Sheffield Daily Telegraph April 4, 1907
An Excuse to Go to a Football Match
At Barnsley yesterday Samuel James Dunn, pony driver, of Wombwell, was fined 20 shillings and costs for a breach of rule at the Houghton Main Colliery, the magistrates saying that they had taken into consideration the promise of the defendant’s father to give his son a thrashing in fixing his penalty.
On 16 March, in order to have an excuse to get out of the pit to go to a football match, defendant made another lad hold a light whilst he pulled up a rail at a cross-gate.
The result was that when a train of corves came along, there was a spill, work had to be suspended, and Dunn got away.