First Team

1. Jordan Smith

Goalkeeper

Born Mansfield - August 8, 1994.

Highly-rated by his parent club Nottingham Forest, he joined the Robins on a season’s loan during the summer after making a big impression when appearing in most of their pre-season games.

2. Danny Gordon

Midfielder

Born Mansfield - October 20, 1993

The skilful youngster was given an early start in the Evo-Stik League as a midfielder after emerging from the Academy but has been given the chance to establish himself as a right wing-back.

3. James Reid

Midfielder

Born Nottingham - January 28, 1990

Started out with Nottingham Forest before moving into non-league football and was with Telford United before switching to Ilkeston FC. A set-piece specialist who scores spectacular goals with his classy left foot, he’s a real fans’ favourite.

4. Akil Wright

Defender

Born Derby - 13th May 1996

Was with Sheffield United as a schoolboy but chose to do his scholarship with Ilkeston FC and his progress has been spectacular. Established himself at first-team level last season as a dependable right-sided defender and is tipped for a big future in the game.

5. Joe Maguire

Defender

Born Sheffield - September 23, 1991

The brother of Hull City Tigers defender Harry, he started out with Scunthorpe but has made himself a key man at the New Manor Ground with consistently good displays at the heart of the defence. The fans’ choice as Player of the Year for the past two seasons, he took over as club captain during the summer.

6. Jack Lane

Defender

Born Manchester - March 26, 1993

Accepted the chance to join the Robins during the summer after impressing on trial in pre-season matches. He’s a former Macclesfield Town player who then spent a period in the USA with Sacramento Republic before joining the Robins.

7. Callum Chettle

Midfielder

Born Nottingham - August 28 1996

The son of former Forest legend Steve Chettle, who is now the Ilkeston FC Academy manager, he was a key player in last season’s splendid run in the FA Youth Cup and successfully made the step up to first-team level while still a scholar.

8. David Morgan

Midfielder

Born Belfast - July 4, 1994

It was viewed as quite a coup by Ilkeston FC when they persuaded the talented midfielder to join them in the summer following his release by Nottingham Forest. Capped by Northern Ireland at numerous age-group levels, he also had loan spells during his time at Forest with Lincoln City, Dundee and Tamworth.

9. Rob Duffy

Striker

Born Swansea - December 2, 1982

A vastly experienced and much-travelled striker, he played League football for the likes of Newport, Wrexham and Oxford United - then served King’s Lynn before switching to Ilkeston FC in the closing stages of last season.

10. Michael Williams

Midfielder

Born Boddwydann, Wales - September 24, 1993

Another graduate of the Ilkeston FC Academy who is striving to win a regular first-team spot. An energetic midfielder with an eye for a goal, he really came to the fore in the closing stages of last season.

11. Kane Richards

Striker

Born Derby - June 16, 1994

Worked his way up through the junior ranks at Derby County before joining his cousin Matt at the New Manor Ground last season. Renowned as one of the quickest players in the Evo-Stik League, he was initially regarded as a winger but can also operate down the middle.

12. Che Adams

Midfielder

Born Leicester - July 13, 1996

Another of last season’s success stories in the youth team, he powered his way into the senior side and never looked out of place. His whole-hearted displays made him a firm favourite with supporters.

14. Ellis Storey

Defender

Born Nottingham - November 27 1993

One of many products of the Ilkeston FC Academy who have attracted attention from higher clubs, he had a spell on trial at Macclesfield during the summer. Quick and good in the air, he can operate at left back or as a left-sided central defender.

15. Luke Shaw

Midfielder

Born Nottingham - November 24, 1995

One of several Academy players who benefitted from a spell out on loan and he returned from Long Eaton United to make an impact in the closing stages of last season. An attack-minded wing-back who fits perfectly into Kevin Wilson’s preferred style of play.

16. Curtis Burrows

Midfielder

Born Nottingham - July 4, 1996

Struggled to make the breakthrough at senior level last season because of fierce competition for places. But the determined young midfielder refused to be deterred and forced his way into the picture with a string of encouraging displays in pre-season.

17. Rai Simons

Striker

Born Bermuda - January 11, 1996

Ilkeston FC’s close links with Bermuda opened the way for him to move to the New Manor Ground as an overseas scholar and he made a big impact in the youth team last season. Tall and powerful, he excelled during the summer while on duty with Bermuda Under-21s.

19. Matt Baker

Defender

Born Nottingham - December 3, 1993

Was in the same group of Ilkeston FC scholars as Danny Gordon and Ellis Storey and like them, has stayed on to try and make his mark at Evo-Stik League Premier Division level.

20. Kieran Wallace

Midfielder

Born Nottingham - January 26, 1995

Joined Ilkeston FC during the summer in a bid to get his career back on the rails. The talented midfielder was a regular in the England Under-17 line-up two seasons ago and also played a key role in Nottingham Forest’s march to the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup. But he found himself without a club after being released by Forest and Kevin Wilson offered him a second chance.

21. Eli Bako

Midfielder

Born Zimbabwe - May 28, 1996

Kevin Wilson gave him a chance to show what he can do after Coventry City released him midway through last season and he made the most of it. Small in stature but has a real appetite for the midfield battle.

27. Lejaun Simmons

Striker

Born Bermuda - April 7, 1993

Another player who has benefitted from Ilkeston FC’s Bermuda connection. He made a handful of League appearances last season and also went out on loan to gather experience - which helped in the summer when he joined Simons on Bermuda Under-21 duty.

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