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1885/86 RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS COMPETITION
SEP 19 Stanton W6-1
SEP 26 DERBY PRIMITIVES L1-3
OCT 19 LONG EATON RANGERS L2-3 ALDRED, MARPLES
OCT 20 ILKESTON WANDERERS D2-2A ?, STATHAM ILKESTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL CUP SF
OCT 29 ILKESTON WANDERERS W3-2 ILKESTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL CUP SF REP
OCT 29 COTMANHAY WANDERERS W3-0 ILKESTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL CUP F
NOV 7 SAWLEY RANGERS D2-2 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP 1R
NOV 21 Sawley Rangers D2-2 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP 1R REP
DEC 5 Sawley Rangers W3-2 MARPLES, ??? DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP 1R 2ND REP
DEC 12 LONG EATON RANGERS L3-8 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP 2R
DEC 19 NOTTINGHAM ST JAMES W3-2 BARKER, PALING, TILFORTH
DEC 26 NOTTINGHAM JARDINES W2-1 MARPLES, GODDARD
JAN 2 DERBY ST LUKES W2-0 MELLORS, ALDRED
JAN 16 Derby County Wanderers W4-2
JAN 23 COTMANHAY WANDERERS W1-0 MELLORS
FEB 13 BELPER TOWN D2-2 MELLORS, BARKER
FEB 20 SPONDON D3-3A MARPLES 2, ?
FEB 27 RIPLEY TOWN D4-4 ALDRED, MELLORS, GODDARD, ?
MAR 6 Staveley L1-3
MAR 20 Belper Town W3-1
APR 3 Spondon L0-2
APR 24 J & W TILSONS W4-1 CHARITY MATCH
APR 26 STAVELEY W4-3 PALING 2, TILFORTH, GODDARD


TOWN SLAM STANTON
19TH SEPTEMBER 1885
STANTON 1 ILKESTON TOWN 6
Ilkeston wreaked havoc from the start and the game was as good as over after only a few minutes. They eased off in the second half after they went in at the break 5-1 up.

PRIMS BRIM WITH IDEAS
26TH SEPTEMBER 1885
ILKESTON TOWN 1 DERBY PRIMITIVES 3
Town lost their first match at Barkers Bridge against formidable opponents who were in a different class. George Marples played well for an Ilkeston team which was still getting used to each other's play.

TOWN DOWN BUT NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT
19TH OCTOBER 1885
ILKESTON TOWN 2 LONG EATON RANGERS 3
A large crowd saw Ilkeston take on one of the best teams in the region and they played exceptionally well. However, as expected, Long Eaton proved to be too strong for them over the course of the game. Locker gave Long Eaton the lead but Town fought back brilliantly and a goal from Sammy Aldred and a superb George Marples effort gave them a shock half time lead. Rangers bounced back to score twice as well as having one disallowed to win the game.

MARPLES ROBBED OF WINNER
20TH OCTOBER 1885
ILKESTON TOWN 2 ILKESTON WANDERERS 2 (ILKESTON COTTAGE HOSPIAL CUP SEMI-FINAL)
An exciting game was abandoned when Town refused to continue when a brilliant individual goal by George Marples was disallowed for offside. Town had taken the lead but Wanderers' speed and team work caused many problems for Ilkeston's premier team. Carrier equalised for Wanderers and Straw shocked Town further by putting Wanderers ahead before the break. A Statham header levelled the scores in the second half before the controversial incident led to the match ending early.

TWO MATCHES IN ONE DAY NO BARRIER FOR TOWN
29TH OCTOBER 1885
ILKESTON TOWN 3 ILKESTON WANDERERS 2 (ILKESTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL CUP SEMI-FINAL REPLAY)
ILKESTON TOWN 3 COTMANHAY WANDERERS 0 (ILKESTON CHARITY CUP FINAL)
No reports available although Town had to play both matches on the same day before lifting the trophy.

TOWN LEAVE IT LATE
7TH NOVEMBER 1885
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SAWLEY RANGERS 2 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND)
Despite going a goal down Town created some good chances and drew level before the break. Sawley took the lead for a second time in the second half before Ilkeston equalised with seven minutes left. The result was a fair one and Ilkeston let themselves down by not working together as a unit, relying on individualism to save the game.

