Denaby & Cadeby – A New Ground Opened – Denaby v Mitchell Main

17 May 1901

Mexborough and Swinton Times, May 17

Opening of the New Ground.

On Saturday Denaby played their first match on their new ground and won. This is a good sign. The new ground is situated just above the new Parish Church.

The Robinsons have laid the pitch, and after it has been played on a few times there is no doubt will provide a very good wicket. A new pavilion has been built, and consists of two 12 ft.² room – one for the visitors and the other for the members. There is also a refreshment bar at the other end.

There was an extra good attendance, and if the Denaby club usually have “gates” like the one on Saturday they will not fare so badly, financially, at the close of the season.

The Opening.

Mr W.H.Chambers (manager of the Denaby and Cadeby Main Collieries Ltd and president of the club), performed the opening ceremony of the ground and pavilion. Mr H.H.Wray was in the chair, and amongst those present were the reverent, J.Brookes (Vicar), Mr F.Fisher (secretary) and many others.

Mr Wray said that he hoped the Denaby club will be more successful in the future, financially. They had now a new ground, and they were very grateful to the Colliery company. They had also to thank Mr Lovett and Mr Wortley. Now they only wanted a little help from the people of Denaby to support the club by their presence at the matches. They had a good ground and a capital team (hear, hear).

Mr W.H.Chambers said everyone present would agree that it was a very nice ground. He would like all the members to stick close to the club and make it a success; if the members will take an interest in the club it would be successful. They ought to attend the matches, and so support the club.

They had got a good team. If they would only work together they would soon see that friends outside the club would not be lacking. He had much pleasure in declaring the ground and pavilion open (applause.)

Reverent J.Brookes, in proposing the vote of thanks to Mr Chambers said he took an interest in Denaby generally, and particularly in the cricket club. He thought that the club brought them together more, and abetted everyone’s interests in Denaby. He wished success and prosperity to the club, especially during the present season. (Applause.)

Mrs G.Butcher had much pleasure in seconding the vote of thanks. He was always thinking that if every miner who worked at the Colliery would allow 6d to be taken from his wage once a year; that would be 3d each to the cricket and football clubs, and they would have one of the best financial cricket and football clubs in the district.