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1963/64 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Grantham 42 33 6 3 152 56 72
2 Scarborough 42 26 11 5 107 45 63
3 Lockheed Leamington 42 23 8 11 114 60 54
4 Alfreton Town 42 22 10 10 88 56 54
5 Retford Town 42 22 8 12 94 70 52
6 Gainsborough Trinity 42 22 4 16 92 81 48
7 Heanor Town 42 20 6 15 76 71 47
8 Long Eaton United 42 17 10 15 70 82 44
9 Worksop Town 42 16 11 15 93 66 43
10 Goole Town 42 18 7 17 94 99 43
11 Boston United 42 20 2 20 91 92 42
12 Belper Town 42 16 10 16 87 94 42
13 ILKESTON TOWN 42 15 11 16 73 75 41
14 Spalding United 42 15 10 17 80 69 40
15 Sutton Town 42 17 6 19 79 78 40
16 Arnold 42 14 12 16 70 84 40
17 Loughborough United 42 15 6 21 92 94 36
18 Matlock Town 42 14 4 24 80 105 32
19 Bourne Town 42 11 6 25 94 136 28
20 Skegness Town 42 8 11 23 57 87 27
21 Stamford 42 8 7 27 52 123 23
22 Denaby United 42 4 5 33 45 157 13



1963/64 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
24 AUG LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON L1-7 874 GRAVER
27 AUG ARNOLD L1-2 GRAVER
31 AUG Heanor Town W3-1 1800 GUYLER, SWINSCOE (PEN), DUNNE
02 SEP Belper Town W2-0 GRAVER, DUNNE
09 SEP Skegness Town W4-3 510 DUNNE, VERITY, GUYLER, SWINSCOE (PEN)
14 SEP Worksop Town D1-1 1635 MARSH
18 SEP SUTTON TOWN L1-4 SWINSCOE (PEN)
28 SEP Boston United W4-2 1031 MARSH, WARD, SWINSCOE 2
05 OCT DENABY UNITED W6-0 598 DUNNE 2, KING, WARD, MARSH, SWINSCOE
12 OCT Bourne Town D2-2 240 WARD 2
19 OCT BELPER TOWN W4-0 763 MARSH, DUNNE, WARD, SWINSCOE
26 OCT Stamford W2-1 380 WARD, MARSH
02 NOV GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY D2-2 913 DUNNE, WARD (PEN)
09 NOV Goole Town W4-1 1200 KING, DUNNE 2, SWINSCOE
16 NOV Denaby United W3-0 250 SWINSCOE, WARD 2
23 NOV LONG EATON UNITED L1-2 1207 SWINSCOE
30 NOV Loughborough United L2-3 639 SWINSCOE, WARD
07 DEC MATLOCK TOWN L1-2 766 MCEVOY
14 DEC Retford Town L1-6 625 CRADDOCK
21 DEC SPALDING UNITED D0-0 446
28 DEC SCARBOROUGH D2-2 770 KING, SIMCOE
04 JAN SKEGNESS TOWN D3-3 620 EVASON, SIMCOE 2
18 JAN HEANOR TOWN D0-0 859
25 JAN Sutton Town L0-1 425
01 FEB WORKSOP TOWN W2-0 652 DUNNE, NICHOLSON
08 FEB GRANTHAM L0-3 1004
29 FEB BOURNE TOWN W4-2 424 DUNNE, SIMCOE 3
07 MAR Arnold L0-2 400
21 MAR Gainsborough Trinity L2-3 650 WARD, SIMCOE
23 MAR Grantham L0-3 1600
28 MAR GOOLE TOWN W3-1 NICHOLSON, DUNNE, SIMCOE
30 MAR Scarborough L1-3 2000 SIMCOE (PEN)
01 APR BOSTON UNITED W2-1 SIMCOE, PEARSON
04 APR Spalding United W1-0 SIMCOE
08 APR STAMFORD L1-3 SIMCOE
11 APR Long Eaton United L0-1 552
13 APR Alfreton Town D1-1 958 KING
16 APR Lockheed Leamington D2-2 NICHOLSON, SIMCOE (PEN)
18 APR LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED D0-0
22 APR ALFRETON TOWN L1-3 568 WARD
25 APR Matlock Town W3-2 MARSH, SIMCOE 2
01 MAY RETFORD TOWN D0-0 367  



1963/64 FA CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORER
2QR 21 SEP LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED D1-1 923 DUNNE
2QRrep 25 SEP Loughborough United L0-4



1963/64 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT
2R 11 JAN Alfreton Town L0-2 1167

THE STRAW THAT BROKE ILKESTON’S BACKS
24TH AUGUST 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 1 LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON 7
Ilkestonian and former Town player Ray Straw grabbed a hat-trick and was ably assisted by another ex Town man, Barrie Jepson, as Leamington romped to victory. Nothing went right for Ilkeston after a promising opening. Debutant Kevin Verity was sent off for dissent with over half an hour remaining and Sid Watson went off with a dislocated finger soon after to leave them with just nine men and 3-1 down. ‘Keeper Jim Mitchell damaged an ankle and he played on in pain, but that should not detract from an excellent Leamington performance who thoroughly outplayed Ilkeston. Watched by Football Queen Miss Ann Henson Town raced into a 3rd minute lead. A wind assisted punt by Mitchell was latched onto by Andy Graver and he nodded the ball past the advancing ‘keeper into the empty net. Barry Marsh was unlucky with a terrific shot that deflected off Hancock and flew over but gradually the visitors came more into the game. Mitchell was fortunate when he fumbled Hall’s shot and Sid Watson was on hand to clear off the line, and he was grateful to see a Straw shot hit the inside of the post and bounce to safety. However, Leamington deservedly equalised on 37 minutes when Jepson reached the by line and centred for Straw to finish. A minute later Hall, with plenty of time, came from behind to shoot through a crowd of players and give them the lead.

When Straw scored their third a minute after the break it became one way traffic. On 64 minutes Hall waltzed into the area, was tripped, and he converted the penalty himself for Leamington’s fourth. Straw’s hat-trick goal made it five three minutes later before Watson returned to the fray but even with ten men Ilkeston were unable to contain the rampant visitors. Hall squeezed a shot between Mitchell and the post to make it six in the 80th minute and Jepson completed the rout three minutes from time.

TOWN SLIP TO SECOND HOME DEFEAT
28TH AUGUST 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ARNOLD 2
An inexperienced and not particularly impressive Arnold team gave an Ilkeston team that showed signs of over confidence the runaround in the second half. Town dominated the first half but wild, careless and aimless shooting ruined their approach play. Town took the lead on 5 minutes through Andy Graver and that is how it stayed until half time.

It was a different story after the break. Boucher equalised in the 65th minute and he played a big part in their winner six minutes from time. Picking up a clearance he went unchallenged on a long run before picking out the unmarked Hornbuckle who headed past Terry Statham.

ILKESTON CLAIM FIRST VICTORY
31ST AUGUST 1963
HEANOR TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Much improved Ilkeston bagged their first points of the season in convincing style in a fast, open game of football. Yet it was Heanor who started the brighter of the two. Fidler’s terrific first time shot was tipped over by Terry Statham who also made a good save to deny Lambert. Gradually Ilkeston came more into the picture and they went ahead in the 31st minute when Colin Guyler slammed the ball past Ashmore. With play now end to end Parlitt was denied an equaliser by a brilliant Statham save. However, Ilkeston scored again a minute before the break. Newson foolishly handled as an indirect free kick was heading directly, and therefore harmlessly, into the net. Terry Swinscoe scored from the spot.

Although play continued to fluctuate after the break Ilkeston created the more dangerous openings. Paddy Dunne’s header was well stopped by Ashmore who also kept out an Andy Graver header as well as superbly stopping a Kevin Verity first time shot. Heanor responded with a Fidler shot that flew over but after Graver saw another header saved by Ashmore Ilkeston went further ahead on 61 minutes. Dunne raced onto a clearance and outpaced the defence before calmly shooting past Ashmore. The goal knocked the spirit out of Heanor although, in the gathering gloom, they scored a 74th minute consolation goal through Parlitt.