REPLAY ENDS IN REPEAT SCORELINE
21ST NOVEMBER 1885
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SAWLEY RANGERS 2 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND REPLAY)
No report available. Sawley forfeited home advantage.

TOWN CREATE HISTORY
5TH DECEMBER 1885
SAWLEY RANGERS 1 ILKESTON TOWN 4 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND SECOND REPLAY)
Town created history by becoming the first Ilkeston club to win a Derbyshire Senior Cup tie in a match staged at the Siddals Ground in Derby. A small crowd gathered on a very dull and cold day and had to wait because of a delayed kick off. Sawley were the better side early on in a hard fought game but Town settled down and took the lead through the outstanding George Marples. Ilkeston controlled the rest of the first half but failed to add to their score because Sawley 'keeper Suggars made a number of good saves to keep out Marples. Once Town added a second after the break there was only one winner although Rangers scored a late consolation goal in near darkness. WH Gaunt, J Stanley and Sam Wagstaff emulated Marples with fine performances for Ilkeston who adopted an attacking 2-2-6 formation throughout.

NO SHOCK AS RANGERS SHOW DIFFERENT CLASS
12TH DECEMBER 1885
ILKESTON TOWN 3 LONG EATON RANGERS 8 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SECOND ROUND)
Leading Derbyshire side Long Eaton easily defeated Ilkeston as expected but Town deserved credit for keeping going against their determined opponents. Ilkeston had the wind in their favour in the first half but conceded a goal early on as they struggled to cope with Rangers' superior passing on a slippery surface. Remarkably, Town drew level soon after when the ball was scrambled home following a George Marples corner but their inability to retain possession saw them go 3-1 down by half-time. Long Eaton took full control after the break and with Enoch Wagstaff having a poor game in goal they raced to an 8-1 lead. Showing great courage, Ilkeston scored twice in the last five minutes to give the score a slightly more respectable look.

SAINTS DON'T GO MARCHING IN
19TH DECEMBER 1885
ILKESTON TOWN 3 NOTTINGHAM ST JAMES 2
Ilkeston took full advantage of kicking down the slope in the first half but had to withstand considerable pressure after the break to win the game. Town took an early lead when Charlie Barker headed home following a corner and it wasn't long before Fred Paling scored a brilliant second. St James pulled a goal back but Town restored their two-goal cushion through Freddie Tilforth before half-time. Tactically astute and lively the visitors were on top during the second half and their second goal ensured a fast and exciting finale but Ilkeston held on to their lead.

NO JOY FOR JARDINES
26TH DECEMBER 1885
ILKESTON TOWN 2 NOTTINGHAM JARDINES 1
Jardines arrived with a fine reputation but left Ilkeston in defeat. Town were disadvantaged by the unavailability of WH Gaunt who had been selected to play for Derby County but his replacement, full-back S Trueman who had impressed for Sawley in the Derbyshire Senior Cup against Ilkeston earlier in the season, had an excellent game. The game kicked off late and Jardines controlled the early play but it was Ilkeston who took an 8th minute lead through George Marples who seized an opportunity to shoot past Jones. Arthur Goddard then was unlucky not to score a second with a good shot whilst at the other end Danks forced 'keeper Enoch Wagstaff to concede a corner. Ilkeston still looked threatening, however, and Trueman hit the post before a W Mellors shot hit 'keeper Jones and bounced to safety. Jardines began to exert some pressure after the break but it was Ilkeston who scored again when Marples set up Goddard for a header. The visitors refused to accept defeat and when Wagstaff took a poor goal kick Brown scored with a fine shot. Jardines had the best of the play during the closing stages but couldn't find a way through, whereas Town had a Mellors' effort ruled out for offside.

NO F-LUKE RESULT FOR ILKESTON
2ND JANUARY 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 2 DERBY ST LUKES 0
Although St Lukes did not send their strongest team they provided a stern test with their lively and sometimes rough play. But Ilkeston came through with flying colours in front of a large crowd. They dominated the early stages with W Mellors, Freddie Tilforth and Charlie Barker missing chances before they went in front on 28 minutes, Mellors heading in from a corner amid offside appeals. Enoch Wagstaff had to be alive to a shot which he fisted to safety but Ilkeston remained the better side in the first half. They continued to dominate and added a second when Sammy Aldred broke down the right and shot home as Mellors distracted 'keeper Ward. It was only then that St Lukes began to threaten but their main real threat was to leave the pitch when a decision went against them.

