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1970/71 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Grantham 34 26 6 2 100 28 58
2 Arnold 34 21 8 5 78 45 50
3 Frickley Colliery 34 19 11 4 68 38 49
4 ILKESTON TOWN 34 18 10 6 53 31 46
5 Alfreton Town 34 18 6 10 83 39 42
6 Lockheed Leamington 34 18 6 10 64 41 42
7 Worksop Town 34 13 10 11 65 72 36
8 Skegness Town 34 9 14 11 39 44 32
9 Sutton Town 34 13 5 16 52 52 31
10 Retford Town 34 13 5 16 65 88 31
11 Belper Town 34 10 9 15 38 44 29
12 Long Eaton United 34 11 6 17 50 63 28
13 Heanor Town 34 7 13 14 46 60 27
14 Loughborough United 34 7 13 14 37 53 27
15 Ashby Institute 34 7 12 15 39 60 26
16 Boston 34 7 11 16 36 54 25
17 Stamford 34 3 12 19 31 72 18
18 Warley 34 5 5 24 33 93 13



1970/71 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULTS ATT SCORERS
15 AUG RETFORD TOWN W2-0 574 RANN 2
19 AUG Stamford W3-1 BROWN, RANN 2
22 AUG WORKSOP TOWN D3-3 718 FORD, RANN, SCATTERGOOD
24 AUG Grantham L0-1 1715
29 AUG LONG EATON UNITED W1-0 715 BROWN
01 SEP BELPER TOWN W2-0 511 BROWN, COLEMAN
05 SEP Arnold L0-2
09 SEP Retford Town D0-0
12 SEP Belper Town W1-0 BROWN
26 SEP Lockheed Leamington L0-1
03 OCT ASHBY INSTITUTE D0-0 366
10 OCT Sutton Town W3-2 ELLIOTT 2, RANN
18 OCT Boston W2-0 B.SMITH 2
24 OCT SKEGNESS TOWN D1-1 440 TUNSTALL
31 OCT WARLEY W4-0 408 RANN 3 (1PEN), BROWN
07 NOV Loughborough United D0-0
14 NOV Worksop Town D2-2 BROWN, B.SMITH
21 NOV ALFRETON TOWN W2-1 675 B.SMITH, FORD
28 NOV HEANOR TOWN D1-1 580 RANN
12 DEC ARNOLD W1-0 569 RANN
19 DEC Frickley Colliery L0-2
26 DEC LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON D1-1 RANN
23 JAN BOSTON W3-0 272 RANN 2, CLEEVELY
30 JAN Heanor Town W2-1 RANN, BROWN
20 FEB GRANTHAM W2-1 796 B.SMITH, BUCKLEY
27 FEB Warley D0-0
13 MAR Long Eaton United W1-0 RANN
20 MAR LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED W5-2 362 BROWN 2, RANN 2, STAINWRIGHT
27 MAR Skegness Town D1-1 RANN
03 APR FRICKLEY COLLIERY L1-2 275 RANN (PEN)
10 APR Ashby Institute W1-0 RANN (PEN)
17 APR STAMFORD W4-1 244 STAINWRIGHT, COLEMAN, RANN 2 (1PEN)
21 APR Alfreton Town L0-3 535
24 APR SUTTON TOWN W4-2 180 COLEMAN, RANN 2, BROWN



1970/71 FA CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORER
1QR 19 SEP Long Eaton United D1-1 RANN
1QRrep 28 SEP LONG EATON UNITED L0-2 485  


1970/71 FA TROPHY RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
3QR 05 DEC Ashby Institute W2-1 BROWN, TUNSTALL
1R 16 JAN SOUTH SHIELDS L1-3 642 RANN



1970/71 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORER
1R 02 JAN Alfreton Town L1-3 775 ELLIOTT


1970/71 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1R 09 JAN Stamford D1-1 RANN
1Rrep 06 FEB STAMFORD W2-0 352 B.SMITH, STAINWRIGHT
2R 06 MAR GRANTHAM L1-4 752 HARRISON (OG)

ROBINS OPEN WITH VICTORY
15TH AUGUST 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 2 RETFORD TOWN 0
Both teams showed plenty of effort but excitement levels were low with good football difficult on a rutted playing surface. Ilkeston took the lead on 19 minutes when Peter Ford’s overhead kick found Roger Rann who despatched the ball into the net. Hassell missed a good chance to equalise and Rann wasted an opportunity for a second goal when he pushed the ball wide. The Robins went close again before half time when Ford’s shot was cleared by Cook over his own crossbar.

Ilkeston made sure of victory in the 59th minute when debutant Peter Atkinson broke forward and found Ford whose cross was converted by Rann for his second. Goalkeeper Graham Pigott also made his debut.

TOWN LATE BUT GREAT
19TH AUGUST 1970
STAMFORD 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston’s late arrival meant that they had no time to prepare and they took to the field as soon as they were changed. The teams changed round at half time without a break and Town were later fined by the Midland Counties League. Ilkeston certainly made up for lost time and Ralph Brown gave them the lead after just 8 minutes. Although Stamford equalised through an Astbury penalty in the 25th minute Roger Rann scored twice before half time to give The Robins a comfortable lead. The first came following a corner and the second was an opportunist effort that squeezed inside the post.

