Denaby Utd – Denaby 0 Loughborough 0 – Both Teams Had Chances

April 1965

South Yorkshire Times April 3, 1965

Both Teams Had Chances

Denaby United   0, Loughborough   0

It takes a good team to bring the best out of Denaby United. At Tickhill Square on Saturday Loughborough were far from being a good team.

The result was 90 minutes of shapeless football that ended in a goalless draw and did little to enhance the reputation of either club. Chances were missed by the score – mostly on Loughborough’s side, for they never looked the team that beat Denaby 2-0 in January.

If there was any sympathy to be had after such a match, it must be for Denaby who could have been two or three goals up by half-time – and more than that SHOULD have taken the lead a minute after half time, but for one of the most dogmatic and unfathomable decisions one ever hopes to see.


Several home players AND defenders were standing virtually on the goal line as the ball was chipped to outside right Smith, just outside the post. He scooped the ball home – on its way handled by a defender – but had the goal disallowed by referee Young for an offside infringement.

The Denaby forwards, particularly inside men Whittaker and Hayden, worked tremendously hard to create their chances. But it really does take a good team to inspire United, and somehow they, like the onlookers, could find little pattern or system in the visitors’ tactics on which to base their own attacks. Consequently Denaby too looked somewhat shapeless.

As the second half wore on tempers became a little frayed. It was probably a relief to both sides to troop off the field a point better off.


Denaby: Cooke 7; Wroe 6, Foster 6; Wright 8, Wild 7, Smart 7; Smith 7, Hayden 7, Woodger 6, Whittaker (T) 7, Harvey 7.

Loughborough: Walker; Mann, Mills; Haseldine, Hodges, Lopez, Johnson, Wagstaff, Hollis, Huss, Follows.

Referee: Mr. P Young (Wilford) (7).