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1967/68 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 ILKESTON TOWN 40 22 11 7 66 35 55
2 Heanor Town 40 25 5 10 90 51 55
3 Arnold 40 20 12 8 100 62 52
4 Gainsborough Trinity 40 21 9 10 80 47 51
5 Goole Town 40 19 10 11 71 61 48
6 Grantham 40 19 10 11 79 68 48
7 Scarborough 40 21 4 15 67 52 46
8 Long Eaton United 40 17 11 12 48 36 45
9 Worksop Town 40 16 13 11 76 68 45
10 Alfreton Town 40 18 6 16 84 71 42
11 Matlock Town 40 18 6 16 74 71 42
12 Sutton Town 40 15 11 14 64 60 41
13 Lockheed Leamington 40 16 6 18 66 69 38
14 Retford Town 40 14 7 19 70 64 35
15 Belper Town 40 13 9 18 70 69 35
16 Grimsby Town Reserves 40 10 11 19 53 61 31
17 Stamford 40 11 9 20 53 89 31
18 Scunthorpe United Reserves 40 10 10 20 49 90 30
19 Skegness Town 40 9 9 22 56 94 27
20 Loughborough United 40 6 13 21 43 78 25
21 Spalding United 40 6 6 28 50 113 18



1967/68 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
19 AUG ARNOLD D1-1 992 WYLD
23 AUG Loughborough United W1-0 420 R.BROWN
26 AUG STAMFORD D1-1 1032 FROGGATT
30 AUG LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED D1-1 802 NIXON
02 SEP Heanor Town L1-2 1029 WALKER
06 SEP GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY L0-1 757
09 SEP HEANOR TOWN W1-0 1209 FROGGATT
13 SEP Long Eaton United L0-2
23 SEP Goole Town D0-0
30 SEP LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON W4-0 695 R.BROWN, SWINSCOE, PARRY, DOVE
07 OCT SPALDING UNITED W3-0 780 FROGGATT, R.BROWN, PARRY
14 OCT Belper Town D1-1 457 PARRY
21 OCT GRIMSBY TOWN RESERVES W3-0 800 FROGGATT 2, DOVE
28 OCT Skegness Town D1-1 171 SWINSCOE
04 NOV SCARBOROUGH W1-0 862 FROGGATT
11 NOV Alfreton Town L0-3 792
18 NOV MATLOCK TOWN D1-1 944 DOVE
25 NOV Scunthorpe United Reserves W4-0 250 FROGGATT 2, PARRY 2
02 DEC WORKSOP TOWN W3-1 840 SWINSCOE 2, FROGGATT
16 DEC Arnold L2-5 405 R.BROWN, FROGGATT
23 DEC Retford Town W3-1 507 FROGGATT 2, PARRY
30 DEC RETFORD TOWN D2-2 706 NIXON, PARRY
06 JAN Stamford L0-1 300
20 JAN GRANTHAM W3-2 962 HARRISON (OG), R.BROWN (PEN), A.BROWN
27 JAN Grantham D2-2 1184 FROGGATT, THOMPSON
10 FEB GOOLE TOWN W1-0 710 A.BROWN
02 MAR BELPER TOWN W2-1 740 FROGGATT, PARRY
09 MAR Grimsby Town Reserves W2-0 550 FROGGATT, R.BROWN (PEN)
23 MAR Scarborough L0-1 1500
30 MAR Sutton Town W3-0 475 FROGGATT 2, A.BROWN
03 APR Lockheed Leamington W2-1 DETCHON (OG), A.BROWN
06 APR SKEGNESS TOWN W4-1 861 FROGGATT 2, R.BROWN 2
11 APR SUTTON TOWN D0-0 950
13 APR Matlock Town D0-0 947
15 APR ALFRETON TOWN W2-0 1218 A.BROWN, NIXON
20 APR Worksop Town W2-1 817 FROGGATT, R.BROWN (PEN)
23 APR Spalding United W3-1 275 THOMPSON, R.BROWN, A.BROWN
25 APR SCUNTHORPE UNITED RESERVES W3-1 1132 WALKER, A.BROWN, R.BROWN
27 APR LONG EATON UNITED W2-0 1401 A.BROWN 2
04 MAY Gainsborough Trinity W1-0 1353 PARRY



1967/68 FA CUP RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORER
1QR 16 SEP Norton Woodseats L1-2 R.BROWN (PEN)



1967/68 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
2R 03 FEB Gresley Rovers W4-1 FROGGATT 2, A.BROWN, THOMPSON
QF 17 FEB Ripley Miners Welfare D1-1 539 FROGGATT
QFrep 24 FEB RIPLEY MINERS WELFARE W5-1 901 A.BROWN 2, PARRY 2, R.BROWN
SF 16 MAR Buxton W2-0 718 FROGGATT, NIXON
F1L 01 MAY HEANOR TOWN W2-1 4041 A.BROWN, R.BROWN
F2L 08 MAY Heanor Town L0-3 4093  

BRIGHT START BUT TOWN DROP POINT
19TH AUGUST 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ARNOLD 1
Ilkeston impressed and overall played well enough to win against stern opposition. However, The Robins gifted Arnold a goal in the 17th minute when Bob MacAndrew’s poor back pass let in Boucher for a simple goal. Arnold’s joy didn’t last long as Ilkeston equalised five minutes later. Jon Nixon evaded Howard on the right and crossed for Mick Wyld to head home.

From then on Ilkeston enjoyed most of the possession although there were few scoring opportunities at either end. The game became more feisty as it went on and Knight was booked for his part in a fracas with John Froggatt as was former Town player John Langford following an incident with debutant Mick Jones. For all of Ilkeston’s attacking Arnold came close to snatching a winner but Jones came to Town’s rescue by clearing off the line. Apart from Jones Colin Treharne and Dave Agnew also made their debuts.

SLICK ILKESTON LICK LOUGHBOROUGH
23RD AUGUST 1967
LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Town thoroughly deserved their win after dominating almost the entire game. Loughborough went close early on when Dave Agnew was forced to clear off the line but then Ilkeston took full control. A hectic first half ended with a 44th minute goal by Ralph Brown who turned on a loose ball and rifled home past Smith following a neat build up.

Ilkeston had chances throughout the game with Brown, Jim Everson and Jon Nixon each missing fine opportunities. These could have been costly when Loughborough strove for a late equaliser but Colin Treharne made a fine save by turning a shot over the bar as Town hung on for a victory that was more convincing than the scoreline suggests.

TOWN STUTTER AS STAMFORD IMPRESS
26TH AUGUST 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 1 STAMFORD 1
Lack lustre Ilkeston were lucky to escape with a point against a lively, efficient Stamford team that bossed the first half after Town opened brightly. Mick Wyld and Jon Nixon both went close before Stamford took control. Gray had a golden opportunity to give the visitors the lead when he shot straight at Colin Treharne but the ‘keeper couldn’t prevent them from taking a deserved 17th minute lead, Matthewson making no mistake from Gray’s through ball. Ilkeston came close to an equaliser shortly before half time with a John Froggatt shot that skimmed the bar.

It was only during the final half hour that Ilkeston’s standards improved. Nixon went close with an overhead kick before The Robins snatched an equaliser on 75 minutes. Barry Walker found Wyld who burst through the middle before laying the ball off for Froggatt to hammer home. Ilkeston could have grabbed a late winner through Terry Swinscoe but he headed a Dave Agnew cross over the bar.

ROBINS HELD AGAIN
29TH AUGUST 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 1 LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 1
Ilkeston disappointed again as they were held to a draw by an unimpressive Loughborough side. Town had the vast majority of possession but attacking moves repeatedly broke down. Loughborough, for the most part, were content to pack their defence and hoof the ball away from danger. One of the most interesting parts of a tedious 90 minutes was when the referee threatened to curtail the game when a youngster threw stones onto the pitch. The visitors took a shock 6th minute lead when Gretton waltzed through the heart of Town’s defence and shot past Colin Treharne. The scorer was later booked for a foul on Dave Agnew before being sent off for dissent. Mick Wyld almost equalised when he struck the post from a Jon Nixon centre and Ralph Brown went close on two occasions before play deteriorated. Barry Walker and Loughborough’s Garner were both booked for fouls.

The Robins rarely threatened until Nixon equalised on 77 minutes. Receiving a flick on by Brown he evaded Ford’s challenge and placed the ball past the advancing Straw. Jim Everson went close to scoring a winner for Town in the closing minutes with a stinging shot.

INSIPID ILKESTON’S DERBY DEFEAT
2ND SEPTEMBER 1967
HEANOR TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston had the wind behind them during the first half but they were second best to a lively Heanor team who threatened frequently following an early chance for The Robins. Bob MacAndrew’s shot beat ‘keeper McDowell and Clark was on hand to clear. With Heanor on top it was no surprise when Hill hammered in Ward’s 25th minute cross.

A fine Jim Everson shot early in the second half was well saved by McDowell before Heanor extended their lead on 55 minutes. Parsons burst through the heart of Ilkeston’s defence and set up Hill for a simple finish. It was only then that Ilkeston put up a fight although Everson, John Froggatt and Ralph Brown wasted great opportunities to score. It was Barry Walker who pulled a goal back on the hour with a fine run although his final shotshould have been stopped by McDowell. The Robins pressed for an equaliser and a Brown shot was deflected wide by Clark before a Jon Nixon shot flew just over. But the best chance fell to Heanor late on when Wilcockson shot tamely at Colin Treharne.

