Conisborough Footballers Too Enthusiastic. – Damaging Growing Grass

December 1906

Mexborough and Swinton Times December 15, 1906

Conisborough Footballers Too Enthusiastic.

Bosdin J. Clarkson prosecuted 10 youths from Conisborough for damaging growing grass on 23 November, by playing football in his field.

The names of the defendants were Horace, Ogley, Wm. Wagstaff, and John Hutler, fillers; Varah Brammer, David Wroe, Chas. Hayward, Edward Peters, and Wm. Holbrook, pony drivers; and Benjamin Good and George Smallman, jenniers.

Brammer, the only defendant who appeared, pleaded guilty.

Mr W. Baddiley, who prosecuted, said the damage was caused by reason of the defendants playing football on the complainant’s land. Of course, there was additional damage by breaking down the fences and running cattle about. The complainant had been caused a lot of annoyance, and the defendants had been warned frequently.

PC Ransom gave evidence of seeing the defendants playing football in the field. He knew all of the men before, and had been standing in the field five or six minutes watching them before he went amongst them

A son of Mr Clarkson estimated the damage at 1 d in each case.

Brammer was fined 2/6 and costs and ordered to pay 1/- for the damage; whilst Wagstaff, who had a number of previous convictions was fined 10/- and costs, the others being fined 3/-each with costs.