1968/69 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE FINAL TABLE
|8||Long Eaton United||34||15||8||11||49||56||38|
1968/69 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE RESULTS
|24 AUG||Alfreton Town||D1-1||922||FROGGATT|
|28 AUG||Matlock Town||L0-1|
|14 SEP||Warley||L1-2||R.BROWN (PEN)|
|18 SEP||SUTTON TOWN||W4-0||660||THOMPSON, FROGGATT, A.BROWN, HULLAND|
|28 SEP||Ashby Institute||W4-0||300||A.BROWN 2, R.BROWN 2|
|12 OCT||Stamford||W2-1||440||FROGGATT, PARRY|
|19 OCT||Belper Town||W5-0||441||A.BROWN 2, R.BROWN 3|
|26 OCT||BARTON TOWN||W6-1||880||A.BROWN 3, R.BROWN 2, FROGGATT, PARRY|
|09 NOV||LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON||W3-0||714||R.BROWN, FROGGATT 2|
|16 NOV||Long Eaton United||W3-2||443||PARRY 2, A.BROWN|
|07 DEC||BELPER TOWN||W4-2||506||R.BROWN 2, PARRY, FROGGATT (PEN)|
|14 DEC||MATLOCK TOWN||W3-0||741||A.BROWN, R.BROWN, WALKER|
|21 DEC||ALFRETON TOWN||L1-2||706||HART|
|04 JAN||Arnold||W2-0||876||PARRY, A.BROWN|
|18 JAN||STAMFORD||D2-2||505||MACANDREW, PARRY|
|25 JAN||Lockheed Leamington||L1-2||BAILIE|
|01 FEB||Retford Town||D1-1||BAILIE|
|01 MAR||ASHBY INSTITUTE||L0-1||349|
|08 MAR||Loughborough United||L0-1||312|
|29 MAR||SKEGNESS TOWN||L0-2||445|
|01 APR||LONG EATON UNITED||L0-2||368|
|05 APR||Heanor Town||W1-0||545||WALKER|
|07 APR||Skegness Town||W2-1||A.BROWN 2|
|09 APR||RETFORD TOWN||W2-0||362||SHREWSBURY, ADGER|
|12 APR||Sutton Town||L1-2||PARRY|
|16 APR||LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED||W3-0||362||A.BROWN 3|
|19 APR||Barton Town||D1-1||THOMPSON|
|20 APR||HEANOR TOWN||W2-1||1030||WALKER 2 (1PEN)|
1968/69 FA CUP RESULTS
|1QR||07 SEP||WOMBWELL SPORTING ASSOCIATION||D1-1||949||LAWRENCE (OG)|
|1QRrep||11 SEP||Wombwell Sporting Association||W5-1||FROGGATT 2, R.BROWN, PARRY 2|
|2QR||21 SEP||Eastwood (Hanley)||W3-2||FROGGATT 2, R.BROWN|
1968/69 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS
|2R||11 JAN||LITTLEOVER OLD BOYS||W6-1||570||FROGGATT 3, MACANDREW (PEN), PARRY, R.BROWN|
|QF||15 FEB||HEANOR TOWN||L1-2||902||A.BROWN|
1968/69 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE CUP RESULTS
|QF2L||22 MAR||ARNOLD||W3-0||502||RANN, TUNSTALL, WALKER|
ROBINS KICK OFF NEW SEASON WITH POINT
24TH AUGUST 1968
ALFRETON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Both teams lacked ambition in a defensive game with little to excite. The Robins were sound but lacked sparkle and attacking flair whilst Alfreton were determined but lacked quality. The home side made the early attacks and won several corners before Ilkeston began to settle down. Colin Treharne made a decent save to keep out a header from former Ilkeston winger John Langford but Ilkeston went close to taking the lead when John Moore’s cross was headed against his own post by Bagnall. Alfreton went ahead on 33 minutes when Ford and Harrison set up future Ilkeston forward Phil Shrewsbury to score with a swift header. Shrewsbury almost added a second as Mick Wyld denied him with a goal line clearance. Alfreton’s lead was short lived, however, as Ilkeston equalised five minutes before half time. Bagnall could only head Ralph Brown’s cross to John Froggatt who fully capitalised.
The second half remained a tight affair although Ilkeston went close to winning the game on three occasions. Terry Thompson’s free kick found Alan Brown who should have directed his header on target, Froggatt went closer with a header from Ralph Brown’s cross, and Moore burst through late on but finished tamely.
MARCH OF THE GLADIATORS
28TH AUGUST 1968
MATLOCK TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
No match report available. Matlock, who went on to win the title, scored the only goal of the game a minute into the second half through a Leadbeater header from Purnell’s corner. The first half was played at a fast pace but both teams lacked quality in front of goal. Ilkeston hit the post as they strove for an equaliser although The Gladiators shaded the game and could have won more decisively but for the good form of Robins’ ‘keeper Colin Treharne.
FIRST HOME GAME ENDS IN DEFEAT
31ST AUGUST 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ARNOLD 2
Ilkeston played some bright and brisk football during the first half but they fell away after the break as Arnold recorded a deserved victory. The Robins had an early chance created by a fine run by John Froggatt but John Moore’s hesitation let the visitors off the hook. Arnold responded with a firm Boucher header that was saved by Colin Treharne who then turned Farmer’s good effort round the post. Moore wasted another chance following a good move between Froggatt and Graham Hulland before he made amends in the 17th minute. Froggatt broke down the right and crossed for Moore to score with a powerful header. Mick Jones and Barry Walker then combined for Hulland to shoot just wide and the latter was unlucky with a powerful shot that was deflected off target. Arnold issued a warning with a Tait shot that skimmed the bar and they kept up the pressure with a Carr effort that brought a good save from Colin Treharne. Froggatt’s header from an Alan Brown corner cleared the bar before Treharne turned away a Carr drive shortly before the break.
Arnold hit back immediately with a goal a minute into the second half. Boucher slipped the ball through for Tait to finish calmly past Treharne. Moore missed another chance for Ilkeston after being set up by Froggatt and Walker but the visitors began to dominate. Treharne blocked a Tait shot with his feet and then he palmed away a Boucher shot. Arnold’s winner came on the hour from the penalty spot after Terry Thompson brought down Dunn, Sproates firing home into the corner. Arnold continued to look the better side although chances came at both ends. Moore headed straight at ‘keeper Straw from Jones’ cross, Boucher’s shot was saved by Treharne, Robins manager Dave Agnew headed wide and colleague Alan Brown headed over. Treharne kept Ilkeston in the game with point blank range saves from Boucher and Tait and towards the end he saved in similar fashion from Tait again. In between Froggatt’s fine shot following Walker’s free kick was well stopped by Straw.
ROBINS HELD BY WOMBWELL
7TH SEPTEMBER 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 1 WOMBWELL SPORTING ASSOCIATION 1 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston ought to have won the game given their higher status and were generally in control against their Yorkshire League opponents. However, a ten minute period after half time when The Robins were too casual let enthusiastic Wombwell back into the game. Determined Ilkeston looked lively from the start and the shaky Wombwell rearguard almost conceded a goal inside the first minute when Ralph Brown was unlucky not to convert a neat touch from Alan Brown. John Parry then found Ralph Brown whose first time shot was luckily deflected to safety by Layhe. Town’s pressure paid off in the 10th minute when Ralph Brown’s quickly taken free kick found Barry Walker whose shot was turned into his own net by Lawrence. Colin Treharne held Wombwell’s first serious attempt, a Launders shot, but Ilkeston remained on top. Walker’s drive just missed the target and John Froggatt’s shot from Alan Brown’s pass hit the post. Sandwiched between these efforts was an Oliver shot that Treharne held comfortably.
Ilkeston were over casual at the start of the second half as Wombwell took control in midfield. Layhe’s shot from distance was held by Treharne and Davis headed just over from Sanderson’s ball into the area. Wombwell equalised on 53 minutes when slack marking following a short free kick enabled Pearce to shoot past Treharne. The Robins quickly seized the initiative and sought in vain for a winner. Walters was forced into a save by a Ralph Brown header from Dave Agnew’s cross, Terry Thompson’s cross was met by a firm drive by Parry that was held by Walters, and Parry’s overhead kick from Walker’s corner just missed the target. Ilkeston’s last chance fell to John Froggatt whose shot was blocked but Wombwell could have stolen it late on when Treharne just managed to hold Oliver’s shot following Parry’s mistake. This was Ilkeston’s 1000th competitive fixture.
TOWN TOO HOT FOR WOMBWELL IN CUP REPLAY
11TH SEPTEMBER 1968
WOMBWELL SPORTING ASSOCIATION 1 ILKESTON TOWN 5 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND REPLAY)
The Robins crushed Wombwell with flowing, penetrative and menacing football. They had a Ralph Brown goal ruled out as Alan Brown strayed offside before they took the lead on 32 minutes. Clever play by the former set up John Froggatt’s finish.
