Denaby derby special: History boys look back at 1991

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Sheffield Wednesday were a top-flight side and League Cup holders, and the country was still getting to grips with life without Margaret Thatcher.

Life may be very different in 2013 - but a few minds will inevitably drift back to 1991 this weekend, when Denaby Main host Denaby United in a Dawson & Burgess Premier Division K.O. Cup tie at Tickhill Square.

Main’s Tickhill Square base, of course, was the former home of United, and this weekend’s cup clash will be the first meeting between the two sides since Tuesday, September 3, 1991.

Back then, Main were in their previous guise of Denaby and Cadeby MW, and were the reigning Montagu Cup champions.

United, then a NCELPremier Division club, fancied their chances of winning the competition, but were knocked out 3-1.

Denaby and Cadeby later became Denaby United Reserves, but both teams folded when United were evicted from Tickhill Square in 2002.

In 2011 United reformed, with Old Road in Conisbrough their new home, and the following year Denaby and Cademy reformed as Denaby Main, playing at Tickhill Square.

“This would have been United’s 101st year at Tickhill Square, if they hadn’t been evicted,” United’s Stephen Pugh said.

“I know a lot of supporters of the original club vowed never to step foot in the ground again, so it’ll be interesting to see who appears on Saturday.”

Denaby and Cadeby were the reigning Montagu Cup champions, having beaten Swinton Athletic 2-1 in the 1990-91 final, and returning United manager John Reed was keen for his side to enter the competition.

“It was John’s first season back as manager, having been appointed in the summer of 1991 following a disastrous 1990-91 season under John Bilton,” Barrie Dalby, who was United secretary at the time, remembers.

“Reed wanted us to enter the Montagu Cup even though the club did not do so at the time as, not unreasonably, he considered us more than capable of winning it, being a NCEL Premier Division side.”

In the first round, Denaby and Cadeby beat Ings Lane 4-0 and United overcame Edlington WMC 4-1.

A report from the September 6 edition of the South Yorkshire Times remembers that “Montagu Cup holders Denaby & Cadeby scored a shock 3-1 win over rivals Denaby United to go through to this season’s semi-finals.

“United dominated play for long periods but Denaby & Cadeby opened the scoring through Gary Hough after 20 minutes. Andrew Price made it 2-0 ten minutes later.

“Midway through the second half Denaby & Cadeby increased their lead when a disputed penalty was scored by Steve Watkin. After 80 minutes Gary Margetts netted for United. Welfare defender John Hodgson played in goal with regular keeper David Pears injured.”

n Saturday’s cup tie between the two rivals gets underway at 1.30pm, at Tickhill Square. The two sides last met in September, with United the league clash 6-0.