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1974/75 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Boston 34 21 11 2 70 25 53
2 Eastwood Town 34 23 7 4 67 36 53
3 Alfreton Town 34 22 6 6 80 40 50
4 Skegness Town 34 18 11 5 67 37 47
5 Arnold 34 17 9 8 61 37 43
6 Mexborough Town Athletic 34 17 5 12 54 48 39
7 Frickley Athletic 34 12 9 13 52 56 33
8 Heanor Town 34 11 11 12 41 46 33
9 Sutton Town 34 11 9 14 44 43 31
10 Ashby Institute 34 9 13 12 41 46 31
11 Retford Town 34 9 12 13 32 36 30
12 Belper Town 34 6 17 11 30 37 29
13 ILKESTON TOWN 34 9 11 14 29 49 29
14 Long Eaton United 34 8 12 14 42 54 28
15 Kimberley Town 34 8 9 17 38 61 25
16 Louth United 34 5 10 19 24 62 20
17 Clifton All Whites 34 4 14 19 33 62 19
18 Bridlington Trinity 34 6 7 21 31 61 19



1974/75 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
17 AUG Skegness Town W2-1 WARD, STEVENSON (PEN)
19 AUG CLIFTON ALL WHITES W2-1 RATCLIFFE, SMITH
24 AUG BELPER TOWN D0-0 227
28 AUG Heanor Town D0-0 300
31 AUG LOUTH UNITED D0-0
04 SEP ALFRETON TOWN L0-1
07 SEP Arnold D0-0
28 SEP MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC W2-1 HILL (PEN), BILLINGTON
05 OCT Frickley Athletic W3-2 HILL 2 (1PEN), WHITELEY (OG)
12 OCT Mexborough Town Athletic L0-1
19 OCT LONG EATON UNITED L0-1 200
26 OCT Sutton Town W2-1 FLYNN (PEN), FLETCHER (OG)
02 NOV SKEGNESS TOWN L0-1
09 NOV Ashby Institute W3-2 BALL, RATCLIFFE, FLYNN (PEN)
16 NOV SUTTON TOWN W3-1 WARD, FLYNN 2 (1PEN)
07 DEC Boston L0-1
14 DEC BRIDLINGTON TRINITY W3-0 BALL, HILL 2
21 DEC Long Eaton United D1-1 HILL
26 DEC Retford Town L0-2
28 DEC ARNOLD D1-1 BALL
04 JAN ASHBY INSTITUTE D1-1 RATCLIFFE
11 JAN Louth United D0-0
08 FEB FRICKLEY ATHLETIC D0-0
22 FEB Kimberley Town L1-3 QUINN
08 MAR Belper Town L1-4 QUINN
29 MAR Bridlington Trinity L0-2
01 APR Eastwood Town L0-2 363
05 APR Alfreton Town L1-8 198 STUBBS
12 APR BOSTON D0-0
21 APR RETFORD TOWN L0-4
26 APR Clifton All Whites D0-0
03 MAY KIMBERLEY TOWN W1-0 OG
08 MAY EASTWOOD TOWN L1-4 RAWSON
10 MAY HEANOR TOWN L1-3 BARKER




1974/75 FA CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT
1QR 14 SEP Arnold D0-0
1QRrep 17 SEP ARNOLD L0-1



1974/75 FA TROPHY RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORER
3QR 30 NOV Worksop Town L1-4 FLYNN



1974/75 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULTS SCORERS
1R 23 NOV NEW MILLS W2-1 STUBBS, BILLINGTON
QF 01 FEB Borrowash Victoria D1-1 FLYNN
QFrep 15 FEB BORROWASH VICTORIA W2-0 NOON (OG), QUINN
SF 15 MAR Glossop L1-2 STUBBS



1974/75 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS
2R 18 JAN SUTTON TOWN W3-0 UPTON (OG), SMITH, BALL
QF 01 MAR HEANOR TOWN D1-1 FLYNN
QFrep 22 MAR Heanor Town L0-2  

ROBINS COAST IT
17TH AUGUST 1974
SKEGNESS TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston recovered from conceding a soft early goal to take full control and win despite finishing the game with only ten men. Skegness took the lead in freakish style when a cross eluded everyone including ‘keeper Dick Foulkes and trickled into the net. However, Ilkeston bounced back to level five minutes later with a headed goal by David Ward who injured ankle ligaments in the process and had to be carried off.

