The Don & Dearne Schools’ Football Association (South Yorkshire) had very successful representative teams who produced many professional football players. The D&DSFA also organised the Totty Cup and Barlow-Salmons competitons.
The list below are players who are from* the Don & Dearne region who have gone on to play/coach at an elite level.
*born and/or schooled

Born in the 1990s
Ben Wiles (Born 1999) Rawmarsh
Fraser Preston (Born 1999)  Elsecar
Callum Whelan (Born 1998) Hemingfield
Terry Kennedy (Born 1993) Great Houghton
Jordan Clark (Born 1993) Hoyland
Ollie Banks (Born 1992) Rotherham, Brampton (school)
Kingsley James (Born 1992) Rotherham
Aaron Chapman (Born 1990) Rotherham, Rawmarsh

Born in the 1980s
Andrew Boyce (Born 1989) Conisbrough
Ryan Cresswell (Born 1987) Swinton
Dale Tonge (Born 1985) Barnsley
Anthony Kay (Born 1982) Darfield 
Matt Hamshaw (Born 1982) Rotherham, Rawmarsh?
Jon Parkin (Born 1981) Darfield 

Born in the 1970s
Danny Hudson (Born 1979) Kilnhurst
Gavin Bassinder (Born 1979) Goldthorpe
Jason Blunt (Born 1977) Bolton on Dearne
Steve Widdowson (Born 1975?) Swinton
Andy Taylor (Born 1973) Wath

Born in the 1960s
Mark Crossley (Born 1969) Hoyland 
Paul Heald (Born 1968) Wath 
Kevin Eley (Born 1968) Mexborough 
Nigel Pepper (Born 1968) Rawmarsh
Ray Warburton (Born 1967) Rawmarsh 
Dylan Kerr (Born 1967) Mexborough
Dean Whitehouse (born 1963) Mexborough
Paul Shirtliff (born 1962) Hoyland 
Peter Shirtliff (born 1961) Hoyland 
Ian Banks (Born 1961) Mexborough 
Stewart Evans (Born 1960) Rawmarsh 
Peter Carr (Born 1960) Rawmarsh 

Born in the 1950s
Billy Whitehurst (Born 1959) Thurnscoe 
Kevin Eades (Born 1959) Rawmarsh 
Ray Mountford (Born 1958) Bolton on Dearne
Steve Gardner (Born 1958) Hemsworth 
Peter Hart (Born 1957) Mexborough 
Peter Ward (Born 1956) Rawmarsh
Bob Mountain (Born 1956) Wombwell 
John Middleton (Born 1955) Rawmarsh
John Dungworth (Born 1955)  Bolton on Dearne
Steve Goulding (Born 1954) Mexborough Denaby
Alan Sunderland (Born 1953) Conisbrough Mexborough
Peter Kitchen (Born 1952) Mexborough 
Mick Speight (Born 1951) Wombwell
Ian Holmes (Born 1950) Wombwell Wath
Mick Prendegast (Born 1950) Denaby
Gary Scothern (Born 1950?) Hoyland?
Paul Turner (Born 1950?) Great Houghton

Born in the 1940s
Geoff Salmons (Born 1948) Mexborough Swinton
Peter Middleton (Born 1948) Rawmarsh 
Alan Warboys (Born 1949) Goldthorpe 
Dave Blunt (Born 1949) Goldthorpe
Frank Barlow (Born 1946) Mexborough Swinton
David Galvin (Born 1946) Denaby 
Barry Wagstaff (Born 1945) Wombwell 
Tony Wagstaff (Born 1944) Wombwell 
Eric Thompson (Born 1944) Wombwell 
Gordon West (Born 1943) Darfield 
Ken Mallender (Born 1943) Thrybergh 
Roy Massey (Born 1943) Mexborough
Bob Widdowson (Born 1941) Swinton

Born in the 1930s
David Barber (Born 1939) Wombwell 
Kevin McHale (Born 1939) Darfield
Alick Jeffrey (Born 1939) Rawmarsh 
Brian Sawyer (Born 1938) Rawmarsh 
Gordon Swann (Born 1937) Maltby 
Keith Bambridge (Born 1935) Rawmarsh 
Tim Womack (Born 1934) Denaby 
Peter Vickers (Born 1934) Kilnhurst 
Mark Jones (Born 1933) Wombwell 
Roy Lambert (Born 1933) Hoyland, Swinton
Billy Webb (Born 1932) Mexborough

Born in the 1920s
Roy Swinbourne (Born 1929) Denaby
Ted Robledo (Born 1928) West Melton
Jack Short (Born  1928) Great Houghton
George Robledo (Born 1926) West Melton
Jack Hubbard (Born 1925) Wath 
Henry Walters (Born 1925) Wath 
Eric Lacey (Born circa 1924) Wath 
Jim Briscoe (Born 1923) Swinton
Jack Selkirk (1923) Swinton
Leslie Thompson (Born 1922) Little Houghton
Roy Cooling (Born 1921) Wombwell 
Lionel Smith (Born 1920) Mexborough 
Artur Willis (Born 1920) Denaby 
Sam Cox (Born 1920) Mexborough 
Willie Watson (Born 1920) Bolton on Dearne