Stamford created little during the game and Ilkeston were comfortable after the break as the home side managed only two shots on target, both of which were splendidly saved by Graham Pigott.

WORKSOP WORK BACK FOR UNLIKELY POINT
22ND AUGUST 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 3 WORKSOP TOWN 3
Ilkeston, with John Gulson making his debut, played attractively throughout and in the first half were irresistible. Worksop floundered and the result looked to be a foregone conclusion until they scored three goals in 15 minutes midway through the second half to grab a point they hardly deserved. The Robins scored the opening goal inside 2 minutes when Roger Rann’s cross was met powerfully by Peter Ford. Worksop responded briefly as Harrison went close from an acute angle and Jeffrey’s hard shot was held by Graham Pigott. Ilkeston then took command and scored again in the 8th minute. David Scattergood’s persistence got him past Storey and he found Rann who slid the ball home. Three minutes before half time Ford’s great cross was scrambled in by Scattergood for the third.

Ilkeston continued to dominate after the break. Ralph Brown fired inches wide of the top corner and he went close several times. Then Worksop pulled a goal back on the hour. Pigott couldn’t hold Jeffrey’s fierce drive and the unmarked Wilson pounced. The Tigers got themselves right back in it in the 71st minute when Harrison’s corner was met by a brilliant Jeffrey header. The comeback was complete four minutes later when Hallam scored with Jeffrey involved in the move. Ilkeston piled on late pressure in search of a winner but were denied it by a splendid Evans save from a brilliant Rann header.

BOB DOES THE JOB FOR GRANTHAM
24TH AUGUST 1970
GRANTHAM 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Former Ilkeston star Bob Norris broke their hearts with a winning goal 7 minutes from time. Grantham, who went on to win the title, had spent most of the game on the attack but Ilkeston’s defence had coped well. Grantham’s best chances in the first half fell to Brenskin who hit the post and Horobin who missed a gilt edged opportunity. Ilkeston’s best effort came from Ralph Brown who forced Gardiner into a flying save.

The second half followed a similar pattern until Norris’ late strike.

ILKESTON CLAIM NARROW VICTORY
29TH AUGUST 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 1 LONG EATON UNITED 0
Long Eaton’s unbeaten start to the season was ended by a far from convincing Ilkeston team that lacked fluency. The visitors had justifiable claims for an early penalty when Dick Smith appeared to palm away a Frame cross but the referee awarded a corner after consulting the linesman. Ilkeston began to gain the upper hand with Peter Ford and John Coleman both missing easy chances although Frame missed a simpler one at the other end following an error by ‘keeper Graham Pigott. Long Eaton ‘keeper Jenney produced a brilliant save from Roger Rann after a fine run by Ford, and Nigel Cleeveley then hit the bar. It was no surprise when The Robins took the lead on the half hour although it needed a moment of brilliance by Ralph Brown to break the deadlock. He cut inside from the left, outwitted a couple of defenders and drew Jenney before pushing the ball home.

The second half was a poor one with Long Eaton the better team but they created little. The nearest they came to an equaliser was when an Alexander shot produced a full length save by Pigott.

BROWN BRILLIANCE UNHINGES BELPER
1ST SEPTEMBER 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BELPER TOWN 0
Hardworking Belper were outclassed and were lucky to escape with a two goal defeat against an Ilkeston team that spurned many chances. Yet it was Belper who made the early running and former Ilkeston player John McEvoy hit the bar before a Ball shot was turned over the bar by ‘keeper Graham Pigott. The Robins then took full control. A Peter Ford cross was touched by Nigel Cleeveley to Roger Rann whose close range effort was saved by Needham, and John Coleman wasted two good chances. Then, a minute before half time, Ralph Brown went on an amazing solo run before rounding Needham and stroking the ball into the far corner.

Ilkeston scored again seven minutes into the second half. Cleeveley’s pass was picked up by Coleman who ran on to calmly push the ball past Needham. With Ilkeston now dominant Rann’s header from Ford’s cross was palmed over before they had a brilliant effort by Ford ruled out for offside following neat play between Cleeveley and Coleman. Rann and Coleman missed good chances to extend the lead further.

SHEPPARD SHOOTS DOWN TOWN
5TH SEPTEMBER 1970
ARNOLD 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
The game never lacked interest but it rarely sparkled as defences dominated. Ilkeston matched the home side in all areas except up front where there was a lack of creativity. Arnold deserved their win for their persistence and they created all the best chances. Graham Pigott did well to turn away a Charlton shot, and a Boucher header thumped against the bar before they finally went ahead in the 75th minute. Barton’s cross was met by a fine Sheppard header, and it was Sheppard who scored again two minutes from time to seal the victory. Ever alert, he took full advantage of a poor Pete Atkinson back pass. Former Ilkeston player Mick Wyld was booked during the game for dissent and Ralph Brown was also cautioned for a foul on Sheppard.

RETFORD’S DOMINANCE CAN’T BREAK STALEMATE
9TH SEPTEMBER 1970
RETFORD TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Determined Retford ought to have won the game but splendid first half saves by Graham Pigott from Machin, Redfern, Smithson and Myers held them at bay. Ilkeston’s best spell came shortly before and after half time but their attacks rarely threatened the home defence. Retford regained control during the closing stages but they couldn’t force a victory.

