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Kimberworth Old Boys 2 Denaby United 1

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Green Un 6/9/19 Most of these will have played in the Montagu Cup final a few months earlier.

George Dobson scored the winner. He went on to play for Barnsley and Norwich

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Two of the 4 Smelt brothers played for KOB - Alf & Jack. 

Both ended up playing for Leeds—although Jack was described as a goalie in the report & he wasn’t for the many teams he played for.   KOB also won Sheffield junior cup in front of 6000 at Bramall Lane.

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Broadhead signed for Norwich City for in 1919

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Alf Smelt

The 1919 final at Hampden Road between Kimberworth Old Boys, that season’s winners of the Sheffield Junior Cup, and Denaby United kicked off at 2.30pm on Monday 21st April.

Denaby took the lead after 40 minutes, when Garthwaite scored from close range, but the Rotherham side equalised in the 60th minute through Wightman who received a pass from former Huddersfield Town player Broadhead and fired past United goalkeeper Shepherd.

The winning goal arrived 10 minutes later when Wightman dribbled past the United defenders and passed to Dobson whose dipping effort from near the corner flag beat Shepherd to give Kimberworth a 2-1 win.


The Montagu Cup was presented to the Kimberworth captain, J. Harrison, by Mr W.A. Lewis. From the winners’ team both Harrison and goalkeeper Jack Smelt had played for Rotherham County, Alf Smelt had also played for Rotherham County as well as Chesterfield and Dobson had played for Barnsley.

The Mexborough & Swinton Times commented that it was only the second time, since Ecclesfield won the inaugural final in 1897, that the Montagu Cup had been won by a team from outside the Mexborough district.

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Jack Barker played for Denaby United in this final.  He scored in the semi-final.
In his twilight years, he gifted his medal to a 7 year old Swinton neighbour, Mark License, on Slade Road.  Mark went on to win the Montagu Cup 3 times himself.
CREDIT: Elaine Maden & Maxine Manion-License


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Denaby's played in two semi-finals.  The report to the right is teh Charity Cup in which J Barker is mentioned.  The above report mentions Barker and is the semi-final of the Montagu Cup. 


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