BRAVE ILKESTON BRING HOME THE POINTS
2ND SEPTEMBER 1963
BELPER TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Belper’s physical approach meant that Ilkeston knew that they had been in a battle but a brave second half rearguard action, when both Terry Statham and John Thornhill played through the pain barrier, ensured that Ilkeston recorded a deserved victory. After Lakin missed an early chance when his shot lacked sufficient power to beat Thornhill standing on the line Ilkeston’s dominant defence held the home side at bay. Belper enjoyed the lion’s share of the play until Ilkeston took the lead in the 13th minute and it was a piece of opportunism by Andy Graver that got the goal. Belper ‘keeper Bateman failed to hold Kevin Verity’s long forward ball and Graver pounced. Ilkeston grew in confidence and a Barry Marsh shot brought a full length save by Bateman and another defensive error gave them a second goal on 34 minutes. A mix up between Bacon and Bateman left Paddy Dunne with a simple chance. Terry Swinscoe blasted a free kick over as Ilkeston were in command before half time.

Ilkeston safely negotiated a terrific second half onslaught by the home side, excellent defending keeping chances down to a minimum.

WILLIAMS HAT-TRICK NO JOKE BUT ILKESTON HAVE LAST LAUGH
9TH SEPTEMBER 1963
SKEGNESS TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Despite the score the match was disappointingly low in quality and Ilkeston were strangely listless at times. The game was also marred by some strange decisions by the referee but there was no doubt that Ilkeston were the better team. Skegness dictated the early play but the best opportunities during the opening stages fell Ilkeston’s way. Barry Marsh set up Paddy Dunne but his finish was poor and then Andy Graver struck the woodwork with a header. It was the home team, however, who took the lead on 13 minutes. Future Ilkeston player Alec Brader’s shot was deflected by Charlie Williams, who went on to become famous as a TV comedian, past the stranded Terry Statham in the Ilkeston goal. The setback seemed to wake up Ilkeston and they levelled in the 39th minute, Paddy Dunne’s shot spinning out of Crawford’s grasp and into the net for a soft goal. A minute before half time Ilkeston went in front through a Kevin Verity overhead kick following a corner.

The first controversial decision against Ilkeston came in the 50th minute. John McEvoy breasted the ball down inside the area and the referee initially waved play on but after consulting the linesman who belatedly had raised his flag a penalty was awarded. Williams converted from the spot. The goal provoked a positive response from Ilkeston after a period of sustained pressure they regained the lead in the 59th minute and Crawford was at fault again. He misjudged Dunne’s lob into the area and Colin Guyler was on hand to apply the finish. Ilkeston were further incensed by another penalty award for Skegness. Campbell’s hard shot struck Derek Chamberlain, standing three yards away, in the face yet the referee ruled he had handled. Williams completed his hat-trick from the resultant spot kick. Yet another penalty was awarded, this time for Ilkeston, as they went in search of a winner. John Thornhill went on an astonishing run, beating six men, before he was finally stopped in his tracks by Lilley’s foul. Terry Statham’s full blooded penalty meant justice was done.

MARSH GRABS LATE EQUALISER
14TH SEPTEMBER 1963
WORKSOP TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston’s point was well earned in a decent game of football that improved as it went on and they had the edge apart from a spell midway through the second half. Both defences were strong although both teams missed chances. Ilkeston started well and a Paddy Dunne strike was so powerful that his shot knocked over Worksop ‘keeper Howard but not into the net. Andy Graver then saw a header cleared off the line by Makepiece, and when Howard could only parry another Dunne shot Barry Marsh could only fire straight at the ‘keeper. Worksop began to come more into the game as the first half progressed. Middleton’s long range shot flew wide, Calladine’s high cross was knocked high and wide by Glossop from just three yards out and Terry Statham brilliantly tipped over a Leadbeater shot. The referee clearly did not see the save as he awarded a goal kick.

After some Worksop pressure immediately after the break Ilkeston regained the initiative, the best chance falling to Marsh who ran onto a lob forward but shot over under pressure. However, soon it was Worksop’s turn to be on top and Calladine tested Statham following a Mellors’ free kick. Their pressure paid off in the 78th minute when another free kick by Mellors was met by a Reece Nicholson (future Ilkeston player) header. Ilkeston deservedly drew level five minutes from time with a beautifully worked goal. John McEvoy knocked the ball inside to Sid Watson who found Kevin Verity. Verity lobbed the ball over the defence for Marsh to chase and he lobbed the ball perfectly over the advancing Howard. Marsh almost snatched a late winner at the death but Ilkeston had to settle for a point.

SUTTON SHOCKER
18TH SEPTEMBER 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SUTTON TOWN 4
Ilkeston fell to their third successive home defeat against bottom of the table Sutton Town. They went in two goals down at half time despite dominating the first half which was notable for some fine goalkeeping by Sutton ‘keeper Turton. Sutton took the lead on 4 minutes following a free kick when former Ilkeston player Colin Hopkins forced his way through to score. The second goal, a minute before the break and completely against the run of play, also came from a free kick that was met by a Williams header.

Any hopes of an Ilkeston comeback were wrecked soon after half time. Lambert’s lob deflected off John McEvoy and into the net in the 51st minute and Sears made it four a minute later. After Sutton’s Rowe was booked for persistent foul play Ilkeston scored a consolation. Former Ilkeston captain Dennis Alexander’s handball resulted in Terry Swinscoe scoring from the spot.

TOWN TAKEN TO A REPLAY
21ST SEPTEMBER 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 1 LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 1 (FA CUP SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston spent much of the game on the attack and should have won but they lacked killer instinct. Loughborough, who were more physical and happy to defend, were no more potent than Ilkeston on the rare occasions they attacked. Broadhurst gave Loughborough the lead on 4 minutes and the goal sparked a spell of prolonged Ilkeston pressure. ‘Keeper Kirkham kept them out until the 29th minute when a Paddy Dunne header was deflected past him by Hazledine.

Despite Ilkeston pressure the closest anyone came to a winner was a Birkbeck header that beat Terry Statham but not the post.

LOUGHBOROUGH HAVE THE LAST LAUGH
25TH SEPTEMBER 1963
LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 4 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (FA CUP SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND REPLAY)
Loughborough cruised through to the next round against a poor Ilkeston side that never got going. The result was never in doubt from the 15th minute when Broadhurst gave the home side the lead.

A minute into the second half future Ilkeston forward Ken Simcoe burst through unopposed to make it two and on 66 minutes they scored again through a Birkbeck header. Former Ilkeston winger John Langford scored the fourth from the penalty spot in the 77th minute. Loughborough were reduced to ten men before the end when Birkbeck was carried off on a stretcher.

FRANTIC FINALE FLOORS UNLUCKY BOSTON
28TH SEPTEMBER 1963
BOSTON UNITED 2 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Two stoppage time goals by Terry Swinscoe gave Ilkeston an unlikely victory after spending much of the second half on the back foot. They got off to a bad start with Boston taking the lead in the 2nd minute. ‘Keeper Terry Statham could only palm out Bircham’s cross and Green pounced to slam home. Ilkeston were level within four minutes with a well worked goal. Barry King went down the right, slipped the ball inside to Swinscoe who tapped the ball to Barry Marsh. Marsh ran on, controlled the ball nicely and shot past Daley. The goal gave Town encouragement and they launched plenty of attacks against a Boston team that looked good in midfield but lacked penetration. Daley did well to get a hand to terrific Marsh shot, King had a couple of powerful shots blocked, Swinscoe’s 45 yard thunderbolt thudded against the underside of the bar, and Daley was equal to shots by Marsh, John McEvoy, Swinscoe and King. It was a shock on 37 minutes when, against the run of play, Marriott’s misdirected header for goal fell kindly for Godbold to put Boston back in front.

