|SEP 10||MAPPERLEY CHURCH||D1-1|
|SEP 17||Sawley Rangers||L0-5|
|SEP 24||EASTWOOD RANGERS||W4-0||JOHNSON 3, TILFORTH|
|OCT 1||Belper Town 2nd XI||W5-1|
|OCT 17||COTMANHAY WANDERERS||W5-0||BAKER 2, WHITE, JOHNSON, ALDRED|
|OCT 22||SAWLEY RANGERS||W3-1||WHITE, CARRIER, JOHNSON|
|OCT 29||Long Eaton Midland||L0-5||DERBYSHIRE MINOR CUP 1R|
|NOV 5||Heanor Templars||L1-2|
|NOV 12||DERBY ST WERBURGHS||W5-0||JOHNSON, ALDRED 2, ??|
|NOV 19||EASTWOOD TOWN||W4-1||BAKER 2, JOHNSON, MARPLES|
|DEC 3||OCKBROOK & BORROWASH||W3-0||OG 2, SMITH|
|DEC 10||Kimberley Rangers||W4-1||ALDRED, TILFORTH, BAKER 2|
|DEC 24||STAPLEFORD ST HELENS||W5-0|
|DEC 26||RADFORD CORINTHIANS||W4-2|
|DEC 31||Cotmanhay Wanderers||W5-1||1000||MARPLES, ALDRED 2, JEFFRIES 2||ILKESTON PIONEER CUP QF|
|JAN 14||NOTTINGHAM ST JAMES||W8-4||HOLLIS, JOHNSON 5, MORLEY, ALDRED|
|JAN 21||NOTTINGHAM JARDINES||L1-5||HOLLIS|
|JAN 28||CHESTERFIELD TOWN||W5-0||CARRIER, COCKAYNE 2, BAKER, JOHNSON||DERBYSHIRE MINOR CHARITY CUP 1R|
|FEB 4||Long Eaton Rangers Reserves||L1-4||CARRIER|
|FEB 18||NOTTINGHAM SWIFTS||W3-0||?, JEFFRIES 2|
|FEB 25||Heanor Templars||L0-1||DERBYSHIRE MINOR CHARITY CUP QF|
|MAR 10||I & R MORLEYS||W7-1||ALDRED 5, TILFORTH, JOHNSON||ILKESTON PIONEER CUP SF|
|MAR 17||RADFORD CORINTHIANS||W4-3||TILFORTH 2, HOLLIS, CARRIER|
|MAR 24||NOTTINGHAM MELLORS||D2-2||ALDRED, JOHNSON|
|APR 2||Stanton & Risley||W4-2||2000||ALDRED 3, JEFFRIES||ILKESTON PIONEER CUP F|
|APR 7||LONG EATON RANGERS RESERVES||W4-0|
nov 19: unknown attendance but a record gate at the time.
dec 10: first game under the new name of ilkeston town.
dec 31: game that prompted the following letter by a cotmanhay fan to the ilkeston pioneer: "dere sir, - can you hinform us what as becom of our wandererrs? hav they smasht up? i hope they hednt thare stummacks nockt out whent town lot beat our lot in your cup."
EARLY STRIKE NOT ENOUGH
10TH SEPTEMBER 1887
ILKESTON WANDERERS 1 MAPPERLEY CHURCH 1
The Wanderers got off to a flying start in their first game as Ilkeston's senior club by taking the lead after just one minute. They failed to make the most of the wind in their favour in the first half and allowed their Nottingham opponents to equalise before half time. Ilkeston shaded a very competitive second half with Laz Barber being notable for some fine tackling, but they had to settle for a draw.
SAWLEY MAUL WANDERERS
17TH SEPTEMBER 1887
SAWLEY RANGERS 5 ILKESTON WANDERERS 0
No report available although it is known that Sawley scored three times before the break and outplayed Ilkeston throughout.
JOHNSON JOLTS RANGERS
24TH SEPTEMBER 1887
ILKESTON WANDERERS 4 EASTWOOD RANGERS 0
Herbert Johnson's first half traffic ensured that Wanderers recorded their first win of the season. His nice shot on 20 minutes gave them the lead and Freddie Tilforth soon added a second. Another Johnson shot, which Shaw failed to clear before the ball crossed the line, made it three. A superb individual goal by Johnson, when he went on a brilliant run before leaving himself with the simplest of finishes, completed the scoring before half time. The second half was more even but Wanderers' victory was never in doubt.
1ST OCTOBER 1887
BELPER TOWN 2ND XI 1 ILKESTON WANDERERS 5
Ilkeston impressed in front of a good crowd and were vastly superior in every department during the first half. Leading by four nil at the break Wanderers found it harder going in an even second half but still won convincingly.
