A Row In A Field
The question of the dispute which took place
at the match between Yeadon and Guiseley on September 26th at Yeadon was before
the Committee in the shape of a complaint on the part of the Guiseley Club.
Robinson represented Guiseley and Mr Slater
appeared for Yeadon.
Mr Johnson, the
referee in the match was also in attendance.
At the outset the letter in which
the complaint was formulated was read out and in it it was stated that up to
ten minutes before the end of the game play had been of the most friendly
At that time Guiseley were leading and
it was alleged that one of the Yeadon spectators rushed into the field and
struck one of the visiting players named Schofield.
The crowd rushed onto the
field and the game was abandoned. Guiseley did not think that the Yeadon Club
had any control over the spectators but they wished that spectators should be
given to understand that they must treat visitors fairly.
Mr Slater stated that he had been told
by the official of the Guiseley Club that it was not the desire of his
Committee to take the action which had been taken but Mr Robinson in reply said
that, as a matter of fact, the letter which had been read was actually written
by the official in question.
Evidence was given by Mr Slater, Mr
Robinson and Mr Johnson, all of whom admitted the main facts of the case.
Slater also said that he was close to the spectator in question when he rushed
onto the field and struck Shepherd and that he and other members of the
Committee went up to him and asked him what he was going to do.
He replied that
he would do anything they liked and that he had done it in the heat of the
Subsequently a meeting of the
Committee of the Yeadon Club was held at which it was unanimously decided that
if Shepherd would summon the spectator who had been guilty of this conduct they
would pay the costs.
He did not do so, he said because he did not think that
there were any advantages to be gained.
It was stated that the spectator in
question had been previously told that he would not be admitted to the field
but that he had got in inadvertently on that day.
An application had been made
it transpired from Guiseley to Yeadon for a promise to be made that the man
should not again be admitted to the field.
The Yeadon Secretary refused
to give that promise.
The Committee having consulted in
private, the parties were readmitted and the President said "The
Committee have considered this case very carefully and they have decided to
suspend the Yeadon ground up to the end of November.
And they have come to this
conclusion on the report of the referee only.
They also wish to state to Mr
Slater that being so near to this man it was his duty to either prevent him
going on the field or to have him taken off at once.
The Committee also think
that Mr Slater ought to have guaranteed that this man should not be admitted to
the ground in future, insomuch as the Yeadon Committee were already aware of
The Committee order Mr Shepherd to Summon this man before the
Court and the Yeadon Club pay the expenses".
Mr Robinson asked which Club
would be considered to have won ?
The Rev. F Marshall pointed out that was not
before the meeting and that they ought not to give any decision on the point
insomuch as it appeared the question was asked for the purpose of settling
The parties then withdrew".
* The type of
sports being played is not clear, football perhaps ?
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling.