Ilkeston were in no mood to concede.

TAYLOR MADE
1ST SEPTEMBER 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 4 HOLBEACH UNITED 1
Four goals by John Taylor made all the difference but it was only in the final 20 minutes that Ilkeston mastered a ragged Holbeach outfit. Michael Thompson’s crosses from the left provided Town with a string of chances during the first half but they failed to make the most of them with Paddy Dunne the chief culprit. However, one of Thompson’s crosses, in the 20th minute, led to them taking the lead through Taylor.

Holbeach equalised three minutes after half time with a soft, undeserved goal. Fox’s lob completely deceived Jim Mitchell and hit the post with Jeffries the first to react. Play then became very scrappy with Ilkeston no longer able to stamp their authority until they regained the lead in the 72nd minute. Thompson’s back header found Taylor who made no mistake and two minutes later he claimed his hat-trick when he converted a Thompson cross. Town were now on fire and after several near misses they scored a fourth two minutes from time. Again it was Taylor, this time walking the ball into the net after a Sid Watson free kick fell invitingly in the goalmouth.

ILKESTON SCORE ALL FOUR BUT ONLY DRAW
5TH SEPTEMBER 1962
ALFRETON TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Unlucky Ilkeston scored two own goals but it was their lack of composure in front of goal that cost them victory. Alfreton took the lead in the 25th minute when Nevin’s cross was turned into his own net by Terry Swinscoe but Swinscoe made amends ten minutes later when he blasted past future Ilkeston ‘keeper Bob Wyllie. There were no further goals in a first half that saw Alfreton’s Reeson off the pitch for 25 minutes following a collision with the perimeter railings.

Alfreton improved after the break but Ilkeston still looked the likelier winners. When Paddy Dunne slammed home a loose ball on 59 minutes a win appeared to be becoming a reality but Ilkeston tired and Alfreton equalised in the 71st minute. A misunderstanding between Jim Mitchell and John Thornhill allowed Nevin to get in a shot that bounced off Thornhill and into the net.

HONOURS EVEN
8TH SEPTEMBER 1962
ATHERSTONE TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
After struggling to contain strong West Midlands Regional League side Atherstone for an hour Ilkeston fought back strongly to grab a deserved equaliser and take the game to a replay. Their preparation for the game was hindered by the late arrivals of Andy Graver and John Garvie who arrived at the ground just five minutes before kick off. Atherstone did the bulk of the first half attacking but Ilkeston defended well and honours were even at the break.

Atherstone’s pressure eventually paid off and they deservedly went in front on the hour with a Plows’ shot that took a slight deflection. The match undertook a transformation after that as Ilkeston piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser. A superb Taylor strike hit the inside of the post and several shots were cleared off the line before Ken Rawson shot through a crowded area to level the scores ten minutes from time.

ILKESTON BOW OUT OF CUP
13TH SEPTEMBER 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ATHERSTONE TOWN 2 (FA CUP 1STQUALIFYING ROUND REPLAY)
Everything pointed towards an Ilkeston victory when they entered half time in the lead but they fell away badly after the break and Atherstone’s win was more comfortable than the score suggested. Ilkeston took the lead in the 2nd minute when Peter Heath’s free kick was only cleared as far as Paddy Dunne who made no mistake. Ilkeston were well on top for the remainder of the half and came close several times to scoring again, not least when Dunne had a shot cleared off the line.

The second half was a different story altogether once Carter equalised on 49 minutes. Plows scored the winner nine minutes later and ‘keeper Jim Mitchell was a busy man as Atherstone dominated.

BOSTON NO TEA PARTY FOR TOWN
15TH SEPTEMBER 1962
BOSTON UNITED 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Boston were the stronger team in what was a terrific game of high quality football. In a lively opening Boston’s Bull had a shot tipped over by Jim Mitchell and a White shot hit the underside of the bar. Ilkeston came close to going in front when ‘keeper Tom Daley stuck out a foot to successfully block a John Taylor shot. However it was Boston who took the lead in the 10th minute when Bull volleyed home Lister’s centre. They scored again five minutes later when Longworth beat three men and slipped the ball inside to Dixon who crashed the ball in. Andy Graver squandered a good chance for Ilkeston when he shot wide after being put through by John Garvie but Ilkeston got themselves back into the game on 36 minutes. Good play between Graver and Sid Watson set up Terry Blount to blast home from close range. Town put the ball in the net again before half time but the referee spotted an infringement.

The second half was evenly fought but the key moment was in the 67th minute. Mitchell pulled down Longworth and Bull converted the penalty.