Ilkeston’s winner came from a Terry Stevenson penalty after Bert Bowery’s sparkling run came to an abrupt end by a foul by the Skegness ‘keeper. Stevenson later gashed his forehead and followed Ward to hospital.

ALL WHITES ALL FIGHT
19TH AUGUST 1974
ILKESTON TOWN 2 CLIFTON ALL WHITES 1
The referee saw it fit to only book two players in a very rough game, one of whom was future Ilkeston stalwart Tony Cuthbert whose boot made contact with Kevin Flynn’s chest. Ilkeston were always the better side but it looked grim for them on 74 minutes when Byrne broke through their defence, drew ‘keeper Foulkes, and shot in from a narrow angle. The Robins showed great heart by coming back to win. In the 78th minute Mick Robertson flicked on a corner and Phil Ratcliffe headed home. Three minutes later the winner came when Robertson touched on another corner and Dick Smith put away the chance.

ILKESTON FAIL TO BREAK THROUGH
24TH AUGUST 1974
ILKESTON TOWN 0 BELPER TOWN 0
Ilkeston deserved to win given their greater attacking intent but they couldn’t find a way through workmanlike Belper’s brick wall of a defence. The game lacked pace and finishing power but what few chances there were fell Ilkeston’s way. Phil Ratcliffe twice went close to giving them the lead but he poked past the post on each occasion.

ROBINS HELD BY HEANOR
28TH AUGUST 1974
HEANOR TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston were well on top during the first half but they couldn’t take advantage. They were then unsettled shortly before half time when David Ward was carried off with a knee injury following a foul.

Heanor came much more into the game after the break but once their pressure subsided they adopted spoiling tactics to break up Ilkeston’s rhythm. Ruscoe was booked for a foul on Bert Bowery but it was their negative play rather than malicious fouling that frustrated The Robins. An action packed last ten minutes saw heavy involvement from John Anthony. Firstly he was booked for some over zealous tackling and then he cleared a Heanor effort off the line. Finally he came close to snatching an Ilkeston winner with a vicious swerving shot that was tipped over by former Robins ‘keeper Paul Daley.

GOAL DROUGHT CONTINUES
31ST AUGUST 1974
ILKESTON TOWN 0 LOUTH UNITED 0
Louth’s unfancy approach helped to restrict Ilkeston to a third successive goalless draw. Ilkeston created the better chances and ought to have won on the balance of play. There was little to shout about in the first half until Ilkeston put on the pressure as half time drew close. Bob Hill volleyed over from inside the area, Brian Billington’s lovely pass found Bert Bowery who shot narrowly wide, and when a Bowery pass caused problems in the Louth defence Billington’s final shot was saved by ‘keeper Hodson.

The second half was more scrappy and the game became littered with fouls. The better openings still fell Ilkeston’s way. Bowery and Dick Smith weren’t far away with long range strikes and Hill, who was booked for flicking a boot out at Hodson, flashed a header past the post.

ALFRETON SHOW CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS
4TH SEPTEMBER 1974
ILKESTON TOWN 0 ALFRETON TOWN 1
Champions Alfreton showed the sort of form that suggested they were in no mood to relinquish their title against an Ilkeston team guilty of slack passing and poor marking. Breaking forward at pace Alfreton caused frequent problems and they could easily have won by more than a single goal. The winner came after just 10 minutes when former Ilkeston player John Brookes, who could have scored twice himself, headed a cross to Bonsor who shot high into the net. Kevin Rawson almost put through his own goal when he stabbed a Bonsor cross but Dick Foulkes made the save. Alfreton ought to have added a second when Brookes blazed high over.

ILKESTON FAIL TO SCORE AGAIN
7TH SEPTEMBER 1974
ARNOLD 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston mastered the gusty wind better than their opponents and were by far the superior side, creating the best chances, but they failed to hit the target for the fifth game running. Their best effort came from Bert Bowery early in the game when he beat three defenders and fired a blistering shot that had future Ilkeston ‘keeper Steve Rann groping at the foot of the post. Ilkeston also felt they should have had a penalty when Phil Ratcliffe appeared to be fouled but the referee disagreed and awarded a corner.