RAM RAIDERS
16TH JANUARY 1886
DERBY COUNTY WANDERERS 2 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Ilkeston visited the County Ground to take on Derby's reserve team and emerged victorious, although they didn't have things all their own way. Kicking against the wind in the first half Town conceded an early goal when Groome went on a fine run before Cochrane scrambled the ball home. Ilkeston gradually came into the game and equalised with a fine shot but Derby remained the more dangerous. Hickingbottom went on a nice run and his shot brought a fine save from Fred Wilkinson as the home side pressed, so it was something of a shock when Town took the lead before half-time. Ilkeston were much better in the second half, however, and they raced into a 4-1 lead with only some fine goalkeeping by Morgan preventing a rout. Late on Derby scored a fine consolation goal by Groome whose well struck shot ended a neat move but Ilkeston, who contained the impressive Wilkinson, W Mellors and S Trueman, held on comfortably.

COTMANHAY COP IT
23RD JANUARY 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 1 COTMANHAY WANDERERS 0
A deplorable pitch at Barkers Bridge meant that good football was impossible in this local derby. After a lively first half Ilkeston took control after the break and a late goal by W Mellors settled the encounter.

GROUND FOR CONCERN
13TH FEBRUARY 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BELPER TOWN 2
Ilkeston Town played their first ever game at Shaw's Field close to the town centre after departing from Barkers Bridge but it was marred by very long grass. Nevertheless both teams contributed to a fine game in which Ilkeston took an early lead. Kicking downhill Ilkeston attacked with Sammy Aldred testing Belper 'keeper Spencer with a stinging drive before W Mellors headed them in front on 3 minutes. Belper then came more into the game and it was no surprise when Loomes' shot levelled the scores. Ilkeston replied with another Aldred shot that was saved but it was the visitors who scored next, the ball bouncing off the unfortunate George Wright for an own goal. Belper's lead lasted only a minute, however, as George Marples' corner was converted by a Charlie Barker shot. As the game switched from end to end Belper's Turner saw his shot clip the bar. After the break Belper were on top for a while although Freddie Tilforth hurriedly shot wide from a good position for Ilkeston. Turner then had a goal disallowed, a decision which was hotly disputed by the Belper team, before Ilkeston put on some late pressure with the excellent Marples almost scoring with a header. A draw was the right result with Belper working better as unit whilst Ilkeston possessed the best players on the pitch.

SPONDON RUNNING SCARED
20TH FEBRUARY 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 3 SPONDON 3 (MATCH ABANDONED)
A bizarre second half ended abruptly as Spondon walked off the pitch, apparently conceding defeat. The first half didn't offer any indication of what was to follow as Spondon kicked down the slope. They forced Ilkeston 'keeper Enoch Wagstaff into a few good saves and defended solidly. The second half began sensationally with Spondon scoring three times before the 50th minute, Wagstaff making little attempt to prevent the goals. Then Ilkeston, inspired by George Marples, sprung to life. Firstly he cut in from the right and raced in to shoot home from close range. Next, following a fine run and pass by Fred Paling, he shot past Bosworth for the second. Finally, he was brought down when he looked certain to score and it was at this point that Spondon began to leave the field. Ilkeston took full advantage by knocking the ball into the unguarded net.

A RIPPING MATCH
27TH FEBRUARY 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 4 RIPLEY TOWN 4
A fair contingent from Ripley swelled the gate and they ought to have seen their team win. They were the better team in a fast and exciting game. Ripley raced into a two goal lead, the second coming from an error by 'keeper Enoch Wagstaff, following good work between North and Taylor. Ilkeston pulled a goal back with a Sammy Aldred shot following an excellent George Marples corner, and in an amazing turnaround they drew level through a W Mellors free kick. Amazingly Ilkeston took the lead before the break when Mellors' cross was converted by Arthur Goddard. The second half appeared to be leading to a Ripley victory, however. North equalised and then an error by the out of touch W Batty led to them regaining the lead. Ilkeston hadn't read the script, however, and a Mellors' corner led to them equalising late in the game. Ilkeston, superbly marshalled by S Trueman, had to defend stoutly in the final minutes to cling on for the draw.

