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Petticoated Supporter of the “Wasps”

January 1907

Sheffield Evening Telegraph, January 10, 1907

Petticoated Supporter of the “Wasps”

On Monday last, on the same ground where Denaby and Kilnhurst fought out their replayed Sheffield Challenge Cup Tie, a petticoated supporter of the “Wasps” dominated all the other occupants of the stand.

During the half-hour Denaby’s supremacy and the brilliancy of Bartlett in the Kilnhurst goal, she showed tact in seizing upon the only bright bit of the Kilnhurst picture.

Whenever Bartlett saved the shot she turned round and triumphantly challenged – “Ain’t he a beauty? He can beat you all single-handed.”

Her enthusiam grew visibly in the second half, when Kilnhurst were fully holding their own. “Play up my bonnie pets,” she yelled, “we’ll show ‘em round yet.”

When Eyre scored and gave Denaby the victory in the closing minutes, a quiet man nearby ventured to remark, “What do you think of that?”

Almost speechless with indignation and disappointment, she disappeared with her last shot, “You ain’t a’going to pull my leg.”

Diversion is certainly not confined to the act of playing at football, which is as it should be.