ILKESTON SCRAMBLE PAST SPALDING
22ND SEPTEMBER 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SPALDING UNITED 1
Spalding arrived at the Manor Ground bottom of the table an without a point to their name but there was precious little to choose between both sides who served up aimless, disjointed football. The failure of the referee to clamp down on a series of blatant fouls made the spectacle even worse. Town were hampered by an injury to John Thornhill after only a minute’s play and he limped along for the rest of the game. Ragged Spalding spent much of the first half on the defensive but Ilkeston struggled to break them down. Two fine John Carrington crosses were wasted, John Taylor’s free kick was just off target and Thornhill volleyed over before Spalding had a serious attempt on goal. This came from a Stokes long range shot that didn’t worry ‘keeper David Brown. John Langford shot wildly over as Town continued to do most of the attacking and Carrington, despite being fouled, sent over a cross that Stan Clarke just failed to connect with as the referee played the advantage rather than giving a penalty. Ilkeston finally took the lead on 43 minutes when a one-two between Ken Rawson and Andy Graver ended with Rawson crashing the ball past Ure. Within a minute Thornhill added a second to put Town firmly in the driving seat.

The second half deteriorated badly and Ilkeston’s only effort of note came early when Carrington’s cross created a huge scramble. Spalding then came more into the game and after Bowers missed an open goal they scored on 53 minutes with an Adams cross shot that caught out Brown. The remainder of the game became an aimless muddle with neither side capable of producing further chances.

TOWN STORM BACK
29TH SEPTEMBER 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 4 STAMFORD 2
A rejuvenated Ilkeston team played some delightful football and were particularly fluent up front. They got off to a good start when Stan Clarke’s through pass presented Terry Blount with a simple chance in the 12th minute. Yet within four minutes they found themselves behind. A poor pass by Sid Watson was taken by Meadows who ran down the right and crossed for Clark to head home for the equaliser. Then, after John Thornhill had a shot tipped over by Hales, Stamford scored again with their next attack, Elliott heading in a corner past Dave Brown. Ilkeston refused to become downhearted and a splendid effort by Clarke brought an equally fine save by Hales. Town duly equalised on 42 minutes when Clarke received from a corner on the right and although his shot was beaten out by Hales Andy Graver was on hand to score.

Town regained the lead in the 55th minute when Peter Heath’s free kick was accepted by Paddy Dunne and his cross was met by a Graver header. Terry Swinscoe completed the scoring with a 64th minute penalty after Fearn handled.

HEANOR HUMBLED
6TH OCTOBER 1962
HEANOR TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Dispirited Heanor were well and truly beaten by an in form Ilkeston that climbed up to fourth in the table. Spectacular saves by Heanor ‘keeper Terry Statham (later an Ilkeston player) kept the score down as Ilkeston dominated the first half. Ilkeston took the lead in just 4 minutes when a move started by Andy Graver ended with Paddy Dunne supplying the final pass for Terry Blount to blast through a crowd of players. Ilkeston had a scare when future player Ken Simcoe dispossessed ‘keeper Jim Mitchell but John Thornhill nipped in to make a timely clearance. Ilkeston went further ahead in the 25th minute when hesitation in the Heanor defence allowed Dunne to score with a well placed shot. Statham brilliantly tipped over a powerful 25 yard strike by Dunne before Ilkeston scored their third a minute before the break when Graver rose to meet Blount’s centre.

The second half was a scrappy affair. Heanor had lost heart and Ilkeston had done the hard work. Statham saved from Dunne and made two great stops from Stan Clarke. Another Clarke effort was cleared off the line by namesake Graham Clarke whilst the nearest Heanor came to scoring a consolation goal came when ex Ilkeston player Bill Fearn volleyed over a cross from future Ilkeston player John Bramley.

HARD WORK BRINGS NO REWARD
13TH OCTOBER 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 0 ALFRETON TOWN 0
Both teams gave everything but with defences dominant and both ‘keepers in brilliant form the final score was the right one. Fiercely contested the game occasionally boiled over and Alfreton’s Rowe was lucky to receive no more than a booking when he laid out Paddy Dunne who also received a caution during the game. Alfreton were faster on the ball during the first half although Jim Mitchell didn’t have a shot to save until the 35th minute when he went full length to stop Bedlow’s well struck first time shot. Ilkeston were much stronger during the final 30 minutes but found future ‘keeper Bob Wyllie unbeatable. Early in the game Andy Graver robbed Wyllie but found the angle too tight to make the chance count. Dunne also had a chance when he was put through and his shot went past both the advancing Wyllie and the post.

After half time Mitchell made a great save to deny Reeson and as Ilkeston attacked constantly during the closing stages Dunne’s shot was too weak to trouble Wyllie and Terry Blount rattled the side net.

TOWN STROLL TO VICTORY
20TH OCTOBER 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 3 LONG EATON UNITED 0
Ilkeston appeared to be playing at only half pace but still easily beat a poor Long Eaton side. Long Eaton played some pretty football in midfield but lacked any sort of incisiveness. Missed chances prevented Town from winning by a much greater margin. Paddy Dunne was the biggest culprit, in the first half in particular, although it was he who gave Ilkeston a first half lead with a freakish goal.

Town scored twice more after the break. The first was a splendid header by Ken Rawson, who later pulled a thigh muscle but remained on the pitch, and the other came from Andy Graver.

