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1975/76 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION FINAL TABLE

    P W D L F A Pts
1 Eastwood Town 34 23 6 5 70 36 52
2 Arnold 34 20 9 5 74 44 49
3 Long Eaton United 34 17 12 5 47 31 46
4 Alfreton Town 34 19 6 9 76 41 44
5 Bridlington Trinity 34 18 6 10 56 36 42
6 Mexborough Town Athletic 34 15 10 9 71 45 40
7 Boston 34 14 8 12 54 47 36
8 Frickley Athletic 34 10 16 8 50 45 36
9 Belper Town 34 14 8 12 36 32 36
10 Kimberley Town 34 14 6 14 47 56 34
11 ILKESTON TOWN 34 12 8 14 52 61 32
12 Skegness Town 34 11 9 14 41 40 31
13 Louth United 34 10 10 14 57 60 30
14 Sutton Town 34 9 12 13 39 46 30
15 Clifton All Whites 34 5 12 17 37 63 22
16 Retford Town 34 6 7 21 37 79 19
17 Heanor Town 34 4 9 21 33 69 17
18 Ashby Institute 34 4 8 22 28 74 16



1975/76 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
16 AUG LOUTH UNITED L1-2 160 PARRY
20 AUG Alfreton Town L2-4 397 KALASIAK, DAWKINS
23 AUG KIMBERLEY TOWN D1-1 DAWKINS
25 AUG Long Eaton United L0-2
30 AUG RETFORD TOWN L0-2 100
03 SEP EASTWOOD TOWN W3-2 SMITH 2, PARRY
06 SEP Boston L0-3
20 SEP ASHBY INSTITUTE L2-3 150 SIMPSON 2
27 SEP Ashby Institute W1-0 RENSHAW
04 OCT HEANOR TOWN D0-0
18 OCT Clifton All Whites D1-1 MUIR
25 OCT SUTTON TOWN L1-3 KALASIAK
01 NOV Kimberley Town L0-3
15 NOV Skegness Town L0-3
06 DEC Louth United W3-2 FRANCIS, PARRY, KALASIAK
13 DEC CLIFTON ALL WHITES W2-0 SIMPSON, MUIR
20 DEC Belper Town W2-0 LIMB, DAWKINS
27 DEC FRICKLEY ATHLETIC D3-3 LIMB, KALASIAK, DAWKINS (PEN)
03 JAN Heanor Town W3-1 DAWKINS, LIMB, PARRY
24 JAN Sutton Town W4-0 PARRY, KALASIAK, DAWKINS (PEN), LIMB
31 JAN ARNOLD D2-2 SIMPSON, PARRY
07 FEB SKEGNESS TOWN D1-1 KALASIAK
14 FEB Bridlington Trinity W2-1 MUIR, RENSHAW
21 FEB MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC L1-2 DAWKINS (PEN)
06 MAR LONG EATON UNITED W4-2 LIMB 3, DAWKINS (PEN)
13 MAR Frickley Athletic D2-2 LIMB, KALASIAK
20 MAR BELPER TOWN D2-2 MUIR 2
03 APR BOSTON L1-2 HALLAM (OG)
10 APR Eastwood Town L0-2
12 APR BRIDLINGTON TRINITY L1-2 LIMB (PEN)
17 APR Retford Town W2-1 LIMB, WILTON
19 APR Mexborough Town Athletic L0-4
28 APR Arnold W4-3 MUIR 2, PARRY, KALASIAK
03 MAY ALFRETON TOWN W1-0 MUIR

1975/76 FA CUP RESULTS
DATE ROUND OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS
13 SEP 1QR Belper Town L0-1  

1975/76 FA TROPHY RESULTS
DATE ROUND OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS
11 OCT 1QR KIMBERLEY TOWN D1-1aet RENSHAW
14 OCT 1QRrep Kimberley Town L2-3 PARRY, MUIR

1975/76 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS
DATE ROUND OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS
22 NOV 1R Buxton D0-0
29 NOV 1Rrep BUXTON L1-2aet RENSHAW

1975/76 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE CUP RESULTS
DATE ROUND OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
08 NOV PR ASHBY INSTITUTE D2-2aet 100 SMITH 2
10 JAN PRrep Ashby Institute W3-2 DAWKINS 2 (1PEN), KALASIAK
17 JAN 1R LONG EATON UNITED W1-0 LIMB
28 FEB QF Boston L0-2

