Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 23 September 1907
Denaby’s Poor Form
Sheffield United Reserve 4 Denaby United 0
The game at Bramall Lane fell a long way short of expectations. It was generally thought that this encounter would provide one of the best of the season, for the, “Colliers” are keen antagonists of the Sheffield clubs, and, after disposing Wednesday Reserve was no secret that they were going to make a bold bid for the Midland League Championship.
Either the team must have had an off day or the opinion was rashly formed one, but, whatever the reason, their display was most disappointing, and is very doubtful whether the side is as well balanced as last year. They never looked like winning, for throughout United always held the winning hand, some of the work of the forwards being particularly tine. The best part the visitors’ team was the half-back line, and fill three played stubbornly, with Thornton perhaps the pick. Ball was by no means bad forward, but Harry Johnson, who was the best back on the field, generally proved too good for him, while Parker played so strongly against E. and W. Bennett that they were practically unnoticeable, the old Bramall Lane favourite having inglorious debut for his new club.