ROBINS RETURN WITH LUCKY WIN
12TH SEPTEMBER 1970
BELPER TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston somehow managed to win this game but they were under the cosh for most of it. Attacking frailties and a lack of cohesion meant that they struggled to contain Belper whose fast pace was most effective. The home team let themselves down with some poor finishing, however. Belper dominated the first half. Walker’s stinging shot flew inches wide following a mix up in The Robins’ defence, the same player’s less powerful strike troubled ‘keeper Graham Pigott and Pete Atkinson was forced to clear, and later Steve Tunstall cleared after another Walker shot was parried by Pigott.

Belper’s best chance came during the second half when Walker’s flick found Shields who, with only Pigott to beat, could only shoot hopelessly wide. Ilkeston stunned Belper by going ahead in the 77th minute. Following a throw in on the left Ralph Brown forced his way through and cleverly lifted the ball into the far corner. Belper seemed to lose heart after the goal and Brown twice went close to extending the lead with shots. But it needed a brave save by Pigott at Gommersall’s feet in the last minute to preserve Ilkeston’s lead.

TOWN TAKE LONG EATON TO REPLAY
19TH SEPTEMBER 1970
LONG EATON UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston began the game strongly but in the end were happy to come away with a draw against a skilful Long Eaton team that played with plenty of pace. The first chance fell to Town’s Peter Ford who ran down the right and cut in to shoot narrowly wide of the far post. They came closer still when, following a couple of touches by Roger Rann and John Coleman, Ralph Brown’s swerving shot hit the post. Then David Scattergood’s fine shot was cleared off the line by Redmile and Rann failed to score from the rebound. However, Long Eaton survived these scares and came more into it. Fine efforts by Hutchby, Frame and Redmile could have broken the deadlock but they did score on 41 minutes. Brooks got past Dave Agnew and when Steve Tunstall failed to clear his cross Stark powerfully thumped the ball home.

Ilkeston equalised four minutes after the break, Rann cleverly finishing a great Ford cross. But Long Eaton created the better chances as the second half progressed. Stark beat the offside trap and shot past Graham Pigott but his effort lacked power and Agnew and Nigel Cleeveley combined to clear. Pigott kept Ilkeston in the tie when he bravely turned Tait’s close range drive over the bar.

TOWN DOWN WITH DULL DEFEAT
26TH SEPTEMBER 1970
LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
A tedious struggle littered with errors was decided after just 10 minutes and fittingly it was a mistake that led to the goal. Town ‘keeper Graham Pigott went for a corner and missed to leave Bale with a simple finish.

ROBINS IN CUP KNOCKOUT BLOW
28TH SEPTEMBER 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 0 LONG EATON UNITED 2 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND REPLAY)
Two goals in four second half minutes swung the tie in Long Eaton’s favour. Although neither side deserved to lose Long Eaton probably edged the game overall. Both teams played with great spirit and fight and there was plenty of entertaining, skilful football on offer. Long Eaton’s determination occasionally went too far and both Hutchby and Collinson were guilty of several nasty fouls during the game. They had the better of the opening exchanges and Graham Pigott had to pull off a brilliant save to keep out Jeffrey’s shot following Stark’s header. Good work by Stark on the left ended with his shot hitting the post. Ilkeston responded with some fine play by David Stainwright and only the intervention of Halford, who swept the ball over his own bar, prevented an Ilkeston goal. Long Eaton had a golden chance to score when Pigott missed a cross but Frame, with the goal at his mercy, took too long and Dick Smith was able to clear.

Ilkeston were denied by ‘keeper Jenney early in the second half when he clawed away David Scattergood’s hard shot from Ralph Brown’s fine pass. But it was Long Eaton who edged in front in the 54th minute with a fortunate goal, Jeffrey’s shot taking a wicked deflection off John Coleman. The tie was decided four minutes later when Alexander’s cross was met by a brilliant header by Jeffries and the ball flew into the far corner. Long Eaton grew in confidence and were able to thwart Ilkeston’s desperate fight to get back in the game.

PIGOTT INJURED IN DRAB DRAW
3RD OCTOBER 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 0 ASHBY INSTITUTE 0
Ilkeston had little to offer against a poor Ashby team and it wasn’t until the second half that they took control. Even then Town lacked the spark to win the game. Ashby failed to take advantage when Ilkeston ‘keeper Graham Pigott fractured his collarbone in a collision with Williams in the 40th minute and stand in Ralph Brown only touched the ball twice during the remaining 50 minutes. The best moments of the first half came from Ashby. Pigott saved a 30 yard shot by Taylor, and Baxter’s good work down the right was wasted by Cowling’s weak finish.

Ilkeston improved after half time and a splendid link between Nigel Cleeveley and David Stainwright ended with ‘keeper Armiger saving Roger Rann’s header. Cowling was only just off target at the other end but Town should have won the game when Stainwright hopelessly miskicked with the goal at his mercy.