ILKESTON CAN'T STAVE OFF DEFEAT
6TH MARCH 1886
STAVELEY 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston lost this 10-a-side game against one of Derbyshire's leading clubs but put up a good fight. Staveley were on top during the opening exchanges and took the lead through Marshall's long range shot. Ilkeston came more into the game, however, and they equalised before half time. Staveley regained the initiative after the break and went on to win comfortably.

ILKESTON TOO STRONG FOR BELPER
20TH MARCH 1886
BELPER TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3
No report available although it was stated that Ilkeston outplayed their opponents.

SPONDON SPOT ON
3RD APRIL 1886
SPONDON 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Goalkeeper Fred Wilkinson kept understrength Ilkeston in the game until he was twice beaten in the last 15 minutes. Spondon thoroughly deserved their win.

CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME
24TH APRIL 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 4 J&W TILSON'S 1 (CHARITY MATCH)
Ilkeston won this home game staged for an unknown charity. No report is available although it is known that Ilkeston had a goal disallowed.

TOWN'S GREAT TRIUMPH
26TH APRIL 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 4 STAVELEY 3
A large and enthusiastic crowd watched Ilkeston beat excellent opponents in great weather conditions. Staveley took the lead in this 10-a-side game after 10 minutes before Ilkeston levelled with a fine goal by Fred Paling. With the game being played at a tremendous pace Staveley regained the lead before the break although the goal was hotly disputed as Town appealed for offside in vain. Ilkeston threw caution to the wind after half time and drew level when George Marples supplied Freddie Tilforth with the chance. Town then took the lead when Marples' corner eventually led to a shot beating the Staveley 'keeper. Ilkeston were then forced to defend as Staveley mounted a series of attacks before they extended their lead by scoring a fourth against the run of play. Staveley pressure led to them pulling a goal back but Town held on for a well earned win. Paling and Arthur Goddard scored Ilkeston's last two goals but it is unknown who scored which.


1886/87 RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS COMPETITION
SEP 25 Belper Town L1-4
OCT 2 NOTTS COUNTY RESERVES D1-1 MARPLES
OCT 9 DERBY COUNTY WANDERERS D3-3 BARKER, ALDRED, MARPLES
OCT 16 DERBY MIDLAND L2-8 TILFORTH, BARKER DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP 1R
OCT 30 NOTTS COUNTY RESERVES L2-5 BARKER, ?
NOV 6 Derby Primitives D1-1
NOV 13 WOLLATON INSTITUTE W2-1
NOV 27 Nottingham Jardines L1-8
DEC 4 ST CATHERINES L2-4 ALDRED 2
DEC 11 Derby County Wanderers L0-5
DEC 25 COTMANHAY WANDERERS W2-1
DEC 27 BREASTON W3-2 MORLEY, BARKER, BAKER
JAN 29 NOTTINGHAM JARDINES W7-3 HOLLIS, BAKER 3, MORLEY, SLACK, ?
FEB 3 Bulwell United D3-3 ?, ?, HOLLIS  
FEB 5 Riddings W4-1 MORLEY, BAKER 2, GADSBY
FEB 19 Nottingham St James W1-0 GADSBY
FEB 26 ILKESTON WANDERERS W4-1 MORLEY, GADSBY, BAKER 2
MAR 17 Wollaton Institute W5-0
APR 11 Ilkeston Wanderers L0-2    


BELPER BRUSH ILKESTON ASIDE
25TH SEPTEMBER 1886
BELPER TOWN 4 ILKESTON TOWN 1
No full report available although it is known that Belper won without any difficulty.

MARPLES PUTS NOTTS IN A CORNER
2ND OCTOBER 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 1 NOTTS COUNTY RESERVES 1
A good crowd at the Rec saw a goal-less first half in which Fred Wilkinson was the busier of the two goalkeepers although Notts' Sands did well to keep out George Marples' angled drive. The second half was particularly exciting and Town almost took the lead when Fred Paling headed a Marples corner against the post. Ilkeston continued to exert some pressure against the physically strong Notts team but the visitors took the lead against the run of play when Foster broke away to shoot past Wilkinson. Town continued to press despite the setback with Paling having a good shot well saved although Wilkinson also had to make two smart saves at the other end. Ilkeston finally got a deserved equaliser after a Charlie Barker shot was turned away for a corner. Marples' excellent corner was too good for Sands who could only get a hand to it as it went directly into the net. Ilkeston had several shots that were off target towards the end but Notts could have sneaked a win but for a fine save by Wilkinson and a Shelton shot which cleared the bar.

