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1923

Kilnhurst WMC 4

Sandhill Juniors 1

Replay 3-3 in first match

Photograph thanks to Stuart Dennis.  His grandad, Hubert Reginald Millington, is pictured on the 2nd row from the front, 3rd from the left.  Hubert lived at 3 Meadow View Road (next door to Mr. Turner, who sent the photograph to the South Yorkshire Times).  

30/4/23

4/4/23

The team that played in the final.

Colourised version of above photograph.

FROM KILNHURST HERITAGE...

Just three seasons after the stoppage for WW1 Kilnhurst again featured in the Montagu Cup.

 

In the Semi finals, Kilnhurst W.M.C. (now styled as Kilnhurst Working Mens Club) beat Rawmarsh Athletic 5-2 and Sandhill Juniors beat Swinton D.S. & S (discharged soldiers and sailors) 1 -0 to take the other final place.

 

This final appears to be unique, as it shows the victorious Kilnhurst team with the Montagu Cup no previous or subsequent photos would appear to exist.

 

There are two photographs, the first shows the team and the second shows the team surrounded by supporters, both taken in Dr Aikens garden at the top of Victoria Street.

 

Dr Aiken was a long serving and much liked Kilnhurst Doctor (and football supporter) from the 1920’s to the 1950’s.

 

This was the twenty third playing of the Montagu Cup and people and seemed to haver lost none of their enthusiasm for this prestigious trophy.

 

The final took place on Easter Tuesday at Mexborough town’s Hamden Road Ground.

 

The last match between a well matured Kilnhurst side and a very young Sandhill team (all said to be under twenty years of age) looked to be a one sided affair.

 

The weather was dry and sunny and the ground was hard and grassless, but a large crowd turned out to watch what turned out to be a very even game. 

 

The young Sandhill team were very quick over the ground and gave Kilnhurst plenty of problems, but Kilnhurst dominated the first half and after thirty minutes CHAPPELL opened the scoring for Kilnhurst with a twenty yard ground shot.

 

Minutes later (against the run of play) WILDE equalised for Sandhill.

 

GOODBY restored Kilnhurst lead five minutes before half time shooting in to an open net.

 

In the second half the speed of the Sandhill team made Kilnhurst seem a little leg weary and ten minutes in to the half BENNETT brought the scores level at 2-2 and within five minutes WILDE again scored for Sandhill to put them 3-2 in front. 

 

Half way through the second half Kilnhurst inside forward FRITH brought the scores level again and the match ended three goals each, and a replay was required.

 

Kilnhurst went on to win the replay and thus secured a third victory in the Montagu Cup Final

 

KILNHURST W.M.C. TEAM

MEADOWS

DUNGWORTH

MUSCROFT

H MILLINGTON

GLADWIN

B MILLINGTON

STANIFORTH

FRITH

CHAPPELL   

GOODBY

SAXTON

 

SANDHILL JUNIORS

COOPER

BROWN

ENSOR

FARMERY 

GUILLIAM  

STRINGER

SMITH

HOPKINSON 

WILDE 

BENNETT    

WHITE