LATE GOAL RESCUES POINT
27TH OCTOBER 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SUTTON TOWN 1
Sutton, second in the table, were a tough nut to crack with their reliance on quick tackling and the long ball. Ilkeston had enough of the game to have won it but they lacked guile up front. In the very first minute Ilkeston could easily have scored when they had four close range shots blocked amid desperate Sutton defending. Sutton’s first attempt was a Sears shot that Jim Mitchell saved but it was Ilkeston who were dominant. It was a shock when Sutton took the lead a minute from half time through McMahon who pounced after Sid Watson failed to clear.

The ball was almost permanently in the Sutton half after the break with the visitors determined to hang on to what they had and Colin Hopkins (ex Ilkeston) a lonely figure up front. Ilkeston bombarded Sutton but their pressure didn’t pay off until three minutes from time when John Taylor outjumped the defence to head home the equaliser and spark a mini pitch invasion.

TOWN GAINS TWO POINTS
3RD NOVEMBER 1962
GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston played well and deservedly won a good game of football. Although Trinity’s Fletcher had a shot that skimmed the bar Ilkeston dominated the opening exchanges and thought they had gone in front when a Terry Blount header appeared to cross the line. The referee waved play on but Ilkeston did not have to wait long before taking the lead. On 14 minutes Paddy Dunne beat Tucker down the right and his hard centre was cleared to Stan Clarke, 25 yards out, who cracked a first time volley past Vickers. Ilkeston came close to a second goal before the break with an Alan Daley shot that was deflected wide off Vickers.

Gainsborough took the game to Ilkeston at the start of the second half but Town’s defence held firm. The unlucky Blount saw another effort cleared off the line by Broughton before Ilkeston doubled their lead when Sid Watson’s perfect pass was blasted home first time by Daley. Gainsborough went close with a Fletcher shot that was deflected against the post by Ken Rawson although Ilkeston continued to pose the bigger threat. Vickers made two fine saves to keep out shots by Clarke and Dunne.

ILKESTON GO SECOND
10TH NOVEMBER 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 4 GRANTHAM 0
Ilkeston destroyed a Grantham team blessed with an excellent away record. The visitors couldn’t get close to Ilkeston’s goal and were forced to shoot from distance as epitomised by early attempts by Swaby and Brown. As Ilkeston settled ‘keeper Terry Barker (future Ilkeston player) made several saves including an excellent one from Sid Watson. Town took the lead in the 15th minute when Alan Daley returned Michael Thompson’s powerful cross back into the danger area for John Taylor to finish. Grantham’s chief response was a Harbertson shot that lacked power and Ilkeston doubled their advantage five minutes before half time through a Terry Swinscoe penalty after Daley had been brought down from behind.

Stan Clarke had two efforts on goal soon after a half time, a hard shot and a smart header, both of which were saved by Barker. Barker had no chance in the 59th minute when Taylor’s diving header from Thompson’s cross made it three. With Ilkeston in total command Thompson and Andy Graver combined to provide Taylor with a hat-trick two minutes from time. The result moved Ilkeston up to second place.

TOWN STRUGGLE FOR AWAY POINT
17TH NOVEMBER 1962
DENABY UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
With ball control difficult and Denaby showing admirable spirit and vigorous tackling Ilkeston never held the upper hand and struggled throughout. Although they defended well Town lacked fight and punch up front. Poor finishing let Denaby down early in the game and when Ilkeston did get forward Stan Clarke’s shot lacked power. However, Ilkeston took the lead against the run of play with a fine goal on 25 minutes. John Thornhill found Alan Daley who passed down the wing to Stan Clarke. Clarke beat two defenders before sending over a pinpoint cross that Andy Graver placed past Hough. Town’s lead lasted just four minutes. Ainscough’s effort came back off the bar and fell to Ardron who equalised for Denaby. Daley struggled with his recurrent knee injury as the game progressed.

ILKESTON LUCKY AT RETFORD
24TH NOVEMBER 1962
RETFORD TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston were gifted a late equaliser by a direct and dangerous Retford team that kept Town’s defence under great pressure for much of the game. Ilkeston lacked fight up front and frequent loss of possession meant they were rarely in the game. Ilkeston began quite well and two early strikes by John Taylor were miraculously saved by Denman but from then on they were second best. Although Terry Blount lifted over the bar from close range during the first half Retford always looked capable of scoring and it was no surprise when they took the lead five minutes before the break through a powerful Probert shot after he received Howarth’s telling pass.

Jim Mitchell was outstanding in the second half as Town somehow kept Retford out. Then, three minutes from the end, Ilkeston undeservedly equalised when a harmless Andy Graver shot squirmed through Denman’s grasp. Retford claimed a goal in the dying minutes when they believed that a shot had gone through a hole in Mitchell’s net but their appeals were turned down by the referee.

SKEGGY SCRAPE A POINT
1ST DECEMBER 1962
SKEGNESS TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston felt that they had done enough to win the game and had a late goal controversially ruled out but in truth they failed miserably in front of goal. ‘Keeper Crawford made several first half saves and Skegness’ goal led a charmed life, especially when a Terry Swinscoe free kick rattled the bar.

