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1969/70 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Alfreton Town 34 30 3 1 119 19 63
2 Grantham 34 21 7 6 81 40 49
3 Arnold 34 18 9 7 80 48 45
4 Ashby Institute 34 17 11 6 59 42 45
5 Sutton Town 34 18 7 9 66 34 43
6 Worksop Town 34 17 6 11 76 45 40
7 ILKESTON TOWN 34 17 5 12 65 51 39
8 Heanor Town 34 17 3 14 72 53 37
9 Lockheed Leamington 34 16 4 14 65 59 36
10 Retford Town 34 16 3 15 65 65 35
11 Skegness Town 34 13 8 13 54 44 34
12 Satamford 34 13 4 17 63 79 30
13 Warley 34 8 7 19 37 81 23
14 Boston 34 8 6 20 32 72 22
15 Loughborough United 34 9 3 22 51 93 21
16 Long Eaton United 34 5 10 19 45 79 20
17 Barton Town 34 7 4 23 38 92 18
18 Belper Town 34 4 4 26 31 104 12


1969/70 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
16 AUG WORKSOP TOWN D1-1 717 RANN (PEN)
19 AUG SUTTON TOWN D0-0 394
24 AUG WARLEY W3-0 620 BROWN 2, RANN
27 AUG Grantham W4-1 1582 RANN, SHREWSBURY 2, BROWN
30 AUG RETFORD TOWN W2-1 720 MACANDREW, RANN (PEN)
01 SEP Heanor Town W2-1 1070 PEARSON (OG), NORRIS
10 SEP Stamford L2-3 400 NORRIS, JONES
13 SEP GRANTHAM L0-2 710
16 SEP ARNOLD L1-3 351 RANN
21 SEP LONG EATON UNITED W2-1 367 SHREWSBURY 2
27 SEP ALFRETON TOWN L0-6 761
05 OCT Long Eaton United D0-0 400
11 OCT Ashby Institute L1-2 RANN
18 OCT Retford Town L1-3 RANN
25 OCT LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON W3-0 222 SHREWSBURY 2, NORRIS
15 NOV Arnold W3-0 405 BALL (OG), NORRIS, SHREWSBURY
10 DEC HEANOR TOWN W3-1 595 THOMPSON, RANN, BROWN
26 DEC Belper Town L1-2 COLEMAN
31 JAN Sutton Town W1-0 260 RANN
07 FEB BELPER TOWN W4-1 200 FORD, RANN, BROWN, NORRIS
21 FEB Barton Town W4-1 RANN 4
28 FEB Boston W2-0 RANN, NORRIS
21 MAR SKEGNESS TOWN D1-1 249 COLEMAN
28 MAR Worksop Town L1-2 COLEMAN
30 MAR BOSTON D2-2 NORRIS, RANN
04 APR Skegness Town L1-2 RANN
18 APR Loughborough United W3-1 COLEMAN 2, RANN
21 APR Lockheed Leamington W5-2 SHREWSBURY 2, RANN 3 (1PEN)
25 APR ASHBY INSTITUTE W3-1 287 FORD, RANN, NORRIS
27 APR Alfreton Town L0-2 709
30 APR STAMFORD W5-2 RANN 3, COLEMAN, NORRIS
02 MAY LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED L2-5 RANN 2
03 MAY BARTON TOWN W1-0 COLEMAN
09 MAY Warley L1-2 COLEMAN

NB. The away match at Barton Town on 21 Feb doubled up as a League Cup tie.

1969/70 FA CUP RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORER
1QR 06 SEP MATLOCK TOWN L1-2 932 SHREWSBURY


1969/70 FA TROPHY RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1QR 08 NOV Gresley Rovers W1-0 410 BROWN
2QR 22 NOV PRESTATYN D2-2 582 NORRIS, SHREWSBURY
2QRrep 27 NOV Prestatyn D1-1aet COLEMAN
2QR2ndrep 03 DEC Prestatyn W3-1 RICHARDSON (OG), SHREWSBURY, BROWN
3QR 17 DEC Sandbach Ramblers W2-0 RANN, NORRIS
1R 10 JAN TELFORD UNITED L0-2 607  

NB. The first replay with Prestatyn was moved to Witton Albion because of the Welsh club's lack of floodlights. The following replay was staged at Northwich Victoria as a neutral venue was necessary.

1969/70 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT
1R 24 JAN Gresley Rovers L0-2


1969/70 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1R 29 NOV Loughborough United D0-0
1Rrep 17 JAN LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED W3-2 319 BROWN 2, FORD
2R 21 FEB Barton Town W4-1 RANN 4
QF 07 MAR Ashby Institute D1-1 RANN
QFrep 14 MAR ASHBY INSTITUTE W2-1 366 NORRIS, RANN
SF1L 06 APR HEANOR TOWN W3-2 710 RANN, NORRIS 2
SF2L 11 APR Heanor Town L0-6 772  

NB. The Barton Town match played on 21 Feb was also classified as a league game.

TIGERS BITE BACK
16TH AUGUST 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 1 WORKSOP TOWN 1
Ilkeston took time to settle but once they got going they did enough to win the game. However, a late equaliser by Worksop robbed them of a deserved victory. Worksop were the better team early on. Sawyer broke through to provide Riley with an opportunity but he shot just over, and Marriott headed wide following Riley’s chip. The Robins gradually gained control and went close before the break when Evans produced a brilliant save to keep out Phil Shrewsbury’s shot on the turn.

Ilkeston started the second half at a fast pace and when Alan Brown burst into the box he was fouled by Lunn. Roger Rann’s well taken penalty put them ahead in the 51st minute. Bob MacAndrew was booked for a trip on Elliott and Colin Treharne saved a Linnecor shot but Ilkeston looked comfortable until Worksop drew level eight minutes from time. Treharne was disappointed not to keep out Senior’s angled drive as the Worksop man caught The Robins on the break.

SUTTON STALEMATE
19TH AUGUST 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 0 SUTTON TOWN 0
There was little to choose between two teams who were over anxious in front of goal. Both sides created chances but failed to take them. Bob MacAndrew was unlucky with an accurate shot from long range after some good work by Bob Norris, and Roger Rann tested future Ilkeston ‘keeper Graham Pigott after being supplied by MacAndrew as The Robins dominated the opening stages. Sutton’s first effort of note came when Aldread found Kelly who forced a good save from Colin Treharne although Ilkeston created another chance before half time. Rann and Alan Brown linked up well to find Phil Shrewsbury but his effort lacked power.

Norris went extremely close to giving Ilkeston the lead after the break when he struck the angle of the woodwork and The Robins continued to have more of the play. Rann headed just over after being set up by Norris, and Shrewsbury did likewise. However, Sutton should have scored when Knowles blazed a great chance over an open goal whilst Aldread also fired over the bar. Ilkeston created chances late in the game. Clever play by Norris ended with a Pigott save, and Shrewsbury headed over a MacAndrew free kick.

SUNDAY STROLL
24TH AUGUST 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 3 WARLEY 0
Ilkeston, at times too casual for their own good, won with minimum effort against a poor Warley team in what turned out to be a Sunday afternoon stroll for The Robins. Fine control by Bob Norris led to Phil Shrewsbury heading over as Ilkeston mastered Warley from the start. The visitors were not helped in the 20th minute when ‘keeper Langhill broke his jaw in keeping out a full blooded close range shot by Norris and full back Priest had to take over in goal. Yet Warley were close to taking the lead through Rowe whose fine shot skimmed the bar. Town finally took the lead on 37 minutes when a great corner by David Whalley was nudged home by Alan Brown. Priest showed himself to be a useful stand in when he touched a Whalley effort over the bar, and then he palmed away a shot by the same player following a corner.

