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1965/66 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Worksop Town 42 28 7 7 155 71 63
2 Heanor Town 42 27 5 10 112 59 59
3 Grantham 42 26 7 9 115 63 59
4 ILKESTON TOWN 42 24 9 9 115 71 57
5 Lockheed Leamington 42 23 12 9 126 81 54
6 Gainsborough Trinity 42 23 5 14 80 64 51
7 Arnold 42 20 10 12 104 90 50
8 Retford Town 42 20 6 16 93 86 46
9 Goole Town 42 19 7 16 95 75 45
10 Alfreton Town 42 19 7 16 100 87 45
11 Scarborough 42 19 7 16 89 80 45
12 Scunthorpe United Reserves 42 16 8 18 93 90 40
13 Belper Town 42 17 6 19 82 91 40
14 Matlock Town 42 14 11 17 63 81 39
15 Loughborough United 42 13 11 18 84 93 37
16 Lincoln City Reserves 42 12 7 23 83 119 31
17 Ashton United 42 12 7 23 75 108 31
18 Stamford 42 11 8 23 66 110 30
19 Long Eaton United 42 9 11 22 49 90 29
20 Spalding United 42 10 9 23 51 97 29
21 Sutton Town 42 10 8 24 61 97 28
22 Skegness Town 42 7 2 33 64 152 16



1965/66 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
21 AUG LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON W2-1 1063 RAYNER, FROGGATT
25 AUG HEANOR TOWN L1-5 1960 RAYNOR
28 AUG Goole Town L0-3 800
30 AUG SUTTON TOWN W1-0 872 SWINSCOE (PEN)
01 SEP ARNOLD W5-1 715 BROWN 2, GILLOTT, GISSING, RAYNER
06 SEP Heanor Town W2-0 1700 BROWN, GILLOTT
11 SEP STAMFORD W4-0 838 GILLOTT, FROGGATT, RAYNER, LAWLESS (OG)
25 SEP SCUNTHORPE UNITED RESERVES W6-1 830 FROGGATT 3, GISSING, BROWN, RAYNER
02 OCT Ashton United L0-2 1100
09 OCT MATLOCK TOWN W2-1 904 RAYNER, BROWN
16 OCT Spalding United D2-2 600 SWINSCOE (PEN), FROGGATT
23 OCT SKEGNESS TOWN W4-2 887 SWINSCOE (PEN), RAYNER 2, FROGGATT
30 OCT Loughborough United W2-1 477 RAYNER, RAYNOR
06 NOV WORKSOP TOWN W3-2 1103 SWINSCOE (PEN), RAYNOR, MACANDREW
13 NOV Long Eaton United D1-1 420 RAYNER
20 NOV SCARBOROUGH W6-3 659 FROGGATT 2, BROWN 2, RAYNOR, RAYNER
27 NOV Retford Town D1-1 377 RAYNER
04 DEC Gainsborough Trinity L0-3 1100
11 DEC BELPER TOWN W3-1 511 RAYNOR, SWINSCOE (PEN), FROGGATT
18 DEC Lincoln City Reserves D3-3 412 FROGGATT, RAYNOR, DOVE
26 DEC Grantham L1-3 2268 DOVE
01 JAN Lockheed Leamington L3-8 623 FROGGATT, WALKER, RAYNOR
08 JAN GOOLE TOWN W5-2 431 FROGGATT 2, DOVE, BROWN 2
22 JAN ALFRETON TOWN L1-2 423 FROGGATT
05 FEB ASHTON UNITED W4-1 368 BAKER, WALKER, FROGGATT 2
05 MAR Skegness Town W4-1 173 FAWELL, DOVE, BROWN, FROGGATT
12 MAR LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED L2-3 612 DOVE, RAYNOR
19 MAR Worksop Town D1-1 1824 FAWELL
26 MAR LONG EATON UNITED W10-2 400 FROGGATT 3, WALKER, BROWN 2, FAWELL, RAYNOR 2, MACANDREW
30 MAR Sutton Town W5-2 RAYNOR, FROGGATT 2, BROWN, JONES (OG)
02 APR Scarborough W5-1 BROWN 2 (1PEN), MITCHELL (OG), FROGGATT, RAYNOR
04 APR Alfreton Town D1-1 601 FROGGATT
06 APR Matlock Town D2-2 RAYNOR, BROWN (PEN)
11 APR Arnold L0-3 1200
16 APR GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY W5-0 RAYNOR, BROWN 3, FAWELL
18 APR Stamford W2-1 BRADSHAW (OG), RAYNOR
20 APR Scunthorpe United Reserves W1-0 FAWELL
23 APR Belper Town D1-1 KELSEY (OG)
27 APR SPALDING UNITED W5-0 593 BROWN 2, WALKER, MACANDREW, FAWELL
30 APR LINCOLN CITY RESERVES W5-1 RAYNOR 3, FAWELL, BROWN
05 MAY RETFORD TOWN W3-2 RAYNOR 2, FROGGATT
07 MAY GRANTHAM D1-1 FROGGATT



1965/66 FA CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1QR 04 SEP Gresley Rovers W2-0 FROGGATT, RAYNER
2QR 18 SEP Long Eaton United L2-3 623 FROGGATT, RAYNER



1965/66 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS

ROUND  DATE  OPPONENTS  RESULT  ATT  SCORERS 
2R  15 JAN  Alfreton Town  L1-3  541  FROGGATT 

CHAMPIONS UNLOCKED
21ST AUGUST 1965
ILKESTON TOWN 2 LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON 1
Sparkling, open attacking football brought rewards for Ilkeston against tough, robust Leamington who had won the Midland Counties League title a few months earlier. After Leamington’s bright opening which saw Davis shoot high over Ilkeston took over. Alan Porter’s shot deflected off future Ilkeston player Bob MacAndrew for a corner and Connolly almost put through his own goal before Town deservedly went in front in the 26th minute, Jim Rayner delightfully curling in a free kick from 23 yards.