LACK OF PUNCH COSTLY FOR TOWN
6TH SEPTEMBER 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 0 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 1
Lack of penetration up front meant Town lost a game in which they dominated possession. Gainsborough, defending stoutly, played direct long ball football and it paid dividends. The Robins began brightly with Jim Everson missing an early chance and then he cleverly set up Jon Nixon who shot wide. Gainsborough came close to taking the lead when Green’s long ball found Price whose effort came off the post. It was Price who put Trinity ahead two minutes before the break when he glanced in a corner that Colin Treharne failed to claim.

Williams nearly added a second early in the second half before Ilkeston laid siege to Gainsborough’s goal. Ralph Brown, Everson, Nixon and John Froggatt all had shots blocked, Barry Walker’s shot was tipped over by Smith, and a Dave Agnew pass found Froggatt whose shot went inches wide. Trinity were always dangerous on the break and would have scored but for Mick Wyld’s header off the line. Treharne then saved a Price shot. Ilkeston nearly equalised in the final minute when Walker’s corner almost found the target.

IMPROVED ILKESTON REGAIN DERBY PRIDE
9TH SEPTEMBER 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 1 HEANOR TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s smooth build ups and all round quality backed up by a solid defence ensured them of a victory against their local rivals. The Robins ought to have won by a bigger margin and only ill luck prevented them from doing so. Clever play by Ralph Brown and Jim Everson led to Mick Wyld’s early shot just clearing the bar. Dave Agnew then created an opening for Brown who was just off target. Heanor’s first effort of note fell to Burns whose poweful shot was well saved by Colin Treharne who soon after turned over a Howsham long range effort. In between these saves Heanor ‘keeper was tested by John Froggatt and Brown.

Ilkeston attacked fiercely at the start of the second half. Barry Walker’s free kick flew inches wide and Jon Nixon went close with a fine shot. Ilkeston took the lead in the 48th minute when Walker sent Nixon clear and he flicked the ball across for Froggatt to head home from close range. The Robins were in full control as the game headed towards its conclusion. Everson’s effort from a Walker cross just cleared the bar, Nixon’s misdirected cross bounced off the bar, and Brown’s stinging shot almost doubled the lead.

UNITED TEACH TOWN A LESSON
13TH SEPTEMBER 1967
LONG EATON UNITED 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s tame showing was in contrast to Long Eaton’s speed and control. Town’s approach play was neat enough but they rarely threatened United’s competent defence. Ilkeston created an early chance as Jon Nixon’s dangerous cross was almost put into his own net by Terry Froggatt. Long Eaton then came into the picture and Mick Wyld’s error let in Halford who shot narrowly wide. Ilkeston’s next move of note saw Ralph Brown make room before firing past the post and they went closer still when John Froggatt’s header from Jim Everson’s centre was superbly saved by Taylor. Barry Walker then sent in a long range shot that was deflected off target. However, Long Eaton took the lead a minute before the break when Skellington broke down the right and cut inside to beat Colin Treharne with a powerful shot.

United scored again a minute after the restart. Treharne failed to reach a high cross and former Town player Tony Watson deflected the ball into the unguarded net. Long Eaton took full control and it was only near the end when Ilkeston threatened. Nixon fired straight at Taylor following a defensive mix up and then he fired into the side net before Everson twice blazed over from close range.

ROBINS CUP HUMILIATION
16TH SEPTEMBER 1967
NORTON WOODSEATS 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
Struggling Yorkshire League amateurs Norton Woodseats humbled Ilkeston, a last minute winner sending The Robins crashing out of the FA Cup. Ilkeston took the lead on 49 minutes with a disputed penalty after Palmer had handled on the edge of the area. Ralph Brown’s spot kick was saved by Davies but the referee ordered a retake and Brown made no mistake. It was the home side’s turn to score from a disputed penalty, taken by Austen in the 75th minute. Tempers became frayed and the pace increased as both teams went all out for the winner. It came Norton Woodseats’ way a minute from time when Bailey headed against the bar and Brack headed home the rebound.

GOAL-LESS AT GOOLE
23RD SEPTEMBER 1967
GOOLE TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston produced an improved display and did most of the attacking but they failed to add the finishing touch to some good moves. Both defences looked shaky early on and chances fell to both sides. A move involving Barry Walker, John Froggatt and debutant John Parry ended with Terry Swinscoe’s header just clearing the bar. Home ‘keeper Knowles then produced a brilliant save to keep out Froggatt’s header from a Mick Wyld cross. An error by Bob MacAndrew let in Powell but he could only shoot straight at Colin Treharne. Ilkeston’s defence then tightened up considerably and they became the dominant side. Ralph Brown went close with an effort before half time when Froggatt flicked on Wyld’s throw.

The Robins’ best chance in the second half fell to Froggatt but he could only shoot straight at Knowles after being put in the clear by Walker. Treharne had to make a couple of smart saves near the end but it would have been rough justice had Goole sneaked the points.

LEAMINGTON NO MATCH FOR INSPIRED ILKESTON
30TH SEPTEMBER 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 4 LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON 0
Leamington’s defence was overworked and overstretched by a commanding Ilkeston team that sparkled in attack and gave away nothing at the back. Town took the lead after just 4 minutes when Barry Walker burst forward and delivered a high cross for Terry Swinscoe to head down to Ralph Brown who crashed a rising shot past Smithurst. Brown went close after being set up by John Parry who almost scored himself with a left foot shot following a fine run. Swinscoe’s powerful shot then produced a good stop by Smithurst before Froggatt had a goal disallowed because of an infringement by Swinscoe. Parry sent a powerful header just over the bar before Town’s pressure finally paid off with a second goal in the 37th minute. Mick Wyld’s low cross was headed in through a crowd of players by Swinscoe. In a rare Leamington attack Colin Treharne made a brilliant stop to deny Stephenson but Ilkeston killed the game off with a brilliant goal by Parry a minute before half time when he twisted past several players before firing home.

Colin Dove made it four with a simple goal in the 49th minute after Swinscoe’s shot had rebounded off Smithurst. Town’s search for more goals was in vain. Swinscoe forced Smithurst into a fine save and later hit the post, Parry shot wide from Mick Jones’ cross, Dove’s corner was driven just off target by Parry, and Froggatt went close several times including a header from Brown’s cross that Smithurst tipped over. Brown too went close on a couple of occasions while at the other end Treharne only had one save to make.

TOWN’S NEW FOUND FORM CONTINUES
7TH OCTOBER 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 3 SPALDING UNITED 0
Ilkeston’s enthusiasm and superior ability overcame a hard working Spalding side. Town forced several early corners before Terry Swinscoe wasted the first opportunity by shooting tamely at Wealthall. Spalding rarely threatened although Morton was able to test Colin Treharne with one effort. Ilkeston were in control, however, and John Parry’s pass found Ralph Brown whose shot flew wide before good play by John Froggatt enabled Parry to fire just over from distance. Mick Jones did well to block a Kavanagh shot but it needed the brilliance of Wealthall, when he tipped over Froggatt’s close range shot, to prevent Town from taking the lead. Spalding thought they should have had a penalty when Dave Agnew brought down Morley but the referee awarded a free kick that Morley thumped over. Wealthall was called into action again when he made good saves from Swinscoe and Colin Dove before the latter fired another effort wide. Ilkeston finally went in front when Dove fed Froggatt who scored with a powerful shot in the 35th minute. The visitors almost equalised on the stroke of half time when Agnew headed off the line.

Ilkeston began the second half strongly. Swinscoe hooked an early opportunity wide but they scored a second with a brilliant goal by Brown on 48 minutes. Parry crossed the ball to him and with his back to goal he smashed a terrific shot on the turn into the net. Town continued to pour forward. Froggatt had a goal disallowed for offside, Parry shot wide and chipped another effort over and Swinscoe went close from 20 yards. Spalding almost surprised Ilkeston with a goal but Treharne made a smart save from Clifford. The Robins scored their third goal on 73 minutes. Bob MacAndrew won the ball in a challenge with Morton before finding Froggatt who burst forward and played the ball wide to Parry on the right. He cut inside before firing a cracking shot that gave Wealthall no chance. Ilkeston continued to dominate and could easily have scored more. Barry Walker fired over the bar three times and Parry had two shots, one which hit the side net and the other hit the post.

LATE GOAL PEGS BACK ROBINS
14TH OCTOBER 1967
BELPER TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Belper earned a scarcely deserved point with a late equaliser but it was the poor performance by the referee, who was jeered off by a hostile crowd at the end, that concerned Ilkeston the most. Driving rain and a slippery pitch didn’t prevent Ilkeston from playing good football and they began strongly. John Parry’s powerful shot went close, Colin Dove’s shot after Mick Jones’ through ball was blocked, and Ralph Brown’s shot from John Froggatt’s cross hit the side net. Belper responded with efforts by Saunders and Jeffrey but Ilkeston came nearer to scoring when Dove hit the post from Parry’s cross. Bob MacAndrew then came to Ilkeston’s rescue when he cleared Bostock’s effort off the line. Another Parry cross led to Brown going close before Ilkeston went in front following a corner in the 22nd minute. Dove’s cross found Terry Swinscoe and the ball bounced into Parry’s path who hammered a shot into the roof of the net. Belper were awarded a controversial penalty three minutes later but Metcalfe fired wide from the spot. Ilkeston remained in control, however, and Froggatt shot over from Brown’s pass and ‘keeper Jenney pulled off a fine save from Brown before half time.