The second half was only six minutes old when Brown’s clever lob doubled Ilkeston’s lead. The Robins were now in complete control and had further chances to score. Roger Rann’s fine run ended with a tame shot by Shrewsbury, Norris blazed over with only Priest to beat, and Mick Wyld headed a Brown corner wide. Rann completed the scoring with an excellent goal ten minutes from time. He eluded four defenders before racing on to a return pass by Whalley, took the ball past Bate, and fired past Priest.

GLORY AT GRANTHAM
27TH AUGUST 1969
GRANTHAM 1 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Grantham’s unbeaten record lay in ruins following Ilkeston’s superb victory. Town showed poise and understanding, and their overall skill, effort and determination was too great for Grantham. The Robins had to withstand some early pressure but on 12 minutes they took the lead. Alan Brown, on the break, delivered a perfect cross for Roger Rann to convert. Brown turned provider again when he cut loose and centred for Phil Shrewsbury to score in the 28th minute. The only black mark for Town in the first half was a booking picked up by Dave Agnew for a foul on Horrobin.

Heavy Grantham pressure after the break failed to crack Ilkeston’s excellent defence and on 70 minutes The Robins scored a third when Brown raced through to slide the ball past ‘keeper Gardner. Grantham were gifted a goal a minute later when a defensive mix up allowed Tomlinson to produce a smart finish past Colin Treharne and they were denied another goal when Mick Jones headed brilliantly off the line. Any hopes Grantham had of a dramatic comeback were wrecked four minutes from time when Shrewsbury scored from Bob Norris’ cross.

RANN ROCKS RETFORD
30TH AUGUST 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 2 RETFORD TOWN 1
Ilkeston were good value for their win against previously unbeaten Retford although they were second best for a spell during a first half filled with good football. Ilkeston dominated the opening stages and could easily have scored several times. Phil Shrewsbury headed a Bob Norris cross against the bar, and then he had another header cleared off the line by Allen from an Alan Brown corner. Retford ‘keeper Chapman held a powerful shot by Norris following Roger Rann’s touch, and Mowbray’s error allowed Peter Ford to run forward and beat Cook before clipping a post with his shot. Yet it was Retford who opened the scoring on 17 minutes with a fine solo goal by Moran who ended a run with an angled drive past Colin Treharne. Treharne had to make a splendid save to keep out a Redfearn header as Retford took control, and it was completely against the run of play that Ilkeston equalised three minutes before the break. Bob MacAndrew broke forward from half way, held off Mowbray’s challenge, beat Cook and slid the ball past Chapman.

The quality of the football dipped after half time although Ilkeston were comfortably the better of the two sides. On 76 minutes a handball led to a penalty award and Rann converted from the spot to bring Ilkeston a deserved victory.

ROBINS HOLD ON TO POINTS AT HEANOR
1ST SEPTEMBER 1969
HEANOR TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston moved up to second place with a fine local derby victory. In an interesting game Ilkeston’s open attractive play contrasted with Heanor’s bustling approach. The Robins were seemingly heading towards a comfortable victory until a Heanor goal ensured a tense finale. Heanor lacked purpose during much of a first half which Ilkeston began brightly. The Robins took a fortunate 10th minute lead when Heanor’s Pearson could only lob over stranded ‘keeper Leivers with Phil Shrewsbury threatening. Ilkeston scored again eight minutes later with a fine shot by Bob Norris that Ward could only help over the line. Leivers came to Heanor’s rescue with a brilliant save to keep out Roger Rann’s fine shot following Bob Norris’ long throw. But Heanor came close to pulling a goal back just before the interval when former Ilkeston forward Barry Marsh had a shot cleared off the line.

Ilkeston continued to impress briefly after the break and Leivers was forced to parry an Alan Brown shot following good play by Peter Ford. Heanor, however, stepped up a gear and when former Ilkeston and Derby legend Geoff Barrowcliffe worked an opening Clarke headed over. Ilkeston could have scored during this spell of Heanor pressure when on a break excellent play by Norris ended with a Shrewsbury effort that brought a great save from Leivers. Nevertheless, Heanor continued to press and Fitzpatrick provided Clarke with the chance to shoot and it needed a great save from Colin Treharne to keep it out. Heanor pulled a goal back in the 65th minute when Marsh’s centre was headed into the top corner by Pearson. The home side gained belief and Treharne made saves from Reid and Fitzpatrick. With tension building and the referee losing control tackles became unpleasant. Dave Agnew was booked for a foul on Parsons and then Fitzpatrick was booked for a deplorable challenge on Agnew. Ilkeston hung on to claim the points although their winning margin would have been more comfortable if Norris’ late shot had not skimmed just over the bar.

ILKESTON SUFFER EARLY CUP EXIT
6TH SEPTEMBER 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 1 MATLOCK TOWN 2 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
Below par Ilkeston lacked power up front and failed to trouble Northern Premier League Matlock who dominated the midfield. The Robins’ lack of penetration meant a frustrating afternoon for their fans. They began well enough and visiting ‘keeper Hawley was tested by an early Roger Rann shot after Bob Norris had provided the chance. Phil Shrewsbury then lobbed over Hawley only for Heaton to clear the danger. In Matlock’s first serious attack Kettleborough found Purnell whose splendid shot was saved by Colin Treharne. They then went in front in the 25th minute when Purnell beat the offside trap and crossed for Leadbeater to score with a powerful header. Future Ilkeston player John Beresford was booked for a foul on Norris before half time.

Matlock scored the killer second goal a minute into the second half from the penalty spot. Hutchinson was tripped during a goalmouth scramble and Leadbeater’s spot kick went into the net despite it striking Treharne’s boot. Ilkeston pushed forward but rarely threatened to score following the setback. Shrewsbury headed Rann’s ball wide but he did manage to score with a header from a Norris cross ten minutes from time. Matlock managed to hold out without further alarm.

SHODDY ROBINS STALL AT STAMFORD
10TH SEPTEMBER 1969
STAMFORD 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston’s over casual approach and defensive errors handed victory on a plate to Stamford. At times Ilkeston looked more than capable of extending their unbeaten start to the season in the Midland League, especially during the opening stages when they raced into a 5th minute lead. Dave Agnew launched a through ball for Bob Norris to head home with ‘keeper Williams having to shoulder some of the blame for the goal. However, The Robins were rocked by two goals in the space of a minute. On 11 minutes the unmarked Burge converted a Smith cross and then slack marking allowed Copland to push in the second. Ilkeston remained very much in the game during the first half and they went close to an equaliser when Phil Shrewsbury fired just over after Bob MacAndrew had broken through the Stamford defence.

Future Ilkeston player John Nakutis substituted for Burge at the start of the second half and the home side commanded the midfield for a spell. They almost scored through Sturrock whose 30 yard strike was pushed onto the bar by Colin Treharne. Town gradually got more into the game and searched in vain to draw level. Their hopes were wrecked four minutes from time when Treharne failed to hold a tame shot and Smith was left with a simple chance. Treharne made amends when he saved from Sturrock before Ilkeston attacked in desperation in the dying minutes. David Whalley and Shrewsbury put their chances off target before they scored a last minute consolation goal. MacAndrew’s clever free kick to Mick Jones was met by a good left foot shot.

GRANTHAM GAIN REVENGE
13TH SEPTEMBER 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 0 GRANTHAM 2
Although Ilkeston controlled the midfield for long spells there was no menace in their attack and they were taught a lesson by swift moving Grantham who gained revenge for their heavy defeat a few weeks earlier. The visitors took the lead as early as the 8th minute when Tomlinson beat Mick Jones’ challenge and shot home from a narrow angle. A Dave Agnew mistake almost led to a second when Nixon headed Horobin’s cross inches over. Ilkeston grew frustrated as the first half wore on and Agnew was booked for a foul on Horobin as was Jones for his challenge on Tomlinson.