ILKESTON WIN THE BATTLE OF THE WANDERERS
17TH OCTOBER 1887
ILKESTON TOWN 5 COTMANHAY WANDERERS 0
Ilkeston triumphed in the big local derby against the Reds, also known as the North Enders. Cotmanhay began brightly but Ilkeston took the lead as early as the second minute. The visitors responded with a spell of pressure and hit the bar with a corner before Ilkeston started to dominate. E. Jeffries fired a free kick off target but the second goal came soon after thanks to a lovely effort by George White. Aaron Baker almost headed a third from an A. Carrier cross before play twice had to be stopped to treat Ilkeston's Benjamin Kirk and Cotmanhay Wanderers' Charlie Barker, the former Ilkeston Mechanics player, for injuries. A minute before the break Baker fired home Ilkeston's third.
The second half was dull in comparison and Cotmanhay had no luck in front of goal. Jack Hollis, soon to swop clubs, missed a great chance for Cotmanhay and hit the post instead. In the end Ilkeston regained control as Herbert Johnson's neat shot made it four and Sammy Aldred added a fifth before the end.
NO GLORY FOR SAWLEY
22ND OCTOBER 1887
ILKESTON WANDERERS 3 SAWLEY RANGERS 1
Wanderers' determined play saw them overcome a good Sawley team although there was little to choose between the teams. Both defences were on top in the opening exchanges as play went from end to end. Ilkeston were unlucky when Herbert Johnson broke clear only to see his shot strike the bar, A. Carrier just being unable to direct his header on target from the rebound. However, they were to take the lead when Johnson's fine crossfield pass found George White who finished with a good shot. Both teams attacked without success in the lead up to half time.
Sawley began the second half positively and but for some great defending and excellent saves by H. Brown they would have equalised sooner than they did. With the game delicately poised both teams looked for the winner and it came Ilkeston's way when Carrier linked well with White before finding the target. Sawley desperately tried to find a way back but Johnson's killer goal on the break made it three with two minutes remaining.
MIDLAND MAKE MINOR CUP PROGRESS
29TH OCTOBER 1887
LONG EATON MIDLAND 5 ILKESTON WANDERERS 0 (DERBYSHIRE MINOR CUP FIRST ROUND)
Ilkeston, well backed by their supporters on a very sunny day, received an unexpected beating at their local rivals. Kinging with the wind in the first half Long Eaton were the first to show with future Ilkeston Town player Benny Plackett going on a good run before shooting narrowly wide. At the other end Jerry Slack shot just wide from long range and play remained even until Midland took the lead. Nice build up play led to Thompson scoring with a well struck low shot. Long Eaton then began to dominate and shortly after a Meads shot hit the bar Ilkeston 'keeper H. Brown made a rare mistake when his miskicked clearance left Plackett with a simple chance. Wanderers tried hard to respond but a minute before the break they conceded another when Meads' rising shot found the target despite Brown getting his fingers to it.
Wanderers came out strongly after the break but Sammy Aldred fluffed a great chance and A. Carrier shot over the bar. Long Eaton weathered the storm to regain the initiative and scored twice more, and had a goal disallowed, before the end.
TEMPERS FLARE AT TEMPLARS
5TH NOVEMBER 1887
HEANOR TEMPLARS 2 ILKESTON WANDERERS 1
An understrength and ultimately aggrieved Ilkeston team walked off several minutes early after Heanor scored their second goal. Baffling decisions by the referee led to their frustration in what was already an ill-tempered clash. Heanor had the advantage of the wind behind them in the first half but fell behind after 10 minutes. Ilkeston couldn't hold on until half time, however, as Sharpe levelled the scores later in an even first half.
Ilkeston struggled to contain Heanor in the second half and were over physical at times. Their discipline wasn't entirely under control either as they questioned several decisions. Eventually, with ten minutes remaining, George Cockayne refused to continue to leave Ilkeston with ten men. As the arguments continued to rage Powdrill raced the full length of the pitch to put Heanor ahead. Behind in the game for the first time Wanderers decided enough was enough and departed the pitch.
SAMMY STUNS SAINTS
12TH NOVEMBER 1887
ILKESTON WANDERERS 5 DERBY ST WERBURGHS 0
A good sized crowd saw Ilkeston run out comfortable winners. Herbert Johnson gave them a 15th minute lead and as they continued to dominate Sammy Aldred added a second following a scramble. A. Carrier's fine shot was turned away for a corner, the result of which ended with the same player firing over the bar. Wanderers then had a goal disallowed for offside and Saints 'keeper Betts made a good save. However on the stroke of half time he was beaten by Aldred's header from Arthur Goddard's corner.
Wanderers continued to control the game in the second half and added two further goals.