LOUTH LEAD THE WAY
16TH AUGUST 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 1 LOUTH UNITED 2
Ilkeston’s lively early attacking play promised much but they were ultimately second best against an energetic Louth team. Town took the lead in the 18th minute when John Parry latched onto Steve Tunstall’s free kick and his shot screamed into the net. But Louth equalised moments later when ‘keeper Stan Foster made a suicidal dash from his goal and was calmly chipped from 30 yards by Woodward. Louth’s winning goal came on 34 minutes and it was a soft one, Woodward’s free kick going straight through Foster’s hands. Ilkeston tried to fight back and a Paul Green 40 yard strike had the power but went high and wide.

Woodward continued to pose problems after half time. Once he rounded Foster but he stumbled when faced with an empty net and used his hands before putting the ball over the line. On another occasion he eluded Dick King and his shot brought a good save from Foster at the near post. Ilkeston rarely threatened in the second half although John Oldham went close following good work by Parry. Parry took a tumble late in the game but the referee did not see it as being worthy of a penalty award.

ALFRETON TOO HOT FOR ROBINS
20TH AUGUST 1975
ALFRETON TOWN 4 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston fought hard to get a result against strongly fancied Alfreton but the home side were too strong for them. The Robins got off to a good start when Dick Kalasiak put them ahead on 16 minutes but Alfreton drew level nine minutes later when a Howlett shot was handled. Lyons scored from the spot at the second attempt.

Alfreton took the lead in the 51st minute when future Ilkeston player John Harrison broke to feed Tewley the chance. Their lead increased on 62 minutes through Harrison and although Ilkeston fought back to score through Roger Dawkins six minutes later Alfreton made certain of victory with another well taken goal by Harrison.

STAGS BAG A POINT
23RD AUGUST 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 1 KIMBERLEY TOWN 1
Ilkeston played with method and drive in the first half and deservedly led at half time but they fell away badly in the second half to allow Kimberley to fight back and snatch a point. The Robins’ goal came on 16 minutes when Roger Dawkins had time to pick his spot from 8 yards out. Another Dawkins effort was stopped on the line by ‘keeper Fowler, and Andy Simpson hammered a free kick inches wide as Ilkeston dominated.

Kimberley came more into it after the break and Ilkeston had a lucky escape when Steve Slater, a future Ilkeston player, controlled and shot only for the ball to strike John Anthony on the line, hit the post and bounce to safety. Ilkeston’s best move of the second half ended with Simpson tapping to John Oldham whose effort was saved by Fowler. But it was no surprise when Kimberley equalised ten minutes from time with a header from former Ilkeston forward Mick Raynor following Slater’s cross from the left.

TOWN HIT BY THE BLUES
25TH AUGUST 1975
LONG EATON UNITED 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Long Eaton’s blend of skill, craft and endeavour was too much for Ilkeston and they were worthy winners. The Blues went ahead on 42 minutes when Edwards’ through pass was converted by future Ilkeston manager Steve Holder. Edwards made certain of victory six minutes from time when he cracked a shot from 35 yards into the roof of the net. Ilkeston’s best effort of the game came from a Dick Kalasiak drive but Long Eaton could have added additional goals with Birley and former Town favourite Kevin Flynn going close.

ROBINS GET JUST DESSERTS
30TH AUGUST 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 0 RETFORD TOWN 2
Lethargy, lack of effort and an all round poor performance by Ilkeston left Retford to win the game comfortably. Retford took the lead on 10 minutes when Raine’s shot rebounded to Overton to score and it was only a matter of time before they scored again. It duly arrived in the 68th minute with a Raine tap in. Steve Tunstall played his final game for Ilkeston.

ILKESTON BREAK THEIR DUCK
3RD SEPTEMBER 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 3 EASTWOOD TOWN 2
Ilkeston produced an excellent performance against an impressive Eastwood team destined for the title to claim their first win of the season. The Robins got off to a perfect start when Dick Smith headed them in front after just 4 minutes although Eastwood equalised later in the first half through Millward following a five man move.