Leamington equalised against the run of play two minutes into the second half. Holmes evaded Terry Swinscoe and shot past Graham Clarke, Brian Wright turning the goalbound shot into his own net. Leamington gained belief and put Ilkeston under pressure but Town rallied during the last 25 minutes. Mick Raynor missed two good chances before debutant John Froggatt steered in an Edgar Hanson cross that came after another debutant Ralph Brown’s crossfield pass found Hanson on the left. Ilkeston continued to dominate and could easily have scored more.

SIMCOE HAT-TRICK AS HEANOR HAMMER ILKESTON WITH LATE GOALS
25TH AUGUST 1965
ILKESTON TOWN 1 HEANOR TOWN 5
All seemed well when Mick Raynor gave Ilkeston a 2nd minute lead and their attractive open football meant that they just about deserved their half time lead.

Heanor responded positively during a thrilling second half, emulating their neighbours, although the play was frequently disrupted by a series of petty fouls. Former Ilkeston player Ken Simcoe equalised in the 50th minute but there was no indication of the forthcoming goal blitz until the game entered the closing stages. Norris put Heanor ahead on 74 minutes before they killed Ilkeston off in the last 4 minutes. Simcoe added further goals on 86 and 88 minutes and Fidler added the fifth in the last minute.

KING RULES AS GOOLE TAME TOWN
28TH AUGUST 1965
GOOLE TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s wasted chances against a shaky Goole defence during a dominant first half hour proved costly and they were rocked in the 22nd minute by King’s opener. Town’s challenge fell away dramaically as Goole, holding the ball up well in attack, took full control.

The second half began fairly evenly until King scored his second on 54 minutes at a time when Goole were down to ten men as Patterson received treatment. Only the good form of ‘keeper Graham Clarke kept Ilkeston in the game but Goole made absolutely certain of victory when Duncan added the third four minutes from time.

TURTON KEEPS SCORE DOWN
30TH AUGUST 1965
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SUTTON TOWN 0
Apart from a brief spell during the second half Sutton never got a look in against a vibrant Ilkeston team and it was the sustained brilliance of goalkeeper Turton and the woodwork that saved Sutton from a heavy defeat. Ilkeston’s winner came from the penalty spot on 4 minutes and even then Turton got a hand to Terry Swinscoe’s spot kick, the ball going into the net off the post. Jones cleared off the line from the unlucky John Froggatt who then saw a header magnificently turned onto the post by Turton. Jim Rayner and Froggatt had further efforts superbly saved and Turton came to Sutton’s rescue again when he turned a Froggatt header onto the bar.

Froggatt hit the woodwork four times during the game but Mick Raynor’s misfortune was greater. Although he played on his first half arm injury sustained in a collision with Turton led to his absence from the team for several weeks.

BROWN BLASTS ARNOLD
1ST SEPTEMBER 1965
ILKESTON TOWN 5 ARNOLD 1
Although Arnold played some impressive football in midfield they were no match for an Ilkeston team, for whom Bob MacAndrew made his debut, that was deadly going forward. Ralph Brown gave Town the lead on 22 minutes and Roger Gillott added a second seven minutes before half time.

Ilkeston continued to threaten after the break and John Gissing extended the lead further in the 54th minute. A splendid solo goal by Jim Rayner made it four on 76 minutes and although Burton clawed a goal back for Arnold ten minutes from time, Brown notched his second three minutes later.

MOATMEN SUNK
4TH SEPTEMBER 1965
GRESLEY ROVERS 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
Gresley’s tough tackling wasn’t enough to overcome a confident Ilkeston team that were solid at the back throughout. Early in the game John Froggatt was charged over the goal line and his head collided against an iron rail. He had to leave the pitch for eight minutes and during his absence a Jim Rayner long range free kick brought a fine save from Holland. A still dazed Froggatt scored soon after his return on 14 minutes. Although Rayner missed Roger Gillott’s centre Froggatt pounced to give Ilkeston the lead.

Ilkeston made certain of victory with an excellent Rayner goal in the 69th minute. Picking up the ball in midfield he surged past two players and despite an attempt by King to bring him down he side footed the ball past Holland. Rayner suffered from a leg injury during the game but a worse injury was sustained by Brian Wright during the last ten minutes when he cracked his ribs.

ILKESTON AVENGE HEANOR DEFEAT
6TH SEPTEMBER 1965
HEANOR TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Previously unbeaten Heanor, who beat Ilkeston 5-1 on the Manor Ground less than a fortnight earlier, were undone by two errors by ‘keeper Ashmore although Ilkeston deserved to win this thrilling encounter. Both defences were dominant but Ilkeston’s do or die spirit and general play was enough to defeat a Heanor team that played open, attacking football when given the opportunity. Ilkeston settled the quicker before the home side gradually came into the game. A Jones header from a Swann cross went inches wide of Graham Clarke’s post and former Ilkeston forward Ken Simcoe just failed to connect with a dangerous Wilcockson centre. However, it was Ilkeston who took the lead on 26 minutes. Joby Dean’s harmless looking cross from the right was spilled by Ashmore as Ralph Brown ran in and Brown pounced to score. Ashmore did better when he saved a testing attempt by Brown before Heanor enjoyed a spell of pressure. Simcoe hastily shot wide, Jones headed narrowly off target from close range and a Fidler drive was saved by Clarke. Ilkeston ended the first half on the attack. Bob MacAndrew’s shot was turned away by Ashmore for a corner that resulted in Mick Ward lobbing just over the bar.

Heanor came out fighting in the second half but struggled to break through Ilkeston’s stubborn defence and when Clarke dropped a Swann centre there was no one to take advantage. When Ashmore made another error at the other end on 74 minutes the outcome was different, John Gissing being on hand to scramble the ball over the line. The closest Heanor came to a consolation goal was a terrific Needham shot that Clarke saved by the foot of the post.

STAMFORD STEAMROLLERED IN CLOSING STAGES
11TH SEPTEMBER 1965
ILKESTON TOWN 4 STAMFORD 0
Ilkeston climbed up to third with this emphatic victory although there was little to choose between the teams during the first 75 minutes. Stamford’s power packed, speedy players gave as good as they got against an Ilkeston team that played well, particularly in defence. Town took the lead in the 35th minute when Roger Gillott hooked the ball home after fine work by Ralph Brown.