TEN MAN TOWN TAKE ARNOLD TO REPLAY
14TH SEPTEMBER 1974
ARNOLD 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston were involved in their fifth goalless draw in six outings but were unlucky not to win after surviving an early scare. Arnold missed a penalty following David Ward’s foul and Ilkeston twice hit the woodwork in the second half with Phil Ratcliffe headers. The Robins were not totally happy with the referee who booked Dick Smith for tripping and Geoff Ball for pushing. More importantly he sent off Brian Billington, a strange decision following an incident between Kevin Rawson and Peck.

RANNTASTIC ROGER NICKS IT
17TH SEPTEMBER 1974
ILKESTON TOWN 0 ARNOLD 1 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND REPLAY)
Finally one of these teams managed to conjure up a goal but it was Arnold who got it three minutes from time. Former Ilkeston prolific scorer Roger Rann got it when another ex Robin Mick Raynor headed down a Truman free kick. Ilkeston had been on top during the first half but failed to trouble future Robins’ keeper Steve Rann. Arnold improved significantly after the break but the game seemed to be heading for extra time before Rann’s late winner.

HILL ENDS BARREN RUN AS ROBINS COMEBACK ENDS IN VICTORY
28TH SEPTEMBER 1974
ILKESTON TOWN 2 MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC 1
Ilkeston finally scored a goal after 655 minutes of failing to trouble a variety of opposition goalkeepers but they must have feared the worst after going behind to an own goal on just 3 minutes. Kevin Rawson, with his back to goal, somehow managed to lob the ball over his own ‘keeper Dick Foulkes. However, Ilkeston lifted themselves and produced an exciting display that made them worthy winners. Bob Hill volleyed powerfully wide from a Peter Higgins corner but he made no mistake from the penalty spot on 26 minutes to bring Ilkeston level.

Hill saw two efforts in the second half go high and wide, and twice went close including a shot that went wide when he only had ‘keeper Brent to beat following Dave Stubbs’ flick. Mexborogh created chances too, Foulkes blocking a Deakin shot with his knees, and Bentley headed powerfully over the bar. Ilkeston deservedly grabbed the winner in the 79th minute. Higgins flicked the ball to Kevin Flynn who did well to cross and when the ball got stuck in the muddy goalmouth Brian Billington was able to poke the ball past Brent.

SICKLY FRICKLEY FOUND WANTING
5TH OCTOBER 1974
FRICKLEY ATHLETIC 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston dominated the first half and deserved their win although they almost allowed a disappointing Frickley team to come back and snatch a point. The Robins went ahead in the 15th minute when Whiteley turned Bob Hill’s cross into his own net. Hill then looked set to score until he was held by ‘keeper Chapman and he took the penalty himself to put Town two up. Hill scored again before half time with a neat finish after a fine run by Peter Higgins.

Frickley did improve after the break as Ilkeston relaxed and Hassell pulled a goal back in the 58th minute. Jones’ goal on 71 minutes ensured a nervy climax to the game but Ilkeston held on.

MEXBOROUGH MAINTAIN RECORD
12TH OCTOBER 1974
MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Mexborough’s 100% home record continued, the decisive goal coming on the hour. Kulic miskicked a cross and the ball bounced kindly to Bentley who made no mistake.

BARROWCLIFFE WINNER STEALS POINTS FOR LONG EATON
19TH OCTOBER 1974
ILKESTON TOWN 0 LONG EATON UNITED 1
Ilkeston looked the likelier winners and created most of the chances but veteran Geoff Barrowcliffe, who had played for Ilkeston over 24 years previously, hammered a loose ball high into the net 7 minutes from time after ‘keeper Dick Foulkes couldn’t hold onto a shot. Ilkeston’s best efforts came from Geoff Ball, on his 100th appearance, who went on a fine run down the right before firing a low shot just wide, and Phil Ratcliffe who picked up a loose ball in midfield and burst forward before curling a powerful shot over the bar from 30 yards shortly before Long Eaton’s winner. Long Eaton were lucky to have eleven men on the pitch when Parr viciously kicked David Ward.

