PEN PICTURES AND PLAYER PROFILES - MATLOCK TOWN 1959/60.

MALCOLM ARTHINGTON - Goalkeeper - Age 26, height 5ft 10. Weight 11st 6lbs. From Staveley Works to Matlock Town 1959/60. Extremely agile and fearless goalkeeper. 41 first team appearances.

HAROLD WRIGHT - Full back - Age 30, height 5ft 10. Weight 12st 6lbs. Former West Bromwich Albion player. Signed from Burton Albion 1959/60. Matlock supporters have come to regard Harold as the full-back with cool, classical style. Has a big reputation among the players as 'better late than never Harold.' 42 first team appearances.

MICK DAGLEY - Full back - Age 27, height 5ft 10. Weight 11st 4lbs. Former Derby County player. Signed from Heanor 1959/60. Tenacious full-back, 100 per cent appearances until suffering a broken leg versus Alfreton Town towards end of season. 42 first team appearances.

GRAHAM WHITEHEAD - Full back - Age 23, height 5ft 11. Weight 11st 4lbs. Former Chesterfield player. Signed 1957/58. Regular first team player 1958/59, missed first games last season and was unable to regain his first team position until Dagley was injured. 6 first team appearances and 34 reserve appearances (1 goal).

IAN SWIFT - Half-back - Age 25, height 6ft. Weight 12st 6lbs. Signed from Norton Woodseats 1959/60. Ian has proved to be the iron man of Matlock's defence. Together with Malcolm Arthington, Mick Dagley and Harold Wright, has formed an understanding second to none in the Central Alliance. 41 first team appearances.

JACK BARKER - Half-back - Age 26, height 6ft. Weight 12st 2lbs. Former Derby County and Mansfield Town player. Son of the famous international centre-half. Signed from Corby Town, December 1959. Replaced K Bannister at right-half and stayed there for the remainder of the season. A forecful attacking player. 27 first team appearances (1 goal).

RON BURTON - Half-back - Age 27, height 5ft 9. Weight 11st. Former Derby County player, signed from Burton Albion, December 1959. Played 14 games in the forward line - scored 12 goals. Converted to half-back versus Ilkeston and kept the position for remainder of season with outstanding success. 27 first team appearances (14 goals).

KEITH BANNISTER - Half-back - Age 30, height 5ft 10. Weight 12st 4lbs. Former Birmingham City player. Signed from Worksop Town 1959. Captain of the 1st XI throughout FA Cup run. A very good positional centre-half with plenty of experience. 17 first team appearances (1 goal), plus 8 reserve games (1 goal).

JIMMY BULLIONS - Half-back - Age 36, height 5ft 10. Weight 12st. Former Derby County player with FA Cup winners medal. Signed from Sutton 1958. Regular first team player 1958/59, and skipper of second XI 1959/60. Jim has given outstanding service to the club and was well rewarded with a league cup medal last season. 1 first team appearance and 35 reserve team games (6 goals).

PETER TOWNDROW - Centre-half or full-back - Age 23, height 6ft. Weight 11st 4lbs. Local footballer now serving in the RAF; has represented Bomber Command at wing-half. Has proved to be an outstanding centre-half in between the two 'old faithfuls.' Prefers wing-half and hopes to play there in the coming season. Had some outstanding games when deputising for the injured Ian Swift. 5 first team appearances and 30 reserve games (2 goals).

HAROLD ROBERTS - Half-back - Age 36, height 5ft 9. Weight 11st 8lbs. Former Chesterfield footballer, signed 1957/58 season. With Jim Bullions has schooled the reserve team to their outstanding successes during the 1959/60 season. 'Never say die' is Harold's maxim, and well he shows this in his play.

GEORGE SANDERS - Outside-right - Age 24, height 5ft 10. Weight 11st 4lbs. Former Belper Town player, signed 1959/60. 'Fastest thing on two legs' claimed most Matlock Town supporters. Opposing Central Alliance clubs feared him as a potential match winner. The team looked on him as a 100 per cent, 90-minute wing man with springs in his boots! One hundred per cent appearances and the only ever-present during 1959/60. 46 first team appearances (20 goals).

