Denaby United – Prospects for the Season

21 August 1920

Mexborough Times, August 21, 1920

Denaby United – Prospects for the Season

Denaby have recently added to their list of players one or two highly reputed footballers. E.Hodgkiss from Manchester United, W.E.Livingstone from Rotherham County and Sheffield United have both made their names in “soccer” circles, while such names as W.H.Marshall (Rotherham County), H.Lockwood (Bradford city) and Kellington (Hull City) all sound familiar.

In addition to these experience men a number of local juniors have been taken on. We have not yet seen the players at practice, but we are justified in saying that on paper both the Midland League team and the Sheffield Association team should be very strong. From Denaby itself, five signatures have been obtained. These are R.H.Shepherd, W.Gordon, E.H.Taylor, S. Hinchcliffe and B.Hinchcliffe. W.H.Spencer, of Denaby, has offered his services as amateur, as also have T.J.Taylor (Goldthorpe), A.Windle (Retford) and W Satterthwaite (Nottingham). Other players were signed professional forms are: H.A.Garner (Mexborough Loco), E.A.Jackson (Conisborough Athletic), J.H.Baxindale (Conisborough D.S.) A.Uttley (Swinton, P.S.) H.Gregson (Conisborough, D.S.), J.J.Baugh (Kimberworth O.B.), C.Moore (Sheffield St John´s), E. McCormick (Kimberworth O.B.), J.L.Robinson (Grimsby Rovers, formerly with Denaby United) and W.H.Baker (Goodison´s Lodge, Sheffield).

Players will probably throw in their lot with the club later are Hebden (Southport Central), Kellington (Hull City Res.) and Abrey (Misterton Rovers)

The list is a very promising one, and Denaby will commence its season full of confidence. The people of the district had been warned by the club president, Mr H.W Smith, that the club will have to sink or swim unsupported by private or other forms. Upon local football enthusiasts, therefore, rests chiefly the success or failure of the experiment of revival. Many things are in favour of the resuscitated club.

Never previously was there such a boom in sport, particularly football, and there are indications that local rivalry will become very keen. Denaby have reintroduced Midland League football with almost everything in its favour. With regular and unbroken support the season should be a pronounced success. Extensive improvements have been carried out on the Tickhill Square Ground. The playing pitch has been almost levelled, and parts of it had been re-turfed; when the season opens it should be in excellent condition. The senior team are away for their first four matches, commencing on the 28th. Inst. at Halifax, and on the same date the second team are visiting, Dinnington.

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