Ilkeston got their noses back in front in the second half when good work by Dick King allowed Dick Kalasiak to cross for John Parry to fire into the net. The match seemed to be headed for a draw when Martin Wright scored for Eastwood in the 79th minute but Ilkeston grabbed a last minute winner through another Smith header from King’s cross.

CHAMPIONS TOO STRONG FOR TOWN
6TH SEPTEMBER 1975
BOSTON 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Boston, crowned as Midland Counties League champions three months earlier, were too good for an Ilkeston team that played well and with vigour and who were certainly not disgraced. All three goals came in a 14 minute spell as half time approached. Smith put Boston ahead on the half hour following a defensive mistake, Carsons converted a disputed penalty ten minutes later, and Scothorne added the third a minute before the break.

NAILERS NAIL ROBINS CUP EXIT
13TH SEPTEMBER 1975
BELPER TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
No match report available. Belper scored a late deserved winning goal to book their place in the next round.

TOWN LOSE FIVE GOAL THRILLER
20TH SEPTEMBER 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 2 ASHBY INSTITUTE 3
There could well have been more goals and had Ilkeston not been repeatedly denied by the excellent Ashby ‘keeper Othen they may have picked up something from the game. Ilkeston began well playing fluent football but it was Ashby who took the lead on 14 minutes when ‘keeper Stan Foster dived in vain to reach McKerchar’s free kick and Moore pounced. Steve Renshaw was the first to be denied by Othen who dived full length to hold his shot. John Parry then had a great chance to equalise but he blasted wide when in the clear following a quick one two. The Robins were then hit by two more Ashby goals in the space of two minutes. McDonald’s cross foxed the static Foster and found its way into the net, and then Carlin powered home after latching on to a long through ball. The first half was never dirty although the referee booked a player from each side, Bradley for pulling back Andy Simpson and Dick King for a similar offence on Carlin.

Ashby began the second half looking suitably confident and Foster had to make two good saves but Ilkeston gave their all in trying to salvage the game. Othen made an outstanding save to keep out Steve Vann’s fierce shot and when the ball came back into the danger area Simpson got the final touch in the ensuing scramble. Simpson scored again four minutes from time to keep Ilkeston’s hopes alive but they were unable to find the elusive equaliser.

ROBINS REVENGE
27TH SEPTEMBER 1975
ASHBY INSTITUTE 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Workmanlike Ilkeston bounced back with a well earned victory and could have won by more. The winner came during the second half when Steve Renshaw latched on to Arthur Severn’s corner. Renshaw was robbed of a second when another effort hit the bar and appeared to bounce down over the line but no goal was given. Dick Kalasiak could easily have scored several times during the game but missed three good chances.

TWO OFF IN LOCAL DERBY
4TH OCTOBER 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 0 HEANOR TOWN 0
Both teams showed plenty of attacking intent but excellent goalkeeping ensured the game remained goalless. Ilkeston thought they had scored in the 10th minute when Dick Kalasiak hammered home Steve Vann’s pass but it was ruled out for offside. Andy Simpson’s wind assisted corner almost gave Ilkeston the lead and it needed Heanor ‘keeper McCulloch to make a last ditch punch to keep it out. Stan Foster then made a superb diving save to prevent Hardwick from putting Heanor ahead whilst at the other end Kalasiak’s blast was too hot for McCulloch to hold and the ball went out for a corner.

The game continued similarly in the second half until an unsavoury incident on 75 minutes. Foster, who had made several spectacular saves during the game, collected a ball but Hardwick persisted in trying to get the ball from his grasp. Foster retalliated and the referee sent off both players. Keith Nixon took over in goal as emergency ‘keeper and he emerged unscathed at the final whistle 15 minutes later.

TOWN TAKEN TO REPLAY
11TH OCTOBER 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 1 KIMBERLEY TOWN 1 - AFTER EXTRA TIME (FA TROPHY FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston produced an encouraging performance. Strong defensively and hard working in midfield the only thing missing was a lack of goals. Both teams missed a handful of chances during normal time although the best fell to Kimberley midway through the second half. Stan Foster dropped a through ball on the edge of his area but future Ilkeston player Steve Slater managed to shoot wide of the empty net.