ILKESTON’S RAY OF SUNSHINE
10TH OCTOBER 1970
SUTTON TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Two late Sutton goals suggested that the game was closer than it actually was. Ilkeston played some bright football and Sutton, lacking flair, were sluggish in comparison. Ilkeston took the lead in the 11th minute when a lovely move involving Peter Ford and debutant Ray Elliott ended with the former delivering an excellent cross for Elliott to head home. Sutton ‘keeper Straw made a point blank range save from Roger Rann following a lovely header by Pete Atkinson before Sutton forced Ilkeston ‘keeper John Pike into a splendid save from Matthews’ hard shot. The Robins went two up on 35 minutes. Ralph Brown’s free kick caused chaos and when Rann had three shots blocked Elliott pounced for his second.

Ilkeston’s third arrived four minutes into the second half. Brown’s fine pass found Elliott who pushed the ball on for Rann to squeeze past Straw. Elliott then was denied a hat-trick by Newson who cleared his great shot off the line. Pike came to Ilkeston’s rescue with a splendid save from Bower but he was beaten twice in the last three minutes. John Clarke fouled former Ilkeston forward Mick Raynor and Aldread converted the penalty for the first before Matthew scored the second with a minute remaining.

BOSTON BEATEN BY BOB JOB
18TH OCTOBER 1970
BOSTON 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston climbed up to fourth place thanks to two goals from Bobby Smith. Their splendid performance earned them a deserved victory and apart from hitting the woodwork twice Boston rarely threatened. Bobby Smith was denied a hat-trick when his excellent effort was ruled out by the referee after he consulted a linesman. However, there was no question about his earlier efforts. He snapped up a half chance to give Town the lead on 63 minutes and his second came nine minutes later following a fine overlap by Dick Smith, to give Ilkeston two points.

TUNSTALL TO THE RESCUE
24TH OCTOBER 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SKEGNESS TOWN 1
Ilkeston frequently looked to be the better side against a useful but ordinary Skegness team but they lacked flair. An uneven pitch meant that both teams struggled to pass the ball accurately and the game was disappointing. Ilkeston enjoyed the better of the first half and Roger Rann was unlucky with a shot that ‘keeper Utteridge blocked with his feet. Ralph Brown then had an effort cleared off the line by former Ilkeston player Roger Collinson but Skegness went close to a goal themselves when Nigel Cleeveley cleared off the line from Blake.

Skegness took the lead early in the second half with a controversial goal. Garland, seemingly offside, forced the ball in and the referee awarded the goal after a word with the linesman. Ilkeston struggled following this setback but their persistence kept Skegness pressed back. Ray Elliott went on a fine run to provide Rann with a header that hit the bar, and Peter Ford shot just wide. The equaliser came five minutes from time. Brown chipped a free kick over the wall for Elliott to touch to Steve Tunstall who applied the finish.

WARLEY WOEFUL AS RANN GRABS HAT-TRICK
31ST OCTOBER 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 4 WARLEY 0
The Robins climbed up to third place with this easy win against a poor Warley side that was forced to defend desperately, particularly during the first half. Ilkeston could have scored early on when Ralph Brown brilliantly put Roger Rann in the clear but he shot wide. Rann made amends in the 9th minute when his header from Bobby Smith’s touch put Ilkeston ahead. Rann then missed a half touch following Brown’s splendid cross and Bobby Smith then fired over from four yards. Ray Elliott was unlucky not to double the lead with a 25 yard lob that hit the post before half time.

Town continued to dominate after the break. Bobby Smith hooked wide from a good Brown cross, and it was another Brown centre that led to the second goal on 51 minutes. Priest headed it back to Brown whose return was well finished by Rann. Warley’s best chance fell to Calloway who shot wide but Ilkeston remained on top, Priest clearing a good shot by Rann off the line. The Robins lost their way for a spell and the game became scrappy with Warley’s Bate and Priest receiving bookings for fouls on Bobby Smith and Rann. Ilkeston gave the score a more realistic look with two late goals. Brown fired in from an acute angle after receiving an Elliott pass in the 83rd minute, and two minutes later Rann was brought down by ‘keeper Faldo and he completed his hat-trick from the spot.

ROBINS IN THE WARS
7TH NOVEMBER 1970
LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston left Loughborough with a hard earned point and several injuries. The game was tough but interesting with plenty of skill in midfield yet few clear scoring opportunities. Roger Rann went close to giving Ilkeston a first minute lead and soon after John Gulson went off with a badly pulled thigh muscle. Later in the game Bobby Smith dislocated a finger and Steve Tunstall injured an ankle. Both teams went close to scoring as the first half developed. Four goalbound Loughborough shots were cleared, and Bobby Smith fired a brilliant shot against a post from a great touch by Rann. Dave Agnew kept the scores level when he scooped a Loughborough effort off the line.

The best scoring chance of the second half fell Ilkeston’s way. Ray Elliott broke through the centre to set up Bobby Smith whose shot was saved by Raynor.

BROWN THE HERO AT BOTH ENDS
14TH NOVEMBER 1970
WORKSOP TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ralph Brown scored the opening goal and then pulled off some fine saves as an emergency goalkeeper as Ilkeston showed great fighting spirit to come away from Worksop with a point. Brown burst through to score the opener after just 2 minutes only for Jeffrey, looking suspiciously offside, to equalise nine minutes later. Levitt snapped up a chance to put Worksop ahead on 39 minutes.