Ilkeston scored 4 times in a twelve minute spell midway through the second half to finally see off Wombwell. Ralph Brown’s shot from distance crept past ‘keeper Walters in the 63rd minute, John Parry received a pass from Alan Brown and cut inside from the left to make it three six minutes later, Parry scored again on 72 minutes, and Froggatt scooped in Alan Brown’s cross to register the fifth 15 minutes from time. Whyte grabbed a consolation for Wombwell in the 82nd minute.
14TH SEPTEMBER 1968
WARLEY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Everything that could go wrong did for Ilkeston and they complained bitterly to the Midland League after the game. Firstly they arrived 40 minutes late as the coach driver was unable to locate the ground, home of Tividale FC. The journey to the Black Country had taken 4 hours and attempts to contact the ground for directions were fruitless. Heavy rain left the pitch with no markings, the Warley players didn’t have numbered shirts, and supporters of the home team stood along the touch line as the pitch was not roped off. The home side only had five shots all game and the afternoon was summed up nicely in the 35th minute when a complete misunderstanding between Dave Agnew and Colin Treharne ended with the manager scoring an own goal.
Warley scored again two minutes after half time when Bob MacAndrew slipped on the treacherous surface and Clayton took full advantage of the gift. Town’s misery seemed to be complete when Ralph Brown’s 55th minute penalty was saved but the referee ordered a retake because of encroachment. This time he scored but despite plenty of effort they failed to find an equaliser. The result left The Robins at the foot of the table.
ROBINS HIT CHAMPIONSHIP FORM
18TH SEPTEMBER 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 4 SUTTON TOWN 0
Previously unbeaten Sutton, destined to miss out on the title on goal average, left the Manor Ground bewildered after being ripped apart in the second half. Ilkeston gave a professional, workmanlike performance and were on top throughout apart from a brief period shortly before half time. They won 4 corners inside the first five minutes and went close several times during the opening period. Mick Wyld shot just over from Ralph Brown’s header, John Parry’s drive was deflected by Newson for a corner, and Ralph Brown wasted an opportunity when he shot too early. Sutton came closest to opening the scoring when Smith headed a Trueman cross against the bar, and Aldred shot wide after being set up by future Ilkeston player Dick Kalasiak.
Sutton’s challenge was killed off two minutes into the second half when Terry Thompson ran in to score from Ralph Brown’s clever free kick. The second goal came on 62 minutes through a powerful John Froggatt header following a Barry Walker corner, and they scored again six minutes later when Dave Agnew brought the ball out of defence and found Ralph Brown played the ball into the box for Alan Brown to race in and score. Ralph Brown went close on several occasions as Ilkeston searched for more goals. Sutton’s only real chance in the second half came near the end when Smithson’s shot was blocked bravely by Wyld, who had been booked earlier in the half, and he had to go off with a facial injury. Substitute Graham Hulland scored with his first touch two minutes from time when he cracked home from the edge of the area after Froggatt had beaten Smith and laid the ball off.
ROBINS EDGE THROUGH IN FIVE GOAL THRILLER
21ST SEPTEMBER 1968
EASTWOOD HANLEY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3 (FA CUP SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND)
The Robins emerged victorious against their West Midlands Regional League Premier Division opponents in a thrilling game that could have gone either way. Eastwood showed great spirit, pace and were thrustful against an Ilkeston team who had to be at their best. The home side began strongly and took an early lead. Whitenall evaded Mick Jones’ challenge and although Colin Treharne was able to turn his shot away for a corner the danger hadn’t passed as Astley shot through a crowded area to score. Town picked up and John Froggatt’s first time shot from Barry Walker’s cross was turned out for a corner by ‘keeper Fryer. Eastwood continued to look dangerous, however, and Treharne was forced to make a brave save at Humphries’ feet. Shortly after Fryer had to make a scrambling save from Walker’s tame header The Robins equalised. On 34 minutes Ralph Brown touched the ball to Froggatt who fired home. The home side put Ilkeston under pressure before half time. Treharne saved a fierce shot by Whitenall, Taylor headed just wide from a corner and the same player headed over another flag kick.
Town came out in the second half looking like they meant business. Froggatt’s header from Walker’s corner was tipped over before they took the lead two minutes after the restart. A defensive error let Froggatt in to touch the ball over Fryer and into the net. A defensive slip by Dave Agnew left Humphries to crack in an equaliser from distance on 62 minutes and for a time Eastwood looked the likelier winners. Ten minutes from time Town snatched the winner. Walker went down the right and crossed for Ralph Brown to coolly finish into the top corner. The home team’s resistance was not yet broken, however, and Taylor went close with another header. But Ilkeston could have scored again in the closing moments. Fryer saved from Terry Thompson and then Ralph Brown, faced with an empty net, shot with insufficient power and MacKrieth was able to clear off the line.
ASHBY IN THE BROWN STUFF
28TH SEPTEMBER 1968
ASHBY INSTITUTE 0 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Resurgent Ilkeston’s masterful and efficient display earned them a crushing victory against an Ashby team who had no answers. Speedy front running and intelligent build ups from the back was a feature of their play once Ashby’s early pressure subsided. Spindley and Birckett both shot wide before Ilkeston took control. Ralph Brown fired narrowly over and then had a shot tipped over by ‘keeper Oates. A defensive slip let in John Parry and his shot smashed against the bar amid almost constant pressure. Town finally took the lead three minutes before the break when Ralph Brown’s corner was headed on by John Froggatt for Alan Brown to finish smartly.
Once Maycock had a header saved by Colin Treharne early in the second half Ilkeston resumed from where they left off. Ralph Brown’s first time shot was saved by Oates’ boot and then he scooped inches over from Walker’s corner. Walker then shot inches wide, Ralph Brown’s drive hit the post and Terry Thompson blazed over from close range. These missed chances could have proved costly when a misunderstanding between Alan Brown and Walker led to Powrie firing a rising shot that Treharne palmed away to safety. But Ilkeston continued to dominate with Froggatt’s shot skimming over the bar and Thompson’s shot from distance met a similar fate. The Robins goal avalanche finally materialised as they scored three times in the final 12 minutes. A superbly worked goal from that back that involved Treharne, Mick Jones, Alan Brown, Froggatt and Ralph Brown ended with Alan Brown pushing the ball through to Froggatt who cut the ball back for Ralph Brown to score with a cool finish on 78 minutes. They scored again a minute later when Alan Brown met a Walker cross with a perfect header and the fourth goal arrived four minutes from time. Thompson began the move, Froggatt was heavily involved, and Ralph Brown hammered home. Ralph Brown came close to a hat-trick with a sharp header near the end that Oates tipped over.
ROBINS RUE MISFORTUNE AND SUFFER CRUEL EXIT
5TH OCTOBER 1968
BUXTON 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (FA CUP THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND)
Town always expected a tough game against their strong Cheshire League opponents and their great spirit in adversity deserved a better fate than going down to a fluke goal scored four minutes from time. The game was played at a high tempo throughout and Ilkeston had to defend for long periods. Buxton went close early on with a Rowley shot that Colin Treharne saved and Terry Thompson completed the clearance. Jim Thompson then caused an anxious moment with a shot that was deflected to safety before Ilkeston had a chance of their own, Ralph Brown going close from Terry Thompson’s free kick. Buxton were awarded a controversial penalty when McGowan appeared to stumble in the area but justice prevailed when Treharne made an excellent save from McGowan’s spot kick. The miss gave Ilkeston heart and they were seen much more as an attacking force. John Froggatt scooped just over following fine play by Alan Brown, and a neat move between Barry Walker and John Parry ended with Froggatt’s fine shot being tipped over by Davies. Mick Wyld was then booked for a foul on Wilberforce before Treharne came to Town’s rescue with a full length save after McGowan met a Rowley cross with a firm shot. The first half ended with Walker’s shot being blocked and Mick Jones, limping off the pitch with a knee injury picked up earlier in the half, was unable to continue after the break.
Graham Hulland came on as Ilkeston’s substitute at the start of the second half and Town immediately found themselves under pressure. Treharne turned away a Callery shot and he then held a McQueen header from Jim Thompson’s free kick. Ilkeston suffered another blow ten minutes after the restart when Wyld fractured a cheekbone during a scramble close to his goal line and Town were left with ten men for the remainder of the game. Yet Ilkeston defended superbly and Treharne made further great saves from McGowan and Rowley. Suitably encouraged Ilkeston began to look more dangerous. Ralph Brown’s hard shot was deflected away by Moore and Davies did well to hold a Froggatt drive. Just when it seemed that a replay was going to be necessary Jim Thompson’s toe end sent the ball towards the net and a crazy bounce defeated Treharne in the 86th minute. Froggatt was inches away from an equaliser following good play by Hulland, who was then brought down by Jim Thompson who was duly booked. Despite late pressure Ilkeston couldn’t force the replay they deserved.