Born in the 1910s
Ernest Shepherd (Born 1919) Wombwell 
Walter Bennett (Born 1918) Mexborough 
Wally Ardron (Born 1918) Swinton 
Cliff Thorley (Born 1913) Wath 
Herbert Barlow (born 1916) Kilnhurst 
Guy Wharton (born 1916) Wombwell 
Francis Westlake (Born 1915) Bolton 
Tom Hinchcliffe (Born 1913) Denaby 
Cliff Parker (Born 1913) Denaby 
Stan Burton (Born 1912) Wombwell 
Matt Moralee (Born 1912) Barnburgh 
Frank Rayner (Born approx 1912) Goldthorpe 
Arnold Bramham (Born 1910?) Brampton?

Born in the 1900s
Wilf Copping (Born 1909) Houghton 
Frank Chivers (Born 1909) Goldthorpe?
Percy Ashton (Born 1909) Bolton 
Bernard Radford (Born 1908) West Melton
Fred Briggs (Born 1908) Wombwell
George Raynor (Born 1907) Wombwell
Eric Brook (Born 1907) Mexborough 
Walter Wadsworth (Born 1906 approx) Kilnhurst
Teddy Ashton (Born 1906) Kilnhurst 
Jack Barker (Born 1906) Denaby 
Fred Tilson (Born 1904) Swinton
Charlie Bisby (Born 1904) Mexborough 
George Briggs (Born 1903) Wombwell 
Jack Wilkinson (Born 1902) Wath (Wath National school)
Horace Hawkins (Born approx 1901) Mexborough 
Sam Cowan (Born 1901) *Native of Swinton in 1936 MC article

Born in the 1890s
Ralph Burkinshaw (Born 1898) Kilnhurst 
Walter Brayshaw (Born 1898) Mexborough 
Albert Pape (Born 1897) Elsecar 
Fred Tunstall (Born 1897) Darfield 
Laurie Burkinshaw (Born 1891) Kilnhurst 
Jack Burkinshaw (Born 1890) Kilnhurst 

Born in the 1880s
George Utley (Born 1887) Elsecar 
Allen Foster (Born 1887) Rawmarsh 
Fred Staniforth (Born 1884) Kilnhurst 
George Bennett (Born 1881) Mexborough 
Tommy Thorpe (Born 1881) Kilnhurst
Abe Burkinshaw * (Born circa 1886) Mexborough 
*played for BFC in 1908 – Source: David Wood (BFC historian)

Born in the 1870s
Walter Bennett (Born 1874) Mexborough 
Harry “Tip” Bennett (Born 1871) Mexborough 
William “Micky” Bennett (Born approx 1868) Mexborough 

Four Don & Dearne lads in an FA cup final

In the 1939 FA Cup final there were FOUR Don & Dearne players involved. In fact they scored 3 of the goals between them in a 4-1 victory for Portsmouth against Wolves.


England Schoolboys
Les Thompson (in 1936) – from Houghton Council school. Captained England Schoolboys against Scotland, Wales & Ireland. He was killed in 1944 in an RAF raid over Germany. Buried in Denmark.
Eric Lacey (in 1937) – from Dearneside school. Played against Scotland & Wales.
Don Walker (in 1938) – from Dearneside school. Played against Ireland.
David Cade (in 1953) – From Darfield school. Played against Ireland.
Frank Barlow (in 1962) – From Mexborough Grammar school. Captain against Wales, Ireland, Germany and Scotland.
Jimmy Kelly– (in 1963 or 1964) from Denaby played for England youth against Wales.
Billy Salkeld – England captain 1967-68. From Conisbrough & went to Mexborough School.
Matt Hamshaw – (circa 1999) schoolboy & under 18 level.
Robbie Cotton – (in 2009) Swinton Brookfield & Swinton Comp. & England Schoolboys.

Peter Hibbert – Trials with Nobbie Stiles and Bob Wilson

Colin Dawson (Swinton) & Pete Scott (Kilnhurst) played in an FA Vase final 26/4/75 at Wembley for Matlock (Manager:  Neil Warnock). Matlock 4 Scarborough 1.  Pete Scott scored.

DVS 1920s David Crossland
A medal from Derane Valley Schools


Programme Cover from April 1977

Article from 1963 mentioning Ken Mallender, Tony & Barrie Wagstaff, Jack Parkes and Frank Barlow.

The Don & Dearne School Football Association was formed when the Dearne Valley and Mexborough Association joined together in 1947, at the instigation of Mr. Herbert Clarke. In the previous season Mexborough had won the Yorkshire Trophy Competition and Dearne Valley were the runners up.

Derek Bradley: John (Jackie) Parks played for Park Road and went on to become a Sheffield Utd apprentice. He played centre half playing up hill and centre forward playing down hill on the old Park Road pitch. He did play, I believe, for Don and Dearne, we both left school in 1959.

John Marshall (Born Goldthorpe 1954) was at Peteborough United in the early 1970’s

Article from 1961 which shows how well respected the Don & Dearne SFA was…


In 1983, it is understood that the Don & dearne did not have a representative side for the first time in many years.

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