Denaby United F.C.

Denaby United
Full name Denaby United Football Club
Founded 1895 (reformed 2011)
Dissolved 2002
Ground Old Road, Conisbrough
Chairman Paul Neilson
Manager Paul Noonan
League Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division
2015–16 Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Division One, 1st (promoted)

Denaby United Football Club is a football club based in Denaby, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. They are currently members of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division and plat at Old Road in Conisbrough.


The club was formed as Denaby Parish Church, and it wasn't long after the club was formed in 1895 that they gained a reputation as one of the biggest success stories in local football circles. Within five years of formation Denaby had already won the South Yorkshire League three times (having changed their name to Denaby United in 1898), in their debut FA Cup campaign in 1899 they reached the 3rd Qualifying Round, only losing to Hunslet after a second replay at Oakwell.[1]

In 1902 Denaby left the Sheffield Association League, a competition they had been members of for just two years, to join the Midland League, at the time one of the most prestigious competitions outside the Football League. In 1906 they won the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup for the first time, but two years later the young Owls gained their revenge by pipping Denaby to the Midland League title.[2] They won the Senior Cup for a second time in 1910 but resigned from the Midland League in 1913 to rejoin the Association League after falling on hard times and finishing bottom of the league for two years running.[3] This came just a year after they had moved to their new home at Tickhill Square from their old one, the Recreation Ground, on Denaby Lane.

After the First World War, Denaby successfully applied to re-join the Midland League. In 1927 the club reached the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time, setting a new ground attendance record of 5,200 for the game against Southport. They repeated the feat in 1932 when they lost 0–1 to Carlisle United at Brunton Park. Later that season they secured the Sheffield Senior Cup for a third time (they lost their first Senior Cup final in 1935 but won the cup again a year later by beating Worksop Town on their own ground).

Unlike their hiatus for the duration of the World War I, Denaby continued to play throughout World War II, competing again in the Sheffield Association League as the Midland League had been put on hold. They reached the league play-offs in 1944 but were beaten by Sheffield Wednesday reserves at Hillsborough.

When the war ended the club was re-admitted to the Midland League. Denaby reached the First Round of the FA Cup again in 1958, losing 0-2 at home to Oldham Athletic in front 'only' 3,807 spectators. The club was forced to play in the Central Alliance during the 1960–61 season when the Midland League disbanded, but re-joined when the issues surrounding the league's demise were settled. Their long stay in the Midland League would come to an end just four years later however, when they were voted out of the competition following two bottom placed finishes.

The club entered into the Yorkshire Football League for the 1965–66 season, joining Division Two. It took just two years for Denaby to achieve promotion to Division One, and in 1968 they just missed out on winning the league championship, finishing runners-up. They were relegated from the top flight in 1979, and by 1981 found themselves in the Third Division for the first time. In 1982 the Yorkshire League merged with the Midland League to form the Northern Counties East League (NCEL) and Denaby were placed in Division One South after finishing second in their final Yorkshire League Division Three campaign.

One of the last shots of Denaby United, during 1999–00.

They won promotion to the NCEL Premier Division in 1984 and would remain there for the next 17 years, winning the league title in 1997 with the likes of Mel Sterland and Imre Varadi boosting the ranks.

In 2001 the club received a bombshell when the local miners welfare trust informed them they would not be allowed to play at Tickhill Square beyond the end of the 2001–02 season.[4] Despite the pleas of members of the public and Caroline Flint MP,[5] the decision was upheld and come May 2002, with no home ground, the club was dissolved. The clubs last game was on 4 May 2002 against Arnold Town.[6]

The club was reformed in 2011, playing at Old Road playing fields in the neighbouring village of Conisbrough. They entered the Doncaster and District Senior League and won the Division One title at the first attempt. They then won the Premier Division in two consecutive years before moving to the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Senior League in 2014 to enable them to start the climb up the football pyramid. They were placed in Division Two, at level 13 of the pyramid.

Season by season record

* League play-off winners
** League playoff runners-up

Notable former players

Players that have played in the Football League either before or after playing for Denaby United 


Denaby's first home was a ground on Denaby Lane,[1] but in 1912 they moved to a new home at Tickhill Square on Wadworth Street. They stayed there until dissolution in 2002. When reforming in 2011, the club felt at that time that a return to their former home was not a consideration due to the acrimonious events that led to the clubs original demise. In the end they moved to Old Road Playing Fields, on Old Road, Conisbrough (postcode DN12 3NX).




  • Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup
    • Winners: 1905–06, 1909–10, 1932–33, 1935–36, 1986–87
    • Runners-up: 1934–35, 1951–52, 1959–60, 1974–75, 1982–83, 1989–90



  1. 1 2 3 History Denaby United FC
  2. Midland League Tables RSSSF
  3. 1 2 Denaby United Football Club History Database
  4. Trustees Denaby United FC
  5. United In Sorrow Denaby United FC
  6. Swan Song Denaby United FC
  7. Denaby United WildStat
  8. British Newspaper Archive

External links

Coordinates: 53°28′46″N 1°14′49″W / 53.479491°N 1.246961°W / 53.479491; -1.246961

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