Mexborough Main Street (7)

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Mexborough Main Street FC  were formed by disgruntled players who were being 'rested' in High Terrace FC's reserve side.

Published: 15:54 Wednesday 05 October 2005

SOME 40 years ago - in the days when you headed a football and knew about it and the 4-5-1 formation was just the twinkle in a young Mourinho's eye - a group of players who were being "rested" in the reserves at the revered High Terrace FC, broke away to form their own team.
They went to the committee of the Main Street club in Mexborough, persuaded them to offer their backing, and so began a relationship that this summer celebrated the beginning of its fourth decade.
Ian Cotton, Pete Cutts and Brian Wray, with the help of Cyril Drabble, founded Mexborough Main Street Football Club and 40 years down the line, both Ian and Cyril are still actively involved at a club that now flies the flag for Mexborough in Saturday senior football - Ian as president, Cyril as treasurer.
"Ian, Pete and Brian were in the second team at High Terrace and wanted to break away and form their own team," said Cyril.
"I offered to help them set up and as we were all members of the Main Street club anyway, they were the natural choice for us to see about forming a team. They were more than happy to and even bought us a kit.
"We joined the Doncaster Senior League, played our games at the back of the Plant Hotel and started in the autumn of 1965."
The club progressed to the County Senior League in the early 1980s, by which time they had eloped to the LNER ground in Swinton.
The move to their current base at Mexborough Athletic Club was made a few years later by which time they had lifted the County Senior League title for the first time in 1987, a feat they were to repeat in 1994.
Success in '87 coincided with the first season of sponsorship from Mexborough company Ideal Travel.
The business and the football club have formed a fruitful alliance for the past 19 years with Ideal Travel providing Main Street with a new kit every two seasons.
Cyril added: "Ideal Travel have provided us with fantastic sponsorship for nearly two decades. Their support has been a tremendous help to the club."
The trophies didn't stop in 1994 neither with Main Street winning the Montagu Cup and Rotherham Charity Cup this May, a double they achieved five years earlier.
This season, despite being knocked out of the Montagu Cup, their defence of the Charity Cup is at the quarter-final stage and they are hot on the heels of Athersley Recreation at the top of the County Senior League.
But the County Senior League remains the height of Main Street's ambitions.
Four years ago Mexborough Town Athletic folded from the Central Midlands League due to a lack of players and interest, leaving only Main Street and Mexborough Athletic in the Doncaster Senior League as the town's only Saturday clubs.
However, owing to the finances required to climb the football pyramid, Main Street have little chance of emulating Town Athletic.
"We'd have liked to have gone into the Central Midlands or Northern Counties leagues," added Cyril. "But we fall down because we don't have floodlights. We keep applying for grants to lottery funds and so forth but have never had any joy.
"It would be nice to see how far we could get with floodlights. But the only problem is the expenditure wouldn't stop there."


First won the Mont in 1983.