Stamford caused Ilkeston some anxious moments until Town’s grandstand finish. On 77 minutes John Froggatt received a long clearance and slipped the ball back to Brown who sold a lovely dummy before knocking the ball on for Froggatt to crack a spectacular shot into the net. Ilkeston’s third came direct from a Jim Rayner corner three minutes from time and there was still enough time for Lawless to head past Parr into his own net in the last minute.

TOWN LACK FIGHT AT LONG EATON
18TH SEPTEMBER 1965
LONG EATON UNITED 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (FA CUP SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND)
A lacklustre performance by Ilkeston against a weak but well organised Long Eaton team put paid to hopes of an extended run in the FA Cup. Long Eaton went in front on 21 minutes when player manager and former Town defender Tommy Cooper squared a free kick to Vallance who volleyed home from 25 yards. Ilkeston drew level ten minutes later when John Froggatt side footed Jim Rayner’s cross into the net. The home side regained the lead a minute before the break through Jordan who nipped in to head past Graham Clarke following Cooper’s free kick into the area.

Ilkeston had the chances to equalise during the second half before Nightingale killed the tie ten minutes from time. Rayner’s 85th minute consolation goal was too little too late for Ilkeston and the game was marred at the final whistle by a scuffle that led to an Ilkeston supporter being carried into the dressing rooms by the referee and linesman.

FROGGATT FIRES TOWN TO VICTORY
25TH SEPTEMBER 1965
ILKESTON TOWN 6 SCUNTHORPE UNITED RESERVES 1
Ilkeston cruised to victory against a Scunthorpe team that contained plenty of League experience. Yet it was the visitors who went in front on 11 minutes when Barton scored on the break against the run of play. Later in the first half Barton had to take over in goal when Scunthorpe ‘keeper Wilson was injured in a collision with John Froggatt. It was Froggatt who equalised in the 16th minute following a scramble and he put Town ahead eight minutes before the break.

Ilkeston dominated after half time and John Gissing crashed in the third on 50 minutes. Ralph Brown made it four nine minutes later and Jim Rayner added another in the 72nd minute. Froggatt completed a delightful hat-trick three minutes later.

ASHTON DISH OUT ROUGH STUFF AS GISSING FRACTURES LEG
2ND OCTOBER 1965
ASHTON UNITED 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
A brave and battling Ilkeston display failed to bring them the point they deserved from a match memorable mainly for some over physical tackling. A draw would have taken Ilkeston to the top of the table. Ashton threw everything at Ilkeston during the first half but were repeatedly denied by Graham Clarke in Town’s goal. He was finally beaten by Worth two minutes before half time.

The referee had spoken to several players because of the rough nature of the game prior to John Gissing breaking his leg on 55 minutes. Within five minutes Ashton doubled their lead through Whittaker. Ten men Ilkeston made a spirited fight during the last half hour but failed to score despite hitting the woodwork three times.

GLADIATORS NOT SO GLAD
9TH OCTOBER 1965
ILKESTON TOWN 2 MATLOCK TOWN 1
Matlock were well beaten by Ilkeston’s entertaining brand of attacking football and only some desperate defending and wayward finishing kept the score down. ‘Keeper Paul made three fine saves from Jim Rayner and John Leverton three times fired decent opportunities over the bar during the game. Ilkeston went on the offensive from the off and went in front in the 9th minute when Brian Harrison’s cross was delightfully headed in by Rayner. Despite Ilkeston’s superiority Matlock equalised on 39 minutes through Lister who was allowed to work his way through the home defence to score.

Ilkeston’s deserved winner came a minute after the break and was the result of a lovely move. Rayner found Ralph Brown who then pounced on to John Froggatt’s return pass to score.

SPALDING SUPPORTERS SPOIL IT AS TOWN SHARE SPOILS
16TH OCTOBER 1965
SPALDING UNITED 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston complained to the Midland League after the players were subjected to a barrage of missiles from Spalding supporters as they left the pitch at the final whistle. Objects thrown included stones, a bolt and a stick, all this in spite of Spalding grabbing a last gasp equaliser. Ilkeston set the early pace but Spalding hit back to go in front in the 15th minute when Weston hammered home from Nicholson’s pass. The home side edged the first half until three minutes before the interval when Terry Swinscoe equalised from the spot following a handball.

Town dominated the second half and appeared to be heading for a victory as John Froggatt broke through to score on 79 minutes. Spalding’s appeals for offside were ignored by the referee and they looked a beaten side as Town continued to search for goals. However, in the final minute, Price fired a free kick over the wall and past the unsighted Graham Clarke to score a scarcely deserved equaliser. On a happier note the result took Ilkeston to the top of the table.

SKEGNESS ROCKED BY LATE BLITZ
23RD OCTOBER 1965
ILKESTON TOWN 4 SKEGNESS TOWN 2
On a sunny Fair Saturday Ilkeston had to fight hard for their victory in a game they seldom looked like losing despite falling behind twice. Ilkeston were dominant throughout but met some stubborn Skegness resistance, the visitors defending well until they were finally broken during the closing stages. Skegness went in front completely against the run of play two minutes before half time when French scored on the break.

Ilkeston equalised early in the second half, Terry Swinscoe scoring a penalty after Long handled. However, they were shocked in the 67th minute when Barton scored out of the blue to put Skegness back in front. Ilkeston were back on level terms within three minutes when Jim Rayner pulled down a Colin Dove cross and beat Robwell from close range. They finally went in front five minutes from time through a splendid Rayner header from another Dove centre. Ilkeston made certain of victory a minute later when John Froggatt raced onto a through ball and blasted in on the run from 25 yards. The only disappointment for Ilkeston was Barry Walker’s knee injury that would keep him out of action for two weeks.

TOWN STAY TOP OF THE PILE
30TH OCTOBER 1965
LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston may not have been at their best but were still good enough to win. But for the heroics of home ‘keeper Walker they would have won more convincingly and he made splendid saves from Colin Dove, John Froggatt and Ralph Brown before Loughborough took a surprise 12th minute lead through former Ilkeston record scorer Barrie Jepson. Town fought back although it wasn’t until the 41st minute that they equalised through Jim Rayner. Ilkeston went ahead a minute before half time when Mick Raynor headed home a cross from the left.