TOWN STRUGGLE TO STAMFORD WIN
12TH OCTOBER 1968
STAMFORD 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston monopolised the first half chances but had to fight all the way to overcome a spirited second half showing by the bottom club. Stimson shot wide early on before The Robins took control. John Froggatt finished wildly when handed a good chance, Barry Walker’s powerful shot narrowly missed the top corner, Ralph Brown lifted over a Froggatt corner, and following a fine forward run by debutant Steve Tunstall John Parry took the ball on before firing against the post. Alan Brown twice lifted the ball over from close range, firstly after a good move between Froggatt and Parry and secondly, a much easier chance, from Froggatt’s touch. Ilkeston took the lead on 27 minutes with a splendid goal. Clever passing between Dave Agnew and Parry led to Walker finding Terry Thompson who touched the ball on for Froggatt to fire in. ‘Keeper Pitts made a fine save to keep out Alan Brown’s shot on the turn and he saved again from Froggatt following fine work by Ralph Brown.
Stamford proved to be much stronger opponents after the break. Riley fired wide with only Colin Treharne to beat and they continued to press despite Parry shooting well off target at the other end. Medwell shot over from distance, Benskin drove wide from 35 yards, and a Medwell shot was held by Treharne after it took a deflection off Riley. It was no surprise when the home side equalised on 74 minutes, Benskin cracking in off the bar following Burge’s free kick. Town responded immediately and regained the lead within a minute. Froggatt went on a run and sent over a low cross for Parry to convert. Stamford refused to give in and when Benskin’s shot was blocked by Bob MacAndrew he sent in another shot that produced a superb save from Treharne. Ilkeston could have made the game safe when Parry shot over from close range but Stamford failed to take advantage as Riley lifted a late chance high over following a corner.
RALPH HAT-TRICK AS ROBINS RUN RIOT
19TH OCTOBER 1968
BELPER TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 5
Dismal Belper were subjected to a heavy defeat by confident Ilkeston. The Robins took the lead as early as the 4th minute with a somewhat fortunate goal. Terry Thompson’s cross found Alan Brown in a seemingly offside position and his mishit shot trickled over the line. Former Ilkeston player John McEvoy produced Belper’s first effort on goal and his header was turned away by Colin Treharne. However Belper fell further behind on 18 minutes when John Froggatt found Ralph Brown whose left foot shot on the turn found the target. Sanders almost put through his own goal during a scramble as Ilkeston continued to dominate although Treharne had to be alert to save a Jeffrey free kick at the other end. Froggatt’s shot rebounded off McDonnell into Ralph Brown’s path who blazed over before Steve Tunstall caused Ilkeston an anxious moment when he put the ball just past his own post. The Robins made it three in the 34th minute through Alan Brown who fired a low shot past ‘keeper Jenney after being set up by Ralph Brown’s neat pass. Froggatt went close with a header and although Belper created a rare chance when Bostock fired high over with only Treharne to beat Ilkeston were in total control. As tempers began to flare before half time Thomas and Barry Walker were booked following a clash.
Playing with great confidence Ilkeston made further chances, the best of which fell to Froggatt who rounded Jenney but an unfortunate bounce saw the ball fly off his shin and go wide of the empty net. Thompson had two well struck drives saved by Jenney and it was no shock when Ilkeston scored a fourth on 63 minutes. Shortly before, Belper had attempted to put The Robins under pressure and Treharne saved from McEvoy whilst Thomas fired well wide but their challenge was destroyed by Ralph Brown’s simple finish. Treharne was called into action on three occasions as Ilkeston relaxed, twice saving McEvoy long shots and a further one by Dobbs. But The Robins remained dangerous and McDonnell was forced to clear a Thompson drive off the line following a Ralph Brown corner. Ralph Brown completed his hat-trick a minute from time when he tapped in from Froggatt and he almost scored again with a low shot that went inches wide.
TOWN CRUISE TO CRUSHING WIN
26TH OCTOBER 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 6 BARTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston’s brand of free flowing football saw them cruise to an easy victory against Barton. They went ahead on 3 minutes when Barry Walker’s free kick was received by Alan Brown who turned and cracked past Allen. Barton responded with a Neylon shot from long range that cleared the bar but they were soon forced back. Terry Thompson’s scorcher clipped the bar, John Parry found John Froggatt whose effort went wide, and Froggatt’s header from a Thompson free kick was saved. The visitors caused a moment of panic in Town’s defence but Lowe shot wide and they missed a good chance when Ellison fired wide from Teal’s pull back. The Robins scored their second in the 38th minute through Alan Brown again who slid home Walker’s corner. Ilkeston were now rampant and Allen pulled off a brilliant save to keep out Froggatt’s header following an excellent move between Dave Agnew and Parry. Ralph Brown scooped over a Froggatt cross, Mick Jones’ cross found Froggatt whose effort was saved by Allen, and the ‘keeper saved again when he kept out a Ralph Brown shot from Froggatt’s cross as Ilkeston ended the first half in total control.
Allen just managed to keep out Thompson’s low shot but he was beaten on 50 minutes by a superb Ralph Brown overhead kick. Seven minutes later Froggatt was on hand to touch Parry’s chip over the line for the fourth, and Town scored again on the hour when Parry fired into the top corner from an acute angle after a good build up between Thompson and Froggatt. Barton attempted to salvage some pride and after Neylon shot just over the top corner from range they scored a consolation goal in the 71st minute with Lowe’s simple finish following a good run and cross by Wilkinson. The goal only spurred Ilkeston on to look for more goals and they scored again three minutes later. Parry’s clever play led to Froggatt pushing the ball through to Alan Brown for a well taken hat-trick. The Robins could have scored more during the closing stages. Alan Brown fed Froggatt whose effort went inches wide, Allen had to save at the second attempt to keep out a Thompson shot, and Ralph Brown wasted a chance when he shot instead of passing to the unmarked Froggatt.
ILKESTON’S RUN CONTINUES WITH GREAT SECOND HALF SHOW
9TH NOVEMBER 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 3 LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON 0
Leamington, lively going forward and impressive in defence during the first half, faded once Ilkeston took the lead shortly after half time. The Robins did most of the attacking throughout although there were times they looked vulnerable at the back before half time. Ilkeston won several early corners, Ralph Brown headed into ‘keeper Steane’s arms and Barry Walker was guilty of wild finishing on three occasions during their early pressure. Leamington, however, had a Holmes shot that flew past Colin Treharne ruled out for offside and Steve Tunstall made a timely clearance after Treharne parried a Ramshaw shot as they got more into the game. John Froggatt headed on for Alan Brown to send a shot just wide before Leamington scared The Robins once again when the unlucky Holmes had another goal ruled out for offside. Ilkeston continued to make the bulk of attacking and when Alan Brown and Ralph Brown linked up well the former sent a tame shot straight at Steane. Leamington went close to taking a first half lead with a Skellington free kick that only just missed the top corner.
Town improved greatly after the break. Roberts cleared a Ralph Brown shot off the line, Terry Thompson’s powerful shot struck team mate John Parry, and Bob MacAndrew released Ralph Brown following a forward run from midfield but he could only shoot straight at Steane. Ilkeston’s pressure paid off in the 50th minute when Parry opened up the defence and Alan Brown crossed to John Froggatt who touched the ball to Ralph Brown who coolly picked his spot through a crowded area. The scorer then shot just over before firing wide following Walker’s neat pass. Leamington responded with a tame Hall shot that Treharne saved easily but Ilkeston missed a great chance for a second goal when Alan Brown sliced wide of an empty net following Ralph Brown’s touch. However, Ilkeston scored the killer second goal on 67 minutes as Froggatt scrambled the ball home following good work between Ralph Brown and Parry. Leamington tried to find a way back and Treharne did well to hold Hall’s 18 yard strike before Holmes headed over a Hall cross. Vest then did brilliantly to beat the challenges of Thompson, Tunstall and MacAndrew but Treharne turned his shot round the post, and Treharne did similarly to keep out an 18 yard shot from the same player. Any hopes Leamington had of a comeback were extinguished nine minutes from time when Froggatt clipped Ralph Brown’s low corner into the top corner. Ilkeston almost added a fourth towards the end when Lawson cleared Ralph Brown’s shot after Alan Brown’s brilliant run down the right.
SEVEN UP FOR ROBINS
16TH NOVEMBER 1968
LONG EATON UNITED 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston recorded their seventh successive league win in an interesting game against youthful opposition blessed with plenty of fight and flair. Town made the better start and when John Parry’s cross was blocked by Halford Terry Thompson fired the rebound over. A Mick Jones’ mistake allowed Terry Froggatt to get away but he shot into Colin Treharne’s arms in Long Eaton’s first attack. The Robins continued to push forward when they could and they went ahead in the 14th minute through a Parry’s fine header from Thompson’s cross. Treharne couldn’t hold a Mulcahy shot as Long Eaton responded and Thompson and Bob MacAndrew combined to clear the danger. Ilkeston enjoyed the bulk of the play before half time and an Alan Brown cross almost sneaked in following good play between Barry Walker and John Froggatt. Town felt they should have had a penalty when Terry Froggatt handled but the referee ruled it happened outside the area. Walker took the resultant free kick and found John Froggatt who shot wide.