Ilkeston were less dangerous after the break despite all their possession and failed to take advantage when Skegness were reduced to ten men in the 70th minute as Banks went off injured with a badly cut leg. Peter Heath’s late shot appeared to cross the line but Ilkeston were robbed as the officials were unsighted.

UNBEATEN LOUGHBOROUGH HELD
8TH DECEMBER 1962
ILKESTON TOWN 0 LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 0
Unbeaten leaders Loughborough were given a terrific game by an Ilkeston team that deserved to win but who lacked the finishing touch. It was a humdinger of a match played at great pace and was full of end to end football. John Langford lit the fuse with a marvellous run past three defenders and a shot that forced a great save from Kirkham. Kirkham was the busier of the two ‘keepers with most of Loughborough’s shots being off target although Birbeck went desperately close with a shot that rattled Jim Mitchell’s bar. Ilkeston almost scored soon after with an Andy Graver header from Peter Heath’s cross that was scrambled off the line. Barker and Calladine sent shots harmlessly wide of Town’s goal before Langford brought a fine save from Kirkham. Graver headed in from a free kick but the referee ruled it out for offside after first signalling that the goal had been a legitimate one. Loughborough almost scored when Birbeck beat Mitchell and Terry Swinscoe somehow got back to clear off the line. A frantic first half ended with a Langford shot that flew inches off target.

Mitchell did extremely well to hold a terrific drive by Stephens early in the second half but the longer the half progressed the stronger Ilkeston got. The visitors adopted a more physical approach to combat Town’s attacking threat and the game ended in a draw although Ilkeston came close to a winner with a Langford shot that struck the inside of the post.

UNFAIR DISMISSAL
15TH DECEMBER 1962
LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 4 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Paddy Dunne was sent off in the 53rd minute of the game but it was a clear case of mistaken identity. A disgraceful punch up in the Loughborough goalmouth involving home ‘keeper Kirkham and Ilkeston’s Andy Graver was broken up by peacemaker Dunne who ran 20 yards to the scene. The referee quite rightly sent Kirkham off but gave Dunne, not Graver, his marching orders as well. Dunne was later cleared off any wrongdoing by the FA. The incident occured when Graver challenged Kirkham, the ‘keeper lashed out and Graver punched him to the ground before the pair began to brawl on the ground.

The first half was edged by Ilkeston and was full of fast end to end football but Town were too afraid to shoot on occasions.

The second half deteriorated and was far more physical. Loughborough attacked ferociously straight after the break and Ken Rawson cleared a Birbeck shot off the line. Then a Stephens first time shot struck ‘keeper Jim Mitchell and bounced clear. Following the sendings off Hughes deputised in Loughborough’s goal but Ilkeston were surprisingly reluctant to test him. And, on 57 minutes, it was Loughborough who broke the deadlock with a Galley volley from 30 yards. Mitchell’s costly mistake five minutes later, when he punched Calladine’s corner into his own net, did not appear to be so catastrophic when Sid Watson’s 35 yard lob suggested an Ilkeston comeback was on the cards. But another Mitchell error allowed Birbeck to score with a header on 67 minutes made it game over. Ten minutes from time Stephen’s scored the fourth with a shot that Mitchell could have stopped. Town’s misery was compounded by a calf injury to Watson.

GRAVER GRABS LATE WINNER
26TH DECEMBER 1962
LONG EATON UNITED 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Snow before the game and a hard pitch made conditions difficult but Ilkeston got off to a flying start when Mick Wood shot through a crowd of players in the 5th minute to give them the lead. They went in at half time on level terms, however, due to Jordan’s equaliser.

Town seemed to be heading for victory after John Taylor pounced to give them the lead on the hour following a John Langford shot that was beaten out. However, Long Eaton equalised again seven minutes from time through a hotly disputed Geoff Morley (former Ilkeston player) penalty. It was left to Andy Graver to settle the issue with a header in the 88th minute. Terry Swinscoe made his 150th appearance.

ASH BASHED
26TH JANUARY 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 5 ASHBOURNE TOWN 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SECOND ROUND)
Ilkeston convincingly won this one sided game. They felt they should have had a penalty award early on when Brown handled but the referee adjudged that the offence took place outside the area. Town took the lead soon after, on 10 minutes, when John Langford caused problems down the left before setting up Andy Graver. Six minutes later they scored again when Langford cut inside and scored with a fine screw shot. The visitors pulled a goal back when Allen drew Jim Mitchell off his line and presented Holt with a simple finish. Ilkeston responded with a John Taylor header that cleared the bar and then Lynch turned a Langford shot round the post. A Paddy Dunne header brought a similar save but on 29 minutes Taylor beat Lynch and knocked the ball over for Dunne to head Ilkeston’s third.

With Ilkeston dominant in the second half Taylor’s shot was deflected to safety by Johnson, Peter Heath shot wide, Langford broke through only to be denied by a fine Lynch save and several shots were blocked. The inevitable fourth goal came in the 69th minute when Sid Watson’s pass was received by Dunne who scored with a terrific 30 yard shot on the turn. Langford made it five on 75 minutes with a shot that squirmed under Lynch’s body.

