South Yorkshire Times, May 20
Denaby United Celebrate Yorkshire League Promotion
at the start of the late lamented football season, Denaby United manager Harry Lee promised the club promotion.
On Friday, 91 goals later, promotion sure, members of the Denby United football and supporters club is an annual dinner toast of their past record and cast an enthusiastic eye over prospects in Yorkshire league Division I soccer.
Club chairman Mr Eddie Langford, told guests at Denaby and Cadeby Miners Welfare Institute: “we have had a marvellous season. There have been ups and downs and a few critics, but we have weathered these.
“At the start of the season the manager guaranteed is promotion on the wage bill we gave him. We knew about Christmas time that we could achieve this.
“I cannot speak too highly of the players of the really good reserve side we have had. Promotion is not an easy task and the manager as had to read the riot act, but the players have responded marvellously.”
Mr Langford commented on the high standard of the Yorkshire League, but he thought the league Management Committee should tighten up in ground standards.
Mr Wally Ardron one of Denaby United’s long list of well-known former players, currently a scout for Carlisle United, said the success of any club was the result of cooperation between manager and committee.
But he added a special word for wives, girlfriends and parents of players. Their influence was all important in keeping boys playing football.
He declared: “Players are sometimes led up the wrong path by fiancées and mothers.
“Denaby United rely a great deal on local boys but now only 1 in 6 play football today. Some years ago it was six out of six. I would like parents to encourage their sons to play football.”
Mr Arden said what everyone wanted to hear when he declared that Denaby could look forward to further success next season, and he added, “With the spirit you have got, you are capable of winning Division One next season.”
Councillor a Hayward, chairman of Conisbrough Urban Council, congratulated the club on a magnificent effort.” He added, “We on the council would have liked to give you a Civic Reception. Unfortunately we are only a small authority and cannot run to that.”
Councillor J Taylor, supporters club president and trainer of the reserve side which won promotion to Division One of the County Senior League, presented a cheque to the football club, which he said, brought the total supporters club’s contribution during the season to £450.
Club vice president, Mr J Hall commented: “All these words about success of only been possible because of the efforts of the supporters club over the years.”