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1966/67 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Gainsborough Trinity 42 30 5 7 105 42 65
2 Worksop Town 42 30 5 7 102 52 65
3 Grantham 42 26 5 11 106 68 57
4 Arnold 42 24 6 12 106 68 54
5 Lockheed Leamington 42 23 6 13 105 80 52
6 Scarborough 42 22 7 13 89 59 51
7 Heanor Town 42 21 7 14 97 65 49
8 Alfreton Town 42 20 7 15 77 74 47
9 Goole Town 42 18 10 14 87 66 46
10 ILKESTON TOWN 42 20 5 17 97 83 45
11 Spalding United 42 19 6 17 86 82 44
12 Retford Town 42 15 9 18 76 82 39
13 Long Eaton United 42 11 14 17 51 68 36
14 Skegness Town 42 13 8 21 74 111 34
15 Grimsby Town Reserves 42 14 5 23 76 83 33
16 Matlock Town 42 13 7 22 60 90 33
17 Lincoln City Reserves 42 11 10 21 65 92 32
18 Belper Town 42 11 10 21 55 79 32
19 Stamford 42 10 9 23 64 127 29
20 Sutton Town 42 10 8 24 55 93 28
21 Scunthorpe United Reserves 42 12 3 27 69 99 27
22 Loughborough United 42 8 10 24 66 105 26



1966/67 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
20 AUG GRIMSBY TOWN RESERVES W3-1 696 ORRIDGE, FROGGATT, B.WALKER
22 AUG HEANOR TOWN L0-3 1552
24 AUG Long Eaton United L1-2 RAYNOR
27 AUG Matlock Town W2-1 FROGGATT, SWINSCOE
29 AUG Retford Town W2-1 ORRIDGE 2
07 SEP Heanor Town L4-5 1600 FROGGATT, BROWN, RAYNOR 2
10 SEP WORKSOP TOWN L0-1 1026
14 SEP Grimsby Town Reserves L0-1
17 SEP Scarborough L3-5 FROGGATT 2, BROWN (PEN)
24 SEP Scunthorpe United Reserves W8-2 250 FAWELL 2, ORRIDGE 2, FROGGATT 3, SWINSCOE
01 OCT Spalding United L1-3 600 BROWN
08 OCT STAMFORD W4-1 556 FROGGATT, DOVE, ORRIDGE, MACANDREW
15 OCT Alfreton Town W4-1 775 FAWELL 2, MACANDREW, FROGGATT
22 OCT Sutton Town W4-2 442 FROGGATT, B.WALKER, FAWELL, BROWN
29 OCT ARNOLD D1-1 792 BROWN (PEN)
05 NOV Belper Town W3-2 ORRIDGE, FROGGATT 2
12 NOV GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY L2-3 BROWN, MACANDREW
19 NOV Skegness Town L2-4 196 B.WALKER, BROWN
26 NOV RETFORD TOWN W4-1 554 FAWELL, RAYNOR, BROWN, DOVE
03 DEC Goole Town L2-3 600 FAWELL, DOVE
10 DEC GRANTHAM W4-2 846 FROGGATT 4
17 DEC Lincoln City Reserves D2-2 337 FAWELL, FROGGATT
26 DEC Lockheed Leamington L1-4 FROGGATT
31 DEC LONG EATON UNITED W5-2 629 FROGGATT 2, ORRIDGE 2, BROWN
07 JAN Loughborough United D2-2 273 BROWN, FAWELL
28 JAN MATLOCK TOWN W2-1 FROGGATT, WYLD
04 FEB Worksop Town L2-3 1250 FAWELL, FROGGATT
11 FEB SCARBOROUGH W3-2   WYLD, MACANDREW 2 (2PENS)
25 FEB SCUNTHORPE UNITED RESERVES W2-1 601 ORRIDGE, FROGGATT
11 MAR Stamford D2-2 FAWELL, CHAMBERLAIN (OG)
25 MAR SUTTON TOWN W2-1 551 ORRIDGE, BROWN (PEN)
27 MAR Arnold L1-3 720 FAWELL
05 APR Gainsborough Trinity L0-3 1189
08 APR SKEGNESS TOWN L1-2 325 BROWN
15 APR GOOLE TOWN W2-0 515 EVERSON, FROGGATT
17 APR Grantham L1-3 SWINSCOE
20 APR BELPER TOWN W3-1 EVERSON 3
22 APR LINCOLN CITY RESERVES D1-1 534 FROGGATT
26 APR ALFRETON TOWN L0-1 403
29 APR LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON W5-0 486 SWINSCOE 2, EVERSON 2, FROGGATT
03 MAY SPALDING UNITED W2-1 342 EVERSON 2
06 MAY LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED W4-3 522 ORRIDGE 2, FROGGATT, SWINSCOE



1966/67 FA CUP RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT
1QR 03 SEP Sutton Town L0-1



1966/67 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
2R 14 JAN CRESWELL COLLIERY W5-0 577 BROWN, FROGGATT 2, MACANDREW, ORRIDGE
3R 18 FEB BELPER TOWN D1-1 ORRIDGE
3Rrep 04 MAR Belper Town W3-1 617 FROGGATT 2, ORRIDGE
QF 18 MAR NEW MILLS D2-2 BROWN 2
QFrep 01 APR New Mills L1-3 ORRIDGE

HOT STUFF
20TH AUGUST 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 3 GRIMSBY TOWN RESERVES 1
Grimsby began the game strongly but lacked penetration up front and before long they wilted in the intense heat. Ilkeston gradually eased themselves into the game and took control to win with a workmanlike display. Ilkeston deservedly went ahead in the 28th minute when ‘keeper Tennant spilled the ball under pressure from Mick Raynor and Arthur Orridge calmly put the ball into the net. John Froggatt doubled the lead on 37 minutes when he rounded Tennant and slipped the ball into the emty net.

Ilkeston seemed to be flagging a bit after half time and Grimsby pulled a goal back on 59 minutes when Boylett took advantage of a flat footed defence to score with a simple finish. Ilkeston gradually regained control and scored the killer third goal with a well worked free kick 11 minutes from time. Barry Walker ran over the ball, Ralph Brown chipped it forward and Walker, who had continued his run, met it with a good header.

HEANOR HUMBLE SLOPPY ROBINS
22ND AUGUST 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 0 HEANOR TOWN 3
Heanor, who played with pace and power throughout, dominated but it wasn’t until after the break that they turned their superiority into goals. Ilkeston’s inability to hold onto the ball meant that they failed to upset a Heanor defence that frequently looked shaky during the first half.

Heanor took the lead in this typical derby, scrappy with an element of needle, on 47 minutes through Wilcockson. Whittaker added a second seven minutes later and former Ilkeston forward Ken Simcoe added the third in the 68th minute.

