Aireborough Historical Society

1891 Sports Dispute Yeadon

Sports Dispute
Date October 1891
Location Yeadon
Photo ID

A Row In A Field In Yeadon

   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.

Mr 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 character.

     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.

Mr 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 moment.

      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 his character.

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 bets.

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.


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