ILKESTON BOUNCE BACK TO SHOCK SUTTON
26TH OCTOBER 1974
SUTTON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston began the game strongly and had Sutton in trouble on several occasions. Kevin Flynn twice went close and Phil Ratcliffe shot against the bar as well as heading against the post. Yet it was Sutton who took the lead in the 35th minute when Walker received a return pass and shot past Dick Foulkes from 8 yards.

The Robins deservedly equalised early in the second half. Geoff Ball’s corner led to a blocked shot before Ratcliffe’s header was handled by Fletcher, Flynn scoring the resultant penalty. The winner came on 61 minutes when Fletcher, under pressure from Dave Stubbs, could only lob the ball over his advancing ‘keeper Straw for an own goal.

SORRY ILKESTON GO DOWN AT HOME
2ND NOVEMBER 1974
ILKESTON TOWN 0 SKEGNESS TOWN 1
Ilkeston produced a wretched display and got what they deserved. Dour and negative, they lacked cohesion and it took them 67 minutes to win their first corner. Skegness easily soaked up Ilkeston’s attacks and looked more dangerous in a game dominated by defences. In the first half Cray’s low header brought a fine diving save from Dick Foulkes and it took them just 7 minutes after the break to get the winner. Whiitaker headed down for Challinor to get in a 20 yard shot that Foulkes could only parry and Lancaster prodded the ball home. Later, a Skegness cross eluded Pete Atkinson and Cray put the ball high and wide with only Foulkes to beat. Ilkeston’s best efforts were a long free kick by Atkinson that Phil Ratcliffe couldn’t connect with and the ball skidded past the post, plus two Geoff Ball piledrivers that flew narrowly over.

ROBINS STUNNING COMEBACK
9TH NOVEMBER 1974
ASHBY INSTITUTE 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Three goals in the last half hour turned a likely defeat into a well deserved victory after defensive errors had put Ilkeston in trouble. The Robins created the better chances in the first half with Phil Ratcliffe and Dave Stubbs both hitting the bar, and they also had two other efforts cleared off the line. But in the 40th minute during an Ashby break David Ward and Kevin Rawson left the ball for each other and Cope slotted home.

Ashby made it two soon after half time when another misunderstanding between Ward and Rawson left Moyles with the time and space to score. Ilkeston gave themselves a chance of taking something from the game on the hour when Geoff Ball’s 25 yard free kick found the target with the aid of a slight deflection off the wall. The equaliser came with a Ratcliffe header from Brian Billington’s free kick, and the turnaround was complete moments later when Kevin Flynn went on a fine run before being brought down. Flynn scored the resultant penalty.

FLYNN FOILS SUTTON RECOVERY
16TH NOVEMBER 1974
ILKESTON TOWN 3 SUTTON TOWN 1
Confident Ilkeston impressed, particularly during the first half, and they went in front in the 10th minute. A Dick Smith long free kick, on his 100th appearance, was met by Phil Ratcliffe’s head and David Ward made no mistake with his finish. The Robins scored again later in the half when Ratcliffe was bowled over and Kevin Flynn scored from the spot.

Sutton improved and came more into the game in the second half. They scored a goal from close range following ‘keeper Dick Foulkes’ tip onto the bar from a corner in the 75th minute. But Ilkeston made certain of victory two minutes later when Brian Billington sent Bob Hill down the wing and his pass inside to Flynn was thundered in from 20 yards. Seconds later Flynn was punched and Sutton found themselves down to ten men.

BRIAN TOP OF THE BILL
23RD NOVEMBER 1974
ILKESTON TOWN 2 NEW MILLS 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND)
New Mills proved to be tough opposition and their threatening, direct attacks in the first half caused problems. They took the lead when David Ward’s slip precluded a superb Joyce volley. But Ilkeston gradually gained the upper hand. Phil Ratcliffe shot over from close range, and Bob Hill twice went through but couldn’t beat ‘keeper Staley with his shots. Town finally drew level in the 72nd minute when Dave Stubbs stabbed in a Brian Billington pass. And in the last minute a fine move involving Dick Smith and Hill led to Kevin Flynn heading to Billington who had the space to finish.