Long Eaton began the second half in determined fashion as Keogh beat Jones before shooting into the side net. Ilkeston soon got their act together and Ralph Brown broke down the right, slipped but recovered well, and sent in a shot that ‘keeper Taylor managed to stop at the second attempt. Ralph Brown then fired inches wide after John Froggatt pulled the ball back to him, and Taylor tipped over a Parry overhead kick. However, on 62 minutes, Long Eaton were back on level terms through a Terry Froggatt penalty after Jones and MacAndrew combined to foul former Ilkeston player Robin Melbourne. The home side’s joy lasted just three minutes as Ralph Brown’s cross was touched on by Thompson for Alan Brown to put Town back in front. Ilkeston scored again in the 69th minute with a lucky goal. Parry and John Froggatt worked their way through before the ball struck future Town player Dave Collison and rebounded off Parry’s shoulder into the net. They almost got a fourth when Ralph Brown shot against the post after a defensive error. Long Eaton came back strongly during the closing stages. Melbourne’s shot was blocked by Jones and went out for a corner, and Dave Agnew made amends when he slipped in midfield by darting back to turn Keogh’s shot out for another corner. United scored a consolation goal seven minutes from time when a misunderstanding between Treharne and Steve Tunstall left Mulcahy with a simple finish. Ralph Brown was booked for retaliation during the game after he had been tripped by future Town player Dick King.
GINGERBREADS END WINNING RUN
23RD NOVEMBER 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 1 GRANTHAM 3
Grantham proved to be attractive and effective opponents although on another day Ilkeston’s gallant fight may have brought them some reward. Ilkeston began this entertaining game brightly but Grantham went close when Horobin went past Dave Agnew before sending a clever shot wide. Nixon’s low shot was easily held by Colin Treharne and Mincher was off target from Chambers’ free kick. Grantham’s pressure told in the 27th minute when Marriott’s 25 yard shot crashed into the net off the post. Grantham ‘keeper Gardner saved John Parry’s header from Barry Walker’s cross by the foot of the post and Treharne held a Nixon header at the other end. John Froggatt headed over a Walker cross as half time approached.
The opening minutes of the second half were explosive. Ilkeston wasted a great chance when Froggatt and Parry got in each other’s way following superb play down the right by Alan Brown. The miss was costly as Grantham grabbed a gift goal on 48 minutes when confusion between Treharne and Agnew left Mincher with a simple finish. Two minutes later Grantham scored again through Nixon who burst through unchallenged to beat Treharne. Town handed themselves a lifeline immediately when Ralph Brown nipped through and gave Gardner no chance. Then, straight from the kick off, a Grantham attack ended when Mick Wyld dived to handle on the line. Treharne performed heroics by saving Marriott’s twice taken penalty on each occasion. Ilkeston were lifted and when Terry Thompson and Mick Jones conjured up an opportunity for Froggatt he shot too hastily and Gardner saved. Nixon’s goal on 65 minutes was disallowed for a foul on Treharne who played on bravely despite dislocating a finger but The Robins were doing most of the pressing. Parry’s shot from a narrow angle was saved and then he sent a powerful header against the post from Walker’s cross. Grantham also hit the post with Mincher’s close range effort that bounced into Treharne’s arms. Treharne made a good stop from Horobin’s tricky shot before Town put on tremendous pressure late in the game. Parry fired high over from Froggatt’s touch, and Froggatt’s shot from Ralph Brown’s corner was blocked as The Robins battled in vain.
NO TEA PARTY AS BOSTON FRUSTRATE ROBINS
30TH NOVEMBER 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 1 BOSTON 1
Lack of bite and cohesion up front prevented Ilkeston from defeating a Boston team that rarely threatened but who defended defiantly and cleverly in the mud. Ilkeston dominated the first half. Ralph Brown sliced a great chance wide after being set up by Dave Agnew who fractured a toe during the game and John Froggatt, ‘keeper Crawford saved Froggatt’s header from Terry Thompson’s free kick at the foot of the post, Alan Brown put a difficult chance wide after latching onto Froggatt’s header, Froggatt twice headed over, and Thompson shot wide. Eventually Colin Treharne was called into action when he saved a Reeson shot but Ilkeston were still on top as half time approached. Froggatt mishit a shooting chance from Ralph Brown’s touch and then he shot straight at Crawford after being set up by Ralph Brown once more.
Ilkeston continued to make the running at the start of the second half. Barry Walker touched the ball on to Froggatt whose fine header was just held by Crawford and Alan Brown headed over from a free kick. Suddenly on 55 minutes Boston took the lead through a cracking Taylor free kick that flew into the corner. Ilkeston needed a goal quickly and it came five minutes later when Walker found John Parry who touched the ball on for Ralph Brown to glance in with his head. Try as they might The Robins couldn’t turn further pressure into goals. Froggatt scooped over the bar from Thompson’s pass, three Parry shots were held by Crawford, and the ‘keeper saved again from Thompson’s low shot. Indeed Boston could have sneaked it near the end. Kavanagh created a great chance for himself by beating Mick Wyld but he fired wide, and when he evaded Wyld again his tame shot was cleared by Bob MacAndrew.
NERVY ROBINS EDGE PAST NAILERS
7TH DECEMBER 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 4 BELPER TOWN 2
Below par Ilkeston may have lacked understanding but they were still the better side against struggling Belper. Nevertheless defensive frailties meant that Belper were always in with a shout and it took a late penalty to see off their challenge. The visitors were enthusiastic and busy, and with more class the result could have been different. The Robins went close to an early goal when Barry Walker broke clear to beat ‘keeper Jenney only for Sanders to nip back to clear. Jenney then made a good save at Terry Thompson’s feet, Ralph Brown shot over from John Parry’s high cross and he then struck the bar following a Thompson throw in. Ralph Brown next linked up with Alan Brown before heading wide and then, following a good bit of ball control, sent in a shot that Scothern headed clear. Walker fired into the side net from long distance before Ilkeston finally went in front on 24 minutes, Ralph Brown heading Alan Brown’s low cross past Jenney. Thompson could have passed to the well placed John Froggatt but shot tamely instead as The Robins looked for a second. However, they were pegged back in the 33rd minute when future Ilkeston player Barry Roughton’s forward pass found Jeffrey whose cross was met by a Chambers header. Belper could easily have gone in front towards the end of the first half when Mick Wyld’s short back pass was intercepted by Thomas and the resultant shot was saved by Colin Treharne by the foot of the post.
Ilkeston began the second half on the attack and Thompson shot over from 18 yards after Alan Brown’s run down the right. They regained the lead with a Ralph Brown header from Alan Brown’s cross six minutes after the break. Belper tried to fight back and Jeffrey beat Dave Agnew before shooting well wide but Ilkeston appeared to put themselves in the driving seat when Parry converted Froggatt’s cross on 59 minutes. The Robins could have put the match beyond Belper two minutes later when Ralph Brown was brought down by Roughton but he missed out on a hat-trick by shooting wide from the penalty spot. The Nailers caught Ilkeston on the hop on 70 minutes when they pulled a goal back. O’Kane took advantage of confusion in the Ilkeston defence and the goal stood despite the linesman flagging for offside. Suddenly Ilkeston were panicking at the back as Belper launched a series of attacks and Bate was cynically brought down by Mick Wyld on the edge of the area. But, just when it seemed as if the visitors might earn themselves a point, Ilkeston made certain of victory five minutes from time. Parry’s run down the left ended with him being brought down under the challenge of Scothern and Sanders, and Froggatt made no mistake from the spot.
MATLOCK MENACE SNUFFED OUT BY SUPER ROBINS
14TH DECEMBER 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 3 MATLOCK TOWN 0
Unbeaten Matlock, Ilkeston’s formidable opponents who were heading towards the title, were well beaten by a defensively sound Ilkeston team that used flair and knowhow to destroy their speedy, cunning rivals. Ilkeston began well and an early Terry Thompson shot forced a corner. Another corner, taken by Barry Walker, reached John Froggatt, making his 150th appearance, who headed wide. Matlock were not afraid to attack either but Ilkeston came close again with a dipping Thompson shot that just missed the post. The Robins took the lead in the 29th minute when brilliant control by John Parry led to the ball reaching Alan Brown on the left and he squeezed an angled drive past ‘keeper Ashmore. Colin Treharne was called into action at the other end when he saved Howard’s header although Ilkeston continued to cause Matlock problems. Walker’s free kick was headed just wide by Froggatt who then shot wide from a good position following a clever lob by Thompson.
Ilkeston remained the dominant force after the break. Ralph Brown robbed Goodwin and delivered a fine pass to Froggatt who blazed wide. A bad foul on Purnell by Mick Jones led to the appearance of former Ilkeston winger Colin Dove as substitute but the change had little effect. Froggatt headed Walker’s free kick inches wide and on 82 minutes the second goal finally came. Froggatt’s neat through ball was steered past Ashmore by Ralph Brown. The Robins almost added a third when Parry ran down the left and Froggatt slammed the cross inches over. The third goal did come in the last minute through Walker’s low header, following Ralph Brown’s fine run down the right, and it went into the net with a deflection off Heaton.