KEN LAMBERT - Inside-right - Age 30, height 5ft 10. Weight 11st 2lbs. Former Swindon Town and Bradford footballer. Signed from Skegness in 1959. One of the old-time ball players. Very much criticised during any match but always praised by lovers of the finer arts of the game. Ken is a character with his own pattern of play. His motto: 'Never run if walking will do.' 35 first team appearances (20 goals including 10 penalties), 5 reserve games (4 goals).

JOHNNY DUGGINS - Inside-left - Age 28, height 5ft 9. Weight 11st 10lbs. Birmingham League player. Signed from Tamworth 1959. Comes from a footballing family but works in the building trade. A non-stop 90 minute worker, perfect foil for the 'Lambert Walk' type of player. Scored the 'disallowed' goal against Crook Town in the Causeway Lane replay. 44 first team appearances (22 goals).

MAURICE BOOT - Centre-forward - Age 28, height 5ft 11. Weight 12 st. Birmingham League player. Signed from Brierley Hill Alliance 1959. Very strong, fast, intelligent and unselfish centre-forward. Maurice has played a big part in the success of the 1st XI. Has a very good understanding with all his colleagues in the forward line. Snaps-up half chances. 44 first team appearances (42 goals).

DENNIS HILL - Outside-left - Age 31, height 5ft 9. Weight 12st 3lbs. Former Birmingham City player, signed from Burton Albion 1959. An intelligent winger with two very good feet. Proved to be very unlucky with goal chances last season. Dennis played several games last season with a suspect ankle and was under treatment practically the whole season. 38 first team appearances (7 goals).

ALAN SAVAGE - Outside-right (reserve) - Age 21, height 5ft 6. Weight 10st 2lbs. Signed from Hallam, Yorkshire League, February 1960. A promising youngster who has shown some useful touches - should do well with a little more experience. 15 appearances (8 goals).

KEITH GOODWIN - Centre-forward (reserve) - Age 24, height 5ft 11. Weight 11st 4lbs. Local footballer. In his one first team appearance was unfortunately injured in first half. Good in the air and two good feet. Keith has proved an excellent club man. He prefers to stay with Matlock despite the fact that he could command a first team place with many Central Alliance clubs. 29 appearances in reserves (33 goals).

HARRY LEE - Inside-forward (reserve) - Age 28, height 5ft 10. Weight 11st 6lbs. Former Derby County player. Experienced in Midland League, signed 1959/60. Matlock's 'other character.' A great performer and has been a constant thorn in the sides of Division Two teams. 30 appearances for reserve team (43 goals); and 4 first team appearances (3 goals).

KENNETH PEARCE - Outside-left (reserve) - Age 22, height 5ft 10. Weight 10st 10lbs. Signed from Sheffield area with Alan Savage. Ken has deputised twice for Dennis Hill in first team and has shown that with a little more experience will make his mark in Central Alliance football. 18 reserve appearances (8 goals).

OTHER MATLOCK SQUAD PLAYERS:-

BARRY HOLLAND - Goalkeeper - Age 17, height 5ft 11. Weight 10st 8lbs. Young schoolboy keeper. Deputised extremely well for Brian Whitham last season - shows considerable promise.

DAVE MCADAM - Full-back - Age 34, height 5ft 11. Weight 12st 2lbs. Former Leeds United player and team colleague of the great John Charles. Signed from Burton Albion in the close season. Utility defender with a wealth of experience.

TOMMY DENNISON - Half-back - Age 32, height 5ft 10. Formerly with Chesterfield. Experience in Midland League. Signed from Sutton Town 1959. Skipper of 1st XI from December to end of February when he lost his place to Ron Burton. Strong constructive half-back, equally at home at full-back. 31 first team appearances (2 goals); 11 reserve games (1 goal).

KEN BRIGGS - Utility defender - Age 25, height 5ft 9. Weight 11st 6lbs. Signed from Burton Albion 1959. Terrier-type wing-half. Unfortunately, broke his leg early in the New Year and was out for the remainder of the season. 1 first team and 14 reserve match appearances (1 goal).

STAN RHODES - Inside forward - Age 33, height 5ft 10. Weight 11st 8lbs. Former Sheffield United player with experience in the Midland League. Signed 1958/59. 27 reserve team appearances (1 goal), before sustaining a back injury in the latter part of the season. He had been involved in a car accident in the close season.

MALCOLM WHITE - Inside forward - Age 26, height 5ft 8. Weight 12st. Local footballer with 21 appearances in the reserves (12 goals).