TOWN FALL DOWN TO BROWN LATE WINNER
24TH AUGUST 1966
LONG EATON UNITED 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston’s superiority in midfield counted for nothing as they were left to rue some poor finishing. Long Eaton were guilty of missed chances too but there slow build ups didn’t worry Ilkeston unduly until they added greater spirit and enthusiasm after the break. Ilkeston led at half time through Mick Raynor who converted Roger Gillott’s 36th minute cross.

Long Eaton gained the edge in the second half and Skellington equalised with a fine rising shot on 73 minutes. Future Ilkeston forward Alan Brown pushed home the winner six minutes from time.

ROBINS END MATLOCK’S UNBEATEN START
27TH AUGUST 1966
MATLOCK TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Unbeaten Matlock were strangely subdued and after an even first half Ilkeston took control. Matlock failed to build on their 6th minute lead when they scored against the run of play through Jepson. They took heart from the goal and looked the better side for a spell but couldn’t break down Ilkeston’s resolute defence. Ilkeston came more into it and Bob MacAndrew shot against the upright whilst Mick Raynor just failed to connect with a John Froggatt cross. It was Froggatt who equalised in the 33rd minute following a goalmouth scramble.

Matlock began the second half well and two shots by substitute Lister produced good saves from Graham Clarke. Ilkeston then took over and it was no surprise on 70 minutes when Terry Swinscoe headed home Colin Dove’s corner. Now totally in command Ilkeston would have added further goals but for some desperate Matlock defending.

ORRIDGE DOUBLE SEES OFF RETFORD
29TH AUGUST 1966
RETFORD TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Retford struggled to cope with Ilkeston’s direct approach that saw them aim long balls to John Froggatt and Mick Raynor but it was Arthur Orridge who did the damage. He opened the scoring on 8 minutes when he escaped the attentions of Ellis and Parsons to shoot beyond Sedgwick. Retford responded and went close on a couple of occasions when they found ‘keeper Graham Clarke was in good form. Ilkeston increased the lead in the 20th minute when Orridge cracked home. The home side issued a warning before half time with Butler heading against the bar and Struthers put the rebound over.

Retford were more determined after the break and scored five minutes after the restart, Butler heading in from a Tomlinson free kick. Ilkeston were forced to defend and did so effectively whilst looking dangerous on the break. Barry Walker made a great run down the left and Orridge was only inches away from claiming a hat-trick with a volley from the resultant cross. Then Colin Dove’s dipping shot struck the bar. Mick Raynor put the ball in the net but Ilkeston were left frustrated as the referee brought play back for a free kick. Retford came close to a scarcely deserved equaliser in the dying moments when Butler put the ball over the bar from point blank range.

CUP OF WOE AS DEAN GETS MARCHING ORDERS
3RD SEPTEMBER 1966
SUTTON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
This was a drab affair with little of the magic of the FA Cup in evidence. The home side were on the defensive early on although Brumfield was able to send in a shot that brought out the best in Graham Clarke. Clarke’s opposite number, Graham Pigott in the Sutton goal, was by far the busier of the two ‘keepers during the first half, however.

Sutton were more purposeful after the break when they realised the game was theirs for the taking. When Ilkeston’s Joby Dean was sent off for an incident in the 65th minute Sutton took full advantage although it took a remarkable 40 yard strike by Brumfield on 76 minutes to finally unlock Ilkeston’s defence.

BITTER BATTLE AT THE TOWN GROUND
7TH SEPTEMBER 1966
HEANOR TOWN 5 ILKESTON TOWN 4
A dramatic incident packed game boiled over in the second half with two sendings off and three bookings as the game reached fever pitch. Heanor destroyed the Robins with an early burst that saw them score three times in the opening 12 minutes. Wilcockson gave them a 7th minute lead and Frost added the second two minutes later. When Frost scored again on 12 minutes it seemed as if a massacre was on the cards but John Froggatt instantly pulled a goal back and Ilkeston were far from dead.

The second half was filled with drama. Ilkeston scored again five minutes after the break when Ralph Brown’s shot eluded Ashmore’s grasp. Incredibly the Robins equalised three minutes later and again Ashmore was at fault, this time mishandling a Mick Raynor shot. Heanor responded with a flurry of attacks but they couldn’t find a way past Graham Clarke until the 71st minute when former Ilkeston player Ken Simcoe put them back in front. With the tension rising and the referee starting to lose control following a spate of unpleasant challenges Ilkeston were reduced to ten men on 75 minutes when Barry Walker was sent off for a foul, although his tackle was no worse than any of the others. Three minutes later Ilkeston seemed down and out when Wilcockson grabbed Heanor’s fifth but Raynor gave them renewed hope six minutes from time with a fine header. When Heanor’s Norris was sent off for serious foul play three minutes from time Ilkeston scented the chance of an unlikely draw but time ran out. The referee, who also booked former Ilkeston players Mick Wood and John Thornhill as well as Raynor, needed a police escort from the pitch at the end.

LUCKY TIGERS EARN THEIR STRIPES
10TH SEPTEMBER 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 0 WORKSOP TOWN 1
The match began in a sombre mood following a minute silence in remembrance of Ilkeston Town committee member Charlie Robinson and founder member of the supporters club Percy Tatham who had both passed away a few days earlier. Champions Worksop looked anything but as they struggled to cope with a commanding Ilkeston team that looked certain to win. Mick Raynor, who missed a series of chances, had an effort ruled out for handball and a dubious offside decision robbed John Froggatt, who was also guilty of a couple of misses, of a goal. The unlucky Froggatt also cracked a terrific shot against the underside of the bar and Bob MacAndrew drove a fine effort against the foot of the post.

Worksop rarely made much headway and when they did get through they found Graham Clarke in fine form. Yet, completely against the run of play, they snatched a winner four minutes from time when the unmarked Sawyer tapped in Bell’s cross.

ROBINS FALL TO LATE GOAL AGAIN
14TH SEPTEMBER 1966
GRIMSBY TOWN RESERVES 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
In a game dominated by strong defences Ilkeston struggled to break Grimsby down in the tricky conditions. The high wind and driving rain kept constructive football to a minimum. The deciding goal arrived five minutes from time through a Garland header.

LUCKLESS TOWN LEFT SEASICK
17TH SEPTEMBER 1966
SCARBOROUGH 5 ILKESTON TOWN 3
The final score didn’t paint a true picture of the game. Town produced an attractive, breezy, attacking display of football but missed chances and slack defending handed the points to the home side. Scarborough took the lead after just 20 seconds when Entwistle, with time and space, set up Laffey who shot in off the post. Ilkeston responded immediately with a series of dangerous attacks but they had to wait until the 22nd minute before drawing level. Colin Dove’s cross was met by a neat John Froggatt yet within thirty seconds Scarborough had regained the lead when Franks wriggled through to get in a shot that Graham Clarke couldn’t keep out. Ralph Brown missed a simple chance to equalise but he made amends in the 33rd minute. He was brought down by Marshall and converted the penalty himself. However, Scarborough stunned the Robins by scoring twice more before first half. Firstly Bob MacAndrew brought down Franks who got to his feet to put away the penalty. Then Franks provided the cross from which Boyes beat Clarke.