The Robins started the second half well and again Brown was denied by Jenney. Brown then shot wide following a fine move between Froggatt and Dove. They now had to defend more, however, but they did so well whilst looking dangerous on the break. One Froggatt piledriver resulted in the ball bursting and a Swinscoe header flew over. Town thought they had made the game safe in the 74th minute when Dove put the ball away after the ball fell to him via Jenney but the referee ruled it out for offside. Ilkeston grew disillusioned and Belper fought back to score through John Walker three minutes from time.

FROGGATT FIRES TOWN TO VICTORY
21ST OCTOBER 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 3 GRIMSBY TOWN RESERVES 0
Confident and dominant Ilkeston won with plenty to spare and could have won by a bigger score. They took the lead on 15 minutes with a well worked goal. John Parry beat a couple of challenges and sent a crossfield ball to Colin Dove whose cross was met by John Froggatt’s fine header. Grimsby then enjoyed their best spell of the game as Colin Treharne had to tip over a misplaced Bartlett centre and Boylen just cleared the bar with a powerful drive. Ilkeston regained their authority and Froggatt scored again in the 38th minute. Froggatt’s header from a Dove corner was blocked on the line by Bloomer but he reacted first to force the ball into the net.

Ilkeston’s superiority brought them just one further goal, on 64 minutes, scored by Dove.

TERRY’S ALL GOLD
28TH OCTOBER 1967
SKEGNESS TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston commanded an indifferent game for long periods and showed plenty of fight and enthusiasm but it needed a late equaliser by Terry Swinscoe to rescue a point at bottom club Skegness. The home team settled quicker and a Nelson header tested Colin Treharne. Ilkeston then began to create openings as Swinscoe headed wide, and John Parry shot narrowly over. The best one fell to Swinscoe who shot tamely after John Froggatt had touched the ball on as a result of being released down the middle by Colin Dove. Skegness went in front on 20 minutes through a penalty by former Ilkeston player Roger Collinson following Mick Jones’ handling offence. The Robins were on top for the remainder of the first half. Ralph Brown shot inches wide from Bob MacAndrew’s cross, Tatham made a fine save to keep out a Mick Wyld shot and, after a Nelson shot trickled wide at the other end, Dove side footed wide after receiving a centre from Brown.

Ilkeston attacked almost constantly after the break but struggled to get through Skegness’ defence. Jones struck a good first time shot, Swinscoe put the ball high over from close range, Jones’ cross picked out John Parry who headed just wide, and Parry should have done better with another header after being well set up by Jones and Dove. King could have finished Ilkeston off but he scooped over Treharne’s bar and, after Dove’s shot from Barry Walker’s pass was saved by Tatham, Treharne did well to hold a well struck Beckers shot. But Ilkeston remained the dominant force and they deservedly equalised three minutes from time. MacAndrew burst forward from midfield and found Swinscoe who stroked the ball past Tatham.

TOWN BEAT TABLE TOPPERS
4TH NOVEMBER 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SCARBOROUGH 0
Scarborough who went into the game with a five point lead at the top were beaten more emphatically than the scoreline suggests. Perky Ilkeston commanded a strong, tough team and climbed up to second in the table as a result. Ilkeston pressed for an early goal and Rollo had to make a fine save from John Parry following Barry Walker’s perfect pass. John Froggatt then headed wide from a Colin Dove corner before Scarborough came more into the game. Adamson shot just wide from the edge of the area but Ilkeston weathered the storm and regained the initiative. Dove’s through ball found Froggatt who forced Rollo into a good save and Barry Walker’s 25 yard shot skimmed the post. Bob MacAndrew went off with torn ankle ligaments nine minutes before half time although substitute Ray Parry didn’t appear until the start of the second half.

The first action after the break came when Colin Treharne saved at Adamson’s feet but it was Ilkeston who deservedly went in front on 49 minutes. Walker’s fine pass found Froggatt who, on his 100th appearance, steered the ball into the corner of the net. Scarborough responded with two efforts by Carr, the first saved by Treharne and the second, a low shot, flashed wide. Ilkeston still looked to push forward, however, and when Dave Agnew found John Parry his shot was well saved by Rollo. Froggatt twice went close to doubling the lead although Davey gave Town a scare when he headed wide. Ralph Brown shot just over from long range and Ilkeston almost made the game safe when, following a Walker free kick, Mick Jones fired against the bar. The game became scrappy during the closing stages as Ilkeston successfully held on to their lead.

BROADHURST BOOSTS ALFRETON
11TH NOVEMBER 1967
ALFRETON TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s good run of results came to an end against an Alfreton team whose sweeping, open attacking football was in marked contrast to The Robins’ slow methodical approach. It was Ilkeston who almost took an early lead, however, with a Barry Walker first time shot but Alfreton, without a win in nine games, soon took over in the windy conditions. Broadhurst opened up Ilkeston’s defence only for Harrison to shoot high over from close range and the pair combined well again, Harrison shooting inches wide after being put through. Walker’s stunning drive was palmed over by ‘keeper Mycroft and then Ralph Brown, making his 100th appearance, shot unluckily against prostrate team mate John Froggatt close to the line as Ilkeston enjoyed a good spell. John Parry also went close with a shot but Alfreton began to look dangerous. Colin Treharne made important saves to keep out Howarth twice, Finney and Harrison. Alfreton finally went in front on 41 minutes when Bramhall and Harrison split the defence and Broadhurst gave Treharne no chance.

Alfreton extended their lead on the hour when Howarth’s shot took a kind deflection off Broadhurst. Treharne made further saves from Broadhurst and Howarth but they scored again in the 71st minute. Harrison’s pace down the right took him past Terry Swinscoe and Lakin knocked in the resultant cross. The Robins tried hard for a consolation but Froggatt and Walker were thwarted and Harrison almost rubbed salt in the wound when he broke through only to be denied by a fine Treharne save.

MATLOCK CLOSE TO PICKING UP THE POINTS
18TH NOVEMBER 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 1 MATLOCK TOWN 1
Ilkeston were lucky to escape with a point against lively, imaginative Matlock despite looking the better side during the opening stages. Ashmore twice saved from John Froggatt and Colin Dove wasted a chance following a lovely move between Barry Walker and Froggatt. Terry Swinscoe powerfully headed a Dove cross inches wide and then he shot tamely following a nice cross by Mick Jones. Ilkeston took the lead on 35 minutes when Froggatt beat a couple of defenders and laid the ball to Robin Melbourne whose pull back was met by a powerful Dove drive that was too hot for Ashmore. Matlock then took over the game. Adams’ shot skimmed the bar, Jenkinson chipped over from close range, and Howard brought out the best in Colin Treharne following good play by Parker and Willoy.

Ilkeston began the second half in a fruitless search for a second goal. Ralph Brown set up Froggatt but his touch was saved by Ashmore, John Parry cut in from the left and shot weakly, and the same player shot wide with his next effort. Gradually Matlock reaffirmed their superiority. Treharne made good saves from Parker and Willoy before a sweeping move ended with Parker shooting into the far corner to give Matlock their 58th minute equaliser. The goal stood despite the linesman’s offside flag. Ilkeston strove to regain their advantage as Swinscoe split open the Matlock defence only to shoot wide, Dave Agnew’s shot flew narrowly over, Walker’s drive was saved, and Walker then shot just wide from 25 yards. Matlock almost got a deserved winner two minutes from time when Parker, all alone in the box, miskicked and Howard stroked the loose ball wide from close range.

ROBINS BACK ON SONG
25TH NOVEMBER 1967
SCUNTHORPE UNITED RESERVES 0 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Ilkeston took control from the start against a Scunthorpe team that contained three players with first team experience. Terry Swinscoe’s header fell nicely for John Froggatt but he screwed his shot wide. Scunthorpe’s first shot was wayward and came from Oakes who had caught out Dave Agnew. Town took the lead in the 22nd minute when Mick Wyld fed Mick Jones whose cross was chested down and planted into the net by Froggatt. Now in complete charge Ilkeston could have scored again when Ralph Brown twice scooped over, Swinscoe’s powerful shot was saved by Arblaster and the ‘keeper saved again from Barry Walker following a neat link up with John Parry. Ilkeston’s second goal came a minute before half time when a Parry shot was luckily deflected in by Froggatt.

A pulled muscle sustained by Wyld early in the second half resulted in the appearance of Jon Nixon but Town continued in the same vein. Arblaster saved from Froggatt following a fine move between Colin Dove and Parry before Ilkeston scored a third on 57 minutes. Brown controlled the ball beautifully on the left before passing to Parry who curled the ball into the net. Scunthorpe rallied and twice Jones came to Town’s rescue. Firstly he deflected a shot wide and then he cleared an effort off the line but Scunthorpe’s response was short lived and Town scored again in the 72nd minute. Brown put Parry in the clear and his shot trickled into the net with Froggatt following up. Nixon then tried to get into the act with two shots that were turned away for corners and a third which Arblaster saved. The closest Ilkeston came to a fifth, however, was late on when Dove’s drive went just wide of the post. Bob MacAndrew was making his 100th appearance.

TOWN EXCEL AGAINST TOOTHLESS TIGERS
2ND DECEMBER 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 3 WORKSOP TOWN 1
Confident Ilkeston brushed aside Worksop on a murky afternoon. They survived Worksop’s strong opening when Rogerson opened up their defence but failed to hit the target and then Leadbetter curled a shot wide. Ilkeston soon hit their stride. Terry Swinscoe pounced on a Barry Walker flick but Foster was able to save and Colin Dove almost scored with a shot that skimmed the bar. Rogerson’s effort drifted wide as Worksop hit back although Ilkeston remained in control. Dove and John Parry worked an opening for Ralph Brown who fired in a good shot and then Brown volleyed just over from a Dove cross. Ilkeston finally took the lead on 32 minutes when John Froggatt neatly found Dove whose perfect cross was met by a low Swinscoe shot. Walker then made a dangerous burst forward before shooting a fraction over and shortly after Dove found Parry whose shot brought a fine save from Foster.

