Denaby Utd – Bradford 5  Denaby 0 – Denaby’s Bad Start at Bradford

5 September 1930

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 5 September 1930

Denaby’s Bad Start at Bradford

Bradford 5  Denaby 0

Bradford played excellent football from the start, and m 10 minutes converted a penalty kick for a foul on Harker. Bradford combined better, and a clever movement enabled ATHERTON to score. The Denaby halves gave little support to the forwards, having all their work cut out in dealing with Bradford’s forwards. Ten minutes before the interval ATHERTON again beat Brannan. Just before half-time Atherton dribbled half the length of the field, but Brannan saved his shot brilliantly.

At the interval Bradford led 3-0.

Denaby were a much improved aide after the interval, and for a period held the advantage. Weakness in front of goal spoilt their work. Gilchrist- Fisher and Fogg all missed good openings. Bradford gradually regained the advantage, ant 10 minutes before the end ATHERTON completed the hat trick. Five minutes later KILCAR scored. The score rather flattered Bradford. Denaby, in the second half, enjoyed more of the game, but failed badly is front of goal. Bradford were strongly represented and were a well-balanced side. Their forwards and halves hat a splendid understanding. Geldard made brilliant rune end centres and was the most conspicuous player. Atherton was an effective leader and made the most of his opportunities. Harker, a local product, made a successful debut. The halves generally subdued the Denaby forwards. Robertson was seldom called on.

Denaby were beet served in defence. Brannan made some magnificent clearances and could not be blamed for the heavy defeat. Williams and Ashall were a hard-working pair, but received little support from the halves, who failed to hold Bradford and seldom put their forwards in possesion.


Bradford: Robertson; Hunter, Ward; Allcock, Crayston, Godfrey; Geldard, Douglas, Atherton, Kilcar, Harker.

Denaby: Brannan; Williams, Ashall; Hughes. Smith, Mounteney; Fisher, Gilchrist, Fogg, Vollans, Skeels.