1968/69

This season was all about establishing the league, making it competitive and have a solid foundation. This year we had four divisions with a total of 44 clubs. Division four being introduced to cater for the clubs wishing to play Sunday football. This diminished as the season progressed, losing BAINES SPORTS from division one, MILLMOOR HOTEL and DONFIELD ‘B’ from division two as well as BRINSWORTH FC from division three
Division one was again won by EASTWOOD HOTEL and the runners up again being CLIFTON HOTEL. DIVISION TWO saw the rise of Winners EFFINGHAM ARMS FC and HAYNOOK FC who were runners up. SILVERWOOD CW won division three and runners up were NALGO  FC. Notable feats during this season were....EFFINGHAM ARMS 20 goals blast at DONFIELD ‘B’ in division two. Both SILVERWOOD CE and NALGO FC scored over 100 hundred goals this season. The new Division 4 winners were CANKLOW COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, who were run by Danny Willoughby - who was to become a stalwart  of the Sunday league. His team lost there first match to GUNNERS FC 3-2 and though they drew three more matches won the division by scoring 152 goals!!!! Notable results from them were scoring 14 against ST BEDES  CC ,16 against RING O’BELLS FC, AND 16 against ALL SAINTS  FC. The runners up being MANOR UNITED in this division. CANKLOW COMMUNITY went on to progress from their first season to record season’s of being undefeated.

This season also saw the emergence of quality players in the Sunday league:

DONFIELD TAVERN had many one of those being PETE ROBERTS

DAVE WELLS who was a stopper for HAYNOOK  FC and terrified many centre forwards

CANKLOW COMMUNITY had many star players including SHAUN GOODWIN, the PORTER FAMILY and the GAYNORS to mention a few.

In the knock out cup a match between CANKLOW COMMUNITY and KIMBERWORTH PARK on Herringthorpe Stadium saw what possibly was the best match played in the cup in this league with KIMBERWORTH PARK being beaten by CANKLOW COMMUNITY after JOHN HARRISONS side going very close in overturning the odds against them

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