DERBY DAY JOY FOR WANDERERS
19TH NOVEMBER 1887
ILKESTON WANDERERS 4 EASTWOOD TOWN 1
A then record crowd for a football match in Ilkeston, approaching the 1000 mark, crammed into Barkers Bridge to see Wanderers produce some excellent football and win more convincingly than they dared hope for. On a sunny afternoon the game was very hard fought and even to begin with before Ilkeston went in front. Eastwood 'keeper Orwell couldn't hold A. Carrier's fierce cross shot and Aaron Baker was on hand to score from the rebound. Yet Eastwood were back on level terms within a minute after H. Brown blocked an initial shot. Eastwood grew in confidence and Brown made two good saves although Jerry Slack also went close with a long shot for Ilkeston. And it was Ilkeston who edged back in front before half time when George Marples went an a great run and although his cross was met by a fierce Baker shot it was Herbert Johnson who blasted the ball in after Orwell kept out Baker's strike.
Wanderers gradually gained the upper hand in the second half. Carrier had two good attempts saved, the second following a fine run, and Baker shot over. The third goal eventually came when Slack's corner fell to Marples who shot home. Johnson and Slack went close with shots, and a lovely move ended with Baker's shot brushing the bar. The fourth goal came when Marples broke down the right and crossed to Baker who scored his second with a well struck shot.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
3RD DECEMBER 1887
ILKESTON WANDERERS 3 OCKBROOK & BORROWASH 0
The game kicked off late and was reduced to 35 minutes each way. Kicking with the wind in the first half the visitors contributed much to an even opening. Black was forced into a save by Ilkeston but his opposite number H. Brown had two important saves to make at the other end. However, it was Ilkeston who took the lead when Herbert Johnson's great cross was converted by a visiting defender. The lead was doubled when George Marples' perfect centre was finished by Herbert Smith, and another own goal was scored following Johnson's goal bound shot to make it three.
The second half saw Ilkeston well in command but they failed to add to their tally.
NEW NAME BRINGS ANOTHER VICTORY
10TH DECEMBER 1887
KIMBERLEY TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 4
The decision of the club to change from 'Wanderers' to 'Town' thankfully made no change to their fortunes on the pitch as they won for a fourth game in a row. Despite being understrength and kicking against the wind in the first half they took a 10th minute lead when Herbert Johnson's neat cross was converted by Sammy Aldred. Although Draper equalised for Kimberley Ilkeston continued to look dangerous and had a goal disallowed before half time.
Ilkeston were on top throughout the second half. Johnson's corner led to Freddie Tilforth putting Ilkeston back in front and Aaron Baker added two more.
CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR TOWN
24TH DECEMBER 1887
ILKESTON TOWN 5 STAPLEFORD ST HELENS 0
No report available.
CORINTHIANS' CHRISTMAS SPOILED
26TH DECEMBER 1887
ILKESTON TOWN 4 RADFORD CORINTHIANS 2
Ilkeston shaded the opening exchanges and took the lead before the visitors turned the game on its head by scoring twice in quick succession. Town levelled before half time thanks to a brilliant shot following a spell of prolonged pressure, and were well on top in the second half, scoring twice more.
31ST DECEMBER 1887
COTMANHAY WANDERERS 1 ILKESTON TOWN 5 (ILKESTON PIONEER CUP QUARTER-FINAL)
Ilkeston's two leading clubs went head to head and the favourites won by a bigger margin than many anticipated. The first ever 1,000 gate for a football match in the town saw a passionate game played at an incredible pace, although some of the tasty tackling left a lot to be desired. The result was a fair one although the home side had little luck in front of goal. Indeed, Cotmanhay began strongly despite kicking uphill in the first half. However, it was Ilkeston who scored first when a free kick led to George Marples firing a low shot which 'keeper Wheelacre should perhaps have saved. A minute later they scored again when E. Jeffries won the ball in a tackle and fed Marples whose pass to Sammy Aldred resulted in a stunning shot. Ilkeston were now in control and Herbert Johnson went on a good run before firing over, and Jeffries went close with a well struck shot after being set up by Marples. Johnson was then unlucky when his superb individual effort was ruled out, and Marples, A. Carrier and Aldred fired in some good shots. Eventually the third goal came when Jeffries' fierce free kick flew into the net off a defender. Cotmanhay at last got going and pulled a goal back after a lovely move involving future Town player Jack Hollis, Hawley and Fretwell was finished by another future Town player in Arthur Morley. The goal lifted Cotmanhay and a powerful shot by Fretwell produced a fine save from H. Brown but they soon had a huge setback when a knee injury to Jack Wheatley, another future Town player, left them with ten men for the rest of the game. Morley went close with another shot but it was Town who ended the first half on the attack with Carrier's shot being well saved by Wheelacre.
Ilkeston extended their lead early in the second half after Johnson had gone close. A well worked move between Johnson and Carrier ended with Jeffries finding the target off the underside of the bar. With the game more fast and furious than ever Morley and Hollis caused Brown to make two marvellous saves but any hopes Cotmanhay had of a comeback disappeared when Johnson's pass to Carrier led to a cross which Aldred beautifully headed home for the fifth. Johnson's effort following Marples' excellent run and cross almost made it six whilst Cotmanhay's hopes of a consolation goal were destroyed when Hollis' effort direct from a corner was disallowed.