MARPLES SAVES THE DAY
9TH OCTOBER 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 3 DERBY COUNTY WANDERERS 3
Another good home crowd watched an exciting game that could have gone either way but ended up honours even. Derby kicked with the wind in the first half and Town 'keeper Fred Wilkinson had to make a good save early on. George Marples caused problems for Derby with a great run before the ball was scrambled clear, but the visitors put Ilkeston under a great deal of pressure, winning several corners, before Wilkinson grabbed the ball in a goalmouth scramble. However, it was no surprise when Monks gave Derby the lead, although Marples shot narrowly over the bar before half-time. The second half saw play switch from end to end, and when Marples went on a fine run and sent over a cross Charlie Barker was there to equalise with a header. Suddenly Ilkeston got their noses in front when a neat move involving Marples and Jerry Slack and with the former crossing for Sammy Aldred to head home. Back came Derby and they were unlucky have one effort hit the bar not long before Chatterton's powerful shot flew just wide. They deservedly drew level when a corner was headed into the Ilkeston net. An amazing scramble at the other end almost saw Ilkeston regain the lead when Freddie Tilforth's shot was saved, his effort from the rebound hit the bar and a third shot was cleared to safety. But a spell of Derby pressure ended with them scoring for a third time and Town looked to set to lose. The game proved to have a final twist, however, when Marples found space and drove into the far corner for a deserved equaliser.

RESULT FAIR TO MIDLAND
16TH OCTOBER 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 2 DERBY MIDLAND 8
Ilkeston wanted the game calling off when they found the pitch to be in a terrible condition but, much to their chagrin, the game went ahead. The powerful Midland team were too good for Town whose efforts were not helped by 'keeper Fred Wilkinson being completely out of touch. Ilkeston had the wind behind them in the first half but soon fell behind to a Hickinbottom goal and the same player doubled the lead. Charlie Barker pulled a goal back for Ilkeston when he bundled the ball in following a Jerry Slack free kick, before Hickinbottom completed a first half hat-trick with a header. The second half belonged to Midland with the game as good as over when Selvey beat the defence to add the fourth. Slack then headed into his own goal and Selvey made it six. Ilkeston scored a consolation goal when Freddie Tilforth headed in a Slack free kick but there was still time for Derby to add two further goals past Town's ragged defence, through Ward and Wood.
 

TOWN CRASH LATE ON
30TH OCTOBER 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 2 NOTTS COUNTY RESERVES 5
Kicking downhill towards the north goal County kept Ilkeston 'keeper Enoch Wagstaff busy and took the lead on 20 minutes. Play then became more even but it didn't stop the visitors from scoring again in the 42nd minute. A minute later Town were back in it when Fred Paling's found Charlie Barker who converted as Notts appealed for offside. Ilkeston drew level shortly after half time. When Stanley Felkin had a shot saved Spibey handled in the ensuing scramble before the ball went into the net, although the referee had already stopped play to award Ilkeston a free kick. This free kick led directly to the equaliser but Ilkeston were soon handicapped when an injury left them with ten men. This led to Notts taking control and they scored three times to win comfortably. The first came from a free kick, the next was scored by Rooksby and Felkin put through his own goal to compound Town's misery.

PRIMS AND PROPER
6TH NOVEMBER 1886
DERBY PRIMITIVES 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston visited the Pear Tree Ground and played their part in a good game. They took the lead but the Primitives equalised before the break. The second half was evenly contested but neither side could find a winner.

TOWN WIN AGAINST WOLLATON
13TH NOVEMBER 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 2 WOLLATON INSTITUTE 1
Ilkeston won for the first time this season. No report available.

JARDINES JOY
27TH NOVEMBER 1886
NOTTINGHAM JARDINES 8 ILKESTON TOWN 1
This one sided contest lacked interest other than the two teams played in different shades of red which made identifying players problematic. Jardines raced into a three goal lead and when Town did score it was a controversial incident because the Jardine's goalkeeper, Luntley, was clearly fouled. The home team scored again and then added a fifth before half time through Unwin although Elliott had handled before crossing the ball in the build up to the goal. Jardines made it six shortly after the break and scored twice more before the end. Jardine's scorers during the game included Unwin and Butler who both scored twice.
 