BERT HURTS ROBINS AS WORKSOP WIN TROPHY TIE
30TH NOVEMBER 1974
WORKSOP TOWN 4 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (FA TROPHY THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston’s hopes of pulling off a shock win at Northern Premier League side Worksop were wrecked after half time. Kevin Flynn had put The Robins in front during the first half but the home side’s additional class finally told. Twice they scored goals from corners before Peden converted from the spot after former Ilkeston striker Bert Bowery had been tripped by John Anthony. Bowery rubbed salt in Ilkeston’s wound by adding a fourth. Peter Atkinson made his final appearance.

LATE PENALTY KILLS OFF ROBINS
7TH DECEMBER 1974
BOSTON 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
No match report available. Boston, who went on to clinch the championship title, beat Ilkeston through an 85th minute penalty.

HILL THRILLS
14TH DECEMBER 1974
ILKESTON TOWN 3 BRIDLINGTON TRINITY 0
Bridlington, without a victory, were easily beaten and the result was never in doubt after the 11th minute when Geoff Ball gave Ilkeston the lead with a 25 yard volley. Town made it two on 35 minutes when Kevin Flynn burst through the middle and rounded ‘keeper Gray to leave Bob Hill with a simple tap in. Gray made two good saves from Flynn lobs and at the other end Dick Foulkes made a brave save at Presley’s feet during one of Bridlington’s occasional breakaways.

Ilkeston continued to dominate after the break. Kevin Rawson’s pass found Hill who beat two defenders but couldn’t beat Gray. However, Hill scored again when he reached a through ball ahead of Gray and slotted in from 15 yards as the angle narrowed. Hill kept searching for more goals with one of his shots being saved as it headed towards the top corner, and another of his shots went just wide of the angle.

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT LACKING IN LOCAL DERBY
21ST DECEMBER 1974
LONG EATON UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
There was no love lost between these two sides in a rough local derby. Kevin Rawson was booked as was former Town midfielder David Stainwright who had to take over in goal during the first half after ‘keeper Inger was carried off during an even first half. Stainwright was beaten on 30 minutes by a Bob Hill strike from 20 yards.

Inger reappeared for the second half and Long Eaton equalised on the hour with a goal from future Ilkeston manager Steve Holder.

RETFORD ROCK ROBINS
26TH DECEMBER 1974
RETFORD TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
No match report available.

TOWN GET BOGGED DOWN
28TH DECEMBER 1974
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ARNOLD 1
A pitch inspection before the game deemed it playable although sand thrown onto the puddles quickly turned the surface into something resembling a marsh. Two enthusiastic teams did their best to overcome the conditions with Ilkeston having the better of the first half. Dick Smith, who was later booked for a late challenge, Phil Ratcliffe, who was also booked for a vicious challenge on Peck, and Dave Stubbs each went close with low shots. When Kevin Flynn went on a brilliant run before passing to Dave Stubbs the resultant shot from 25 yards went wide. When The Robins finally took the lead on 44 minutes it was a fluke goal that did it, Geoff Ball’s cross being carried by the wind over future Ilkeston ‘keeper Steve Rann and into the net.

Arnold improved after half time and drew level when a defensive mix up allowed former Ilkeston striker Roger Rann to round ‘keeper Dick Foulkes and score in the 55th minute. Arnold almost won it when Foulkes blocked a Truman shot and Rann curled the rebound narrowly over.

BRAVE RATCLIFFE SAVES POINT
4TH JANUARY 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ASHBY INSTITUTE 1
Ilkeston played well against a hard working Ashby team who had ‘keeper Othen to thank for keeping them in the game. The Robins created the better chances throughout and in the first half Kevin Flynn’s 20 yard lob went just wide, Othen saved a Dave Stubbs header, and a low Dick Smith shot was saved by the foot of the post.

Town fell behind against the run of play when Johnson headed home Whyte’s long cross in the 51st minute but they took just five minutes to equalise. Smith’s pull back from the by line was headed in by Phil Ratcliffe who had broken his nose just two minutes intothe game. Ilkeston’s chances of winning were thwarted by Othen who made fine saves from Paul Quinn, Flynn and Stubbs.

NO GOALS AND NO ENTERTAINMENT
11TH JANUARY 1975
LOUTH UNITED 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
A truly awful game played between two dreadful teams on a poor pitch provided 90 minutes of tedium and mediocrity with no incidents worthy of mention.