Walker continued to deny Ilkeston early in the second half with a good save at Raynor’s feet followed by a stop from a full blooded John Leverton drive. After that play deteriorated but Ilkeston were never in danger of letting their lead slip.

ILKESTON MADE TO WORK BY WORKSOP
6TH NOVEMBER 1965
ILKESTON TOWN 3 WORKSOP TOWN 2
This game was sometimes scrappy but never dull and both teams could justifiably claim that they should have won. In the end it was Ilkeston who were victorious but it was a tough ordeal against a strong Worksop team that went on to win the title. Ilkeston took an early lead from the penalty spot after Sanderson handled, Terry Swinscoe converting on 7 minutes. The unmarked Vest scored with a 20 yard snap shot in the 24th minute to level the scores in an even first half.

A minute after half time Ilkeston regained the lead. Jim Rayner fed Colin Dove and his cross was met by a splendid Mick Raynor header. The goal gave Ilkeston confidence and Rayner twice went desperately close to scoring, firstly with a shot that skimmed the bar and then with another shot that rattled the post. However, Worksop equalised again in the 56th minute when Bell beautifully set up Jenkinson to fire home. With both teams looking for the winner the decisive moment came on 70 minutes. Dove’s corner created confusion and Bob MacAndrew cracked home a stunning volley for Ilkeston’s third. Worksop pressed in vain for an equaliser during the final 20 minutes as Ilkeston defended superbly. The result extended Ilkeston’s lead at the top to two points.

SLACK ILKESTON DROP POINT
13TH NOVEMBER 1965
LONG EATON UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston lacked determination up front and wasted the few chances that came their way in a game dominated by defences. John Froggatt missed two open goals and Terry Swinscoe’s mis-hit penalty was comfortably saved. It looked like they had got the game won when John Tudor’s 83rd minute corner was met by Jim Rayner’s rocket header but Vallance equalised two minutes later with a long range shot. Long Eaton hung on during the dying minutes to earn a deserved point.

SEADOGS LEFT FEELING SICK
20TH NOVEMBER 1965
ILKESTON TOWN 6 SCARBOROUGH 3
Scarborough played well enough but they were swept away by some devastating attacking football by a rampant Ilkeston team. Ilkeston cut the Scarborough defence to ribbons and could easily have scored more. They went ahead in the 10th minute when John Froggatt climbed high to nod in a Colin Dove corner and persistent pressure led to the inevitable goal avalanche. Ralph Brown made it two on 29 minutes and Mick Raynor added another six minutes later. Barnes pulled a goal back two minutes before half time with a simple finish as Town’s defence hesitated, appealing for offside.

Ilkeston continued to flourish after the break. Brown scored the fourth in the 52nd minute and Jim Rayner and Froggatt added further goals on 58 and 74 minutes. Town then relaxed and Scarborough took advantage by scoring twice. Weir, who had earlier been denied by an excellent point blank range save by Graham Clarke, scored in the 77th minute and Barnes netted Scarborough’s third with five minutes remaining.

REFEREE FAILS TO PUNISH ROUGH RETFORD
27TH NOVEMBER 1965
RETFORD TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
An over lenient referee allowed far too many unpleasant challenges, mainly by the home side, in this rough encounter. Jim Rayner was floored by a Retford elbow early in the game and Hill and Parker of the home side both received bookings in addition to Ilkeston’s John Froggatt. Ilkeston were guilty of trying to play a passing game on a waterlogged surface and struggled to contain a Retford team that employed kick and rush tactics that worried Ilkeston’s defence but ‘keeper Graham Clarke was in fine form The home side, however, looked vulnerable in defence but Ilkeston failed to take advantage of their few openings. Walker’s scrambled 19th minute goal gave Retford the lead and it wasn’t until 12 minutes from time that Rayner blasted in an equaliser from close range. Ilkeston lost the leadership of the Midland League as a result.

GAINSBOROUGH CONSOLIDATE LEAD AT TOP
4TH DECEMBER 1965
GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston visited leaders Gainsborough and were well beaten due in part to two goals by former player Reece Nicholson. Town lacked punch in attack but battled strongly to contain a Gainsborough side blessed with power and pace. They were further hampered by a leg injury suffered by Bob MacAndrew that was to keep him out of action for a couple of weeks. Nicholson put Trinity in front on 4 minutes and the home side always looked capable of scoring more. Nicholson evaded Terry Swinscoe’s challenge to set up Billings for a simple finish on the half hour.

Town improved after the break only to see their promising moves flounder. John Froggatt’s shot had the sting taken out of it by Mordue’s block who then hooked clear another effort by Ralph Brown. Nicholson made certain of a Gainsborough victory with the third goal two minutes from time.

ILKESTON BATTLE THROUGH
11TH DECEMBER 1965
ILKESTON TOWN 3 BELPER TOWN 1
Ilkeston were made to work hard on a heavy pitch although they were rarely troubled defensively by a battling Belper team. Ilkeston’s reluctance to change from a short passing game could have been costly but their goals came at just the right times. They went ahead in the 10th minute when ‘keeper Jenney couldn’t hold John Froggatt’s shot and Froggatt was quick to turn the loose ball inside for Mick Raynor to tap in. Lakin thought he had equalised for Belper before half time but his headed effort was disallowed.

Terry Swinscoe kept his cool on 57 minutes when he scored from the penalty spot after his first effort was ruled out for encroachment. Belper then began a revival and scored in the 72nd minute. Sanders slipped past Norman Baker and Brian Harrison before crossing for John Walker to put them back in the hunt. Ilkeston fought to regain control and relief came seven minutes from time. Ralph Brown weaved his way through and fired in a low shot that Gough, attempting to clear, could only slice towards his own goal and Froggatt forced the ball over the line. Froggatt had earlier rattled the Belper bar with a fine shot.