The closest Ilkeston came to scoring was early in the second half when Bob Norris’ neat flick was met by Phil Shrewsbury’s head and ‘keeper Gardner saved. But Grantham created several clear cut chances. Colin Treharne turned a great Tomlinson shot against the bar but he was beaten in the 77th minute by a terrific Benskin free kick. Grantham could have had a third near the end when Jackson went past Agnew and slammed a shot against the post.

TOWN SLIP UP AGAIN
16TH SEPTEMBER 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ARNOLD 3
Ilkeston made a bright start but their play gradually deteriorated and an unimpressive Arnold team ended the game as worthy winners. Town lacked urgency and understanding and were a well beaten team at the final whistle. Good early play by Ilkeston saw Peter Ford, Roger Rann, Phil Shrewsbury and Bob MacAndrew each have decent efforts. Arnold’s situation looked bleak when former Town winger John Langford was injured after half an hour and had to be replaced by future Robins defender John Anthony. Ilkeston continued to have the better of the first half and Alan Brown went on a fine run before forcing a great save from Turton. Brown then sent over a corner to Shrewsbury and his effort was cleared off the line by Howard.

Ilkeston went ahead in the 57th minute. Turton had held an earlier shot by Ford but he could do nothing about Rann’s excellent finish from Bob Norris’ through ball. Arnold drew level within a minute when Ball converted a corner and from then on Arnold took control. Two minutes later they scored again through Tait who beat Ilkeston’s offside trap. Shrewsbury fired well over from close range after being set up by MacAndrew as Town tried to find a way back but Arnold made certain of victory on 78 minutes with a soft goal. Colin Treharne made a short clearance to Dave Agnew but his loss of concentration allowed Boucher to nip in and slide the ball home. Norris great shot that Turton brilliantly tipped over deserved a better fate although Ilkeston couldn’t complain about the result.

TOWN WIN SUNDAY SHOCKER
21ST SEPTEMBER 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 2 LONG EATON UNITED 1
The Robins made it three Sunday wins out of three but how they managed to claim the points was beyond the comprehension of those who attended. Long Eaton, bottom of the table without a point, should have won after Ilkeston sat back on an early lead. Town were woeful, inept and were completely lacking in pace once they thought they had done the job. They began well enough and Roger Rann headed an Alan Brown cross onto the bar before they took a 25th minute lead. Brown went down the right and found Peter Ford whose cross went into the net off Phil Shrewsbury. Halford issued a warning when he powered through the Ilkeston defence and shot wide whilst future Ilkeston player Dave Collison’s hard shot brought a good save from Colin Treharne on his 100th appearance. But it appeared to be game over on 29 minutes when Brown’s fine cross was finished at the second attempt by Shrewsbury after ‘keeper Henderson had got in the way of his initial header. However, Ilkeston proceeded to sit back and their tactic almost cost them the match.

Long Eaton dominated the second half. Treharne made a fine save in keeping out Rhodes’ close range header, and Mick Jones cleared a corner off the line before they deservedly pulled as goal back in the 77th minute. Dave Agnew’s shocking back pass gifted Mulcahy with a simple finish. The visitors came desperately close to scoring again during the closing stages with two efforts by Collison. His first shot was brilliantly saved by Treharne before he thumped an unstoppable shot against the bar.

ROBINS ROUTED BY RIVAL SIX HITTERS
27TH SEPTEMBER 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 0 ALFRETON TOWN 6
Alfreton, who proved themselves to be the finest team in the Midland League by some considerable distance, routed Ilkeston with their swift, precise and sure play. The Robins had no answer and their defence simply cracked under the pressure. Yet Ilkeston almost scored in the opening seconds with a fine first time shot by Roger Rann from Bob Norris’ long throw. Alfreton immediately broke to the other end and Woodward crossed for Ken Ford to score with a minute gone. Ilkeston responded with several corners only for Alfreton to score again on 8 minutes with a well taken goal by Naylor. Three minutes later they scored a third, Colin Treharne missing Parker’s cross and Naylor slotted in. Alan Brown’s persistence provided Peter Ford with a shot that was well saved by Mycroft as Town attempted to fight back but the visitors scored again in the 25th minute with a fine counter attack that ended with Ken Ford converting Woodward’s cross. Mycroft was called into action again when he was tested by a Norris overhead kick before incredibly Alfreton scored a fifth goal with just 31 minutes gone. Treharne was unsighted as Parker slammed a free kick past him and into the net.

Alfreton relaxed after the break and Ilkeston had more possession but were incapable of taking advantage. Instead it was the visitors who posed the greater threat and after Bagnall went through to force a fine save by Treharne they scored again in the 57th minute. Mick Wyld’s careless handball led to Harrison putting away the penalty. Rann tried to restore some pride when he broke through well but Mycroft turned away his shot. In the closing stages it needed a brilliant save by Treharne from Harrison’s long range shot to prevent further humiliation.

BORE DRAW
5TH OCTOBER 1969
LONG EATON UNITED 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Neither team deserved to win this forgettable, midfield scrap. Both sides lacked method and purpose and there was precious little to enthuse the crowd. Long Eaton, without a win at the bottom of the table, looked useful early on and in a clever break Bate put the ball inches wide. Ilkeston’s only serious goal attempt during the first half was a tame shot by Phil Shrewsbury that went straight at ‘keeper Tony Jones.

Ilkeston produced the best moments after the break. Alan Brown’s cross found Bob Norris whose neat chip was held by Jones after Peter Ford had earlier fired a good chance wide. Brown looked certain to score late on when he burst through but he was dragged back by Rhodes who received nothing more than a lecture from the lenient referee. Dave Agnew made his 100th appearance.

TOWN SNATCH DEFEAT FROM JAWS OF VICTORY
11TH OCTOBER 1969
ASHBY INSTITUTE 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston entered the last five minutes with a one goal advantage having outplayed Ashby for most of the game but they crumbled under late pressure as the home side grabbed a victory with the final kick. Town played with great urgency early on and pushed forward as often as possible. Ashby created the more clear cut openings, however, and Williams headed wide from a free kick before Colin Treharne produced a brilliant save to keep out Rider’s hard shot. Ilkeston continued to make most of the attacking and they went ahead on 38 minutes. Terry Thompson found Alan Brown who went down the right and crossed for Roger Rann to head home. They almost scored a second shortly before half time through a Phil Shrewsbury close range header that went just over following a good move between Thompson and Bob Norris.

Ilkeston dominated most of the second half but missed chances to kill the game. An exciting move between Brown and Norris ended with a Rann shot that lacked power, Thompson’s fine drive was stopped by ‘keeper Armiger, Norris shot tamely at Armiger after being well set up by Shrewsbury and Rann, and Shrewsbury hastily fired over with time to spare. Ashby’s rally began during the closing stages. Sharpe’s drive was brilliantly tipped over by Treharne, and Mick Jones cleared a Cowling effort off the line. The home side equalised in the 86th minute through Taylor and The Robins tried to cling on for a point. Then, with time added on, Treharne’s error of judgement allowed Rider to score with the final kick of the game.

ROBINS SLIP AT RETFORD
18TH OCTOBER 1969
RETFORD TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Only two Ilkeston supporters made the trip and they probably wished they hadn’t bothered as the team played with a lack of understanding. Retford took advantage of The Robins’ anxious defence with some intelligent and efficient football on a slippery surface and ran out comfortable winners. The home team took the lead on just 4 minutes when Mick Jones, on his 100th appearance, made a careless back heel and Whittaker snapped up the chance. Town had a rare goal attempt when Alan Brown found Peter Ford who fired inches wide but Retford scored again in the 15th minute. A splendid dummy by Whittaker allowed Martin to shoot beyond Colin Treharne.

