South Yorkshire Times November 8, 1969
Bridlington Had No Real Answer
Denaby Utd. 3, Bridlington Trinity 0
Sir Alf Ramsey would have been proud of England had he visited Tickhill Square on Saturday to see Denaby United tan the hide off Bridlington Trinity in Round One of the Yorkshire League Cup,
Denaby gave the seasiders the respect their reputation warranted for 45 minutes, then proceeded to pick them up by the scruff of the neck and thrash them off the park and the man who inspired Denaby to this tremendous display was Richard England.
The Denaby schemer teased, taunted and finally tamed Bridlington with a brand of football we have not seen at Tickhill Square for some time.
Football is a team game, and the whole team played well, but it was England who tore Bridlington apart and delighted the crowd with a superb exhibition of individual skills.
He was aided and abetted by Harold Sapey and Roger Willey, who made up a midfield trio which Bridlington could find no answer to.
Yet again the half-time drink, containing Harold Sapey’s magical potion, did the trick, and Denaby performed with 100 per cent. more effectiveness after the break,
The first goal, minutes after the restart, was a classic. Sumpner crossed inch-perfect to the far post, where Morley rose to nod the ball back into the middle for Willey to complete the execution with a flick of his head.
It was the signal for Denaby to throw off the shackles that had them bogged down in the first half and to knock Bridlington flat.
Trinity pivot Cooper, ex-Denaby and no stranger to the crowd, worked tirelessly to stem the flow, but the home side were not to be denied.
England slammed in a free-kick which the ‘keeper could not hold, Willey hooked the ball back into the middle, and Dick Sumpner was there to prod in the second.
Both England and Sapey, and full-back Wiggles, went desperately close to adding a third before another gem sealed the triumph ten minutes from the end.
England hared down the right wing, and his cross found Sumpner streaking in to rocket a header past Fisher for the third.
It gave the crowd something to cheer about and increased the strong feeling in the air at the Square this is going to be Denaby’s year. Teams:
Denaby United: Whitehead (K.), Wiggles, Toyne, Pettit. Bennett, Whitehead (P.), Sumpner, Willey, Morley, Sapey, England; sub., Allen.
Bridlington Trinity: Fisher, Rush, Gibson, Burton, Cooper, Jarvis, Jones, Bradbury. Tomlinson, Anderson, Milner; sub., Hemmingway,