SUTTON SCUPPERED BY CHIRPY ROBINS
18TH JANUARY 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 3 SUTTON TOWN 0 (LEAGUE CUP SECOND ROUND)
Both teams struggled on a sticky pitch during the first half before Ilkeston took control. Ilkeston went close early on when Dave Stubbs fired over following a scramble. Sutton then enjoyed their best spell of the game with Dick Foulkes making a couple of good saves and they also had a goal disallowed. However, it was Ilkeston who took the lead when Upton, under pressure from Bob Hill put his back pass wide of ‘keeper Wheeler and into his own net. Hill curled a shot just wide following neat play by Kevin Flynn as half time approached.

Ilkeston were on top after the break and twice went close before Sutton almost stole an equaliser, a magnificent saving tackle by John Anthony preventing Gregory from scoring a certain goal. Stubbs lobbed just off target before Ilkeston scored again nine minutes from time. Geoff Ball’s long pass found Hill who slipped the ball to Dick Smith to shoot in off the bar from 15 yards. Town’s third came with seconds remaining, Ball bending a lovely 25 yard free kick around the wall and in.

FLYING FLYNN HALTS THE VICS
1ST FEBRUARY 1975
BORROWASH VICTORIA 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1 - AFTER EXTRA TIME (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Ilkeston were on top early on against the team placed second in the East Midlands Regional League but lost their way after going behind against the run of play. Strong second half pressure from The Robins eventually brought an equaliser, however. Paul Quinn was foiled by ‘keeper Young early on following a poor back pass, and a fierce shot by Quinn was also saved. But Borrowash opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Noon’s powerful shot hit the bar and Rippon tapped home the rebound. Ilkeston initially responded and Bob Hill glanced a header wide following Kevin Flynn’s persistent play. However, Borrowash gradually grew in stature as the first half entered its closing stages. Dick Foulkes held a Smith header and former Ilkeston player Dave Freeman fired a cross shot over after a good run.

Ilkeston attacked throughout the second half. Quinn put the ball wide following a fine run and pass by Flynn, David Ward’s powerful shot was saved, Flynn and Phil Ratcliffe had efforts stopped during a frantic scramble, Hill headed a Dick King cross onto the bar, John Anthony’s 30 yard drive dipped over the bar, and Brian Billington fired a free kick wide. Ilkeston finally drew level seven minutes from time through Flynn’s diving header from Dick Smith’s cross to take the tie into extra time. Both teams showed attacking intent but neither was able to find a goal to take them through to the semi finals.

IT’S BALL OVER
8TH DEBRUARY 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 0 FRICKLEY ATHLETIC 0
Player manager Geoff Ball resigned 48 hours earlier but was persuaded to take charge, and play, in one final game. The game was otherwise highly forgettable and uneventful, with Frickley’s determination ensuring that substitute Ball couldn’t leave on a high. Town’s best chance fell to Paul Quinn in the first half but his header lacked power, and Bob Hill was booked for a foul on the Frickley ‘keeper.

TOWN TOO SLICK FOR VICS
15TH FEBRUARY 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BORROWASH VICTORIA 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL)
The Robins got off to a winning start under Derek Chamberlain’s leadership. Both teams conceded possession frequently on a mudbath of a pitch and although both were committed to attack Ilkeston gradually assumed control as their superior skill and fitness counted. A superb solo run by Kellogg almost gave Borrowash the lead but he was denied by a brave save from Dick Foulkes. However, it was Ilkeston who went in front in the 27th minute when Dave Stubbs’ misplaced cross from the by line hit the post and rebounded off the unfortunate Noon for an own goal. From this point on Town took control of the midfield.

Ilkeston made certain of victory on 57 minutes when three goal attempts, the first of which appeared to cross the line before ‘keeper Waite palmed the ball out, were somehow stopped until Quinn forced the ball in from 2 yards. Well in control Ilkeston enjoyed the final half hour without adding to the score.

ROD CANES ROBINS
22ND FEBRUARY 1975
KIMBERLEY TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
A rough game, poorly handled by a referee whose decision making aggrieved Ilkeston, was settled by three Kimberley goals in four minutes early in the second half. Yet Ilkeston were the better side before the break and were left to rue missed chances. More importantly, before Kimberley scored, Bob Hill was blatantly fouled but no penalty was given. Frustrated, Hill was booked later for a poor challenge on Harbon whilst future Ilkeston player Jimmy Webb was lucky to stay on the pitch for his part in the game, the referee deciding that his foul play warranted no more than a booking.