ILKESTON ROAR BACK
18TH DECEMBER 1965
LINCOLN CITY RESERVES 3 ILKESTON TOWN 3
This thrilling game almost didn’t take place as the referee decided that the pitch was fit for play just ten minutes before kick off due to heavy rain. Lincoln’s team contained plenty of League experience and it was a hard slog for Ilkeston. Nevertheless they fought back magnificently to earn a well deserved point after trailing by three goals midway through the second half. Ilkeston had the first chance when Colin Dove pounced on a partial clearance and his shot sizzled inches over. Play fluctuated with Ellis lobbing well wide for Lincoln, Mick Raynor shooting well wide before striking a fierce rising shot just over soon after, and Hubbard firing in a low shot that Graham Clarke did well to save. Jim Rayner then had a chance but he flicked the ball narrowly wide with just Lincoln ‘keeper Tennant to beat whilst Clarke did brilliantly to keep out a 30 yard shot by Grummett. Lincoln took the lead on 25 minutes when Terry Swinscoe’s needless handball led to Larkin scoring from the spot but Ilkeston almost equalised when John Froggatt seized Ralph Brown’s through ball. His shot struck the advancing Tennant and rebounded towards the net where it was cleared off the line. Bob MacAndrew’s shot was deflected to safety by Pilgrim but this spell of Town pressure counted for nothing as Lincoln increased their lead on 42 minutes, Larkin firing in a terrific dipping shot from 30 yards. Brown volleyed inches wide as Ilkeston finished the first half on the attack.

Town continued to force Lincoln back early in the second half. Brown rammed a shot just over and Dove sliced a shot inches wide yet Lincoln scored again in the 54th minute. Hubbard skipped past a couple of challenges before slipping the ball past Clarke. Ilkeston then showed grit and determination to haul themselves back into the game. Froggatt smashed in a 30 yard shot into the top corner on 68 minutes having earlier thumped the post from a similar range. They battled on and after several goal attempts had been cleared off the line they set up a grandstand finish when Raynor hooked home with two minutes remaining. As the game entered the final 15 seconds Dove gleefully slammed in a deserved equaliser.

GRANTHAM GRAB THE POINTS
26TH DECEMBER 1965
GRANTHAM 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston played their part in this fine game and deserved a point for their efforts but missed chances counted against them. The frosty pitch made good football difficult and ‘keeper Graham Clarke injured a leg during the game which led him to being out of action for a couple of weeks. Showing plenty of skill in midfield Ilkeston bossed the opening exchanges and took the lead in the 18th minute, Colin Dove forcing the ball home after receiving a pass from Bob MacAndrew. Grantham rallied and equalised five minutes later when Harbertson burst forward and sent over a cross that Bly converted. Ilkeston had a goal disallowed when Jim Rayner collided with the Grantham ‘keeper as they went for a cross and the ‘keeper fell back into the net with the ball but Grantham scored a legitimate goal soon after, Alexander volleying home Harbertson’s pass.

Ilkeston took the game to Grantham after the break and did everything but score. Entirely against the run of play Alexander outpaced Terry Swinscoe to score Grantham’s third. Ilkeston’s onslaught continued but their hopes were dashed on 74 minutes when Swinscoe blazed a penalty over the bar.

TOWN TORN APART
1ST JANUARY 1966
LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON 8 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston were destroyed by Leamington, particularly during the second half when the home team scored five times in an incredible 7 minute spell. Hall gave Leamington the lead in the 13th minute after Bob MacAndrew conceded the penalty but Town equalised seven minutes later when John Froggatt pounced on a loose ball to slam beyond Crosby. Leamington regained the lead on the half hour through Jones, who pounced on an Ilkeston clearance to fire past Keith Upson from 30 yards, and Edgar added the third three minutes before the break when he controlled a cross from Ward before slamming home.

Leamington were in total command after half time but the real fun only started in the final twenty minutes. Fine play by Ward left Holmes with a simple finish in the 70th minute, Hall broke through to score from close range a minute later, Shorthouse converted a Ward cross on 72 minutes, Ward cut in from the right to score in the 75th minute, and Hall completed his hat-trick with his second penalty two minutes later. Shellshocked Ilkeston somehow managed to score a couple of late goals. Barry Walker lobbed into the top left corner on 79 minutes and Mick Raynor scored with a fine shot, after several earlier misses, four minutes from time. Within days player-manager Jim Rayner had left the club.

ILKESTON REGAIN PRIDE
8TH JANUARY 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 5 GOOLE TOWN 2
Ilkeston gave themselves a massive boost with a welcome return to form despite the departure of their player-manager earlier in the week. They also showed great character by storming back to victory after falling behind against the run of play. The referee decided to start the game three minutes early because of the danger of heavy fog enveloping the ground and it seemed to suit Ilkeston. They totally dominated the first half and both John Froggatt and Ralph Brown hit the woodwork early on. Ilkeston took the lead on 18 minutes when Froggatt neatly flicked in Barry Walker’s shot with his head. Goole temporarily threatened to fight back with Kelly, King and Ingram each testing Graham Clarke but it was still a surprise when they equalised through King four minutes before the break.

Goole stunned Ilkeston by taking the lead a minute into the second half. Kelly went past Bob MacAndrew and crossed for King to score his second. The goal gave Goole confidence and it was Ilkeston’s turn to score out of the blue in the 53rd minute. Colin Dove latched onto a long clearance, cut into the box and shot past ‘keeper Moore who was distracted by the looming presence of Brown. Ilkeston regained full control from this point and regained the lead when Froggatt slammed in Walker’s centre on 62 minutes. Two minutes later MacAndrew’s long ball found Brown who outpaced Patterson before lobbing over the advancing Moore. Brown scored again six minutes from time to wrap up a fine afternoon.

TOWN MAKE EARLY CUP EXIT
15TH JANUARY 1966
ALFRETON TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SECOND ROUND)
The final score flattered Alfreton but Ilkeston failed to make the most of several good spells during the game. Alfreton took the lead on 11 minutes through a Harrison penalty after Bob MacAndrew needlessly handled. Ilkeston came back strongly and Mycroft made a splendid save from MacAndrew whilst a terrific Ralph Brown shot bounced off the post. Then, a minute before half time, Alfreton added a second when MacAndrew’s attempted clearance from a Howsham shot flew into his own net.