ILKESTON SLIP TO DEFEAT
4TH DECEMBER 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 2 ST CATHERINES 4
The Pimilico Recreation Ground was in shocking condition and was described as slippery and unsafe. Nevertheless the game went ahead with Town including several new players, and every player on the pitch ended up covered in sludge, not least the Ilkeston players who had faced a physically stronger team. The major difference between the teams was the two goalkeepers and Town's Fred Wilkinson, who was beaten by every shot he faced, had a shocker. St Catherine's Gowthorpe on the other hand made several good saves. Ilkeston were the better side early on but their efforts counted for nothing when they fell two goals behind. However, Sammy Aldred scored a beauty before the break to get them back in the game. Town equalised after the break when George Marples went on a fine run and found Aldred who scored his second. But the Saints then took control and Baker put them back in front before Slater made it four following a good move. The match was restricted to 30 minutes each way.

TOWN IN FOR NASTY SURPRISE
11TH DECEMBER 1886
DERBY COUNTY WANDERERS 5 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston took an understrength team to Derby as they expected to face County's third team. Unexpectedly they ended up facing their reserves and they were comprehensively beaten as a result.

TOWN CUT COT
25TH DECEMBER 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 2 COTMANHAY WANDERERS 1
No report is available although it is known that it was a keenly contested local derby.

BREASTON BEATEN
27TH DECEMBER 1886
ILKESTON TOWN 3 BREASTON 2
Ilkeston beat the Derbyshire Minor Cup holders but only just. A good crowd, boosted by a healthy away support, saw Town produce fast, flowing attacking football on a snow covered pitch early on but the second half belonged to the visitors. Town dominated the opening stages, defended well when Breaston tried to attack, and had three goals ruled out for offside before taking a 30th minute lead through Arthur Morley. Charlie Barker's close range shot beat Oakley to make it two before Jack Hollis received a nasty ribs injury when he was illegally challenged by J. Stevenson. Play resumed after a lengthy delay as half time approached.
Breaston put Ilkeston under severe pressure at the start of the second half but a beautiful Aaron Baker header put Ilkeston three goals up, against the run of play. Breaston pulled a goal back quickly and following a succession of corners scrambled home a second to set up a thrilling finish. Ilkeston continued to soak up more pressure and a Lol Plackett shot hit the bar as Breaston went in search of an elusive equaliser, their second half corner count of 11 being evidence of their superiority.

SECOND HALF SENSATION AS JARDINES CRUSHED
29TH JANUARY 1887
ILKESTON TOWN 7 NOTTINGHAM JARDINES 3
A good crowd gathered to watch an astonishing game played on a heavy, sticky pitch. Kicking with the wind behind them in the first half Jardines took the lead through an own goal by Frank Henson which would have been described as brilliant had it been scored at the other end. George Marples superb cross shot was saved by Yates as was another effort by the Ilkeston winger and it was no surprise when Town swiftly equalised with a fine strike by Jack Hollis. Jardines responded positively and Henrys missed a glorious chance when in the clear, shooting wide when he looked certain to score. Aaron Baker shot wide for Ilkeston but Jardines continued to pose a threat and Roland Horspool was forced into a good save. However he was beaten by Sneap who converted a Jennings cross to put Jardines back in front. Hollis tried to get Ilkeston back in it with several fine attempts only for Jardines to extend their lead shortly before the break through Jennings.
The second half was an extraordinary affair as Town stormed back to win handsomely, scoring six times. Baker's header on 47 minutes started the comeback although Jardines remained an attacking threat for some time. Monks missed an easy chance for them following a corner, Jennings' fine shot was turned away for a corner, and Horspool was outstanding as Ilkeston came under serious pressure. Suddenly Town equalised when Arthur Morley chested home Marples' excellent cross and the floodgates openede. Jerry Slack superbly converted a Hollis corner to put Ilkeston in front for the first time, a free kick was pounced on by Baker who quickly fired home for the fifth, and a similar shot by Baker put them in an unassailable lead. There was still time for Ilkeston to grab a seventh in the last minute.