Ilkeston’s first corner didn’t come until after the break and when Brown took it Terry Thompson’s header was cleared off the line by Myers. The Robins grew more frustrated as the game went on and Bob MacAndrew was booked when he brought down Coupe. However, they gave themselves a chance on 75 minutes when Roger Rann lobbed home from Brown’s centre. Retford made certain of victory three minutes from time when Coupe headed McMinn’s corner into the roof of the net.

ROBINS GO FROM SHOCKING TO ROCKING
25TH OCTOBER 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 3 LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON 0
Ilkeston were a shambles during the first half and were utterly outclassed by the visitors. But incredibly Ilkeston went in at the break with a two goal lead thanks to two goals in a minute just before half time and they went on to play with great zeal and confidence in the second half. Former Ilkeston player Derek Fawell almost gave Leamington the lead during the first half with a header against the bar. Town went close with a Terry Thompson header from Alan Brown’s cross that went narrowly wide before they stunned the visitors by going ahead in the 43rd minute. Bob Norris’ probing ball found Phil Shrewsbury who made no mistake and it was Shrewsbury again who scored a minute later when he stood unmarked to bury a header from a Dave Agnew free kick.

Scott tested Colin Treharne with a shot shortly after the interval but from then on it was all Ilkeston. Brown, Thompson and Norris all went close, Roberts almost put a Thompson free kick into his own net, a Norris shot skimmed the bar, Brown’s ball was headed inches wide by Roger Rann, Rann fired into the side net following a neat move between Thompson and Brown, and Thompson’s fine pass ended with a Norris shot being deflected off target. Ilkeston’s third finally arrived on 75 minutes through Norris who confidently drove home Rann’s header. Fawell’s frustrating return to the Manor Ground ended with a booking for dissent.

NEW COMPETITION BRINGS ILKESTON SUCCESS
8TH NOVEMBER 1969
GRESLEY ROVERS 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (FA TROPHY FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston’s first appearance in the FA Trophy was a tricky tie against Gresley who were unbeaten at the top of the East Midlands Regional League Premier Division. In the end Town’s attractive and purposeful football made them worthy winners but it took a late goal to see off Gresley’s spirited challenge. The Robins created all the best openings in the first half played in a swirling wind. Bob Norris slid a chance wide, Mick Jones curled a shot wide from a Terry Thompson free kick, ‘keeper Slaney made a good save when Phil Shrewsbury met Roger Rann’s high cross, a Norris shot struck Dadge onthe line following a fine link up between Rann and John Coleman, and Slaney made a good save to deny Norris from Alan Brown’s cross.

The second half began scrappily and Gresley put on some pressure that Ilkeston resisted well. The closest Gresley came was when Fairbrother’s neat effort went just past the post. Ilkeston gradually regained control and they were rewarded five minutes from time when Thompson’s free kick was headed home by the unmarked Brown.

ARNOLD HUMBLED BY STYLISH ROBINS
15TH NOVEMBER 1969
ARNOLD 0 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Third place Arnold were outplayed and outwitted by a stylish Ilkeston team who played with verve and skill in an icy wind. Yet Arnold began the game strongly and created several openings. Tait flicked the ball on for Burton to drive and Colin Treharne made a terrific save, another fine Burton effort skimmed the bar, and Treharne made a brilliant save to keep out Boucher’s close range strike following a free kick. Ilkeston gradually came into the game and Alan Brown shot wide from Phil Shrewsbury’s through ball with only ‘keeper Turton to beat. Town took the lead on 36 minutes when Mick Jones burst forward and his shot was turned into his own goal by Ball. The Robins were now on top and Brown’s shot from an acute angle after he had gone past three defenders struck the bar. Arnold tried to get back on level terms before the break and Boucher’s effort was turned away by Treharne for a corner.

Ilkeston controlled the second half, looking dangerous in attack and defending well when it mattered. John Coleman’s shot was well saved by Turton before Arnold enjoyed a spell of pressure. Barnes’ header from a corner was held by Treharne, and following another corner Burton’s shot thudded against the underside of the bar. Ilkeston regained the initiative as Dave Agnew’s shot was deflected off target by future Ilkeston player John Anthony, and Bob Norris failed to beat Turton. There was a narrow escape for Town when Jones’ back header almost went into his own net and the same player was booked for a foul on substitute John Langford, Town’s former winger. The crucial second goal arrived nine minutes from time when Shrewsbury’s through ball found Norris who slid the ball into the far corner. Ilkeston rounded off the day in style with a minute remaining when Shrewsbury hooked Brown’s corner just inside the angle.

ROBINS RUE MISSED CHANCES
22ND NOVEMBER 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 2 PRESTATYN 2 (FA TROPHY SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston created numerous chances in this exciting clash and the visitors could count themselves lucky to have a second bite of the cherry. Welsh League (North) side Prestatyn, for their part, showed great persistence and made the most of Ilkeston’s nervous defence whilst Ilkeston attacked with confidence, especially after the break. Town were on top early on. John Coleman’s shot was headed to safety by Richardson, and Dave Agnew’s fine shot was smothered by ‘keeper Hughes. But it was Prestatyn who took the lead, against the run of play, on 8 minutes when the unmarked Bailey lobbed over Colin Treharne. Ilkeston poured forward at every opportunity during the remainder of the first half. Terry Thompson’s neat touch found Bob Norris who crashed his effort against the bar, and Roger Rann’s shot was cleared off the line by Winder. Treharne kept out a Bailey header in a rare Prestatyn attack before Rann went close from Alan Brown’s cross at the other end. Ilkeston finally equalised a minute before half time when Bob MacAndrew’s clever play gave Norris the chance to fire home.

The second half followed a similar pattern. Prestatyn regained the lead in the 54th minute through Dave Jones who looked suspiciously offside. From then on it was all Ilkeston. Coleman shot just wide after being set up by Rann following a fine move before Town drew level again on the hour, Phil Shrewsbury powerfully heading in Brown’s cross. Try as they may Ilkeston couldn’t find a winner. Norris went close several times, Brown blazed over from close range, and Hughes produced outstanding saves from shots by Thompson, Norris and Shrewsbury.

COLEMAN TURNS GOAL MAN TO SAVE TOWN
27TH NOVEMBER 1969
PRESTATYN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (FA TROPHY SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND REPLAY @ WITTON ALBION - AFTER EXTRA TIME)
Ilkeston were close to a exiting the FA Trophy but had they done so there would have been no justice. They dominated the game for long periods but it needed a late equaliser by John Coleman after a cleverly taken free kick by Terry Thompson to keep them in the tie. Extra time saw Ilkeston pile unrelenting pressure upon Prestatyn but they were denied by several outstanding Hughes saves. Prestatyn had taken the lead in the 10th minute through a Bailey header from a Dave Jones free kick. The game had to be staged at Witton because Prestatyn’s ground did not have floodlights.

LIFELESS AT LOUGHBOROUGH
29TH NOVEMBER 1969
LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND)
A game of little excitement produced no goals and very few efforts on goal. Both teams lacked ideas on a difficult pitch although late Loughborough pressure almost provided them with a barely deserved victory. The home side edged the early exchanges and Skellington miskicked when provided with a good chance after Casini beat Mick Jones. Broadhurst then worked his way through for a shot that went wide. Ilkeston came more into the game and John Coleman shot wide following a good combination between Phil Shrewsbury and Alan Brown. Shrewsbury then put a good chance high over after Bob Norris had touched on a long kick by Colin Treharne, and Norris hastily shot another opportunity over the bar.

The second half provided even fewer incidents. Loughborough’s Alan Ford almost slid the ball past his own ‘keeper before the home team staged a late assault on Treharne’s goal. Wileman and Casini had shots blocked and Treharne held a Wileman shot. Brown did put the ball past Raynor during the game but the goal was disallowed.

