Denaby’s £100 Debt – But No Lack of Enthusiasm

February 1946

South Yorkshire Times February 23, 1946

Denaby’s £100 Debt
But No Lack of Enthusiasm

Despite the fact that they will be without some of their most attractive players during the coming season and the club is not in a healthy financial position, (due largely to the fact that they put in hand ground improvements at last year) a spirit of optimism and enthusiasm prevailed at the annual meeting of Denaby and Cadeby cricket, Tennis and Bowls club, at the Welfare Institute, Denaby, on Tuesday, Mr W Coates (chairman) presided.

The financial statement presented by the secretary Mr J Humphreys, showed that after commencing the year with a balance of £57 2s 2d, the club was now owing £114 11s 10 d. Total expenditure was £664 0s 3 d.

Income included £97 11s 9d from the sports allocation fund, £77 9s 5d from “gate” receipts; £17 7s 4d in tea room receipts, £51 16s 0d from subscriptions. £51.16s 0d profit from the knockout competition, £150 loan from the Denaby and Cadeby welfare trustees, £108 balance of the loan from the Sports Allocation Fund, and £40 from the Denaby and Cadeby Horticultural Society.

Mr Humphries said he believed last season subscriptions were the highest for about 12 years, but even so he still considered that the sum of £51 16s was very poor for a club of the standing of Denaby and Cadeby. He suggested that this should be given consideration by the new committee. “Gate” receipts were about the same as in 1944 and although they were larger in pre-war years they were not as good as their teams warranted.

They were at present more than £100 in debt and need a lot of work would be necessary to place the club in a sound position again. The Sports Allocation Fund amount was so low that a good deal of effort and labour was always required for Denaby and Cadeby to be in a position to compete successfully with other local clubs.

There was a feeling among other clubs that Denaby and Cadeby were a fairly wealthy club; the statements presented that night told a very different story.

Looking Forward

“With regard to 1946,” Mr Humphries said, “the committee have decided that Turner will open the first XI attack in place of Josh Porter, who has decided to assist Swinton, but if Turner improves as he did last season I think a lot will be heard of him next season.”

  1. K. Bateson, the captain for several seasons, would be unable to assist them during the coming summer.

The cricket club would again completing the Yorkshire Council and the Doncaster league and the Bowls club in the Wath league. It was to be hoped that some effort may be made for the tennis section to play competitive tennis again

The Chairman thanked all helpers who had assisted them so generously during the past year, especially the woman who helped with the teas; the committee, the captains, vice captains and players, and the secretary for “husbanding” the whole lot of them.