United State the Case for a Return to the Midland League

March 1966

Denaby United State the Case for a Return to the Midland League Fold

A “disappointing” first season in the second division of the Yorkshire League has not blunted the determination of Denaby United to return “home” to the Midland league.

The Midland League decision to give Denaby their “cold handshake” at the end of the last season was received bitterly at Tickhill Square after over 60 years campaigning in the league.

The South Yorkshire club set its sights on success, and gaining promotion to Division One of the Yorkshire League and proving that the Midland league needed them. But now with only a handful of matches to play Denaby are watching their promotion hopes slip away, partly because of bad luck and partly because their young forward line cannot find the scoring touch.

The top four Division Two clubs will go up and Denaby are third, but at least half a dozen other clubs have matches in hand and are quite capable of ruining United’s chances.

Plan of Campaign

Promotion are no promotion, Denaby’s application for Midland league membership will go in. Club chairman Mr Eddie Langford already has a plan of campaign in mind for recruiting the extra talent needed, for even if the application is successful, Denaby intend to continue in the Yorkshire League.

Mr Langford commented: “The Yorkshire league have been very good to us and we shall not let them down. But the Midland league is where we belong.

“We should have been sitting high and dry at this point in the season and we are very disappointed with the situation. We are on the lookout for experienced players and I am quite sure we shall bring the necessary talent to Tickhill Square. A series of trial matches is planned and the search will continue in the close season. I don’t however see this as a tremendous problem.”

Making Mark

Although that extra sparkle is needed in attack, Denaby United have the basis of a winning Midland League side.

Quite a number of promising youngsters have started to make a mark in the Yorkshire week county senior week sites under the guidance of manager Harry Hough, a veteran of many campaigns as Barnsley’s first choice goalkeeper.

A great believer in system and discipline on and off the field, Harry could be invaluable in a return to the Midland league.

Attendances at Tickhill Square this season are around the 150 mark. That may not sound impressive, but it is quite an achievement after dismal slump the club suffered during the dark days of last season.

The Tickhill Square ground is basically first-class, and even if it is lacking in paint it can provide cover for 800 spectators, with a total capacity of 8,000.

There are plans for new stripping accommodation with grant aid from the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation, and a new training area is to be made out to take the pressure off the pitch.