Ilkeston spent most of the second half on top. Brown missed another chance when he was put through by Dove but Ilkeston deservedly pulled a goal back on 59 minutes when Froggatt scored following a pass by Derek Fawell. They continued to look lively and an equaliser seemed likely until Laffey scored the killer fifth goal in the 76th minute.

DEADLY TOWN BOUNCE BACK IN STYLE
24TH SEPTEMBER 1966
SCUNTHORPE UNITED RESERVES 2 ILKESTON TOWN 8
After five straight defeats Ilkeston trounced Scunthorpe with some devastating attacking football. Scunthorpe put on some fierce early pressure and when Terry Swinscoe sustained a facial injury he moved up front with Ralph Brown dropping back, a move that could have severely dented Ilkeston’s prospects. Instead they went from strength to strength and before 20 minutes were up they had a two goal lead through Derek Fawell and Arthur Orridge. Scunthorpe replied through Todd but the Robins finished the first half strongly without adding to their score.

Ilkeston revelled after the break. John Froggatt completed a second half hat-trick and there were further goals from Fawell, Orridge and Swinscoe. Mahy scored a consolation penalty for Scunthorpe two minutes from time.

TOWN TOPPLED IN TORRENTIAL RAIN
1ST OCTOBER 1966
SPALDING UNITED 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Torrential rain didn’t prevent an entertaining game that Ilkeston ought to have at least drawn. After an even opening when both ‘keepers were busy the match was virtually settled by two Spalding goals in two minutes. Weston thumped in the first on 18 minutes and Harnwell’s 20th minute effort slipped out of Graham Clarke’s grasp for the second.

Ilkeston gave themselves a fighting chance on 55 minutes when Ralph Brown scored from an Arthur Orridge cross. At this point they looked capable of coming back but Spalding continued to look threatening. The deciding moment came in the 77th minute when Clarke fouled Kavanagh and Harnwell scored his second of the game from the penalty spot. Kavanagh and Bob MacAndrew both received bookings during the game.

TOWN SHOW GLIMPSES OF TRUE FORM
8TH OCTOBER 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 4 STAMFORD 1
Ilkeston only got going once they fell behind and when they did they destroyed bottom of the table Stamford with some superb attacking football. The second half, however, was a drab affair after the fourth goal went in as Ilkeston became far too casual. Spalding’s goal on 21 minutes came when Morley’s shot spilled out of Graham Clarke’s arms and went into the net. Town responded and equalised five minutes later. Colin Dove rounded former Town defender Derek Chamberlain and sent over a low cross that Derek Fawell left for John Froggatt to slam in. Clever play by Ralph Brown ended with a looping cross that Dove drove home from close range in the 37th minute and two minutes later Arthur Orridge’s speculative lob went over ‘keeper Parr for the third.

Town’s fourth came two minutes into the second half. Orridge’s corner was laid off by Brown to Bob MacAndrew who cracked the ball home beautifully from the edge of the box. In an otherwise forgettable half Britton came on as Ilkeston made their first ever substitution with Orridge leaving because of a groin problem.

SCINCILLATING ILKESTON BACK IN THE GROOVE
15TH OCTOBER 1968
ALFRETON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Alfreton were made to look poor and were ripped apart by an Ilkeston team that played with great style and confidence. It took 28 minutes for the first goal to come, tapped in by Derek Fawell after Mycroft saved John Froggatt’s initial effort. That was all Ilkeston had to show for their first half dominance but they scored again early in the second half when Bob MacAndrew crashed in from 25 yards in the 49th minute. The Robins then became over casual but Alfreton’s crude attempts to get back into the game didn’t bear fruit. Instead Ilkeston got a third through Fawell on 76 minutes and they scored again four minutes later when Froggatt brilliantly flicked in MacAndrew’s free kick. Whittaker grabbed a consolation for Alfreton three minutes from time.

ROBINS OFF TO A FLYER
22ND OCTOBER 1968
ILKESTON TOWN 4 SUTTON TOWN 2
A stunning display of attacking football during the opening 25 minutes put this match beyond Sutton’s reach. The game began in a lively fashion with both teams getting a chance to score. John Froggatt shot tamely wide whilst former Ilkeston star Barrie Jepson saw a header get cleared off the line by Bob MacAndrew. Ilkeston went ahead on 8 minutes when Froggatt made certain after fastening onto Derek Fawell’s shrewd pass. Two minutes later Barry Walker marked his 100th appearance with a superb solo goal and Ilkeston made it three in the 25th minute when Fawell scored with a well judged shot following Walker’s defence splitting pass. Sutton showed greater determination as half time approached and the closest they came to scoring was a Powell header that cleared the bar.

Ralph Brown waltzed through the Sutton defence before calmly putting the ball beyond Turton to register the fourth within a minute of the restart. Froggatt then forced Turton into a great save before Ilkeston relaxed and Sutton came more into the game to score two late goals. Smith on 82 minutes and Jepson a minute later scored the consolation goals.

TOWN HELD AT HOME
29TH OCTOBER 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ARNOLD 1
Ilkeston had the vast majority of the play and were the more constructive but their indifferent finishing and a lack of fight meant they failed to beat a tough Arnold team. The game was a scrappy one and Town’s short passing game was ineffective against determined opponents. Arnold took an 11th minute lead through future Ilkeston player John Moore and Ralph Brown equalised for Ilkeston from the penalty spot a minute before half time. Ilkeston also had a goal disallowed, for reasons not apparent, a pile driver from Bob MacAndrew finding the Arnold net.

FROGGATT THE HERO IN FRANTIC FINALE
5TH NOVEMBER 1966
BELPER TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston’s improved form continued although they had to recover from the loss of a two goal lead to claim the points. Belper ‘keeper Jenney was kept busy but he wasn’t beaten until the 30th minute when Arthur Orridge caught out his flat footed defence. Ilkeston’s first half superiority was confirmed two minutes before half time, John Froggatt whipping the ball home.

The Robins continued to attack after half time until Belper mounted a spirited recovery. Nevin pulled a goal back on 61 minutes and Barlow equalised nine minutes later. The goal brought Ilkeston back to life and following sustained pressure Froggatt cracked in the winner five minutes from time.

GAINSBOROUGH WIN GAME OF TWO HALVES
12TH NOVEMBER 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 2 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 3
Rampant Robins looked set to win convincingly against second placed Gainsborough Trinity who were heading for the title. Town could have scored half a dozen during the first half but Gainsborough, aided by some questionable decisions by the referee, fought back with enthusiasm and growing confidence to win by the odd goal. Ralph Brown took advantage of an error by ‘keeper Forgan to give Town the lead after just 2 minutes, and with Town in control and Forgan looking shaky it seemed to be only a matter of time before they scored again. Inaccurate finishing meant that the second goal didn’t arrive until the 34th minute, Bob MacAndrew finding the target.