Kimberley went in front in the 52nd minute when Stevens’ pass found future Ilkeston player Steve Slater who beat John Anthony before slotting the ball inside the near post. A couple of minutes later another future Ilkeston player, Neil Rodwell, curled his chip beautifully for the second. Rodwell blasted in the third on 56 minutes and Kimberley almost scored again when Pritchard forced Dick Foulkes into a superb diving save. Ilkeston’s consolation goal arrived in the 78th minute when ‘keeper Sharpe parried Dick King’s effort and Paul Quinn fiercely drove into the net.

HEANOR LIVE TO FIGHT AGAIN
1ST MARCH 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 1 HEANOR TOWN 1 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL)
A moment of brilliance by Kevin Flynn livened up a hitherto frustrating, lifeless match. In the 35th minute he went on a long run from the left, beating five defenders, before finishing in style. From then on Ilkeston were the better team against Heanor who failed to master the muddy conditions.

Yet Heanor equalised early in the second half through Moore who slotted home Holmes’ pass beyond the advancing Dick Foulkes. Ilkeston tried to find a winner and late on Bob Hill missed a sitter, putting the ball wide after Flynn’s free kick had been touched on.

BELPER BRUSH ROBINS ASIDE
8TH MARCH 1975
BELPER TOWN 4 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Belper were worthy winners and were always the more dangerous in this scrappy game. Kelly and Walker scored first half goals and although Paul Quinn pulled a goal back after the break Mulcahy and Kelly added further goals for the home team.

TOWN LACK FIGHT AS GLOSSOP HEAD FOR FINAL
15TH MARCH 1975
GLOSSOP 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SEMI FINAL)
Ilkeston fell behind to a 5th minute goal and although Dave Stubbs equalised midway through the first half with an effort that deflected in off a defender’s leg they lacked fight. With more spirit they would probably have won as the game could have gone either way until Worthington booked Glossop’s place in the Final five minutes from time.

LIONS UNTAMED
22ND MARCH 1975
HEANOR TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL REPLAY)
Ilkeston matched Heanor for enthusiasm but The Lions still ran out comfortable winners. Aided by a 7th minute goal by Strafford Heanor were in control for the most part and victory was sealed by a superb Holmes goal on 67 minutes. Ilkeston bravely tried to get back in the game but were denied by several McCulloch saves and sound defending.

POOR TOWN SLIP AGAIN
29TH MARCH 1975
BRIDLINGTON TRINITY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Bridlington, destined to finish bottom of the table, easily beat a poor Ilkeston team for whom Dick Fleckney made his debut. No match report available.

GALLANT ROBINS GO DOWN FIGHTING
1ST APRIL 1975
EASTWOOD TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Top of the table Eastwood may have been the better team but they were pushed all the way by a gallant Ilkeston team who defended with great resolve. Despite being on the back foot during the first half Ilkeston were dangerous on the break and created the best chance when Dick Smith touched the ball on to Dick Fleckney who, faced with an open goal, took the wrong option by choosing to cross to Malcolm Rye who shot over from 4 yards.

Ilkeston created chances during the second half as well. In one quick counter after David Ward cleared off the line Francis Barker went close with a fine header, and Kevin Flynn went on a great run only to have his shot blocked. However, Eastwood were able to keep up their title challenge with two goals in two minutes. On 63 minutes Martin Wright’s fierce shot was parried by ‘keeper Keith Selwood and Martin Smith converted the loose ball. Eastwood then made certain of victory through Smith again when he evaded Ward’s challenge before hammering home.

HUMILIATION AT ALFRETON
5TH APRIL 1975
ALFRETON TOWN 8 ILKESTON TOWN 1
No match report available. Disgraced and humiliated Ilkeston collapsed at Alfreton and were left with ten men when Dave Wilton was sent off. Dick Smith injured his back during the game whilst Dave Stubbs scored Ilkeston’s goal.

