The first game known to have been scheduled or played by any football club is always going to be all but impossible to know. Clubs naturally existed in one form or another before joining leagues or competitions and as such will have played matches prior to known formal competition games. This is the case with South Kirkby, with the first known match being a postponed one versus Pontefract Association Football Club, scheduled to take place in January 1894. It is not known if this match was a friendly or part of some unknown competition but regardless, it didn't take place.
The first game which the club is known to have completed took place on the 1st of September 1894, versus Swinton Town, in the Minor Cup league of the Barnsley Association Football Union. The match, played at South Kirkby, ended with an emphatic 9 - 1 win for the Kirkbyites. The match is the first known win by South Kirkby. On the 15th of September 1894 the club travelled to Elsecar Wanderers, in the same league competition, and this match is the first known away match that the club took part in.
Extract from Sheffield Evening Telegraph, 6 January 1894.
Firsts are always quite a tricky thing to tie down with 100% accuracy, so this is worth keeping in mind when reading the records mentioned on this page. The first goalscorer in the history of the club is (for obvious reasons) limited to the first named goalscorer. On September the 21st 1895 South Kirkby hosted Kingstone United in the Minor Cup league of the Barnsley Association Football Union. The 1895/96 season was the second season in which the club participated in a properly organised and affiliated football league and whilst many results from the previous season are known it took until the 1895/96 season for the first named goalscorer to appear in the records. As the newspaper clipping (left) shows the honour fell to Barstow, who incidentally in the same game became the first named player to score a hat-trick for the club. Curiously it appears that for some reason Barstow began the match in goal for South Kirkby, before switching position to an outfield player. Little is known about Barstow. Newspaper clippings of the era show that a Barstow played for Barnsley (or St. Peter's as they were then) but no records exist to prove either way if this is the same player who later became part of South Kirkby history.
The case of the first scorer for the club in the FA Cup is much more straightforward. On the 7th of October 1905 South Kirkby travelled to Rotherham Main in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. 35 minutes into the game Oakes became the first scorer of an FA Cup goal for South Kirkby, he went on to score again in the same match with a "beautiful" headed goal. The game ended in a 2 - 2 draw, with the Kirkbyites winning the replay and reaching the Fourth Qualifying Round, still a club record. As with Barstow little is known about Oakes.
Extract from Barnsley Chronicle, 28 September 1895.
First match: 1st of September 1894, versus Swinton Town
First win: 1st of September 1894, versus Swinton Town
FA Cup: Fourth Qualifying Round
Highest home attendance: 2,500, 7th of November 1910, versus Huddersfield Town (FA Cup Third Qualifying Round)
First goalscorer: N. Barstow, 21st of September 1895, versus Kingstone United
First league goalscorer: N. Barstow, 21st of September 1895, versus Kingstone United
First FA Cup goalscorer: ?. Oakes, 7th of October 1905, versus Rotherham Main
First hat-trick: N. Barstow, 21st of September 1895, versus Kingstone United
Record transfer fee paid: currently unknown
Record transfer fee received: £50, Albert Milton to Barnsley, 1908
John Sutcliffe, from Athletic News, 2 December 1901.
Tom Smalley, from Thetford and Watton Times, 20 August 1938.
First former/future player to earn a cap (other nation): Edward Layton, New South Wales (Australia), Unknown date (1912 to 1914)
First former/future player to earn an England cap: John Willie Sutcliffe, 13 March 1893
Most England caps by a former/future player: John Willie Sutcliffe, five and Tom Smalley, one