Ilkeston began the second half strongly and Swinscoe’s header from a King cross was well held by Daley but Boston could have gone further ahead when Bircham shot straight at Statham. It was Ilkeston who scored next, in the 51st minute. King beat three men, cut inside before switching the ball to Swinscoe on the right and his low cross was fired in by Mick Ward off a defender. Far from giving Ilkeston a boost they fell away badly after the equaliser and had to withstand relentless Boston pressure. John Thornhill twice had to clear off the line and it seemed as if Boston would win. However, they reckoned without Ilkeston’s two goals on 92 and 93 minutes. Town’s third came when King played the ball inside to Ward who darted through and touched the ball on for Swinscoe to ram home. Dejected Boston conceded again within a minute when Swinscoe stabbed home a low cross from the left.

SIX HITTERS
5TH OCTOBER 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 6 DENABY UNITED 0
It was all too easy for Ilkeston who romped home against weak opponents to climb up to fourth place. Yet despite their dominance they had to wait until the 34th minute before taking the lead. Before then Mick Ward broke clear but couldn’t finish, Terry Swinscoe was guilty of a weak finish and then skied over from close range, and Swinscoe tried his luck again with a hard shot that skimmed the bar. The unlucky Swinscoe then shot against the bar and although Paddy Dunne fired in the rebound he was ruled offside. Barry Marsh then shot wide before the first goal finally came, Dunne making certain from Sid Watson’s pass. Marsh had a great chance to make it two when he shot wide with only Hough to beat but Denaby fired a warning of their own when Roebuck blazed over. Ilkeston scored again four minutes before the break when a lovely move involving Dunne and Marsh ended with Barry King’s finish.

The second half continued in similar fashion. Derek Chamberlain shot wide and Swinscoe hit the woodwork for the third time with a fierce shot that struck the inside of the post. Gray netted for Denaby but the goal was ruled out for offside. Ilkeston’s third came in the 66th minute through Ward and Marsh gave Hough no chance on 77 minutes. Swinscoe scored his deserved goal with a powerful header from King’s cross in the 85th minute and Dunne completed the rout three minutes from time.

LAX ILKESTON RETURN WITH POINT
12TH OCTOBER 1963
BOURNE TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston lacked urgency against an enthusiastic Bourne team and it was only after they fell behind midway through the second half that they roused themselves. Ilkeston controlled the game during the opening stages. Woolf somehow managed to keep out a Barry Marsh and then he bravely saved at Mick Ward’s feet. They took the lead on 20 minutes when Ward headed home a Marsh free kick. Paddy Dunne twice went close with a couple of first time shots before Bourne came more into the game. After Ken Rawson cleared off the line from Harper Bourne equalised a minute before half time. Jepson fired in a shot following a cross from the right and although Terry Statham appeared to have it covered the ball was defected past him by John Thornhill.

Bourne dictated the play after half time and they deservedly went in front in the 65th minute. Sissons forced his way past Thornhill and after switching the ball onto his right foot shot beyond Statham. Ilkeston finally began to play with more urgency and they drew level on 77 minutes. Woolf appeared to be hampered by both Terry Swinscoe and Dunne and Ward applied the finish. The goal stood unlike Terry Swinscoe’s effort soon after that was ruled out for a handling offence. Ilkeston continued to pile on the pressure although a defensive mix up in the last minute almost allowed Bourne to steal the points.

BELPER HIT BY SECOND HALF BLITZ
19TH OCTOBER 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 4 BELPER TOWN 0
Belper were outclassed after the first ten minutes and Ilkeston climbed up to second, behind Long Eaton United on goal average. Ilkeston gradually took control after surviving Belper’s early attacks. Barry Marsh saw his shot palmed into the side net by Jenney and Terry Swinscoe’s powerful shot flew wide. A fine three man move ended with Jenney making a fine save from Swinscoe but Jenney had a stroke of good fortune soon after. Barry King’s shot spun out of his arms, hit the post and rebounded back to him. Ilkeston missed a great chance to secure a half time lead when Bacon handled a John McEvoy cross but Swinscoe fired the penalty against the bar.

Ilkeston’s persistence paid off on 63 minutes when Sid Watson tried to force in a King corner and as the ball dropped loose to the edge of the box after another shot had been blocked Marsh hooked the ball into the net first time. Three minutes later Paddy Dunne cheekily robbed Robinson and poked the ball out of Jenney’s reach to make it two. A terrific first time shot by King went close before Ilkeston scored again in the 78th minute, King playing Mick Ward in and he cleverly beat two men before finishing well. A short corner to McEvoy led to his cross being headed in by Swinscoe for Town’s fourth six minutes from time.

TOWN GO TOP OF THE TABLE
26TH OCTOBER 1963
STAMFORD 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston won this scrappy encounter to climb to the top of the Midland League whilst the result dropped Stamford to the foot. Stamford were more of an attacking force during the first half but Town stepped up a gear after the break and ran out comfortable winners. Stamford’s early attacks caused Ilkeston, who lost Terry Swinscoe with a gash over his eye after 5 minutes, problems and they went close with a Gough header that was cleared off the line by John Thornhill. It was Stamford’s turn to be reduced to ten men in the 28th minute when former Town winger John Carrington went off with a leg injury following a hard but fair challenge by Derek Chamberlain. Chamberlain was later involved in another incident, with Lawless who kicked out at him, and both players were booked. Bull’s close range shot on 42 minutes gave Stamford the lead but a minute before the break Town drew level. Barry King’s free kick close to the corner flag was headed in by Mick Ward.

Ilkeston began the second half strongly with Ward missing a good chance, Paddy Dunne heading powerfully just over, Barry Marsh firing a first time shot against the post, and Aylin saving well from King. Stamford responded with Bull’s well struck shot that was turned over the bar by Terry Statham soon after Elliott had missed a simple chance. Ilkeston’s winner arrived in the 63rd minute with a Marsh drive and from then on they were in complete command. The only scare they had was from a dipping shot by Lawless that Statham tipped over. Swinscoe returned to the action for the final ten minutes as Ilkeston successfully preserved their lead.

WARD SPOT ON AS TOWN SAVE POINT
2ND NOVEMBER 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 2 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 2
Both teams provided a feast of attacking football and the result was the right outcome. The draw kept Town top of the table but they had to show plenty of character to come back and rescue a point as they played with just ten men during the final half hour. Play swung from end to end and it was Ilkeston who had the first chance when Andy Graver’s shot was blocked by Dunderdale. Ham fired Ilkeston a warning when he shot across the face of goal whilst John Thornhill had a similar effort at the other end. Alexander went close to giving Gainsborough the lead but a better chance came Ilkeston’s way. Sid Watson put Paddy Dunne through but he hesitated expecting an offside flag before shooting wide. Terry Statham’s knees kept out a terrific strike by Alexander and McDowell, who had a fine game, made an even better save from Andy Graver. He then produced further remarkable saves from Dunne and Mick Ward. Gainsborough took the lead in the 41st minute when Perry’s free kick eluded Statham’s grasp and went into the net for a soft goal.

Statham made amends with a fine save from Sanderson’s long range strike as the game continued to flow after half time. Ilkeston began to exert great pressure and Graver, Ward and Barry King each had shots charged down, Dunne’s shot was palmed away by McDowell and Graver’s far post header flashed just wide. Town deservedly equalised on 58 minutes when Dunne shot past the unsighted McDowell but Gainsborough took less than a minute to regain the lead through Ham. Worse was to follow for Ilkeston when seconds later Barry Marsh had to go off following a collision with McDowell. Despite the numerical disadvantage Ilkeston plugged away and got their reward when White pulled down Dunne. Ward’s equaliser from the spot came four minutes from time.