Ilkeston began the second half brightly but Gainsborough gradually came into the game. On 57 minutes they pulled a goal back through Mordue following a disputed corner. Ilkeston grew rattled as decisions continued to go against them and when Monty Brown put the ball in the net on 64 minutes the referee awarded a goal after a lengthy consultation with the linesman. The equaliser lifted Gainsborough further and they were in total control. In the 75th minute Monty Brown passed Terry Swinscoe and knocked the ball past the advancing Terry Barker for Waite, seemingly offside, to finish. Again the referee awarded the goal following a discussion with the linesman.

TWO PEN SKEGNESS SCRAPE PAST ROBINS
19TH NOVEMBER 1966
SKEGNESS TOWN 4 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston fought back bravely after finding themselves two goals adrift at half time but their efforts were in vain. A blunder by Stuart Deeman led to McCann giving Skegness the lead on 30 minutes from the penalty spot. Farmer then turned in former Town player Peter Hibbert’s cross four minutes before half time to give Skegness a comfortable lead.

Ilkeston attacked strongly after half time although the home side looked dangerous on the break and Terry Barker made two spectacular saves to deny Williams. However, he was beaten by King on 59 minutes and Skegness looked home and dry. Ilkeston refused to give up and Barry Walker applied the finishing touch to a John Walker cross two minutes later. They continued to try and find a way back but McCann dealt the killer blow, again from the spot, twelve minutes from time. Ralph Brown scored a consolation goal for Ilkeston on 88 minutes.

ROBINS ROMP AS RETFORD FLOUNDER
26TH NOVEMBER 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 4 RETFORD TOWN 1
Retford fought hard but fair yet they were no match for Ilkeston who were quicker and more decisive going forward. In comparison the visitors were slow, cumbersome and lacked rhythm. Ilkeston, who also hit the woodwork several times during the game, went in front on 11 minutes when Derek Fawell took advantage of a hesitant defence. Retford were further hit in the 25th minute when Ellis was carried off with a broken leg when he came off worse in a 50/50 challenge with Mick Raynor. Ilkeston went further ahead three minutes later through the none the worse for wear Raynor.

Ilkeston’s third goal arrived on the hour when Ralph Brown capitalised on Fawell’s perfect through ball and Colin Dove made it four with a first time shot three minutes later when a poor Retford clearance from a corner invitingly fell to him. Shiels scored a consolation penalty for the visitors five minutes from time.

TEN MAN TOWN ALMOST SNATCH DRAW AS DEAN IS SENT OFF
3RD DECEMBER 1966
GOOLE TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Joby Dean was sent off in the 60th minute for foul language and Ilkeston players threatened to walk off before secretary George Brown intervened. Fired up Ilkeston almost clinched a draw as they threw everything at Goole during the closing stages after Colin Dove further reduced the arrears twelve minutes from time following Derek Fawell’s 61st minute strike.

Goole had taken an undeserved lead in the 31st minute when Brian Harrison headed into his own net but they suffered misfortune of their own soon after when Kelly had to go off with a badly gashed leg. Ilkeston were guilty of missing two good chances to equalise before half time, Ralph Brown and Derek Fawell the culprits. Early in the second half the referee had to retire after being struck by the ball and the linesman took over. Goole then enjoyed a good spell and Stocks scored their second on 54 minutes followed by a King goal three minutes later. Then came the Dean incident and Ilkeston’s desperate fightback.

FOUR GOAL FROGGATT FLATTENS GINGERBREADS
10TH DECEMBER 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 4 GRANTHAM 2
Classy Ilkeston sparkled as Grantham floundered in the Manor Ground mud. During an astonishing first half Farmer (twice) and Akers cleared off the line, Derek Fawell hit the bar and Mick Raynor struck the post, but more importantly John Froggatt grabbed a hat-trick. ‘Keeper Crawford got his hand to but couldn’t keep out Froggatt’s 12th minute opener and he scored again on the half hour. Four minutes later he administered a brilliant near post flick header from a Ralph Brown corner to make it three.

Froggatt notched his fourth on the hour before Ilkeston relaxed, allowing Grantham to salvage a bit of pride. South pulled one back when he nipped in to score on 65 minutes and Alexander’s 75th minute effort was allowed to stand despite an apparent foul on Terry Barker. Grantham’s misery wasn’t over, however, and on 83 minutes Butters fractured his leg when Barker bravely saved at his feet.

LINCOLN LEFT TO RUE MISSED PENALTY
17TH DECEMBER 1966
LINCOLN CITY RESERVES 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Experienced Lincoln contained four first team regulars but were unable to see off a determined Ilkeston team despite having the better chances. Displaying pace and guile Lincoln were on top early on and Smith rattled the bar whilst Hubbard shot just wide. Town had their own attacking ideas and Derek Fawell shot inches over. However, Lincoln continued to dominate. Brian Harrison bravely charged down a Hubbard drive and then he cleared a Godbold lob off the line. Further chances were missed before they broke the deadlock in the 37th minute through Hubbard.

Ilkeston got off to the best possible start after the interval when Fawell scored a splendid solo goal on 46 minutes. Lincoln set about restoring their advantage and Harrison again had to clear a dangerous Godbold lob. Their pressure was rewarded in the 63rd minute when Heard put them back in front. Minutes later they had a great chance to sew up the game but Whittle blazed over from the penalty spot. The let off spurred Ilkeston on and John Froggatt netted the equaliser nine minutes from time.

ROBINS SUFFER CHRISTMAS HANGOVER
26TH DECEMBER 1966
LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON 4 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Top of the table Leamington’s attractive brand of football was too much for a well beaten Ilkeston team that lacked rhythm and finishing if not spirit. The home team scored an early goal through Morrow after being set up by Ward and they never looked back. Hall added a fine goal before half time to double the lead.

When Terry Barker brought down Holmes Hall converted the resultant penalty and Salmon added a fourth. Ilkeston replied with a John Froggatt consolation goal.

UNSTOPPABLE TOWN IN FIVE STAR SHOW
31ST DECEMBER 1966
ILKESTON TOWN 5 LONG EATON UNITED 2
Ilkeston ended 1966 in style with a supreme first half display. The difficult conditions underfoot caused great discomfort to Long Eaton as they were unable to contain Ilkeston’s attacking play. Town set off at a cracking pace and John Froggatt gave them a 3rd minute lead after an earlier effort went just wide. ‘Keeper Taylor’s heroics held them at bay until Colin Dove evaded former Town player Tommy Cooper and Vallance before crossing to Arthur Orridge to add the second on 13 minutes. Taylor got his hand to a low drive by debutant Mick Wyld on 28 minutes but couldn’t prevent Ralph Brown from screwing the rebound in from a narrow angle. Terry Barker didn’t have a save to make until 40 minutes had elapsed.