The first period of extra time saw Ilkeston go close with a powerful shot by Steve Vann that ‘keeper Fowler held. But it was Kimberley who took the lead on 101 minutes when Slater’s low cross was stabbed in by former Ilkeston forward Mick Raynor. The Robins equalised just two minutes later. Fowler couldn’t hold Steve Renshaw’s 20 yard shot and the ball trickled in off the post.

KIMBERLEY KNOCK OUT ROBINS IN THRILLER
14TH OCTOBER 1975
KIMBERLEY TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (FA TROPHY FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND REPLAY)
Someone had to lose and unluckily it was Ilkeston who played a full part in this exciting game. Kimberley were on top early on and went ahead on 16 minutes with a header from future Ilkeston striker Neil Rodwell. Ilkeston gradually found their feet and put on some pressure as half time approached but with no reward.

Ilkeston came out blazing in the second half and two quick fire goals put them in front. Firstly John Parry converted an Ian Muir centre and three minutes later Muir scored the second. Rodwell’s low drive in the 58th minute brought Kimberley back level and from then on it was end to end play. With both teams going in search of a winner it was the home side that got it five minutes from time when Stevens got on the end of a corner.

ILKESTON RUE MISSED CHANCES
18TH OCTOBER 1975
CLIFTON ALL WHITES 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston ought to have beaten a poor Clifton team but could only pick up a point following a string of missed chances. Banner put Clifton ahead and as Ilkeston strove to get something from the game John Parry and Dick Kalasiak were both guilty of spurning opportunities. The equaliser came when Ian Muir took advantage of an error by the Clifton ‘keeper.

SUTTON SPANK SORRY ILKESTON
25TH OCTOBER 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SUTTON TOWN 3
Lethargic in defence, Ilkeston struggled throughout against a composed Sutton team that played with plenty of pace. The damage was done early on when poor marking allowed McGuire to score twice in the first 25 minutes.

Sutton scored a third on 70 minutes through an Aldred shot that was deflected into his own net by Steve Renshaw. Ilkeston scored a late consolation goal when Dick Kalasiak scored from a narrow angle following Renshaw’s through ball.

STAGS STAMPEDE ROBINS
1ST NOVEMBER 1975
KIMBERLEY TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Poor Ilkeston struggled to contain a lively Kimberley team throughout. Future Ilkeston striker Neil Rodwell gave Kimberley the lead in the 15th minute and former Ilkeston forward Mick Raynor added a second seven minutes after half time. Stevens added the third on 75 minutes.

LATE THRILLS PRODUCES NO OUTCOME
8TH NOVEMBER 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 2 ASHBY INSTITUTE 2 - AFTER EXTRA TIME (LEAGUE CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND)
Normal time had been a lifeless affair with few chances. Ilkeston enjoyed the better of the first half whilst Ashby improved after the break. The closest Ilkeston came to scoring were two Dave Wilton scorchers that narrowly missed the target.

The match exploded into life in extra time. Town took the lead on 95 minutes when Dennis Webster’s pass found Dick Smith who coolly slotted past the advancing Othen from 15 yards. Two minutes later Ilkeston appeared to have sealed a victory through a Smith header from an Andy Simpson corner. However, Ashby pulled a goal back within a minute when future legendary England cricket all rounder Ian Botham rocketed in a shot off the angle of the bar and post. The game ended all square courtesy of Ashby’s equaliser in the 102nd minute when McKerchar created the opportunity for Carlin to have the time to turn and shoot home from 8 yards.

TOWN ALL AT SEA
15TH NOVEMBER 1975
SKEGNESS TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Played in thick mist and torrential rain the first half was evenly fought but uneventful save for a booking for Dennis Webster. The second half saw Skegness move up a gear and Ilkeston had no answer. Two early goals in the second half sealed The Robins’ fate, the first coming from Challinor following a defensive lapse and Whittaker added the second two minutes later. Wright added the third in the final minutes. Ilkeston’s only effort of note was a shot by Dick Smith that brought a fine save from Tennant.

ILKESTON TAKE BUCKS TO REPLAY
22ND NOVEMBER 1975
BUXTON 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND)
No report available. Ilkeston’s good performance against Northern Premier League opposition earned them a worthy draw. They fought well, defended admirably, and could have won had they taken their chances.