Ilkeston added a second two minutes into the second half. Dove’s corner fell nicely to Froggatt who made no mistake. Rogerson almost pulled a goal back when he shot over following Bob MacAndrew’s miskick but Ilkeston were always on the look out for more goals. Parry went on a fine run before his 20 yard shot was well saved, and a Dove corner was blasted high over by Swinscoe. The third goal eventually came in the 70th minute when Froggatt burst into the box and although his powerful shot was blocked Swinscoe was ready to snap up the rebound. Worksop’s best spell followed. Colin Treharne made a fine save from Rogerson but he couldn’t keep out Naylor’s 76th minute header. Tempers began to fray during the closing stages and Dave Agnew was booked following a clash with the unpunished Rogerson.

BOUCHER BUTCHERS TOWN
16TH DECEMBER 1967
ARNOLD 5 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston’s usually tight defence fell apart on Arnold’s sticky pitch but otherwise the team matched Arnold for skill in all departments. They came back well from a two goal half time deficit and looked capable of winning a point until Arnold finished them off with two late goals. Arnold took the lead in the 10th minute when Boucher pounced on the rebound after Colin Treharne had blocked a powerful free kick by former Town winger John Langford. Dave Agnew went close to an equaliser when he went on a fine run and shot that was cleared off the line by Howard. Agnew then sent over a cross that Terry Swinscoe headed wide before Colin Dove and John Froggatt tried with shots that lacked the power necessary to trouble Straw. Gradually Arnold took control. Two shots by Ball were superbly saved by Treharne and a Langford cross was headed wide by future Town player John Moore. Arnold doubled their advantage four minutes before the break when Tait crashed the ball home off the underside of the bar following a fine run and lay off by Langford.

Ilkeston came out fighting in the second half and Ralph Brown shot a good chance wide after being put through by Barry Walker who was making his 150th appearance. John Parry then struck a good shot that produced a fine save from Straw but Arnold looked dangerous on the break. Dunn did well to find a way through but his finishing let him down and Boucher went close. Ilkeston remained committed to attack, however, and Agnew’s pass allowed Froggatt to shoot on the turn but he was off target. Brown then latched onto a through ball only to blaze over the bar. Town got the breakthrough on 70 minutes when Froggatt was fouled during a goalmouth scramble and although Brown’s penalty was saved he reacted quickly to make amends from the rebound. A tragic error by Mick Wyld five minutes later allowed Boucher to restore Arnold’s two goal advantage and Langford’s free kick flew just over as Arnold looked for a fourth. Yet, in the 78th minute, Ilkeston clawed their way back into the game thanks to Froggatt’s superb glancing header from Brown’s corner. Town’s hopes were dashed a minute later when Boucher burst through the middle to complete his hat-trick. They refused to give in but Tait found time and space to fire a fifth with four minutes to go and finally seal Arnold’s victory.

ROBINS SHOW TRUE QUALITY
23RD DECEMBER 1967
RETFORD TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3
A quality display brought Ilkeston two well deserved points at Retford. They quickly stamped their authority and came close to taking an early lead when John Froggatt headed a Colin Dove cross just wide. Colin Treharne had a quiet first half although he had to smother a Tomlinson shot. His opposite number, Helliwell, was much the busier and he produced a fine save from Jon Nixon following Dove’s corner. The Robins got the goal their pressure warranted on 20 minutes. Barry Walker went on a mazy run through the middle before feeding Froggatt who steered the ball home. Eight minutes later, shortly after he had forced Helliwell into a scrambling save, Nixon set up Froggatt for the second goal. Retford enjoyed a spell of pressure as half time approached. Tomlinson’s shot was deflected by Mick Jones for a corner and Billings forced Treharne into a save.

Retford went all out in the second half for a goal that would bring them back into the game. Treharne made fine saves from Billings, Mansell and Williams but as the threat subsided Ilkeston regained control. They made certain of victory ten minutes from time when Froggatt’s pass down the right found Dove and although the cross was partly cleared it fell to John Parry who lashed a powerful shot into the net. The Robins relaxed at this point and Retford scored a consolation goal two minutes later when Williams deflected Tomlinson’s drive past the stranded Treharne. Retford continued to attack until the end but the closest they came to a second was when Treharne made a good stop from Myers.

ROBINS REVIVAL RESCUES POINT
30TH DECEMBER 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 2 RETFORD TOWN 2
Ilkeston were strangely subdued but finding themselves two goals adrift at half time they acquitted themselves well to earn a point and they could easily have won. Played in heavy rain the game began slowly but Ilkeston looked the better side early on. Retford ‘keeper Helliwell did well to save John Froggatt’s header from Barry Walker’s free kick and John Parry fired into the side net after a defensive mistake let him in. Retford almost took the lead through a Billings shot when Bob MacAndrew cleared off the line but Helliwell had to come to their rescue with a superb save to keep out Parry’s angled drive. Then Ilkeston fell away, Retford took advantage of the space they were given to take control with some clever play and on 32 minutes they took the lead when Muir steered in Pike’s deep cross. Matters were made worse for Ilkeston two minutes before the break when Muir accepted Mordue’s pass through the middle and outpaced Dave Agnew to score.

Ilkeston spent most of the second half on the attack. Terry Swinscoe forced his way forward and picked out Froggatt who shot wide under pressure but Ilkeston turned the game round with two goals in a minute. Walker beat two men in midfield and fed Swinscoe whose fierce shot struck the bar, Jon Nixon hammering the rebound into the roof of the net on the hour. The equaliser came when Froggatt’s long cross was returned into the area by Colin Dove and Parry guided the ball into the net. Ilkeston then went all out for the winner. Mick Jones’ forward burst and shot deserved better, a Parry shot was turned away by Helliwell who was then well positioned to deal with Nixon’s shot from Walker’s pass. Helliwell made an even better save from a Froggatt header following Dove’s cross and the ‘keeper kept out Ilkeston again during a scramble when Dove sent the ball goalwards.

DULL AND DISMAL ILKESTON ROCKED BY STRUGGLERS
6TH JANUARY 1968
STAMFORD 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
A spiritless display meant that Ilkeston came away from bottom club Stamford with nothing. The home side were lively and determined but Town, in contrast, were lacking in effort and ideas on a bumpy pitch. From the moment Stimson fired in a shot during the opening seconds Ilkeston were second best. Mulcahy shot high over from the right and Burge’s shot was held by Colin Treharne before Ilkeston mounted their first serious attack when Colin Dove’s tame shot was palmed over by Pitts. Stamford came close to a goal when Medwell’s corner was cleared by John Parry to Gray whose shot was cleared off the line by Bob MacAndrew. They did score, however, on 30 minutes when Medwell squeezed in a header. Treharne then made a great save to deny Gray and then he saved from Medwell’s powerful shot before Ilkeston finally built up some pressure. Dove’s cross found Barry Walker whose shot was cleared off the line by Whittaker.

Ilkeston improved in a more even second half. MacAndrew’s free kick was fired over from close range by Terry Swinscoe who was making his 377th and final appearance but Stamford could easily have doubled their lead as Treharne saved at Burge’s feet and Medwell headed wide of an empty net. John Froggatt’s run and shot from the left produced a scrambling save by Pike and clever play by Walker ended with a good attempt by Ralph Brown as Ilkeston tried to salvage a point. Brown then shot wide and fired another decent attempt although Treharne had to make a brave save at Gray’s feet in between. Town’s last chance fell to Froggatt whose drive was cleared off the line by Whittaker.

TOWN HOLD ON IN EXPLOSIVE THRILLER
20TH JANUARY 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 3 GRANTHAM 2
Fellow title challengers Grantham tried in vain to come back from a three goal deficit in an exciting game that saw Ilkeston play their best football for some time. Ilkeston went close to taking the lead in this highly competitive game when Jon Nixon’s shot was cleared off the line by Bly. Ralph Brown then saw a fine effort go wide and Alan Brown drove just off target following a fine burst and cross by Terry Thompson as Town made the early running. Thompson drilled a shot wide when he collected a poor clearance and Alan Brown hooked a volley over before their pressure was rewarded in the 33rd minute. It was a lucky goal, a huge deflection of Harrison into his own net giving ‘keeper Small no chance. John Parry’s mazy run ended with a shot into the side net before Grantham ended the first half with a fruitless spell of attacking football.

The visitors had two chances to equalise as the second half got underway. Bob MacAndrew was forced to make a goal line clearance and Colin Treharne held an Alexander drive. However, Ilkeston edged further ahead on 47 minutes when Froggatt’s burst into the area from the left resulted in him being brought down and Ralph Brown converted the penalty with ease. Eight minutes later Town seemed home and dry when classy play by Ralph Brown set up Alan Brown for a lovely chip over Small. The game changed when Dave Agnew went off with a back injury on the hour. Ilkeston became disjointed and Grantham pulled a goal back in the 65th minute when Alexander broke clear to set up Bly for a second goal. Town tried to restore their two goal advantage through Froggatt whose shot was saved following Barry Walker’s neat play only for Grantham to score again on 75 minutes when Alexander fired home following a Treharne blunder. With tension mounting Ralph Brown and Alexander were sent off for fighting three minutes later. The game then calmed and Town looked to make certain of victory. John Parry just failed to convert Thompson’s cross and Froggatt’s shot was scrambled to safety by Small. Grantham made a last ditch effort to equalise. Thompson blocked Bly’s dangerous shot and Treharne saved from Linnecor as Ilkeston held on.

