Denaby United Football Club – Annual Meeting

21 May 1921

Mexborough & Swinton Times, May 21st, 1921

Denaby United Club.
Pays its way in difficult First Season.
£100 to the good.

The annual meeting of the Denaby United Football Club was held on Friday. There was a very good attendance.

Mr G.T.Worthington presented the balance sheet for the past season, and they showed a credit balance of £118

The income was £2,093 14s 1d, the two largest items of which were Gate receipts £1,624 14s 1d, and subscriptions £308.

On the expenditure side the item of wages stood at £774 16s 6d, that for travel expenses £206, and that for transfer fees £25.

The actual balance in hand, said Mr Worthington, was £88, but they had in ground tax ticket assets worth £30. There were one or two debts outstanding. At the beginning of the season the Denaby Cricket Club paid for a lot of the work that was carried out on the ground, and in addition to that item there were amounts owing by the old football club to the Denaby and Cadeby Colliery Company, and to the local tradesmen, both debts being about 10 years old.

The president (Mr H.C.Harrison) said they had every reason to be satisfied with the balance sheet. Regarding the debts to which the Secretary referred to, the president thought the Cricket Club were not going to ask the Football Club to repay the money until the latter were in a good position to do so: the Cricket Club realised that the Football Club had been working under great difficulties. As the debt to the Colliery Company had run on 10 years, he thought it might easily go on a bit longer; the same remark apply to the money owing to the tradesmen.

The balance sheet was adopted.

The chairman then reviewed the past season. He thanked all those were been instrumental in electing him President after Mr Smith´s departure, and, on behalf of the Club, he desired publicly to thank Mr Smith. For the effort he put forward, both in connection with forming the club, and with helping to pilot it through its first season.

The club was very grateful to the local public for the manner in which it had given its support. The club had carried on under great difficulties. They had entered the league rather late in the season, and had not had the same opportunity for securing players that other clubs had. From the playing point of view their season had been a poor one. There was never any question about the position they occupied in the league. They were definitely and decidedly at the bottom (laughter.) They did not win many points, but they won – what he thought might prove a great value to them – a reputation amongst other clubs for sportsmanship. (Hear, hear).

That they would find was worth quite a number of points. Further, they succeeded in establishing the fact that Midland League Football was appreciated in Denaby Main, and that a club which, though it won or lost, was doing its best, could always command support. The sporting public, of Denaby Main, had shown that it deserved something better in the way of football than had been given last season. They, as a club, were going to do all they could to see to it that next season the public had something better

After naming individually a large number of people to whom the club were particularly indebted, the President remarked that they had practically secured the services of another team manager in Mr J Hancock. He thought an apology was due to Mr Swinburne, the present team manager, for the manner in which the fact of Mr Hancock´s prospective appointment had been brought to his notice, and he tended the apology on behalf of the club.

In conclusion the president appealed to all connected with the club to pull together. The club had a fine opportunity for making good next season. Preparations were already on foot, and he ought that by next season at this time, the team would have established for itself a playing record second to none.

Mr Harrison was re-elected president, Mr T Swinburne secretary, Mr G.T.Worthington treasurer, and Messrs J.Dunk and P.Chambers auditors.

On the motion Mr Swinburne, it was decided to make a grant (the amount to be fixed by the committee) to Mr Worthington for his services as secretary.

The following were elected to the general committee: Messrs H.Mason, J.Shelton,W.Wilson, E.Walker, H.Nimrod, E.Whitehouse, W.Marshall, E.Mitchell, George Holmes, H.Higgins, J.Hill, E.Creswell, H.Rose, G.Walton, George Severns, J.Bucknell, H.Clempson and G.Astbury.

It was decided to leave the appointment of the managerial committee, the trainer, and the team manager in the hands of the general committee.

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