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Obituary – Mr Paul Fellows

August 1939

Mexborough & Swinton Times, August 11, 1939

Obituary – Mr Paul Fellows

A man of notable repute during  his younger days in both the football and running world was Mr. Paul Fellows, aged 65, of Providence Street, Low Valley, who died in Sheffield Royal Infirmary on Friday, following several weeks illness. His death revived memories of what is remembered locally as the longest football match ever played, in which Mr. Fellows took part.

It was a cup tie between Grimethorpe and Wombwell Main played at Oakwell, Barnsley, in 1905, and the match lasted for 260 minutes.

Mr. Fellows played for Barnsley when the club went under the name of “Barnsley St. Peters.”

A well-known runner in his day he was successful in a race from one milestone to another in Wakefield Road, outside Barnsley, when he beat James Hunt, of Mexborough, for ten pound a side. He also in his running days won steeplechases and one mile events at Birdwell Sports, Tankersley Sports, and at Stainborough. He also won the one mile at Stainborough, won the obstacle race and ran second in the a mile race at Monk. Bretton. He also won many other local races and was at the height of his fame as a runner about forty years ago.

He has been popular in the Low Valley district and also at the Houghton Main Colliery, where he was employed until his illness about eight weeks ago.

He leaves a widow, six daughters and four sons. The funeral took place at Darfield on Tuesday, Mr. W. B. Sharpe officiating.