SECOND HALF STORM BLOWS GOOLE AWAY
9TH NOVEMBER 1963
GOOLE TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Goole showed up well until they missed a penalty and from then on Ilkeston turned up the heat and romped home to keep their title hopes well and truly on the boil. However, an Ilkeston victory didn’t seem likely as Goole tore into them from the start and scored on 3 minutes. Terry Statham punched out Ford’s cross and Wood drove the ball back into the box with venom for Bell to score from close range. The home side continued to hold the upper hand although Ilkeston produced moments of danger themselves. Mel Evason’s powerful right foot shot was saved by Jones who also needed two attempts to keep out a Paddy Dunne shot. Goole should have taken the lead after John Thornhill barged into Bell but Bell fired the penalty hopelessly wide. Ilkeston came more into the game after that and on 40 minutes they equalised with Barry King’s header from close to the penalty spot from Evason’s corner.

The second half saw Goole having plenty of the ball but Ilkeston were magnificent in defence and deadly going forward. The home side’s pressure saw Sid Watson, Thornhill and Ken Rawson each block dangerous shots and Statham made a brilliant save to deny Bell. However, it was Ilkeston who went in front in the 54th minute. King beat Hymers on the right and his hard, low cross was met by a thunderous shot by Dunne. On 63 minutes Ilkeston made it three when Dunne was on hand to convert King’s low driven free kick and, in the 78th minute, they added further misery to Goole when a lovely move involving Dunne, Mick Ward and King ended with Terry Swinscoe turning in the resultant cross.

TOWN DEFEAT DENABY
16TH NOVEMBER 1963
DENABY UNITED 0 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Town moved two points clear with this satisfactory win against a Denaby side that showed admirable fight but lost discipline as the game wore on. Denaby’s good work in midfield rarely led to a direct threat on Ilkeston’s goal, however, and Ilkeston created more chances during the first half. Denaby had an early escape when Paddy Dunne’s shot dropped over ‘keeper Stasiukiewicz and appeared to cross the line but the referee was unsighted and waved play on. Barry King then sent a flying header just over, and Dunne’s shot brought a fingertip save before Denaby had their first real attempt, a Bailey long shot that was palmed away by Terry Statham. Ilkeston continued to create openings as Dunne shot wide, Evason headed over and a Dunne header entered the net but was ruled out for offside. Statham made a comfortable save from Wharam’s dipping shot but Ilkeston had an anxious moment when Statham beat out Harvey’s shot, Sid Watson partly cleared and Wild ballooned over. Ilkeston took the lead three minutes before half time when, following a foul on Dunne, Swinscoe converted Watson’s free kick.

The second half began dramatically when Cox was fouled when in the act of shooting and Foster’s penalty was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Statham. Ilkeston responded to the scare and, after Evason’s first time shot went past the post, they scored a second in the 55th minute. Evason’s inswinging corner was headed by King and Mick Ward helped the ball over the line. Evason’s first time shot came close to making it three against a Denaby side that was resorting to giving away free kicks. Eventually Dunne lost his patience with Ainscough and both players were booked. Dunne headed an Everson free kick wide before victory was sealed five minutes from time. Evason took a shot corner to Ward who cut in and curled a shot that Stasiukiewicz could only help into the net.

CONTROVERSIAL GOAL STUNS TOWN
23RD NOVEMBER 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 1 LONG EATON UNITED 2
Long Eaton bossed this top versus second clash for an hour but when they tired Ilkeston looked set for a point until the visitors scored a controversial late winner that saw them leapfrog over Town to go top. Long Eaton, showing great team spirit, pace and movement, gave Ilkeston the runaround and only fine goalkeeping by Terry Statham and desperate defending kept the score down in the heavy conditions. Poplar shot wide for Long Eaton early on and although Terry Swinscoe’s header went close for Ilkeston it was no surprise when the visitors took an 11th minute lead. Former Town player Tom Cooper’s corner found the unmarked Tony Watson (a former Ilkeston captain) who headed in. Future Ilkeston player Edgar Hanson then broke clear as the referee ignored the linesman’s offside flag and his shot beat Statham but not the post.

Once Long Eaton started to tire during the second half Ilkeston came more into the game. Mel Evason’s shot was cleared from danger by Cooper but Ilkeston equalised in the 72nd minute. Barry King’s lovely back header fell to Terry Swinscoe who made no mistake. Evason then missed a chance to give Ilkeston an unlikely lead, a King shot caused ‘keeper Taylor some difficulty, and Mick Ward shot straight at Taylor from close range. Watson thought he had scored for Long Eaton but his effort was ruled out but four minutes from time the visitors grabbed the winner. Ilkeston players stopped following a clear handling offence by a Long Eaton player and Gee shot past Statham who made no attempt to save.

UNBEATEN AWAY RECORD UP IN SMOKE
30TH NOVEMBER 1963
LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Loughborough’s physical approach was enough to end Ilkeston’s unbeaten away record and Town’s trainer was kept busy. Town began brightly and took the lead on 6 minutes with a superb goal. Terry Statham, who required treatment no less than five times during the game, threw the ball out to Sid Watson who found John McEvoy. He sent Mel Evason away, who cut inside while Paddy Dunne’s decoy run fooled the home defence to set up Terry Swinscoe to glide the ball home. Loughborough levelled in the 13th minute when former Ilkeston winger John Langford’s corner was headed in by Hodges who appeared to be impeding McEvoy. Dunne was booked for dissent shortly after and Loughborough began to take control. Statham made two saves from Hodges who also had a header cleared off the line and they deservedly went in front on 37 minutes. Langford was brought down by Ken Rawson for a clear penalty and he took it himself to score.

The second half began evenly but Ilkeston struggled once Evason was rushed to hospital with a suspected broken jaw (the subsequent X-ray revealed no fracture). The physical approach by the home side continued unabated and Hasledine was booked for a foul on Mick Ward. Ironically it was a Loughborough free kick that led to their winner. Hasledine took it well forward from where the offence was committed and found Mann who set up Hodges for the third. Ward scored a consolation for Ilkeston two minutes from time.

JITTERY TOWN GO DOWN AGAIN
7TH DECEMBER 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 1 MATLOCK TOWN 2
Ilkeston were strangely all at sea defensively during the opening quarter and by the time they settled down the damage was done. The game was a drab affair but Ilkeston gradually improved and if the forwards had had the necessary punch to break down the Matlock defence they could have earned a point. Matlock took the lead in the 10th minute when Derek Chamberlain was badly dispossessed and Sanders was left with a simple finish. They scored again within three minutes when the unmarked Jeffrey hooked home following a corner.

Ilkeston looked dispirited but they staged something of a fightback after the break. Even so Matlock almost got a third when Boot, with the goal at his mercy, allowed Chamberlain to race in and clear off the line. Ilkeston’s consolation goal came on 79 minutes when Ken Rawson found John McEvoy scored with a fine 30 yard shot. The game was marred in the first half by a small element of Ilkeston supporters who threw missiles at the Matlock goalkeeper.

RETFORD RUN RIOT
14TH DECEMBER 1963
RETFORD TOWN 6 ILKESTON TOWN 1
After more or less matching Retford during the first half Ilkeston were overwhelmed by Retford’s open attacking football after the break. The win took Retford to the top of the table whilst Ilkeston slipped to sixth place. Ilkeston should have scored early on but Paddy Dunne shot instead of crossing to unmarked colleagues and Denman made a simple save. Retford were playing good football in midfield and Ilkeston were dangerous in attack. Alan Craddock had a header saved by Denman who also did well to keep out another Dunne effort. When Ken Rawson connected with a Barry King corner Retford’s Heaton made a timely clearance off the line. The closest Retford came to scoring during this spell was when Mick Ward’s misdirected back pass almost found his own net. However, Retford did score in the 35th minute, a terrific Parsons strike from 35 yards.

Retford’s second goal, on 48 minutes, was a fluke. Hoyland’s shot was going wide until it struck a divot and diverted into the net. There was nothing lucky about Hoyland’s volley that found the target for Retford’s third seven minutes later, after John McEvoy cleared off the line. Turley made it four in the 76th minute and Hoyland completed his hat-trick seven minutes later. Craddock cracked in a 25 yard shot on 85 minutes to reduce the arrears but a speculative White shot three minutes from time beat Terry Statham and piled on further misery for Ilkeston. John Thornhill made his 100th appearance for Ilkeston.