John Pike, suffering fom a dislocated finger, went off at half time and was replaced in goal by Brown. The Robins pressed forward for an equaliser and it arrived in the 52nd minute through Bobby Smith. Ilkeston then had to defend stoutly for long periods and they did so without great alarm. On three occasions that Worksop did get through they were denied by Brown’s point blank range saves.

FORD FIRES TOWN TO GLORY
21ST NOVEMBER 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 2 ALFRETON TOWN 1
Ilkeston produced a superb, thrilling victory against the reigning champions. Alfreton provided fast, skilful football but Ilkeston’s determination saw them through. Without doubt Alfreton were the better team early on when Ilkeston had to defend desperately and it was no surprise when Alfreton took a 17th minute lead, Parker scoring a fine goal from Harrison’s corner. Dave Agnew then headed a Ken Ford effort off the line as Alfreton came close to a second. Ralph Brown’s midfield flair allowed Bobby Smith to get in a shot that was deflected away for a corner by Blackburn, Ray Elliott’s powerful 20 yard strike brought a fine save from Vardy, and Nigel Cleeveley’s shot on the turn was held as Ilkeston came more into the picture. However, it needed Brown’s clearance off the line during a goalmouth to prevent Alfreton from going in at the interval with a two goal lead.

Alfreton began the second half strongly. Agnew cleared off the line and Graham Pigott made two saves from point blank range. However, Ilkeston lifted themselves and the game swung in their favour. Pete Atkinson’s 25 yard shot grazed the bar and on 76 minutes they drew level. Elliott slammed the ball against the post and Bobby Smith netted the rebound. Ilkeston’s pressure finally told with the winning goal coming 4 minutes from time. A superb effort by Peter Ford squeezed inside the post past Vardy.

HEANOR HOLD ROBINS
28TH NOVEMBER 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 1 HEANOR TOWN 1
Ilkeston grew in frustration as their superiority didn’t materialise into goals and it needed a late equaliser to prevent a poor Heanor team from going home with the points. Peter Ford and Ray Elliott spurned early chances for Ilkeston, Ralph Brown’s shot was deflected for a corner by Pearson, and Elliott’s angled long range shot hit the bar before former Ilkeston legend Colin Treharne made a brilliant save from Bobby Smith following a good move between John Gulson and Ford. Ilkeston remained on top and a powerful David Stainwright shot hit the bar. Heanor’s only effort of note during the first half was from a shot by future Ilkeston player John Nakutis that brought a fine save from Graham Pigott.

Ilkeston’s frustration grew after half time, especially as two Brown corners hit the woodwork. The inevitable happened on 73 minutes when Heanor took the lead through Nakutis who, on his back, scored with his third attempt after two efforts had been blocked. Ilkeston equalised seven minutes from time when Elliott set up Roger Rann to confidently fire home.

TOWN PROGRESS IN TROPHY
5TH DECEMBER 1970
ASHBY INSTITUTE 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (FA TROPHY THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND)
Admirable Ilkeston recorded a well deserved victory against an Ashby team that fought strongly. Ilkeston took the lead after just 2 minutes through Ralph Brown but Ashby drew level shortly after half time when Downing went through to give Graham Pigott no chance. Steve Tunstall put Ilkeston into the next round with a neat 63rd minute header.

ARNOLD’S AERIAL THREAT NULLIFIED
12TH DECEMBER 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ARNOLD 0
Second place Arnold went home with nothing after seeing Ilkeston contain their aerial strength. Town were the more confident of the teams and they gradually took control of the game. Ray Elliott and former Ilkeston star Mick Wyld were booked on 25 minutes after they kicked out at each other as the teams struggled for supremacy. The closest either side got to a first half goal was when Roger Rann unselfishly set up Ralph Brown with ‘keeper Smith out of his goal but Brown shot past the three defenders on the line and the post.

Ilkeston attacked with more frequency after the break. Smith saved a shot by Dave Agnew and a long range effort by Pete Atkinson before Ilkeston took the lead. Elliott’s cross found Bobby Smith whose shot was parried by Smith and Rann brilliantly glanced the loose ball into the net. Peter Ford, Elliott, Rann and Bobby Smith all went close to extending the lead although former Town legend Barry Walker reminded Ilkeston that their lead was a slender one with a great shot that Graham Pigott did well to hold. David Stainwright’s pass found Rann who shot wide from a good position as Town remained in control.

FRICKLEY END TOWN’S RUN
19TH DECEMBER 1970
FRICKLEY COLLIERY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s 11 match unbeaten run came to an end although their skilful football could have earned them something from the game. They were on top early on but Moran put Frickley ahead on 17 minutes with a goal on the break. Town continued to impress but attempts to equalise were denied by ‘keeper Vairy who made two fine saves from Roger Rann.

The Robins battled well after the break but when Sawyer added a good second goal for Frickley their challenge faded. Apart from the goals Frickley’s best two efforts came from Senior and Sawyer that both led to fine saves by Graham Pigott.

LEAMINGTON PICK UP POINT
26TH DECEMBER 1970
ILKESTON TOWN 1 LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON 1
Ilkeston should have beaten fourth place Leamington in a game that defenders dominated. Both teams did well on a tricky surface but it appeared that Ilkeston would win the game, particularly when they took a 32nd minute lead. Brilliant play by Ralph Brown opened up the Leamington defence for Bobby Smith to cross and Roger Rann converted the chance. Seconds later, however, Leamington equalised when a disastrous back pass by Bobby Smith was pounced upon by Brady and he swept the nall past Graham Pigott. Although Ilkeston generally held the upper hand Pigott made several important saves during the game. Dave Agnew made his 150th appearance for the club.

