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ANOTHER superb find from our man trawling historic Sheffield newspapers.

A report from 1891 shows an ingenious excuse offered by a publican for serving ale after closing time.

“In a case heard at Sheffield Town Hall a new cure for toothache was laid before the court,” notes the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent with a virtual raised eyebrow. “John Crookes, of the Forester’s Arms, Headford Street, was summoned for selling drink at his house after prohibited hours.”

Police had observed a woman leaving the boozer with a jug of ale, but, after apprehending her, officers were told - honest guv’nor - she hadn’t paid for the beer and was only drinking it, mixed with sugar and ginger, to cure her toothache.

“The excuse was a good one, but the Stipendiary Magistrate was not satisfied with it,” the paper reported. “And he fined the defendant 20shillings.”

n SOME lads with no such money worries are the six South Yorkshire chaps who took part in the poker.co.uk championships in Nottingham at the weekend.

The half dozen - all players from the South Yorkshire Live Pub Poker League - did the county proud and beat 20 teams to win the tournament.

It meant they returned north in the early hours of Monday £6,000 better off.

So what was the key to their success?

Simple, according to captain Gary Dawson, a 45-year-old salesman of Brinsworth, Rotherham – “get dealt the right cards at the right time.”

Genius.

And what will he be doing with his winnings? “Going to Vegas to play some more,” he laughs.

Well, while you’re on a winning streak... and all that.

n IT’S a worthy cause, of course, but I couldn’t help laugh at the name.

This Sunday environmental workers and residents will come together at the Philadelphia Green, Port Mahon, Sheffield, to build bird and bat boxes and replant flowers.

The manager of this highly commendable, wildlife-saving conservation project? Cassie Kill.