Sheffield Evening Telegraph – Saturday 07 September 1907
Denaby’s New Captures
Yesterday I met Mr. Peters, the Denaby secretary. His face wore a sort of “won‘t-come-off” smile, and he was palpably shaking hands with himself over his pleasant experience at Leicester. He told a cheerful story, and expressed “his confidence in the ability of Denaby to make all and sundry Midland League clubs gallop.
“We have signed on two more men, real good players,” he added. They are W. Thornton, of Hull City, who can take almost any position, and H Mitchell, a left half-back from Southend. Both will play on. Saturday, Mitchell in his usual position, and Thornton at centre-half in place of Kelley, who was injured on Monday.”
I congratulated him the good news all round. Thornton, feel assured, will prove a decided acquisition. A son of the old Mexborough this stationmaster, is known locally a really clover foot artist. Mitchell comes with good credentials, and it is evident that the Denaby committee intend leaving no stone unturned to get quality as well as quantity.
To-day is big with importance for the Denaby F.C. The handsome new pavilion, (picture) erected during the summer, with covered accommodation for nearly a thousand spectators, will be formally declared open, prior to the commencement of the Midland League match with Sheffield Wednesday Reserve, by Mr. W. H. Chambers, the managing director of the Denaby and Cadeby Main Collieries Company, and himself generous supporter of the club.
Though two changes have to be made from Monday’s winning team, the home players are keen on beating the Wednesday fellows and crowning their good start. Betts (inside-right) had the honour scoring the first goal for Denaby this season. Moseley and Betts quickly followed with two more.