HARRISON THE HITMAN AS ROBINS GO DOWN
21ST DECEMBER 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ALFRETON TOWN 2
No match report available. Ilkeston missed chances including a penalty by John Froggatt. Harrison gave Alfreton the lead a minute before half time only for Ilkeston to equalise five minutes into the second half through Stuart Hart. Harrison scored again on 68 minutes to win the game for Alfreton despite the linesman’s flag being raised for offside.
TWO OFF AS ROBINS WIN BATTLE OF ARNOLD
4TH JANUARY 1969
ARNOLD 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
An explosive second half turned ugly half way through as both teams had a player sent off and the referee, who made some suspect decisions throughout, lost control. However, it was also a second half that saw Ilkeston score twice to record an impressive victory against their second place rivals. Dave Agnew’s 12th minute booking for persistent fouling was a sign of things to come. Ilkeston played with a blend of power and skill as well as being rock solid in defence. Arnold seized the initiative early in the game and when Alan Brown could only partially clear a free kick Tait’s shot forced an excellent save from Colin Treharne. Great close control by Ralph Brown saw him beat two men and ‘keeper Turton did well to turn away his shot, but Arnold continued to apply most of the early pressure and Carr headed against the post from Oldham’s corner. Gradually Ilkeston came more into the game. John Froggatt headed inches over from Alan Brown’s corner, Barry Walker weaved his way through and passed to Ralph Brown whose shot was saved by Turton, and Turton held Alan Brown’s header from Walker’s corner. Shortly before half time a misunderstanding between Bob MacAndrew and Ralph Brown allowed Tait to get in a shot but Treharne spared their blushes with a decent save.
Arnold began the second half searching for the breakthrough. Farmer’s dangerous shot was headed clear by MacAndrew, Treharne made a fine save from an Oldham shot, and when Farmer chipped a free kick forward Ball slipped as he made contact and his effort went over. The Robins could have scored when Walker, looking suspiciously offside, saw his close range effort stopped by Turton. Then, on 58 minutes, MacAndrew’s clever lob found Froggatt who supplied John Parry with the chance to fire past Turton and put Ilkeston ahead. Then came five minutes of madness as players lost control. Mick Wyld was booked on 65 minutes for his part in an incident in midfield and two minutes later he was sent off. Arnold’s numerical advantage did not last for long, however. Newton was booked for a foul on Froggatt in the 69th minute and a minute later he was sent off for his foul on Parry. The game had reached boiling point and Arnold poured forward in search of an equaliser, Town’s only effort during the latter stages being a Terry Thompson effort from long range that skimmed the bar. Then, with the game in time added on, Ilkeston broke from defence and Froggatt touched the ball on for Alan Brown to slide home with the Arnold defence spreadeagled.
ALL OVER IN MINUTES
11TH JANUARY 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 6 LITTLEOVER OLD BOYS 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SECOND ROUND)
The Robins roared into a five goal lead inside the first half but the game then petered out as they relaxed with the job done. Town attacked from the off with Ralph Brown heading high over from Terry Thompson’s pass and the same player shot wide after a good move between John Parry and Bob MacAndrew. John Froggatt’s header from Barry Walker’s cross was touched onto the post by ‘keeper Day but seconds later he headed home from another Walker cross to give Ilkeston an 11th minute lead. Froggatt scored again a minute later when he fired in following Ralph Brown’s touch. Ralph Brown then fired well wide from Alan Brown’s centre and a shot by the latter shortly after was well saved by Day. Ilkeston’s third came on 17 minutes after Ralph Brown was brought down by Smith and MacAndrew confidently put away the penalty. Colin Treharne’s first save came when Thompson lost out in midfield and Hurst broke through to strike a decent effort and further signs of sloppiness came when Mick Wyld conceded possession but Sykes shot well over. Alan Brown’s cross from the right was met by John Parry and although his shot was blocked by Day he was on hand to score from the rebound in the 25th minute. Two minutes later Town made it five when Walker’s pass was splendidly controlled by Ralph Brown and he forced the ball home. Ilkeston took their feet off the gas and Littleover almost scored before half time with a great shot by Sykes that slammed against the underside of the bar.
With the second half underway Fletcher worked his way through to set up Parker and his firm shot produced a good save by Treharne. Addams then cleared a Ralph Brown shot off the line but the sixth goal wasn’t long in coming. Froggatt’s shot from Alan Brown’s cross was half stopped by Day and Froggatt pounced to register his hat-trick and 100th career goal for the club on 53 minutes. Hurst almost headed an own goal from Froggatt’s cross but fortunately the ball landed in Day’s arms before, at the other end, Parker shot well off target after being supplied by Grummett following a mistake by Parry. Parry shot over from a difficult angle as he tried to make amends before Littleover scored a consolation goal in the 66th minute. Substitute Steve Tunstall failed to halt Grummett who touched the ball to Sykes to fire in a powerful shot. Despite Town’s lethargy they continued to create openings in the closing stages. Day produced a fine save to prevent Hurst’s header from going into his own net following a Ralph Brown cross, Alan Brown’s fine run led to Froggatt shooting high over from close range, Froggatt’s powerful header was saved, and Mick Wyld went close with a long range effort. Late in the game Sykes almost scored another for the visitors with a shot that clipped the bar. The match turned out to be Froggatt’s final game for Ilkeston.
ROBINS PEGGED BACK AFTER TWO GOAL OPENING
18TH JANUARY 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 2 STAMFORD 2
Town’s attempts to play a short passing game through the mud proved to be ineffective against a Stamford team that left with a deserved point. Both teams played with commendable spirit in difficult conditions although Ilkeston’s defence looked vulnerable after the team had got themselves into a two goal lead. Stamford began brightly and following a free kick from the left Riley hammered wide from close range. Burgh’s fine shot was well saved by Colin Treharne before Ilkeston started to gain momentum. Alan Brown’s shot was deflected off target by former Town defender Derek Chamberlain and Bob MacAndrew headed wide from Barry Walker’s free kick. The Robins took the lead on 14 minutes, Walker’s neat cross finding MacAndrew who controlled well and shot firmly past Pitts. Ilkeston were now on top and John Parry headed narrowly over after an excellent move between MacAndrew, Walker and Alan Brown. It was no surprise when Ilkeston added a second in the 22nd minute through Parry who fired into the roof of the net from Walker’s corner. After Treharne made a brave save at Burgh’s feet Ilkeston came close to a third when Parry slammed against the underside of the bar after MacAndrew weaved his way past three defenders. Yet Stamford recovered well from the earlier setbacks and after Treharne saved to deny Medwell Copland guided home Medwell’s high cross in the 39th minute to reduce the arrears. Pitts came to Stamford’s rescue shortly before half time when he tipped over a Steve Tunstall header following Walker’s fine run.
Pitts made another important save early in the second half after Alan Brown’s cross was met by a header by Tunstall who was limping following a clash before the interval. Walker’s clever pass released Ralph Brown who, on his 150th appearance, shot wide from a narrow angle. Stamford reminded Ilkeston that they were still in the game when Burgh beat MacAndrew and Mick Jones and went close with his shot but Town went even closer when Parry blasted against the bar from Ralph Brown’s touch. Terry Thompson also wasn’t far away with a long range shot but, with eight minutes to go, Stamford’s persistence was rewarded with an equaliser. Substitute Robb, on for the injured Tunstall, brought down Burgh and Riley converted from the spot. A poor clearance by MacAndrew almost handed Stamford a winner and it needed a superb tip over by Treharne to keep out Medwell’s shot. However, The Robins twice went close to a winner themselves in the dying minutes. Parry lifted Thompson’s corner high over and the same player headed inches wide from a Walker cross.
DEFEAT AT LEAMINGTON NO DISGRACE
25TH JANUARY 1969
LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Lockheed Leamington edged the game with some brisk, flowing football but Ilkeston fought splendidly throughout and enjoyed much of the game before their challenge was seen off late in the game. Leamington attacked strongly at the start. An early corner led to a Terry Thompson goal line clearance, Holmes forced Colin Treharne into a fine save following Salmon’s through ball, Hall’s low shot was saved, and Treharne pulled off another fine save to keep out Holmes’ header. Ilkeston’s first serious attempt came from Sam Bailie who went past Vest but saw his shot blocked. As the first half drew to a close Town went close to taking the lead when Ralph Brown lifted Alan Brown’s centre over the bar.
Leamington began the second half with a spell of pressure. Tedds’ pass set up an easy chance for Holmes who miskicked, and a brilliant strike by Salmon from 35 yards struck the bar. But The Robins held on and came back into the game, Bailie heading over an Alan Brown cross. Then, on 59 minutes, Ilkeston took the lead. Barry Walker’s corner was cleared back to him by Roberts and his next cross was headed home by Bailie. Town were now looking good and Walker’s tremendous drive was tipped over by Steane. Then a Thompson shot hit a defender and fell into the path of a surprised Alan Brown who could only shoot tamely. Leamington equalised with a cleverly taken but fortunate goal by Vest in the 74th minute, coming as a direct result of a miskick by Holmes. Suddenly Leamington looked the likelier winners and they scored again five minutes later, shortly after Treharne had made an excellent save from Skellington by the foot of the post, Holmes heading in a cross from the left. Ilkeston went in a vain search of a late equaliser. Alan Brown was unable to control close in after fine work between Ralph Brown and Walker, and Thompson’s header was held by Steane following a Walker free kick. Leamington missed a good chance to settle the issue near the end when Mick Jones’ hesitation allowed Hall to break clear to shoot straight at Treharne.
