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Doncaster Rovers 5

Mexborough Thursday 2

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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.

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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.

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Round 1 report Bolton 0 DRFC 4

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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.

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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.

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