Ilkeston were over casual at the start of the second half and Long Eaton began a revival by scoring in the 51st minute. Govan’s dummy and whipped cross was hammered home by Skellington. Govan created their second which was finished by Lewis on 64 minutes and as the tension mounted play became rough. Ilkeston, however, kept their cool and returned to their first half form. Froggatt more or less settled it on 74 minutes and Orridge scored the fifth two minutes from time.

LOWLY LOUGHBOROUGH LET OFF HOOK
7TH JANUARY 1967
LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston squandered a two goal lead but in truth they never completely got to grips with the lowly, inexperienced home team. Ilkeston were slow to settle and Mattocks and former Ilkeston favourite Clive Burton missed early chances for Loughborough. John Froggatt forced Webb into a fine save but Loughborough continued to make life difficult. Murray’s shot took a deflection off Burton and Terry Barker did well to make a recovery save. Town took a rather fortunate 40th minute lead when Derek Fawell’s chipped free kick to Colin Dove was slipped inside for Ralph Brown to score a well worked goal.

The points appeared to be heading to Ilkeston when Fawell scored a fine individual goal on 51 minutes. The joy didn’t last long as future Ilkeston player Dick Kalasiak crossed for Mattocks to head home four minutes later. Ilkeston then enjoyed a good spell and went close several times before Mattocks stunned them by equalising in the 75th minute.

CRESWELL CRUSHED
14TH JANUARY 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 5 CRESWELL COLLIERY 0 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SECOND ROUND)
Ilkeston’s class told as they cruised to an emphatic victory and but for four efforts that were cleared off the line the winning margin would have been much greater. In the opening minute John Froggatt was brought down by Hardwick for what seemed a clear cut penalty but the referee disagreed. Froggatt came close to scoring on two further occasions before Ilkeston took a 17th minute lead. Arthur Orridge’s free kick was met by a delightful Ralph Brown flick. Two minutes later they scored again when Froggatt turned in Colin Dove’s cross. Tempers became frayed soon after. Creswell’s Coleman was booked for a foul on Mick Wyld, and Rose and Brown kicked out at each other although only the latter received a booking. Ilkeston’s third goal came two minutes before the break through Froggatt.

Creswell’s first opportunity came early in the second half when Bird rattled the upright and Bob MacAndrew cleared the loose ball off the line. Ilkeston were soon back in control, however, and they went further ahead on 71 minutes with a long shot by MacAndrew. Orridge completed the scoring with another shot from distance five minutes later. Former Ilkeston forward John Taylor came close to getting a consolation goal but his shot was kept out by Terry Barker’s fine diving save.

SECOND HALF REVIVAL BRINGS ROBINS THE POINTS
28TH JANUARY 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 2 MATLOCK TOWN 1
Matlock revelled in the mud during the first half and their long ball tactics posed a few problems but they were lacking in quality. Ilkeston on the other hand kept their cool, defended well and stepped up after the break to deservedly win. Matlock opened the scoring on 30 minutes, Joby Dean’s hesitation allowing Lister to float a shot against the post with Booker able to pounce on the rebound. Ilkeston came more into the game as half time approached but were unable to get back on equal terms.

Arthur Orridge had to go off with a recurrence of his groin injury five minutes after the break and was replaced by Alan Walters. Incessant Ilkeston pressure led to their 63rd minute equaliser. Ralph Brown and Colin Dove worked a clever corner routine and John Froggatt finished with a header. As Ilkeston’s pressure continued the game developed an edge with Dean and Lister lucky not to receive more than a lecture for their fracas. Bob MacAndrew and Hill were both out cold temporarily after a clash of heads. Then, in the gathering gloom, Wyld popped home the winner ten minutes from time. Matlock strove hard for an equaliser during the closing stages but their frustration rose as Ilkeston defended defiantly. Future Ilkeston player Geoff Wardle was booked for his troubles.

WORKSOP WIN GAME OF STRANGE DECISIONS
4TH FEBRUARY 1967
WORKSOP TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Champions Worksop, who were well placed to hold onto their title in second place, scraped home with a narrow victory. They were pushed all the way by a determined Ilkeston team. Both teams had reasons to feel aggrieved at some of the referee’s decisions. Worksop, who had the edge in the first half, went ahead on 13 minutes. Ilkeston ‘keeper Terry Barker was down in the penalty area with what turned out to be a fractured jaw. The referee stopped play and after Barker decided he was able to continue the referee ordered a drop ball close to the Ilkeston goal line, which fell to Vest who hooked home. Witham’s long range lob doubled their lead in the 21st minute but Ilkeston pressed strongly as the first half progressed and a Derek Fawell shot was cleared off the line by Witham.

Ilkeston deservedly reduced the arrears four minutes into the second half when Fawell forced the ball in through a crowd of players. Vest thought he had put Worksop two goals in front again and he was booked for arguing after his effort was ruled out. Joby Dean then brought down Jenkinson for what looked like a certain Worksop penalty but again the referee ignored their appeals. Worksop finally scored their third ten minutes from time but they were forced to endure an anxious last few minutes when Froggatt scored in the 86th minute.

MAC’S SPOT DOUBLE WRECKS BORO HOPES
11TH FEBRUARY 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 3 SCARBOROUGH 2
Two late penalties by Bob MacAndrew saw Ilkeston home in a seesaw match. During a frantic opening both teams created chances and Ilkeston hit the woodwork twice but the pace quickly died down. It was Scarborough who opened the scoring on 29 minutes when Burden’s lob completely deceived Mark Mellors. Ilkeston looked to equalise before the break and visiting ‘keeper Rollo saved a John Froggatt followed by a superb block to keep out a Ralph Brown shot.

Mick Wyld, after several earlier misses, headed a 56th minute equaliser after Froggatt had headed on a Colin Dove cross. Sensing victory Town poured forward but their jittery defence was caught out on 69 minutes when Glossop’s cross shot gave Scarborough the lead. Then came the dramatic finale. Colin Dove was fouled on 83 minutes and Brown was tripped a minute later and MacAndrew put away the penalties on each occasion. Ilkeston should have had a third penalty shortly after when Brown went down in a fracas but the referee was unsighted.

BELPER FORCE REPLAY
18TH FEBRUARY 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 1 BELPER TOWN 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP THIRD ROUND)
There was some fine football at times on a gluepot pitch but the conditions meant that the game was frequently a drab affair. Both defences looked shaky but Ilkeston did most of the attacking only to find ‘keeper Jenney in excellent form whilst Terry Barker had little to do. Tempers became frayed during the final half hour and Belper’s John Walker was booked and Mick Wyld received a lecture from the referee.