EARLY COUNTY CUP EXIT FOR ROBINS
2ND JANUARY 1971
ALFRETON TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND)
Alfreton’s flair and power was too great for an out of touch Ilkeston team. Bate gave Alfreton a 13th minute lead following a corner before Harrison added the second from the penalty spot on 32 minutes. Ilkeston went close before half time when Roger Rann lobbed the ball to Ralph Brown who put his first time effort inches over.

Alfreton scored a third goal on the hour when Harrison’s free kick found Parker 15 yards out and he scored with a fine finish. Ilkeston scored a consolation goal four minutes from time when clever play between Brown and Rann set up substitute Ray Elliott for a neat finish. A disappointing day for Ilkeston was made worse by a cracked thumb bone injury sustained by ‘keeper Graham Pigott during the game.

ILKESTON FIGHT BACK FROM SHOCK START
9TH JANUARY 1971
STAMFORD 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND)
Ilkeston made a disastrous start as Stamford took the lead inside 30 seconds. McGeorge’s free kick was flicked on by Rockcliffe to Jennings who gave John Pike no chance. Further Stamford heavy pressure resulted in a fine diving save by Pike from Medwell. But Ilkeston recovered well and Stamford ‘keeper Watson did well to keep out a well struck shot by Ralph Brown. Roger Rann equalised in the 28th minute with a good shot and from then on play was even with neither side able to find a winner. Ilkeston felt they should have had a penalty when Rhodes appeared to handle but the referee ruled that it was ‘keeper Watson who had got his hand to the ball.

PIKE ERRORS PROVE COSTLY
16TH JANUARY 1971
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SOUTH SHIELDS 3 (FA TROPHY FIRST ROUND)
Two late goals by South Shields put them through to the next round but the Northern Premier League side were pushed all the way by a skilful, determined and enthusiastic Ilkeston team. But for a couple of errors by ‘keeper John Pike Ilkeston may well have won. South Shields dominated the early part of the game but Ilkeston grew in confidence and were in control for long periods, taking the lead early in the second half. The first clear cut chance fell Ilkeston’s way when Roger Rann went through on goal and although ‘keeper Walton got a vital touch to his shot the referee awarded a goal kick. South Shields should have gone in front when Leaske seized upon a terrible back pass by Dave Agnew but he took too long and Steve Tunstall was able to nip in and clear. Agnew went off with an ankle injury shortly afterwards and he was replaced by David Stainwright who went close with a brilliant header from a Ralph Brown free kick. Stainwright then sent in another fine header and this time Walton was able to make the save.

Town took the lead through Rann on 46 minutes and an outstanding save by Walton from a tremendous Peter Ford shot kept the visitors in the game. Then, on 54 minutes, South Shields equalised with a soft goal. Pike couldn’t hold a tame shot and O’Donnell scrambled home the loose ball. Suddenly Ilkeston looked shaky in defence but they still capable of scoring and Ford was unlucky when his powerful shot hit Etwell and bounced through to Walton. The Robins were dealt a cruel blow 7 minutes from time. Donoghue’s free kick was met by a Leaske header that Pike should have stopped. South Shields made certain of victory in injury time when Leaske broke clear from half way to give Pike no chance. The game was not a dirty one although John Gulson and South Shields’ Storey picked up bookings.

ROBINS PLOUGH THROUGH TO VICTORY
23RD JANUARY 1971
ILKESTON TOWN 3 BOSTON 0
The Manor Ground, inches deep in mud, made life difficult for both teams. Ilkeston struggled to stamp their authority against a poor but enthusiastic Boston team until they finally seized control after the break. Boston ‘keeper Whiteley prevented Ilkeston from going ahead when he punched away Ray Elliott’s powerful header from Peter Ford’s lob into the area. Graham Pigott made a courageous save at the other end when Wall and Powell linked up well in a first half that produced few openings.

Ilkeston took the lead in the second half when Roger Rann pounced on a loose ball to easily beat Whiteley, and two minutes later they scored again with a splendid Nigel Cleeveley header from a Pete Atkinson free kick. Pigott saved at Day’s feet as Boston tried to make a response but Ilkeston were now in control. A great Bobby Smith shot hit the post before he went off injured and he was replaced by Ralph Brown. Brown quickly made his presence felt with a 25 yard shot that flew just wide but it was Rann’s header from Cleeveley’s free kick that made it three.

BROWN LAST GASP WINNER SINKS UNLUCKY HEANOR
30TH JANUARY 1971
HEANOR TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston may have possessed superior skill but Heanor deserved at least a share of the spoils. The home team were certainly the better side in the first half as they mastered the greasy playing surface. Heanor dominated the early stages and Graham Pigott did well to turn away a powerful Howard shot for a corner. Pigott then excelled himself with a flying save to keep out another Howard strike from 20 yards. Yet the Ilkeston ‘keeper blundered badly in the 19th minute when he missed a cross and former Ilkeston player Mick Ward converted the chance.