Alfreton began the second half well and Graham Clarke made several good saves until he was finally beaten by Drury in the 68th minute. Ilkeston pulled a goal back within two minutes when John Froggatt outjumped the home defence to head in Brown’s cross but Alfreton’s defence held firm during the closing stages.

EARLY BLOWS FINISH OFF TOWN
22ND JANUARY 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ALFRETON TOWN 2
Ilkeston lacked drive against an Alfreton team that dictated the play with first time passing. Ilkeston’s close passing game proved to be ineffective on the slippery surface and they fell behind as early as the 3rd minute. An unlucky bounce off Colin Dove in midfield saw the ball run to Harrison who burst forward and as the defence stood off he had the time and space to fire past Graham Clarke. Six minutes later Howarth raced down the left and his cross skidded off Terry Swinscoe and into his own net for Alfreton’s second. Ilkeston hopes were raised in the 13th minute when John Froggatt ran onto a long clearance and calmly shot past Mycroft but both defences dominated for the remainder of the game.

When Terry Swinscoe brought down Drury after half time the referee awarded an Alfreton penalty but changed his mind after consulting a linesman.

ASHTON THRASHED
5TH FEBRUARY 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 4 ASHTON UNITED 1
Ilkeston won convincingly and revelled in the conditions, dominating a match played on a slushy surface. They dominated the first half without scoring although they had an anxious moment when Terry Swinscoe collided with ‘keeper Graham Clarke on the edge of their own area and Partington was left with an empty net to shoot at. However, he got bogged down and the chance went begging.

Ashton missed a couple of chances at the start of the second half before Norman Baker finally gave Ilkeston the lead in the 47th minute. The visitors surprised Town seven minutes later by equalising. Partington’s 30 yard free kick deflected off Dyson beyond Clarke and into the net. But Ilkeston were in no mood to let things slip and regained the lead on 59 minutes with a splendid goal by Barry Walker. The third arrived in the 78th minute, Colin Dove beginning a move that ended with a Ralph Brown cross from the right that was headed home by John Froggatt. Three minutes from time clever play by Walker enabled Dove to send over a right wing cross that was met by another Froggatt header to complete the scoring.

SKEG PEGGED BACK
5TH MARCH 1966
SKEGNESS TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Skegness, firmly rooted at the foot of the table without a point since November, put up a brave fight but were no match for Ilkeston. Ilkeston went ahead on 11 minutes when Colin Dove’s free kick was met by a powerful Derek Fawell drive. However, the plucky home side were back on level terms in the 34th minute after French ran down the left and centred for Teanby to finish.

Ilkeston finally regained the advantage on 61 minutes when Dove converted a Fawell pass. Ralph Brown and John Froggatt added further goals to give the final score a realistic look.

LOUGHBOROUGH HAVE LAST LAUGH
12TH MARCH 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 2 LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 3
Ilkeston raced into an early two goal lead and paid the penalty for sitting back thinking the job was done. All five goals came during a remarkable opening 24 minutes. Ilkeston lacked fight whilst Loughborough lacked class but the visitors’ tough approach and strong defence made them worthy winners even if their back line played with desperation at times. Colin Dove gave Town the lead after just 2 minutes and Mick Raynor added a second in the 13th minute. Loughborough replied through a Broadhurst goal three minutes later and Richards grabbed the equaliser on 23 minutes. They took the lead within a minute through Mahon and had a great chance for a fourth later in the game when Terry Swinscoe brought down Richards. Graham Clarke made a splendid diving save to keep out Broadhurst’s penalty, however.

Tempers flared during the second half as Ilkeston’s frustration grew and John Froggatt was booked for retaliation after reacting to a foul by Metcalfe.

TIGERS TAME TOWN WITH LATE LEVELLER
19TH MARCH 1966
WORKSOP TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
A tremendous game of football built to a thrilling climax that produced a fair result. Despite a feast of attacking football by both sides the defences were generally on top. Ilkeston made all the early running as Colin Dove headed over from a Derek Fawell cross, Barry Walker’s shot hit the post, and a terrific John Froggatt shot produced an excellent save by Howard. Worksop came more into the game as the first half progressed but they were unable to turn their pressure into goals.

Worksop continued to have much of the play after the break but it was Ilkeston who took the lead eight minutes from time. Good play between Mick Raynor and Froggatt provided Fawell with the chance to finish. Worksop launched a series of desperate attacks during the dying minutes and deservedly equalised two minutes from time when Whitham’s free kick was deflected into the net by Vest.

TEN-ACIOUS TOWN DESTROY LONG EATON
26TH MARCH 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 10 LONG EATON UNITED 2
Hapless Long Eaton were destroyed by a second half goal blitz after clawing their way back into the game. Ilkeston took the lead on 4 minutes when John Froggatt accepted a Derek Fawell pass to score from 12 yards. Mick Raynor had a chance to add a second but he shot straight at Taylor. However, Ilkeston scored again in the 29th minute when Barry Walker and Fawell opened up the defence for Froggatt to score at the second attempt. Ralph Brown almost made it three when he slammed a shot against the bar but it wasn’t long before the next goal came. Three minutes before half time Brown chipped a free kick over the defensive wall for Walker to meet with a superb volley. Long Eaton pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time with a fierce Clive Burton shot following a free kick.

Almost straight from the kick off Mick Raynor appeared to have been brought down in the box but no penalty was awarded. Instead Long Eaton, who were hampered throughout the second half by a leg injury to future Ilkeston player Alan Brown that left him a passenger, went straight down the pitch to score again. Former Ilkeston forward Burton took full advantage of a shrewd pass by Smith to score his second of the match. Ilkeston’s goal blitz began in the 63rd minute when Joby Dean’s cross was headed in by Froggatt for his hat-trick. Town scored three more within the next five minutes through Brown, Fawell and Raynor and Raynor made it eight in the 76th minute with a simple finish after a Fawell shot hit the post. Bob MacAndrew scored an excellent solo goal on 82 minutes when he took the ball forward 50 yards to score and Brown wrapped things up with the tenth goal five minutes from time.