The first half saw little in goalmouth action but the game came to life after the break. Arthur Orridge squandered a great chance for Ilkeston when he shot wide of an empty net. The Robins had a lucky escape when Morris waltzed through their defence and fired in only to have his effort ruled out because Nevin had strayed offside. Five minutes later, in the 73rd minute, Ilkeston took the lead with a deft Orridge header from a Dove cross. Belper then put Ilkeston under great pressure and it was no surprise when former Ilkeston forward Michael Thompson headed in from a corner seven minutes from time. Earlier in the game John Froggatt’s header was ruled out for offside as Ralph Brown was in an offside position. Joby Dean made his 100th appearance for Ilkeston.

ROBINS ALMOST LET IT SLIP
25TH FEBRUARY 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SCUNTHORPE UNITED RESERVES 1
Ilkeston looked set for a crushing victory with two early goals but then became complacent and could easily have let Scunthorpe, who improved as the game went on, escape with a point. It took just 6 minutes for Ilkeston to break the deadlock when Colin Dove crossed for Arthur Orridge to net a fine goal. Two John Froggatt headers were tipped over by stand in ‘keeper White (Scunthorpe’s trainer who played in emergencies) before Ilkeston extended their lead in the 10th minute. Ralph Brown played the ball forward to Froggatt who scored with a clever lob from outside the area.

Verity, who missed a great chance in Scunthorpe’s first attack of note just before half time, pulled a goal back two minutes from time but it was too little too late.

ROBINS REPLAY SUCCESS AT BELPER
4TH MARCH 1967
BELPER TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP THIRD ROUND REPLAY)
Ilkeston won with plenty to spare in this fiery cup tie played on a hard, bumpy surface. They were boosted by an early goal, scored after just 90 seconds. Barry Walker pushed the ball out to the right where Colin Dove crossed and John Froggatt reached it ahead of ‘keeper Jenney to score with a neat lob. The Robins dictated the play although Nevin came close to an equaliser with a shot that was cleared off the line by Bob MacAndrew. Froggatt missed a great chance to double Ilkeston’s lead but shortly after, in the 23rd minute, Kelsey’s mistake allowed him to make amends with a lob over the stranded Jenney.

Ilkeston scored their third three minutes into the second half when Arthur Orridge converted a ball from the right. Mick Wyld’s foul on future Ilkeston player Barry Roughton led to the latter having to go off with a leg injury. With the game entering the final minutes Walker went off with a broken nose and was replaced by John Lazell. Immediately Ilkeston’s defence was caught napping and Swift fired into an empty net for an 87th minute consolation goal. Another injury victim during the game was MacAndrew and he, like Walker, was out of action for a few weeks.

CHAMBERLAIN OWN GOAL RESCUES ROBINS
11TH MARCH 1967
STAMFORD 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Bottom of the table Stamford gave Ilkeston a good game in the blustery conditions. Town had more of the play but Stamford remained direct and purposeful and could have won but for an own goal by former Town left back Derek Chamberlain. John Froggatt sent in a header that struck the bar before Ilkeston took a 25th minute lead ten minutes later. Colin Dove tricked Chamberlain and crossed for Derek Fawell to lob over Parr. Ilkeston lost the initiative at this point and Stamford equalised on the half hour through Copeland who turned the ball past Terry Barker after receiving Kelly’s pass.

Stamford were lively in the second half while Town looked shaky at the back. Kelly headed just over and Gray and Copeland shot inches wide. The home side went in front on the hour when a long clearance by Chamberlain was collected by Gray who ran on to shoot past Barker. Ilkeston salvaged a point in fortuitous fashion when Chamberlain turned the ball past Parr and into his own net on 78 minutes.

BROWN SAVES SLOPPY ILKESTON
18TH MARCH 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 2 NEW MILLS 2 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL)
New Mills, who were heading towards their third successive Manchester League title, surprised Ilkeston with their pace up front and enthusiasm. Ilkeston, on the other hand, were too casual and were uncertain in defence. New Mills took a 32nd minute lead when Mick Wyld, trying to dribble back towards his own goal, lost possession and Welsh’s shot took a deflection off Terry Swinscoe’s back and into the net. Ilkeston strove in vain for an equaliser before half time.

New Mills packed their defence in the face of constant Ilkeston attacks but they succumbed on 66 minutes when ‘keeper Woodhouse’s error was pounced upon by Ralph Brown who scrambled the ball home. Another Wyld error let in Welsh to give New Mills the lead again nine minutes from time but he was spared his blushes when Brown popped up to score a fine equaliser in the 86th minute.

ROBINS LEAVE IT LATE
25TH MARCH 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SUTTON TOWN 1
In a swirling wind well organised Sutton were generally on top during the first half but Ilkeston stepped up after the break and won the game during a dramatic final ten minutes. The first chance fell to Ilkeston when Arthur Orridge’s shot was smothered by future Robins ‘keeper Graham Pigott. At the other end Smith’s header from a corner was held by Terry Barker. Ralph Brown then went on a long run before shooting just past Pigott’s post and Barker just managed to keep out a Topley shot. Ilkeston only began to show what they could do late in the first half when Colin Dove, Orridge and Derek Fawell each had shots at goal.

The Robins were more menacing after the break. A Bob MacAndrew effort went just over, Pigott pushed away a powerful Brian Harrison shot and then Fawell failed to capitalise on a Pigott mistake. Ilkeston took the lead on 80 minutes when Brown ran down the right and his cross was met by an Orridge header. Now totally in control Fawell and Brown both shot over and a powerful 18 yard shot by the latter was saved by Pigott before they scored again four minutes from time. Smith fouled Mick Wyld and Brown kept his cool from the penalty spot. John Froggatt almost scored with a brilliant shot that was saved by Pigott before Swann drove past Barker for a Sutton consolation two minutes into injury time.

ARNOLD HOLD UPPER HAND
27TH MARCH 1967
ARNOLD 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
The first half was evenly fought with Arnold looking strong in defence. After the break they became more dangerous in attack and Ilkeston had some narrow escapes. Arnold had the best couple of efforts in the first half and they both came from Davies. He fired a free kick against the bar and later shot narrowly over.

Arnold took the lead on the hour when future Town player John Moore blasted in. Town bounced back with a Derek Fawell goal five minutes later before Dunn deservedly restored Arnold’s advantage in the 73rd minute. Fawell had a goal disallowed for Ilkeston although the home side were well in control during the closing stages. Moore’s fine shot two minutes from time wrapped up the points.

NEW MILLS NO FOOLS
1ST APRIL 1967
NEW MILLS 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL REPLAY)
Enthusiastic and organised New Mills outclassed a woeful Ilkeston team that deserved what they got. Yet the opening stages suggested an Ilkeston victory was on the cards. Early on a long Terry Swinscoe pass found John Froggatt but he could only shoot straight at Woodhouse. Ralph Brown then hammered a shot just wide and Jim Everson went on a fine run before shooting narrowly off target. The Robins took a deserved lead on 14 minutes when Brown’s clever lob was side footed into the net by Arthur Orridge. Then Ilkeston eased up and New Mills took full advantage. A fine move involving Allen, Wood, McGuinness and Welsh ended with McGuinness striking a powerful drive that Terry Barker couldn’t stop in the 18th minute, to level the scores. Five minutes later Wood swept the ball across for Dodgson to head in and give New Mills the lead. Dodgson had a great chance to put New Mills further ahead but he blazed over with only Barker to beat.