TOWN LACK FIREPOWER
21ST DECEMBER 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 0 SPALDING UNITED 0
A bone hard, frosty surface made good football difficult but it was certainly an improved performance from Ilkeston. Unfortunately their excellent work in defence was not matched by the attack. The game started slowly but the pace picked up as it went on. Although Ilkeston had most of the early play Spalding carved out the better openings. Sampson’s long shot didn’t trouble Terry Statham, and when the same player rounded Statham shortly after Ken Rawson cleared the resultant cross. Their was an anxious moment for Statham when he slipped as Vest’s cross came over but he recovered in time to save former Town player Terry Sewell’s shot. Ilkeston started to make inroads into the Spalding defence and a Ken Simcoe overhead kick from a Barry King cross brought a good save from Ronson. Then a Simcoe header from a King cross flashed inches wide and a Mel Evason powerful first time shot flew over the bar. Spalding responded with a Vest shot from close range that just cleared the bar before Simcoe had another effort, this time a header that Ronson kept out with his foot. Simcoe then charged down a clearance and his shot went just wide and King had a low shot saved by Ronson. Smalley tried his luck for Spalding with a powerful shot that went just over but Ilkeston finished the first half on top with two good efforts from Mick Severn. His first shot, from distance, rattled the side net and then Ronson tipped over his free kick.

There were fewer chances after the break but the best two fell to Ilkeston. A poor clearance fell to King inside the area and his shot was blocked on the line, and then Severn was inches off target with his effort two minutes from time. Sid Watson made his 100th appearance for Ilkeston.

FANS DEMO AGAINST REF
28TH DECEMBER 1963
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SCARBOROUGH 2
A controversial decision by the referee led to a demonstration by angry Ilkeston supporters after the game. They felt their team had been robbed of a deserved victory when the official overruled a linesman’s flag when the visitors scored their equaliser. Even though John Thornhill was off the pitch for a lengthy spell for treatment to his ankle Ilkeston dominated the first 75 minutes and they mounted many attacks during a splendid first half show. Scarborough’s first effort after they survived Town’s early onslaught was a Boyes long range shot that went just wide. Thornhill came close to giving Town the lead with a splendid shot that was palmed away by McCluster and then Reece Nicholson guided a Barry King corner inches wide. Boyes threatened again for the visitors with an angled drive that Terry Statham was equal to before McCluster made a good stop at the other end to keep out Sid Watson’s shot from 30 yards. Thornhill’s injury came when he missed a tackle and Franks was left with a clear opportunity but he failed to take it. Instead it was Ilkeston who went in front on 37 minutes. Terry Swinscoe’s free kick into the area found Nicholson who passed neatly to King to crash the ball home. Further Town pressure before the break failed to bring a second goal.

With Thornhill back, as a passenger, for the second half Ilkeston carried on from where they left off although Scarborough were beginning to be seen more as an attacking force. When Wood played in Franks he wastefully shot wide. Ilkeston needed a second and it came in the 63rd minute. Nicholson’s through ball found Ken Simcoe who outpaced the defence and shot past McCluster. They almost got a third when Nicholson’s free kick hit the post but on 75 minutes the visitors grabbed themselves a lifeline through Boyes. Four minutes later came the controversial equaliser when Boyes, positioned all alone 12 yards out, made no mistake.

SKEGNESS SCRAPE DRAW IN SIX GOAL THRILLER
4TH JANUARY 1964
ILKESTON TOWN 3 SKEGNESS TOWN 3
Hard working Skegness came away with a point but Ilkeston should have won easily. They dominated the proceedings and in one crazy 15 minute spell during the first half they had 17 goal attempts yet they found themselves 2-0 inside the first 25 minutes. Ilkeston attacked from the off and Ken Simcoe had a shot deflected for a corner and Reece Nicholson had an effort scrambled away. Completely against the run of play Skegness went ahead on 9 minutes when Brian Curtis handled Campbell’s cross and future TV comedian Charlie Williams scored from the spot. Ilkeston continued to bombard Skegness but were stunned in the 24th minute when the visitors scored again, Dunn’s shot through a crowded goalmouth trickling past the unsighted Terry Statham. Skegness ‘keeper Crawford continued to defy Ilkeston until the 37th minute when he was beaten by a thunderous Mel Evason shot.

It looked as if the game was there for the taking when Ken Simcoe equalised with a splendid goal three minutes into the second half and this belief was reinforced in the 56th minute when Simcoe scored again with another well taken goal. In total command Ilkeston looked set for more goals. Simcoe headed over, Nicholson’s fine shot hit the post, and Nicholson, Simcoe and Barry King were all brought down but no penalties were given. Future Ilkeston player Alec Brader was booked for a foul on King whose powerful free kick bounced off a defender to safety. When Barry Marsh was fouled by Richardson Ilkeston’s penalty appeals were turned down once more and then Crwaford made a brave save at Simcoe’s feet. Incredibly Skegness equalised in the 73rd minute and it was down to a ghastly mistake by Derek Chamberlain. He was well placed to chest down a Campbell shot but he stepped back and the ball had already crossed the line by the time he blocked it. Ilkeston were left to wonder how they failed to win a match that they dominated almost from start to finish.

SENIOR CUP EXIT FOR ILKESTON
11TH JANUARY 1964
ALFRETON TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SECOND ROUND)
Alfreton deservedly progressed into the third round after dominating the first half. They were faster on the ball and only desperate Ilkeston defending kept the score down. Although Ilkeston made a spirited attempt to get back into the game after half time they lacked an end product to their game. When Lunn fired in an early shot after a corner had only been partly cleared Terry Statham had to make a smart save and he also did well to keep out a well struck shot by Roe. Ilkeston’s only effort of note during the opening exchanges was down to Reece Nicholson’s persistence but his shot cleared the bar. Alfreton’s pressure bore fruit in the 19th minute when future Town player John Gissing beat Sid Watson for pace, cut inside, and shot past Statham. The second goal arrived on 39 minutes when the ball was scrambled out to the edge of the box where Lunn drove past the unsighted Statham. Gissing then had a shot beaten out before Ilkeston had a good spell as half time approached. Barry Marsh fired just over after receiving a pass from Ken Simcoe, and Nicholson, Watson and Simcoe each had attempts at goal from distance.

Ilkeston twice came close to scoring during the second half. Future Ilkeston ‘keeper Bob Wyllie made a full length save from a Barry King shot and a first time Mel Evason strike skimmed the bar.

FARCICAL DERBY SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN PLAYED
18TH JANUARY 1964
ILKESTON TOWN 0 HEANOR TOWN 0
A hard frost left the pitch so dangerous that neither side was willing to take risks and the awkward bounce made football a lottery. The game was played at a slow pace and Ilkeston’s defence was not troubled by a Heanor team who were unbeaten away since August. The point gained by Heanor took them to the top of the table. Heanor edged the opening stages as Walsh’s hard shot went wide and the same player, after receiving a pass from Probert, was off target again with his next attempt. Terry Statham had to be quick off his line to clear from Swann before Ilkeston made their first serious goal attempt, a Barry Marsh first time shot that Ashmore saved. Swann’s header was inches away from giving Heanor the lead but gradually Ilkeston came more into it. Ken Simcoe headed a Reece Nicholson cross over the bar from close range and Paddy Dunne came closer still with a header that smacked against the bar. As half time approached Ken Simcoe hooked just wide.

The pace of the game dropped further after the break. Play was even but few chances were created. Heanor came closest to breaking the deadlock when Lambert’s dangerous long curling shot from the left cleared the bar.

DIRE ILKESTON RETURN EMPTY HANDED
25TH JANUARY 1964
SUTTON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s defeat made it ten games without a win and in the aftermath player manager Ken Rawson tendered his resignation. In a game with few thrills Ilkeston’s gutless display meant that a poor Sutton team, who had little to offer except graft and greater pace, won comfortably. Ilkeston’s close passing game kept breaking down so early that they rarely posed a threat. Sutton’s first chance was created by former Ilkeston captain Dennis Alexander but future Ilkeston player Mick Wyld hooked the ball over Terry Statham’s bar. However, Sutton scored on 30 minutes after a fine Statham save from an Allott shot won them a corner. Future Ilkeston player Arthur Orridge needed two attempts to get the ball over and when it arrived in the box ex Ilkeston player Colin Hopkins steered it home. Sutton remained in control up until the break with Ilkeston only able to mount isolated attacks although Sid Watson cracked a shot against the bar during one of them.

