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Joker   6

Wombwell Main  0

Ref: Dave Hobson

Goals: Ross Duggan (4), McDonnell (2)

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Four goals from Ross Duggan and a brace from Steve McDonnell helped Joker to crown an outstanding season to win the 120th Montagu Cup.  This winning margin equalled the post-war record set by Swinton Athletic.  ​The final was a replay, with the first match abandoned after the double leg-break for Joker's Gary Podmore before half-time - with Joker 2 - 0 up.  Ryan Smyth and Dan Patterson (penalty) with goals before chaotic scenes after the injury lead to 3 dismissals for Wombwell Main (Dale Crossland, Kai Hancock and Danny Ravenscroft).

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The first hour of the replay was a relatively well-matched tie. The only goal, on 29 minutes, was scored by Duggan -  side-footing in a low cross from the left after 29 minutes.

As the hour mark approached, Steve McDonnell looked set to cross from a wide right position but chose to have a punt at goal instead.  His shot arrowed into the top corner - this goal was the pick of the six.




The prolific Ross Duggan sealed the match with goals on 66, 84 and 86 minutes - each finish seemigly straight-forward for Ross.

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The deflated Wombwell Main defence couldn't match McDonnell's intricate footwork inside the 6-yard box, which left him free to fire home for the last of the action.

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​​Committee member, Ian Walsh, presented the cup, as well as the following awards...


Referee Dave Hobson.  Assistants:  Paul Ardron, Scott Atkinson, Mick Poole

Man of the Match:  Ross Duggan

Thanks to Joker FC for most of the photos.



Just over 5 weeks since the horrific injury, it was a touching moment to see Gary Podmore join captain, Dan Patterson, in collecting Joker's 5th trophy of the season and their first ever Montagu Cup.




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Joker FC

Members of the Rotherham & District Sunday League Premier Division they reached the semi-finals of the FA Sunday Cup this season and are now aiming to win their first Montagu Cup.

Jamie Bailey – Goalkeeper in his fourteenth season who has achieved clean sheets in more than half of his 400 appearances. Commanding in the box with fantastic distribution of the ball.

Joe Austin – Club captain in his ninth season who reads the game superbly and keeps the team focused and organised during games. A strong and formidable defender.

Danny South – In his first season with the club he is unplayable in the air, calm, strong and composed on the ball and is equally capable in defence or up front.

Danny Harrison – A strong, no nonsense defender who reads the game well.

Brad Morton – A key player who is in his third season. An aggressive defender who is an assured performer at the back.

Mike Trench – Natural left footer and capable in a back three, as a full back, as a wing back or even up front. Has great fitness and the quality to match.

Jed McGowan – In his fourth season and has lightning pace with an almost incomparable workrate up and down the right flank in defence or midfield.

Jordon Joynson – Combative and solid defender or defensive midfielder who makes marauding runs and has good technical ability.

Jonathan Plant – Capable of playing anywhere across the back line with his reading of the game. A massive team player.

Dan Patterson – Hardworking midfield general whose all round ability is outstanding. Has high levels of performance and workrate.

Danny Parker – Left winger who loves to run at defenders. Fantastic striker of the ball and a potential match winner from goals or assists.

Josh Nodder – Attacking, goalscoring midfielder with a wand of a left foot. Able to unlock any defence with his outstanding technical ability.

Kyle Skeldon – All action central midfielder with gifted feet who is a good reader of the game.

Sam Forster – Rapid flying winger with close to 150 games for the club. Has an unbelievable first touch and the ability to beat defenders with ease.

Sam Sweeney – Indispensable member of the midfield with his reading of the game, positional play and all round versatility.

Oli Lawrence – Versatile midfielder with a great engine who has had several seasons as a squad player whilst studying at university.    

Gaz Podmore – Hardworking, committed and strong midfielder with the technical attributes to match. A born and bred big game player.

Steve McDonnell – Naturally gifted he can beat players at will and dominate games. An all round midfield playmaker who can both assist with and score goals.

Dean Conway – Goalscoring machine with almost 200 goals for the club. A pivotal talisman who is calm and lethal in front of goal.

Ross Duggan – An ‘off the shoulder’ striker who plays his game on the edge and is a defender’s nightmare.

Ryan Smyth - Quality centre forward with the strength, power and ability to bring other players into the game.

Ryan Carroll – Strong and quick striker whose physical presence and ability on the ball can make him too hot to handle.

Andy Battersby – Team manager who, in a ten years playing career with Joker, made over 300 appearances and won seventeen titles. Installed as manager this season due to his coaching qualifications plus his knowledge of both the club and local football.

James Roebuck and Chris Grieves – Assistant Managers with a wealth of experience.

Jennifer Irvine – fully qualified Sports Therapist who studied at Leeds Beckett University.

Wombwell Main FC

Members of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division who were last season’s beaten finalists and who will be looking to win the Montagu Cup for the first time since their last success in season 2008-09.

Dale Crossland - Goalkeeper who has been an ever present and has had an excellent season. His growing reputation has seen him quickly become one of the best keepers in the area. He is a huge presence both on and off the pitch, dominates the six yard area, has great agility, brave as they come, a great shot stopper and an excellent communicator who organises the back four well. One of the most popular players at the club who will love the big game atmosphere.