New Mills continued to dominate after the break. Dodgson’s low shot was saved and later his goalbound shot was headed clear by Brian Harrison. Ilkeston grew frustrated and Colin Dove was booked for dissent and Brown was booked for a foul on Allen. They also felt that they should have had a penalty when Harvey handled but the referee deemed it accidental. To make matters worse Harrison had to go off with an ankle injury and he was replaced by Barry Walker. New Mills’ constant attacks almost bore fruit when Dodgson’s effort just cleared the bar but in the 76th minute he scored a fine goal following good work by Wright. In the closing stages Miller was booked for a foul on Everson. It was Everson who almost provided Ilkeston with an undeserved consolation goal when he weaved through and struck a strong shot that Woodhouse couldn’t hold before Harvey cleared the danger.

PAIN AND NO GAIN FOR ROBINS
5TH APRIL 1967
GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
No match report available. Monty Brown gave the home side an 8th minute lead. Joby Dean went off injured and left Town with ten men until secretary George Brown substituted in the 77th minute, by which time Monty Brown had scored his second. Green added a third within a minute of Brown’s arrival.

ROBINS FALL TO ANOTHER DEFEAT
8TH APRIL 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SKEGNESS TOWN 2
Ilkeston were impressive, lively and fiery during the first half but they slumped badly after the break and Skegness ran out worthy winners. The visitors defended well during Ilkeston’s first half dominance and then played effectively when The Robins lost their grip. Mick Wyld shot inches wide and John Froggatt, Arthur Orridge, Ralph Brown and Derek Fawell all went close. McCann missed a golden chance to give Skegness a shock lead when he shot hopelessly wide and, after Colin Dove splendid shot flew past the post at the other end, McCann had a goal ruled out for offside. Skegness ‘keeper Turton did well to turn away a shot by Barry Walker following a fine run and then Brown was just off target from Froggatt’s flick. Brown fired inches over the bar and Orridge shot into the side net as Ilkeston ended the half without scoring the goal their play deserved.

Orridge had a shot scrambled clear and a Wyld shot sailed over early in the second half but Ilkeston’s play soon deteriorated. The game became littered with fouls and as the game became disjointed Skegness seized control. They took the lead on the hour when Banks’ clearance sent McCann with a clear run on goal. A minute later a similarly direct move ended with King making the most of Thompson’s through ball. Terry Swinscoe almost scored an own goal when he headed against the post before Ilkeston desperately tried to fight back. Fawell and Froggatt had efforts saved by Turton prior to Town’s 75th minute goal, when Brown ran on to Froggatt’s flick. Banks was soon booked for a nasty foul on Brown as Skegness comfortably held Ilkeston at bay.

ROBINS BACK TO WINNING WAYS
15TH APRIL 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 2 GOOLE TOWN 0
Ilkeston produced a much improved performance against good opposition. They were determined and adopted some good close passing that mastered Goole. Yet the visitors settled down the quicker. Two of their early efforts were cleared off the line by Brian Harrison and Brier shot over with only Terry Barker to beat. Ilkeston then penned Goole back and won several corners but they struggled to break down Goole’s solid defence. Ralph Brown lobbed just over from a Jim Everson cross, Harrison burst forward and squared to Everson whose 30 yard shot was blocked before he shot wide as he regained possession. Goole replied with a fine solo run followed by a shot that just cleared the bar by Stocks but Ilkeston continued to do the bulk of the attacking. Froggatt turned away from the defence and his shot was well saved by ‘keeper Moore and then Arthur Orridge’s 35 yard shot whistled wide after he picked up Brown’s forward pass. Ilkeston finally went in front two minutes before half time when Harrison’s excellent cross was turned in by Everson.

When the second half got underway Everson shot into the side net and he then shot over before Froggatt had a header saved by Moore. Duncan shot wide as Goole began to look dangerous on the break and Ilkeston were forced to defend in depth for a spell but as the second half grew on The Robins regained control. Froggatt’s header from a Barry Walker corner brought a fine save from Moore and another Froggatt header, from a Brown cross, went close. Froggatt then saw a shot tipped round the post by Moore before he made the game safe on 85 minutes. Town were awarded an indirect free kick inside the area and Froggatt hammered home after Walker touched it to him.

GRANTHAM IN CONTROL
17TH APRIL 1967
GRANTHAM 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston lacked strength and determination and but for the fine form by ‘keeper Terry Barker they would have been humiliated. Arthur Orridge misses an easy chance early on but from then on Grantham were the only team in it. By the time Terry Swinscoe scored following an Orridge corner Grantham were already two goals in front. When Mincher scored Grantham’s third in the 83rd minute it was the least they deserved. To make matters worse for Ilkeston Ralph Brown went off with a ligaments injury that caused him to miss the remainder of the season.

HERO EVERSON LEADS FIGHTBACK
20TH APRIL 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 3 BELPER TOWN 1
Ilkeston took a long time to settle as Hancock gave Belper a 7th minute lead. It wasn’t until shortly before half time that they began to put Belper under pressure and when they did Mick Wyld’s terrific volley produced a good save by Jenney.

Belper were forced to defend throughout the second half and they were finally undone by Jim Everson’s terrific hat-trick that was scored in a 17 minute spell. The goals arrived on 61, 65 and 78 minutes. The game marked a personal milestone for Terry Swinscoe, playing his 348th game, who broke the club appearance record previously set by Les Smith.

UNLUCKY TOWN HELD BY LINCOLN
22ND APRIL 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 1 LINCOLN CITY RESERVES 1
Lincoln may have fielded 7 players with first team experience but they were lucky to escape the Manor Ground with a point. The first half was frustrating and frequently dreary but Ilkeston dominated the second half and should have won. Hubbard had the first shot on goal but Ilkeston went closer when clever play by Jim Everson provided Arthur Orridge with his chance to shoot, future Ilkeston legend Colin Treharne making the save. Lincoln went ahead on 22 minutes with a fine goal by Heard who drew Mark Mellors before steering home. Lincoln had the better of things for a spell and Allison tested Mellors on three occasions. However, Ilkeston rallied late in the first half and John Froggatt went close.

Ilkeston pressed after half time although Lincoln almost caught them out with a rare attack when Mellors tipped over a Lewis effort. Town struggled to break down the Lincoln defence and had several shots blocked with both Everson and Orridge having efforts cleared off the line. Town got the equaliser they deserved in the 72nd minute when a Colin Dove corner was met by a smart Froggatt header. Ilkeston could have won it at the death when an Orridge shot was cleared off the line by Benson.