JOHN BOULTON - Right half-back - Age 25, height 5ft 10. Weight 11st 4lbs. Formerly with Chesterfield. Signed from Burton Albion in close season. Utility forward. Works as a market gardener.

STEWART BULL - Age 21, height 5ft 11. Weight 11st 6lbs. Derbyshire schoolboys' team. From Derbyshire to senior league to Army - demobbed end of August 1960 - not available for practice matches. Utility forward.

JACK KINDER - Outside forward - Age 23, height 5ft 9. Weight 11st. Signed from South Normanton during the close season. Fast goalscoring winger.

SOME LOCAL WELL-KNOWN PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS OF THE TIME.

IAN BUXTON - A former Matlock Town player, Ian joined Derby County shortly after completing his National Service and signed professional in March 1959 after playing for the club as a junior.
Last season, with his friends and colleagues Ian Hall and Ray Swallow, and Derby County manager Harry Storer, Ian became one of the few to have played for Derbyshire at cricket and Derby County at football.
A full-time cricketer in the summer, Ian spends his winters attending Technical College, working for Derbyshire Stone and playing for the Rams; for whose first team he scored four goals in five games and was leading scorer for the Central League side.
Whilst still at school, Ian hit the headlines with his prolific scores for Cromford CC, Wirksworth Grammar School, the Derbyshire Junior and Grammar Schools' XI and Derbyshire in the Minor Counties, totalling over 2,000 runs in the season. He also won the 'People' prize as the most promising young cricketer in Derbyshire.

IAN HALL - This young inside forward is just as well known in the cricket world as in soccer circles. Living at nearby Tansley, Ian started his career at the very tender age of 12, playing for Mansfield Boys and Nottinghamshire Boys and was also an international trialist during the same season.
From 1953 to 1955, he was engaged with Chesterfield Boys and during season 1954/55 was chosen to represent Derbyshire Boys. He also made three international appearances - one at Wembley - against Wales.
At 15, he became a member of the Wolves Youth XI and helped them to win the FA Youth Challenge Trophy. Whilst playing for his team he was chosen to represent Staffordshire FA, who won the English Counties Competition in 1958.
During this time, he made international appearances against Austria and Switzerland, scoring three times. In 1958 Ian signed for Derby County rather than continue his association with Wolves, in order to combine soccer and cricket.
This arrangement has worked well as he made ten appearances with the Derby Senior XI last season and he has been able to play regularly with the County Cricket XI this summer, scoring a thousand runs after a maiden century last year.

EDDIE SHIMWELL - First full-back to score at Wembley. This is the honour which Eddie holds when he scored from a penalty kick against Manchester United in the 1948 cup-tie.
Birchover born, Eddie was spotted playing for the North Derbyshire Amateurs against the South Derbyshire Amateurs on the Causeway Lane ground. After a dispute with his club, he became licensee of the 'Plough Inn' at Two Dales.
Eddie was signed by Blackpool in 1946 and stayed with them for ten years. During this time he made three appearances with his team at Wembley in 1948, 1951 and 1953. Runners-up in 1948 and 1951, they won the trophy in the 1953 'Matthews' final after a dramatic finish.
Well-known for his strong kicking with either foot, Eddie was capped against Sweden in Stockholm in 1949. After his faithful service with Blackpool, he played for Oldham Athletic for one season and also assisted at Burton Albion on a few occasions. Although now licensee of the 'Royal Volunteers,' Clay Cross, Eddie still finds time to coach at Woodlands School, Matlock.

BERT LOXLEY - 'Bonser' born, Bert started his playing career with the local village school and had an outstanding achievement of scoring thirty-seven goals in six games. From school football he graduated to the Rowsley and District, during which he was chosen for the Derbyshire team to play against Lancashire and had trials with Coventry City, Derby County and York City.
It was also whilst playing for the Rowsley League that Bert was 'spotted' by a Notts County scout and was signed on as a professional after giving a great display in the reserves match against Mansfield.
After his Army service, Bert made his league debut for Notts County at the end of the 1955 season against Ipswich Town. He said: 'It's a match I will always remember as I played with that great centre-half Leon Leuty.' Altogether he has made approximately 150 league and cup appearances for County playing at wing-half, but last season Bert was tried out at centre-half and has played in that position ever since.
His one ambition is to stay at Notts County and help them to get back into a higher sphere of football in time for their centenary in 1962.