Denaby Utd – More League Footballers

November 1925

With the transfer of Bussy the newspapers listed the recent players who found their way into League Football.

We include more details to amplify the class of players Denaby United at times possessed. Their status in football was equal to some of the clubs they played who are League Clubs now.

Frank Froggatt

Frank, (father of Redfern Froggatt). He played in the 1920’s and captained the promotion winning side in 25/26.

F Frogatt

Started his career with Rose Athletic but Wednesday signed him from Denaby United. In 1925-26 he became the first Sheffield-born player to captain the Owls since Tommy Crawshaw and led the Owls to the Second Division Championship, something Redfern repeated in 1959. Frank did not live to see Redfern play, dying when his son was 18. From Wednesday, Frank later played for Chesterfield.

From Keith Farnsworth’s “A Complete Record 1867 to 1987”





Edgar Powell


Powell was born in Cardiff and played for Barry Town and Denaby United before joining Huddersfield Town.

He left Huddersfield having never made an appearance and played twice for Stoke in 1924–25.

He enjoyed a better time at Accrington Stanley scoring 17 league goals in 65 matches.

Powell then had short spells with Merthyr Town and Barrow.



Samuel Cowan

(10 May 1901 – 4 October 1964) was an English football player and manager. A relative latecomer to the sport, Cowan did not play football until he was 17 and was 22 by the time he turned professional. He made his league debut for Doncaster Rovers in 1923, and signed for First Division Manchester City the following season.

Cowan played centre half for Manchester City for 11 seasons, captaining the team in the early to mid-1930s. He is the only player to have represented Manchester City in three FA Cup finals, as a runner-up in 1926 and 1933, and as a winner in 1934. Internationally, he gained three England caps between 1926 and 1931. In total he played 407 times for Manchester City, putting him 12th in terms of all-time appearances. In 1935, he transferred to Bradford City, and subsequently moved to Mossley as player-manager.

In 1938, Cowan joined Brighton & Hove Albion as a coach, and set up a physiotherapy business. He returned to Manchester City as manager in 1946, winning the Second Division in his only season in charge. He continued to work in sports and physiotherapy until his death in 1964.



Sam Cowan introduces the future George VI to Matt Busby at the 1933 FA Cup Final.

Sam Kennedy

Kennedy started his footballing career in local-league football with Wombwell. In August 1920, he was signed by Football League First Division side Huddersfield Town, but he failed to make a first-team appearance for the club. The following summer, Kennedy joined Football League champions Burnley. However, he was again unable to break into the senior team, and was only used in the reserve side. He subsequently returned to non-League football with Denaby United in December 1921 before re-joining Wombwell for the start of the 1922–23 season.

In February 1924, Kennedy moved to Football League Second Division club Nelson for a transfer fee of £200. He made his Nelson debut in the 0–2 defeat to South Shields on 2 February, and was also selected for the next two matches as the team lost to South Shields and Bury. After more than a month out of the side, Kennedy was reinstated for the trip to Bradford City on 29 March. He made his sixth and final league appearance for Nelson in the 1–3 home defeat to Port Vale on 12 April 1924. The team was relegated to the Third Division North at the end of the season, but Kennedy remained at Nelson despite the departures of several other players.

Kennedy returned to the Second Division in October 1924, when he was signed by London-based team Fulham. During a two-year association with Fulham he played six league matches for the Cottagers, scoring one goal. In October 1926, Kennedy transferred to Barnsley, thus returning to Yorkshire. He scored five goals in nine league appearances for the club in the most prolific period of his professional career. Upon his departure from Barnsley in March 1927, he joined Mexborough Town and went on to play non-League football for several seasons, representing such clubs as Shirebrook, Scunthorpe & Lindsey United, Brigg Town and Broughton Rangers.

Aubrey Scriven


1923 – On Wednesday night Denaby United completed the transfer of their clever young left winger, Aubrey Scriven to Birmingham, and he plays in the Central League team against Stoke today (Saturday)

Practically since the beginning of the season – when Denaby brought Scriven out of the Doncaster Amateur League – this nineteen years old youth has been under the observation of several higher class clubs. It is probable that his form against Wath last Saturday finally decided the Birmingham representatives to secure him. He has played in every Midland League and F.A. Cup match for Denaby this season.

Last season Scriven was assisting Warmsworth to win the championship of the Doncaster Amateur League. Doncaster Rovers were then strongly advised to get hold of him, but they neglected the chance. Now he has got a start in a still higher grade of football, and has all the qualities that should carry him on to a big career.

We understand that while the Birmingham club are not desirous that the figure should be divulged the fee is one that completely satisfies the Denaby club. The money will be useful to the latter, though the loss to the team as a playing unit is considerable.

Scriven was born at Bridgworth, in Shropshire but has spent most of his nineteen years at Warmsworth. To quote from our own columns, from a sketch given in our issue of September 15th “He is fast, has good ball control, centres accurately and shoots strongly from all angles. When he gains complete confidence in himself he should be one of the most dangerous wingers”

His short spell in Midland League football has already given him a good deal of that confidence. He will now have plenty of opportunities for developing it still further. And he should “make good”.

Cooper, the ex-Maltby player, will take Scriven´s place in the Denaby team against Gainsborough.

Also see Wikipedia:

(7 July 1904 – after 1939) was an English professional footballer who played as an outside left for Birmingham, Bradford City and Bristol City in the Football League.