PRESTATYN CHALLENGE FINALLY OVERCOME
3RD DECEMBER 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 3 PRESTATYN 1 (FA TROPHY SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND SECOND REPLAY @ NORTHWICH VICTORIA)
Two previous meetings between the clubs had failed to produce a winner so Northwich Victoria’s ground was the neutral venue chosen to host this second replay. This time there was a satisfactory outcome as Ilkeston’s greater attacking flair gave them a well deserved victory against their Welsh League (North) opponents. They went ahead after just 7 minutes when Richardson could only turn an awkward bouncing ball past his own ‘keeper. Ilkeston bossed the remainder of the first half although Stockford hit the post on a rare Prestatyn break.

Ilkeston’s superiority counted in the second half and they doubled the lead through Phil Shrewsbury on the hour. Bailey scored a fine goal a minute later to give the Welshmen a sniff but Alan Brown made certain of an Ilkeston victory ten minutes from time following a scramble. Prestatyn, who had already brought on their substitute, were reduced to ten men in the 85th minute when Dave Jones was carried off.

ROBINS ON SONG AGAIN
10TH DECEMBER 1969
ILKESTON TOWN 3 HEANOR TOWN 1
There was little to enthuse about during the first 20 minutes but Ilkeston went on to win convincingly with a lively display. They took the lead with a fine goal on 22 minutes. Terry Thompson began the move down the right and when Bob Norris’ shot was headed out Thompson cracked in a fierce drive past Jenney. Heanor then had a good spell. Colin Treharne held a shot by Fitzpatrick and Pearson’s goalbound header was deflected off target by future Ilkeston player Alan Green. Heanor’s challenge was effectively killed off in the 41st minute when The Robins scored a second. Norris played a lovely ball through to Roger Rann who held off Parsons and slid the ball past Jenney.

Alan Brown came close to scoring early in the second half with a stinger that flew just wide as The Robins continued to impress. Former Ilkeston full back John Thornhill let frustration get the better of him and he was booked after lashing out at Thompson but Heanor had a better moment with a fine Kelly header that had to be tipped over by Treharne. Ilkeston still had the lion’s share of the play, however, and Phil Shrewsbury headed just over from a Norris cross. The third goal came on 68 minutes when lovely play by Rann set up Brown for a simple finish and Ilkeston were well on top until Heanor scored a consolation goal eight minutes from time. Former Ilkeston forward Barry Marsh sent over a cross that was met by a Kelly header that went straight through Treharne’s grasp. The goal lifted the visitors and they pressed during the closing stages. Kelly turned a Smith cross inches wide, and Treharne made amends for his earlier blunder by making a fine save to keep out Reid’s powerful shot.

TOWN EDGE PAST SANDBACH
17TH DECEMBER 1969
SANDBACH RAMBLERS 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (FA TROPHY THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND)
The Robins booked a place in the First Round of the FA Trophy with a hard working display in this tricky fixture. Ilkeston’s victory was well earned but they had to remain solid in the face of some determined, positive football by Sandbach in the second half. Sandbach were unbeaten at home in the Cheshire County League. Town edged the first half and made the early running, Roger Rann touching the ball forward for Bob Norris who shot wide, and then Rann headed on to Terry Thompson whose shot cleared the bar. Sandbach were denied an opening goal by Colin Treharne who brilliantly tipped over Allen’s fierce drive but Ilkeston came back and missed a good chance of their own when John Coleman put the ball high over the top from close range following neat play by Rann. Two Ilkeston mistakes could have been costly when firstly Mick Wyld’s error allowed Connelly a shot that was held by Treharne. Then Dave Agnew lost out in midfield and Muir broke clear only to shoot straight at Treharne. Ilkeston took the lead a minute before half time when Alan Brown worked through the home defence for Rann to score from close range.

Sandbach showed signs of not lying down after the restart with Allen getting the better of Wyld but his low shot was saved. Home ‘keeper Lawton was called into action at the other end when he saved Rann’s shot following fine play down the right by Brown but he had little to do for some time as Sandbach put Town under considerable pressure. Treharne tipped away a splendid shot by Connolly who then had a powerful header cleared off the line by Agnew. Coleman’s shot from Thompson’s free kick was well saved by Lawton as Town relieved the pressure but Bob MacAndrew was grateful when Treharne preserved Ilkeston’s lead with a fine save following his error. Gradually Sandbach ran out of steam and The Robins controlled the latter stages. Peter Ford, on for Wyld who left the pitch on the hour with a shin injury, crossed for Norris to touch on but Brown missed the resultant chance before Ilkeston made the game safe two minutes from time. On a swift break Brown and Norris combined for the latter to fire home the second from 18 yards. Coleman should have scored a third but he missed an open goal in the last minute.

BOTTOM CLUB BELPER BATTLE TO FAMOUS VICTORY
26TH DECEMBER 1969
BELPER TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Bottom club Belper, without a home victory in 15 months, survived intense first half pressure from Ilkeston and fought back from going a goal down to claim a well deserved win. Ilkeston missed chances during the first half although they enjoyed very little luck. A Phil Shrewsbury cross was touched out to Roger Rann whose shot hit ‘keeper Dymond on the legs as did another Rann effort following a good build up involving John Coleman and Bob Norris. Ilkeston continued to dominate the first half despite the loss of Mick Jones who went off with a calf injury on 33 minutes and he was replaced by Bob MacAndrew. Alan Brown’s corner shortly before half time was headed just wide by Shrewsbury.

The Robins took the lead as expected four minutes into the second half when Coleman headed Brown’s corner into the roof of the net. But instead of going on to win they were unable to deal with Belper’s unexpected fightback. Hawley evaded Wyld’s challenge and shot over with only Colin Treharne to beat before they equalised on 59 minutes. Green slipped through Town’s defence all too easily and pushed the ball past Treharne. Even then Ilkeston had opportunities to go back in front. Rann headed over a Shrewsbury cross, Wyld’s free kick was headed just wide by Shrewsbury, and Dymond produced a fine save to keep out a Shrewsbury shot. Belper stunned Ilkeston by taking the lead on 77 minutes, however, when O’Kane steered the ball home after Steve Tunstall was caught napping. Ilkeston tried in vain to find a way back in the dying minutes. Dymond touched a Rann shot over, and a Shrewsbury shot from Norris’ cross rattled the post.

TELFORD CURTAIL TOWN’S TROPHY RUN
10TH JANUARY 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 0 TELFORD UNITED 2 (FA TROPHY FIRST ROUND)
Southern League Telford were too strong for Ilkeston, who played with great spirit and understanding. The visitors, who were destined to reach the final, gave a polished performance to reach the last 32 and they put on tremendous early pressure. Mick Wyld was forced to clear off the line following a free kick and when Bentley headed on to Jagger, Colin Treharne made a sound save. Treharne was beaten on 20 minutes, however. Croft beat the offside trap and crossed for Harris to fire into the roof of the net. Ilkeston went close to an equaliser when Bob Norris’ throw was met by a Phil Shrewsbury header and Ray cleared off the line but Telford were still the more dangerous. Treharne made good saves from Bentley and Harris before half time.

Telford continued to hold the upper hand after the break. Ball’s shot went just wide, Bentley fired against the post, and Croft’s long range strike was well held by Treharne. Ilkeston then enjoyed their best spell of the game. Bob MacAndrew’s great shot was well stopped, Terry Thompson’s low shot was deflected just off target, Norris hit the bar, and Thompson fired inches wide. However, on 70 minutes, Harris delivered the killer blow with his and Telford’s second. His first shot struck the bar but he was on hand to slam home the rebound. The Robins didn’t give up although Bentley’s shot that was held by Treharne was the nearest either side got to another goal.

