Denaby Utd – Martin needs 11 goals to equal Saxon’s record (picture)

March 1957

South Yorkshire Times March 23, 1957

Cliff Martin needs 11 league goals to equal Bernard Saxon’s record

Cliff Martin’s goalscoring form with Denaby United this season as race comparison with records in season 1949-50, at that time, Denaby’s most successful season for 22 years.

It was in that season that they had the Midland league’s leading goalscorer, Bernard Saxton, of Swinton. He scored 41 league goals and 4 cup goals.

At the end of March of that season Denaby had taken 42 points from 35 games (won 16, lost nine, drawn 10) and it is interesting to recall that only then then Midland league leaders, Nottingham Forest reserves, had lost fewer games.

Denaby’s goals tally red 78 four, 15 against from 35 games, 10 fewer “for” than they had before last weekend’s game with (coincidentally Notts Forest reserves) at Denaby, but 40 fewer against!

Cliff Martin, Denaby centre forward, was missed only five of Denaby’s 39 league and cup games this season, has scored 30 league goals and two English cup goals. He scored two hat tricks (in successive matches) and has scored two goals in each of eight matches. He has failed to score in 13 of the 34 games in which has appeared, and has scored 14 goals this year.

Unluckily he was a scorer in the abandoned game with Wishbech, and had the game run its course he would have been credited with 31 goals.

Lambert has scored 15 league goals and two cup goals, Holmes 30 league goals and one cup goal; Egan 13 goals, Southall five goals have all been from penalties.

Bernard Saxton went to Peterborough from Denaby and had previously been with Goole, Scunthorpe and Kilmarnock, in the Scottish league. In season 1950-51 he played both at inside forward and half back with Denaby United elevens.