Schools cham­pi­ons of 60 years ago

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By DAN SHAW

WE turn the clock back 60 years with these im­ages of school­boy foot­ballers who were used to win­ning ways.

The pic­tures come to us from David Cook­son of Am­ble­cote, Stour­bridge, and they are taken from the 1958-59 hand­book of the Bri­er­ley Hill, Sed­g­ley and Tip­ton Schools Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. The pho­tographs are of the pre­vi­ous sea­son’s league cham­pi­ons and the rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams that were drawn from schools across the FA’S area.

For the 1957-58 sea­son the se­nior boys’ league had been di­vided into two zones. The Bri­er­ley Hill League was made up of Aud­nam, Bent Street, Bri­er­ley Hill Gram­mar, Kingswin­ford, Pen­snett and Quarry Bank. The Sed­g­ley and Tip­ton League was com­peted by Dorm­ston, Manor, Park Lane, Robert Street, Tip­ton Gram­mar and Willingsworth.

Our first pic­ture shows the boys of Aud­nam County Se­condary Modern School who were the Bri­er­ley Hill League Cham­pi­ons. They played 10, won 8, drew 1 and lost 1, scor­ing 56 goals and con­ced­ing 25. On the back row, from left, are: Barns­ley, Cartwright, K. Cot­ter­ill, Stan Hill (well­known Black Coun­try his­to­rian), Frank Gregg (went on to make 393 League ap­pear­ances for Wal­sall FC), Wale, Har­vey and M. Cot­ter­ill. At the front are: Hill, Longville, Bishop (cap­tain), Southall and Green.

The an­nual re­port states, “The Sed­g­ley, Tip­ton League was won by Park Lane who won all ten of their matches with the amaz­ing goal av­er­age of 16 to 1. In ad­di­tion Park Lane Un­der 14s won the Lower Gor­nal Cup, which seems to point to the school be­ing a strong force next sea­son also.”


In our pic­ture of the se­nior team, on the back row we have: Mr D. Hughes, J. Oak­ley, F. Barnes, P. Baker, D. But­ler, J. Smith, G. Hal­ford and Mr W. Miles. Front row: N. Ran­dell, M. Hart­land, A. Good­win (cap­tain), B. White­house and T. Bradley.

The Bri­er­ley Hill Un­der 14s League was won by Kingswin­ford while Tip­ton Gram­mar were cham­pi­ons of the Sed­g­ley and Tip­ton Un­der 14s.

The Ju­nior League was also di­vided into two ar­eas. The Coun­try League was made up of Brook, Glynne, Launswood Road, Pen­snett C of E, Port­way, Red Hall, St Mary’s and Wall Heath C of E, with Red Hall the league cham­pi­ons.

In the Town League the schools were Brock­moor, Haw­bush Road, Mill Street, Mount Pleas­ant, Pen­snett (Brom­ley), Quarry Bank, Queen Vic­to­ria, Robert Street and Tu­dor (Up­per Gor­nal), with Queen Vic­to­ria the cham­pi­ons.


Our third pho­to­graph (bot­tom left) shows the se­nior area team, fea­tur­ing the best play­ers from var­i­ous schools. On the back row: Mr G.E. Pear­son, G. New­ton, B. Spro­son, R. Jef­feries, E. Sher­wood, B. Kin­sey, T. Flavell and Mr D.L. Jones. Kneel­ing at the front: M. Cot­ter­ill, A. Baker, B. Rush­ton, N. Ashe and L. Page.

The boys fin­ished the sea­son with some sil­ver­ware: “The Area team had quite a suc­cess­ful sea­son, end­ing with the win­ning of the Stafford­shire Leckie Shield.

“The first com­pe­ti­tion match of the sea­son – the first round of the ESFA Tro­phy – ended very dis­ap­point­ingly as the team lost 1-0 to North Worcs – de­spite hav­ing 75% of the play. The point that it is goals that win matches was cer­tainly driven home, for in all the sub­se­quent matches the net was found on an av­er­age four times per match.

“The high­light of the sea­son was un­doubt­edly the de­feat away from home of the very pow­er­ful S.E. Staffs side in the semi fi­nal of the Leckie Shield. The fi­nal win­ning of this tro­phy against Wolver­hamp­ton by 2-1, was also a very great strug­gle. The de­feat by Can­nock by 6-4 in the quar­ter fi­nal of the B&D com­pe­ti­tion was a big dis­ap­point­ment es­pe­cially as the team were two goals in the lead af­ter only 10 min­utes.”


Our last pic­ture is of the Coun­try League Area Team. Back row: Mr M. Kin­sella, J. Parker, R. Hor­ton, B. Jones, R. White­house, B. Cor­field, C. Pick­ett and Mr G. Yard­ley. Mid­dle row: B. Car­roll, B. Pagett, B. Tom­lin­son, K. Hud­son, D. Fel­lows and G. Ed­wards. Front row: R. Scott, M. Shake­speare, A. Marsh (cap­tain), K. Brown and R. Jones.

They too picked up a tro­phy: “This year the two Area sides were most un­lucky in be­ing drawn against each other in the first round of the Wed­dell Cup. That there is lit­tle to pick and choose be­tween the two leagues, was proved by the fact that be­fore a de­ci­sion could be reached, three matches had to be played which in­volved ex­tra time on two oc­ca­sions. Even­tu­ally the Coun­try League team emerged the win­ners.

“Due to these ex­tra matches, the Coun­try League team then had a fur­ther spate of three matches within a week.

“Tip­ton were the op­po­nents in the semi fi­nal, and again two matches plus ex­tra time had to be played be­fore the vic­tors were found, and once again the Coun­try League side tri­umphed. Af­ter only one day’s respite they met Darlaston, but far from be­ing leg-weary they de­feated them although con­ced­ing much in height and weight. Those who watched the fi­nal were loud in praise of the skill shown an de­clared the Coun­try League side wor­thy win­ners of the tro­phy.” ■ Did you play for your school foot­ball team? Have you any pho­tographs of the time? Please share your mem­o­ries with Bu­gle read­ers: email us on dshaw@black­coun­try­bu­, give us a call on 01384 889000, write to us, or pay us a visit at the Black Coun­try Bu­gle, Dud­ley Ar­chives and Lo­cal His­tory Cen­tre, Tip­ton Road, Dud­ley, West Mid­lands, DY1 4SQ.

Bri­er­ley Hill Sed­g­ley and Tip­ton Schools FA Se­nior team 1957-58

BHST Schools FA - Coun­try League Team with the Wed­dell Cup

Aud­nam Coun­cil Se­condary Modern - Bri­er­ley Hill Schools Se­nior League Cham­pi­ons 1957-58

Park Lane School se­nior XI - Sed­g­ley and Tip­ton Schools Se­nior League cham­pi­ons 1957-58

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