TOWN LIMP TO LEAGUE CUP WIN
17TH JANUARY 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 3 LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 2 (LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND REPLAY)
There may have been five goals but this was a dismal, dreary game. The Robins stuttered to victory against a poor Loughborough side despite taking a 3rd minute lead. Alan Brown went past Parker and sent over a lob from the right that caught out ‘keeper Parker and dipped into the far corner. Goal attempts were few and far between during the first half hour and those that did came from Ilkeston. Mick Wyld went down the left and his fine cross was hit tamely by Phil Shrewsbury, Ashton being able to turn it away to safety. Another Wyld cross found Terry Thompson whose effort was palmed over. Town scored a second in the 34th minute with a fine individual goal by Peter Ford, his swerving shot giving Ashton no chance. Loughborough pulled a goal back a minute later when Adcock’s stinging header struck the bar before the referee awarded a penalty for a handling offence no one had spotted. Broadhurst converted from the spot. Ilkeston ended the first half on the attack with Brown hitting a 25 yard shot that was turned away by Ashton, and a Shrewsbury strike from 20 yards that went just over.

The second half had precious little to enthuse over once Ilkeston got their third in the 50th minute. It came when Ford broke on the right and found Roger Rann who touched the ball on for Brown to score with a simple finish. Colin Treharne made his first real save when he pushed away a Neal shot, and Ashton saved in similar fashion to keep out Wyld’s testing shot. With Ilkeston offering little the visitors grew in confidence and they reduced the arrears ten minutes from time when future Town player John Nakutis scored during a scramble. Suddenly Loughborough looked capable of getting themselves back in the game and they had a clear cut penalty appeal turned down when Thompson brought down Wileman. Ilkeston held on although Wyld was booked in the last minute for his part in a scuffle with Broadhurst.

GREAT GRESLEY K.O. ROBINS
24TH JANUARY 1970
GRESLEY ROVERS 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND)
Gresley, destined to win the East Midlands Regional League title without losing a match, were shock winners but they deserved it with their brand of skilful, fast, aggressive football. Ilkeston lacked method at times although they didn’t play badly and had no luck in front of goal. Gresley made the early attacks and Cowlishaw’s cross from the left found Fitchett whose shot was held by Colin Treharne. Ilkeston almost scored when ‘keeper Slaney failed to hold Peter Ford’s hard cross and Roger Rann slammed the ball against the post from 5 yards. Bob Norris then missed a great chance from close range when he seized on a poor back pass by Dadge, and Slaney reacted brilliantly to tip over Rann’s drive following Terry Thompson’s fine work as Ilkeston continued to create chances. Fitchett thought he had given Gresley the lead with a terrific 25 yard strike but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Ilkeston began the second half in determined fashion. The unlucky Rann hit the post again, and Thompson shot wide from close range. However, Gresley took a shock lead on 64 minutes when Fitchett slid a free kick to the unmarked Mitchell who pushed the ball into the far corner. The goal gave the home side great confidence and they created several opportunities. Cowlishaw found Liddle, on as a substitute for Duggins, in space and he went close. Treharne then had to palm out a dangerous Fitchett free kick, and a Cowlishaw shot just missed the mark. Ilkeston probably realised that it wasn’t going to be their day when Slaney pushed a splendid Rann shot against the post, and Gresley rounded off the afternoon with an injury time winner. Dave Agnew pushed Cowlishaw as he raced clear and Fitchett made no mistake from the penalty spot.

ILKESTON STUN SUBDUED SUTTON
31ST JANUARY 1970
SUTTON TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Third place Sutton disappointed in a game dominated by defences. Ilkeston scored an early goal but made hard work of keeping their advantage. Nevertheless they deserved their victory. The Robins began impressively with a fine Bob Norris shot that was turned round the post by future Ilkeston ‘keeper Graham Pigott before they took a 4th minute lead. Dave Agnew’s clever ball found Alan Brown whose shot rebounded off Trueman to Roger Rann who fired past the wrongfooted Pigott. Peter Ford then escaped several challenges before firing narrowly over, and Rann’s close range shot went straight into Pigott’s arms. Sutton’s first effort came from Richmond who shot just over, and former Ilkeston star Barry Walker then went on a good run and fired narrowly over the bar. Brown had a good chance for Ilkeston but shot straight at Pigott before Hutchby had an even better opportunity for Sutton when he beat the offside trap only for his shot to be blocked by Colin Treharne. Treharne made a brave save at Richmond’s feet to preserve Ilkeston’s lead but Sutton’s expected late surge never materialised. Instead it was Ilkeston who could have scored further goals as Pigott saved successive shots from John Coleman and substitute Arthur Severn.

CLASSY ROBINS COAST TO VICTORY
7TH FEBRUARY 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 4 BELPER TOWN 1
Ilkeston won easily enough without hitting top gear against a poor Belper team destined to finish bottom of the pile. It took a while for The Robins to get their noses in front despite them being in control during the first half hour. Roger Rann steered an excellent shot that was well saved by ‘keeper Dymond, Arthur Severn’s shot from a great through ball by Terry Thompson was held by Dymond, and somehow both Bob Norris and Severn both failed to connect with a superb Rann cross. The first goal finally arrived on 33 minutes when Norris won possession and supplied the pass for Peter Ford to score with a fine curling shot.

Ilkeston continued to control the game after half time. A clever build up involving Thompson and Ford ended with Rann scooping the ball into the side net, and the latter was aggrieved when he was brought down by Green and no penalty was awarded. The Robins doubled their lead in the 53rd minute when Norris worked his way through the defence and set up Rann who rounded Dymond and put the ball into the empty net. Ilkeston had another penalty appeal turned down when Severn was brought down by former Robins defender Geoff Wardle, and they went close to another goal through Alan Brown who had burst forward before seeing his shot deflected over by Bowers. The third goal came on the hour after Rann cleverly created some space and touched on for Brown to finish. Brown then cleverly eluded Hawley before shooting just wide, and he then crossed to substitute Keith Mycroft who missed a simple chance. Ilkeston’s fourth came ten minutes from time when Norris converted Brown’s cross before Belper scored a consolation goal four minutes later. Former Ilkeston winger Stuart Hart centred for Cheetham to score.

ROBINS RANN RIOT
21ST FEBRUARY 1970
BARTON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 4 (LEAGUE CUP SECOND ROUND)
This match, which also doubled up as a league fixture, marked the debut of Dick Smith who aged 15 became Ilkeston’s youngest ever player. The Robins played with skill and spirit and were superior to Barton in all departments. Roger Rann scored all four goals, including two in the first half. Joplin scored with a tame header for the hosts shortly before the break as Ilkeston appealed for offside.

The heavy, muddy conditions were no deterrent to The Robins who added to further goals through Rann during the second half.

REVITALISED ROBINS BEAT BOSTON
28TH FEBRUARY 1970
BOSTON 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
In form Ilkeston made it 7 wins in 8 league games against a Boston team that lacked skill but showed plenty of endeavour. The Robins for their part mastered the windy conditions and dominated early on. Roger Rann went on a fine solo run before crossing to Bob Norris who headed over, and then Rann shot inches wide. It was Rann who gave Ilkeston a 20th minute lead when he headed Dave Agnew’s long cross over ‘keeper Crawford and into the net. The second goal came just four minutes later through a lovely effort by Norris who shook off several challenges before unleashing a fine shot. The closest Boston came to a goal during the first half came when Mick Jones slipped and Dunn got in a shot that Colin Treharne saved.

Boston defended far better in the second half although Ilkeston could have scored more goals. Norris’ bullet hit the post before another of his shots hit the upright with Rann’s follow up hitting a defender. Boston improved towards the end but Treharne did well to hold Dunn’s dipping shot with an Ashbury shot meeting a similar outcome.

