24 June 2004

IT is two years since Denaby United folded after 107 years of proud local footballing history.
Their controversial demise was mourned by many local fans, and the trustees of their Tickhill Square ground faced the blame.  But this week Denaby and Cadeby Miners' Welfare Club, the board of trustees who wanted to bring the ground into a wider community use, moved to justify the decision. They had come under recent attack in a letter to the Times, but their response is to prove they are living up to the promises made when the bombshell was dropped in September 2001.
Back then the welfare trustees said they wanted to "open the ground to all community members and other groups for more varied use and enjoyment."

Their purpose was not to evict Denaby United. It sparked a public war of words and the football club lost its ground and its status. And now, Denaby and Cadeby Miners' Welfare are living up to the promises made. Reg Benton, chairman of the Denaby and Cadeby Miners' Welfare, said: "We've got Conisbrough Sure Start using the ground this summer for a sports project. Tom Hill Youth Club have used it in the last month for a football in the community programme.

"We are moving forward and I think we are doing ok. I am confident things will improve greatly.
It was a closed shop when Denaby United were on the pitch, now it's a community facility. We want to get as much of the communtiy using the facility as we can."

Conisbrough Sure Start confirmed that they would be using the football pitch this summer for a youth inclusion project they hope to make an annual event. And for the past two seasons three football teams, as opposed to just one, have used the Tickhill Square ground - Groves Social on a Saturday and a Sunday and Denaby Rovers, all who play in local football leagues.

Doncaster Council, which control's the maintenance of the ground, are currently in negotiations to introduce a Community Active Recreation Officer for Conisbrough and Denaby to provide community based sport which will encompass Tickhill Square.