FAN GOES WYLD AT MICK
27TH JANUARY 1968
GRANTHAM 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
This fiercely competitive fixture was never far off boiling point although the over lenient referee saw fit to book only one player, Town’s Terry Thompson. However, it was Mick Wyld, who tackled strongly throughout, who upset Grantham the most and a home fan ran on at the final whistle to aim a kick at him before being apprehended by the police. Grantham dominated the first 20 minutes and went ahead early on. Chambers jabbed home Harnwell’s corner in the 3rd minute and they continued to push Ilkeston back, Harnwell and Mincher both shooting over. Thompson shot just wide at the other end but further Grantham pressure saw Alexander scoop wide from Linnecor’s free kick. Ilkeston gradually crept into the game and after John Froggatt had an effort ruled out for an infringement Alan Brown’s weak header from John Parry’s cross was held by Small. Grantham could have doubled their lead when Alexander shot wide from five yards after he got past Bob MacAndrew and Wyld. Town were more of an attacking force, however, and Froggatt cracked a Barry Walker cross over before Thompson had a goal ruled out for offside. Then they equalised on 32 minutes through Froggatt who headed in an excellent Walker cross. Froggatt then saw two shots saved by Small before Grantham regained the initiative. On 41 minutes they were back in front when Colin Treharne was unable to prevent Farmer’s free kick from crossing the line.

Grantham enjoyed the better of the exchanges immediately after half time and it was against the run of play that Ilkeston equalised on the hour when Thompson volleyed in Walker’s cross. Ilkeston were lifted by the goal and looked capable of going on to win before Grantham put on some late pressure. Harnwell shot wide as the home side forced a succession of corners and although Ralph Brown and Parry missed half chances Town were happy to cling on for the draw.

COMFORTABLE COUNTY CUP WIN FOR ROBINS
3RD FEBRUARY 1968
GRESLEY ROVERS 1 ILKESTON TOWN 4 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SECOND ROUND)
Ilkeston won a potentially tricky tie convincingly with a skilful display in which they stamped their authority. Gresley, unbeaten at home in over a year and heading towards winning the East Midlands Regional League, caused problems early on and Duggins shot across the face of goal. Town’s problems were compounded on 15 minutes when Barry Walker went off with torn shoulder muscles and Gresley almost went ahead through Mitchell who shot well wide when clear on goal after a mix up between Bob MacAndrew and Mick Wyld. Ilkeston then settled down and Alan Brown shot over following good work by John Parry and substitute Jon Nixon went agonisingly close to a fluke opener when his sliced cross from a narrow angle hit the inside of the post and ran along the line but not over it. The first goal came in the 33rd minute when Terry Thompson’s clever pass allowed John Froggatt to volley over Chapman. Three minutes later it was two, Nixon and Mick Jones combining on the right to set up Froggatt for his second.

Only three minutes of the second half had elapsed when Town scored again. Ralph Brown’s good control led to Parry touching the ball on to Alan Brown who hammered the ball past Chapman. Gresley tried to respond and Mitchell shot wide through a crowd of players but Ilkeston scored a fourth on 58 minutes with a lovely goal by Thompson who weaved past three defenders and cracked in a fierce drive. Both teams then had goals disallowed, Tivey for Gresley and Parry for Ilkeston due to an offside flag. Ilkeston were in total command and looked to extend their lead further. Parry’s fine first time shot was held by Chapman and then he shot wide from distance. It was almost third time lucky for Parry but his next effort was cleared off the line by Greaves and then Thompson’s long range shot flew inches wide. Gresley scored a consolation goal a minute from time when Liddle shot through a crowded area.

TEAMS DISGRACED AS TWO SENT OFF
10TH FEBRUARY 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 1 GOOLE TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s important victory was overshadowed by disgraceful scenes during the second half. A series of poor challenges led to Mick Jones and Goole’s Thompson getting sent off for fighting on the hour and moments later the referee had to call all of the players into the centre circle for a prolonged lecture that lasted six minutes. Quite what new Football Queen Miss Eileen Saxton made of it is unclear. Yet the first half, which Ilkeston edged against a useful Goole team, had been interesting and lively. Terry Thompson’s hard shot was blocked and Alan Brown steered a good chance wide as Ilkeston impressed early on but Goole twice went close themselves. A King header following a corner grazed the bar and Thompson’s shot clipped the top of the woodwork. Ilkeston deservedly went ahead in the 26th minute with a fine counter attack. Mick Wyld brought the ball out of defence and fed Jon Nixon on the right who beat a defender and crossed for Alan Brown to hammer home. The Robins dominated the remainder of the half. Ralph Brown went close from a narrow angle, fine play by Nixon set up John Froggatt who shot high over and Froggatt then drove across the face of goal.

Ilkeston began the second half brightly as Froggatt headed over from a corner but play rapidly deteriorated as tempers frayed. When matters finally calmed down Goole could have equalised but King shot straight at Colin Treharne from a Stocks cross. Ilkeston regained the composure and were the better side during the closing stages. John Parry put Froggatt through but he shot straight into Knowles’ arms and Nixon went close with a good shot near the end.

RIPLEY MATCH TOWN
17TH FEBRUARY 1968
RIPLEY MINERS WELFARE 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Ilkeston were clear favourites to beat a Ripley team who had twice been defeated by Town’s reserve team in Central Alliance matches earlier in the season. However, The Robins lacked fire power and were pushed all the way by their determined opponents. They struggled from the start to impose themselves and fell behind to a 3rd minute goal. Former Ilkeston winger and future manager Bill Fearn linked with Lancashire to create the opportunity for Roger Thompson to fire into the net. As to be expected Town began to exert some pressure in response. Mick Wyld headed over a Jon Nixon corner, John Parry’s vicious shot rattled the bar and Ralph Brown headed over the rebound, Shiels cleared a John Froggatt header off the line following Ralph Brown’s cross, and Ralph Brown fired over from 7 yards. Future Ilkeston ‘keeper Paul Daley made a good save from Nixon after Alan Brown’s fine work on the right before Ilkeston equalised on 34 minutes. Nielson’s mistake allowed Froggatt to power a shot past Daley. Terry Thompson’s long run ended with a shot just off target as half time approached.

The second half began with Terry Thompson shooting wide following Ralph Brown’s corner but Ripley were gaining confidence as the game progressed. Longdon forced a good stop from Colin Treharne and Bob MacAndrew headed a Longdon free kick off the line. The game became more fiery as it became more even. Former Town player Colin Hopkins was booked following a tangle with Treharne and Wyld was somewhat harshly booked for his challenge on Roger Thompson. It was only during the closing stages that Ilkeston were able to exert some pressure. Daley made two good saves from Ralph Brown shots and he was then fouled during a goalmouth scramble by Froggatt five minutes from time. In the ensuing fracas Nielson was sent off for kicking Froggatt. Daley ensured the game went to a replay with two late saves from powerful shots by Ralph Brown and Froggatt.

NO FAIRYTALE ENDING FOR RIPLEY
24TH FEBRUARY 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 5 RIPLEY MINERS WELFARE 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL REPLAY)
Ilkeston outclassed Ripley and their extra quality ensured that there was no upset at the Manor Ground. They killed off the tie with an early goal blitz and were then able to relax whilst still maintaining control.

The winning goal came in the 5th minute. Dave Agnew’s fine pass found Barry Walker and his cross from the right was headed by Alan Brown, future Town ‘keeper Paul Daley blocked it, and Brown was quick to the rebound. After Mick Wyld, Terry Thompson and John Parry went close with shots Alan Brown scored again on 12 minutes with a simple finish after Ralph Brown had cut the ball inside for John Froggatt to touch on. Town went close several times before they scored again in the 20th minute through John Parry who coolly lifted the ball over Daley from Ralph Brown’s fine cross. Ilkeston made it four a minute later when Walker’s free kick was flicked in by Ralph Brown. Daley kept the score down with a magnificent save from Alan Brown’s 25 yard shot before half time.

Daley made further saves from Froggatt, Ralph Brown and Thompson during the second half with Ripley’s only effort of note, by former Town player Colin Hopkins, being ruled out for offside. Bob MacAndrew’s hard shot unluckily struck the bar and Alan Brown missed a great chance following some lovely play by Froggatt down the right. Ilkeston rounded off the scoring on 73 minutes when skilful play by Walker took him past several men and his final pass was cracked in from 20 yards by Parry.

MACANDREW MISS NOT COSTLY
2ND MARCH 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BELPER TOWN 1
Ilkeston were pushed all the way by a determined Belper outfit but they were good value for their victory. Bob MacAndrew’s second half penalty miss, soon after The Nailers had equalised, failed to prevent Ilkeston from going on to win. Ilkeston were quickly on the attack and when John Froggatt went on a superb run Geoff Woolley’s resultant shot was blocked by ‘keeper Jenney’s legs. Woolley then presented Froggatt with a chance and his goalbound shot was headed clear by Gough, and then Woolley was unfortunate to see his powerful shot strike the post. Froggatt had a shot turned away for a corner before Belper made a move of note when Colin Treharne saved John Walker’s shot. Jenney remained the busier of the two ‘keepers and he firstly parried a Woolley shot and then saved bravely at Froggatt’s feet. Former Ilkeston forward Jim Everson shot just off target and he then went on a good run before crossing to Jeffrey who fired high over. With half time approaching Ilkeston took a deserved lead. Great work by Alan Brown allowed Froggatt to slide home a simple chance on 44 minutes.

