Denaby Utd – Kippax 0 Denaby 4 – Extraordinary Game

26 October 1907

Mexborough and Swinton Times October 26, 1907

The English Cup
Denaby’s Northern Triumph
Extraordinary Game

Denaby United took a very strong team on Saturday to Kippax, near Leeds, to settle the English Cup tie. Kippax Parish Church are leading lights in West Yorkshire League circles and it was said they had been training hard all the previous week with a view to beating the Midland Leaguers, whom they met with a, good deal of confidence.

Denaby wer3 represented by the following eleven:

Hancock, goal; Marshall and Lawley, backs; Nimrod, Kelly, Thornton half-backs; Blackburn, Bennett, E. Dyal, Speight. and Ball, forwards.

There was but a poor attendance, and the game was a very rough one, the Kippax men, who are a big lot, making the most of their height and weight. Bennett and Speight got through early on in the game, and Denaby easily excelled the Parish Church in the class of football played, though the visitors were never able to settle down to their natural game by reason of the strange tactics of Kippax. E. Dyal, at centre, was found to be a success, and he opened out the game very well, so that Bennett and Speight got through again before the end of the game.

However, at one time Denaby had, only ceven men. in the field, this extraordinary state of affairs being brought about by the absence of Bennett, Speight, Kelly, and Dyal.

They all returned before the end of the game, but Bennett, who appeared to be marked, suffered very much from ill-usage, and the Denaby team, as a whole, was only protected by the stringency of the referee, who reprimanded and threatened to report two of the Kippax men.

The game resulted in a victory for Denaby by four goals to none, and this is the second defeat administered to Kippax on the home ground in five years.