This football history project is simple in it's aim, with the sole intention of documenting the history of English non-league football club South Kirkby Colliery. The budget for this project is small, and time is always an issue, so please be patient as this website develops over the long term. If you have any questions about this project or any information regarding the club or ex-players please feel free to get in touch. This project began with the purchase of a humble football programme from 1907 and was built as a celebration of the 125th anniversary of the club's founding. This website is happy to support and is featured on National Sports Museum Online and supports the Kick It Out campaign.


The information provided within this website has been researched using local studies libraries, newspaper archives, museums and other related resources. As can be expected very little information regarding the club exists within the club itself, so this research is essential. As part of this project as research progresses the Wikipedia pages for players and the club are updated and the information provided by this website to those Wikipedia pages is fully referenced. For the ease of reading fluidly the references are not included here on this website, though if you require proof of any information published on this website please get in touch stating exactly which information you would like references for and those references will be provided.



The National Archives

Sheffield City Archives and Local Studies Library

Doncaster Archives and Local Studies Library

South Elmsall Library

Wakefield Library and Museum

West Yorkshire Archives

Online sources:

The British Newspaper Archive


Find My Past

The English National Football Archive

Football and the First World War

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

National Library of Scotland Maps

Football Club History Database


Adamson, S. (1998). Scarborough Football Club: The Official History 1879 - 1998. Harefield: Yore Publications

Bluff, T. and Watson, B. (1994). Donny: The Official History of Doncaster Rovers. Harefield: Yore Publications

Brodie, J. and Dickinson, J. (2011). Sheffield Wednesday: The Complete Record. Nottingham: DB Publishing

Coy, S. (2003). Scars & Strikes: The History of Frickley Colliery. South Elmsall: Mrs L M Coy

Dennis, B., Daykin, J. and Hyde, D. (1998). Barnsley Football Club: The Official History, 1887 - 1998. Harefield: Yore Publications

Firth, G. (1979). Oakwell: The Official History of Barnsley Football Club. Wakefield: EP Publishing

Harrison, G. (2012). Roll of Honour of South Elmsall. Ferrybridge: Pen2Print

Harrison, G. (2012). Roll of Honour of South Kirkby & Moorthorpe. Ferrybridge: Pen2Print

Peterson, M. (2000). Tiger Tales: A Who's Who of Hull City AFC. Harefield: Yore Publications

Somerton, G. (1995). Now We Are United: The Official History of Rotherham United. Harefield: Yore Publications

Staff, J. (1999). Scunthorpe: The Official Centenary History. Harefield: Yore Publications

Wakefield, A. (2002). The Miners' Strike Day by Day: The Illustrated 1984-85 Diary of West Yorkshire Miner Arthur Wakefield. Barnsley: Wharncliffe Books

Westfield Local History Group. (1991). South Elmsall in the Making: A Local History. South Elmsall: Westfield Local History Group

Westfield Local History Group. (1994). South Elmsall - A Family Village: Local History. South Elmsall: Westfield Local History Group

Wilkinson, A. (1979). A History of South Kirkby: With Notes on the Surrounding Villages. Wakefield: City of Wakefield Metropolitan District Libraries


A very special thanks to Brian Owen for the always appreciated support. An honourable mention to all at South Kirkby Colliery Football Club for allowing this project to become what it is. A large debt of gratitude is owed to FA Cup Factfile (on Twitter) for the many cross-checked FA Cup records. Last but not least a very warm and heartfelt apology to my long suffering family, friends and colleagues for putting up with my endless hours sat researching or talking ceaselessly about South Kirkby Football Club (sorry). Also a huge thanks to Howard and Ruth from FURD for their support and advice on all issues Arthur Wharton, a South Kirkby resident of immense stature around the world.



Whilst the information found on the website may be shared freely (for non-commerical purposes and/or educational use), all content published on this website remains the intellectual property of Matthew Thomas, unless explicitly indicated. Matthew Thomas makes every effort to ensure there is no breach of copyright on any content used on this website, if you believe that you own copyright to any of the content featured unintentionally without attribution on this website please get in touch.

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