A TALE OF TWO PENALTIES
29TH NOVEMBER 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 1 BUXTON 2 - AFTER EXTRA TIME (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND REPLAY)
Both teams went close during the first half although Ilkeston arguably missed the best two chances. Andy Simpson missed from the penalty spot and Carl Francis missed an open goal on the stroke of half time. However, Ilkeston did manage to take the lead on 53 minutes when Steve Renshaw ploughed through to score. Buxton applied the pressure in search of an equaliser and had two goals disallowed before Gannon’s 68th minute header took the tie into extra time.

Extra time was a hard fought affair and the game was decided in the 112th minute. Dick Smith tripped Knowles and Austin scored from the spot to give Buxton the victory they just about deserved.

ROBINS AWAY DAY JOY
6TH DECEMBER 1975
LOUTH UNITED 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston dominated the game and went close to taking the lead through Dick Smith, Roger Dawkins and Dick Fleckney before they finally scored before half time through Carl Francis following some good work by Ian Muir.

John Parry increased the lead early in the second half and although Towill pulled back a goal for Louth Dick Kalasiak made certain of an Ilkeston victory ten minutes from time. Louth did score again from the penalty spot through Boyers in the 84th minute but Ilkeston held on for a well deserved victory.

ILKESTON DID ALL WHITE
13TH DECEMBER 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 2 CLIFTON ALL WHITES 0
Lowly Clifton proved to be lively opponents but Ilkeston always were the better team. On a greasy surface future Ilkeston ‘keeper Mel Hart foiled both Ian Muir and John Parry before Andy Simpson blasted in a free kick a minute before the break to give Ilkeston the lead.

Good play by Simpson in the 46th minute set up Muir for a close range second and although Ilkeston then slackened off Clifton rarely threatened. In fact Ilkeston could have added to their score late on.

ROBINS ON SONG AGAIN
20TH DECEMBER 1975
BELPER TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Although Belper hit the post early on Ilkeston always looked the likelier winners with their excellent display. Both Ilkeston goals came in the first half. Following a short corner John Limb’s clever flick from the resultant cross gave them the lead and twelve minutes later John Parry’s accurate pass set up Roger Dawkins to score with a fierce shot. Belper gradually came more into it and both former Ilkeston favourite Ralph Brown and Walker had shots cleared off the line. However, Ilkeston’s superiority became evident again as the game progressed. Andy Simpson was denied by a great save by Needham, and Dick Kalasiak hit the bar late on.

A CHRISTMAS CRACKER
27TH DECEMBER 1975
ILKESTON TOWN 3 FRICKLEY ATHLETIC 3
Ilkeston recovered after conceding two early goals in an excellent, open attacking game of football full of chances. Goals by Walker and Senior inside 12 minutes put Frickley firmly in control before Ilkeston were handed a lifeline on 29 minutes. John Limb finished calmly after the ‘keeper dropped a cross. Town pushed for an equaliser before half time and Dick Smith twice went close but Frickley held onto their lead.

Ilkeston had to wait until the 72nd minute before they finally equalised. Neat play between John Parry and Limb set up Dick Kalasiak for the goal. But all seemed lost when Argyle restored Frickley’s lead five minutes later. Nevertheless, Ilkeston refused to give up and when Andy Simpson was floored by Chapman Roger Dawkins crashed home the penalty seven minutes from time. John Anthony made his 100th appearance for Ilkeston.

DERBY JOY FOR ROBINS
3RD JANUARY 1976
HEANOR TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston played with great spirit in difficult conditions to pull off a fine win. On top early on Steve Renshaw headed just wide and Dennis Webster missed a chance created by Dick Smith and Dick Kalasiak. Ilkeston finally took the lead a minute before half time when Heanor failed to clear a corner and Roger Dawkins scored with a powerful shot.

Heanor began the second half strongly but Ilkeston defended with great determination, Dick Fleckney clearing one effort off the line, and former Ilkeston striker Bob Hill missed an easy chance. Heanor paid for that miss when John Limb crashed home Ilkeston’s second in the 59th minute. However, the home side gave themselves a fighting chance seven minutes from time when former Ilkeston player Arthur Severn scored from the spot after he had been brought down by Fleckney. Ilkeston survived some anxious moments before settling the issue in the 88th minute. A huge clearance by ‘keeper Keith Selwood sent John Parry in the clear and he blasted the ball high into the net for an emphatic finish.