Kai O’Laughlin – Goalkeeper who is the youngest member of the squad signing in November when he turned 16. Has quickly shown what a real talent he is and when called upon he has been superb. A confident lad who has good hands, a great shot stopper, communicates well and is good with the ball at his feet. Recently received a student scholarship at Barnsley FC for next season.  

Danny Burkinshaw – Defender who is one of the most gifted players in the squad and makes the game look easy. Missed the early part of the season through injury but has been excellent since his return. A naturally two footed player who can play anywhere, he is strong in the tackle and competes well in the air making him a threat in both boxes. In wide areas of the pitch and from set plays his delivery is very good and he has also chipped in with some great goals.

Kyle Wyatt – Defender who has produced consistently high level performances throughout the season. A natural left footed player who gives the team good balance down that side of the pitch. Competitive in the tackle, strong in the air and comfortable in possession he is always looking to play out from the back. Although quiet on the pitch he is one of the big characters in the dressing room and very much the team joker.

Simon Chadburn – Defender in his twentieth season at Wombwell, the team captain and one of the most influential players in the squad. Another great season has seen him leading by example and passing his experience on to the younger members of the squad. Strong in the tackle, good in the air and looks to play out from the back with a great range of passing. A free kick specialist who has scored some important goals and will always get into double figures in the scoring charts.

Aaron Tate - Great to see him back playing, after a year out through illness, and producing the high standards he has always set himself. Physically strong in the tackle, he competes well in the air and is very comfortable in possession with a great range of passes. Will look to bring the ball out from the back at every opportunity in order to link play further up the field. Has chipped in with some important goals and often comes up with a spectacular strike.

Ross Edwards - Another player who has had a very good season. Goes about his business allowing others to grab the limelight. Has a great understanding of the game and his role within the team. Does the ‘dirty’ side of the game well by breaking up play then making a simple pass. Very good in the air, calm in possession and always makes himself available to receive the ball. His delivery from set plays is also very good.

Sam Jones - In his first season at Wombwell and has made a big impact at the club as an accomplished central midfielder who plays with a maturity way beyond his years. He gets through games unnoticed and never puts a foot wrong. A great competitor who is strong in the challenge, wins the ball and keeps possession for the team. He is keen to improve all aspects of his play and if he continues to do this then he has a big future in the game.

Jake Jackson - Midfielder who has had a great season, becoming a crowd favourite, and is a manager’s dream. A combative midfielder who gets on with the game without fuss. Is strong in the tackle, competes well in the air and demonstrates great energy levels with his box to box runs. Gives nothing less than 100% and no-one on the pitch will work harder than him today.   


Jake Simon – Midfielder who has had another good season. He will look to get on the ball at every opportunity, impose himself on the opposition and set the tempo for the team. Has a good first touch, works hard, is competitive in the tackle and very vocal. With a great range of passes he is always looking to put the ball into dangerous areas. Has also added well timed runs into good attacking areas into his game and these have produced a decent goal return.

Ben Knox – Midfielder who started the season with the reserves but some impressive displays have seen him progress into the first team squad. A versatile player who can play in any position. When in wide areas he shows great energy levels, in the centre of midfield he is a real combative midfielder who loves a tackle, has an abundance of energy and a good range of passes. A coach’s dream who puts the team above personal glory.   

Billy Evans – Midfielder who has had a great first season at the club. His role in wide midfield gives him the opportunity to demonstrate the great work ethic he possesses. Enjoys the physical side of the game, is strong in the tackle, never allowing his direct opponent a minute and will go box to box all game. Competes well in the air and has contributed some important goals.

Ryan Hallsworth – Midfielder/striker and one of the longest serving members of the squad. Has played most of his football in wide areas where, as a quick skilful player, he looks to get on the ball and run at his direct opponent. When playing in a more attacking role he looks to link up play with the midfield, has good delivery from set plays and is a free kick specialist who regularly hits double figure in the goal scoring charts.

Billy Smith - Striker in his first full season who has had a big impact on the team. Now understands his role within the team much better, has a great work ethic and is the type of player who excites spectators. Has no fear, loves to get on the ball, has great quick feet, a turn of pace that sees him go past opponents with ease and is the club’s leading goal scorer

Kai Hancock - Striker who is the most recent addition to the squad and has loads of NCEL and Evo-Stik League experience. Has made a big impact on the team, is very popular in the changing rooms, has a good understanding of the striker’s role and is happy to drop deep to pick the ball up or play off the last man. Has great close control when running or dribbling with the ball, is good in the air and only needs half a chance in front of goal.

Danny Frost - Striker who has played and scored at every level in non-League and brings a wealth of experience to pass on to the younger members of the squad. A hardworking striker who is a defenders’ nightmare never allowing them a minute on the ball by keeping pressure on high up the pitch. Has great close control and quick feet in tight areas and the knack of finding a yard in a crowded area and getting a shot at goal.

Danny Ravenscroft - A good ‘old fashioned’ centre forward who is a real handful for defenders, loves the physical side of the game and will always make himself available to receive possession. Has a great first touch and his link up play for the team is excellent. Very good in the air making him a goal threat from set plays and has a good turn of pace with a productive goal return.

Jack Owen - Another player with experience of NCEL football who has brought a different dimension to the team. Unpredictable on the pitch he makes things happen and has an infectiousness that rubs off on his team mates. Is confident in possession with good close control, quick feet and pace that sees him goes past opponents with ease. One of the real characters in the changing room if he is not singing he is playing a joke on someone.


Terry Simon - Manager                   Paul Kay - Assistant Manager:

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