ILKESTON SQUANDER CHANCES
9TH MARCH 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 0 BELPER TOWN 1
Ilkeston dropped to seventh place as a result of this defeat. Despite Belper having more of the ball in the first half Ilkeston created the bulk of the chances and had more shots on goal, ‘keeper Jenney being kept busy in Belper’s goal. Opposite number Jim Mitchell was rarely troubled until just before half time when Litchfield converted Hart’s cross to give Belper a surprise lead.

Belper packed their defence throughout the second half and Ilkeston were unable to break them down.

TOWN LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY
16TH MARCH 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 1 NEW MILLS 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL - AFTER EXTRA TIME)
Ilkeston could count themselves lucky to still be in the competition after being second best against the unbeaten leaders of the Manchester League for much of the game. New Mills wasted chances but when they broke the deadlock in the 65th minute from Pepper’s penalty after John Thornhill had fouled Pike it seemed as though they would get the win they deserved. Then, in stoppage time, John Taylor broke down the left and his low cross created confusion, Terry Swinscoe scrambling the ball over the line to put Town level.

Thompson had a great chance to put New Mills back in front during extra time but he lifted over from close range and Stan Clarke was guilty of squandering an even easier chance for Ilkeston. Town were happy to take the tie to a replay, particularly as Ken Rawson was sent off for a poor tackle six minutes from the end. The match marked Derek Chamberlain’s 100th appearance.

ILKESTON PROGRESS TO SEMIS
23RD MARCH 1963
NEW MILLS 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL REPLAY)
Ilkeston recorded a decisive victory and used all their experience to overcome a New Mills side that kept it simple, as they had done a week earlier. New Mills came close to taking the lead when Pike’s shot rattled the underside of the bar and Derek Chamberlain cleared but it was Ilkeston who broke the deadlock on 11 minutes. It was a magnificent goal by Peter Heath that did it, a fine shot into the top corner following an excellent run. Ilkeston defended well for the remainder of the half as New Mills strove for an equaliser.

New Mills continued to throw players forward after the break and were caught out in the 65th minute. A New Mills defender stayed back and played John Langford onside. Langford coolly rounded ‘keeper Jones and knocked the ball into the empty net. New Mills became dejected and Paddy Dunne added a third four minutes from time. With a minute remaining New Mills scored a consolation goal when Pepper nipped in to intercept a poor back pass by Heath.

LANGFORD INSPIRED ILKESTON TO REACH CUP FINAL
30TH MARCH 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 3 HEANOR TOWN 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SEMI FINAL)
Ilkeston won a scrappy game littered with fouls and mistakes. Even the referee was not immune. When the game kicked off he had to halt it immediately. The wrong team - Ilkeston - had kicked off. Ilkeston’s haste showed they were up for the challenge and they had the better of the opening exchanges. Sid Watson’s high shot brought a comfortable save from future Ilkeston ‘keeper Terry Statham and a John Langford effort was off target. Heanor’s first goal attempt fell to Scarborough who shot into the side net but Ilkeston continued to press. Terry Swinscoe’s long shot was deflected for a corner and, after Scarborough wasted a chance at the other end, an Alan Daley shot curled wide. Ilkeston deservedly took the lead in the 20th minute when Langford steered in a Paddy Dunne centre. Heanor came more into the game as the first half progressed and after McCabe missed a good chance Scarborough headed against the post.

Heanor equalised three minutes into the second half. Terry Swinscoe fouled future Ilkeston forward Ken Simcoe in the area and he picked himself up to score from the spot. Ilkeston recovered from the setback quickly and a Langford free kick brought a flying save from Statham. Double trouble hit Heanor in the 54th minute when Walsh was sent off for fouling Dunne and the referee also awarded a penalty but Sinscoe let them off the hook by blazing over. The referee awarded a second Ilkeston penalty on 77 minutes and this time Langford made no mistake. Victory was sealed with a late goal by Dunne after Statham had beaten out a fiercely struck shot by Mick Ward.

ILKESTON HELD TO DREARY DRAW
6TH APRIL 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 0 DENABY UNITED 0
Sound defensively but inept in attack, Ilkeston failed to beat a weakened Denaby side that was further hampered by an ankle injury sustained by Roebuck after 35 minutes which left them with ten men. The biting, gale force wind added further misery to the proceedings. Too slow and short of ideas near goal Town’s only worthwhile effort was an Alan Daley diving header that flew inches over. John Langford (twice), Paddy Dunne, Andy Graver and Peter Heath all missed glorious chances by shooting straight at Denaby ‘keeper Hough.

TOWN TAME STAMFORD
12TH APRIL 1963
STAMFORD 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston were worthy winners against a tough Stamford team. The home side were difficult opponents but they lacked method and ‘keeper Jim Mitchell had a quiet game. Town took the lead in the 5th minute when, following good work by Paddy Dunne down the left, Mick Ward turned the ball in past Hales.

