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SILVERWOOD COLLIERY F. C.

A presentation by Alan Hodgson of Huddersfield Town F. C.

 

FOREWORD


On Silverwood Colliery FC, all I have so far is that they were members of the prestigious Midland League for one season in 1919/20, but finished 17th of 18 clubs and were not re-elected for the following season.  Their record was played 34, won 6, drawn 7, lost 21, goals for 38, goals against 89, points 19.  Maybe they'd have done better if they had kept more of their best players!  It was a tough league to be in for an amateur side as it contained the reserve teams of 7 Football League clubs, plus 5 more clubs who would eventually become Football League members.  I have a reference book that tells me S.C.F.C. also played in the FA Cup between 1910 and 1936, a total of 35 games, although they never made it past the qualifying rounds.

 

SILVERWOOD COLLIERY FC

The FA Cup

 

In common with other minor clubs Silverwood Colliery FC had to try and negotiate several qualifying stages in order to secure a coveted place in the draw for the FA Cup 1st round proper.  This was the point where, as today, Football League clubs enter the competition.  Depending on the number of minor clubs entering each season however the normal four qualifying rounds were often preceded by two further preliminary rounds.  All these were played from September to December with the main rounds of the tournament beginning the following January.  In order to cut down on travelling expenses clubs were placed in regional groupings in these early stages, and as a result tended to meet similar opponents from year to year.  As can be seen from Silverwood’s FA Cup record, they usually played against teams from nearby mining villages as well as other collieries.

 

Despite entering the FA Cup on 15 occasions over a 26 year period Silverwood’s footballers were unfortunately destined never to quite make it to the 1st round proper.  Their best efforts saw them beaten at the 3rd Qualifying round stage on two occasions, in 1913/14 and 1933/34, and in the latter season they were just one tantalising step away from earning a chance of testing themselves against a professional side.  Their conquerors Dinnington Athletic were to lose 3-4 at home to Newark Town in the 4th Qualifying round, and so Newark made in into Round One where they were thrashed 0-7 at Tranmere Rovers.  Could the Colliers have beaten Newark, and if so would they have put up a better showing against Tranmere?  We will never know!
Overall Silverwood Colliery played in 34 FA Cup-ties winning 13, drawing 6 and losing 15, whilst both scoring and conceding 55 goals.  They were also awarded a walk-over in one other tie in 1930 when their scheduled opponents, Worksop Town, scratched perhaps due to not being able to raise a team.  Their biggest victory proved to be a 6-0 beating of Doncaster Plant Works in 1919 whilst their heaviest defeat was a 0-6 drubbing at Rotherham County in 1913
The Midland League – 1919/20

Away from cup competition the highest level Silverwood Colliery FC ever played at was in the Midland League in the first normal season following the Great War.  Having won the Midland title four years in a row prior to the War, Silverwood’s neighbours Rotherham County had been elected to the Football League Division Two for the start of this season.  Perhaps on the strength of this, the Colliers were one of five new clubs elected to what was a strong Midland League competition in 1919.  County’s reserve side took the place of their first team, and there were also seven other reserve sides of Football League clubs playing in what was initially a 16-club section.
Shortly after the season started Hull City’s reserves were belatedly admitted, and on October 31st the brand new Leeds United FC were voted in to become the 18th member club.  United had only been formed in the previous few weeks following the disbandment of the disgraced Leeds City club who had been thrown out of the Football League for financial irregularities during the war years.  The only scores we have related to Silverwood at this period come from Leeds United’s club history.  This states that the Colliers were beaten 4-1 by Leeds in a game played at Millmoor, Rotherham, on April 3rd 1920 and then lost the return match 1-3 at Elland Road eleven days later.
Silverwood, who were after all still basically an amateur ‘works team’, inevitably found the going tough and it was little surprise when they finished next to bottom of the table.  They had won only 6 of their 34 fixtures but could still proudly say that they had finished above former Football League outfit Gainsborough Trinity (who had spent 16 seasons in Division Two up to 1912)!  At the season’s end however the Colliers failed re-election to the Midland League, possibly due to problems staging home matches, and returned to minor league football.

 

© Alan Hodgson

 

 

SILVERWOOD COLLIERY FC in the MIDLAND LEAGUE

1919/20

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Chesterfield Municipal

34

24

5

5

78

35

53

Sheffield United res.