ROBINS RESIST ASHBY TO FORCE REPLAY
7TH MARCH 1970
ASHBY INSTITUTE 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Ilkeston played with great spirit and skill against third place Ashby and they put up fine resistance under severe second half pressure from Ashby. However, Ashby equalised with a Martin header ten minutes from time to thwart a Robins victory. Town took the lead in the 11th minute when Terry Thompson knocked the ball forward for Bob Norris to flick on and Roger Rann steered the ball home. Ilkeston had the better of the first half and Rann went close to a second with a shot that went just wide, and John Coleman’s goalbound shot was deflected off target by a defender for a corner.

ILKESTON GRAFT TO SECURE SEMI FINAL PLACE
14TH MARCH 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 2 ASHBY INSTITUTE 1 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL REPLAY)
Excellent team work and a workmanlike performance ensured that Ilkeston more than matched a good Ashby team. Play fluctuated during the first hour during which time Ashby picked up a couple of bookings. Player Manager Len Sharpe was cautioned for dissent during the first half and Martin was booked for a nasty challenge on John Coleman. Ilkeston got their noses in front on 66 minutes when Bob Norris touched in an Arthur Severn cross. Nine minutes later a splendid piece of opportunism by Roger Rann who redirected Coleman’s mis-hit shot past ‘keeper Arminger gave Town a slightly flattering two goal lead. Ashby got the goal they deserved nine minutes from time when Ryder, who injured himself in the process, finished following a goalmouth scramble. Ilkeston survived Ashby’s late pressure although the visitors almost equalised when Martin’s effort crept past the post after the ball rebounded off Colin Treharne.

TOWN PICK UP WELL EARNED POINT
21ST MARCH 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SKEGNESS TOWN 1
After a scrappy opening Ilkeston dominated the first half and with luck they could have put the game beyond Skegness. They tired in the second half, however, and the visitors clawed their way back into the game with some decisive, powerful and speedy football. A spell of intense Ilkeston pressure saw Peter Ford’s corner met by a Steve Tunstall header that was turned out by defender Madden. The resultant corner taken by Ford was cleared as far as Mick Jones whose low, hard strike cannoned into the net off John Coleman to give The Robins a 32nd minute lead.

Skegness equalised on the hour when Beckers back heeled his free kick to Madden who slammed a shot into the far corner. Defences were mainly on top during the closing stages although Ilkeston went close to a winner near the end with a fine Coleman effort that hit the far post.

ROBINS WOBBLE AT WORKSOP
28TH MARCH 1970
WORKSOP TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston couldn’t contain lively Worksop in the second half after having few problems before the break. Worksop were lacklustre during the opening period as they struggled to overcome Ilkeston’s effective offside trap. Defences were on top during the first half with most of the action confined to midfield. David Whalley had a good chance to put Ilkeston ahead when he shot wide with only ‘keeper Evans to beat after being put through by Bob Norris. Worksop responded with a hard Phelan shot that was pushed away by Colin Treharne, and Treharne then made a fine save to deny Reeson. Ilkeston went ahead two minutes before half time when John Coleman converted following a free kick.

Worksop became more adventurous after the break and took control. Fenoughty equalised on the hour and substitute Pearson grabbed the winner in the 79th minute.

ILKESTON FAIL TO FORCE VICTORY
30TH MARCH 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BOSTON 2
The Robins threw everything at Boston during the second half after being second best before the break but they were unable to take their chances. Boston were tigerish, powerful and full of pace with the wind behind them in the first half and they took the lead after just 2 minutes, Bowers scooping home Wortley’s free kick. In a frantic opening Ilkeston drew level in the 10th minute through Bob Norris after Roger Rann had headed on Peter Ford’s floated corner, but Boston regained the lead four minutes later. Wortley’s cross was flicked by Jennings’ head towards the net and Mick Jones could only help it into his own goal. Boston controlled the rest of the half. A Jennings shot from distance grazed the bar and a similar effort by the same player flew just over. Jennings’ next fierce shot resulted in Colin Treharne making a brave save at Ashbury’s feet. Ilkeston went close to a goal before half time when John Coleman instigated a move that ended with an Arthur Severn shot that was deflected to safety by Bowers.

Ilkeston roared back to life in the second half and the equaliser came on 58 minutes when Roger Rann slotted home following brilliant work by Norris. But despite constant pressure they couldn’t find a winner. Coleman, in the clear, failed to round ‘keeper Crawford who also made a great save from Norris. Another good effort from Norris flew just over, and a fine Terry Thompson strike was well held by Crawford. The final chance fell to Rann who fired well over from 12 yards.

SKEGGY GRAB LAST GASP WINNER
4TH APRIL 1970
SKEGNESS TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Daniels gave Skegness the lead towards the end of the first half when he fired home only for Roger Rann to equalise a minute later when Bob Norris’ effort came back off the post. Ilkeston’s well organised offside trap looked like frustrating the hosts but Skegness managed to find a winner in injury time. Beckers converted after Madden slipped the ball to him following a corner.

ILKESTON TAKE STEP TOWARDS FINAL
6TH APRIL 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 3 HEANOR TOWN 2 (LEAGUE CUP SEMI FINAL FIRST LEG)
Ilkeston, wearing a new all white kit with red trim, played with fight and flair against an often ragged Heanor outfit and could easily have won more convincingly in an entertaining game. Heanor began aggressively and won a penalty after 5 minutes when Reid went down but Parsons put his spot kick against the post. Roger Rann then hit the post at the other end after being supplied by Bob Norris, and Rann then missed a great chance when he took too long and Ward cleared the ball out for a corner. A Terry Thompson long shot didn’t trouble ‘keeper Jenney too greatly but he was well beaten by Rann on 20 minutes, Rann rounding him after being put through by Arthur Severn on 20 minutes. Ilkeston scored a second five minutes later with a brilliant goal by Norris who slid the ball expertly past Jenney. Yet Heanor pulled a goal back out of the blue moments later when Dave Agnew erred and allowed Kelly the time to push the ball past Colin Treharne. Ilkeston controlled the remainder of the half and could easily have extended their lead. Jenney went full stretch to keep out Peter Ford’s shot following Thompson’s approach play, and then Severn missed a simple chance when Jenney mishandled Ford’s corner.

The Robins scored their third immediately after half time when Pearson’s poor back pass was intercepted by Rann who rounded Jenney and crossed for Norris to score at the far post. Ilkeston relaxed for a spell and Heanor came more into the game as it became more heated. Treharne foiled Fitzpatrick following a quickly taken free kick before Clarke was booked for a poor challenge on Severn. John Coleman was booked for dissent soon after. Heanor got the goal they threatened in the 79th minute when Fitzpatrick burst forward and touched on to Clarke who applied the finish to give Heanor a lifeline. Ilkeston almost gave themselves a two goal cushion late in the game when Rann’s effort hit the bar and Severn blazed the rebound over.

ROBINS FINAL HOPES HIT FOR SIX
11TH APRIL 1970
HEANOR TOWN 6 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (LEAGUE CUP SEMI FINAL SECOND LEG - HEANOR WON 8-3 ON AGGREGATE)
Ilkeston couldn’t cope with a lively Heanor team who destroyed The Robins with 4 goals in 12 minutes late in the game. Yet despite being two goals down at half time Ilkeston looked capable of bouncing back and it was only when Heanor ditched their long ball approach in favour of a more purposeful, attractive and constructive style after the break that they took full control. Ilkeston were aggrieved inside the first five minutes when they were denied a clear cut penalty when Peter Ford was brought down. The Robins continued to pose questions and ‘keeper Jenney did well to keep out a fine effort by Roger Rann after Bob MacAndrew engineered a good move. John Coleman then wasted a chance when he shot well wide with Ford in acres of space. Heanor gradually came more into it and they levelled the scores on aggregate with a Kelly lob after the ball had been touched on by Fitzpatrick. Two minutes later the tie was turned on its head when Heanor grabbed a second through Kelly again, with Colin Treharne appearing to be at fault, although Ilkeston were more upset by the referee’s decision not to penalise Heanor when two of their players were impeded during the build up.