Belper showed more adventure after the break and they were rewarded on the hour. Future Ilkeston player Barry Roughton’s high cross was missed by Treharne and John Walker headed into the empty net. Ilkeston responded and Froggatt’s fierce shot was saved by Jenney but Belper could have taken the lead when Thomas shot wide following a defensive mix up. Within a minute of Jon Nixon replacing Woolley Ilkeston had a great chance to take the lead when Terry Thompson’s long shot was handled by Sanders but MacAndrew’s 72nd minute ill directed penalty was turned over by Jenney. Despair turned to joy four minutes later when they grabbed the winner. Barry Walker burst through the middle and laid the ball off perfectly for John Parry to slot the ball past the advancing Jenney. Jenney brilliantly blocked a point blank range effort by Alan Brown as Ilkeston looked dangerous on the break with Belper committed to attack. Alan Brown headed just over following a goalmouth scramble and a Nixon shot screamed just wide.

EXPERIENCE COUNTED AGAINST YOUNG MARINERS
9TH MARCH 1968
GRIMSBY TOWN RESERVES 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston’s good form continued and their blend of skill, work rate and experience was enough to see off an enthusiastic, youthful Grimsby team. Home ‘keeper Harper’s early mistake almost gave Ilkeston a goal but the first attempt at goal was by Davidson who shot wide of Colin Treharne’s post. A lovely Ilkeston move ended with John Froggatt shooting over from Ralph Brown’s pass before Treharne made his first save of the game from a Chapman shot. Good work by Terry Thompson set up John Parry to shoot but his effort was tipped over by Harper who then had to deal with a powerful Thompson drive. A rare Grimsby raid saw Welsh beat Dave Agnew and Mick Wyld and his low cross was driven wide by Chapman. Froggatt shot into the side net following a Barry Walker free kick before Grimsby enjoyed their best spell close to half time. With The Robins’ defence in a tangle Chapman fired over from close range.

Ilkeston went in front in the 53rd minute when Alan Brown slid the ball to Froggatt who beat a couple of defenders before slamming the ball past Harper. They added the killer second goal after Walker’s shot was deliberately, but brilliantly, handled by Bloomer and Ralph Brown sent Harper the wrong way from the spot. Ilkeston made sure of the points with some resolute defending as Grimsby threw caution to the wind. Bartlett’s rising shot cleared the bar, after an initial error Treharne forced Welsh to shoot into the side net and then Treharne made two good saves. Firstly he turned Chapman’s shot over the bar and then he stopped an Ely header.

TREHARNE SAVES PEN AS ROBINS REACH FINAL
16TH MARCH 1968
BUXTON 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SEMI FINAL)
Ilkeston dominated a thrilling match from the moment Cheshire League Buxton’s Ambler was sent off in the 32nd minute, to reach their first Senior Cup final in five years. It was Buxton who had all the early pressure, however. McQueen scooped a Holden cross over the bar in the first minute but once Town settled the game became more even. John Froggatt’s effort from Barry Walker’s free kick went into the side net and an Alan Brown shot did likewise following Ralph Brown’s pass. Good play by Alan Brown ended with Jon Nixon’s shot being blocked but then Buxton began to look dangerous. Holden’s long shot was cleared off the line by Bob MacAndrew before The Bucks had a golden opportunity. MacAndrew fouled Hardman for a clear penalty but Thompson’s spot kick was brilliantly turned past the post by Colin Treharne. The game turned with Ambler’s dismissal for a foul on Terry Thompson and three minutes before the break Ilkeston took the lead when John Parry’s fine cross was met by a Froggatt header. Treharne was called into action again before half time when he made a sound save from Needham’s header.

The Robins completely bossed the second half. Parry blasted over from Nixon’s cross and then the latter, who had been booked for persistent fouling, went on a fine run from half way before shooting just over. Walker’s stinging drive also just cleared the bar and ‘keeper Swann tipped a powerful Ralph Brown shot round the post. Town deservedly scored a second in the 67th minute when Alan Brown received a short corner from namesake Ralph and floated over a cross for Nixon to head home. Ilkeston pressed for more goals and a dangerous Ralph Brown shot was headed over his own bar by Austen and Parry lifted over from 7 yards following Froggatt’s neat touch.

TITLE HOPES TAKE A KNOCK
23RD MARCH 1968
SCARBOROUGH 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s title hopes suffered a severe blow at fellow challengers Scarborough. They battled hard enough but were always second best in a tense game played in very windy conditions. The result saw The Robins drop down to seventh place. Scarborough were well on top during the early stages. Davey’s shot following a Franks free kick was held by Colin Treharne, Adamson beat Dave Agnew and Barry Walker but his shot dipped too late, and Shaw and Flynn combined for Glossop to shoot and Treharne saved again. Town’s first effort was an Alan Brown shot that flew just over but Scarborough came closer to scoring when three efforts were blocked during a goalmouth scramble and Franks’ final attempt went over. Scarborough finally took a deserved lead in the 27th minute when Shaw’s wind assisted 35 yard drive flew past Treharne. Ilkeston came more into it following this setback but Alan Brown slipped with only Rollo to beat following clever play by John Froggatt and Ralph Brown, in the clear from Terry Thompson’s pass, shot wide. Scarborough went close to a second when a defensive mix up allowed Glossop an opportunity that was well saved by Treharne. Jon Nixon’s corner found Ralph Brown whose shot was saved by Rollo on the stroke of half time.

Town began the second half brightly. Froggatt’s neat touch put Alan Brown clear but he shot wide and Rollo saved a Ralph Brown shot after Walker set up the chance. Gradually Scarborough regained control and Ilkeston grew frustrated. Terry Thompson was booked for a foul on Sproates as Scarborough pressed. McMurren’s free kick flew just over and Treharne had to punch a Dunn shot to safety. Scarborough’s Davey was booked for his involvement in a scuffle as Ilkeston looked to find a way back but Walker fluffed their last chance after being set up by Ralph Brown’s fine play. Treharne prevented a second Scarborough goal with a magnificent save from Franks’ shot and as Town grew desperate Mick Wyld was booked for dissent.

ROBINS BOUNCE BACK TO KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE
30TH MARCH 1968
SUTTON TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston’s classy display was enough to overcome Sutton in a game that both teams shows plenty of attacking intent. However, The Robins defended well when they needed to and were more dangerous in attack whereas Sutton’s defence was hesitant and shaky. Ilkeston went close early on when Barry Walker’s first time shot from Alan Brown’s corner flew just over and although Sutton were also looking lively it was Ilkeston who scored first. Alan Brown’s shot was spilled by future Ilkeston ‘keeper Graham Pigott and John Froggatt pounced on the loose ball to score on 14 minutes. John Parry’s 20 yarder that skimmed the bar almost doubled their lead and when Colley took a free kick in a dangerous position he wasted the chance to equalise. The Robins second goal came in the 38th minute when Parry drove the ball into a crowded area and Froggatt reacted to hammer the ball home. Sutton almost pulled a goal back but were denied by an exceptional double save from Colin Treharne who kept out future Town player Dick Kalasiak and Swann. Ilkeston ended the first half on the attack with Ralph Brown making a powerful run down the right to supply Alan Brown with a shooting chance that was deflected wide.

Smithson tested Treharne with a powerful shot early in the second half before Ilkeston made the game safe in the 52nd minute. Ralph Brown laid the ball off perfectly following a burst down the right and Alan Brown fired home. Alan Brown’s next effort was only just off target but then Ilkeston sat back on their lead. Mick Jones scooped a Colley effort off the line, Treharne made a fine save from Smithson’s close range shot, Colley shot severely tested Treharne and former Ilkeston forward Mick Raynor blasted high over as Sutton searched for a consolation goal. Terry Thompson was booked for a foul on Raynor and Froggatt limped off with a foot injury near the end but the outcome of the game was highly satisfactory for The Robins.

TOWN HOLD ON FOR VALUABLE WIN
3RD APRIL 1968
LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
After racing into a two goal lead Ilkeston showed great character to come away from Leamington with maximum points. Town took the lead after just 30 seconds when John Froggatt outpaced Moore and his powerful shot cannoned off Detchon into his own net. The Robins doubled their advantage in the 10th minute when Froggatt beat Moore to get to the by line and his cross was hammered in by Alan Brown. Leamington reduced the arrears through Holmes who headed neatly over Colin Treharne and the line despite Mick Jones’ desperate attempt to clear. Heavy home side pressure before half time almost brought an equaliser but Treharne managed to tip over Lawton’s dipping shot.

Town suffered from a catalog of injuries during the second half as they matched Leamington. John Froggatt was replaced on the hour by Jon Nixon, Dave Agnew and Mick Wyld continued despite suffering leg injuries, and Bob MacAndrew picked up an ankle injury that would cause him to miss five games. Despite the walking wounded Ilkeston survived a late Leamington onslaught to keep themselves on the fringe of the title race.

ILKESTON TOO HOT FOR SKEGNESS
6TH APRIL 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 4 SKEGNESS TOWN 1
‘Reggie Robin’ made his debut appearance on the programme cover as the club finally laid the old ‘ball in the tree’ motif to rest. The team also played with new zest to mark the new beginning on a hard pitch in bright sunshine. Ilkeston were always in control but Skegness’ stubborn defending and a defensive error meant that it wasn’t until well into the second half that they made sure of victory. The Robins dominated an attractive first half without reward. Terry Thompson shot wide from long range, John Parry headed over a Barry Walker cross and Mick Jones’ shot from 35 yards was saved by Whalen before Skegness made a serious attempt on goal. When they did Holland’s long shot was saved by Colin Treharne. Ilkeston almost scored when Parry touched on Jon Nixon’s corner and Woodthorpe scrambled the ball off the line. Ralph Brown then went close with a fine run and shot, and neat play between Ralph Brown and John Froggatt ended with Whalen saving Alan Brown’s shot from 5 yards.