BOSTON HELD BY DESPERATE ROBINS
12TH APRIL 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 0 BOSTON 0
Ilkeston somehow clung on for a point against a Boston team that justified their position at the top of the table. Town fans had to little to cheer as the team was forced to defend for long periods although there was no doubting their bravery. Even when Ilkeston were reduced to ten men Peter Higgins and Dick Smith both had leave the pitch through injury they hung on, stretched to the limit as they were in the closing stages.

RETFORD RUN RIOT
21ST APRIL 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 0 RETFORD TOWN 4
Retford demolished Ilkeston, who were inferior in every department, during the first 35 minutes to kill the game as a contest. Doherty put them in front on 3 minutes, Short added another on the half hour, and a Kevin Rawson own goal made it three 4 minutes later.

The Robins tried hard to bridge the gap after half time but Retford had the last word when Doherty scored again in the final moments.

GOAL-LESS AT CLIFTON
26TH APRIL 1975
CLIFTON ALL WHITES 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
No match report available.

ROBINS END BARREN RUN
3RD MAY 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 1 KIMBERLEY TOWN 0
Ilkeston recorded their first league win under Derek Chamberlain, their first victory in 12 games overall. A 3rd minute own goal decided the issue and Ilkeston went on to enjoy the better of the first half, Ian Muir twice going close.

The second half, during which both teams had strong penalty appeals turned down, was more even but Kimberley found Ilkeston’s defence was in no mood to give anything away. Kevin Rawson made his 100th appearance for Ilkeston.

MILLWARD MAULS THE ROBINS
8TH MAY 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 1 EASTWOOD TOWN 4
Eastwood, needing a win to keep their title hopes alive, were gripped by nerves early on. However, their 27th minute opener settled them down and they went on to win convincingly with Millward scoring a hat-trick. It was Millward’s tame shot that bounced past ‘keeper Keith Selwood that put them ahead and he scoredagain eight minutes later when Selwood couldn’t hold Parsons’ fierce shot.

Millward completed his hat-trick two minutes into the second half with a fine shot, and Martin Wright added a fourth when he netted from close range. Ilkeston pushed forward for a consolation goal and after several missed chances they got it when Kevin Rawson smashed in a 35 yard free kick.

Footnote: Eastwood drew their last match and Boston pipped them to the title on goal difference.

ILKESTON’S SEASON ENDS IN ANOTHER DEFEAT
10TH MAY 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 1 HEANOR TOWN 3
Ilkeston’s dreadful run of results continued as they were beaten again in this end of season derby. Heanor took the lead early in the second half when Ilkeston could only clear a long clearance as far as Moore who beat the defence to fire home a low shot. The Robins equalised ten minutes later through Francis Barker’s side footed effort from Bob Hill’s cross. Heanor regained the lead immediately with a Moore strike from 20 yards, and as Ilkeston pushed for a late equaliser they were caught on the break in the 87th minute, Holmes finding the target. Kevin Rawson made his final appearance for Ilkeston.



1974/75 EAST MIDLANDS REGIONAL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts H A
1 Chesterfield Tube Works 38 27 7 4 107 39 61
2 Gresley Rovers 38 25 7 6 86 38 57
3 Brimington 38 23 6 9 78 32 52
4 Staveley Works 38 22 7 9 90 49 51
5 Ripley Miners Welfare 38 19 8 11 60 45 46
6 Borrowash Victoria 38 17 10 11 74 49 44
7 Graham Street Prims 38 18 8 12 67 53 44
8 Moorgreen Colliery 38 16 10 12 47 40 42
9 Alvaston St Helens 38 16 9 13 53 46 41
10 Roe Farm Athletic 38 14 12 12 69 51 40
11 Arnold Kingswell 38 14 8 16 46 60 36
12 West Hallam 38 14 5 19 56 65 33
13 Allenton Athletic 38 14 5 19 47 59 33
14 Clay Cross Works 38 12 9 17 59 76 33
15 Littleover British Legion 38 11 5 22 47 60 27
16 Long Eaton Grange 38 9 9 20 51 76 27
17 Harrowby United 38 10 7 21 57 84 27
18 ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 38 9 9 20 27 75 27 X X
19 Radcliffe Olympic 38 10 6 22 36 84 26
20 Grantham St Johns 38 4 5 29 28 95 13