Although Ilkeston had more of the ball in the second half the play in general was desperately dull and Sutton ‘keeper Turton was rarely tested. Frustrations boiled over as the game went on and both Alexander and Paddy Dunne received bookings.

MANAGERLESS ILKESTON WIN AT LAST
1ST FEBRUARY 1964
ILKESTON TOWN 2 WORKSOP TOWN 0
Workmanlike Ilkeston showed a spitit not seen for a while and set about the job in hand from the word go. Defensively excellent they dominated the first half and although Worksop came more into the game after half time Ilkeston held on without too much difficulty. Ilkeston almost scored within seconds of the kick off when Barry King threaded his way through the Worksop defence and his shot was just off target, as was Terry Swinscoe’s 25 yard free kick, Ken Simcoe was unable to keep his shot down following a corner and another of his shots was deflected off Mellors’ foot for a corner. Ilkeston deservedly went in front on 27 minutes. Paddy Dunne latched onto Mick Severn’s free kick and shot past Howard, Mellors only able to help the ball over the line in his attempt to clear. A minute later Ilkeston scored again when a splendid five man move ended with Simcoe perfectly setting up Reece Nicholson to score with an unstoppable shot. Terry Swinscoe thought he had scored another when he smashed in a free kick only to learn that it was indirect. Worksop finally managed a decent attempt when Kenyon headed Tracey’s cross just wide but Ilkeston continued to dominate and Howard was only able to save Simcoe’s snap shot at the second attempt.

The second half began with a Dunne back header from a Derek Chamberlain free kick but Howard made a comfortable save. Worksop began to enjoy a spell of pressure and Tracey’s fine low shot was turned away by Terry Statham at the expense of a corner. Ilkeston remained dangerous, however, and following a Mel Evason corner King fired first time into the side net. Worksop’s hopes disappeared once former Ilkeston player John Taylor missed an open goal and they rapidly lost heart.

RAYNER INSPIRES GRANTHAM
8TH FEBRUARY 1964
ILKESTON TOWN 0 GRANTHAM 3
Grantham, inspired by hat-trick hero and future Ilkeston player manager Jim Rayner, were too good for an Ilkeston team who played well enough. The win took them to the top of the table and set them on course for the title. Ilkeston started well with Ken Simcoe not quite able to direct his shot on target whilst an early long range shot by Jowett didn’t trouble Ilkeston ‘keeper Terry Statham. Ilkeston held the slight edge on a difficult surface and Barry King went close with a looping effort that hit the top of the bar, and a Reece Nicholson shot defelected off Farmer to make future Ilkeston ‘keeper Graham Clarke’s save somewhat easier. Grantham began to get a foothold and Storrow went on a fine run before shooting across the face of goal, Harbertson’s first time shot from Thompson’s cross was headed clear by John Thornhill, a scramble following a corner ended with a combined clearance off the line by Thornhill and Chamberlain, and Storrow brought a fine diving save by Statham. Ilkeston then had a good spell before half time. Paddy Dunne missed a good chance, Mick Severn’s powerful shot was blocked, and Clarke couldn’t hold a Dunne shot that Haynes was forced to clear.

Grantham took the lead on 48 minutes when Statham’s punch from Thompson’s corner fell to Rayner who shot first time. Ilkeston responded well with shots by Severn and King charged down, and they should have had a penalty when Brown handled a King shot on the line but the referee was unsighted. Mel Evason then hit a first time shot that Clarke punched clear but any hopes of an Ilkeston equaliser were wrecked shortly after Harbertson’s drive was tipped over by Statham. On 61 minutes Rayner scored with almost a carbon copy of his first. Ilkeston carried on battling admirably and Clarke knew little about his save from Nicholson, but Grantham almost scored again when Rayner shot against the woodwork. Simcoe’s shot brought a fingertip save from Clarke who was also hit by a King shot before the ball bounced to safety but Ilkeston’s brave challenge was killed off five minutes from time when Hill’s clever dummy allowed Rayner to shoot home.

BOURNE KILLED BY SIMCOE HAT-TRICK
29TH FEBRUARY 1964
ILKESTON TOWN 4 BOURNE TOWN 2
Ilkeston began sluggishly and struggled to cope with Bourne’s direct and aggressive approach but they improved as the game went on and were worthy winners at the end. Ilkeston had the first goal attempt as Sid Watson volleyed over after a John Thornhill free kick but Bourne soon held the upper hand. Walker’s shot was deflected wide for a corner, and Terry Statham was grateful when Thornhill cleared a Walker shot off the line after he had failed to collect Notley’s cross. Notley then ballooned wide from close range. Bourne were given a warning when Reece Nicholson powered a shot against the bar but they didn’t heed it. On 17 minutes Paddy Dunne headed home a Barry King cross to give Ilkeston the lead. It didn’t last long, however, as Bourne drew level in the 24th minute when Sisson beat Thornhill and crossed for Stephens to score from point blank range. Play before half time went from end to end. Walker shot well wide from 15 yards and Hayden wasted a simple chance whilst in between Ilkeston almost regained the lead when Rodgers almost sliced Barry Marsh’s cross into his own net. The last chance of the half fell to Ken Simcoe who ballooned King’s cross over the top from close range.

Ilkeston came out flying after the break. Watson’s full blooded shot hit the bar but they didn’t have to wait long to regain the lead, Nicholson beating three men to set up Simcoe in the 49th minute. Yet two minutes later Bourne equalised for a second time and it was down to an error by Statham. He could only parry Notley’s cross straight to Stephens who made no mistake. From then on Ilkeston dominated and deservedly scored again on 68 minutes. Marsh’s free kick from the left was guided into the net by Simcoe’s head. Nicholson then fired a shot that lacked the necessary power and Woolfe made several saves as Ilkeston looked for a fourth. It duly came four minutes from time when clever play by Nicholson released Simcoe who lashed home from the edge of the box to complete a fine hat-trick. The game marked Terry Swinscoe’s 200th appearance.

SPIRITLESS TOWN FALL AT ARNOLD
7TH MARCH 1964
ARNOLD 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s heads dropped far too easily when things went against them. It was a very poor performance against a weak Arnold side who beat them by enthusiasm alone. Reece Nicholson’s shot from a Paddy Dunne cross was saved easily by Leivers and a 30 yard shot by Mick Severn lacked power and accuracy as Town started reasonably enough. However, the rot set in on 21 minutes when Topley broke clear on the right and centred for Boucher to head home to give Arnold the lead. Ilkeston, despite their sub standard effort, were still able to create chances. Barry King sliced wide after receiving a pass from Mel Evason, a better effort from Nicholson went close, and Leivers’ excellent full length save kept out a fierce 20 yard strike by Ken Simcoe. Ball threatened to double Arnold’s lead when he beat John Thornhill and Severn but he was thwarted by the advancing Terry Statham. Town responded only for Dunne to waste a chance after being set up by Simcoe, Nicholson’s shot lacked power, and Evason’s shot was easily saved.

Arnold should have scored early in the second half when Boucher went on a fine run and sent over a dangerous cross that Topley somehow contrived to put wide. Dunne was guilty of another miss when he put the ball wide after connecting with an Evason cross. The killer second goal arrived on 73 minutes. A catastrophic piece of misunderstanding between Thornhill and Derek Chamberlain allowed Ball to nip in for a simple finish. Thornhill made amends when he headed a Davies effort off the line but the thoroughly dejected Town could only conjure up one effort of note late on, a good shot by Nicholson that tested Leivers.