Ilkeston improved after the break and they equalised on 65 minutes when Roger Rann pounced on a loose ball and rounded former Ilkeston ‘keeper Colin Treharne to score. It looked as if the game was going to end all square but Ralph Brown had other ideas. A superb first time shot from 25 yards in the last minute sealed victory for The Robins.

TOWN STEM STAMFORD TIDE
6TH FEBRUARY 1971
ILKESTON TOWN 2 STAMFORD 0 (LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND REPLAY)
Stamford were the better team in the first half but wasted opportunities to put the tie out of Ilkeston’s reach. The Robins powered back after the break and in the end they won comfortably. Marchent missed a golden chance in the 2nd minute when he hit the post with the goal at his mercy and James fluffed a great opportunity when he fired hopelessly wide. With Ilkeston unable to keep possession it seemed to be only a matter of time before Stamford would score but the goal never came and Roger Rann showed a sign of things to come when he went close with a splendid overhead kick before half time.

Ilkeston took the lead on 47 minutes when Ralph Brown’s superb through ball found Bobby Smith who swept the ball past ‘keeper Watson. Stamford responded with a tremendous shot by Jennings that Graham Pigott did well to save and they had an even better chance to equalise when Marchent rounded Pigott only to dally and give the ‘keeper time to recover. Ilkeston then took control. Peter Ford broke through the defence but blazed over before Town scored the killer second on 75 minutes. Ray Elliott’s free kick found David Stainwright who netted a splendid goal.

ROBINS’ STUNNING VICTORY
20TH FEBRUARY 1971
ILKESTON TOWN 2 GRANTHAM 1
Grantham, ten points clear at the top and storming towards the title, had only been beaten once prior to their visit to the Manor Ground. It was easy to see why they were so successful and for much of the game Town had to defend with great resolve. After just 2 minutes it was business as usual for Grantham when Horobin gave them the lead. Graham Pigott then came to Ilkeston’s rescue when he turned over Bloomer’s 25 yard shot yet on 20 minutes The Robins drew level. Ralph Brown’s shot struck Taylor and rebounded nicely to Bobby Smith who made no mistake. Pigott rescued Ilkeston again with a splendid save when Nixon beat the offside trap but for all their attacking Grantham found themselves behind on the stroke of half time when Steve Buckley headed home Brown’s pinpoint cross.

Ilkeston defended magnificently after the break in the face of a fierce onslaught. Pigott made two spectacular saves, Nixon headed over from point blank range, and Horobin missed two simple chances as Town hung on grimly for a memorable victory.

RANN MISSES PENALTY AS WARLEY HOLD ON
27TH FEBRUARY 1971
WARLEY 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Determined Warley defending held Ilkeston at bay in a game of few chances. The best came Ilkeston’s way late in the first half when they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Roger Rann. Warley ‘keeper Faldo saved Rann’s spot kick.

GRANTHAM GAIN REVENGE
6TH MARCH 1971
ILKESTON TOWN 1 GRANTHAM 4 (LEAGUE CUP SECOND ROUND)
Although Ilkeston matched Grantham for skill and effort they found the league leaders were in no mood for a repeat performance of a fortnight earlier. Grantham adopted a more physical approach that left them with just ten men with half an hour left yet despite their numerical disadvantage they scored three late goals to see off Town’s brave challenge. Ilkeston took the lead after just 3 minutes when Harrison put through his own net but Grantham levelled two minutes before the break through Nixon.

When Farmer was sent off for his foul on Ray Elliott it seemed as if Ilkeston might beat Grantham for a second time but Town had players carrying injuries. Bobby Smith had received a nasty kick on the top of a thigh, Steve Tunstall had injured a calf muscle, and Peter Ford was limping so badly that he had to be substituted by Ian Turner late in the game. Grantham’s second goal arrived with nine minutes remaining when Nixon got the better of the restricted Tunstall. Four minutes later Nixon completed his hat-trick and former Ilkeston star Bob Norris rubbed salt in the wound in the final minute when he beat John Gulson and Tunstall to score a splendid goal.

EARLY STRIKE SEES ILKESTON HOME
13TH MARCH 1971
LONG EATON UNITED 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston won this interesting game and showed tremendous spirit and skill, and had they not conceded possession too easily at times they could have won more convincingly. The Robins’ winning goal came from their first attack on 3 minutes. Ralph Brown’s neat cross was touched on by Steve Buckley for Roger Rann to score with a splendid finish past Jenney.

Despite their overall superiority Town’s only other effort of note came from Rann again, during the second half, with a powerful shot that hit the bar.

FIVE STAR TOWN
20TH MARCH 1971
ILKESTON TOWN 5 LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 2
A poor Loughborough team faded badly after twice coming from behind. Ilkeston took the lead in the 2nd minute when Steve Buckley set up Ralph Brown who beat ‘keeper Pilgrim with a skilful lob. United pegged Town back on 36 minutes when former Ilkeston player Stuart Hart broke through alone from the left and shot into the far corner. The Robins were handed a gift 3 minutes before half time following a mix up between Froggatt and Ford that left Roger Rann with a simple finish.

Loughborough showed commendable spirit by equalising for a second time with a neat finish by future Town player Dick Kalasiak on the hour. But then Ilkeston took full control. Brown put them back in front six minutes later and Rann added the fourth with a powerful 18 yard drive in the 79th minute. David Stainwright ran through unchallenged 2 minutes from time to complete the scoring.