ROBINS REPLAY SUCCESS
10TH JANUARY 1976
ASHBY INSTITUTE 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3 (LEAGUE CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND REPLAY)
Although not at their recent best Ilkeston deserved to progress through to the next round on a cold, windy afternoon. Dick Fleckney’s foul led to MacDonald giving Ashby the lead from the penalty spot but Ilkeston drew level a minute later when they were awarded a penalty themselves. An Ashby defender handled after a John Parry shot came off the post and Roger Dawkins made no mistake. However, Ilkeston had it all to do when Ashby regained the lead on 43 minutes with the defence motionless.

Ilkeston piled on the pressure after half time and equalised for the second time in the 67th minute when Dick Kalasiak drove in Parry’s excellent cross. The Robins missed chances before Dawkins grabbed the winner with a fine goal. Kalasiak almost scored another in the last minute but his header was turned onto the bar by ‘keeper Othen.

SELWOOD HERO IN CUP PROGRESS FOR TOWN
17TH JANUARY 1976
ILKESTON TOWN 1 LONG EATON UNITED 0 (LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND)
A classic end to end cup tie ended with an Ilkeston victory. High flying Long Eaton had the edge early on and Keith Selwood had to make a couple of brave saves during the first half, but Ilkeston had the better of things. The closest they came to a goal was when Dennis Webster fired just wide from a John Limb cross.

Limb was unlucky not to give The Robins the lead with a fierce shot after half time and it looked to be costly when Long Eaton were awarded a penalty on the hour. However, Selwood made a magnificent save to deny future Ilkeston manager Steve Holder from the spot. Town then went all out on the attack and got the goal they deserved in the 75th minute. John Parry’s overhead kick found Limb who shot powerfully into the net through a crowded area.

SUTTON DESTROYED BY RESURGENT ROBINS
24TH JANUARY 1976
SUTTON TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Sutton, amongst the leading clubs, were taken apart by a very impressive Ilkeston team. Ilkeston attacked from the start with Roger Dawkins going close, John Limb having a fine header saved, and Andy Simpson deserved better with a fierce shot, but there were no goals in the first half.

However, the goals flew into the net in the second half. John Parry’s shot skidded in to give Ilkeston the lead and Dick Kalasiak made it two with a brilliant header two minutes later. Ian Muir was denied by a brilliant save before Roger Dawkins hammered home a 65th minute penalty. Limb rounded off a fine performance with Ilkeston’s fourth.

ARNOLD REINED BACK BY ROBINS
31ST JANUARY 1976
ILKESTON TOWN 2 ARNOLD 2
Leaders Arnold looked set for victory as they bossed the first half and led by two goals. In a fast, exciting game on a bone hard surface Ilkeston began well with John Parry and Dick Kalasiak going close before the visitors took control. Former Ilkeston player Peter Higgins hammered in a fine 29th minute opener and they scored again four minutes later. Charlesworth, seemingly offside, fired in a fierce shot that Keith Selwood did well to keep out and former Robins goal machine Roger Rann netted the rebound.

Ilkeston showed great character to fight back after the break. Andy Simpson gave them hope when he blasted in a fine shot on 55 minutes. Substitute Ian Muir almost equalised when he headed against the post as The Robins continued to press. Arnold always looked dangerous on the break but Ilkeston finally equalised six minutes from time with a fine goal by Parry. Town then went in search of an unlikely winner but Arnold held out.

ILKESTON HELD AT HOME
7TH FEBRUARY 1976
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SKEGNESS TOWN 1
Entertaining Ilkeston were held at home by a Skegness team committed to good football on a misty Manor Ground. The Robins went close twice early on through Roger Dawkins and John Anthony, and took the lead on the half hour when Dick Kalasiak headed home a great cross by Anthony. However, Skegness equalised before half time when Carter split the defence for Pilgrim to score.

A fast second half saw Ilkeston’s Ian Muir denied a goal on two occasions but the draw was probably a fair result.