TRINITY PENALTY ROBS TOWN
21ST MARCH 1964
GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2
A terrible penalty decision and spurned chances prevented Ilkeston from winning the game. Town played well with plenty of pace and led at half time but Gainsborough’s more aggressive direct approach after the break earned them an undeserved victory. Town fell behind after just 4 minutes when Waite’s harmless looking cross was deflected by Mick Severn and the ball fell kindly for Alexander to score. Ilkeston came back strongly and it was no surprise when they scored on the half hour. Sid Watson headed on a corner for Mick Ward to head home. Four minutes later Town took the lead when Paddy Dunne beat White and crossed to Reece Nicholson who laid the ball off perfectly for Ken Simcoe to finish. Town had a chance for a third before half time when Dunne sliced across the face of goal beyond the completely unmarked Simcoe.

Ilkeston continued to create chances early in the second half. Barry Marsh’s shot was saved at the second attempt by Burden who also did well to save a great shot by Nicholson. There were warning signs for Ilkeston, however, when Alexander put the ball over from close range and Trinity equalised on 58 minutes. Terry Statham misjudged Lister’s misdirected cross and the ball sailed past him into the net. Town had a chance to regain the lead when Nicholson broke clear but the angle was too tight and Burden blocked the shot. Gainsborough got the winner with a hotly disputed penalty. Trinity’s Alexander, who later admitted the offence, clearly handled and the ball went on to hit Terry Swinscoe and for this reason a penalty was awarded. White converted from the spot. Incensed Ilkeston threw caution to the wind in search of an equaliser but Dunne, Simcoe and Nicholson missed gilt edged opportunities. Derek Chamberlain made his 150th appearance.

GINGERBREADS ON GLORY MARCH
23RD MARCH 1964
GRANTHAM 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston fought hard during a first half in which Grantham at times were guilty of being over eager. However, they were blown away by the team destined to be champions after the break when Grantham were too fast and strong to resist. After surviving early Grantham pressure Ilkeston created the first real opening when Barry Marsh’s corner fell to Paddy Dunne and his dangerous ball into the danger area went out of play without anyone able to apply a finishing touch. Grantham replied with a chance created for future Ilkeston player manager Jim Rayner and ‘keeper Terry Statham was forced to make an excellent save. Dunne then wasted an opportunity for Town when he chose to shoot from an impossible angle rather than pass to the unmarked Ken Simcoe and Marsh. Grantham finally opened the scoring on 30 minutes when Storrow found the outstanding Harbertson who cut in to fire an unstoppable shot on the run. Rayner then missed a fine chance to extend the lead before the interval.

Ilkeston somehow kept Grantham out until the 70th minute before they conceded a second goal, A Harbertson header. Six minutes later Harbertson provided Gibbons with the chance that made it three. Rayner then blasted home a free kick but it was disallowed because it was indirect.

TOWN RULE GOOLE
28TH MARCH 1964
ILKESTON TOWN 3 GOOLE TOWN 1
After Bell broke clear and shot inches wide inside the first minute Ilkeston took control and won in style. Goole ‘keeper Jones made brilliant saves from Ronald Anderton, Barry Marsh, Reece Nicholson and Ken Simcoe before he was beaten on the half hour when Mick Severn put Nicholson through.

Goole fought back briefly after half time and Fletcher missed a chance before they equalised on 51 minutes. Terry Statham’s elbow caught Fletcher and he had no chance of saving Hymerk’s resultant penalty. Ilkeston regained the lead six minutes later when Paddy Dunne met a cross from the left with an unstoppable volley and they didn’t look back. The third goal arrived in the 64th minute when Dunne and Nicholson opened up the Goole defence for Simcoe to score. Simcoe was later brought down but Jones made an excellent save to keep out Dunne’s penalty.

SCARBOROUGH GIVEN A SCARE
30TH MARCH 1964
SCARBOROUGH 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston gave second place title challengers Scarborough a real fight and at one stage there was a real possibility that they would return home with both points. The home side began to panic and run out of ideas until two goals in two minutes ended Ilkeston’s hopes. As expected Scarborough tried to seize the early initiative and when ‘keeper Terry Statham missed Dunn’s cross Jones sent the ball goalwards only for John Thornhill to clear off the line. Ilkeston were making little headway going forward until they took a shock lead in the 17th minute. Sid Watson put Reece Nicholson in the clear and he was brought down by Mordue in the area. Ken Simcoe beat McClusker from the spot. Scarborough equalised five minutes before half time when Powell beat Statham to Boyes’ cross from the left to head home. Scarborough’s Franks was lucky not to be sent off just before half time when he kicked Paddy Dunne.

With Ilkeston’s defence in fine form Scarborough resorted to force at the expense of skill. Town remained solid although they had Statham to thank for a brilliant save from a Powell shot. Powell also scooped a chance over from close range. Town also had an escape when the ball hit Dunne on the arm but the referee was unsighted so no penalty was given. Scarborough finally took the lead in the 73rd minute with a Jones 25 yard volley that was turned onto the bar by Statham before it dropped over the line. Two minutes later Powell got the third. Franks again showed an unpleasant side to his game with a two footed lunge on Thornhill that left him needing treatment. This sparked a late Ilkeston onslaught and Nicholson twice went close with headers. When McClusker charged Derek Chamberlain the referee awarded a free kick for a foul on the Scarborough ‘keeper rather than give Ilkeston the penalty they were expecting.

STRODDER THE APRIL FOOL
1ST APRIL 1964
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BOSTON UNITED 1
Ilkeston edged a disappointing game but few could take great pleasure from their performance. Although Town dominated early on Boston gradually came more into the game and finished it on top despite them losing Strodder, sent off for dissent with more than twenty minutes remaining. Ilkeston took the lead on 21 minutes with a fine goal by Ken Simcoe who rounded three defenders and slammed the ball home from 25 yards. Boston equalised in the 36th minute with a Smith penalty but a minute before half time Ilkeston got their noses back in front with a good right foot shot by Norman Pearson.

LOSING STREAK ENDS
4TH APRIL 1964
SPALDING UNITED 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
After eight consecutive away defeats Town won at last with an excellent defensive display. Spalding showed plenty of pace up front early on but they became subdued and Ilkeston took control. Ilkeston took the lead in the 18th minute with a superbly worked goal. Sid Watson picked up the ball in midfield and ran forward before slipping the ball to Mel Evason on the left wing. His first time cross found Reece Nicholson who teed the ball up for Ken Simcoe to evade Godfrey and shoot past Ronson. A similar flowing move two minutes later ended with Nicholson shooting beyond Godfrey, Fleck hooking the ball clear although it appeared that the ball had crossed the line. Simcoe, under pressure, fired in a shot that skimmed the bar before half time.

Spalding improved after the break but the best chance of the second half came Ilkeston’s way. Barry Marsh headed the ball in the direction of the wrong footed Nicholson who could only spoon it over the bar. The closest Spalding came to an equaliser was when Mick Severn, trying to cut out a cross, turned the ball narrowly over his own bar.

STAMFORD BEAT STUTTERING ILKESTON
8TH APRIL 1964
ILKESTON TOWN 1 STAMFORD 3
A few weeks earlier Ilkeston led Stamford 5-1 at half time only for the referee to abandon the game. This time Stamford gave Ilkeston the runaround during the first half and they deservedly led in the 29th minute when Terry Swinscoe put the ball into his own net.

Town improved in the second half and when Ken Simcoe equalised on 65 minutes their thoughts were turning to victory. However, they found themselves behind again two minutes later when Kelly scored. Throwing men forward Ilkeston were caught out seven minutes from time when Kelly added his second.

TOWN POSE LITTLE THREAT IN DERBY
11TH APRIL 1964
LONG EATON UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Neither side deserved to win a poor game but the few chances that were created came from Long Eaton. Ilkeston didn’t manage a shot on target. Two headers from former Town player Tony Watson went over as did a header from Birkbeck whilst another Watson header went wide. Although Ilkeston came more into the game as the first half progressed they didn’t look like scoring whereas Long Eaton came close when, following a scramble, a shot by former Ilkeston star Terry Blount was tipped inches wide of the post by Terry Statham.

