Denaby Utd – Denaby 9, Ossett Town 0 – All the Same Chairman Lost a Bet!

February 1966

South Yorkshire Times February 5,1966

Scored, nine, but, all the same chairman lost a bet!

Denaby United 9, Ossett Town 0.

Mr. Eddie Langford, Denaby United club chairman, lost a small, friendly bet on Saturday – but what a way to lose. His bet, with a member of his family, was that Denaby would get at least ten goals against Ossett Town.

United instead let him down and only got nine–five of them scored by inside left Dennis Phillips, who at the start of the season was in Denaby’s reserve side.

Phillips played like a man possessed – popping up here, there, and everywhere to mesmerise an Ossett side which tried oh so hard but which wasn’t a shadow of the team which stopped Denaby short earlier in the season.

In a game in which goals were common currency, the one to be remembered was Phillips’ first which gave his side the lead after only five minutes. Centre-forward Caunt on the right had Ossett going the wrong way with a long, spot-on, square pass across field to Smith The outside right swung the ball forward to PHILLIPS, who, with a mature little twist, turned round a defender and slid the ball neatly past Jackson.


Quick hat-trick.

PHILLIPS had collected his hat trick before half-time with goals in the 24th and 43rd minutes, and CAUNT made his contribution from the penalty spot in the 30th minute after Audsley had brought down Smith.

Five minutes after the re-start, newcomer KINGSTON added the fifth, and five minutes after that got the sixth. PHILLIPS, in the 65th, SMITH, in the 68th, and PHILLIPS, again in the 80th, made the humiliation complete.

So manager, Harry Hough’s policy of all=out attack got off to a good start. But just how successful it will turn out to be would be hard to tell against a team like Ossett – greatly weakened by injury and sickness and fielding several reserve side players.

Teams and ratings:

Denaby: Hyde 7; Dodd 7, Cox 7, Whant 7, Williams 7, Collins 7; Smith 8, Foster 7, Caunt 7, Phillips 9, Kingston 7.

Ossett Town: Jackson; Milner, Smith; Fearnley, Audsley, Storar; Fish, Leadbeater, Ellis Hardman, Hezelgrave.

Referee: Mr. R. Newton (Doncaster) 8.