Alan Daley appeared to volley a perfectly good goal after half time but the referee, after checking with a linesman, ruled out the goal because Dunne had strayed offside. Town made certain of victory on 68 minutes when John Langford blasted home from the corner of the box. Two minutes later former Town player John Carrington was carried off with torn heel ligaments following a challenge by Mick Wood.

DEADLOCK
13TH APRIL 1963
SPALDING UNITED 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Neither team deserved to win this nondescript game although Spalding had the bulk of the chances created. They had a vehement penalty appeal turned down when Terry Swinscoe handled whilst the closest Ilkeston came to scoring were near own goals by Sansby and Ingamells.

ILKESTON LIFT THE CUP
15TH APRIL 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 2 ALFRETON TOWN 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FINAL @ BASEBALL GROUND)
The boggy Baseball Ground pitch failed to prevent the teams from providing a thrilling, tense game of football. The game started at a cracking pace and Ilkeston took the lead within 7 minutes. John Langford left Alfreton defender Joby Dean (a future Ilkeston captain) flatfooted and shot home from the tightest of angles. Seizing the initiative Ilkeston went further ahead in the 20th minute when Langford dispossessed Dean and fired over a low cross from the left that Paddy Dunne rammed past future Ilkeston ‘keeper Bob Wyllie. Ilkeston didn’t slacken throughout the first half and were strong defensively whenever Alfreton pressed.

Alfreton put up a tremendous fight in the second half. John Gissing (a future Ilkeston forward) sent a 20 yard shot off target as they pressured Ilkeston but their challenge was almost killed off when Mick Ward’s angled shot was blocked by Wyllie’s legs and a Langford shot clipped the bar. Langford also brought Wyllie to a full length save. The tension mounted in the 67th minute when Hawley pounced onto Gissing’s long cross from the right to put Alfreton back in the game. Andy Graver could have put the match beyond doubt when he headed inches wide but almost all of the play was around the Ilkeston penalty area. Nevin eluded Terry Swinscoe but wasted the opportunity that he created for himself and in the dying minutes a Barry King (future Ilkeston player) header from a Gissing corner thumped against the bar.

SKEGNESS ROCKED
20TH APRIL 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 3 SKEGNESS TOWN 0
Played on a Manor Ground quagmire Ilkeston hit their best form and a poor Skegness side was no match for them. Ilkeston dominated from the off but had to wait until the 22nd minute before going in front. John Langford’s shot beat Crawford and Poole was forced to palm it away, Langford himself taking the spot kick and sending Crawford the wrong way. Soon after it was two, Crawford making a basic error by allowing the ball to go through his legs and Paddy Dunne nipped in to apply the finishing touch. With Ilkeston in total control Dunne and Ken Rawson both had shots blocked on the line and Mick Ward, following a great solo run, fired against the bar. A minute before half time Town scored a third when Peter Heath’s corner was met by an Andy Graver header.

Ilkeston relaxed after half time and Skegness showed greater spirit but they never troubled Ilkeston’s tight defence.

TRINITY HIT BY TREBLE
22ND APRIL 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 3 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 0
Lively and mobile in attack and immaculate in defence Ilkeston had little difficulty in brushing aside Gainsborough whose play sometimes became overly physical. Town were on top from the start and an early shot on the turn by Paddy Dunne produced an outstanding save by Burden. Despite their authority Ilkeston didn’t take the lead until 4 minutes before half time when Peter Heath headed home a Dunne centre.

Victory became a formality on 62 minutes through a terrific John Langford free kick that was deflected past Burden by Brown. Gainsborough were almost gifted a goal when a misunderstanding between Jim Mitchell and John Thornhill allowed Tucker to nip in but his shot trickled wide of the empty net. Ilkeston’s third came in the 79th minute. Mick Ward went on a fine solo run but directed his shot too close to Burden who was able to block the shot. The loose ball ran out to Stan Clarke who slipped the ball back inside to Ward who made no mistake.

DUNNE OFF AS FRUSTRATION BOILS OVER
24TH APRIL 1963
MATLOCK TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Powerful and direct in the first half Ilkeston were second best after the break when rare cracks appeared in their defence. To add to their frustration key decisions went against Ilkeston and Matlock’s rough tactics hardly helped to calm them down. Ilkeston took the lead on 22 minutes with a route one goal. Jim Mitchell’s long punt was back headed by Paddy Dunne for Stan Clarke to race on and beat the advancing Paul.

Matlock were rewarded for their second half improvement with a goal from Boot following a scramble in the 67th minute. Ten minutes later Jeffrey’s back header from a right wing cross gave them the winner. Ilkeston pushed hard for a winner during the closing stages but Dunne, provoked one time too many, was sent off for a foul on Paul three minutes from time. Earlier Ilkeston had been denied two clear penalties. Clarke was brought down from behind but the referee chose to ignore the linesman’s flag, and a handball by a Matlock defender was punished only by the award of a free kick on the edge of the box.