DISMAL AND DULL DRAW AT RETFORD
1ST FEBRUARY 1969
RETFORD TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston were dreadfully poor in a dismal game against uninspiring but determined opponents. Retford dictated the second half and deservedly equalised late on. Ilkeston applied some early pressure and Ralph Brown missed with the goal at his mercy after Barry Walker’s shot had been blocked by Mordue. They took the lead on 13 minutes with a fine goal, Sam Bailie evading the challenges of two defenders before firing into the corner after receiving Walker’s cross. Bob MacAndrew had a shot saved by ‘keeper Chapman and Walker’s shot from MacAndrew’s touch lacked power but Ilkeston’s play was becoming aimless. Mordue headed just wide from a Rogerson cross as Retford threatened an equaliser before the break.
The Robins almost scored early in the second half when MacAndrew turned Walker’s cross straight at Chapman and into the side net but from then on Retford were the dominant force. Muir turned the ball just wide after fine play by Rogerson, substitute Montgomery’s long range shot clipped the bar, and Lipscombe beat Mick Jones to find Montgomery whose shot was saved by Colin Treharne. Ilkeston created a rare opportunity when John Parry’s touch to Alan Brown led to his shot being headed away by Mordue but Retford remained on top. Tomlinson blazed over from close range before the equaliser arrived seven minutes from time, Todd heading in from Mordue’s corner.
HEANOR HEAD INTO SEMIS
15TH FEBRUARY 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 1 HEANOR TOWN 2 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Heanor fought well and deservedly booked their place in the semi finals against an Ilkeston team that lacked drive, pace and purpose. Yet The Robins began brightly and scored on 11 minutes when Bob MacAndrew’s header into the area was controlled and fired home by Alan Brown. MacAndrew, who was booked in an incident later in the half, then hit powerfully from 30 yards and the shot was only just held by ‘keeper Leivers. Gradually Heanor gained the upper hand and Colin Treharne made a fine save from Fitzpatrick whilst James headed just over the angle. Ilkeston could have had a second when Leivers spilled a back pass but Alan Brown failed to make the most of the opportunity. Heanor, however, looked the more likely to score. Treharne did well to hold a Parsons header but he stood no chance three minutes before half time when the unmarked Howsham was left with an easy finish from Jepson’s cross.
Ralph Brown went close to putting Ilkeston back in front early in the second half with a shot that went just wide and Burns put a good chance hopelessly wide at the other end. Heanor began the second half with a more physical approach although it was Ralph Brown who ended up getting booked for a foul on Jepson. The resultant free kick by Burns was driven past the unsighted Treharne to give Heanor the lead in the 56th minute. Following the goal Ilkeston enjoyed the lion’s share of the play but they rarely troubled Heanor’s well organised defence. Barry Walker was making his 200th appearance.
TOWN CRASH TO ASHBY
1ST MARCH 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 0 ASHBY INSTITUTE 1
Woeful in attack, Ilkeston were deservedly beaten by an unimpressive Ashby team who were still good enough to win. The Robins had plenty of the play but lacked imagination and purpose whilst Ashby were happy to sit back and attack occasionally on the break. Ilkeston had the first effort on goal when Alan Brown headed Terry Thompson’s cross into Maw’s arms. However, the better chances in the first half fell to the visitors. Williams’ shot was blocked by Colin Treharne by the post, Davies headed just wide from King’s cross, and the same player had a fierce drive tipped over by Treharne. Ashby took the lead three minutes before half time when Williams beat two men and slipped the ball past Treharne.
Without ever playing at their best at least The Robins tested the Ashby defence at times after the break. Bob MacAndrew sent Barry Walker through the middle but his shot from distance went wide, John Parry was guilty of a poor finish following nice play between Mick Jones and Thompson, Parry’s shot from Walker’s corner was saved on the line by Maw, and Joe Adger’s cross was met by debutant Roger Rann’s shot that lacked power. Several long range attempts by Thompson also missed the target as The Robins pressed but Ashby came close to a second goal when Sharpe’s shot went just past the post after his initial free kick hit the wall.
ROBINS STILL OUT OF TOUCH
8TH MARCH 1969
LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Loughborough were the more adventurous and positive team in a game that rarely set the pulses racing. Town had much of the play, particularly during the first half, and created some openings but their shortcomings up front remained. Colin Treharne did well to hold a Timmins shot as United began brightly although Town came close to going ahead when Terry Thompson’s shot from John Mason’s touch was cleared off the line by Vaughn. Barry Walker had a shot blocked before Casini had an effort blocked at the other end by Steve Tunstall. In Ilkeston’s next seriously threatening move Roger Rann turned the ball wide with only Pike to beat, and then Bob MacAndrew latched onto a Rann pass but saw his shot superbly blocked by Groome. Loughborough took the lead on 34 minutes. McCourt fired against the post and Broadhurst thumped in the rebound. Rann shot hopelessly wide when given a decent chance to equalise and Pike came to Loughborough’s rescue when he tipped over a Thompson drive from Walker’s pass.
Loughborough were more positive in the second half although Ilkeston kept plugging away without success. Rann headed into Pike’s arms following a fine run and cross by Walker, and John Parry headed over another Walker cross. Timmins’ awkward shot that was turned over the bar by Treharne was Loughborough’s best effort after the break before Ilkeston’s best spell late in the game. Walker’s impressive run led to Parry shooting across the face of a gaping goal, Walker then tested Pike with a fine effort and finally he was unlucky to see a clever lob clip the bar.
TAIT SEALS TOWN’S FATE
15TH MARCH 1969
ARNOLD 4 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL FIRST LEG)
Ilkeston were outclassed and had no answer to Arnold’s skilful and aggressive play. The writing was on the wall early on when Colin Treharne produced a brilliant save to keep out Tait’s shot following Farmer’s pass. Treharne had no chance on 12 minutes when off balance Terry Thompson could only misdirect his header to Tait who raced through to give Arnold the lead. Boucher steered home powerfully from close range to double the lead in the 22nd minute and Arnold almost scored again when Mick Wyld cleared off the line when Treharne struggled to clear a corner. Treharne then made a great save to keep out Farmer’s drive from Oldham’s cross, and an Oldham corner led to Boucher blazing high over as half time approached.
The Robins at last came into the game for a brief spell at the start of the second half. Roger Rann shot straight at ‘keeper Turton from Barry Walker’s touch before John Parry shot just wide. A quick Arnold break led to Thompson heading against his own post but Town’s luck didn’t last as Arnold scored a third goal on 52 minutes, Tait firing Burton’s pass beautifully into the corner. Ralph Brown lifted over from close range as Ilkeston tried to salvage something but they were undone again in the 67th minute. Tait cleverly worked his way through and slipped the ball past Treharne to claim a superb hat-trick. Tait’s 25 yard shot needed a great save by Treharne to prevent another goal whilst in a rare Ilkeston attack a good move between Walker and Parry ended with Rann’s shot being saved by Turton. Near the end Oldham wasn’t far away from scoring the fifth when he headed Tait’s cross just wide.
BRAVE ILKESTON GET SO CLOSE
22ND MARCH 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 3 ARNOLD 0 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL SECOND LEG - ARNOLD WON 4-3 ON AGGREGATE)
The roles were reversed as Ilkeston ripped Arnold apart in much the same way Arnold had done it to them a week earlier and they salvaged plenty of lost pride. They stamped their authority on the game and it was only during the closing stages that they finally ran out of steam, the despair of missing a penalty all too evident. Yet in the first minute Arnold could have gone out of sight when Barry Walker lost possession and Boucher fired just over the bar. The first signs of a comeback came in the 8th minute. Walker guided the ball to Roger Rann who splendidly beat ‘keeper Turton to give Ilkeston the lead. Steve Tunstall’s great touch allowed Rann to get in a shot from a difficult angle that Turton turned round the post before Arnold reponded with a Tait cross that was met by Boucher’s weak header. Town suddenly gave themselves a real chance of something special when they scored again on 21 minutes, Tunstall finishing accurately from Walker’s free kick. The visitors replied with a Boucher shot that was blocked by Mick Wyld before Ilkeston had the last meaningful effort of the first half. Dave Agnew’s touch found Walker whose shot was saved by Turton.
Arnold began the second half promisingly. However, everything changed two minutes after the restart when Town scored for a third time with a route one goal. Colin Treharne’s long clearance was headed on by Tunstall and Walker rounded Turton before steering the ball home. Minutes later came the dramatic moment when Barnes brought down Alan Brown and Ilkeston were awarded a penalty only for Bob MacAndrew to fire wide from the spot. Even then Ilkeston didn’t give up and from a Walker corner Terry Thompson sent in a header that was cleared off the line by Barnes. Gradually Ilkeston began to tire as Arnold weathered the storm and began to create chances of their own. Tait’s hard shot was deflected to safety by Thompson before the game began to hot up. Arnold’s manager Noel Simpson was sent off for entering the pitch and, after Sproates had a shot held by Treharne following Oldham’s pass, Town’s Wyld was booked for a foul on Smith as officials and supporters came onto the pitch in an attempt to defuse an explosive situation.
