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1939

Yorkshire Tar Distillers 5

Bakers & Bessemers 0

Back row left to right: D Cooper(Sec) D Fisher, P Harvey, D Nettleton, L Smith, C Hardy, C Warren, R Oliver, G Howitt (trainer)  Front row left to right: M Moorhouse, A Vickers, R South, J Burkinshaw, S Vickers and K Phillips.

Credit:  Kilnhurst Heritage

As the second world war grew ever nearer Yorkshire Tar as a team reached the peak of their achievements.  The Tar Distillers team elected almost exclusively from men who actually worked for the company (probably no more than three hundred & fifty men) were virtually unbeatable winning the Association League, the Mexborough Challenge Cup and the mighty Mexborough Montagu Cup beating old rivals Baker & Bessemer five goals to nil. 

The match report on this game was as follows. Few teams can have started firmer favourites to win the cup than Yorkshire Tar did this year, within sixty seconds of the start of the match Phillips had the ball in the net but it was disallowed.  Two minutes later Burkinshaw scored the first goal with a low shot after a mistake by Taylor, although Yorkshire Tar had all the play they did not score again until three minutes before half time when Arthur Vickers scored direct from a corner, at half time Yorkshire Tar were two goals to nil in front. Eight minutes in to the second half Bakers could have pulled a goal back, when they were awarded a penalty for a foul in the area, Kershaw took the kick and blazed it over the crossbar.  After seventeen minutes of the second half the Distillers made it three nil when Phillips centred for Burkinshaw to tap in for the third goal. South scored the fourth from a Vicker’s corner, with the fifth coming from Steve Vickers which completed the scoring two minutes from the end.  Smith, Wilkinson and Hardy were the stars of the show, Hardy was probably the pick with tremendous power in his free kicks and shooting.  Nettleton in the Yorkshire Tar goal probably had his easiest day of the season. The cup was presented in front of the pavilion by the matron of the Montagu Hospital Miss O’Callaghan, the gate amounted to eighty eight pounds.