Kilnhurst Town 1

Birdwell 0

Goal: Gladwin

Replay - first match was Birdwell 2 Kilnhurst 1 (see below)...

This match report includes the Kilnhurst players walking off after a decision.  A later objection resulted in the linesman being replaced by a "spectator"!

Barnsley Chronicle, etc. - Saturday 07 May 1898

Original match was a 2 - 1 win for Birdwell.  Objections afterwards forced the tie to be played again.


In only the second playing of the Montagu Cup, Kilnhurst Town reached the final and were matched against another Barnsley team Birdwell, so the headline report for the match was “The Birds meet the Wasps”


The Kilnhurst team for the final was as follows. WHITE FROGGATT (CAP)                  BIRCH DAWSON             PEPPER                     G. CATERER BLURTON     PARKIN         P GLADWIN       CLARKE    JESSOP


Nicknames were in common use and Kilnhurst had long been known as the “wasps” because of the black and amber quartered shirts in which they played.

The massive silver Montagu Cup would have been on display outside the pavilion at Hampden Road, as Kilnhurst kicked off in front of a crowd estimated at one thousand. 

Kilnhurst had won the toss and decided to kick downhill they were the first to attack and gained a free kick twenty five yards out from which Clarke’s shot grazed the crossbar. 

Shortly afterwards Kilnhurst were awarded a corner which Clarke again headed over the bar.  Birdwell then mounted several attacks of their own and Caterer was cautioned for rough play. 

At half time there was no score.  From the first attack of the second half Pepper was penalised the resulting Birdwell free kick narrowly missed the upright. 

Ten minutes later after a mistake by Froggatt, Birdwell scored, but within minutes Kilnhurst were level when “Dutch Gladwin” scored with a strongly hit shot which gave the goalkeeper no chance. 

Gladwin had several other good chances to score which he did not take and shortly before the end Birdwell scored the winner directly from a free kick. 

The massive Montagu Cup was presented to the Birdwell captain on the field.

It was reported in 1896 that free scoring centre forward Pete “Dutch” Gladwin had joined the army at Penistone but if this was correct his service did not last long as in 1898 he was back playing for Kilnhurst.  His brother William Gladwin also a top class footballer and high class musician a well known personality in Kilnhurst was killed in world war one at the Dardinells age thirty eight.

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