Doncaster Rovers 5
Mexborough Thursday 2
Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Monday 08 April 1901
Thanks to Joyne Coyle and Tony Bluff at DRFC:
Round 1- 29/9/00. Bolton-on-Dearne 0 Rovers 4 (Scorers: Vail (2), Linward & Meakin)
Semi-Final- 9/2/01. Denaby United 0 Rovers 2 (Vail 2)- played at Mexborough Town.
Final- 6/4/01. Mexborough Thursday 2 Rovers 5 (Hollin 3, Lindley, Linward). - played at Mexborough Town.
Rovers XI: Len Askin, Tom Bann, Walter Langton, Teddy Gregson, Fred Bann, Ernest Dowson, Manny Lindley, H. Nelson, Charles Waddington, Jagger Hollin, Billy Linward.
Unlike 1912-13, when Rovers explicitly entered their Reserve XI, they treated it as a First Team competition. However, the Final clashed with a Midland League game at home to Hinckley Town (which Rovers won 5-0). Therefore Rovers sent their second XI to Mexborough on 6th April for the Montagu Cup Final and still managed to win the competition.
The failure to get a competition started in 1899-1900 meant that when it was re-introduced in 1900-01, only a small number of clubs entered, and the second round was also the semi-finals.
Round 1 report Bolton 0 DRFC 4
Billy Linward got the 5th. The next season he was a regular with West Ham. After that he moved to Woolwich Arsenal.
Walter Langton is in the DRFC hall of fame - this was one of his EIGHTEEN seasons for the Rovers.
Alf Streets was in the Mexborough Thursday team.
In 1907 at aged 30 he was confined to a "bath-chair" due to a serious illness.
A benefit match was played for him with some real star players. See 1907 page.
Doncaster Rovers first team a few months after the Mont (which the reserves had to play in). Walter Langton is at the back.