TRINITY TROUBLED BY IN FORM TOWN
14TH FEBRUARY 1976
BRIDLINGTON TRINITY 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Title hopefuls Bridlington were less than adoring towards Ilkeston as The Robins produced an outstanding result on Valentines Day. Ilkeston threatened an upset early on as Dick Kalasiak twice went close and a Dennis Webster shot was cleared off the line. Bridlington responded with some attacking ideas of their own but on 28 minutes an error by Zaccaria allowed Ian Muir to round ‘keeper Lavey and shoot into an empty net. Lavey then made a mistake by punching straight to Steve Renshaw who hammered home the second just two minutes later.

When Maycock pulled back a goal a minute after half time it was the signal for sustained Bridlington pressure but Ilkeston fought doggedly to win and stretch their unbeaten run to eleven games.

ROBINS RUN ENDED BY MEXBOROUGH
21ST FEBRUARY 1976
ILKESTON TOWN 1 MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC 2
Ilkeston’s fine unbeaten 11 match run came to an end but they could have won had they taken their chances. Ian Muir shot straight at the excellent Booth early on and John Limb was bundled over in the box with no penalty awarded as Ilkeston had the better of the first half. Nevertheless, they had Keith Selwood to thank for two excellent saves.

Further Ilkeston pressure after half time was rewarded when Roger Dawkins was brought down and he picked himself up to score from the spot. However, Mexborough fought back and Ilkeston began to struggle. The visitors equalised when Dick Smith failed to clear, and Cousins scored the winner for them as another opportunity to clear wasn’t accepted by the Ilkeston defence. Ilkeston probably thought they were worth a point overall and they almost got it when Limb hit the bar with a header late on.

CHAMPIONS KNOCK OUT OFF COLOUR TOWN
28TH FEBRUARY 1976
BOSTON 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Ilkeston’s woeful first half showing left them with too much to do after the break. Reeson gave Boston the lead from the penalty spot after Roger Dawkins brought down Benjamin, and Benjamin added a second soon after when he was allowed far too much room by the Ilkeston defence.

Ilkeston never really looked like recovering after half time although it might have been interesting if the referee had not ruled out Ian Muir’s effort following a consultation with the linesman.

BLUES OUT ON A LIMB
6TH MARCH 1976
ILKESTON TOWN 4 LONG EATON UNITED 2
John Limb became the first Ilkeston player to score a hat-trick in over four years as they stunned second place Long Eaton with a memorable display. Long Eaton were determined enough early on and they took the lead on 13 minutes when John Anthony fouled former Ilkeston favourite Kevin Flynn and future Ilkeston manager Steve Holder scored the resultant penalty. Ilkeston hit back and equalised in the 25th minute when Steve Renshaw headed on a corner for Limb to drive in his first. Five minutes Limb combined well with Ian Muir for his second to give Ilkeston a half time lead.

Long Eaton equalised early in the second half thanks to an excellent individual goal by Flynn but Ilkeston settled and went on to win in style. When Limb was brought down Roger Dawkins scored from the spot, and Limb scored a superb goal after linking with Freddie Shaw, crashing the ball home from a difficult angle. John Parry made his 100th appearance for Ilkeston.

KALASIAK LATE GOAL EARNS POINT
13TH MARCH 1976
FRICKLEY ATHLETIC 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston were well worth a point as they used skill and determination to hold off a decent Frickley side. John Limb had an early effort disallowed but he wasn’t to be denied and he volleyed The Robins into the lead following a good ball by Dick Smith. Frickley pressure earned them a 33rd minute equaliser when Long converted a corner and Ilkeston did well to hold out before half time in the face of further Frickley attacks.

Dick Kalasiak missed a good chance when he broke free to fire straight at the ‘keeper after half time, and Town were punished five minutes later when substitute Dick Fleckney missed a tackle on Rushton whose cross was headed home by Senior to give Frickley the lead. Ilkeston’s character shone through as they fought back gamely. John Parry went inches over with a fine shot, and in the dying seconds Kalasiak made up for his earlier miss when he took full advantage of Parry’s splendid pass.

INJURY TIME GOAL ROCKS ROBINS
20TH MARCH 1976
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BELPER TOWN 2
After surviving early Belper pressure Ilkeston grew in confidence and appeared to be set for victory as they led by two goals at the break. They took the lead when Dick Kalasiak’s fine run and cross was met by an Ian Muir header. Despite two good saves by Keith Selwood The Robins continued to play well and a minute before half time former Ilkeston defender Kevin Rawson’s poor back pass was collected by Muir who rounded the ‘keeper for a cool finish.