Ilkeston deservedly took the lead two minutes after the restart when Froggatt hammered Walker’s cross into the roof of the net. But Ilkeston were pegged back in the 54th minute when Kelly took full advantage of a poor back pass by Mick Wyld. Three minutes later they regained the lead through Ralph Brown who drove home from Froggatt’s neat pass. Whalen did well to save Ralph Brown’s shot from close range and then he tipped away a fine Froggatt shot but he could do little about Ilkeston’s third goal that came on 70 minutes. Dave Agnew found Ralph Brown on the right and his cross was fired in by Froggatt. The Robins scored the fourth five minutes later when Ralph Brown steered in a Froggatt cross. Ilkeston continued to create chances during the closing stages. Whalen saved a fine shot by Ralph Brown, Parry blazed a good chance high over, and Whalen made a good stop when Ralph Brown made an attempt from an acute angle.

PIGOTT DEFIES ROBINS
10TH APRIL 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 0 SUTTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s title hopes took as big a battering as Sutton’s defence. The Robins dominated the game from start to finish but were repeatedly denied by Sutton ‘keeper Graham Pigott, a future Ilkeston player. As the game went on Ilkeston’s attacks grew more desperate and their finishing became wilder as their frustration grew. A measure of The Robins’ dominance is that they won 19 corners to Sutton’s 2. Two of Pigott’s best saves came in the first half from powerful Barry Walker’s shots. Walker continued to look the most dangerous Ilkeston player after the break but his shooting was more wayward. The closest they came to a winner was when John Parry’s goalbound shot deflected off Alan Brown and looped over the bar.

STALEMATE AT MATLOCK
13TH APRIL 1968
MATLOCK TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
The Robins remained in the title hunt but only just and a disjointed performance meant that Matlock were the more dangerous team for much of the game. Fortunately, the defence was in no mood to give anything away. The home side enjoyed the Spring weather and the grassless rock hard surface far more than Ilkeston and they put The Robins under great pressure early on. Jenkinson shot hopelessly wide from 5 yards, Howard was off target following Jenkinson’s touch, Kelvin Yeomans scooped a South cross off the line, and Mick Jones headed a Jenkinson drive over his own bar. Eventually Ilkeston settled and the closest they came to scoring before half time was a left foot Terry Thompson shot that dipped just too late.

Matlock started the second half in an attacking mood once again and Colin Treharne produced a brilliant save to keep out Howard’s close range effort. Adams then broke through to find South who shot over the top. Ilkeston then had a better spell and felt they should have had a penalty when John Froggatt appeared to be bundled over by ‘keeper Vardy who then made a fine save to prevent a header by Heaton from going into his own net. In fact Town came closest to scoring through own goals as illustrated when Howard’s wayward back pass brought another fine save from Vardy. In the end they had to settle for a point.

MASTERFUL ROBINS KEEP DREAM ALIVE
15TH APRIL 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 2 ALFRETON TOWN 0
Ilkeston gave a masterful performance in an exciting match full of incident. Town’s powerful attacking play and skilful midfield overcame an Alfreton team that played well, particularly in defence. After an even opening Ilkeston stamped their authority. John Froggatt created a chance for Terry Thompson and his well struck shot was saved by Mycroft, Dave Agnew’s shot was deflected wide by Bagnall, and great play by Jon Nixon down the wing ended with Froggatt blazing over from close range. Alfreton’s best chance of the opening half came when a Finney cross was headed into the side net but Ilkeston continued to dominate. Nixon shot wide following a lobbed through ball by Alan Brown and it was the latter who put The Robins ahead on 29 minutes. Barry Walker weaved past several players and found Nixon whose first time cross fell to Froggatt who laid the ball off for Brown to fire into the roof of the net.

Ilkeston remained in control after half time with Alfreton only offering the occasional dangerous break. Froggatt’s glancing header from Walker’s corner was just off target before Nixon crashed a shot against the bar. Finney went just wide with a long shot at the other end. Ilkeston made certain of victory with a superb solo goal by Nixon who got past Bagnall and Johnson before firing wide of Mycroft in the 67th minute. The Robins could have added more goals. Walker, sent clear by Nixon, was denied by a fine Mycroft save, Froggatt’s flick set up Nixon whose shot was deflected wide by Bainbridge, Mick Jones and Alan Brown combined for the latter to scoop over, Froggatt’s header from Walker’s corner produced another great save from Mycroft, and Thompson’s long range shot flew over.

RALPH BROWN OFF AS ILKESTON WIN VITAL GAME AT WORKSOP
20TH APRIL 1968
WORKSOP TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston lacked fluency but they more than made up for it with effort and determination. Worksop were good in defence but struggled to make a great impact in a scrappy game with plenty of needle. The home side put on early pressure but Ilkeston survived and quickly settled down. The Robins were almost gifted a goal when Taylor came close to scoring in his own net following a good move between Ralph Brown and John Froggatt. They took the lead, however, on 16 minutes when home player Sanderson was off receiving treatment for a knee injury. Mick Jones started the move that ended with an Alan Brown cross being fired into the roof of the net by John Froggatt. Worksop equalised in the 28th minute with a well taken goal by Gallagher from Pride’s free kick although Ilkeston were incensed that the referee had allowed play to continue as Jones was in some distress requiring attention. Ilkeston were quickly on the attack again and Barry Walker fired over from 20 yards following a one two with Ralph Brown. Walker then curled a shot just over and Jon Nixon headed over a fine chance from Ralph Brown’s cross.

Ilkeston continued to pressure Worksop after the interval. A well worked move between Terry Thompson and Kelvin Yeomans ended with Walker shooting wide, Ralph Brown went on a good run before Thompson fired over and the same player shot wide after receiving from Walker. Worksop were limited to a weak effort from Pride and Froggatt’s header looped over after a Jones cross as Ilkeston remained in control. The Robins eventually scored a deserved winner from the penalty spot on 66 minutes. Ralph Brown chased Froggatt’s forward lob and was brought down by Pride who was booked for dissent, Brown himself converting the penalty. Brown was fouled in the box again but surprisingly no second penalty was given. Worksop began to pressure Ilkeston in the closing stages although they lacked cohesion. Nevertheless Ilkeston were forced to endure a tense final eight minutes after Ralph Brown was sent off for kicking ‘keeper Foster yet they came closest to scoring with an angled drive by Alan Brown that clipped the bar.

ROBINS STILL IN TITLE RACE
23RD APRIL 1968
SPALDING UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston’s impressive late surge continued with another important win to keep their title hopes alive. It was not a great performance, however, as they struggled to overcome a dismal home team in a lifeless, disjointed game. The home side played with only ten men for the first ten minutes due to the late arrival of Wells and two goals had already been scored by the time he took to the field. Ilkeston took the lead in the 7th minute when Terry Thompson’s high ball curled and dipped over bemused ‘keeper Howson but Spalding equalised within a minute. Mick Jones’ poor pass let in Kavanagh who raced down the left and centred for Gretton to shoot beyond Colin Treharne. Town struggled to impose themselves even though they were clearly the better side. Thompson squandered a chance from Alan Brown’s corner before Treharne kept Town from falling behind when he saved from Kavanagh. Ilkeston began to create openings and Ralph Brown’s shot was blocked on the line by Rooney, Alan Brown shot wide from Thompson’s pass, and John Froggatt just missed the top corner after receiving a Barry Walker through ball. They finally regained the lead five minutes before half time when Dave Agnew broke down the left and crossed for Alan Brown to touch into the path of Ralph Brown who whipped the ball home.

The Robins continued from where they left off after the break. Thompson’s cross was headed straight at Howson by Ralph Brown from close range who also shot a good chance wide. Howson then turned over Froggatt’s header from an Alan Brown cross but he was beaten in the 55th minute. Froggatt supplied Alan Brown whose shot hit a defender and went into the net via the post. Ilkeston should have gone on to win more convincingly but they were guilty of missing chances. Wilkinson cleared a Jon Nixon shot off the line following an Alan Brown corner, Walker headed over from point blank range, Froggatt’s header hit the bar and then he hit the post in a goalmouth scramble, Froggatt then went just wide after being set up by Ralph Brown, and Howson just managed to keep out a powerful Bob MacAndrew shot. Finally Ralph Brown missed an open goal and Alan Brown hammered wide from close range following a good ball from Nixon.

WALKER LEADS TOWN’S VICTORY CHARGE
25TH APRIL 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 3 SCUNTHORPE UNITED RESERVES 1
No match report available. Ilkeston recovered from falling a goal behind on 50 minutes when Deare created an opening for Verity. The Robins came back immediately with two quick fire goals. Barry Walker equalised on 53 minutes and Alan Brown put them into the lead two minutes later. Ralph Brown made certain of victory with a goal two minutes from time.