GOOLE SCRAP FOR POINT
27TH APRIL 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 0 GOOLE TOWN 0
A forgettable game that was only noteworthy for the referee’s inability to clamp down on the numerous fouls. The match could be described as scrappy at best and Goole’s long ball style failed to please the eye. The visitors were the better side in the first half although two John Langford free kicks were not far away from giving Ilkeston the lead.

The second half was much more even but the best two chances fell Goole’s way, both of which were missed by Weatherall.

ILKESTON HOLD ON FOR WELL EARNED DRAW
29TH APRIL 1963
SUTTON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Fourth placed Sutton were lively and enthusiastic and kept Ilkeston’s defence, who were surprisingly jittery early on, at full stretch, particularly in the first half. Ilkeston improved after half time but once they drew level they almost threw it away at the end. Sutton took the lead in the 5th minute when a fatal hesitation by Alan Daley was punished by Marshall. Fortunately for Ilkeston ‘keeper Jim Mitchell was in excellent form as Sutton attacked with frequency during the first half although Ilkeston created chances of their own. Sid Watson’s dangerous header was headed clear by Brent and an Andy Graver header brought a fine save from Turton.

Ilkeston took the game to Sutton after the interval. Paddy Dunne and Mick Ward were too slow to react to a chance provided by John Langford and Graver, Dunne missed a sitter, and a dangerous Langford cross went begging as Graver and Dunne failed to connect. Langford’s deceptive lob landed just the wrong side of the post before Sutton launched a rare attack, Briggs’ final shot going high and wide. Ilkeston finally drew level on 77 minutes when a poor Bent free kick was intercepted by Ward who slipped the ball perfectly through to Langford who ran on to beat Turton. Errors crept into Ilkeston’s game in the dying minutes and they were almost punished but Thorpe made a mess of the chance.

NO PROGRESS FOR PILGRIMS
1ST MAY 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BOSTON UNITED 0
From the moment that the game kicked off fifteen minutes behind schedule due to the late arrival of two Boston players it wasn’t going to be the visitors’ day. The match, reduced to 40 minutes each way, was controlled by Ilkeston who dominated the first half. Boston were lively enough with good close passing but they lacked the penetration that Ilkeston’s forwards provided. Ilkeston were well worth their one goal lead at half time, scored by Andy Graver with an overhead kick in the 15th minute.

As Boston came more into the game in the second half Jim Mitchell preserved Ilkeston’s lead with an outstanding save after a shot took a wicked deflection off Terry Swinscoe. Ilkeston made the game safe on 74 minutes when John Langford picked himself up after being brought down to drive hard and low past Tom Daley from the penalty spot. Ilkeston’s defence held firm in the face of a late Boston rally.

BURTON RETURNS TO HAUNT ILKESTON
4TH MAY 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 1 BOURNE TOWN 5
Clive Burton, Ilkeston’s former centre forward, grabbed a hat-trick for Bourne as they humiliated Ilkeston on the Manor Ground. Their no frills style did not stop them from running amok and Burton scored his first goal after just 3 minutes. Burton bundled in the second on 21 minutes after an initial shot by future Ilkeston player Kevin Verity crashed against the bar before Ilkeston finally had a goal attempt, by Sid Watson, that was lofted high and wide. Parry came close to adding a third for Bourne when he fired over following more good work by Burton and it was his shot that came off the bar that led to Bourne’s third goal in the 39th minute.

Ilkeston tried to get back into the game in the second half but Bourne remained dangerous and a Burton cross was missed by Jepson and Verity. Ilkeston reduced the arrears on the hour when Andy Graver headed in an Alan Daley corner but any hopes of a comeback were wrecked in the 63rd minute when Jepson converted Burton’s cross. Jepson rounded off a painful afternoon for Ilkeston by scoring again on 76 minutes.

ILKESTON BOUNCE BACK IN LOCAL DERBY
8TH MAY 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 2 HEANOR TOWN 1
After a slow start Ilkeston went on to win the game comfortably. In a typical end of season match Heanor were the livelier side to begin with and Ilkeston didn’t manage a shot until the 10th minute, that being a John Langford free kick. Ilkeston scored out of the blue on 20 minutes. Ken Rawson’s throw in found Langford and his low driven cross was reached by Andy Graver, ahead of future Ilkeston ‘keeper Terry Statham, who stooped to head into the empty net. Mick Ward came close to a second when he dribbled clear on the right before shooting inches over the bar from an acute angle. Ilkeston went further ahead 10 minutes before half time when Ward placed the ball beautifully under the bar from a Graver centre.

Ilkeston were well in command after half time and a Derek Chamberlain shot from distance almost made it three. Heanor caused a few anxious moments towards the end when they scored against the run of play 7 minutes from time. A defensive mix up allowed Lewis to shoot past Jim Mitchell.