 

MISSED PENALTY NO SETBACK FOR ALFRETON
26TH APRIL 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 0 ALFRETON TOWN 1
A strong well drilled Alfreton side overcame Ilkeston who were enthusiastic but lacked guile. Alfreton, the better team overall, dominated the early play and came close to scoring when Brian Harrison cleared off the line. Ilkeston’s first chance fell to John Froggatt who miskicked when a Colin Dove cross reached him. Froggatt then went close with a header but Ilkeston ‘keeper Mark Mellors was soon in the thick of things saving a header from Jones and two from Drury. Alfreton had a great chance to take the lead two minutes before half time when Brian Harrison fouled Howarth only for Dobbs to blaze his penalty over the bar.

Ilkeston played better after the break but it was Alfreton who scored the winner on 57 minutes. Brian Harrison’s initial error allowed John Harrison to put Jones clear and he scored past the badly positioned but otherwise excellent Mellors. Ilkeston battled hard for an equaliser with Froggatt the chief threat. Firstly he headed over, then he sent a close range header straight at ‘keeper Mycroft and near the end, following Barry Walker’s short free kick his shot was tipped over. Terry Swinscoe made his 350th appearance for Ilkeston.

ROBINS SHOW NO MERCY
29TH APRIL 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 5 LOCKHEED LEAMINGTON 0
One time title challengers Leaminton were humiliated by a forceful Ilkeston team. Terry Swinscoe, who went close minutes earlier, put Town ahead with a well placed header from Brian Wright’s cross in the 7th minute. Leamington ‘keeper Crosby did well to tip over a powerful John Froggatt shot from a Colin Dove corner before Ilkeston scored again on 17 minutes, Jim Everson touching the ball past Crosby from Arthur Orridge’s pass. When Froggatt swept a pass to Swinscoe he coild only shoot straight at Crosby. Leamington’s first chance fell to Morrow whose effort went just over but Ilkeston continued to dominate. Daykin scrambled Orridge’s fine header off the line, Barry Walker’s strong shot just missed the target and Froggatt’s low shot was very well saved. Morrow twice went close to reducing the arrears for Leamington shortly before half time, however.

The Robins improved further in the second half. On 49 minutes Orridge’s pass set up Froggatt for a neat finish. Froggatt then had a shot saved, Everson’s header from an Orridge cross went just wide and an Everson shot flew wide. Ilkeston ended the game in style with two late goals. Swinscoe scored with an opportunist effort five minutes from time and Everson wrapped things up with a fine solo goal three minutes later.

EVERSON HERO BUT TOWN EVER SO LUCKY
3RD MAY 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SPALDING UNITED 1
Spalding, the more penetrating and alert team, ought to have beaten ponderous Ilkeston but The Robins won the game during a frenzied late spell. Mark Mellors was soon called into action when he saved a Metcalf header while his opposite number Parr pulled off a fingertip save to keep out a Terry Swinscoe shot after he had beaten two defenders. Metcalf saw another header saved by Mellors before Ilkeston came more into the game. A Jim Everson shot veered wide and a couple of Swinscoe headers just missed the target. Town took the lead on 32 minutes when Everson touched the ball to John Froggatt who whipped a return pass for Everson to hammer home. Spalding were level within a minute when Joby Dean’s error allowed Kavanagh to race clear and he steered his shot beyond Mellors.

Spalding built up a head of steam after the break and Metcalf should have hit the target with only Mellors to beat. When Froggatt went off with a minor leg injury and was replaced by John Walker in the 65th minute things were looking bleak for Ilkeston. But The Robins staged a late assault and scored with three minutes remaining. The controversial winner, a header by Everson from an Arthur Orridge centre, didn’t appear to cross the line. With Spalding’s spirit sinking Ilkeston had three attempts cleared off the line in the dying minutes.

ROBINS LATE VICTORY CHARGE IN END OF SEASON THRILLER
6TH MAY 1967
ILKESTON TOWN 4 LOUGHBOROUGH UNITED 3
Ilkeston showed plenty of ability, fight and determination in an entertaining game that matched the storm before kick off. The referee incurred the wrath of Ilkeston supporters during the first half when several decisions failed to go their way. Ilkeston began the game in style. Barry Walker’s shot went inches wide and a John Froggatt header was cleared off the line by Vaughan before they took an 8th minute lead when Arthur Orridge’s shot was deflected past Smith by Ford. Orridge scored the second a minute later when he beat two defenders before finishing. The game was transformed once Johnson’s superb long shot on 13 minutes brought Loughborough back into it. They equalised on the half hour when Hodges hammered past Mellors. However, although the visitors were now on top, Ilkeston had two very good shouts for penalties turned down as half time approached.

Barry Walker went close to restoring Ilkeston’s lead with a low shot after he beat two defenders but Loughborough went closer still with Brian Wright having to clear off the line. Froggatt was booked for dissent when another penalty appeal was disregarded and then play was stopped when the injured Wright made way for Stuart Deeman. Loughborough deservedly went in front on 55 minutes when, with Town’s defence split open, former Ilkeston ace Clive Burton fired in. The setback inspired Ilkeston into a late fightback. Terry Swinscoe went close and a John Walker cross was headed off the line before they equalised on 77 minutes. Swinscoe touched the ball to Barry Walker whose clever flick found Froggatt who made no mistake. Swinscoe scored the winner nine minutes from time when he met an Orridge free kick with a fine header. There was still time for Perrin to go agonisingly close to notching a last minute equaliser.

1966/67 CENTRAL ALLIANCE DIVISION ONE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts H A
1 Gresley Rovers 38 28 5 5 131 33 61
2 Chesterfield Tube Works 38 23 5 10 90 47 51
3 Kimberley Town 38 22 7 9 93 56 51
4 Shirebrook Miners Welfare 38 22 5 11 92 53 49
5 Crewton Sports 38 20 9 9 86 51 49
6 Creswell Colliery 38 17 12 9 73 48 46
7 Burton Albion Reserves 38 17 10 11 77 66 44
8 Heanor Town Reserves 38 17 7 14 79 71 41
9 Eastwood Town 38 15 10 13 83 54 40
10 Sutton Town Reserves 38 14 10 14 67 83 38
11 Newhall United 38 13 10 15 91 88 36
12 Alfreton Town Reserves 38 16 4 18 55 79 36
13 Long Eaton United Reserves 38 13 8 17 75 74 34
14 Grantham St Johns 38 15 4 19 74 82 34
15 Anstey Nomads 38 9 13 16 59 67 31
16 Matlock Town Reserves 38 9 8 21 63 90 26
17 Wilmorton & Alvaston 38 11 4 23 49 118 26
18 Linby Colliery 38 11 3 24 63 97 25
19 ILKESTON TOWN RESERVES 38 7 9 22 47 101 23 X X
20 Belper Town Reserves 38 7 5 26 42 131 19