Ilkeston grew complacent in the second half and Belper took control. Rawson pulled a goal back when he blasted home from a free kick but Ilkeston looked as if they were going to hang on. Then, in the 93rd minute, The Robins’ defence failed to clear and Belper equalised after the ball bounced off Selwood.

DISJOINTED TOWN FALL TO CHAMPIONS
3RD APRIL 1976
ILKESTON TOWN 1 BOSTON 2
The Robins failed to click against the previous season’s champions and grew dispirited against a physical Boston team that deployed an effective offside trap. Although Ilkeston enjoyed no luck they made things hard for themselves with their poor passing and an over reliance on the long ball. Boston threatened early on although Dick Kalasiak and Andy Simpson went close for Ilkeston. However, Town soon lost their way.

Boston took the lead on 57 minutes when Scothorne’s cross was headed in by future Ilkeston striker Neil Rodwell. Five minutes later Daley made it two after a mix up between Dick Fleckney and ‘keeper Keith Selwood. Ilkeston’s consolation goal was an own goal by Hallam who looped his header over his own ‘keeper.

BADGERS TITLE HOPES RISE
10TH APRIL 1976
EASTWOOD TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
High flying Eastwood continued their charge for the title in this scrappy game. Poor finishing prevented them from winning more convincingly against a battling Ilkeston team. Millward and Martin Smith went close, and Dick Fleckney headed off the line before Eastwood went in front on 28 minutes through a Millward penalty following a Dick Smith foul on Green. Eastwood squandered further first half chances and almost paid the price when John Limb forced future Ilkeston ‘keeper Ken Shaw into an excellent save after Andy Simpson crossed.

Ilkeston looked livelier in the second half but Eastwood made the game safe late on. Former Ilkeston player Graham Rye’s free kick caused a scramble and although Keith Selwood managed to keep out Clarkin’s shot Martin Smith pounced to score.

COUPE COUP FOR BRIDLINGTON
12TH APRIL 1976
ILKESTON TOWN 1 BRIDLINGTON TRINITY 2
Ilkeston fell behind to a Zaccaria goal but drew level before half time when ‘keeper Lavey tipped John Limb who picked himself up to score from the spot. Ilkeston looked to be heading for a draw before Coupe scored a last minute goal to secure the points for the visitors.

ILKESTON BACK TO WINNING WAYS
17TH APRIL 1976
RETFORD TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
The first half ended on an even keel when Retford’s Henshaw equalised John Limb’s headed opener from a free kick. Ilkeston’s winner came in the 55th minute when Dick Kalasiak’s cross found Dave Wilton who beat two defenders before blasting home. Ilkeston went close to scoring again when Limb’s point blank range shot was saved by Finch.

CALAMITY GAME FOR ILKESTON
19TH APRIL 1976
MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC 4 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston’s bus broke down causing the kick off to be delayed by 30 minutes and when play got underway events failed to improve. Mexborough took the lead after just 5 minutes through Lowe following a corner. Town did improve for a spell and John Limb was unlucky to hit the post with a 25 yard strike.

But Mexborough took full charge in the second half with Bentley, Oxer and a Dave Wilton own goal adding to Ilkeston’s misery.

ARNOLD’S DREAM IN TATTERS
28TH APRIL 1976
ARNOLD 3 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Arnold’s hopes of overhauling Eastwood in the title race suffered a severe blow as Ilkeston fought back brilliantly to claim a stunning victory. Arnold scored twice in the opening 20 minutes and Town looked out of it before Ian Muir pulled a goal back before half time.

Remarkably Town turned it around to get their noses in front through further goals by Muir and John Parry. Although Arnold equalised Ilkeston grabbed the winner through Dick Kalasiak ten minutes from time. Former Ilkeston striker Roger Rann scored twice for the home side.

ROBINS END SEASON WITH A VICTORY
3RD MAY 1976
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ALFRETON TOWN 0
No match report available. Ian Muir settled the issue with his 60th minute goal. John Anthony made his final appearance for the club.