SHREWSBURY GRABS LATE WINNER
24TH MARCH 1969
GRANTHAM 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Tireless Town’s work ethic was enough to clinch a deserved victory in a match that had little in the way of constructive football on a difficult pitch. Both teams fought doggedly but it needed a goal two minutes from time to swing the game Ilkeston’s way. Early in the game Steve Tunstall found Alan Brown whose effort was pushed out by ‘keeper Gardiner although it was Grantham who had the edge during the opening stages. Harrison forced Colin Treharne into a great save following a Tomlinson corner, and Tomlinson burst through to turn the ball just wide. The long ball tactics employed by both teams rarely proved to be effective and chances later in the first half were rare although a fair effort by Barry Walker that flew over the top came close to giving Ilkeston the lead.
Poor light led to the referee deciding to restart the game after a half time break of just two minutes. Grantham pressed after the interval and when Treharne could only punch Linnecor’s corner to Marriott he was grateful to see the chance put well off target. Treharne made amends with a brave save at Marriott’s feet after Ilkeston went close as Mick Jones’ shot went over following Walker’s free kick. Walker shot tamely over from Phil Shrewsbury’s neat touch before the game entered the closing stages. Grantham spent much of it going forward with The Robins reliant upon counter attacks. During one such break Tunstall fired wide with only Gardiner to beat whilst Treharne made a fine save at Harrison’s feet at the other end. Just when it seemed the game would end in a draw Walker took a throw to John Parry and the ball was eventually headed on by Tunstall for Shrewsbury to volley the winner.
ROBINS ROCKED BY SKEGNESS
29TH MARCH 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 0 SKEGNESS TOWN 2
Not sharp enough up front and shaky at the back Ilkeston were well beaten by a defensively sound Skegness side. Town’s defensive frailties were exposed early on when Dave Agnew dallied and was robbed by Brandon who knocked the ball past Colin Treharne and it needed Mick Wyld to clear the shot from danger. Ilkeston’s first real attempt came from Terry Thompson whose fine shot from Agnew’s cross produced a save from McPherson. Beckers had a chance to put the visitors in front but he miskicked whilst Barry Walker’s shot tested McPherson at the other end. McPherson saved again from Phil Shrewsbury’s flick after Alan Brown provided the chance. However, on 35 minutes, it was Skegness who took the lead when the unmarked Madden headed in a Brandon corner.
Ilkeston’s play was brisk after the break but they offered little and Skegness made certain of victory in the 75th minute. Former Ilkeston player Roger Collinson crossed for Madden to head and Brandon scrambled the ball home. Garland was booked for a foul on Treharne as the game headed towards its conclusion. The Robins’ last effort was a fierce shot by Thompson that cleared the bar after a neat link up between Roger Rann and Steve Tunstall but it was Skegness who ended the game on top, Treharne doing well to save a hard shot by Brandon.
TOWN FALL TO ANOTHER HOME DEFEAT
1ST APRIL 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 0 LONG EATON UNITED 2
Ilkeston were the April Fools as they slipped to a second successive 2-0 home defeat. The pattern was similar to the previous game with Ilkeston producing some fancy football but no end product. Greater urgency may have brought greater reward against a less than convincing Long Eaton defence. A dull opening to the game saw few chances although Alan Brown’s decent effort from Barry Walker’s pass didn’t miss the bar by much, and Steve Tunstall shot across the face of goal following a Dave Agnew cross. Long Eaton took the lead in the 32nd minute with their first meaningful effort, Mulcahy steering in a simple chance provided by Walker’s touch. Colin Treharne made a save to keep out another Mulcahy effort before the interval.
Town tried to get back into the game after the break. Alan Brown lifted over from close range, and ‘keeper Taylor made an excellent save to keep out a Tunstall drive after Phil Shrewsbury had touched on. But Long Eaton scored again on the hour through former Ilkeston player Robin Melbourne and the game was over. Town’s only chance after that came when Walker’s overhead kick found Tunstall who scooped over from close range but a decent solo effort by O’Byrne, who beat Mick Jones and Joe Adger before shooting wide, almost made it three for the visitors.
DERBY DAY JOY FOR ILKESTON
5TH APRIL 1969
HEANOR TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Spring sunshine and a swirling wind greeted the players who provided an interesting game that was deservedly won by Ilkeston. Heanor had plenty of spirit but were held in check by The Robins who played with skill and purpose. Phil Shrewsbury’s effort bounced into ‘keeper Leivers’ arms as Ilkeston attacked early on but the wind helped Ilkeston at the other end when Burns’ clever lob didn’t carry over Colin Treharne. Shrewsbury fired over the top corner following Alan Brown’s touch and Treharne saved a Fitzpatrick header from Clarke’s throw as both teams sought unsuccessfully to take a first half lead.
Heanor went close early in the second half when Reid’s shot just cleared the bar after he had got past Dave Agnew but Ilkeston soon took command. Fine control by Roger Rann led to Brown shooting straight at Leivers. However, on 52 minutes, The Robins scored the winner through a Barry Walker inswinging corner that went in direct. The goal signalled some Heanor pressure. Rowbottom’s fine drive brought a great save from Treharne and the ‘keeper then held a Reid header from Burns’ corner. Former Ilkeston full back John Thornhill created himself a great chance when he beat the offside trap but he shot hopelessly wide with only Treharne to beat and then Bob MacAndrew came to Ilkeston’s rescue when he headed a corner by former Robin Barry Marsh off the line. Ilkeston weathered the storm and had chances to kill the game. Brown controlled cleverly before shooting across the face of goal and Steve Tunstall blazed over following Brown’s fine run and cross. Late pressure from Heanor failed to bring an equaliser. Treharne saved from Burns who then fired a free kick over after a scuffle involving Agnew, MacAndrew and Heanor’s Fitzpatrick.
STERLING SHOW AT SKEGNESS
7TH APRIL 1969
SKEGNESS TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Alan Brown went on a dazzling run and fired past ‘keeper McPherson to give Ilkeston the lead inside the first minute. For the remainder of the half they played with courage and defiance as Skegness bombarded them. Nevertheless, they had to settle for going in at the break on level terms thanks to Garland’s 16th minute equaliser.
The Robins improved significantly after the break and they ran out deserved winners. Roger Rann’s shot brought a fine save by McPherson for the corner that led to the decisive goal on 51 minutes. Brown converted Barry Walker’s corner to seal the victory.
ROBINS WRECK RETFORD
9TH APRIL 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 2 RETFORD TOWN 0
Revitalised Ilkeston’s splendid performance earned them two deserved points against a purposeful Retford team. Retford were no match for The Robins, however, who produced skilful flowing football backed up by a positive defence. Terry Thompson and Joe Adger linked up to find Alan Brown who controlled well before seeing his shot blocked during the opening exchanges. Retford’s first effort was a Hilton shot that Colin Treharne saved comfortably. Retford ‘keeper Chapman somehow got in the way of a Thompson drive following a Barry Walker corner before Retford had a good spell. Treharne had to tip over a Shackleton shot and then he saved a well struck shot by Muir but Ilkeston were soon in control. Phil Shrewsbury was unlucky when he beat three men only to see Chapman save his shot, Thompson twice fired over, and then Thompson’s header from Mick Jones’ cross was saved. The Robins broke the deadlock five minutes before half time when Shrewsbury’s fine header from Brown’s cross beat Chapman. Neat play by Adger could have brought a second goal before half time but John Parry put the ball well over the bar.
Ilkeston remained well on top after the break. Bob MacAndrew wasn’t far away with a shot on the run, Walker fired over from Adger’s cross and Parry shot well over after being supplied by MacAndrew. Muir reminded Ilkeston that their lead was a slender one when he shot wide and apart from an off target Thompson strike Retford pressed for a spell. The Robins survived and they dominated the closing stages. A good move between Thompson and Walker ended with Chapman turning away Shrewsbury’s shot, and twice Shrewsbury saw efforts just clear the bar. A great ball by Dave Agnew was headed against the post by Adger but Adger was rewarded with a goal in the last minute. Brown weaved his way down the wing and sent in a cross for him to head home.
WYLD OFF AS ROBINS SLIP TO UNLUCKY DEFEAT
12TH APRIL 1969
SUTTON TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
The gods were against Ilkeston as they produced a determined display against title challengers Sutton. The home team’s victory took them to the top of the table. Hampered by a thigh injury early on ‘keeper Colin Treharne bravely continued for The Robins as Sutton were reduced to packing their defence and relying on breakaways. Ilkeston attacked freely and showed their intent by winning five corners in the first ten minutes. Sutton’s only real attempt during the early stages was a shot by former Ilkeston forward Mick Raynor that was blocked by Mick Wyld. Ilkeston went close to taking the lead when John Parry provided a chance that Phil Shrewsbury headed just over. Terry Thompson then tested Sutton ‘keeper Straw with a drive that brought a sound save. The Robins were rarely troubled during the first half and it was a rare touch for Treharne when he held Hutchby’s free kick before half time.