WIND THE GREAT LEVELLER
3RD FEBRUARY 1887
BULWELL UNITED 3 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Played in gale force conditions the game evened out over 90 minutes. With the wind behind them in the first half Bulwell were three goals to the good by the break. The second half saw Ilkeston pull a couple of goals back before Bulwell's 'keeper became injured and had to swap places with an outfield player. Jack Hollis was Ilkeston's saviour when he ended a fine run with a well struck shot to equalise.

REDS RUN RINGS ROUND RIDDINGS
5TH FEBRUARY 1887
RIDDINGS 1 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Riddings were the bigger and more physically strong team but Ilkeston's superior speed and skill saw them end as worthy winners. Ilkeston took a first half lead thanks to a good low shot from Arthur Morley although they had to withstand some Riddings pressure before half time.
Aaron Baker put Ilkeston two up early in the second half before Riddings began to threaten, forcing Enoch Wagstaff into several saves. However, Baker put the game beyond Riddings' reach with the third goal following a corner. The home team forced Ilkeston to defend and deservedly pulled a goal back but Ilkeston weren't finished. After Baker shot wide J. Gadsby scored when he shot high into the net for Town's fourth.

ST JAMES SENT PACKING
19TH FEBRUARY 1887
NOTTINGHAM ST JAMES 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
A large crowd on The Meadows saw an even goalless first half before Ilkeston took charge. Their pressure led to the home 'keeper making several fine saves, especially the one which kept out a Jack Hollis thunderbolt. Aaron Baker, J. Gadsby, Arthur Morley, Fred Wilkinson and Hollis all had fine efforts with no reward but eventually a nice passing move unhinged St James and Gadsby provided the finish.

FIRST HALF BLITZ WHIPS WANDERERS
26TH FEBRUARY 1887
ILKESTON TOWN 4 ILKESTON WANDERERS 1
The local bragging rights went to Town who won a good game played in front of a large crowd in lovely weather. With the wind behind them in the first half Town showed why they were the town's number one club after an even opening. They took the lead when George Marples' long throw fell to Arthur Morley who spun and screwed the ball home. Morley shot narrowly shortly afterwards, and Town soon made it two when a corner found J. Gadsby who scored with a beautiful shot. Wanderers 'keeper H. Brown made a good save but he was beaten for a third time by a well struck shot by Aaron Baker. It was Baker again who piled on the agony for Wanderers with another goal before half time.
The second half was an altogether different affair as Wanderers restored some pride and they could have made the game much closer. Herbert Johnson went close early in the second half and after a spell of pressure it was he who pulled a goal back for Wanderers when he took full advantage of Gilbert Beardsley's long ball into the box. Town tried to restore their four goal advantage when Morley went on a fine run and passed to Jack Hollis who shot wide. But it was Wanderers who continued to dominate the second half. A. Carrier was unlucky not to score with a fine shot, and later he ruined a fine long run when he blazed high and wide. Any hopes of a late comeback ended when George White and Johnson linked nicely but Johnson fired narrowly over.

REDS WALLOP WOLLATON
17TH MARCH 1887
WOLLATON INSTITUTE 0 ILKESTON TOWN 5
No report available.

TOWN END WITH DEFEAT
11TH APRIL 1887
ILKESTON WANDERERS 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Town visited Barkers Bridge, the ground they wanted as home to make the club viable, for what turned out to be their final game. It is probably fitting that the club's number one club was beaten by the team which would soon take their place. A large crowd saw Town play with the wind behind them in the first half and they started well enough. Aaron Baker shot just wide early on and Wanderers 'keeper H. Brown had to make a smart save. Sam Hunt went close at the other end but Town did most of the pressing. When L. Stanley raided down the right his pass found Baker whose shot was turned away for a corner. Stanley then had a shot saved before the game turned. Wanderers took the lead when Arthur Goddard shot beyond Roland Horspool leaving him no chance and they took control from then on. George White went on a long run and his shot went out for a corner, and Hunt, Goddard, A. Carrier and George White all had decent goal attempts without reward before half time.
The second half was even more in Wanderers' favour as Town offered little apart from stout defending. Wanderers had a goal disallowed, Carrier just missed the target, and Horspool made two good saves. Carrier and Gilbert Beardsley both went close for the home side before J. Kirk made certain of victory with a great strike. Wanderers continued to dominate the play up until the final whistle.