Conisborough Castle Football Club

May 1879

Mexborough and Swinton Times, May 2

Conisborough Castle Football Club.

The club brought the season to a close by having a dinner at the Read Lying Hotel on Monday, 21st of April.

The dinner was served in a masterly style, and the courses were of a first rate quality. Covers were laid for upwards of 50 members and friends, and all expressed themselves highly pleased with the bounteous manner in which the host and hostess had treated them.

The tables were decorated with plants and flowers from the excellent conservatory of A.Simpson, Esq of Rock House to whose kindness the club are much indebted.

The president Thomas Colley Esq occupied the chair, in a very able manner, and congratulated the club upon the great treat which they met together to enjoy. The following toasts were proposed and duly honoured “the Queen”, “the Army, Navy, and Volunteer forces” to which chose the secretary of the club lieutenant Greaves appropriately replied.

“The visitors” to which, J Ward, Esq of the bank, Mexborough replied.

In proposing the toast of the evening, “success to the Conisborough Castle football club.” The health of the members and carry supporters were coupled, the name of T.H.Simpson, Esq, standing prominently forward, as it was through his kind liberality that the club were in possession of so excellent a ground. R.Hills Esq responded.

The health of the worthy and indefatigable secretary, left, and Greaves was next proposed, and responded to with musical honours, and that gentleman replied in his home pleasant and forcible style. There is not a doubt that the success of the club has been mainly due to the exertions of their worthy secretary.

The next toast was the “Town and trade of Conisborough,” coupling with it. The name of T.H.Simpson, Esq. A Simpson, Esq replied, and returned thanks for the kindly manner in which the name of his uncle had been mentioned.

The evening was enlivened by the singing of several well rendered songs, amongst which must be mention one of original composition by the veteran local poet Mr Simeon Simpson. The health of the president, and a vote of thanks to him for the able manner in which he had presided over the evenings enjoyment was proposed with musical honours. The Pres have in reply, the national anthem was sung, and terminated the eveningĀ“s entertainment.

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