Ilkeston continued to take the game to Sutton upon the restart and Thompson’s hard shot was cleared off the line by Hutchby. But on 47 minutes Sutton took the lead with a controversial goal out of the blue. Future Ilkeston player Dick Kalasiak broke down the left and crossed for the unmarked and seemingly offside Raynor to head home. Wyld was booked for protesting too strongly. The goal gave Sutton a lift and Treharne brilliantly tipped over Hutchby’s shot. Treharne then held a Kalasiak shot but Ilkeston soon regrouped and looked for an equaliser. It nearly came when Parry shot hard and wide from Barry Walker’s corner. It could have been the turning point in the game when Wyld was sent off, for arguing again. But Ilkeston’s ten men continued to peg Sutton back until they fell to a sucker punch nine minutes from time. Aldred broke clear with Thompson in pursuit and slipped home the killer second. The Robins refused to give up and Parry fired just wide from Shrewsbury’s touch before they scored a deserved consolation goal in injury time. Alan Brown fed Shrewsbury who went past three defenders and although Straw parried his shot Parry drove home the loose ball.
BROWN LIFTS TOWN WITH HAT-TRICK
16TH APRIL 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 3 LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 0
Ilkeston overcame Loughborough with spirit and style after an even opening half hour and Alan Brown’s excellent hat-trick assured them of a deserved victory. Town almost went behind when Mick Wyld headed Broadhurst’s cross towards his own goal and Colin Treharne had to make the save. Ilkeston responded and John Parry laid the ball off for Terry Thompson who fired high over but they had another anxious moment when Treharne parried a Roulstone shot and Wyld was forced to clear. Back came Ilkeston and during a scramble Joe Adger’s shot was blocked by Roulstone and then Phil Shrewsbury drove just over the bar following a neat touch by Barry Walker. The visitors continued to look dangerous with Roulstone beating Dave Agnew before shooting wide, and then Wileman missed a great chance to score from Timmins’ corner. The Robins made the breakthrough on 30 minutes when Phil Shrewsbury headed the ball on to Brown who ran in from the left to shoot beyond ‘keeper Ashton. The goal settled Ilkeston down and Ashton did well to hold Thompson’s powerful free kick before Shrewsbury shot wide from Parry’s left wing cross.
The Robins dominated after half time as Loughborough became ragged. United offered little apart from a Broadhurst long shot that was blocked by Thompson before Town got their second in the 63rd minute. Walker’s cross was nodded down by Shrewsbury and Brown twisted his shot past Ashton. Parry went close when a fine piece of control led to a shot on the run but it was Brown who scored again on 75 minutes. He started the move by finding Joe Adger who supplied Shrewsbury and the ball was touched on for Brown to complete his hat-trick. Brown should have got a fourth when he shot wide with only Ashton to beat.
BOTTOM CLUB BARTON HOLD ROBINS
19TH APRIL 1969
BARTON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Barton, at the foot of the table before the game, climbed off the bottom for the first time with this draw. Although they lacked ideas and finesse they deserved their point because Ilkeston failed miserably in their attempts to go forward. Laboured build ups and a lack of punch were a feature of Ilkeston’s performance. Barton began the game looking the sharper and they went ahead after just 1 minute. Sweeting ran on to Milestone’s through ball and shot past Colin Treharne before The Robins had chance to draw breath. Treharne then had to deal with a hard shot by Crompton after Mick Wyld, on his 100th appearance, had made a partial clearance. Ilkeston’s first effort was a shot on the turn by Phil Shrewsbury from Joe Adger’s cross that was held by ‘keeper Allen. Allen then turned away a powerful Mick Jones shot and Bob MacAndrew’s left foot shot went over the top before MacAndrew came to The Robins’ rescue by clearing a dangerous Sweeting shot. Crompton had a good chance to double Barton’s lead but he shot well wide. As Ilkeston tried to find a way back MacAndrew made a good forward run and shot over before they equalised in the 39th minute. Barry Walker’s touch found Terry Thompson who scored from 20 yards.
Ilkeston had most of the goal attempts after the break but they rarely looked like scoring. Allen held a Thompson shot, Neylon blocked another Thompson effort following good work between Shrewsbury and Adger and Steve Tunstall’s header from Adger’s cross was saved, The closest Ilkeston came to scoring was when a Walker free kick was headed by Shrewsbury only for Lowe to head off the line. John Parry, on as substitute, had a neat lob caught by Allen but it was Barton who could have won the game late on. Sweeting went past Dave Agnew and sent in a shot that Treharne tipped over.
SUNDAY FUN DAY FOR ROBINS
20TH APRIL 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 2 HEANOR TOWN 1
Ilkeston’s first ever Sunday match, against the local rivals, ended in joy thanks to two late Barry Walker goals and there was no doubt the victory was well merited. The Robins dominated much of the game and played attractive, efficient football with some solid defending. They put on strong early pressure and Leivers made a great save to keep out Roger Rann’s free screw shot following Walker’s free kick. Rann had greater misfortune with a shot that struck both posts, the linesman indicating that the ball had not crossed the line after the referee appeared to award a goal. Terry Thompson, Steve Tunstall and Rann then combined for Bob MacAndrew to shoot wide from distance. Yet Heanor scored completely against the run of play in the 30th minute. Former Ilkeston player Barry Marsh sent over a corner that was headed home by James. Ilkeston could easily have scored before half time when an Alan Brown effort from Phil Shrewsbury’s header went straight at Leivers. Brown, who had earlier injured his knee, was replaced at half time by Joe Adger.
Ilkeston kept Heanor penned back throughout the second half. Tunstall’s touch gave Shrewsbury a great chance but he failed to control the ball, and when Leivers could only parry Rann’s fierce drive the follow up from the rebound was put just wide. Finally, on 76 minutes, Ilkeston equalised. Rann was brought down by Leivers and Walker swept home the penalty. The Robins went all out for the winner and Rann twisted a shot just wide from Walker’s free kick. The elusive goal duly arrived three minutes from time when Walker outpaced the Heanor defence to reach Thompson’s through ball and tucked the ball into the net. Ilkeston could have added further goals in the dying minutes. Shrewsbury’s header was cleared off the line by Ward and Oliver reacted in similar style to keep out Thompson’s free kick. With time almost up Adger’s shot after great work by Rann was scrambled away for a corner.
SHREWSBURY EARNS A POINT
30TH APRIL 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 1 WARLEY 1
There was little to choose between the teams in this keenly fought contest. Town doggedly battled back for a draw against an energetic Warley team. Warley ‘keeper Pugh made a comfortable save to keep out a Barry Walker shot although he was almost caught out by a shot from Mick Jones. Then Phil Shrewsbury was unlucky to see his shot bounce to safety off Pugh’s knee. But it was Warley who took the lead on 32 minutes when Palmer went down the right and crossed for Smith to score with a diving header. Ilkeston came close to an equaliser before half time when Shrewsbury headed Walker’s cross just wide.
The late arrival of Warley meant that the teams changed straight round for the second half. The loss of the half time break seemed to help The Robins who drew level on 47 minutes, Shrewsbury steering the ball home after being supplied by Walker. Shrewsbury then had a header from a Walker corner saved by Pugh before the game flowed from end to end. Warley had a chance to win it when Thorne broke but his shot was held by Colin Treharne.
TOWN END SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE
4TH MAY 1969
BOSTON 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Both teams battled hard for supremacy during the first half but after the break it was one way traffic as Ilkeston took control. The Robins were a joy to watch as they frequently opened up Boston and they could have won by a much greater margin. The hard surface made it difficult for good football and Ilkeston produced most of it. The closest they came to scoring in the first half was when David Whalley burst past the full back and directed his shot into the side net.
Town deservedly got the winner on 65 minutes when Mick Jones and Barry Walker, making his final appearance, linked well to supply Joe Adger and his cross was fired in by Phil Shrewsbury. Ilkeston continued to create chances and Adger, Shrewsbury and Whalley all shot narrowly wide whilst Bob MacAndrew lobbed narrowly over the bar. Boston could have got a late undeserved equaliser but Colin Treharne denied them with an excellent stop at point blank range.
1968/69 EAST MIDLANDS REGIONAL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION FINAL TABLE
|1||Roe Farm Athletic||38||30||1||7||122||61||61|
|6||Chesterfield Tube Works||38||20||7||11||83||64||47|
|9||Grantham St Johns||38||13||11||14||85||91||37|
|11||Alfreton Town Reserves||38||15||4||19||92||95||34|
|12||Sutton Town Reserves||38||15||4||19||81||86||34|
|14||Heanor Town Reserves||38||12||8||18||56||87||32|
|15||Long Eaton United Reserves||38||10||10||18||59||83||30|
|17||ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES||38||8||5||25||54||116||21||X||X|
|18||Wilmorton & Alvaston||38||8||5||25||51||116||21|
NB. Anstey Nomads and Newhall United failed to complete their fixtures.