ILKESTON UNABLE TO FIND FINISHING TOUCH
27TH MARCH 1971
SKEGNESS TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston’s spirited attempt to find a second half winner came to nothing although they went mightily close with a terrific Roger Rann shot that hit the post. Nevertheless, this away point kept their hopes of finishing second very much alive.

The Robins had gone in front in the 27th minute with an outstanding Rann volley following a clever move. However, the home side drew level four minutes later when the unfortunate Dick Smith turned the ball onto the post and into his own net.

REFEREE ANGERS TEAMS
3RD APRIL 1971
ILKESTON TOWN 1 FRICKLEY COLLIERY 2
The ineptitude of the referee whose decisions baffled both sides didn’t disguise the fact that Ilkeston played poorly. Yet despite suffering their first league defeat since December The Robins remained in second place. Frickley were the more powerful and composed team and Town didn’t seem to recover from the loss of Steve Tunstall, off injured early on with a hurt knee. Frickley went ahead on 9 minutes when Rogerson’s persistence on the left and a defensive mix up allowed Turner to score. Roger Rann was unlucky not to equalise with a shot from a difficult angle before Graham Pigott saved bravely at Turner’s feet at the other end. Rann had a fine chance to level the scores before half time but he shot high over from close range.

Turner scored his and Frickley’s second in the 51st minute with a glancing header following a neat move down the left. The game seemed to be fading out when the referee made his most bizarre, though ultimately unimportant, decision in injury time. Ilkeston were awarded a penalty that Rann took and ‘keeper Chapman saved, at which point the referee blew for full time. As the players were walking off Rann complained to the referee that Chapman had moved before the kick was taken. The referee subsequently awarded a retake and fetched the players back who were leaving the pitch. This time Rann scored and the referee signalled full time for a second time.

LATE PENALTY DRAMA BRINGS ROBINS VICTORY
10TH APRIL 1971
ASHBY INSTITUTE 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston deservedly won this bruising encounter but it needed an 89th minute penalty by Roger Rann to seal the victory. The Robins should have had a penalty earlier in the game when the referee ignored a foul on John Coleman. Rann was unlucky not to give Ilkeston the lead with a tremendous strike that hit the bar but there were few incidents of note due to the scrappy nature of the contest. Bobby Smith had to go off with an ankle injury and was replaced by Nigel Cleeveley.

TOO EASY FOR TOWN
17TH APRIL 1971
ILKESTON TOWN 4 STAMFORD 1
Stamford’s desperately poor team were no match for Ilkeston who simply had it too easy. As a result the game was a poor one as Ilkeston failed to force home their total superiority on the rock hard Manor Ground pitch. David Stainwright gave Ilkeston the lead after just 4 minutes and it wasn’t long before they scored again. Nigel Cleeveley’s free kick was headed by Roger Rann and John Coleman turned the ball in. Standards then deteriorated as the first half wore on.

Rann twice went close before he scored from close range in the 75th minute. Ilkeston’s fourth came from a Rann penalty after Coleman had been brought down. Jennings scored a well taken consolation goal for the visitors late on. Dave Agnew made his final appearance for Ilkeston.

ILKESTON UNLUCKY IN DEFEAT
21ST APRIL 1971
ALFRETON TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Defending champions Alfreton gave Ilkeston a lesson in finishing but the final score flattered them. The Robins, for whom Steve Tunstall made his 100th appearance, more than matched them and for spells controlled the game although their lack of bite up front proved to be their downfall. Alfreton took the lead in the 35th minute when Parker headed home a free kick from the right.

Ilkeston enjoyed plenty of the ball after half time as they went in search of an equaliser. Good work by Ray Elliott set up David Stainwright who fired wide from 8 yards. Alfreton had a good chance to go further ahead when Levitt shot straight at ‘keeper Graham Pigott but Ilkeston continued to press. A fine through ball by Elliott to Bobby Smith ended with him firing into Vardy’s arms, and Pete Atkinson appeared to be brought down but no penalty was awarded to Ilkeston’s dismay. Two late Alfreton goals gave the score an unreal look. Bate’s glancing header from Parker’s corner made it two, and a loan burst down the right by Naylor ended with him beating Pigott for the third.

ILKESTON FIGHT BACK TO END SEASON IN STYLE
24TH APRIL 1971
ILKESTON TOWN 4 SUTTON TOWN 2
In front of a crowd of just 180, Ilkeston’s lowest gate since their formation, the teams produced an interesting end of season game played on a greasy pitch. Ilkeston led at half time through a John Coleman goal from Ray Elliott’s corner.

However, Sutton came out fighting after the break and Bower scrambled an equaliser before Knowles put them in front with an equally scrappy effort. Ilkeston were not to be denied and a magnificent solo goal by Roger Rann in the 65th minute put them back on level terms. A cheeky effort by Ralph Brown restored the lead before another Rann solo effort, possibly even better than the first, on 82 minutes rounded off the season nicely.

1970/71 RESERVES TABLE TO FOLLOW
FA YOUTH CUP
2QR ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 3 WIGSTON FIELDS 0
3QR TOLLERTON RANGERS 3 ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 1