Ilkeston’s hopes took a turn for the worse on 49 minutes when Mick Severn went off with a twisted knee. Long Eaton took advantage of the extra man to push forward with Ilkeston limited to the occasional dangerous counter attack. The winner came four minutes from time when Statham appeared to have Poplar’s 25 yard shot covered until it was deflected past him by Terry Swinscoe.

IMPROVED ILKESTON PICK UP WELL EARNED POINT
13TH APRIL 1964
ALFRETON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston, playing open attacking football, dictated the game for long spells and when Alfreton stepped up a gear after the break Ilkeston defended well. Yet all they had to show for their efforts was a point. Such was Ilkeston’s dominance during the early stages that they won eight corners inside the first 15 minutes. Barry Marsh’s terrific shot was well held by Hardwick, and another Marsh shot was blocked by Newton. Barry King then shot over the bar before Alfreton first tested Terry Statham who comfortably saved Lunn’s header. He then was forced into a save by a curling shot by Morris but soon Ilkeston were back on top. Sid Watson’s free kick was saved well by Hardwick and they had a penalty appeal turned down before half time.

Ilkeston continued to produce the better openings after the break. Paddy Dunne’s good shot was just off target, Mick Ward’s 20 yarder went inches wide, and when Ward outpaced Kelsey he was just unable to direct his shot on target. Alfreton began to come more into the game but it was still a surprise when they took the lead on 70 minutes. Walker’s quick free kick caught Ilkeston out and future Ilkeston player John Gissing scrambled the ball past Statham. The goal boosted Alfreton and they briefly asserted themselves before Ilkeston regrouped and regained the initiative during the closing stages. Ilkeston deservedly equalised in the 83rd minute. Ken Simcoe’s fine pass released King who cut inside to fire past Hardwick. Incessant late pressure failed to produce an Ilkeston winner, Ward hooking agonisingly wide in the last minute.

TOWN REGAIN PRIDE
16TH APRIL 1964
LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston erased their bad memories of their opening 7-1 home defeat with a sterling performance. Although Leamington led at half time through Hall Ilkeston were by no means out of it. Former Town favourite Barrie Jepson’s pass found Hall who turned past John Thornhill, found himself clear on goal and gave Jim Mitchell no chance.

Ilkeston came out strongly after the break in the incessant rain. Reece Nicholson deservedly equalised with a header and when he was pulled down when set to score Ken Simcoe scored from the spot to put Ilkeston ahead. Leamington launched some desperate attacks but didn’t look like scoring until Shorthouse was impeded in the area and Hall scored the resultant penalty.

ILKESTON HELD
18TH APRIL 1964
ILKESTON TOWN 0 LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 0
There were no goals but it was an enjoyable game, played at a fast tempo and from end to end. Ilkeston had a seemingly good goal disallowed during the first half when Barry Marsh pulled the ball back for Reece Nicholson to score with a diving header from eight yards. The referee awarded a goal before changing his mind after consulting with the linesman. Town went close again before half time when Ken Simcoe met Marsh’s cross first time but the ball went narrowly wide.

Former Town player John Langford missed a glorious chance to put Loughborough ahead after the break but he shot high and wide of an open goal. Ilkeston then took control and did everything but score. Mick Ward’s cracker was blocked on the line by Akers, Simcoe fired into the net but he was offside, and a Ward diving header was splendidly saved by Daley.

ILKESTON TAUGHT A LESSON IN FINISHING
22ND APRIL 1964
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ALFRETON TOWN 3
The game was played at a fast pace throughout and was evenly contested but Alfreton’s superior finishing made the difference. Nevin gave them the lead in the 24th minute and future Ilkeston player John Gissing added a second before half time.

Ilkeston gave themselves hope two minutes into the second half when Mick Ward scored an opportunist goal but all hopes of getting themselves something from the game ended when a John Thornhill error let in Roe to score Alfreton’s third.

ILKESTON RECOVER TO TAKE THE POINTS
25TH APRIL 1964
MATLOCK TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston made a hard work of gaining the victory against a scrappy Matlock team. The ploughed up pitch didn’t help but Ilkeston were well in control until they allowed the home side right back into the game. However, they then stepped up a gear to deservedly win the game. Ilkeston were well on top from the off. Derek Chamberlain tried a shot and Mick Ward twice went close before they went ahead on 15 minutes, a defensive mix up allowing Barry Marsh the opportunity to force the ball home. Matlock responded with feeble shots by future Ilkeston player Geoff Wardle and Upton, and Wardle forced Terry Statham into a save with his header.

Ilkeston resumed the second half in control and scored again two minutes after the restart. Ward’s pass found the well positioned Ken Simcoe who placed the ball beyond Arthington. Ilkeston became over confident and their casual play let Matlock take command. Wardle shot high over the bar but their persistence paid off in the 59th minute when Upton’s cross was well finished by Jeffrey. Then, four minutes later, Matlock suddenly drew level, John Thornhill’s blunder letting in Boot for the equaliser. Ilkeston were now looking shaky and they had a narrow escape when a Boot header hit the post. Jeffrey then fired over as Matlock pushed for a winner. Ilkeston eventually regrouped and began a prolonged spell of pressure of their own. They were rewarded six minutes from time when Reece Nicholson beat three men and passed to the unmarked Barry King whose cross was met by a Simcoe header.

ILKESTON FAIL TO MAKE CHANCES COUNT
1ST MAY 1964
ILKESTON TOWN 0 RETFORD TOWN 0
Ilkeston had plenty of near misses in this one sided game but they failed to beat Retford’s over worked ‘keeper Denman. The pattern was set with Barry King’s early miss who hit the bar with a rocket header soon after. There was an amazing moment later in the first half when Denman ran out to meet Mick Wood’s lob forward but under pressure from Mick Ward he allowed the ball to bounce over him yet the ball somehow also cleared the crossbar. John McEvoy was unlucky when his shot was cleared off the line by Heaton, and then Ward headed into the net but was offside.

The second half continued in the same vein. Denman held Jeff Campion’s first time shot, Reece Nicholson’s first time shot from Barry King’s cross went inches off target and Ward’s header from another King cross flashed wide. The closest Retford came to scoring was a Hoyland shot that brought a save from Terry Statham but Ilkeston continued to press and an excellent header by Nicholson and a low drive by King deserved goals. John Thornhill and Derek Chamberlain, amongst others, made their final Ilkeston appearances.

 
1963/64 CENTRAL ALLIANCE DIVISION ONE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts H A
1 Eastwood Town 42 35 1 6 181 59 71
2 Alfreton Town Reserves 42 28 9 5 119 50 65
3 Newhall United 42 30 3 9 154 91 63
4 Gresley Rovers 42 27 5 10 131 65 59
5 Kimberley Town 42 26 6 10 133 72 58
6 Creswell Colliery 42 22 9 11 96 51 53
7 Clay Cross Miners Welfare 42 20 10 12 101 78 50
8 Burton Albion Reserves 42 19 11 12 119 79 49
9 ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 42 19 8 15 74 78 46 X X
10 Ransome & Marles 42 18 8 16 81 90 44
11 Belper Town Reserves 42 18 7 17 90 87 43
12 Sutton Town Reserves 42 16 7 19 96 88 39
13 Long Eaton United Reserves 42 14 8 20 75 102 36
14 Heanor Town Reserves 42 15 5 22 95 104 35
15 Crewton Sports 42 13 9 20 80 98 35
16 Wilmorton & Alvaston 42 12 10 20 59 92 34
17 Matlock Town Reserves 42 14 5 23 88 106 33
18 Anstey Nomads 42 9 11 22 51 85 29
19 Linby Colliery 42 9 11 22 70 122 29
20 Nottingham Forest 'A' 42 12 2 28 72 129 26
21 Ericssons Athletic 42 7 3 32 60 146 17
22 Aspley Old Boys 42 2 6 34 53 207 10


DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP FINAL
BUXTON RESERVES 1 ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 1; (REPLAY) ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 1, BUXTON RESERVES 0