SUTTON SMASHED BY GOAL HUNGRY TOWN
30TH MARCH 1966
SUTTON TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 5
Ilkeston were in fine form again and they swept past Sutton in style. They took the lead after just 90 seconds through Mick Raynor and home ‘keeper Turton was kept busy as Ilkeston mounted almost constant pressure. The lead was doubled in the 15th minute through John Froggatt as he challenged Turton for a Colin Dove cross and the ball dropped into the net. Dobbs gave Sutton hope when he drove home through a crowd of players on 20 minutes but Ilkeston continued to dominate.

Ilkeston’s control of the game didn’t bear further fruit until 70 minutes had passed when Froggatt headed in a Dove centre. Ralph Brown then made it four before a spectacular own goal by Jones from another Dove cross ended Ilkeston’s scoring spree. Porter scored a consolation goal for Sutton in the final minute.

TOWN RUN RIOT AGAIN
2ND APRIL 1966
SCARBOROUGH 1 ILKESTON TOWN 5
Ilkeston climbed up to fourth in the table and their late charge kept their title hopes alive, albeit hanging by a thread. It was a decisive, clear cut victory and although Scarborough could point out that their ‘keeper McClusker had to go off with an eye injury Town were already two goals ahead by then. The first goal came in the 6th minute when Ralph Brown forced a corner over the line and the second came ten minutes later when Brown’s long ball was turned into his own net by Mitchell under pressure from Mick Raynor.

McClusker returned between the posts ten minutes into the second half for Franks to resume as an outfield player and it was Franks’ cross that led to Weir’s 59th minute header that gave the home side their solitary goal. Ilkeston were far from finished and Brown converted a 69th minute penalty after John Froggatt had been brought down. Raynor scored the fifth on 77 minutes.

ILKESTON BATTLE FOR AWAY POINT
4TH APRIL 1966
ALFRETON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston were made to fight for a point by an aggressive Alfreton side and they did well to survive terrific pressure late in the game. Ilkeston played some delightful football with some splendid passing early on and they deservedly went into the lead on 19 minutes through John Froggatt. Five minutes later Froggatt had to leave the pitch with an injury that was to cause him to miss the next seven games. From then on Alfreton were much more in the game and they equalised in the 37th minute through Drury.

Ilkeston continued to pass the ball nicely but they became more and more under pressure as the game went on. Excellent defensive work and fighting spirit kept Alfreton at bay.

ILKESTON HALTED BY LATE EQUALISER
6TH APRIL 1966
MATLOCK TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Both teams contributed to a fast entertaining game. Ilkeston’s hard hitting approach during the first half gave them a well deserved lead but Matlock were much more of a force after the break and their equaliser three minutes from time ensured a fair result. Ilkeston’s first half goal arrived in the 15th minute from a Mick Raynor header.

Gilliyer levelled the scores on 55 minutes but it seemed as if Ilkeston would win when Ralph Brown beat former Ilkeston ‘keeper Jim Mitchell from the penalty spot sevven minutes from time. Four minutes later future Ilkeston Geoff Wardle scored Matlock’s second equaliser.

ARNOLD WIN SCRAPPY CONTEST
11TH APRIL 1966
ARNOLD 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Arnold won this scrappy game, ruined as a spectacle by persistent fouling, and deservedly so. Although Ilkeston didn’t enjoy the greatest luck they were second best throughout against a direct Arnold team. The home side took the lead in the 25th minute when future Ilkeston forward John Moore fell under Bob MacAndrew’s challenge and Burton scored from the spot. Mick Raynor had a good chance when he rounded future Ilkeston ‘keeper Mark Mellors but the angle was too tight for him to finish. Arnold thought they had scored when former Ilkeston winger John Langford put the ball in the net after Moore’s header came off the bar but the referee ruled it out for an infringement.

Ilkeston put Arnold under some considerable pressure after the break and hit the woodwork but Arnold scored again on 65 minutes when Davies struck an unstoppable shot from 35 yards. Ralph Brown came close to pulling back a goal when he had an effort cleared off the line by Smith as Arnold packed their defence. Then Brown saw his inswinging corner hit the post. But Arnold made certain of victory three minutes from time when Boucher raced past Joby Dean before unleashing a tremendous shot on the turn.

BROWN ADDS COLOUR AS TOWN SHINE
16TH APRIL 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 5 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 0
With the defence outstanding and the forwards goal hungry Ilkeston’s sparkling show on a heavy pitch kept their fading title hopes alive. They took the lead after just 3 minutes when Derek Fawell broke down the left and crossed for Mick Raynor to head home. Gainsborough briefly recovered after this early setback but Ilkeston scored again with a route one goal in the 27th minute. Graham Clarke’s goal kick was cleverly headed on by Raynor and Ralph Brown went through to finish. Derek Fawell added the third six minutes later with a shot from 35 yards and Brown scored his second within a couple of minutes.

Gainsborough showed more fight after the break and Clarke made a smart save to keep out Scott’s shot. Ilkeston regained control, however, and Brown completed his hat-trick on 62 minutes by flicking in Fawell’s corner. Gainsborough could have scored a consolation when Bob MacAndrew brought down Scott but former Ilkeston forward Reece Nicholson blazed the penalty high and wide. Barry Walker picked up a knock that forced him to miss the next couple of games whilst Gainsborough'’ Middleton picked up a booking.

TOWN WIN STAMFORD STRUGGLE
18TH APRIL 1966
STAMFORD 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Second from bottom Stamford put up a tremendous fight in treacherous conditions and Ilkeston were lucky to claim both points. Town’s attempts to play through the mud frequently backfired and they struggled to contain Stamford during the first half. Kelly gave the home side the lead on 31 minutes but Ilkeston were gifted an equaliser when Bradshaw put through his own net six minutes later. Town went ahead against the run of play in the 39th minute with Mick Raynor’s 16 yard shot.

Stamford continued to put pressure on Ilkeston after half time but Town’s defence managed to hold firm.

THIRD WIN IN FOUR DAYS
20TH APRIL 1966
SCUNTHORPE UNITED RESERVES 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
No match report available. Derek Fawell scored Ilkeston’s winner whilst Terry Swinscoe made his 300th appearance.