34

20

11

3

73

28

51

Scunthorpe United

34

18

7

9

71

52

43

Worksop Town

34

20

3

11

71

52

43

Mexborough

34

18

6

10

60

45

42

Sheffield Wednesday res.

34

16

6

12

50

44

38

Rotherham Town

34

14

8

12

83

71

36

Castleford Town

34

14

8

12

53

46

36

Hull City res.

34

16

2

16

74

59

34

Grimsby Town res.

34

14

5

15

66

64

33

Rotherham County res.

34

13

5

16

60

57

31

Leeds United

34

11

9

14

56

56

31

Notts County res.

34

10

11

13

50

36

31

Halifax Town

34

13

4

17

52

70

30

Lincoln City res.

34

8

7

19

43

83

23

Barnsley res.

34

6

9

19

46

72

21

Silverwood Colliery

34

6

7

21

38

79

19

Gainsborough Trinity

34

7

3

24

37

95

17

Silverwood Colliery were not re-elected

 

SILVERWOOD COLLIERY FC in the FA CUP

1909/10 Extra Preliminary rd. away 0-2 Grimethorpe United
1910/11 Preliminary rd. home 2-0 Elsecar Main
  Qualifying rd 1 home 0-2 Hoyland Town
 
1911/12 Preliminary rd away 1-3 Hickleton Main
 
1912/13 Preliminary rd. home 5-0 Frickley Colliery
  Qualifying rd 1 away 0-6 Rotherham County
 
1913/14 Preliminary rd. home 1-1 Rotherham Town
  Preliminary rd. replay away 3-2 Rotherham Town
  Qualifying rd 1 away 1-1 Conisborough St Peters
  Qualifying rd 1 replay home 3-0 Conisborough St Peters
  Qualifying rd 2 home 1-0 Worksop Town
  Qualifying rd 3 home 2-2 Rotherham County
  Qualifying rd 3 replay away 0-2 Rotherham County
 
1914/15 Preliminary rd. home 1-1 Rotherham Town
  Preliminary rd. replay away 2-3 Rotherham Town
 
1919/20 Preliminary rd home 6-0 Doncaster Plant Works
  Qualifying rd 1 away 1-2 Grimethorpe Colliery Institute
 
1921/22 Extra Preliminary rd. home 4-3 Dinnington Main Colliery
  Qualifying rd 1 away 2-1 Monckton Athletic
  Qualifying rd 2 away 0-2 Birdwell
 
1929/30 Preliminary rd. home 3-0 Norton Woodseats
  Qualifying rd 1 away 1-2 Pilkington Recreation
 
1930/31 Preliminary rd. home w/o Worksop Town
  Qualifying rd 1 away 0-1 Goldthorpe United
 
1931/32 Preliminary rd. away 2-4 Owston Park Rangers
 
1932/33 Preliminary rd. home 1-1 Dinnington Athletic
  Preliminary rd. replay away 1-3* Dinnington Athletic
 
1933/34 Qualifying rd 1 home 2-1 Owston Park Rangers
  Qualifying rd 2 home 1-0 Worksop Town
  Qualifying rd 3 home 1-2 Dinnington Athletic
 
1934/35 Preliminary rd. away 1-1 Owston Park Rangers
  Preliminary rd. replay home 3-1 Owston Park Rangers
  Qualifying rd 1 home 3-2 Bentley Colliery
  Qualifying rd 2 away 1-2 Worksop Town
1935/36 Preliminary rd. home 0-2 Mexborough Athletic
 
FA Cup Summary
P W D L F A
34 13 6 15 55 55
w/o denotes walk over after opponents scratched
* denotes after extra time
 
 
 

 

Many thanks to Alan for his much appreciated contributions to this site.

Huddersfield Town F. C.  are preparing a centenary celebration in 2008. The Publication Committee are seeking information on past players of the club for inclusion in a tribute.

We now have two players from Thrybergh listed with Huddersfield and it is thought that there may be others from the area who also played with Huddersfield. Information sought  on the players includes Birth, Place of Birth, Death, place of Death, Parents, and any relevant information regarding their football careers.

If you have any information regarding the above please contact Alan Hodgson AJH@aaooo.wanadoo.co.uk
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