ILKESTON WORK HARD FOR VICTORY
11TH MAY 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 2 WORKSOP TOWN 0
Second place Worksop Town provided tough opposition in a match that saw both sides give their all. Worksop took time to settle but once they did they controlled the midfield and had more shots than Ilkeston. Ilkeston, however, were the more dangerous in attack and they defended superbly. They went ahead in the 19th minute when the ball ran loose following a corner and Sid Watson drove home through a crowded area. Ilkeston should have had a second before half time when Paddy Dunne pounced on an Andy Graver flick and powered a shot against the underside of the bar, the referee ruling that the ball hadn’t crossed the line when it seemed certain that it had.

Ilkeston continued to create the better openings in the second half and Howard pulled off a magnificent double save from a John Langford shot and Mick Ward header. Ilkeston scored the killer second goal on 77 minutes when Graver met Langford’s free kick with a rocket header.

TOWN PICK UP AWAY POINT
13TH MAY 1963
GRANTHAM 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Grantham enjoyed plenty of possession and played attractive football in midfield but they lacked the necessary firepower to penetrate Ilkeston’s well organised defence. Grantham made all the early attacking moves as a Stoorow shot was held high by Jim Mitchell and Foster blazed way over. Ilkeston took the lead in the 14th minute with their first real attack. Andy Graver’s harmless looking cross found its way to Paddy Dunne and his shot lacked power, the ball rolling into the net via a deflection of Farmer. The goal may have been a soft one but that was nothing compared to Grantham’s 22nd minute equaliser. Derek Chamberlain’s attempted clearance went straight in the air, Mitchell missed it completely as it came down, and the ball struck Hill before rolling into the net. Dunne came close to restoring Ilkeston’s lead before half time when he rolled the ball across the face of goal.

The second half was a scrappy affair and the closest either team came to scoring was a dipping shot by Grantham’s Woodger that clipped the bar.

LANGFORD LEADS THE WAY
15TH MAY 1963
HOLBEACH UNITED 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston strolled to a straightforward victory with John Langford the key difference between the two sides. They were the better team in a scrappy first half and their first real chance fell to Langford whose shot was deflected wide. Holbeach had a spell of concerted pressure when following a corner they had several shots blocked but Ilkeston came much closer to scoring when Langford was put through only to shoot straight at Anderson. He made amends in the 31st minute when he received a neat free kick from Paddy Dunne, beat two defenders and slammed the ball in.

Holbeach improved after the break but never seriously looked like scoring. Ilkeston, however, continued to create chances and Dunne missed an easy one. Peter Heath also went close before Town sealed the win on 68 minutes. Langford’s well struck free kick flew into the net with the aid of a slight deflection.

ILKESTON’S REVENGE
18TH MAY 1963
BOURNE TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston’s inspired performance ensured there was no repeat of the 5-1 thrashing they received two weeks earlier. Most of the attacking came from Ilkeston and home ‘keeper Durno was kept busy although the home side promised much early on. Jim Mitchell had to make a save from Harper who shortly after shot over a gaping goal. Ilkeston took the lead on 32 minutes when Paddy Dunne’s cross from the left was met by John Langford’s head and as the ball ran loose Mick Ward pounced. Langford then shot high over from a good position before Bourne put on some pressure before half time without reward.

Ilkeston sat back at the start of the second half and paid the price in the 55th minute when Parry’s perfect pass was met with a neat header from Shaw to level the scores. The setback brought Ilkeston back to life and they took control. Dunne was unlucky to see his shot clear the bar as he broke down the middle and he had a further shot that was diverted for a corner. Langford then sent in a right foot shot that was turned round the post by Durno. On 75 minutes Ilkeston grabbed the winner. Peter Heath went on a great run down the right beating three men and as he slid the ball across Andy Graver netted from close range. Bourne tried to find a way back and the best chance fell to Parry who forced a good save from Mitchell.

GOALLESS AT GOOLE
23RD MAY 1963
GOOLE TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
A dull defensive game saw Goole enjoy most of the possession but they rarely troubled Ilkeston ‘keeper Jim Mitchell. For the most part they were limited to long range shots and the closest they came to a goal was a strike from Wood that grazed the bar. Ilkeston rarely got through the hard tackling Goole defence but they did create more openings than the home side. The best of these fell to Peter Heath but he muffed the opportunity with the goal at his mercy. Goole had the chance to end the season with a win but Bell scooped the ball over from six yards near the end of the game.

 
1962/63 CENTRAL ALLIANCE DIVISION ONE 'A' FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts H A
1 Long Eaton United Reserves 22 17 2 3 59 27 36
2 Matlock Town Reserves 22 15 4 3 68 24 34
3 Belper Town Reserves 22 12 4 6 65 34 28
4 Heanor Town Reserves 22 12 2 8 55 44 26
5 Sutton Town Reserves 22 10 2 10 51 59 22
6 Teversal Welfare 22 10 1 11 56 66 21
7 Crewton Sports 22 8 5 9 33 43 21
8 ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 22 8 3 11 39 38 19
9 Derby County 'A' 22 8 2 12 49 49 18
10 Alfreton Town Reserves 22 7 4 11 48 53 18
11 Grantham St Johns 22 5 2 15 42 83 12
12 Ollerton Colliery 22 3 3 16 16 61 9