LAST CHANCE GONE
23RD APRIL 1966
BELPER TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston’s hopes of winning the Midland League disappeared when they could only return home with a point from Christchurch Meadow. They were forced to defend desperately during the opening exchanges and Lakin shot narrowly wide. It was he who provided the cross that gave Belper their 12th minute lead as John Walker raced onto it and thumped home a terrific shot. Ilkeston’s first attempt was a clever Ralph Brown free kick over the wall to Bob MacAndrew who shot wide. They came more into the game although Belper looked the more dangerous. Walker’s header brought a fine save from Graham Clarke and the same player struck a fine shot that skimmed Ilkeston’s bar. However, Ilkeston equalised a minute before half time when Kelsey sliced Colin Dove’s cross into his own net.

A half time thunderstorm ensued and play became scrappy after the restart. The best two efforts after half time both came from Belper’s Walker. Firstly he sent in a header that Clarke did well to stop and then he fired in a fine shot that didn’t miss the target by much.

ILKESTON COAST TO VICTORY
27TH APRIL 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 5 SPALDING UNITED 0
Constructive football was only intermittent but Ilkeston strolled to an emphatic victory against a poor Spalding side. They went ahead in the 4th minute when Barry Walker’s forward pass released Ralph Brown who swept the ball into the corner. They came close to a second but were denied by ‘keeper Bradshaw who brilliantly tipped over Mick Raynor’s shot following a fine pass by Colin Dove. Ilkeston squandered further chances during the first half. As half time approached Dove was booked for retaliation after a foul by Wilkinson and Raynor lifted a fine chance high over the bar.

Spalding improved for a spell after the break and played some nice football in midfield but their only real chance fell to Hall whose good shot was tipped over by Graham Clarke. Ilkeston regained the initiative and goals quickly followed. Brown made it two on 59 minutes following a Walker free kick and in the 70th minute Raynor put Walker through for the third. Town made it four with a Bob MacAndrew shot on 74 minutes before clever play by Dove set up Derek Fawell to chip in the fifth four minutes later.

TOWN LICK LINCOLN IN VINTAGE DISPLAY
30TH APRIL 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 5 LINCOLN CITY RESERVES 1
Ilkeston ripped Lincoln to shreds with five goals in the opening 32 minutes. The visitors’ response was a damage limitation exercise that involved playing all their men behind the ball for almost all of the remainder of the game. Lincoln were hindered throughout the first half by a numerical disadvantage as Gedney did not arrive to play until half time. John McEvoy fired an early warning with a 40 yard rasping drive that ‘keeper Jeavons tipped over but Lincoln did not survive much longer. Mick Raynor opened the scoring on 5 minutes, Derek Fawell added another a minute later and Raynor headed home Barry Walker’s pinpoint cross before ten minutes had elapsed. Walker’s pass sent Ralph Brown through for the fourth in the 28th minute and Raynor completed a splendid hat-trick with an opportunist goal four minutes later.

Lincoln scored a surprise consolation goal in the 53rd minute when Larkin tapped a free kick for Allison to fire in. Only the brilliance of Jeavons kept the score down in the closing stages when he made three outstanding saves.

BELOW PAR ILKESTON GRAB THE POINTS
5TH MAY 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 3 RETFORD TOWN 2
With little to play for Ilkeston were far from their best but did enough to win. They took the lead in the 23rd minute when the Retford ‘keeper couldn’t hold Derek Fawell’s drive and Mick Raynor pounced. An acrobatic overhead kick by Parker levelled the scores on the half hour.

Ilkeston had to wait until the 70th minute before scoring again through Raynor. Soon after Froggatt’s fine header made certain of victory although Ford’s 84th minute consolation goal for Retford ensured a nervy final few minutes.

TOWN FAIL TO END SEASON ON WINNING NOTE
7TH MAY 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 1 GRANTHAM 1
Ilkeston played well enough and a terrific onslaught late in the game almost brought them victory after Grantham equalised nine minutes fromtime. Town were the better side overall, more methodical in their play and more solid in defence. However, they lacked luck in front of goal.

Most of the excitement came after half time. John Froggatt opened up the Grantham defence to score seconds after the restart. Grantham enjoyed a good spell midway through the second half but their 81st minute equaliser was the result of a defensive error that allowed South to get through to beat the advancing Graham Clarke. Ilkeston threw everything at Grantham thereafter. Colin Dove and Barry Walker sent efforts inches off target, fans invaded the pitch in premature celebration when Mick Raynor put the ball into the net only for the goal to be ruled out for handball, Derek Fawell rattled the angle of the woodwork and Akers cleared a final effort off the line.

1965/66 CENTRAL ALLIANCE DIVISION ONE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts H A
1 Boston 40 36 4 0 147 30 76
2 Gresley Rovers 40 33 2 5 165 45 68
3 Kimberley Town 40 30 6 4 134 38 66
4 Eastwood Town 40 28 4 8 101 50 60
5 Creswell Colliery 40 26 5 9 131 56 57
6 Newhall United 40 25 5 10 148 80 55
7 Long Eaton United Reserves 40 19 6 15 86 83 44
8 Crewton Sports 40 17 8 15 94 74 42
9 Burton Albion Reserves 40 15 9 16 75 70 39
10 Anstey Nomads 40 16 5 19 78 78 37
11 Wilmorton & Alvaston 40 17 3 20 93 102 37
12 Belper Town Reserves 40 15 7 18 75 76 37
13 Linby Colliery 40 16 3 21 93 101 35
14 Heanor Town Reserves 40 14 2 24 77 135 30
15 Matlock Town Reserves 40 13 3 24 54 105 29
16 Alfreton Town Reserves 40 12 5 23 73 123 29
17 Sutton Town Reserves 40 13 1 26 67 134 27
18 Nottingham Forest 'A' 40 10 6 24 58 96 26
19 ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 40 7 3 30 68 122 17 X X
20 Clay Cross Miners Welfare 40 4 7 29 50 146 15
21 Arnold Reserves 40 6 2 32 46 169 14