Denaby Utd – Skegness 4 Denaby 2 – Hayden Sent Off

April 1965

South Yorkshire Times, 24th April 1965

Hayden Sent Off
Skegness 4 Denaby 2

In a thrilling incident packed bottom of the league match at the seaside on Saturday, Skegness Town beat Denaby 4-2. But it wasn’t only the six goals that produced the thrills. There were a number of incidents, and after one free for all between Hayden, the Denaby inside right, and French, the home team’s left winger, Hayden was sent off and both players had to receive treatment for cut eyes.

The game began at a very fast pace, and in the seventh minute McGUIGAN, the Skegness centre forward, ran on to a through ball and scored. But McKAY, the Denaby centre, got his revenge a minute later. Following up an attack from which Crawford, the Skegness keeper, had caught the ball, he ran at the keeper who, with the ball in his hands, stepped back over his own line.


But in the ninth minute McGUIGAN put his team ahead again with almost a carbon copy of his first goal. Three exciting goals in as many minutes.

In the 36th minute, CAMPBELL, the Skegness inside left, dribbled his way through a pack of defenders and, from the edge of the Denaby area, shot high into the net.

Three minutes later came the incident between Hayden and French. The referee, Mr. J. Overton (Grimsby), gave the Denaby inside right marching orders, and he left the field with blood streaming from a cut above the eye. French had to leave the field for dressing room treatment, and later returned with a large bandage on his forehead.

In the 66th minute McGUIGAN completed his hat trick with a header from a pass by Williams. From the re-start Denaby attacked and McKay shot about a foot above the bar.

Then in the 78th minute Crawford was penalised for holding McKay’s legs, and WOODGER took the spot kick efficiently.

Minutes later a very heavy thunderstorm broke on the ground, and the game was played out through flashes of lightning, loud peals of thunder and driving rain.