The early stages of the second half were quite even as The Robins threatened to get back into the tie. Rann hit the side net following a long throw by Bob Norris, and then he narrowly missed the target after MacAndrew’s neat touch. In between Rann’s efforts Heanor went close with a Fitzpatrick header from a free kick that went just wide. Heanor gradually took control and Kelly hit the bar when Fitzpatrick beat Mick Jones’ challenge. Then came the goal blitz which started with a wonder goal. On 71 minutes Ward lobbed the ball over Ilkeston’s defence and ran onto it himself before delightfully lobbing Treharne. Norris missed a good chance for The Robins when he shot over from close range before Heanor made it four in the 79th minute. Former Ilkeston full back John Thornhill crossed to Fitzpatrick whose header found Green who made no mistake. They scored again two minutes later when Reid and Kelly penetrated The Robins’ defence for Parsons to finish. Heanor’s sixth came seven minutes from time when Treharne punched the ball out to Green who controlled well and thumped the ball into the roof of the net to produce a resounding victory.

COLEMAN’S EARLY DOUBLE ENSURES AWAY WIN
18TH APRIL 1970
LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Two early goals by John Coleman, on 4 minutes and 12, set up an Ilkeston victory. Only a splendid save by Pitts prevented Coleman from notching a first half hat-trick. Town were full value for their win against a disappointing Loughborough team although the home team managed to create some chances during the first half. Broadhurst twice saw shots cleared off the line by Dave Agnew and another of his efforts took a wicked deflection but Colin Treharne pulled off a magnificent save.

The second half was a disjointed affair after a couple of early goals. Roger Rann scored Town’s third in the 52nd minute and future Town player Dick Kalasiak scored a consolation goal for Loughborough four minutes later.

RANN TREBLE SINKS LEAMINGTON
21ST APRIL 1970
LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON 2 ILKESTON TOWN 5
Ilkeston showed Leamington no mercy as they stormed to a convincing victory with a feat of attacking football. The home team’s persistence kept them in the game until after half time when The Robins truly asserted their authority. Phil Shrewsbury gave Ilkeston the lead after just 6 minutes before former Town player Derek Fawell equalised six minutes later.

Roger Rann put Ilkeston back in front a minute after half time only for Fawell to score again. However, Shrewsbury scored his second to see off Leamington’s challenge and Rann to scored twice more to complete his hat-trick before the end.

ASHBY SWEPT AWAY BY ILKESTON STORM
25TH APRIL 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 3 ASHBY INSTITUTE 1
Ashby proved to be lively and tough opponents but they were often ragged and lacked cohesion. Ilkeston were by far the more skilful team and they adapted cleverly to the muddy, almost waterlogged conditions in a match played in a thunderstorm. Town almost took an early lead when Martin cleared Phil Shrewsbury’s header from a Peter Ford corner off the line. Dave Agnew then played a searching ball to John Coleman who forced a fine low save from ‘keeper Armiger. Ilkeston deservedly went in front on 28 minutes when Armiger missed Coleman’s cross and Ford fired into an empty net. Two minutes later they scored again through Roger Rann who cleverly eluded Armiger and steered the ball home following some fine midfield play by Shrewsbury.

Ilkeston continued to attack after half time and Armiger only just held a Coleman shot after Shrewsbury’s good work down the right. However, Ashby surprised Ilkeston on 57 minutes when Taylor was given too much space on the left and his shot was deflected into his own net by Terry Thompson. Ashby’s hopes of a comeback were wrecked two minutes later by a great goal from Bob Norris who beat two defenders before firing past Armiger. The game was held up for several minutes when a seriously ill elderly fan was stretchered across the pitch to be taken away for medical assistance but the delay didn’t change the flow of the game. Rann and Shrewsbury went close to adding further goals.

CHAMPIONS TOO GOOD FOR FIGHTING ROBINS
27TH APRIL 1970
ALFRETON TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Runaway champions Alfreton lived up to their reputation in an entertaining game played at a cracking pace. Ilkeston refused to lie down and looked good going forward but their lack of penetration in the final third proved their undoing. Alfreton were undaunted by the hard, bumpy surface and deserved their victory even though they never quite reached their top form. Colin Treharne was busy early on and he brilliantly tipped over Naylor’s powerful header and then he pulled off a great save from Ken Ford. However, he was beaten in the 14th minute when Bate fired in a Harrison cross from close range. Ilkeston responded with a stinging shot by Peter Ford from 20 yards that Vardy touched over, and Vardy just managed to hold a Mick Jones diving header from a Peter Ford corner.

Bob Norris had a good chance to equalise early in the second half but he headed high over the bar. Alfreton had two better chances, both missed by Parker. Firstly he blazed wide from 8 yards and then he scooped over from inside the six yard box. Vardy was called upon when he made a low save from a Terry Thompson shot following a free kick but Ilkeston rarely threatened thereafter. Naylor went down the left and found Ken Ford whose effort was brilliantly blocked by Dave Agnew, before Alfreton made certain of victory two minutes from time. Harrison found Bate whose header went into the net despite a brave attempt by Treharne to keep it out.

STAMFORD STEAMROLLERED
30TH APRIL 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 5 STAMFORD 2
Ilkeston recorded a resounding victory and had they not eased up they could have won even more convincingly. Roger Rann gave Ilkeston a 13th minute lead and although Smith equalised on 23 minutes Rann scored again two minutes later. John Coleman scored with a cracking volley before half time for Town’s third.

Rann made it four a minute after the interval and Bob Norris made it five on the hour. The Robins then set back and Crawford hooked in a fine goal in the 76th minute for a consolation for Stamford.

SHODDY TOWN CRASH TO LOUGHBOROUGH
2ND MAY 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 2 LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 5
Shambolic defending by Ilkeston ensured they suffered a heavy defeat against a scrappy Loughborough outfit that cashed in on Town’s defensive mayhem. Berresford gave the visitors a 6th minute lead but two goals from Roger Rann, on 9 and 13 minutes gave Ilkeston false hopes. Berresford scored again on 16 minutes and future Town player Dick Kalasiak restored Loughborough’s lead four minutes later. Kalasiak scored again in the 37th minute before the game degenerated in quality.

A Broadhurst penalty ended the scoring in the 61st minute. The match marked the final appearance of Bob MacAndrew.

BARTON TRAVEL TO DEFEAT
3RD MAY 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 1 BARTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston made hard work of defeating visiting Barton. Glorious chances were wasted with Roger Rann, who missed four, and John Coleman with three being the biggest culprits. The only goal came in the 48th minute when Coleman made up for his earlier misses with a fine volley following an excellent build up involving Bob Norris and Rann. Maybe it was the fact that the players were jaded after playing 24 hours earlier or perhaps it was because it was a lazy Sunday afternoon.

WYATT NETS LATE WARLEY WINNER
9TH MAY 1970
WARLEY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
The season ended unluckily for The Robins. Warley took the lead with an early goal by Wyatt whose effort took a big deflecton. After John Coleman equalised through John Coleman on 63 minutes Ilkeston looked the likelier winners and they went close several times. With the game seemingly headed for a draw Wyatt scored again in injury time to hand Warley a scarcely deserved victory. Colin Treharne, Town’s keeper, deserved a better fate than to pick the ball out of his net in one of his final acts as an Ilkeston player.

1969/70 RESERVES FINAL TABLE to follow
FA YOUTH CUP
2QR ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 4, THORNEYWOOD ATHLETIC 3 (FA ORDERED A REPLAY)
2QR (REPLAY) THORNEYWOOD ATHLETIC 1 ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 0