ROBINS GO TOP
27TH APRIL 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 2 LONG EATON UNITED 0
The Robins put themselves in with a real chance of winning the Midland League. Two goals in a first half minute by Alan Brown saw off Long Eaton’s challenge and took them to the top of the table for the first time. Long Eaton, who had the best defence in the league, were reliant upon breakaways as they were pushed back throughout by a business like Ilkeston team. Town made a confident start with an Alan Brown shot from a John Parry cross being saved by Taylor. The ‘keeper then made another stop from a Ralph Brown drive after neat work by Parry. The Robins had a great chance to take the lead in the 17th minute when Bob MacAndrew’s fine run preceded future Robin Dick King’s foul on Alan Brown. Although Ralph Brown scored from the spot the referee ordered a retake and this time he shot straight at Taylor. Long Eaton gained heart and a good run down the left flank by Skellington ended with a cross to Litchfield whose shot forced a brave save from Colin Treharne. However, it was Ilkeston who took the lead on 29 minutes when Ralph Brown put Alan Brown in the clear and he rounded Taylor for a cool finish. A minute later Mick Wyld’s free kick found Parry who cut along the by line to feed Alan Brown who hammered home his second. Town dominated the rest of the first half. Ralph Brown’s high cross was headed by John Froggatt and Taylor saved, Parry shot over following a Dave Agnew free kick, and a John Froggatt header from Terry Thompson’s free kick was cleared off the line.

Long Eaton put Ilkeston under pressure early in the second half. Terry Froggatt’s individual effort was just off target and Halford’s effort was turned over by Colin Treharne although Town came closest to scoring during this spell when Ralph Brown drove narrowly wide following Barry Walker’s neat touch. Ilkeston quickly regained control as Thompson fired just wide from John Froggatt’s lay off and Thompson returned the favour for John Froggatt to shoot first time which brought a save from Taylor. As Long Eaton staged a late fight Treharne saved a Skellington shot and Dave Agnew cleared another effort off the line but Ilkeston almost had the final say when Ralph Brown’s tremendous shot was deflected away by Alexander.

ILKESTON HALF WAY TO CUP GLORY
1ST MAY 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 2 HEANOR TOWN 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FINAL FIRST LEG)
A thrilling, tense and incident packed game with no love lost between the two local rivals going for a league and cup double ended with Ilkeston taking a slender lead into the second leg. However, a missed penalty by Ralph Brown prevented them from leading more comfortably. The second half reached boiling point with two goals and the penalty miss occurring during a five minute spell, the referee threatened to abandon the game following a coin throwing incident, and Heanor manager Ken Lambert was ordered off after entering the pitch to complain after a clash between Fitzpatrick and Dave Agnew.

Heanor made the early running but the first chance fell to John Froggatt who fired a first time shot wide after receiving from Alan Brown. Former Robin Barry Marsh’s free kick forced Colin Treharne into an untidy save and the ‘keeper did even better in keeping out a Wilcockson effort. Ilkeston replied with a Ralph Brown cross that McDowell punched straight to Terry Thompson who blazed over the top. Treharne was soon in action again, turning away a Ward shot. However, on 25 minutes, Ilkeston took the lead against the run of play. Platts lost possession and John Parry raced down the left and centred for Alan Brown to scramble home. After Treharne saved a long range shot Mick Wyld was booked for a foul on Fitzpatrick and Wyld was lucky to stay on later in the game when he used offensive language to a linesman. The Robins went close to a second goal before half time when Parry weaved his way past two men but shot into the side net.

Heanor should have equalised shortly after the break when Wilcockson beat Bob MacAndrew to present himself with a simple chance but he sliced his shot wide. Then Clarke’s shot deflected off Wyld for a corner that resulted in Wilcockson’s header striking the bar. Ilkeston proceeded to create chances of their own. Parry’s cross found Ralph Brown and his effort was blocked on the line by Ward, Parry missed from close range, ‘keeper McDowell scrambled away another Parry effort, and Alan Brown shot across the face of goal. The Robins’ pressure told in the 73rd minute when Barry Walker found Ralph Brown who scored with a tremendous shot. Heanor gave themselves a lifeline two minutes later when Wilcockson splendidly slipped the ball past Colin Treharne but Ilkeston had a great chance to restore their two goal advantage on 78 minutes. A handling offence led to a penalty award but Ralph Brown fired wide from the spot. Heanor went in search for an equaliser during the closing stages but Ilkeston’s defence held firm.

ROBINS WITHIN TOUCHING DISTANCE
4TH MAY 1968
GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston entered the game knowing that anything other than a seventh successive win would probably end their title hopes. As it was they ended the season in limbo having secured the victory they needed but knowing that it was out of their hands. A Heanor victory two days later would see the Midland League title head to the Town Ground. Ilkeston blended skill, courage and control and mastered Gainsborough, who needed an emphatic victory to have any chance of realising their faint title hopes, in all departments to win their final game. The Robins’ winner came after just 5 minutes with a wonderful John Parry 20 yard first time strike after he had been picked out by Mick Wyld. Ilkeston had to spend much of the remainder of the game on the defensive but they remained rock solid at the back. Knight’s header from a corner was saved by Colin Treharne who was then quick to react when Woods burst through. Ilkeston responded with a Barry Walker shot that just cleared the bar and a Mick Jones drive from distance that almost beat ‘keeper Smith. They then survived a scary moment when Jones appeared to handle in the box, and Woods fired too high after being set up by Taylor. As Gainsborough grew frustrated Bell was booked for striking Bob MacAndrew.

Ilkeston began the second half on the front foot and Smith was forced to scramble clear Walker’s good header from Terry Thompson’s cross. At the other end Taylor was well off target with a wild shot. The Robins continued to look comfortable, however, and Ralph Brown picked out John Froggatt in space but he shot wide. Froggatt then got in a lovely header from an Alan Brown cross only for Smith to save with difficulty. The home side put on some late pressure as Hodgkinson went on a long run before firing over, and Treharne made a great save from Bell’s shot after Jones’ mistake allowed Taylor to get in a cross. The Robins hung on for a deserved victory but Heanor’s 3-1 win against Loughborough meant an agonising wait was in store.

CHAMPIONS
6TH MAY 1968
GRIMSBY TOWN RESERVES 0 HEANOR TOWN 0
Grimsby, with nothing to play for except pride, hung on magnificently for a point in the face of relentless Heanor pressure. The visitors’ inability to score meant that Ilkeston Town were crowned champions, on goal average by 0.12 of a goal.

HEANOR GAIN REVENGE IN CUP FINAL BATTLE
8TH MAY 1968
HEANOR TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FINAL SECOND LEG - HEANOR WON 4-2 ON AGGREGATE)
Frayed tempers, crowd disturbances, disputed decisions and a sending off were the features of the match that saw Heanor gain revenge for their failure to win the Midland League. Several fans were ejected as a smoke bomb was thrown on the pitch and the game had to be stopped on several occasions for toilet rolls to be removed from the playing area. During one stoppage Heanor manager Ken Lambert ventured onto the pitch but the referee seemed unconcerned. Ilkeston felt aggrieved by many of the referee’s decisions and were angered when play continued for several minutes as John Parry lay injured. Ilkeston made the early attacks and a John Froggatt shot struck ‘keeper McDowell for former Ilkeston defender John Thornhill to clear but Heanor gradually came more into the game. A mistake by Mick Wyld let in Fitzpatrick and it took a great save by Colin Treharne to deny him. Heanor deservedly levelled the scores on aggregate in the 29th minute when Fitzpatrick scored following a scramble. They then went in front overall with a brilliant second goal on 38 minutes by Howsham who left Bob MacAndrew for dead before scoring. Four minutes later Ilkeston were rocked by a third goal. Wyld fouled former Ilkeston player Barry Marsh who took the resultant penalty. Although his initial effort was saved by Treharne the referee ordered a retake and he made no mistake with his second attempt.

The second half was volatile and scrappy as Ilkeston fought for a way back. Froggatt, Mick Jones and Alan Brown had shots blocked, Parry unluckily miskicked after being put through by Terry Thompson, and McDowell just managed to save a Parry shot after Thompson and Froggatt had linked up well. MacAndrew was booked for a foul on Howsham as Ilkeston’s frustration grew and Mick Jones almost put the ball in his own net. But Ilkeston continued to press as hard as they could and a Froggatt drive from Ralph Brown’s touch skimmed over the bar. Heanor almost snatched a fourth goal through Jepson’s misdirected high cross that hit the angle of the woodwork and Ilkeston began to fade. Froggatt, who had been fouled by Parsons, was booked for retaliation and the free kick was awarded the other way. Parsons then sent in a fine glancing header that brought out the best in Treharne before Ilkeston’s misery was complete four minutes from time when MacAndrew was sent off for striking an opponent.

1967/68 CENTRAL ALLIANCE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts H A
1 Roe Farm Athletic 38 33 4 1 70
2 Meadows Old Boys 38 25 3 10 53
3 Belper Town Reserves 38 23 7 8 53
4 Blackwell Miners Welfare 38 19 10 9 48
5 Harrowby United 38 21 6 11 48
6 Ripley Miners Welfare 38 20 7 11 47
7 Eastwood Town Reserves 38 19 8 11 46
8 Crewton Sports Reserves 38 20 5 13 45
9 ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 38 18 7 13 43 X X
10 Allenton Athletic 38 17 7 14 41
11 Ollerton Colliery 38 15 4 19 34
12 Ransome & Marles 38 15 3 20 33
13 Skegby Miners Welfare 38 14 5 19 33
14 Stapleford Old Boys 38 9 9 20 27
15 Clay Cross Miners Welfare 38 11 3 24 25
16 Mansfield Town 'A' 38 9 7 22 25
17 Chesterfield Tube Works Reserves 38 11 2 25 24
18 Aspley Old Boys 38 8 7 23 23
19 Kimberley Town Reserves 38 11 1 26 23
20 Teversal Miners Welfare 38 9 1 28 19