Conisborough Town Football Club Concert (videos)

January 1896

Mexborough and Swinton Times January 3, 1896

Conisborough Town Football Club Concert

A very successful vocal and instrumental concert was given in the Board Schools, Conisborough on Thursday evening week, in aid of the funds of the Town Football Club.

The club is very well-managed and in a good financial position, the concert was carried out on equal lines, and afforded a pleasant evening’s entertainment, and was exceedingly well patronised and appreciated.

The boys room was filled to overflowing, and during the evening several capital songs were rendered. The use of the room had been granted gratis, and for this the Vicar (the Rev G.H.Stock), as president of the football club expressed their thanks, and took the opportunity of saying that he considered football less dangerous that such games as “nap.” Some might say that the latter was a game of skill. If so, you would say they are skill as football players, for they had won the South Yorkshire League Cup, and were anxious to obtain others.

He believes that to have a sound mind it was necessary to have a sound body, and this he had been trying to obtain by playing football all that afternoon. Much disappointment was felt at several of the musician’s failure to put in an appearance. Mr Elliott, of Dewsbury, was prevented through sickness, and Mr Blyth, of Mexborough, owing to business pressure. Mr Smeaton, who had promised to accompany the overtures by the band, also failed to put in an appearance, and having the music copies in his possession, deprived the audience of the band’s services.

Master W.H.Wilson led off with pianoforte solo, a selection from “Martha” which was creditably rendered and well received. This artist is one of great promise.

This was followed by Mr T Stacey, who gave “The old Sexton,” in good style.

Miss A Crow craft afterwards gave “Tin-gee-gee,” (video below)  for which she was rewarded with an encore, and in response gave ” Little gypsy Jane” in good style.

Mr T Badner gave “The four jolly Smiths,” which song showed his capacity for such selections.

Miss Braithwaite followed with a pianoforte solo, “Sabbath evening chimes,” which was very effectively executed.

Following this was Miss L Wheelecor with “The captive Greek girl,” and this was well received, as also Mr H Fowler in “The monarch of the wool.”

Mr H Butterfield, of Wombwell, gave a euphonium solo, “Lost chord,” which was followed by Mr G Clarkson patriotic song, “England, still old England.” This was rewarded with a most enthusiastic encore, to which he replied with “Tom Bowling,”  (video below) which was decidedly his best effort.

The second part of the entertainment was open with a euphonium solo by Mr Butterfield, “The conquering hero,” followed by Mr G Clarkson with “The white squall,” which was admirably given.

Miss G Braithwaite gave “The gay Tom tit,” which secured an encore, “just a little sunshine” being substituted.

Master P Wilson’s violin solo, “Home, sweet home,” was so well executed that it needed little excuse on the ground of use, and for this he secured an encore and gave “Life let loose cherish.”

Miss Wheelecor then sang “Love’s Vesper hour,” in a creditable manner, as also did Mr T Badger in “The last farewell.”

Miss Crowcroft then gave “The cows are in the clover,” which received an encore.

Mr Fowler follow with a bass solo, “Anchored,” and the evening’s entertainment was brought to a close with a big boot dance by Mr Bert Mee, which, for its amusement secured a vociferous encore.

The chief of the accompaniment fell into the arms of master W.H.Wilson, were acquitted himself in that capacity with remarkable taste and ability.